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James Tyree Award, EXCHANGE 2018 & Member News

Published on Friday, February 23, 2018
February Member News

From The President's Desk: A Big Two Months

Something I quickly noticed after coming to the Chicagoland Chamber is that there's always something interesting in the works. The pace at which the team here develops and produces events, content, and other strategic initiatives for members is impressive. This is especially true with some big things happening over the next two months.

James Tyree Award

The Chamber has $50,000 to give to an entrepreneur running a business that's demonstrated growth and philanthropic values. Applications are now being accepted for the James Tyree Emerging Business Leadership Award. If you know a small business that's doing great things, please tell them. The Tyree Award honors the legacy of Mesirow Financial’s beloved late Chairman and CEO, Jim Tyree, who also served as Chairman of the Chicagoland Chamber from 2007 to 2010.

Mesirow and CIBC partner each year to provide the cash prize. Past winners have gone on to remarkable success, including expanding nationally, winning other major awards, landing on the Inc. 500 list of fastest-growing companies, and even joining forces with global enterprises like Salesforce. If you know of an entrepreneur doing great things, please point her or him to this link for more information and to apply for the James Tyree Award.

March Matchmaking Madness

Chamber membership is about making business connections. March is a time when we make sure everyone knows it and takes advantage. There are six events on our calendar in March, and we’ll be adding more. For each one, after you register we'll send you a list of everyone else who is attending. You can then tell us which people you would like personal introductions to – and we’ll make them happen. We might also make some suggestions of our own about people to connect with.

For Chamber members at the Leadership and President's Circle levels, we'll make introductions among Chicago's most elite business decision makers. Chamber team members will be reaching out to you over the coming weeks to find out which companies, and exact people within them, you would like to connect with. We will then make three high-level connections for each member and facilitate 15-minute phone calls, or an in-person meeting at our next Board of Directors Meeting.

Our members have seen new significant contracts come from March Matchmaking connections.

The Exchange

The Exchange 2018 is a chance to get an inside look at the new Wintrust Arena at McCormick Square, and raise awareness about your business. The Exchange is one of the Chamber’s Signature Events and draws upwards of 700 people from all industries, with 100 Chamber members showcasing their businesses (video of last year’s event is here). The Exchange also features a panel discussion. This year’s panel is “The Business of Entertainment & Culture.” The event is April 18th. Information about showcasing your business, sponsorships and tickets is here.

The power of the Chamber network gets real results. Let’s all use it. Here’s our full schedule of upcoming events. I hope to see you soon.

Jack Lavin
President & CEO
Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce

Congratulations to our newest Board Directors!

▪ Kristie Paskvan, Mesirow Financial
▪ Kathy M. Downey, Plante Moran
▪ Jeffrey Amsel, HERE Technologies
▪ Andy Varland, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co

Member & Partner News

- Looking for Tech Talent? Meet 2,000 students at the UIC Engineering Tech Career Fair. Register by Friday 2/9 to be listed in the program book.

- Flowers for Dreams Valentine's Day Pop-up Shops in downtown Chicago and Milwaukee.

Battles of the Bids! The Transportation Symposium & Business Exchange is February 23rd and will provide information about seeking transit and transportation agency contracts.

- Explore Greece, Italy, and Croatia at European Destination Night.

- Register now to join Wintrust and March of Dimes and build a stronger future for all children and mothers. Must RSVP to attend.

- The MCA's new restaurant, Marisol, welcomes Chamber members to enjoy a free drip coffee with purchase of a pastry by acclaimed pastry chef Alison Cates through March 15. Just mention this ad!

- Sweetheart Tea at Vanille February 1st - 25th.

More News

New Members

Not a member yet? Explore the benefits of Chamber membership.

Upcoming Events

Feb. 15 | Blackhawks Outing & Networking Reception

March 6 | Premier Luncheon at Smith & Wollensky

March 13 |Breakfast Club @ Simple Truth

March 22 | Employment Law Trends

March 23 | PAC Advocacy Champion Award Luncheon

More Events

Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce 
The Wrigley Building, 410 North Michigan Ave, Suite 900, Chicago, IL 60611
Telephone: (312) 494 6700 

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