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Networking & Referral

Monthly Events (2)

Free to host and attend, Business After Hours provide two hours of networking, usually 5 to 7 p.m., with a more social atmosphere. Members come and go as they please or as their schedule permits.  Dinner fare or hors d'oeuvres and beverages (alcoholic and/or non-alcoholic) are compliments of the host.

Free to host and attend, Membership Breakfast provide one hour of structured networking from 8 to 9 a.m. Every member is given 30 seconds to introduce themselves and promote their business. Breakfast food and beverages are compliments of the host.

Annual Luncheons (4)

Held in February, the multi-chamber Economic Outlook Luncheon features the Chief Economic at the Federal Reserve Bank in Chicago as the Keynote Speakers.

Held in March, the multi-chamber Keynote Speaker Luncheon features a prominent individual such as the 2012 presenter, Chicago Cubs Owner Tom Ricketts.

Held in April on Administrative Professionals Day, the Spring Luncheon honors Chamber members in a segment of the business community for their contributions to Elmhurst's economy.

Held in August, the New Teachers Luncheon welcomes teachers new to Elmhurst's schools.  Members can treat a new teacher to lunch and/or donate items to a goody bag.

Special Events (4)

Held in January, the Annual Awards Gala celebrates the Chamber's previous year of accomplishments with a 60-minute awards program.

Held last June at White Pines Golf Course in Bensenville in partnership with the Bensenville Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber's annual Golf Outing has been a popular events for more than 60 years.

Held in September at The Hub at Berens Park and catered by The Silverado Grill, the annual Steak Fry Business After Hours brings together families of Chamber members to commemorate both Chamber of Commerce Week in Elmhurst and the official end of summer.

Held in October, the multi-chamber Business-to-Business Expo features business education, networking and promotion.

Community Events

Held in May, Elmhurst's annual Memorial Day Parade attracts as many as 10,000 residents and visitors lining the streets of downtown Elmhurst on the way to the Veterans Memorial in Wilder Park, where the Post Parade Military Ceremony is held.

 

The Chamber also sponsors and/or helps organize community events such as the St. Patrick's Day Parade down Spring Road in March, Spring Road Pet Parade in May, Music at the Spring Road Gazebo each summer, and York & Vallette Farmer's Market, Fall Fest and holiday sleigh rides.

Governmental Action

As the strongest voice for Elmhurst’s business community since 1918, the Elmhurst Chamber of Commerce & Industry represents the concerns and interests of member businesses before local, state and federal government, while providing information, communications of facts and coordinating action on behalf of our members.

City of Elmhurst

The Chamber has developed strong working relationships with administrators and elected officials serving with the City of Elmhurst, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205, Elmhurst Park District and Elmhurst Public Library—providing our members with greater input into the decision-making process.

To better address issues related to business recruitment, rentention and expansion, the Chamber partners with leaders from the city and its new Department of Zoning, Planning and Economic Development (formerly the Elmhurst Economic Development Corporation), and Elmhurst City Centre through the Elmhurst Business Alliance. The Chamber President is an ex-officio member of the City Centre's Board of Directors and serves on the Central Business District (CBD) $10,000.00 Retail Business Grant Committee.

The Chamber also promotes the activities of the Elmurst Visitor & Tourism Department, which is funded by a portion of the city's hotel/motel room tax. he Chamber President serves on the Elmhurst Visitor & Tourism Advisory Board.

County of DuPage

The Chamber suppots the activities of the county's new Economic Development andPlanning Departments and the DuPage Convention & Visitors Bureau (DVCB).

State of Illinois

Through its membership in the lllinois Chamber of Commerce and Illinois Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (IACCE), the Chamber can represent the conerns of member businesses before state lawmakers and administrators.

U.S. Government

Federal legislators and administrators are accessible through the Chamber's membership in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE).

Business Promotion

The Chamber provides a variety of community projects and events which showcase member businesses and, by their involvement, link those members to the Elmhurst Community. Publications Elmhurst Community Directory—Published annually in September, the Elmhurst Community Directory is the city's most comprehensive busines and community refernece guide. Some 19,000 Directories are delivered complimentary to residences door-to-door, and distributed via governmental entities, economic development agencies, educational institutions and business associations. Elmhurst Street Map—Published bi-annually in May, the Elmhurst Street Map highlights the business districts, park and school locations, and points of interest to compliment the detailed city map and street listings, plus maps of each of the Business Districts. News & Notes Columns—The Chamber also promotes member events and activities via its monthly News & Notes newspaper columns in the Elmhurst Press. The column is also uploaded to the Chamber's website and broadcast e-mailed to the members. Internet Website Sponsorships—Members can promote their business on the internet via the Chamber's website, www.elmhurstchamber.org, through a variety of cost-effective sponsorship packages offered by ChamberMaster, our online database management system. Broadcast Fax/E-Mail Advertising—Reach more than 900 local businesspeople and reinforce the concept of "Shop Members First" with a stamp-saving Member Message. Your information will be sent via e-mail, fax or mail to each of them. The cost is only $150.00 per submission, less than 17 cents per contact. Internet-Accessible Member Database with Website and E-Mail Hyperlink—Members receive a FREE listing on the Chamber website, www.elmhurstchamber.org, plus FREE internet and e-mail hyperlinks to your website and contact person. Informational Services Free Products and Services—Members receive products and services such as New Resident Packets, Community Directories, Street Maps, paper listings of both Membership and the Area Clubs & Organizations, and "Shop Members First" stickers at no cost. Discounted Products and Services—Members receive discounts on products and services such as mailing labels and disks (or e-mail) of the Membership, New Resident and the Area Clubs & Organizations listings.

Business Education

Under the umbrella of Leadership Elmhurst, the Chamber provides a wide range of learning opportunities—Brown Bag Lunches, Character Counts in Elmhurst and Educational Partnerships among them—for business growth, professional development and personal enhancement.
 
Professional Speaker Speakers

Developed in 2011 from the Brown Bag Lunch & Learns (2005-10), the Professional Speakers Series allows members to share their expertise in a given field (i.e., website development, marketing, benefits) with fellow members in a learning, non-sales-call environment.
 
The $250 presenter's fee covers the cost of room rental, food and beverages, event marketing and registration.
 
To accomodate busy work schedules, time slots of 8 a.m., 11:45 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. are available each of four designated presentation days.
Character Counts in Elmhurst

Typically a school-based initiative, but adopted throughout Elmhurst in 2003, Character Counts is a national coalition whose mission is to establish a framework for ethical decision making in our educational, civic and business lives through the promotion of the six pillars of character—Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship.
 
 The Chamber, as a Character Counts in Elmhurst partner, encourages members to be “citizens of good character” in their business dealings with customers and clients, as well as employees, co-workers and superiors.
 
 
Educational Partnerships

In an effort to create unique learning experiences for our membership, the Chamber continually works to develop educational partnerships with governmental agencies, institutions of learning, chambers of commerce, business associations, not-for-profit organizations and member businesses.
 
The multi-chamber luncheons in February (Economic Outlook) and March (Keynote Speaker) and the multi-chamber Business-to-Business Expo in October all feature educational components.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Building Leadership

In an effort to build community leadership with a strong business perspective, the Elmhurst Chamber of Commerce & Industry provides members with a range of opportunities to participate in the organization, planning, development and implementation of policies and procedures.
 
Board of Directors

The Chamber derives considerable strength and leadership for a volunteer Board of Directors representing a broad and diverse spectrum of business and industry. The quality of this leadership is a major asset to the business community and the Chamber membership.
 
The 24-member Chamber Board is headed by a six-member Executive Committee, which includes the Chairperson, First Vice Chair, Second Vice Chair, Treasurer, Past Chair and President.
 
The Board is comprised of 21 elected Directors serving three-year terms and three ex-officios. Seven Directors seats are open to election by the membership each October.
Ambassadors

The green-coated Ambassadors serves as the public relations arms of the the Chamber by officially welcoming new members with ribbon-cutting visits, joining with members to celebrate anniversaries and other special events, and acting as greeters at Chamber events.
 
The 30-member group is divided into three team of 10 Ambassadors, each with a captain.
 
 
 
 
 
Standing Board Committees

Non-Directors are encouraged to volunteer for one of the Board’s standing committees—Marketing, Membership, Ways and Means, and Governmental Affairs—each of which is chaired by a member of the Executive Committee.
 
Standing Committee Chairs are the First Vice Chair on Marketing, Second Vice Chair on Membership, Treasurer on Ways and Means, and President on Governmental Affairs. The Chairman of the Board is an ex-officio member of each of the Standing Committee.
Business Partnerships

The Chamber partners with the Spring Road Business Association and York/Vallette Business Association to better serve those shopping districts, an promotes the activities of the Elmhurst Jaycees, the local Junior Chamber of Commerce chapter.