Bates: Many McHenry Area Chamber members among those recognized as Best of the Fox

Kay Rial Bates
Kay Rial Bates

The McHenry Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to acknowledge our Chamber member businesses that have won the Northwest Herald’s Best of the Fox either as the Best or One of the Best.

These companies deserve to be chosen by the people in their community because of each business’ commitment to service and ethical business practices.

These celebrated businesses include Veterans R&R, Raue Center, Rocco Z Music, World Wide Traveler, Adams Auto Body and Service Center, Rusty Nail Saloon, Riverside Chocolate Factory and Ridgeview Family Dentist.

Also among the businesses recognized are D’Andrea Banquets and Conference Center, Northwestern Medicine Health and Fitness Center, Nature’s Cornucopia, Natural Therapy Wellness Center, Shepherd Premier Senior Living, Conlon and Thompson Orthodontics, Fair Oaks Health Care Center and Kenny’s Floor Covering.

Fiesta Days, Harms Farm and Garden Center, Ace Hardware McHenry, Verlo Mattress, Sherwin Williams Paint Store, Clean Bee Carpet, Flooring and Upholstery Care, Rock Solid Builders, Black Diamond Plumbing and Mechanical, Loud Brothers, Gerstad Builders and Innovative Home Concepts also were recognized.

The Best of the Fox also included Alden’s Kennels, Law Office of Kevin Justen, Express Employment Professionals, Working World Staffing Services, Chris Dunlap, Dunlap Financial Services, Colonial Funeral Home, Cris Bimbi State Farm Insurance, Halford Insurance Agency, Berkshire Hathaway Starck Real Estate, Locker’s Flowers, Dreiske Moving and Storage, and Fast Signs.

Also recognized were Realtor Becky Kirchner, ReMax Plaza, The Bremer Team, Keller Williams NorthShore West, Baird and Warner, Katherine’s Bridal and Dress Shop, Paradise Financial Partners, Colonial Funeral Home, Black Orchid Boutique, Locker’s Flowers, Fiddlestiks, Steffan’s Jewelers, Siren Records, Sparrows Nest Thrift Store, Turnberry Golf Club, The Bike Haven, Second Amendment Sports and Dolphin Swim Club.

Restaurants that were recognized include Crystal Lake Rib House, Café 31 North, Brunch Café, Buffalo Wild Wings, Plum Garden, Culvers, El Gordo Mexican Restaurant, Addison’s Steakhouse, 31 North Banquets, Hidden Pearl, Hub Market, Vickie’s Place, Village Squire, and Stucky’s Bar and Grille.

These organizations have one thing in common and that is membership in the McHenry Area Chamber of Commerce. We are so proud to have them as part of our organization. Multiple businesses winning the Best of the Fox honor are part of other Chambers as well.

These fine companies believe that Chambers help them gain referrals and grant visibility through local events.Still others join because they just consider it the right thing to do.

Members believe that joining Chambers brings business to their doors, but more importantly, they know that participation in a Chamber can help companies in areas unsuspected.

As we all know people are not born into leadership but can become a powerful leader through nurturing. Chambers create leaders from those who have shied away from the limelight. By taking charge of a community event, individuals often grow into leadership through guiding volunteers.

Some members join referral groups that build business but also aid individuals in public speaking as well as the development of sales skills. Other assets of a smaller subset of the Chamber such as referral, women’s, young professional, and small-business groups of the Chamber encourage members to share issues in confidence and receive good input from like-minded companies. This sharing produces a healthy environment where a business can grow.

That being said, a Chamber’s best advantage is networking activities, drawing people together and showcasing member establishments while introducing people to those they need to know. Then the popular Networking Scrambles where speed dating is adapted for businesses meet quality clients and referral sources.

In addition, Chambers also provide member credibility boosting social media sites, member business directories, educational classes and newsletters where members share information to the public.

Chambers make “rain fall” for businesses and the people who serve them. Chambers give companies visibility, prestige, publicity, leadership skills, credibility and confidence.

It’s amazing what a Chamber can do with an involved member.

• Kay Bates is president of the McHenry Area Chamber of Commerce.

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