Week of March 23, 2020
Your Weekly E-Newsletter
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 creating 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!
Upcoming Chamber Events
March 26: Virtual Business After Hours on Zoom.us. 5 to 7 p.m. More info in box below.

April 16: Deadline to submit materials for 2nd Quarter Mailbag. More info in box below.

April 22: Board of Directors Meeting, 8 a.m.
COVID-19 Small Business Guidance and Loan Resources
COVID-19 Updates from the IRS
The tax filing due date is extended from April 15 to July 15. All taxpayers -- individuals, corporations, other non-corporate filers and those who pay self-employment tax -- can also defer income tax payments. More info here.

The IRS has announced plans to implement COVID-19 related paid leave for employees, along with tax credit for small and mid-size businesses. More info here.
COVID-19 information for small businesses from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
COVID-19 Updates from the Village of Mokena
All Village facilities remain open for business; however, a number of practical, common sense operational adjustments have been made in the interest of protecting the health, safety, and well-being of the public, as well as Village elected officials and staff.

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.
Heard the word "Zoom" lately?
Zoom, Zoom, Zoom....that word is everywhere! If you're working from home, Zoom.us has become a popular way to communicate with co-workers and clients because if its ease of use.

If you are attempting to quickly teach yourself how to use the software, last week Zoom created some helpful instructional videos that you can view here.

And if you'd like to test out your skills, or try out the software for the first time, join us on our first ever Virtual Business After Hours this Thursday, March 23 from 5 to 7 p.m. More info in box below.
Join us for our first ever Virtual Business After Hours!
Let's check in with each other and have a little fun. Through the magic of Zoom.us we can enjoy some networking time face to face, while safely separated by our device screens. Let's share how we are spending our time during quarantine, discuss if our business is open or closed, and collaborate on how we are all navigating these challenging times. So grab a snack and a drink and let's enjoy a chat!

Thursday, March 26, 2020 from 5 to 7 p.m.

You to NOT have to have a Zoom account to join us. Simpy click here on March 26 at 5 p.m. to join us!
Thank you for participating in our Virtual Dinner Party on Facebook last weekend!
Thank you to everyone who participated in our Virtual Dinner Party. Here is a link to the event if you would like to see what we all enjoyed!

Now more than ever, let's support our member restaurants by utilizing their delivery/carry-out services.

Watch for our FULL PAGE ad in the Mokena Messenger Newspaper this Thursday with a full list of every restaurants in Mokena and in the Chamber that is open for delivery and/or carry-out. Tear the ad out and hang it on your refrigerator for easy access!

You can view a complete list of restaurants in Mokena here.
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.
Thank you for taking the Shamrock Selfie Challenge to raise money for N.A.W.S. Humane Society!
We celebrated St. Patrick’s Day by giving every single one of our members a shamrock with their business name on it on our Front Street window! “Grow your pot of gold with the Mokena Chamber of Commerce.”

For every member that came down to the office and took a photo with their shamrock, Angle Drone Solutions donated $1 to N.A.W.S. Humane Society of Illinois.

Thanks to your participation, Ron Angle will be donating $27 to N.A.W.S.

View our Facebook page to see photos of the members that take the challenge! Click here.
Don't miss out on the 2nd Quarter Mailbag
Do you have something special you need to promote? Let us do the work for you!
 
Just bring 400 copies of your flyer* to the Chamber Office along with $125 (cash, check or credit card) and we will mail your flyer to our 400 chamber member businesses!
 
Feature your business specials, announcements, special events, etc.
 
The deadline to bring in your mailbag materials and payment to the chamber office is Thursday, April 16.
The mailbag will be sent out the week of April 20.
 
*One page only please. Double-sided is okay. Call the Chamber office at (708) 479-2468 or email  chamber@mokena.com  with questions.
July 4th Parade is only 4 months away!! Applications now available.

Theme: "The 20's Roar Again" Celebrating the great things that happened from 1920 to 2020!
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!

Take our Weekly Poll!
Final results in next week's E-Newsletter.
How many rolls of toilet paper do you currently have at home?
None- HELP!
1-5
6-12
13-24
Enough to last me until Christmas
Last week's results:
Are you going to the polls tomorrow to vote?
Yes - 41.2%
No - 17.6%
I took advantage of early voting - 41.2%
View our recent Ribbon Cuttings on Facebook Live!
March 11 at EggCetera Cafe, 10120 191st St., Mokena.

Feb. 22 at On The Spot Mobile Auto Detailing, 18813 S 82nd Ave. Unit 7, Mokena.
Ribbon Cutting Clip Art
Welcome to our new members that joined in the past 30 days!
19235 Wolf Rd. Ste. 140, Mokena
815-333-4032

Mary Maertin - Resident at Large

19404 S. LaGrange Rd. Mokena
815-553-2790

19008 Wolf Rd. Mokena
708-479-0414

708-479-4328
News from Lincoln-Way High School #210
These members renewed their chamber investment in the past 30 days!
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!

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
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