Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce redesigns newsletter

Above is the redesigned Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce newsletter. Click here to view the live version of August 2011 with links to the chambers website, facebook, twitter profile, membership application and newsletter subscription page.

The new design includes a greeting, a feature story, upcoming events listings, quick links and a coupon for a good or service from a chamber member.

Upcoming chamber events include:

Saturday, September 24th

Preparing for 2012 event

Quest Network Services
7301 N. Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL. 60626

Guest speakers and info-packets will cover everything you need to prepare for a successful 2012 including winterizing your storefront or home office, 4th quarter tax strategies and the future of Rogers Park business.

Tastes will be provided by local restaurants and cafes including Caribbean American Bakery, Charmers Cafe, Luzzat Restaurant and The Fish Keg.

1pm - 7pm All invited/Free

Thursday, October 20th

The Business of the Arts event

Alden Village North
7464 N. Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL. 60626

We will host an art auction that will benefit local artists. Tastes by a local restaurant will be provided by Alden Village North.

5:30pm - 8pm All invited / Free

Monday, August 1, 2011

Unifying event brings together the best of Rogers Park

This past Saturday, the Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce (CHICAGO, IL) held its first Unifying Rogers Park Event at Quest Services. The event featured some of Rogers Park's finest business reps, organizations and residents for a day of meeting, networking, conversation and fun.

In April, the Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce celebrated its second year anniversary and decided to throw a Summer Unifying event for the community.

Guests at the gala included… Barbara Richardson of Elements Services, Kris Luck of Quest Network Services, Author Eugene Nelson Jr., Mark Finley of MFN: Multifacet Network, Bill's Digital Photos, Jan McCarter of Club Z Tutoring, Amadia King of PLAN (Parent Leadership And Network), and Fred Weaver of LifeStorage Center - just to name a few. The event showed how a community with multi ethnic groups & business’s from all walks of life can come together to support each other and network to strengthen the community and have fun at the same time.

Some of Rogers Park’s finest restaurants were represented with delicious entrees from… Leona’s, The Fish Keg, Hop Haus, Charmers CafĂ©, and The Caribbean American Bakery. The buffet style /food was excellent with a variety of dishes, including… fried fish & chicken, pizzas, brichettas, sandwiches, hush puppies, meat pies and salads.

The event was also broadcasted live on the internet and seen around the world by MFN LIVE Broadcast Network hosted by media host Mark Finley and co-host Eugene Nelson Jr. Many of the chamber membership were in attendance are were interviewed during the broadcast. Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce president Bill Morton was the events MC and the perfect host.

Guest participate in a free-style conversation that was covered by the live internet broadcast

Mark Finley; Host & GM of MFN LIVE commented

“As the broadcast continued, before I knew it people just started to grab our microphones while they were in conversation which really made the broadcast. I thought it was great that people took the initiative to include their discussions in the broadcast in a free style manner. It made the broadcast that much more genuine and exciting!”

Key Note Speaker and host- MFNS Mark Finley RUNS IT DOWN to the Chamber and the MFN LIVE audience

Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce President Bill Morton at the end of the event commented... “I am so happy that this event was such a big success! We are all about bringing together all the business, organizations and residents in Rogers Park to come together to strengthen our community!”

If you’d like to view the broadcast of the event, you can watch it any time on demand for the next two weeks by going to and register for free. Then click on the MFN LIVE tab and scroll down to the first broadcast window and click the play button to view the broadcast.

- Mark Finley

Successful Unifying Rogers Park event strengthens local chamber

The Rogers Park community united for success.

Signing nineteen Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce membership certificates.

We are working together so that businesses can survive these difficult economic times in Rogers Park.

I was recently asked "What is your most important role in the Rogers Park community?"

I thought about the many organizations that I am currently a part of including the Willye B. White Park Advisory Council, The Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society, the Alden Village North Advisory Council and my efforts with the Citizens for the Adelphi Theater non-profit organization. I replied, "I think that I have accomplished the most good for our community as President of the Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce".

Founding the Rogers Park chamber has been an inspiring labor of love. All of the board members are small business owners or heads of local organizations. We are volunteers who in the best interest of our community, devote our time to preserving great local businesses and boosting Rogers Park business through any means possible. During our recent Unifying Rogers Park event, we connected businesses with clients and encouraged business owners to be vocal about their role in our community. The purpose of this event was

To introduce and refer our community to its local businesses and service organizations. To unify our efforts, to guide businesses, service organizations and individuals to establish new businesses and promote existing businesses within the Rogers Park community.

We feel strongly about and believe in our organization. We personally walk our neighborhood to visit every business in Rogers Park on a regular basis. If a struggling mom-and-pop shop needs a fundraiser, If a transporation hub or storefront needs to be cleared of snow, The Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce represents and supports Rogers Park business.

Bill Morton
President, Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce
(773) 850-0049