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Make New Contacts, Increase Your Visibility at Business Expo

Despite living in a digital world, it’s no secret that people like to do business with individuals they know and trust. A great way to market your business face to face, build rapport and earn the trust of prospective customers is by exhibiting at the Chamber’s Business Expo and After Hours. Read more

June Business Briefs

After serving as Senior Rabbi for 35 years at Congregation Beth Shalom (CBS), Rabbi Carl Wolkin will retire effective the end of June. Under Rabbi Wolkin’s leadership the Northbrook congregation grew from 500 families in 1980 to currently more than 1200 families. Rabbi Wolkin has also held numerous community interfaith leadership positions, including president of the Northbrook Clergy Association. CBS announced that Rabbi Aaron Melman will assume the position of Head Rabbi and Ari Averbach will join the staff as the new Assistant Rabbi, effective July 1st. CBS has been a member of the Chamber since 1974.

Learn tips for proper care to keep your perennial garden in top shape at an informative free seminar at Red’s Garden Center on Saturday, June 20, 10:30 a.m. Space is limited; RSVP at (847)272-1209 or email

Youth Services of Glenview Northbrook will host its 11th annual Youth Make A Difference 5K Walk/Run on Sunday, June 21, 8:00 a.m. in Gallery Park in The Glen. The event includes entertainment, food, a raffle and awards. Visit or call (847)724-2620 for more information.

The Northbrook Symphony Orchestra will present a special concert on Saturday, June 6, 7:30 p.m. at Nichols Concert Hall in Evanston, featuring young Music Institute of Chicago musicians as guest soloists. For information visit or call (847)272-0755.

The sound of music will fill Village Green Park this summer with the return of the Northbrook Park District free Tuesday night outdoor concert series, June 9 – 30. Food service begins at 6:00 p.m. followed by music at 7:00 p.m. In case of rain, call the Weather and Activity Hotline at (847)291-2985 for updates.

Julie Strauss, will present “Citizens Forum: Is Immigration Reform Possible,” on Monday, June 29 at 6:30 p.m. at Covenant Village. Strauss has a PhD from Northwestern University and is a frequent lecturer on American politics. There is no charge to attend.

In celebration of its 60th anniversary, Des Plaines Office Equipment will host a Gala on Thursday, June 11, 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. at their Elk Grove Village location. In addition to fabulous hospitality there will be beer and wine tastings featuring a special anniversary cocktail, a DJ and photo booth. To RSVP call 847-879-6400 or register online at

A pioneer in the field of long term care insurance, MAGA recently announced its 40th anniversary. Licensed nationally, MAGA has won numerous achievement awards in its industry, including from the AALTCI, its professional trade association. For more information, visit

In lieu of its annual donation of a portion of its June sales, this year Lewis Floor and Home will donate a kitchen consisting of cabinets, countertops and flooring to Cancer Wellness to support their new on-site demonstration kitchen, which will be used to focus on good nutrition before, during and after cancer treatment. This is the 15th year Lewis has supported the Center.

The Rotary Club of Northbrook recently announced that it awarded grants to Prism Pathways, an organization that helps economically disadvantaged high school students, and the Northbrook Symphony Orchestra (NSO). The NSO will use its grant to expand its educational initiative for Northbrook junior high school students.

Congratulations to American Weathermakers for receiving an Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts Award for the commercial “Breakdown” voiced by owner Dick Hochschild. The spot won an award in the category for owner-voiced, non-professional announcer radio commercials.

With the conclusion of the year-long construction project, the Northbrook Public Library will host an Open House on Saturday, June 13, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Sunday, June 14, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. to officially unveil the new improvements. New space includes: 40 person conference room with 80 inch LCD monitor; Pollak meeting room that accommodates 100 people; and 225 person Auditorium with comfortable theater seating. Other new features include better technology in meeting rooms for presentations; 4K Digital Projection System for movie presentation, improved acoustics in meeting spaces and compliance and ADA enhancements. Visit for a list of activities.

North Shore Women’s Conference Rescheduled
The 8th annual North Shore Women’s Conference, originally planned for June, has been rescheduled for Wednesday, September 30. The annual event, hosted by North and Northwest suburban Chambers of Commerce, features a business expo along with the second annual Women in Business Leadership awards. For more information visit

It’s Time to Tee it Up for the Chamber

Annual Golf Outing & Dinner
Friday, June 12
Sportsman’s Country Club
11:30 registration, 1:00 Shotgun start

A great way to thank clients and colleagues, to make new friendships, or solidify business relationships is to participate in the Chamber’s upcoming annual Golf Outing and Dinner. Read more

Exhibit at the Chamber’s July Business Expo and After Hours

The Internet and social media offer great ways to market your business, but nothing is as effective as personal interaction with prospective customers. One of the best and most effective ways for members to make these important face-to-face connections with potential clients is at the annual Business Expo and After Hours on Wednesday, July 22 at the Wyndham Glenview Suites hotel. Read more

Protecting Your Business Relationships

by Marcia Franklin
M.Franklin PicWhether you are a big business or a small business, if you are interested in preserving the value of your business, both as a going concern and/or for ultimate sale, non-solicit and non-circumvent agreements with your employees and independent contractors are critical. Read more