Marion Chamber of Commerce Newsletter 082317

Welcome New Members

Comfort Inn
Kelly McMillin

Join Date: 08/02/2017

CTS Complete Technology Solutions
Amanda Williams

Join Date: 08/03/2017

FreyWorks & Associates Consulting, LLC
Deborah Frey
Join Date: 08/04/2017

BNI Mid America
Deborah Frey

Join Date: 08/08/2017

Fast Eddie's Karaoke & DJ Show
Eddie Nicholson
Join Date: 08/11/2017

McAlister's Deli Restaurant
Maria Mesa

Join Date: 08/15/2017

Quest Fitness
Angela Kelly

Join Date: 08/18/2017

Chastain & Associates LLC
David Harp

Join Date: 08/18/2017

Legence Bank
Moriah Dunne

Join Date: 08/22/2017

Legence Bank
Tricia Johnson

Join Date: 08/22/2017

Legence Bank
Jason Powell

Join Date: 08/22/2017

Legence Bank
Jessica Stricklin

Join Date: 08/22/2017


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.
  • Displayed your "Member of the Marion Chamber of Commerce" window decal at your business? If you need a new decal, click here or email

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

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.

Business After Hours program: BNI MidAmerica/WIN, 08-24-17

A Business After Hours program for BNI MidAmerica/WIN will be held on Thursday, August 24 from 5-8 p.m. at Legends at Walker's Bluff. The event will include appetizers, drinks, drawings, door prizes and networking. Admission is free and all businesses are welcome, but an RSVP IS REQUIRED. Please RSVP your first and last name (and guests’ names) by Friday, August 18 to Kelcey Keith at

Click on the image below for more information.

Marion Chamber / MHS FBLA Career Fair, 09-06-17

The Marion Chamber of Commerce is teaming up with the Marion High School FBLA to hold a Career Fair on Wednesday, September 6 from 8:15 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. in the Health Education Center at MHS. 

Click on the image below for more information.

Ribbon Cutting, Open House at Legence Bank, 09-08-17

A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Legence Bank will be held on Friday, September 8 at 1:30 p.m. at 2611 Blue Heron Drive, Marion. An Open House will be held from 1-4 p.m. The Open House will include an ice cream social. 

Click on the image below to RSVP.

Monthly Membership Luncheon, 09-12-17

Click on the image above to register.

The Marion Chamber of Commerce Monthly Membership Luncheon will be held on Tuesday, September 12 at noon at The Pavilion. Great Boars will be catering. 

The presenter will be Ruth Anne Rehfeldt, PhD, BCBA-D, director of the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Clearwave Communications is the sponsor of the September Monthly Membership Luncheon. 

Registration for the event is $12 (payable to the Marion Chamber of Commerce) to those who RSVP prior to noon on September 11. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. After noon on September 11, the registration fee is $15. Please note that walk-ins will be accepted, however, the walk-in rate is $15.  

If you register for an event and are unable to attend, a 24-hour notice is required or you will be invoiced. Note: If you have registered and are unable to attend, you may transfer to a fellow employee without penalty. A refund will only be given to those with a paid registration who cancel more than 24 hours prior to the event. 

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). 

Click the image to RSVP. 

Southern Illinois Regional Chamber Luncheon, 09-19-17

The Southern Illinois Regional Chamber Luncheon will be held on Tuesday, September 19 at 11:30 a.m. at the Carterville Community Center. The event will include recognition of Southern Business Journal's 2017 Leaders Among Us, sponsored by The Southern Illinoisan, and the kickoff of the 2017 Shop Southern Illinois Campaign!

All participants must RSVP to their Chamber prior to September 15. Tickets are $15 each and must be paid to the Chamber you RSVP through prior to the luncheon. Payments cannot be accepted at the door. Please RSVP through one Chamber only. 

Click the image below for more information. 

Hubfest 2017, 09-23-17

Marion Main Street presents Hubfest 2017 on Saturday, September 23 on the Square in Marion from noon to 10:15 p.m. The event will feature food and merchandise vendors, a bags tournament, games and bounce houses, a photo contest, dunk tank benefiting Marion High School Athletics Program, end-of-the-year Car Show from 5-8 p.m., eating competitions, beer gardens and live music from The Holden Trio from 2-3:45 p.m., Jenny Johnson Band from 4-5:45 p.m., Ivas John Band from 6-8 p.m. and The Great Affairs from 8:15-10:15 p.m. 

To register as a vendor, please visit or download this form. For vendor guidelines, click here

For more information, visit or click on the image below.

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

Click the image below to register. 

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Quest Fitness, 09-29-17

A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will be held on Friday, September 29 at 10 a.m. for Quest Fitness, 505 West College, Marion. An Open House, with appetizers, drinks, tours and networking, will follow until noon. 

Click on the image below to RSVP.

Live2Lead: Southern Illinois, 10-06-17. Ticket sales END 9/29!

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.

Click on the image below to RSVP.

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

Marion Chamber of Commerce presents the inaugural Block Par-tee: Community Fest & Bag Board/Putt-putt/Bocce Tournament on Friday, October 13 from 4-8 p.m. at Heartland Regional Medical Center's Serenity Trail. 

The event will include food, drinks, prizes, games, vendors, networking and more! Sponsorship opportunities are available. 

Click image to learn more. 

New Member Quarterly Luncheon, 11-21-17

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 Tequila's on Tuesday, November 21. 

RSVPs are required to ensure enough space is reserved for our gathering. New Member Lunches are held on the 3rd Tuesday, quarterly (February, May, August, and November), and coordinated by the Marion Chamber of Commerce Membership Committee. New members’ lunches will be paid for by the Chamber. We hope to see you there!
Marion Chamber of Commerce Membership Committee members will be on hand to answer all of your questions about the Chamber, its events, committees, member benefits, etc. Feel free to bring your Membership Packet and any questions you may have about the Chamber to the meeting to get your questions answered. 

Click here for more information.
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