Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Welcome to Our Newest Member

Buffalo Wild Wings3333 Court St.
Pekin, IL 61554
309-201-4159 
Alyssa Wielgopolan, Marketing Director
Brett Nelson, Director of Operations
www.buffalowildwings.com
WINGS. BEER. SPORTS. Go in to Buffalo Wild Wings to watch your favorite team and try one of their 16 signature sauces. Featuring Boneless Mondays and Thursday with specially priced boneless wings and Wing Tuesday with specially priced traditional wings.

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Courting the Millennial Customer


 
 

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If you are in a traditionally “cool” business, like a coffee shop, indy bookstore, or juice bar, it’s likely you have scads of skinny jean-wearing hipsters hanging around your store. But if you’re reading this article, most likely you don’t but you know you need them.

There are roughly 75.3 million Millennials in the United States. This number outranks the 74.9 million Baby Boomers. For a successful future, your business needs the younger generation. Here’s how you can get their attention and keep it.  

Be About More Than Just You

In today’s business climate it is also essential you stand for something outside of your own business interests. Millennials appreciate companies that give back like TOMS Shoes that provides a pair of shoes to someone in need in one of over 70 disadvantaged countries each time a pair is purchased here.

If there’s a cause you’re a part of, talk about it. Make it part of your business and don’t be afraid to use cause marketing. Millennials respond very favorably to it. It makes them feel good knowing they are contributing to a worthwhile effort.

However, there’s a fine line between doing something because you believe in it and doing something because you know it will bring you attention. That line is governed by authenticity. Do not be inauthentic in your marketing.

Give Them Opportunities to Have Fun

Millennials are still young and many of them are waiting before they tie themselves down with responsibilities. Appealing to their sense of fun in branding opportunities and the tone of your content is important in getting their attention. Don’t market like Don Draper if you’re trying to reach them. Chuck the stiff suits and formal language.

Take a look at the pop-up used by the BrandingMuse, a site devoted to helping Millennials with their personal brand. “Kardashian Famous” might not appeal to those of us out of our 20s and 30s but it means something them.

In addition to adjusting your tone to be more appealing, look for ways to reach out to them on social media. Create contests that get them noticed for their efforts. Post-a-“selfie” contests have big draws for this generation.

Give Them a Say

Millennials don’t believe in spending time on the sidelines, waiting for their turn to shine. They are ready to get involved right away. Use that in your marketing by giving them a say in product design, product offerings, and listening to their opinions. If they have input in what you’re doing, they’ll be more invested in your brand.

Finally…

For the purposes of this article I stuck with generalizations about a generation. Not all will fit every person in that demographic so it’s essential you understand what works for your audience. This information can be applied to creating effective marketing campaigns to help reach Millennials but once you have, this should not be seen as a complete guide to their preferences. Get them in the door with the suggestions here and find out what appeals to them individually to keep them coming back.
 

Christina R. Green teaches small businesses, chambers and associations how to connect through content. Her articles have appeared in the Midwest Society of Association Executives’ Magazine, NTEN.org, AssociationTech, and Socialfish. She is a regular blogger at Frankjkenny.com and the Event Manager Blog. She’s a bookish writer on a quest to bring great storytelling to organizations everywhere.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Kristopher Pendl Obtains Top Industry Designation

Kristopher Pendl, vice president Community Markets Private Banking for Associated Bank, is among an elite group of financial professionals who have obtained the Certified Wealth Strategist designation administered by Cannon Financial Institute. The designation is awarded to those individuals completing a comprehensive program of study surrounding wealth management issues facing clients today.

The program provides financial services professionals with the technical knowledge and communications skills to work as an effective partner with clients having uniquely complex wealth management issues.

Pendl joined Associated in 2010. He has over 14 years of financial services management experience. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Illinois.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Pekin B-Dubs Set to Open

Representatives from the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Pekin held a ribbon cutting on Friday, June 26 at the new Buffalo Wild Wings. The long anticipated first day of service to the public is Sunday, June 28.  You can see more pictures from this event at http://picasaweb.google.com/PekinChamber

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Enjoy Pekin

Don't forget to check out enjoypekin.com to see what is going on in the city!! This website has a lot of great information that is sure to steer you in the right direction when you are looking for something to do for the weekend. It is also a great way to show your out of town family and friends what our fabulous community has to offer!

Simple Steps for Growing Your Business

As a business grows, there is increased need for organization and knowledgeable management; and, the role of the business owner changes as well.  This 4-part series of workshops is designed for small business owners and managers who want to reach the next level of growth and who are looking for targeted assistance and direction in key areas of business management.  Participants will -

·        Gain the knowledge and tools needed to analyze and assess your business
·        Discover potential growth areas
·        Develop customized strategies to implement growth


When?   Wednesday evenings, September 9, September 16, September 23, and
                 September 30, 6:30 - 8:30 PM

Where?  Fondulac District Library
                 400 Richland St.
                 East Peoria, IL  61611

Overview:  This SCORE program, will be presented by experienced SCORE                             Mentors Lee Maki, Fran McKay, and Jim Peugh and includes 4, two-                     hour workshops:
·        Business Assessment, Goal Setting, and Human Resources
·        Marketing Your Business and Growing Your Sales
·        Financial Management
·        Managing Operations
           


Register for each of these FREE  workshops at

www.scorepeoria.org/workshops 

Youth Mentoring Program Opportunities


Petersen Health Care Job Fair


GOOD TO GREAT

Published in 2001 and based on 9 years of research and analysis, in Good to Great, author Jim Collins enumerates the principles for building a great company in unpredictable and rapidly changing times.  He asks and explains, "How can a good, even mediocre company achieve greatness?"  According to author Collins, "Greatness is not a function of circumstance.  Greatness is largely a matter of conscious choice and discipline.  Whether you prevail or fail depends more on what you do to yourself than on what the world does to you."

Join us as ICC Professor and SCORE Mentor Joe Gunther leads a review and discussion of this best-selling business management and strategy book.  Whether your business is small or larger, just starting or experienced, this will be an excellent opportunity for discussion of ideas leading to growth and improvement.

This will be a four part series of workshops held on 
October 7, 2015  6:30 - 8:30 PM                                                         October 14, 2015 6:00 - 8:30 PM                                                         October 21, 2015 6:00 - 8:30 PM                                                         October 28, 2015 6:00 - 8:30 PM

All sessions will be held at
Fondulac District Library
                                   400 Richland St.
                                   East Peoria, IL  61611

These workshops are FREE, but seating is limited and participants must register for EACH session.  Participants should purchase the book before the class begins and bring it to each of the sessions.

for more information or to register for these FREE workshops
check our website at www.scorepeoria.org

or call SCORE at 309-676-0755

Pekin Hospital Foundation Pizza Fundraiser

Papa John’s Pizza is donating 10 percent of sales to support the Pekin Hospital Foundation and help enhance the quality of patient care throughout the region.
Customers will save 40 percent off their entire online order at menu price simply by ordering at papajohns.com and entering the code PHF40. Papa John’s will donate 10 percent back to the Foundation for every order placed using the online code PHF40.
“We’re excited to work with the Pekin Hospital Foundation for this unique fundraising program,” said Tabatha Hart, Director of Regional Marketing at Papa John’s. “Pekin Hospital does so much for the health and well-being of our communities, and this program is a fun way we can all give back. It’s an ongoing online fundraiser, so there are many opportunities for everyone to take advantage of this great offer and show their support for a worthwhile organization.” 
Part of Progressive Health Systems, the Pekin Hospital Foundation provides a direct channel for donors and volunteers to support the hospital’s mission of improving the health and well-being of the community with love, compassion and extraordinary care.
“Thank you to our friends at Papa John’s for their ongoing support,” said Sherry Semonis, Development Director for Pekin Hospital. “The dedication of our community partners makes such a difference in the lives of those we serve. Their generosity helps Pekin Hospital and Progressive Health Systems deliver personal care that our patients can trust.”

For more information contact the Pekin Hospital Foundation at 309-353-0983.

Weekly Chamber Connection

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

City Approves Hospital Financing Deal

Pekin Hospital and the City of Pekin are collaborating on a project to build a new $12 million medical office building for ProHealth Primary Care Services.

The project was unanimously approved by the Pekin City Council at their June 22nd  meeting. The new three-story facility will  include multiple providers in Family Practice, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics.

“This is an exciting project for Pekin Hospital, the City of Pekin and the entire community,” said Bob Haley, Chief Executive Officer of Pekin Hospital and Progressive Health Systems. “The proposed medical facility will allow us to improve efficiency and better address the growing health care needs of the people we serve.”

The new 52,000-square-foot building would house approximately 20 providers, with capacity for 20 more. Basic lab and digital x-ray services would be included in the new facility.  

“This is a great example of local government and business partnering together to help the community,” said Mayor John McCabe. “The project will create new jobs and improve access to health care. There could also be spin-off effects, such as more shopping in town, visits to restaurants and other local businesses, which could lead to even more development in the future."  

Preliminary planning will take approximately four to six months. That process will include finalizing a location for the new facility. Site preparation and construction could begin this fall.

“Pekin Hospital and Progressive Health Systems have been key components in economic development, providing vital services to employers and employees,” said Leigh Ann Brown, Economic Development and Tourism Coordinator. “This medical office building project aligns with our continued focus on quality-of-life initiatives that help us recruit more businesses and families to the area.”

Monday, June 22, 2015

June Biz Barometer






Welcome To Our Newest Member

Cosmetic Skin Center of Central Illinois
2355 Broadway Road
Pekin, IL 61554
309-347-2700 
Dr. Bill Fisher, President
Chris Fisher, Administrative Assistant
Lenora Fisher, Director of Services Marketing
cosmeticskincenterofcentralillinois.com
Cosmetic Skin Center of Central Illinois offers full service family heathcare, plus skincare health and wellness. This includes anti-aging and restorative skin treatments and products, as well as spa services for skincare and relaxation.

Welcome To Our Newest Member

UniQue Personnel Consultants
606 West Glen
Peoria, IL 61614 
309-839-2718 
Donna Clancy, Consultant 
Elyce Rehmke, Area Manager
Melinda McFadden, Regional Manager
www.uniquepers.com
Unique Personnel Consultants is a full service staffing agency dedicated to helping people find the job they are looking for.  They have a variety of employment opportunities, including temporary, temp to perm and permanent positions.

I-155 Ramps at Hopedale Closed This WEek

The Illinois Department of Transportation announces that the northbound I-155 on-ramp and off-ramp at Exit 19 near Hopedale will be closed from Tuesday, June 23 through Thursday, June 25.

The ramp closures are necessary for resurfacing work to be completed. Detour routes will be posted.

Please slow down and use extreme caution while driving through all work zones.

For IDOT District 4 updates on Twitter, follow us at https://twitter.com/IDOTDistrict4.

For updated traffic information and views from dozens of traffic cameras in Peoria and surrounding areas, visit http://www.gettingaroundpeoria.com/.

Hopedale Medical Complex is Hiring


Thursday, June 18, 2015

Pekin Hospital and the City of Pekin Plan $12 Million Medical Office Building

Pekin Hospital and the City of Pekin are collaborating on a project to build a new $12 million medical office building for ProHealth Primary Care Services.

The project proposal will be included as an agenda item for the June 22nd City Council meeting. If approved, the new three-story facility would include multiple providers in Family Practice, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics.

“This is an exciting project for Pekin Hospital, the City of Pekin and the entire community,” said Bob Haley, Chief Executive Officer of Pekin Hospital and Progressive Health Systems. “The proposed medical facility would allow us to improve efficiency and better address the growing health care needs of the people we serve.”

The proposed 52,000-square-foot building would house approximately 20 providers, with capacity for 20 more. Basic lab and digital x-ray services would be included in the new facility.

“This is a great example of local government and business partnering together to help the community,” said Mayor John McCabe. “The proposed project would create new jobs and improve access to health care. There could also be spin-off effects, such as more shopping in town, visits to restaurants and other local businesses, which could lead to even more development in the future."  

If the project is approved, preliminary planning would take approximately four to six months. That process would include finalizing a location for the new facility. Hospital and City officials believe construction could begin by the fall of 2015.

“Pekin Hospital and Progressive Health Systems have been key components in economic development, providing vital services to employers and employees,” said Leigh Ann Brown, Economic Development and Tourism Coordinator. “The proposed medical office building project aligns with our continued focus on quality-of-life initiatives that help us recruit more businesses and families to the area.”

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Ameren Illinois Selected a Winner in the 36th Annual Telly Awards

The Telly Awards has named Ameren Illinois as a five-time bronze winner in the 36th Annual Telly Awards. With nearly 12,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries, only about 25 percent of entries are recognized with awards. Other award winners include CNBC, CNN, Dell, Discovery, Disney, Huffpost, CocaCola, Time Warner and Warner Brothers.

Ameren Illinois won five bronze awards for video. The titles and categories include:
·         Natural Gas Upgrades – Employee Communications
·         Natural Gas Upgrades – Public Relations
·         Energy Efficiency Case Study / Olin Brass – Public Relations
·         Energy Efficiency Case Study / Olin Brass – Social Responsibility
·         Actions Matter Q2 2015 – Employee Communications 

Ameren Illinois co-workers from the Community and Public Relations team partnered with Jeff Oesch, Advanced Video Productions in Pekin, IL to write, direct, produce and edit the videos.
 
The Telly Awards was founded in 1979 and is the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, the finest video and film productions, and online commercials, video and films.  Winners represent the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators, and corporate video departments in the world.
 
A prestigious judging panel of over 500 accomplished industry professionals, each a past winner of a Silver Telly and a member of The Silver Telly Council, judged the competition, upholding the historical standard of excellence that Telly represents.  The Silver Council evaluated entries to recognize distinction in creative work – entries do not compete against each other – rather entries are judged against a high standard of merit.  Approximately 25 percent of entries are chosen as Winners of the Bronze Telly. 
 
“The Telly Awards has a mission to honor the very best in film and video,” said Linda Day, Executive Director of the Telly Awards. Ameren Illinois' accomplishment illustrates their creativity, skill, and dedication to their craft and serves as a testament to great film and video production.”
 
To find out more about the Telly Awards visit the website at www.tellyawards.com.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Membership Renewals

Thanks to the following employers who recently renewed their investment in the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce:

2-STAR MVP
Kroger Limited Partnership, LLC

1-STAR MVP
Advanced Medical Transport
Fort Toyota
Sears Hometown & Outlet 

CLASSIC MEMBERS
Aindrea Balagna CPA
American Milling Company
Artistic Community Theatre

Atlas Supply Company
Bremer Jewelry
Davison-Fulton-Woolsey Funeral Home - Pekin
First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Fred Lawrence and Sons Fire Equipment
Hamm's Furniture Inc.
ICPR Family Practice
Johnson, Dr. Brendon J., OD PC
JPG Commercial Real Estate LLC
Mackinaw Valley Vineyard
Ming's of Pekin
Pekin First Church of the Nazarene
Sam's Club
The Club at Sunset Hills

How to Create Search Engine Optimized Content


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Google has ushered in the era of big content by assigning increasing importance to it from a search perspective. But it placed one large stipulation on content creation. It has to be “good” to be worthwhile.

What is “Good” Content?


Google depends on your audience for this answer. If they are sharing your content, clicking on it, interacting with it, and showing you appreciation for it across the social spheres, Google is taking notice and factoring that into its ranking. Here are a few tips to making your content more SEO-friendly.

How Do I Create Good Content?


 Know Your Audience


You cannot expect your audience to connect to your content, nor can you produce quality content from Google’s perspective, without knowing who your audience is. “My ideal customer” is not specific enough of a definition. Drill down to things like age, gender, income, schooling, preferences, etc. Only when you know your target connection, can you begin effectively creating content for that person.

Think of Keywords


The practice of keyword stuffing, adding the same word over and over in your content because you’d like to place highly for it, is dead. You must now create good content using your keywords as subtle flavoring not coating your content with them.

When you think of keywords and your business, there will be some that come to you immediately. For instance, an OB/GYN may use “city obstetrics” (the city being the specific town in which she operates her practice). However, placing for those keywords will be costly and she’ll be competing with very large, established clinics and hospitals. In addition she may want to look at long-tail phrases that people would search under such as “pregnancy care after 40” or “infertility treatments after miscarriages.” If she specializes in these things, they could be very lucrative and less competitive. Use Google’s keyword planner tool to help you find some that relate to your business.

Ask Questions


People don’t search for keywords or answers. They search using questions. Brainstorm questions your ideal customer asks about your product or industry. Create content based on this. Ask your employees for the questions they hear most. Create content about these too. Type in questions into Google’s search box (or your search engine of choice) and see what comes up in its auto-fill in. Scan the results. Create content that fits.

Do More of What’s Working


If you notice a particular kind of content is being shared often by your audience, do more of it. Try experimenting with a variety of media types. Google loves pictures and videos too but take care to tag them for maximum SEO.

Do More But Not The Same


Google is like a really smart teacher who knows when you’ve copied your work from somewhere else and you will pay just as dearly, even if the person you are copying from is your own site.

Search engines like fresh content, new content.

It’s hard when you’ve created a masterpiece not to want to use it again but Google will penalize your site if you duplicate content. This counts for content you’ve written as a guest blog poster somewhere else and reposted on your site verbatim.

Reword. Rewrite. Don’t Duplicate.

The key to creating SEO-friendly content is to concentrate on the likelihood of interaction you’ll derive from it. Google has no way of knowing if your audience is ultimately buying from you, but it does know how it is relating to your content.

From a search perspective conversions are less important than shares; so if you’re being helpful and creating a top resource for your industry or niche, and your content is shared, you will see your organic rankings improve and your sales will follow.

 

Christina R. Green teaches small businesses, chambers and associations how to connect through content. Her articles have appeared in the Midwest Society of Association Executives’ Magazine, NTEN.org, AssociationTech, and Socialfish. She is a regular blogger at Frankjkenny.com and Memberclicks.

She’s a bookish writer on a quest to bring great storytelling to organizations everywhere.

 

Adams Outdoor Adds Account Exec

Adams Outdoor Advertising is excited to announce the addition of Krista Riggs Thomas as an Account Executive. Krista’s extensive marketing knowledge will benefit clients to enhance their media and marketing plans through the outdoor advertising medium.  Adams Outdoor Advertising can be reached at 309.431.4075 or www.adamsoutdoor.com

Goodwill Needs Race Volunteers

Goodwill is looking for volunteers to help with the race on Saturday, September 12, 2015.  Please email volunteerforvets@goodwillpeo.org

CEFCU Offering Consolidation Student Loans

CEFCU is proud to announce a new option for borrowers to consolidate or refinance students loans. Credit Union members can take advantage of a Consolidation Student Loan (CSL), which allows them to consolidate all existing federal or private student loans into one loan, or refinance a single loan.

With the CSL, student loan holders can begin the easy online application process at www.cefcu.com/one. Benefits include no origination fees, 0.5% interest rate reduction for automatic payments, up to 12 years to repay, and more. There is a minimum loan amount of $5,000 with a maximum of $80,000.

Katie Mueller, CEFCU Private Student Loan Manager, stated, “I am excited that CEFCU can offer this loan product to graduates. It provides the benefit of consolidating student loans into one easy payment, which is not only more convenient, but could save borrowers money over the course of the loan.”

With assets over $5 billion, CEFCU serves over 300,000 members through 20 central Illinois Member Centers and 3 Member Centers in Santa Clara County, California; the CEFCU Financial Center; the Money Center 24 ATM Network; CEFCU’s website, cefcu.com; CEFCU’s Mobile website, m.cefcu.com; the surcharge-free CO-OP Network ATM; and the CU Service Center Shared Branch Network.

Fleming Graduates from Institute of Organization Management

Institute for Organization Management, the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, is pleased to announce that William T. Fleming, IOM, Executive Director of the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce, has graduated from the program and has received the recognition of IOM.  Fleming has led the chamber for 14 years.

Awarded to all graduates of the Institute program, the IOM Graduate Recognition signifies the individual’s completion of 96 hours of course instruction in nonprofit management.

“Institute graduates are recognized across the country as leaders in their industries and organizations,” said Raymond P. Towle, IOM, CAE, the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s vice president of Institute for Organization Management. “These individuals have the knowledge, skills, and dedication necessary to achieve professional and organizational success in the dynamic association and chamber industries.”

Since its commencement in 1921, the Institute program has been educating tens of thousands of association, chamber, and other nonprofit leaders on how to build stronger organizations, better serve their members and become strong business advocates.  Institute’s curriculum consists of four weeklong sessions at five different university locations throughout the country. Through a combination of required courses and electives in areas such as leadership, advocacy, marketing, finance, and membership, Institute participants are able to enhance their own organizational management skills and add new fuel to their organizations, making them run more efficiently and effectively.

Graduates of Institute receive the IOM recognition, signifying completion of 96 hours of course instruction in nonprofit management. In addition, participants can earn credit hours toward the Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) or Certified Association Executive (CAE) certifications. Nearly 1,000 individuals attend Institute annually.

Institute for Organization Management is the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. It is the premier nonprofit professional development program for association and chamber professionals, fostering individual growth through interactive learning and networking opportunities.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF) is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce dedicated to strengthening America’s long-term competitiveness by addressing developments that affect our nation, our economy, and the global business environment.

Friday, June 12, 2015

June Puttin' On Pekin

Chamber members and their guests enjoyed a great breakfast this morning at the June Puttin' On Pekin breakfast at the Knights of Columbus Hall. Dave Osborn won the early prize and Ken Coulter won the late prize. Sheri Verando accepted the Spotlight on Business award for the Avanti's Dome, Grace United Methodist received the Blue Ribbon Award, and A.J. Salmon received the Sunshine Award for his "I Hate Cancer" project. Lelonie Luft and Kim LaHew from Cullinan Properties spoke to the group about their efforts to recruit businesses to East Court Village and other central Illinois properties.  You can see more pictures from chamber events at:  http://picasaweb.google.com/PekinChamber

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Pekin Hospital to Host Dash at Dusk Run/Walk

 Pekin Hospital and Progressive Health Systems will host the third annual Dash at Dusk 5K on July 10, 2015. The event promotes community wellness and raises funds for the hospital’s yearly mission trip to provide medical assistance to underserved countries.
Held on the hospital’s campus at 600 South 13th Street in Pekin, Dash at Dusk includes a 5K run, a one-mile walk and a kids’ fun run. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. and concludes with a family friendly after-party.
Prices are $30 for the 5K run, $30 for the one-mile walk and $10 for the kids’ fun run. All proceeds benefit this year’s mission trip to the Philippines, where team members hope to treat and serve more than 2,000 patients. The annual mission trip is part of Pekin Hospital’s Seasons of Sharing campaign.
“This isn’t just about running a race,” said Dash at Dusk Co-Coordinator Marcy Becker. “It’s about promoting health and wellness in our communities while supporting a great cause. It’s a family event that features something for everybody.”

To register for the event, or for more information, visit dashatdusk.com.

BARD OPTICAL PEKIN OFFICE CELEBRATES 30 YEARS IN BUSINESS

Bard Optical Pekin office will celebrate 30 years in business on July 30, 3-6 p.m. Opened by Dr. A. Arthur Bard in 1941 in downtown Peoria, Diana Hall purchased the practice in 1981 and has grown Bard Optical to 20 locations in Central and Southern Illinois. Please join us in celebrating the Anniversary of Bard’s Pekin office by stopping in and congratulating Dr. Shelley, Alicia, Office Manager and the Pekin staff.

See new frames from various designers and enjoy a 25% Savings on frames and lenses purchased at the event. The Pekin Chamber will perform a ribbon cutting at
4 p.m., refreshments will be served and prizes will be available.

Monday, June 8, 2015

8th Annual Marigold Festival Women's Golf Outing


Welcome To Our Newest Member

The Federal Companies200 National Road
East Peoria, IL 61611
309-694-4500 ext. 2268
Jeff Bogdan, VP of Business Development/Owner
Jon Rogers, Sales
Perry Johnson, Sales 
Kevin Mclaren, Director of IT
Kody Kanaga, Sales
Rick Clayton, Sales 
www.federalcos.com
The Federal Companies are the Peoria movers chosen by many of the 114,000 residents of this city for quality relocation and storage services. Whether they are moving your home or business, storing your data or records or transporting your high-value products, this Peoria moving company approaches every move with an unwavering commitment to exceptional quality service. They offer a vast range of household and commercial moving services for local, long distance and international moves to ensure that they can accommodate every need. When you need the best of Peoria moving companies, you need Federal Companies.

Friday, June 5, 2015

South Side Bank After Hours

South Side Bank hosted the June 4th Business After Hours at their Veterans Drive facility in Pekin.  Over 50 chamber members and their guests joined representatives from the bank for a great evening of refreshments and networking.  You can see more pictures from this event at:  http://picasaweb.google.com/PekinChamber

VFW Road Clsed between 5th and 14th Streets

The City of Pekin has announced that VFW Road, from 5th Street to 14th Street, will be closed beginning on Monday, June 8th as part of the construction of the new Veterans Drive.  All through traffic will be detoured to Hanna Drive.  Both 14th Street and 5th Street will remain open to allow cross traffic and access to the VFW Hall through the duration of the road closure.  Click on the map for more details.

The City appreciates everyone's patience as they continue to improve the community's infrastructure.  You can find more information and project updates on the City's website at www.ci.pekin.il.us.    

Thursday, June 4, 2015

First Fridays Art Sale!!!

 Dr Scott Moats has decided to offer any of his photographs in the gallery at 20% off the asking price on First Friday. That makes them only $280 each. If you have been pondering about one of his beautiful pieces Friday June 5th, during First Friday, is the time to buy. One night only!
 All proceeds from his sales go to 
The Pekin Diversity Festival!!!

Here is the Bus Schedule for First Friday!  
See you there!
                  

Hopedale Medical Complex

Hopedale Medical Complex is proud to be a central part of the surrounding communities we serve. Since Hopedale Hospital first opened its doors in 1955, our patients and residents have come to expect exceptional medical care and personal attention.

 Hopedale Medical Complex, however, is more than just a hospital. Our staff renders thousands of volunteer hours every year to a variety of causes throughout the area. Our management, physicians, and staff give back to the community through charitable contributions and donated services.

 Hopedale Medical Complex is dedicated to being a part of the community. Whether its free health screenings, scholarships, financial assistance, community newsletters, or charity, we are here for the community.


 HMC would love to come help your business and community organizations.  If you would like more information on HMC community services, educational speaking opportunities, or to have HMC be a part of your event, please contact Amber Bernshausen at 309-449-4284.