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    October 16, 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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Business Expo & Job Fair
Tuesday, October 16
YMCA Indoor Sports Center
3456 Craig Road 

11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Business Expo & Job Fair Open to the Public
4:30 – 7:30 p.m. – Business Expo VIP Reception

The Business Expo & Job Fair is today! Here are five great reasons why you need to attend and send your staff:

  1. Over 140 Exhibitors! – Click here for the list of exhibitors 
    Come learn about new products and services offered right here in the Chippewa Valley! If you are wondering what’s new, this is the place to find out what’s happening.

  2. One of the Best Networking Events of the Year! – You won’t want to miss the VIP Reception from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. with about 1,000 area professionals. 29 Pines will be catering Wisconsin Comfort themed appetizers, which will include lots of delicious cheeses, meats and other treats. Thank you to Ruder Ware, 29 Pines, UnitedHealthcare and Wipfli for sponsoring the VIP Reception.
  3. Job Fair –We have more than 50 exhibitors participating in the Job Fair recruiting for more than 170 different positions! For a list of positions, click here.
  4. Free Educational Seminars & New Speed Networking Event  

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Top Three Ways to Leverage Social Media in Your HR Marketing Efforts
by Taylor Pelissero, STOKES|HERZOG Marketing and Consulting

1-2 p.m.
Keeping Your Talent: Driving Improved Employee Retention Through Workplace Engagement
by Dan Burns, Chippewa Valley Technical College

2:30-3:30 p.m.
Kids These Days … How to Recruit and Retain Millennials
by Jordan Beeler, Mayo Clinic Health System

4 – 5 p.m.
Speed Networking

Seminars are free, but registration is encouraged to reserve a spot.

        5. Fantastic Door Prizes!

Each exhibitor will be giving away a door prize. Plus, during the VIP Night, you could win one of these major door prizes:

  • A framed print from B-Framed Galleries
  • A private tour for eight from Chippewa Valley Tours
  • A Notebook computer from Heartland Business Systems
  • A $500 Visa gift card from WESTconsin Credit Union

List of Exhibitors
Jobs Being Recruited

More Information


October Workplace Wellness Network Presentation

Wednesday, October 31
8:00 – 9:30 am 
Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce, PESI Conference Room

101 N. Farwell Street
No cost to attend

Sponsored by: Achieve Wellness, HSHS Sacred Heart & St. Joseph's hospitals, Group Health Cooperative of Eau Claire, Marshfield Clinic Health System, Mayo Clinic Health System, Optimum Therapies, Prevea Health and REALiving

Join the Eau Claire Chamber's Workplace Wellness Program for our October Workplace Wellness Learning Circle! Our speaker this session will be AJ Sherman, Chief Operating Officer, Achieve Wellness, LLC. AJ has more than 12 years of experience in the corporate health and wellness field as a consultant, operations leader and project manager. He has been a key figure in helping companies save hundreds of thousands of dollars every year by helping them proactively manage their health population through wellness programs and on-site/near-site clinical strategies. He now leads Achieve Wellness, a local company that specializes in creating healthcare and wellness solutions for any type of organization.

Presentation Description: 
HEALTHCARE COST. Already extreme. Still rising at a pace far greater than standard inflation. Many say it is unsustainable for businesses and employees. Surveys frequently reveal this remains the #1 concern of employers across the nation. It decimates profits for the company while eating away at employees paychecks right alongside high deductibles, which force them to choose between crippling financial burdens and the medical needs of their families.

With a discussion led by AJ Sherman of Achieve Wellness, we will dig deeper to reveal the two main sources of employers’ current medical care spend. With a better understanding of these sources, employers who attend can learn how to more specifically target their strategies to address the issue of healthcare spend.

More information or to register online>>

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: Developing Inclusive Language To Create Inclusive Workspaces
by Dr. Tamara Johnson, UW-Eau Claire 

Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Eau Claire Chamber
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, UW-Eau Claire’s Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and Student Affairs, Dr. Tamara Johnson, will share practical steps for working toward more inclusive workplaces through the language we use. Participants will leave with specific strategies to make improvements in their organizations.

This session is one of three Lunch and Learns the Eau Claire Chamber Diversity & Inclusion Task Force will host to promote the development of a strong culture of inclusion within Chamber organizations in the Chippewa Valley. Please consider joining the Task Force to learn more about the steps needed to develop inclusive language to support improved workplace culture.

Register online>>

Programs & Services

Workforce Solutions Summit

Monday, October 29
8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Pablo Center at the Confluence
128 Graham Avenue

Sponsored by: Charter Bank, Marshfield Clinic, Momentum West, Pablo Center at the Confluence, Prevea Health, Ruder Ware, Workforce Resource and Xcel Energy

If you're an employer with challenges of any kind related to attracting, hiring or retaining talent, join us on Monday, October 29, for the first-ever regional Workforce Solutions Summit at the new Pablo Center at the Confluence in Eau Claire.

Over the past few weeks, we’ve undertaken extensive research to identify the organizations and initiatives in our region that have real value in addressing the full range of workforce issues employers are faced with. We're be partnering with many of these organizations and our sponsors to bring you practical ideas, strategies, resources, best practices, and success stories - and connect you with those that have a specific fit to your industry and situation. 

Click here for more information

Legislative Candidate Forum Now Available to View Online

If you missed our recent Legislative Candidate Forum, you can view the recording of the event made by Valley Media Works online. The Forum featured the thirteen candidates vying for state legislative seats in Senate Districts 23 and 31, and Assembly Districts 67, 68, 91 and 93. The general election is November 6.

Click here to view the Forum online

The event is sponsored by the Leader-Telegram, WQOW TV 18, Valley Media Works (Community Television), and the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce.

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

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 Becky Seelen.


Tuesday, October 16
2018 Business Expo & Job Fair

Thursday, October 18
Ribbon Cutting: Wipfli

Friday, October 19
Eggs & Issues: Wisconsin Business Update with WMC

Friday, October 26
Ribbon Cutting: Visit Eau Claire Experience Center

Monday, October 29
Workforce Solutions Summit

Tuesday, October 30
Lunch & Learn: Developing Inclusive Language to Create Inclusive Workspaces

Wednesday, October 31
October Workplace Wellness Network

Wednesday, November 7
Economic Outlook Luncheon

Monday, November 12
Business After Hours

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

Wednesday, November 14
Leadership Success Series featuring Jim Hoffman

Thursday, November 15
SOHO November Coffee Talk 

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


Upright Therapy

Awards & Recognition

August 2018 Ambassador of the Month

Ribbon Cuttings & Groundbreakings

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