The Pontiac Chamber was so excited to have a table at the Tiny Martini Tasting Event held by SOCU-Pontiac Branch at Baby Bulls.
The Chamber is taking applications through August 9th. The parade will be held Sunday, September 1 in Downtown Pontiac at 1:15p. The theme is “Freedom isn’t Free-Honoring our Hometown Heroes” . This year we’ll be inviting all military, veterans, first responders including police, fire and EMTs to collectively serve as our Grand Marshall. Stop by our office at 210 N. Plum St. and pick up your application today!
We have been hard at work at the Chamber the past couple of months with our golf outing and getting things ready for the Thresherman’s Parade.
We have squeezed in some cleaning time as well and were able to donate office supplies to the Boys & Girls Club of Livingston County.
The Chamber was happy to be a part of the groundbreaking ceremony for Wally’s, the vacation center, that is building in Pontiac. A lunch followed at the beautiful Eagle Theater. Wally’s hopes to be open in May of 2020 providing approximately 140 jobs to Pontiac.
Thanks to Tom Bennett for bringing a representative from the Illinois Chamber of Commerce to town this morning and thanks to the Elk’s for a tasty breakfast.
A big shout out to everyone that helped to make this year a success. From sponsors to volunteers to golfers, thank you so much! See you next 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.
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.
The Jack Frost Jackpot has come to an end for 2018. Congratulations to Ryan Myers, the winner of $1,000 in chamber gift certificates! Myers (right) works at KSR in Pontiac and is pictured below with Paul Kelly (left), chamber board member.
Following is a list of $20 chamber gift certificate winners:
Thanks to all who participated!
The Chamber is excited to kick off a new holiday raffle, the Jack Frost Jackpot! One lucky winner will receive $1,000 in Chamber gift certificates – good at more than 200 business in the Pontiac area. Ten second place winners will each receive $20 in Chamber gift certificates. Don’t delay in purchasing your tickets! Quantities are limited so visit the office staff or see a board member to get yours today.
- $20 per ticket. Only 200 tickets will be sold.
- Qualified to join are all those who have purchased and paid their ticket/s within the selling period.
- All raffle stubs should be legibly filled out with complete name, address and phone number.
- Tickets are available for purchase between November 7 and December 12, 2018.
- Winner will be drawn live on WJEZ radio on Friday, December 14.
- Winner need not be present to win.
- 1st Prize: $1,000 in Chamber Gift Certificates
- 2nd Prize: (10 winners) $20 Chamber Gift Certificate