by Ed/Glen Chamber on May 17th, 2016

The 2016 Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce Golf Challenge, brought to you by Tiger Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning & Electrical Services, will be held Friday, June 24 at Sunset Hills Country Club in Edwardsville. The golf outing is a great opportunity to market your business, treat your employees, and host your clients.

We hope you’re able to attend and enjoy lunch on the course, 18 holes of tournament golf, beverages, breakfast snacks and a post-play meal  – all to benefit the many programs and services provided by the chamber.

ED/GLEN CHAMBER GOLF CHALLENGE DETAILS:
Registration begins at 6am with a shotgun start at 7:30am. Our all-inclusive format includes 18 holes of golf with cart, unlimited use of the driving range, all-you-can-put on the putting green sponsored by 1st MidAmerica Credit Union, golf carts provided by Gateway Regional Medical Center, on-course beverages provided by Robert 'Chick' Fritz Distributing, on-course lunch provided by Chava's Mexican Restaurant, contests and prizes, lunch on the course, late afternoon reception with awards ceremony and meal, and the chance to win the hole-in-one car, courtesy of Cassens & Sons.

Foursomes, twosomes, and individual players are encouraged to register. Download the registration and sponsorship forms today. Deadline for registration is Friday, June 17, and payment must accompany registration. Refunds will not be issued.

GUIDING PRINCIPLES
Chambers of Commerce honor and respect capitalism and well-informed private sector job creators as a central and foundational element of regional and national prosperity. Chambers of Commerce actively facilitate collaboration and open discussion between business and public officials through educationbusiness advocacy and leadership.

VISION
The Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce will be the preferred provider of watch-dog, education and advocacy services that form a mission-critical catalyst for business success.​

MISSION
The Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce is a member-driven organization, dedicated to a strong, private sector regional economy.

by Ed/Glen Chamber on January 26th, 2016

On March 12, 2016 at the Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce's Annual Community Awards Gala & Auction, the chamber will present awards to members of our community – the Albert Cassens Award for Outstanding Community Achievement, the Tallerico Leadership Award,and the Lifetime Achievement Award. The chamber is seeking nominations for these prestigious awards. The Business of the Year Award will also be presented.

Nominations for all three awards will be accepted through close of business Friday, February 19, 2016.
CLICK HERE to download the Cassens nomination form.
CLICK HERE to download the Tallerico nomination form.
CLICK HERE to download the Lifetime Achievement nomination form.

Please consider nominating a deserving individual for one of these prestigious honors. It is important to note that the Cassens award criteria, at the request of past award recipients, have been adjusted to support the Ed/Glen Chamber's guiding principles and honor an individual whose primary involvement is with a for-profit business. The time frame for the Cassens award has also been expanded to allow for outstanding community achievement within the past two calendar years.

The Albert Cassens Award for Outstanding Community Achievement was established by the Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce in 1993 and is presented to an individual who has given freely of his or her time to the community, made a significant impact on the community during the 2014-2015 calendar years, has earned a reputation for his/her exemplary integrity, has demonstrated support for the guiding principles of chambers of commerce, and has demonstrated a personal commitment to social (which may include environmental) responsibility. Previous recipients include Albert Cassens, Mary Kane, Robert Wetzel, Robert Plummer, Robert McClellan, Jamie Henderson, Jeff Lantz, Joe Gugger, Dr. David Werner, Jean Hughes, Don Metzger, Dr. Dale Chapman, Dennis Terry, Tom Allen, Chuck Tosovsky, Mark Shashek, John Motley, Mark Mestemacher, Herman Shaw, SJ Morrison, Gordon Broom, Rod Vaught, and 2015 awardee Paul Millard.

The Tallerico Leadership Award replaced the ATHENA Award in 2010. Rich Tallerico brought the ATHENA International Award to the Edwarsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce in 1986. The purpose of the Tallerico Leadership Award remains the same - to bring into focus the outstanding professional and business women within our community and to encourage the opening of leadership opportunities for women within the community’s workplaces. Previous local ATHENA/Tallerico Leadership Award recipients include Edna Wolfe, Delores Gooch, Nina Baird, Rosemary Bratten, Evelyn Bowles, Barbara Crowder, Stephanie Robbins, Jill Dufner, Sue Pedersen, Janet Foehrkolb, Evelyn Wiechman, Joan Foster, Meta Minton, Susan Donnelly, Bobby Ragan, Joyce Williams, Dr. Almeda Lahr-Well, Carol Wetzel, Suzanne Dietrich, Kay Werner, Donna Bardon, Barbara Jurgena-Stamer, Elizabeth Levy, Patricia Peverly, Joan O'Saben, Dr. Carol Keene, Teresa Katubig, Ann Tosovsky, Nancy Schneider, and 2015 recipient Patty Navin.​

The Lifetime Achievement Award was established in 2009 and is presented to an exceptional individual who has made a significant positive impact on the Edwardsville/Glen Carbon community through his or her past achievements over a long period of time and has enhanced the quality of life for Edwardsville/Glen Carbon residents. Recipients include Gary Coffey, Dr. Robert Koepke, Edward McCarthy, Robert Wetzel, Gary Niebur, Joe Glik, and 2015 honoree Gerry Schuetzenhofer.​

Thank you for your assistance as we strive to honor those who make Edwardsville and Glen Carbon such great communities in which to live and work.

Chambers of commerce honor and respect capitalism and well-informed private sector job creators as a central and foundational element of regional and national prosperity. Chambers of commerce actively facilitate collaboration and open discussion between business and public officials through educationbusiness advocacy and leadership.

The Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce is a member-driven organization, dedicated to a strong, private sector regional economy. For information on Ed/Glen Chamber membership, go to edglenchamber.com or call 618.656.7600.

by Ed/Glen Chamber on November 25th, 2015

​The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced last week that it will not release its final rule revising which workers are and are not eligible for overtime until late 2016. The time between publication of the final rule and its effective date may be short, maybe as little as 30 days. There is also a possibility of a phased-in effective date.

The rule calls for workers earning less than $970 per week, or $50,440 annually, to be eligible for overtime, which is more than double the current salary threshold. There is support in both the Democratic and Republican parties for raising the salary threshold some, but not as high as doubling the amount. The rule could also be impacted by the results of the Presidential election.

In the meantime, employers should give thought to how this will affect their current employees. Employers might prepare to reclassify workers by getting ready now for different possible scenarios under the final rule; do their best to reclassify after the final rule; or - on the riskier side - wait until after the presidential election in hopes that, should a Republican prevail, the rule might be revoked.

The proposed rule was released on June 30 of this year and received more than 250,000 comments during the comment period this summer. Details of the proposed rule can be found on DOL's website. The Ed/Glen Chamber will continue monitoring this issue.

by Ed/Glen Chamber on November 17th, 2015

Ed/Glen Chamber members have the benefit of submitting event information, press releases, and job openings to our website FREE of charge! We encourage you to make the most of this exclusive member benefit. It's a quick and easy way to extend the reach of your message and broaden your business or organization's impact!

The primary contact for every Ed/Glen Chamber membership has been emailed a username & password for our website. If you are the primary contact for your business or organization and did not receive that email, you can:
  • Go to www.edglenchamber.com
  • Click on ‘MEMBER LOGIN’ on the right
  • Submit your email address in the ‘Forgot Your Password?’ section
  • Your user name & password will be emailed to you
Please call (618) 656-7600 to have a username & password assigned to an additional contact for your business or organization.

Submit Your Events To Our Online Calendar

  • Go to www.edglenchamber.com
  • On the navigation bar, click “Events”
  • Click the “Submit an Event” button
  • Complete the form
  • After being approved by chamber staff, your information will appear online

Add Your Announcements To Member News

  • Go to www.edglenchamber.com
  • On the navigation bar, hover over “About Us” and select “Member News” from the drop down menu
  • Click the “Submit a Press Release” button
  • You are required to log in to the Chamber Nation system
  • Complete the form
  • After being approved by chamber staff, your information will appear online

Post Your Job Openings On Our Website

  • Go to www.edglenchamber.com
  • On the navigation bar, hover over “Work” and select “Member Job Postings” from the drop down menu
  • Click the “Submit a Job Posting” button
  • Complete the form
  • After being approved by chamber staff, your information will appear online

by Ed/Glen Chamber on March 24th, 2015

Applications are available for 2015 Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce scholarships: two $1,000 scholarships and one $1,500 scholarship are available. CLICK HERE to download the application.
 
The Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce will award one $1,000 scholarship to a graduating senior from Edwardsville High School, Metro East Lutheran High School, Lahr-Well Christian Academy, or a home-schooled student living in District 7. One $1,000 scholarship will also be awarded to a student currently attending either Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) or Lewis and Clark Community College. New in 2013 was one $1,500 scholarship awarded to a student entering his or her junior or senior year of study in the SIUE School of Business.
 
Scholarships are made possible through fundraising each August at the SIUE Welcome Back Block Party, where the Ed/Glen Chamber serves as the exclusive beer provider. All proceeds from Block Party beer sales support the Chamber's scholarship fund. In 2012 the Block Party was taken on by the Ed/Glen Chamber’s Young Professionals Group (YPG) as their signature philanthropic effort.
 
“Excellent weather and large crowds the last few years led to increased sales. That continued success allowed us to introduce in 2013 an additional scholarship in the amount of $1,500, which is awarded to an SIUE School of Business upperclassman,” said President & CEO Desiree Bennyhoff.
 
The application is to be completed by any student wishing to be considered for one of the Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce scholarships. The scholarship committee will review all applications and make awards to students whose academic history and activities show the most promise.
 
Applicants will be assessed according to GPA/SAT/ACT scores or equivalent, activities, awards, community service, and an essay describing their educational plans and career objectives, and why applicants feel they should receive the scholarship.
 
Applications for 2015 Chamber of Commerce Scholarship are available at edglenchamber.com and must be postmarked by May 8, 2015. For more information, contact the Ed/Glen Chamber office at 618.656.7600.
 
Chambers of Commerce honor and respect capitalism and well-informed private sector job creators as a central and foundational element of regional and national prosperity. Chambers of Commerce actively facilitate collaboration and open discussion between business and public officials through education, business advocacy and leadership. ​The Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce is a member-driven organization, dedicated to a strong, private sector regional economy.

by Ed/Glen Chamber on August 26th, 2014

At the Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce, we believe that what we do helps grow our regional commerce community. We are passionate about our work, and inspired by the positive effect it has on our organization and customers. We believe in collaborating to reach shared goals and helping to shape the economic landscape through such efforts. Making this happen is a dynamic, evolving process and we count on each employee to be a catalyst in driving our performance. If you are intrigued by a challenge that will have a direct impact on a growing economic community, consider joining us.

If you are interested in the Membership Director position (job description below), please email your cover letter, resume, and references to:

Desiree Bennyhoff, President & CEO
dbennyhoff@edglenchamber.com

Or mail your resume to:
Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce Commerce
Attn: Desiree Bennyhoff
200 University Park Drive, Suite 260
Edwardsville IL 62025

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.
Submission deadline is  5pm Tuesday, September 16.


Title: Membership Director

Reports To: President & CEO
 
Objectives
Responsible for developing and maintaining ongoing client relationships to achieve strategic organizational and budgetary goals. This is accomplished by delivering excellent customer service through event planning, member education, resource and benefit training and facilitating networking connections; recruitment of new and retention of existing members through personal contact; and the evaluation and development of member benefits. This position is required to support strategic marketing and development efforts within the organization.
 
Scope
Provide organizational oversight for all aspects of membership development, including new member recruitment, member retention, and member engagement.

Duties
  • Build & maintain strong, active and long-lasting customer relationships through meetings and calls
  • Identify opportunities to upgrade accounts and anticipate when additional attention is necessary to retain a membership
  • Schedule appointments with prospective businesses and organizations
  • Represent Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce at appropriate community events, meetings and programsMaintain a targeted retention rate of existing members
  • Establish positive working relationships with member organizations to support retention; work with CEO and team to establish and carry out a plan of personal contact with members
  • Conduct member surveys to increase member awareness, determine constituent needs, and make membership benefit recommendations to CEO
  • Ensure customer retention and satisfaction through assisted education of membership benefits
  • Respond in a timely manner to customer requests and concerns
  • Assist members in personalizing and optimizing membership benefits
  • Ensure that all customer relations are noted properly in customer relationship management softwareUse metrics to determine benefit and efficacy of programs
  • Plan and present monthly membership training/orientation sessions to inform members of ways in which they may receive the most value from their chamber membership
  • Responsible for working within approved budgetKnowledgeable of all Ed/Glen Chamber benefits; field membership benefit questions
  • Coordinate with team concerning marketing, news releases, and chamber publications; submit membership-related articles and photos for publications
  • Develop, schedule and execute networking calendar and programming including monthly business after hours events, networking@noon and b2b breakfasts
  • Oversee and develop chamber ambassador committee
  • Schedule ribbon cuttings and communicate with office and ambassadors
  • Facilitate and communicate membership events and updates with office staff
  • Plan and execute annual fundraisers soliciting membership for donations and sponsorship, in particular for annual gala and annual golf events
  • Implement strategic plan in all member functions and education
  • Attend educational and sector related seminars and workshops
  • Responsible for oversight of greeter service program
  • Submit monthly membership report
  • Clearly communicate account updates and information to chamber staff
  • Volunteer management and coordination for all events
  • Other duties as assigned by CEO 

Qualifications, Experience, Knowledge & Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • At least two years of sales experience preferred
  • Excellent listening and account management skills
  • Strong verbal skills are an absolute necessity
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and responsibilities
  • Strong time management, prioritization and organizational skills
  • Demonstrated customer appreciation and commitment to customer service
  • Leadership qualities including self-motivation, resilience, positive attitude, and a team player
  • Ability to adapt and work in a fast paced environment that changes frequently
  • Excellent customer service skills and practical process knowledge
  • Ability to work independently, exercise discretion and use independent judgment
  • Ability to identify problem areas, trends, and opportunities and recommend action to management
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office software suite

by Ed/Glen Chamber on March 24th, 2014

At the Tuesday, March 18 Edwardsville City Council meeting, the Council considered an ordinance to implement a Home Rule Municipal Retailers’ Occupation Tax and Home Rule Service Occupation Tax (collectively known as the “Home Rule Sales Tax”). The Home Rule Sales Tax would be imposed at a rate of one quarter of one percent (0.25% ) on the gross sales receipts.
  
The City of Edwardsvillle will consider adopting the tax to help construct, maintain and operate public safety facilities. The additional sales tax would impact only those businesses located in the City of Edwardsville. 
  
The ordinance adopting a Home Rule Sales Tax and amending Chapter 106, Articles III and V of the Codified Ordinances of Edwardsville, Illinois will again be presented at the Thursday, March 27 Administrative & Community Services (ACS) meeting , which will be held at 5pm.
 
Edwardsville City Council will conduct a special City Council meeting Thursday, March 27 at 7pm , at which time the Council will make its final consideration to implement the Home Rule Sales Tax. 
  
The Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee (GAC) has reviewed the proposed ordinance and appeared before city council last Tuesday to voice concerns of the business community. 
 
The Ed/Glen Chamber is not against the needs of the community to improve and expand its fire and police facilities, and we fully support the Mayor’s and Council’s efforts to provide essential services. 
  
However, we are opposed to the utilization of sales tax, over reliance on implementing additional sales tax, and little opportunity for public dialogue prior to implementing something as important as a Home Rule Sales Tax. We are also concerned about the precedent this sets.
  
The City expects an estimated $1.2 million in sales tax revenue generation resulting from the proposed Home Rule Sales Tax , thus diverting that money from the local economy to be utilized for taxes rather than goods and services. It is the cumulative impact of taxing at the local, county, state and federal levels that negatively affect the business climate. 
 
CLICK HERE to read a recent St. Louis Business Journal article ranking Illinois as 31st (50 being the most unfavorable for business) when looking at corporate, individual income, sales, insurance and property taxes. Missouri ranks 16th.
 
We have heard directly from a number of Ed/Glen Chamber members voicing concerns. We encourage the business community to get involved by contacting elected officials and attending the ACS/City Council meetings on March 27. 
 
MAYOR & CITY COUNCIL CONTACT INFORMATION 
Mayor Hal Patton
Business Phone:
 618-692-7530
Email: mayor@cityofedwardsville.com 
 
1st Ward Alderman: Barb Jurgena-Stamer
Business Phone:
 618-692-7530
Home Phone: 618-692-0991
Email: ward1alderman@cityofedwardsville.com 
 
2nd Ward Alderman: Tom Butts
Business Phone:
 618-692-7530
Home Phone: 618-656-1967
Email:  ward2alderman@cityofedwardsville.com 
 
3rd Ward Alderman: Janet Stack
Business Phone:
 618-692-7530
Home Phone: 618-656-2888
Email: ward3alderman@cityofedwardsville.com 
 
4th Ward Alderman: Jeanette Mallon
Business Phone:
 618-692-7530
Home Phone: 618-656-1977
Email: ward4alderman@cityofedwardsville.com 
 
5th Ward Alderman: Keith Short
Business Phone:
 618-692-7530
Home Phone: 618-806-6921
Email: ward5alderman@cityofedwardsville.com 
 
6th Ward Alderman: Craig Louer
Business Phone:
 618-692-7530
Home Phone: 618-656-6048
Email: ward6alderman@cityofedwardsville.com 
 
7th Ward Alderman: Art Risavy
Business Phone:
 618-980-2876
Home Phone: 618-655-0709
Email: ward7alderman@cityofedwardsville.com 
 
ADMINISTRATIVE & COMMUNITY SERVICES MEETING 
5pm Thursday, March 27
Wildey Theatre, 3rd floor
252 North Main Street in Edwardsville 

 
SPECIAL CITY COUNCIL MEETING*
7pm Thursday, March 27
Council Chambers, City Hall
118 Hillsboro Avenue in Edwardsville 

* Arrive at least 15 minutes early and add your name to the list of citizens wishing to address the Council. 
  
The Ed/Glen Chamber’s Government Affairs Committee will be in attendance at both meetings.
  
Attached you will find PowerPoint slides from last Tuesday’s informational City Council presentation. The slides are a helpful educational tool and outline the City’s very real need for fire protection and proposed funding source of the sales tax. Again, we fully support the community’s fire and emergency protection needs; our concern is solely with regard to the use of sales tax as a funding source.
 
While there are many points and counterpoints to this issue, we emphasize the importance of establishing open lines of communication. We welcome the opportunity to better educate elected officials on the impact of legislation on the business community.

by Ed/Glen Chamber on February 4th, 2014

The Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce government affairs committee invites you to attend the 3rd Annual Legislative Summit. This is an opportunity to interact with your state and federal legislators in a panel discussion format, complete with Q&A session.

The Legislative Summit will take place Monday, February 24 from 7:30-9am in the Leclaire Room at Lewis and Clark Community College's N.O. Nelson campus. Cost is $20 per person and includes a buffet breakfast. CLICK HERE to RSVP.

Legislators will provide a brief update on state and federal issues, followed by questions from the audience. Confirmed panelists include:
Congressman Rodney Davis
Congressman John Shimkus
State Representative Dwight Kay
State Senator Bill Haine


Call 618.656.7600 to inquire about sponsorships.

by Ed/Glen Chamber on January 22nd, 2014

We offer our sincere gratitude to all who helped make this year's annual Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce Halloween Parade a success. Without numerous volunteers and a true community effort, this annual event would not come to fruition year after year.

This year we thank, in no particular order:
  • Chef's Shoppe for providing popcorn to our volunteers
  • Walmart of Glen Carbon for stocking our cars with candy
  • Mojo's Music for helping us rock out with a great PA system
  • Stunkel Towing for bringing in an extra large flatbed
  • The Goddard School of Edwardsville for providing tents
  • Royal Solutions for lending us a headquarters van
  • SJ & Emily Morrison for acting as emcees for the evening
  • Dan Anderson, Carrie Babington, Jan Carpenter & Pat Shannon for serving as float judges
  • Edwardsville Mayor Hal Patton & Glen Carbon Mayor Rob Jackstadt for their support and participation
  • Edwardsville Community Unit School District 7 for the generous use of parking lot line-up space for parade participants
  • Albert Cassens Award for Outstanding Community Achievement recipient Gordon Broom, Lifetime Achievement Award honoree Gary Niebur, and Tallerico Leadership Award winner Ann Tosovsky
  • SIUE Chancellor Julie Furst-Bowe
  • Volunteer parade marshalls for assisting police officers with crowd control
  • Rotary Club of Edwardsville for managing parade line-up
  • City of Edwardsville Police Department & Public Works Department for ensuring a safe environment from which spectators may enjoy the parade

by Ed/Glen Chamber on December 2nd, 2013

As we prepare for next year we are pleased to unveil our new and improved Business After Hours (BAH) opportunities for 2014.  In 2014 we are encouraging businesses to partner and co-host with one another to maximize branding opportunities and attendance.  In lieu of two monthly BAH events, we will offer one monthly BAH in 2014.

To increase our networking ready and appeal to a broader audience with varied availability and time preferences, we have added six breakfast networking events and six lunchtime events to the 2014 calendar.

2014 BUSINESS AFTER HOURS DATES
5-7pm, third Thursday of each month, locations TBA:

January 16
February 20
March 20
April 17
May 15
June 19
July 17
August 21
September 18
October 16
November 20
December 18

2014 NETWORKING@NOON DATES
12-1pm, second Tuesday of every other month, location TBA:

January 14
March 11
May 13
July 8
September 9
November 11

2014 B2B BREAKFAST DATES
7:30-8:30am, second Tuesday of every other month, location TBA:
February 11
April 8
June 10
August 12
October 14
December 9

by Ed/Glen Chamber on December 2nd, 2013

This year's 'SHOP SMART. SHOP LOCAL. SHOP CHAMBER.' campaign launched the week of November 23, just in time to ramp up prior to Black Friday shopping! Look for cool reusable Shop Chamber shopping bags available for purchase ($5 each) at many local retailers, packed full of more than $150 in local savings'Like' our Facebook page to keep updated on the campaign!

BAGS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE WHILE SUPPLIES LAST at Crushed GrapesElliott Fine JewelersExactime Watch & ClockHappy Up Inc.Hudson Jewelersj.BlanquartMojo's MusicOoh La La SpaRunWell, Studio GAIAThe Bike FactoryThe Gingham BuffaloThe Pilates Barre Studio, and What to Wear.

COUPONS FROM THE ABOVE LOCATIONS ARE INCLUDED IN THE BAGS, ALONG WITH DEALS FROM Afterwords BooksBella Milano EdwardsvilleChocolate Chocolate ChocolateCleveland-Heath, Eclipse Car WashGlik's Department StoreMassageLuXeRobust Wine BarThe CupThe Wooden Nickel Pub & Grill, and Wang Gang Asian.
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by Ed/Glen Chamber on May 29th, 2013


by Ed/Glen Chamber on June 20th, 2012

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the businesses that have generously supported the 2012 Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commecrce golf tournament, hosted at Edwardsville's beautiful Sunset Hills Country Club. This annual event is a great opportunity for businesses & organizations to market themselves, treat employees, and host clients.

The tournament includes 18 holes of tournament golf with cart, beverages on the course, and dinner - all to benefit the many community programs and activities supported by the Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce.

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR VICE PRESIDENT'S CIRCLE SPONSOR:
The Edwardsville Intelligencer


EVENT SPONSORS:
Cassens & Sons (hole in one sponsor)
Global Brew Tap House & Lounge (beverage sponsor)
First Clover Leaf Bank (putting green sponsor)
Penn Station (lunch sponsor)
TheBANK of Edwardsville (golf cart sponsor)

EXCLUSIVE HOLE SPONSORS:
Scott Credit Union
Mathis, Marifian & Richter, LTD

TEE SPONSORS:
1st MidAmerica Credit Union
Ameren Illinois
Anderson Hospital
BarberMURPHY Group
Crawford, Murphy & Tilley
Edwardsville Wrestling Club
Extra Help, Inc.
First Christian Church
First Community State Bank
Hortica Insurance & Employee Benefits
Hudson Jewelers
Illinois State Representative Dwight Kay
Kettle River Furniture
Madison Mutual Insurance Company
National Bank
Southern Illinois Underwriters Agency
St. John's Community Care
TheEDGEBANK
Wenzel & Associates Ltd.
West & Company, LLC

DONORS:
American Family Insurance
Bull & Bear Grill & Bar
Chick Fritz Distributing
Collision Plus of Glen Carbon
Denny's
Gateway Grizzlies
Goddard School
Incredible Events by '62 Sports Group
Jacoby Arts Center
LaBest, Inc.
Logo It! @ Langa
Mr. Handyman of Madison County
Olive Oils & More
Peel Wood Fired Pizza
PNC Bank
Regions Bank
Shop 'n Save
Sips n Splatters
USO of Missouri

GOODIE BAG SPONSORS:
Burns & Associates Management, LLC
Chamber Internet Solutions
Express Employment Professionals
Hudson Jewelers
Integrated Medical Group
Mr. Handyman of Madison County
Olive Oils & More
SSM Physical Therapy
The Garden Kingdom
The Tutoring Center

by Ed/Glen Chamber on June 4th, 2012

The 2012 Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce golf tournament is Friday, June 22 at Edwardsville's beautiful Sunset Hills Country Club. The tournament is a great opportunity to market your business, treat your employees, and host potential or current clients.

We hope you are able to attend and enjoy the all-inclusive format, including:
  • Unlimited use of driving range & putting green
  • Contests & prizes
  • 18 holes of tournament golf with cart
  • Lunch & beverages on the course
  • Dinner reception with awards
  • Chance to win hole-in-one car
Registration begins at 8am with a shotgun start at 9:30am. Foursomes, twosomes, and individual players are encouraged to register. Deadline for registration is Friday, June 15, and payment must accompany registration. Refunds will not be issued after June 18.

Click here to download the registration form.
Click here to download the sponsorship form.


We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the businesses that have generously supported the 2012 Ed/Glen Chamber golf tournament.

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR VICE PRESIDENT'S CIRCLE SPONSOR: 
The Edwardsville Intelligencer
.

EVENT SPONSORS:
EXCLUSIVE HOLE SPONSORS:

TEE SPONSORS:

by Ed/Glen Chamber on May 16th, 2012

Join the Ed/Glen Chamber on a trip to Beijing, China! Take in everything from the thrill of walking on the Great Wall to exploring historic Tiananmen Square by experiencing the heart of Beijing on a tour with Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce and Travel Express. The trip, Beijing City Stay, is scheduled through leading tour operator Collette Vacations.

The Beijing City Stay tour departs April 29, 2013, for nine days. Travelers will enjoy the quiet pleasure of lunch with a local family at their Hutong home, visit the pandas at the Beijing Zoo, and venture to the Valley of the Ming Tombs and the 2008 Olympic Green with its famous Water Cube and Bird's Nest.

Learn about jade carving and design custom-made jade name seal stamp. Savor traditional Chinese food and drink, including dumpling making and tea ceremony. Explore the Summer Palace, ranked among the most noted classical gardens in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Be treated to a dinner featuring Peking Duck, followed by a colorful performance of the Peking Opera. And visit the Forbidden City, a vast network of palaces including five halls, seventeen palaces and numerous other rooms and buildings which have been home to 24 Chinese Emperors over 491 years.

Interested travelers can learn more about the tour by attending a free and informational presentation from Lora Carlson of Collette Vacations.

WHEN: 5:30pm July 11, 2012
WHERE: 200 University Park Drive in Edwardsville (Room 1127)

Call (618) 656-7600 to RSVP for the presentation.

Collette Vacations is a family-owned business headquartered in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.  For over 90 years, Collette’s team of travel enthusiasts has fulfilled millions of vacation dreams, offering 150 programs to destinations on all 7 continents. Their diverse travel roster features inclusive land tours, river cruises, rail journeys, small group tours, family vacations and more. With knowledgeable, professional tour managers, an industry-leading cancellation waiver, and complimentary roundtrip home to airport sedan service on all air-inclusive tours, Collette seamlessly takes care of the details, making travel simple while providing outstanding quality and value.

by Ed/Glen Chamber on April 23rd, 2012

Plan to attend the 2012 professional education HR/Legal Series: Work Smarter, Not Harder!

The first session will be held Tuesday, January 24 from 8:30-11:30am at Glen Carbon Hampton Inn. Representatives from the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) will provide guests with valuable information about fighting unemployment claims.

This series of professional education programs will help you run your business more efficiently and positively impact your bottom line. Networking and breakfast begins at 8am. Educational programs are from 8:30-10:30am with Q&A session included.

Cost to attend the series of six sessions is $100 per person ($150 non-members), or $20 per session ($30 non-members).

JANUARY 24
Fighting Unemployment Claims with IDES


MARCH 27
Managing Employee Leave

presented by Thomas E. Berry, Jr.
Balancing an employer’s obligation toward employees with medical restrictions can be daunting and perplexing. This program will explain the overlapping obligations under the laws addressing disability discrimination, medical leave and workers’ compensation, and it will provide practical guidelines and solutions to the most common situations.

MAY 22
Business Succession Planning
presented by Bhavik R. Patel

In this session you will plan an effective succession of management and ownership of your business, determine the right triggering events for a buy-sell agreement, determine the right valuation of your business, and determine the best method for payment of purchase price.

JULY 24
The Employment Relationship in the Age of Social Media
presented by Thomas E. Berry, Jr.

As social media technology continues to expand, the law is slow to catch up. This program will identify not only the legal risks that employers may inadvertently violate, but it will also offer practical solutions for employers to balance their rights and responsibilities with employee
expectations and legal protections.

SEPTEMBER 25
The Do’s & Don’ts of Hiring, Disciplining & Firing Employees:
How to Do It Right & Avoid Lawsuits
presented by Thomas E. Berry, Jr.

Hiring, documenting and firing are three of the greatest challenges that managers face in their careers. Join our speakers who will share their experiences and expertise in hiring ideal candidates and making termination decisions.

NOVEMBER 27
Protecting Your Trade Secrets & Business Name
presented by Philip J. Lading

The tension between protecting business assets with an employee’s right to earn a living and change employers are in tension as employers try to restrict competition or the disclosure of proprietary information and business records. This program will help identity what type of
agreement to utilize and how to enforce these agreements.

This professional education series is proudly brought to you by the attorneys at Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard and the Ed/Glen Chamber's professional education committee.

Thomas E. Berry, Jr. is a shareholder of Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard and serves as Practice Group Leader for Business Litigation and leads the employment law team. Tom is also part of the Business Law Practice Group. He focuses his practice in the areas of labor and employment law with regards to all aspects of employment litigation, employment counseling and immigration. Tom has extensive litigation experience which permits him to effectively counsel and advise clients on a variety of employment related issues in order to insure that effective human
resource practices and procedures are followed in order to minimize any additional exposure.

Philip J. Lading is a shareholder of Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard and primarily practices in the firm’s Business and Business Litigation Practice Groups. Phil has extensive experience in municipal, local and state law, business and commercial litigation, insurance defense litigation, insurance coverage disputes and family law. He also serves as the City Attorney for Staunton,
IL, and the Village Attorney for both New Douglas, IL, and Hamel, IL.

Bhavik R. Patel joined Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard in 2004 and is the Business Law Practice Group Leader. Additionally, he is the Chair of the firm’s Wealth Planning Group and Special Needs Planning Group. Bhavik is also the managing member of the firm’s O’Fallon, IL office. He practices in both the Business and Business Litigation Practice Groups and focuses in
the following areas: wealth/tax planning & administration; business/corporate planning; special needs planning; probate & trust litigation; FINRA litigation; and trademarks.

by Ed/Glen Chamber on March 21st, 2012

The Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce is holding its first cash mob event Saturday, March 24 in conjunction with National Cash Mob Day (www.cashmob.com). The cash mob is planned for 1pm Saturday at Olive Oils & More, located at 1063 South IL Route 157, Suite 6, in Edwardsville (behind Bella Milano).

“Last week I read an article about National Cash Mob Day and thought it would be great to bring a cash mob to the Edwardsville/Glen Carbon area. This is such a unique way to garner support for local business, and it’s fun. I hope the community comes out this Saturday in a show of support for Olive Oils & More. It’s an opportunity to make a difference in the success of a local business,” said Cathy Hamilton, who serves on the Ed/Glen Chamber’s board of directors.

This inaugural event invites residents to come out in a show of support for a local business. As the week unfolds, announcements about the cash mob will be posted on the Ed/Glen Chamber’s social media platforms. Participants are encouraged to show up at a specific time and place and be prepared to spend $20 in the designated local retail venue.

“Changes in the economy have hit small businesses hard, making it more important than ever for them to receive support from their communities,” said Executive Director Lisa Smith.

The first cash mob was organized in August, 2011. A cash mob is similar to a flash mob, but instead of showing up at a location to sing or dance, a cash mob gathers at a local retail establishment to spend money. Both types of groups usually communicate upcoming events through social media networks such as Facebook and Twitter. The goal of a cash mob is to promote spending at independent, locally owned businesses, to infuse the local economy and maintain its strength.

There is more to a cash mob than just spending money. It is about helping a local business in need that has given time and resources to improve the community. The cash mob provides the business media coverage, which encourages more consumers to shop at the location. The ultimate goal is to transform cash mob participants into regular customers.

Smith said that if this event is successful, the Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce may hold more cash mob events in the future.

The Ed/Glen Chamber invites you to get more information by going to its Facebook page and ‘liking’ the organization. Twitter and email notifications will also include up-to-date cash mob information. To ‘like’ the Ed/Glen Chamber on Facebook, go to www.facebook.com/EdGlenCOC. Follow their Twitter feed at www.twitter.com/EdGlenChamber. Please plan to attend the first official cash mob in the Edwardsville/Glen Carbon area this Saturday, March 24. To learn more about cash mobs, go to www.cashmob.com.

The Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce provides leadership for the benefit of the business community by promoting economic opportunities, advocating the interests of business, providing members with education and resources, and encouraging mutual support. For information on Ed/Glen Chamber membership, go to www.edglenchamber.com or call 618.656.7600.

by Ed/Glen Chamber on March 19th, 2012

Location & Time Will Be Announced Wednesday, March 21

The Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce is holding its first cash mob event Saturday, March 24 in conjunction with National Cash Mob Day (www.cashmob.com). The plan is to surprise a local business owner by having the cash mob appear ready to spend money this Saturday.

This inaugural event invites residents to come out in a show of support for a local business. As the week unfolds, announcements about the cash mob will be posted on the Ed/Glen Chamber’s social media platforms. Participants are encouraged to show up at a specific time and place and be prepared to spend $20 in the designated local retail venue.

“Changes in the economy have hit small businesses hard, making it more important than ever for them to receive support from their communities,” said Executive Director Lisa Smith.

The first cash mob was organized in August, 2011. A cash mob is similar to a flash mob, but instead of showing up at a location to sing or dance, a cash mob gathers at a local retail establishment to spend money. Both types of groups usually communicate upcoming events through social media networks such as Facebook and Twitter. The goal of a cash mob is to promote spending at independent, locally owned businesses, to infuse the local economy and maintain its strength.

There is more to a cash mob than just spending money. It is about helping a local business in need that has given time and resources to improve the community. The cash mob provides the business media coverage, which encourages more consumers to shop at the location. The ultimate goal is to transform cash mob participants into regular customers.

Smith said that if this event is successful, the Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce may hold more cash mob events in the future.

The Ed/Glen Chamber invites you to get more information by going to its Facebook page and ‘liking’ the organization. Twitter and email notifications will also include up-to-date cash mob information. To ‘like’ the Ed/Glen Chamber on Facebook, go to www.facebook.com/EdGlenCOC. Follow their Twitter feed at www.twitter.com/EdGlenChamber. Please plan to attend the first official cash mob in the Edwardsville/Glen Carbon area this Saturday, March 24. To learn more about cash mobs, go to www.cashmob.com.

The Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce provides leadership for the benefit of the business community by promoting economic opportunities, advocating the interests of business, providing members with education and resources, and encouraging mutual support. For information on Ed/Glen Chamber membership, go to www.edglenchamber.com or call 618.656.7600.

by Ed/Glen Chamber on March 17th, 2012

The following article was written by St. Louis Regional Chamber & Growth Association (RCGA) President & CEO Richard C.D. Fleming. The RCGA is the chamber of commerce & economic development organization for the bi-state region.

On January 13, 2011, the Illinois General Assembly passed and the Governor signed into law Act 96-1496 which is intended to address the State’s ongoing deficits by generating $7 billion in additional revenue. Since then, much has been in the national news as Illinois and virtually every other state works to manage budget shortfalls that have resulted from the brutal recession and the expiration of federal stimulus dollars.

Several governors, several of whom have greater political aspirations, have been filling the air waves with memorable sound bites that take shots at Illinois. Appealing to their own home state voters, they have bragged of snagging jobs for their state via sales trips to the Land of Lincoln.   What is the truth of the matter, and should Illinois be concerned that it may now be unable to compete for the jobs of the future?

It’s important to remember that the tax increases are temporary responses to what will hopefully be a temporary problem. These increases are set to begin rolling back in 4 years, and completely expire in 2025. We need to be confident that as our nation fully recovers from the recession, as it always has for over 200 years, businesses will invest in the future, unemployment will drop, payrolls will expand, and state revenues will increase — making such higher rates of taxation unnecessary for the long term.

Illinois is certainly not alone in dealing with difficult budget issues since the worldwide recession has created havoc for entire nations around the globe and our own federal budget. Since 2009, some 34 states have raised taxes (or “fees” — which is more acceptable sounding) to help close budget shortfalls.

The real reason some governors from smaller states are targeting Illinois is due to the enormous economic engine and source of jobs that Illinois represents. Illinois, with its diverse metropolitan areas, global corporate headquarters, critical military installations, fertile farm grounds, rivers, highways, rail, and one of the world’s busiest airports — ranks 5th nationally with a Gross State Product of $633 billion. Illinois is the 27th largest economy in the world — greater than Sweden, Egypt, Belgium , Saudi Arabia, Columbia, Greece, Ireland and Portugal, to name a few.

Everyone would like lower taxes, whether they are corporate taxes, individual taxes, sales taxes, or property taxes. Tax rates are an important consideration for a company that is considering expanding in or relocating to Illinois. But are tax rates the main consideration for businesses and individuals? The truth is that businesses consider a wide range of factors when considering where to locate, and taxes are not at the top of the list.

Area Development Magazine is the national publication that covers the site and facility planning industry. Its readers are among the nation’s corporate real estate executives and management consultants that advise companies where they should locate or expand their next plant, distribution facility, or company location. Area Development has conducted an annual survey for the past 25 years to determine what is important to site selectors and what factors drive their decisions.

Their survey among corporations consistently finds that corporate tax levels are #6 on the list, following other  concerns such as highway and transportation accessibility, labor costs, tax exemptions, construction costs, and the recently-emerging issue of state and local incentives that are routinely offered. A parallel survey among site selection consultants who make these recommendations reveals that corporate taxes fall even further to 9th place, trailing operational concerns such energy costs, proximity to major markets, and availability of skilled labor. So taxes are important, but they are not paramount in the site selection process.

One last point to note is that even with the recent increases, Illinois’ tax rates are not substantially different than many of its adjoining states. The non-partisan Tax Foundation finds that Illinois’ overall tax rank will still be less than neighboring Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.    And Illinois’ individual income tax rate will still be the 14th lowest in the nation — lower than Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. And many Illinois businesses are “S-corps” which means they will see no increases at all since they elect to pass income and deductions through to
their shareholders for federal tax purposes.

Given that these tax increases are now a fact of life, let’s urge our elected officials to make the difficult decisions, such as cutting unnecessary spending and reforming ineffective, harmful regulations that hamper business. If this is done, the Illinois economy can once again grow and produce jobs. This may well be the best course of action to ensure that the recent tax increases are, in fact, temporary.

by Ed/Glen Chamber on March 7th, 2012

The Annual Community Awards & Dinner Auction was a success with more than 325 community professionals in attendance this past Saturday evening. Our fundraising goals were met with the assistance of many volunteers, sponsors and donors; without your support each year we would not be able to provide many of our services. Your contributions truly do make a difference.

Dr. Vaughn Vandegrift, retiring SIUE chancellor, was honored with the Synergy Award for his significant contributions toward creating a climate of collaboration throughout our region.

SJ Morrison, 2012 Albert Cassens Award for Outstanding Community Achievement honoree, was presented the award by 2009 Cassens Award winner John Motley. SJ works for Madison County Transit and was recognized for his impact on the Ed/Glen community, including his efforts in the hugely successful annual Edwardsville Rotary Criterium event.

Teresa Katubig was presented the 2012 Tallerico Leadership Award by Dr. Carol Keene, who received the Tallerico recognition in 2011. Teresa, president & CEO of Extra Help, Inc., was honored for her exceptional business acumen, community service, and encouraging women to achieve their full leadership potential.

Robert Wetzel, retired from TheBANK of Edwardsville, was presented the Lifetiem Achievement Award by his children, Andrea Wetzel-Darbon & Scott Wetzel, for his lifetime of leadership, civic contributions and dedication to our community.


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