July 2016

The 5th Annual New Orleans North was a HUGE success!

A BIG THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS FOR NEW ORLEANS NORTH... We couldn't have done it without you!

Harrah's Joliet Casino & Hotel - Grand Presenting Sponsor

Hawk Chevrolet & Cadillac

D'Arcy Buick-GMC

BMO Harris Bank

City Center Partnership

Adler Roofing & Sheet Metal

Northern Insurance

First Community Financial Bank


Corsetti Structural Steel, Inc.

Providence Bank & Trust

Midland States Bank

Window World

Schneider Logistics

Hometown National Bank

First Midwest Bank

ExxonMobil Corp.

Joliet Slammers

Trader Magazine

The Voyager Group/Bugle

Silver Cross Hospital

Heritage Corridor Convention & Visitors Bureau

Alpha Media, USA

Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center

Republic Services

University of St. Francis

Abri Credit Union

Joliet Junior College

Robert E. Hamilton Consulting Engineers, Inc.

Polley's Garage

Joliet Area Community Hospice

Pat Simpson O.D.

Heartland Bank & Trust

Petals & Twigs Home Decor & Gifts

And a SPECIAL THANK YOU to our committee who works so hard each & every year to make this event a HUGE Success:

Clay Johnson - Committee Chair; Bob Peters, Catherine Adamowski, Chris Adler, Don Fisher, Donnie Chestnutt, Ed Jarot, Jeff Thompson, John Simpson, Ken Plante, Kim Cunnea, Lindsey Heavener, Monica Bibian, Rosie Verdin, Loren Yaksich, Rick Cronholm, Rick Waggoner, Sgt. Grutzius, Tom Grotovsky



Join us on Friday, July 15 at Silver Cross Field. Game time is 7:05 p.m. Special $5.00 tickets for Chamber members! The first five organizations that purchase 30 or more tickets will be able to choose one of the following special opportunities (1st to buy 30 tickets gets 1st choice):

  • Representative to throw out First Pitch (SOLD)
  • Group or individual sings the 7th inning stretch "Take Me Out To The Ballgame"
  • Concourse information table (Two left)

Tickets must be purchased and picked up in person at the Chamber office, located at 63 N. Chicago Street. (Cash or checks only)! Please call 815.727.5371 for more info.


CLS will begin it's 39th year on Thursday, September 1st. 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 10th. On the evening of November 10th, a graduation banquet will be held. Thank you to the University of St. Francis, our Community Leadership School Sponsor!

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.


The Joliet Chamber will host its annual golf outing on Monday, August 1st, at the Joliet Country Club, located at 1009 Spencer Road in Joliet. Foursomes are selling quickly, so don't delay! We will hold both morning golf, reporting at 7 a.m. (7:30 tee off), as well as afternoon golf, reporting as early as 11 a.m. (1:00 tee off). The outing will include continental breakfast, buffet luncheon and dinner, beverages on the course, raffle & door prizes, cocktail hour, auction, and much more! Sign up as a single golfer or as a foursome. Registration deadline is July 25th. Please call the Chamber for information on sponsorships!


The Joliet Chamber invites you to our 19th Annual New Educators Breakfast on Wednesday, August 10th, 7:30 - 9:00 a.m. at Harrah's Joliet Casino & Hotel. All new teachers and principals in the Joliet Region from public and parochial schools will be introduced to the education and business community. Cost to attend is $20 per person for Chamber members. Reservations are required. Reserve here.

We are also seeking Sponsors for this event. For a $250 sponsorship, you will receive: Your business name announced as a Sponsor; A table with Business Sign to display your materials; Your Business name listed on a tent card at each table; Your Business name listed in the program; One complimentary breakfast. Please contact the Chamber for more details.


Mark your calendars and Save the Date for...FIESTA EN LA CALLE Street Festival on Saturday, September 10th, hosted by the Joliet Chamber and Alianza De Negocios, a Division of the Joliet Chamber. The festival will take place in downtown Joliet along Chicago & Van Buren Streets, and will feature: LIVE MUSIC, FOOD, MARGARITAS, BEER, KIDS ZONE, STREET VENDORS and much more! Proceeds to benefit Alianza De Negocios and the Spanish Community Center. Watch for more details coming soon!


The Herald News - Everyday Heroes are the unsung contributors to our communities who give of themselves for the benefit of others and do not ask for anything in return. An Everyday Hero can be anyone: after-school tutors, teenagers who help their elderly neighbors or volunteer coaches who mentor our children. We want to recognize and honor these residents. Tell us who your Everyday Hero is.

Winners will be featured in a special pullout section, which will be published in the Herald News and Morris Herald News on Sunday, September 11. Winners will also be invited to an awards breakfast on Friday, September 9.

If you prefer, you can type out your nomination, including the required contact information, and mail to: The Herald News, Attn: Everyday Heroes, 2175 Oneida St., Joliet, IL 60435.

Disclaimer: Nominees must live or work in either Will or Grundy counties at the time of nomination. Employees of Shaw Media or their family members are not eligible for the award. Nominees must be at least 13 years old at the time of nomination. Please contact Sarah Dilg at 815.280.4113 for more info, or visit


The First Tee of Joliet will be hosting a golf outing on Wednesday, July 20 at Wedgewood Golf Course. The outing and your support will help our youth learn life skills through the game of golf. For full information visit here.

Breast Intentions Of Illinois will als be hosting their 2016 Golf Outing on Saturday, September 10 at Inwood Golf Course. Breast Intentions mission is, "Helping Those Affected by Breast Cancer Get the Assistance They Need So They Can Heal!" For more information contact Mark Hornung at 815-342-1333 or kiwanis2012-mark@yahoo.com

The Chamber is seeking applicants for a Marketing & Communications Intern. We are looking for an intern who is passionate about marketing, social media, design, and communication in general. The Chamber prepares our interns for work after college and teaches them the skills they need to succeed in a career and in an office setting. Duties may include: Designing and conducting surveys and polls through Survey Monkey. Creating social media posts. Development of testimonial and event video. Creating promotional items for events such as flyers, news releases, and posters. Creating communication calendar for all events and programs. Assisting with writing and designing articles for the monthly Newsletter. Developing relationships and updating contact list for local media outlets. Monitoring the various media outlets for Chamber coverage. Developing suggestions with intern supervisor to improve external communications (i.e. advertising, publications, website, etc.) Assisting in other duties and projects as assigned.

Desired skills and qualifications: Major in Public Relations, Communications, Marketing, Advertising or Journalism are preferred. Working knowledge of Microsoft Office. Familiar with all aspects of social media. Strong creative, writing and organizational skills. Able to multitask and work independently.

For more information about this internship, call the Chamber at 815.727.5371. Interested applicants should be ready to submit a cover letter and resume to mpaone@jolietchamber.com . This position is available to begin in August of 2016 and run through the end of the year.


Advocacy Update

The General Assembly returned to Springfield on Wednesday, June 29 for the first time since adjourning roughly one month ago. Bi-partisan legislative working groups continued to meet throughout the month of June.


On Thursday afternoon, both the House and Senate approved a stopgap budget and full year of K-12 education funding. This action will authorize the state to appropriate federal funds, provides $720 million for state operations, such as food for prisons and other state facilities, gasoline for state cars and medical care for prisoners or residents of state facilities.


About $670 million will go toward human services and road construction projects will be able to continue.

The budget compromise voted on Thursday boosts general state aid to schools by $331 million. It also provides $250 million more for schools that have high concentrations of low-income students. No school district will get less state aid than it did during the just-concluded school year. About $1 billion is going to higher education, including money for grants made under the Monetary Award Program.

A reminder, the Department of Labor (DOL) has released an anticipated revision to the FLSA Overtime Exemption Rules. The Administration released its final overtime regulation increasing the salary threshold below which employees must  be paid overtime for working more than 40 hours a week from $23,660 annually ($455 per week) to $47,476 annually ($913 per week).

This threshold will take effect on December 1, 2016, and it will increase every three years.  Employers will now need to review a range of options to deal with this situation.

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We have also sent out an email this week calling attention to the changes concerning retirment saving options. The Department of Labor is moving forward with sweeping new regulations that will give them more control over how you save for retirement and leave workers and small businesses with fewer investment choices.

Share your opinion with our elected officials

Event Pictures

Little Saigon Restaurant Ribbon Cutting

CWW Uncorked @ Anthony's

New Orleans North at Night

Pitch Your Business Luncheon at Hollywood Casino

June Business After Hours at Ron Tirapelli Ford

Ribbon Cutting at Noodles & Company

CWW Happy Hour - Thursday, July 14th, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. @ Inwood Golf Course's Party Deck, located at 3200 W. Jefferson Street, Joliet. Bring your clubs or borrow one from the course to practice your golf swing. Pros will be available to give you pointers. Saugatuck Brewing will be there with samples of seasonal beverages. Appetizers and cash bar will be available throughout the evening. Cost to attend is $15 per person, and reservations are required. Reserve here.

JAYP Volunteer Event - Wednesday, July 20th from 5:30-8:00 p.m. at the

Lockport Prairie Nature Preserve.

Lockport Prairie Nature Preserve is located on Division Street, east of Route 53/Broadway Street in Lockport. Street parking is available on Division Street.

Business After Hours - Thursday, July 28, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. @ Haunted Trails Family Amusement Park & Picnics, located at 1423 N. Broadway Street, Joliet. No cost to attend, cash bar & appetizers. Great summer networking opportunity!


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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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