Thursday, September 29, 2011

Puttin' On Pekin

October 14th
Knights of Columbus Hall
715 N. 11th St., Pekin
6:45 – 8:00 am

Additional features of the breakfast include:

  • One minute reminders
  • “Meet the new Chamber Member”
  • Spotlight on Business presentation
  • Presentation by Habitat for Humanity on their Pekin home project
  • Door prize drawings provided by local businesses
RSVP to 346-2106 or e-mail us at

    The Speakeasy Art Center: The Artistic Affair

    Host your next event at the Speakeasy Art Center located on 353 Court Street in Pekin. Delight your guests as you entertain them in the historic Pekin Main Street District. They will be surrounded with the creative exhibits of the region's best artists as you celebrate that memorable occasion. For additional information email Exhibit hours are Thursday and Friday from 3 - 5 PM, Saturday 12 - 5 PM. Visit the Speakeasy Art Center on Facebook.

    Multi - Chamber Speed Networking Exchange

    Lunch and Learn

    Chamber Challenge Trivia Night

    Membership Renewals

    Ace Hardware ~ Body Wealth Massage ~ Concorde Inn & Suites ~ Cordts Heating & Air Conditioning

    Covenant Heating & Air ~ Cranwill's Drive In ~ Deuce Development ~ Deverman Advertising

    Home Health Care Plus ~ Hopedale Medical Complex ~ John M. Evans Supportive Living Community

    Methodist at Pekin ~ National Rental ~ Pekin Main Street ~ Pepsi Cola ~ Personal Finance Company

    Rescued Heart Animal Hospital ~ Salvation Army of Pekin ~ Sign Shop ~ SJB Promotions

    South Side Bank and Trust ~ Speakeasy Art Center ~ Stropes Real Estate and Investments

    Tazewell County Genealogical & Historical Society ~ UAW Highrise

    Velde Cadillac Buick GMC ~ Zumwalt & Associates

    Biz Barometer

    Pekin’s unemployment rate increased each of the last three months according to the Illinois Department of Employment Security.  The number of people working in Pekin decreased for the first time in six months. 

    While the recent employment trend is negative, these numbers are better than a year ago.  Pekin’s unemployment rate of 9.9% in August was two full points lower than August of 2010.  The number of persons employed in Pekin in August was 16,339, which is 2.9% or 460 more than August of 2010.  Tazewell County, the Peoria Metro area, and the State of Illinois all reported similar trends.

    Sales tax receipts continued to improve throughout Tazewell County.  Pekin’s sales tax receipts disbursed from the Illinois Department of Revenue during the past 12 months were up 2.2% over the 12-month rolling average from a year ago.  Other are communities fared better, with Morton posting a 7.6% increase and East Peoria and Washington each gaining growing by 4.3%.

    The Relish Magazine Cooking Show!

    Pekin Daily Times and Avanti's Dome is sponsoring The Relish Magazine Cooking Show. Come to this great community event for delicious food and fun! The event will be held on Thursday, October 13 at 7 p.m. at the Avanti's Dome, 3401 Griffin Avenue in Pekin. General admission tickets are $6 and are on sale now at the Pekin Daily Times, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. Come out early and see exhibits from local merchants. Goody bags filled with items from participating merchants and sponsors will be provided for all attendees. Door prizes will be given away all night including a $500 grand prize.

    Central Illinois Healthcare Cost Containment Conference for Employers – October 5th

    Your healthcare costs are escalating and will continue to do so. Learn how you can better manage those costs and the drivers that fuel them. As the Affordable Care Act (ACA) unfolds, you are experiencing numerous confusing changes in your health plans, the regulatory environment, and how healthcare is provided. ACA has also raised uncertainty about an employers continued ability to provide affordable health benefits and promote the health of their employees.

    As an employer, your choices, your budget, and your time are limited; and as a consumer, you have concerns about quality, safety and efficiency. This conference is designed to help you address these concerns and to give you an opportunity to assess best practice programs and best-in-class partners. Being proactive and empowering employees to be responsible for their own healthcare is one of the most essential strategies to this approach.

    The Central Illinois Healthcare Cost Containment Conference for Employers will be held on Wednesday, October 5 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  at the Par-A-Dice Hotel and Casino, 21 Blackjack Blvd. in East Peoria. The cost for attending is $159. Register online at

    Calendar of Events

    October 4 – Ambassador Meeting October 5 – Member Promotions Meeting
    October 5 – Cent Il. Healthcare Conf.
    October 5 – Executive Board Meeting
    October 6 – Pekin 1st Committee
    October 6 – Business After Hours
    October 11 – Member Services Committee
    October 11 – Lunch ‘n Learn 
    October 12 – Transportation Committee Mtg
    October 12 – Board of Directors Meeting
    October 13 – Speed Networking
    October 14 – Puttin on Pekin Breakfast
    October 19 – Marigold Festival Committee
    October 20 – Business Recognition Luncheon
    October 25 – Business Advocacy Meeting
    October 28 – Chamber Challenge Trivia Night

    14th Annual Business and Community Recognition Luncheon

    Chamber Members are cordially invited to the 14th Annual Business and Community Recognition Luncheon on Thursday, October 20th from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm at the Pekin Country Club. The cost of the luncheon is $20 per person. Tables of 8 are $160.00. Savant Capital Management is the Event Sponsor, Pekin Trophy House and Engraved Gifts is the Awards Sponsor, Pekin Hospital is the Dessert Sponsor, and the Greenhouse Flower Shoppe is the Decoration Sponsor.
    Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Sara L. Rusch, the Regional Dean of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria. As part of the nation’s largest public medical school, the College of Medicine at Peoria offers a unique balance of classroom education and clinical experience. Since their founding in 1970, their mission has been to improve healthcare in the community by serving as a leader in education, research and patient care. UICOMP, through their research and faculty recruitment, is also a major part of our region’s economic engine.

    Chamber business and organizations with significant achievements in the past year will be recognized at the luncheon. Categories of accomplishment include expansion or remodeling, “green” projects or improvements, new business or building, additional employees, major retraining effort, new technology or major equipment investment, other business improvements and community involvement. If you have not yet nominated your business or organization- there still is time. The due date is October 3rd. Contact the Chamber right away or download the nomination form at:

    To make your reservations, please call the Chamber at 346-2106 or email We had a near sell-out crowd the last two years, so please reserve your seats by Friday, October 7th.

    Wednesday, September 28, 2011

    Openings at the Speakeasy Art Center

    The Speakeasy Art Center has new openings for art studio leasing! 

    These studios are considered some of the nicest and most reasonably priced in the downstate area. Artists have access to gallery events, common areas, free parking, restrooms, a full kitchen, secure facilities, and separately keyed studios. In the heart of downtown and the historic district, join us in this cultural redevelopment! 

    For tours or information, call Nancy at (309) 346-0507 or (309) 253-4728

    Women's Fund October 2011 First Tuesdays To Be Held at Olio and Vino

    The next First Tuesdays will be held on Tuesday, October 4, from 5 to 7 pm at Olio and Vino located at 4603 N. Prospect Rd., Peoria Heights.  The Women’s Fund of the Community Foundation of Central Illinois invites area women to a monthly networking opportunity for Peoria-area women. Catch the spirit of Fall and celebrate the spirit of giving by meeting other dynamic women who are passionate about empowering women and girls in our communities.  Become part of a national movement towards Women’s Philanthropy.  To automatically receive First Tuesdays’ invitations, call The Women's Fund at the Community Foundation of Central Illinois at 309 674-8730 or email and ask to receive the ‘E-vite’, an online invitation, for First Tuesdays. Appetizers and beverages will be served and door prizes awarded. Donations will be accepted to further the work of the Women’s Fund.

    Tuesday, September 27, 2011

    The Relish Magazine Cooking Show

    Pekin Daily Times and Avanti's Dome is sponsoring The Relish Magazine Cooking Show. Come to this great community event for delicious food and fun! The event will be held on Thursday, October 13 at 7 p.m. at the Avanti's Dome 3401 Griffin Avenue in Pekin. General admission tickets are $6 and are on sale now at the Pekin Daily Times Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Doors open at 5p.m.  Come out early and see exhibits from local merchants. Goody bags filled with items from participating merchants and sponsors will be provided for all attendees. Door prizes will be given away all night including a $500 grand prize.

    Golden Dragon Acrobats

    Illinois Central College presents Golden Dragon Acrobats on Saturday, October 8, at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The event will be held on the Performing Arts Center Main Stage at the ICC campus, 1 College Drive in East Peoria. The Golden Dragon Acrobats represent the best of a time - honored tradition that began more than 25 centuries ago. The Golden Dragon Acrobats are recognized throughout the United States and abroad as the premiere Chinese acrobatic touring company of today. Cost for admission is $24 for the general population, $19 for students and seniors. For more information please call (309) 694-5136 or visit

    Goodwill of Central Illinois Recycle Your Style Contest

    Goodwill of Central Illinois will hold the 3rd Annual Recycle Your Style Contest. High school students within Goodwill’s territory are encouraged to donate their used clothing. The high school that donates the most pounds of clothing will win a SMART Board donated by Bradfield’s Computer Supply. The contest runs from October 1st through October 31st.

    “We are excited to once again give a local high school the chance to win a SMART Board, compliments of Bradfield’s,” said Jim Lynch, Goodwill’s Director of Development.

    “We want these young people to see that recycling can take many forms and that by donating, they are helping us continue our mission of supporting individuals and families who are working to better their lives.”

    In 2010, Eureka High School was the contest winner with over 3,000 pounds of donations. The total amount of clothing donated for the entire contest was nearly 15,000 pounds.

    Donations of items other than clothing are encouraged, but only clothing will count toward the contest. Only high schools are eligible, but others can participate including teachers, family and school supporters. Donors need to tell the Goodwill donation attendant which high school they are supporting. Donations can be made at any of Goodwill’s nine stores or three donation centers. Goodwill locations and a territory map can be found at

    Goodwill Industries of Central Illinois is a non-profit organization that provides job training, career and vocational services and youth mentoring to individuals and families who are working to improve their lives.  Revenues from the sale of donated items support the Vocational Services programs of Goodwill.  For further information on retail stores, donation centers and vocational services, visit the website at or call the Administrative Offices at (309) 682-1113.

    Pekin Hospital to Offer Diabetes Education Workshop

    Pekin Hospital is pleased to offer an adult diabetes education workshop on October 17, 18, and 19.  The series of three classes will be held from 2 – 5 p.m. in the 4 South Education Classroom at Pekin Hospital.

    The classes are designed to provide information on managing adult diabetes and are designed to help diabetics learn and develop the skills of self-management of diabetes therapy.  Topics covered in the sessions will include: 

    v  the importance of diabetes control and the factors that influence this control

    v  how to plan meals according to food selections and serving size

    v  the possible complications associated with diabetes

    v  why exercise will benefit your health and make you feel good

    Workshop speakers will include a Certified Diabetes Educator, Registered Dietitian, Registered Nurse, Registered Pharmacist, Exercise Specialist, and Registered Medical Technician.

    Class fees are $60 per person (one guest may accompany the registrant at no extra cost).  The $60 includes all three classes.  Class size is limited.  Registration deadline is October 10, 2011.  To register, please call (309) 353-0719.

    Pekin Hospital to Host Spirit Girls’ Night Out on October 13

    Pekin Hospital is hosting a fun-filled, fabulous Spirit Girls’ Night Out SM to inspire women to find “Their Best Health in The Bag” on Thursday, October 13 from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Pekin Moose Lodge located at 2605 Broadway in Pekin.  The event is free to attend. 
    This event will educate women on breast health, spine health, and the risk of exposure to radiation.  This fun and informative event is designed to move women towards better overall health and vibrant living.  In addition to valuable and relevant education, women will also enjoy mini spa sessions, health screenings, giveaways, bra fittings, massages, jewelry, purses, hairstyling, pizza samples, and lots of other fun activities.  Please call (309) 353-0662 to register.

    The following roundtable sessions will all be offered at 5:00, 5:45, and 6:30 p.m.

    Spine Health
    Tracey DeLucia, M.D., Orthopedic Surgeon
    Breast Health
    Nani Moazzam, M.D., General Surgeon*
    *Licensed Independent Practitioner
    Exposure to Radiation
    Rachel Haynes, RT(R),
    Diagnostic Imaging Clinical Instructor\I.C.C.

    Although the primary goal of Spirit Girls’ Night Out is to educate women about their health risks, it is the action steps that follow that are the real reward.  “These events allow for women to come together in a trusted healthcare environment for information presented in an empowering format,” said Tanya Abreu, President and National Program Director, Spirit of Women Hospital Network.  “When you combine this with fun and friendship, they have the power to activate change: change that can positively impact the lives of these women and the lives of their families. Spirit Girls’ Night Out is in its 7th year and gaining in momentum with over 65 hospitals in cities all over the US working toward the same goal – enlightening, inspiring, and empowering women to take action over their health and the health of their families.”

    Aside from non-melanoma skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the US. It is also one of the leading causes of cancer death among women of all races (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Spine health is an important public health issue: neck and back pain affect nearly 80% of American adults. It is the fifth most common reason for doctor’s visits, one of the main reasons for missing work, and the most common cause of work-related disability. Finally, the hot-button topic of radiation exposure is a national concern; join us to separate the facts from the fears.  The core of Spirit Girls’ Night Out is increasing awareness and fueling action: prevention and early detection saves lives!

    Spirit Girls’ Night Out is organized and hosted by Pekin Hospital, a member of the Spirit of Women Hospital Network, with support provided by Good Housekeeping Magazine. More than 65 other Spirit of Women hospitals will also host Spirit Girl’s Night Out events this fall – creating a national movement in women’s health.    

    Spirit of Women is a national network of leading hospitals dedicated to improving women's lives with innovative health and community programs.  To learn more, please visit

    Monday, September 26, 2011

    "A Christmas Carol" Auditions

    MPact is holding auditions on October 8th at 1pm at Yesterday's (corner of 4th & Court) for their production of "A Christmas Carol."  It will be performed during Christmas on Court on Friday, December 9th in downtown Pekin.

    Tuesday, September 20, 2011

    Best Western Ashland House Open House

    Best Western Ashland House will be holding an open house on Tuesday, September 27th, from 4:00-6:00 PM. Best Western Ashland House is located on 201 E Ashland Street in Morton, Illinois.  Stop by to see the remodeled guest rooms, lobby, ball room, and more! Cocktails and Hors d oeuvres in the ALL New Hotel Lobby! For more information please call

    TCGHS Harvest Time for Genealogists Conference October 8th

    Tazewell County Genealogical & Historical Society presents:

    The Ninth Annual "Harvest Time for Genealogists" Workshop - October 8, 2011   from 9AM to 3PM at our library, 719 N 11 th St., Pekin.

    Join us again for a full day of genealogy (including lunch).  This year's speaker is Carol Whitton, CG SM (Certified Genealogist) from St. Louis, Missouri.  Carol will be making presentations on the newly redesigned Family History Library website (still free), migration from Virginia to the Midwest, German research resources, and a step-by-step process for researching your immigrant ancestors overseas─including finding their village of origin.  Carol's extensive background includes the following:

     To register for the conference call TCGHS at 477-3044 or visit the website at

    Wednesday, September 14, 2011

    Artistic Flowers Moves to Court Street

    Representatives from the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce and Mayor Laurie Barra assisted with a ribbon cutting at Artistic Flowers on September 13th.  Owner Cathy Homerin was celebrating the grand opening of their new location at 1712 Court Street.  Artistic Flowers is a full service florist and gift shop.  They also offer memory beads and dove releases.  They can be reached at 347-0022 or online at

    Dedicated and Committed Kidney Specialist Now Available at Pekin Hospital

    Pekin Hospital is pleased to announce that Ahsan Usman, M.D., is now providing nephrology services at Pekin Hospital.  He will diagnose and treat patients with kidney diseases, kidney stones as well as those requiring kidney transplantation or dialysis therapy.  Dr. Usman is now accepting new patients at Kidney HealthCare located at 19 Olt Avenue in Pekin. 

    Dr. Usman recently completed his fellowship training in nephrology at Washington University in St. Louis, Barnes-Jewish Hospital.  Board certified in internal medicine and board eligible in nephrology, Dr. Usman has served as CEO/President of Intensive Health Care, INC and medical director of the hospitalist program at Pekin Hospital since 2008.

    Dr. Usman’s areas of interest include:  acute kidney disease, chronic kidney diseases, anemia management, hypertension, dialysis modalities, electrolyte abnormalities, acid-base disturbances, kidney transplant, kidney stones and hemodynamic management.

    He is a member of the American Society of Nephrologists, the American College of Physicians, and the American Medical Association. 

    Dr. Usman’s office hours are Tuesday through Thursday from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.  Patients may call (309) 642-6705 to schedule an appointment.

    Pekin Hospital Earns ‘Top Performer on Key Quality Measures’ Recognition from The Joint Commission

    Pekin Hospital today was named one of the nation’s top performers on key quality measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America.  Pekin Hospital was recognized by The Joint Commission based on data reported about evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions.

    Pekin Hospital is one of only 405 U.S. hospitals earning the distinction of top performer on key quality measures for achieving and maintaining excellence in accountability measure performance.  Inclusion on the list is based on an aggregation of accountability measure data reported to The Joint Commission during the previous calendar year.  This first recognition program is based on data reported for 2010.

    To be recognized as a top performer on key quality measures an organization must meet two 95 percent performance baselines.  First they must achieve a composite performance of 95 percent or above after the results of all the accountability measures for which they report data to The Joint Commission were factored into a single score, including measures that had less than 30 eligible cases or patients.  Second, they must meet or exceed a 95 percent performance target for every single accountability measure for which they report data, excluding any measures with less than 30 eligible cases or patients.

    Pekin Hospital was recognized for achieving these thresholds for:  heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, and surgical care.

    “Today, the public expects transparency in the reporting of performance at the hospitals where they receive care, and The Joint Commission is shining a light on the top performing hospitals such as Pekin Hospital that have achieved excellence on a number of vital measures of quality of care,” says Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., President, The Joint Commission.

    “We understand what matters most to patients at Pekin Hospital – safe, effective care.  That’s why Pekin Hospital has made a commitment to positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes.  We’re very proud that we are the only hospital in the Pekin, Peoria, and Bloomington-Normal area to receive this honor,” says Kevin Andrews, Pekin Hospital CEO.

    In addition to being included in today’s release of The Joint Commission’s “Improving America’s Hospitals” annual report (, Pekin Hospital will be recognized on The Joint Commission’s Quality Check website (

    "Stuff the Truck" Event Kicks Off Bergner's Goodwill Sale

    Goodwill of Central Illinois and Bergner’s will hold their semi-annual donation drive from Wednesday, September 14th through Wednesday, September 28th. During the promotion, every item donated to Goodwill will earn the donor a 20% off coupon from Bergner’s.

    On opening day, September 14th, donors will receive double coupons. For every one item donated, the donor will receive two coupons. On that day, Goodwill will have a truck at the Bergner’s at The Shoppes at Grand Prairie. The goal is to “Stuff the Truck” with donations.

    “This continues to be a great event for Bergner’s shoppers and Goodwill donors,” says Jodi Sullivan, Director of Merchandise Development. “This sale provides donors an opportunity to receive coupons for items that aren’t typically on sale, like perfumes, cosmetics and designer apparel.”

    According the Jim Lynch, Director of Development, “Through the sale of these donated items, Goodwill is able to continue funding programs for the people of central Illinois. Our wide variety of programs center on one mission, supporting individuals and families who are working to better their lives. Because of partnerships like the Goodwill Sale at Bergner’s, Goodwill is able to provide all of our programs for free. Simply put, donations change lives.”

    Donations can be made at any Bergner’s location or any Goodwill store or donation center. For more information on Goodwill’s locations and services please visit or call 309-682-1113. Goodwill can also be found on Facebook by searching Goodwill Industries of Central Illinois.

    Tuesday, September 13, 2011

    Customer Service Excellence

    Customer Service Excellence is presented by the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce Member Services Committee and AAIM Employer's Association. The speaker will be Lisa Plantamura. Lisa has worked in the training industry for the past 20 years, specializing in customer service training and consulting with an extensive background in leadership and personal development topics, quality management and team development. Customer service needs to be a part of an organization's strategies and goals. During our time together we will discuss characteristics of service excellence including the most important rule of customer service, developing "service" people and the importance of internal service excellence in the process. The event will be held Tuesday, October 11, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at The Clubs at Sunset Hill 1620 Summit Drive. The cost is $20 for the 1st employee and $10 for each additional employee. RSVP to: Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce (309) 346-2106 or

    Thursday, September 8, 2011

    New Life Ribbon Cutting

    New Life Fellowship, 246 Derby Street, was welcomed into the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce with a ribbon cutting ceremony on September 8th.  Pastor Mark Utech cut the ribbon and was assisted by family, friends, and Chamber Board Member John Dennison.  New Life Fellowship is a church that promotes New Life to the entire Pekin area.  The ribbon cutting ceremony was in front of their Tara Beeney Blessing Room at 252 Derby.   You can see more pictures from this and other chamber events at

    Savant Barron’s and Financial Advisor Rankings

    Savant Capital Management is excited to announce that it has again been recognized by two of the leading financial trade publications as one of the top investment firms in the country. Barron’s and Financial Advisor have ranked Savant among the leading wealth management firms.

    Tazewell County Jaycees Monthly Trivia Night

    Tazewell County Jaycees monthly Trivia Night will be held Thursday, September 8, at EP's Timeout (1011 Washington St. in East Peoria). Registration begins at 6pm / Playing starts at 6:30pm. Teams may consist of 2-10 members. The cost is $10 per player/ $5 per player for Jaceeys. A 50/50 will be held and door prizes will be handed out. Proceeds from this months Trivia Night will benefit The Dax Locke Foundation. We will also be collecting school supplies for area schools. The winning team will receive the chance to decorate the traveling trophy, 2 free pizza's from EP's Timeout at the next Trivia Night, and free admission at the next Trivia Night. Reserve your team's table today by emailing us at

    Wednesday, September 7, 2011

    Universalist Unitarian Church of Peoria Offers Free Adult Religious Classes and Support Groups To Public

    Immigration as a Moral Issue:   Overview of the complex issues of immigration.
                    Thursdays starting September 15-October 20 from 7-9PM.
                    Universalist Unitarian Church, 3000 W. Richwoods Blvd., Peoria, IL  61604.
                    Reading materials provided.
                    Pre-registration preferred.  Free child care provided upon request.
    Further information is available from the church office at 688-5608.

    DEEKSHA:  Meditation and blessing course which focuses on brief, hands-on technique that begins to enable the heart to flow and the brain and body to balance in order to create a state of Oneness with All That Is.   
                    Every third Sunday starting September 18 from 2-3PM.
                    Universalist Unitarian Church, 3000 W. Richwoods Blvd., Peoria, IL  61604
                    Drop-in participation welcome at any week.     
    Further information is available from the church office at 688-5608.

    Buddhism Study and Discussion Group:  Course covers the basics of history and practice of Buddhism.
                    Every fourth Sunday starting September 24 from 12:30-2:30.
                    Universalist Unitarian Church, 3000 W. Richwoods Blvd., Peoria, IL  61604
                    Drop-in participation welcome at any week.     
                    Further information is available from the church office at 688-5608.

    Ameren Illinois ActOnEnergy On-Line Training Events

    Over the next two months the Ameren Illinois ActOnEnergy® program will be offering four FREE on-line training courses that you can access from the comfort of your desk.  These training events are designed to help businesses become more knowledgeable about energy efficiency. 

    For more information on all ActOnEnergy training events, go to the Education and Training page at

    September On-Line Training Events
    Topic: The Profits of Energy Management

    Date: Wednesday, September 14, 2011
    Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

    The free, one-hour training events will cover the following topics:

    • Justifying the Costs of an energy-efficiency project
    • Using Resources Effectively
    • Developing an Energy Management Program
    • Efficiency Result
    • Companies that are “justifying the costs”

    To register, click here.

    Topic : Saving Energy in Process Steam Systems

    Date: Wednesday, September 21, 2011
    Time: 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

    The free, one-hour 
    training events  will cover the following topics:

    • Steps to monitor your steam systems
    • Opportunities to reduce fuel consumption in steam systems
    • Opportunities for heat recovery in steam system
    • Coordinating system upgrades with the Ameren Illinois ActOnEnergy program

     To register, click here.

    October On-Line Training Events

    Topic: Energy Management Systems
    Date: Wednesday, October 5, 2011
    Time: 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

    The free, one-hour
    training events  will cover the following topics:

    • Benefits of Energy Management Systems
    • Reduction of energy consumption through equipment efficiency improvements
    • Reduction of maintenance costs
    • Balancing of hot spots and cold spots in the building
    • Systems to control heating, lighting, and air conditioning
    • Specialty controls for industrial equipment

     To register, click here.

    Topic: Saving Money Through HVAC Efficiencies
    Date: Wednesday, October 12, 2011
    Time: 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

    The free, one-hour 
    training events  will cover the following topics:

    • No TLC is bad for energy savings! Aging equipment that hasn’t been maintained is the worst combination for energy savings
    • Tune-up vs. replacement of heating or air conditioning equipment
    • Rooftop, heat pump, geo-thermal, and split system, boilers (gas or electric): Learn the language of the system you have and the benefits of the one you want
    • What qualifies for an incentive and what will save me energy
    • New to the HVAC line up of incentives to help: the programs and more to give!
     To register, click here.