Week of March 29, 2021
Your Weekly E-Newsletter
Upcoming events
April 3: Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. More info in box below. Purchase tickets here. We still need prizes from businesses and sponsors! More info below.

April 13: Monthly General Membership Meeting, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. via Zoom. Email chamber@mokena.com for the Zoom link.

April 15: Business After Hours at Health From Within Front Street, 11124 Front Street, Mokena. 5 to 7 p.m. Please adhere to all CDC guidelines.

April 29: Business After Hours at An English Garden Flowers and Gifts, 11210 Front Street, Mokena. 5 to 7 p.m. Please adhere to all CDC guidelines.

May 15: Joint Chamber Lincoln-Way Expo. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at New Lenox Village Commons, 1 Veterans Pkwy. Download registration here.
"Egg" your fellow businesses this Easter!
The Mokena Chamber is starting a new program this year! You can "egg" your fellow businesses and raise money for high school senior scholarships at the same time!

Here's how the program works:
  • Place your Easter basket order with the chamber. Order as many baskets for as many businesses as you like. Baskets are $20 each. They will be filled with goodies, and a certificate for the recipient to proudly display. It will state that the basket was purchased by you as a gift for them as a fundraiser.
  • The Mokena Chamber will deliver the baskets to the businesses you chose.
  • All proceeds from the sale of the baskets will go to the Lincoln-Way High School District 210 Foundation's scholarship program. Each year the Mokena Chamber of Commerce presents three scholarships to graduating seniors that reside in Mokena.

Example: SK Patel of Aesthetica Day Spa purchases three baskets to give to each of his "business buddies." He purchases one basket for Gwendolyn Sterk at Sterk Family Law, one basket for Bob Feldman of Nothing Bundt Cakes, and one basket for Dino and Gail Bastas at EggCetera Cafe.

The Mokena Chamber delivers a basket to each of them. We include a certificate informing them that this was purchased by SK Patel of Aesthetica Day Spa, and all proceeds of this basket will be going towards scholarships for graduating seniors through the L-W High School Foundation.

Gwendolyn, Bob, Dino, and Gail are so grateful and excited to receive this that they pay it forward and buy baskets for their fellow businesses and we spread Easter cheer all through Mokena from now through April 2nd!

Urban Air was Egged by D-BATS
Family Martial Arts was Egged by D-BATS
Angle Drone Solutions was Egged by Sterk Family Law
Nothing Bundt Bakes was Egged by Aesthetica Day Spa and D-BAT Mokena
Sterk Family Law was Egged by Aesthetica Day Spa
Chase Real Estate was Egged by Eggcetera Cafe
Join us for an Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt - THIS SATURDAY April 3
Our Chamber Member Scavenger Hunt is back by popular demand! After our Halloween Hunt we received many requests from businesses and participants to have another Hunt in the spring!

How to Play: Hunt any of our 20 participating chamber member locations while looking for the inflatable Easter Egg! Once you find it, drop one of your raffle ticket into the bucket next to it. The more places you visit and find the decoration, the more chances to win! 

What to Win: Prizes will be awarded in each of our four age groups!

How to Register: Sign up your child(ren) for only $5! On Saturday, April 3, begin at the Chamber Office to pick up a goodie bag, raffle tickets, and map of the participating chamber businesses. The chamber office will open at 10:15 a.m. We are located at 11104 Front Street, Suite 1B, across from the Metra station. 

You must pre-register to participate! There is a participant limit of 200 children. Sorry, no refunds. Rain or shine.

BUSINESSES: We are still in need of prizes for the kids! Gift cards to local businesses would be ideal!

Chick Sponsor: $50 - Your logo on every flyer, poster, and scavenger hunt map. Social media exposure on Facebook page with 3,000 followers.

Bunny Sponsor: $100 - FREE entry to have your business participate, PLUS everything listed above, AND promotional materials included in goodie bags given to every child!
Watch for our new and improved Spring Mailbag Newsletter
Our Spring Newsletter will be hitting the mailboxes of EVERY business in Mokena this week. Be sure to check out the advertisements from our supporters, Letter from the Executive Director, Letter from the Mayor, a story on Front Street businesses by historian Matthew Galik, info on our upcoming Golf Outing, Community Expo, Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt, and even a membership application for those businesses that want to come along on our chamber journey with us.
Can't wait to receive your copy in the mail? Check out the digital version here.
April General Membership Meeting
Date: Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Time: 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.

Everyone in attendance will receive 30 seconds to introduce themselves and their business.

Event will be held live on Zoom. Email chamber@mokena.com for link.
Lincoln-Way Expo 2021
Saturday, May 15, 2021
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
New Lenox Village Commons,
1 Veterans Pkwy.

Inspired by community collaboration, the New Lenox and Mokena Chambers have joined forces for a joint chamber Lincoln-Way Expo. This event brings business and community together from across the Lincoln-way region. The Lincoln-Way Expo is a true community event for the family; it's one-stop-shop for everything this area has to offer.

We hope that you will join us for our 2021 event in New Lenox Village Commons. To keep our vendors and attendees safe, this event will take place outdoors (rain or shine), face masks/coverings are required, and social distancing is encouraged. 


Exhibitor info:
  • A single booth space is 12’ X 12’. 
  • You will need to provide your own table, chairs, tent, etc. 
  • Masks must be worn at all times and social distancing and CDC guidelines will be followed.
  • Electricity is not available. 
  • Event is rain or shine.

Exhibitor Fees:
  • Chamber Member Booth: $125 (Must be a member of one or both Chambers to qualify for the member rate)
  • Non-Chamber Member: $350 (Includes 1 year membership to both chambers)
  • Non-Profit & Taxing Bodies Booth: $75
  • Home Based Business: $75
Save the Date! Chamber Golf Outing
Wednesday, June 9
After our 2020 COVID-19 hiatus, we are thrilled to announce the date and location of our 2021 Chamber Golf Outing! We aren't shy to say this is one of the BEST golf outings around!

Wednesday, June 9, 2021
Sanctuary Golf Course -
485 N. Marley Road, New Lenox
Shot Gun Scramble
Applications coming soon!
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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.
Will County to Create Second Grant Program for Small Businesses
Building on the success of the recently completed small business grant program, Will County has taken steps to begin creating another program designed to provide financial assistance for small businesses.
 
The Will County Board approved the move during a special meeting on Friday, Feb. 26.
 
In anticipation of another round of stimulus funds provided by the federal government through the American Rescue Plan, the Board took the pro-active steps to authorize the County Executive to create the Small Business Stimulus Grant Program.  

Pritzker Announces Metrics-Based Pathway for Illinois to Fully Reopen
Click on photo to learn more.
Weekly Will County COVID-19 Vaccination Update
Click photo to download document.
Will County Residents - To register for the COVID-19 vaccine, please fill out the Will County Vaccine sign up HERE.
Changes announced to PPP
Lending to Small Businesses in need increased. Changes to PPP to further promote equitable access to relief. Help for small businesses with less than 20 employees.

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22 Grants, Loans and Programs to Benefit Your Small Business
From federal stimulus aid to industry-specific small business grants, the U.S. Chamber's CO— has a detailed breakdown of the financial resources available to small businesses— depending on a variety of qualifying factors—to help you navigate this difficult and uncertain business environment.

Times are tough for small business, but help is available, from both the government—federal, state or local— and the private sector. It may be in the form of a grant, a loan or a leg up competing in a difficult business environment. Here’s a breakdown to help you sort through what’s available.
Click here to view list of resources.
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
Business Class LIVE - Celebrate the Power of Connections
Thursday, April 22 at 12 p.m.

An immersive virtual experience where you’ll connect with creative business owners, learn from acclaimed entrepreneurs, and engage with some of the most celebrated business minds of our generation.

What to expect:
  • Build lasting relationships with a diverse group of fellow business owners and entrepreneurs.       
  • Engage in breakout sessions and interactive workshops designed to inspire innovation and teamwork.
  • Learn how to position your business toward success with thought-provoking keynote speakers and roundtable discussions.
  • Celebrate your resilience and build the confidence to take on the challenges of a changing world.

Taking Veteran-Owned Businesses into the Global Marketplace
Our U.S. veterans have unique experiences and contact networks that can help facilitate global sales success. Companies engaged in international trade earn higher revenues, employ more, and stay in business longer than those that do not.
Join the SBA's Office of International Trade (OIT) and the Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC) at Old Dominion University as we celebrate and learn from the export success of veteran-owned businesses sharing their stories of global market success.
The Webinar will include:
  • Insights from successful veteran-owned small business exporters
  • Strategies for launching or expanding your global sales
  • Information on the "Vets-Go-Global" webinar series that walks businesses and small business counselors through exporting basics
  • SBA international trade resources available to facilitate global market success, including grant programs to support global expansion

Take our Weekly Poll!
Final results in next week's E-Newsletter.
What is your favorite Easter candy?
Peeps
Cadbury eggs
Jelly beans
Chocolate bunny
Results from last week's poll
Have you been able to enjoy outdoor dining yet this spring?

Yes: 57.1%
Not yet: 28.6%
No, just happy to be able to eat inside again: 14.3%
Welcome to our new members that joined in the past 30 days!
11235 W. Lincoln Hwy., Mokena
(779) 324-5689

11221 W. 195th St., Mokena
(708) 743-9522
These members renewed their chamber investment in the past 30 days!
As a chamber member you can receive discounted Constant Contact service!
Grow Your Business & Save!

Constant Contact provides all of the online tools, expert support and marketing advice you need to build your brand and grow your business.

With Constant Contact you get:

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Marketing Advice & Expert Support: Get your marketing and technical questions answered fast by our marketing advisors and award-winning support team.

Sign up and save!
Best of all, as a Chamber Member you’ll enjoy exclusive savings on our entire suite of marketing tools, with plans starting as low as $20 per month. Sign up today for your FREE 60-day trial and when you're ready to buy, save 20% when you prepay for 6 months or 25% when you prepay for 12 months.
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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20005 Wolf Road, Mokena
(708) 479-7411
11225 Lincoln Highway, Mokena
(815) 642-5754
11508 W. 183rd Place, Orland Park
(815) 600-8519
18700 S. Wolf Rd. Ste. 204, Mokena
(708) 995-7076
11300 W. 193rd Street, Mokena
(708) 479-4288
11442 194th Street, Mokena
(708) 263-7269
11100 Front Street, Mokena
(708) 479-2185
19081 Old LaGrange Rd. #100, Mokena
(815) 806-1694
11104 Front Street, Mokena
(708) 478-8400
11104 Front Street, Mokena
(708) 478-8400
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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