Marion Chamber of Commerce Newsletter 092118

Welcome New September Members

Stork Vision Marion
Trish Murphy
Join Date: 09/07/2018

Modern Woodman
Ashli Morris
Join Date: 09/11/2018

Heartland Regional Medical Group
Brandi Meyer, Jodi Bryant, Ellen Culp, Amanda Newlin, Shelly Fred​, Mindy Gould​ & Lori Daine
Join Date: 09/14/2018

September Membership Drive

Do you know someone that would make a great chamber member?  Perhaps someone who dropped their membership and would like to get re-engaged?  

September is a great time to do it.  Through the entire month of September, in honor of Chamber of Commerce Week, we will feature a 16-month membership (from now through all of 2019) at the annual investment level. Membership packets are available online and at the chamber office.

4 Strategies for Overcoming Distraction

The average person is distracted or interrupted every 40 seconds when working in front of their computer.
Full Article 

Engage with the Chamber

Have you found us on:
Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+?  Connect with us today!

More Engagement Ideas

Chamber Business After Hours

Wer are looking for Business After Hour hosts for 2019!  Don't miss your chance!
Email, call 997-6311 or fill out this form to schedule your BAH event today! 


REDUCED PRICING on Chamber's Digital Sign

Did you know that on average over 15,000 cars go by the Marion Chamber Office each day? Are you interested in getting in front of that audience?  

The Marion Chamber of Commerce Marketing Committee members have drastically reduced the cost to advertise on the Chamber's digital sign. This sign is available for rent to a wide variety of Chamber members, local businesses, organizations, community groups and residents. 

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

Send a Member eBlast!

Weekly promotional eBlasts are available to members for $50. Slots are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. One blast per month per company please. Click here for the form. 

Chamber Golf Scramble: 3 Teams Left

2018 Marion Chamber of Commerce Golf Scramble
Thursday, September 27
Registration begins at 11:30 AM
Shot Gun Start at 1PM
1527 Champions Drive, Marion, Il 62959

3 Team Spots Left!
Click Here to Register to Play or Secure your Sponsorship

10th Annual Marion Main Street Hubfest

The 10th annual Marion Main Street HUBFEST will be held on Saturday, September 22 on the square in Marion.  We are proud to be a sponsor of this event.

Event Lineup

Chamber T-shirts Now Available

Do you Chamber?

Show your support for the benefits of chamber membership with this super soft heather gray T-shirt featuring the chamber logo on the front and the phrase 'Do You Chamber?' on the back.  A sample is available to look at in the chamber office.

Adult sizes are available starting at $15 and can be ordered through our online store.  We plan on ordering these to have in time for events in October.  Order yours today online or call the chamber office at 618-997-6311.  

Dates and Registration Info

SI Made Expo Presentation to Veterans Honor Flight

On September 14th, Senator Fowler, representatives from local chambers, and the SI Made Expo presented a check for over $28,000 to Veterans Honor Flight.  This donation goes directly to future Honor Flights for 2019.  

The Marion Chamber is proud to be part of this project and thrilled that our members helped to sponsor this year's SI Made Expo.  The dates for the 2019 event is tentatively set for July 27 & 28.  Event information will be published in the coming months.  In the meantime, check out the sponsors and vendors of this year's event at  Shop Local for locally made products! 

This Month's Lunch & Learn: Sept 26th

Join us for our September Lunch & Learn at Heartland Regional Medical Center (Classrooms 1 & 4) on Wednesday, September 26, 11:45 am to 12:00 pm. This Lunch & Learn is sponsored by The Marion Chamber of Commerce and Heartland Regional Medical Center. 

Admission is $15 per Marion Chamber member ($20 for non-chamber participants). Lunch and drinks provided courtesy of Heartland Regional Medical Center. 

Contact the Marion Chamber office at (618) 997-6311 or to secure your seat. 


Live2Lead: Southern Illinois 2018

Live2Lead will be presented in Southern Illinois on Friday, November 2 at The Pavilion. The exclusive video-on-demand and live leadership training event will be hosted by Marion Chamber of Commerce and is sponsored by Heartland Regional Medical Center and the City of Marion. Doors open at 7:30 am for registration. Live2Lead begins at 8:30 am and concludes at 3:30 pm.

Download Registration Form
Online Event Registration

Ticket Prices & Info

October Member Luncheon: October 9th

The Marion Chamber of Commerce Monthly Membership Luncheon will be held on Tuesday, October 9th at Kokopelli. Lunch service begins at 11:45 a.m.

The speaker will be Warden True of United States Penitentiary - Marion. Warden True will be presenting on  USP Marion’s contributions to small business and to the community.  Topics will include recycling, building and repair projects, and contracts awarded to small business.

AES Solar the sponsor of the October Monthly Membership Luncheon.

Luncheon Registration

Links from last month's luncheon

2018 'Leaders Among Us' Celebrated at this year's Chamber Regional Luncheon

This year's Leaders Among Us. Congratulations to this year's winners, many are fellow chamber members, who make our region a great place to live!

Aur Beck, Judy Courter, Keith Hagene, Melvin "Pepper" Holder, Doug Kimmel, Jessica Lynn, Jason Powell, Barbara Rester, Karen Stallman, Nancy Young, Ivan and Wanda Zwick

Read the Full article and profiles here

Member Events

Marion Chamber Mastermind Program #3

Fish Fry / Fried Chicken Night
KC Hall
1601 W White St
Marion , IL 62959

10th annual Marion Main Street Hubfest
Marion Square
Marion , IL 62959

Southern Illinois Hunting and Fishing Days
09/22/2018- 09/23/2018
John A Logan College
700 Logan College Drive Room F119
Carterville, IL 62918

Marion Chamber Mastermind Program #3
Heartland Regional Medical Center
Ground Floor Classrooms 3333 W DeYoung St
Carterville, IL 62959

September Lunch & Learn: Productivity on FIRE with John Nimmo
Heartland Regional Medical Center
3333 West DeYoung Street Classroom 1
Marion , IL 62959

34th annual Marion Chamber Golf Scramble
Kokopelli Golf Club
1527 Champions Dr
Marion, IL 62959

Marion Chamber Mastermind Program #3

Drug Take Back Event
Franklin-Williamson Bi-County Health Department
8160 Express Dr.
Marion , IL 62959

Share Your News With Us!

Send your event flyer and event description to  We can put it on the event calendar to share with membership in our weekly e-news.

Also, invite our new Executive Director, Karen Mullins, to your events on Facebook.  Reach out to her through her Facebook Profile.

More to See and Do!

Are you looking for additional events and activities in our region?  Check out the VisitSI event calendar!
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