Morton Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Council
Morton Matters Newsletter
November 2016
In This Issue
Save the Date
November 8

November 10
Business After Hours

November 18

November 19

November 26
Business After Hours

Morton Chamber
of Commerce

November 10
4:30 - 6:00 pm

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Chamber Board Members
Bill Aupperle
Brian Cross
Jamie Durdel
Nick Esser
Nick Graff
Lindsay Hall
Barbara Heer
Shelly Hunt, Treas.
Mary Jane Johnson, Past Pres.
Darren Martin, Pres.
Aaron Miller
David Mills
Tim Mueller
Alissa Williams
David Zern, Vice Pres.
150% Club Members
Aaron Miller, Real Estate Broker
Ackerman Consulting 
Ackerman Farms
Alltrust Financial Management
Apostolic Christian Counseling & Family Services
Apostolic Christian Restmo r
Barbara Heer, Broker
Benckendorf & Benckendorf PC
Billy Daniel Excavating 
Blain's Farm & Fleet
Brandon Wood Retirement Center
Carius Dairy Queen
Childers Door Service of Central IL
China Dragon
ClearPath IT Solutions
CMFS Group
Colby Natural Health 
Coldwell Banker Commercial
CORE Construction
Country Financial
Craig H. Barley
Crossroads Concrete
Culver's of Morton
David Mills CPA LLC
David W. Kinsinger DDS
Deputy Duct, Div. ATC Insulators
Elevate Church
Firehouse Pizza
Grimm Bros. Trucking
Heartland Bank & Trust
Heartland Veterinary Clinic
Heavenly Express
Hometown Title Inc.
I llinois Business Financial Services
JA ROECKER Architecture/Structures
Jim Maloof Realtor
Jim Yordy 
Keach Architectural Design
Kennel Lake Sportsmen's Club
Knapp Johnson Funeral Home
Kuhl Insurance
Lennie's Quality Meat Shop 
Libby's Pumpkin
Lighthouse Buick GMC
Liquor Station
Marie Fisk, Realtor
Marion Manufacturing
Markley's Pest Elimination
Massage with Pauline
McDonald's of Morton
Menold Construction & Restoration
Merlin Birky 
Midstate College
Mike Murphy Ford 
Mike Yordy Excavating & Land Improvement
Millennia Prof. Services 
Mohr & Kerr Engineering
Morton Audiology & Hearing Aid Center
Morton Buildings
Morton Collision Repair
Morton Dental Center
Morton Financial Services
Morton Knights of Columbus
Morton Rentals LLC
Morton Unit School Dist. 709
Morton Villa Healthcare & Rehab Centre
Oak Lawn Mobile Estates
Old Smokey's BBQ 
PC Doctor Computer Consulting
Quinn Johnston Henderson Pretorius & Cerulo
Ranson & Ranson Dental
Reading, Rhyming & Romping Preschool
Relax Inn
Reliant Auto Glass
Renewal by Anderson of Central IL
Riverview Senior Living Community
RMH Foods
Robert Schnarr
Rocke's Meats Ltd
Schooner's of Morton
Sherwin Williams
Stephens Electric 
The Iona Group 
The Prassas Co./Morton
Town Centre
The Whisler Agency 
Thomas E. Davies PC
Tri County Cleaning Systems
Unity Point Clinic Proctor First Care
Until He Return Prophetic Bible Ministries
Village of Morton
Walmart of Morton 
Web Services 
W. Central IL Bldg. & Construction Trades Council 
Witzig Financial Services 
Wm. Aupperle & Sons 
Yinlun USA
Yogi's Super Liquors

Holidazzle/Shop Small Advertising Opportunity
I Shop Morton and the Morton Tourism Association's Holidazzle committee are offering an opportunity for all Morton merchants to participate in a shop Morton promotion for the 2016 holiday season.

Participating businesses get FREE coupons in a Holidazzle coupon book and in an I Shop Morton flyer. 

Holidazzle will be on November 18 and 19. Promotions will run through Small Business Saturday on November 26. 

Get more information and download a registration form today! Deadline is November 8.
Women in Business with Rachel Berchtold
WIB logo
November 8
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
So Chic Boutique
$30 Chamber Members
$40 Non-members

Join us at a fun new location, the So Chic Boutique Party Room, for a delicious lunch from Kemp 208. Speaker will be Rachel Berchtold, owner of Eli's Coffee Shop.
Business After Hours at the Chamber
Morton Chamber logo
November 10
4:30 - 6:00 pm
Morton Chamber Office
415 W. Jefferson St.

Stop in for a meet and greet with Chamber staff and enjoy delicious hors d'oeuvres. The new Morton Chamber of Commerce logo will be unveiled.
Leadership Morton Class of 2017
Leadership Morton Logo
Leadership Morton is an affordable, local leadership program designed to instill leadership skills through discussion and examples presented by leaders from throughout Central Illinois. The program begins at the end of January and runs through the beginning of April. Weekly sessions are on Thursdays from 8-10 am and only 25 students are selected for the program.

Participation is open to individuals who reside, work, or spend a majority of volunteer time in Morton.

Registration by December 31 is $250 for members or $350 for non-members. After December 31 price is $300 for members or $400 for non-members.

Watch for registration to open on Monday, November 14.
Senator Bill Brady's Mobile Office Hours
Stop by Illinois State Senator Brady's Mobile Office at the Morton Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, November 16 from 11:30 am - 12:30 pm with any questions or issues you may have.
Chamber Welcomes New Members for October
Martial Arts for kids, adults, and families, including Basic Skillz Training for 5 & 6 yr. olds.

Pilates and Barre studio.

Marketing, signs, print.

Aveda concept hair salon
Business Briefs

Culver's of Morton is a regional champion in the nationwide Culver's Crew Challenge. Restaurants compete in the areas of quality, service, cleanliness, hospitality, community outreach and team member training and development. 

Floral Designs is having a Christmas Open House on November 11 & 12. 20% off all regular priced items (except special orders on furniture and silks) featuring Christmas decor and silk arrangements. 

Heinold Banwart Ltd., the largest locally owned CPA firm in the Peoria area, is pleased to announce the promotion of Nathan Isenberg, CPA, ABV to shareholder effective November 1.

UnityPoint Health-Methodist/Proctor is pleased to announce that Holly Stoner, RN, has been selected at the 2016 Preceptor of the Year Award recipient. Holly words as a preceptor and lead nurse on 8 Crescent. She resides in Morton.

Goodwill Industries of Central Illinois has announced Lori Johnson as their new Director of Program Services. Johnson comes to Goodwill from OSF Healthcare Systems where she served as e-health Project Director.
Chamber closed for Thanksgiving

The Morton Chamber of Commerce and EconomicDevelopment Office will be closed on November 23, 24, and 25 for Thanksgiving. The office will re-open on Monday, November 28.
Morton Community Foundation News
by Scott Witzig

FROM 5:30-10:00 PM the Morton Community Foundation will present its annual fall fundraising event,
Boots and Bling (formerly Oktoberfest). Over the years, our fall fundraisers have been an overwhelming success and are highly anticipated. Through the generosity of our Sponsors, Underwriters, Donors, and Attendees, the Foundation hopes to raise around $25,000 to support its operations. This funding enables us to carry on our mission to receive, invest and distribute funds for the benefit of Morton-area residents, and to help them achieve their philanthropic goals.
Ribbon Cutting at Thr3ads

CONGRATULATIONS to Thr3ads Boutique on their Grand Opening at 125 W. Jefferson! Stop by to see all the beautiful clothing and things they have to offer, and meet the three sisters behind this great addition to downtown Morton!
Ribbon Cutting at Plank Pilates

Ambassadors celebrated the Grand Opening of Plank Pilates Studio at 117 West Jefferson with a Ribbon Cutting. Stop by the studio, or visit for information on all the classes they offer!

Best Decorated Business Winner

Congratulations to the team at Coldwell Banker Honig-Bell for winning the Best Decorated Business during Trick or Treat Main Street! They received a $500 Chamber marketing package!

Best Costume Winner

Congratulations to Merle Norman & 113 MANE on winning Best Costume at Trick or Treat Main Street! They received $50 in Chamber Checks!

Food Drive Drawing Winner

Everyone who brought a canned food item to the Midwest Food Bank truck at Trick or Treat Main Street was entered into a drawing for a $25 Chamber Check.

Pictured is Pumpkin Princess Avery O'Donnell drawing the winning name - Sara O'Shea. Congratulations Sara!