Chamber Pursues New Strategies to Benefit Members and Community

Chamber Pursues New Strategies to Benefit Members and Community

A letter from Chamber President Tensley Garris

Like all of you, the Chamber has had to adapt rapidly to the unprecedented conditions of the last several weeks.  Our team has transitioned to working remotely, where we’ve ramped up our efforts to provide timely, vital information to members by phone, email and social media. We’ve promoted local businesses with our online restaurant list and offered raffle prizes to customers who use the Live Shop Dine Northbrook text program and the Northbrook Shopping Elf campaign on Facebook and Instagram.  Our social media followers have increased by hundreds as people turn to us for news and referrals.

The frequent group events that are central to our services have been replaced with a variety of online workshops and networking opportunities.  If you haven’t participated in one of these events yet, join us for Virtual First Friday on May 1.  You’ll enjoy the connection and camaraderie!  Special thanks to P.J. Weiland, Action COACH, for facilitating many of our networking sessions in April.  P.J. also took the initiative to create the bold “Yes We are Open!” signs that are seen in restaurants all over town, following through on an idea that came up in a Chamber event.

We also are looking forward to a unique Women in Business Zoom Luncheon on May 19, featuring author Lisa Barr, who will share her journey to becoming a published novelist. Copies of her new book, The Unbreakables, will be available for purchase from The Book Bin.  This is a great chance to enjoy some leisure reading while also supporting a beloved local retailer.

Unfortunately, some of our event experiences do not translate so easily to Zoom.  I’m sorry to say that the Chamber’s Golf Outing has been indefinitely postponed.  I truly share your disappointment and will miss all the fun, but the safety of our participants has to take priority.  As for other summer events, including the Business Expo, we are taking a wait and see approach for now.

As we enter the month of May, I hope that you and your families are all well and coping with the challenges we face.  As we move towards a gradual reopening, the Chamber will remain available to serve its members and the community wherever possible.  While we are not publishing a print newsletter this month, we will provide timely articles and updated information through our website, Facebook, and LinkedIn accounts.  I encourage you to join the Northbrook Chamber Member Connections Facebook group, where you can post your own updates, testimonials, and questions to share with other members.  Please continue to support each other, and let us know how we can support you!