Freeburg Chamber Accepting Scholarship Applications for 2021

2021 Freeburg Chamber of Commerce

Scholarship Application

Administered by the Freeburg Chamber of Commerce

Freeburg, IL

The Freeburg Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring two, onetime $500.00 scholarships to be awarded to a 2021 FCHS graduate. 

Only those applications which include all of the information requested will be considered.  The name of the successful applicant will be announced at Honors Night at FCHS.

Funding will be sent directly to the recipient once enrollment is validated by student.  Incomplete applications will be disqualified.  

The following must be included with this application form:

1.A typed 200-300 word essay on the topic:

“The Significance of Small Business in Today’s Economy”

2.Current transcripts from FCHS

3.Letters from two character references, one of which must come from an 

instructor who influenced the applicant’s plans for the future.  Letters

written by relatives are not acceptable.

Student contact information —email, cell number, is requested in the event that an interview is to be scheduled.

Deadline:  This application form along with all requested information must be received at the FCHS guidance office by April 16th, 2021.

The Freeburg Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Committee may request an interview with candidates prior to its final selection.

Each applicant will be considered without preference to race, color, creed, sex, or national origin.

Fall Festival and Chili Cook Off Canceled in 2020 

Fall Festival and Chili Cook Off Canceled in 2020 

The Freeburg Chamber of Commerce is saddened to announce that we have made the difficult decision to cancel our annual Fall Festival and Chili Cook Off in 2020 due to COVID-19 and associated restrictions. This is difficult for us not only because the tireless efforts of our volunteers and friends in the community have made this an increasingly successful event, but because it has become a major fund raiser for two worthy Freeburg charities. Last year, the Fall Festival raised $13,026 for the Freeburg Food and Clothing Bank and Utility Assistance Fund.

The Food and Clothing Bank is run by St. Paul’s United Church of Christ. The bank recently moved into a larger building 1050 N State Street. The Food and Clothing Bank helps between 30-40 families each month with food and clothing donations collected from around the Freeburg community.  The bank is open the first and second Tuesday of each month from 2pm to 4pm and the third Thursday from 5pm to 7pm. To contact the Food and Clohting Bank or donate, call 618.539.5070 for more information. 

We urge the community to help out these worthy causes in a year when the COVID-19 has caused financial hardship on many families in our community. The virus and shutdowns have also caused hardship for our member business, so please remember to shop Freeburg first and do all that you can to support or community establishments while staying safe. 

The Freeburg Chamber is considering alternative ways to help these charities in 2020. 

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!