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Chamber@Work Newsletter

Thursday, January 19, 2017

From the President’s Desk:

Dear Chamber Friends,

Commerce:  noun.

The activity of buying and selling of goods and services, especially on a large scale.  The activity includes legal, economic, political, social, cultural, and technology systems that are in operation locally, nationally and globally.

The Chicagoland Chamber is dedicated to ensuring a robust environment for the successful activity of commerce.  We do this through advocating for pro-business government policy; educating our members, the media, and elected leaders about business issues, concerns and opportunities; and providing fun and impactful networking events that bring the business community together.  Our programs include Small Business Chicago, Middle Market Chicago, International Chicago, the Chicago Business Leadership Network, Emerging Leaders Chicago, and dozens of topical events designed to keep you engaged, informed and successful.

We want to ensure all businesses are tapped into our network and part of the Chamber.  This is a great time to become a Chamber member.  Our membership team is offering a special promotion in February, followed by March Matching-Making Madness.   Now is the time to sign up for the networking event of the year, The Exchange.

Our 3rd Annual Small Business Survey will be released at a wonderful celebration of Chicago’s small business community on January 26.  Our next Middle Market event on February 8 focuses on family business.  Our Emerging Leaders will focus on developing relationships with our Board at its next event with a special Board-Emerging Leaders reception on February 9.  Everyone is talking about global issues so be sure to put Top International Business Trends on your calendar for February 16.  We have an exciting trade mission for the food and beverage industry with a March trip to Expo Antad in Mexico.  And of course, our advocacy team is ever mindful of the need to elect people who understand business issues to every level of government.  Our Annual PAC Luncheon is on February 24.

We have a lot of challenges in Illinois.  Our state’s fiscal condition remains uncertain without a budget; business is facing unprecedented new regulations at the local level; and there is considerable uncertainty at the federal level.   Yet, the world continues to move forward with innovation, business start-ups, regional competition, shifting demographics, and a new world order.  Through all of this, the Chicagoland Chamber has your back.  We have a robust programming year ahead designed with you, our state, and the world in mind.  So come out and engage with us and your peers to ensure the Chicago region’s diverse economic ecosystem remains vibrant, relevant, and a benchmark for the future.


Theresa E. Mintle
President & CEO
Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce

Small Business Reception: Celebrating Chicago's Entrepreneurial Community

January 26 | 4:30 – 6:30 PM

Category: Small Business

Be the first to hear the results of the 2017 Chicagoland Small Business Outlook Survey at Loyola University’s Quinlan School of Business. Celebrate local business owners and entrepreneurs at this networking reception with the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and our survey partners.

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Pro-Business, Pro-Chicago
Family Business: A Force for Good in Turbulent Times

February 8 | 7:30 – 9:30 AM

Category: Mid-Market

Join the President & CEO of Edelman, Richard Edelman, hosting a private, fireside chat about the new imperatives for Chicago-based middle market and family owned companies to not only survive, but thrive in these turbulent times. Hear directly from leaders in top corporations – those who built their businesses here and those who have grown their businesses here – about why they continue to invest in Chicago and its people.

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Top International Business
Trends for 2017

February 16 | 8:00 – 10:00 AM

Category: International

The second annual Top International Trends at Telemundo will explore Chicago’s place in the global economy and the state of international business as we enter a new era of political leadership, foreign policy, and demographic shifts.

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Business After Business Networking at Dolce Italian

February 16 | 5:00 – 7:00 PM

Category: Membership

From the food, to the service, every aspect of the Dolce experience, capture the essence of modern Chicago social life! Network with some of Chicago’s top professionals at Dolce Italian.

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Upcoming Events

2017 Chicagoland Chamber PAC Advocacy Champion Award Luncheon An Evening with the Chicago Blackhawks The Exchange 2017
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A true entrepreneur, Bob Crawford started Brook Furniture Rental with a small loan and grew it into a national company. Please join us in honoring him as the third honoree of our annual PAC Advocacy Champion Award. Break the ice with potential clients and make new connections during a networking reception at Bottom Lounge before heading to the United Center to watch the Chicago Blackhawks take on the Anaheim Ducks. Don’t miss our largest networking event of the year: The Exchange 2017 taking place at Soldier Field. The networking opportunities on the tradeshow floor are second to none, with more than 700 professionals and 100 exhibitors from all industries in attendance.

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Meet Members of the Leadership Committee

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Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce
The Wrigley Building, 410 North Michigan Ave, Suite 900, Chicago, IL 60611
Telephone: (312) 494 6700
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