Extraordinary Changes for Evenglow

The Lodge at Evenglow held a groundbreaking ceremony and unveiled the plans to the new Lodge that will be built out at the Inn. Evenglow Senior Living opened in October of 1958 in response for a need for quality care for seniors. Mrs. Ada Swords was concerned about a number of retired people she new living alone who craved friendship and social relationships. Her legacy gift helped to establish a United Methodist retirement community that would be open to all regardless of religious affiliation. And as they say, “the rest is history”.

The new buildings will allow Evenglow to meet the need of residents and the community for generations to come. For more information about giving opportunities, please contact Charlotte Hoffmann, Director of Development at 815-844-6131 ext. 248. 1200 Evenglow Ln, Pontiac, IL 61764 *215 E. Washington St. * *

Joan Bullard Realty Moves In

The Pontiac Chamber has welcomed a new tenant; Joan Bullard Realty has moved in. Joan will still maintain her location in Odell, but now has a “home” in Pontiac; an area she has embraced. Joan also serves on the Chamber Board of Directors among many other Boards. 210 N. Plum St. Pontiac *112 W Tremont St, Odell, IL 60460 * *

The Lodge at Evenglow Goes “Off the Clock”

The rain rain went away and the sun shone for our “Off the Clock” with the Lodge at Evenglow. The evening was beautiful with a nice crowd. We enjoyed refreshments by Chef Shelly and were able to see the plans for the new facility to be constructed next to the Inn at Evenglow. It was great to meet the new President & CEO Cindy Wegner and some of the staff. 215 E. Washington St. *

Ribbon Cutting with Star

Star Grieff Realty has a new location and WOW it is perfect for them. The Chamber was sad to see her leave our building, but so happy to see her soar! Congratulations to her and her staff and thanks for giving us the tour. What a unique place you have now. 802 W Washington St, Pontiac, IL 61764

“Off the Clock” with IHR

It’s so great to be back to in-person events and celebrate with our members. That’s exactly what we did with IHR. We enjoyed the evening with the staff and loved the tour of their new building. What a great location for them. I encourage to go check it out and look at all the work that was done by our local businesses as well.  920 W Custer Ave, Pontiac, IL 61764 * *

The Pontiac Chamber is Hiring

Are you a people person? The Pontiac Area Chamber of Commerce is hiring for the Executive Director position. This position is full-time and requires some commitments outside of the regular workday. Strategic planning, budgets, marketing and support of the member businesses are just some of the day-to-day responsibilities. The position plans, organizes and supervises a variety of special events throughout the year including ribbon cuttings, networking events, workshops, an annual golf outing and even the Labor Day Parade. This position serves as the “face” or “front door” to the community. Intrigued? Drop your resume in the mail to 210 N. Plum St. or email it to

IHR Cuts the Ribbon

IHR cut the Chamber Ribbon at their new digs. We were so happy to be on hand to celebrate their beautiful new building. What an amazing workspace for staff and clients. I was lucky enough to get an indepth tour back in May when you had to use your imagination to see offices, conference rooms and a large waiting room through the studs and drywall. It was our pleasure to be given a tour to see how wonderfully it all came together. We wish IHR many many happy years serving our community.

IHR provides services like: Individual/Marital/Family/Adolescent/Group Counseling, Divorce Mediation, Psychiatric Services, Treatment for Emotional Stress, Outpatient Substance Use Services, Intensive Outpatient Substance Use Services, Drug & Alcohol Evaluations, DUI Evaluations & Risk Ed/Remedial Education and Crisis Services 24 hours a day!

If you would like to know about the services that are provided at IHR visit them at their location at 920 W. Custer Ave., call 815-844-6109 or check them out online at

The Pontiac Chamber Went “Off the Clock” with Flanagan State Bank

Flanagan State Bank, Pontiac Location hosted a Pontiac Chamber “Off the Clock” event Thursday, August 12th. They rolled out the green carpet for us and guests with yummy food from Jimmy Johns. We saw alot of friendly faces visiting and they were happy to show off how refreshed the inside looks. If you would like to inquire about a loan, stop in and visit Kim, Pat or Doug at 423-B W. Madison St.

Chamber Goes Green with Everyone’s Collective

Everyone’s Collective is an eco-friendly specialty store providing convenient and affordable access to plastic-free everyday goods and sustainability workshops that help customers become planet-friendly consumers. From reusable paper towels and shampoo bars to plastic-free makeup and detergent, Everyone’s Collective is a one-stop shop for helping reduce your environmental impact. But more than that, Everyone’s Collective (E Co. for short) is a safe space to discover and learn about our local and global communities. We will be collaborating with local businesses, organizations, and schools to co-create workshops and camps with the ultimate goal of increasing community members’ recognition of environmental issues (local and global) and propensity to resolve or act on those issues. The decisions being made on behalf of our planet today – either good or bad – are largely deciding the fate of our tomorrow. To ensure a sustainable and abundant future, habitable and safe for all, we believe it’s time to engage the communities and stakeholders – most notably rural towns and young people – who have been historically left out of the conversation and empower them with the tools to make a difference together. That is what we hope to achieve with Everyone’s Collective. 

Pontiac Chamber Welcomes Verde Solutions

The Pontiac Chamber welcomes Mark A Smith and Verde Solutions. Verde Solutions is a turnkey, full service energy consulting firm that works with commercial, small business and residential customers (Rxsun). Solar, LED, Energy Procurement (Navigate Power) CHP,Intelligent water management. With Federal Tax Credits, MACRS, Illinois SRECS, the time to go Solar will never be better than it is today and going SOLAR with Verde Solutions couldn’t get an easier.