Chamber Begins Search for Executive Director

The board of directors announced Wednesday, March 27 that the search is underway for a new leader for the Chamber. The Executive Director position, held most recently by Mindi Terrell, is the driving force of the Chamber, and is vital to the success of its mission and programs. The Board will be accepting resumes for this position until April 12. If you are interested in the position, please see the the ad posted here.

Passing of Mindi Terrell

With great sadness, I write to tell you that Mindi Terrell passed away on Tuesday, March 12. Mindi served as the Executive Director of the Chamber from October 2015 to the present. Her contributions to the Chamber are numerous: some of her proudest include the Lunch & Learn series, the Chamber Buzz emails, and trying out new events to promote our members. Mindi was dedicated to the success of the Chamber and could often be found researching new ideas to benefit the membership. She was a driving force and her energy and enthusiasm will be greatly missed.
Her obituary can be found here. In lieu of flowers, Mindi’s wish was for memorial donations to be sent to the American Cancer Society or the United Way of Livingston County.

Terrell Announces Retirement From Chamber

I have had the pleasure of serving as the Executive Director for more than three years, and I’ve enjoyed getting to know our member companies and individuals – over 225 of you.

It has always been my intention to make a positive impact on the local business community and the Chamber itself, and I like to think I accomplished this to some degree: during my tenure, we started our successful Lunch & Learn series, created a more comprehensive website, start participating in social media such as Facebook and Instagram, and shared the news via the weekly Chamber Buzz.

These successes aside, it is a with a heavy heart that I am writing my retirement announcement.

As many of you know, I have struggled over the past years with cancer. Unfortunately, my cancer has returned, and I need to commit my time to focus on my health. With this in mind, my last day at the Pontiac Area Chamber will be Friday, March 15.

I thank all of you for your well wishes, thoughts and prayers. I will be remaining in the Pontiac area and look forward to remaining an active member of this thriving community.

Thank you so much for all your support.

Congratulations Joan Bullard, Business Person of the Year!

The Pontiac Area Chamber announced today that Joan Bullard, of Joan Bullard Realty, was chosen as the 2019 Business Person of the Year.

“Joan brings so many years of wonderful business experience to Pontiac and Livingston County. Plus, she is very civic and community driven. She is just an amazing woman,” said Mindi Terrell, Executive Director of the Pontiac Chamber.

Joan and her husband Bob built and operated US Co-Tronics Coil Factory in 1985, and eventually sold the business in 2000. By 2002, Joan started Joan Bullard Realty and these days she is one of the busiest real estate agents in the county.

“Joan truly cares about her employees, especially giving women a helping hand. She had 40 plus female employees at the coil factory and worked with them daily, helping them achieve their goals,” said Terrell. “And now as part of her real estate office, she has six individuals that she coaches on matters of real estate.”

Amy Duffy, who opened Kind Living Therapy, also noted “Joan’s kindness and sense of community. Joan was there when I was starting up my business. She was always willing to lend me a hand in getting my business off the ground.”

In addition, at a time when some folks may be contemplating retirement or slowing down, Joan decided to go back to school to obtain a business degree.

Joan supports many civic and community organizations. She serves on the board of directors for the Pontiac Chamber and is intricately involved with the Boys & Girls Club of Livingston County. She has served as Republic Precinct Committee Person and as a member of the Republican Central Committee. She has served on the Livingston County Board. She is also very involved with St. Paul’s Church & School along with St. Jude Appreciation Award.

Those interested in attending the Annual Banquet to support Joan may find out more information and reserve a spot by contacting the Chamber or by clicking here.

Agri-Business Person of the Year Announced

This year, the Pontiac Area Chamber is pleased to announce two winners for the Bill Edwards Agri-Business Person of the Year award. Jesse Faber and Parker Bane, both agriculture teachers at Pontiac Township High School, have been selected as this year’s recipients and we look forward to honoring them at the Annual Banquet, to be held March 7th at the Pontiac Elks Lodge. They are pictured above with their families.

Paul Kelly of KSR nominated the two teachers for the award, based on their exponential impact on the agriculture industry in Pontiac through educating local students interested in pursuing Ag as a career.

Parker Bane has been with the school district for fourteen years, and his energy and determination were the driving forces behind the reintroduction of agriculture curriculum to PTHS. Superintendent Jon Kilgore says of Bane, “Within 5 years of restarting our program, our enrollment has grown so quickly that we had to hire another teacher in the agriculture program. This speaks volumes about the quality and quantity of work that Parker has done for this program and this community.”

Jesse Faber also has made important contributions to the agriculture program at PTHS. “His students consistently perform at a top level when entered into competition,” says Kilgore, who also notes that the excellence and reputation of the agriculture program has allowed it to grow even when the overall school enrollment has dropped.

Both teachers have proven themselves to be a vital part of the local agriculture community. Their commitment to excellence instills their students with a love of agriculture in a way that stimulates the local ag industry and will continue to do so for generations to come.

To attend the Annual Banquet and honor these award recipients, please RSVP to the Pontiac Area Chamber by February 27. The cost is $30 per person to attend. More information can be found here.

The Pontiac Area Chamber is a non-profit organization committed to creating and maintaining a favorable business climate in the Pontiac area; and to stimulating pride and involvement among its constituency. It was created in 1917 and currently has more than 240 member businesses from Pontiac and the surrounding communities.

Dine Around Town January 20 – February 16

Want to eat out and earn a chance to win restaurant and Chamber gift certificates?

Pick up your Dine Around Town Passport at either the Chamber office or participating restaurants to participate in Dine Around Town from January 20 to February 16, 2019.

Show your Dine Around Town Passport at each of the 17 participating restaurants to receive a stamp.

Dine Around Town Rules

  • Each stamp on the Dine Around Town Passport equals one entry in the drawing
  • Eat at all 17 participating restaurants to receive 17 entries
  • Return stamped passport to the Chamber office no later than Thursday, February 21
  • Incomplete passports are accepted….anywhere from one to 17 stamps!

Prizes!

  • Two lucky winners receive a variety of restaurant gift certificates along with $50 in Chamber gift certificates
  • Five additional winners receive $20 in Chamber gift certificates

Stamped passports need to be returned to the Chamber no later than 5 pm on Thursday, February 21, 2019. Winners will be drawn on Friday, February 22.

Dine Around Town Passports do not need to be full to participate. You can turn in your passport with one to 17 stamps. You will receive one entry for each stamp on your passport.

CLOSED for Christmas

The Chamber will have shortened hours on Monday, December 24, 2018, closing at 2:00 pm. We will then be closed Christmas Day and December 26 for the holiday. We will resume normal business hours on Thursday, December 27.

Happy holidays from all of us at the Chamber!

Calvert & Martin to Host December Mix & Mingle

Calvert & Martin will be hosting the December Mix & Mingle on Thursday, December 13 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. Come join us at the Pontiac Elks Lodge as we celebrate city employees and politicians. It will be a free evening of socializing and great food. Everyone is welcome.

Pontiac Elks Lodge
459 Elks Club Road, Pontiac.

RSVP no later than Friday, December 7. Call 815.844.5131 or email admin@pontiacchamber.org.

Chamber Has Welcome Center in Downtown Pontiac

In the crazy holiday season remember to shop at your local retailers. Saturday, November 24 is Small Business Saturday. Come out to downtown Pontiac from 10 am to noon and enjoy free donuts and cinnamon rolls from Pfaff’s Bakery, coffee from The Cup & The Scone, along with some delicious hot chocolate. The welcome center will be stationed outside Charmed Boutique.

Make sure to stop by our new retailers such as Tattered Wings, Aleena’s Bath & Body Boutique, The Little Red Barn, The Modern Smithy and Nola + Kennedy along with our stalwarts such as Home Wishes, Hustedt Jewelers, PK UnKorked, Route 66 Kites, Frugality, Wright’s Furniture, Charmed Boutique, Once ‘N Again, The General Store, and Pontiac Community Art Center.

As you are out and about over the weekend, make sure to stop by our local restaurants for some rest and sustenance. Check out Baby Bull’s, Cafe Fontana, Monical’s Pizza, McDonald’s, Route 66 Nutrition, DeLong’s Casual Dining, Edinger’s Filing Station, Pontiac Family Kitchen, Dairy Queen, and Old Log Cabin!

CLOSED for Thanksgiving Weekend

The Chamber office will be closed Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23 for the Thanksgiving holiday. We will reopen on Monday, November 26.

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at the Chamber!