2024 WEST DUNDEE RIVER CHALLENGE

Join us on Friday, July 19th!

The West Dundee River Challenge is back for it’s 8th year, once again hosting the first day of the Intelligentsia Cup 10-day bike race criterium. To complement a full day of racing, we will be hosting a community festival in the Old Town North neighborhood. 

In Grafelman Park, the KidZone will feature inflatables, activities and kid-friendly food.  The Dundee Open-Air Market will host local businesses selling their wares and showcasing their services.

Down the hill on North 2nd Street, the Restaurant and Entertainment Corridor features race-day menus from local restaurants, as well as the Afterparty festivities including music, food and drinks.

Shop at the Dundee Open-Air Market. Don your best costume and win prizes in the Family Bike Parade. Feast on race day menus from local restaurants. Climb on inflatables in the KidZone. Watch the thrilling races as the cyclists navigate tight turns in Old Town North, race at high speeds down Geneva Street, and climb the dreaded Legbreaker.
Mark your calendars for July 19th and join us for a day full of bike racing and family fun!

Motor Monday’s ~ The Depot in East Dundee

Come to East Dundee’s Family-Friendly Cruise Night!
Open to Cars and Trucks – ALL Makes & Models
Main gate entrance is on Barrington Avenue.
Looking for volunteers to help with participating vehicle greetings, traffic flow, parking, etc.
If interested, please email kdiehl@eastdundee.net
The Midwest Racing Preservation Association (MiRPA) is dedicated to promoting and preserving the history of Meadowdale International Raceways & all Midwest Motorsports
MiRPA.org – a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization

Thirsty Thursday Street Fest with Pino Farina Band

Thirsty Thursday Street Fest will offer an evening of live music on the Stage by . Punchy bass lines, gritty guitar riffs, amazing feats of vocal dexterity all held together with a driving beat is a strong signature to Pino Farina Band’s sound. From The Beatles to the Black Crows, U2 to the Foo Fighters, Pino Farina Band covers a wide range of music, including some of their own originals.
& :
Hoof Woof & Meow Animal Rescue will be on-site with some wonderful animals available for adoption.
– Please bring a lawn chair as seating is limited.
– outside alcoholic beverages allowed.
– Admission Fee!!
Additional Event Handicapped parking is located on Meier Street in front of Diamond Jim’s.

Social Media Strategy for Business

Multi-Chamber Webinar. 
Join us for an interactive and engaging presentation on Social Media Strategy for Businesses. Learn how to leverage the right social media platforms to engage with your customers, expand your digital presence, and ultimately grow your business.
Toya Webb is the Chief Marketing, Communications, and Government Relations Officer at Elgin Community College, where she is also an instructor in the business division and teaches Digital and Social Media Marketing. Register today & a link will be sent prior to the event. 

42nd Annual NKCC Golf Outing

If you have not attended our golf outing in the past, do not miss out this year! Join us on the course for 18 holes of golf, networking & a whole lot of fun with members!

Price includes, 18 holes of golf, continental breakfast, lunch at the turn, & dinner.  Also includes is, ALL on course games, string, mulligans, & 2 drink tickets on the course. If you don’t have a foursome, we will find a foursome for you. Be sure to register early to secure your spot. This event sells out every year.

2024 Golf Registration

2024 Golf Outing Sponsorship Opportunities

CASA Kane County, 30th Annual Children’s Champion Celebration GALA – March 2nd 2024

We believe that every individual has the power to shine light into the darkness for children in our community who have experienced abuse and neglect. Each of us, in our own way, has the extraordinary ability to Change a Child’s Story™.

For event questions, donation inquiries, or to purchase Grand Raffle tickets, please email natalieb@casakanecounty.org

Event Information, Tickets & Sponsorship

 

“Habitat for Humanity: Supporting Women’s Labor at Work and Home – Join Us for Networking, Lunch, & Learning!”

Habitat NFV Women Build will be hosting a luncheon at The Pavilion at Lords Park in Elgin on March 8th, 2024, to illuminate the often overlooked contributions of women in various spheres of life.
The event, taking place on International Women’s Day, will delve into the theme of ‘Hidden Work’ carried out by women and aims to chart a course towards acknowledging and valuing these contributions. The keynote speaker for the occasion is Jacqueline S. Ruiz, a distinguished author and social entrepreneur known for her visionary approach to inspiring positive change. With a remarkable portfolio that includes two successful award-winning companies, two nonprofit organizations, 29 books, and numerous impactful events, Ruiz is a true “dream catcher.” Her dedication to service, especially in supporting women, authors, and young ladies, has left an indelible mark globally. Jacqueline’s journey, marked by resilience as a cancer survivor, has instilled in her a profound belief in the synergy of profit and impact, which she whimsically terms “magix.”
 
At the heart of Jacqueline S. Ruiz’s address during the luncheon is the theme of “Navigating Invisible Labor.” Her flight plan for creating visible, valued work serves as a beacon for individuals seeking significance in their lives. Ruiz’s extraordinary achievements extend beyond her entrepreneurial ventures to her role as one of the very few Latina sports airplane pilots in the United States. As the founder of the Latinas in Aviation global brand, she advocates for pursuing dreams with the mantra, “taking off is optional, landing on your dreams is mandatory.” With her diverse experiences and commitment to uplifting others, Jacqueline S. Ruiz is poised to inspire attendees at the ‘Women Build’ Luncheon, encouraging them to embrace the magic that arises at the intersection of profit and impact.
For more information contact events@habitatnfv.org
To purchase tickets : https://bit.ly/hiddenworkwedo

2024 Woman in Business, Dollars for Scholars, Scholarship Applications are now Available

High School Seniors and College Students, affiliated with the NKC Chamber or residing in the NKCC market area, may begin creating a student profile starting January 23,2024. 

The deadline to apply for 2023-24 scholarships sponsored by NKCC Women in Business Dollars for Scholars is 5:00 PM March 25th, 2024. 

We’ve got a big name with a big purpose:

Northern Kane County Chamber of Commerce Women in Business Dollars for Scholars is dedicated to the continuing education, development, mentoring and improvement of chamber members and providing scholarships for High School Seniors and College students affiliated with the Northern Kane County Chamber or residing in the NKCCC market area. The Northern Kane County Chamber of Commerce (NKCCC) is an advocate for commerce, industry and development in the northern Fox Valley villages of Carpentersville, East Dundee, Gilberts, Sleepy Hollow and West Dundee, IL.

Scholarships

Scholarships are awarded to High School Seniors and College students affiliated with the NKC Chamber or residing in the NKCC market area.

Students must apply for scholarships through the web portal. The selection process takes into consideration academic achievement, school activities, faculty appraisal, community service, work experience, family situation and a written statement of goals and aspirations.

Would you like to be part of a big purpose?

Contribute

Your financial contribution of any size is welcomed and encouraged to ensure the availability of scholarship funds.  You Gift to Dollars for Scholars® is an investment in our community. 

 “Donate Now” to make a tax deductible donation.

Join

We invite you to join us for networking, business education and scholarship fundraising at one of our monthly luncheons. 

Encourage

Encourage students to apply through our web portal.  Their application will be entered into the Scholarship America® system where they will be presented with all the scholarship they are eligible for in the database. 

Multi-Chamber “Leap Year Scavenger Hunt” Bingo

Get ready to celebrate the leap year with some serious fun at the Multi-Chamber Leap Year Bingo networking luncheon on Thursday, February 29, 2024 from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. We’ve lined up an exciting afternoon filled with bingo games, a delectable lunch, valuable networking opportunities, and amazing prizes.
 
Don’t miss out on this special occasion. We know you will have fun on our networking scavenger hunt to fill out your bingo card. Complete the boxes by finding guests who can answer the questions on your bingo card such as “Do you drive an electric car” or “Are you a Cubs fan.” Enter their name on your bingo card and be among the first to yell BINGO and win a prize!
 
Secure your spot by registering with your local Chamber before February 22. It’s a great way to start the year right and make meaningful connections in your community. We look forward to seeing you there! 

Promote Your Business in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Bags!

Every year the chamber participates in the Thom McNamee Memorial St. Patrick’s Day parade through East Dundee. This year we will distribute 250 bags to the commuity. If you would like to have a flyer, promotional item, coupon, etc. in the bags please have them to the chamber office by 3:00 PM on FEBRUARY 26TH. 

We are also looking for volunteers to participate in the parade with us. Please let Melissa or Karen know if you can join us!

2024 Thom McNamee Memorial Dundee St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Celebrate the St.Patrick’s Day holiday in East Dundee with a spectacular Parade & fun for the entire family, including a Kilted 5K Run!

Organized by the McNamee Family Foundation, the Thom McNamee Memorial Dundee St. Patrick’s Day Parade is held annually during the month of March in downtown East Dundee.  The Village helps coordinate and advertise the parade which draws large crowds each year.  The Foundation also holds a Fireworks Display, sponsored by Bandito Barney’s, in late May.
To learn more, visit the Dundee St. Pat’s website 

Hispanic Business Owners Round Table

Join us for our monthly meet and greet, networking opportunity for Hispanic Business Owners! Bring your questions and your ideas so you can network with other like-minded business owners in our community!
Lots of information, support, and opportunities available!

Please RSVP to attend. 

Questions or for more information please contact Oscar Tapia at oscar.tapia@bmo.com 

or Melissa Hernandez at melissa@nkcchamber.com

 

NKCC Woman in Business, Dollars for Scholars Luncheon

Join us for our March luncheon at Bamboozels in West Dundee with Guest Speaker Michele Clark from Payroll Vault. 
$25 Chamber Members & $30 Non-Members  ~ Reservations must be made at least four business days in advance.

Improving our community through networking and higher education opportunities.
Women in Business is dedicated to the continuing education, development, mentoring and improvement of chamber members and proud representative of the Dollars for Scholars ® Program providing scholarships for High School Seniors and College students affiliated with the Northern Kane County Chamber or residing in the NKCC market area. We appreciate your help in supporting our mission. 

Don’t forget, we will be selling raffle tickets at each of our monthly luncheons. Ever dollar raised from our raffles goes directly to our scholarship fund. 

Michele Clark from Payroll Vault will be speaking on “Being a Business Disruptor in a World of Disruptions” a fun, interactive presentation about the trends and present challenges for small business owners and employers.

Michele’s appreciation for small business owners started in her youth. Her parent’s swimming pool construction and service company operated out of their family home. For Michele, business school was fielding customer calls on the kitchen phone and creating invoices on the shared family word processor. Raised with a front row seat to a family-owned business, she gained firsthand insight into both the rewards and obstacles of entrepreneurship, experiencing the joys and challenges of being one’s own boss from a young age.
Following graduation from Miami University with a Bachelor of Science degree, Michele embarked on a career in Pharmaceutical Sales, gradually ascending to upper management positions. Drawing from her experiences in this corporate environment and her deep-seated ties to her family’s business, Michele felt compelled to venture into entrepreneurship. Diving into the deep end, she took ownership of a large preschool franchise, overseeing operations that catered to 140 families and managed a team of 30
employees daily. After a whirlwind 11-year ride, she sold her business, leveraging her expertise in youth programs to serve as the Chief Operating Officer of the Boys and Girls Club of Dundee Township.
Three years and one pandemic later, Michele’s entrepreneurial spirit beckoned once more, guiding her back to the call of small businesses. This time, she assumed the role of Director of Business Development at Payroll Vault. In this capacity, Michele utilizes
her firsthand understanding of the trials faced by small business owners to offer tailored solutions for their operational and human resource needs. Through services such as payroll management and HR solutions, Michele empowers small business proprietors to concentrate on their core operations and clientele, fostering growth and prosperity in
their ventures.
Outside of her professional endeavors, Michele is mom of 2 spirited young women and an avid advocate for community involvement including the Elgin Symphony Orchestra where she sits on the Board of Directors. Michele loves travel and hopes to visit Japan one day. For fun and a challenge, Michele enjoys playing tennis several times a week. When not on the court, she delights in overcoming her losses by exploring new wines.
 
Woman in Business/ Member

 

 

CASA Kane County is currently seeking VOLUNTEERS!

CASA Kane County is looking for more volunteers to help support children who need it through the foster care system. CASA Kane County is nonprofit volunteer organization advocating for the best interest of children in abuse and neglect situations throughout Northern Illinois. CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates/Guardian ad Litem) volunteers are specially trained to become the objective voice of a child for a judge.

Want More Information About Volunteering for CASA? Join a Virtual Information Meeting: Thursday May 16th from NOON-1:00 PM

Virtual General Information Volunteer Meeting for potential CASA Volunteers and an opportunity to meet our team and learn more about what it means to become a CASA/GAL volunteer.

Court Appointed Special Advocate and Guardian Ad Litem Volunteers come from every walk of life and share a commitment to improving children’s lives. Fill out the form and attend to learn more on how you can be the one caring and consistent adult making a difference in a child’s life!

Please email sandiec@casakanecounty.org to register!

Shop, Dine & Enjoy Northern Kane County – Purchase a Gift Card Today

Purchase your Gift Certificates today!

Purchase your Gift Certificates today!

The Dine, Drink, Play & Shop local website www.nkccevents.com  includes a complete list of local businesses that accept Northern Kane County gift certificates. This is an important feature of the program, as it helps customers easily identify where they can redeem their certificates and encourages them to support local businesses.

We continue to regularly update the list of participating businesses, we feel this program and feature creates a sense of excitement and anticipation for customers, who may be eager to try out new places and explore our local community.

Overall, programs like this are a great way to support local businesses and foster a sense of community pride. They can also help to attract visitors to the area and encourage them to stay longer, leading to increased economic activity and a stronger local economy.


 

2024 Woman in Business, Dollars for Scholars, Scholarship Applications are now Available
High School Seniors and College Students, affiliated with the NKC Chamber or residing in the NKCC market area, may begin creating a student profile starting January 23,2024.

The deadline to apply for 2023-24 scholarships sponsored by NKCC Women in Business Dollars for Scholars is 5:00 PM March 25th, 2024.

 

Congratulations to Right at Home!
“This accomplishment demonstrates Right at Home -NW’s long-term dedication to excellent care and quality improvement. To qualify for this award, 10% of Right at Home’s clients and employees were interviewed each month by HCP. Over a 12-month period, Right at Home – NW received high client and caregiver satisfaction ratings in areas such as caregiver training, compassion of caregivers, communication, scheduling, client/caregiver compatibility, and more. Using feedback from clients and employees, as well as quality benchmarks from HCP, the Right at Home – NW’s management team set goals to reach the highest level of Experience possible.” Read the Full Article.

NKCC Ambassador’s Monthly Meeting – Become an Ambassador Today

Purpose:

The Northern Kane County Ambassadors Committee is comprised of local business professionals who function as the public relations arm of the chamber, intent on growing & retaining membership by providing an educated approach to the benefits, services, & events offered through the chamber. Becoming involved in a committee gives your business additional exposure as well.

Benefits:
Ambassador listings in monthly correspondence/email blasts when appropriate

  • Special name tags                                 
  • Recognition at events
  • First opportunity to meet/introduce yourself to new members
  • Increased exposure due to involvement in Chamber events & Business after hours
  • Group photo taken annually for use in newsletters/directory

Meetings:
Meetings are scheduled on the 2nd Wedensday of every month @ 9:30 AM in the Community Room at the Chamber of Commerce office in Carpentersville. Depending on the agenda meetings will be 30-60 minutes in duration. Meeting dates are subject to change.

 

Meet our Ambassadors:

Cheryl Alopogianis ~ Tastefully Simple ~ calopogianis@hotmail.com

Bryant Crawford ~ 5-Star Computer Services, Inc. ~ Bcrawford@5-starcomputers.com

Arlene De La Cruz ~ The Matrix Group ~ Arlene.sa.delacruz@gmail.com

Hanadi Dib ~ First American Bank ~ Hdib@Firstambank.com

Vicki Genz ~ Keller Williams Success Realty ~ vicki@newviewgr.com

Cornelia Krueger ~ Avon Consultant ~ cgkrueger@sbcglobal.net

Ann Meyer ~ Ann Meyer Agency, Farmers Ins. ~ Ameyer@farmersagent.com

James Byrnes ~ Broker, Baird & Warner ~ james.byrnes.realtor@gmail.com

If you are interested in becoming involved on our Ambassador Committee, please contact the Chamber office 847-426-8565. 

 

Dine Northern Kane County!

Here are links to local restaurants that are local businesses in the Northern Kane County Chamber!

Enjoy and Stay Local, Support Local

Northern Kane County Chamber of Commerce

Updated as of June  21th 2021, information on Local Restaurants:

Alexander’s Cafe – (847) 888-4146 – 1725 N. State St., Elgin

http://www.alexanderscafe.com

https://www.facebook.com/alexanderscafe

 

Aliano’s Ristorante – (847) 844-0528- 310 N. River St. East Dundee

https://alianosdundee.com/

https://www.facebook.com/alianoseastdundee

 

 

 

Bamboozels – (630) 903-1743 – 101 W. Main St., West Dundee

http://www.bamboozels.com/

https://www.facebook.com/bamboozels/

 

 Bandito Barneys – (847) 426-7300 – 10 N. River St., East Dundee

http://www.banditobarneysbeachclub.com

https://www.facebook.com/banditobarneys/

 

 

 

Bleuroot ~ Farm to Table

https://bleuroot.com/

https://www.facebook.com/bleurootrestaurant

 

 

Cook’s Ice Cream ~ (847) 915-5034 

https://www.cooksicecream.com

https://www.facebook.com/cooksicecream

 

Culver’s of Carpentersville – (847) 649-3225- 8000 Miller Road, Carpentersville

https://www.culvers.com/restaurants/carpentersville

https://www.facebook.com/CulversCarpentersville

 

Diamond Jim’s – (224) 484-8554 – 325 Meier Ave., East Dundee

https://www.diamondjimsdundee.com

https://www.facebook.com/diamondjimsdundee/

 

Dolly’s Gaming Café ~ (847) 714-4242 ~ 210 Penny Ave., East Dundee

www.dollyscafes.com

https://www.facebook.com/Dollyscafe711

 

 East Side Café’ Coffee & Wine Bar – 224-699-9820 – 316 N. River St. ~ East Dundee

https://eastsidedundee.com

https://www.facebook.com/theuncommonpalate

 

 

Emmett’s Tavern and Brewing Co. – (847) 428-4500 – 128 W. Main St. West Dundee

https://emmettsbrewingco.com

https://www.facebook.com/emmettsbrewingcowestdundee

 

 Jersey Mike’s Subs (224) 293-2688 – 123 S. Western Ave., Carpentersville

https://www.jerseymikes.com/27059/carpentersville-il

https://www.facebook.com/JerseyMikesCarpentersville27059

 

 

Panera Bread (847) 649-5180 – 101 S. Western Ave., Carpentersville

www.PaneraBread.com

https://www.facebook.com/PaneraBreadCarpentersvilleIL

 

River Street Tavern – (224) 293-2033 – 102 N. River Street, East Dundee

https://www.rstavern.com

https://www.facebook.com/RSTavern

 

Rosie O’Hare’s – (847) 426-1116 – 702 Water St, East Dundee

http://www.rosieohares.com

https://www.facebook.com/Rosie-Ohares-Public-House-111463448893726

 

Southern Belle’s – (224) 699-9959 – 152 S. Western Ave., Carpentersville

https://www.southernbellespancakes.com

https://www.facebook.com/southernbellescarpentersville

 

The Village Squire – (847) 428-4483 – 125 Washington St. West Dundee

 www.thevillagesquire.com

https://www.facebook.com/The-Village-Squire-Restaurants-1069721133063707/

 

WoodFire Pizza – (847) 844-0886 – 127 W. Main St West Dundee

Woodfire Brickoven Pizza Rockford and West Dundee

https://www.facebook.com/woodfirewestdundee

 

N3 Networking Group

N3  meets every Friday  8:30 ~ 9:30 AM
Chamber Community Room ~ 20 S. Grove Ave. Suite 102 ~ Carpentersville

N3  is a weekly, non-compete network group within the Northern Kane County Chamber of Commerce.

Our group consists of friendly, dedicated professionals in many different businesses ready to serve you.

We generate referrals to help each other grow our business.

Call the chamber today for more information! 
847-426-8565 

Business Power Connections Networking Meeting

BPC meets every Wednesday 8:30 ~ 9:30 AM
Northern Kane County Chamber Community Room
20 S. Grove St. Ste 102 ~ Carpentersville

BPC is a weekly, non-compete network group within the Northern Kane County Chamber of Commerce.

Our group consists of friendly, dedicated professionals in many different businesses ready to serve you.

We generate referrals to help each other grow our business.

For more information please contact the Chamber office 847-426-8565

BPC Member Directory