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.
Faanes, Moore To lead local economic recovery task force
Work gets underway to plan for reopening the area economy
Two recently-retired and well-respected local leaders, Mark Faanes and Gregg Moore, have agreed to be co-chairs of the newly-created local COVID-19 Economic Recovery Task Force. Faanes is retired Partner-in-charge of Wipfli’s Northern Wisconsin Region and a former Chamber Board Chair, and Moore is the former long-time Chair of the Eau Claire County Board.
The purpose of the Task Force is to guide the reopening of the local economy with a strategic, evidence-based approach, within federal and state guidelines. It has now begun its work to build and implement a plan to develop local sector-specific business recovery strategies, help businesses navigate the crisis financially, address employment issues, and promote business activity throughout the community.
Use the button below to learn more about the Task Force's objectives and guiding principles, including details on how it will be organized and how you can get involved.
SBDC to Offer Free online Cash Flow Seminars For Small Businesses
How will you restart your business after the threat posed by the coronavirus is diminished? As part of the local COVID-19 Recovery Task Force efforts related to business financial assistance, the Small Business Development Center and UWEC Continuing Education are offering a free interactive webinar for small business owners. The program is designed to provide tools to help you forecast and plan your business cash flow.
• Recovery After COVID-19: Planning and Managing Cash Flow
Choose one: Tue May 12, 2 p.m. or 6 p.m., or Thu May 14, 2 p.m.
2020 Western & Central Wisconsin Wage Survey - Deadline May 15, 2020
The survey is distributed the week of March 16, due back by May 15, and is published in mid-July. We are proud to be covering employers from nine chambers of commerce including Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, La Crosse, Marshfield, Menomonie, Portage County, Rice Lake, Wausau, and Wisconsin Rapids. Also involved are the local chapters of Society of Human Resource Management in the Chippewa Valley, La Crosse, Wausau and Winona. We need area employers to contribute their data in order to keep the wage survey viable and relevant; data is kept confidential. We have made it easy to participate, so please review the instructions and complete the forms. All documents for survey participation is on the Eau Claire Chamber's website.
There is a minimal cost to receive the report when it is available in mid-July, and chamber, CVSHRM, and Wipfli HR Forum membership qualifies businesses for discounted pricing.
If you have any questions, please contact Danielle Kummer at (715) 858-0618.
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Wisconsin Needs to Get Back to Business!
WMC's Back to Business plan, if implemented by the Governor, would have started opening businesses as of yesterday, May 4. Businesses are continuing to struggle and Wisconsin remains closed due to the extension of the Safer at Home order. It is time we let our lawmakers know that we need to get Back to Business!
The Back to Business plan is designed to strategically open Wisconsin businesses based on a number of risk factors and offers employers a clear vision for when and how they can begin to operate, once again. It was developed with input from a diverse group of stakeholders, including those in business, government and the medical community.
Donna from Hayward, owner of Lori's Card and Gifts, explains the importance of reopening Wisconsin and the impact the order is having on her small business.
Hear Donna's story below:
Please join us in supporting the Back to Business plan by contacting your legislators and the governor today. In just a couple clicks, you can show your support for the plan.
ECASD Receives Grant, Donation To Fund Fab Lab Projects
MRA - The Management Association
Get the same great MRA training for you and your team … without leaving your home office!Our Live Remote Training is available through May 31, 2020.
The variety of courses will help you upskill your team and sharpen your own set of business tools—so you can hit the ground running as we emerge from this unprecedented time.
Stokes|Herzog Marketing + Consulting: Live on Camera
In this time of virtual meetings galore, Sarah gives tips on how to project well on camera and come across confident through the screen. Check it out here!
Stokes|Herzog Marketing + Consulting: Eau Claire Strong
We are proud to launch Eau Claire Strong, a resource for Eau Claire businesses and nonprofits to come out of this uncertain time stronger and empowered.
We created eauclairestrong.com as a one-stop shop for FREE resources, marketing skills and business strategies.
Let's come out stronger.
COVID-19 must-know information for local businesses - check back for regular updates
Keep Calm and Stop the Spread - #stopthespreadec
This page is updated as new information becomes available. If you have questions or additions, contact Scott Rogers, the Chamber's Governmental Affairs & Workforce Director: email@example.com
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