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    March 12, 2019         The Weekly Newsletter of the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce

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Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce: The Update

Business of the Week

Upcoming Events
Front Page  

Thursday, March 14, 2019
Ribbon Cutting: North High School 

Thursday, March 14, 2019
Eau Claire School Board Candidates Forum/Meet & Greet

Friday, March 15, 2019
Eggs & Issues: Legislative Breakfast

Thursday, March 21, 2019
Ribbon Cutting: Farmers Insurance John Volgren Agency

Thursday, March 21, 2019
Eau Claire City Council At-Large Candidates Forum

Friday, March 22, 2019
Ribbon Cutting: CCFBank

Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Chamber/UW-Eau Claire Business Community Breakfast

Wednesday, April 3, 2019
2019 Human Resource Conference

Thursday, April 4, 2019
Ribbon Cutting: Azura Homes

Friday, April 5, 2019
AM Exchange

Monday, April 8, 2019
Business After Hours:April 2019

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Awards & Recognition

Ribbon Cuttings & Groundbreakings

Newsletter Archives

Job Bank

Featured Job Posting
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   2019 Breakfast in the Valley: 
   Save the Date!

This year's event will be held on Friday, June 14 at the Expo Center. Our annual event celebrates local agriculture and serves more than 3,000 community members.

With three different sponsorship levels, there are many opportunities to get involved. Breakfast in the Valley is made possible because of the generous support of sponsors. By sponsoring, companies also receive priority for volunteer registration! Please click here for further details on what each level of sponsorship receives. Please contact Casey Schumacher with any questions.

Sponsorship Information>>




Spring Real Life Academy Needs Volunteers!


Wednesday April 10th
Varying shifts from 8:30 am – 1:30 pm
The Halls at The Lismore

More about the event: The Real Life Academy 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, nearly 400 juniors and seniors 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.

Thank you to our major event sponsor: Royal Credit Union

Click here to register!




Save the Date: 2019 Chamber/UW-Eau Claire Business Community Breakfast

Tuesday, April 2
7:00 - 8:30 a.m.
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
W.R. Davies Student Center - Dakota Ballroom
No Cost to Attend

Sponsored by: EO Johnson Business Technologies, Market & Johnson, Inc., Northwestern Bank and Royal Credit Union

This year’s breakfast focuses on graduate programs at UW-Eau Claire and how they benefit the Chippewa Valley.  A panel of individuals from UW-Eau Claire will share more information on the programs currently available.  Bring your questions and join the Chamber to learn more.  

Hosts: David Minor, President & CEO, Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce; Dr. Jim Schmidt, UW-Eau Claire Chancellor; Dr. K. Brewer Doran, College of Business Dean; Kimera Way, President, UW-Eau Claire Foundation and Executive Director, University Advancement

There is no cost to attend the breakfast but we do request that you register in advance by Friday, March 29.

Click here to register>>



HSHS Sacred Heart & St. Joseph's hospitals  

HR Conference

2019 Human Resource Conference

Wednesday, April 3
The Florian Gardens Conference Center

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

Sponsored by: Achieve Wellness, Chippewa Valley Technical College, M3 Insurance, UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education and Weld Riley

The Chamber and the Chippewa Valley Society for Human Resource Management (CVSHRM) will present its seventh 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. 

Welcome and Opening Keynote – 8 – 9 a.m.

The conference will begin with a keynote presentation from Jim Morgan, Vice President of Member Experience for MRA on trends and opportunities for HR professionals in 2019.  Talent attraction is like the weather...everyone is talking about it but no one can do anything about it...or can they? All over the upper Midwest, employers and human resources professionals are grappling with attracting, developing, and retaining talent. Jim has been working on that issue for 30 years. He helps employers understand that demographics are driving their troubles and provides solutions for talent acquisition based on best practices.  Jim will also look at where we are at in HR today, what’s coming in 2019 and what is keeping HR pros up at night.  This opening session is a “can't miss” opportunity! 

After the keynote session, attendees will have the opportunity to attend four of the following breakout sessions:

  • Act Like a Leader to be Treated Like a Leader by Jim Morgan of MRA
  • Making the Overtime Rule Rate Again: Trump DOL’s New Rule and Its Impact by Mindy Dale and Bryan Symes of Weld Riley
  • The Fourth Industrial Revolution: Prepare for Disruption by Dawn Garcia of Pursuit of Excellence
  • What HR Needs to Know About Employment Agreements and Executive Compensation by Mary Ellen Schill, Ruder Ware, L.L.S.C.
  • The Secrets of Effective Training and Making it Stick by Lisa Arendt and Joel Raney of Chippewa Valley Technical College
  • Understanding Military Culture to Build a Veteran-Informed Workplace by Eric Killen of Eau Claire County
  • Four Ways to Strengthen Your 401K Plan by Beth Erickson and Allyson Krause of Trust Point
  • Find Your Purple Squirrel: HR Marketing in 2019 by Chris Herzog and Sarah Stokes of STOKES|HERZOG Marketing+Consulting
  • How Owning Your Primary Medical Care Can Enhance Your Benefits Offering by David Usher of ReforMedicine
  • The Intersection Between Employee Financial Health, Physical Health and Productivity by Grant Argall, Kristin Schmidt, and Tyler Stuntebeck of M3 Insurance
  • Prepared Not Scared: How to Respond to an Armed Intruder or Active Shooter by Ted Hayes of M3 Insurance
  • The VR Talent Pool, a Growing and Dedicated Workforce by Wade Schench of State of Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development

Registration Information
Cost to attend is $89 for Chamber or CVSHRM members and $119 for non-members 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, March 29, 2019.


Programs & Services

Eau What a Night: 105th Chamber Annual Meeting

Wednesday, April 17
5:30 - 10:30 p.m.
Pablo Center at the Confluence
128 Graham Avenue
Cost to Attend: $80 per person 

The Chamber and Title Sponsor, WEAU 13 News, invite you to join us for Eau What a Night, the Chamber's 105th Annual Meeting! 

The evening will kick off at 5:30 pm with a cocktail and hors d'oeuvres reception, catered by KP Katering.  Attendees can expect a full array of abundant, scrumptious hors d'oeuvres along with several cash bars throughout the venue.  The reception will provide plenty of time to network and connect with your fellow Chamber members.  

At 7:00 sharp, be sure to find a seat in the RCU Theatre!  We have a surprise guest entertainer that will be sure to knock your socks off!  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 made the last year a success and celebrate some outstanding Chamber volunteers.

Not ready to go home yet?  Then stick around for the after party, sponsored by Group Health Cooperative.  Live music, desserts prepared by The Lismore and a cash bar will round out the evening in the Jamf Theatre.  Get all the details by clicking on this handy fact sheet.  

This premier event is sure to sell out so register now



Looking For a Cost Effective Way to Expose Your Business?

Promote Your Business in the 2019 “Our Community” publication!

The Eau Claire Chamber is creating the 2019 Community Profile/Business Directory.  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 Amy Muehlbauer at (715) 858-0617 or muehlbauer@eauclairechamber.org.


Eggs & Issues

Eggs & Issues: Legislative Breakfast

Friday, March 15
7:00-8:30 a.m.
Green Mill Conference and Banquet Facilities
2703 Craig Road 
Cost to attend: $20

Sponsored by: Partner Sponsor - Xcel Energy; Advocate Sponsor - Miron Construction; Supporter Sponsors - 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 this session's key issues as the legislature tackles the 2019-21 state budget. Hear how their deliberations are likely to impact the Chippewa Valley. Invited lawmakers include Senators Kathy Bernier (R-23), Jeff Smith (D-31) and Patty Schnactner (D-10); and Representatives Rob Summerfield (R-67), Jesse James (R-68), Bob Kulp (R-69), Jodi Emerson (D-91), Treig Pronschinske (R-92), Warren Petryk (R-93) and Rob Stafsholt (R-29). This is a Chamber members-only event.

To register, click here or call the Chamber at (715) 834-1204.


April 2 Local Election: Candidate Forums to Help You Decide

Several important local city council and school board positions will be on the ballot when voters go to the polls on April 2.

The Chamber is co-hosting a series of Candidate Forums for contested race to help you make your decisions. They include:

Thursday, March 7: Eau Claire City Council President
Click here to access the Valley Media recording

Thursday, March 14: Eau Claire School Board (3 seats)

Thursday, March 21: Eau Claire At-Large City Council (5 seats)

Click the links above for more details. Each Forum begins at 6:30 p.m. 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 Forums are organized by the Leader-Telegram, WQOW News 18, Wisconsin Public Radio, Valley Media Works, and the Chamber.

Election Day: Polls will be open on April 2 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. To find your polling place, go to myvote.wi.gov 



Business After Hours
Monday, April 8
5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Holiday Inn: Eau Claire South I-94

Please join us for the monthly Business After Hours. Network with other business people in a social atmosphere. It is a great opportunity to make those important business connections.

This month's Business After Hours is sponsored by 
M3 Insurance, CCF Bank,  Larson Companies, and UnitedHealthCare.

Admission is $6 at the door for members. Passes may be purchased in advance for $5 each (minimum of four)  Registration is not required for this event.

Read More>>


AM Exchange
Friday, April 5
7:45 - 9:00 a.m.
Chippewa Valley Technical College - West Campus

Friday, April 5
7:45 - 9:00 a.m.
Chippewa Valley Technical College West Campus
(Energy Education Center)
4000 Campus Road, Room 103
No cost to attend

Please arrive at 7:45 a.m. for registration and some beverages and food from Chippewa Valley Technical College. At 8 a.m., staff from CVTC will take the floor to tell you more about the college. 

Then it's time for some speed networking. Don't be frightened, it's much easier than speed dating! 

Registration is required since there will be a maximum attendance (34 attendees for this event). The first five people who register (and attend) will receive a pass to attend Business After Hours. When you register online, it will indicate the other individuals that have registered. 

Join us for this fun exchange of information! Hear more about CVTC and meet other business professionals.

Register here>>

Small Street Journal

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



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