Marion Chamber of Commerce Newsletter 022217

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 $150.

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.

Member Spotlight Schedule:
  • March - December 2017 - AVAILABLE
To grab your spot in the spotlight, email or call 618.997-6311 and let us know what month you'd like.

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. 

Space available for your business on the Chamber's digital sign AT REDUCED PRICE!

Dear Marion Chamber of Commerce members,

The Marion Chamber of Commerce Marketing Committee members have drastically reduced the cost to advertise on the Chamber's digital sign.

The Marion Chamber of Commerce makes the electronic sign available for rent to a wide variety of Chamber members, local businesses, organizations, community groups and residents. 

Ads can be up to 2 lines of text with the typical line containing about 18 characters (including spaces). Ads run twice for 15 seconds each on a 5-minute loop. We allow for a maximum of 10 ads, which means each ad is live on the board 576 times every day and approximately 17,520 times per month. The sign runs 24/7 so your message gets greatest exposure. All ads must be paid in full before the advertisement goes live.

For more information or to take advantage of this great opportunity, click 

Thank you,
Dalus Ben Avi
Executive Director

Would you like to host a BAH?

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

Business After Hours events are usually 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! 

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

Business After Hours Program Schedule:
  • April - December 2017 - AVAILABLE

Promote your business to Chamber Members!

Dear Marion Chamber of Commerce 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!
Dalus Ben Avi 
Executive Director
Marion Chamber of Commerce
2305 West Main Street
Marion, IL 62959
p 618.997.6311  f 618.997.4665

Save on electricity and gas

The Marion Chamber of Commerce and Affordable Gas and Electric have teamed up to offer chamber members this exclusive opportunity to save BIG on their electricity and natural gas bills.

If you would like to learn more about the Electricity and Natural Gas Aggregation for Marion Chamber of Commerce Members, please contact Marion Chamber of Commerce member AGE at, click here, or fill out this form.

Legislative Affairs Presentation: State Rep. Dave Severin 2/28

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at AirGo 2/28

Business After Hours program at Liberty Village of Marion, 03-02-17

Marion Chamber Cash Mob 3/09

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Open House at AES 3/20

Marion Chamber Lunch & Learn, 03-22-17

7th annual Marion Chamber Foundation Bass Tournament 3/26

The Marion Chamber of Commerce Foundation is sponsoring the 7th annual two-person Bass Tournament at Pyramid Acres Marina on Sunday, March 26. The event is a fundraiser for the Marion Chamber Foundation Scholarship Program. 

The tournament fee is $70 per team and optional $10 for Big Bass at 100% pay back. Entries will be limited to the first 150 teams. To register your team, click here

30% of the 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 Foundation awards these scholarships based on the amount of money generated by the fundraising efforts from the previous year. 

The tournament also needs volunteers! If you are interested in helping at this year's tournament, please contact the Chamber by phone at 997-6311 or e-mail The following time slots are available:
  • Registration: 5 a.m. - 6:30 a.m.
  • Check-in: 2-4 p.m.
  • Weight recordkeeping: 2:30 - 4 p.m.
Please help us spread the word about this year's event!

Marion Community Day at Rent One Park 6/10

Marion Community Day at Rent One Park is Friday, June 10.  The Southern Illinois Miners will be facing off against the Joliet Slammers.  Show your community spirit and support for Marion Grad Spree this year by attending the game.

As a Chamber member, you have access to deals with the Southern Illinois Miners for Community Day, including the following options to participate:
  1. Table on the concourse and 4 general admission tickets - $125
    1. Your business will receive 4 general admission tickets to the game and a display table on the concourse during the game to promote your business and products.
  2. Tickets to the game - $10/each for box seats. $5/each for general admission.
  3. Ad on Marion Community Day pages in Miners program​ - $250
    1. Advertising space in the Miners game day program. The dimensions for the ad are: 2.17" wide x 3.25" tall. All ads need to be CMYK. The deadline to purchase advertising is March 31, 2017. 
The first pitch will be thrown at 6:05 p.m. Tickets to the game are only $10 for box seats and $5 for general admission and are available for purchase online here, by calling the Marion Chamber at (618) 997-6311, emailing or by stopping by the Marion Chamber at 2305 West Main. A portion of ticket sales through June 7 will go to the Marion Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Grad Spree program.

The Marion Chamber of Commerce Foundation sponsors Grad Spree, which was started more than 30 years ago to help insure that graduation is the beginning of a new life, not the end of one. The Chamber provides a night of fun-filled activities following graduation ceremonies. The cost of this event is covered by direct donations and dollars raised at various Marion Chamber of Commerce fundraisers. The event costs approximately $50 per student. 

During the ballgame, sponsors will display their goods and services on tables throughout the concourse. 

For more information about Marion Community Day, visit, call the Chamber at (618) 997-6311 or email

Welcome New Members

Mentors 4 Kids
Vickey Taake
Join Date: 02/09/2017

Byassee Music and Sound
Matt Throgmorton
Join Date: 02/16/2017

New You Body Sculpting
Bobbie Whitacre
Join Date: 02/21/2017

Marion Chamber of Commerce Newsletter - Marion Chamber of Commerce Newsletter 022217