Startup Wisconsin starts Monday

Several special events will happen this week in Eau Claire as part of a statewide celebration of entrepreneurship and aid to others interested in starting their own businesses.

Eau Claire is among a dozen cities around the state with events for Startup Wisconsin Week.

All events are open to the public and free (unless noted):

• Financial planning for small businesses workshop, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, Red Letter Grant Incubator, 325 E. Madison St.

• Swim With the Sharks business pitch competition for university students, 6-8 p.m. Monday, Dakota South Ballroom, Davies Center, UW-Eau Claire campus, 77 Roosevelt Ave.

• Start a Business: Step One panel discussion, 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, Room 30, Chippewa Valley Technical College Business Education Center, 620 W. Clairemont Ave.

• 1 Million Cups networking gathering, 9-10 a.m. Wednesday, CVTC Business Education Center, 620 W. Clairemont Ave.

• Musky Tank mixer, 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, Modicum Brewing Co., 3732 Spooner Ave., Altoona.

• 5 Marketing Mistakes Startups Make (and how to fix them), noon-1 p.m. Thursday, second floor of building at 312 S. Barstow St.

• Hatch: Chippewa Valley Regional Finals, regional business competition, 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Pablo Center at the Confluence, 128 Graham Ave.

• Business Bus Tour, 6-9 p.m. Friday, departs from CVTC, 620 W. Clairemont Ave. Cost: $10.

• Failure Friday Open Mic, opportunity for entrepreneurs to share failures and lessons learned, 7-9 p.m. Friday, The Venue, 209 Graham Ave.

• Chippewa Valley Code Camp, 7:45 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, CVTC, 620 W. Clairemont Ave.

For more information about individual events or how you can participate, go online to

Business risks seminar is Nov. 13

A free seminar on risks facing businesses and what companies can do to prepare for those problems will be later this month in Eau Claire.

Risk management specialists from Madison Area Technical College will provide advice at the seminar, which will be 8:30 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at RCU’s Corporate Center, 200 Riverfront Terrace.

The seminar will address severe weather, cyberattacks, workplace violence, other risks facing businesses, steps that organizations can take to reduce exposure to loss and insurance policies that can help.

Register online by Nov. 9 at or call 715-836-2918.

Hearings slated for workers’ comp reforms in state

Ideas on reforming Wisconsin’s workers’ compensation laws can be given during a Nov. 12 public hearing, which will be held in several locations throughout the state, including Eau Claire.

Though the public hearing of the Worker’s Compensation Advisory Council will take place in Madison, it will be broadcast live to six locations across the state where people can give their ideas via teleconference.

From 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 7 p.m. on Nov. 12, people can watch and participate in the public hearing through an online connection in Room 2904 of the Centennial Hall academic building, 1698 Park Ave., on the UW-Eau Claire campus.

Comments provided to the council will help form the group’s legislative agenda for next year.

Written comments can be submitted via email to Suggestions also can be made through mail to Worker’s Compensation Advisory Council, Attn: Frank Lasee, chair, 201 E. Washington Ave., Room C100, Madison, WI 53703. All comments are due by Dec. 3.

Short Takes

• A new website aimed at recruiting workers to the Eau Claire area went online last week. The Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Volume One, launched on Wednesday, featuring information on the Chippewa Valley and videos of life here.

• Eau Claire-based SDS Architects won a contract to design an addition and renovation project for a dormitory on the UW-Eau Claire campus. The project, which is slated to begin construction in spring 2020, involves removing a two-story section of Governors Hall and replacing it with a new four-story-tall one with elevators and updated restrooms.

• Eau Claire-based Security Financial Bank recently hired Becky Seelen as its marketing director. For the past 20 years, Seelen served as program and administrative services director at the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce.

From staff reports