News & Newsletters

New Chamber Groups Explore Specific Interests

Discover how to deepen your Chamber engagement with new targeted groups and programs. Initiatives like Young Professionals, Lawyers’ Lunch, BizHUB, and the upcoming Women in Business VOICE! Workshops bring together members with common interests to build solid, supportive relationships.  Read more

Northbrook to Implement 10-cent Tax on Single Use Bags in 2024

In pursuit of its Climate Action Plan goals, the Village of Northbrook will institute a tax on single-use bags at larger retail stores beginning January 1, 2024. The tax ordinance, approved by the Board of Trustees in February, applies a 10-cent fee to each paper or plastic bag given out at stores larger than 3,000 square feet, with several exemptions for particular types of businesses or products. Read more

Northbrook Business of the Year: Newmedical Technology, Inc.

A. Michael Hanna, Newmedical Technology Inc.

For people around the world suffering from scars, burns, wounds, and other conditions, industry-leading treatment strategies have their roots right here. Launched in Northbrook in 2004, Newmedical Technology is now re-committing itself to the community by investing in a comprehensive renovation of a 47,000 square foot facility for its new Sky Harbor headquarters.

Read more

Corporate Citizen of the Year: Shellé Jewelers

Brian Millman describes his job simply: “I make people happy.” As president of Shellé Jewelers, a family business now in its third generation, Brian and his team enjoy helping clients select jewelry for their clients’ engagements, weddings, birthdays, and other cherished life events.  Their philosophy extends to a commitment to community philanthropy, spreading happiness with their generous support of charities around the North Shore. 

Read more

Franchise of the Year: Nothing Bundt Cakes – Deerfield 

Neil & Bonnie Goldberg, owners of Nothing Bundt Cake in Deerfield

“You can always say it’s not the right time, but then it will never be the right time.” Neil and Bonnie Goldberg confronted that reality and took the plunge into business ownership at a particularly challenging time when they purchased an existing Nothing Bundt Cakes franchise in 2020. Despite all the obstacles starting a new entrepreneurial career during the pandemic, this husband-and-wife team have persevered to develop a growing base of loyal customers.

Read more

Chamber Volunteer of the Year: Howard Wallach 

Howard “Top Dawg” Wallach, owner of A-Z Entertainment, frequently uses the tagline “You Gotta Guy” in his marketing. The phrase speaks to more than Howard’s multifaceted skills in the event industry; it reflects his personal goal to be a true ally to clients, professional colleagues, fellow small business owners, and community organizations. His proactive support of Chamber members and events led to his selection as Volunteer of the Year.  Read more

Emerging Business of the Year: Engage Wealth Group, LLC

Ed & Alexandrea Gjertsen, Engage Wealth Group LLC

Engage Wealth Group may be the Chamber’s first-ever Emerging Business Award recipient, but it is not a story of overnight success. Engage Wealth is the evolution of Ed Gjertsen II’s 30-year career in financial planning, launched in 2020 with the goal of doing things differently.

Read more

State of the Village Address Highlights Community Strengths

Northbrook leaders, Chamber members, and local residents came together in January to hear updates and perspectives from Village President Kathryn Ciesla in her annual State of the Village Address. Hosted by the Chamber at the Northbrook Public Library, the presentation included a preview of new business developments and the first public reveal of the Village’s community identity graphics and tagline, “True North.” A video of the presentation can be seen on YouTube.

Read more

Gail Eisenberg Joins Chamber Staff

Longtime Chamber Ambassador Gail Eisenberg will now be even more engaged with the organization after being named our new Membership & Events Director. Gail brings extensive sales experience and a great depth of Chamber knowledge to her new role, which she began in mid-January. 

Read more

2023 Newsletters