Chamber Advantage
March 27th, 2022
Spring equinox: check. Time change: check. Warm sunny days: check!! Welcome to spring everyone! Now is the time to get out of the house, rediscover what the snow was hiding and reconnect with your Village. And don't forget that supporting local is not just for the holidays - it's for the every day. So go visit your favorite coffee shop, diner, retailer or library. It's all just waiting for you!
Executive Director
Advocacy Update

What is your Chamber doing for you?
Each month, the Executive Director, Liz Holt, the President of the Board of Directors, Darien Marion-Burton, along with the Advocacy Committee, Sam Yousif & Rob Guenthner, are working tirelessly to make sure that your voice is heard. Check out some of the accomplishments that have happened in the last month!

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!

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! 
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!

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!
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.
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!

Venue Sponsor
Table Sponsors
Affinity Group
Leadership Summit

Community Leaders Working for You!
Did you know? The OPRF Chamber now has 6 different Affinity Groups (BIPOC business owners, Design/Construction/Real Estate, Health & Wellness, Nonprofits, Women in Business, and Young Professionals) and lots of new leaders in the groups!

Join an Affinity Group to help you find your community, connect, build, and create a tribe to get you through the ups and downs of running your small business. Click on the banners below to learn which community is right for you. We are here to support you and your business to be successful!
Health & Wellness

Reconnect with Your Network!
With our 6th Annual Health & Wellness Fair quickly approaching on Sunday, May 15th at Formula Fitness Clubs in Oak Park, we have gathered a few ways for you to reconnect with your health network.

Join the Health & Wellness Affinity Group
The Health & Wellness sector is the largest within the Chamber of Commerce, including some 40% of our members - medical practitioners, exercise studios, insurance agents, home health care providers, holistic medicine practitioners, pharmacies, and more. Connecting business to business and business to community.
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.
Sunday May 15, 11am - 2pm - Community Health & Wellness Fair at Formula Fitness Clubs
We are so proud to have such an exceptional group of health & wellness businesses in our community and hope to connect you with the resources you and your family need in order to improve your well-being and live life to the fullest.
Are you one of these fabulous businesses? Join us in May for our 6th annual Health & Wellness Fair and RECONNECT with your network!
Spring Cleaning!

When was the last time you updated your info?
Now is the ideal time to review your Chamber listing. Update your billing and primary representatives, your address, emails, phone numbers and more. Add some new company photos, or a video or two! Update your hashtags and social media handles as well. Keeping your listings current helps you and the Chamber stay in touch and maximizes your SEO.
Spring Cleaning is so refreshing, don’t you agree?
Climate change impacts us all! It has many social, economic, and environmental impacts on our future and input from our community is an important part of a climate strategy.
Oak Park residents have the opportunity to shape this plan. Without public input, the Climate Plan cannot lead to real change. 

3 ways to get involved:
  1. Provide your input through the Climate Plan website.
  2. Host a Climate Conversation, using the DIY Meeting Kit.
  3. Share the Climate Plan website with your network.

Contact the Climate Plan team with any questions or thoughts at: [email protected]
Oak Park River Forest Chamber of Commerce

143 S Oak Park Avenue


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