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Chamber Welcomes New Board Members and Recaps Annual Meeting

January 02, 2019 | Events | General

On Tuesday, December 18, the Chamber met to conduct it’s Annual Board Meeting. This meeting takes the place of the Chamber’s regular monthly Board of Directors meeting and is open to all Chamber members to attend. The Annual Meeting provided a forum for a wrap-up of the year by Dr. Jeff Dosier,  outgoing Board President, and Wendy Pfeil, Chamber Executive Director. Incoming Chamber President, Mike McManus, was introduced to attendees. A compilation of the year’s accomplishments and events were provided by each of the Chamber member committees. This meeting also announced the welcoming of our newest board members including: Lisa Adams, Adams Publications Brett Baltz, Egyptian Workspace Partners Cathy Dupertuis, People Ready a True Blue Company Daniel Lovekamp, Auffenburg Dealer Group of Illinois Tracy McCollum, Standard Rule Promotions Kayla Mitchell, Scheffel Boyle Jessica Orelt, Allstate Insurance Amy Richter,…

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The Callison Family with Breakthru Beverage Received December Commitment to Community Award

December 26, 2018 | Commitment to Community

The Commitment to Community Award is presented quarterly to a Chamber Member who demonstrates a commitment to improving the quality of life for residents and/or businesses in the greater Belleville area. The Ambassadors are honored to present this quarter’s award to The Callison Family with Breakthru Beverage. Breakthru Beverage Belleville is a wholesale wine and spirits distributor that serves the southern half of Illinois and is focused on the Metro East. Their main office is located in Belleville in the Belle Valley Industrial Park. Breakthru Belleville was originally started in 1933 in East St. Louis by an independent entrepreneur named Ed Pohlman. Olin Callison joined the distributorship as the General Manager in 1934 and purchased the business from Ed Pohlman’s widow in 1947. In 1954 and 1956, Olin’s two son’s (Bill and Ed Callison respectively)…

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Chamber Staff Shares Favorite Holiday Traditions and Memories

December 19, 2018 | Membership Tips

It’s that time of year when everyone is buying presents, baking cookies, and decorating their trees. Or is it? What is your favorite holiday memory? Wendy Pfeil: My favorite Christmas memory was about 15 years ago. My grandma was entering her last days and family was staying with her around the clock. I had the privilege of staying with her December 23-24 so our usual Christmas Eve tradition would not happen, Church, Chili, gifts, in fact, there was nothing cooked for that evening. The entire family gathered in my Grandma’s room Christmas Eve to spend it with her. As my Aunts came in to relieve me, my mom was upset that our tradition would not happen but that lead to one of my favorite memories. As we arrived back at my parent’s house, my sister and I began raiding the freezer, there were plenty…

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Young Professionals Leadership Committee Takes Part in Annual Belleville Gingerbread Competition

December 12, 2018 | Community Service | General

Pictured: Landon Brooks (Tavern on Main), Lyndsey Younger (City of Belleville), Jessica Orelt (Albert Orelt Allstate Agency), & Diana Goebel (Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce) This past year, the Young Professionals group that is part of the Greater Belleville Chamber started a Leadership Committee to help plan upcoming events and activities for the group. This year, the committee decided to take part in the annual gingerbread competition that takes place in downtown Belleville. Sponsored by the Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce, the young professionals took part in the Small Business Charity contest. This category can win $500 for a non-profit of their choice. Their creation consisted mainly of varied nuts and ingredients typically found in nut mixes. You can see their creation and all of the rest of the charity creations on display through the end of the year at Toots’ Cake & Candy, located at 314 East Main…

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Reasons To Buy Local This Holiday Season

December 05, 2018 | General

Online shopping sure is easy. Sit in front of your computer in your comfy clothes, click a few times, and the item arrives on your doorstep. But take a moment to think about the impact online shopping has on our community. Every time you “click” to shop, a local retailer suffers. Our local retailers rely on your walk-in business to survive. Without a continual stream of customers, we could potentially lose the small retailers who make our community unique. In recent years, shopping small has become a popular topic, especially around the holidays. American Express created the holiday, Small Business Saturday, in 2010 to support the small businesses that keep our nation running, occurring the Saturday immediately following the ever popular Black Friday. Additionally, the local economy suffers when you shop online. All local governments see a decrease in revenue every time…

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