Marion Chamber of Commerce Newsletter 071917


Marion Community Day Committee meeting

Marion Main Street Cruise Night

7th annual BBQ Cookoff

Marion Chamber Mastermind Group #3

Medical Marijuana: How Will it Impact WC Claims?

Illinois One Day of Rest Law

Diversity & Inclusion: The Basics

Marion Chamber Lunch & Learn

Business After Hours program: BNI Star

Employment Law Update for Businesses in Illinois & Indiana

Healthcare Reform: Repeal and Replace or Tweak and Move On?

State Rep. Severin hosting Identity Theft Prevention Seminar

Baby's Best Start Fair

2nd annual Marion Main Street Open

Marion Chamber Mastermind Group #3

Marion Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors meeting

Mock Unemployment Insurance Protest Hearing

Come and Meet your New Neighbors!

How to Properly Handle Employee Medical Issues

Marion/Adams School Elementary Registration

Williamson County Fair Scholarship Pageant

Marion Chamber Mastermind Group #3

Adult Mental Health First Aid Training

Monthly Membership Luncheon

Women in the Workplace – Edwardsville

Marion Chamber Dish Mob

Recovery Conference

Marion Chamber Mastermind Group #3

New Member Quarterly Luncheon

Marion Chamber of Commerce Marketing Committee meeting

Marion Chamber of Commerce Legislative Affairs Committee meeting

Workplace Chaos, Coaching and Team Building

Social Media Webinar #3: How to make social media connect for your business

Eclipse yoga

Marion Chamber Lunch & Learn

Workplace Chaos, Coaching and Team Building

3rd annual Marion Chamber of Commerce Legislative Summit

Marion Main Street Cruise Night

Workplace Chaos, Coaching and Team Building

Welcome New Members

Kathy Evans
Join Date: 07/18/2017


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:

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:
  • September, November - December 2017 - AVAILABLE

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.

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.

Click on the image below to RSVP. 

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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Monthly Membership Luncheon, 08-08-17

The Marion Chamber of Commerce Monthly Membership Luncheon will be held on Tuesday, August 8 at noon at Kokopelli. 

Click here to RSVP. 

The presenter will be Dr. Randy J. Dunn, the eighth president of the Southern Illinois University System. Dr. Dunn served as president at two other state institutions and was the state superintendent of education, appointed to that role by the Illinois State Board of Education. His career in education includes classroom teaching, serving as principal at two school districts, serving as superintendent for two Illinois school systems, and holding the rank of professor at two universities including SIUC. Dr. Dunn has served on a number of committees, councils and task forces, and he contributes to a variety of scholarly publications.

Barcom Security is the sponsor of the August Monthly Membership Luncheon. 


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. 

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

Social Media Webinar #3: How to make social media connect for your business, 08-17-17

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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 Cash Mob, 09-14-17

Join the Marion Chamber Cash Mob! The Cash Mob will be held from 10am-3:30 pm on Thursday, September 14 at a Marion business. The owner has agreed to offer 25-40% off merchandise (some exclusions apply). 

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33rd annual Marion Chamber of Commerce Golf Scramble, 09-28-17

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

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