February 2022 | Stockton Chamber of Commerce
Chambertalk...in February
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.
Save the Date For 2022 Golf Outing
2021 So excited to announce that the 2022 Golf Outing is moving to May 15th, 2022. Different month but the same fun! Stay tuned for more details.
Stockton Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting

You and your business are invited to attend to Annual Meeting!

Event: Annual Meeting
Date: February 17th, 2022
Time: Network: 5:30
Dinner: 6
Location: Mud Run Beer Co. (124 S Main St) or via zoom (Select your preference when registering)

Food will be available to purchase. Please RSVP by February 3rd to attend. You do not have to be a Chamber Member to attend.

Speaker Topic:
Community Inclusion: Where hospitality and customer service begin and end

Come listen to Nicole Haas as she speaks during our annual meeting. Nicole is currently the Brand Director at the Greater Freeport Partnership implementing tourism and marketing efforts for Freeport and Stephenson County. Before her role there she has served many for-profit and not-for-profit organizations in the capacity of marketing, fundraising, communication, public relations, and leadership transition. She has lived in the Stockton area most of her life has served on various boards in the village and Jo Daviess county and volunteered for many events and campaigns. She will finish her master’s in organizational psychology in a few weeks.
Stockton Chamber of Commerce Member Satisfaction Survey
Stockton Chamber of Commerce wants to make changes based on your preferences!! Let us know how we are doing by filling out the survey above. We can not wait to hear from you!

Bringing Fiber Internet to Stockton
Attention Stockton businesses and residents! The STK6 fiber neighborhood in Stockton is nearing the home stretch and needs more signups to advance to the construction phase! Sand Prairie also offers phone service for your home or business.
If you haven’t already, you can sign up at connectsp.com/iwantfiber. You can also verify your sign-up status at this same address, checking if you only completed the fiber interest form or if you completed the fiber sign-up agreement and selected your fiber internet package. Follow the progress at connectsp.com/fiber/communities/stockton.
Sand Prairie Fiber Internet offers faster internet speeds and services that will change your life! No data caps, no hidden fees, no contracts – just affordable and unmatched reliability from a local cooperative. View more information about Sand Prairie fiber internet speeds, benefits of fiber internet, and pricing of fiber internet packages at connectsp.com/fiber.
COVID SHIELD Testing Available at FHN Site
FHN has been approved to become one of the State of Illinois’ Covid SHIELD testing sites. If your business is required to regularly test team members for COVID-19 and you would like to utilize FHN for this testing, please contact us at Shieldcommunitytesting@fhn.org.

Developed by the University of Illinois, Covid SHIELD is a protocol for doing inexpensive saliva-based COVID-19 testing in designated laboratories. The process bypasses the RNA extraction step common to many COVID-19 tests, which speeds up the test process, reduces the cost, and avoids supply chain challenges. Testing results will be available within 72 hours of the samples being delivered to the SHIELD testing facility. The test is simple and free: After checking in with a collection site staff member and showing proper identification, participants receive a vial into which they should deposit a small amount of saliva. The participant places the vial in a collection rack and may then leave the site.

Participants should not eat, drink, or put anything in their mouth for an hour before taking the test. That includes smoking, drinking, chewing gum, and using mouthwash. Testing will be free and open to the public via online appointments through the SHIELD Illinois site. Tests will be offered from 7 – 11 a.m. Mondays and from 2 – 5:30 p.m. Thursdays at FHN’s COVID-19 vaccination site, 1763 S. Dirck Drive in Freeport. Results will be shared confidentially with the individual and, with their consent, their assigned administrator. If you would like more information about SHIELD testing at FHN, please email us at Shieldcommunitytesting@fhn.org.
NWILED John D. Cooke, III Memorial Entrepreneurial Scholarship
Since 2018 Northwest Illinois Economic Development (NWILED) has offered the annual entrepreneurial scholarship. On December 8, 2021, the NWILED Board of Directors unanimously voted to rename the annual scholarship in honor and remembrance of the late John D Cooke III who was a founding member of the organization. We are pleased to announce that the application window for the NWILED John D. Cooke, III Memorial Entrepreneurial Scholarship is now open. All high school seniors in Carroll and Jo Daviess Counties are eligible to apply.

This year NWILED will offer a total of three scholarships to graduating high school seniors who are entrepreneurial and want to start a business or pursue a career in business. There is one (1) $2,000 first-place award and two (2) $1,500 runners-up awards. Awardees will also be invited to NWILED’s annual banquet in the fall. Recipients shall be full-time students in good academic standing in the qualifying school year (2021 - 2022). This is not a need-based scholarship. Scholarships can be used for start-up costs related to launching a business and or advancing a career in business through education and training.
We request that you share the scholarship with graduating seniors. Completed applications and or questions should be sent to David Schmit, Program Coordinator: DSchmit@nwiled.org or 1 Commercial Drive, Ste. 2. Hanover, IL 61041 by Friday, March 18, 2022. Scholarship information will be posted on the NWILED website under the Resources tab. Winners will be announced in May.
Past winners have included students connected to Three Sisters Sweet Shoppe in Elizabeth, and Davis Lumber Company in Scales Mound, in addition to a student from Savanna that proposed a sign language business, and a student from the Galena Territory who is developing a hand-crafted artisan doll line.
Jo Daviess County Extension and 4-H Foundation announce the Ralph & Katherine Norris Scholarship and the Dalgarn Family Scholarship
Ralph & Katherine Norris donated funds to provide scholarships for Jo Daviess County youth studying agriculture or agriculture-related fields. Scholarships will be awarded to individuals pursuing a two or four-year degree program as full-time students. Current high school students, college students, and others continuing their education may apply. Applicants must be accepted at a chosen school, college, or university. Past applicants must submit a new application each year. Recipients cannot receive the scholarship for more than four years.
The Dalgarn Family Scholarship is presented with the Dalgarns’ belief that advanced education strengthens not only the individual but the family and community as well by providing life-changing exposure to a diversity of experiences, cultures, and perspectives. The $1,000 Dalgarn Family Scholarship will be awarded to a deserving graduating senior and active 4-H member, seeking to further his/her education at a four-year institution. The scholarship is open to all fields of study. Selection criteria will be based upon active, productive membership in a Jo Daviess County 4-H Club (minimum of five years), demonstrated leadership and tenacity as demonstrated by their school and community activities, hard work and compassion as evidenced by experiences and letters of recommendation, scholarship as demonstrated by grades and test scores, as well as financial need. Completed application material is due no later than March 20, 2021. Only fully complete submissions will be considered.
The application deadline for the Norris scholarship is March 31, 2022. The deadline for the Dalgarn Scholarship is March 18, 2022. Applications are available at the U of I Extension office located at 204 Vine St., Elizabeth. For more information about the scholarships call the Jo Daviess County Extension Office at 815-858-2273.

"Why Shop Local??" From Sustainable Connections
Winter Clay Slumping Projects
Join Beautifully Berkeley for this fun event. Choose afternoons or evening classes. Call 815-947-3900 to reserve your spot. Grab a friend or two to join you but come and have fun. Let your creative side show!
Business Spotlight
Oppold and Sons, INC
Oppold & Sons have been in business for over 20 years mainly doing all types of masonry repairs and new masonry installs from fireplaces to stone veneer. In the last ten years, they have expanded to tile work from floors, backsplashes, to complete bathroom remodels. If anyone needs anything done or estimate feel free to call Dan @ 815-266-9106