Anyone on the fence about the value of chamber membership should take advantage of our April membership drive value. Join the Cary Grove chamber during this month and your logo will be added to your website listing, a $55 value for free. In return, you gain access to our business resource center at 445 Park Ave., numerous networking opportunities and professional development programs, free meeting room space, a visible business listing on our website – which received 1 million hits last year – vendor opportunities connected to large community events that attract thousands, and more. Visit our website at www.carygrovechamber.com for an application form.
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We have 10 young women competing for scholarship awards in our Miss Cary and Miss Fox River Grove Business Scholarship Pageant. The event will be at 7 p.m. May 18 at Cary-Grove High School. Leading up to the pageant, the contestants work on speaking, presentation and interviewing skills that will help them in future college and professional experiences.
From 5 to 7 p.m. today, BMO Harris Bank, 122 W. Main St., Cary, will host the “Meet the Pageant Contestants” mixer. The contestants will be officially introduced to the business community. Stop in and join us.
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Registration is open for our 12th annual Chamber Golf Outing, scheduled for Aug. 23 at Cary Country Club. The price is $125 per golfer, $500 per foursome. This year’s golf outing will have a “Caddyshack” theme. To register, call the chamber office at 847-639-2800. Sign and sponsorship opportunities are available. The Chamber Golf Outing attracts more than 100 area business and community leaders.
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The Cary Farmers Market and Cary Cruise Night both kick off in June. Cruise Night will begin June 5 on West Main Street in downtown Cary and continue Wednesdays through Aug. 28. Hours are 6 to 8:30 p.m. Shine your wheels and drive on over. For the full schedule of Cary Cruise Night themes and dates, visit www.carygrovechamber.com. While all cars are welcome every night, themes are for judging. Trophies and ribbons are awarded. Parking and admission are free.
Stop by the Cary Farmers Market on opening day, June 2, to visit with your favorite vendors and some new additions. This year’s market includes several produce vendors, some organic farmers, farm fresh meats and eggs, cheeses, a large variety of baked goods and specialty items. We host our Special Event Day on the first Sundays of the month, featuring extra vendors, outdoor music, free chamber shopping bags and chances to win free bags of farmers market groceries.
If you are interested in promoting your business in the chamber shopping bags, call the 847-639-2800. The Cary Farmers Market will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Sunday, June 2 through Sept. 29 in the north commuter lot off the intersection of High Road and West Main Street in downtown Cary.
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Our new Noon Shake Up events have gone viral! Noon Shake Ups are a mini lunchtime mixer we host every other month at a different local restaurant member. Our next event will be April 24 at Chris’ Coach House, 6414 Hilly Way off Crystal Lake Avenue in Cary. The $20 registration fee is due in advance and includes your lunch, refreshment, tax, tip and networking. Once you arrive, you will be seated at a table with other business professionals, have a chance to introduce your business and give your 30-second commercial, pass your cards and connect with others. For information, visit www.carygrovechamber.com.
Join us for these other upcoming events: 1 to 1:30 p.m. April 25, ribbon cutting at Forrest Press Printing, 1010 W. Northwest Hwy., Barrington; and 5 to 7 p.m., May 1, multi-networking group chamber mixer at Century 21/Sketchbook, 20 Northwest Hwy., Cary.
• Suzanne Corr is the executive director of the Cary Grove Area Chamber of Commerce.