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CLOSED for Thanksgiving Weekend

The Chamber office will be closed Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23 for the Thanksgiving holiday. We will reopen on Monday, November 26.

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at the Chamber!

Ryan Myers Wins $1,000 Jack Frost Jackpot Prize

Updated 12/17/18:

The Jack Frost Jackpot has come to an end for 2018. Congratulations to Ryan Myers, the winner of $1,000 in chamber gift certificates! Myers (right) works at KSR in Pontiac and is pictured below with Paul Kelly (left), chamber board member.

Following is a list of $20 chamber gift certificate winners:
Ben Diaz
Chip Ferguson
Jenn Steidinger
Amy Smith
Brad Solberg
Tim Johnson
Kathy McMillan
Rhonda Myers
Dawn Eckhoff
Manker Family

Thanks to all who participated!

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The Chamber is excited to kick off a new holiday raffle, the Jack Frost Jackpot! One lucky winner will receive $1,000 in Chamber gift certificates – good at more than 200 business in the Pontiac area. Ten second place winners will each receive $20 in Chamber gift certificates. Don’t delay in purchasing your tickets! Quantities are limited so visit the office staff or see a board member to get yours today.

Mechanics:
  • $20 per ticket. Only 200 tickets will be sold.
  • Qualified to join are all those who have purchased and paid their ticket/s within the selling period.
  • All raffle stubs should be legibly filled out with complete name, address and phone number.
  • Tickets are available for purchase between November 7 and December 12, 2018.
  • Winner will be drawn live on WJEZ radio on Friday, December 14.
  • Winner need not be present to win.
Prizes:
  • 1st Prize: $1,000 in Chamber Gift Certificates
  • 2nd Prize: (10 winners) $20 Chamber Gift Certificate
Purchase your raffle ticket from any Chamber board member or at the Chamber office.

Congratulations ATHENA Winner, Kristy Masching

This year’s ATHENA Award Luncheon honored Livingston County Clerk and Recorder, Kristy Masching. Masching has been an integral part of civic life here in Livingston County for over 15 years, and the results of the recent election mean she will continue to serve the County for more years to come.

The luncheon featured a speech from Linda Lambert, of Heartland Community College. Lambert discussed the importance of leadership as it impacts education,

and in particular, the way that local leaders influence education.

She was followed by Cathi Coppinger of WJEZ who introduced the Margo Kennedy Memorial Scholarship, in honor of the late Margo Kennedy. The scholarship will be used to fund education for non-traditional female students. Contact the Chamber for more information or to make a donation.

The event closed with Mindi Terrell’s introduction of Masching and Masching’s words on her career in Livingston County.

We’re proud to have you in our community, Kristy! Thanks for being a local leader.

How To Protect Yourself From Identity Theft

Identity theft happens when someone steals your personal information and uses it without your permission. It is a serious crime that can wreak havoc with your finances, credit history, and reputation – and it can take time, money, and patience to resolve.

Jordan Harcharik,  from SOCU, educated a group of chamber members on how to reduce the risk of identity theft happening to them and shared tips on how to help repair damage that identity theft can cause.

10 Things You Can Do To Avoid Fraud

  1. Spot imposters
  2. Do online searches
  3. Don’t believe your caller ID
  4. Don’t pay upfront for a promise
  5. Consider how you pay
  6. Talk to someone
  7. Hang up on robocalls
  8. Be skeptical about free trial offers
  9. Don’t deposit a check and wire money back
  10. Sign up for free scam alerts from the FTC at ftc.gov/scams

Click here for full details.

Aleena’s Bath and Body Boutique Hosts Grand Opening, Ribbon Cutting

Aleena’s Bath and Body Boutique welcomed Chamber representatives and other local leaders for a ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday, October 17.

Address: 213 N. Mill, Pontiac IL 61764
Phone:  (815) 844-2770
Owner: Lynn Lloyd
Hours:  Open Monday through Friday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.

 

Aleena’s Bath and Body Boutique, which officially opened for business in downtown Pontiac on October 13th, is a treasure trove of good smells and soft ambience. Products range from bath bombs to foot scrubs and even to beard oil. Aleena’s owner, Lynn Lloyd, prides herself on the array of products she stocks, and enjoys the process of testing them herself. If you need a recommendation, just ask! Her favorite products include eucalyptus bath bombs and a verbena Dead Sea salt foot scrub. If you’re looking for locally crafted products, try the bath soaps and foot scrubs.

Aleena’s Bath and Body Boutique is one of the newest players in the Pontiac business community. Lloyd is proud to be setting up shop in Pontiac, noting the revitalization the downtown area has seen in recent years as well as the thriving tourism industry.

Good luck and welcome to the Chamber, Aleena’s Bath and Body Boutique!

  

 

Little Red Barn Welcomed with Ribbon Cutting

Chamber representatives as well as local business leaders gathered October 12th to welcome Little Red Barn into the business community.

Address: 317 N. Mill, Pontiac IL 61764
Phone:  (815) 419-2928
Owner:  Becky Sullivan
Hours:  Open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm and Saturday from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Closed Sunday and Thursday.

Little Red Barn, which opened this fall, recently celebrated its official ribbon cutting ceremony with the Pontiac Area Chamber. The store features “country crafts,” which include a wide variety of pieces that add hometown charm to any room. Owner Becky Sullivan keeps the store well-stocked with timeless classics including wall hangings, centerpieces, and welcome signs, in addition to seasonally appropriate gifts and decor such as the new stock of festive faux snowmen.

Follow the Little Red Barn on Facebook to stay up-to-date with new inventory and gift ideas!

 

Tattered Wings Decor Celebrates Ribbon Cutting

Chamber representatives as well as local business leaders gathered September 27th to welcome Tattered Wings into the business community.

Tattered Wings Decor
Address: 105 W. Madison, Pontiac IL 61764
Phone:  (815) 200-2344
Owner:  Danielle Salz
Hours:  Posted daily on facebook page

Tattered Wings is the newest of many businesses making downtown Pontiac an attractive shopping destination. Owner Danielle Salz curates a unique collection of items including clothing and home decor that have universal appeal as well as a special local touch. Some pieces are custom-made featuring community landmarks or sports teams, and others are crafted by local makers. In addition, the store is home to treats by Sweet Amy’s. Stop by Tattered Wings to peruse and shop or attend a take-and-make class to put your own spin on a piece.

Don’t miss the official grand opening event October 5 from 10-5:30 and October 6 from 10-5. There will be door prizes, treats, music, and more.

Enbridge Energy to Host October Mix & Mingle

Enbridge Energy will be hosting the October Mix & Mingle on Thursday, October 4 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. Come join us at 21979 N 1500 East Road, Pontiac.

It will be a free evening of socializing and great food. Enjoy Jolly Trolley rides to tour the facility. Everyone is welcome.

RSVP no later than Friday, September 28. Call 815.844.5131 or email admin@pontiacchamber.org.

Steamy Weather Didn’t Deter the Threshermen’s Parade

The annual Threshermen’s Parade kicked off on Sunday, September 2. The weather was a bit hot and steamy, but the crowds still came out in droves to watch this annual tradition. Folks enjoyed the steam engines, bands such as PTHS and Flanagan-Cornell, the South Shore Drill Team, the Shriners and, of course, lots of tractors.

Thank you to Mark Osmond for being the voice of the parade every year along with Lane Linstrom for the sound system. Your team work makes the parade a great success.

In addition, a special thank you to the FFA and the Dancenter for sending kids to help carry the sponsor signs through the parade. We couldn’t make the day work without you. And a shout out to the LACC Law Enforcement Club for helping at the barricades around the parade formation.

And last but not least, thank you to all of our sponsors for making this year’s parade such a success and especially our major sponsors. This parade continues to be such an vibrant tradition due to sponsors financial support!

Sponsors:
Bernardi’s II
Compeer Financial
Country Insurance & Financial Services – David Rapp
Country Insurance & Financial Services – Marlon Eilts
Dairy Queen – Pontiac
Dimond Bros. Insurance, LLC
Driscoll Motor Company Inc.
Duane C. Kiesewetter
Durham Electric Co.
Fellheimer Law Firm
First Financial Bank
Fogarty’s Garage
Fraher Ford Inc.
Gem’s Carpet Cleaning Plus
Graymont Cooperative Association
Illinois American Water
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
Joan Bullard Realty
Kelly Electric Inc.
Livingston County Board of Realtors
Livingston County Farm Bureau
Livingston County War Museum
Lucille M WiechmannMcCoy Construction Company
Midwest Dental
Old Log Cabin
Panno Realty
PH Lannon & Co
Pontiac Family Eye Care, LLC
Randy Sancken Farming & Trucking
SOCU – Pontiac
Stamps Body Shop
State Bank of Saunemin
State Farm Insurance – Lisa Kelley
Stilwell Insurance
Striegel Knobloch & Co.
Superior Landscaping
The General Store
Three Roses Bed and Breakfast
Weathersby’s Livingston County Cleaning Supplies