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    October 15, 2019         The Weekly Newsletter of the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce




Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce: The Update

Upcoming Events

Front Page

Business at the Gardens

Thank You for Making Business at the Gardens
a Success


Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Ribbon Cutting: Chippewa Valley Free Clinic

Friday, October 18, 2019
Eggs & Issues: How City Finances Really Work

Friday, October 18, 2019
Community Connections: Member Orientation

Friday, October 18, 2019
Ribbon Cutting: Rays of Sol

Thursday, October 24, 2019
Ribbon Cutting: Feed My People

Wednesday, October 30, 2019
October Workplace Wellness Network - QPR Suicide Prevention Training

Friday, November 1, 2019         Ribbon Cutting: Schleis Floor Covering

Monday, November 11, 2019   Business After Hours

Tuesday, November 12, 2019  Economic Outlook Luncheon

Wednesday, November 13, 2019  Workforce Solutions Summit

Thursday, November 14, 2019  Ribbon Cutting: Northwestern Mutual




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Awards & Recognition


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


Ribbon Cuttings & Groundbreakings

Newsletter Archives

Job Bank

Featured Job Postings

Prevea Health


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



Thank you to our sponsors, exhibitors,volunteers, attendees AND to The Florian Gardens Conference Center for making our first-ever Business at the Gardens a success!  With perfect weather and a beautiful new setting, our attendance was nearly 500 for this event.  

We would also like to thank the following:

VIP Sponsors: Five Star Telecom, Occupational Chaplains of America (OCA) and WEAU 13 News

Printing/Badge Sponsor: REALiving

Exhibitor Lounge Sponsor: Rhom Construction

Lanyard Sponsor: Royal Construction

Donations of Food: Marieke Gouda - assorted Gouda cheeses, Hansen's IGA - beef sticks, Silver Spring Foods - mustards and tartar sauce

Beverages: Infinity Beverages - wine samples 

Door Prize Sponsors and Winners:

  • B-Framed Galleries - "Abstract Tulip Fields" framed art print - Josh Hanson, Imagineering
  • Boxx Sanitation - Certificate for one year of service and gift basket - Lacey Logslett, BMO Harris
  • Infinity Beverages - Private Production Room Tasting for up to 8 people -Angela Kjellberg, L.E. Phillips Career Development Center
  • Pablo Center at the Confluence - Pablo Center event tickets and dinner for four - James Hanke, Market & Johnson 

Save the date!  Next year's Business at the Gardens will take place on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at The Florian Gardens.  Stay tuned for more information on  sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities.  




Real Life Academy

Real Life Academy Needs Volunteers!

Wednesday, November 13th
Varying shifts from 8:30 am – 1:30 pm
The Halls at The Lismore

More about the event: The Real Life Academy is an interactive, hands-on, authentic experience for area high school students to learn about money management. In the fall and spring of every year, nearly 400 juniors and seniors from Altoona, Augusta, Fall Creek, Memorial, North and Regis high schools have researched and selected their careers, participated in classroom lessons on financial management, and are ready to put their financial skills to the test.

Volunteers are needed to help run the stations students visit – additional questions about how to get involved with this event please contact Casey Schumacher.

Thank you to our major event sponsor: Royal Credit Union

Click here to register!



HSHS Sacred Heart & St. Joseph's hospitals  

October Workplace Wellness
QPR Suicide Prevention Training

Wednesday, October 30th
8:00 – 9:30 am 
Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce - PESI Conference Room

101 N Farwell St, Suite 101

Join the Chamber's Health & Wellness program for a QPR (Question Persuade Refer) Suicide Prevention Training.

Like CPR, QPR is a simple evidence-based process that you can learn to use in your personal and professional life. Learning QPR can help save the life of someone thinking about suicide - in this session you will learn the following:

  • Spot warning signs of suicide and start a conversation with someone at risk.
  • Assist the person at risk to seek help.
  • Make a referral to a provider that can help that person professionally 

Follow this link to download a printable poster for this event!

Thank you to our program sponsors for making this seminar possible: 
Achieve Wellness, Group Health Cooperative of Eau Claire, HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital, Marshfield Clinic, Mayo Clinic Health System, Optimum Therapies, Prevea LeadWell, and UnitedHealthcare

Click here to register online >>


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:


Programs & Services


Workforce Solutions Summit

Wednesday, November 13, 2019
The Pablo Center at the Confluence
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 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 more information and to register


Community Connections - Member Orientation
Friday, October 18, 7:30 a.m.
PESI Conference Room 
Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce 
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

How City Finances Really Work  

Friday, October 18, 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 the City of Eau Claire in the midst of considering its 2020 operating budget, Finance Director Jay Winzenz will join us to provide clarity on how city finances work and what goes into creating a balanced budget.  He will talk about anticipated expenses, revenue sources and how issues like levy limits, Tax Increment Financing and other components impact the city's ability to deliver services.  He will also provide an explanation of the four-year Capital Improvement Plan that was adopted by the city council in July.  

Click Here to Register>>

Downtown Transit Center Design Meeting

Thursday, Oct 17, 2019
10:00 a.m.
PESI Conference Room 
Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce

Planning is underway for a new city bus transfer center at 410 S. Farwell St. and city officials are looking for input on its prospective facilities and features.

Eau Claire Transit and design firm LHB, Inc., will be at the Chamber for a stakeholder meeting on Thursday, October 17, at 10:00 a.m. There will be a brief presentation followed by Q&A and discussion. The City of Eau Claire was awarded a $5 million US DOT TIGER grant as part of the funding for the center, and plans include building parking and workforce housing as part of the structure. No pre-registration is required and anyone interested is encouraged to attend.



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 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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