Committees

Agribusiness Committee

The Agribusiness Committee promotes and helps educate our membership about Agriculture. Each year the committee sponsors the Come Wine with Us event, an annual showcase of the impact agriculture has on the local economy. The committee also host speakers to help educate our business members on different Ag related topics. Contact Garrett Hill for more information. This committee is ideal for any Chamber member actively employed in an agribusiness or who is genuinely interested in agribusiness. Committee meets the fourth Thursday of each month at 7:30 a.m.

Committee Chairs:  Jim Lyons
Chamber Lead: Garret Hill

Ambassador Committee

The Champaign County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors are an important part of our organization. Ambassadors act as liaisons between the Chamber and its members. They help to sustain positive relationships; educate new and existing members on how the Chamber can help their company and serve as hosts to new members at several chamber functions. Chamber Ambassadors benefit from this volunteer opportunity by creating contacts within the business community and opening doors for their own business. This committee is ideal for any Chamber member seeking to create more business-to-business relationships. To join this committee and/or for more information, contact Membership Sales Director Dan Stebel. Ambassadors meet every other month on the second Wednesday.

Committee Chairs: Kay Machula
Chamber Lead: Dan Stebel

Champaign County First

The Champaign County Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with several other community-based organizations and taxing bodies make up an organization called Champaign County First. CC1st is a united countywide effort to identify projects and/or initiatives that when successfully completed will greatly benefit the citizens of Champaign County; spur economic development and, improve the quality of life in Champaign County. Champaign County First partners are committed to advocating on behalf of the identified projects at the local, state and/or federal level with one voice in order to transform Champaign County. Champaign County First members make an annual trip to Washington DC and Springfield. CC1st meets the fourth Wednesday of each month at 8:00 a.m.

Committee Chairs: Mark Ballard
Chamber Lead: Laura Weis

Events Committee

The Events Committee is involved in the idea generation and planning process for all of the large scale events at the Chamber along with smaller programs that are educational in nature. Committee members have the opportunity to create themes, new events, assist on existing events and implement the programs that the committee thinks will benefit the membership. Members also help with obtaining raffle prizes, door prizes, and sponsorships. If you are a creative and organized person this committee is for you. Interested? Contact Events & Programs Coordinator Ariel Rothrock.

Committee Chairs: Kurt Lenschow
Chamber Lead: Ariel Short

Finance Committee

The Chamber Finance Committee provides guidance to the Chamber staff and the Chamber board of directors on the Chamber’ financial health by monthly review of the Chamber’s financial statements and investments. This committee also serves as the annual audit committee. The Finance Committee is open to chamber members who possess a financial background and skills.

Committee Chairs: Beth Auterman
Chamber Lead: Laura Weis and Caryn Isenhower

Marketing Committee

The Chamber Marketing Committee promotes open communication and collaboration between area marketing professionals. The committee meets quarterly and is responsible for evaluating the progress of the Chamber’s Marketing Plan. It also serves to enhance the quality of the Chamber's marketing portfolio through discussion, sounding boards and idea panels. Additionally, the committee is charged with identifying and creating new avenues for the Chamber to promote the membership. If you are innovative and interested in design, join us. For more details about the committee contact Graphic Design and Marketing Director Lindsay Quick.

Committee Chairs: Stephen Flynn
Chamber Lead: Lindsay Quick

Public Policy Committee

The Public Policy Committee meets the first Wednesday of each month at 7:30 am to identify local issues impacting business; to make recommendations to the Chamber’s Board of Directors on improving the business climate through advocacy. #Applications to serve on the committee are available and should be mailed to the Chamber Office at 303 W. Kirby, Champaign, IL 61820, or emailed to Public Policy Director Garret Hill.

Committee Chairs: Don Schlorff
Chamber Lead: Garret Hill