The Hmong Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce settles in Eau Claire

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) – A Wisconsin organization focused on helping economically underserved communities is opening an office in Eau Claire.

It was announced at a groundbreaking ceremony on Friday that the Hmong Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce will have office space in the Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce.

This will be HWCC’s third office in the state outside of its Milwaukee headquarters.

Hmong Chamber CEO Maysee Herr says the organization helps those who want to start or expand a business.

“We know a lot of business owners here, but we want to make sure those relationships are deep,” Herr said.

Herr says she recognizes that there is a wealth gap in the country and that HWCC’s mission is to help the financially disadvantaged.

“We also understand that there’s, you know, oftentimes our traditional banks don’t always understand the needs of our underserved communities,” Herr said. “So we provide technical assistance or business assistance to companies, and we also provide loan opportunities and networking opportunities.”

Eau Claire Chamber President Dave Minor said it felt natural to work with the Hmong Chamber.

“As we look at EDI, the inclusion of diversity equity, over the last two years, it’s a big step to be able to meet the people of the Hmong House first, but that they want and be present here in our building,” Mineur said.

Herr says she can already tell that the Eau Claire Chamber wants to further expand its EDI impact in the community.

“What I discovered coming here to Eau Claire and specifically to the Eau Claire area chamber is that these efforts were intentional and true,” Herr said. “As you can see, there’s you know, there’s signage here now that says, zoo siab txais tos, which means we’re happy to have you.”

Herr says that while the HWCC primarily serves the Hmong and Asian-American/Pacific Islander communities, she adds that if you have a dream, the HWCC is here to help.

“Even if you’re not necessarily someone who comes from a historically underserved community, but have endeavors or dreams of starting a business in these areas, we work with you as well as on technical and business support, because we really help anybody,” Herr said.

Herr hopes the Eau Claire office will be up and running in the coming months.

In the meantime, Herr says if you think the Hmong Chamber can help you, don’t hesitate to contact us. To learn more, click here.

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