Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Chalk Walk sponsored by NRG Powerton Generating Station


Thank you NRG Powerton Generating Station for sponsoring the 2018 Pekin Marigold Festival Chalk Walk! 

SCORE: Important Tax Changes for Small Businesses in 2018

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 – 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM CDT

Important Tax Changes for Small Businesses in 2018

Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce – Conference Room
403 N. E. Jefferson
Peoria, IL, 61603

With major tax changes passed by Congress in 2017, many taxpayers are wondering what it means for 2018. As a business owner, you must not only prepare your business – and personal – tax returns, but you must also take care of year-end payroll tax reports for employees and non-employees (freelancers and contract workers).

Take this opportunity to get an overview of the changes and their impact from David Mills, CPA.

This workshop is FREE, but registration is required.
Call Peoria SCORE at 309-676-0755 or register online by clicking here.

SCORE: Getting Started with LinkedIn for Business

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 – 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM CDT

Getting Started with LinkedIn for Business

Fondulac District Library
East Peoria Civic Complex - Meeting Room 112
400 Richland St.
East Peoria, IL 61611

Tammy Finch, founder and CEO of Web Services, Inc., will cover the basics of how you can use LinkedIn in your business. She will discuss Growing Your Network, Sales Lead Generation, Social Selling, and increasing your profile as a key influencer.

This workshop is FREE, but registration is required.
Call Peoria SCORE at 309-676-0755 or register online by clicking here.

SCORE: Facebook Marketing Strategies

Wednesday, August 8, 2018 – 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM CDT

Facebook Marketing Strategies

Fondulac Bank - Fondulac Room
201 Clock Tower Dr.
East Peoria, IL 61611

Facebook is one of the most effective ways to advertise your business. In this workshop for experienced Facebook users, Tammy Finch, founder and CEO of Web Services, Inc, will discuss key items you need on Facebook for effective marketing. She'll show you how to boost, target your audience, and how to expand your reach beyond your Facebook fans.

This workshop is FREE, but registration is required.
Call Peoria SCORE at 309-676-0755 or register online by clicking here.

Mediterranean Cooking Class


Monday, July 16, 2018

Jimmy John's Game Zone


Thank you Jimmy Johns for sponsoring the 2018 Pekin Marigold Festival Game Zone!

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Kids Experience sponsored by Big R



Thank you Big R for sponsoring the 2018 Pekin Marigold Festival Kids Experience!

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Commerce Bank Carnival

Thank you Commerce Bank for sponsoring the 2018 Pekin Marigold Festival Carnival! 

Friday, July 13, 2018

Marigold Festival Parade sponsored by Busey Bank

Thank you Busey Bank for sponsoring the 2018 Pekin Marigold Festival Parade! 

July After Hours at Mashies

The July 12th Business After Hours was hosted by Mashies at the Clubs at Sunset Hills.  Attendees enjoyed happy hour specials, free appetizers, and some great conversations.   Brett Shemansky, the manager at Mashies, was a great host and had several door prizes to give away.  You can see more pictures of this event at:  https://photos.app.goo.gl/FuQ1pbYPLtSixPek8

Jimmy John’s Game Zone

Thank you Jimmy Johns for sponsoring the 2018 Pekin Marigold Festival Game Zone! 

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Celebrity Tent sponsored by Kouri's Pub


Thank you Kouri’s Pub for sponsoring the 2018 Pekin Marigold Festival Celebrity Tent!

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

CEFCU Soda Stations


Thank you CEFCU for sponsoring the 2018 Pekin Marigold Festival Soda Stations!

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Pekin Community Bank Showcase Showstage


Thank you Pekin Community Bank for sponsoring the 2018 Pekin Marigold Festival Showcase Stage!

Bathtub Races


Click here to download the entry form and rules
http://www.pekinchamber.com/2018/PekinBathtubRaceApplicationPacket.pdf

Bradley Announces Fall Program for Senior Consulting Projects

Applications are being accepted for the Senior Consulting Project program at Bradley's Illinois Small Business Development Center. To be considered for the Fall 2018 Semester, applications must be received by 5pm on Friday, August 3. If your small business in need of a marketing strategy, feasibility study, strategic growth plan or do you need assistance in launching a new product or service, you can apply, free of charge at: bradley.edu/consult



Monday, July 9, 2018

Murray Baker Lane Closure Begins July 12th

The Illinois Department of Transportation announces that daytime lane closures will begin Thursday, July 12, on the eastbound side of the Murray Baker Bridge.

The closures are necessary for routine bridge washing and will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with one lane open at all times. They are expected to last about three to five days on the eastbound side of Interstate 74, weather permitting, with work switching to the westbound side, where the same work time and lane closures will apply.

Motorists can expect delays and should allow extra time for trips through this area. To avoid the work area, when feasible, use of alternate routes should be considered. Drivers are urged to pay close attention to changed conditions and signs in the work zones, obey the posted speed limits, refrain from using mobile devices and be alert for workers and equipment.

For IDOT District 4 updates, follow us on Twitter at @IDOTDistrict4 or view area construction details on IDOT’s traveler information map on GettingAroundPeoria.com.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Pekin Library Employment Event

The Illinois Department of Employment Security is hosting a hiring event at the library on Thursday, August 30, from 1pm - 4pm. For more information, please go to: www.pekinpubliclibrary.org

Pekin Library Teen Scene

Pekin Public Library invites teens to come in and check out the Team Domain! This space is just for teens, open exclusively to 7th-12th graders!

Thursday, July 5 and August 2: Teen Anime Club, 6:00pm. Teen Anime and manga fans can share interests, ideas, learn about the new graphic novels at the library, and enjoy anime-related activities. 

Thursday, July 12: Tie Dye T-Shirts for Teens, 5:00pm. Create a tie dye t-shirt in the community garden. Must register at www.pekinpubliclibrary.org with your t-shirt size.

Thursday, July 19 and August 16: Poetry Slam, 6:00pm. Teens! The mic is yours! Share your original poetry, songs or creative writing during this laid back teen program.

Thursday, August 9: Salvaged Sculptures Contest, 6:00pm. Join our friendly competition of creating sculptures with found materials. All supplies provided, but teen can bring more if they choose. Please register at: www.pekinpubliclibrary.org.

Murder at the 1980's Prom

Saturday, July 28 2:30pm 

Dig out your best 1980's outfit from the depths of your closet and join us for an afternoon of mystery and intrigue as we solve Murder at the 1980's Prom. 

Grab your friend (or a date) with the best detective skills and 1980's dance moves as there will be 80's throwback music, themed photo booth, food, and a mystery to be solved!

Registration required at: 
https://pekinpubliclibrary.libcal.com/event/4072336

Wagner earns professional engineer license

Becca Wagner, P.E., a traffic engineer at Hanson Professional Services Inc.’s Peoria office, has earned her professional engineer license in Illinois.
Wagner, who joined the firm in 2013, assists with traffic studies and capacity and safety analyses and performs geometric studies and traffic signal design. She also conducts precast-concrete plant inspections nationwide as part of Hanson’s contract with the National Precast Concrete Association.
Wagner received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Bradley University and is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. 
Hanson is a national, employee-owned consulting firm providing engineering, planning and allied services. The Peoria office is located at 7625 N. University St., Suite 200, Peoria, IL 61614. The office may be reached by phone at (309) 691-0902.

Pekin Library First Friday Movie Series

Friday, July 6: 11:00am: 'History of Pekin Railroads and Depots'

Friday, August 3: 11:00am: 'Lt. Commander Scott Altman, Pekin's 1st Astronaut' and '2018 Induction into Astronaut Hall of Fame'

Friday, September 7: 11:00am: 'Pekin Trains' and 'Pekin Street Cars'

Author Tom Zobrist - Pekin Public Library

Baseball and Faith combine in the book, "The Zobrist Family: Look What God Can Do." Zobrist shares stories about raising children in Central Illinois; including the seventh game of the 2016 World Series when his son Ben made history as the MVP of the World Champion Chicago Cubs on Friday, August 31 at 11:00 a.m. Books will be available for sale and signing. 

Hopedale Wellness Center Celebrates Member Appreciation Month


Hopedale Wellness Center is celebrating its sixteenth anniversary on July 4, 2018. To celebrate HMC declared July as Member Appreciation Month! All month long there will be special events for community members, as well as exclusive giveaways and prizes for Wellness Center Members. Highlights include the 3rd Annual Reid Nannen Memorial 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk on July 4th at 7:30a, Free admission to the Wellness Center July 19 from 7:30a-5:00p, free Cholesterol Screening July 18 from 8-10am, and a community Blood Drive benefiting HMC on July 12 from 12-3:30pm.
Throughout July, Wellness Center Members will have opportunities to win prizes, such as a one hour massage, a Fitbit Versa watch, or a pair of Jaybird wireless headphones. Every Tuesday in July is Tasty Tuesday. Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Sara Mathews will be providing healthy snacks for Wellness Center Members to enjoy. The Hopedale Wellness Center is a 34,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art fitness and wellness facility in Hopedale, IL. The aquatics area features a 25-yard junior Olympic pool with lap lanes, a warm-water therapy pool, and a large spa. Wellness Center Members receive discounts on services like massage therapy and nutrition consultations. 
To register for one of these community events or to become a member of the Hopedale Wellness Center call (309) 449-4500 or learn more online at www.hopedalewc.com.

Health Drives at Hopedale Wellness Center


Hopedale Wellness Center is hosting free community health events throughout the month of July. A blood drive will be held in the upstairs multi-purpose room at The Wellness Center on July 12 from 12:00pm-3:30pm. On Wednesday, July 18 from 8-10:00am there is a free Cholesterol screening which will also be held in The Wellness Center’s upstairs multi-purpose room. This free screening is a complete lipid profile (total cholesterol, HDL, LDL, and triglycerides) and glucose. Fasting prior to the screening will provide the best results. No appointment is required and walk-ins are welcome. The Wellness Center will be FREE to the public on Saturday, July 28 from 7:30am-5:00pm. All non-members may use The Wellness Center at no charge.
                If you would like to pre-register or inquire about other events contact the Hopedale Wellness Center at (309) 449-4500 or online at www.hopedalewc.com. The Hopedale Wellness Center is located in Hopedale, IL and provides regular resources for health and wellness including a 34,000 sq ft. fitness floor, children’s swim lessons, educational programs, and personal training.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Grace Country


Understanding the Opioid/Heroin Crisis

August 7th, 2018 5pm - 7pm Pekin Public Library 

Naloxone is an opioid overdose reversal medication. If given in enough time it can save the life of someone experiencing an overdose. 

Stop by the library for a presentation on Understanding the Opioid Crisis and for a free overdose reversal kit. This is for professionals, family, friends, and those suffering from an opioid use disorder.

PAN Scholarship Fundraiser


Cunningham celebrates 20 years of service at Hanson’s Peoria office


Jason Cunningham, P.E., S.E., a structural engineer at Hanson Professional Services Inc.’s Peoria office, recently celebrated 20 years of service at the firm.
Cunningham, who joined Hanson in 1998, designs railroad and highway structures and commercial and industrial buildings. He also oversees construction activities and conducts construction inspections. Many of the projects he has contributed to have been for BNSF Railway Co.
Cunningham received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in 1997 from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and a master’s degree in civil engineering in 1998 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a licensed professional engineer in Illinois, Louisiana, Missouri and Tennessee, a structural engineer in Illinois and a member of the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association and the American Society of Civil Engineers.
Hanson is a national, employee-owned consulting firm providing engineering, planning and allied services. The Peoria office is located at 7625 N. University St., Suite 200, Peoria, IL 61614. The office may be reached by phone at (309) 691-0902.  

Busey Among 2018 Best-In-State Banks

 Busey Bank (“Busey”) is honored to be named among the 2018 Best-In-State Banks for Illinois, a first ever recognition by Forbes and Statista, an analytics firm, based solely on customer opinions. Busey is among only five banks (and three credit unions) recognized in Illinois. With a customer score of 79.19—exceeding the average score of 75.2 for banks by nearly four points—Busey is ranked fourth in the state. In total, 124 Best-In-State banks and 145 credit unions were awarded, equaling 2.2% of all banks and 2.5% of all credit unions in the U.S.

The best banks and credit unions in every state are chosen based on an independent survey from a sample of 25,000+ people across the U.S. Survey participants named all banks and/or credit unions where they currently have or previously had a checking and/or savings account. They also rate the bank and/or credit union on the following five factors: trust, terms and conditions, branch services, digital services and financial advice.


For more information on the 2018 Best-In-State Banks/Credit Unions, including Busey’s recognition, visit www.forbes.com or www.busey.com.

Mackinaw Valley Vineyard July Newsletter



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July Newsletter
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Happy 4th of July!!
Hours: Sunday 12-5pm,Monday to Thursday 11am to 6pm,
Friday 11am to 9pm and Saturday 11am to 11pm.

Start your 4th of July Holiday early 
Two great concerts at the vineyard this weekend.
Friday , June 29  Brushville  in Concert
8-11pm, $10pp
          New Album release and Fireworks Show at Dusk
Saturday, June 30  Biscuits & Gravy Band in Concert
7-11pm, $5pp
It's Biscuit time! be there
Kids 12 and under are free.


Concerts in July
7-11pm, $5 per person
*12 & under free
7/07 Jury's Out
7/14 Phannie Rae & the Soul Shakers
7/21  Jammsammich
7/28 Bubblegum Jack
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Art & Wine Festival
Sunday, July 15th, Noon to 6pm
FREE Admission
Local artists will showcase their talents and sell their art at this free event. The Midwestern artists invited specialize in oil and water color painting, wood, jewelry, metal work, ceramics and glass.
·     Local car clubs have been invited to display their cars and the Cruise-In is coordinated by the Midstate Cruisers Club in conjunction with Mackinaw Valley Vineyard.
·     Wine tasting is featured all day in tasting room
·     Musician Greg Williams will entertain.
·     The kids will have their concrete canvas area to draw and show off their talents at this family friendly event.
·     Free face painting for kids of all ages.
·     Food- Concessions by The Mackinaw Lions Club
Please come out and enjoy this Free event and support our local art community and do some early holiday shopping.
RAIN OR SHINE IN THE PAVILION BUILDING



Celebrate in JULY
with our
15th Anniversary Wine Specials!
Red Wines on Sale
$15 a bottle
Cole's Classic
Foch-Frontenac
Cody's Roundup Red
Mackinaw Reserve
Trois Noir
Deux Noir

*Discounted to $15 a bottle,
tax included
Regular prices are $20, $18
or $16 a bottle.
10 % case discount still can be used with sale pricing.
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GOODWILL RECEIVES AWARD FOR HELPING HOMELESS VETERANS

Goodwill’s Stand Down for Homeless Veterans event has been awarded the 2018 Community Health Award from the University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria. The award is given to one individual and one organization for their promotion of health in Central Illinois.
Goodwill’s Stand Down for Homeless Veterans is an annual event that provides food, winter clothing and supplies, educational seminars and medical services to homeless veterans. This year is the 10th anniversary of the event and will take place on Saturday, October 6 at Dozer Park
in Peoria. During the 2017 Stand Down, Goodwill and participating social services agencies assisted 195 homeless veterans.
“The much-needed resources and support provided annually by this program to homeless veterans was deemed to be awe-inspiring by members of the committee,” said Sara Rusch, M.D., regional dean of the University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria.
The award will be presented at the College of Medicine’s 10th Annual Celebration of Excellence ceremony on October 30, 2018.
Goodwill’s free programs are possible through the sale of your donated items. Goodwill Industries of Central Illinois serves 21 counties within Central Illinois. Goodwill offers employment services, veterans’ support services, operates a veterans’ home and employs more than 300 people. For more information visit Goodwill’s website at www.goodwillpeo.org.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Cedar Street Bridge lane closures begin July 2


The Illinois Department of Transportation announces that daytime lane closures will begin Monday, July 2, on the westbound side of the Cedar Street Bridge.



The closures are necessary for routine bridge washing and are expected to last about two weeks, weather permitting.



Motorists can expect delays and should allow extra time for trips through this area. To avoid the work area, when feasible, use of alternate routes should be considered. Drivers are urged to pay close attention to changed conditions and signs in the work zones, obey the posted speed limits, refrain from using mobile devices and be alert for workers and equipment.



For IDOT District 4 updates, follow us on Twitter at @IDOTDistrict4 or view area construction details on IDOT’s traveler information map on GettingAroundPeoria.com.

Welcome to Our Newest Member

Birth Center of Bloomington Normal
6 Westport Court
Bloomington, IL 61704
WebsiteJessica Poppe, Director
Birth should be a joyful, safe experience. The Birth Center of Bloomignton Normal helps you have an experience you can cherish by providing comprehensive support through pregnancy, labor and the postpartum period.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Darling Promoted


PYP Summer Happy Hour

The Pekin Young Professionals hosted their summer happy hour at West Dublin Irish Pub on June 21st.  The event was part of the pub's soft opening.  Owners Tom & Dori spoke about vision for the pub, and the work that was required to get to this point.  They offered to mentor other entrepreneurs who are thinking about opening a business.  You can see more pictures from this event at:  https://photos.app.goo.gl/ZmHrbRqEAQMzkzxw7

Holiday Inn Express After Hours

The Holiday Inn Express hosted the June Business After Hours.  Chamber members and their guests enjoyed great food and refreshments, along with door prizes and tours. You can see more pictures from this event at:  https://photos.app.goo.gl/Cjtj1RKWh7dmKxeH7

Senior Consulting Project Program

Applications are being accepted for the
Senior Consulting Project Program
for the Fall 2018 semester.

·     Are you in need of a new marketing strategy?
·     Do you need a feasibility study conducted?
·     Have you considered a strategic growth plan?
·     Do you need assistance in launching a new product?

The Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at
Bradley University, may just have the answer for you.

Senior business majors in the Foster College of Business are required to complete a Capstone Class. This semester-long project (16 weeks), gives the students a real-world experience by allowing the students to apply their skills along with providing their client strategic improvements and enhancing operational effectiveness at no cost. The Fall semester runs August 22 - December 5, 2018.

Since 1972, over 11,000 students have provided more than 2,300 companies
with customized business solutions through the
Foster College of Business Senior Consulting Projects program.

Startups and established for-profit businesses of any
size are eligible to apply.

Apply below, by Friday, August 3, 2018


 To learn more and to apply, click here.

For questions, please contact the Illinois SBDC at 309-677-2992.

ILLINOIS CENTRAL COLLEGE OFFERS INFORMATIONAL AND TESTING SESSIONS FOR THE HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION CAREERS TRAINING PROGRAM


Illinois Central College will hold several informational sessions for its Highway Construction Careers Training Program, with program applications and TABE testing available at each session.  There is no registration or fees required for these sessions. 


The Highway Construction Careers Training Program (HCCTP) at Illinois Central College is a grant-funded program sponsored by the Illinois Department of Transportation.  The goal of the Highway Construction Careers Training Program is to increase the number of minorities, women and disadvantaged individuals working in the construction trades. The program is a 12-week free training course that focuses on preparing individuals for a successful building trade application process by increasing math skills, job readiness, and technical skills.  Training also includes OSHA 10-hour certification, Forklift and Aerial Lift Certification, and First Aid/CPR certification.  Upon successful completion of the program, students will have the skills necessary to seek careers as laborers, cement masons, operating engineers, electricians, ironworkers, sheet metal workers, carpenters, bricklayers, and other union construction trades.

To qualify for the program a candidate must be 18 years old, have a valid Illinois driver’s license, have a high school diploma or GED, and consent to random drug screening.

Informational and testing sessions will be held:

  • Monday, July 30 at 9 am
    Hickory Hall, Room 131, ICC Peoria Campus
    5407 N. University Street, Peoria
  
  • Tuesday, July 31 at 1 pm
Tri-County Peoria Urban League
317 S. MacArthur Highway, Peoria

  • Tuesday, July 31 at 5:30 pm
    Hickory Hall, Room 101, ICC Peoria Campus
    5407 N. University Street, Peoria

  • Wednesday, August 1 at 9 am
Peoria Housing Authority
100 S. Richard Pryor Place, Peoria

  • Wednesday, August 2 at 9 am
Hickory Hall, Room 101, ICC Peoria Campus
5407 N. University Street, Peoria

If selected for the program, students will begin the class on August 27, 2018, and end on November 16, 2018.

For more information about the program, please contact Monica Arbuckle at (309) 690-6912, monica.arbuckle@icc.edu, or Ellen George at (309) 690-6909, egeorge@icc.edu.