NEWSLETTER                                            November 2017
Bedford Park - Clearing Industrial Association
5101 West 67th Street
Bedford Park, IL.  60638

Trivia Night - Save the Date - January 25

Save the date... January 25th!  We're going to host a Trivia Night for those who want to come out and have some fun.  Yes... that's right... FUN!  The questions will not be hard, and we promise you'll have a lot of laughs!

Trivia Night will be held at Coaches Restaurant in the Holiday Inn Chicago Midway.
5:00 pm - Trivia begins at 5:30.  Rick Gauger from ServPro Bedford Park/Burbank will emcee.

Mark your calendar and join us for a great relaxing way to network with other members. 
Look for more details in the coming month!

Speed Networking at DoubleTree Hotel - Great Success!

The DoubleTree Hotel in Alsip hosted a multi-chamber Speed Networking event on November 1st.  The newly renovated hotel, was toured by the guests, with a grand raffle prize for one of the tourists.  The hotel also provided complimentary Hors d Oeuvres and beverages for the attendees.  BPCIA would like to thank the DoubleTree for their hospitality, and specifically, Julie Popovic, Director of Sales and Catering, for putting the event together.  
There were nine chambers involved, which gave attendees a great opportunity to meet people they may not have met through their chamber alone.  Periodically the local chambers get together to unite our members and hope they make a business connection.

Quarterly Luncheon - Great Information For Your Business

There was an immense amount of important information presented at out last quarterly meeting.  If you would like to contact one of the speakers, find their contact information below.

Left to right: Larry Grudzien - ACA (Affordable Healthcare Act), John Malnar (Lapham-Hickey Steel), William Sandrick - Tax Assessment Appeals and Tax Incentives, & William Hallberg - Vitality (Corporate Wellness) 

Larry Grudzien discussed:  ( Phone: 708-717-9638   E-mail:
  • Failure of ACA repeal and why
  • New paid leave requirement is Chicago and Cook County
  • MEWAS -  What they are
  • Offering benefits to 1099 employees and what could go wrong
  • Giving cash to employees to waive benefits... Any problems?
  • HIPAA Privacy Audits.  They are coming to an employer near you
 Bill Hallberg discussed:  (Phone: 630-205-7083   Email:
Trends in employee wellness and its potential impact on employee benefits cost.      
Bill Sandrick discussed: (Phone: 312-867-1515   Email:
  • Assessment appeal strategies
  • Changes to the Incentive process that effects 6b Incentives.
  • Big changes to the Class 8 program that may be applied to 6b down the road. 

Lili Karleskey
Express Employment Professionals

Bedford Park Police Department Offers Training Seminars
On the Subject of an Active Shooter

Since December of 2016, the Bedford Park Police Department has offered by request, training seminars on the subject of an Active Shooter.  Any Bedford Park business who requests this training will receive a 45 minute Power Point presentation in which our goal is to familiarize employees and staff in response tactics to an Active Shooter Crisis.  The objectives of this training are to teach employees response to the threat, response when law enforcement arrives, preparation for active shooter prevention, and how to manage the aftermath of the event.  This training is free of charge to Bedford Park businesses.  Email Sgt. Jeff Drake at for more details and to schedule a seminar.

Advanced Manufacturing Center is coming to  
Richard J. Daley College  
A $45 million engineering and advanced manufacturing center is coming to Richard J. Daley College in Ford City.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel broke ground on the 57,000-square foot student center Monday afternoon. The addition to the campus is expected to be complete in the fourth quarter of 2018, allowing students to begin to use it in January 2019.
Five labs for students studying both engineering and manufacturing are part of a new addition slated for Richard J. Daley College. Two computer labs and administrative offices are also part of the expansion.
The addition at 7500 S. Pulaski Road is designed to help Chicago residents take advantage of more than 20,000 engineering and advanced manufacturing jobs expected in the region over the next decade, according to Emanuel's office.
It will include five labs for students studying both engineering and manufacturing. Two computer labs and administrative offices are also part of the expansion.The manufacturing center is the latest in an effort by each of the city's seven colleges to align themselves with growth industries. Other examples include Olive Harvey's focus on education in transportation, distribution and logistics, Truman College's child development lab and the new health sciences campus at Malcolm X College. "With nearly 40 percent of Chicago's students enrolling in college today, it is critical that they have access to a college education that will prepare them for the growing job industries," Emanuel said in a previous release.
BPCIA Membership Referral Program

Would you like to earn rewards for referrals? Receive recognition while helping the Association grow? Participate in the BPCIA Referral Program... it's that easy!
The Member Referral Program is a continuous campaign to grow the Association and provide rewards and recognition opportunities to participants who forward prospects to the Chamber that result in memberships.
Here's How It Works:
  • Identify a business, vendor or acquaintance that you feel would benefit from a BPCIA membership.
  • Complete referral form and send it to us. (Contact the BPCIA Office for form)
  • We will contact the referred business and mention your company as the referring business.
  • If your referral joins the Association, and pays for a one-year membership within 90 days of receiving       the referral form, you will receive a complimentary lunch at a BPCIA annual or quarterly luncheon ($25 value).
 Terms and Conditions:
  • A referral form must be submitted to the BPCIA Office indicating YOU as the person referring the new business.
  • Should a referral form be submitted more than once, the BPCIA will honor the first referring party only.
  • There is NO limit to the number of referrals you can make.
  • The BPCIA lunch voucher will expire 12 months from the date of issue.
  • The referring member must be in good standing with current year's dues fully paid.
The Membership Referral Program for the Bedford Park-Clearing Industrial Association (BPCIA) helps our organization grow, which in turn, contributes to the vitality of our business community. A larger membership base strengthens the Association's voice advocating on issues of importance, enhances services for our members and provides more business connections. When a referred business or organization joins the Association, you will receive a complimentary BPCIA luncheon voucher to attend an annual or quarterly BPCIA luncheon.
Please contact the BPCIA for the referral form: or 708-496-0336 

Upcoming Events:  

January 25 - Trivia Night   


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Bedford Park - Clearing Industrial Association
5101 West 67th Street, Bedford Park, IL.  60638

Phone: 708-496-0336   -   Email:   -   Website: