For the Record: We Don’t Vote

I visited with a friend this week and was surprised to hear her say, “my friend told me the Chamber of Commerce voted for the project.” The project, of course, is the Albion development at the corner of Lake and Forest – a project that has been divisive since it was first proposed.  The fourth…

October is Membership Month

There is strength in numbers.   In chamber-world, we mean number of members.  Today, our membership comprises just under 30% of all local businesses.  We hope to grow that number. This October, we are launching a focused membership drive.  “Membership Month” features special offers for businesses just joining us and a chance to win prizes…

Had I Known…

Scrolling through Facebook on a Sunday morning, I first learn about so many around-town happenings that happened last week.  Events I wish I had known about before; events I wish I had attended.  Or at least helped to promote. We suffer from an abundance of riches in Oak Park and River Forest, with no lack…

Poaster Helps You Shop Local and Save

It’s here! Poaster is ready for prime time. This Friday, residents will start seeing advertisements on social media, email and print for this new “shop local” app. For a resident consumer, Poaster allows you to connect with local businesses and save money. Using an app on your smartphone, the Poaster website or even through Facebook,…

Recruiting Versus Retention

Friends’ stories of dropping off their children at college reminds me of our experience leaving our daughter at The Ohio State University a few years ago. With over ten thousand freshmen coming in each year, they have it down.  Orientation, registration, move-in day – it is one big well-oiled, scarlet and gray machine. More impressive…