Publications

Weekly Member Email | November 19, 2021

Monthly Chamber Connection | November 2021 Edition

Belleville Welcome Home Mailer | 2021/2022

NEW PODCAST: Growing Belleville thru Community Chats

Ep. 8, 22 minutes: Getting into the Holiday Spirit

On this episode, Erik and Stephen sit down with… no one. We actually decided that on this episode we would take the opportunity to kick off the holiday season by discussing all the fun activities for families to do in and around the Belleville Area and reflect on what these events have meant to us over the years and how important it is for everyone to get out and enjoy them since so many things did not occur last year due to the pandemic.

WATCH ON YOUTUBE: https://youtu.be/r8jM64Mf2u8

APPLE: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/growing-belleville-thru-community-chats/id1579571466

GOOGLE: https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy82NjJhYmRhYy9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw==

SPOTIFY: https://open.spotify.com/show/7oGyG3SX8Lz3BZTPDsZprr

ANCHOR: https://anchor.fm/belleville-chamber

Ep. 7, 23 minutes: A Lesson with Dr. Brain Mentzer of BTHS District #201

In this episode we catch up with BTHS 201 Superintendent Dr. Brian Mentzer and discuss: The school districts recent purchase of Kings Point The districts amazing plans for Kings Point, how the district has taken a stronger approach to the trades in the last few years, the struggles over the past 19 months with the pandemic, how all extra curricular activities have been an important aspect for students this past year.

WATCH ON YOUTUBE: https://youtu.be/ABoxr7Zlh_E

APPLE: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/growing-belleville-thru-community-chats/id1579571466

GOOGLE: https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy82NjJhYmRhYy9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw==

SPOTIFY: https://open.spotify.com/show/7oGyG3SX8Lz3BZTPDsZprr

ANCHOR: https://anchor.fm/belleville-chamber

Ep. 6, 27 minutes: A Peachy Conversation with Chris Eckert

In this episode, we sit down with the President of Eckert’s, Chris Eckert where we discuss the history and background of the family farm and how it got to where it is today, how Chris got started in the family business, how they do such a good job drawing in people from MO and other bordering areas, and some of the exciting things they have planned for the future (including a new beer garden at the Belleville location!)

WATCH ON YOUTUBE: https://youtu.be/gz2d5WVfBSA

APPLE: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/growing-belleville-thru-community-chats/id1579571466

GOOGLE: https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy82NjJhYmRhYy9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw==

SPOTIFY: https://open.spotify.com/show/7oGyG3SX8Lz3BZTPDsZprr

ANCHOR: https://anchor.fm/belleville-chamber

Ep. 5, 29 minutes: Chatting with Hospice of Southern Illinois

In this episode we chat with Lisa Phillipson of Hospice of Southern Illinois about what they do, how they serve the community, celebrating 40 years in business, how they have pivoted in the last two years, and more.

APPLE: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/growing-belleville-thru-community-chats/id1579571466 

GOOGLE: https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy82NjJhYmRhYy9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw==

SPOTIFY: https://open.spotify.com/show/7oGyG3SX8Lz3BZTPDsZprr

ANCHOR: https://anchor.fm/belleville-chamber

Ep. 4, 27 minutes: Mixing up the Hurricanes with Brandon McGraw and The Quarter Restaurant
In this episode we catch up Brandon McGraw, one of the owners of Belleville’s Original NOLA inspired restaurant, The Quarter and discuss why they decided to invest in Downtown Belleville, why they decided to open their second restaurant during COVID, the HERO Beer Tab at their other restaurant in Fairview Heights, Signature Tap House, how they, and all downtown Belleville restaurants, work together to help each other, what the return of events such as the Belleville Oktoberfest and Chili Cook Off mean for restaurants downtown, and a special competition they are having between their two restaurants for the Belleville Chili Cook Off.

Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/vArgsd90u-A
APPLE: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/growing-belleville-thru-community-chats/id1579571466
GOOGLE: https://www.google.com/podcastseed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy82NjJhYmRhYy9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw==
SPOTIFY: https://open.spotify.com/show/7oGyG3SX8Lz3BZTPDsZprr
ANCHOR: https://anchor.fm/belleville-chamber

Ep. 3, 27 minutes: Tapping into Oktoberfest with Cari Frick and Mixing up the (Belleville Chili Cook-off) Pot with Wendy Pfeil
With the return of events coming to Downtown Belleville, we sit down with the Cari Frick from Oktoberfest and Wendy Pfeil from the Belleville Chili Cook-off to discuss a few things including: How excited they and the city are to have these events back this year, how much work and time they (along with others) have had to put into this years events compared to past years, the effects last year had on the events being cancelled, how the events have adapted due to covid and all the precautions they are taking, and more.

Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/505UExipUgs 
Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/growing-belleville-thru-community-chats/id1579571466
Google: https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy82NjJhYmRhYy9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw==
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/7oGyG3SX8Lz3BZTPDsZprr
Anchor: https://anchor.fm/belleville-chamber
Pocket Casts: https://pca.st/466f3ht7

Ep. 2, 30 minutes: Racing to the Finish Line with Chris Blair of WWT Raceway
In this episode we sit down with Chris Blair, Executive Vice President of World Wide Technology Raceway to discuss a slew of things including: his background and how he got to where he is today, how WWT Raceway has looked outside the box to bring people into their race weekends, the impact that WWT Raceway has on the surrounding communities with their events, and this weekend’s NASCAR Camping World and NTT IndyCar races.

Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/L7IX135n52U
Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/growing-belleville-thru-community-chats/id1579571466
Google: https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy82NjJhYmRhYy9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw==
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/7oGyG3SX8Lz3BZTPDsZprr
Anchor: https://anchor.fm/belleville-chamber
Pocket Casts: https://pca.st/466f3ht7

Ep. 1, 40 minutes: Catching Up with Mayor Patty Gregory
In this episode we sit down with Belleville Mayor Patty Gregory and discuss a slew of things including: her first 3 months in office, her love for gardening, the return of events to downtown Belleville this fall, and what Belleville has learned and gained over the past year through Covid to name a few.

Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/-fz6INIvUv8
Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/growing-belleville-thru-community-chats/id1579571466
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/7oGyG3SX8Lz3BZTPDsZprr
Anchor: https://anchor.fm/belleville-chamber
Pocket Casts: https://pca.st/466f3ht7