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New opportunities at Cary Grove Chamber

Published: Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

Tickets are on sale for the popular “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” event Oct. 17 at the Crystal Lake Holiday Inn.

The cost is $20 and includes a free drink ticket, gourmet appetizers, entertainment by the Modern Day Romeos Jim and Justin, great shopping, free raffle prizes all night and a chance to win a giant pamper package.

Call the Chamber at 847-639-2800 to order your tickets.  We always sell out.

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Local residents can help us depict life in Cary and Fox River Grove by sending in family photos for the 2014 issue of the Cary Grove Community Guide. Each year we try to capture a unique glimpse of hometown life on the pages of the publication, and your photos can be considered.

The Community Guide provides a wealth of information on everything from local government, utility and village services, churches, community clubs and organizations, local businesses and a complete listing of Chamber members.

Chamber members are listed for free in the publication, creating a significant business resource for local residents. More than 500 local businesses, community groups and governmental leaders are Cary Grove Chamber members.

If you want to be on the radar in the Cary Grove Community, join the Cary Grove Chamber to be listed in the new Community Guide and on our website, which receives thousands of hits a month, visit

If you have photos you can share for the 2014 Community Guide, send them to Please include your name and phone number, a description of the photo, and a written statement granting permission to the Chamber to use your photographs. The deadline for photo submissions is Oct. 20.

Our new “Noon Shake Up” events offer a great midday networking opportunity for local businesses. This month we meet at Galati’s in downtown Cary on Sept. 18. The cost is $20 for members and includes tax and tip. Attendees are assigned to sit with a group of local business professionals. You have a chance to do your 30-second commercial at your table and share lunch with new connections.  

In September the Cary Grove Chamber of Commerce will celebrate Chamber of Commerce week by offering two free seminars.

Join us for “Build a Better You for Success,” with speaker Mike Spagnola of Edge Strength & Performance, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Fox River Grove Village Hall, 305 Illinois St.  

The program will focus on how personal health can affect your business, creating a basic program for a healthier you and more. Lunch is provided free to the first 25 members, compliments of Costco.

Speaker Kerri Barber of Kerri Barber Consulting will present “Get Ready for the Affordable Care Act” from noon to 1 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Fox River Grove Village Hall. Learn more about the new health care exchange website, key features of the ACA and the rollout timetable. Lunch is free to the first 25 members, compliments of Sam’s Club.

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Registration is underway for local business, governmental leaders, community groups and organizations interested in participating in the 2014 Cary Grove Community Showcase, sponsored by the Cary Grove Area Chamber of Commerce.  

The event will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 1 at Cary-Grove High School, 2208 Three Oaks Road, Cary. The Showcase puts the spotlight on local resources and attracts hundreds of community residents. Registration forms are available on the Chamber’s website. Last year more than 2,300 residents attended.

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The Chamber offers affordable advertising packages for our website. Members have the opportunity to enhance their listing by adding logos, links, photos, banner ads and more. Our website received more than a million hits last year. Being part of the Chamber helps business get noticed and enhancing your listing on the business directory increases your visibility. For complete details, email our office at or call us at 847-639-2800.

• Suzanne Corr is the executive director of the Cary Grove Area Chamber of Commerce. 

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