August 2015


Please join Chamber members and the business community as we welcome new teachers to the Joliet area education system at our 18th annual New Educators Breakfast on Wednesday, August 12th, 7:30 a.m. at Harrah's. Cost to attend is $20 per person, and reservations are required. Sponsorships for $250 are also still available. Please contact Kelly at the Chamber for details. Register online here.


The August member luncheon will take place on Thursday, August 27th, 11:30 a.m., at the Jacob Henry Mansion Estate - Victorian Ballroom, located at 15 S. Richards Street. Speaker for the luncheon will be U.S. Congressman Bill Foster. Cost to attend is $35 per person, tables of ten will also be available for purchase. Call the Chamber to reserve your seat.


The Chamber membership committee has kicked-off its annual drive which will run through the end of September. We will be conducting in a little different manner this year as compared to the past years. We have identified all of our current members in the City of Joliet through GIS mapping and will be recruiting small teams of 2 or 3 individuals to visit businesses that are non-members in certain geographic areas. If you are interested in helping out, please do not hesitate to let us know. We are looking for a simple commitment of about 3 hours. Call Mike at 815.727.5371.


CLS will begin it's 38th year on Thursday, September 3rd. The mission of CLS is to help develop excellence in leadership in our communities. This is an 11-week program, which begins on Thursday, September 3rd, and continues every Thursday morning through November 12th. On the evening of November 12th, a graduation banquet will be held.

CLS is limited to 40 participants, and registration is now open. Please click here for more information or an application, or call Trish at 815.727.5371.

Thank you to the University of St. Francis, our sponsor for CLS 2015!



Please join the Alianza for the Hispanic Heritage Month & Award Celebration on Wednesday, September 23rd at Harrah's Joliet Casino & Hotel, from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. The Alianza Business of the Year will be awarded. Cost to attend is $25.00 per person, or a table of 10 for $250.00. Your evening will include hors d'oeuvres, cash bar, featured speaker Joliet Mayor Bob O'Dekirk, DJ Music by Sensation Entertainment, group dance presentation, raffles & much more! Invitations will be mailed to ALL Chamber members. Click here for more info or to reserve online.

Special thanks to the following event sponsors: D'Arcy Buick GMC, BMO Harris Bank, and Rio Grande.


SAVE THE DATE-"BOOTS & BBQ: The Barnyard Bash" - Sept. 26, 2015

The community and Chamber members have spoken...Why not produce another New Orleans North type of event? So the Joliet Chamber will happily present its first ever fall event, "Boots & BBQ: The Barnyard Bash" on Saturday, September 26, 2015, at the Jacob Henry Mansion Estate. It will undergo a complete transformation into the biggest barn party that Joliet has ever seen! Tickets will be available for $35 for Chamber members, $45 for non-members, which will cover your cost of admission, the BBQ buffet, entertainment, and a fun night of activities. This event is for 21 and over!

Some of the amenities will include a Hayride valet service, fire pits and hay bale couches, cash bar, DJ, barnyard animals, and a moonshine bar, just to name a few. This event will also feature live music from the Righteous Hillbillies!

Sponsorship opportunities are still available, so contact the Chamber at 815.727.5371 for more information or to reserve your tickets! Tickets are pre-sale tickets will be sold at the door! Reservation deadline is September 24th. A big THANK YOU to our Event Sponsor Schneider Logistics. To learn more about their company, visit


Space is still available for the Washington D.C. Fly-In, taking place on October 6-7, 2015. Cost to attend is $649, which includes one-night stary at Capitol Hills Hotel (single), breakfast, lunch (2X), cocktail reception and legislative meetings. Price does not include transportation to and from Washington, D.C. You are responsible for your own transportation! Please visit, or call the Chamber for details.



Six Flags Great America - Chamber members...Six Flags Great America has added some "bonus days" in August. Anyone that wasn't able to take advantage of the Summer Dates, has a couple more weekends to make it out. Back to School Bonus Days are August 8-9 and 15-16. Visit and enter promo code: JRC2015.

Housing Authority of Joliet - On September 10th, the Housing Authority of Joliet will celebrate their 70th anniversary. Founded in 1945, HAJ is committed to the mission of building inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination. With your support, we can assure the Housing Authority of Joliet will be a stepping stone for residents of all ages. Event and Scholarship opportunities are available. Please visit or call 815.823.8400.

Guardian Angel Community Services - A NEW event, Hops for Hope, to end Domestic Violence, benefiting Guardian Angel Community Services, will be held on October 3, 2015, at Hollywood Casino, rain or shine! 100% Proceeds benefiting GACS. Beer/Wine Tastings-Silent Auction-50/50 Raffle-Vendors-Food-Bean Bags & More. Please visit for full event details.

On this occasion we have the unique, exciting and first time ever challenge of recruiting 50-80 volunteers to work this event, and we have not had this opportunity on this scale ever before... so this is why we are asking all of you for your help if you can!

To make the process quick and simple, we have created an Eventbrite Webpage ​for you to sign up for your preferred shift, and this is where you can obtain additional information as well! Please note that there are limited shifts available for the half-shifts, so they will be available on a first come, first serve basis. So, the earlier you sign up, the better!!! *Please be sure to add "GACS Volunteer" Joliet-chamber-when you sign up under "Company Organization" so we have you accounted for! And please also add my first and last name under "GACS Staff Contact Person." 3 Shift Options: 1. Full Day Volunteer 1:30pm-7:30pm (6hrs.) 2. Early Shift Volunteer 1:30pm - 4:30pm (3hrs.) 3. Late Shift Volunteer: 4:30pm - 7:30pm (3hrs.) Sign up for your shift now at the following link:

The Chicagoland Safety, Health, and Environmental Conference,, is being held September 21-24, 2015, at the Naperville campus of Northern Illinois University. This is a premier regional training conference that in 2014 drew more than 1,000 session attendees, speakers, and vendors from 13 states and 2 foreign countries. The conference provides education and training on current issues for manufacturing companies and professionals who have HR, safety, health, training, environmental or preparedness responsibilities and those who wish to advance their professional development. Business owners, supervisors, municipalities, school boards, park districts, medical facilities and others will also benefit by attending this professional training conference.

The Chicagoland Safety, Health and Environmental Conference includes dynamic training workshops; knowledgeable, proven speakers; a Business Expo featuring great products and services and a Networking Social.

We hope you will join the conference and EHS golf outing. Please contact Ken Orms at with questions.

Dental Smiles is celebrating 5 years in the Joliet Community. Please join us on Saturday, September 12th, from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m., 2410 W. Jefferson Street, Suite 108, Joliet. Refreshments, giveaways, and a chance to win a FREE sonicare toothbrush.



Ribbon Cutting @ Future Diagnostics Group on July 7th

Ribbon Cutting @ Presence medical Group on July 14th

Ribbon Cutting @ Midwest Cellular AT&T on July 23rd

Ribbon Cutting @ Will County Land Use Department

Business After Hours @ Bronk Berry Farms on July 30th


MEMBER FLYERS - A new additon to the monthly newsletter. Call to see how you can run your flyer in this space.


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Will & Grundy Counties


Joliet Area Young Professionals Volunteer Event

Join the JAYP at Haunted Trails on Wednesday, August 5, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. as they will entertain kids from Big Brothers Big Sisters with a night of Lazer Tag, Go-Carts, and Arcade games. Cost is $20 to cover both adult and child. Click here to register online.

CWW August Luncheon

Thursday, August 6, 11:45 a.m. @ Juliet's Tavern, located at 205 N. Chicago Street, Joliet. Topic: Women, Leadership & Mentoring, presented by Dr. Cheryl McCarthy, JTHS, Superintendent. Cost to attend is $20 per person and reservations are required. Click here to register online.


Alianza Buenos Dias Breakfast

Wednesday, August 19, 8:00 a.m. @ Rio Grande Restaurant, 1115 Plainfield Road, Joliet. Topic: Membership / September Event. Also, registration for the Mexican Independence Parade will be available. Cost to attend is $20 per person and reservations are required. Reserve online here.


Business After Hours

Thursday, August 27, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. @ Joliet park District's Inwood Athletic Center, located at 3000 W. Jefferson Street, Joliet. No charge to attend - networking, hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be available!


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New Membership Software / Web Site Attributes

We are finished with our conversion to Chamber Master as our new membership software program. In the last few days you should have received 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:

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






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63 North Chicago St. City Center P.O. Box 752 Joliet, IL 60434
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