Champaign County Chamber of Commerce | Fiscal Year 2013
s r e b m e 1,200 m that employ 67,000+
We are the voice for business. 303 West Kirby Avenue | Champaign, IL 61820 P 217.359.1791 | F 217.359.1809 www.champaigncounty.org
Champaign County Chamber of Commerce 303 West Kirby Avenue Champaign, IL 61820 www.champaigncounty.org
Dear Chamber Members:
FY13 TOP INVESTORS
Whether through legislative advocacy; workforce skills development; creating marketing opportunities for our members to gain more customers or finding ways to help our members save money off their bottom line – working to improve our local business climate is the main driver of everything we do at the Chamber.
Gold Busey Carle Presence Health
Over this past year, we worked in partnership through the Champaign County First group to lead a community delegation for a successful Washington DC Fly-in. We led the Champaign County First efforts on key initiatives including the continued advancement of the High Speed Rail agenda; increasing the frequency of passenger rail; and seeking additional federal dollars to complete the Lincoln Avenue project. Our continued sponsorship of the Illinois Procurement Technical Assistance Center program has resulted over $5,224,414.17 reported in contracts awarded. 29 companies cited having 104 educational sessions and a total 123.5 counseling hours. We strengthened our voice for a better business climate and continue to be the only association that will speak for the business community. We tackled several local issues this past year and we will continue to advocate for our members’ rights to run your companies without interference or burdensome costs and regulations. We served as good stewards of your membership investment and we streamlined our own internal operations to better serve the membership in a more cost effective manner. As the economy continues to improves and your companies continue to persevere and succeed, please know that it is your perseverance, involvement and support for the Chamber that allows us to continue making positive change for the business community. I thank you for allowing me to serve as your president & CEO. Your stories, struggles and most importantly, your successes motivate our staff to want to serve the membership even more. Wishing you a prosperous 2014.
Silver BPC, Inc. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Bronze A&R Mechanical Contractors Amdocs BankChampaign, N.A. Christie Clinic First Bank First Mid-Illinois Bank The Hilton Complex Kraft Foods, Inc. Supervalu Inc. Champaign Distribution Center University of Illinois Employees Credit Union Walmart Supercenters IN-KIND CONTRIBUTORS Chairman’s Circle Illini Radio Group - MIX 94.5, WIXY 100.3, 92.5 The Chief, WYXY Classic 99.1, True Oldies 97.9, Extra 92.1, HITS 99.7 NewsTalk 1400 WDWS, Lite Rock 97.5 WHMS, U-Rock 107.9 SJ Broadcasting - Q 96.1, COUNTRY 105.9, Sunny 95.3, Connect FM 93.5 & 95.3, ESPN Radio 93.5 Chamber Circle WICD ABC NewsChannel 15 Fox 27 Illinois/ WCCU TV Business Circle Adams Outdoor Advertising 150 PERCENT CLUB W.K. Cooper II Asset Management
Laura Weis President & CEO
CHAMBER MISSION The Champaign County Chamber of Commerce is a member focused business association that facilitates business growth and improves the quality of life in the region through advocacy with resources, workforce development and a pro-business agenda. We are the voice for business.
BOARD of DIRECTORS
Chair, Advanced Filtration Systems, Inc.
First Vice Chair, Livingston, Barger, Brandt & Schroeder
Second Vice Chair, A&R Mechanical Contractors
Developmental Services Center
Presence Covenant Medical Center
University of Illinois
Past Chair, F.E. Moran Security Solutions
Secretary, Champaign County Chamber of Commerce
FIX-IT, Sidney Dairy Barn
Chris Shroyer Busey
Stone Creek Golf Club
CHAMBER STAFF Laura Weis
President & CEO
Event & Programs Manager
Accounts Receivable & Office Administrator
Marketing & Graphic Design Manager
Director of First Impressions
Membership & Advertising Sales Manager
Christopher Sheppard Memership & Advertising Sales Manager
Public Policy Manager
Administrative Support & Reservationist
Alex Keating Data Intern
Samantha Mathis Marketing Intern
FY 2013 AUDITED FINANCIALS TOTAL REVENUE: $710,163
TOTAL EXPENSES: $709,570
MEMBER HIGHLIGHTS “We’ve welcomed over 100 new customers already this year (in addition to 700+ current customers). We’ve introduced a new single cup coffee service in partnership with Columbia Street Roastery. We’re rolling out our new Janitorial Plus program, which will allow customers to save money and time by sourcing more product through a single source.” - Tonya Horn, President, Rogards Office Plus “The month of October marks the 25th Anniversary of Ramshaw Real Estate. Starting as a 40-apartment property management company, the company has grown to a market leader in real estate acquisitions, development, and sales.” - Jessica Wright, Marketing Director, Ramshaw Real Estate “Our biggest accomplishment this year was to add two daily contracts to our business. We have partnered with Judah Christian Schools and Circle of Friends Adult Day Care to provide them with lunch on a daily basis and this has allowed us to add two new full time positions.” - Colleen Hatton, Owner, Dish Passionate Cuisine “FlipSwitch has grown month to month and has formed many strategic partnerships that have allowed us to provide additional products and services to small business owners. We’re thrilled that we have carved out a niche in various parts of the U.S. and have been able to provide small businesses with high quality, affordable marketing solutions.” - Dan Peterson & Craig Loschen, Owners, FlipSwitch Consulting Group “Serving more customers ‘The World’s Best Ice Cream’ this season than ever before!” - Christina West, Manager, Sidney Dairy Barn
BREAKFAST SERIES 09/13/12
Chamber members had the opportunity to “Meet the Candidates.” Nearly 30 candidates were featured and the event was held at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Conference Center.
CHAMBER PICTURE DAY 10/02/13
CHAMBER LEADERSHIP PROGRAM - 01/31/13
Benjamin Lapid Photography spent the day at the Chamber taking member photos. Over 75 people signed up for the program this year.
The Chamber developed a new leadership program for young professionals. There had not been a leadership program through the Chamber since the early 2000s. Seats filled fast for the 10-week course and 28 participants took advantage of this great opportunity.
BREAKFAST SERIES 10/11/12
John Groce, the new, energized Fighting Illini Men’s Basketball coach spent the morning talk to Chamber members about the future of the upcoming season. He was excited to call Champaign-Urbana home. Busey sponsored the Breakfast. 4
ATHENA AWARD LUNCHEON - 02/21/13
2012 SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR - 10/26/12
The Chamber Annual Meeting was held at Hilton Garden Inn this year. Shatterglass Studios took home the coveted Small Business of the Year Award. The theme was “Social Media” and the “Call Me Maybe” video presentation was a huge hit nearly 3,000 views to date.
At the luncheon, Bianca Green, founder of Illinois Mediation Services, Inc. was the ATHENA Award Recipient and Laura Frerichs, Director of Research Park at the University of Illinois was the 2012 ATHENA Young Professional Award Recipient. The event was sponsored by the Chamber and Spherion Staffing Services.
BREAKFAST SERIES - 04/04/13
BUSINESS SUCCESS SEMINAR - 03/28/13
The Champaign County Chamber of Commerce partnered with the Rantoul, Mahomet and Champaign County Black Chambers, the UBA and the Champaign Center Partnership to bring Tim Miles, author of “Good Company: ‘Making It, Keeping It, and Being It’” to town. He used common sense, kindness and an unquenchable curiosity as tools to help hundreds of businesses be more successful more quickly. He runs an odd little communications company that helps owner-operated companies do more with less.
Congressmen John Shimkus and Rodney Davis provided Chamber members with business updates on the State and national level. This allowed members to become more informed about issues that may be impacting their business.
SCHMOOZA PALOOZA - 04/10/13
Schmooze (verb): To network and converse casually Palooza (noun): A large-scale party! Around 1,000 people were in attendance and more than 60 vendors participated and ten restaurants helped cater the event. SK Exteriors sponsored the Power Lunch and BankChampaign, N.A. sponsored the Wine Tasting.
COME WINE WITH US - 06/20/13 The event was held at Farm Credit Services of Illinois and sponsored by the Agribusiness Committee. Over 250 people were in attendance along with 24 different sponsors and vendors. 2013 CHAMBER GOLF OUTING - 06/06/13
The Roofing Dog sponsored the 2013 Chamber Golf Outing which was held at Stone Creek Golf Club. Midland States Bank was the golf ball sponsor, Dish Passionate Cuisine was our lunch sponsor and Rosati’s provided dinner for nearly 100 golfers. The weather was great and the company was even better. Special thank you to the more than 20 raffle prize donors.
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303 West Kirby Avenue | Champaign, IL 61820 Champaign County Chamber of Commerce P 217.359.1791 217.359.1809 303 West Kirby Avenue| |FChampaign, IL 61820 P. 217.359.1791 | F. 217.359.1809 www.champaigncounty.org