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Otto Golf Classic Gets Perfect Day for Golf

28 teams came out to support the Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce for our annual Otto Golf Classic on Monday, May 14 for the first ti at the St. Clair Country Club. A special thanks goes to our Gold Sponsor, Memorial Hospital, for supporting this event. You can find more photos online on our Facebook page. Congratulations to the winners of this year’s tournament: A-Flight Winners: Rice, Sullivan & Company LTD Team Members: Mark Maxim, Shane Moskopf, Ryan Altmansberger, Tony Arro B-Flight Winners: Strano & Associates Real Estate - Alex Anderson Team Members: Alex Anderson, Bob Picchietti, Andrea Picchietti, Michael Bailey Longest Drive: Jared Nuxoll | Tracy McCollum Closest to the Pin: Mark Maxim Putting Contest: Erik Huber Thank you to all of the golfers who came out to support the Chamber and to our sponsors. Your commitment to the Chamber allows us to continue our mission! Lunch Sponsor: Cooling Concepts, LLC. Drink Cart Sponsors: CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP and Leisure Time Pools, Lawns & Landscaping Beverage Sponsor: Grey Eagle Distributors Hole-in-One Sponsor: Jack Schmitt Chevrolet Hole Contest Sponsors: Copper Bend Pharmacy and Huntleigh Securities Corporation Putting Contest Sponsor: Bank of Belleville Snack Sponsor: Willowcreek Rehab & Nursing Exclusive Tee Sponsors: Avenue Reality Associates, Breakthru Beverage, Clearwave Communications, HomeBrite Ace Hardware, Hospice of Southern Illinois, HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Kurrus Funeral Home, Sam’s Club, Schaefer Autobody Centers, SERVPRO of Belleville - O’Fallon, SEVEN/Shichi Sushia Bar Tee Sponsors: Albert Orelt Allstate Agency, Belleville News-Democrat, BOS Metro East Banking Center, Bouse Properties LLC, Car-Tech Automotive, Da-Com, Dieterich Bank, George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Mark A Kern, St. Clair County Board, Metro Lock & Security, Peak Communications, Providence Bank, Strano & Associates Real Estate


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 AT&T 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 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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Eliza Angarano | Lindenwood University

Samantha Lappe | Caritas Family Solutions

Colin Clark | Mathis, Marifian & Richter, Ltd.

Teresa Mabrey | Commerce Bank

Sherry Favre | City of Belleville

Scott Manning | IMPACT Strategies

James Hendricks | St. Clair County Sheriff’s Dept.

Brooke Matson | 375 AMW Scott AFB

Jennifer Hertel | Memorial Hospital

Katie Nelson | Belleville Area Humane Society

Molly Klein | Chiro-Med Belleville

Jessica Orelt | Allstate Insurance/Albert Orelt

Erin Kochan | HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital

Jerry Rice | Cardinal Buick GMC

Anne Koleson | Metro East Gastroenterology Ltd.

Josh Wohltman | Bank of Belleville

The 2017-2018 Leadership Belleville Class concluded with Reflection Day at Grey Eagle Distributors on Friday, May 4th. As part of the class requirements, the 16 participants were asked to create a presentation reflecting on their journey through Leadership Belleville. Later that day, the Class met at St. Clair Country Club for dinner and graduation ceremony. The Chamber is proud to have another group of community leaders complete the program. If you know one or more of this year’s graduates please congratulate them on their achievement! For those interested in registering for the 20th Leadership Belleville Class, see page 10 for more information. ..........................................................................................................................................................................................................


Thanks to our Healthcare/Community Service Agency Committee’s efforts putting together the Funnel Cake Food Drive, we made a great impact on the Belleville community May 11 by collecting $175.00 and 218 lbs. of food that was then donated to the Interfaith Food Pantry! The event took part at Southwestern Illinois College Programs & Services for Older Persons (PSOP) during their Senior Celebration event. A great BIG thank you to Charles Treser who donated his funnel cake trailer and supplies. It was delicious!

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“Advancing Business. Supporting Community.”

April Renewals

The following members renewed their investment with the Chamber in April.

Chestnut Health Systems

Union United Methodist Church

The Arcades Center LLC

Ehret, Inc.

Campbell Automotive Inc.

Masterworks Chorale & Children’s Choruses

Rose Marie Fitzgerald Terrace Motel & Apartments

Family Hospice of the Belleville Area

Optimist Club of Belleville

Illini Environmental

White Top Inc.

CrossFit Nucleus

All In Shipping

Boyer Fire Protection

The Batters Box @ K3

Hank’s Excavating & Landscaping, Inc.

JEMMS LLC Saric Consulting, Inc. Classic Towing The Wine Tap Breeze Hospice, LLC State Farm Kate Elder Insurance Hoernis Auto Body Russell Cellular The Body Therapy Center and School of Massage The Weingarten, LLC Lee’s Famous Recipe Chicken

Archway Cooling & Heating Hofbrauhaus St. Louis-Belleville Glaenzer Electric, Inc. Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 101 Brookside Agra, LLC Cardinal Buick GMC Auffenberg Dealer Group Raymond James Edwards Jones - Weston

Upcoming Business After Hours June 7 St. Paul’s Senior Community July 5 Raymond James Financial August 2 The Esquiline September 6 Forks & Sticks/Seven October 11 Balke Brown Transwestern November 1 Associated Bank December 6 Breakthru Beverage

Young Professionals Luncheon Learn more about personal fulfillment in all aspects of our lives with speaker Lynn Clapp of Vertical Performance.

Wednesday | June 20th | 11:30am-1:00pm $10 Cash Lunch. RSVP requested online or email Location: The Weingarten 1780 East State Route 15 | Belleville Page 4

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“Advancing Business. Supporting Community.”

Welcome New Members

The following members joined the Chamber in April. SERVPRO Belleville - O’Fallon Sikorski Signs Gershman Mortgage 2220 Liebler Rd. | Troy 4407 North Belt West | Belleville 630 Pierce Blvd. | O’Fallon (618) 233-1289 (618) 235-0200 (618) 222-1300 Vintage Tea Room Go Yoga! Express Country Financial - Maria Hazel 316 East Main | Belleville 7645 Magna Dr. | Belleville 1636 Carlyle Ave | Belleville (618) 825-9088 (618) 416-5199 (618) 509-6118 maria.hazel@countryfinancial. com MP Ice LLC For Membership 1024 Birdie Drive | Mt. Vernon R.C Stelling Insurance Agency Information, please contact (618) 237-7991 2310 N. Illinois | Swansea Peggy at 618.233.2015 or (618) 416-7820 NAMI Southwestern Illinois 2100 Madison Ave. | Granite City (618) 798-9788

McIlravy’s Irish Pub 3001 West Main Street | Belleville (618) 416-0989

June 2018


Upcoming Chamber Events 6/5 6/7 6/9 6/11 6/12 6/14 6/18 6/19 6/19 6/19 6/20 6/21 6/21 6/21 6/27

Education Committee Meeting Business After Hours with St. Paul Senior Community Metro East Pride Ribbon Cutting PR/Marketing Committee Meeting Coffee Cup Connections with PSOP Healthcare & CSA Committee Meeting Yoga Night Board of Directors Meeting Economic Development Meeting INforM Committee Meeting Young Professionals Luncheon Chiro-Med Ribbon Cutting Government Affairs Committee Meeting Basic Initiative Ribbon Cutting Leadership Belleville Committee Meeting

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


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Business After Hours On Thursday, May 3, the Belleville News-Democrat opened it’s doors for a public event for the first time in 10 years welcoming both the Belleville and O’Fallon-Shiloh Chambers for a combined May Business After Hours. Over 90 members from the Belleville Chamber alone were in attendance. The BND was originally founded in 1858. In 1883, the Weekly Democrat merged with the Belleville News to become the Belleville News-Democrat. Since its founding, the newspaper has had a succession of owners. It was a family-owned newspaper from 1891 to 1972, until its purchase by Capital Cities/ABC, Inc. Knight Ridder acquired the newspaper in 1997. McClatchy acquired the newspaper in 2006 with its purchase of Knight Ridder.

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Today, the News-Democrat is the leading daily newspaper in Southwestern Illinois and is a part of the second-largest metropolitan area in Illinois. The circulation area covers eight Illinois counties, delivering primarily in St. Clair and southern Madison counties. The BND’s main office is located in downtown Belleville and houses the editorial, advertising, audience and administration staff. Thank you to the Belleville News-Democrat for their hospitality during our May Business After Hours.

Robyn Kirsch, Belleville News-Democrat Debbie Cornell, Allegra Printing and Imaging Cheryl Brunsmann, PSOP Jo Rowden, Ace Hardware Lyle Rowden, Ace Hardware

Dorothy Meyer, St. Clair County Linda Miller, Kunkel Commercial Group Inc. Cheryl Brunsmann, PSOP


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Upcoming Business After Hours Thursday, June 7 | 5-7PM St. Paul’s Senior Community 1021 West E Street | Belleville


Belleville and O’Fallon-Shiloh Chamber members network in lobby of the BND May 3rd at combined Business After Hours.

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Chamber Happenings Celebrating a new business opening, anniversary or remodel? Celebrate with a Ribbon Cutting! Contact Peggy Schifferdecker, Membership/Event Manager, for more information. Email or call the Chamber Office at (618) 233-2015. SAVE THE DATE! More information coming soon on these upcoming Ribbon Cuttings.

Metro East Pride| June 9 @ 11am Chiro-Med | June 21 @ 10am Basic Initiative | June 21 @ 4pm

Upcoming Coffee Cup Connections Tuesday, June 12th | 8:15am Hosted By:

PSOP, 201 N Church Street | Belleville Please RSVP by Monday, June 11th.


The Chamber is excited to welcome aboard two Marketing and Public Relations Interns for the summer! Meet Clayton Nickerson (top) and Roger Blake (bottom). Both are students from Lindenwood University-Belleville. Clayton is going into his junior year at Lindenwood majoring in Mass Communications. Clayton is also on the football team at Lindenwood and volunteers with the University’s Performing Arts Department. Roger is a May 2018 graduate from Lindenwood with a major in Mass Communications with an emphasis on Advertising and Public Relations and Minor in Psychology. He was involved in the Psychology Club and Honor Society and the University’s Student Government. You may also recognize him because he also works part-time as a waiter at the Hofbräuhaus in Belleville. Please welcome both if you run into them over the summer. We are pleased to have them and look forward to being a part of their professional journey.

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Chamber Happenings

“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 5:008:00pm June 21st Theme: Sport your favorite Team Start: Collector’s Corner End: Summer Solstice Party at Gaslight Square Charity: Belleville Area Humane Society

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.

July 19th Theme: Disco Night! Start: Hair on Main End: Movie Night at the Lincoln Theatre.... for a PREMIER! More information:

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20th Leadership Belleville Class of 2019 Next Leadership Belleville Class Now Forming The Leadership Belleville program is a unique executive training program coordinated through the Chamber. This coming year we are celebrating our 20th year and hope to make it bigger and better than ever! The program provides a foundation of skills and knowledge to emerging local leaders. In addition to developing leadership skills, the program seeks to foster a commitment to community service and provide opportunities for economic growth for local businesses and organizations. Each Leadership Belleville Class is composed of up to 25 professionals from diverse career, political, social and cultural backgrounds who demonstrate the highest leadership qualities. These classmates create a valuable network of resources, benefiting both alumni and their business sponsors. The course begins with a kick-off breakfast at the end of August. Then, in September, all participants attend a two-day overnight retreat to focus on team building, leadership and communication skills. The retreat provides the participants with the opportunity to bond and develop significant relationships that will be useful in their professional, civic and personal endeavors. The nine-month program dedicates one day each month to a specific issue or subject pertaining to the Belleville area, such as history, arts, religion, government, business and industry, education, healthcare, community service and aging, economic development, law enforcement and justice, and ethics. Participants will be given the chance to meet and engage a large number of business, community, and political leaders during each session. In May, a graduation dinner is held in the evening for all participants, their spouses or guests, as well as program presenters and facilitators. Participants must meet certain criteria to graduate and join the prestigious Leadership Belleville Alumni Association. The tuition for the nine-month course is $1,100 for members of the Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce and $1,500 for non-members. To ensure admittance into the next class, applications for the course should be submitted as early as possible. The deadline to register is July 13th. To find out more and print your application, go online to

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Save the Date!

Sponsorship Opportunities: Backpack Sponsor - $1,000 •

Company logo on Chamber website, newsletter, posters, slide show during event, and sponsor flyer in backpacks. • School supply item with company name inside backpacks. • Premier spot for exhibit table at event. Limited spots available. Corporate Sponsor - $500 • Company name on Chamber website, newsletter, posters, slide show during event, and on sponsor flyer in backpacks.Choice of an exhibit table location at event (after Backpack Sponsor spots are filled). Limited spots available. Table Sponsor - $100 • Company name on posters displayed during event and on sponsor flyer in backpacks • Exhibit table at event

August 8, 2018

Contact Beth Tucker at 233-2015 or for more information.

Find the application and more information at The Chamber Connection

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Spotlight on Education


Students in grades 3-8 can channel their inner doctor, forensic scientist or biologist this summer and high school students can volunteer as mentors at STEM camps in the Metro East area hosted by the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy. BioSleuths, geared for third and fourth graders, explores the intricacies of plants and insects. How do they survive in a world dominated by humans? In hands-on explorations including creating an insect soundscape, flower dissection, testing how ants respond to stimuli, future biologists will investigate the unique interactions between living organisms. Fifth and sixth graders crack the case in CSImsa, forming teams to gather evidence such as fingerprints, footprints, DNA and handwriting samples. The teams of future forensic scientists then analyze this data and solve the mystery! Budding seventh and eighth grade medical students explore human anatomy and bioengineering in Vital Signs. Handson activities including practice suturing, sheep heart dissection, and exploring the physics of blood flow set the stage for a bioengineering project combines anatomy with engineering principles. High school students can join the STEMabration as Summer@IMSA volunteers. Ama NiPassa, a former Summer@IMSA student, now volunteers with the Summer@IMSA students to “help cultivate their minds.” As she states “I wanted to help them grow in their knowledge, and I wanted them to think for themselves. Most importantly, I just wanted to have fun with the kids and show them science is fun, and that’s all that matters.” Another Summer@IMSA volunteer, Taylor Gates states “the kids I see have the time of their lives doing different experiments, having fun, and working with others.” NiPassa adds, “I’ve never seen a camp or a program so dedicated in making learning so fun for kids.” Both NiPassa and Gates spoke to the long term impact that IMSA programs have on their future. NiPassa is attending University of Illinois Chicago Honors University in the fall and plans to declare Bioengineering as her major. “IMSA made me realize that STEM is not only something that I’m good at but that it’s something that I have a passion for. It’s something that I see myself doing for a long time.” Gates adds “My experience with Summer@IMSA impacts the career path I am looking to pursue because it made me interested in learning more about STEM and how I could impact the world with research and the scientific method.” The internationally recognized Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy® (IMSA) develops creative, ethical leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. As a teaching and learning laboratory created by the State of Illinois, IMSA enrolls academically talented Illinois students (grades 10-12) in its advanced, residential college preparatory program, and it serves thousands of educators and students in Illinois and beyond through innovative instructional programs that foster imagination and inquiry. IMSA also advances education through research, groundbreaking ventures and strategic partnerships. For more information on Illinois Mathamatics and Science Academy or their Summer@IMSA in MetroEast program, visit or contact Dawn Waller at

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Mid America Imaging has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). MRI is a noninvasive medical test that utilizes magnetic fields to produce anatomical images of internal body parts to help physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Parameters and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs are assessed. The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report that can be used for continuous practice improvement. The ACR, founded in 1924, is a professional medical society dedicated to serving patients and society by empowering radiology professionals to advance the practice, science and professions of radiological care. The College serves more than 37,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services. Mid America Imaging just celebrated their 20th anniversary and is very excited and honored to continue getting this accreditation. They are location at 1512 N. Green Mount in O’Fallon, IL. They offer a choice of Open MRI, High-field MRI and can perform onsite MR Arthrography. Their exams are interpreted by local board certified and fellowship trained radiologist providing an accurate and timely diagnosis. Also, they have friendly and accommodating receptionists and technicians.

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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

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Chamber Member Updates


Holland Construction Services, Inc. (Holland) recently joined with the owners and staff of Musick Dermatology at a ground breaking ceremony for their new office building. The new 10,000 square-foot building will be located at 4948 Benchmark Centre Drive in Swansea, Illinois, just around the corner from their current location at 4932 Benchmark Centre Drive. As Musick Dermatology comes up on their 10 year anniversary, the need to relocate to a larger space was necessary to meet the needs of their expanding practice. “Our new beautiful facility will allow us to integrate our goal of increasing provider availability, and timely appointments, with the friendly and professional care that we are known for,” said Dr. Steve Musick. “We could not be more excited. Our providers and staff believe that Musick Dermatology patients deserve the very best.” The new office building designed by Farnsworth Group out of Fairview Heights, Illinois, will feature 16 exam rooms and 2 procedure rooms, in addition to multiple other offices. Holland Construction Services is a full-service construction management, general contracting, and design/build firm based in Swansea, Ill., guided by the principle of providing our clients the best possible building experience on every project. Holland has been providing quality construction services throughout Illinois and Missouri since 1986, when it was founded by company CEO Bruce Holland. Holland offers pre-construction, construction and building information modeling services to retail, office, healthcare, educational, multi-family, recreational, institutional, and light industrial clients. The St. Louis Business Journal ranks Holland as a “Best Places to Work” and one of the top 15 contractors in the St. Louis area. For more information, visit Holland’s website at .........................................................................................................................................................................................................

SWIC ADULT EDUCATION TO OFFER FREE HIGH SCHOOL EQUIVALENCY CLASSES If you left high school without earning a diploma and feel that now is the time to earn one, let Southwestern Illinois College help you get ready. The Adult Education and Literacy department will offer free high school equivalency preparation classes in St. Clair, Madison and Randolph counties in June. Daytime high school equivalency preparation classes will meet Monday through Thursday from June 4 to June 27 from 9 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. at the following locations: • SWIC Belleville Campus – 2500 Carlyle Ave. • SWIC Red Bud Campus – 500 W. South Fourth St. • SWIC Sam Wolf Granite City Campus – 4950 Maryville Road • East St. Louis Community College Center – 601 James R. Thompson Blvd. A mandatory preregistration and orientation session is required. Learn more about upcoming classes and schedule a preregistration appointment by calling 618-235-2700, ext. 5525, or toll free in Illinois at 866-942-SWIC (7942), ext. 5525.

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IMPACT Strategies recently celebrated 15 years in business. Founded by business partners Mark Hinrichs and Mike Christ, the firm now employs 36 people in offices in Fairview Heights, Illinois and downtown St. Louis, Missouri. In its 15-year history, IMPACT Strategies has completed more than $500 million in local construction, with another $60 million projected for 2018. The firm’s most noteworthy projects include: Belleville Crossing, Belleville, IL – Cedarhurst of St. Charles, St. Charles, MO – Enclave, Edwardsville, IL – Fairview City Centre, Fairview Heights, IL. In conjunction with this milestone anniversary, IMPACT Strategies is rebranding, implementing a redesigned logo, new tagline and corporate colors, and an updated website, expected to be complete in May. President Mark Hinrichs said, “Our new identity will better reflect IMPACT Strategies as a firm and help poise us for future growth as we move toward more innovative construction techniques.” IMPACT Strategies provides innovative pre-construction management, construction management, design/build, and general contracting services for retail, commercial, healthcare, multi-family housing, and senior housing clients throughout the Midwest. President Mark Hinrichs and Executive Vice President Mike Christ co-founded IMPACT Strategies in 2002 to provide dedicated leadership and accountability to the entire building process. Today, the firm has 36 employees and offices in Fairview Heights, Illinois and St. Louis, Missouri. Learn more at .........................................................................................................................................................................................................

GROUNDBREAKING DISTINCTIVE DERMATOLOGY – NEW LOCATION The Design-Build team of Korte & Luitjohan (K&L) and EWR/Farnsworth is proud to announce the groundbreaking of the new location for Distinctive Dermatology in Fairview Heights, Illinois. Having outgrown their current location, Dr. Susan Journagan and Dr. Courtney Tobin are building a new dermatology office to better serve their patients and the community. “We have outgrown our current space and the larger updated facility will help us more timely care for our current patients and decrease the wait time to address new patients’ concerns.”, said Dr. Tobin. “The new space will allow more providers to work at once including the new board-certified dermatologist who will be joining us this fall.” The Farnsworth Group of Fairview Heights designed Distinctive Dermatology’s building. The 9,455 square foot Varco Pruden Pre-Engineered steel building structure includes a 2,900 square foot unfinished future tenant space and a 6,555 square foot dermatology office. The office also includes 14 exam rooms, a product display area, staff offices and break room. Korte & Luitjohan is a leading design-build, general contracting firm with 60 years of building experience in the commercial, industrial and infrastructure markets. Since its founding in 1958, the company has provided quality construction throughout the Metro St. Louis area and Southern and Central Illinois. K&L brings traditional values and a strong work ethic to every project. Our collaborative approach allows us to apply our broad experience and management skills to deliver first class building projects to our clients. For more information, please visit K&L’s website at At Korte & Luitjohan, we are “BUILDING A HIGHER STANDARD.”

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Chamber Member Updates THE SCHMIDT TO HOLD BLACK VELVET ART EXHIBIT & CAR CRUISE Enjoy original black velvet artwork created by local artists, a cool car cruise and fabulous food at the Black Velvet Art Exhibit & Car Cruise June 14 from 6-9 p.m. at the William and Florence Schmidt Art Center at Southwestern Illinois College, 2500 Carlyle Ave., Belleville. The art exhibition, titled Black Velvet: the Seedy Side of Kitsch, will run through Aug. 2 at The Schmidt. The opening reception and exhibition are free and open to the public. “The kitschy black velvet paintings of Elvis, tigers and matadors that were once the mainstay of mid-century modern homes in the 1960s and 70s take on a unique light in the new millennium,” said Schmidt Curator Nicole Dutton. “Artists are using this medium to explore contemporary themes and are reinventing the genre.” Local car enthusiasts, including Belleville Gear Jammers, will be showing off their hot rods and cool vintage cars in the cruise. The opening reception will feature music by The Woo Daddies, a popular St. Louis rockabilly, swing, jazz and surf band. Guests are encouraged to wear their kitschiest black velvet attire to the reception. A 50/50 raffle will benefit SWICarts, the college’s art syndicate, which provides free concerts, exhibitions, film screenings, theatre productions and more to the college and public. For more information about this exhibition, The Schmidt, the art center’s calendar of events and arts education programs, visit or call 618-222-5ART (5278). .........................................................................................................................................................................................................


Law firm Mathis, Marifian & Richter, Ltd. recently moved into its new Edwardsville office downtown, located at 101 West Vandalia St., Suite 100. “We are very excited to have moved into our new office space in downtown Edwardsville,” said Patrick B. Mathis, shareholder of MMR. “The new space accommodates for our current and future growth, allowing us to better serve our clients’ diverse legal needs throughout Edwardsville and the Metro-East region.” The law firm celebrated its new space with a ribbon cutting ceremony with the Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce on Wed., May 16. To contact the Edwardsville office, please call: 618-656-2244. Mathis, Marifian & Richter, Ltd. was established in 1984 and has emerged as one of the most trusted and respected law firms in the St. Louis and Southern Illinois areas. The firm has offices in Belleville, Edwardsville and Nashville, Illinois, as well as St. Louis and Perryville, Missouri. MMR’s shareholders and associates possess knowledge and experience in practice areas that include business law, civil and commercial litigation, taxation, estate planning, banking law, and more. For more information, please visit

2018 Chili Chase 5k Run/Walk & Kids Pepper Dash

October 6, 2018 Downtown Belleville | Open to all ages! Course Briefing - 8:45 a.m. | Race Starts - 9 a.m.

Proceeds benefit the Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce Leadership Belleville Scholarship Fund.

Habanero Sponsor:

JalapeĂąo Pepper Sponsor:

Cayenne Pepper Sponsors:

Chili Pepper Sponsors:

Bellecourt Banquet Center Belleville Township High School District 201 BOS Metro East Banking Center Chiro-Med HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital

Local Lucys Marketplace Magazine Tavern on Main The EDGE

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Chamber Member Updates BELLEVILLE HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION - DIY RENOVATION SEMINARS The Belleville Historic Preservation Commission is sponsoring several free events in which the public can participate in several “Do It Yourself” Renovation Seminars in conjunction with the Museum Day event on Saturday, June 2, 2018. These free seminars include the following topics: - “How to Research the History of Your Home” – Location/Time: Garfield Saloon (633 East Garfield Street, Belleville) beginning at 10:00 AM. - “Re-glazing Historic Windows” – Location/Time: 212 South Charles Street (Backyard) beginning at 12 noon. - “Tuck Pointing Historic Buildings” – Location/Time: 215 Abend Street beginning at 2:00 PM Pre-Registration Required for this free event: Call Keith Owens (618) 799-1088. Registration Ends: Wednesday, May 30, 2018. Free Parking available throughout the Old Belleville Historic District, Public Services Building at 407 E. Lincoln Street, Emma Kunz’s Parking lot on the corner of Mascoutah Ave and Fulton Street, and behind Washington Elementary School. For more information, contact Keith Owens at or by phone at 618-799-1088 or Cathleen Lindauer, Tourism Director, at 618-233-6769.

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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

Nashville, IL

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 June Friday, June 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29 Notre Dame Academy Bingo | 5:00 pm St. Augustine’s Gym | Belleville

Monday, June 4, 11, 18, & 25 Althoff Catholic Fathers & Friends’ BINGO | 7:00 pm CKL of I Country Club | Swansea

Saturday, June 2 Belleville Historic Preservation Thursday, June 7, 14, 21, & 28 Commission - DIY Renovation Seminars Singer Songwriter Thursday | 7:00 pm Locations and Times Vary Cigar Inn Jazz Club | Belleville Saturday, June 2 & Sunday, June 3 Flea Market | 9:00 am St. Clair County Event Center | Belleville

Friday, June 8 Eckerts Trombonanza 2018 | 7:00 pm Eckerts Farm | Belleville

Monday, June 4 Sisters of Swing 9-Hole Ladies Golf Tournament | 8:00 am The Orchards Golf Course | Belleville

Tuesday, June 12 Toastmasters Meeting | 11:30 am Artigem | Belleville Artigem | Belleville Saturday, June 16 Craft Beer Walk | 4:00 pm Belleville Main Street

Saturday, June 16 & Sunday, June 17 Flea Market Belle-Clair Fairgrounds | Belleville Thursday, June 21 Diva’s Night Out | 5:00 pm Belleville Main Street Friday, June 22 & Saturday, June 23 We Think you are Peachy! Downtown Belleville Saturday, June 23 Superhero Night with the Grizzlies GCS Ballpark | Sauget Tuesday, June 26 Toastmasters Meeting | 11:30 am Artigem | Belleville Artigem | Belleville

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

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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

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