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Woodridge Chamber moving offices back to village hall, rent-free

Published: Friday, May 10, 2013 1:21 p.m. CDT
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Bill Ackerman – backerman@shawmedia.com Dan Coil, new chairman of the Woodridge Area Chamber of Commerce's Board of Directors, is presented with the Chairman's Award by outgoing chairman Kandy Sladek April 25.

WOODRIDGE – After a few years out on its own, the Woodridge Area Chamber of Commerce is moving back home.

The chamber offices are relocating to Woodridge Village Hall at the end of the month, where it will live rent-free and have a stronger presence with incoming businesses. The chamber had been based out of village hall until 2010, when it moved to a bigger office space at 6440 Main St.

"The village made us a generous offer to come back, and we jumped at it," said Dan Coil, new chairman of the chamber's board of directors. "It will be a much larger space, and should give us better exposure ... We'll be right by where new businesses that come in to file applications."

Not having to pay monthly rent helped, too, Coil added.

"Both of us are really trying to move business forward in Woodridge and this is a step in that," he said, adding that the space will be bigger than the chamber's space when it was originally based at village hall.

The space in village hall will have room for an office manager and will allow chamber members to utilize a large conference room in the building.

Coil expects the chamber offices to open at village hall, 5 Plaza Drive, by Monday, June 3.

New Woodridge Mayor Gina Cunningham said the

"We're happy to have them back," she said. "We're excited at being able to work together even more moving forward."

A member of the Woodridge Area Chamber of Commerce since 2010, Coil was elected chairman of the chamber board April 25. He will serve a one-year term, with an option for a second year.

Coil, a Downers Grove resident and financial advisor at Waddell & Reed in Oak Brook, said his priorities will match up with the chamber's motto "Moving Business Forward."

"One of the focuses of that will be how we can maintain our value in this ever-changing marketplace, for instance, the advent of social media and other new marketing outlets," Coil said. "We need address some of those things."

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