News & Newsletters

Nonprofits Go Virtual for Fundraising and Service Delivery

The shutdown hit many local nonprofit organizations on multiple levels: not only preventing them from delivering their usual programs and services, but also causing the cancellation of vital fundraising events.  Charitable service agencies have had to be nimble and innovative to overcome those obstacles, using technology to keep members and supporters engaged. Read more

Village of Northbrook to Provide Grants to Small Businesses

Northbrook’s Board of Trustees has approved a $250,000 program to help small restaurants, retailers, and personal service businesses offset the costs of reopening.  The Making Northbrook Stronger initiative allows eligible businesses to be reimbursed up to $2000 for purchases of PPE, signage, plexiglass shields, and other expenses directly related to COVID-19 prevention.  Applications for grants are expected to be available soon; the Chamber will share links to the forms as soon as they are posted. Read more

A Message from Chamber President Tensley Garris

As we move into June, there is a sense of cautious optimism in the air.  Many of our member businesses have been busy over the last two weeks preparing to reopen after a long shutdown, or to expand the ways they serve customers.  Read more

Salons Adapt Procedures to Reopen Safely

Among the small businesses hit hardest by the pandemic shutdown, local salons and spas are anxious to open their doors and welcome back customers as Illinois enters Phase 3.  Preparing for that event requires revamping many of the traditional elements of their operations, from the number of appointments they can manage to the setup of their waiting areas. Read more

Business Community Stands Up to Help

The pandemic and stay-at-home orders have had a devastating impact on a wide variety of groups and institutions in our community.  Fortunately, Chamber members have actively looked for ways to help each other and the community at large. Read more

Governor Extends Stay-at-Home Order through May — with Evolving Rules

Some Businesses, Recreational Opportunities Allowed More Flexibility
Governor J.B. Pritzker has published an extended shelter-in-place order effective on May 1, with a variety of adaptations impacting local businesses and residents.  Although restrictions on social distancing continue and a new statewide face mask requirement is introduced, the order will open the door for limited medical, retail, and recreational options.  Read the full text of the order here. Read more