Chamber Advantage
July 17th, 2022
Are you a licensed River Forest business who is not a member of the Chamber? Now is the right time to join! Your Village is supporting you in your pandemic recovery and offering you a FREE six-month membership with the Chamber. Just get on-line and apply for a Standard Membership. We will look after the rest. Do what's right for your business now!
Executive Director
There have been nearly 20 businesses who have taken advantage of this program! Are you one of them? If not, you could be!
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 July 18, 12:15 - 12:45pm - Meditation Mondays at Crossfunction Flexible Workspace
Join us for 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 are thrilled to partner with the Kadampa Meditation Center in Oak Park to bring you this monthly meditation. The fabulous Kelsang Chogo will lead the meditation and talk you through every step. You don't need to do anything but show up and breathe!
Friday July 22, 12:00 - 12:30pm - Takeout Stakeout at Schweet Cheesecake
Come join your fellow Chamber members for our next Takeout Stakeout, this time at Schweet Cheesecake! 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. 
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!
Monday July 25, 5:30 - 7:00pm - BIPOC Affinity Group Meeting at Styles4Kidz
This month our BIPOC Affinity Group will be gathering at Styles 4 Kidz in the Oak Park Arts District. Connect with Latinx, Asian-American, Black and indigenous peers from the OPRF business and nonprofit community! Food and beverage will be provided.
Come join us to make connections with great folks, and be part of the future of this new group!
Thursday August 4, 1:00 - 2:00pm - NPO Affinity Group Meeting at TBD
Come join the Chamber's nonprofit affinity group for our monthly gathering! This month we'll learn from Amy Montgomery, the Director of Individual Giving at Housing Forward, about pro tips for successful annual giving campaigns.  
Friday August 5, 12:00 - 12:30pm - Takeout Stakeout at FFC's Local'84 Cafe
Come join your fellow Chamber members for our next Takeout Stakeout, this time at FFC's Local'84 Cafe! 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 August 9, 5:00 - 7:00pm - Business After Hours at The Children's School
Our August Business After Hours (BAH) will be hosted by The Children's School in Oak Park, whose mission is "to nurture students' innate curiosity and love of learning through democratic practice, emergent curriculum, and hands-on projects, helping students become lifelong problem-solvers and engaged citizens."
Wellness Wednesdays

There is still time to register!
Welcome back to one of the Chamber's newer projects to help market and connect our member Health & Wellness businesses with clients, customers and community. Wellness Wednesdays is a monthly e-newsletter that focuses on tapping into local expertise to support every-day health and well-being in our community. Still not quite sure what this is? Check out the Health & Wellness Affinity Group page to see last year's newsletters.
Each month there will be one specific topic that is timely and relevant to the community. Planned topics include:

  • August 3, 2022 - "Divine Dialogue: Lady Bits that Deserve More of Our Attention"
  • September 7, 2022 - "Sensational Seniors: Best Practices for a Thriving Senior Social Life" 
  • October 5, 2022 - "Inflammation Eradication: Health & Harmony from the Inside Out
  • November 2, 2022 - "Balanced Boundaries: Healthy Habits When Saying YES & NO"
  • December 7, 2022 - "Protect Your Peace: How Not to Kill Your Family or Yourself During Obligatory Gatherings"
How do I get involved?
In order for your Health & Wellness business to be featured as a Vendor Sponsor in an edition of the Wellness Wednesdays e-newsletter, you must:
  • be a member in good standing of the OPRF Chamber.
  • have products/services/information specifically related to the monthly topic.
  • sign-up and pay fees at least one week before publication.
  • provide your content materials (name, logo, contact details and text) at least one week before publication.

Only $100 per issue!
Premium Sponsors
Annual Meeting

Registration is Open!
Join us this year at the Unity Temple for the official annual gathering of Chamber members and local business leaders to celebrate the previous year's accomplishments and set the stage for the upcoming year. Attendance for members is complimentary and includes a light breakfast and networking.
Thank you to our Sponsors!
There are still sponsorships available for the 2022 Annual Meeting. If you would like to sponsor this year's Annual Meeting, visit the website to learn more and register!
We're doing something a little different this month. Instead of meeting in person, we are leaving you time to get in your beach reading. We have worked with the Oak Park Public Library and the ladies from our Women In Business Affinity Group to put together a list filled with both beach reads and our favorite business books. Get the list below by clicking on the button and keep an eye on the WIB Affinity Group page for more information on next month's in person gathering!
Oak Park River Forest Chamber of Commerce

143 S Oak Park Avenue


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