Luncheon will show hot to tap UW ideas

Combing through a portfolio of more than 3,000 academic discoveries created in Wisconsin for ideas that your business can develop will be explained at a Tuesday luncheon in Eau Claire.

The Tech Council Innovation Network is hosting the mid-day meeting in the Dakota Room of the Davies Center, 77 Roosevelt Ave., on the UW-Eau Claire campus.

Panelists Jennifer Cook and Greg Keenan will talk about technologies and inventions developed through 11 UW System campuses and how they are then licensed to companies.

Registration begins at 11:30 a.m., lunch starts at noon and the presentation commences at 12:30 p.m.

The luncheon costs $35 for general admission, but students and veterans get in for $25.

Decluttering franchise opens in Chippewa Valley

A business that specializes in helping seniors downsize when moving to a smaller home is opening in the Chippewa Valley.

Business partners Roger Liddell and Jane Davis announced last week that they are launching their own franchise of Caring Transitions.

The business’ services include organizing, decluttering, packing, moving, resettling, in-home estate sales, online auctions, liquidations and preparing homes for market.

While tailored for seniors, the company’s services can be customized for any situation, according to the news release announcing the new franchise location.

For more on the business, go online to

Attracting diverse ages is topic of workshop

Attracting workers from five generations of working-age adults is the topic of a free Feb. 27 workshop on the UW-Eau Claire campus.

“How to Attract & Retain a Diverse Talent Pool” will be presented from 7:30 to 9 a.m. in the Ojibwe Ballroom at the Davies Center, 77 Roosevelt Ave.

The workshop will explain what each generation — from senior citizens to the now graduating Generation Z — are looking for from employers.

This is part of a series of free workshops presented by the university and PESI to help employers with hiring strategies while there is tight competition for workers.

Two local agencies receive WEDC grants

Two area organizations are among those to get grants from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. to expand programs that advance entrepreneurship.

This is the third year for these grants, which fund activities that promote entrepreneurship or deliver education, training and other resources to help aspiring business owners, according to a WEDC news release.

Western Dairyland Economic Opportunity Council of Eau Claire received $40,000 to provide business development services to underserved and disenfranchised people in western Wisconsin.

Indianhead Community Action Agency of Ladysmith got $41,000 for technical assistance to entrepreneurs in 12 rural northwestern Wisconsin counties.

Statewide, nine organizations received a total of $500,000 from the WEDC through these grants.

Bank offers free fraud prevention seminars

Longtime Security Financial Bank employees who have seen many scams and fraud schemes and work to protect are residents from them will share advice in three upcoming free seminars.

Faye Owen, the bank’s security risk management officer, and Tammy Sinz, retail banking manager, will deliver hourlong seminars at three cities where the Eau Claire-based bank has offices.

The public is invited to attend the seminars at:

• 9 to 10 a.m., March 1, Security Financial Bank, 1401 Main St., Bloomer.

• 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., April 1, Security Financial Bank, 200 Miner Ave. W., Ladysmith.

• 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., April 2, Corral Bar and Riverside Grill, 318 W. Main St., Durand.

No registration is required. Refreshments will be provided.

Chamber’s sales conference is Feb. 28

A daylong conference that will give advice and new strategies to sales professionals will be Feb. 28 on Eau Claire’s south side.

The Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce’s fifth annual sales conference will be 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Florian Gardens, 2340 Lorch Ave.

Kathy Wright, sales manager at local TV station WEAU, will start the conference with a keynote address on building relationships in today’s “no-talk world.”

Following breakout sessions will touch on topics including developing a top sales team, the importance of organization, speaking to a broad range of clients, new technologies and other advice intended to boost sales.

Included in the event is a progressive power lunch where attendees will be encouraged to network and share business cards.

Tickets, which cost $79 for chamber members and $109 for nonmembers, are available at Register by Feb. 25.

DECI names officers, board of directors

Downtown Eau Claire Inc. named its 2019 officers and board of directors recently.

Here are the people with leadership positions and the businesses or organizations they represent:

President: Zan Degen, Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire.

Vice President: Disa Wahlstrand, Ayres Associates.

Secretary: Ann Sessions, West Grand Avenue Business Improvement District.

Treasurer: Scott Rannila, Associated Bank.

Presidential appointee: Aaron Brice, Water Street Business Improvement District.

Other board members: Rebecca Cooke, Catherine Emmanuelle, Amy Erickson, Will Glass, Deb Hanson, Vicki Hoehn, Julia Johnson, Rachel Kjos, Jason Manz, Dale Peters, Mike Rindo, Bob Schraufnagel, Helene Smiar, Sam Stagliano, Emilu Starck and Rose Vincent.

Short Takes

• Miron Construction recently named Rachel Bauer as a project manager at its Eau Claire office. Bauer, who has more than 10 years of experience in construction, will provide direct management of projects in her new job at Miron.

• Royal Credit Union recently named Shawn Dachel as branch manager of its office at 2415 Jodi Drive, which is just off Moholt Drive on Eau Claire’s west side. Dachel has eight years of experience in the financial services industry, working his way up from part-time teller to his new position.

• Merchants Bank hired Melissa Peterson to serve as vice president/commercial banker for its Eau Claire office, 2728 Mall Drive. Peterson has more than 20 years of experience in the financial industry, most recently serving as president of First Security Bank in Detroit Lakes, Minn.

From staff reports