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.

Social Media Workshop

Thanks to Betsy Westergreen and here PTHS students; we had another successful Social Media Workshop. This one was more hands on with the kids looking at our social media and giving us their advice on how to better use it as a marketing tool. Thank you to the businesses who were able to make it today; both members and non-members. It was a fun and interesting event.

Chamber Christmas Open House Today (Friday)

Join us today 2-4p for our first Christmas Open House here at the Chamber office! Cat has set up her PA system playing Christmas music and we have refreshments. Come hang out and have a little fun. We can talk business too. If you aren’t a member we can tell you why we think you should be! We can talk about marketing your business and helping you grow in 2020! So come on over and join us today! Plus, you really have to see the ridiculous pants Cat and Danielle are wearing, in person!

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