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TROY/MARYVILLE/ST. JACOB/MARINE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE CELEBRATES 500 CHAMBER MEMBERS

The news is exciting -- the Troy/Maryville/St. Jacob/Marine Chamber of Commerce is celebrating reaching 500 Chamber members!  “This is something that we have strived for the last couple years” said Dawn Mushill, Executive Director of the Chamber.  “Our members are the best, and bringing all of these businesses together means a stronger business community”.  

What does the Chamber do?  They are a 501c6 non-profit organization funded through membership dues, sponsorships, tourism funding, non-dues revenues and donations.  They work with the business members to help grow their business, promote their business and provide opportunities within the community to show off their business.  They also provides networking opportunities each month so businesses can look for business-to-business partners.  Currently the Chamber is working on educational and training opportunities, more promotional opportunities for businesses and new community events.     

The Chamber serves their members in many different ways – through connecting the member businesses, promoting the member businesses and also providing networking opportunities.  They serve the community through organizing free community events such as the Community Expo, Troy Family Summer of Fun events, Troy City Wide Garage Sale, E-cycle Day and also promotion of other community events.  In addition, the Chamber provides new resident packets, serves as an informational resource for questions, works with Triad School District to assist in a variety of ways and also provides resources such as a community calendar, job opportunities and more.  “We are always looking for new ways to serve both our members and the community.  Anyone with ideas should contact the Chamber office at 667-8769” said Mushill.     

The Chamber is governed by a fourteen member Board of Directors and serving as president this year is Deanne Stegeman (CountryFinancial).  “I joined the Chamber when my business was a few years old, and I find the friendships I’ve made through Chamber events are an invaluable part of doing business in my community.  You become a resource to connect your clients to the goods and services they need.  It’s much better than any online referral “list” in my opinion” stated Deanne.  Ambassadors are also a huge part of the Chamber’s success.  The Ambassador Committee has two lead Ambassadors – Mark VanZeyl (Bullseye Promotions) and Ryan Sautman (Just4You Insurance).  The Ambassadors assist at networking events, welcome new members and attend ribbon cutting ceremonies .    

The Chamber office is located at 647 E. US Highway 40 in Troy, the location providing good access to all four communities.  “In 2009 we approached Maryville about adding them to the Troy Chamber.  Then, in 2011 we spoke with St. Jacob and finally, in 2013 the Chamber added Marine.  That is a long phone greeting – for sure” laughed Mushill.  “All four communities bring their own flare to the Chamber and we are honored that all four communities are so supportive of the Chamber” said Mushill.

The Chamber is a Chamber without borders, which means that if the Chamber can assist any business, no matter where they are located, the Chamber can help them.  We always encourage the members to be a member in their community Chamber as well.  “I think the biggest misconception of Chambers is that you can only be part of the Chamber for which your business is located.  Really, if you think any Chamber can benefit your business, give them a try” said Mushill.

Recently, the Chamber has added a digital billboard on 55/70, with another one coming on 270.  They have also added a wrapped Chamber car that is an eye-catching green color that you will see from a long way away.  The Chamber’s website has been revamped to include a responsive site, which is good for cell phone usage.  

In addition to Mushill, the Chamber has a full-time Marketing & Event Coordinator (Travis Stutsman), a part-time Membership Coordinator (Jessica Hutt) and a part-time Accounting Coordinator (Kim Lange).  This semester, the Chamber will be hosting their 190th college intern.  The interns are offered the opportunity to do real-world work at the Chamber, including attending networking events, designing flyers, writing press releases, updating the website and yes, taking out the trash.  “Our interns are well rounded once they finish their internship.  At that point, they have made many contacts with members about future employment” said Mushill.  

There is a 500 member campaign going on now.  You will see many of our members promoting the 500 members, in their own way.  You can visit the Chamber’s FB page, their website (www.troymaryvillecoc.com) or stop by their office.  The Chamber is here to serve you!

Troy Family Summer of Fun Movie Night – Rogue One

TROY, IL. – The Troy/Maryville/St. Jacob/Marine Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a movie night, sponsored by Anderson Hospital and Aqua Systems, at Tri-Township Park on June 9th at 6:00 p.m. Entertainment will begin at 6:00 p.m. and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, sponsored by Saint Paul’s Lutheran School, will begin promptly at 8:15 p.m.

Entertainment includes Big Papa G, the Storm Troopers, Lightsaber Fight Club and more! Other crafts for kids include face painting, a balloonist, Ardy the Clown and a bounce house, provided by Gateway Church.  Pathway Church and Culver’s will be providing FREE food and drinks. The movie will be shown by Copious Technologies. Other sponsors of the event include Jim Lyons Insurance, Meineke (Troy) and Dental Wellness.

Be sure to bring your lawn chairs, blankets and leave your wallets at home – everything is FREE! For more information on how to join in on the fun, visit www.troymaryvillecoc.com or call the Chamber office at 618-667-8769.

Troy Family Summer of Fun Movie Night & Free School Supplies

TROY, IL. – The Troy/Maryville/St. Jacob/Marine Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a movie night at Tri-Township Park on August 11th at 6:00 p.m. Entertainment will begin at 6:00 p.m. and the feature film, SING, will begin promptly at 8:15 p.m.

Entertainment includes Big Papa G, karaoke and more! Other crafts for kids include face painting, microphone making, a balloonist and a bounce house, provided by Gateway Church.  Pathway Church and Culver’s will be providing FREE food and drinks. The movie will be shown by Copious Technologies and sponsored by Sivia Business & Legal Services, Cedarhurst Memory Care and Ruth’s House.

Event sponsors include: Anderson Hospital, Kurt’s CARSTAR Collision Center, First-Mid Illinois Bank & Trust and Aqua Systems. Other sponsors of the event include WSIE, Meineke (Troy) and Dental Wellness.
Be sure to bring your lawn chairs, blankets and leave your wallets at home – everything is FREE! For more information on how to join in on the fun, visit www.troymaryvillecoc.com or call the Chamber office at 618-667-8769.

Troy Family Summer of Fun Movie Night – Fantastic Beasts

TROY, IL. – The Troy/Maryville/St. Jacob/Marine Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a movie night, sponsored by Aqua Systems, at Tri-Township Park on September 8th at 6:00 p.m. Entertainment will begin at 6:00 p.m. and the feature film, Fantastic Beasts, will begin promptly at 8:00 p.m.
Entertainment includes Big Papa G, an owl releasing, wand making and more! Other crafts for kids include face painting, a balloonist and a bounce house, provided by Gateway Church.  Pathway Church and Culver’s will be providing FREE food and drinks. The movie will be shown by Copious Technologies and sponsored by Lochmueller Group.
Be sure to bring your lawn chairs, blankets and leave your wallets at home – everything is FREE! For more information on how to join in on the fun, visit www.troymaryvillecoc.com or call the Chamber office at 618-667-8769.

Troy City Wide Garage Sale Now Online

If you are a garage sale lover then you are REALLY going to love what we have created ñ an online map for our garage sale participants -- and even the items they are selling.  ìMoonlight Computing (Troy) developed this wonderful program for us for our Troy City Wide Garage Saleî said Dawn Mushill, Executive Director, Troy/Maryville/St. Jacob/Marine Chamber of Commerce.  ìI love that you can be in your car and can let the program take you directly to the sale.  We plan to also utilize this program to highlight our Chamber members.  You can also download the Chamberís app by texting tmsm to 72727.  The garage sale program will also be there, along with other local events.  
                
The Troy City Wide Garage Sale is set for Saturday, May 13, from 7:00 a.m. ñ 2:00 p.m. at the Tri-Township Park in Troy.  There will also be over 130 sales throughout Troy.  In addition, the Chamber will host a Free Shredding Day and E-cycling Day from 9:00 a.m. - noon.  There is no charge to e-cycle, except for tvs.  
                
Use our interactive online map on your computer or mobile device here.
                
All of these events are brought to you by the Troy/Maryville/St. Jacob/Marine Chamber of Commerce, the City of Troy (tourism funding) and the Tri-Township Park.  For questions, please visit Troy/Maryville/St. Jacob/Marine Chamber of Commerce website or call the Chamber office at 667-8769.

Chamber Hosts Casino Night

The excitement is in the air for the Chamber’s Casino Night, our largest fundraiser of the year.  The event is scheduled for Saturday, April 22, at Fireman’s Hall in Collinsville.  This event will be nothing like you have ever seen!  We will have real casino tables, roulette, craps and Texas Hold ‘em.  Along with the casino activities, you will find a bags tournament, bucket raffle items, pull tabs, 50/50 and much more.  You will enjoy the music of Night Magic, a photo booth from Plum Crazy and delicious catering from Cygan & Delaney.
           
So many ways to participate -- purchase event tickets, select a winning hand sponsorship level, donate an item for the bucket raffle, silent auction or pull tab booth and purchase Reverse Raffle ticket (from Board Member/Ambassador/Chamber).
           
Could you use $10,000?  We will pre-sell 500 Reverse Raffle tickets at $50/each and a winner will be chosen at the event.  You do NOT need to be present to win.  The fun will be pulling out numbers all night, with every 25th pick awarded $50.  Unlike other raffles, you WANT to be the last ticket drawn -- those are the ticket holders who will be given the chance to split the $10k or continue to draw down to the last person -- the suspense will be crazy!!  Remember there will only be 500 tickets sold so don't be left out.
           
A drink wristband will be available for $20 for the entire evening, which will include draft beer, wine and soda, along with one ticket for our “Bugsy’s Brew” signature drink!  Dress is whatever you would like – casual, fancy – whatever you feel comfortable in.  Just like all of our Chamber events, we want you to come and have a good time.
           
For your convenience, we have enclosed two event tickets ($45/each).  If you are interested in attending this event, let us know so we can count you in.  Also, if you need additional tickets, we can bring those to you.  You will also receive $10,000 in Casino Cash the night of the event.
           
Thank you for your continued support of the Troy/Maryville/St. Jacob/Marine Chamber of    Commerce.  Remember, our goal is to always EXCEED your expectations!

Upcoming Fundraiser “Gangsters and Molls” Casino Night Set for April 22, 2017

Open to the Public.

The “Gangsters and Molls” Casino Night will be held at the Firemen’s Hall at 9510 Collinsville Road in Collinsville, IL.  Sponsorships are currently available and donations for silent auction baskets would be appreciated.

Tickets are $45 per person and include a catered buffet dinner, dessert and specialty drinks.  Doors will open at 5:30pm, dinner begins at 6pm and Casino Games and all other games begin at 7 p.m.

There will be a 50/50 drawing, silent auction, reverse raffle, casino games (blackjack, poker, roulette and craps), bingo, bucket raffle, and bags tournament.  All proceeds raised will fund Chamber operations to promote our community.

To purchase tickets, please contact Gaynale Kapica, Chamber Coordinator at 618-667-8769 or go online.  For questions, please contact Gaynale Kapica, Chamber Coordinator at 618-667-8769 or email

Women's Conference Set for Friday, November 4

On November 4 you will want to be a part of the Troy/Maryville/St. Jacob/Marine Chamber of Commerce 5th Annual Women’s Conference.  The fun begins at 8:15 a.m. (the doors open at 7:15 a.m.) at Villa Marie Winery in Maryville.  Women will find the topics, speakers and vendors very relatable.  There are tickets and sponsorships available.

An event ticket is $50 and it includes:  breakfast, lunch, snack bar (from Sweeties), chair massages, DJ entertainment (Big Papa G is his own entertainment), five stage speakers, four breakout speakers, fabulous attendance prizes, various vendors, giveaways, vendor demonstrations and much more!

You can purchase tickets until October 31 by visiting the Troy/Maryville/St. Jacob/Marine Chamber of Commerce website or by calling the Chamber office at 667-8769.