Register here to register
for the Oct. 20
Meet, Greet & Network Virtually or In-Person at Camp Manitoqua & Retreat Center
In this special "holiday edition" seminar, you will gain valuable tips and tricks to help your business navigate the holidays AND propel your business into the new year!
Additionally, you'll learn:
1. What has changed with social media marketing due to the effects of Covid-19.
2. How to leverage the massive increase in social media usage due to the pandemic.
3. Why now is the time to triple down on your efforts and make this holiday season more successful than most.
These seminars fill up quickly, so register HERE today! Zoom link will be sent after you register.
Salina's Pizza is open
Help us welcome them to town and the Chamber on November 12.
Join us for our
2020 Annual Meeting & Dinner
Wednesday, November 18
CD&ME (in the Mica)
Save your seat and sign up to be a Centerpiece Sponsor here
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Graduated Income Tax Town Hall Replays
To help inform Illinois residents about the proposed graduated income tax that will be on the Nov. 3 ballot, the Illinois Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (IACCE) and the Small Business Advocacy Council (SBAC) recently hosted two Town Halls.
Presenting arguments in support of the ballot initiative--Ralph Martire, Executive Director for the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability and Rubloff Professor of Public Policy at Roosevelt University, presented arguments in support of the ballot initiative.
Presenting arguments against the ballot initiative--Leslie Munger, former Illinois Comptroller and Deputy Governor.
Apply for second round of Business Interruption Grant (BIG) program
The second round of funding for the Business Interruption Grant (BIG) program went live Sept. 17. $220 million is available for small businesses of all types in Illinois.
BIG was developed by Governor Pritzker and the Illinois General Assembly to provide economic relief for small businesses hit hardest by COVID-19. BIG leverages federal funding provided by the CARES Act to help offset COVID-19 related losses for Illinois small businesses. Funding may be used to help businesses with working capital expenses, including payroll costs; rent; utilities; and other operational costs.
ComEd offering help to families and businesses experiencing financial challenges caused by pandemic
ComEd is offering a comprehensive customer support package to help families and communities who are recovering from the economic challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic. These assistance measures include:
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Questions? Call Constant Contact at 855-797-4708. If you are an existing Constant Contact customer, but would like to receive the Chamber Member benefits, please email email@example.com
Frankfort Police Department encourages you to join its new Business Nixle Information System
This free service will allow the Frankfort Police Department to disseminate business specific safety and crime trend information.
Joining is Easy
E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
• Your name and business name
• E-mail address you can access to receive information
• Mobile phone number
An unlimited number of representatives from your business can register, but we highly recommend at least one manager register per business.
The information shared will be business specific, however this group will also receive alerts pertinent to general public safety.
Questions? Call the Frankfort Police Department at (815)469-9435 or email email@example.com
Sexual Harassment Prevention Training required for all employees by Dec. 31
Recent changes to the Illinois Human Rights Act (IHRA) require all Illinois employers to provide sexual harassment prevention training to all employees by December 31, 2020, and once per year thereafter – and tasked the Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR) with creating a model sexual harassment training program employers could use to meet that requirement.
After several delays, the IDHR released its model sexual harassment prevention training program along with an FAQ. Now that we have the IDHR’s model training, all Illinois employers should begin planning on how they will administer the training to all employees – including part-time employees, short-term or temporary employees, interns, and so on – especially since the IDHR announced that it will not extend the Dec.31, 2020 deadline due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Businesses who fail to comply with this law will receive a notice from the Illinois Department of Human Rights requiring employers to comply within 30 days. If the employer does not comply within the 30 days, the employer will receive a civil fine.
OFFERS & EVENTS
Advanced sign up is required for all members and non-members. Go to www.kidsworkchildrensmuseum.org
to sign up and get information about safety measures they have in place.
Before your arrival, please be aware of the following:
* Health screening and liability waiver must be signed for every visit
*Temperature will be taken before entering the museum.
*Mask must be worn by every adult and child 2 years old and older.
*Social distancing must be maintained in all areas of the museum.
Win up to $2,000! Lincolnway Special Recreation Association (LWSRA) is hosting a Spooktacular 50/50 raffle! – Tickets are $20 each with a limit of 200 sold. Drawing will be held on October 30. Special prize drawings will be held every Friday! To purchase your tickets, please contact Kristen Ehrman at 815-350-3507 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It does not seem possible, but the Holiday Season and the winter months are quickly approaching. This is a time of year when food pantries struggle to provide for the needs of the community. This year, because of the Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting increase in the number of our neighbors suffering from layoffs and job loss, our local food pantry is facing a crisis. With so much need, they are finding their resources severely depleted.
In response to this growing need, the Historic Downtown Frankfort businesses will be having a food drive “How We Can” October1 thru November 11. On Saturday, October 24, from 9:00am-12:00pm, in cooperation with our local businesses St. Peter’s United Church of Christ (12 West Sauk Trail, Frankfort, IL 60423, 815-469-2220) will be having a food drop off drive where people can drive thru to drop off their donations. All food and money collected will go directly to the Frankfort Township Food Pantry to help serve the needs of our neighbors.
Please place your donations in the trunk/hatchback of your vehicle. To provide safety for all, masked and gloved volunteers will take your donations so that you need not leave your vehicle. We will also have volunteers, masked and gloved, with buckets to collect your monetary contributions if you so choose.
Please tell your friends and neighbors and encourage them to be a part of this community-wide effort to serve those in our community that find themselves in need of our help.
If you are a new family inquiring about pricing for a session, I look forward to talking with you more about the Jean Lachat Photography experience.
Call us at 708.263.7269 and leave us a message with your best contact number and time/day to reach you so we can start working on YOUR experience.
September is Dog Days! If you have a furry quarantine BFF, you will receive some special bonus gifts this month when you schedule your family session. What a sweet way to turn 2020 into a happy memory!
Thriller at Main Park: Friday, October 16, Session A: 4:30 - 6:00 pm, Session B: 6:30 - 8:00 pm, Main Park, 400 W Nebraska Street, $10 child wristband. Happy Halloween! Join us at Main Park for a family friendly, social distancing Halloween event. There will be a DJ dance party, balloon artist, spooky games, hay ride, haunted paths, thriller dance contest, kid crafts and small pumpkin patch. This event is pre-registration ONLY and will accept 50 children per time slot. Face coverings and social distancing will be enforced. Sponsored by: Town Center Bank www.towncenterbank.com and AreA Landscape Supply, Inc. www.arealandscapesupply.com Howl-A-Woof: Saturday, October 17, 10:00 am - Gate will open at 9:50 am @ Bark Park at Commissioners Park, 80th Ave. & Sauk Trail, northwest corner of Commissioners Park. FREE! Trick or Treat!!! Bring your dog all dressed up for this costume competition, bone yard hunt and trick or treating event. Dogs will have the opportunity to “Trick or Treat” around the Bark Park so remember to bring your bags to collect all their goodies. Dogs will also have a chance to enter the costume contest and be judged on - Best Overall, Funniest and Scariest. All friendly dogs are welcome at this free, on-leash event. An adult must accompany dog-owners under the age of 12. While you are enjoying this event, please remember to pick-up a membership packet for the Bark Park. Face coverings and social distancing will be enforced. Sponsored by: Bentley’s Pet Stuff.
For more information call the Frankfort Park District office at (815) 469-9400 or visit our website at www.frankfortparks.org. Come join the fun!
“Have you missed going to the movies and indulging in your favorite snacks? The Emagine Frankfort Movie Theatre is now open and giving you the opportunity to experience The Magic of Movies and More! Check out our website at www.emagine-entertainment.com for showtimes and private theatre rental opportunities.
Emagine Frankfort is located at 19965 South La Grange Rd., Frankfort Il and is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.”
Virtual Top Shelf Tuesdays on Tues. Oct. 13 at 7pm. Join us via Zoom to discuss "Baby Teeth" by Zoje Stage! Beautiful, nonverbal Hannah loves her father, Alex, perhaps too much. Her mother, Suzette, sometimes gets in the way of their time together. Alex turns a blind eye to anything Hannah does, preferring to dote on his daughter. After several strange "accidents," Suzette becomes increasingly uneasy with her own daughter. Does her beloved little girl have a sinister agenda? Who will prevail? This book is available both as an eBook and Audiobook through Axis 360, Hoopla, and Overdrive with your library card. A limited number of print copies are available to check out at the library.
Virtual Volunteer Fair Series: American Red Cross on Wed. Oct. 14 at 7pm. Did you know that 90% of the Red Cross workforce are volunteers? Join FPLD Librarians, Diana and Melissa, and Sr. Recruitment Specialist, Emily Barille, to learn more about how Red Cross volunteers support the community in times of disaster, teach first aid, provide clerical work, and more.
Virtual Program: Leave Your Desk Yoga on Thurs. Oct. 15 at 10am. Have you been sitting too long and need to get away from your desk? Join librarian and yoga instructor Jill Ganeshan for a guided and reflective 30 minute yoga practice that helps you wake up your body and face your day the best you can. You'll consciously move the spine, create heat in your core, breathe, and meditate. Be prepared with a yoga mat or a towel placed on your carpet.
Friends Book Sale on Fri. and Sat. Oct. 16 and 17 at 9:30am. Come see our Friends for some book sales happening in our garage! Our fabulous Friends are hosting book sales on some Fridays & Saturdays in October!! No set prices. Make a donation. Take some books. Cash only. No change. Socially distant. Mask over nose and mouth required at the sale. Please bring your own bag or box. No sale if it is raining.
Register here or call 815-534-6173.
Get Protected With COVID-19 Panels!
Getting back to "normal" is important to everyone, but doing it safely is key. Resuming business with new safety precautions can be hard, but we are here to help. Contact us at Advance Glass & Facility Repairs to help your business reopen and operate safely by ordering /installing COVID-19 Panels. Protective freestanding COVID-19 Panels guard against sneezing and coughing, cutting down the spread of germs drastically. We make all kinds of different variations to suit your business needs. Call us today for an estimate or more information at (708)756-0700.
The CDC now estimates that roughly 40% of COVID-19 transmissions are happening before people feel sick or show any symptoms, and 35% of those with COVID-19 never show symptoms at all. Knowing this makes it increasingly more important for everyone to consider testing to check for both current or past infection, especially before returning to work or other activities. Click on the link to learn more about ARCpoint Labs of Orland Park’s customizable service offerings and help #preventthespread.
METT Therapy Services is a therapist-owned physical and occupational therapy company that has been located in the south suburbs for over 20 years. METT Therapy contracts with Franciscan Health and is located in the heart of Frankfort at 10367 West Lincoln Highway.
METT Therapy provides individualized care for various post-surgical, orthopedic, neurological, chronic pain and vestibular conditions. METT Therapy is following all CDC guidelines to ensure our patients’ safety is of top priority during these difficult times. METT also accepts most insurances including Medicare and Medicaid and is now offering telehealth services. Call (708) 679-2940 for more information or to set up an evaluation today!
Elements by The Odyssey- As we navigate through this unprecedented time and resume business with new safety precautions, let Elements put you at ease. We are prepared to accommodate smaller events taking proper safety measures and procedures. INQUIRE TODAY ABOUT RENTAL RATES!
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