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Ball: Cary Grove Area Chamber forms government affairs committee

Published: Friday, May 9, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

The Cary Grove Area Chamber of Commerce announced recently the formation of a government affairs committee.

The committee was announced at the April meeting of the chamber’s board of directors and will be headed by Sumish Parikh, owner of several area Dunkin’ Donuts and Dunkin’ Donuts/Baskin Robbins locations.

While the chamber generally has enjoyed positive relationships with its local, state and federal legislators, it has not formally had a group of members consider policy and the economic conditions required to keep Cary and Fox River Grove positive business environments.

“This is not a committee for partisan politics,” Parikh said. “Our mission is to provide guidance to our elected representatives and foster relationships so that our members have a conduit to the legislative group.”

Legislative and policy advocacy on behalf of the membership and local businesses is not a new service a local chamber of commerce provides. In fact, many would say it is a fundamental function of the organization’s existence.

The Cary Grove Area Chamber is dedicated to making the impact of its government affairs committee a value to its membership and the entire business community within its service area.

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Cary Grove Chamber Past President Sandra Nies of BMO Harris Bank has stepped down from the chamber’s board. She received a promotion in 2013 that has her managing branches in throughout metro Milwaukee. The chamber is thankful for her service to the organization and wishes her great success in her continuing career.

Board veteran Lisa Raupp of Mary Kay Cosmetics will fill the executive committee vacancy for the rest of the year.

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The chamber has a number of upcoming events.

There will be a Multi-Chamber Mixer from 5 to 7 p.m. May 13 at the Raue Center for the Arts, 26 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake.

Another Multi-Chamber Mixer will be from 5 to 7 p.m. May 20 at Gary Lang Auto Group, 1107 Route 31, McHenry. This annual mixer brings great crowds and terrific opportunities to build your network and develop your relationships.

A mixer and ribbon-cutting ceremony will be from 5 to 7 p.m. May 29 at Malooley Family Chiropractic, 652 Route 14, Cary. Come celebrate the official opening of Malooley Family Chiropractic’s office renovation and expansion.

• Brad Ball is executive director of the Cary Grove Area Chamber of Commerce. Reach him at 847-639-2800 or

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