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Chamber prepares for Christmas parade

[OCT. 2, 2001]  Lincoln’s annual Christmas parade will be in downtown Lincoln on Thursday, Nov. 29, at 7 p.m. "May Your Days Be Merry and Bright" is the theme for this year’s parade, co-sponsored by the Lincoln/Logan County Chamber of Commerce and the city of Lincoln.

The chamber is accepting entries from businesses, industry, governmental agencies, schools, civic and not-for-profit groups, and religious, youth and charitable organizations. There is no charge to enter, and cash prizes will be awarded.

The evening parade features marching bands, lighted floats and vehicles, and military marching units. Groups are encouraged to use motorized vehicles in an attempt to reduce the number of walking entries. "We’re also looking for a business or a group to sponsor the Santa Claus float," says chamber director Bobbi Abbott. "The parade’s final entry is the Santa float, and it needs to be impressive!"

Interested participants may call the chamber of commerce at 735-2385 or e-mail chamber@lincolnillinois.com for an entry form or further information.


Educational opportunity for women

[OCT. 10, 2001]  Women today have unique needs in determining investments that best suit their objectives. A special investment seminar, "Sound Concepts for Women Investors," sponsored by A.G. Edwards & Sons, will provide information on the topics that concern women most.

The public is invited to attend the free seminar from 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 17, or from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20, at Heartland Community College, 620 Broadway St. in Lincoln.

At the seminar, financial consultant Bridget Schneider will discuss the importance of careful investigating, investment opportunities, avoiding high-risk investments and being sure you are not losing too much money to taxes or "old-fashioned" life insurance policies.

Reservations are required and will be made on a first-come, first-served basis. Please contact A.G. Edwards at (217) 732-3877.

ITEC employer opportunities

[SEPT. 25, 2001]  The Lincoln IETC, is proud to announce the On The Job Training Program that is now available to assist employers with employee training costs. An employer may be reimbursed up to 50 percent of the wage rate of an OJT participant for the extraordinary costs of providing the training and additional supervision related to the training.

OJT highlights

•  Assists employers with training costs

•  May last up to six months, depending on skills required to master training

•  Minimum paperwork (monthly invoice)

•  Full-time, permanent work opportunity required

•  Minimum wage of $7 required for reimbursement

•  Employers may refer candidates

•  IETC will assist with candidate recruitment if desired by employer

•  Candidates must meet qualifications for assistance

•  IETC will determine candidate eligibility

If you are interested in learning more about the On The Job Training Program, please contact Jan Gleason or Rod Lewis at (217) 735-5441. The local Illinois Employment & Training Center is at 120 S. McLean, Suite B, in Lincoln.

The Chamber Report

Chamber calendar of events for October

Monday, Oct. 1 — Economic Development Council meeting, chamber conference room, 5 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 2 — Chamber board of directors meeting (note new date), 11:45 a.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 3, through Friday, Oct. 5 — IACCE fall conference

Thursday, Oct. 4 — Domestic abuse candlelight walk, Logan County Courthouse, 6:30 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 5 — Chamber ambassadors meeting, chamber conference room, noon

Friday, Oct. 5 — LCHS homecoming parade, 2:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 9 — Marketing Committee meeting at Grapes & Grounds, 8:30 a.m.

Thursday, Oct. 11 — Government/Education Committee meeting at Al’s Main Event, 7:30 a.m.

Friday, Oct. 12 — Columbus Day (chamber office open)

Wednesday, Oct. 17 — Third Wednesday morning mixer, Al’s Main Event, 7:30 a.m.

Friday, Oct. 19 — Membership and Mixer Committee meeting at The Depot, 4 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 20 — German Fest at St. John United Church; 1850s open house at Mount Pulaski Courthouse


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Tuesday, Oct. 23 — Abraham Lincoln Tourism board meeting, 5 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 25 — Chamber Executive Committee meeting at Blue Dog Inn, noon

Saturday, Oct. 27 — Harvest of Talents at Lincoln Christian Church

Tuesday, Oct. 30 — Chamber Ag Committee meeting at Al’s Main Event, 7:30 a.m.

The Chamber of Commerce is a catalyst for community progress, bringing business and professional people together to work for the common good of Lincoln and Logan County.

Bobbi Abbott, Executive Director

Lincoln/Logan County Chamber of Commerce

303 S. Kickapoo St.

Lincoln, IL 62656

(217) 735-2385



Honors & Awards

Lincoln cosmetic studio receives national customer service recognition

[SEPT. 26, 2001]  The Merle Norman Cosmetic Studio located at 600 Broadway St., Lincoln, has received the "Gold Medallion" Award for meeting Merle Norman’s standards of excellence for customer service.

The Gold Medallion program addresses consumer demands by identifying studios that meet their expectations for personal service, knowledgeable beauty advisers and pleasing atmosphere. These award-winning studios set the standard for service quality among the 2,300 independently owned retail outlets nationwide.

"Our Gold Medallion program distinguishes studios that meet the highest standards of excellence Merle Norman represents," said Art Armstrong, president of Merle Norman Cosmetics. "We’re delighted to present the Gold Medallion Award to the Lincoln, Ill., studio, which offers unsurpassed personal service."

Merle Norman herself was a pioneer in understanding the importance of customer service. Her long-standing policies of "Try Before You Buy" and "Free Makeovers" were the cornerstones upon which she built a cosmetic empire from an auspicious start making cosmetics on the kitchen stove in her Ocean Park, Calif., home.



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"As the owner and proud recipient of the award, I’m honored to be recognized as a Gold Medallion studio," says Julie Tarter. "Being customer-oriented is the best way to compete in business, and I’m excited that Merle Norman Cosmetics recognizes my studio as one that meets the expectations of my customers."

Julie has owned the Lincoln store for five years and is planning an anniversary and Gold Medallion celebration for October.

[News release]

Main Street Corner News

Main Street Lincoln

303 S. Kickapoo

Lincoln, IL 62656

Phone: (217) 732-2929

Fax: (217) 735-9205

E-mail: manager@mainstreetlincoln.com


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