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Gladstone Park Chamber of Commerce NEWSLETTER email: firstname.lastname@example.org (773) 775-8871 www.gladstoneparkchamber.com Volume 20 , Issue 6 Produced in conjunction with City of Chicago Dept. of Planning & Development June 2011 DATES TO REMEMBER May 25 Board of Directors Meeting at Associated Bank, 8:15 a.m. June 3 Membership Meeting at Gladstone Chiropractic, 5316 N Milwaukee, 8:00 a.m. June 10 Alderman Levar Retirement Reception On Tuesday, June 14, 2011, the Gladstone Park Chamber of June 14 Flag Day Ceremony Commerce will have a Flag Day Ceremony at Elston & June 22 Board of Directors Meeting Milwaukee at 12:00 PM. July 8 Membership Meeting The Taft ROTC will be on hand to present the colors. The Aug. 24 Northwest Network Open Golf Outing ceremony will last about 20 minutes, show your support and patriotism and join us for this annual event JUNE MEETING Economic Development and the 45th Ward Please join us at the Regular Membership Meeting Speaking at the May 6 meeting of the Gladstone Park of the Gladstone Park Chamber of Commerce, Chamber, new Alderman John Arena said that he has asked Friday, June 3, 2011. This month’s meeting will the Department of Housing and Economic Development to take place at Gladstone Chiropractic Group, conduct a zoning audit of the ward and to develop 5316 N. Milwaukee Ave. at 8:00 am. Our guest revitalization plans for the ward’s business districts. “The speaker for the June 3rd meeting will be 10th idea is to look at where we’re at and put together some District Office, State Senator John G. Mulroe. rational approach,” Arena told the chamber. Arena also is forming a zoning advisory board, which will consist of MOTHER’S DAY RAFFLE SPONSORED BY neighborhood and business leaders, to give him input on THE GLADSTONE PARK CHAMBER OF zoning issues. “I have four zoning changes being presented to COMMERCE me before I’m being sworn in,” said Arena.Two economic The Chamber would like to thank the following development issues important to Gladstone Park businesses businesses for their raffle prize donation: will likely be clarified in the next couple of months. First Nations Bank Gen-Ki Karate For more than a year the economic development department Gladstone Chiropractic Group has been working on a plan to create a tax increment Mom’s Old Recipe Mexican Restaurant financing district in our area and to replace the former Nadig Newspapers Resurrection Medical Center Gateway Chevrolet showroom at 5373 N. Milwaukee Ave. Show Place Real Estate Corp. Of America with a senior housing project. At this point, the chamber does State Farm Insurance – David Wians not know if either the senior project of the TIF plan will move Superdawg Drive-in forward. The housing plan would include a coffee shop/deli on the Tastefully Simple Inc., Noreen Lundin first floor which would be available to tenants of the building and UDSC- Mary Ann Galarza the general public. Eighty-four units are planned, and the developer is seeking housing tax credits from the city which would make some of the apartments affordable to seniors with an annual THE MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORIES ARE IN! income of about $32,000 or less. The developer is willing to pay for a TIF study, and the chamber has requested that a Small The 2011-12 Gladstone Park Chamber Membership Business Improvement Fund be included in any plans for a directories have been delivered (8,000) to area Gladstone Park TIF District. With the SBIF Program, area homes. Directories will be available at the general businesses would be able to seek grants to pay for a portion of membership meeting on Friday, June 3rd. improvements to their buildings, including the construction of handicapped accessible washrooms and the installation of awnings Feel free to take the directories back to your business and pass them out to your customers. and signage. The Chamber thanks all of those members who Please attend our Friday, June 3, meeting for important made the directory possible by placing ads in it. updates on these issues. WELCOME NEW MEMBER!!! Legislative Corner David Wians Andrzej Mucha Over $14 Trillion national debt, over $90 Billion state debt and SATCOM, Inc. unknown debt amounts for Cook County and the City of Electronic Systems Technicians Chicago…what’s this all mean to the taxpayers? It means that 5354 N. Milwaukee Ave. there is a need for drastic cuts in spending in addition to the need Chicago, Illinois 60630 for added revenue, and from all indications, spending cuts are 773-775-8600 not a priority to most of our elected officials. So what’s this all email@example.com mean to us, the business community? It means that we, the business owners, are the easy targets for the source of revenue. 12th Annual That will result in an increase in the cost of doing business and it “Northwest Network Open” will come in many different forms…increase in fees, added fees, Golf Outing additional taxes, loss of tax benefits, loss of tax deductions…so Wednesday, August 24, 2011 what can we do? Well, as individuals, we need to become not White Pines Golf Club only aware of the issues but we need to become pro-active in 500 West Jefferson Street, Bensenville, IL getting the issues resolved. Our website has links to some of the Check- in & lunch 12:30pm many resources available that will help make you aware of the Shotgun start at 1:30pm issues and many of those links give you the ability to opt in to $150.00 per person – includes hot dog lunch with receive urgent notices, calls-to-action, etc. We have listed them beverage, 18 holes of golf with cart & dinner with below. Please make yourself familiar with these resources and TOP SHELF BAR get involved. Too many of our elected officials are more concerned with the politics of the issues and with getting re- GET NOTICED! SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE elected than they are with doing the right thing...it’s time that Tournament Sponsors: $1,000 they put the politics aside, act like adults and do the job of Includes 4 tickets to networking, dinner & open bar making the hard decisions that they were elected to do. If you Eagle Sponsors: $500 disagree with your elected official’s vote on an issue, call him Includes 2 tickets to networking, dinner & open bar and ask for his reasons…if you agree with his vote, call him to Sponsor Lunch, Cocktail Hour or Dinner thank him. We will continue to shoot out emails regarding Beverage Cart Sponsors (2) specific bills that we consider urgent or issues that require a call $350.00 to action. If you do not want to receive this information please Birdie Sponsors contact Gail. Please be aware that as a Chamber, we are $250.00 bipartisan and we do not advise what side of an issue you should Hole Sponsors be on…our job as a Chamber of Commerce is to simply provide $100.00 an awareness to the membership and the rest is up to you. All All of the above sponsors will receive signage at a hole, that we ask is that you get involved with process…there’s a lot at the opportunity to put items in the “golfer’s bag” given stake. + Illinois Chamber of Commerce [www.ilchamber.org] to each golfer at check in, your name at the event itself, Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce name recognition on all printed materials. [www.chicagolandchamber.org] This is an excellent opportunity to network with Illinois General Assembly [www.ilga.gov] members from different chambers. Friends of the US Chamber [www.friendsof theuschamber.com ] All proceeds benefit the local Chambers of Commerce US Chamber Institute for Legal Reform Scholarship Programs for area students. Help us increase [firstname.lastname@example.org] our giving by sending a foursome to participate or by US Chamber of Commerce [www.uschamber.com] becoming a sponsor today! Cook County [www.cookcountygov.com/] INVITATIONS ARE IN THE MAIL. Visit our website for more information, registration and pay A MESSAGE FROM 16TH DISTRICT online www.gladstoneparkchamber.com. COMMANDER MC NAUGHTON The 16th Police District is asking local sports bars to develop a security plan to be put into effect in the event that the Chicago Alderman John Arena was scheduled to hold a community Bulls win the league championship this year. meeting on May 24 about a plan to build a printing plant on a “The 17th District is preparing for game-clinching celebrations 94,000-square-foot parcel at 5450 N. Northwest Highway. that will allow the patrons of your businesses to enjoy these The project will bring jobs to the area and could be a catalyst events in safety” 16th District commander David McNaughton for attracting other industrial users to Northwest Highway. wrote in a recent e-mail message to chambers of commerce. The chamber will give an update in next month’s newsletter. “Police officers from the 16th District will soon be visiting licensed establishments that have large gatherings for these events in the past, to ensure that a security plan is in place.” How to be the Business of the Month? The district is asking sports bars to make sure that security Attend a Chamber meeting to enter the Member of the cameras are working, to move merchandise to more secure areas, Month drawing. Bring your business card to enter at a to enact a no glass policy, to keep patrons inside the GPCC monthly membership meeting to take establishments and to enforce occupancy limits. advantage of this GPCC Marketing Benefit. Police are also asking that additional security personnel be hired for games in which a championship could be clinched.
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