Monthly Archives: March 2011

Sylvan Learning Center of Eau Claire

Written by Shelly Cedarblade



Just sound it out.
You’re not trying hard enough.
You know this word, you just read it.

These are the comments that were shared between my daughter Hannah and me on a daily basis before she started at Sylvan Learning Center.

In second grade Hannah was having a very difficult time in school.  She was struggling with her spelling words and reading well below average.  She was very frustrated with her inability to read.

Her teachers at school were wonderful.  They modified her curriculum and she was given extra support in the Title I program.  Unfortunately, it was not making a significant impact and she was slipping further and further behind.  The teachers kept telling me that she will catch up, but between the nightly battles and my “motherly instinct”, I knew it was imperative to get her the help she needed.

Financially, it was not an easy decision.  It was not in our budget, but when you believe in a solution you will find the money.  We decided to take money out of her college account.  We figured if she kept on struggling and doing poorly, she wouldn’t even make it to college!

We immediately saw results!

She loved going to Sylvan.  She especially loved her Sylvan teachers.  They were kind, supportive, and truly cared about helping the students succeed.  One thing that really motivated her was earning points that she could redeem at the Sylvan store.

Today, Hannah is a 5th grader and doing exceptionally well in school.  She still struggles with spelling, but she loves reading!  She devours books and has a passion for learning!

Would she have caught up without Sylvan?  I don’t know, but I am glad that I didn’t wait around to find out!

If you have a child who is struggling, I would strongly encourage you to contact Sylvan Learning Center of Eau Claire.  Not only do they provide assessments and tutoring, they provide numerous free resources!

You can contact Sylvan Learning Center at:

Phone:  715-858-1234




Simple Office Solutions

By Shelly Cedarblade

Evlyn Carlile is the owner of Simple Office Solutions in Eau Claire, WI.  She has owned and operated S.O.S. since 2004 and she has over 20 years experience and education in the field of bookkeeping.

Simple Office Solutions is dedicated to helping small business owners improve the organization and accuracy of their record keeping system.  Many new and existing businesses struggle with the task of keeping the books.  In fact, for many business owners it is their least favorite task!

S.O.S. provides the answers and the systems that allow the business owner to get and stay organized!  She provides consulting, system setup, one-on-one training, bookkeeping and payroll services.

Evlyn works with new and established small businesses.  As a new business owner, Evlyn will provide the start up information to establish a system that is effective and helps you stay up to date with all of your record keeping.

She really enjoys working with the new business owner to ensure that their bookkeeping system is efficient and easy to use.  This is often one of the most difficult areas for the new business owner and Evyln tries to ease this burden.

Simple Office Solutions knows that at tax time, going in prepared will increase the accuracy and decrease the stress of tax preparation. Statistics show that by staying up to date during the year, you gain the power of financial reporting to help you make important business decisions, giving your business a better chance of survival.


Through RelyLocal, Simple Office Solutions is offering 25% off annual bookkeeping services.  See the coupon at

Simple Office Solutions has the experience and expertise to provide professional consulting and bookkeeping services for your small businesses.

Contact Evyln today to see how she can help your business!

Phone: (715) 379-0116




Abby’s Custom Woodworking

By Shelly Cedarblade

Abby’s Custom Woodworking is one of our new RelyLocal-Chippewa Valley members.

Mark Abramowicz, the owner, has over 25 years experience in cabinetry and furniture design and production.  Some of the custom work they design, produce, and install are:

  • Custom cabinets for the kitchen, laundry, or bath
  • Custom furniture for the home or office
  • Entertainment centers
  • Fireplace mantels
  • Garage storage cabinets
  • Storage lockers

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What makes their work unique is that all of their pieces are truly custom made.  Abby’s builds each order to meet their customer’s exact specifications.  They are able to design whatever their client’s have in mind, whether a common style or a unique masterpiece, including replicas of heirloom pieces.  They use the best materials and offer a wide variety of wood species, color choices and specialty finish selections.

Abby’s Custom Woodworking has displays at Amundson’s Appliance Center in Eau Claire, WI and Northwood’s Stove & Fireplace in Hayward, WI.

10% off Custom Wood Locker Storage Systems and Garage Cabinets

View the coupon at

Wood Locker Storage
Custom wood locker storage systems help the home run more efficiently by keeping everything in its place.  Lockers can be installed in the garage, utility room, basement or mud room. At Abby’s Custom Woodworking, each locker is custom fit, designed, and built to suit.  They are made of the highest quality and are designed to last a lifetime.

Garage Cabinets
Custom cabinets are the best way to utilize the space in a garage.  Abby’s will evaluate your space and design custom cabinets that will help organize your garage space.  Another benefit of garage cabinets is that you won’t have to worry about moisture or pests damaging your possessions.  Each cabinet is built with quality materials and include stainless steel legs on the bottom which allow you to sweep and clean underneath.

Whether you’re building, remodeling, or creating that one-of-a-kind piece…contact Abby’s Custom Woodworking where they pride themselves on making your dream a reality!

You may contact Abby’s Custom Woodworking via:

Phone:  715-874-6370