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Expo offers chance to meet businesses

Published: Friday, Sept. 20, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

Come to the Algonquin/Lake in the Hills Chamber’s Home & Business Expo & Cafe on Oct. 5 at Jacobs High School and prepare to get ideas, inspiration, estimates and great expo specials from many of the local businesses in and around the Algonquin and Lake in the Hills area.

Admission is free, and there is plenty of parking. Past visitors to the expo have commented that they come because it’s a great way to meet the businesses face to face that we may need services from in the future. Best of all, they really like they can meet them all in one day.

An added attraction this year will be the Craft & Farmers Market, which will include handmade American Girl Doll clothes and accessories, homemade cheesecake, floral items for all seasons and more.

Back by popular demand is the expo Café, where visitors can sample the cuisine of eight local restaurants. Upon entering the expo, each visitor is given a Café punch card, which allows them to receive complimentary samples of each restaurant’s cuisine. This year’s Café participants include Aladdin Mediterranean Grill, Village Vintner Winery & Brewery, Famous Dave’s, Moretti’s Ristorante and Chili’s, to name a few.

For more than 10 years, the Algonquin/Lake in the Hills Chamber’s Home & Business Expo has provided area residents and businesses an opportunity to see the latest services, products and entertainment available in the area. This year’s exhibitors list includes more than 90 local businesses – home improvement, area retailers, fitness and health, financial and insurance, housing and living, and automotive to name a few.

Please join us for this exciting fall event.

Limited space is still available for area businesses and crafters. For information, visit www.ALChamber.com or call 847-658-5300.

The chamber would like to thank the 2013 expo sponsors: Centegra Health System (corporate sponsor), Northwest Herald (media sponsor) and T&R Communications (expo electrician). We also would like to thank this year’s Expo Committee: Matt Giovenco (CertaPro Painters), Jackie Gappa (Nationwide Insurance Agency), Rob and Vickie Anthony (T&R Communications) Claudia Kendzoir (Morkes Chocolates), Virginia Frye (Algonquin Public Library) and Karen Cousenov (Mutual of Omaha). Their enthusiasm and creative ideas have been instrumental in the plans for the 2013 expo.

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From 5 to 7 p.m Thursday, Chamber members and guests are invited to attend the Business After Hours at the Algonquin Commons, 1900 S. Randall Road in Algonquin.

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At 4 p.m. Oct. 2, the Algonquin/Lake in the Hills Chamber will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Breaking Bread Catering & Café, located at 638 Northwest Highway, Cary. After the ceremony, Breaking Bread Catering & Café invites guests to stay for their open house.

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The chamber is excited to announce the grand opening of New Clique, a trendy store for all ages. To celebrate, the chamber will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9 a.m. Oct. 11. New Clique is located at 128 S. Randall Road, Algonquin.

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From 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Oct. 29, the Algonquin/Lake in the Hills Chamber hosts its quarterly Chamber orientation panel discussion. The event is free and open to members, new and established, as well as area businesses interested in learning more about the benefits to joining the Algonquin/Lake in the Hills Chamber. Please RSVP by calling 847-658-5300, email info@ALChamber.com or visit the chamber’s online calendar at www.ALChamber.com.

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

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