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    November 6, 2018   The Weekly Newsletter of the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce

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Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce: The Update
Upcoming Events
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Wednesday, November 7
Economic Outlook Luncheon

Monday, November 12
Business After Hours

Tuesday, November 13
SOHO Coffee Talk - Forming A Business Advisory Board - Part 2

Tuesday, November 13
Ribbon Cutting: STOKES|HERZOG Marketing and Consulting

Wednesday, November 14
Leadership Success Series featuring Jim Hoffman

Friday, November 16
Eggs & Issues: What Happened? Election Analysis with Charles Franklin, The Marquette Poll

Tuesday, November 27
Lunch & Learn: Fourth Industrial Revolution and Workforce of the Future

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Simple Office Solutions

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

Happy Days Auto Body Repair LLC

Awards & Recognition

September 2018 Ambassador of the Month

Ribbon Cuttings & Groundbreakings

Newsletter Archives

Job Bank

Featured Job Posting
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Wisconsin

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



Today is Election Day 
Be sure to exercise your right to vote!

What's on the ballot: Wisconsin Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, State Treasurer, US Senate, US Congress, State Senate, State Assembly, County Sheriff, and County Clerk of Circuit Court. There are also two Eau Claire County advisory referenda related to redistricting and legalizing cannabis.

Click here to see what specific candidates are on your ballot.

Local legislative candidate information

Where do candidates vying to represent our area in Madison stand on key issues important to the business community? Their answers to questions posed by the Chamber's Good Government Council - on topics related to education, transportation, workforce development and top state priorities - are now available. The questions were answered by all 15 candidates on the November 6 ballot in Senate Districts 23 and 31, and Assembly Districts 67, 68, 91, 92 and 93.  Click here to view the Good Government Council Questionnaires

Voting Hours: Polls are open today from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. To find where you vote, and more information about voter registration, go to My Vote Wisconsin and enter your name and address. Voter ID is required for this election. 




"Think Eau Claire" Video and Website Now Available for Local Employers to Use in Their Recruiting

A new tool designed to help local employers attract talent to the Chippewa Valley was unveiled last week at the first-ever Workforce Solutions Summit. Created for the Chamber’s Employers Workforce Initiative in partnership with Volume One, the “Think Eau Claire” video and website affirms our area’s attributes as a great place to live and work, including those that have been recognized by a growing number of national publications. It’s designed to complement Wisconsin’s "Think-Make-Happen" initiative that's working to draw talent to the state.

"Think Eau Claire" is now available for any Chamber member employer to use in their recruiting efforts. To see the video and access the website, go to: www.ThinkEauClaire.com  Then simply share it with individuals you’re recruiting, add it to your own website careers page, and encourage your own employees to share it with their friends and family.

Spread the word - Like, share and follow Think Eau Claire on social media:


The "Think Eau Claire" video and website can also be customized for specific employers. To get connected with more information on how to do that, contact Scott Rogers.

Sponsors of the Chamber’s Employers Workforce Initiative include: Marshfield Clinic, Prevea, Xcel Energy, Workforce Resource, Royal Credit Union, Charter Bank and Ruder Ware.

HSHS Sacred Heart & St. Joseph's hospitals


Leadership Success Series: Featuring Jim Hoffman, Hoffman Construction

Wednesday, November 14, 7:30 - 9 a.m.
Mayo Clinic Health System
1221 Whipple Street
Cost to Attend: $25

Sponsored by: Associated Bank, Banbury Place, Mayo Clinic Health System, Royal Construction, Inc. and Ruder Ware L.L.S.C.

Join us for our next session of our Leadership Success Series featuring Jim Hoffman, president of Hoffman Construction. The fourth generation construction company is a heavy civil contractor specializing in road construction and contract mining in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa. The company grew from $25 million in revenue in 1984 to over $150 million in 2014. Hoffman Construction manages 30-50 major highway and site development projects each year with its fleets of scrapers, dozers, off-road trucks, backhoes and dump trucks. The company grew by more than 40 percent this year due to Foxconn-related work and bidding opportunities.

Jim Hoffman, a Black River Falls native, attended Stanford University. He received a degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree in construction engineering. After graduation, he worked in the San Francisco Bay area for Rudolf and Sletten, a building contractor, before returning to Hoffman Construction Company in 1989. He has served as the past president of both the Wisconsin Earthmovers Association and the Wisconsin Transportation Builders Association.

Cost to attend is $25 for Chamber members and $45 for non-members and includes a breakfast buffet. Breakfast will be served in the atrium outside the auditorium. The presentation will be held in the auditorium from 8-9 a.m. with a short time allotted for questions and answers. Please park on the first or second level of the hospital parking ramp. Follow signs to the hospital entrance. Once in the building, take the main elevator in the Luther Building to the lower level.  

Click here to register>>

Lunch & Learn: Fourth Industrial Revolution and Workforce of the Future
by Dawn Garcia, Pursuit of Excellence, LLC

Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce
PESI Conference Room
Cost to attend: $20

Sponsored by: Aging & Disability Resource Center of Eau Claire County, HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital, PESI and Weld Riley, S.C.

At this month’s Lunch & Learn session, Dawn Garcia, founder of Pursuit of Excellence, LLC, will reveal the projected changes to your workforce from the fourth industrial revolution, coming at your business at 90 mph! What should you expect? What roles will stay, go, or be substantially different? Find out how to position your team for success now, and into the future! If you’re an employer, your future workforce and business success will depend on this...

Specific takeaways from this session include: 

  • A vision of the workforce of the future (by 2025)     
  • An inventory – roles at risk     
  • Role transitions – preparing for action
  • Technology solutions & tools
  • Creating your fourth industrial revolution workforce plan

About the Presenter

Dawn Garcia, MBA, MS, CMQ-OE, has served in healthcare, business and educational leadership roles over the course of her career, including corporate leadership and graduate program faculty. Five and a half years ago she launched Pursuit of Excellence, LLC, a business management consulting agency based in Eau Claire, WI, to assist business leaders with leadership and talent development, business strategy & execution, and operational excellence.

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

Programs & Services

SOHO Coffee Talk 
Forming a Business Advisory Board

Tuesday, November 13
8:15-9:30 a.m.
Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce
PESI Conference Room
No cost to attend

Wish you had a trusted advisor to share in the decision making process?  Then maybe you should consider forming a Business Advisory Board.  The SOHO group discussed this at their last event in September, and will be expanding on the topic at the next SOHO Coffee Talk.  

This is an interactive, roundtable discussion among small business owners that will be facilitated by Bud Wackwitz. Topics of conversation include how to find like-minded business owners to create a group, guidelines for a successful Advisory Board, and suggested topics of conversation among board members. Everyone has something to gain as learning from others experience is priceless.

Please join us at 8:15 a.m., Tuesday, November 13 to share and learn from other small business owners like yourself!  Your contribution to the conversation is what makes this group work!  

***We heard you!  Note that our next meeting is on a TUESDAY rather than a THURSDAY morning.  We hope this makes it easier for you to attend.  Your attendance at the September meeting is NOT a prerequisite for attending this meeting.  

Click here to register>>

Eggs & Issues

Eggs & Issues: What Happened? Election Analysis with Charles Franklin, The Marquette Poll

Friday, November 16
7 - 8:30 a.m.
Green Mill Conference and Banquet Facilities
2703 Craig Road
$20 per person for Chamber members

Sponsored by: Xcel Energy 

Join us for this special opportunity to hear the post-election analysis of what Wisconsin voters decided when they went to the polls on November 6. Nationally recognized government scholar and pollster Charles Franklin has been director of the Marquette Law School Poll since its inception in 2012, and has become widely regarded as the definitive source for information concerning public opinion in Wisconsin. 

Click here to register>>


Xcel Energy

Monday, November 12
5-6:30 p.m.
Eau Claire Golf & Country Club
828 Clubview Lane

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: Ruder Ware, Charter Bank Eau Claire and MEP Associates

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 Jenna Ziegler.


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