February 2016
In This Issue


of the Month 

Board of Directors
Craig Larsen

Sharon Spero
Vice Chairman
Money Mailer of Fox Valley

Ryan Anderson
JRB Studio

Leah Hoppes
Vision Force Marketing
Bill Johnson
 BMO Harris Bank

 Christopher J. Macchione
Steve Martin
First State Bank
Colleen Noe
Jim Ringness

Wendy Taylor-Santucci
Sacha Urban
TriCity Family Services

Rita Tungare


President & CEO
Special Events & Marketing
 Laura Macklin-Purdy
Business Development
Christopher Nelson
Administrative Assistant
Membership Representative
Our Distinguished Members


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A Word from the Board - Leah Hoppes

You asked and your Chamber responded!
The results from last fall's survey indicated that our members (that's you!) were desperate for more marketing help so we've come up with 6 Marketing Workshops which have been thoughtfully planned to provide overall marketing guidance along with areas of specific focus. Here's the best part - these will not be lectures; instead they are going to be workshop style classes designed to provide tips, tools and resources for you to enhance your marketing, and ultimately grow your business.
Personally, I couldn't be more excited because as a marketing strategist, I live and breathe this stuff! So to have the entire Chamber focused on marketing education all year is fantastic! When companies make sound marketing investments they experience strategic, long-term growth and that's exciting to watch!
That was just to get you excited about the upcoming year, but the other things I want to highlight are the Legislative and Member Education Committees.
Last year I got involved with the Legislative Committee even though I really wasn't sure what I could actually bring to the table. What's been fascinating is learning about legislative issues I wouldn't have otherwise known about. I think it's critical that our Chamber has a group to follow and monitor these types of issues which can be relayed to our membership so we can make our voices heard, or at the very least stay informed. 
This year the Chamber has added the Membership Committee to address the needs of our members which this year is going to focus on marketing. Next year the focus of this committee will shift to strategic planning which was the second most requested topic in terms of survey response. If you are interested in either of these committees, contact me or one of the Chamber staff. These committees are actually fun because we're impacting our community in a positive way, c'mon don't you want to be part of that?
At the very least, I expect to see all of you on February 10 th for our first class, which yours truly will be teaching!

Leah Hoppes
Vision Force Marketing
(630) 313-2804

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2020 Dean Street, Suite L2B,  St. Charles, IL 60174
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Welcome to the community! We are happy to have your services available in St. Charles!

Legislative Luncheon 
Pheasant Run Resort & Spa

Thank you to Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs for speaking to the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce and Batavia Chamber of Commerce!

Frerichs' presentation provided great insight for our members. An interesting fact the treasurer spoke about was how every dollar his office brings in is a dollar lawmakers don't have to raise in taxes - or a dollar they do not have to save by making cuts in services.   His office also helps provide tools for saving money for college or retirement. 

After Hours Mixer 
Blue Goose Super Market

Blue Goose hosted the Chamber's first After Hours Mixer of 2016! There was a great turn out of over 60 people who attended! Paul had wonderful samples available for everyone who attended! It was a perfect place for an after hours - after great networking, one could finish any grocery shopping afterwards!

Blue Goose Market prides itself on being the finest grocery in St. Charles, offering a wide range of produce, groceries, frozen foods and fresh deli selections at competitive prices. Customers can also enjoy their new coffee bar and fresh sandwiches at their outdoor café tables. Family owned and operated for over 80 years, they continue to offer value without compromising quality as one of the best-loved grocery stores in St. Charles, IL.

Thank you to all who attended, hope to see you at the next After Hours Mixer at St. Charles Bank & Trust, Thursday, February 18th!

Speed Networking
St. Charles Chamber 

Thank you to all members who attended Speed Networking. It was a great way to quickly meet 20+ new Chamber Members! 

WBC Business Luncheon
Eagle Brook Country Club 

WBC attendees were delighted to listen to a panel discussion on Pathways to Wellness.  The panelists were Dr. Colleen Noe, Integrative Family Health Care, Dr. Robert LaCava from The LaCava Center for Alternative and Integrative Medicine, Richard Wolff, RD, LDN at Medfitness, and Dr. Vicki Alden, NOVO Renewing Joy in Life, PC.  Questions ranged from nutrition, wellness care, and daily exercises that anyone can accomplish in 20 minutes a day.  The luncheon ended with each panelist donating items or services to raffle for Fox Valley Food for Health.  The next luncheon is February 25 th with a networking game - please mark your calendars.

City News


Business of the Month  
Colonial Cafe & Ice Cream

World Famous Colonial Cafe Kitchen Sink Turns 40!

Inspiration hit Tom Anderson, owner of the family-run Colonial Cafes, in 1976, and the result was an ice-cream concoction that would become his restaurants' signature treat. Four decade on, Tom's invention, the Kitchen Sink, is still bringing smiles to thousands every year.

Everything - and the Kitchen Sink!

Dubbed, "All your favorites in one sundae," the Kitchen Sink is a handmade, belt-loosening treat that starts with two whole bananas and six scoops of ice cream (vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry). Next come the toppings of chocolate, pineapple and strawberry, followed by a deep covering of fresh whipped cream and a sprinkled coating of toasted almonds. All this glory is topped by a large, glistening, bright red cherry and served in a custom made "sink" that is fashioned by local artisans.

Tackling this masterpiece of fountain art is not for the timid - and sometimes not for just one. Over the years the Kitchen Sink has been eaten because of double-dog-dares, by double-date pairs, and sometimes even whole-table shares.

Whatever the reason for ordering, finishing means the happy customer has now earned the right to proudly display the iconic "I Ate A Colonial Kitchen Sink" bumper sticker - a gleeful boast that can be seen on vehicles across the country.

The collection of cafes averages about 7,000 Kitchen Sink sales a year - meaning over the past four decades that's enough "Sinks" to create a circle starting from Colonial Cafe's corporate office on Randall road in St. Charles and encompassing all its restaurants up and down the Fox Valley - twice! Put another way, stacked one on top of the other they create a mound of ice cream delights 66 miles high.

Let those fascinating statistics "Sink" in as you - and maybe a friend or three - join the anniversary celebration.
Do you have a Kitchen Sink memory? Colonial Cafe would love to hear! Submit your story and be entered to win a free Kitchen Sink! www.ColonialCafe.com

Want another chance to win? Visit the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce office, or any of Colonial Cafe's seven locations, for an entry form.

Colonial Cafe & Ice Cream
333 N. Randall Rd
St. Charles, IL 60174
(630) 584-0088
Business of the Month 
Neighbors Magazines

Neighbors Magazines
28 S. Water St. 
(630) 995-3482
Prairie Pointe
1820 Wessel Court
St. Charles
(630) 584-8276
Timberbuilt Rooms
841 Equity Dr.
St Charles
(630) 443-7100
Christine Anderson Inc.
2631 Williamsburg Ave., Suite 302
(630) 262-2640
Grand Slam Enterprises, Inc
3809 Illinois Ave, Suite 300
St. Charles
(630) 377-0297
Trunk2Treasures Estate Sales
(847) 239-3313
IHT Wealth Management
St. Charles
(630) 560-3666
DayOne Reliance Incorporated
1551 E. Fabyan Parkway
(630) 208-5555
Streng Design & Advertising
244 West River Dr.
St. Charles
(630) 584-3887
Sweat.StC, LLC
303 W. Main St., Suite 209
St. Charles
(630) 569-4545
XSport Fitness
238 N. Randall Rd.
St Charles
(630) 443-1043
Chicago Steel Hockey Team
1996 S. Kirk Road
Allstate Insurance Company, Kevin Hagen Exclusive Agent
2535 E. Main St.
St. Charles
(630) 338-8635
Modus Marketing Group
518 S. 12th Avenue
St Charles
(630) 549-0015
N2 Publishing, Candice Ellensohn
St. Charles
(847) 650-0261
Alzheimer's Association Greater Illinois Chapter
850 Essington Rd, Ste 200
(815) 272-2009
125 Smith Road
St Charles
(630) 377-7448
Heel or Hide, Leather and Shoe Repair
218 W. State St.
St. Charles
(630) 401-2649
Acclaim Sign Co, Inc.
St. Charles
(630) 377-8525
Trinity Advocacy Group, LLC
457 Dunham Rd, Suite 200
St. Charles
(331) 901-5945
Shopping For Knowledge
3800 E. Main St.
St. Charles
(630) 220-5994


Abby's Breakfast & Lunch
St. Charles
(630) 377-0797
Alex Claney Photography, Inc.
St Charles
(630) 587-3866
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Starck Real Estate, Lori Linkimer
St. Charles
(630) 377-9200
Blooming Color of St. Charles
St. Charles
(630) 584-7383
Blue Goose Super Market, Inc.
St Charles
(630) 584-0900
CASA Kane County
(630) 232-4484
Celtic Custom & Needleart Designs
(630) 377-9031
Comfort Inn & Suites, Geneva
(630) 208-8811
Discount Tire - Randall Rd
St. Charles
(630) 549-2767
DuKane Contract Services, Inc.
(630) 761-9056
Excel Automotive Repair
St. Charles
(630) 945-3421
Fine Line Creative Arts Center
St Charles
(630) 584-9443
Frank's Employment, Inc.
St Charles
(630) 584-0820
Geneva Eye Clinic, Ltd.
(630) 232-1282
Gilvydis Vein Clinic
(815) 981-4742
Ginger Root Hair Salon
St. Charles
(630) 584-0500
Hairy Ant, The
St. Charles
(630) 447-8337
Jake Wyatt
St. Charles
(630) 347-8685
Liberty Mutual Insurance Co.
(630) 232-8100
M.K. Movers
St. Charles
(630) 244-9655
McDonalds of St. Charles
St. Charles
(630) 377-7445
McNally's Heating & Cooling
St. Charles
(630) 363-9067
Midwest Community Bank
St Charles
(331) 422-3420
Northern Illinois Food Bank
(630) 443-6910
Olympia Chiropractic & Physical Therapy
St. Charles
(630) 513-0600
Proell, Inc.
St Charles
(630) 587-2300
Q Center
St Charles
(877) 774-8437
Salsa Verde Mexican Restaurant & Taqueria
St. Charles
(630) 444-0673
Serenity Packaging Corporation
St Charles
(630) 762-9870
Shakou St. Charles
St. Charles
(630) 444-0850
Sheila Tustin
St. Charles
Sidwell Company, The
St. Charles
(630) 549-1000
Sign A Rama - West Chicago
West Chicago
(630) 293-7300
State Farm Insurance - Matt Holm
(630) 402-0456
The Lodge Bar & Grill
(630) 443-8000
Total Clarity Wealth Management, Inc.
St. Charles
(630) 762-9352
Valley Lock Co. Inc.
St Charles
(630) 377-0220
West Valley Graphics and Print, Inc.
St. Charles
(630) 377-7575
Wilson Travel & Cruise
St Charles
(630) 377-3700

*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.

Friday, February 5th   6:30pm 
Q Center
1405 N. 5th Avenue
St. Charles, IL 60174
Wednesday, February 10th    11:30am-1:30pm 
Marketing Bootcamp:Marketing DNA: The 3 Things You Must Know and Do
St. Charles Chamber Board Room
216 S. Riverside Ave.
St. Charles, IL 60174
Thursday, February 11th    8:30am 
St. Charles Chamber Board Room
216 S. Riverside Ave.
St. Charles, IL 60174
Wednesday, January 17th
Ribbon Cutting
303 W. Main St., Suite 209
St. Charles, IL 60174
Thursday, January 21st   5- 7pm 
St. Charles Bank & Trust
411 W. Main Street
St. Charles, IL 60174
Thursday, January 28th 11:30-1pm 
Mother's Pancake House
3755 E. Main Street
St. Charles, IL 60174
Thursday, January 28th
Ribbon Cutting
Carriage Oaks
1500 S. 14th Street
St. Charles, IL 60174
Thursday, March 3rd  7pm
Zanies at Pheasant Run
4051 E. Main Street
St. Charles, IL 60174
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 Strohschein Law Group, LLC for referring Trinity Advocacy Group, LLC.

Thank you to Minor Mobley, Excel Automotive Repair for referring Sweat.StC, LLC.
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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.