Showing posts from November, 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 309-346-1140  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

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 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

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 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;

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November 2014 Fall - Winter  Edition In This Issue Model for Success Busy Fall for Champion Got Back Problems??? Quick Links Home Page   Champion Blogs Contact Us    Join Our List         Jeff's Holiday Message Find out! 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.

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Welcome To Our Newest Member

Blissful Images PO Box 5305 Peoria, IL 61601  309-369-0099  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.

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Mashie's Thanksgiving Eve Homecoming Party


Welcome to Our New Member

Jo's Seafood and Grilled Steak 2307 Court St. Pekin, IL 61554  309-620-9888  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 309-613-1733  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

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:

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: or call (309) 349-4407.

Welcome To Our Newest Member!

R & B Productions Inc. 7151 N. University Ave. Peoria, IL 61614 309-693-9667  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, McDani

Upcoming Events at Mackinaw Valley

November and December Newsletter Holiday Open Houses Sundays-November 16 th and December 7 th 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 ma

Weekly Chamber Connection

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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 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.     -Art HELP IS ON THE WAY 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 equip