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Events available for Registration...

2023 Member Orientation
2/9/2023
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Membership Luncheon February 2023, program feature 'Workforce Development'
2/14/2023
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Grad Spree 2023 Sponsorship Support
5/18/2023
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39th annual Marion Chamber of Commerce Golf Scramble - Registration
9/22/2023

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39th annual Marion Chamber of Commerce Golf Scramble - Sponsorship
9/22/2023

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Events in the month of December 2022
DateEvent
12/1/2022
Upcoming Williamson County Blood Drives

Upcoming Blood Drives in Williamson County

12/28, River Radio Marion drive, running from 12-5, in the Veteran’s Airport – Charter Lounge

12/29, Johnston City Community drive, running from 2-6, in the Redemption Church – student room
 

1/9, Herrin Community drive (sponsored by the Herrin American Legion) from 12-5, in the Herrin American Legion hall

1/13, Heartland Regional Medical Center drive, from 9-2, in the Heartland Regional Medical Center conference room

1/17, Tri-C Elementary School drive, from 2-6, in the Tri-C Elementary School community center

1/19, KFVS 12 Marion media drive, from 1-6, in the Veteran’s Airport – Charter Lounge

1/20, KFVS 12 Marion media drive, from 1-6, in the Veteran’s Airport – Charter Lounge

1/21, KFVS 12 Marion media drive, from 10:30-3:30, in the Veteran’s Airport – Charter Lounge

1/23, Longfellow Elementary School drive, from 3-7, in the Longfellow Elementary School gym

1/24, John A. Logan College drive, from 10-2, in the John A. Logan College conference room (F Wing)


12/1/2022
IDOT Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program Workshops: How to Do Business with IDOT

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation is hosting free virtual workshops in December as part of its continuing Building Blocks of Success series for Disadvantaged Business Enterprise firms interested in strengthening their skills, growing their business and bidding on state projects. New and existing DBEs, as well as firms interested in becoming certified in the program are invited.

 

December workshop dates and topics are:

 

·     Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to noon: How to Do Business with IDOT

·     Dec. 6, 10 a.m. to noon: QuickBooks Part 3 - Reporting

·     Dec. 8, 10 a.m. to noon: Insurance, Bonding & Risk Management for Construction Firms

·     Dec. 13, 10 a.m. to noon: How to Develop a Strategic Plan

·     Dec. 15, 10 a.m. to noon: How to Develop a Business Plan

 

Future topics covered will include estimating and bidding, basic math, contracts, construction materials requirements, steps needed to be certified as a DBE firm and more.

 

Building Blocks of Success will continue through April. Workshop information, including dates and times, is available through Eventbrite at bit.ly/DBEworkshops. Advance registration is required.

 

Questions can be directed to IDOT’s DBE Resource Center at (312) 939-1100.

 

As part of Gov. Pritzker’s historic and bipartisan Rebuild Illinois, IDOT is helping to deliver the largest capital program in state history. In implementing Rebuild Illinois, IDOT strives to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion, including contracting and workforce participation.

 

Administered by IDOT, the DBE program provides minorities, women and other eligible small businesses opportunities to participate in highway, transit and airport contracts that are federally and state funded. For more information on becoming a certified DBE and learning more about IDOT resources that are available, visit www.idot.illinois.gov/dbe.


12/1/2022
Unfamiliar with patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets?

Unfamiliar with patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets? Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) experts about intellectual property (IP) basics and potential ways to protect your innovation as you transition from idea to product.

The USPTO offers this free event for aspiring entrepreneurs, innovators, and students every month.

The discussion will cover:

  • An overview of intellectual property types: patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets
  • Why innovators and entrepreneurs should consider protecting their IP
  • Local resources and assistance available through the USPTO and other agencies

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12/1/2022
Ribbon Cutting - Southern Illinois Rejuvenation Center

Southern Illinois Rejuvenation Center is celebrating the opening of their Marion location on December 1st at 4 pm.  The open house will go from 3 pm to 7pm and include tours and refreshments!
 
If you are unable to attend the ribbon cutting, please call and congratulate them!  618-922-3770.

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12/1/2022
Christmas At the Citadel


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12/3/2022
HUB Holiday Hustle

In conjunction with the Very Merry Marion events, the HUB will host the HUB Holiday Hustle Fun Run/Walk and 5K. So get that ugly Christmas sweater, Santa hat, Elf suit, etc. ready and lets show our city some fun holiday spirit! More details to follow!

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12/3/2022
WEBINAR: The Government’s Attack on “Gig Workers” & Independent Contractors

The Government’s Attack on

“Gig Workers” &

Independent Contractors

Tuesday, December 13, 2022

10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Webinar

Member Rate: $145.00

Non-Member Rate: $175.00

 

Early Bird Rate: Save $25 when you register before

December 3, 2022! 

 

On October 11, 2022, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced that it is proposing to do away with the existing independent contractor test that the Trump administration slipped into place in January 2021, in favor of a shift back to a more rigid “totality of circumstances” analysis. Additionally, many states (such as Illinois) along with the several federal agencies (including the National Labor Relations Board) continue to target employers who engage independent contractors.

 

Misclassification of a worker as an “independent contractor” under a plethora of employment and labor laws is a high-stakes issue for employers. Employers who utilize the services of anyone not on their payroll are rolling the dice if they have not properly vetted the classification of independent contractors.

 

Join Labor & Employment Attorney Jeffrey Risch of Amundsen Davis, LLC as he provides employers with the best practices to implement in order to reduce risks associated with establishing and maintaining a bona fide independent contractor relationship against the latest government attacks! 

 

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this presentation are solely those of the presenter and do not necessarily represent the official policy or position of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce.

To register or for any questions contact Pam Holleman

at 855-239-6150 or pholleman@ilchamber.org


12/3/2022
 -12/4/2022
Drive Thru Santa

There will be a drive thru Santa at the Marion Pavilion. This is a great event for the kids. 

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12/5/2022
 -12/11/2022
Very Merry Marion Carriage Rides

 Very Merry Marion will be hosting Carriage Rides at the tower square this year. This is a Holiday Event to bring your family out to ride the Carriages. After you get off the Carriage rides you will have good trucks available and many to choose from. Don't miss out and book a Carriage Ride while you can!

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12/6/2022
Illinois Chamber's New Laws Forum

Join us December 6, 2022

3003 Corporate West Drive, Lisle, IL 60532

7:30 am - 4:00 pm | In Person Conference

 

Agenda subject to change

7:30 am – 8:30 am Registration and Breakfast Networking 

Expo is Open

 

8:30 am – 8:55 am Opening Remarks

Aaron Harris, Executive Director, Employment Law Council, Illinois Chamber of Commerce

 

8:55 am – 9:55 am Overview of New and Updated Illinois Laws

Aaron Harris and Jay Shattuck, Employment Law Council, Illinois Chamber of Commerce

Review of legislation to come out of 2022 session and looking forward into 2023 as well as Illinois Chamber initiatives

 

9:55 am – 10:25 am Morning Break & Visit Exhibitors

 

10:25 am – 11:25 am Pay Equity: Trends, Challenges and Opportunities

Garry Straker, VP of Compensation Consulting, Salary.com

Pay equity has evolved and organizations will need to prepare for a changing landscape to recruit and retain key talent in today’s dynamic labor market. Illinois now requires employers to obtain an equal pay certification by submitting an affirmation to the State that their pay practices and policies adhere to equal pay principles set forth in State and Federal laws. Many other states are introducing legislation calling for more transparency and disclosure; and pressure continues from various stakeholders to fully address pay equity issues. This presentation will explore some of the key trends in compensation administration practices to better meet employee expectations, maintain compliance, and positively impact organizational culture.

 

11:25 am – 12:05 pm Investigation and Review Processes

Betsy Madden, Chief Legal Counsel & Ethics Officer, Illinois Department of Human Rights

The Illinois Department of Human Rights (“IDHR”) is a state agency charged with enforcing the Illinois Human Rights Act ("Act"). IDHR enforces the Act by receiving and investigating claims of unlawful discrimination; offers mediation services as an alternative dispute resolution to an investigation; operates a speaker’s bureau where IDHR representatives speak about agency rules & procedures concerning discrimination, retaliation, harassment & sexual harassment; & provides technical assistance & guidance documents related to the prevention of discrimination.

 

12:05 pm – 12:35 pm Lunch

 

12:35 pm – 1:15 pm National Labor Relations Board Update

Angie Cowan Hamada, Regional Director, Region 13, National Labor Relations Board

 

1:15 pm – 2:05 pm Overview of New and Updated Federal Laws

Jeff Risch, SmithAmundsen, LLC

Jeff will review the changes and updates – both those laws already in place or coming for 2023.

 

2:05 pm – 2:25 pm Break and Visit Exhibitors

 

2:25 pm – 3:15 pm Illinois Department of Labor Investigation and Hearing Processes Update

Jane Flanagan, Acting Director, Illinois Department of Labor

 

3:15 pm – 3:35 pm Closing Remarks and Door Prize Giveaways

 

4:00 pm Adjourn


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12/6/2022
9th Annual New Laws Forum

9th Annual New Laws Forum

 

December 6, 2022

Doubletree Hilton

Lisle, IL

 

7:30am - 4pm

 

Member Rate: $249

Non-Member Rate: $299

 

Save $50 when you register

by November 27

Agenda subject to change

 

7:30 a.m.–8:30 a.m. Registration and Breakfast Networking – Expo is open

 

8:30 a.m.–8:55 a.m. Opening Remarks

 

Aaron Harris, Executive Director, Employment Law Council,

Illinois Chamber of Commerce

 

8:55 a.m.–9:55 a.m. Overview of New and Updated Illinois Laws

Aaron Harris and Jay Shattuck, Employment Law Council, Illinois Chamber of Commerce Review of legislation to come out of 2022 session and looking forward into 2023 as well as Illinois Chamber initiatives

 

9:55 a.m.–10:25 a.m. Morning Break & Visit Exhibitors

 

10:25 a.m. – 11:25 a.m. Pay Equity: Trends, Challenges and Opportunities

Garry Straker, VP of Compensation Consulting, Salary.com

Pay equity has evolved and organizations will need to prepare for a changing landscape in order to recruit and retain key talent in today’s dynamic labor market. The State of Illinois now requires employers to obtain an equal pay certification by submitting an affirmation to the State that their pay practices and policies adhere to equal pay principles set forth in State and Federal laws. Many other states are introducing legislation calling for more transparency and disclosure.; and pressure continues from various stakeholders to fully address pay equity issues. This presentation will explore some of the key trends in compensation administration practices to better meet employee expectations, maintain compliance, and positively impact organizational culture.

 

11:25 a.m. – 12:05 p.m. Investigation and Review Processes

Betsy Madden, Chief Legal Counsel & Ethics Officer, Illinois Department of Human Rights

The Illinois Department of Human Rights (“IDHR”) is a state agency charged with enforcing the Illinois Human Rights Act ("Act"). IDHR enforces the Act by receiving and investigating claims of unlawful discrimination; offers mediation services as an alternative dispute resolution to an investigation; operates a speaker’s bureau where IDHR representatives speak about agency rules & procedures concerning discrimination, retaliation, harassment & sexual harassment; & provides technical assistance & guidance documents related to the prevention of discrimination.

 

12:05 p.m. – 12:35 p.m. Lunch

 

12:35 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. National Labor Relations Board Update

Angie Cowan Hamada, Regional Director, Region 13, National Labor Relations Board

 

1:15 p.m.– 2:05 p.m. Overview of New and Updated Federal Laws

Jeff Risch, SmithAmundsen, LLC

Jeff will review the changes and updates – both those laws already in place or coming for 2023.

 

2:05 p.m. – 2:25 p.m. Break and visit exhibitors

 

2:25 p.m.- 3:15 p.m. Illinois Department of Labor Investigation and Hearing Processes Update

Jane Flanagan, Acting Director, Illinois Department of Labor

 

 

3:15 p.m. – 3:35 p.m. Closing remarks and door prize giveaways

 

4:00 pm Adjourn

Continuing Education Offered

Register Today!
Please contact Pam Holleman at pholleman@ilchamber.org or 855-239-6150.

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12/6/2022
Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program workshops: QuickBooks Part 3 - Reporting

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation is hosting free virtual workshops in December as part of its continuing Building Blocks of Success series for Disadvantaged Business Enterprise firms interested in strengthening their skills, growing their business and bidding on state projects. New and existing DBEs, as well as firms interested in becoming certified in the program are invited.

 

December workshop dates and topics are:

 

·     Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to noon: How to Do Business with IDOT

·     Dec. 6, 10 a.m. to noon: QuickBooks Part 3 - Reporting

·     Dec. 8, 10 a.m. to noon: Insurance, Bonding & Risk Management for Construction Firms

·     Dec. 13, 10 a.m. to noon: How to Develop a Strategic Plan

·     Dec. 15, 10 a.m. to noon: How to Develop a Business Plan

 

Future topics covered will include estimating and bidding, basic math, contracts, construction materials requirements, steps needed to be certified as a DBE firm and more.

 

Building Blocks of Success will continue through April. Workshop information, including dates and times, is available through Eventbrite at bit.ly/DBEworkshops. Advance registration is required.

 

Questions can be directed to IDOT’s DBE Resource Center at (312) 939-1100.

 

As part of Gov. Pritzker’s historic and bipartisan Rebuild Illinois, IDOT is helping to deliver the largest capital program in state history. In implementing Rebuild Illinois, IDOT strives to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion, including contracting and workforce participation.

 

Administered by IDOT, the DBE program provides minorities, women and other eligible small businesses opportunities to participate in highway, transit and airport contracts that are federally and state funded. For more information on becoming a certified DBE and learning more about IDOT resources that are available, visit www.idot.illinois.gov/dbe.


12/8/2022
Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program workshops: Insurance, Bonding & Risk Management for Construction Firms

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation is hosting free virtual workshops in December as part of its continuing Building Blocks of Success series for Disadvantaged Business Enterprise firms interested in strengthening their skills, growing their business and bidding on state projects. New and existing DBEs, as well as firms interested in becoming certified in the program are invited.

 

December workshop dates and topics are:

 

·     Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to noon: How to Do Business with IDOT

·     Dec. 6, 10 a.m. to noon: QuickBooks Part 3 - Reporting

·     Dec. 8, 10 a.m. to noon: Insurance, Bonding & Risk Management for Construction Firms

·     Dec. 13, 10 a.m. to noon: How to Develop a Strategic Plan

·     Dec. 15, 10 a.m. to noon: How to Develop a Business Plan

 

Future topics covered will include estimating and bidding, basic math, contracts, construction materials requirements, steps needed to be certified as a DBE firm and more.

 

Building Blocks of Success will continue through April. Workshop information, including dates and times, is available through Eventbrite at bit.ly/DBEworkshops. Advance registration is required.

 

Questions can be directed to IDOT’s DBE Resource Center at (312) 939-1100.

 

As part of Gov. Pritzker’s historic and bipartisan Rebuild Illinois, IDOT is helping to deliver the largest capital program in state history. In implementing Rebuild Illinois, IDOT strives to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion, including contracting and workforce participation.

 

Administered by IDOT, the DBE program provides minorities, women and other eligible small businesses opportunities to participate in highway, transit and airport contracts that are federally and state funded. For more information on becoming a certified DBE and learning more about IDOT resources that are available, visit www.idot.illinois.gov/dbe.


12/8/2022
Protect Your Reputation from Bad Publicity: Cancelling Cancel Culture


12/9/2022
AST Ribbon Cutting at New Herrin Location




Join AST for the Grand Opening of their beautiful, state-of-the-art clinic in Herrin as they expand to meet the needs of the community. Enjoy some Christmas treats and beverages, tour the facility, and join for a ribbon cutting ceremony

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12/10/2022
The Boys and Girls Club of Southern Illinois Breakfast with Santa



The Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Illinois is excited to offer 2 Breakfast with Santa events. December 10th will be the held at our Marion unit at 2706 W. Main Street Marion, IL from 9:00 am – 12 noon.

The Carbondale location - 250 N. Springer Street will be on Saturday, December 17th from 9 am – 12 noon.

This a free event for the community. Food and gifts are sponsored by several organizations, businesses and donors such as Mary Lou’s, Harbaugh’s Café, SIU Family Physicians Residency program.

The BGCSI Board of Directors - Santa’s workshop will also be open at both events. Children can shop for their siblings, parents, grandparents or themselves. No items are over $1.00 and Santa’s Elves know how bargain!

Please join us for holiday fun and cheer and enjoy time with family and friends, tell Santa what you want for Christmas, a gift and shop at Santa’s Workshop.

 

Questions: call Tina Carpenter at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Ilinois at (618) 457-8877 x0011


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12/10/2022
Pancakes and Pajamas

Join us at the Marion Senior Citizens Center for pancakes and pajamas! We hear a special guest is scheduled to make an appearance too!
Reservations are required as space is limited. We will update soon on how to make your reservation!

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12/13/2022
Upcoming Williamson County Blood Drives

Upcoming Blood Drives in Williamson County

12/28, River Radio Marion drive, running from 12-5, in the Veteran’s Airport – Charter Lounge

12/29, Johnston City Community drive, running from 2-6, in the Redemption Church – student room
 

1/9, Herrin Community drive (sponsored by the Herrin American Legion) from 12-5, in the Herrin American Legion hall

1/13, Heartland Regional Medical Center drive, from 9-2, in the Heartland Regional Medical Center conference room

1/17, Tri-C Elementary School drive, from 2-6, in the Tri-C Elementary School community center

1/19, KFVS 12 Marion media drive, from 1-6, in the Veteran’s Airport – Charter Lounge

1/20, KFVS 12 Marion media drive, from 1-6, in the Veteran’s Airport – Charter Lounge

1/21, KFVS 12 Marion media drive, from 10:30-3:30, in the Veteran’s Airport – Charter Lounge

1/23, Longfellow Elementary School drive, from 3-7, in the Longfellow Elementary School gym

1/24, John A. Logan College drive, from 10-2, in the John A. Logan College conference room (F Wing)


12/13/2022
Jackson County Youth Community Collaboration Committee meeting



Centerstone’s YCC seeks members of the Jackson County business community (November 9, 2022) – Centerstone, a nonprofit health system specializing in mental health and substance use disorder treatments, will host its Youth Community Collaboration (YCC) Committee meeting on December 13 from 9 – 10 a.m. on Zoom.   Centerstone is seeking persons who work in the business sector to serve on the YCC. YCC is a group of adult volunteers who want to prevent youth violence and delinquency by surrounding youth with a strong community support system. Research shows that empowering the community to have this level of engagement with youth decreases traditional behavioral problems. YCC’s adult volunteers need to be currently living or working in Jackson County. Volunteers are asked to attend monthly meetings on the second Tuesday via Zoom. There is no cost to participate in this committee - only your time as a volunteer. For more information or to join, contact Magdalena Dul at (618) 305-4618 or magdalena.dul@centerstone.org. Support for this committee is made possible by funding from the Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery through a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). YCC is sponsored by Centerstone’s Illinois Community Youth Services (CYS) program, which serves Jackson County.  “Centerstone’s Community Youth Services aims to increase positive social activities and community engagement through three components: positive youth development, the Youth Action Committee and the YCC,” said Magdalena Dul, Centerstone community youth organizer. CYS builds a number of skills such as:
  • Communication
  • Decision making
  • Goal setting
  • Anger and stress management
  • Resistance to peer pressure
  • Problem solving
  • Values
  • Diversity awareness
CYS not only oversees the YCC but also the Youth Action Committee (YAC), which is comprised of 11-24 year-olds living in Carbondale and Murphysboro in Jackson County. YAC works to identify gaps in services and resources for youth within their local communities and how to better market those resources to other youth. With the support of educators, YAC meets semi-monthly during lunch. Aside from making a positive impact in the community, youth who serve on YAC:
  • Build or enhance skills including decision-making, communication, goal setting, teamwork, problem-solving, stress management, self-esteem, character building, anger & stress management, resistance to pressure, values, diversity & inclusion, and resiliency.
  • Meet new people and make new friends
  • Obtain a sense of belonging to a group
  • Enjoy socialization and field trips
  • Mentorship opportunities
  • Employment information and career training
  • Receive giveaways, gift cards, prizes, and more
There is no cost to participate in YAC. The committee’s programming is free due to funding from the Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery through a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). To get started on the YAC, contact Magdalena Dul at (618) 305-4618 or magdalena.dul@centerstone.org. About Centerstone Centerstone is a nonprofit health system providing mental health and substance use disorder treatments. Services are available nationally through the operation of outpatient clinics, residential programs, the use of telehealth and an inpatient hospital. Centerstone also features specialized programs for the military community, therapeutic foster care, children’s services and employee assistance programs. Centerstone’s Research Institute provides guidance through research and technology, leveraging the best practices for use in all our communities. Centerstone’s Foundation secures philanthropic resources to support the work and mission of delivering care that changes people’s lives. ### Flier for event ### WHAT:            Youth Community Collaboration Committee meeting WHEN:            December 13, 9 – 10 a.m. WHERE:           Zoom DESCRIPTION: Centerstone, a nonprofit health system specializing in mental health and substance use disorder treatments, will host the Youth Community Collaboration (YCC) Committee meeting on December 13 from 9 – 10 a.m. on Zoom.  For more information or to join, contact Magdalena Dul at (618) 305-4618 or magdalena.dul@centerstone.org.

12/13/2022
Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program workshops: How to Develop a Strategic Plan

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation is hosting free virtual workshops in December as part of its continuing Building Blocks of Success series for Disadvantaged Business Enterprise firms interested in strengthening their skills, growing their business and bidding on state projects. New and existing DBEs, as well as firms interested in becoming certified in the program are invited.

 

December workshop dates and topics are:

 

·     Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to noon: How to Do Business with IDOT

·     Dec. 6, 10 a.m. to noon: QuickBooks Part 3 - Reporting

·     Dec. 8, 10 a.m. to noon: Insurance, Bonding & Risk Management for Construction Firms

·     Dec. 13, 10 a.m. to noon: How to Develop a Strategic Plan

·     Dec. 15, 10 a.m. to noon: How to Develop a Business Plan

 

Future topics covered will include estimating and bidding, basic math, contracts, construction materials requirements, steps needed to be certified as a DBE firm and more.

 

Building Blocks of Success will continue through April. Workshop information, including dates and times, is available through Eventbrite at bit.ly/DBEworkshops. Advance registration is required.

 

Questions can be directed to IDOT’s DBE Resource Center at (312) 939-1100.

 

As part of Gov. Pritzker’s historic and bipartisan Rebuild Illinois, IDOT is helping to deliver the largest capital program in state history. In implementing Rebuild Illinois, IDOT strives to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion, including contracting and workforce participation.

 

Administered by IDOT, the DBE program provides minorities, women and other eligible small businesses opportunities to participate in highway, transit and airport contracts that are federally and state funded. For more information on becoming a certified DBE and learning more about IDOT resources that are available, visit www.idot.illinois.gov/dbe.


12/13/2022
IDOT invites public, stakeholders to webinar on upcoming disparity study

The Illinois Department of Transportation is inviting the public to participate in a webinar on the upcoming disparity study to update the goals of the federal Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program and review current programs and policies regarding participation of minority- and woman-owned businesses on state contracts.
The disparity study will examine the current participation of all contractors on IDOT contracts, including minority- and women-owned firms, and local marketplace conditions for such businesses. Results of the study will help IDOT develop updated data on the availability of minority- and female-owned businesses and set overall goals.
As part of the study process, IDOT will host a public information webinar led by Colette Holt & Associates:
Tuesday, Dec. 13
2-3:30 p.m.
To register, visit: https://idot.click/disparity-study
The webinar will provide additional information about the disparity study, such as introducing the study team, presenting the study elements and methodology, describing the study process as well as outlining how stakeholders and business owners can participate. The webinar also will be recorded for future viewing.
All business owners – those currently doing business with IDOT and those interested in contracting opportunities – are welcome to attend.
Visit IDOT’s Disparity Study webpage for more information.

12/14/2022
Upcoming Williamson County Blood Drives

Upcoming Blood Drives in Williamson County

12/28, River Radio Marion drive, running from 12-5, in the Veteran’s Airport – Charter Lounge

12/29, Johnston City Community drive, running from 2-6, in the Redemption Church – student room
 

1/9, Herrin Community drive (sponsored by the Herrin American Legion) from 12-5, in the Herrin American Legion hall

1/13, Heartland Regional Medical Center drive, from 9-2, in the Heartland Regional Medical Center conference room

1/17, Tri-C Elementary School drive, from 2-6, in the Tri-C Elementary School community center

1/19, KFVS 12 Marion media drive, from 1-6, in the Veteran’s Airport – Charter Lounge

1/20, KFVS 12 Marion media drive, from 1-6, in the Veteran’s Airport – Charter Lounge

1/21, KFVS 12 Marion media drive, from 10:30-3:30, in the Veteran’s Airport – Charter Lounge

1/23, Longfellow Elementary School drive, from 3-7, in the Longfellow Elementary School gym

1/24, John A. Logan College drive, from 10-2, in the John A. Logan College conference room (F Wing)


12/14/2022
Coffee & Community: A Marion Med Patient Event

Marion Medical Patients are invited to join us for a special event! Coffee, Cannabis & Community gives med patients the opportunity to connect with other patients, consult with Consume advisors and enjoy breakfast.
This event is for medical patients only. Curbside pickup will not be available during the event.

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12/14/2022
Wage and Hour Issues to Watch Out For in 2023: For Illinois and California Employers


12/15/2022
Upcoming Williamson County Blood Drives

Upcoming Blood Drives in Williamson County

12/28, River Radio Marion drive, running from 12-5, in the Veteran’s Airport – Charter Lounge

12/29, Johnston City Community drive, running from 2-6, in the Redemption Church – student room
 

1/9, Herrin Community drive (sponsored by the Herrin American Legion) from 12-5, in the Herrin American Legion hall

1/13, Heartland Regional Medical Center drive, from 9-2, in the Heartland Regional Medical Center conference room

1/17, Tri-C Elementary School drive, from 2-6, in the Tri-C Elementary School community center

1/19, KFVS 12 Marion media drive, from 1-6, in the Veteran’s Airport – Charter Lounge

1/20, KFVS 12 Marion media drive, from 1-6, in the Veteran’s Airport – Charter Lounge

1/21, KFVS 12 Marion media drive, from 10:30-3:30, in the Veteran’s Airport – Charter Lounge

1/23, Longfellow Elementary School drive, from 3-7, in the Longfellow Elementary School gym

1/24, John A. Logan College drive, from 10-2, in the John A. Logan College conference room (F Wing)


12/15/2022
MC: Legislative Affairs Committee

Monthly Meeting of the Marion Chamber of Commerce Legislative Affairs Committee.  Traditionally on the third Thursday of the month at 8 am.  Agenda and location will be sent to committee members prior to the meeting.


 

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12/15/2022
Adapting to Change and Leading Your Team to Excel Through Change Class

Adapting to Change and Leading Your Team to Excel Through Change

 

Thursday, December 15, 2022

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

 

NIU Center

1120 E. Diehl Road

Naperville, IL 60563

 

Member Rate: $259.00

Non-Member Rate: $309.00

 

Early Bird Rate: Save $50 when you register before December 5, 2022! 

Continuing Education Offered

  • 3.0 HRCI
  • 3.0 SHRM
  • 3.0 HR & Management/ Supervision Compliance

Business has changed. It may never be the same. COVID turned our world upside down. Customers have changed as well. They are more cost-conscious, have higher expectations, and more “service-savvy” than ever.

 

Furthermore, competition is fierce. Today, the marketplace demands that we adapt to the changes that have occurred, take a good hard look at the way we do business, and implement necessary changes to create and sustain a successful future. But if not managed properly: frustrated leaders, disgruntled employees, average sales, and poor customer service can be the result. This session will help you to manage the human side of change and provide you with a step-by-step approach for successful change implementation.

 

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this presentation are solely those of the presenter and do not necessarily represent the official policy or position of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce.

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Please contact Pam Holleman at pholleman@ilchamber.org or 855-239-6150.

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12/15/2022
Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program workshops: How to Develop a Business Plan

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation is hosting free virtual workshops in December as part of its continuing Building Blocks of Success series for Disadvantaged Business Enterprise firms interested in strengthening their skills, growing their business and bidding on state projects. New and existing DBEs, as well as firms interested in becoming certified in the program are invited.

 

December workshop dates and topics are:

 

·     Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to noon: How to Do Business with IDOT

·     Dec. 6, 10 a.m. to noon: QuickBooks Part 3 - Reporting

·     Dec. 8, 10 a.m. to noon: Insurance, Bonding & Risk Management for Construction Firms

·     Dec. 13, 10 a.m. to noon: How to Develop a Strategic Plan

·     Dec. 15, 10 a.m. to noon: How to Develop a Business Plan

 

Future topics covered will include estimating and bidding, basic math, contracts, construction materials requirements, steps needed to be certified as a DBE firm and more.

 

Building Blocks of Success will continue through April. Workshop information, including dates and times, is available through Eventbrite at bit.ly/DBEworkshops. Advance registration is required.

 

Questions can be directed to IDOT’s DBE Resource Center at (312) 939-1100.

 

As part of Gov. Pritzker’s historic and bipartisan Rebuild Illinois, IDOT is helping to deliver the largest capital program in state history. In implementing Rebuild Illinois, IDOT strives to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion, including contracting and workforce participation.

 

Administered by IDOT, the DBE program provides minorities, women and other eligible small businesses opportunities to participate in highway, transit and airport contracts that are federally and state funded. For more information on becoming a certified DBE and learning more about IDOT resources that are available, visit www.idot.illinois.gov/dbe.


12/16/2022
Upcoming Williamson County Blood Drives

Upcoming Blood Drives in Williamson County

12/28, River Radio Marion drive, running from 12-5, in the Veteran’s Airport – Charter Lounge

12/29, Johnston City Community drive, running from 2-6, in the Redemption Church – student room
 

1/9, Herrin Community drive (sponsored by the Herrin American Legion) from 12-5, in the Herrin American Legion hall

1/13, Heartland Regional Medical Center drive, from 9-2, in the Heartland Regional Medical Center conference room

1/17, Tri-C Elementary School drive, from 2-6, in the Tri-C Elementary School community center

1/19, KFVS 12 Marion media drive, from 1-6, in the Veteran’s Airport – Charter Lounge

1/20, KFVS 12 Marion media drive, from 1-6, in the Veteran’s Airport – Charter Lounge

1/21, KFVS 12 Marion media drive, from 10:30-3:30, in the Veteran’s Airport – Charter Lounge

1/23, Longfellow Elementary School drive, from 3-7, in the Longfellow Elementary School gym

1/24, John A. Logan College drive, from 10-2, in the John A. Logan College conference room (F Wing)


12/17/2022
Ziggi's Coffee Grand Opening

Ziggi's Coffee is celebrating the opening of its new location in Marion, Illinois with a Grand Opening event where guests will be treated to a free 16 oz. drink of choice*.

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12/17/2022
Pictures with Santa

Come join the holiday party at Black Diamond Harley-Davidson on Saturday, December 17. Harley Santa will be at the dealership from 10 am-3 pm to take pictures on the bike with all the kiddos!

 

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12/19/2022
Upcoming Williamson County Blood Drives

Upcoming Blood Drives in Williamson County

12/28, River Radio Marion drive, running from 12-5, in the Veteran’s Airport – Charter Lounge

12/29, Johnston City Community drive, running from 2-6, in the Redemption Church – student room
 

1/9, Herrin Community drive (sponsored by the Herrin American Legion) from 12-5, in the Herrin American Legion hall

1/13, Heartland Regional Medical Center drive, from 9-2, in the Heartland Regional Medical Center conference room

1/17, Tri-C Elementary School drive, from 2-6, in the Tri-C Elementary School community center

1/19, KFVS 12 Marion media drive, from 1-6, in the Veteran’s Airport – Charter Lounge

1/20, KFVS 12 Marion media drive, from 1-6, in the Veteran’s Airport – Charter Lounge

1/21, KFVS 12 Marion media drive, from 10:30-3:30, in the Veteran’s Airport – Charter Lounge

1/23, Longfellow Elementary School drive, from 3-7, in the Longfellow Elementary School gym

1/24, John A. Logan College drive, from 10-2, in the John A. Logan College conference room (F Wing)


12/20/2022
Eats@EThOs Community Connection Lunch

Join us for our Community Connection Luncheon catered by Smokin' K's BBQ & Cajun Cuisine. Connect with business leaders, entrepreneurs, and other community leaders over lunch.

Lunch is $10.00 per person, cash or credit. 

Fridays from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
EThOs Small Business Incubator & Co-working Spaces
Tower Square Plaza in The Citadel Building

To learn about this event and upcoming projects at EThOs, check out https://members.ethosmarion.org/
RSVP at haley@watermarkethos.org

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12/20/2022
MC: Membership Committee

Monthly Meeting of the Marion Chamber of Commerce Membership Committee.  Traditionally on the third Tuesday of month at noon.  Agenda and location will be sent to committee members prior to the meeting.


 

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12/20/2022
ReaderLink Hiring Event at ManTraCon


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12/21/2022
MC: Marketing Committee

Monthly Meeting of the Marion Chamber of Commerce Marketing Committee.  Traditionally on the third Wednesday of month at 8 am.  Agenda and location will be sent to committee members.


 

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12/21/2022
Shad's Big Ol' Christmas Party


Shad is hosting a Big Ol' Christmas Party at Black Diamond Harley-Davidson on Wednesday, December 21 from 6-8 pm.🎄🎅🏻🎁

 

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12/22/2022
Wing Night Holiday Jam



Join us Thursday December 22nd for Wing Night Holiday Jam featuring a host of musicians to include Caleb Kearney, Edwin Linson, Heather Hammers, Shannon Arview and Jonny Coller. Food at 6:00pm Music at 6:30pm. No Cover! 618-993-3151.

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12/23/2022
LIVE Stand Up Comedy with Mychael Anthony



Join us in the Tasting Room at Walker's Bluff for the best night out with friends or date night! Show starts at 8 pm!

This former ON SCREEN TALENT FOR TMZ is high energy and high laughter! He's performed at the WORLD FAMOUS HOLLYWOOD IMPROV CLUB and now he's coming to WALKER'S BLUFF! Whether it's LA or STL, audiences LOVE him and his bright smile and wild demeanor. He's quick witted, uplifting and will keep you rolling!

Hosted by Amber Klear

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12/25/2022
Community Christmas Dinner

The 6th Annual Community Christmas Dinner is planned for Christmas Day and will be served from 11am until 2pm in the Family Life Center at MARION FIRST CHURCH OF GOD, 1409 BROEKING ROAD, MARION IL.  This is a FREE meal open to EVERYONE, regardless of need.  For anyone in Marion that is homebound, takeout meals will be available by contacting the church by December 22nd at (618) 993-6369.  We are doing more than serving food.....we are "Sharing Life" with those in our community.

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12/28/2022
Upcoming Williamson County Blood Drives

Upcoming Blood Drives in Williamson County

12/28, River Radio Marion drive, running from 12-5, in the Veteran’s Airport – Charter Lounge

12/29, Johnston City Community drive, running from 2-6, in the Redemption Church – student room
 

1/9, Herrin Community drive (sponsored by the Herrin American Legion) from 12-5, in the Herrin American Legion hall

1/13, Heartland Regional Medical Center drive, from 9-2, in the Heartland Regional Medical Center conference room

1/17, Tri-C Elementary School drive, from 2-6, in the Tri-C Elementary School community center

1/19, KFVS 12 Marion media drive, from 1-6, in the Veteran’s Airport – Charter Lounge

1/20, KFVS 12 Marion media drive, from 1-6, in the Veteran’s Airport – Charter Lounge

1/21, KFVS 12 Marion media drive, from 10:30-3:30, in the Veteran’s Airport – Charter Lounge

1/23, Longfellow Elementary School drive, from 3-7, in the Longfellow Elementary School gym

1/24, John A. Logan College drive, from 10-2, in the John A. Logan College conference room (F Wing)


12/28/2022
New Year Mastermind Retreat



Do you want to start the new year being refreshed and refocused? Need an environment to think clearly and to lay the foundation for creating new goals. Want to be surrounded by encouraging and inspiring friends who will help you move your plans forward?

Join a circle of like-minded friends on December 28th for an immersive one-day New Year Mastermind Retreat experience that will change the trajectory of your life forever.
 

This one-day mastermind retreat will inspire you to reflect on your past year, restore your priorities, and renew your purpose for the new year. Using resources from "The ONE Thing" by Gary Keller & Jay Papasan and traditional Christian spiritual practices, you will minimize distractions and maximize what matters most in your personal and work life. 

Our venue is the beautiful Sunset Shores lake house on Lake of Egypt.  Managed by Southern Illinois Vacation Rentals, this lakefront property is a wonderful location for private reflection and group activities.

Registration is $149. Lunch, refreshments, and retreat materials are provided. Limited spots are available. Go online to members.ethosmarion.org/events or email rwleadership@gmail.com to register.  Checks and Paypal payments made to Russell Williams (rwleadership@gmail.com).  


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12/28/2022
MC: Leadership Marion Committee Meeting

Planning meeting for the Leadership Marion program. This group meets monthly to plan quarterly projects geared around leadership development and the development of the workers of tomorrow. To join this committee, call the office.

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12/29/2022
Upcoming Williamson County Blood Drives

Upcoming Blood Drives in Williamson County

12/28, River Radio Marion drive, running from 12-5, in the Veteran’s Airport – Charter Lounge

12/29, Johnston City Community drive, running from 2-6, in the Redemption Church – student room
 

1/9, Herrin Community drive (sponsored by the Herrin American Legion) from 12-5, in the Herrin American Legion hall

1/13, Heartland Regional Medical Center drive, from 9-2, in the Heartland Regional Medical Center conference room

1/17, Tri-C Elementary School drive, from 2-6, in the Tri-C Elementary School community center

1/19, KFVS 12 Marion media drive, from 1-6, in the Veteran’s Airport – Charter Lounge

1/20, KFVS 12 Marion media drive, from 1-6, in the Veteran’s Airport – Charter Lounge

1/21, KFVS 12 Marion media drive, from 10:30-3:30, in the Veteran’s Airport – Charter Lounge

1/23, Longfellow Elementary School drive, from 3-7, in the Longfellow Elementary School gym

1/24, John A. Logan College drive, from 10-2, in the John A. Logan College conference room (F Wing)


12/31/2022
 -1/1/2023
That 70's New Year's Bash


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12/31/2022
"Clueless" - A New Year's Eve Mystery Dinner Show at Legends



Includes an elegant buffet, champagne toast, and an entertaining Murder Mystery Show!
Ring in the New Year in your finest attire with an elegant evening of murder, mystery, and mayhem at Walker's Bluff in... Clueless. Join us for this highly interactive murder mystery dinner show with parts given to all guests. Participate as much as you like!
Purchase your ticket quickly, our shows sell out fast!!!
Full details and menu below.
You might be asking, what is this show about? Here is what our actors say.....
Congratulations! You’re invited To the New Year's Eve Birthday celebration of the oldest, (and richest), man in town. Lucky you!
Welcome to the world of big business, old mansions and family politics!
Some would kill for the opportunity to meet Barnabas Barnaby Baggs, the famous Pickle Baron! He’s made a lot of enemies on his rise to the top! Many would like to see him dead. Maybe his latest girlfriend? The angry ex-wife? the spoiled nephew? Perhaps the jealous competitor? …Or You?
But what could possibly go wrong…
…we are “Clueless!”


**TIMELINE**
6pm Guest arrival, parts distributed, mix, mingle, cocktails
6:45 Act Begins
7:30 Salad and Dinner Buffet with dessert all on the buffet- Begins/ Break-- we bus the salad plates here too
Time for drink refills here etc.
8:45 Act II Begins
10PM End of show


**MENU**
Soft Drinks, Coffee, Tea, and Water Included
Served:
Entrees:
Sides:
Dessert:
Our Full Bar will be available with drinks to purchase. Limited Tickets available.

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