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1 March 2014 Volume 2 Issue 3 Board Members President Tracy Shaw 217-494-1334 Tshaw@thegroup.com Vice President Charlie Waugh 217-725-6038 Waugh@gcctv.com Secretary Tom Gray 217-502-0154 grybybm@casscomm.com Treasurer Rod Luckhart 630-742-2020 rluck-hart@inlandbank.com Members at Large Deanna Mool 217-496-3355 dmool@mool-law.com Rachael Maurer 217-652-4678 Rmaurer@illinibank.com Kurt Ratliff 217-720-4274 Kuara95@yahoo.com

401 St. Johns Drive  Sherman, IL 62684

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Breaking News For Chamber Members


A national survey of 2,000 adults reveals that a business that is a member of a local chamber of commerce is enjoying increasing favorability. In the second such survey in five years, The Schapiro Group, an Atlanta-based market research firm, found positive attitudes among adults in 2012 have actually increased over the very favorable findings of the first study in 2007. For example:

When consumers know that a business is a member of the local chamber, there is now a 49% increase in favorability toward that business (up from 44% in the 2007 study).

When consumers perceive that a business is a chamber member, there is a 73% increase in consumer awareness and a 68% increase in local reputation (51% and 57% respectively in 2007).

Consumers are 80% more likely to patronize a business in the future that they believe is a member of the local chamber of commerce (63% in 2007).

The study also has more good news for chamber members that sell to other businesses.

When business decision makers believe a business is a chamber member, favorability increases by 42% (37% in 2007), perceived awareness and reputation grows to 78% and 65%, respectively, (51% and 58% in 2007), plus the likelihood of future patronage increases by

74% (59% in 2007).

Supporting the previous findings, the study also reveals a positive perception for the local chamber itself.

Regarding the chamber’s impact on the local economy, 86% of respondents believe that the local chamber of commerce helps create jobs and promotes local economic development (82% in 2007).

The results of the 2007 and 2012 Schapiro studies are clear: Positive

perception increases among consumers and business owners when a business is known as a member of the local chamber of commerce, and now we know that positive perception is growing.

Tracy Shaw

The Real Estate Group

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Tshaw@thegroup.com 217-494-1334

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Sherman Area Chamber of Commerce

Notes from March Meeting

 The current committees have been formed and are looking for members:

o Finance Committee Chair - Rod Luckhart 630-742-2020 o Publicity Committee Chair - Tom Gray 217-502-0154 o Member Committee Chair - Kurt Ratliff 217-720-4274 o Fundraising Committee Chair - Tracy Shaw 217-494-1334 o Communication / Social Media Chair – Rachael Maurer 217-652-4678

 Check out our Facebook page!

Please go to this link on Facebook and “Like” the Chamber’s Group page:


 The Village of Sherman has an elert for community alerts go to http://www.shermanil.org/ to sign-up today!

Dates to Remember:

Tuesday March 18th at 6:00pm Regular scheduled meeting of the Village Board

Next SACC Meeting:

Thursday April 3


at 7:00pm at the Sherman Illini Bank/Community Center

Disclaimer: I apologize in advance for any errors that may be in this newsletter. Please respond to me personally if you have something for future newsletters or changes I need to know about. – Charlie Waugh



Sherman Area Chamber of Commerce

Notes from the March Meeting Continued

Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity

Presented by Annette Fulgenzi

Keynote Speaker Annette Fulgenzi shared a lot of good information for small business owners or those wanting to start a small business.

IDCEO is an advocate for the small businesses of Illinois.

Programs that IDCEO sponsor are:

Illinois Business Information Center

Illinois Small Business Development Center International Trade Centers

Illinois Procurement Technical Assistance Center Illinois Small Business Environmental Assistance Illinois Regulatory Flexibility Program

Business Information Center

• Toll Free Business Helpline (800) 252-2923

• Provides Assistance with Business Permits and Regulations

• Provides information on Public and Private Business Assistance Programs • Provides Market and Census Data to Businesses

The Small Business Connection

• Newsletter offers a plain-language summary of proposed rules, their potential impact on small businesses, and location of public hearings

• Click directly from within newsletter to webpage for rule summary, additional information and online comment form

• www.ienconnect.com/regalert

2013 DCEO’s Regulatory Flexibility Activity

• In 2013, DCEO’s Office of Regulatory Flexibility Reviewed 400 Proposed Rules • Submitted Small Business Impact Analyses to JCAR on 100 Rulemakings

Within those analyses, offered suggested alternatives in order to ease burdens on businesses. The website for the IDCEO is www.illinois.gov/dceo



Sherman Area Chamber of Commerce

Member Announcements:

Sherman Public Library :

Sherman Public Library will be hosting a health care workshop Thursday, March 13th from 5-7

PM. Navigators from Family Guidance Centers in Springfield will be available to answer

questions and help folks through the health care coverage maze. Working through

GetCovered Illinois, they can show anyone still needing health care coverage a variety of

options and plans available to them and help them enroll if necessary. No appointment is

needed...just drop by and they will be able to help. Their funding is provided through a grant

so there is no charge for their services. They have conducted similar workshops in



Sherman Area Chamber of Commerce



Sherman Area Chamber of Commerce



Sherman Area Chamber of Commerce

On the Political Side

Representative Rich Brauer (R)

87th District

Springfield Office:

1128-E Stratton Office Building Springfield, IL 62706

(217) 782-0053 (217) 782-0897 FAX

District Office:

1128-E Stratton Office Building Springfield, IL 62706

(217) 782-0053 (217) 782-0897 FAX

Email: RBrauer@hrs.ilga.gov

Senator William E. Brady (R)

44th District

Springfield Office:

Senator 44th District 103A Capitol Building Springfield, IL 62706 (217) 782-6216 (217) 782-4079 FAX

District Office:

2203 Eastland Drive, Suite 3 Bloomington, IL 61704 (309) 664-4440

(309) 664-8597 FAX

Representative Aaron Schock

235 S 6th St,

Springfield, IL 62701

(217) 670-1653

Mayor (President) Trevor Clatfelter 217.691.7737 tclatfelter@shermanil.org



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Members List



Business Number

The Real Estate Group Tracy Shaw 217-494-1334 Resident Charlie Waugh 217-725-6038

Resident Sean Bull 217-494-1168

Cass Comm Casey French 1-800-252-1799 Farmland Solutions LLC Kent Kraft 217-496-3500 Country Financial Ed Legner 217-496-2341 Farm Credit Services of Illinois Larry Ellinger 217-788-1200 Sam's Too John Pensabene 217-496-2374 The Rail Golf Course Jim Johnson 217-525-0365 Hageman Family Insurance Agency LLC Katie Hageman 217-788-5118 Funky's Trophy & Engraving Gary Funk 217-725-0508 Mool Law Firm, LLC Deanna Mool 217-496-3355 Fire & Ale Paul Evans 217-496-2236 Illini Bank Rachel Maurer 217-496-2394 Lincoln Land Development Co. Larry Sapp

Walgreens Kurt Ratliff/Keith Groff 217-496-2392 Grayboy Building Maintenance Tom Gray 217-502-0154 Flossie & Delzena's Heather Cosby/Rod Luckhart 217-436-2411

Prudential Dave Neale 217-331-5492

Sherman United Methodist Church Craig Sweet 217496-2338 Sherman Fire Protection District Todd Masterhan 217-496-2213 Donley Trucking Inc. Todd Donley 217-566-3561 Fire & Ale Paul Evans

Julie Timm (Image & Style) Julie Timm 217-971-2558 The Villa Mindy Semple 217-744-2299 Williamsville State Bank Patrick Gettleman

All His Children Judy Donley-Henderson 217-496-2792 Ed Clark Photography Ed Clark 217-496-3686 County Market Rick Guentner/Craig Schultz 217-496-2817 State Farm Inc. Donna Barbian 217-496-2333 Sherman Public Library Anita Walters 217-496-2496

CAAR Dan Sale 217-697-7000

Connection Point Church David Plake 217-494-0907 Just For Kids Steve & Sharon Mitts 217-496-2244 Retirement Defenders. Org Sarah Roderick 217-498-8600 The Real Estate Group Mitzi Brandenburg 217-416-0745