March 2018


of the Month 




Board of Directors
Sharon Spero
Money Mailer of Fox Valley 
Ryan Anderson 
Vice Chairman
HighWire Network 

Tory Haines
Haines & Associates 


Mike Algrim 
First National Bank 

Dave Broz
Railside Citrus Insurance Agency
Debbie Gurley
Miscella Real Estate 

Bill Johnson
BMO Harris Bank

Pete LaSalle
Creative Business Authority

Steve Martin
First State Bank

 Bill Papp 
P & F Business Advisors, Inc.

Renee Raymond
Wunderlich Securities, Inc.

Christopher Schejbal
AAA Schejbal Insurance Agency

Rita Tungare

 Jim Di Ciaula 
President & CEO

Business Development 

 Johanna Kistner 
Special Events & Marketing

Craig Lee
Membership Retention
Kirsten Marr 
Administrative Coordinator 
Our Distingui shed Members

Inland Bank

Club Pilates
The Pride Stores of St. Charles
The Sanctuary Healing Gardens & Spa
Valley Ambulatory Surgery Center
West Valley Graphics & Print, Inc. 
Mission Statement
The St. Charles Chamber of Commerce is an inclusive and active membership organization that helps its members grow their businesses, their business knowledge, and business connections.


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Building a vibrant and prosperous community through business leadership . 

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Chamber News 

The link below will provide regular updates from the Illinois chamber of commerce which is our state lobbying group representing the interest of business in the state of Illinois.

Membership Update

-Membership Referral Program Launching March 1st (see details further down in the newsletter) 

-Based on a 2017 membership fee study 
effective April 1st the following fees schedule  will  take effect. 
Business Members: $325
Bronze Membership: $600
Non-Profit: $125
*All other memberships will remain the same* 
- Introducing New Member Benefit:
"Talk it up Tuesdays"

*Click on the images below for more information and to register*

YPC St. Patrick's Day Mixer    

Business Name     

Contact the Chamber Office for more information on Purchasing Ad Space for our April Newsletter.
Phone: 630.584.8384
Membership Success Seminar 


Talk it Up Tuesday 


WBC Luncheon 


Member Referral Program 




Click on the Link below to learn more about the Chamber's New Member Referral Program!  




 Member Referral Program     

Cruise Nite  



Sponsorship's Available!!





Word from the Board 

A Word from the Board 
When I was elected to the Board of Directors I don't think I contributed anything for the first three meetings.  If you know me keeping quiet is not one of my strong suits, but all of the discussions were on topics that had begun before my tenure.  Fast forward 5 years and I am now the longest standing member of the board of directors and my position, ironically, has become one to provide the current board members and our new President with background on topics and decisions that were made in the past.  I guess what comes around, goes around.  When I joined the Chamber of Commerce my goal was never to become a board member.  It was simply an opportunity that was presented to me.  From the same perspective, I never planned to be the senior member of the board; but the opportunity has presented itself and the best thing I can do is provide history and insight to the other board members.  Your current board of directors is filled with great business minds that are full of ideas which, I know, will benefit the Chamber.  Our current President, Jim Di Ciaula, has come in with a vision and energy that is contagious to all those around him and I'm as excited as you are to see what he comes up with next.  In the end, no one knows what the future holds but by knowing our history we can influence where we are going and I'm happy to be along for the ride.  

Ryan Anderson 
Hire Wire Networks
Account Executive 
Board of Directors- Vice Chair 


96th Annual Charlemagne Awards Dinner
1405 N. 5th Avenue
St Charles, IL 60174

he Charlemagne Awards Dinner is a prestigious event that attracts over 250 individuals from area businesses. The Dinner serves as one of our major fundraisers for the year, setting the stage for the events and activities to come. In supporting this event, your name will be in front of key leaders, many of whom already support your business.The Charlemagne Dinner is an annual affair where an individual from the St. Charles community is honored with a lifetime achievement award for their distinguished history of service to the community.  In addition to the Charlemagne Award, several types of awards are given to local businesses which have made improvements that have enhanced the local business community.

Facility Safety & Active Shooter Presentation 
City Hall 
2 E. Main Street
St Charles, IL 60174

The St. Charles Chamber of Commerce Industrial Committee held their facility safety & active shooter response presentation at City Hall. It was a very informative seminar presented by Mark Lies who is a labor and employment attorney and partner with Seyfarth Shaw. 

Thank you to Railside Citrus Insurance Agency for Sponsoring this event!  
After Hours Mixer
Fire Stone Complete Auto Care (east side) 
1645 East Main St.
St Charles, IL 60174

This months after hours mixer was held at Fire Stone Complete Auto Care on the east side. Firestone spoiled us and catered Portillos which was nice treat! In addition to that there was a lot of networking among our chamber members! 

Member to Member Meet & Greet 
Club Arcada 
105 E. Main St.
St. Charles, IL 60174

The St. Charles Chamber of Commerce hosted their first Member to Member Meet & Greet Mixer at Onesti's  Club Arcada. There were appetizers and everyone who attended had the opportunity to mingle and interact with new and current chamber members!

WBC Luncheon 
The Finery & Blacksmith  Bar 
305 W. Main Street
St. Charles, IL 60174

The WBC hosted their month luncheon at The Finery & Blacksmith Bar. The hot topic for this months luncheon was "Taking Control of Your Financial Future" presented by the wonderful Renee Ryamond from Wunderlich Securities. 

Thank you to our lunch Sponsors!
Illinois Velocity Restoration & IHT Wealth Management 

City News


Businesses of the Month  
St. Charles Bank & Trust 
St. Charles Bank & Trust    
411 W. Main St.
St Charles, IL 60174
(630) 377-9500
The Pride of St. Charles 

The Pride of St. Charles 
1505 Lincoln Highway
St. Charles, IL 60174
(630) 791-8282

Kane County Counseling Services, LLC
311 N.  2nd St., Suite 304
St. Charles
(630) 797-9192
Little Traveler, The
404  S Third St.
(630) 232-4200
True Knack Graphics
1079 Pattee Ave
(630) 973-8775

State Farm Insurance/David Meisenheimer
311 N. 2nd St., Ste 106
St Charles
(630) 377-1300
Committee to Elect Judge David P. Kliment
100 Illinois St., Suite 200
St. Charles
(630) 797-2088


Thursday, March 15th 
YPC St. Patrick's Day Mixer
McNally's Irish Pub 
109 W. Main Street
St. Charles, IL 60174
Thursday, March 22nd
Membership Success Seminar
Chamber Board Room 
216 Riverside Avenue 
St. Charles IL 60175 
Tuesday, March 20th 
Talk It Up Tuesday 
Chamber Board Room 
216 Riverside Avenue 
St. Charles IL 60175
Thursday, March 22nd 
WBC Luncheon 
Hotel Baker 
100 W Main St, St Charles, IL 60174
Saturday, March 24th
10:00am- 2:00pm 
Ribbon Cutting 
Primrose School of St. Charles
1940 Bricher Rd
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. 


Hot Deal 

Receive 1/2 price on an Eblast 
  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.
Redeemable at over 150 Chamber Businesses!
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 $5 denomination from $10 through $25.  To view where to purchase gift certificates and a list of participating merchants click link below 

Shop Local - Available All Year Long

      Gift Certificate
Purchase at the St. Charles Chamber Office, Blue Goose Super Market, and City of St. Charles Municipal Bldg. 
 Talk it up Tuesday's  

Please join our chamber President & CEO, Jim Di Ciaula, along with your fellow chamber members, to share ideas and insights on relevant topics facing your business  at Talk it Up Tuesdays.  This round table discussion forum will take place on the third Tuesday of each month, starting March 20th at 7:30 a.m. at the Chamber Offices.  The first topic for discussion will be on successes and challenges you face leveraging social media for your business.   If you have suggestions for future topics, please email Jim at
This is a no cost program, however we will ask members to register in advance to reserve their seat at the table.  Talk it Up, as this is a great opportunity to share and learn from each other.

What's. Your. Why. for Joining the Chamber?

Kyle Long- On Path Financial

".... through my consistent involvement in the Young Professionals Committee and various chamber events and mixers, it took me almost 8 months to truly feel at home and part of this community. Simply put, building relationships takes time - and it is so worth the patience and persistence!"

BEI Properties

St. Charles Public Library 

St. Charles Public Library Promotes Small Business Week

For over 50 years, the Small Business Administration (SBA) has been supporting entrepreneurs and small business owners by hosting National Small Business Week.  In conjunction with the national program, St. Charles Public Library is hosting several programs scheduled for the week of April 29 to May 5, 2018.  Program topics focus on social media, financial concepts and library resources.
Start Using Video for Small Business
YouTube can be a valuable marketing tool for your small business. Videos can increase your business' social media outreach and enhance your brand. Virginia Weiskopf, CEO of Weiskopf Consulting, shares the basics of YouTube and how to make it work for your business on Wednesday, May 2,6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Financial Concepts for Small Business Owners
This workshop focuses on managing the financial aspects of your business, including the three reports required for a business plan (budget, income/expense, and cash flow), and a short explanation of a balance sheet. Join Ute Westphal, SBDC, on Thursday, May 3, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Business-focused Library Services & Colonial Lunch
Learn how to find sales leads, access software training and what tools are available when Business Librarian Chris Flood demonstrates library resources on Friday, May 4, 12 - 1:30 p.m. Enjoy free, delicious wraps and salads from Colonial Café. Registration required.
For questions or to register, call 630-584-0076 x215, or to contact business reference librarian Chris Flood, email: .   

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.