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    March 17, 2020         The Weekly Newsletter of the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce




Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce: The Update


Front Page  

Upcoming Events

Visit the Chamber's event page for all upcoming Chamber and community events. 


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

Awards & Recognition

Ribbon Cuttings & Groundbreakings

Children's Museum of Eau Claire

New Members

F45 Training East Eau Claire

Newsletter Archives

Job Board

Featured Job Postings

Weld Riley, S.C.

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


A Message From Chamber President & CEO, David Minor

Dear Chamber Partners and Members: A Brief Pause for In-Person Programming:

We are facing fluid and extraordinary times in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Effective immediately, in the best interest of you, your business, and our community, we are suspending all in-person networking, meeting and programming events for the rest of March & April. This is not just about COVID-19, but doing our part to ensure there is capacity at our medical facilities to be able to assist with ALL illnesses. This is not about us as individuals but about protecting people with vulnerable immune/compromised systems and our friends and family over 60.

Our office will remain staffed and open as usual as we will continue to serve you. I am confident we will find innovative ways to encourage business connections and engagement in new and technological ways. We will continue to meet one-on-one and get out to our members' places of business even more. We are working with WIN Technology on some virtual meeting options as well, and expect to announce those opportunities very soon.

Although we are postponing in-person events because they involve large gatherings, it’s important for all of us to continue to support local businesses with our individual patronage. Of course, continue to take appropriate precautions with healthy habits like washing your hands, avoiding direct contact and staying home if you’re sick.

We’re always available to you and would appreciate any and all input as we work through this together. To that point, here is a link to a brief survey that I would ask you to fill out and let us know how you are dealing with this situation. 

Please call, email and stay in close touch. Let's be proactive now and call things off for the short- term so that this crisis is mitigated sooner rather than later and we can get back to business as usual. We greatly appreciate your patience and consideration.

This is a true test of all of our leadership to ensure that Eau Claire and all of the Chippewa Valley business community can navigate through this challenging time. This too shall pass and we will be better individuals and businesses because of it.

Thank you for supporting our community through investment in the Chamber.

Thank you,

David W. Minor
Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce 
Stay informed: 




Chamber Program/Event Cancellations and Postponements 

The following is a complete listing of Chamber events and programs that have been cancelled/postponed for March and April 2020:  

March 19 - Lunch & Learn: Enhancing Your Employment Benefit Package - CANCELLED

March 19 - Eau Claire City Council Candidate Forum and Meet/Greet - CANCELLED

March 20 - Eggs & Issues: Legislative Breakfast - NEW DATE: MAY 15, 2020

March 26 - Ambassador Committee Meeting - CANCELLED

March 31 - City Council Election Business Issues Breakfast - CANCELLED

April 2 - Workforce Committee Meeting - CANCELLED

April 6 - 2020 Business at the Airport - POSTPONED

April 7 - 2020 Human Resource Conference - CANCELLED

April 8 - "Test Drive...Next Stop Reality" at Real Life Academy - CANCELLED

April 9 - Governmental Affairs Committee Meeting - CANCELLED 

April 9 - LEC Alumni Day - Creative Economy - POSTPONED 

April 14 - Chamber/UW-Eau Claire Business Community Breakfast - POSTPONED

April 17 - Eggs & Issues: State of Altoona - NEW DATE: JUNE 19, 2020

April 24 - AM Exchange - POSTPONED

April 29 - Eau What a Night: 106th Chamber Annual Meeting - POSTPONED 

Chamber staff will communicate any date changes not listed above as they become available.  


The Chamber Encourages You to Support Local Businesses

The impact of COVID-19 (corona virus) is keeping customers away from local businesses in the Chippewa Valley.  Here are things we as the Chamber of Commerce are asking you to do to help:




Programs & Services  

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




Wisconsin Elections Commission Urges Absentee Voting;
Chamber Provides Voter Resources for Local Races

The Wisconsin Elections Commission strongly urges anyone who is concerned about Coronavirus COVID-19 exposure to make plans now to vote absentee for the April 7 Spring Election and Presidential Preference Primary. 

Wisconsin voters who prefer to vote absentee election can now request an absentee ballot be mailed to them, or can take advantage of in-person absentee voting now through April 3 on weekdays in most municipalities. Wednesday, March 18, is the last day for online voter registration, although voters can register in person at municipalities through April 3 or at the polls on Election Day.

Click here for local absentee voter information, including hours and locations for in-person absentee voting in Altoona, Eau Claire and Town of Washington

For assistance in making voting decisions, the Chamber provides a number of resources related to candidates for city council, school board and county board positions. The Chamber does not endorse candidates, but provides voter education materials.

Click here for the Chamber's Guide to the April 7 Election




Eau Claire City Council Seeks Community Input
on City Manager Search

With Eau Claire City Manager Dale Peters retiring after 30 years with the City, the Eau Claire City Council is beginning the recruitment process for the selection of the next City Manager.  According to City Council President Dale Peters, the Council "looks forward to working alongside city staff, the residents of Eau Claire and our community partners in the search and selection of the next city manager. Our intention is to attract diverse, qualified and experienced applicants that share the values and goals of our community."

As it undergoes a national search, the Council has opened a Community Survey for citizens to take a role: 

Click here to take the survey.





Look for 2020 Census Information in Your Mailbox

Every ten years the U.S. Census Bureau conducts the decennial census which provides a glimpse of the Eau Claire area, State of Wisconsin and the Nation.  It's very important that everyone complete their census questionnaire and return it to the Census Bureau. 

Officials indicate census information will be mailed to households in mid-March. There are just nine questions, and it can be completed online.

Click here for more information.




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