1257 N. Green Street, McHenry, IL 60050 815-385-4300 mchenrychamber.com
We are excited to announce our McHenry Downtown Uncorked Wine Walk will take place on September 26! There are many ways for you and your business to participate.
  • Advertise in our wine walk guide (1/2 page color ad only $100!)
  • Add a wine-related promotional item to our swag bag handed out to all attendees (Please check with Molly before ordering - only 1 type of item allowed per bag.)
  • Become a food sponsor (Limited number available. There is no cost except for providing food for a wine stop location. You may hand out promotional materials at event.)
  • Buy a ticket! Tickets go on sale August 4 at 11am. The event sold out in 3 hours last year, so be sure to mark your calendar!
We have met with the city of McHenry to determine a safe and fun way to continue a portion of our Fiesta Days festivities. We are pleased to announce that we will have a modified version of our Arts and Crafts in the Park.

Instead of a parade this year, we will offer the option for businesses to have a booth at Miller Point in our event called "Fair on the Point". Similar to an expo, this will provide businesses the opportunity to demonstrate their products and services while also handing out goodies and promotional items.

We will space the booths to provide safe physical distancing and we will also provide preventative measures (such as hand sanitizing stations and goody bags for participants to limit contact).

If your business would like to participate in Fair on the Point, please fill out the online registration form or call the Chamber office at 815-385-4300. For sponsorship opportunities, see below.
Virtual Lunch and Learn: Emergency Preparedness presented by Christine Ditzler, Restoration 1
Christine will discuss ways to protect your home and your business in case of an emergency and the best ways to prevent them. 
  • Evacuation Plan
  • Proper fire extinguisher 
  • Proper storage of chemicals 
  • Inventories
  • What is your cleaning process during this time
  • Back up generators
  • Vendors list/ emergency list

Restoration 1 is providing lunch from Jimmy Johns (to be delivered to your home). Please register by July 21 so it can be ordered.
UPCOMING CHAMBER EVENTS
JULY 22
Emergency Preparedness presented by Christine Ditzler, Restoration 1
JULY 23
Pineapple X'Pressed Smoothies
1104 N. Green Street
McHenry, IL 60050
AUG 4
Express Employment Professionals
580 E Terra Cotta Ave
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
AUG 6
Cannibis in the Workplace presented by Rosecrance Health Network
SEPT 2
SEPT 12
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MEMBER NEWS
OrthoIllinois prepping to open McHenry clinic
What : Final construction finishes are underway on OrthoIllinois' new McHenry clinic! The clinic will open August 3rd and offer non-operative family sports medicine, Rheumatology, rehabilitation/physical therapy, and walk-in Injury Express care.
When: Opening August 3, 2020. Rheumatology by appointment (815-398-9491) and walk-in Injury Express M-F 8am-8pm, Saturday 10am-4pm.
Where: 4119 W. Shamrock Lane, Suite 103 - McHenry
For more information, contact: 815-398-9491
Northwest Herald's Best of the Fox Voting Through July 21st!
What : 2020 Northwest Herald Best of the Fox Readers' Choice Awards voting is going on now. Encourage your clients, customers, friends and family to vote for their favorite restaurants, stores and service providers in McHenry County.

Each person is allotted one vote per day for the duration of the contest. The winning businesses will be recognized in a special section published in the Northwest Herald in September. READ MORE
Fitness 120 Group Exercise Classes are back!
What : Join us at Fitness 120 for fun and motivating group exercise classes! Non-members welcome - first class free, $12 drop in rate, 10 classes for $100.
When: Weekly
Where: Fitness 120, 2192 Route 120, McHenry, IL 60051
For more information, please contact: Jenny DeRosa, 815-679-6520,  Fitness120McHenry@gmail.com
UNEMPLOYMENT FOR SELF EMPLOYED
What: I won't qualify, it's too hard to apply, I didn't know I could collect.....I have heard many reasons my self employed clients have not applied for unemployment. Don't count it out! I encouraged several of my clients whose business has suffered from COVID-19 apply and be approved for unemployment. One receiving $8,800, another $10,000, another $12,000 in backpay. The process was fairly easy for most.
 
First, you have to have income on Schedule C on your tax return. A loss will not qualify you. If you still have income from a W-2 job, you probably won't qualify either. Although I do not work for IL Dept of Employment Security, I am speaking from my experiences. 

START BY FILING FOR REGULAR UNEMPLOYMENT:
https://www2.illinois.gov/ides/pages/file-a-claim.aspx . Enter "self employed" in the Employer box.
 
You have to be denied regular unemployment first. At the end of this application it should show your estimated benefits of zero. You can then go straight to the PUA application (Pandemic Unemployment Assistance) and follow the instructions.
 
Get the help you deserve!

For more information, contact: Carla J. Merlak, Investment Advisor Representative, Merlak Tax Advisory Group, Inc.
(779)220-9608 LITH (630)532-5986 ELMHURST
MEMBER EVENTS
The DamYak Challenge!
What : Join us for a 4.8-mile kayak event on the Fox River hosted by MC5 of the McHenry Chamber of Commerce. The goal of this challenge is to provide a fun event that will raise awareness and funds for Kids In Need of McHenry County (KIN). Online registration is now open at  www.damyak.com !
When: The event is from 8am-10am - Saturday July 18th, 2020. Registration begins at 7am!
Where: Miller Point - Riverside Dr. McHenry, IL
Behind Windhill Pancake Parlor!!
For more information, contact: Register / Information -  www.damyak.com Questions?  info@damyak.com
Educational seminar: Protect your health and wealth
What: J oin us for this event packed with information focused on helping protect your health and wealth.
Donna Adams of Paradise Financial Partners will discuss strategies to help prevent you from running out of money in retirement and protect your asset. Rachel Northern of Northern Light Care will discuss ways to avoid disease and protect your health.
When: Monday July 27, 2020 from 5:30 PM to 7 PM
Where: Northern Light Care (2302 W Johnsburg Rd, Johnsburg, IL 60051)
For more information, please contact: Please register at www.paradisefinancial.biz
Financial Risk Management. Virtual seminars by Weyers McKeever Financial Partners
What: Are you comfortable with your current investment risk? Will you be able to sustain your lifestyle in retirement?
Presented by: Jay Weyers, CFP® and Scott McKeever
Please let us know if we will see you there!
When: FOUR TIME OPTIONS AVAILABLE
Tuesday, July 21st
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Wednesday, August 12th
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Where: Please let us know if we will see you there! RSVP to:
YOU MUST RSVP TO RECEIVE THE ZOOM LINK
For more information, please contact: Carrie Weyers 815-455-5292
Home of the Sparrow's Covid Relief Online Auction
What :While the world around us is on pause, homelessness does not stop. Neither does the work we do to provide families with shelter, affordable housing, case management, counseling and services when they need it most. Please help us keep our shelter open 365 days a year, and sustain our programs and services by bidding in our Covid Relief Online Auction!

To participate, create a FREE bidding account and start previewing some amazing auction items! With over 80 packages, there is something for everyone including trips to Disney, Vegas and Nashville, golf foursomes, date nights, relaxing spa packages, local getaways, brewery tours, dine arounds, wine tastings, family fun, girl’s night out, beautiful jewelry and more! Simply bid from your cell phone, iPad or computer! Thank you for your support! Together, we can continue to change the lives of homeless women and children in our community.

When: Auction opens Monday, July 13, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. and closes on Thursday, July 23, 2020 at 8:00 pm
Where: For the most up-to-date information and to create a FREE bidding account, please visit:  www.hosparrow.org/hope-online-auction-2020
For more information, contact: Jennifer Kolarczyk, Events & Volunteer Program Manager, (815)271-5444 x224 or JKolarczyk@hosparrow.org
Home of the Sparrow's Oktoberfest Golf Outing
What : Spend a beautiful day at the Bull Valley Golf Club on September 14th, 2020, and help Home of the Sparrow raise life-changing funds for homeless women and children in our community. Day includes a round of golf with cart, fun contests, boxed lunch, free beer and a fabulous online silent auction. Register today for our Oktoberfest Golf Outing! Golf Scramble with Tee Times from 9:00am-1:00pm.
When: Registration Deadline: September 7th, 2020
Golf Outing Date: September 14th, 2020, Golf Scramble with Tee Times from 9:00am-1:00pm
Where: Bull Valley Golf Club, 1311 Club Road, Woodstock, Illinois 60098. For the most up-to-date information and to create a FREE bidding account, please visit:  www.hosparrow.org/golf-outing-2020-covid-19
For more information, contact: Jennifer Kolarczyk, Events & Volunteer Program Manager, (815)271-5444 x224 or JKolarczyk@hosparrow.org
Pampering Yourself Inside And Out
What : Every woman wants to look and feel her best when conducting business. Join Eileen Fricke, Mary Kay Cosmetics, and Ellen Corey, Coaching By Corey, at their free workshop, “ Pampering Yourself Inside And Out”, to find out how. Eileen will give virtual makeovers and hot makeup tips while Ellen will share relaxation and wellness tips to enhance inner energy, productivity and a positive outlook on your day. Spaces are limited. RSVP to  ellen@coachingbycorey.com  to register and receive zoom invitation.
RSVP to Eileen Fricke,  pinkpowers@sbcglobal.net  by July 15 for virtual makeup kit.
When: Monday, July 27, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Where: Virtual meeting on Zoom
Register by sending an e-mail to:  ellen@coachingbycorey.com  to receive zoom invitation
For more information, contact: Ellen Corey, 224-633-3308,  ellen@coachingbycorey.com ,
Eileen Fricke,  pinkpowers@sbcglobal.net
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