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For your business, what would you say were your biggest accomplishments in 2012? “This year we celebrated 35 years in business! We are still going strong despite the economy. Our primary goal is to provide excellent customer service!” - Awards, Ltd. “In 2012 we got picked up by a radio syndicator. Our entrepreneurial message will be broadcast to listeners nationwide.” - BIGG Success “Last year we filled our assisted living facility 100 percent and we relaunched our Alzheimer’s community.” -Bridle Brook “In 2012 we built a grill for President Obama to give to the British Prime Minister. We were also honored by making the official grill Bobby Flay uses on his Food Network show, ‘Bobby Flay’s BBQ Addiction’.” - Engelbrecht Grills “In 2012 we tripled clients, added group classes, expanded our service area and started networking with vetrinarians.” - Happy Pawz Balancing TTouch “We opened our business in May 2012 and hope to have much success in Champaign County. “

- LaVida Massage “In 2012 we broke ground on a new facility to open in March 2013. We were also recognized by Inc. Magazine as the ‘44th fastest growing financial service company’.” - Midland States Bank “January 2012 marked 30 years providing the Highest Quality Kitchens/Baths/Room Additions/ General Residential & Commercial Remodeling to Champaign County. Despite economic hardtimes in our industry, we refuse to cut corners to compete. Instead we will continue to give our clients the highest quality for the best price. Huge thanks to all our clients!” -New Creations Contracting

What do you wish for your business in the new year? “To be successful; To improve the lives of everyone we work with and for. If we have success, it is thanks to our employees and our customers. Being successful also allows for the ability to give charitably throughout the communities we serve, while being able to keep money that is received locally, spent locally.” - Paul Simpson, branch manager, Terminix “To grow the business by 20%, add staff and physical space.” - Rod Roberts, president, Rod Roberts Design, Inc. “1.) No late spring frost and the right amount of rain; 2.) At least two wedding bookings a month for May through September; 3.) A 30 percent increase in vacation rental bookings; 4.) Finding a couple of passionate customer service people with flexible schedules.” - Dawn Taylor, co-owner, Sleepy Creek Vineyards

“Last year we saw a 40 percent increase through the spring and summer. mostly driven by low interest rates and low housing prices.” - Taylor Realty

“Expand seating to accomodate customers unable to smoke elsewhere.” - Pat Callaghan, general manager, Jon’s Pipe Shop

“In 2012 we processed over 74,000 pounds of grapes, released four new wines, entered the wedding venue business and opened a vacation rental.” - Sleepy Creek Vineyards

“Reopen Detox Unit and and influx of money.” - Tom DeQuimpal, H.R. Specialist, Prairie Center


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ttending the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce’s 2012 Annual Meeting could be described as stepping into social media come to life. The meeting’s theme was apparent everywhere from Twitter birds on water glasses to large posters hung around the room broadcasting companies’ “Facebook statuses”. The event, held on October 26 at the Hilton Garden Inn was sponsored by BPC, Inc., Midland States Bank and McGladrey. Shatterglass Studios, an award-winning new media development and film and video production company, took home the coveted Small Business of the Year Award. In the last three years, owners Luke Boyce and Brett Hays say their business has really taken off, shooting projects for such prestigious clients as Ebertfest, The University of Illinois and TEDx UIUC. In their acceptance speech, the duo gave much credit for their success to their wives. This year’s meeting also saw the induction of two new awards. Habeeb Habeeb was honored with the first ever Chamber Champion Award for going the extra mile to help the Chamber. Habeeb also nominated Boyce and Hays for the small business award.

Another new award was presented to Kay Machula for her enthusiasm and dedication to Chamber service for over two decades. When presenting the award, she was stated as being “in a league of her own” and as “the obvious candidate” for the award. The new award was even given her namesake and entitled The Kay Machula Chamber Ambassador Award. The meeting was momentarily given a musical touch when the Chamber presented their 2012 video inspired by several YouTube renditions of the song “Call Me Maybe”. Many area employees were featured in the video, dancing and lip-syncing to the lyrics. See the video on our website, champaigncounty. org. Meeting attendees were entertained by keynote speaker Rex Havens, a nationally-known comedian who as opened for the likes of Jerry Seinfeld and attended the University of Illinois. Written by Allison Copenbarger Vance, Editorial Assistant for the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce.







1.) Shatterglass Studio founders Luke Boyce and Brett Hays give a speech after receiving the 2012 Small Business of the Year award. 2.) Representatives from Midland States Bank were in attendance at the event, Midland was an event sponsor. 3.) FY13 Board Chair Tabatha Helm of Advanced Filtration Systems, Inc. presents Habeeb Habeeb of BPC, Inc. with the first ever Chamber Champion Award. BPC, Inc. was the title sponsor of the annual meeting. 4.) FY13 Board Chair Tabatha Helm of Advanced Filtration Systems, Inc. poses with Kay Machula just after she was presented with an award honoring her namesake, the Kay Machula Chamber Ambassador Award. 5.) FY12 Board Chair Diane Ruedi and Chamber President and CE0 Laura Weis honored Habeeb Habeeb (BPC, Inc.), Nick Taylor (Taylor Realty) and Oktay Baran (Baran Marketing) for their service on the Chamber board. Not pictured: outgoing board members Jeff Ingrum (Health Alliance) and Marty Verdick (McGladrey). 6.) Representatives from BankChampaign, N.A. in attendance at the Annual Meeting.

WELCOME TO THE CHAMBER >> members who joined between september and november 2012 6 Dimensions Wellness Coaching & Personal Training Melanie Pridemore 2512 Covington Dr. Champaign, IL 61822 217.607.2425 Health & Fitness Program Consultants

Created in 2011 by Melanie Pridemore, 6 Dimensions is a professional health and wellness service dedicated to supporting those who wish to engage in health related behavior change. Specializing in weight management, fitness improvement, and lifestyle coaching; 6 Dimensions offers phone based wellness coaching, group and individual personal training, group and individual fitness coaching, and fitness assessment and exercise program design services. Melanie has 12 years of experience in the health, medical, wellness, and fitness industries. She served as a Combat Medical & Healthcare Specialist for the Army National Guard, has experience working as an Emergency Medical Technician, and created various wellness programs during her employment with the University of Illinois. She is currently a Certified Wellness Coach, Certified Fitness Coach, and a Certified Personal Trainer.

Abbott’s Florist, Inc. Lisa Duitsman 1119 W. Windsor Rd. Champaign, IL 61821 217.352.9616 Florists-Retail

Abbott’s Florist is committed to quality and service. Their 100 percent Satisfaction Guarantee is a personal commitment to creating long term relationships with their customers. The client’s satisfaction is their number one priority, because they care. They use the freshest, highest quality flowers and the shop has a professional and caring staff to serve all floral needs. They promise their gifts will arrive beautifully presented and personalized with a message.

Aflac - Nathan Thompson Nathan Thompson 2418 Field South Dr., #207 Champaign, IL 61822

484.250.3739 Insurance Insurance – Supplemental Insurance Consultants As an independent agent representing Aflac, American Family Life Assurance Company of Columbus, Nathan can offer business owners and individuals numerous solutions and services for their insurance needs. Supplemental solutions offered by AFLAC not only protect families, but can offer numerous tax savings for individuals and businesses. For businesses, not only can Aflac offer employees increased benefits to help attract and retain employees, Aflac can offer employees voluntary insurance options without increasing the cost of benefits.





Smith Design & Consign, a boutique furniture consignment store, held their grand opening on November 1.

Family-owned Sunset Funeral Home, located in downtown Champaign, celebrated their grand opening on October 25.

Allerton Park & Recreation Center Matthew Smith 515 Old Timber Rd. Monticello, IL 61856-8279 217.333.3287 Convention Services & Facilities Named one of the Seven Wonders of Illinois

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by the Illinois Bureau of Tourism, Allerton Park and Retreat Center is located 25 minutes outside of Champaign-Urbana. It is the premier destination for special events, conferences and retreats in central Illinois. They offer 39 well-appointed guest rooms as well as gourmet catering options all situated on a 1500 acre estate that includes a century old Georgian Style mansion, extensive formal gardens and 15 miles of hiking trails.

Buca di Beppo

Teresa Brown 2000 N. Neil St. Champaign, IL 61820 217.378.8731 Restaurants – Italian

At BankChampaign, we still believe banking is a people-to-people business. Contact Kay Machula at our downtown Champaign location to discuss your business banking needs. N.A.

Main Bank 2101 South Neil • 217.351.2870 MarketPlace Facility 5 Convenience Center • 217.351.2876 M2 Facility Downtown 301 North Neil • 217.351.2877

Buca di Beppo is an authentic Italian restaurant that offers fresh and flavorful dining in an eclectic, vintage setting. Whether celebrating a special occasion, planning a business dinner or having a night out with family and friends, they provide enjoyable Italian traditions of food, friendship and hospitality. In the spirit of Italian culture, Buca’s dishes are served family-style, meant to be shared by everyone at the table. Buca di Beppo gets to the heart of fresh Italian cooking with classics like lasagna, fettuccine alfredo or spaghetti with their famous half-pound meatballs! At Buca, groups of all sizes enjoy a variety of menus that satisfy everyone’s palate and budget.



Chittick Family Eye Care celebrated the grand opening of their new location in Villa Grove on November 8.

The Warranty Group celebrated their grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony on November 14.

Casey’s General Store - Urbana

Rick Little 1424 E. County Rd. 640 N. Tuscola, IL 61953 217.621.1073 Contractors – General

Champaign Urbana Dialysis Center

Climate Guard Construction is a familyowned business established in 1992. They serve customers in the commercial, industrial, agricultural and residential arenas. Their construction services range from insulation, roofing, siding, windows, kitchen remodels and more. One of their specialties is sprayed polyurethane foam roofing. Foam roof systems are a superior insulator, drastically improving the energy efficiency of a building or home. The foam roof will result in an annual savings of 30 percent or more on energy utilities. In addition, the foam roof system meets strict energy efficiency guidelines as established by the EPA and US Department of Energy.

2108 E. University Ave. Urbana, IL 61802-2810 217.328.0505 Convenience Stores

Suzette Astell 1405 W. Park St. #100 Urbana, IL 61801 217.328.4100 Dialysis Services

Chittick Family Eye Care – Villa Grove 10 W. Adams Ave. Villa Grove, IL 61956 217.832.2111 Optometrists

With over 100 years of combined optometry experience, the doctors & staff at Chittick Family Eye Care strive to provide patients with excellence in vision and eye health care. They guarantee their constant commitment to the visual wellness of their patients by extending thorough diagnostic and therapeutic eye care, by emphasizing personalized service, and by never compromising materials, value or professionalism.

Climate Guard Construction

Cobalt Digital, Inc.

Becky Moore 2506 Galen Dr., Second Floor Champaign, IL 61821 217.344.1243 Electronics Research & Development Cobalt Digital is a leading developer of solutions for the television broadcast and IPTV markets. They are a group of engineers that work together closely at all stages of product development. They develop and

manufacture the entire range of broadcast solutions from chassis and power supplies, to custom electronics, to server based software products. Cobalt Digital, Inc. is a privately held company founded in 1997. Cobalt has been a provider to The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Fox Speed Channel, WLS Chicago, ESPN, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Big Ten Network, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and numerous television productions including the Super Bowl and both summer and winter Olympic games. Their rapidly growing engineering team has a brand new, high-tech office space on Galen Drive in Champaign.

CompuType IT Solutions Terri Dambacher 4401 N. Belt West Belleville, IL 62226 618.233.8500

Since 1988, CompuType has been a Metro East leader in providing comprehensive technology solutions from home users to large businesses. No job is too small or too large for CompuType. They have a talented staff with over 300 years of combined technical experience.

Champaign Do It Best Hardware George Edwards 107 W. Springfield Ave. Champaign, IL 61820 217.356.6454




Shear Impressions, located in Urbana, celebrated their grand opening on November 2.

Pizza Hut held a grand opening ceremony on November 15 to celebrate their new Savoy location.

Hardware – Retail

Crawford Chiropractic

Brian Crawford 2101 Windsor Pl. Champaign, IL 61820 217.398.2225 Chiropractic Physicians Weight Control Services

CV Lloyde

Stephen Morris 102 S. Neil St. Champaign, IL 61820 217.352.7031 Music Instruments – Dealers

Enterprise Rent-A-Car Lindsey Henry 1804 S. Neil St. Champaign, IL 61820 217.351.1400 Automobile Rental

Farmers Insurance Group – Nate Sparrow Nate Sparrow 2925 S. Meadowbrook Rd., Ste. E Springfield, IL 62711 217.793.0500 Insurance

FlipSwitch Consulting Group Dan Peterson 124 W. State St. Paxton, IL 60957 217.274.4892

FlipSwitch Consulting Group is a “one stop shop” for small business. They work solely with small businesses to help them revolutionize their old forms of marketing and rethink their growth strategy. Their services include custom web design, mobile marketing, social media marketing, sales training, LegalShield products and services and much more. They always provide free consultations first, to allow the business to determine if FlipSwitch is right for them.

Heating and Air Conditioning Specialists Brad Houchens 202 N. Main St. P. O. Box 530 St. Joseph, IL 61873-0530 217.469.2900 Heating Contractors

Heating and Air Conditioning Specialists’ honest, dependable, and experienced technicians will provide excellent customer service and trustworthy advice. Their office personnel are fully trained in customer service and building trustworthy

relationships. As a family, the Houchens have been in the heating and air conditioning business for over 25 years. Their technicians are NATE-certified, which is the most prestigious technical certification in the industry. They keep their technical skills honed with ongoing training through Trane, and other local and web-based training seminars.

M. Josephine’s Interior Consulting

Mary Josephine Murphy 925 S. Washington Tuscola, IL 61953 217.493.9270 Interior Consultants

Owner Mary Murphy has been helping people have fun with decorating for over 15 years. Her lively, direct (yet tactful) approach gets people to open up and get to the bottom of their design dilemmas. M. Josephine’s provide numerous services to homeowners or businesses with paint color selecting, space planning, furniture arranging, and personal shopping for anything “home”.

Movement Arts of Champaign/ Urbana Abigail Chen 306 N. James St. Champaign, IL 61821 217.274.8382 Martial Arts Instruction



Website design company Accuraty Solutions celebrated their grand opening on November 15.

Small Business of the Year winner Shatterglass Studios celebrated the grand opening of their new building on Nov. 15.

Pizza Hut

Bradley Patton 1317 Savoy Plaza Savoy, IL 61874 217.352.2587 Pizza Hut, America’s Favorite Pizza, delivers more pizza, pasta and wings than any other restaurant. The only pizza company to be named a top ten franchise in 2012 by Entrepreneur Magazine, Pizza Hut began 50 years ago in Wichita, Kansas, and today operates nearly 10,000 restaurants in more than 90 countries. Pizza Hut, Inc. is a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc. To check out what’s new at Pizza Hut visit or join five million other fans who have liked

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solving, system backup and recovery, email spam filtering, antivirus/spyware removal, cloud computing and system virtualization to name a few.

Practical Technology Services Brad Ashmore 1717 W. Kirby Ave., #376 Champaign, IL 61821 888.624.8857 Computers – Software & Services

Shear Impressions

Practical Technology Services, LLC provides comprehensive technology solutions to small business clients. They pride themselves on their business-oriented approach and proficiency in today’s leading technology demands. Their engineers are highly skilled in areas of troubleshooting and problem

Leslie Myers Jennifer Davis 1604 N. Cunningham Ave. 217.344.6263 Beauty Salons

Sheryl Summers - Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant Sheryl Summers P.O. Box 35 Pesotum, IL 61863

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Movement Arts of Champaign/Urbana is a unique in-school arts program that offers quality training, a convenient setting and a fun, positive atmosphere. Their concept and curricula were developed to provide families with a convenient, affordable way for their children to enjoy and study various movement arts in a positive, fun atmosphere that cultivates respect, discipline, and selfesteem. Offering dance and martial arts classes in after-school programs (or even during regular school hours) allows students to participate in these activities while their parents are working, rather than adding one more thing to their families’ overly full evenings. Movement Arts holds classes at the McKinley Fitness Center as well as multiple schools and facilities in the local area.

217.369.6680 Skin Care Sheryl Summers offers personalized services that fit. Just tell her if you’d like a one-on-one consultation, a party with friends, a virtual party, makeup tips, skin care advice or free samples. She allows clients to try before they buy. Clients can shop online or order by e-mail or phone as well.

Slot & Wing Hobbies

Cole Thompson 1040 W. Bloomington Rd., Ste. B Champaign, IL 61821 217.359.1909 Hobby & Model Construction Supplies – Retail

Stuart J. Swalls – McClure Financial Group Stuart J. Swalls 1807 S. Neil St. Champaign, IL 61826 815.383-9413 Insurance

University of Illinois Division of Intercollegiate Athletics 1700 S. Fourth St. Champaign, IL 61821-1722 217.333.3630 Athletic Organizations

The mission of the University of Illinois Division of Intercollegiate Athletics is to provide a superior experience for all of our studentathletes and create the highest quality athletic program that will support and enhance their ability to compete for championships in the Big Ten Conference and the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

University Chiropractic

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Buca de Beppo celebrated the grand opening of their new Champaign location, set within Marketplace Mall, on November 26. University Chiropractic, located within the old Robeson’s building in downtown Champaign, held a ribbon cutting ceremony on October 22. The Vineyard Church held a grand opening for “Kingdom Kids”, their new children’s wing, on October 23.

Dr. Kenneth Nieman 206 N. Randolph St., Ste. 422 Champaign, IL 61820-3978 217.356.7077 Chiropractic Physicians

Dr. Nieman has 33 years of clinical experience, offering traditional chiropractic, physical therapy and massage, and on-site x-ray. He has significant experience in personal injury and work related injuries. University Chiropractic offers 10 percent off for U of I students and faculty with ID (excluding litigated matters).

The Warranty Group Elizabeth Flores

2302 Fox Dr. Champaign, IL 61820 312.429.0860 Warranty Programs – Extended & Supplemental The Warranty Group is a premier provider of service contracts and related benefits, with operations in 33 countries with 1800 employees. With underwriting, claims administration, compliance and marketing expertise, The Warranty Group is a global single-source solution for manufacturers, distributors and retailers of consumer goods including autos, homes, consumer electronics, furniture and appliances, as well as financial institutions.

Wireless Revolution – Sprint Matt Walker 1702 S. Philo Rd. Urbana, IL 61802 217.337.7700 2706 N. Prospect Ave. Champaign, IL 61822 217.607.1363 Wireless Communications Products & Services Wireless Communications Products & Services

Wireless Stores, Inc.

Nate Hartmann 1005 S. Lincoln Ave. Urbana, IL 61801 312.208.8840 Advertising – Online Services

Troy Smith 7 Convenience Center Dr., Ste. B Champaign, IL 61820-2755 217.352.9650 Wireless Communications Products & Services

Wireless Stores, Inc.

Troy Smith Market Place Mall 2000 N. Neil St. Champaign, IL 61820 217.355.5835 Wireless Communications Products & Services

Wireless Stores, Inc. Troy Smith Inside Meijer 2500 S. Philo Rd. Urbana, IL 61802 (217) 365-5210

Yellowbox Studios Ltd.

Yellow Box Studios, Ltd. works with small businesses to develop effective digital advertising campaigns that bring Madison Avenue results to Main Street budgets. Founded in 2010 by Creative Director and CEO Nate Hartmann, Yellow Box has been working with a wide range of small and local businesses for almost three years. Yellow Box specializes in social media marketing, video production, web design, email marketing, mobile app development, search engine optimization, and pay-per-click campaigns.

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Hollywood made


By Allison Copenbarger Vance


hatterglass Studios has arrived. The new media development, film and video production company has made quite a name for themselves in Champaign County Shatterglass has worked on a number of projects in the community with such prestigious clients as Ebertfest, The Illinois Connection, Carle, Gillette and more. The company has been featured in numerous film festivals, including the Sonoma International Film Festival and screened at the Cannes Independent Film Festival, winning several awards and accolades along the way.

Shatterglass production coordinator Myles Beeson alongside owners Luke Boyce and Brett Hays at the 2012 Chamber Annual Meeting. The production company was named 2012 Small Business of the Year by the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce.

While Brett Hays and Luke Boyce are happy to share the secret to their success, it is a trait uniquely theirs – their partnership. Boyce said he knew he wanted to do something artistic since he was a young boy. He was involved with his first


film when he was only 14 years old. But when he graduated from high school it seemed music was his calling. He was the co-founder and lead singer of a pop-rock band for six years, but eventually decided to follow his first dream – film making. Boyce knew he wouldn’t be able to run a creative company on his own. He had watched his father, an artist, struggle with all that comes along with running a business – scheduling, paperwork and networking. So when Boyce was connected with Hays, it was dream realized for both. The pair set out at the end of 2005 to create a different kind of film production company. Their vision was to create commercial videos with a narrative storytelling theme that imitates a documentary – something they now call “docunarrative.” Their company was originally based out of Springfield, but the duo saw so much promise in the Champaign-Urbana area they made the decision to relocate. “Every community has a business sector,” Boyce said. “But in other places there are no relationships. It’s completely different here. There’s a cultural aspect and we’ve built friendships.” Boyce is the creative director for the company and leads the vision for the style of film Shatterglass produces. Hays networks with companies, reaches out to new clients and maintains good relationships. Hays, a graphic designer, appreciates Boyce’s creative angle, but lets him lead. Throughout the years, that mutual respect has created a deep, trusting friendship. They say that is the real

Shatterglass owners Luke Boyce and Brett Hayes work with actors on the set of “The Drunk”, a political comedy and fictional account of the hard drinking grandson of legendary labor leader, Eugene V. Debs, who gets arrested for drunk driving one night. When he discovers that the corrupt prosecutor, played by Tom Sizemore, is trying to put him in jail for political reasons, he decides to run against him for governor of Indiana. The movie was shot over a four-week period in Terre Haute, Indiana.

secret to their success. “Having Brett to take the business load off my shoulders is so key,” he explains. “I just couldn’t do it myself.” Shatterglass reached a major milestone when they moved into their new location this year at 309 S. Neil Street. The space is decked out in modern furniture, primary colors and vintage movie items. It is a creative paradise. As their company has grown and expanded, they needed the physical space to branch out. They are currently adding a complete sound stage, rivaling major production companies. This branching out and creating a more-equipped building is all in hopes of bringing films to Champaign-Urbana. Though they say they will always have a commercial side, the next goal

is to majorly expand their film side to become a reputable film production studio. “The benefits to having a visible building with a sound stage will be huge,” Boyce said. “If a film was to come here, now we can have production offices, a sound stage, we can build sets. We can also coordinate with the community. Having this will give legitimacy.” Hays is also quick to point out that films bring business to communities. A moderately-sized film will bring new crew members into the community. There could also be employment opportunities. “People don’t realize what an economic boom film making can be,” he said. He also explains that producing movies in smaller markets is currently trending. Many are moving away from Hollywood.



Champaign County Chamber of Commerce

schmooza PALOOZA business expo

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10 • 10 A.M. TO 6 P.M. UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS ASSEMBLY HALL Interested in showcasing your business at the expo? Registration materials will be available on the Chamber’s website ( in February. Questions? Contact Karly Combest at or call 217.359.1791.

Boyce and Hays not only want to bring success to the community, but they want to engage the community with filmmaking. That’s a major reason they started the ChampaignUrbana Film Society – to educate and inspire community members. “We want to inspire people, especially young people, that film is

a viable job and art form,” he said. The Champaign-Urbana Film Society plans to host a workshop for high school students in February or March. Shatterglass is going to bring in reputable professionals in the industry and give kids a hands-on approach to both the equipment and experience. “Filmmaking is so good for

communities,” Boyce said. “Even in a down economy people go to the movies. In 10 years, we want major films to be made here.” Shatterglass Studios is located at 309 S. Neil St. in Champaign. They can be found online at www.






The Champaign County Leadership Program (ACE) aims to mold young professionals into strong local leaders. Participants will gain confidence, knowledge, professionalism and strong leadership skills they can bring back to their place of employment. The program is a great way to connect young professionals with their peers and build strong business relationships.

TENTATIVE PROGRAM SCHEDULE: OPENING RECEPTION - Thursday, Jan. 31, 5 to 7 p.m., Boltini Lounge MEYER-BRIGGS TYPE INDICATOR TEST, PART I - Thursday, Feb. 7, 8 a.m. to 12

p.m., to be held at the Chamber office (Breakfast included) Led by Cindy Guthrie, Director of Human Resource Services at YG Financial Group, PC

MEYER-BRIGGS TYPE INDICATOR TEST, PART II - Thursday, Feb. 14, 8 a.m. to

10 a.m., to be held at the Chamber office (Breakfast included) Led by Cindy Guthrie, Director of Human Resource Services at YG Financial Group, PC

IMPACT OF YOUNG PROFESSIONALS IN GOVERNMENT - Thursday, Feb. 21, 8 to 10 a.m., to be held at the Chamber office (Breakfast included) Led by Former Senator Rick Winkel, Director of the Institute of Government and Public Affairs’ Office of Public Leadership LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT SKILLS - Thursday, Feb. 28, 11 a.m. to 1

p.m., to be held at the Chamber office (Lunch included) Led by Mark Kesler, Parkland College

SOCIAL MEDIA IN THE WORKPLACE - Wednesday, Mar. 6, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., to be held at the Chamber office (Lunch included) Led by Mary-Lynn and George Kruger of BIGG Success WHAT YOUR BODY LANGUAGE SAYS ABOUT YOU/ IMAGE AND BRANDING - Thursday, Mar. 14, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., to be held at the Chamber office (Lunch included) Led by Shirley Stelbrink, Learning Alliances Company

ALLERTON CHALLENGE COURSE - Thursday, Mar. 21, 1 to 5 p.m. Allerton Park, Monticello


Wednesday, Mar. 27, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (Lunch included), to be held at Lincolnshire Fields Country Club Led by Beth Reuter, University of Illinois Hospitality Management Program In addition to the listed events, ACE participants will receive complimentary admission to CHAMBER BUSINESS AFTER HOURS and FIRST FRIDAY COFFEE events for the duration of the program to help develop their networking skills.

OUR MISSION: Attract and identify the next generation of community leaders.

Connect young professionals with the

surrounding community through unique opportunities in the areas of service, leadership and advocacy.

Engage young professionals in local

corporate, community and cultural settings.

INTERESTED? Contact Karly Combest at or call 217.359.1791.


$329 - Early Registration (Jan. 2 - 18) $379 - Regular Registration (Jan. 21 - 31) $499 - Non Chamber Members


very year, the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce releases a new legislative agenda complimentary to the Chamber’s advocacy efforts. It helps the Chamber better define issues and challenges and identify possible solutions to fulfill our vision of driving economic growth in the region and enabling our businesses to compete in the global economy. The Chamber’s Public Policy Committee, guided by feedback and suggestions from our membership, identified the following areas of focus for 2013: Cost of Doing Business (Combined taxes, fees, and state and local budgets) • Advocate for true Workers Compensation reform • Advocate for further reform of the State’s Unemployment Insurance System • Advocate for the payment of backlogged bills • Advocate for fiscal responsibility and the containment of local budgets to address recently implemented fees and tax increases

Transportation • Secure equitable IDOT funding for Region 5 and stop diversions from the state’s road fund • Advocate for increased passenger service of Amtrak (Both goals in partnership with Champaign County FIRST) Education • Advocate for a quality education system that prepares students for both community workforce needs and advanced studies • Advocate for sound, sustainable fiscal policies that lead to quality education while balancing state and local funding sources Healthcare • Provide reliable information on the Affordable Health Care Act to our membership A more comprehensive, action-oriented, version of the 2013 Legislative Agenda can be found on the Chamber’s website, For more information on Chamber Public Policy, contact Ryan Roth at or call 217.359.1791.


The Champaign County Chamber of Commerce introduces Ryan Roth as our new Public Policy Manager. Roth grew up on a farm in rural Carrollton, Il., has a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts Degree in Political Science from the University of Illinois Springfield. While a student at UIS, Roth was active in a number of political clubs and organizations, worked as a Committee Clerk for the Illinois House of Representatives, and interned at the contractlobbying firm of Cook-Witter Incorporated. Prior to his employment with the Chamber, Roth worked for a superPAC coordinating a phone banking campaign and a door to door campaign in the Chicago suburbs. In his spare time, Roth enjoys playing his guitar, reading and collecting WWII and political memorabilia.



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You are cordially invited to attend the


ATHENA Award Luncheon

A Thursday, February 21 noon to 2 p.m. Champaign Country Club


oin Champaign County Chamber of Commerce members and representatives from local businesses as we honor the 2013 ATHENA Award recipient and the 2013 ATHENA Young Professional Award recipient. The recipient of the ATHENA Award demonstrates excellence, creativity and initiative in his or her business or profession; provides valuable service by devoting time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community and assists women in reaching their full leadership potential. This year’s luncheon will also present the ATHENA Young Professional Award, given to an emerging leader who strives toward the highest levels of personal and professional accomplishment and serves as a role model for young women. This award is sponsored by past recipients of the ATHENA Award. The 2013 ATHENA Award luncheon is sponsored by the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce and Spherion Staffing Services. The recipient’s lapel pin is provided by Busey Wealth Management.

To attend:

Go to and download the registration form. Cost is $33 for Chamber members. Questions? Contact Karly Combest at Cindy Somers, 2012 ATHENA Award Recipient, and Sarah Zehr, 2012 ATHENA Young Professional Award Recipient

MEMBERSHIP NEWS AT&T recently announced that they will significantly expand their broadband networks - both nationwide wireless and wireline in 22 states, including Illinois, with an investment of $14 billion over the next three years. The investment plan, Project Velocity IP, is a step to bring consumers and businesses even more state-of-the art communications technology. Under this announcement, AT&T is expected to expand super high speed wireless broadband service (4G LTE) to cover 300 million people by year-end 2014. This will also expand their wired broadband network to 75 percent of customer locations in the company’s 22-state wireline service area by yearend 2015.


Athletico was recently named the 2012 Practice of the Year by Advance Rehab Magazine. Headquartered in Chicago, Athletico’s Champaign location is one of 69 locations across the Midwest. The company offers more than 40 specialty rehabilitation, outreach, and fitness services. Their team of specialists includes physical and occupational therapists, certified athletic trainers, personal trainers, strength and conditioning specialists, and massage therapists. Athletico has staff with expertise in treating the worker’s compensation population with such services as work conditioning and functional capacity evaluations. In addition, Athletico provides athletic training, physical and occupational therapy, and fitness services to over 150 affiliations including high schools, colleges, and many of Chicago’s professional sports teams. John Bambenek of Bambenek Consulting was recently featured in a story on WAND-TV where he helped track fugitive suspect John McAfee to a remote location in Guatemala using digital fingerprints left in an image file he posted online. This ultimately led to his arrest a few days later and pending extradition back to Belize to face questioning regarding a homicide. Six Champaign Unit #4 School District educators have been recognized by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards as National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) for the 2012-2013 school year. Collectively, 48 teachers and school psychologists within the District have earned this honor, which is achieved upon successful completion of a voluntary and rigorous assessment program designed to recognize effective and accomplished teachers who meet high standards based on what teachers should know and be able to do. Certification is valid for 10 years, and teachers are encouraged to reassess during their 8th or 9th year to maintain their certification. Congratulations to the following teachers: Newly certified: Tina Cowsert (Carrie Busey), Renee Hunt (Centennial), Dana Lamkin (Deaf/Hard of Hearing Itinerant Teacher), and Lindsay Polarek (Central); Re-certified: Mary Malloy (Centennial) and Cynthia Helms (Centennial). Over $150,000 in scholarships will be awarded by the University YMCA’s Fred S. Baily Scholarship to University of Illinois students working to improve their communities. University students who have made an impact through commitment to service,



Meyer Capel recently announced that Brook Didier, Randall Green and Rebecca Wade have been named shareholders. Didier and Wade are part of Meyer Capel’s Estate Planning practice group and they regularly counsel clients in matters involving estate planning, tax planning, estate administration, probate, wills, trusts and trust administration. Green is part of Meyer Capel’s Business Planning and Transactions and Real Estate practice groups. He regularly cousels individual and institutional clients in a wide range of business and real estate transactions. community involvement, leadership and action are eligible to apply. The University YMCA will also give out four $5,000 awards to upcoming seniors who have made an exceptional impact in one or more of the following areas: Social Justice, Environment, Faith in Action and International Issues. Applications are available online now through February 7. Informational sessions about the scholarships will be held throughout the application period. For more information, visit


Are you renovating your space or revamping your services? Have you won any recent awards or made any additions to your staff? Do you have news to share with the Champaign County business community? Tell us about it and get featured in the Chamber’s next Commerce Connection. Send an email with your news to Nikolle Keeney,

Chamber Store Mailing Labels

Website Sponsorship

Contact Norma Wesley to place your order, or 217.531.4669.

Online Business Directory Enhancements

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. Two lists are available for purchase: Long list (approx. 2,500 names and businesses).................................. $175 Short list (approx. 1,080 names and businesses)..................................$125


Recently redesigned, Our electronic newsletter gets sent out to more than 4,000 businesses and businesspeople in Champaign County each week. Sponsor an e-Connection and get your business seen by THOUSANDS. Header sponsorship (one week)............................................................$100 Header sponsorship (four consecutive weeks).................................$360 Contact Nikolle Keeney for more information, NikolleK@ or 217.359.1791.

Enhance your listing on the Chamber’s online business directory. The directory gets hundreds of THOUSANDS of hits each day-- turn your standard (free) listing into an eye-catching, search engine optimized advertisement. Basic upgrade....................................................................................................$40 Value upgrade...................................................................................................$60 Deluxe upgrade................................................................................................$90 Contact Nikolle for more information, NikolleK@champaigncounty. org or 217.359.1791.

Event Sponsorship

Email footer sponsorship

For only $75, your business can place a banner on every email that gets sent out of the Chamber office.That’s an average of over 12,000 emails per week. You can’t get better (or cheaper) exposure! Email footer (one week).................................................................................$75 Add email footer to the Chamber’s e-Connection..........Additional $50 Contact Nikolle Keeney for more information, NikolleK@ or 217.359.1791.

Commerce Connection Advertisement

The Chamber is planning a massive redesign of our website within the next year. There will be numerous opportunities for businesses to sponsor pages, host banners and showcase themselves on the Chamber site. More information will be available in the coming months. If you would like to express early interest, contact Nikolle Keeney at

From First Friday Coffee to our annual Golf Outing, the Chamber hosts a number of events each month! By sponsoring a Chamber event-- your business gets great exposure not only at the event itself but also within all our promotional materials (emails, mailings, e-newsletters, Commerce Connection, website, etc...). We have numerous opportunities throughout the year, here’s what’s coming up: Breakfast Series sponsorship (includes table of 8)........$1000 2013 East Central Illinois Business Expo : Title sponsorship, power lunch sponsorship, wine tasting sponsorship (prices available upon request)

The Commerce Connection is a bi-monthly publication that gets sent out to more than 3,000 businesses and businesspeople in Champaign County. Content always relevant to local business, the publication is full-color, full-gloss and all around awesome. Ads start at only $90

Additional sponsorship information for events such as the Annual Meeting, Golf Outing and Come Wine With Us is available upon request. Contact Karly at or 217.359.1791 with any event sponsorship inquiries.

Contact Nikolle Keeney for more information - NikolleK@ or 217.359.1791.

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For more information on any of these services, contact the Chamber at 217.359.1791. Services are available free to all Chamber members.

calendar of events Business After Hours

Thursday, January 17, 5 to 7 p.m. Hosted by Parkland College- Applied Technology Center 2400 W. Bradley Avenue, Champaign

Writing a Business Plan

An event hosted by ECI SCORE Thursday, January 24, 3 to 5:30 p.m. Champaign County Chamber of Commerce 303 W. Kirby Ave., Champaign

Financing a Small Business

An event hosted by ECI SCORE Saturday, January 26, 9 to 11:30 a.m. Champaign County Chamber of Commerce 303 W. Kirby Ave., Champaign

ACE - Leadership Development Program Kickoff

Thursday, January 31, 5 to 7 p.m. To be held at Boltini Lounge 211 N. Neil St., Champaign

First Friday Coffee

Friday, February 1, 7:30 to 9 a.m. Hosted by Hawthorn Suites Ltd. 101 Trade Center Dr., Champaign

ATHENA Luncheon

Thursday, February 21, noon to 2 p.m. Held at the Champaign Country Club 1211 S. Prospect Ave., Champaign More details on page 20

Business After Hours

Thursday, February 21, 5 to 7 p.m. Hosted by Dean’s Graphics 3103 Research Road, Champaign

Writing a Business Plan

An event hosted by ECI SCORE Saturday, February 23, 9 to 11:30 a.m. Champaign County Chamber of Commerce 303 W. Kirby Ave., Champaign

First Friday Coffee

Friday, March 1, 7:30 to 9 a.m. Hosted by Attorneys’ Title Guarantee Fund 2102 Windsor Pl., Champaign

Starting a Small Business

An event hosted by ECI SCORE Thursday, March 14, 3 to 5:30 p.m. Champaign County Chamber of Commerce 303 W. Kirby Ave., Champaign

Business After Hours

Thursday, March 21 Hosted by the Hilton Garden Inn 1501 S. Neil St., Champaign

SAVE THE DATE: 2013 SchmoozaPalooza Business Expo

Wednesday, April 10, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the University of Illinois Assembly Hall 1800 S. First St., Champaign

Fast Facts

7.2% Champaign County Unemployment Rate in November 2012

22 business licenses applied for in

Champaign County during December 2012

104.6 December 2012 Flash Economic Index for Champaign County in December 2012

1,107,810 rides were taken on CUMTD in

November 2012 (CUMTD experienced their highest ever passenger rate in October 2012 with 1,391,576 passengers)

9,466 visits to the Chamber’s homepage,, in December 2012

53,733 average amount of referals PER DAY

the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce Online Business Directory recieved via search engines and online sources in December 2012





Profile for Champaign County Chamber of Commerce

Commerce Connection - Winter 2013  

Champaign County's premier business-to-business publication for more than 20 years.

Commerce Connection - Winter 2013  

Champaign County's premier business-to-business publication for more than 20 years.


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