July 2015


PROGRAM CHANGE...We have listened to your feedback, and we are retiring the Chamber Stuff mailing. Your flyers that you submit will now be emailed each month as part of this newsletter (see sample at end of newsletter).


For those of you who utilize this program for advertising, we are offering you a route to digitally convey your message, event, etc.

Sumbit your flyer in a jpeg format attachment (530 x 700 pixels) by the 20th of the month to info@jolietchamber.com. The charge will be reduced from $175 to $75.

If you are not currently receiving emails from the Chamber, please send your email address to info@jolietchamber.com to receive the newsletter and flyers each month. Please call the Chamber with any questions.



The July member luncheon is scheduled for Wednesday, July 22nd, 11:30 a.m. @ Prairie Bluff Golf Club, located at 19433 Renwick Road, Lockport, IL. For this month's luncheon, we want YOU to be our program! Each person attending will present their best elevator pitch about their company, which will be a perfect way to share first-hand knowledge about your business to other members of the Joliet Chamber. PLEASE BRING 100 BUSINESS CARDS WITH YOU! Everyone in attendance will leave with a stack on cards (one from each attendee). Business cards only please (any flyers, postcards, etc. will be placed on a separate table for attendees to take). Cost to attend is $35 per person - tables of 8 are also available for purchase. Reservations are required. Reserve here.


The Joliet Chamber will host its annual golf outing on Monday, August 3rd, at the Joliet Country Club, located at 1009 Spencer Road in Joliet. This year will hold both morning golf, reporting at 7 a.m. (7:30 tee off), as well as afternoon golf, reporting at 11 a.m. (1:00 tee off). The outing will include continental breakfast, buffet luncheon, evening dinner, beverages on the course, raffle & door prizes, cocktail hour, auction, and much more! Sign ups as a single golfer or as a foursome. Registration deadline is July 27th. Please call the Chamber for information on sponsorships!


Applications are now being accepted for a new position here at the Chamber: Account Executive. This role will be part-time (about 24 hours a week) and will focus on membership recruitment, member retention, and resident CONNECT program sales. Please review and share with anyone you may feel to be a good fit!

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The Chamber membership committee will kick-off its annual drive at the end of July and 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!


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, which will cover your cost of admission, the BBQ buffet, entertainment, and a fun night of activities.

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 818.727.5371 for more information. A big THANK YOU to our Event Sponsor Schneider Logistics. To learn more about their company, visit www.schneiderjobs.com



Ribbon Cutting @ Express Employment professionals on June 2nd

Ribbon Cutting @ Sparkle Express Carwash on June 3rd

Ribbon Cutting @ Kodo Pharmacy with Senior Solutions on June 23rd

Member Luncheon with Mayor O'Dekirk on June 24th

Business After Hours @ Patrick C. Haley Mansion on June 25th



CWW July Meeting - Thursday, July 9, 11:45 a.m. @ The Epic Buffet at the Hollywood Casino, 777 Hollywood Blvd., Joliet. Topic: READY...SET...RETIRE. Cost to attend is $20 per person, and reservations are required. Reserve here


Tuesday, July 7, 4:30 p.m. @ Future Diagnostics Group, 254 Republic Ave., Joliet

Tuesday, July 14, 12 noon @ Presence Medical Group Primary Care, 301 N. Madison Street, Suite 260, Joliet

Thursday, July 23, 4:30 p.m. @ Midwest Cellular-AT&T Authorized Retailer, 1728 W. Jefferson Street, Joliet


Thursday, July 30, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. @ Bronk Berry Farms, 18061 Bronk Road, Plainfield. No charge to attend - appetizers & refreshments will be available. Great networking opportunity with fellow Chamber members!


The Chamber golf league, Links on the Links, continues into the month of August. Come out and golf 9 holes w/ cart each Wednesday at 4:30 PM. We are at the Joliet Country Club and the cost to play is $30 which includes a beverage at the end of play.


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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






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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