December 2017


of the Month 


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

Ryan Anderson
HighWire  Networks


Dave Broz
Railside Citrus Insurance Agency
Tory Haines
Haines & Associates
Leah Hoppes
Vision Force Marketing 

Bill Johnson
BMO Harris Bank

Pete LaSalle
Creative Business Authority

Steve Martin
First State Bank

Wendy Taylor-Santucci

Rita Tungare

Interim Director
Lauren Lowitzki  
Administrative Assistant
 Johanna Kistner 
Special Events & Marketing

Craig Lee
Membership Retention 
Our Distingui shed Members

Inland Bank

The Pride Stores of St. Charles
The Sanctuary Healing Gardens & Spa
Valley Ambulatory Surgery Center
West Valley Graphics & Print, Inc. 
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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WBC Holiday Party 


YPC Ugly Holiday Sweater Mixer     


Recognizing our 2016 Charlemagne Award Winner! Darlene Riebe

Darlene has always been very involved with the St. Charles Community. She has worn many hats over the years including; volunteering for various parade and festival committees, member of the St. Charles Kiwanis Club, Membership Director at the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce and Fundraising Coordinator at the Lazarus House. Anyone would agree that Darlene Riebe has done an excellent job of leaving her mark here in the St. Charles Community, and for that we honored her and her achievements at the 95th Charlemagne Awards Dinner last February 3, 2017.    

Word from the Board 
Women's Business Council 

My introduction to the Chamber was in 1989 when a client brought me as her guest to a Women's Business Council luncheon.  I was immediately impressed by the number of women attending and how many of them owned and ran their own businesses.  There was a sense of being in the presence of women who understood their power but used it to reach out and lift other women up.   These women were a force to be reckoned with but supported each other, the Chamber and the Community.   I felt proud to be among them and made many close friendships that continue today.  Through my years at the Chamber I remained a staunch believer and supporter of the WBC and its amazing members.
In 2012, I accepted a position which took me out of town during the workweek for over two and a half years.    Upon the completion of that contract, I resumed my accounting practice in St. Charles.  One of the first actions I took was to join the Chamber and get back to the WBC.   I knew that would be the fast track to reestablish my presence in the community.   Only one thing has changed.  The WBC was formed to support women during a decade when there were fewer women in the workforce.  Now the WBC is not just for women anymore and men have joined our group as well. 
I am a firm proponent of Chamber membership and I know that the WBC is comprised of some of the most dynamic business leaders in the local economy.  I am proud to be a member of both.


Tory Haines
Haines & Associates, LLC

Ribbon Cutting
Just for Paws Boutique
40W160 Campton Crossings Dr f, St. Charles, IL 60175
The St. Charles Chamber of Commerce joined Just for Paws Botique to the Chamber Community. The ribbon cutting not only included food and refreshments for everyone, but for all the energetic dogs that were so excited to be there! This location is perfect because it's near neighborhoods like Fox Creek and Fox Mill who are filled with dog loving families! 

Ribbon Cutting
Eden On The River 
1 Illinois St, St Charles, IL 60174

The St. Charles Chamber of Commerce gave a warm welcome to Eden On the River in St. Charles. The authentic Mediterranean cuisine was out of this world. Every town needs a variety of restaurants and St. Charles is lucky to have Eden on the River be a part of this community. 

Ribbon Cutting 
Verizon Cellular Sales
3834 E Main St, St Charles, IL 60174

Verizon Cellular Sales celebrated their ribbon cutting ceremony with the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce. There was a tour of the business which included a sneak peak of their upscale modern board room! 


Ribbon Cutting 


Membership Breakfast
St. Charles Country Club 
1250 Country Club Rd, St Charles, IL 60174

The St. Charles Chamber of Commerce hosted their Annual Membership Breakfast at the St. Charles Country Club.  This was a great opportunity to welcome new members and review and reflect those who have made an impact in our chamber community.

Congratulations  to Jessie Dore for winning the Rookie of the Year Award, and Janet Roman for winning the Member of the Year Award.!!

Special Thank you to BEI Properties for being the Breakfast Sponsor for the Event!

Thank you to all of our Table Sponsors for going above and beyond with decorating their table. 

- Emergent Safety Supply
-HG Photography
-Horizon Art Group 
-Illinois Velocity Restoration 
-McDowell Remodeling 
-Nothing Bundt Cakes
-Primrose School of St. Charles 
-Solutions Networking Corp.
-Spirit Rising Coaching 
-St. Charles History Museum 
-Tri- City Family Services
-State Street Jewelers

One last Thank you to Stacey Ekstrom for being our Chamber President & CEO for the last 6 years. We appreciate all your hard work, and the love and passion you have for the Chamber.



After Hours Mixer 
25N Coworking 
25 N River Ln, Geneva, IL 60134

If you're looking for a modern work space with colors and an environment that drive inspiration then 25N Coworking is the place for you. There were appetizers and refreshments for everyone to enjoy along with a in depth tour of the place.  
City News


Scammers Posing as City Employees Target St. Charles Businesses
St. Charles , Ill. (Oct. 12, 2017) - The City's Utility Billing Division has been alerted to a possible scam involving individuals posing as City Employees and requesting payment in exchange for services, then offering a reimbursement plan.
A local business owner was recently approached at his business by an individual claiming to be a representative of the City. The individual offered to replace all lights in the building with LEDs for $25,000 up front. The individual then claimed that the City would reimburse the business for the cost through a payment plan, and that the business could save money on their utility bills by taking this offer.
Please be aware that this is a scam, as the City does not have any type of reimbursement plans for businesses that switch over to LEDs, and City employees would not demand payment up front for any service. 
Additionally, City employees are required to wear City-branded uniforms and carry employee identification badges. If you have any doubts about an individual claiming to be a representative of the City, please ask to see their identification.
Please contact the City's Utility Billing Division at 630.377.4426 or with any questions.
About the City of St. Charles
City of St. Charles Mission: Heritage. Community. Service. Opportunity. Friendly neighborhoods, unique architecture, beautiful parks, cultural amenities and innovative schools have earned St. Charles its reputation as the Pride of the Fox. Located in both DuPage and Kane counties, the City of St. Charles is 35 miles west of downtown Chicago, and has a population of approximately 33,000. Over 2,100 businesses, consisting of a balanced mix of retailers, restaurants and manufacturing facilities, employ more than 18,000 people. The City of St. Charles was named the #1 City for Families by Family Circle® magazine in 2011; one of the "150 Great Places in Illinois," by the AIA Illinois; and one of the "Top 10 Towns To Live In" by West Suburban Living magazine.
Businesses of the Month  
Solutions Networking Corp. 
Solutions Networking Corp. 
 F, 582 Territorial Dr e, 
Bolingbrook, IL 60440
RX Automotive 

RX Automotive
602 Sidwell Ct,
St. Charles, IL 60174

(630) 443-8500
George E. Richeson, Attorney, C.P.A.
1450 W. Main St., Suite C
St Charles
(630) 513-8600
Hawk Ford of St. Charles
2525 East Main St.
St. Charles
(630) 584-1800
PNC Bank - St. Charles East
3879 E. Main Street
St Charles
(630) 444-0817
St. Patrick Catholic Church
6N487 Crane Rd.
St. Charles
(630) 338-8000
Sanctuary Healing Gardens & Spa, The
37W756 Woodgate Rd
St. Charles
LUXdance LLC
1 Illinois St., Suite 120
St. Charles
(630) 940-2586
Donald E. Kramer, Sheriff of Kane County
37W755 Illinois Route 38, Suite A
St. Charles
(630) 208-2000
Chicago Commercial Realty Brokerage LLC
828 Samantha Cir.
(630) 253-4348
Corfu Restaurant
2520 E. Main St.
St Charles
(630) 584-1099
Muscle Maker Grill
1840 W. Main St.
St. Charles
(847) 660-7409

AAA Schejbal Insurance Agency
St. Charles
(630) 587-1650
Anderson Enterprises, Inc.
St. Charles
(630) 584-2334
Bickford of St. Charles
St. Charles
(630) 587-8800
Carriage Oaks
(630) 584-0029
Complex Management
St. Charles
(630) 443-9315
St. Charles
(630) 549-2022
Downtown St. Charles Partnership
St. Charles
(630) 443-3967
FlexiCorps, Inc.
St. Charles
(630) 377-1001
Fox Valley Hands of Hope
(630) 232-2233
French Med Spa & Cryothèrapie
St. Charles
(630) 797-5991
St. Charles
(844) 438-3936
Golden Seal Service Experts
St. Charles
(630) 377-1967
HealingSpace Medical Center
St. Charles
(847) 304-5526
Horton & Vranas D.D.S.
St. Charles
(630) 377-1010
Jiffy Lube
St. Charles
(630) 513-1277
Liberty Mutual Insurance Co.
(630) 232-8100 X56698
Midwest Dental Implantology
St. Charles
(630) 377-4677
Moose Charities
(630) 966-2200
Murray Commercial
St. Charles
(630) 513-0173
Prairie Forge Group
St. Charles
(630) 344-1076

Tuesday, December 5th
Ribbon Cutting
AHC Advisors 
380 S. 1st Street St. Charles, IL 
Wednesday, December 6th 
Small Business Academy
Are you ready to swim with the sharks?
216 S. Riverside Ave, St. Charles, IL 60174
Thursday, December 7th
WBC Holiday Party
Dunham Woods Riding Club
33w333, Army Trail Rd, Wayne, IL 60184
Thursday, December 14th
YPC Ugly Sweater Holiday Mixer 
Main Street Pub
204 W Main St, St.Charles, IL 60174
Tuesday, December 19th
DRM European Cafe 
610 E Main St, St Charles, IL 60174

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



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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.