2018 November-December 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 Matt Bradley Business Growth & Development Director MattB@champaigncounty.org

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

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

Stephanie McCullough Director of First Impressions StephanieM@champaigncounty.org

Mindy Cain Director of Workforce Readiness & Member Relations MindyC@champaigncounty.org Garret Hill Public Policy Director GarretH@champaigncounty.org

Brian Murphy Membership Sales Director BrianM@champaigncounty.org Lindsay Quick Director of Marketing & Events LindsayQ@champaigncounty.org



Caryn Isenhower Accounts Receivable & Office Administrator Caryni@champaigncounty.org

Curtis Orchard, Ltd.

Chip Craddock Clark Dietz, Inc.

Gary Hackler


Zachary Hillard Busey

Susan Jepsen

Reynolds Towing Service, Inc.

Pradeep Khanna University of Illinois

Justin Overstreet Martin Hood LLC

Julianna Sellett

Dr. Jared Rogers

Chair OSF HealthCare Heart of Mary Medical Center

Mike Estes

First Vice Chair Fisher National Bank

Kyle Emkes


Second Vice Chair Dodd & Maatuka


Amie Smith

Dan Kirby

Dan Hurley FedEx Ground

Bill Walter

Chuck McReaken

Tonya Horn

R.J. Hynds English Brothers Company

BankChampaign N.A.

A & R Mechanical Contractors

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Treasurer, CliftonLarsonAllen

Past Chair, TSM Ventures, Inc.

Laura Weis

Secretary, Champaign County Chamber of Commerce 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 September 1 - October 31, 2018 Bella Baby Photography

300 E. 5th Ave., Ste. 330 Naperville, IL 60563-3194 888.455.7826 www.bellababyphotography.com Photographers-Portrait Bella Baby is the face of hospital baby portraiture. We bring photographers into hospitals across the United States and locally into Carle Foundation Hospital, to capture baby’s first photographs with a natural, artistic style. We believe that babies look the most beautiful when being held in their parents’ arms or cuddled in one of their own baby blankets. Bella Baby captures this beauty by using only “real things”...natural window light, photographers and professional grade SLR digital cameras. Newborns aren’t the only subject we love to photograph...we love to capture all of the milestones of family life. Using a photojournalistic style approach to photography, we capture important moments for your family. We love capturing photographs that show the “real” beauty of families.

Bickford of Champaign

1002 S. Staley Rd. Champaign, IL 61822-9233 217.403.1900 www.enrichinghappiness.com Assisted Living Facilities Nothing can replace home. At Bickford of Champaign, we don’t ask you to give up your home, your treasures, your memories. Instead, we want you to bring the pieces of the home you love, into ours and make it yours. Through personalized assisted living and memory care services, we invite you to share your stories with us, to see Bickford as an extension of your home.

The Blind Pig Brewery 120 N. Neil St. Champaign, IL 61820-4023 217.398.5133 www.blindpigco.com Breweries

The Blind Pig Co.

120 N. Walnut St. Champaign, IL 61820-4010 217.398.1532 www.blindpigco.com Bars 4 & Taverns

The Blind Pig is a beloved and popular downtown Champaign institution and has been serving craft beer since 1990. There are two bars, both situated in the heart of downtown Champaign, on Walnut St. and on Neil St. Walking into either The Blind Pig Brewery, or its sister bar, The Blind Pig Co, is like stepping out of the Midwest and into a British pub. Cozy, intimate, and comfortable, both bars are wood paneled, quiet and charming. There are no blaring TVs, or loud music, just good beer! The Blind Pig Co has 26 craft beers on tap and has been voted the 26 Best Beer Bar in the country by Beer Advocate. The Blind Pig Brewery is a brewpub, serving its own house beers, and both bars have the best selection of craft beer in the city. And of course Blind Pig beer can be found in bottles and on tap in bars, supermarkets and restaurants throughout the region. Neither bar serves food, but guests are encouraged to bring in food from local businesses, and enjoy it with a pint or two of fine Blind Pig beer!

Campus Ink Printing 1201 W. Kenyon Rd. Urbana, IL 61801-1033 217.344.0944 www.campus.ink Screen Printing

Campus Ink PrintingIllinois Campus Showroom 812 S. 6th St. Champaign, IL 61820-6128 217.344.0944 www.campus.ink Screen Printing

In July, Campus Ink Printing, formerly known as Campus Sportswear Screenprinting & Embroidery, has recently expanded to a second location in Urbana. Campus Sportswear has been a family-owned apparel decorating business on 6th street in Campus Town since 1947. The two owners, Tom Coleman & Jedd Swisher recently brought in a new UI grad, Steven Farag, to lead the business into another generation. With the growth of new high-rise developments on campus, Campus Ink used the opportunity to move into a state-of-the-art 12,000 square foot facility off of 74 and Lincoln Ave. in Urbana. Their facility is able to produce thousands of decorated products each day, from simple t-shirts, signs, banners, promotional products and even the fine detail of embroidered goods. While staying true to their campus roots, Campus Ink created a new space on 6th Street called the Campus Ink Lab, a shared space for students

and faculty to seek design help and advice for ordering apparel.

Champaign Outdoors

2017A S. Neil St. Champaign, IL 61820 217.356.4703 www.champaignoutdoors.com Outdoor Sporting Goods-Retail Champaign Outdoors (formerly Champaign Surplus) is a 3rd generation family and locally-owned specialty outdoor retailer that has been in Champaign-Urbana since 1947. We serve everyday urban adventurers and active outdoor enthusiasts by offering quality merchandise at an outstanding value. We carry a wide array of jackets, clothing, footwear, accessories, fashion brands, outdoor gear, and fun gift items from quality name brands like Patagonia, The North Face, Merrell, and more. We use and enjoy the things we sell. And, most of all, we pride ourselves on treating our customers as friends and providing unequaled personal service and expertise.

Lodgic Champaign celebrated their grand opening with a ribbon cutting on October 4.

Colonial Life

618.616.0993 www.coloniallife.com Employee Benefit Plans

Champaign Outdoors celebrated their grand opening with a ribbon cutting on October 19.

Colonial Life helps take care of your business, your employees and their families. Help your employees prepare for unexpected challenges today to help ensure financial protection and peace of mind for tomorrow. Our voluntary benefits are designed to enable you to offer a complete benefits plan that empowers your employees to work happier and healthier. Through our voluntary benefits and our 51 administrative services that we provide the employer at no cost, we can help make an immediate and sizable impact on your bottom line.


2200 Airfield Dr. DFW Airport, TX 75261-4008 972.453.7790 www.dexyp.com Marketing Consultants

A&R Mechanical Contractors celebrated the grand opening of their new fabrication shop with a ribbon cutting on October 23.

Small business owners struggle with the daily demands of running their business. We have created a simple software, Thryv, to help them manage their time, communicate with clients and get paid. With Thryv, they can take control of their business and be more successful.

Charles Schwab celebrated their grand opening with a ribbon cutting on October 24. 5

Hampton Inn Champaign Southwest

3308 Mission Dr. Champaign, IL 61822-9277 217.356.0726 www.champaignsouthwest.hamptonbyhilton.com Hotels Owned and developed by Horve Hospitality Management, Inc., Hampton Inn by Hilton Champaign Southwest offers guests an uncomplicated travel experience with spacious rooms and added-value amenities. Every guest will enjoy the brand’s signature free, hot breakfast, On the Run™ breakfast bags, Digital Key and free Wi-Fi in every room. Hampton Inn by Hilton Champaign Southwest is located near Carle at the Fields campus, Willard Regional Airport and the University of Illinois. The property features contemporary guest rooms, a state-of-the-art fitness center, indoor swimming pool, and small meeting room. An outside fire pit complements the courtyard, while the Lobby offers a unique mix of service, convenience and fun.

Holder Wealth Management

2504 Galen Dr., Ste. 105/106 Champaign, IL 61821-7048 217.398.4015 www.holderwealthmgt.com Financial Planning Consultants & Services Holder Wealth Management in an investment firm priding itself on customized, low-cost diversified investment strategies. Dan Holder is a CPA, CFP, and a licensed attorney; Chas Holder is a CPA, registered investment adviser rep., and a licensed attorney; and Geo Vega graduated Bronze Tablet from the University of Illinois and heads up the operations of the Wealth Management business. Holder & Associates operates as a tax accounting business with the same team members handling tax returns and all other tax related business. Ginny Holder is responsible for billing and office management and we welcome our intern, Vivian, this tax season. Our clients have come to appreciate the multiple professional tasks performed under one roof. Although we serve people all over the country, we are passionate about providing our services as a local business to those clients in our community.

Holly Birch Photography

217.737.0971 www.hollybirchphotography.com Photographers-Commercial Holly Birch Photography specializes in wedding, high school senior, boudoir, and commercial photography. She enjoys partnering with corporate clients to provide headshots, product and food photography, plus occasional event photography. She has been featured on The Knot, Black Nuptials, Perfect Wedding Guide, Wedding Guide Chicago, Farm & Ranch Living 6

magazine, the UberEats app, and others. Holly aims for a great customer experience, vivid true-to-life color, and natural skin tones in her work and images. She is also the host of The Give Back Podcast which showcases small businesses and individuals that give back to the community. Based in Mahomet and serving the Champaign-Urbana area, Holly is available for travel around the Midwest and worldwide.


Champaign, IL 217.898.9144 www.huhts.com Business Consultants HUHTS, LLC provides hands-on consulting services to businesses who pursue federal, state/local government and commercial projects. With more than 25 years of contract management experience and knowledge of federal and many states’ acquisition regulations, HUHTS assists businesses to develop winning proposals, negotiate contracts and subcontracts, and manage project and operations compliance to contract requirements and regulations. HUHTS also leverages its network, communication capabilities, and knowledge of the business culture in China to help US companies navigate the China market for resources and customers.

IVme Wellness + Performance 2520 Village Green Pl. Champaign, IL 61822-7675 217.577.2377 www.ivmechampaign.com Wellness Programs

IVme Wellness + Performance is committed to helping you take control of your health with personalized health and beauty restorative treatments including: IV hydration therapy, vitamin shots, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) and anti-aging and cosmetic rejuvenation. A healthy diet, exercise, hydration and sleep are essential to looking and feeling great, but sometimes commitments and responsibilities can interfere with proper self-care. We’re here to help you look, feel, and perform your best with the help of our exceptionally trained medical staff, expanding menu of elective medical treatments and superior customer service. All treatments are administered by experienced, board-certified physicians, registered nurses and licensed paramedics. Walk-ins are welcome, appointments are recommended, and group events are available upon request. We look forward to helping you achieve your health and wellness goals.

Kempke & Lacy Graphics, LLC 1717 W. Kirby Ave., #251 Champaign, IL 61821-5507 217.689.4391 www.kempkelacygraphics.com Marketing Consultants

Kempke & Lacy Graphics, LLC is a new company focusing on wide format printing products. We sell custom made hanging banners, retractable banners, street pole banners, backdrop display banners, step and repeat banners, outdoor sports leader boards, bus board signs, magnetic signs, yard signs, wall graphics, pop-up tents with custom graphics applied, just to name a few. Basically anything with printed graphics that is larger than a bread-box but smaller than a billboard. We can create banners to help your school celebrate athletic and academic achievements. We can put your company logo or school mascot on a tent for all to see at community events and games. Wide format printing allows you to promote and/or celebrate in limitless ways because we can put your information on just about anything that attracts attention to your school, business or organization.

Xfinity celebrated the grand opening of their new store at Market Place Shoppping Center with a ribbon cutting on October 25.

Kirby Risk Electrical Supply 1902 Camp Dr. Champaign, IL 61821-2470 217.355.0776 www.kirbyrisk.com Electric Supplies-Wholesale

Kirby Risk Electrical Supply is a full service electrical distributor dedicated to providing responsive service and quality products to our customers since 1926. As a premier electrical products distributor, Kirby Risk Electrical Supply stocks the highest quality products from the best manufacturers in the industry with more than 500,000 products available through our advanced e-commerce site and across 40 locations in Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. We serve industrial, construction, commercial and institutional, and utility markets through our qualified sales team, support from valued vendor partners, and more than $43 million in inventory.

Style and Grace Salon & Spa celebrated their grand opening with a ribbon cutting on October 25.

The Royal Academy celebrated their grand opening with a ribbon cutting on October 30.

Hampton Inn Champaign Southwest celebrated their grand opening with a ribbon cutting on November 14.

Rogards celebrated the grand opening of their new location with a ribbon cutting on November 15.7

Krekel’s Custard

JOIN US! Rosecrance on Moreland

Open House January 9, 2019 l 4–6 pm Ribbon cutting at 4:30 pm

Rosecrance on Moreland will be a “Center for recovery” in the heart of central Illinois that provides a healing and nurturing environment to young adults and adults struggling with addiction. Rosecrance will serve over 6,000 clients this year through our substance abuse and mental health programs in central Illinois, and we intend to expand our reach to serve more people at our new facility.

Tour this exciting

401 W. Kirby Ave. Champaign, IL 61820 217.607.1861 www.krekelscustard.com Restaurants

new facility which will expand and improve substance abuse services in the area.

Hear inspiring stories of recovery.

Enjoy light refreshments.

It all started with William Krekel in 1949 and our signature sandwich-the Krekel Burger. Our burgers, paired with our handmade shakes and fries, are a combination unmatched elsewhere. Today, thousands gather at any of the seven Krekel’s locations in Central Illinois for burgers fries and shakes reminiscent of years past, a simpler time. Fresh never frozen, ground beef smashed onto a sizzling hot griddle, handmade shakes in 16 flavors, chili made daily with our own special meat, and piping hot fries are the staples that have made Krekel’s a Central Illinois tradition. Enjoying great food without a long wait doesn’t mean your meal has to be cooked before you order it. From sandwiches to sundaes, Krekel’s makes your food to order. Our family friendly prices make it worth the short wait.

Napleton’s Auto Park of Urbana 1111 Napleton Way Urbana, IL 61802-7474 217.367.1222 www.napletonautopark.com Automobile Dealers-New Cars

Napleton’s Auto Park of Urbana is your local new and used car dealer in the Champaign-Urbana area. Our dealership has all of the newest Hyundai, Kia, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Toyota and Volkswagen vehicles. Napleton’s Auto Park of Urbana has a large selection of used cars, SUVs, trucks and vans as well. If you’re looking for a place to service your vehicle, our dealership can service any make or model. We are proud to be a part of The Ed Napleton Auto Group, and we remain dedicated to our customers in every aspect of the car buying experience and provide unparalleled customer satisfaction.

The Royal Academy LLC Comfortable. Convenient. Secure.

If you are remodeling, building a new home or just updating a space, don’t forget to include “smart technology” - so easy! Scan the QR code to link to our Halo Home page! No QR code reader? Go to the app store and search “QR Reader.”



103 S. Country Fair Dr. Champaign, IL 61821-3061 217.655.5312 www.theroyal.academy Schools-Pre School & Kindergarten (Academic) The Royal Academy offers full-service childcare and education for toddlers through children in Pre-K, and feature small class sizes with teachers formally trained in early childhood education. Children enrolled at the center will experience an enriching curriculum that empowers their confidence and provides them with guidance to become successful lifelong learners. The Royal Academy’s curriculum places a strong emphasis on the development of language, math, science, and social

skills and incorporates the key elements that contribute to a child’s readiness for school and academic success. The center’s founder, Sally K. Carter, says, “Our use of the Biblical Principles ‘The Fruit of the Spirit’ to guide our character development curriculum places us in a class of our own.” The Royal Academy will accept enrollment until it reaches its 100-student capacity.

Standard Electric Supply

Rush Truck Centers

Standard Electric Supply Co. is an industrial automation and controls distributor with multiple locations in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana. We pride ourselves on our value-added services including enclosure modification, repair services, and inventory management solutions. You can expect unmatched technical support, 24/7 emergency service, unparalleled customer service and more from Standard Electric. Whether we’re offering engineering services, complimentary seminars or devising new ways to eliminate unnecessary costs for your business, Standard Electric is here to offer the best support available to ensure your ongoing success.

309 W. Hensley Rd. Champaign, IL 61822-8401 217.298.5000 www.rushtruckcenters.com Truck Repair & Service Rush Truck Centers is a full service International Truck dealership. We provide parts, sales and service for class 4 through class 8 medium and heavy duty trucks. Our Truck Sales Department sells both new and used class 4 through class 8 vehicles. We have the largest network of dealerships in North America and have a very large inventory pool. Our Parts Department sells parts for not only International trucks, but we also offer a wide range of aftermarket parts and parts for all truck makes. Our Service Department provides maintenance and repairs of all makes and models of class 4-class 8 trucks, and trailers. We offer Xpress Preventive Maintenance Programs and Mobile and Embedded Technician Services. We are Factory Certified in all International products, along with Cummins Engines, and Allison Transmissions.


61 E. Marketview Dr. Champaign, IL 61820-7832 217.398.8700 www.sprint.com/save Cellular Telephone Service Stop into our Sprint store located at 61 E. Marketview Drive in Champaign to learn about our exclusive savings Chamber business members’ employees and their families are eligible for through the Sprint Works Program. Need corporate-liable devices as well? No problem. Our retail partners are well-versed in setting up our fellow Chamber members for success with your wireless business needs. Visit sprint.com/save to learn more about our offers.

1904 W. Springer Dr. Champaign, IL 61821 2469 217.239.0800 www.standardelectricsupply.com Industrial Equipment & Supplies

The Title Center

2500 Galen Dr., Ste. 4 Champaign, IL 61821-7050 217.787.3330 www.iltitlecenter.com Title Companies We provide title insurance and settlement services to financial institutions, lenders, attorneys, realtors and builders doing business in Illinois. We have a partnershipbased philosophy so we focus on more than just the immediate needs of our customers. We actively educate the real estate and lending communities on products, claims and title insurance basics so they can provide better service to their customers.

Two Roads Wellness Clinic

3115 Village Office Pl. Champaign, IL 61822-7673 217.531.4101 www.tworoadswellnessclinic.com Counseling Services Integrative Mental Health—we treat the whole you, not just your symptoms. Our goal with your help? Creating health where you don’t have it and enhancing health where you do. We are caring professionals and real people. To support you, we use therapy and education, plus advice about nutrition and supplements. Our advanced practice nurse provides medication management as you need it. All for the healthiest you.


New Website, New Opportunities

With the new site, we’re also excited to introduce a new digital marketing opportunity for your business to gain exposure: website banner ads. Our website draws over 400 unique views PER DAY. Advertise on our website and take advantage of the opportunity to engage with thousands of potential customers each month. Website banner ads will be sold in 3, 6 or 12 month commitments: 3 MONTHS $300

6 MONTHS $500

12 MONTHS $1,000

To schedule your website banner ads, contact director of marketing & events, Lindsay Quick, at lindsayq@champaigncounty.org or call 217.359.1791. A limited number of banner ads are available and will be sold on a first-contact-first-sold basis. Ads in the same location will NOT be sold to direct competitors. 10

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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: www.champaigncounty.org/economic-development/ economic_gardening.aspx Applications will be evaluated by a panel of our sponsoring companies. 11


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The Annual Meeting was held on Friday, November 2 at the Hilton Garden Inn. Over 350 members attended and helped celebrate another incredible year. Thomas Mamer, Haughey, LLP was named the 2018 Small Business of the Year at the event.

FY19 board chair Dr. Jared Rogers, outlined what the Chamber is working on in 2019 and beyond including the Chamber’s new strategic plan. The Chamber will continue to focus on serving it’s members so that Champaign County will have an economically thriving community. The meeting concluded with humor engineer and speaker Andrew Tarvin who discussed the importance of humor in the workplace and how to use it as a tool for success. Thank you to all of our sponsors and to all of those who attended this year’s Annual Meeting. Once again, the Chamber Annual Meeting was a success.

Founded in 1946 by attorneys James G. Thomas and Wallace Mulliken, the law firm of Thomas, Mamer & Haughey today ranks as one of the top firms in Central Illinois. The key elements of this success are people - among the best in their respective fields - carefully and specifically chosen for the expertise they bring to the firm’s practice and clients. These individuals share the firm’s long-standing commitment to provide a complete range of services in a timely manner at a fair price. The stand out aspect of TMH is its ability to survive and prosper under the changing conditions of the past 72 years, and in the same location. When the firm formed in 1946 it occupied three rooms on the fifth floor of the First National Bank Building. Over the decades, they have expanded to their current position of occupying the top three and a half floors of the same building. The firm has been committed to giving back to the community through volunteerism. Over the years, members of this firm have been actively involved in a LONG list of local organizations. 12



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Don’t Let Us Tell You, Let Your Fellow Members Tell You: “It was a helpful event to learn the shapes of others in order to better communicate and work together as a team.” -Christina West, Sidney Dairy Barn

“Great information. We had several useful take-aways. We implemented a few things immediately. I think the information will help us with retention of millennial employees. We enjoy HR and Leadership topics offered by the chamber.” -Sandra Ahten, Elliott Counseling Group

“Loved when he said ‘ask better questions.’ He elaborated just enough and delivered all sorts of value in a very short period of time. Excellent job Chamber. Thank you.” -Marlene Bonilla, Something You Salon & Spa, LLC

“This was encouraging and directionally focused for our future in sales.” -Amber Emerick, FE Moran Security Solutions

Talent Development • Using 42 Chamber volunteers, we reviewed and helped prepare 156 high school students with professional resume development. • Launched, in partnership with many community organizations, the Health Care Careers Pilot Program. 20 High school students were part of exploring all the possible health careers available. • Built the leadership skills of 25 emerging business leaders in the LEAD Champaign County Program. Public Policy & Advocacy • Working with the City of Champaign, our Chamber helped to scale back the amount of the proposed storm water utility fee saving our members money. • Organized and implemented the first community inter-city visit to Des Moines, IA for community leaders to learn and experience how other communities partner and work together. • Successfully advocated for the passage of the nursing home sale referendum and the county board vote to authorize the sale of the home.

Building Business • Assisted 55 new entrepreneurs with their plans to start and grow their businesses in Champaign County

Member Resources • Celebrated 24 businesses with ribbon cuttings. • Members participating in the electricity co-op saved 8.9 percent on their bills in FY18 totaling $317,756. • Partnered with the University of Illinois on Economic Modeling giving our members and local municipalities’ relevant data for budgeting and forecasting purposes.

Making Business Connections • Over 2,700 connections made at Connect@ Lunch • 86,400 business connections made at Chamber networking events in FY18.

Oh… and this Laura Weis named 2017 Illinois Chamber Executive of the Year by the Illinois Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives. 13

SAVE THE DATE: 2020 BOOKING DAY MARCH 4, 2019 Beginning at 9:00 a.m. Interested in hosting a First Friday Coffee or Business After Hours? These events give you great exposure to the business community - don’t miss your chance to host in 2020. Reservations will be taken on a first call, first serve basis via phone call ONLY. No walk-ins, emails or early phone calls will be accepted.

To book your First Friday Coffee or Business After Hours for 2020

Call Lindsay at 217.531.4239





Renew your membership today. Contact Caryn at caryni@champaigncounty.org or call 217.359.1791

PUBLIC POLICY UPDATE Changes are coming to the State of Illinois. While JB Pritzker was notoriously silent on his plans for the State of Illinois during the fall election, one thing for certain is after his win and Democrats taking super-majorities in both legislative chambers, there are three topics that are noteworthy to keep an eye on. The first two, House Speaker Michael Madigan said this week he is supportive of Pritzker’s proposals, a graduated income tax and the legalization of marijuana. The support of a graduated income tax in particularly notable. Madigan was one of the framers of our current constitution that forbids the state from having a graduated income tax. The speaker has been traditionally against that tax structure and helped block the measure when Governor Rod Blagojevich supported a graduated income tax. The process to amend the constitution does not include the governor. An amendment must pass both legislative bodies with super-majorities (note again that the 2018 election gave Democrats these majorities) and then pass on an electoral ballot with 60 percent of the vote. This process means the soonest Illinois could change its tax structure would be November 2020. Madigan’s support will be crucial throughout the process. It is expected that one of the first things Pritzker wants to accomplish in office is the legalization of marijuana. Pritzker said he would like to see this happen “nearly right away” and with Madigan’s support, there seems to be no obstacles in accomplishing this. Meanwhile locally, the Champaign City Council lowered marijuana offense fines to $50.

Lastly, In 1997 Illinois Governor Jim Edgar signed the Rent Control Preemption Act. The Act created a ban on state and local governments from passing legislation that would regulate rent. This allows the market to determine the cost of rent in communities across the state. There are two bills in the Illinois General Assembly that would repeal or change the 1997 law. House Bill 2430 would repeal the Rent Control Preemption Act. This would allow the state and local governments to set the price of rent in various communities. Senate Bill 3512 would create the Rent Control Act. This would create a new unit of local government in each county called Rent Control Boards. These Boards would establish regulations concerning rent for households of specified income levels. While neither of these two bills seem likely to pass with Governor Rauner in office, the election of JB Pritzker as Illinois’ new chief executive brings new life to these two anti-free enterprise bills. The Champaign County Chamber of Commerce’s Public Policy Guiding Statements says that “the Chamber believes the Free Market System is the most efficient and profitable way to conduct business,” therefore the Chamber’s board of directors will oppose any measure that would allow for government to impose rent control in our community.

Interested in participating in the Chamber’s Public Policy Committee? Contact Garret Hill to learn more: Garret Hill GarretH@champaigncounty.org 217.359.1791


Invest in the community

that has invested in you.

KEEP YOUR DOLLARS LOCAL: SMALL CHANGE. BIG SHIFT. 89 percent of consumers said they believe that small businesses contribute positively to their local communities.* 93 percent of consumers believe it’s important to support the local small businesses that they value in their community.* Small business has a big economic impact. As a Champaign County community member, you can contribute to that impact. Shopping local is more than just spending money to support the business community. It means investing in those that have invested in you; that have invested in Champaign County. Locally owned companies recirculate more of its revenue directly to residents and businesses in their community. Keeping dollars in our community means increased jobs and economic activity that leads to greater tax revenue and a stronger economy to support others. Empowering and enabling local companies to capture a bigger share of their local and regional markets can provide significant benefits to the local economy.

As part of our efforts to support the many small businesses in Champaign County, we have a program aimed to keep dollars local. It is the Commerce Card, the only local program of its kind. The Commerce Card is the gift card that supports shopping local. We all know gift cards are a great gift for those difficult family members, friends, coworkers or even last minute gifts, but what about a gift card that guarantees your dollars stay right here in Champaign County? The Commerce Card does exactly that. It can be purchased for any denomination from the Chamber and spent at any local participating business in the county. If you’re a business owner who has invested in the local community, the Commerce Card is a great option for employee gifts and incentive programs. Thank and/or reward your employees; support other Chamber member businesses and keep your hard earned dollars local with the Commerce Card.

*Statistics from the American Express OPEN Small Business Saturday Consumer Pulse in 2011.


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appointment & walk-ins welcome

Businesses Currently Accepting the Commerce Card:

Members can start accepting the Commerce Card at any time. For the most up-to-date list of participating businesses, visit www.champiagncouny.org/news. 16

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MEMBER ACCOLADES & NEWS BAILEY EDWARD Bailey Edward’s Todd Higginbotham, AIA LEED AP, has been an integral part of our Champaign office for almost five years. BE is proud to announce that not only is Todd a leader within our company, but the President for the AIA Prairie Chapter. Todd will help facilitate events taking place in the north, central, and southern regions to propose, shape and lead various initiatives that promote the architecture profession and provide value to AIA members. Todd is active in the architectural community both as a design leader, working on projects across the midwest, and as a civic leader, helping to develop the profession. Todd became involved with the Prairie Chapter in 2015 when he held the position of President of the Champaign-Urbana city section. Todd joined the Executive Board in 2017, serving as secretary and in 2018, became the vice president and treasurer. DON MOYER BOYS & GIRLS CLUB Congratulations to Renae Kirkton on being selected as the new director of development. FIRST MID BANK & TRUST First Mid Bank & Trust announced today that the acquisition of Soy Capital, which includes Soy Capital Bank and Trust and its wholly owned subsidiary, J.L. Hubbard Insurance and Bonds, has been completed. The acquisition represents approximately $458 million in total assets, $341 million in deposits and $254 million in loans through ten banking centers in Illinois. There are no immediate changes for Soy Capital customers. The conversion of accounts from Soy Capital Bank and Trust to First Mid is expected to happen in the second quarter of next year. Customers will receive information well in advance of any changes that may affect them. With the completion of this acquisition, First Mid 18

has approximately $3.8 billion in total assets. In addition, First Mid operates a wealth and ag management business with approximately $4.0 billion in assets under management and an insurance business with approximately $14.0 million. ROSECRANCE Rosecrance was recently recognized as one of the Healthiest 100 Workplaces in America, at an awards program presented by Springbuk®. Locally, Rosecrance won the Illinois’ healthiest employer award for 500-1,499 employees and nationally, Rosecrance ranked 26th out of 100. The top one hundred workplaces were honored at the Fitbit Captivate Conference in Chicago on September 20th. The winning organizations were acknowledged for their commitment to employee health and exceptional corporate wellness programming. Over 1,000 of America’s top wellness programs were evaluated for this award across the country. Award applicants were evaluated across six key categories: Culture and Leadership Commitment, Foundational Components, Strategic Planning, Marketing and Communications, Programming and Interventions, and lastly, Reporting and Analytics. Applicants were evaluated with the proprietary Healthiest Employers® Index, a 1-100 rubric for wellness programming. By winning this award, Rosecrance is recognized as one of the best of the best in worksite health nationally and considered an exemplary leader for the effectiveness of its wellness initiatives. They also announced Craig Stallings has accepted the position of Senior Director of Operations, a position that will provide comprehensive leadership of Rosecrance operations. Stallings is a licensed clinical professional counselor and certified addictions counselor

with nearly 25 years’ experience in behavioral healthcare and 21 years of progressive growth at Rosecrance. As Senior Director of Operations, Stallings will research advances in mental health and substance use treatment, monitor key metrics and contracts, work with administrators on ongoing operations, and implement best practices that are consistent with Rosecrance Health Network strategic plan. RSM US LLP RSM US LLP, the nation’s leading provider of audit, tax and consulting services focused on the middle market, is pleased to announce that Mike Bass has been appointed to serve as partner and Drew Faries has been appointed to serve as principal.

Prior to joining i3 Broadband, Reuben worked in multiple telecommunications roles. Previously, he worked at Comcast Business as a senior business account executive. 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

Bass has more than 14 years of experience providing strategic tax planning advice and services to businesses and individuals. Bass works closely with owner-manager companies across a variety of industries and is dedicated to helping clients achieve their business and personal objectives. Faries brings more than 18 years of consulting experience, helping clients to understand their complex business challenges and align people, processes and technology and achieve their goals. Faries will continue to lead the Central Illinois consulting practice, dedicated to assisting clients successfully define and develop digital and technology strategy and complete multi-year transformations and outsourcing initiatives that improve their business processes and management techniques. i3 BROADBAND i3 Broadband is pleased to announce that Reuben Chambers has joined i3 Broadband as a business manager in their ChampaignUrbana market. Reuben brings more than 15 years of successful commercial sales experience in the telecommunications industry. He will be responsible for growing market share in the Champaign-Urbana area as well as expanding alliances in underserved areas in the community.

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

From monthly First Friday Coffee and Business After Hours to our annual Golf Outing, the Chamber hosts a number of events each month. By sponsoring a Chamber event, your business obtains great exposure not only at the event itself, but also within all promotional materials (emails, mailings, e-newsletters, Commerce Connection, website, etc.). Here’s what’s coming up:

Long list (approx. 2,000 names and businesses): $175 Short list (approx. 900 names and businesses): $125 Contact Caryn Isenhower to order, Caryni@champaigncounty.org

• Booking Day - 202 Business After Hours and First Friday Coffee: Monday, March 4, beginning at 9:00 a.m.


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

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


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


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


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



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

Reach thousands on a small budget.

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.


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 Contact Lindsay for details at, LindsayQ@champaigncounty.org


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 21

2019 ATHENA AwardÂŽ Sponsored by:

Thursday, February 21 Noon - 1:30 p.m.

(Doors open at 11:30 a.m.)

Champaign Country Club, 1211 S. Prospect Ave., Champaign, IL 61820 Register now at www.champaigncounty.org/events/calendar/ Registrations can also be made by emailing Caryn at caryni@champaigncounty.or or calling 217.359.1791.


calendar of events Chamber Office ClosedChristmas Holiday: Monday, December 24 Tuesday, December 25 New Year’s Holiday: Monday, December 31 Tuesday, January 1

First Friday Coffee

Friday, January 4 7:30 - 9:00 a.m. Profile by Sanford 902 Meijer Dr., Ste. 5, Champaign

Ribbon Cutting

Rosecrance on Moreland

Wednesday, January 9 4:30 - 5:00 p.m. 2302 Moreland Blvd., Champaign


Monday, January 14 Noon - 1:00 p.m. Hamilton Walker’s 201 N. Neil St., Champaign

Business After Hours


Monday, February 11 Noon - 1:00 p.m. Hamilton Walker’s 201 N. Neil St., Champaign

A.L.I.C.E. Active Shooter Training

Presented by Lt. Tod Myers

Tuesday, February 12 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Chamber Office 303 W. Kirby Ave., Champaign

ATHENA Luncheon

Sponsored by Spherion Staffing and Busey Wealth Management Thursday, February 21 Noon - 1:00 p.m. Champaign Country Club 1211 S. Prospect Ave., Champaign

Business After Hours

Thursday, February 21 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. ATI Physical Therapy 1806 N. Market St., Champaign

Thursday, January 17 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Nelson’s Catering at Laborers Local 703 Union Hall 108 E. Anthony Dr., Urbana

First Friday Coffee

First Friday Coffee

Booking Day 2020 Business After Hours & First Friday Coffee

Friday, February 1 7:30 - 9:00 a.m. HealthSource Chiropractic of Champaign 2003 Round Barn Rd., Ste. B, Champaign

Friday, March 1 7:30 - 9:00 a.m. Wells Fargo Advisors 2237 S. Neil St., Champaign

Monday, March 4 Beginning at 9:00 a.m. *Phone calls only. No walk-ins or emails will be accepted. Bookings will be taken on a first call, first serve basis.

Fast Facts

4.3% Champaign County Unemployment Rate in October 2018

21 business licenses applied for in Champaign County in Ocotber 2018


November 2018 U of I Flash Index for Illinois

1,150,508 rides were taken on CUMTD in June 2018

5,453 visits to the Chamber’s page, champaigncounty.org in November 2018

4,650 average amount of referrals PER DAY the

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

2014 The year that the Champaign County

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

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