Monday Oct. 12, 2020
Chamber News
BACC President's Message: It Takes a Village

This is a defining moment for our communities. The character of our downtowns dotted with the dreams of small business owners is at risk. It's going to take a "Village" to keep our communities vibrant. The entire community must interact, intervene, and focus on the contributions we can all make to ensure that independent business owners survive 2020.

Ghost Towns happen when you don't shop, dine and do business local. When the economic activity that supported a town disappears, it can be scary for local business. The pandemic has been an economic stress for all of us. Fortunately, many in the Barrington area are mobilizing to make a difference here.

For instance, some of our nonprofits are tying their fundraising efforts to programs that support small business. Walk on Farms recently held a Road Rally fundraiser that required supporters to visit small merchants and restaurants in Barrington as part of their event. The Barrington Junior Women's Club (BJWC) is planning a Virtual Fashion Show on Saturday, Nov. 7 from 11:00 am-1:00 pm called "The Secret Garden." Guests will enjoy viewing on-trend fashions from Barrington retailers and local boutiques, entertainment, virtual raffles and a live auction experience. A shopping event leading up to the Fashion Show encourages the community to buy local. The event supports the BJWC Grant Award Program providing college scholarships and human service needs. Individual and group watch parties for the event feature catered lunches, wine, desserts and more all from local business owners.

This weekend's Wine Walk hosted by BACC brought shoppers and diners into the community spending money here to support our small business owners. Participants walked throughout the downtown sipping wine, making purchases, enjoying a meal, and making a difference. It takes a "Village," a community of people working together to save our towns. What can you do to prevent a ghost town? Support a small shop, a local business service, a local salon owner, a restaurant right here in our towns and any local dream - and lift a spirit! -- Suzanne Corr, BACC President/CEO.
Last Chance to Register for Harassment Prevention Training
Last chance to register for BACC's Virtual Employee Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Seminar tomorrow, Oct. 13 from 10:00-11:00 am led by Andrea Herran of Focus HR Consulting. Sign your staff up to meet this annual State training requirement! All attendees will receive a printed certificate of completion, and examples will be provided on how to craft the written policy required in your employee manual. Cost to attend is $15 per person.
Mixer at Buffalo Creek Brewing Tomorrow - RSVP Required! 
Last call to RSVP for our Mixer of the Month tomorrow, Oct. 13 from 5:00-7:00 pm at Buffalo Creek Brewing, 360 Historical Ln. in Long Grove. Catch up with fellow Chamber members while enjoying complimentary refreshments at this COVID-Conscious event. Masks must be worn and temperatures will be taken at the door. This is a FREE event for BACC members, but space is limited and an RSVP is required by 2:30 pm tomorrow. No walk-ins will be accepted!
Register for FREE Virtual Membership Boot Camp on Oct. 16
Don't miss this valuable FREE training to help you maximize your BACC membership benefits! Sign up for our Virtual Boot Camp this Friday, Oct. 16 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 sign up to receive your ZOOM link.
Welcome to These New BACC Members!
Sign Up for a FREE Virtual Coffee Break with BACC on Oct. 21
Join us for a Virtual Coffee Break this Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 2:00 pm. Let's reconnect 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. Click the link below to register.
Join WBN for a Virtual Program on "Redefining Aging" Oct. 22
The BACC Women's Biz Net will host a virtual program: "Redefining Aging!" on Thursday, Oct. 22 from noon - 1:00 pm. Terri Channer, Executive Director of the Barrington Area Council on Aging (BACOA), will discuss how aging is viewed differently today with seniors maintaining busy lives full of activities and experiences. Learn how your loved ones can embrace their best life at this virtual 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 6:00 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 Flesk Brewing on Oct. 27
Join the Barrington Young Professionals (BYP) for Happy Hour on Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 4:00 pm at Flesk Brewing, 200 Applebee St. 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.
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 Chamber Events
Ribbon Cutting at
Barrington Youth & Family Services
BACC Women's Biz Net presents "Christmas in July"
Gift Card Donations to
Cuba Township Food Pantry
Fall Barrington Wine Walk
COVID News & Resources
Round 2 of BIG Program Applications Now Available
The Illinois Dept. of Commerce & Econonmic Opportunity has announced that application for Illinois' second round of Business Interruption Grants (BIG) is now available. This second round will: Support businesses in offsetting COVID-19 related losses; Deploy funding equitably across the state; Provide community navigators to help more minority-owned businesses access grants; and Build on $49 million mobilized to over 2,800 businesses last month. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS.
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!
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