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Calvert & Martin Host Business After Hours at Baby Bulls

Thank you to  Calvert & Martin Funeral Home for once again hosting a Business After Hours honoring our City of Pontiac employees. Baby Bulls catered some delicious appetizers to a wonderful crowd. Thanks to everyone that brought their food donation to the local food pantries.

We were entertained by the Madrigal Singers from PTHS and Mayor Bill Alvey introduced the City employees.

Thanks to all who came out and we hope to see you next year!

Welcome , Carroll Farm Business Services 

Brad Carroll has not only opened  a new business in Pontiac, he is also our new tenant and new Chamber member! See Brad for your farm accounting, tax, financial reporting and consulting. Give him a call at 815-844-9365 or brad@carrollfbs.com
Pictured left to right:
Paul Kelly, KSR Equipment; Brad Carroll, Carroll Farm Services; Brayden and Ashley Carroll; Cat Coppinger, Pontiac Chamber of Commerce and Carolyn Ledford, The General Store

Chamber Welcomes Madison Street Family Restaurant

We were thrilled to welcome not only a business new to the Chamber, but new to our community. Madison Street Family Restaurant has opened its doors, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Pictured left to right: Joe Diaz, Diaz Sign Art; Debi Ores, County Market; Mike Weaver, Lincoln Elementary School, Luis and Maria Hernandez, Madison Street Family Restaurant; Tom Hinz, CAT; Carolyn Ledford, The General Store, Dr. Janelle Brown, Family Eyecare; Paul Kelly, KSR Equipment

2019 ATHENA Luncheon

It was a wonderful ATHENA Luncheon at Baby Bulls honoring two very special women. Congratulations to Linda Lambert, Heartland Community College, for being awarded this international award. The ATHENA Leadership Award is presented to a woman, or man, who is honored for attaining professional excellence, community service, and for actively assisting other women to embody the ATHENA work ethic and live up to the potential that is already in them. Linda was nominated for these exact reasons and personifies the award.

Debi Ores, Niemann Foods, was our featured speaker. She is the Store Director at County Market having climb the ladder since beginning as a cashier and the age of 15. Debi also serves as the Chamber of Commerce Treasurer.

Thank you so much to our past ATHENA winners who were able to attend the luncheon and to our sponsors: OSF Healthcare, Bank of Pontiac, Caterpillar, Driscoll Motors, SOCU, State Bank of Graymont, Enbridge and State Bank of Saunemin.

Chamber Welcomes Fastenal Company

We are so happy to welcome Fastenal Company to the Pontiac Chamber family! We look forward to partnering with you. Fastenal Company is located in Pontiac at 1304 N. Division. Fastenal is the largest fastener distributor in America. Stop in and check out their inventory today.

PTHS and Pontiac Chamber of Commerce Hold Job Marketplace

Thank you to Boys & Girls Club, Evenglow, IHR, Johnson Press, KSR, LSC, McDonald’s and Pontiac Parks and Rec for coming out to our Job Marketplace Tuesday. We had a great turnout of students and hope to give them a leg up on jobs these businesses have to offer. Thanks to PTHS Betsy Westergreen, Career and Community Services Coordinator and Business Teacher for all her hard work putting this together for our business community.

Chamber Serves as Drop off for Troops

The Livingston County Farm Bureau, along with other local businesses are teaming up to collect international phone cards and items to be sent to our military personnel for the holidays. You can drop your donations are at the Farm Bureau office, any Bank of Pontiac Location, the Pontiac Area Chamber of Commerce or the Fairbury Chamber of Commerce offices by November 14th. A partial list of items:

Hot chocolate/hot cider packets. jerkey/ slim jims, summer sausage, small boxes of crackers and cheese and crackers, multi-vitamins, men’s white and black crew socks, brown, white and tan t-shirts, canned fruit, tuna or canned chicken/soups, suitable small gifts, sweat pants, blanket throws, batteries, etc…

District 429 STEAM Tour

Tim Johnson, OSF, Tom Hinz, CAT and Cat were invited by District 429 Superintendent, Brian Dukes, to take a tour of the STEAM classrooms this week. It was an amazing time and we were quite impressed with the evolution of education and how up-to-date the district is with the technology they are using, but also in the way things are being taught. It was a great tour and we encourage anyone who would like to see for yourself, to contact the school and take this great tour. Special thanks to Brian and his staff for taking this time with us. Us “grown-ups” learned more than a thing or two.

3D Printer
“Crests” the students have designed with the 3D printer
Students using interactive cubes and cellphones to learn about the universe
PE teachers monitor the heart rates of students in a PE class through heart monitors and an iPad
Students “relaxing” on exercise balls while learning to collaborate together
Plants growing in a classroom
Believe it or not, this is a Math class

MOSAIC Issues & Eggs

Thank you to the women of MOSAIC for being our featured presenters at Issues & Eggs. We learned a lot about the organization and the people of Livingston County they serve. We started the morning off with a delicious breakfast at Pontiac Family Kitchen. Thanks to all of you who took your time to join us.