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Midwest Community Bank Brings New Technologies to Freeport Tony Carton Communicator Editor When was the last time a bank gave you something for free? Midwest Community Bank will. They’re offering a new service called Midwest Mobile Banking and starting in November, Midwest Community Bank customers will be able to use their cell or smart phones to securely check bank balances, view transaction histories, transfer funds, make loan payments and pay bills with the ease and convenience of sending and receiving simple text messages; and it’s free. Put simply, mobile banking keeps you connected with anytime, anywhere access to your financial information. If your cell handset experience is limited, Midwest Mobile Banking is ready to serve with Short Message Service (SMS) connections that are readily available on even the simplest cell phone and if you demand the speed and connectivity of a web-enabled device, Midwest Mobile Banking are already there with mobile browser services. Mobile banking is as convenient and fast as you need it to be and best of all; mobile banking with Midwest Community Bank is free. Staying at the cutting edge of technology is just another way
the people at Midwest Community Bank are growing to meet their customer’s financial needs. “Our new mobile banking services are all about providing
transfer and this is a great product that will enable them to do that no matter what time of day or night or their physical location.” Midwest Community Bank
convenience to our customers,” said Midwest Community Bank Co-CEO Mark Wright. “We still have many of customers that use our branches and we will always have branch locations available for them, but there are a growing number of our customers that just don’t have the ability to come into one of our locations during business hours. They might be at home at nine at night or five in the morning and want to know what their loan or deposit balances are, need to make a loan payment or a balance
has seen significant increase in their customer base that uses technology. “Our customer’s use of our online banking products has grown significantly in the last five years,” Wright said. “Technology is important to our customers as like many of us, our customer’s need every available hour in the day for work or family. They want our bank to be accessible and Midwest Mobile Banking is one more way that we save our customers time and make their banking experience more convenient.”
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As technology has advanced Midwest Community Bank has proactively addressed changes which have had a positive impact on its customers. Midwest Community Bank has online banking, bill pay and check imaging services for its retail customers as well as cash management, remote deposit and lockbox services for its commercial customers. One thing that will never change is Midwest Community Bank’s devotion to its customers. “We will never loose sight of the importance of our customer,” stated Wright. We never forget that without our customers we would not be in business.” “Our people in our banks are really what make us special,” Wright said. “We are not a big corporate bank. We are about trying to make things convenient and accessible and our people build those all important long-term relationships by simply providing superior service.” Midwest Community Bank has been awarded the Freeport Journal Standard’s Best of Region award the last eleven years. Midwest Community bank was started in 1965 by a group of investors led by the first generation of Wright family SEE
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ow the weather here in Northwest Illinois has been terrific! Hope everyone is enjoying it. What a great time of year, leaves turning, apple cider tasting good, Halloween around the corner and lots and lots of football games to watch. What a great season Le-Win, Stockton, Aquin and Forreston is having. As the Chamber starts to wind down the year we are keeping extra busy with our Small Business “YOU” Seminars, lots of ribbon cuttings (and as always congratulations to all of the new businesses that have opened recently). We have had some real fun Business after Hours and Rise ‘N Shine Breakfasts and thanks to Fairway Ford Lincoln and Integrity Investments and Rocky Zuberhuler for hosting this recent events. We sponsored a recent seminar with “Constant Contact” which was very helpful in learning the art of Email Marketing. Thanks to those who attended those events! Email Marketing has become such an important part of many types of marketing your business. Your Chamber Board and member volunteers are currently starting a
process of Strategic Planning and we are using the feedback we received from our recent membership survey as well as the two focus groups that several of you participated in. We are very thankful to our members who provided us with your important input. We feel very confident that the end result of our Strategic Plan will provide us the opportunity to be an even stronger Chamber of Commerce going forward into 2012. Your response to our updated website has been very satisfying. We are receiving several more “hits” per day than we were in the past and we will pledge to make sure we continue to keep it updated for your benefit. The “Prospering Together” Vision is continuing to build strength and momentum and I ask all of you to do us a favor and get involved. This is your community and we can only improve it’s quality of life if you get engaged!
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OCTOBER 27 Ambassador Meeting Stephenson County Farm Bureau 7:30 a.m. NOVEMBER 1 Executive Meeting Chamber Conference Room #1 7:30 a.m. NOVEMBER 2 Rise ’n Shine Breakfast Oakley Courts Assisted Living 7:30 a.m. NOVEMBER 10 Finance Committee Meeting Chamber Conference Room #2 7:30 a.m. NOVEMBER 15 Chamber Board Meeting Chamber Conference Room #1 7:30 a.m.
The Chamber presented the next in the series of Small Business “You”. The class was taught by Michelle Miller and Brian Borger Former Small Business Development Center Counselors on what you need to plan for when opening your own business. We had an excellent turn out and look forward to many more classes to come.
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ownership. Third generation owners, Mark and Todd Wright, co-manage the bank today, and Midwest Community Bank has expanded its branch locations to include two banks in Freeport, IL, one bank in Rockford, IL, one bank in Chicago, IL and a loan production office in Naperville, IL. Midwest Community Bank remains a full service bank serving both individuals and businesses with services tailored
to meet the financial needs of its growing customer base. The staff at Midwest Community Bank invite you to stop by one of their convenient locations and speak with one of their loan officers or personal bankers, or meet either Mark or Todd. See what a difference a family-owned, communityminded bank will make for you. Freeport, IL full service branch banks are located at:
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MEMBERnews The Freeport Area Chamber of Commerce joins Chick-fil-A Leadercast in announcing the 2012 speakers. • John Maxwell, Leadership expert & best-selling author of The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership • Patrick Lencioni, Best-selling author & president of The Table Group • Tim Tebow, NFL quarterback, Heisman Trophy winner & best-selling author • Urban Meyer, ESPN analyst & former head football coach for the University of Florida • Angela Ahrendts, Chief Executive Officer, Burberry • Roland Fryer, Professor of economics at Harvard & CEO of the Education Innovation Laboratory • Sheena Iyengar, Author of The Art of Choosing & worldrenowned expert on choice • Andy Stanley, Best-selling leadership author & communicator Others to be announced soon.
Highland instructor writes book on author Don DeLillo Highland Community College English instructor Dr. Paul Giaimo recently published a new book, “Appreciating Don DeLillo: The Moral Force of a Writer’s work.” The book, released last month by ABC-CLIO, Ltd., serves as a commentary on the major novels of award winning Italian American writer Don DeLillo. According to the publisher, the book is “an insightful work providing stateof-the-art critical guidance and informative commentary on the major novels of Don DeLillo in terms of how they respond to current social and ethical issues.” The 224page volume examines the major themes in DeLillo’s work, outlines Delillo’s treatment of moral heroism and villainy, and
evaluates the writer’s place in the framework of American story telling. “I wrote the book with a few purposes in mind,” said author, Paul Giaimo. “I wanted to create an accessible ‘primer’ to DeLillo’s fictions that readers could pick up and consult to better understand and appreciate the novels. Furthermore, I also sought to go more into depth on some issues to allow those with more experience of DeLillo and/or American fictions to gain even more knowledge of the significance of his work.” Giaimo has long been a student of American Literature, but has more recently taken a specific interest in Italian American Literature. “I had studied American Literature for almost 10 years before even discovering that people of my ethnic background were writing consciously from the point of view of being Italian American,” said Giaimo. “I learned the original Italian names of holiday dishes I remember sharing at my grandmothers’ houses years ago, while at the same time bringing back valuable historical information and a new
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awareness of written art to share with my students. Students responded well as I became more personally invested in the material I was and am teaching.” Dr. Giaimo has been a fulltime instructor at Highland for 14 years and has taught courses in English and Philosophy. While this is his first authored text, Dr. Giaimo has been published previously in Voices In Italian Americana, the Journal of the Multiethnic Literature Association of the United States, and The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Multiethnic American Literature. Freeport nonprofit organizations reap benefits of Wipfli’s Community Day Firm’s seventh annual “Community Day” on September 29 helps 58 organizations Press Wipfli LLP, a national CPA and consulting firm with offices in Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Spokane, Washington, closed its doors for business on September 29 so that hundreds of associates across the country CONTINUED
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could spend the day giving back to the communities that have fueled the firm’s growth. In just this one day, associates dedicated over 4100 work hours to make a difference in their communities. In Freeport, 21 Wipfli associates dedicated the firm’s Community Day to working with Assault and Abuse Services of Stephenson County, intervention and counseling services, and the City of Freeport. The Wipfli volunteers for Assault and Abuse Services of Stephenson County handled maintenance, helped mitigate flood damage, and cleaned the shelter. Those who volunteered for the City of Freeport pruned trees, removed vegetation and did clean-up along the Galena Avenue corridor. According to Mayor George Gaulrapp of the City of Freeport, Wipfli’s associates were organized and helped to improve the corridor. Frances Anthon, Executive Director of Assault and Abuse Services of Stephenson County also felt Wipfli’s associates made a valuable
contribution on Community Day. “This day came at a perfect time for us, “Anthon said. “We are very pleased to have Wipfli’s help.” INSIDE Public Accounting names Wipfli LLP one of the Top Five Fastest-Growing Firms in the nation INSIDE Public Accounting (IPA) recently named Wipfli LLP one of the Top Five FastestGrowing Firms in the nation, as well as an All-Star Firm, based on performance in areas of management and growth. “We are honored and thrilled to be named to both lists,” Wipfli’s Managing Partner Rick Dreher said. “The recognition as one of the top five fastestgrowing firms in the nation demonstrates the strength and dedication of the professionals working for Wipfli who are helping the firm to grow. It also demonstrates the firm’s leadership in the industry and our commitment to providing exceptional client service to our clients, since client satisfaction and retention are essential to growth.”
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MEMBERspotlights BoltNet.net to the rescue BoltNet.net is the online venture of: CedarCliff Components, LLC In 2007, CedarCliff purchased an independent industrial distributor known as National Fast-Cut Industrial Supply. The company has been located in Freeport, Illinois for more than 25 years. Today, BoltNet.net supplies tens of thousands of products nationwide in hundreds of categories. BoltNet.net stocks customer bins and operate vendor-managed inventory programs. BoltNet.net provides whatever level of service their customers need. Boltnet owner/operator Bret Rogers said Boltnet.net is his company’s new web store featuring exceptional prices on nuts, bolts, screws and more. “Basically, we are trying to brand BolNet.net differently than the other online fastener supply companies,” said Rogers. “We are working to make our company
stand out and be different.” The fastener and industrial supply industry is very fragmented, with literally thousands of suppliers to choose from, but BoltNet.net has combined high quality products, top-level service and exceptional prices into the BoltNet.net
brand. Their mission is to meet or exceed their customers’ expectations and have some fun doing it. He said they’ve upgraded their color scheme, their logo, and added a cute super character called Boltgirl that travels the country in her flaming pink Jeep Wrangler rescuing their customers from high prices and mediocre service. “She is actually an employee of the company and we’ve
dressed up a hot pink wrangler for her to use to rescue BoltNet customers,” Rogers said. “BoltNet is trying to be a low cost fun provider in what is traditionally boring business.” He explained that with the recent recession his company had to find ways to draw attention to itself. “You know, when you compete and struggle through a recession you start to get really creative in looking at ways to grow your sales and stand above the crowd,” Rogers said. “If you go online for nuts and bolts you will just pop up an endless stream of potential suppliers and they all have one thing in common, they are all boring. Our goal is to make BoltNet.net memorable by making it different.” He said that a visit to the site (www.BoltNet.net) will provide an overview of the company, an ever-growing list of their products, some hot pink pix of Boltgirl and her jeep with a list of the places she is visiting to rescue their customers. “BoltNet.net has a FaceBook page and Boltgirl has her own
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FREEPORT AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Need your parts bins stocked? BoltNet.net does that. Want to save on fasteners? Shop the BoltNet.net online Parts Warehouse. Need a part BoltNet.net doesn’t yet have listed for sale online? Contact BoltNet.net and let them know. For more information contact BoltNet.net on line at BoltNet.net or on FaceBook or call 815.232.6370 or stop in at the warehouse located at 3310 IL Route 26 S Freeport, IL. You can follow Boltgirl’s adventures and locales listed on BoltNet.net or friend her on FaceBook at www.facebook.com/BoltGirl or get up close and personal on her Live Chat location by visiting the BoltNet.net site and clicking on the Boltgirl Live Chat box. 21st Century Lighting Commercial use of energy efficient lighting is evolving to achieve a balance of form and function that will meet even the most discriminating needs. Hues and glow are created to compliment need as well as décor and when it comes to combining function and cost, 21st Century Lighting is ready to help.
“We go into manufacturing operations, warehouses, schools, churches and office buildings to upgrade the lighting systems with energy efficient lighting,” said 21st Century Lighting marketing representative Dave Valkema. He said 21st Century Lighting is usually able to retrofit their energy efficient products into existing fixtures so as to be more cost effective. “There are occasions where we are not able to fit existing fixtures with efficient products, but for the most part, we are able to save almost every client a considerable amount of money both on the long term with their lighting bill and on the short term with retrofitting,” Valkema said. He said there is increasing interest in commercial applications for green or energy efficient lighting. “We are seeing all kinds of efficient lighting improvements,” Valkema said. “They range from the CFLs or fluorescent light bulbs that you can install in your home to LED lights and more.” He said they go on-site, do a no obligation audit and help commercial operators save 40 or 50 percent on lighting. “We provide a detailed estimate of what the costs of upgrading are so they can see for themselves what the savings can be,” Valkema said. He added that some utility companies in the area are offering rebates or assistance to those small business owners that are working to be more energy efficient.
Sometimes those companies will pay up to half of these retrofits because they are a very cost efficient thing for a business to do,” he explained. He said 21st Century Lighting has been up and running for about a year and the future is looking bright. “Once we get a chance to show a business owner what we can do to save them money they quickly realize they are getting a great value in terms of money invested and returns on that investment,” Valkema said. “Not only are there incentives available from utility companies, but the return on their investment starts with their first month’s lighting bill.” “Energy efficient lighting is the best investment that you can make for your business and that is why we developed this business,” Valkema said. “The technology at our disposal allows us to meet and exceed your needs while maximizing the energy efficiency of your lighting system. We don’t know of a better channel to invest for the short or long term.” The 21st Century Lighting team simply desires to help your business save those hard earned dollars that are needlessly paid to your electrical utility each and every month. Learn more about the services available through 21st Century Lighting. Not only will you realize significant financial returns, but your facility will become more comfortable and productive with new lighting. Contact Dave Valkema at 815.291.5464 or Steve Schoenberger at 608.577.9114. Famous Fossil Vineyard & Winery Wine enthusiasts gathered October 8 at Famous Fossil
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just want folks to really enjoy what I do.” She said a store front is in the future. “I would love a shop, but that is really a long term plan,” Koester said. “It just depends on how things go. I’m keeping a positive attitude.” She said she is working to keep her prices reasonable so that folks will get more enjoyment from her goods. “I just get a kick out of seeing the expression on their faces when they see their cake or cookies,” Koester said. She said she is a perfectionist when it comes to her art. “I really want to produce the best looking and best tasting product around,” She said. “I want it to taste as good as it looks and that takes the extra time and care that I’m willing to put in just to have my cakes and cookies be the best.” Let Cathy’s Custom Cakery create your perfect cake - it will taste and look extraordinary. Check out the cakes and cookies at www.cathyscustomcakery or contact Cathy Koester at 815.235.4457 or 815.821.4844 for more information.
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Thank you to everyone to attend the Dave Ramsey EntreLeadership Simulcast at Crossroads Community Church! We had an excellent turn out for this event and we appreciate all the support!
Think IP Phone Systems Aren’t For Your Business? Think Again.
Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Aero is the area’s leading provider of Business-Class Digital IP Phone systems and service. Call us and see why so many businesses are switching to Aero’s Business-Class IP Phone Service We’ll install a Polycom IP phone in your office FREE for 30 days before you decide. Aero has installed hundreds of phones throughout our service region, saving our customers hundreds of dollars per month on their phone bills while making them even more efficient, and better able to communicate with their customers.
Aero Group (815) 801-3387 1866 S. West Ave. Freeport, IL
The HR Luncheon featured the Value of the Workforce Investment Board/Act and the Necessity of Reauthorization with Guest Speakers Brenda Helms Employment Coordinator, Partner for Employment and Janet Vrtol WIB Manager for Northwest IL Workforce Investment Board. We would like to thank both Brenda and Janet for doing such an excellent job! We hope everyone enjoyed the luncheon and we look forward to the next HR Luncheon in November.
FREEPORT AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
New and Renewed
MEMBERS NEW: • Knowlton Motors/Mark V Rentals • Cathy's Custom Cakery • 21st Century Lighting • Curve's • Seaga • RBG Supply • Randall J. Manus Attorney at Law • Premier Home Mortgage • M&S Trucking • Boltnet.net • B & T Automotive • Best Auto Service RENEWED: • Deer Ridge Retreat • University of Illinois Extension • Stephenson County Farm Bureau • Loescher Heating & Air Conditioning • Midtown Center • Freeport Rehabilitation & Health Care • Roto Rooter Sewer & Drain • Hartog & Reedy Dentistry • Housing Authority of Freeport • Hughes Resources • The Cheese Market • Tim Bivins - State Senator • Lamar Outdoor Advertising • Integra Business Systems, Inc. • Slumberland Furniture • International Payment Solutions • Willowglen Academy of IL • Super 8 • Highlandview Dental Excellence • Freeport Country Club • Frerport Catholic Schools • Tri-Star Metals, LLC • Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois • Kentucky Fried Chicken • R Squared Construction • Anytime Fitness of Freeport • Pretzel Fan's Club • Northwestern Service Co. • Allen's Menswear • Stephenson Service Co. • FS Farmtown • Freeport Fast Stop Express • Willowglen Academy of IL • New Horizons Counseling Center • Imperial Palace • Willett, Hofmann & Associates • Freeport Massage Center • Provena St. Joseph Campus • Stephenson County Board • Culver's • Sauer-Danfoss • Aaron's Sales & Lease Ownership • Behr Iron & Metal • Eagles Club • Family Health Quest • Lincoln Douglas Society • Spherion Staffing Group • RK Dixon • Best in Sight • Stephenson County Fair Association • Immanuel Lutheran Church & School • Maybe You Need Help • Schofield Plumbing • Fehr-Graham & Associates • Boss Carpet One • Hosptice Care of America
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