Small bank chain adopts new name

GALESVILLE — The 135-year-old Bank of Galesville renamed itself and its two branch offices last week to use the same moniker instead of having a different identity for each office.

Bluff View Bank is the new name for Bank of Galesville, Bank of Trempealeau and Seven Bridges Bank in Holmen.

A news release explained that the individual branches had their own names before to symbolize their connection to their communities.

“Today all of our communities are closely connected and one name for all of our locations reflects this connection,” Scott Kopp, president and CEO, said in a news release.

The name Bluff View Bank was chosen because of the geography where the branches are located.

New signs, an advertising campaign and updated website are part of the rebranding effort with the new name.

Workforce summit will be Oct. 29 

A summit later this month in Eau Claire is intended to give advice to area employers that are having difficulty filling open positions.

The Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce’s Employers Workforce Initiative in partnership with other business organizations will host the summit from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 29 at the Pablo Center at the Confluence, 128 Graham Ave.

Sessions during the summit will inform attendees about demographic and employment challenges, success stories, strategies that aid hiring, ways to use the area’s assets to attract employees, workplace training, reaching students and resources available to help employers.

The chamber also will give updates on new initiatives it is involved in that have to do with workforce development.

Admission costs $35 per person, which includes lunch.

Go online to eauclairechamber.org to register.

Chat gives small business tax topics

Small business owners, especially entrepreneurs who will be filing taxes for the first time, are encouraged to attend an informational session on Oct. 16 in downtown Eau Claire.

Amy Vik, a tax adviser and H&R Block agent with 22 years of experience, will give advice on a variety of topics from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Western Dairyland Business Center, 418 Wisconsin St.

Topics including mileage expenses, business travel and meals, home office deductions, assets versus expenses, depreciation, reporting state sales tax and setting aside adequate money for employment taxes will be part of Vik’s tax chat.

Attending the presentation costs $10.

Register online at SuccessfulBusiness.org or call 715-836-7511, ext. 1171.

Luncheon talks inclusive lingo

An Oct. 30 informational luncheon in Eau Claire will give advice on using more inclusive language in workplaces.

Tamara Johnson, UW-Eau Claire’s vice chancellor for equality, diversity and inclusion and student affairs, will lead the presentation from noon to 1 p.m. at the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce, 101 N. Farwell St.

Participants will learn specific strategies to make improvements in their organizations to foster inclusivity in their workplaces.

The cost to attend is $20 for chamber members, $40 for nonmembers, which includes lunch.

Register online at eauclairechamber.org or call 715-834-1204.

From staff reports