We’re a couple weeks into 2021, and hopefully, you are going strong with your New Year’s resolutions. If you’re not, there is always tomorrow. As I have already failed my personal resolution of eating better (I’m eating a cookie as I write this), I am a big believer in “try, try again.”
As the president and CEO of the Grundy County Chamber of Commerce and Industry, I have set a few professional goals for 2021. One is for the Chamber to be an instrumental part in helping the city of Morris create a brand. The Morris Downtown Development Partnership has initiated a branding plan with the city and supporting organizations, including the Chamber and Morris Retail Association.
As part of this plan, a survey currently is underway to get the public’s perception of Morris. Whether you live here, work here or just like to visit, please take a few minutes to fill out the survey at www.surveymonkey.com/r/Morris_Image_Survey. The survey link also can be found on the Chamber’s website, grundychamber.com, or Facebook page. The survey will be live through Jan. 29.
This survey will aid in creating a brand for Morris that will help us to market the city, attracting visitors to our local businesses to help support the downtown and the entire city. The project will result in a logo, tag line and marketing tools and direction for Morris that will encourage awareness and growth of our great community.
Please do the survey to help the city and help the Chamber to keep its New Year’s resolution.
Coal City, Diamond area to celebrate Galentine’s Day
This year marks the third year for a Galentine’s Day shopping event in the Coal City and Diamond area. Galentine’s Day is a time to celebrate love and friendship with your girlfriends, and this year the Coalers Business Alliance is celebrating from 4 to 8 p.m. Feb. 11.
The Coalers Business Alliance, a business group of the Grundy Chamber, hosts the event annually to encourage local spending. Participating locations will offer Galentine-themed promotions and activities; anyone wearing red or pink that day will receive a raffle ticket. Residents may fill out their raffle tickets and take them to the Coal City Public Library District to put in raffle baskets provided by local businesses as prizes. Tickets can be dropped off at the library from 4 to 8 p.m. Feb. 11, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 12 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 14. Winners will be chosen Feb. 17 and notified after. All prizes will have to be picked up from the library.
Participating businesses have put safety measures in place to provide a safe experience, and everyone is encouraged to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines to protect themselves from COVID-19. Guidelines can be found on the CDC website at www.cdc.gov.
Make sure to follow the Chamber’s event page, Galentine’s Day Coal City & Diamond Area, for more details, including promotions individual businesses are doing for the event and to see the prizes for the raffle. Visit grundychamber.com for information.
The following locations are participating in the Galentine’s Day shopping event:
Coal City: Coal City Bank – Bank Branch of Pontiac (via drive-thru only from 1 to 5 p.m.) Coal City Public Library District, Rolando’s Furniture & Appliances, Simply Lulu (inside the library), The Beauty Bar Salon & Spa, The Queen Bees, The Vintage Emporium, Rachetti’s Café & Pizzeria and La Tavola Italian Deli & Bakery.
Diamond: Midland States Bank (Diamond branch via drive-thru only from 1 to 5 p.m.), Naked Sun and Sunshine Garden Center
Carbon Hill: Mustachio’s Bar & Grill
• Christina Van Yperen is president and CEO of the Grundy County Chamber of Commerce.