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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

From the President’s Desk

Chamber Forums: Help Shape Chicagoland’s Business Climate

We know our members share a dedication to improving Chicagoland’s business landscape. We also know they want to be involved in forums. In fact, 71 percent of our members reported through our 2015 Member Survey that they would be likely to participate in a Chamber forum.

To best fit our members’ needs, we have recently re-organized our 12 forums. As a member of a Chamber forum, you have a platform to share your expertise, collaborate with other members, and help shape the Chamber’s educational programming and impact legislation that affects Chicagoland businesses.

Our new Forums are now categorized as follows:

We also offer the Events Forum, which includes four task forces to work on our Signature Events.

Through compelling keynotes, insightful panel discussions, and unparalleled networking opportunities with innovative thinkers and influential leaders, forum members walk away with greater insights and practical business knowledge to grow their businesses, improve their bottom lines, and create meaningful business relationships.

For example, our Global Connections Forum helped organize the 2015 U.S. – Brazil Business Forum & Cultural Exchange on September 22, which provides an excellent opportunity to learn how to tap into Latin America’s largest economy and network with business and government officials from Brazil’s fast growing market.

I encourage you and your colleagues to become involved in our forums. For more information, click here or email our new Forum Manager, Caitlin Stankus, at cstankus@chicagolandchamber.org.

Interested in joining a Forum, but not a member? Click here.

We look forward to engaging with you to make Chicagoland the best place to live and work in the country.


Theresa E. Mintle
President & CEO
Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce

Crain’s Small Business Week is Back

The Chamber is hosting three events as part of Crain’s Small Business Week 2015. The first will feature successful entrepreneurs discussing talent trends and how they navigated workforce issues on their paths to success. The second will teach attendees how to generate a highly effective marketing survey. And the third, Speed Networking, is an extremely popular targeted networking event that creates 1,000 new connections each year.

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Chamber SBDC Highlighted in Blue Sky Innovation

The Illinois Small Business Development Center at the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, which this year is celebrating its one year anniversary, was featured in the Chicago Tribune’s Blue Sky Innovation section.

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Chicago Continues to Strengthen Ties to Brazil with 2015 Business Forum

Over the past several years, the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce has worked hard to build a strong relationship with Brazil, a country with a rapidly expanding market offering a variety of business and investment opportunities. Join us on September 22.

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SBDC Celebrates One Year Anniversary

From Englewood to Edgewater, the Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce is making an impact in its first year by helping to add neighborhood jobs and create business expansion.

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Sept. 29 | Business After Business Networking at El Hefe Oct. 6-8| Crain's Small Business Week 2015 Nov. 3 | Daniel H. Burnham Award Dinner
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Network with some of Chicago’s top professionals at one of the city's hottest Mexican restaurants. Propel your business forward and network with other successful entrepreneurs. Join us as we honor Frederick H. Waddell, Chairman & CEO of The Northern Trust Company.

Member News

Miller Lite to Reveal the $200K Grand Prize Winner of “Tap the Future” Competition on Sept. 19

TopLine Results Corporation’s “Email Marketing: Three Tips to Get Clicks”

Study Finds Bank of America Chicago Marathon Delivers More Than $254 Million to Chicago Economy

Fresh Design Studio is the first Millennial agency in the Midwest

HR Boost Presents Culture Leadership Summit on Oct. 1

Chamber Member Deal: Receive $15 in Credit to Try Caviar

Employers – Join the Harold Washington College Career Fair

New Members

Join us in welcoming these new members and make sure to connect with them at upcoming Chamber events:

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Telephone: (312) 494 6700
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