Monday May 18, 2020
Chamber News
BACC President's Message:
Dining Out Makes Us Feel Connected to Community!
An interesting survey of 1,000 consumers published in QSR Magazine says Americans link restaurants with better days and milestone moments.

According to the results, 70% of the respondents indicated that eating at restaurants reminds them of better times and will make them feel normal again. When restaurants open up again, they feel dining out will be even more special.

For 60% of respondents, dining out makes them feel connected to community; 63% say they feel dining out lets them do their part in supporting their local economy; and 51% say dining out is a big part of how they socialize.

For 50% of respondents, they miss dining in restaurants more than many other things. Perhaps because for 53% of them, restaurants feel like part of their home and community, even part of their family. As a result, dining in your local restaurants leads to a number of emotional benefits such as relaxation, satisfaction, warmth and comfort, appreciation and gratitude, joy and reward, to name a few.

As restaurants begin to prepare for dining in options, it will be a delicate balancing act to create warmth and community while adhering to COVID-19 guidelines. It will require them to change the shape of their spaces and the style of their service. Let's do what we can to ensure that they get there. And just like family, let's be patient and understanding. -- Suzanne Corr, BACC President
BACC Offers Back To Business Tool Kit
BACC and neighboring chambers have been working on a Back to Business Tool Kit to offer some basic checklists, visuals and ideas for preparing to reopen. This will be an evolving document as we receive new information and updates. This kit has been compiled through CDC and other resources. Please frequently check with the Illinois Dept. of Health and your local County Health Department for more specifics. As you prepare to reopen, you may also want to consult with legal counsel and your insurance carrier.
FREE BACC Webinar Tomorrow on "Ramping Up to Re-Open: How to Re-engage With Your Staff" - Register Online!
Sign up for a FREE BACC Webinar about "How to Re-engage with Your Staff," tomorrow at 2:00 pm. Andrea Herran of Focus HR will explain how to prepare your staff for reopening the business and discuss the Families First requirements for employers, what we have learned from Stay At Home, and how to apply the new normal. Andrea is a 30-year HR professional who has worked for a variety of companies in the U.S., Argentina, Mexico and South Africa. She has a reputation for thinking outside of the box, finding creative and viable solutions for managing people. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
Helpful COVID-19 Resource Links:
Shop & Dine Local to Support Barrington Area Businesses
List of Local Retailers Offering Curbside Pickup Growing

The list of non-essential retailers open to phone and online ordering and curbside pick-up and shipping is growing in the Barrington Area. The list of where to shop appears above. Please support our local retailers and restaurants.
COVID Response Fund Donations Will Help Feed Needy Families During the Pandemic

The need for food security has doubled in our region. Food pantries are seeing twice the number of families, and there has been a sharp increase for such services as the Community Meal, Meals on Wheels and Blessings in a Backpack. The Barrington Area United Way (BAUW) - focused on "What's Raised Here Stays Here," is collecting donations through the Barrington Area COVID Response Fund (BACRF).

The fund, a collaboration between BAUW, the Barrington Area Community Foundation (BACF), and other organizations, is collecting money to award to local nonprofits that provide for our most vulnerable. BACF has committed a $100,000 match for every dollar donated to the fund. Make your donation today. Visit
Masks Required on All Shopping Trips: All individuals are now required to wear face masks in public where they cannot maintain a 6-foot distance, and when shopping. Use this flyer to remind your shoppers. "You Know the Drill: Cover Your Grill!."
BACC Golf Classic Set for August 3 at The Club at Wynstone

BACC is looking ahead to sunshine, beautiful scenery, and golf! Registration is open for the BACC Golf Classic. Register to golf or be a sponsor and gain valuable exposure for your business. Many thanks to our Eagle Sponsor, Idealease, Inc. ; our Birdie Sponsors: Barrington Heating and Air and Shake Guys ; and our Putting Sponsor, Barrington Bank & Trust Co., N.A. Our Exclusive Hole Sponsorships are very popular and sell out quickly. Click Here.
Member News
Grant Recipients Awarded in First
COVID Response Fund Distribution
The Barrington Area Community Foundation (BACF) and the Barrington Area United Way (BAUW) are pleased to announce they will be giving $20,000 in allocations from the Barrington Area COVID Response Fund (BACRF) to local nonprofits. Over 19 nonprofits have applied for grants. The first grants will support those nonprofits that answer the needs for basic human concerns, such as food and shelter for the individuals and families which are being most challenged by the COVID virus. The next application deadline for funds is May 29, with the final deadline in June, 2020. To apply or donate click here.
Fresh Stack Burger Celebrates Opening with Virtual Ribbon Cutting in Kildeer
Fresh Stack Burger Co. celebrated its Grand Opening with a virtual ribbon cutting event last week at 20413 N. Rand Rd. in Kildeer Village Square. The fast-casual spot will be open for carry out and delivery services during the “Stay-at-Home” mandate. Local officials were on hand for the event, including Kildeer Village President Nandia Black, BACC President Suzanne Corr, and Fabio Viviani , a “Top Chef” fan favorite and the brand’s consulting Chef. Fresh Stack will be opening a “pop-up” drive-thru within the coming week. Click here for details.
Promote Your Business or Event with Custom Yard Signs from billet-doux
Spread Cheer During the Quarantine with YARD CHEER! ™️ lawn signs by billet-doux stationery & invitations. Spreading cheer has endless possibilities with billet-doux's fun, vibrant oversized corrugated plastic signs. Fully customize with your own design by adding photos or logos to promote your business. Or scheme the perfect surprise for the elderly sheltered at home, graduation, Father's Day and birthdays (with throwback photos) and more.  Click here for details.
Barrington Behavioral Health & Wellness Offers Teletherapy Sessions
These are challenging times and Barrington Behavioral Health & Wellness is here to offer support with Teletherapy, which is covered by most insurance. To inquire or make an appointment, call (888) 261-2178 or click here.
FREE Monthly Zoom Program on End-of-Life Issues
The Barrington Area Council on Aging (BACOA) and Lake Barrington Woods will offer a FREE monthly series of in-depth conversations about end-of-life issues via Zoom, beginning today, May 18, from 1:00-2:30 pm. “The Last Chapter” will cover a range of topics including: documenting end-of-life wishes, embracing death with dignity, hospice and palliative care, family dynamics, and more. To register call Pam Pellizzari at (847) 881-0477.
Barrington's White House Hosts FREE Webinar May 21 with Visual Artist Judy Skulborstad
Barrington’s White House will present "Inside the Artist's Studio with Visual Artist Judy Skulborstad ," a FREE virtual event on Thursday, May 21, from 7:00-8:00 pm. Get a behind-the-scenes look at Skulborstad's workspace, motivations, inspirations and process, as well as a peek at her completed works. The Zoom webinar is part of the Barrington White House series on Virtual Arts and Culture.  Click here to register.
Online Equine Short Film Fest May 29 -June 5 to Support SOUL Harbour Ranch Therapy Program
Sign up to view the "Equus Film Fest," anytime from May 29 through June 5 for only $10 to raise funds for the SOUL Harbour Ranch Animal Therapy Program. The online event includes short equestrian films highlighting the connection between horses and humans. Admission and sponsorships of the event will support SOUL Harbour's program, which features registered miniature therapy horses, therapy dogs, and miniature donkeys. Click here for details.
Virtue Asset Management Hires David A. Valenti
As Fee-Only Financial Advisor
Virtue Asset Management in Barrington announced that David A. Valenti has joined the firm as a fee-only financial advisor to high-net-worth clients. A n attorney and certified financial planner with 37 years of wealth management experience, Valenti served most recently a Senior Vice President at Bank of America Private Bank in Chicago. Click here for details.
Recycle Corks at Barrington Public Works Building & Prairieland Disposal in Lake Barrington
Used corks, real and synthetic, are being collected for recycling purposes at the Public Works Building, 300 N. Raymond Ave. in Barrington. Corks should be deposited in the receptacle labeled CORK ONLY.  In addition, another Cork drop-off location has been added at Prairieland Disposal, 21N988 N Pepper Rd. in Lake Barrington. Cork material can be used to produce new products such as yoga mats, shoe bottoms, carpeting and more. For more information call P. Denise Israel at (847) 381-9487.
Home Entertainment Essentials from Proforma
Find fun creative ways to stay engaged at home with products from Proforma Century Promotions. Help your customers, employees and their families stay active with unique entertainment essentials including: Mesh Paddle, Ball & Birdie games, 3-D Puzzles, Strategy games, Mini Corn Hole, and more. For details CLICK HERE. To place an order call (847) 639-4259 or click here to send an email.
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