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thanks to you for making the 19th Annual Torch Awards a HUGE success!
This was our biggest year yet with 60 nominated businesses and
nearly 200 people in attendance. The Torch Award is
designed to promote not only the importance of ethical business practices,
but the willingness and efforts made by outstanding businesses to ensure
that our marketplace remains fair and honorable. Each recipient has
exemplified excellence in ethical business practices.
We were fortunate to have two very special guests: Zach
McAllister, a central Illinois native, from the Dodgers organization and
Homer from our very own Peoria Chiefs.
Category 1: CT Gabbert Construction
Category 2: Sherman's
Category 3: Avanti's
Jeff Bell Customer Service Award:
Spencer Schubach of Fox Services Express
Partners in Trust: Alpha Media
Truth in Advertising: Academy of Screenprinting
Community Impact Award: Dream Center
Patron of Integrity: Tom Simpson of AAA
Confidential Security Corp
What are these awards you say? The category is split up by the
number of employees in the company. Each business must be nominated and fill
out the questionnaire to send to our judges. Judges are chosen from past
winners or by our team at the BBB. Category one is 1 to 24 employees,
category two is 25 to 180 employees, and category three is any company with
over 181 employees.
The Jeff Bell Customer Service Award is open to any Accredited
Business to recognize an employee who goes above and beyond in the area of
customer service. Partners in Trust is awarded a local media organization
that helps us spread the information from the BBB. Truth in Advertising
means that the business excels in several medias for advertising and
advertise honestly. The Community Impact Award is new this year that will
go to an Accredited Charity for their work in the community and meet the
BBB's charity guidelines. The Patron of Integrity is chosen by the
CEO/President to recognize one particularly outstanding business person
that has helped the BBB's mission.
Be on the lookout for the opportunity to nominate a business
for next year starting in August!
The Pekin Women's Leadership Network empowers women to become effective leaders by providing essential skills and strategies for professional and personal growth. A variety of carefully tailored programs are designed to support women in all phases of their careers. Why is this program needed? Although women have made great strides in achieving equality, a leadership gap continues. In 2013, 20 women serve in the Senate, and only 78 women serve in the House of Representative. Overall, women hold 98, or 18.3% of the 525 seats in the 113th U.S congress. Locally, the statistics are even worse, with only 1 woman serving on the Pekin City Council. The business world does not fare much better, with only 22 women CEO's in the Fortune 500. Our focus is on helping young women develop the skills and abilities necessary to succeed and flourish in their chosen career paths. Sessions scheduled for the 2013-2014 series include: November 1st - Women in Politics - Rep. Cheri Busto
Goodwill of Central Illinois will hold the 5th 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. “This has been a very successful campaign for us,” said Bob Parkhurst, Goodwill Vice President. “We are grateful for Bradfield’s Computer Supply’s donation of a SMART Board each year. That prize really heats up the competition among the high schools.” 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 for their donation to be counted. Donations can be made at any of Goodwill’s nine stores o
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce Hosts Annual 4th of July Fireworks Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce will host 4th of July Honor America Celebration firework display at Pekin Memorial Stadium on July 4, 2022. Pekin, Il— 05/18/2022 — The Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the continuation of the 4th of July “Honor America Celebration” fireworks display at Pekin Memorial Stadium this summer. The fireworks display will be held at nightfall July 4th, with a rain date the following evening. Tickets will be available for purchase at Pekin Farmer’s Market on June 23 rd and 30 th from 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Miller Center parking lot. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the gates of the stadium on July 4th. Admission is as follows: • Ages 13 and up: $5 per person • Ages 6-12: $1 per person • Ages five and under: free • Veterans and active military personnel receive free admission