Protection Requires Preparation

Three good friends ended up in the hospital this weekend.  All unrelated, all unexpected. All crazy scary. All keen reminders that life can go awry at any moment. Are you prepared?  Can you put your finger on critical information, when needed?  Do you have the right contact numbers stored in your phone? Do you have…

Local Economies Should Make the Short List

A consultant listed four of the most pressing issues in our community:  education, housing, food security and transportation. Because people do not have equitable access to these four intrinsic needs, he said, people’s access to livelihood, opportunity and quality of life are threatened. Yet missing from this list of top things we were to care…

Networking for Introverts

“The Chamber?  Isn’t that just a networking group?” Well, first of all, no, it’s not “just” a networking group.  We create a supportive community for small business owners interested in becoming business leaders, learning and promoting their business.  We offer digital and “in real life” products and services to make that happen. Today I wonder…

Your Passion Defines Your Path

My son graduated from culinary school this weekend in a lovely ceremony celebrating the hard work, internships and learning required to earn the title “Chef.”  We are very proud and excited to follow his future career choices in this wide-open, in-demand field. With opportunities that range from restaurant to corporate to small business to health…

B2C-2B: Events Serve Consumers and Businesses Alike

Our Fourth Annual Community Health and Wellness Fair is this weekend.  We are looking forward to a fabulous event for residents – but we are even more excited about what we created for the business community. On Sunday, April 29 from 11am – 3pm at the West Cook YMCA in Oak Park, the public is…

Mission-Minded March

Mission. Vision. Strategy. Goals. Objective. Purpose.  The management “science” of strategic planning tosses these words about like ingredients in a chopped salad.  DIfferentiating the terms can be confusing but together they describe what you do, why you do it and how you are going to get it done. Although it is more art than science,…