Chamber Honors 36

The Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce hosted their 13th annual Business and Community Recognition Luncheon on Thursday, October 21st the Pekin Country Club.  The Chamber’s Member Services Committee coordinated the luncheon, which was sponsored by Savant Capital Management, Pekin Trophy House & Engraved Gifts, The Greenhouse Flower Shoppe, and Pekin Hospital.

Recognition was given to thirty-six area businesses and organizations in the following categories:  remodeling or expansion; new ownership or management; new business or building; additional employees; major training effort; new technology; major equipment investment; other improvements; and, community involvement. 

Before presenting the awards, Chamber executive director Bill Fleming told the audience of 170 people representing fifty local businesses and organizations that the economic news continues to get better.
Many of the economic indicators are starting to show positive signs this year, and especially in the past quarter, “ said Fleming.  These thirty-six businesses and organizations have demonstrated by their continued investment that they believe things will get better.”

The featured speaker at the luncheon was Reverend Lloyd Brock, Pastor of Pekin First Church of the Nazarene, and a newcomer to the community.  He gave a timely and relevant message about "embracing your community" and how "leaders are servers" and not the other way around.

The thirty-six businesses and organizations recognized were:   
  • Avanti’s Dome Events & Sports Center of Pekin (new ownership, new management, and remodeling)
  • Avanti’s Ristorante (new business, and remodeling)
  • Bard Optical (new technology, community involvement)
  • Busey Bank (community involvement)
  • Covenant Heating & Air (new building, additional employees, major equipment investment)
  • Cuattro (remodeling and expansion, additional employees, new technology)
  • Good Shepherd Lutheran School (remodeling, new building, new technology)
  • Herget Bank (new technology investment)
  • Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites (remodeling, new technology, equipment investment)
  • Illinois Center for Pain and Rehab (new technology and major retraining)
  • Kiwanis Club of Pekin (community involvement)
  • Leman Property Management (expansion)
  • McDaniels Marketing Communications (expansion and additional employees)
  • Papa Murphy’s Pizza (new technology and community involvement)
  • Pekin First Church of the Nazarene (remodeling, additional employees and community service)
  • Pekin Hospital (remodeling, additional employees, new technology investment, major equipment investment, other improvements, community involvement)
  • Pekin Insurance (additional employees, other improvements)
  • Pekin Main Street (community involvement)
  • Pekin Manor of Liberty Village (remodeling and expansion)
  • Pekin Paintball Park (new business)
  • Pekin Public Library (remodeling)
  • Pekin Riding Club (remodeling, retraining and other improvements)
  • PNC Bank (new ownership, major retraining and new technology)
  • Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes (additional employee, major retraining, community involvement)
  • Professional Therapy Services (community involvement)
  • Rhythm & Brews (remodeling, new ownership, additional employees, new technology and community involvement)
  • Sound Choice Hearing Clinic (new employees and major training effort)
  • Speakeasy Art Center (remodeling, new business, other improvements, and community involvement)
  • St. Paul Wonderland Childcare Center (additional employees, new management, major retraining and community involvement)
  • Tazewell County Genealogical & Historical Society (community involvement and new technology)
  • Tazwood Mental Health Center (expansion)
  • Tebben Insurance Services (new ownership and other improvements)
  • Timbercreek Rehab & Health Care (community involvement)
  • Tips and Toes To Go (new business)
  • Treasures and More (new building, remodeling)
  • W.D. Boyce Council / Boy Scouts of America (major retraining, community involvement and other improvements)
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