WEDC plans July 26 local Foxconn session

Local firms can learn more later this month about bidding for work on Foxconn Technology Group’s $10 billion advanced manufacturing campus under construction in Racine County.

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. has planned another round of informational sessions, including one in Eau Claire, for companies interested in doing business with Foxconn.

The local session will be 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, July 26, at Chippewa Valley Technical College’s Energy Education Center, 4000 Campus Road. The center hosted a similar session in late April.

Attendees will receive details on how to bid on work related to the massive construction project.

The sessions are free, but advance registration is required. Companies can learn more and register online at

Hatch competition is Thursday in Eau Claire

A competition that invites local entrepreneurs to pit their business pitches against others will stop Thursday in downtown Eau Claire.

The Eau Claire Hatch competition, which is free and open to the public, will start at 6 p.m. at the State Theatre, 316 Eau Claire St.

Presenters have five minutes to pitch their high-growth potential business idea in front of a panel of judges and audience. Competitors have a chance to win $2,000 and advance onto a regional contest. The regional competitions have a grand prize of $5,000 and other business services.

Other local Hatch contests are being planned for Aug. 9 in Menomonie and Sept. 27 in Chippewa Falls. The regional final is scheduled for Nov. 8 in Eau Claire.

Entrepreneurs who want to present at Hatch events can register online at​event/​hatch.

Area meat processors win statewide awards

MADISON — Two area meat processors are among the winners in a statewide competition that recognizes producers and raises funds for 4-H.

Sailer’s Food Market & Meat Processing of Elmwood won grand champion awards in the categories of dried or smoked beef products and cured specialty meats.

Louis’s Fine Meats of Cumberland won second-reserve champion prizes for both traditional snack sausages and whole-muscle jerky.

A panel of experts from the food industry and UW-Madison judged competitors in the 2018 Meat Products Contest. Meat processors from across the state were judged on their products, including ham, bacon, bratwurst and other sausages.

The Wisconsin 4-H Foundation announced the winners on Thursday.

The locally produced meats will be sold at the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Meat Products Auction on Aug. 7 in Madison to raise money for 4-H programs in Wisconsin.

Interview tips will be shared at luncheon

An educational luncheon will give tips to businesspeople who want to be better prepared for media interviews.

The luncheon will be noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, July 31, at the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce, 101 N. Farwell St.

Heather Rigby, outreach and communication coordinator for public access center Valley Media Works, will share advice on how to prepare, what to wear on camera and how to speak during interviews.

Attendance costs $20 for chamber members or $40 for nonmembers. Lunch is included. Call 715-834-1204 or go online to to register.

Short Takes

• Automotive parts store and shop Black Sky Racing, 610 Main St., Boyceville, has begin offering U-Haul moving products and services.

• A safety refresher course for mine workers will be 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 19, at 29 Pines, 5872 33rd Ave., rural Eau Claire. The MSHA Part 48 class costs $125, which includes lunch. To register, call 715-944-9120 or email

From staff reports