Monday February 22, 2021
BACC President's Message:
Virtual Events Do Build Relationships

Perhaps you are tired of centering your world on the a 24-inch screen, but virtual events do build relationships and achieve other goals as well.

This past month at every virtual BACC event, we conducted a quick poll of attendees that showed there is someone new on the screen you do not know, someone who has not met you, or someone who has not been introduced to your business. That formula applied to our virtual coffee breaks, happy hours, boot camps and more.

Another quick poll of attendees also made it clear that while half our audience is ready to meet in person, half our audience wants to continue in the virtual format.

The point: BACC will continue virtual, live and hybrid events because they are all effective at building relationships, making new connections, and getting live exposure for your business in front of potential new prospects. We strongly encourage you to sign up and take advantage of these events. This week we have a Virtual Happy Hour on Tuesday, February 23 at 5:00 pm with special guest Biltmore Clubhouse Manager Belisario Castillo who will show us how to create the perfect margarita! And on Thursday, February 25 our Virtual WBN Program, "Perspective is Pivotal" with the Rev. Dr. Zina Jacque, is attracting a large audience. Not only will you walk away with some insightful and motivational inspiration, you also get to promote your business in front of a new audience.

Stay engaged at BACC by adding these valuable programs to your weekly calendar. Any time you can promote your business on a screen with new people is a win! -- Suzanne Corr, BACC President/CEO
Upcoming Events
Virtual Networking Happy Hour Tomorrow with BACC

Bring your favorite drink to the screen and network while enjoying a mixology demo from Biltmore Clubhouse Manager Belisario Castillo, at our Virtual Happy Hour tomorrow, Feb. 23 at 5:00 pm. Let's connect, learn how to make the perfect maragarita, and share our plans for 2021!

This is a FREE event for BACC members. Register to receive your zoom link.
WBN Virtual Program and Networking This Thursday

Ladies and Gentlemen are invited to join the Women's Biz Net for a virtual program this Thursday, Feb. 25 at noon. Enjoy around-the-screen intros, networking and an insightful presentation led by the Rev. Dr. Zina Jacque of the Community Church of Barrington. Learn how to develop an outlook that helps you get "unstuck" from ineffective self talk. Cost to attend is $15 for BACC members/$25 for nonmembers. Program Sponsor is LM Harrison & Associates CPAs PC
Barrington Young Professionals Happy Hour Feb. 25 at Neoteca

Join the Barrington Young Professionals (BYP) for a Networking Happy Hour on Thursday, Feb. 25 from 4:00-6:00 pm at Neoteca, 130 S. Hough 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. To learn more about the Barrington Young Professionals CLICK HERE.
Member Updates
BACC Now Accepting Applications for Lauren Brown Memorial Scholarships

The BACC Scholarship Committee is now accepting applications for its 2021 Lauren Brown Memorial Scholarships. Each spring the Chamber awards scholarships to local high school students pursuing higher education through a university, community college, or vocational/trade certification program.

Eligible students must be from the Barrington area, or the student of an employee at a Chamber member business. Scholarships range from $500 to $1,500. Applications must be received by March 25, 2021. To download an application CLICK HERE
Marketing Opportunities
Post Your Business Video on the BACC Website!
BACC is launching a video section on our website called the Member Marketplace. Showcase your products, service or business to thousands of website visitors over a three-month period for only $100!

Promotional member videos will be posted on on a first-come, first-served basis the 1st and 15th of each month, space permitting. Videos must be 3 minutes or less in length, and will include a link to your business website or social media page. Once the 3 months has ended, your placement can be renewed for an additional three-month cycle. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today!
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
All Illinois Regions Now in Phase 4

All regions in Illinois are now in Phase 4 mitigations. according to the Illinois Department of Public Health. However the Cook County Dept. of Public Health has outlined a more gradual approach to reopening in some areas, which includes limiting indoor dining service to 25% capacity or 50 patrons per room and to parties of no more than six people. Restaurants and bars in other areas of Illinois can provide indoor dining for parties of up to 10 people with tables arranged 6' apart. For an overview of Phase 4 Guidelines CLICK HERE.
SBA Working to Increase Equitable Access to PPP for Small Businesses

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and lenders are taking more strides to improve the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) so that small businesses can access much needed PPP funds. SBA said last week it hit a major milestone of approving $104 billion of PPP funds to more than 1.3 million small businesses. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS.
CARES Act Provides Tax Incentives to Businesses for Fire Sprinkler Retrofits

According to the Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board, new tax incentives included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, allows incentives to businesses of any size that retrofit fire sprinklers in their properties through temporary 100% expensing. Building owners can immediately recover costs for retrofitting fire sprinklers in their buildings that are installed or upgraded in existing commercial structures from Sept. 27, 2017 through Dec. 31, 2022. Click here for details.
Cook County Offers FREE PPP Webinars for Small Businesses

FREE webinars are now available for small businesses in Cook County, that provide information on updates and guidance related to the new round of Paycheck Protection Program relief. The list of newly eligible borrowers includes non-profit organizations and businesses from qualifying industries. To view and register for the FREE informational webinars CLICK HERE.
2021 Chairman Circle Advantage Members:
To learn more about how you can participate in this program CLICK HERE.
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