The Barrington area business community is on the upswing and the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to be part of it. In the past few months we have conducted Ribbon Cutting ceremonies at Ayur Joyti Massage & Holistic Healing, Paris Market Antiques in the Ice House Mall, Solisq – Hats & Accessories, Alexian Brothers Medical Group, Ahavah Organic Spalon and Morgan Stanley, all in the heart of Barrington. Coming up we have Ribbon Cutting ceremonies at Piercey & Associates June 5, Cook Street Coffee June 25, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Visions Realty June 26 and Jennifer Michaels Hair Studio July 1. These ceremonies are a celebration of new business, new ownership, new space and other accomplishments. Find out more about upcoming Chamber events on our website at www.barringtonchamber.com.
On May 29 we presented the ATHENA Leadership Award to Ellaine Sambo-Reyther of BMO Harris Bank. ATHENA is an a national award that recognizes women for eight core principles of leadership that are unique to women leaders including: Lead Authentically, Build Relationships, Foster Collaboration, Be Courageous, Advocate Fiercely, Learn Constantly, Give Back & Celebrate.
Congratulations to all of our ATHENA Nominees: Bonnie Conte of Avalon Salon and Day Spa, Marlene Frykman of Aardvark Web Works, Karrie Gibson of Vintage Tech Recyclers, Dee Dee Johnson of Bataille Academie of the Danse, Eleanor Sweet McDonnell of Sweet Success Expert.com, Ellaine Sambo-Reyther and Jane Svensson Washburn of Barrington Corporate Townhomes. They were all nominated by their peers for their professional excellence, giving back to the community and assisting other women to reach their full leadership. We found the greatest reward of this program was discovering true gems in our community who do not realize how much they truly shine.
The BizEd Community Expo will showcase local business, community and educational partners from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 14, at Barrington High School. Stop by and get acquainted with resources available in your own backyard including local business, governmental leaders, non-profits and community partners. This is BACC’s first community expo at the high school.
Nothing says “hometown” more than a community expo at your local high school. In addition to a variety of exhibitors to visit with, the day will include entertainment and activities for the whole family including local youth performers and hands-on activities from District 220’s S.T.E.M (science, technology, engineering and math) fair, and food and refreshments, raffles and giveaways. Also, booths showcasing high school programs that are building the next generation of entrepreneurs and business owners, like the new Business Incubator project, BHS TV, robotics programs and more.
To support local shopping, the chamber is offering a chance to win a $500 Barrington Area Shopping Spree at the Community Expo. We encourage the general public to attend and enter to win. Admission to the expo is free and you could also win a free raffle prize just for entering.
Join us for these other key events this month: the Network 12:01 on June 11 at noon at Mandile’s Italian Ristorante, 2160 Lake Cook Road, Algonquin; our Mixer of the Month from 5 to 7 p.m. June 17 at the Biltmore Country Club; the Women’s Biz Net luncheon, “The Mouth-Body Health Connection & New Advances in Dentistry,” June 26 at noon at The Garlands.
We see business happen at many of these events, business cards being exchanged, connections being made, and new business being initiated. Check our website at www.barringtonchamber.com for more information or call the chamber at 847-381-2525.
Suzanne Corr is president of the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce