|Tuesday, November 22, 2016
From the President’s Desk: Giving Thanks
Our members’ generosity allows the Chamber to give to our members and the community in many creative ways and for that we are thankful to YOU. It is through your investment in the Chamber that in the past year we:
Provided 12 STEM high school students valuable work experience through summer internships and over a dozen small businesses valuable tech assistance they would not have otherwise received. Thank you to CISCO, IBM, Microsoft, and Motorola Solutions for your investment in STEM learning.
Offered pro bono legal services to our Small Business Development Center clients through the generous support of Balough Law Offices, Barnes & Thornburg LLP, Crowley & Lamb, P.C., Daley & Georges, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, Holland and Knight, Ice Miller Legal Counsel, The Prinz Law Firm. Thank you to these outstanding firms for supporting Chicago entrepreneurs.
Recognized Sophie Evanoff of Vanille Patisserie with the 2016 James Tyree Emerging Business Award. Thank you to Mesirow Financial and The PrivateBank for providing the monetary reward and for your commitment to supporting emerging business leaders. And thank you to Sophie for the custom desserts for the 25th Burnham Dinner (on sale at three locations) and for paying it forward even as you work tirelessly to grow your own neighborhood-based business.
Connected 4,017 people and their businesses through 68 events in 2016. Thank you to The Adler Planetarium, Baker & McKenzie, Barnes and Thornburg, Hubbard Inn, the Fairmont Hotel, Google, House of Blues, London House, and Sullivan’s Steakhouse for hosting us and for facilitating in-person, fun, and impactful events.
With your support, we can always do more—more STEM student interns; more college interns; more neighborhood-based entrepreneurs. On Tuesday, November 29, the Chamber is participating in #GivingTuesday, a national initiative that encourages philanthropy by providing a platform for convenient donations to the organizations and program that matter. We hope that you will find the Chamber Foundation and our “greater good” programs including the STEM internship program and our Small Business Chicago program worthy of your support.
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, the Chamber staff and I would like you to know how deeply grateful we are to all those who invest in the Chamber and the work we do every day on behalf of our members. It is because of you that we have lasting impact through programs, connections, and advocacy.
Theresa E. Mintle
President & CEO
Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce