October 2017 - Villa Park Chamber of Commerce

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Villa Park Chamber of Commerce 10 W. Park, VP IL 60181 www.villaparkchamber.org 630/941-9133 phone or email [email protected] Chamber Connections October 2017

Villa Park Named 28th in Top 100 Places to live in America! Thanks to awesome volunteers, fearless leaders, generous business community, top rated schools, friends and neighbors who make VP a Great Place to Live! Well deserved! We’ve known it all along and now this “Diamond in the Rough” get’s it’s turn to shine!

Someone put a smile on my face! Just another Reason VP Rocks!

It’s Grand Days Ahead for these businesses at their Grand Openings in VP! Celebrating 10 years in Villa Park! Visit the new Pet Supplies Plus expanded location in North Park Mall! Wider aisles, wider selection, self serve dog wash stations, grooming, and serving our community for 10 years!

Welcome UCP Seguin

Welcome Wash U Chamber and Village leaders welcomed State of the Art Wash U Car Wash to the corner of Addison and North Avenue. Investor Dick Portillo was happy to be home!

Welcome Premium Motors 300 E. North Ave, Villa Park

Another satisfied customer! Welcome New Member!

717 N. Iowa, VP 630-387-9099 www.doaroomescape.com PLAY FOR REAL

Villa Park Chamber of Commerce

October 2017

What’s UP at Willowbrook? The Chamber of Commerce was honored to represent our business community at the Cross town Classic against Addison Trail. Community leaders were introduced to the crowd including, our Service clubs, Police, Fire, VFW, School board members, Village trustees, and Senator Tom Cullerton!

Warriors Win! 45-0

Homecoming Parade 2017!

District 88 Board President and Long time chamber member and attorney has earned the ISBE Those who excel award for her service to our kids and community. Congrats! Donna Cain!

Villa Park Chamber of Commerce

September 2017

I’m on the Logo Lookout for You! Look who I spotted all the way from Hinsdale to Elmhurst! Glad to see our businesses are busy! Supreme Spotting in Hinsdale

State Farm Olivia Kelley in Elmhurst!

Cottage Hill Operating Company in VP!

Members on the Move! Proud of their Achievements! Look no further for your marketing materials! Our Very Own Sir Speedy Receives Sales Achievement Award out of 400 franchises across the country! Kudos! A huge accomplishment!

Members Supporting Members! Papa Dog & Paulina Jimenez of Park Art! Both Icons in Villa Park!

Villa Park Chamber of Commerce

September 2017

Help Keep the Arts in Villa Park! Support Park Art Center! Park Art Center (PAC), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit art center and art gallery, was developed from the cumulative vision of several local artists and community members who share a passion for art and the creative process. Their dream to create a nonprofit community center is fulfilled and flourishing as Park Art Center in Villa Park, Illinois. PAC brings people together to collaborate, learn, create and innovate, a place where anyone from the artistically curious to the established artist could enjoy, create, study, exhibit, discuss, or engage with art.

Park Art Fundraiser! Our plans include 







In order to solidify our current location, we are required to sign an annual lease and we want cash reserves in place to cover rent and utilities for the upcoming year. Secure contracts with artists with enough lead time to plan and market their respective exhibits, related programs, and schedule art classes. Cover operating expenses that keep PAC up and running on a day-to-day basis including insurance, professional fees, art supplies, marketing costs, office expenses, and costs required to maintain a website and on-line presence. For the past two years, PAC has done a lot on a shoestring. The center relies on the volunteer efforts of a small, dedicated team to plan, coordinate, and execute our programs. Volunteer time this year is expected to exceed 3,500 hours. We would like to begin paying salaries for a few key positions in order to maintain current responsibilities and the continuity of Park Art Center.

A donation at any level would be beneficial. We need your financial support… Donations are more important than ever in this time of a reduction in all arts related grant funding. Personal and corporate donations will be used toward ongoing operating expenses that allow PAC to remain a growing and thriving art center accessible to the community with exhibits, speakers and art classes. Consider making a monetary contribution to enable us to continue providing arts to the community.

To donate, visit www.parkartcenter.org

Donation Levels $25-$49 Print Bookmark 

Limited edition handcrafted watercolor bookmark

$50-$99 Poly Clay Cutie 

Poly Clay cutie handmade by an art student

$100-$249 Clay Pendant 

Poly Clay pendant with an inspirational theme Handmade by an art student

$250-$499 Hanging Tile 

Unique hanging tile with an inspirational theme Handmade by an art student

$500-$999 Paper Mache Bird 

Unique paper mache bird handmade by an art student

$1000+ Watercolor Prints 

5 limited watercolor prints signed by local artists

Villa Park Chamber of Commerce

October 2017

Did you know?? The Chamber is your Friend! The VP Chamber offers benefits that you should be taking advantage of? They are FREE for you, and I am happy to help!  Chamber Social media posts that reach hundreds and even thousands of people! Here’s my top ten posts in the last few months, and the amount of people they have reached: Like us, Share the good news of other businesses with your fb friends! The more you like and share, the more people we can reach together to promote each other! 1. Mike’s Meat Market Member of Year 6751 2. Looking for a job? 3240 reached 3. Chicago Suburb named among best places to live in America 3,230 reached 4. WBHS Community Night 2006 reached 5. Villa Park election debate by VP Cable commission 1912 reached 6. Strong U Lift A thon 1857 reached 7. Inland Bank Shred days 1526 reached 8. Welcome Wendy’s 1240 reached 9. Odeum Spring Arts festival 1169 reached 10. WBHS Scholarship Breakfast 1127

 Having an event? Received an award? Tell me and I’ll tell everyone!  Looking to hire? I’ll help you find Help! Example: A member was looking for help. They contacted me, and due to my fb posts (both chamber and shared to personal groups, they were bombarded by applicants when traditional methods didn’t work). Found the perfect part time person!

 Need to navigate some red tape? Don’t know who to call? I do!  Looking to get involved but don’t know how? I can hook you up!  Want your customers to know you support the community you are based in? You can use the “Valued Chamber Member” logo on all your marketing materials and website! Potential customers trust members of their Local Chamber of Commerce (Too bad the complaints I get from customers burned by businesses didn’t check with me first. I will only recommend you, as I trust you too)

The Chamber is a valuable resource for your business. We offer intangibles that are priceless and included in your yearly investment as a member! The above are just a few examples of how we can help you succeed in VP and beyond! I can’t help if I don’t know you need it! Reach out and I will respond! The Chamber is the cheapest employee you can hire! We can help market you, represent you at events that you cannot attend on your behalf, and are continually recommending you to potential customers! You are our priority!

Villa Park Chamber of Commerce

October 2017

Did you Know you could be in the Know and be heard? Check out this event below that could help your business! You can even pay for your ticket on-line, or call me at 630/94-9133

Villa Park Chamber of Commerce

October 2017

Villa Park Chamber of Commerce

October 2017

Villa Park Chamber of Commerce

October 2017

Villa Park VFW Post 2801 to Host Great Lakes Naval Recruits for Thanksgiving at Post 2801!! Villa Park VFW Post 2801 will once again be hosting Naval Recruits from Great Lakes Naval Base for a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner. This year the recruits will be hungry for a hot meal. Unfortunately many of the VFW's cannot afford to feed them. The Villa Park VFW has agreed to take 100 recruits again this year. In order to feed 100 guests the menu requires 80 turkeys, 100 lbs of mashed potatoes, fresh beans, carrots, Salad, rolls, and plenty of pies and deserts! What can you do? Donate a turkey or baked good. Turkey's or pies may be dropped off at the Post on Wed Nov 22nd or Thurs am on the 23rd. You can also donate a raffle prize for a product or service from your business, or make a monetary donation. Volunteers are also welcome! These recruits have not seen, or spoken to their families in over 7 weeks!!! They have no access to cell phones, or the internet. You can volunteer your time on Thanksgiving Day and offer your cell phone for them to use! Make sure you disable your internet, and clearly mark your phone with your name, address and phone number.

It is a truly heartwarming experience to see these young people who are so grateful and happy for a home cooked meal, and supported by Villa Park volunteers. To learn more, contact VFW Post 2801 at 630-834-9191

Villa Park Chamber of Commerce

October 2017

Watch your mail for sponsorship and business booth opportunities! 5 Star Business & Health Expo including 5 Awesome Chambers! Addison, Bartlett, Carol Stream, Glendale Heights, and Villa Park!

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October 2017 - Villa Park Chamber of Commerce

Villa Park Chamber of Commerce 10 W. Park, VP IL 60181 www.villaparkchamber.org 630/941-9133 phone or email [email protected] Chamber Connec...

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