April 2016


The April member luncheon will take place on Friday, April 29, 11:30 a.m. @ Mistwood Golf Club, located at 1700 W. Renwick Road in Romeoville. Speakers for the luncheon are: Ragan Freitag, Will County Board member; Mike Fricilone, Will County Board member; Chief Judge Richard Schoenstedt; and Jason Dwyer, Architect, Wight & Co. Program is "Overview of the New Will County Courthouse." Cost to attend is $35 per person for Chamber members ($45 for non-members). Tables of ten are also available for purchase. Reservations are required by April 25th - reserve here.


There are a few great Banner locations remaining! Call Mary TODAY at 815.727.5371 to reserve your banners, or for more information!


The date has been set - mark your calendars for Friday June 10, 5:00 - 11:00 p.m. - for New Orleans North, the Chamber's outdoor summer festival! There will be music, food, Hurricanes, beer & fun for this 21 & over event! Tickets are $7.00 in advance and $10.00 at the door. With each ticket purchased, there is a chance to win a trip to Harrah's in New Orleans, courtesy of Harrah's Joliet Casino & Hotel, our Presenting Sponsor. Tickets are now available for purchase at the Chamber office. Please call the Chamber at 815.727.5371 for more info. Interested in volunteering? Please contact Kelly Baltas at the Chamber for more details! 815.727.5371


Please join us on Tuesday, April 26 for the Entrepreneurship Club EXPO at The Sullivan Recreation Center on the campus of The University of St. Francis, located at 500 Wilcox Street, Joliet, from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. You are the most critical part of the EXPO - interaction with "real-life" business men and women!

The Entrepreneurship Club is an innovative partnership between local businesses and schools for children grades 6-8 to develop an innovative entrepreneurial business concept or provide a solution to a community problem. The Club is based on a curriculum titled: Real Life Entrepreneur, where students learn the fundamentals of small business in a fun, hands-on program. Students will create a project, which will be a business plan or innovative idea. These projects will be displayed at the EXPO. Light refreshments will be served. No cost to attend.


The Chamber is planning their annual Springfield Drive-Down for Tuesday & Wednesday, May 10-11, 2016. Our drive-down will begin with a luncheon on Tuesday, followed by a briefing, legislative meetings, reception and dinner. Cost to attend is $135.00 per person - this includes everything EXCEPT YOUR HOTEL RESERVATIONS. You are responsible for making your own hotel reservations. Invitations will be mailed to all members. Please see your Chamber mail, or go to www.jolietchamber.com for more details or to register.


NuMark Credit Union is offering a FREE seminar on Tuesday, April 19th called "Build A Basic Budget: the Five-Step Spending Plan". The seminar will be from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Numark's Crest Hill office, located at 2380 Caton Farm Road. Find out in step-by-step detail how to create a working budget. Each participant will take away a personal action plan, plenty of ideas for how to save money, and a better understanding of how to track where your money goes. Seating is limited - please register in advance by calling 815.729.3211.

Joliet Kiwanis Cliub will host a Trivia Night on Saturday, April 30th at the Joliet Elks Club. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. and trivia starts at 6:00. Cost is $20 per person or $160 for a table team of 8 people. The event will feature raffles, prizes and ten rounds of trivia fun - all for a great cause. Event, table and question sponsorships are available and donations for the auction are greatly appreciated. The Joliet Kiwanis Club supports several local charities and scholarships, and sponsors student clubs including Key Club and Sktion Club. To learn more about the event, to register a team or to become a sponsor, contact Vince Portlock at jolietkiwanistrivia@gmail.com

ATTENTION ALL EMPLOYERS! Looking for Qualified Job-Seekers to Match your Business' Employment Needs? Join Rep. John Anthony & Rep. Mark Batinick for a FREE Jobs Fair on Saturday, June 25, 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at Minooka Central Community High School, 301 S. Wabena Avenue, Minooka, IL. All area businesses are invited to participate. Space is limited, so call to reserve your spot today! Call Julie at 815.464.9908 or email jlmceinc@aol.com

Joliet Park District - Attention all parents of preschoolers! Sunshine and Rainbows Learning Center registration for 2016-2017 is now open! Sunshine & Rainbows Learning Center, located at the Multi-Purpose Center, 3000 W. Jefferson St., provides children ages 2, 3, 4 & 5 an opportunity to experience learning through safe, happy and stimulating educational experiences. Activities include free play, movement, games, creative art, music, math and science. For more information, please visit www.jolietpark.org or call 815.741.7275.

Joliet Area Community Hospice is hosting its Annual Dinner Meeting on Monday, April 11 at 176 West Banquets, 1100 NE Frontage Road, Joliet. Social hour at 5:00 p.m. and dinner/program at 6:00. Reservations are still available - tickets are $55 per person, and tables of ten are available. Pre-registration is required by April 4th. Call 815.740.4104 to register or for more info.



Member Luncheon on March 21 with Illinois State Comproller leslie Munger at Harrah's Casino & Hotel

Legislative Update Member Luncheon on March 21 at the Jacob Henry Mansion Estate - Victorian Ballroom. Speakers were: Senator Pat McGuire, Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant, State Representative Natalie Manley, and State Representative Larry Walsh, Jr.



CWW April Luncheon - Thursday, April 7, 11:45 a.m. @ Juliet's Tavern, 205 N. Chicago Street in downtown Joliet. Program is "Four Components of Leadership in Daily Life", presented by Mary Jaworski, Joliet Chamber President. Cost to attend is $25 per person, and reservations are required. Reserve here.

SAVE THE DATE... Mark your calendars for Monday, June 6th for the CWW's Uncorked Wine Tasting Event from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at Anthony's Restaurant & Pub! More details to follow soon!

Grand Opening - Saturday, April 9, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. @ Window World NEW LOCATION, 2363 Copper Ct., Crest Hill (west of Weber & Caton Farm).

  • Meet former White Sox great Ron Kittle from 1:00 - 3:00
  • Family-Friendly activities
  • Refreshments
  • Show your strength for a chance to win 6 free windows
  • First 50 people in the door will receive Windex and movie tickets to see My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

Alianza Breakfast - Wednesday, April 20, 8:00 a.m. Topic: "Business Professionalism For Your Employees", presented by Becki Hackett, Mary Kay Senior Sales Director. Location: At the home of Becki Hackett, 737 River Bluff Drive, Shorewood. (Please call 815.690.7474 for directions). Cost to attend is $10 per person, and reservations are required. Reserve here.

Business After Hours - Thursday, April 28, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Hosted by Cornerstone Services. Event will be held at the Joliet Area Historical Museum (lower level auditorium), 204 N. Ottawa Street, Joliet. This event will be held in conjunction with the 2nd annual Cornerstone Art Show. The art show will feature paintings, weavings, decorated gourds, and other creative items from people who receive services from Cornerstone. No charge to attend - refreshments and cash bar.


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