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    March 10, 2020         The Weekly Newsletter of the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce




Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce: The Update


Upcoming Events

Front Page  

Tuesday, March 10, 2020  
Ribbon Cutting: Eau Claire Children's Museum

Tuesday, March 17, 2020  
Ribbon Cutting: Prevail Bank

Thursday, March 19, 2020  
Lunch & Learn: Enhancing Your Employee Benefit Package

Thursday, March 19, 2020  
Eau Claire City Council Candidate Forum and Meet/Greet

Friday, March 20, 2020  
Eggs & Issues: Legislative Breakfast

Tuesday, March 31, 2020  
City Council Election Business Issues Breakfast

Monday, April 6, 2020  
Business at the Airport

Tuesday, April 7, 2020  
2020 Human Resource Conference

Tuesday, April 14, 2020  
Ribbon Cutting: The Luminary Wellness Center


Read the current Small Street Journal for updates and announcements from Chamber members. Please submit your updates to Kaylynn Stahlbusch.

Awards & Recognition

Governor's Financial Literacy Award

Ribbon Cuttings & Groundbreakings

The Nostalgic Bean

New Members

Heyde Center for the Arts

Home2Suites by Hilton Eau Claire South

Profile by Sanford

Sure Controls

Sure Controls

Newsletter Archives

Job Board

Featured Job Postings

Weld Riley, S.C.

Member to Member Coupons New Member Referral Program Board of Directors Staff


L.E. Phillips CDC

2020 Business Directory

2020 Business Directory & Community Profile 

Looking For a Cost Effective Way to Expose Your Business?

The Eau Claire Chamber is creating the 2020 Business Directory & Community Profile.  Approximately 4,000 copies of this publication will be printed and ready for distribution in May.  This annual directory is distributed to more than 1,200 Chamber members, future members, area hotels, the airport and to potential residents in all relocation packets as well as used as a recruitment tool for area businesses.

This quality full-color publication is an excellent vehicle for you to showcase your business to other businesses and potential residents/current residents in the area. 

Please view the ad specifications and the affordable rate schedule AND check out the additional benefits you get with placing an ad.

For more information please contact Phil Swiler at (715) 858-0617 or swiler@eauclairechamber.org.




Eggs & Issues: Legislative Breakfast 

Friday, March 20, 2020
7:00 - 9:00 a.m.
The Lismore, a DoubleTree by Hilton
333 Gibson Street
Cost to attend: $25 

A Chamber Business Advocacy event.  Investors: Partner Level - Xcel Energy; Advocate Level - Miron Construction; Supporter Level - Banbury Place/Cigan Properties, Eau Claire Energy Cooperative and HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph's hospitals 

Join our area State Legislators for an update on action in Madison as the session winds up. Invited are members of the State Senate and Assembly who represent the Chippewa Valley. They'll discuss their top policy priorities, and answer questions submitted by attendees.

Note: This session of Eggs & Issues will conclude at 9:00 a.m.

Click Here to Register>>>





Real Life Logo

Spring “Test Drive… Next Stop Reality” at Real Life Academy Needs Volunteers!

Wednesday, April 8th
Varying shifts from 8:30 am – 1:30 pm
The Halls at The Lismore

The Eau Claire Chamber has recently partnered with Royal Credit Union’s program “Test Drive… Next Stop Reality” to integrate it with our existing Real Life Academy event! This is an interactive, hands-on, authentic experience for area high school students to learn about money management. In the fall and spring of every year, over 300 students from Altoona, Augusta, Fall Creek, Memorial, North and Regis high schools have researched and selected their careers, participated in classroom lessons on financial management, and are ready to put their financial skills to the test.

Volunteers are needed to help run the stations students visit – additional questions about how to get involved with this event please contact Casey Schumacher.

Click here to register!



HR Conference

Tuesday, April 7, 2020
The Florian Gardens Conference Center

2340 Lorch Ave., Eau Claire, WI
Cost to Attend: $89 for Chamber/CVSHRM Members, $119 for Non-Members, $49 for Students

The Chamber and the Chippewa Valley Society for Human Resource Management (CVSHRM) will present its eighth annual Human Resource Conference specifically geared for human resource professionals, small business owners and managers. The conference will provide a variety of sessions to keep the HR professional or business owner in the know about key issues affecting the workforce. SHRM credit approval is pending. 

Registration Information
Cost to attend is $89 for Chamber or CVSHRM members, $119 for non-members, and $49 for Students and includes the keynote presentation, all breakout sessions and a presentation over lunch featuring the Think Eau Claire initiative.

To sign up for the conference, click here to register or call the Chamber office at 715-834-1204. Registration deadline is Friday, April 3, 2020.

Sponsored by: Edvest - WI College Savings Program, Impact Advertising, M3 Insurance, Marshfield Clinic Health System, ReforMedicine, Ruder Ware, L.L.S.C., and United Healthcare




LEC Alumni Day

LEC Alumni Day
Creative Economy

Thursday, April 9
12:00 – 5:00 p.m. 
Chippewa Valley Technical College

620 W. Clairemont Avenue

Do you miss Leadership Eau Claire™ and learning about what’s happening in the community? Join us for a special LEC Alumni Day focusing on Creative Economy. This event is an exclusive opportunity for LEC Alumni to highlight a few things happening creatively in our community.

Join us for a day exploring Chippewa Valley Technical College’s Culinary Management program, Artisan Forge, and the group will also receive an update on the expansion of the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library as well as complete a hands on project at the Dabble Box makerspace.

For more information or to register online >>



Programs & Services  


2020 Eau What a Night/Chamber Annual Meeting
Wednesday, April 29, 2020


The Chamber, along with Title Sponsor, WEAU 13 News, invite you to join us for Eau What a Night, the Chamber's 106th Annual Meeting! 

Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Pablo Center at the Confluence
128 Graham Avenue, Eau Claire


5:00 - 7:00 p.m. - Cocktail Reception with Cash Bar & Hors d'oeuvre Stations - Main Lobby, Jamf Theatre and Market & Johnson Clearwater Recital Hall 

7:00 - 7:30 p.m. - Pre-Event Entertainment: The Blugold Marching Band, UWEC Corporate Sponsored by WNB Financial, brought to you by Marawood Construction Services, Inc.  - RCU Theatre

7:30 - 8:30 p.m. - Program and Award Presentations - RCU Theatre

8:30 - 10:00 p.m. - After Party, Sponsored by Group Health Cooperative - Jamf Theatre

Cost to attend: $80

Free parking will be available in the North Barstow parking ramp, the Municipal parking ramp (SW corner of Farwell St. and Gibson at the Lismore) and valet parking will be available at the Pablo Center for $10.  

The evening will kick off at 5:00 pm with a cocktail and hors d'oeuvre reception.  Attendees can expect a full array of abundant, scrumptious hors d'oeuvres served throughout the venue, on both levels, along with several cash bars.  The reception will provide plenty of time to network and connect with your fellow Chamber members.  

At 7:00 sharp, we'll be featuring live entertainment that will be sure to get you marching into the RCU Theatre!  You won't want to miss this fantastic performance!  Our program and awards ceremony will follow at 7:30.  We'll honor those who've helped to make this past year a success, celebrate some truly amazing Chamber volunteers and hear some special messages from our event sponsors.  

Not ready to go home yet?  Then stick around for the after party, sponsored by Group Health Cooperative.  Live music, sweet treats, savory snacks and cash bars will round out the evening in the Jamf Theatre.

This premier event is sure to sell out so register now!  





Spring Local Election - Candidate Events to Help You Decide

Several important local city council, county board and school board positions will be on the ballot when voters go to the polls on April 7.

Public Candidate Forums

The Chamber is co-hosting public Candidate Forums for contested races to help you make your decisions. They include:

These forums are being video recorded by Valley Media Works, and will be available for on-demand viewing at http://www.valleymediaworks.org/

Click the links above for more details. They are open to the public and require no pre-registration. The Altoona School Board Forum is at Altoona High School, while the March 19 Eau Claire City Council Forum will be at Chippewa Valley Technical College, 620 W. Clairemont Ave. Following a moderated Q&A session, there will also be a Meet & Greet opportunity for voters to talk informally with the candidates. These public Forums are organized by the Leader-Telegram, WQOW News 18, Wisconsin Public Radio, Valley Media Works, and the Chamber.

EC City Council Business Issues Breakfast
Candidates for Eau Claire City Council will participate in a moderated discussion about business issues over continental breakfast.

  • Tuesday, March 31, 7:30 a.m.

Click here for details and to register

Election Day

The April 7 election also includes races for Eau Claire County Board, State Supreme Court, and a Presidential Preference Primary. The Chamber will also be publishing Good Government Council questionnaires for local races, available later this month.
Click here for the Chamber’s Guide to the Election

Polls will be open on April 7 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. To find your polling place, go to myvote.wi.gov 




Business at the Airport

Business at the Airport
Monday, April 6
5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Chippewa Valley Regional Airport 


Please join the Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire and Menomonie chambers of commerce for the annual Business at the Airport on Monday, April 6, 2020.

This event takes the place of the April 2020 Business After Hours.

Admission is $8.00. You must be 21 years of age to enter the event. You do not have to pre-register for this event.

Business at the Airport is sponsored by: Pilot Sponsors - Chippewa Valley Regional Airport, Five Star Telecom and Pearle Vision 

Read More>>




Chamber Buy Local Bucks

Would Your Business Like to Accept Chamber Buy Local Bucks?  Here's How!

Send us an email and we can get you added to the list along with over 600 other Chamber member businesses that accept Chamber Buy Local Bucks. They are easy to use, can be deposited like a personal check & help keep money in Eau Claire! This is also a great way to support your fellow Chamber members!

How to redeem Chamber Bucks as a business: Treat Chamber Bucks checks just like a regular check. After acceptance, endorse the back of the check and deposit the Chamber Bucks, just like any other check, into your bank account with your daily deposits. Your account will be credited in the amount of the Chamber Bucks check.

*When a Chamber Bucks check is presented as payment and the purchase is less than the total amount, simply give back the remainder in cash. *

How can my business use Chamber Bucks?

  • Staff Rewards or Incentives

Use Chamber Bucks as a wellness incentive for your employees or for special recognition of a job well done. Using Chamber Bucks in this way helps support your business and/or your fellow Chamber members.

  • Use for a Raffle Prize

Give Chamber Bucks as a prize. Hold a raffle for customers and give Chamber Bucks to the winner!

  • Give as a Gift

Chamber Bucks make great gifts for any special occasions including birthdays, graduation, Administrative Professionals’ Day and Christmas.

IF you have more questions regarding our Chamber Bucks program, feel free to reach out to Sarah Hughes at hughes@eauclairechamber.org




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