July 13, 2020 Weekly Digest
Chairman's Circle Members
Happenings in and around the Chamber!
Happy Monday!

We hope that you are continuing to enjoy the expanded amenities our local restaurants and retail shops offer since we moved into Phase 4.

Our Ribbon Cuttings are gaining momentum as well as we have had a backlog waiting to hold a ribbon cutting to celebrate their business opening. Scroll down to access more information about the four ceremonies currently scheduled during July.

Mainstreet Lending Program is Open for Applications

Last Wednesday, the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston published a state-by-state listing of lenders participating in the Main Street Lending Program who are currently accepting applications from new business customers and also elect to be listed.

Interested borrowers can access the lender listing on the program website .

The listing will be updated regularly as additional lenders who are accepting applications from new business customers complete the registration process for the Main Street program. Borrowers are encouraged to inquire about Main Street loans with their existing financial institution as well as those on the list.

More Updates

Many of you have been viewing Mayor Schielke’s weekly videos. You can access the July 10 video by clicking this link . In this week's address, the Mayor talks about the wearing of masks. We are of the opinion that the Chamber must promote the wearing of masks to protect ourselves and others. Therefore, we will continue to ask that attendees at any of our in-person events wear masks. In this week’s video, you can get another Batavia history lesson, too!

Please scroll down for many new events and other content. If you have news to share, remember to send it to us! We continually update our home page, bataviachamber.org when new resources and information comes out. Also, check our calendar f or new events from us and the community.

We encourage you to reconnect with the Batavia businesses you know and love. This week, we started a "Did You Know" segment in the Weekly Digest to highlight some of the many ways we are helping. As always, we are now, and will be in the future, here for you.

Most sincerely,

Margaret, Patti and Shirley
Your Batavia Chamber of Commerce Staff
Your Chamber Works For You!
The pandemic has proven to be a challenge for all of us. However, it is a perfect time for the Batavia Chamber to show what a valuable resource we are to the community. During these anxious moments, the Chamber served both members and non-members to help businesses deal with the crises on hand and survive.

We also know that not everyone is aware of what all we have been doing. During the upcoming issues of the Weekly Digest, we will fill you in - a bullet point or two at a time!

Without further ado, did you know that:
  • We were - and continue to be - a conduit for information coming from the state level regarding restrictions and guidelines about the essential, non-essential, and sheltering in place directives

  • Upon notice of the Governor Pritzker’s shelter in place directive, in partnership with Batavia MainStreet, we created the Batavia Restaurants Deliver, Drive Thru and Curbside Pick Up Directory as well as a Batavia Retail Resource. We posted hours, online ordering, promotions, and delivery options, promoting our local businesses throughout the region via press releases, social media, our newsletter, and our website. Once we entered Phase 4 of Restore Illinois, we created an Outdoor Patio Dining Guide and publicized our restaurants' new outdoor dining areas to inform the community about these options, encouraging people to dine out and support our businesses. We provide accurate and unbiased information that promotes health safety and the local economy

This is the tip of the iceberg...watch for more ways we helped next week.
This week!
Virtual Human Resources:
Re-engagement of Your Workforce, What's Next?
Signup here .
All Are Welcome - Please Come!

We are excited to celebrate the opening of Batavia's newest shopping "district!" Come by to shop and help cut the ribbon, then cross Wilson Street to join us for our first in-person Net-Working It! since February. Per IDPH guidelines, face masks are required.

Join us on Wednesday for our first in-person networking event since March!
Please wear a mask.
Just added - an after-hours virtual marketing training.
Get comfy and join the event to get tips for reaching your target audience!
Register here to receive a Zoom call link.
Last week to register and get early birdie pricing!
Email patti@bataviachamber.org for more information.
Purchase Chamber Bucks now and support our local businesses!
Please contact us now to be added to the participating businesses spreadsheet.
Call 630-879-7134 or email margaret@bataviachamber.org to learn more and sign up!
News and Updates from Our Members
Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity is hosting a Fun Fair/Car Show on Saturday, July 25 from 9 am to 3 pm at our new Restore location, 2302 W Indian Trail and Orchard Rd in Aurora. We need volunteers from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm to help set up, tear down, run kids games, and volunteers to sell ice cream, game tickets, and raffle tickets during the day . Read the entire press release.
Win This Car!
Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity is also selling raffle tickets for a 1967 Chevy Camaro, see photo. Only 400 tickets will be made and sold at $100 apiece from the dates of July 25 through September 24. The car drawing will be on September 25 at 11 am. 
Have you completed your census yet?
Please do, it is important so that we receive funding for critical projects and more!
Visit the Batavia Public Library's website for more information.

This week is Census Surge Week.
Join complete count committees up and down the Fox River for a short program.
Wednesday, July 15, 1 p.m.
Fox Valley Ice Arena, Geneva
Upcoming Business & Community Events
Members, do you want to see your event listed here?
It's easy to add it to our Community Calendar!
Platinum Members
Batavia Chamber of Commerce | (630) 879-7134 | Shirley @BataviaChamber.org |www.BataviaChamber.org