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  • 12019 MEMBERS CONNECTIONS GUIDE

    kankakeecountychamber.com

    Chamber Connections 2019

    Get Connected

  • 2 3KANKAKEE COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 2019 MEMBERS CONNECTIONS GUIDE

    Table of Contents

    Get Connected

    Get Involved ........................................................................ 6 Board of Directors .............................................................. 7 Member Tiers ...................................................................... 8 Annual Marketing Program .............................................. 9 Taste Fest ............................................................................. 11 Women in Networking ...................................................... 12 Annual Event Pass ............................................................. 14 Business Before Hours ..................................................... 15 Leadership Management Institute ................................. 19 Ambassadors ....................................................................... 20 Business After Hours ......................................................... 21 Leadership & Lunch ........................................................... 22 Member to Member ........................................................... 25 Lucky Connections ............................................................ 26 Friday Night Lights ............................................................. 27 Future Leaders Tour .......................................................... 28 Legislative Day .................................................................... 29 Annual Golf Outing ............................................................ 31 Hispanic Heritage Day Luncheon .................................. 32 State of the County Breakfast ......................................... 34 Leading Ladies Luncheon (Athena) ............................... 35 Small Business Saturday .................................................. 36 Annual Meeting................................................................... 39 Calendar at a glance ......................................................... 40ChooseRiversideOrtho.com

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  • 4 5KANKAKEE COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 2019 MEMBERS CONNECTIONS GUIDE

    As we wrap up another year and look forward to the future, I want to thank all of our 400 members for their support over the past year and ask you to continue to be engaged in 2019 and beyond. As we look back at our successes in 2018, it is clear that support from our members comes in many forms, from countless volunteer hours, to sponsorships and lent professional expertise. We simply could not put on the programming we do without that support.

    While we are proud of the work we accomplished in 2018, our board, with the help of Barbi Brewer-Watson, our president and CEO, has set its sights on further growth in 2019. A Chamber is only as strong as its membership, and we all benefit from having more members. As such, the recruitment of new members will continue to be a focus of the board and the Chamber staff. Our commitment to growth is not limited to membership numbers but includes expanding our programming and reach as well. To that end, we are excited to welcome the Black Business council, the Retail Council, and the Restaurant Council to the Chamber. If there is programming that you would like to see the Chamber provide, I would encourage you to contact the Chamber’s offices.

    My request for you in 2019 is simple. Please continue to invest in the Chamber, and help us promote commerce in Kankakee County.

     Sincerely,  Scott Smith

    Chairman’s Letter

    Get Connected

    Member to Member “Within the pages of this book are many ways your business can stay connected with the Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce and market your business throughout the region. I encourage you to put our events on your calendar and participate whenever your schedule allows. Membership benefits continue to evolve as our Chamber grows. We have the ability to help you with mailings and marketing strategies, or connect you to new vendors and partners. Each member offers a new opportunity

    for the Chamber, its members, and our communities. It is in that spirit that we present to you this 2019 Chamber Connections Booklet. With 400 members there is always room for your business or organization to create new customers, vendors, or colleagues. When you make a new connection with a member they share your story with their connections and through a ripple effect; your business finds community and economic support. Please tap into the Chamber this year. Get connected and stay connected with the Chamber in 2019. Share with us your news, your deals, and your story so we can share it with others. Find us on social media and share our posts with your connections. We are on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Twitter. Feel free to tell others about the Chamber. Place the Chamber logo on your website, newsletter, or get the Chamber decal for the front door of your business. Lastly, join one of our committees. Joining one of our committees puts you in the center of the work that we are doing in Kankakee County to help our members’ businesses and organizations thrive and prosper. Thank you for being a member of the Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce and being a part of Kankakee County’s exciting growth.”

    Sincerely,

  • 6 7KANKAKEE COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 2019 MEMBERS CONNECTIONS GUIDE

    Get Connected

    KANKAKEE COUNTY AMBASSADORS People do business with people they know. With the assistance of our Ambassadors, the Kankakee County Chamber gives you opportunities to meet other business- es and consumers in the community at a variety of Chamber-sponsored events.

    KANKAKEE COUNTY RESTAURANT COUNCIL The Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce along with the Kankakee County Convention and Visitors Bureau recognizes the challenges of the food and beverage industry. The Restaurant Council was formed to meet the needs, interests, and demands of this unique sector. The Council meets quarterly, helps to plan TasteFest, and provides a voice for our regions culinary artists.

    BLACK BUSINESS COUNCIL The Black Business Council is a collaboration between the Greater Kankakee Black Chamber of Commerce and the Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce starting in January 2019. The BBC’s 2019 program of work will focus on business development, entrepreneurial development, professional development, and networking. The purpose is to advocate for the creation and growth of minority businesses that will spur further economic development throughout Kankakee County.

    YOUNG PROFESSIONALS NETWORK is a group whose goal is to grow and equip young professionals to lead the community. Focus areas are business and social network- ing, professional and leadership development, and com- munity and civic involvement. The group meets monthly for networking evening events.

    WOMEN IN NETWORKING was developed and created to provide networking opportunities to all women. WIN’s mission is to empower professional and personal rela- tionships for women through specific programming and service opportunities.

    A M B A S S A D O R S

    Board of DirectorsNetworking Matters GET INVOLVED! Lisa Aprati

    External Affairs Manager South Region, ComEd Bernie Anderson Community Relations and Economic Development Manager-IL Nicor Gas Kristina Back - Chair of Leadership Development Committee Owner, Little Caesers Sonya Comer Owner, FASTSIGNS of Kankakee Brian Creek, CPA - Treasurer Manager Borschnack, Pelletier & Co. Ken Crite Coordinator of Career Services Kankakee Community College Andy Czako Managing Broker McColly Bennett Real Estate Ariana Dunn Owner, The Look Jeff Hammes - Past Chairman President Peoples Bank of Kankakee County Melissa Kahoun Area Manager Aqua Illinois Gloria Kennedy - Chair of the Black Business Council Executive Secretary Avis Huff Student Support Services KSD 111

    Matt McBurnie - Chair of Leadership Membership Committee Vice President of Institutional Advancement Riverside Healthcare Tim Milner Owner Milner Broadcasting Maureen Powell Site Head of Communications CSL Behring Lisa Ravesloot - Chair of the Ambassador Committee Business Developer Express Employment Christopher Shride President St. Mary’s Hospital Scott Smith - Chairman President First Trust Bank Kate Thompson Controller Nucor Steel Kankakee, Inc. Cynthia Willis Executive Director Tyjuan Hagler Foundation Susan Wolff Executive Director of University Relations Olivet Nazarene University

  • 8 9KANKAKEE COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 2019 MEMBERS CONNECTIONS GUIDE

    MEMBER TIERS

    INVESTOR • Video presence on home

    page of website • 30% discount off sponsorship

    opportunities • Complimentary foursome

    at annual golf outing • Full page ad in Connections

    Book • Includes benefits from

    other tiers

    PARTNER • 15% discount off sponsorship

    opportunities • Invitation to all Voice of Business

    Legislative Advocacy Events/ Meetings

    • Four compli