Chamber Advantage
August 14th, 2022
Every August I am reminded of why the Dog Days of Summer are a real thing. It's relentlessly sunny and hot and we spend the days trying to find the coolest places to while away the day. Now is the time to find the perfect iced coffee, the perfect shaded patio and the perfect early-morning swim. And don't forget the merit of a siesta - weathering the mid-day heat with some shut-eye - sublime!
Executive Director
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 August 15, 12:15 - 12:45pm - Meditation Monday at CrossFunction
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. Join us at CrossFunction Flexible Workspace for this program aimed at taking care of you, our small business community. We are thrilled to partner with Kadampa Meditation Center in Oak Park to bring you this monthly meditation.
Thursday August 18, 8:00 - 9:30am - New Member Breakfast at Oak Park Arms
Welcome New Members! Join us at our New Member Breakfast to tell us all about your business, to meet Chamber staff and board leadership, learn about all of your benefits, and find opportunities to get involved. Board members and staff are on hand to meet new members and answer any questions!
This month's New Member Breakfast will be hosted by the wonderful Oak Park Arms.
Friday August 19, 12:00 - 12:30pm - Takeout Stakeout at Harold's Shrimp & Chicken
Come join your fellow Chamber members for our next Takeout Stakeout, this time at Harold's Shrimp & Chicken! 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. 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 August 22, 5:30 - 7:00pm - BIPOC Affinity Group Meeting at Oak Park Bank
We will be gathering at 5:30 pm at Oak Park Bank, at their location at Lake St. & Oak Park Avenue. Connect with Latinx, Asian-American, Black and indigenous peers from the OPRF business and nonprofit community! 
Food and Beverage will be provided.
Friday August 26, 12:00 - 12:30pm - Ribbon Cutting at Great Sip Cafe
Great Sip Cafe is "your local cozy cafe" - a great place to meet a friend, get some work done, or just relax for an hour or two. 
See their space, meet the staff, get to know other Chamber members, and join us for the ribbon cutting and the celebration! 
Annual Meeting

See you there!
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!
Wellness Wednesdays

Share Your Knowledge with the Community!
Welcome back to one of the Chamber's newer projects to help reconnect 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:

  • 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
With over 440 other local businesses, we would love to help you survive these trying times, grow your business and get you more connected into the community.
Our Chamber is all about Community - plain and simple. And this Community knows that "a rising tide floats all boats"...and right now our boats need some float!
We are dedicated to embracing diversity and equity, providing marketing opportunities when you need them, and having a Board of Directors and Staff who reflects our business community and who work tirelessly for you, our small business owners. 
Want to learn more, click on the button below, or email us directly!
Grab a cool beverage and get ready for some binge reading! The Women in Business Summer Reading List is here. Thank you to the Oak Park Public Library for their partnership and the many Chamber members who contributed their favorite titles. Please share this list with anyone who loves a good professional or personal development title or a great fiction read. Enjoy!

There have been many new businesses open up and receive new business licenses in the Village of Oak Park over 2021 & 2022. Click on the button below to see the complete list, or check out THIS PAGE on Pick Oak Park's website.

Oak Park offers a range of services to local merchants through Business Services, the Village's liaison to the business community. The main goal of Business Services is to respond to the ongoing needs of the business community and serve as a key partner in the growth and development of Oak Park 's 12 business districts.
Oak Park River Forest Chamber of Commerce

143 S Oak Park Avenue


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