Your Chamber News for Nov. 13, 2023
ATTN: The Chamber Office will be closed Nov. 22-24 for the Thanksgiving Holiday.
Chamber News & Events
Bliss Holiday Boutique and Luncheon is SOLD OUT

Tickets are now SOLD OUT for our Women's Biz Net Bliss Holiday Boutique & Luncheon this Thursday at Makray Memorial Golf Club. The event features shopping with unique vendors, live holiday entertainment from the Barrington High School Madrigals and renowned Violinist Martin Lopez, a FREE shopping bag, and a delicious buffet lunch. Many thanks for supporting local!
Network with YPs & Mentors on Nov. 30 at Francesca's

All Chamber members are invited to join the BACC Young Professionals and Mentors for some casual networking on Thursday, Nov. 30 from 4:00-6:00 pm at Francesca's Famiglia at 100 E. Station St. in Barrington. Members pay for their own refreshments.

This is a FREE event and walk-ins are welcome, but an RSVP is appreciated.
Register for Membership Boot Camp at BACC Dec. 8
Learn how to get the most out of your BACC membership while networking with other members at our FREE Boot Camp this Friday, Dec. 8 from 12:00-1:15 pm at the Chamber office, 190 E. James St. in Barrington.
A complimentary lunch will be provided. Seating is limited to 15 and priority is given to first-time attendees. Registration is required. CLICK HERE TO REGIST
Annual Dinner is Jan. 25 - Sign up to Attend - Silent Auction Donations Needed

Join BACC as we start the year "Groovin' into 2024" at our Annual Dinner and Scholarship Fundraiser on Thursday, Jan. 25 from 6:00-9:30 pm at Avante Banquets in Fox River Grove. The event includes a silent auction, great food, networking and live music. Proceeds support the BACC Student Scholarship Fund and Small Business Programming.

Several Sponsorship Opportunities are available. Members are also encouraged to Donate a Silent Auction item for the online scholarship fundraiser that opens on January 15. To donate an item email:
BACC is Looking for a Few Good Diplomat Candidates!

BACC Diplomats are Chamber Ambassadors and New Member Mentors, working events and helping members build relationships. This leadership position puts you and your business in front of our Chamber and the community. BACC has a couple of openings for 2024 Diplomats.

Let us know if you are interested in being a candidate for this visible position! Must be a member for at least one year in good standing….attending events and believing in the benefits of the Chamber. To learn more, email:
BACC Board of Directors Slate for 2024

The 2024 slate of BACC Directors will be voted on at the board meeting on Thursday, Nov. 16 at the Chamber office, 190 E. James St. in Barrington. The nominees are:
Renewing Member for 3-Year Term (Ending December 2026) 
Robert Finley, Virtue Asset Management 
Zach Witt, Ilumen Solar

New Board Member for 3-Year Term (Ending December 2026)
Linda Fine, Buckley Fine Law
Bryan McGonigal, McGonigal’s Pub
Jennifer Hissa, Greater Chicago Kitchen & Bath
2024 Executive Committee (Term Runs from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2024)
Ellaine Sambo-Reyther, BMO Wealth Management - Chairman
Dr. Reinhold Llerena, Ascension – First Vice Chair
Robert Finley, Virtue Asset Management - Second Vice Chair
Jon Stickney, Barrington Bank & Trust – Treasurer 
Jen Frey, Jen Frey Coaching – Past Chairperson
Suzanne Corr, BACC President/CEO, Secretary 
2024 Returning Board Members:
Linda Gump, Jovie Nannies and Sitters & College Tutors
Armen Kholamian, Junk King Barrington
Brett Koenig, Crissie Insurance Group
Kyle Kick, BStrong Together
Julie Mayer, Advocate Aurora Health 
Retiring Board Members:
Doug McAllister, Douglas Automotive – Past Chairman
Amber Luczak, Edward Jones
Advisory Board Members for 2024: Scott Anderson, Village of Barrington; Dr. Craig Winkelman, Barrington District 220; Robert Palmer, Village of South Barrington; and Michele' Smith, Harper College.
If you have any questions please email
Photos from Around the Chamber
Holiday Mixer at HP Ventures Group
Leadership Circuit at the Chamber
To view more photos from BACC events on our Facebook page CLICK HERE.
Marketing Opportunities
Say "Welcome Neighbor!" to New Residents in 2024

Target residents moving into the 60010 area just as they are developing new buying habits with our Welcome Neighbor program!

There are three ways to participate:
  • Receive monthly New Resident Mailing Lists for your own marketing efforts (Cost: $150)
  • Include a flyer, trinket or coupon only (1,000 items needed) in the Welcome Neighbor Bags (Cost: $150)
  • Participate in both option #1 and #2 and save (Cost: $275).

Questions? Call the BACC office at (847) 381-2525.
Member Benefit: eBlast Your Message to the Chamber

Did you know that one of your many Chamber benefits is the opportunity to send your sales message to nearly 1,400 fellow Chamber members?
Simply provide your ad in a jpeg or pdf format and BACC can accommodate your promotional schedule. Everyone for whom we have a valid email address receives BACC eblasts. Sponsorships of our weekly Chamber and Member newsletters are also available. For details and pricing call the Chamber at (847) 381-2525 or email:
Small Business Resources
IL Dept. of Commerce Offers Tourism Private Sector Grants - Apply by Dec. 4

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity announced it will provide grants for attracting, hosting and developing new events and festivals in Illinois or enhancing existing festivals and events. Grantees must be able to match grant award dollar-for dollar; however, up to 25% of the required match may be substituted with in-kind contributions. Costs associated with hosting existing or repeat events and festivals will not be eligible unless documentation can be provided that the event was secured in direct competition with other states or significant enhancements will be made to the event/festival to increase attendance from travel outside 50 miles. Applications are due Monday, Dec. 4. For details CLICK HERE.
SBA Closes IL Business Recovery Centers

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has permanently closed its four Business Recovery Centers in Illinois. The centers were created to assist Illinois businesses and residents affected by severe storms and flooding which occurred June 29-July 2, 2023. The disaster declaration covers Cook County in Illinois, which is eligible for both Physical and Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) from the SBA. Small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations in the following adjacent counties are eligible to apply only for SBA EIDLs: DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, and Will in Illinois. For more information CLICK HERE.
2023 Chairman Circle Advantage Members:
To learn more about how you can participate in this program CLICK HERE.
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