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    The mission of the Buffalo Grove Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce is to serve our community by creating networking, marketing, and educational opportunities to build a vibrant and successful business environment.




    The Buzz on your Biz

    Wow! That’s a wrap for 2019. As we reflect on the past year, I encourage you to focus on all the good you  have experienced and the positive influences you have been subject to. The Chamber has transitioned in terms of leadership and bringing back the basics. Thanks to all of you who have already renewed your membership!

    We are preparing for a stellar year in 2020 by responding to what you have said you would like by:

    1. Increasing networking opportunities and spotlighting our members in a more meaningful manner.
    2. We are planning more Multi-Chamber networking mixers and building on our existing networking groups to expand our reach  Save the date:  January 16th After Hours at Tuscany in Wheeling and January 28th, the Lunch BRN  at the BGLCC Office.


    In this month’s communications, please note some new laws for business owners in Illinois-2020, tax remittance updates and information on Lake County’s Restaurant Week (2/28/20-3/8/20). 

    Beginning January 2020, BGLCC will be sending a bi-monthly communication.  So please keep an eye out in the beginning of the month and mid-month.

    BGLCC wishes you a spectacular holiday season. Enjoy your family, friends and neighbors. If you are able, give generously to those in need as we take time to be grateful for our blessings.

    Peace and Good Tidings-
    Suzi Schoenhoft
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    As a member of the Buffalo Grove Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce,
    you get discounts on health insurance.
    That's right.......

    The Buffalo Grove Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce has partnered with leading insurance carrier, Aetna, to provide your business with discounts on Aetna Funding Advantage health insurance premiums.

    Discounts include:

    • Savings on premium up to 30% lower than Blue Cross Blue Shield
    • $100 credit per employee enrolled (if 20 employees enroll, you get $2,000 taken off first month's premium)
    • Potential return of surplus premium (annual premium paid into Aetna vs. claims paid out)
    • Additional discounts to admin credit for being a member of the Buffalo Grove Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce
    • Apple Watch for $15 - track health and fitness goals (Aetna Attain)              

    Offer your employees affordable Health Benefits in 2020!

    60% of small business’ don’t offer health benefits

    Health benefits are the 2nd largest expense to employers (the 1st is payroll)

    The #1 aspect of employment that job seekers look for is health benefits

    Your Chamber Membership entitles you to select affordable health care for you and your employees through
    one of two companies, who are BGLCC Affinity partners. 
  • Calling All Bears Fans                December 22 Schedule Calling All Bears Fans December 22 Schedule

    Calling All Bears Fans… Let’s Make Some $$$

    BGLCC needs a few more volunteers to assist with the Bears Fundraiser. 
    We need extra volunteers to work the Bears concession stand in the warm climate controlled United Club (Stand #204) for the last three home games.  We earn a percentage of the sales that then goes back into the Chamber. 
    *WE ARE IN DESPERATE NEED OF CASHIERS for these remaining games!

    Please come out and help support the Chamber and the Bears!  Whether you are cashiering, preparing pretzels or pouring beer, we have a great time bonding together and interacting with the fans! If you are not Bassett trained, we can either get you trained for free (good for 3 years) or have you perform a job that does not require it.

    SCHEDULE: (carpooling available)
    12/22  Bears vs Chiefs     - 4:30 p.m.  check in
    Please email Jenn, if you can work one of the games - your support and help is appreciated!  

    Thanks in advance for your support and participation!

    Jenn Wilson-Roberts 
    Team Captain
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    834 East Rand Road, Suite 9
    Mt. Prospect, IL 60056
    Contact:  Jay Kleeman
    Phone:   847 259-1555   Fax:  847 259-8885
    EMail:  jkleeman@americantaxi.com
    Web:  americantaxi.com
    403 E. Hackberry Drive
    Arlington Heights, IL 60006
    Contact:  Ken Hammel
    Phone:  224 456-3430
    EMail:  khammel@cruisesinc.com
    1110 W. Lake Cook Road,
    Suite 190
    Buffalo Grove IL   60089
    Phone:  847 243-8917
    Fax:  847 850-2608
    Contact:  Jack Shapiro
    EMail:  jack@jackshapirolaw.com
    1455 E. Lake Cook Road
    Wheeling, IL 60090
    Contact:  Dr. Nemeh
    Phone:  847 537-4959
    EMail:  chicagoeyedoc@yahoo.com
    575 Bond Street
    Lincolnshire, IL 60069
    Phone:  847 432-5561
    EMail:  info@raviniaplumbing.com

    Tuesday, December 17
    AWE (Active Women Engaging) Holiday Party
    11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    600 Audubon Way, Lincolnshire
    We will be  collecting items for Vernon Township Pantry.  They are in need of personal care products, such as women's products.
    Please bring to the party.  Register below:
    Thursday, December 19
    Business Breakfast
    Taxes and Reassessment
    7:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
    Indian Trails Library
    355 Schoenbeck Rd., Wheeling
    Discussion will center on::
    • Role of the Assessor
    • Recent reassessment of north suburb
    • Role of Board Review
    • Ramifications of future assessments
    $10 for BGLCC & Wheeling Members.  Register
    Thursday, December 19     
    Financial Partners Informal Meeting
    5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 
    County Line Tavern
    800 W. Lake Cook Road, Buffalo Grove
    Appetizers Provided-Cash Bar.
    Register at Events (top of web page)
    Young Professionals Happy Hour
    5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    County Line Tavern
    800 W. Lake Cook Road, Buffalo Grove
    Hosted by: Ashley Johnson and Nick Wians
    Contact Ashley Johnson for more details at:
    Sunday, December 22
    Aramark Fundraiser
    Bears vs. Chiefs
    See Schedule and Information*
    Chamber Holiday Schedule
    Tuesday, December 24
    9:00 a.m. - 12 Noon
    Wednesday, December 25
    Office Closed
    Thursday, December 25
    Office Closed
    Friday, December 26
    Office Open 9-5
    Tuesday, December 31
    9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Wednesday, January 1
    Office Closed
    Thursday, January 2
    Office Closed
    Friday, January 3
    Office Open
    Tuesday, January 7
    Membership Luncheon and
    2020 Board Installation
    11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    Marriott Lincolnshire Hotel
    10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire
    Members $20    Non Members $25





  • Illinois Implemented a Mandatory Retirement Program for Small Business Illinois Implemented a Mandatory Retirement Program for Small Business

    Illinois Implemented a Mandatory Retirement Program for Small Business

    Owners Illinois has put into motion a new mandatory retirement program for small business owners named the Illinois Secure Choice Retirement Savings Program (Secure Choice). Starting November 1st, employers with 25 or more employees, full-time or part-time, are required to either start offering employees a retirement plan or start paying into the Illinois Secure Choice program. There are many qualifying retirement plans employers can offer to employees that may be better alternatives than the Secure Choice program. There will also be penalties for employers who do not participate - $250 per employee up to $6,200 per year. It is important now more than ever to look into retirement plans for Illinois businesses. This is both a good benefit to give employees, and it is also now a requirement for Illinois businesses with 25 or more employees starting in a few short weeks.

    Contact us to see how we can help you set up your retirement plan or advise on your best options! (847) 459-8850 Manning Silverman & Company Phone: 847-459-8850 ask for Paola or Email Us

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    Click on the links below for information from various organizations:
    • Holiday Tree Lighting – December 6, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., at The VillageGreen

    • Buffalo Grove Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce Casino Royale Fundraiser –

      December 6, 6:30 – 10:30 p.m., at Blackdog Speed Shop, 600 Barclay Boulevard

    • Christmas Holiday Village offices closed – December 24 & 25

    • New Year’s Day Village offices closed – January 1

    • Skate Night at North Park – January 11, 4 – 7 p.m.

    • 2020 Census –   Have you heard what the loudest buzz word in Quarter 1 of 2020 is going to be?
      CENSUS!      April 1, 2020 is Census Day and we need your help.
    The Village of Lincolnshire is actively working with the Village of Buffalo Grove,  Vernon Area Public Library, School Districts 103 and 125 and other local community  groups to ensure a complete and accurate count in 2020.
    Why does an accurate count matter? The Census determines more than just population; it determines how much federal funding many of our community groups receive annually, where schools and hospitals should be built, and the development of the community for the next 10 years! Find out more about how the Census affects you and your organization HERE.
    Want to get involved? Join our team. Together, we can achieve a complete count!  The next edition will go out March 2020. Please submit any information you get to lulibarri@lincolnshireil.gov, as it becomes available.
  • What's in store: 5 ways retail will change in 2020 What's in store: 5 ways retail will change in 2020

    By David Orgel - 11/22/2019

    It’s predictions season.  This year’s forecasts carry the extra burden of looking ahead to both a new year and a new decade. 
    That said, it’s not so hard to make predictions in this fast-changing retail industry. The real challenge is making forecasts that are actionable. That’s what I try to do here, with 2020 predictions on topics from e-commerce to health care. Some of my points are curated from other industry forecasts, and I’ve credited those accordingly. 

    1. Technology Transforms
    Technology advances will bring about more unique consumer experiences, from stores to homes. Especially on the radar now will be advances from augmented reality, or AR, and 5G technologies, as Nielsen states in its forecasts for 2020. One result, as Nielsen pointed out, is that “try-before-you-buy will come into consumers’ homes.”

    Retailers need to be ready for all the impacts of these technologies. For example, the in-home trial phenomenon will give new meaning to the concept of sampling, and smartphones will become more useful in-store tools as consumers shop. 

    2. E-commerce on Steroids
    Consumers are ramping up their expectations about the speed of product deliveries, now insisting on one-day or same-day delivery service, and even within hours. These expectations are fueled by strategies from players ranging from Amazon to Uber Eats, as noted in an August Forbes piece by Daniel Newman of CMO Network. 

    All this puts huge pressures on retailers trying to meet customer needs. Retailers should ask themselves essential questions: Will customers pay for the extra services? If not, do we need to make these investments anyway just to remain competitive? 

    3. Sustainability Grows Up
    Consumers are demanding more sustainable products, and this trend has moved well past fad status. A few months ago, I wrote in DSN about how such retailers as Kroger and Walmart are stepping up sustainability efforts on the food side, making it more central to their missions and communications. 

    Likewise, sustainability now is a bigger deal on the beauty side, as well as a driver for trial and brand switching, according to a September Forbes article by Pamela Danziger. The sustainability stakes in 2020 for retailers will become greater because it’s their younger customers who are the most insistent.

    4. Health Care Accelerates
    Retailers have made large commitments to in-store health care, from pharmacies to clinics. A recent DSN article outlined stepped up retailer commitments to in-store services, ranging from optical to lab work.

    Many retailers further will need to accelerate and upgrade such efforts in the coming year or two because retail is on the front lines of making health services more available. Walmart’s recent launch of its “Pharmacy of the Future” pilot is a great example of how to combine technology, services and customer experience into a meaningful effort. 

    5. Physical Gets Experiential
    By now, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that e-commerce is changing the future of brick-and-mortar retail. In some cases, that will mean fewer stores, but just as important is how in-store strategies will change. Shoppers still want physical stores, but increasingly they want different experiences than before. We’re already seeing new store sizes, layouts and personalized retail approaches. 

    But here’s the thing, no retailer has yet cracked the code on what brick-and-mortar retail will need to look like. It’s probable 2020 will bring new and innovative lessons for how in store can transform in the age of e-commerce.

    One last point: Predictions don’t help if they aren’t actionable. Retailers can take action on each of the five points I’ve made here. This can lead to competitive advantages in the quickly transforming retail arena.

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