COVID-19 Economic Loss Survey

To support our communities as well as the state of Wisconsin during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Center for Customized Research and Services, area chambers of commerce and economic development organizations are coming together with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation to collect data and build solutions. CCEDC asks you to take this survey by April 6 which will be used to measure the economic loss and to assist in future recovery efforts, as this COVID-19 pandemic plays out across Wisconsin. We thank UW-Oshkosh Center for Customized Research & Services for their survey technology and staff support. The goal of the project is to create and distribute a data collection tool to businesses in the region who are experiencing economic hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey will be available to businesses in all [...]

COVID-19 Economic Loss Survey2020-04-02T13:46:44-05:00

Red Letter Grant offers Small Business Workshop Series for All

During this unprecedented time in our community the Red Letter Grant has developed a series of free, virtual workshops to support small businesses in the Chippewa Valley over the next few weeks. Please note - all workshops held through the month of April are virtual and a direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Thank you to presenters who have offered these free services to support our small business community. To participate all you must do is register to attend. Workshops being offered include the following: April 1st: Mindfulness & Meditation Workshop April 6th: Social Media & Public Relations During COVID-19 April 8th: Finance Support & Advice During COVID-19 April 13th: Squarespace Basics April 17th: Keeping Organized in the Digital Age Click Here to Register for Workshops Please download the Zoom app (free) and [...]

Red Letter Grant offers Small Business Workshop Series for All2020-04-01T15:40:41-05:00

Urgent Call for Manufacturers of Medical Equipment from Wisconsin

In fabric shops and on factory floors, the race is on to make and manufacture personal protective equipment (PPE) in the United States, including Wisconsin before supplies run out for those on the front lines of the coronavirus outbreak. Medical staff wear face shields over face masks while treating patients to protect against flying respiratory droplets that can transmit COVID-19, such as from coughs and sneezes but now more than ever protective equipment of all kinds has become hard to find. Healthcare workers have shared that face shields are especially critical because staff now wear them routinely during the race against the war of COVID-19. Here in Wisconsin, the Chippewa Valley and our community that we call home, organizations at the County and local levels are looking to help identify any Wisconsin companies [...]

Urgent Call for Manufacturers of Medical Equipment from Wisconsin2020-03-31T17:25:23-05:00

WEDC announces targeted grants to small businesses suffering losses due to COVID-19 emergency  

CCEDC hopes that you and your families are safe and healthy in this incredibly challenging time.  Our hearts go out to all those who are being impacted by this crisis around the United States, and particularly our business partners, communities, and neighbors in the Chippewa Valley. We are  working in close partnership with many others in our state economic development and business community, to advocate for resources to be put to work in response to this COVID-19 health emergency. CCEDC wants you to be aware of some of the latest programs that have just been announced:  WEDC announces targeted grants to small businesses suffering losses due to COVID-19 emergency $5 million grant program to assist “smallest of the small” businesses around state MADISON, WI. March 18, 2020 – In another step toward assisting [...]

WEDC announces targeted grants to small businesses suffering losses due to COVID-19 emergency  2020-03-18T16:11:04-05:00

STEAM Leaders in the Chippewa Valley

Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC) was proud to collaborate with Chippewa Falls High School on the 6th Annual S.T.E.A.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) open house this past week.  S.T.E.A.M aims to spark an interest and lifelong love of the arts and sciences in students from an early age. Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Math are similar disciplines in that they all involve creative processes and none uses just one method for inquiry and investigation. Teaching relevant, in-demand skills that will prepare students to become innovators in an ever-evolving world is paramount, not only for the future of the students themselves but for the future of the Chippewa Valley. This year included over 40 local businesses, universities and military recruiters that setup booths and incorporated hands-on-learning activities for students . [...]

STEAM Leaders in the Chippewa Valley2020-03-13T12:45:01-05:00

“Wisconsin’s Hemp Rebirth” Lunch & Learn Series

On March 4th 2020, Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation was proud to host another successful Lunch and Learn event at our sponsor, B&B Electric's, facility. The event discussion was led by Justin Kirking (Business and Cooperative Programs Specialist, USDA Rural Development). Justin spoke to attendees about "Wisconsin's Hemp Rebirth" and was focused on addressing the current challenges and future opportunities that exist through Rural Development Programs in order to assist in financing the processing and other value projects that could potentially be eligible under the Rural Development's financial programs and post-harvest eligible projects as well. This event is the first in the upcoming series of similar Lunch and Learns, stayed tuned for updates & flyers for the upcoming events over the course of the next few weeks!

“Wisconsin’s Hemp Rebirth” Lunch & Learn Series2020-03-13T09:48:50-05:00

UW-Stout (MOC) partners with CCEDC & Drylock Technologies to kick-off Lean Certificate Series + SME Bronze

Recently, CCEDC was asked by our economic partner UW-Stout Manufacturing Outreach Center (hereafter MOC), to help promote their Lean Certification Training Program. In today’s workplace CCEDC understands that Lean Certifications can open up many employee opportunities, position the employee for possible promotions, help the employee better understand a production process within a business, and improve organizational operations by eliminating non-value-added steps (wastes) in processes. Drylock Technologies in Eau Claire, Wisconsin continued on their Lean journey by participating with the MOC by hosting this high impact Lean Certification Training Series. Over fifteen employees from Drylock Technologies and other advanced manufacturers from and around Chippewa County are participating in the class. To further build the talent pipeline in Chippewa County the MOC, CCEDC, and Drylock Technologies reached out to the Chippewa Falls High School to [...]

UW-Stout (MOC) partners with CCEDC & Drylock Technologies to kick-off Lean Certificate Series + SME Bronze2020-03-18T14:09:12-05:00

26th Annual Chippewa Valley Rally

Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC) had the opportunity to join in this year's 26th Annual Chippewa Valley Rally in Madison, Wisconsin. This annual event is organized by the Chippewa Valley Chamber Alliance, representing the Chippewa Falls, Menomonie and Eau Claire Chambers of Commerce. This unique opportunity brings the collective voices of Chippewa Valley businesses and community leaders to the capital all at one time to recognize and strengthen our region's mutually-beneficial relationship with state government, which includes topics on transportation, workforce development, economic development, education and other critical areas. With workforce at the top of the agenda, CCEDC was there to help emphasize issues on workforce challenges, as this shortage continues to be the number one challenge for many local businesses in Chippewa County and throughout Wisconsin. Discussions highlighted on filling positions [...]

26th Annual Chippewa Valley Rally2020-02-26T17:52:32-06:00

Workforce Attraction: Attracting New Employees “Times Have Changed!”

Sarah Gordee (Director of Sales, Hookd Promotions) led another outstanding BEAR Lunch and Learn where over 20 Chippewa County business leaders gathered at Hangar 54 within the Chippewa Valley Regional Airport in Eau Claire, Wisconsin to discuss emerging strategies utilized in attracting new employees.  The session also explored trends and statistics around the role that internet video use has on talent attraction and those potential employees searching for new opportunities. Gordee stressed, "companies need to constantly monitor and adjust their social media marketing and utilize optimization strategies effectively, if they're going to have their company websites noticed by these new, savvy job seekers." Another important role CCEDC's Business Expansion And Retention (BEAR) program plays is to gather businesses together to discuss the latest trends and issues that may hinder economic development growth in the [...]

Workforce Attraction: Attracting New Employees “Times Have Changed!”2020-02-26T14:46:32-06:00

Business in Focus Magazine

Take a look through and see where we are mentioned. Business in Focus Magazine issue Dec.2019-Jan.2020  

Business in Focus Magazine2020-02-25T12:15:54-06:00