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 at the end of the edition are the beginning.
Effective May 26, 2020, Chamber staff returned to work at the Chamber office after working remotely since mid-March. Please note that the doors to the front desk area will remain locked until further notice. To place Chamber Bucks orders, schedule Certificate of Origin and notary services, or to speak to Chamber staff members, please call the office at (715) 834-1204.
"Committed to Safety" Business Decal Application Launches
About this initiative:The Chippewa Valley Economic Recovery Task Force (“Task Force”) is working to help local businesses recover from and mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Once submitted, applications will be processed. Pending approval, decals will be mailed directly to businesses applying. If a business has multiple locations, an application must be submitted for each.
APPLY FOR THE DECAL HERE!
About this Task Force:
The formation of the Chippewa Valley COVID-19 Economic Recovery Task Force is an effort to pull together resources, organizations and talent from across the Chippewa Valley to help us emerge from this crisis in an orderly, successful, safe and stronger position to support our local economy. We are in strong partnership with the Eau Claire City-County Health Department.
View the full press release here.
Department of Workforce Development - Economic Outlook
Momentum West - COVID-19 Regional Data
Ready For Work - 21 Resilient Workforce Ecosystems Leading Skills-Based Economic Recovery
Free Job Board Postings for Businesses
With many Chippewa Valley businesses reopening and looking for skilled workers, the Chamber is offering free postings on its job board through June 30, 2020. To post a job, click here and use the discount code TOGETHER2020. For questions or help with job postings, contact Chrystal Mills at firstname.lastname@example.org
Small Street Journal
Weekly the Chamber utilizes our blog to post condensed versions of members’ news releases in the Small Street Journal Publication. This free marketing resource is available to all members; we are in search of press releases highlighting area small businesses.
To submit your news or press release on a regular basis please email Kaylynn Stahlbusch or call 715.858.0615 with questions.
Workforce News And Resources
Project SEARCH is a 9 month program which provides training and education leading to integrated and competitive employment for youth with disabilities. Project SEARCH is based on a collaberation that includes a local business, school district, DVR, disability services agencies and family. Mayo Clinic Health System has hosted Project SEARCH interns for three years, with 33 interns successfully completing the program. Five Project SEARCH graduates are currently working with Mayo Clinic Health System or Morrison Healthcare. Project SEARCH graduates are also working at businesses in Eau Claire, Chippewa Falls and Bloomer. All partners are vital to the success of the program.
General Business Frequently Asked Questions - CDC Guidelines
Thriving on the Other Side: How Your Community Can Recreate Vibrancy After COVID-19
(Quint Studer, StrongTowns.org)
"As world-famous hockey player Wayne Gretzky said, 'I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been.' Now is the perfect time to start moving toward the puck."
Studer is also doing a webinar tomorrow afternoon, in which I plan to participate.
After COVID - Politics & Policy in the Age of Pandemic
Mehlman spoke at the 2018 US Chamber Governmental Affairs Conference. He is a well-regarded independent policy expert in DC, and has some interesting thoughts on the national and global impact of the pandemic going forward.
For Presenters: A virtual Event Checklist - Blue Sky Blog
Whether your presenters are experienced in presenting to a virtual audience or not, it’s never a bad idea to have a checklist for them to run through. Even if some of these items seem obvious, you never know what someone may forget to do before it’s time for them to present!
Paycheck Protection Program Could get some Welcome Changes - Ruder Ware
By Mary Ellen Schill, Amy E. Ebeling and Benjamin E. Streckert, Ruder Ware
As some Paycheck Protection Program loan borrowers approach the close of their eight week covered period (the period during which loan proceeds can be used for certain expenses and the corresponding loan amount can be forgiven), Congress is considering making significant changes to the program that would apply to existing loans and new PPP loans. Reports are that the House and Senate are close to agreeing on PPP amendments, and that the House could pass its version on May 28, with the Senate to follow shortly thereafter. The proposed House legislation (which the Senate version closely follows) is intended to address some common complaints among borrowers. View the blog below to learn more.
"Heard" Immunity: The Value of Updating workplace testing policies in advance of the COVID-19 Reboot - Weld Riley
By: Attorney Bryan T. Symes – Weld Riley, S.C.
By now, most people have developed at least a surface-level understanding of the herd immunity, or herd protection, epidemiological concept. Herd immunity describes a scenario in which enough people within a community are immune to COVID-19, such that the remaining individuals who are not immune are sufficiently protected from infection—i.e., the risk of infection becomes politically palatable. The concept of herd immunity is not without controversy—and this post is not an endorsement of herd immunity. No, instead, this post is about something altogether different--heard immunity. Intrigued? If so, keep reading, with the button below.
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