January 10, 2022
Please join me in congratulating Doris Barrera on her recent promotion to membership coordinator.

Doris has been with the Wheaton Chamber of Commerce since 2017, serving in the role of administrative assistant. You've seen her at check-in for our luncheons, and maybe you've spoken with Doris in person or over the phone. She serves a vital role in helping present "Member Matters," our monthly orientation for new, current and prospective members (next one: 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 26).
What inspires me about Doris is the unerring kindness with which she approaches each person, whether they're a top sponsor or someone drifting into our office from the street, looking for a city map. Her customer service skills were honed by years of working within the manufacturing world. Doris brings a practical approach to her work along with a heaping dose of humor. This promotion acknowledges Doris for being such a key resource to our members and a valued staff member who supports me and the board.

With appreciation for Doris and for you, the members we serve~
Vickie Austin
President/CEO

[Photo credit: Miguel Morna Freitas]
Welcome new members

We are delighted that new members continue to join the Wheaton Chamber. Please help us welcome:
  • Adobe--yes, that Adobe. We spoke to a contact there and it seems the company is conducting a campaign, joining local chambers of commerce to learn more about how to be of service as Adobe rolls out its business software. Stay tuned for content from them.
  • Egg Harbor Café. Welcome back to our friends at 208 South Hale Street in Wheaton! Just south of the railroad tracks, Egg Harbor has long been a Chamber rendezvous favorite. Emily Randolph is director of community outreach.

We are delighted these new members have chosen to become part of the Wheaton Chamber of Commerce and invite you to welcome them, too.
Join us for a "Town Hall" at January's virtual luncheon

Our plans for the year included in-person luncheons, but the recent spike in COVID cases has changed things. Like many organizations, we are making a soft pivot back to the virtual luncheon for now with the pledge to evaluate monthly going forward.
The popular "State of the City Address" by our Honorable Mayor Phil Suess has been postponed until we can all get back together again. However, Mayor Suess has graciously agreed to be part of a virtual "Town Hall" which also will feature City Manager Mike Dzugan and some of the city's leadership team. You can register now for this virtual event which will be held from 11:30 am. to 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 20.

We appreciate the Mayor's and Mr. Dzugan's willingness to be available to our members and the community who look forward to our January State of the City luncheon each year. We will get there--together.
Still time to register for "Diversity Matters"
There's still time to register for our upcoming three-part series, "Diversity Matters: A New Mindset for Today's Leaders," co-sponsored by Innovation DuPage and the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Committee of the Wheaton Chamber of Commerce. The series kicks off this Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. with:

Wheaton & DuPage County: Today, 2030 and Beyond

Speakers include David Roth of the DuPage Federation, Jacob Kniep of OUTSpoken Leaders, Kate Beck of Abilitylinks and Carlos Johnson from DONKA, Inc. Shefali Trivedi from Giving DuPage will moderate.
David Roth
Kate Beck
Carlos Johnson
Learn more about the factors driving diversity in the workforce and in our county, and hear from these experts about the future of DEI. You may register for one, two or all three of the series.

Parts II and III include:
  • February 16: DEI Terminology & Lexicon: Why Words Matter. Tracey Crawford and Oralethea Davenport of Northwest Special Recreation Association will share about the language of diversity and why it's so important.
  • March 9: Crafting Your Diversity Statement. Ms. Crawford and Ms. Davenport return to share guidelines and templates for organizations to craft their own diversity statements.

This "Diversity Matters" series is free to our members thanks to the generous sponsorship of Innovation DuPage.
Fresh Ideas Class #4 open for enrollment

Eager to learn--or to share what you've learned about business with an eager mentee? The Ambassadors Club of the Chamber invites anyone who is interested in joining Class #4 of the "Fresh Ideas Mentoring Program" to apply now. Mentors can apply here; prospective mentees, please apply here.

Enrollment is open through January 15. The investment is small--one hour per month for six months--and the return is priceless!
Last week we had a video from Brittany Johnson of Seeing Thngs, telling us what a difference her mentor Betsy Adamowski of the Wheaton Public Library had made in Brittany's work and life. Here you can listen to Betsy share her experience with her mentee, Brittany, as Betsy encourages others to join the "Fresh Ideas" mentoring program.

Thanks to both Brittany and Betsy for recording their impressions to share about Fresh Ideas with other Wheaton Chamber members.
Got something to say?

We love to #BragandTag about our members, so please send promotions, press releases, member-to-member deals and "Hot Deals." We'll share here in Monday Matters, on our website and on our social media platforms.
Wintrust is the premier bank sponsor of the 2022 Chicago Auto Show, and they are offering a Grand Prize Package sweepstakes with prizes that include VIP access to the Wintrust Supercar Gallery and an overnight hotel stay.

"We want to share our love of Chicago and all things auto with you! Be sure to enter for your chance to win our sleek prize package that will make your experience at the Chicago Auto Show all the more special," the website states.

You can enter the sweepstakes here--and good luck! Special thanks to our premiere sponsor, Wheaton Bank & Trust.
The Wheaton Public Library is featuring our own Miguel Morna Freitas of Morna Freitas Photography as a featured artist at the library's Arts and Culture Center. Fine arts portraits from the newly released series "Skin Tones" will be on display at the library from January 14 through January 31. Here's additional information about the exhibit from Arts DuPage.
Congratulations to DuPage Credit Union

Congratulations to the team at DuPage Credit Union which was recently ranked the number one credit union mortgage lender in DuPage, Kane and Kendall counties for the eighth straight year. The kudos are based on data compiled through the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA). The credit union also finished 2020 ranked second in Will County. You can read more here.
Healthcare workers get the edge

CycleBar of Wheaton is giving healthcare workers an edge with $50 off each month as a way of showing their appreciation for these heroes! Click below for more details about this Chamber Hot Deal.
More Hot Deals...

Salon J, one of our newest members, is offering a "New Hair, New You" promotion for our Chamber members. Start off the New Year with a fresh new style--click here for details.

B.R. Ryall YMCA invites you to start off the New Year with some fitness, offering free access to their Y360 library of virtual classes. Learn more here.

We have job postings, too...

Here are some current job postings from our Wheaton Chamber members:
  • Director of strategic communications, St. Francis High School
  • Crew members, shift leaders and managers for Five Guys
  • Marketing manager, Literacy of DuPage
  • Hair stylist, Salon J

Send us news about your company's open positions--we'll be happy to post them here and promote on social media.
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"State of American Business 2022: Competition for the Future" hosted by U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Suzanne Clark, CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, will join Dr. Albert Bourla, Chairman & CEO of Pfizer, along with Carol Tomé, CEO of UPS, to discuss how competition for talent and the global economy will shape 2022. Wheaton Chamber members are welcome to join the conversation at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 11, by registering here.

This conversation was created to equip, inspire and inform business leaders to take on the challenges and opportunities ahead. By virtue of your membership in the Wheaton Chamber, you are also a member of the U.S. Chamber.
Our Chamber Events
This week:

  • Chamber Champions will meet at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 11. Nisha Gupta, M.D., of Gupta Eye Center, is the committee's new chair. Members interested in learning more about the Chamber Champions and what they do, please join the call.
  • Arts & Sports Tourism meets at 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 11. Sam Bauman of Berkshire Hathaway is the new chairperson. If this committee calls to you, click on the link and join the call.
  • Diversity Matters: A New Mindset for Today's Leaders kicks off with our first panel at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 12. Learn more and register here.
  • The Young Professionals Network meets at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 13 via Zoom. Seeking all those 40 and under who want to strengthen your network with a peer group... TJ Luby from Merrill Lynch leads this new group. Register here.
  • The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Committee meets virtually at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, January 13. Joshua Lederman, D.C., of Lederman Chiropractic is chair.
  • Office Hours is on hiatus through January 21. We will resume our virtual coffee hour from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 21.

Coming up:

  • "Town Hall," the Wheaton Chamber's January (virtual) monthly luncheon, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Thursday, January 20. Register here.