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.