Dear Chamber Members & Friends —

It’s been quite a year! As we approach the holidays and 2019, we’re especially grateful for your continued support of the chamber and Blue Island. Here’s a brief recap of what we’ve been working on:

One of the most visible improvements we’ve made as a chamber was the launch of a redesigned website that features a host of member benefits, including imagery, responsive template, and customizable profile listings. We’ve drastically expanded our digital presence, including drone footage for the Dragon Boat fest and custom video for our “Success is Crafted in Blue Island” campaign, that’s also available in social and print.

We were able to partner with the city and park district to host and market the Fireworks Festival, we expanded our partnership with 12 neighboring communities to co-host Drivin’ The Dixie with Blue Island Historical Society and built a new website for the event; and we hosted informational events with Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership, Cook County Workers Compensation Commission, Blue Island Public Library, Emergency Preparedness Solutions, Laciak Accountancy Group, at businesses including Beggars Pizza, Natural Law, Raven’s Place, Three Sisters Antique Mall, The Meadows Golf Course, Corona Title Corporation, and Blue Island Beer Company.

We also moved our board meetings out of the East Annex and into member businesses, including Tenochtitlan, Cuzin’s, DeMars, and Mario’s Tacos so far.

As the Chamber of Commerce, we served as the main liaison with a film location scout for the television show “The Carbonaro Effect,” leading to the paid rental of BIHS’s Albee House, and additional revenue through D’Masti Catering orders and crew meals at DeMars to name a few. This relationship is ongoing, with great potential to grow.

We submitted a grant proposal on December 3 to the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation for nearly $80k in funding for expansion of workforce development programs at DDE to the benefit of our businesses who desperately need skilled, qualified workers.

In 2019, we’re turning our focus to the Business Development District, where we look to propel business district enhancements into action by working with our members to create visuals and elements of the plan ourselves and present them to the city for production and implementation. We’re also looking forward to expanding our use of the waterfall park with a monthly concert series from May through October – an endeavor that involves continued partnership and cooperation with the city, the park district and MWRD. Membership growth and retention will continue to be a major component of our operations, as well as the development of solutions to directly address the needs of our members, specifically in the areas of increased efficiencies and cost savings, marketing, healthcare, and workforce skills development.

It’s been quite a year, but none of it means anything without your support and involvement. Most of all, what we hope we’ve been able to demonstrate is that our members and their opinions are important, welcome, and appreciated. We could not do this on our own, but together, we are an amazing force that is an important part of the continued success of not just Blue Island, but the entire region.

Welcome to our newest members from 2018!

Maple Tree Inn/Maple Tree Inn Bistro*

Access To Care

Brandonisio & Co.

BIOS Farm

Betty’s Place

Blue Island Historical Society

Bungalow Chef Michael Mech & House of Fine Chocolates*

Aflac Agent Susan Greve, FIC, LUTCF*

Avon Representative Taquittee Cross

Southland TV/Southland Vibe Magazine

Raven’s Place*

Corona Realty Group & Corona Title Corporation

Emergency Preparedness Solutions

Midwestern Career College

Fay’s Point Marina*

Korbakes Liquors*

Village View Publications, Inc.

Geena Doherty’s Dessert First

Natural Law

VP Custom Inc

Moraine General Contracting

Shop Vada Winter

F.D.C. Property Management*

Metropolitan Family Services

Council Oak Montessori School

Chicago Classic Limo

H&M Property Management

 

* Asterisk indicates members who returned after a lapse in membership.