July 21,  2016
Business After Hours Spotlight...

Our Business After Hours is our signature networking annual event for business professionals in the quad counties. During the occasion, everyone had the opportunity to mix and mingle, discuss and share ideas while learning about other local businesses to build relationships and grow your business.

Thank you to our corporate member, Chicago Marriott Naperville for sponsoring the event & to all of those in attendance!

Why attend QCAA chamber events?
1. Meet potential new contacts and customers.
2. Strengthen ties with existing relationships and clients.
3. Learn about other businesses within the quad counties.

Come out and experience future chamber engagements held in a relaxed social setting that benefits you and your company through added contacts and resources. Let us know how we can further support our members and your business!

July Business Before Hours Highlights...

Thanks to everyone who came out & attended our July Business Before Hours networking event at Rasmussen College in Romeoville, IL.  Many great connections were made & resources were shared. We look forward to seeing you all at our next event taking place on August 16, 2016. The location is to be determined. Be sure to mark your calendars now!

To learn more information about sponsoring this monthly event, contact us at 630.859.9776.

Thank you to our July sponsor, 
Spectrum Paradigm Consulting & Services, Inc.

SPCS business consulting practice offers services to small business owners, entrepreneurs, and professional speakers. They help analyze your brand, identity needs and provide direction from the perspective of having a pure image that evokes a positive "trust-value" message. Your image should transform the core vision of your company into reality for loyal clients and customers.

Dupage UNITY In DIVERSITY Memorial!

A Saturday afternoon well spent honoring the Dallas Police Officers who lost their lives and DuPage County Law Enforcement. DuPage County law enforcement understands that we are much better working together than apart. Thank you to Regina Brent and Ron Allen of QCAACC  for your great work with this Diversity initiative! So grateful for you and your work in bringing the community together spreading love and serving one another the STEW!! The powerful and candid speakers left our hearts and minds filled with knowing that we all play a part in this great work of equality and justice for all. ONE NATION UNDER GOD!! Thank you Lisle Mayor Joe Broda for your leadership and for hosting this event at Benedictine University! 

Terrie Simmons
Chairwoman - QCAACC

From the desk of our Executive Director;
            Shauna L. Weatherspoon
Business Tips For The Week!
Want to make your business networking more effective?

Effective business networking is the linking together of individuals who, through trust and relationship building, become walking, talking advertisements for one another. Understand that your network is your NET-WORTH!

Here are 12 success tips to keep in mind...

1. Remember, people do business with those they know, like, respect and trust.

2. Give people the chance to get to know you  so they will want to do business with you.

3. Keep in mind that networking is about being genuine and authentic , building trust and relationships, and seeing how you can help others.

4. Ask yourself what your goals are in participating in networking meetings so that you will pick groups that will help you get what you are looking for. Some meetings are based more on learning, making contacts, and/or volunteering rather than on strictly making business connections.

5. Visit as many groups as possible that spark your interest. Notice the tone and attitude of the group. Do the people sound supportive of one another? Does the leadership appear competent?

6. Hold volunteer positions in organizations. This is a great way to stay visible and give back to groups that have helped you.

7. Ask open-ended questions in networking conversations. This means questions that ask who, what, where, when, and how as opposed to those that can be answered with a simple yes or no. This form of questioning opens up the discussion and shows listeners that you are interested in them.

8. Become known as a powerful resource for others. When you are known as a strong resource, people remember to turn to you for suggestions, ideas, names of other people, etc. This keeps you visible to them.

9. Have a clear understanding of what you do and why, for whom, and what makes you doing it special or different from others doing the same thing. In order to get referrals, you must first have a clear understanding of what you do that you can easily articulate to others.

10. Be able to articulate what you are looking for and how others may help you. Too often people in conversations ask, "How may I help you?" and no immediate answer comes to mind.

11. Follow through quickly and efficiently on referrals you are given. When people give you referrals, your actions are a reflection on them. Respect and honor that and your referrals will grow.

12. Call those you meet who may benefit from what you do and vice versa. Express that you enjoyed meeting them, and ask if you could get together and share ideas.
Quad County African American Chamber of Commerce

The Quad County African American Chamber of Commerce will provide leadership to enhance, promote, and empower positive business environments, and quality of businesses owned by African-Americans within the counties of Kane, Kendall, DuPage and Will.  The organization will provide business assistance in the development of solutions to local business problems presented by members.  Moreover, the organization will articulate positions, and, when appropriate, implement solutions to business/community problems.

Mission Statement:
The Quad County African American Chamber of Commerce provides leadership to enhance the business environment, and quality of life of businesses owned by African Americans.
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  Why We Support the American Cancer Society

Saving lives from breast cancer starts  one team, one walker, and one dollar at a time. We know that the American Cancer Society is the leader in the fight to end breast cancer. We know that supporting them will ensure that if you need someone to talk to anytime of the day or night, they'll be there. If your friend is losing her hair from chemo, your mother needs a ride to treatment, or a loved one needs a place to stay when treatment is far from home, they will be there to help.Join us and together we will walk for a world without breast cancer.If you are unable to join our team, your  donation will directly help the American Cancer Society create a world with less breast cancer and more birthdays.

QCAACC - Women of Influence's goal is to raise $1,000 for our team donation. We thank you in advance for your support!