Member Spotlight

Mayer Networks
608 Eastgate · Carbondale, IL 62901
p. 866-515-4922 · f. 866-515-4925

Mayer Networks has grown tremendously since it began nine years ago. What started out as an idea of an ambitious college student has turned into a large IT consulting firm with three locations, 12 employees and more than 200 valued clients.

James Mayer started Mayer Networks in December 2006 in the garage of his home in Carbondale, armed with a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Technology from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale and a Microsoft certification as a Systems Administrator with Security specialization.

“We originally started with just onsite IT consulting and network support such as servers and workstations,” Mayer said. “That is still our core at this time, but we have added plenty of other services, including hosting, disaster recovery, Web site design and more.”

It wasn’t long before Mayer needed to hire a tech, followed by the need for more office space. He found a small office space in downtown Carbondale, where he (and his tech) worked for two years.

Then came new technicians and more services, and Mayer found himself once again looking for office space. When he found a former bank for lease at 608 Eastgate Street in Carbondale, he immediately saw the potential in the property.

“We chose the location we have now because it contains a bank vault, which we have outfitted as our Tier 4 data center. Our data center is surrounded by 21 inches of reinforced concrete, with redundant fiber Internet connections, a dedicated power supply with a backup generator, and dedicated air-conditioning,” he said. “And our redundancy doesn’t stop there. Every mechanism in our data center is completely redundant … to ensure that everything from networking, routing and our servers are available regardless of hardware or software failure.

“All of our infrastructure is completely redundant – servers, switches, power, routers, storage area network devices, etc. Allowing customers to use our data center for a variety of reasons saves them money because they no longer need to pay for their own software, hardware, etc. They get to use part of a Tier 4 data center and pay for only what they need and nothing more. They don’t need to manage their own equipment or pay for costly monthly contracts.”

The Tier 4 data center also allows Mayer Networks to offer stable Cloud Solutions.

“The hosting service, aka the cloud, has become very popular. We have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars creating and outfitting our very own Tier 4 data center so other businesses could use it as their own private cloud or hosting service and disaster recovery site,” Mayer said. “Cloud Solutions is provided by our own Tier 4 data center. The idea of hosting for our clients was simple – there are many very small businesses around Southern Illinois that have a need for large-company technology but don’t want the expense. So, we let them use part of our large-company technology.”

Mayer Networks focuses on disaster recovery and business continuity.

“We can replicate any virtual or physical server every five to 15 minutes of every day. This means we receive somewhere between 380 and 420 backups a day. In the event a server goes down, we have numerous ways to keep our client functioning and ensure their data is safe and their business can go back to work quickly,” Mayer said. 

“A client of ours has approximately 35 servers. One of the servers went down because it was older hardware that they were going to replace. We were replicating this server every five minutes. When the server went down, our automated systems alerted us to the issue. We have a VPN (virtual private network) linking the customer site with our data center. In less than 10 minutes we were able to turn on an exact copy of the server that crashed, and, because of the VPN, place that server in their network from our office and allow everyone to return to work. That’s great for disaster recovery and business continuity, and that is exactly what our clients pay for.”

Mayer also offers Web design services.

“Mayer Networks never offered Web design in the past. It’s a difficult area to be a part of. I thought, ‘Well, I’m successful on the network-support side, maybe it’s time we try Web design,’” Mayer said. “We also had several clients who wished we would handle Web design so they could keep all of their IT needs in one place.”

Mayer Networks is still true to its core – IT consulting and network support.

“IT consulting is where I, as the lead consultant, interact with clients to show them what technology can do for their business. Using technology is about saving money, time, and having a competitive edge. We spend time with our clients to get to know them and see how they run their businesses. The more we learn about how they function as a business, the better we are at consulting and maximizing technology to benefit their businesses,” Mayer said.

“Network support includes firewalls, routers, switches, servers, desktop computers, and a ton more. We provide support to our clients on many different devices and many different software packages, all to ensure they can keep functioning and growing their businesses.

“Most of what Mayer Networks does these days is preventative maintenance and support. We use advanced software that not only predicts issues, but can address and correct issues for us automatically ‘behind the scenes,’ so our clients are not disrupted.”

Mayer Networks employs gifted technicians that have a history in the IT field, each with a specific background of support.

“Anyone who has worked for Mayer Networks will tell you that they have learned way more than they thought they would. It’s because of the training and having to manage more than 100 businesses and all of their IT needs. Technicians who work for IT firms such as ours are exposed to so many new and different things every day,” Mayer said. “When we hire, we look for team members who have drive, people who live and breathe this and actually love it. 

“I love IT and I want my staff members to love it, too,” he said. “It’s the never-ending puzzle and that needs to be figured out.”

Mayer Networks does offer continued education to team members through regular training sessions after hours.

“We want to ensure that our team members grow along with our clients,” he said. “Many of our technicians come to us with certifications and some gain certifications while they’re a part of our team. We look for dedicated individuals who love information technology. Our team members do not treat their employment as just a job, but a chance to learn and grow and assist our customers with every need imaginable.”

For more than a decade now, James and Mayer Networks have helped many businesses regularly without their presence being known, including larger businesses and organizations such as Southern Illinois University, Community Health and Emergency Services, Heartland Region Medical Center, and Jackson County Courthouse, as well as smaller businesses and organizations such as The Boys & Girls Club of Carbondale, Larry’s House of Cakes, Oliver & Associates, Diederich Insurance, and TJ’s Fine Jewelry, just to name a few.

“One of our clients said it best, when he told me, ‘I want to pay you and never see you. If I pay you for preventative maintenance, and I don’t have issues, then I know you are doing your job,’” Mayer said.

James and Mayer Networks have consistently helped Southern Illinois through numerous sponsorship and local community activities such as fundraising events for Kiwanis, The Boys & Girls Club of Carbondale, Marion and Carbondale chambers of commerce, SIH Cancer Foundation, and 100 Men that Cook, and fundraising for Carbondale Pheonix Futbol Club and Carbondale Soccer Inc.

Mayer Networks is the sponsor of the social hour and wine pull at the 94th annual Marion Chamber of Commerce Auction & Awards Banquet on January 16 at The Pavilion.

Marion Chamber holds 5th annual Bass Tournament

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

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Sunday, March 15, 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 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

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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Painting and Drawing Competition

LEAA presents its 1st annual Painting and Drawing Competition at the Arts Centre in Marion now through March 31. 

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Leadership Classes

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Blood Drive

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive on Thursday, April 2 from 3-7 p.m. on the Red Cross Bus located at 2804 East Outer Drive in Marion.

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Kokopelli Easter Buffet
April 5th, 2015 / Seating 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

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Marion Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors meeting

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On April 7th, 2015, State Representatives, Mayors and Village Presidents, County Officials, Chamber of Commerce Directors, and small and large energy users and buyers from throughout Illinois are expected to converge in Mt. Vernon, IL at Cedarhurst Center For The Arts.  The purpose: a forum to discuss competitive energy in Illinois. 

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Marion Chamber April Membership Luncheon

The Marion Chamber of Commerce Monthly Membership Luncheon, sponsored by Volkswagen of Marion, will be held on Tuesday, April 14 at noon at Kokopelli. 

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Marion Chamber of Commerce Marketing Committee meeting

The Marion Chamber of Commerce Marketing Committee meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 8 a.m. at the Chamber office. 

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04/15/15
Bang! Bang! How To Shoot Your Business...Video

Bang! Bang! How To Shoot Your Business...Video 
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Marion Chamber of Commerce Legislative Affairs Committee meeting

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2015 HUMAN RESOURCES CONFERENCE

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Marion Chamber of Commerce Membership Committee meeting

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Business Before Hours Program - Russell Williams presents John Maxwell's Leadership Principles

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

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Member Spotlight

Mayer Networks
608 Eastgate · Carbondale, IL 62901
p. 866-515-4922 · f. 866-515-4925

Mayer Networks has grown tremendously since it began nine years ago. What started out as an idea of an ambitious college student has turned into a large IT consulting firm with three locations, 12 employees and more than 200 valued clients.

James Mayer started Mayer Networks in December 2006 in the garage of his home in Carbondale, armed with a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Technology from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale and a Microsoft certification as a Systems Administrator with Security specialization.

“We originally started with just onsite IT consulting and network support such as servers and workstations,” Mayer said. “That is still our core at this time, but we have added plenty of other services, including hosting, disaster recovery, Web site design and more.”

It wasn’t long before Mayer needed to hire a tech, followed by the need for more office space. He found a small office space in downtown Carbondale, where he (and his tech) worked for two years.

Then came new technicians and more services, and Mayer found himself once again looking for office space. When he found a former bank for lease at 608 Eastgate Street in Carbondale, he immediately saw the potential in the property.

“We chose the location we have now because it contains a bank vault, which we have outfitted as our Tier 4 data center. Our data center is surrounded by 21 inches of reinforced concrete, with redundant fiber Internet connections, a dedicated power supply with a backup generator, and dedicated air-conditioning,” he said. “And our redundancy doesn’t stop there. Every mechanism in our data center is completely redundant … to ensure that everything from networking, routing and our servers are available regardless of hardware or software failure.

“All of our infrastructure is completely redundant – servers, switches, power, routers, storage area network devices, etc. Allowing customers to use our data center for a variety of reasons saves them money because they no longer need to pay for their own software, hardware, etc. They get to use part of a Tier 4 data center and pay for only what they need and nothing more. They don’t need to manage their own equipment or pay for costly monthly contracts.”

The Tier 4 data center also allows Mayer Networks to offer stable Cloud Solutions.

“The hosting service, aka the cloud, has become very popular. We have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars creating and outfitting our very own Tier 4 data center so other businesses could use it as their own private cloud or hosting service and disaster recovery site,” Mayer said. “Cloud Solutions is provided by our own Tier 4 data center. The idea of hosting for our clients was simple – there are many very small businesses around Southern Illinois that have a need for large-company technology but don’t want the expense. So, we let them use part of our large-company technology.”

Mayer Networks focuses on disaster recovery and business continuity.

“We can replicate any virtual or physical server every five to 15 minutes of every day. This means we receive somewhere between 380 and 420 backups a day. In the event a server goes down, we have numerous ways to keep our client functioning and ensure their data is safe and their business can go back to work quickly,” Mayer said. 

“A client of ours has approximately 35 servers. One of the servers went down because it was older hardware that they were going to replace. We were replicating this server every five minutes. When the server went down, our automated systems alerted us to the issue. We have a VPN (virtual private network) linking the customer site with our data center. In less than 10 minutes we were able to turn on an exact copy of the server that crashed, and, because of the VPN, place that server in their network from our office and allow everyone to return to work. That’s great for disaster recovery and business continuity, and that is exactly what our clients pay for.”

Mayer also offers Web design services.

“Mayer Networks never offered Web design in the past. It’s a difficult area to be a part of. I thought, ‘Well, I’m successful on the network-support side, maybe it’s time we try Web design,’” Mayer said. “We also had several clients who wished we would handle Web design so they could keep all of their IT needs in one place.”

Mayer Networks is still true to its core – IT consulting and network support.

“IT consulting is where I, as the lead consultant, interact with clients to show them what technology can do for their business. Using technology is about saving money, time, and having a competitive edge. We spend time with our clients to get to know them and see how they run their businesses. The more we learn about how they function as a business, the better we are at consulting and maximizing technology to benefit their businesses,” Mayer said.

“Network support includes firewalls, routers, switches, servers, desktop computers, and a ton more. We provide support to our clients on many different devices and many different software packages, all to ensure they can keep functioning and growing their businesses.

“Most of what Mayer Networks does these days is preventative maintenance and support. We use advanced software that not only predicts issues, but can address and correct issues for us automatically ‘behind the scenes,’ so our clients are not disrupted.”

Mayer Networks employs gifted technicians that have a history in the IT field, each with a specific background of support.

“Anyone who has worked for Mayer Networks will tell you that they have learned way more than they thought they would. It’s because of the training and having to manage more than 100 businesses and all of their IT needs. Technicians who work for IT firms such as ours are exposed to so many new and different things every day,” Mayer said. “When we hire, we look for team members who have drive, people who live and breathe this and actually love it. 

“I love IT and I want my staff members to love it, too,” he said. “It’s the never-ending puzzle and that needs to be figured out.”

Mayer Networks does offer continued education to team members through regular training sessions after hours.

“We want to ensure that our team members grow along with our clients,” he said. “Many of our technicians come to us with certifications and some gain certifications while they’re a part of our team. We look for dedicated individuals who love information technology. Our team members do not treat their employment as just a job, but a chance to learn and grow and assist our customers with every need imaginable.”

For more than a decade now, James and Mayer Networks have helped many businesses regularly without their presence being known, including larger businesses and organizations such as Southern Illinois University, Community Health and Emergency Services, Heartland Region Medical Center, and Jackson County Courthouse, as well as smaller businesses and organizations such as The Boys & Girls Club of Carbondale, Larry’s House of Cakes, Oliver & Associates, Diederich Insurance, and TJ’s Fine Jewelry, just to name a few.

“One of our clients said it best, when he told me, ‘I want to pay you and never see you. If I pay you for preventative maintenance, and I don’t have issues, then I know you are doing your job,’” Mayer said.

James and Mayer Networks have consistently helped Southern Illinois through numerous sponsorship and local community activities such as fundraising events for Kiwanis, The Boys & Girls Club of Carbondale, Marion and Carbondale chambers of commerce, SIH Cancer Foundation, and 100 Men that Cook, and fundraising for Carbondale Pheonix Futbol Club and Carbondale Soccer Inc.

Mayer Networks is the sponsor of the social hour and wine pull at the 94th annual Marion Chamber of Commerce Auction & Awards Banquet on January 16 at The Pavilion.

Marion Chamber holds 5th annual Bass Tournament

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

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Sunday, March 15, 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 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

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