|Friday, June 24, 2016
From the President’s Desk: Business CAN Make A Difference
Fresh off of celebrating an exciting, impactful year at our 112th Annual Meeting, we are turning the page and shifting our focus to the future.
Given the challenges we face at all levels of government, there has never been a more important time than now for our business community to play a vital and important role in securing our City and State’s future.
The Chamber is your advocate. Our public policy team works with the entire Chicago business community to provide guidance to our elected officials on the issues that are important. We continuously collaborate with business and civic leaders, as well as elected officials, to drive a dynamic economy that is conducive to economic and job growth in Illinois and Chicago.
That is why in addition to advocacy, we are playing our part in the neighborhoods by investing in programs and initiatives that help small businesses thrive and creates jobs. We are launching our STEM internship initiative for the second straight year—a program that connects talented local high school students with small businesses in need of intern help. Intern support, pro bono legal services, tech training, and one-on-one consulting is how Small Business Chicago supports entrepreneurs who are critical to economic development and job creation in our City’s neighborhoods.
Advocacy and direct investment in our neighborhoods go hand in hand. I encourage you to add your company’s expertise to our roster of programs and services.
Hard work comes with some rewards. So in addition to advocacy and talent development, please join us at our summer outings. See the calendar full of summer events from now heading into the Fall.
I look forward to seeing many of you this summer. As always, thank you for your support.
Theresa E. Mintle
President & CEO
Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce