February 17, 2020 Weekly Digest
Chairman's Circle Members
Happenings in and around the Chamber!
Welcome to Our New Members!


All Are Welcome - Please Come!
Trip Registration is Now Open!
The Batavia, Geneva and St. Charles Chambers of Commerce are headed to Tuscany in October 2020. Book by February 27 and an optional excursion
 to  Cinque Terre , valued at $149 per person, is included! Save $100 per person if you book by March 31, 2020. Please call Batavia Chamber for more information - (630) 879-7134.

This trip is not only for Chamber members - share with friends and family!
Congratulations to the Ole Award Winners for 2019!
This week, we are sharing the final four award winners, all in the commercial remodeling category.
Commercial Remodeling Honoree
Bocaditos Café, 109 E. Wilson Street, w as honored in this category. Accepting the award on behalf of restaurant owners Silvia Sanchez and her daughter, Juliana Cancelo, was Jamie Saam. The Argentine restaurant is part of the renaissance of the 100 block of East Wilson. Their mission is to share their culture with guests, featuring traditional Argentine dishes such as their ever-popular empanadas in multiple flavors.
Commercial Remodeling Honoree
Dance Dynamics Dance Company, 79 S. Randall Road (near Jewel), was honored in this category. Accepting the award for the award-winning dance company was Molly Reimer. Last summer, they remodeled a storefront with more than 5,000 square feet of space into three state of the art dance studios, a spacious lobby, and dressing rooms. The company won “studio of excellence” for 2017, 2019, and were grand champion winners in Nationals 2018 and Regionals 2019.  
Commercial Remodeling Honoree
Funway Entertainment Center, 1335 S. River Street, was honored in this category. Accepting the award for the place to have fun in Batavia was Janet and Bob Hanson. Known for always re-inventing this amusement park, the latest transformation included building and opening the new Indy fast track to the immediate south of the main building. They also re-built the 18-hole mini-golf course, and opened the Backyard Café and patio.
Commercial Remodeling Honoree
Riverside Pizza & Pub, 142 W. Wilson Street, was honored in this category. Accepting the award for this delicious pizza restaurant were Mike Caston, Brian Panozzo and Steve Niles. Prior to the striking remodel, this space was home to the downtown Walgreens. The interior was intentionally designed so that people at the bar mingle with the people at the high tops and the people at the high tops mingle with the people at the tables. This Batavia hotspot is the latest addition to the Riverside Pizza family, joining other locations in St. Charles and South Elgin.
Members in the News and Local Happenings

Batavia MainStreet is now accepting applications for the Batavia Boardwalk Shops. Eight 12 x 12 spaces will be available. The  Batavia Boardwalk Shops  will be open at Route 25 and Wilson Street from May 28 through October 31, 2020. Applicants are asked to make sure to read all vendor information for required hours, vendor fees, and other important information. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. on February 21.

Also...
Congratulations to Chamber member Energy City Brewing for being recognized by RateBeer as Best New Brewer in Illinois - cheers!
Join us on Wednesday!
Last call to sign up for this valuable marketing seminar!
Do you know a Batavia High School Senior? Encourage them to apply for our inaugural Inspire Scholarships! Applications are due on Friday, April 3. The description of each scholarship is below. Applications are available via this link . Please share this information!

If you missed the Paddle Raise at Inspire 2020, we are still accepting donations to the scholarship fund. Please contact us at (630) 879-7134.
The 2020 Directories are in!
Batavia residents and businesses were mailed a print copy. Any member who wants additional copies, please stop by the office to pick them up. Digital copies are available here .
Every person counts! In November, a presentation was held at the Batavia Public Library about the importance of the 2020 Census for Batavia's future. To learn more, watch the video of the presentation:


Upcoming Community Events
Platinum Members
Batavia Chamber of Commerce | (630) 879-7134 | Shirley @BataviaChamber.org |www.BataviaChamber.org