Carol Stream Chamber of Commerce
eNewsletter Update ~  
March 2016
..in this issue
UPCOMING EVENTS
NOMINATIONS
UPCOMING EVENTS
SPEED NETWORKING
REVERSE RAFFLE 3/10
BOBAK'S LUNCH MAR. 24
AFTER HOURS
BEFORE HOURS
RIBBON CUTTING
ANNUAL MEETING
WOMEN IN BUSINESS
FOUNDATION FUNDRAISER

UPCOMING EVENTS 

 
 

MARCH 9
Multi-chamber
Accelerated Networking
Holiday Inn & Suites
11:30-1
with the Bartlett & Wheaton Chambers
 

MARCH 10
St. Patty's Day Reverse Raffle
Will YOU win $5,000 or the door prize of a BIG screen SmartTv? Buy tickets in advance. 200 tickets, $100 each, 101 Prizes.
Holiday Inn/Carol Stream 
 
5:30-8:30pm 

MARCH 16
Business After Hours
Eaglewood Resort & Spa
5:30-7:30pm

MARCH 24
Multi-chamber Spring Luncheon & Expo
Bobak's/Woodridge
Tim Smithe of Walter E. Smith presents
"Marketing..with an 'e'"
$35/member lunch
$350 Expo table
LIMITED # of each
Sign up asap

APRIL 5
Networking in the Morning
West Suburban Bank/CS
7:30am-9am

APRIL 13
Luncheon/Annual Meeting
& Member Recognition
Holiday Inn & Suites
11:30-1

APRIL 21
Business After Hours
Rosie O'Reilly's
5:30-7:30pm

APRIL 27
WIB Multi-chamber
Progressive Luncheon 
TABLES OF INTEREST
 
Glendale Lakes
11:15-1:15
 

WANTED: DIRECTORS



On behalf of Nominations Chair, John W. Wheeler, Jr., we are seeking names for nominations for a 3-year board position. Each year, five directors are elected to the board of 15. 

If you would like to know more, contact the chamber office or email us at info@carolstreamchamber.com
 

MEET JAN!

 
On February 8th, we hired our new Office Manager.

Meet Jan Cruz -- she is a 30-year Carol Stream resident and we are thrilled to have her!

You can welcome or communicate with Jan at jan@carolstreamchamber.com

QUICK LINKS


Dear Chamber Members, 
This monthly eNewsletter supplements our quarterly printed edition and is designed to keep you current with chamber events and opportunities. 
 
Touch your iPhones, fire up your tablets, or take out your day planner and enter these events. If you know someone who would benefit from our organization, feel free to forward this to them.

MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL TIME
ProudMember

WE VALUE OUR MEMBERS!!!

The strength of the Carol Stream Chamber of Commerce is YOU....our chamber members. You are spirited...kind....'referring' to others...engaged...active! You make our events a success (and fun, too!)!

Membership renewals are due April 1st or October 1st, depending on when you joined the chamber. Invoices are emailed March 1st (or September 1st), 30 days before they are due. 

You may pay invoices online through the member portal at www.chamberlogin.com and in the upper right hand corner, look for ACCOUNT SETTINGS and click on BILLING. 

Thank you...thank you for your Membership! 
 
REV UP YOUR NETWORKING


How do you maximize your membership? What is the best way to increase your visibility and grow your sales/business/endeavors? 

We may have the answer to that question for you..on March 9th: "Accelerated Networking" with two other chambers.

The Wheaton and Bartlett Area Chambers are a part of the March 9th "Accelerated Networking" event at the Holiday Inn/Carol Stream. It's Speed Networking at its best.

Linda McCabe of Optimal Level LLC will lead us in crafting our 30 second infomercial, and then you will put it to use.

If your goal is to reach the most amount of people in a short amount of time...this is the event. Some of our members do cold-calling regularly. This is the best solution ...chamber events are the opposite of cold calls.

Heat up your engine...come to the March 9th luncheon....sign up here...
 

 

ST. PATTY'S DAY REVERSE RAFFLE!

Would you like the chance to win $5,000? Did you know that we will award that amount AND a big screen Samsung SmartTV on the evening of March 10th.  We cannot do it without your help, though.

What can you do?

>> Buy a Raffle Ticket - 200 sold at $100 each (you can split between you and others)

>> Donate a prize for our Prize table - we need 100 prizes with a $25+ value.

>> Sign up to attend so you don't miss this incredibly fun, crazy, wild, and edge-of-seat event. Food and entertainment...$10

 

See you there!


 


 

MULTI-CHAMBER SPRING LUNCHEON & EXPO- BOBAK'S > TIM SMITHE
Seventeen Chambers of Commerce will work together to bring you an event on March 24th, the annual Multi-chamber Spring Luncheon & Expo at Bobak's in Woodridge. There will be room for 600 attendees and each chamber is allotted 2 expo tables. We will be restricted as to how many attendees each chamber can have, so if you are interested in attending and/or exhibiting, sign up early.

Speaking on that day will be Tim Smithe of Walter E. Smithe (he says he's the middle brother and the funny one) and his topic will be "Marketing, With an "E". 

Here is the link for you to sign up for the March 24th event. No payment will be accepted at the door, so please pre-pay with a credit card or mail a check before the event.

AFTER HOURS AT EAGLEWOOD RESORT 











The beautiful Eaglewood Resort & Spa will be the location of our next After Hours on Wednesday, March 16th. You notice that it is a Wednesday, and that is because the usual Thursday rotation would land on St. Patrick's Day...never a great idea.

The newly renovated Eaglewood is the perfect place at which to meet other members and forge business relationships. Come on out and network...enjoy! 


HAVE YOU UPDATED YOUR CHAMBERMASTER PROFILE?
ChamberMaster is a great tool for you to be familiar with. Each of our chamber members have a profile which comes through our website and is searchable by the public.

Inside of the member portal -- www.chamberlogin.com -- is your member profile. To maximize your membership, visit one or more of these helpful videos:

Updating Your Company Profile
Updating your Personal Profile
Paying Bills Online
How to Submit a Job Posting

Let us know if you need your login and password.

RIBBON CUTTING - PILOT FLYING J
We will be inviting you to a Ribbon Cutting ceremony for member Pilot Flying J soon but do not have a date yet. They are located just west of Gary on the south side of North Avenue, where the former Brunswick  property was.

Watch your email for a date in the near future.
NETWORKING IN THE MORNING - 4/5/16
Chamber members and associates will gather Tuesday morning, April 5th, before most offices are open to increase visibility and network with others. We are being hosted by our friends at West Suburban Bank. Come on over and see the new way introductions are done, and have a chance to win the eNewsletter Spotlight.   Join us...

ANNUAL MEETING NOTICE
Notice is hereby given that the Annual Meeting of the Carol Stream Chamber will be held at the Holiday Inn & Suites, Carol Stream, on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 12:00 Noon to receive, consider, and act upon reports of the Board of Directors and officers, and for the transactions of such business as may come before the meeting.      
 
- Ann Kennedy, Board Secretary

WOMEN IN BUSINESS NEWS 




We are planning the April 27th Multi-chamber WIB "Tables of Interest" already.  This is a Progressive luncheon where you will move from table to table -- not by assigned numbers, but rather by YOUR interests. We will update you with the table themes when we get closer, but meanwhile, if you don't want to miss it, you can sign up here...

FUNDRAISER FOR SCHOLARSHIPS - CS CHAMBER FOUNDATION
The Carol Stream Chamber Foundation is a 501(C)3 created to allow donors to benefit from tax deductions allowed by the law. Each Spring, the Scholarship Committee interviews candidates who apply for college scholarships. 

In order to help our local students, the Foundation has set up a series of fundraisers during 2016. We thank Culver's in Carol Stream for allowing us to hol d a benefit day in February. The second one will be held at Village Tavern & Grill on May 18th and 25th. If you would like to help, you can dine in and must bring this flyer  so that the organization will receive a percentage of the profits. 

-> Watch for the blue & white Collection cans at our lunches and our events, where you are invited to drop some change or more to add towards this scholarship effort. Thank you!
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Thank you for taking the time to read these updates from the chamber. Be sure to forward this to a business associate who could benefit from chamber membership.
 
Sincerely,
Luanne Newman, ACE Executive Director
Carol Stream Chamber of Commerce
o: 630.665.3325


 



TONY VAN GUNDY OF A.G.VAN GUNDY LANDSCAPE MATERIALS
IS THE WINNER OF THIS MONTH'S eNEWSLETTER SPOTLIGHT
 
Tony can be reached at 630.295.8190
and you can  visit his website here.

"A.G. VanGundy Landscape Materials 
supply landscape materials from their Roselle yard for delivery/pickup for local wholesale and retail markets. Materials include topsoil, mulch, gravel, grass seed/sod, sand, firewood and more.
"

Anthony won this Spotlight because she attended Networking in the Morning on February 2nd. Will YOU be the next winner??




SANDY SKIBINSKI OF MONEY MAILER OF CENTRAL DU PAGE 
IS THE WINNER OF THIS MONTH'S eNEWSLETTER SPOTLIGHT
 
Sandy can be reached at 
630.636.9631 and you can  visit her website here.

"Money Mailer of DuPage is Direct Marketing Specializing in Shared Mail. "

Sandy won this Spotlight because she attended the After Hours at Bulldog Ale House on February 18th. Will YOU be the next winner??





SALLY SCHUMANN OF MAUI WOWI HAWAIIAN SMOOTHIES 
IS THE WINNER OF THIS MONTH'S eNEWSLETTER SPOTLIGHT
 
Sally can be reached at 
630.506.8454 (TIKI)   and you can  visit her website here.

"Mobile Catering - Hawaiian Coffees and Smoothies. We bring the smoothies to you; no storefront."

Sally won this Spotlight because she attended the WIB Luncheon at Windsor Park on February 24th. Will YOU be the next winner??