August 1, 2022

Happy first day of August!

The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee of the Wheaton Chamber asked new member Kimberly Glover of GotKim, LLC, if she would share with us in honor of Black Business Owner Month. We are thrilled to feature a Q&A with Kim, a career coach and human resource expert, in the newly-revived blog, "Headliners," featured on the home page of our Wheaton Chamber website. Many thanks to Kim for graciously writing about her experience of starting her own coaching and HR practice, and the challenges and celebrations of being a black business owner.

If you are interested in being interviewed or writing a blogpost about your business, please let me know. We are eager to help you share your story with our Wheaton Chamber members.
Every business has a story,
Network with the Young Professionals at Arrowhead this Thursday

The Young Professionals Network (YPN) of the Wheaton Chamber of Commerce will meet at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 4, at Arrowhead Golf Club and Restaurant, 26W151 Butterfield Road in Wheaton, for some networking overlooking the links. The YPN is open to all Chamber members 40 and younger who want an opportunity to get to know each other in an informal setting. Led by TJ Luby of Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, this group of young professionals represents the future of the Wheaton Chamber--you can RSVP here.
In addition to informal networking, YPN is hosting a "Spotlight" series at the Wheaton Public Library. At 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 18, Pablo Riveroll from Southwest Real Estate will present "The Current Real Estate Market: Facts vs. Feelings," with an overview of the current market. Although hosted by the Young Professionals, everyone is invited, including the community. You can RSVP here.
Innovation DuPage Offers "Owner2CEO" Program

Has your business been in operation 2+ years with at least $200,000 in revenues this most recent fiscal year? Do you have two+ employees, and you're ready to take the next leap in moving from owner to CEO?

Learn more about how you could grow your business by applying for the "Owner2CEO Program" offered by Innovation DuPage. This nine-week program includes lessons on leadership, strategic planning, marketing and sales, human resources and finance, among other key topics business owners need to master to be successful. For more information, visit Innovation DuPage or talk to Sam Guerrero at 630-942-3340.
Community Unit School District 200 (CUSD 200) is seeking volunteers for their innovative junior/senior A-level course, offering students a unique opportunity to become true entrepreneurs through Business Incubator. Coaches and mentors are needed to work with these students throughout this year-long course. The course culminates in a Final Pitch Night where student teams present their ideas for a chance to earn funding for their businesses. To learn more about how to participate in Business Incubator, visit their website or contact Samantha Phelan.
More Member Happenings
Don't miss Wheaton Park District Brew & Seltzer Fest August 6

The Wheaton Park District will host "the best party in Wheaton" with Wheaton Brew & Seltzer Fest, from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 6, in Memorial Park. A portion of the proceeds will benefit CASA of DuPage and DuPage County Historical Museum. For tickets and more information, please click here.
Baseball and Buffett = Summer

Get out your favorite Hawaiian shirt and join the folks from DuPage County Area Project (DuCAP) as they host a Jimmy Buffett Theme Night Fundraiser beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 9, at Wintrust Field, 1999 S. Springinsguth Road, Schaumburg. All are welcome to watch the Schaumburg Boomers play the Joliet Slammers. Seats come with free parking and a DuCAP gift bag. Click here for more information and to buy tickets.
Civic Awareness Series Honors Latinx Contributions

Cantigny Park and the League of Women Voters Wheaton continue their Civic Awareness Series with "Latinx Issues in the Suburbs: 100+ Years of Immigration, Contributions and Working Towards Equity" from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, August 11. This free hybrid program is offered both in person at Cantigny Park and via Zoom. Elizabeth Cervantes, co-founder and director of organizing with the Southwest Suburban Immigrant Project (SSIP) will speak along with Sara Phelan, Mexican Cultural Center DuPage board chair, about the contributions of Latinos here in DuPage County. To register, click here.
Also happening at Cantigny Park: Cantigny de Noches, a new Wednesday evening series offering expanded hours in the park after dark. This after-hours series will shine light on the park's popular art installation, "Alebrijes: Creatures of a Dream World" with guided art walks. Visitors can enjoy illuminated art, activities and refreshments from 6:00 p.m. until one hour after sunset. Programming will vary from week to week from now until October. Learn more here.
Wine Down Wednesday Hosted at Belmont Village

Meet and mingle with other professionals at "Wine Down Wednesday," held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 10, at Belmont Village Senior Living, 545 Belmont Lane, Carol Stream. Join Melinda Smith and her colleagues for a casual evening of wine on their outdoor garden patio. Please note: guests must show proof of vaccination and masks are required. RSVP to Melinda or call 630-433-8884.
The Friends of the Wheaton Public Library are offering their ever-popular Book & Media Sale from August 11 through August 14. Join the Friends of the Library to get access to the early-bird preview on August 10.

The Friends will accept donations for the sale through Tuesday, August 2. The sale includes all genres of books, CDs, LP records, DVDs, audiobooks and more. Click here to learn more about the sale, dates and times.
FORE!

If you love golf, and so many do, there are lots of golf outings around town to choose from. Here are some upcoming outings, including our own Wheaton Chamber "Par-TEE on the Par Three" coming up in September:
Volunteer to Support WDSRA

Feeling like a "Last Fling?" Volunteer to support the Western DuPage Special Recreation Association (WDSRA) at Last Fling which will be held from Friday, September 2, through Monday, September 5. The Naperville Jaycees host this family-friendly event and funds raised are donated to many charitable organizations, including WDSRA. To sign up, click here and please remember to put WDSRA behind your name upon registering.
Help Wanted

Stonehouse Market is looking for part-time help at their 111 Town Square, Wheaton, location. "We're looking for talented people to grow with us," according to Fran Rouse, owner. To learn more or to apply, write to info@stonemarket.shop.

Other opportunities: Literacy DuPage is looking for a grant writer. CertaPro Painters of Glen Ellyn/Wheaton is recruiting an office assistant. New member The Matrix Club is looking for help in banquets & catering. You can find out more about these job openings by visiting our website under Jobs .
Please, Tell Us Your News!

Our Wheaton Chamber members have a lot going on and they have a lot to say! Read press releases from our members, learn about job openings and see our Chamber members' "Hot Deals."

Got a job posting or a special you'd like to share? Contact Lilly Chan.
Our Chamber Events
This week:

  • Chamber Champions will not meet in August; meetings will resume September 6. Nisha Gupta, M.D., of Gupta Eye Center, is chair.
  • Ambassadors will meet at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 4. Dale Showalter of Showalter Roofing is chair.
  • Young Professionals Network meets at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 4, for informal networking at Arrowhead Golf Club. TJ Luby of Merrill Lynch is chair. Those 40 and younger are welcome to attend. RSVP here.

Coming up:
  • Arts, Business & Culture Committee meets at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 9, here at the Wheaton Chamber. Mike Dyer of Edward Jones is our board liaison. If you're interested in being part of this dynamic committee, please contact Vickie Austin.
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Committee will not meet this month. Meetings will resume in September.
  • Finance Committee meets at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 11. Helen Demsher of Mathieson, Moyski, Austin & Co., LLP, is chair and board treasurer.