July 2017


of the Month 

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

Ryan Anderson
HighWire  Networks


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

Business Development

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


Valley Ambulatory Surgery Center
Vintage 53
West Valley Graphics & Print, Inc. 
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Legislative Committee & St. Charles Council for Industry Present:

WBC Networking on the Patio

Cruise Nites

Membership Success Seminar 

Legislative Committee

42nd Annual Golf Outing


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Word from the Board

No lead based paint was used in writing this article. No animals were harmed in the making of this column.
Those are disclosures. Here's another: I'm not the Steve Martin that you've seen on TV and in the movies. But, you may have seen me at Ribbon Cuttings. I've gone to more than 50 over the past 18 months. I love seeing businesses and organizations choosing to open or expand in St. Charles!
I also love serving as the Chamber's Board Liaison for its Legislative Committee.
One definition of "Legislative" is "having the power to make laws." Oooh! Sounds like the Legislative Committee has some power! Well, not exactly. But we do offer Chamber members the opportunity to meet and talk with those who do.
You see, the Legislative Committee hosts a number of programs for Chamber members throughout the year, featuring a variety of speakers representing government at the local, state and national level. Check the Chamber Newsletter and emails for dates and details on the Legislative Mixer, the City Update, the Kane County Update, the State Update, the Federal Update, and a Legislative "Hot Topic." Attending these programs give you a chance to hear what's happening and to have your voice heard. How cool is that!?
Hey, one more disclosure: My favorite number is 9. It's all about the 9!
Oh, and No Skateboarding and No Rollerblading on my photo.
Steve Martin
Chamber Board Director
Vice President
First State Bank
620 E. Main St., St. Charles, IL 60174
(630) 584-4433

Pica & Associates
4N701 School Rd, Suite A
St. Charles, IL 60175
The St. Charles Chamber was thrilled to welcome Pica & Associates to the Chamber! They are a full service psychology practice providing services including: individual, marital, family, & group therapy, psychological/school assessment, LGBTQ services, and more. Members who joined for their ribbon cutting were able to check out their mascot - a sloth! Make sure to contact them with any questions or needs!

Confident Aire, Inc.
504 E. Main Street
St. Charles, IL 60174
Confident Aire, Inc has been serving the Fox Valley and helping people stay cool since 1992. Confident Aire consistently provides the perfect sized heating, cooling and water heating systems in homes of all sizes & construction. The City of St. Charles is thrilled to have Confident Aire open a location just down the street from their original location in Batavia. The St. Charles Chamber  was joined by the Batavia Chamber, the Mayor of Batavia, and Representative Peter Roskam was also in the area and able to stop by for this event! 

Fox Title Company
162 S 1st Street
St. Charles, IL 60174
Fox Title Company has been in St. Charles for over 30 years! They recently made a move to a location on Route 64; chamber members were welcomed to their new location to see the work they put into making this their new home! Fox Title Company is experienced, trained & skilled in efficiently & effectively bridging relationships with lenders, attorneys, sellers, buyers & realtors.  They provide accurate title evidence & insure our findings.

Global Brew Tap House
2100 Prairie St.
St. Charles, IL 60174
St. Charles Chamber members gathered to welcome Global Brew Tap House as a new member! Global Brew Tap House wants to help you tap into a love for quality craft beer.  They are home to 50 beers on tap and more than 200 bottled craft beers from around the world; they also have wine selection available. If you are looking for something specific, this is the place to look; make sure to stop in for a Global Experience!


Cruise Nites
Riverside Ave
St. Charles, IL 60174
Our second Cruise Nite event was post-poned due to bad weather for our May date. This allowed us to have two events in June! Hosted by the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce and Fox River Tire & Auto!
For our June 6 th date, our Featured Night Sponsor was Patriot Transport.  They brought a huge Semi from their driving program that was on display!
Thank you to our other Featured Night Sponsors:
Detour Graphic Design and New Media, and NicKey Performance
Thank You to our other Vendor Sponsors:
103.9 The Fox & Star 105.5, Button Man Printing, Canine Companions For Independence, Costco, Filling Station Pub & Grill, Fox Valley Home Services, Ginger Root Hair Salon, Imperial Gutter Services, Kane County Chronicle Media, and XSport Fitness

After Hours Mixer
Brighton Gardens Assisted Living
600 Dunham Road
St. Charles, IL 60174
Brighton Gardens of St. Charles offers an intimate, home-like environment for seniors.  Each resident receives an Individualized Service Plan based on their specific health needs and personal preferences. All new residents will meet with their care team, whose tenure with Brighton Gardens spans over 26 years combined. 
Brighton Gardens of St. Charles offers their residents a variety of special activity programs to stimulate the mind, body and spirit.  The comfort and peace of mind that they provide benefits both their residents and their families. We would like to thank Brighton Gardens of St. Charles for opening their doors to welcome Chamber members as guests in their facility! It was a great opportunity to meet other members and network!

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 Black Pearl or Queen Anne's Revenge Boats for this free networking event! Some attendees and sponsors dressed to the theme which made the event even more fun! It didn't matter which boat you were on, everyone who attended including the sponsors were all winners at this event!

Thank you to ALL of ARRRRRRR Sponsors for this event; we could not have had this without you! 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 Dreams Dance Academy!

Members enjoyed an array of wonderful beverages provided by our Drink Sponsors, Lewis & Associates Tax Planning, Inc. and Mosquito Joe Tri-Cities, and an assortment of delicious foods donated by:
Abby's Breakfast & Lunch, Alexander's Café, Claddagh Irish Pub, Crazy Fox Bar & Grille, IHOP, Noodles & Company, Portillo's, 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:

Double Boat Sponsors:
BEI Properties
Golden Seal Service Experts
Great Guys Cleaning and Concierge Service
Heartland Bank
Illinois Velocity Restoration
Pheasant Run Resort & Spa
Shaw Media
St. Charles Bank & Trust Company
West Suburban Limousine, Inc.

Single Boat Sponsors:
AAA Schejbal Insurance Agency
Alexander's Cafe
American Family Insurance - Bibiana Duarte Agency
Bespoke Dental Co. of St. Charles
Citizens to Elect Judge Clint Hull
Cornerstone Partners Horticultural Services Company
Detour Graphic Design & New Media, Inc.
Digital Alliance
Farmers Insurance - Mark Hauser Agency
Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois
Great Western Flooring
Improve Technologies
Liberty Mutual Insurance Co.
Light Bulb Effects Coaching LLC
Mantes Insurance Group
Pica & Associates Psychological Services
Railside Citrus Insurance Agency
Streng Design & Advertising
The Painted Vine Cellar
TriCity Family Services

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!
Miranda Barfuss, TriCity Family Services; Keith Garrett, Fox Title Company; Maggie Magnier, Great Western Flooring; and Christopher Peterson, St. Charles Bank & Trust Company

Cruise Nites
Riverside Ave
St. Charles, IL 60174
Our third Cruise Nite event was one of the largest we have had in a while! Over 130 Cars! Thanks to our Featured Night Sponsor Nicky Performance who alone brought over 15 cars from their group!  Make sure to mark your calendar for one of the three remaining Cruise Nite Events held on the Fourth Tuesday of the month until September! Hosted by the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce and Fox River Tire & Auto!
Thank you to our other Featured Night Sponsors:
Detour Graphic Design and New Media and NicKey Performance
Thank You to our other Vendor Sponsors:
103.9 The Fox & Star 105.5, Button Man Printing, Canine Companions For Independence, Costco, Filling Station Pub & Grill, Fox Valley Home Services, Ginger Root Hair Salon, Imperial Gutter Services, Kane County Chronicle Media, XSport Fitness

City News

Get Attention for Your Special Event with Temporary Signage
Will you be holding an event this summer that requires special signage? You have many options for temporary signage to help promote your business and special events. 

Every business in town is permitted to obtain a temporary sign permit four times in a calendar year. Each permit is good for 14 days. Signs can advertise sales, special events, grand openings, etc. Businesses also can use the temporary sign permit for other forms of advertisement such as balloon signs, pennants, flags, streamers, and searchlights. 

Some requirements:
  • Permitted sizes of banner signs vary based on the size of the property the business is located on.
  • Balloon signs are limited to 7 feet tall or 7 feet wide.
  • Temporary signage must be placed on the same property that contains the business.
  • There are placement and time restrictions for a "Attention Getting Devices"
  • Once a 14 day temporary sign permit has been issued, the business must wait 30 days before they can apply for another permit.
  • Each sign permit fee is $45.00. 
Click for more about the Temporary Sign Application

Business of the Month  
The Pride Beer & Wine Plus Spirits

The Pride Beer & Wine Plus Spirits
1840 Bircher Rd
St. Charles, IL 60174
(630) 402-9026

Business of the Month
Q Center

  Q Center
1405 N. 5th Avenue
St. Charles, IL 60174
(877) 774-8437
Business of the Month  
West Valley Graphics

West Valley Graphics
201 S. 3rd Street
St. Charles, IL 60175
(630) 377-7575
Kari Myers
4068 E. Main St.
St. Charles
(224) 612-1460
Allen + Pepa Architects
Eric Pepa
215 Fulton St.
(630) 578-1105
First Midwest Bank
Lucas Goucher
930 N. Main St.
(630) 365-3336
Improve Technologies
Brian  Good
1144 E. State St, Suite A-124
(630) 883-0703
Confident Aire, Inc.
Tom Wangler
504 E. Main Street
St. Charles
(630) 761-9007
Steffes & Associates Language and Translation (SALT)
Katrina Steffes
14 W. Downer Place, Suite 16
(630) 564-4355
Main Street Pub
Chris  Dodsworth
204 W. Main St.
St. Charles
(630) 797-5870


3rd Street Dance & Theatre Academy
St. Charles
(630) 443-0041
Alexander's Cafe
St. Charles
(630) 549-0514
Alps Wire Rope Corporation
St. Charles
(630) 893-3888
St. Charles
(630) 444-1624
Behind The Beats Productions
(815) 766-2445
Bethlehem Preschool Center
St Charles
(630) 584-6027
City of St. Charles
St Charles
(630) 377-4400
Claddagh Irish Pub
(630) 208-0337
Clear Communications
St. Charles
(630) 365-9111
Clearent Intelligent Processing
(630) 406-5452
Cornerstone Partners Horticultural Services Company
St. Charles
(630) 482-9950
Courtyard By Marriott-St. Charles
St Charles
(630) 377-6370
Culligan Tri-City Soft Water Services, Inc.
(630) 232-4700
D-Wing Construction
(630) 688-5160
Eagle Brook Country Club
(630) 208-4653
Embrace A Family, Inc
St Charles
(630) 377-7328
(630) 840-3351
Fox Valley United Way
St. Charles
(630) 896-4636
Griffin Williams, LLP
(630) 524-2563
Grinnell Marketing Group
(630) 441-3597

Jeans & A Cute Top Shop
St. Charles
(630) 444-0999
John Wright, Realtor  - KellerWilliams Premiere Properties
Glen Ellyn
(630) 202-7241
Kiwanis Club of St. Charles, Noon
St Charles
(630) 587-6444
Lechler, Inc.
St Charles
(630) 845-6861
Lewis & Associates Tax Planning, Inc.
St. Charles
(630) 845-9664
Marquee Youth Stage
St. Charles
(630) 346-9010
My Advisor & Planner LLC
(630) 457-4068
Nickey Performance
St. Charles
(630) 377-1222
Nissan of St. Charles
St Charles
(630) 584-3900
Premier Living Properties
St. Charles
(630) 485-4214
Project Mobility
St Charles
(630) 762-9807
Quality Inn & Suites
St. Charles
(630) 584-5300
Railside Citrus Insurance Agency
St. Charles
(630) 377-0700
River Corridor Foundation of St. Charles
St. Charles
Rx Automotive
St. Charles
(630) 443-8500
Sammy's Bikes, Inc.
St Charles
(630) 444-0690
Savant Capital Management
(630) 208-0010
SavWay Fine Wines & Spirits
St. Charles
(630) 584-0172
School of Art
(630) 338-3833
Schooley Mitchell
(844) 877-5567

Skyline Tree Service & Landscaping, Inc.
St Charles
(630) 584-2221
Solutions Networking Corp.
(630) 378-2222
St. Charles Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM
St Charles
(630) 513-5353
St. Charles Singers
St. Charles
(630) 513-5272
Taft Built
South Elgin
(847) 456-3794
Tailor, Needle & Thread
St. Charles
(630) 549-6048
Write Hand Marketing & Communications
St. Charles
(630) 258-4136

*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 11th       
Anytime Fitness
590 Kirk Rd.
St. Charles, IL 60174
Tuesday, July 18th      
Norton Lakes (model home)
1610 Falcon Dr.
Campton Hills, IL 60175
Wednesday, July 19th
Council Chambers- City Hall
2 E Main Street
St. Charles, IL 60174
Thursday, July 20th  
The Office Dining & Spirits
201 E. Main St.
St. Charles, IL 60174
Tuesday, July 25th
Riverside Ave
St. Charles, IL 60174
Thursday, July 27th 
Chamber Boardroom
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:

Thank you to  Miranda Barfuss, TriCity Family Services; Keith Garrett, Fox Title Company; Maggie Magnier, Great Western Flooring; Christopher Peterson, St. Charles Bank & Trust Company for all of your help with the Paddle Boat Mixer!

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BEI Properties

Fox River Tire & Auto

Neighbors Magazines
Pheasant Run Resort & Spa

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.