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Chamber Announces New Emerging Leaders Forum

July 16, 2014

In our efforts to sustain economic vitality for the Chicagoland region and its businesses, the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce has been committed to attracting, retaining and educating top talent in the Chicago area. The Chamber’s new Emerging Leaders Forum, announced today at our Board of Director’s Meeting, will support those talent attraction, retention and mentoring efforts going forward.

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US Attorney: Collaboration Key to Fighting Violent Crime in Chicago

July 16, 2014

You’ve seen the news. Each weekend, families in neighborhoods across Chicago fall victim to numerous shootings and murders, many of which involve teenagers and children. According to Zack Fardon, US Attorney of the Northern District of Illinois, Chicago’s violent crime problem is a complicated issue on many levels that will require collaboration between the city, state and federal level to reach a solution.

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ÄKTA's John Roa Reflects on Winning 2014 Jim Tyree Award

July 9, 2014

In the moments leading up to the announcement of the 2014 James Tyree Emerging Business Leadership Award winner at the Chamber’s 110th Annual Meeting on June 24, John Roa says he was planning a congratulatory handshake for the winner, not an acceptance speech.

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Innovation Index: STEM Grads Crucial for Chicago's Economy

July 9, 2014

Since the Illinois Innovation Index was launched three years ago, it has regularly reported on the state’s progress in STEM education and the field’s role in the workforce. The July issue of the Index shares insights on STEM attainment at Illinois institutions and the migration patterns of talent within the region based on analysis from newly released data.

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Chamber Nominates Local Businesses to Economic Development Initiative

July 9, 2014

The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce has nominated nine local Chamber members to Chicago Anchors for a Strong Economy (CASE), an initiative designed to expand economic opportunities by connecting neighborhood businesses to “anchor” institutions across the city.

CASE will provide intensive business skills training to better prepare local business owners and job seekers to compete for contracts at large, established institutions, including Advocate Health Care, BMO Harris Bank, City of Chicago, Commonwealth Edison, Cook County, Illinois Institute of Technology, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Rush University Medical Center, University of Chicago, University of Chicago Medical Center and University of Illinois at Chicago.

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Minimum Wage Working Group Delivers Recommendation

July 8, 2014

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Minimum Wage Working Group recommended on Monday, July 7th that the minimum wage in Chicago be raised from $8.25 per hour to $13 per hour by 2018. Mayor Emanuel invited the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, other key community, labor and business associations, and aldermen to participate in the Minimum Wage Working Group in late May after 21 aldermen signed an ordinance that pushed to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour.

After public hearings throughout the city of Chicago and Working Group meetings the recommendation was called for a vote yesterday afternoon and approved 13-3 and reported to Mayor Emanuel. The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce joined the Illinois Retail Merchants Association and Illinois Restaurant Association in opposing the recommendation.

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Annual Meeting 2014: A Celebration 110 Years in the Making

June 26, 2014

On October 9, 1904, 93 local merchant and manufacturing leaders united to form the Chicago Commercial Association. On Tuesday, over 800 business and civic leaders came together at Navy Pier to celebrate the 110th anniversary of that organization, now called the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce.

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John Roa, Founder and CEO of ÄKTA, Wins 2014 Jim Tyree Award

June 24, 2014

The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce announced at its 110th Annual Meeting of Membership today that John Roa, Founder and CEO of ÄKTA, is the winner of the 2014 James Tyree Emerging Business Leadership Award. The award includes a $25,000 cash prize in addition to valuable business training and consulting services donated by Chamber sponsors.

"Through his success at ÄKTA and his philanthropic efforts with Digital Hope, we believe John Roa best represents the spirit and values of late Chicagoland Chamber Chairman and business leader James Tyree," said Theresa E. Mintle, President and CEO of the Chicagoland Chamber. “Small businesses drive our regional economy, and we are excited to provide growth opportunities and mentorship through initiatives like the Jim Tyree Award to small businesses in the Chicago area.”

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Jim Tyree Award Finalist: Jeff Swano, Dig Right In Landscaping

June 20, 2014

The oak trees of Kiwanis Park in Brookfield could be seen from the road, but did not warrant a second look. When Jeff Swano looked at them, he saw raw beauty that could be diluted by man if not protected. He discovered that the surrounding Salt Creek was suffering a similar fate. Run off from fertilizer and lawn chemicals were hurting the area’s ecosystem.

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Jim Tyree Award Finalist: Dr. Michele Wilkins, Child's Voice

June 19, 2014

Imagine a world without sound. Think about your daily life and the amount of interaction you have that is based on your ability to listen and speak.

For most children the acquisition of language occurs naturally. Babies hear and mimic sound, learning hundreds of words by their first birthday. For a child with hearing loss, this incidental learning never occurs.

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Step IT Up Chicago to Train Minority Women for Tech Jobs

June 19, 2014

After Ebony Tiggs lost her three children in a tragic accident, her life was consumed by grief and pain. She did not see a future for herself. Now, as a student in the inaugural Step IT Up Chicago class, she feels her life has taken on a whole new meaning.

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Jim Tyree Award Finalist: Maria Christopoulos Katris, Built in Chicago

June 18, 2014

Maria Katris is a born entrepreneur. Her parents, Greek immigrants, started a pharmacy when she was a child. While in graduate school, she launched and sold her first business. It is only fitting that Katris, now CEO of Built In, oversees the development of Chicago’s digital entrepreneurial community.

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Chicago-Style Small Business Success Stories

June 18, 2014

Jimmy Odom was in the middle of watching the season finale for Walking Dead, his favorite show of all time, when the phone rang. It was his mom. “Hey Jimmy, I have a doctor’s appointment tomorrow,” she said. “I’ve got to get five things from Walgreens. Can you go to the store?”

Jimmy’s first thought was “Man, I would pay someone $10 just so I don’t have to get up right now.” That’s when it clicked. After some quick research, Jimmy discovered, to his astonishment, that there were no companies in the “deliver anything” space. Shortly thereafter, WeDeliver was born.

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Rotary Club Recognizes Chicago 'Women of the Year'

June 18, 2014

Though the Rotary Club of Chicago and the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce were both founded by men, these two longstanding organizations came together on June 17 to recognize outstanding Chicago women for their contributions to the community.

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Jim Tyree Award Finalist: John Roa, ÄKTA

June 17, 2014

Roa’s compassion and desire to serve those in need, combined with his success in growing ÄKTA into one of the top digital agencies in the country, makes him an ideal candidate for the 2014 James Tyree Emerging Business Leadership Award.

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