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

Wednesday, October 31
October Workplace Wellness Network

Wednesday, October 31
Lawmaker Luncheon with U.S. Senator Ron Johnson 

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

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

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Awards & Recognition

September 2018 Ambassador of the Month

Ribbon Cuttings & Groundbreakings

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The Chamber and Volume One Collaborate on "Think Eau Claire" Video and Website

After surveying the workforce development needs of a broad base of local employers of all sizes, the Chamber has taken the lead on a collaboration with Volume One to launch a fresh and contemporary video and website geared toward attracting workforce to the Chippewa Valley region.

In addition to this community-wide effort, both the video and website will be customizable by individual businesses to enhance and improve their own independent recruiting efforts. The branding for this effort is “Think Eau Claire” and the website is ThinkEauClaire.com.

For more information on "Think Eau Claire", please contact Scott Rogers. 



Save the Date for the Chamber's Annual Holiday Open House!


Thursday, December 6th
3:30 – 6:00 pm
Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce Office

A selection of local restaurants and caterers will be featuring food items for attendees to sample accompanied by local drinks to get you in the holiday spirit.

We also have one monetary sponsorship opportunity left – contact Casey Schumacher for more information.

No registration necessary to attend, all Chamber members welcome & invited!


Staff Changes and New Faces at the Chamber

The Chamber is pleased to announce the hiring of two new team members. 

Sarah Hughes joined the staff on October 22nd and will be the Chamber's new Director of First Impressions.  Sarah will take the place of Katie Vorce who retired earlier this month and will be the first face our members will see when they come through the doors.  

Also joining the Chamber staff is Jenna Ziegler.  Jenna began her position as Education and Seminar Director on October 24th.  Jenna will assume the duties of Becky Seelen who accepted a new position as Marketing Director with Security Financial Bank.  

Please join us in welcoming Sarah and Jenna!

HSHS Sacred Heart & St. Joseph's hospitals


2019 Sales Conference Request for Proposals 

The Chamber will host its fourth annual Sales Conference on Thursday, February 28, 2019, and is seeking proposals from individuals who would be  willing to volunteer to present a keynote or one-hour session on an aspect of sales. We are looking for topics on a variety  of subjects but especially on:

  • Account Planning 
  • Basics of Selling                 
  • Recruiting Sales People 
  • Relationship Building 
  • Referrals               
  • Sales for the Non-Sales Person 
  • Negotiating 
  • How to Use Sales Force Effectively              
  • How to Use Technology to Woo Customers  
  • Time Management for Sales People 
  • Prospecting & Nurturing the Prospect          
  • Legal Aspects of Sales   
  • Getting in the Door   
  • Personality Profiling in Sales   

If interested in presenting, please click here for more information.  Proposals must be submitted to Jenna Ziegler by Friday, November 30, 2018. 



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>>

Programs & Services
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>>

Fall Real Life Academy Needs Volunteers!

Thursday November 15th
Varying shifts from 8:30 – 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!


Voting decisions 2018: Candidate answers to the Chamber's Good Government Council Legislative Questionnaire now available

Early voting open through November 1

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 for the Chamber's Guide to the November 6 General Election, which includes Good Government Council Questionnaires, early voting details and other voting information.

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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