Join the Chamber’s Business Expansion Network


MORRIS- If you are looking for a business group where you can discuss ideas and best business practices, generate referrals, and have an opportunity to perfect your sales pitch, the Grundy County Chamber of Commerce’s Business Expansion Network (BEN) is the group for you.


The group’s objective is to help businesses grow through frequent networking meetings. The first meeting of the month focuses on one topic that is pertinent to small businesses including social media content creation, time management, media opportunities, etc. The second meeting of the month allows one business owner to explain their line of work in order to educate those around the room.


“Joining BEN has given me the opportunity to connect with other Grundy business owners in a unique way. Instead of sharing only leads, we share ideas and expertise to further each other’s businesses and it has been an integral part of my business, its direction and its growth,” said Ed Ellingham, BEN Member and Owner of Cloud Nine Communications.


BEN allows business owners to learn best practices from other knowledgeable professionals. It also gives them an opportunity to showcase their company while practicing their public speaking skills and perfecting their sales pitch, generating referrals from other members, and ultimately generating more business.


“BEN is a great opportunity for business owners to get to know others in the community and learn from one another. It’s beneficial to have different perspectives come together and share their expertise. Each meeting we have, everyone comes away having learned something new and is able to translate that into how they do business,” Samantha Yeager-Walrath, Chamber Membership Director, said in the news release.


The meetings are open to any Chamber member. The first year of membership is $100 and $75 per year upon renewal. BEN meets the first and third Tuesday of each month at 8 a.m. at the Grundy Chamber office in Morris, 909 Liberty St.


For more information on the Business Expansion Network or the Grundy County Chamber of Commerce & Industry visit, email [email protected] or call 815-942-0113.