Monday, December 23, 2013

IPMR Calendar of Events

January 9th we will host business after hours at our north Sheridan location from 4-6.

Even more importantly is our new Yoga and Pilates classes offered through our new Diet and Wellness Program and in addition we will be offering FREE Balance Screenings 

I hope you will be able to help us spread the word and thank you for your continued cooperation and support. Please email or call me with any questions. 

Yoga-Classes begin January 13th and will run for 8 weeks, every Monday from 4-6 pm at Ridgeview Grade School located at 3903 West Ridgeview Drive, Peoria, IL 61615 cost is $100.00
register in person at any IPMR location or download registration form online at
Pilates —Pilates is one of the safest and most effective methods of exercise available.  It's used by rehab and prenatal clients, athletes, celebrities, and everyone in between.  Pilates caters to different body types, ages, and is applicable for any stage of life.  Classes will take place at 9:30 am and 10:30 am every Tuesday starting on January 14, 2014.  register in person at any IPMR location or download registration form online at


Tuesday, January 14, 2014
11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Metamora Location
709 W. Mt. Vernon
Metamora, IL 61548-7005

Tuesday, January 21, 2014
11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Pekin Broadway Location
2359  Broadway
Pekin, IL 61554-3902

Monday, January 27, 2014
11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Sheridan North Peoria Location
6501 N. Sheridan Road
Peoria, IL 61614-2932 

Balance is an important part of maintaining strength, avoiding injury and preventing falls. Please join us during any one of the three available times to receive an assessment by our trained medical professionals. No appointment needed.  

Thursday, January 9, 2014
4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
IPMR Sheridan Division 6501 N. Sheridan Road
Peoria, IL



Pekin Community High School Students Recognized

Pekin Hospital and Lite Rock 107 are proud to recognize Pekin Community High School students Brooke Mingus and Brody Oberle as recipients of the Pekin Community High School (PCHS) Student Award for December.

Brooke, a senior, was nominated by Mrs. Amanda Fitts, a School Counselor at PCHS.  In the nomination, Mrs. Fitts cited Brooke’s contributions to the overall atmosphere at Pekin Community High School.

Brody, a senior, was nominated by Mrs. Amanda Fitts, a School Counselor at PCHS.  In the nomination, Mrs. Fitts cited Brody’s contributions to PCHS’ football team, National Honor Society, and the Peer Assistance Committee.

Each month, two PCHS students who excel in moral character, positive attitude, volunteerism, demonstrate ideal role-model behavior, and who contribute to the classroom are nominated by teachers, counselors, and high school personnel. The students must be seniors and show remarkable qualities which help them prepare for a promising future.
Seth Mingus, Assistant Principal for Curriculum at PCHS said, “PCHS is grateful to have the opportunity to recognize the positive contributions our students make every day. The teachers and staff enjoy nominating students, and we appreciate the support from Pekin Hospital, Lite Rock 107/WSWT, and our community.”
Pekin Hospital and Lite Rock 107/WSWT are proud to sponsor the student award program for the students of PCHS.

Membership Renewals

Thanks to the following businesses, organizations and individuals who have renewed their investment in the chamber…

4-Star Members
**** CEFCU  ****
**** Pekin Hospital****

3-Star Members
*** KMI / Kriegsman ***

1-Star Members
* Avanti's Ristorante *
* Heartland Bank & Trust Company *
* OX Paperboard Illinois *
* Pekin Park District *
* R. A. Cullinan & Sons *
* Ray Dennison Chevrolet  *

Classic Members
Art's Ads
Bagley & Miller , Attorneys
Bard Optical
George Beres
Brookmeadow Apartments
Casey's General Store
Champion Fitness Physical Therapy
Dan Pfeifer State Farm
Dr. Robert Ehrich, DDS  Glesne Family Dentistry
Hometown Title, Inc.
Johnson Mechanical Services
Dr. Robert Johnson, DMD
Kuhfuss & Proehl, PC
 Dr. Jerry Marshall
Monge Crouch & Mahoney
Pekin Riding Club, Inc.
Les Pulfer
Pekin Animal Hospital
Pekin Public Library
Redbrand Credit Union
ReMax Home Realtors
Glen Rittenhouse
Ruskusky Foot & Ankle
Steger's Furniture
Dr. Dennis Stoller, DDS
Sun Valley  Subdivision
TCRC  Taco Bell
Willock Warning & Co, PC
Wolf, Tesar & Co, PC
United Way of Pekin

Biz Barometer

Pekin’s sales tax disbursements received from the state in December were 12.5% less than December of 2012.  December disbursements typically represent sales taxes collected by merchants in September and paid to the state in October.

For the 12 months ending in December, Pekin (+5.0%), East Peoria (+9.4%), and Washington (+2.5%) all received more sales tax disbursements than the 12 months ending in December of 2012.  Morton’s sales tax disbursements received from the state were down (-0.2%) for the same period.  

The number of residential units sold in Pekin in the first eleven months of the year was 3.3% greater than the sales in the first eleven months of 2012.

The average sales price of a Pekin residential unit in the first eleven months of the year was $108,956, which is down 0.2% from the average price for the same period in 2012.

The unemployment rate in Pekin rose to 10.1% in October, up from 9.8% in September and 8.2% in October of 2012.  The number of people employed in Pekin in October was 15,484—down 1,025 from a year ago.

Nationally, the unemployment rate declined from 7.3 percent to 7.0 percent in November, and total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 203,000.  Employment increased in transportation and warehousing, health care, and manufacturing.

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) was unchanged in November on a seasonally adjusted basis.  Over the last 12 months, the all items index increased 1.2 percent before seasonal adjustment.

(Source:  Peoria Area Association of Realtors, Illinois Department of Revenue, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Illinois Department of Employment Security)

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Savant Capital Management Acquires Paragon Advisors

Savant Capital Management,, one of the nation’s largest independent registered investment advisory firms and headquartered in Rockford, IL, today announced its acquisition of Paragon Advisors, a Naperville, IL based, registered investment advisory firm. This acquisition will bring Savant’s current AUM to $3.7B.

Savant Capital Management’s acquisition of Paragon Advisors will further strengthen Savant’s Chicago-area footprint with the addition of 130 Illinois families. The transition will be made seamless as Gregory De Jong, founding principal of Paragon and two Paragon client service team members will join Savant Capital.

“We said from day one of deploying an M&A strategy that we would only consider the best RIAs,” said Brent Brodeski, CEO of Savant Capital Management. “And Paragon lives up to their name, aligning with us regionally, structurally, philosophically, and culturally. We are proud to welcome Paragon’s team and their clients to the Savant family.”

Savant Capital Management is an opportunistic acquirer, meaning it will only do deals that fit its model near-perfectly and firms that desire to fully integrate and leverage Savant’s best-in-class platform, rather than targeting assets simply for the sake of getting bigger. Savant prefers instead to get better with each new addition to its 100+ employees and looks for advisory firms who either seek an increased growth trajectory or an excellent succession planning solution.

Keys to a successful union include a shared investment philosophy, a true passion for the business and an adherence to the highest standards of service in line with Savant’s own Mayo Clinic philosophy. The Paragon team will leverage the operational efficiencies Savant brings to the table, in key areas like compliance, marketing and technology. Paragon’s clients will also now enjoy the ability to consolidate financial planning, trust services and tax preparation, under one roof.

“Joining forces with Savant allows us to focus on what we do best, which is guiding our clients throughout their financial lives,” said De Jong. “And if we can simultaneously expand our service offering and secure the long-term future of our practice by partnering with a firm of this caliber, we are compelled to do so.”

The deal officially closes December 31, 2013. Savant Capital will continue to be selective in evaluating potential M&A partners, both in the Chicago area, and beyond.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013


CEFCU’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce that a record Extraordinary Dividend of $12 million has been distributed to CEFCU member/owners.  This dividend was based on members’ savings and loan activity during the year 2013, with $6 million going to borrowers and $6 million going to savers.  The amount each member received was determined by dividends earned and interest paid during the first 11 months of the year, as of November 30, 2013.  On December 16, dividends were deposited to members’ Savings accounts.
            Over the last 14 years, CEFCU has returned $75 million in Extraordinary Dividends to members.  CEFCU Board Chairman, Thea Robinson, stated, “The Credit Union continues to see strong financial results, and this success is due in no small part to the continued loyalty of CEFCU member/owners.  I am proud the Credit Union is able to extend this dividend, the largest in the history of the Credit Union, to members.  Credit unions exist for members, not for profit.  So, when business is good, those benefits are returned to the member/owners.”
              Mark Spenny, CEFCU President/CEO, added, “The credit union not-for-profit business model of borrowers and savers helping each other is still alive today.  As a result, those members who borrowed and saved with CEFCU during 2013 are sharing in a RECORD $12 million Extraordinary Dividend.  When business for a credit union is better than projected, members share in those benefits.  It’s their money, and that is what makes CEFCU not a bank. Better!”

               With assets totaling $4.9 billion, CEFCU serves over 297,000 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’s Mobile website,; the surcharge-free CO-OP ATM Network; and the CU Service Center Shared Branch Network.

Pekin Hospital Receives Press Ganey 2013 Guardian of Excellence Award

Pekin Hospital is proud to announce it has been named a 2013 Guardian of Excellence Award winner by Press Ganey Associates, Inc. The Guardian of Excellence Award recognizes top-performing facilities that consistently achieved the 95th percentile of performance in Physician Engagement.

The Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence Award is a health care industry symbol of achievement.  Fewer than 5% of all Press Ganey clients reach this threshold and consistently maintain it for the one year reporting period. Press Ganey partners with more than 10,000 health care facilities, including more than half of all U.S. hospitals, to measure and improve the patient experience.

"We are proud to partner with Pekin Hospital,” said Patrick T. Ryan, CEO of Press Ganey. “Achieving this level of excellence reflects the organization’s commitment to delivering outstanding service and quality. Pekin Hospital’s efforts benefit patients in Central Illinois and will lead to improved patient experiences."

According to Gary L. Jepson, Pekin Hospital Chief Executive Officer, the award represents an important recognition from the industry’s leader in measuring, understanding and improving the healthcare experience, Press Ganey.  “We’re very honored to be recognized by Press Ganey.  This award truly is a testament to the commitment of our very dedicated Medical Staff members,” said Jepson.

Pekin Hospital is part of Progressive Health Systems, which also includes ProHealth Medical Group – physician practices providing primary and specialty care.  Pekin Hospital is celebrating its 100th year of service to the community. 

Recognized as a leader in performance improvement for nearly 30 years, Press Ganey partners with more than 10,000 health care organizations worldwide to create and sustain high-performing organizations, and, ultimately, improve the overall health care experience. The company offers a comprehensive portfolio of solutions to help clients operate efficiently, improve quality, increase market share and optimize reimbursement. Press Ganey works with clients from across the continuum of care – hospitals, medical practices, home care agencies and other providers – including 50 percent of all U.S. hospitals. For more information, visit

Monday, December 16, 2013


South Side Trust & Savings Bank, a subsidiary of Mid Illinois Bancorp, Inc., at its December 2013 Board Meeting, announced the promotion of Dwayne A. Banks to Assistant Vice President.
Banks has worked in the banking industry for 33 years, serving as the manager of the Northpoint Facility at South Side Bank for the past 16 years.  He attended Peoria High School, and is a member of 1977 State Championship Basketball Team.  Banks went on to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Western Illinois University.    He was inducted into the Western Illinois University Hall of Fame in 2002.  Banks is Secretary of South Side Office of Concern Board of Directors and Treasurer of The Pier NFP Board of Directors.  He is married to wife, Demetra, and has one son, Dwayne Jr., and two daughters, Danielle and Dreyanna.
South Side Trust & Savings Bank, a locally owned financial institution since 1922, has $669 million in assets and serves the tri-county area with 12 full service locations in Peoria, East Peoria, West Peoria, Bartonville, Chillicothe, Washington, and Pekin.  South Side Bank owns Mid Illinois Insurance Services, Inc. located at 1524 W. Glen Avenue in Peoria. 

United Way Bags Tournament

Friday, December 13, 2013

Federal Disaster Assistance Questions Answered at Pekin Community Meeting

Federal Emergency Management Agency and Small Business Administration specialists will answer questions and talk to survivors of the Nov. 17 tornadoes in Pekin on Tuesday, Dec. 17 beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Avanti’s Dome
3401 Griffin St
Pekin, IL 61554

FEMA and SBA specialists will be available to:
  • Explain the federal disaster assistance registration process and available recovery programs
  • Register survivors for assistance
  • Provide information on low-interest disaster loans
You do not need to attend this event to register for assistance.  Register with FEMA online at or by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 800-462-7585, or register with a smartphone or tablet at

December Puttin' On Pekin Recap

Over 100 chamber members and guests attended the December Puttin' On Pekin breakfast at the Knights of Columbus Hall. Holiday entertainment was provided by the PCHS Choral Chamber Choir. Jo Ellen Patterson won the early prize and Diane Houlihan won the late prize. Rob Hancock was presented with an award for his 20+ years of service to the Pekin 1st Committee; Rich Kriegsman accepted the Spotlight on Business Award for Kreigsman Warehouse; Trinity Lutheran Church Giving Tree accepted the Sunshine Award; and, Buster Hanley accepted the Blue Ribbon Award for Preston Hanley Funeral Homes and Crematory. Eight lucky winners went home with over $300 in prizes from chamber members as part of the big year end door prize drawing.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Mashie's Holiday Offer

Attracting Web Traffic to Grow Your Business

Wednesday December 18, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM CST
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Peoria Chamber of Commerce Board Room
100 SW Water St.
Peoria, IL 61602
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This internet marketing workshop is focused on helping business owners who are getting started with online marketing or those who are seeking ways to improve their online marketing strategy.
 ATTRACTING WEB TRAFFIC will be presented by Fred Dirkse, President and founder of Online Innovative Creations (OIC) Group, Inc. and an expert in his field.
The workshop is  
but please register by clicking below. 

Please call, email, or check our website.

We hope you can join us!

SCORE Peoria

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Holiday Gift Show

A Holiday Gift Show at the Avanti’s Dome on Saturday, December 14, 2013, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
On display will be Candles, Sweatshirts, Wood Crafts, Personalized Ornaments, Jewelry, Candy, Purses, Florals, Hair Bows, Metal Yard Ornaments and much more. Come join the Holiday Festivities at the Avanti’s Dome, 3401 Griffin Ave., Pekin, Illinois.
For more information, contact Sheri (309) 346-3663 or email

Monday, December 9, 2013

New Year's Eve at Mashie's

SBA Opens Business Recovery Center in Tazewell County

The U.S. Small Business Administration announced the opening of a Business Recovery Center in Washington, Illinois. The Center will open today to provide one-on-one help to business owners seeking disaster assistance for losses caused by the severe storms and tornadoes on Nov. 17. SBA’s customer service representatives are on hand at the Center to answer questions about SBA’s disaster loan program and assist business owners in applying.

“Businesses with physical damages or disaster-related working capital needs should seriously consider visiting the Center and applying for a low-interest SBA disaster business loan,” said Robert Steiner, SBA’s Illinois acting district director.

The Center is located and opening as indicated below, until further notice:

Tazewell County
Washington Library
380 N. Wilmor Road
Washington, IL 61571

Hours: Monday – Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday – Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed: Sunday

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at

Details on the locations of Disaster Recovery Centers and the loan application process can be obtained by calling the SBA Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an email to Loan applications can be downloaded from Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road,
Fort Worth, TX 76155.

The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is January 27, 2014. The deadline to return economic injury applications is August 26, 2014.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Liberty Village Hosted December After Hours

Liberty Village of Pekin hosted a great Business After Hours at Pekin Estates. Chamber members were treated to tasty food and drinks, a door prize drawing, and tours of the facility.  You can see more pictures from this and other chamber events at:

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Pekin Hospital to Offer Diabetes Education Workshop

Pekin Hospital is pleased to offer an adult diabetes education workshop on January 20, 21, and 22.  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 to help diabetics learn and develop the skills of self-management of diabetes therapy.  Topics covered in the sessions will include:

the importance of diabetes control and the factors that influence this control
how to plan meals according to food selections and serving size
the possible complications associated with diabetes
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, and Registered Medical Technician.

Class fees are $70 per person (one guest may accompany the registrant at no extra cost).  The $70 includes all three classes.  Class size is limited.  Registration deadline is January 13.  To register, please call (309) 353-0719.

Speakeasy Art Center's December Events

Friday, December 6th, 5PM - 8PM  - Christmas on Court Luminary Walk Downtown Pekin. Music on stage by Nathan See and a special visit by Mrs. Santa.

Saturday, December 7th, 7PM - 8:30PM - Music on Stage by London is Falling. $5 cover charge

Saturday, December 14th, 6PM - Pekin Main Street and Artistic Community Theatre Present Murder at The Christmas Party at the Speakeasy Art Center.

Friday, December 20th, 7PM - 8:30PM - Jump N Jive by London is Falling. $5 cover charge

Speakeasy will be closed, December 24th, 25th & 31st.

Mashie's Pub & Eatery Holiday Appreciation Celebration

ICPR Family Practice Now Accepting New Patients

Dr. Volkan Sumer and his staff at ICPR Family Practice is happy to announce that they are accepting new patients!

At ICPR Family Practice we want you to take an active part in your healthcare by asking questions, discussing options and learning what changes you can make to live a healthier life. We view each patient’s relationship with their healthcare provider as a partnership, working together to help you reach your optimal health. ICPR offers convenient evening hours and specific appointment times set aside for illness and emergencies; these are just two ways we make sure we are here when you need us. We also offer in-house diagnostic services such as x-ray, lab tests, diabetic counseling, balance testing, pulmonary function testing, at home sleep-apnea testing, weight loss programs, a cosmetic skin care center, immunizations and vaccinations for the entire family, and more. By offering these services in house we eliminate the hassle of you running from office to office to get the care you need.

When you walk in our doors you are greeted with a friendly face that is always willing to assist you. From our physician, physician assistant, nurse practitioner, and physical therapist right down to our nurses, office staff and administration, we work together as a team to ensure your experience with ICPR is one you will love to tell your friends about.

Healthcare is ever-changing, but it is our goal to remain a leader in our community. That is why we were chosen as the Daily Times Reader’s Choice for Favorite Family Practice and Favorite Physical Therapist. We are experts in diabetic care and treatment, and a leader in pain management. Our KNAP™ Program is revolutionizing the treatment of knee pain, without the need for knee replacement surgery. 

If you are looking for more than a family practice, but a place you can come and feel like part of a family and know that your family will receive the best care possible, contact our office to schedule an appointment at 309-347-4277. To find out more about our services and programs and see updates on our new building construction, visit us online at

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Mobile Tech Presents Challenge, Opportunity for Business

by Bill Fleming
Retailers, service providers, and businesses and organizations of every type have to deal with a new reality:  mobile devices (phones & tablets) will soon be the preferred tool for virtually all consumer communications and commerce.  
Consider the following:
1. 42% of emails are opened on a mobile device. (
2.  70% of e-mails “that don’t look good” on a mobile device are immediately deleted. (
3.  17% of Cyber Monday sales were made on a mobile device.  That's a 55.4% increase over last year. (IBM)
4.  Mobile internet traffic represented 31.7% of all online traffic on Cyber Monday, a 45% over last year. (IBM)

Sam's Club Open House

Sam's Club will be hosting a Holiday Open House, December 6th - 8th.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Small Business Saturday® Gives Small Businesses Big Boost to Kick-Off Holiday Season

According to NFIB and American Express Research, Consumers Aware of Small Business Saturday Reported Spending $5.7 billion at Small Businesses on Nov 30 as the Holiday Shopping Season Officially Begins

In spite of a shorter shopping season and challenging economic environment, Small Business Saturday helped jump start the holiday shopping season for small businesses across the country.

According to the second installment of the 2013 Small Business Saturday Consumer Insights Survey, released today by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) and American Express, consumer awareness of Small Business Saturday across the U.S. jumped to 71 percent from 67 percent during the same period a year ago. Of those aware, 46% said they shopped on Small Business Saturday.

With awareness up, the end result was increased spending at small businesses. This year, consumers who were aware of Small Business Saturday reported spending $5.7 billion with independent merchants on the day, an increase of 3.6% from a strong $5.5 billion in 2012.

“In an uncertain economy, America’s small businesses have remained a beacon — creating good jobs and supporting the families they employ and the communities around them,” said NFIB CEO Dan Danner. “We are very pleased that so many Americans sought to give back by shopping small this Small Business Saturday. We hope that support of small firms, retailers, restaurants and other independent businesses continues throughout the holiday season and all year round. Continued support of this vital sector is one important way to ensure our economy fully recovers and a healthy private sector is restored.”

“In just four years, the nation has adopted Small Business Saturday and made it part of the holiday shopping tradition,” said Susan Sobbott, president of American Express OPEN. “On November 30, we saw a continuation of this growing trend as communities around the country came together to celebrate local businesses and helped drive consumers to Shop Small on the day.”

From Washington D.C. to Washington State, Support Comes From Across the U.S.
  • Elected officials in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. – including President Obama and many senior government officials – championed Small Business Saturday. 
  • 294 city proclamations in support of Small Business Saturday were issued by mayors and other elected officials in all 50 states and Washington D.C.
  • 41 governors issued state proclamations in support of Small Business Saturday.
  • 43 U.S. Senators endorsed a resolution recognizing November 30, 2013 as Small Business Saturday and supporting efforts to encourage consumers to shop locally and increase awareness of the value of locally owned small businesses and the impact of locally owned small businesses on the economy of the United States.
Communities and Supporters Make Small Business Saturday Even Bigger
  • More than 1,400 Neighborhood Champions rallied local businesses and created events and activities to drive shopping around the country.
  • Premier partners, FedEx, Foursquare, Twitter and the United States Postal Service, banded together with American Express to promote shopping at small businesses for Small Business Saturday.
  • In addition, 166 companies signed up to support the day.
  • Nearly 370 advocacy organizations signed up to support the nationwide initiative.
  • More than 346,000 free online tools and materials were accessed by small business owners to help get the word out about Small Business Saturday.
  • In November alone, more than 352,000 tweets were sent in support of Small Business Saturday, many using the hashtags #SmallBizSat and #ShopSmall, a 65% increase from the previous year; those Tweets ranged from consumers spreading the word about the national initiative to business owners promoting offers that they created specifically for the day.
  • To date, more than 3.3 million Facebook users have “liked” the official Small Business Saturday Facebook page.
The Small Business Saturday Consumer Insights Survey was conducted among a nationally representative sample of 1000 males and females 18 years of age or older. The sample was collected using an email invitation and an online survey. The study was conducted anonymously by Redshift Research between November 30th and December 1st, 2013. The survey has a margin of error of +/- 5.47%, at the 95% level of confidence.
November 30 marked the fourth annual Small Business Saturday, a day to support the local businesses that create jobs, boost the economy and preserve neighborhoods around the country. Small Business Saturday was created in 2010 in response to small business owners’ most pressing need: more customers. Since its inception, Small Business Saturday has been become a global phenomenon, spreading to the UK, Australia, Israel, Canada, South Africa and Asia.