Monday January 11, 2020
BACC President's Message: That's How We Do It!

This past week we started producing our 2021 Conquer Awards programming. The event will be broadcast on Thursday, January 28 and will announce our Conquer Award Recipients and introduce our new 2021 BACC Leadership.

During production I was honored to hear the stories of courage from our Award recipients: how they responded, reacted and reshaped their businesses to adapt to the pandemic year. We will announce the Award Recipients next week and on January 28 at 5:00 pm you can hear their heartfelt stories of resilience. I encourage you to tune in, it will be rewarding.

You will be inspired by the strength, compassion and unity our community showed during 2020. That's how we do it. That's the character of the Barrington area. We take challenge and hardship in stride, adapt our approach and conquer the obstacles.

For those members who have committed to donate something for our Silent Auction, please be sure we have it in our office by this Wednesday, Jan. 13. Thank you for your generous support!

The Auction will open online next Monday at 9:00 a.m. and close at 8:00 p.m. after the Conquer Awards Ceremony. Proceeds support programming that benefits our membership, small business and main street retailers, and funds our annual scholarship awards. The 2021 BACC Scholarship application is available on our website. We award thousands of dollars each spring to students who plan to attend a university, community college, trade school or certification program, as careers are built in many ways. Barrington High School students and Chamber Members' students who attend any school are eligible to apply.
-- Suzanne Corr, BACC President/CEO
Upcoming Events
Register for Tomorrow's "Ask An Expert" Virtual Program & Networking

There's still time to sign up for our virtual "Ask An Expert" program & networking tomorrow, Jan. 12 at 2:00 pm. Join us as we explore "The Benefits of Laughter" presented by Christine Petrik RN, BS, Certified Dementia Expert and Training Specialist with Elderwerks Educational Services. The program is FREE to BACC members and $15 for nonmembers.
FREE Virtual Meeting for Nonprofits on Jan. 14

Attention all local nonprofits: Don't miss the next Zoom check-in with fellow BACC members to share ideas, resources, and inspiration this Thursday, Jan 14 from 2:00 - 3:00 pm.

Let's plan to discuss: Your proudest accomplishments for 2020, the best resources you can share, and goals for 2021. This is a FREE event, but please register in advance to receive your link.
Virtual Toast with WBN on Jan. 21 - Sign Up By Jan. 18!

Enjoy a sparkling glass of wine and virtual networking with the BACC Women's Biz Net on Thursday, Jan. 21 from 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm. Sign up by Jan. 18 to attend. Your $40 ticket includes:
  • A Bottle of Sparkling Boisset Collecton Beau Monde Blanc de Blanc
  • Virtual Wine Tasting
  • Paired Appetizer Recipe Card and Chef Demo from Chef Mark of 3 Chefs Catering
  • Goody Bag with Treats

Goody Bags and wine can be picked up at the Chamber office, 190 E. James St. in Barrington, on Tuesday, Jan. 19 or Wednesday, Jan. 20 from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm or Thursday, Jan. 21 from 9:00 am - noon. For curbside pick up call (847) 381-2525 when you arrive.
FREE Virtual Coffee Break with BACC on Jan. 22

Mark your calendar and sign up today for a FREE Virtual Coffee Break with BACC members on Friday Jan. 22 at 10:00 am. Let's reconnect, network and share ideas about our hopes and plans for 2021.

This is a FREE event, but you must register in advance online to receive your zoom link.
BACC Conquer Awards & Silent Auction is Jan. 28

Sign up today for your FREE virtual ticket to attend the 2021 BACC Conquer Awards & Silent Auction on Thursday, Jan. 28 from 5:00 - 6:00 pm! Celebrate our Conquer Award recipients, meet the 2021 BACC Board & Diplomats, and bid on a wonderful array of silent auction items to benefit BACC programs and our Lauren Brown Memorial Scholarships.

Online bidding for the Virtual Silent Auction starts 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.
Save the Date: Virtual Economic Summit on Feb. 3

Hear first-hand updates from our Village Leaders on the State of the Greater Barrington Area at the first Virtual Economic Summit on Wednesday, Feb. 3 from 8:30 - 10:00 am.

Invited panelists include: Karen Darch of Barrington; Martin McLaughlin of Barrington Hills; Greg Rusteberg of Deer Park; John Tatooles of Inverness; Nandia Black of Kildeer; Kevin Richardson of Lake Barrington; Bill Jacob of Long Grove; Eleanor Sweet McDonnell of North Barrington; Shannon Yeaton of Port Barrington; Paula McCombie of South Barrington; and David Parro of Tower Lakes.

The event is open to the public. Cost to attend is $10.
Virtual Network Shakeup is Feb. 3 - Register Today!

Join BACC for our Virtual Network Shakeup on Thursday, Feb. 18 from noon -1:30 pm. This fun Zoom networking event offers you Big-Screen Connections and Small Break-Out Room Discussions! Cost is $15 per Member. Or bring a guest and save: $20 per Member & Guest.
Member Updates & Anniversaries
The New BACC Regional Magazine & Resource Directory is Out!

The 2020-2021 Barrington Area Regional Magazine & Resource Directory is complete and has been mailed to 20,000 residents and businesses! Active BACC members are listed for FREE in this publication, which includes an easy-to-use guide of Chamber members listed alphabetically and by service category. It also contains lots of great articles, valuable information, a "Dining in the Barrington Area" section, and a comprehensive directory of government and community resources. If you haven't received your copy yet, stop by the Chamber office at 190 E. James St. in Barrington to pick one up. To view a digital version of the magazine CLICK HERE.
Marketing Opportunities
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).
Member Benefit: eBlast Your Message to the Chamber!

One of your many Chamber benefits is the opportunity to send your sales message to nearly 1,400 fellow Chamber members! BACC regularly sends member eblasts and can accommodate your promotional schedule and events. Everyone for whom we have a valid email address receives BACC eblasts. Sponsorships of our weekly Chamber and Member newsletters are also available. For details email or call the Chamber at (847) 381-2525.
News & Resources
PPP Loan Updates

Initially only community financial institutions will be able to make First Draw PPP Loans beginning today, Jan. 11, and Second Draw PPP Loans on Wednesday, Jan. 13. The PPP will open to all participating lenders shortly thereafter. The program is set to reopen with updated guidelines including new eligibility requirements and funding usage.

Key PPP updates include:
  • PPP borrowers can set their PPP loan’s covered period to be any length between 8 and 24 weeks to best meet their business needs;
  • PPP loans will cover additional expenses, including operations expenditures, property damage costs, supplier costs, and worker protection expenditures;
  • The Program’s eligibility is expanded to include 501(c)(6)s, housing cooperatives, direct marketing organizations, among other types of organizations;
  • The PPP provides greater flexibility for seasonal employees;
  • Certain existing PPP borrowers can request to modify their First Draw PPP Loan amount; and
  • Certain existing PPP borrowers are now eligible to apply for a Second Draw PPP Loan.

For additional information visit sba.gov/ppp or treasury.gov/cares.
SBA Launces FREE Online Platform to Help Women Business Owners

The U.S. Small Business Administration has launched Ascent, a FREE online learning platform geared to support women entrepreneurs. Ascent is the first-of-its-kind online resource specifically designed to help the nearly 10 million American women entrepreneurs grow and scale their small business. For more information about the program CLICK HERE.
Top 10 Things You Need to Know About the COVID-19 Vaccine
While there may be minimal risks associated with the vaccine, Dr. Robert Citronberg of Advocate Good Shephed Hospital says, “There is no doubt that receiving the vaccine is safer than the alternative, which is getting COVID.” To read the Top 10 Things You Need to Know About the COVID19 Vaccine CLICK HERE.  
2021 Chairman Circle Advantage Members:
To learn more about how you can participate in this program CLICK HERE.
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