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Chamber Photo Recap

OCTOBER FIRST FRIDAY COFFEE
Commerce Bank was the host of the First Friday Coffee this month. Over 60 people joined their team and the Chamber staff. There was a great mix of businesses represented at the event. The hosts provided a light breakfast and coffee from Great Harvest. The hosts also held a drawing and gave away a a massage from Massage Envy to one lucky attendee. Thank you again to Commerce Bank for welcoming us all so graciously and to all the local business professionals that joined at First Friday Coffee.

SEPTEMBER BUSINESS AFTER HOURS
First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust Champaign Main hosted the September Business After Hours at Home2 Suites by Hilton. Over 70 people were in attendance. It was great to see a variety of businesses and professionals represented at the event. The host provided a delicious selection of food and drinks catered by JT Walker's Restaurant and Brewery. We look forward to seeing you all at the Business After Hours next month!

AUGUST BUSINESS AFTER HOURS
IHotel and Conference Center hosted the August Business After Hours. Over 70 people were in attendance. It was great to see a variety of businesses and professionals represented at the event. The host provided a delicious selection of food and drinks. We look forward to seeing you all at the Business After Hours next month!

AUGUST FIRST FRIDAY COFFEE
Hilton Garden Inn, Champaign/Urbana IL was the host of the First Friday Coffee this month. Over 50 people joined their team and the Chamber staff. There was a great mix of businesses represented at the event. The hosts provided a light breakfast and coffee. The hosts also held a drawing and gave away a $75 gift certificate towards a stay at their choice of Hilton hotel and breakfast for two to one lucky attendee. Thank you again to Hilton Garden Inn for welcoming us all so graciously and to all the local business professionals that joined at First Friday Coffee.

JULY BUSINESS AFTER HOURS
The City Center hosted the July Business After Hours. Over 60 people were in attendance. It was great to see a variety of businesses and professionals represented at the event. The host provided a delicious selection of food and drinks. We look forward to seeing you all at the Business After Hours next month!

JULY FIRST FRIDAY COFFEE
Flora Gems was the host of the First Friday Coffee this month. Over 50 people joined their team and the Chamber staff. There was a great mix of businesses represented at the event. The hosts provided a light breakfast and coffee from Dish Passionate Cuisine. The hosts also held a drawing and gave away a $250 gift card to one lucky attendee. Thank you again to Flora Gems for welcoming us all so graciously and to all the local business professionals that joined at First Friday Coffee.

COME WINE WITH US

Sponsored by the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce Agribusiness committee. Come Wine With Us which celebrates Champaign County's strong roots in agriculture was held at Willow Creek Farm in Urbana. A very special thank you to the 19 different Chamber members were represented as booth sponsors: Parkland College, Monsanto Company, Champaign County Farm Bureau, Granular, Busey, Shoe Carnival, CliftonLarsonAllen, Hyatt Place Champaign/Urbana, Agricultural Soil Management, The Atkins Group, Hendrick House, WIXY 100.3, Hickory River Smokehouse Urbana, Giordano's Pizza, Great Harvest Bread Company Champaign, Baxter's American Grille, Dish Passionate Cuisine and Sidney Dairy Barn. Over 200 people were in attendance for the event. One lucky winner walked away with the 60 bottles of wine supplied by Sun Singer. Thank you to all of those that attended and the various vendors and sponsors and volunteers. We'd also like to thank JT Walker's Restaurant and Brewery for donating all the beer for the event and Birkey's Farm Store for supplying the water. We hope to see you all next year!

JUNE FIRST FRIDAY COFFEE

Sunset Funeral was the host of the First Friday Coffee this month. Over 50 people joined their team and the chamber staff. There was a great mix of businesses represented at the event. The hosts provided bagels and coffee from Panera. The hosts also held a drawing and gave away an iPad to one lucky attendee. Thank you again to Sunset Funeral Home for welcoming us all so graciously and to all the local business professionals that joined at First Friday Coffee.

2017 CHAMBER GOLF OUTING

The 2017 Chamber Golf Outing was held at Stone Creek Golf Club in Urbana on June 1, 2017. This year, the event SOLD OUT both hole sponsorships AND golfers. We had 30+ raffle prizes, great contests, company and more. Dish Passionate Cuisine generously provided lunch and dinner for all golfers. Thank you to Skeff Distributing Company, Inc. for providing all refreshments for the participants out on the course. Also, thank you to AT&T for their participation as the hole-in-one sponsor. Thank you to all of our hole sponsors as well as those who donated raffle prizes and items for the gofer bags. A very special thank you to all individuals who were involved in making the 2017 Chamber Golf Outing a huge success - we could not have done it without you all. See you all next year!

MAY BUSINESS AFTER HOURS

Hilton Garden Inn, Champaign/Urbana IL hosted a "One Hot Havana Night" Business After Hours this month complete with. Over 50 people were in attendance. It was great to see a variety of businesses and professionals represented at the event. The host provided a delicious selection of Cuban food and drinks as well as live entertainment. We look forward to seeing you all at the Business After Hours next month!

MAY FIRST FRIDAY COFFEE

First State Bank was the host of the First Friday Coffee this month. Over 60 people joined their team and the chamber staff. There was a great mix of businesses represented at the Cinco de Mayo themed event. The hosts provided a Mexican themed breakfast from Dish Passionate Cuisine. The host also held a drawing and gave away three Commerce Cards to a few lucky attendees. Thank you again to First State Bank for welcoming us all so graciously and to all the local business professionals that joined at First Friday Coffee.


APRIL BUSINESS AFTER HOURS

County Plaza hosted Business After Hours this month. Over 50 people were in attendance. It was great to see a variety of businesses and professionals represented at the event. The host provided a delicious selection of food and drinks. We look forward to seeing you all at the Business After Hours next month!



APRIL BREAKFAST: UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS CHANCELLOR ROBERT J. JONES
University of Illinois Chancellor Robert J. Jones was our featured speaker for the April breakfast in our Spring Series. Chancellor Jones acknowledged the university's Sesquicentennial Celebration by recognizing the accomplishments from the first 150 years and discussed how the university plans to move forward. He also discussed the responsibilities that come with being one of the original land-grant universities and outlined some of his thoughts on how to translate those into service and engagement for the needs of the Champaign-Urbana community, state and nation today. Thank you to the over 75 chamber members who attended our April breakfast which was held at The City Center from 7:30 - 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 13.


APRIL FIRST FRIDAY COFFEE
Miga was the host of the First Friday Coffee this month. Over 50 people joined their team and the chamber staff. There was a great mix of businesses represented at the event. The hosts provided coffee and bagels from Einstein Bros. Bagels.Thank you again to MIGA for welcoming us all so graciously and to all the local business professionals that joined at First Friday Coffee.



MARCH BUSINESS AFTER HOURS
Dish Passionate Cuisine hosted Business After Hours this month. Over 60 people were in attendance. It was great to see a variety of businesses and professionals represented at the event. The host provided a delicious selection of food and drinks. We look forward to seeing you all at the Business After Hours next month!



SPRING 2017 CANDIDATE BREAKFAST
Over 50 people joined the Champaign County Business Empowered PAC and the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce to hear what local candidates running for office had to say. Thank you to all who attended and the PAC for sponsoring. Good luck to all candidates in the coming weeks.



MARCH FIRST FRIDAY COFFEE
Habitat for Humanity of Champaign County & ReStore was the host of the First Friday Coffee this month. Over 50 people joined their team and the chamber staff. There was a great mix of businesses represented at the event. The hosts provided a light breakfast from Dish Passionate Cuisine. The hosts did 3 drawings for coupons to ReStore. Thank you again to Habitat for Humanity for welcoming us all so graciously and to all the local business professionals that joined at First Friday Coffee.


FEBRUARY BUSINESS AFTER HOURS

Consolidated Communications of Champaign (formerly Champaign Telephone Company) hosted Business After Hours this month. Over 75 people were in attendance. It was great to see a variety of businesses and professionals represented at the event. The host provided food and drinks from Michael's Catering. They also held a drawing for an Amazon Echo which one lucky attendee went home with. We look forward to seeing you all at the Business After Hours next month!


2017 ATHENA AWARDS LUNCHEON

On February 16, 2017, the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce and members of the community celebrated the accomplishments of two great women. Deb Reardanz, President & CEO of Clark-Lindsey, was named the 2017 ATHENA Award® Recipient. Carly McCrory, Assistant Director at Champaign County Economic Development Corporation , was named the 2017 ATHENA Young Professional Award® Recipient. The program was sponsored by Spherion Champaign Illinois. The lapel pin was sponsored by Busey Wealth Management. There were over 140 people in attendance for the event, which was held at the Champaign Country Club. Thank you to the support of our great chamber members and community. Congratulation again, Deb and Carly.


FEBRUARY BREAKFAST: DR. JEFFREY MAGEE
Regardless of titles, we are all in sales. Dr. Jeffrey Magee was our featured speaker for the February breakfast in our Spring Series. He discussed performance driven selling and how everyone must be accountable for growing and developing business through sales. Thank you to the over 100 chamber members who attended our February breakfast which was held at The City Center from 7:30 - 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 8. See yourself? Feel free to tag. Don't forget to join us for the other breakfasts in our Spring Series: the Candidates Breakfast on March 9 and on April 13 we will welcome University of Illinois Chancellor Robert J. Jones.



FEBRUARY FIRST FRIDAY COFFEE

First Bank at the Crossing was the host of the First Friday Coffee this month. Over 60 people joined their team and the chamber staff. There was a great mix of businesses represented at the event. The hosts provided a light breakfast of bagels and pastries as well as coffee and juice. The hosts did a drawing for a beautiful floral arrangement from Blossom Basket. Thank you again to First Bank for welcoming us all so graciously and to all the local business professionals that joined at First Friday Coffee.


JANUARY BUSINESS AFTER HOURS

Comfort Suites Champaign - Urbana hosted Business After Hours this month. Over 60 people were in attendance. It was great to see a variety of businesses and professionals represented at the event. The host provided food from Rosati's Pizza and gave away three prizes to some lucky attendees. We look forward to seeing you all at the Business After Hours next month!


JANUARY FIRST FRIDAY COFFEE

Farnsworth Group was the host of the First Friday Coffee this month. Over 60 people joined their team and the chamber staff. There was a great mix of businesses represented at the event. The hosts provided a light breakfast as well as coffee and juice. The hosts did several drawings for $25 gift cards and some Titleist golf balls. Thank you again to Farnsworth Group for welcoming us all so graciously and to all the local business professionals that joined at First Friday Coffee.

DECEMBER BUSINESS AFTER HOURS

Honda BMW of Champaign hosted Business After Hours this month. Over 60 people were in attendance. It was great to see a variety of businesses and professionals represented at the event. We look forward to seeing you all at the Business After Hours next month!


DECEMBER FIRST FRIDAY COFFEE
Parkland College Business Training & Community Education was the host of the First Friday Coffee this month. Over 50 people joined their team and the chamber staff. There was a great mix of businesses represented at the event. The hosts had a light breakfast catered by Dish Passionate Cuisine. The hosts also gave away a voucher for $100 towards a personal or professional development course and four centerpieces. Thank you again to Parkland College Business Training and Community Education for welcoming us all so graciously and to all the local business professionals that joined at First Friday Coffee.


NOVEMBER FIRST FRIDAY COFFEE

Christie Clinic was the host of the First Friday Coffee this month. Over 50 people joined their team and the chamber staff. There was a great mix of businesses represented at the event. The hosts had a light breakfast catered by Einstein Bros. Bagels. The hosts also gave away a gift basket to one lucky attendee. Thank you again to Christie Clinic for welcoming us all so graciously and to all the local business professionals that joined at First Friday Coffee.


2016 CHAMBER ANNUAL MEETING
On Friday, October 28, 2016, the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce celebrated our 25th anniversary with our members. A very special thank you to Midland States Bank, who was the title sponsor, as well as our mid-level sponsors Christie Clinic, Commerce Bank and Regency Apartments. Our table sponsors were: BankChampaign, NA, Beck VonHolten and Sam Preston, Busey, Champaign Unit 4 Schools, Champaign Park District, Carle, CliftonLarsonAllen, Express Employment Professionals - Champaign, IL, First Mid-Illinois Bank and Trust, Iroquois Federal, Martin Hood Friese & Associates, The News-Gazette, Presence Covenant Medical Center, Rogards, RSM US LLP, The Snyder Companies and Thunderstruck Design. We would also like to thank Honda BMW of Champaign, Slowride Pedal Tours, AT&T and Tim Anderson Media. We had record attendance and it was wonderful to see so many of our members represented at this event. The 2016 Small Business of the Year was also presented to Express Employment Professionals of Champaign. For more information about their award, please visit our website. With an annual meeting unlike any other in the area, we were happy to announce Marc Rubben comedy ventriloquist as the event's entertainer. Two Chamber members were brought on stage to participate as human "puppets" wearing masks controlled by Marc. The participants had a blast dancing and creating hand motions to go along with what the entertainer had them say. Videos of this one-of-a-kind performance to follow...stay tuned. We cannot thank you all enough for joining us at the event which celebrated 25 incredible years and we are looking forward to many more. Thank you again to all our sponsors!


OCTOBER BUSINESS AFTER HOURS
Lincolnshire Fields Country Club hosted Business After Hours this month. Over 80 people were in attendance. Lincolnshire gave away two 6-month dining memberships and 2 foursomes of golf. It was great to see a variety of businesses and professionals represented at the event. We look forward to seeing you all at the Business After Hours next month!



2016 MEET THE CANDIDATES BREAKFAST
Over 70 people joined the Champaign County Business Empowered PAC and the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce to hear what local candidates running for office had to say. They spoke about various issues and attendees were given the opportunity to submit questions for the candidates to respond to. Thank you to all who attended and the PAC for sponsoring. Good luck to all candidates in the coming weeks. Remember, election day is November 8.


OCTOBER FIRST FRIDAY COFFEE

Rogards was the host of the First Friday Coffee this month. Over 50 people joined their team and the chamber staff. There was a great mix of businesses represented at the event. The hosts had a light breakfast catered by Hendrick House. The hosts also gave away an office chair and a coffee basket to two lucky attendees. Thank you again to Rogards for welcoming us all so graciously and to all the local business professionals that joined at First Friday Coffee.


SEPTEMBER BUSINESS AFTER HOURS

Iroquois Federal hosted Business After Hours this month and the event was held at Papa Del's. Over 120 people were in attendance.

Iroquois Federal gave away three different prizes: a round of golf for 4 at Stone Creek Golf Club, $100 gift card to Baxters, and $50 to Papa Del's.

It was great to see a variety of businesses and professionals represented at the event. We look forward to seeing you all at the Business After Hours next month!



SEPTEMBER BREAKFAST - 3 SECRETS OF POWERFUL COMMUNICATORS

The success of your business depends on your ability to communicate well. Great communication is what prompts people to think ... to learn ... and most importantly, to act. And yet, this doesn't happen by accident. It happens through
practice.

Thank you to all who came to our September breakfast, where marketing specialist Beth Carter discussed three critical secrets to great communications skills.

Over 60 people attended the event which was held at Hawthorn Suites on Thursday, September 8 from 7:30 - 9:00 a.m.


SEPTEMBER FIRST FRIDAY COFFEE

Arbor Rose of Tolono was the host of the First Friday Coffee this month. Over 35 people joined their team and the chamber staff. There was a great mix of businesses represented at the event. The hosts provided the food for the event.

Thank you again to Arbor Rose for welcoming us all so graciously and to all the local business professionals that joined at First Friday Coffee.


AUGUST BUSINESS AFTER HOURS

Adams Outdoor Advertising hosted Business After Hours this month. Over 80 people were in attendance. It was great to see a variety of businesses and professionals represented at the event. We look forward to seeing you all at the Business After Hours next month!


AUGUST FIRST FRIDAY COFFEE

Meyer Capel, A Professional Corporation was the host of the First Friday Coffee this month. Over 50 people joined their team and the Chamber staff. There was a great mix of businesses represented at the event. Einstein Bros. Bagels provided the food for the event.

Meyer Capel, A Professional Corporation held a drawing for two $25 gift cards to Einstein's.

Thank you again to Meyer Capel, A Professional Corporation for welcoming us all so graciously and to all the local business professionals that joined at First Friday Coffee.


BUSINESS AFTER HOURS

Biaggi's Ristorante Italiano hosted Business After Hours this month. Over 85 people were in attendance. It was great to see a variety of businesses and professionals represented at the event. We look forward to seeing you all at the Business After Hours next month!


COME WINE WITH US 2016

Sponsored by BankChampaign, NA and the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce Agribusiness committee.

Come Wine With Us which celebrates Champaign County's strong roots in agriculture was held at Birkey's Farm Store in Urbana. A very special thank you to the 24 diffferent Chamber members represented as booth sponsors:

Busey, United Way of Champaign County, Monsanto Company, Champaign County Farm Bureau, CliftonLarsonAllen, Hickory River Smokehouse Urbana, Parkland College, Granular, First Financial Bank, Sidney Dairy Barn, Illini FS, Carle, Matzner Clinic, Flora Gems, Biaggi's Ristorante Italiano - Champaign, The Atkins Group, Dish Passionate Cuisine, Agrible, Great Harvest Bread Company Champaign, WYXY Classic 99.1, and D.P. Dough.

A big thank you to the Birkey's staff and event volunteers who helped us set up the event. Over 200 people were in attendance for the event. One lucky winner walked away with the 60 bottles of wine supplied by Sun Singer.

Thank you to all of those that attended and the various vendors and sponsors and volunteers.

We'd also like to thank Skeff Distributing Company, Inc. for donating all the beer for the event. We hope to see you all next year!



JUNE FIRST FRIDAY COFFEE


Windsor West  was the host of the First Friday Coffee this month. Over 60 people joined their team and the chamber staff. There was a great mix of businesses represented at the event. Dish Passionate Cuisine provided the food for the event.

Windsor West offered attendees a look into one of their model apartments.

Thank you again to Windsor West for welcoming us all so graciously and to all the local business professionals that joined at First Friday Coffee.



GOLF OUTING

The 2016 Chamber Golf Outing sponsored by GFI Digital, Inc. was held at Stone Creek Golf Club in Urbana on June 2, 2016. This year, the event SOLD OUT both hole sponsorships AND golfers. We had 40+ raffle prizes, great contests, company and more. Dish Passionate Cuisine generously provided lunch and dinner for all golfers. Thank you to Orange & Blue Distributing Co., Inc. for providing all refreshments for the participants out on the course. Also, thank you to AT & T for their participation.

Thank you to all that were involved in making the 2016Chamber Golf Outing a huge success- we could not have done it without you all.

#CCGolfOuting16

See you all next year!


MAY BUSINESS AFTER HOURS

First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust and Home2 Suites by Hilton Champaign-Urbana co-hosted Business After Hours this mont. Over 75 people were in attendance. It was great to see a variety of businesses and professionals represented at the event. We look forward to seeing you all at Come Wine With Us next month!


MAY FIRST FRIDAY COFFEE

Merrill Lynch was the host of the First Friday Coffee this month. Over 75 people joined their team and the chamber staff at their location in Champaign. There was a great mix of businesses represented at the event. Dish Passionate Cuisine was the caterer and the food was fantastic.

Merrill Lynch held a drawing and gave away a YETI Hopper Cooler to one lucky attendee.

Thank you again to Merrill Lynch for welcoming us all so graciously and of course, to all the local business professionals that joined us this morning at First Friday Coffee. We hope to see you again next month!


LEADING LADIES KICK-OFF

The Kick-Off event for Leading Ladies sponsored by The Walmart Foundation was held on April 27th at Lincolnshire Fields Country Club. Over 50 female business professionals met for roundtable discussions, networking and light appetizers and drinks.

Leading Ladies will meet quarterly and any female is free to join at anytime. For more information or to join, contact Ariel or call 217.359.1791.

APRIL BUSINESS AFTER HOURS

Comcast Business was the host of Business After Hours this month! Over 75 people were in attendance. The event was held at the Urbana Country Club. It was great to see a variety of businesses and professionals represented at the event. We look forward to seeing you all at next month's Business After Hours.


APRIL FIRST FRIDAY COFFEE


Stephens Family YMCA was the host of the First Friday Coffee this month. Over 70 people joined their team and the chamber staff. There was a great mix of businesses represented at the event. Michaels' Catering provided the food for the event.

Stephens Family YMCA offered free rock climbing sessions as well as tours of the facilty to those who attended.

Thank you again to Stephens Family YMCA for welcoming us all so graciously and of course, to all the local business professionals that joined us this morning at First Friday Coffee. We hope to see you again next month!


MARCH BUSINESS AFTER HOURS


Keller Williams Realty was the host of Business After Hours this month! Over 130 people were in attendance and Dish Passionate Cuisine catered a delicious Irish-inspired menu. It was great to see a variety of businesses and professionals represented at the event. We look forward to seeing you all at next month's Business After Hours.


MARCH BREAKFAST
 


The Chamber's Agribusiness Breakfast was held on March 10th at The City Center  in downtown Champaign.
Thank you to Dr. Robb Fraley of 
Monsanto for speaking at the breakfast about the agriculture industry and the large impact it can have on the surrounding communities. Champaign County is a local hub for agriculture technology and production. Dr. Fraley also discussed how diversity in agriculture benefits both farmers and consumers He ended his discussion by talking about the various options currently available in the industry and the benefits of each.

FIRST FRIDAY COFFEE 

Habitat for Humanity of Champaign County & ReStore was the host of the First Friday Coffee this month. Over 60 people joined their team and the chamber staff at their location in downtown Champaign. There was a great mix of businesses represented at the event. Dish Passionate Cuisine was the caterer and the food was great.

Habitat for Humanity of Champaign County & ReStore held a drawing and gave away two free ReStore pick-ups just in time for spring cleaning.

Thank you again to Habitat for Humanity of Champaign County & ReStorel for welcoming us all so graciously and of course, to all the local business professionals that joined us this morning at First Friday Coffee. We hope to see you again next month!


FEBRUARY BUSINESS AFTER HOURS 

CityView at Illinois Terminal was the host of Business After Hours this month! Over 115 people were in attendance and Dish Passionate Cuisine was the caterer. It was great to see a variety of businesses and professionals represented at the event. One lucky attendee won the drawing for a Cocktail Party Package including food and drinks for up to 100 people courtesy of Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District (CUMTD) and Dish Passionate Cuisine.

We look forward to seeing you all at next month's Business After Hours.


ATHENA Awards® Luncheon

On February 18, the annual ATHENA Award® was presented to Denise Martin, Partner at Martin, Hood, Friese and Associates. The award honors individuals who assist women reaching their full leadership potential; demonstrate excellence, creativity and initiative in their businesses or professions; and provide valuable service by devoting time and energy to improving the quality of life for others in the community.

Denise has been in public accounting for 30 years and has become known for her ability to make processes more efficiently. Outside of the accounting firm, Denise has also become a trailblazer in her volunteer work. She is the co-founder of Champaign-Urbana Cradle2Career, an organiztion designed to ensure all children have a path to success within our community. Denise received the Spirit of Caring award for being  the co-chair of the fundraising campaign for United Way of Champaign County. Denise also volunteers and acts as the co-chair of the annual fundraiser for CASA.

During the luncheon, the Chamber also honored Cynthia Bruno the ATHENA Young Professional Award®. Cynthia, Morning Show news anchor for WCIA 3, is an award winning journalist and has been recognized by the Illinois Broadcasters Association. She continues to serve as the President of the nonprofit, Girls Go For It, which is an after school program that helps build confidence and develop leadership skills. Her volunteer work has earner her recognition as a 40 under 40 recipient, one of Champaign County's 20 most influental women, and one of the area's Mom's to Know. She also serves on the United Way's Board of Directors, is a C-U One-to-One Mentor and volunteers her time as part of The Junior League of Champaign-Urbana

 

The ATHENA Award® program is sponsored by the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce and Spherion Staffing Services, the corporate underwriter for the ATHENA Award® program. The award recipient’s jeweled lapel pin is provided by Busey Wealth Management. The ATHENA Young Professional Award® is sponsored by past recipients of the ATHENA Award®.


FEBRUARY BREAKFAST
 

One of the most common concerns we hear from our members is that you need a qualified workforce. To better our local workforce, we must challenge ourselves to think outside the box.

Thank you to Dr. Doan Winkel, a business professor who teaches entrepreneurship at Illinois State University. He is also a serial entrepreneur. Just a few months ago, the Chicago Tribune called his two companies Legacy Out Loud and internrocket.com two of the top 10 start-up companies to watch in Illinois. He discussed how to close the growing gap between the current education system and the workforce needs of company's across the country.

Now, let's get to work!

Join us next month for the second breakfast of the series. Dr. Robb Fraley of Monsanto Company will speak about the agriculture industry and the large impact it can have on the surrounding communities. Champaign County is a local hub for agriculture technology and production. Join us to learn how diversity in agriculture benefits both farmers and consumers. He'll also discuss the various options currently available in the industry and the benefits of each.


 FIRST FRIDAY COFFEE

Northwestern Mutual in Champaign was the host of the First Friday Coffee this month. Over 70 people join their team and the chamber staff in their brand new office space in downtown Champaign! There was a great mix of business represented at the event. Dish Passionate Cuisine was the caterer and the food was great.

Northwestern Mutual worked with a variety of local chamber members to giveaway a terrific gift basket just in time for Valentine's Day! There were goodies from Miga, Sun Singer, Blossom Basket Florist and Nando Milano -Champaign.

Thank you again to Northwestern Mutual for welcoming us all so graciously and of course, to all the local business professionals that joined us this morning at First Friday Coffee. See yourself? Tag yourself! #connecting #coffee #chamber #giveaways #thankful #greatturnout