September 2016


of the Month 

Board of Directors
Craig Larsen
Sharon Spero
Vice Chairman
Money Mailer of Fox Valley

Ryan Anderson
HighWire  Networks

Leah Hoppes
Vision Force Marketing

Wendy Taylor-Santucci
Sacha Urban
TriCity Family Services
Colleen Noe
Intergrative Family Healthcare

Jim Ringess
Shaw Media

Steve Martin
First State Bank

Bill Johnson
BMO Harris Bank

Rita Tungare


President & CEO
Special Events & Marketing
 Laura Macklin-Purdy
Business Development
Christopher Nelson
Administrative Assistant
Membership Representative
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A Word from the Board - Board Director - Jim Ringness
Jim Ringness
Board Director 
It is been an honor to serve on the Chamber Board of Directors these past three years. I am in the final year of my term. It has been a great experience working with my fellow board members and the awesome chamber staff. They all work very hard to make St. Charles a better place to run a business. I have been proud to continue the long tradition of my Shaw Media predecessors participating on the Chamber Board. I view our business partnership with the all the local chambers as an important part of our community involvement.
I continue my assignment as the board liaison for the legislative committee. The legislative committee works hard to identify and communicate legislative issues on the local, state & national level. The committee provides regular opportunities for chamber members to engage with our local politicians so that their voice can be heard. I would ask that if you are a Chamber member and find yourself interested in the legislative process please contact our chamber staff about joining the committee.
The best advice I can provide to you as a chamber member is to get involved with one of the many committees that represent all parts of our community. The chamber can only be as strong as its members and I am confident you will see many benefits by becoming involved.
Recently, I was pleased to help the chamber board develop a new vision statement. The vision is:
Building a vibrant and prosperous community through business leadership
I do hope that you will be inspired to become involved in some of the great opportunities the chamber provides to its membership. We can all make our community a better place.
Jim Ringness
Shaw Media
(630) 232-9222

Marquee Youth Stage
3800 East Main St., LL, Studio C112
St. Charles, IL 60174
The Chamber is pleased to welcome this wonderful organization to the Chamber and help them celebrate their 5 year anniversary! MyStage is a 501(c)3 children's theatre and performing arts organization dedicated to broadening the reach and impact of theatre so that students of all abilities and skills may benefit.

Evolve Chiropractic
451 Dunham Rd, Ste 700
St. Charles, IL 60174
Evolve Chiropractic can help you get your life back on track with their highly trained teams. With their state of the art equipment and advanced techniques, they can create a treatment plan that will fit your needs. Providing patients the best possible care and treatment available is what they strive to do. Chamber members welcomed Evolve Chiropractic to the Chamber at their Ribbon Cutting!

The Pride Beer & Wine Plus Spirits
1840 Bricher Rd
St. Charles, IL 61074
The PRIDE stores have long been in area communities providing excellent service, convenience and selection. PRIDE is taking it to a whole new level with a boutique store offering an expanded selection of signature brands of craft beer, wine and spirits. Their location on Bricher Road at Lincoln Highway in St. Charles, IL is a great addition to the area and convenient for a quick stop.

125 Smith Road
St. Charles, IL 61074
IHOP has completed  renovations to their location updating the restaurant with beautiful flooring and décor. We were thrilled to have a ribbon cutting to acknowledge their improvements and get to see them first hand! Since 1958, IHOP® has been the place where people connect over breakfast, enjoy study breaks, grab a bite before or after sporting events, and so much more. And no matter what menu items they order, there's one ingredient that's always constant - a smile.
Stop in and see them today... under new management.

Alexander's Cafe
1650 W. Main Street
St. Charles, IL 60174
A Ribbon Cutting was held to welcome Alexander's Café to St. Charles! Alexander's serves breakfast and lunch featuring home cooked meals made fresh on the premises by the chef.
Their family has been in the restaurant business for over 30 years; owning and operating the Village Squire and Rookies Pub in addition to the two Alexander's Cafe.


41st Annual Golf Outing
Royal Fox Country Club
4405 Royal & Ancient Drive, St. Charles, IL 60174
The 41st Annual Golf Outing at Royal Fox Country Club was a huge success this year; we had perfect weather for this event. The theme "The Olympics" couldn't have been timed better; the opening ceremony for the Olympics was the Friday before our event. We had fun with this theme with our games, decorations, program and medals given away to the golfers! Once out on the course, golfers had a wonderful day. Solutions Networking Corp. won the large 1st place traveling trophy. Everyone enjoyed learning the winners of the raffle, 50/50, and restaurant gift certificates. This event couldn't have been successful without our sponsors, committee members, volunteers, and golfers.  Thank you so much everyone.
Vision Force Marketing
Fox Valley Buick GMC
Fox Valley Buick GMC
Sterling Bank
Solutions Networking Corp.
St. Charles Bank & Trust
Excel Automotive Repair
Neighbors Magazine
Mueller & Co.
AAA St. Charles
Culver's of St. Charles
Chiro One Wellness Center
Advanced Disposal, Autumn Leaves of St. Charles, Corcoran Commercial Real Estate, Crum-Halsted Insurance & Risk Management, Fox River Tire & Auto, Gordon Flesch Company, Inc., Heartland Bank, Hotel Baker, Q Center, Shangri-La Spa & Sauna, Shaw Media, Signarama - Elgin, St. Charles Dental, Standard Wash, Strohschein Law Group, LLC, Tailor, Needle & Thread, Team Tom and Leslie Re/Max Excels, and Williams-Manny Insurance Group  
Abby's Breakfast & Lunch, Fox River Distillery, Tap House Grill, and The Finery & Blacksmith Bar
West Valley Graphics  
Thank you to our golf committee: 
 Kristine Kowalski - Committee Chairman, Rosemary Canfield - Solutions Networking Corp. , Josh Coenen - Shaw Media, Brian King - Swing By King Golf, and Janet Roman -  Inland Bank
Special recognition to: 
Costco; Laura Stoecker Photography, Ltd.; Royal Fox Country Club; Sign-A-Rama - Elgin; West Valley Graphics, and our members who graciously donated to us.

Dog Days of Summer Fundraiser for Anderson Animal Shelter
Riverside Ave, STC
Young Professionals Council (YPC) held "Dog Days of Summer Fundraiser" to benefit Anderson Animal Shelter during one of the Chamber's Cruise Nites Events. Anderson Animal Shelter had a "Wish List" of items that will help them and these animals in need.
DePaw University Canine Campus, sponsored this event and provided pet nail clippings to pets of anyone who donated wish list items. The YPC raised $100 in addition to all of the donated items Anderson Animal Shelter received. Thank you to everyone who contributed!
Thank you to our raffle donors: Autopractor, Colonial Café, DePaw University Canine Campus, Fred Astaire Dance Studio, Integrative Family Healthcare, OnPath Financial Kevin Brainerd, and School of Art.

Cruise Nites
Riverside Ave , STC
This summer Cruise Nites has been a huge success. With an average of 91 cars per night, we drew in spectators from many towns around.  For the first time, a food and beer tent was offered.  Attendees felt more relaxed as they could lounge in the patio of the old Chord on Blues building.  While relaxing, attendees heard live bands for the first time at our Cruise Nites.  Our live entertainment included:  Behind The Beats Productions, The MacCartyns and 97.1 The Drive. 
On August 16, one of our sponsors organized a group of Lamborghini's and Porsche's.  One vehicle was actually valued at one million dollars.  We had several people mention to us that they loved seeing these cars and it improved the quality of our event.
Featured Night Sponsors:
Costco, Detour Graphic Design and New Media, Inc., Excel Automotive Repair, St. Charles, IL, Imperial Gutter Services, McNally's Heating and Cooling, and NicKey Performance
Thank You to our other Vendor & Restaurant Sponsors:
Bath Fitter, Blue Goose Market, Button Man Shipping, Printing & Mailboxes, Chiro One Wellness Centers, Ginger Root Hair Salon, Olympia Chiropractic and Physical Therapy, PJN Financial Services, Inc., Matt Holm - State Farm Insurance Agency, The Finery & Blacksmith Bar, and Shaw Media

Marketing Bootcamp Luncheon
How to get Existing Clients to Grow your Business
City Municipal Building - Council Chambers
2 E. Main Street, St. Charles, IL 60174
Jeff Vekony from Focal Point Business Coaching gave a presentation on how to increase your revenue to grow your business. He addressed Pareto's Law and the "Way to Wealth" formula, as well as focusing on current customers and using referrals to lower customer acquisition costs to grow your business. Steve Robinson from Constant Contact helped to create an email marketing plan and what questions they need to answer to create an effective plan.
The Marketing Boot Camp series will continue in the Fall.  For more information, please call the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce at 630-584-8384.

After Hours Mixer
Sammy's Bikes
602 N 1st Street, St. Charles, IL 60174
Thank you to Sammy's Bikes in Downtown St. Charles for being a wonderful host of the Chamber's After Hours Mixer in August.  This was a cool place to have an After Hours with all the different kinds of bikes hanging around; it was a great networking environment. Did you know you can rent bikes from Sammy's for a minimal charge!?  Thank you to Sammy's for providing snacks and wine to everyone who attended! These FREE monthly mixers are a great way to meet new members, make connections and visit a Chamber Member's Business. Make sure to mark your calendar for our next Mixer in September during Chamber Week: Thursday, September 15th @ Autumn Leaves of St. Charles!
For more information, please call the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce at 630-584-8384.

WBC Penrose Tour & Networking
Penrose Brewing Company
509 Stevens Street, Geneva, IL 60134
The Women's Business Council changed things up for the August event. Instead of hosting an afternoon luncheon, they had an Afterhours event at Penrose Brewing Company. Those in attendance networked, toured the Penrose's facility, and had a complimentary Penrose beer of their choice. Jeans & A Cute Top Shop, Colonial Café, Autpractor, Inc. and Image Awards Engraving & Creative Keepsakes donated items to raffle. All raffle proceeds will be donated to the WBC's quarterly charity: St. Charles History Museum.

Legislative Mixer
McNally's Pub
109 W. Main Street, St. Charles, IL 60174
The Legislative Committee held an After Hours Mixer at McNally's Pub in downtown St. Charles. The event was sponsored by Railside Citrus Insurance Agency and Realtors Association of Fox Valley. The purpose of the event was to introduce the Legislative Committee and welcome the local Legislators for a night of introductions, mixing, and mingling. This year, we were thrilled to have: Senator Oberweis, Representative Andersson, Representative Fortner, States Attorney McMahon, Eddie Corrigan representative from U.S. Representative Peter Roskam's Office, Sarah Ryan representative from Illinois State's Treasurer, Mayor of St. Charles Ray Rogina, City of St. Charles Staff; Mark Koenen and Matt O'Rourke, and St. Charles City Council member Rita Payleitner. Thank you to everyone who attended!

City News

Business of the Month  
St. Charles Bank & Trust

411 W. Main St.
St. Charles, IL 60174
(630) 377-9500
Business of the Month 
Q Center
At Q Center every meeting is unique. Q Center had been helping make world-class companies create world-class meetings and events for 40 years. The secluded, distraction free campus is the perfect environment for training and development. The responsive, intuitive support staff knows what you need, even before you do. A single go-to contact will take care of all the details while you focus on the big picture.
The onsite, Q Creative Team is one aspect of Q Center that makes it so unique. Q Creative's event production services create meetings with impact. Attendees tend to get more out of a meeting or event if it is interesting and entertaining. Increase content retention by creating a meeting that captures attendees' interests from the start. Q Creative makes it possible for you to do more within your budget.
Q Creative's team is an excellent resource before any event. They offer consulting and creative services, including, theme development, scripting, presentation coaching and staging. The event production team helps transform any meeting with rich, powerful presentations by assisting with technology, media and print production.
Every event starts by setting the stage-include lighting, projection and audio support to provide a dramatic backdrop. Use a wireless interactive voting system and turn attendees into participants with real-time feedback that is instantly displayed on-screen. Make it an interactive event, or create fun, competitive games to engage your audience.
Q Center can also capture the entire event and make it available in digital format for later review. Combine recordings of your presenters with PowerPoint, video clips, and transcripts then transition it into an easy-to-distribute package.
Q Creative's event production services team has traveled the globe to provide corporate event production services in more than 20 countries. Let Q Center make your next meeting or event unique.

1405 N. 5th Avenue
St. Charles, IL 60174
(877) 774-8437 
Tighe, Kress & Orr, P.C.
Keith Orr
202 W. Main Street 1st Floor
St. Charles
(847) 695-2700
iMPACT Business Coaching, Inc.
William Germanetti
(847) 544-6878
Zing Card Payment Systems
Tony Sujack
St. Charles
(800) 249-1381
Mixology Salon Spa
Sue Henry
116 W. Main Street
St. Charles
Allstate Insurance, Evan Larson
Evan Larson
476 Briargate Dr
South Elgin
(847) 773-1201
Goostree Law Group
Tricia Goostree
555 S. Randall Rd, Suite 200
St. Charles
(630) 584-4800
Pride Beer & Wine Plus Spirits, The
Mike  McGlynn
1840 Bricher Rd
St. Charles
(630) 402-9026
St. Charles Community Kick-A-Thon
Pam Taylor
PO Box 3563
St. Charles
(630) 232-4058
Larry  Russell
2406 W Main Street
St. Charles
(630) 444-1425
Laurie Milbourn
Laurie Milbourn
St. Charles
(630) 935-9554
Alexanders Cafe
Nick Smith
1650 W. Main Street
St. Charles
(630) 549-0514
Urban Counter
Chris Peckat
1820 Bricher Rd
St. Charles
(630) 402-0470


Affordable Party Tent Rentals, Inc.
Campton Hills
(630) 587-2955
AFLAC - Rick Suchy Independent Associate
West Chicago
(630) 397-8473
AHC Advisors, Inc.
St. Charles
(630) 762-8185
Ark Technologies, Inc.
St Charles
(630) 377-8855
Bank of America Home Loans
St Charles
(630) 513-4800
Behind The Beats Productions
(815) 766-2445
Bridges Montessori Academy
St Charles
(630) 513-9742
Cedric Spring & Associates
St Charles
(630) 584-3630
Edward Jones - Taylor Garner, Financial Advisor
South Elgin
(847) 289-6186
Elgin Academy
(847) 695-0303
Farmers Insurance - Mark Hauser Agency
St Charles
(630) 587-8722
Fox River Tire & Auto
St Charles
(630) 584-0655
Fox Valley United Way
(630) 896-4636
Galena Garlic Company
(815) 777-9625
Garfield Farm Museum
(630) 584-8485
Geneva Eye Clinic, Ltd.
(630) 232-1282
Goddard School, The
St Charles
(630) 513-0100
Goodwill Retail Store and Donation Center
St. Charles
(630) 513-5681
Hampton Inn & Suites - STC
St. Charles
(630) 584-0222
Hazen Insurance Agency, Inc.
St Charles
(630) 485-5100

Kane County Cougars
(630) 232-8811
St Charles
(630) 803-6565
Literacy Volunteers Fox Valley
St Charles
(630) 584-4428
Office Depot
(630) 664-8369
Partners in Mortgage
St Charles
(630) 443-9131
Realtors Association of Fox Valley
(630) 232-2360
Robert L. Gorecki
St Charles
(630) 584-1520
Royal Real Estate
St. Charles
(630) 377-1114
Rule29 Creative, Inc.
(630) 262-1009
Senior Services Associates, Inc.
(847) 741-0404
Signarama - Elgin
(847) 468-8981
SmithAmundsen, LLC
St. Charles
(630) 587-7922
St. Charles Park District
St Charles
(630) 513-6200
St. Mark's Lutheran Church & Preschool
St Charles
(630) 584-8638
State Farm Insurance - Bill Nelson, Agent
St Charles
(630) 443-5100
Summers Real Estate, LLC
(630) 232-7555
Team Tom and Leslie Re/Max Excels
(630) 943-2212
Terrence G. Andrew
St. Charles
(630) 377-3344
TGM Insurance Agency, Inc.
St. Charles
(630) 315-5472
Todd S. Hewell, III, MD, FACS, Ltd.
St Charles
(630) 377-1133

Total Electric Controls & Maintenance
St. Charles
(630) 513-7141
Valley Ambulatory Surgery Center
St Charles
(630) 584-9800
Vanek, Larson & Kolb, LLC
St. Charles
(630) 513-9800
Vision Force Marketing
St. Charles
(888) 723-7194
WBK Engineering, LLC
St Charles
(630) 443-7755
Youth Robotics and STEM Education Foundation
St. Charles
(630) 587-0444
Yurs Funeral Homes
St Charles
(630) 584-0060


*Note:  As events can change or be rescheduled, always go to our Events Calendar  on our website for the most up-to-date listing of all Member and Chamber events.
Thursday, September 1st 
Forthright Financial Planning
200 W. Main Street, Suite 102
St. Charles, IL 60174
Thursday, September 8th   
Colonial Café
1625 E. Main Street
St. Charles, IL 60174
Monday, September 12th   
675 Sidwell Ct
St. Charles, IL 60174
Tuesday, September 13th   
Multiple Locations in Downtown St. Charles
Wednesday, September 14th       
11:30am- 1:30pm
Marketing Bootcamp Luncheon Take Your Facebook Activity to the Next Level
Chamber Boardroom
216 S Riverside Ave
St. Charles, IL 60174
Thursday, September 15th      
  4:30- 6pm
Autumn Leaves of St. Charles
10 N. Peck Rd.
St. Charles, IL 60175
Friday, September 16th   
  11:00am- 2pm
Chamber Office
216 S Riverside Ave
St. Charles, IL 60174
Monday, September 19th       
  11:30am- 1:30pm
Legislative LuncheonIllinois Unemployment Insurance Act Seminar
Chamber Boardroom
216 S Riverside Ave
St. Charles, IL 60174
Tuesday, September 20th   
The Painted Vine Cellar
1 W. Illinois St, Unit 110
St. Charles, IL 60174
Thursday, September 22nd       
Chamber Board Room
216 S. Riverside
St. Charles, IL 60174
Thursday, September 22nd       
11:30am- 1:30pm
WBC Business LuncheonHow to Create a Budget
Hickory Knolls
3795 Campton Hills Drive
St. Charles, IL 60174
Tuesday, September 27th   
Bare All Beauty Bar
501 Illinois Avenue
St. Charles, IL 60174
Wednesday, September 14th       
  11:30am- 1:30pm
Grand Victoria Casino
250 S. Grove Ave
Elgin, IL 60120
Thursday, September 1st 
Urban Counter
1820 Bricher Rd
St. Charles, IL 60174

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See What's Going On With Chamber Businesses

Check the Chamber Website Event Calendar for a complete listing of Chamber Member Events this month. 

Thank you to:
Hank Erwin, RE/MAX Excels  for referring Impact Business Coaching
Rowena Salas, Hotel Baker for referring Mixology Salon Spa
Ann Dvorak, Murray Commercial for referring St. Charles Community Kick-A-Thon
Thank you to all of the Volunteers from the Golf Outing for all of the help making the Golf Outing a huge success!!
Deb Gurley, Miscella Real Estate; Bill Germanetti, iMPACT Business Coaching; Zoe Ingersoll, Ingersoll & Associates;  Kristine Kowalski; Tracy Minnec, Light Bulb Effects Life Coaching; Darlene Riebe, Lazarus House; Sarah Lindgren, School of Art; Anita Malik, Neighbors Magazines; Michelle Phillips, Neurofibromatosis Midwest; Vicky Montgomery, Strohschein Law Group; Barbara Piesz, STC Capital Bank; Rose Canfield, Solutions Networking; Janet Roman, Inland Bank; and James Zukowski, LegalShield

Johanna Kistner, Craig Lee,   and Frank Perrelli, Ginger Root Hair Salon for helping with Cruise Nites!
Hot Deal
Receive 25% OFF one month of our Business to Residential 
Greeter Program
Contact the Chamber Office at 630-584-8384 for more information or how to sign up.
*Must mention this ad when applying, For New Members only.
St. Charles Chamber Gift Certificates 
Great Gift Idea for: 
- Coaches 
- Teacher 
- Birthdays
- Anniversaries
- New St. Charles Residents
- Customers
- Any Occasion 

Purchase multiple gift certificates in $5 denomination from $10 through $25.  To view where to purchase gift certificates and a list of participating merchants click link below 

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      Gift Certificate
Purchase at the St. Charles Chamber Office, Blue Goose Super Market, and City of St. Charles Municipal Bldg. 

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If you'd like to advertise in our next Newsletter, please contact the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce at
(630) 584-8384 or email  Business card ads, pdf picture ads and Word document ads are all welcome.  (There is a charge for Newsletter Ads.)
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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.