Morton Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Council
Morton Matters Newsletter

June 2016
In This Issue
Save the Date
Chamber Calendar
Business After Hours
Churchill Wealth

370 E. Courtland St.

June 23
4:30 - 6:00 pm
Welcome New
Chamber Members

Krista Carlson Art

Ackerman Consulting

Heavenly Express
Join Our List
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 
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.
Illinois 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
Pumpkin Festival Registrations Open
The following  registrations are now open for the 50th Annual Morton Pumpkin Festival from September 14-17, 2016.
Last Chance for Festival Ads
If you haven't done so, you still have time to take advantage of this opportunity to promote your business to 20,000 local and regional families! The Pumpkin Festival Official Guide will be distributed through the Morton Courier and our elementary schools. It is also distributed at Pumpkin Festival events and venues.

1/8 page (coupon) - $150 1/2 page - $650
1/4 page - $400 Full page - $1200
Ad Reservation form
Princess Pageant Registration To Open
If you know a 5 or 6 year old princess, mark your calendars! Registrations for a chance to participate in the 2016 Pumpkin Princess Pageant will be accepted from Monday, June 6, at 9 am, through Thursday, June 9, at 5 pm. Registration can be done at the Chamber's office or online.  Ten contestants will be drawn from the registrants on Friday, June 10, to participate in this year's pageant!
LEAP - FLSA Overtime Regulations
June 28 from 8:00 - 9:30 am
Chamber Office    
Attorney Jim Benckendorf will be discussing the new FLSA Overtime Exemption Regulations and what it means for your business. For Morton Chamber members only.
Entrepreneur News from Startup Peoria
Startup Peoria's KeyStart initiative is a two-part competition for early stage, scalable businesses to get  $10,000  in investment capital.  Part one is  an  online application. P art two is a public event at which the finalists present their business model and strategy to a panel of judges.

Fill out the online application by June 3. A selection committee will determine the finalists. Those finalists will be invited to participate in the live pitch event on June 30, 2016, with $10,000 on the line!
Pavers Still Available for Memorial Plaza
Construction is underway on the Plaza and it should be finished in time for Pumpkin Festival. You can purchase memorial pavers for as little as $100.

HR Roundtable: Peoria Group
The Peoria Group HR Roundtable will be on Thursday, June 9, from 9:30 am - 1:00 pm. The Roundtables provide groups of human resources professionals an opportunity to exchange ideas, discuss problems, look for solutions, and discuss important issues in the regulatory environment with peers. Get details and register online.
Business Briefs
Summer Reading at the Morton Public Library will kick off on Saturday, June 4, from 9 am to 5 pm. Join them for fun and games and bring the entire family. There will be something for everyone.

The Amazing Account, an exciting concept in rewards checking is now available at Morton Community Bank. Customers can earn the highest interest checking rate in the nation at this time. Visit for more information.

OSF Healthcare System named Ms. Kelly Nierstedt, RN, BSN, MSN as the new President of Children's Hospital of

Pizza Ranch of Morton invites the public to fundraiser on June 6 from 5-8 pm to benefit HOI Girls AAU Nationals Basketball Team. 10% of your guest check will be donated
Morton Community Foundation News
by Scott Witzig
View a listing of the Morton Community Foundation's competitive grant recipients for 2016. These were announced at Business After Hours on Thursday, April 21, at the Bertha Frank Performing Arts Center.
Morton Tourism News
The Downtown Dining Stroll will be on June 2 from 5:00 - 7:30 pm. Join your friends and neighbors in downtown Morton to sample creations from local restaurants, live music by Brandon Mooberry & Friends, and a beer garden. Tickets on sale for $1 each. Tickets are available at the corner of Main and Adams. 

The 3rd Annual Super Hero Day will be downtown on Saturday, June 11, from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.

The All American Girl Day will be downtown on Saturday, June 18, from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.

Brought to you by Morton Tourism. View their calendar for other events and details.
Ribbon Cutting at Two Men and a Truck
Congratulations to Chamber member Two Men and a Truck on their new location at 2201 West Townline Road in Peoria!

Ribbon Cutting at Le Nails & Spa
Congratulations to  Le Nails & Spa on the grand opening of their location at 122 Detroit Avenue! Guests receive 20% off any service until June 7! Walk-ins are welcome!