Member Spotlight

Marion Chamber Foundation Grad Spree
2305 West Main Street, PO Box 307 · Marion
p. 6189976311 · f. 6189974665

It’s that time of the year again to make plans for the Marion 2016 Friends For Life Graduation Spree, Thursday, May 12, 2016, a drug- and alcohol-free environment for the graduating seniors and their guests. The cost to provide this event last year was more than $10,000 with the average cost being more than $40 per student. This year we expect more than 300 seniors, their guests and chaperones to attend the event. 
 
Marion Grad Spree would not be possible without the help of our Chamber and community members. We are writing to you today to request donations of funds to help cover the cost of the event and door prize items to giveaway to seniors throughout the night. Any item you can donate will help make this a memorable evening for the seniors. 
 
For businesses and individuals, we have the following sponsorship levels available: Silver-$250, Gold-$500, and Platinum-$1000 or more. Of course, any amount is appreciated. We will honor our Gold & Platinum Sponsors by including their name and link to their Web site in Grad Spree promotional materials, on our website, newsletter and email blasts. A donation statement for your taxes is available upon request. To make a donation, click here, call the Chamber at 997-6311 or e-mail the Chamber at director@marionillinois.com

Volunteers are also needed for Grad Spree. Last year, more than 30 people volunteered to chaperone this annual event. We are anticipating needing at least 30 chaperones again this year.  Any time you can volunteer will help make this a memorable evening for the seniors and their guests. Grad Spree will be held from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. on May 12. Chaperons are needed from 9 p.m. until 5:30 a.m. Individuals may sign up to supervise the graduates and their guests all night (9 p.m. report to The HUB, 10 p.m. - 2 a.m. at The HUB, 2-2:30 on bus to SI Bowl, 2:30-4:30 a.m. at SI Bowl, 4:30-5 a.m. on bus to The HUB, 5-5:30 a.m. at The HUB), during signup (9-11 p.m. at The HUB), at The HUB only (9 p.m. - 2:30 a.m) or at SI Bowl only (2 - 5 a.m. at SI Bowl). To sign up to volunteer, click here, download and fill out this form, call the Chamber at 997-6311 or e-mail the Chamber at director@marionillinois.com
 
All seniors who register by April 22 are guaranteed a Grad Spree t-shirt. The FINAL DEADLINE for seniors to register for Grad Spree is May 9. If for any reason you must leave early that night, your parent/guardian must personally bring a written note to the Chamber Office no later than 4 p.m. on May 4 and be the person who will pick you up. Only your parents will be allowed to pick you up if you leave early. For graduating seniors in need of a registration form to attend Grad Spree, click hereOnly graduating seniors (and their guests) may attend Grad Spree. Also:

  • Seniors must sign up in advance for you and your guest.
  • There is a $10 charge at time of sign up for guest. There are no refunds.
  • Guest minimum age is Freshman status 15-16 school year and maximum age is 21.
  • ALL information on the registration form must be filled out for you AND your guest.
  • If your guest should change, you must notify the Chamber Office by May 9.
  • This is a drug-free and alcohol-free event. 

The Marion Chamber of Commerce Grad Spree Committee is proud to offer this event to our graduating seniors.  We have kept our seniors safe for more than 30 years.
 
Thank you in advance for your generosity and continued support,

Matt Carnaghi, Harness Digital Marketing
Grad Spree Committee Chairman

Dalus Ben Avi, Executive Director
Marion Chamber of Commerce

Please make your check payable to “Marion Chamber of Commerce Foundation” and mail it today to:
 
Marion Chamber of Commerce               
Attn: Graduation Spree
P.O. Box 307
Marion, IL  62959

Platinum Sponsor

Gold Sponsors
Walmart
First Church of God
Marion First Apostolic Church
First Southern Bank

Silver Sponsors
Integrity Built, Inc.
Bank of Herrin
Commercial Janitorial Services
Bruce Electric
Extreme Kids
J&J Ventures Gaming LLC
McDonald's
The Insurance House
Aisin Electronics
Aisin Manufacturing
The HUB
SIU Credit Union
Great Boars of Fire

 

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Thursday, October 22, 2015

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony held at Krispy Kreme

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Friday, September 04, 2015

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Monday, August 31, 2015

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Monday, August 31, 2015

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Friday, August 28, 2015

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Friday, August 21, 2015

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Morgan Avenue

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony held at House 2 Home Realty

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Friday, June 12, 2015

Movie Night at Walker's Bluff to benefit the Marion Chamber Foundation

Despicable Me Outdoor Movie Showing at The Gazebo
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Gates open at 5:30 p.m.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

June Monthly Membership Luncheon held at Kokopelli

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Tuesday, June 09, 2015

"Illinois - The State of Innovation" -- 2015 Edition Now Available

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Monday, June 01, 2015

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony held at Burton & Vick, LLC

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Friday, May 29, 2015

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony held at Genesis Salon

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Friday, May 29, 2015

Strong Job Gains in Northern Illinois; Downstate Continues to Struggle

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Friday, May 29, 2015

New Member Quarterly Luncheon held in May

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony held at KBSI Fox 23

A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held on Thursday, May 14 at 4:30 p.m. at KBSI Fox 23, 7369 Cox Drive in Carterville.

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

May Monthly Luncheon held at Kokopelli

The Marion Chamber of Commerce Monthly Membership Luncheon, sponsored by Joyner Therapy Services, was held on Tuesday, May 12 at noon at Kokopelli.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

2015 Grad Spree a success

Marion Unit #2 Schools Foundation and the Marion Area Chamber of Commerce sponsor Grad Spree, which was started 30 years ago to help insure that graduation is the beginning of a new life, not the end of one.

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Friday, May 15, 2015

Work has begun on new outdoor sign at the Marion Chamber

Liberty Signs and American Monument Company have begun work on the new digital outdoor sign for the Marion Chamber of Commerce.

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Saturday, May 09, 2015

Tyler Williams designs winning Grad Spree t-shirt art

Tyler Williams, a senior at Marion High School, designed the art for the 2015 Grad Spree t-shirts.

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Friday, May 08, 2015

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony held at Gander Mountain

A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held at Gander Mountain.

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Friday, May 08, 2015

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony held at Stellar SEO

A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held on Thursday, May 7 at Stellar SEO.

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Thursday, May 07, 2015

Marion Chamber awards two scholarships

The Marion Chamber of Commerce awarded 2 scholarships this year: Grad Spree Scholarship and a John A. Logan College One Year Tuition Waiver.

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Monday, May 04, 2015

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony held at The HUB

A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held at 4 p.m. on Friday, March 27 at The HUB.

The Grand Opening followed on Saturday, March 28, starting at 11 a.m.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Now is the time to participate in the Chamber's electricity buying group

If you have not participated in our Chamber's electricity buying group you need to. Our broker AGE is going to open a new electricity buying pool for those not in a pool or contract now. If you use more than 15,000 kwh's a year you qualify for our program. If you are below 15,000 kwh's/yr you are already in the city/county plan.

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Monday, April 27, 2015

Business After Hours Program held at VW of Marion

The April Business After Hours Program was sponsored by Volkswagen of Marion.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Business Before Hours Program held in April

The Marion Chamber of Commerce held its Business Before Hours event on Thursday, April 23, 2015, at Heartland Regional Medical Center. The event included a presentation by Russell Williams with Brehm Foundation on John Maxwell's Leadership Principles.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Illinois Metro Unemployment Rates Drop; Job Growth Stalls

March was the thirteenth month in a row that unemployment rates fell in every metro area in the state compared to a year ago, according to preliminary data released today by the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony held at Cool Spoons

A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held at Cool Spoons on Wednesday, April 22 from 4-6 p.m.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Grad Spree needs your help

It’s that time of the year again to make plans for the Marion 2015 Friends For Life Graduation Spree, Thursday, May 14, 2015, a drug and alcohol free environment for the graduating seniors and their guests.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Brad Dillard presents at April Membership Luncheon

The Marion Chamber of Commerce Monthly Membership Luncheon was held on Tuesday, April 14 at noon at Kokopelli. The presentation was given by Brad Dillard with the River-to-River Relay.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Unemployment Rates Drop in All Metro Areas - Job Growth Uneven

February was the twelfth month in a row that unemployment rates fell in every metro area in the state compared to a year ago, according to preliminary data released today by the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Kanie Japan Ambassadors visit Marion

Representatives from Marion's Sister City, Kanie Japan, visited Marion.

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Unemployment Rates Continue Dropping in All Metro Areas

January was the eleventh month in a row that unemployment rates fell in every metro area in the state compared to a year ago, according to preliminary data released today by the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Marion Chamber holds 5th annual Bass Tournament

49 boats competed in the tournament at Mack's Marina.

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Monday, March 16, 2015

Marion Chamber holds March Membership Luncheon

The Marion Chamber of Commerce Monthly Membership Luncheon was held on Tuesday, March 10 at noon at Kokopelli.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Celtic Healthcare

Celtic Healthcare, formerly VNA-TIP Healthcare, held a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 4:30 p.m. at March 5 at their Marion location.

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Thursday, March 05, 2015

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony held at SIH Cancer Institute

Southern Illinois Healthcare presented their Grand Unveiling of The Region's Own Comprehensive Cancer Center Built for The Community, by The Community

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Deadline to participate in Marion Community Day advert in SI Miners program is March 1

Marion Community Day will be held on Friday, June 26. The deadline to advertise on the Chamber's pages in the SI Miners program is March 6.

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Diamond Drop raises more than $1,000 for The Poshard Foundation

The 94th annual Marion Chamber of Commerce Auction & Awards Banquet’s Diamond Drop raised $1,060 for The Poshard Foundation for Abused Children.

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Amber Ciochetto to serve on Chamber Board of Directors

The Marion Chamber of Commerce is pleased to welcome Amber Ciochetto with Crisp Container to the Chamber’s Board of Directors. Amber will be replacing Steve Lappin, who is retiring from Banterra Bank and stepping down from the Board. Steve has served on the Marion Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors since 1999, including time as the Board’s Chairman.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Brandon Zanotti speaks at February Membership Luncheon

Cindy Gibbons with the City of Marion spoke about the Sister City Program and Brandon Zanotti, Williamson County States Attorney, gave a presentation.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Illinois Business Leader Magazine

This inaugural edition includes articles on the most timely of issues: a new administration in Springfield; fracking and how it affects you; infrastructure funding for roads, rail and waterways; healthcare mandates; international trade; and worker's compensation, the minimum wage, and other human resources challenges.

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

What does buying local mean for you?

Shopping local supports the local business, but what does it mean for YOU, the local resident?

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Monday, February 09, 2015

Kristin Paul promoted to Office Manager at Chamber


The Marion Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors unanimously voted on Tuesday to promote Kristin Paul to Office Manager at the Chamber.

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

New member benefits added

The Board of Directors voted to add the following Member Benefits: Monthly Luncheon Sponsorship, Member eBlast, and Member Spotlight.

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Thursday, February 05, 2015

Feb. 15: Deadline for Health Insurance

At the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, we're here to help you start 2015 off on the right foot. That's why we're offering an affordable health care solution that can help you and your employees now.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

December Unemployment Rates Fall in All Metro Areas

December unemployment rates fell in every metro area in the state.

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Bank On Marion presents at Business Before Hours program

Bank On Marion presented at the January Business Before Hours Program.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

94th annual Marion Chamber of Commerce Auction & Awards Banquet held

The Marion Chamber of Commerce held its 94th Annual Auction & Awards Banquet on Friday, January 16, 2015 at The Pavilion of the City of Marion.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Video of the Marion Chamber of Commerce Annual Auction & Awards Banquet released

A video of the 94th annual Marion Chamber of Commerce Auction & Awards Banquet is available for viewing online.

For a copy of the video, please contact the Marion Chamber of Commerce at director@marionillinois.com or 997-6311.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Diamond Drop to benefit The Poshard Foundation

The 94th annual Marion Chamber of Commerce Auction & Awards Banquet will be held on Friday, Jan. 16, at The Pavilion of the City of Marion. The event will feature a social hour, sponsored by Mayer Networks, that begins at 5:30; dinner, beginning at 7 p.m.; award presentations including the Business/Industry of Year Award presentation to AISIN Light Metals; a wine pull, also sponsored by Mayer Networks; and a Diamond Drop, which is a fun event where participants can win thousands of dollars worth of jewelry.

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Monday, January 05, 2015

Marion Chamber announces 2014 Business & Industry of the Year

The Marion Chamber of Commerce announced that the 2014 Business & Industry of the Year is AISIN Light Metals of Marion, Illinois.

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Monday, December 22, 2014

Farmers State Bank holds ribbon cutting ceremony, open house

Farmers State Bank held a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house at their second location - 2806 Outer Drive, Marion, Illinois.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Board election results announced, MJHS Choir performs at December Luncheon

Results of the Board of Directors election were announced and the Marion Junior High School Jazz Choir and Women's Choir performed at the December Monthly Membership Luncheon.

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Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Hospice of Southern Illinois hosts Business After Hours program at Marion Subaru

The December Marion Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours program was held on Tuesday, December 2 from 4:30-6:30 p.m.at Marion Subaru and was sponsored by Hospice of Southern Illinois.

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Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Nine elected to Marion Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors

Nine members of the Marion Chamber of Commerce have been elected to the Chamber’s Board of Directors. Each will serve on the Board from 2015 to 2017.

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Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Free Shop Southern Illinois decals now available

Wesley's Custom Graphics is offering FREE Shop Southern Illinois decals to everyone! To receive your free decal, visit Wesley's Custom Graphics, which is open Monday-Friday 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. and located at 208 West DeYoung in Marion.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Electricity & Natural Gas Rate Negotiations Begin For Marion Chamber Members

The Marion Chamber of Commerce and its exclusive program coordinator, Affordable Gas & Electric (AGE), announced they will begin negotiations for electricity and natural gas contract renewals for members who are part of the Southern Illinois Chamber of Commerce Bulk Electricity & Natural Gas Buying Group.

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Tuesday, November 04, 2014

CASA presents at November Membership Luncheon

The Marion Chamber of Commerce Monthly Membership Luncheon was held on November 11 at noon at Kokopelli.

The speaker for November was Jayme Frey Figueroa, Executive Director from Casa of Williamson County.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Heartland Regional Medical Center hosts Business After Hours event

The November Marion Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours was held on Thursday, November 6 from 4:30-7 p.m. in the cafe of Heartland Regional Medical Center.

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Thursday, November 06, 2014

Groundbreaking ceremony held at Williamson County Regional Airport

The Williamson County Airport Authority Board of Commissioners held a Groundbreaking Ceremony for construction of a new Airline Terminal at Williamson County Regional Airport on Friday, October 31 at 11:30 a.m.

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Friday, October 31, 2014

Ribbon Cutting at Heartland Regional Medical Center

Heartland Regional Medical Center hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house to celebrate their new Rehab Services Clinic satellite location.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Business Before Hours program features The HUB

The Marion Chamber of Commerce's Business Before Hours program was held on Thursday, October 23 at Heartland Regional Medical Center and featured The HUB.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Walker's Bluff holds Open House

Walker's Bluff held an Open House on Wednesday, October 15 to showcase their facilities.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Pepsi MidAmerica holds building dedication ceremony honoring John Rains

On October 17, Pepsi MidAmerica dedicated their Human Resources building in honor of John Rains.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Nomination process open for Marion Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors

The Marion Chamber of Commerce Nominations Committee is now accepting nominations for the Board of Directors.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Centerstone presents at October Membership Luncheon

The October 2014 Membership Luncheon featured representatives from Centerstone.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Ribbon cutting held at Casey's on West Main in Marion

Casey's on West Main in Marion held a Ribbon Cutting ceremony on Friday, October 3

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Friday, October 03, 2014

Baysinger Architects hosts Business After Hours event

The October Marion Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours was held on Thursday, October 2 from 2-6 p.m. at Baysinger Architects.

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Thursday, October 02, 2014

30th annual Marion Chamber Golf Scramble a SUCCESS!

The 30th annual Marion Chamber of Commerce Golf Scramble was held on Thursday, September 25 at Kokopelli.

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Curves holds Ribbon Cutting

Curves in Marion held a Ribbon Cutting ceremony on Monday, September 15 to kick off its Open House week.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Illinois National Guard hosts September Membership Luncheon

This was no ordinary Membership Luncheon!

The Marion Chamber of Commerce September Membership Luncheon was held on Tuesday, September 9 at noon at the 2ND Battalion - 130TH Infantry Regimental Armory at 11427 Minuteman Road in Marion, Illinois.

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Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Marion Chamber launches Mobile App

The Marion Chamber of Commerce is working to help our community become more competitive online. In order for us to achieve this, we need to be sure all of the community businesses are setup properly and ready to broadcast. Each voting member of the Marion Chamber of Commerce has been sent a username and password to access/change/update their business and advertising services provided as part of their membership with the Marion Chamber.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

2014 Marion Chamber of Commerce Golf Scramble Sponsors

Thank you to the following sponsors of the 2014 Marion Chamber of Commerce Golf Scramble!

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Melise's hosts August Business After Hours event

Melise's hosted the August Business After Hours event

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

New Member Quarterly Luncheon held

Every quarter the Marion Chamber of Commerce Membership Committee holds a New Member Quarterly Luncheon. This quarter’s New Member Quarterly Luncheon was held at Walt’s on August 19 at noon.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The HUB presents at August Membership Luncheon

Hilary LeHew and Martin Holleley from The HUB presented at the August Membership Luncheon.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Ribbon cutting and open house held at Jackson & Gray

Marion Chamber of Commerce members and area residents gathered to help celebrate Jackson & Gray Insurance Co.'s 50th anniversary and building renovation following a fire last year.

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Tuesday, August 05, 2014

July Business After Hours held at South Porte Bank

The July Marion Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours was held on Thursday, July 24 from 4-6:30 p.m. at South Porte Bank.

Those in attendance enjoyed networking as well as hors d'oeuvres and drinks provided by Kokopelli and a reception for Judy Batchelor, who is now sailing with South Porte Bank!

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

July Business Before Hours a success

The first Business Before Hours event was held on Thursday, July 24. More than 30 people participated in the inaugural event. Attendees participated in a "Six Degrees of Separation" networking activity, enjoyed breakfast provided by Heartland Regional Medical Center and listened to a presentation about Disaster Recovery by James Mayer with Mayer Networks.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Groundbreaking ceremony held at VW of Marion

Volkswagen of Marion, part of the Ike Family of Dealerships, celebrated the start of construction on their new facility. The ground breaking ceremony was held on Monday, July 14 at 11 am at 4403 W. DeYoung, Marion, IL 62959.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Ribbon cutting held at Doggie Stylez

A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held at Doggie Stylez in Marion. An open house followed.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Marion IL Sister City Ambassadors travel to Kanie Town Japan

To follow their travels to Kanie Town, their activities while there and their journey home, follow them on Facebook!

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Illinois National Guard presents at Monthly Membership Luncheon

The Illinois National Guard presented at the July Monthly Membership Luncheon.

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Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Mike Bost speaks at Marion Chamber's Legislative Affairs Committee meeting

Ill. State Rep. Mike Bost spoke at the Legislative Affairs Comm. mtg on 6/18 at South Porte Bank recently.

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Chamber Electricity Aggregation Program

Did you miss your chance to save BIG on your Ameren electric
bills last spring? Enroll your accounts this SUMMER!

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Friday, June 20, 2014

Marion Chamber of Commerce launches new Web site

The Marion Chamber of Commerce has launched a new Web site and new and exciting tools for its members.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Mayer Networks holds Ribbon Cutting

Mayer Networks in Marion held a Ribbon Cutting on June 6.

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Marion Ministerial Alliance spoke at Chamber luncheon

The Marion Ministerial Alliance spoke at the June Marion Chamber of Commerce Monthly Luncheon at Kokopelli on June 10.

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

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Marion Community Day / Banterra Bank Bag Board Tournament
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DateEvent
05/25/16
Time Mastery

If you could reduce wasted time by just five minutes every hour, productivity would jump 8.3 percent. In this course, participants complete a self-assessment of their current time management strengths and potential limitations in 12 critical areas and identify key areas for development. 

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05/26/16
Supervisor and Manager Development and Training

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05/30/16
Herrinfesta Road Races

10K run (7:30 a.m.); 5K walk (7:45 a.m.); Straight away mile (7:45 a.m.); Youth fun run (9:00 a.m.).  Registration and packet pickup at Herrin Civic Center

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06/02/16
Business After Hours Program: Hospice of Southern Illinois

Hospice of Southern Illinois will host a Business After Hours Program on Thursday, June 2 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at their facility in honor of their 35th anniversary. The event will feature food by River-to-River Senior Services; beverages by Golden Eagle Distributing, Orlandini Wines and Pepsi MidAmerica; and music by Harpist Milliece Dunkel. 

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06/04/16
Chef Clash In The Arena

First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust is pleased to continue the tradition of supporting local organizations through an annual cooking event, Chef Clash In The Arena, at the SIU Arena Saturday, June 4th.  The original event, 100 Men Who Cook, began six years ago and this will be the 7th year raising funds helping many nonprofit organizations. 

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06/06/16
Women Rock

WomenRock is a no-obligation, exciting event where women can learn easy, practical ways to improve their financial fitness and lives while enjoying great food.

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06/07/16
Marion Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors meeting

The Marion Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors meeting will be held at 8 a.m. at Heartland Regional Medical Center. 

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06/07/16
Women Rock

WomenRock is a no-obligation, exciting event where women can learn easy, practical ways to improve their financial fitness and lives while enjoying great food.

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06/16/16
Marion Chamber of Commerce Legislative Affairs Committee meeting

The Marion Chamber of Commerce Legislative Affairs Committee meeting is held on the third Thurday of each month at 8 a.m. at South Porte Bank. 

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06/24/16
Marion Community Day / Banterra Bank Bag Board Tournament

The Marion Community Day Tailgate will include the Banterra Bank two-person bag board tournament, which will begin at 5 p.m. in the tailgate area. The cost to register a team for the tournament is $40/team.

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06/24/16
Marion Community Day at Rent One Park

Marion Community Day at Rent One Park is Friday, June 24.  The Southern Illinois Miners will be facing off against the Evansville Otters.  Show your community spirit and support for Marion Grad Spree this year by attending the game.

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Member Spotlight

Marion Chamber Foundation Grad Spree
2305 West Main Street, PO Box 307 · Marion
p. 6189976311 · f. 6189974665

It’s that time of the year again to make plans for the Marion 2016 Friends For Life Graduation Spree, Thursday, May 12, 2016, a drug- and alcohol-free environment for the graduating seniors and their guests. The cost to provide this event last year was more than $10,000 with the average cost being more than $40 per student. This year we expect more than 300 seniors, their guests and chaperones to attend the event. 
 
Marion Grad Spree would not be possible without the help of our Chamber and community members. We are writing to you today to request donations of funds to help cover the cost of the event and door prize items to giveaway to seniors throughout the night. Any item you can donate will help make this a memorable evening for the seniors. 
 
For businesses and individuals, we have the following sponsorship levels available: Silver-$250, Gold-$500, and Platinum-$1000 or more. Of course, any amount is appreciated. We will honor our Gold & Platinum Sponsors by including their name and link to their Web site in Grad Spree promotional materials, on our website, newsletter and email blasts. A donation statement for your taxes is available upon request. To make a donation, click here, call the Chamber at 997-6311 or e-mail the Chamber at director@marionillinois.com

Volunteers are also needed for Grad Spree. Last year, more than 30 people volunteered to chaperone this annual event. We are anticipating needing at least 30 chaperones again this year.  Any time you can volunteer will help make this a memorable evening for the seniors and their guests. Grad Spree will be held from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. on May 12. Chaperons are needed from 9 p.m. until 5:30 a.m. Individuals may sign up to supervise the graduates and their guests all night (9 p.m. report to The HUB, 10 p.m. - 2 a.m. at The HUB, 2-2:30 on bus to SI Bowl, 2:30-4:30 a.m. at SI Bowl, 4:30-5 a.m. on bus to The HUB, 5-5:30 a.m. at The HUB), during signup (9-11 p.m. at The HUB), at The HUB only (9 p.m. - 2:30 a.m) or at SI Bowl only (2 - 5 a.m. at SI Bowl). To sign up to volunteer, click here, download and fill out this form, call the Chamber at 997-6311 or e-mail the Chamber at director@marionillinois.com
 
All seniors who register by April 22 are guaranteed a Grad Spree t-shirt. The FINAL DEADLINE for seniors to register for Grad Spree is May 9. If for any reason you must leave early that night, your parent/guardian must personally bring a written note to the Chamber Office no later than 4 p.m. on May 4 and be the person who will pick you up. Only your parents will be allowed to pick you up if you leave early. For graduating seniors in need of a registration form to attend Grad Spree, click hereOnly graduating seniors (and their guests) may attend Grad Spree. Also:

  • Seniors must sign up in advance for you and your guest.
  • There is a $10 charge at time of sign up for guest. There are no refunds.
  • Guest minimum age is Freshman status 15-16 school year and maximum age is 21.
  • ALL information on the registration form must be filled out for you AND your guest.
  • If your guest should change, you must notify the Chamber Office by May 9.
  • This is a drug-free and alcohol-free event. 

The Marion Chamber of Commerce Grad Spree Committee is proud to offer this event to our graduating seniors.  We have kept our seniors safe for more than 30 years.
 
Thank you in advance for your generosity and continued support,

Matt Carnaghi, Harness Digital Marketing
Grad Spree Committee Chairman

Dalus Ben Avi, Executive Director
Marion Chamber of Commerce

Please make your check payable to “Marion Chamber of Commerce Foundation” and mail it today to:
 
Marion Chamber of Commerce               
Attn: Graduation Spree
P.O. Box 307
Marion, IL  62959

Platinum Sponsor

Gold Sponsors
Walmart
First Church of God
Marion First Apostolic Church
First Southern Bank

Silver Sponsors
Integrity Built, Inc.
Bank of Herrin
Commercial Janitorial Services
Bruce Electric
Extreme Kids
J&J Ventures Gaming LLC
McDonald's
The Insurance House
Aisin Electronics
Aisin Manufacturing
The HUB
SIU Credit Union
Great Boars of Fire

 

Participate in the 2016 Marion Community Day

Marion Community Day at Rent One Park is Friday, June 24. The Southern Illinois Miners will be facing off against the Evansville Otters. Show your community spirit and support for Marion Grad Spree this year by attending the game.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Business After Hours Program held at Ike Honda

IKE Honda celebrated its 10th anniversary by hosting a Business After Hours Program on Thursday, May 19 from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Business Happy Hour held on May 18 at Martini Joes

On Wednesday, May 18, the Marion Chamber of Commerce held a Business Happy Hour event at Martini Joes.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

May New Member Quarterly Luncheon held at Fujiyama's in Marion

On Tuesday, May 17, the Marion Chamber of Commerce Membership Committee held a New Member Quarterly Luncheon at Fujiyama's in Marion.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Grad Spree a success

More than 200 seniors and their guests enjoyed 2016 Grad Spree on May 12.

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Friday, May 13, 2016

May Membership Luncheon held

On Tuesday, May 10, the Marion Chamber of Commerce held a Membership Luncheon at Kokopelli.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Board of Directors approves by-laws changes

The Marion Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors have approved changes to the organization's by-laws.

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Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Marion Chamber awards two scholarships

The Marion Chamber of Commerce awarded two scholarships this year: Grad Spree Scholarship and a John A. Logan College One Year Tuition Waiver.

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Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Williamson CEO hosts a Business After Hours during their Trade Show at the Pavilion.

On Thursday, April 28, the Williamson CEO Program hosted a Business After Hours during their Trade Show at the Pavilion in Marion.

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Unemployment Rates Increase in All Metro Areas

All metropolitan areas in Illinois experienced over the year unemployment rate increases for the second consecutive month, according to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES).

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Marion Chamber Foundation holds 6th annual Bass Tournament

42 boats competed in the tournament at Pyramid Acres Marina.

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony held at Saluki Screen Repair

A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held at 1 p.m. on April 23 at Saluki Screen Repair, 2801 Civic Circle Boulevard, Suite 4, Marion.

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Saturday, April 23, 2016

Jaylee Douglas designs winning Grad Spree t-shirt art

Jaylee Douglas, a senior at Marion High School, designed the art for the 2016 Grad Spree t-shirts. Art students at Marion High School were invited to submit designs for the 2016 Grad Spree t-shirts. The Marion High School Student Council chose a winner out of all of the submissions. Jaylee was the winner and received $75 from the Marion Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

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Friday, April 22, 2016

April Business Happy Hour held at Martini Joes

On Wednesday, April 20, the Marion Chamber of Commerce held a Business Happy Hour at Martini Joes.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

April Monthly Membership Luncheon held.

On Tuesday, April 12, the Marion Chamber of Commerce held a Membership Luncheon at Kokopelli.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Business After Hours Program held at Marion Rehabilitation and Nursing Center

A Business After Hours Program was hosted at Marion Rehabilitation and Nursing Center on April 12 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. The event featured appetizers, beverages and entertainment.

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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony held on March 31 at Fusion Boot Camp

A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Fusion Boot Camp took place on Thursday, March 31 at 4 p.m. at their new location: 601 East DeYoung in Marion.

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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Ribbon Cutting and Business After Hours held on March 24 at Title Professionals.

A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and a Business After Hours Program was hosted by Title Professionals on Thursday, March 24 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at their new location: 1608 West Main, Marion.

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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Ribbon Cutting held on March 21 at TJ's Wicked Vapes & More.

A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held on March 21 at TJ's Wicked Vapes & More in Marion.

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Monday, March 21, 2016

Unemployment Rates Increase in Most Metro Areas

Unemployment rates increased in a majority of the metro areas – as did the number of people entering the workforce – indicating many individuals did not find employment, according to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES).

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Monday, March 21, 2016

Business After Hours Program held at River-to-River Independent Living Quadplex

River-to-River Residential Independent Living Quadplex hosted a Business After Hours Program on Thursday, March 10.

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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony held at India Delight

India Delight held a Ribbon Cutting on March 9 to celebrate the opening of their restaurant.

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Wednesday, March 09, 2016

March Monthly Membership Luncheon Held

The Marion Chamber of Commerce held their Monthly Membership Luncheon on March 8, 2016 at Kokopelli.

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Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Business Happy Hour held on February 17 at Martini Joes.

On Wednesday, February 17 the Marion Chamber of Commerce held it's 2nd Business Happy Hour at Martini Joes.

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

New Member Quarterly Luncheon held on 2/16.

Every quarter the Marion Chamber of Commerce Membership Committee holds a New Member Quarterly Luncheon. This quarter’s New Member Quarterly Luncheon was held at McAlister's Deli in Marion.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Business After Hours held at Re/Max Above and Beyond

On February 11, 2016 Re/Max Above and Beyond had a Ribbon Cutting and Business After Hours at their new location on West Main Street.

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

February Monthly Membership Luncheon Held

The Marion Chamber of Commerce held their Monthly Membership Luncheon on February 9, 2016 at Kokopelli.

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Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Marion Chamber Legislative Affairs Committee attends IACCE Legislative Summit

Members of the Marion Chamber of Commerce Legislative Affairs Committee attended the IACCE Legislative Summit in Springfield on Jan. 28

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Friday, January 29, 2016

Metro Area Unemployment Rates Continue Rising

Illinois jobs decreased in six metropolitan areas and unemployment rates increased in eleven regions, according to data released today by the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

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Friday, January 29, 2016

Business After Hours Program held at Volkswagen of Marion on 1/21

Business After Hours Program held at Volkswagen of Marion on 1/21

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Marion Chamber of Commerce holds 95th annual Auction & Awards Banquet

The 95th annual Marion Chamber of Commerce Auction & Awards Banquet was held on Friday, January 15 at The Pavilion.

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Diamond Drop to benefit The Poshard Foundation

The 95th annual Marion Chamber of Commerce Auction & Awards Banquet will be held on Friday, Jan. 15, at The Pavilion of the City of Marion. The event will feature a social hour, sponsored by Mayer Networks, that begins at 5:30; dinner, beginning at 7 p.m.; award presentations including the Business/Industry of Year Award presentation to Ike Family Dealerships; a wine and spirit pull, sponsored by Mayer Branding; and a Diamond Drop, which is a fun event where participants can win thousands of dollars worth of jewelry.

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Monday, December 28, 2015

Eleven elected to Marion Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors

Eleven members of the Marion Chamber of Commerce have been elected to the Chamber’s Board of Directors. Each will serve on the Board from 2016 to 2019.

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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Ike Family Dealerships named 2015 Marion Chamber Business/Industry of the Year

The Marion Chamber of Commerce has announced that the 2015 Business/Industry of the Year is Ike Family Dealerships.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Unemployment Rates up in Most Metro Areas

Unemployment rates increased in 12 metro areas, decreased in one and was unchanged in one. Eight metro areas across the state saw job loss compared to a year ago, according to preliminary data released today by the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Not seasonally adjusted data compares November 2015 with November 2014.

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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Business After Hours Program at Farmers State Bank held 12/17

Farmers State Bank hosted a Business After Hours program on Thursday, December 17 from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Ribbon Cutting and Customer Appreciation Day at Mayer Networks and Mayer Branding

The Marion Chamber of Commerce and the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce joined together for a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Customer Appreciation Day at Mayer Networks and Mayer Branding.

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Thursday, December 10, 2015

December Monthly Membership Luncheon held

The Marion Chamber of Commerce Monthly Membership Luncheon was held on Tuesday, December 8 at noon at Kokopelli. 
 

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Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Shop Southern Illinois program is underway!

Seventeen area Chambers of Commerce along with several regional businesses have teamed up this holiday season in an effort to encourage Southern Illinoisans to do a majority of their holiday shopping in the region, rather than traveling out of the area or shopping online.

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Monday, November 09, 2015

Illinois Metros See Minimal Job Growth; Seven Metro Areas Lose Jobs

Unemployment rates in Illinois fell in 12 metro areas, increased in one and remained the same in one.

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Monday, November 30, 2015

Marion Night SIU Men's Basketball Game

Please join us for "Marion Night" on Wednesday,Dec. 2, 2015,for the SIU vs. SEMO Men's Basketball game at 7pm.

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Business After Hours Program held on 11/18

Roll N Up Smoke Shop & Liquor hosted a Business After Hours program on Wednesday, November 18 from 5-8 p.m., featuring appetizers, wine samplings and discounts for Chamber members. The event was held at 2701 West DeYoung in Marion.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

New Member Quarterly Luncheon held 11/17

Every quarter the Marion Chamber of Commerce Membership Committee holds a New Member Quarterly Luncheon. This quarter’s New Member Quarterly Luncheon was held at Asian Bistro on November 17 at noon.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

2016 Holiday Survey Results Now Available

Over 95% of companies in Illinois will be closed for the holidays on New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day, according to the most recent Illinois Chamber Annual Holiday Survey. The results are now available for 2016.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

November Monthly Membership Luncheon held

The Marion Chamber of Commerce Monthly Membership Luncheon was held on Tuesday, November 10 at noon at Kokopelli.

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Ribbon Cutting at Massage on Call and Nuzum Education Center for Well Being

A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held on Thursday, November 5 at 4:30 p.m. at Massage on Call and Nuzum Education Center for Well Being at 1301 Enterprise Way, Suite 36, in Marion.

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Thursday, November 05, 2015

Business After Hours Program held at the new Breast Health Center at Heartland Regional Medical Center

Business After Hours Program was held at the new Breast Health Center at Heartland Regional Medical Center on October 28.



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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Ribbon Cutting and Open House held at Simply David's

A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Open House was held on Saturday, October 24 at Simply David's at 113 S. Russell Street, Marion.

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Saturday, October 24, 2015

AISIN Electronics Illinois celebrates 10 years

AISIN Electronics Illinois held a 10 year anniversary celebration on October 23.

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Friday, October 23, 2015

Business After Hours Program and Ribbon Cutting held at Priority Staffing Group Ltd

In celebration of their 5 year anniversary and Grand Opening, Priority Staffing Group & Payroll Co. Ltd. and Priority Professional Group, Ltd. hosted a Business After Hours Program and a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Thursday, October 22, starting at 3:30 p.m. at their new location - 712 North Carbon Street, Marion.

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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Susan Odum presents Shop Local to Business Before Hours group

The Marion Chamber of Commerce held its Business Before Hours event on Thursday, October 22, 2015, at Heartland Regional Medical Center, Classroom 1.

The event began at 7:45 a.m. with a breakfast provided by Heartland Regional Medical Center, networking activity, and a presentation by Susan Odum, Extension Educator on Community Economic Development with the University of Illinois Extension, on Buy Local principles.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Marion Chamber hosts Gov. Rauner

The Marion Chamber of Commerce Legislative Affairs Committee hosted Gov. Bruce Rauner and his discussion in Marion regarding the path forward in Illinois on Wednesday, October 21 at the Marion Cultural and Civic Center.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Visit SI presents at October Membership Luncheon

The Marion Chamber of Commerce Monthly Membership Luncheon was held on Tuesday, October 13 at noon at Kokopelli.

Williamson County Tourism Bureau CEO, Shannon Johnson, provided an update on tourism in Williamson County and the state.

Priority Staffing Group Ltd was the sponsor of the October Monthly Membership Luncheon.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Ribbon Cutting at Harbory Medical Cannabis Dispensary

Harbory Medical Cannabis Dispensary hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of their business in Marion.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Illinois Sees Minimal Job Growth; Eight Metro Areas Lose Jobs

September was the nineteenth month in a row that unemployment rates fell in every metro area while eight metro areas across the state saw job loss compared to a year ago, according to preliminary data released today by the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Illinois Business Leader Magazine Oct 2015 Issue Online

The October 2015 issue of the Illinois Business Leader is now available online for Chamber of Commerce members.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Chamber Electricity and Natural Gas Buying Group Saves Local Businesses $1.7 Million

The Southern Illinois Chamber of Commerce Electricity and Natural Gas Buying Group will keep an estimated $1.7 million in savings in the local economy during the period of June 2015 to June 2016.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony held at Business Resource Group

On Friday, October 9, 2015, Business Resource Group Midwest, located at 809 S. Division St, hosted a Customer Appreciation Reception from 10 a.m. to noon. There was a ribbon cutting at 10:30.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

New Marion Profile Book published

Click the headline of this story to be taken to the online version of the new Marion Profile Book. For a copy of the Marion Profile Book, call or visit the Chamber office.

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Thursday, October 01, 2015

Marion Chamber teams up with Profile Display

The Marion Chamber Of Commerce is always looking for ways to help its members gain exposure.

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

31st annual Marion Chamber Golf Scramble held 9/24

The Marion Chamber of Commerce held its 31st annual Golf Scramble on Thursday, September 24, beginning with a noon shotgun start. Lunch was held from 11 a.m. - noon. Dinner was served from 5-7 p.m.

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Regional Chamber Luncheon held 9/23

This year's Regional Chamber Kick Off Luncheon for Shop Southern Illinois was held on Wednesday, September 23rd at 11:30 am at the Carterville Community Center in Cannon Park in conjunction with National Chamber of Commerce Week.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

September Business After Hours Program: WORKcare.ready.well and Rehab Unlimited Marion

The September Business After Hours Program was held on Thursday, September 10 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Rehab Unlimited in Marion, 1403 Joe Abbot Way, and hosted by WORKcare.ready.well and Rehab Unlimited Marion.

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Thursday, September 10, 2015

September Monthly Membership Luncheon held

The Marion Chamber of Commerce Monthly Membership Luncheon was held on Tuesday, September 8 at 11:45 a.m. at Kokopelli. Clearwave Communications was the sponsor of the September Monthly Membership Luncheon.

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Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Unemployment Rates Down; Job Growth Remains Slow and Uneven

August was the 18th month in a row that unemployment rates fell in every metro area in the state compared to a year ago, according to preliminary data released today by the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Despite some job growth, six metro areas saw job loss.

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony held at Krispy Kreme

A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held at 9 a.m. on September 4 at Krispy Kreme in Marion.

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Friday, September 04, 2015

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony held at RAW Fitness

A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held at 4 p.m. on August 31 at RAW Fitness in Marion.

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Monday, August 31, 2015

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Harness Digital Marketing

A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will be held on Monday, August 31 at noon at Harness Digital Marketing, 308 North 16th Street in Herrin.

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Monday, August 31, 2015

Marion Chamber holds Legislative Summit

The Marion Chamber of Commerce Legislative Summit was held on Friday, August 28 at 11:30 a.m. at Kokopelli.

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Friday, August 28, 2015

Unemployment Rates Continue Downward Trend in All Metro Areas

July was the seventeenth month in a row that unemployment rates fell in every metro area in the state compared to a year ago, according to preliminary data released today by the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

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Friday, August 28, 2015

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at The Anchor

River to River Residential Corporation held a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Open House of their first Memory Care Community - "The Anchor" on August 21. The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony took place at 11 a.m. and the Open House was from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 1515 East DeYoung in Marion.

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Friday, August 21, 2015

New Member Quarterly Luncheon held in August

Every quarter the Marion Chamber of Commerce Membership Committee holds a New Member Quarterly Luncheon. This quarter’s New Member Quarterly Luncheon was held at Walt’s on August 18 at noon.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

August Membership Luncheon held at Kokopelli

The Marion Chamber of Commerce Monthly Membership Luncheon was held on Tuesday, August 11 at noon at Kokopelli.

Futiva, your next generation phone company providing hosted communications and will soon be providing fiber internet in Marion, was the sponsor of the August Monthly Membership Luncheon.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Morgan Avenue

A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Re-opening was held for Morgan Avenue (also known as The Hill Avenue) and The Diverging Diamond on Wednesday, August 12 at 10 a.m.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Russell Street / Boulevard Street intersection

A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held at 9 a.m. on August 11 for the official opening of the Russell Street and Boulevard Street intersection.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Marion Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors member Darren Pulley passed away 8/8

Darren L. Pulley, 50, passed away at 11:31pm on Saturday, August 8, 2015 at his home.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

New outdoor digital sign unveiled at Marion Chamber of Commerce

The unveiling of the new digital and stone outdoor sign at the Marion Chamber of Commerce was held on Friday, July 31 at 8 a.m.

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Friday, July 31, 2015

Enjoy Illinois on the Road: The 2015 Travel Effect Statewide Tour comes to Marion

VisitSI (Williamson County Tourism Bureau) and the Illinois Office of Tourism hosted a breakfast at Kokopelli Golf Club on Monday, July 27 for Enjoy Illinois on the Road: The 2015 Travel Effect Statewide Tour

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Monday, July 27, 2015

AISIN Light Metals holds Groundbreaking Ceremony

AISIN Light Metals held a Groundbreaking Ceremony on Friday, July 24.

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony held at the Marion VA's Center for Behavioral Health

A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held at the new building at the Marion VA Medical Center that will improve and expand the delivery of mental health services to area Veterans.

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Business Before Hours program held on July 23

The Marion Chamber of Commerce will hold its Business Before Hours event on Thursday, July 23, 2015, at Heartland Regional Medical Center, Classroom 1.

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Downstate Illinois Still Lagging in Job Growth

– June was the 16th month in a row that unemployment rates fell in every metro area in Illinois compared to a year ago, but job growth is still slow downstate, according to preliminary data released today by the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Illinois Business Leader July 2015 Issue online now

The July 2015 issue of the Illinois Business Leader is now available online for Illinois Chamber of Commerce members.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

July Monthly Membership Luncheon held on 7/14

The Marion Chamber of Commerce Monthly Membership Luncheon was held on Tuesday, July 14 at noon at Kokopelli. Rob Wielt, Senior Energy Consultant with Affordable Gas and Electric, was the presenter. J Fortune Photography's Feel Beautiful, Know Your Beauty Campaign was the sponsor of the July Monthly Membership Luncheon.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Farm Credit Illinois holds Business After Hours, Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

The July Marion Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours was held on Thursday, July 9 from 4-6 p.m. at Farm Credit Illinois, 2601 Henry Drive in Marion, with the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony taking place at 4:30 p.m.

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Thursday, July 09, 2015

Legislative Affairs Committee hosted lunch with Rep. Bost

The Marion Chamber of Commerce Legislative Affairs Committee hosted Rep. Mike Bost (IL-12) on Thursday, July 2 at 17th Street Bar & Grill in Marion. The event focused on the Trade Promotion Authority and the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement.

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Thursday, July 02, 2015

Unemployment Rates Down in All Metro Areas

May was the fifteenth month in a row that unemployment rates fell in every metro area in the state compared to a year ago, according to preliminary data released today by the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Rates also fell in all of Illinois’s 102 counties. Not seasonally adjusted data compares May 2015 with May 2014.

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Marion Community Day event a success

Marion Community Day at Rent One Park was Friday, June 26 when the Southern Illinois Miners faced off against the Washington Wild Things. Hundreds turned out to show their community spirit and support for the Marion Grad Spree program by attending the tailgate party and game.

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony held at House 2 Home Realty

A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held on June 12 at 11:30 a.m. at House 2 Home Realty's new office in Marion located at 2400 A Williamson County Pkwy.

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Friday, June 12, 2015

Movie Night at Walker's Bluff to benefit the Marion Chamber Foundation

Despicable Me Outdoor Movie Showing at The Gazebo
Date: Friday, July 10, 2015
Gates open at 5:30 p.m.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

June Monthly Membership Luncheon held at Kokopelli

The Marion Chamber of Commerce Monthly Membership Luncheon was held on Tuesday, June 9 at noon at Rent One Ballpark.

The presentation was given by Mike Pinto, Manager of the Southern Illinois Miners.

Mayer Networks was the sponsor of the June Monthly Membership Luncheon.

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Tuesday, June 09, 2015

"Illinois - The State of Innovation" -- 2015 Edition Now Available

The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity is pleased to announce the 3rd edition of Illinois – The State of Innovation.

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Monday, June 01, 2015

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony held at Burton & Vick, LLC

A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held at 4 p.m., Friday, May 29 at Burton & Vick, LLC., followed by an Open House.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony held at Genesis Salon

A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held on May 29 at 2 p.m. at Genesis Salon.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Strong Job Gains in Northern Illinois; Downstate Continues to Struggle

April was the fourteenth month in a row that unemployment rates fell in every metro area in the state compared to a year ago, according to preliminary data released today by the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

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Friday, May 29, 2015

New Member Quarterly Luncheon held in May

Every quarter the Marion Chamber of Commerce Membership Committee holds a New Member Quarterly Luncheon. This quarter’s New Member Quarterly Luncheon was held at 17th Street on May 19.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony held at KBSI Fox 23

A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held on Thursday, May 14 at 4:30 p.m. at KBSI Fox 23, 7369 Cox Drive in Carterville.

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

May Monthly Luncheon held at Kokopelli

The Marion Chamber of Commerce Monthly Membership Luncheon, sponsored by Joyner Therapy Services, was held on Tuesday, May 12 at noon at Kokopelli.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

2015 Grad Spree a success

Marion Unit #2 Schools Foundation and the Marion Area Chamber of Commerce sponsor Grad Spree, which was started 30 years ago to help insure that graduation is the beginning of a new life, not the end of one.

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Friday, May 15, 2015

Work has begun on new outdoor sign at the Marion Chamber

Liberty Signs and American Monument Company have begun work on the new digital outdoor sign for the Marion Chamber of Commerce.

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Saturday, May 09, 2015

Tyler Williams designs winning Grad Spree t-shirt art

Tyler Williams, a senior at Marion High School, designed the art for the 2015 Grad Spree t-shirts.

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Friday, May 08, 2015

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony held at Gander Mountain

A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held at Gander Mountain.

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Friday, May 08, 2015

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony held at Stellar SEO

A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held on Thursday, May 7 at Stellar SEO.

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Thursday, May 07, 2015

Marion Chamber awards two scholarships

The Marion Chamber of Commerce awarded 2 scholarships this year: Grad Spree Scholarship and a John A. Logan College One Year Tuition Waiver.

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Monday, May 04, 2015

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony held at The HUB

A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held at 4 p.m. on Friday, March 27 at The HUB.

The Grand Opening followed on Saturday, March 28, starting at 11 a.m.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Now is the time to participate in the Chamber's electricity buying group

If you have not participated in our Chamber's electricity buying group you need to. Our broker AGE is going to open a new electricity buying pool for those not in a pool or contract now. If you use more than 15,000 kwh's a year you qualify for our program. If you are below 15,000 kwh's/yr you are already in the city/county plan.

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Monday, April 27, 2015

Business After Hours Program held at VW of Marion

The April Business After Hours Program was sponsored by Volkswagen of Marion.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Business Before Hours Program held in April

The Marion Chamber of Commerce held its Business Before Hours event on Thursday, April 23, 2015, at Heartland Regional Medical Center. The event included a presentation by Russell Williams with Brehm Foundation on John Maxwell's Leadership Principles.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Illinois Metro Unemployment Rates Drop; Job Growth Stalls

March was the thirteenth month in a row that unemployment rates fell in every metro area in the state compared to a year ago, according to preliminary data released today by the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony held at Cool Spoons

A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held at Cool Spoons on Wednesday, April 22 from 4-6 p.m.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Grad Spree needs your help

It’s that time of the year again to make plans for the Marion 2015 Friends For Life Graduation Spree, Thursday, May 14, 2015, a drug and alcohol free environment for the graduating seniors and their guests.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Brad Dillard presents at April Membership Luncheon

The Marion Chamber of Commerce Monthly Membership Luncheon was held on Tuesday, April 14 at noon at Kokopelli. The presentation was given by Brad Dillard with the River-to-River Relay.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Unemployment Rates Drop in All Metro Areas - Job Growth Uneven

February was the twelfth month in a row that unemployment rates fell in every metro area in the state compared to a year ago, according to preliminary data released today by the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Kanie Japan Ambassadors visit Marion

Representatives from Marion's Sister City, Kanie Japan, visited Marion.

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Unemployment Rates Continue Dropping in All Metro Areas

January was the eleventh month in a row that unemployment rates fell in every metro area in the state compared to a year ago, according to preliminary data released today by the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Marion Chamber holds 5th annual Bass Tournament

49 boats competed in the tournament at Mack's Marina.

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Monday, March 16, 2015

Marion Chamber holds March Membership Luncheon

The Marion Chamber of Commerce Monthly Membership Luncheon was held on Tuesday, March 10 at noon at Kokopelli.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Celtic Healthcare

Celtic Healthcare, formerly VNA-TIP Healthcare, held a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 4:30 p.m. at March 5 at their Marion location.

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Thursday, March 05, 2015

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony held at SIH Cancer Institute

Southern Illinois Healthcare presented their Grand Unveiling of The Region's Own Comprehensive Cancer Center Built for The Community, by The Community

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Deadline to participate in Marion Community Day advert in SI Miners program is March 1

Marion Community Day will be held on Friday, June 26. The deadline to advertise on the Chamber's pages in the SI Miners program is March 6.

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Diamond Drop raises more than $1,000 for The Poshard Foundation

The 94th annual Marion Chamber of Commerce Auction & Awards Banquet’s Diamond Drop raised $1,060 for The Poshard Foundation for Abused Children.

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Amber Ciochetto to serve on Chamber Board of Directors

The Marion Chamber of Commerce is pleased to welcome Amber Ciochetto with Crisp Container to the Chamber’s Board of Directors. Amber will be replacing Steve Lappin, who is retiring from Banterra Bank and stepping down from the Board. Steve has served on the Marion Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors since 1999, including time as the Board’s Chairman.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Brandon Zanotti speaks at February Membership Luncheon

Cindy Gibbons with the City of Marion spoke about the Sister City Program and Brandon Zanotti, Williamson County States Attorney, gave a presentation.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Illinois Business Leader Magazine

This inaugural edition includes articles on the most timely of issues: a new administration in Springfield; fracking and how it affects you; infrastructure funding for roads, rail and waterways; healthcare mandates; international trade; and worker's compensation, the minimum wage, and other human resources challenges.

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

What does buying local mean for you?

Shopping local supports the local business, but what does it mean for YOU, the local resident?

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Monday, February 09, 2015

Kristin Paul promoted to Office Manager at Chamber


The Marion Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors unanimously voted on Tuesday to promote Kristin Paul to Office Manager at the Chamber.

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

New member benefits added

The Board of Directors voted to add the following Member Benefits: Monthly Luncheon Sponsorship, Member eBlast, and Member Spotlight.

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Thursday, February 05, 2015

Feb. 15: Deadline for Health Insurance

At the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, we're here to help you start 2015 off on the right foot. That's why we're offering an affordable health care solution that can help you and your employees now.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

December Unemployment Rates Fall in All Metro Areas

December unemployment rates fell in every metro area in the state.

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Bank On Marion presents at Business Before Hours program

Bank On Marion presented at the January Business Before Hours Program.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

94th annual Marion Chamber of Commerce Auction & Awards Banquet held

The Marion Chamber of Commerce held its 94th Annual Auction & Awards Banquet on Friday, January 16, 2015 at The Pavilion of the City of Marion.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Video of the Marion Chamber of Commerce Annual Auction & Awards Banquet released

A video of the 94th annual Marion Chamber of Commerce Auction & Awards Banquet is available for viewing online.

For a copy of the video, please contact the Marion Chamber of Commerce at director@marionillinois.com or 997-6311.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Diamond Drop to benefit The Poshard Foundation

The 94th annual Marion Chamber of Commerce Auction & Awards Banquet will be held on Friday, Jan. 16, at The Pavilion of the City of Marion. The event will feature a social hour, sponsored by Mayer Networks, that begins at 5:30; dinner, beginning at 7 p.m.; award presentations including the Business/Industry of Year Award presentation to AISIN Light Metals; a wine pull, also sponsored by Mayer Networks; and a Diamond Drop, which is a fun event where participants can win thousands of dollars worth of jewelry.

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Monday, January 05, 2015

Marion Chamber announces 2014 Business & Industry of the Year

The Marion Chamber of Commerce announced that the 2014 Business & Industry of the Year is AISIN Light Metals of Marion, Illinois.

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Monday, December 22, 2014

Farmers State Bank holds ribbon cutting ceremony, open house

Farmers State Bank held a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house at their second location - 2806 Outer Drive, Marion, Illinois.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Board election results announced, MJHS Choir performs at December Luncheon

Results of the Board of Directors election were announced and the Marion Junior High School Jazz Choir and Women's Choir performed at the December Monthly Membership Luncheon.

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Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Hospice of Southern Illinois hosts Business After Hours program at Marion Subaru

The December Marion Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours program was held on Tuesday, December 2 from 4:30-6:30 p.m.at Marion Subaru and was sponsored by Hospice of Southern Illinois.

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Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Nine elected to Marion Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors

Nine members of the Marion Chamber of Commerce have been elected to the Chamber’s Board of Directors. Each will serve on the Board from 2015 to 2017.

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Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Free Shop Southern Illinois decals now available

Wesley's Custom Graphics is offering FREE Shop Southern Illinois decals to everyone! To receive your free decal, visit Wesley's Custom Graphics, which is open Monday-Friday 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. and located at 208 West DeYoung in Marion.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Electricity & Natural Gas Rate Negotiations Begin For Marion Chamber Members

The Marion Chamber of Commerce and its exclusive program coordinator, Affordable Gas & Electric (AGE), announced they will begin negotiations for electricity and natural gas contract renewals for members who are part of the Southern Illinois Chamber of Commerce Bulk Electricity & Natural Gas Buying Group.

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Tuesday, November 04, 2014

CASA presents at November Membership Luncheon

The Marion Chamber of Commerce Monthly Membership Luncheon was held on November 11 at noon at Kokopelli.

The speaker for November was Jayme Frey Figueroa, Executive Director from Casa of Williamson County.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Heartland Regional Medical Center hosts Business After Hours event

The November Marion Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours was held on Thursday, November 6 from 4:30-7 p.m. in the cafe of Heartland Regional Medical Center.

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Thursday, November 06, 2014

Groundbreaking ceremony held at Williamson County Regional Airport

The Williamson County Airport Authority Board of Commissioners held a Groundbreaking Ceremony for construction of a new Airline Terminal at Williamson County Regional Airport on Friday, October 31 at 11:30 a.m.

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Friday, October 31, 2014

Ribbon Cutting at Heartland Regional Medical Center

Heartland Regional Medical Center hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house to celebrate their new Rehab Services Clinic satellite location.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Business Before Hours program features The HUB

The Marion Chamber of Commerce's Business Before Hours program was held on Thursday, October 23 at Heartland Regional Medical Center and featured The HUB.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Walker's Bluff holds Open House

Walker's Bluff held an Open House on Wednesday, October 15 to showcase their facilities.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Pepsi MidAmerica holds building dedication ceremony honoring John Rains

On October 17, Pepsi MidAmerica dedicated their Human Resources building in honor of John Rains.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Nomination process open for Marion Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors

The Marion Chamber of Commerce Nominations Committee is now accepting nominations for the Board of Directors.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Centerstone presents at October Membership Luncheon

The October 2014 Membership Luncheon featured representatives from Centerstone.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Ribbon cutting held at Casey's on West Main in Marion

Casey's on West Main in Marion held a Ribbon Cutting ceremony on Friday, October 3

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Friday, October 03, 2014

Baysinger Architects hosts Business After Hours event

The October Marion Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours was held on Thursday, October 2 from 2-6 p.m. at Baysinger Architects.

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Thursday, October 02, 2014

30th annual Marion Chamber Golf Scramble a SUCCESS!

The 30th annual Marion Chamber of Commerce Golf Scramble was held on Thursday, September 25 at Kokopelli.

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Curves holds Ribbon Cutting

Curves in Marion held a Ribbon Cutting ceremony on Monday, September 15 to kick off its Open House week.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Illinois National Guard hosts September Membership Luncheon

This was no ordinary Membership Luncheon!

The Marion Chamber of Commerce September Membership Luncheon was held on Tuesday, September 9 at noon at the 2ND Battalion - 130TH Infantry Regimental Armory at 11427 Minuteman Road in Marion, Illinois.

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Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Marion Chamber launches Mobile App

The Marion Chamber of Commerce is working to help our community become more competitive online. In order for us to achieve this, we need to be sure all of the community businesses are setup properly and ready to broadcast. Each voting member of the Marion Chamber of Commerce has been sent a username and password to access/change/update their business and advertising services provided as part of their membership with the Marion Chamber.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

2014 Marion Chamber of Commerce Golf Scramble Sponsors

Thank you to the following sponsors of the 2014 Marion Chamber of Commerce Golf Scramble!

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Melise's hosts August Business After Hours event

Melise's hosted the August Business After Hours event

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

New Member Quarterly Luncheon held

Every quarter the Marion Chamber of Commerce Membership Committee holds a New Member Quarterly Luncheon. This quarter’s New Member Quarterly Luncheon was held at Walt’s on August 19 at noon.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The HUB presents at August Membership Luncheon

Hilary LeHew and Martin Holleley from The HUB presented at the August Membership Luncheon.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Ribbon cutting and open house held at Jackson & Gray

Marion Chamber of Commerce members and area residents gathered to help celebrate Jackson & Gray Insurance Co.'s 50th anniversary and building renovation following a fire last year.

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Tuesday, August 05, 2014

July Business After Hours held at South Porte Bank

The July Marion Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours was held on Thursday, July 24 from 4-6:30 p.m. at South Porte Bank.

Those in attendance enjoyed networking as well as hors d'oeuvres and drinks provided by Kokopelli and a reception for Judy Batchelor, who is now sailing with South Porte Bank!

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

July Business Before Hours a success

The first Business Before Hours event was held on Thursday, July 24. More than 30 people participated in the inaugural event. Attendees participated in a "Six Degrees of Separation" networking activity, enjoyed breakfast provided by Heartland Regional Medical Center and listened to a presentation about Disaster Recovery by James Mayer with Mayer Networks.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Groundbreaking ceremony held at VW of Marion

Volkswagen of Marion, part of the Ike Family of Dealerships, celebrated the start of construction on their new facility. The ground breaking ceremony was held on Monday, July 14 at 11 am at 4403 W. DeYoung, Marion, IL 62959.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Ribbon cutting held at Doggie Stylez

A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held at Doggie Stylez in Marion. An open house followed.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Marion IL Sister City Ambassadors travel to Kanie Town Japan

To follow their travels to Kanie Town, their activities while there and their journey home, follow them on Facebook!

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Illinois National Guard presents at Monthly Membership Luncheon

The Illinois National Guard presented at the July Monthly Membership Luncheon.

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Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Mike Bost speaks at Marion Chamber's Legislative Affairs Committee meeting

Ill. State Rep. Mike Bost spoke at the Legislative Affairs Comm. mtg on 6/18 at South Porte Bank recently.

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Chamber Electricity Aggregation Program

Did you miss your chance to save BIG on your Ameren electric
bills last spring? Enroll your accounts this SUMMER!

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Friday, June 20, 2014

Marion Chamber of Commerce launches new Web site

The Marion Chamber of Commerce has launched a new Web site and new and exciting tools for its members.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Mayer Networks holds Ribbon Cutting

Mayer Networks in Marion held a Ribbon Cutting on June 6.

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Marion Ministerial Alliance spoke at Chamber luncheon

The Marion Ministerial Alliance spoke at the June Marion Chamber of Commerce Monthly Luncheon at Kokopelli on June 10.

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Thursday, June 19, 2014