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THE CHAMBER OFFICE WILL BE CLOSEDIN OBSERVANCE OF THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYDECEMBER 25 and DECEMBER 26
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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:
- Increasing networking opportunities and spotlighting our members in a more meaningful manner.
- 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
Calling All Bears Fans
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 inPlease email Jenn, if you can work one of the games - your support and help is appreciated!Jenn@weplacepeople.com
Thanks in advance for your support and participation!Jenn Wilson-RobertsTeam Captain
AMERICAN TAXI DISPATCH, INC. - NORTH834 East Rand Road, Suite 9Mt. Prospect, IL 60056Contact: Jay KleemanPhone: 847 259-1555 Fax: 847 259-8885EMail: firstname.lastname@example.orgWeb: americantaxi.comCRUISES, INC,403 E. Hackberry DriveArlington Heights, IL 60006Contact: Ken HammelPhone: 224 456-3430EMail: email@example.comLAW OFFICE OF JACK M. SHAPIRO, P.C.1110 W. Lake Cook Road,Suite 190Buffalo Grove IL 60089Phone: 847 243-8917Fax: 847 850-2608Contact: Jack ShapiroEMail: firstname.lastname@example.orgNEMEH EYECARE, P.C.1455 E. Lake Cook RoadWheeling, IL 60090Contact: Dr. NemehPhone: 847 537-4959EMail: email@example.comRAVINA PLUMBING, HEATING & ELECTRIC. CO., INC.575 Bond StreetLincolnshire, IL 60069Phone: 847 432-5561EMail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Village of Lincolnshire NewsClick 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 email@example.com, as it becomes available.
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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