Building Business Through Community

The power to make a difference is in our hands. And when we join forces, it’s even better. In an era where it’s more important than ever to build our communities up, we have to step up as business leaders and make a change. It might start as a marketing campaign, but it takes so much more than that.  

It takes multiple leaders. Take the Choose Greater Peoria initiative. Leaders from over 25 businesses, civic organizations, nonprofits, educational institutions and even elected officials are putting their differences aside and working together to execute a unified strategy.

It takes a shared goal. For Greater Peoria it’s all about drawing talent to the region and building an economic engine that will survive long into the future. The Greater Peoria area has so much to offer. Like Goldilocks, the region is large enough to have all the good things you expect from an urban center, yet small enough to live, work and play greater. But it’s about more than just the physical location. A community has been created around the common interest of seeing the whole Greater Peoria region flourish.

It takes accountability. Leaders are leaning in and assuming responsibility for the future of the region. Like entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker, Jim Rohn famously said, “Whatever good things we build end up building us.” When our businesses are successful, our communities are successful – the ball is in our court. What we do together builds steam and momentum, creating a true multiplier effect.

In this season you’ll hear from a variety of leaders in the healthcare sector, Bradley University, Peoria Riverfront Museum, the economic development council and more, talking about their organizations and how they’re championing a hands-on approach to help our region (and people) thrive for the long haul. One theme that quickly emerged is that Peoria has some pretty amazing leaders who genuinely care about this region. Through their partnership and collaboration, positive change is within our reach.

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Building Leaders Through Athletics with Dr. Chris Reynolds

Dr. Chris Reynolds, Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics at Bradley University, learned early on how athletics can change the lives of students by providing structure, teaching lessons and establishing connections to lifelong mentors.

Ensuring Charitable Donations are Well Invested with Jennifer Zammuto

Jennifer Zammuto, President of the Heart of Illinois United Way, shares how her organization determines the best way to allocate charitable donations to maximize return on investment and the impact that has on the whole community.