Manhattan Chamber of Commerce Meeting Minutes
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the meeting was held as a Zoom conference call.
May 13, 2020
Present: Donna Bateman, Becky Bouck, Kristy Byers, Joe Cerullo, Mary Kay Cooper, Shari Fiocca, Kevin Sing and Tim McGrath
Administrative Assistant Mandie Wade.
Shari called the meeting to order at 3:30 pm. Tim moved and Becky seconded a motion to accept the April secretary’s report. Motion carried. Donna said that $550 of deposits would appear on next month’s report. She paid the phone bill and Administrative Assistant’s salary for April. Checking account balance for April was $19,218.39 with a total of all accounts as $32,830.33. Mary Kay moved to accept the treasurer’s report. Tim seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Membership: Dudack renewed their membership and Brian Johnson of Ed Jones and Tri-Star’s paid as new members. Donna will work with Mandie to update lists to have one Constant Contact list of paid members, who will receive information and another list of those who have not paid. Only paid members will receive benefits and invites to network. Once updated, both lists will be sent to the board.
Networking: Shari has a contact, who is willing to present at our networking event next Wednesday, May 20 at 1 pm. The topic is How Small Businesses Can Keep Going.
Coronavirus: The latest statistics show 31 cases in zip code 60442. That zip cover 12,000 to 13,000 residents. Chamber members should be encouraged to contact the governor and Illinois reps to have collar counties removed from the grouping with Cook County. This would allow the more rural, less populated areas to open sooner. Enforcement has been more towards businesses than about individuals.
Local business update: It would be helpful if in our Monday Memos we could spotlight Gallagher’s remodeling and reopening. A list of which businesses are open would also be helpful. Ace has shortened hours to 9 am to 5 pm. Family Chiropractic is open their usual business hours. They are also offering 8th graders a free Sunday at the Creamery on what should have been their graduation day of May 22. Having District 114 graduation at the racetrack would have been a novel idea had the racetrack not decided to close.
Small Business Loans: Information about the rules should be sent to our members and posted on our website and Facebook page. The ruling states that those who received the PPO loans will need to pay tax on that money and not be able to deduct business expenses first. A link to Bobby Rush, Durkin, Duckworth and our other reps should accompany the information. It was suggested not to spend 22% of the loan money, but to keep it for taxes due. One percent of the loan is due within six months. Once you show paperwork to prove that 75% the money was spent on payroll and utilities then it will be decided what amount would need to be paid back.
Scholarship: Kristy will send to the board the essays received to be considered for scholarship money. All three eligible schools had at least one entry. The check will then be sent to the winner.
Fireworks: Donna moved and Kristy seconded a motion that money raised by Kevin Molloy for fireworks be put towards fireworks. Motion carried. Kevin’s alternate way to spend the money seemed like a bait and switch for those who contributed initially. The Chamber is willing to fund the rest of the amount. It was agreed that we will stick to the Sunday before Labor Day as the fireworks day with Labor Day being the rain date. Donna or Shari will see about the cost and the availability of the fireworks for that day. We may need to show the state Fire Marshall, who has to approve the event, that most people watch from their homes and do not gather in large crowds.
Ladies Night Out: We need to wait and see what upcoming rulings are about the size of group gatherings. It is an event, which can be planned with shorter lead in than other activities. The good thing about the event is that it is outside and can be spread out. People and vendors will either be excited to get out or afraid to gather.
The meeting adjourned at 4:20 pm. The next meeting will be Wednesday, June 10 at 3:30 pm.
Mary Kay Cooper, secretary