McHenry Area Chamber

Weekly Newsletter

September 19, 2022

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Welcome to our newest members.
Check out resources from fellow members in our Chamber News and Knowledge.

Got a letter or notice from the IRS? Here are the next steps:

When the IRS needs to ask a question about a taxpayer's tax return, notify them about a change to their account, or request a payment, the agency often mails a letter or notice to the taxpayer. Getting mail from the IRS is not a cause for panic but, it should not be ignored either.

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Congratulations to all of the Chamber businesses who won Best of the Fox / One of the Best for 2022!

We are proud to announce that McHenry Fiesta Day took BEST OF THE FOX for festivals! Thank you all for voting for us!

You can CLICK HERE to view this year's article and see all of the chamber businesses who won. Best of the Fox is produced by Northwest Herald - Shaw Media.

From your favorite team,

-Molly, Jeannette, Robin, and Kelsey



Mixer: Taradash, Johnson, Janezic 

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM TUESDAY 9/20/2022

Come out for a great night to celebrate Taradash | Johnson | Janezic

There will be mini golf, bags as well as pizza and light snacks with beverages.

McHenry NEXT Last Luau of Summer

6:00PM - 8:00PM THURSDAY 9/22/2022

Join us this September as we hula the night away at Vickie’s Place. Bust out your grass skirts, Hawaiian shirts, coconut bras or all your favorite luau attire. 

Steph's Bookkeeping Multi-Chamber Mixer 

5:00PM - 7:00PM TUESDAY 9/27/2022

Join Steph's Bookkeeping Service, McHenry Chamber as well as Algonquin/Lake In The Hills and Cary Grove Chambers for this fun Multi-Chamber Mixer as we celebrate the new QuickBooks Learning Center.

Ribbon Cutting Fitagogy


FRIDAY 9/30/2022 

Join us for the ribbon cutting with new chamber member, Fitagogy! There will be Music, food and drinks and chances to win prizes.

Ribbon cutting at 11:15AM

Shout out to the following Chamber businesses who share a 1-2 year anniversary this month!

  • OMS Dental
  • Temperance Crystals
  • Glacier Realty, Inc.
  • RedLine Consulting
  • Helzberg Diamonds
  • Suzannes Mobile Picture Framing
  • Andy Ferrera - Ferrera Insurance Agency
  • Dan Hartwig REMAX Plaza
  • Plaspros
  • American Portfolio Mortgage Corporation

R.I.S.E Up Foundation

If you attended the event this weekend, we hope you had a great time and thank you for the support. Money from this event will go to improvements in our downtown area at Miller Point.

It was pretty cool to see the RISE Up Foundation music artists using and supporting local chamber businesses like Rocco Z Music, LLC, Fitness 120, Antioch Pizza Shop - McHenryK-Adams Foto and more!! Great job this weekend Wayne Jett and thank you to all of the individuals and businesses who helped make this event a success!  If one of the artists used your services or visited your establishment, send us a photo and we'll share it to social media!



McHenry Fitness Center Back to School Special by City of McHenry Parks & Recreation Department

What: Join the McHenry Fitness Center by September 30 and get the first FULL month FREE! No enrollment fee, first month prorated, childcare available. Membership includes access to all fitness center and 50+ group fitness classes each week.

When: SIGN UP McHenry Recreation Center by September 30, 2022.

Where: McHenry Recreation Center

3636 Municipal Drive

McHenry, IL 60050

For More Information: Cindy Witt | 815-363-2166 |

Real Life SUPERHeroes; the weekend is YOURS at Reeses Barkery! by Reeses Barkery and Pawtique

What: Show our Retail Rockstars proof you are one of our SUPERHeroes and SAVE 20% on your purchase. What is a SUPERHero? Nurse, Doctor, Fire Fighter, CNA, EMT, Police Officer, etc! This is your time! All Excludes all food items. Valid every weekend in September, 2022.

When: Every weekend in September

Where: Reeses Barkery & Pawtique, 1313 N Riverside Dr, McHenry, IL 60050

For More Information Contact: Diedra at 815-363-7297

Literacy Bins! by The McHenry Public Library

What: The McHenry Public Library District needs your help in finding more locations for our new Literacy Bins! Literacy Bins are a collection of board, picture, and early reader books that children can browse and read while visiting laundromats, waiting rooms, and more. Access to these materials will help children gain critical literacy skills and help prepare them for school. Be sure to leave the books in the bin as you end your visit to ensure other children have fun materials to read!

Where: Literacy Bins are currently located at: Maytag Laundry, Market Place Coin Wash, Millstream Coin Wash, and Whale’s Wash

For More Information: If you know of a location that would be interested in partnering with us or to learn more about the program, please contact Steffanie Baseley, Early Literacy Librarian, at or 815-385-0036 ext 343

Specialized Recruiting Group Welcomes Ruby Garcia by Alexandra DeGryse

What: Specialized Recruiting Group – An Express Employment Professionals Company, welcomes Ruby Garcia as Professional Recruiter – Industrial Leadership. In this position, Ruby Garcia will provide Supervisor, Management, and Leadership candidates to manufacturers in McHenry and Kane County. “Ruby has a vast knowledge of Industrial Leadership, with her experience in the staffing industry over the last several years. Ruby is a very dedicated individual.” said Franchise owner Terri Greeno. “We are excited to have her as part of the Specialized Recruiting Group.”

Call for Artists by Pioneer Center for Human Services

What: 4th Annual Empty Bowls Silent Art Auction benefiting McHenry County PADS Homeless Shelter. Through this event we hope to increase awareness of homelessness services in McHenry County, collaborate professionally with the fine arts community and continue the conversations post event through visual creations on the issue.

Pioneer is currently seeking 25-30 pieces of art (all media accepted: sculpture, mixed media, painting, photography, etc.). A piece can be done at the discretion of the artist and how they depict homelessness through themes such as of hope, resiliency, support, help and encouragement. We are asking you to participate in this year’s Empty Bowls Art Auction. Please consider donating your artwork to Pioneer Center, who will auction it off in an exclusive, one afternoon only gallery.

When: Sunday, October 16th, 2022 2:00PM - 4:00 P.M.

Where: Raue Center for the Arts 26 N. William Street Crystal Lake, IL

For More Information: Interested artists should connect with Sue George, Special Events & Volunteer Coordinator at: or 815.404.0559 - cell / 815.759.7130 - office.


What: Marine Corps Ball Corporate Sponsorship. Our 247th Anniversary of the U.S. Marine Corps Birthday Ball is being developed as annual community event.

Community Friendship and Patriotism through our Ceremony Tradition, Dinner, Guest Speaker followed by music and dancing. This event is open to the public to recognize the U.S. Marine Corps and All Veterans that surrounds Veterans Day.

Your Corporate Sponsorship will support Detachment Community Activities. We support local Parades, Funerals, Veteran Employment, homelessness, Scholarships, Toys for Tots Collection and other events.

When: November 5, 2022 6:00PM - Midnight

Where: Crystal Lake Holiday Inn 800 IL RT 31 Crystal Lake, IL 60014

For More Information: Mike Ruffner 847-370 4107 or 


Thinking Big with Bobbi B. - Our LAST EPISODE by Think Big Go Local, Inc.

What: I can't believe we're saying this, but this is going to be the LAST EPISODE of the Thinking Big with Bobbi B. show! After taking the summer off and strategizing with #TeamTBGL, we're changing things up and moving on to bigger and better things. In this last episode we're going to talk about what we're seeing in the social media landscape RIGHT NOW in 2022 and what you can expect in 2023. And of course, we'll let you know why we're ending the show and what is on our plates for the future! Join us!

When: Monday, September 19th 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Where: As always, we'll go LIVE on our Think Big Go Local Facebook page @thinkbiggolocal

If you can't join LIVE, catch the replay!

For More Information: Bobbi Baehne | 815-388-2053

Express Announcements by Express Employment Professionals

What: Brad Livingston is a survivor of two explosions that took place at work after he and his coworker skipped a couple of steps for a welding process. In this FREE live broadcast, he will tell his story which emphasizes why safety protocols exist, and why you should be enforcing them at your business.

When: Wednesday, September 21st at 10:30AM CST.

Where: When you register, you will be sent a link to watch from your computer. If you register, you have access to the recording for a month in the case you can't attend the live broadcast!

For More Information: Alexandra DeGryse 815-788-8556 *Email Preferred

Women's Business Meet-Up & Workshop by Robin Walker, Small Business Consultant

What: Local female business owners and leaders will be coming together to join up and support each other, while making big plans to keep our businesses going strong. Join us for a morning of networking with other female owners, and guided coaching on what to focus on first in order to meet your year end goals.

When: September 23, 2022 10:00AM to 12:00PM

Where: 7036 Grand Geneva Way, The Grand Geneva, Lake Geneva, WI 53147


Take advantage of our current MEMBER TO MEMBER DEALS

Check out the most recent Chamber DISCOUNTS AND COUPONS

MCHS is looking for interested business leaders who would like to work with students in our INCubatoredu Business course (similar to SharkTank).

We need adults to serve as coaches, mentors, or on our Board depending on their time commitments. For more information, contact Erin Harris at

Here is the link for the interest form.  

Here is the link for the short program introduction

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