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April 2024

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Chamber / SBDC Business Resource Meet Up
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12th annual Marion Chamber Foundation Bass Tournament
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Grad Spree 2024 Sponsorship Support
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2Q 2024 Sexual Harassment Training
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2024 Southern Illinois Made Expo
7/20/2024 - 7/21/2024
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Events in the next 30 days...

Learn what emotional intelligence is, why it’s important to your business and how you can develop emotional intelligence.

This event is located at The Foundation Room. Lunch includes an entrée, drink and dessert from Granny Puckett’s for $15.  The program begins at noon and ends at 1 p.m. Networking before and after the event!  Limited seating available therefore reservations are REQUIRED for GUARANTEED seating! Walk-ins are welcome if space is available.

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Are you ready to revolutionize your recruitment and retention game in 2024? Join us on April 24th at 1:00 p.m. CST as Whitney Morris, Senior Professional Recruitment Consultant, at HireLevel shares the strategies and insights that will redefine your approach to talent acquisition and employee retention in 2024.

Here’s what we’ll be covering:
- Current state of recruitment
- What employees are looking for in their ideal employer
- How to retain your internal talent

Claim Your Spot Today!

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4/25/2024 10:30 am - 12:00 pm


As more and more cities, counties and states across the U.S. enact pay transparency mandates, employers’ obligations are becoming more complex by the day.  Attorney Jeff Risch of Amundsen Davis LLC will present a timely webinar on the upcoming mandates hitting Illinois employers as of January 1, 2025.  He will also provide a summary of similar mandates currently in place around the country.  Attorney Risch will discuss in detail the following:

- Summarize employers’ obligations under the Illinois Equal Pay Act amendments and discuss best practices to avoid liability - Discuss pay transparency laws in the context of remote workers - Suggest strategies to keep your organization compliant and protect against pay transparency and unequal pay claims


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The Marion Chamber of Commerce and the Small Business Community Navigator Program invite you to the Business Resource Meet Up. This meet up aims to provide valuable insights into the Advantage Illinois Loan Program, alongside detailed information on the services of the Illinois SBDC at SIU and the Illinois APEX Accelerator at SIU.

The target audience for this no-cost workshop includes entrepreneurs at any stage of their business journey.

Join us to learn about resources and opportunities and enjoy complimentary lunch and beverages from O'Charley's.

When: April 25th at noon.
MAN-TRA-CON Corporation and Greater Egypt Regional Planning and Development Commission Offices.
3117 Civic Circle Blvd. Marion IL

Presented in partnership with the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity, America's SBDC Illinois, SIU Carbondale, Illinos APEX Accelerator, and the Marion Chamber of Commerce. 

Additionally, we would like to extend invitations to the Saluki Takeover Chancellor's Reception to Saluki Alumni and Friends.
The Chancellor's reception will be on April 25th at Morello’s in Harrisburg from 6-8pm. Register here:

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The Laborers Care Foundation is putting together a the largest cornhole tournament in the area.  The tournament will be at Mountain Dew Park ( aka: Rent One Park) on April 27th.  The Laborers Care Foundation helps various charity initiatives, such as Hospice of Southern Illinois, Havens Kitchen, various scholarship funds, and many more.

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Join Oasis Powersports and the Autism Society of Southern Illinois on Saturday, April 27 from 1-4 pm at Little Egypt Off Road in Crab Orchard for an Autism Awareness Ride. 

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Join WSIU Public Broadcasting – PBS KIDS and Cedarhurst Center for the Arts for a day of Family Fun “Downunder” with the ever popular Work It Out Wombats!

The public is invited and Admission is Free!
Entertainment- Jam with a Didgeridoo!  • 2 performances: 1:15 and 2:15 Chad Schott owner of Drumzrguruven will demonstrate the Didgeridoo and get the audience jamming in this fun filled performances.   

Work It Out Wombats episodes playing in between programs. 

Free Shaved Ice! Cool off from the Australian Outback with some shaved ice!

Australian Art! Create Australian inspired art project -Learn about Aboriginal Dot Art!
Book Giveaway!  ✦  Costume Characters Meet the Wombats!
Learn Fun Facts about Australia!  Sponsors will have facts for kids about Australia 

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James Gregory

April 27 @ 7pm

Tickets: $44.95 – $70.95
For decades, the unforgettable caricature of veteran comedian James Gregory has stood grinning: his shirt untucked, his arms outstretched, a carefree welcome to a down-home, hilarious comedy experience. It’s storytelling at its best. The trademark caricature is the essence of humorist James Gregory’s comedy: rib-tickling reflections on life from the front porch.

James is constantly touring. He’s on the road about three days a week, forty six weeks a year. He continues to entertain sold-out crowds in theaters and comedy clubs and remains in demand for corporate events. James has been the featured entertainer for hundreds of corporations, including the Coca Cola Company, Kimberly Clark Corporation, Hewlett Packard and Kroger. James has also been the featured speaker for events sponsored by various civic and church groups.

James is heard weekly on syndicated radio shows such as Rick and Bubba, John Boy and Billy and Bob and Tom. Combined, these shows are broadcast to people in over 220 cities nationwide. As a result, he now has a grass-roots following that numbers in the millions.

James was born in a rural area about twenty five miles east of Atlanta, GA. He got his first job at the age of twelve at a small country grocery store. By the time he was fifteen, he was working thirty-seven hours a week, as well as going to school. As an adult, James has worked for the U.S. Postal Service, the Department of Defense, and spent almost ten years as a salesman before discovering the wonderful world of stand-up comedy.

James does not “tip-toe” through life as if he’s walking on broken glass or egg shells. That style is evident on stage as well. He is not politically correct. Much of his humor is centered on brilliant observations of crazy relatives and people obsessed with the slightest change in weather conditions – now referred to as global warming. He delights in poking fun at modern sensitive parents and out-of-control environmentalists. Gregory has been quoted as saying, “If you want me to be concerned about endangered species, you need to convince me that we’re about out of chickens.”

The James Gregory show turns the clock back to a time when life was simpler; to a better time, before the death of common sense; a time when people sat on the front porch and actually talked to each other without a cell phone in their ear.

James’ success, like his comedy, is the direct result of the values he grew up with. And now, twenty something years later, it is this unique brand of humor that packs the crowds into his sold-out shows. The absence of vulgarity sets James apart and his stories are carefully crafted art. “I have lived long enough to know people, know life”, Gregory reflects. “My comedy is based on my life experiences. It’s real, it’s funny and the audience loves it. That’s why I’m still in business.”

James has been featured in publications such as Atlanta Magazine, Country America, Music City News, Laugh Track, Backstage West, Southern Living and Goodness Magazine along with major newspapers throughout the South.

He has appeared in concert with Kenny Chesney, Randy Travis, Reba McEntire, The Judds, George Jones, Ricky Skaggs and more.

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The Marion Chamber of Commerce Foundation annual two-person Bass Tournament takes place at Pyramid Acres Marina on Lake of Egypt on April 28th. The event is a fundraiser for the Marion Chamber Foundation. 

The tournament fee is $90 per team and optional $10 for Big Bass at 100% pay back. Entries will be limited to the first 150 teams. Launch order is established by your registration date. 

30% of the entry fees will go toward the Marion Chamber Scholarship Program. The Marion Chamber of Commerce currently offers two scholarships: John A. Logan College Two Year Tuition Waiver and a Grad Spree Scholarship. The Marion Chamber of Commerce Foundation awards these scholarships based on the amount of money generated by the fundraising efforts from the previous year. 

Not a fisherman but want to support the event?  Sponsor a team or the Big Bass Contest! Please register below and indicate how many teams would you like to support!

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Southern Illinois netWORKers is a group to help support small businesses in networking. We meet the 1st Wednesday of each month at Tower Square Pizza and it starts at 11:45.  

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Calling all riding enthusiasts! You’re invited to the 2024 Can-Am Experience at Oasis Powersports in Marion, May 2-4.

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Cocktails at Camp

May 2, 2024

Please join us at Camp Torqua, Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois hidden gem, for a special Business After Hours event. Enjoy complimentary food, drinks, and s'mores as we celebrate what Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois is doing in our community and beyond-- and learn how you can partner with us to further make a difference in the lives of our girls.

Registration End Date: April 25, 2024

Location: Camp Torqua, Edwardsville, IL 

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Adult Mother-Daughter Tea Party
(Ages 16+)

Join us on Saturday, May 4th,  4-6pm at Mandala Gardens for a Mother/Daughter Tea Party to celebrate Mom(aunts and grandmas also welcome)! The event will be for mothers and their adult children (ages 16+). Tickets will include a professional digital photo to print at your convenience and cherish, a summer dinner catered by Lavish Layers Cakery, live entertainment from Ridge Chappell, a water painting session lead by Little Egypt Arts Assocation, and more!
Tickets are $75 for a couple (mother/daughter), and $40 for each additional attendee. You can purchase tickets now through April 24th or until sold out. Seating is limited, so be sure to get your tickets early!

*This is a rain or shine event, no refunds*

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It's a matter of time. 50 years to be exact. And in that time Los Lobos have created an unprecedented body of work, a legacy of greatness. The numbers are staggering: 100+ gigs a year for five decades running, crossing millions of miles to rock millions of fans. And that's just at the live shows. In between they've recorded 17 studio albums, 7 live LPs, 3 compilations, 2 EPs, 2 DVDs, and contributed 40+ guest appearances on their friends' recordings - all garnering 5 Grammys, an Austin City Limits Hall of Fame induction, the ALMA Richie Valens Pioneer Award, NEA and Hispanic Heritage Foundation Honors, Congressional recognitions, plus countless "Keys to the City" and "Los Lobos Day" celebrations.

But beyond all the hoopla and applause is the tremendous heart. Five blood brothers who have dedicated their off-stage time to helping others, working for peace and justice, penning some of the most literate and important music of their time, transforming the hard cries from the East L.A. barrio into songs of hope, tales of common folk finding ways to endure. The young wolves were weaned on late-night radio's soul, R&B, and doo-wop, cured through the African-American currents of the blues, jazz, and rock 'n' roll. As proud Chicanos, their songs have always glistened with the distillation from their Mexican and Latin American roots-nourished by Norteña and rancheras, buoyed by bolero and cumbias, soaring on the rhythms of son huasteco and son jarocho.

Los Lobos have helped spread the rich diversity of cultures across every continent, throughout the global community. Kids in Antwerp now know about Aztlán. Residents of Luxor and Ghana are crooning Lalo Guerrero. People from Laos and Bulgaria are belting "La Bamba" - all thanks to The Wolves as cultural ambassadors. Talk about a living legacy. Talk about a productive half century. And in the true rebel spirit, they did it all on their own terms, against formula. For the ages. To our delight. Quite simply, they are one of the tightest, one of the best, one of the most prolific bands ever. And, amazingly, with the original founding members as the pack the entire time. Unprecedented. As their liner notes put it, quite simply: "Los Lobos still are David Hidalgo, Louie Perez, Cesar Rosas, Conrad Lozano, Steve Berlin."

Tickets are $55, $60, $65 and $70 plus applicable online/phone ticketing fee. This fee is waived when tickets are purchased at Café at 22 & Vine inside Walker's Bluff Casino Resort®. All ages are welcome. Doors will open one hour prior to showtime.

Please note, when purchasing tickets to our events, we do not recommend using a third party resale site. Tickets may be purchased directly from our website or in person at Café at 22 & Vine.

Must be 21 or older to gamble. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1.800.GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537).

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Smart Succession Planning for Your Company

What could be more critical to a company’s long-term success than to have a smart succession plan? Leaders need to select and develop the right people for future leadership roles. You can’t create and sustain success in business, regardless of its size, without talented and trained people who are willing to move into key positions when people leave or retire. This webinar will provide you with methods to help you to select the best candidates for leadership positions and a step-by-step approach to creating a smart succession plan.

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You will receive a confirmation email with a URL.

May 07, 2024 10:30am - May 07, 2024 12:00pm


Cyber Insurance: The Latest Developments

10:30 am - 11:30 am


Cyber insurance is becoming a necessity for Illinois’ businesses, large and small.  This program will cover the current trends in the cyber insurance market, the coverage available, surviving the application/underwriting process, and pitfalls to avoid. You will walk away with information you can use to help you avoid catastrophic losses and build an effective insurance component to your information security practices.



Learn essential leadership principles and skills. Discuss them with other leaders. Apply them in your organization and with your teams.

Make your reservation for lunch provided by Granny Puckett's at $15 for a meal, dessert, and drink.  The program begins at noon and ends at 1:00 p.m. Networking before and after the program. Limited space is available therefore reservations are required for guaranteed seating. Walk-ins are welcome if space is available. 

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Welcome to our Community Non-for-profit Gala! Join us for an evening of fun, goodwill, and giving back. Our event brings together community members passionate about making a difference. Enjoy delicious food, live entertainment, and engaging activities. Let's celebrate the power of unity and generosity. Dress to impress, and be prepared for a night full of heartwarming moments. Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity to support a great cause with friends and neighbors. See you there!

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Workers' Compensation 101

5/14/2024 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Managing employment issues can be tough, especially when an employee is injured which tends to create more questions than answers. The presentation will offer an overview of Illinois Workers’ Compensation where attendees will gain a greater understanding of the IL Workers’ Compensation system of benefits and litigation, learning key terms & terminology. We will include discussion of issues you may encounter during claims and tips for effective handling and management. Attendees will get a better grasp of the nature of the workers' compensation claims administration process.



May Member Luncheon

Social Marketing and Personal Branding


Catering: TBA


Member Promotion

Do you have an upcoming event or program you would like to promote? Submit your event to the Chamber Calendar or send your flyer to!
Luck of the Draw Raffle: $ TBA
Thank you to TBA for sponsoring this round of Luck of the Draw!

Proceeds from the luck of the Draw go to the Marion Chamber Foundation and fund youth programs and scholarships for Marion High School Seniors.
Luncheon Sponsor
Eagle's Nest by the Lake

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Thursday, May 16, 2024 11:30 AM thru 01:00 PM

A Walk in the Wind Event Venue
600 N. 42nd St.
Mt. Vernon, IL 62864

Join us as IL State Chamber President, Lou Sandoval, comes to Southern Illinois to discuss state wide happenings and issues that impact our business community.
RSVP/ Register by May 9th

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The mission of respect 360 is to improve the communications, relationships, and actions, of racial and ethnic minority populations through the development of policies, education and work programs that will help eliminate disparities.

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Please join Spero Family Services staff and volunteers for the opening of their brand-new location in Marion. The ribbon cutting will be at noon am with an open house from 11 am to 1 pm. If you are unable to attend, please welcome them by calling (618) 204-5522.
Ribbon Cutting will be in the lobby outside their offices.
About Them:
MISSION: Spero Family Services offers hope, help, and healing by providing Christ-centered human services to meet the ever-changing needs of individuals, families, and communities.

VISION: Honoring God, we envision communities where people are physically, emotionally and spiritually healthy.
Although Spero Family Services is a faith-based agency, programs are open and available to anyone fitting the service criteria without discrimination and regardless of faith or denominational background.

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