July / August 2022 Commerce Connection

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PresortedStandard US IL29PostagePAIDPermitNo.Champaign, 4Issue|32Volume 2022August\July30’CChampaignountystrustedbusiness-to-businesspubliCationformorethanyears COMMERCECONNECTION A PUBLICATION OF THE CHAMPAIGN COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PG.INSIDE:8 LEAD Champaign County PG. 9 Is it Christmas in July? Nope. It’s Shop Champaign County. PG. 11 Volunteer 2022AUGUST/JULY4Issue|32Volume

2 When you need a business banking partner who can help you navigate the tough times, First Mid will be there! Count on our team to provide personal attention for: • Cash Flow Solutions • Traditional Financing and Lines of Credit • SBA Financing www.firstmid.com Look for us in these area communities: CHAMPAIGN 398-0067 | URBANA 367-8451 SAVOY 351-3526 | MAHOMET 318-3750 RANTOUL 893-8100 Patrick Pfeifer Commercial Lending 114 W. ChurchChampaignStreet ppfeifer@firstmid.com217-398-0067ScottGrumish Commercial Lending 114 W. ChurchChampaignStreet sgrumish@firstmid.com217-403-4435JohnetteMitchell VP, Treasury RelationshipManagementManager 455 N. MainDecaturStreet jmitchell@firstmid.com217-373-2136

3 FY23 INVESTORSTOP 303 West Kirby Avenue Champaign, IL 61820 P 217.359.1791 | F 217.359.1809 www.champaigncounty.org 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 Kelsie Woelfle at KelsieW@champaigncounty.org. Kyle Emkes Chair, Maatuka Al-Heeti Emkes LLC Dan Hurley First Chair, FedEx Ground R.J. Hynds Second Chair, English Brothers Company Dan Kirby Treasurer, CliftonLarsonAllen Laura Weis Secretary, Champaign County Chamber of Commerce Tonya Horn Past Chair, Rogards BOARD OFFICERS Rachel Coventry Curtis Orchard, Ltd. Nathan Escue Hamilton Walker’s Laura Heiser The Real Estate Group Matt Carr First Mid Bank & Trust Dr. Pamela Lau Parkland College Janice McAteer Busey Chad Schumacher meShare Bud Windelborn Pavlov Media, Inc. Corrinne Hillard H3 Manufacturing Group, LLC Dr. Jared Rogers OSF MedicalHeartHealthCareofMaryCenter Amie Smith BankChampaign N.A. Dr. Dalitso Sulamoyo Champaign County Regional CommissionPlanning Bill Walter A & R ContractorsMechanical Andrew Weintraub Health Alliance BOARD OF DIRECTORS Laura Weis President & LauraW@champaigncounty.orgCEO Matt Bradley Business Growth & Development MattB@champaigncounty.orgDirector Mindy Cain Director of Workforce MindyC@champaigncounty.orgReadiness Madeline Herrman Public Policy MadelineH@champaigncounty.orgDirector Kelsie Woelfle Director of Marketing & KelsieW@champaigncounty.orgEvents Mary Fourtne Bookkeeper / Office MaryF@champaigncounty.orgAdministrator CHAMBER STAFF TOP SILVERINVESTORS UnivCarleBuseyersity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign BRONZE A & R Mechanical Contractors BankChampaign, N.A. Christie Clinic First Mid Bank & Trust Fisher National Bank Health Alliance OSF HeartHealthCareofMaryMedical Center Ramshaw Real Estate CHAIRMAN’SCONTRIBUTORSIN-KINDCIRCLE 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

Welcome to the Chamber

Good Energy is excited to be a member of the Champaign County Chamber and proud to be the Chamber’s new partner for the Champaign County Chamber Energy Program. We look forward to working directly with other members and supporting the Champaign County business community. Good Energy has more than 20 years of experience in deregulated energy markets and can help businesses take control of their energy spending. We can provide electricity, natural gas, demand response and renewable energy services.

Davis Electric, Inc. 1212 E. University Ave. Urbana, IL DavisElectricwww.tdaviselectric.com217.367.025261802ContractorsElectricisanelectrical contractor specializing in design/build for industrial and commercial installation, renovation and maintenance. Davis Electric, the area’s oldest original electrical contractor, continues to enjoy long-standing partnerships with general contractors and can offer expertise in planning, design, engineering, technical needs and maintenance on any project. Tommy Davis founded Davis Electric in 1960 as a one-person shop, and the company has grown to become a premier electrical contractor in Central Illinois. Davis Electric has been delivering the best solutions for over 50 years, from small negotiated and design-build projects to largescale, complex buildings in Central Illinois.

Good Energy, LP 416 Main St. Ste. Peoria,420IL Energywww.goodenergy.com309.369.456661602Management&

>>>members who joined between May 1 - June 30, 2022

Amazon 1201 Newton Dr. Champaign, IL 61822 Deliverywww.amazon.com773.983.0881Service Beginner Yoga with Esmeralda PO Box 575 202 S Urbana, IL thatYouone-on-onebeginneronewww.beginneryogawithesmeralda.com,beginneryogawithesmeralda;getoflow-impactIsYogawww.beginneryogawithesmeralda.com202.779.547461801Instructionyourbodyfeelingstiff,stagnant,andneedingexercise?Iamheretoserve.AsCEOBeginnerYogawithEsmeralda,IinviteyoutotoknowmebyfollowingmyInstagram@visitingmywebsiteorattendingofmyfreemonthlyclasses.Ihavedesignedmyyogaprogramtoprovideonlineweeklyprivateyogasessionsforsixmonths.booksessionsinamemberloginatthetimesworkbestforyou.Let’sgetmoving! Carmichael Enterprises, LLC Champaign, IL 61822 Environmentalwww.vollara.com/HealthCreations217.493.6424HomeandBodyCare Products Originating in 1980, Carmichael Enterprises, LLC is owned by Steve and Lori Carmichael. Over the decades, thousands of customers have been served by such entities as Pulmocare Medical Supply, CU Sleep and Eagle Eye Surveillance. In 2020, we became Brand Partners and factorydirect representatives of ActivePure Technologies, distributing patented technology originated at NASA and inducted into the Space Technology Hall of Fame. We help people create the cleanest air to breathe and the safest surfaces to touch without filters or chemicals—our water filtration devices micro-cluster and hydrogen-infuse water for intense body hydration and natural energy. We have a device that allows you to clean and sanitize your laundry using no soap, softeners, dryer sheets, only cold water. If you are interested in learning how to safely eliminate viruses, bacteria and mold from the air and surfaces in your homes, businesses, churches, schools, vehicles, buses, and more, give us a call.

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AtRestaurantswww.jerseymikes.com217.903.0062JerseyMike’s,weoffer a sub above—one that’s in more than inches or seconds ‘til served. We carefully consider every aspect of what we do—every slice, every sandwich, and every store— and our customers with sustenance and substance. Red wine vinegar and an olive oil blend are how a Jersey Mike’s sub gets its exquisite zing. It’s how bites get boosted, and a great sub becomes even better. The juice adds that certain something extra. An exclamation. The kind of exclamation you can eat. Our produce is grown, packed and shipped locally (where available) and then handled with the utmost care in our stores. When you eat one of our subs Mike’s Way, you can be sure that your veggies were prepped by hand earlier that day for the highest freshness and flavor. When it comes to quality, refusing to compromise has been an essential part of our heritage. We choose only the leanest, tastiest cuts of meats and fine, aged cheeses. We wouldn’t settle for any other way.

to enjoy. ToyotaLift, Div. of Bahrns Equip. Inc. 1693 County Rd. 2200 E. St. Joseph, IL 61873 Industrialwww.bahrns.com217.469.9520Equipment & Supplies Bahrns ToyotaLift is a full-service Toyota Forklift Dealer serving the industry with over 45 years of experience and focusing on customer service. We have everything you can expect for a dealership with new Toyota Forklifts, used and reconditioned forklifts (sales, service, parts, rental), and so much more. ToyotaLift has thousands of industrial supplies and equipment covering a broad spectrum of business and industrial needs. Customers can find most of these products on Bahrns.com. Some of the products and services can only be explored using our staff to help customize your needs at your location. Our team can assist you with any unique applications or issues you may have. We offer operator and safety training, parts, forklift and equipment rentals, and a complete material handling catalog that includes, but is not limited to: • packaging supplies • storage solutions • warehouse and dock equipment • janitorial and maintenance equipment >>>members who joined between May 1 - June 30, 2022

Olive Garden 30 E. Anthony Dr. Champaign, IL 61820 ItalianRestaurants-Italianwww.olivegarden.com217.351.6339generosityisalways on the table. At Olive Garden, we know that life is better together and everyone is happiest when they’re with family. From never-ending servings of our freshly baked bread sticks and iconic garden salad to our homemade soups and sauces, there’s something for everyone


I Heart Mac and Cheese 202 E. University Ave. Ste. Urbana,E IL WeRestaurantswww.iheartmacandcheese.com217.607.206261801featuresignaturemenuitems and build your own mac and cheese meals, grilled cheese and more. Gluten-Free and Vegan (Beyond Meat) options are available. GTPS Insurance Agency 1311 S. Neil Champaign,St.IL 61820 •It’sInsurancewww.gtpsinsurance.com217.373.6856themantraweliveby:Findingtheperfectsolution for you • Guiding you through the options • Helping you through a claim • Adapting to your evolving needs Let GTPS be your insurance experts. We know the business, the lingo, the inside scoop, and we love breaking down technical jargon into language everyone understands and providing peace of mind. We love being the experts, and at GTPS, you’re in expert hands. Jersey Mike’s Subs 1712 W. Springfield Ave. Champaign, IL 61821

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• shop equipment • safety products • outdoor items • office products We also have a full line of aerial and personnel lifts and every piece of new equipment and product is from the most trusted manufacturers in the industry. Contact us for information on any product or service information.

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Welcome to the Chamber held between May 13, 2022 and July 15, 2022 Interested in hosting a ribbon cutting of groundbreaking? members have the opportunity to sign up for ribbon cuttings to celebrate a grand opening or groundbreaking. Along with your team, a Chamber representative will be present. We invite ambassadors to attend to help you celebrate. Thousands will see photographs of your event this the Chamber’s social media If your business is interested in hosting a ribbon cutting, contact Mindy Cain at MindyC@ champaigncounty.org or call 217.359.1791.Heart Mac Cheese celebrated their grand opening on June 15. Bahrns ToyotaLift of Illinois Moving & Storage at Southgate 2010 S. Philo Rd. Urbana, IL Commercial trailer Dermatology: ChampaignUrbana 1111 W. Kenyon Rd. Ste. Urbana,B IL a fellowship-trained Mohs Dr. Youse Mohs



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AtMedicalwww.vitalskinderm.com217.290.022361801ServiceOrganizationsVitalSkinDermatologyofChampaign-Urbana, all your skin care needs are covered. Dr. Jeremy Youse and his world-class team treat various medical skin issues such as acne, rosacea, psoriasis and more. They also offer cosmetic options like Juvederm® and Restylane®, wrinkle relaxers like Botox® and Dysport®, Narrowband UVB phototherapy, chemical peels, laser hair removal and premium-grade skin care products. In addition, as


surgeon through the American College of Mohs Surgery (ACMS),

surgery to treat and eliminate skin cancer. This surgery has the highest success rate of all skin cancer treatments— up to 99 percent. In most cases, Mohs surgery can also be completed in one office visit for patient convenience and cost-effectiveness. To learn more about VitalSkin’s skin care services or to schedule an appointment, please visit vitalskinderm.com or call 217.819.3376.

Thursday, October 20, 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

OUR MISSION: Attract 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.


Registration includes complimentary passes to all Business After Hours and First Friday Coffees for the months of September and October so participants can strengthen their networking skills. Cost to participate in this program is $525 for early bird special (until August 11) then $625 until the day of the event. This fee includes the Grafton Strength Finders Test & Allerton Challenge Course fees as well as all meals.

Patricia Simpson, Game Changing Etiquette

ETIQUETTE LUNCHEON AND GRADUATION I Hotel and Illinois Conference Center

Thursday, October 6, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.


GRAFTON STRENGTH FINDER TEST Thursday, September 8, 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Gayle Spencer, Illinois Leadership Center

Local business leaders from various industries and business sizes


Captain Anthony Corapi, Chief Operating Officer, High School of St. Thomas More


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.

Ready to lead ? Register Today!

ALLERTON CHALLENGE COURSE Allerton 4H Camp, Monticello Thursday, September 1, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 13, 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Thursday, August 25, 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

*Unless otherwise stated, events are held at the Chamber office. Invest in Your Emerging Leaders Email Kelsie Woelfle at KelsieW@champaigncounty.org to register or for more information.


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Jerris Duncan, Business Coach BOOK DISCUSSION - Facilitated Conversation

Thursday, September 15, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Lynne Barnes, Certified Professional Coach LEADERSHIP PANEL Thursday, September 22, 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Thursday, September 29, 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

There are no hurdles for consumers to use the card or for merchants and restaurants to accept it. Making a purchase is as simple as a swipe. Other communities that have launched their local version of this card report that 91 percent of the total dollars spent stay local. By giving the Shop Champaign County gift card to your family, friends, or co-workers, you are helping to invest in the community. Employers interested in helping support their business peers can purchase the card in bulk and receive a discount. They can then distribute the cards as employee incentives or to their clients. To purchase your cards, go to thecommunitygiftcard.com/ shopchampaigncounty.

By Laura Weis reprinted from neWs-Gazette’s CentraL iLLinois Business

A shop-local-first culture can provide value back to the community that goes far beyond any one shopper. For every $100 spent, $73 stays in the community. Local purchasing stimulates the economy. Plus, it can reduce the environmental impact, create and retain new jobs, and improve both infrastructure and in-person customer Asservice.abusiness association, the chamber helps to facilitate business growth and improve the quality of life in Champaign County. As we look forward, we understand that we cannot just support our community by merely repeating the ‘shop local’ mantra during the holidays. Instead, we must help local businesses thrive using our wallets. Many one-of-a-kind restaurants and retailers enrich our community, and they are the very fabric that makes Champaign County unique. We are also a community with many big-box options. Some will argue that residents should only support small businesses rather than the big box stores. Still, big-box retailers also employ our residents, and they remit the sales tax necessary to fund our infrastructure. What is vital is that we continue to spend our money here, in Champaign County. To help make local shopping easier for residents, the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce has launched the Shop Champaign County MasterCard gift card. This initiative is presented by Common Ground Food Co-op and supported by OSF Healthcare Heart of Mary Medical Center and CU Flower House by A. Hunt Design. The Shop Champaign County gift card is the first of its kind in our community. Consumers can use it anywhere in Champaign County that takes MasterCard debit cards.

Understandably, you may immediately think of the holiday season when you see or hear the message ‘shop local.’ Why? Because when the holidays approach, retailers, business associations, media outlets and municipalities all seem to unite around that common theme and push it to the public. And that can be a very good thing. It’s a message that can benefit businesses and hometowns while being a valuable reminder for consumers as they gear up to shop and spend for the holidays. As we enter the endemic phase of COVID-19, just like symptoms of an illness, we are enduring the lingering symptoms of a halted economy. Costs have risen, supply chains are struggling, and the workforce is stressed. Locally, by the chamber’s tracking, Champaign County has lost 45 companies to pandemic-related closures.

It is easy to give a generic gift card, but by gifting the Shop Champaign County card, you reinforce the ‘shop local’ message and support our local economy. Remember, your favorite retailer and restaurant are counting on it.

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There is no magic wand that will erase the economic impact of the pandemic. So, we must apply all the tools available to help combat the impact of these lingering symptoms on our local economy. One small way is to adopt the ‘shop local’ message year-round and create a community culture that embraces it. In reality, e-Commerce has made our lives easier, especially if you don’t particularly enjoy in-person shopping. The idea of not fighting crowds, clicking a button from the warmth of your home, and having a package arrive at your doorstep (sometimes within hours of the purchase) can be very appealing. That appeal can evaporate quickly, though. If your merchandise arrives damaged, doesn’t fit, or just isn’t “as advertised,” it’s up to you to pack it back up and figure out how to return it.



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It is undeniable that volunteers have an enormous impact on our local and national economies. In 2018, according to Leaningtogive.org nearly 63 million volunteers contributed $297.5 billion to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Volunteering contributes to the GDP, but what is the value to you personally, your community, state or nation? Volunteering provides multiple benefits to the volunteer and organization-some tangible and others intangible. It’s an opportunity to directly impact your local community while helping a cause that holds a deeply personal space in your life. You expand your personal and professional network when you work with other volunteers or staff members. It is also a great chance to learn new skills in a low-cost, low-pressure environment.

Charities.org makes the business case for employers to encourage their employees to volunteer or to establish formal volunteer programs in their place of business. Ninety-two percent of human resource experts surveyed for a Deloitte Volunteer Impact Study stated that employee volunteerism with not-for-profit organizations helps to build leadership skills and create a broader set of skills that benefit the employer outside of training. If you choose to volunteer, it can change your life and the lives of others while helping the community thrive. If you do not know where to start, contact your favorite local organization to ask if they have any needs. There is an excellent resource for finding local volunteer opportunities at unitedwaychampaign.org/ volunteer, or you can search the chamber membership directory and seek out chamber member not-for-profit organizations at champaigncounty.org/list/. Have questions? Need help making these connections? Contact Matt Bradley, business growth & development director, at mattb@champaigncounty.org or call 217.359.1791.

While this word undoubtedly conjures up specific thoughts, volunteerism comes in all shapes, sizes and opportunities. Examples of varying volunteer opportunities include:

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• Picking up litter in a public space. Serving on a committee or board of directors at a non-profit or working with a child through the Chamber’s iRead iCount program are also unique ways to give back through volunteerism.

• Serving as a disaster relief worker with the American Red Cross.

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• Spending time at a nursing home with a lonely elderly resident.

12 HelpBOARDDIRECTORSOFuswelcome:Incomingboard members Thank you: Outgoing board DIRECTORSmembers We would like to extend a very special thank you to these individuals who served on your board of directors. As their terms come to an end, we thank them for their dedication to the members, Champaign County and to developing an economically thriving community. As terms end, we also welcome our newest board members. The following indviduals begin their term serving on the board of directors. Please help us welcome them. Debra Reardanz Clark-Lindsey Village Corrinne Hillard H3 Manufacturing Group, LLC Matt Carr First Mid Bank & Trust Chad Schumacher meShare Bud Windelborn Pavlov Media, Inc. Justin Overstreet Martin Hood LLC Chuck McReaken TSM Ventures, Inc.

13 Help Make a Difference in Our Community by Becoming an iRead ● iCount Volunteer! Program Dates: October 10 – December 2, 2022 This program helps kindergarten and first grade students who are struggling with literacy and math competencies in Champaign and Urbana primary schools. We need hundreds of volunteers in the classrooms this fall to work one-on-one with these students. Why is This Volunteer Program so Important? We have an achievement gap in our schools that has widened over the past couple of years. If we do not address it now, we will never close this gap. Why This Matters: • Reading and math are our most basic workforce skills. • Workforce development is an economic development tool and an anti-poverty, anti-violence strategy for our community. We Can Do Better for Our Community. We Have to Do Better for Our Community. Here are Some Quick Facts about Volunteering: • Volunteers submit applications by August 19 for processing. • Approved volunteers will go online and sign up for school choice, day and time preference, and training session. • Volunteers will attend one training session and one orientation session at their school. • Volunteers spend one hour a week in the classrooms working one-on-one with early learners, helping build the students’ basic reading and math skills. • The reward of helping a child build these skills is immeasurable. We have the responsibility and ability to help the future workforce generation succeed by strengthening the foundation for literacy and math education for our youngest, most vulnerable students now. For more information and to sign up to www.champaigncounty.org/iread-icountvolunteer:Questions? Mindy Cain, Director of Workforce Readiness Champaign County Chamber of Commerce mindyc@champaigncounty.org • 217.359.1791 2021 State Test ChampaignData Unit 4 3rd Grade State Test • 25.6 percent of students can meet or exceed in reading • 31 percent of students can meet or exceed in math Urbana Unit 116 3rd Grade State Test • 5.6 percent of students can meet or exceed in reading • 14.9 percent of students can meet or exceed in math OrganizationsPartner

14 HICKORYPOINTBANK.COM 202 WEST PARK AVENUE, CHAMPAIGN LOCAL EXPERIENCE YOU LIVE HERE. WE LEND HERE. Investing in the Champaign area one home at a time. Follow us for exclusive content and updates: @ccountychamber @ccounty_chamber Champaign County Chamber of Commerce @ccountychamber

thank you sponsors & Golfers! 2022 Chamber Golf Outing presented by Barcom Security was held at Lincolnshire Fields Country Club on Thursday, June 2. had a sold out event and a great turn out for hole sponsors. Thank you to Commerce Bank for providing the golfers with lunch and dinner. on the course provided by Skeff Distributing to Clark-Dietz, Inc. for providing golf balls for each player and English Brothers Company for providing golf towels attendees. to the hospitality tent sponsor Risk Managers, golf cart sponsor Bank, putting green sponsor Martin Hood, driving range sponsor Illinois American Water, golf bag sponsor OSF HealthCare Heart of Mary Medical Center, hole-in-one sponsor Restoration Contractors and raffle prize sponsor Merrill Lynch. made possible in part, your sponsors. Thank you. thank individuals who were involved in making the 2022 Chamber Golf Outing a huge success.







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A-List Award winners are selected based on results from resident surveys conducted by CEL & Associates. Surveys are sent to residents at all Regency-owned and managed apartment communities. CEL & Associates compiles its “Best in the Industry” list of companies whose scores indicate the “ability to perform at a higher standard in providing quality customer service” compared to their peer groups across the country. The feedback received from the surveys are reviewed thoroughly in order to address residents’ concerns or implement new ideas.

FEHR GRAHAM A leading Midwest engineering and environmental firm, is proud to announce being named to the Engineering NewsRecord (ENR) Top 500 Design Firms list. ENR’s ranking is widely considered the industry benchmark for excellence.

Clark Dietz, Inc. is pleased to accept the 2022 Institute of Transportation Engineers Great Lakes District Transportation Achievement Award. The Multimodal Corridor Enhancement (MCORE) Project had the overarching goal to improve mobility choices, increase public safety and provide increased access to jobs, healthcare, and services in the corridors that connect the downtown centers of Champaign and Urbana with the University of Illinois campus.

The comprehensive survey ranks engineering firms based on revenue for engineering design services provided the previous year. Fehr Graham made the list for the first time in the firm’s 49-year history, ranking No. 494. The list includes the 500 largest engineering, architectural and environmental consulting firms in the United States.

“The impact they make on the lives of our residents is what makes our communities a great place to live.”



“The project required a complete street design approach to modernize the urban landscape,” says Clark Dietz Vice President Sean Widener, PE, PTOE. “The MCORE improvements resulted in a transportation network that is safe, efficient and equitable for all modes of travel.”

MCORE was a unified effort of the City of Champaign, City of Urbana, ChampaignUrbana Mass Transit District (CUMTD), and the University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign to create a transformative infrastructure that will support and enhance access and promote quality of life. The MCORE improvements were funded with help of a Federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Grant with the goal of creating safe and efficient travel opportunities for pedestrians, bicyclists, transit riders and vehicles. The Clark Dietz / Hanson Team is proud to have assisted our clients and the community to realize these goals.

REGENCY MULTIFAMILY Regency Multifamily has earned national recognition for customer service excellence as the 2021 A-List Award Winner for Category III. The A-List Award for Real Estate Excellence is presented by CEL & Associates, Inc. and recognizes companies whose management performance and commitment to the highest level of quality of service are considered to be the “Best in the Industry.” “I couldn’t be more proud of our employees for this incredible accomplishment,” said Teresa Kelnhofer, President and CEO of Regency Multifamily.


Hickory Point Bank announced that Charles (Charlie) Osborne has been named Senior Vice President, Trust & Wealth Management. “Charlie is a distinguished trust and investment professional. He brings strong leadership skills and financial insights to our growing Trust and Wealth Management team,” said Anthony G. Nestler, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Charlie’s investment expertise complements our existing Trust services and stands to provide significant value for new and existing clients.” Mr. Osborne will lead the Bank’s trust and investment business. We want to help you share your company’s accomplishments, recent hires, and good news. Email it KelsieW@champaigncounty.org.to Then look for it on our website AND in our bi-monthly publication. There is no fee to do so, it’s an added feature of your membership.

“As Fehr Graham continues to grow, our talented and dedicated staff continue to demonstrate our daily commitment to customer service. The personal connection we make with our clients ensuring we preserve that small firm feel our team and our clients appreciate and our deep bench of highly experienced people enabling us to provide big-firm capabilities is the driving force behind making the ENR Top 500 list,” said Mick Gronewold, board chairman and one of the firm’s owners, “Earning this spot also shows how our experience, diverse backgrounds and teamwork are really something special. Our commitment continues to create constructive shifts for the company and positive experiences for our clients.”


18 Website Banner Ads A banner ad on our website means that your company name, logo, product or service is seen by 150K unique visitors annually. With pricing starting at just $300, where else can you find this affordable and effective exposure for your business? Tell your customers where to find you. These opportunities are exclusive to chamber members. Are you taking advantage of it? Customers and Sales Made Possible with Affordable, Effective Marketing Opportunities Email Blasts Is there a new product, service or information about your business that you would like the entire Chamber membership to learn about or utilize? Through our email blast program, we’ll send an email on your behalf to our 4,000 email contacts for just $500. We’ll even throw it on our Facebook page at no additional cost. *Only ONE email blast will be sold per month on a first contact, first sold basis.

Commerce Connection Ads Do you know what happens when you add magazine print to your marketing strategy? According to Magazine Networks, you get the multiplier effect. They say, “people are 3.2 times more likely to identify the brand as one they wanted to find out more about and a 43 percent increase in their likelihood to purchase.” Our bi-monthly publication, Commerce Connection, gets mailed to all chamber members (and then some). Those chamber members employ an estimated 59,000 people. Imagine 59,000 people looking at an ad for your competitor? The Commerce Connection is not only your B2B best bet; it is also a strong force for B2C marketing. Do you really want to be seen? There are a variety of ad sizes available starting at just $100. Member businesses can also purchase the magazine’s cover. You get exposure before readers even open the publication. Mailing Labels Sometimes, when you are trying to break through the internet noise, it pays to go ‘old-school’ with good old snail mail. We have names, and we will sell them. An exclusive benefit of Chamber membership allows you to purchase mailing lists containing names and physical addresses of Chamber member businesses to enhance your B2B marketing. Two lists are available for purchase: Long list (approx. 2,000 contacts): $195 Short list (approx. 900 contacts): $125 Website Directory Enhancements Our website directory gets hundreds of views each day. We are like the modern-day version of 411 for people trying to find a business, resource or service. An enhanced listing makes you stand out against your competitors. Turn your standard listing into an eye-catching, search engine optimized marketing tool for just $79 annually e-Connection Banner Ads Every Monday, without fail, over 4,000 decision-makers receive our e-newsletter. People want to know what’s going on, we are a trusted source of information, so they open our e-Newsletter. That is what you want as an advertiser. Purchasing a banner ad to be placed at the top of the e-Connection gets you exposure to thousands for just $100 per week. Let’s do this. Contact Kelsie Woelfle at Kelsiew@champaigncounty.org or 217.359.1791. We can help you maximize your businessto-business marketing strategies. We can put your company in front of consumers. Most importantly, we can do it in the most affordable way to meet your budget.

ClarkPresentedCandidate2022There?CongressionalBreakfastbyDietz,Inc. Wednesday, September 14 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Holiday Inn Champaign 101 Trade Center Dr. Champaign, IL

Hosted by: Iroquois Federal 2237 S. Neil St. Champaign, IL

Webinar LEAD Champaign County: Kick-Off Event Thursday, August 25 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Papa Del’s 1201 S. Neil St. Champaign, IL First Friday Coffee* Firday, September 9 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

PLEASE NOTE: The Chamber complies with the state mandate and asks that members follow the CDC guidelines and/or state mandate at Chamber functions. While masking is now optional, please remember that people will have different comfort levels as we return to in-person events. Handshaking and standing close may still make people uneasy. So, we ask that all participants be respectful of this. Bring your best fist bump, reconnect and enjoy. For more information or to register for an event, go to www.champaigncounty.org/events/calendar/ Business After Hours Thursday, August 18 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Hosted by: Serra Champaign 100 W. Burwash Ave. Champaign, IL Sexual PreventionHarassmentTraining Thursday, August 25 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Hosted by: ServPro 3813 N. Cunningham Ave. Urbana, IL

19 Fast Facts 4.4% Champaign County Unemployment Rate in May 2022 17 business licenses applied for in Champaign County in June 2022 105.5 June 2022 U of I Flash Index for Illinois 485,172 rides were taken on CUMTD in May 2022 5,796 visits to the Chamber’s website, champaigncounty.org in June 2022 5,749 number of unique searches on the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce Online Business Directory in June 2022 2014 and 2021 The years that the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce was named the Illinois Outstanding Chamber of the Year 303 W. Kirby Avenue Champaign, IL 61820 P 217.359.1791 | F www.champaigncounty.org217.359.1809

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The Chamber office is open Monday through Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

*Please note September’s First Friday Coffee will be held on the second Friday due to Labor Day weekend.

Business After Hours* Wednesday, September 14 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

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The Building Tomorrow Series: Who Will Get Us

*Please note September’s Business After Hours will be held on the Wednesday instead of Thursday


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