Marion Chamber of Commerce Newsletter 021215

Welcome New Members

Harness TechED
Tom Harness
Join Date: 02/09/2015

Banterra Bank
Cherrish McCoy
Join Date: 02/11/2015

Wells Fargo Financial Network
Al McIntee
Join Date: 02/11/2015

Would you like to sponsor a Monthly Membership Luncheon?

The Marion Chamber of Commerce is happy to to offer to members the sponsorship opportunity at the Monthly Membership Luncheons, held on the second Tuesday of each month (except for January) for $100.

Each Monthly Luncheon will have only one sponsor, and that sponsor is entitled to: a logo in the luncheon invitation, opportunity to speak for up to three minutes at the luncheon, and a table set up by the registration table at the luncheon. The opportunity is limited to one Monthly Luncheon Sponsorship per business per year. 

Joyner Therapy Services is the Monthly Membership Luncheon sponsor for May. To become a Monthly Membership Luncheon sponsor, email with what month you'd like to sponsor or call the Chamber at (618) 997-6311.

Let us put the Spotlight on your Business!

The Marion Chamber of Commerce is happy promote members on the homepage of the Chamber's Web site in the Member Spotlight section for $250.

Note that one Member Spotlight is featured a month. Slots are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. A company may only request a Member Spotlight once a year.

The following months are available for purchase: April, July, August, October, and November. 

To grab your spot in the spotlight, email or call 618.997-6311 and let us know what month you'd like.

Helpful tips

  • Submit your events/news: All Marion Chamber of Commerce members can submit their events, press releases, etc. through our Member Management System. To log in, click here
  • Member-to-Member Discounts: Don't forget to check out your member-to-member discounts. Click here to start saving today. To submit your member-to-member discount, go to the Coupon Editor in your Member Management System. To log in to the Member Management system, visit our Web site and click "Member Login" on the top of the homepage.
  • Member survey: We would like your feedback! Click here to take the Marion Chamber of Commerce survey. 
  • Classifieds: Check out our members' classified ads here
  • Sign up for Committees: All Marion Chamber of Commerce members can sign up for Chamber Committees through our Member Management System. To log in, click here. Then, go to "Forms."
  • Download the Mobile Chamber App: Useful information at your fingertips. Click here for information on how to download the app today!

Want to host a Business After Hours event?

Have you thought about hosting a Business After Hours event? Schedule yours today!

Business After Hours events are held on the fourth Thursday of the month, unless the Chamber member has a special need for a different date or calendar conflicts at the Chamber arise.

The hours for a Business After Hours event are to be determined by the Chamber member. However, 4:30-6:30 p.m. is recommended.

The Business After Hours Program fee is $100. 

Email, call 997-6311 or fill out this form to schedule your BAH event today! February-December events are open. 

Chamber responsibilities include:
* Promoting the event through all of our communications (newsletter, Web site, social media, Monthly Membership Luncheon announcements, etc.)
* Provide member mailing labels for invitations

Chamber member suggestions:
* Send special invitations to Chamber Members and their customers (must include Chamber logo on printed materials)
* Provide food and beverages at the event 
* Provide door prizes at the event
* Make a presentation about your business/organization

5th annual Marion Chamber Bass Tournament, 03-15-15

Angler's Choice is proud to host the 5th annual Marion Chamber Bass Tournament. 30% of entry fees will go toward the Marion Chamber Scholarship Program. 
The Marion Chamber of Commerce currently offers two scholarships: John A. Logan College One Year Tuition Waiver and a Grad Spree Scholarship. The Marion Chamber of Commerce awards these scholarships based on the amount of money generated by the fundraising efforts from the previous year. The remaining monies will constitute plaques/trophies and gross cash purse. 

$500 cash bonus for 1st place

2 man "buddy" tournament

Weigh-in conducted by Earl Sigley, Angler's Choice

The tournament fee is $70 per team and optional $10 for big bass at 100% payback. Entries will be limited to the first 150 teams. 

For more information or to register, click here

Member press releases

Liaison Technologies Announces Expansion in Carbondale
Liaison Technologies today announced that the company is expanding operations in Carbondale, Illinois with the addition of 20 new sales positions and will host a job fair on February 1
Article By: Liaison Technologies
Peoples National Bank offers educational scholarships
Each recipient of the Peoples National Bank scholarship receives a $500 scholarship. 
Article By: Peoples National Bank
For more Member Press Releases, click here

Chamber news

Diamond Drop raises more than $1,000 for The Poshard Foundation
The 94th annual Marion Chamber of Commerce Auction & Awards Banquet’s Diamond Drop raised $1,060 for The Poshard Foundation for Abused Children. 
Published: 02/12/15
Brandon Zanotti speaks at February Membership Luncheon
Cindy Gibbons with the City of Marion spoke about the Sister City Program and Brandon Zanotti, Williamson County States Attorney, gave a presentation. 
Published: 02/11/15
To read more Chamber news, click here

Set up your Traffic Catcher System today! It's easy and FREE!

The Marion Chamber of Commerce is a Local Network Provider that helps its members promote their businesses locally and nationally. Marion Chamber of Commerce Members receive the assistance they need to be sure member businesses are  properly set up online.

The Marion Chamber of Commerce has invested in a state-of-the-art, community-wide economic development infrastructure. This provides a SINGLE network that can host all of the businesses within the community. Members can now be connected to the Official Area Search Engine for the community, and the Official Mobile Application while leveraging the significant prospect traffic coming into the organization's network. 

Your Traffic Catcher System (TCS) landing page is your primary tool for sharing information about your company, products, or services. This page makes it easy for customers and other members to refer you to others. This can be done via email, the member business network, and social tools like Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. You can leverage your landing page via your website or we can convert this landing page into a full website. We'll automatically link your landing page to the member directory, Chamber Search Engine (Area Search Engine) and the organization's website. You can expand its value by linking it in your email signature, to other pages you may have on the Internet, and in all customer facing emails.

ALL voting members receive a Traffic Catcher System. If a member business has more than one Chamber voting member, then each of those voting members receive a Traffic Catcher System. 

Below is a list of Marion Chamber of Commerce members who have already set up their Traffic Catcher Systems:


Did you know?

There are many benefits to being a Marion Chamber of Commerce member! Did you know the benefits include:

  • As a member, you have access to many discounts provided by other Chamber members. Discounts include radio and newspaper coupons, insurance discounts (commercial and personal), mobile telephone discounts, banking incentives and more!  These discounts often cover the cost of membership! Member-to-Member Discounts are located here
  • Rack space is available for you to display your business brochures and business cards for visitors to our office.
  • To assist members with their own direct mailings, our mailing list is available on labels to our members for $35 per printed set or free for electronic versions. We do not provide our e-mail list for distribution.
  • The Chamber provides you a bulk mailing opportunity by using its bulk-mailing permit. 

Want to know more about the benefits of being a Marion Chamber member? Click here!

MCOC 2014 - Marion Chamber of Commerce Newsletter 021215