Week of May 11, 2020
Your Weekly E-Newsletter
TOMORROW - May General Membership Meeting
Tuesday, May 12
9-10:15 a.m. via Zoom - click here for link
Speaker: Gwendolyn J. Sterk
Topic: Evolutionary Changes of Small Business: Theory of Adaptation.
Everyone will have 30 seconds to introduce themselves and their business!
A message from the Mokena Chamber of Commerce regarding COVID-19

During this time, more than ever please do your best to patronize our chamber members. These businesses invest in our community by sponsoring events, donating product, time and services. A link to our membership directory can be found here.

We created a "COVID-19 Updates" page on our website at Mokena.com which we will continuously update. This is a resource for the community, and for you. Please send us any info you would like us to share on the page.

At this time all office phone calls are being forwarded to my cell phone so you are still able to contact the office. I realize now more than ever the chamber needs to be here to serve you. Email and social media is constantly being monitored. In my email signature below I have every possible way you can reach me. Also feel free to reach out on Facebook Messenger.

Lastly, if there is ANYTHING you need, this is what we are here for. Please reach out and tell us how we can help you. Stay healthy!
Joliet Junior College offering 10 FREE online courses
This special offer ends June 30, 2020.

Topics are:
  • Managing Customer Service
  • Fundamentals of Supervision and Management
  • Personal Finance
  • Twelve Steps to a Successful Job Search
  • Creating Web Pages
  • Creating WordPress Websites
  • Individual Excellence
  • Small Business Marketing on a Shoestring
  • Keys to Effective Communication
  • Marketing Your Business on the Internet

Constant Contact now offering ecomdash - A new way to list and sell your products online
Selling products and services online is more important than ever, especially in times like these. Introducing Ecomdash by Constant Contact, where you can sell products and services to over 250+ marketplaces—all from one place.
For chamber members, this service is now being offered at 50% off for the first four months . Just use the promo code CHAMBER50 at checkout.
Here are just a few ways Ecomdash by Constant Contact can help your business:

List and sell products on popular sites like Amazon, eBay, Etsy, and more.
Prevent backorders and overselling with 24/7 automated inventory syncing.
Save time and money by connecting with popular platforms like Stamps‍.‍com and QuickBooks.
Print, pack, and ship from one system—no more multiple logins.
Sync buyers' email addresses directly to a Constant Contact account to include them in marketing campaigns.

And don't forget, as a member of the Mokena Chamber of Commerce, you are always eligible for Constant Contact service.
So much important info from your fellow chamber members. Please read & support each other!!!
If you would like your information included below, submit as either a Word Document, PDF, or a website link by 3:30 p.m. on the Friday before the week you would like it included. Reply to this email or send to chamber@mokena.com
May 1 - 31
May 17


McAlister's Deli has been providing meals to the Silver Cross ER and ICU. Their individual boxed lunch is a safe and convenient option for healthcare workers as its contents are labeled, and includes a full meal of a sandwich, chips and cookie. If your business is interested in donating meals, please contact Denise Burks, Director of Catering and Marketing at 630-886-2249. Their full catering website can be found here.

Metra changing weekend service
Effective Saturday, May 9, most Metra lines operating weekend service except the Metra Electric will temporarily change to Sunday schedules for both Saturday and Sunday service.
Saturday service on Metra’s SouthWest Service Line will be suspended until further notice. The Metra Electric Line will continue to operate Saturday schedules on Saturdays and Sunday schedules on Sunday.
Changes are being made in response to extremely low ridership across the Metra system due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Governor Pritzker’s statewide stay-at-home order. Metra’s Sunday schedules typically provide train service every two hours. Sunday schedules are available for review on Metra’s website at  www.metrarail.com .
National Police Week May 10-16
In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls, as National Police Week. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.
National Police Week is a collaborative effort of many organizations dedicated to honoring America’s law enforcement community.
Residents can show their support of the Mokena Police Officers by displaying blue driveway lights or blue ribbons. Download a virtual ribbon here.
More information is available at www.nleomf.org
Bring on the Blue!
The  Mokena Chamber of Commerce  is partnering with the  Tinley Park Orland Park Area New Lenox Lockport Frankfort, and  Oak Forest-Crestwood Area Chamber s of Commerce  to show support for healthcare workers and first responders who work tirelessly to make sure our communities remain safe during the COVID-19 pandemic crisis.

Businesses and community residents are encouraged to display blue ribbons physically, virtually, or both. Tie blue ribbons or any blue fabric to the trees on your property. Please keep the ribbons to your property ONLY. Click here to download a virtual ribbon you can print.

“Use what you already have at home. Or draw blue ribbons on paper and put them up on your front door and windows and vehicles windows. Let this display be a sign of gratitude for the bravery of our healthcare professionals and first responders and a reminder that we are all in this together,” said Melissa Fedora, Mokena Chamber executive director.

Post your blue ribbons to social media and tag local health care facilities, first responders or your favorite healthcare hero.

Download a blue ribbon Facebook frame for your profile picture here.
Click photo to download a ribbon for your window.
Upcoming Complimentary Webcasts
Not Approved For A PPP Loan? What Now?
May 14 at 1 p.m.

Your company not approved for a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan but the bills are still due? There may still be some opportunities available under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to help keep your company on its feet.
Join labor and employment attorney Kelly Haab-Tallitsch and corporate and banking attorney Andrew Podgorny on Thursday, May 14 at 1 p.m. as they discuss:
  • Employee Retention Tax Credit
  • Payroll Tax Deferral
  • Economic Injury Disaster Loans
  • Tax Credits for Paid Sick Leave and Expanded FMLA

*Following the program, slides from the webcast will be sent to attendees. 
Join the conversation on social media by using the hashtags #EducationbySA and #SAppploanswebcast.
Provided in part through Illinois Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (IACCE).
New Ways to Work
May 14 at 4 p.m.

Whether you are an employer or an employee, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced a change in all of our professional lives. Many essential workers and businesses have had to rapidly shift their services or products to adapt. Many businesses, deemed non-essential by the state, have had the struggle of applying for SBA loans and trying to find the means to keep what they have worked so hard to build, from crumbling. If you are an employee, you may have experienced a layoff or furlough, or for those of you who are still working, you likely have found that your normal operation has made a drastic shift. Join us to have an open discussion about how the coronavirus has affected your business or profession. We hope to learn from each other and walk away with some insight on how to thrive and support each other now, and moving forward.

Hosted by Sterk Family Law Group . Co-hosted by your local chambers of commerce.
Food Service and Sanitation for the Future: What Restaurants Need to Know
May 19 at 9 a.m.

This is a multi-chamber Zoom meeting presented by A+ Food Training of Orland Park.

Topics to discuss
*New guidelines for sanitation for restaurants and their staff
*What will restaurants and service look like in the future?
*State/County/Municipal mandates for restaurants

A+ Food Training L.L.C. specializes in training food service workers. A Plus Food Training offers food safety training courses to employees of food and bar establishments as well as businesses that sell and serve food products such as grocery stores, hospitals, and schools.
Coming Together as a Community
May 21 at 4 p.m.

Not only have we all faced public health concerns, but the COVID-19 pandemic has also forced mass closures of schools and businesses and is straining resources as a whole. You, your family, friends, neighbors, and community have all been affected by this crisis in some form.
In times of crisis, especially, there is strength in numbers and no act of giving is ever too small.
•What are you doing personally or professionally to give back and help?
•Are you struggling to find a way to give back?
•This program will be an opportunity for us to find ways to collaborate together.
New ways to form a “community table” will be discussed.
Thursday, May 21 st 2020
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Hosted by Sterk Family Law Group . Co-hosted by your local chambers of commerce.
Please support our restaurants with a Take Out Blitz!
COVID-19 guidance for local business operations
As a business owner and/or manager, you may be wondering—in light of Governor Pritzker’s most recent executive order—how best to manage operations and protect the health of your customers and employees over the coming month.
The practice of social distancing in indoor public places is a centerpiece of the new executive order, which states that your employees must be supplied with appropriate face coverings and required to wear them where maintaining a six-foot social distance is not possible at all times. At the same time, your store or place of business is categorized as a public place, and as such, your customers are required to wear face coverings while inside it.
Should you encounter a situation with a customer where he or she is not practicing appropriate social distancing and/or not wearing a face covering, we encourage you to make every attempt to work with that customer to achieve an amicable resolution. Should you be unable to reach such a resolution, you may contact the Mokena Police Department at (708) 479-3911, and an officer will be dispatched to offer assistance.
As a reminder, best practices related to COVID-19 may be found on the following websites:
·        Centers for Disease Control
Should you have general questions regarding enforcement of the new executive order, contact Mokena Police Chief Steve Vaccaro at (708) 479-3912.
COVID-19 Text Message Updates program
A Consumer's Guide for those struggling to repay their debts during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Please click here to access this useful document.

To receive daily updates about COVID-19 from the Illinois Department of Public Health, all Illinoisans with a mobile phone can opt-in.
To opt-in:
  • Text the word COVID to 312-500-3836
  • You will receive a welcome message from IDPH and a second text letting you know you will receive updates about COVID-19 in Illinois
  • you will also receive a link to the IDPH Frequently Ask Questions page.
You will receive COVID-19 texting twice a day, once in the morning, and once in the evening. You can opt-out of receiving messages at any time by texting STOP to reply. 
Call 4 Calm Hotline
If you or a loved one are struggling with stress related to the COVID-19 pandemic and need emotional support, text TALK to 552020 for English or HABLAR for Spanish. This service is free and available 24/7.
People seeking assistance will remain anonymous and will provide only their first name and zip code, which enables the service to link you to a counselor in your area who is knowledgeable about available local resources.  #Call4Calm

More information here.
COVID-19 Small Business Guidance and Loan Resources
COVID-19 information for small businesses from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
Follow Silver Cross Hospital on YouTube
Chamber member  Silver Cross Hospital  is giving important COVID-19 updates every few days on their  YouTube  channel.

Your Response Matters - U.S. Census 2020
Health clinics. Fire departments. Schools. Even roads and highways. The census can shape many different aspects of your community. Census results affect our community every day.

According to the Illinois Department of Human Services website , on the state level , an accurate count of Illinois' population is essential to ensure that the State receives the funding it needs to properly care for its residents and provide critical services and programs. In 2015, Illinois received $19,738,866,367, or approximately $1,535 per capita, in federal assistance for sixteen programs. The failure to count every Illinois resident would have devastating effects on Illinois' ability to meet the needs of its residents. Even a one-percent undercount would result in the State losing $19,557,435 per year for a decade, resulting in a total loss of $195,574,350.

More information regarding the U.S. Census can be found here.
Illinois National Guard COVID-19 Testing Center in Markham
The site is located at:
Vehicle Emission Testing Station located 3824 W 159th Place, Markham, Illinois.  Click here for directions to location .

The criteria for the testing site is:
Test recipients must be symptomatic.  

Frequently asked questions as written by Sen. Michael Hasting's office:

1. This testing is free and does not require proof of insurance
2. This testing does not require a doctor's referral

3. Being symptomatic is a requirement. Although that can be subjective, please encourage those who wish to be tested to demonstrate common COVID-19 symptoms that may include a fever or a cough. Not all who have been infected demonstrate the same symptoms, so this factor operates on an honor system. Please do not go for testing unless you truly feel unwell and suspect COVID-19.

4. Testing is accomplished through swab tests that are then sent to the Illinois Department of Public Health testing labs. The IDPH will contact those who have been tested with results.
The COVID-19 Restrictions at Golf Courses
Beginning May 1, golf courses in Illinois may re-open for business as a recreational activity, but with operational restrictions in place as safety precautions.

Click here to view the restrictions as set by Governor Pritzker.
Take our Weekly Poll!
Final results in next week's E-Newsletter.
What sport have you most enjoyed watching during COVID-19?
Korean Baseball (KBO League)
NASCAR iRacing
Cornhole League
Last week's results:
Take a guess! How many email addresses do you think these Weekly E-Newsletters are sent to?
250-499 - 0%
500-749 - 54.5%
750-999 - 27.3%
1000-1250 - 18.2%
Welcome to our new members that joined in the past 30 days!
19135 S. Blackhawk Pkwy., Mokena

19162 88th Ave., Mokena

19235 Wolf Rd. Ste. 140, Mokena
These members renewed their chamber investment in the past 30 days!
News from Lincoln-Way High School #210
The Little Free Library on Front Street is stocked!
The Mokena Community Public Library District is CLOSED to the public. (Online services still remain). So if you're looking for a good book, we still have you covered!

The Little Free Library is fully stocked with books for all age groups! Take a book, or leave a book! We will make sure the library stays FULL!!!! All book covers have been wiped down with anti-bacterial wipes and a package of wipes is inside the box. Please help yourself to a wipe, but leave the package inside for the next person.

The Free Little Library is located in front of the Mokena Chamber office at 11104 Front Street.

Below is a message from the Mokena Library:
While the library will be closed to the public, we have many remote and digital services including eBooks, research databases, streaming music, online magazines, and more.

The library will be waiving all fines during the time we are closed. We will update the public of any further changes to services.
Our Annual July 4th Parade!! Applications available.
4th of July Logo
Our annual MAGNIFICENT 4th of July Parade is only about 4 months away. Held on July 4 at 10 a.m. on Wolf Road, this parade is FREE for Chamber members, Civic Groups, and area residents! Come one, come all!

Create lasting memories and promote your business, bring awareness to your group, or start a new tradition with your family!

New Resident 'Swag Bag' marketing opportunity for you.
As a member of the Mokena Chamber of Commerce you can be one of the first businesses to welcome new residents to Mokena!

When new residents set up their utilities account at Village Hall, they are given a card to bring to the Chamber Office to redeem for a Welcome Swag Bag of free gifts, including promotional items and coupons from Chamber member businesses, along with information about the community.

To participate in the Welcome to Mokena program, we just ask that you provide a promotional item for the Welcome Bag, and/or a coupon for your business.

To participate, we ask for a 12-month commitment in the program. In return, at the end of each quarter, you will receive the mailing addresses of the Welcome Swag Bag recipients who have opted to receive information from you.

The program fee is only $200 per year!

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Our 2020 Premier Sponsors
Berkot's Super Foods - 20005 Wolf Road, Mokena
Nothing Bundt Cakes - 11225 Lincoln Hwy. Mokena
Sterk Family Law Group - 11508 W. 183rd Place NW, Orland Park
Aesthetica Day Spa - 18700 S. Wolf Road, Suite 204, Mokena
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Melissa M. Fedora
Executive Director
Mokena Chamber of Commerce
11104 Front Street, Suite 1B
Mokena, IL 60448
Tel: 708-479-2468
Fax: 708-479-7144