2018 July-August Commerce Connection

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

FY19 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 Bank & Trust Health Alliance Hickory Point Bank & Trust Midland States Bank OSF HealthCare Heart of Mary Medical Center

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

Stephanie McCullough Director of First Impressions StephanieM@champaigncounty.org

Mindy Cain Director of Workforce Readiness & Member Relations MindyC@champaigncounty.org

Brian Murphy Membership Sales Director BrianM@champaigncounty.org

Garret Hill Public Policy Director GarretH@champaigncounty.org Caryn Isenhower Accounts Receivable & Office Administrator Caryni@champaigncounty.org


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, Christian FM 95.3 & ESPN 93.5 PRESIDENT’S CIRCLE NewsTalk 1400 WDWS, Lite Rock 97.5 WHMS, Classic Hits 107.9 WKIO

Curtis Orchard, Ltd.

Chip Craddock Clark Dietz, Inc.

Kyle Emkes

Dodd & Maatuka

Gary Hackler


Zachary Hillard Busey

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

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

Tonya Horn Rogards

Dan Hurley FedEx Ground

Susan Jepsen

Reynolds Towing Service, Inc.

Pradeep Khanna University of Illinois

Justin Overstreet Martin Hood LLC

Julianna Sellett Carle

Amie Smith

BankChampaign N.A.

Bill Walter

A & R Mechanical Contractors

Dr. Jared Rogers

Chair OSF HealthCare Heart of Mary Medical Center

Mike Estes

First Vice Chair Fisher National Bank

Dan Kirby

Treasurer, CliftonLarsonAllen

Chuck McReaken

Past Chair, TSM Ventures, Inc.

Laura Weis

Secretary, Champaign County Chamber of Commerce

R.J. Hynds English Brothers Company

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 May 1 and June 30, 2018 Birth Center of Bloomington Normal 6 Westport Ct. Bloomington, IL 61704-8233 309.722.4020 www.birthcenterbn.com Birthing Centers

Family-centered and patient-directed, the midwifery model of care is a safe and proven, centuries old, alternative to hospital care for low-risk pregnancies and is still the main model of care in most of the world. The opening of the Birth Center of Bloomington-Normal makes that safe, lower-cost model of care available to families in our community and compliments existing hospital-based care. Our owners, Dr. Joe Santiago and Dr. Dele Ogunleye have lived and practiced medicine in Bloomington-Normal for decades and each owns an independent obstetrics and gynecology practice. They opened the Birth Center to provide an environment where women with low-risk pregnancies could receive high-quality, high-value and highly personal birth experience. The Birth Center works with local ambulance services and nearby OSF St. Joseph Medical Center should a need arise which requires a higher-level care for either mom or baby.

Champaign County Humane Society 1911 E. Main St. Urbana, IL 61802-2857 217.344.7297 www.cuhumane.org Animal Shelters

The Atkins Group celebrated a new tennant at 4 The Pines development in Urbana on June 11.

Our Mission: To instill respect, kindness, and compassion for animals as community values. Our Purpose: To prevent cruelty to animals, to promote animal welfare, to educate the public about the humane care and treatment of animals, to increase public awareness of the companion animal overpopulation issue and to provide solutions, and to provide high-quality shelter, medical, and adoption services for animals when necessary. As an independent charitable organization (501(c)(3), our name reflects our geographic location only. We are not a County agency and we are not supported by tax dollars. We are not affiliated with any national animal welfare organization. We operate an “open door” animal shelter and accept all companion animals needing shelter, regardless of age, physical condition, or adoptability.

Chester’s BBQ Truck 217.800.2302 Food Truck-BBQ

The Best BBQ Truck in C-U! The food truck menu features BBQ nachos, pulled pork and chicken sandwiches, danger dogs, smoked wings, polish sausage, and more. We are at Tumble Inn, Champaign, on Thursdays and Fridays or you can find us at: facebook. com/chestersBBQ. We are also available to cater events!

Farmers Insurance-Bryan R. Hobbs Agency

902 N. Country Fair Dr. Champaign, IL 61821-3099 217.402.9218 https://agents.farmers.com/il/champaign/bryan-hobbs Insurance

Walmart Champaign celebrated their grand re-opening with a ribbon cutting on June 29.

As a local Farmers® agent in Champaign, IL, Bryan enjoys helping you identify the insurance coverage that best fits your needs. This process is straightforward and personalized to help make you smarter about insurance. He has the knowledge and experience to help you better understand your coverage options—whether that’s auto, home, renters, business insurance and more. Although they are backed by the third largest property and casualty insurer in the country, their local office is small and nimble enough to take a personal approach, and they treat every customer like “they are the only one we have.”

Feldkamps Towing

905 Ward St. Urbana, IL 61802-1923 217.367.7888 www.feldkamptowing.com Towing-Automotive Feldkamps Towing has been in service in ChampaignUrbana and surrounding communities for the last 27+ years. Our staff members are all highly trained and reliable. We specialize in towing, relocating and recovery of everything from motorcycles to semi tractors and trailers. We are proud members of the Professional Towing & Recovery Operators of Illinois.

Hall of Fame Plaques & Signs 3305 N. Vermilion St. Danville, IL 61832-1300 217.446.8313 www.halloffameplaques.com Signs

Hall of Fame Plaques and Signs by Trigard is a familyowned company located in central Illinois. Through generations of industry experience, we leverage technology and combine the expertise of our master craftsmen with our exclusive high-tech, direct-to-metal machining technology to create remarkable products displayed across the country. Our knowledgeable customer service team always makes you, the customer, our first priority. Our online ordering forms allow you to draw exactly what you imagine. Our dedicated graphic designers translate your notes into a plaque or sign that is a work of art as unique as the event it celebrates. We take pride in the hands-on approach and master craftsmen that detail each plaque and sign that we produce.

Illini Union

1401 W. Green St. Urbana, IL 61801-2953 217.333.0691 www.union.illinois.edu Conference Centers The Illini Union offers programs and activities that encourage and develop student involvement. It also offers the Illini Union Hotel, a 72-room, boutique hotel

in the heart of campus and the Union supplies state-ofthe-art meeting and conference space, along with an extensive variety of eating locations. There are a variety of entertainment options with bowling, billiards, concerts, lectures, etc. to meet Champaign-Urbana’s needs. As part of the Illini Union family, the Illini Union Document Services offers printing solutions for all your needs. The Illini Union Bookstore is Illinois’s official bookstore, offering textbooks, but also a huge selection of Illini gear and general leisure books, along with Starbucks, PNC Bank and the Amazon@Illinois pick up location. Finally, we offer C-U the Illini Union Tech Zone, an authorized Apple reseller, and the university’s official campus technology store. Enjoy great pricing on computers and laptops, including Apple, Dell and HP. The Tech Zone also offers in-house repair services and free consultation.

Kemper Technology Consulting

1701 Broadmoor Dr., Ste. 200 Champaign, IL 61821-5968 800.887.4995 www.kempertc.com Computers-System Designers & Consultants Kemper Technology Consulting grew from a desire to provide Kemper CPA Group’s accounting clients with the latest in accounting technology. While Kemper Technology Consulting remains committed to providing clients with the most current accounting technology solutions, our services have grown. Our team of IT professionals offers a range of services from networking solutions and website design to custom software applications and litigation support, from phone systems to point of sale software.

Laborers Local 703

108 E. Anthony Dr. Urbana, IL 61802-7343 217.367.0703 www.laborerslocal703.org Banquet Facilities

Legacy Roofing & Restoration 1001 Dewitt Ave. Mattoon, IL 61938-3223 217.234.7663 www.roofsbylegacy.com Roofing Contractors

Legacy Roofing and Restoration is a dependable choice for storm damage repair and replacement in Illinois. For over 20 years they have tackled significant damage to roofs and other areas of the exterior and interior of homes and commercial businesses. Whether you own a small home or a large office building, they’ll find a way to fix the damage. 5

McKinley Foundation at the University of Illinois 809 S. Fifth St. Champaign, IL 61820-6299 217.344.0297 www.mckinley-foundation.org Youth Organizations & Centers

For nearly a century, the McKinley Foundation and McKinley Presbyterian Church have sought to live out faith and socially conscious convictions through social justice work and service.The efforts of the Foundation and Church have included: civil rights and racial equality advocacy in the 1950s and 60s, support for the Vietnam peace movement and military draft resistance, the resettlement of Laotian refugee families, daycare support for low-income families (later known as the Marilyn Q. Child Care Center), a clothing exchange for students and the community, support for Central Americans seeking political asylum, housing the Men’s Winter Emergency Shelter, full inclusion of LGBTQ people in the life of the Church, international mission exchanges, sponsorship of other community churches, housing the Graduate Employee Organization, Illinois Federation of Teachers and the Goals Project for teen parents and building Presby Hall, an environmentally state-of-the-art student residence hall.

MX Electric, Inc.

310 Tiffany Ct., Ste. G Champaign, IL 61822-1601 217.359.7293 www.mxelectric.net Electric Contractors Founded in 2002, veteran owned and operated MX Electric has been in business for over 15 years. They attribute their success to their commitment to our quality workmanship and they strive for 100 percent customer satisfaction.

Nannyville, LLC

702 Bloomington Rd., Ste. 209 Champaign, IL 61820-2553 217.330.5084 www.nannyville-cu.com Employment Agencies Nannyville, LLC is an enhanced sitter service that specializes in connecting reliable-qualified caregivers with busy Champaign-Urbana families. Beyond helping families find extraordinary nannies, we also offer a babysitting membership. Families enrolled in our Babysitting Membership have access to qualified, pre-screened babysitters for on-call and last-minute babysitting. Whether it’s last-minute help when your regular childcare arrangements fall through, an extra pair of hands on the weekend, an unexpected sick day, or an occasional date night, we’re here to help. Our outstanding 6

babysitting team is comprised of caregivers who know how to jump into the action—they are proactive, trustworthy, helpful, reliable, and always arrive on time with a friendly smile. When you book with us we ensure the highest level of care and provide a creative, fun experience for your child. At Nannyville we understand that it truly takes a village to raise a child.

Parish Neighbors of Champaign-Urbana 1815 Olive St. Flora, IL 62839-3202 618.599.6786 www.decidedexcellencemedia.com Advertising-Directory & Guide

Parish Neighbors of Champaign-Urbana reaches over 10,000 individuals in the Champaign-Urbana area every month. Published by Laura Whitehead and produced by Decided Excellence Media, Parish Neighbors is a fantastic way to build your business’s brand and awareness to key markets locally. Decided Excellence Media strengthens entire communities by producing a high-quality complimentary monthly magazine that features community members, local content and worldclass nationwide articles. Our magazines are opened, read, kept and shared at a higher rate than other niche market magazines. Why? Our content strengthens what is most important to the community: their family and faith. Parish Neighbors has been in print since September 2017 and is continually growing and expanding. It is a FREE publication.

Pour Bros. Craft Taproom 40 E. University Ave. Champaign, IL 61820-4021 www.pourbrostaproom.com Bars & Taverns

Pour Bros. Taproom is a locally owned, family operated bar that brings a unique twist to the world of adult beverages: #PourTheExperience. You pour and pay by the ounce. You craft your own experience by sampling the gamut and decide what you like. No more waiting. Just grab a glass and enjoy the freedom to explore. With a constantly rotating selection of local and regional craft beer, cider, mead and wine on the self-pour wall, you can try something new by the ounce every time you visit. Pour. Bros also offers a large selection of handcrafted cocktails, a game room, private event space, weekly live music featuring the area’s best artists and a beautiful beer garden situated in a dynamic city setting. With no food menu available, Pour Bros. has adopted an opendoor policy for food encouraging customers to have food delivered or carried in from the great restaurants in the downtown area.

Project 47 Smokehouse

101 N. Lombard St. Mahomet, IL 61853-7061 217.586.3456 www.project47smokehouse.com Restaurants At Project 47 Smokehouse, we’ll be smoking various meats around the clock to bring you mouth-watering BBQ while you enjoy a fresh Shiner Bock or another one of your favorite brews from our extensive list. Events at Project 47 are always memorable and special, and from an office party to an at-home celebration, we can help with your next event.

Sleep Number

2000 N. Neil St., Spc. 618 Champaign, IL 61820-7851 217.356.3880 www.sleepnumber.com Furniture-Beds & Bedding Discover the sleep number 360® Smart Bed that senses your movements then automatically adjusts firmness, comfort and support to keep you sleeping blissfully all night long. Other available mattress features include: Dual Adjustability-adjusts your comfort on both sides to your SleepNumber® settings to provide enhanced pressure-relieving comfort, Responsive Air™ Technology that automatically and effortlessly adjusts comfort to each

of you as you sleep, SleepIQ® Technology that tracks how you’re sleeping, PLUS Enhanced Pressure-Relief features exclusive pressure-relieving comfort layers, PLUS Temperature Balancing absorbs excess heat and releases it as you get cool, so you can sleep just right. Add a FlexFit™ adjustable base for the ultimate in individual comfort, you have to feel the comfort of a FlexFit™ base to believe it.

Weiskamp Screen Printing 312 S. Neil St. Champaign, IL 61820-4914 217.398.8428 www.weiskamp.com Screen Printing

Established in 1982, Weiskamp Screen Printing helps build community by creating quality custom t-shirts, embroidered apparel and branded promotional items for local businesses, schools, organizations, groups, events and families in C-U and beyond. Our top priority is taking care of our customers, ensuring they receive the highest quality products quickly at the best price. We also offer design services, including logos, social media graphics, business cards, banners—you name it and our staff of artists will bring your ideas to life. Valuing art and creativity, we offer poster printing workshops throughout the year and bring our screen printing live to local events. With over 30 years of experience in the craft of screen printing, we exist to serve our community and care about the people behind every design.

Purpose. Promise. Progress. Since 1868. With 150 years of strength and service, Busey has your backing.

Since we opened our doors 150 years ago, we’ve been honored to provide service excellence to our 4 Pillars—associates, customers, shareholders and communities. Today, our commitment remains.

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4 Ways to Attract and Hire Your Company's Next Generation of Leaders Tomorrow’s leaders have different visions and intentions when it comes to working for and leading companies. Here are their 4 top priorities.

Millennials are officially the largest generation in our workforce. According to the latest Pew study on workforce trends, “as of 2017 - the most recent year for which data are available - 56 million Millennials (ages 21 to 36 in 2017) were working or looking for work. Fifty-three million Generation Xers accounted for a third of the labor force. And 41 million Baby Boomers represented a quarter of the total. Millennials surpassed Gen Xers in 2016.”

• Only 57 percent believe that leaders are committed to improving society • Fifty-four percent believe that their companies have no ambition besides making money

The generation coming behind Millennials (“Nexters,” or Gen Z -- born after 2000) will make up 20 percent of the global workforce in 2020. So, within two years, more than 60 percent of the workforce will be Millennials and Nexters.

3. Millennials Place People Before Profits

This group has no intention of working for or leading traditional companies. They’ve watched their parents overwork their entire lives, only to emerge exhausted and burned out. In 2016, Deloitte conducted a global survey of 4,300 Millennials to uncover what matters to the future generations of leaders. They found that Millennials are not loyal to their employers. The survey revealed that 25 percent would leave their current jobs within a year if possible, 44 percent would leave within two years, and 66 percent expect to leave within three years. This is completely opposite of the Silent Generation and Baby Boomers who value employee loyalty over everything.

1. Millennials Want Leadership Development Opportunities

The primary catalyst for attrition is lack of leadership development opportunities. Across the board, only 28 percent of Millennials feel that their current organizations “are making full use of the skills they currently have to offer.” Millennials recognize that leadership skills are critical to professional growth, but believe that businesses are not doing enough to build the next generation of leadership. If businesses would do more to develop leaders, Millennials would be more loyal.

2. Millennials Want Ethical Agendas

Personal values have “the greatest influence on Millennial’s decision making.” As leaders, this demographic will align their decisions with their personal values as much as on the financial impact on an organization. Millennials believe if you prioritize the well-being of your people, then your profits will follow. Specifically, the survey revealed a focus on these organizational priorities: • Providing a good income to employees • Being the best place to work • Improving the skills of the workforce • Providing goods and services that make a positive difference to people’s lives • Generating and supporting jobs

4. Millennials Value Mentorship

Millennials are most loyal to organizations that they believe are invested in their growth. They greatly appreciate the opportunity to be mentored. Ninety-four percent of Millennials surveyed shared that they are receiving highly impactful guidance from a mentor, and it is making a significant impact in their professional growth.

Tips to Effectively Recruit Millennials

As the labor market continues to tighten, organizations should follow these guidelines: • Support work-life balance • Provide opportunities to progress and build leadership skills • Offer flexible work arrangements • Promote a sense of “meaning” in employees’ work • Avoid a sole focus on growth or profitability as a recruiting message Baby Boomers are retiring at a pace of 10,000 per day. Consequently, leaders who have invested 20 to 40 years in building their visions must pay attention to who is coming up behind them. It’s highly likely that they will be incorporating Millennials and Nexters into their succession planning. Bringing in top young talent now, and providing them opportunities to contribute and grow, will pave the way for business growth and continuity for years to come.

Millennials are skeptical of organizational agendas: • Sixty-five percent of Millennials believe companies focus on their own agendas, rather than considering a wide society • Only 58 percent believe that organizations behave ethically Reprinted from Inc.com Written by Marissa Levin, www.successfulculture.com 8

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Leadership Exploration and Development

OPENING RECEPTION - Papa Del’s Pizza Thursday, August 23, 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

ALLERTON CHALLENGE COURSE - Allerton 4H Camp, Monticello Thursday, August 30, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

MYERS-BRIGGS TYPE INDICATOR TEST, PART I LEAD Champaign County aims to mold young professionals into strong local leaders. Participants will gain confidence, knowledge, professionalism and strong leadership skills they can bring back to their place of employment. The program is a great way to connect young professionals with their peers and build strong business relationships.

OUR MISSION: Atract and identify the next generation of community leaders in order to grow Champaign County. Connect young professionals with the surrounding community through unique opportunities in the areas of service, leadership and advocacy. Engage young professionals to have a vested interest in the success of our community.

Thursday, September 6, 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., (Breakfast included) Cindy Guthrie, Three Degrees of Change


Thursday, September 13, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., (Lunch included) Cindy Guthrie, Three Degrees of Change


Thursday, September 20, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., (Lunch Included) Jenette Jurczyk, Key Light Consulting


Thursday, September 27, 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. (Breakfast included) Local business leaders from various industries and business sizes


Thursday, October 4, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., (Lunch included) Captain Anthony Corapi, University of Illinois NROTC


Thursday, October 11, 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. (Breakfast included) Habeeb Habeeb, President & CEO, BPC, Inc.

BOOK DISCUSSION - Facilitated Conversation

Thursday, October 18, 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m., (Breakfast included)


Thursday, October 25, 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (Lunch included) Beth Reutter, Illini Training *Unless otherwise stated, events are held at the Chamber office.

Class size is limited. Register Today!

For more information or to register, email Lindsay at LindsayQ@champaigncounty.org or call 217.359.1791 Registration deadline is Wednesday, August 22.


Best in Show

Awards for Communications Excellence The Champaign County Chamber of Commerce was awarded Best in Show in Communications Excellence by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) at the annual convention in Des Moines, Iowa on July 18.

The Alexandria, Va.-based association represents more than 8,000 chamber of commerce professionals and 1,300 chambers of commerce, around the world. A panel of communications and marketing professionals from five U.S.based chambers of commerce evaluated entries, which were organized by category — based on the chamber’s annual budget — and entry type: advertising and marketing, campaigns, digital and publications. The Champaign County Chamber of Commerce was selected as one of thirteen Grand Award finalist out of over 150 submissions. Of the thirteen Grand Award finalists, the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce was named the single Best in Show award in the corresponding size category. ACCE’s Awards for Communications Excellence program, sponsored by Golden Openings, Inc., is designed to showcase top communications and marketing work of chambers of commerce and similar organizations. Several thousand award entries have been submitted since the launch of the organization’s Awards for Communications Excellence, which is now in its thirty-fourth year. The Champaign County Chamber of Commerce was named the Best in Show winner for 10

their entry, Chamber Zone, which creatively demonstrates the value of chambers of commerce in local communities by imagining what a community would be like without a chamber. The award-winning entry included the Chamber Zone video which premiered at the Chamber’s annual meeting on October 27, 2017 as well as accompanying marketing materials and event decorations. The video can be found at https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=OaCUa37Bf3M.

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PUBLIC POLICY UPDATE Champaign County First held its annual Washington DC trip in June organized by the Chamber. The group is a public-private partnership focused on advocating for economic development for all of Champaign County. The group started day one by meeting with Canadian National and discussing the issues the community faces because Amtrak and CN share a rail line. The group then met with Senator Duckworth’s staff; Senator Durbin; Congressmen Davis and Shimkus to advance the message on Amtrak service (on time performance / customer service issues and increased passenger service); high speed rail; a new I-57/74 interchange; Curtis Road Underpass’; Mahomet Aquifer mapping; and Willard Airport traffic Control Tower and the national pilot shortage. In addition to meeting with the Illinois elected delegation, the Champaign County First group also met with the US DOT (highways, rail, air and policy); and the National resources Conservation Services. Additionally, they received policy briefings from the US Travel Association, the US Chamber and International City/County Management Association. While the delegation was in DC, the governor made unfavorable remarks about Champaign County on Chicago radio. The governor who was in town for the Supreme Court Janus ruling met with the Champaign County delegation at their hotel and addressed the recent comments made and apologized.


In the June ruling, the United States Supreme Court ruled that public employee unions cannot force their members to pay “fair share” dues in Janus vs. AFSME. On July 3, Governor Rauner came to Champaign County to visit employers, see our workforce and convenient transportation. The Chamber, Champaign County Economic Development Corporation and Champaign County First showcased some amazing Champaign County employers. The Govenor toured Wolfram Research, Granular and A&R Mechanical Contractors to highlight the successful and growing businesses that call our community home. On behalf of the community, we’d like to thank Governor Bruce Rauner for this visit.

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MEMBER ACCOLADES & NEWS SVN/RAMSHAW REAL ESTATE Congratulations to Alex Ruggieri and Noah Ruggieri on publishing their book, The Executive’s Guide to Buying Commercial Property. SERVPRO® OF CHAMPAIGN/URBANA SERVPRO® of Champaign/Urbana received the CHAIRMAN’S Platinum award at the recent SERVPRO convention, held at Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort in Orlando, FL, from June 25-29. David McGuire of SERVPRO® of Champaign/Urbana and other high-performing franchisees were recognized during an Awards Extravaganza at the annual event, which was attended by nearly 3,000 owners, key staff, and corporate representatives. CARLE As a longtime leader in providing quality health care services for all, Carle launches a Mobile Health Clinic delivering the worldclass care of Carle to underserved members of the Champaign-Urbana community. The 40-foot treatment unit ensures families receive in-person, same-day care from Carle doctors, nurses and social workers. The clinic will provide non-critical services for infants through adult care. The Carle Mobile Health Clinic was made possible by generous contributions from Carle and Health Alliance employees and physicians, the 2017 Carle Golf Open and other donors. DEVELOPMENTAL SERVICES CENTER (DSC) Evan Burie of Urbana and Stephanie Davenport of Mahomet have joined director of development Janice McAteer in her continued efforts to increase funding for the organization. For years, DSC has been adding to their funding sources through events and campaigns but has also been working to develop major and planned gifts as a way to cement their impact for the future. Burie has stepped into a new position at DSC, as special events & marketing coordinator. 14

Davenport is filling an existing position in the department, as a development specialist where she is writing grants, managing social media, in-kind giving, and sharing, through stories, the ways in which DSC impacts the lives of people who choose our services. MARKET PLACE SHOPPING CENTER Congratulations to Market Place Shopping Center for being named a regional favorite by Illinois Country Living magazine. FIRST MID BANK & TRUST First Mid Bank & Trust recently announced organizational changes in Champaign, Decatur and surrounding areas, due to the merger with First Bank & Trust (“First Bank”). The acquisition was completed on May 1, 2018 and the conversion of accounts from First Bank to First Mid is expected to happen later this year. Matt Carr, previously president of First Bank, will oversee all former First Bank markets, plus First Mid lending operations in the Champaign, Decatur and surrounding areas, including Indianapolis. As executive vice president, Northern Region, Carr will combine the lending teams and operations of both banks in these markets and add to the depth of experience in this leadership role. Mitch Swim, after four years effectively leading the Decatur and Champaign regions as senior vice president/regional community president, is moving into the new corporate role of senior special assets officer and will play a crucial role in maintaining and improving asset quality for First Mid. Mike Krueger, long-time Champaign community president, has been named consumer and HELOC credit manager and will oversee these lines of business for the bank. Joining Krueger will be Jaci Manzella, previously retail loan officer, who has been named HELOC processing & underwriting manager.

First Mid was also named 2017 Central/ Southern Illinois Community Bank of the Year Award by the U.S. Small Business Administration. The bank also recently announced that David Hiden has been named Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer. He will lead the development and execution of First Mid’s business and technology strategies. MENOLD CONSTRUCTION AND RESTORATION Residents in Mahomet and surrounding areas can now benefit from the resources and expertise of two professional construction and restoration teams. Menold Construction and Restoration has merged with the USPRO team in Mahomet. They will continue in their tradition of service excellence at their location on 807 West Oak. Area residents will benefit from an expanded restoration and remodeling team, as well as new services such as mold remediation,

pathogen control services, comprehensive commercial remodeling, and advanced contents restoration. The companies will merge together gradually over the course of the 2018 calendar year to bridge their services, practices, employees, and community involvements. USPRO President Jody Wesley will retire from restoration and remodeling upon completion of the transition. He celebrates 42 years of success in the industry. 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, or submit the news via our website: http://champaigncounty.org/ membership/member_accolades.aspx

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 MindyC@champaigncounty.org or call 217.359.1791. 15

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Breakfast Series September 13:

Millennials Are From Mars! (But we aren’t from Venus.) Presented by:

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Save the Dates! October 12:

Candidates Breakfast

Candidates in the upcoming election will have the opportunity to speak about their viewpoints and discuss local issues. Hear first-hand where the candidates stand on the issues that are important to you


Rachel Coventry Curtis Orchard Rachel Coventry is the store manager and beekeeper at Curtis Orchard & Pumpkin Patch in Southwest Champaign. Her hard work with honey bees at Curtis Orchard & Pumpkin Patch resulted in 2016’s prestigious “World’s Best Tasting Honey” award. Coventry can also be found planting trees in the spring and managing bakery and store staff in the fall, all the while, working on federally-funded grant research, promoting beekeeping to clubs and organizations, and even raising twin two-year-olds!

Dan Hurley FedEx Ground Dan Hurley is a senior manager for FedEx Ground and has been in his current role for five years. He has been with FedEx Ground for more than ten years and has served in a number of different roles during that time. Dan earned degrees from both Parkland and the University of Illinois in computer science. He looks forward to using his background and skills to serve the Chamber membership as a board member.

Amie Smith BankChampaign, N.A. Amie has been working at BankChampaign for the past 20 years. She is a Champaign native, born and raised. Amie graduated from Centennial High School, then completed her associates degree at Parkland College, before finishing her bachelor’s in organizational leadership at Greenville College. In the past, Amie has been involved in the community by serving on various boards and committees for agencies such as Family Service, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Champaign Rotary and CU Church. In addition, Amie is a Big Sister for BBBS and has had the same Little Sister for the past 7 years. Amie lives in Champaign with her husband, Todd and her Great Dane, Tucker. She enjoys spending time with her daughter, (soon to-be) son-inlaw and granddaughter.

Bill Walter A & R Mechanical Contractors As the vice president, Bill is responsibile for overseeing and successfully executing all business operations. This includes oversight of the mechanical and civil contracting companies. He is responsible for the strategic alignment of all business initiatives requiring cross-functional communication among various business divisions and departments. Bill previously served on the Chamber board of directors during fiscal years 2011 - 2014 and is excited to be back serving the membership.

NEW STAFF MEMBER: Brian Murphy Membership Sales Director Brian has worked in several fields throughout his career including food service, journalism and sales. He worked as an assistant chef for three years, through several area newspapers around Champaign and Peoria as an independent journalist and in business to business and retail sales. Through this experience, he has made connections with many different types of people and has gained valuable understanding of many different types of businesses. Brian is also a family man, he is married with three children and one more on the way in September. He has enjoyed his time with the Chamber so far, meeting new people and welcoming new businesses into the mix. 17

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. 2,000 names and businesses): $175 Short list (approx. 900 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, Caryni@champaigncounty.org 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, LindsayQ@champaigncounty.org or 217.359.1791.

Commerce Connection

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

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, LindsayQ@champaigncounty.org or 217.359.1791.



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

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: • Breakfast Series - $1,000 September 13 (available) • October 11 (available) • Annual Meeting Title Sponsorship - $3,500 (only one available) Mid-Level Sponsorship - $925 (available)

Additional information for events such as Business Success and Solutions Seminars is available upon request. Contact LindsayQ@champaign county.org 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, LindsayQ@champaigncounty.org 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 Groundbreaking: Lifeline-connect, Inc.

Thursday, August 16 9:00 - 9:30 a.m. 2107 N. Highcross Rd., Urbana

Business After Hours

Thursday, August 16 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Visit Champaign County 17 E. Taylor St., Champaign


Monday, August 20 Noon - 1:00 p.m. Outback Steakhouse 2402 N. Prospect Ave., Champaign

LEAD - Opening Reception Thursday, August 23 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Papa Del’s Pizza 1201 S. Neil St., Champaign

LEAD - Challenge Course Thursday, August 30 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Allerton Park & Retreat Center 515 Old Timber Rd., Monticello

LEAD - Myers-Briggs, Part 2 Thursday, September 13 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Chamber Office 303 W. Kirby Ave., Champaign

Fall Breakfast Series: Millennials Are From Mars But We Aren’t From Venus Presented by: Jude Kiah, Xavier University Thursday, September 13 7:30 - 9:00 a.m. Location TBD


Monday, September 17 Noon - 1:00 p.m. Outback Steakhouse 2402 N. Prospect Ave., Champaign

LEAD - Speak to Lead

Thursday, September 20 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Chamber Office 303 W. Kirby Ave., Champaign

Business After Hours

Chamber Office Closed Monday, September 3 Labor Day

Thursday, September 20 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. OSF HealthCare Heart of Mary Medical Center 2710 N. Prospect Ave., Champaign

LEAD - Myers-Briggs, Part 1

LEAD - Leadership Panel

Thursday, September 6 8:30 a.m. - Noon Chamber Office 303 W. Kirby Ave., Champaign

Fast Facts

3.6% Champaign County Unemployment Rate in May 2018

23 business licenses applied for in Champaign County in July 2018


June 2018 U of I Flash Index for Illinois

424,689 rides were taken on CUMTD in June 2018

5,240 visits to the Chamber’s page, champaigncounty.org in June 2018

6,387 average amount of referrals PER DAY the

Champaign County Chamber of Commerce Online Business Directory received via search engines and online sources in June 2018

2014 The year that the Champaign County

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

Thursday, September 27 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Chamber Office 303 W. Kirby Ave., Champaign

First Friday Coffee

Friday, September 7 7:30 - 9:00 a.m. Graybar Electric Co. 301 Mercury Dr., Champaign

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





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