• Continuing Education through the Chamber

  • 2018 Lunch and Learn Series

    Join us for lunch and brush up on topics and issues critical to small business success.  We're testing out different logistical formats this year for getting you fed and informed - let us know which ones seem to work best!  Lunch & Learn events take place on the third Tuesday of selected months, from 11:30 am - 1 pm.


  • Protect Your Business: Cyber & Network Security, Cloud vs. On-Premise Applications and other IT Best Practices

    Hosts: Dannyel Kafer and Matt Van Cleave, Proven IT

    Tuesday, January 16, 2018

    Dannyel has been consulting in IT and office technology for 15 years.  She holds a master’s degree in Communications and was the founder of two start-up businesses which she successfully grew and sold.  Dannyel is involved in The Chicago Foundation for Women and currently sits on the Auxiliary Board for Hephzibah Children’s Association in Oak Park.  She enjoys watching her son play Hockey and compete in chess tournaments for Saint Patrick High School in Chicago.  

    Matt Van Cleave is a Senior Managed Services Consultant. Prior to working at Proven IT, he ran sales and business development for a successful managed IT service provider in Chicago. Matt’s mission is to assist customers to gain a significant competitive advantage by utilizing comprehensive IT services and best-in-class technology solutions in order to achieve their own vision. 

  • Using Poaster to Promote Your Business

    Presenter: Chris Shaw,  Founder and CEO, Poaster

    April 17, 2018

    Poaster is a new online tool and smart phone app for small business sales and marketing, with Direct Sell CTA buttons integrated into every image so independent small businesses can easily market and sell.. Presenter Chris Shaw Chris is the Founder and CEO.  Prior to founding Poaster, Chris was Chief Creative Visionary at Central Coast Agency, a Chicago based digital agency specializing in social branding and content. As the Social Branding AOR for NTT Communications, Chris has had a unique behind the scenes look at innovation across the Internet. The confluence of branding, technology and storytelling is the inspiration for Poaster.

  • Understanding Google Analytics and Adwords

    Presenter: TBA

    June 19, 2018

    With people worldwide doing 3.5 billion Google searches a day, its advertising feature can be a powerful tool for marketing.  And since no one (aside, perhaps, from Google) has unlimited funds for marketing, it makes sense to understand how people are finding your business online, and how they're using what they find.  Join us to learn from local experts on Google Adwords and Analytics!


    Advertising through Facebook

    Presenter: TBA

    October 16, 2018

    Facebook claims more than 2 billion monthly users, and has an incredible amount of personal data on those users.  One valuable bit of data is knowing where those users are, which with other information allows Facebook to place hyperlocal ads that are useful to small business.  Come learn how to make the most cost-effective use of Facebook advertising! 

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