April 2022 | Stockton Chamber of Commerce
Chambertalk...in April
Mission: The Stockton Chamber of Commerce is organized to promote economic growth in and around the Village of Stockton by supporting local businesses and special events while encouraging hospitality, beautification, and community pride.
Stockton Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing
We are so excited to announce that the Annual Golf Outing is happening on May 15th at Woodbend Bend Golf Course.

Includes a 9 hole, best ball golf game, games on the course, an outdoor lunch, drinks to purchase, as well as a silent auction. There will be raffles, prizes, and swag bags too!
> 9:00 am Registration and Social Hour
> 10:00 am Tee Off
> 12:00 pm Lunch Starts and Continues

Check out the links below to participate you can send in a brochure and check to Stockton Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 3 Stockton IL 61085 or sign up online!
Interested in being a sponsor and promoting your business?
Opportunities and Perks:
Hole in One - $500: One Golf Foursome and Lunch, Logo Featured at Hole, Logo Featured at Event, Recognition on Social Media, Verbal Recognition at Event, and Opportunity to Sponsor One of our Three “Game” Holes

Eagle - $250: Lunch for Four, Logo Featured at Hole, Logo Featured at Event, Recognition on Social Media, and Verbal Recognition at Event

Birdie - $100: Four Free Bloody Mary’s for Foursome of Choice, Logo Featured at Hole, Logo Featured at Event, Recognition on Social Media, and Verbal Recognition at Event

Par - $50: Logo Featured at Event, Recognition on Social Media, and Verbal Recognition at Event

Please email Stockton Chamber of Commerce at stocktonilchamber@gmail.com for more information or fill out the brochure above
Stockton Chamber of Commerce Fall Into Stockton

We are excited to announce our Fall Into Stockton 2022 Music Lineup! We loved the crowd Back Country Roads brought to the Fireman's Ball and we are excited to have them booked for Fall Into Stockton 2022. Mark your calendars for August 20th!

Below is sponsorship and vendor forms for the Fall Into Stockton
Small Business Month
May is National Small Business month! We want to celebrate it by celebrating you! Please fill out the form below to be featured in our small business month spotlight. All submissions will be posted on our social media pages!

If you have any questions email- info@stocktonil.com
Manufacturing Day Returns to NW Illinois
Northwest Illinois Economic Development (NWILED), in partnership with Jo Daviess
Carroll Career Technical Education Academy (CTEA), and Jo-Carroll Energy, is pleased to announce that Manufacturing Day 2022 is planned for Wednesday, April 6. It is an occasion during which
manufacturers open their doors to showcase the potential of modern manufacturing and foster interest in manufacturing careers. All high schools in Carroll and Jo Daviess Counties, plus Lena-
Winslow in Stephenson, are participating and together are sending approximately 300 students to 16 different manufacturers and logistics companies across Northwest Illinois for site visits. Additionally,
CTEA will offer students various learning sessions presented by local businesses.
USDA Grant Programs
The Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP) funds projects that develop, coordinate and expand local and regional food business enterprises that engage as intermediaries in indirect producer to consumer marketing to help increase access to and availability of locally and regionally produced agricultural products. Grants can be used for the planning stages of establishing or expanding a local and regional food business enterprise or to improve or expand a food business that supports locally and regionally produced agricultural products and food system infrastructure by performing feasibility studies, market research, training and technical assistance for the business enterprise and/or for producers working with the business enterprise. A 25% match is required.

The Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) funds projects that develop, coordinate and expand direct producer-to-consumer markets to help increase access to and availability of locally and regionally produced agricultural products by developing, coordinating, expanding, and providing outreach, training, and technical assistance to domestic farmers markets, roadside stands, community-supported agriculture programs, agritourism activities, online sales or other direct producer-to-consumer (including direct producer-to-retail, direct producer-to-restaurant and direct producer-to-institutional marketing) market opportunities. A 25% match is required.

Galena Country Tourism
Join Galena Country for a networking luncheon as we thank our tourism industry stakeholders and announce the outline of our Tourism Master Plan

Illinois Extension's Events
Join University of Illinois to register or for more information call the Jo Daviess County Extension Office at 815-858-2273 or visit us online at go.illinois.edu/jsw..The cost of each event will vary.

Spring Centerpieces – Join Nikki Keltner, University of Illinois Extension Program Coordinator, for Spring Centerpieces on Wednesday, April 13, 2022 at 1 p.m. at the Jo Daviess County Extension Office, 204 Vine St. Elizabeth, IL 61028. There will be a $20 fee to attend this program and pre-registration is required as seating is limited. To register or for more information please call the Jo Daviess County Extension Office at 815-858-2273 or visit us online at go.illinois.edu/jsw.

This hands on workshop will walk you through the basics of cut flower arranging. Participants will use what they learn about flower arranging to create a spring themed centerpiece that they will take home with them. All of the materials needed will be provided.

4-H Fun Day-The 2022 Jo Daviess County 4-H Fun Day will be held on Friday, April 15, 2022, at the Elizabeth Community Building located in Elizabeth, IL. Sponsored by the University of Illinois Extension, this event will include hands-on learning activities that will have kids DOINGTHINKING, and CREATING! 4-H Fun Day is open to any child currently in the 3rd-12th grade. This event will be offered at no cost to families. Everyone is welcome, so grab a friend! Participants do NOT need to be 4-H members to participate.
Participants will enjoy rotating between three different workshops. During the “Egg-Cellent Breakfast” workshop, participants will learn to make omelets and other breakfast goodies. The “Hydro-Dipping” workshop will teach participants a unique process using water and paint filament to create a project of their own! The final workshop will be “Woodworking Fun”. During this time, participants will combine woodworking and games by making a tabletop tiki toss game to take home with them.
“Our annual 4-H Fun Day is one of my favorite events of the year and we are thrilled to be able to offer this to youth once again,” says Angela Miller, 4-H Youth Development Program Coordinator. “Participants will leave this event with new skills and something to take home that they can be proud of.”
The schedule for the day is as follows:
   8:30-8:50 a.m.              Check-in begins
           9:00 a.m.               Workshops begin
                  noon               Dismiss
  noon-12:15 pm               Check out
Interested youth may register and review each workshop’s details by visiting our website at https://go.illinois.edu/4HFUNDAY or by calling the Extension Office at 815-858-2273. Pre-registration is required and spots are limited. Registration will be on a “first-come, first-serve” basis. Registration closes on April 10.

Understanding how diet and lifestyle influence the inflammation process- Inflammation is the body’s natural response to stressors. Understanding what causes inflammation and how you can better manage it is the first step to improving your overall health. Many lifestyle choices contribute to the inflammation response. However, by making small changes in our everyday lives, we can decrease the risk of inflammation and better manage it. Join Diane Reinhold, Nutrition and Wellness Educator from University of Illinois Extension, to learn what steps you can take to fight inflammation. During this workshop, we will discuss the impact of diet, physical activity, and stress management on the inflammation process.
Understanding Inflammation and How Diet Influences the Inflammation Process will be held on Tuesday, April 12, from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM, at the Stephenson County Farm Bureau, 210 W Spring St, Freeport. Cannot join us in person? Then join us virtually! Wednesday, April 13, from 1:00- 3:00 PM, via Zoom. There is no cost to attend this program, however, seating is limited, and pre-registration is required. The deadline for registration for both events is Monday, April 11, 2022. To register or for more information call our office at (815) 858-2273 or visit us online at go.illinois.edu/jsw.

Starting Your Business in Illinois
We are pleased to invite you to participate in our Online Workshop "Starting Your Business in Illinois" which will take place:

Thursday, April 7, 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 12, 5:30 p.m.

Please Click the following link to sign up now: https://ilsbdc.ecenterdirect.com/signup
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