September 2017


of the Month 

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

Ryan Anderson
HighWire  Networks


Dave Broz
Railside Citrus Insurance Agency

Tory Haines
Haines & Associates

Leah Hoppes
Vision Force Marketing

Bill Johnson
BMO Harris Bank

Steve Martin
First State Bank

Rob Mondi
Abby's Breakfast & Lunch

Wendy Taylor-Santucci

Rita Tungare


President & CEO

Business Development

Kristine Kowalski
Administrative Assistant
 Johanna Kistner 
Special Events & Marketing
Our Distingui shed Members


Valley Ambulatory Surgery Center
Vintage 53
West Valley Graphics & Print, Inc. 
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Building a vibrant and prosperous community through business leadership . 

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After Hours Mixer 
Cruise Nites 


B2B Expo    


WBC Luncheon     
Fall Business Co-Op Mixer  

Word from the Board
Sharen Spero 
All Things Chamber 

Earlier this year, The Member Value Committee  did an important survey to find out what the members value most about the Chamber.  The survey results found consistent themes of networking, brand exposure, new business opportunities and community involvement as the most important benefits of  chamber membership.    To celebrate All Things Chamber, the Membership Committee will host "Chamber Week" from September 11th - 15th with events geared towards engagement and participation.  Whether you are "B-B" or "B-C" there is an opportunity to find a relevant  event for your business.

Here's the weeks' line up: (see Chamber calendar for all of the details).

September 11th, Monday:  Cyber Monday!  Like us and share our Chamber Week post on Facebook to be entered into a drawing for $100 in Chamber Gift Certificates.
September 12th, Tuesday, : Discover Your Culinary Side .  This is an opportunity to visit 5 great downtown restaurants and sample food and spirits One Night, 3 hours, 5 restaurants. 
September 13th, Wednesday:  Coffee with the Mayor & Chamber President at 9am at Brunch Café.   Discuss Issues, Chare Ideas, Ask Questions, & Connect with the City & Chamber.
September 14th, Thursday:  Speed Networking at 8am at Mercedes-Benz of St. Charles :  Showcase your business as you network with 40 members.
September 15th:  Chamber Open House:  All are invited from 11am - 2pm at the Chamber for a free lunch provided by Member Restaurants.  This is an opportunity to meet old and new friends and sample wonderful food from our local restaurants.
I've been a Chamber member for almost 20 years.  As the owner of Money Mailer of Fox River Valley, I've found that participation and involvement have been key to becoming part of the community and the Chamber.  I look forward to meeting new people and old friends during Chamber Week and I hope to see you there!
Sharon Spero
Vice Chairman Chamber Board of Directors 

Ribbon Cutting
Main Street Pub 
204 W Main St, St Charles, IL 60174

St. Charles Chamber members and St. Charles Mayor Rogina gathered around Main Street Pub's cozy brick façade located in the heart of downtown St. Charles  to welcome Main Street Pub to the Chamber. Delicious burgers, craft beer and great service is what Main Street Pub is all about. An evolving menu is constantly introducing new specials and seasonal favorites. Main Street has honed their offerings with this, their thi rd location being in St. Charles .

Grand Opening
Aldi St. Charles 
 2670 W. Main Street, St Charles, IL 60174

St. Charles Chamber members and St. Charles Alderman Dan Stellato gathered to welcome Aldi  as a new member and celebrate their St. Charles location Grand Re-Opening. Aldi takes a simple approach to grocery shopping that translates into big savings for their customers. Specializing in healthy organic produce, fresh meat specials and popular Aldi brands. One of the fastest growing retailers in the US, Aldi operates more than 1,600. stores.

Legislative Luncheon- Federal Update
Eagle Brook Country Club 
2288 Fargo Blvd, Geneva, IL 60134

The St. Charles and Geneva Chambers of Commerce welcomed U.S. Reps Randy Hultgren and Peter Roskam to our annual Federal Update luncheon.  Chamber members listened to topics on: banking regulations; overhauling the tax code; tax cuts; renewable energy; and health care, etc. We thank BEI Properties as our event sponsor.

After Hours Mixer 
Vanishing Ink 
2020 Dean Street, Suite L2B, St Charles, IL 60174

Vanishing Ink Laser Aesthetics Center hosted the St. Charles Chamber After Hours Mixer on Thursday August 17th. 

A good turnout, great snacks, cupcakes and raffle prizes!

At Vanishing Ink Laser Aesthetics Center, they enjoy helping residents with their tattoo removal service. Find out more at 630-549-7440.

Cruise Nites 
Riverside Ave, St. Charles, IL 60174

The  St. Charles Chamber of Commerce and presenting sponsor  Fox River Tire & Auto hosted Cruise Nites on Tuesday, August 22nd  from 5-8pm on Riverside Avenue and Walnut Avenue.

Thank you to our other Featured Night Sponsors:
Patriot Transport and NicKey Performance
Thank You to our other Vendor Sponsors:
103.9 The Fox & Star 105.5, Button Man Printing, Canine Companions For Independence, Costco, Evolve Chiropractic, Filling Station Pub & Grill, Fox Valley Home Services, Ginger Root Hair Salon, Imperial Gutter Services, Kane County Chronicle Media, and XSport Fitness.

WBC Luncheon 
McNally's Pub 
109 W Main St, St Charles, IL 60174

The WBC held their August Luncheon at McNally's Pub on August 24th, and enjoyed an inspiring, informing and moving speech from Michelle Rathman on customer service. 

Michelle's extensive experience in customer service and the healthcare industry has allowed her to teach and lead other healthcare professionals to improve patient experience and satisfaction, quality and overall work space culture. 

Legislative Mixer 
The Office Dining & Spirits 
201 E. Main St. St. Charles, IL 60174

The St. Charles Chamber of Commerce hosted their Legislative After Hours Mixer August 29th at The Office Dinning & Spirits! This networking opportunity gave the opportunity to many Chamber members to mingle with other local business owners and other Legislators. 

Special Thank You to our sponsors, Railside Citrus Insurance Agency & Realtor Association of the Fox Valley!!

YPC Service Event 
Lazarus House
214 Walnut St, St Charles, IL 60174

The Youth Professional Council hosted their service event at the Lazarus House and participated in a deep cleaning of the house and the Community Resource Center!

Thank you so much for our many volunteers who came to the event! 

42nd Annual Golf Outing Event 


42nd Annual Golf Outing Event 
Royal Fox Country Club 
4405 Royal and Ancient Dr, St Charles, IL 60174

The St. Charles Board of Directors and Staff would like to recognize and thank Fox Valley Buick GMC as our Platinum Sponsor! 

This year the Chamber held their 42nd Annual Golf Outing Event at the Royal Fox Country Club on Monday, August 3rd. Many of the golfers enjoyed our Caddy Shack theme along with the great weather!
Another Thank You goes to all of our Sponsors and Volunteers!!

Bronze Sponsor 
Advanced Disposal 
Combined Insurance
ForeverLawn Chicago 

Photo Sponsor
Solutions Networking Corp.

Lunch Sponsor
Dock & Door National, LLC
St. Charles Bank & Trust 

Breakfast Sponsor 
St. Charles Public Library 

Relaxation Station
Chiro One Wellness Center 

Hole Sponsors 
Brunch Cafe
Confident Aire, Inc. 
Corcoran Commercial Real Estate
Crum-Halsted Insurance & Risk Management 
Golden Seal Services Experts
Gordon Flesch Company, Inc. 
Heartland Bank 
Hotel Baker
Mosquito Authority 
Mueller & CO., LLP
Shaw Media 
Signarama- Elgin
SmithAmundsen, LLC
St. Charles Public Library 
Standard Wash 
State Street Jewelers 
U.S. Bank

Cool Down Cart Sponsor 
Culver's of St. Charles 

Drink Hole Sponsor
Abby's Breakfast & Lunch 
Main Street Pub 
McNally's Pub 
Tap House Grill 

Cherie Breedlove - Schooley Mitchell
Rose Canfield - Solutions Networking Corp.
Mike Corbett- Edward Jones
Jeremy Gatan - AT&T
Zoe Ingersoll - Ingersoll & Associates
Diana McClow - Wilson Travel
Tracy Minnec- Light Bulb Effects Coaching 
Darlene Riebe - Lazarus House 
Janet Roman - Inland Bank 

Committee Members 
Rose Canfield - Solutions Networking Corp.
Josh Coenen - Shaw Media
Jessie Dore - Green Scene
Zoe Ingersoll- Ingersoll & Associates
Darlene Riebe - Lazarus House
Janet Roman - Inland Bank   

City News

Putting Solar Energy to the Test

Construction is underway on a new utility-scale solar pla nt demonstration/pilot project from the Illinois Municipal Electric Agency (IMEA). IMEA supplies wholesale power to the City of S t. Charles, and selected St. Charles as host site for the solar demonstration program over other competing municipalities.

The 500kWh solar plant is located on Equity Drive in the Legacy Business Center (adjacent to the East Side Sports Complex). It features a ground-mounted solar panel array covering approximately three acres. The solar plant is one element of the City's new electric substation designed to meet increasing electricity needs in the southeastern  quadrant of the City.

Businesses of the Month  
St. Charles Bank & Trust 

St. Charles Bank & Trust 
411 W Main St, 
St. Charles, IL 60174
(630) 377-9500
Brighton Gardens Assisted Living 

Brighton Gardens of St. Charles 
600 Dunham Rd, 
St. Charles, IL 60174

  Family Flooring America 

2015 Dean St # 5, 
St.Charles, IL 60174

Horizon Art Group
1141 E Main St., Suite 103
East Dundee
(630) 518-5320
Emergent Safety Supply
1055 Kingsland
(630) 406-9666
Farmers Insurance - Harry Stout Agency
427 S. 14th St.
St. Charles
(630) 673-5785
Balance Stress Management & Therapy
620 Wing St, Suite 3
(847) 450-0524
Kane County Democrats
473 Dunham Rd., Suite 102
St. Charles
(630) 513-1588
STC Pilates
40W160 Campton Crossings Dr.
St. Charles
(630) 513-5955
Century 21 Affiliated
310 S. First St.
St. Charles
(331) 276-2700
Cheer Alliance
731 N. 17th St., Unit 7
St. Charles
(630) 587-2075
Metro Self Storage
2623 Lincoln Hwy
St. Charles
(224) 228-8400


AFLAC - Rick Suchy Independent Associate
St. Charles
(630) 397-8473
AHC Advisors, Inc.
St. Charles
(630) 762-8185
American Health Resources, Inc.
St. Charles
(800) 570-3757
AMLI at St. Charles
(630) 587-5470
Apple Graphics, Inc.
(630) 389-2222
Bespoke Dental Co. of St. Charles
St. Charles
(630) 377-1200
Bridges Montessori Academy
St. Charles
(630) 513-9742
Brunch Cafe
St. Charles
(630) 940-2814
Charles Schwab & Co.
(630) 208-4935
Collins Group, Inc., The
St Charles
(630) 584-2500

D & K Painting, Inc.
St. Charles
(630) 742-9744
Dayspring Pediatric Dentistry
St. Charles
(630) 587-4444

DePaw University Canine Campus
(630) 232-8663
Edward Jones - Anthony Cascio-Mariana, Financial Advisor
St. Charles
(630) 587-1488
FCA of St. Charles
St Charles
(630) 762-9335
First State Bank
St Charles
(630) 584-7100
Fox Valley Buick GMC
St. Charles
(630) 584-6400
Garfield Farm Museum
(630) 584-8485
Geneva Eye Clinic, Ltd.
(630) 232-1282
Graham's Fine Chocolates & Ice Cream
(630) 232-6655
Hazen Insurance Agency, Inc.
St Charles
(630) 485-5100
Heinz Brothers Greenhouse Garden Center
St Charles
(630) 584-0473
Innomat Handling LLC
(630) 208-6900
Jones, Sager & Company, LLC
St Charles
(630) 377-2900
KDI Design, Inc.
(630) 208-8822
Lazarus House
St Charles
(630) 587-2144
(630) 803-6565
Literacy Volunteers Fox Valley
St Charles
(630) 584-4428
March of Dimes
(312) 765-9035
Mercedes-Benz of St. Charles
St Charles
(630) 485-2300
Mobile Systems LLC
St. Charles
(630) 587-4100
Moss-Norris Funeral Home
St Charles
(630) 584-2000
Partners in Mortgage
St Charles
(630) 443-9131
Rocket Fizz - St. Charles
St. Charles
(630) 797-5889
Rookies All-American Pub & Grill
St Charles
(630) 513-0681
Royal Fox Country Club
St Charles
(630) 584-4000
Second Street Dental
(630) 584-0026
St. Charles
(630) 444-1425
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
Tap House Grill
St Charles
(630) 443-1664
The Humke Group, Inc.
St. Charles
(630) 549-6262
Tighe, Kress & Orr, P.C.
St. Charles
(847) 695-2700
Todd S. Hewell, III, MD, FACS, Ltd.
St Charles
(630) 377-1133
Village Squire Restaurant, The
South Elgin
(847) 931-0400
WBK Engineering, LLC
St Charles
(630) 443-7755
Wine Sergi Insurance
(630) 513-6600
Wool and Company Fine Yarn
Saint Charles
(630) 444-0480
Youth Robotics and STEM Education Foundation
St. Charles
(630) 587-0444
Yurs Funeral Homes
St Charles
(630) 584-0060
Zing Card Payment Systems
St. Charles
(800) 249-1381
Laurie Milbourn

Wednesday September 6th
Small Business Academy
Creating Your Brand & Claiming Your Digital Footprint
Chamber Boardroom
216 S. Riverside Ave.
St. Charles, IL 60174
Monday, September 11th 
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Tuesday, September 12th 
Downtown St. Charles 
Progressive Dinner and drinks. 
Wednesday, September 13th 
Brunch Cafe 
172 S. 1st Street 
St. Charles, IL 60174
Thursday, September 14th 
Mercedes- Benz of St. Charles 
225 North Randall Rd.
St. Charles, IL 60174
Friday, September 15th 
Open House 
Chamber Office
216 S. Riverside Ave, STC

Tuesday, September 19th 
STC Pilates 
40W160 Campton Crossings Dr, 
St. Charles, IL 60175
Wednesday, September 20th 
Small Business Academy
Defining & Developing the Sales Process
Chamber Boardroom 
216 S. Riverside Ave
St. Charles, IL 60174
Thursday, September 21st 
The Davey Tree Expert Company
Wasco Nursery & Garden Center
41W781 IL Route 64
St. Charles, IL 60175
Tuesday, September 26th 
Riverside Ave
St. Charles, IL 6074
Wednesday, September 27th 
The Centre of Elgin
100 Symphony Way
Elgin, IL 60120

Thursday, September 28th
EL Puente
112 Main St,
St.Charles, IL 60174
Thursday, September 28th 
Fall Business Co-Op Mixer  
Abby's Breakfast & Lunch 
11 N 3rd St,
St. Charles, IL 60174

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 our committee members at the Golf Outing:
Rose Canfield- Solutions Networking Corp.
Josh Coenen- Shaw Media
Jessie Dore- Green Scene
Zoe Ingersoll- Ingersoll & Associates
Darlene Riebe- Lazarus House
Janet Roman- Inland Bank   

We Thank Linda Strohschein from Strohschein Law Group for giving a generous recommendation to Harry Stout from Farmers Insurance to join the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce.  

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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.