The Workforce Connector is a monthly publication made possible by HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital, Marshfield Clinic Health System, Mayo Clinic Health System, Prevea Health, and Xcel Energy.
The Eau Claire Area Chamber has many initiatives to help employers retain, recruit and develop employees. Many of these programs, committees, and events have been around for years; At the 2019 Annual meeting our CEO/President David Minor announced the intention of focusing on Workforce Challenges and Solutions in the Chippewa Valley. This publication and the initiatives highlighted on our website are the beginning, use the button below to "learn more".
The chamber's workforce initiatives are led by the Workforce Development Committee Chair, Monica Obrycki of Eau Claire Energy Cooperative and Kaylynn Stahlbusch, Workforce and Program Director of Eau Claire Area Chamber.
Support Local Businesses This Holiday Season
WEDC continues to push their "We're All In" initiatives by encouraging communities to support local businesses during the holidays. Small businesses have faced difficulties from the COVID-19 pandemic, but many of them continue to find creative ways to keep their doors open for customers.
Missy Hughes, the Secretary and CEO of WEDC, explained, “The holiday shopping season is a great time to remember how important our local businesses are, whether it’s that special bakery, gift shop or restaurant, and what they mean to our communities...” She is encouraging communities to remember what local businesses provide for their towns, and how we, as consumers, can support them when they need it the most.
Many businesses are offering curbside pickup, online sales, delivery, and other ways to keep their workers and customers safe. WEDC’s Main Street Marketplace website features hundreds of local businesses around Wisconsin.
COVID-19 Survey Results
As COVID cases increase in the Eau Claire Area, overwhelming local hospitals, this survey was sent out to customer-facing businesses to gauge their sentiments on taking safety measures and potential local health orders through direct legislation. Of the 291 emails sent out, there were 63 responses to the survey.
From the survey, the most common current measures the respondents are taking include:
Click the PDF to view the full report.
Explore Eau Claire - Community Concierge Program
Through the new "Explore Eau Claire" program, a personal concierge acts as a connection to your job candidates and new hires as they make the choice to call Eau Claire home and begin the process of relocation. We ask what's important to them in a community, then research, communicate, and make connections for them in areas such as:
Our "Explore Eau Claire" program will save you time and money. Our concierge is knowledgeable, experienced, and dedicated to serving candidates who are relocating. Whether you have a general employee, manager, or executive, our program helps decrease turnover and increase employee satisfaction.
We Focus on Accompanying Partner:
An accompanying spouse/partner securing employment is another vital factor in a family choosing to stay in the area. We can distribute a spouse/partner's resume to our Chamber Members and other prospective employers. This is a win-win for all, as we know area employers are looking for quality candidates.
If you are an HR Professional interested in receiving notification when new candidates are interested in our area please use the button below to email us and get added to our distribution list! Candidates will be subject to your application process but this gives you the opportunity to sell your company to new talent!
Be a Paragon Winner Today!
The Paragon Economic Impact Award, sponsored by Royal Credit Union, is presented annually to a winner at the Eau Claire Area EDC's Annual Luncheon in February. We invite your nominations for local businesses that are a model of economic development excellence - through business expansion and development, job creation, innovation, etc. Deadline for nominations for 2020 Paragon Award is January 10, 2021.
Submissions will be evaluated on the information provided on the nomination forms and the knowledge of the committee. Additional information will not be presented to the committee for review unless specifically requested. Businesses can be nominated based on one or more of the following factors:
Staying Motivated While Working from Home
As the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic continues, and many employees continue to work remotely, finding motivation can be difficult.
The Five Tips that Brian Tracy suggests include:
HOMEPAGE: A Three Day Digital Experience
It is time for the Chamber's annual Social Media and Marketing conference. We are excited to host HOMEPAGE: a THREE DAY digital experience. Join us December 8-10, from the comfort of your own home, as social media experts share their knowledge with all of you.
Over the course of the three days, you will hear from keynote speakers, join breakout sessions, and participate in a live Q and A panel. Learn about videography, SEO tips, data-driven segmentation, social media strategies, and so much more. In a digital age where consumers and businesses alike rely heavily on technological resources, this is a conference you won't want to miss!
Virtual Eggs and Issues Event
Coming out of the challenges marked by the pandemic year of 2020, the Wisconsin State Legislature is scheduled to convene in January. With many new members after the election - and a new majority leader in the State Senate - lawmakers will take on the task of fashioning the critical two-year state budget.
We've invited members of the State Senate and Assembly who represent the Chippewa Valley to join us for a preview of the session, including a discussion of policy priorities that will be important to our region.
The program will be recorded. A link will be sent to all registrants when the recording becomes available. If you can't participate during the "live" broadcast, register anyway and you'll receive the recording.
Registration closes at 12:00 noon on Thursday, December 17. An email address and mailing address is required for each attendee to register. A link to login to this session will be emailed to you about 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 17. ***PLEASE NOTE: If you do not receive the email containing the link to log in to the meeting, please be sure to check your spam folder.
Run for City Council or School Board
If you or someone you know is interested in serving our community by running for a seat on your local city council or school board, the filing deadline is January 5 and signatures to be placed on the ballot must be gathered between Dec 1 and Jan 5.
Seats on the ballot for the April 6 nonpartisan election include one on the Altoona School Board, three district seats on the Altoona City Council, three seats on the Eau Claire School Board, and the five district seats on the Eau Claire City Council.
Eau Claire Chamber
The Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce has more than 1,200 members.