August 2017


of the Month 

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

Ryan Anderson
HighWire  Networks


Tory Haines
Haines & Associates

Leah Hoppes
Vision Force Marketing

Bill Johnson
BMO Harris Bank

Steve Martin
First State Bank

Rob Mondi
Abby's Breakfast & Lunch

Colleen Noe
Integrative Family Healthcare

Wendy Taylor-Santucci
Sacha Urban
TriCity Family Services

Rita Tungare


President & CEO

Business Development

Kristine Kowalski
Administrative Assistant
 Johanna Kistner 
Special Events & Marketing
Membership Representative
Our Distingui shed Members


Valley Ambulatory Surgery Center
Vintage 53
West Valley Graphics & Print, Inc. 
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Legislative Committee

42nd Annual Golf Outing


After Hours Mixer

WBC Luncheon
Cruise Nites

Small Business Academy



Legislative Committee

Youth Professional Council Service Event 

Word from the Board

Bill Johnson

How to Leverage your Chamber Membership
By Bill Johnson
I have been fortunate over the past 34 years to have an employer who has encouraged local involvement in community organizations including many local Chamber of Commerce organizations.   This includes several appointments to the Board of Directors of these Chambers.   Below are some things I have learned in terms of businesses that are chamber members and how they effectively use their chamber membership.
Key findings:
1)       Each business joins the chamber for different reasons.   A few reasons include: networking, marketing assistance, community involvement, branding for their business, development of their employees through various chamber educational programs, staying current on legislative issues or exposure for their business, product or service.   While there are many other reasons to join as well, most businesses join for a specific reason and those reasons tend to vary by type of business and from business to business.
2)       Those that get involved in the chamber tend to gain most from their membership.  Ways to get involved include, attending the various events each month, volunteering at least twice a year for a chamber event or participating on a standing chamber committee.  You never know who you will meet which may benefit you personally, professionally or may benefit your business.  The personal interaction you will gain being active in the chamber tends to be invaluable and very beneficial. 
3)       Members that stick with their membership look at it as a vital annual investment which enables their business to continue to grow.  Not all good things happen quickly for businesses and a chamber membership tends to grow over time in terms of its importance for a business.  Sadly some businesses give the chamber  "a try" for a year or so and never really gain some traction to benefit their business.  Many times the lack of traction or momentum ties back to point #2, in this case, lack of involvement.  My advice, budget the membership investment in your annual budget and don't cut costs there....again the membership can be invaluable and grow in importance to your business over time.
I hope you find these insights from my years of chamber involvement beneficial to you and your business and I hope all enjoy the rest of your summer!

Bill Johnson
Chamber Board Director
BMO Harris Bank
1 E. Main Street, St. Charles, IL 60174
(630) 377-4131


Anytime Fitness
590 Kirk Rd.
St. Charles, IL 60174
Thank you to Anytime Fitness for welcoming the St. Charles Chamber and members to come and be a part of your ribbon cutting for the new remodel. The facility is beautiful and we love having options in St. Charles when it comes to fitness. Anytime Fitness has convenient 24/7 hours for members and reciprocity to all locations. The fitness center is inviting with a clean atmosphere for all fitness levels, State-of-the-Art Equipment and Certified Personal Trainers on staff.

Norton Lakes (model home)
1610 Falcon Dr.
Campton Hills, IL 60175
Since 1961, Shodeen Homes has established a reputation as the area's premier homebuilder. For over half a century, providing quality workmanship is and always will be a #1 priority for the Shodeen family. 
They stand behind every home with a full warranty to protect your most important investment, your home.  Shodeen Homes works to continuously develop plans and specifications to reinforce quality, smart design elements and energy-efficient features to suit your needs, style and budget. Chamber members were able to view this beautiful model home during their ribbon cutting!


OSHA Changes Breakfast
Council Chambers- City Hall
2 E Main Street,  St. Charles, IL 60174
The St. Charles Chamber of Commerce Legislative Committee and The Council for Industry hosted an OSHA update to over 43 attendees on July 19th at the City of St. Charles Council Chambers.

STC Capital sponsored the event and John Bartoski presented changes in reporting standards to stay compliant with OSHA 2017 changes. 

Networking on The Patio Mixer
The Office Dining & Spirits
201 E. Main St., St. Charles, IL 60174
The 2017 Networking on the "Patio" event hosted by the WBC was held July 20 th at The Office.  New connections abounded with both newcomer and veteran members.  A huge Thank You to our Table Sponsors: Haines & Associates, LLC, Wilson Travel & Cruise, and Wunderlich Securities, Inc.

Cruise Nites
Riverside Ave, St. Charles, IL 60174
The St. Charles Chamber of Commerce and presenting sponsor Fox River Tire & Auto hosted Cruise Nites on Tuesday, July 25 th from 5-8pm on Riverside Avenue and Walnut Avenue. The featured night sponsor was Detour Graphics & New Media Inc. bringing a twist to Cruise Nites, by inviting and featuring extremely rare and exotic cars. Some exotic cars we saw ranged from Lamborgini, McLaren and Porsche. DJ Toxic from Behind the Beats was at Cruise Nites playing all the hits and Detour Graphics also had a local band playing fun covers!

Thank you to our other Featured Night Sponsors:
Patriot Transport and NicKey Performance
Thank You to our other Vendor Sponsors:
103.9 The Fox & Star 105.5, Button Man Printing, Canine Companions For Independence, Costco, Evolve Chiropractic, Filling Station Pub & Grill, Fox Valley Home Services, Ginger Root Hair Salon, Imperial Gutter Services, Kane County Chronicle Media, and XSport Fitness

City News


The St. Charles in Bloom Committee Thanks You!

Thank you to the generous sponsors of our entry into this year's America in Bloom competition. Be sure to patronize their businesses & events!

Arcada Theater;  Aquascape;  The Baker Hotel;  Blue Goose Market;  Clarke;  The Diamondaire;  The Filling Station;  Fox Valley Volkswagen;  Guinness;  Jeans and a Cute Top Shop;  McNally's Traditional Irish Pub;  Mixology Salon Spa;  Nuova Italia Ristorante;  The Office;  Pizzeria Neo;  Puebla Modern Mexican;  Riverview Counseling Services;  Townhouse Books Cafe;  Pottawatomie Garden Club;  St. Charles Chamber of Commerce;  St. Charles History Museum;  St. Charles Park District; and  Township of St. Charles

Businesses of the Month  
Detour Graphic Design Inc.

Detour Graphic Design & New Media, Inc.
451 Dunham Rd. Suite 1000
St. Charles, IL 60174
(630) 940-2417
Fox Valley Buick GMC

Fox Valley Buick GMC
1421 E Main St
St. Charles, IL 60174
(630) 584-6400
   Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital

Northwestern Medicine
300 Randall Road
Geneva, IL 60134
(630) 208-3000
JD Byrider
Robert Hart
800 North Avenue
Glendale Heights
(630) 403-3800
Spirit Rising Coaching
Michael Shoultz
314 N Lincolnway
North Aurora
(608) 345-8277
Smoking Knife
Byron Weber
716 Westfield Dr
St. Charles
(630) 715-2292
Julie  Obora
1200 N. Kirk Rd
(630) 879-8100
Fox Valley Magazine
Kevin Ketchum
524 W State St., Unit E
(800) 564-8024
Mid Valley Special Education Cooperative
Marianne Fidishin
1304 Ronzheimer Ave.
St. Charles
(331) 228-4873
St. Charles Moose Lodge #1368
Boyd  Pervis
2250 W. Route 38
St. Charles
(630) 377-2000
HG Photography Studio
Hoang Gralewski
38W476 N Lakeview Cir
St. Charles
(630) 518-1503
Elite Home Restoration
Samantha Staron
9843 Schaffner Drive
KDR Media Group
Sarah Kasiurak
1051 Perimeter Dr #1150
(630) 894-0934


Advanced Disposal
(630) 587-8282
Anderson Animal Shelter
South Elgin
(847) 697-2880
Bethlehem Lutheran Church
St Charles
(630) 584-2199
BMO Harris Bank - Main Street
St Charles
(630) 377-4100
(630) 405-5557
Chic Boutique
St. Charles
(630) 338-6092
Cooper Hong, Inc.
St Charles
(630) 377-2555
Country House at Geneva
(630) 208-8181
Davey Tree Expert Company, The
West Chicago
(630) 293-9336
Elgin Academy
(847) 695-0303
Guaranteed Rate, Matthew Roder
(630) 388-9533
HighWire Networks
(847) 341-8810
Image Awards, Engraving & Creative Keepsakes
(630) 232-1313
Mendel Plumbing & Heating, Inc.
St Charles
(630) 377-3608
Power Packaging
St Charles
(630) 377-3838
RE/MAX Excels
(630) 208-7400
Realtor Association of the Fox Valley
(630) 232-2360
Riverside Pizza & Pub
St. Charles
(630) 549-6644
RVG Commercial
St. Charles
(630) 513-6150
Signarama - Elgin
(847) 468-8981

SmartSource, Inc.
St. Charles
(630) 818-1045
Spare Wheels Transportation, Inc.
St Charles
(630) 377-4637
St. Charles American Legion Post 342
St. Charles
(630) 444-1975
Sterling Bank
Poplar Bluff
(630) 549-7065
Total Electric Controls & Maintenance
St. Charles
(630) 513-7141
Tri City Health Partnership
St Charles
(630) 377-9277
Vanek, Larson & Kolb, LLC
St. Charles
(630) 513-9800

*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.
Thursday, August 3rd        
Eagle Brook Country Club
2288 Fargo Boulevard
Geneva, IL 60134
Thursday, August 3rd       
Main Street Pub
204 W. Main Street
St. Charles, IL 60174
Monday, August 7th
Royal Fox Country Club
4405 Royal & Ancient Drive
St. Charles, IL 60174
Thursday, August 17th   
Vanishing Ink Laser Aesthetics Center
2020 Dean Street, Suite L2B
St. Charles, IL 60174
Tuesday, August 22nd  
Riverside Ave
St. Charles, IL 60174
Wednesday, August 23rd
Small Business Academy
Chamber Boardroom
216 S. Riverside Ave
St. Charles, IL 60174
Thursday, August 24th   
McNally's Pub
109 W. Main Street
St. Charles, IL 60174
Tuesday, August 29th
The Office Dining & Spirits
201 E. Main Street
St. Charles, IL 60174
Thursday, August 31st  

YPC Service Event
The Office Dining & SpiritsLaLllack lLL
la 214 Walnut St, 
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: Lisa Foydel from 25 N Coworking who generously donated her 50/50 Raffle from the WBC networking on the patio event winnings back to the WBC committee! Thank you Lisa for your contribution!! 
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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.)
BEI Properties

Fox River Tire & Auto

Pheasant Run Resort & Spa

Solutions Networking Corporation 
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.