Monday Oct. 19, 2020
Chamber News
BACC President's Message: Don't Be Afraid to Quit

Growing up we have heard this reference repeatedly from parents, coaches, friends, teachers, and others: "Don't be a quitter!" "Quitting is for losers!"

As we start our planning for 2021, quitting may actually be a winning strategy. We have been operating in an alternate reality during 2020. Everything we had planned, everything we have normally done year after year has completely gone out the window.

The pandemic has been a crisis, but it brings opportunity for those willing to get creative. It's time to reimagine, redesign, relaunch. Take a look at the things you have normally done, always done, done just because, and truly ask, "Why?" Is it effective? Is it financially successful? Does it align with your mission? Does it bring value to you and your customers? If not, it may be time to quit!

Many of us are looking forward, planning for 2021. Turn everything on an angle and look at it differently. Get rid of the fluff. Consider whether it's time to kill some of the sacred cows - those events and activities that pop up every year because that's the way it has always been, because no one dares touch it.

What is most exciting about looking ahead, is the chance to wipe the slate clean and innovate. We don't know where the COVID finish line is, but that doesn't mean we can't be winners. -- Suzanne Corr, BACC President/CEO.
FREE Virtual Coffee Break on Wednesday - Sign Up Today!
Join us for a Virtual Coffee Break this Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 2:00 pm. Let's reconnect, network and share ideas about how to handle the current and changing guidelines. Coffee Break Highlight: We will have a short update from Mitch Bienvenue, Director of the Illinois SBDC at College of Lake County. He will discuss the no-cost CARES Act funded training, advising and tools to help your small business weather the pandemic and grow once again.
 
This is a FREE event, but you must sign up in advance on the BACC website to receive your zoom link.
Register for Virtual WBN Program & Networking on Thursday
Register today for the BACC Women's Biz Net virtual program and around-the-screen networking this Thursday, Oct. 22 from noon - 1:00 pm.

Terri Channer, Executive Director of the Barrington Area Council on Aging, will present "Redefining Aging!" Learn how your loved ones can embrace their best life at this informative program sponsored by Alpine Foot Specialists.

Cost to attend is $15 for members/$25 for nonmembers, which includes around the "screen" intros, networking and the presentation.
October Ribbon Cutting Events Around the Chamber
Show your support for BACC members by viewing and sharing their ribbon cutting photos and videos posted on our BACC website and social media pages! To view them, simply click on the Facebook, Instagram and YouTube icons shown here.

Mark your calendar for these upcoming Ribbon Cutting events, which all begin at 4:00 pm:
 
Thursday Oct. 22 - Safehouse Farm Alpacas - Open House after the ceremony until 7:00 pm - space is limited and an RSVP is required. CLICK HERE TO RSVP.

Tuesday, Oct. 27 - Signarama of Barrington
RSVP for the BYP Happy Hour at Big Iron Horse BBQ Oct. 27
Join the Barrington Young Professionals (BYP) for Happy Hour on Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 4:00 pm at Big Iron Horse BBQ, 205 Park Ave. in Barrington. The BYP group consists of Chamber members under 40 who meet to network, provide peer support and build business. Attendees pay for their own refreshments.
Donate a Swag Bag Item for Bliss & Highlight Your Business!
Swag Bag items are needed for the BACC Women's Biz Net Bliss Holiday Luncheon on Thursday, Nov 12 at The Club at Wynstone.

Donating a coupon or small trinket for the Bliss Swag Bags is a great way to promote your business! There is no cost to participate, but your 50 Swag Bag items must be delivered to the Chamber office no later than Friday, Nov. 6. Sign up to donate by calling the office or sending an email today!
Sponsor the Barrington Holiday Windows & Walk on Dec. 12
Sponsor an event that will bring joy to hundreds of families in our community! The Barrington Holiday Windows on display from Friday, Nov. 27 - Thursday 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.
Happy Anniversary to These BACC Members!
Nominate A Business for our New BACC Conquer Awards!
BACC is introducing the 2020 Conquer Awards and we want your input. Help us identify the local businesses, professionals and organizations who you feel have effectively pivoted, developing new products and services to meet the COVID challenge head on. The BACC Conquer Award recipients will be announced in January 2021 and will receive their awards at a special virtual event.
Photos from Last Week's Mixer at Buffalo Creek Brewing
COVID News & Resources
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.
Thank You to Our
2020 BACC Chairman Circle Advantage Members!
To learn more about how you can participate in this program CLICK HERE.
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