La Crosse-based Logistics Health Incorporated (LHI) is adding an operations center in Eau Claire to meet the growing demand for its services. The expansion will bring 120 jobs to the area initially, with the possibility of more in the future. The new office in Eau Claire, located in the Hutchinson Technology Building, will enable LHI to coordinate the logistics of health care services for its growing customer base, while also mining the extraordinary health care talent base for which the region is known. Available positions are already posted and LHI expects to fill the roles by February 1, 2017. LHI currently employs more than 1,200 people in both full- and part-time roles, most of whom are based at its La Crosse location.
Feather Communications, a Colfax-based business, has been named one of the Top 100 Career Websites and Blogs by Feedspot. Dr. Heather Rothbauer-Wanish, founder of Feather Communications, is a certified professional resume writer and provides resume-writing services to clients throughout the United States. As part of her website, she features a regular blog offering implementable tips that range from formatting resumes to how to write a cover letter. Tips from Feather Communications have been featured on CareerSidekick, MSN, Monster, Recruiter, MFG Jobs and the Management Resource Association websites.
Royal Credit Union (Royal) announced that its acquisition of Deerwood Bank in Apple Valley, Minnesota is complete. The transition took place November 5-6 and beginning November 7, 2016 Deerwood Bank, Apple Valley customers became members of Royal Credit Union. This acquisition offered Royal the opportunity to enhance office accessibility to its current Minnesota membership, as well as serve additional members in Minnesota. The office, located at 14295 Cedar Avenue in Apple Valley, was Deerwood Bank’s only facility included in the agreement.
Royal Credit Union (Royal) has received a second $2 million grant award from the U.S. Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institution Fund (CDFI). Of the 288 CDFI-certified credit unions, only 23 received an award this year. The CDFI program includes both certification and grant options. In 2015, Royal became a certified CDFI, one of only six certified credit unions in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Royal received this certification due to its significant history of serving the needs of low-income people in our communities, through both lending and financial education.
Strong support from the restaurant industry has led the Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC) District Board to recently approve a culinary program, which will begin in fall 2018 with initial enrollment for 24 students. CVTC’s market research showed that there are about 220 culinary job openings a year in the area, with six percent growth anticipated. CVTC formerly had a Hotel and Restaurant Management program, which was discontinued in 2010. However, in 2011 discussions were already underway to revive the program at the encouragement of industry leaders. The full two-year program will be 60 credits, leading to an associate degree in culinary and operations management. The program includes a 30-credit, one-year embedded technical diploma in professional cooking and a 15-credit, one-semester embedded technical diploma in food and beverage safety.
Eau Claire Chamber
The Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce has more than 1,200 members.