November 2016

Thank you to CLARION HOTEL JOLIET BANQUET & CONVENTION CENTER for hosting our Career Fair & Candidate's Forum on October 18th. We would also like to recognize our sponsors for the Career Fair:

Xerox - Event Sponsor

FedEx Ground - Interview Room Sponsor

Hollywood Casino Joliet - Hospitality Room Sponsor


There is still time to reserve for the Chamber's Annual Dinner & Celebration of Success on Monday, November 7th, at 176 West Banquets. Cost to attend is $55 per person, and reservations are required. Reserve online here.


Save the date - Thursday, December 8th, for our 19th Annual Holiday Member Reception at the Jacob Henry Mansion, located at 20 S. Eastern Avenue, Joliet, from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.!


Please join Chamber members on Wednesday, December 7th for a Member Luncheon at 113 Republic Hall. Speaker for the luncheon is Will County Executive Larry Walsh, topic is "State of the County". Cost to attend is $35 per person, tables of 10 are also available for purchase. Reservations are required. Watch your Chamber mail for a reservation form, or reserve online here.


Why be a Sponsor for Chamber Membership Breakfasts/Luncheons?

  • Your business name on tent cards displayed on tables at all membership Breakfasts/Luncheons
  • Your business name in each online issue of VISION in 2017
  • Opportunity to display materials about your business at all membership Breakfasts/Luncheons
  • Business name exposure and recognition to a variety of Chamber members throughout the year
  • Sponsorship Sign greets all guests attending membership Breakfasts/Luncheons

The cost for a 2017 Breakfast/Luncheon Sponsorship is $200. Please contact Trish at for more info.

Member Notes

Congratulations to Terry D'Arcy of D'Arcy Motors and the Pritz Family of Joliet as they will be inducted into the Project Acclaim Hall of Pride on Thursday, the 3rd of November, joining 135 previous recipients.

ConEcepts, a freshly prepared fast casual restaurant is now open in the Louis Joliet Mall near the Theatre entrance. ConEcepts brings unique dining options to the mall with culinary trained chefs and fresh ingredients serving savory fillings in breadcones, bowls, pitas and salads. ConEcepts' owner and Creative Chef is Turon Cummings, Sr., nationally renowned, culinary school trained chef who has been in the food industry for 15 years. Chef Turon is also a two time Top Ten World Food Champion and will be returning to the World Food championship this year to bring the championship back to Joliet.

Advocacy Update

Safe Roads Amendment

This Election Day, one of the most important items on the ballot asks if the Illinois Constitution should be amended to require all transportation-related revenue to be dedicated solely to public highways, roads, streets, bridges, and mass transit.

Did you know that Illinoisans travel over 103 billion miles a year on America’s third longest inventory of roads? All this wear and tear has taken its toll as potholes multiply, transit delays increase, and old deteriorating bridges put our safety at risk. Transportation drives Illinois’ economy, moving goods and people across the state and connecting us to national and international markets.

A strong infrastructure contributes to the overall wellbeing of our state’s economy. It’s time we protect these vital resources and VOTE YES to keep our roads and bridges safe. 

On November 8th, this amendment will protect our investment in our infrastructure by ending the ability to divert these funds. The Safe Roads Amendment has broad support from the business community, organized labor and the trucking industry.  The Safe Roads Amendment is an important safeguard that promotes the safety of Illinois motorists. We urge you to consider the amendment carefully and vote “yes.”

Candidate Forum

Thank you to those who joined us on Tuesday, October 18 at the Clarion in Joliet for our 2016 Candidate Forum. We were able to hear from 28 candidates for Federal, State, and County offices. Please remember to VOTE on Tuesday, November 8!


BOOTS, BREWS & BBQ on October 7th @ The Jacob Henry Mansion Estate

Career Fair on October 18th @ Clarion Hotel Joliet Banquet & Conference Center

Ribbon Cutting on October 19th @ Digital Squid Productions

Dr. Rouse, Superintendent of Joliet Public Schools District 86

October Member Luncheon

Dr. Livingston, President of Lewis University

October Member Luncheon

Sky Zone Ribbon Cutting on October 19

New Downtown Offices of First Midwest Bank Ribbon Cutting on October 26


Galowich Family YMCA ribbon cutting for Healthy Living Corridor on October 26

Hollywood Casino Business After Hours on October 27 in the 99 Hops House

Grand Opening - Wednesday, November 2, 12:30 p.m. @ ConEcepts, located inside Louis Joliet Mall (across from the Cinema), 3340 Mall Loop Drive, Joliet. Enjoy delicious food provided by Chef Turon Cummings, Sr., owner and creator of ConEcepts.

Martinis & Mistletoe - The Joliet Chamber invites all its members to celebrate the CWW's 20th Anniversary at Martinis & Mistletoe on Monday, November 14th, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. @ the Joliet Country Club. Enjoy delicious martinis, hors d'oeuvres, holiday decorations, raffles, live entertainment & more. New this year "Gentlemen's Drink". Cost to attend is $25 per person, and reservations are required. Please reserve here.

Alianza Luncheon - All are invited to attend a luncheon on Wednesday, November 16th from 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. at 113 Republic Hall. Luncheon topic will be "How Identity Theft/Fraud Affects Businesses and Their Bottom Lines." Our featured speaker will be Tonya Mack, Business VP of Illinois with Legal Shield/ID Shield. Box lunch will be served for the fee of $15. Reservations are required. Reserve here

Joliet Area Young professionals Annual Dinner - Wednesday, November 16th, 5:30 p.m. @ Hollywood Casino Joliet. Please join us as we honor Leslie Allred, as the 2016 JAYP of the Year. Cost to attend is $35 and all are invited to attend. Reservations are due in advance. Reserve here.

Business BEFORE Hours - Please join Chamber members on Thursday, November 17th from 7:00 - 9:00 a.m. for a Business BEFORE Hours at Joliet Area Community Hospice, located at 250 Water Stone Circle, Joliet. November is National Hospice & Pallative Care Month. Come & enjoy delicious hot breakfast items, meet the new CEO, mingle with Chamber members, take a tour, cuddle with a friendly therapy dog, and more!

Ribbon Cutting - Join Chamber members & ALDI grocery store on Friday, November 18th, 8:45 a.m., for a Ribbon Cutting to celebrate the Grand Opening of their new location, located at 2301 Route 59, Plainfield.



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Joliet Area Community Hospice

Joliet Bank & Trust

Northern Illinois Food Bank

NuMark Credit Union

RME Audio Video, Inc.

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Turk Furniture

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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
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