Monday April 12, 2021
BACC President's Message:
Pandemic Shifts Consumer Preference to Shop Local!

The pandemic has changed consumer preferences and the way we want to shop. According to a survey by SCORE, one in four consumers say they will now purchase a majority of their gifts from small or local businesses.

As communities continue to experience the pandemic together, we realize that the “Shop Local” concept is much more than a slogan, it is a symbol of solidarity with our neighbors.

Just as we rallied together to get through the darkest days of 2020, we decided, together, we don’t want to see our small businesses fail. A National Retail Federation survey found in the past year, 49% of consumers practiced Intentional Spending, specifically making a purchase to support local business during the pandemic. A Nextdoor App survey found that 72% of its members believe they will frequent local business more often as a result of COVID.

Bottom line, local consumers have watched neighborhood businesses struggle, and they want to do something about it. Because we care about our hometowns, studies show that tipping has gone up, small scale food producers are seeing an increase in sales, and local residents are supporting local online shopping.

At the end of the day, it is our local small businesses that define the unique character of our communities and impact the quality of life here in the Barrington area. Let's stand together and Shop Local! 
-- Suzanne Corr, BACC President/CEO
Upcoming Events
Join the Barrington Young Professionals on Thursday

Join the Barrington Young Professionals (BYP) for a Networking Happy Hour this Thursday, April 15 from 4:00-6:00 pm at Francesca's Famiglia, 100 E. Station St. in Barrington. Barrington Young Professionals is a networking group of BACC members, age 40 years or younger, who are committed to developing positive busiess relationships in our community. Members pay for their own refreshments. Sign up online or to visit the BYP Facebook page CLICK HERE.
Sign Up for a FREE Virtual BACC Membership Boot Camp Friday

Get the training you need to maximize your BACC membership benefits at our Virtual Boot Camp on Friday, April 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.
Support Our BACC Scholars at Awards Luncheon on April 22

Join the BACC Women's Biz Net in support of our scholars on Thursday, April 22 from 11:30 am-1:00 pm at our 2021 Scholarship Awards Luncheon at Biltmore Country Club, 160 Biltmore Dr. in North Barrington. The event includes a delicious lunch, awards presentation, and the opportunity to hear from our Lauren Brown Memorial Scholarship Recipients. Tickets are $45 per person.

Virtual Check-in for Nonprofits with BACC on April 27

Local nonprofits are invited to attend a FREE virtual check-in with BACC on Tuesday, April 27 from 2:00-3:00 pm. This Zoom event is designed for nonprofits to gather virtually to share ideas, resources, and inspiration.

Please click below to RSVP to receive your zoom link to attend.
Sign Up for the Midday Mix at Ciao Baby! on April 28

Sign up for our next Midday Mix on Wednesday, April 28 noon - 1:15 pm, at Ciao Baby!, 232 E. Main St. in Barrington. Bring your business card and 30-second intro and prepare to enjoy an informal networking lunch with an array of menu selections that include a choice of three different sandwiches with sides, two salad entrees, Chicken Parmesean, Rigatoni Suprema, and much more. Cost is $30/member ad $40/nonmember.
BACC Friday Golf League at Makray - Register Early & Save

Registration is open for the 2021 BACC Golf League at Makray Memorial Golf Club, 1010 S. Northwest Hwy. in Barrington.
Men and women of all skill levels are invited to join the Friday 9-hole league starting in May with 6:30-7:15 am tee times. League fees are: $45/Early Bird Golfer (before May 1); $65/Chamber Member (after May 1); $100/Non-Member. Weekly Green Fees are: $24/Golfer (no cart), $34/Golfer (with cart).
Buy Your Tickets for the Spring Wine Walk in Barrington May 8

Tickets are now on sale for the Barrington Spring Wine Walk on Saturday, May 8 from 2:00 - 6:00 pm in downtown Barrington! Enjoy a "Sipping Saturday" on Mother's Day weekend at this popular event that provides an opportunity to enjoy fine wines from local suppliers while exploring distinctive shops and restaurants. Cost to attend is $25, which includes a souvenir wine glass, Wine Walk tour map and sample tracking sheet. Buy tickets in advance, and check in at Neoteca, 130 S. Hough St. Must 21 or over to attend.
WBN Virtual Program: Generate More Leads for Your Business

Learn how to use free and paid marketing to generate leads for your business at the Women's Biz Net virtual program on Thursday, May 27 at noon. The program will include around-the-screen intros, networking, and a presentation by Lauren Britton of LAB Productions. Cost is: $15 for BACC Members and $25 for nonmembers. Program Sponsor is Equilibrium Personal Training Studio
Be a Sponsor or Nominate Your Car for the Classic Car Show in June

Mark your calendar for our first Classic Car Show in downton Barrington on Saturday, June 26! The public is invited to view amazing cars from noon-4:00 pm, then stay for food, adult refreshments and live music on the VIP Patio until 10:00 pm.

To nominate a car for display, email communications@barringtonchamber.com and include: the car wwner's name, street address, telephone number and e-mail address; along with vehicle information, year, make, model, and a photo of the car. Awards will be given for a variety of categories and cars must be accepted in advance, no day-of registration.

This community event supports Small Business and Main Street Retailers. For sponsorship info email: suzanne@barringtonchamber.com

Sponsor or Play in the Golf Classic at Wynstone Aug. 2

Save the date and register today as a sponsor or to play in the BACC Golf Classic on Monday Aug. 2 at The Club at Wynstone in North Barrington.

Enjoy a day of golf, networking, delicious meals, contests, awards and raffle prizes. Sign up as a single golfer or register your foursome for this fun annual event. Different sponsorship levels are available, but spots are filling up fast. For details call 847/381-2525 or click the link below.
Eagle Sponsor: Idealease, Inc.
Member Updates
Happy Anniversary to These Members

10 Years of Chamber Membership

Five Years of Chamber Membership

One Year of Chamber Membership
Marketing Opportunities
Showcase Your Business Video on the BACC Website!

Showcase your business to thousands of website visitors on the new BACC Member Marketplace! The next opportunity to post is this Thursday, April 15. For just $100 your promotional video will be displayed on the BACC website www.BarringtonChamber.com for a three-month period. New videos are also shared on BACC social media pages.

Space is limited and video placements are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Videos must be 3 minutes or less in length, and will include a link to your business website. New videos are posted the 1st and 15th of each month.
Next opportunity to post is April 15!
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).
News & Resources
Illinois Moves Toward Reopening with Bridge to Phase 5

Illinois is moving toward the final phase of the Restore Illinois reopening plan, in which all sectors of the economy reopen with businesses and recreation resuming normal operations. A dial-like approach will be used between the mitigations in Phase 4 and the post-pandemic new normal of Phase 5. This transition will allow for higher capacity limits and increased business operations prior to Phase 5. For details CLICK HERE.
PPP deadline extended to May 31

President Biden signed the PPP Extension Act of 2021 into law last week, extending the Paycheck Protection Program for an additional two months through May 31, 2021. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the law also allows an additional 30-day period for the SBA to process applications that are still pending. For details CLICK HERE.
New Vaccination Site in Lake County

The Lake County Health Department announced that a new COVID-19 vaccination site will open on Tuesday, April 20 at 400 E Rollins Rd. in Round Lake Beach. Indoor COVID-19 vaccinations will be available by appointment, Tuesdays - Sundays 11:00 am to 7:00 pm, for Lake County residents ages 16 and older, at no cost. To schedule an appointment CLICK HERE.
2021 Chairman Circle Advantage Members:
To learn more about how you can participate in this program CLICK HERE.
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