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Down to Earth expanded their Eau Claire location. Spring Spectacular Expansion Grand Opening is this weekend. Enjoy the expanded greenhouse and grounds and shop in The Mustard Seed Boutique and do it all with a cup of something wonderful from the Five & Two Cafe in your hand.
The Chamber recently honored 60 area high school seniors and their chosen educators at the 34th Annual Excellence in Education Banquet. Students represented 10 area high schools.
Each participating school selects honored students based primarily on academic achievement, although other important attributes, such as leadership, character, enthusiasm, community involvement, communication skills and self-motivation, also were considered. The Excellence in Education Banquet also recognizes an additional student from each school who has exhibited extraordinary qualities and effort, above and beyond what is considered normal or expected, and who is quite likely not a top academic achiever. Each student was asked to select an educator who incited a special interest in a specific subject or learning in general, demonstrated exceptional knowledge, served as a mentor or caused the student to do more than what might be considered possible.
For a list of all student and educator honorees, click here.
In addition, the following honorees received Special Educator Awards:
Gerald Bauer, owner of JB Systems and a former Excellence in Education honoree from Memorial High School, was the keynote speaker. Bob Gallaher of WEAU 13 News was the emcee.
The event is made possible by the following sponsors:
Platinum Sponsor: Marshfield Clinic
Gold Sponsors: Banbury Place, Bush Brothers, Chippewa Valley Technical College, Eau Claire Area School District, Fall Creek Lions Club, HSHS Sacred Heart & St. Joseph’s Hospitals, Madison St. Auto Body Inc., Mayo Clinic Health System, McDonough Manufacturing Company, Memorial High School Student Council, NBI, Inc., North High School Student Council, PESI, Inc., Regis Catholic Schools, Rhom Construction, Royal Credit Union, School District of Eleva-Strum, SDS Architects, Senn Blacktop, Student Transit-Eau Claire, Sylvan Learning Center and Weld, Riley S.C.
Silver Sponsors: Eau Claire Energy Cooperative, Lions Club of Mondovi, Manpower, Marten Transport, Ltd., Minnesota Wire, Osseo-Fairchild School District, Realityworks, Inc, School District of Mondovi, UW-Eau Claire Foundation Inc.
Bronze Sponsors: AAUW, Altoona Area Foundation, Altoona Board of Education, Associated Bank, Augusta School District, CliftonLarsonAllen, Eau Claire Area Retired Educators Association, Eau Claire Association of Educators, Fall Creek School District, Hillside Dental, Kris Javurek, Kleven Real Estate, L&M Mail & Courier, REALiving, Ryberg Law Firm, School District of Altoona, School District of Gilmanton, United Bank – Osseo Office, United Bank – Eleva Office, United Bank – Mondovi Office, Unity Bank and Wipfli.
In-Kind Sponsors: Altoona High School, Brent Douglas Flowers, Bill Hoepner and UW-Eau Claire.
A new creative endeavor in Eau Claire - Chippewa Valley Tours! Sisters Michelle Lien and Amanda Olson and Nick White formed Three Foodies LLC in Eau Claire. The company is now offering the Downtown Eau Claire Food and History Tour. The first public tours will start the first weekend in May.
HSHS Sacred Heart hospital celebrated the renovation of the Women and Infants Services area. The rooms are spectacular with birthing tubs, birth slings and Bluetooth connection with an impressive sound system for your listening pleasure. But even more impressive is that all labor, delivery, recovery and post partum happens in one room.
Prevea Health announced six new physicians who will be joining the Prevea Health Family Medicine Residency Program as residents in June 2018. As part of this program, the residents will receive specialized, family medicine training for three years at the program sites in Eau Claire and Augusta. They will work under the supervision of experienced faculty physicians and community preceptors to provide direct medical care to patients. Incoming resident physicians include:
Prevea Health partners with the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) and HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire to operate the Prevea Health Family Medicine Residency Program.
Security Sales & Integration (SSI) presented Per Mar Security Services (permarsecurity.com) the SAMMY Award for Best Website Design at the 23rd Annual SAMMY Awards ceremony. The award ceremony kicked off the electronic security industry’s International Security Conference & Exposition (ISC West). The SAMMY Awards recognize installing security integrators, dealers and monitoring providers for their marketing, installation and overall business excellence. A panel of industry experts judged the nearly 130 entries.
Mayor Brendan Pratt, City Administrator Mike Golat outline successes, challenges at the Chamber's Eggs & Issues Breakfast
A crowd of 120 business and community leaders filled Altoona's new River Prarie Center on Friday, April 20, to hear about the city's remarkable growth, improving qualify of live, and ongoing challenges.
Just elected to his second term, Mayor Brendan Pratt kicked off the meeting talking about the challenge of having sufficient affordable housing, which he called "a critical need" if the city is going to have continued success in bringing in new people. With few homes on the market at the lower end of the price scale, he said he plans to take action, including proposing an affordable housing initiative within the next few weeks.
On a bright, sunny morning, with the glass walls of the River Prarie Center highlighting its location in that outdoors-oriented setting, City Administrator Mike Golat brought participants up to date on the city's continued growth and business development. He centered his remarks around the "Power of 10," drawn from principles of placemaking that Altoona has used as an active and deliberate part of its economic development efforts.
"Reasonable application of regulations" was the first of 11 principles he credited for part of Altoona's record of over-10% growth for three years in a row. He noted that government's attitude can either be, "why we can't do this," or "how can we get something done" while still maintaining the necessity of sound regulations. He said Altoona's attitude is the latter, since, with developers, "there's something else they could be doing with their time and resources."
Among new businesses opening in Altoona this year are 44 North Gastropub, Cabin Coffee, Crossfit River Prairie, Physician's Weight Loss, Oral Surgery Associates, and others. The other key principles highlighted by Golat included:
Altoona is promoting it's first P10 Festival [rescheduled to June 16], and Golat told attendees they can look forward to a new series of music-focused outdoor events on Wednesday evenings during the summer.
Friday was also timely because the City of Altoona was awarded the Chamber's Community Development Award at the Chamber Annual Meeting the previous Tuesday, April 17.
Thanks to our sponsors: The Eggs & Issues Series is a Chamber Business Advocacy event. Advocate level sponsors are Xcel Energy and Miron Construction; Supporter level sponsors are Banbury Place and Eau Claire Energy Cooperative.
See more at...
Youtube video of the Eggs & Issues presentation
Mayor: Altoona needs more homes (Leader Telegram)
Rapid growth: That’s what continues to happen in Altoona’s River Prairie (Leader Telegram)
Posted by Scott Rogers, Governmental Affairs and Workforce Director, April 23, 2018
At Royal Credit Union, our story is your story!
Creating a positive impact in the lives we touch since 1964.
Royal Credit Union was made up of just 100 Members when we were organized in April 1964 to serve the employees of Uniroyal and their families. In November of 1972, Royal was granted permission to add other employee groups to its membership; and over the next two years we did just that, bringing 27 new groups into the family. That popularity told us we were ready for a community charter.
With more than 190,000 Members today, on the surface we don't really look like we did when we just occupied a small office in a tire plant. But there are many, many things that have remained true from day one. These things are highlighted in our Core Values, which you will find here and posted in each of our offices. More importantly, you will find these Core Values instilled in each of our team members, who make sure to listen to your story and help you in any way they can.
As a not-for-profit credit union, we can offer you - and our communities - so much more. Lower loan rates. Higher deposit rates. And tons of community support.
Royal Credit Union deposit rates are on the rise again, check out our new rates on certificates! Plus, we have amazing rates on our savings and money market accounts. Want to know how our rates stack up against other financials? Great!
Royal’s 12-Month Certificate rate is 1.51% APY*
versus 0.50% APY Market Average Certificate Rate in the Chippewa Valley*
versus 0.57% APY Market Average Certificate Rate in Minnesota Metro*
Royal’s Money Market ($10,000 - $24,999.99) rate is 0.95% APY*
versus 0.27% APY Marketing Average Money Market Rate in the Chippewa Valley*
versus 0.28% APY Marketing Average Money Market Rate in the Minnesota Metro*
Royal’s Savings Account is 0.80% APY*
versus 0.15% APY Market Average Certificate Rate in the Chippewa Valley*
versus 0.16% APY Market Average Certificate Rate in Minnesota Metro*
We think that is something worth smiling about, because for the last several years, rates of returns at many financials have held close to flat.
Since 2012, Royal has made a number of moves to not only keep deposit rates high and loan rates low, but also to reduce fees across the board. In that time, Royal has reduced or eliminated nearly 70 fees. Couple that with the top-tier rates on both loans and deposits, and Royal has a value proposition that’s second to none.
To us, providing you value is another way we’re living our core values, and doing the right thing for our Members. Not a Member? Learn more and apply online today.
About Royal Credit Union:
Royal Credit Union is a federally insured credit union proudly serving over 190,000 Members in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Royal is driven by a core ideology which is built on 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.
*APY=Annual Percentage Yield. Rates current as of 4/23/2018. Last changed on 4/14/2018. The above rates are subject to change at any time without notice. Minimum balance of $100 to open certificate and to earn dividends. Dividends calculated daily, compounded and paid monthly. Substantial penalty for early withdrawal. Charges could reduce the earnings on the account. Money market account rate is based on a balance tiered rate account: 0.80% APY for $9,999.99 or less (this rate will go into effect if your account drops below $10,000. Minimum $10,000 initial deposit is required.), 0.95% APY for $10,000 - $24,999.99, 1.06% APY for $25,000 - $99,999.99, 1.11% APY for $100,000 or more. Money Market Limitations: Make minimum withdrawals of $250 or more. Comparison based on data compiled from SNL Financial; current as of 3/5/18. Federally insured by NCUA.
What an amazing 104th Annual Meeting! On April 17, 680 attendees celebrated the accomplishments of our 1,215 members. This event was held at UW-Eau Claire Davies Center. The Chamber's leadership was transferred from Board Chair, Tim Benedict, Benedict Refrigeration to Laura Talley, BMO Harris Bank . Pete Farrow, Group Health Cooperative of Eau Claire served as the emcee.
Tim Benedict, Benedict Refrigeration-Board Chair
Laura Talley, BMO Harris Bank - Board Chair Elect
Terry McHugh, WEAU 13 News- Secretary/Treasurer
Dave Johnson, EO Johnson Business Technologies - Past Chair
Scott Biederman, Musky Tank
Mark Faanes, Wipfli
Paul Kohler, Charter Bank
Jerry Shea, Market & Johnson
Steve Anderson, Ruder Ware LLSC
Jason Craig, Mayo Clinic Health System
Ned Donnellan, Donnellan Real Estate
Anne Hargrave-Thomas, Oakleaf Surgical Hospital
Scott Hoffmann, Wisconsin Independent Network
Margo Keys, Chippewa Valley Technical College
Nicole Lasker, Lasker Jewelers
Paul Madsen, RainMaster Lawn Systems
Nick Meyer, Volume One
Andy Neborak, Eau Claire Express Baseball
Dale Poynter, SDS Architects
Daneille Strong, Weld Riley, S.C.
Lynn Thompson, Eau Claire Energy Cooperative
Jason Vance, Ken Vance Motors
Nick White, Live in Eau Claire
Amy Wolfe, Trubilt Collision Center
MaiVue Xiong, Weld Riley
NEW BOARD MEMBERS
Aaron Black, EO Johnson Business Technologies
Michelle Heinzen, Bremer Bank
Small Business of the Year
Rainmaster Lawn Systems
Woman of Achievement
Emily Moore, Feed My People Food Bank
Ambassador of the Year
Mary Glassbrenner, Group Health Cooperative of Eau Claire AND
Marianne Klinkhammer, Gator Garb Promotions
Chamber Volunteer of the Year
Jenna Ziegler, Group Health Cooperative of Eau Claire
Outstanding Young Professional
Aaron Black, EO Johnson Business Technologies
Public Employee of the Year
Gregg Moore, Former Eau Claire County Board Chair
Thank you to our Sponsors:
Group Health Cooperative of Eau Claire - Entertainment & After Party
WEAU 13 News - Video Production
Northwestern Bank - Printing
Bauman Associates Ltd.
Charter Bank Eau Claire
Eau Claire Press Company
EO Johnson Business Technologies
HSHS Sacred Heart & St. Joseph's hospitals
Market & Johnson, Inc.
Royal Credit Union
Rhom Construction - Ambassador of the Year
Royal Credit Union - Chamber Volunteer of the Year
Northwestern Bank - Community Development
Market & Johnson, Inc. - Outstanding Young Professional
B-Framed Galleries - Public Employee of the Year
Small Business of the Year - Charter Bank & Wipfli LLP
Woman of Achievement - HSHS Sacred Heart & St. Joseph's hospitals, Ken Vance Motors, and McDonough Manufacturing Company
Festival Foods & Badger Liquor- wine
Brent Douglas Flowers - table centerpieces
BMO Harris Bank - parking shuttle
Student Transit - for providing the buses
UW-Eau Claire Foundation - Music as you arrived by the Robert Baca Quartet
RCU Business Loans And Services - Reception
Ruder Ware - Hors d’oeuvres
Cascades Tissue Group
Chippewa Valley Technical College
Commonweal Development Corporation
Eau Claire Energy Cooperative
Gator Garb Promotions
Mayo Clinic Health System
McDonough Manufacturing Company
Ruder Ware, L.L.S.C.
Weld Riley, S.C.
WESTconsin Credit Union
Woods and Water Realty
WQOW TV 18
Eau Claire Energy Cooperative and Lasker Jewelers - $1000 Shopping spree with Chamber Buy Local Bucks. $1000 Value Winner: Josh Boxx, Boxx Sanitation
Rhom Construction & Skywest Airlines (United)—A weekend in Chicago with two round trip airline tickets and a $700 Visa Card. $1200 Value
Winner: Brianne Markin, Beaver Creek Reserve
Williams Diamond Center & Bourget Law/IntellectualGems
Custom Teva designed pendant holding a 1.54 Kunzite surrounded by a halo of champagne diamonds . Retail: $1,832
Winner: Barb Oas, Royal Credit Union
Stepanie Shreve, CJC Company won $25 in Chamber Buy Local Bucks for taking the most photos via our new Grouve App.
The Eau Claire Chamber staff enjoyed starring in this introduction video for the emcee. Our thanks to Chelsea Seckora, graphic designer for filming and editing.
The Northwestern Bank Board of Directors announced the recent promotions of Melissa ‘Missy’ Grill and Cindy Boggess. Both employees were promoted to officers of the bank, with Grill being added to the Senior Management Team and title of vice president and Boggess to assistant vice president. Grill earned degrees in both accounting and business administration from Chippewa Valley Technical College and Lakeland College. Boggess has been employed within a variety of roles within the banking industry for the past 13 years after graduating from UW-River Falls where she studied marketing communications.
Library volunteer Karen Overhulser was recognized for her outstanding service to the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library at the recent Friends of the Library annual meeting on Saturday, April 14. Overhulser received the library’s Distinguished Service Award, which honors generosity of time and spirit and extraordinary contributions to a library-related issue. She has served with distinction as a library volunteer for over five years. She has worked to secure significant grant support for the “Give a Kid a Book” program, which distributes books to children in the community who might not otherwise have books to call their own.
Za 51 Pizzeria is now open in the River Prairie area of Altoona. A Grand Opening celebration is taking place the week of April 16. Za 51 is the sister restaurant to Draganetti's Ristorante & Taverna Grill. The restaurant and bar feature an open concept, specializing in homemade pizza and an outdoor patio. Read more about the restaurant and menu at https://www.za51.com/.
Eau Claire Chamber
The Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce has more than 1,200 members.