Chamber Scholarship Recipients Named
The Park Ridge Chamber of Commerce announced the award of two $500 scholarships to graduating seniors who are college bound. Both of the awardees, Alexandra Hasan and Caralin Schneider, are graduating from Maine South High School.
Alexandra Hasan will be attending the University of California at Berkeley, studying chemical engineering. Caralin Schneider will attend Washington University in St Louis, studying biochemistry.
The applications were judged on their service to community and school, response to essay questions, awards and honors, transcripts, extracurricular activities, letters of recommendation. A panel from the Park Ridge Chamber of Commerce evaluated each application and was very impressed with the high quality applicants.
"Town Hall" Meeting with TSA Administrator Mr. John Pistole
June 5, Wednesday, 10:30am – noon, 720 Garden Street, Community Outreach "Town Hall" Meeting with TSA Administrator Mr. John Pistole, Transportation Security Administration Administrator (TSA) John S. Pistole is traveling to the Park Ridge area to listen to members of the community about how they feel TSA is doing as an agency and to hear suggestions on how things can be improved. He will also brief participants on future plans for the Agency and his vision to make TSA a high-performing counterterrorism organization using a risk-based and intelligence driven approach to security. Pistole, former deputy director of the FBI, will engage in a frank dialogue with participants to hear their thoughts about TSA. Free parking in the parking lot behind the building.
Educational Workshop - ‘Introduction to LinkedIn for Small Business Networking and Marketing’
All are welcome to join us on June 4, Tuesday, 5:00pm – 6:00pm for an Educational Workshop - ‘Introduction to LinkedIn for Small Business Networking and Marketing’ presented by Michael Yublosky, a Resource Mentor, Workshop Presenter and Outreach Leader for SCORE. The presentation will answer the following questions: 1.Why should you as a small business person care about LinkedIn? 2. How might getting involved in LinkedIn benefit your business? 3. What steps must you take to start the process? To be followed by a Q&A session. No cost to attend and free parking in the lot behind the building at 720 Garden Street.
New Chamber Member ORIENTATION
May 30, Thursday, 9:00am – 10:00am New Member Orientation, 720 Garden Street, All new members are encouraged to attend this informational session hosted by the Chamber Ambassadors. Learn all about the Chamber, meet other new members and get your questions answered.
Chamber Educational Roundtable – Challenges of a Home-Based Business
May 7, Tuesday, 4:00pm – 5:00pm AND May 8, Wednesday, 8:00am – 9:00am, 720 Garden Street
Building Your Business-Small Office/Home Office - Our second event in the educational roundtable series will focus on those small business members in the Park Ridge Chamber and community. This interactive session will allow you to meet other professionals facing the same challenges in this unique business environment, get feedback on your ideas and learn from our panel to help you deal with your business obstacles.
The topics we’ll start our discussion around are:
• Staying focused in your home or small business environment.
• Even though we work from home or a small office we can still be big business.
• Mission + Business Plan + Goals = Profits
• How social media – Pinterest – can help you achieve your goals.
Bring your ideas, thoughts and challenges for what could turn out to be the best hour of your week! Please RSVP to the Chamber offices for the session you’ll be able to attend. During the sessions light refreshments and coffee will be served. We look forward to seeing you there.
Interact with other local business owners on recent hot topics as well as getting quick answers to nagging questions. Facilitator is Rand Schweizer, Responsive Management Solutions. The community is welcome – no cost to attend. Free parking in lot behind the building.
Electronics Recycling Event
The City of Park Ridge, Park Ridge Chamber of Commerce and Park Ridge Park District will host a one day collection for the recycling of electronics on Saturday, April 20, 2013, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Public Works Service Center, 400 Busse Highway.
There will be a fee of $5 per car, however the Chamber of Commerce will distribute a $5 coupon good towards a $20 purchase at participating Chamber members.
Only the following items will be accepted:
•All computer related-related equipment
•TV's and audio/visual equipment
•Video game consoles
•PDA's, MP3 players and radios
•DVD players and VCR's
•Toasters, food processors and blenders
The following items will not be accepted:
•Air conditioners and fans
•Microwaves ovens and stoves
•Car or acid filled batteries
•Washing machines and dryers
Please do not bring hazardous waste or other unlisted materials.
Thank you to our sponsors: Maine Township, Maine Township Highway Commissioner Robert Provenzano, and Village Bank & Trust.
NEW! CHAMBER BUSINESS RESOURCE PANEL
All are welcome to attend either of the two, inaugural BUSINESS RESOURCE PANEL Discussions.
First session is - April 2, Tuesday, 4:00pm – 5:00pm, 720 Garden Street, This session will consist of Julia Jensen Smolka, Di Monte & Lizak (business lawyer), Bill Boznos, Bellas & Wachowski (human resources lawyer) and Craig Johnson, Sullivan & Johnson (tax accountant).
Second session is - April 3, Wednesday, 8:00am – 9:00am, 720 Garden Street, This session will consist of George Bellas, Bellas & Wachowski (business lawyer), Bill Boznos, Bellas & Wachowski (human resources lawyer) and Amy Sullivan, Sullivan & Johnson (tax accountant).
Come with your questions and learn valuable information. Open to the public – no fee to attend. Parking is free in the lot building the 720 Garden Street building. Chamber Members can register at www.chamberlogin.com with their login name and password. Prospective members can register at www.parkridgechamber.or
Allegro Music Center Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
All are welcome to attend on Wednesday, February 20, 9:00am - 10:00am, the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Allegro Music Center, 800 W. Devon Ave.
Chamber Directors, City officials and Mayor Dave Schmidt will be on hand to celebrate and congratulate the new owner, Jared Skiba, of Allegro Music Center with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony! All are welcome for this festive occasion. RSVPs not required but always appreciated.
Chamber Scholarship for High School Seniors
2012-2013 High School Scholarship Program
Two $500 scholarships will be awarded to graduating seniors (or GED equivalent) who are college bound (or other post-secondary institution) in 2013. The scholarship will be paid directly to the awardee’s selected post-secondary institution.
The applications are judged on their service to community and school, response to essay questions, awards and honors, transcripts, extracurricular activities, letters of recommendation. The student should emphasize their areas of strength, as the committee will equally consider all candidates. Contact the Chamber at 847-825-3121 to obtain the application.
Chamber Business After Hours at PNC Bank
All are welcome to attend this casual networking event on Thursday,February 21, 5:00pm – 7:00pm, Business After Hours, PNC Bank, 607 W. Devon. Olga Johnson at PNC Bank Park Ridge is sponsoring this month's networking Business After Hours.
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