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


We have been very busy the past few months.  The BPCIA just concluded our golf season, along with a successful Small Business Clinic/Expo.  Moving forward we're planning for our September 19th Quarterly Luncheon.  We have three speakers who will discuss ACA repeal, paid leave requirements in Cook County, changes along with some important information on tax assessment appeal strategies, and changes to the 6b  & Class 8 tax incentives.  We hope you join us, and learn information that could help your business's bottom line.  
I'd like to introduce two of our newest Directors on the BPCIA Board, beginning their service with us in April 2017.  Both gentlemen bring value to the table with fresh new ideas.     
Khaalis Rahman is honored to replace long time Director Robert Swanson who retired after 35 years of service and also represents ACH Food Companies as Robert successfully did for many years. Khaalis has over 22 years of plant management experience and has been at ACH Food Companies for a little over a year. Prior to that he spent just over 20-years with Greif Packaging, managing several facilities in North Carolina and Chicago. He served as a member of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce Manufacturing Council (South Charlotte Section) from 2005-2008 and most recently served as a Director on the Valley Industrial Association (VIA) board from 2011-2015. Khaalis is an Alumnus of University of Illinois and has two MBA degrees from IL Institute of Technology. Outside of work, he enjoys playing golf & fishing when he gets time and participates in a number of not-for-profit community activities.
Derek Wasilevich is a commercial relationship manager at Wintrust Community Banks (Beverly Bank & Trust Co., NA.).  Derek was been in banking for 17 years and has extensive knowledge of commercial and industrial businesses.  His responsibilities include managing the loan and depository relationship of his clients.  He takes a consultative approach with his clients by offering expertise and information that goes beyond bank products.  Wintrust has over 160 locations throughout the Chicagoland area including Indiana and Wisconsin.  Derek was born and raised in the Beverly neighborhood and an alumnus of Brother Rice High School, Northern Illinois University and earned his Masters of Accounting.  He enjoys playing guitar and is always up for a round of golf (weather permitting).        

As always, we welcome your comments or suggestions to continue our success.  Contact the BPCIA Office or any of the board members with concerns or information you'd like to share with us. 

Cheryl Laska

Quarterly Luncheon - September 19

Guest Speakers:
Larry Grudzien - ACA (Affordable Healthcare Act)
William Hallberg - Vitality (Corporate Wellness)
William Sandrick - Tax Assessment Appeals & Tax Incentives

Larry Grudzien will discuss:
  • 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 will discuss:
Trends in employee wellness and its potential impact on employee benefits cost.      
Bill is the Vitality agency director for Mid-Market groups 1500 employees or less and has over 25+ years of experience dealing with employer sponsored group health insurance plans & employee wellness.
Bill Sandrick will discuss:
  • 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.
DATE:            September 19, 2017 (Tuesday)
COST:            $25.00 per Person (Non-members $35)
PLACE:          Marriott Chicago Midway
                      6530 South Cicero Avenue
                      Chicago, Ill. 60638
TIME:             11:30 A.M. - Registration                                                  
                      12:00 NOON - Luncheon

For reservations contact The BPCIA Office
708-496-0336 or Email
Speed Networking at DoubleTree Hotel - November 1st


The BPCIA 2017 Golf Season was a great success!   
We had good weather, good food and of course wonderful participants!
  We'd like to thank our sponsors for their loyalty and support.

June Outing Sponsors: 
Belt Railway of Chicago 
Ingredion Incorporated 
Nexus Distribution Corporation
August Outing Sponsors:
  ACH Food Companies
Garfield Ridge Contractors
Wintrust Community Banks

Hot Dog & Beverage Sponsors:
Mid-America Orthopaedics
Village of Bedford Park

Beverage Cart Sponsors:
Bedford Motor Service
Weglarz Company

Cart Sponsors:
Aircraft Gear
Hallberg Insurance

Longest Putt Sponsors:
Midwest Warehouse & Distribution
Nalco an Ecolab Company

Closest to the Pin Sponsors:
Ingredion Inc.
Midwest Business Consulting
Midwest Warehouse & Distribution

Hole-In-One Sponsor:
ServPro Bedford Park/Burbank

Hole Sponsors:
Aztec Supply
Chicago Office Products
City Electric
GLS Transport
Independence Tube
Jett Cutting
Midway Hotel Center
MidAmerica Orthopaedics
Reavis High School
The Concord Group
Wells Fargo Bank
Wintrust Community Bank
Wirtz Rentals - Summit Division

We had a beautiful season, with a great turn-out this year.  Our thanks to all the golfers and to those who may have come to the dinner.  A special "Thank-You" to those who donated a raffle prize or hand-out for the outings... of course the golfers loved it!

Congressman Daniel Lipinski visits Nalco

Nalco - An Ecolab Company hosted a town hall meeting on Friday, August 4 with Congressman Daniel Lipinski and two of his staff members (Jerry Hurckes and Joel Creswell).  Additional guests present were Mark Biel (Chemical Industry Council of Illinois) and Marcus Branstad (American Chemistry Council).  Following the discussion - guests were given a tour of the manufacturing facility.   The picture shown below includes Nalco's Leadership team.

2nd Annual Small Business Clinic  
The 2nd Annual Small Business Clinic was held at the Oak Lawn Pavilion on August 17th. The Event was hosted by Midwest Business Consulting, Bedford Park-Clearing Industrial Association & The Oak Lawn Chamber.  There were 64 exhibitors along with four breakout sessions.  The BPCIA wants to thank our members who participated to make this a successful event, especially Chuck's Southern Comforts Cafe for donating lunch for everyone.  

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:  

September 19 - Quarterly Luncheon

November 1 - Speed Networking Event 


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

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