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    May 19, 2020         The Weekly Newsletter of the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce




Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce: The Update



Front Page  

Upcoming Events


Thursday, May 21, 2020: Virtual Town Hall Meeting: How to Reopen Your Business After COVID-19


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

New Members

Please join us in welcoming these new members that have recently joined the Chamber:


Chad Studier Insurance

Harmony Wellness Collective


Newsletter Archives

Job Board


To post free, unlimited job opportunities through June 30, 2020, visit the Chamber's Job Board!


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


Critical Business Updates

Critical Business Updates

  • Continually-updated page of must-know information for businesses, including the latest information on state and federal orders, other resources

Eau Claire Chamber COVID-19 Page

  • Information and links about local businesses, resources and more

Chippewa Valley Business Community COVID-19 Resource

  • A Facebook Group for businesses to post and share information

Eau Claire City-County Health Dept COVID-19 page


Literacy Chippewa Valley is collaborating with JONAH (Joining our Neighbors Advancing Hope) to do a community wide survey on how COVID-19 has affected the community.  

Click here to take the survey

Town Hall

Virtual Town Hall Meeting: How to Reopen Your Business After COVID-19

This town hall meeting will feature members of the Chippewa Valley Economic Recovery Task Force who will share the progress the task force is making in its efforts to provide guidance to local businesses on how and when to safely reopen in the midst of COVID-19.  Guests are still being determined pending availability, please check back for updated information in the coming days.

To learn more and register for the town hall meeting, click here.

Click here for a link to recording of the May 14, 2020 town hall meeting that featured Pete Farrow, CEO of Group Health Cooperative of Eau Claire and Kayla Rose, Health Promotion Manager of Group Health Cooperative of Eau Claire.



Chamber Office Reopening Plan and Guidelines

Effective Tuesday, May 26, Chamber staff will return to work at the office at 101 N. Farwell Street.  Please note that in accordance with social distancing and safety guidelines, our front door will be kept locked until further notice, however front desk staff will be available to assist visitors by phone.  A kiosk with city maps, trail maps and other general information will be set up in the outer lobby area along with staff contact information. 

For those wishing to purchase Chamber Bucks, we ask that you please order and pay by phone if possible.  Once the order has been filled, it will be made available for pickup or by mail (postage fees will apply).  To place a Chamber Bucks order, contact Sarah Hughes at (715) 834-1204 or by email at hughes@eauclairechamber.org

To contact other Chamber staff, please visit our website.

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we strive to keep our staff healthy and safe.

Eau Claire City-County Health Dept. Local Public Health Order 

WEDC Reopening Guidelines



Thank You Chamber Interns

The Chamber has been fortunate to have had five UW-Eau Claire students working alongside staff during the 2019-20 school year.  With classes moving to a virtual format in late March, these student interns faced the challenge of finishing their school year remotely and unfortunately had to end their internship experiences with the Chamber earlier than anticipated.  Nonetheless, each intern brought their own individual talents and worked amazingly hard during their time with us. 

The Chamber would like to acknowledge the following student interns:

Alyce Bruenig, Educational Foundation Intern


Clayton Cavanaugh, Governmental Affairs & Workforce Intern  


Ally Howard, Creative Design Intern


Amy Oldenburg, Governmental Affairs & Workforce Intern


Kelsy Schultz, Communications & Events Intern

The Chamber staff and board of directors wish to thank these five talented individuals and wish them the best as some of them continue their college experience and others move forward into their career paths.  It was a pleasure working with each of them!



Eau Claire County Updates Health Order to Address One-on-One Businesses

The Eau Claire City-County Health Department on Monday updated its COVID-19 Prevention and Control Order to address “those one-on-one personal services that by their very nature cannot maintain a six (6) foot physical distancing.”

The new order, effective May 18, includes a list of requirements such as the number of people allowed as part of the service, face coverings and other components. “This update comes after public health experts reviewed evidence and best practices for how to protect the public and workers who provide personal services, and are in close proximity for a duration of time,” according the a news release accompanying the updated order.

Health Department Director Lieske Giese also said some of the language in the overall order was revised to clarify recommendations vs. requirements. Like the previous order, it remains in effect through Thursday, May 28.

Click here to read the full, revised order (8 pages)

More information:

News release

Chippewa Valley Economic Recovery Task Force
Eau Claire County COVID-19 Information Hub
Critical Business Updates (Eau Claire Chamber)



Is Your Business Open or Reopening?  Share Your Information Via the Chamber Website

With the current and eventual reopening of many small businesses in the Chippewa Valley, the Chamber would like to keep the community and its members informed on how businesses will proceed moving forward.  If your business is currently open or taking steps to reopen in the near future, please take a few minutes to email us the following information:

  • Days and hours of business operations
  • Consumer expectations, i.e. masks encouraged, required, not required
  • Is curbside service available?
  • Are appointments required?
  • In-store customer limit
  • Any other pertinent information - steps you are taking to ensure safety, etc. 

The Chamber will be creating a page on its website devoted to business reopening information.  This page will be continuously updated as we receive information from our members.  In the meantime, we encourage you to reference the reopening guidelines provided by Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC).  The WEDC site breaks down each type of business by sector and gives guidance, resources and best practices to use within your business.  

Please send your business updates to: mills@eauclairechamber.org



With everything happening in the world right now the Eau Claire Chamber wanted to bring you a video series every Wednesday that would highlight how businesses are stepping up and making a positive impact in the midst of all this change and uncertainty. We are proud to have such a wonderful community to call home. 

Go to the Chamber's Facebook page to learn more about these local businesses and what they are doing to make a difference.  





Leadership Eau Claire™
Accepting Applications for Class of 2021   

Application Deadline is Friday, June 5, 2020!

The Chamber is currently accepting applications for its Leadership Eau Claire™ (LEC) Class of 2021. The goal of the program is to enhance participants’ community knowledge and leadership qualities through skill building exercises, activities and educational days. During the nine-month program, participants discuss the issues facing the community, develop the leadership skills necessary to assume leadership roles and are exposed to involvement opportunities in the community. More information is available here on the Chamber’s website and you can download an application here.

“Leadership Eau Claire™ has far exceeded my expectations. Through the program I have built lasting relationships with people from various businesses. LEC highlighted many of the good things that Eau Claire has to offer but also helped me understand the issues that our community is facing. More importantly, it opened my eyes to the plethora of volunteer opportunities and emphasized how we all play a role in making Eau Claire a better community.”

– Kallie Robb, Xcel Energy, Class of 2019

If you have questions, contact Casey Schumacher via email (schumacher@eauclairechamber.org) or by phone 715-858-0614.


Wage Survey Deadline Extended to FRIDAY MAY 29!

Now more than ever we need your participation!

Wage Survey

2020 Western & Central Wisconsin Wage Survey – DEADLINE EXTENDED!!!

We are proud to be covering employers from nine chambers of commerce including Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, La Crosse, Marshfield, Menomonie, Portage County, Rice Lake, Wausau, and Wisconsin Rapids. Also involved are the local chapters of Society of Human Resource Management in the Chippewa Valley, La Crosse, Wausau and Winona. 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 is on the Eau Claire Chamber's website.

There is a minimal cost to receive the report when it is available in mid-July, and chamber, CVSHRM, and Wipfli HR Forum memberships qualify businesses for discounted pricing.

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



Weekly the Chamber utilizes our blog to post condensed versions of members’ news releases in the Small Street Journal Publication.

This free marketing resource is available to all members; we are in search of releases highlighting area small businesses.

To submit your news or press release on a regular basis please email Kaylynn Stahlbusch or call 715.858.0615 with questions.



Applicants Sought for Additional Eau Claire School Board Vacancy

The Eau Claire Board of Education is seeking applicants to fill a vacancy created with the resignation of Board Member Eric Torres at the end of this month. The individual selected will serve until the next election in April 2021. Applications are due by May 27. Applicants will also be required to give a 3-minute statement at the June 1 board meeting. Click here for a link to the application and instructions.



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