Week of January 11, 2021
Your Weekly E-Newsletter
TOMORROW! January General Membership Meeting
Join us Tuesday, January 12 from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. for our monthly General Membership Meeting live on Zoom.

Topic: Board of Directors Inauguration and 2020 Year in Review.

Everyone in attendance will have the opportunity to introduce themselves and their business. There is no fee to attend.

Respond to this email and the Zoom link will be emailed to you.
Get your 2021 Mokena Community Calendar!
Purchase your 2021 Mokena Community Calendar for $1 at the Berkot's Service Counter, 20005 S. Wolf Road for only $1. Or, round up your change at Whitmore Ace Hardware, 11600 Francis Road and receive one for free!

This glossy calendar features 13 beautiful photos of our town captured by residents and/or chamber members. IT also includes upcoming community events, Mokena historical events, a guide to parks in Mokena, and coupons for local stores.
Parade of Trees on Front Street
Thank you to all of the businesses that participated in our first ever Parade of Trees! The trees looked beautiful the entire month of December displayed on Front Street and Wolf Road at the entrance of downtown Mokena and they certainly looked festive next to the Front Street Frosty!

Also, a huge thank you to everyone that came out and showed your support to the Mokena Chamber, Downtown Mokena, to the Frankfort Township Food Pantry, Tow Trucks For Tots, and NAWS Humane Society of Illinois with your donations made under your favorite business tree at our Parade of Trees event during Holiday Hoopla Palooza on Dec. 12. You all donated 437 items total that went to worthy causes in our community.

The big winner of the tree decorating contest was Elite Ambulance. They had 92 donations under their tree at our Holiday Hoopla Palooza, plus 46 Facebook likes which made them the grand prize winner with a total score of 138 points! They will receive a FREE tree in 2021.

We SOLD OUT of trees in 2020, so if you would like to reserve your tree for 2021 please contact the chamber office! They are $75 and a great way to promote your business through the holiday season in downtown Mokena! We provide the tree, installation, and electricity.

Check out our album of participating business trees on Facebook here.

Thank you to our tree participants!
Baxter & Woodman, Inc.
Clarendale of Mokena
Elite Ambulance
Jean Lachat Photography
Latko Wealth Management
Lincoln-Way High School #210/ Foundation
Mayor Frank Fleischer
NAWS Humane Society/Resale for Rescues
School of Rock Mokena
Swift Outdoor Accessible Recreation
2020 Parade of Trees Winner -
Elite Ambulance
Thank you for your generous donations
Purchase a chamber Discount Card for $10!
This chamber discount card is available for $10 each and is includes discounts from 13 chamber member businesses. The card is good through October 2021. If interested in purchasing, contact Susie Stringham at susie@stringhaminsurance.com or the chamber office at chamber@mokena.com or 708-479-2468.
COVID-19 vaccination info for Will County residents
Will County Residents- If you are interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, please CLICK HERE for an important survey. If you have any trouble submitting the survey, please try using a different web browser (Chrome, Firefox, etc).
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
Upcoming Webinars
Upcoming Workshops at the Workforce Center of Will County
The Path Forward: Operation Warp Speed
Last week the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation sat down with Lieutenant General (Ret.) Paul Ostrowski, Operation Warp Speed’s head of supply, production and distribution, for a conversation on the federal response to the coronavirus pandemic and the steps they’re taking to speed the delivery of vaccines and therapeutics to millions of Americans.

In case you missed this timely conversation, you can watch the full interview here.
Guide to Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Loans
As part of an end-of-year pandemic relief package, Congress has passed several changes to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and created a “Second Draw” PPP for small businesses who have exhausted their initial loan. Other changes impact eligibility for initial PPP loans, the loan forgiveness process, and the tax treatment of PPP loans.  
Congress has also made changes to other programs – including Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL Program), the Employee Retention Tax Credit, a Venue Grant program, and SBA loan programs –that will benefit small businesses. Click here to view everything small business owners need to know now.
U.S Chamber of Commerce - The State of American Business
January 12 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
January 13 to 15 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's 22nd annual State of American Business event as they explore how a united business community can rally a divided nation around a widespread economic recovery, restore good governance, and rebuild our economy for the future.
Featured speakers will include Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, Edward Jones Investments Managing Partner Penny Pennington, ADP Senior Vice President and Chief Economist Nela Richardson, Rep. Abigail Spanberger (Virginia), and Rep. John M. Katko (New York).
This year, they are adding Policy Power Hours on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday to explore the challenges and opportunities on the horizon at the state, national, and global level.

Resources for Native American Owned Businesses
Thursday, January 14 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Join DCEO's Office of Minority Economic Empowerment (OMEE), with our partners, the Illinois Small Business Development Center – PTAC program, the Native American Chamber of Commerce of Illinois, and the National Center American Indian PTAC as they present a webinar discussing resources available to Native American-owned businesses.
 
The IL PTAC and the National Center American Indian PTAC - centers are funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the Defense Logistics Agency.

For more information about this event, contact Diana Alfaro at: diana.alfaro@illinois.gov

Early Childhood Workforce Town Hall on Vaccine Distribution and Federal Relief Funding
Friday, January 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Please join the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) and our partners at the Governor’s Office and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) for a Town Hall meeting with the early childhood workforce to discuss two important topics:
1. Vaccine distribution for the early childhood field, and
2. Funding included in the federal relief bill passed by Congress in December to support child care providers during COVID-19 in 2021.

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U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Update
Tuesday, January 19 at 1 p.m.

More relief is on the way for small businesses across the country, now that the President has signed the latest coronavirus relief deal into law. Join U.S. Chamber Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer, Neil Bradley, and CO— Content Director, Jeanette Mulvey as they discuss the aid that's now available and what small businesses need to know.

IRS webinar: Retirement Plans for Small Employers and Self-Employed
Thursday, January 21 from 12 to 12:30 p.m.

Watch this free webinar designed to provide an overview of the key features of retirement plans for small employers and self-employed. An employer that adopts the right plan may keep it longer, make fewer mistakes and help their employees save for a more secure retirement.
 
Learn about:
  • Why offer a retirement plan?
  • Who can adopt a retirement plan?
  • Key features of IRA-based plans and qualified plans. 
  • Pros & cons of each type of plan.
  • Filing requirements for each type of plan.

OMEE & Illinois SBDC Presents: ADME - Advancing the Development of Minority Entrepreneurship - How to Find Good Employees
Wednesday, January 27 from 10 to 11 a.m.

OMEE & Illinois SBDC presents a monthly webinar series called Advancing the Development of Minority Entrepreneurship (ADME). ADME is an informative workshop experience where subject matter experts in the field of business share information with Illinois entrepreneurs in order to help them be successful.
Each month we will offer a dynamic discussion on a business topic and highlight one of OMEE's focus communities. This month the discussion is hiring good people, and the highlight is MLK Day!

Business Enterprise Program (BEP) Certification Training Webinar
Thursday, January 28 from 9 to 11 a.m.

Joliet Junior College and the Illinois SBDC invite you to attend a special event designed to assist small businesses within our community.
The purpose of this training is to assist Illinois small businesses through the process of obtaining BEP certification through the State of Illinois. Attendees will also obtain resources for continued support.
Female-owned, minority-owned, and persons with a disability-owned businesses will benefit from this webinar.
For more information on the Business Enterprise Program, click here.
11th Annual International Women's Day Forum: Business Powering a New Tomorrow
Friday, March 5 from 12 to 4 p.m.

2020 presented a host of unexpected challenges, threatening the progress the world has made in women’s empowerment. From education and healthcare to job security and childcare, women and girls around the globe have been disproportionately burdened by the social and economic impacts of COVID-19.
While the pandemic has deepened pre-existing inequities, it has also presented opportunities to reimagine systems, mobilize action, and accelerate momentum for a world that is equal, inclusive and resilient. As we recover and press forward in 2021, women and their allies are acting with courage, strength and perseverance to shape a future that works better for all.
Our 11th annual International Women’s Day Forum will highlight how the private sector, working with cross-sector partners, can narrow gender gaps in every aspect of society, redefine leadership, reconstruct workplaces, and drive equality of opportunity for women and girls as we navigate our recovery from the pandemic and beyond.
REGISTRATION WILL BE OPENING SOON.
If you are interested in being notified when registration opens, share your email address here.
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Welcome to our new members that joined in the past 30 days!
P.O. Box 1691, Frankfort
(815) 463-7768

12251 S. 80th Ave., Palos Heights
(708) 923-4742
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!
Free printable face mask posters for your business
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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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