2018 September-October Commerce Connection

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

FY19 TOP INVESTORS TOP INVESTORS GOLD Busey SILVER Carle University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign BRONZE A & R Mechanical Contractors Amdocs BankChampaign, N.A. Christie Clinic First Mid Bank & Trust Health Alliance Hickory Point Bank & Trust Midland States Bank OSF HealthCare Heart of Mary Medical Center

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

Stephanie McCullough Director of First Impressions StephanieM@champaigncounty.org

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

Brian Murphy Membership Sales Director BrianM@champaigncounty.org

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


IN-KIND CONTRIBUTORS CHAIRMAN’S CIRCLE Illini Radio Group - MIX 94.5, WIXY 100.3, Rewind 92.5, WYXY Classic 99.1, True Oldies 97.9, Extra 92.1, Hits 99.7 Stevie Jay Broadcasting - Q96-96.1FM, US105.9, Christian FM 95.3 & ESPN 93.5 PRESIDENT’S CIRCLE NewsTalk 1400 WDWS, Lite Rock 97.5 WHMS, Classic Hits 107.9 WKIO

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

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

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 July 1 and August 31, 2018 217 Immediate Care

At our Charles Schwab Champaign Independent Branch, you’ll find friendly, personalized help from an experienced team. Plus, you’ll have access to expertise, specialists, and insights to help you reach your own specific goals. As members of your local community, we welcome you and are committed to giving you transparent, straightforward answers to your questions.

The 217 Immediate Care Medical team is dedicated to providing the highest quality of care for your entire family, delivered with compassion and medical excellence. These values are integral to our philosophy of care and expressed in our behavior, our attitude, and our approach to your care. At 217 Immediate Care, our passionate commitment to enriching the health of our friends, neighbors, children and employees is reflected in everything we do. Our overall goal is a healthy, happy community and CHOICE, which is why we welcome every opportunity to partner with local health care providers, physicians and hospitals. We are always willing to work with area providers to ensure our patients experience a superior standard of care. Our driving question is always “What is right for our patient?” because we want for our patients what we would want

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for ourselves and our families.

EDP Renewables North America LLC (EDPR NA) and its subsidiaries develop, construct, own, and operate wind farms and solar parks throughout North America. Headquartered in Houston, Texas with 45 wind farms, five solar parks, and 13 regional development offices across North America, EDPR NA has developed more than 6,200 megawatts (MW) and operates more than 5,600 MW of renewable energy projects. EDPR NA currently owns and operates five phases of wind farms in Illinois with a combined capacity of nearly 800 MW in the state. The company is developing a wind farm in Douglas County and has a local office in Newman.

1806 N. Market St. Champaign, IL 61822-1312 217.351.3116 www.217immediatecare.com Urgent Care Services

American Family Insurance Alora Murphy, Agent 2404 Windsor Pl., Ste. A Champaign, IL 61820-7725 217.402.8068 www.aloramurphyinsurance.com Insurance

American Family Insurance offers very competitive rates for home, auto, life, farm and commercial business. We have two office locations, one in Champaign at 2405 Windsor Place (near Savoy), and one in Tuscola at 102 W. Wilson St. I provide the best customer service for my clients. Each client is unique and special and I cater to their needs and work within their budgets, providing them with good coverage. I have been proud to work with American Family Insurance, as it has been in existence for over 90 years and treats its customers well!

Charles Schwab

2219 S. Neil St. Champaign, IL 61820-2001 217.689.4767 www.schwab.com Financial Planning Consultants & Services 4

340 N. Neil St., Ste. 101 Champaign, IL 61820-3614 217.799.0571 Bars & Taverns

EDP Renewables

808 Travis St., #700 Houston, TX 77002-5774 248.918.7559 www.edpr.com Energy Management & Conservation Consultants

Fagen Scooters, Inc.

24 E. Green St., Ste. 5 Champaign, IL 61820-7915 217.607.2384 www.fagenscooters.com Motorcycles & Motor Scooters Safe, economical and fun. We have scooters starting at $799. Motorcycle license is not necessary if the scooter is under 50 cc’s. And, what’s best is they get up to 110 MPG. We also carry bigger scooters in 125cc, 150cc, 200cc and 300cc models. Fagen Scooters, Inc. is a full service dealership.

Gameday Spirit Fanstore 519 E. Green St. Champaign, IL 61820-5719 217.328.7722 www.gamedayspirit.com Sportswear-Retail

Gameday Spirit Fanstore 1602 S. Neil St. Champaign, IL 61820-7212 217.355.7499 www.gamedayspirit.com Sportswear-Retail

Lifeline-connect celebrated the groundbreaking for their new 24-man dormitory on August 16.

The official fan store of the Fighting Illini featuring clothes and products for men, women, children, plus gifts, vintage items, Chief items, and Nike® products.

Illinois Army National Guard 109 E. Park St. Champaign, IL 61820-3720 217.299.6381 www.nationalguard.com Recruiting-U.S. Armed Forces

The Army National Guard is made up of citizen-soldiers who train part-time, close to home, until needed. Since 1636, each state has had its own militia and these became the foundation of today’s Guard units, mandated by the Constitution in 1787. The Guard mobilizes to protect U.S. domestic interests in times of conflict or natural disaster and may be deployed internationally alongside full-time troops when the situation demands. Today’s Guard consists of approximately 340,000 troops from all U.S. states and territories. The Illinois Army National Guard has roughly 10,500 members with two armories located right here in Champaign-Urbana. The educational benefits offered are incredible. It is an awesome opportunity to gain an education and to serve your state and country.

Insurance Providers Group 501 E. University Ave., Ste. 1 Champaign, IL 61820-3828 217.352.7080 www.ipgins.com Insurance

Insurance Providers Group was formed in 1996. We have offices located in Champaign, Rantoul, Gibson City and Paxton. We provide insurance coverage to our existing clients and work with prospective clients throughout all of East Central Illinois. We are an independent insurance agency that represents strong, reputable insurance companies. We provide experience and expertise in all aspects of business insurance, personal insurance, agriculture insurance, life and health and employee benefits.

AT&T celebrated the grand opening of their new location on Green St. with a ribbon cutting on August 28.

Congratulations to Express Employment Professionals - Champaign, IL for celebrating 10 years of business in Champaign county.

Illinois American Water celebrated the completion of the Village of Sadorus water system with a ceremony and ribbon cutting on September 26. 5

Key Light Consulting

Meyer Farm Management

Key Light Consulting was founded in 2017 by Jenette Jurczyk, who offers creative coaching and training to professionals for public speaking with confidence, improved presentations and focused communication skills. Jenette brings more than 20 years of professional training and experience in theater and film and is locally known as the Creative Director of That’s What She Said. She also has an MBA and a resume full of business management experience, so she knows how to apply her fun, interactive workshops to the corporate setting.

Our goal at Meyer Farm Management Services is to continually maintain and improve the productivity and returns of our client’s farmland investments. Several of our clients have had their farms under our professional management for two to three generations. Communication with clients to understand their longterm goals for their farm is a vital part of our farm management business. In 1994, Jan Meyer received the Accredited Farm Manager title, and he is a licensed Real Estate Managing Broker. He is a member of the Sons of the American Revolution and currently serves on the Board for the Champaign County Farm Bureau Foundation.

907 W. Marketview Dr., #10 344 Champaign, IL 61822-1227 310.776.0601 www.keylightconsulting.com Business Consultants

Lean In Consulting

2499 W. 600 N. Rd. Cayuga, IN 47928-8050 217.504.5567 www.leaninimprove.com Business Consultants

Lean In Consulting offers services with a focus on operational improvement. We work to uncover operational issues and then quantify and prioritize our findings and make improvement recommendations. Our goal is to minimize or eliminate inefficiencies and waste. We take a balanced approach to drive continuous improvement through different projects and initiatives.


2401 N. Prospect Ave. Champaign, IL 61822-1233 217.353.4072 www.meijer.com Department Stores

P.O. Box 1376 Champaign, IL 61824-1376 217.841.0128 www.meyerfarmmanagement.com Farm Management Service

RK Dixon

806 Parkland Ct., Ste. 2 Champaign, IL 61821-3089 217.353.0701 www.rkdixon.com Copy Machines & Supplies-Sales & Service RK Dixon is a leading provider of copiers, printers, managed print services, IT solutions and pure water drinking systems in each of the business communities it serves. Founded in 1983, RK Dixon retains a highly trained and tenured staff, and provides its customers with products boasting more than 95 percent uptime. RK Dixon serves more than 80 counties in Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin with office locations in Davenport, Iowa, and Bloomington, Champaign, Peoria, Rockford and Springfield, Ill. In February 2012, RK Dixon was acquired by Global Imaging Systems (GIS), a Xerox Company (NYSE: XRX).


2500 S. Philo Rd. Urbana, IL 61802-8044 217.365.5200 www.meijer.com Department Stores Meijer is a full service grocery and retail store that also offers online ordering and delivery of food and products.

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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. 7


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2 11:30 A.M. - 1:30 P.M. HILTON GARDEN INN 1501 S. NEIL ST., CHAMPAIGN Brought to you by:


Doors open at 11:00 a.m. The program starts promptly at 11:30. Full lunch and entertainment included. The 2018 Small Business of the Year will be named at the event. Individual attendance is $39. Table sponsorship (seats eight) is $425. To reserve your table or to register, contact Caryn Isenhower via email at caryni@champaigncounty.org or by phone at 217.359.1791. 8

JOIN US IN KEEPING DOLLARS LOCAL DID YOU KNOW? The Champaign County Chamber of Commerce has a program aimed to increase local spending called the Commerce Card. The county-wide gift card program is the only one of its kind and is great for holidays, employee gifts and incentives, graduation presents and more.


• EXPOSURE Gain exposure for your business through promotion on the Chamber’s website, social media pages and press releases.

• SALES This card is only redeemable at Champaign County businesses, meaning more dollars are being spent locally.

• CUSTOMERS Use this opportunity as another way to attract and reach new customers who may not have stopped in your store before.

• EXCLUSIVITY Be a part of an exclusive group of businesses that have access to these customers.

Interested in accepting the Commerce Card or need more information? Email Lindsay at LindsayQ@champaigncounty.org or call 217.359.1791.

Congratulations to our very own

Garret Hill,

Public Policy Director for being named to the Central Illinois Business Magazine’s Forty Under 40


Our newest Schwab branch, now open in Champaign.

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We are pleased to announce the opening of our new Independent Branch in Champaign, Illinois. Financial guidance you can trust is now just around the corner. Drop by our local branch and see how we can support you. Come in and pull up a chair. Or call (217) 689-4733.

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PUBLIC POLICY UPDATE Champaign County’s Business Empowered Political Action Committee (PAC), a subsidiary corporation of the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce, has announced its candidate endorsement decisions for the November 2018 election. Endorsed candidates were selected based on a candidate survey and personal interview with the Business Empowered PAC board. Specifically, the board selected candidates they believe will be good stewards of taxpayer dollars; advocates for the local business community and will help foster an economy that allows local businesses to be successful. Candidates who did not participate in the survey or interview process were not considered for an endorsement. The Business Empowered PAC’s goal is to support and endorse business-friendly candidates running for state or local office and the PAC board of directors believes they have accomplished that goal for the upcoming election. While no candidate was 100 percent on our issues, the PAC board believes these candidates will serve Champaign County well and we look forward to working with them and advocating for the business community once these candidates are sworn into office. The following candidates have received the endorsement of the Business Empowered PAC:

In addition to these races, the PAC has already endorsed Gordy Hulten to be Champaign County’s first Executive. That endorsement was announced in October of 2017. In the case of County Board District 4, the PAC board is impressed with both candidates running and endorses both candidates facing each other for the November election. It is the position of the PAC board that in this particular race, this district would be well served by either of the candidates. Champaign County’s Business Empowered PAC, a subsidiary corporation of the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce, was formed in 2007 and is a voluntary not-for-profit Illinois corporation of individual citizens, business professionals and firms who are interested in preserving and strengthening the principles of government. Early voting is open for the November 6 election in Champaign County. Voters who wish to take advantage right now may do so at the County Clerk’s office, 1776 East Washington Street, Urbana on weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Expanded early voting opens October 25. Early voting locations will be open on the weekends and in the following locations: • Office Of The Champaign County Clerk • UI Campus: Illini Union - Room 404 • North Champaign: The Church Of The Living God

• County Executive Gordy Hulten

• West Champaign: Leonhard Recreation Center

• County Clerk Matt Grandone

• Southwest Champaign: Meadowbrook Community Church

• County Sheriff Allen Jones • County Treasurer John Farney

• Mahomet: Lake Of The Woods Pavilion

• County Auditor Diane Michaels

• Rantoul: The Gathering Place (First United Methodist Church)

• County Board District 1 Jim Goss

• St. Joseph: Prince Of Peace Lutheran Church

• County Board District 4 Jim McGuire

• Tolono Public Library

• County Board District 4 Catherine Emanuel

Election Day is November 6.

• County Board District 5 Tom Dillavou • County Board District 6 Mike Ingram

Public Policy Update is written by Garret Hill.

• County Board District 7 Ginny Holder • County Board District 9 Traci Nally • County Board District 10 Dave Weisiger


From Guild to Chamber:

The Link between History and the Present Written by Brian Murphy When we think of medieval times, we typically picture knights, kings and queens, royal courts, wars of conquest, plagues and mythical tales. Sneaking right past our collective consciousness was one of the most important institutions of the Middle Ages, the merchant guild. According to Encyclopedia Britannica, “Merchant guilds were associations of all or most of the merchants in a particular town or city; these men might be local or long-distance traders, wholesale or retail sellers, and might deal in various categories of goods.� There were many advantages to membership in these groups because personal relationships were essential for trade. In the feudal system, taxes were becoming unreasonable so merchants formed these guilds to negotiate regulations directly with the feudal lords and create charters. This lowered costs for all members and ensured a more stable cost of doing business. Meeting with other merchants and discussing issues that affected each one of them benefitted the whole community, as it provided protection for other members and kept other merchants honest with fines for bad behavior. There was usually a Guildhall in cities and towns where all the various guilds could meet and network together. Merchant guilds were especially important politically, as the chief spokesman of the merchant guild became Mayor of the town or city, leading delegates became aldermen and other members took lower positions in local leadership. A decline in merchant guilds began in the 13th and 14th centuries due to the rise of craft guilds (similar to modern trade unions), but they didn’t go away entirely. Many merchant guilds transitioned to other types of business associations and culminated with the formation of the first chamber of commerce, founded in 1599 in Marseille, France. The New York City Chamber and Jersey Chamber were founded in 1768, bringing this concept from Europe to North America. 12

Today, over 13,000 chambers of commerce in the United States continue this tradition by bringing businesses together and working toward their collective interests. Similar to merchant guilds, chambers are involved politically in their local communities and their endorsements are highly coveted. Community events and local offices take the place of guildhalls, bringing all the different area merchants together to network and provide support for each other. Instead of negotiating with lords, modern chambers advocate for lower taxes and regulations on their members with local and regional governments. State chambers and the United States Chamber of Commerce advocate for businesses in the highest levels of government. Local chambers are the backbone of their communities and can help determine the difference between successful or failing business environments. Membership in these organizations helps all businesses in the area flourish and can be a buffer against changing economic climates. As the business environment is always changing, chambers can bridge the gap between local consumers and the local businesses that seek to serve them. Online retailers like Amazon have taken a large market share in the economy, but a healthy small business environment is the key for local communities to have employment opportunities, lower costs and shared prosperity. Chamber membership provides credibility, visibility, networking opportunities, policy influence, contacts and referrals, events to attend, promotion and cost-saving programs for businesses. This is why chambers are just as important today as the merchant guilds of the Middle Ages and they should be supported by everyone that desires prosperity and economic growth for their communities and beyond.

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MEMBER ACCOLADES & NEWS HEYL, ROYSTER, VOELKER & ALLEN, P.C., The firm is pleased to announce that Craig S. Young has been elected as the firm’s next Managing Partner effective October 1, 2018. Young succeeds Timothy L. Bertschy, who has served as the firm’s Managing Partner since September of 2014. Young is a member of the firm’s Board of Directors and he formerly served as chair of the firm’s workers’ compensation Practice. He has represented clients in many areas of the firm’s practice, and is primarily known as a nationally recognized workers’ compensation defense lawyer. He has spoken extensively on workers’ compensation law at local and national industry events. Young has a strong reputation for advising clients on the overall management of their workers’ compensation risk. HL PRECISION MANUFACTURING, INC. The company announced it is now certified to International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001:2015. ISO 9001:2015 is the new standard focusing on quality management systems and performance, more specifically risk-based thinking and accountability in all organizational processes. The goal of ISO 9001:2015 is to improve quality aligning with a business’ wider business strategy, including communications, efficiency and continuous improvement. ESS CLEAN, INC. ESS Clean, Inc. was recently named as one of the 2018 Best Places to Work in Illinois. The awards program began in 2006 and is promoted by The Daily Herald Business Ledger in partnership with the Human Resources Management Association of Chicago (HRMAC), the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, MRA-The Management Association, the Small Business Advocacy Council and Best Companies Group. ESS Clean, Inc. was recognized and honored at the Best Places to Work in Illinois awards ceremony coordinated by The Daily Herald 14

Business Ledger on May 17 was profiled in a special publication on June 18. RSM US LLP RSM US LLP announces promotions in their Champaign office: Brooke Chilton, assurance senior associate – Chilton transferred from our Chicago office to our Champaign office in September 2017 as an assurance associate. Kim Dahye, assurance senior associate – Dahye joined RSM in 2016. In this new role, she will be responsible for leading a team through the full audit process, preparing financial statements, and understanding of the needs and strategies of our diverse client base. Luke Montoya, strategic sourcing director – Montoya joined RSM in 2012. In this new role, he will lead, direct, and execute large, complex sourcing and procurement activities across all functions and lines of business for RSM. He will also set direction and strategy, identify and implement cost savings improvements, and lead the negotiation and management of vendor contracts. Ian Barnett joined the firm’s Champaign office in August 2018 as a Senior Associate in the Assurance practice. Barnett holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Accountancy from the University of Illinois and is a Certified Public Accountant ROSECRANCE Rosecrance is pleased to announce that its Florian program has been selected as a recipient for the 2018 Excellence in Mental Health Award. The Excellence in Mental Health Award, presented by the Illinois Association for Behavioral Health (IABH), celebrates innovative practices in mental health treatment and organizations who have implemented new or emerging technologies to improve treatment outcomes. Additionally, the award recognizes

efforts to maintain access to services and improve quality care. The Rosecrance Florian Program, which launched in 2014, was designed by Dan DeGryse, Florian Program Director and Chicago Fire Department Battalion Chief, and Rosecrance President/CEO Phil Eaton. The residential program is tailored specifically to the needs of uniformed service personnel such as firefighters, paramedics, law enforcement officers, and military who are experiencing substance use or mental health disorders. The Rosecrance Florian Program offers the best opportunity for lasting recovery by incorporating occupational factors into the treatment process.

of the organization’s Board. Said Tonya, “I’m humbled to be elected Chairman of our group’s Board of Directors. I’m looking forward to working with our board and extremely talented staff at IS to navigate our group through these dynamic times. I’m confident that our group will continue to be a progressive leader within our industry, putting our members in a position to adapt and thrive.” 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

They also announced an expansion of substance abuse treatment services in the heart of central Illinois, beginning in late December. The facility will function as a Center for Recovery by providing treatment and integrated services for young adults and adults seeking treatment for substance use disorders. ILLINOIS AMERICAN WATER President Bruce Hauk was awarded the Corporate Leadership Award by the Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce during its 13th Annual Statewide Convention in Peoria. Roger Goodson, Senior Manager of Field Operations and Production for the Peoria District accepted the award on behalf of Hauk and Illinois American Water. According to Larry Ivory, president and CEO of the Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce, the award is presented to an individual who champions diversity within his or her company.

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ROGARDS Tonya Horn, owner of Rogards in Champaign, IL, was recently elected as Chairperson of the Board of Directors of Independent Stationers, an industry leading nationwide memberowned business products cooperative. Tonya is the first woman to serve as Chairperson 15


Cham ber Sto re Mailing Labels

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


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

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

Contact Caryn Isenhower to order, Caryni@champaigncounty.org or 217.359.1791.

Header sponsorship (one wk.): $100

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

Commerce Connection

This is a bi-monthly publication that is distributed to over 2,000 businesses and businesspeople in Champaign County. Content varies, but is always relevant to local business. There are a variety of ad sizes available. Ads start at only $90. Ask about the exclusive cover package that allows your business to gain exposure before the reader even opens the publication. Contact Lindsay Quick for more information, LindsayQ@ champaigncounty.org or 217.359.1791.

Email Footer Sponsorship

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



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

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

Event Sponsorship

From monthly First Friday Coffee and Business After Hours to our annual Golf Outing, the Chamber hosts a number of events each month. By sponsoring a Chamber event, your business obtains great exposure not only at the event itself, but also within all promotional materials (emails, mailings, e-newsletters, Commerce Connection, website, etc.). We have numerous opportunities throughout the year, here’s what’s coming up: • Annual Meeting Title Sponsorship - $3,500 (only one available) Supporting Sponsorship - $925 (available)

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

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

Value upgrade: $20/year

Deluxe upgrade: $50/year

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

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


Fast Facts

4.5% Champaign County Unemployment Rate in July 2018

24 business licenses applied for in Champaign County in September 2018


September 2018 U of I Flash Index for Illinois

424,689 rides were taken on CUMTD in June 2018

5,059 visits to the Chamber’s page, champaigncounty.org in September 2018

5,556 average amount of referrals PER DAY the

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

2014 The year that the Champaign County

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

calendar of events Business After Hours

Thursday, October 18 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Honda BMW of Champaign 100 W. Burwash Ave., Savoy

Business Success & Solutions Seminar

Friday, November 2 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Hilton Garden Inn 1501 S. Neil St., Champaign

Presented by Kemper CPA Group

Glenn Shepard:

Tax Cuts & Jobs Act: How Does it Affect Your Business & You?

Tuesday, October 23 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Chamber Office 303 W. Kirby Ave., Champaign

Ribbon Cutting Charles Schwab

Wednesday, October 24 4:30 - 4:45 p.m. 2219 S. Neil St., Champaign

Ribbon Cutting Style And Grace Salon & Day Spa

Thursday, October 25 3:30 - 3:45 p.m. 3006 Crossing Ct., Champaign

Ribbon Cutting Xfinity Store

Thursday, October 25 4:30 - 5:00 p.m. 2000 N. Neil St., #100, Champaign

First Friday Coffee

Friday, November 2 7:30 - 9:00 a.m. Habitat for Humanity & ReStore of Champaign County 119 E. University Ave., Champaign 303 West Kirby Avenue Champaign, IL 61820 P 217.359.1791 | F 217.359.1809 www.champaigncounty.org 18

Chamber Annual Meeting: DR. ROGERS’ NEIGHBORHOOD

How To Supervise People And Lead A Team Wednesday, November 7 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Hyatt Place 217 N. Neil St., Champaign

Ribbon Cutting Rogards

Thursday, November 15 3:00 - 3:30 p.m. 2901 Boardwalk Dr., Ste. A, Champaign

Business After Hours

Thursday, November 15 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Carpet Weavers of Champaign 616 Marketview Dr., Champaign


Monday, November 19 Noon - 1:00 p.m. Hamilton Walker’s 201 N. Neil St., Champaign

Chamber Office Closed Thanksgiving Holiday: Thursday, November 22 Friday, November 23

Truly local

CARE Community is more than a word we use in our marketing. Trusted and local for 90 years, Christie Clinic gives you a choice of providers, specialists and locations close to home. We live here. We work here. We give you healthcare choices where YOU live and work. We listen. We care. We are Christie Clinic. Proudly serving our community since 1929. Christie Clinic accepts Health Alliance and most insurance plans.

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