August 2016

In This Issue


of the Month 

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

Ryan Anderson

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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The St. Charles Chamber of Commerce is an inclusive and active membership organization that helps its members grow their businesses, their business knowledge, and business connections.


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Building a vibrant and prosperous community through business leadership . 

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Golf Outing


Cruise Nites


Dog Days of Summer Fundraiser for Anderson Animal Shelter






Networking  Opportunities



Volunteer Opportunities


Golf Outing 
Monday, August 8th 
Cruise Nites
5 More Weeks!
A Word from the Board - Board Director - Bill Johnson
Bill Johnson  
Board Director 
The St. Charles Chamber Board....what do those directors do?
For those not familiar with the structure of the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce, the chamber includes a professional staff that operates the day to day functions of the chamber and more importantly, are key leaders who also give direction and work very hard to provide a first class experience and great value and service to our chamber members.
And then there's the board of directors of the chamber.  So what do they do? 
The board is made up of leaders, representatives and business owners of member businesses.  They meet regularly to provide oversight of the chamber, ensure that the interest of the members are being met, and along with the chamber staff, are providing policy and direction of the organization.  Much of the program work stems from input and ideas generated at a monthly board of directors meeting. 
In addition, many of the directors either sit on a chamber committee or Chair a committee.  For myself, I began my involvement with the St. Charles Chamber as a member of the membership committee.  Since that time, my role has evolved in both a director position and being Chairman of the Membership committee.   I have found that committee involvement is a great way to stay connected with the chamber and gain the most from your membership as well.  (Hint, Hint!).   And I feel fortunate that my company, BMO Harris Bank, strongly supports and encourages this type of community involvement.
Finally, one of the annual traditions of the St. Charles Chamber is our Chamber of Commerce week celebration which is scheduled for the week of Sept. 12 th.   The staff and directors are currently planning the week's events so watch for more details on this, including the date of the St. Charles Chamber open house, in the coming weeks!
I hope all enjoy the rest of your summer!

Bill Johnson
BMO Harris Bank
(630) 377-4100


Noodles and Company
3875 E Main St. #3871, STC

Chamber Members joined at Noodles and Company  to welcome them to St. Charles and the Chamber! They are a fast casual restaurant offering a variety of world cuisines, open for lunch or dinner for delicious noodles and pasta, soups, salads, or sandwiches. Catering is available!


Cruise Nites
Riverside Ave , STC
Cruise Nites has been a success for the month of July! Make sure to stop by and visit for one of the four remaining Tuesday's in August! Hosted by the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce,  Baltria Classic & Muscle Cars, and Fox Valley Auto Group!
Come Enjoy this Classic Car Show from 5-8pm with no entry fee!  Cars, Trucks, Motorcycles, All Makes and Models Welcome. 

New this year, the Chamber has Food, Beer & Wine available from Blue Goose Super Market and The Finery & Blacksmith Bar! There is also Trivia, a 50/50 Raffle, Sponsors and Vendors providing Giveaways and other fun activities. So be sure to bring your kids and the whole family!
Featured Night Sponsors:
Costco, Detour Graphic Design and New Media, Inc., Excel Automotive Repair, St. Charles, IL, Imperial Gutter Services, McNally's Heating and Cooling, and NicKey Performance
Thank You to our other Vendor & Restaurant Sponsors:
Blue Goose Market, Button Man Shipping, Printing & Mailboxes, Chiro One Wellness Centers, Ginger Root Hair Salon, Olympia Chiropractic and Physical Therapy, PJN Financial Services, Inc., Matt Holm - State Farm Insurance Agency, The Finery & Blacksmith Bar, and Shaw Media

All types of vehicles are welcome every week and remember, Admission is FREE!!

Legislative Luncheon
DOL Published Final Overtime Rule

With the new Department of Labor Overtime Rule affecting salaried employees earning $47,746 and less, the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce and Legislative Committee thought it was important for our members to learn the new rules.  Jeff Risch from Smith Amundsen was our insightful presenter.  The law is effective December 1 st , so make sure your employee handbooks and processes are set up beforehand.

Legislative Luncheon- State Update
Eagle Brook Country Club
2288 Fargo Boulevard
Geneva, IL 60134

Senator McConnaughay and State Representative Steve Andersson gave us an Illinois Legislative Update.  Topics included the Stop-Gap Budget, the well underfunded Pension Liabilities, Chicago vs. all other Illinois school funding, redistricting, and unemployment.  They discussed our revenue streams and the need to increase taxes in Illinois, including the possibility of sales taxes, property taxes, and/or retirement fund taxes.

WBC Networking On The Patio
Charleston On The River
1 W. Main Street
St. Charles, IL 60174

On a July 21 st , the Women's Business Council held their annual Networking on the Patio event at Charleston on the River. Members from the Geneva and Batavia Chambers were also invited. Due to the heat, the event had to be moved indoors, but that did not stop those in attendance from having a great time networking and enjoying a variety of delicious food and refreshing drinks. Businesses from the St. Charles area contributed items to a raffle basket, which was won by Johanna Page from Colonial Café. All raffle proceeds will be donated to the WBC's quarterly charity: Embrace A Family.

City News

New Interactive Map Pinpoints the City's Summer Street Projects
The City of St. Charles 2016 Street Resurfacing Program is underway. Want to see exactly what projects are planned and where? Take a look at the Interactive Map of Projects on our website ( ) to find out more about street maintenance and more. You can look at multiple project categories, including Street Resurfacing, Bridges and Storm Water projects.
"Maintaining city streets is an essential service for our residents and businesses," said Karen Young, Assistant Director of Public Works. "This map makes it easy for anyone to see where we are scheduled to work and to find out more about the projects."
For more information, contact Karen Young, at 630.377.4486 or .

Business of the Month  
Brighton Gardens Assisted Living
Living at Brighton Gardens of St. Charles

Redefining senior living, the Brighton Gardens of St. Charles focuses on the individuality of each resident and has set the standard in the Assisted Living industry. Minutes from downtown St. Charles, Brighton Gardens offers both Assisted Living and Memory Care. Our mission is to champion the quality of life for all seniors both inside and outside of our community.  Family members and guests are always welcome to visit and enjoy our enriching atmosphere.  Our community pets, Kira the dog and Max the cat may even come up to say hello.

Our tenured staff and warm surroundings makes the Brighton Gardens an ideal place to call home.  It is our belief that our residents should be able to live with purpose at any age which is why each and every activity is tailored especially for them. Transitioning to Assisted Living doesn't mean giving up the things you enjoy.  Our residents enjoy outings to the Butterfly House in Geneva, Kane County Cougar's Games, and monthly movie outings.  Most recently, we had the Elgin Community College Orchestra come out to perform for our residents and family members for our Alzheimer's BBQ and Fundraiser where we raised over $300 for the Alzheimer's Association.  It is safe to assume that we are an active group!

All fun aside, our 24/7 nursing staff and designated care managers are the heart of this community.  They go above and beyond to assure our residents have outstanding care.  Their training is extensive in both general resident care and dementia.  Our team provides the ideal living situation for seniors in need of support while maintaining their independence. 
If you know of anyone or have a loved one who would benefit from our community, please contact Jennifer Mallo, Director of Sales at 630-587-6120.  We would love to have you visit and stay for lunch.  The food is just another benefit to living here at the Brighton Gardens of St. Charles!  It's delicious! 

600 Dunham Road
St. Charles, IL 60174
(630) 587-6120
Business of the Month 
West Valley Graphics and Print, Inc.
West Valley Graphics & Print, Inc. has serviced the Fox Valley and surrounding communities as a full-service printer dedicated to high-quality production since 1982.

We are still here on the west side of St. Charles at 105 South 14th St., just off Main Street in the Valley Shopping Center on the east side of the building.

West Valley's staff provides digital and conventional printing including:
* letterhead * envelopes * brochures * wedding invitations
* announcements * forms * postcards * door-hangers
* calendars * business cards * newsletters * tickets
* menus * tags * folders * pads
* posters * bookmarks * programs * prayer cards
and much more like pens, stamps, banners, yard signs and magnets.

Color and black-and-white copying projects include:
* booklets * manuals * reports * labels
* contracts * resumes * newsletters * flyers
* school projects just to name a few.

Call us first! We can help you from the start while saving you time and money. Our team is ready to guide you and your company into the digital age of print. We will transform your ideas into unique marketing tools for your business.

Our goal as print providers is to offer customers uncompromising quality and fast turnaround times at competitive prices. Our expertise is further enhanced by the use of current digital presses and copiers. We are able to cut, fold, collate, staple, drill, perforate, score, pad, number, bind and whatever else it takes to deliver you a finished product.

Our customer base includes many long time clients as well as new and we value all our relationships. Customer involvement and approval throughout the process is the key to a quality finished product.

Whether you are an established firm or starting a new business, club or hobby and need help in designing, printing and finishing your marketing tools, don't hesitate to call 630-377-7575 for more information. Free local pickup and delivery. 

Let us be part of your team.

Address: 105 South 14th Street
                St. Charles, IL 60174 
Phone: 630-377-7575 
Fax: 630-377-6090
Celebrate Differences
Phillis Nowicki
5375 US Highway 34, Suite 4
(630) 885-3006
Edward Jones - Anthony Cascio-Mariana, Financial Advisor
Anthony Cascio-Mariana
2580 Foxfield Dr, Suite 106
St. Charles
(630) 587-1488
International Medical Massage Association
Michael Devo
2201 Dean St. Unit E1
St. Charles
(847) 624-1164
Keller Williams Fox Valley Realty
Roxanne Kazda
1450 W. Main St, Ste G
St. Charles
(630) 377-6200
Fun Republic Inc
Shreya Patel
731 N 17th St, Unit 16
St Charles
(630) 344-9541
Bath Planet
Aileen Watkins
1800 S. Park Ave
(630) 233-4014
Innomat Handling LLC
William Richards
(630) 208-6900


3rd Street Dance & Theatre Academy
St. Charles
(630) 443-0041

AMLI at St. Charles
St Charles
(630) 587-5470

Archer Promotional Products
Hoffman Estates
(847) 340-9438
Athletico Physical Therapy
St. Charles
(630) 762-1200
St. Charles
(630) 405-5557
City of St. Charles
St Charles
(630) 377-4400
Coldwell Banker Honig Bell - Maureen Christiansen
(630) 208-6974
Cooper Hong, Inc.
St Charles
(630) 377-2555
Corinne Pierog
St. Charles
(630) 797-5093
CPR Printing, Inc.
St Charles
(630) 377-8420
D&K Painting, Inc.
Saint Charles
(630) 742-9744
DePaw University Canine Campus
(630) 232-8663
Fairfield Inn & Suites
St Charles
(630) 845-5500
Family Dental Care of St. Charles
St. Charles
(630) 443-6635
First State Bank
St Charles
(630) 584-7100
Fox River Distilling Company
(630) 402-0027
Grinnell Marketing Group
(630) 441-3597
Heinz Brothers Greenhouse Garden Center
St Charles
(630) 584-0473
Hestrup Family Wellness
St. Charles
(630) 377-3202
Lechler, Inc.
St Charles
(630) 845-6861

Power Packaging
St Charles
(630) 377-3838
RE/MAX Excels
(630) 208-7400
River Corridor Foundation of St. Charles
St. Charles
RVG Commercial
St. Charles
(630) 513-6150
Rx Automotive
St. Charles
(630) 443-8500
Second Street Dental
St. Charles
(630) 584-0026
Skyline Tree Service & Landscaping, Inc.
St Charles
(630) 584-2221
Spare Wheels Transportation, Inc.
West Chicago
(630) 377-4637
St. Charles Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM
St Charles
(630) 513-5353
St. Charles History Museum
St Charles
(630) 584-6967
St Charles
(630) 443-8461
Write Hand Marketing & Communications
St. Charles
(630) 258-4136


*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.
Tuesday, August 2nd   
Riverside Ave
St. Charles, IL 60174
Thursday, August 4th     
Marquee Youth Stage
3800 East Main St., LL, Studio C112
St. Charles, IL 60174
Monday, August 8th
Royal Fox Country Club
4405 Royal & Ancient Drive
St. Charles, IL 60174
Tuesday, August 9th   
Riverside Ave
St. Charles, IL 60174
Thursday, August 11th
Evolve Chiropractic
451 Dunham Rd, Ste 700
St. Charles, IL 60174
Tuesday, August 16th    
Riverside Ave
St. Charles, IL 60174
Riverside Ave
St. Charles, IL 60174
Wednesday, August 17th      
11:30am- 1:30pm
Marketing Bootcamp Luncheon - How to get Existing Clients to Grow your Business
Chamber Boardroom
216 S Riverside Ave
St. Charles, IL 60174
Thursday, August 18th     
4:30- 6pm
Olympia Chiropractic
1 W. Main Street
St. Charles, IL 60174
Tuesday, August  23rd    
Riverside Ave
St. Charles, IL 60174
Thursday, August 25th      
4:30- 6:30pm
Penrose Brewing Company
509 Stevens Street
Geneva, IL 60134
Tuesday, August 30th       
5- 7pm
McNally's Pub
109 W. Main Street
St. Charles, IL 60174
Thursday, September 1st  
Forthright Financial Planning
200 W. Main Street, Suite 102
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:

Allison Johnson from Northwestern Medicine, for referring Bare All Beauty Bar

Hot Deal
Receive a Free Business Card Ad in the Golf Outing Program

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 $5 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, and City of St. Charles Municipal Bldg. 

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If you'd like to advertise in our next Newsletter, please contact the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce at
(630) 584-8384 or email  Business card ads, pdf picture ads and Word document ads are all welcome.  (There is a charge for Newsletter Ads.)
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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.