MEMBER NEWSLETTER
December 2020
Greetings!

2020 had challenges around every corner as we had faced struggles, learned ways to adapt and persevere. Hope is on the horizon with optimism for a prosperous new year.

The Glen Ellyn Chamber has become creative to pivot our operations and promote your business throughout the changing restrictions. To name a few new 2020 ideas:

  • Selling Survival Kits with 100% of the $20K going back to the retail stores
  • A community wide GoFundMe page feeding our first responders and purchasing over $14K from local restaurants
  • Restaurant Week where our website had 4K hits and restaurants saw significant growth in numbers
  • Scarecrow Rows highlighted over 100 community groups and brought folks from all over DuPage county to walk the streets and explore Glen Ellyn
  • A Santa Mailbox and Virtual Tree lighting video to keep the spirit alive and promote holiday shopping
  • Countless marketing hours spent on the web page, social media and collaborating campaigns with the Village of Glen Ellyn and the Downtown Association to focus on spending local

We continue to plan for new ideas in 2021, however we cannot do this without your company's active involvement and support from membership dues. The Chamber is dedicated to support our members by connecting your business with the greater community.

We wish you, your employees and family a happy and healthy holiday,

The Glen Ellyn Chamber Team
Executive Director
Dawn Smith
Assistant Director
Jaclyn Eidukas
Finance
Ann Flansburg
Holiday Office Hours
The Glen Ellyn Chamber office will be CLOSED 
Thursday, December 24 at NOON - Friday, January 1

Happy Holidays & Happy New Year from the
Glen Ellyn Chamber of Commerce
In Person Office Hours
Tuesday & Thursday 9am - 4pm.
Staff are working remote Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Get YOUR BUSINESS INVOLVED
  • Glen Ellyn Community Awards Voting - Through January 24
  • January Monthly Meeting (Virtual) - January 12
  • Chamber 101 Informational Meeting (Virtual) - January 27
The Glen Ellyn Community Awards - Voting Through January 24
The Glen Ellyn Community Awards is a time when all those who live and work in Glen Ellyn are able to recognize the amazing individuals and businesses. Awards, press and recognition is highly visible throughout the Village.

Place the logo to the left on your social media, newsletters, website and marketing for your patrons to VOTE for YOUR organization in the appropriate category with a hyperlink to the our webpage: www.GlenEllynChamber.com/Awards

The voting opens November 30 – January 24.
Business (Popular vote - Use icon)
  • Non-Profit of the Year
  • Restaurant of the Year
  • Retail of the Year
  • Service Industry Business of the Year
Civic
  • D41 Educator of the Year
  • D87 Educator of the Year
  • D89 Educator of the Year
  • Firefighter of the Year
  • Library Employee of the Year
  • Park District Volunteer of the Year
  • Police Officer of the Year
  • Village Employee of the Year
Service
  • Stuart S. Stone, Citizen of the Year
  • Paul Herwaldt, Senior Citizen of the Year
  • Youth of the Year
Annual Installation of the Board of Directors & Village Updates

Join us for our Installation of our Board of Directors for 2021.
 
Village Manager Mark Fraz will be providing the latest Village updates for 2021.
Tuesday, January 12
11:45 AM Zoom Link Opens
Noon - 1:00 PM Program

Free to All Chamber Members

Virtual Meeting via Zoom. A link to join will be emailed prior the meeting.
Chamber 101 Member
Information Meeting

Are you maximizing your Chamber membership? The Glen Ellyn Chamber of Commerce has many new member benefits and cost saving programs. Whether you are a new member or a veteran, come and learn how the Chamber works for you! At this session you can schedule your benefits for the year, use your member log-in to learn how to easily update your information online, network with new members and Chamber Board of Directors, learn how to get involved.
Wednesday, January 27
8:00 - 9:00 AM

Free to All Chamber Members & Prospective Members

Virtual Meeting via Zoom. A link to join will be emailed prior the meeting.
More Chamber Member Marketing...
NEW: Refer a Member and Receive a Free Eblast
The Chamber would like to show their appreciation. If you refer a new Chamber member you will receive a free eblast (value $100).

  1. You or the new member mentions the referral
  2. Submit your eblast artwork at glenellynchamber.com/eblast-request/
2021 Glen Ellyn Community Guide
The Glen Ellyn Community has been mailed to all Glen Ellyn households. Additional copies will be available through the year displayed throughout the village and the Chamber’s website and Suburban Life’s online properties.

Copies will also be available at key locations such as Village Hall, the Library, Police Station, Park District, area hotels and in the New Resident Welcome Bag. You may also have your own supply to distribute if you choose.
Over The Holidays we Sell A LOT of Chamber Checks! - $60K annually!
Attention Chamber Members - Are you participating in our Gift Check program?
This program is included in your Chamber membership. The Chamber sells approximately $60K in gift checks annually. The Chamber does not receive any money from this program and it is a FREE service to our paid members.

Gift Checks come in the following denominations $10, $15, $20, $25, $30, $50. With limited office hours, Gift Checks are "pre-ordered" by phone or email and pick up is available during in person office hours Tuesday & Thursday. Gift Checks are SOLD at: the Glen Ellyn Public Library, Stacy's Corner Store & Glen Ellyn Chamber.

Gift Checks are available to be redeemed ONLY for Glen Ellyn Chamber Members.
*Chamber Members: Contact jaclyn@glenellynchamber.com if you are not listed.
Glen Ellyn Welcome Bags NOW A FREE SERVICE to ALL Chamber Members
The Glen Ellyn Chamber welcomes new residents to the community! All new residents (approx. 500) of Glen Ellyn receive a Welcome Bag. Chamber Members are able to distribute marketing materials and items in these bags. It is a great way to tell new residents about your business and service!

The Glen Ellyn Chamber provides the reusable shopping bag which includes a welcome letter, map, a Glen Ellyn Community Guide and useful items, coupons, directories and brochures that offer residents information and savings, supplied by participating Glen Ellyn Chamber members. Welcome bags are distributed at the Cashier Desk at the Village Civic Center and at the Chamber office. Contact the office to place your marketing materials in the Welcome Bag. To Submit your materials in the Welcome bag, Complete FORM.
VILLAGE OF GLEN ELLN
ComEd Small Business Assistance Program
This week ComEd announced that beginning Wednesday, December 16, the utility is accepting applications for their Small Business Assistance Program. The initiative “provides eligible small business customers, with a one-time grant up to $2,000 towards a past due balance. Eligible customers may also place a remaining balance into a payment plan of up to six months. To apply for the Small Business Assistance Program, please call 1-877-426-6331.” If approved, the assistance would be applied to a business’ bill in 2021. More information can be found by visiting ComEd’s Small Business Assistance Program webpage.
Glen Ellyn COVID-19 Grant
Approved expenses incurred between March 1, 2020 through December 1, 2020, are eligible to receive COVID-19 Support Grant funds in an amount not to exceed $5,000, as determined by the Village Board. With funding still available, all grants will be reviewed on a first come first served basis. The application and additional information can be found on the Village's website, www.glenellyn.org.
Join a Committee
Glen Ellyn Community Awards Committee

This event identifies individuals and businesses that have demonstrated exemplary contributions to the community of Glen Ellyn during the previous year (i.e. Citizen of the Year, Business of the Year, Educator of the Year, Volunteer, and many more).

The committee will meet a few times via Zoom to discuss new innovative ideas for this event.
The Committee will meet in January
Membership Committee
This committee welcomes and mentors our newest members, helping them to take advantage of the many benefits offered by the Chamber. Not surprisingly, we often find that our newer members are the very ones who enjoy participating in this role. This committee meets the fourth Thursday every monthly.
Thursday, December 17
8:30 - 9:30 AM

Free to All Chamber Members
Virtual Meeting via Zoom. A link to join will be emailed prior the meeting.
Glen Ellyn Business Leaders' Forum
The Glen Ellyn Business Leaders' Forum is comprised of non-competing businesses that provide products and services to businesses and consumers. Because each member represents a different industry we have industry specific expertise we openly share with the group. We want to share what we know so that we each become better business owners, and in turn can provide guidance to our clients and customers with relevant referrals.

Members collaborate to form effective referral partnerships for the markets they serve in Glen Ellyn and Chicago's Western Suburbs.
Friday, January 8
7:30 - 8:30 am

Virtual Meeting via Zoom. Link will be sent to all current members and those interested prior to meeting date. For more information click link or contact :

John Hughes, VP Business Banking
Glen Ellyn Bank & Trust
(630) 469-3000 (work)
Support Local Businesses
The Glen Ellyn Chamber is dedicated to be a resource during this difficult time. This is a very crucial time for our small business owners. We have began the following programs:

*Attention Chamber Members: Check your business listing and fill out the form below to provide business updates. If you have any questions email jaclyn@glenellynchamer.com.
Participate in our GLEN ELLYN DINE AT HOME
Curbside Pickup / Delivery / Carryout / Drive Through / Outdoor Dining
Participate in our KEEP SHOPPING LOCAL program
Curbside Pickup / Online / Shipping / In Store
Glen Ellyn Essential Services
These Business are critical to our community. Please note the Essential Businesses description described by the Executive Order . Please contact these companies via phone or email as many of these companies are working remotely.  
Call For Volunteers
Volunteers are needed across the state. If you are an able-bodied volunteer and are willing to volunteer, please visit DuPage County’s Volunteer Portal, Giving DuPage, that links volunteers with non-profit organizations within DuPage. If you are Non-Profit not associated with Giving DuPage and would like more information, please contact the Chamber Office.
Glen Ellyn Business Resource During COVID-19
The Glen Ellyn Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to be a resource during this difficult time. Please click the link to view:
  • Emails shared with Glen Ellyn Chamber members regarding COVID-19 on their website
  • COVID19 Links to Village, County & State.
  • Additional ways to help in the pandemic.
THANK YOU TO OUR MEMBERS
Without your paid memberships we are unable to provide services to strengthen the Glen Ellyn Businesses and community

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Glen Ellyn Chamber of Commerce
810 N. Main Street
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
630.469.0907