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Time to reconnect with customers, community

Do you sometimes feel like you need to be working 24/7 or you will never get ahead? I know it may sound crazy, but with all of the great festivals and events taking place in Algonquin and Lake in the Hills, you can actually work and have fun all at the same time. 

If you are a business owner, or a member of any church, group, or club, community festivals offer a great opportunity to volunteer together and represent your organization. Ask your staff if they would be interested in volunteering. Not only are you contributing to the success of the festival or event, you will be surprised at how many of your customers and neighbors will enjoy seeing you helping their community. 

When you volunteer during these summer events, you have the opportunity for residents and visitors and other volunteers to meet and see you which may lead to new introductions. We all know the value of building relations through referrals, word of mouth and community service. Why not get out from behind your desk and ask your staff, friends and family if they would like to “reconnect” and spend a few hours helping at one or all three of our local festivals:

• Lake in the Hills Rotary Ribfest, today through Sunday; www.rockinrotaryribfest.com.

• Algonquin Founders Days Festival, July 25-28; new location at Algonquin Lakes Park; www.algonquinfoundersdays.com, or call the chamber at 847-658-5300.

• Lake in the Hills Summer Sunset Festival, Aug. 30 – Sept. 1; www.summersunsetfest.com.

All are welcome to volunteer. Areas where volunteers are needed include  entrance gates, carnival, and other various responsibilities. When you volunteer, not only are you able to enjoy the festival, you are helping to fill the more than 100 time slots needed to help make each of this festival a success.

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wwWednesday Social Media Meet Up is July 17 at the Algonquin/Lake in the Hills chamber office, 2114 W. Algonquin Road, Lake in the Hills. Chamber members and guests are welcome to bring their laptops for one or all three Meet Ups: Blogging begins at 10:30 a.m., Facebook at noon and LinkedIn at 2 p.m.

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Friday, July 19, 9:00 a.m.:  Ribbon-cutting ceremony for Rock Paper Scissors Salon, 1497 S. Randall Road, Algonquin, will be at 9 a.m. July 19.

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Whether you are a new member, a new employee of a chamber member, or considering joining the chamber, join us to learn how to get the most from your chamber membership at 8:30 a.m. July 30. From networking to chamber involvement, think of this as a Chamber 101 meeting. Although not required, RSVPs are appreciated by calling the chamber at 847-658-5300.

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A multi-chamber legislative luncheon featuring gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 30 at Turnberry Country Club, 9600 Turnberry Trail, Lakewood. Cost is $25/person. For more information, visit the chamber’s online calendar at  www.ALChamber.com or call 847-658-5300.

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If you are a business interested in reaching area residents and businesses in and around the Algonquin and Lake in the Hills area, registration is now open for all businesses interested in participating in the Lake in the Hills Sunset EXPOsure on Sept. 1. Registration is currently open to members only for the chamber’s Home and Business/Café Expo on Oct. 5. Starting Aug. 1, registration will open to everyone.

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The Algonquin/Lake in the Hills Chamber of Commerce encourages local businesses to invest in their business by becoming an active chamber business. The chamber will help you stay informed as well as provide your business with advertising and networking opportunities affordable for all types and size businesses. For more information 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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