McHenry Chamber Marketing Referral Groups

JANUARY 23 2023

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The Effect of Water Damage on Your Property's Value in 2023

When selling a home with water damage, the first thing new property owners consider are the effects of previous catastrophic events like floods and hurricanes and how the property will fare if disaster strikes in the near future.

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From your favorite team,

Molly, Jeannette, Robin, Kelsey & Amy

We had such positive feedback from our previous events that we decided to provide a virtual option in the Spring and then we will be back in person in November.

How does a Virtual Networking Scramble compare to an in-person Scramble?

It's the same great networking opportunity with the following benefits:

  • Shorter time commitment - Virtual Scrambles are only 2 hours long vs. in-person Scrambles that take most of the day
  • No commute time or cost - You can participate from the comfort of your home or office.
  • A calmer atmosphere - You don't have the added noise from other tables, so you can focus on the speaker.

This event will take place on February 24th 2023!

Market your business, services, and products at the area's favorite VIRTUAL networking Scramble.

  • There will be 3 different networking sessions during the Scramble.
  • Cost includes networking and a $15 gift card to the McHenry Area Chamber member restaurant of your choice.
  • Only 2 registrations per organization.
  • There is a limit of 5 registrations per industry (first come, first served).
  • Receive an emailed list of attendees to make it easy to follow up!

This is a virtual event. Register to receive a link.

$28 Chamber Member; $40 Non-Member; Special Price for Guests of Chamber Members-$28 each

Invite a business who is not currently a McHenry Area Chamber member and your guest will attend for $28.  


Ribbon Cutting - The Doggie Paddle

Thursday, January 26th (12:00 PM)

Multi-Chamber Mixer - Alexander Leigh Center For Autism

Tuesday, January 31st (5:00 PM – 7:00 PM)

Events For February...

Please click the event names below to see more about each event as well as to register to attend!

Virtual Lunch & Learn - How to Create an entire Quarter of Social Media Content in under an Hour

Wednesday, February 1st (11:45 AM – 1:00 PM)

Never Eat Alone - Jexals McHenry

Friday, February 3rd (11:45 AM - 1:00 PM)

Coldwell Banker Mixer

Tuesday, February 7th (5:00 PM - 7:00 PM)

Ribbon Cutting - Just 4 You Treats

Thursday, February 9th (1:00 PM)

Chamber Playbook New Member Workshop

Friday, February 10th (9:00 AM – 10:30 AM)

Meeting of the MINDS

Friday, February 10th (11:30 AM – 1:00 PM)

Maximizing Your Membership (Current Members)

Monday, February 13th (12:00 PM - 1:00 PM)

WINGS Luncheon - Turn Your 2023 Vision Into Reality

Wednesday, February 15th (11:45AM -1:00 PM)

Ribbon Cutting - Gigi's Playhouse McHenry

Thursday, February 16th (11:00 AM)

Virtual Lunch & Learn - How Secure is My Password?

Wednesday, February 22nd (11:45 AM – 1:00 PM)

McHenry's NEXT - Axe Throwing McHenry

Thrusday, February 23rd (6:00 PM - 8:00 PM)


New members keep rolling in for the month of January! Let's show some love for the following NEW members:


The McHenry Area Chamber’s leads referral groups, also known as Marketing Connection groups (MCs), are available to members who are looking to increase their network and mutually provide and receive referrals and prospects to build their business.

Groups meet bi-monthly to exchange ideas, network and share new business leads. Each group is comprised of non-competing business categories (i.e. only one accounting firm per group).


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You are Invited! Your 2023 Goal Workshop: Hosted by MC III

Join Business Connection Group MC3 for an in-person workshop at Buddyz in McHenry.

There will be time for networking and a continental breakfast. Robin Walker, small business consultant, will be sharing about the best way to set goals in 2023. Leave with action steps to take toward your goal.

Registration is free (but required) for members and non-members of the McHenry Chamber of Commerce. All are welcome!

Wednesday, January 25, 2023 | 7:30 am - 8:30 am

Buddyz Pizzeria 1138 N Green St McHenry, IL 60050

For More Information Contact: Geri Condon [email protected]



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Jaki with Naturally McHenry County

We are excited to host Jaki Berggren, President & CEO of Naturally McHenry County for our January MC5 Meet Up! Join our group meeting and learn all about Naturally McHenry County and what Jaki and Kristine do for them.

Tuesday, January 24, 2023 | 8:00 AM-9:00AM

Meat & Potatos 400 State Rte 31, McHenry, IL 60050

Please arrive a few minutes early so we can start right away. Food and drinks to be purchased by the individual. Open to the public or anyone interested in joining MC5.

For More Information Contact: Dawn Bremer [email protected]



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Most referral / peer professional groups are constantly looking for new, dedicated members. We encourage you to check out as many as you would like to ensure a good fit. If you would like to be a guest at an upcoming meeting, contact Kelsey at the Chamber office at 815.385.4307 or the POC for each group.


Grand Opening!

What: Grand Opening for Unique Smiles Dentistry, McHenry, IL

When: January 28th, 2023 from 10-3 PM

Where: 4302 W Crystal Lake Rd, Suite J, McHenry, IL

For More Information: Dr. Deepa Williams | 815-385-0777 | [email protected]

McHenry County Marines Needy Veterans Drive

What: The McHenry County Marine Corps League veteran detachment is seeking the community's support in obtaining donated working kitchen supplies that will be used to provide recently established homeless veterans with needed materials to them started in their new homes. Your assistance will help in improving the lives of our needy veterans in starting a new life in a residence while rescuing them from living on the streets.

When: Contact us and we will bring a box to your business location to be picked up later, once you have it filled.

Where: If your business would like to become involved, please let us know. We will bring a box to your location and pick up the filled box, just as we do the Toys for Tots campaign.

For More Information: (847) 906-DDOG. Leave a message for Rick Prescott of the Marine Corps League.

Merlak Tax Advisory Group, Inc. Opens Jan. 23 for Individual Income Tax Filing Appointments

What: It’s that time of year! Merlak Tax Advisory Group is here to prepare and file your federal and state income returns, with appointments starting January 23, 2023. Merlak Tax Advisory Group has two locations, in Lake in the Hills (by the airport) and Elmhurst. During your appointment, Carla can review and discuss your year-end tax documents, complete your federal and state returns, and submit them for filing. Carla charges a flat fee of $89 for preparing and filing individual federal and Illinois state tax returns (additional charges apply for filing state returns in other states), and Chamber Members receive a $10 discount.

When: Schedule your appointment online now using the online scheduler at!

Where: Merlak Tax Advisory Group, Inc., 8411 Pyott Road #107, Lake in the Hills, IL (Elmhurst, IL office location also available certain weekdays)

For More Information: Visit, call (779) 220-9608, or email [email protected]

Let’s give a huge shout out to our amazing gala committee who has worked very hard over the last year to provide an amazing event this weekend! We will see you all there.

2022 Tax Season Begins January 23, 2023 at Olesuk Tax Services

What: Hello, time to, again, prepare for Tax Season, everyone’s favorite time of year. I was grateful to have a break with brief visits to the states of WI, MI, MO, ID, MT, WA and IA. As Covid-19 and other issues wind down that were interfering in every-day life and the overall economy, (and were reflected in our tax laws with two major acts passed by Congress in 2020 and 2021) some of the pandemic relief programs are expiring. Some of these issues acronyms were: CAA (Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, ARPA (American Rescue Plan Act), CARES (The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act), FCAA (Further Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2020), FFCRA (Families First Corona Virus Response Act), TCJA (Tax Cuts & Jobs Act). Making Estimated Payments either quarterly or with your Extension is suggested because the impact of these acts on existing and new laws that were either a challenge or an opportunity for tax professionals and their clients, are reverting back to the way the laws were in prior years resulting in fewer tax credits and a smaller tax refund this year. ... READ MORE

When: The “official” start of the 2022 Tax Season will be January 23, 2023, unless delayed by IRS. The Path Act, still requires employers to file W-2s and for 1099-NECs for nonemployees with the federal government by Feb. 1, 2023. Financial institutions must mail out brokerage tax statements like 1099-B, 1099-S and 1099-MISC forms by this date. The IRS is encouraging tax payers to create an IRS Online Account at to access tax records, payments, balances, notices, and more.

For More Information: Karlene M. Olesuk, Owner/Tax Preparer

(815) 363-0808 Business phone (landline)

[email protected]

Spark Your Mind Body Spirit Connection: Finding "Me Time" and Setting Boundaries 2 Part Workshop

What: Ever find yourself saying yes to something when you really want to say no? Learn the fine art of creating "Me Time" to renew your energy and life balance. This 2 hour workshop addresses the mind, body, and spirit, while exploring the fine art of saying no to others while saying yes to ourselves. [ Participants will engage in the following activities: breath work, movement, discussion, and journaling. Please wear comfortable clothes.] This is part of a 2 part series. The second part will be on 2/17 2023 the topic of which is, "Winning Over Procrastination & Perfectionism." - Total 2 Part Package: $157

When: Part 1 of the 2 part series is on Friday, January 27, 2023 - "Finding 'Me Time' & Setting Boundaries" -- Part 2 is on February 17, 2023 - "Winning Over Procrastination & Perfectionism"

Time: 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Where: 111 S. Rand Rd. Lake Zurich, IL

For More Information: Ellen Corey 224-633-3308 [email protected]

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