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McHenry Chamber to honor businesses

The McHenry Area Chamber of Commerce invites all to attend its first business awards luncheon.

Titled "Red Carpet Awards" the luncheon will be held from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 31 North Banquet & Conference Room, 217 N. Front St., McHenry.

The luncheon acknowledges chamber members for their diligence, leadership and service to their customers, employees and their communities.

Finalists in categories are as follows:

Best New Start-Up of the Year: 3GM Consulting, Epic Bicycle and Fitness and Schwab Property Solutions

Business of the Year: Home State Bank, River Place Luxury Residences and Gary Lang Auto Group

Excellence in Customer Service: A Better Water Treatment Co., 1st Impression Marketing Solutions and Brunch Café

Most Innovative Marketing Program: Alden’s Kennels, Letizia Financial Group and Prosperity Training

Retailer of the Year: Meijer, Performance Unlimited and Steffan’s Jewelers

Referral Group or Service Organization Giving Back: GiGi’s Playhouse, MC3 Referral Group and Rotary Club of McHenry

Top Young Professional: Giuseppe Veneziano, of BMO Harris Bank; Kim Loewe, of Kiera’s Confections; and Adam Diamond, of Diamond & LeSueur PC

Small Office Home Office: Any Key Computer Services, Frank Hosticka’s LegalShield and Palmarium Home Inspection Services

Swan Award: 31 North Banquet & Conference Center, Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois and McHenry Public Library

The Rotary Club of McHenry Sunrise's Community Service and Ethics Award: Vicki Nielsen, of McHenry Financial; Paul Letizia, of Letizia Financial Group; and Steve and Craig Bjorkman, of Bjorkman's Ace Hardware.

The winner in each category will be announced at the luncheon. All winners were chosen by the McHenry Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, the luncheon planning committee and selected chamber board members.

Emcees for this event are co-hosts Tony and Michelle Myatt of
 "Totally Fit Radio" – the AM 560 WIND show about health and fitness.

To make reservations, visit The event is sponsored by First Midwest Bank and River Place Luxury Residences. The presenting sponsor Rotary Club of McHenry Sunrise.


November is a busy month for chamber networkers. Tonight there is a mixer conducted by Marketing Connection Group I members at Artistic Embroidery. Expect great eats and networking.

On Nov. 13, Lavish Salon-Spa is hosting a progressive dinner with fellow businesses located at their new location on Ridgeview Drive. Visit Kim and Patty’s Café, Crossfit Fitness, Everyone’s Family Dentist, Mary’s Flowers and Lavish Salon-Spa while enjoying door prizes plus appetizers, drinks, dinner and desserts. Don’t miss this one! Remember you need to go to more than one mixer to develop trusted relationships. It does take time to become a referral-based business!

Our Referral Group III “Shop with a Cop” mixer at the VFW is Nov. 15. Always a good time for chamber members and their guests. There will be lots of items to bid on and some unusual raffles.

Last year Georgene Sergeant won dinner with the Chicago Bears, seats on the 50-yard line and a chance to visit the Bears in the locker room. Can’t beat this! The event starts at 5 p.m.

Our “How to Create Your 30 Second Commercial” event is at 7:30 a.m. Nov. 16 at the chamber office. It's a good activity for solid networkers.

On Nov. 19 is the next Men of Monday Night Football Party, which will be held at Windy City Wings. There will be contests, goodies to eat and of course The Bears! It starts at 5:30 p.m. And ladies should save the date for the next WINGs luncheon on Nov. 28.

– Kay Rial Bates is the president and chief executive officer of the McHenry Area Chamber of Commerce. She can be reached at

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