Week of October 5, 2020
Your Weekly E-Newsletter
We're looking for 20 businesses to participate in our FIRST EVER Halloween Scavenger Hunt!
Get traffic through your door in the form of children and their parents during a fun day of ghosts and goblins on Saturday, October 31 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

We are accepting only 20 businesses to participate - first come first serve!

$25 investment to participate in this fun first-of-its-kind Mokena community Halloween event!

The Mokena Chamber will supply you with a small decorated pumpkin and a plastic bucket that you can hide next to each other somewhere in your business. The pumpkin is the item the children and families will be searching for! Once found, they can place their raffle ticket into the bucket. Raffle tickets will be supplied by the chamber when the families pick up their scavenger hunt map and candy bag at the chamber office at the start of the hunt. A chamber volunteer will collect the buckets between 2 and 3 p.m.

We encourage you to make this a fun and successful community event for your business! Here are some tips:

·   Hide the pumpkin either in the back of your location so participants have to walk through your store, or hide it in a section where you are trying to sell the most products. Not a retail store? No problem! You have a captive audience, so feel free to share information about your products and services while they search for the pumpkin!

·   Give out goodies! Each participant will be given a candy bag when they come to the chamber office for their scavenger hunt map! Help them fill it up with candy, treats, small toys/games, or promo items promoting your business! We have chamber members that make these items and can be found here!

Witch - $50
Have your business logo printed on every flyer, poster, and scavenger hunt map!

Social media exposure on chamber's Facebook page with nearly 3,000 followers.
Bat - $100
FREE registration to be one of 20 business on the hunt (if you choose to participate).

Have promotional materials of your choice included in the candy bag that each child will receive at the beginning of the hunt.

Have your business logo printed on every flyer, poster, and scavenger hunt map.

Social media exposure on chamber's Facebook page with nearly 3,000 followers.
Thank you to our Participants and Sponsors!
PARTICIPANTS:
An English Garden Flowers & Gifts
Aurelio’s Pizza of Mokena
Axion Dental
Berkot’s Super Foods
CrossFit Mokena
EggCetera Café
Ivy League Kids
jean lachat photography
Joel Roberts Hair Salon
Lashology Skin and Beauty Bar
Little Blossom Early Education
Mokena Pharmacy
Nothing Bundt Cakes - Mokena
The Great American Bagel
Three Wolves Fitness
Urban Air Adventure Park
Whitmore Ace Mokena
PRIZE SPONSOR:
Urban Air Adventure Park

BAT SPONSOR:
An English Garden Flowers & Gifts
jean lachat photography
The Great American Bagel Mokena
Three Wolves Fitness

WITCH SPONSOR: 
Joel Roberts Hair Salon

2020 Premier Sponsors:
Aesthetica Day Spa
Berkot's Super Foods
Nothing Bundt Cakes Mokena/Orland Park
Sterk Family Law Group
Would you like to participate in the hunt?
How to Play: Trick-or-Treat at our participating locations while looking for the secret decoration! Once you find it, you'll drop one of your raffle tickets into the bucket next to the decoration. The more places you visit and find the decoration, the more chances you have to win! 

What to Win: 1 child from each age group (2-4 yrs, 5-7 yrs, 8-10 yrs, and 11+) will win a $50 gift card to Urban Air-Mokena! Winners will be announced LIVE on our Facebook page Sunday, November 1. 

How to Register: Sign your child(ren) up below! On Halloween, visit the Chamber Office to pick up a candy bag, raffle tickets, and the scavenger hunt map. The chamber office will open at 10:45 am (11104 Front Street, Suite 1B across from the Metra lot). You must pre-register for your child to participate! There is a 250 child limit to participate and you will not be able to register in the office. Sorry, no refunds. 

Fee: $5 per child.
Introducing the 2021 Mokena Community Calendar
Here's your opportunity to be featured on our first ever Mokena Community Calendar.

This calendar will be expertly printed and designed by Shaw Media Group specifically for our town.

Each month will feature a beautiful glossy photo of Mokena, upcoming community events and historical dates printed on the calendar squares, and YOUR business advertisement if you choose to take advantage of this unique advertising opportunity!

Beginning in mid-November this calendar will be distributed free of charge to the community by the chamber and our chamber members! Makes a great giveaway to your customers and clients around the holidays.

There's only 13 months in this calendar, so SPACE IS LIMITED!!!

Let's start off the new year right with this fantastic printed piece featuring our community!


Do you have beautiful photos of the community you would like to submit for consideration to be included in the calendar? Email us at chamber@mokena.com. Sorry we cannot offer compensation, but we will include your name on the page for bragging rights!
LIMITED SPACE! FIRST COME FIRST SERVE.
Announcing our online "chamber swag store!"
Exciting news!!! Show your pride in your chamber and our business community with these various apparel items. Shirts, jackets, hoodies, and hats.

Check out our special line of "IN UNITY" apparel!

The store is open for ONE MONTH ONLY so don't miss out!

Thank you to chamber member Aaron Guisinger of Destination Athlete of Will County for hosting and designing our fabulous merchandise.


DEADLINE TO ORDER: OCT. 23
Multi-Chamber Restaurant Webinar - Wednesday October 7
Monthly General Membership Meeting
Tuesday, October 13 at 8:30 - 9:45 a.m. via Zoom.

Topic: Annual Mokena Village Update by Village Administrator John Tomasoski.

Everyone will have the opportunity to give a 30-second introduction on themselves and their business.

Call for 2021 Board of Directors
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Per the Mokena Chamber of Commerce Bylaws, the Nominating Committee is accepting applications for the 2021 Board of Directors. The term of office is for 1 year, with eligibility to serve an additional two years upon election of same. The Board of Directors consists of 10-14 members. The Board of Directors typically meets monthly, and all members of the Board of Directors are expected to attend other Chamber functions and volunteer their time and energy for various Chamber projects. Board members are expected to serve as positive leaders of the Chamber and to demonstrate their commitment to the Chamber by serving on at least one Chamber Committee.

The Board member must be a member in good standing in the Mokena Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, no more than one representative from any member organization may serve on the Board simultaneously.

We encourage our members to apply. Applicants are selected by a Nominating Committee based upon service in the Chamber as well as background and experience. This slate of Directors is presented for election to the General Membership at the November General Membership Meeting. Seating of the new board will take place at the December 2020 Board of Directors meeting. (This might possibly take place virtually).

Unfortunately, due to limits we may not be able to accept every applicant, but we encourage you to apply if you are interested. All applications should be submitted directly to the Mokena Chamber of Commerce Office, 11104 Front Street, Mokena, IL 60448, no later than October 12, 2020. The application can be submitted via email to chamber@mokena.com or faxed to the office at 708-479-7144.

*If you are a current Board Member you still need to fill out the application if you wish to be on the Board next year.

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
Have you updated your member profile lately?
Your profile is what everyone sees when they visit our online Business Directory on our website. View here.

When you joined the chamber you received a Welcome Letter (example) with a username and password and instructions on how to log in to your profile from our website homepage. From there you can add a business description, hours of operation, driving directors, photos, video, Job Openings, Hot Deals, Events, News Releases, etc.

If you do not remember your username and password, your username is your email address unless you changed it, and your password is usually 5 random numbers that were given to you in your Welcome Letter. You can reset your username and password if you do not have them.

Once logged in, here is a video of how to update your information.
Business Interruption Grants Program (BIG)

*NOTE: This information below was found on the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity website here.
  
The Business Interruption Grant (BIG) program is a $636 million program developed by Governor Pritzker and the Illinois General Assembly to provide economic relief for small businesses hit hardest by COVID-19.BIG leverages federal funding provided by the CARES Act to help offset COVID-19 related losses for Illinois small businesses. funding may be used to help businesses with working capital expenses, including payroll costs; rent; utilities; and other operational costs as defined in the eligible cost list found below.
 
Program Status:
 
Round 1: In August, an initial round of funding was directed to restaurants, personal care services, gyms and fitness clubs, and businesses located in DIAs. The first round of BIG provided a $49 million boost for businesses at every corner of Illinois – with grant funds deployed to roughly 2,800 businesses spanning 400 towns and cities, and in 78 counties all throughout the state. Grants averaged $17,000, and the majority of funds were deployed to businesses in economically distressed communities. As a result of the equity-centric approach to the program, more than half of the first-round grants went to minority-owned businesses.
 
See a full list of grant recipients here. Applicants that have received BIG grants in the first round have agreed to certain Certifications and Requirements, which will continue to be linked here for transparency.
 
Round 2:  A $220 million second round of BIG aims to provide relief for all types of small businesses, but with a particular focus on businesses downstate, in disproportionately impacted areas (DIAs), and for heavily impacted industry and regions – representing businesses that have been unable to reopen or operating at a severely diminished capacity since the spring. 
 
The second wave of funds includes the following provisions to ensure a wide distribution of funds geographically and across business type:
 
·   Heavily Impacted Industries - $60 million for heavily distressed industries, such as movie theatres, performing arts venues, concert venues, indoor recreation, amusement parks, and more.
·   Disproportionately Impacted Areas - $70 million set aside for DIAs, defined by zip codes identified by the General Assembly for communities that are most economically distressed and vulnerable to COVID-19. A map of DIAs is shown below.
·   Downstate Communities – DCEO has committed to ensuring that at least half of all remaining funds, totaling more than $100 million, are reserved for businesses in downstate and rural communities of Illinois.
·   Priority Businesses– Apart from the $60 million for heavily impacted industries, applications from the following types of businesses will be prioritized for review for remaining funds: businesses directly affected by regional mitigations implemented by the state or local governments, independently owned retail, tourism- and hospitality-related industries including accommodations, and more.
·   Agriculture - $5 million of the remainder of funds will be set aside for livestock production disruptions. Applications will be available in the coming weeks from the Illinois Department of Agriculture.
·   Grants and Loan Forgiveness for Illinois Small Business Emergency Loan recipients - As authorized by the General Assembly, DCEO will offer grants for businesses that have incurred eligible costs to offset loans received under the Illinois Small Business Emergency Loan program. This round of loan forgiveness and grants will go to businesses that have received loans or remain on the wait list and the program will sunset going forward as DCEO and its partners focus on making BIG awards.
 
Businesses outside the categories listed above are also eligible to apply and receive funding under the program but may be reviewed later than priority businesses. All businesses will receive a decision on their grant application within four to six weeks of application submission.
 
 
ROUND 2 APPLICATION DETAILS:
 
 
ASSISTANCE: For assistance with your application, please submit a question via the following question submission form in either English or Spanish.
 
During the second round, DCEO is partnering with community navigator organizations aimed at helping minority-owned businesses receive assistance necessary to apply and access available funding. Contact information and a schedule of upcoming webinars will be posted soon. Check back here for updates.
 
DISPROPORTIONATELY IMPACTED AREAS
Need to find out if your business is located in a DIA? The below map allows you to search by address, or by searching for your zip code in the list of 176 distinct DIAs here.
 
Emergency rules to implement the Business Interruption Grant program can be found here.
Mokena Chamber members featured on Chicagoland Chats
Every Thursday at noon Chicagoland Chats interviews a member of the Mokena Chamber of Commerce. View our past interviews below.
Magical Marketing
Businesses are needing to reach customers in new ways - find out how you can revamp your business's logo's, marketing, and social media with Robin Curtner at Magical Marketing.

Swift Outdoor Accessible Recreation (SOAR)
Learn more about how those with physical disabilities and can enjoy outdoor activities such as fishing and hiking with Brian Swift of Swift Outdoor Accessible Recreation (SOAR).

D-Bat Mokena
We all could use more physical activity in our lives - find out how you can safely train with Joe Matise of D-Bat Mokena.

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Free printable face mask posters for your business
As you likely saw on Friday, Governor Pritzker announced the issuance of emergency rules from the Illinois Department of Public Health (“IDPH”) to impose penalties on BUSINESSES that fail to enforce face coverings. The rules apply to businesses open to the public, schools, and child-care establishments. It notably does NOT apply to individuals.
For your convenience below are posters you can print and display in your businesses.
Welcome to our new members that joined in the past 30 days!
19820 Wolf Rd. Ste. B, Mokena
(708) 320-3770

10937 Front Street, Mokena
(708) 995-5795

708-535-3006

9960 W. 191st St. Suite L, Mokena
708-478-4161
These members renewed their chamber investment in the past 30 days!
As a chamber member you can receive discounted Constant Contact service!
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Questions? Call Constant Contact at: 855-797-4708.

If you are an existing Constant Contact customer, but would like to receive the Chamber Member benefits, please email billingadjustment@constantcontact.com

More information here! Plus enjoy a 60-day free trial if you're still thinking this offer is too good to be true!
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