May 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

Business Development

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


Valley Ambulatory Surgery Center
Vintage 53
West Valley Graphics & Print, Inc. 
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St. Charles Job Fair

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Mini- Golf 

Cruise Nites

Membership Success Seminar

WBC Luncheon

Multi-Chamber Leadership Luncheon

Paddle Boat Mixer

Small Business Academy


Register by May 31st to receive a $50 early bird discount on the series.  





A Word From The Board- Sacha Urban

The Women's Business Council of the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce is a fun, effective and rewarding way to connect with other business members (both, men and women) and "lunch & learn" at the same time.  Every fourth Thursday of the month (except June: Paddleboat and December: Holiday Party) you can expect to receive a quality presentation on relevant topics such as money management, developing people skills, learn about the history of St. Charles or be inspired by the transformative, innovative and creative spirit that permeates our recent tour of Clarke.

I have personally made solid business connections as well as personal friendships through the WBC group.  As a fundraiser for TriCity Family Services, I am especially touched by the generosity and compassion of the women I encounter; the WBC is committed to support local not for profits by donating the proceeds of the raffles to a local charity (3 are chosen per year) which will receive 3 month's worth of the proceeds.  This trimester's proceeds will go to Project Mobility, whose mission it is to make a positive difference in the lives of children, adults and wounded soldiers with disabilities. They provide the services, resources, and equipment needed to promote better health, independence, and the freedom of mobility through adaptive cycling.

We hope you'll join us for lunch on May 25 th when we meet at the Finery & Blacksmith Bar in St. Charles to learn more about the XYZ Generation (and of course, great food!).  AND: you do NOT have to be female to attend.

Sacha Urban
Board Director
TriCity Family Services
1120 Randall Court, Geneva, IL 60134
(630) 232-1070

Re/Max All Pro - Bobbie Gerbrecht - Grayson
505 W. Main St, St. Charles, IL 60174
Congratulations to Re/Max All Pro for their beautiful location in downtown St. Charles right on route 64. Three stories high, this building has many real estate agents and it a great addition to St. Charles. Make sure to contact them with any buying or selling needs. 

Dunkin' Donuts
2701 E. Main St., Unit 102, St. Charles, IL 60174
Getting coffee on the East side of St. Charles just got a whole lot easier!  Dunkin' Donuts just opened their third location in St. Charles. Visit them for Coffee & Coffee-based drinks and Donuts, Bagels and Sandwiches.

Vintage 53
162 S 1st Street, St. Charles, IL 60174
Vintage 53 is a rustic-industrial wine bar in the Chicago suburb of St. Charles, Illinois. They have over 80 wines, a menu of small plates, flatbreads, and gourmet popcorns, all listed with perfect wine pairings.  On the weekends, the atmosphere is set perfectly by live music.


YPC Luncheon- Leading at Any Level
St. Charles Chamber Boardroom, 216 S Riverside Ave, St. Charles, IL 60174

Mark Wilson from Unlocking Performance was our guest speaker at the Young Professionals Educational Luncheon. Mark spoke on Leading at Any Level; he provided tips and information on how to strengthen teams and personal careers. Attendees gained information on how to engage other employees and find their passion and strengthen their work ethic just by asking the right questions. Thank you to Kevin Brainerd from OnPath Financial for sponsoring this event!

Legislative Luncheon- Bruce Rauner Luncheon
Belvedere Banquets, 1170 W. Devon Ave. , Elk Grove, IL 60007
Governor Rauner spoke to 450 attendees regarding Illinois issues.  Although many people will ask him about the budget, he said that the budget isn't really the concern, but long-term items such as regulations, government reform, and the education system are.  He would like to see the government cut red tape/ regulations as this is really hurting manufacturing businesses.  With government reform, he would like to see changes in pension, consolidation of government agencies (the highest of all 50 states with more than 2000 over anyone else), and a freeze on property taxes so citizens can then vote locally if taxes should be increased for local programs.  Our education system is lacking in vocational training in high schools; we need to increase the opportunities with internships and apprenticeships.  He is hopeful that the Grand Bargain will get passed in the Senate in the next several weeks including term limits and a balanced budget.  He also mentioned that our businesses are the key to success in Illinois.  Lastly, Illinois is celebrating 200 years next year - we were founded in 1818.

After Hours Mixer
Heinz Brothers & Greenhouse
2010 E. Main Street, St. Charles, IL 60174
Thank you to Heinz Brothers & Greenhouse for inviting chamber members into your beautiful store and greenhouse.  Perfect time to start on your garden and landscape, and Heinz Brothers can help you! They had an interactive fairy scavenger hunt and prizes for a couple of lucky winners! Thank you to everyone who attended!

Cruise Nites
Riverside Ave, St. Charles, IL 60174
Cruise Nites has officially kicked off with a new schedule! Make sure to mark your calendar for one of the five remaining Cruise Nite Events held on the Fourth Tuesday of the month until September! Hosted by the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce and Fox River Tire & Auto!
Come Enjoy this Classic Car Show from 5-8pm with no entry fee!  Cars, Trucks, Motorcycles; All Makes and Models Welcome. There is Trivia, a 50/50 Raffle, Sponsors and Vendors providing Giveaways and other fun activities. So be sure to bring your kids and the whole family!
Featured Night Sponsors:
Detour Graphic Design and New Media,  NicKey Performance & Patriot Transportation
Thank You to our other Vendor Sponsors:
103.9 The Fox & Star 105.5, Button Man Printing, Canine Companions For Independence, Costco, Filling Station Pub & Grill,  Fox Valley Home Services, Ginger Root Hair Salon, Imperial Gutter Services, Kane County Chronicle Media, XSport Fitness

WBC Luncheon - Recycling & the Corporate Culture Shift
Clarke, 675 Sidwell Ct, St. Charles, IL 60174

From Mundane to Magical, Julie Reiter, VP Human Resources and Sustainable Development for Clarke, gave an illuminating presentation on how Clarke transformed their successful business with their goal to become an even more successful, flourishing business. Reiter's presentation touched on topics such as the more commonly known forms of recycling, to employee engagement, to zero waste, and on to global giveback. A brief tour of their facilities at 675 Sidwell Court in St. Charles followed the presentation.

City News


Business of the Month  
Carlson's Flooring

Carlson's business has been built on serving local home and business owners. Family owned and operated, we began in 1967 by inviting people into our home to make their selections of carpet, tile, and rugs. Today, our showroom is the family showpiece. However, the mindset of having guests in our home has never changed. Every client is our guest! We've been privileged to build our business based on our customers' referrals to family and friends. We take great pride in our expertise at every stage of every project. From in-store design consultations, to estimating, to customer service, to our expert installation services, you'll see how we are different than other flooring retailers. 
At Carlson's we believe there is no project too small! We offer the following to EVERY client:
  • Complimentary, creative design services!
  • Free estimates!
  • A beautiful showroom in which to browse the latest in flooring fashions!
  • A wide variety of products that can be tailored to meet your budget!
  • Experienced industry professionals!
As a family owned business, we seek to find the best quality for a great price. We believe that all flooring, whether carpet, tile, or an area rug, is an investment in your home. The flooring options we sell are ones you will enjoy for years to come. Our association with the International Design Guild gives our clients the national buying power, another resource for expertise, and assists us in bringing the latest in flooring trends to our local clientele. Our design consultants are ready to suggest a variety of product options that will compliment each homeowner's personal style and budget. Carlson's installers are true craftsmen and pride in their workmanship shows.
While we remain committed to provide exceptional products and pricing, ultimately our experience has been that the customers make the difference. Personal connection is the primary component of the Carlson's Flooring experience. For 50 years, we have served our customers as if they were family.

Carlson's Flooring
728 W State Street
Geneva, IL 60134
(630) 232-4964

City of St. Charles

Business of the Month  
Inland Bank

Inland Bank
1900 W. State Street
Geneva, IL 60134
(630) 845-0500
River Glen St. Charles
Amy Pedone
975 North 5th Ave.
St. Charles
(630) 443-8220
Global Brew Tap House
Geofrey Newton
2100 Prairie St.
St. Charles
High Reliability Group LLC
Robert Koonce
Saint Charles
(312) 859-9311
Pica & Associates
Michael Pica
4N701 School Rd, Suite A
St. Charles
(630) 549-6497
Holistic Divorce Resolution
Jennifer Mitchell
1650 E. Main Street
St. Charles
(708) 222-7335
Canine Companions For Independence
Marv Kombrink
322 West Burlington Dr
Maple Park
(630) 485-0222
Bridge Printing & Promotional Products, Inc.
Matthew Rizzo
616 N. North Court, Suite 220
(847) 776-0200
Portillo's St. Charles
Jason Benjamin
3895 E. Main St.
St. Charles
(630) 762-8484
Pub 47 St. Charles
Greg Zuleger
1890 W. Main St.
St. Charles
(630) 945-3066
Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant
Erin Kenny
3710 E. Main St
St. Charles
Fox Title Company
Kristen Zimmerman
1525 W. Main St.
St. Charles
(630) 584-9330
Patriot Transportation
Karol Sobolewski
450 Kehoe
Carol Stream
(630) 517-0692

AAA St. Charles
St. Charles
(630) 587-7700
Anytime Fitness
St. Charles
(630) 444-1880
Clint Hull
St. Charles
(630) 940-4343
Dock & Door National, LLC
St. Charles
(630) 549-5360
Dunham Woods Riding Club
(630) 584-0045
Euroquipe, LLC
St Charles
(630) 377-3774
Firestone Complete Auto Care (East)
St Charles
(630) 338-0889
FONA International, Inc.
(630) 578-8600
Forthright Financial Planning
St. Charles
(815) 895-8885
Fox Valley Christian Action
St Charles
(630) 584-2222
Francesca's by the River
St Charles
(630) 587-8221
Fred Astaire Dance Studios
St. Charles
(630) 945-3144
Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois
Sugar Grove
(844) 476-4463
Gordon Flesch Company, Inc.
(630) 262-8300
Hilton Garden Inn - STC
St Charles
(630) 584-0700
Impact! Communications, Inc.
St. Charles
(630) 377-8101
Kane County Fair Association
St Charles
(630) 584-6926
Life Storage
St. Charles
(630) 584-0580
Light Bulb Effects Coaching LLC
St. Charles
(630) 400-3685
Mary Kay Cosmetics - Eileen Fricke
(708) 269-8510
Mueller & Co., LLP
(847) 888-8600
Ronald A. Harczak/Securities America
St Charles
(630) 513-4600
St. Charles History Museum
St Charles
(630) 584-6967
State Street Jewelers
(630) 232-2085
STC Capital Bank
St Charles
(630) 377-1555
Suburban Tire Auto Care Centers
St Charles
(630) 584-1866
The Jank Guitar Store
St. Charles
(206) 779-2883
Tom Ritchie Construction, Inc.
St Charles
(630) 584-4400
Total Clarity Wealth Management, Inc.
St. Charles
(630) 762-9352
St Charles
(630) 443-8461
Vitek Design
St. Charles
(630) 372-7900
Wessels Sherman
St Charles
(630) 377-1554
West Suburban Bank
St Charles
(630) 652-2885
Wickman Properties
St Charles
(630) 377-1333
Windy City Limousine & Bus Worldwide
(866) 949-4639
*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.
Tuesday, May 2nd     
Random Acts Matter
Mount St. Mary Park
St. Charles, IL 60174
Thursday, May 4th    
Strikers Fox Valley Soccer Club
1000 Kirk Road
Geneva, IL 60134
Tuesday, May 9th
Fox Title Company
1525 W. Main St. 
St. Charles, IL 60174
Tuesday, May 11th
Orangetheory Fitness
124 Kirk Rd, Unit F2
St. Charles, IL 60174
Wednesday, May 17th
Pottawatomie Community Center
8 North Ave
St. Charles, IL 60174
Thursday, May 18th    
Project Mobility/Bike Rack
2930 Campton Hills Dr.
St. Charles, IL 60174
Friday, May 19th  
RiverView Mini-Golf
8 North Ave
St. Charles, IL 60174
Tuesday, May 23rd   
2nd and Walnut Ave's.
St. Charles, IL 60174
Wednesday, May 24th
Elgin Community College, Building E
1700 Spartan Drive
Elgin, IL 60123
Thursday, May 25th    
Chamber Boardroom
216 S Riverside Ave
St. Charles, IL 60174
Thursday, May 25th
The Finery & Blacksmith Bar
305 W. Main Street
St. Charles, IL 60174
Tuesday, May 25th
Pub 47
1890 W. Main St.
St. Charles, IL 60174
Monday, May 29th
Chamber Office Closed 
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 the Membership Committee and volunteers for participating in the first membership blitz of the year. Together they visited close to 100 chamber members in one day! 

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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.