soundings-jan 09 by linxiaoqin


									                                                                                                                                 Volume 101, Issue 1
                                                                                                                                        January 2009
                                                                                                           Geneva Chamber of Commerce Newsletter

    Here Comes the Bride…                                                                             Chamber Businesses for
Where does a couple go to find everything they                                                        Sawtell-Rioux Wedding
need to plan the perfect wedding? Why, Geneva
of course!                                                                                                       Caribou Coffee
                                                                                                                  day-after brunch
                                                                                                        Comfort Inn & Suites of Geneva
Our beautiful bride is Susan Sawtell, daughter of
Chamber staff member Jeannie Sawtell. We wish                                                                 Country Inn & Suites
Susan and Matthew Rioux a lifetime of happi-                                                                            hotel
ness and appreciate their support of Chamber                                                                 Courtyard by Marriott
businesses.                                                                                                             hotel
                                                                                                                  Crate & Barrel
All the Chamber member businesses used by                                                                             registry
the family for the Jan. 2, 2009 wedding are                                                                     The Crystal Bride
listed at right. Special thanks to The Crystal                                                               bridal gown & accessories
Bride, Hazelton Photography and Town                                                                                East Room
& Country Gardens for the dress, pre-wed-                                                                mother-of-bride dress & accessories
ding photos and bouquet.                                                                                      Edible Arrangements
                                                                                                               wedding day luncheon
For a complete list of Chamber businesses                                                                       Flamingo Design
with wedding-related products and services,                                                                          programs
visit www.geneva                                                                         Graham’s Fine Chocolates & Ice Cream
                                                                                                             Hazelton Photography
                                                                                                           The Herrington Inn & Spa
                                                                                                              hotel, facials & massages
                                                                                                               The Little Traveler
                                                                                                                     guest book
                                                                                                                 Moveable Feast
                                                                                                               wedding day luncheon
                                                                                                                  Panera Bread
                                                                                                                  day-after brunch
                                                                                                              The Paper Merchant
                                                                                                                   program paper
                                                                                                                Persimmon Tree
                                                                                                                  table decorations
                                                                                                      Riverside Receptions & Conference Ctr
                                                                                                                 wedding reception
                                                                                                               wedding day luncheon
                                                                                                            Town & Country Gardens
                                                                                                              Viking Office Supply
  IN THIS ISSUE:                                          denotes a Chamber Member Benefit
                                                                                                                invitations & napkins
  A Chamber Wedding .......................... 1   Member News, Save Dates ............... 5                Wendy Ellyn Salon & Spa
  GWIB, New Members ........................ 2     Kudos, Member Events ....................... 6              manicures & pedicures
  Member News, Ribbon Cutting ...... 3             More Events, Board & Staff ................ 7             Wilson Travel & Cruise
  Geneva Holiday Thanks .................... 4     Ad Opportunities, Coming Events ... 8                            honeymoon
                                                           Area Code is 630 unless noted otherwise.

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                                                                                  New Member Profiles
                                                               We welcome each of our new members and encourage members to
                                                               familiarize themselves with these new businesses and make valuable
                                                           connections with them. Descriptions are submitted by each member business.
    Building Better Relationships Through Networking
December Luncheon                                         Anytime Fitness • Jennifer Smith & David Lakin • 10 W. State St. •
Thanks to our host, Oscar Swan Country                    845-0868 •
Inn — the delicious beef stew hit the spot
on a cold day. Holiday networking was the                 Anytime Fitness, the world’s largest and fastest growing 24-hour co-ed fitness
agenda as we enjoyed the season with fel-                 franchise is pleased to announce it’s open for business in downtown Geneva. At
low members, learned about their busi-                    Anytime Fitness, members can work out any time of the day or night, every day of
nesses and shared information. Thanks to                  the year by using a security-access key for entrance. Once inside, members have
those who donated to December’s Chance                    full use of state-of-the-art strength and circuit machines, as well as cardiovascular
for Charity, Northern Illinois Food Bank,                 equipment. Anytime Fitness also offers salon quality tanning, private shower rooms,
serving the hungry via a network of over 520              and membership reciprocity among its 900 clubs that are currently open. Our
agency partners distributing to 13 counties.              goal is to offer an alternative fitness option to people of all fitness levels, especially
                                                          people who may never have seen the need to exercise in the past, but are be-
January 20 Luncheon                                       coming more and more aware of its importance. We provide convenience,
Tom Kelly, Professional Certified Coach will              affordability, and most importantly, help when needed. Club tours will be available
speak at our Jan. 20 luncheon from 11:30                  by stopping in anytime during normal business hours, as well as by appointment.
am-1 pm. He is the founder and owner of
Potential In Motion, Inc. As a coach, Tom is
dedicated to working with salespeople, en-                Leslie King • Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, (LCPC) •
trepreneurs and small business owners who                 825 W. State St. #214 • 815-757-5943 •
want to reach their full potential in both their
business and their life. Join us at Wildwood              Leslie has been a counselor for over thirty years. She earned her doctorate from
Restaurant & Lounge, 477 S. Third St.                     Northern Illinois University and has taught counseling theory, technique, and strat-
                                                          egies to graduate level counseling students. Leslie believes that counseling is a
January Chance For Charity:                               tool for good times as well as times when a person is struggling. Pain or distress is
Mid-Valley Neighborhood Improve-                          present in everyone’s life at some time. Healing often becomes a catalyst for
ment Association, Inc. (MVNIA)                            positive growth. When life is going well, counseling can be a vehicle to enhance
It helps residents of the cities and townships            personal satisfaction and improve relationships. Leslie has helped people with
of Batavia, Geneva, and St. Charles obtain                issues such as anger, anxiety, depression, divorce recovery, grief, life transition
low-cost funding to rehabilitate, remodel,                issues, post-traumatic stress, relationship issues, self-esteem and self-exploration.
improve and upgrade residential housing.                  Leslie looks forward to opportunities to meet, support, and work with the people
Its mission is to enhance the image and eco-              of Geneva. Please give her a call for any concerns you might have, or just to say
nomic vitality of our neighborhoods.                      “Hi’.’ There is no fee for the first consultation.

3 Ways to Make Lunch Reservations
• Go to, click                      The Wellington Group, Inc. • Ann F. Anastasio • 317 S. Third St. •
  “Calendar of Events”, then GWIB event                   262-2000 •
• Call the Chamber at 232-6060
• Email                     The Wellington Group, Inc. (WGI) is a national Human Resources and Recruiting
                                                          services company. We specialize in providing HR professionals and Recruiters for
Reservations must be made due to growth                   contract and full-time employment positions. During the last 6 years, WGI has
and space limitations. We’ll seat walk-ins if             grown to become an industry leader recognized not only for the high quality of its
possible. Cancellations must be received via              work, but also for its quick turnaround, responsiveness and low rates. WGI ser-
email or fax by 4 pm, Jan. 16.                            vices both Fortune 100 companies and small businesses. Reference clients in-
                                                          clude Allstate, United Airlines, Pfizer, Northern Trust, BP Amoco, Office Max, PepsiCo,
Price                                                     U.S. Cellular and Harvard Business School of Publishing, to name a few. WGI is
Members: $25 w/reserv; $30 if invoiced                    certified as 100% Woman Owned by the Women’s Business Development Cen-
Nonmembers: $30 w/reserv; $35 if invoiced                 ter. Ann Anastasio was also recognized as Woman of the Year (2008) in Human
See our 2009 Schedule at www.geneva                       Resources Consulting by the National Assn. of Professional and Executive Women.
                                                         Area Code is 630 unless noted otherwise.

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                            Member News
Are you looking for a fun, active, recreational job this summer? Geneva Park
District hires camp counselors, lifeguards, maintenance and office staff during
the summer. Stop by the Geneva Community Center, 710 Western Ave., and pick                        to Our Newest
up job announcements, fill out an application, or drop off your resume. Applica-
tions are also online at For more info, call 232-4542.                      Chamber Members!
Congratulations to Park Place Interiors at 407 S. Third St. #114 as they were
                                                                                                         Anytime Fitness
selected by West Suburban Living Magazine to be in the Profiles of Designers
Issue for Jan/Feb 2009. Did you also know that Park Place Interiors is handling the                      Dorn Marketing
window treatments for the Elmhurst Wilder Mansion renovation? Call Kathleen at
232-7799 to give best wishes.

There is a new “Geneva Dog” in town and it’s featured on the menu at Chi-Town
Grill (formerly Roly Poly) located at 1306 Commons Dr., 232-8190. Stop by for
burgers, wraps, “dogs” and more! Information about their Grand Opening at right.
                                                                                                    Grand Opening
Cordogan’s Pianoland and Yamaha digital piano are celebrating a century of                   Your attendance is very important! Please
musical technology. You can see the complete Yamaha piano line at their 33W441               plan to attend, enjoy good food and drinks
Route 38 location. They’ve been serving the Chicagoland area since 1950. Call                and help us welcome each new business!
584-5000 or visit them online at

The Rotary Club of Geneva has a new member — Kathy Melone of Fox Valley                                  Chi-Town Grill
Volunteer Hospice. The Rotary is involved each year with a variety of service                           Thursday, Jan. 15
projects. Contact Gordie Hard of Valley Insurance Agency at 232-1640 or visit                                5-7 pm for more info.                                                                        5:30 Ribbon Cutting
                                                                                                      1306 Commons Drive
A big thanks to AT&T for their innovative “Aspiring to Achieve” program. Eleven
Illinois schools and non-profit organizations are receiving almost $2 million dollars
in grants from the AT&T Foundation that is designed to support high school reten-
tion programs for at-risk students. The program also includes a job shadowing
initiative. Call Brad Perk at 312-972-3444 to congratulate.

                                                                  continued on page 5

                                                  Area Code is 630 unless noted otherwise.

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                            Geneva’s 2008 Holiday Celebration Donors
        Received as of 12/11/09                                                               Christmas Walk/House Tour Sponsors
                                                                                                     American Bank & Trust
         Teddy Bear - $1-$99                                                                            Fifth Third Bank
            Chicago Tribune                                                                         Hamilton House Dentistry
              Depot Express                                                                          Kane County Chronicle
        Faith Christian Academy                                                                    Shodeen Family Foundation
      Geneva Jake’s — Life is Good
         Ginger Root Hair Salon                                                                  in cooperation with City of Geneva
               Riley Drugs                                                                           and Chamber of Commerce
                                                       Christmas at Dodson Place
               Swifty Print
    WeatherTite Siding & Windows, Inc.           Christmas Walk, House Tour &                              Kudos to our
                                                         Raffle Gift Donors                    Christmas House Tour Decorators!
             Elf - $100-$149                          Ace Hardware of Geneva                              Country Naturals
             Banner Up Signs                            Allied Waste Services                            Latest Crave, The
            Beyond Blinds Inc.                                Amy James                                  Les Tissus Colbert
             Designers Desk                             Annabella Salon Spa                               Persimmon Tree
          Fourth Street Galleries                          Antiques on State                              Plandscape, Inc.
    Giesche Shoes of Geneva, Inc.                   Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar                      Pure Gardener, The
     Jill Davis Interior Decoration             Carlson’s Fine Rugs & Floorcoverings                   Scentimental Gardens
Kernel Fabyan’s Gourmet Popcorn Shoppe                        Citizen Kane                           Town & Country Gardens
      Riverbank Laboratories, Inc.                           Crate & Barrel                           Transformations by Kay
     SavWay Fine Wines & Spirits                               Fagans Inc.
   Spare Wheels Transportation, Inc.              Fox Valley Orthopaedic Institute                   House Tour Demographics
               Urban Grille                                Geneva Chamber                     Our House Tour visitors hailed from near
         WebSketch Studio, Inc.                            Geneva Cleaners                    and far:
                                                  Geneva Republican Newspaper                 Addison, Algonquin, Arlington Heights,
          Angel - $150-$200                                  Gift Box, The                    Ashton, Aurora, Barrington, Bartlett, Bata-
       D. Grunwald Fine Jewelers                       Ginger Root Hair Salon                 via, Bensenville, Bloomingdale,
    Fox Chiropractic - Dr. Dave DiIorio        Graham’s Fine Chocolates & Ice Cream           Bloomington, Carol Stream,
           Geneva Tire & Auto                           Infusion Tea Shoppe                   Carpentersville, Cary, Chicago, Clarendon
          State Street Jewelers                     Josef’s Elegante Meats & Deli             Hills, Crystal Lake, Darien, DeKalb, Des
          Viking Office Supply                             The Little Traveler                Plaines, Dixon, Downers Grove, Elgin, Elk
                                                         Marketing ala Carte                  Grove Village, Elmhurst, Elmwood Park,
       Santa Claus - $201-$500                             Merra-Lee Shops                    Evergreen Park, Frankfort, Geneva, Glen
           Clever Returns, Inc.                    Odalisque Beauty Apothecary                Ellyn, Glenwood, Hoffman Estates,
          Elizabeth Wray Design                              The Olive Mill                   Homer Glen, Huntley, Indian Head Park,
     Fox Valley Orthopaedic Institute                        Panera Bread                     Joliet, La Grange, Lake in the Hills, LaSalle,
             Logon Group, Inc.                           The Paper Merchant                   Libertyville, Lincolnwood, Lisle, Lombard,
       The State Bank of Geneva                            Proud Fox Gallery                  Marengo, Minooka, Mokena, Montgom-
      Windy City Amusements, Inc.                       Sandra Webster, Ltd.                  ery, Morris, Morton, Mt. Prospect,
                                                     SavWay Fine Wines & Spirits              Naperville, North Aurora, Oak Forest,
           Generous Helpers                                     Simitree                      Orland Park, Palatine, Palos Park, Park
The Chamber Membership Committee                        State Street Jewelers                 Ridge, Plainfield, Prospect Heights, River-
collected over 120 children’s books at the        Strawflower Shop/Rug Merchant               side, Rockford, Roselle, Schaumburg,
2008 Holiday Party Nov. 11. Thanks to                 UniQual Marketing Group                 Shorewood, Skokie, Sleepy Hollow, St.
Mark Spero, Money Mailer of Fox River                         Urban Grille                    Charles, Streamwood, Sugar Grove,
Valley; Martha Talley, Merra-Lee Shops;                Valley Insurance Agency                Sycamore, Villa Park, Warrenville, Watseka,
Cindy Stern, First American Bank;                       Wagner & Associates                   Wauconda, Wayne, Westchester, West
Paulette Charhut, Fifth Third Bank; Ed                Wendy Ellyn Salon & Spa                 Chicago, Western Springs, Wheaton,
Kuhn, Banner Up Signs; Diane                             Wool and Company                     Willow Springs, Wilmette, Winfield,
Szewczyk, Harris Bank; Jan Gibson,                 and our wonderful Volunteers!              Woodridge, Woodstock, Yorkville,
Gibby’s Wine Den; and Jim Emma,                                                               AND FROM
                                               Raffle winners from Bartlett, Downers Grove,   Florida, Indiana, Michigan, New York,
Nova Communications. The Holiday               Lombard, Naperville, St. Charles and Skokie.
Party was hosted by Gibby’s Wine Den.                                                         Ohio, Tennessee and Wisconsin.
                                                  Area Code is 630 unless noted otherwise.

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                      Member News (cont.)                                                          SAVE THE DATE
Think spring! Mill Creek Golf Club is offering Season Pass Early Bird Specials.            Plan ahead for sponsoring, partnering, ad-
Contact Joe at 208-7272 x13 for amazing savings. They are also offering great              vertising, donating and volunteering for 2009
specials on customized packages for 2009 golf events. Call Nichole Yahn at 208-            activities.
7272 x14 for details.
                                                                                                     Chamber Golf Outing
Kudos to Amy Barrett, Financial Advisor for Savant Capital Management, as                                 June 4
she spoke to approximately 300 financial advisors, hedge fund and pension fund
managers in Nov. at a conference at the New York Stock Exchange. Stop by the                             Swedish Days
Geneva office at 330 W. State St. #3.                                                                     June 23-28

Valley Insurance Agency, 422 E. State St., welcomes Marilyn Beamish to their                           Geneva Arts Fair
Commercial Lines Division. Marilyn is a St. Charles resident and has over 18 years                        July 25-26
of insurance experience. Stop by to get acquainted or call her at 232-1640.
                                                                                                         Car Shows
Applause please! Waubonsee Community College recently won nine MarCom                             Thursday Nights, July & Aug.
Awards from the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals. Three
of the projects received the competition’s highest Platinum Award.                                    Festival of the Vine
                                                                                                           Sep. 11-13
Genoa Pizza has a new, elegant look. The family restaurant was recently remod-
eled—new tile, floors and ceiling plus tablecloths have been added. Stop in at 705              Christmas Walk & House Tour
E. State St. to take a look and enjoy some good food in a cozy setting.                                   Dec. 4-5

                                                                                                  Cheap & Easy
                                                                                                 Market Research
                                                                                           1. Talk to your customers, not family and
                                                                                              friends. Ask why they are buying certain
Town & Country Gar-                                                                           products, how they are using them and
dens (right) displays                                                                         what may interest them in the future.
their “customer-friendly
hours” sign provided by                                                                    2. Talk with people who didn’t buy your
the City of Geneva.                                                                           product and ask them what they got in-
                                                                                              stead; how that product met their needs
63 businesses, includ-                                                                        and what it would take for them to switch
ing 19 restaurants,                                                                           to your product in the future.
joined to extend their
hours during the holi-                                                                     3. Run a trial with customers and employ-
day season.                                                                                   ees who have expressed interest in a new

                                                                                           4. Make research a habit. Keep in touch with
                                                                                              customers to avoid becoming obsolete;
                                                                                              research keeps you current.

                                                                                          , 2008
                                                                                                   by Crain Communications Inc.

                                                Area Code is 630 unless noted otherwise.

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                                                                                  Member Events
                                                   Clothing Drive – Jan. 1-31
                                                   Ginsberg Chiropractic, 1795 W. State St. #D, invites the community to make a
                                                   difference by donating two gently-used warm clothing items that will be distrib-
                                                   uted to a local shelter for men, women and children in need. In turn, Dr. David
                                                   Ginsberg will give any new patient all of their first day services ($225 value) for
                                                   FREE with the donation. Also, any existing patient can receive a FREE treatment
                                                   with the donation of one gently-used article of warm clothing. This special price is
                                                   available only if you set up an appt. by Jan. 31. Call 232-6400 for more info.

                                                   Firewood Sale Fundraiser – Jan. 1 through Spring
                                                   Firewood by the bundle is available at the Fargo Blvd. Fire Station #2 for $5 (while
                                                   remodeling is going on at City Hall). Face cords $90; $30 delivery. Proceeds go
                                                   to the Geneva Beautification Committee. Call Jim Gehring at 208-9453 or
    Holiday Entryway at La Toccata D'Italia        visit

                                                   First Fridays Art Galleries – Jan. 2
                                                   A self-guided art walk and reception showcasing art galleries in Geneva — 5-9 pm
           Kudos Korner                            the first Friday of every month. Light refreshments and entertainment.

                                                   Mill Creek Golf Club Friday Night Dinners – Jan. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
                                                   Enjoy an evening out! Every Friday, select from a different themed menu—Fish
                                                   Fries to Pasta Nights — only $9.95 a person. For a calendar of events, visit
For Going Green                           or call 208-7272 for more information.
Graphix Products, Inc. has gone green
and now offers a line of papers from trees         Geneva Winter Market, Breakfast & Lunch – Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31
that are grown and harvested just like a crop.     The Geneva Winter Market will be open on Saturdays at Inglenook Pantry, Res-
These papers receive a certification called        taurant & Catering, 11 N. Fifth St. from 8 am until 1 pm. Shop for an assortment
FSC. If you are interested in printing your        of winter vegetables, herbs, apples, mushrooms, eggs, cheese, milk and various
communications on paper that has post-             kinds of meat on a weekly basis. Inglenook will also serve a country breakfast from
consumer recycled content and comes from           9-11 am for $5.95 including tea and coffee. Lunch is also served from 11 am-2
trees that are always replanted, contact Tracy     pm. Both meals include locally grown ingredients.
Fleming at 231-2425 or visit www. to learn more about their prod-        Geneva Wedding Walk – Jan. 18
ucts and services.                                 Explore the many wedding venues and shops that Geneva has to offer on Sunday,
                                                   Jan. 18 during Geneva’s Wedding Walk. Brides receive a fabulous wedding plan-
For Customer Service                               ner and special goodies. Brides are invited to attend a fashion show at Riverside
Recently a customer came into Fuller’s Car         Receptions & Conference Center and a vendor showcase at The Herrington
Wash and Fastlube to get her car washed.           Inn. For more information, visit
Unfortunately, their machinery was down for
repairs. Upon hearing the news she burst           “Americans Who Tell the
into tears. It had been a horrible day that        Truth” Exhibit – Jan. 16-Feb. 22
began with a car accident. The customer had        The exhibition at Geneva History
to borrow her husband’s car to go pick up          Center, 113 S. Third St., is an ex-
some clients, and it needed to be cleaned.         amination of American men and
Appreciating her distress, the staff escorted      women, past and present, who have
her to a waiting area then took her car and        spoken truth to power, often at great
detailed it completely by hand. The result—        peril. The show includes 26 portraits
a very satisfied customer! Congrats to Fuller’s    by artist Robert Shetterly along with
for “going the extra mile” to help a customer      quotes from his subjects and brief
who in turn called the Chamber to share            biographies. Exhibit Hours: Tuesdays
the story!                                         and Thursdays, 11 am-8 pm;
                                                   Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays,
                                                   11 am-4 pm.                                                    continued on page 7
                                                  Area Code is 630 unless noted otherwise.

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                      Member Events (cont.)
“Americans Who Tell the Truth” Book Signing at Library – Jan. 21
Robert Shetterly, author and illustrator, will be at the Geneva Public Library
from 7-8:30 pm to sign his book Americans Who Tell the Truth. This program is
being held in conjunction with Geneva History Center’s exhibit about this book.
The event is free; books will be available for purchase.

Snow Sculpting Exhibition – Jan. 21-24
The Geneva Cultural Arts Commission is sponsoring this exhibition at the
north parking lot of Geneva Commons. Carving begins on Wed. Jan. 21 and con-                              BOARD OF DIRECTORS
tinues until Sat., Jan. 24. Snow will be made on-site by Raging Buffalo and eight                          Chairman of the Board
                                                                                            Scott Lebin ......................... Lebin Financial Planning
teams will be carving. Four of the teams will feature area high school art students.                               Vice Chairman
Sculptures will be available for viewing until the weather warms. More information          Kathy Hanley ................................. Les Tissus Colbert
can be found at                                                                                       Secretary
                                                                                            Mark Spero ........ Money Mailer of Fox River Valley
Dancing with the Stars Benefit – Feb. 7                                                                                  Treasurer
                                                                                            Ed Wagner ................................. Wagner & Associates
Geneva is going Hollywood! The fundraiser, sponsored by the Cultural Arts Com-                                     Past Chairman
mission in partnership with the Geneva Academic Foundation, will be held at                 Gordie Hard ....................... Valley Insurance Agency
Eagle Brook Country Club from 7–11 pm. Each team is receiving dance les-
sons in preparation for the event by State Street Dance Studio instructors.                                     BOARD MEMBERS
Ticket $35 - includes hors d’oeuvres and dessert; cash bar. To vote for your favor-         Steve Burnham ........................ The Paper Merchant
                                                                                            Jamie Daniel .............................. Miscella Real Estate
ite team and/or teams and ticket reservations, go to               Mike Dickson ........................ Geneva Ace Hardware
LivingInGeneva/appboards/cac/dancing.htm. For more information, call 938-4530.              Chris Goulet
                                                                                            Sam Hill .................................. City Liaison/Alderman
Wedding Luncheon & Champage Toast – Feb. 15                                                 Ed Kuhn ............................................. Banner Up Signs
The Oscar Swan Country Inn invites all brides and grooms who tied their knot                Robert Langeness .................... Geneva Republican
                                                                                            Lisa Nelson .. Carlson’s Fine Rugs & Floor Coverings
since 1988 to a Complimentary Luncheon and Champagne Toast at 2 pm. An                      Lynn Pranga .................................. MB Financial Bank
officiant will be available to renew your wedding vows. For more info and to RSVP,          Mike Simon ..... The Fashion Walk & Little Traveler
call Nina at 232-0173.                                                                      Sally Upham ..................................... Flamingo Design
                                                                                            Jody Wendt ................................. Marketing ala Carte

                                                                                            Jean Gaines .................................................... President
                                                                                            Judy Carroll ... Membership/Sponsorship Director
                                                                                            Heather Miller . New Neighbor Welcome Director
        Park Place Interiors’                                                               
       festive holiday windows                                                              Mary Miller ........................................... Office Manager
                                                                                            Sandy Portincaso ........ PR and Events Coordinator
                                                                                            Jeanne Sawtell ........................... Member Services &
                                                                                                                                            Events Coordinator
                                                                                            Ellen Townsley ............................ Member Services &
                                                                                                                                      Volunteer Coordinator

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                                                                                            EDITOR .............................................. Sandy Portincaso
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                                                                                            WEBSITE .........................
     502 S. 12th Avenue, St. Charles                3N674 N. 17th Street, St. Charles       EMAIL ............
       377-9440 • Fax 377-9450                        377-8420 • Fax 377-8584
                                                 Area Code is 630 unless noted otherwise.

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         Christmas at The Gift Box
                                                                               Upcoming Events
              Here’s a Chamber Member
               Benefit that lasts all year!

           ’09 Directory Ads
The Geneva Chamber of Commerce Busi-
ness Directory is updated and sent to every
Geneva business, residence and Chamber                                      Tuesday, Jan. 13 • 7:30-8:30 am
member annually (over 13,000 copies this
past year). Make your business stand out all                           PARK NATIONAL BANK, 808 W. State St.
year – run an ad in this handy book. Ads are
interspersed with alphabetical listings to                               Topic: “Shoestring Marketing”
maximize your exposure and ad dollars. This           If the economy is challenging your budget and you are wondering how to
premium space is available on a first-come,           continue marketing your business, come and hear Susan Huang with Fox
first-served basis – priced to fit any budget.        Valley SuddenValues and Harriet Parker, Small Business Development
Interested? Call 232-6060 today!                      Center at Waubonsee Community College present ways to get more
                                                      bang for your marketing buck. No cost; includes light refreshments.

    Rolling Down The River
         Business Expo
Mark your calendar for the 16th Annual Expo                                  Business After Hours
April 29, 2009 at Pheasant Run Resort Mega                 Business After Hours is the perfect opportunity to meet new people, network with
Center. Ten chambers are participating and            fellow Chamber members, promote your business, enjoy good food and win door prizes.
members can reserve a booth early with a
deposit. This is the most popular business                                      Tuesday, Jan. 27 • 5-7 pm
expo in the Western suburbs; we sold out
the last four years! Don’t miss this excellent
opportunity to showcase your business to
the entire Fox Valley. Contact Judy Carroll at
232-6060 or
                                                                                   15 S. River Lane
       Free Advertising!                              Wine and light hors d’oeuvres will be served. Join us in the Spa (South
                                                      entrance) for a tour and winter skin care suggestions from a Sonia Dakar
Get results. The Chamber website receives             representative. The Spa at the Herrington offers a variety of treatments.
100,000+ hits a month. Members can post               You’re invited on a personal journey of well-being by indulging your senses
events, hot deals, ads and job openings via           at the Spa at the “Herrington” to relax, renew, and recharge your mind,
ChamberMaster. If you have questions about            body and spirit. Schedule time for a massage, facial, body treatment and
how to do this, contact Membership Direc-             more. Visit for more information and seasonal
tor Judy Carroll at 232-6060 or jcarroll@             specials.
                                                 Area Code is 630 unless noted otherwise.


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