Video Highlights from the 2015 Chamber Annual Dinner

Sauk Valley media coverage of our Annual Dinner Awards!  Congratulations to all the winners and a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who helped put this wonderful event together!


Discover Oregon by Bicycle

A few new bike routes are available throughout the Oregon area.   9 routes with maps and cue sheets have been created.  Below is the link providing 9 routes, all the maps, and descriptions.  The routes all begin and end in Oregon.  Each goes through one or two of the small towns around.  The routes range from 24 to 45 miles.   Cyclists agree they are the best roads and routes in Ogle County.

Click Here to view the information!


Illinois Office of Tourism Announces "Illinois Made"


The Illinois Office of Tourism has announced Illinois Made, a new program featuring the people and places that create, craft and invent in Illinois and we would love to recommend some unique artisans and local businesses within the Blackhawk Waterways CVB region encompassing Carroll, Lee, Ogle & Whiteside Counties.  

 

Key Criteria for Recommendations:

- Artisans, makers & local businesses must be located within the state of Illinois

- Each must produce their crafts, products & wares in Illinois

- Each must embody the "Illinois Made" mantra by sourcing materials and expertise from other local businesses or Illinoisans.    


Examples of the types of artists and local businesses that we're looking:
•Artisans & Craftspeople (i.e., Woodworkers, Potters, Glass Artists, Painters)
•Food & Beverage Artisans (i.e., Distillers, Brewers, Cheese Makers, Farmers,Winemakers/Viticulturists)
•Artists, Musicians, Performers (think Second City and the distinct brand of Chicago comedy it became known for)

The Idea & Mission Behind the Program 
Illinois is full of inventors, artists, artisans, performers, innovators, pioneers and makers. Their passion for what they do and how they do it has made a positive impact on the people and culture of Illinois, the same way Illinois has made an impact on them. They do it here for a reason. They’ve been inspired here for a reason. They thrive off the culture of Illinois, as well as help shape it.

Illinois Made will help showcase those makers and businesses that are helping to craft Illinois, inspiring visitors and fellow Illinoisans to discover more about our state. 

Our deadline is coming up so please send your recommendations soon.

To see one of the short films in this series click HERE


Park District Pool Receives 4-Star Award

The Starfish Aquatics Institute (SAI) awarded Nash Recreation Center, operated by Oregon Park District, the prestigious Four Star Award following a risk management audit. Jena Wehmhoefer, Health Activities Coordinator, accepted the award on behalf of the Oregon Park District.

SAI is one of the largest lifeguard, swim instructor and pool operator certifying agencies in the United States. The Institute offers state-of-the-art training courses and also provides risk management services to the aquatic industry. In partnership with Human Kinetics, the world's leading publisher for the activity field, the Institute offers state-of-the-art training textbooks, and multi-media online resources.

"We are very proud to have the Nash Recreation Center as a member of the SAI family and that they have chosen to train their staff using our programs," said Leslie Donavan, President of SAI. "We also commend them for participating in the StarReview risk management audit program and believe our focus on professionalism and accountability gives our Providers the opportunity to lead the industry in effective and safe programming."

Founded by Jill White, a renowned aquatics expert, SAI uses an integrated experiential approach to learning. All SAI training programs incorporate this innovative technique.

Nash Recreation Center is using the StarGuard Lifeguard Certification program and the Starfish Swimming Instructor Certification.


Williams McCarthy LLP Enters Hall of Fame


WilliamsMcCarthy LLP and founders Karl Williams and John C. McCarthy into the Northern Illinois Business Hall of Fame during the Chamber’s Founders’ Day Celebration on Wednesday at Rockford University.

 

WilliamsMcCarthy dates back to 1932 when the firm was founded by Karl Williams and John C.  McCarthy. The founders began and expanded the firm by strict adherence to the principles of service, competence and integrity. Through their efforts, and of those that have followed, the firm has developed a long history of leadership and success in and out of the courtroom.

 

“WilliamsMcCarthy has been an established, strong and professional law firm for over 80 years,” said Einar Forsman, President and CEO of the Rockford Chamber of Commerce. “They have been important advisors and supporters of the Rockford business community as our region’s economy grew throughout that period. They continue to commit their talents through a strong philosophy on community and have been engaged in many community organizations in Rockford.”

 

The Northern Illinois Business Hall of Fame was started by the Junior Achievement in 1989 and continued until 2011, when they closed their doors. The Rockford Chamber of Commerce revived the hall of fame in 2012, inducting long standing businesses of high stature each year.

 

About Williams McCarthy

WilliamsMcCarthy LLP is a full service Illinois based law firm offering a broad array of legal services to individual and corporate clients that range in size from small closely held entrepreneurial businesses to large national corporations. Its practice focus is in the areas of business law, commercial litigation, employment, health care, real estate, wills and trusts, insurance law and intellectual property law.  Additional information can be found at www.wilmac.com.


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