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Spring cleaning for your business

Published: Friday, March 29, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

According to the calendar, spring has sprung!  As a kid growing up in the ’60s and ’70s, a spring did not pass without mom informing the family that it was time to do spring cleaning. Back then, my sisters and I would cringe because it meant a long weekend of cleaning closets and china cabinets, along with every corner of the house, top to bottom, getting vacuumed and polished. It wasn’t until I became an adult and a homeowner that I truly understood why at the end of the weekend mom would have a smile on her face.

Recently, I spent a weekend doing my own annual spring cleaning and realized there is something therapeutic about cleaning where no one but you can see. You feel more organized, the clutter is cleared away and everything seems a little “shinier.” As I sat admiring the weekend efforts of my family, not only did I determine the chamber office was next on my spring cleaning list, it got me thinking that a great way for any business to give itself a boost would be to do an old-fashioned spring cleaning.

Whether you are a home-based business, or a company of many, get your staff and family involved and start getting rid of the clutter. Clean out the storage room, clear out the hanging file drawers, and dust off those pictures and awards you have hanging on the walls. Giving your business a thorough cleaning may shake things up for the better and give you and your staff a fresh perspective for the coming months.

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The Algonquin/Lake in the Hills chamber’s annual Golf Outing Scramble has opened up early-bird registration. On June 6, members and guests will enjoy a fantastic day of golfing at Turnberry Country Club along with great food and plenty of time to network with area business owners and managers. For more information on registration (open to the public) and sponsorship opportunities (members only) visit www.ALChamber.com or call 847-658-5300.

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The Algonquin/Lake in the Hills chamber is gearing up for our once-a-month Summer Cruise Nights starting in June at the Oakridge Shopping Center in front of Sonic Drive-In in Algonquin. This year’s Cruise Committee has planned three great evenings, each with a family fun theme. In addition to all of the incredible cars, business members will have the opportunity to exhibit (for only $50) their services and products, gaining visibility to potential customers. We are excited to announce this year’s Corporate Sponsor is Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital. Complimentary cinch totes will be given to the first 100 visitors during each Cruise Night. For more information on sponsorships and exhibiting, call 847-658-5300 or visit the chamber’s website.

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Please join me in welcoming the following businesses to the Algonquin/Lake in the Hills chamber: Algonquin Square Apartments, Ambit Energy/Sue Bazdor, ATI Physical Therapy, Cycling Republic, GNT Limousine Service, Half Price Books, Hand & Stone Massage And Facial Spa, In Sync Systems, Inc., Lake In The Hills/Algonquin Jr. Eagles Youth Football, Mandile’s Restaurant, McHenry County Recorder, Pacific Vein Care, Park Place HOA-Cl, Profile Salon & Spa, Rieke Office Interiors, Tanis Group Realty, Total Merchant Services.

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The Algonquin/Lake in the Hills Chamber of Commerce is a business-building organization. In addition to providing business members opportunities network and promote their services and products, the chamber strives to keep members informed about the many resources available to area businesses helping them to succeed. For more information on the benefits of the chamber, visit www.ALChamber.com or call 847-658-5300.

• Sandy Oslance is president of the Algonquin/Lake in the Hills Chamber of Commerce.

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