What a Year It Has Been!

Staying afloat in business during this pandemic has meant being able to pivot our business models to follow the mitigations of our government and continue to meet the needs of our customers and employees.

Remote work, curbside service, carry-out and Zoom meetings have helped keep our collective doors open. As business owners, civic leaders and community members we can be proud of our community and the way we have worked together during this pandemic.

Our community has grown tighter and shown its support in numerous ways, helping to support our businesses with a shop-local focus and, in turn, our member businesses have been responsive to the needs and expectations of the community.

Through it all, the Chamber of Commerce has grown in its membership and experienced more business owners taking an active role in Chamber activities. We are exceedingly grateful for the leadership and efforts of all of our members! The value of our partnership in growing our member businesses cannot be overstated.

My hope is that we enter 2021 wiser and less fearful than we were at the start of the pandemic. Together we will weather the storms and celebrate the achievements that are sure to mark the coming year.

Here are some of the plans and initiatives we are working on for the 2021 New Year and beyond:

Featured Business Opportunity

The Chamber is offering a new promotion for Featured Businesses! This opportunity is open to all members and will give you the chance to highlight your business through all of our Chamber promotional channels for a full week! The cost for this promotional package is $150 and includes the following benefits to businesses:

Members who take advantage of this promo will enjoy:

*A promotional post at the top of our social media pages ($50 value)

*Ad featured on our web scroll at the top of our main web page ($100 value)

*A professional blog/article written and posted on the Chamber website and emailed to our entire email list. ($150 value)

*Your message on the Community Bulletin Board at State & Route 72 for the selected week. ($50 value)

For more information, please contact the Chamber office 847-683-1122 or email hampshirechamber@gmail.com.

Professional Development Opportunity

Chamber Boot Camp Series: Can you sum up your value proposition in 30 seconds or less?

Learn ways to turn your networking efforts into polished propositions. Join the Fox Valley Area Chambers of Commerce for an insightful Lunch & Learn training on the Art of the Elevator Pitch.This Chamber boot camp series begins with the Art of the Elevator Speech and will take place on Wednesday, January 21st from 9am to 11am via zoom.The cost for this event is $10 per member.- Space is limited. Please register by phone to the Hampshire Chamber (847) 683-1122 or email HampshireChamber@gmail.com and a log in code will be emailed to you. Our guest presenter will be Erin Marcus, award-winning business owner, nationally renowned speaker, author, consultant and founder of Conquer Your Business.

5 for 50 Promotion

Our promotion in partnership with the Village of Hampshire continues through December 31st or while supplies of gift cards last. Dine at any 5 of our participating restaurants and submit your sales receipts to the Chamber office to select from the available $50 Gift Cards for the restaurant of your choosing.

Street Banner Program

In January/February we will be offering businesses an opportunity to enjoy a year’s worth of advertising in the downtown area with Streetlight Banners! These banners will feature a common image and your business name to be displayed throughout the year. More information will be made available as the details are finalized in early 2021.

Board Member Opportunity

We are looking for a few good business owners/members to help shape the direction of the Hampshire Area Chamber of Commerce. If you have a heart for service and would like to be considered for a board position, please email hampshirechamber@gmail.com for an application. We would love to hear from you!

The board generally meets once per month. Board members are leaders and are expected to contribute financially to Chamber initiatives and to participate in Chamber committee efforts. Board appointments are 2-year terms and members can be reappointed for a second consecutive term.

In return for your commitment, board members benefit from increased business promotion and exposure, build credibility and visibility in the community and enjoy opportunities to network and face-time with new customers and increase business contacts.

In case you missed it!

Round two of the Kane County‚Äôs Business Grant Program is now available. The Kane County Board appropriated $5 million for this initiative from its Coronavirus Relief Fund. Eligible businesses may apply for up to $25,000 to cover certain expenses from 3/1/2020 to 12/30/2020. (Businesses that applied under Round One are welcome to apply under Round Two.) More information, including a link to the County’s web-based application portal, is posted on the Coronavirus Relief Fund page. For more info, contact the Round Two Business Grant Hotline and Email:

630-762-2084 CRF2@co.kane.il.us

#Giving Tuesday Promo – Holiday Meal Kits

I am please to report that our community responded with unprecedented support for our Holiday Meal Kits. We have received dozens of meal kit donations and a mountain of candy! Plus, we received over $2000.00 in monetary donations for the Burlington- Hampshire Food Pantry! I am continually humbled and awed by the generosity of this community! Thank you!

Your Partner in Business,

Jeanie Mayer

Executive Director

Hampshire Area Chamber of Commerce HampshireChamber@gmail.com

847-683-1122

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