Monday Nov. 16, 2020
Chamber News
BACC President's Message:
Destination Barrington for the Holidays!

As we gather this holiday season within our own family units, consider an outing together to get in the festive spirit of the season.

From Holiday Windows in the Village of Barrington, to festive decorations at Deer Park Town Center and The Arboretum of South Barrington, and Vintage Holidays in Long Grove, there are plenty of opportunities for wholesome family outings that will lift your spirits.

In Barrington and particularly in the downtown area over 50 merchants are in the process of decorating their windows to set the stage for "Just Elfing Around Barrington." Local merchants and artists from the Barrington Area Artists Association and from Barrington High School have taken on many of the windows, creating whimsical scenes of elves doing everything from playing musical instruments to cutting hair, and perhaps having food fights! The theme coincides with an "Elfie" promotion hosted by BACC. Take an "Elfie" - a selfie of you in front of one of the elf windows - post on social medial and tag the chamber and you will have a chance to win a local shopping spree!

In addition, the colorful windows set the stage for the Village's Drive-By Santa and Virtual Tree Lighting on December 5, and the Barrington Holiday Walk on December 12. Tickets for the Holiday Walk are available at: and include a complimentary take-out coffee, tea, hot chocolate, or specialty drink from your choice of Cook St. Coffee, Egg Harbor Café, and Southern Belle's, holiday music in the street, a coupon booklet for holiday shopping, and a chance to win $100 cash for immediate purchasing power, as well as local gift certificates.

Follow the activities at Deer Park, The Arb, and in Long Grove by checking out their websites:, and Deer Park is featuring Festive Fridays and colorful artwork on display. The Arb decorations are going up. And Vintage Holidays in Long Grove include sleigh rides and more. -- Suzanne Corr, BACC President/CEO
FREE Virtual Coffee Break on Wednesday - Sign Up Today!
Join us for a Virtual Coffee Break this Wednesday, Nov. 18 from 2:00 - 3:00 pm. It's a great way to network and share ideas about how to handle the current and changing guidelines. This is a FREE event, but you must sign up in advance on the BACC website to receive your zoom link.
BACC Board of Directors Slate for 2021 - Election on Nov. 19
Introducing the 2021 BACC Board of Directors Slate. Elections will be held virtually at the board meeting this Thursday, Nov. 19 at 9:00 am. The following nominees will be voted on:

Renewing Member for 3-Year Term (Ending Dec. 2023)
  • Amber Luczak, Edward Jones

New Board Members for 3-Year Terms (Ending Dec. 2023)
  • Robert Finley, Virtue Asset Management
  • Dr. Reinhold Llerena, AMITA
  • Ellaine Sambo-Reyther, BMO Harris Barrington Private Bank
  • Zach Witt, Ilumen Solar

2021 Executive Committee (Term Runs from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2021)
  • Andrea Herran, Focus HR Consulting – Chairman
  • Doug McAllister, Douglas Automotive – First Vice Chair
  • Jen Frey, Good Shepherd Hospital Health & Fitness Center – Second Vice Chair
  • Jon Stickney, Barrington Bank & Trust - Treasurer                                                                     
  • Keith Hanson, Hanson Law Group LLP – Past Chairman
  • Suzanne Corr, BACC President/CEO, Secretary

2021 Returning Board Members:
  • Tom Cramer, Wintrust Mortgage
  • Dennis Kelly, FGMK Insurance
  • Amber Luczak, Edward Jones
  • Norm May, Full Service Office Solutions, Inc.
  • Bryan McGonigal, McGonigal’s Pub
  • Jennifer Prell, Elderwerks/Paxem

Retiring Board Members: Paul Horcher, Refined Construction, Inc.; Dr. Robert McDonald, AMITA Health Care Group; Scott Ray, Daily Herald Media Group; and Kathleen Scott, Scott Partners.

Advisory Board Members for 2020: Scott Anderson of the Village of Barrington, Dr. Brian Harris of Barrington 220; Jesse Hennings, Barrington Area Library; Robert Palmer of Village of South Barrington, and Michele Smith, Harper College.

If you have any questions please click here to email Suzanne.
Barrington Holiday Window Display Ribbon Cutting Nov. 24
A ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate our Holiday Window Displays, will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 24 at 4:00 pm on Cook St. in downtown Barrington! This event will kick off all of the fun festive holiday events that will make Barrington a destination for holiday cheer this season and support local businesses. To view a video of artists creating a Barrington Holiday Window CLICK HERE

Please show your support by viewing and sharing our BACC videos, which will be posted on the BACC website and social media pages. To view Chamber videos just click on the Facebook, Instagram and YouTube icons shown here.
Say "Welcome Neighbor!" to New Residents in 2021
Target residents moving into the 60010 area just as they are developing new buying habits with our Welcome Neighbor program! There are three ways to participate:

  • Receive monthly New Resident Lists for your own marketing efforts (Cost:$150);
  • Include a flyer, trinket or coupon only (1,000 items) in the Welcome Neighbor Bags (Cost: $150);
  • Participate in both option #1 and #2 and save (Cost: $275).
Register for FREE Virtual Membership Boot Camp on Dec. 11
Get the training you need to maximize your BACC membership benefits at our Virtual Boot Camp on Friday, Dec. 11 from noon - 1:15 pm. This Boot Camp is for any BACC member who wants to:
·        Use BACC resources to expand their presence
·        Market their products, services and events
·        Network to build relationships
This is a FREE training, but you must register to receive your ZOOM link.
Tickets On Sale for the Barrington Holiday Walk on Dec. 12
Mark your calendar and buy your tickets today for the fun, festive Barrington Holiday Walk on Saturday, Dec. 12 from noon - 5:00 pm. Plan to spend the day "Just Elfing Around" as you shop, stroll and be merry! Get in the spirit with live holiday music and enjoy hot cocoa or coffee while touring the window displays created by our merchants and local artists with the "Just Elfing Around Barrington" theme. The $25 ticket includes: Free Metallic Shopping Bag, Complimentary Coffee/Hot Chocolate Coupon, Shopping Coupons for multiple merchant specials and more! Enter for a chance to win a $100 bill and gift certificates to local merchants. Winners will be announced during the event!
Highlight Your Business as a Holiday Walk Sponsor
Last chance to sign up as a Holiday Walk sponsor! This fun event is sure to bring joy to hundreds of families in our community. The Barrington Holiday Windows on display from Nov. 27-Dec. 31, and the Barrington Holiday Walk on Saturday, Dec. 12 from 1:00 - 5:00 pm, are expected to bring hundreds of families into Barrington, supporting our local merchants. Consider one of these Holiday Sponsorships:
  • Star Sponsor: $1000 - Your company mentioned in all social media posts and videos, and a full-page ad in the Holiday Walk Program,
  • Ribbon Sponsor: $500 - Your company mentioned in all social media posts, and a half-page ad in the Holiday Walk Program.
FREE Virtual Sip & Shop Hop on Dec. 15 - Sign Up Today!
Join us for a FREE Virtual Sip & Shop Hop on Tuesday, Dec. 15 at 4:00 pm. Grab your favorite happy hour beverage or holiday cocktail and join us as we network with fellow members, explore local boutiques, and discover some great gift ideas. It's a great way to support local and finish your holiday list! This is a FREE event but registration is required, so please sign up to receive your link.
Save the Date: BACC Virtual Awards & Silent Auction Jan. 28
Save the date for the BACC Virtual Awards and Silent Auction on Thursday, Jan. 28 from 5:00 - 6:00 pm! We will celebrate our Conquer Award Recipients, meet the 2021 BACC Board and Diplomats, and bid for a wonderful array of silent auction items to benefit BACC programs and our Lauren Brown Memorial Scholarships.

Online bidding for the Virtual Silent Auction begins Jan. 18 and closes at 8:00 pm on Jan. 28. Winning bids can be picked up curbside at the Chamber office: 190 E. James St. in Barrington.

There is still time to cast your vote for the BACC Conquer Awards! Nominate a BACC member business that has set the bar for resilience, creativity and perseverance to succeed during the pandemic!
Donate a Silent Auction Item to Support BACC Scholarships
Donate an item to the BACC Conquer Awards Silent Auction and promote your business to hundreds. Auction proceeds fund BACC programs for members and our Lauren Brown Memorial Scholarships. The Scholarship Fund has provided thousands of dollars in scholarship monies to local students who go on to attend universities, community college, or an accredited certification program that build future careers. Please consider offering your support. Donation items must be dropped off to the BACC offices by Jan. 4.
Photos from last week's Chamber Events
Ribbon Cutting at Patrick A. Finn LTD
Womens Biz Net Bliss Holiday
Swag Bags & Bundtlets for Guests
COVID News & Resources
ComEd Program Provides Bill Assistance to Small Businesses
ComEd announced a new bill-assistance program to help eligible small businesses facing financial difficulties. ComEd’s Small Business Assistance Program provides eligible small-business customers that are past due on their energy bills with a one-time grant equal to 30% of their total ComEd balance (up to $1,000) for a limited time. Customers whose electric service has not been disconnected can then set up their remaining balance due on a payment plan of up to six months. To learn more call (877) 426-6331 or CLICK HERE.
Updates for Round 2 BIG Program Applications
Applications for the second round of Business Interruption Grants (BIG) funding are now live. A total of $220 million will be made available for small businesses of all types in Illinois. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and additional time needed to submit will not impact eligibility or the chances of receiving a grant.
Recovery Assistance for Small Businesses in Cook County
The Cook County COVID-19 Recovery: Small Business Assistance Program is designed to help small businesses through the pandemic, offering: Optional educational webinars to assist small businesses in repositioning their business towards recovery; One-on-one business advising to help small businesses address their unique needs; Standardized curriculum, intake, and other impact measurement tools to ensure continuous program improvement and consistent impact reporting and accountability; and Cook County Recovery grants of up to $10,000 for businesses that have seen losses due to COVID-19 in suburban and unincorporated Cook County. Click here for details.
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