Commerce connection January/February 2018

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Carle at The Fields began as a new administrative building in southwest Champaign and grew into a visionary approach for health care and economic development.

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FY18 TOP INVESTORS TOP INVESTORS GOLD Busey SILVER Carle University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign BRONZE A & R Mechanical Contractors Amdocs BankChampaign, N.A. Christie Clinic First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust Health Alliance Hickory Point Bank & Trust Midland States Bank Presence Covenant Medical Center

IN-KIND CONTRIBUTORS CHAIRMAN’S CIRCLE Illini Radio Group - MIX 94.5, WIXY 100.3, Rewind 92.5, WYXY Classic 99.1, True Oldies 97.9, Extra 92.1, Hits 99.7 Stevie Jay Broadcasting - Q96-96.1FM, US105.9, Sunny 95.3 & ESPN 93.5 PRESIDENT’S CIRCLE NewsTalk 1400 WDWS, Lite Rock 97.5 WHMS, Classic Hits 107.9 WKIO

CHAMBER STAFF Laura Weis President & CEO Mindy Cain Director of Workforce Readiness & Member Relations

Awards, Ltd. Blossom Basket Florist Dish Passionate Cuisine Hyatt Place LongHorn Steakhouse TrophyTime W.K. Cooper II Asset Management Corporation

Stephanie McCullough Director of First Impressions

Dustin Haake Membership Sales Director

Lindsay Quick Graphic Design and Marketing Director

Garret Hill Public Policy Director

Ariel Short Events & Programs Director


Jeff Baker Company

Chip Craddock Clark Dietz, Inc.

Kyle Emkes

Dodd & Maatuka

David Farrar

Illinois American Water

Gary Hackler 150 PERCENT CLUB

Caryn Isenhower Accounts Receivable & Office Administrator


Zachary Hillard

Susan Jepsen

Reynolds Towing Service, Inc.

Pradeep Khanna University of Illinois

Kurt Lenschow State Farm

Jim Lyons

Birkey’s Farm Store

Justin Overstreet Martin Hood LLC


Rod Roberts

R.J. Hynds English Brothers Company

Julianna Sellett

Tonya Horn

Thunderstruck Design


Chuck McReaken

Chair, TSM Ventures, Inc.

Dr. Jared Rogers

First Vice Chair OSF HealthCare Heart of Mary Medical Center

Mike Estes

Second Vice Chair Fisher National Bank

Dan Kirby

Treasurer, CliftonLarsonAllen

Becky Preston

Past Chair, Busey

Laura Weis

Secretary, Champaign County Chamber of Commerce


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WELCOME TO THE CHAMBER >> members who joined between November 1 and December 31, 2017 AAA - Scott Reynolds

1610 S. Neil St. Champaign, IL 61820-7212 217.398.0013 aspx?cid=Agent_scott.reynolds Insurance AAA has been in the insurance industry for over one hundred years. We provide personal insurance products such as auto, home, life, and travel Insurance. AAA is well known for their membership which provides road side assistance, discounts on local vendors, and discounts within AAA products. Scott is proud to say that he has lived in the community for over 20 years. He is a second generation insurance professional, following in the footsteps of his mother who worked with AAA for over 10 years. You may contact Scott in the Champaign AAA office at to see if your current insurance is doing enough for you.

Citizens to Elect Mike Marron 22239 N. 100 East Rd. Fithian, IL 61844-5011 217.841.5269 217. 841.5269 Government Offices

Mike is the Chairman of the Vermilion County Board, a member of the County’s economic development council’s executive committee, and a pro-business, pro-growth candidate for the 104th State Rep seat in the Illinois General Assembly. The 104th includes a large portion of Champaign County. He joined the Chamber to further educate himself on the needs of the business community in Champaign County and to make the contacts necessary to ensure he does a good job representing your interests. It is a top priority for him to enact legislation that is helpful in creating a vibrant economic climate in our area.

Farmers Insurance - Gerald Reynolds

310 Tiffany Ct., Ste. A Champaign, IL 61822-1600 217.530.4148 Insurance

As your local Farmers® agent in Champaign, IL, He helps customers like you identify the insurance coverage that best fits your needs. This process is straightforward and personalized to help make you smarter about insurance. Reynolds has the knowledge and experience to help you better understand your coverage options--whether that’s auto, home, renters, business insurance and more.

Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers 420 W. Town Center Blvd. Champaign, IL 61822-1461 217.607.1203 Restaurants

Co-founded in 2002 by brothers Bill and Randy Simon, and their friend and business partner, Scott Redler, the three men named the restaurant after Bill and Randy’s father, Freddy Simon, a World War II veteran. Today, Freddy’s restaurants from coast-to-coast serve a menu reminiscent of the all-American meals Freddy prepared for his family. Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers strives to serve fresh food, provide warm hospitality and become a vital part of the communities we serve by hosting events, fundraisers and providing great career opportunities.

Freeman General Contracting

711 Oak St. Danville, IL 61832-3945 217.442.2281 Roofing Contractors Freeman General Contracting is a family owned and operated general contracting company specializing in roofing and commercial renovations. We serve Champaign County, Vermilion County, and surrounding areas. Our goal is to be the general contractor of choice through our pledge to maintain the highest quality of standards and workmanship. Give us a call today to begin your next project!

Orpheum Children’s Science Museum 346 N. Neil St. Champaign, IL 61820-3614 217.352.5895 Museums

The Orpheum Children’s Science Museum (OCSM), located in family-friendly downtown Champaign, was established in 1994 and in 1996 was recognized as a nonprofit 501 (c) 3 organization. Since that time the OCSM has attracted over 350,000 visitors to be inspired, engaged, and educated through exploration of the sciences and arts via museum exhibits, educational programs, and community activities. In October 2017, the Board of Directors adopted a strategic plan to guide the OCSM through 2020, which will ensure the OCSM continues to grow through the addition of springsummer-fall camps, science clubs, community special events, and new indoor and outdoor museum exhibits. Working with partners throughout the region, the OCSM continues to establish itself as a premier science education museum creating innovative opportunities for K-12 age children to advance in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) knowledge. Explore to discover how the OCSM engages diverse children of all ages.

T-Mobile celebrated their grand opening with a ribbon cutting on December 13.

Profile by Sanford

902 Meijer Dr., Ste. 5 Champaign, IL 61822-4201 701.639.4435 Health & Diet Food Products-Retail WHEN YOU’RE DONE WITH DIETS, CHOOSE PROFILE. Profile is built to help you achieve long-term success: to lose weight and keep it off. As the healthy living experts, our best-in-class coaching model encourages you to adapt to a new, healthy lifestyle rooted in our core principles of nutrition, activity and lifestyle. We believe in you and our program so much, we promise you’ll lose 15 percent of your body weight after 12 months. Join today and receive personalized meal plans, discounts on nearly 100 Profile foods, 1-on-1 weekly coaching, smart body scale, home link bridge, and smart tracking technology to help you reach your goals.

Psychology Specialists—Savoy 501 N. Dunlap Ave. Savoy, IL 61874-8403 217.693.6072 Mental Health Services

Since opening in 2002, Psychology Specialists has grown to offer a multitude of evaluations and therapies to patients of all ages. With offices located throughout Illinois, and with more than 35 clinicians on staff, we are equipped to handle all of your psychological needs. In 2009, Psychology Specialists created a new division, the Child & Family Wellness Institute (CFWI) with providers dedicated to working with children, adults, and families. Our offices in Champaign and Savoy have several providers to offer therapy interventions including psychotherapeutic counseling, behavioral management and planning, play therapy, and family/ couples interventions. Additionally, our providers conduct

Salt & Light Urbana celebrated the opening of their new facility on December 14.

comprehensive psychological assessments for a variety of needs including ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, pain evaluations, and academic testing. Our goal is to improve quality of life through specialized treatment, personal interaction, and confidential care to help you and your family achieve optimal health.

Roof Doctors, Inc.

217.328.7529 Roofing Contractors The Roof Doctor team has extensive experience in the roofing industry. The owner, Randy, was doing roofing before he ever began the company. Customers will benefit from that experience and see the results in their roof. Since we’re long-time residents of the ChampaignUrbana area, we understand the need to foster growth in the local economy. This also means we have firsthand experience with the weather and the roofing needs of local residents. Our customers are also our neighbors. Randy is a life-long resident of the Champaign-Urbana area. He is a former board member of the Champaign County Historical Museum, and a current member of the C-U Illini After Five Rotary Club, where he served as president from 2009-2010.

“The Legends Apartments” Regency Legends LLC 3206 Palmer Dr., Ste. 11 Champaign, IL 61822-1449 217.531.3262 Apartments

The Legends Apartments, a mix of one-, two-, and threebedroom floor plans, is located adjacent to The Legends 9-hole executive golf course and across from Carle at The Fields. The Legends community will feature a beautifully appointed 6,700 square foot clubhouse with a custom high-definition golf simulator programmed with famous courses from around the world. Other amenities include a conference room, two gathering/ party rooms, a game room with pool table, and a hightech fitness center that includes on-demand yoga/spin classes from national renowned instructors. All residents enjoy free golf plus a 70-foot resort-style swimming pool, two oversized fire pits, a gazebo, and a hammock oasis. The pet and bike-friendly community has a 15,000 sq. ft. architecturally-designed dog park with an indoor pet washing station and bike maintenance room. The apartment homes feature a vibrant new concept in apartment living with open floor plans, hardwood floors, nine-foot ceilings, in-home washer/dryer, large kitchens with an island, granite countertops, and stainless steel appliances. For more information, or to schedule a tour of the model, go to

Wendy’s - All Star Management Inc. 505 N. Cunningham Ave. Urbana, IL 61802-1719 217.344.2899 Restaurants

“Quality is our Recipe”. It’s the philosophy our founder Dave Thomas lived by...and it’s the philosophy on which Wendy’s is built. It’s why we work to deliver great-tasting food that is made when you order it and served to you by people who care. As we continue to grow, we’ll always be sure to keep Dave’s traditions and legacy in mind. By partnering with the best suppliers in the business, we’re able to serve up fresh, Deliciously Different™ food every day. But Wendy’s is about more than just food. By supporting our employees, we continue to feel like a true family business.

UScore Financial Services, Inc. P.O. Box 3834 Champaign, IL 61826-3834 217.355.7886 Financial Services

You get what you give. You’ve been a successful member of the business community. You have created jobs. You have managed people. You’re a wiz with tax documents. You know the importance of a good business plan. You have benefited from those who have come before you.

Now, it’s time to take what you know and share it with the next generation. Become a Business Advisor and join a group of people making a difference in our community by mentoring entrepreneurs eager to open their businesses. To learn more about becoming a Business Advisor, contact Mindy Cain at or call 217.359.1791.

Ready to Grow? But not sure how?

Do you have a specific business challenge that if you could just solve it... it would unlock so many opportunities for your company? We are now accepting applications for our next Economic Gardening Company. Through our partnership with the Edward Lowe Foundation, the Chamber can assemble a specialized team of researchers to provide you with real time data and executable strategies specific to your company’s needs that will take your company to the next level. This is a proven economic development strategy in which the Chamber can help to grow our local companies. To apply, visit: economic_gardening.aspx Applications will be evaluated by a panel of our sponsoring companies.

Carle's new blueprint breaks the mold An innovative administrative building anchors a plan that now includes a surgical center, two medical office buildings and opportunities for economic growth with strategic partners. Two years ago Carle set forth on a bold, new plan that responds to the needs of patients, the 7,000 people employed and the vibrant community it lies within. An idea for Carle at The Fields began as a 300,000 square foot office-based facility. Situated on the northwest corner of Interstate 57 and Curtis Road in Champaign, The Fields welcomes employees to a vibrant administrative center in February. Carle created the administrative hub by consolidating leased locations across Champaign and Urbana. Approximately 1,200 staff members will now benefit from increased proximity to each other and an inspired new space. As is often the case with new ideas, though, momentum carried through to new concepts. Today, Carle’s excitement extends beyond this new administrative building. Medical and economic relationships will enhance care and commercial options for our community. “We are thrilled that Carle at The Fields inspired unique development opportunities in Champaign,” said Carle System Chief Operating Officer, John Snyder. “Visionary people came forward to partner on bold concepts that push this community forward. “At Carle, that effort always begins with a dedication to world-class health care.” Together with leaders from Christie Clinic, the plan for Carle at The Fields first evolved to include a new Champaign Surgery Center. The current facility used by the two organizations on Mattis Avenue will move to this location off of Staley Road. Accommodations within the facility will emphasize up-to-date technology, medical teaching and research that elevates the standard of care.

The building will also bolster collaborative care for both Carle and Christie providers. That’s because two new Medical Office Buildings (MOBs) will flank the Surgery Center. One will belong to Carle, the other to Christie. An anticipated opening for these three buildings is 2019. “Providing the best care for our communities and our region requires collaboration,” Snyder said. “The surgical center and medical offices will exemplify that each and every day. It’s clear that Carle and Christie Clinic’s shared vision for quality care in an easily accessible location is coming to fruition.” Carle’s MOB features specialists from areas such as: • Ear, Nose & Throat, and Audiology and Hearing Services • Optometry, Optical, Ophthalmology and Vitreous Retinal Services • Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery services • Plastic Surgery Christie Clinic’s MOB includes various specialties, too: • Allergy • Ear, Nose & Throat and Audiology and Hearing Services • Foot and Ankle Surgery • Gastroenterology • General Surgery • Ophthalmology • Orthopedics • Physical Therapy • Sports Medicine • Urology Beyond who inhabits these buildings, a more important concept featuring compassionate and comprehensive care crystalized.

Also, area hotel developer Steve Horve is building an 80-room Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton® hotel. This location will be the fourth Hilton branded hotel in Champaign built by Horve Hospitality Management, Inc.

“The community has relied upon our organizations for exceptional health care for decades,” said Christie Clinic Chief Operating Officer Jason Hirsbrunner. “Having the Surgery Center in the same complex as the Medical Office Buildings creates a brand new healthcare campus built for successful outcomes, easy accessibility, and convenience. “This enhanced collaboration further cements our community as a destination for extraordinary health care.” Carle’s partnerships also extended to retail development at the site. This fall construction started on two mixed-use buildings, led by Green Street Realty. The identical three-story buildings feature 25,828 square feet of retail and office space available for lease. Included in the design are 56 one and two-bedroom apartment units. The area sits on 4.1 acres that will also feature a 10,000 square foot plaza in the Town Center to serve as a gathering place for community events.

“Carle listened to the public throughout the design of this development,” said Bruce Knight, Champaign planning and development director. “That, combined with a built in customer base, surrounding residential areas and traffic coming from I-57, will amount to a strong draw for new retail, restaurants, hotels and gas stations.” There is no doubt that healthcare trends across the country influence what patients, employees and communities in east central Illinois need. By surrounding ourselves with inventive partners found in our own back yard, Carle welcomes the challenge to create a vision for our future that exceeds expectations. Together, we can achieve a life-changing healthcare experience that strengthens Champaign-Urbana.

Grow Your Workforce You asked for a qualified workforce and we are going to help you build it. Meet and interview potential students at:

One Big Career Fair Wednesday, April 18 Centennial High School Gym 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. Hosted by: Champaign Youth Employment Services (YES), Urbana Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP), Champaign Area Relationship Education for Youth (CARE4U)

• One Big Career Fair facilitates placing students from three community programs into summer youth employment positions with local businesses. • The Regional Planning Commission is the employer of record, so you don’t have to add the student to your payroll. • You will benefit from the extra help in the workplace; help shape workplace skills for students; and possibly get that one project completed that never seems to get done. • You will have full support by the school districts or CARE4U employees. Summer Internship Program Dates: June 4 – July 13

Urbana SYEP

June 18 – July 27

Champaign YES

June 4 – July 13


June 18 – July 27


Learn more about each youth employment program

To participate in One Big Career Fair, RSVP to Mindy Smith at by Monday, April 2.

Urbana High School Summer Youth Employment Program

Weekly Hours

Maximum of 105 hours total in 6 weeks; roughly 17.5 per week

Student, Employer Matching

YES matches students with employers: • Students are grouped into three tiers. • Students complete skills assessment for ideal career fields. • Employers can do mini-interviews with students at the Career Fair. • Students select their top three employers. • Employers select their top student choices. • YES staff will best-match student and employer for Tiers 1 & 2. • Tier 3 students have option to set up interviews with employers.

(90 hours total over a 6 week period)

About 15 hours a week

Maximum of 90 hours total in 6 weeks; roughly 15 per week

Mixed method: • Employers can provide a job description which CARE4U will use to select appropriate student applicants; employer interviews and selects the best candidate.

Mixed method: • Employers can provide a job description which CARE4U will use to select appropriate student applicants; employer interviews and selects the best candidate.

• Individual student expresses a career interest and are introduced to an employer in that field. Employer has the option to interview student or let CARE4U make the placement.

• Individual student expresses a career interest and are introduced to an employer in that field. Employer has the option to interview student or let CARE4U make the placement.

• Career Fair - Employers and students interact and may conduct mini-interviews at Fair. Employers submit top three student names; students submit top three employers. CARE4U staff makes placements based on matches.

• Career Fair - Employers and students interact and may conduct mini-interviews at Fair. Employers submit top three student names; students submit top three employers. CARE4U staff makes placements based on matches.

• University of Illinois Summer Youth Program

Total Cost for Employer

None (unless the employer wishes to provide funding or directly hire their student at any point during the program)

None (unless the employer wishes to provide funding or directly hire their student after program completion)

None (unless the employer wishes to provide funding or directly hire student beyond scope of the CARE4U program.)

Funding from Program

YES will cover all costs for the student unless employer hires students directly.

Full financial support available; employer-funding welcomed

CARE4U allocates funds to cover full cost of summer program.

Worker’s Comp. & Other Costs

Covered by YES through our payroll agent, Regional Planning Commission

Covered by UHS SYEP and CARE4U in agreement with Regional Planning Commission

Covered by CARE4U in agreement with Regional Planning Commission

Additional Information

Employer orientations will be held in March.

Any student interested in UHS SYEP must complete the CARE4U program. In addition, they must attend at least one resume workshop.

CARE4U provides instruction in workforce readiness, financial literacy, and relationship education during our 24-week, school-based program. Those qualified for summer employment have completed sessions designed to lead to success in the workplace, in managing money, and in interpersonal skills. CARE4U staff have worked with participants since August and provide ongoing support to both student and employer through the summer program. Funds may be available for transportation to and from the work site.

Sarah Bradshaw, M.S. 217.255.0986

Kellie Anderson 217.239.7780

Students will be sent to their worksite one time during the week of June 11-15 for an orientation visit arranged by their worksite coordinator.

Program Contact

Mindy Smith 217.531.6857

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Presence Covenant Medical Center is very happy to now be part of the OSF HealthCare family. Covenant Medical Center is now OSF HealthCare Heart of Mary Medical Center, United Samaritan Medical Center in Danville is now OSF HealthCare Sacred Heart Medical Center, and PRO Ambulance is now OSF PRO Ambulance. As a part of OSF HealthCare we will continue to provide the same great care our patients have come to expect. OSF HealthCare is a faith-based, 13 hospital health care system serving Illinois and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Since 1877, OSF has kept their Mission strong – to serve with the greatest care and love. OSF HealthCare has more than 20,000 employees, including more than 1,100 primary and specialty care physicians and advanced practice providers. OSF HealthCare also operates two colleges of nursing, one each in Peoria and Rockford, Illinois. In 2017, OSF HealthCare ranked in the top 20 percent of large health care systems in the country by Truven, an independent health care analytics research company. In 2017, U.S. News & World Report recognized OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois in Peoria among the top 50 pediatric facilities across the U.S. in two pediatric specialties. As health care continues to change, OSF remains at the forefront of innovation and technology while always providing compassionate care to every patient, every day. The Atkins Group is building a new 50,400 square foot industrial project, Prism Warehouse, in the summer of 2018. This multi-tenant facility will be built at 2901 Boardwalk Drive in NW Champaign. The location is close to the Olympian Drive I-57 interchange so users will have quick access to the interstate system. A .J. Thoma of CBCDR will be the listing broker. The project will have bays for as many as eight tenants. Compared to our larger industrial warehouses, the target market for Prism Warehouse will be smaller light industrial users and contractor/vendor shops seeking 6,000 square foot – 12,000 square foot in overall leased space. Each bay will feature a loading dock as well as drive in overhead door. The project is set for completion around September 1, 2018.

Say hello to a smarter way to work and play. Lodgic Everyday Community is the energizing, neighborly new destination that unites productivity-boosting coworking, flexible childcare, and craft food and drink served your way, fast or slow – all to simplify your life. Outsmart and outperform your daily routine. Gain more time for what matters most to you. Make more space in your life to let good things happen. We know every day is different. Lodgic is designed to serve the hard-to-juggle daily needs of your modern life with ultimate flexibility in one vibrant community. Plug in where you want, how you want, whenever you want – we’re here for you. Live bigger, work better, have more fun. Achieve life on your terms with Lodgic.

Healthcare Careers Pilot Program Sponsoring Organizations

Healthcare is one of the fastest growing fields, which means there is an abundance of career opportunities available. There are many options with differing educational requirements to explore within this innovative Pilot Program designed for 16–18 year old high school students. The purpose of this highly collaborative and innovative high-clinical immersion program in the Champaign, Urbana, and Rantoul school districts is to develop the exposure and immersion to healthcare professions. Students will receive first-hand experiences in the professional careers they want to pursue through education and job shadowing.

PUBLIC POLICY UPDATE The Champaign County Board addressed what could be their biggest issue of 2018 - the future of the county nursing home. The county board called a special meeting on January 9 to vote on nursing home items, including sending out a request for proposal (RFP) to sell the facility. Last time the RFP came to a vote before the county board it was voted down on an 11-11 vote. A bipartisan coalition of county board members voted 13-8 to approve the RFP to sell the county nursing home. The RFP allows the county to find a buyer for the home. Should the county board find a buyer, it will take 15 votes to approve the sale of the home. The RFP outlines parameters that must be included in any potential sales including: • Continue operating under the current collective-bargaining agreement with AFSCME union. • Rehiring all employees that pass background checks. • Give Champaign County residents priority in admissions. • A plan on how to “work with and be accountable to the community.” An independent broker believes the county nursing home could be sold for $11 million on the open market. The Champaign County Chamber of Commerce board of directors voted to support the sale of the Champaign County Nursing Home to the private sector. “There are currently two options on the table. The home could be sold to a private business that will keep the current collective bargaining agreement and the current residents, or the nursing home will run out of money after the funding from the county ends in July - effectively closing it,” said Laura Weis, president & CEO of the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce. “The residents and employees deserve more certainty which is why we support selling the home to a private owner.”

In April of 2016, the voters of Champaign County voted for a referendum to authorize the sale of Champaign County Nursing Home and voted down a referendum that would have increased property taxes to fund the nursing home. During that election, the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce board of directors took positions on both referendums, supporting the sale authorization and opposed the tax increase. Since the election the nursing home has continued to struggle. The home owes $2.8 million to vendors and $2.7 million to the county. Moreover, the only way the home can increase revenues without a tax increases is by increasing the census, which has stalled at nearly 60 percent capacity. The home continually needs loans to meet payroll. The county board approved their 2018 fiscal year budget which includes six months’ worth of funding for the nursing home. If the home is still on the county books as of July, the county will be forced to make drastic cuts to operate the home. It costs roughly $100K a day to operate the nursing home and there is roughly $3.2 million in the county’s General Corporate Fund. For perspective, the corporate fund can only sustain the nursing home for 32 days.

Interested in government, economic developement and advocacy? Get involved with our Champaign County First committee. Contact Garret Hill at or call 217.359.1791 for more information.

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the local purchasing challenge

We challenge you to make one simple decision that will transform our local economy; ultimately improving the bottom lines of our members – all without spending any more money than your company currently spends. How? Take the Local Purchasing Challenge. It really is simple. Shopping local is not just a consumer activity. By simply reallocating your purchasing dollars for products and services from a non-local vendor to a local one (again, not spending more), your company will be part of creating significant economic impact in Champaign County. What’s in it for me you ask? The more companies that agree to shift some of their purchasing back to Champaign County means more local companies will see increased sales. As much as you want local companies to buy your goods and services, your fellow Chamber members want you to buy more locally as well. It means better customer service, quicker turnaround and no shipping. More local purchasing means more money in the local economy. It means more money to keep jobs and create jobs. Your commitment to this grassroots effort, along with other local businesses, will make the dollars add up. Again, without spending more than you have already budgeted. In fact, did you know that according to Civic Economics West Michigan that $140,000,000 of new economic activity means 1,600 newly created jobs and $50,000,000 in new wages. Imagine being part of creating 1,600 new local jobs without spending more than you already spend. Take the Local Purchasing Challenge. Help make a difference in our community. It doesn’t get easier than this: Step 1

Identify the categories/line items in your budget where you spend money outside of Champaign County.

Step 2

Commit to reallocating a small portion of that purchasing back to a business in Champaign County. Use the Chamber as a resource to find a local vendor.

Step 3

Take the Challenge and return this card to the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce.

Step 4

Honor the promise.

Step 5

Update the Chamber on your status when asked (quarterly update).

Step 6

Sit back and feel good about your decision to help improve your business and our economy. Watch our local economy and local businesses grow.

Yes, please list and promote our company as a local business committed to purchasing more locally. I understand our actual pledge will not be published. Name ________________________________________________________________________ Business ______________________________________________________________________ Address ______________________________________________________________________ E-mail ________________________________________________________________________ Phone ________________________________________________________________________ Between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017, our company commits to reallocating purchasing dollars spent with vendors outside of Champaign County to local businesses by (at least) the amount indicated below:

____$10,000 ____$7,500 ____$5,000

____ $2,500 ____ $1,000 ____ $750

____$500 ____$100 Other: $_________

The Chamber will track the collective amount pledged. We will report the numbers back to the membership all while keeping your pledge confidential. Please return form by April 30, 2018.

Have questions? Contact Lindsay at or call 217.359.1791. Please complete this form and fax to 217.359.1809 or mail to: Champaign County Chamber of Commerce 303 W. Kirby Ave. | Champaign, IL 61820

2018 ATHENA AwardÂŽ Luncheon Sponsored by:

Thursday, February 15 Noon - 1:30 p.m. Champaign Country Club Thank you to all the individuals who continue to set great examples for women in Champaign County. We look forward to honoring two more people this year at the awards luncheon. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Cost to attend is $33 for members and $41 for non- members.

ter Regis Now!

To register, email Caryn at or call 217.359.1791. Registration and cancellation deadline is Monday, February 12.

Spring breakfast series: Fresh ideas served monthly February 8


March 8 I Knew You Were Going to do That

April 12 Don't Be Held for Ransom

Sponsored by:

Presented by: Dave Delaney, Speaker - Google’s Get Your Business Online Program

Tips from a Google expert on how to increase your presence on the Internet.

Presented by: Jim Connolly, Business Consultant, Thomas, Connolly & Phelps, Inc.

Learn how to use the science of predictable behavior to dramatically improve employee, leader, team and company performance.

Presented by: Special Agent Chris Anglin, Cyber Squad, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

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Each breakfast will be held from 7:30 - 9:00 a.m. in the upstairs portion of the Stone Creek Golf Club in Urbana. The cost to attend for members is $50 for the entire series or $19 for an individual breakfast. The cost for non-members is $39 for an individual breakfast (there is no discount for non-members who attend the whole series). To register for the series or for an individual breakfast, email Caryn at or call 217.359.1791.

MEMBER ACCOLADES & NEWS SPERRY VAN NESS HC Global is proud to announce that Alex Ruggieri has joined the IHC Global Board of Directors, where he represents the National Association of Realtors (NAR), one of IHC Global’s founding sponsors. As he stepped into his new role, Ruggieri said, “I am looking forward to serving IHC Global’s important mission to address urban challenges through better development and improved living conditions around the world. I hope to bring new ideas and perspectives to the table.” MEYER CAPEL LAW FIRM Meyer Capel proudly announces that Bloomington-Normal attorney, Jason A. Barickman, and Champaign-Urbana attorney, Forrest J. Heyman, have become shareholders with the law firm.

equipment finance business. Mr. Van Etten joins Midland from Scottrade Financial Services, Inc., where he served as President of Scottrade Bank Equipment Finance. Midland also announced that Heartland Business Credit, its equipment leasing subsidiary, will be rebranded as Midland Equipment Finance and operated as a division of Midland States Bank. THE CHAMPAIGN PUBLIC LIBRARY The Champaign Public Library (CPL) has earned more national recognition, honored as one of the country’s top public libraries by the Library Journal. In its 2017 ratings, Library Journal gave CPL three stars (out of five), which ranks the library in the top 3.5 percent of public libraries nationwide.

Jason Barickman joined the law firm in 2012. Due to his unique blend of skills and experience, he focuses on commercial real estate, outside general counsel services and other transactional business representation, for clients ranging from individuals and startups to publicly traded institutions. Mr. Barickman received his juris doctorate degree in 2005 from the University of Illinois College of Law. Mr. Barickman also serves in the Illinois State Senate, representing the 53rd legislative district. He may be contacted at jbarickman@ or (217) 352-1800.

This is the 10th year in a row CPL has earned this distinction, which places the library among 69 American libraries to make the publication’s “All-Time All-Stars” list.

CITY OF CHAMPAIGN Congratulations to Kerri Wiman for being promoted to director of the Neighborhood Services Department and Carrie Siems for being promoted to financial services manager/ city accountant.

FIRST MID-ILLINOIS BANK & TRUST First Mid-Illinois Bancshares, Inc. (“First Mid”) (NASDAQ: FMBH) and First BancTrust Corporation (“First Bank”) (OTCQX:FIRT) announced the execution of a definitive agreement under which First Mid will acquire all of the outstanding shares of First Bank, the holding company for First Bank & Trust, IL (“First Bank & Trust”). The acquisition provides First Mid with a deeper presence in the attractive and growing ChampaignUrbana region and extends its footprint into the adjacent counties to the east of its headquarters.

MIDLAND STATES BANK Midland States Bank announced that R. Dean Bingham, President and Chief Operating Officer of Agracel, Inc. of Effingham, Illinois, was appointed to the Bank’s board of directors. They also announced that Fred Van Etten has joined Midland as President of the Company’s

This year 7,409 public libraries in the U.S. qualified to be rated. The rating system recognizes public libraries that lead in community engagement. Scores are based on fiscal year 2015 per-capita numbers, including items checked out, ebook circulation, library visits, event attendance and use of public computers at the library.

Under the terms of the agreement, First Bank shareholders will receive 0.80 shares of FMBH common stock and $5.00 in cash for each share of FIRT common stock. Based upon First Mid’s closing price of $38.67 on December 8, 2017, the aggregate transaction value is approximately $73.8 million. First Bank is a $466 million asset financial services holding company headquartered in Champaign, IL. First Bank’s banking subsidiary, First Bank & Trust, is an Illinoischartered bank and currently operates eight banking centers across three counties. As of September 30, 2017, First Bank had total deposits and loans of approximately $378 million and $368 million, respectively. Matthew Carr, President of First Bank, will join First Mid in a leadership role after the closing of the acquisition. The transaction has been unanimously approved by each company’s board of directors and is expected to close in mid-

2018, subject to regulatory approvals, the approval of First Bank’s stockholders and the satisfaction of customary closing conditions. FEHR GRAHAM Furst-McNess Co. and Fehr Graham were awarded a 2018 ACEC-IL Engineering Excellence Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Illinois. Furst-McNess hired Fehr Graham to clean up one of its properties, the former WEK Holdings LLC site, in Freeport, Illinois. The effort won a Merit Award in a new nomination category – Environmental. Fehr Graham assessed and remediated the site since 2003. Have news to share with the local business community? Tell us about it and get featured in the Chamber’s next Commerce Connection. Email Lindsay Quick with your news,, or submit the news via our website: membership/member_accolades.aspx

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SAVE THE DATE: 2019 BOOKING DAY MARCH 5, 2018 Beginning at 9:00 a.m. Interested in hosting a First Friday Coffee or Business After Hours? These events give you great exposure to the business community - don’t miss your chance to host. Reservations will be taken on a first call, first serve basis via phone call ONLY. No walk-ins, emails or early phone calls will be accepted.

To book your First Friday Coffee or Business After Hours for 2019,

Call Lindsay at 217.359.1791





Renew your membership today. Contact Caryn at or call 217.359.1791

Spring Workshops & Seminars Tuesday, February 13 Seven Deadly Sins to Avoid in Writing Bids/Proposals to the Government Presented by: Yan Liu, Huhts LLC

The government is the largest single consumer in the US Economy. Thousands of small businesses nationwide grew larger by working as contractors for the government. Why not get a slice of the pie? Government contract work is not as complicated as it appears. In writing bids/proposals to the federal or state government to obtain contract work, some critical elements will determine if the proposal is a winner. Yan Liu will discuss seven pitfalls to avoid in writing a successful proposal.

Tuesday, march 13 Engage to Retain

Presented by: Richard & Lynn Yoerk, Owners, Express Employment Professionals

In today’s economy, retaining top talent is a battle many businesses are fighting harder than ever. Talent pools are drying up and the skills gap continues to grow, which means highly skilled employees are at a premium. In a job market overflowing with opportunities for experienced workers, are you doing all you can to keep your best and brightest employees from exploring other options? Engage to Retain is a training program intended for managers and supervisors that addresses two key components of an effective employee retention strategy: onboarding of new employees and the importance of ongoing development.

Thursday, April 19 Leading Adaptive Change

Presented by: Matt Thomas, Senior Design Partner, Design Group International Adaptive change moves beyond technical intervention and requires new learning for an organization and its leaders to survive and excel. Business leaders are experiencing intense and complex challenges in a rapidly changing culture, political, market and workforce environment. These changes tend to require more skill at adapting to new conditions rather than mere technical expertise. This seminar will help leaders see the capacities they have when facing adaptive change, as well as gaps they may need to fill as they move in to new territory.

Tuesday, April 24 Uncovering Leadership Blind Spots: Discovering the Pathway to Motivating Your Employees Presented by: Dale Carnegie Training

Leadership matters. Leaders at the senior level strive to create a culture of engagement, while leaders on the front line need to motivate employees daily to drive results. Through a recent global employee study, Dale Carnegie identified specific areas where leaders are falling short – we call these “leadership blind spots”. Join us, as we identify the leadership attributes that are critical to organizational performance and find out what your leaders may be missing.

Tuesday, May 15 Funding the Startup Growth of Your Company

Presented by: Alan R. Singleton, Singleton Law Firm, P.C. In this workshop, Alan will discuss the advantages and disadvantages to a variety of business financing options. He will detail the pros and cons of borrowing start-up funds from friends and family, bootstrapping, the advantages of government funding (mainly through the Small Business Innovation Research Program), and how to obtain traditional bank loans. In addition, this workshop will provide how to acquire funds from angel investors and venture capitalists. All seminars will be held from 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. at the Chamber office. Cost to attend is $19 for members and $39 for non-members per seminar. To register for one or more seminar, email Caryn at or call 217.359.1791.

Cham ber Sto re Mailing Labels

An exclusive benefit of Chamber membership, we sell mailing labels containing the names and addresses of Chamber member businesses for the purpose of member-to-member communication. Target the local business community. Two lists are available for purchase:


Long list (approx. 2,400 names and businesses): $175 Short list (approx. 1,000 names and businesses): $125

Our electronic newsletter is sent to nearly 2,000 businesses and businesspeople in Champaign County each week. Sponsor an e-Connection and get your business seen by thousands.

Contact Caryn Isenhower to order, or 217.359.1791.

Header sponsorship (one wk.): $100

Email Blast Advertisement Do you have a new product, service or information you would like to share with our entire Chamber membership? Take advantage of this exclusive offer to send broadcast emails to our entire nearly 2,000 email list. Email Blast Advertisement: $500 Contact Lindsay Quick for more information, or 217.359.1791.

Commerce Connection

This is a bi-monthly publication that is distributed to over 2,400 businesses and businesspeople in Champaign County. Content varies, but is always relevant to local business. There are a variety of ad sizes available. Ads start at only $90. Ask about the exclusive cover package that allows your business to gain exposure before the reader even opens the publication. Contact Lindsay Quick for more information, LindsayQ@ or 217.359.1791.

Email Footer Sponsorship

For a great price, place an ad in every email that is sent out of the Chamber office. That’s an average of over 12,000 emails per week. The best part? Link the footer wherever you would like. Footer (one wk.): $75 (Add footer to the e-Connection for an additional $50.) Contact Lindsay for details at, or 217.359.1791.



Contact Lindsay Quick for more information, LindsayQ@ or 217.359.1791.

Website Marketing With over 7,000 visits/month to the Chamber website, this is where you want to be. Market your business to locals and those looking to move and/or visit here. Want more information? Contact Lindsay Quick at

Event Sponsorship

From monthly First Friday Coffee and Business After Hours to our annual Golf Outing, the Chamber hosts a number of events each month. By sponsoring a Chamber event, your business obtains great exposure not only at the event itself, but also within all promotional materials (emails, mailings, e-newsletters, Commerce Connection, website, etc.). We have numerous opportunities throughout the year, here’s what’s coming up: • Spring Breakfast Series - $1,000 per breakfast (1 available) • Annual Meeting Title Sponsorship - $3,000 (available)

Additional information for events such as Business Success and Solutions Seminars is available upon request. Contact ArielS@champaign or call 217.359.1791 with any event sponsorship inquiries.

Online Business Directory Enhancements Enhance your listing on the Chamber’s online business directory. The directory gets hundreds of thousands of views each day--turn your standard (complimentary) listing into an eye-catching, search engine optimized advertisement. Basic upgrade: included w/membership

Value upgrade: $20/year

Deluxe upgrade: $50/year

Contact Lindsay Quick for more information, or 217.359.1791.

Complimentary services: rental of laptop computer; conference space and LCD projector; Certificate of Origin; Notary service; information, assistance and resources.


calendar of events February Breakfast Google Me

Presented by Dave Delaney, Google Representative

Thursday, February 8 7:30 - 9:00 a.m. Stone Creek Golf Club 2600 S. Stone Creek Blvd., Urbana


Booking Day 2019 Business After Hours & First Friday Coffee Monday, March 5 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. *Phone calls only. No walk-ins or emails will be accepted. Bookings will be taken on a first call, first serve basis.

Monday, February 12 Noon - 1:00 p.m. Giordano’s 2000 N. Neil St., Champaign

March Breakfast

Business Success & Solutions Seminar

Thursday, March 8 7:30 - 9:00 a.m. Stone Creek Golf Club 2600 S. Stone Creek Blvd., Urbana

Seven Deadly Sins to Avoid in Writing Bids/Proposals to the Government presented by Yan Liu, Huhts, LLC

Tuesday, February 13 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Chamber Office 303 W. Kirby Ave., Champaign

ATHENA® Luncheon

Sponsored by Spherion Staffing and Busey Wealth Management

Thursday, February 15 Noon - 1:30 p.m. Champaign Country Club 1211 S. Prospect Ave., Champaign

Business After Hours Thursday, February 15 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. U of I Willard Airport 11 Airport Rd., Savoy

First Friday Coffee

Friday, March 2 7:30 - 9:00 a.m. Cunningham Children’s Home 1301 N. Cunningham Ave., Urbana

Sponsored by BPC / H Squared

I Knew You Were Going To Do That Presented by Jim Connolly, Consultant, Org Ex, Inc.

Business Success & Solutions Seminar Engage to Retain

presented by Richard & Lynn Yoerk, Owners, Express Employment Professionals

Tuesday, March 13 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Chamber Office 303 W. Kirby Ave., Champaign

Business After Hours

Thursday, March 15 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Clark-Lindsey Village 101 W. Windsor Rd., Urbana

Fast Facts

4.2% Champaign County Unemployment Rate in November 2017

19 business licenses applied for in Champaign County in December 2017


December 2017 U of I Flash Index for Illinois

917,782 rides were taken on CUMTD in December 2017

4,781 visits to the Chamber’s page, in December 2017

7,974 average amount of referrals PER DAY the

Champaign County Chamber of Commerce Online Business Directory received via search engines and online sources in December 2017

2014 The year that the Champaign County

Chamber of Commerce was named the Illinois Outstanding Chamber of the Year


Monday, March 19 Noon - 1:00 p.m. Giordano’s 2000 N. Neil St., Champaign

First Friday Coffee

Friday, April 6 7:30 - 9:00 a.m. Illinois National Bank (INB) 2309 Village Green Pl., Ste. A, Champaign

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