Your Chamber News for April 15, 2024
Mother Day Virtual Gift Guide & Meal Roundup
With Mother's Day just around the corner, we're preparing to celebrate all the incredible moms out there in a big way! As part of our social media marketing, we're putting together a comprehensive Mother's Day Virtual Gift Guide and a Guide for Mother's Day Meals. Think brunch, gifts, sweet treats, beauty, pampering services, flowers, etc. As a Chamber member we want your business to be front and center! Our round-up posts consistently see high engagement and share rates, meaning your business will receive significant exposure and potentially attract new customers. Don't miss out on this valuable marketing opportunity! Please send us the details of your Mother's Day offerings to by Friday, April 19th, at noon.
LAST CALL: Connect with Local Leaders at the Town Hall Forum Wednesday April 17
Take the opportunity to connect with local leaders from all around the Barrington area, find out how your tax dollars are actively shaping our community, and discuss key issues that impact our region at the Town Hall Forum. This forum will cover a diverse range of topics relevant to residents, businesses and the overall well-being of the community. Tickets can be purchased for $15, and includes coffee and pastries. Be sure to register ahead of time to secure your spot. To register CLICK HERE.
Unlock the Power of Your Membership: Join Us for the BACC Membership Bootcamp April 19
Discover the full potential of your BACC membership at our upcoming Membership Bootcamp! Whether you're a new member eager to learn the ropes or a seasoned member looking to refresh your knowledge, this event is designed for you. Join us on Friday, April 19th from 12:00 to 1:15 pm, and ensure you're making the most of your membership benefits. Don't miss out—reserve your spot today. To register CLICK HERE.
Free Networking Event Caffeine & Connections
April 23 at the Arboretum
Join us at our upcoming networking event 'Caffeine and Connections' on April 23 from 9:00 - 10:30 am at the Arboretum of South Barrington. Networking events provide the perfect platform to connect with fellow local business owners, entrepreneurs, and professionals. Forge valuable relationships, exchange ideas, and explore potential collaborations that could propel your business forward. To register for this CLICK HERE.
Membership Drive: Join the Barrington Chamber
in May and Save
Join us in expanding our Chamber community and fostering a robust network of businesses with our Membership Drive. Members who join the Barrington Chamber of Commerce in May will enjoy waived processing fees, saving new members $30. Share the Benefits of Membership with others and get rewarded! Refer a business to join in May, and receive a complimentary Shared Eblast worth $50. Together, let's strengthen our local business ecosystem and unlock new opportunities for growth and collaboration.
BARN Networking Group Open House May 1
Are you ready to build your network but not completely sure where to start? Join BARN for their group open house! Discover the benefits of networking with Barrington Area Referral Network (BARN) at their upcoming open house on Wednesday, May 1st at 12:00 pm in the BACC Conference Room. Enjoy a complimentary light lunch as you learn more about their group. This is a no-compete networking group, please check Current Members prior to registration to ensure your category is open.
To register email by April 30.
Wine Walk Sponsorship Opportunity Available
Don't miss out on sponsoring the highly anticipated Barrington Wine Walk, the town's most beloved event! Enjoy prominent exposure with benefits like a full-page ad in the Wine Walk program distributed to nearly 400 attendees, prominent logo placement on all event signage, social media promotion, local advertising, and on the event page. Additionally, receive 8 tickets to share with staff, family, and friends. Hurry, as only 3 sponsorship spots are available! To inquire email or call the office at (847)-381-2525 to secure your sponsorship.
Scholarships Awards Luncheon April 25 with Keynote Speaker Dr. Winkelman
Mark your calendars for a special occasion on Thursday, April 25 from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. Come to the beautiful Biltmore Country Club in North Barrington as we celebrate the outstanding achievements of our scholarship recipients. Tickets are priced at $45 per person. For additional details or to register CLICK HERE.
Multi-Chamber Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the Broken Oar to celebrate New Outdoor Barn May 2
All are invited to the Broken Oar ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the unveiling of the brand new heated outdoor space, the "broken Barn". The celebration is May 2 at 3:30 pm. This exciting addition to the Broken Oar promises to enhance their dining and entertainment experience like never before! The Broken Oar is located at 614 Rawson Bridge Rd, Port Barrington.
BACC 2024 Summer Golf League at Makray Golf Club starts June 7
Get into the swing of things with the 2025 BACC 9-hole Golf League! Every Friday from June 7th to September 6th, we'll be hitting the greens at Makray Memorial Golf Club. Handicap Rounds are May 17, 24 and 31. Whether you're a seasoned pro or a newcomer to the game, join us for some friendly competition. Chamber Members tee off for just $65, while Non-Chamber Members are welcome at $100. Don't miss out—secure your spot today! For additional details and to register for the golf league CLICK HERE.
Register Now for the 38th Annual BACC Golf Classic
Join us for a day of golf and philanthropy at the 38th Annual BACC Golf Classic, taking place at the prestigious Club at Wynstone on Monday, August 5. This scramble event supports the BACC Lauren Brown Memorial Scholarship fund and small business programming, making a meaningful impact in our community. Golfers will enjoy a buffet lunch on the patio, followed by practice at the driving range. The shotgun tee-off starts at noon, culminating in the lively 19th Hole Celebration featuring an open bar, dinner, raffle prizes, and awards ceremony. Secure your spot now as space is limited! REGISTER HERE
Maximize your Chamber Benefits and Boost Your Business Reach with Social Media
Join the Chamber's Thriving Social Media Community! Share your noteworthy events, promotions, and updates with us on Facebook and Instagram to boost your reach. Here's how:
  1. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram
  2. When you have important news or events, tag the Chamber or send us your post directly
  3. We'll share your post with our followers, helping to spread the word about your business (social media sharing is included in your membership)
Be the First to Knock on the Doors of New Residents
There's still time to participate in the Welcome Neighbor Program! Join our Welcome Neighbor Program to target residents in the 60010 area as they develop new buying habits. The 'Welcome Bags' are distributed through key locations like the Chamber Office, Barrington Area Library and The Garlands. Choose from three participation options:
1. Receive monthly New Resident Lists for your marketing efforts ($150)
2. Include a flyer, trinket, or coupon in the Welcome Neighbor Bags ($150)
3. Combine options 1 and 2 for added savings ($275)
To participate please submit materials by April 30. Questions? Call the Chamber 847-381-2424
To view photos from all BACC events visit our Instagram & Facebook pages
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Marketing Opportunities
Member Benefit, Eblast Advertising: Send Your Tailored Message to the Chamber
Did you know that one of your many Chamber benefits is the opportunity to send your sales message to nearly 1,400 fellow Chamber members?
Simply provide your ad in a jpeg or pdf format and BACC can accommodate your promotional schedule. Everyone for whom we have a valid email address receives BACC Eblasts. These Eblasts have high open rates from 25 to 30%. Sponsorships of our weekly Chamber and Member newsletters are also available. For details and pricing call the Chamber at (847) 381-2525 or email:
FREE Member Benefits: Post Your Events, Job Openings & Hot Deals on our Website
Did you know that all BACC members can post events, job openings and hot deals for FREE on our Chamber website? Members can also submit these announcements for inclusion in our weekly Member News which is emailed to the entire membership (nearly 1,400 contacts) and shared on our social media pages and website:
For instructions on how to submit a Job Posting CLICK HERE
For instructions on how to submit a Hot Deal CLICK HERE.
For instructions on how to submit an Event CLICK HERE.
For a copy of the Member News Submission Guidelines CLICK HERE.
Small Business Resources
DCEO and IMEC Launch "Made in Illinois" Grant Program to Boost Manufacturing
Gov. JB Pritzker, the Illinois Dept. of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, and the Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center have launched $1 million in funding for the "Made in Illinois" Grant Program. According to the Illinois SBDC at College of Lake County, the program provides up to $50,000 in matching grant funding to small- and mid-sized Illinois manufacturers to support innovation and strategic advancements in manufacturing. For details CLICK HERE.
2024 Chairman Circle Advantage Members:
To learn more about how you can participate in this program CLICK HERE.