Marion Chamber of Commerce Newsletter 11302015

New members

Re/Max Above and Beyond - Amy Graves
Amy Graves
Join Date: 11/03/2015

Priority Professional Group
Megan Jones
Join Date: 11/06/2015

CT & Open MRI Center
Lana Youssef
Join Date: 11/12/2015

The Print Shop at Pieces of Learning
Tyler Young
Join Date: 11/23/2015

Mayer Branding
James Mayer
Join Date: 11/23/2015

Send a Member eBlast!

The Marion Chamber of Commerce is happy to send promotional eBlasts once a week on behalf of members as a member benefit for $50. Slots are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. A company may only request a Member eBlast once a month. Click here for the form. 

Promote your business to New Chamber Members!

Each month, the Marion Chamber of Commerce averages 10-15 new voting members. 

  • The Marion Chamber is in need of your business’ goodies to distribute to all of our new voting members. Do you have cups, koozies, stress balls, coupons, fun trinkets, etc. that you would like to be presented to all new voting members at the Chamber in their new member gift bag? During each New Member Quarterly Luncheon, members of the Marion Chamber of Commerce Membership Committee meet with new members from the past quarter to go over their new member packets and give them a gift bag filled with goodies from our members to welcome them to the Chamber. Call or email the Chamber to include your business in the goodie bags today!
  • Do you have great discounts to offer other Chamber members? We can include you in our Member-to-Member Discounts! Click here to see who is already giving discounts to Marion Chamber of Commerce members. Call or email the Chamber today to start listing your Member-to-Member Discounts.
  • Do you want to offer a “thank you for joining the Marion Chamber Team” discount to only new Chamber voting members? We can include your coupon or discount in all new voting members’ packets. We already include offers from other members, including discounted advertising rates!  We would love to include something from your business in our packets.  This is a GREAT way for your business to get noticed by potential new business customers! Call or email the Marion Chamber today to list your new member discounts/coupons today!
 Our goal is to promote more business growth and an opportunity for our members to connect.  We hope you will take a moment and let us know what you are willing to offer.  We have so many great members with top notch products and services, we want to make sure we share the news!
Thank you!


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Did you know?

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

  • If any Marion Chamber of Commerce member would like to have fliers for an upcoming event, announcements, etc. placed at each attendee's seat at the luncheon, please contact the Chamber at 618.997.6311 to arrange for delivery of the fliers prior to the luncheon. Distributing fliers / business cards/ etc. at the Monthly Membership Lunches is free and a part of your Marion Chamber of Commerce Membership!
  • 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.

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

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!

Ribbon Cutting at Mayer Branding 12/10

Business After Hours set for 12/17 at Farmers

To RSVP for the event, click here

Ike Family Dealerships named 2015 Marion Chamber Business/Industry of the Year

The Marion Chamber of Commerce has announced that the 2015 Business/Industry of the Year is Ike Family Dealerships.

The Ike Family of Dealerships was founded by Edward “Ike” Eigenrauch more than 50 years ago. Ike began selling cars in 1964.

The Honda and Volkswagen dealerships are owned by Ike’s three children: Lori Eigenrauch Sisulak, Brian Eigenrauch, and Jason Eigenrauch. Lori is the dealer principal for both the Honda and Volkswagen stores and is one of only a small number of female dealers in the country. Lori, Jason and Brian all work together to oversee operations at both stores.

“Being the recipient of an award like this is about much more than our family,” Jason said. “We have an amazing team of employees at both our Honda and VW stores. Some of our employees have been with us 30 years! Their dedication to our family is one of the main reasons for our success.”

The Ike Family of Dealerships is family-owned and operated. The Ike Family spans three generations with more than 125 years of combined automotive experience. They have been serving customers in Southern Illinois for almost 40 years.

For more on the story, click here

Chamber news


The Marion Chamber of Commerce cordially invites you to attend our 95th Annual Auction & Awards Banquet on Friday, January 15, 2016 at The Pavilion.


Seventeen area Chambers of Commerce along with several regional businesses have teamed up this holiday season in an effort to encourage Southern Illinoisans to do a majority of their holiday shopping in the region, rather than traveling out of the area or shopping online.

Unemployment rates in Illinois fell in 12 metro areas, increased in one and remained the same in one.


The Marion Chamber of Commerce Marketing Committee has decided to lower the cost of the Digital Sign Advertising on the outdoor digital sign by 50% through December 31, 2015.


Please join us for "Marion Night" on Wednesday,Dec. 2, 2015,for the SIU vs. SEMO Men's Basketball game at 7pm.


Roll N Up Smoke Shop & Liquor hosted a Business After Hours program on Wednesday, November 18 from 5-8 p.m., featuring appetizers, wine samplings and discounts for Chamber members. The event was held at 2701 West DeYoung in Marion.


Every quarter the Marion Chamber of Commerce Membership Committee holds a New Member Quarterly Luncheon. This quarter’s New Member Quarterly Luncheon was held at Asian Bistro on November 17 at noon.


Over 95% of companies in Illinois will be closed for the holidays on New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day, according to the most recent Illinois Chamber Annual Holiday Survey. The results are now available for 2016.


The Marion Chamber of Commerce Monthly Membership Luncheon was held on Tuesday, November 10 at noon at Kokopelli.


A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held on Thursday, November 5 at 4:30 p.m. at Massage on Call and Nuzum Education Center for Well Being at 1301 Enterprise Way, Suite 36, in Marion.

Member News

Elks Scholarship Due Friday

Submitted: 11/30/15
Article By: CU #2 Schools - Marion

Giving Tuesday
Giving Tuesday of December 1st!
Submitted: 11/30/15
Article By: United Way of Southern Illinois

Give Value This #GivingTuesday
The transformative work that our students do with staff is miraculous. Your partnership in this work will allow us to grow the transformative power of Brehm and OPTIONS. 
Submitted: 11/24/15
Article By: Brehm School Foundation

Marion High School Update

Submitted: 11/24/15
Article By: CU #2 Schools - Marion

House 2 Home | November 2015 Newsletter

Submitted: 11/24/15
Article By: House 2 Home Realtors

Extra Help, Inc. Team Members Elected to 13Pro Board

Submitted: 11/23/15
Article By: Extra Help, Inc.

Join Us For #GivingTuesday
We highly value our students and staff. We need your help to support them. December 1st is GivingTuesday, a national day focused on giving during the holiday season. 
Submitted: 11/19/15
Article By: Brehm School Foundation

Aquatics Center Opens this Week & Late Start CE Events!

Submitted: 11/19/15
Article By: John A. Logan College

ATTENTION: GI Bill® Beneficiary

Submitted: 11/19/15
Article By: V.A. Medical Center

Attention Current Juniors (Class of 2017)
The financial aid process will change dramatically for the class of 2017. 
Submitted: 11/19/15
Article By: CU #2 Schools - Marion

Marion VA Announces Valentines For Veterans Concert at Black Diamond 2/13
The Marion VA Medical Center is pleased to present the 2016 Valentines for Veterans Concert featuring The Kentucky Headhunters. Concert tickets will be complimentary for Veterans and their families. 
Submitted: 11/13/15
Article By: V.A. Medical Center

Secret Santa Program for Foster Children 
Each year, Caritas Family Solutions Secret Santa Program provides Christmas gifts to hundreds of foster children of all ages and backgrounds in Williamson and surrounding counties. This year, you can help create an unforgettable memory for a child by becoming sponsoring a child.
Submitted: 11/12/15
Article By: Caritas Family Solutions

Extra Help, Inc. Employees Receive Certified Staffing Professional Certificate

Submitted: 11/11/15
Article By: Extra Help, Inc.

Joyner Therapy Services annual drive to benefit kids in foster care
Help us help the children and families of Lutheran Social Services of Illinois by donating a toy to a bin at one of our three outpatient clinic locations; any size, any gender, any age toy accepted. 
Submitted: 11/06/15
Article By: Joyner Therapy Services

The Circle of Life: A special section celebrating Artstarts' 10th anniversary
Artstarts Company is a Southern Illinois based, nonprofit devoted to making the arts accessible to all Southern Illinois children. 
Submitted: 11/05/15
Article By: ArtStarts

We Want to Hear About Your Business Conditions
The Illinois Small Business Development Center at SIU is partnering with the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis to conduct a Small Business Credit Survey. This short survey will ask about your business' performance, financing choices, and borrowing experiences. 
Submitted: 11/03/15
Article By: Illinois Small Business Development Ctr

Press Release from the Little Egypt Arts Association
The Arts Centre on the downtown square in Marion is full of new exhibits of work by LEAA members.
Submitted: 11/03/15
Article By: Little Egypt Arts Association

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