Chamber Connection Newsletter: October 2022

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O u r Wo r k f o r c e i n a T i m e o f Ch a n g e Workforce issues are complex. With so many stakeholders, inputs, and external implications, it can be difficult to figure out where to engage. The Chamber, with your support, continues our work to cultivate solutions that fit the needs of Chippewa Falls. Here is a snapshot of current Chamber projects. 1 . TA L E N T AT T R AC T I O N Talent attraction is a key element of Chippewa Falls’ economic strategic plan along with growing our own local talent to fill jobs in our community. The Chamber’s digital workforce attraction campaign for 2022 (February - August) targeted the Twin Cities and Chicago areas. We featured our quality of life, housing, and jobs. During the campaign, nearly 1.1 million people were exposed to the messaging and over 44,000 visited our website (chippewachamber.org). 2 . CH I L D CA R E In August, a group of local businesses and child-care providers met with local legislators to learn more about how our economy is influenced by child-care challenges. Parents and caregivers of young children are only able to be productive, reliable employees if they have access to affordable, high-quality child care while they work. Employers across Chippewa Falls and Eau Claire Chambers teamed up with the Wisconsin Early the Chippewa Valley continue to recognize Childhood Association (WECA), United Way of the Greater Chippewa Valley and Child Care Partnership, a program of Western Dairyland Community Action the impact child care has on their employees Agency, to host a Childcare and Workforce Business Forum. and will lead the way towards change, using the strength of their voice and impact in the community to partner with advocates on shared solutions. 3 . YO U T H D E V E LO PM E N T A good education system is critical to a world-class workforce. We continue to work with our schools to invite students, parents, and educators to explore and understand careers in Chippewa Falls through our School2Skills tour program. We also continue to support the Youth Apprenticeship program at our local high schools.

IN THIS ISSUE:

On The Cover Our Workforce in a Time of Change Membership Meet the newest Chamber members | Page 2

Ribbon Cuts & Ground Breaks

See our area’s business growth | Page 3

Upcoming Events Networking & Educational Opportunities | Pages 6-7 Chamber News

Promote Your Business

Get involved! | Page 5

Marketing Opportunities | Page 9


Membership

New Members Our membership is over 700 members strong, and we are so excited to continue welcoming new businesses to the Chamber. In the last quarter, we added 16 more businesses to our membership base. From local businesses to leadership changes, it is always amazing to continue to diversify the industries we serve. At the next Chamber event you attend, be sure to say hello to these new members: CH E R R Y PI CK E R S

K E L L E R WI L L I A MS R E A LT Y D I V E R SI F I E D

Madison Boos 315 E Prairie View Rd Chippewa Falls, WI 54729 715-861-5665

Katherine Rapacz 4330 Golf Terrace, Ste 103 Eau Claire, WI 54701 715-514-4265

E E V Y-I V Y- OV E R F LOWE R S , F R A M I N G & G I F T S

M I L E S TO N E S E A R LY E D U CAT I O N A L COMMUNIT Y

Becky Gudis 314 N Bridge St Chippewa Falls, WI 54729 715-723-7576 U PPE R L A K E S F O O D S

Scott Mullen Chippewa Falls, WI 54729 800-879-1265 C O M P U T E R R E C OV E R Y A S S O CI AT E S

Craig Webb 2214 Heimstead Rd Eau Claire, WI 54703 715-944-9485

F O R WA R D SE R V I CE C O R P O R AT I O N

Grace Glor Chippewa Falls, WI 54729 715-723-5542

WO M E N WI T H P U R P O SE I N C .

Connie Szak PO Box 3 Thorp, WI 54771 715-306-0406

BE AU T I F U L H O R I ZO N S CH I L D CA R E CE N T E R

Kayla Steinmetz 547 Lavorata Rd Cadott, WI 54727 715-978-0086

G O L D E N I N V E S T I G AT I O N S , L LC

Tim Golden Chippewa Falls, WI 715-702-2350

E C ’S Y U M M M YD E L I SH L LC

Elice Seebandt Chippewa Falls Area, WI 715-461-0086

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Arnie Swoboda 1300 Lowater Rd Chippewa Falls, WI 54729 715-723-7444 D & D H YD R O SE E D I N G

Derek Lindenberg 527 W Spruce St Chippewa Falls, WI 54729 715-271-3812

Connection Made By: Ambassador, Stacey Bunkelman S O KU P ’S M A R K E T

Jason Jacobson 624 N Bridge St Chippewa Falls, WI 54729 715-723-4953

Connection Made By: Ambassador, Michael Stoffel O PE ! I T ’S S OA P

Anthony Liedl 24 W Spring St Chippewa Falls, WI 54729 715-514-9820

Connection Made By: Ambassador, Blake Sykora M A D SH A N N O N ’S PH I T SH E D

Shannon Seyforth 22105 Cty Hwy X Cadott, WI 54727 715-894-0222

K E LM L AW F I R M L LC

Kerry Kelm 411 N Bridge St, Ste 203 Chippewa Falls, WI 54729 715-495-5015

Connection Made By: Ambassador, Michele Paquette


Business Development

Ribbon Cuts & Ground Breaks The Chippewa Falls Area is a fast-growing region where new businesses are popping up regularly. Here at the Chippewa Falls Chamber, we are proud to celebrate new businesses, ownerships, and builds with ribbon cut and groundbreaking ceremonies. Below are the businesses that had their ribbon cuts or ground breaks last quarter!

Eevy-Ivy-Over Flowers, Framing & Gifts

Hope Village

Healthcare Workforce Training Institute

Whirlybird Coffee Co.

Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds

Kristin K Designs

Chippewa Falls

Chippewa Falls

Chippewa Falls

Chippewa Falls

Chippewa Falls

Chippewa Falls

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COFFEE & C O M M E R CE S

Josef’s Cheesecake Chippewa Falls

BUILDING STRONGER COMMUNITIES

WHERE PEOPLE MATTER

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B U SI N E S S AF TER HOURS

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GROUND BR E A K S

3 Caillier Clinic Chippewa Falls

N E T WO R K I N G @NOONS

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SU C CE S S F O R BR E A K FA S T AND INFINITE AMOUNTS OF FUN! Aveanna Home Health Eau Claire

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Member News

Member to Member News Our members stay very busy, and often have exciting news to share! Here are a few pieces of member news from the past few months highlighting local business growth and accomplishments. If your business has something to share, send your press release to erin@chippewachamber.org to be placed in next quarter’s newsletter. APEX Engineering congratulates Rick Anderson for a well-deserved retirement. Rick co-founded APEX Engineering with Dan Peterson in 1993. The firm now employs thirteen people and provides services for more than 130 Wisconsin projects annually. Aveanna Healthcare Recover Health, which has been providing home healthcare services in the Chippewa Valley area for the past 7 years, announced their name change to Aveanna Home Health. Recover Health has been a part of Aveanna Healthcare, a leader in pediatric and adult home healthcare since December 2020. ChemCeed is excited to welcome a new member of their sales team - Shannon Beranek as a National Sales Representative. They also announced two promotions: Alyssa Michaels has been promoted to the role of Operations & Compliance Manager. Tom Allred has been promoted to National Sales Manger.

Miron Construction Co., Inc. recently promoted an executive at its Eau Claire office. Andrew Daniels has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Eau Claire operations. Prevail Bank is pleased to welcome Scott Rannila and Brenda Trump to their Eau Claire team. Trump joined as Branch Manager, and Rannila joined as a Vice President & Commercial Banking Officer. Royal Credit Union announces the promotion of Taylor Tarras to Fraud Manager. In this position, Tarras is responsible for leading the Fraud Analyst team in preventing fraud, analyzing and resolving fraud situations, and delivering superior service to Members.

Member Snapshot

Each quarter, we highlight a few industries our Chamber represents. Here is Quarter 4’s member snapshot: Automobile Body Repair & Painting Chippewa Auto Body & Service Chippewa Falls YMCA The Eau Claire YMCA and Collision Center, Inc. Chippewa Falls YMCA offer small LIVESTRONG Wissota Collision & Customs group sessions to connect participants to other Automobile Dealers cancer survivors looking to reclaim their lives. Chilson Auto Outlet JC Norby & Associates has moved! Their new Chilson Chrysler Dodge Jeep LLC physical address is 1107 Regis Court, Suite 200, Chippewa Valley Mazda Eau Claire, WI 54701. Courtesy Auto and Truck Eau Claire Ford Lincoln & Quicklane McDonell Area Catholic Schools is pleased Markquart Motors to announce two internal hires for the principal positions at its PreK - Grade 12 schools. MACS’ Markquart Toyota most recent Elementary Principal, Eric Wedemeyer Paulson Auto Sales and Custom Golf Carts is now the Principal at Notre Dame Middle School Toycen Ford and McDonell Central Catholic High School. Automobile Parts & Supplies Additionally, MACS’ most recent Elementary CURT by Lippert Automotive Vice Principal, Jerry Smith, is now the Principal Interstate Batteries of Midwest Wisconsin at St. Charles Borromeo Early Childhood Center and Primary School and Holy Ghost Elementary ITW Deltar Fasteners School. John’s Auto Parts 4

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Chamber News

Get Involved The Chippewa Falls Area prides itself on being community-oriented, and lending a helping hand to one another. Here are a few ways to get involved with the community in upcoming months:

JOINA COMMITTEE

Oktoberfest

Be a part of the Oktoberfest fun by helping plan Oktoberfest 2023! There are a variety of Oktoberfest Committees to participate in. Contact tasha@chippewachamber.org to learn more.

Golf Outing

The Chamber Golf Outing is one of our largest events of the year, and you could help plan it! Tasks include planning meetings before the event, and support on the Golf Outing day. Contact tasha@chippewachamber.org to learn more.

Farmer Appreciation

The Farmer Appreciation Dinner is an annual dinner for our local farmers to thank them for their hard work year-round. Support this event by being on the planning committee! Contact michelle@chippewachamber.org to learn more.

SPI R I T O F

Christmas

Each year, the Chamber places out a Christmas Tree with gift tags as ornaments. You can stop by or call the Chippewa Falls Chamber to select one of these tags to support a community member in need this holiday season. Interested in learning more? Contact the Chamber 715-723-0331.

$hop Local this Holiday $eason with Chamber Buck$ Chamber Buck$ are the perfect gift for even the pickiest of gift-getters because you can spend them at any of our participating members (250+ local businesses!) Offered in $5, $10, $20 and $25 denominations, purchase your Chamber Buck$ for an easy gift to give to teachers, family, friends, or staff this holiday season. Contact mandy@chippewachamber.org to purchase your Buck$ today!

CHECKING ACCOUNTS THAT GO THE DISTANCE Endless Ways To Bank, Save & Spend! SARAH & RILEY ELLEFSON ROYAL CREDIT UNION MEMBERS

Open an account online at rcu.org/TheExtraMile 800-341-9911

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Networking & Education

Educational Opportunities With the constant evolving trends of our business community, there is always something new to learn. The Chamber works closely with the business membership to offer educational opportunities that keep businesses informed about these trends. Check out the opportunities happening this quarter: N o n p r o f i t R o u n d Ta b l e D i s c u s s i o n | 8 : 3 0 - 1 0 : 3 0 A M The Nonprofit Round Table Discussion is an opportunity for local nonprofits to come together to connect and learn from each other. Ann Kaiser, CEO of the Boys and Girls Club of the Chippewa Valley will share her insight on what board development means, and how to build the best board you can. She will be joined by a panel including: Rolly Enderes - Chemceed LLC, Tracey Smiskey Northwestern Bank, Chuck Frenette - Retired. This is a free event, and registration is required. O C TO BE R 2 7 H O S T E D AT: HE YDE CENTER FOR THE ARTS 3 S H I G H S T, C H I P P E WA FA L L S

Chamber 101 | 9:00 - 10:00 AM Find out all the ways you can maximize your Chamber membership at Chamber 101. Whether you are a new or seasoned member, this is a great chance to learn everything your Chamber membership includes. Registration is required. This event is free for members to attend. O C TO BE R 1 2

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Success for Breakfast | 9:00 - 10:30 AM People with disabilities bring unique characteristics and talents to the workplace that benefit employers and organizations. If we find the right jobs for the right people, it can and will increase the bottom line of companies. Join us on November 16 to meet Joalyn Torgerson and learn how Kwik Trip coordinates with different programs to ensure the success of their employees. Tara Burns from Workforce Development and Amanda Turner with the Chippewa Falls Senior High School will also be available to explain the nuts and bolts of the resources that are offered in the Chippewa Falls area. N OV E M BE R 1 6

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CLASS OF I S A E CHIPPEWA FALLS LE D R H P 2023 INTRODUCING

Ashley Adams - Xcel Energy Karen Behling - Our Saviors Lutheran Church Richard Coates - Wipfli LLP Alyssa Cooley - Great Northern Corporation Nicole Frederick - Royal Credit Union Vickie Gaerlan - ChemCeed Brendan Haney - Citizens State Bank Amanda Hill-Hable - Chippewa Falls Area Unified School District Jenna Jandrt-Hoff - Mid-West Family Broadcasting Marty Johnson - Trane McKenzie Johnson - WESTconsin Credit Union 6

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Kristin Karnes-Frederickson - Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Wisconsin Joe Koller - Market & Johnson Jake Krebsbach - Northwestern Bank John Lahti - Miron Construction Co., Inc. Michele O’Connor - Fries Financial Group Chris Ouellette - Xcel Energy Sheridan Pabst - Chippewa Falls Police Department Timothy Proue - Wiley Law Randi Schrader - YMCA of the Chippewa Valley Stephanie Stoik - Mason Companies Inc Nick White - Prevail Bank


Networking & Education

Networking Opportunities Your Chamber membership offers a variety of networking opportunities to connect you with other local business members, and help grow your business. Mark your calendar for these upcoming networking events: Business After Hours | 5:00 - 6: 30 PM Business After Hours happens monthly at different member locations. This is a great event to enjoy a cocktail, visit with other members, and learn more about the local business community. These are member-only events that cost $5 at the door, or $35 annually. No registration is required. O C TO BE R 24

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Coffee & Commerce | 8:00 - 9:00 AM Coffee & Commerce events are held throughout the year as morning networking opportunities with other business professionals. This event is free for members to attend. No registration is required. O C TO BE R 1 4

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Networking @ Noon | 12:00 - 1:00 PM Networking @ Noon is a virtual event held throughout the year to bring members together for a great networking experience. This is a member-only event, and is free to attend. Members are welcome to enjoy their lunch during the session. Registration is required. O C TO BE R 2 1 H O S T E D V I R T UA L LY S P O N S O R E D B Y:

CH A M BE R E V E N T SP O N S O R SH I P O PP O R T U N I T I E S ! If you are looking for new ways to promote your business, look no further! With your membership comes a variety of opportunities to sponsor events that will bring attention to your company! If you are interested in learning more about event sponsorship, email info@chippewachamber.org.

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S AV E T H E D AT E Monday, January 23, 2023 4:30 - 6:30 PM Heyde Center for the Arts

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Stay Connected BY T H E N U M BE R S | J U N E , J U LY, AU G U S T

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T H A N K YO U A M B A S S A D O R S ! The Chippewa Ambassadors represent many sectors of our business community, and support the Chamber’s efforts of connecting business to business by volunteering their time to attend a variety of events! They are truly our boots on the ground.

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P r o m o t e Yo u r B u s i n e s s

Marketing Opportunities Membership Director y The Chamber’s Membership Directory is available in print and digital form. The directory is distributed to every Chamber member, given to guests, and is a great resource in our relocation packets. Advertising in the directory is a great way to reach a broad audience! $600 - Inside Front Cover Ad (Limit 1) $600 - Inside Back Cover Ad (Limit 1) $600 - Outside Back Cover Ad (Limit 1) $450 - Full Page Ad $300 - Half Horizontal $200 - Quarter Horizontal $200 - Enhanced listing (includes logo, name, address, phone number, and website) Member Memo The Member Memo is a bi-weekly e-news publication that is sent to over 1,500 members. $120 - Large Ad, 620 x 820px (Limit 2 per email) $90 - Medium Ad, 620 x 600px (Limit 4 per email) $60 - Small Ad, 620 x 300px Website Feature The newly designed Chamber website offers new opportunities to market your business. With views from relocation prospects, local businesses, community members, and visitors, you can reach a broad audience with website advertisements. $2,000 - Digital Communication Sponsor (Annual) - Logo on footer of website (Limit 6) $150/month - Featured Event Listing $150/month - Horizontal Banner Ad Chamber Buck$ Buck$ are a popular gift in the community, that keeps local dollars in the community. Feature your logo on the Chamber Buck$ check to gain awareness for your business. $500 - Logo Sponsorship and linked URL on website (Limit 6) Chamber Newsletter The Chamber Connection Newsletter is printed quarterly to highlight member information and Chamber news. The newsletter is shared in digital and print versions. Sent to over 1,000 people, and shared on our website your ad will reach a broad audience. $350 - Annual Exclusive Back Page Ad $150 - Full Page (1,100 inserts provided by member) *optional $50 add-on for digital insert* $75 - Quarter Vertical, 3.75” x 4.5” $75 - Quarter Horizontal, 7.5” x 1.75”

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The 2022 Membership Directory will be in your hands SOON! This means we need your updated business information. If you have not completed necessary updates to your profile, please email mandy@chippewachamber.org by October 21! CHAMBER CONNECTION NEWSLET TER

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