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professionals Striving

august 2013

to be the best...

Month in Review In lieu of our regular monthly meetings, neXt decided to spend July celebrating its members with a Membership Appreciation Cookout. It was great to see familiar faces and new ones at the cookout! Despite the rain, we had about 30 members partake in the event, including their families and significant others. A big thank you to Justine and her family for opening their doors and hosting the event! In July, seven of our members participated in the Walk With Me event in support of Easter Seals. Every walker was teamed with an “Honorary Ambassador”, a local child with a disability who currently benefits or has benefitted from Easter Seals services. NeXt had the privilege of walking a mile around the CornBelters stadium with “princess” Emily. Each of the team members raised at least $20 to go towards Easter Seals, way to go!


BUILDING PROFESSIONAL

august 2013

RELATIONSHIPS...

Upcoming Events Looking to get involved in the community? Want to build personal and professional relationships? Get involved at one of our next socials, service projects or monthly meetings!

August 8/23 Service Event: Bruegela at BCPA, 6-11pm 8/24 Service Event: Bruegela at the BCPA, 5-11pm 8/27 General membership meeting at the Doubletree @ 5:30PM Topic: Perspective on Business in our Community Speakers: Bloomington City Mayor Tari Renner

September 9/11 Social: Trivia Night at Eleven Bar @ 7:00PM 9/18 Chamber Educate at Heartland Community College @ 8:30AM 9/21 Service Event: Habitat for Humanity Build 9/24

Regular luncheon meeting at the Chamber office @ 11:30AM Topic: Entrepreneurship: Pursuing your passion Speaker: Axel Jiminez, State Farm Agent Caterer: Bandana’s


IMPROVING

QUALITY OF LIFE...

neXt Meeting Please join the neXt Professionals for their monthly meeting on Tuesday, August 27 from 5:30 – 6:30pm at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Conference Center. Our speaker, Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner, will provide our members with important updates from the City of Bloomington and will share with us the impact that we as young professionals have on the city in which we reside.

Member Spotlight: Meet Kate Sies! Kate Sies is the Foundation Development Associate at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center. Kate’s responsibilities include supporting the Foundation and the medical center’s Auxiliary group in raising funds for the hospital. Originally from Freeport, IL, Kate is a two-time graduate of Illinois State University where she earned both her Bachelor of Science degree in Public Relations and her Master of Science degree in Communication. Kate has been a member of Next Professionals since 2012 and is getting ready to serve on the board of the Bloomington Kiwanis Club beginning this October. In her free time, she enjoys reading, exercising and perusing social media sites. Fun Facts: Kate will be getting married in October 2013, has a fraternal twin sister and was born on New Year’s Day!


giving back to

SEPTEMBER 2013 community.

contact us Justine Robinson President Jrobinson@cityblm.org Laura Kraynak President-Elect Lkraynak@eastlandsuites.com Kim Stagg Marketing Kim@BuildRevenueNow.com Chris Thoennes Membership Chris.Thoennes@CommerceBank.com Angie Fulton Programs Afulton@childrenshomeandaid.org Kaitlin Liesse Service kliesse@thesnydercompanies.com Ashley Petrinec Social Ashley.petrinec.ml0w@statefarm.com

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Local News & Business: Tobin’s New Fleet If you live in Bloomington-Normal and enjoy pizza, you’re probably familiar with the “classic” Tobin’s Pizza delivery vehicles. Tobin’s (1513 N. Main St., Bloomington) has been widely known to provide their employees with clunkers. However, owner Moe Davis has made a few changes to his delivery fleet in the past 6 months, all in the name of saving money. Moe is now stocked with 12 all-electric Mitsubishi i-MiEV vehicles, cutting his monthly gas bill by nearly two-thirds. State and Federal incentives paired with the lowering of vehicle maintenance and fuel expense made the decision easy. Although EVs may not be the solution to the financial problems for all small businesses, it will be interesting to see if more owners will make the change from gas to electric in the future.


neXt Newsletter August 2013