Pontiac Chamber Welcomes Farmers Insurance-Terra Manning Agency

The Pontiac Chamber welcomed Terra Manning and her Farmers Insurance Agency to the Chamber and to Pontiac. Terra Manning grew up in the Pontiac area and is now the local Farmers Insurance agent.  She is excited to become even more involved in the community.  She and her husband, Todd, have one son, Gavin, who is in college at Towson University in Maryland.  They live in Pontiac with their 3 dogs and cat and enjoy playing golf.  She has served on the Boys and Girls Club board of directors and currently is on the board for Toys for Tots and Chase for the Champions.  Stop by and chack out her beautiful office at 305 W. Washington St. Ste. 2.

Chamber Holds 2021 Annual Meeting Banquet

The Chamber was so excited to hold our Annual Meeting Banquet at the Eagle Theater. Thanks to Liz Vincent for all her help along with Chef Rowan and his students of LACC for catering our event.  Thank you to our sponsors: Enbridge, UAW Local #2096, Accolade Healthcare, Fogarty’s Garage, PTHS District #90, County Market, OSF St. James Healthcare, Midwest Dental, State Farm Agent-Lisa Kelly, Pontiac Family Eyecare, Pontiac School District #429, Caterpillar, Bank of Pontiac, SOCU Pontiac Branch, Village of Saunemin, and Joan Bullard Realty. We honored 2021 students with Achievement certificates. They are: Pontiac Township High School Alexie Shimika Hoy, Madelyn Lee, Addison Rileigh Masching, Sydney Lane Shepherd, Alyssa Ryleigh Fox, Kimberly Ann Fitzsimmons, Claire Catherine Nyi, Kaitlyn Irene Hunt, Madison Marie Mills and Logan James Roe. Pontiac Junior High School: Jack Vogel and Lindsay Hooker. St. Mary’s School: Maria Long and Drew Lauritsen. Graymont Grade School: Jacob Dewald. Odell Grade School: Seth Mund. Saunemin Elementary School: Isabella Bunting. St. Paul School in Odell: Hannah Miller and Lilly Duffy. Grace Christian School: Elena Krause and Jaden Lucas. The Board is honoring all of our 2020 member businesses as our Business of the Year. We will be mailing out certificates for you and we thank you all for continuing to support us during the panedemic. We couldn’t survive without your partnership.

Chamber Welcomes Pops Pop Up with Ribbon Cutting

Chamber Board members, Debi Ores, Joan Bullard, Lisa Herr and Mike Weaver welcomed Pops Pop Up to the Chamber family with a ribbon cutting at 517 W. Howard St. Kathleen and Roger Sutter gave us a tour of all the antiques they have and WOW! Stop in, I think you’ll be surprised, like we were, with the amount of space there is. Bring the tissues, because it will bring back some feel-good memories.

Accolade Holds Ribbon Cutting

Accolade Healthcare held a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to celebrate the welcoming of family and friends back to in-person visits to the facility. Cake and punch were served following brief speeches by Malerie Orsowy, Administrator; Kathy Finkenbinder, Activity Director; Tiffany Baker, Human Resources and Emilee Roberts, LPN.

PACC Annual Golf Outing

Plans are underway for the Pontiac Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Golf Outing to be held in June. This year we will return to a one day event with a shotgun start. Stay tuned for more information!

For more information concerning team sign-up and sponsorship registration, please Call 815-844-5131 or text Cat at 815-848-3297 or email

Meet Your 2021Chamber Board of Directors

Executive Board: President-Debi Ores, County Market; President-Elect- Paul Kelly, KSR Equipment; Past-President-Tom Hinz, Caterpillar, INC.; Treasurer-Carolyn Ledford, The General Store; Treasurer-Elect/Secretary-Diana Iverson, SOCU Pontiac; Board Consultant-Mike Weaver, District #429

General Board: Past-President-Tim Johnson, OSF St. James-John W. Albrecht Medical Center; Dr. Janelle Brown, Pontiac Family Eyecare; Joan Bullard, Joan Bullard Realty; Jeremy Merkens, Heller Motors; Tina Trevino, Bank of Pontiac; Lisa Herr, Graymont Co-Op; Drew Keller, State Bank of Graymont; Tiffany Baker, Accolade Healthcare; Blair Abraham, Enbridge

Staff: Executive Director-Cat Coppinger

The Chamber is Open

As the world begins to come back to life; so does the Chamber! Our office is open to the public for walk-ins Tuesday through Thursday 9a-2p and by appointment outside of that. Whether you are looking for Gift Certificates, phone books, calendars, information for your business, networking and more; we are always here to help.

‘Tis the Season for Giving


As the Holidays are upon us, remember to spend local. In the Chamber’s efforts to practice what we preach; we held our Holiday Raffle 2020 giving away $1500 in Chamber Gift Certificates. We wanted to do something for the community while also giving back to our member businesses in “thank you” for their continued support through this trying time. As is the sign of them times; we held our raffle virtually during a Zoom meeting. CONGRATULATIONS to Tim Johnson from OSF Saint James Hospital! Upon learning of his good Holiday fortune from the Executive Board of the Chamber, Tim had this to say, “I plan to give all of it away to several individuals; some of who live in the area and others who may not live here but, work here. They may have a first experience at shopping local in Pontiac.”. Tim is such a gracious person that he also, donated $500 back to the Chamber. We decided to continue the act of giving by drawing 5 winners of $100 each! So, congratulations to Brad Solberg, Tina Trevino, Rhonda Hodges, John Weaver and Frank Nestor!

Please, keep your holiday dollars local and help out our neighbors. Our community needs us all to support each other right now; something the Pontiac area already does day in and day out. If you have found your office holiday party has been cancelled this year, might I suggest purchasing Chamber gift certificates to give to your employees in place of their meal. I’ve always said our gift certificates are “the gift that always fits”! To expedite your certificate order, call or text 815-848-3297 or email and we’ll get them ready and arrange a convenient pick-up time for you. Talk about your one stop gift shop!

If you’re interested in membership or would like to renew your membership; drop an email to or call or text 815-848-3297and let me show you the great benefits we have to offer here at the Pontiac Chamber of Commerce. From the entire Board of Directors and myself, we wish you the Happiest and Safest of Holidays! We’ll talk again in 2021.

Stay healthy, Cat Coppinger-Executive Director


Thank you once again to our 2020 Golf Outing sponsors and teams for supporting us! It’s time to announce our winners! Congratulations to our 1st Place team of Heller Motors! 2nd Place is Saunemin CCSD and 3rd Place goes to Accolade Healthcare!!!!! Thanks to Diaz Sign Art for once again doing our hole sponsor signs and putting in the extra work for the QR Codes and to Printing Craftsman for making the wonderful decals we put on our carts for Accolade Healthcare, CAT and Good Samaritan Home. They looked great and were a wonderful addition to our outing.

KSR Equipment, LLC.

Country Financial Agent, Marlon Eilts

Good Samaritan-Pontiac

Driscoll Motors

The General Store

Stamps Body Shop, LLC

UAW Local 2096-Pontiac

Pontiac Family Eyecare, LLC

Gray’s Garage

Caterpillar, INC

Mid Central Community Action


Accolade Healthcare of Pontiac

Bank of Pontiac

Livingston County Farm Bureau

Gem’s Carpet Cleaning Plus


McDonald’s of Pontiac

Duffy-Baier-Snedecor Funeral Home, LLC

State Bank of Graymont

Heller Motors

ServPro of Pontiac/North McLean Co.

OSF Healthcare

Calvert & Martin Funeral Homes, INC

Midwest Dental-Pontiac

County Market

Illinois American Water

Saunemin CCSD

                 State Farm Agent, Lisa Kelley

The Pontiac Chamber and our community have gone through a lot during this time of pandemic and we want to say THANK YOU to all of our members for staying with us and for our new members and new businesses that have come aboard: Dwight Economic Alliance; Elliot’s Corner Junction; Gray’s Garage; H&R Block-Donna Tomson; Health Markets-Pam Deaton; Illinois Small Business Development Center; Jimmy Johns; Livingston County Clerk & Recorder-Kristy Masching; Maggie J. Clark, Attorney at Law; Mike’s Glass Plus; Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center; Napa Auto Parts, Auto Supply; Robin Sorenson, Monat; SERVPRO of Pontiac/North McLean County; William H. Bertram, Attorney at Law;  Wally’s Operating Company, LLC.; Star Grieff Realty; Joliet Area Community Hospice; Backstretch Bar & Grill, Farmers Insurance, Terra Manning, Bonnie May’s Kennels Pet Services and Express Employment Professionals.  If you’re interested in membership or would like to renew your membership; drop an email to or call or text 815-848-3297and let me show you the great benefits we have to offer here at the Pontiac Chamber of Commerce..

Stay healthy, Cat Coppinger-Executive Director

Chamber Office Closed to Public-Open by Phone and Email

The health and safety of our staff, tenants and visitors are the number one priority of the Pontiac Chamber right now; therefore, our building will remain closed to walk-ins and open by appointment only. Looking for Gift Certificates? Email or call or text 815-848-3297 and I’ll get them ready for pick-up. Have questions or need additional information concerning Chamber events? Email, call or text to the above.
Shop Local and Stay Healthy,
Cat-Executive Director