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Free Marketing Tools Available to Members

Through the Chamber, members have a wide array of options to promote their products and services ranging from print to web to social media at their disposal, all at no charge. Make note of guidelines and deadlines for each of the following communications tools. Read more

Members Asked to Update Contact Information

By now all members should have been contacted via e-mail to complete and return the Chamber’s Membership Verification form which includes member contact information. Updates provided to the Chamber during this annual outreach process are vital to ensure accurate information appears on the Chamber website, and that the correct contact information is given out when making referrals. If your business has moved, has a new phone number or a new website address, if you have employees you would like to add or delete from the database, this a great opportunity to update your records. Even if there are no changes, please respond to the Chamber so that we are aware you have reviewed your listing.

In addition to verifying contact information, members are reminded to take full advantage of the ability to use up to 600 characters (around 50 words) to describe their business. This offers an opportunity to explain more about a business specialty and for members to differentiate themselves from their competitors. In addition, members should also make sure they list keywords, which will improve search results both on the Chamber’s website and with major search engines such as Google, Yahoo and Bing.

It is also very valuable for the Chamber to have correct e-mail addresses for all members, as it is a convenient means of communicating important information. Please note that e-mails provided to the Chamber are not sold or listed in any publication.

Check the effectiveness of your listing by visiting the Chamber website, www.northbrookchamber.org, and searching for your business name. Does your business come up in the right category? Could you benefit by being listed in a second category? Could your listing be more prominent with a hot deal or banner ad? These and other low cost options can set your business apart from the others and ensure that your business comes up in a search. If you did not receive the verification form, or if you have any questions about how to update your records, please contact the Chamber at (847)498-5555 and any staff member will be happy to help you out.

October 2017 Business Briefs

T.J. Ross, Executive Director, Pace Suburban Bus, and U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider, 10th Congressional District will give an update on regional transportation topics at the TMA of Lake-Cook’s 2017 annual fall meeting on Friday, Oct. 6, 9:00 a.m. at the Baxter Healthcare Auditorium in Deerfield. RSVP to Donna Ray, donna_ray@baxter.com, by October 4.

Support Youth Services of Glenview Northbrook at their “Stand Up for Youth: A Night of Comedy” on Friday, October 6, 7:00 p.m., at Sunset Ridge Country Club. The event will feature cocktails and substantial appetizers along with a special performance by renowned comedian Nate Bargatze. Cost is $90. To order tickets visit ysgn.org

The Village of Northbrook Arts Commission will host “Paint the Town, a Plein Air Painting Festival” on Friday, Oct. 6 through Sunday, Oct. 8. On Friday and Saturday over 25 Midwest artists will create works at locations throughout Northbrook, and submit their three best pieces for exhibition, awards and sale to the public on Sunday at the Village Green Center. Local musicians will also perform and there will be a live outdoor painting demonstration from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. For more information visit http://northbrookarts.org/paint-the-town/.

Committed sales and business development professionals are invited to learn how to squeeze the most out of every opportunity, as well as how to break out of limiting behavior patterns at an Executive Workshop: Break the Rules and Close More Sales, held at Sandler Training on Tuesday, Oct. 10, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. The workshop is complimentary, but reservations are required. Call (847)513-6137 to RSVP.

Hunger Resource Network will host its only fundraising event for the year “Hunger Knows No Season” on Thursday, October 12, 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. at Pinstripes, featuring cocktails, appetizers, dinner, and a Silent and Live Auction. Funds raised allow the organization to purchase frozen chicken to distribute to more than 100 food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters in the Chicago area. Tickets ($75) can be purchased at www.hungerresourcenetwork.org.

Congratulations to Paul Kaufmann, Shred Spot, for his acceptance into the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small businesses program. The intense, 16-week program provides entrepreneurs with a practical business education, access to capital and business support services and networking opportunities with national and local business organizations.

Book your holiday private event at Ruth’s Chris Steak House and receive a holiday bonus of $50 for every $500 spent. The event must be booked by October 30 and held November 24, 2017 – January 14, 2018 ( excluding Christmas and New Year’s Eve). Call (847) 498- 6889 for reservations.

The Northfield Township Food Pantry encourages businesses to join in a community wide effort to help end hunger by participating in the upcoming Glenbrook CROP Hunger Walk on Sunday, Oct. 15 at St. Giles Church, by forming a company team, or joining an established team. Funds raised help support local hunger agencies. To register visit www.crophungerwalk.org/northbrookil.

The North Suburban YMCA will host the 10th annual Halloween Spooktacular on Sunday, Oct. 22, 2:00 p.m. The event, which is open to the community, features a haunted house, costume contest, trick or treating and more. Admission is free for Y members; $20/family for non members. Visit www.nsymca.org/

Goldfish Swim School will host a Halloween Family Swim event on Friday, Oct 27, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. featuring lots of swimming, crafts and snacks. The event is open to the public and costs $5 per swimmer or $15 for the family.

HEART Certified Auto Care recently announced that franchise opportunities are now available. In addition to advanced training and management programs, franchisees receive marketing assistance, infrastructure guidance and close support throughout the startup and launch process. For more information visit www.HEARTautocarefranchise.com.

Congratulations to Michaela Kohlstedt, AICP, who was promoted from the position of Senior Planner and appointed as the Village of Northbrook Deputy Director of the Department of Development & Planning Services (DPS). The newly created position reports to the Director of DPS, and is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the department and managing activities involving the planning, building, inspectional and customer service functions of the department. In her position, she will also supervise customer service and permit staff. Michaela has worked for the Village since 2006. She has a Master of Urban Planning (MUP) degree from the University of Illinois – Chicago and a Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree in Architecture from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.

Chamber Seeks New Program Services Manager

The Northbrook Chamber is seeking a creative and resourceful individual to be the new Program Services Manager. The position involves oversight of several monthly programs as well as three major special events, the annual Golf Outing, the Business Expo and the Auction and Taste. The Program Services Manager is responsible for recruiting speakers, managing all program logistics, budgeting, soliciting sponsors and donors, and managing volunteers. Good customer service, organizational and computer skills required. The Chamber offers a positive work environment that encourages collaboration and fosters creativity. The salaried position is part time, approximately 20 hours per week. Interested individuals should e-mail a cover letter with resume to Tensley Garris, tensley@northbrookchamber.org