Dec. 1, 2022
Welcome to BACC Briefing our new monthly blog. Grace Tucker, manager of communications, events and member services, provides a mid-month wrap up of Chamber events, activities and membership and sneak peek at what's to come.
Winter might be coming but the BACC calendar, past and future, is fire. Our October/November events were deemed successes by our supporters.
Our new Signature Event, Spirits, an inaugural scholarship fundraiser was deemed a success by attendees. Thanks to our sponsors and attendees, we raised over $4,000 dollars for vocational scholarships. Appearances by retired NFL players added to the specialness of the event. We are excited to grow this event, it’s mission and the greater community of opportunity it is letting us create.
Equally well-received was our revamped development group, Emerging Leaders. The brainchild of board member Fatina Sayegh and Riley Tryhorn of Mainfreight Emerging Leaders presented a lively interactive networking after hours.
In October we said goodbye to Pop Up Lunch but re-introduced the Food for Thought monthly luncheon. Instead of the casual get together that was Pop Up Lunch, Food for Thought is more of a traditional chamber luncheon that includes a business or personal development presentation. December’s Food for Thought addresses the winter environmental needs of your business, home.
Due to the holidays, December is a shorter month for special events. A Dec. 7 ribbon cutting ceremony @Buckwild Wings, a Dec. 8 B2B After Hours @ Giamanco Law Partners, the Dec. 9 WIB ‘s Annual Holiday Breakfast the Dec. 16 Food for Thought Luncheon.
As part of our partnership with VoyagerNetz, we now offer text reminders. Every Monday we’ll send a reminder about the week’s networking opportunities. Text follow #baccnetwork to 630-226-8420.
Well hello there
We’re excited for our future relationships with these businesses and appreciate their investment in Bolingbrook and the BACC: ACME CPR Training, Mimo Video Productions, Crumbl Cookies, DNS Nutrition Store, Extra Electric LED
Sorry to see you go
We say good-bye to Meineke Car Care Center, JLJ Investments, Inc, Checkers, Crate Services Inc., A Party Rentals, Inc., J & B Jewelry Box On The Go, Panda Play School and HBK Engineering, LLC
We closed September with a bang: two ribbon cutting ceremonies (Brown Shuga Bakery’s grand opening and Chick-fil-A’s 10th Anniversary); we hosted our pre-election Elected Officials & Candidates Meet and Greet; then held Pop Up Lunch at Dickey’s BBQ to welcome them back to the Chamber. Mark your calendar: Dickey’s ribbon cutting ceremony is Nov. 3.
On September 23 the Chamber building was also the site of a special, invite-only, round table meeting between the Small Business Administration’s Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman, Congressman Bill Foster and several local Hispanic business owners and leaders. We appreciate their confidence in the Chamber’s ability to host such a prestigious event. Thank you to Pete’s Carpet Service and American Family Insurance - Rey Aguayo for representing our members.
We took this energy into the start of October with our Get to Know Your Congressman breakfast on Oct. 4. Congressman Foster returned to our office to speak with local business leaders about his work in Washington. October also opened with two ribbon cutting ceremonies (Morna Freitas Photography and Northern Will County Special Recreation Association).
Emerging Leaders, Career Advice w/a Modern Twist
Young and New Professionals Association is now Emerging Leaders, a modern take on the traditional networking model. The aim is to deliver high energy, interactive opportunities for professionals from a diverse background of industries and experience levels to get connected and get ahead! Through social engagement and panel discussions with leaders in our business community, we’re creating a dynamic forum designed to support individual career progress through open education and strategic networking. Attend the EL inaugural event on Thursday, Oct, 27, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Men’s Lounge @ The Bolingbrook Golf Club (lower level, next to The Nest). Topics on the menu include staying relevant, building social capital, and making decisions that lead to progress - regardless of where you are in your career journey.
Spirits moved to Nov. 10
Our new Signature Event, Spirits is moved to Thursday, Nov. 10. This evening of whiskey and wine tastings that includes discussion and interaction, the Chamber invites all business leaders to be a part of shaping the area work force through vocational school scholarships. Tickets are $150 (VIP), $100 for general admission or $150 for two. There are several sponsorship opportunities and levels available. Call Grace Tucker, 630-226-8420 to find out more about sponsorships.
So sad to see them go
We say good-bye to Country Inn and Suites by Radisson, Duke Realty Corp. Batteries Plus Bulbs, Bath Planet, Mandy's Soul Food Kitchen, Verilogic Solutions, LLC, Painting Camp, Integrity Staffing Solutions, WKSP-Tees, Aquarium Adventure & Petland, SpacePing Technologies, LLC and Will Co. Clerk
Welcome to the Club
We’re excited for our future relationships with these businesses and appreciate their investment in Bolingbrook and the BACC: Buckwild Wings, GBC Autism Services and Operation Christmas: Bolingbrook.
Congressman Bill Foster, center, and SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman met with local officials include State Rep. Dee Avelar and SBA Great Lakes Region Regional Administrator Geri Sanchez Aglipay as well as with area Hispanic business owners.
The BACC generally slows things down for summer with less events. However, in July and August we hosted 21 events. Aside from our regular monthly meetings of BANG, SBC and Toastmasters, Ambassadors, Pop Up Lunch (Star Cinema Grill, Abd’s Diner), we also had the Annual Membership Luncheon (at Ashbury’s at Boughton Ridge), New Member Before Hours, five ribbon cutting ceremonies (Camp Kata Kani, Brazilian Spa Suites, Heart Haven Outreach, Go Doggy Run, National Title Solutions).
We capped off our summer with the annual Taste of Bolingbrook atThe Promenade. According to Promenade management the official car count was over 30,000 entries. Ticket sales (used as currency with the food vendors) surpassed 40,000.
So sad to see them go
We say good-bye to Ascend Your Vibes and American Solutions for Business.
Welcome to the Club
We’re excited for our future relationships with these businesses and appreciate their investment in Bolingbrook and the BACC: New Day Place LLC, Huntington National Bank, Premium Health Care PC, Saint Paul Street Evangelization, Morna Freitas Photography, Hoeppna Inc., Natural, 1st Choice Solution, and MustardSeed Consulting.
New Signature Event
The Bolingbrook Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to introduce a new Signature Event, Spirits.
With the intention of funding vocational/trade school scholarships for high school seniors the inaugural event is Thursday, November 10 at the Bolingbrook Golf Club.
An evening of whiskey and wine tastings that includes discussion and interaction, the Chamber invites all business leaders to be a part of shaping the area work force.
The evening opens with the private VIP hour that includes exclusive tastings and appearances from retired NFL football players and Bolingbrook’s own Olympian and village trustee, Troy Doris (Rio 2016).
Tickets are $150 (VIP), $100 for general admission or $150 for two
There are several sponsorship opportunities and levels available. Contact Grace, 630-226-8420 for more information.
Events are in full swing again (pun intended)
The BACC’s May was filled with 11 events. Aside from our regular monthly meetings of BANG, SBC and Toastmasters, Ambassadors (at Wholey Granoly), Pop Up Lunch (Taqueria El Valle), we also had the quarterly New Member Breakfast Club, two ribbon cutting ceremonies (Champion Jiu Jitsu and Rapid Healthcare), and two speaker luncheons (at Ashbury’s at Boughton Ridge, Beggar’s Pizza). For June we’re going full steam ahead with our sold-out Golf Extravaganza.
So sad to see them gone
In May we had to say goodbye to organizations that closed their doors.
With the retirement of their executive director Dr. Len Ingram, The H.E.A.R.T. Organization saw their last students in April. We hear that from these ashes the phoenix will rise again. We’re looking forward to the newest incarnation of this much needed nonprofit.
Rockbottom Brewery & Restaurant closed its doors at The Promenade. We’re sad to see such a strong supporter of Bolingbrook and the BACC leave. Their parent company, Craftworks Holdings, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2020. The company owned 330 breweries and restaurants in 36 states at the time.
Juan Ooink of Ooink Law recently moved his practice out of state. We wish him well on his newest adventures.
Welcome to the Club
In May the BACC added Miromax Paintless Dent Repair, National Title Solutions, Inc., Wholey Granoly, RPFPC (Retired Professional Football Players of Chicago), Right Pharmacy, The Cafe 322 Urban Bistro, U.S. Army (Recruiting), State Representative Dagmara Avelar, High Quality Flooring, Life Purpose Chiropractic to our roster of members. We’re excited for our future relationships with these businesses and appreciate their investment in Bolingbrook and the BACC.
Wish we had gotten to know you better
In May we said goodbye to Groot Industries, Discount Tire, Custom Community Creations, Two Rivers Dental P.C, Solace Dental Group, Fuel The Masses Entertainment, Colonial Life, T-Mobile Business and Vallen Distribution.