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Clean out and safely dispose of important PAPER documents... Morton Community Bank is hosting its annual "Community Shred Day". 

Location: West end of Morton Community Bank Main Parking Lot (721 W. Jackson Street)
Time: 12:30 - 2:30 PM

Up to 5 boxes per vehicle will be accepted for destruction. 
Acceptable items include:
  • All Paper Items (Personal, Legal, Medical, Bank)
  • Junk Mail
  • Credit Cards
  • Folders
  • Magazines
  • Paperclips, Rubber Bands, Staples are okay

This public service is FREE and in cooperation with AAA Certified Confidential Security Corporation. 
In return, generous donations of non-perishable food items for our local Morton food pantries will be accepted and appreciated. 

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9/25/202112:30pm to 2:30pmMorton Community Bank


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10/1/2021
-10/3/2021
 VFW Post 5921


For aspiring entrepreneurs.  Are you interested in starting your own business?  Attend this 2-hour workshop, at no cost, and learn how to get your business name registered, where to obtain a tax ID number, which legal form to choose, business plans, taxes, financing options and much more!  These events are sponsored by the Illinois Small Business Development Center at Bradley University and Co-Sponsored by Morton Community Bank and the Minority Business Development Center.

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10/5/202110:00am to 12:00pmIllinois Small Business Development Center


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10/6/2021 


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10/11/2021All Day


Make the most of your Chamber membership.  This one hour, informal get together includes a review of free member services, promotional opportunities, and our events and programs.  We encourage all new members, new managers, and current members who would like a quick reminder of their member benefits to join us!

Event takes place from 12-1 pm. 

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10/12/202112:00 - 1:00 pm


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10/15/2021 


For aspiring entrepreneurs.  Are you interested in starting your own business?  Attend this 2-hour workshop, at no cost, and learn how to get your business name registered, where to obtain a tax ID number, which legal form to choose, business plans, taxes, financing options and much more!  These events are sponsored by the Illinois Small Business Development Center at Bradley University and Co-Sponsored by Morton Community Bank and the Minority Business Development Center.

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10/20/20215:30pm to 7:30pmIllinois Small Business Development Center


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10/21/2021All Day


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10/22/2021All Day


Visit participating downtown and neighboring businesses with your trick or treaters for treats and store specials! Trick or treat bags will be provided. 

Sponsored by McDonalds. 

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10/22/20214:00pm to 6:00pm


The Illinois SBDC International Trade Center at Bradley University is collaborating with BDG International to discuss the practicality of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Our presenter will discuss the important developments in regards to: by what means a product originates; special rules of origin as “de minimis” that has changed since NAFTA; documentation requirements and verifications. 

 

Topics:

-Important developments included in the USMCA

-Recovery of originating content (related parties)

-Importation of goods into Mexico and Canada

-Move those goods efficiently and legally

 

Who should attend?

-Businesses that export to Canada and Mexico

-Businesses who are importing/exporting anywhere

-Customs Brokers/Freight Forwarders

-Transportation Intermediaries

-Economic Development Councils

 

Advantage of attending:

-Product/s that did not qualify under NAFTA, it is possible that they now qualify under the USMCA

-Parts/components’ suppliers to the automotive sector may be affected by the new rules of origin

-Equal compliance responsibility for producers, exporters, and importers

-Benefits to Chapter 25 small and medium-size enterprises

 

Our Speaker:  Lisa Waller

 

Lisa is a graduate of Illinois State University, Bachelors of Science in International Business and an emphasis on Eastern Studies. In 1993, Lisa joined BDG International, Inc. Lisa has traveled professionally throughout Europe & South America and parts of Asia and is fluent in Spanish.

 

Lisa is a U.S. Licensed Customs Broker, IATA Certified, DG Certified, IAC Security Coordinator, a Certified Customs Specialist, and a Certified Export Specialist.

 

It is the goal of BDG International, Inc. to educate the public on complying with the regulations, working through incoterms and letter of credits, proper routing selection and in the end making export easier in order to assist the exporter to sell their product globally. With a team backing her, Lisa is able to put this goal into full force and speak at seminars impacting a larger audience.


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10/27/202112:00pm to 1:15pmBeatriz Ramirez


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11/3/2021 


For aspiring entrepreneurs.  Are you interested in starting your own business?  Attend this 2-hour workshop, at no cost, and learn how to get your business name registered, where to obtain a tax ID number, which legal form to choose, business plans, taxes, financing options and much more!  These events are sponsored by the Illinois Small Business Development Center at Bradley University and Co-Sponsored by Morton Community Bank and the Minority Business Development Center.

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11/3/202110:00am to 12:00pmIllinois Small Business Development Center


The Illinois SBDC International Trade Center at Bradley University is collaborating with LR International to discuss that export sales are a great way to develop new markets with fresh customer opportunities. However, export transactions are a bit more complicated than domestic sales and there can be fear of the unknown. A freight forwarder is a key player in your export success. Freight forwarders work with the exporter, shipping companies, and other important partners such as your bank and the Federal Government to make sure your transactions are compliant and that you get paid for your overseas sales. Join us as we take a deeper dive into the role of a freight forwarder in your export transaction. The following are some key topics we will discuss to better prepare your organization for export sales growth:
Talking points:
  • Role of the freight forwarder in an export sale
  • 2020 Incoterms: how they limit the risk, cost, and loss
  • Payment methods and ways to mitigate non-payment risk including understanding the letters of credit
  • Credit insurance: cutting the stress and making foreign payments less risky

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11/9/20213:30pm to 5:00pmBeatriz Ramirez


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11/11/2021All Day


 Learn the basics of government contracting!  The U.S. Government is the world’s largest buyer of products and services.  Purchases by military and civilian installations in FY20 amounted to over $600 billion, and included everything from complex space vehicles to janitorial services.  Goods and services provided by the private sector are critically important for government operations.  By law, federal agencies are required to establish small business contracting goals.  Currently at least 23% of all government buys should be awarded to small businesses. Combine the federal marketplace with state and local government agencies, the total government marketplace tops $7 Trillion in annual spend.   Unfortunately, for a small business the procurement process can be complex and challenging to navigate.

The Illinois PTAC at Bradley University wants this marketplace to be as accessible as possible.  As a result, we are offering this webinar for those newly considering government contracting.  The content will enhance your basic understanding of the procurement process and introduce resources to help you determine if this customer is a good fit for your business.  We will discuss our no-cost bid matching service, necessary vendor registrations (at all governmental levels- SAM, IPG, etc.), and tools such as small business certifications that can help you succeed.  

Who should attend:

  • Newly hired or re-assigned professionals in all government contracting roles at all levels and all sizes of organizations

  • Businesses and organizations who are exploring or have acquired a government contract - either as a prime contractor or a subcontractor

  • Specialists who have been working in limited areas of procurement; those who have not had the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the total picture

  • Experienced professionals needing an effective refresher, to be brought up-to-date on new rules, procedures, rights, and remedies

Topic Points:

  • History of government acquisitions

  • Awareness of statutes, laws and regulations

  • Identifying the different types of contracts

  • State of IL contracting

  • Obtain basic knowledge on small business certifications

 

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Keli Krueger-Huhra has 28 years of progressive career growth in automotive manufacturing integrating Procurement and Supply with the organization’s strategic objectives. Prior to joining the Illinois PTAC program, she was General Manager/Director, Procurement and Supply at Mitsubishi Motors North America Manufacturing Division where she was responsible for 32 direct and indirect management and staff engaged in Procurement Administration, Cost Engineering, Production Purchasing, Material and Services Purchasing, Supplier Quality Assurance and New Model Engineering and Development directing annual spends of $740M in Global Sourcing with suppliers in 266 global locations. Ms. Krueger-Huhra has received the globally recognized CPSM designation by the Institute for Supply Management (ISM).(link to Keli’s bio webpage)


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11/15/20213:30pm to 5:00pmKeli Krueger-Huhra


For aspiring entrepreneurs.  Are you interested in starting your own business?  Attend this 2-hour workshop, at no cost, and learn how to get your business name registered, where to obtain a tax ID number, which legal form to choose, business plans, taxes, financing options and much more!  These events are sponsored by the Illinois Small Business Development Center at Bradley University and Co-Sponsored by Morton Community Bank and the Minority Business Development Center.

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11/17/20215:30pm to 7:30pmIllinois Small Business Development Center


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