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September 25, 2012  The Weekly Newsletter of the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce

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Business Salutes Eau Claire Golf Classic: Sponsorship Opportunity

The opportunity to be the Corporate Sponsor for Business Salutes Eau Claire is available. The event will be held on May 20, 2013 at the Eau Claire Golf & County Club. The Corporate Sponsor will receive:

  • Signage at the entrance to the Country Club
  • Recognition at the event with signage on the hole and sponsorship of Hole #10
  • A team of five golfers in the afternoon
  • Five logo shirts for the golf team
  • Golf Balls with your logo(s) to be distributed to all golfers
  • Recognition during the event and in the program
  • Opportunity to “welcome” the attendees
  • Recognition in the Chamber’s weekly email, The Update
  • Early registration sign up
  • Six Friday “Member to Member” emails

The cost is $4,000, payable on or before February 1, 2013. Contact Bob McCoy (715-858-0612)

Please click on the links below for more information.

Tuesday, September 25
13th Annual Age of Opportunity Job & Volunteer Fair

Wednesday, September 26

Friday, September 28
Ribbon Cutting: Stork Vision - Eau Claire
Ribbon Cutting: bc Olive and Bean co, LLC

Wednesday, October 3
Energy in the Valley: Preparing Today for Tomorrows Energy Challenges

Wednesday, October 3
Your Chamber Orientation

Thursday, October 4

Thursday, October 4
Ribbon Cutting: SDS Architects

Thursday, October 4
Costa Rica Trip Informational Meeting

Friday, October 5
Business Connection

Friday, October 5
Ribbon Cutting: Chippewa Valley Airport Service

Monday, October 8
Business After Hours

Tuesday, October 9
Australia/New Zealand Trip Informational Meeting

Wednesday, October 10
Leadership Success Series: Featuring Jerry Bauer, Bauer Built, Inc.

Wednesday, October 10

Thursday, October 11
2012 Chamber/CVTC Business Community Breakfast

Thursday, October 11
Candidates' Forum

Tuesday, October 16
Business Expo

Tuesday, October 16
Business Expo VIP Night

Friday, October 19
Eggs & Issues: State Update and Fall Election Preview with WMC

Tuesday, October 23
Affordable Care Act Update – How will it Affect My Business?

View Full Calendar on Website

Month-at-a-Glance (PDF)

New Members

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

Affordable Dentures

Simple Office Solutions

Renewing Members

Month of August 2012

Awards & Recognition

August 2012: Ambassador of the Month & Top Membership Sales

Advertise Here Ribbon Cuttings & Groundbreakings Coupons Job Bank Member Spotlight

Boller & Vaughan, LLC

Find out how to spotlight your business or organization for a month at no charge. More Information>>

Member to Member Board of Directors Staff

Affordable Care Act Update – How will it Affect My Business?:  Sponsorship Opportunities Save to Outlook

Tuesday, October 23, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Best Western Trail Lodge
3340 Mondovi Road

The Chamber will be hosting a free event for Chamber members on an update of Affordable Care Act/Obamacare.

Deputy Insurance Commissioner Dan Schwartzer will address insurance changes and what Wisconsin is doing to prepare, attorney Steve Weld will address HR related issues and attorney Mary Ellen Schill will address tax changes within the Obamacare bill.

The Chamber has opportunities for a few businesses to sponsor the event for $150, which will include recognition on all promotion of the event and recognition at the event. Contact Brett Geboy (715-858-0616) by Wednesday, September 26 if you would like to sponsor this event.

To attend the event, please register online>>

Sacred Heart Hospital


Lunch & Learn: Twitter and Hootsuite: The Dynamic Duo
Presented by: Heather Rothbauer-Wanish, Feather Communications
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Tuesday, October 30, Noon - 1 p.m.
Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce
Charter Business Conference Room
Cost to Attend: $25 (includes lunch)
Sponsored by: Eau Claire Realty, Sacred Heart Hospital &
Weld, Riley, Prenn & Ricci, S.C.

Do you ever wonder how to find time to utilize social media? By utilizing Hootsuite, you have the power to schedule Tweets, follow your fellow Twitter members and review your mentions – all from one screen. It is possible to have an active Twitter following without even logging into your Twitter account! Attendees will learn how to set up a Hootsuite account and how to leverage this powerful platform.

Read more or register >>

Energy in the Valley: Preparing Today for Tomorrow’s Energy ChallengesSave to Outlook

Wednesday, October 3, 8 - 9:30 a.m.
Eau Claire Chamber Office
Charter Business Conference Room

Reliable and affordable energy is essential to running a business and fueling economic growth and competitiveness in western Wisconsin. Come and hear a panel of area energy executives discuss local and regional energy issues, what the future of energy looks like and what this means for area businesses.

Our featured panel includes: Lynn Thompson, President & CEO, Eau Claire Energy Cooperative; Mark Stoering, President & CEO, NSP-Wisconsin (Xcel Energy); Brian Rude, Vice President, Dairyland Power Cooperative.

This is a free event for Chamber members. Please register online>>

Programs & Services

New Chamber Program: (TEC) The Executive Committee

The Chamber has partnered with TEC to bring our members a new program. TEC is a professional development group for CEOs, presidents and business owners. TEC creates a confidential environment for senior-level executives where members have no vested interest beyond helping each other succeed.
TEC members receive personalized, unbiased, and most of all, honest feedback from their peers. They get advice not found in any boardroom.

There is currently a TEC group in the Eau Claire area, for larger businesses, and the Chamber and TEC want to be able to provide the same opportunity for smaller companies, whose sales are under $3 million a year.

You are invited to experience this new program firsthand. Join us on Wednesday, October 3rd for a brief history of TEC and information on this new Chamber/TEC Program and lunch. You will also experience an actual issue session and a presentation from Executive Coach and Leadership Consultant Chalmers Brothers on “Leadership, Conversations and Results in the Workplace”.

Click here for more information>>       Register for the event online>>

Travel With the Chamber in 2013

There will be two informational meetings for the upcoming Chamber trips.

Costa Rica
The meeting will be on Thursday, October 4 at 5 p.m. at the Chamber office, Charter Business conference room.
Trip dates: February 25-March 5, 2013
Cost: $2,699. Sign up by October 15th and receive a $100 discount
Katy Kiley from the Chamber will be traveling with the group.

Please register online or call 715-834-1204.

Australia & New Zealand
The meeting will be on Tuesday, October 9, 5 p.m. at the Chamber office, Charter Business conference room.
Trip dates: September 16-30, 2013
Cost: $5,399
Bob McCoy from the Chamber will be traveling with the group.

Please register online or call 715-834-1204.

Market Your Business Here


Small Business Roundtable with WMCSave to Outlook

Thursday, October 4, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce
Charter Business Conference Room
No charge for Chamber Members

Representatives from Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce will be at the Chamber to discuss issues facing area businesses and using the input to formulate their legislative agenda.

Register by clicking here>>

Meet the Candidates:
Area Legislative Candidates’ Forum

Thursday, October 11, 2012 - 6:30 p.m.
Memorial High School, Little Theatre
2225 Keith Street, Eau Claire

The Chamber, Leader-Telegram, WAYY Radio, WQOW-TV18 and Community Television (CTV) will be sponsoring a Candidates’ Forum for the area State Assembly legislative races. Candidates invited to attend are:

Assembly District 67
Deb Bieging (D)
(Inc) Tom Larson (R)

Assembly District 68
(Inc) Kathy Bernier (R)
Judy Smriga (D)

Assembly District 91
Dana Wachs (D)

Assembly District 93
(Inc) Warren Petryk (R)
Jeff Smith (D)

This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the candidates’ positions on various issues before the election. We welcome and encourage everyone to attend. The program will be videotaped by Community Television and aired several times until the November 6th election.


2012 Business Expo

October Business After Hours
Monday, October 8, 5-6:30 p.m.
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Eau Claire Regional Arts Center
316 Eau Claire Street

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  Eau Claire Regional Arts Center, Charter Bank, Lasker Jewelers and Mega Foods.  Admission is now $6 at the door for members and $12 for non-members. Registration is not required for this event.

For more information>>

2012 Business Expo

2013 Business After Hours Sponsorships: Submit by September 28

It's time to start planning for the 2013 Business After Hours!

If your business is interested in sponsoring a 2013 Business After Hours, please download this form and return it to the Chamber by Friday, September 28. We conduct a drawing and select a lead sponsor for the 11 Business After Hours. The lead sponsor can then have three additional co-sponsors.

You may also review the guidelines for sponsoring this event.

If you have any questions, please contact Cheri Weinke (715-858-0613)

Other Information

Help Us Find the Next Chancellor for UW-Eau Claire

The UW-Eau Claire Chancellor Search and Screen Committee is holding three open forums to hear your ideas on the next chancellor. What qualities and qualifications should the chancellor have? What kind of leader does UW-Eau Claire need?

Open Forums – Drop in anytime to share your ideas
Tuesday, Sept. 25, noon-1:00 pm, Dakota Room 340, Davies Center
Tuesday, Sept. 25, 7:00-8:00 pm, Memorial High School IMC, Room 1850
Wednesday, Sept. 26, 4:00-5:00 pm, Council Oak Room 260, Davies Center

Parking available in the Water Street Lot for forums held on campus. For more information, contact the Chancellor Search and Screen Chair, Dr. Rama Yelkur, 715-836-4674, yelkurr@uwec.edu

Downtown Streets Goes Two-Way

Starting Thursday, September 20, Barstow Street and Graham Avenue became two-way streets. When you get a chance, come Downtown and check it out. In the future we will be sending out a survey to Chamber members to get their feedback. Click here for a map of available downtown parking areas.


Small Street Journal

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


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