October 2018


of the Month 


Board of Directors
Sharon Spero
Money Mailer of Fox Valley 
Ryan Anderson 
Vice Chairman
HighWire Network 

Tory Haines
Haines & Associates 

Dave Broz
Railside Citrus Insurance Agency
Debbie Gurley
Miscella Real Estate 

Bill Johnson
BMO Harris Bank

Pete LaSalle
Creative Business Authority

Steve Martin
First State Bank

 Bill Papp 
P & F Business Advisors, Inc.

Renee Raymond
Wunderlich Securities, Inc.

Christopher Schejbal
AAA Schejbal Insurance Agency

Rita Tungare

 Jim Di Ciaula 
President & CEO

Business Development 

 Johanna Kistner 
Special Events & Marketing
Kirsten Marr 
Administrative Coordinator 
Our Distingui shed Members

Fox Valley Auto Group 
Inland Bank
Mosquito Joe Tri-Cities 

The Balmoral Restaurant
Baltria Coproration 
Club Pilates
Edward Jones
Green Scene
Knox Allstate Insurance Agency X
Reliant Electrical Inc. 
The Pride Stores of St. Charles
Valley Ambulatory Surgery Center
VoyagerNetz Delta LLC
West Valley Graphics & Print, Inc.
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St. Charles Chamber of Commerce Week 
Breakfast at the Baker
Hotel Baker 

The Chamber's first Chamber Week activity took place at Hotel Baker! Mayor Raymond Rogina and Chamber President & CEO Jim Di Ciaula attended and discussed current events & developments taking place in the community. 


St. Charles Chamber of Commerce Week 
Tranquility 18th Birthday Party 

Following Breakfast at the Baker, Tranquility Spa & Wellness Center Celebrated their 18th Birthday Party! There was tasty spa water, food and beverages and a few seminars on healthy skin practices and more! 
Congrats Bev to all your years in business! 


St. Charles Chamber of Commerce Week 
Culinary Night 

The day of the week that everyone is just waiting for! Culinary Night! This year we changed up the order of things and made the evening more simple. Started out at Francesca's by the River and enjoyed champagne with a 3 course elegant wine dinner. After we moved the party to the NEW Sterling Bank building right near the river! 

Thank you to all our sponsors! 
Culinary Night Sponsor
Sterling Bank 
Divertimento Sponsor 
State Street Jewelers 
Mercedes-Benz of St. Charles 
Di Giorno Sponsor 
Taft Built
Carlson's Flooring
Dolce Sponsor 
Ginger Root Hair Salon 
Balmoral Restaurant 


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WBC Luncheon- Wearable Art Presented by:Fine Line Creative Arts Center 

The St. Charles Chamber of Commerce Women's Business Council hosted their luncheon at the Q-center this month. This month Fine Line Creative Arts Center presented wearable art! Exciting and different right!? Check out some of the amazing hand crafted pieces that some of these talented & creative artists put together! 

Thank you to our lunch sponsors! 

IHT Wealth Management 
Mary Kay Cosmetics- Eileen Fricke
Illinois Velocity Restoration 



Ribbon Cutting 
Family Recovery Centers
2075 Foxfield Rd. 
Suite 103
St. Charles, Illinois 60174 

The St. Charles Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate Family Recovery Centers on their Ribbon Cutting Ceremony! The Chamber is so thrilled to have you apart of our Chamber Community and we wish you the best of luck in your business journey! 
City News

Colleen Lavery Appointed Assistant Director of Finance

Colleen Lavery has joined the City as Assistant Director of Finance. "We are excited to welcome Colleen," said Finance Director Chris Minick. "Her municipal experience and financial management background will be a definite asset to the City as we all work together to uphold the high standards of fiscal responsibility the City is known for."
Lavery comes to St. Charles from the City of Wheaton where she served as the Assistant Director of Finance. There, she managed accounting, customer service, and purchasing departments, oversaw the annual audit, and assisted in the preparation of the budget and five-year financial plan.
She also previously worked for the City of Elgin as the Finance Director/Assistant Finance Director. Her duties consisted of managing the treasury functions of the city, serving as treasurer of the police and fire pension funds, and analyzing, evaluating, and implementing capital and operational initiatives.
Lavery holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from Illinois State University and a master's degree in finance from Northern Illinois University. She is also a certified Fraud Examiner and a certified Public Accountant registered in the State of Illinois.

Featured Board Member of the Month 
Bill Johnson

Your Chamber Membership
A year ago I wrote about how chamber members effectively use their chamber membership based on my experience on chamber boards and a member of the St. Charles Chamber membership committee.
So how has it been going? Have you taken advantage of the opportunities to gain value from your membership? We hope so because the St. Charles Chamber is one of the strongest I have been involved with and we have a great new leader Jim DiCiaula!  
Below is a recap of my thoughts from a year ago and some upcoming chamber events you sure don't want to miss:
1)   Each business joins the chamber for different reasons.   A few reasons include: networking, marketing assistance, community involvement, branding for their business, development of their employees through various chamber educational programs, staying current on legislative issues or exposure for their business, product or service. Some upcoming events include the St. Charles Chamber Legislative City Update  So regularly log into the chamber's web site to see what's going on. We have more than 10 opportunities a month for you to connect with your chamber community.
2) Those that get involved in the chamber tend to gain most from their membership. Ways to get involved include, attending the various events each month, volunteering at least twice a year for a chamber event or participating on a standing chamber committee.
3) Members that stick with their membership look at it as a vital annual investment which enables their business to continue to grow. Not all good things happen quickly for businesses and a chamber membership tends to grow over time in terms of its importance for a business. Think of how many additional business owners and members of the business community you've met over the last year through chamber events.   This exposure is invaluable because you never know who may refer business to you based on a simple introduction you made at a chamber event. So keep at it and seek out chamber events that make sense for your business and consistently attend those events over the next year.

Bill Johnson
BMO Harris Bank-Main Street 
Marketing President 
1 E. Main Street 
St. Charles, IL 60174

Businesses of the Month  
Solutions Networking Corp.  

Solutions Networking Corp.
582 Territorial Drive, Units E-F
Bolingbrook, IL 60440
(630) 378- 2222

Fox Valley Buick GMC 

Fox Valley Buck GMC
1421 E Main St
St. Charles, IL 60174
(630) 584-6400 (work)
 Schramm Construction 

Schramm Construction 
3520 Swenson Road
St. Charles, IL 60174
(630) 584-1200
1110 Iron Horse Ct Elgin, IL 60124
(630) 660-5436

1400 W. Main  St. Charles, IL 60174
(331) 901-5142

Elgin, IL 60123
(847) 777-0275

3825 Stern Avenue St. Charles, Illinois 60174

216 Riverside St Charles, il 60174

1860 Dean Street · Unit A  St. Charles, IL 60174
(630) 414-6770

1655 Powis Rd.  West Chicago, IL 60185 
(630) 581-8650 · Fax: (773) 685-8811
Waste Recycling Street Sweeping Portable Restroom Provider 

2600 Oak Street · # 1331 St. Charles, IL 60174
630-783-1541 · Fax: (331) 318-8468

12 Stonewood Drive St. Charles, IL 60174

1450 W. Main St St. Charles, IL 60174
(630) 666-3427

Wednesday, October 3rd 
 Forms of Business Organizations 
St. Charles Public Library 
Carnegie Community Room

Thursday, October 4th 
Ribbon Cutting 
Edward Jones 
451 Dunham Rd
Suite 100
St Charles    

Tuesday, October 9th 
 Legislative City Update 
St. Charles Country Club 
1250 Country Club Road
St Charles, IL 60174-1378
Tuesday, October 9th 
Farmers Insurance- Harry Stout  
11 S. 2nd Ave
Suite #3
St Charles
Thursday, October 11th 
Multi-Chamber Progressive Luncheon
Villa Olivia  
1401 Lake Street
(Rt. 20 and Naperville Rd)
Thursday, October 11th 
4058 E Main Street. 
St. Charles, IL 60174
Friday, October 12th 
 Anniversary/Ribbon Cutting
Skyline Tree Services 
Potawattomie Park  Main Gazebo  

Tuesday, October 16th 
Educational Seminar 
Creating a World Class Team-Hiring, Developing and leading employees
St. Charles Chamber of Commerce 
216 Riverside Ave.
St. Charles, IL 60174
Tuesday, October 16th 
Ribbon Cutting 
3820 Ohio Avenue, Suite 9
St. Charles  
Wednesday, October 17th 
Ribbon Cutting 
Sterling Bank 
10 Illinois Street.
Thursday, October 18th 
Membership Success Seminar 
St. Charles Chamber of Commerce 
216 Riverside Ave.
St. Charles, IL 60174
Thursday, October 18th 
YPC Foxtoberfest
Global Brew Tap House 
2100 Prairie St.
St. Charles, IL 60174
Tuesday, October 23rd 
Talk it Up Tuesday 
St. Charles Chamber of Commerce 
216 Riverside Ave.
St. Charles, IL 60174
Wednesday, October 24th 
Communicating Leadership Success 
Elgin Community College 
1700 Spartan Drive
Elgin, IL 60123
Thursday, October 25th 
WBC Luncheon 
Baker Community Center 
101 S. 2nd St
St. Charles
Tuesday, October 30th 
Sales Process presented by the Educational Committee
St. Charles Chamber of Commerce 
216 Riverside Ave.
St. Charles, IL 60174
Tuesday, October 30th 
Ribbon Cutting 
Smart Source
3805 E. Main St., Suite E
St. Charles, IL 60174

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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.