Marion Chamber of Commerce Newsletter 092718

FINAL DAYS: 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.

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

Tom Dreesen
Join Date: 09/20/2018

Colonial Life
Sherri Wiegand
Join Date: 09/21/2018

Elaine Ketring & Associates
Elaine A. Ketring
Join Date: 09/27/2018

How Voice Search Should Be Changing Your SEO Strategy

Do  you  have  an  SEO  strategy?  Maybe  not.  But  you  likely  know  that  SEO  is  an  important  part  of  your  business  getting  seen  on  the  internet. 
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: Our Sponsors

Thank you to everyone who took part in this year's Chamber Golf Scramble!  We will be announcing the winners in the coming days, but the the Golf Scramble Committee would like to thank the following businesses for sponsoring this year's event.

Million Dollar Hole Hole-in-One
Clearwave Communications

Auto Hole-in-One
IKE Family Dealerships & Black Diamond Harley Davidson

Chamber Oasis
Farmers State Bank & House 2 Home Realty

Drink Tickets
Liberty Signs

Clearwave Communications

American Express Gift Card Hole-in-One
Commercial Janitorial Service

Electronics Prize Package Hole-in-One
Golden Eagle Distributing, LLC

Longest Drive (Men's & Women's)
Golden Eagle Distributing, LLC & Maggie Market House

Longest Putt
Clearwave Communications

Closest to the Pin  
My Michelle's Photography

Lucky Umbrella / Cape
State Farm Insurance - Kenya Garner

Beverage Cart
SIU Credit Union & Heartland Regional Medical Center

Committee Cart 
Wells Fargo

Live Hole & Hole Sponsors

Heartland Regional Medical Center Block Party 2018

Marion Chamber of Commerce presents a Community Block Party at Heartland Regional Medical Center. This year's event includes the Bank of Herrin Bag Board Tournament, free Putt-Putt, games and much more on Friday, October 19 from 4-7 p.m. at Heartland Regional Medical Center's Serenity Trail.

The event will include food, drinks, prizes, games, vendors, networking and more!

Current sponsorship includes Heartland Regional Medical Center, the Marion Star, and booths hosted by Priority Staffing and Centerstone.  Join in the fun! Sponsorship and booth space opportunities are available.

Bag Board Tournament Registration
Vendor & Sponsorship Signup
Facebook Page

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

Ribbon Cutting & Open House: Colonial Life on Oct 2nd

Join the staff of Colonial Life on October 2nd as they celebrate their Open House and Dedication of their new location on 3303 1/2 Commercial Road.  The Open House will be from 11am to 1pm, with a Ribbon Cutting Dedication at 11:30am.

Lunch will be provided by KB Bar b que and dessert.  

Join us for Food - Fun - and Prizes!!


SIH Urgent Care Work Care Opens New Location on Oct 10

SIH will be opening their new Urgent Care Work Care location on October 10th. This clinic will service the following medical needs:

  • Fevers
  • Cold & Flu
  • Sprains & Strains
  • Ear Infections
  • Stitches
  • Sinus & Allergy
  • Minor Fractures and Sprains
  • Burns & Rashes
  • Cuts and Scrapes
  • DOT Physical
  • Injury Management
  • and More

Come check out their new facilities and additional medical options for our community.

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

October Business After Hours: South Porte Bank

Join the staff at South Porte Bank for our October Business After Hours on October 11th from 4pm - 6pm.  Enjoy refreshments provided by David Hayes and network with local business leaders in a relaxed and welcoming environment. 

Event Details and Calendar Reminder!

Live2Lead: Price Change Oct 1st!

Don't miss out, prices go up for Live2Lead on Oct 1st!

 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

Upcoming Chamber Meetings

Marion Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors meeting
Heartland Regional Medical Center
3333 West DeYoung Street
Marion, Il 62959

Member Events

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

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

Colonial Life - Open House and Dedication
Colonial Life
3303 1/2 Commercial Road
Marion , IL 62959

Marion Chamber Mastermind Program #3

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!
Marion Chamber of Commerce Newsletter - Marion Chamber of Commerce Newsletter 092718