News

Here is a look at the Chamber's recent press releases and media advisories regarding the expectional experiences provided to our community.

2023 Business Excellence Award Finalists Announced

Saturday, February 17, 2024 @ ISU Bone Student Center

The McLean County Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the 2023 Legacy of Excellence Honoree David Kieser, Founder, Midwest Food Bank. Considered the most prestigious Chamber award, the Legacy of Excellence is bestowed upon an individual who, through their personal or business efforts, has made significant contributions to make McLean County a better place. David will be recognized at the McLean County Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Business Excellence Gala presented by Commerce Bank on Saturday, February 17, 2024.

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2023 Agriculture Awards Dinner

Thursday, November 16, 2023 @ Bloomington Country Club

The McLean County Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual Agriculture Awards Dinner presented by GROWMARK on Thursday, November 16th at the Bloomington Country Club. The Chamber’s Agriculture Awards are administered by members of its Agribusiness Council. They are a unique opportunity to celebrate the leaders of the agriculture community in McLean County. The event would not have been possible without the support of the Chamber’s Partners in Agriculture.

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2023 Nonprofit Showcase

Thursday, November 9, 2023 @ Bloomington-Normal YMCA

The McLean County Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual Nonprofit Showcase on Thursday, November 9, 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., at the Bloomington-Normal YMCA located at 202 Saint Joseph Drive in Bloomington, IL. The event requires no registration and is free for all community members to attend. The Nonprofit Showcase is the public’s opportunity to hear first-hand about the crucial work our local nonprofit organizations do every day here in McLean County. Hear their mission, feel their passion, and get involved! Nonprofits are looking for volunteers, partners, board members, and financial supporters.

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2023 Fall Job Fair

Wednesday, November 1, 2023 @ Heartland Community College

The McLean County Chamber of Commerce is once again hosting the ever-popular Fall Job Fair presented by Carle BroMenn Medical Center Wednesday, November 1, 2:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., in the Workforce Development Center at Heartland Community College, 1500 W Raab Rd, Normal, IL. Job fairs are one of several ways the Chamber works to serve its members’ workforce needs.

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2023 Leaders of Distinction Awards

Thursday, October 5, 2023 @ Epiphany Farms Estate

The McLean County Chamber of Commerce announced that Cortney Helfrich, Chief Personnel Officer for Wilber Group, is the recipient of the 2023 ATHENA Leadership Award®. The award was presented to Helfrich at the Leaders of Distinction Awards program hosted by the Chamber and Pantagraph Media at the Epiphany Farms Estate in rural Downs, IL on Thursday, October 5th. It is a prestigious international award given to individuals defined as role models who inspire and encourage the empowerment of women leaders. Also recognized during the event was Megan Fitzgerald, Development Specialist at St. Jude’s Research Hospital, as the recipient of the Liz Larson Rising Leader Award and the previously announced Pantagraph Media Twenty Under Forty

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Reimagining Advocacy MultiPlied (RAMP)

Thursday, July 20, 2023 @ DoubleTree by Hilton

The McLean County Chamber of Commerce new Advocacy event is happening this Thursday! Join us on Thursday, July 20, for Reimagining Advocacy MultiPlied (RAMP), centered around collective action and community growth. This event will replace the former "State of" Series. This event will focus on challenges and opportunities as we strive to RAMP up the local workforce. It will begin with an unveiling of the 2023 McLean County Employer Needs Survey results. The survey was conducted by the Chamber and McLean County Community COMPACT with the support of PNC Bank.

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Becoming BN Welcome Party

Wednesday, June 7, 2023 @ Fiala Brothers Brewery & Beer Hall

COMPACT, a workforce development group organized as a subsidiary of the McLean County Chamber of Commerce would like to invite interns, transplant residents, and recent college graduates to their first Becoming BN event! Attendees will learn more about the many businesses and individuals who make this community a great place to live. Enjoy free beverages, free food, and PRIZES! Attendees do NOT need to be 21 years of age to participate in this event.

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Twin Cities Showcase Presented by CEFCU

Thursday, April 25, 2023 @ ISU Bone Student Center

The McLean County Chamber of Commerce’s Twin Cities Showcase presented by CEFCU returned on Thursday, April 27, 2023, at the Illinois State University Bone Student Center in the Brown Ballroom from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The Twin Cities Showcase offered a one-of-a-kind opportunity to experience over 60 local businesses and organizations. The Showcase also featured the Taste of the Showcase presented by Chestnut Health Systems from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

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Spring Job Fair at Heartland Community College

Wednesday, April 19, 2023 @ Heartland Community College

The McLean County Chamber of Commerce partnered with Heartland Community College to offer a Spring Job Fair on Wednesday, April 19, 2023, from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. located at Heartland Community College in their Community Commons Building (CCB 1406/07). A large variety of employers were there, from agriculture to technology to healthcare. The job fair was open to the entire community.

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Unit 5 Refendum

Thursday, March 16, 2023 @ Heartland Community College

The McLean County Chamber of Commerce hosted a Business Education session on Thursday, March 16, 2023, presented by Unit 5 Superintendent Dr. Kristen Weikle. The purpose of the presentation was to gain understanding of the tax referendum that would appear on the upcoming April 4th ballot. The session was located at Heartland Community College in their Community Commons Building.

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Agriculture Awareness Breakfast

Tuesday, March 14, 2023 @ DoubleTree by Hilton

The McLean County Chamber of Commerce Agriculture Council hosted a plated breakfast to show support for agriculture education and the advancement of agriculture in our community. The programming highlighted the FFA Service Award Winners and Maitland Scholarship Fund Recipients.

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2022 Business Excellence Award Winners Announced

Saturday, February 4, 2023 @ ISU Bone Student Center

On Saturday, February 4, business and community leaders came together to celebrate the 13th Annual Business Excellence Awards. The sold-out Gala was hosted at the Illinois State University Brown Ballroom and served as an opportunity to award the success of Chamber member businesses of 2022.

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