The Agribusiness Committee promotes and helps educate our membership about Agriculture. Each year the committee sponsors the Come Wine with Us event, an annual showcase of the impact agriculture has on the local economy. The committee also host speakers to help educate our business members on different Ag related topics. Contact Madeline Herrman for more information. This committee is ideal for any Chamber member actively employed in an agribusiness or who is genuinely interested in agribusiness. Committee meets the fourth Thursday of each month at 7:30 a.m.
Committee Chair: Beth Bolger
Chamber Lead: Madeline Herrman
The Champaign County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors are an important part of our organization. Ambassadors act as liaisons between the Chamber and its members. They help to sustain positive relationships; educate new and existing members on how the Chamber can help their company and serve as hosts to new members at several chamber functions. Chamber Ambassadors benefit from this volunteer opportunity by creating contacts within the business community and opening doors for their own business. This committee is ideal for any Chamber member seeking to create more business-to-business relationships. To join this committee and/or for more information, contact Mindy Cain.
Ambassador Applications can be found here.
Chamber Lead: Mindy Cain
Champaign County First
The Champaign County Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with several other community-based organizations and taxing bodies make up an organization called Champaign County First. CC1 is a united countywide effort to identify projects and/or initiatives that when successfully completed will greatly benefit the citizens of Champaign County; spur economic development and, improve the quality of life in Champaign County. Champaign County First partners are committed to advocating on behalf of the identified projects at the local, state and/or federal level with one voice in order to transform Champaign County. Champaign County First members make an annual trip to Washington DC and Springfield. CC1 meets the fourth Wednesday of each month at 8:00 a.m.
Committee Chair: Mark Ballard
Chamber Lead: Laura Weis
The Chamber Finance Committee provides guidance to the Chamber staff and the Chamber board of directors on the Chamber’s financial health by monthly review of the Chamber’s financial statements and investments. This committee also serves as the annual audit committee. The Finance Committee is open to chamber members who possess a financial background and skills.
Committee Chair: Dan Kirby
Chamber Lead: Laura Weis and Stephanie Smith-Jeffries
Public Policy Committee
The Public Policy Committee meets the first Wednesday of each month at 7:30 a.m. to identify local issues impacting business; to make recommendations to the Chamber’s Board of Directors on improving the business climate through advocacy. Applications to serve on the committee are available and should be mailed to the Chamber Office at 303 W. Kirby, Champaign, IL 61820.
Committee Chair: Todd Higginbotham
Chamber Lead: Madeline Herrman