Pontiac Chamber Welcomes New Member

The Pontiac Chamber is happy to welcome, Pam Deaton a licensed health insurance agent located in downtown Bloomington. Pam represents Healthmarkets which is a nationwide insurance brokerage. She started her health insurance career more than 15 years ago and continues to help individuals, families, and small businesses understand and obtain the best health coverage. In addition to health insurance, Healthmarkets – Pam Deaton offers supplemental insurance such as cancer, accident, dental, vision and life policies; plus annuities, 401K Plans, and more.

When she isn’t busy managing her insurance business and giving back to the communities she serves, Pam loves to spend time with her 3 kids; Alycia (19), DJ (16), and Donovan (Don Don, 13). They all stay busy with school and sports; and yep, Pam likes to be the encouraging, loud sports mom.

A caring, giving, supportive, hard worker is how those that know Pam would describe her. She would like to say thank you to everyone for their business, support and dedication in helping her reach her goals.

Pontiac Chamber Welcomes New Member

The Pontiac Chamber is excited to welcome a new member! Robin Sorenson-Monat .Robin tell us, ” You only get 60 seconds to make a first impression and your hair and skin are the first thing people see.With my business I am able to help people build their confidence and their careers through a naturally based product line that promotes their BEST self forward. My family helps keep me grounded as well as busy!!! As a wife, mom of four a flexible career is a must! I’ve been in business over 4 years and have helped many people solve their hair and skin dilemmas all while offering them the flexible opportunity that I have grown to love. Chaos and confidence are a great mix and I am proud to be a Monat business partner and look forward to helping everyone find their perfect mix to create their own best first impression”.

Pontiac Chamber Helps Member

We love hearing from our members! Stacey Shrewsbury, Director, Heartland Community College Pontiac gave us some good news, “Thank you so much for your efforts on behalf of the chamber to promote the Essential Workplace Skills: Communicating Effectively class. We went from a possible class size of 6 to 17 in about 24 hours! The Chamber’s support in sharing this program information with area business was greatly appreciated.” We were happy to send an E-Blast to get the word out that seats were still available. This is a free benefit of being a Pontiac Chamber of Commerce member. What can we do for you?

Chamber Welcomes Gray’s Garage

The Pontiac Chamber is excited to welcome Gray’s Garage into our community of local business members. Gray’s Garage in Pontiac is the leading truck repair company serving Livingston county and the surrounding communities since 1963.  This company is still family owned and operated and specializes in heavy truck repair, towing, recovery, diesel engine service, alignments and so much more. Gray’s Garage services all makes and has current OEM diagnostic software and tooling.  Whether you need heavy truck repair, fabrication, relocation or state DOT test lane; they can get you back out on the road or the farm. Gray’s provides local family-friendly customer service in a relaxing atmosphere with a remodeled waiting area. If you haven’t been for a while, the Gray’s Garage family invite you to stop in and look at their updated facility. Gray’s Garage is located at 14437 E 2000 North Rd at the intersection of I55 and Route 23.  Find them at www.graysgarage.net and like them on Facebook or call 815-844-6163.

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.

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!

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.

PTHS and Pontiac Chamber of Commerce Hold Job Marketplace

Thank you to Boys & Girls Club, Evenglow, IHR, Johnson Press, KSR, LSC, McDonald’s and Pontiac Parks and Rec for coming out to our Job Marketplace Tuesday. We had a great turnout of students and hope to give them a leg up on jobs these businesses have to offer. Thanks to PTHS Betsy Westergreen, Career and Community Services Coordinator and Business Teacher for all her hard work putting this together for our business community.

District 429 STEAM Tour

Tim Johnson, OSF, Tom Hinz, CAT and Cat were invited by District 429 Superintendent, Brian Dukes, to take a tour of the STEAM classrooms this week. It was an amazing time and we were quite impressed with the evolution of education and how up-to-date the district is with the technology they are using, but also in the way things are being taught. It was a great tour and we encourage anyone who would like to see for yourself, to contact the school and take this great tour. Special thanks to Brian and his staff for taking this time with us. Us “grown-ups” learned more than a thing or two.

3D Printer
“Crests” the students have designed with the 3D printer
Students using interactive cubes and cellphones to learn about the universe
PE teachers monitor the heart rates of students in a PE class through heart monitors and an iPad
Students “relaxing” on exercise balls while learning to collaborate together
Plants growing in a classroom
Believe it or not, this is a Math class