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October News 2013 - Mattoon Chamber of Commerce

Calendar of EventsOctober 3 - Mattoon ChamberAnnual Business ExpoCross County MallOctober 17 - Business After HoursFirst Neighbor Bank5-7pm700 Broadway Avenue, EastMeetings & ProgramsOctober 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 - SmallBusiness Development Center satelliteopen at Chamber Office.By Appointment - Illinois AttorneyGeneral satellite office at MattoonChamber Office.Contact Ella York 618-529-6400New MembersSt. Mary-of-the-Woods CollegeMaster of LeadershipDevelopment ProgramContact: Courtney Richey1 Saint Mary of the Woods College RdSt. Mary Of The Woods, IN 47876812-535-5186crichey@smwc.eduwww.smwc.edu/mldPelican SignsContact: Scott Ronchetti2600 Marshall Ave., Mattoon, IL 61938217-235-0085pelican51@consolidated.netFirst Financial BankContact: Ashley Cobb, Branch Manager101 Broadway Ave., E., Mattoon, IL 61938217-258-8940acobb@first-online.comwww.first-online.comNancy’s Lettering & Creative StoreContact: Marilyn Kersh1400 Moultrie Ave., Mattoon, IL 61938217-235-1190manager@creativestore.bizwww.creativestore.bizGain Experience the Smart Way by Hiring Older WorkersIn Support of National Employ Older Workers Weekllinois. No matter the season, the competition for jobs is fierce in today’s economy—especiallyfor older individuals. Experience Works, a national non-profit or-Iganization operating the Senior Community Service Employment Program in Illinoishelps older job seekers put their best foot forward to attract the attention of employers.Through customized training, participants increase their use of technology sothey can apply for jobs on-line and incorporate it on the job. The organization alsohelps them hone interviewing skills, and increase their self-esteem and selfconfidence.These skills are especially important when older individuals are reenteringthe workforce after a hiatus or if they have searched in vain for jobs for anextended period of time.“We provide training and paid community service assignments in public and nonprofitorganizations as a way to help update job skills and build confidence for unemployedolder individuals who have been struggling to find work,” says Stacey Parr,Illinois State Manager for Experience Works.Moving forward, businesses should look beyond the myths about aging and retirementand judge each candidate on their assets and how they can contribute to thesuccess of the company. In many cases having an age diverse workforce is a plus inattracting new customers and retaining existing ones. Each generation has benefittedfrom a range of experiences that shape their knowledge, attitudes, and workstyles. Having an intergenerational workforce that makes the best use of individualexpertise no matter what age makes smart business sense. It ultimately saves timeand money when the assets and talents of all employees are used to their fullest capacity.According to the US Department of Labor website in recognition of NationalEmploy Older Workers Week, it is estimated that Americans 55 or older willmake up 21 percent of the US labor force by 2014.TAffordable Care Act—New Web Pagehe IRS.gov is offering a new website for information and education regardingACA, including links for Individuals and families, employers and other organizations.The website address is: www.irs.gov/uac/Affordable-Care-Act-Tax-Provisions-HomeThe website also provides links to HealthCare.gov, Small Business Administration,Department of Labor, and Business USA. The new streamlined tool will helpyou find out exactly what you and your employees need to know about the ACA. Inaddition, the Department of Health & Human Services launched a new call centerdesigned specifically to serve small employers (50 or fewer employees). It is open forcalls Monday-Friday at 1-800-706-7893.A key component of the ACA, Employer Shared Responsibility Payment, a rulethat required businesses with more than 50 FTE employees to offer health insurancethat met certain minimum requirements or potentially face tax penalties has beendelayed until January 1, 2015. The "individual mandate" will still take effect on January1, 2014.Page 2 Submit articles for the November newsletter to mcofc@consolidated.net by October 23

BusinessBriefsFirst Mid-Illinois Bank & Trustirst Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust’s corporateoffice recently collected foodFitems for the Mattoon Community FoodCenter.Close to 100 First Mid employees presentednearly 3,000 items and a $500corporate donation to the center, providingemergency and supplemental food atno cost for low-income families in thelocal areas of Mattoon, Lerna, and Humboldt.Lake Land Collegeareer Services at Lake Land CollegeC has recently launched a new webresource for area employers and jobsearchers alike to connect local jobs withqualified employees.The new Career Services Management(CSM) website provides better servicesto Lake Land students and areacommunity members through a centralizedand streamlined system.Using CSM allows potential employeesto view and apply to job listings, registerfor workshops and connect with employersthroughout the LLC district andbeyond. Likewise, employers can browseresumes specific to their needs, submitjob listings and sign up for employee recruitmentevents. Best of all, this serviceis completely free to all users!Koerner Distributor Inc.oerner Distributor Inc. President andK Chief Executive Officer Paul Koernerannounced the acquisition of Orange &Blue Distributing Company, Inc. inChampaign.Koerner Distributor Inc. purchasedOrange & Blue Distributing Company,Inc. (O&B), a primary distributor of Miller-Coors, Boston Beer, Heineken, Coronaand Diageo products that serves the fivecounties north of Koerner’s current distributionarea.The purchase will expand Koerner’sfootprint to include 52 of the 102 Illinoiscounties, while also integrating all O&Bassociates to their team.Ambassador CornerMember SpotlightFirst Neighbor Bank, NAhe Directors, Officersand Staff of TFirst Neighbor Bank areproud to announce thatT.J. Dosch has joinedthe bank as Vice Presidentand Loan Officerand will work in our Mattoon location.T.J. specializes in Commercial Lendingand has earned the Certified CommunityLender designation from CBAI(Community Bankers Association of Illinois).First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trustirst Mid-Illinois Bank and Trust recentlyannounced Elizabeth SalvatoFhas transitioned into the role of AssistantVice President, Branch Manager inCharleston.As a result of Elizabeth’s move,Amanda Sahy has been named TrainingOfficer for First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust.In this role, she is responsible for developingand implementing training policies,procedures and programs affecting thebank’s services and products.First National Bankreston Smith, President of The FirstP National Bank, announced recentlythe promotions of Jennifer Finney andStephanie Dundee. Jennifer Finney waspromoted to Assistant Cashier whileStephanie Dundee was promoted toTrust Officer.Jennifer FinneyStephanie DundeeBig Thank You To Sarah Willand Sarah Hendrix of First NeighborBank for helping at the SeptemberBusiness After Hours held at GowinParc’s newest facility in Mattoon.Inserts for the November newsletter deliver to 500 Broadway Avenue by October 25Page 3

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