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The Eau Claire Chamber's mission - to be the "Advocate of Business" and its motto, "Our Community is Our Business" - both point to the importance of Advocacy as one of our core pillars.

Decisions made at every level of government – whether locally at city hall, school boards, the county courthouse, or in Madison and Washington – have a profound impact on our local businesses and the economy. That’s why the Chamber is committed to being your eyes and ears – and, when needed, a non-partisan voice for the business community.

The Chamber accomplishes this through:

  • Advocacy on business-related issues at the local, state and federal levels
  • Connections and relationships with policy makers
  • Timely information and education for Chamber members
  • Equipping members for effective involvement and influence

Role in the community

The Chamber will seek to maximize its positive impact in the community through its unique ability to be a…

  • Catalyst for business growth
  • Convener of leaders & influencers
  • Champion for a strong community*

*3C Chamber concept – Western Assn of Chamber Executives (WACE)

The Chamber's specific Advocacy activities include:

  • Actively monitoring key issues at all levels of government.
  • Maintaining a regularly updated Business Issues Agenda, with the Chamber's positions on key economic issues.
  • Publishing the weekly Business Advocate e-newsletter, a need-to-know digest of relevant business-related issues, as well as updates on Chamber positions.
  • Organizing Advocacy events like Eggs & Issues policy breakfasts, Lawmaker Luncheons, Virtual Town Halls, and other online and in-person events to connect Chamber members with policy makers.
  • Educational opportunities where investors can learn more about how government works, how to get involved, and to make their voices heard most effectively.
  • Candidate Questionnaires, debates, forums and other election information. (The Chamber does not endorse candidates.)
  • Dedicated Governmental Affairs staff and volunteer-led Governmental Affairs Committee to maintain relationships with governmental officials, monitor issues, and recommend action when needed.
  • The annual Chippewa Valley Rally, in cooperation with the Chippewa Falls and Menomonie Chambers, bringing the business community’s voice to the State Capitol in Madison.
  • Cooperative efforts and information with like-minded organizations, including other local chambers, the state and national chambers, and other business-related groups.
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If you have any questions regarding the Chamber’s role in governmental affairs, please contact Scott Rogers, Vice President Governmental Affairs.

Thank you to our Business Advocate Investors:

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