Shop Small this Holiday Season

Shop Small this Holiday Season

Today is Small Business Saturday and it is much more than a name and certainly much more than a marketing gimmick. In a commerce season increasingly by big box store madness on Black Friday and online retailers getting a slice of the action on Cyber Monday, it is important that we have a day to recognize small business. 

Small business has always been the backbone of American communities. These establishments serve the community, create jobs in the community, and pay taxes in the community. They are driven by your friends and your neighbors. Small business is the spitting image of the American dream; an avenue through which an individual can better their life and the life of their family and find freedom and success through hard work. 

As you’re planning your holiday shopping, make sure to keep these pillars of your community in mind. Before you click and shop, give your community a chance for gifts, or for groceries for a holiday meal. 

Freeburg has many great businesses that depend on your support. The Freeburg Chamber of Commerce implores you to visit our member establishments and keep your holiday funds following through the community, Every dollar you spend helps to keep your community strong. 

If you are a member of the Freeburg business community, please consider joining the Freeburg Chamber of Commerce. You can learn more about our membership benefits here, and become a member here. 

Don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for more news and information from the Freeburg Chamber of Commerce. 

Freeburg Community Yard Sale September 14

Freeburg Community Yard Sale September 14

The annual Freeburg Community Yard Sale will be Saturday, September 14. The Community Yard Sale is a chance for community members to clean out the house, raise a few bucks, and welcome shoppers to our community.

Maps with homes participating in the yard sale will be available at Citizens Bank, Midland States Bank, Regions Bank, Ace Hardware, Country Mart, Gary’s Restaurant, and The Freeburg Tribune. The maps will include addresses and a list of available items. Maps will be available September 12.

To be on the map, please send your address and a list of items available to hans.a.carpenter@gmail.com. You can also message us on Facebook or Twitter to be included on the map. If your home is out of town, you can reserve a space at the Freeburg Marketplace.

Freeburg Country Mart will also be holding a Fall Festival that day with food available in their parking lot at the Freeburg Marketplace. Sign up before September 10 to be on the map and be eligible to win Freeburg Chamber gift cards!

Freeburg Chamber Seeking Fall Festival Sponsors

Freeburg Chamber Seeking Fall Festival Sponsors

Dear Potential Sponsors,

It’s that time of year to start preparing for the 5th Annual Freeburg Fall Festival featuring a Chili Cookoff for the general public and a special Guns N Hoses Competition for Police and Fire Departments. Over the past few years a number of changes were made to this event including the addition of the “Guns & Hoses” competition portion of the chili cook off. In addition to the “Guns N Hoses”Competition being added we changed locations to the Village Square Park a four years ago, added a large Free Kids Play Area creating a Family Friendly Festival, changed to the Old-Fashioned Beer Buckets, and last of all a Full Public Vote for ourPeople’s Choice competition winner. The 5th annual competition will continue to allow any and all local police and fire departments the opportunity to showcase their department while enjoying friendly competition in vying for the public’s vote to be awarded the prestigious and sought after “Guns N Hoses Cup” traveling trophy that comes with full bragging rights.

We are currently seeking various sponsorship opportunities listed below. All Sponsors will be displayed on signage in the park, mentioned throughout the event and also the Cook Off Winners will have their pictures taken by the proper signage.

1st Place Sponsor – $500 People’s Choice Sponsor – $400 Band Sponsor – $350
Welcome Tent Sponsor – $300 Guns N Hoses Sponsor – $250 2nd Place Sponsor – $200
3rd Place Sponsor – $100

The Event is held to raise money for the Freeburg Food & Clothing Bank along with the Utility Assistance Fund to help under privileged families pay their bills.

If you would like more information or have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Matt Trout at 618-410-8077 or mtrout@freeburg.com.

Fall Festival and Chili Cook Off September 28

Fall Festival and Chili Cook Off September 28

The annual Fall Festival and Chili Cook Off is scheduled for Saturday, September 28 from 11 to 7. Last year’s festival was our biggest yet, and this year’s event is shaping up to be huge as well. We will again have Freeburg-themed beer buckets available. The beer buckets include a sleeve and can be refilled with draft beer.

The Chili Cook Off winner is decided by a public vote. Attendees are given a punch card to try all of the chili, and chips to vote on their favorite. Entry into the competition for chili cooks is $35, and entry is free to members of the Freeburg Chamber. If you sign up to cook before September 13, you’ll receive a $75 Country Mart gift card for supplies. 

The Chili Cook Off will also feature a special Guns N’ Hoses competition between police and fire departments. Make sure to support our first responders and vote for your favorite! 

The proceeds of the Chili Cook Off will be donated to the Freeburg Food and Clothing Bank and the Utility Assistance Fund. Last year, the Freeburg Chamber donated $4,223.50 to both organizations. Your support of this event allows us to help needy families in the Freeburg area. The Food and Clothing Bank will also be holding a food drive so please bring canned goods for a worthy cause. 

Make sure you check out the many great businesses our community has to offer. Want to join our ranks? You can become a member of the Freeburg Chamber of Commerce here. There are many benefits to membership. Make sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest on our events. 

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Annual Freeburg Chamber/Freeburg Rotary BBQ Scheduled for June 10

Annual Freeburg Chamber/Freeburg Rotary BBQ Scheduled for June 10

The annual Freeburg Chamber/Freeburg Rotary BBQ is scheduled for Monday, June 10 at the Freeburg Sportsman Club. The annual BBQ is one of our longest-running events and is a great chance to network, enjoy BBQ, and see what the Freeburg Chamber has to offer. Freeburg Mayor Seth Speiser will give an update on the 

The BBQ includes dinner, refreshments, and a chance at prizes. Admission is $10. Current members are welcome, as are prospective members. For prospective members, this is a great no-obligation way to meet the Freeburg business community and see what our Chamber can do for you and your business. 

As a member of the Freeburg Chamber of Commerce, you are entitled to exclusive networking events like our business luncheons. Our most recent luncheon had over 40 attendees at The Weingarten with guest speaker US Representative Mike Bost. 

Our recent constitutional revisions allow us more flexibility to move some of our night meetings to lunch meetings. We aim to offer a healthy balance of night and lunch opportunities to allow for a variety of continent times for our members to get involved and enjoy their benefits. After our meetings, we also have secondary business networking opportunities. Chamber members also are given a listing in our business directory.

To learn more about benefits available to Freeburg Chamber members, click here. To become a member, click here. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter @freeburgchamber to stay up to date on our activities and events. 

Constitution Revisions to Allow for More Luncheons

Constitution Revisions to Allow for More Luncheons

The Chamber body voted to pass revised constitution on Monday, May 13. Revising the constitution has been more than a year in the making. Thank you to the constitution committee and all of those within our organization who have worked tirelessly to get this project finished.

The main aim of revising the constitution was to allow us the flexibility to have more day meetings in the place of night meetings. In the past, we were restricted to holding meetings the second Monday of the month at 7pm. The revised language will now allow for lunch meetings instead, in some instances.

The demand for lunch meetings has increased as our quarterly business luncheons has increased. Our most recent luncheon at The Weingarten in April was well attended and featured guest speaker US Representative Mike Bost.

We have more events coming up, including our annual Freeburg Chamber and Freeburg Rotary BBQ on Monday, June 10. The BBQ starts at 6 and is $10 per person with food and refreshments included.

We will be holding Chamber Pool Night at the Freeburg Pool on Monday, July 8. This is our second ever pool night, and it will feature hot dogs and hamburgers, refreshments our monthly Chamber meeting, and a night in the Freeburg pool for you and your family.

For access to exclusive networking opportunities like these only some of the benefits of becoming a member of the Freeburg Chamber of Commerce. As a member, you are also entitled to a listing in our business directory. To learn more about the benefits of becoming a Chamber Member, click here. To become a Chamber member, click here.

Chamber Mouse Races a Big Success

Chamber Mouse Races a Big Success

Our annual banquet in February was a massive success. This year again featured mouse races, and the event was attended by over 200 guests. The record attendance and success of the evening are due to the tireless work of our banquet committee and wouldn’t have been possible without the contributions from so many in our community. 

The Freeburg Chamber of Commerce would like t thank our donors Country Mart, Ace Hardware, Freeburg Pharmacy, Exchange Cart, Freeburg Liquor, Mathis Marfin Richter Law Firm, Pat Cook, Citizens Community Bank, Freeburg Care Center, Brad and Kim Towers, Rural Family Medicine, Jack’s Car Wash, Jerry Costello, Seth and Elaine Speiser Construction, Total Fitness, Renner Funeral Home, Freeburg Rotary, Edward Jones – Clay Mason, Niebruegge Insurance, Domin’s, Asset 1 Real Estate, Regions Bank, Jerry’s Auto Body, Freeburg Towing, Cedar Trails, Reifschnieder’s, Pizza Hut, Freeburg Animal Hospital, Casey’s General Store, Computype, Trenton’s, Freeburg Vision, Grey Eagle Distributing, Fritz Distributor, Sam’s Club, and ATI. 

Check out these other upcoming Chamber events. 

The next regular meeting of the Freeburg Chamber of Commerce is Monday, April 8 at 7pm at the Freeburg Library. This meeting will feature important discussion regarding the Chamber Constitution and a proposed building facade grant program. 

A ribbon cutting event is scheduled at the newly opened Rosie’s Gaming Lounge at 302 S. State Street in Freeburg at 5pm. Please help us welcome Rosie’s to the community. 

From a new business to a long-time pillar of the community, the Freeburg Care Center has an open house on April 11 to celebrate their 40th anniversary. Please join us as we celebrate Freeburg Care Center! 

Joining the Freeburg Chamber of Commerce allows members exclusive networking opportunities like our quarterly business luncheons. Our next luncheon is scheduled for April 18 at 11am at The Weingarten. The guest speaker will be Representative Mike Bost. 

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on our activities. 

Freeburg Chamber Considering Electric Christmas Parade

Freeburg Chamber Considering Electric Christmas Parade

The Freeburg Chamber of Commerce is considering hosting an electric Christmas parade The concept being discussed would see a parade covered in Christmas lights that would lead to the Freeburg Village Square park. This parade would coincide with the Village of Freeburg’s Annual Lights in the Park event in December.

If you would be interested in joining this event or attending it, please let us know on Facebook or Twitter. We would love feedback and we are attempting to gauge community interest. 

Don’t miss these upcoming events.

The next regular meeting of the Freeburg Chamber of Commerce is Monday, April 8 at 7pm at the Freeburg Library. This meeting will feature important discussion regarding the Chamber Constitution and a proposed building facade grant program. 

A ribbon cutting event is scheduled at the newly opened Rosie’s Gaming Lounge at 302 S. State Street in Freeburg at 5pm. Please help us welcome Rosie’s to the community. 

From a new business to a long-time pillar of the community, the Freeburg Care Center has an open house on April 11 to celebrate their 40th anniversary. Please join us as we celebrate Freeburg Care Center! 

Joining the Freeburg Chamber of Commerce allows members exclusive networking opportunities like our quarterly business luncheons. Our next luncheon is scheduled for April 18 at 11am at The Weingarten. The guest speaker will be Representative Mike Bost. 

Freeburg Chamber to Hold Business Luncheon April 18

Freeburg Chamber to Hold Business Luncheon April 18

The Freeburg Chamber of Commerce will hold our quarterly business luncheon on Thursday, April 18 at The Weingarten. The luncheon will be from 11 am – 1 pm with a $10 lunch. Guests will have the option of a harvest salad and chips, chicken salad wrap and chips, grilled cheese with tomato gouda bisque and chips, or a French dip and chips. A non-alcoholic drink, top, and tax are included. 

The guest speaker will be US Congressman Mike Bost. Freeburg Chamber luncheons feature a keynote guest speaker, an update on Chamber activities, and a unique networking opportunity in a relaxed environment. 

Please RSVP to Matt Trout at 618-410-8077 or email at mtrout@freeburg.com ASAP if you wish to attend. The luncheon has limited space and is open to the first 35 people who RSVP. If you are not a member but wish to attend the event, come see what the Freeburg Chamber can do for your business. You can join the Freeburg Chamber of Commerce by filling out our membership application.

We are working to book more frequent luncheon events in the future, so make sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on Chamber events.