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Chamber Exchanger: What's on tap in 2017

Welcome 2017!

The new year always brings new ideas, new resolutions and new goals as we strive personally and professionally to improve. I love a fresh start to the year, creating goals and lists of what I would like to accomplish and strive for.

This year I will do my best to learn, grow and explore; sounds like everyone, right? And easy to say but not always as easy to do. If you have business goals, use the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce as a tool to accomplish those goals of growing your business or gaining recognition, clients and new contacts.

Here is a preview of our great opportunities coming up this year; you can start planning out how you would like to get involved with the St. Charles Chamber!

One of our largest and most celebrated events, the Charlemagne Award Dinner, will be Feb. 3 at the Q Center in St. Charles. At this event, we honor several community businesses and major business anniversaries; and, in addition to that, we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Charlemagne Award, which is given to a community member for a lifetime of achievement. This is a wonderful event for our members and the community.

February will kick off the Chamber’s second Educational Luncheon series. This year, the focus will be on business planning, and topics will include “Envisioning Your Better Future,” “Your Business Success Roadmap,” “The Nuts and Bolts of Getting Things Done,” “Zeroing in on Profits, Creating a World Class Team,” and “Connecting with Businesses that Grow Your Company.” These topics will include an overview of mission and vision statements, creating a business plan, operations, financial/budgeting, hiring and a meet-and-greet with appropriate professionals.

This series is open to chamber members and nonmembers, so if you are starting a business or thinking about it, this is a great place to start gathering the information you need! You can attend a single workshop or sign up for the whole series for a discount.

Looking for a way to cure cabin fever? Get out of the house with the kids and burn some energy? Find St. Charles businesses all in one place? We have our fourth Business-to-Consumer Expo planned from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 25 in the Prairie Events Center at the Kane County Fairgrounds in St. Charles. Last year’s event was extremely successful, and we are looking forward to another great opportunity to bring the businesses of the Chamber in direct contact with residents.

There will be entertainment throughout the day, a bounce house, food, vendors and much more. Make sure to mark your calendars.

Please feel free to contact us here at the Chamber with any questions and to find out how to get involved.

To learn more about who we are, what we do and how to get involved, visit our website at www.stcharleschamber.com, call 630-584-8384 or email info@stcharleschamber.com. Stop by and visit the Chamber office at 216 S. Riverside Ave. in downtown St. Charles to pick up member literature, coupons and business cards.

Amanda Lutz is the special events and marketing coordinator for the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce. Her column runs the third Thursday of each month. Contact her at editorial@kcchronicle.com.

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