• Continuing Education through the Chamber

  • 2017 Lunch and Learn Series

    Bring a brown bag lunch and brush up on topics and issues critical to small business success.  Free to Chamber Members ($20 nonmember fee).  Each session runs from 11:30 am - 1 pm at the Oak Park Public Library.  

  • Lunch & Learn on DIY Social Media with Blagica Bottigliero

    Thursday, March 2, 2017

    Lunchtime seminar with great information to help you build your business! 
    Blagica Bottigliero is a 20 year veteran of the digital marketing and social media spaces. She was the head of social media for Motorola and Target, in addition to leading digital teams at Edelman and ModSquad. She guest lectures at universities around Chicago and has an Emmy for her New Media work with NBC Chicago.

    In this session, you will learn efficient and REAL easy ways to use various social media tools to propel your business. We'll focus on what you can manage with a small team  - you.



    Leadership Skills That Inspire, Ignite & Involve

    Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017

    Presenters: the Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation

    Leadership that Inspires, Ignites and Involves

    • The definition of leadership
    • The elements of a leader 
    • Leadership in varying sectors
      •  Businesses getting invested in the community and the nonprofit sector
      • Government staying educated on the community, its constituents, businesses and nonprofits
      • Nonprofit sector collaborating with businesses and government
    • Leadership is also about connecting with other leaders, learning and growing from the shared experiences
      • The value of community leadership programs
      • The value in collective giving groups
      • The value of groups like the Chamber of Commerce & programs like the OPPL’s Entrepreneur Academy
    Presenter Bio:

    Kristin Carlson Vogen is the President & CEO of the Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation.  Prior to joining the Foundation in August, 2014, Kristin worked at Bank of America/U.S. Trust as a philanthropic specialist.  In her current and prior roles, Kristin provides subject matter expertise on private foundations, donor advised funds, and endowment management for public charities.  As leader of the Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation, she engages families and community members to develop strategic giving plans and connects local social impact organizations, to ensure the vitality of the local community remains robust and diverse.
    Presently, Kristin is a Board Member of Cara Chicago, the Rotary Club of Oak Park and River Forest, the Alliance of Illinois Community Foundations, and a Trustee of Window to the World Communications, Inc. (WTTW 11/WFMT 98.7). She is a member of the Planned Giving Advisory Committee for WTTW/WFMT as well.  Kristin has served as adjunct professor at Concordia University Chicago, teaching in its Not For Profit Program.  Kristin was named 2015 River Forest Villager of the Year by the Wednesday Journal for her work with the Community Foundation.  In 2015 Kristin was the inaugural recipient of the ALDE (Association of Lutheran Development Executives) Chicago Chapter Outstanding Leader Award.  In 2016, Kristin and the Community Foundation received the Scott Gaalaas YMCA Partnership Award from the West Cook YMCA.  In 2017, the Community Foundation was honored to receive the PBN Appreciation Award from Pro Bono Network, and Grantmaker of the Year Award from West Suburban Philanthropic Network.
    Kristin earned her J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law, and B.B.A. in Human Resource Management from Abilene Christian University.   Kristin lives in River Forest with her husband, Shawn, and three children.

  • Lunch & Learn: Networking Like a Pro with Amanda Young

    Thursday, May 4, 2017

    Networking Like a Pro: How to Easily Make the Right Connections
    Do you enjoy networking? 
    Do you know what to say when someone asks what you do? 
    And, perhaps most importantly, do your networking efforts result in new clients for your business?
    If you're tired of attending networking events, getting a stack of business cards and still feeling empty handed, this event is for you!
    You'll learn where to go, who to meet, and what to say to attract more of the right clients and referrals to your business. We'll also talk about ways to manage your energy, clearly communicate what you do, and get the most from the networking events you attend... even if you're an introvert. 
    Join us for a new take on networking, and an easier way to attract the best clients and referrals to your business.
    Amanda H. Young, MBA, bestselling author of Finding Clarity: Design a Business You Love and Simplify Your Marketing, is known for helping creative entrepreneurs find the clarity they need to define their ideal clients, design a business they love, and support their families while enjoying the freedom of running a successful business. She provides much-needed focus and clarity to ambitious business owners who have unique talents to share with the world. By cutting through the clutter and getting to the core of her clients’ strengths and capabilities, Amanda aligns the services they provide with the people they are meant to serve and simplifies their message and marketing in a way that attracts clients effortlessly.
    Contact her at Amanda@SimplifyYourMarketing.com

  • Lunch & Learn: Developing Your Marketing Plan with Jeana Salomone

    Thursday, September 7, 2017

    Jeana Salomone is the owner of ITS Marketing Now.  

    In this introduction to marketing planning, Jeana Salmone will share the practical steps for developing an impactful marketing plan and discuss some of the tools she uses to make the process easier. After this program, you will be able to:

    • Identify the elements of a good marketing plan
    • Define your target market
    • Set a marketing budget
    • Get started on creating an impactful marketing plan

     Jeana Salomone is a marketing professional with more than 25 years of experience helping owners of micro- to mid-sized companies define, develop, execute and refine their go-to marketing strategy and grow their businesses. Her clients have included international companies and small, local mom-and-pop shops.

    RSVP here.  

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