Marion Chamber of Commerce Newsletter 052417


Webinar Series: Federal Employment Policy: An Update for All Illinois Employers

Marion Community Day Committee meeting

Marion Main Street Cruise Night

1st Annual 5,000 Can Marathon

Memorial Day at Ray Fosse Park

Business BEFORE Hours program: AT&T

Preventing Workplace Violence and Bullying and Associated Litigation

Webinar Series: Federal Employment Policy: An Update for All Illinois Employers

eLaunch Class BBQ & Alumni Reunion

Carbondale Phoenix Futbol Club

2017 Southern Illinois Music Festival Chamber Music Soirée

Marion Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors meeting

Critical Infrastructure Summit
06/06/2017- 06/07/2017

Meet and Greet at Hospice of SI

Marion Chamber Cash Mob

Carbondale Phoenix Futbol Club

Marion Community Day at Rent One Park

Marion Chamber Mastermind Group #3

Mock Workers' Compensation Trial: How to Handle The Real Thing

Monthly Membership Luncheon

Marion Chamber of Commerce Legislative Affairs Committee meeting

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Miss Illinois

Marion Chamber Mastermind Group #3

Marion Chamber of Commerce Membership Committee meeting

Paid Sick Leave Boot Camp

Workers’ Comp. Workshop for Illinois Employers

Marion Chamber of Commerce Marketing Committee meeting

Supervisor Training for Effective Management

Business After Hours program: Changing Seasons Landscape Center

Marion Chamber Mastermind Group #3

Marion Chamber Lunch & Learn

Welcome New Members

Pookie's Burger Bar Bocce
Richelle Mick
Join Date: 05/08/2017

Ferges Free Methodist Church
David Sain
Join Date: 05/11/2017


Chamber launches Chamber Gift Certificate program

The Marion Chamber of Commerce is launching a Chamber Gift Certificate program. Members of the Marion Chamber of Commerce are encouraged to sign up to be a part of the program. 

Facts about the Chamber Gift Certificates:

  • Each certificate is personalized at the buyer’s request
  • Certificates can be purchased in any denomination
  • It’s the perfect gift! The recipient has a choice of more than 100 places in the Marion area to use their certificate: retail, shopping, car repair, entertainment, dining, etc.
Participation is smart marketing:
  • Promotion: The Chamber promotes the program on the Chamber Web site, social media, in the Chamber newsletters and more. Your business name is promoted on every certificate. A special icon is used in the Chamber Directory for all participants, and you are provided a special “Marion Chamber of Commerce Gift Certificates Accepted Here” decal to display at your business.
  • Simple and cost-effective: No paperwork, just mail the redeemed certificate to the Chamber. We reimburse you 95% of the face value, in a timely manner. The Chamber keeps 5% to cover supplies, administrative costs and promotions.
  • One year expiration date.
How it works:
  • Marion Chamber Gift Certificate is purchased from the Chamber office.
  • Recipient redeems gift certificate using entire amount (no change need be given) to purchase goods or services, choosing from one of the many participating businesses listed on the face of the gift certificate.
  • Participating business signs the gift certificate acknowledging redemption.
  • Participating business turns in the gift certificate to the Chamber office (via mail or in person) and, within two weeks of receiving the redeemed certificate, the Chamber will issue a reimbursement check for 95% of the face value of each redeemed Gift Certificate.
How to sign up:

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.

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:
  • May - 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:
  • July - 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

Business BEFORE Hours program: AT&T, 05-30-17

Click the image below to RSVP

AT&T is hosting a Business Before Hours program on Tuesday, May 30 from 7-9 a.m. at their Marion location, 2406 Williamson County Pkwy, Suite G. The event will include coffee, pastries, raffles and networking. 

As a Marion Chamber member, on Tuesday, May 30, 2017, you will be able to receive up to $50 off select Fitbit accessories. In addition, you will be able to save 25% on select Beats products. Just visit our location on that day and mention you are a Chamber member to receive these discounts.

Marion Chamber Cash Mob, 06-08-17

Join the Marion Chamber Cash Mob! The Cash Mob will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, June 8 at a Marion-area business. The business has agreed to offer appetizers and special deals to the Mob while they shop.

Click the image below to RSVP. 

Marion Community Day at Rent One Park 6/10

Marion Community Day at Rent One Park is Saturday, 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.
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

Marion Chamber Mastermind Group #3

The Marion Chamber of Commerce will host a third Mastermind Program on Mondays from noon to 1:15 pm June 12 to August 14 (8 weeks - no class on July 3) at Heartland Regional Medical Center Classroom 1 (downstairs). The program will be based on “EntreLeadership: 20 Years of Practical Business Wisdom from the Trenches” by Dave Ramsey.

Click on the image below to RSVP 

Monthly Membership Luncheon 6/13

The Marion Chamber of Commerce Monthly Membership Luncheon will be held on Tuesday, June 13 at noon at Kokopelli. 

The presenter will be Jeff Mays, director of Illinois Department of Employment Security. 

Also, Sister City commemorative wine will be sold:
  • Walker's Bluff Cabernet with the Marion/Kanie Sister City label. Bottles are $30.84 each.
  • Walker's Bluff Moscato with the Marion/Kanie Sister City label. Bottles are $20.38 each. 
Affordable Gas and Electric is the sponsor of the June Monthly Membership Luncheon. 

Click here to RSVP. 

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Miss Illinois 6/16

A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will be held on Friday, June 16 at 2:30 p.m. at the Marion Cultural and Civic Center for the Miss Illinois organization. Stay after to watch Miss Oustanding Teen contestants rehearse. Meet and greet the Princess and Miss Contestants. 

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Business After Hours program: Changing Seasons Landscape Center, 06-22-17

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Marion Chamber Social Mob 7/13

Join the Marion Chamber Social Mob! The next Social Mob will be held from 4-6 p.m. on Thursday, July 13 at a Marion-area business. The owner has agreed to offer 15% food and drinks at the event.

Click on the image below to RSVP

Marion Chamber Dish Mob 8/10

Join the Marion Chamber Dish Mob on August 10 from 7:30-8:30 a.m. at a Marion restaurant.

Click on the image below to RSVP.

New Member Quarterly Luncheon, 08-15-17

Every quarter the Marion Chamber of Commerce Membership Committee holds a New Member Quarterly Luncheon. This quarter’s New Member Quarterly Luncheon will be held at noon at Buffalo Wild Wings on August 15. 

Click here to RSVP

3rd annual Marion Chamber of Commerce Legislative Summit, 08-25-17

The 3rd annual Marion Chamber of Commerce Legislative Summit will be held on Friday, August 25 at 11:30 a.m. at Kokopelli. 

The event will include a buffet-style lunch (cost $20 to Kokopelli), updates by your Legislators, each followed by a Q&A session moderated by a member of your Legislative Affairs Committee, and networking. 

Deadline to RSVP is August 18.

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Marion Chamber Block Par-tee at Heartland Regional Medical Center, 10-13-17

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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 $150.

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
  • a table set up by the registration table at the luncheon.
The opportunity is limited to one Monthly Luncheon Sponsorship per business per year. 
The Monthly Membership Luncheon Sponsorship Schedule is:

2018: To become a Monthly Membership Luncheon sponsor, email with what month you'd like to sponsor or call the Chamber at (618) 997-6311.
Marion Chamber of Commerce Newsletter - Marion Chamber of Commerce Newsletter 052417