March 2017


of the Month 

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

Ryan Anderson
HighWire  Networks

Marco Almedia
St. Charles Bank & Trust

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

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


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A Word From The Board- Wendy Taylor-Santucci
One of the most important responsibilities of being a board member is determining the needs of the chamber members and the community. Sometimes this is easier said than done.
Our members are made up of a myriad of industries: restaurants, retail stores, distributors, service providers, manufacturers and more.
How can we best serve you all?
This has been a dilemma for the St Charles Chamber Council for Industry since its inception.
How can we best serve the 250 plus industrial businesses in St Charles?
Manufacturers are a seemingly independent group, bogged down with long hours and stringent processes and deadlines. They have no time for networking events or ribbon cuttings or after-hours events.
They need people.
St Charles Community Unit School District already knew this and have launched a program called Project Lead the Way that encourages children and young people to explore engineering and technical opportunities.
The Council for Industry invited Chamber members to an event last March at Haines Middle School to see these young people in action building robots. It was impressive and encouraging to see the complicated contraptions that these kids could create!
The Industrial Council will be having a similar event, March 14 th at Genesis Automation to see the Youth Robotic STEM Tour. Please refer to this newsletter or the Events page on our website for details.
The Industrial Council hopes to expose our members to the opportunities that can be found in manufacturing and we hope to expose everyone: high school kids, Chamber members and members of the community to attend the Industrial Tours that the Council hosts several times a year at different manufacturing locations. We have had the honor and the privilege to host events at Olcott Plastics, Elite Extrusion, Clarke and Fona and these have been clean and bright locations with fascinating processes in fast paced environments. Come and see for yourselves!
If your company would like to host an Industrial tour, please let the Chamber know and if you would like to attend, please check our website for upcoming events!
Lastly, if there is a need that you would like the Chamber to fulfill, please let us know!
We are here to serve you!

Wendy Taylor- Santucci
Board Director
Gordon Flesch

95th Annual Charlemagne Award Dinner
Q Center, 1405 North Fifth Avenue, St. Charles, IL 60174
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.
2016 Charlemagne Award Winner 
Darlene Riebe, Lazarus House
 Darlene Riebe has served the community it many ways for a number of years. She began at Lincoln School as a volunteer in 1986, as well as, a Den Mother for Cub Scout Pack 13 and Boy Scout Troop 1. Darlene also served as a Sunday School teacher at Bethlehem Lutheran Church and when her children were in school, she baby sat kids for $1 a day per child. She started volunteering for RiverFest in 1990. Wearing many hats, she served as site manager and committee member, as volunteer coordinator in charge of more than 100 volunteers, and currently Pride of the Fox board member and volunteer coordinator. In 1993, she started with the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce as a welcome hostess, became the office manager in 1996, and in 2005 moved into the membership director position. In her 18 years of employment, the St. Charles Chamber went from 325 to 650 members. Darlene has been a volunteer for the Downtown St. Charles Partnership since1996 and also worked on the St Charles Christmas Parade and Holiday Homecoming. She was instrumental when the parade changed from an afternoon Christmas Parade to what it is now, the Electric Christmas Parade, which we all know and love. In 2000, when the partnership and McNally's wanted to bring the first St. Patrick's Day parade to St. Charles, Riebe was a key participant with the logistics and the line-up. Darlene currently volunteers with CatNap From the Heart, and helps fundraise for their annual gala. Since 2012, she has been involved in the Chicago Corvette Club, taking on the role of secretary.
The evening also carried with it other prestigious award winners such as:
L.E.A.P. Award (Leadership, Excellence, Achievement, Professionalism) Winner
Laurie Milbourn , as the winner for this award for 2016
Chairman's Award
Ryan Anderson of HighWire Networks
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 bring positive benefits to our community.
City of St. Charles- 5 out of 5 Bloom Rating from America in Bloom
City of St. Charles- 1st Street Parking Deck
City of St. Charles- Water Tower at Red Gate Road and IL 25
St. Charles Community Unit School District #303- Kick-A-Thon, Nancy Prentiss & Kari Batka
St. Charles Park District- Bike Station & Outdoor Fitness Equipment at Pottawatomie Park
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.
Charleston on the River
Colonial Café
Dreams Dance Academy
Firestone Complete Auto Care
French Med Spa & Cryothérapie
 Rivers Edge Crystals
ROX City Grill
Shangri-La Spa & Sauna
Two Wild Seeds
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.
Abby's Breakfast and Lunch
Alexander's Café
Envision a Smile
First Street Development, Gym Chic, Kilwins & Magnolia Bridal
Fox Valley Volkswagen
Loyal Companions Animal Hospital & Pet Resort
Mixology Salon Spa
Urban Counter/ PRIDE Beer & Wine plus Spirits
Vanek, Larson & Kolb, LLC, Forthright Financial Planning & Tighe, Kress & Orr, P.C.
Congratulations to Businesses Celebrating Anniversaries:
135 Years:
Kane County Chronicle Media
120 Years:
Williams-Manny Insurance Group
115 Years:
Colonial Cafe Restaurant & Creamery
105 Years:
MB Financial Bank, St. Charles Park District
90 Years:
Arcada Theatre
50 Years:
Anderson Animal Shelter, West Suburban Travelers Limousine, Inc.
40 Years:
FCA of St. Charles, Fox Valley Special Recreation Association,
Suburban Tire Auto Care Centers
30 Years:
Campton United Soccer Club, Dairy Queen Grill & Chill St. Charles,
Frolicstein Financial Wealth Management, Horton & Vranas D.D.S.
25 Years:
Athletico Physical Therapy, Hoscheit, McGuirk, McCracken and Cuscaden, P.C.,
T.A.K. Drywall Specialists, Inc.
20 Years:

3rd Street Dance & Theatre Academy, Carriage Oaks, Evoke Idea Group,  Pirok Design, Inc., Rookies All-American Pub & Grill, SmartSource, Inc.
10 Years:
Clear Communications, Cooper Hong, Inc., Cornerstone Partners Horticultural Services Company,
Psychic Boutique, STC Capital Bank, Tap House Grill, Total Clarity Wealth Management, Inc.
5 Years:
Arts Center of St. Charles, Elite Extrusion Technology, Fox River Harley-Davidson,
Fox Valley Buick GMC, Inland Bank, Mosquito Authority
Thank You Gift Basket Donors
Abby's Breakfast & Lunch, Alexanders Café, Brunch Café, Chicago Steel Hockey Team, Classic Cinemas Charlestowne 18, Colonial Cafe Restaurant & Creamery, Costco, Country House at Geneva, DePaw University Canine Campus, The Diamondaire, Dreams Dance, Envision A Smile, Filling Station Pub & Grill, Firestone Complete Auto Care, Forthright Financial Planning, Fred Astaire Dance Studios, French Med Spa & Cryothèrapie, Ginger Root Hair Salon, Hotel Baker, iALL Repair, International Medical Massage Association, Jeans & A Cute Top Shop, Kane County Cougars, Kimmer's Ice Cream, Magnolia Bridal, Mathnasium of St. Charles, MEDFITNESS, Mixology Salon Spa, The OFFICE Dining & Spirits, Rivers Edge Crystals, Rocket Fizz - St. Charles, Rookies All-American Pub & Grill, Ruffner's Luxury Pet Boarding, SavWay Fine Wines & Spirits, Shakou St. Charles, Shangri-La Spa & Sauna, St. Charles Bowl, Standard Wash, Starbucks, State Street Jewelers, Tap House Grill, The Lodge Bar & Grill, Topgolf Naperville , Town House Books and Café, Two Wild Seeds Baking Company, Vintage 53, West Suburban Travelers Limousine, Williams Manny


After Hours Mixer
State Street Jewelers
230 W. State Street, Geneva, IL 60134
State Street Jewelers in downtown Geneva hosted the Chamber's February's After Hours. It was fantastic learning more about State Street Jewelers history and current projects; their store on the corner of Route 38 and 3rd Street is gorgeous. This was a great opportunity to meet Chamber Members and network.  They provided drinks from Fox River Distillery and appetizers for a wonderful evening. Thank you to everyone who attended and we appreciate State Street Jewelers for having us! 

Speed Networking
St. Charles Chamber
216 S Riverside Ave, St. Charles, IL 60174
Thank you to all members who attended Speed Networking. It was a great way to quickly meet 20+ new Chamber Members!

WBC Luncheon
Colonial Café
1625 E Main Street, St. Charles, IL 60174
The WBC held their first networking luncheon in February at the Colonial Café - East.  Attendees had fun participating in an interactive networking game and learning about each other's businesses.
City News

Reminding Residents to 'Think St. Charles' and Shop Local

Shopping local is the focus of a recent post by Economic Division Manager Matt O'Rourke on the City's
 Inside St. Charlesblog. The post encourages readers to Think St. Charles and consider one of the many local businesses in the area for their purchases.  It also offers some compelling statistics about the importance of shopping local. Read it at

Business of the Month  
McNally's Heating & Cooling

McNally's Heating & Cooling 
707 Colomba Ct #102
St. Charles, IL 60174
(630) 363-9067
Business of the Month  
Neighbors Magazines
Neighbors Magazines expands services with programs that guarantee results

Neighbors Magazines is expanding its services to make it easier for local businesses to reach new customers and stand out in a crowded marketplace.  The expanded services include a county-wide media website, a powerful Personal Business Page, automated social media feeds, exclusive direct marketing programs and content marketing with guaranteed results. 

"The magazine is still the most cost effective way to deliver a message to  every household," says Tim Sullivan, Publisher.  Neighbors of St. Charles Magazine is delivered to all the homes within the St. Charles City limits.  "With our expanded marketing services, local businesses now have access to a complete marketing suite specifically designed for hyperlocal marketing.  Everything we are doing now is geared toward helping our advertisers stand out in the crowd."

The new Personal Business Page is an example.  It is easy and cost effective (starting at FREE).  A business creates a page on our media website that automatically collects content about the business and presents that content in a stylish Personal Business Page.  The page includes logo, map, website link, business overview, photos, upcoming events, positive customer reviews, published articles, and even videos. The Personal Business Page builds brand, credibility, reputation, trust and awareness.

"The page can be set up in about 15 minutes," Sullivan notes. "Then the business owner can watch as content about the business automatically populates their page."

As new content is added to a Personal Business Page it can be automatically sent to social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.

For direct marketing Neighbors offers a postcard program guaranteed to be the lowest cost available for a single postcard.  Specialized print products, rack cards and flyers; editorial services; and, point of sales services, gives businesses everything they need for a great marketing program at low cost.

St. Charles Chamber of Commerce members will receive a "Quick Guide to Smart Marketing"  free, just for asking.  Send your request to  To get started on a Personal Business Page, go to 

Neighbors Magazines
28 S. Water St. 
Batavia, IL 60510
(630) 995-3482
Business of the Month 
Valley Ambulatory Surgery Center

Valley Ambulatory Surgery Center
2210 Dean Street
St. Charles, IL 601745
(630) 584-9800
Saasoom LLC
Maung Aung Khin
St. Charles
(630) 561-7300
Orangetheory Fitness
Thomas O'Brien
124 Kirk Rd, Unit F2
St. Charles
(331) 248-6050
Green Scene
Jessie Dore
1041 Porter Ct.
St. Charles
(630) 513-6050
Naperville Magazine
Jenni Price
55 S. Main St. Suite 300
(630) 696-4124
Digital Alliance
Andrew Bennett
971 W Industrial Drive
(312) 544-0411
Random Acts Matter
Jim Di Ciaula
7 E. Main St,Suite 101
St. Charles
(630) 447-8083
Strikers Fox Valley Soccer Club
Pat Feulner
1000 Kirk Road
(630) 262-0071
H&R Block
Teresa Mejaski
1860 W. Main Street
Saint Charles
Gateway Veterinary Clinic
Sam Parker
3225 West Main St.
St. Charles
(630) 377-6660
Illinois Velocity Restoration
Elaine Franco
222 W. Fay Ave.
(630) 543-6783
Sure Movements Yoga
Crystal Kurianski
1822 Mill Street
(630) 621-8292
Saint Charles Youth Baseball
Ashley Damato
103 N. 11th Avenue, Suite 119
Saint Charles
(630) 440-5814

Abby's Breakfast & Lunch
St. Charles
(630) 377-0797
Acclaim Sign Co, Inc.
St. Charles
(630) 377-8525
Arcada Theatre
St. Charles
(630) 962-7000
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Starck Real Estate, Lori Linkimer
St. Charles
(630) 377-9200
Classic Cinemas Charlestowne 18
St Charles
(630) 443-4378
Culver's of St. Charles
St. Charles
(630) 444-1700
Damico Paving & Sealcoating
St Charles
(630) 263-7283
Domo 77 Steakhouse
(630) 690-3277
DuKane Contract Services, Inc.
(630) 761-9056
Fine Line Creative Arts Center
St Charles
(630) 584-9443
Fox Valley Volkswagen
St. Charles
(630) 231-9900
Gaido & Fintzen
St. Charles
(312) 346-7855
Greater St. Charles Convention & Visitors Bureau
St. Charles
(630) 377-6161
Groot Industries
Elk Grove Village
(847) 734-6440
Grove Properties
St. Charles
(630) 377-9150
Hoscheit, McGuirk, McCracken and Cuscaden, P.C.
St Charles
(630) 513-8700
i9 Sports
St. Charles
(630) 454-5709
Imperial Gutter Services
St. Charles
(331) 888-2349
Ingersoll & Associates
St. Charles
(847) 742-7960
Jiffy Lube
St. Charles
(630) 513-1277
Joseph M. Wiedemann & Sons Inc.
St Charles
(630) 377-0500
Kimmer's Ice Cream
St. Charles
(630) 762-9480
Loyal Companions Animal Hospital and Pet Resort
St. Charles
(630) 524-2125
M.K. Movers
St. Charles
(630) 244-9655
Mosquito Authority
(630) 708-8284
Nova Communications, Inc.
(630) 377-1889
Perry Chiropractic & Acupuncture Clinic
St. Charles
(630) 444-1490
Pirok Design, Inc.
(630) 365-9870
Prairie Pointe
St. Charles
(630) 584-8276
Ruffner's Luxury Pet Boarding
St Charles
(630) 377-4589
Salsa Verde Mexican Restaurant & Taqueria
St. Charles
(630) 444-0673
St. Charles Place Steakhouse & Banquets
St Charles
(630) 377-3333
State Representative Mike Fortner 49th District
West Chicago
(630) 293-9344
Steel Beam Theatre
St Charles
(630) 587-8521
Sum Total Financial Management, Inc.
West Chicago
(630) 661-7200
The Exchange Club of the Tri-Cities
St Charles
(630) 254-2856
The LaCava Center for Integrative Medicine
St. Charles
(847) 695-6262
The PrivateBank
St Charles
(630) 762-0090
The Salvation Army Tri-City Corps
St Charles
(630) 377-2769
Town House Books and Cafe
St Charles
(630) 584-8600
Wal Mart Stores, Inc.
St Charles
(630) 513-9559
West Valley Graphics and Print, Inc.
St. Charles
(630) 377-7575
Workforce Development Division of the Kane County Office of Community Reinvestment
North Aurora
(630) 966-1435

*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 9th   
Integrative Neurology & Athletic Performance Clinic (INAPC)
1607 E. Main St., Suite 2A
St. Charles, IL 60174
Tuesday, March 14th   
Genesis Automation, Inc.
3480 Swenson Avenue
St. Charles, IL 61074
Wednesday, March 15th
St. Charles Chamber
216 S Riverside Ave
St. Charles, IL 60174
Thursday, March 16th 
Claddagh Irish Pub
1702 Commons Drive
Geneva, IL 60134
Tuesday, March 21st
Fox Valley United Way
202 W. Main St, 2nd Floor
St. Charles, IL 60174
Thursday, March 23rd 
St. Charles Chamber
216 S Riverside Ave
St. Charles, IL 60174
Thursday, March 23rd 
Francesca's by the River
200 S. Second Street
St. Charles, IL 60174
Saturday, March 25th
Kane County Fairgrounds
Prairie Events Center
525 S. Randall Road
St. Charles, IL 60174
Thursday, March 30th  
Wool and Company Fine Yarn
107A W. Main St
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 all of our Charlemagne Volunteers: Dan Stellato, BEI Properties; Ed Brooks, DHJJ Certified Public Accountants and Business Advisors; Bill Germanetti, iMPACT Business Coaching Inc; Zoe Ingersoll, Ingersoll & Associates; Janet Roman, Inland Bank; Anna Koehler, Koehler Koehler, Inc.; Liz & Ed Eakins, Lazarus House; Tracy Minnec, Light Bulb Effects Coaching LLC; Sue McDowell, McDowell Remodeling; Debbie Gurley, Miscella Real Estate; Mishel Downie, NOVIX Network Specialists, Inc.; Dave Broz, Railside Citrus Insurance Agency; Hank & Sharon Erwin, RE/MAX Excels; Rose Canfield, Solutions Networking Corp.; Tom Hansen, St. Charles Bank & Trust; Sacha Urban, TriCity Family Services; Mark Wilson, Unlocking Performance; Diana McClow, Wilson Travel & Cruise; Janet Foster, Wilson Travel & Cruise & Lori Hewitt
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(630) 584-8384 or email  Business card ads, pdf picture ads and Word document ads are all welcome.  (There is a charge for Newsletter Ads.)
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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.