Carlinville businesses form partnership

Carlinville businesses form partnership

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The group of local businesses that came together for A Carlinville Christmas in 2016 has an official name. According to a press release from Carlinville Business Partnership, “We are a 501(c)3 transparent organization with no dues or membership fees; we operate on tax deductible donations only.”

The not-for-profit organization’s purpose is to promote the interests of Carlinville businesses and work toward making Carlinville a welcome place for everyone. “The Partnership’s mission is to enhance the economic vitality of Carlinville and maintain its outstanding quality of life.”

The principals and members of the board of directors are as follows: President Ron Young, Cherry Tree Treasures and Gifts; Vice President Tami Smith, Olde on the Square; Secretary Marsha Crane, The Body Depot; Treasurer Deb Zilm, Main Street Bridal; Roger Suhling, Tarrant and Harmon Real Estate; Peggy Denby and Maylene Denby, Camden’s; Kerry Huff, Abella’s; and Perry Brown, Mother Road Antiques.

According to the press release, “We seek to help promote the city of Carlinville and its many businesses. Whether you are a business looking to relocate or a new company, we will take the time to show you what Carlinville has to offer.”

Plans are already underway for the second annual A Carlinville Christmas, which will be held Dec. 1-3 on the square. The group, working in conjunction with Carlinville Christmas Market, Macoupin County Historical Society Christmas Show and Christmas at the Plaza, welcomes all volunteers, donations and vendors.

Those interested in volunteering or making a tax deductible donation are asked to contact a board member. Checks can be made payable to A Carlinville Christmas, P.O. Box 73, Carlinville, IL 62626. For more information, visit or

Carlinville Business Partnership is the city’s newest business association. Pictured above are, from left to right, Roger Suhling of Tarrant and Harmon Real Estate; Deb Zilm of Main Street Bridal; Tami Smith of Olde on the Square; Kerry Huff of Abella’s, Ron Young of Cherry Tree Treasures and Gifts and Marsha Crane of The Body Depot.