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    WHAT WE DO

    The Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Partnership connects companies to the pulse of business in the Chicago region and serves as an influential and effective advocate and marketer for businesses.
    We always put the needs of businesses first by:
    1. Attracting new companies to our community and building new business opportunities for those companies and existing companies.
    2. Working with key local, state and federal government decision makers to address the financial, operational and other needs of local businesses and businesses seeking to locate here.
    3. Identifying transportation, infrastructure and other community solutions that will attract and retain a talented local workforce.
    4. Developing new area attractions and marketing initiatives that will expand tourism and grow our local economy.
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    HOW WE WORK

    The Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce is a 501(c)6 business association governed by a board of directors comprised of Greater Oak Brook companies representing a range of industries: Fortune 500 companies, financial institutions, hospitality and retail businesses, technology companies, commercial real estate firms and more. Collectively, these individuals and their companies represent the policy interests of the Greater Oak Brook business community.

    Six paid staff and consultants experienced in business, nonprofit association and economic development program management assist the board in planning the organization’s strategic direction, and manage and execute its operations, programs and activities.
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    Organizational Culture
    The organization’s leaders and members work together in a geographically small community that is bustling with business. Over 100,000 people work or visit here each day, which keeps our local companies and economy thriving!
    Fortunately, the community’s small geographical size allows us to stay connected and aware of the issues affecting each other. Working together like this has helped create a supportive and respectful organizational culture in which members may build positive professional relationships over time.

    One Voice for Business through Committees!
    The organization has established a collaborative communication structure that allows local businesses to work together through councils and committees to develop a vision and strategy that serve the broader business community’s needs. These joint efforts have helped create one business voice to address critical issues ranging from local signage codes and community marketing and transportation initiatives to broader state business policy concerns. Members may serve on the following councils and committees:
    • Business Roundtable
    • Banking and Financial Services Committee
    • Economic Development Partnership Council
    • Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
    • Attractions and Events Committee
    • Talented Workforce Committee
    • Young Business Leaders
    • Networkers Group
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    OUR MEMBERS

    Over 350 key area companies employing nearly 10,000 people are members of the Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Partnership. Member companies represent commercial real estate (20%), hospitality and retail (25%), technology and other professional services (30%), banking and financial services (15%) and healthcare (10%) sectors. More than 1,600 professionals from these companies regularly participate in the organization’s programs and activities, with 250 of them serving in council and committee leadership roles.
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  • Valentina Tomov

    President & CEO

    Valentina Tomov is the Chamber’s President and CEO and oversees all facets of its work. Previously, she was employed as the Economic Development Director for the Chamber and worked closely with municipal staff, local property owners/managers and tenant representatives throughout the U.S. to recruit and retain office and retail tenants. Valentina brings experience in increasingly responsible roles in business development, export marketing and trade with the South African Consulate General in Chicago.

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  • Ed Tracy, CPA

    Chief Financial Consultant

    Ed Tracy is the Chamber’s Chief Financial Consultant, overseeing the organization’s budget development and financial reporting processes. He earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Illinois and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Illinois CPA Society. Please contact Ed at tracy@seldenfox.com.

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  • Aimee Schroeder

    Accounting Consultant

    Aimee Schroeder is the Chamber’s Accounting Consultant and handles the organization’s accounts payable and receivable. She has an undergraduate degree in business administration and accounting. Please contact Aimee at schroeder@seldenfox.com.

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  • Tamryn Hennessy

    Program Director

    Tamryn Hennessy is the Chamber’s Program Director. She is responsible for leading and managing the organization’s economic development programs, with a current focus on new workforce attraction and retention initiatives, including the new STEM Bridge Partnership.

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  • Jenny Stanko

    Communications Manager

    Jenny Stanko is the Chamber’s Communications Manager. Jenny is responsible for managing content for all three Chamber websites, handling email blasts and social media postings, and providing communications support for Chamber meetings, events and grant projects.

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  • Bridget Karnick

    Meeting & Events Planner

    Bridget Karnick is the Chamber’s Meeting & Event Planner. Bridget is responsible for organizing membership events and council and committee meetings, and meetings and events for the Economic Development Partnership.

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  • Chairwoman Susan Lindquist

    BCS Financial, Oakbrook Terrace

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  • Vice Chairman Dan Wagner

    Inland Real Estate Group, Oak Brook

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  • Treasurer Dennis Marx

    JMG Financial, Oak Brook

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  • Secretary Finny Rajchel

    State Farm Insurance, Oakbrook Terrace

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  • Douglas Beck

    HUB Group, Oak Brook

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  • Larry Brand

    Elkay Manufacturing, Oak Brook

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  • Norm Canfield

    Hyatt Lodge, Oak Brook

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  • Paul Cardona

    Le Meridien Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook

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  • Susan Clarke

    Advocate Health Care, Oak Brook

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  • Kristin Duncan

    Marriott Oak Brook Hotel, Oak Brook

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  • Terry Dunne

    Millennium Trust Company, Oak Brook

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  • Bill Fulle

    Tiffany & Co., Oak Brook

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  • Ken Greene

    Comcast Business Class, Oak Brook

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  • Stefan Gruvberger

    Hiltons of Oakbrook, Oakbrook Terrace

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  • Kathy Hardy

    Leaders Bank, Oak Brook

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  • Ed Harrington

    CenterPoint Properties, Oak Brook

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  • Dennis Hiffman

    NAI Hiffman, Oakbrook Terrace

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  • Maureen Hoersten

    The LaSalle Network, Oak Brook

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  • Gregg Horan

    Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse, Oak Brook

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  • Chris Johnson

    DoubleTree Hotel, Oak Brook

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  • Robert Legan

    Whitnell & Company, Oak Brook

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  • Adrian Mendoza

    Lillig & Thorsness, Ltd., Oak Brook

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  • Kevin Munday

    Xeno Media, Oakbrook Terrace

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  • Todd Schaefer

    Jones Lang LaSalle Tenant Representation Group, Chicago

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  • Caryn Torres

    Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook

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  • Don Williams

    McDonald's Corporation, Oak Brook

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Do you backup everything you will need in case of a disaster?

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calendarFriday, 28 April

Running a backup with no errors is good, but if you are missing an added drive or database when it’s critically needed you may not recover from a disaster.

When was the last time you reviewed your selection lists?

This should be done annually, if not more frequently, and after major upgrades have been completed.

Things to consider:

  • As a cross check, it would be best if it is done by a different person than the person who normally does the day-to-day backup tasks.
  • The resources being backed up can be complex so you may need quite a few line items. It is probably best to track them in a spreadsheet or table to make it easier to compare the next time you review it.
  • Since best practice for most backups is to run separate jobs for applications like SQL and Exchange it is common to have 2 or 3 jobs per database server.
  • If you also track the amount of data that is backed up by each job and the time that takes, it gives you another point to compare growth and lets you watch for unexpected changes in data size or performance.
  • You should confirm that the backups that are offsite are enough to let you come back from a total loss. Review your recovery time and recovery point objectives to make sure you will have what you need when you need it.

 

Server Resource Frequency Destination Size

(Full, GB)

Time for full HH:MM
Server01 (File Server) C drive Weekly Disk, tape 20 00:15
Server01 (file server) D, E, F drives Daily Disk, tape 1000 03:30
Server01 (file server) W (archive data) Monthly Tape 2000 05:00
Server02 (SQL Server) C, D drives Weekly Disk, tape 25 00:15
Server02 (SQL Server) SQL Database Daily Disk, tape 500 01:00
Server02 (SQL Server) SQL Logs Hourly Disk 2 00:01
Server02 (SQL Server) SQL Dumps Monthly Tape 500 01:00
Server03 (Exchange Server) C, D drives Weekly Disk, tape 20 00:15
Server03 (Exchange Server) Databases (not archive) Daily Disk, tape 500 01:00
Server03 (Exchange Server) Archive Databases Weekly Disk, tape 1000 01:00

 

Don’t forget to encrypt your backups that will go offsite!

If you would like a review of your backup environment and procedures contact Peters & Associates. Email info@peters.com or call them at 630.832.0075.

 


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Meet New Chamber Member Rowan Tree Psychotherapy

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calendarWednesday, 26 April

The Chamber welcomes Rowan Tree Psychotherapy! Heidi McCardell-Wentworth is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor and Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist.  She counsels with adolescents and adults struggling with anxiety, depression, and relationship issues particularly during life transitions.
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Ms. McCardell-Wentworth uses a combination of traditional talk therapy and contemporary creative-art therapies including dialectical behavior therapy, dance/movement therapy, emotion focused therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy.  Drawing on a combination of talking, moving, drawing, and meditation, her clients have the opportunity to regain inner stability and support self-confidence in a gentle, yet strong and sustained, manner.  Blending talk therapy with creative modalities, she provides clients opportunities to work through problems and uncover solutions in their own unique ways.

Rowan Tree Psychotherapy accept clients as self-pay and with insurance as both in- and out-of-network.  She has availability in the early morning and daytime hours.  She also has limited evening hours.

To contact Rowan Tree Psychotherapy please visit their website.


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Goodwin awarded first Lifetime Achievement Award by Illinois REALTORS®

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calendarTuesday, 25 April

REALTOR® and Inland Real Estate Chairman Daniel L. Goodwin received the first-ever Illinois REALTORS® Lifetime Achievement Award Monday night during a special ceremony at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield.

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Daniel Goodwin

“Throughout its more than 100 years of existence, Illinois REALTORS® has never had an award for Lifetime Achievement but that changes tonight,” said President Doug Carpenter as the association kicked off its annual Capitol Conference & REALTOR® Lobby Day. “The award is given for an ongoing – relentless – impressive body of work on behalf of the industry and those who rely on it.”

“I am proud to be a REALTOR® in Illinois tonight,” said Goodwin.

He thanked leaders of Illinois REALTORS® for the recognition, and he urged elected officials to listen to the concerns of his colleagues. Contrary to popular opinion, he says elected officials he has worked with have been very honest, hard working men and women. He urged REALTORS® to thank elected officials for their efforts, which include long hours and little financial rewards.

The featured guests included Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner,  House Speaker Michael J. Madigan, Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno, House Republican Leader Jim Durkin and former House Speaker Lee Daniels.

A former teacher in Chicago Public Schools, Goodwin helped found Inland Real Estate and grow the Oak Brook-based company into what it is today. He’s chairman of the New Directions Housing Corporation (Lombard), a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax exempt charitable corporation that has built and rehabilitated almost 400 multifamily housing units so low income individuals could afford safe, decent and sanitary housing. New Directions has also worked with other groups to provide food, after-school care for children, immunizations and more to the people it serves. Watch a video about Goodwin and his career.

Goodwin was chairman of Northeastern Illinois University’s board and was vice chairman at Benedictine University. In 2015, he received the Good Neighbor Award from REALTOR® Magazine.

He’s a member of the National Association of REALTORS® RPAC Investors Hall of Fame, the NAR President’s Circle, the Illinois REALTORS® Hall of Fame and the Chicago Association of REALTORS® Hall of Fame. He is the founder of Retail Properties of America REIT and is chairman of the National Association of Real Estate Trusts Non-traded REIT Council. He is a director of the Chicago Better Government Association.


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Important message from the Board Chairman and the CEO

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calendarWednesday, 15 March
Dan Wagner, Board Chairman

Dan Wagner, Board Chairman

For more than 12 years, the Chamber’s Board of Directors has been grateful to our President and CEO, Tracy Mulqueen, for so skillfully and tirelessly building our organization into one of the most effective and highly regarded business advocacy and service organizations in the region. Now it is with great joy for her, but with sadness in our hearts, that I announce that Tracy has accepted a fantastic opportunity to head up a national association and will be leaving the Chamber on April 17, 2017. While our Board of Directors, staff, members, and partners would love for Tracy to remain in her current leadership role, we are thrilled for her as she moves to this next challenge. 

We also deeply appreciate that Tracy has worked with the Board to recruit and prepare the Chamber’s previous Economic Development Director, Valentina Tomov, to step in as our new President and CEO on April 18, 2017, when she returns from completing her doctoral work in Bulgaria. We are fortunate that this very talented professional will soon lead us in our work ahead on behalf of businesses.

I hope you will join us this Monday morning, March 20, 2017 for the Chamber’s Annual Meeting and Awards Breakfast, which will be a very special event this year. A buffet breakfast will run from 7:00 to 7:45 a.m. with the program following from 7:45 to 9:00 a.m. In addition to a fantastic keynote presentation by Chamberlain CEO JoAnna Sohovich and an innovative new business awards ceremony, we will say goodbye to Tracy and review the tremendous success local businesses have experienced during her tenure. We will also take a look at all the great things ahead for our local business community.

Thank you for your commitment to the Chamber and Tracy Mulqueen and we look forward to working with you to welcome and support our new incoming CEO, Valentina Tomov.

 

Tracy Mulqueen, President & CEO

Tracy Mulqueen, President & CEO

It has been an honor to serve as the President and CEO of this organization and to work with such a remarkable Board of Directors and professional staff, members, and partners. While I am excited about this new opportunity, I am going to miss everyone very much.

It is a real pleasure, though, to know that Valentina Tomov – a strong, smart and experienced leader – will be stepping into this spot as I leave. Many of you had the privilege of working with Valentina when she served for two years as the Chamber’s Economic Development Director. As you know, she excelled at working with our board, commercial real estate community, government partners, and members to achieve tremendous and challenging goals on behalf of businesses. I know that going forward you will see Valentina take the Chamber to extraordinary new levels of growth. You will love working with her.

Please know that I truly appreciate everything that all of you have done to support me as I have served the Chamber and I will always be grateful for this extraordinary professional experience.

 


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Peters & Associates Answers: Ransomware – Should I pay?

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calendarFriday, 10 March

The “right” answer is no, you shouldn’t pay the ransom. This is similar to the stance the government takes when dealing with hostages. In principle, not paying ransom diffuses the whole process – the bad guys don’t get funded and the effort is for nothing.

Does it ever make sense to pay the ransom?

Consider this – I just read an article by Armor, Ransomware as a Service fuels explosive growth that said the average ransomware demand is about $679. Depending on the size of the company, downtime, and number of employees affected, recovering from a ransomware attack could easily take a day. We need to ask ourselves, does the cost in time, effort, loss of productivity, and possible loss of work for a day exceed the ransom demand? At a low, low price of $679, it may be a no-brainer.

While it is great to take a stand and not let the hackers get away with this, it is ultimately a business decision – one that may make sense.

What if they don’t give you the unlock key?

Depending upon the ransom demand, the decision to give it a try may be relatively simple, but you must decide whether the roll of the dice is worth it.

I’m willing to bet they will give up the key. Why? Because if hackers get a reputation for not producing the key, guess what – nobody is going to pay the ransom demand and the hackers aren’t going to make any money. They want to keep this party going for as long as possible!

In short, you need to make a business decision.  If the dollar figure is small enough, pay the demand, chock it up to payment for lesson learned, and tighten up the security in your organization. The amount of money required to restore operations and the cost of downtime may easily usurp the dollar figure for the ransom.

Not sure if you have all of the correct security implementations in place? Do you know how Bit Coin works? Do you have a game plan for when it happens? The organization I work for, Peters & Associates, can help you assess your gaps and guide you through establishing a long-term strategy.  Contact Peters & Associates to speak with one of their security solution experts at info@peters.com or 630.832.0075.

 


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Run, volunteer, or sponsor People Resource Center’s 5K

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Indiana Tech partners with the Chamber to reduce tuition!

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Indiana Tech and the Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce are working together to make pursuing a degree an easier and more affordable endeavor for its member company employees. In partnership with the Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce, Indiana Tech will reduce your undergraduate or graduate tuition by 20 percent!

Members can click HERE for more information. This link is designed for the Greater Oakbrook Chamber member company employees to request more information about Indiana Tech.


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