Health care update will be Sept. 19 for local businesses

Changes in health insurance, health care provider initiatives and potential cost savings for businesses will be discussed at a seminar next week in Eau Claire.

This annual health care industry update seminar sponsored by the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce will be 9 to 11 a.m. on Sept. 19 at Best Western PLUS, 3340 Mondovi Road.

Jennifer Rust Anderson, an attorney with Altoona firm Prairieview Law, will discuss upcoming changes that may affect health savings accounts and the health insurance market.

Then a panel of local health care providers will discuss ways businesses can reduce their insurance costs.

The seminar is free to chamber members, but nonmembers will be charged $10 for admission. For more information or to register, go online to

• Rust Anderson also will make a luncheon presentation on nontraditional benefits employers can use to attract new hires, such as alternative health plans, flexible scheduling and cafeteria plans. That talk will be noon on Sept. 25 at the chamber building, 101 N. Farwell St. The fee to attend, which includes lunch, is $20 for chamber members or $40 for nonmembers. Register at

Colin Powell advice will be aired at local Green Mill

A leadership seminar featuring former Secretary of State Colin Powell will be screened for free at 9 a.m. on Oct. 24 in a conference room at Green Mill, 2703 Craig Road.

Express Employment Professionals of Eau Claire is sponsoring the local showing of the 2018 Refresh Leadership Simulcast, which also will include former Adidas of North America President Mark King and paralympic ski racer Josh Sundquist.

The three will talk about creativity, confidence, leadership skills and applying a motivational mindset in a business.

Business leaders, managers, supervisors, human resources professionals, leaders at organizations and others seeking to develop their skills are encouraged to attend.

Registering for the free simulcast can be done online at​Simulcast or in person an hour prior to the start of the event on Oct. 24.

From staff reports