June 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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Monday, August 8th 
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Cruise Nites
Starting July 19th 

A Word from the Board - Board Director - Sacha Urban
"Girls just Wanna Have Fun" Cindy Lauper sang in 1983. Well, not much has changed in that regard but quite a bit has changed for women in the past 33 years.  Just a couple years earlier, in 1981 the Women's Business Council (WBC) was added to the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce in order to act as a network for a more effective exchange of ideas among women and men in the community.Today, the WBC does this by planning and executing 10 luncheons per year including the beloved annual Holiday party at the beginning of December. Creating a warm, welcoming, and professional environment allows people not only to network and promote their businesses, but to form lasting relationships and friendships as well - which lies at the basis of any successful enterprise. 
Philanthropy is essential to WBC. At every luncheon, the proceeds of the raffle items go to a local charity for 3 months. Most recently , Fox Valley Food For Health was the recipient and currently, Embrace a Family receives the coming funds. The story of this charity is a full circle example of how a strong networking group strengthens the community. Tori Haines, the founder of Embrace a Family (along with Jodi Mann), has been a supporter of TriCity Family Services, especially the Single Moms group where she helped them as a volunteer with their tax returns and taught them how to build and work within a budget since 2004.

Please join us for the Networking on the Patio on Thursday, July 21st from 4:30 to 6:30 pm at Charleston on the River at 1 W Illinois Street in St. Charles. Call the Chamber at (630) 584-8384 for registration. This is a multi-chamber event with Geneva and the Batavia Chamber hosted by the WBC. For upcoming events, please visit the Chamber website at www.stcharleschamber.com

Sacha Urban
TriCity Family Services
(630) 232-1070  

Romano Mercato Italiano Italian Deli & Cafe
210 Cedar Street
St. Charles, IL 60174
It was a beautiful day for a ribbon cutting as Chamber Members joined to welcome this great local Italian Deli & CafĂ©.  Not only can you stop in for a prepared sandwich to take with, you can eat it there and choose an alcoholic beverage! They also offer, take home ingredients and catering.

B esties Girls Spa
761 N. 17th St., Unit 9
St. Charles, IL 60174
Welcome to the Chamber Besties Girls Spa! Besties is a unique spa catering to young girls (ages 3-18) who want to indulge and celebrate themselves! It is a place to celebrate events, such as birthday parties, leading up to special events or the occasional girl's day treat. "We want to spoil your fingers and toes with our unique styling, manicures and pedicures."

Fred Astaire Dance Studios
2400 E Main Street, #107B
St. Charles, IL 60174
Always wanted to try Ballroom Dancing? Now is your chance. Fred Astaire Dance Studios offers social, wedding and competitive ballroom dancing all in a comfortable environment. Both singles and couples are invited to participate! Chamber members joined on Fred Astaire's Birthday to cut the ribbon and welcome this wonderful dance studio to the Chamber! Attendees also learned a few moves including the Salsa and Rumba and then enjoyed refreshments!

Charleston on the River
1 W. Illinois Street
St. Charles, IL 60174
Charleston on the River is now ready for customers to enjoy the river while dining! Their lovely patio gives great views, located on Island Square in STC on the Fox River. The restaurant offers upscale American Modern Cuisine and uses fresh ingredients daily, with a full bar and 12 HD TV's. We are thrilled to have Charleston on the River in downtown St. Charles!

Jodi's Cleaning Service
214 Indiana Street
St. Charles, IL 60174
Jodi's Cleaning Service has been a member of the Chamber for around four years but chamber members met at their new office location to welcome them to a new office space.  Jodi's Cleaning is focused on providing high-quality service and customer satisfaction.They are a thorough and reliable service, tailor made to your needs. Whether you need a onetime cleaning or a regular scheduled cleaning, they will be there for you.

In Step Behavioral Health
2455 Dean Street, Unit 3G
St. Charles, IL 60174
Chamber members welcomed In Step behavioral Health to the St. Charles Chamber! We are thrilled to have this business as a member. In Step Behavioral Health provides expertise in the treatment of a wide array of psychiatric disorders ranging from depression and anxiety to thought disorders for populations 18 years of age and older. 

YPC Educational Luncheon
Bridging The Generational Gap In Business
St. Charles Chamber of Commerce Boardroom
216 S Riverside Ave.
St. Charles, IL 60174
Young Professionals Council Educational Luncheon- Continuing the "Building Blocks to Business Success" Series, the YPC had a speaker discuss the topic of "Bridging the Generational Gap in Business". This luncheon brought new light to a lot of new ideas and old ideas and how it is important to learn as much as we can from older generations and also learn new ideas to make things more efficient.  "Not Wrong, Just Different" - consider this when different generations use different methods, the important thing is getting the correct/right finished product. 

After Hours Mixer
The PrivateBank
24 S. Second Street
St. Charles, IL 60174

Thank you to The PrivateBank for hosting the May After Hours Mixer! There was a great turnout and a wonderful opportunity to network. Great food was catered from the The Office Dining & Spirits. The PrivateBank has a photographer taking new head shots for the attendees, which was a very special touch!

Industrial Tour
675 Sidwell Ct
St. Charles, IL 60174

Over 60 attendees enjoyed a tour of Clarke, who develops mosquito control products and aquatic services.  Our members learned how management listened to their employees to create a corporate campus of innovation and establish a zero waste program.  During the tour, we viewed the Formulations Laboratory where we saw certain formulations that last in water from 7 days up to 180 days, and safe enough for use in potable water.  The formulations were in the form of liquid as well as solids from very small to 3" long pellets, in which some contained a quick and long lasting release of dosage for quick and long lasting control.  An interesting area was in the Incubation refrigerators, where we saw the life stages from larvae to adult mosquito - later used in testing their products.  Clarke is only controlling mosquito populations in which diseases, etc, are wished to be decreased.  We would like to thank Clarke for allowing our members this great opportunity to view their impressive site.

Women's Business Council Luncheon
The Finery & Blacksmith Bar
305 W. Main Street
St. Charles, IL 60174

On May 26th, the Women's Business Council had their monthly luncheon at The Finery & Blacksmith Bar. The WBC and attendees had the entire restaurant to themselves and enjoyed a variety of appetizers, a delicious lunch, and dessert. Dr. Kalie Judge from Judge Family Chiropractic Center gave the group an informative and interactive presentation on the types of stress we encounter daily, the impact they have on our bodies, and how to cure ourselves from them. The WBC also raffled off a variety of prizes donated by generous businesses in the St. Charles area.  All raffle proceeds will be donated to the WBC's quarterly charity: Embrace A Family.

Congratulations to Industrial Scholarship Winners!

Congratulations to our Industrial Arts Scholarship Winners from both North and East High School: Luis Vargas-Herrera and Trent Harshbarger! We wish you success in your future! Thank you to our partners City of St. Charles, Advanced Disposal & STC Capital to help fund the Industrial Scholarship!

Pictured from left to right:  Stacey Ekstrom, St. Charles Chamber of Commerce; Steve Rooney, Advanced Disposal (sponsor); Trent Harshbarger, Scholarship Winner; Matt O'Rourke, City of St. Charles (sponsor); Luis Vargas-Harshbarger, Scholarship Winner; Cindy Bravos, Bravo Media and St. Charles Chamber Council for Industry Committee Chairman; Tony Sisto, STC Capital Bank (sponsor).
City News

The City Expands Business Incentives Program

In January 2015, the City launched the Downtown Business Economic Incentive Program which offers 50/50 matching awards for structural, plumbing, electrical and life safety upgrades (fire sprinklers, alarms, etc.) made on the first floor of commercial buildings. Due to the success of the program, the City Council has recommended the program be expanded to commercial properties outside the downtown but within the city.  In general this would include properties in the downtown area and all commercial properties with frontage along Rt. 64, Rt. 38 and Randall Road. The program is open to both new businesses locating to St. Charles and existing businesses interested in expansion or relocation. It's just one more way the City is acting to help preserve building stock, fill vacancies and attract new businesses.  The available award can be as much as $25,000 and is subject to City Council approval.

For more information and program requirements, visit the Commercial Corridor and Downtown Business Economic Incentive Program page of the city website. Or, contact Matt O'Rourke, Economic Development Division Manager, at morourke@stcharlesil.gov or 630.443.4093.

Business of the Month  
Job Opportunities at Clarke!
We are still looking for summer seasonal team member for both our mosquito control service team as well as our lake and pond management crews
Positions vary, but in general all positions will have you out and about, not behind a desk! We will provide any necessary training and application licensing.  We need men and women 18 or older with valid driver's license.  Apply online at http://clarke.submit4jobs.com/.  Check out Clarke at https://www.clarke.com/.
Want a great looking pond or lake this summer?
Did you know Clarke has been a leading lake and pond management service provider in the greater Chicagoland area for over 40 years.  From residential and commercial property ponds to large state-owned lakes, we manage each water body uniquely to bring it back into alignment with the way nature meant it to be.  Call 800-323-5727 for free assessment and quote.
Keeping mosquitoes at bay . . . what we do best.
There is no more experienced or advanced mosquito control service provider than Clarke.  We bring you the most advanced control solutions available, including proprietary products formulated by Clarke that can be used in and around organic farms and gardens. We also have the lowest carbon footprint fleet in the business, using bikes, backpacks and low impact vehicles to make applications. Whether your needs are for personal, commercial or public property . . . one time or season long . . . let our responsive team keep you comfortable this summer. Just call 800-323-5727 for pricing and scheduling. 

675 Sidwell Ct
St. Charles, IL 60174
(630) 894-2000
Business of the Month 
Northwestern Medicine
300 Randall Road 
Geneva, IL 60134
(630) 208-3000
Accent on Accounting
Lindsay Gleason
375 S. River St.
South Elgin
(630) 853-3658
Gym Chic
Nicki Turnbull
151 S. 1st. St.
St. Charles
(630) 338 6092
Two Wild Seeds Baking Company
Katie Kritzberg
320 W, Main St.
St. Charles
(630) 330-0945
Impact! Communications, Inc.
Michelle Rathman
210 S. 5th St, #205
St. Charles
(630) 377-8101
Light Bulb Effects Life Coaching
Therese Minnec
  St. Charles
(630) 400-3685
In Step Behavioral Health, S. C.
Alicia Fuster
2455 Dean Street, Unit 3G
St. Charles
(630) 262-2640
Dance Arts Center of St. Charles
Taylor Kokoszka
731 N. 17th St.
St. Charles
(331) 901-5983
OnPath Financial - Kevin Brainerd, Financial Advisor
Kevin Brainerd
100 Illinois St., Suite 201
St. Charles
(630) 584-8100
Forthright Financial Planning
Chad Henry
202 W. Main Street
St. Charles
(815) 895-8885
Anytime Fitness
Melissa Forbes
590 Kirk Rd.
St. Charles
(630) 444-1880
Project Mobility
Katherine Simmons
2930 Campton Hills Rd.
St Charles
(630) 762-9807
Shangri-La Spa & Sauna
Jef Henderson
2015 Dean St. #7A
St. Charles
(331) 901-5999


Animal Medical Clinic of St. Charles
St Charles
(630) 208-0380
Autumn Leaves of St. Charles
St. Charles
(630) 485-4510
Balta Design
(630) 492-0147
Baltria Corporation
St. Charles
(630) 443-4582
Comprehensive Dentistry Ltd.
St. Charles
(630) 994-5174
DuPage Airport Authority
West Chicago
(630) 584-2211
Embrace A Family, Inc
St Charles
(630) 377-7328
Fox River Harley-Davidson
St. Charles
(630) 584-8000
Fox Valley Buick GMC
St. Charles
(630) 584-6400
Fox Valley Pregnancy Center
South Elgin
(847) 697-0200
Francesca's by the River
St Charles
(630) 587-8221
Gordon Flesch Company, Inc.
(630) 262-8300
Heartland Bank
St. Charles
(630) 463-6300
Helping Hand IT Services & Networking, Inc.
St Charles
(630) 940-1718
Jeans & A Cute Top Shop
St. Charles
(630) 444-0999
Law Offices of Jotham S. Stein P.C.
St. Charles
(630) 443-4390
Liu Brothers Bistro
St. Charles
(630) 797-5155
Nick's Pizza & Pub
(847) 531-5550
Northwestern Medicine
(630) 208-3000
NOVIX Network Specialists, Inc.
St Charles
(630) 443-0036

On The Beaton Path, LLC
(312) 925-7822
PMA Outdoor Equipment, Inc.
St Charles
(630) 377-3000
Riverside Pizza & Pub
St. Charles
(630) 549-6644
Ronald A. Harczak/Securities America
St Charles
(630) 513-4600
Savant Capital Management
(630) 208-0010
Silver Lake Chinese Restaurant
St Charles
(630) 587-1888
St. Charles Episcopal Church
St Charles
(630) 584-2596
St. Charles Place Steakhouse & Banquets
St Charles
(630) 377-3333
St. Charles Public Library
St Charles
(630) 584-0076
St. Charles Singers
St. Charles
(630) 513-5272
St. Charles Township
St Charles
(630) 584-9342
Surrey Hill Apartments
St Charles
(630) 584-9020
Swing By King Golf Coaching
West Chicago
(630) 202-4653
Three Fires Council, Boy Scouts of America
St Charles
(630) 584-9250
Tom Ritchie Construction, Inc.
St Charles
(630) 584-4400
Total Technology Solutions Group, Inc.
St. Charles
(630) 377-3669


*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.

Thursday, June 2nd   
Legislative Breakfast-How to Thrive in Todays Economy- Luis Fortuno
City of St. Charles- Council Chambers
2 E. Main Street
St. Charles, IL 60174
Thursday, June 2nd   
Shangri-La Spa & Sauna
2015 Dean Street #7A
St. Charles, IL 60174
Friday, June 3rd  
River View Miniature Golf Course
8 th North Avenue
St. Charles, IL 60174
Tuesday, June 7th   
Heel or Hide, Leather and Shoe Repair
218 W. State Street
St. Charles, IL 60174
Friday, June 10th   
Ribbon Cutting
Firestone Complete Auto Care
1645 East Main Street
St. Charles, IL 60174
Tuesday, June 14th   
Loyal Companions Animal Hospital and Pet Resort
2312 W. Main Street
St. Charles, IL 60175
Tuesday, June 16th   
Gym Chic
151 S. First Street
St. Charles, IL 60174
Wednesday, June 29th   
Pottawatomi Park
8 th North Avenue
St. Charles, IL 60174
Thursday, June 30th 
Eagle Brook Country Club
2288 Fargo Boulevard
Geneva, IL 60134
Thursday, June 30th 
4:30 pm
Two Wild Seeds Baking Company
320 W Main Street
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 our Chamber Board and staff for working together at our Spring Strategic Planning meeting to help make 2016 a successful year - Stacey Ekstrom, President & CEO of the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce

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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.