January 13, 2020 Weekly Digest
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Happenings in and around the Chamber!
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Ole Award Winners Exemplify Confidence and Investment in Batavia

Batavia, Ill. – January 07, 2020  – Six Batavia businesses will be honored as 2019 Ole Award winners on Thursday, Jan. 23 at the Batavia Chamber of Commerce Inspire 2020 event. Businesses who had final city permits by September 1, 2019 were eligible. One other business will receive a Green Ole Award, a new award for this year.
The Ole honorees and the appropriate category for their award are:

  • New Construction – Industrial: Raddant Industrial Center, 1100 N. Raddant Road
  • Remodeling – Industrial: Alfagomma Aurora TF, LLC, 950 Douglas Road
  • Remodeling – Commercial: Bocaditos Café, 109 E. Wilson Street
  • Remodeling – Commercial: Dance Dynamics, 79 S. Randall Road
  • Remodeling – Commercial: Funway Entertainment Center, 1335 S. River Street
  • Remodeling – Commercial: Riverside Pizza & Pub, 142 W. Wilson Street

New to the award list this year is a Green Ole Award. The Batavia Environmental Commission proposed this annual award and fielded the applicants. They looked for those businesses who improved water quality and water conservation, were energy conscious, promoted healthy ecology, were more sustainable in their waste management, improved air quality and/or educated employees. Read the entire news release.
Email Patti Anselme about Sponsorship Opportunities Today!
Join us in Italy!
The Batavia, Geneva and St. Charles Chambers of Commerce are headed to Tuscany in October 2020. Learn more about this amazing vacation at our joint kickoff meeting! Please RSVP (for food and space considerations).
This trip is not only for Chamber members - invite your travel friends!
All Are Welcome - Please Come!
Please join us on Wednesday evening for the first Net-Working It! of 2020
No registration necessary!
Last Call for this Vital Workshop! Register Today !
Members in the News and Local Happenings

Valley Sheltered Workshop Board Announces Recognition

Batavia – Valley Sheltered Workshop is pleased to announce that as of January 1, 2020, Sue Lusted, Workshop Supervisor, has been given a title change. She now will be recognized as Manager of Valley Sheltered Workshop located at 325 Main Street in Batavia, IL.  Read the entire news release .

Chamber member Red Hive Market was recently written up by Daily Herald Columnist Dave Heun. Congratulations on the nice article!

January 5, 2020 Tom Freeman makes it sound like a bit of an epiphany when saying he and his wife, Bridget Johnson, walked out of Briana's Pancake House in Batavia one morning last fall to see that a storefront at 6 W. Wilson was open to rent.

"We said to ourselves, no more what-ifs, let's just do it," he recalled.

"Just do it" meant the Batavia couple was going to work on a vision they had to open a home decor artisan gallery downtown.

The result was Red Hive Market, which opened in late November and has quickly become a popular spot for shoppers. It was especially busy during the holiday season.

Batavia, Ill. - January 8, 2020 - Batavia United Way accomplished a number of things over the holiday season with the help of so many neighbors and community members. Literally hundreds of people played a part in the three major holiday projects orchestrated by Batavia United Way and we are so very grateful. Read the entire news release.
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 .
The enlightening Economic Outlook Luncheon and
Business Expo is back!
Sponsor, Expo Tables and Registration is now available.
All are Invited to Attend Batavia Women in Business Events!
Last Call to be a 2020 Batavia Women in Business Sponsor!
To reserve your Batavia Women in Business Sponsorship,
email Patti Anselme - Patti@bataviachamber.org .
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:

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