Wednesday, September 23, 2020
At Kuhl Insurance, we believe in bringing creative and new ideas to business leaders in our community.
The employee benefits landscape has never been more complicated and we believe it is our responsibility to evaluate and present options in employee benefits program design and funding. It is an area of every business where successfully evaluating options now is necessary for the future of your finances and employee satisfaction.
We are proud to bring to you a captive in the marketplace, Pareto, along with a Third Party Administrator, Consociate. Please join us for an engaging review of how a captive can have a dramatic impact on your healthcare spend and the health of your employees and their families.
We are happy to announce Steve Hansen, Regional Vice President with Pareto Captive. Steve has been a part of the health insurance industry for 10 years, working with both self-funding and fully insured clients. Steve has helped double Pareto's membership, and brings stability and a proactive strategy to smaller companies looking to take control of their healthcare spend.
We are pleased to welcome Darren D. Reynolds, JD, CBWA, President and CEO of Consociate Health as a presenter. Darrin is co-founder of Consociate Health, and has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Millikin University and a Juris Doctorate in Law from the Southern Illinois University School of Law. He has also achieved designation as a Certified Benefit & Wellness Advisor (CBWA).
When: September 24th,
The United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) is partnering with Illinois Central College and eight additional Midwest community colleges to support hands-on student learning in the field, to develop future conservation-minded farmers and ranchers and to cultivate more graduates interested in pursuing careers with NRCS.
On Monday, September 21, representatives of the Community College Alliance for Agriculture Advancement (C2A3) and NRCS held a virtual ceremony to formally sign a national memorandum of understanding (MOU) to develop a cooperative framework. The framework aims to enhance and accelerate training and adoption of technologies and best practices for improved agricultural productivity and natural resources stewardship.
“Through this partnership, NRCS and member institutions are developing local plans to address regional and statewide challenges as well as support student internships and other training opportunities for college faculty, NRCS employees and producers,” said ICC President Dr. Sheila Quirk-Bailey. “This MOU provides the necessary framework to work together on common needs from a national perspective, while also providing the flexibility to address local concerns.”
The C2A3 collaboration was born out of a mutual desire to provide ongoing education, training and demonstration projects to future farm producers and agricultural service providers with the goal of improving the health, and therefore the long-term productivity, resilience and sustainability of the soil.
“Community colleges educate nearly half of all under-graduate students in this country and yet, our agriculture programs have been an under-utilized resource within USDA,” said Dr. Tracy Kruse, C2A3 board chair. “The majority of our students are the producers in fields. They are technicians in our local co-ops and implement dealers; and they are our agronomy and seed sales professionals. Through these efforts, we hope more of them will also become the soil health specialists and conservationists for local NRCS offices.”
All C2A3 member institutions, including ICC, have college farms and can utilize their land resources for the implementation of conservation practices to help educate and inform students and producers. The goal of the cooperative agreement is to accelerate the adoption of conservation practices in the education of current two-year agriculture students and disseminate information to the broader community through field days and other college events and partnerships.
In addition, the colleges are utilizing the network to share resources, knowledge and expertise. Collectively, they are working on a grant through USDA’s North Central Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program, which seeks to increase awareness, knowledge and skills related to soil health, cover crops and no till agriculture. The development of content such as videos and case studies for the classroom is a critical component to help illustrate concepts of profitability, sustainability and productivity. These assets will be shared across the network for the benefit of all member institutions.
In addition to ICC, C2A3 member institutions include Central Lakes College (Staples, Minn.), Clark State Community College (Springfield, Ohio), Ivy Tech Community College (Lafayette, Ind.), Northcentral Technical College (Wausau, Wis.), Northeast Community College (Norfolk, Neb.), Northeast Iowa Community College (Calmar, Iowa), North Dakota State College of Science (Wahpeton, N.D.), and Richland Community College (Decatur, Ill.).
For more information about C2A3, visit the organization’s website at agalliance.net.
Thursday, September 17, 2020
Business Interruption Grants Program (BIG)
The Business Interruption Grant (BIG) program is a $636 million program developed by Governor Pritzker and the Illinois General Assembly to provide economic relief for small businesses hit hardest by COVID-19.BIG leverages federal funding provided by the CARES Act to help offset COVID-19 related losses for Illinois small businesses. funding may be used to help businesses with working capital expenses, including payroll costs; rent; utilities; and other operational costs as defined in the eligible cost list found below.Program Updates.
New to BIG – applications for a second round of funding are set to go live September 17. A total of $220 million will be made available for small businesses of all types in Illinois.
More details on the latest round of funding and how to apply can be found here.
The use of both Tax Increment Financing and a Business Development District will be essential tools to help address some of the major issues facing the community that include:
Wednesday, September 2, 2020
MONDAY, AUGUST 31
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 3
12:30 pm -- Marigold Golf Outing sponsored by UnityPoint Health, East Court Village, Pekin Community Bank, Commerce Bank, & Reditus Laboratories, held at Sunset Hills Golf Course
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 5
10:00 am - 12:00 pm -- Kids Experience Packet Pickup - Vonderheide Floor Coverings 105 N. 14th Street, Pekin
2:00-4:00 pm -- Kids Experience Packet Pickup - Vonderheide Building 290 Derby Street, Pekin
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10
5:00 – 8:00 pm -- Business After Hours Wine Tasting - Pekin Country Club
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11
7:30 pm --Dan Pfeifer State Farm Drive In Movie - Mineral Springs Park
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 12
9:00 - 11:00 am -- Busey Bank Drive Thru Parade - Mineral Springs Park
11:00 am - 4:00 pm -- Pekin Insurance Festive Foods & CEFCU Marigold Mugs - First United Methodist Church Parking Lot
7:30 pm -- Dan Pfeifer State Farm Drive In Movie - Mineral Springs Park
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13
12:00 - 4:00 pm – Pekin Insurance Festive Foods & CEFCU Marigold Mugs - First United Methodist Church Parking Lot
12:00 - 4:00 pm – NRG Powerton Generating Station Chalk Walk