Commerce Connection March/April 2018

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Volume 25 | Issue 2




Longevity in Business: What’s the Secret?





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The family behind English Brothers Company, founded in 1902, shares their story.

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CHAMBER STAFF Laura Weis President & CEO

Stephanie McCullough Director of First Impressions

Mindy Cain Director of Workforce Readiness & Member Relations

Lindsay Quick Graphic Design and Marketing Director

Garret Hill Public Policy Director

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R.J. Hynds English Brothers Company

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Kurt Lenschow State Farm

Justin Overstreet Martin Hood LLC

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Dr. Jared Rogers

First Vice Chair OSF HealthCare Heart of Mary Medical Center

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Becky Preston

Past Chair, Busey

Laura Weis

Secretary, Champaign County Chamber of Commerce


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WELCOME TO THE CHAMBER >> members who joined between January 1 and February 28, 2018 Barham Benefit Group

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Barham Benefit Group is locally owned and has been committed to the community since 1997. We are proud to announce Paul Faraci as a new account executive and Jolinda Ross as the new account manager. Barham Benefit Group has achieved preferred broker status with Health Alliance for over 10 years now. As the only local broker with an on-staff actuary, we help clients reduce premiums without a loss in benefits. Our expanded team has access to every insurer and network throughout the nation and have developed effective working relationships with every area insurer and network. Barham Benefit Group also conducts free benefits reviews. We put our experience and proven track record of negotiating the most cost-effective premiums to work for our clients and offer information on alternatives to traditional plans.

We help companies grow by developing their people. We implement a leadership operating system to help build better leaders, increase team performance and create a thriving organization where everyone can bring their best. We all know the rules to leading people have changed with the advent of technology. Leading teams and people in the digital age requires a deeper understanding of work/life balance in the 24/7, 365 landscape. Leaders in the 21st century must lead through influence, not positional power, with a focus on agile teams more than just talented individuals. Learning has become visual and interactive with rapid practical application, especially as teams are more digitally connected and geographically dispersed. These are the conditions and realities we live in that has put GiANT as a forerunner in transforming leaders and their teams by training them to multiply health throughout every sub-culture inside their organization.

919 W. Kirby Ave. Champaign, IL 61821-5121 217.356.1978 Insurance

The Carpal Tunnel Center LLC

1605 S. State St., Ste. 1A Champaign, IL 61820-7231 217.239.9670 Physicians & Surgeons (MD)-Orthopedic Surgery At The Carpal Tunnel Center you will get in, get out, and get back to your life. We are Champaign County’s first office-based hand surgery clinic specializing in carpal tunnel. We also treat trigger fingers, deQuervains tendinosis, ganglion cysts, arthritis and other outpatient conditions. We offer state of the art fluoroscopic x-ray. We specialize in using WALANT (Wide Awake Local Anesthesia No Tourniquet) for all surgeries. The advantages of this cutting edge technique are a minimally invasive procedure with a small scar, no general anesthesia, no IV, no fasting, no pre-op clearance, ability to talk to your surgeon during surgery, driving yourself home, quick recovery and saving time and thousands of dollars by avoiding the hospital. Both wrists can be done on the same day. You will know your costs up front with no surprises. Let us cure your carpal tunnel in 60 minutes in our office.


3904 Rockdale Dr. Champaign, IL 61822-2052 217.417.8403 Leadership Development

GreenHead Media

308 N. 3rd St. Fisher, IL 61843-9707 815.683.8379 Marketing Programs & Services GreenHead Media is a digital marketing and media agency offering a variety of services that include social media advertising, social media management, aerial photography/videography, email marketing, customer relations management and e-commerce setup/ management. We reach your ideal customers using Facebook advertising and a custom Facebook marketing plan. We work hand-an-hand with businesses to develop, create and maintain a solid presence online. Whether your business needs a social media ad, promotional video or an e-commerce store setup, we are here to serve you and your business!

Lodgic Everyday Community 1807 S. Neil St. Champaign, IL 61820-7215 708.822.0170 Banquet Facilities

Lodgic Everyday Community—coming summer 2018. Say hello to a smarter way to work and play. Lodgic Everyday Community is the energizing, neighborly new destination that unites productivity-boosting coworking, flexible childcare and craft food and drink served your way, fast or slow—all to simplify your life. Outsmart and outperform your daily routine. Gain more time for what matters most to you. Make more space in your life to let good things happen. We know every day is different. Lodgic is designed to serve the hard-to-juggle daily needs of your modern life with ultimate flexibility in one vibrant community. Plug in where you want, how you want, whenever you want— we’re here for you. Live bigger, work better, have more fun. Achieve life on your terms with Lodgic. To stay up to date on all things Lodgic, sign up for our email list on www.

MI-Box of Central Illinois

1017 Bahls St. Danville, IL 61832-3323 217.210.4949 Storage-Household & Commercial Area businesses and residents have a brand new option for moving and storage with the addition of MI-BOX of Central Illinois. The mobile storage company brings a container to your location that you load at your convenience. You then have the choice to keep it at your location or have it stored in the company’s secure warehouse. The company is owned and operated by Dale Carlton, President; Connie Carlton, Operations Manager; and Jordan Carlton, Asst. Operations Manager. MI-BOX of Central Illinois is based in Danville and serves a 50-mile radius that includes Champaign and Mahomet to the west, Paris and Terre Haute to the south, Hoopeston and Watseka to the north, and parts of West Central IN to the east. The containers come in sizes to fit every need including 8’x8’, 8’x16’ and 8’x20’.

Sherwin-Williams celebrated their grand opening at their new Savoy location with a ribbon cutting on February 8.

The Carpal Tunnel Center celebrated their grand opening with a ribbon cutting on February 14.

Salt & Light-Urbana

1819 S. Philo Rd. Urbana, IL 61802-6056 217.355.5654 Social Service Organizations Salt & Light ministry serves residents of Champaign County who are at or below the poverty line. We seek to share God’s love by fighting poverty with dignity through opportunities that engage, empower and equip for lasting change. We have developed a unique approach for addressing chronic food insecurity and access to other basic needs that builds on the strengths of individuals and families by providing opportunities for them to acquire the resources they need through their own skills, gifts and abilities. Through our credit system, participants have the opportunity to volunteer at any non-profit in Champaign County, and for every hour they work, earn $8.25 (minimum wage) in store credit. Credit can be used to purchase everything from food and basic home and

Freeman General Contracting held a ribbon cutting at the Chamber on February 27 to celebrate the start of serving the Champaign-Urbana community. 5

healthcare needs to clothing, household items or even furniture. We also offer training programs on personal development, financial literacy, computer programs/ technology and jobs preparedness. Our GROCERY and THRIFT STORE are open to the WHOLE community, not just our credit-earning participants. By shopping at S&L’s grocery and thrift store you change lives and transform your community as 100% of the money you spend is reinvested locally-creating jobs and sustaining S&L’s programs that help those in need.

Sherwin-Williams Company 109 W. Curtis Rd. Savoy, IL 61874 217.359.4934 Paint-Retail

For nearly 150 years, Sherwin-Williams has been an industry leader in the development of technologically advanced paint and coatings. As the nation’s largest specialty retailer of paint and painting supplies, SherwinWilliams is dedicated to supporting both do-it-yourselfers and painting professionals with exceptional products, resources to make confident color selections and expert personalized service that’s focused on unique project needs. Sherwin-Williams products can only be found at its more than 4,000 neighborhood stores across North America. For more information, visit the new SherwinWilliams location in Savoy, any of the three current locations in Champaign-Urbana or Join Sherwin-Williams on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Houzz and Pinterest.

Stella Footwear LLC (DBA Red Wing Shoes) 907 W. Marketview Dr., Ste. 3 Champaign, IL 61822-1227 217.352.5589 Shoes-Retail

Wallace Land & Auction 106 S. Third St., P.O. Box 10 Fisher, IL 61843-0010 217.897.1100 Auctions & Auctioneers

Wallace Land & Auction is a diverse company with various functions. We sell real estate at auction (and private listing), we do state certified farmland appraisals, and we sell personal property and assets via onlineonly auctions. Our company is an offshoot of Wallace Land Company which has been in business locally for many years. We are a member of MarkNet Alliance, a franchise with 60 offices nationwide. This allows us to combine home-town personal attention with world-wide advertising and technology. Only the best of the best auction companies are invited to be a part of MarkNet 6

Alliance. We fly that flag proudly. We can quickly turn most all kinds of assets to cash quickly, bringing top money through our proprietary online bidding platform. Consultations are free. Give us a call.

The Weiner Companies, Ltd. 211 E. Green St. Urbana, IL 61801-3346 217.384.8001 Real Estate

The Weiner Companies, Ltd. is a full service property management and real estate brokerage firm. We have been in business in Urbana-Champaign for nearly 50 years. We are a small firm that puts the needs of our clients before anything else. We pride ourselves in our customer service and look forward to helping you with your next real estate need.

The Window Washing Wizard

801 N. Busey Ave. Urbana, IL 61801-1603 217.819.2860 Window Cleaning & Pressure Washing The Window Washing Wizard is a growing business located in Champaign and McLean counties that provides residential and commercial window cleaning and pressure washing services. We have informative staff and trained professionals that are proud to serve Central Illinois. The Window Washing Wizard is dedicated to bringing opportunity, clean windows and more to the heartland!

Yellow Checker Cab

1204 Hagan St. Champaign, IL 61820-2509 217.355.3553 Taxicabs When you need dependable, around-the-clock transportation or delivery, turn to Yellow Checker Cab in Champaign, Illinois. Our locally owned taxi and delivery company offers cab, airport shuttle, and courier services with the same courtesy and professionalism that has been our hallmark since 1926. All of our vehicles are fully insured, and our bonded drivers and couriers have safe driving records.

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

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

Ready to Grow? But not sure how?

Do you have a specific business challenge that if you could just solve it... it would unlock so many opportunities for your company? We are now accepting applications for our next Economic Gardening Company. Through our partnership with the Edward Lowe Foundation, the Chamber can assemble a specialized team of researchers to provide you with real time data and executable strategies specific to your company’s needs that will take your company to the next level. This is a proven economic development strategy in which the Chamber can help to grow our local companies. To apply, visit: economic_gardening.aspx Applications will be evaluated by a panel of our sponsoring companies. 7

Fulfilling Dreams Since 1868 More than 150 years ago, Busey opened its doors in Urbana—helping generations of families in Champaign County achieve their dreams, from buying homes and opening businesses to saving for retirement and college. As the organization reflects on its humble beginnings in 1868, Busey is thankful for today’s opportunity to serve countless customers and communities across Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and Florida. Pillars of Success Looking back on a storied history that includes 15 decades of strength and service, Busey knows its success and growth wouldn’t be possible without its 4 Pillars—customers, associates, shareholders and communities. These individuals, past and present, are invaluable— the true foundation of the organization—and they contribute significantly to the Busey story.

Commitment to Community Developing long-term relationships built on trust, not transactions, is paramount to the financial organization. While the original founders of Busey understood the significance of economic prosperity, they also realized the importance of bettering the community. Since the Busey brothers first opened the doors 150 years ago, investing time and energy in bettering the communities they serve has always been a key component to their business—and that philosophy is still strong today. Busey and its associates donated more than $1 million and volunteered nearly 20,000 hours last year alone. From supporting the arts to advocating for youth and bridging needs of neighbors, Busey is humbled to provide a helping hand since 1868.

Busey’s vision of service excellence in everything it does for its Pillars is behind every organizational decision. Whether anticipating the needs of customers, recruiting and retaining the best and brightest associates or supporting community organizations through volunteerism, Busey knows it is only as strong as the relationships it has with these Pillars.

As Busey observes its sesquicentennial, the organization is pleased to continue its commitment to community service in 2018 and beyond through a variety of charitable initiatives—including its annual Community Promise Month in April. For the entire month, Busey harnesses the collective power of associates to make a positive, lasting impact in local communities.

Busey is also grateful for community relationships, including its partnership with the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce, which advocates and supports the success and development of local businesses.

“The goal of Community Promise Month is simple —to partner for purpose and progress to strengthen neighborhoods and make a positive, lasting impact in the communities we call home,” says Chris Shroyer, President & Chief Executive Officer of Busey Bank.


“I’ve invested a lot in my children, but we still don’t have a place to call home,” says Heather Rose, future Habitat for Humanity homeowner. “Moving around is hard on them. They look forward to a backyard to play and hang out in with friends and family.” Team members will also support Rebuilding Together Peoria, which helps low-income homeowners with repairs and rehab, and in Missouri, associates will volunteer with HomeFirst STL, an agency working to end homelessness. Still, other associates will volunteer at Habitat for Humanity ReStore consignment shops across the Busey footprint.

Busey associates are encouraged to lend a helping hand to those in need—and they are always willing to give back, selflessly. “During Community Promise Month, we ask associates to find a way to make a difference, and each and every year, these associates heed the call. Since the inception of Community Promise Month in 2012, associates have volunteered more than 10,000 hours in this month alone with various community-service groups,” says Shroyer. Building Strong Relationships Among the organizations served during Community Promise Month are Habitat for Humanity and the United Way, two non-profit agencies that work tirelessly to make a difference in the community. As part of a bank-wide neighborhood revitalization initiative with Habitat for Humanity, associates from Champaign and Ford counties will provide sweat equity through more than 400 volunteer shifts and over 1,400 volunteer hours in 2018. The result of this effort is helping one Urbana family achieve the dream of homeownership.

Busey is also privileged to support the United Way’s efforts to improve the quality of life and build a brighter future for countless community members. Through the annual United Way campaign, Busey associates have given more than $1 million to the organization in the last five years. Associates also volunteer regularly at events and serve as a committee or board member for the organization or supported agency. “We are beyond grateful for associates willing to give their time, talents and financial resources to assist these organizations and many others throughout the year. Their generosity to help build stronger communities has fulfilled countless dreams since 1868,” says Shroyer. Busey would like to thank its customers, associates and community members for their continued dedication and support over the last 150 years— their combined efforts have helped make something very special . . . Busey! 9

Sponsorship packages THURSDAY, JUNE 7, 2018 Stone Creek Golf Club / 10:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.


Gain exposure for your company by reaching our golfers.

Hole Sponsorship - $300 Contest Sponsor* - $375

• Longest Drive

• Longest Putt

• Closest to the Pin

RAFFLE / GOLF BAG SPONSORS • Raffle Prize Donation - item $50 or greater in value to be featured in raffle drawn during evening dinner

*Hole must be manned at all times • Showcase your business at your hole with a display and promotional items giving you direct access to all golfers and other sponsors • Sign with logo at your sponsored hole

• Golfer Bag Donation - small items for each golfer (120 pieces) or prizes valued at $5 each (20 pieces) to be distributed randomly in golfer bags. Will drop off:

Please pick up:

• Company name listed in brochure

• Logo on scorecard • Mention in Commerce Connection after event • Complete list of participants and their workplace

Golfer registration will open

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Name: Business: Address: City, State, Zip: Phone: Email: Signature: Bill Me Check Enclosed Visa Mastercard American Express Discover

Account #: Expiration Date: 3 or 4 Digit Security Code: Name on CC: Billing Address on CC:

Please return completed forms to: Ariel Short via email at Or mail to: Champaign County Chamber of Commerce, 303 W. Kirby Ave., Champaign


PUBLIC POLICY UPDATE Champaign County First’s annual advocacy trip to Springfield occurred this past February. Champaign County First is a private-public partnership with a focus on economic development and infrastructure for the betterment of all in Champaign County. The participants met with the Department of Natural Resources to discuss trail projects in Mahomet and Savoy; followed by the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to advocate for Champaign County’s joint Enterprise Zones applications. Senator Scott Bennett took the group to the Senate floor just before lunch. A working lunch was held at the Illinois Chamber and it included a legislative update from the Illinois Chamber President & CEO Todd Maisch. This was followed by a meeting with State Treasurer Michael Frerichs. Champaign County First members met with many of our Champaign County’s legislators outside of their respective Chambers at the rail. Lastly, the group wrapped up with a meeting that included Deputy Director of IDOT. We outlined all of Champaign County First’s priority projects for their consideration.

The advocacy work of the Chamber provides you and your business with a voice and expands further than just the Champaign County First Committee. Your membership in the Chamber provides you with a unique volunteer opportunity to advocate for the business community in Champaign County. The Chamber’s Public Policy Committee researches, discusses, vets and recommends policy initiatives to local governing units. Whether through the presentation of simple statements or in-depth campaigns on issues important to you, advocating makes sure that your point of view is represented and clearly heard by the community and decision-makers. The Chamber of Commerce can provide a vehicle for finding your voice and driving it forward towards a positive action. The Chamber seeks to provide the active support of advocacy, building respect for your views and promoting the voices of the people and organizations that place their trust in us. If you are interested in volunteering on the Public Policy Committee, please contact our Public Policy Director, Garret Hill at


English Brothers Company is a family owned general contracting company which was founded in 1902 by brothers Richard C. English and Edward C. English while attending the University of Illinois. The Company management was succeeded by Richard C. English’s sons R.C. English Jr. (Dick) and Edward H. English. Succeeding Dick and Ed English was their nephew, Edward J. Hynds Jr. Edward J. Hynds Jr. retired, remaining active in the industry to this date and named his son, Michael E. Hynds as current president. That brings the comapny up thru the fourth generation. The fifth generation, R.J. Hynds joined the company in 2007 and currently serves as controller and head of commercial maintenance. Travis Baker joined the company in 1998 and serves as vice president of the company and oversees new construction. Over the years the company has been responsible for the construction of many commercial, industrial,

and institutional projects in the area. Many of the early projects were constructed for the University of Illinois-most notably The Illini Union, The Auditorium, Lincoln Hall and Memorial Stadium. Other projects of great significance to the company’s history was the construction of Chanute field in Rantoul for the war department and Camp Lawrence and Camp Perry at the Great Lakes Naval training station during World War I. One of their favorites though, is the beautiful Methodist church at the corner of Church and State streets constructed in 1906. Hynds admits his ancestors set the bar high, but the English Brothers Company maintains success by operating under the same principles put in place since the founding of the company. Those principles include insisting on high quality work, be honest and fair in your dealings with others, maintain high integrity and strong work ethics. These principles don’t change despite the ever changing business climate, technology, means & methods, manufacturing procedures and social issues. Under current management of the company, they’ve constructed many buildings and facility’s in the area and continue to service repeat customers. Some of the more recent notable projects are the Sholem Aquatic Center, Urbana High School Outdoor Athletic Complex, Hyatt Hotel, Clark-Lindsey Village Pool & Wellness Center, and Clark-Lindsey Village Assisted Living and Skilled Care facilities. From large projects, remodels, upgrades or maintenance of your existing facility, English Brothers continues to treat your work as if it were their own. Hynds states he receives the most satisfaction from restorations. Whether it be an ornate wall of bookcases or a complete historical restoration, bringing back the glory and beauty of early architecture and its features of a by-gone era brings an unexplainable pride. This type of work seems to be becoming a lost art amongst many in


the industry. Very few firms want to spend the time that these types of projects demand. In addition, with each passing decade the skills required seem to diminish a bit. English Brothers Company has made and maintained many strong relationships over the years in Central Illinois that are valued greatly. Long standing partnerships with local clients, architects and engineers are one of the main reasons they have been

able to sustain for over 116 years. They believe that giving back and growing the community is very important and they strive to do that by using as many local resources and support as possible. At the peak of their work last summer, English Brothers employed nearly 100 trades men and women who live in Champaign County and surrounding areas. At one count, there were 37 different towns these trade workers lived in and commuted to the City of Champaign each and every day. They use the restaurants, banks, retail stores and many other merchants and businesses in the area. English Brothers feels very fortunate to be a part of and contribute to such a great community. To discuss any commercial construction needs: Visit: Email: Call: 217-356-0596

IMPORTANT: Final drop date is coming soon! Members must be in good standing to be included in our upcoming printed Membership Directory.

Renew your membership today. To renew or to check the status of your membership, contact Caryn at or call 217.359.1791.


2018 ATHENA® Award Luncheon Deb Frank Feinen, mayor of the City of Champaign and partner and attorney at Tummelson Bryan & Knox, was named the 2018 ATHENA Award® recipient. She was presented the award at a luncheon held at the Champaign Country Club on Thursday, February 15, 2018. Feinen is the 30th local recipient of the award. Deb has been actively involved in local government and public service for many years. Shortly after graduating from law school she was elected to the Champaign County Board. Later, she was appointed to the Champaign City Council and in 2015 she was elected as the mayor of Champaign. Deb has been giving back to our community throughout her more than 25 years of public service. In 2013, Deb was selected to participate in the prestigious Edgar Fellows program and is actively involved in the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Laura Edwards, ATHENA Young Professional Award® Recipient and Deb Frank Feinen, ATHENA Award® Recipient

Along with her involvement in local government, Deb has had an impressive career practicing law. She began her law career working as a confidential attorney and later as a hearing officer for the Illinois Pollution Control Board. She then went on to establish her own local, all-female owned law firm, Nally, Bauer, Feinen & Mann P.C. In 2013, she transitioned to Tummelson, Bryan & Knox where she was immediately made partner. Her commitment to service and giving is evident in both her service in local government as well as her career as an attorney. Her intelligence and skills as an attorney have aided her in solving some of the most tragic cases - work she typically does on a pro bono basis. In her day-to-day work as an attorney and as mayor, Deb has always had a passion for mentoring others. She has a strong desire to help develop the next generation of leaders throughout Champaign County. She has also been actively involved in a number of community organizations including Girl Scouts of East Central Illinois, Head Start Policy Council and Foundation, National Council for Negro Women - Champaign Chapter, Project 18, Habitat for Humanity, Community Coalition, East Central Illinois Women’s Bar Association and Executive Club of Champaign County. Laura Edwards, community relations coordinator at Clark-Lindsey, was named the 2018 ATHENA Young Professional Award® recipient. Laura has demonstrated exceptional initiative over her key responsibilities: the student internship program, outside community reach and inside community support. The student internship program, which she singlehandedly created, has employed over 100 students. Laura has worked to establish the CL Volunteers program which works with local not-for-profit agencies as well as Ethel & Maude’s Table, a community outreach program with the purpose of bringing together older adults throughout the community.


Laura is dedicated to making Champaign-Urbana an “age friendly” community and demonstrates this through her involvement in various community organizations. In 2015, Laura was recognized as one of Champaign-Urbana’s Forty Under Forty by the Central Illinois Business Magazine. She participates in the AARP/WHO Age Friendly City initiative and was a founding board member of the Girls on the Run organization. She has also been actively involved in a number of other community organizations and programs including Chamber ACE Leadership program, United Way’s Emerging Leaders program, The Buddy Walk, Women’s Business Council, Leadership Illinois, Junior League of Champaign-Urbana and LeadingAge Illinois.

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Longevity in Business:

How to create long-lasting success. Written by: Lindsay Quick Everyday there are businesses gearing themselves up for their grand opening and others who are just settling into a comfortable routine after a few years, but rarely can you find a business that has been able to sustain themselves across many decades. For those that have been able to stand the tough test of time, being able to change and adapt has been an integral part of their narrative. Established in 1867, the University of Illinois marked its 150th anniversary in 2017. Throughout it’s tenure in the Champaign-Urbana community, the university has been a economic catalyst for growth and development. The focus of the university has changed and shifted as the needs of the community and the greater world have as well. When the doors first opened in 1868, the first student enrolled in agriculture. Throughout the late 1800’s and early 1900’s the agriculture department continued to thrive and developed various cutting edge technologies in crop sciences.

growing and adapting to meet the needs of the ever-changing world. In it’s 150 years, the University of Illinois has made numerous contributions to society across many disciplines. The greater community continues to support and embrace this spirit of learning and growth. Around the same time that the university was established, another local business was developing itself as well. “It’s not lost on us that we share a birthday with the University of Illinois,” explains Stephen Morris, president of C.V. Lloyde Audiovisual. The company, which was also founded in 1867, initially started as a music store that offered sheet music, pianos, pump organs and other band instruments has grown to become a community leader in commercial audiovisual design and installation. Morris adds, “While the university remains our single largest client, we want to continue serving the expanding surrounding markets while continuing to be the go-to for our local community.”

A few years later, classes in business, banking and insurance became increasingly popular and programs in domestic science and art opened doors for women to attend college. At the turn of the century, other departments such as chemical engineering, horticulture, mathematics and education began to take shape and play an important role in the culture of the university. Throughout the 1900’s other disciplines were added to meet the growing needs of the community and the world. Throughout it’s long and vibrant history the University of Illinois has continued to stay relevant by continuously 16

Music has been a part of people’s lives for a very long time, but it has still taken proper planning and

intention to stay relevant in the industry. As the technology changes so does the demand of musicians and other sound enthusiasts. C.V. Lloyde Audiovisual has been able to keep up with industry trends which has allowed them to expand their client base to surrounding states such as Ohio, Indiana and Missouri ultimately increasing their net worth exponentially in recent years. When referencing their recent successes, Morris explains, “Staff will always be your single most important investment. Supporting your team with resources to help them be successful translates to long term employees who create growth for your company.”

ice cream so that people can enjoy it all year around. Before the rise in popularity of food trucks, Dennis created the Moo Mobile so that he could get his ice cream out to more people. With the success of the first truck Dennis and Chris have set to work on another new truck, so that they will be able to reach even more people. Recently, they added the automobile drive thru (referred to as the Moo Thru) to their Sidney location making the ice cream even more accessible. Thinking about the longevity and long term goals for a business can seem overwhelming and for some even unattainable. However, investing in people and being willing to adapt and change with the times can often result in long-lasting success.

Although in an incredibly different industry, Chris West, manager of the Sidney Dairy Barn agrees: “We put a lot of time and effort into training and developing our staff.”


The Barn, which was initially constructed in the 1960’s, has seen a number of different owners and ventures in its lifetime. However, its most successful and longest lasting business has been the Sidney Dairy Barn which primarily sells ice cream and other related products.

C.V. Lloyde Audiovisual

Along with focusing on developing employees, “The Barn” has also remained successful by focusing on the quality of their product and continuously coming up with new and innovative ideas to get it out to people.

Chris West Manager 217.688.3700

Dennis Riggs, owner of the Sidney Dairy Barn, explains, “We need our product to taste like old fashioned, hand cranked ice cream. Just like the kind my mom used to make on the farm.” After perfecting their basic recipe, Dennis and Chris focused on figuring out new ways to get the ice cream to people. The Barn itself closes through the winter months, but they have adapted by selling quarts of their

Stephen Morris President 217.352.7031

Sidney Dairy Barn

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 217.333.6290

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MEMBER ACCOLADES & NEWS I HOTEL AND CONFERENCE CENTER Congratulations to Maribel Olvera and Luis Aleman on their promotions at the I Hotel and Conference Center. Olvera has been promoted to auditor and general manager of housekeeping and Aleman has been promoted to executive housekeeper. HICKORY POINT BANK Hickory Point Bank has announced that Mitch Wilson has been named Vice President, Mortgage Lending for the Champaign-Urbana area. ROGARDS Planned changes to Champaign’s downtown presented a great opportunity for longtime, locally-owned Champaign business Rogards. The office supply and furniture distributor plans to relocate in early September to a newly constructed location on Boardwalk Drive in northwest Champaign. MEYER CAPEL Marie J. Casteel has joined the central Illinois law firm of Meyer Capel, A Professional Corporation. She will practice out of the firm’s Champaign office. Her practice will concentrate on family law, including dissolution of marriage, child custody, child support, allocation of parental responsibilities, paternity, spousal support, post-dissolution modifications and orders of protection. She is licensed to practice in the states of Illinois and Ohio and she has worked in Illinois since 2015. Ms. Casteel is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and the McLean and Champaign County Bar Associatons. VISIT CHAMPAIGN COUNTY Congratulations to Visit Champaign County for winning the Illinois Tourism Award for Best Branding Initiative. ROSECRANCE Rosecrance recently announced a change in leadership, appointing Chris Gleason to Executive Director of Rosecrance Central Illinois. 18

RSM US LLP RSM is pleased to announce the addition of Travis Meyer, Donavan Laible and Brooke Chilton in the firm’s Champaign office. CARLE Congratulations to Carle for being named to the national Great Place to Work in Healthcare list for 2018. HEYL ROYSTER In the 2018 Illinois Super Lawyers listing, three attorneys from law firm Heyl Royster’s Champaign office were named Illinois Super Lawyers. Two of these named attorneys were the only Champaign attorneys selected in their respective categories. Partner Bruce Bonds was the only Champaign attorney listed by Super Lawyers in the Workers’ Compensation category. Partner Renee Monfort was listed as a 2018 Illinois Super Lawyer for Personal Injury Medical Malpractice: Defense category. In the 2018 Super Lawyers’ Rising Star category, partner Joseph Guyette, was the only Rising Star listed in Champaign in the practice area of Workers’ Compensation. Overall, 23 Heyl Royster lawyers were listed as either 2018 Super Lawyers or Rising Stars. They also announced that 17 attorneys joined the firm in 2017. In Champaign, Benjamin C. Ford and Bryan J. Vayr joined the firm as Associates. ILLINOIS AMERICAN WATER Less than a year after acquiring the Village of Sadorus water system, Illinois American Water is investing approximately $1.2 million to upgrade Sadorus’ water distribution system. The project, which is currently under design, includes installing about three miles of water main to connect Sadorus to Illinois American Water’s Champaign County water distribution system.

KECdesign Champaign-based foodservice equipment dealer KECdesign, recently announced the following staff promotions to round out its executive team.

Alumni honorees are Deborah Frank Feinen, Centennial High School graduate, class of 1985; Janelle Johnson, Central High School Class of 1998; and Susan Kroll, Urbana High School, Class of 1984.

• Jeremy Fellers was promoted to chief operating officer

Susan Jepsen and Greg Reynolds of Reynolds Towing will be recognized with the Local Business Community Impact Award.

• Justin Chapman has been named director of national accounts • David Matakas assumes the role as director of technology solutions • Meghan Drewes has been promoted to chief accounting officer CHAMPAIGN URBANA SCHOOLS FOUNDATION (CUSF) Champaign Urbana Schools Foundation (CUSF) celebrated the accomplishments of five of our public high school alumni. Awards will be presented in two categories: Distinguished Alumni and Local Business Community Impact. The 2018 Distinguished

HICKORY POINT BANK Hickory Point Bank announced Dan Marker as president, Champaign Region. Dan succeeds Steve Tock, who will continue to manage the Champaign region’s commercial business and serve as mentor to Mr. Marker. Have news to share with the local business community? Tell us about it and get featured in the Chamber’s next Commerce Connection. Email Lindsay Quick with your news,, or submit the news via our website: membership/member_accolades.aspx

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Spring Workshops & Seminars Thursday, April 19 Leading Adaptive Change

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

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

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

Tuesday, May 15 Funding the Startup Growth of Your Company

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




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GET COMMITTEE-D Get more out of your Chamber membership by being part of a committee that helps drive the organization. AGRIBUSINESS COMMITTEE

The Agribusiness Committee promotes and helps educate our membership about Agriculture. Each year the committee sponsors the Come Wine with Us event, an annual showcase of the impact agriculture has on the local economy. The committee also host speakers to help educate our business members on different Ag related topics. Contact Garrett Hill for more information. This committee is ideal for any Chamber member actively employed in agribusiness or who is genuinely interested in agribusiness. Committee meets the fourth Thursday of each month at 7:30 a.m.

Chamber contact: Garret Hill,


Ambassadors are an important part of our organization. Ambassadors act as liaisons between the Chamber and its members. They help to sustain positive relationships; educate new and existing members on how the Chamber can help their company and serve as hosts to new members at several chamber functions. Chamber Ambassadors benefit from this volunteer opportunity by creating contacts within the business community and opening doors for their own business. This committee is ideal for any Chamber member seeking to create more business-to-business relationships.

Chamber contact: Mindy Cain,


The Business Advisors Council (BAC) utilizes the expertise of seasoned business professionals to encourage and foster business development and growth of startups and existing businesses. BAC is committed to growing business in Champaign County one idea at a time through complimentary business counseling and affordable workshops and seminars.

Chamber contact: Mindy Cain,


The Champaign County Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with several other community-based organizations and taxing bodies, make up an organization called Champaign County First. CC1st is a united, county-wide effort to identify projects and/ or initiatives that when successfully completed will greatly benefit the citizens of Champaign County; spur

economic development and improve the quality of life in Champaign County. Champaign County First partners are committed to advocating on behalf of the identified projects at the local, state and federal level with one voice in order to transform Champaign County. Champaign County First members make an annual trip to Washington DC and Springfield. CC1st meets the last Wednesday of each month at 8:15 a.m.

Chamber contact: Garret Hill,


The Chamber Finance Committee provides guidance to the Chamber staff and the Chamber board of directors on the Chamber’s financial health by monthly review of the Chamber’s financial statements and investments. This committee also serves as the annual audit committee. The Finance Committee is open to chamber members who possess a financial background and skills.

Chamber contact: Caryn Isenhower,


The Public Policy Committee meets the first Wednesday of each month at 7:30 a.m. to identify local issues impacting business; to make recommendations to the Chamber’s Board of Directors on improving the business climate through advocacy.

Chamber contact: Garret Hill,

WORKFORCE READINESS / DEVELOPMENT The Chamber serves as the anchor entity for workforce readiness/development under the Champaign-Urbana Cradle to Career (CUC2C) movement. The committee meets the last Wednesday of the month as needed. If you are motivated to build our local workforce by partnering and leveraging our community resources contact Mindy Cain.

Chamber contact: Mindy Cain, CUC2C contact: Denise Martin,


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, or 217.359.1791.

Header sponsorship (one wk.): $100

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

Commerce Connection

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

Email Footer Sponsorship

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



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

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

Event Sponsorship

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

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

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

Value upgrade: $20/year

Deluxe upgrade: $50/year

Contact Lindsay Quick for more information, or 217.359.1791.

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



calendar of events April Breakfast

Don’t Be Held For Ransom

Presented by Chris Anglin, Special Agent, FBI Cyber Security

Thursday, April 12 7:30 - 9:00 a.m. Stone Creek Golf Club 2600 S. Stone Creek Blvd., Urbana

Business Success & Solutions Seminar

Uncovering Leadership Blind Spots

Fast Facts

4.1% Champaign County Unemployment Rate in January 2018

presented by Dale Carnegie Training

Tuesday, April 24 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Chamber Office 303 W. Kirby Ave., Champaign

25 business licenses applied for in

Ribbon Cutting

Ribbon Cutting

Thursday, April 12 Noon - 12:30 p.m. 2500 Galen Dr., Ste. 104, Champaign

Wednesday, May 2 4:00 - 4:30 p.m. 217 S. Neil St., Suite C, Champaign


Psychology Specialists

Ribbon Cutting

Profile by Sanford

Illinois National Bank (INB)

First Friday Coffee

Thursday, April 12 4:00 - 4:30 p.m. 902 Meijer Dr., Ste. 5, Champaign

Friday, May 4 7:30 - 9:00 a.m. First State Bank 101 Windsor Rd., Champaign

Golf Outing Registration Opens

Shred Day

Monday, April 17 To register, contact Caryn at or call 217.359.1791.


Monday, April 16 Noon - 1:00 p.m. Outback Steakhouse 2402 N. Prospect Ave., Champaign

Business Success & Solutions Seminar

Leading Adaptive Change

presented by Matthew Thomas, Design Group International

Thursday, April 19 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Chamber Office 303 W. Kirby Ave., Champaign

Business After Hours

Thursday, April 19 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Consolidated Communications 1300 S. Neil St., Champaign

in partnership with Confidential On-Site Paper Shredding (C.O.P.S.)

Friday, May 11 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Chamber Office 303 W. Kirby Ave., Champaign

Business Success & Solutions Seminar

Funding the Startup Growth of Your Company presented by Alan R. Singleton, Singleton Law Firm, P.C.

Champaign County in February 2018

February 2018 U of I Flash Index for Illinois

1,375,553 rides were taken on CUMTD in February 2018

5,808 visits to the Chamber’s page, in February 2018

8,222 average amount of referrals PER DAY the

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

2014 The year that the Champaign County

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

Tuesday, May 15 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Chamber Office 303 W. Kirby Ave., Champaign

Business After Hours

Thursday, May 17 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Sullivan-Parkhill Automotive 440 W. Anthony Dr., Champaign


Monday, May 21 Noon - 1:00 p.m. Outback Steakhouse 2402 N. Prospect Ave., Champaign

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