April 2016

In This Issue


of the Month 

Board of Directors
Craig Larsen
Sharon Spero
Vice Chairman
Money Mailer of Fox Valley

Ryan Anderson
JRB Studio

Leah Hoppes
Vision Force Marketing

Wendy Taylor-Santucci
Sacha Urban
TriCity Family Services
Rita Tungare


President & CEO
Special Events & Marketing
 Laura Macklin-Purdy
Business Development
Christopher Nelson
Administrative Assistant
Membership Representative
Our Distinguished Members


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A Word from the Board - Stacey Ekstrom

Happy Spring!
Our 3 rd annual Business to Consumer Expo is on Saturday, April 16 th.  There is something for everyone whether you want to attend as a vendor or as a participant.  At the event, we will have over 60 businesses representing restaurants, healthcare, financial, and home improvements.  Bring your family to enjoy live entertainment, a Youth Services as well as a Healthy Lifestyles section, bouncy house, interactive sports, taste samplings of our restaurants, and to learn more about the services our members provide.
Our Marketing series has been very successful, and will continue in the fall after our April session on Branding.  Please see our newsletter for more details.  As always, if you have any suggestions for educational programming, please feel free to contact us.
The Mini-Golf Outing provides a lot of "Mini-Fun".  Come join us on June 3 rd for a pleasant afternoon at Riverview Miniature Golf Course at Pottawatomie Park.  This casual event is designed for everyone.
For those of you who like a scenic tour of the river with great camaraderie, please partake in our Paddleboat Mixer on June 22 nd from 5-7pm. A  special thank you to Anderson Enterprises for allowing us to enjoy refreshments, play a networking game, and enjoy meeting with new and existing Chamber members.
Please contact the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce if you have any questions or interested in sponsoring one of these events.
Stacey Ekstrom
St. Charles Chamber of Commerce
(630) 584-8384
McNally's Pub
109 W. Main Street
St. Charles, IL 60174
Just in time for St. Patrick's Day, St. Charles was happy to welcome McNally's Pub back to the downtown area! With a few changes to the d├ęcor and menu items that everyone will love, McNally's Pub is back.  Make sure to visit!

Magnolia Bridal
141 S. First Street
St. Charles, IL 60174
Magnolia Bridal is a charming boutique located in the heart of downtown St. Charles. They hand select our dresses and tuxes to ensure that we are providing the high quality fabrics and materials you deserve on your special day! Make sure to visit this beautiful store if you are in need of Wedding attire for men and women!

The Hairy Ant
601 Sidwell Ct., Unit F
St. Charles, IL 60174
The Hairy Ant just opened a new location with a great space for all of their printing services. The Hairy Ant is your home for all things creative. They provide screen printing of custom t-shirts, apparel, and accessories for your organization or event. 



Chamber Comedy Night Fundraiser
Zanies at Pheasant Run
4051 E. Main Street
St. Charles, IL 60174
Laughter filled the room at the 1 st Chamber Comedy Night; Ralphie Roberts was hilarious and kept smiles and amusement all night! Thank you to our sponsors: King of Comedy Sponsor, Excel Automotive Repair; The Stand Up Comics Sponsors,  Hoopis Financial, McNally's Heating & Cooling; and The Jokers Sponsor, First State Bank. Thank you to everyone who attended; this was a great fundraiser for the chamber!

Industrial Arts & Robotics Tour
Haines Middle School
305 S. 9th Street
St. Charles, IL 60174
The St. Charles Chamber of Commerce Council for Industry hosted a tour at Haines Middle School to showcase the Industrial Arts and Project Lead the Way programs.  Dr. Schlomann, Superintendent, welcomed our Chamber Members prior to the attendees visiting the classrooms.  Chamber members were impressed to see how knowledgeable and technologically advanced the middle school students are.  Students showcased their robotic projects in conjunction with computers, as well as their woodworking and electronic computer aided design projects.  The community should be proud and honored to see the advancements of our students and the guidance they are receiving to enter the Industrial environment.  Thank you to our host sponsor of the event, West Suburban Bank and Rob Ferrigan.

Marketing Bootcamp:
How to Get More from Every Advertising Dollar

Marketing Boot Camp Luncheon Series was on How to get more from every advertising dollar, taught by three different presenters about different segments of advertising.  Kris Martinez, Martinez Creative Group informed the group about radio and TV advertising and how that can assist a business's campaign depending on target audience and goals.  Laura Burke, Shaw Media discussed newspapers and magazines, and how social media also has been increasingly helpful to businesses' marketing strategy. Tim Sullivan, Neighbors Magazines discussed how the quality of your message is very important, and how with print advertising there are a number of ways to track and get your message out.

This series started due to the Chamber member feedback asking for more information pertaining to marketing. The topics remaining include: Power Branding: Maximizing the Impact of Your Visual Marketing, Effective Social Media & Digital Marketing Simplified, How to Get Existing Clients to Grow your Business, and The X Factor: Putting it all Together. If you are interested in attending one or more workshops, please contact the Chamber for more information!

After Hours Mixer
Claddagh Irish Pub
1702 Commons Drive
Geneva, IL 60134
The Young Professionals held an After Hours Mixer at the Claddagh Irish Pub who provided wonderful appetizers, Alex Claney took and printed photo booth photos and a great time was had by all who came to network and celebrate St. Paddy's Day Early. Thank you to our sponsors: Hoopis Financial, McNally's Heating & Cooling, Claddagh Irish Pub, APM Designs and Northwestern Medicine.

After Hours Mixer
Wilson Travel & Cruise
203 E. Illinois Avenue
St. Charles, IL 60174
Chamber members were able to travel around the world at this great After Hours Mixer hosted by Wilson Travel. They had appetizers and information from different geographical locations that are great places to visit. Make sure to contact Wilson Travel for any travel needs!

WBC - Luncheon
Francesca's by the River
200 S. Second Street
St. Charles, IL 60174
The Women's Business Council held their monthly luncheon at Francesca's by the River. The luncheon featured a guest speaker, Kathy Gibson from TriCity Family Services, who spoke on the subject of dealing with difficult people. She educated attendees on how to communicate and effectively resolve conflict with difficult individuals in our professional and personal lives. Attendees worked in pairs using the techniques Kathy taught them to engage in challenging conversations and how to respond positively to those who are acting or being difficult. Spa LaVie, Ruffner's Luxury Pet Boarding, Galena Garlic Company, Image Awards & Engraving, and Fred Astaire Dance Studio donated raffle prizes with proceeds going to WBC's quarterly charity: Fox Valley Food for Health!
City News


Water Use Survey Cards are being Mailed to St. Charles Residents and Businesses

The City of St. Charles is conducting a water use survey of all water customers. The survey is being conducted by Aqua Backflow, a company contracted with the City to gather the survey data. All water customers are required to complete and return this survey, which takes only a few minutes.

The information obtained is used to ensure safe drinking water for all users by documenting if a home/business owner has certain water-related equipment and if a backflow prevention device is installed. The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) requires the survey every two years.

A backflow preventer prevents reversal of the flow of the non-drinking water into the drinking water system in the home or business and into the public water supply. Examples of where these devices may be located are: lawn irrigation systems, boilers, hot tubs, ponds, fountains, fire sprinkler systems. 

The company hired to implement and oversee St. Charles's program is Aqua Backflow from Elgin, Ill. They specialize in cross-connection control management. Please return all surveys to Aqua Backflow not the City. If you have or require backflow protection, you may also be notified for testing, repairs or installations. Contact Aqua Backflow with questions at 847.742.2296 or info@AquaBackflow.com.

Business of the Month  
Inland Bank

Inland Bank & Trust is committed to the community. I am Janet Roman, and I am the Bank Manager for the Geneva branch, serving the Tri-City Area. I am thrilled to be a part of the Inland team and I have been in our community for many years.
As a business of Geneva, my team and I are deeply involved in the community.  We have all lived, worked, and have raised our families here. The Tri-City Area is a great place to be!  We have a deep commitment to the Tri-City Area, from working with local businesses to supporting our schools; Inland Bank has had the right idea about being a true community bank.
Whether it's our Hometown Hero Checking, which gives money to worthwhile charities, to our Health Savings Accounts which can help people and businesses with Health Care costs, we can also help you get into your first home or grow your business.  We embrace technology by offering Mobile Banking with Remote Deposit Capture.  We are making a difference every day.  

We are grateful that the industry has recognized Inland Bank's employee volunteer efforts with:
  • 2015 Illinois Bank Community Service Award winner by the Illinois Bankers Association
  • 2015 America Bankers Association Community Commitment Award for Volunteerism
I invite you to join me for a cup of coffee and learn about all of the ways Inland is in our community. From the friendly faces in our lobby, to the products we have dedicated to enriching our local businesses, to checking and deposit products that make a difference and so much more.

So stop in and visit me and my staff and discover why I chose to be part of the Inland Bank family. 

Inland Bank
1900 W. State Street
Geneva, IL 60134
(630) 845-0500
Business of the Month 
Valley Ambulatory Surgery Center
2210 Dean Street
St. Charles, IL 60175
(630) 584-9800
McNally's Pub
Shay Clarke
109 W. Main Street
St. Charles
(630) 513-6300
Magnolia Bridal
Ashley Patyk
141 S. First St.
St. Charles
(815) 228-7592
Unlocking Performance
Mark  Wilson
St. Charles
(630) 209-1010
PJN Tax Solutions Group, Inc.
Patrick Noone
525 Tyler Rd., Suite Q2
St. Charles
(630) 415-5296
Golden Valley Jewelers, The
Mauro Guerrero
213 W. Main St.
St. Charles
(630) 377-4653
Coffee News Chicagoland
Mike Thill
PO Box 5274
(630) 480-2813
Loyal Companions Animal Hospital and Pet Resort
Vicki Petsche
2312 W. Main St.
St. Charles
(630) 524-2125
Angel Water, Inc.
Eric Lindquist
21 S. Main Street
(847) 382-7800
i9 Sports
Mike Taormina
902 S. Randall Rd, Suite C#324
St. Charles
(630) 454-5709

103.9 The Fox & Star 105.5
Crystal Lake
(815) 459-7000

AMI Group, Inc.
(847) 888-9820

Baker Memorial United Methodist Church
St Charles
(630) 584-6680
Betsy & Mike Penny
St. Charles
(630) 584-9693
Cassell Plan Audits
St. Charles
(630) 886-7669
Classic Cinemas Charlestowne 18
St Charles
(630) 443-4378
Collins Group, Inc., The
St. Charles
(630) 584-2500
Comcast Business Services
Oak Brook
(847) 789-2842
Crum-Halsted Insurance & Risk Management
(630) 485-4540
Damico Paving & Sealcoating
St Charles
(630) 263-7283
Doc Morgan, Inc.
St Charles
(630) 584-9414
Evoke Idea Group
St. Charles
(630) 879-3846
Field of Dreams Horse Rescue & Adoption
St. Charles
(312) 203-3601
First National Bank
(815) 758-2411
Fox Valley Orthopedics/OrthoFirst Immediate Care
(630) 584-1400
Fox Valley Special Recreation Association
(630) 907-1114
Fox Valley Volkswagen
West Chicago
(630) 231-9900
Going To My Happy Place Yoga
(630) 935-9554
iALL Repair
St. Charles
(847) 777-9300
Integrative Family Healthcare, LLC
St. Charles
(630) 549-7199
Kane County Fair Association
St Charles
(630) 584-6926
Kane County Medical Society
St Charles
(630) 584-6129
Karen E. Tietz PC
St Charles
(630) 587-5771
KinderCare Learning Center
St. Charles
(630) 584-2333
Macarena Tapas & Tacos
St. Charles
(630) 945-3458
Marce Van Glabek
St Charles
(630) 584-8847
March of Dimes - IL Chapter - Northeast Division
(815) 600-8087
P & F Business Advisors, Inc.
St Charles
(630) 578-5181
Penrose Brewing Company
(630) 232-2115
Precision Computer Methods, Inc.
(630) 208-8000
Presence Health
(630) 859-2222
SmartSource, Inc.
St. Charles
(630) 818-1045
St. Charles American Legion Post 342
St. Charles
(630) 444-1975
St. Charles Dental
St Charles
(630) 377-7760
STC Capital Bank
St Charles
(630) 377-1555
Sterling Bank
St. Charles
(630) 549-7065
Suburban Tire Auto Care Centers
St Charles
(630) 584-1866
The Exchange Club of the Tri-Cities
St Charles
(630) 254-2856
The LaCava Center for Integrative Medicine
St. Charles
(847) 695-6262
Walgreens (East)
St. Charles
(630) 513-9060
West Suburban Bank
St Charles
(630) 652-2885
Workforce Development Division of the Kane County Office of Community Reinvestment
North Aurora
(630) 966-1435


*Note:  As events can change or be rescheduled, always go to our Events Calendar  on our website for the most up-to-date listing of all Member and Chamber events.

Wednesday, April  13th 
Marketing Bootcamp:Power Branding: Maximizing the Impact of your Visual Marketing
City Municipal Building - Council Chambers
2 E. Main Street
St. Charles, IL 60174
Saturday, April 16th 
10am- 4pm
1400 Foundry Street
St. Charles, IL 60174
Tuesday, April 19th 
Shopping For Knowledge
3800 E. Main Street
St. Charles, IL 60174
Wednesday, April 20th
11:30- 1:30pm
Q Center
1405 N. Fifth Ave.
St. Charles, IL 60174
Thursday, April 21st  
BMO Harris Bank
1 E Main Street
St. Charles, IL 60174
Thursday, April 28th  
El Puente Restaurant
112 E. Main Street
St. Charles, IL 60174

See What's Going On With Chamber Businesses

Check the Chamber Website Event Calendar for a complete listing of Chamber Member Events this month. 

Thank you to Steve Brainerd,  Durham Group, Inc. for referring Unlocking Performance.
Hot Deal
Refer a New Member- BOTH Chamber Member and New Member get a 
$25 Chamber Gift Certificate 

Contact the Chamber Office at 630-584-8384 for more information or how to sign up.
*Must mention this ad when applying, For New Members only.
St. Charles Chamber Gift Certificates 
Great Gift Idea for: 

- Coaches 

- Teacher 

- Birthdays

- Anniversaries

- New St. Charles Residents

- Customers

- Any Occasion 

Purchase multiple gift certificates in any denomination from $10 through $25.  To view where to purchase gift certificates and a list of participating merchants click link below 
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      Gift Certificate
Purchase at the St. Charles Chamber Office, Blue Goose Super Market, City of St. Charles Municipal Bldg. 

Your Ad Could Be Here!
If you'd like to advertise in our next Newsletter, please contact the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce at
(630) 584-8384 or email marketing@stcharleschamber.com.  Business card ads, pdf picture ads and Word document ads are all welcome.  (There is a charge for Newsletter Ads.)
BEI Properties

Neighbors Magazines
Solutions Networking Corp.

The St. Charles Chamber of Commerce is a 501(c)6 Non-Profit Organization whose sole funding is from Membership Contributions.  The St. Charles Chamber of Commerce does not receive any City, County, State or Federal Funding.  Chambers of Commerce direct their efforts at promoting the common economic interests of all the commercial enterprises in a given community.  We appreciate our Member's contributions to our Organization through Membership Contributions, Sponsorships and Event Attendance.