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                             2011

ANNUAL GALA   AG AWARDS   AG BREAKFAST
                                           Event Calendar                                                  Click on the event name
                                                                                                            to learn more about it.


JANUARY                                    FEBRUARY                                       MARCH
11 Small Business Owners Roundtable 5
     8:00-9:30am, Chamber office
                                                neXt Professionals Social
                                                marcFirst Bowl-a-thon, AMF Circle Lanes   8    Small Business Owners Roundtable
                                                                                               8:00-9:30am, Chamber office


11 SPEEDnet
     3:50-5:15pm, Eastland Suites          8    Small Business Owners Roundtable
                                                8:00-9:30am, Chamber office               8    SPEEDnet
                                                                                               3:50-5:15pm, Hampton Inn and Suites


19 Business After Hours
     4:30-6:30pm, Great Plains Media       8    SPEEDnet
                                                3:50-5:15pm, The Launch Pad               10 neXt Professionals Social
                                                                                               5:00pm, location: tba


20 neXt Professionals Winter Dinner
     5:30pm, Doubletree                    11 Agriculture Awards Dinner
                                                5:30-8:30pm, Doubletree                   16 Business After Hours
                                                                                               4:30-6:30pm, Four Seasons


25 SPEEDnet in the Morning
     8:50-10:15pm, Country Inn - Airport   16 Business After Hours
                                                4:30-6:30pm, Commerce Bank                22 Home-based Business Roundtable
                                                                                               1:30-3:00pm, Chamber office


25 Home-based Business Roundtable
     1:30-3:00pm, Chamber office           17 Sales Development Program
                                                11:30am-1:00pm, Lincoln College-Normal    23 Agriculture Awareness Breakfast
                                                                                               6:45-8:30am, Doubletree


25 neXt Professionals Meeting
     5:30pm, Doubletree                    22 Home-based Business Roundtable 29 neXt Professionals Meeting
                                                1:30-3:00pm, Chamber office                    5:30pm, Doubletree


26 Business Before Hours
     7:00-8:30am, Heartland CC             22 neXt Professionals Meeting
                                                5:30pm, Doubletree                        30 Business Before Hours
                                                                                               7:00-8:30am, Allied Health Group


29 Annual Gala
     6:00-11:00pm, Doubletree              23 Business Before Hours
                                                8:00-9:30am, Advocate BroMenn
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                                                                                                                           monthly


                                                                                                                           3:50-5:15pm
                                               monthly


                                               4:30-6:30pm
 McLean County’s premier evening networking events occur on the third
                                                                              SPEEDnet is a monthly networking event in which any chamber member em-
                                                                              ployee can participate!
 Wednesday of every month and are FREE for all Chamber members and em-
 ployees of Chamber members.                                                  Think of speed dating and replace
                                                                              the dating part with NETWORKING.
 January 19                                                                   We cap the event at 20 people, with
 hosted by Great Plains Media                                                 only one person per industry, so
 10 Brickyard Drive (Doubletree Hotel and                                     RSVPs are paramount!
 Conference Center)                                                           You get 3 minutes with each person:
                                                                              1.5 minutes to talk about you, 1.5
 February 16                                                                  minutes to listen. The goal is: By the
 hosted by Commerce Bank                                                      end of an hour, you’ve given out 19
 1339 E. Empire, Bloomington                                                  business cards and met 19 potential
                                                                              clients.
 March 16
 hosted by Four Seasons Association                                           January 11 at Eastland Suites
 914 Four Seasons Road, Bloomington                                           1801 Eastland Drive, Bloomington

                                                                              February 8 at The Launch Pad
                                                                              315 E. Front Street, Bloomington
                                                  monthly


                                                  7:00-8:30am
 McLean County’s premier morning networking events occur on the last
                                                                              March 8 at the Hampton Inn
                                                                              320 S. Towanda, Normal

                                                                                 To RSVP for SPEEDnet or SPEEDnet in the morning, contact Dawn
 Wednesday of every month and are FREE for all Chamber members and em-               Smiley at 309-829-6344 or dawn@mcleancochamber.org.
 ployees of Chamber members.
                                                                                                                           quarterly


                                                                                                                           8:50-10:15am
                                      January 26
                                      hosted by Heartland Community College
                                      1500 W. Raab Road, Normal

                                      February 23
                                      hosted by Advocate BroMenn              Recognizing that not everyone has afternoon hours available, the Chamber has
                                      1304 Franklin Avenue, Normal
                                                                              expanded our wildly-popular SPEEDnet to the morning on a quartely basis to
                                                                              give more members a chance to get in on the action!
                                      March 30
                                      hosted by Allied Health Group           January 25 at Country Inn and Suites - Airport
                                      1603 Visa Drive, Normal                 3202 E. Empire Street, Bloomington




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   Reflecting on the shining lights in our business community.                         Agriculture Awards Dinner
                                                                                       Friday, February 11 Doubletree Hotel & Conference Center
                                                                                       5:30pm Social Hour 6:30pm Dinner
                                                                                       This event honors the best in 2010 McLean County Agriculture by present-
                                                                                       ing the following awards: Outstanding Service to Agriculture, Outstanding
                                                                                       Young Farmer, Outstanding Agri-Business Person, Outstanding Conservation-
                                                                                       ist, Emerging Leader in Agriculture and McLean County Farmer of the Year.

                                                                                                          Featured Speaker:
                                                                                                          Dori Byard
                                                                                                          Global Sourcing Manager
                                                                                                          Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company
                   Saturday, January 29, 2011                                                             A native of Chestnut, Illinois and a 1996 graduate of Illinois State
             Doubletree Hotel & Conference Center                                                         University, Ms. Byard manages the supply chain for brands like Big
                      6:00 PM Reception                                                                   Red®, Skittles® and Altoids®. She started her career as a grain mer-
                                                                                       chandiser at Archer Daniels Midland in Decatur before moving to Kraft Foods Global
                  7:00 PM Dinner & Program                                             in 2001. Seven years later, Ms. Byard joined Wrigley and, in her role as Global Sourc-
 For all of Winter’s bluster and bite, there comes a moment when the dancing           ing Manager, now travels the world, seeking out the flavors, colors, coolants, and
 lights in a frosty January evening turns fallen ice and snow from treacherous         menthol for the popular chewing gum and candies rolling out of fourteen countries.
 to spectacular.
 Come share such a night with your fellow members of the McLean County
 Chamber of Commerce as we present the 2011 Annual Gala on Saturday,                   Agriculture Awareness Breakfast
 January 29 at the Doubletree Hotel and Conference Center in Bloomington. Be           Wednesday, March 23 6:45am
 there to reflect on the year past and honor new shining lights as we recognize        Doubletree Hotel & Conference Center
 the recipients of the Chamber’s Business Excellence Awards.
                                                                                       Just as the Ag Awards Dinner puts 2010 to bed, the annual Agriculture Aware-
                   Featured Speaker:                                                   ness Breakfast kicks off the 2011 farming season. The Maitland Ag Awareness
                                                                                       Fund recipients will be honored, followed by the traditional “passing of the
                   John McDonough
                                                                                       hat” for the Maitland Fund.
                   President, Chicago Blackhawks
                     John McDonough was named president of the Chicago Blackhawks
                     on Nov. 20, 2007. Under his guidance, in what Forbes Magazine                        Featured Speaker:
                     has called the “The Greatest Sports-Business Turnaround Ever,”                       Morgan Ott
                     the Blackhawks have moved quickly to revitalize the team’s pro-                      State Reporter
 file and re-energize its fan base. With Mr. McDonough’s direction, the Blackhawks                        Illinois FFA
 achieved their “One Goal” of a Stanley Cup championship in
 2010, the team’s first title since 1961.                                                                   Ms. Ott was very active in FFA and participated in public speak-
 Prior to joining the Blackhawks, Mr. McDonough served as pres-                                            ing, parliamentary procedure, and livestock judging. Her Super-
 ident of the Chicago Cubs. During his                                                 vised Agricultural Experience Program has involved Food Service and Home and/or
 tenure, the Cubs won the 2007 National     Special Guest                              Community Development.
 League Central Division while setting an   Bobby Hull                                 After her year of service, Ms. Ott plans to finish one year at Heartland Community
 all-time franchise attendance record.      NHL Hall-of-famer                          College and transfer into a Nursing school.



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 The Chamber’s Business Roundtables offer members the opportunity to share         In 2010, the Chamber kicked off a new series of programs, the first of which
 with and learn from others in their field, discussing issues and challenges in    packed a classroom at Lincoln College-Normal and featured a lively discussion
 their specific disciplines. Currently, two roundtables meet monthly for 90 min-   about sales and sales techniques.
 utes: the Small Business Roundtable and the Home-based Business Round-
 table. This valuable resource is FREE to Chamber members. There are currently     Facilitated by Kevin Woods, Adjunct Instructor at Lincoln College and
                                                                                   President of Woods Consulting Group, this quarterly program is designed
 places available in each of these groups. Contact Brian Davis at 309-829-6344     to gather sales professionals together over a lunch hour to review and discuss
 or brian@mcleancochamber.org to reserve your seat at the table!                   the sales process and work together informally to grow and expand their sales
                                                                                   skills in order to be more successful.
 Small Business Roundtable Schedule

  January 11, 8:00-9:30am                                                          February 17, 11:30am-1:00pm
  Chamber office, 210 S. East Street, Bloomington                                  Lincoln College, 715 W. Raab Road, Normal
                                                                                   cost: $10.00 (lunch included)
  February 8, 8:00-9:30am
  Chamber office, 210 S. East Street, Bloomington

  March 8, 8:00-9:30am
  Chamber office, 210 S. East Street, Bloomington



 Home-based Business Roundtable Schedule

  January 4, 1:30-3:00pm (rescheduled from December 2010)
  Chamber office, 210 S. East Street, Bloomington

  January 25, 1:30-3:00pm
  Chamber office, 210 S. East Street, Bloomington

  February 22, 1:30-3:00pm
  Chamber office, 210 S. East Street, Bloomington

  March 22, 1:30-3:00pm
  Chamber office, 210 S. East Street, Bloomington




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                                                                                     Spring Feature Events

             A program of the McLean County Chamber of Commerce

 The neXt Professionals are a group of McLean County professionals ages 22-
 35 who strive to be the best in their respective fields, build their personal and
 professional network and improve their quality of life by giving back to the
 community in which they choose to live, work and play.
 Through monthly meetings, social events and service activities, the neXt Pro-
 fessionals create candid discussion on issues affecting young professionals,
 what young professional’s are looking for in their personal and professional          Administrative Professionals Luncheon
 lives and how young professionals can become more actively involved and
 visible in the business community.                                                                   April 27
 Membership Meetings
  January 25
  Member Feedback and Networking
    5:30pm, Doubletree Hotel & Conference Center
    1 Brickyard Rd., Bloomington

    February 22
    5:30pm, Doubletree Hotel & Conference Center
    1 Brickyard Rd., Bloomington

    March 29                                                                                   Twin Cities Showcase
    5:30pm, Doubletree Hotel & Conference Center
    1 Brickyard Rd., Bloomington                                                                      May 5
 Socials/Community Service Events
   January 20
   neXt Professionals Winter Dinner
    5:30pm, Doubletree Hotel & Conference Center
    1 Brickyard Rd., Bloomington

    February 5, marcfirst Bowl-a-Thon
    AMF Circle Lanes, 1225 Holiday Lane, Bloomington

    March 10, event and location: tba
                                                                                              State Legislative Update

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