January 2016

What's Happening At The Chamber

New Year's Resolutions Every Business Person Should Make

This is the time of year when millions of people make resolutions for the coming year. Most of them have to do with health, wealth, or romance, but let’s step out of the realm of the personal for a moment. Do you make resolutions for your business? If not, maybe you should.
Forbes recently published an article detailing five New Year’s resolutions every business person should make.
It’s an interesting list because the resolutions are broad enough and vague enough to apply to virtually any type of business. On the other hand, they are practical and make a lot of business sense. Here are the five suggestions in a nutshell:

  1. Know how to describe why people need your help
  2. Define intermediate steps to a long-term goal
  3. Don’t complain: Act
  4. If you don’t like the weather, change your environment
  5. Increase your value to friends and co-workers

Aren’t those simple and practical?
Most people, when they start writing down and verbalizing New Year’s resolutions, turn their resolutions into something about themselves. But a business should be centering its goals (and resolutions) on its customers. So when you do start resolving to improve your business processes, financial situation, etc., frame your resolution around the needs of your customers employees.
Here are three practical examples:

  1. Our business resolves to provide the best customer service we’ve ever delivered

  2. We will strive to improve the X line of product and reduce customer dissatisfaction

  3. We will make our office a great place to work by changing the look and feel of the environment

See how these resolutions focus on the needs and desires of your employees and customers rather than the needs and desires of your management team?
Business New Year’s resolutions should be practical, measurable, and focused on the needs of your customers and employees. If you manage to make your resolutions fit those three criteria, you are more likely to succeed in meeting them and making your business better and more productive overall.

President's Message

Happy 2016 New Year! I’m going to start off by making a prediction: This will be a year of change! Tangible change! You will see changes in the Frankfort Chamber that will give you the opportunity to make a positive impact in your business and build strong relationships benefiting you for years to come. 

As your new President, I am excited and proud to lead the Chamber Board along this new path. The Board’s collective focus will be set on providing greater benefits to Chamber members by developing new opportunities to grow your business. Our new Executive Director Alicia Joebgen will play a key role in this effort. Alicia has significant experience creating programs to benefit members as well as explaining
how to make the most of your Chamber Membership. Her abilities will be put to good use in the position of co-chair of the newly formed committee “Member Recruitment and Retention”. In this role, she will work with current Members to identify the most important items on their Business wish list and create ways to address those needs. 

There are many changes on the Board as well. New Board Members Kris McGuire,
Gretchen Dust, Craig Lyons and Andrew Wright bring extensive knowledge, passion and experience to our Chamber Board this year. Together we will identify and address real issues that affect business today. In order to more effectively address these issues we have reformed several of our committees. In addition to the newly created Member R&R committee, we have added an Events committee which will promote Members networking in a fun yet professional atmosphere. 

The Frankfort Chamber of Commerce mission is clear: “Foster a healthy business climate through voluntary partnerships”. We have an energetic Board in place to make some changes – but we can always use a fresh set of eyes to help us see the big picture – so if you would like to sit on a committee please let Alicia know. Hopefully we will see you soon!

Tom Kara - Dancing Marlin Restaurant

 

Committee Briefs

Chili Cook-Off is scheduled for Sunday, January 31st. We are looking for participants to bring their Chili recipes and compete for the best aroma, bite, color, consistency, originality, flavor and heat. For more information or contestant registration forms go to www.frankfortchamber.com (under the calendar of events). We look forward to seeing you there!

Community Showcase will be Saturday, March 19th at
Lincoln-Way East High School field house. Once again we have partnered with the local Artworks program so many families and businesses come through this event. Please mark your calendars now to attend the Frankfort Chamber Community Showcase formerly known as the Business Expo. Look for more details in our next newsletter.

F.A.W.N. - The Frankfort Area Women’s Network held their Annual Holiday event at Dancing Marlin on Monday, November 30th. Those attended purchase raffle tickets and all the proceeds (over $1,600) were given to the Frankfort Township Food Pantry to benefit those in need within our community. Everyone who attended enjoyed the night by mingling with each other and listening to Peter Miletic from the Red Head piano bar in Chicago.

Meet, Greet and Network - The Meet & Greet committee is gearing up for the 2016 season which begins in February. Mark your calendars to join us on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. New and exciting things will be happening this year. Please join us to learn how to take advantage of all the things the Chamber offers. Loads of networking opportunities at this meeting allowing you to introduce yourself to fellow chamber members.

Midnight Madness - On Friday, December 11th numerous businesses participated in Midnight Madness which started at 6:00 p.m. and went until midnight. Here shoppers had the opportunity to shop locally for discounted Christmas presents. For those who came out the weather was mild and everyone had a great time!

Business Bullets

Art a la Carte - A Splash of Color, a Splash of Fun and with paintbrush in hand, you and your friends can come together to discover your inner artists! Everybody’s got one and through a variety of art projects we’ll help you find yours. Whether you join us at our Orland Park studio, or we bring the party to you, Art a la Carte promises a creative and entertaining experience for you and your guests. Attend one of our weekly studio events, or schedule one of your own; from a Kid’s Party, to a Paint and Wine Girls’ Night Out, Creative Teambuilding and more, we love to help you design a fun and original experience where art is the star. We’ll provide the instruction and all of the supplies, so get ready to flex your creative muscle! For more information visit our website at www.artalacarteinc.com or give us a call at 708.403.2233. Art a la Carte is located at 11209 W. 159th Street in Orland Park.

Frankfort School District 157-C Education Foundation will be hosting their 21st Annual Fundraising Auction. A special night for teachers, families, donors and sponsors to inspire a cycle of growth for the children of Frankfort 157-C schools including Grand Prairie, Chelsea Intermediate and Hickory Creek Middle School. Fundraising at every level is happening throughout the evening! Be a part of the can raffles, bid on silent auction items using your smart phone and bid on live auctions! Silent auctions offer something for everyone - spa and restaurant gift cards, kids’ parties, Chicago Bulls tickets or the ever popular “Principal for a Day”. Please join us for cash bar drinks, heavy appetizers and sweet treats. This event will be held at Prestwick Country Club located at 601 Prestwick Drive, Frankfort on Friday March 11, 2016 from 7 p.m. - 12 Midnight. Tickets: $60 per person (in advance) and $65 per person (at the door). Casual attire. For more information or how to become a Corporate Sponsor or Corporate Donor, please contact Carrie Nagle at cendcn@comcast.net or 708-466-1140 or Catherine Duncan at cduncan1203@me.com or 630-220-8225. Give, Grant, Grow.

Frankfort Park District – Winter/Spring 2016 programs brochure is available to download on the Frankfort Park District website at www. frankfortparks.org. Resident registration began on December 28th, 2015. Non-Resident registration begins on January 4th, 2016. Frosty the Snowman will be at the Winter on the Green - Winter Carnival on Sunday, January 17th from 1-3 pm at Breidert Green (White & Kansas Streets). This is a FREE outdoor event! Stay warm by the bonfire with hot cocoa and cookies! Dads dance with your little girl at our annual Daddy Daughter Dance, “Sweet Memories”, on Friday, February 5, or Saturday, February 6 from 6:00-8:00 pm at the Founders Community Center, 140 Oak Street, $9/NR $12 per person. Registration deadline is January 30 or until filled. Seniors celebrate Valentine’s Day at the Senior Valentine Luncheon on Thursday, February 11 from 12:00- 2:00 pm at the Founders Community Center, $10 per person. Come dressed in red and enjoy live entertainment, a catered lunch and dessert. Registration deadline is February 5. Get out of the cold and join us indoors for Family Swim on Sundays; January 10, 17, 24 & 31 and February 7 from 2-4 pm at Lincoln-Way East Aquatic Center. Registration is done at the door at the Lincoln-Way East Aquatic Center. Fee is $2/child and $5/adult. Children 18 & under must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. For more information on all of these events, please visit www.frankfortparks.org or contact the Park District office at 815-469-9400. Come join the fun!

FUSE Salon has opened their doors in historic downtown Frankfort located at 28 Kansas Street. Are you looking for a new hair style or would you like to pamper yourself in our spa come on down and see what we are all about or call us for an appointment at 815.468.1500.

liftUplift is one marketplace for the FIRST global alliance of women-owned businesses. Fearless founder, Corielle Heath is an entrepreneur, a champion of equality and an ally to women. To learn more about this business go to their website at www.liftUPlift.com.

Lincoln-Way High School District 210 Foundation Gala provides an evening of fun, friendship and fundraising. Everyone in the community is invited to join us on February 13, 2016, at the Odyssey Country Club in Tinley Park. If you would like to make reservations, be a sponsor or donate an item for the silent or live auction, please contact 815.462.2976 for more details.

Metaphrasis Language & Cultural Solutions, LLC is a nationally recognized language services company specializing in providing professional on-site interpretation, document translation, telephone interpreting, language proficiency testing, transcriptions, voice-over and Braille translation for domestic and international organizations in the following enterprise channels; fortune 500 companies, healthcare, legal, education and government. As a provider of comprehensive language solutions, our emphasis on quality drives our success and sets us apart. Metaphrasis is located right here in Frankfort at 21200 S. LaGrange, Suite 351. For more information go to www.metaphrasislcs.com.

SERVPRO is a fire and water cleanup and restoration company that offers 24/7 services. Why choose a SERVPRO Franchise Professional. We are highly trained water damage specialist and we use advanced water restoration equipment and techniques. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. When the need arrives give us a call at 1-800-SERVPRO or visit our website at www.servpro.com.

Chamber News

Chili Cook-Off is scheduled for Sunday, January 31st. We are looking for participants to bring their Chili recipes and compete for the best aroma, bite, color, consistency, originality, flavor and heat. For more information or contestant registration forms go to www.frankfortchamber. com (under the calendar of events). We look forward to seeing you there!

Community Showcase will be Saturday, March 19th at Lincoln-Way East High School field house. Once again we have partnered with the local Artworks program so many families and businesses come through this event. Please mark your calendars now to attend the Frankfort Chamber Community Showcase formerly known as the Business Expo. Look for more details in our next newsletter.

F.A.W.N. - The Frankfort Area Women’s Network held their Annual Holiday event at Dancing Marlin on Monday, November 30th. Those attended purchase raffle tickets and all the proceeds (over $1,600) were given to the Frankfort Township Food Pantry to benefit those in need within our community. Everyone who attended enjoyed the night by mingling with each other and listening to Peter Miletic from the Red Head piano bar in Chicago.

Meet, Greet and Network - The Meet & Greet committee is gearing up for the 2016 season which begins in February. Mark your calendars to join us on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. New and exciting things will be happening this year. Please join us to learn how to take advantage of all the things the Chamber offers. Loads of networking opportunities at this meeting allowing you to introduce yourself to fellow chamber members.

Midnight Madness - On Friday, December 11th numerous businesses participated in Midnight Madness which started at 6:00 p.m. and went until midnight. Here shoppers had the opportunity to shop locally for discounted Christmas presents. For those who came out the weather was mild and everyone had a great time!


Delinquent Accounts Policy

Accounts will be considered delinquent after thirty days of non-payment and an initial notice will be mailed. A second notice will be mailed after sixty days of non-payment. If no action is taken by the delinquent member, the account will be presented to the Board of Directors upon 90 days of delinquency. Unless specifically approved by the Board of Directors, all members greater than 90 days delinquent will be dropped from the membership.
If a member renews within the grace period (90 days), the member will continue their membership based on their initial anniversary date. Once the member has been dropped from the membership, upon renewal they will be treated as a new member. Reviewed, Revised & Adopted: June 2015.

Business Spotlights

Oak Orthopedics - Frankfort Office

19552 S Harlem Ave
Frankfort, IL 60423
(815) 469-3452

OAK Orthopedics has been serving the Midwest since 1945. Just as the oak tree has come to represent stability, strength and longevity, OAK Orthopedics exemplifies these traits as the practice continues to grow in the medical community and receive national recognition. With surgeons and physicians ranked by Healthgrades as “Five-Star Doctors”, its highest ranking, our directive is to continually look for ways to better serve our patients with state-of-theart Orthopedic care and diagnostic imaging.

With four office locations and an outpatient surgical care facility, (OAK Surgical Institute, OSI) the OAK name has become synonymous with quality orthopedics.

Experience & Expertise
OAK Orthopedics is a multi-faceted team of Orthopedic Surgeons, Sports Medicine Physicians, Pain Management Physicians, a Podiatrist and Physician Assistants. OAK Surgeons are fellowship trained in Sports Medicine, Hand & Upper Extremity, Foot & Ankle, and Total Joint Reconstruction.

Our Mission
Our mission is to provide high-quality, orthopedic health care for all people with musculoskeletal disorders. We offer a unique approach to medicine with highly specialized treatment options and know that the medical and surgical care we provide is the finest anywhere. We work very closely with referring physicians and we are delighted to receive direct referrals from our many satisfied patients.

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