May 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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After Hours Mixer- Monthly Free Event, Join Us!

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Mini Golf Mixer

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Paddle Boat Mixer

Sponsorship Form

A Word from the Board - Vice Chairman- Sharon Spero

Summer is my favorite season of the year.  I look forward to warm weather and spending time outdoors.  One of the unique benefits of living in St. Charles is the beautiful Fox River that runs through the center of our community.  At the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce we celebrate summer and the river each year in June with the Annual Paddle Boat Mixer.  It is such a unique event to St. Charles where two Paddleboats motor down the river while everyone on-board enjoys great food from our local restaurant chamber members, drink and networking.  For all the baseball fans, this year's theme is the "Crosstown Classic" and will be held on June 22 nd from 5 - 7pm at Pottawatomie Park.  This is a FREE event for Chamber members with the additional opportunity to sponsor the boats and speak to the group about your business for an additional $50 per boat.  My company, Money Mailer of Fox River Valley, sponsors the event each year and we truly enjoy the fellowship and special setting that this Mixer affords to all participants.

Golf is another summertime favorite activity for many.  The Chamber has two great golf events coming up that are perfect for the serious players and duffers alike.  This year the Mini-Golf Outing will be held on June 2 nd at the Riverview Miniature Golf Course in Pottawatomie Park.  No special golfing skills required.  And for those that want to enjoy a full day of golf, food and fun the 41 st Annual Golf Outing will be held on August 8 th.  I look forward to seeing you on the course!! 
To register go to

Sharon Spero
Money Mailer of Fox River Valley
(630) 377-4930

Ribbon Cutting
Shopping For Knowledge
3800 E. Main Street
St. Charles, IL 60174

Chamber members joined Shopping For Knowledge for their ribbon cutting. Shopping For Knowledge's mission is to assist and support individuals in learning the skills needed to lead a successful life. Their services include; drop-off child care, one-on-one tutoring, and for teens and adult knowledge seekers.  There are different learning sessions that are chosen from the demand and need stated from our community members.

Marketing Bootcamp:
Power Branding: Maximizing the Impact of your Visual Marketing
City Municipal Building - Council Chambers
2 E. Main Street
St. Charles, IL 60174

After attendees met in groups to discuss first impressions and descriptors of their colleague's company logo, Jane Cooper of Cooper-Hong gave her presentation on Branding.  She mentioned the difference between Branding and a Brand.  She mentioned that a powerful brand is created by aligning: your vision - top management's aspiration for your company; your culture; and your image.  One key point was our discussion of "why" we are in business doing what we do.

The Marketing Bootcamp series will continue in the Fall.  For more information, please call the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce at 630-584-8384.

St. Charles Consumer Expo
1400 Foundry Street
St. Charles, IL 60174
After hosting our third Consumer Expo at the Sportsplex, the St. Charles Chamber would like to thank our Main Event Sponsor, Fox Valley Tire & Auto, our Gold Sponsor, Excel Automotive Repair, Entertainment Sponsor, Rocket Fizz; Bounce House Sponsor, St. Charles Park District; and Face Painting Sponsor, Colonial Café; all of the vendors who participated, the dance studios who performed, and the community members who attended.
We had over 800 people attend the event, entertainment included a magic show from The Traveling World of Reptiles, a Magic Performance, visit from Elsa, dance performances, live radio shows, and much more.  Kids also enjoyed the bouncy house sponsored by St. Charles Park District and Face Painting sponsored by Colonial Café.
Over 60 vendors exhibited offering food, games, photos and information. Vendors appreciated the opportunity to showcase their business, receive leads for future business, and talk to many people.  The vendors said that this is an event that they won't miss next year! 
Thank you to all of our sponsors, vendors, performers and volunteers for making this a successful event! We were happy to have yet again another successful Expo and look forward to next year!

After Hours Mixer
BMO Harris Bank
1 E Main Street
St. Charles, IL 60174

Thank you to BMO Harris Bank for opening their business for our After Hours Mixer. It was wonderful to see so many Chamber Members come out for this event!  They had The Finery & Blacksmith Bar cater the event which was fantastic; and thank you to everyone who came.

WBC - Luncheon
El Puente Restaurant
112 E. Main Street
St. Charles, IL 60174

WBC welcomed Fi Mazanke, a Leadership Coach from Direct Connect Coaching to speak at El Puente Restaurant. Fi has over 13 years of experience working with clients. She is committed to helping individuals, teams and organizations achieve optimal results in business and in life. Through her presentation members were inspired to follow three guidelines for an empowered mindset to be successful in business. 

City News


Promote Your Special Event with Temporary Signage
With Spring finally starting and Summer close at hand, the City understands this time of year can be busy and productive for St. Charles business owners. Now is when many business are considering hosting seasonal sales and other warm weather events (cookouts, pig roasts, etc.). 
With this in mind, the City of St. Charles wants you to know that there are multiple options for temporary signage to help promote your business and special events.

Did you know that we have a temporary sign permit application? Every business in town may obtain a temporary sign permit four times per calendar year. Each permit is good for 14 days. The signs can advertise sales, special events, grand openings, etc. Interested in more than just a banner? A business can also use the temporary sign permit to place other forms of advertisement for their events as well. The Zoning Ordinance names these signs "Attention Getting Devices," which generally refers to balloon signs, pennants, flags, streamers and searchlights.

Some restrictions apply:
  • Permitted sizes of banner signs vary based on the size of the property the business is located on.
  • Temporary signage must be placed on the same property that contains the business.
  • There are special placement and time restrictions for "Attention Getting Devices."
  • Once a 14-day temporary sign permit has been issued, the business must wait 30 days before it can apply for another permit.
  • Each sign permit fee is $45.00. 
More about the Temporary Sign Application is at or call the Building & Code Enforcement Division at (630) 377-4406

Business of the Month  
City Of St. Charles
2 E. Main Street
St. Charles, IL 60174
(630) 377-4400
Business of the Month 
Heartland Bank and Trust Company
Heartland Bank and Trust Company is widely recognized as one of the strongest and most progressive banks in the area. We're a locally owned community bank whose roots are right here in the heartland. The Drake family, who came to Central Illinois in 1852, has been in banking for over 90 years. With the third generation of the family taking an active role in the banking business, we continue this tradition.
Fast, efficient service is important. For example, when you need a personal or business loan, you'll avoid going through several layers of management. Management decisions are made every day at Heartland Bank, not by some out-of-town corporation. Local ownership and management means we set banking policies and philosophies to suit the needs of the communities we serve.
Banking is personal. We build strong customer relationships by getting to know our customers and understanding their needs. The phrase "small enough to know you, big enough to serve you" is what Heartland Bank is all about.
At Heartland Bank, we're proud of the strength of our bank, the capabilities we have, the services we offer, and the people who offer those services to you. When you compare banks in terms of their strength, Heartland Bank stands tall. Get to know us and you'll understand why.
Heartland Bank and Trust Company is an independently owned community bank with assets of $3 billion. Headquartered in Bloomington, IL, the bank has offices in communities throughout Illinois. The bank offers a complete line of financial services to commercial and retail customers. More information is available on the bank's website at .
2402 W. Main St. 
St. Charles, IL 60175
(630) 463-6300 
Firestone Complete Auto Care (East)
Brian Caldwell
1645 East Main St.
St Charles
(630) 338-0889
Besties Girls Spa
Daca Pavlovic
761 N. 17th St., Unit 9
St. Charles
(630) 584-BEST
Imperial Gutter Services
Kim Jelinek
707 Colomba Ct, Unit 110
St. Charles
(331) 888-2349
Bondds Dental Studio PC
Nancy Bozzi
202 S. Kirk Ave.
St. Charles
(630) 584-0481
Medvesta Hypnosis Healthcare
Steve Cohen
100 Illinois St., Suite 200
St. Charles
(630) 974-1800
Fox Valley Bathtub Refinishing
Bryan Earl
St. Charles
(847) 650-6271
Williams-Manny Insurance Group
Gregg Cygan
290 S. County Farm Rd.
(630) 949-2249
Denton Pest Control
Carl Denton
St. Charles
(630) 201-0588
Bath Fitter
Sonnie Krizek
1150 N Main St
(630) 424-1340
Angel Water, Inc.
Eric Lindquist
21 S. Main Street
(847) 382-7800

3-D Home Inspection, Inc.
St. Charles
(630) 392-4278
Acclaim Sign Co, Inc.
St. Charles
(630) 377-8525
Assoc. of Nutrition & Food Service Professionals
St Charles
(630) 587-6336
Button Man Shipping, Printing & Mailboxes
St. Charles
(630) 549-0438
Carroll Tower
St Charles
(630) 584-6656
Creative Business Authority
St. Charles
(847) 231-3683
Culver's of St. Charles
St. Charles
(630) 444-1700
Dairy Queen Grill & Chill St. Charles
St Charles
(630) 584-2658
Dock & Door National, LLC
St. Charles
(630) 549-5360
Dunham Woods Riding Club
(630) 584-0045
Eagle Brook Country Club
(630) 208-4653
Enticing Cuisine, Ltd.
(630) 761-0399
Fox Valley Christian Action
St Charles
(630) 584-2222
Fox Valley Ophthalmology/Eyes of the Fox
St Charles
(630) 584-9850
Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois
Sugar Grove
630-897-1565 x 7182
Griffin Williams, LLP
(630) 524-2563
Haines & Associates, LLC
St. Charles
(630) 564-1803
Hilton Garden Inn - STC
St Charles
(630) 584-0700
Kelly Orthodontics
St Charles
(630) 584-9666
Kimmer's Ice Cream
St. Charles
(630) 762-9480

Kristine Kowalski
(630) 488-2926
Maid Brigade
(630) 830-1550
Mary Kay Cosmetics - Eileen Fricke
(708) 269-8510
Midwest Groundcovers
St Charles
(847) 742-1790
Money Mailer of Fox River Valley
St Charles
(630) 377-4930
Mueller & Co., LLP
(847) 888-8600
Northern Public Radio - 89.5 WNIJ / Classical WNIU 90.5
(815) 753-9000
Royal Coach - St. Charles Ltd.
St Charles
(630) 443-9123
SavATree & SavALawn
(630) 725-1963
Solutions Networking Corp.
(630) 378-2222
Tailor, Needle & Thread
St. Charles
(630) 549-6048
The Jank Guitar Store
St. Charles
(206) 779-2883
The Mosquito Authority
(630) 708-8284
Uncle Bob's Self Storage
St. Charles
(630) 584-0580
Wasco Nursery & Garden Center
St Charles
(630) 584-4424
Wessels Sherman
St Charles
(630) 377-1554


*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, May 5th 
Romano Mercato Italiano Italian Deli & Cafe
210 Cedar Street
St. Charles, IL 60174
Tuesday, May 10th 
Fred Astire Dance Studios
2400 E Main Street, #107B
St. Charles, IL 60174
Thursday, May  12th 
YPC Educational Luncheon
Bridging The Generational Gap In Business
St. Charles Chamber of Commerce Boardroom
216 S Riverside Ave.
St. Charles, IL 60174
Thursday, May  12th 
Charleston on the River
1 W. Illinois Street
St. Charles, IL 60174
Tuesday, May 17th 
Jodi's Cleaning Service
214 Indiana Street
St. Charles, IL 60174
Thursday, May 19th  
The PrivateBank
24 S. Second Street
St. Charles, IL 60174
Tuesday, May 24th  
675 Sidwell Ct
St. Charles, IL 60174
Thursday, May 26th  
St. Charles Chamber of Commerce Boardroom
216 S Riverside Ave.
St. Charles, IL 60174
Thursday, May 26th  
The Finery & Blacksmith Bar
305 W. Main Street
St. Charles, IL 60174
Monday, May 30th  
Chamber Office Closed
Tuesday, May 31st   
In Step Behavioral Health
2455 Dean Street, Unit 3G
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 volunteers for their help at the Consumer Expo:
Craig Larsen - AHC Advisors
Craig Lee - Citizen member
Alex Lyons - River City Church
Damian McCrink - River City Church
John Wisniewski - American Artists Landscaping
Other community volunteers that helped make the event successful - Colin Stephens, Terry Luczak

Hot Deal
Refer a New Member- BOTH Chamber Member and New Member get a 
$25 Chamber Gift Certificate 

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.
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 any 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, City of St. Charles Municipal Bldg. 

Your Ad Could Be Here!
If you'd like to advertise in our next Newsletter, please contact the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce at
(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.