Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Hopedale Wellness Center

Chamber Connection

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Welcome to Our Newest Member!

River Valley Mechanical Service Inc.821 Brenkman Dr.
Pekin, IL 61554
Rich Jordan, Owner
Mike Hamilton, Owner
River Valley Mechanical Service Inc. specializes in residential and commercial heating, cooling and ventilation. They work with boilers, chillers, furnaces, a/c, exhaust fans and hoods.

Pekin Library Groundbreaking

he Pekin Public Library Board of Trustees held a groundbreaking ceremony for their rennovation and expansion project. The $6 million dollar project should allow the library to reopen in the late spring of 2015. The library is currently housed in temporary facilities at East Court Village. Library Board President Sue Crowell, Director Jeff Brooks, and Mayor Laurie Barra all spoke to the crowd that braved the cold temperatures. City Council members, city staff, library board trustees, library staff and State Senator Dave Koehler were all in attendance.  You can see more pictures from this event at http://picasaweb.google.com/PekinChamber

Monday, November 24, 2014

November Biz Barometer

Christmas Variety Show

Come support The Speakeasy Art Center and enjoy a Family Fun Christmas Variety show/play  by The Artistic Community Theater. We will have special time with Santa and all his friends. There will be a luncheon of soup and sandwiches served. Cost is $20 for Adult /$35 for a couple and $10 for Children. email info@speakeasyartcenter.com for tickets

Illinois American Water Reminds Customers to Protect Pipes for Winter Weather

Cold weather is upon us in Illinois and Illinois American Water is advising homeowners to make sure their homes are prepared for winter weather.  

“Following last year’s harsh winter, we want to remind customers that sub-freezing temperatures for an extended period can cause pipes in vulnerable areas to freeze
and burst and result in costly damage,” said Illinois American Water President Karla Olson Teasley. “By taking the proper preventive steps, customers can avoid
worrying about frozen pipes and making expensive repairs to damaged plumbing inside and outside of the home.”

Property owners are responsible for maintenance of the water service line from the curb to the house, as well as any in-home piping. Illinois American Water encourages
residents to take the following precautions to reduce the risk of freezing and bursting pipes.

Before frigid weather sets in:
•        Know the location of your main water shut-off valve. If a pipe freezes or bursts, shut the water off immediately.
•        Protect your pipes and water meter. Wrap exposed pipes with insulation or use electrical heat tracing wire – follow manufacturer instructions closely to avoid a fire hazard.
           For outside meters, keep the lid to the meter pit closed tightly and let any snow that falls cover it. Snow acts as insulation, so don’t disturb it.

•        Know which areas in your home, such as basements, crawl spaces, unheated rooms and outside walls, are most vulnerable to freezing.
•        Eliminate cold air sources near water lines by repairing broken windows, insulating walls, closing off crawl spaces and eliminating drafts near doors.

When temperatures are consistently at or below freezing:
•        Allow a small trickle of water from both your cold and hot water faucets to run overnight to keep pipes from freezing. The cost of the extra water is low compared to the cost to repair a
               broken pipe.  Customers should also consider a wise water use practice and collect the running water for later use.

•        Open cabinet doors to expose pipes to warmer room temperatures to help keep them from freezing, although be careful to not create a tripping hazard.

If your pipes do freeze:
•        Shut your water off immediately. Don’t attempt to thaw frozen pipes unless the water is shut off, as freezing can often cause unseen cracks in pipes or joints.
•        Apply heat to frozen pipe by warming the air around it or applying heat directly to the pipe. You can use a hair dryer, space heater or hot water. Be sure to not leave space heaters
               unattended and avoid the use of kerosene heaters or open flames.

•            Once the pipes have thawed, turn the water back on slowly and check for cracks and leaks.

If you are going to be away from your home for more than a few days:
        Have a friend, relative or neighbor regularly check your property to ensure that the heat is working and the pipes have not frozen.
        Also, a freeze alarm can be purchased for less than $100 and will call a user-selected phone number if the inside temperature drops below 45 degrees.

In addition to pipes indoors, customers can help protect their own and their neighbors’ homes by keeping fire hydrants clear of snow. Substantial snow accumulations combined with
the after-effects of plowing roads and parking lots can leave fire hydrants partially or completely buried in snow. Clearing hydrants can help firefighters easily locate them and access
water quickly, saving valuable time to possibly save lives and structures.

Also be sure that your water service provider and other utility companies have the correct phone number to reach you in an emergency.  Illinois American Water customers can manage
their account information online at
My H2O Online.  Customers should also consider following their utility service providers on social media as well, to get the latest updates on their computer
or smart phone. For more tips and information, visit
http://www.amwater.com/ilaw/learning-center/wise-water-use.html or follow us at www.facebook.com/ilamwater and www.twitter.com/ilamwater

About Illinois American Water
Illinois American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to
more than 1.2 million people. American Water also operates a customer service center in Alton and a quality control and research laboratory in Belleville.  Founded in 1886, American Water is the
largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company.  With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs more than 6,600 dedicated professionals who provide drinking water,
wastewater and other related services to approximately 14 million people in more than 40 states, as well as parts of Canada. More information can be found by visiting

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Sazani's Ribbon Cutting

The Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce recently welcomed a new member, Sazani's Steak and Pasta House.  Gene Wamsley from the North Pekin Village Board also participated in the ribbon cutting, along with Sonny and Ben.  Located at the former Chateau on the Lake restaurant at 901 Chateau Drive in North Pekin, they are open for lunch and dinner from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm Sunday through Thursday and 11:00 am to 10:00 pm Friday and Saturday.  They also have large banquet rooms.  More information is at www.sazanis.com or 309.583.0094.

Jo's Seafood and Steak Grill Grand Opening

Representatives from the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Pekin gathered to welcome Jo's Seafood and Steak Grill to Pekin.  Chef Oliver Valenzuela and his brother cut the ribbon as part of their grand opening celebration.  Offering the freshest selection of seafood, meat and vegetables, Jo's Seafood & Steak Grill provides  a perfect atmosphere for their guests. The food is excellent, the menu is diverse, and the service is warm.  Open daily at 11:00 a.m. at 2307 Court Street.  Reservations are suggested.  (309) 620-9888; www.josseafood.com

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Get Busy Living - Champion Fitness Physical Therapy

November 2014
Fall - Winter  Edition

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Jeff's Holiday Message
It's been a bit cold lately, so here we go with the 2014 Fall/Winter edition of the GBL Newsletter...just in time for the holidays. In this issue...
  • Champion's Model for Success
  • A Busy Fall for Champion clinics
  • A CEO can have back problems?????
  • Holiday stressed????
  • A couple of Champion Holiday recipes
Something for everybody!

"Southern Flavor" Comes to Champion
The Model of Success Used for Almost 20 Years
For years, Champion Fitness Physical Therapy has been synonymous with Pontiac and central Illinois. Not so any longer. The model used by Champion is reaching out to several southern communities as well.


Southern Clinics Have Active Fall
      Upgrades, Anniversaries, & Searches

Autumn 2014---
Two clinics received upgrades
One clinic held its first anniversary
And...the search for new potential clinic sites goes on....


Anyone Can Have Back Problems! Even a CEO
Champion Fitness CEO Mike Cohlman, who has been with company since 2003, is no different than most people. He's a husband, a dad, a coach once in awhile, and he comes to work every day. And, like many of in today's society, he has a bad back. See what he did to handle his situation...

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Welcome To Our Newest Member

Blissful ImagesPO Box 5305
Peoria, IL 61601 
Jenni Williams, Owner
Blissful Images is a full service mobile portrait studio based out of Peoria, IL. Blissful Images has been in business since 2002 and specializes in newborn, family and children's photography within an hour radius of the Peoria area. Blissful Images provides clients with beautiful photographic prints to be shared for generations.

Help Support Pekin Relay for Life

Monday, November 17, 2014

2015 R. David Tebben Community Leadership Academy Applications

Mashie's Thanksgiving Eve Homecoming Party


Welcome to Our New Member

Jo's Seafood and Grilled Steak
2307 Court St.
Pekin, IL 61554 
Oliver Valenzuela, Chef/Owner
We are an upscale restaurant with casual prices.

Welcome to Our New Member

KZBEME Fingerprinting
530 Margaret St.
Pekin, IL 61554
Karen Zimmerman, Owner
Livescan and Ink Fingerprinting for all purposes, including licensing through IDR, concealed carry, medical cannabis, health care workers and UCIA prints. KZBEME submits applications for concealed carry. They also offer name based tenant screenings and criminal reports.

Member Renewals

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

Classic Members
APICS - Lincoln Land Chapter
Automotive Machine Inc.
Kirk W. Bode, Attorney
Dr. Michael Danner D.D.S.
Easter Seals - Central Illinois
Midland Davis Corporation

1-Star MVP
OX Paperboard Illinois
Peoria Chiefs Community Baseball Club

2-Star MVP
Illinois Corn Processing

Friday, November 14, 2014

Pekin Hospital After Hours

A great turnout of chamber members and their guests enjoyed the November 13th Business After Hours hosted by Pekin Hospital.  You can see more pictures from this event at:  http://picasaweb.google.com/PekinChamber

Gro Up Moves Up

Family and friends gathered for a ribbon cutting to celebrate the new location for Gro Up Gardening at 229 Court Street. Gro Up is an indoor/outdoor gardening supply store. They specialize in hydroponics and organic gardening. You can find them on the web at: www.groupgardening.webs.com or call (309) 349-4407.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Welcome To Our Newest Member!

R & B Productions Inc.
7151 N. University Ave.
Peoria, IL 61614
Carl Bunker, President
Andy Bugos, Vice President
Brad Winsor, Marketing Manager
Mary Hertz, Administration 

R&B Productions' experience includes extensive work in convention and meeting planning, direct sales, sponsorship solicitation, volunteer coordination, and financial reporting and responsibility. The management and staff of R&B Productions have organized and managed events with companies; small and large, including new and innovative projects. We have the energy, the experience, and the dedication to produce any project with the professionalism that you would expect of your own staff.

Randy McDaniels Named President of ISHMPR

Randy McDaniels, president McDaniels Healthcare Marketing, a communications firm headquartered in Pekin, Ill., was recently named president of the Illinois Society for Healthcare Marketing and Public Relations (ISHMPR). The announcement was made as part of the organization’s annual conference in Oak Brook, Ill.

“I am honored to lead such a great organization that has played a major role in my professional development over the years,” McDaniels said. “Under my leadership, the board will make every attempt to listen to the membership and provide more value as we move forward in this challenging healthcare environment.”

A graduate of Bradley University, McDaniels has a bachelor’s degree in marketing and has more than 20 years of experience at the agency, working with both traditional and online healthcare marketing. He has worked his way through the agency as copywriter, producer, media buyer and account executive before becoming president. A member of ISHMPR since 1989, McDaniels has served as treasurer, Pinnacle Awards chair and as conference chair. In addition, he has managed the ISHMPR internship program.

As an affiliate of the Illinois Hospital Association (IHA), ISHMPR is a group of healthcare marketing and communications professionals dedicated to offering networking, recognition and educational opportunities for professionals in the fields of healthcare public and community relations, marketing and affiliated services.

McDaniels Healthcare Marketing draws on more than 48 years of experience to help strategically plan and execute marketing tactics for hospitals and physician practices throughout the Midwest. McDaniels also has client service offices in Bloomington and Rockford, Ill., as well as the Quad Cities. McDaniels Interactive specializes in developing websites, animation, videos, e-surveys, kiosks, ecommerce, content management systems, search engine marketing, optimization and social media to fit a variety of budgets.  

Upcoming Events at Mackinaw Valley

Mackinaw Valley Vineyard and Winery

November and December Newsletter

Holiday Open Houses
Sundays-November 16th and December 7th
Noon to 5pm
HO, HO, HO, WHOA is that SNOW??- Christmas will be upon us soon, so stop in and get in the spirit with complimentary desserts and snacks, hot wine wassail and wine mixer tastings and recipes for party drinks! We have expanded our Gift Shop inventory for the holidays to bring you fun and unusual wine themed gift items for Creative gift giving. Gift baskets can be made to order while you wait. We always have local "foodie'' favorites; with Ropp Cheeses, Chocolatier Confectionary Chocolates and Jellies from Montgomery Farms as well as their Cold Process wine soaps made from our wines.  Our case discount will be 15% off at our Open Houses and you can mix and match any of our 20 wines in your case of 12. You and yours are invited to stop in, warm up and add some CHEER to your Holiday shopping and enjoy Wine Country in your own Backyard.  Door prizes and Surprises await!!

I'll be Homicidal for Christmas 

Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre
Presented by UpStage Productions 
Friday, December 12, 2014, 
6-9 pm

 Show Information
Scrooge gets WHACKED in this holiday themed Murder Mystery! You'd think after years of seeing all these ghosts and getting all the warnings Scrooge would stop acting like a jerk. But, alas, Scrooge finally gets his due. It'll be up to you to figure out who did it. Just because he's "tiny" doesn't mean it's not Tim, and Cratchit's been getting a raw deal for years. Maybe... it's someone you know, sitting right beside you or someone you "think" you know. Find out for yourself who the killer is in this interactive holiday event. Costumes welcome!

Arrival is between 6-6:45 pm. This time allows for seating and "mingling" with the cast, this is your chance to let them know, if you want to participate in the show.  There are three complimentary wine samples per guest at the tasting bar and wine can be purchased by the bottle or glass, beer and sodas also available.  The performance begins between 6:45-7pm, and will be held in the tasting room in the main building.  Dinner is served buffet style 
by The Catering Company after the first act, desserts are served to the table.  Seating is limited to 60.

Tickets on sale November 1st, call 309-359-9463 to reserve or email, 
Email- mackinawwinery03@gmail.com for questions.
Admission is $45+tax per person for dinner, dessert and the show, reservations required.

Dinner Menu
                                                                     Pan Roasted Pork Loin
Baked Ziti with Italian Sausage Meat Sauce
Buttered and Seasoned New Potatoes
Vegetable Medley
Tossed Salad with Dressings
Ambrosia Salad
Bread and Butter
Iced Tea and Water

Marble Cake with Chocolate Frosting
Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
Coffee served with dessert

Hotel & Shuttle Service Special Offer
The Holiday inn Express & Suites in Morton will provide hotel shuttle service to and from the "Murder Mystery Dinners for hotel guests.  Call 309-263-4400   

2015 Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre Schedule

February 13th & 14th           Sherlock Holmes and the Temple of Doom
March 13th                             I've got Friends in Buried Places
April 17th                               Cleaver it to Beaver
October 31st                           To be announced
December 11th                       To be announced 

*for show details and menus check on the website
www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com, Under -Upcoming events tab

Trivia Game Nights 2015
6:30-9:30 pm

Put on your THINKING CAP for fun and prizes. Players match their wits in a strictly for fun game of trivia. It is a $5 per person fee to play and the winning team and lowest scoring team get prizes!  Teams are a maximum of 4 players, less if you're Really, Really, smart. We start play at 7pm and usually end around 9pm. There are eight categories and teams can being their own snacks and foods. We serve wine, beer, sodas and bottled water. Call Diane at 309-645-5054 to reserve a spot, or with questions.
February 21, and 28
March 7, 14, 21, 28

Save 25%
off one Gift Shop Item per person during the month of November, one coupon per day.
Offer Expires: 11/30/14

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Weekly Chamber Connection

Check out the Weekly Chamber Connection!!! Also, don't forget Business After Hours tomorrow night!

Promotional Items For Your Business For The Upcoming Holidays

Holidays are upon us!
Old Man Winter is beginning to close in, and it is time to order winter jackets & sweatshirts for clients & employees, holiday cards & gifts, and 2015 calendars! 

Visit my website www.Arts-Ads.com to browse ideas, and link to great food gifts, apparel & more.

I encourage you to visit my new web site today, and be sure to bookmark the page to make future product searches just an easy click away. 

With this Important Safety Item! 

This EDP316 Safety Whistle with Coiled Bracelet
follows a long tradition. Improvised whistles were used more than 2000 years ago & the modern whistle has been around since the 1870s.
They have been an important safety device for signaling help and provide an element of safety on college campuses, parking lots, retail stores, parks and elsewhere. Many retailers attach register keys, name tags and locker keys for employees and issue as standard equipment!

Colors: orange, pink, yellow, white
Size: 2 1/4"  x 3/4"  Imprint:  3/4" diameter

Exclusively offered by K&B at 30% off
the regular price of 85¢

59¢(c) minimum 300

Price includes 1 color screen imprint. Add $55 set-up, $25 for exact reorder. Production 5-7 working days. Ship wt 15 pounds per 300. FOB IL

Great Deals = Windjammer! 
About every two months, K&B publishes this mini-catalog of hand-picked seasonal hot industry deals that are too recent to make the annual Best Buys catalog publication cycle.
Windjammer features deeply discounted pricing on select items (Sometimes even better than Best Buys!), lower minimum quantities, special shipping & handling and/or reduced setup charges! 
If an item is featured in Windjammer, you can be sure the deal is excellent!
Windjammer pricing is often less than End Quantity, or EQP* !!!


*EQP, or End Column Pricing, is the lowest pricing available in normal manufacturer-offered quantities.
Get Windjammer online 24/7 at www.kbwindjammer.com

The online Windjammer offers many powerful features not available in print publications, including: cropping (share with your team), printing, forwarding, search & links to items still available from previous Windjammers!   Windjammer may also feature just-announced web-only* supplier specials that aren't available anywhere else, so be sure top watch for these!

I recommend making Windjammer one of your favorite links & checking back often for updated items!   Note: You can request a print version of the Windjammer thru my office.
* Web-only Windjammer specials that may be featured at www.kbwindjammer.com are specials announced too late to be published in Best Buys or the print Windjammer.
Today's Tip:

Use 'Thank-You' gifts for your customers, and to reward employees.

It costs far less to retain good clients and employees than to attract new ones! 

I partner with you to fill your promotional needs: great promotions help your business look good, and work for you by attracting & holding market share.  

Thank you for your consideration and your business! 
I appreciate referrals - please refer me to someone you know who uses promotional items!