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McGuire: Local Chamber moves ahead after flood

Kyle Grillot - 
Katrina McGuire became the president of the Algonquin/Lake in the Hills Chamber of Commerce in January. Pictured is McGuire in the Chamber of Commerce office in Algonquin.
Kyle Grillot - Katrina McGuire became the president of the Algonquin/Lake in the Hills Chamber of Commerce in January. Pictured is McGuire in the Chamber of Commerce office in Algonquin.

It’s been five months since I’ve taken over the role of president at the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Chamber of Commerce, and we started off the year with a bang.

In the first week of my tenure, a water main broke in the unit next to ours, causing a flood. This led to a complete remodeling of the interior of our offices. In the midst of drywall dust, carpets being pulled up, painting and floors being put down, we managed to pull off a great annual awards dinner honoring Cycling Republic for New Business of the Year, Centegra Health System as Business of the Year and Mary Caporale of Algonquin Bank & Trust as Volunteer of the Year.

Shortly after the annual awards dinner, construction was completed at the end of February by AccuPro Now and we held an open house to show of the new décor. Thank you for all the warm wishes and for stopping by to say hello. 

As of the beginning of March Jenny Duron, our administrative assistant, and I began to tackle reorganizing the office and getting to business. Committees began to meet again and planning was underway for great events where businesses can promote themselves, residents can learn about where to spend their dollars and the community as a whole can come together.

Alliance of Professional Women continued their monthly luncheons, and the Program Committee met to solidify upcoming events.

These events begin June 3 with the start of Cruise Nights, running every Tuesday (except July 1) through Aug. 26. The Chamber’s annual Golf Outing will be Sept. 22 at the Golf Club of Illinois. The Home & Business Expo is Nov. 8.

Great opportunities await you and your business. For information, visit and click on local calendar.

Other committees underway include Young Professionals, Legislative, Ambassadors and Social Media. 

Together, the Chamber board of directors and myself have a vision that the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Chamber of Commerce become the premier Chamber in the Fox Valley.

I’d like to see our events throughout the year have a continuous flow where one event plays off the one before it, to allow businesses to choose where they would like to promote themselves. Over the next few months, leading up to our annual awards dinner in January 2015, be on the lookout for how you can nominate your favorite business and eventually vote for them at events and online. 

Lastly, did you know the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Chamber website gets anywhere from 10,000 to 20,000 visits a month? Most of these visits land on one of our member’s listings. Another avenue of information comes from the Annual Hometown Guide, printed by VCP Printing, which is mailed to more than 22,000 residents every year. We had a woman stop in recently just to thank us for the “purple book,” our Hometown Guide.

In short, being part of the Chamber of Commerce is a like a pie, every slice holds valuable resources to promote business, interact with others and educate in a variety of ways to add value to the community. This Chamber is all about the members, they are what makes this Chamber great. 

• Katrina McGuire is president of the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Chamber of Commerce. Reach her at 847-658-5300.

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