Video Resource Library

The McLean County Chamber of Commerce always strives to bring valuable content to the business community - whether it be in person or via video. These videos are designed to streamline the Chamber experience with easily accessible, on-demand information.

 

 

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Free, Green Energy...From the Ground

Presented by John Freitag of Geothermal Alliance of IL

The GAOI is the statewide trade association for the geothermal heat pump industry in our state. Freitag will provide an overview of the technology, which moves the earth’s natural heating and cooling energy, to our homes and businesses. He will provide energy efficiency and operations cost savings estimates, as well as general information about installation costs.

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Networking for the Introvert

Presented by Steph Mazanowski of Mazter Mindz Media

Believe it or not, I used to have someone else call in my pizza orders and used to get nervous walking into a room full of strangers. Like it or not, networking is a necessity for pretty much every industry and can provide you with amazing opportunities. Contrary to popular belief, you do not have to have an outgoing, bubbly personality to be good at networking. With these few tips, you will find it is not so bad, and the more you do it, the more it will feel like second nature.

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Cybersecurity Awareness

Presented by Scott Stevens of Integrity Data Solutions

During this session, Integrity’s Chief Information Security Officer Scott Stevens will provide updates on​ the current cybersecurity landscape with content applicable to both businesses and consumers. You’ll learn about the methods hackers use to gain access to sensitive information and systems, and how to leverage best practices that will help you protect against a cybersecurity breach.

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Unit 5 Referendum

Presented by Dr. Kristen Weikle, Unit 5 Superintendent

Join Unit 5 Superintendent Dr. Kristen Weikle as she provides an overview of the referendum proposed on the November ballot. Following a six-month community engagement process, Unit 5 identified the referendum as a solution to the district’s multimillion-dollar structural deficit. If passed, this would expand the district’s taxing authority for the education fund, though the overall tax rate should go down. Please join us for this opportunity to learn more.

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Marketing Strategies that Sell

Presented by Steph Mazanowski of Mazter Mindz Media

If you are constantly changing up your marketing efforts, spending too much time analyzing or trying to track what’s working and what’s not, or simply have no clue where to start, this information is for you! We will talk a bit about the top marketing mistakes and then dive into a brief understanding of the buying process, which will ultimately help identify strategies for each stage that will ultimately help you sell.

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Immigrants Really Do Get the Job Done

Presented by Whitney Leifheit, Attorney at Law with Costigan & Wollrab, P.C.

Immigration has a direct impact on U.S. labor supply and productivity. Amidst the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as policy shifts at the government level between 2019 and 2021, immigration to the U.S. slowed, leaving even more jobs unfilled. One estimate suggests that the U.S. is missing up to 2 million workers because of staggering immigration numbers. The good news? Immigration is still a driving force in expanding our country’s productive capacity and fostering rich cultural diversity, and our government’s response to these impacts of the pandemic included efforts to make it easier than usual for U.S. employers to recruit and employ immigrant workers.

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New MCCC Association Healthcare Plan

Presented By Jodi Dacar of Health Alliance Medical Plans
Recorded Thursday, August 11, 2022

The McLean County Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Health Alliance Medical Plans, Inc, offers healthcare solutions for all chamber members. Small employers have access to medical coverage that’s up to 17% less than alternative ACA options through the new Association Healthcare Plan, and large employers receive preferred pricing through ECHI.

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Why does LinkedIn matter for my business?

Presented by Steph Mazanowski of Mazter Mindz Media

If you have not created a LinkedIn profile yet, or have one, but rarely log in, you are missing a huge opportunity. Learn why and how you should be utilizing LinkedIn for your business. We will chat about what your profile should look like and how to use it for Networking, Branding, and Recruiting.

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How to Communicate Your Value Proposition

Presented by Cassidy Jury of COUNTRY Financial
Recorded June 23, 2022

This presentation will focus on creating your vision statement by answering what a vision statement is, and how you can communicate your vision statement.

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State of the State

Recorded June 21, 2022

The Illinois General Assembly will soon come to a close after reviewing hundreds of proposed new bills this spring. Top of mind for our business community is which of those bills, if acted upon, will have a direct correlation to rebuilding business, workforce and infrastructure in a post-COVID economy.

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Tax Efficient Charitable Giving

Presented by Jeff Secord of Renaissance Wealth Management BN and Brian Garwood
Recorded June 16, 2022

Join us for a conversation on what we can do now to take advantage of tax-efficient giving in 2022 and beyond…in a higher tax environment!

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Energy Management: How to Navigate Increasing Electricity Prices

Presented by Jerod McMorris and Gary Swatner of Good Energy
Recorded June 2, 2022

Spiking prices and supply shortages have roiled Illinois electricity markets, causing significant price increases in both utility and alternative supplier charges. Join us for a discussion on the current energy environment and the steps you can take to mitigate your organizations energy costs. 

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State of McLean County

Recorded on April 12, 2022

County Government plays a crucial role in our everyday lives, but much of its work is done behind the scenes. To highlight the imperative work being done by this legislative body, the Chamber invites all members to attend this event to focus on the State of McLean County government alone.

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Creating Culture: How to Build an Environment Employees Want to Work In

Presented by Darryl Brown of Jump Start Coaching & Development Solutions
Recorded March 24, 2022

This seminar will compel leaders to examine their beliefs and practices pertaining to organizational culture. You’ll walk away with the tools to build an extraordinary workplace culture that promotes advancement of both your organization and its people.

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Overcoming Performance Evaluation Barriers

Presented by Christina Shultz of Heartland Community College
Recorded March 17, 2022

Explore common barriers to effective performance evaluations, such as biases. Compare and contrast your current practice to recommended strategies. Leave with several take-aways ready to apply back on the job.

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2022 Employment Law Update for Illinois Employers

Presented by Scott Cruz of Greensfelder Hemker & Gale PC
Recorded March 10, 2022

Attendees will be presented with an in-depth review and discussion of the very latest employment & labor law developments over the past year.

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DEI Made Simple: How to Create a Welcoming Workspace

Presented by Dr. Kate Browne of Everspring
Recorded March 3, 2022

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) may seem like the newest business buzzword that comes with yet another thing to put on your to do list. But defining what it means to be a part of your business is vital for every operational area. In this talk, Dr. Kate Browne will explain the basics of DEI and how creating a culture of belonging can positively impact your entire business. Attendees will be able to identify and implement the next step that will make their workplace more welcoming.

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Breaking into Government Contracting

Presented by Keli Krueger Huhra of Illinois Procurement Technical Assistance Center at Bradley University
Recorded February 10, 2022

The U.S. Government is the world’s largest buyer of products and services. Purchases by military and civilian installations in FY20 amounted to over $600 billion, and included everything from complex space vehicles to janitorial services. Goods and services provided by the private sector are critically important for government operations.

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Creating with Canva

Presented by Victoria Padilla of Regional Office of Education #17 and Heartland Community College
Recorded February 03, 2022

Canva is a free online design tool that gives you the power to design stunning fliers, social media graphics, resumes, and other visual content according to your personal or professional brand. Take a dive into the platform as you learn how to navigate its integral features, understand basic functions, and explore its variety of assets so that you can create designs that will enhance your digital presence and help you accomplish your goals.

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Business Succession: The Fundamentals of Transitioning Your Business

Presented by Larry Clipp and Sean Kelly of PNC Private Bank
Recorded January 27, 2022

Join PNC Private Bank in this information packed webinar and learn what you need to do now to get your business and yourself ready for a successful transition.

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The Talent Shortage: How to Hire in 2022

Presented by Evan Jenkins of Manpower
Recorded January 20, 2022

Evan discusses how companies can close the gap with their hiring needs and be more competitive considering the candidate/labor shortage that they are experiencing. Attendees will gain insight to what candidate shortages, low turnout and high employee turnover rates are telling us about employee recruitment and retention and will learn best practices on how employers may want to consider pivoting from their traditional recruiting and hiring processes in 2022.

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McLean County Health Department COVID-19 Update

an update with the McLean County Health Department
Recorded January 13, 2022

Join us as we hear an update from Jessica McKnight on the state of COVID in McLean County, and the effects of the new quarantine period on local businesses and their employees.

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State of Bloomington-Normal

Featuring Mayors Mboka Mwilambwe and Chris Koos
Recorded December 7, 2021

The McLean County Chamber of Commerce presents the conclusion of our four-part "State of" series with the State of Bloomington-Normal.

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Cybersecurity Awareness: Understanding Current Threats & How to Protect Your Business

Presented by Scott Stevens of Integrity Technology Solutions
Recorded October 5, 2021

In honor of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, we sit down with Scott Stevens of Integrity to discuss the emerging cyber threats you should be aware of to protect your business and yourself. 

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Marketing Your Business on Social Media

Presented by Anna Johnson of Napora Park, LLC
Recorded September 23, 2021

Learn how to effectively use social media to grow your business.

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State of Congress

Featuring Congressmen Darin LaHood and Rodney Davis
Recorded September 2, 2021

The McLean County Chamber of Commerce once again presents the State of Congress, an interactive discussion with Congressman Darin LaHood and Congressman Rodney Davis covering critical issues facing McLean County businesses. This is part III of the Chamber's IV part advocacy series.

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Member Referral Contest Overview

Presented by Brooke Fenske, Membership Development Manager at the McLean County Chamber of Commerce
Recorded September 1, 2021

The Member Referral Contest is a great opportunity to help the McLean County Chamber of Commerce and Your Business grow by referring new members! A growing membership strengthens the Chamber’s impact as it advocates on issues of importance to our members.

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McLean County Health Department Update

an update with the McLean County Health Department
Recorded August 25, 2021

We sit down with Jessica McKnight from the McLean County Health Department to provide us an updates on COVID-19 Vaccination Program and Restore Illinois Plan. 

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Leaders on Loan Project Application Information Session

presented by Leslie Garrett and Brandon Long of the Leadership McLean County Steering Committee
Recorded July 15, 2021

Leadership McLean County (LMC), a program of the McLean County Chamber of Commerce, presents:  Leaders on Loan (LOL). This session will review the intent, application process, selection process and review the project process for Leaders on Loan Projects. 

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Back to Better: Three Keys to an Unprecedented Employer Brand

Presented by Cindy Byrd founder/owner of image potential
Recorded June 23, 2021

This interactive session will focus on how to get your business “back to better” by understanding and leveraging three key elements of a successful employer brand that will improve employee recruitment, retention, and engagement; and, in turn, enhance your business success.

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McLean County Health Department Update

an update with the McLean County Health Department
Recorded June 23, 2021

We sit down with Jessica McKnight from the McLean County Health Department to provide us an updates on COVID-19 Vaccination Program and Restore Illinois Plan.

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The Virus, the Vaccine, the Visions of a Return to Normal

presented by Kevin Garner, M.D. of Chestnut Family Health Center
Recorded June 9, 2021

The McLean County Chamber of Commerce sat down with Kevin Garner, M.D, from Chestnut Family Health Center to discuss the COVID-19 Vaccine and reopening strategies and consideration.

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State of the State

recorded June 8, 2021

The 102nd General Assembly recently came to a close after reviewing hundreds of proposed new bills this spring.  Top of mind for our business community is which of those bills, if acted upon, will have a direct correlation to rebuilding business, workforce and infrastructure in a post-COVID economy.

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McLean County Health Department Update

an update with the McLean County Health Department
Recorded May 26, 2021

We sit down with Jessica McKnight from the McLean County Health Department to provide us an updates on COVID-19 Vaccination Program and Restore Illinois Plan.

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B-N Area CVB Review of 2020

presented by Crystal Howard, President & CEO of the Bloomington-Normal Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
Recorded May 25, 2021

The CVB will share their achievements, marketing, partnerships, and sales objectives.  They will also disclose how they will accelerate the groundwork for recovery.  The support the CVB receives from the City of Bloomington, the Town of Normal, the County of McLean, the Illinois Office of Tourism and their community partnerships will be essential as the community rises to the challenge of recovering tourism in 2021!

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City Services Hub Overview

presented by Billy Tyas and Leslie Yocum of the City of Bloomington
Recorded May 20, 2021

We sit down with Billy Tyas, City of Bloomington Deputy City Manager and Leslie Yocum, City of Bloomington City Clerk to discuss the new City Services Hub (or "The Hub") on Thursday, May 20th at 10:00 am.

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What the HECK is the MIC?!

presented by Tori & Brooke with the McLean County Chamber of Commerce
Recorded May 13, 2021

The MIC (or Member Information Center) is an internal website just for our Chamber Members! It gives you the ability manage a variety of member activities, such as updating company information, posting a job, and networking between members. The McLean County Chamber Staff will give an over view of the MIC and allow members to familiarize themselves with the easy to navigate menus and explore how to utilize the MIC to enhance your Chamber experience.

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Town Hall on BN Restaurant Week

Presented by Matt Hawkins of the BN Area Convention & Visitors Bureau and Rich Zeller of Avanti’s Italian Restaurant
Recorded April 22, 2021

Join us as we sit down with Matt Hawkins of the Bloomington-Normal Area Convention and Visitors Bureau to discuss Restaurant week, hosted by the BN Area CVB from May 14-23 and sponsored by the McLean County Chamber of Commerce and the Pantagraph. BN Bites & Brews is celebration of local food where customers can discover our prized culinary scene.

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Town Hall with McLean County Health Department

An Update with the McLean County Health Department
Recorded April 21, 2021

We sit down with McLean County Health Department regarding updates on COVID-19 Vaccination Program, Restore Illinois Plan, and a focus discussion on the 2020-2022 Community Health Improvement Plan Annual Report.

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Better Remote Meetings via Teams

Presented by Brandy Finney of Integrity Technology Solutions
Recorded April 20, 2021

The McLean County Chamber of Commerce will sit down with Brandy Finney from Integrity Technology Solutions to discuss how you can better utilize Microsoft Teams for remote meetings.

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Employer Retention Credit

Presented by Nicole Allen of Insight CPAs & Financial PLLC
Recorded April 13, 2021

The McLean County Chamber of Commerce sits down with Nicole Allen from Insight CPAs and Financial PPLC to review the Employer Retention Credit (ERC).

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Impact of the American Rescue Plan on Small Businesses in McLean County

Presented by The Small Business Development Center at Illinois Wesleyan University
Recorded April 8, 2021

The American Rescue Plan is here, and it brings a new round of improved programs to help small business stay afloat and even prosper as we work our way to the other side of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Student Loan Repayment Benefits for Employers

Featuring Congressman Rodney Davis
Recorded April 6, 2021

Congressman Rodney Davis’ bill the Employer Participation in Repayment Act became law in 2020 and is authorized through at least 2025. This law helps companies recruit and retain employees by making student loan payments by employers tax exempt up to $5,250 a year—similar to tax exemptions for tuition assistance programs.

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State of McLean County

Featuring John McIntyre & Camille Rodriguez
from McLean County leadership
Recorded March 11, 2021

County Government plays a crucial role in our everyday lives, but much of its work is done behind the scenes. To highlight the imperative work being done by this legislative body, the Chamber invites all members to view this virtual event to focus on the State of McLean County government alone.

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Career Link Employer Program Update

Featuring Shelly Purchis & Norm Griffin from Career Link
Recorded March 31, 2021

We sit down with Shelly Purchis and Norm Griffin from Career Link to discuss Employer Programs such as Incumbent Worker Training, On the Job Training, and Apprenticeship Assistance. Learn more about how your business can tap into the Career Link resources which can offer essential tools to meet the changing demands of the modern economy. Career Link operates through the Illinois workNet Center of Normal, Illinois, an integrated, job-driven workforce system them links diverse talent to business in need of recruitment, hiring, and training assistance.

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Town Hall with McLean County Health Department

An Update with the McLean County Health Department
Recorded March 24, 2021

We sit down with McLean County Health Department Administrator, Jessica McKnight, to learn more about COVID-19 Vaccinations, Restore Illinois Plan, and the 2020-2022 Community Health Improvement Plan.

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Town Hall: Connect Transit Update

Presented by Ryan Whitehouse of Connect Transit
Recorded February 18, 2021

We sat down with Ryan Whitehouse, Chairman of the Connect Transit Board of Trustees, as he gave an update on Connect Transit and what is on the horizon for the transit system. Mr. Whitehouse gave an update on the new electric buses that will be arriving later this year and provided information about the three finalist locations for the next transfer center that is coming to downtown Bloomington in the near future.

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Can Employers Require COVID-19 Vaccinations?

Presented by Lorna Geiler of Meyer Capel, P.C.
Recorded February 12, 2021

As COVID-19 vaccines become more widely available, many employers will be exploring requiring vaccinations of their employees and will need to know the rules and regulations as they make their decision. Join us as we sit down with Lorna K. Geiler, an attorney from Meyer Capel, to unpack the question of if an employer can require the COVID-19 vaccination for employees.

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Townhall with McLean County Health Department

An Update with the McLean County Health Department
Recorded January 29, 2021

We sit down with McLean County Health Department Administrator, Jessica McKnight, to learn more about the COVID-19 vaccination program and Restore Illinois Plan.

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PPP (Paycheck Protection Program) Loan Update

Presented by First Farmers State Bank
Recorded January 28, 2021

The Small Business Administration (SBA) has opened up a new round of PPP Loans for first-time borrows and a new PPP Second Draw Program for previous PPP borrowers. Join us as we sit down with Steve Timmermann and Brian Davis to review the new applications and take look at the program criteria for both the First Draw and Second Draw programs of the PPP Loans.

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Enhance Your Chamber Directory Listing

Log into your Member Information Center and follow along!
Recorded January 21, 2021

Did you know that the Chamber’s online member directory is the most visited page on our website? Not only that, but the average user spends almost 4x more time searching through our members than viewing any other page! In this session, we’ll show you how to update, enhance, and present your business the way YOU want to be seen.

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Selling Your Products on Social Media

A Conversation with Shelly Streenz of Oh Baby Hair & Day Spa
Recorded December 10, 2020

We sit down with Shelly Streenz from Oh Baby Hair and Day Spa for some tips and tricks for selling your products via Social Media. Shelly, along with her daughter Lexi, will review how to use videos and discuss what trends they are seeing for 2021. This presentation will include some ideas on marketing and tips to grow your social media audience and engagement.

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PPP Deductibility for 2021

A Conversation with Sherri Chinski of Chinski & Co., LLP
Recorded December 10, 2020

Sherri Chinski from Reiser, Chinski & Co., LLP discusses the Payroll Protection Program (PPP) deductibility in 2021. Sherri will discuss the new revenue ruling and revenue procedure for PPP and will encourage people to reach out to their congressmen about changing the current rules.

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Economic Impact Study of Wind and Solar Energy

Presented by Power Up Illinois and Dr. David Loomis

This presentation unveils the first-ever county-level comprehensive economic study of wind and solar energy economic benefits in Illinois, prepared by Dr. Loomis with Illinois State University. Power Up Illinois and Dr. David Loomis of Illinois State University will present information on the total impact to date and future project investments from renewable energy across the state. With more than $8 billion in private investment spending and 50,000 new jobs projected, Dr. Loomis' presentation will provide important insight for business and educational leaders alike, into how our growing renewables industry will shape the future of the economy across Central Illinois. McClean County remains the top wind producer in Illinois, collecting over $48 million in property tax payments from wind energy projects since 2007.

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State of BN

A Conversation with the Town of Normal and City of Bloomington Leadership
Recorded December 4, 2020

The Chamber presents the conclusion to our four-part "State of" series with the State of Bloomington-Normal. This conversation features Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner, and Normal Mayor Chris Koos, as well as their accompanying City Managers.

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Townhall with the Town of Normal

An Interview with the Town of Normal Leadership
Recorded December 1, 2020

In this Townhall, Town of Normal leadership reviews the town's Small Business Relief program.

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Townhall with the BN EDC

An Interview with the BN Economic Development Council's
President & CEO, Patrick Hoban
Recorded November 20, 2020

Bloomington-Normal Economic Development Council President Patrick Hoban, gives an overview of the financial resources available to businesses through the EDC and McLean County.

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Townhall with the Mclean County Health Department

An Interview with the McLean County Health Department's
Administrator, Jessica McKnight
Recorded November 19, 2020

An interview with McLean County Health Department Administrator, Jessica McKnight. She provides updates from the Health Department on the level 3 mitigations handed down by the Governor's Office, McLean County's overall COVID testing status, and news of a possible vaccination plan on the horizon.

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Townhall with Downtown Bloomington

An Interview with Downtown Bloomington's
Downtown Development Specialist, Samantha Mlot
Recorded November 5, 2020

In this Townhall interview, Downtown Development Specialist, Samantha Mlot, gives an update on the current projects of Downtown Bloomington.

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Townhall with Health Alliance

An Interview with Health Alliance
Recorded November 3, 2020

An interview with Health Alliance Medical Plans, a 25-year partner with the Employers Coalition for Healthcare (ECHI) and a subsidiary of the McLean County Chamber of Commerce, provides a thought-provoking conversation surrounding 7 steps to better health insurance. Large and small employers alike can benefit by reimaging their 2021 benefits and considering a combination of options available as they explore cost-saving measures for their business.

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Graduated Income Tax

Presented by Dr. Orphe Divounguy with the Illinois Policy Institute
Recorded October 7, 2020

Illinois voters are being asked to choose between preserving the state's constitutionally-mandated flat income tax or changing the constitution to allow for graduated tax rates on different income levels on Nov. 3. Original research by the Illinois Policy Institute shows replacing Illinois’ flat tax with a progressive tax system would cause deep hurt to already overburdened taxpayers, especially as nearly 700,000 Illinoisans are still out of work and struggling to recover from the COVID-19 economic crisis. Illinois Policy Institute's chief economist, Orphe Divounguy, can explain how typical McLean County families and businesses would be affected by the progressive income tax, should voters approve it, as well as what other policy solutions the state should consider.

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Preventing Consumer Fraud

Presented by Marsha Griffin with the Illinois Attorney General's Office
Recorded September 29, 2020

Marsha Griffin from the Illinois Attorney General’s Office presents the most common types of scams that are occurring and the best practices or steps you can take to avoid them and educate others about them. During the presentation, she will touch on IRS, Social Security, Grandparents Scam, Home Improvement, Identity Theft, Romance Scam, and some of the various COVID Scams their office is seeing. Marsha Griffin is a Community Outreach Liaison for the Office of the Illinois Attorney General. Before coming to the Office of the Illinois Attorney General, Marsha was an elementary teacher for thirteen years. She resides in Jonesboro, Illinois.

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Townhall with the McLean County Clerk

An Interview with the McLean County Clerk
Recorded September 24, 2020

McLean County Clerk Kathy Michael provides an update on the 2020 November election preparations.

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Red Cross Ready Rating Program

Presented by Pete Vogel with American Red Cross
Recorded September 9, 2020

Is your organization prepared for disasters? This program is designed to help your business, school, or organization become better prepared for disasters and other emergencies. Red Cross Ready Rating Member organizations have access to an online assessment that is easy to use and measures their current readiness level. And based on their score, receive immediate customized feedback from the American Red Cross emergency preparedness experts. Members then receive the tools and resources needed to take important preparedness steps.

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Mask Enforcement at Businesses

Presented by Lorna Geiler with Meyer Capel Law
Recorded August 10, 2020

Businesses are stuck on the frontline of enforcement when it comes to masking policies. Equip yourself & your business with the right tools to safely implement these policies & avoid escalated situations. This seminar is presented by Meyer Capel Law.

Lorna Geiler with Meyer Capel Law presents a seminar on how you as a business can enforce mask policies and how to train your employees to communicate the policies and to address situations to limit the risk of it escalating.

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