WHAT OUR MEMBERS ARE SAYING ABOUT US
"The last few years at the Champaign Telephone were pretty grueling getting the company ready for sale; I really didn't have a chance to do much community outreach. CCP reached out to me after talking to some of my tenants and prospective tenants. We met and I became a member. I think they've got a great vision for Champaign and Campustown. It's a great organization, and I think it's really helped bring diverse businesses and groups together, really through the cause of growing businesses in Champaign and Campustown."
The Land Connection
"Membership with CCP has played a critical role in the growth and development of The Land Connection. Our staff have learned a number of new things through the many free workshops CCP hosts. Also, the relationships we have built through networking opportunities like social hours and morning meet-ups are important as we work to increase the visibility and reach of our organization. It seems like there is always something new and exciting that CCP offers to members, so we really can't think of a single thing we haven't enjoyed about our membership!"
Habitat for Humanity
"Habitat for Humanity of Champaign county has been a member of The Champaign Center Partnership for over five years. Our organization benefits greatly from the sense of community that CCP fosters, and we have cultivated lasting relationships with other local businesses which have helped us perpetuate our mission. Habitat appreciates the affordable advertising opportunities and free trainings provided, and enjoys the increased visibility that comes along with CCP membership."
Scott & Amanda McWilliams
“As small business owners, our membership with CCP makes us feel included in the business community and part of what is going on downtown. CCP helps us stretch our marketing dollars through co-op advertising opportunities. By joining with other members, the prices are deeply discounted. We’ve gained business exposure through co-op print and billboard advertising that we would not be able to do without CCP.”
Visit Champaign County
"Here at Visit Champaign County, we've worked with the Champaign Center Partnership for a number of years on promotional materials and events in Champaign. CCP does a great job of organizing a network of businesses to promote growth and stability in the heart of the city, while encouraging businesses in all their endeavors. We really enjoy working with CCP to further enrich Champaign for the citizens, businesses, and organizations that make it outside of ordinary."
Slow Ride Pedal Tours
"I would like to take this opportunity to express how very satisfied I am with my membership in the Champaign Center Partnership (CCP). Being a small business, it is important to manage my budget very closely, so membership fees are scrutinized thoroughly. This membership has proven invaluable for my business. From the meetups, to the socials, seminars, Parade of Lights, 13 Thursdays, bus tours, annual meetings and the list goes on, I have been so impressed with CCP’s focus on business partnerships and growth in Champaign. Their dedicated staff members are a pleasure to work with and I thank them for all that they do for my business!"
Jane Addams Book Shop
"Our downtown retail business has benefited significantly from the Champaign Center Partnership not only from the organization's direct promotions, cost-effective advertising opportunities, and other activities, but also by its commitment to encouraging the community of business owners to communicate and collaborate more effectively.
I am confident that businesses in the downtown, midtown, and Campustown areas are enjoying greater visibility and seeing more customers as a result of the efforts of the Champaign Center Partnership. I know that's the case for us."
"The Partnership has enabled me to meet a lot of new local business people with whom I can collaborate and also support. I am constantly impressed by the knowledge and the variety of ideas that our members regularly bring to the table."
"The Champaign Center Partnership does an amazing job with the downtown Parade of Lights and supporting small independent businesses. The Shop Local scavenger hunt was very innovative and successful; it brought in a lot of kids and parents to Pizzeria Antica. We are thrilled the parade goes right past our business and the addition of a musical performance before the parade drew a lot of people in. It was a magical night!"
"Kessler Optical is delighted to be a part of the Champaign Center Partnership. The network has been a valuable method of sharing information about our business, and providing a platform for locally-owned businesses. When the locally-owned businesses in the heart of our city succeed, so does the whole community."
James Buford & Rebecah Platt
G.A.S Barbershop & Hair Salon
“We joined CCP to help grow our business and to increase our exposure so that more people would learn about our salon. Membership in CCP has given us the opportunity to meet new people and build relationships with other Champaign Center members through social events and participation on committees. Some of these contacts have become our customers. We appreciate that CCP brings business members together in unity.”
“As a new store in Champaign, we wanted to increase our business exposure. Joining CCP helped us do just that. The more involved we’ve gotten, by participating in the downtown Parade of Lights and the 13 Thursdays promotion in Campustown, the more we’ve increased our reach in the local community. CCP also helps us connect with other businesses in our district in a personal, friendly way.”
Kung Fu Tea
“We joined CCP last year and participated in the first Chow Down in Campustown event. The 13 Thursdays promotion brought many new customers in our doors that didn’t know us before – students and families. We appreciate the way CCP promotes our business thorough their e-newsletter and social media, helping us reach a new audience.”
Hickory Point Bank
"Hickory Point Bank is committed to supporting our local communities and by partnering with the Champaign Center Partnership, we’ve been able to expand our community reach and do good, which is what it’s all about.“