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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.
    Member Directory, Renew or Join Now

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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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  • Chris Johnson

    DoubleTree Hotel, 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.

Shine a Spotlight on Your Business through Easter Seals DuPage & Fox Valley

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Oakbrook Terrace Park District Gears Up for September Preschool Age Programs

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The Oakbrook Terrace Park District is ready to welcome curious minds and eager learners, as it gears up for its 2 main preschool age programs in September: Little Sprouts Early Learning and 2’s and 3’s Just for Me.  All learning experiences are recreation based and provide a safe and fun environment for children.

Little Sprouts preschool is offered to children ages 3 and 4, while 2’s and 3’s is tailored toward 2 and 3-year old children. All activities foster self-confidence and individual growth, and expose children to early literacy, science, colors, shapes, crafts, story time and more!

Classes begin Monday, September 11th. To learn more about their preschool program, and to enroll, please visit their website or call: 630-627-6100.


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Donate School Supplies for Children this week at PRC

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You can help children by making a donation of new school supplies and delivering them by noon on July 28th to the following locations:

People’s Resource Center

201 S. Naperville Road

Wheaton

People’s Resource Center

104 Chestnut Avenue

Westmont

 

State Rep. Patti Bellock’s Office

1 Cass Avenue #203

Westmont

 

Naperville Bank & Trust

5 S. Washington Street

Naperville

 

Naperville Bank & Trust

1205 S. Naper Blvd.

Naperville

 

Naperville Bank & Trust

555 Fort Hill Drive

Naperville

 

No child should have to go to school without supplies. Check the list above and donate what you can. Give them a good start to the school year. Thank you!


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Please Attend the August 23 Job Fair

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Michael Jordan’s Restaurant Oak Brook is Open!

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July 27 Walk In the Park Beer Tour – Reserve your spot today!

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Join the Oak Brook Park District for a VIP tasting & tour experience!

Ticket price includes a sample of 5 beers, appetizers, souvenir koozies, and a meal ticket redeemable at the Summer Concerts in Central Park. This is a leisurely 1-mile walk through Central Park.

Participating restaurants will host each tasting station, providing the food and beer: Maggiano’s, Labriola, Michael Jordan’s Restaurant, Redstone American Grill & Cuvee Wine Cellars.

Tours end at the Central Park Pavilion where you will be able to redeem your ticket for a delicious dinner and VIP seating for our 7pm concert performance featuring Piano Man, a Billy Joel and Elton John Tribute). Our 2017 Summer Concerts in Central Park season is presented by Drury Lane. See the full schedule of performances here.

Tours will be limited to 30 people per event, and will be available at 5:30pm, 5:45pm, 6pm, 6:15pm, 6:30pm, and 6:45pm.

Cost is $22 for Oak Brook Park District residents and $28 for nonresidents.

Register online now!


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Meet the Conservation Foundation at Inland Real Estate on September 7, 2017

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Chamber members and partners may participate in all Chamber meetings, events and activities at no charge; a company’s membership covers all Chamber activities for all employees for the full year. Non-members and non-partners may not attend Chamber meetings, events or activities, except for the Chamber’s Greater Oak Brook Business First Forums and Annual Meeting & Awards Breakfast (see calendar) at $40 per person.

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Oak Brook, IL 60523

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