Chamber Advantage
April 3rd, 2022
Did you know that the Village of Oak Park is so committed to the success of our business community that they are supporting all new businesses with a complimentary six-month membership with the Chamber! Check out this week's newsletter for a list of new members from the last two months as well as great info about services the Village has to support new business ventures. There has never been a better time to open a business in Oak Park!
Executive Director
Complimentary Membership

Did you know... All new businesses in Oak Park receive a 6-month complimentary membership?
Beginning January 1, 2022, all new Oak Park businesses receive a complimentary 6-month membership to the Oak Park River Forest Chamber of Commerce, which will be activated shortly after your business license is issued from the Village of Oak Park.

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!

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 Aficionado. 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 is excited to share her expertise and passion for sustainability with us.
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!

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!
Friday April 15, 12-12:30pm - Takeout Stakeout at Khyber Pass
Come join your fellow Chamber members for our next Takeout Stakeout, this time at Khyber Pass! In this event, we convene at a designated restaurant to pick up our takeout lunch choices, and make and build connections with our colleagues outside for half an hour before we take our lunches back to work.
Monday April 18, 12:15-12:45pm - Meditation Mondays at CrossFunction Flexible Workspace
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.
Thursday April 21, 8-9:30am - Young Professionals Field Trip to Graphic Conservation Company
Join our Young Professionals for a fun field trip to Graphic Conservation Company!
We're off on a field trip to learn something new - how experts preserve important pieces of paper, since that happens to be the specialty of the Graphic Conservation Company right here in Oak Park! Come join us for good company and to get insight into a business most of us know very little about. 
Friday April 29, 12-12:30pm - Takeout Stakeout at Mulata
Come join your fellow Chamber members for our next Takeout Stakeout, this time at Mulata! 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 social meetup.
How to Network

Are you new to networking,
or do you just need to make some tweaks?
Are you an extrovert who needs to work on honing your elevator pitch? Or are you an introvert who needs some quick tips on how to get out there to promote your company? We have gathered together some opportunities, and "Tips & Tricks" to help you be the best face of your brand!

Blog - Networking is for Introverts too!
Networking is for everyone! Many times we think that only a certain type of person or personality can be good at networking. But, if you love what you do and are passionate about growing your business, then networking is for you, too! Check out this short article with a few tips & tricks on networking for Introverts with information gathered by our very own Diane Cranford!
Tuesday April 12, 5-7pm - Speed Networking at Concordia University
We know it's been a loooooong time since we have seen our friends, and met new colleagues! Join us for a fabulous evening where you can do both. Hone your networking skills with a 2 minute elevator pitch. Meet 60 other business owners in just 2 hours.
Absolutely everyone is welcomed to join us!
Thursday April 21, 5-7pm - Boost Your Network at Riveredge Hospital
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!
Join us at Riveredge Hospital for this year's Boost Your Network and reconnect with your health & wellness network.
New Members

February & March 2022
Join us in welcoming all of these new Chamber Members into the Oak Park River Forest community! We can't wait to meet you and learn more about your business.
Oak Park River Forest Chamber of Commerce

143 S Oak Park Avenue


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