February 2015



Chamber members are encouraged to advertise in our "Chamber Stuff" mailing, which goes out each month to all Chamber members. The cost to insert a flyer in our mailing is $175 ($150 for charitable organizations). You must deliver 1,900 copies of your flyer to the Chamber office by the 20th of the month (along with payment). The flyer may be double-sided, postcard, tri-fold, etc., but only one page. (Extra charges will apply for more than one sheet). Please contact Trish with questions at 815.727.5371 or email tblacklock@jolietchamber.com

EXPO 2015

The Chamber Staff is working hard to bring you a great experience at  EXPO 2015, which will take place on Friday, February 27, and Saturday, February 28 at Louis Joliet Mall. New to EXPO this Year: Lower prices, Entertainment, and 15 Minutes of EXPO Fame!  Several Sponsorship opportunities and great booth locations with one or two-day options are still available! Registration forms have been mailed to all Chamber members - mail in your registration - or call the Chamber office to register!

We are in need of volunteers for this two-day event. if you are interested in giving us a couple hours of your time, please contact Kelly at 815.727.5371, or email kbaltas@jolietchamber.com


Please join the Chamber as Joliet Mayor Tom Giarrante delivers his "State of the City" address on Tuesday, March 3rd at 7:30 a.m., at City Hall in the Council Chambers. Mayor's address will be at 7:30 a.m., followed by a continental breakfast. Cost to attend is $20 per person, and reservations are required. Please call the Chamber to register or visit www.jolietchamber.com to register online.


Please join the Chamber on Thursday, February 19th, 8:00 a.m. for an interactive tutorial on the Illinois General Assembly website and dashboard conducted by State Senator Bertino-Tarrant's staff. This will take place at the Chamber office, located at 63 N. Chicago Street, Joliet. A continental breakfast will be available. THERE IS NO CHARGE TO ATTEND, BUT RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED! Please call 815.727.5371 to reserve your spot!


Please join us as we honor BMO Harris Bank as the 2015 Salute to Accomplishment recipient at a dinner on Wednesday, March 4th at 176 West Banquets. Social hours at 5:00 p.m., dinner & program at 6:00. Cost to attend is $75 per person, or a table of ten for $750. Reservations are required. Invitations have been mailed to all Chamber members.

Speaker for the event is Justine Fedak, Senior Vice President and Head of Brand Advertising and Sponsorship for BMO Financial Group, North America.



Zippy shell Will County, a member of the Entrepreneur Magazine's 2015, 'Best 500 Franchises,' is dedicated to enhancing the self-storage and moving industry. Zippy Shell is a nationwide company that is also one of the fastest growing companies in self-storage today.

Zippy Shell is the only storage solution where you don't ever have to worry about transporting your belongings. From the start, Zippy Shell safely handles all of your items. We store all of our containers in a climate-controlled, pest controlled, alarmed facility at no extra cost to you. This way you can be sure that your items are safe while they are in our care.

"I am proud to bring a sample storage and moving solution to the Will County community," said James Ronchetto, President of Zippy Shell Illinois. "I look forward to 2015, where we plan to provide our service to more customers and build our brand."

In just a phone call, Zippy Shell will deliver a storage unit to your driveway, you load it with ease. And when you're ready, we'll take it away - it's that simple! To learn more visit our website www.zippyshell.com, or call James Ronchetto at 708-990-2586, or email jronchetto@zippyshell.com.



The Housing Authority of Joliet is celebrating 70 years and changing its landscape by speaking life to our residents, employees, City of Joliet community, partnering agencies and organizations, and to neighboring communities we serve throughout Will County. We want to send out a positive message to everyone, demonstrate our contributions to the City of Joliet and Will County, and we are highly excited for everyone to witness these and the many more changes to come! Celebration event will be on Thursday, September 10th. More info to follow.

SERVPRO, a cleanup and restoration franchise company, maintains its hold on the No. 7 spot overall - out of a group of 927 franchises that qualified for inclusion in the list-in the recently announced 20156 Franchise 500 rankings* from Entrepreneur magazine. This recognition marks the sixth consecutive year Entrepreneur has included the company in its Top 10 list and the 12th consecutive year SERVPRO has earned the top spot on the magazine's list in its own industry-Restoration Services.

NuMark Credit Union will host a a FREE "First-Time Home Buyers" seminar. First-time home buyers are welcome to attend the free seminar from 6 pm to 9 pm on February 19th at their Crest Hill office, 2380 Caton Farm Road, and on February 24th at their Tinley Park office, 8001 W. 159th Street. Come and listen to our panel of local professionals including our vice president of mortgage loans, real estate agent, home inspector, appraiser, and representative from the title company. Participants will get all questions answered regarding inspection, buying, and closing on their first home. Seating is limited, so please call 815.729.3211 to reserve your seat.

The University of St. Francis (USF) will name the former Mode Theatre building in downtown Joliet the Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center, announced USF President Arvid C. Johnson. The building is named in honor of philanthropist and entrepreneur, the late Robert W. Plaster, and "in recognition of a significant six-figure gift by The Robert W. Plaster Foundation," said Johnson.

Special Recreation of Joliet and Channahon (SRJC) will hold their 16th annual Candlelight Bowl Fundraiser on Saturday, April 18, 2015, at Crest Hill Lanes. Tickets are $25 per person, which includes bowling and either lunch or dinner. This year there are two shifts from which to choose: 2PM or 9PM. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at the Joliet Park District, 3000 W. Jefferson Street or you can register at www.jolietpark.org. All proceeds will benefit programs for individuals with special needs. lane sponsorships are also available at $100 per lane. Please contact 715.741.7275 x 175 or 169 for additional information.


Legislative Luncheon on January 18th @ 176 West Banquets


Business After Hours @ Presence Cancer Center/JOHA on Januart 22nd

Joliet Area Great Teachers Banquet on January 28th @ The Jacob Henry Mansion Estate





Alianza Business After Hours - Wednesday, February 18, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. @ The Spanish Community Center, 309 N. Eastern Avenue, Joliet. No cost to attend. Refreshments and great networking opportunity!

Business After Hours - Thursday, February 26, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. @ Juliet's Tavern, 205 N. Chicago Street, Joliet. No charge to attend. Great appetizers and refreshments. Come and see one of City Center's newest establishments!


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New Membership Software / Web Site Attributes

We are almost fully complete with our conversion to Chamber Master as our new membership software program. In the coming weeks you will receive an invite to setup a new username / password.

Once you are all set to go you can then begin to take advantage of the following:

  • Hot Deals
  • Job Postings
  • Member 2 Member Discounts
  • Market Place Listings
  • Community Calendar Additions
  • Online Registration
  • Online Invoice Payment

After 15+ years working in the same software program, we appreciate your patience through this total data conversion. We are confident that once all of the bugs have been worked out and we become totally familiar with our new program that the benefits to you, our members, will be superb.

Thank you,

Chamber Staff


Joliet Chamber of Commerce
63 North Chicago St. City Center P.O. Box 752 Joliet, IL 60434
Phone: 815-727-5371 Fax: 815-727-5374 E-mail: info@jolietchamber.com
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