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    May 28, 2019         The Weekly Newsletter of the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce

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Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce: The Update

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019
Ribbon Cutting: Visit Eau Claire Presents the Uniroyal Tire Factory Exhibit

Wednesday, May 29, 2019
2019 Small Business of the Year Breakfast

Wednesday, May 29, 2019
May Workplace Wellness Network - Taking Care of You

Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Ribbon Cutting: C & M Home Builders and Real Estate

Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Chamber Reception: New Eau Claire City Council Members

Thursday, May 30, 2019
LEC Closing Retreat

Thursday, May 30, 2019
Ribbon Cutting: Hope Gospel Mission

Thursday, June 6, 2019
Women's Golf Workshop

Monday, June 10, 2019
June 2019 Business After Hours

Tuesday, June 11 2019
Ribbon Cutting: CoLab

Friday, June 14, 2019
Breakfast in the Valley

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Congratulations to YLEC Class of 2019

Last week, 36 area high school juniors graduated from the Chamber's Youth Leadership Eau Claire (YLEC) program. In its 16th year, the program gives students a chance to enhance their knowledge and development leadership skills. During the nine-month program, the students learn about the community and future career opportunities. In order to graduate from the program, students must complete community service projects. This year, the class divided into four groups to complete the projects for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Greater Chippewa Valley, YMCA, Heyde Center for the Arts, Eau Claire County Humane Association and Beaver Creek Reserve. 

Congratulations to Brian Salinas from Fall Creek High School for being awarded the first Becky H. Seelen Leadership Award.  Becky was a 20 year employee of the Eau Claire Chamber and was instrumental in the development and growth of the Youth Leadership Eau Claire program.  Her passion for the program and long-term commitment to youth leadership development made the program what it is today. The award recognizes the student that best exemplifies the mission of Youth Leadership Eau Claire to develop high school juniors in to empowered leaders and motivate them to become involved and committed to their community. Students were asked to nominate an individual from the class that exemplifies this award.

Click here for the list of 2019 graduates and other information on the program.

YLEC Sponsors
Thank you to all of our sponsors for making this program possible. For a complete list of sponsors, please click here.

We are currently seeking sponsors to contribute $500 to sponsor a student in next year's class. If you would be willing to support this leadership development program by sponsoring a student, please contact Casey Schumacher at (715) 858-0614.




Chamber Reception:
New Eau Claire City Council Members

Wednesday May 29, 4 - 5:30 p.m.
Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce
101 N Farwell St, Suite 101
Cost to Attend: Free - registration in advance appreciated

An informal meet and greet with the six individuals elected to the Eau Claire City Council in April: Council President Terry Weld, and At-Large Council Members Kate Beaton, Laura Benjamin, Catherine Emmanuelle, David Klinkhammer, and John Lor. 

This is a valuable opportunity to get acquainted with these new office holders, talk about local issues of interest to your business, and learn more about what led them to seek public office.  This event is presented by the Chamber's Business Advocacy Initiative.  There is no charge to attend, but advance registration is appreciated.  

Click here to register >>




2019 Small Business of the Year Breakfast

Wednesday, May 29, 2019
7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Wild Ridge  
3647 Kane Road
Cost to attend: $20

Sponsored by: Market & Johnson

Please join us at a breakfast to honor our 2019 Small Business of the Year recipients:

The Coffee Grounds (1-25 employee category) - Owned and operated by Eric & Julie Nelson, their daughter Megan Kremer and son-in-law, Will Martin

Precision Quality Systems (26-150 employee category) - Owned and operated by Stephanie and Chad Butero 

These awards were presented at the Chamber's 105th Annual Meeting/Eau What a Night. The awards are based on the following criteria: growth and sustainability of the company, entrepreneurship, innovativeness of products or services, response to adversity, community involvement and stewardship, commitment to good business practices, workplace culture and employee relations.  

Click Here to Register>>>



HSHS Sacred Heart & St. Joseph's hospitals  

Women's Golf Workshop

Thursday, June 6, 1 - 4:30 p.m.
Mill Run Golf Course
3905 Kane Road
Cost to Attend: $35 for Chamber members, $65 for non-members

Sponsored by: Aging & Disability Resource Center of Eau Claire County 

Do you feel like you are missing out on key business opportunities because you don't golf and feel too intimidated to participate in one of the many community golf events held each year? More and more women are recognizing the value of golf as a networking tool. Join us for our annual Women's Golf Workshop for a fun, interactive afternoon that will provide you with everything you need to know to empower you to get out of the office and do business on the golf course instead!


1 p.m. - Welcome and Introductions

1:15 p.m. - Golf Etiquette

PGA Golf Professional Jim Buyze of Wild Ridge Golf Course will give a few pointers on the basics, such as what to wear, how to behave, what clubs to use and what other golfers will expect from you.

1:30 p.m. - Rules of Golf
Heidi Olson of Automated Financial Solutions will lead participants in an interactive activity to explain the Rules of Golf. Olson is a former women's regional affairs manager for the United States Golf Association and former head rules official for the Division 1 NCAA Women's Golf Championships.

2:30 p.m. - Break

2:45 p.m. - Golf Instruction

Wild Ridge & Mill Run golf professionals will provide pointers as you practice driving, chipping and putting. The group will be divided based on experience. When registering for this workshop, please indicate your experience level on a one to 10 scale based with one as no experience with golf and 10 being you golf regularly but would like to improve skills and learn more about the game.

Instruction will end at approximately 4:30 p.m. You are not required to bring your own clubs or balls. You are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing and tennis shoes. Don't miss this dynamic opportunity. Cost to attend is $35 for Chamber members and includes the workshop, instruction and time on the driving range. The cost for non-members is $65. Enrollment is limited, so register early!

Click here to register >>


Annual Marketing & Social Media Conference

Wednesday, September 25
8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Florian Gardens Conference Center

Presenters Needed! Proposal Deadline is Monday, July 1

The Chamber is seeking proposal from individuals willing to volunteer to present a one-hour session for our Annual Marketing & Social Media Conference. Do you have experience that you would be willing to share? We are looking for topics on a variety of subjects. Some topics we are especially interested in include:

  • Advanced SEO and Analytics
  • Adwords
  • Apps for Social Media and Marketing
  • Branding
  • Content Marketing
  • Do's and Don'ts of Facebook Company Postings
  • Event Planning Tips
  • How to Handle Complaints on Social Media
  • Integrating Social Media with other Marketing Efforts
  • Marketing for Non-Profits
  • Media Relations
  • Mobile Websites
  • New Technology and Gadgets to Help Your Business
  • No-Cost Social Media and Marketing Ideas
  • Photoshop or Video Editing
  • Putting Marketing Strategies into Tactical Plans
  • Social Media & Marketing Trends
  • Social Video Marketing
  • Small Business Marketing

Benefits of Speaking
While this is a volunteer opportunity, speakers receive recognition in marketing material and at the conference. All speakers are invited to attend the entire conference as our guest. And best yet, you are able to promote you and your business to hundreds of Chamber members.

If interested in presenting, please complete this form and return to Kaylynn Stahlbusch or fax to 715-834-1956 by July 1.

Sponsorship Opportunity available for this conference!

Thanks to Chippewa Valley Technical College, Northwestern Bank, and Satellite Six for committing to sponsor this year's conference. We do have room for one more sponsor. Sponsors at the $300 level will receive:

  • Two complimentary tickets to the event.
  • Recognition on all marketing materials.
  • Recognition at the event.
  • A free eight-foot display table at the conference.
  • Opportunity to welcome attendees.
  • Opportunity to include brochure or flyer in handout binder.

If you would be interested in being a sponsor for this event, please contact Kaylynn Stahlbusch (715) 858-0615 by July 1.

Programs & Services

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Leadership Eau Claire
Accepting Application for Class of 2020

Application Deadline is Monday June 3, 2019!

The Chamber is currently accepting applications for its Leadership Eau Claire™ (LEC) Class of 2020. 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.

“I really truly cannot express enough how profound the experience of making connections, learning about professions beyond my scope of expertise, and making new-found friends has had a positive impact on my personal [AND] professional life. " – Nicole Schultz, UW-Eau Claire, Class of 2018

An informational meeting will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, April 26, 2019 for anyone seeking more information about the program. Register here or call the Chamber office at 715-834-1204.

If you have questions, contact Casey Schumacher at 715-858-0614. Application deadline is June 3, 2019.


City of Eau Claire Parking Survey

City officials are looking for your thoughts and ideas on parking in the City of Eau Claire. A study is being conducted to determine current parking use in Downtown, Randall Park, and 3rd Ward. As a first step, a survey has been created to gain your valuable input. This survey will be available until June 10th and is open to everyone. Only one survey response is allowed per device. Thank you in advance for helping to shape the future of parking in Eau Claire.

Click Here to Take the Survey


Eggs & Issues

Eggs & Issues: Legislative Breakfast

Friday, June 21, 2019
7:00 - 9:00 a.m.
Holiday Inn: Eau Claire South I-94
4751 Owen Ayres Court
Cost to attend: $20

We've invited the members of the Wisconsin State Senate and Assembly who represent our area to join us with an update on the status of the current legislative session and the state budget. They will provide an update on their priorities for our region, and answer questions submitted by attendees. Special note: This edition of Eggs & Issues will run until 9:00 a.m.

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 

Click Here to Register>>


Business After Hours
Monday, June 10
5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Staybridge Suites Eau Claire - Altoona 

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.

May's Business After Hours is sponsored by Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company, Staybridge Suites Eau Claire - Altoona and Trubilt Collision Center

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.

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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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