September 13, 2021 Weekly Digest
Chairman's Circle Members
Happenings in and around the Chamber!
Welcome to Our New Member!

We are pleased to welcome D-Wing Construction to the Chairman's Circle. The founders of D-Wing Construction set out to create a professional remodeling company that would focus on customer satisfaction above all else. It must be working as this highly-rated contractor is celebrating 20 years of business in 2021! Dave Mirra and Brian Hunter are ready to help you with siding, roofing, windows, doors and more. D-Wing is committed to Batavia and the Fox Valley and we sincerely thank you for continuing to support the Chamber's mission and our community! Learn more about how D-Wing can help you with your next project here.
We are excited to celebrate Chamber of Commerce Week - a week that really celebrates each one of you, our members. If you haven't checked it out, we invite you to review our Purpose, Vision, and Mission. This is what we strive to do on a daily basis. You are our reason; one that we value greatly.

So...let's get this party started! Visit our Facebook page and look for our Chamber Week posts. You'll have the opportunity to interact with us and even win prizes! A huge thank you to all the Chamber members who graciously donated these gifts. Stop by the office to say hi, too; we always enjoy seeing you!
Happy Chamber Week!

There's a lot in this week's newsletter. Check out our new Chairman's Circle member, the August Ambassador of the Month and photos from our Ribbon Cutting at R & S Liquors and Wine. Of course, we have our upcoming events and a couple of photos from the Batavia Women in Business afterhours event at WindMill Grill & Pizzeria. Make sure you scroll down to see it all!

Mayor's Weekly Update + Batavia Dam/Depot Pond Updates

The Mayor's update from Friday, Sept. 10 can be viewed here. He reminded us about the upcoming community engagement open houses for the Batavia Dam/Depot plans.
  
Community Engagement Open House #1 
Virtual Meeting 
Wednesday, September 15 
7 - 9 p.m.
  
 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. 
   
Community Engagement Open House #2 
at the Peg Bond Center 
Saturday, September 25 
9 - 10:30 a.m.
  

We continually update our home page, bataviachamber.org when new resources and information comes out. Also, check our calendar for new events from us and the community. Make certain you check the calendars regularly!

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
Congratulations to Carie Holzl -
Our August 2021 Ambassador of the Month!
The Batavia Chamber of Commerce is thrilled to announce that the August Ambassador of the Month is Carie Holzl! Carie is in her second year as a valued Chamber Ambassador and represents us at ribbon cuttings, events and makes phone calls on our behalf to our members. She also steps in to volunteer at Chamber events when her busy schedule allows.

A Batavian, Carie manages Holzl Homes, Keller Williams Inspire, a group of dedicated realty professionals with the mission to ensure everyone who works with them to buy or sell real estate has a positive experience. She serves on the Bethany Lutheran Church council and is the liaison to Bethany’s marketing committee. Through Holzl Homes’ Give Back Initiative, Carie and her team give back to the community monthly.

Carie, as an Ambassador, your dedication and efforts are appreciated and highly valued by the Board of Directors, Chamber staff and membership. Thank you for everything you do to help the community and the Batavia Chamber of Commerce!
Upcoming Ribbon Cutting
Mark Your Calendars and Join Us!
Celebrate Chamber of Commerce Week with us!!
Join us on Wednesday at Crosstown Pub & Grill for our monthly Net-Working It! Our nonprofit spotlight is Batavia's Valley Sheltered Workshop. Come by to learn their mission and how your business can be involved.
No registration is necessary!
Save the Date!
Harvest Celebration takes place on Wednesday, October 6 outdoors at the Oscar Swan Country Inn. Sponsorships are available; contact patti@bataviachamber.org for more information or to reserve your sponsorship.
Congratulations to R & S Liquors and Wine!
The Batavia Chamber of Commerce celebrated the new ownership of Chamber member R & S Liquors and Wine with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The event took place on Wednesday, Sept. 9 at their location in Batavia, 415 E. Wilson Street.

Batavia Mayor Jeffery Schielke presided over the celebration, welcoming new owner Ritesh (Rick) Patel and his wife Meghna (Megan) to Batavia.

This long-time Batavia liquor store has received updates since Rick Patel took ownership last spring. Shoppers at R & S Liquors and Wine will still find their favorites but will also find a larger selection of top-shelf spirits and some new brands. The store itself has seen upgrades, including lighting, counters and point of sale software. 

The establishment is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday – Thursday, with hours on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Call R & S Liquors and Wine at (630) 879-8424 to learn more about their growing beer, wine and spirits selection and watch for a Facebook page to come soon.
We are again partnering with Town Square Publications to publish our Community Guide for 2022!

Batavia Chamber members get first choice for advertisement space. Check out the Media Guide here.
Deadline is October 1st!
The Application Portal for the Back 2 Business Grant Program is Open!

The Back 2 Business Grant Program remains open for applications. The application outline and more details can be found on the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity website: https://www2.illinois.gov/dceo/SmallBizAssistance/Pages/B2B.aspx.

A toolkit and Excel contact information search sheet for technical assistance can be found via this Google Drive link. The community navigator partners include Batavia MainStreet and Illinois Small Business Development Center at Waubonsee Community College, among others.
Are you running low on Chamber Bucks?
You can restock anytime!
They are perfect for friends, family, teachers, coaches, colleagues, employees...everyone!
We update our list of participating merchants as we receive new merchants. Do you want to add your business? Call (630) 879-7134.
Stop by the office to purchase your Chamber Bucks today!
News and Updates from Our Members
The Batavia Women in Business Council held a successful afterhours networking event on Thursday, September 9. Our generous hosts were WindMill Grill & Pizzeria, who provided delicious pizzas and other appetizers.

The philanthropic partner was the Batavia Apartments, managed by Mercy Housing. Attendees brought a wide array of cleaning, personal and paper products to stock the "store" shelves. Through donations, $117 was also donated to them.

Thank you to Veronica Horton, the resident coordinator, who told us about services provided for the residents and how our donations will be used. Make plans now to join the Batavia Women in Business at their October luncheon, which will be held on Tuesday, October 12 at Eagle Brook Country Club. Registration is open!

A free, 24-hour miniature gallery, the first of its kind in Batavia, was erected at Grace McWayne School on August 16, 2021. Grace McWayne School is located at 3501 Hapner Way, Batavia.

Located at the top of the hill next to the blue stair rail at the school, the Free Little Art Gallery in Batavia enables the public to view the artwork of community artists, take home art pieces that they like, and add artwork that they themselves create. Read the entire press release.
Landscape photo showing gallery location.
Detail photo of miniature gallery.
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