MEMBER NEWSLETTER
February 17, 2021
Greetings!

Thank you all for your valued Chamber Membership. As a 501(c) 6 that is wholly funded by membership dues and events, we thank you for your paid membership to continue advocating and promoting your business. Please login or email us if you are uncertain if you have paid or in need of a 2021 membership invoice.

This month is filled with educational webinars on Digital Marketing, A 2021 Economic Outlook, Mandatory Sexual Harassment Prevention Training, networking and more. Our events are to bring walking traffic and business to your storefronts. Committees are offered to get you involved and marketing opportunities to promote your business.

For 57 years, Glen Ellyn has been honoring the BEST of what and who makes Glen Ellyn such a wonderful village. 2020 has been such a hard year, all are truly deserving. Join us in celebrating our nominees and recipients.

The Chamber is dedicated to support our members by connecting your business with the greater community.

Stay warm and stay safe,

Dawn Smith
Executive Director
Chamber Office Hours
In Person Office Hours: Tuesday & Thursday 9am - 4pm
Staff will be working remote: Monday & Wednesday
INFORMATIONAL & NETWORKING EVENTS

  • Multi-Chamber Digital Marketing Dive-in - February 24
  • Multi-Chamber Economic Outlook Presentation - March 3
  • Mandatory Illinois Sexual Harassment Prevention Training - March 9
  • Rapid Changes in Education, Work and Society - March 9
  • Multi-Chamber Virtual Progressive Networking Event - March 10
  • Future Proof Your Business - Series January to March 2021
Shaw Media Marketing Presents
Multi-Chamber Digital Marketing
Dive-in

Join us via ZOOM and learn about the many digital services available when you partner with Shaw Media Marketing.

In addition to our local community
publications, we offer a sophisticated
line of digital products that will move your business to the forefront of targeted digital advertising technology.

Digital marketing moves fast — so should you! Register online now. To reserve your spot.
February 24, 2021
9:00 AM FREE
Virtual via Zoom
Multi-Chamber Economic Outlook Presentation

Join Ann Paulson, Executive Vice President and Director of Research at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, as she shares her expert insights on the economy.
Wednesday Mar 3, 2021
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

$10 Chamber Members $35 Non-Members
Event Registration Deadline March 1

Online Virtual Presentation (link will be provided upon fee payment)
Richard J. Lofgren, Esq.
The Law Office of Lofgren & Wentworth, P.C.
March Monthly Meeting
IL State Required Anti-Sexual Harassment Training (Virtual)

Rick Lofgren will be present for a Q&A session before and after the training presentation.

In 2019, the Illinois Legislature passed the Illinois Workplace Transparency Act. As a result, employers must provide anti-sexual harassment training to their employees at least once per year. Failure to do so could result in employers being fined by the Department of Human Rights.
 
Rick Lofgren and Charles Wentworth of The Law Office of Lofgren & Wentworth, P.C. have recorded a 20-minute presentation that you can use to provide the training to your employees, and they have been gracious enough to let the Chamber use for its members.
 
Did you complete your Anti-Sexual Harassment Training? If not, register today so you and your employees can complete this requirement.
*This program is NOT for restaurants or bars. We will soon email you when a presentation will be available for those serving alcohol.
Tuesday, March 9
11:45am Zoom Link Opens
Noon - 1:00pm Program

$10 per Chamber Member Employee

Virtual Meeting via Zoom
*A zoom link and Certificates of Participation for each employee who attends the program.
Can't Attend this Meeting Match 9th?

Sign up for the pre-recorded 20-minute presentation that you can use to provide the training to your employees. For $10 per employee, we will provide to you a link to the video, as well as the Certificates of Participation for each employee who views the program.
COD to Host
Future-of-Work Strategist and Author Heather E. McGowan

Discussion to Explore the Rapid Changes in Education, Work and Society

March 9, 7:00PM
FREE
 
Join College of DuPage for a discussion about the key role that education will play in developing a future workforce that produces rewarding careers and a thriving economy at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 9.
Presented in partnership with the Glenbard Parent Series and the DuPage Regional Office of Education, the event will be livestreamed at cod.edu/succeed and features a presentation by nationally renowned future-of-work strategist and author Heather E. McGowan.

Following her talk and opening by COD Board of Trustees Chairman Christine Fenne, McGowan will join College of DuPage President Dr. Brian Caputo, DuPage Regional Office of Education Superintendent Dr. Darlene Ruscitti, Glenbard High School District 87 Superintendent Dr. David Larson, and academic consultant and researcher Dr. Lourdes Ferrer-Allen to discuss how the education field is uniquely positioned to help students prepare for careers yet to be imagined.
Multi-Chamber Virtual Progressive
Networking Event

Join us for this Progressive Networking event where each guest will randomly move through up to 3 breakout rooms to network with up to 7 other business professionals in each room. This is a great way to meet a lot of people and get to know them beyond just an introduction. This is a multi-chamber event and space is limited to register today!
Wednesday, March 10
Noon - 1:30 PM Program

$10 per Chamber Member $15 Non-Members

Zoom Platform
Future Proof Your Business Series January to March 2021

Covid19 has brought home a hard truth: small businesses will only be truly viable if they plan for future growth AND for a future crisis. The Future Proof your Business Series is designed to help businesses plan for a sustainable and viable future even in the toughest of times.

This program encourages business owners to let go of old beliefs and begin their transformation. They will gain a new appreciation for the real shocks that businesses suffer and the role of leaders in times of crisis; the opportunities technology offers for business continuity and the concurrent need for cybersecurity protocols. Understand the need for and ways to maintain a sound financial basis for the business, build a flexible and effective sales model and incorporate efficient means of marketing and communicating their message.

Whatever fate can throw at us, this program will give business owners the tools they need to survive the tough moments and continue to grow. Businesses can attend all live sessions and registered clients of the Business Development Center at College of DuPage will have access to consultants in one-on-one virtual settings to develop their customized action steps.

For more information or to register for webinars, click here.

Get YOUR BUSINESS INVOLVED

  • Share the Love February 1 - 28
  • Featured Family Feasts - February 1 - 28
  • Promote yourself in Glen Ellyn Community Awards - Video released in March
  • Sponsor the Community Golf Outing - May 17
Share the Love
of Glen Ellyn this February

With the mission to create walking traffic in the CBD and promote our members, this February, the community is SHARING the LOVE to Glen Ellyn. The Share the Love event features 50 heart-shaped wreaths, each sponsored and decorated by a local business, scout troop or non-profit. Each wreath will showcase Glen Ellyn pride and be hung on light poles throughout the entire month of February. The wreaths will feature a theme in support of “Share the Love”. There is a Facebook Contest with a prize donated by Chocolaterie Stam of Glen Ellyn for the wreath with the most likes! We hope this brings many to Glen Ellyn in a safe way to dine and shop local while sharing the LOVE.
Glen Ellyn's
Featured Family Feasts

To promote our restaurants, the Chamber has created this FebruaryGlen Ellyn’s Featured Family Feasts,” a restaurant meal program that will offer a calendar of complete dinners from local restaurants that will feed a family of 4- 6. Each day of February will feature a different meal from a Glen Ellyn restaurant. The goal is to offer a convenient option for area families, expose residents to expanded dining options as well as create new business for local restaurants. Individual meals are available as well! This program has received over 5,000 clicks on our website.
 
Residents are encouraged to drop off much-needed pantry donations for the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry when they pick up their meal at each restaurant. Look for the labeled Food Pantry bin. Every day is an opportunity to donate a can good!

Attention Restaurants: End of February we will post a quick survey requesting your opinion of the effectiveness of this event.
(As of 2-16-2021)
Community Award Virtual Ceremony to Announce 2020 "Best Of" Recipients

Over 1,500 nominations have been submitted for this year's Glen Ellyn Community Awards! With such a crazy year 2020 has been, all are truly deserving recipients.
 
We are excited to announce that this year's 57th Annual Glen Ellyn Community Awards Ceremony will be virtual for all to view at 'Watch Parties' throughout Glen Ellyn Restaurants or in your own home!

Attention all Restaurant and Venues: Look for upcoming information on the opportunity to host a "Watch Party" at your location. You would need to have the ability for a screen for viewing of the awards ceremony and capable of making state COVID compliant designated reservations. Will be looking for information from you if guests can order off the menu or if you decide to host a pre-fixed menu or alternative pending the venue.
Please Consider Sponsorship:

Please consider sponsoring this very important event. There will be high residual visibility for your company at this important Glen Ellyn tradition in recognizing the BEST of Glen Ellyn. This year we will create a video of the award presenters and recipients to share in March via YouTube with plans of watch parties throughout the Village. More to come.

Premiere Event Sponsor - $250 (12 commercial slots available)
The Chamber will film a twenty second commercial of you at your storefront stating, your names, company, thank you Glen Ellyn and what this award program means to you.
  • Pre-commercial of your business will be shared on social media prior event
  • A “thank you” commercial between awards
  • Company logo displayed as top event sponsor at the beginning of the video
  • Company verbally announced during the video presentation
  • Company mentions in press release
  • Logo & link displayed at the top of the webpage
  • Logo & link included in event eblasts
  • Logo displayed on virtual program
  • Logo & link included on Facebook banner & social media

Appreciation Sponsorship - $150 (12 commercial slots available)
The Chamber will film a twenty second commercial of you at your storefronts stating, your names, company, thank you Glen Ellyn and what this award program means to you.
  • A “thank you” commercial between awards
  • Logo displayed at the end of the video
  • Logo & link displayed on webpage
  • Logo & link included in event eblasts
  • Logo displayed on virtual program
  • Included in social media

Recognition Sponsorship - $100
  • Logo displayed at the end of video
  • Logo & link displayed on webpage
  • Logo & link included in event eblasts
  • Logo displayed on virtual program
  • Included in social media
Glen Ellyn Community Golf Outing
Join us for the Annual Glen Ellyn Community Golf Outing for golf, fun and friends with plenty of games and prizes.
 
Your package will include a scramble format 18 Hole Golf Tournament with cart, box lunch, beer on the course, dinner ticket, a silent auction, drink ticket and prizes. Play games on the course such as a timed Foursome Relay, Straightest to the Line, Closest to the Pin, Longest Drive, Village Cup, Putting for Pints, and Hole in One contests where you can win $10,000 cash, a roundtrip airfare and more. 
Monday, May 17 | 1:00pm Shotgun
Village Links of Glen Ellyn

$150 per Golfer / Call to inquire for Foursome discount
Interested in Joining the Golf Committee? Email: jaclyn@glenellynchamber.com
Sponsorship Opportunities:
 
Event Sponsors - $500
Banner displayed, company name on all print promotional materials, e-blasts & website, recognition in golf outing program, & presentation to the winning foursome!
 
Box Lunch Sponsors - $300
Logo displayed at registration table, company name on all box lunches, golf e-blasts & website, recognition in golf outing program.
 
Beverage Sponsors - $250
Sign displayed on beverage cart and bars, company name on all printed ads & e-blasts, recognition in golf outing program.
 
Music Sponsors - $200
Banner displayed near live music, company verbally announced, golf e-blasts & website, recognition in golf outing program.
 
“Fun” Sponsors - $200
Host a table at a hole! Representatives to be present at event on a tee, sign displayed, hole recognition and in golf outing program.
 
Hole Sponsors - $150
Company sign displayed at hole, recognition in golf outing program.
 
Donation Opportunities:
 
Silent Auction & Raffle Prize Donations
Company name will be recognized on program and verbally thanked at the event. Deadline 5/10/21
 
Goodie Bags
Promote your business by including your item in our “goodie bag” (approx. 100). Deadline 5/10/21
Village of Glen Ellyn
Comprehensive Plan: Third Public Hearing Scheduled for February 25

The Glen Ellyn Plan Commission will conduct a third public hearing on the Comprehensive Plan scheduled for Thursday, February 25 at 7 p.m. via Zoom. During this meeting, the finalized Comprehensive Plan will be presented, incorporating any feedback received from the Plan Commission and the public from the prior open house meetings (held in November 2020) and the public hearings (held in December 2020 and January 2021). The finalized plan will then be presented to the Village Board at a Workshop meeting, tentatively scheduled for March 2020, and at a future Village Board meeting thereafter.
 
Opportunities to Provide Feedback and Comments
A copy of the most up-to-date draft of the Comprehensive Plan can be found on the website. Residents and businesses have the opportunity to provide comments and feedback directly on the website or by emailing Village Planning Manager, Kelly Purvis.
 
Consider signing-up via Notify Me to receive notifications on the Village’s website. Notify me allows you to receive updates (via email or text) on the comprehensive plan.
More Chamber Member Marketing...
NEW: Refer a Member and Receive a Free Eblast
The Chamber would like to show their appreciation. If you refer a new Chamber member you will receive a free eblast (value $100).

  1. You or the new member mentions the referral
  2. Submit your eblast artwork at glenellynchamber.com/eblast-request/
Are you participating in our Gift Check program?
*Chamber Members: Contact jaclyn@glenellynchamber.com if you are not listed.
This program is included in your Chamber membership. The Chamber sells approximately $60K in gift checks annually. The Chamber does not receive any money from this program and it is a FREE service to our paid members.

Gift Checks come in the following denominations $10, $15, $20, $25, $30, $50. With limited office hours, Gift Checks are "pre-ordered" by phone or email and pick up is available during in person office hours Tuesday & Thursday. Gift Checks are SOLD at: the Glen Ellyn Public Library, Stacy's Corner Store & Glen Ellyn Chamber.

Gift Checks are available to be redeemed ONLY for Glen Ellyn Chamber Members.
Glen Ellyn Welcome Bags NOW A FREE SERVICE to ALL Chamber Members
The Glen Ellyn Chamber welcomes new residents to the community! All new residents (approx. 500) receive a Welcome Bag. Chamber Members are able to distribute marketing materials and items in these bags for FREE. It is a great way to tell new residents about your business and service!

The Glen Ellyn Chamber provides the reusable shopping bag which includes a welcome letter, map, a Glen Ellyn Community Guide and useful items, coupons, directories and brochures that offer residents information and savings. Welcome bags are distributed at the Cashier Desk at the Village Civic Center and at the Chamber office. Contact the office to place your marketing materials in the Welcome Bag. Complete FORM.


PAST CHAMBER EVENTS
February 9, the Chamber held their Monthly Meeting, Evelyn Rodriguez Vice President / Branch Manager and Noel Navarro Vice President Business Banking, from Glen Ellyn Bank & Trust provided information about PPP Round 2 and What You Need to Know.

To view the meeting Click Here
Password: mg!K3XZP


JOIN A COMMITTEE
Membership Committee
This committee welcomes and mentors our newest members, helping them to take advantage of the many benefits offered by the Chamber. Not surprisingly, we often find that our newer members are the very ones who enjoy participating in this role. This committee meets the fourth Thursday every monthly.
Thursday, February 25
9:00 - 10:00 AM

Free to All Chamber Members
Virtual Meeting via Zoom. A link to join will be emailed prior the meeting.
Glen Ellyn Business Leaders' Forum
The Glen Ellyn Business Leaders' Forum is comprised of non-competing businesses that provide products and services to businesses and consumers. Because each member represents a different industry we have industry specific expertise we openly share with the group. We want to share what we know so that we each become better business owners, and in turn can provide guidance to our clients and customers with relevant referrals.

Members collaborate to form effective referral partnerships for the markets they serve in Glen Ellyn and Chicago's Western Suburbs.
Friday, February 26
7:30 - 8:30 am

Virtual Meeting via Zoom. Link will be sent to all current members and those interested prior to meeting date. For more information click link or contact :

John Hughes, VP Business Banking
Glen Ellyn Bank & Trust
(630) 469-3000 (work)
Support Local Businesses
The Glen Ellyn Chamber is dedicated to be a resource during this difficult time. This is a very crucial time for our small business owners. We have began the following programs:

*Attention Chamber Members: Check your business listing and fill out the form below to provide business updates. If you have any questions email jaclyn@glenellynchamer.com.
Participate in our DINE IN GLEN ELLYN
Curbside Pickup / Delivery / Carryout / Drive Through / Outdoor Dining
Participate in our KEEP SHOPPING LOCAL program
Curbside Pickup / Online / Shipping / In Store
Glen Ellyn Essential Services
These Business are critical to our community. Please note the Essential Businesses description described by the Executive Order . Please contact these companies via phone or email as many of these companies are working remotely.  
Call For Volunteers
Volunteers are needed across the state. If you are an able-bodied volunteer and are willing to volunteer, please visit DuPage County’s Volunteer Portal, Giving DuPage, that links volunteers with non-profit organizations within DuPage. If you are Non-Profit not associated with Giving DuPage and would like more information, please contact the Chamber Office.
Glen Ellyn Business Resource During COVID-19
The Glen Ellyn Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to be a resource during this difficult time. Please click the link to view:
  • Emails shared with Glen Ellyn Chamber members regarding COVID-19 on their website
  • COVID19 Links to Village, County & State.
  • Additional ways to help in the pandemic.
THANK YOU TO OUR MEMBERS
Without your paid memberships we are unable to provide services to strengthen the Glen Ellyn Businesses and community

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Glen Ellyn Chamber of Commerce
810 N. Main Street
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
630.469.0907