July 2016

In This Issue


of the Month 

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

Ryan Anderson

Leah Hoppes
Vision Force Marketing

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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Changes to Effect Most Businesses!

Learn about new Law before it goes into effect December 1, 2016





Cruise Nites


Get The Most Out of Your Membership!

WBC Networking on the Patio Mixer

Golf Outing


Volunteer Opportunities


Golf Outing 
Monday, August 8th 
Cruise Nites
Starting July 19th 
A Word from the Board - Board Director - Steve Martin
Steve Martin 
Board Director 
It's not too late!
I'm a banker, so you might think that I'd be a natural on the golf course. Stereotypes, you know. But, in fact, I'm pretty bad at the game. If you're concerned about value, as I am, you might say I get a greater value out of a round of golf than almost anyone else. My cost per stroke is far below average.
A lot of you know that my favorite number is 9. I like to say "It's all about the 9!" Golf gets that. There's the front 9 and the back 9, for example. The typical course has 18 holes (1+8=9).

Why does any of this matter? It doesn't. But, it gives me the chance to mention the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce 41st Annual Golf Outing: The Olympics, which is set for Monday, August 8, 2016, at Royal Fox Country Club. The name of this year's golf outing acknowledges the return of golf to the Olympics after a 112-year absence. Golf only appeared in the 1900 and 1904 Summer Olympic Games, but apparently the TV ratings were so low that they dumped it after that.
The Royal Fox Country Club Golf Course is a strikingly beautiful, but challenging 18-hole, 6,816-yard course. That's 20,448 feet (2+0+4+4+8=18; 1+8=9; It's all about the 9!).
It's not too late! That's how this whole thing started, isn't it? Anyway, it's not too late to register for the St. Charles Chamber Golf Outing! Or, if you're so inclined, just sign up for the Dinner and Awards. Check out the flyer in this Newsletter, or call the Chamber office at (630) 584-8384. Do it today!
Steve Martin
Vice President
First State Bank
(630) 584-4433
A Word from the President - Stacey Ekstrom
The Chamber Board and Staff participated in a Spring Strategic Planning Session to follow-up on our ideas from last fall.  Our three task forces are continuing to make progress.  Our educational Marketing Bootcamp started earlier this year will continue in the fall (Marketing was the number one requested area for educational assistance).  Our Membership Retention and Membership Value task forces are heading in the right direction, now that they have approval from the Board to move forward.  We have some exciting changes coming, and if you would like to be a part of any of these task forces, please let me know.

This last quarter had successful events including the Consumer Expo and Mini-golf Outing.  However, we are looking forward to summertime with Cruise Nites and our Annual Golf Outing.  Our theme for the Golf Outing is the Olympics, and as with all our committees, they have great ideas to tie in the theme with our event.  For more details, please see our flyers in this newsletter.  We have ordered beautiful days, so please come join us for viewing classic cars and/or golfing.

Also, we celebrate our members during Chamber Week which is the week of September 12 th.   We will host an Open House in which our gracious restaurants will donate food for you to enjoy, and new members can have a booth to promote their products and services.  We will also have an educational seminar, Speed Networking, and also a Culinary event.  More details will be forth coming.

Lastly, If you are not aware of the Department of Labor changes that will affect almost every business, please attend our event on July 13th.  The overtime rule concerns most salaried employees as well, so make sure that you are informed of the major changes.

I hope you had a nice Independence Day and enjoy the summer. 

Stacey Ekstorm
St. Charles Chamber of Commerce
(630) 584-8384

Shangri-La Spa & Sauna
2015 Dean Street #7A
St. Charles, IL 60174

Looking for relaxation? Shangri-La Spa & Sauna is the latest and greatest massage parlor to open in St. Charles. Offering you quality, licensed massages at low prices. Chamber members welcomed Shangri-La Spa & Sauna as a new member!

Heel or Hide, Leather and Shoe Repair
218 W. State Street
St. Charles, IL 60174

Chamber Members joined to welcome Heel or Hide Leather and Shoe Repair to the chamber! Think green, think repair!  Don't throw those old shoes out, have them repaired.

Repair for: Shoes, Luggage, Saddles, All leather goods, Vehicle covers and more! They also do Custom Leather Work and Zipper Work!

Firestone Complete Auto Care
1645 East Main Street
St. Charles, IL 60174

Firestone Complete Auto Care held a ribbon cutting to introduce their new showroom! Visit them as your one stop location for all of your automotive needs.  Maintenance, tires and repairs all at one location.  All work performed by ASE Certified Technicians.  Nationwide warranties.

Loyal Companions Animal Hospital and Pet Resort
2312 W. Main Street
St. Charles, IL 60175

Loyal Companions is an animal hospital that mixes modern treatment with unbounded compassion.   They believe there is nothing more important than your pet's health and well-being.  Cats and Dogs are both wonderful pets.  But they are often stressed by having to be alongside each other in veterinary clinics.  We believe their pet's well-being is so important that they have built a veterinary hospital to give each species its own special areas - entrance, exam rooms, and all! Make sure to bring your furry family members here!

Gym Chic
151 S. First Street
St. Charles, IL 60174
Gym Chic is women's athletic apparel boutique carrying both performance and athleisure clothing in the heart of downtown St. Charles. They strive to carry fitness apparel that is not only on-trend but also versatile in performance.  The Chamber is thrilled to welcome them to First Street and as a member of the Chamber!

Two Wild Seeds Baking Company
320 W Main Street
St. Charles, IL 60174

Two Wild Seeds is wonderful and "sweet" addition to Downtown St. Charles and the Chamber. They are a bakery and brand specializing in gluten-free desserts/cakes, coffee, tea, original art prints & greeting cards and inspiration for everyday life. Make sure to head in to satisfy your sweet tooth!

Legislative Breakfast
How to Thrive in Today's Economy- Luis Fortuno
City of St. Charles- Council Chambers, 2 E. Main Street, STC
The St. Charles Chamber of Commerce was honored to have Former Governor of Puerto Rico, Luis Fortuno as a presenter for our members.  He touched on elections, government contracts, SBA, wage issues, government credit and budget, uncertainty amongst businesses, unemployment rate in Europe, and why we should be watching what's happening to Puerto Rico.  The presentation ended with how lucky we are to be Americans and live in America.  He has traveled to many countries and feels that we live in the best country - United States of America!

5th Annual Mini Golf Tournament
River View Miniature Golf Course
Pottawatomi Park, 8th North Avenue, STC
4th Annual Mini Golf 
The Mini Golf Outing was once again a great event! Chamber Members who attended had a wonderful time playing mini golf, networking and enjoying the picture perfect day. We started off with a round of mini - golf that included 18 holes and eventually moved on to the pavilion where we raffled off great prizes while enjoying the wonderful food that was provided for us!
Thank you to our Main Event Sponsor:
St. Charles Bank & Trust
Pavilion Sponsor:
AAA Schejbal Insurance Agency
Food and Beverage Sponsor:
Neighbors Magazines
Hole Sponsors:
Abby's Breakfast & Lunch
Alex Claney Photography, Inc.
Autopractor, Inc.
Chiro One Wellness Centers
Colonial Cafe & Ice Cream
Detour Graphic Design & New Media, Inc.
Divine Signs & Graphics, Inc.
First State Bank
FocalPoint Business Coaching
Fox Valley Home Staging and Redesign, Inc.
MCC Technology
Murray Commercial
NOVIX Network Specialists, Inc.
Rookies All-American Pub & Grill
Wilson Travel & Cruise
Thank you to the Chamber Members who provided food for this event:
Arcedium Coffeehouse,  Buona,  Chick-fil-A,
Charleston on the River and the Spotted Fox Ale House,  Culver's of St. Charles,  Francesca's by the River,  Salsa Verde Mexican Restaurant & Taqueria,  Smallcakes A Cupcakery of St. Charles,  Olive Garden, and VinoThai's
Thank you to all the Sponsors who made this event possible! 

Paddle Boat Mixer
Pottawatomi Park, 8th North Avenue, STC
It was a perfect evening to be on the Fox River and on the Paddlewheel Boats provided by Anderson Enterprises. At the Paddle Boat Mixer this year, members boarded either the Chicago Cubs or Chicago White Sox Boats for this free networking event! With both teams starting the baseball season so great we were excited for this theme! Whichever boat you were on, everyone who attended and the sponsors were all winners at this event!
Our Main Event Sponsor was Solutions Networking Corp; thank you for sponsoring this event and allowing us to create a great opportunity for our members to network, enjoy food, drinks and the chance to win prizes! Thank you to our Photo Sponsor, Q Center, and Alex Claney Photography for donating his services!
Members enjoyed an array of wonderful beverages provided by our Drink Sponsors, Excel Automotive Repair and Imperial Gutter Services, and an assortment of delicious foods donated by:
Chicago Pizza and Pasta, Chick-fil-A, Claddagh Irish Pub, Colonial Café, Costco, Liu Brothers, McNallys, Riverside Pizza & Pub, Rookies, Spotted Fox, and Tap House
The St. Charles Chamber of Commerce would like to give a special thank you not only to those generous restaurants, but also to our sponsors; without their support this event could not be possible. The boat sponsors this year were: 
  • A & D Exteriors
  • American Family Insurance - Bibiana Duarte Agency
  • BEI Properties
  • Costco
  • D&K Painting, Inc.
  • D-Wing Construction
  • Detour Graphic Design & New Media, Inc.
  • Dreams Dance Academy
  • Farmers Insurance - Mark Hauser Agency
  • Fred Astaire Dance Studios
  • Fydoland
  • Galena Garlic Company
  • Great Guys Cleaning and Concierge Service
  • Heel or Hide, Leather and Shoe Repair
  • Integrative Family Healthcare, LLC
  • LegalShield
  • Liberty Mutual Insurance Co.
  • Loyal Companions Animal Hospital and Pet Resort
  • Money Mailer of Fox River Valley
  • Neighbors Magazines
  • PJN Tax Solutions Group, Inc.
  • Prairie State Water Solutions, inc
  • Railside Citrus Insurance Agency
  • Shaw Media
  • St. Charles Bank & Trust Company
  • Streng Design & Advertising
  • SVN Landmark Commercial Real Estate
  • Vanishing Ink, Inc.
  • West Suburban Travelers Limousine, Inc.
  •  West Valley Graphics and Print, Inc.
The St. Charles Chamber of Commerce would also like to thank Anderson Enterprises for their continued partnership with us on this event and the cruise on the Fox River in their paddle wheel boats.
Thank you to the Young Professionals Council and the rest of the Paddle Boat Committee for arranging this event!
Kevin Brainerd
Colleen Noe
Anthony McEvoy
Sharon Spero
James Zukowski
City News

Brokers Tour Shows Off Highlights of St. Charles
Recently, more than 35 Commercial Real Estate Brokers from 5 brokerages around the area gathered in Council Chambers for an interactive tour of available properties around town. This is the third year the City has hosted a brokers tour, which provides an opportunity for brokers to share information about commercial properties they represent in St. Charles. For more information, contact Matt O'Rourke, Economic Development Division Manager at morourke@stcharlesil.gov or 630.443.4093.
Business of the Month  
Carlson's Flooring
Carlson's is celebrating their 49 th year in business! We are a second generation family owned business that can offer years of experience in meeting homeowners and business expectations for quality products & services since 1967.  From our design sales consultants to our craftsman installers we want to make your flooring purchase a positive experience! 

We have a large showroom filled with carpets, area rugs, prefinished hardwoods, luxury vinyl tiles, cork, tile and stone.  Our association with International Design Guild helps us bring to you at a local level great values in products along with the latest in flooring fashions.

Whether you want to make a statement or just have a soft carpet to sink your toes in, we have the right material for you.  From fine wools, and patterned prints to basement  berbers, and inventory specials we can help you find the perfect carpet to reflect your personality and meet your purposes.   We also carry a large inventory of area rugs from plain to pattern, machine made to hand made.  Fabrication of broadloom carpet into area rugs is also a service that we offer.

Our showroom offers a large selection of prefinished hardwood flooring from solids to engineered,  and narrow to wide, and smooth to handscraped.  The natural beauty of hardwood makes a statement in your home for years.  Tile is another popular flooring product, and Carlson's also offers a vast selection of tiles and stones from around the world.  We carry classic tile to artisan handcrafted, along with a large selection of glass, metal, mosaics, and stones!

Carlson's wants to create a flooring experience you can stand on!

728 W State Street
Geneva, IL 60134
(630) 232-4964
Business of the Month 
Detour Graphic Design & New Media, Inc.
Since 1998 Detour Graphic Design and New Media, Inc., has been a pillar of success in the world of graphic design and advertising. As an agency we specialize in all things graphic design, advertisement, marketing, photography and web design. Digital to print, we do it all! Our team of creative individuals tackles every project with the voracity and fortitude of the big city design companies, while maintaining small town person-to-person care. 
Detour has been recognized five times by the oldest and most prestigious advertising awards organization, Summit International Awards. Our Summit Creative Awards were earned for our excellence in advertising and marketing, but awards do not keep our clients coming back. What drives our success is our consistent quality of work, thoughtfulness in design, and excellent customer relationships. 
Founder and Creative Director of Detour, David Enger, is no stranger to hard work. He can often be found in the office, late into the evening, making those final finishing touches to a project to ensure the success of the client's campaign and that their timeline is met. We are always a step above the competition because our team has the experience, flexibility and drive to ensure our clients are satisfied. 
The President of Excelsior Defense, Kris Halverson, had this to say about the ad campaign and website we created for his company: "Detour Graphics Design takes a proactive approach to our marketing. They've helped us with branding, advertising and our website. They help us get base ideas off the ground and bring them to life. Simply put, Detour gets it done!" 
Detour would like to extend a special offer to the readers of the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce newsletter. Call us today at 630.940.2417 for a custom rate for your next campaign!
David Enger
Detour Graphic Design & New Media, Inc.
630.940.2417 ext.101

Trailside Automotive Repair
Theresa  Shoup
40W288 Wasco Rd
St. Charles
(630) 549-0337
Clear Cloud Leadership
Dan Murphy
St. Charles
(630) 453-7465
Schooley Mitchell
Cherie Breedlove
St. Charles
(844) 877-5567
Evolve Chiropractic
Jessica Enderby
451 Dunham Rd, Ste 700
St. Charles
(630) 549-6474
School of Art
Sarah Lindgren
1772 South Randall Rd.
(630) 338-3833
The Painted Vine Cellar
John Kessler
1 W. Illinois St, Unit 110
St Charles
(630) 744-9766
My Advisor & Planner LLC
Thomas McCartney
65 N. River Ln, Suite 212
(630) 457-4068
USHealth Advisors, Greg Moats
Greg Moats
2250 Point Blvd, Suite 322
(815) 900-6890
PrairieWeb Internet Marketing
Brian Lewis
1585 Beverly Ct. Suite 123
(630) 393-1419
Cornerstone Partners Horticultural Services Company
Jim ''Turk'' Turcan
1520 Gilpen Avenue
South Elgin
(630) 482-9950
Devon Bank Home Loan Center
Evelina Springer
440 S. Third St., Suite 206
St Charles
(708) 574-0453
Clint Hull
Clint Hull
St. Charles
(630) 940-4343
Noodles and Company
Kathryn Broderick
3875 E Main St. #3871
St. Charles
(630) 584-2183
Bare All Beauty Bar
Corinna Mercer
501 Illinois Avenue
St. Charles
(630) 777-7894
Lewis & Associates Tax Planning, Inc.
E. Lewis
902 S. Randall Rd, Suite C290
St. Charles
(630) 845-9664
Erica Lam
917 S. Randall Road
St. Charles
Marquee Youth Stage
Cathy  Mollsen
The Quad (formerly Charlestowne Mall) 3800 East Main St., LL, Studio C112
St. Charles
(630) 762-0354


Alps Wire Rope Corporation
St. Charles
(630) 893-3888
American Health Resources, Inc.
St. Charles
(800) 570-3757
American Red Cross
St. Charles
(630) 443-8844
Anderson Animal Shelter
South Elgin
(847) 697-2880
Bethlehem Preschool Center
St Charles
(630) 584-6027
Charles Schwab & Co.
(630) 208-4935
Chicago Pizza and Pasta
St. Charles
(630) 587-2525
Claddagh Irish Pub
(630) 208-0337
Clear Communications
St. Charles
(630) 365-9111
Clearent Intelligent Processing
(630) 406-5452
Country House at Geneva
(630) 208-8181
Courtyard By Marriott-St. Charles
St Charles
(630) 377-6370
Culligan Tri-City Soft Water Services, Inc.
(630) 232-4700
Davey Tree Expert Company, The
West Chicago
(630) 293-9336
D-Wing Construction
(630) 688-5160
Eddie Caruso Salon
St. Charles
(630) 587-0680
Elgin Community College
(847) 697-1000
Euroquipe, LLC
St Charles
(630) 377-3774
(630) 840-3351
Fox Virtual Tours
St. Charles
(630) 492-0250

Great Western Flooring
St. Charles
(630) 488-3000
Heritage Prairie Farm
Image Awards, Engraving & Creative Keepsakes
(630) 232-1313
John Wright, Realtor  - Weichert Realtors Kingsland Properties
Carol Stream
(630) 202-7241
KDI Design, Inc.
(630) 208-8822
Mathnasium of St. Charles
St. Charles
(630) 444-1805
MB Financial Bank
St Charles
(630) 797-9040
MCC Technology
St Charles
(630) 584-9505
Nickey Performance
St. Charles
(630) 377-1222
Nissan of St. Charles
St Charles
(630) 584-3900
Perfect Pup, The
St. Charles
(630) 444-1404
Premier Living Properties
St. Charles
(630) 485-4214
Property Up - Solone Team
St. Charles
(630) 788-9420
Quality Inn & Suites
St. Charles
(630) 584-5300
Railside Citrus Insurance Agency
(630) 377-0700
Simpson Law Group
St. Charles
(630) 797-2222
St. Charles Florist & Boutique
(630) 443-4770
St. Charles Toyota, Inc.
St Charles
(630) 584-6655
State Street Jewelers
(630) 232-2085
Taft Built
South Elgin
(847) 456-3794

Tap House Grill
St Charles
(630) 443-1664
Tri City Health Partnership
St Charles
(630) 377-9277
US Bank
St. Charles
(630) 762-7300
V. Alexander & Company, Inc.
St. Charles
(630) 797-2190
Wickman Properties
St Charles
(630) 377-1333
Wise Plastics Technologies, Inc.
St Charles
(847) 697-2840


*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.
Tuesday, July 12th 
Chamber Board Room
216 S. Riverside
St. Charles, IL 60174
Wednesday, July 13th    
DOL Published Final Overtime Rule
Chamber Board Room
216 S. Riverside
St. Charles, IL 60174
Tuesday, July 19th
Eagle Brook Country Club
2288 Fargo Boulevard
Geneva, IL 60134
Tuesday, July 19th   
Riverside Ave
St. Charles, IL 60174
Thursday, July 21st    
Chamber Board Room
216 S. Riverside
St. Charles, IL 60174
Thursday, July 21st    
Charleston On The River
1 W. Main Street
St. Charles, IL 60174
Tuesday, July 26th   
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:

Mishel Downey, NOVIX Network Specialists, Inc. for referring School of Art
Minor Mobley, Excel Automotive Repair for referring Evolve Chiropractic
Peter LaSalle, Creative Business Authority for referring Lewis & Associates Tax Planning

Hot Deal
Receive a Free Business Card Ad in the Golf Outing Program

Contact the Chamber Office at 630-584-8384 for more information or how to sign up.
*Must mention this ad when applying, For New Members only.
St. Charles Chamber Gift Certificates 
Great Gift Idea for: 
- Coaches 
- Teacher 
- Birthdays
- Anniversaries
- New St. Charles Residents
- Customers
- Any Occasion 

Purchase multiple gift certificates in any denomination from $10 through $25.  To view where to purchase gift certificates and a list of participating merchants click link below 

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      Gift Certificate
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

Neighbors Magazines
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.