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    November 5, 2019         The Weekly Newsletter of the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce




Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce: The Update

BOTW - Prevea Health

Upcoming Events

Front Page

Tuesday, November 5, 2019
Ribbon Cutting: McKinley Charter School

Wednesday, November 6, 2019
Ribbon Cutting: Prairie Ridge Early Learning Center

Monday, November 11, 2019
Business After Hours: November 2019   

Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Ribbon Cutting: Livea Weight Control Center

Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Economic Outlook Luncheon

Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Workforce Solutions Summit 

Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Ribbon Cutting: Locust Lane Elementary

Thursday, November 14, 2019
Ribbon Cutting: Northwestern Mutual 

Friday, November 15, 2019 
Eggs & Issues: K-12 in Eau Claire - Its Impact & Future

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 
Ribbon Cutting: Meadowview Elementary School

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 
Ribbon Cutting: Victory Automotive Service Center

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 
Workplace Wellness Program Workshop



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


WBD, Inc.


New Members

Please help us welcome this new member that has recently joined the Chamber: 

Northwoods Blues Festival

Awards & Recognition


Ribbon Cuttings & Groundbreakings

South Middle School

ClaireWaters Bar & Restaurant

Schleis Floor Covering

Newsletter Archives

Job Bank

Featured Job Postings:

Chippewa Valley Technical College

Western Dairyland EOC

Global Finishing Systems


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


Workforce Solutions Summit

Wednesday, November 13, 2019
The Pablo Center at the Confluence
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

If you're an employer with challenges of any kind related to attracting, hiring or retaining talent, join us on Wednesday, November 13, for the 2nd Annual Workforce Solutions Summit at the Pablo Center at the Confluence.

This event is designed to bring you up to date on the latest trends impacting employment in our region, then provide practical ideas, strategies, resources, best practices, and success stories to help you tackle your workforce challenges. 

Click here for program and registration information.

Check out our conference video here!

Resource exhibit tables also available: If you have services or information that would be helpful to employers in solving their workforce challenges, you can reserve a Resource Table to be visited by participants during extended breaks at the event.

Click here for more details.



Business After Hours  2020 Business After Hours         Sponsorships

Is your business or organization interested in sponsoring a Business After Hours in 2020? If so, please submit your name to be the lead sponsor.

NEW for 2020 - Chamber member businesses that have not hosted a Business After Hours in the past year will be given the opportunity to be drawn first.  If we do not fill the year or don't have enough new submissions, we will then draw from the remaining submissions. 

There can be up to four (4) sponsors per event. The sponsors must be Chamber members that are in good standing (dues invoices must be no more than 60 days past due).

Sponsors determine the location and food and are responsible for the associated costs.

Sponsorship Details

  • The location of the event must be able to accommodate 160 people which is the average attendance at this event.
  • Please note that if the location indicated does not have a liquor license, special licensing is required from the city. The sponsors must then partner with a qualified non-profit organization to apply for the license. Application should be made at least three months in advance. The Chamber will only allow two of the Business After Hours to be held at a location without a liquor license.
  • The sponsoring businesses will provide a minimum of four door prizes with a value of at least $50.
  • The Eau Claire Chamber will promote the event on its website, in The Update e-newsletter, the Monday Morning Minute, on LinkedIn and in an individual email to members. 
  • Chamber staff and Ambassadors will handle registration, which includes collecting of admission fee, name tags and the program at the event.

To Sponsor 
Please complete the online application form by Friday, November 22, 2019. The Chamber Ambassadors will conduct a drawing to determine the 2020 sponsors. Businesses will be contacted to confirm sponsorship by Monday, December 2, 2019.




HSHS Sacred Heart & St. Joseph's hospitals  

Economic Outlook Luncheon

Tuesday, November 12
12:00-1:30 p.m.
The Florian Gardens Conference Center
2340 Lorch Avenue
Cost to Attend: $25

Sponsored by: Peoples Bank Midwest

Please join the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce and Peoples Bank Midwest for a presentation by Terry Fitzgerald, Vice President and Senior Economist in the Research Division of the Federal Reserve.  

Terry J. Fitzgerald is a vice president and senior economist in the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. He leads the Economic Analysis Group which conducts policy-oriented research and produces a wide range of economic and policy analysis for senior bank management, the board of directors, the Federal Reserve System, and the public. Terry also coordinates policy activities across the Research Division, including support for FOMC briefings, Presidential speeches and essays, and other policy activities and Research initiatives. His research focuses on the national economy and has appeared in professional journals and in publications of the Federal Reserve Banks of Chicago, Cleveland, and Minneapolis. He has served as a keynote speaker for a range of business, government, nonprofit, and public groups. 
Terry has 25 years of experience with the Federal Reserve. He worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis while attending graduate school at the University of Minnesota. He rejoined the Bank as a visiting scholar in 2001 and as a full-time economist in 2006 before being promoted to assistant vice president in 2009 and to vice president in 2012. Prior to returning to Minneapolis, Terry served as a research economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland and as a professor of economics at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. Terry holds a B.S. in economics from the University of Iowa and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Minnesota.

Click here to register>>

Thank you to our sponsor:



LEC Alumni Day
Creative Economy

Thursday, December 5, 2019
11:30 am – 5:00 pm 
L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library
400 Eau Claire St
Cost to attend: $59

Do you miss Leadership Eau Claire™ and learning about what’s happening in the community? Join us for a special LEC Alumni Day focusing on Creative Economy. This event is an exclusive opportunity for LEC Alumni to highlight a few things happening creatively in our community.

We’ll start the day with a networking lunch at L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library followed by an update on the library expansion project from Executive Director Pamela Westby, Class of 2017 LEC Alumni. Attendees will also hear from Libby Richter, the recently added library social worker on her role then experience the Dabble Box makerspace, a “do-it-yourself” multi-purpose programming space where people of all ages can explore technology, arts, and crafts.

Next stop will be Chippewa Valley Technical College's Culinary Management program to learn about food as art from instructors Kevin Brown and Johnathan Fike. Visit will include a tour of the instruction kitchen and dining room as well as an update on the success of the program.

To end the day, the group will tour Artisan Forge, home to over 50 artists, craftsman, creatives, and businesses. Highlighted business will be Skill Shot Coffee Bar, a pinball & coffee lounge that serves locally-sourced ingredients.

Capacity for this event is limited to only 50 Leadership Eau Claire Alumni, so register early before it’s sold out! Cost is $59 per person and includes lunch, transportation, tours and a drink at the Afterglow. Register online by clicking the Register button on the side of this page or call the Chamber office at 715-834-1204. Any net proceeds from this event will be contributed to the Connie Glenz Memorial Scholarship Fund to provide scholarships for LEC participants.

More information or to register online >>


Programs & Services


Workplace Wellness Program Workshop

Wednesday, November 20, 2019
8:00 – 9:30 am
Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce - PESI Conference Room
101 N Farwell St, Suite 101


This program is for anyone who is a decision-maker or involved in their organization's workplace wellness efforts.  Whether your program has been around for awhile or you're just getting started, the workshop is designed to help you implement today's best practices to achieve benefits like improved employee health, cost containment and greater productivity.  It will also be a valuable opportunity to meet and compare notes with others to share ideas to solve challenges and enhance your program. ** The newly revised Workplace Wellness Program application will be launched at this event, simplifying the process to receive a workplace wellness award from the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce! ** 

Our speaker will be, Angeline Day, MPH, CHES - Program Manager with the Wellness Council of Wisconsin

This event is organized by the Chamber's Health & Wellness Committee in conjunction with Eau Claire Healthy Communities.  Thanks to our sponsors, there is no charge to participate but advanced registration is required. 

Thank you to our event sponsors for making this workshop possible:
Prevea Health and UnitedHealthcare

Follow this link to register >>


Eau Claire Co. City-Co. Health Dept.

Suicide Prevention is Everyone's Business

Host a FREE suicide prevention (QPR) training at your organization.

Benefits of hosting this program is to give your staff skills to spot warning signs of suicide, start a conversation with the person at risk, and assist the person at risk to seek help. QPR stands for “Question”, “Persuade”, and “Refer”.

To schedule a FREE training that can be hosted at your business, contact Chelsalyn Smith via email (Chelsalyn.Smith@co.eau-claire.wi.us) or by phone at 715-839-4766.

Follow this link for more information!


Community Connections - Member Orientation
Friday, December 13, 2019
7:30 a.m.
Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce - PESI Conference Room
No cost to attend

As a new or current Chamber member, this orientation will provide an overview of your chamber as well as provide insight for a more consistent value with membership.  It will be a chance to learn more about your chamber and a chance to share ideas with other business professionals.  

Community Connections will be the forum for valuable Chamber program and sponsorship content in a round table open environment and will provide an opportunity to discuss the many Chamber benefits and why your membership dues matter.  

Click here to register>>




Eggs & Issues: K-12 in Eau Claire - Its Impact and Future 

Friday, November 15, 2019
7:00 - 8:30 a.m.
The Florian Gardens Conference Center
2340 Lorch Avenue
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 

With 11,600 students and 1,400 staff members, the Eau Claire Area School District is the eighth largest school district in Wisconsin. At this special edition of Eggs & Issues, representatives from the school board and administration will join us to examine its impact in the community, its financial health, and its role in preparing young people for work and life in our economy.

Click Here to Register>>



Business After Hours
Monday, November 11
5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Chippewa Valley Cremation Services

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.

November's Business After Hours is sponsored by Chippewa Valley Cremation Services, Bijou Bistro, Charter Bank and Rhom Construction. 

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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