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    March 26, 2019         The Weekly Newsletter of the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce

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Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce: The Update

Eau What a Night

Upcoming Events
Front Page  

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

Tuesday, April 9, 2019
SOHO - Small Business Survival Academy

Tuesday, April 17, 2019
Eau What a Night: 105th Chamber Annual Meeting

Friday, April 26, 2019
Eggs & Issues: The Chamber's Annual State of Altoona

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Please welcome the new members that have joined the Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce in the past week.

TradePoint Consulting

IDEXX Laboratories

Mosquito Squad of NW Wisconsin

The Juicy Good Life LLC

Edward Jones/Tim Owen

Blue Ox Music Festival 

Awards & Recognition

Ribbon Cuttings & Groundbreakings

Newsletter Archives

Job Bank

Featured Job Postings
HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital

Western Dairyland E.O.C.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Wisconsin

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


Important Local Elections on April 2 - Early Voting Open Now Through Friday

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

This is especially critical if you live in the City of Eau Claire, where highly competitive races for City Council President and five At-Large City Council seats will have a significant impact on the direction of city policies.

If you need some help to learn about the candidates, go to our online Election Guide for links to questionnaires, recorded candidate forums and other information.

Early voting: In the City of Eau Claire, open now through March 29, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the City Hall Annex off the alley behind 203 S. Farwell. For more, view and share our Early Voting Video.

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





2019 Western & Central Wisconsin Wage Survey - Our 20th Year! – Collection is Now Open!       

The survey is distributed the week of March 18, due back by May 31 and is published in mid-July.  We are proud to be covering employers from nine chambers of commerce in Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, La Crosse, Marshfield, Menomonie, Portage County, Rice Lake, Wausau, and Wisconsin Rapids.  Also included are the local chapters of Society of Human Resource Management in the Chippewa Valley, La Crosse, Wausau & Winona, MN. 

We need area employers to contribute their data in order to keep the wage survey viable and relevant; data is kept confidential. We have made it easy to participate, so please review the instructions and complete the forms. All documents for survey participation can be found on the Eau Claire Area Chamber’s website.

There is a minimal cost to receive the report when it is available in mid-July, and Chamber or CVSHRM membership qualifies businesses for discounted pricing.

If you have any questions, please contact Danielle Kummer at (715) 858-0618.




Rising sun on UW-Eau Claire Campus

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
Graduate Education: Taking the Next Step
The Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce and University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire invite you to join us for breakfast and conversation around the power of graduate education to help drive regional success. A panel of experts moderated by Dr. Brewer Doran, Dean of the College of Business, will discuss a range of graduate programs that can help grow and retain employees, spark economic development and enrich our community. 

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

Parking is available in any F or S stalls on lower campus until 9:00 a.m. with no permit required. 

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, Aging & Disability Resource Center of Eau Claire County, 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
SOHO - Small Business Survival Academy
Tuesday, April 9
Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce - PESI Conference Room
12:00 - 1:00 p.m

Please join us for lunch on Tuesday, April 9th at the first ever Small Business Survival Academy!  This new series from the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce was created for both members and non-members to create educational and networking opportunities for small business owners and their employees.  

Small business owners and employees often wear many hats, and not always well.  Sometimes you just need someone to pitch an idea to and get constructive feedback.  Getting advice from your Aunt Gertrude might not be as helpful as connecting with another small business person.  

Whether you need someone to offer guidance or help keep you accountable, at this luncheon you will learn more about the Planning Peer Partner Program (or P3 Program as we like to call it) and have an opportunity to connect with your business peers. 

Make plans to have lunch with us and learn more about this valuable opportunity to connect!  The cost to attend is $10 for chamber members and $20 for non-members – lunch provided. Bring a non-member and be entered into a drawing for free admission to Business After Hours!

Click Here to Register>>


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: State of Altoona

Friday, April 26, 2019
7:00-8:30 a.m.
River Prairie Center
1445 Front Porch Place  
Cost to attend: $20

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

Our annual update on what's happening in the City of Altoona, presented by Mayor Brendan Pratt and City Administrator Mike Golat. 

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



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 Chrystal Mills.



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