Member Spotlight

2015 Marion Grad Spree Sponsors
General Dynamics, Taco Johns, Pepsi MidAmerica/Crisp Container · Marion, IL 62959
p. General Dynamics: 618-993-9413. Taco Johns: 618-993-8901. Pepsi/Crisp: 618-998-0400 · f. No fax

More than 250 Marion High School graduates and their guests participated in the 2015 Grad Spree. 

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.

We provide a night of fun-filled activities at the SIU-C Rec Center, following graduation ceremonies. Graduates (and their guest if they invite one) met in the parking lot of Rent One Park and boarded buses for Carbondale between 11:00 PM and 11:30PM. All activities were in a drug-free and alcohol-free environment. Participants were prohibited from leaving the activities and no student drove to the event. Graduates returned to Rent One Park at approximately 4:30 AM.

Marion’s 2015 Grad Spree was FREE TO ALL SENIORS and only $10 for one guest. The cost of this event is covered by direct donations and dollars raised at various Marion Chamber of Commerce fundraisers. The event costs approximately $50 per student.  

There is still time to make a donation to Grad Spree. If you are interested, click here. 

Please thank our sponsors thus far:

Also, please thank our volunteers:

Chad Phillips
Greg Smothers
Rick Richert
Yvonne Richert
Andrew Hastie
Katie Hastie
Jim Parker
Travis Dunbar
Matt Carnaghi
Kenya Garner
Doug Peebles
Ashley Gott
Kristin Paul
John Holst
Mike Ben Avi
Dalus Ben Avi
Paul Roth
Corey Peters
Riane Dick
Joyce Ridgeway
Richard Ridgeway
Salina Dunbar
Amber Ciochetto
David Hughes
Marilyn Jones
Jill Johnson

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

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

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

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

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

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Events available for Registration...

Marion Community Day at Rent One Park
06/26/15
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Events in the next 30 days...
DateEvent
05/29/15
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Genesis Salon

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

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05/29/15
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Burton & Vick, LLC

A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will be held at 4 p.m., Friday, May 29 at Burton & Vick, LLC. An Open House will be held from 4-7 p.m.

more info...
06/02/15
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. 

more info...
06/02/15
2015 Ameren Illinois ActOnEnergy Business Symposium

Discover why more than 700 people attended this award-winning event last year.

more info...
06/03/15
Knock Hunger out of the Park

HELP END HUNGER IN SOUTHERN ILLINOISJoin Us Every Wednesday Night Home
Game at Rent One Park, Home of 
the Southern Illinois Miners, to 
Collect Non-Perishable Food Items to 
Stock the Shelves of Local Food Pantries

more info...
06/04/15
Advanced Photoshop classes

An advanced Photoshop class will be offered at LEAA starting May 21st through June 25th. 

more info...
06/04/15
Community Day Committee Meeting

The Marion Chamber of Commerce Community Day Committee will hold a meeting on Thursday, June 4th at 8:15 a.m. at the Chamber office.

more info...
06/09/15
June Monthly Membership Luncheon

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

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

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


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06/10/15
Knock Hunger out of the Park

HELP END HUNGER IN SOUTHERN ILLINOISJoin Us Every Wednesday Night Home
Game at Rent One Park, Home of 
the Southern Illinois Miners, to 
Collect Non-Perishable Food Items to 
Stock the Shelves of Local Food Pantries

more info...
06/11/15
Advanced Photoshop classes

An advanced Photoshop class will be offered at LEAA starting May 21st through June 25th. 

more info...
06/11/15
Creative Writing Workshop for Children

A Creative Writing Workshop for Children will be held in June.

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06/12/15
Customer Appreciation & Salute to Veterans

Peoples National Bank's Customer Appreciation & Salute to Veterans will be held on Friday, June 12 from 11am-1pm.

more info...
06/12/15
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at House 2 Home Realty


A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will be 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.

more info...
06/13/15
Flea Market & Craft Sale

Flea Market & Craft Sale
Saturday, June13, 2015
8:00am till 3:00pm
Marion Knights of Columbus
1601 W White St, Marion, IL 62959 off Russell St

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06/16/15
Marion Chamber of Commerce Membership Committee meeting

The Membership Committee meet on the third Tuesday of each month at noon. The location of the meeting varies. Please call the Marion Chamber of Commerce to join the Membership Committee, inquire about the location of the next meeting or if you have any questions.

more info...
06/16/15
Creative Writing Workshop for Children

A Creative Writing Workshop for Children will be held in June.

more info...
06/17/15
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. 

more info...
06/17/15
Starting a Business in Illinois seminar

This two-hour informational seminar covers the basic requirements of starting your own business including: legal structure, start-up requirements, finding financing and business planning basics.

more info...
06/17/15
Illinois Chamber Workers Compensation Workshop

A full day workshop taught by attorney Jim Egan of Keefe, Campbell, Biery & Associates

more info...
06/17/15
SIU Credit Union to host free credit seminar

SIU Credit Union will host a FREE credit seminar, “Power Over Debt: Break the Debt Cycle”, in Carbondale on Wednesday, June 17 from 6 to 8 pm. Learn if debt is dragging you down and how to take control of debt before it takes over your life.

more info...
06/17/15
Knock Hunger out of the Park

HELP END HUNGER IN SOUTHERN ILLINOISJoin Us Every Wednesday Night Home
Game at Rent One Park, Home of 
the Southern Illinois Miners, to 
Collect Non-Perishable Food Items to 
Stock the Shelves of Local Food Pantries

more info...
06/18/15
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. 

more info...
06/18/15
Advanced Photoshop classes

An advanced Photoshop class will be offered at LEAA starting May 21st through June 25th. 

more info...
06/23/15
Creative Writing Workshop for Children

A Creative Writing Workshop for Children will be held in June.

more info...
06/23/15
 -06/25/15
Carbondale Main Street is getting excited to host the 2015 Conference on Illinois Main Street and Historic Preservation

This conference brings together inspiring speakers for four content-driven tours and over a dozen sessions that will present best practices, planning tools, success stories, and how-to’s for preservation-based economic development and community preservation and revitalization.  

more info...
06/24/15
Knock Hunger out of the Park

HELP END HUNGER IN SOUTHERN ILLINOISJoin Us Every Wednesday Night Home
Game at Rent One Park, Home of 
the Southern Illinois Miners, to 
Collect Non-Perishable Food Items to 
Stock the Shelves of Local Food Pantries

more info...
06/24/15
Community Day Committee meeting

The Marion Chamber of Commerce Community Day Committee will hold a meeting on Thursday, June 25 at 8:15 a.m. at the Chamber office.

more info...
06/25/15
Advanced Photoshop classes

An advanced Photoshop class will be offered at LEAA starting May 21st through June 25th. 

more info...
06/26/15
Marion Community Day at Rent One Park

Marion Community Day at Rent One Park is Friday, June 26.  The Southern Illinois Miners will be facing off against the Washington Wild Things.  Show your community spirit and support for Marion Grad Spree this year by attending the game.

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Member Spotlight

2015 Marion Grad Spree Sponsors
General Dynamics, Taco Johns, Pepsi MidAmerica/Crisp Container · Marion, IL 62959
p. General Dynamics: 618-993-9413. Taco Johns: 618-993-8901. Pepsi/Crisp: 618-998-0400 · f. No fax

More than 250 Marion High School graduates and their guests participated in the 2015 Grad Spree. 

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.

We provide a night of fun-filled activities at the SIU-C Rec Center, following graduation ceremonies. Graduates (and their guest if they invite one) met in the parking lot of Rent One Park and boarded buses for Carbondale between 11:00 PM and 11:30PM. All activities were in a drug-free and alcohol-free environment. Participants were prohibited from leaving the activities and no student drove to the event. Graduates returned to Rent One Park at approximately 4:30 AM.

Marion’s 2015 Grad Spree was FREE TO ALL SENIORS and only $10 for one guest. The cost of this event is covered by direct donations and dollars raised at various Marion Chamber of Commerce fundraisers. The event costs approximately $50 per student.  

There is still time to make a donation to Grad Spree. If you are interested, click here. 

Please thank our sponsors thus far:

Also, please thank our volunteers:

Chad Phillips
Greg Smothers
Rick Richert
Yvonne Richert
Andrew Hastie
Katie Hastie
Jim Parker
Travis Dunbar
Matt Carnaghi
Kenya Garner
Doug Peebles
Ashley Gott
Kristin Paul
John Holst
Mike Ben Avi
Dalus Ben Avi
Paul Roth
Corey Peters
Riane Dick
Joyce Ridgeway
Richard Ridgeway
Salina Dunbar
Amber Ciochetto
David Hughes
Marilyn Jones
Jill Johnson

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

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.

More >>

Friday, May 15, 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

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

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