Friday, October 7, 6:00 - 11:00 p.m. @ The Jacob Henry Mansion Estate. New this year...Over a dozen craft beers and ciders to sample and silent auction to benefit the Joliet Region Hawk Education Scholarship Program.

We'll also be bringing back last year's favorites including the BBQ buffet, live music, & more! Tickets are still availabe for $35.00 each...TICKETS ARE PRE-SALE ONLY! No tickets will be sold at the door. Call the Chamber today at 815.727.5371 to purchase or visit www.jolietchamber.com

We would also like to recognize our Sponsors for this event:

Schneider Port Logistics - Grand Presenting Sponsor

ExxonMobil Corp. - Silent Auction Sponsor

CARCARE Towing/Heritage Woods of Minooka - Entertainment Sponsor

Window World - Souvenir Sponsor

Czerkies Limited Partnership II - Mechanical Bull Sponsor

Northern Insurance - Signage Sponsor

The Jacob Henry Mansion Estate - Craft Beer Sponsor

98.3 WCCQ, 1340 WJOL, STAR 96.7, QROCK 100.7 - Hay Bale Decoration Sponsor

Servpro of Joliet - Midnight Munchies Sponsor

NuMark Credit Union - Ticket Sponsor

Dinner Sponsors - Enbridge Energy & Salem Village Nursing & Rehab

Hay Rack Valet Sponsors - Bronk Berry Farms & Midland States Bank

Hoedown Sponsors - 22nd Century Media, Bisping Construction, Porte Brown LLC, The Herald News

Fandango Sponsors - First Midwest Bank, Meade Accounting & Wealth Magagement, Ragusa's Promo Advertising


Mark your calendars for Tuesday, October 18th for the Chamber's Career Fair. The event will be held at Clarion Joliet Banquet & Conference Center located at 411 S. Larkin Avenue from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

  • Recruit potential new employees
  • Promote permanent full, part-time & seasonal job openings
  • Conduct onsite interviews with potential candidates

Event will feature a variety of THIRTY (as of right now) plus organizations offering Quality Opportunities and Numerous Positions that are available immediately at the Joliet Region Career Fair. Help spread the word - tell your friends, family and co-workers.



On Tuesday, October 18th, the Chamber will host a Candidate Forum, which will be held following our Career Fair at Clarion Joliet Banquet & Conference Center from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Candidates from the Federal, State & local levels will be invited to participate. Please watch for more updates to follow.

This is a great way to meet face-to-face with your representative(s). Ask them what you want to know. NO SPEECHES, just direct interaction with you the voter!


Please join us for our Member Luncheon on Thursday, October 20, 11:30 a.m. @ Clarion Hotel Joliet Banquet & Convention Center, located at 411 S. Larkin Avenue. Guest speakers for the luncheon are Dr. Rouse, Superintendent, Joliet Public Schools District 86, and Dr. Livingston, President, Lewis University. "Introduction to New Education Leaders". Cost to attend is $35 per person, or a table of ten for $350.00. Reservations are required by Monday, October 17th. Call the Chamber for your reservation, or reserve here.


Wednesday, October 12, 7:45 - 10:00 a.m.

FREE MERCHANT SERVICES PRESENTATION: Increase Sales, Fundraising & Donation Funds + PCI Compliance. Presented by Purita Schwarz, Independent Life Insurance Broker/Financial Services. Also, CREATIVE LIFE INCOME STRATEGY PLAN by John A Ruggiero, RFC. Event will be held at Best Western Hotel, Joliet, 4380 Enterprise Drive, Joliet. This event is FREE TO ATTEND, limited seating is available. To register, or for more information, contact Purita Schwarz before October 7th at 815.603.4807, or email puritaschwarz@comcast.net

Thursday, October 27, 7:30 - 9:30 a.m.

You are invited to a presentation by Jack Elson, PhD, TIMELESS PRINCIPLES FOR WINNING THE GAME OF BUSINESS. Whether you are a business owner, CEO, or Executive; run a home-based business or a firm with 250 employees, a start-up or third generation family business, this presentation provides insights that empower you to take concrete steps to significantly improve your business and your life. Event will be held at the Joliet Country Club, 1009 Spencer Road, Joliet. Cost to attend is $15 per person, which includes breakfast and discussion materials. Seating is limited. Reserve here today.


The Chamber's Annual Dinner will be held on Monday, November 7, 2016 at 176 West Banquets. Format for the evening will be Cocktail hour beginning at 5:00 p.m., followed by Dinner & Dessert Stations and Program. Invitations will be mailed this week. Register online here. Please join us as we honor the 2016 recipients:

Large Business / Employer of the Year:

Joliet Police Department

Small Business / Employer of the Year:

Servpro of Joliet, Lockport, Lemont & Homer Glen

Professional / Business Services Award:

Hawk Joliet

Financial Services Award:

The Voyager Group, Ltd.

Retail Award:

Bronk Berry Farms

Social Services Award:

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Will & Grundy Counties

Rabbi Hershman Community Service Awards:

Dr. Cheryl McCarthy

Mark Griglione

Nominating Committee Proposed Directors and Officers

The Chamber Nominating Committee proposes the following candidates to fill the vacancies on the Board of Directors of the Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce and Industry.  The Terms shall be for the period of January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2019.


Troy Cicero - MulticultuReal Communications, Inc.

Jen Howard - TCBY Frozen Yogurt

Meghan Preston - Rathbun, Cservenyak & Kozol LLC

Ben Stortz - Cornerstone Services, Inc.


Nominated as officers of the Board of Directors for the year 2017 are:

Chair of the Board - Larry Johnson, Silver Cross Hospital

Vice Chair - Clay Johnson, Joliet Technologies L.L.C.

Treasurer - Ken Plante, Plante and Associates, Inc.

Secretary -Mary Jaworski (per Chamber By-Laws)


Article VI, Section 5 of the Chamber Bylaws provides that "Nominations, other than those recommended by the Nominating Committee may be made by any fifteen (15) members in good standing by filing the names of the nominee with the President by November 1st."

Article VI, Section 6 continues "If there are no additional nominees at the expiration of the time designated in Article VI, Section 5 hereof, the Board of Directors shall declare the nominees of the Nominating Committee unanimously elected at the next regular meeting of the Board of Directors."


Kim Cunnea with Providence Bank, has been selected as the 2016 Marx Gibson Community Leadership Award recipient. This award is given out annually and is co-sponsored by the Joliet Region Chamber and the University of St. Francis. The award will be presented to Kim at the Community Leadership School Graduation Banquet on November 10th.



Join us on Wednesday, November 16th for the Joliet Area Young Professionals Addual Dinner, taking place at Hollywood Casino's Private Banquet Room. Ms. Leslie
Allred, with O'Dekirk, Allred & Associates, LLC, will be honored as the 2016 Young Professional of the Year. We will hold our First Ever "ROAST" of the Guest of Honor, featuring 3 to 5 "Celebrity" Roasters. Cost to attend is $35 per person, and reservations are required. Call the Chamber or reserve here now.


Join the Council For Working Women for their annual event, Martinis & Mistletoe, taking place on Monday, November 14, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. @ the Joliet Country Club. Cost to attend is $25 per person, and reservations are required. Call the Chamber or reserve online.

Nominate a Business or Self Nominate for a BBB Torch Award for Business Excellence

(Open to all businesses). Do you know a business that deserves the premier award for service, trust and marketplace ethics and excellence? Nominations are Open for the BBB Torch Awards!

A Torch Award from the Better Business Bureau is one of America’s most prestigious awards honoring companies for outstanding integrity. Nominating a business for the BBB Torch Award is a great way to thank them for their service and support.

Torch Awards are presented every Fall to businesses that have been nominated and submit an entry packet for review by a team of top leaders from universities and businesses.

Nominate your favorite business – nominations and entries must be received by 10/10/2016www.bbb.org/chicago/torch-awards

Torch Award Questions? E-mail the Torch team at communications@chicago.bbb.org  or call 312-245-2643

Advocacy Updates

The DOL's new overtime regulation will dramatically change which employees must be paid overtime if they work more than 40 hours a week. The new salary threshold that defines who is eligible will go from $455/week ($23,660 annually) to $913/week ($47,476 annually)-a 100% increase. Employers will either have to increase an employee's salary to continue classifying them as exempt, or reclassify them to be eligible for overtime.

The new overtime rule will take effectDecember 1if Congress doesn't act ... and so far, they haven't.

Tell your Congressman before it's too late: Fight Back Against New Overtime Regulations


The Department of Treasury has issued proposed regulations targeting family businesses for higher estate and gift taxes, simply for being family-owned businesses. The regulations accomplish this by forcing the estates of family business owners to disregard important facts, such as control and marketability, when ownership of a business is passed to the next generation. Lack of control and marketability can greatly affect a business's value. Without these tools, which are factored into the valuation of a business, estate taxes could increase 30 percent or more. We are encouraging all impacted parties to contact your Congressman to express your thoughts.


"Unlucky 13 Hole" Golf Outing to beneift Lamb's Fold on Saturday, October 29 @ Inwood Golf Club, 3200 W. Jefferson Street, Joliet. 10:00 a.m. registration, 11:00 a.m. start. Donation, Raffle & Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Jim Spiva at 815.450.3047 or jamesspiva@gmail.com

Siegel's Cottonwood Farm announces calendar of events for Pumpkin Fest. Opening day is Saturday, September 17th, with events taking place through October 30th. For more information, contact Kaity Siegel at 815.741.2693, or kaity@siegelsfarm.com or visit www.ourpumpkinfarm.com

NuMark Credit Union will host a FREE seminar to learn about a Reverse Mortgage on Thursday, October 13 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at their Crest Hill office located at 2380 Caton Farm Road. All are welcome to attend. Seating is limited - reserve your seat by calling 815.729.3211 or email numarkonline@numarkcu.org

Joliet Area Community Hospice is hosting "puttin on the Glitz" Fashion Show and luncheon on Sunday, November 6, 11:30 a.m. at the Bolingbrook Golf Club, 2001 Rodeo Drive, Bolingbrook, IL. Tickets are $55 per person and tables of 8 or 10 are available. Tickets may be purchased at www.joliethospice.org/events.html. Proceeds will benefit Joliet Area Community Hospice.


ATHENA Award Luncheon, honoring Diane Habiger on September 14th @ Mistwood Golf Club

Edible Arrangements New Location Ribbon Cutting and 10 Year Anniversary


CWW Luncheon - Thursday, October 6, 11:45 a.m. @ The Jacob Henry Mansion Estate Gathering Room, located at 15 S. Richards Street, Joliet. "Dealing With Difficult Conversations" presented by Laticia Thompson, Legacy Blueprints. Cost to attend is $25 per person, and reservations are required. Reserve here.

JAYP Volunteer Event - Join us and Big Brothers Big Sisters for a night of FUN and pizza at Haunted Trails.  We'll match up with some kids awaiting a "Big" and treat them to laser tag, Go-karts, and video games! A great volunteer opportunity on Wednesday, October 12 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM. Cost is $20 per adult to cover "Big" and
"Little." Register here

Ribbon Cutting - Wednesday, October 19, 3:00 p.m. @ Sky Zone Trampoline Park, located at 2318 Essington Road, Joliet.

Launch Party - Wednesday, October 19, 6:00 p.m. for Digital Squid Productions. Event will take place at iPic Theatres & Sports Lounge, located at 619 E. Boughton Road, Bolingbrook. Complimentary appetizers & soft drinks, iPic Theatres Movie Goers Gift Basket Raffle, iPic Theaters Dinner & Movie Pass Giveaways, and the opportunity to star in the Digital Squid Launch Party Recap Video!

Alianza Business After Hours - Wednesday, October 19, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. @ Midland States Bank, located at 100 N. Chicago Street, Joliet. FREE to attend: networking, appetizers & refreshments. Program will be "The importance of businesses in the area supporting local not-for-profit organizations." presented by Rita Facchina, CASA.

Ribbon Cutting & Oktober Fest - Thursday, October 20, 4:00 p.m. @ Spring Creek Nursing & Rehab, located at 777 Draper Avenue, Joliet. Celebrate the opening of their newly remodeled luxury private rehabilitation suites at 4:00 p.m., then stay to join the fun at their Oktoberfest Party, featuring entertainment, drinks, food, massages, free flu shots, raffles and tours.

October Business After Hours - Thursday, October 27, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. @ Hollywood Casino's newest bar: 99 Hops House, located at 777 Hollywood Blvd., Joliet. Enjoy hors d'oeuvres and $3.00 domestic bottles beers, or order from their full cash bar offering 99 differennt beers. Want to participate as a Vendor at BAH? Use this opportunity to market your business to fellow Chamber members and grow your network. Cost for a table is $75 (Chamber members) $50 (non-profit organizations), ONLY 10 VENDOR TABLES AVAILABLE! Call Trish at 815.727.5371 to reserve.

Ribbon Cutting - Thursday, November 3, 4:00 p.m. @ Alden Estates of Shorewood, located at 710 W. Black Road.


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Northern Illinois Food Bank

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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
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