April 2021 Newsletter
Shred Event for our Members
It's Spring Cleaning time!
The Rice Lake Chamber of Commerce is planning a "Shred Event" for our members.

We have the truck scheduled to be our parking lot on Wednesday, April 28th from 10 a.m. - noon. We know everyone has a couple of boxes of stuff that needs to be shredded for safe disposal.
UW-Eau Claire-Barron County
1800 College Drive
Rice Lake WI 54868
715-234-8176
April Member of the Month
UW-Eau Claire-Barron County provides quality liberal arts general education that is accessible and affordable! At WUECBC, our students have the option to stay a blugold and complete their Bachelor's degree, or seamlessly transfer to another institution of their choice. Our Barron Blugolds save money while earning UWEC credits, can participate in college clubs and organizations, work on campus, complete research opportunities with our outstanding faculty, and participate in internships that will give them the valuable experience needed for their career! UWECBC also specialize in offering college courses to over 20 school districts and 200 high school students. From high school to college and into the community, UW Eau Claire-Barron County is here to support you!
2021 Western & Central Wisconsin Wage Survey




The Chamber’s Western & Central Wisconsin Wage Survey is now in its 22nd year. The survey will be distributed on March 15, 2021. The deadline for employers to participate is May 3, and the results will be published in July. This regional survey has been conducted annually since 2000 and has expanded over the years to be co-sponsored by the Chambers of Commerce in Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, La Crosse, Marshfield, Menomonie, Portage County, Rice Lake, Wausau, & Wisconsin Rapids. Additional organizations involved are the Chippewa Valley, La Crosse, Wausau, & Winona Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Chapters.
Past participants and members of all Chambers of Commerce and SHRM Chapters will receive an email invitation on March 15th with instructions on completing the survey. We encourage area employers to contribute their data to keep the survey viable and relevant – over 100 employers participated in 2020. Danielle Kummer - survey project manager with the Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce - receives and coordinates data entry while keeping ALL data strictly confidential. Deb Marshall, at accounting and consulting firm, Wipfli LLP, volunteers her technical expertise for survey development, oversight, data analysis and reporting.
It is easy to participate for both small and large employers as the survey is in an Excel spreadsheet developed specifically for this purpose. Businesses do NOT have to be a Chamber member to participate. Directions to access the Survey:
Visit the Chamber’s Survey website at
There is a minimal cost to receive the report when it is available in July. Although it is not necessary to be a member, participating Chamber members and members of local SHRM groups qualify for discounted pricing. All participants in the 2021 Wage Survey will be eligible to join us on July 28th for a presentation from Deb Marshall, of Wipfli, explaining the data results. More information on this event will be available as the date approaches.
The survey covers about 150 common jobs in the area, with breakouts in manufacturing, healthcare, financial institutions, government, and general business.

Ribbon Cutting
The Ambassadors were out this past month and did a ribbon cutting for Hearing Life, located at 2021 Cenex Drive, Rice Lake WI.

L-R: Bert Richard, Karen Heram, John Wick, Lance Corton, Adam Rocksvold, Wendy Markgren, Anne Gallagher.

Congratulations!
Welcome New Members!
We are happy to welcome new businesses to our membership!

Microtel Inn & Suites
2771 Decker Dr.
Rice Lake WI 54868
715-736-2010

Casa Mexicana
421 S Main St
Rice Lake WI 54868
715-736-1184

Two Rivers Accounting
12 W Marshall St
Rice Lake WI 54868
715-719-0305

Thank you to our March Chamber Chat Sponsor Baribeau Implement!

The Chamber does live radio spots every Wednesday morning on WJMC promoting what the Chamber is doing and what is happening in our community and our sponsors are appreciated!
Spotlighting You...

Marco has announced that Jeff Gau will be retiring as CEO of Marco the end of March, after 37 years of service. They welcome their new CEO Doug Albregts as President.
Rice Lake Gift Certificates
They can be used at our local Rice Lake businesses!
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As a reminder to our local businesses - PLEASE accept this certificates for the full value they are make out for! It is so easy for you to accept them - just deposit in your daily deposits as if it was a check! You will get the full value of the certificate!

There is over $50k worth of gift certificates to be used in our community!

These are just one more way to keep money here to support our local businesses and keep them open!
Thank You to our Renewing Members!

AmeriVu Inn & Suites, 3 yrs
Aquafest, 6 yrs
Dave Armstrong, 2 yrs.
Barron County Habitat for
Humanity, 7 yrs.
Cabin Coffee, 8 yrs.
Cedar Cove Resort, 38 yrs.
DBS Group, 3 yrs
Express Employment Professionals,
7 yrs.
Anne Gallagher, 20 yrs.
Goodwill Industries, 20 yrs.
Home Medical Products & Services,
30 yrs.
Image Graphics, 4 yrs.
Knight Barry Title, 2 yrs.
Lazy A Ranch/John Mommsen,
62 yrs

Membership Renewal, cont.

Little Caesars, 7 yrs.
Manpower, 28 yrs
Mosaic Technologies, 24 yrs.
Norske Nook, 25 yrs.
Paul Bunyan Resort, 44 yrs.
Pizza Hut, 36 yrs.
Prevea Health, 4 yrs.
Primrose Parlor, 22 yrs.
Rice Lake Air Center, 28 yrs.
Rice Lake Chronotype, 62 yrs.
Rice Lake Printery, 37 yrs.
SO Services LLC, 4 yrs.
Shoe Sensations, 4 yrs
TWT, 16 yrs.
United Way of Rice Lake, 6 yrs
Walgreens, 11 yrs.
Wealth Management Group, 4 yrs.