January 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 President - Stacey Ekstrom
Happy New Year!  We are ready to work with you again in 2016!

Our Charlemagne event is coming up on February 5 th.  The invitations have just been sent out, so please mark your calendars and plan to attend our most prestigious event.  We look forward to honoring our businesses in several categories as well as the winner of community volunteerism who has dedicated their life to making St. Charles a better place.

Take advantage of our opportunity to meet over 1000 people attending our 3 rd Annual Business to Consumer Expo on April 16 th.  We have early bird opportunities to sign up as a vendor.  As with last year, we had over 80 businesses representing restaurants, healthcare, financial, and home improvements.  Bring your family to enjoy live entertainment, bouncy houses, interactive sports, taste samplings of our restaurants, and learn more about the services our members provide.  For more information regarding sponsorships or a vendor booth, please contact Amanda Lutz.

As many have heard from our new Board Chairman, Craig Larsen, through requests of our member survey, we will be hosting a series of educational workshops on Marketing throughout the year.  We look forward to providing this series. 
As a reminder, if you would like to find out more information about joining one of our committees, please let me know.  So many people have great ideas and can enhance our goals.

Please contact the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce if you have any questions.
Stacey Ekstrom
President & CEO
St. Charles Chamber of Commerce
216 S. Riverside Avenue
WELCOME Four New Board Members to the 2016 Board!

Leah Hoppes, Vision Force Marketing
Leah Hoppes is a Marketing Strategist and is President  & Co-Founder of Vision Force Marketing. Leah is on the St. Charles Chamber Legislative Committee, Member Education Committee and also serves on the Marketing & Promotions Committee of the Downtown St. Charles Partnership.
Leah spent 15 years in industrial manufacturing marketing. Leah also won the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce, 2015 Member of the Year Award!

Bill Johnson, BMO Harris Bank
Market President - St. Charles Market, 32 years with the company.  He has always worked in the community banking environment working with consumers and small business owners and has been on two previous chamber boards including Palatine and Aurora during his career. Bill is currently the Vice-Chair for the St. Charles Chamber Membership Committee and has been a part of the committee for a couple years. 

Steve Martin, First State Bank 
Vice President at First State Bank. Steve started at State Bank of St. Charles in 1969; he has worked 46 years in banking in St. Charles, 29 years at 1 East Main Street and 17 years at 620 East Main Street.
Steve is also currently on the Boards of the Greater St. Charles Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Downtown St. Charles Partnership. He is on the Holiday Homecoming Committee and serves on the St. Patrick's Parade Committee, Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony Committee. Steve has been honored to be Chief Marshal for those 3 parades, marshaling over 60 parades in St. Charles since 1980. Steve also helped on the St. Charles America in Bloom Committee.
Steve Matrin was also the 2014 Charlemagne Award Winner given out by the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce.

Sacha Urban, TriCity Family Services
Sacha Urban has been the Manager of Community Giving with TriCity Family Services since August of 2014.  Previously, she served on the Board of Directors of Open Door Clinic (Elgin and Aurora) as Secretary for 8 years.  
Sacha has been active in fundraising and creating awareness for Aids/HIV and Human Rights related causes; running numerous races, including a marathon in 2013 and the Chicago Triathlon with "Team 2 End Aids"  this year benefitting the Aids Foundation Chicago.  This past summer, she biked 200 miles in order to raise awareness and funds for TPAN in Chicago (Test Positive Awareness Network.)

Thank you
to our outgoing board members - we appreciate your time and service!

Kristine Kowalski , A Change of Purseonality

Janet Roman , Inland Bank  

Kate Sullivan , Neighbors Magazines

A Word from the Board - Craig Larsen

As Chairman of the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce, I see firsthand the amount of time, effort, and resources businesses and organizations invest to improve their business. These improvements not only benefit their business, but add to the existing appeal of the greater St. Charles area and making it an even greater place to live, work and locate business.

Every year, we honor businesses and organizations that have made major improvements to their business and volunteered their time to the St. Charles community at our prestigious Charlemagne Awards Dinner on February 5 th 2016. At this event, we also honor an individual who has made a lifetime of achievements and has dedicated their time, efforts, and talent to the St. Charles Community. If you haven't already registered make sure to do so soon.  The deadline is January 22 nd, 2016

The Chamber has achieved our goals in 2015. This success was achieved through the hard work of our Chamber board, members, and especially our staff. However, we cannot be just satisfied with where we are today. To get a better of our members' needs we conducted a survey of our membership in late 2015. 

We learned was that the number one area where our members needed support was with marketing. To meet that need we will be introducing a Marketing Series in 2016.  This series will help you refine your marketing efforts and I encourage you to sign up as soon as possible to make sure you reserve your spot in this program.

We will also begin the process of continual strategic planning, with the goal of focusing on where we want to be 3 to 5 years down the road. We need to continually work to meet the needs of you and the entire community as they change over time to make sure we continue to serve you to the best of our ability.

Thank you for your past and continued support as the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce continues to serve our members and community and I hope to see you at our 94 annual Charlemagne Awards dinner!

Craig Larsen
AHC Advisors
303 N. Second St., Suite 28

Montessori Stepping Stone
1700 Lincoln Highway, St. Charles, IL 60174
Congratulations to OnDreia Oswald opening Montessori Stepping Stone School in St. Charles. Their mission is to provide a caring, safe and stimulating environment that will challenge and allow their students to learn independently as they are guided by Montessori teachers.
With 25 years of Montessori experience as a classroom teacher, school administrator, trainer and consultant, OnDreia will be a great addition to the educational community in St. Charles.

Healthway Services of West Illinois, LLC
3714 Illinois Avenue,  St. Charles, IL 60174
The St. Charles Chamber of Commerce welcomed Healthway Services of West Illinois, LLC to St. Charles. HSWI was approved for licensing by DFPR, as a Medical Cannabis Dispensary to serve State approved patients in St. Charles and the surrounding area. We are glad to have relief for people in need of this treatment in our community.


Chamber Holiday Party
Dunham Woods Riding Club
33W333 Army Trail Road, Wayne 
St. Charles Chamber Holiday Party was a wonderful time; good people, great location, and amazing food. Thank you to Dunham Woods Riding Club for allowing us to have the event at the picture perfect location for such a Holiday Party. 
The Women's Business Council hosted the event that was sponsored by BEI Properties. With twinkling lights decorating the inside and out, Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra was kind enough to volunteer their services and provided our members with the beautiful music from a pianist and violist. 
Bill Johnson, from BMO Harris, was the winner of the WBC's 50/50 Raffle for the night!  Thank you to everyone who came to mix and mingle on this festive night!

Young Professionals Council (YPC) Ugly Sweater Party
Filling Station Pub & Grill
Wonderfully tacky Christmas Sweaters were everywhere for the YPC's Ugly Sweater Party! The outfits were hilarious! Thank you to our event sponsor, Fox Valley Ice Arena And Fitness Center , Trophy Sponsor, The Hoopis Financial Group, and the Filling Station Pub & Grill for hosting the event! The food was great and congratulations to the winner of the Ugly Christmas Sweater! The YPC presented a check to Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra for $100 to help their Scholarship Fund!
City News

Thank You for Donating to Our Giving Tree

Thank you to everyone who selected tags and donated gifts for the City Hall Giving Tree.  Because of your overwhelming generosity, we were able to deliver gifts in time for the holidays to Elderday Center and local children from the St. Charles school district. In fact, our vehicle was literally stuffed with gifts!

A total of 24 children from three schools each received gifts of warm clothing, books, a fleece blanket and a toy. Three children also received donated bikes and a homeless family of four received $575 in gift cards.  The Elderday Center received a healthy stock of cooking, crafting and cleaning supplies.

 We appreciate everyone's generosity. A strong sense of community is alive and well in St. Charles!

Business of the Month  
Elite Extrusion Technology

As the flexible packaging market searches for suppliers dedicated to providing small, medium and large quantities of superior polyethylene film, Elite has become the clear choice.

We are experts in the field of co-extruded films and have optimized our process to support quick delivery. To meet our customers' demand we have established multiple ways of accepting raw material delivery, including delivery by Union Pacific rail. No longer do customers have to hold the excess stock that leads to higher inventory costs.

Elite employs experienced extrusion experts that are focused on perfecting the film manufacturing process with the most advanced technology. At Elite we use a select number of high quality polyethylene resins and additives from leading suppliers such as Exxon, Dow and M. Holland. We use our expertise to blend these resins and create film that best fits the customers' application in a cost effective and high-quality manner.

Elite has established a first-class testing lab equipped with the finest test and measurement technology. This laboratory ensures the films we produce meet or exceed the customers' requirements.  Elite also provides independent testing services for our customers' legacy films and packages.

Elite Extrusion is a privately owned company that is proud of the fact that we employ people and manufacture film in St. Charles, IL. USA. At Elite, we take pride in our commitment to the community in which we work. We have made, and will continue to make, investments in ozone abatement, recycling and sustainable technologies that protect our environment.

Please visit our website at eliteextrusion.com or are more than welcome to make an appointment for a visit to our Ohio Avenue factory. Please call us at 630-485-2020.

Elite Extrusion Technology
3620 Ohio Avenue
St. Charles, IL 60174
(630) 485-2020
Business of the Month 
Pheasant Run Resort & Spa

Pheasant Run is a beautiful 250-acre resort in historic St. Charles within easy reach of both O'Hare and Midway airports. With 293 guest rooms, 18 hole championship golf course, full service spa, award winning dining and entertainment, two pools, and extensive meeting and conference facilities, Pheasant Run is the perfect setting for both weekend getaways and corporate retreats. 

Throughout the year, Pheasant Run offers a number of feature packages designed to entertain and accommodate a variety of interests and activities. From our Summer Splash and seasonal packages to golf, spa, music, and more, you're certain to find a reason for you or your family to visit Pheasant Run!

Our Winter Package this year, which runs from Jan 1 st through March, focuses on one of our greatest assets, our unique indoor/outdoor pool. The water is kept at a soothing 80 degrees all winter which makes it a fun and exciting experience to swim outside. The Winter Splash Package includes a pool party every Friday and Saturday night with music, games, prizes and more! Also included in the package is a pizza party delivered to your room, crafts, and arcade games.

If it's golf or fitness you're into. Pheasant Run offers golf and fitness memberships that rival any course or gym. Our members enjoy the freedom of golfing anytime on our 18-hole championship golf course and taking advantage of our state-of-the-art-fitness center without all the crowds. Also included is access to our two unique and beautiful pools. Both are open all year round! 

Pheasant Run Resort & Spa
4051 E. Main Street 
(630) 584-6300 

Healthway Services of West Illinois, LLC
Irina Zhukovsky
3714 Illinois Ave.
St. Charles
(630) 377-7373
Kitchen and Bath Design Store
William Severance
1950 W.  Main St.
St. Charles
(630) 214-9775
Dukane Corporation
Mike  Ritschdorff
2900 Dukane Dr.
St Charles
Romano Mercato Italiano Italian Deli & Cafe
Izabela Romano
210 Cedar St.
St. Charles
(630) 797-5566


AAA Schejbal Insurance Agency
St. Charles
(630) 587-1650
Ace Roofing Services, Inc.
St. Charles
(630) 513-8683

Best Western Inn of St. Charles
St Charles
(630) 584-4550
Colonial Cafe & Ice Cream
St. Charles
(630) 584-0088

Detour Graphic Design & New Media, Inc.
St. Charles
(331) 248-6238
Domo 77 Steakhouse
(630) 690-3277

E & T Glass and Mirror Inc.
(630) 232-6733

Elite Extrusion Technology
St. Charles
(630) 485-2020

F. Cesario & Company
St. Charles
(630) 587-3812
FocalPoint Business Coaching

Fox Valley Hands of Hope
(630) 232-2233

G. Klemm Roofing Co.
(630) 232-9010

St. Charles
(630) 762-1600
Great Guys Cleaning and Concierge Service
(630) 674-5612

Greater St. Charles Convention & Visitors Bureau
St. Charles
(630) 377-6161

Illini Security Systems, Inc.
(815) 895-2476

Inland Bank
(630) 845-0500

Just Kabobs
St. Charles
(630) 443-3400

(630) 593-5500

Miscella Real Estate
(815) 245-2277


Moose Charities
(630) 966-2200

Moss-Norris Funeral Home
St Charles
(630) 584-2000

Murray Commercial
St Charles
(630) 513-0173

My Recess Therapy
St. Charles
(630) 880-0993

Prose Orthodontics
St Charles
(630) 584-6555

St Charles
(630) 584-0873

Schramm Construction
St. Charles
(630) 584-1200

Sperry Van Ness Landmark / Neil Johnson
(630) 938-4950

St. Charles Merchant Patrol
St Charles
(630) 584-1125
West Suburban Travelers Limousine, Inc.
(630) 668-9600

White Oak Family Wellness
St Charles
(630) 442-0057


*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.

Wednesday, January 13th  
St. Charles Chamber Board Room
216 S. Riverside Ave.
St. Charles, IL 60174
Thursday, January 14th
Pheasant Run?
216 S. Riverside Ave.
St. Charles, IL 60174
Thursday, January 14th
Vanishing Ink
2020 Dean St., Suite L2B
St. Charles, IL 60174
Monday, January 18th
Chamber Office Closed
Thursday, January 21st
4:30- 6pm
Blue Goose Super Market
300 S. 2nd Street
St. Charles, IL 60174
Wednesday, January 27th  
St. Charles Chamber Board Room
216 S. Riverside Ave.
St. Charles, IL 60174
Thursday, January 28th 
St. Charles Chamber Board Room
216 S. Riverside Ave.
St. Charles, IL 60174
Thursday, January 28th
St. Charles Chamber Board Room
216 S. Riverside Ave.
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 Kathy Matthews, from Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra, for providing music at the Chamber Holiday Party.

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Charlemagne Program
Contact the Chamber Office at 630-584-8384 for more information or how to sign up.
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- Coaches 

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Purchase at the St, Charles Chamber Office, Blue Goose Super Market, City of St. Charles Municipal Bldg. 

Your Ad Could Be Here!
If you'd like to advertise in our next Newsletter, please contact the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce at
(630) 584-8384 or email marketing@stcharleschamber.com.  Business card ads, pdf picture ads and Word document ads are all welcome.  (There is a charge for Newsletter Ads.)
BEI Properties

Solutions Networking Corp.

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.