Social Media Workshop

We hosted our first information workshop and this one covered Social Media and how to add it to your marketing plan. Students from PTHS and Career and Community Services Coordinator, Betsy Westergreen explained to the group the different social media platforms and what they are used for. Cat then lead a round table discussion on how to apply these platforms to marketing their businesses. So, many experiences and ideas were shared and we look forward to setting the date on a follow-up.

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.

Fitness Premier Celebrates Ribbon Cutting

The Pontiac Area Chamber and representatives welcomed Fitness Premier on Tuesday, January 8 with a ribbon cutting.

Fitness Premier, located at 924 W. Custer in Pontiac, is a physical fitness center whose mission is “to motivate, educate, and inspire the communities we serve.” They offer 24/7 access for members to exercise using their state-of-the-art equipment, and staff is available during their regular business hours to provide support, education, and even personal training. Group classes are available. If you’re looking to start your New Year’s fitness resolution, now is the time! Fitness Premier is offering $0 enrollment through January 31.

Fitness Premier Pontiac

Phone: (815) 844-0294

Address: 924 Custer Ave., Pontiac

Email: pontiac@fitnesspremierclubs.com

Welcome to the Chamber!

Pontiac Downtown Parking Regulations Change

City officials note the thriving downtown business atmosphere as a driving factor in the updated parking changes taking effect on Saturday, December 15, 2018. All two-hour free parking downtown will be increased to three-hour free parking.

Additional parking areas are being added to the free, restricted parking (see blue shaded streets on the map below). The east side of the 200 block of Oak Street is one as well as the lot behind the Route 66 Museum.

Unrestricted, free parking will continue at the City Hall lot, the Courthouse lot, and the lot next to the Dargan building.

New Pontiac parking map

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!

Ryan Myers Wins $1,000 Jack Frost Jackpot Prize

Updated 12/17/18:

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:
Ben Diaz
Chip Ferguson
Jenn Steidinger
Amy Smith
Brad Solberg
Tim Johnson
Kathy McMillan
Rhonda Myers
Dawn Eckhoff
Manker Family

Thanks to all who participated!

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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.

Mechanics:
  • $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.
Prizes:
  • 1st Prize: $1,000 in Chamber Gift Certificates
  • 2nd Prize: (10 winners) $20 Chamber Gift Certificate
Purchase your raffle ticket from any Chamber board member or at the Chamber office.