Chamber Advantage
June 26th, 2022
Photos courtesy of Jamilla Yipp Photography.
The Economic Luncheon this year was another success. Thank you to our wonderful moderator, DeRondal Bevly, and our speakers, Hashem AlsaketSandra Kaufman and Manoj Prasad, who provided an engaging and informative discussion. 
Two of the major themes to come out of the event highlighted the need to engage and include our Generation Z in the decision-making process and the need to stop building yesterday’s outdated infrastructure projects today, to start designing, developing, and building infrastructure for the future.
Thank you also to our Sponsors for the event, The office of Senate President Don Harmon and Forest Park Bank, for supporting this fabulous event.
Co-Chair for the
Vice President of the
Practice Manager
Economic Luncheon

Thank you to everyone who helped make this event a huge success, from the venue, to the speakers, and especially the Sponsors... THANK YOU!
Event Sponsors
We would like to thank our Sponsors for this event for helping to make this year's Economic Luncheon a huge success!
Venue Sponsor
The Panelists
We would like to thank our esteemed panelists for their time, preparation and enthusiasm for this event, without whom the luncheon would not have been a success. If you would like to learn more about each of them, check out our website!
Plan Your Week!

What is coming up this week?
Check out the events we have put together for you this week.
We look forward to seeing you there!

Monday June 27, 12:15 - 12:45pm - Meditation Monday at Crossfunction Flexible Workspace
Welcome to our monthly Meditation Mondays! All it takes is half an hour (that's only 30 mins!) for us to help you put your to-do list aside, empty your head of all the chatter and truly look after yourself.
We know that life can be busy, and it can be stressful juggling family and work. We are guessing that you could use some TLC!
Monday June 27, 5:30 - 7:00pm - BIPOC Affinity Group Meeting
Join us for the third BIPOC Affinity Group meeting. Connect with Latinx, Asian-American, Black and Indigenous peers from the OPRF business and nonprofit community! Come join us to make connections with great folks, and help us shape the future of this new group!
Plan Your Month!

Want to plan ahead?
Here are some events we have coming up over the next month.
Join us for these wonderful networking opportunities and
continue to grow your business!
We believe that all who live and work in our community should have the opportunity to thrive. This is our Chamber vision, and we work tirelessly to make this a reality in everything we do! Keep an eye on our NEW LGBTQ+ Programming and Resources page to stay up-to-date on any events and resources to help your business throughout June, and the rest of the year!
Wednesday July 6, 6:00 - 7:30pm - WIB Affinity Group at Jayne
We are thrilled you will be joining us! Beat the July heat with some retail therapy at Jayne Boutique. Get ready to fall in love with gorgeous summer styles, fabulous shoes, delicious soy candles and more. This private Chamber shopping event includes 15% off your purchase that evening and a chance to win a Jayne gift card. Space is limited so register today!
Thursday July 7, 1:00 - 2:00pm - NPO Affinity Group at Whirlwind Coffee
Come join the Chamber's nonprofit affinity group for our monthly gathering - this time in person, after being virtual for so long! 
We'll gather at Whirlwind Coffee in their lovely patio area, for social and professional connecting. Nonprofit Affinity Group sponsor First Eagle Bank will cover pastries and drinks, and will share about what a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) can do for nonprofits.
Thursday July 7, 5:30 - 7:00pm - DCRE Affinity Group at Olson's Ace Hardware
Come join the Chamber's Design, Construction, and Real Estate Affinity Group at Olson's Ace Hardware! We'll learn from Ace's interior designers about current color trends and design tips, to help you and your clients keep properties looking fresh and appealing. 
Friday July 8, 12:00 - 12:30pm - Takeout Stakeout at Yolk
Come join your fellow Chamber members for our next Takeout Stakeout, this time at Yolk in River Forest! In this event, we convene at a designated restaurant to pick up our takeout lunch choices, and get to see each other for a bit while we're at it in a fun little meetup. Lunch is a flat $16 including tax and tip.
Tuesday July 12, 5:00 - 7:00pm - Business After Hours at Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio
Join us for a night of networking on the elegant grounds of the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio! Great people, a beautiful setting, and our usual raffle fun will make for a fine summer celebration - please join us!  
Food at this Business After Hours will be sponsored and provided by the wonderful array of culinary creators at Schoolhouse Kitchens in River Forest, an incubator of food entrepreneurs.
Advocacy Update

What is the Chamber doing for you?
Every month, the Executive Director, Liz Holt, along with the Advocacy Committee, Sam Yousif & Rob Guenthner, along with other Chamber Board Members are working tirelessly to make sure that your voice is heard. Check out some of the accomplishments that have happened so far this year!
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