Your Chamber News for October 11, 2021
Upcoming Chamber Events
BACC Oct. Ribbon Cutting Events

The Chamber will gather for a number of ribbon cutting ceremonies in October, all beginning at 4:00 pm. We hope you can join us to help celebrate these BACC members! For details, click on the business name:

Tuesday, Oct. 12 - Canine Country Club 340 Lageschulte St. in Barrington;
Thursday, Oct. 14 - For Her Health 33 W. Higgins Rd., Ste. 800 in South Barrington;
Wednesday, Oct. 20 - VERSONA 100 W. Higgins Rd. in The Arboretum of South Barrington;
Tuesday, Oct. 26 - ACASA Senior Care 110 S. Hager Ave., Ste. 202-B in Barrington.
FREE Virtual Coffee Break with BACC on Oct. 13

Sign up today for a FREE Virtual Coffee Break with the Chamber on Wednesday, Oct. 13 at 2:00 pm.

Let's reconnect, network and share ideas!
 
This is a FREE event for BACC members, but you must register in advance online to receive a zoom link.
WBN Virtual Program on Integrative Medicine Oct. 21

All are invited to join the Women's Biz Net (WBN) for Virtual Networking and a Program on Integrative Medicine at noon on Thursday, Oct. 21. Board-certified advanced practice nurse Debbie Stamm, APRN, will offer information and insights into integrative medicine and whether it is right for you. This program is FREE to BACC members and $15 for nonmembers.
Register for FREE "Ask An Expert" Virtual Program: Keeping Your Workspace Technology Safe on Oct. 27

Join BACC for our next "Ask An Expert" Virtual Program, "Your Office Anywhere: Keeping Your Workspace Technology Safe" on Wednesday, Oct. 27 at 2:00 pm.

Jeff Westney of Computers Nationwide will offer comparisons and helpful tips for keeping your office technology safe, best practices in security, and much more. The program is FREE to BACC members and $15 for nonmembers. Register in advance online to receive your program link.
State Legislators Virtual Town Hall Forum is Nov. 10

Join us for the Barrington Area State Legislators Virtual Town Hall Forum on Wednesday, Nov. 10 at 8:30 am. Get updates on current issues, followed by a Q&A session at this FREE event that is open to the public. Confirmed Speakers include: Senator Dan McConchie, 26th District State Representative Chris Bos, 51st. District State Representative Martin McLaughlin, 52nd District State Representative Tom Morrison, 54th District. Register online to receive a link to the zoom meeting.
Register for the Bliss Holiday Boutique & Luncheon Nov. 11

Get in the spirit early and register for the Women's Biz Net Bliss Holiday Boutique & Luncheon on Thursday, Nov. 11 from 11:00 am-2:00 pm at Makray Memorial Golf Club in Barrington.

Gather your friends to enjoy holiday shopping with unique vendors, a delicious buffet luncheon, live entertainment from the Barrington High School Madrigrals, and a FREE metallic shopping bag. Tickets are $40 and on sale now. Register online or call (847) 381-2525.
BACC Board Elections Set for Nov. 18

The Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) Board of Directors will hold a meeting to elect the 2022 slate of BACC officers following the Executive Committee meeting on Thursday Nov. 18 at the Hanson Law Offices. For more information email suzanne@barringtonchamber.com.
Photos from Last Week's Barrington Wine Walk
To view more Fall Wine Walk photos on the BACC Facebook page CLICK HERE.
Member Anniversaries
Marketing Opportunities
Update Your Listing Now for the 2022 Barrington Area Magazine

Production of the 2022 Barrington Area Magazine & Resource Directory is underway! Please check and update your listing today at www.BarringtonChamber.com.

What appears on the website is what will appear in the new Magazine & Directory that will be mailed in January to over 20,000 area residents and businesses.

Your membership dues must be up to date to be included in the magazine. If you have any changes, please log in to your BACC account, and make your corrections. If you have any questions, please call the Chamber at (847) 381-2525 or click here to send an email.
Member Benefit: eBlast Your Message to the Chamber

Did you know that one of your many Chamber benefits is the opportunity to send your sales message to nearly 1,400 fellow Chamber members?!

Simply provide your ad in a jpeg or pdf format and BACC can accommodate your promotional schedule. Everyone for whom we have a valid email address receives BACC eblasts. Sponsorships of our weekly Chamber and Member newsletters are also available. For details call the Chamber at (847) 381-2525 or click the link below
Showcase Your Business Video on the BACC Website

Showcase your business to thousands of website visitors on the BACC Member Marketplace! For just $100 your promotional video will be displayed for a three-month period on the BACC website: www.BarringtonChamber.com. New videos are also shared on BACC social media pages. To learn more email: marketing@barringtonchamber.com.

Space is limited and video placements are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Videos must be three minutes or less in length, and will include a link to your business website or social media page. New videos are posted the 1st and 15th of each month. To view the Member Marketplace CLICK HERE.
Say "Welcome Neighbor" to New Residents - Register Today

Target residents moving into the 60010 area just as they are developing new buying habits with our Welcome Neighbor program! There are three ways to participate:

  • Receive monthly New Resident Lists for your own marketing efforts (Cost:$150);
  • Include a flyer, trinket or coupon only (1,000 items) in the Welcome Neighbor Bags (Cost: $150);
  • Participate in both option #1 and #2 and save (Cost: $275).

For more information about the Welcome Neighbor Program, email: communications@barringtonchamber.com.
News & Resources
Webinar on Major Changes to the IL Secure Choice Act on Oct. 13

The Illinois Retail Merchants Association (IRMA) and other industry experts will host a webinar this Wednesday, Oct. 13 at 9:00 am with information about major changes to the Illinois Secure Choice Act, which will affect all employers with 5 or more employees. Find out when the changes will go into effect, how it may affect your business, and the penalties for non-compliance. To register CLICK HERE.
Application Deadline for B2B Grants is Wed.

The application deadline for the Illinois Back to Business (B2B) Grant Program is this Wednesday, Oct. 13. The program is designed to maximize the impact of American Rescue Plan Act funds provided to Illinois, offering $250 million for businesses that have experienced losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For details CLICK HERE.

The first list of grantees for the B2B program was announced last month. To view the list CLICK HERE.
COVID Economic Injury Disaster Loan Updates for Small Business Owners

In light of recent policy changes to the COVID Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program involving loan size and eligibility questions, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering small business owners FREE online informational sessions on this topic, as well as answers to FAQ about how to navigate the application process. For details CLICK HERE.
Answers to FAQ on IL Face Covering & Vaccination Requirements

An Executive Order signed last mongth by Gov. J.B. Pritzker, requires all individuals over the age of 2 (who can medically tolerate a face covering) to wear a mask when in indoor public places. The order also requires health care workers, school personnel, higher education personnel and students, and employees and contractors of state-owned or operated congregate facilities to be fully vaccinated. For details and answers to related Frequently Asked Questions CLICK HERE.
Five things to know about the COVID-19 Delta Variant

The highly contagious Delta variant is concerning and leading to surges of cases around the globe. Dr. Robert Citronberg, executive medical director of infectious disease and prevention for Advocate Aurora Health, shares the top five things you need to know about the contagious Delta COVID 19 variant and how the COVID 19 vaccine is the best defense. To find out answers to the five questions below, CLICK HERE.

  1. How concerning is the Delta variant?
  2. Who is at risk?
  3. How important is it to be fully vaccinated?
  4. Are our vaccination rates good enough in Illinois and Wisconsin?
  5. What's the message to people who haven’t yet gotten vaccinated?
Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital Accepting Vaccine Appointments

COVID-19 vaccine appointments for people 12 and older are now being accepted at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, 450 W. Hwy. 22 in Barrington. Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are being administered and those seeking appointments do not need to be patients of the hospital. To schedule an appointment call (866) 443-2584, or CLICK HERE.
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