Chamber of Commerce
Sales tax returned to Monticello in FY 2012 - $1,009,696.00
From everyday to simply unique – be surprised by what you will discover. Enjoy the possibilities offered by businesses and services at home in Monticello . Would you be surprised to know you can buy hammers, pearls, paint, oranges, candles, letter head, crop insurance, balloons, CD’s, lattes, sweet potato fries, horse trailers, flip flops, massages, sofas right here?
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By supporting local businesses you help maintain what makes Monticello special – From everyday to simply unique.
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Live Local. Be Local. Buy local.
Local Business = Local Jobs.
Gift Certificates for 50 Chamber businesses.
Redeem your Chamber Bucks at businesses displaying this decal.
- Available at the Chamber office.
- Great gift idea or employee thank you.
- Sold over $5,700 in 2010 to promote local shopping.
Order your Chamber Bucks by phone at (217) 762-7921 or (800) 952-3396. VISA and Mastercard are accepted.
Sorry, we cannot offer refunds on Chamber Bucks, nor can they be redeemed for cash value at the Chamber Office or at participating businesses.
Chamber bucks help support and promote business members of the Monticello Chamber of Commerce.
It is less taxing to Shop Monticello - area sales tax amounts:
Monticello - 6.25%
Forsyth - 7.5%
Savoy - 8%
Champaign - 8.75%
Urbana - 8.75%
Decatur - 8%
Monticello has no extra food and beverage tax - other communities add an
1. Local Economic Stimulus.
When you purchase at locally owned businesses rather than nationally owned, more money is kept in the community because locally-owned businesses often purchase from other local businesses, service providers and farms. Purchasing local helps grow other businesses as well as the local tax base.
2. Non Profits Receive Greater Support.
Local business owners donate more to local charities than non-local owners.
3. Unique Businesses Create Character & Prosperity
The unique character of your local community is defined in large part by the business that reside there, and that plays a big factor in your overall satisfaction with where you live and the value of you home and property.
4. Environmental Impact Is Reduced.
Small local business usually set up shop in the town/village center, providing a centralized variety that is much friendlier to a community's walk score than out of town shopping malls. This generally means contributing less to sprawl, congestion, habitat loss and pollution.
5. Most New Jobs Are Provided By Local Businesses.
Small local businesses are the largest employers nationally. Plus the more jobs you have in your local community the less people are going to have to commute which means more time and less traffic and pollution.
6. Customer Service Is Better.
Local businesses often hire people with more specific product expertise for better customer service. You are also going to see these people around town and they are less likely to blow you off or be rude becauses they have to face you day after day.
7. Local Business Owners Invest In Community.
Local businesses are owned by people who live in this community, are less likely to leave, and are more invested in the community's welfare and future.
8. Public Benefits Far Outweigh Public Costs.
Local businesses require comparatively little infrastructure and more efficiently utilize public services relative to chain stores.
9. Competition And Diversity Leads To More Consumer Choices.
A marketplace of thousands of small businesses is the best way to ensure innovation and low prices over the long-term.
10. You Matter More
We talk a lot about exerting influence with your purchasing choices, or "voting with your wallet." It's a fact that business respond to their customers but your values and desires are much more influential to you local community business than the large big box stores.
Upcoming Chamber Events
Gardens to Greens
Local Farmers, Local Foods, Local Chef
May 29, 2013
Lunch & Program: Illini Coach Tim Beckman
12 - 1, meet and greet 1-2
Monticello Community Bldg.
June 1, 2013
Tickets for sale online for
Lunch with Santa on the Train
June 11, 2013
Program: Healthcare Changes for Businesses
Location: Crossroads Church
June 15, 2013
Gardens to Greens
Garden Walk &
Field to Fork Dinner
July 16, 2013
Location: Villas of Holly Brook
August 1, 2013
Bill Abbott, Inc.