The annual Threshermen’s Parade on Sunday, September 3 will step-off at 1:15 pm rain or shine!
As always it will wind through the streets of downtown Pontiac. It starts at the Mill Avenue bridge and winds it way to Madison and turns right and then turns right on Main Street.
The weather currently looks to be in the low 80s and sunny!
Between 10,000 and 15,000 people come to see the parade each year. Hope to see you there!!!!
Pontiac Area Chamber of Commerce
210 N Plum St
Pontiac, IL 61764
Chamber News, Member News
In celebration of the Pontiac Area Chamber of Commerce’s 100th Anniversary, the theme for the 2017 Threshermen’s Parade is “100 Years in the Past. 100 Years in the Future.”
This year’s parade is on Sunday, September 3 with a step-off time of 1:15 pm. As always it will wind through the streets of downtown Pontiac.
The weather currently looks to be in the low 80s and partly cloudy!
If you are interested in entering the parade, fill out the 2017 parade application and submit it to the chamber office.
The parade costs the chamber more than $7,000 to run each year. If you would like to sponsor the parade, send your sponsorship to the chamber office at:
Pontiac Area Chamber of Commerce
210 N Plum St
Pontiac, IL 61764
More than 100 people turned out for the Mix & Mingle held at the new Hampton Inn. They celebrated their grand opening with a ribbon cutting also.
2000 Grand Prix Dr.
Find them online at www.hamptoninn.com
Come join us for a FREE evening of socializing and great food and behind the scene tours of the hotel. Everyone is welcome. Enjoy a chance to win great door prizes
When: Thursday, August 17
RSVP: No later than Friday, August 11
Where: 2000 Grand Prixe Drive, Pontiac
RSVP no later than Friday, August 11 at 815.844.5131 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2017 was a great year for the Pontiac Area Chamber golf outing! We ended up with plenty of sunshine and no rain. Golfers, sponsors and volunteers had a great day. Thank you so much to all the sponsors that help make this event such a success.
As our one big fundraiser for the year, the money raised during the event is vital in helping the Chamber provide programs such as Shop Local Shop Chamber promotions, Yard of the Month awards, Issues & Eggs, Lunch & Learns, and Small Business Saturday promotions.
We are especially thankful for our presenting sponsor this year, Caterpillar. In addition, we thank Republic Services and Thrivent Financial for sponsoring our beverage carts.
CIRBN sponsored the fastest hole. Superior Landscape sponsored our top team award, the Superior Award. BDI Plumbing sponsored the Toilet Bowl Award. Pontiac RV sponsored the Most Stylish Team Award. Mid Central Community Action sponsored our Fair to Middling Award.
In addition, we thank all of our hole sponsors. We appreciate everyone’s support in making this event such a success year after year.
Beverage Cart Sponsors
Bank of Pontiac
Calvert-Martin Funeral Home
Country Financial – Marlin Eilts
Dimond Bros Insurance Company
Duffy-Baier-Snedecor Funeral Home
First Financial Bank
IBEW Local 601
Illinois State Rep. Tom Bennett
Livingston County Farm Bureau
Livingston County Housing Authority
Lori Fairfield Platinum Insurance
McCoy Construction Company
McDonald’s of Pontiac
OSF St. James – John W. Albrecht Medical Center
Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 99
Pontiac Family Eye Care
Pontiac Healthcare & Rehab
Stamps Body Shop
State Bank of Graymont
50 Years of Evolution & Solutions from the Livingston County Public Health Department
A look at how community needs and services provided by the public health department have changed over the past 50 years, and how LCPHD is positioning itself to meet the future needs of the community.
When: Thursday, June 8, 7:30 am
RSVP: No later than Tuesday, June 6
Where: Edinger’s Filling Station, 423 W Madison St
Cost: $10, click here to pay by credit card
RSVP no later than Tuesday, June 6 at 815.844.5131 or email@example.com.
Every year since 1963, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week, which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners.
More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year.
As part of National Small Business Week, the Pontiac Area Chamber of Commerce celebrates the more than 100 small businesses that are partners with the Chamber. From Morgan Laundromats in Streator to Bennett Electronic Service here in Pontiac, from Joan Bullard Realty in Odell to The Business Connection in Fairbury, from Livingston County Chiropractic in Pontiac to Union Roofing in Chenoa, the Chamber partners with many small businesses in the county.
Paul Sutter and Marlon Eilts have been chosen as winners for this year’s Chamber Awards. Sutter is being honored with the Bill Edwards Agri-Business Person of the Year Award. And Eilts is being honored with the Business Person of the Year Award.
Sutter began working at Fairbury Edwards Soil Service while in high school. He has been a dedicated employee of the farming and chemical fertilizer business for nearly 50 years. He has contributed and helped many family farmers over the years, making changes to improve the farming industry. Sutter has always been a conscious person when it comes to supporting local functions as they arise.
Eilts is a representative at Country Companies that truly care about the welfare of his customers and strives to make our community a better place. He has been on many boards that help the community, especially involving children. When looking for a volunteer you can always count on Marlon to be the first hand up and know he will see it through to the end giving 110% and that the way he does business with his customers and why he is the Pontiac Chamber of Commerce Business person of the year.
They will be honored at this year’s Annual Banquet on Thursday, March 9 at the Pontiac Elks Club.
Creating A Competitive Edge for Our Local Schools with STEAM
When: Wednesday, February 15, 7:30 am
RSVP: No later than Monday, February 13
Where: Baby Bull’s Fine Dining, 1025 W Reynolds St
Come find out how incorporating STEAM programs at our grade schools through high school makes our schools more competitive with bigger schools in the region. In addition, STEAM teaches students skills that will help them be better prepared for the job market. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.
Click here to pay by credit card.
RSVP no later than Monday, February 13 at 815.844.5131 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lunch & Learn – New Regulations Affecting Retirement Accounts
When: Tuesday, February 21
RSVP: No later than Friday, February 17
Where: Pontiac Chamber Office, 210 N Plum Street
Come join us for this informative lunch session. The Department of Labor has issued new rules that will impact retirement accounts at all financial institutions and all financial advisers offering retirement services. The new rules take effect on April 10, 2017. You will want to get a jump start on understanding how this new rule affect your retirement.
Click here to pay by credit card. RSVP no later than Friday, February 17 at 815.844.5131 or email@example.com.