Marion Chamber of Commerce Newsletter 062817


Dental clinics for children available this summer

Empowerment Project & Empower You Career Fair at MJHS

Marion Chamber Mastermind Group #3

Marion Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors meeting

Monthly Membership Luncheon

Top Ten 401k Compliance Mistakes Made by Employers

Webinar: Leave of Absence & Paid Time Off Issues for Employee Benefits

Essential Training for the Effective Supervisor

Marion Chamber Social Mob

Proper Completion of the Certified Transcript of Payroll for Prevailing Wage

Mentors 4 Kids Golf Scramble

Marion Chamber Mastermind Group #3

Marion Chamber of Commerce Membership Committee meeting

PTO Best Practices, Tips, and Tricks

Webinar: How to Properly Handle Hiring, Firing, and Documentation

Marion Chamber of Commerce Marketing Committee meeting

Seminar: Prevailing Wage in Illinois – What’s Changed for Employers? – Springfield

7 Steps to Take On Any Workers' Compensation Claim

Marion Chamber of Commerce Legislative Affairs Committee meeting

2nd Annual Cybersecurity Conference

HR Roundtable - Oak Brook Group

Marion Main Street Cruise Night

7th annual BBQ Cookoff

Marion Chamber Mastermind Group #3

Medical Marijuana: How Will it Impact WC Claims?

Marion Chamber Lunch & Learn

Business After Hours program: BNI Star

Employment Law Update for Businesses in Illinois & Indiana

Baby's Best Start Fair

2nd annual Marion Main Street Open

Marion Chamber Mastermind Group #3

Welcome New Members

Crab Orchard Golf Club
Sarah Haas


Tru-Bilt Farm and Commercial Building Co.
Josh Zettler


Integrity Healthcare of Marion
Ronee Rogers

GFI Digital, Inc.
Marcy Hamann


Jerry M. Barrass Construction
Jerry Barrass

MAKA Excavating, Inc.
Jerry Barrass

Black River Construction LLC
Jerry Barrass

JMB Equipment Rental & Sales, Inc.
Jerry Barrass

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:

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:
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:
  • August - December 2017 - AVAILABLE

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.

Have you...

  • Looked into saving money on your electricity and natural gas bills with the Marion Chamber's Electricity and Natural Gas Aggregation. Click here to learn more. 
  • Found us on: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+?
  • Seen or shared our Marion Profile Book? Click here!
  • Filled our our Member Survey?
  • Completed your Traffic Catcher System? Click here to see who has and to learn more. 
  • Familiarized yourself with our Member Benefits? Click here to read about them!
  • Seen your Member-to-Member Discounts? Click here to save!
  • Promoted yourself to Marion Chamber members? Click here to learn more.

Monthly Membership Luncheon, 07-11-17

The Marion Chamber of Commerce Monthly Membership Luncheon will be held on Tuesday, July 11 at noon at Kokopelli. 

Click here to RSVP. 

The presenter will be past scholarship winners, including:
  • Lezlie Garrison, 2017John A. Logan two-year tuition waiver recipient
  • Parker Nave, 2017 Grad Spree scholarship recipient
  • Carrie White, 2016 Grad Spree scholarship recipient
  • Alyson Gwaltney, 2015 Grad Spree scholarship recipient 
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. 
Security Alarm Corp. is the sponsor of the July Monthly Membership Luncheon. 

The cost for lunch is $15, payable at the door. 

If any Marion Chamber of Commerce member would like to have fliers for an upcoming event, announcements, etc. given to each attendee at the luncheon, please contact the Chamber at 618.997.6311 to arrange for delivery of the fliers prior to the luncheon. 

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 Lunch & Learn, 07-26-17

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Business After Hours program: BNI Star, 07-27-17

BNI Star will host a Business After Hours program on Thursday, July 27 from 4-6 p.m. at Kokopelli, 1527 Champions Drive, Marion. The event will include appetizers, drinks, raffles and networking.

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The 2nd Annual MMS Open

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Live2Lead: Southern Illinois, 10-06-17. Early bird ticket prices end 8/8

Live2Lead will be presented in Southern Illinois on October 6, 2017 at John A. Logan College in the theater. The worldwide leadership simulcast event will be hosted by Marion Chamber of Commerce and is sponsored by Heartland Regional Medical Center. Doors open at 7 am for registration. Live2Lead begins at 8 am and concludes at 2:30 pm.

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Marion Chamber Dish Mob, 08-10-17

Join the Marion Chamber Dish Mob on August 10 from 7:30-8:30 a.m. at a Marion restaurant. The owners have agreed to offer a 5% discount to all who attend. 

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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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