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Fall Fest needs YOU!
Frankfort Fall Festival is seeking volunteers for this year's Fest over Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 4-6.
Help us bring back this annual tradition that draws artisans from across the country and visitors from all over the Midwest! Want more information? Attend a Fall Fest Volunteer Information Session at 7pm, Wed., July 21 at the Village Hall. Register here
Can't make it on the 21st? Please sign up here and indicate in the comments sections what days and times you are available to work at Fest and we will reach out to you.
Promote YOUR business to the 1000s of residents and visitors at Frankfort Fall Fest!
Frankfort Fall Festival is consistently named among the Top 10 Arts & Crafts Fairs in the country. With more than 300 booths this year including artisans from across the country and visitors from near and far. The Chamber is proud to offer YOU, our members, a variety of opportunities to promote your business during this annual event in historic downtown Frankfort.
Opportunities include the following
See link below for more information on each
Festival Fan Sponsors (3 available) SOLD OUT
Festival Guide Book Advertisement (Aug. )
Chamber Booth (6 available) Only 2 shifts left
Breidert Green Entertainment Sponsors (3 available)
The Garden Entertainment Sponsors (4 available)
Artisan & Volunteer Water Sponsors SOLD OUT
Artisan & Volunteer Coffee Sponsors SOLD OUT
Fall Fest sponsorship/ad opportunities are reserved for Chamber Members only and will be filled on a first-come first-served basis. We expect all opportunities to sell out for this highly anticipated event so
call Kris at the Chamber today, 815-469--3356!
Details on each opportunity here
Fall Fest Parade Application deadline extended
Secure your spot in the 2021 Frankfort Fall Fest Parade! Frankfort Chamber members receive complimentary entry into this annual Frankfort tradition that will step off at 1pm, Sunday, Sept. 5 during Frankfort Fall Fest. Entry deadline extended to Friday, July 30.
More information and application here
Join us for a
Food, drinks, networking, concert, sponsorships and more!
Thursday, August 5
Open and download flyer here
Tools for Success: Navigating the New Normal
Experts in their fields will show you all you need to know—from legal considerations to best practices in digital advertising; from brand identity to effective sales techniques; from actionable advice on marketing and communication best practices to help your small business succeed in 2021 & beyond.
Open and download flyer with more details here
Third Wednesday of the month
Members: $15 each
Non-Members: $20 each
July 21: 9-10am
The Art of Pivoting: Strategies for Developing a Flexible
Business Model for the Future presented by Julie Shields, USASBE (US Association for Small Business & Entrepreneurship)
for July 21
Aug. 18: 9-10am
Sales and Marketing to Help You Dominate Your Market presented by Bill Guertin-the 800-Pound Gorilla
for August 18
If you'd like to offer a discount or special offer to fellow chamber members, send information on your offer to firstname.lastname@example.org
Frankfort Chamber members now have access to special partner discounts every time they shop at the Frankfort Staples store.
Enrollment is required. To enroll, log into your Chamber account at www.frankfortchamber.com and look for the Member 2 Member Deals where you will find a registration link. Once you enroll, your discount should be active within 24 hours. More information here
CHAMBER MEMBER NEWS,
OFFERS & EVENTS
Registration for the 2021 Tails & Tales Summer Reading Program is still open. We have *over* 100 gift cards to local businesses. This means more raffle prizes than ever before! Sign up today! Remember the last date to log books is Sat. Jul. 31 by 11:59 pm. Please note: This program is limited to Frankfort Library cardholders.
Virtual Program: Secret Chicago: The Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure on Wed. Jul. 21 at 7pm. A grave in a junkyard? A swimming pool under the Loop? How many of these bizarre sites have you uncovered in Chicago? Spend an evening with author Jessica Mlinaric as she takes us on an interactive scavenger hunt of the hidden gems and twisted histories of the Windy City, as chronicled in her book Secret Chicago: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful and Obscure.
Virtual Graphic Novel Book Club (for Kids & Families) on Fri. Jul 30 at 11:30 am. Come and talk about some awesome graphic novels in the Virtual Graphic Novel Book Club! This session, we will be reading Cucumber Quest by Gigi D.G.. Please read the book before the meeting. Copies will be available at the Circulation Desk. Please have a pencil and paper near you for the Zoom meeting for some fun activities.
Register for programs here or call 815-534-6173.
We launched our first “Southland Your Times” Best of 2021 contest! Congratulations to the businesses who beat out the competition, to be in the final 5 and moved on to the Voting Phase of our Southland's Best contest!
A "Top 5 Reveal" of these businesses will be online
Voting starts July 29th and will run through August 29th.
Community members can assist in several ways:
LWSRF on the Links, August 20 at he Links of Carillon, 21200 W. South Carillon Dr., Plainfield. Shotgun start: 12pm Dinner: 5:30pm. The August 13 golf event at The Sanctuary is sold out.
Sponsoring! Whether you or someone you know owns a business, there are many sponsorship opportunities available starting at $75!
Donating raffle baskets!
Baskets or items are needed for the raffles. You may wrap your own basket or drop off the items and staff will craft the basket. We just need the names of individuals or businesses who donated towards the basket, a list of items inside and an approximate value!
Get the full details for the outings – click HERE!
Contact Nadine Kahl for more information, email@example.com or 815.320.3513.
Jon Osborne, owner of Image360 in Mokena, was recently presented with the annual Single-Unit Sales Award by the Alliance Franchise Brands Network.
Presented during the network’s 2021 virtual convention, the sales award is given annually to the top 15 businesses with the highest sales volume for a single center in Alliance Franchise Brands’ international network of signage and graphics providers.
“The last year has been difficult on small businesses and organizations, and the Image360 Mokena team stepped up to serve local businesses and organizations with visual communications support when it was most needed,” said Burke Cueny, vice president of marketing for Alliance Franchise Brands. “Their business’ sales numbers reflect the impact they’ve had on their local market economy over the past year and we’re proud to have the chance to celebrate the team with this award.”
Image360, located at 9960 West 191st St., provides high-quality, custom signage and graphic solutions to regional businesses and organizations.
Senior Picnic - Stars & Stripes, Wednesday, July 28 from Noon- 2pm at the Founders Community Center. 55 years & older and the fee is $5. Sponsored by: Clarendale of Mokena. Put on your red, white and blue and keep the patriotic celebration going! Join your friends for an afternoon filled with food, desserts, raffles, bingo and fun!!! In addition, we will have our Senior Country Line Dance instructor onsite to teach you some dance moves. Registration Deadline is July 23.
The Short Run on a Long Day 5k Run/Walk, Thursday, July 29, 2021, at 7pm @ Main Park, 400 W. Nebraska, Frankfort. Registration Fee: $21 Pre-Registration (by 4 pm 7/25/21) (includes T-Shirt) and $30 (after 4 pm on 7/25/21). Register On-Line: www.runsignup.com (fee) OR www.frankfortparks.org (no fees). Sponsorship opportunities are still available for the Short Run on a Long Day 5k Run/Walk. The Frankfort Park District is in need of volunteers for this year's 5k event. Volunteers are needed for street closures, pre-race registration and post-race activities. Please contact Cali DeBella, Special Events Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (815) 469-9400.
For more information call the Frankfort Park District office at (815) 469-9400 or visit our website at www.frankfortparks.org. Come join the fun!
Frankfort Arts Association will host its 2nd Annual Art on the Green on September 12 at Breidert Green.
Here's an opportunity to place an ad in the event guide to support this great local organization AND
promote your business to all the visitors.
Secure your sponsorship here
$10,000* All-American Golf Ball Drops! The fundraisers will be at Sanctuary Golf Course in New Lenox on:
Monday, July 5-Second Drop
Tuesday, Sept. 7-Third Drop
No more than 1000 balls will be sold for each drop, and you can enter all drops at once. Details at www.lwballdrop.givesmart.com or call 815-462-2976
Half Marathon and 10K on September 18. Lace up your shoes and join us for a run through the beautiful historic downtown Frankfort, Hickory Creek Forest Preserve and Old Plank Trail! Visit www.lincolnwayhalfmarathon.weebly.com for more information.
Find It In Frankfort
To add your business to the list of Chamber members that accept the Find It In Frankfort e-gift cards, email email@example.com
Image 360 Mokena
Lincoln-Way East Music Boosters
Silver Auto Sales
Spotlight Arts Collective
State Farm-Terry Gross
Aleck Pain to Performance
First Midwest Bank
Jean Lachat Photography
Plumbing Express Inc.
Summit Hill School District 161
AAA-Anderson Associates Architects
Polonia Catering & Market
St. Peter's United Church of Christ
ATA National Title Group
The Vrdolyak Law Group
AFC Financial Advisory Group
The Strawberry Patch
O'Neill & Gaspardo
Dr. John J. Dietche & Assoc.
Pathways Therapeutic Services
Park Ace Hardware
Glory Bee Gift Shop
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