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Bates: Gaining control of your financial life

The McHenry Area Chamber of Commerce’s staff recently took a course on organization of personal finances. Taught by Prosperity Training's Barb Mikula, the course helped us understand our personal finances, get organized with the help of a provided file system, and analyze where we are managing our financial life well and where we had a bag of holes that was depleting our resources. Best yet, we gained information on how to save a bundle in areas not thought of before.

We went into these sessions fearing guilt but instead we were euphoric. For the first time we were in control of our financial lives. Truly a life changer. We now have the tools we need to save money that can be used for things we enjoy. I welcome anyone to gain more information about the excellent training by Prosperity Training which is now available on DVD at You will find the DVD quite easy to follow and entertaining as you hear stories about how Prosperity Training's Barb and Ed Mikula dealt with their own financial woes.

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Have you downloaded the app McHenry NOW? You are sure to save oodles of money while shopping at home.

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Get ready to Scramble on April 26. The networking luncheon will be loaded with referral sources and clients. All attendees have the opportunity to physically present their organization to non-competing business people sitting at their table. They then move to two more courses for an entirely different group of people.

Between 150 and 200 businesses will be in attendance.

New location for the Scramble is McHenry Country Club. Bring a non-McHenry chamber member guest and you get in for a 25 percent discount. The guest will get in for half price. Bring two non-chamber member guests and you get a complimentary sponsorship. Think of the visibility!

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The chamber golf outing will tee off May 15. Held at McHenry Country Club, the Home of Taylor Made, the chamber’s golf outing allows members and their guests to play at a private course where Taylor Made got its start. Shotgun at 10:30 a.m.

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Never Eat Alone luncheon will begin at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday at Kiera’s Confections. Price is $8 for homemade soup, loaded potato, beverage, tax, tip and a luscious cupcake. Instead of grabbing food on the go, eat with chamber members and make a new connection.

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Next mixer will be It’s All About Kids, today at 31 North Banquets. Support the fight against pediatric cancer by attending this mixer. Drieske Moving and White Glove Delivery mixer will be April 2. All mixers start at 5 pm. First time? Ask for Kay at the door.

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On April 3, Barb Mikula of Prosperity Training will give us a taste of how good it feels to have our financial house in order. Please attend this Bring Your Lunch and Learn in the chamber office at noon.

For more information about McHenry chamber activities, visit

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

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