The Small Street Journal
The Small Street Journal is a weekly publication providing local organizations/businesses a place to share their latest press releases. This blog's link is shared on all of the Chamber's social media platforms.
If you are interested in sharing your press releases on Small Street Journal, please email your press document to firstname.lastname@example.org
Downtown Eau Claire, Inc. Announces Winner of Summer Downtown Enhancement Grant
Eau Claire, Wis.: Downtown Eau Claire, Inc. (DECI) has awarded the Chippewa Valley Museum a $2,000 grant to update and support their three Biking into History self-guided tour maps. The maps have proven to be in high-demand by downtown businesses and organizations and the Museum applied for assistance to replenish their quickly-diminishing supply of maps.
The reprinted maps will also be updated to include information on how to access the museum’s online historical walking tour.
The project offers residents and out-of-town visitors the opportunity to explore Eau Claire and learn a little more about the history of our city. With between 9 and 10 stops each, the three different tours focus on different themes: natural history, industries, and bridges. Each tour is designed to be completed in an afternoon.
“The Biking into History tour guides have been very popular with visitors and residents alike,” said
Carrie Ronnander, Director of the Chippewa Valley Museum. “This Enhancement Grant from DECI enables the Chippewa Valley Museum to share the rich history of Eau Claire’s downtown while also encourage healthy living.”
Royal Credit Union Breaks Ground on New Eau Claire Downtown Office
Eau Claire, WI – Royal Credit Union (Royal) celebrated the groundbreaking for their new Eau Claire Downtown office on August 6. The new location will be a full-service Royal office with approximately 2,900 square feet of space and an easily accessible drive-up, ATM and parking lot. It will feature the latest technology and a lobby designed to enhance privacy and create a comfortable environment for Members to ask questions and seek advice on their personal financial matters. The office is planned to open in spring 2022.
“We are excited to break ground on our new Eau Claire Downtown office and to continue growing our roots in the Chippewa Valley,” said Brandon Riechers, Royal Credit Union President & CEO. “Royal has a commitment to investing in the economic development of the communities we serve and was proud to build our headquarters in downtown Eau Claire in 2005. Since that time the area continues to flourish. Our new office will be an excellent addition to this thriving community and will allow us to continue our work as a trusted community partner and financial advisor for our Members.”
The groundbreaking was hosted by the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce. Event speakers included Eau Claire City Council President, Terry Weld, Eau Claire County Board Chair, Nick Smiar as well as Royal executives and board members.
Royal is working with River Valley Architects and Market & Johnson on construction of the facility. The new office will be located on the corner of North Barstow Street and East Madison Street. Royal’s current Downtown Eau Claire location on Bellinger Street will continue to operate as usual until the new office opens. Updates and additional information about the construction of the Eau Claire Downtown office can be found at rcu.org/NewECOffice.
Royal Credit Union to Acquire Lake Area Bank in Minnesota
Eau Claire, WI – Royal Credit Union (Royal) announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Lake Area Bank in Minnesota. The acquisition will offer Royal the opportunity to enhance office accessibility to its current Minnesota Membership, as well as serve additional Members in the region. Lake Area Bank offices are located in Forest Lake, Hugo, Lindstrom, Stillwater, and White Bear Lake.
Under the terms of the agreement, Royal will assume approximately $500 million in total assets in the transaction. Pending customary closing conditions, including obtaining regulatory approval, the completion of the acquisition is expected to occur in the first quarter of 2022. Royal is committed to a smooth transition for the bank’s customers.
“Royal is excited for the opportunity to bring our value proposition and commitment to making a positive impact in the lives we touch to expanded areas in Minnesota,” said Brandon Riechers, Royal Credit Union President & CEO. “Lake Area Bank is a family-owned financial institution that has served the community for over 100 years. Royal’s values-driven and relationship-based approach to financial management made this acquisition a good fit for our credit union.”
About Royal Credit Union
Royal Credit Union is a federally insured credit union proudly serving over 230,000 Members in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Royal is driven by a core ideology built on a strong purpose and values. You can open an account or apply for a low-rate loan at Royal Credit Union if you live or work in 26 counties in western Wisconsin or 16 counties in Minnesota. Counties served in Wisconsin include Adams, Ashland, Bayfield, Barron, Buffalo, Burnett, Chippewa, Clark, Douglas, Dunn, Eau Claire, Jackson, Lincoln, Marathon, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, Portage, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, St. Croix, Taylor, Trempealeau, Washburn, and Wood. Counties served in Minnesota include Anoka, Carver, Chisago, Dakota, Goodhue, Hennepin, Isanti, Olmsted, Pine, Ramsey, Scott, Sherburne, Wabasha, Washington, Winona and Wright. Realtors in the state of Wisconsin or Minnesota are also eligible to join the credit union. Visit rcu.org or call Royal Credit Union at 800-341-9911 for more information.
Workforce Development Board's Request for Proposals (RFPs): One-Stop Operator (informational only)
The West Central Wisconsin Workforce Development Board (WCWWDB) drives workforce-development efforts in West Central Wisconsin through a variety of funding mechanisms. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is the main funding source for the Request for Proposals (RFP) undertaken herein.
The One-Stop Operator (OSO) must provide the following services including, but not limited to:
1. Addressing systemic barriers preventing a strong pipeline of entry level workers and employment opportunities.
2. Creating a positive trajectory for young adults to actively participate in the workforce.
3. Creating an employer-driven workforce-development framework that can be replicated throughout the West Central Region.
4. Managing key relationships and relationship management with dislocations, company closures, Rapid Response Systems and Procedures, WARN Notice follow-ups, and coordinated services with WIOA Service Provider(s).
The Eau Claire Community Foundation will announce the results of its Create Culture Grant Catalog and the recipients of additional bonus grants on Facebook Live!
In celebration of ECCF’s upcoming 25th anniversary, there will be four Grant Catalog crowdfunding opportunities over the coming year, one for each of ECCF’s four giving categories. The first category is Create Culture, which supports music, literature, visual and performing arts, and museums. In addition to funds that nonprofit applicants raised from direct contributions, the top three fundraisers will receive bonus grants of $10,000, $7000, and $5000. In addition, three of the remaining nonprofits that raised at least $1000 will be entered into a drawing for three $1000 bonus grants. This event will reveal the top three fundraisers and feature the drawings for the $1000 bonus grants.
Follow Up: Grant Winners
This is a follow-up to the previous message about the Facebook Live event where ECCF announced the top Grant Catalog fundraisers and drew the winners of three $1000 bonus grants.
I’m pleased to announce that the $1000 bonus grant winners are the Chippewa Valley Railroad Foundation, Eau Claire Municipal Band, and Stand in the Light Memory Choir.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Greater Chippewa Valley held the 12th Annual Lemonade Day was Back This Year and Better Than Ever!
The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Greater Chippewa Valley held their 12th Annual Lemonade Day on Thursday, August 5th, 2021. We “squeezed the day” and the event was a huge success! Thanks to the kiddos and all the hard work they put into making the lemonade stands profitable, to our generous sponsors and everyone in the community who pre-ordered packages or came out to visit one of our stands. With all the support we received we are proud to announce that we raised over $34,000 this year!
This year our Lemonade stands were set up around the four BGC GCV communities. The kiddos learned about entrepreneurship, marketing, and design, as they went through Lemonade Day programming at the Clubs. They also designed cards to be included in every Lemonade Day package. The staff has updated the curriculum with the use of the book The Lemonade War, created for a youth population, engaging them in building literacy. This allows staff to engage them in an interactive discussion as they learn about running a business, marketing strategies, customer service, and more. Sponsorship by US Bank has made it possible to upgrade the curriculum; they are also creating a short virtual program to support the Lemonade Day program.
WNB Financial Announces Promotion of Lindsey Klug
WNB Financial is pleased to announce the promotion of Lindsey Klug to Retail Lead in Winona.
In her new role, Klug will manage the day-to-day operations of the Winona Retail Banking Team. With over 10 years of banking experience, Klug has worked as a teller, personal banker, business banker, service manager, and branch manager, most recently serving as Teller Supervisor for WNB Financial in Winona.
“Lindsey is an exceptional leader, evidenced through her most recent work as our Teller Supervisor,” said Ashley Hamby, WNB Financial Vice President and Retail Manager. “Her extensive experience, banking knowledge, and great personality, along with her commitment to being a trusted financial advisor to our clients, make her a natural choice for the Retail Lead position.”
The Community Table Partners with Imagineering for IT Security & Upgrades
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. — The Community Table has partnered with Imagineering for local IT services, providing a secure environment for continued and long-term success in tackling the issue of hunger in our community.
As of August 2021, Imagineering has donated one year of Managed IT Services to The Community Table, which includes monitoring, managing, and resolving issues for the computers, network, and IT systems of the Eau Claire-based non-profit. This will ensure The Community Table will continue to run at peak efficiency and won’t fall victim to cyberattacks.
“We are grateful for this partnership with Imagineering,” The Community Table Executive Director, TJ Atkins, said. “As a local non-profit that is trying to do good in the community, the help they are providing will protect our systems and keep our mission running smoothly.”
$1 Million federal grant awarded to address rural opioid crisis
Eau Claire Chamber
The Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce has more than 1,200 members.