News & Newsletters

Pandemic Pivot Leads to Dynamic Business Growth

FGK Services, Inc. – Northbrook Business of the Year

Frank Karkazis, owner of FGK Services Inc., built his business by focusing on essential cleaning and maintenance services for his commercial clients. “I felt that I will always be in business if I provide services that people need, instead of want,” he notes. In 2020, he took that philosophy to the next level by introducing comprehensive COVID disinfection services. The resulting dramatic growth of his company, along with enthusiastic endorsements from a variety of clients, led to FGK’s recognition as Northbrook Chamber Business of the Year. Read more

Taking Action to Support Chamber Members

PJ Weiland – Chamber Volunteer of the Year

PJ Weiland is an ActionCOACH, part of a global franchise network of entrepreneurial coaches.  That business name is especially appropriate for Weiland because she is an individual who transforms ideas into action on a daily basis.  During the pandemic, the Chamber and its members have benefited from Weiland’s tireless energy as she shared her technical expertise, marketing creativity, and spirit of mentorship.  In appreciation for all her countless hours of service, the Chamber is happy to honor her as its Volunteer of the Year. Read more

Departmental Leadership Change at Village

The Village of Northbrook has begun to undergo a series of leadership transitions brought on by a number of senior staff retirements.  Residents and business owners will find some of those positions filled by familiar faces.  Case in point: Michaela Kohlstedt, Deputy Director of Development & Planning Services, officially takes over as Director of that department on February 1 following the retirement of longtime Director Tom Poupard. Read more

Community Guide Ad Sales Open

Preparations are now underway for the 2021 edition of the Northbrook Community Resource Guides, one of the best local marketing benefits of Chamber membership!  Read more

Chamber Membership Boosts Online Visibility

One of the most powerful benefits of your Chamber membership is your business’s listing on the Chamber’s website.  This public-facing page, with information about your services, location, website, and more, has built-in Search Engine Optimization (SEO) elements to make your business easier for potential customers to find in web searches. Read more

Chamber Looks Ahead to 2021

A Message from Chamber Board Chair Bob Caldwell, Hallmark Homecare

Bob Caldwell

It’s a longstanding tradition for the Chamber Board Chair to share some thoughts at the start of the new year, reflecting on the accomplishments of the preceding months.  Trying to create a “Year in Review” for 2020 is, to say the least, daunting.  I don’t need to tell you that this year has been filled with stress, uncertainty, and devastating hardship for many of our members. Without downplaying the harsh realities, allow me to highlight a few silver linings that helped sustain our organization in 2020 and give me optimism about the outlook ahead. Read more

Three New Directors Join Chamber Board

The Chamber’s Board of Directors will welcome three new faces beginning in January 2021:  Lee Brooks, Bell Flavors & Fragrances; Mark DeBartolo, Len Roofing and Remodeling; and Amy Kahhat, First Bank of Highland Park.  These individuals join our 20-member Board to help guide the Chamber’s direction as the organization transitions out of its COVID-emergency operations. Read more

2021 Newsletters

2020 Newsletters