February 2017


of the Month 

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

Ryan Anderson
HighWire  Networks

Marco Almedia
St. Charles Bank & Trust

Tory Haines
Haines & Associates

Leah Hoppes
Vision Force Marketing

Bill Johnson
BMO Harris Bank

Steve Martin
First State Bank

Rob Mondi
Abby's Breakfast & Lunch

Colleen Noe
Integrative Family Healthcare

Wendy Taylor-Santucci
Sacha Urban
TriCity Family Services

Rita Tungare


President & CEO

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


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A Word From The Board- Leah Hoppes
The Member Education committee was created just last year for the sole purpose of developing  educational business programs to server our members. It was formed in response to our survey where you told us you were hungry for business education.
Last year's program focused on marketing. We held six different workshops throughout the year which covered marketing fundamentals, branding, print advertising, email marketing, social media, and even how to pull everything together into actionable results. Among the fantastic feedback we received from participants, one member told us just attending one of the workshops "paid for her entire membership." That's what we love to hear!
This year these educational workshops will be focused on business strategy and the tools needed to stay in business. Big thinking and hoping will not keep you afloat, you need sound business strategies which include things like identifying your vision, developing a business plan, creating a budget, understanding how to hire in (or hire out) and learning how to effectively manage your operations and vendors -  no matter what size of business you're in.
The classes people enjoyed the most last year were presented in a workshop style because it gave attendees time to really work on solutions for their particular business while also allowing for discussions with their business peers. We're going to replicate that same facilitator-led workshop style again this year.
If you're passionate about helping our members grow their businesses then maybe you'd like to join us on the committee to help us with next year's classes! 

Leah Hoppes
Board Director
Vision Force Marketing

Envision a Smile
2019 Dean Street
St. Charles, IL 60174
Envision a Smile welcomed chamber members to their new location on the corner of Randall and Dean Street in St. Charles. Their beautiful office is the perfect place for your dentistry needs! They are a provider of advanced cutting edge technology related to dentistry in a comfortable and personalized service setting.

132 S First Street
St. Charles, IL 60174
Kilwins is a great addition to First Street in St. Charles! St. Charles is thrilled to have this cute boutique sweet store right at our fingertips! They offer hand-crafted chocolates, fresh homemade fudge made right in store, as well as original recipe ice cream!  Need a gift?  They have gift baskets for all occasions.  Stop in and give in your sweet tooth today!

Crazy Fox Bar & Grille
104 E. Main Street
St. Charles, IL 60174
Looking for a new place to eat or have a drink? Check out Crazy Fox Bar & Grille on Main Street in St. Charles! Crazy Fox Bar & Grille is an all new family owned location built from the ground up. There was a great welcome to this new bar & grille by chamber members who attended their ribbon cutting!

Legislative Luncheon
Illinois Chamber State Update
Eagle Brook Country Club, 2288 Fargo Boulevard, Geneva
Keeping on top of the ever-evolving legislative landscape can be difficult; the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce is here keep you up to speed.
Currently, the Illinois Senate is working on a multi-point, bipartisan package for our state budget. The deal will likely feature a tax increase, cuts in spending and other reforms to create a more stable business environment here in Illinois.
Its easier than you think to play a part in this process - you don't need to go to Washington DC or Springfield. Stay engaged and become vocal about the issues that matter to you. Talk with your local legislators and invite them to your place of business. Let them know how important you are to the community, and explain what your biggest challenges are. If you engage your elected officials in a constructive way, they will listen, and you can make an impact.
The Legislative Committee strives to keep the important business issues in front of you, and gives you opportunities to meet with local elected officials throughout the year. Watch for our events and updates - we hope you'll participate!

After Hours Mixer
Frolicstein Financial Wealth Management
1750 E. Main Street, Suite 120, St. Charles, IL 60174
The first After Hours Mixer went off without a hitch. It was great to have so many chamber members come out to meet some new contacts, and check out Frolicstein Financials office! Thanks to Dave Frolicstein for opening your business and providing snacks for this event.

WBC Luncheon
Healing & Wellness Kick Off
Eagle Brook Country Club, 2288 Fargo Boulevard, Geneva
The WBC kicked-off 2017 with Time to Hit the "Refresh" Button!  Speakers Marilyn Mitchell, Healing Space, and Eric Warsaw, Sweat.STC, discussed healing and wellness topics to help start the new year off on a health note.  2016 Chairman, Anna Koehler, presented Allison Costanza of the St. Charles History Museum with a check for $127.  Each quarter the WBC raises money for a different local non-profit through its luncheon raffles.  The non-profit selected for the first quarter 2017 is Celebrate Differences.
City News

Business of the Month  
BMO Harris Bank

BMO Harris Bank
1 E. Main Street
St. Charles, IL 60174
(630) 377-4100
Business of the Month  
Fox River Tire & Auto Repair

Fox River Tire & Auto Repair
20 N. 17th Street
St. Charles, IL 60174
(630) 584-0655
Business of the Month 
Re/Max All Pro - Bobbie Gerbrecht - Grayson
RE/MAX All Pro has served the Fox Valley and surrounding areas with residential and commercial real estate since 1989.  They have now moved their western situated office to the newly constructed 505 W. MAIN ST. building in St. Charles. Find them directly across from Lincoln Park, four blocks west of the riverfront.
Owner, Tim Binning, stated "As a long time St. Charles resident, my wife Laura and I have been extremely grateful to be able to raise our children in this community. By moving this office downtown we are looking forward to having a bigger presence in the various festivals and parades that people all over Illinois come to enjoy. With this endeavor we hoped to be considered a positive accent to the beautiful cityscape we've always enjoyed. Our goal with this move is to highlight the professional, and uncommonly knowledgeable agents within our office, these agents have been a really fantastic reflection of what RE/MAX is known for and they deserve to work in a location that better suits them. I would like to encourage both buyers and sellers to come visit us and experience how this office working as a team makes a difference".
With their new, larger space RE/MAX All Pro plans offer even greater customer based services and welcome other like minded agents into their multi-office organization.
RE/MAX All Pro offices hosts over 75 trained and experienced agents within three newly designed offices in Bloomingdale, Sugar Grove and St. Charles.
Re/Max All Pro - Bobbie Gerbrecht - Grayson 
505 W. Main St 
St. Charles, IL 60174 
(630) 513-6100 
Porte Brown LLC
Tricia Carlstrom
1752 Capital St, Suite 400
(847) 695-1775
Cratos LLC
James Coxworth
405 S. First St.
St. Charles
(630) 240-5017
Edward Jones - Mike Corbett
MIke Corbett
202 E. Main St.
St. Charles
(630) 587-6444
JC Rejuvenation & Wellness
Cassie Wolfe
825 S. IL Route 59
(630) 289-1181
Practical Human Resource Support Services LTD.
Cheryl Flood, SPHR
St. Charles
(630) 538-6524
Dan Borowiak Insurance Agency
Dan Borowiak
720 Heartland Dr., Suite D
Sugar Grove
(630) 466-8900
New York Life Insurance Company
Paima Chitambo
20 N Martingale Road, Suite 400
(847) 372-1917
Moonscape Landscape Illumination, LLC
Mark Graf
1485 Louis Bork Dr. Suite 113
(708) 903-4001
First Street Development
Robert Rasmussen
409 Illinois Ave, Suite 1C
St. Charles
(630) 443-9393



A-1 Airport Limousine Service, Inc.
(630) 377-3805
Ace Roofing Services, Inc.
St. Charles
(630) 513-8683
Alzheimer's Association/Illinois
(815) 272-2009
Best Western Inn of St. Charles
St Charles
(630) 584-4550
Blooming Color of St. Charles
St. Charles
(630) 584-7383
Carroll Tower
St Charles
(630) 584-6656
CASA Kane County
(630) 232-4484
Chicago Steel Hockey Team
Complex Management
St. Charles
(630) 443-9315
Corcoran Commercial Real Estate
St. Charles
(630) 443-9315
DayOne Reliance Incorporated
(630) 208-5555
Discount Tire - Randall Rd
St. Charles
(630) 549-2767
Divine Signs & Graphics, Inc.
(847) 534-9220
Grand Slam Construction, LLC
St. Charles
(630) 377-0297
Great Guys Cleaning and Concierge Service
(630) 674-5612
St Charles
(630) 377-7448
Inland Bank
(630) 845-0500
Jodi's Cleaning Service
St. Charles
(630) 945-1395
Judge Family Chiropractic Center
St. Charles
(630) 377-3500
Kane County Chronicle Media
St. Charles
(630) 232-9222

Karen E. Tietz PC
St Charles
(630) 587-5771
Mantes Insurance Group
St. Charles
(630) 797-2108
Maranatha House of Prayer
Saint Charles
(312) 420-8202
McDonalds of St. Charles
St. Charles
(630) 377-7445
Midwest Community Bank
St Charles
(331) 422-3420
My Recess Therapy
St. Charles
(630) 880-0993
Neurofibromatosis Midwest
St. Charles
(630) 945-3562
Olympia Chiropractic & Physical Therapy
St. Charles
(630) 513-0600
Perfect Plastic Printing Corp.
St Charles
(630) 584-1600
Rotary Club of St. Charles, Noon
St Charles
(630) 584-8378
Serenity Packaging Corporation
St Charles
(630) 762-9870
Shakou St. Charles
St. Charles
(630) 444-0850
Sidwell Company, The
St. Charles
(630) 549-1000
Streng Design & Advertising
St. Charles
(630) 584-3887
Strohschein Law Group, LLC
St. Charles
(630) 377-3241
Szechwan Restaurant
St Charles
(630) 513-1889
Three Fires Council, Boy Scouts of America
St Charles
(630) 584-9250
Unlocking Performance
St. Charles
(630) 209-1010
Valley Ambulatory Surgery Center
St Charles
(630) 584-9800
Wilson Travel & Cruise
St Charles
(630) 377-3700

XSport Fitness
St Charles
(630) 443-1043

*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 3rd  
Q Center
1405 North Fifth Avenue
St. Charles, IL 60174
Tuesday, February 8th 
Envisioning Your Better Future
City Municipal Building
Council Chambers
2 E. Main Street, St. Charles
Thursday, February 16th  
State Street Jewelers
230 W. State Street
Geneva, IL 60134
Tuesday, February 21st
St. Charles Chamber
216 S Riverside Ave
St. Charles, IL 60174
Thursday, February 23rd 
Colonial Café
1625 E Main Street
St. Charles, IL 60174
Thursday, February 23rd 
Vintage 53
162 S 1st 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:
Nick Smith, Alexanders Cafe, for providing the Young Professionals lunch at their last committee meeting! 
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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.