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

2019 ATHENA Luncheon

It was a wonderful ATHENA Luncheon at Baby Bulls honoring two very special women. Congratulations to Linda Lambert, Heartland Community College, for being awarded this international award. The ATHENA Leadership Award is presented to a woman, or man, who is honored for attaining professional excellence, community service, and for actively assisting other women to embody the ATHENA work ethic and live up to the potential that is already in them. Linda was nominated for these exact reasons and personifies the award.

Debi Ores, Niemann Foods, was our featured speaker. She is the Store Director at County Market having climb the ladder since beginning as a cashier and the age of 15. Debi also serves as the Chamber of Commerce Treasurer.

Thank you so much to our past ATHENA winners who were able to attend the luncheon and to our sponsors: OSF Healthcare, Bank of Pontiac, Caterpillar, Driscoll Motors, SOCU, State Bank of Graymont, Enbridge and State Bank of Saunemin.

Chamber Welcomes Fastenal Company

We are so happy to welcome Fastenal Company to the Pontiac Chamber family! We look forward to partnering with you. Fastenal Company is located in Pontiac at 1304 N. Division. Fastenal is the largest fastener distributor in America. Stop in and check out their inventory today.