Chamber Golf Outing Posponed

Due to weather, we had to postponed our June Golf Outing and move it to July 30th. This gives you more time to sponsor or register a team! Call 815-844-5131 or email director@pontiacchamber.org. We’d love to spend the day with you! We’d love to add your business to our sponsor list.

Accolade Healthcare, Enbridge, ATI Physical Therapy, Boys and Girls Club of Livingston County, Bank of Pontiac, Caterpillar, Country Financial-Marlon Eilts, Driscoll Motors, Dairy Queen, Flanagan State Bank, First Financial Bank, Farmers Insurance-Agent Terra Manning, Gem’s Carpet Cleaning Plus, Graymont Co-Op, Gray’s Garage, The General Store, Livingston County Authority, PJ Plumbing, Heller Motors, Illinois American Water, Joan Bullard Realty, Lyons-Sullivan Realty, Livingston County Farm Bureau, McDonald’s Pontiac, Midwest Dental, OSF Healthcare, Prairie State Tractor, Pontiac Family Eyecare, SOCU-Pontiac Branch, ServePro of Pontiac/North McLean County,State Bank of Graymont, Republic Services, Tailwind Transfer, UAW Local 2096, United Way of Livingston County, Verde Sol;utions, Good Samaritan-Pontiac, Durham Electric and Illinois State Representative, Tom Bennett.

Pontiac Chamber Golf Outing 2021

The Pontiac Chamber Golf Outing 2021 will be held June 25th at Wolf Creek 21062 N 1850 E Rd, Pontiac, IL 61764. We want to thank our Tournament sponsors Accolade Healthcare and Enbridge. They have been instrumental in kicking this years planning off the gorund. We appreciate all of our sponsors and teams. Caterpillar, Inc, Republic Services, Flanagan State Bank-Pontiac Branch, Livingston County Boys & Girls Club, SOCU-Pontiac Branch, ATI Physical Therapy, LCH & PJ Plumbing, McDonald’s of Pontiac, ServePro of Pontiac/North McLean Co., Gray’s Garage, Illinois American Water, Calvert & Martin Funeral Homes Inc, Farmers Insurance-Terra Manning, United Way of Livingston County, The General Store, Pontiac Family Eyecare, Dairy Queen, OSF Healthcare, Joan Bullard Realty, Midwest Dental, Livingston County Farm Bureau, Prairie State Tractor, Tailwind Transfer, Lyons Sullivan Realty, Graymont Co-Op Association, State Bank of Graymont, Driscoll Motors, Bank of Pontiac, Verde Solutions, Gem’s Carpet Cleaning Plus, County Market and Diaz Sign Art, as of this writing.

We are super excited to get back into our in-person events this year. If you would like to put a team together, WONDERFUL! This is open to the public and we’d love to have you. If your business would like to sponsor a hole, you don’t have to be a member for that either! Join us in some fun and networking while you’re at it. Call the office at 815-844-5131, call or text 815-848-3297 or email director@pontiacchamber.org

Chamber Welcomes Fence Post Florals

Hello to all! Thank you for your interest in local businesses. Fence Post Florals, a flower farm situated just south of Pontiac,  is in its 2nd season. The farm is operated by long time friends who have a love for sharing the beauty and joy of cut flowers with others. 

You can find their flowers in season at Dave’s Supermarket. They also offer 4 or 6 week flower bouquet subscriptions with bi-weekly pick up locations in Pontiac, Fairbury, Gridley, & Eureka.  Fence Post Florals also offers Farm Experiances for a chance to come to the farm, pick, and create with local flowers. To learn more about their business and offerings visit their website at www.fencepostflorals.com. You can also follow along with their season on Instagram or Facebook @fencepostflorals.

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.

Brenda Thompson Named Volunteer of the Year

The Pontiac Chamber of Commerce named Brenda Thompson the 2020 Volunteer of the Year and boy does she deserve it! Brenda has a big heart for giving of her time and her talents. She is listed to be in so many things we could fill this page; so, I will name a few, she has volunteered at Mosaic for nearly 7 years, reading to the clients and helping where she can. Brenda also spends time logging items donated to the historical society, raising money for her team with Relay for Life and supporting ministries at the First United Methodist Church. In what little down time she has she enjoys crocheting and spending time with her grandchildren. Congratulations Brenda! Brenda will be presented with her award Tuesday, March 31st at our Annual Meeting Banquet at the Pontiac Elk’s. You can make your reservations by calling 815-844-5131 or emailing director@pontiacchamber.org

Dale Larkin Named Bill Edwards Agri-Businessperson

We recently honored Dale Larkin of Stoller International as the 2020 Pontiac Chamber of Commerce Bill Edwards Agri-Businessperson of the year! Dale has grown up in Livingston County and loved the community so much he returned after college. He has been a loyal employee to Stollers and friend to the Ag community for many years. Lynn Stoller said “people come to see Dale not Stoller,” Lynn went on to say how Dale has gone above and beyond for his customers even coming in on Sundays if needed. He volunteers for Pontiac FFA events and Livingston County 4-H. Dale doesn’t stop there; he stays busy farming, enjoying time with his wife, Jenny and two kids Jake and Libby. Congratulations Dale! Dale will be presented with his award Tuesday, March 31st at our Annual Meeting Banquet at the Pontiac Elk’s. You can make your reservations by calling 815-844-5131 or emailing director@pontiacchamber.org

Issues & Eggs with the SBA

Thank you to Lolitha McKinney and Amy Lambert from the Small Business Association for presenting to us at our March Issue and Eggs at Edinger’s Filling Station.  We were all surprised to learn that the SBA will meet with you at no cost, confidentially and one on one to help you with your business plan, mentoring and counseling, marketing and even lending. Whether you have already started your business, you’re hoping to start a business, planning an expansion or even need help getting back on your feet after a disaster; the SBA is there. If you would like that individualized help you can call Amy at 844-369-8898 or alliancesbdc.org to request an appointment. Thanks to Edinger’s for great service and another wonderful breakfast. Notice how I am teasing you with Mary’s rolls?

Our next Issues & Eggs is scheduled for May 19th and will be our annual State of the City. If you would like to know more about our event; you can call Cat or Danielle at 815-844-5131.

DHS Gives I-9 Form Workshop

Did you know that all employees must have an I-9 completed and on file within three days of being hired? Did you also know that if this is not done, it is incorrectly filled out or if supporting documents are fraudulent; you as the employer can be fined?

Ben Bauman, Special Agent ICE-DHS came to the Pontiac Chamber to talk to us about the Department of Homeland Security and the I-9. The Homeland Security Act was enacted in 2003 after the tragic events that occurred on 9/11.

Ben went over the proper way to fill out the I-9 both on the employee’s side and that of the employer. He explained there is a free certification online that he recommends all HR departments take to cover your business from I-9 casualties. Visit ice.gov/image to sign up for the free certification and to learn more.

Liv. Co. States Attorney Speaks at Chamber Breakfast

A big “thank you” to Livingston County States Attorney, Randy Yedinak for speaking at our recent Issue and Eggs at the Old Log Cabin.  As always, the food was great and Randy’s presentation, breaking down some of our new laws, was informative. Randy was kind of enough to answers questions concerning the new cannabis law to increases in fines for Scott’s Law and passing stopped school buses. He explained it is illegal to watch streaming services while driving, there is no longer a statute of limitations on sex offenses and shocked us all by telling us how much 30 grams of cannabis is. That is the amount you can possess legally for recreational use and it’s a lot more than I imagined!

Our next Issues & Eggs is scheduled for Wednesday, March 4th at Edinger’s Filling Station. The presentation and a Q&A will be done by a representative of the U.S. Small Business Association. This event is $13 for members and $18 for non-members and includes the breakfast buffet.

To RSVP to these events please call Danielle at 815-844-5131 or email at admin@pontiacchamber.org.