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    September 25, 2018   The Weekly Newsletter of the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce

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Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce: The Update
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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>>

Want your young professionals to get more involved in the Chamber?

We encourage any Chamber member’s employees ages 21 – 40 to join our Young Professionals of the Chippewa Valley organization! To find out more information about this program or to fill out an application, head to the Chamber’s website and check out our facebook page.

Want YP to come to you? Schedule an informational presentation at your office - YP leadership will come on site and present this program to your employees! Email Casey Schumacher or call (715) 858-0614 for more information on this opportunity.  

HSHS Sacred Heart & St. Joseph's hospitals


2018 Business Expo Seminars
Tuesday, October 16
YMCA Sports Center
3456 Craig Road 

Join us for free educational seminars and speed networking at the Business Expo & Job Fair.  
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 
1-2 p.m.
2:30-3:30 p.m.
Kids These Days ... How to Recruit and Retain Millennials by Jordan Beeler of Mayo Clinic Health System

4 – 5 p.m. 
Speed Networking
Seminars are free, but registration is encouraged to reserve a spot. Register online on the Calendar of Events page or call the Chamber office at 715-834-1204.
Programs & Services

Chamber/CVTC Business Community Breakfast

Tuesday, October 9, 7 - 8:30 a.m.
Chippewa Valley Technical College, Business Education Center
620 W. Clairemont Avenue
No cost to attend for Chamber members

Sponsored by: Charter Bank, Chippewa Valley Technical College, HSHS Sacred Heart/St. Joseph's hospitals, Market & Johnson and Royal Credit Union

Attendees will tour the new restaurant space for the Culinary Management program and will get the chance to walk through the Cosmetology learning lab and full-service salon, Shear Inspiration CVTC Salon & Spa.  Attendees will also learn about the academies that have been created for local high school students to earn college credits and the free services offered to adults returning to the workforce. 

A "breakfast on the go" will be served. There is no charge for Chamber members to attend this event but we do ask that you pre-register by Thursday, October 4.

Click here to register >>

2019 Business After Hours Sponsorship

Is your business or organization interested in sponsoring a Business After Hours in 2019? If so, please submit your name to be the lead sponsor.

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 180 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 eleven Business After Hours to be held at a location without a liquor license.
  • The sponsoring businesses will provide a minimum of four door prizes valued with a value of at least $50.
  • The Eau Claire Chamber will promote the event on its website, The Update e-newsletter and an individual email.
  • 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 September 28, 2018. The Chamber Ambassadors will conduct a drawing in October. Businesses will be contacted by Friday, October 19, 2018 to confirm sponsorship.

Eggs & Issues

Eggs & Issues: Wisconsin Business Update With WMC

Friday, October 19, 7 - 8:30 a.m.
Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce, PESI Conference Room
101 N. Farwell Street
$20 per person for Chamber members

A Chamber Business Advocacy Event
Advocate - Xcel Energy, Miron Construction
Supporter - Banbury Place/Cigan Properties, Eau Claire Energy Cooperative 

Kurt Bauer, President of Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, provides an update of key issues of importance to the state's business community, including a look at his organization's policy priorities in Madison, and the current political outlook for the fall election.  WMC is the state's chamber of commerce and its largest business trade association, representing more than 3,500 employers of every size and from every sector of the economy. This is a Chamber members-only event.   

Click here to register>>


Legislative Candidates' Forum/Meet & Greet

Thursday, October 11, 6:30-9:00 p.m.
Chippewa Valley Technical College, Business Education Center

620 W. Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire
No charge to attend and no pre-registration required

Join us for this valuable opportunity to help make your voting decisions for state legislative races this fall.  Hear the candidates for State Senate Districts 23 and 31, and State Assembly Districts 67, 68, 91 and 93. Following the Forum Q&A, there will be time to meet and greet individual candidates. All of the candidates for these offices have confirmed their attendance.

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

For more information, click here or contact Scott Rogers.

Xcel Energy

Monday, October 8
5-6:30 p.m.
Cowboy Jack's
1432 Front Porch Place

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 Associated Bank, N.A., Cowboy Jack's and Marshfield Clinic.

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.

Read More>>


Friday, October 5
7:45-9:00 a.m.

Aging & Disability Resource Center
721 Oxford Avenue

Sponsored by: Aging & Disability Resource Center

Please arrive at 7:45 a.m. for registration and some beverages and food. At 8 a.m., staff from Aging & Disability Resource Center will take the floor to tell you more about the business.

Then it's time for some speed networking. Don't be frightened, it's much easier than speed dating!

Registration is required since there will be a maximum attendance (40 attendees for this event). The first five people who register (and attend) will receive a pass to attend Business After Hours. When you register online, it will indicate the other individuals that have registered.

Join us for this fun exchange of information! Hear more about Aging & Disability Resource Center and meet other business professionals.

Register online >>


Small Street Journal

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


Tuesday, September 25
Lunch & Learn: Competing for Employees as a Small Business

Wednesday, September 26
Ribbon Cutting: Sal's Complete Auto

Thursday, September 27
Ribbon Cutting: Shillin Wealth Management

Tuesday, October 2
Ribbon Cutting: Happy Days Auto Body Shop

Thursday, October 4
Ribbon Cutting: Signarama

Friday, October 5
AM Exchange

Monday, October 8
Business After Hours

Tuesday, October 9
Chamber/CVTC Business Community Breakfast

Thursday, October 11
Legislative Candidates' Forum/Meet & Greet

Tuesday, October 16
2018 Business Expo & Job Fair

Thursday, October 18
Ribbon Cutting: Wipfli

Thursday, October 18
SOHO October Social Event

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

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

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Awards & Recognition

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