Chamber Advantage
March 20th, 2022
We heard our members loud and clear - you are ready to get out, see friends again and meet new people. That's why we launched our spring Speed Networking event on April 12th. Long-talker or wallflower, introverted or extroverted, we welcome everyone to come along and have a great time. This will be the best 2 hours of your week!
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Speed Networking

Reconnect with Your Network!
Join us for our Speed Networking event on Tuesday, April 12th at Concordia University. Check out the website to register or become a Sponsor for the event!

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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 March 21 , 12:15-12:45pm - Meditation Mondays at CrossFunction
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!
Join us each month for our Chamber program aimed at taking care of you, our small business community. 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 will be meeting at The Boulevard Arcade in Oak Park, the home of CrossFunction Flexible Workspace.
Wednesday March 23 , 9-10:15am - Young Professionals Talk Reparations with Christian Harris
We invite you to join us for a friendly conversation about local actions that could be taken toward racial equity. Please understand this is not going to be a debate about whether injustice is real nor whether reparations are needed—this is an opportunity to learn from one of our members who is a thought leader on the topic. We look forward to learning from Christian! 
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!

Friday April 1, 12:00-12:30pm - Take-out Stake-out at Salerno's Pizza & Pasta
Come join your fellow Chamber members for our next Takeout Stakeout, this time at Salerno's Pizza & Pasta! 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! 
Thursday April 7, 1-2pm - Nonprofit Affinity Group via Zoom
Come join the Chamber's nonprofit affinity group for our monthly gathering. This month, guest expert Rachel Simpson, principal of Gear Up Consulting, on "Creating Win-Win Collaborations with other Organizations."
Friday April 8, 9-10:30am - Women in Business at The Sheridan
WIB is honoring Earth Month and continuing our monthly series with Mindy Agnew, Sustainability Coordinator for the Village of Oak Park. All of us do our best to recycle, compost and conserve water at home, but what about at the office? Mindy will share quick and easy ways to create a more eco-friendly environment at your place of work. Mindy's passion for sustainability has parlayed into a career with the Village and she is excited to share her expertise.
Wednesday April 13, 2-3pm - Chamber 101
Perfect for new members and those who need a refresher, this fast-paced seminar will review all of your digital benefits to maximize your digital advantage. Learn how to set up your Chamber profile to take the most advantage of what we offer!
Office of Minority Economic Empowerment:
Empowering HER With Resources: How Illinois Supports Women-Owned Businesses
Whether you’re already a woman business owner or aspiring to be one, please join us in a virtual panel event to learn about no-cost (free) resources to help promote your business, such as one-on-one business advising, business education programs, and online business directories. We’ll also share more about the advocacy and policy work being done behind the scenes to ensure women entrepreneurs have the support they need to be successful.

Want to learn more about Professional Development? Keep an eye on the website. We are adding more events as they become available!
Boost Your Network

Register Now!
Are you planning on being a Sponsor or Vendor for the Health & Wellness Fair this year? Are you a business in the Health & Wellness field and are wanting to increase your healthcare network? If the answer to either of these questions is yes, then this event is for you!
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Health & Wellness Fair

Reconnect with Your Health!
Join us for our 6th Annual Health & Wellness Fair on Sunday, May 15th at Formula Fitness Clubs in Oak Park. Check out the website to register as an attendee or become a Sponsor or Vendor for the event!

This event is a showcase of outstanding health & wellness services available throughout the western suburbs and attracts hundreds of area residents who interact with 50+ exhibitors, receive complimentary screenings, enjoy family activities & appreciate excellent giveaways. 

Register now to be a Vendor or Sponsor for the event!
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Get to know our Board!

Want to learn more about our Board of Directors?
Each month we will be featuring a different Board Member (or two). These features will tell you who they are, what they do, and some fun facts about them. We are starting off with the Past President, Dr. Mary Ann Bender!
Office: 847-390-7666
What does she do?
I am a podiatrist, treating all ages of patients for conditions of the foot and ankle (ingrown or fungal nails, fractures and injuries, bunions, hammer toes, heel pain and plantar fasciitis, tendinitis, gout, sprains, and arthritis). After 11 years of being my own boss in private practice, I merged with Weil Foot and Ankle Institute at Rush Oak Park Hospital in 2020. Being part of a bigger practice has allowed me to offer more services to my patients and provide better care.
Who is she?
When I am not working, I am usually cheering for my daughters at Taekwondo, and volleyball, soccer, and softball games. When I have free time, I like to read, travel, try new restaurants, and cheer on the White Sox, Bulls, and Bears.
If she had to choose one, beach or mountain vacation, which would it be?
As a Pisces, I love water, so my preferred vacations include lake or ocean time!
This has been a hard year for many. Do you know someone who is in need of emergency financial assistance, which can help those struggling with mortgage, rent, and/or utility payments.

To learn more about eligibility, please see the attached flyer.
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