December 2016



of the Month 

Board of Directors
Craig Larsen
Sharon Spero
Vice Chairman
Money Mailer of Fox Valley

Ryan Anderson
HighWire  Networks

Leah Hoppes
Vision Force Marketing

Wendy Taylor-Santucci
Sacha Urban
TriCity Family Services
Colleen Noe
Intergrative Family Healthcare

Jim Ringess
Shaw Media

Steve Martin
First State Bank

Bill Johnson
BMO Harris Bank

Rita Tungare


President & CEO

Kristine Kowalski
Administrative Assistant
Special Events & Marketing
Membership Representative
Our Distingui shed Members


Mission Statement
The St. Charles Chamber of Commerce is an inclusive and active membership organization that helps its members grow their businesses, their business knowledge, and business connections.


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Building a vibrant and prosperous community through business leadership . 

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95th Annual Charlemagne Awards Dinner
Save The Date- Friday, February 3rd, 2017



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4th Annual Consumer EXPO!







Sponsorship Information


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Legislative Update

Please find updated information regarding the temporary halting of the Department of Labor Final Overtime Rule:

Happy Holiday's from the Chamber

Joyful Holiday
At this sparkling, joyful time of year,
We think of people who are special and dear;
We're sending this poem in the hopes it conveys
Our best wishes for your Happy Holidays!
By Joanna Fuchs

Fun Republic
731 N 17th St, Unit 16, St. Charles, IL 60174

Looking for a place to bring your kids to have some fun? Fun Republic was founded by 3 local moms, and strives to offer a safe, creative, and exciting indoor playground setting for children of all ages.  This is the perfect place for  birthday parties or rain/snow days!

1900 East Tyler Rd.#400, St. Charles, IL 60174

The love of your truck can be enhanced here! TRUCKWURX is raising the industry standard for diesel performance and truck accessories companies. They understand that the diesel truck industry is evolving and they work hard to be innovative. They also offer services for any make and model of car! 

Abby's Breakfast & Lunch
11 N. 3rd St. #2, St. Charles, IL 60174

Abby's Breakfast - Finally - the breakfast place downtown St. Charles has craved has EXPANDED. Now able to serve more hungry people at once!! Full, from scratch kitchen serves unique breakfast and lunch items plus all your traditional favorites! Hand-crafted cocktails, craft beer, and the best Bloody Mary in town!

Arts Center of St. Charles
2422 West Main Street, St. Charles, IL 60174

The Arts Center of St. Charles is 501(c)3 non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to building self-esteem & leadership among young people through the arts. Their goal is to help children from preschool to college succeed in acting, singing, modeling, music and more. This is a great space for the Arts Center; watch out for their next performance! 


Membership Breakfast
St. Charles Country Club
1250 Country Club Road, St. Charles, IL 60174
The St. Charles Chamber of Commerce held its Annual Membership Breakfast on November 3rd   at St. Charles Country Club. More than 120 members enjoyed their breakfast as they waited eagerly to hear the winners of Rookie and Member of the Year Awards. These awards are a surprise and are given to individuals that have volunteered service to the Chamber and community in addition to their ordinary business throughout the year.  Members learned 2016 successes, 2017 goals, and had the opportunity to sign up for committees. The Chamber again had table sponsors for this event and we would like to thank them for such a terrific job decorating the tables for this event. 
Thank you to these sponsors:
Celebrate Differences
Dreams Dance Academy
Fox Valley Home Staging  and Redesign, Inc.
Neighbors Magazines
Railside Citrus Insurance Agency
Rivers Edge Crystals
Shangri-La Spa & Sauna
Solutions Networking Corp.
St. Charles History Museum
State Street Jewelers
The Painted Vine Cellar
The Member of the Year award was started in 2003 and is given to a person who displays an exceptional volunteer effort, enthusiasm and dedication to the Chamber over several years.
This year's Member of the Year has seen firsthand how the Chamber supports our members and in return he has done the same. Through volunteering, participating, donating, ands sponsoring numerous events! You can find him at Ribbon cuttings and Mixers!
He prides himself on getting to know our members and always makes them feel welcomed and supported. We look forward to witnessing his dedication as a 2017 Board of Director and 2017 Membership Committee Chair!
Member of the Year:
Marco Almeida, St. Charles Bank & Trust

The Rookie of the year award is given to a person who has been a chamber member for less than 2 years and has jumped in with both feet.  
 Our Rookie of the Year is an outstanding member that has supported the Chamber through numerous ways. Through event participation in cruise nites, new member activities, sponsorships, and as a new member of the LEAD$ committee.  

Rookie of the Year:
Kim Jelinek, Imperial Gutter Services

Marketing Luncheon
The X Factor: Putting it All Together
City Municipal Building
This luncheon wrapped up a series of wonderful Marketing luncheons the Chamber offered with different content covered at each of them including; branding, media options, getting more business form current customers and face book marketing. This last luncheon wrapped everything up and then created a road map for 2017 and the attendees created goals and discussed marketing challenges. Overall this topic was very informative and a great resource for all who attended!

After Hours Mixer
Inland Bank
1900 W. State Street, Geneva, IL 60134
Inland bank opened their doors for a great after hours mixer where Chamber Members were able to network while also entering in to prizes! They had wonderful food and snacks and we appreciate their hospitality and learning more about one of our community banks!
City News

The City of St. Charles has two programs that offer the chance to give back this holiday season.
Giving Tree at the Municipal Building
The City's employee Wellness Team once again is coordinating a Giving Tree program for the holidays. This year, the program will benefit the local Elderday Center ( ) and families in need from the St. Charles school district and the local Salvation Army ( ).
To participate, simply select one or more tags from the Giving Tree in the lobby of the Municipal Building, purchase the item(s), and return the unwrapped gift(s) to the tree by Dec. 12. Items on the tags are at all price levels. The gifts will be wrapped and delivered in time for Christmas. Cash donations are welcome, too, and will be used to purchase items on tags not selected. Cash donations may be left with the City receptionist. For more information, contact the Human Resources Department at 630.377.4446.
Neighbors in Need
Neighbors in Need helps financially struggling St. Charles residents pay their City utility bills. Write the amount you would like to donate on the payment stub of your utility bill and add it to the amount of your payment. 100% of donations go directly to helping St. Charles residents. Contact Utility Billing at 630.377.4426 or for more information.
Thank you and Happy Holidays!
Great Holiday Gift IDEA! 
Redeemable at over 150 Chamber Businesses!
St. Charles Chamber Gift Certificates 
Great Gift Idea for: 
- Coaches 
- Teacher 
- Birthdays
- Anniversaries
- New St. Charles Residents
- Customers
- Any Occasion 

Purchase multiple gift certificates in $5 denomination from $10 through $25.  To view where to purchase gift certificates and a list of participating merchants click link below 

Shop Local - Available All Year Long

      Gift Certificate
Purchase at the St. Charles Chamber Office, Blue Goose Super Market, and City of St. Charles Municipal Bldg. 
Business of the Month  
Firestone Complete Auto Care
Firestone Complete Auto Care
1645 East Main St.
St. Charles, IL 60174
(630) 338-0889
Business of the Month 
Solutions Networking Corp.
We will deliver innovative modern technology solutions, unparalleled customer care, and outstanding support to small, medium, and enterprise businesses globally.
Solutions Networking Corporation was founded in 2001.  From a small warehouse, SNC employees work diligently to help New York Stock Exchange companies rebuild after the 9/11 attacks.  Now based in Bolingbrook, Il. Solutions Networking Corporation is built on creating innovative IT solutions for companies needing a full range of outside IT support and services.  We are very proud of our employee's. The team worked very hard to build the company from its beginnings and continue to manage, guide and perform the work necessary to improve our company for the future.
Solutions Networking team will provide our clients with state of the art, cutting edge technological solutions with a call center that gives our clients the responsiveness and follow up they deserve.  As a partner we go the extra mile, pushing the boundaries of IT, fixing today's problems while identifying future issues.

    Solutions Networking Corp.
582 Territorial Drive, Units E-F
Bolingbrook, IL 60440
(630) 378-2222
Prairie Forge Group
Dawn Herbik
300 Cardinal Dr., Suite 160
St. Charles
(630) 344-1076
Envision A Smile
Renata Fejkiel
2019 Dean St
St. Charles
(630) 883-0111
41 North Chiropractic and Soft Tissue Clinic, P.C
St. Charles
(630) 549-7870
AAA Schejbal Insurance Agency
St. Charles
(630) 587-1650
Anderson Enterprises, Inc.
St Charles
(630) 584-2334
Arthur C. Zwemke
(630) 879-8703
Batir Architecture Ltd
St Charles
(630) 513-5109
Blue Goose Super Market, Inc.
St Charles
(630) 584-0900
Carriage Oaks
St Charles
(630) 584-0029
Celtic Custom & Needleart Designs
(630) 377-9031
Comfort Inn & Suites, Geneva
(630) 208-8811
DHJJ Certified Public Accountants and Business Advisors
St Charles
(630) 377-1106
Dickens, Mason & Kissell DDS
St Charles
(630) 584-5444
Downtown St. Charles Partnership
St Charles
(630) 443-3967
Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra
(847) 841-7700
Finery & Blacksmith Bar
St. Charles
(630) 940-2380
FlexiCorps, Inc.
St Charles
(630) 377-1001
Frolicstein Financial Wealth Management
St. Charles
(630) 262-1818
St. Charles
(844) 438-3936
Golden Seal Service Experts
St. Charles
(630) 377-1967
Healthway Services of West Illinois, LLC
St. Charles
(630) 377-7373
Hotel Baker
St Charles
(630) 584-2100

J. L. Wagner Plumbing & Piping
St Charles
(630) 584-1181
Jones, Sager & Company, LLC
St Charles
(630) 377-2900
Kane County Flea Market, Inc.
St Charles
(630) 377-2252
Limo Network West
St. Charles
(630) 584-1616
(630) 593-5500
Messina & Associates, Ltd.
West Chicago
(630) 285-8200
Moose Charities
(630) 966-2200
Moss-Norris Funeral Home
St Charles
(630) 584-2000
Schramm Construction
St. Charles
(630) 584-1200
St. Charles Breakfast Rotary
St Charles
(630) 505-3414
St Charles
(630) 443-0990
State Farm Insurance - Chris Knapp
St. Charles
(630) 584-8500
SVN Landmark / Neil Johnson
(630) 938-4950
T.A.K. Drywall Specialists, Inc.
(630) 365-6741
The Cabinetry Boutique
St. Charles
(331) 422-4020
White Oak Family Wellness
St Charles
(630) 442-0057
Windy City Amusements, Inc.
St Charles
(630) 443-4547
*Note:  As events can change or be rescheduled, always go to our Events Calendar  on our website for the most up-to-date listing of all Member and Chamber events.
Thursday, December 1st
French Medical Spa
2020 Dean Street, Suite B
St. Charles, IL 60174
Tuesday, December 6th   
Rivers Edge Crystals
303 N. 2nd Street
St. Charles, IL 60174
Thursday, December 8th 
St. Charles Place Steakhouse & Banquets
2550 E Main Street
St. Charles, IL 60174
Thursday, December 10th     
Country House at Geneva
2095 Kirk Road
Geneva, IL 60134
Friday, December 23rd     
Chamber Office Closed
Monday, December 26th     
Chamber Office Closed
Friday, December 30th    
Chamber Office Closed

See What's Going On With Chamber Businesses

Check the Chamber Website Event Calendar for a complete listing of Chamber Member Events this month. 

Thank you to:

Mark Wilson, Unlocking Performance, for hosting Networking Extravaganza and Christopher Schejbal, AAA Schejbal Insurance Agency, for also helping with this event!

Dave Broz, Railside Citrus Insurance Agency, for referring Prairie Forge Group.
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(630) 584-8384 or email  Business card ads, pdf picture ads and Word document ads are all welcome.  (There is a charge for Newsletter Ads.)
Fox River Tire & Auto

BEI Properties

Neighbors Magazines
The St. Charles Chamber of Commerce is a 501(c)6 Non-Profit Organization whose sole funding is from Membership Contributions.  The St. Charles Chamber of Commerce does not receive any City, County, State or Federal Funding.  Chambers of Commerce direct their efforts at promoting the common economic interests of all the commercial enterprises in a given community.  We appreciate our Member's contributions to our Organization through Membership Contributions, Sponsorships and Event Attendance.