March 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

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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Industrial Tour





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A Word from the Board - Wendy Taylor-Santucci

The St. Charles Chamber of Commerce was started in 1922 (95 years ago), to provide a resource to the growing business community of our small town. A lot has changed in the world since then, but the mission of the Chamber has basically been the same, to be a resource to the business community of our now much larger town.

As a member of the Industrial Committee, it is our focus to provide resources to the Industrial business in St. Charles. One of the ways that we try to accomplish this is to help expose these businesses to the community by sponsoring two industrial tours a year.

This year the Industrial Committee's first tour of 2016 is of the Industrial Arts program for the middle schoolers in District 303. The Committee has invited many of the Industrial business owners to come and see how District 303 is culturing a new generation of engineers and mechanical minds to help our Industrial businesses find their most important resource, skilled labor, here in St. Charles.

The second tour this year will be at Clarke Environmental later this year. If you are interested in attending one of the Industrial tours or if you represent one of the Industrial businesses in St. Charles and you would like to sponsor a tour, please contact the Chamber!

The St. Charles Chamber is here as your resource, help us help you by asking questions, making suggestions, and getting involved!
Wendy Taylor-Santucci
Gordon Flesch Company, Inc.
(630) 262-8300

303 W. Main St., Suite 209
St. Charles, IL 60174

Sweat.STC is a new gym in St. Charles located in downtown above Rocket Fizz! Looking for a work out? Sweat. Hard work and sweat. That's what it takes. It really is that simple. A fitness program that will work for every level of fitness.  Ages 7 to 107 and ALL fitness levels. 

ROX City Grill
100 W Main Street
St. Charles, IL 60174

Rox City Grill renovated the space to update the restaurant and bar attached to Hotel Baker. The changes have made the restaurant and bar modern, sleek and inviting to guests. Make sure to stop in for a drink or some of their wonderful food menu items. We are happy they were ready to open for St. Charles Restaurant Week! 

Carriage Oaks
1500 S. 14th Street
St. Charles, IL 60174

Carriage Oaks is an independent Senior Living Community for individuals aged 55 and over located on 14 th Street in St. Charles. Carriage Oaks offers many amenities and services including optional meal program, transportation services and many social activities. Carriage Oaks has been serving seniors since August 1999. This past year they finished a complete three story re-decorating project. All three floors were updated with new carpet, paint and common area furniture. The main dining room was also expanded to allow for more space for a dance floor area and expanded space for entertainment with the many social events offered.

Charlemagne Award Dinner, a picture perfect night of many surprises, businesses celebrated and one Charlemagne Award winner announced. We would like to thank everyone who attended this year, our sponsors and our volunteers.
The "Legend of the Four Son's of Charlemagne," written by C.V. Amenoff who served as Mayor of St. Charles from 1969 to 1973 has had a long history being associated with the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce's prestigious Charlemagne award. The Charlemagne Award is given to those individuals who have accomplished so much in life; however, have demonstrated what it means to give back to the community.

2015 Charlemagne Award Winner 
John Hoscheit of Hoscheit, McGuirk, McCracken and Cuscaden
John has served the community through the many boards and committees he has been a part of. His services and commitments for the City of St. Charles, Kane County Forest Preserve, St. Charles Park District and many other organizations has assisted in beautifying our community.
The Following is a recap of his service to the community

IAPD Board of Trustees

Kane County Finance and Budget Committee

Kane County Labor Management Committee

Kane County Board Member

Riverboat Grant Committee

St. Charles Park District Board Member

Alderman for the City of St. Charles

Kane County Forest Preserve President

The evening also carried with it other prestigious award winners such as:

L.E.A.P. Award (Leadership, Excellence, Achievement, Professionalism) Winner
Kate Sullivan, Neighbors Magazines, as the winner for this award for 2015
Chairman's Award
Ed Brooks of DiGiovine, Hnilo, Jordan + Johnson, Ltd.
Civic Image Award Winners:
The Civic Image Award was created in 1993 to recognize members of the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce for humanitarian efforts, personal projects outside business, and civic projects, which brings positive benefits to our community.
City of St. Charles
Downtown St. Charles Partnership
Forest Preserve District of Kane County
Greater St. Charles Convention and Visitors Bureau
St. Charles Community Unit School District #303
St. Charles Park District

Community Image Award Winners:
Community Image awards are given each year to members of the Chamber who have made significant improvements to their business property.
Abby's Breakfast & Lunch
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
Carriage Oaks
Giant Fox Valley
Isacco Kitchen
 My Recess Therapy
 Rocket Fizz - St. Charles
St. Charles T-Mobile
The Finery & Blacksmith Bar

Community Development Award Winners:
The Community Development Awards were established in 1989 to recognize significant investment in the business community by a member of the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce. The award is given for new construction, extensive remodeling or expansion, and historical renovation projects.
Brighton Gardens of St. Charles
Discount Tire - Randall Road
Dunkin' Donuts
PNC Bank
Prairie Pointe
Ryland Homes at Remington Glen
Shakou St. Charles
Standard Wash
Strohschein Law Group
Timberbuilt Rooms
XSport Fitness
Congratulations to Businesses Celebrating Anniversaries:
90 Years: Forest Preserve District of Kane County , Warwick Publishing Company , Wasco Nursery & Garden Center
70 Years: Anderson Enterprises- St. Charles Paddlewheel Riverboats
40 Years: Salerno's on the Fox
35 Years: Hestrup Family Wellness
30 Years: A & M Sheet Metal Heating & Cooling , DuKane Contract Services, Inc. , State Street Jewelers ,
Streng Design and Advertising
25 Years: Animal Medical Clinic of St. Charles , Damico Paving & Sealcoating , Nissan of St. Charles , Prose Orthodontics ,
Sum Total Financial Management, Inc.
20 Years: AHC Advisors, Inc. , EverGreen Landscaping , NOVIX Network Specialists, Inc. , Total Electric Controls & Maintenance
10 Years: 3-D Home Inspection, Inc. , Autopractor , Baltria Corporation , Creative Business Authority , Field of Dreams Horse Rescue & Adoption , Neighbors Magazines , One Salon & Bridal Company , P & F Business Advisors, Inc. , Sperry Van Ness Landmark / Neil Johnson , Suzanne Denee Salon & Day Spa , The LaCava Center for Alternative and Integrative Medicine , UPS Store ,
Vons Electric, Inc.
5 Years: Bancroft, Richman & Goldberg, LLC , Colonial Life , Fox Valley Home Staging and Redesign, Inc. , Jeans & A Cute Top Shop , Kimmer's Ice Cream , Rx Automotive , Spry Consulting, Inc. , The OFFICE Dining & Spirits , TTSG

Thank You Gift Basket Donors
41 North Chiropractic and Soft Tissue Clinic, P.C; Abby's Breakfast & Lunch; All Things Art; AMLI at St. Charles; Arcada; Archer Promotional Products; Beardsley's Barbershop; Buona; Chicago Steel Hockey Team; Classic Cinemas Charlestowne Cinema 18; Colonial Café; Country House ; Courtyard Marriott; Culvers; Debbie Gurley, Miscella Real Estate & Mishel Downie, NOVIX Network Specialists; DePaw University Canine Campus; Diamondaire; Downtown St. Charles Partnership; Dreams Dance Academy; Dunkin Donuts; Edward Jones- Taylor Garner; Elgin Community College; Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra; EverGreen Landscape Associates, LLC; Fermilab; Filling Station Pub & Grill; FocalPoint Business Coaching; Fox River Tire & Auto; Fox Valley Home Staging; Galena Garlic; Ginger Root Hair Salon; Graham's Fine Chocolates & Ice Cream; Heinz Brothers Greenhouse Garden Center ; Hestrup Family Wellness; Hilton Garden Inn; Integrative Family Healthcare; Jeans and a Cute Top Shop; Mathnasium of St. Charles; MCC Technology; MEDFITNESS; Midwest Groundcovers; Nick's Pizza & Pub; On The Beaton Path ; One Salon and Bridal ; PEAK Development Strategies; Penrose; Rocket Fizz- St. Charles; Ruffners; Salon Aggape; Shakou St. Charles; St. Charles Bowl; St. Charles Dental ; St. Charles Florist ; St. Charles Park District ; Standard Wash; State Street Jewelers; Team Tom & Leslie REMAX/Excels; The Bike Rack; The Office; Town House Books and Café; West Suburban Limousine Inc; Wok n' Hot; XSport Fitness


Marketing Bootcamp:
Marketing DNA: The 3 Things You Must Know and Do

The first of the Marketing Boot Camp Luncheon Series was Marketing DNA: The Three Things You Must Know and Do, taught by Leah Hoppes, Vision Force Marketing. We had one comment after the first seminar stating "This workshop paid for my entire chamber membership".
This series was started due to the Chamber member feedback asking for more information pertaining to marketing. The five topics remaining include:How to Get More from Every Advertising Dollar, Power Branding: Maximizing the Impact of Your Visual Marketing, Effective Social Media & Digital Marketing Simplified, How to Get Existing Clients to Grow your Business, and The X Factor: Putting it all Together. If you are interested in attending one or more workshops, please contact the Chamber for more information!

After Hours Mixer
St. Charles Bank & Trust

St. Charles Bank & Trust Company is downtown St. Charles hosted the Chamber's February's After Hours. With over 70 people who attended throughout the night, this was a great opportunity to meet Chamber Members and network.  They provided drinks and appetizers for a wonderful evening. Thank you to everyone who attended and we appreciate St. Charles Bank & Trust Company for having us! 

WBC - Luncheon
Mother's Pancake House 

On Thursday, February 25 th the Women's Business Council held their monthly luncheon at Mother's Pancake House in St. Charles. Chamber members, and non-members, enjoyed a delicious lunch, had some belated Valentine's Day treats, and then got to the heart of their business by participating in a group fishbowl networking activity. Mother's Pancake House,, Image Awards & Engravings, Amazing Lash Studio, and Spa La Vie also showed some love by donating raffle items with proceeds going to the WBC's quarterly charity: Fox Valley Food for Health!

City News


Business of the Month  
BMO Harris Bank

BMO Harris rolls out New Small Business Bundle
BMO Harris Bank, with more than 135 years of experience and approximately 564 branches, mainly in the Midwest including the Chicagoland area, continues to deliver individualized solutions to small business clients in the Fox Valley and St. Charles area.
As part of its commitment to meeting the diverse needs of business owners in all Chicagoland communities, BMO Harris has designed a package of products and services tailored specifically for small to medium -sized businesses in the Fox Valley area.  The package includes special offers,  including fee waivers,  discounts, or bonuses on small business products such as business credit cards,  business loans,   Merchant Services payment processing, payroll services, business bill pay and mobile banking and overdraft protection services.  The entire package adds up to substantial savings that a client can, in turn, re-invest in his or her business.
Bill Johnson, Market President of BMO Harris Bank's St. Charles market, feels that by addressing the needs of small and medium -sized businesses, the bank is filling a large gap that many competitors have missed, or have chosen not to focus on.
"The feedback we continue to receive from business owners, especially in the St. Charles market, tends to fall into one of two categories:  Either their current bank of many years, sometimes decades, has lost interest in serving their unique business needs, or their needs just aren't being met by their current bank," says Johnson.
BMO Harris' local small business team includes a group of long time banking veterans consisting of Mike Hides, Shakeel Khan, Andy Montemayor, Malik Hashwani, and Laura Grabavoy.  
BMO Harris prides itself on serving all segments of the marketplace.  According to Hides, the market's Business Banker, "We're just as excited to work with a small business that has only been open for one year as we are to work with an established, larger business.  In either case we can deliver customized solutions to meet the needs of that particular business and owner. " 
In addition, BMO Harris can meet the specialized needs of the Hispanic-owned businesses by leveraging its Latino Banking program launched originally in 1999.
With four fully operational branches in St. Charles and more than 20 in the greater Fox Valley area, offering business clients a vast spectrum of personal, wealth management,  Latino Banking and business banking services, BMO Harris Bank has positioned itself as a leading financial institution in the Greater St. Charles market. 

BMO Harris Bank
1 E. Main Street
St. Charles, IL 60174
(630) 377-4100
Business of the Month 
MvNally's Heating & Cooling
McNally's Helps Jurgovan Family With New Furnace
As part of giving back this season, McNally's Heating and Cooling decided to award a deserving Fox Valley area family in need a new high efficiency furnace and free installation.
After receiving numerous nominations, The Jurgovan Family of South Elgin was chosen.
Mother, Amanda couldn't have been more excited when she got the news. "Our old furnace is on the fritz.  The auto fan isn't working, so we are running it continuously in order for it to blow hot air which drives up both our electric and gas bills."
"We are also a one income family and with our pocketbook lighter during the holidays, this couldn't have happened at a better time." I'm so appreciative of this gift for my family and for my online support group of "Mom Friends" on Facebook for nominating me."
Amanda and husband Eric's daughter McKenna was diagnosed with SMA (Spinal Muscular Atrophy) at 9 months old and given 1 year to live. Amanda quit working to take care of her full time and with the help of great doctors, she is now 4 years old and doing well. The Jurgovan's also have a daughter Emery who is 19 months old.
"We are grateful to be helping out one of our neighbors in need here in the Fox Valley and would like to thank everyone for the nominations that helped us get this furnace in the right family's hands."....Brian McNally, Owner of McNally's Heating and Cooling.  
McNally's Heating & Cooling  
707 Colomba Ct #102 
St. Charles, IL 60174
(630) 363-9067 
CFO 4 Small Biz LLC
David Mayo
St. Charles
(630) 508-2690
Fred Astaire Dance Studios
Jackie Josephs
2400 E Main St, #107B
St. Charles
APM Designs
Ashir Mahida
St. Charles
(312) 768-8480
Solarplus USA
Cody Case
902 S. Randall Rd, Suite C  #276
St. Charles
(800) 530-8615
DayOne Reliance Incorporated
Bonnie McCrary
1551 E. Fabyan Parkway
(630) 208-5555
Guaranteed Rate, Melissa Griffey
Melissa Griffey
716 W State St., Unit E
(630) 373-1051
Senator Karen McConnaughay
Lesli Melendy
130 Washington Street
West Dundee
(847) 215-8245
Chicago Steel Hockey Team
Dan Lehv
1996 S. Kirk Road

Mantes Insurance Group
Michael Ortiz
405 Illinois Ave. Suite 2A
St. Charles
(630) 797-2108
Windy City Limousine & Bus Worldwide
Mark Hebert
2801 S. 25th Ave.
(866) 949-4639

Nini Jenkins Artistry
Nini Jenkins
St. Charles
(773) 510-4684
Doctors of Physical Therapy (DPT)
Klaudia Glogowski
3805 E. Main St., Suite I
St. Charles
(630) 434-0271
Charleston on the River
Marwan Taib
1 W. Illinois Street
St. Charles
(630) 584-2239
Groot Industries
Nick Lewis
2500 Landmeier Rd
Elk Grove Village
(847) 734-6440

AAA St. Charles
St. Charles
(630) 587-7700
American Artists Landscaping, Inc.
(815) 931-3993
Arcada Theatre
St. Charles
(630) 962-7000
Batteries Plus Bulbs

Bravo! Media
St Charles
(630) 638-1391
Brighton Gardens Assisted Living
St Charles
(630) 587-6120
(630) 761-2640
Chiro One Wellness Centers
St. Charles
(630) 492-0638
Christ Community Church
St Charles
(630) 485-3300
Dickens, Mason & Kissell DDS, Ltd
St Charles
(630) 584-5444
Divine Signs & Graphics, Inc.
(847) 534-9220
El Puente Restaurant
St Charles
(630) 377-8884
FCA of St. Charles
St Charles
(630) 762-9335
Fifth Third Bank
St. Charles
(630) 513-2562
FNBC Bank & Trust
South Elgin
(847) 742-8080
Forever Yogurt-St. Charles
St. Charles
(630) 549-6076
Franky's Red Hots
St. Charles
(630) 513-5001
Gaido & Fintzen
St. Charles
(312) 346-7855
Hoscheit, McGuirk, McCracken and Cuscaden, P.C.
St Charles
(630) 513-8700
Ingersoll & Associates
St. Charles
(847) 742-7960
John Arthur Anderson
St Charles
(630) 267-6008
Joseph M. Wiedemann & Sons Inc.
St Charles
(630) 377-0500
Judge Family Chiropractic Center
St. Charles
(630) 377-3500
KCT Credit Union
(847) 741-3344
Laura Stoecker Photography, Ltd.
St. Charles
(630) 744-9728
Le Belle Donne Salon & Day Spa
St. Charles
(630) 513-5673
Lundeen's Fine Wine & Spirits
St. Charles
(630) 584-8636
St Charles
(630) 762-1784
Nova Communications, Inc.
(630) 377-1889
Old Second National Bank
St Charles
(630) 482-8344
Oscar Swan Country Inn
(630) 232-0173
Perfect Plastic Printing Corp.
St Charles
(630) 584-1600
Perry Chiropractic & Acupuncture Clinic
St. Charles
(630) 444-1490
Pirok Design, Inc.
(630) 365-9870
Pratt & Grove Properties
St. Charles
(630) 377-9150
Robert W. Overdorf, DDS. Ltd.
St Charles
(630) 377-1200
RowAmerica St. Charles, LLC
St. Charles
(773) 458-3571
Ruffner's Luxury Pet Boarding
St Charles
(630) 377-4589
Shaw Media
St. Charles
(630) 232-9222
Shearer & Agrella
St Charles
(630) 584-3142 Ext 0
Soccer Success, Inc.
St. Charles
(630) 762-8100
St. Charles Bowl
St Charles
(630) 584-9400
St. Charles Memorial Works, Inc.
St Charles
(630) 584-0183
State Farm Insurance - Larry Laino
St. Charles
(630) 587-0200
State Representative Mike Fortner 49th District
West Chicago
(630) 293-9344
Sum Total Financial Management, Inc.
West Chicago
(630) 661-7200
Szechwan Restaurant
St Charles
(630) 513-1889
The PrivateBank
St Charles
(630) 762-0090
Wal Mart Stores, Inc.
St Charles
(630) 513-9559


*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, March 3rd 
7 pm
Zanies at Pheasant Run
4051 E. Main Street
St. Charles, IL 60174
Tuesday, March 8th 
McNally's Pub
109 W. Main Street
St. Charles, IL 60174
Wednesday, March 9th 
Haines Middle School
305 S. 9 th Street
St. Charles, IL 60174
Wednesday, March 9th 
Marketing Bootcamp:How to Get More from Every Advertising Dollar
St. Charles Chamber Board Room
216 S. Riverside Ave.
St. Charles, IL 60174
Thursday, March 21st
4:30- 6pm
Claddagh Irish Pub
1702 Commons Drive
Geneva, IL 60134
Tuesday, March 15th  
The Hairy Ant
601 Sidwell Ct., Unit F
St. Charles, IL 60174
Wednesday, March 23rd
4:30- 6pm
Wilson Travel & Cruise
203 E. Illinois Avenue
St. Charles, IL 60174
Thursday, March 24th
St. Charles Chamber Board Room
216 S. Riverside Ave.
St. Charles, IL 60174
Thursday, March 24th
Francesca's by the River
200 S. Second 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 Leah Hoppes, Vision Force Marketing for referring CFO Small 
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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.