January 2022 | Stockton Chamber of Commerce
Chambertalk...in January
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.
Look Back at 2021
2021 was a great year! Take a look back at the past events. Thank you for your efforts in making this year a year to remember!
Stockton Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting

You and your business are invited to attend to Annual Meeting! Join us for the Stockton Chamber of Commerce's Annual Meeting on Thursday, February 17th. Stay tuned for more information soon!
2022 Membership Form
The New Year is here! Start your year off right by becoming a Stockton Chamber of Commerce 2022 Member. Chamber business members help to strengthen our community, our network ties, and educational opportunities. The Chamber Board wants to support your business. You can renew your yearly membership or become a new member by signing up through the online form or filling out the membership form below and mailing it in with your payment to:

Stockton Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 3
Stockton, IL 61085

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!

Minimum Wage Increase
Dianna Schuler, Business Services Manager for Business Employment
Skills Team, Inc. (BEST) wants to remind all Illinois businesses that the
minimum wage increases to $12.00 per hour beginning on January 1,
2022. Interestingly, laws about a maximum wage began back during 1349
when the Black Plague resulted in a labor shortage. King Edward the Third, set up something called Ordinance of Labourers that set a maximum wage to help with the labor shortage due to deaths from the Black Plague. The United States Federal Minimum Wage, created in 1938, was to set a minimum standard of living for employees. In Illinois, the minimum wage will gradually increase to $15.00 per hour slated for January 1, 2025. Business Employment Skills Team, Inc. (BEST, Inc.) is a federally-funded job and training program funded by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and provides services in Bureau, Carroll, Jo
Daviess, LaSalle, Lee, Ogle, Putnam, and Whiteside Counties. Eligibility for
programs and services based upon federal guidelines.

For additional information please contact Schuler at 815-631-2990.
Support The Christ In The Wilderness
Surviving the events of this past year has required resilience. Resilience is the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties. Flexibility and the ability to “bounce back” may have helped you get through this past year; however, did you thrive? Did you change? Were the changes positive? How did you find peace with the changes and uncertainty? Going beyond just surviving, requires one to go inward to that quiet place of listening and non-judgment. Only there, can you see more clearly what is important and where to focus your energy? Only there, can you discern how to grow and flourish?   

Not only does CITW provide a comfortable setting for retreatants to rest and refresh their bodies, but CITW also provides a safe, sacred space for retreatants to go inward and connect with their Source.

Beau S. shared his experience as a first-time retreatant at CITW:

I had heard of Christ in the Wilderness years ago, but when I finally came for a retreat in the Summer of 2020, in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, I was most definitely feeling, weary, heavy-laden, and in need of rest. 

An introvert by nature, and one for whom silence and solitude are essential nourishment, I found myself responsible for figuring out all the technology to keep the worship services going for the church I serve in Chicago, doing the same for a second church, and working each day in the same room as my spouse. Silence and solitude were at a premium and it seemed like my entire life took place in front of a screen...

How Do I Donate?
Online - go to www.citwretreat.com and click the “Donate Now” button for a quick and easy donation process. Use the drop-down menus to designate your Donation Frequency and Designation. 
Mail - make your check out to “CITW” and mail to CITW, 7500 S. Randecker Rd., Stockton, IL 61085

Illinois Extension Events
"Intro to Fruit Tree Pruning" Participants will learn the basics of pruning, which tools to use, and strategies to consider for their trees. The in-person programs are Tuesday, February 1 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Elizabeth Community Building and Tuesday, February 8 from 10 a.m.to Noon at the Stephenson County Farm Bureau. The Zoom webinar will be offered on Friday, February 11 from 3 to 5 p.m

"Northwest Illinois Agronomy Summit"
At the Stephenson County Farm Bureau Building on Friday, Jan. 14, 2022, with the program running from 9 a.m. to Noon The theme for this year’s conference is Updates in Crop Management with the University of Illinois and University of Wisconsin-Madison specialists discussing strategies for weed, pest, disease, and nutrient management

The cost for the class is $5. For more information and to register, please visit us online at go.illinois.edu/jsw or call us at 815-858-2273

New Employment Law Update For Employers In All Sizes

On December 17, 2021, in a 2-1 decision, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals dissolved the stay of OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) previously ordered by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. Therefore, OSHA’s ETS mandating workplace vaccination and testing on all private employers with 100 or more employees is back on. While the 6th Circuit did not address timing issues, the day after the decision was released, OSHA announced that it will not issue citations for non-compliance with any requirements of the ETS before January 10, 2022, and will not issue citations for noncompliance with the standard’s testing requirements before February 9, 2022 — so long as an employer is exercising reasonable, good faith efforts to come into compliance.
Timberlake Playhouse 2022 Shows
Or call the Box Office at (815) 244-2035
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 sideshow!
Furststaffing: We Bring the Best Candidates Into Focus
Are you looking for employment? A career change? Have a family member or friend who is? Furststaffing offer opportunities from entry-level to skilled, industrial, and office opportunities

Search available jobs at www.furststaffing.com. We accept applications 24/7 at www.furststaffing.com.

For more information please read the document below
Business Spotlight
TriState Porta Potty Inc.
Tri-State Porta Potty, Inc. is the Tri-States' premier portable toilet vendor. It is comprised of 2 companies with over 63 years combined.