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Chamber offers new, nontraditional programs

Published: Monday, Feb. 25, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, March 1, 2013 11:22 a.m. CDT

We need you, you need us. Businesses and the chamber are better together. When you succeed, the chamber wins with a satisfied member. With that in mind, the chamber has launched three new nontraditional programs to aid organizations in showcasing their establishments:

• First Thursday Shop Ins. From 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. the first Thursday of each month, chamber members and the community are invited to visit a store or restaurant to appreciate and possibly purchase from a local business not visited before. The idea is to focus on a particular establishment drawing in potential new customers. Next Shop In takes place March 7 at Harmony Skate Shop 1259 N Green St.

• Lunch mixers. Lunch mixers have become increasingly popular, showcasing establishments as well as giving members an opportunity to network with those they do not see frequently. Lunch mixers can be done at any organization that is willing to offer a complimentary light lunch to members.

• Never Eat Alone Lunch. On the last Wednesday of the month, the holds its Never Eat Alone network luncheon. The next luncheon will be at 11:45 a.m.Wednesday at Sugar Buzz Cupcakes, 2210 Route 120, McHenry. This new activity invites chamber members to a restaurant with an all-inclusive price that includes menu item, beverage, tax and tip. The Sugar Buzz menu will offer bacon, egg and cheese panini sandwich, homemade soup and choice of soda, water or large regular coffee at the inclusive price of $8. For reservations, call 815-385-4300.

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The McHenry Area Chamber of Commerce invites you to attend the “State of McHenry” mayoral luncheon at 11:45 a.m. on March 6 at the McHenry Country Club.

Mayor Susan Low will discuss city accomplishments during 2012 and detail McHenry’s vision for 2013.

Cost is $25 for chamber members with discounts for tables of eight.

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The chamber invites women to attend the WINGs (Women’s Interactive Networking Group) “Woman of Accomplishment” luncheon featuring Dr. Frances Glosson, director of Community Learning Strategies & Integration at Centegra Health System. The luncheon will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. March 13 at 31 North Banquet & Conference Center, 217 N. Route 31, McHenry.

Glosson will discuss how she handled obstacles and life’s difficulties, bringing her to each new level of success. Cost is $28 for chamber members and $33 for nonchamber members. Reservation deadline is 5 p.m. March 11. Call 815-385-4300 or visit www.mchenrychamber.com.

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The chamber is hosting its Spring Networking Scramble on April 26. Business showcase and registration begins at 11 a.m. and the Lunch Scramble is from 11:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.

For those new to business scrambles, they are structured progressive networking luncheons whereby businesses have the opportunity to introduce their business to 27 to 30 possible clients and power partners. The early-bird special rate until March 27 is $25 for members; $40 for nonmembers; and $40 for a member with a nonmember guest.

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The chamber invites you to attend a Breakfast N’ Learn on “Leveraging Social Media for Better Business” presented by Pat Price, president of The Price Group, from 8 to 9 a.m. March 15 at the Shah Center, 4100 W. Shamrock Lane McHenry. Cost is $5. Perfect for business people who feel their social media attempts are not getting the traction they had hoped. Program will explore how to engage customers in social media, how to build a following, and how to make social media pay off!

Registration for all events can be made at the McHenry Area Chamber of Commerce at 815-385-4300 or www.mchenrychamber.com.

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Multi-chamber mixer with It’s All About Kids will be from 5 to 7 p.m. March 5 at 31 North Banquet, 217 N. Front St., McHenry. Mark your calendar for the March 12 joint mixer at United Way, 4508 Prime Pkwy., McHenry. With a March Madness theme, this joint mixer will draw many.

• Kay Rial Bates is the president and CEO of the McHenry Area Chamber of Commerce. She can be reached at kay@mchenrychamber.com.

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