January/February 2020 Commerce Connetion

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303 West Kirby Avenue Champaign, IL 61820 P 217.359.1791 | F 217.359.1809 www.champaigncounty.org

FY20 TOP INVESTORS TOP INVESTORS GOLD Busey SILVER Carle University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign OSF HealthCare Heart of Mary Medical Center BRONZE A & R Mechanical Contractors Amdocs BankChampaign, N.A. Christie Clinic First Mid Bank & Trust Health Alliance Hickory Point Bank & Trust Midland States Bank Napleton’s Auto Park of Urbana

CHAMBER STAFF Laura Weis President & CEO LauraW@champaigncounty.org

Lindsay Quick Director of Marketing & Events LindsayQ@champaigncounty.org

Matt Bradley Business Growth & Development Director MattB@champaigncounty.org

Stephanie Smith-Jeffries Office and Accounting Administrator StephanieS@champaigncounty.org Megan Wenstrand Director of Membership Sales & Engagement MeganW@champaigncounty.org

Mindy Cain Director of Workforce Readiness MindyC@champaigncounty.org Madeline Herrman Public Policy Director MadelineH@champaigncounty.org


Justin Overstreet

Mike Estes


Chip Craddock Clark Dietz, Inc.

Deb Reardanz Clark-Lindsey Village

Kyle Emkes

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

Linda Difiore

Julianna Sellett

Tonya Horn

Dan Hurley FedEx Ground

Amie Smith

Dan Kirby

R.J. Hynds English Brothers Company

Bill Walter

Dr. Jared Rogers

Stevie Jay Broadcasting - Q96-96.1FM, US105.9, Christian FM 95.3 & ESPN 93.5 PRESIDENT’S CIRCLE NewsTalk 1400 WDWS, Lite Rock 97.5 WHMS, Classic Hits 107.9 WKIO

150 PERCENT CLUB Awards, Ltd. / Stamps Direct Dish Passionate Cuisine Hyatt Place LongHorn Steakhouse TrophyTime, Inc. W.K. Cooper II Asset Management Corporation

Curtis Orchard, Ltd.

Silgan Closures

Susan Jepsen

Martin Hood LLC


BankChampaign N.A.

A & R Mechanical Contractors

Chrisrtie Clinic Illinois Marathon

Pradeep Khanna University of Illinois

Chair, Fisher National Bank

First Vice Chair, Dodd & Maatuka

Second Vice Chair, Rogards

Treasurer, CliftonLarsonAllen

Past Chair OSF HealthCare Heart of Mary Medical Center

Laura Weis

Secretary, Champaign County Chamber of Commerce

Chuck McReaken TSM Ventures, Inc.

FINANCIAL SERVICES Provided by CliftonLarsonAllen

All information contained within this publication is property of the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce and cannot be reproduced without prior expressed or written consent. This publication contains paid advertising; the opinions expressed in those advertisements do not reflect the views of the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce. For advertising information, contact the Chamber at 217.359.1791.


WELCOME TO THE CHAMBER >> members who joined between November 1 - December 31 Berglund Construction

3301 Fields South Dr., Suite 104 Champaign, IL 61822 773.374.1000 www.berglundco.com Construction Management Since 1911, Berglund has delivered a hands-on, partnering spirit that comes with being an experienced fourth generation, family-owned company. We collaborate with our clients, consultants, subcontractors and communities to deliver building solutions of the highest standard. Berglund has been named one of ENR’s Top 400 Contractors in the Midwest and has set new standards for quality, innovation and craftsmanship, effective project management, cost control along with worker and public safety.

The CBD Store

512 S Neil St. Champaign, IL 61820 217.369.1905 www.thecbdstorecompany.com Health & Diet Food Products-Retail Cannabidiol, commonly known as CBD, has many benefits and is safe to use. Our first priority is not to simply sell our CBD products — it’s to educate others and advocate for the safe and sensible use of natural health remedies. With personal experiences and extensive industry knowledge serving as the base of our organization, we are committed to helping people experience the side-effect-free use of CBD oil. We truly believe in the life-changing power of natural remedies such as cannabinoids, and have structured our business around serving any adult who may be interested in finding out more about their extensive benefits. We also carry a pet-friendly line of tinctures and treats that are flavored just for the pets.

EZ Green Home

1717 W Kirby Ave. #103 Champaign, IL 61821 217.383.0833 www.ezgreenhome.com Energy Management & Conservation Consultants Our mission is to help you reduce energy consumption and save money while providing a comprehensive look 4

at your business and home’s current energy usage. With current rising energy costs, we believe every consumer should have the opportunity to be well educated about their home and how to make it as energy efficient as possible. We pride ourselves on our premium customer service tailored to each customer’s individual needs.

Masters Financial Services LLC 2965 Whitetail Dr. Charleston, IL 61920 217.994.2759 www.mastersfs.com Bookkeeping Service

Masters Financial Services LLC is an accounting services firm designed with you in mind. Our remotely provided services are the cost-effective solution for your accounting and payroll needs. Financial reporting can be a daunting task, but MFS can help. Our team of financial professionals can build, maintain and help analyze your financials. We can work with your accounting system or help you find the right solution for your business. Collectively, we have expert level experience in more than a dozen MRP and ERP systems and we are QuickBooks Online certified. Start saving time and money today with a customized accounting solution for your business. We will focus on your financials so you can focus on the fun stuff.

Rotary Club of Champaign 1222 Lancaster Dr. Champaign, IL 61821 217.714.0896 champaignrotary.org Social Service Organization

Rotary International is an international service organization whose purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian service and advance goodwill and peace around the world.

Stanfield Chiropractic of Champaign 1103 Windsor Rd. Champaign, IL 61821 217.954.0124 www.stanfieldclinic.com Chiropractic Physicians

We are a full service modern chiropractic facility, providing quality cost-effective healthcare in a caring environment. At Stanfield Chiropractic, we help people of all ages feel better and live more productive and active lives. We utilize effective methods for relief of headaches, neck and back pain, arm and leg pain, sinus and allergy problems, fatigue, and other stress-related conditions.

Sterling Wealth Management

301 N Neil St. #203 Champaign, IL 61820 217.398.900 sterlingwealthmanagement.com Financial Planning Consultants & Services

their best lives. They are a company that is like family, providing excellent and unbiased financial advice authentically. Acting as their client’s personal chief financial officer and fiduciary, Sterling provides comprehensive investment and financial planning advice, including the coordination and management of the entire financial planning process. Their focus is to ensure that all relevant financial issues are integrated with the comprehensive plan and each client’s unique team of professionals is coordinated effectively.

Total Spectrum

517 W. Town Center Blvd. Champaign, IL 61822 844.263.1613 www.totalspectrumcare.com Counseling Services Total Spectrum provides in-home and center based aba therapy for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. We offer programs developed to help children learn to communicate, develop friendships, and lead healthy, happy, and productive lives.

Sterling Wealth Management is a private wealth management firm dedicated to helping clients live

SAVE THE DATE: 2021 BOOKING DAY MARCH 2, 2020 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 in 2021. 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 2021

Call Lindsay at 217.531.4239


Ribbon Cuttings

>> held between December 1 and January 31

Congratulations to Crunch Fitness on their grand opening. They celebrated with a ribbon cutting on December 5.

Congratulations to Stanfield Chiropractic on the grand opening of their new location on Windsor Rd. They celebrated with a ribbon cutting on December 12.

Total Spectrum celebrated the grand opening of their Champaign office with a ribbon cutting on January 14.

Congratulations to The CBD Store Champaign on their grand opening. They celebrated with a ribbon cutting on January 31.

Interested in hosting a ribbon cutting?

Chamber businesses have the opportunity to sign up for ribbon cuttings to celebrate their grand opening or ground breaking. Along with your staff members and support team, Chamber staff and ambassadors attend the event to help you celebrate. A photograph of your event will be seen by thousands through the Commerce Connection, as well as the Chamber’s Facebook page. If your business is interested in hosting a ribbon cutting, contact Megan at MeganW@champaigncounty.org or call 217.359.1791.



Quednau Quality Hearing We don’t just sell hearing aids - we help you hear.

CAN I AFFORD A HEARING AID? A new law is making it easier! As of January 1, insurance companies are required to offer coverage for hearing instruments and services when prescribed by a hearing care professional.

Teri Quednau

Hearing Instrument Specialist It’s never fun to miss out on the conversation. That is why Teri’s mission is simple: help those with hearing loss to lead more active and fulÞlling lives. She takes the time to educate you on your hearing health and your options to hear better. Schedule your FREE test and consultation with her today so you can experience the power of sound again.

You can get up to $2500 per hearing aid every two years.

So. Why Teri?




We know getting around town can be tough. Teri will travel up to 50 miles for a mobile appointment.*

And she has for more than 30 years. She uses that experience to help you get the most out of your hearing aid.

Teri started this business with her own two hands to provide a type of hearing service she thought was missing in our community.

*a travel fee may apply to those outside of Champaign County.

Contact QQH 217-693-7085 qqhearing.com Visit Us

2305 Village Green Pl. Suite E. Champaign, IL


A top partner for your bottom line. We promise to partner with you to help you manage your growing business. At Busey, we understand the unique challenges and circumstances you face. Our team has extensive experience working with a large range of specialized industries, allowing us to propose new ideas and proactive solutions to help you meet your needs and reach your goals.

busey.com 217.365.4500

Member FDIC

Local Owner. Local Artists.


Don Lake


Open Wed-Sat 10am-5pm 120 W. Main, Urbana www.cinemagallery.cc

The foundation of business

We believe that closing the skill gap is the way to build your workforce. In order to better meet the needs of our business members, the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce has formed a 501c3 not-for-profit charitable foundation. Having our own charitable foundation allows us to pursue external grant opportunities and it also allows members, like yourself, to make a tax deductible contribution to Chamber programming (outside of membership dues) that is important to you and your business. Our foundation supports the chamber’s efforts in the areas of education, workforce development and leadership development. The foundation supports its mission by developing strategic partnerships and initiatives with schools, businesses, community leaders and other supporters. In partnership with the Chamber, the Foundation is focused on growing our local workforce through education and leadership development programs. We need your help to do this. Please consider becoming a founding supporter of the Foundation today – so together, we can make a better community tomorrow. Support education, workforce and economic development through a tax deductible donation to the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Inc.

www.champaigncounty.org/chamber-foundation 9

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

One Big Career Fair Wednesday, April 8 Centennial High School Gym 4:30 - 6:00 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 staff. Summer Internship Program Dates: June 8 – August 14

Urbana SYEP

June 8 – August 14


Dates TBD

Champaign YES

Learn more about each youth employment program

To participate in One Big Career Fair, RSVP to Jeanine Russell at russelje@u4sd.org by Monday, March 30 10

Urbana High School Summer Youth Employment Program

Weekly Hours Student, Employer Matching

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

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

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

YES matches students and employers with consideration: • Students complete skills assessments to match ideal career fields.

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 is 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 is 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.

• Career Fair - Employers and students interact and may conduct mini-interviews at Fair. Employers submit top three student names; students submit top three employers.

• Students will have resumes available for employer review. • Employers can do miniinterviews with students at the career fair. • Students & employers select their top choices after the career fair. • YES staff will best-match students and employers based on choice rankings, schedule, and transportation needs. • Option to set up interviews with students at a later date if interested.

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

YES works with students yearround to explore career fields and develop workforce skills. Students are supported by a worksite coordinator who will assist with all stages.

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.

Students will be sent to their worksite one time in early June for an orientation visit arranged by their worksite coordinator.

Program Contact

Jeanine Russell 217.531.6857 russelje@u4sd.org

Desiree Medina 815.383.2164 dmmedi1@ilstu.edu

Kellie Anderson 217.239.7780 Kjande5@ilstu.edu 11


BUSINESS Throughout Champaign County women-owned businesses are making an impact and driving their industries forward. For the women who founded, own or run these businesses, their dayto-day challenges are no different from anyone else. “The most difficult challenge for any business owner is having access to capital (especially during the first three years) and being prepared to weather the storms,” explains Carolyn Baxley, owner of Cinema Gallery. Industry-specific challenges can also create unique obstacles for business owners. For Kari Smith, president of Champaign Jewelers, starting a business in an industry dominated by either large retailers or family-owned businesses, simply knowing where to begin was the biggest challenge. “So many independent jewelry stores are family-owned and have been handed down from previous generations. To just start one from scratch was sort of unusual,” Smith elaborates. In male-dominated industries like architecture and engineering women professionals and business owners must overcome additional obstacles. Ellen Dickson, principal of Bailey Edward Design, Inc., chooses to take it all in stride. 12

Learn how three women entreprenuers in our community are using their passsions to drive business forward.

“At times, I’m the only woman in the room. This can be advantageous since it makes me stand out. I try and stay prepared and confident,” says Dickson. The challenges facing women who own or run businesses result from a number of different factors. Ocassionally, they are industry or gender specific. More often than not, the things affecting small business owners are the same regardless of who the owner may be. These women continue to drive their industries forward and make an impact on Champaign County. Utilizing the resources that they have access to and having a keen vision for the future makes each of these female business professionals successful. “I worked with the SCORE (now Business Advisors Council) program through the Chamber to write a business plan and connect with advisors,” adds Smith. She continues with her advice for small business owners: “Take advantage of all the great resources we have in this community. They are here to help grow business in the area.” Dickson adds, “Leverage all available resources: your local chamber, industry organizations, the Small Business Administration. They all have free resources available to help you establish and grow your business.”

For these women, longevity in business can be traced back to determination, passion and hard work.

definitely superior to all of them. I can be entrepreneurial and chart my own course,” explains Baxley.

Many small businesses begin with a passion and develop into fully operational businesses - with employees, payroll, financials and everything in between.

The freedom and flexibility that being a business owner allows these women to create environments in which they can fully pursue their passions in the form of a business.

Each of these women have a passion for the field in which they work and it propels them to keep going each day and to find innovative ways to make their businesses better.

Smith continues, “I really enjoy the challenges that come from being a business owner and the creativity I can use to overcome them.”

For Baxley, starting Cinema Gallery with her husband came about from the idea and need to showcase local art all year around. 19 years later, Baxley still credits her success and uniqueness to her “wonderful artists, who are some of the finest in the U.S.” While fine art was her first true passion, Dickson decided to pursue architecture because her “original passion was to create things, but she also wanted to work with people and do something that would benefit the social good.” Entrepreneurship can be challenging regardless of the industry. While most people leave work at the end of the day and switch into parent-mode or shift their focus to their personal lives, entrepreneurs are always thinking about their businesses and what’s next. However, with high risks that these women are taking can also come high rewards.

According to Dickson “being a business owner is like being an architect. It is wonderful to create something and watch it thrive and grow. We are always looking for ways to serve our clients better.” Using passion and creativity as fuel, these women have developed strong, meaningful businesses that have become integral pieces of the business community. They continue to invest in their business and are always looking for ways to improve. Women in business in Champaign County face challenges head-on, leverage their passions to drive their business and continue to use innovative ways to move forward. To find more women-owned businesses in Champaign County, visit our website directory at www.champaigncounty.org/list/ and view the “Ownership Type” category.

“I’ve held many jobs over the years and can say with confidence that owning my own business is

Meet Our

WOMEN IN BUSINESS Carolyn Baxley Owner, Cinema Gallery 120 W. Main St., Urbana, IL www.cinemagallery.cc

Ellen Dickson Principal, Bailey Edward Design, Inc. 1103 S. Mattis Ave., Champaign www.baileyedward.com

Kari Smith President, Champaign Jewelers 2223 S. Neil St., Champaign www.champaignjewelers.com 13

A very special thank you to the

150+ volunteers

who participated in the fall iRead • iCount program. Collectively, these volunteers helped

200+ kindergarten students

improve their literacy and numeracy skills throughout the Champaign Unit 4 elementary schools. Community challenges can only be overcome with community participation. When you volunteer one-hour a week, you’ll be helping to improve Champaign County’s future workforce. Please consider volunteering for the fall 2020 program. Learn more at:



PUBLIC POLICY UPDATE SPRING SESSION PREVIEW January 2020: the start of a new year, a new decade and a new Spring Legislative Session for the State of Illinois. It is important to take stock of where the General Assembly stands currently. With a new Senate President, a far-reaching corruption probe and bar-setting agenda from Governor JB Pritzker, Spring Session is primed for action. The next five months can bring a lot of changes to Illinois. Looking at last spring as an example, the state’s minimum wage was raised and cannabis was legalized for adult-recreational use. Earlier in January, Senator Don Harmon was elected as the next president of the Senate. His election comes after former Senate President John Cullerton announced his retirement after nearly forty years in the Senate (having served the last eleven as president). Harmon’s primary opponent in the race was Senator Kimberly Lightford who would have been the first woman to hold the title. The Senate Democratic Caucus negotiated for five hours before reaching a deal. President Harmon will be met with high expectations and his relationships with Speaker Mike Madigan and Governor JB Pritzker are critical in moving forward a legislative agenda. The Governor presented the annual State of the State address in late January. Coming off an inaugural year in which Gov. Pritzker was able to successfully see much of his agenda come to fruition, the question of “what’s next?” was prevalent. Gov. Pritzker outlined his vision for the year ahead. Urging for examination of the state’s property taxes, pensions, budget and other initiatives, Gov. Pritzker has brought ambition into his sophomore year. It came as no surprise that Gov. Pritzker called for ethics reforms in the state. Illinois has felt the effects of a far-reaching, federal corruption probe for months now with no resolution clear. Representative Arroyo and Senator Sandoval

have resigned as a result of the probe with many other suburban Chicago officials following suit. Calls for reform from both sides of the aisle cut through this past Fall’s Veto Session. The Joint Commission on Ethics and Lobbying Reform was bred of legislative action during that time and recently had its first meeting. The meeting centered on the question of whether it is permissible or not for a legislator to serve as a lobbyist either concurrently with their public service or after retirement. The Commission is required to present legislative recommendations by March 31, 2020. With that, mark your calendars for March 17, 2020 as the General Primary Election is held that day. Primary elections determine who the nominees for each party will be in the General Election in November. The question of any constitutional amendments, including instituting a progressive income tax, will not be on the ballot in March. With five primary races at the local level and, of course, the Presidential Primary, the importance of your vote cannot be overstated. Registering to vote, finding your polling place and many of your voting questions can be answered at the Champaign County Clerk’s office. Illinois is in store for a busy next few months. The Champaign County Chamber of Commerce will be watching how Session unfolds, and we will work to help keep you informed. If you or your business has any questions regarding legislative matters, please reach out: Madeline Herrman Public Policy Director MadelineH@champaigncounty.org 217.359.1791 15

2020 ATHENA Awards ®

The Champaign County Chamber of Commerce has named Sharon C. Allen, CEO and cofounder of Sterling Wealth Management, Inc., the 2020 ATHENA Award® recipient. She will be presented the award at a luncheon held at the Champaign Country Club on Thursday, February 20, 2020. Allen is the 32nd local recipient of the award, which honors individuals who assist women in reaching their full leadership potential; demonstrate excellence, creativity and initiative in their businesses or professions; and provide valuable service by devoting time and energy to improving the quality of life for others in the community. Sharon established Sterling Wealth Management, Inc. in 2004 completely independent of any broker or dealer affiliation. The company is currently the only femaleowned wealth management company in Champaign County. The firm provides comprehensive and consultative private wealth management services for families, women and the emerging wealthy. With over 25 years in the financial industry, Sharon has become a leader in the wealth management arena. Her passion is helping women Sharon C. Allen, manage their ® 2020 ATHENA Award financial destinies. She regularly Recipient 16

offers gatherings, seminars and one-on-one discussions in order to help women manage, oversee and take control of their money. Nominator Susan Toalson explains, “Her spirit of servant leadership with a foundation of high integrity while being a beacon of light to those she serves has created a successful and thoughtful business.” Along with her role at Sterling Wealth Management, Inc., Sharon is a lecturer in Financial Planning in the College of ACES and has acted as a guest lecturer for both the Gies College of Business and the College of Law

at the University of Illinois. Additionally, many of Sharon’s financial studies and expertise have been featured in nationally distributed publications. Sharon’s passion for helping women extends far beyond her day-to-day work. She invests her time in many women’s initiatives throughout the community including the “That’s What She Said” program. Sterling Wealth Management is the presenting sponsor for the event in Champaign and “The She Said Project” podcast. Sharon also shares her talents serving a number of other community organizations. She has been a board member for University of Illinois Employees Credit Union, University Laboratory High School PFO, Leadership Illinois, Junior League and the Eastern Illinois Estate Planning Council. Additionally, she has also served as committee members and volunteers for other organizations like United Way of Champaign County, Champaign Unit 4 Schools, Crisis Nursery, Provena Covenant Foundation and the American Heart Association. “Sharon is a leader who listens and speaks with intent. I am in awe of her ability to educate and mentor women of all ages to activate their own potential,” adds Jayne DeLuce, president & CEO of Visit Champaign County. ATHENA Young Professional Award® The Chamber is also recognizing the ATHENA Young Professional Award® recipient, Laura Gerhold, academic advisor & coordinator of undergraduate programs for the department of aerospace engineering at the University of Illinois. Laura acts as an inspirational leader to the students she advises. Her primary duty is to advise undergraduate students as they navigate their journey to graduation. Laura also acts as a mentor to the student group, Woman in Aerospace, offering her time to empower women in this demanding engineering field. She goes out of her way to make sure that they have the

resources that they need to be successful. Laura has been the recipient of the college of engineering’s Outstanding Advisor award every year that she has been advising. In 2018, she was the recipient of the University of Illinois Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising.

Laura Gerhold, 2020 ATHENA Young Professional® Recipient

In addition to her work as an advisor, Laura has also served with a number of different organizations including Junior League, CASA, RACES, Austin’s Place and CU One-to-One Mentoring. The ATHENA Award® program is licensed by the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce, and Spherion Staffing Services sponsors the event as the corporate underwriter for the ATHENA Award® program. The award recipient’s jeweled lapel pin is provided by Busey Wealth Management. The ATHENA Young Professional Award® is sponsored by past recipients of the ATHENA Award®.

Help Us Honor These Deserving Women

2020 ATHENA Award® Luncheon Thursday, February 20 Noon - 1:30 p.m. (Doors open at 11:30 a.m.)

Champaign Country Club 1211 S Prospect Ave., Champaign Register online at: www.champaigncounty.org/events/calendar


Sponsorship opportunities THURSDAY, JUNE 4, 2020 Lincolnshire Fields Country Club / 10:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.


$3,500 - only one available!

• Foursome to compete in the golf outing (includes lunch, green fees, golf cart, use of driving range, course refreshments, dinner) - $596 value • Name mention in title: Chamber Golf Outing brought to you by ______. • Large logo on all promotional materials - Including, but not limited to: save the dates, registration forms, all Facebook and website materials, signage at other events leading up to the outing, newsletters, calendars, etc. • Logo on scorecard • Listed on event poster • Special mention at the event • Opportunity to hang a banner or other signage • Hole Sponsorship - $375 value • Opportunity to distribute promotional items to golfers in gift bags or at sponsored hole • e-Connection banners (4 weeks) - $400 value • Logo in the Commerce Connection magazine after the event • Half page ad in the Commerce Connection magazine - $370 value

Package Value: $4,200


$1,250 - only one available!

• Two entries into the Outing - $298 value • Sign with logo at Hole 3 - $375 value • Listing on all promotional materials as Hole-in-One sponsor • Logo on scorecard • Listed on event poster • Special mention at the event • Opportunity to distribute promotional items to golfers in gift bags or at sponsored hole • Four complimentary tickets to dinner following the outing - $100 value • e-Connection Banners – 2 weeks worth - $200 value • Logo in the Commerce Connection magazine after the event • Quarter page ad in the Commerce Connection magazine - $190 value *Hole must be manned at all times

Package Value: $1,900


$1,000 - only one available!

• Two entries into the Outing - $298 value • Sign with logo at designated location - $375 value • Listing on all promotional materials as Hospitality Sponsor • Logo on scorecard Listed on event poster • Special mention at the event • Opportunity to distribute promotional items to golfers in gift bags or at sponsored tent • e-Connection Banners – 2 weeks worth - $200 value • Logo in the Commerce Connection magazine after the event • Quarter page ad in the Commerce Connection magazine - $190 value *Area must be manned at all times

Package Value: $1,300

Interested in golfing? Visit www.champaigncounty.org/events/calendar/ 18


$750 - only one available

• One entry into the Outing - $145 value • Logo on 144 golf balls distributed to each golfer • Logo on scorecard • Listed on event poster • Mention in the Commerce Connection magazine • E Connection Banners – 1 week worth - $100 value • Business card size ad in the Commerce Connection magazine - $100 value


$750 - SOLD!

• Logo on 68 golf carts used by golfers during the outing • Logo on scorecard • Listed on event poster • Mention in the Commerce Connection magazine • E Connection Banners – 1 week worth - $100 value • Business card size ad in the Commerce Connection magazine - $100 value


$500 - only one of each available

• Signage with logo posted near putting green or driving range • Logo on scorecard • Listed on event poster • Mention in the Commerce Connection magazine • E Connection Banners – 1 week worth - $100 value • Business card size ad in the Commerce Connection magazine - $100 value

HOLE AND CONTEST SPONSORS Hole Sponsorship - $375 Contest Sponsor* - $475

• Longest Drive (Men OR Women)

• Longest Putt

• Closest to the Pin

*Hole must be staffed at all times

• Showcase your business at your hole with a display and promotional items giving you direct access to all golfersand other sponsors • Sign with logo at your sponsored hole • Logo on scorecard • Mention in Commerce Connection after event • Complete list of participants and their workplace Name: Business: Address: City, State, Zip: Phone: Email: Signature:

Please return completed forms to: Lindsay Quick via email at LindsayQ@champaigncounty.org Or mail to: Champaign County Chamber of Commerce, 303 W. Kirby Ave., Champaign


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Starting or Growing Your Business? The Chamber Has Your BAC. BAC Complimentary Services

Business Counseling: with over 15 experienced advisors with backgrounds in a variety of fields, BAC is committed to growing business one idea at a time. One-On-One Banker Consultation: The Chamber has partnered with local banks to provide existing business owners or aspiring business owners a neutral space to discreetly discuss their financials on a one-on-one basis with a banking professional without the pressure of sales.

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MEMBER ACCOLADES & NEWS SAFEWORKS ILLINOIS Governor JB Pritzker has appointed Dr. David J. Fletcher to the Illinois Workers Compensation Commission (IWCC) Medical Fee Advisory Board (MFAB). The MFAB consists of nine members appointed by the governor, with the advice and consent of the Illinois Senate. Three members represent employees, three represent employers, and three represent medical providers. The MFAB advises the IWCC on the establishment of fees for medical services and the accessibility of medical treatment for injured workers. In 2005, Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission (IWCC) established a Medical Fee Schedule (MFS) for services to injured workers that led to the creation of the MFAB. Previously, Dr. Fletcher had been appointed to the MFAB Board by former Republican Governor Bruce Rauner in 2016 and served until November 2018. In addition to his reappointment to the MFAB, Dr. Fletcher has served since 2011 as the senior physician member of the Illinois Advisory Committee for the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute (WCRI), a 12-person committee comprised of the major stakeholders in the Illinois Workers Compensation system, including the IWCC Chairman. Dr. Fletcher has taken care of more than 19,000 Illinois workers hurt on the job through his private occupational medicine practice, SafeWorks Illinois, (www.safeworksillinois.com) located in Champaign, IL, having established himself as one of Illinois’ most knowledgeable physicians on issues pertaining to all facets of the Illinois workers’ compensation system – clinical, legislative, regulatory, policy, and research. VILLAGE OF RANTOUL The state of Illinois has earmarked half a million dollars in capital appropriations for the new $20 million artificial turf sports complex that will be built in west Rantoul. THE ATKINS GROUP Congratulations to The Atkins Group on the completion of their new 60,000 square foot warehouse in north Champaign on Boardwalk Dr.

AMEREN ILLINOIS Ameren Illinois’ progress in building a stronger energy infrastructure, offering energy management services, and implementing environmentally-friendly technology has landed the company among J.D. Power’s top utilities in the nation for business customer satisfaction. J.D. Power surveyed business customers of 87 large U.S electric utilities; Ameren Illinois ranked 13th nationally and in the top five in the Midwest. J.D. Power researchers conducted online interviews with business customers that spend at least $200 a month on electricity. Overall satisfaction was examined across six different categories: power quality and reliability, corporate citizenship, price, billing and payment, communications and customer service. HICKORY POINT BANK Hickory Point Bank announced Jeff Burgoyne has been named Senior Vice President, Commercial Banking and will manage and develop commercial banking relationships with clients in the Champaign and Danville area. “Jeff is an accomplished commercial banker, and we are excited to have him join our team in Champaign,” said Dan Marker, President, Champaign Region. “Jeff’s expertise with small and mid-sized businesses will enhance our value proposition for new and existing clients.” “I’m proud to be working with such a respected team of banking professionals at Hickory Point Bank,” said Jeff Burgoyne. “I also look forward to continue my commitment to provide high quality products and banking services to businesses throughout East Central Illinois and West Central Indiana.” Mr. Burgoyne is located at Hickory Point Bank, 202 W. Park Avenue in Champaign and can be reached at 217.872. 7559. 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, LindsayQ@ champaigncounty.org.




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:

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.). Here’s what’s coming up:

Long list (approx. 2,000 names and businesses): $175 Short list (approx. 900 names and businesses): $125

• Booking Day- Host a 2021 Business After Hours or First Friday Coffee: Call 217.531.4239 on Monday, March 2, beginning at 9:00 a.m.

Contact Stephanie Smith-Jeffries at StephanieS@champaigncounty.org


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. Header sponsorship (one week): $100 Contact Lindsay Quick for more information, LindsayQ@champaigncounty.org


With over 400 unique views PER DAY to the Chamber website, you’ll have the opportunity to reach thousands of customers each month. With pricing starting at just $300 this affordable and effective.Contact Lindsay Quick at LindsayQ@champaigncounty.org


This is a bi-monthly publication that is distributed to over 2,000 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@champaigncounty.org or 217.359.1791.

EMAIL FOOTER SPONSORSHIP Footer (one week): $75

Contact Lindsay for details at, LindsayQ@champaigncounty.org

Email Blast Advertisement: $500



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.

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. Contact Lindsay Quick for more information, LindsayQ@champaigncounty.org

Additional information for events available upon request. Contact LindsayQ@champaign county.org or call 217.359.1791 with any event sponsorship inquiries.


Rental of laptop computer; conference space and LCD projector; Certificate of Origin; Notary service; information, assistance and resources.

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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 Enhanced Listing: $79/year Contact Lindsay Quick for more information, LindsayQ@champaigncounty.org

calendar of events Ribbon Cutting

Thursday, February 13 11:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Molitor Financial Group 2309 Village Green Place, Suite B, Champaign

BSSS: Recreational Marijuana’s Impact on Workplace and Employers

Booking Day 2020 Business After Hours & First Friday Coffee Monday, March 4

Beginning at 9:00 a.m. Call 217-531-4239

*Phone calls only. No walk-ins or emails will be accepted. Bookings will be taken on a first call, first serve basis.

Presented by Colin Mills and Michael Bantz Tuesday, February 18 8:30 - 10:00 a.m. Chamber Office 303 W. Kirby Ave., Champaign

First Friday Coffee

ATHENA Awards® Luncheon

Thursday, March 12 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Campus Ink 1201 W. Kenyon Road, Urbana

Sponsored by Spherion and Busey Wealth Management Thursday, February 20 Noon - 1:30 p.m. Champaign Country Club

1211 S Prospect Ave., Champaign

Business After Hours

Thursday, February 20 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Holiday Inn Champaign Suites 101 Trade Center Dr., Champaign

Friday, March 6 7:30 - 9:00 a.m. Herriott’s Rents Tents Events 1420 N. Neil St., Champaign

Business After Hours


Monday, March 16 Noon - 1:00 p.m. Neil Street Blues 301 N. Neil St., Ste. 106, Champaign

Fast Facts

3.1% Champaign County Unemployment Rate in November 2019

21 business licenses applied for in Champaign County in December 2019


December 2019 U of I Flash Index for Illinois


rides were taken on CUMTD in November 2019

4,747 visits to the Chamber’s website, champaigncounty.org in December 2019

3,204 number of unique searches on the

Champaign County Chamber of Commerce Online Business Directory in December 2019

2014 The year that the Champaign County

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

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