If You Have Seen One Chamber…

“If you have seen one chamber, you have seen… one chamber,” goes the industry saying.  Each chamber is unique, molded around the needs, interests and make-up of its particular business community. Although we share the name “chamber of commerce,” chambers are not affiliated with each other.    Nevertheless, it is a real joy for me to…

Leaders Follow and Followers Lead

“Guys, there are extra sandwiches downstairs.”  The Huskie Wrestlers breaking down tables after the successful Community Health and Wellness Fair on Sunday began to put down their heavy loads.  Senior Captain Cameron Bates quickly ended any thoughts of a snack break with a firm command: “AFTER we finish working!” Longtime readers know that the Huskie…

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…

How Facebook Works

Mark Zuckerburg knows that you live in Oak Park; like kittens, pictures of newly remodeled kitchens and yoga; and follow social justice causes.  Using that information, he can create targeted ads aligned to your interests that will appear in your Facebook feed. So can I. Rest assured that I don’t know it is you and…

Building Healthy Networks

This month we have been highlighting our Affinity Groups – the member-driven teams organized around a particular industries or interests.  Our Health and Wellness Group is the largest among our four. Health and Wellness meets only three times a year, other than subcommittee work focused on organizing our annual Community Health and Wellness Fair.  Two…

How to Make an Oak Parker Crazy

Three Oak Park women tentatively pivoted before the zero-waste station, studying the signs, sheepishly conferring with each other, plates of garbage in their unsteady grips.  Compost? Recycle? Landfill?  Which fork goes in which?  Do I have to scrape the remains of my pudding into compost before the plastic cup goes into recycling?  Is it even…

Bridging December to March

The holiday crowds went home.  People are starting diets, paying off their credit card debt and focusing on new year’s resolutions.  On top of that, it is cold, icy and gray outside. Welcome to the retail doldrums.  This is when things get cranky.  Business owners are waking up with last year’s hangover.  Maybe their numbers…