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2013 FOOTBALL SEASON
As a college town, the majority of our members have experienced the C-U Tailgate Community to some extent, whether it is actually tailgating, driving down Kirby Avenue on game days or hearing stories in the days that follow. After polling our members, we learned that tailgating is a favorite game day activity. To help you prepare for upcoming Illini home games, we asked a few of our Chamber member caterers to share some healthy and simple recipes that will be a huge hit at your next tailgate!
L.A. GOURMET’S HUMMUS RECIPE
12 ounces garbanzo beans 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 2 Tbsp vegetable oil 1/4 cup tahini paste 1 T lemon juice 1/4 tsp cumin 2Tbsp water 1 tsp chopped garlic kosher salt to taste Place all ingredients into Cuisinart and mix until smooth. Serve with Fresh Vegetables or Pita Chips. Add roasted red peppers or top with pinenuts for a variety of flavors.
TURKEY SLOPPY JOES (serves 6) 1 lb ground turkey 93% lean 1/4 cup red onion 1/4 cup multi colored bell peppers 1/4 cup carrots 2 cups tomato sauce 2 T worcestershire sauce 3 T brown sugar 2 T Montreal Steak Season Brown turkey in a non-stick skillet. While turkey is browning, place onion, peppers and carrots in the food processor and rough chop or dice into small pieces. Add to the turkey and cook 4-5 minutes until vegetables are soft. Add tomato sauce, worcestershire sauce, Montreal seasoning and brown sugar. Mix everything together and let simmer for 15-20 minutes.
SOME OF OUR MEMBERS SHARED THEIR TAILGATING TRADITIONS AND THEIR FAVORITE PART OF TAILGATING. “The best part of tailgating is the camaraderie of all our friends.” - Art Warren, Associated Transfer & Storage, Inc. “Setting up and hosting a family tailgate. It is a fun event to get together.” - Jim Goss, The Atkins Group
“Bags, BBQ and beer. Essentially the three B’s.” - Kevin Schnebly, Bailey Edward “Bags, food, friends, FUN!” - Mary Hubbell, RE/MAX Realty Associates
FY14 TOP INVESTORS TOP INVESTORS Gold Busey Carle University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Bronze A&R Mechanical Contractors Amdocs BankChampaign, N.A. Christie Clinic First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust Kraft Foods, Inc. Presence Covenant Medical Center Supervalu Inc. Champaign Distribution Center University of Illinois Employees Credit Union
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CHAMBER STAFF Laura Weis President & CEO LauraW@champaigncounty.org Karly Combest Event & Programs Director KarlyC@champaigncounty.org Caryn Isenhower Accounts Receivable & Office Administrator Caryni@champaigncounty.org Michelle Luna Membership Sales Director MichelleL@champaigncounty.org Lynette Lykins Director of First Impressions LynetteL@champaigncounty.org Samantha Mathis Marketing & PR Director SamanthaM@champaigncounty.org Ryan Roth Public Policy Director RyanR@champaigncounty.org Christopher Sheppard Membership Development Director ChristopherS@champaigncounty.org
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Tabatha Helm Laura Weis Secretary, Champaign County Chamber of Commerce
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KICKED OFF 08/22
The program officially kicked off Thursday, August 22, 2013 at Radio Maria. This session there are 20 young professionals signed up to become stronger leaders. They have already begun connecting and expanding their business relationships.
CLASS ONE: MYERS-BRIGGS TYPE INDICATOR Classes began the following week on August 29 at the Chamber. Cindy Guthrie, Director of Human Resource Services at YG Financial presented. She said, “A leadership development program is well served by helping participants understand the differences and similarities between co-workers, colleagues, and bosses. Though often called “soft skills” the abilities to recognize the best ways to communicate, collaborate, and manage conflicts will improve working relationships, productivity, and outcomes. Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is used by hundreds of large and small companies across the US and the world. By offering the opportunity to learn and experience the MBTI, the Chamber’s ACE Program is providing a great opportunity to help young professionals grow and develop in both their professional and personal lives.” champaigncounty.org/
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Join us for a Chamber Annual Meeting like no other on Friday, October 4 from noon to 2:00 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn in Champaign. The 2013 Small Business of the Year Award will be presented at the event, and the program will be interactive. Seats may be purchased individually for $39 or per table sponsor (seats eight) for $400. To purchase your seat, contact Caryn Isenhower via email, Caryni@champaigncounty.org, or by phone, 217.359.1791.
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Chamber Members and the C-U Tailgate Community
Written by S amanth a M athis fo r t he Ch ampaign Co u nt y Chamb er of Co mmerce
hether it is a hot, humid August afternoon or a cool, crisp September morning, devoted Illini fans can be found sporting their orange and blue throughout the streets and parking lots surrounding Memorial Stadium. With over 25 designated tailgate and parking lots, multiple activities for all ages and an energetic atmosphere, it is easy to understand why the C-U tailgate community continues to thrive. If you have ever lived in or visited Champaign-Urbana during the Illinois Football season, you have witnessed the spirit and creativity of the tailgate community. For some, tailgating at Illini football games is a tradition, while it is a company event for others. Whatever the reason, they are all a part of a transformation that occurs on game days.
THE CROWD Last season, 45,564 people on average attended Fighting Illini football games and the majority of them tailgated in some form. Saturdays were spent on the lawns and other
areas nearby the stadium. Art Warren is one of the 45,564 people tailgating and has been doing so for many years. Chamber member and owner of Associated Transfer & Storage Inc., Art’s tailgating tradition began in the early 80’s after he graduated. “It started out as a bucket of chicken and a cooler out of the back of a car on the old nine-hole golf course where the baseball and tennis facilities are now,” says Warren. The tradition transformed into a company tailgate in the late 80’s, using an old bread truck that was painted orange and blue. Back then, tailgating began the night before and Illini fans camped out. Warren is known for Orange Force One and Orange Force 1.5. If you are not familiar with the Orange Force One, it was one of the best tailgates in the C-U tailgate community. The vehicle looked like a “giant airplane” and was designed by Jake Tatar at UpClose Printing. Unfortunately, it was lost in a fire a few years back. However, friends surprised Warren with a check that went towards a replacement.
And so Orange Force 1.5 was born. It was designed specifically for tailgating, with features allowing for quick set up and take down times. “We kept a few of the graphics from Orange Force One. It has walnut cabinetry nicer than my house, one touch satellite system, a professional sound system, and built in bar. It is a weapon of mass consumption. Many friends had a hand in creating it,” said Warren. Last year Art’s tailgate was name the Best Tailgate of the Year by ESPN. Although that is definitely an award to be proud of, Warren believes his core group who “pitch in to help set up, cook and take down…are all just as much a part of Orange Force 1.5 as [he is].”
THE BUSINESSES Illini fans are not just individuals. Illini fans are also local businesses. There are a variety of businesses and campus groups that make arrangements to host a tent on the east and west side of the State Farm Center lawns. Often times, the tailgates are used at appreciation events for employees and/or to entertain clients. According to Drew Claassen, Assistant Director of Group Sales and Marketing for the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics at the University of Illinois, these businesses “receive complimentary tent space as a part of their group ticket order (minimum of 50 tickets).” WDWS, SuperValu, WCIA and the Illini Radio Group are just a few businesses that have group tents during the season. In addition to these local organizations, fans will also find Birkey’s Farm Store, Busey Bank, Car-X and County Market partaking in game day activities. Chris Andrews, General Manager of Fighting Illini Sports Properties, (a division of Learfield Sports), and his team create multimedia marketing solutions for their corporate sponsors. The underlying goal of these partnerships is to connect the products with the fans. The purpose of Car-X’s display space is to not only showcase their products and services, but to initiate interaction and increase visibility. Birkey’s Farm Store is out on the tailgating lawns to raise their brand awareness, but to also educate fans on agriculture and farming equipment. Andrews mentioned that for his clients, tailgating is more than just marketing their business and products; it is about interacting with customers in an environment they are comfortable in.
THE ACTIVITIES County Market is official sponsor of the Illini Street Fest, which is a “free, public concert [that is] held at the main stage, which [is] located at the corner of First and Irwin facing south” on game days prior to kickoff. This season, two of the performers are 90s Daughter and Brat Pack. In addition to the live entertainment,
Above: One aspect of Art Warren’s tailgating tradition known as Orange Force 1.5. Photos courtesy of Art Warren. there are family-friendly, free activities at the Street Fest ranging from inflatable games to face painting. Food and drinks are available for purchase and Illini athletic teams will also stop by and sign autographs at select games. The Illini Walk, the official kickoff to the day’s activities, begins two and a half hours before game time. Located at the corner of First Street and Kirby Avenue, fans are joined by the football team, the Illini cheerleading squad, Illiniettes and Illini Dance Team and led by the Marching Illini. The walk is a great opportunity to get your tailgate excited and ready to cheer on the Illini.
FOURTH STREET EXTENSION The yearlong, newly finished Fourth Street Extension project will certainly impact the C-U tailgating experience. According to Captain Roy Acree of the University of Illinois Police Department, the $5 million project will “take relief off of northbound traffic before
Above left: Memorial Stadium’s new scoreboard. Above right: The County Market team, sponsor of the Illini Street Fest, interacting with customers while enjoying the tailgate scene. Below: Illini fans enjoying pregame activities under tents provided by Champaign County Tents. Photos courtesy of Champaign County Tents. the game and pressure off of First Street and South Lincoln after the game.” He also added that this project will benefit many fans who do not have parking passes, as the majority of pay parking is south of the stadium. The extension will not only be advantageous for the football season, but also during the Fighting Illini Basketball season. Traffic will flow much more efficiently around the State Farm Center before and after games. Captain Acree was certain the Fourth Street extension would be “nothing but a plus.”
THE TENTS GO UP Game day is close when the tailgate tents go up. Kevin Yonce, CEO of Champaign County Tents, said they have been renting tents for the University of Illinois football games since the 1970’s. Set up begins Thursday afternoons and continues into Friday mornings. Champaign County Tents rents more than just tents; tables, chairs and fencing are also available. There is an important partnership between Champaign County Tents and the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics. Mr. Yonce and his team schedule rentals, while the University allocates tailgate spaces for those rentals; space is determined by the number of tickets an organization purchases. Champaign County Tents supplies six to seven tents on average to various organizations for tailgating purposes. “Working with the clients and helping them to develop their events is the best part of the tailgating for Champaign County Tent. We have the opportunity to interact with the people planning their tailgates and develop relationships that last for years,” Mr. Yonce explained. As many people know, the Illini tailgate community is one of a kind. For many locals, tailgating is an “annual experience and has been a long time part of a home
football Saturday. Tailgating provides a festive and enjoyable part of the Illini Football experience. It allows groups to have a party with clients or potential clients, staff or friends to enjoy the game day experience in a different way,” Yonce continued. The 2013 Fighting Illini Football and tailgate seasons are already in full-swing. Come out and enjoy everything the C-U Tailgate Community has to offer.
HELP US WELCOME Caryn Isenhower joined the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce in March as our Accounts Receivable Manager and Office Administrator.
She has previously worked for Champaign Country Club in a similar capacity and for Strategic Marketing and Mailing as an account manager. She also spent 11 years working for the Minneci family at Minneciâ€™s Ristorante. Caryn currently resides in Philo with her husband, Jeff, and their dog, Bo. Caryn looks forward to talking to and meeting Chamber members and is always available to assist with account questions, event sign-ups, etc. Caryn may be reached via email at caryni@ champaigncounty.org.
Samantha Mathis recently joined the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce as the Marketing and Public Relations Director. She is a 2013 graduate of the University of Illinois, where she studied Communication and Business Administration. She started with the Chamber as an intern in March, but began full-time in July. Before interning with the Chamber, she gained marketing experience with other local businesses. Samantha is passionate about this position because she can put her creativity to good use; it is an important role at the Chamber; and it allows her to give back to the business community where she was raised. Samantha may be reached via email at SamanthaM@champaigncounty.org.
BUSINESS SUCCESS SEMINAR
Customer Service and Sales Effectiveness Tuesday, October 8, 2013 Champaign County Chamber of Commerce
Morning Session: 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Afternoon Session: 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Part I: Customer Value Solution Outstanding customer service is more than just a series of steps. It is about appreciating a customerâ€™s desire to do business with your organization. Building on a customerâ€™s perception of your value, by delivering service that advances your value, assures ongoing business with the customer.
Part 1: Service to Sales You have the responsibility for recognizing selling opportunities in customer service situations. Your role is to guide the customer to additional purchases of services and merchandise. In this way, you make sure that the customer is satisfied, and you also build additional business for your organization.
Part 2: Complaint Resolution There are two aspects of complaints: emotional and rational. Resolving complaints requires dealing with both by clarifying complaints, lowering anxiety for both parties, using practical guidelines and applying a process that deals with both emotional and rational factors to build even stronger customer relationships.
Part 2: Generate Customer Interest Working in a typically short time frame, your challenge is to get the customer to talk to you so you can be a partner in finding them a solution. Your goal is to guide the customer to the solution they need. By asking the right questions, you put the customer at ease and provide them with an efficient, focused buying experience.
PUBLIC POLICY UPDATE Beginning September 3, candidates for all state constitutional offices, all members of the Illinois House of Representatives, one-third of members of the Illinois Senate, and all members of the Illinois Delegation of the U.S. House of Representatives along with County Board members started circulating petitions to get their names on the ballot for the 2014 Elections. Illinois has the most units of government of any state in the nation. This gives citizens ample opportunity to become involved in the political process. The more local the office, the better the chance an individual has to influence policy. With this in mind, the Business Empowered Political Action Committee (PAC) hosted a seminar for members interested in running for office. Champaign County Clerk Gordy Hulten informed individuals about the offices that were up for election in 2014 and the spring of 2015 and what the requirements are to run for office while County Board Member and Public Policy Committee Member Max Mitchell related to participants what it is like to be an elected official in Champaign County. Political decisions made in the past few years have not been beneficial to the business climate in Illinois or the nation at large. A graduated income tax has been proposed in the Illinois Legislature, the Affordable Care Act is set to be implemented in October, taxes and fees are being increased in local municipalities, and new regulations are being placed upon businesses. This election season, please support candidates who will promote a low-tax, low-regulatory, business-friendly environment so we can get our economy back on track by becoming a member of the Public Policy Committee, and voting in March and November. If you would like more information about these issues or being involved in the Chamberâ€™s political advocacy, contact Public Policy Director Ryan Roth at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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We care about you -- our members. To learn more about you; how we can help; and to better promote our members to other members, the Chamber ambassadors and staff have been touring your businesses. The tours have been both interesting and informative, and we are looking forward to more in the future.
The Chamber staff visited Surface 51, a marketing and advertising firm with a design focus in Champaign. They provide print, web, brand development and PR services. Their definition of marketing is to provide whatever it takes to successfully deliver a projectâ€™s goals. The Surface 51 building is as beautifully designed as their marketing materials. For more information about Surface 51 and to see their great work, visit them at surface51.com.
Cunningham Childrenâ€™s Home welcomed Chamber staff onto their campus for a private tour of the facility. During the tour, we learned about the support services Cunningham Childrenâ€™s Home provides to the local community, such as CIRCLE Academy and transitional and independent living programs. They are also in the beginning stages of fundraising for campus expansion in the future. Visit them at cunninghamhome.org
MEMBERSHIP NEWS First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust announces Matt Tanner has been promoted to Regional Deposit Manager for the Decatur region. Matt began his career with First Mid in 2007 serving as Mahomet Branch Manager, and transitioning into the role of Champaign Area Branch Manager earlier this year. Matt will oversee deposit services for all First Mid locations in Champaign, Urbana, Mahomet, Bloomington, Decatur and Quincy. In addition to his new role, he will also continue supervising branch employees and overseeing the day-to-day operations at First Mid’s location at 2229 South Neil Street in Champaign. The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ Mid-America Chapter has nominated Shatterglass Studios for an Emmy award in the Interstitial category for their “Ebertfest 2012” documentary. The documentary is a 10-minute retrospective of the 14th annual festival which took place from April 25 to the 29th, 2012. Shatterglass Studios is a full service film and video production company dedicated to producing high-quality, high-impact new media. They create television commercials, corporate branding videos, industrial videos, promotional videos and films. The awards will be presented at the 37th MidAmerica EMMY® Gala on Saturday, October 5, at the Renaissance Grand Hotel on Washington Avenue, St. Louis, and will be hosted by University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Alum, Margaret Judson, of HBO’s “The Newsroom”. The Bard Optical Champaign office will celebrate 17 years in business in September. Opened by Dr. A. Arthur Bard in 1941 in downtown Peoria, Diana Hall purchased the practice in 1981 and has grown Bard Optical to 20 locations in Central and Southern Illinois. Please join them in celebrating the anniversary of Bard’s Champaign office by stopping in and congratulating Dr. Danielle Keith and the Champaign staff. Verizon Premium Wireless Retailer, Wireless Mike’s, has moved to a new location on Neil Street. The brand new building is located at 2116 S. Neil Street and provides them with more space to showcase the latest technology and enhances the customer’s shopping experience. 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 Samantha Mathis, SamanthaM@champaigncounty.org.
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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. Two lists are available for purchase: Long list (approx. 2,500 names and businesses).................................. $175 Short list (approx. 1,080 names and businesses)..................................$125
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 fullcolor, full-gloss and all around awesome. Ads start at only $90. Contact Samantha Mathis for more information, SamanthaM@champaigncounty.org or 217.359.1791.
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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 Samantha Mathis for more information, SamanthaM@champaigncounty.org or 217.359.1791.
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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 Samantha Mathis for more information, SamanthaM@champaigncounty.org or 217.359.1791.
New! Email Blast Advertisement
Do you have a new product, service or information you would like to share with our entire Chamber membership list? We are now offering an exclusive offer to send broadcast emails to our entire 4,200+ email list. Contact Samantha Mathis for more information, SamanthaM@ champaigncounty.org. Email Blast Advertisement .....................................................................$500
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 Samantha Mathis at SamanthaM@ champaigncounty.org.
Online Business Directory Enhancements
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. Contact Samantha Mathis for more information, SamanthaM@champaigncounty.org or 217.359.1791. Basic upgrade...................................................................................................$40 Value upgrade..................................................................................................$60 Deluxe upgrade...............................................................................................$90
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 Annual Meeting Title sponsorship....................................$2750 Additional sponsorship information for events such as the Annual Meeting, Business Success Seminars and the ATHENA Award Ceremony is available upon request. Contact Karly Combest at KarlyC@champaigncounty.org or 217.359.1791 with any event sponsorship inquiries.
Some things you get free:
LCD ROOM CONFERENCE
S E R V I C E
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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 Chamber Annual Meeting
Business After Hours
Friday, October 4, 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Hilton Garden Inn 1501 S. Neil Street, Champaign
Thursday, October 17, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sponsored by Meyer Capel iHotel and Conference Center 1900 S. First Street, Champaign
Financing a Small Business
An event hosted by ECI SCORE Saturday, October 5, 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Champaign County Chamber of Commerce 303 W. Kirby Avenue, Champaign
Wednesday, October 16, 4:00 p.m. 2417 Fields S. Drive, Champaign
Starting a Small Business
Second Friday Coffee
An event hosted by ECI SCORE Thursday, October 17, 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Champaign County Chamber of Commerce 303 W. Kirby Avenue, Champaign
Friday, October 11, 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Sponsored by Pepsi Cola C-U Bottling Co. at the Fluid Events Center 601 N. Country Fair Drive, Champaign
Writing a Business Plan
Regency Apartments Ribbon Cutting
Connect @ Lunch
An event hosted by ECI SCORE Saturday, October 12, 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Champaign County Chamber of Commerce 303 W. Kirby Avenue, Champaign
Monday, October 21, noon to 1:00 p.m. LongHorn Steakhouse 2101 N. Prospect, Champaign
Bud’s Tree Care Ribbon Cutting
Wednesday, October 30, 11:00 a.m. 1701 S. Prospect Ave,. Ste. 104, Champaign
Tools for Business Success • For businesses of all types and sizes • Access on the Chamber’s website for up-to-date, reliable business advice and information. • Local, state, federal and best-of-web resources to help start, grown and maintain your business.
8.9% Champaign County Unemployment Rate in July 2013
12 business licenses applied for in Champaign County in August 2013
106.5 August 2013 Flash Economic Index for Champaign County
809,621 rides were taken on CUMTD in August 2013
4,464 visits to the Chamber’s page, champaigncounty.org, in August 2013
30,005 average amount of referrals PER DAY
the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce Online Business Directory received via search engines and online sources in August 2013.
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