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WIN Spotlight: Jennifer Draper

By | February 20, 2024

As Senior Vice President of Compliance and Internal Controls, Jennifer brings 30 years of local banking experience to SBH. Her primary focus is compliance, auditing, project management, and as a fraud specialist. Jennifer monitors all regulatory changes and provides personnel training, documentation review, and policy and procedure updates as needed. Fun fact:  Certified Phlebotomist and an Ordained Minister

Skate This Way, Bourbonnais!Ice rink brings new winter recreation

By | December 12, 2023

Bourbonnais, IL – The Village of Bourbonnais announces its mobile ice rink is ready for public  use at 155 S. Rivard St. Saturday, December 9, is set as the official opening day for the synthetic  73 foot by 50-foot outdoor rink. Residents can purchase tickets online for an hour and a half on the ice…

Board Spotlight: Kari Nugent

By | December 12, 2023

Vice President for Advancement, Marketing, and Public Relations at Kankakee Community College. Kari Nugent is responsible for the college’s creative and fundraising teams, including advertising, social media, the web site and major gifts development. In all, Nugent has more than 25 years in marketing and business-related positions. She joined KCC’s staff in 1999 and has held…

WIN Spotlight: Melissa Tanner

By | December 12, 2023

    Melissa Tanner is no stranger to the Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce.  She has been a part of the Women In Network (WIN) committee for several years.  Prior to becoming WIN the committee was called Women In Business which Melissa was also part of their Executive Committee. Melissa joined CSL Behring in 2016…

Board Bootcamp Launches, Empowering Young & Emerging  Local Leaders 

By | December 5, 2023

Kankakee, IL. – A new program called Board Bootcamp is set to launch in January of  2023. This four-session training is designed to equip professionals in Kankakee and  Iroquois Counties with the skills and knowledge to serve effectively on nonprofit boards.  Board Bootcamp will cover diverse aspects of board service – broken down to be…

B2B New Biz Grants

By | December 5, 2023

B2B NEW BIZ Grants for businesses launched during pandemic. Brick-and-Mortar and home-based can apply, applicants are eligible for up to $30,000 in grants. The application opens Thursday, November 30th through January 11, 2024. ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS  1. For-profit business and nonprofit organizations (Registered as a 501(c) organization) 2. Must be independently owned and authorized to…

Additional grant opportunities!

By | October 24, 2023

There are two grant opportunities available through Illinois DCEO that you may be interested in. Please see below and the links to find additional information. The Tourism Private Sector Grant –  To provide grants for the purpose of attracting, hosting and developing new events and festivals in Illinois or enhancing existing festivals and events. Grantees…

Partner Spotlight: Bear Construction

By | October 17, 2023

Partner Spotlight Bear Construction BEAR Construction Company is a family-owned business. We take great pride in the outstanding reputation our company has earned during the past 39 years. Our management team and field staff are career professionals with extensive experience in all facets of general contracting. We have been providing client-focused General Contracting and Construction…

Investor Spotlight: Peoples Bank of Kankakee County

By | October 17, 2023

Investor Spotlight Peoples Bank of Kankakee County Peoples Bank of Kankakee County is a family owned, community bank with offices in Kankakee, Bourbonnais, and Manteno, Illinois.  It was originally founded in 1962 by Romy Hammes.  Truly a family business, Romy’s son, Jerry Hammes, has served as Bank Chairman since 1980 while Jerry’s son, Jeff, has…

Ambassador Spotlight: Abigail Smith

By | October 17, 2023

Ambassador Spotlight Abigial Smith I grew up in Kankakee and graduated from Olivet Nazarene University with degrees in marketing and fashion merchandising. I then went back to ONU for my MBA. About 5 years ago I moved back to Kankakee County to work for the family business. My Grandparents started this business in the 60s, and the…


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