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BACK TO SCHOOL FUN FAIR PROVIDES FREE BACKPACKS AND SCHOOL SUPPLIES FOR CHAMBER SCHOOL STUDENTS Join the Belleville Chamber of Commerce’s Education Committee for our annual Back to School Fun Fair on Wednesday, August 8! Read more on page 3.


EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Dr. Jeff Dosier, President Belleville Township High School District #201 Mike McManus, President Elect Memorial Regional Health Services, Inc. Edmond Brown, Vice President ELB Enterprises, Inc.

Justin Price, Second Vice President CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP Kevin Richter, Immediate Past President Mathis, Marifian & Richter, LTD

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Dr. Brett Barger, Lindenwood University-Belleville Ryan Boike, Belleville School District #118 Mayor Mark Eckert, City of Belleville Pat Hill, Allsup, Inc. Jerril Jones, Center for Racial Harmony Jared Katt, Chelar Tool & Die, Inc. Mary C. Lamie, Bi-State Development Carol Haffner-Meyer, Beacon Ministry David Nosacka, Hospital Sisters Health System John Reichert, In-Focus Marketing Bill Rickher, Korte & Luitjohan Contractors, Inc Scott Schanuel, Holland Construction Services Ron Stephens, Bank of Belleville Kevin Vick, Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C. Emily Vosse, Beno J. Gundlach Co. Ben Wanless, Commerce Bank Joseph Weissert, Ameren Illinois Roger Wigginton, Don Rodgers, Ltd.

EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS Chairman Mark Kern, St. Clair County Christine Spargur, Scott Air Force Base

CHAMBER STAFF Wendy J. Pfeil, Executive Director Beth Tucker, Office Manager Peggy Schifferdecker, Membership/Event Manager Diana Goebel, Marketing & Communications Manager Alicia Slocomb, Main Street Manager Cathleen Lindauer, Director, Belleville Tourism Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce 216 East A Street, Belleville,IL 62220 Phone: (618) 233-2015 Fax: (618) 233-2077


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Illinois American Water Company


Ameren Belleville News-Democrat Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C.


Associated Bank Auffenberg Belleville Commerce Bank Eckert’s Country Store and Farms Four Fountains Nursing and Rehab Gonzalez Companies, LLC Grey Eagle Distributors Korte & Luitjohan Regions Bank Scott Credit Union Southwestern Illinois College TerraSourceGlobal TheBANK of Edwardsville The ROHO Group


Abbott EMS Allsup, Inc Balke Brown Transwestern Bank of America Bank of Belleville Belleville Area Special Services Cooperative BOS Metro East Banking Center Brown & Crouppen Breakthru Beverage Group Cannon Utility Services, LLC. Casino Queen Chelar Tool and Die CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP Cooling Concepts ELB Enterprises, Inc. Empire Comfort Systems FCB Bank First Bank FKG Oil Company Flooring Systems, Inc. Hinshaw & Culbertson, LLP Holland Construction Services International Paper Jack Schmitt Chevrolet Lewis Rice LLC Mathis, Marifian & Richter, Ltd. McDonald’s - Burris Management, Inc. Memorial Cancer Treatment Center McKendree University National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows NAACP, East St. Louis Branch North Bay Produce Print Master Sam’s Club Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard P.C. Strano & Associates The Esquiline of Our Lady of the Snows UMB Bank Volkert, Inc. Walmart Willowcreek Rehab & Nursing Center

AMBASSADORS Shirley Bertelsmann, Community Member Rebecca Boyer, Kaskaskia Engineering Group, LLC Justin Chapman, TheBANK of Edwardsville Lynne Clapp, Vertical Performance Terri Dambacher, CompuType IT Solutions Julie Fetters, Associated Bank RoseMarie Fitzgerald, Community Member Mary Jo Foerste, Community Member Cari Frick, Metro Lock and Security, Inc. Sharon Goff, Self-Employed Patty Gregory, Art on the Square Martha Holloway, The Esquiline of Our Lady of the Snows Dean Hardt, City of Belleville Dennis F. Korte, Sr., Community Member Joyce Laux, Community Member Tracy McCollum, Standard Rule Promotions Dorothy Meyer, St. Clair County Mark Mueller, Mueller Furniture Al Orelt, Albert Orelt Allstate Agency Lisa Phillipson, Hospice of Southern Illinois Joy Prigge, Dieterich Bank Leslie Schmidt, Abbott EMS Loretta Stammer, Community Member Brandy Steely, CTS Technology Solutions, Inc. Anne Thomure, Memorial Regional Health Services Jack Weck, Community Member Sheri Welch, Independent Insurance Agent Susan Wobbe, St. Clair County Office on Aging John Wunderlich, Egyptian Workspace Partners Sharon Zika, Scott Credit Union

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CHAMBER NEWS The Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce’s Education Committee once again hosts their annual Back to School Fun Fair for Chamber member school students on Wednesday, August 8 at Belleville West High School from 5-7 pm. Families in attendance will receive valuable information from our business leaders while participating in activities that will allow them to leave with a backpack full of school supplies in preparation for the new school year. The event will celebrate the new school year with complimentary hot dogs, fun games and activities, dental and physical exams and more. Participating schools include BASSC Elementary, Belleville School District #118, Belle Valley School District #119, Governor French Academy, HarmonyEmge School District #175, High Mount Elementary School District #116, Illinois Center for Autism, Menta Academy, Signal Hill School District #181, Whiteside School District #115, Zion Lutheran Grade School and all Catholic grade schools Blessed Sacrament, Notre Dame Academy, Sister Thea Bowman, St. Teresa and Queen of Peace. For more information, please contact the Chamber at 618-233-2015.

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The Education Committee will provide 1,000 backpacks for our school-age children.

2018 School Safety rules With each school year comes new obstacles, questions and worries. As parents and students prepare for a new school year, it is important to teach and remember a few simple rules of school safety.

For children never cross the street without looking both ways. Know your name, number and address. Understand "Stranger danger" rules. know school emergency policy.


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HEALTHCARE & CSA COMMITTEE SELLING RAFFLE TICKETS FOR HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP FUND The Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce’s Healthcare & Community Service Agency Committee is selling raffle tickets now through August 2nd to raise money for local high school student college scholarships.

Over 200 women joined The Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce for the inaugural EmpowHER Women’s Conference at the Gateway Center in Collinsville on June 27 along with three other area chamber’s including O’Fallon-Shiloh, Collinsville, and Troy, Maryville, St. Jacob, Marine, sponsored by the Law Firm of Sandberg Phoenix & Von Gontard, P.C.

The prize consists of various gift cards totaling a value over $500. Gift cards include but are not limited to Buffalo Wild Wings, The Beast, Red Lobster, The Abbey, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Grimm & Gorly, Cracker Barrel, Panera, Outback Steakhouse & more.

One of the most important tools in the world of business is the strength of empowerment. Being empowered to take control, change and mold your life is one of the most important aspects for greater success. With the goals of EmpowHERing her for success, this conference provided attending business women with the tools, information, and support to expand their Tickets are one for $5 or five for careers. $20. Tickets will have available

for purchase at the August Business After Hours and the drawing will take place at the event. Need not be present to Melanie Broyles spoke about personal branding and offered insight into win. Throughout the day, three main-stage speakers shared their stories of success beginning with Donna Moody (pictured above). Using an interactive game of bingo and beads, Moody expanded on the necessity of Diversity & Sensitivity Awareness while also dispelling in a fun way the notion that “diversity” is a synonym for “racial or ethnic” issues.

impression management, networking, and leadership training to help make lasting and positive impacts in our business lives. Sgt. Mark Krug, of the Collinsville Police Department wrapped up the day speaking on To purchase your ticket, you can the importance of cyber security, while also discussing how our online stop in at the Chamber or call interactions affect our safety.


Two breakout sessions were also open to guests to choose to hear from two of our eight speakers that joined us from each participating Chamber. Speakers included Belleville Chamber members Sherry Favre (City of Belleville), Laura Herr (Cancer Treatment Center), and Megan Rector (Regions Bank). Thank you to all of our speakers, vendors and sponsors for making this year’s event a success! Page 4

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to the following members for renewing their membership with the Chamber in June.

Ango Kernan Rental & Sales

Ed Weston

St. Clair County Housing Authority

Applegate Apartments & Townhomes

Eye On Design

St. Paul United Church of Christ

Belleville Historical Society

Gator Frozen Custard


Carelink of Metro East

Home-Brite Ace Hardware

Standard Rule Promotions

Center for Racial Harmony

Kaiser Communication & Marketing Group

Taylor Roofing Inc.

Chelar Tool & Die, Inc. Commercial Energy Consultants Community Link Diana’s Concessions

The Abbey

Kurrus Funeral Home and Cremation McDermott Remodeling Sister Thea Bowman Catholic School

TOCO NFP Vertical Performance, Inc.

For a complete list of our members, visit For Membership Information, please contact Peggy at 618-233-2015 or


Shonda’s Precious Palace Academy

Raymond James

Thursday, June 28 2511 East View Drive | Belleville (618) 236-2511

Thursday, July 12 23 Public Square, Suite #450 | Belleville (618) 641-2160

Celebrating a new business opening, anniversary or remodel? Celebrate with a Ribbon Cutting! Contact Peggy Schifferdecker, Membership/Event Manager, for more info. Call the Chamber Office at (618) 233-2015.

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Upcoming Business After Hours RSVP for events online at! Just click on the event you wish to attend and log-in. Need help? Email your RSVP to or call 618-233-2015.

August 2 The Esquiline September 6 Forks & Sticks/ Seven October 11 Balke Brown Transwestern November 1 Associated Bank December 6 Breakthru Beverage

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BUSINESS AFTER HOURS On Thursday, July 12, Raymond James welcomed the Belleville Chamber for a scenic July Business After Hours. Celebrating their new location on the fourth-story at 23 Public Square, Raymond James made a joint event of hosting their ribbon cutting ceremony with their Business After Hours. Raymond James & Associates, Inc. Financial Firm recently moved to their new office in Belleville, IL, reinforcing their commitment to the community and surrounding areas. With over 285 years of combined experience, the office consists of 6 Financial Advisors and 4 Administrative Assistants that work cohesively to provide premier service for all their client’s financial service needs.

Anne Koleson, Metro East Gastroenterology David Schrader, Raymond James Mary Stiehl, City of Belleville

Raymond James & Associates, Inc. is a member of the New York Stock Exchange/SIPC and has built a national reputation for more than 50 years as a leader in financial planning for individuals, corporations and municipalities. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Raymond James Financial, Inc., a leading diversified financial services company with approximately 7,600 financial advisors in 3,000 locations throughout the US, Canada & overseas. Thank you to Raymond James for their hospitality during our July Business After Hours!

Visitors had the chance to enjoy the beautiful fourth story view of downtown during the July Business After Hours with Raymond James.


For more information about Raymond James:

Upcoming Business After Hours


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August 2018

Upcoming Chamber Events

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Ambassador Meeting Business After Hours @ The Esquiline Education Committee Meeting Back to School Fun Fair Healthcare & CSA Committee Meeting PR/Marketing Committee Meeting Coffee Cup Connections @ FCB Bank Leadership Belleville Committee Meeting Young Professionals Social @ GCS Ballpark Leadership Belleville Kick-off Breakfast Young Professionals Leadership Committee Board of Directors Meeting Economic Development Meeting INforM Committee Meeting Lunch & Learn

If you’re interested in getting involved with a committee, please call the Chamber at 618.233.2015

THE IMPORTANCE OF SHOPPING LOCAL The “Where are We Wednesdays?” campaign is one year old this month! Every Wednesday, Nancy Chase of Bel-Air Bowl hosts the video which highlights a locally owned business. The video is published on the Belleville Main Street and Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce Facebook pages, on the Chamber’s YouTube channel, in the Chamber’s Weekly Email Update, and archived on The campaign was developed to promote shopping locally owned small businesses because we know that: - Every dollar spent at a local independent business leads to a return 3 times more than one spent at a chain. - Small businesses donate twice as much to local non-profit and events compared to big businesses. - Local businesses create jobs for other local printers, wholesalers, farmers, and accountants, which help create a community of entrepreneurs. - Money spent in local stores provides sales tax income to our cities, supporting infrastructure, emergency and safety personnel, parks and recreation, and more. Over the past year, we found that each post reached between 4,000 and 16,000 individuals, with between 1,000 and 6,000 video views. (the larger numbers are due to people sharing the post….hint hint..) Our intention is to highlight every Chamber business; however, with over 500 member businesses and only 52 weeks in a year, it will take some time to reach everyone. If you are interested in being highlighted, please contact Alicia Chillemi Slocomb at to sign up! Page 8

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“Ladies’ Night Out” is now “Diva’s Night Out”! Grab a friend and join us on Belleville Main Street. Third Thursday of the Month March-December 5:00-8:00pm August 16th Theme: Caribbean Tourist Start: Ambassador Travel End: Peace & Love Concert by Mueller Furniture at Gaslight Square

Now open every Saturday 7:30am-noon through November 3rd!


They are located on the first block of South Charles, between East Main and East Washington.

More information:

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SPOTLIGHT ON EDUCATION GOVERNOR FRENCH ACADEMY Governor French Academy was founded in 1983 by Phillip Paeltz and a group of investors committed to providing successful college preparation for any interested students in grades nine through twelve. The high school rapidly expanded and moved to its current location in a former furniture store on Main Street. The grade school was added so college preparation could begin in kindergarten. Governor French was soon recognized for academic prowess. The foundation for this success is an emphasis on traditional values of solid academics, hard work and individualized instruction to engage a student to achieve his or her highest potential. Today Governor French Academy (GFA) is run as a cooperative of its faculty members serving as a board of directors known as, “The College of Governor French”. Each faculty member now plays a role both in running the classroom and in running the school. They find that as a result much more thought goes into what resources are used in the classroom and how they are chosen and used. GFA students range from four-year-old kindergarteners learning to read and write to twelfth graders writing collegelevel research papers and competing in international science competitions. The mission of Governor French Academy is to prepare all its students for college or college-level education. This is accomplished through a curriculum designed to produce successful competitors in a global economy. This curriculum focuses on the basic skills of reading, writing, mathematics, science, social sciences, and world languages at all grade levels. It is constantly evaluated and revised to best fit the expectations of colleges. A traditional emphasis on math and science has evolved into STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) experiences in recent years. GFA still has – and requires participation in – an annual science fair because science professionals want students to have experience in scientific research. Governor French faculty members do and teach whatever is necessary for each student to get into college, to graduate from college, and to be able to afford a college education. Even this summer, faculty members have been working to revamp and improve the Academy’s approach to middle and upper grade studies of mathematics, English language arts, and history. A commonly-asked question is whether all instruction at GFA is in French. No. The school is named after Augustus C. French, governor of Illinois from 1846-1853, but the study of world languages has played an important role in the Academy since its inception. The language offered has adjusted to world dynamics through the years. The additional language studied has changed from Russian to Spanish, then to Chinese and back to Spanish. French, German, and Arabic have been taught to individuals or small groups on request. The Academy’s Spanish teacher is fluent in seven languages. This suits the incredible diversity of the faculty and students. Many families within the school speak languages other than English at home. The daily morning Convocation could be a gathering of the United Nations, with families representing a wide variety of ethnicities, cultures, races, and religions. Governor French graduates have gone on to earn degrees and undertake careers as diverse as their set of classmates. They have earned undergraduate and/or graduate degrees at institutions as diverse as MIT, Marquette, the University of Illinois, and SWIC; they hold positions ranging from physicians, research scientists and professors to a butcher and a stand-up comedian. In other words, there is not a typical Governor French student -- or graduate. Yet they all hear the same advice each day before classes begin: “Do your best and go to class”. Regardless of ability level or learning challenges, each student is expected to put out top effort. As a result, some Governor French students have begun studying calculus as eighth graders. Others have entered the school as eighth or ninth graders functioning at the third grade level and progressed enough to be accepted into and graduate from college. The expectation that one will do one’s best has paid off through the years – the average college financial aid package per 2017 GFA graduate was $63,000. In the long run, paying school tuition can result in actual savings. Governor French Academy is not for everyone. The school has no classroom walls, bells or PA system. This takes getting used to, but also prepares students for the workplace where distractions abound. As a result, while there is no entrance exam, all prospective students are asked to spend at least half a day as a visiting student. If you haven’t visited Governor French, stop in to see four-year-olds reciting the names of the Presidents or the fifty United States or speaking Spanish. Observe older students strengthening their own skills in the process of tutoring younger students. Walk through the Hall of Nations bearing flags of school families’ homelands or peruse the many academic trophies GFA students and teams have earned. Challenge a student of almost any age to a game of chess. Better yet, invite a child who is looking for a great school to spend the day at GFA. The investment that may result will be worth every penny and more.

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MEMBER UPDATES TWM EARNS ST. LOUIS TOP WORKPLACES HONOR Engineering and surveying firm Thouvenot, Wade & Moerchen, Inc. has been named a 2018 Top Workplace by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The firm was ranked 40th on the list of 75 small-sized businesses in the St. Louis area. Nearly 1,300 companies were nominated, with 150 selected as top employers. The list is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by research partner Energage, LLC. The anonymous survey measures several aspects of workplace culture, including alignment, execution and connection, just to name a few. “We are thrilled and humbled to receive this honor,” said Jennifer Wolkiewicz, TWM Human Resources Manager. “We attribute it to the contributions of our greatest asset, our employee-owners. Having a terrific team makes coming to work enjoyable.” “Becoming a Top Workplace isn’t something organizations can buy,” said Doug Claffey, CEO of Energage. “It’s an achievement organizations have worked for. Our research shows organizations that earn the award attract better talent, experience lower turnover, and are better equipped to deliver bottom-line results.” TWM is a 100% employee-owned firm providing civil, structural and railway engineering, land surveying and a full array of geospatial services. Employing nearly 100 licensed professionals and support staff, TWM has five office locations in the greater St. Louis region. In Illinois, the corporate headquarters is based in Swansea, with additional offices in Edwardsville and Waterloo. In Missouri, there are offices in downtown St. Louis and St. Charles. Celebrating 72 years in business, TWM serves both public and private sector clients locally and throughout the U.S. The firm was ranked the 7th Largest Engineering Firm in the metropolitan area by the St. Louis Business Journal in 2018.


In July, FOOD&WINE magazine posted their picks online for “The Best BBQ in Every State” and Belleville-native, The BEAST was chosen for “Best BBQ in Illinois”. Excerpt from the article below. “How good is Beast Craft BBQ, here’s how good—enough to get people to drive the half hour or more from St. Louis, a town not currently short on barbecue, to say the least. In fact, there are those that will tell you that David Sandusky’s American wagyu-style brisket, not to mention his regular brisket (prime), and his high-quality pork, represents some of the best barbecue you can get in St. Louis right now. Period. The small detail of the location in Illinois, in the nowhereadjacent exurb of Belleville, doesn’t bother Sandusky’s growing number of fans at all—they’re happy to make Texasstyle pilgrimages to eat this barbecue, and we should all be following their lead. (The man can take a hint, apparently—a second location, right in St. Louis, will follow shortly.)” To see the full list of restaurants, visit The Chamber Connection

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MEMBER UPDATES THE CATALINA WINE MIXER IS COMING TO THE WEINGARTEN SATURDAY, AUGUST 4 “Did we just become best friends!?!” The Catalina Wine Mixer is a spin-off from the popular 2008 comedy Step Brothers and promises a fun time. It’s back for another year and better than ever (Pow pow!) on Saturday, August 4th! Live Music ALL DAY! (That’s 3 incredible bands!) Helicopter Rides! (That’s right...we’ll repeat...helicopter rides!) Complimentary California Wine Tastings! (And beer and spirits!) Here’s a run-down of the day you don’t want to miss! 11am – 2pm: West Boulevard 2pm – 5pm: Rogers & Nienhaus 7pm – 11pm: Fertile Soil 2pm - ?: Helicopter Rides! 2pm: On-site T-shirt Printing with Adrenaline Prints 3pm - 7pm: Complimentary Wine Tastings! Helicopter rides are being offered by Midwest Rotor, a company independent of The Weingarten. Rides will be offered for a limited time only based on fuel limitations. You are not guaranteed a ride. Weight restrictions and age restrictions apply. Cash payments only. The Weingarten, LLC, The Vision Group, LLC, Outrephase, LLC, and their owners, employees and affiliates assume no risk for your safety. Fly at your own risk. It’s THE Catalina Wine Mixer! “Pow pow!” Located just one mile past Eckerts on Rt 15 in Belleville, The Weingarten is the premier relaxation destination of the Metro East. Developed, owned and operated by family members Shannon and Jeff Gastreich and Kevin Bollman (natives of Belleville and the surrounding area), The Weingarten pays tribute to the German heritage of the area by keeping with the “rustic” nature of an old farmstead. An original concrete stave silo serves as our centerpiece, while an antique cattle feeding area has been converted to outdoor seating. A beautiful pond, walking trail, and even a 200 year old cemetery invite you to explore. By day, guests can enjoy wine & beer tasting and a relaxing winery atmosphere close to home. At night, we offer live music for your entertainment pleasure. Open Wednesday – Sunday, we offer a delicious food menu along with indoor and outdoor seating. Wedding ceremonies, receptions and private events find their home amidst our natural landscape and our Party Barn Room.






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First-Ever B2B Section Highlights Local Businesses Weight Loss Has Never Been So Easy Early Spring Calendar Blossoms With March And April Events

Art On The Square Observes Its 16th Year!


Winter hosts some of the year's best activities.


Butler Home Improvement Is A Locally-Owned AND Woman-Owned Remodeling Company In Business For Over 20 Years!


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Member Updates CORK TREE CREATIVE, INC. RECEIVES MULTIPLE AWARDS FOR METRO-EAST MARKETING INITIATIVE AND DESIGN Cork Tree Creative, Inc., an integrated marketing and public relations firm located in downtown Edwardsville announced today it was awarded two Communicator Awards of Distinction for an integrated campaign and outdoor advertising and an APEX Award of Excellence in the Special Purpose Campaigns, Programs and Plans category. The awards were given for the work the firm has done on the Get to Know m.e. campaign, a regional campaign aimed at raising awareness of the Metro-East. The Communicator Awards honor creative excellence among communications professionals and agencies. The yearly competition receives countless submissions each year from across the globe and is judged by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts. APEX stands for the Annual Awards for Publication Excellence Competition. The competition recognizes excellence and is sponsored by Communications Concepts, Inc. – a consulting and education agency for communications professionals. “A lot has changed over the years, but our commitment to our clients certainly has not. We are proud to be recognized for our work on the Get to Know m.e. campaign,” shared Jan Carpenter, co-owner of Cork Tree Creative. “We are lucky to work with a campaign that improves the perception of the Metro East area. We all know how amazing this area is so it is rewarding to be a part of something that helps shine a spotlight on the Metro-East and all it has to offer families and businesses.” “Get to Know m.e. – The Metro-East. I live here. I love it” campaign was created to bring the Metro-East communities together, embracing the people who live and work here and the many attractions that we all share and enjoy. It also showcases the many attractions and lifestyle the Metro-East has to offer for those who live outside of this area. To stay up-to-date on the campaign’s projects and what is happening in the Metro-East, you can follow Get to know m.e. on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and Twitter. Cork Tree Creative, Inc., located at 105 Plaza Court, Edwardsville, Ill., is owned by Jan Carpenter and Laura Reed and has recently been awarded Most Reliable Companies, Best Marketing Firm and Best PR Firm by St. Louis Small Business Monthly. For more information, please call (618) 656-7333, visit or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn.

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Business Law • Commercial & Civil Litigation Taxation • Estate Planning • Banking Law

Shareholders Patrick B. Mathis George E. Marifian Kevin J. Richter Mark J. Stegman Mark S. Schuver Gregory W. Coffey William J. Niehoff Kelli E. Madigan Bradley W. Small Mary E. Lopinot Deanna L. Litzenburg Philip D. Speicher Laura E. Schrick Sandra J. Tatoian Beth K. Flowers

Broad Experience. Regional Focus.

Associates Natalie T. Lorenz Rebecca K. Wohltman Colin C. Clark Melissa C. Meirink Amy C. Randazzo Allyson T. Schwab

The combination of broad legal experience and a focus on our own region is characteristic of the Mathis, Marifian & Richter, Ltd. law firm. Since the firm's founding in 1984, MMR has served many hundreds of Southern Illinoisentities businesses and individuals seeking legal solutions. • Formation of business • Employment issues and benefits For• Shareholder legal assistance, please contact the skilled attorneys at Mathis, Marifian & Richter, Ltd. disputes • Business sales and acquisitions

618.234.9800 | 618.656.2244 | 618.327.4300 | 314.421.2325 Belleville, IL

Edwardsville, IL

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St. Louis, MO The Chamber Connection

Of Counsel Charles M. Lock Barry D. Dix Clyde L. Kuehn

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What’s Happening in August Wednesday, August 1 LINC McAlister’s Fundraiser | 5:00 pm McAlister’s Deli | Shiloh Thursday, August 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30 Singer Songwriter Thursday | 7:00 pm Cigar Inn Jazz Club | Belleville Friday, August 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 Notre Dame Academy Bingo | 5:00 pm St. Augustine’s Gym | Belleville Saturday, August 4, 11, 18 & 25 Old Town Farmer’s Market | 7:30 am Between East Main & East Washington Downtown Belleville Saturday, August 4 & Sunday, August 5 Flea Market | 9:00 am St. Clair County Event Center | Belleville

Monday, August 6, 13, 20, & 27 Friday, August 17 Althoff Catholic Fathers & Friends’ BINGO Facebook Marketing Class | 9:00am | 7:00 pm SIUE Campus | Edwardsville CKL of I Country Club | Swansea Saturday, August 18 Wednesday, August 8 Pedal for Autism | 7:00am Back to School Fun Fair | 5:00pm Metro East Parks & Rec Building Belleville West High School Collinsville Friday, August 10 & Saturday, August 11 Ceramic and Fired Arts Show | 10:00am Belle-Clair Fairgrounds | Belleville

Saturday, August 18 & Sunday, August 19 Flea Market Belle-Clair Fairgrounds | Belleville

Saturday, August 11 13th Annual Scrivner Foundation Benefit Golf Tournament | 1:00pm The Orchards | Belleville

Honeycrisp Weekend Eckert’s Farm | Belleville

Blessing Belleville Banquet | 6:00pm 4204 Banquet Center | Belleville

Saturday, August 4 Ladies Roller Derby Belle-Clair Fairgrounds | Belleville

Tuesday, August 14 Toastmasters Meeting | 11:30 am Artigem | Belleville Artigem | Belleville

The Catalina Wine Mixer | 11:00am The Weingarten | Belleville

Thursday, August 16 Starting a Small Business in Illinois | 3:00pm SIUE East St. Louis Campus

Sunday, August 5 Gateway Wedding Show | 1:00pm Gateway Center | Collinsville

Diva’s Night Out | 5:00 pm Belleville Main Street

Saturday, August 25 Community Health Fair | 9:00am LINC, Inc. | Swansea Saturday, August 25 & Sunday, August 26 Gun & Knife Show Belle-Clair Fairgrounds | Belleville Tuesday, August 28 Toastmasters Meeting | 11:30 am Artigem | Belleville Artigem | Belleville Wednesday, August 29 ADME Business Workshop | 3:00pm Fairmont City Library

We are constantly updating our community calendar. Please visit for an up-to-date list of events! To submit an event, visit the calendar page at or email

Thank you for your Support “Advancing Business. Supporting Community.” The Chamber Connection

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James A. Bock, Jr. Glen Carbon, IL Edward S. Bott, Jr. Belleville, IL Alexa M. Callahan Belleville, IL Dominique de Vastey Glen Carbon, IL Ann Marie Fitzpatrick Maryville, IL Thomas F. Hennessy, III Swansea, IL Dayna L. Johnson Glen Carbon, IL Garrett C. Reuter, Jr. Belleville, IL William A. Schmitt Waterloo, IL Donald K. Schoemaker Shiloh, IL Kurt S. Schroeder Shiloh, IL Russell K. Scott Belleville, IL Kevin Vick Belleville, IL Donald E. Weihl Belleville, IL Patricia H. Wharton Belleville, IL

Southern Illinois businesses… ... count on Greensfelder’s attorneys to protect their hard work and grow their businesses. We address the legal needs of business organizations in all sizes and industries and take the time to learn our clients’ needs and goals and help them stay on course.

Andrew V. Wolkiewicz Waterloo, IL David W. Ybarra Fairview Heights, IL

The choice of a lawyer is an important decision and should not be based solely upon advertisements.

Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C. • Offices in Belleville, IL • St. Louis, MO • Chicago, IL

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January 2016

Become a piece of the puzzle!

Rolling Start 7 — 9 am

Register online at

2 mile, 9 mile, 26 mile, 40 mile, and 60 mile routes on the Madison County Transit Trails.

Start/End at Metro East Parks & Recreation Dist. Building, 104 United Dr., Collinsville, IL

**Donation (registration) fees on event day are $35/$75. All proceeds from this event benefits Illinois Center for Autism.

The Chamber Connection

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