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    WHAT WE DO

    The Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Partnership connects companies to the pulse of business in the Chicago region and serves as an influential and effective advocate and marketer for businesses.
    We always put the needs of businesses first by:
    1. Attracting new companies to our community and building new business opportunities for those companies and existing companies.
    2. Working with key local, state and federal government decision makers to address the financial, operational and other needs of local businesses and businesses seeking to locate here.
    3. Identifying transportation, infrastructure and other community solutions that will attract and retain a talented local workforce.
    4. Developing new area attractions and marketing initiatives that will expand tourism and grow our local economy.
    Welcome and Mission, Please Join

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    HOW WE WORK

    The Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce is a 501(c)6 business association governed by a board of directors comprised of Greater Oak Brook companies representing a range of industries: Fortune 500 companies, financial institutions, hospitality and retail businesses, technology companies, commercial real estate firms and more. Collectively, these individuals and their companies represent the policy interests of the Greater Oak Brook business community.

    Six paid staff and consultants experienced in business, nonprofit association and economic development program management assist the board in planning the organization’s strategic direction, and manage and execute its operations, programs and activities.
    Meet Our Staff and Board of Directors

    Organizational Culture
    The organization’s leaders and members work together in a geographically small community that is bustling with business. Over 100,000 people work or visit here each day, which keeps our local companies and economy thriving!
    Fortunately, the community’s small geographical size allows us to stay connected and aware of the issues affecting each other. Working together like this has helped create a supportive and respectful organizational culture in which members may build positive professional relationships over time.

    One Voice for Business through Committees!
    The organization has established a collaborative communication structure that allows local businesses to work together through councils and committees to develop a vision and strategy that serve the broader business community’s needs. These joint efforts have helped create one business voice to address critical issues ranging from local signage codes and community marketing and transportation initiatives to broader state business policy concerns. Members may serve on the following councils and committees:
    • Business Roundtable
    • Banking and Financial Services Committee
    • Economic Development Partnership Council
    • Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
    • Attractions and Events Committee
    • Talented Workforce Committee
    • Young Business Leaders
    • Networkers Group
    Serve On Committees

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    OUR MEMBERS

    Over 350 key area companies employing nearly 10,000 people are members of the Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Partnership. Member companies represent commercial real estate (20%), hospitality and retail (25%), technology and other professional services (30%), banking and financial services (15%) and healthcare (10%) sectors. More than 1,600 professionals from these companies regularly participate in the organization’s programs and activities, with 250 of them serving in council and committee leadership roles.
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THE TEAM

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  • Valentina Tomov

    President & CEO

    Valentina Tomov is the Chamber’s President and CEO and oversees all facets of its work. Previously, she was employed as the Economic Development Director for the Chamber and worked closely with municipal staff, local property owners/managers and tenant representatives throughout the U.S. to recruit and retain office and retail tenants.

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  • Ed Tracy, CPA

    Chief Financial Consultant

    Ed Tracy is the Chamber’s Chief Financial Consultant, overseeing the organization’s budget development and financial reporting processes. He earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Illinois and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Illinois CPA Society. Please contact Ed at tracy@seldenfox.com.

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  • Aimee Schroeder

    Accounting Consultant

    Aimee Schroeder is the Chamber’s Accounting Consultant and handles the organization’s accounts payable and receivable. She has an undergraduate degree in business administration and accounting. Please contact Aimee at schroeder@seldenfox.com.

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  • Tamryn Hennessy

    Program Director

    Tamryn Hennessy is the Chamber’s Program Director. She is responsible for leading and managing the organization’s economic development programs, with a current focus on new workforce attraction and retention initiatives, including the new STEM Bridge Partnership.

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  • Jenny Stanko

    Communications & Membership Development Manager

    Jenny Stanko is the Chamber’s Communications & Membership Development Manager. Jenny is responsible for managing content for all three Chamber websites, sending e- blasts, creating marketing pieces for all events, and providing communications support for Chamber members, Chamber meetings, events and grant projects.

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  • Bridget Karnick

    Meeting & Events Planner

    Bridget Karnick is the Chamber’s Meeting & Event Planner. Bridget is responsible for organizing membership events and council and committee meetings, and meetings and events for the Economic Development Partnership.

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  • Chairwoman Susan Lindquist

    BCS Financial, Oakbrook Terrace

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  • Vice Chairman Dan Wagner

    Inland Real Estate Group, Oak Brook

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  • Treasurer Dennis Marx

    JMG Financial, Oak Brook

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  • Secretary Finny Rajchel

    State Farm Insurance, Oakbrook Terrace

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  • Douglas Beck

    HUB Group, Oak Brook

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  • Larry Brand

    Elkay Manufacturing, Oak Brook

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  • Norm Canfield

    Hyatt Lodge, Oak Brook

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  • Paul Cardona

    Le Meridien Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook

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  • Susan Clarke

    Advocate Health Care, Oak Brook

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  • Kristin Duncan

    Marriott Oak Brook Hotel, Oak Brook

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  • Terry Dunne

    Millennium Trust Company, Oak Brook

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  • Bill Fulle

    Tiffany & Co., Oak Brook

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  • Ken Greene

    Comcast Business Class, Oak Brook

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  • Stefan Gruvberger

    Hiltons of Oakbrook, Oakbrook Terrace

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  • Kathy Hardy

    Leaders Bank, Oak Brook

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  • Ed Harrington

    CenterPoint Properties, Oak Brook

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  • Dennis Hiffman

    NAI Hiffman, Oakbrook Terrace

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  • Gregg Horan

    Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse, Oak Brook

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  • Adrian Mendoza

    Lillig & Thorsness, Ltd., Oak Brook

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  • Kevin Munday

    Xeno Media, Oakbrook Terrace

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  • Todd Schaefer

    Jones Lang LaSalle Tenant Representation Group, Chicago

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  • Caryn Torres

    Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook

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The purpose of the Chamber’s Business Blog is to serve our member companies through the prompt publication of significant local, state, national or global activities affecting any industry, and to provide a forum for the reporting and discussion of news and issues concerning business.

September 7 – Meet the Conservation Foundation at Inland Real Estate

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RPAI welcomes new businesses to Oak Brook Promenade

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The Oak Brook Promenade is a vibrant, high quality specialty retail and dining lifestyle center located in Oak Brook, the premiere shopping destination of the Chicagoland area. Anchored by nationally renowned tenants featuring fine clothiers, jewelers, financial services, home furnishings, as well as casual and fine dining restaurants.

RPAI is happy to announce that two new businesses will be joining the ranks of many others this fall.

LeChar Beauty Spa will open at 3021 Butterfield Road and Delos Therapy, a Chicago Pain Management center, will open at 3011 Butterfield Road.

For any questions or to learn more about these businesses please contact Stacy Short at RPAI.

 


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Rush University Medical Center Earns Honors as the #1 nurse employer in Illinois

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Nurse.org, the web’s leading career site for nurses, has recognized Rush University Medical Center as one of the best hospitals for nurses to work for in Illinois. Over the past two years, Nurse.org has collected more than 1,502 reviews by nurses at 169 Illinois hospitals about their workplace satisfaction. Reviews in Illinois state have revealed that Rush University Medical Center has one of the highest levels of satisfaction among its nurses.

Reviewers cited extremely helpful and supportive staff, education opportunities, and good pay as the basis for the 4.7 star rating with 100% of the nurses surveyed recommending the hospital as an employer.

Nurse.org’s Product Manager, Phillip Lee, congratulated Rush University Medical Center on this achievement saying, “We’re excited to be able to recognize Rush University Medical Center for topping our list of best hospitals to work for in Illinois. After surveying over a thousand nurses in Illinois, it is clear that Rush University Medical Center is one of the best places for nurses to work. All the nurses we surveyed would recommend it to their colleagues.”

Nurse.org provides a safe platform on which nurses leave honest workplace reviews. Completely anonymous, nurses share their opinions about culture, nurse-to-patient ratios, and other matters important to them.

Making the list of top hospitals shows the facility is focused on nurse satisfaction. Nurse recruitment — a challenge today — becomes easier when the hospital can demonstrate its commitment to nurses by pointing to an unbiased source.

The full rankings of the Best Hospitals in Illinois for Nurses is available to view at http://nurse.org/articles/best-hospitals-illinois/

To see all of the Rush University Medical Center reviews, see their facility page on Nurse.org.


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Rowan Tree Psychotherapy – Cultivating Empowerment

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The Village of Oak Brook & The True Patriots Care Foundation Request Volunteers

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calendarThursday, 17 August

The Village of Oak Brook and The True Patriots Care Foundation will be hosting a Healing Field flag display where 2,976 American Flags will be posted in perfect rows and columns in an awe inspiring tribute to honor those killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001.

There will be 5 days of events and the Village and Foundation are looking for volunteers to help set up and take down the 2,976 flags (along with tying on name cards & ribbons), that will be set up for the Healing Fields.  They invite all to attend.

If anyone is interested in volunteering or if you have any questions, please Kathy Koubek at kkoubek@oak-brook.org or 630-368-8714.


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Cycle Instructor Auditions this SUNDAY at CycleBar Yorktown!

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Evergreen Bank Group Recycling Event Saturday August 19

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BBQ, refreshments, giveaways, and free food samples from Nothing Bundt Cakes, Maggiano’s Little Italy, and Pinstripes!  Drop in to lighten your load of recyclables as well as your carbon footprint at our Oak Brook Location.

Visit www.evergreenbankgroup.com/recyclingday to see a full list of acceptable items to recycle.


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