Week of July 27, 2020
Your Weekly E-Newsletter
Upcoming Chamber Events
July 31: Deadline to participate in the Roadside Banner program. Receive a 1-year return on your small investment with approximately 1,000 people each day viewing your business Banner on the streets of Mokena! $200 per banner, or $550 for 3. Download application here. More info in box below.

August 11: General Membership Meeting - 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. via Zoom. Sponsorship opportunity available for $40. Speak about your business for ten minutes to all virtual attendees.
Advertise your business every day for 1 YEAR with a Roadside Banner! DEADLINE IS FRIDAY!!!!
Receive a 1-year return on your small investment with approximately 1,000 people each day viewing your business Banner on the streets of Mokena!
This wildly popular, chamber-member exclusive program is only offered once a year.
Banners are hung at random along Wolf Road and LaPorte Road. Have your logo, business name, and website on a vinyl banner.
Banners are displayed from September 2020 to September 2021.
Join the program for only $200 per banner, or take advantage of our discount by purchasing 3 banners for $550.
DEADLINE - THIS FRIDAY, JULY 31, 2020 - This is your last opportunity to purchase a banner until June 2021, so don't miss out!
Our first ever Garden Walk on July 18 was a huge success!

We had 8 beautiful residential gardens on the walk, each with their own unique personality.

This fundraiser was for the Mokena Chamber of Commerce as most of our fundraising events were cancelled this year due to the COVID-19 gathering restrictions.
Thank you to our sponsors!

2020 Premier Sponsors:

Signage Sponsor:

Contest Prize Donor:

Beverage Sponsors:
Hubbard Financial

Friends of the Garden Walk:
Mokena Mayor Frank Fleischer

Wristband Sponsor:
Samantha Tunney

Goody Bag Donors:

Thank you to our fantastic committee!
Chairperson Laurie Fleischer
Co-chairs Cindy Gamboa ( Interior Insight Marketing )
& Samantha Tunney ( CTO Enterprises )

Thank you to our day of event volunteers
Ed Kasza - 2020 Chamber President
Lora Healy - Chamber President-Elect
Leticia Martino - Young Living Essential Oils
Jean Lachat - Jean Lachat Photography
Police Chief Steven Vaccaro
Thank you to Whitmore Ace Hardware for donating the prize for the "Find the Rock Contest"
Below is 1 photo of each garden and links to more!
Garden #1 “Tiki Garden Paradise”
Garden #2 “The Tree Fort”
Garden #3 “Garden in the Forest”
Garden #4 “Chalsea’s Vintage Organic Garden”
Garden #5 “Peter Rabbit’s Playground”
Garden #6 “Papa & ‘G’s Backyard Retreat” More photos here.
Garden #7 “Weber Wills”
Garden #8 “The Green Goddess Haven”
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
Chicagoland Chats
Every Thursday at noon Chicagoland Chats interviews a member of the Mokena Chamber of Commerce. View our past interviews below.
Shark Shredding and Document Management Services
Shark Shredding is ready to protect your and your clients' personal information... come learn how with Brian Ciapinski with Shark Shredding.

Health From Within Front Street
Chiropractic care can help relieve the aches, pains and anxiety related to COVID - come learn how with Ashley Ochsner with Health From Within.

Interior Insight
Businesses need to innovate their marketing during COVID - find out new, safe ways to highlight your business with Cindy Gamboa with Interior Insight.

Our kids' mental wellness is super-dynamic right now - learn about what your kids are going through and how you can help and how you/they can get support with Ryan Hesslau from ForeverU.

Upcoming Complimentary Webcasts
Illinois’ Approach To Protecting the Health and Safety of Students, Faculty, and Staff, while Providing a High-Quality Education: A conversation with Deputy Governor Ruiz.
July 30 at 1 p.m. 

In late June, Governor J.B. Pritzker and state health officials announced requirements allowing state grade and high schools, colleges and universities to reopen for in-person education for the fall term.  Join Deputy Governor Ruiz as he explains those requirements and how they are being implemented. He will also discuss the extra funding the state is providing including over $550 million in federal COVID relief funds to local districts and $54 million for laptop computers, internet connectivity and related staff training. We will get an update on the mask lawsuit and get your questions answered.

Take our Weekly Poll!
Final results in next week's E-Newsletter.
Which team will have the better season?
Last week's results:
Our first ever Garden Walk was Saturday. What's your favorite "rose" song?
Kiss from a Rose - Seal - 8.3%
The Rose - Bette Midler - 50%
Every Rose Has its Thorn - Poison -16.7 %
Bed of Roses - Bon Jovi - 25%
Desert Rose - Sting - 0%
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.
Are you interested in helping with the census and earning some extra money in the process? Become a Census Taker! Complete details here!
Employers can grant paid leave for COVID-19
Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, employers can grant paid leave for an employee to take care of their health needs related to COVID -19 or to care for their family members. This relief helps ensure employees are not forced to choose between being paid or staying home to care for themselves, a child or other family member.

Welcome to our new members that joined in the past 30 days!
1305 Schoolhouse Rd. Unit 1, New Lenox

19201 S. LaGrange Rd. Suite 203, Mokena

8509 Golfview Drive, Orland Park
These members renewed their chamber investment in the past 30 days!
COVID-19 Small Business Guidance and Loan Resources
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