|Thursday, January 19, 2017
From the President’s Desk:
Dear Chamber Friends,
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