Sunday, June 30, 2013

Complimentary Wine Tasting


Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce President, and Autumn Davids, Chamber Secretary, have attended the wine tastings and as they both agreed, the wines were delicious, unique, and the experience was well worth it. The owners were helpful and gracious, the workers checking on those looking at the wines, and the place was crowded with great people, having fun and chatting about the wines, the location and so much more. We recommend that everyone attend and explore your tastes by tasting wine!




Saturday, June 29, 2013

Welcoming Towbar


The Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce is proud to welcome Towbar, the latest addition to Jarvis Square business district! They are now open with patio seating on the south and east sides!


Installing the new signage


A new bar design!



Open to our neighborhood's friendly faces!



1500 W. Jarvis Avenue
Chicago, IL. 60626


Towbar social media:

facebook

twitter

Life Storage







LifeStorage is a great location with the friendliest people I have ever encountered. Always ready with a smile to assist you, and asking if you need help if you are wandering in look of something. They give you great choices and don't push you the way some places I've been to do. They are a must if you are looking for storage space or someone you know is.

Friday, June 28, 2013

A L Taylor


A.L Taylor & Associates is a great accounting and tax service business that reaches out and works in Rogers Park, going so far as to travel here on their own. Started by Ayton Taylor, who still works there, and continued by his son of the same name, they are a great business that does hard, diligent work.




Thursday, June 27, 2013

Caribbean American Bakery


Caribbean American Bakery has some of the most delicious meat patties I have ever tried. Michael, the owner, is one of the nicest men I have ever met, and all of the workers I've met are nice, friendly, and very efficient.


Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Ecodwell


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Great ideas lead to great things. And so it was with Ecodwell—what began as a product, providing affordable, energy-efficient homes to the general population, has expanded to become a mindful business offering design, construction, remodel and interior design services.


At Ecodwell, the primary mission is to keep projects as green as possible while being mindful of every client’s budget and financial obligations.



Avi Ron and Petros Kyvelos are the driving force behind Ecodwell and its approach. Coming from small countries—Avi is from Israel, Petros from Holland—where people provide largely for themselves and produce very little waste, both men were astonished by the wasteful habits of American society. That’s why, with Ecodwell, they focus on minimizing waste during construction while maximizing every home’s energy efficiency.

Asked about their approach to building new homes, the men explain that the process is different every time, depending on budget, property type and desired features. But with years of experience and hundreds of projects under their belts, it’s clear they’re doing something right.

When building new homes, Ecodwell is known to create vertical spaces with a smaller base footprint; this factors into the home’s overall efficiency. Avi and Petros are highly mindful of what details can affect a structure’s use of energy and include simple-yet-effective features that maximize day-to-day sustainability.

Though the desire for green homes and sustainable construction exists, it’s not yet cost-effective for most people to invest in structures that are 100% green. Still, Ecodwell continues to fill a unique need in Chicago real estate and will be leading the way as energy efficient construction continues to gain in popularity.


Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Howard Jewelry & Loan






Howard Jewelry and Loan had some beautiful items, going from guitars, to necklaces, to ipods, cameras, dolls... An interesting store who has lovely employees, they are more than worth a look around. You might find your own personal treasure.

Monday, June 24, 2013

InTheLoop Marketing Inc



Tea Powell -President and Co-founder of InTheLoop Marketing came to us to promote his business venture, and the biggest benefit I can see is the potential control of Yelp reviews.

What do I mean by that? There's an application either on your phone or your computer, that allows you to not only preview the reviews, but to also send messages to your customer base to improve reviews and thoughts about your business.

I can only imagine how great of an impact that will have on future and current business, and we can only improve the way customers think of us.

Valued customers can receive news of upcoming specials/events or even after parties at bars and other venues.

Here is the contact information, be sure to get a hold of them soon and see how they can help you!

(773) 664-9050
intheloopmktinc@gmail.com

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Chicago Chariot Festival of India 2013

Every year Rogers Park has a great tradition that is built from it's culturally diversity, The Chicago Chariot Festival of India.

The festival, both this year and last, starts at 1610 W. Howard Street and moves down to Rogers Avenue and goes all the way down Sheridan Road to Greenleaf Avenue where it spreads it's merriment throughout Loyola Beach.

Throughout the parade, water and food is handed put while people chant "Hare Krishna" dance and have an overall boisterous good time.

Once the parade ends at Loyola Beach, fruit is tossed into the crowd and a free indian-style meal is provided at no charge for all the attendees. Tents are set-up that provide information about Indian Culture, books and other wares are available for sale, face painting, puppet shows, it's all there for the community to enjoy.

Below are photos from this year's Chicago Chariot Festival of India. The videos will be up as soon as possible, thank you.





LifeStorage







LifeStorage is a great location with the friendliest people I have ever encountered. Always ready with a smile to assist you, and asking if you need help if you are wandering in look of something. They give you great choices and don't push you the way some places I've been to do. They are a must if you are looking for storage space or someone you know is.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Welcoming Towbar


The Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce is proud to welcome Towbar, the latest addition to Jarvis Square business district! They are now open with patio seating on the south and east sides!


Installing the new signage


A new bar design!



Open to our neighborhood's friendly faces!



1500 W. Jarvis Avenue
Chicago, IL. 60626


Towbar social media:

facebook

twitter

Friday, June 21, 2013

V-Tone



Located at 1550 W. Jarvis Avenue, V-Tone fitness has great workers who are open, friendly, and willing to assist you with any questions you may have. They provide a clean, open environment for you to work out in and have such a wide variety of equipment that their is something for just about everyone! 

Check out their site and sign up today!
















Thursday, June 20, 2013

Bill Morton Promotions




Local small business, Bill Morton Promotions provides Branding, SEO, Radio Promotion, Political Promotion, Business Promotion, and Social Media Services to musical artists, businesses across the United States and assists those wishing to run as alderman in Chicago.

Bill had a Texan recording artist DeDe Wedekind and New York recording artist Yolanda Hinton as platinum clients and works with Kate Smith Promotions in regards to Social Media.


If you have any questions in regards to his promotion strategy and wish to hire him, visit his website: BillMortonPromotions.com 

You can also contact him at BillMortonPromotions@gmail.com or call him at (773) 850-0029

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

going green


The Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce has launched the beginning of it's Going Green campaign! If you click our "Green Campaign" tab, you can look over the green suggestions we've collected at events as well as from visiting local businesses in Rogers Park.

If you believe your business belongs on our Green Campaign page, please, e-mail Autumn Davids with a link to your website and the paragraph on the site that displays what you do that makes you Green. 

Don't have a website? Then give us your address and we'll put you up!

info@rogerspark.cc

Ecodwell


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Great ideas lead to great things. And so it was with Ecodwell—what began as a product, providing affordable, energy-efficient homes to the general population, has expanded to become a mindful business offering design, construction, remodel and interior design services.


At Ecodwell, the primary mission is to keep projects as green as possible while being mindful of every client’s budget and financial obligations.


Avi Ron and Petros Kyvelos are the driving force behind Ecodwell and its approach. Coming from small countries—Avi is from Israel, Petros from Holland—where people provide largely for themselves and produce very little waste, both men were astonished by the wasteful habits of American society. That’s why, with Ecodwell, they focus on minimizing waste during construction while maximizing every home’s energy efficiency.

Asked about their approach to building new homes, the men explain that the process is different every time, depending on budget, property type and desired features. But with years of experience and hundreds of projects under their belts, it’s clear they’re doing something right.

When building new homes, Ecodwell is known to create vertical spaces with a smaller base footprint; this factors into the home’s overall efficiency. Avi and Petros are highly mindful of what details can affect a structure’s use of energy and include simple-yet-effective features that maximize day-to-day sustainability.

Though the desire for green homes and sustainable construction exists, it’s not yet cost-effective for most people to invest in structures that are 100% green. Still, Ecodwell continues to fill a unique need in Chicago real estate and will be leading the way as energy efficient construction continues to gain in popularity.


Monday, June 17, 2013

Fresh Start Monday Cancelled

Unfortunately, the Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce will be cancelling today's Fresh Start Monday. Meetings are preventing a board member from being in attendance.

Thank you,

Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce

The Fish Keg



The Fish Keg is a successful local business in the Rogers Park Area. Serving delicious sea-food, it is highly recommended for you to go in and taste just how great their food is!




Sunday, June 16, 2013

the Importance of Social Media


Every day businesses and individuals promote themselves on social media sites, varying from Facebook to Twitter, Blogger, MySpace, Pinterest, LinkedIn, websites, etc.

Social Media can be a double-edged sword, doing both harm and good at the same time. When we make minor errors, like spelling a word incorrectly, it can change someone's view about us or our business very quickly.

Other issues frequently come to the surface. Having too many e-mails, for example, can make it difficult for someone to reach us.

Social Media should be fairly simple. It's not too complicated to connect the varying sites so that they post to one another. Just go to Google Search and many different ways to connect are open to you.

The Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce has the following Social Media sites:

Blogger

Facebook

Flickr

Google+

LinkedIn

Myspace

Official Website

Pinterest

Twitter

Youtube

Social Media is not the full extent that needs to be considered. Communication is key to any successful endeavor.

The Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce has a very quick response time. It takes us 24-48 hours to respond to all calls and e-mails.

We also send out our newsletters, filled with information, once to twice a month depending on how  many events we attend in a given month.

Lastly, we are out in the community, talking to residents and business owners frequently so that we have a keen insight to the ongoing activities of the community at large.

It takes a lot to successfully speak to another person. One has to think carefully to not insult them by using body language that is inappropriate. Poor wording choices can also harm a conversation.

I find it best to study someone you are about to approach and begin with mundane topics. If someone is staring at a balloon, ask them about the balloon. Conversations can build quickly and become fun and witty exchanges if the approach is right.

Without Social Media and Communication skills, it's difficult to approach people, and to approach them in ways that will be well-received. Pay attention to the actions you exhibit and focus on topics that keep the listener enthralled.


image received from www.mbaonline.com

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Local Resident Named Hero in Long Term Care

More than 90 individuals honored for their commitment, caring

The Health Care Council of Illinois, Illinois Health Care Association and the Illinois Council on Long Term Care recently announced their 2013 selection of Heroes in Long Term Care at nursing facilities throughout the state. Ramiro Macario has been honored as a Hero in Long Term Care for his dedication to providing the highest quality of life for nursing home residents atAlden Village North in Chicago. 

The annual program highlights the hard work of nursing home staff in Illinois, such as nurses, administrators, building maintenance workers, laundry attendants and activity staff, as well as the contributions of facility residents and volunteers. 

“From the minute residents wake up to when they go to bed at night, nursing home staff work to make their days brighter,” Pat Comstock, executive director of Health Care Council of Illinois, said. “Many residents aren’t able to get out in the community, so staff becomes a part of the resident’s family.” 

In the four years since Ramiro Macario began working at Alden Village North in Chicago, he has proven himself to be a tremendous asset to the facility, according to Kris Walski, facility administrator. With an obvious devotion to facility residents, Macario can always be counted on to help out wherever needed. 

 “His care and love for his residents are over the top,” Walski said. 

Macario has also shown himself to be dedicated to his fellow staff members, and to making the facility run as smoothly as possible. When new staff joins the team, he helps with their training, making sure that they feel comfortable with their work and within the facility. 

Nursing home staff truly represent the heart and soul of long term care in Illinois,” David Voepel, executive director of the Illinois Health Care Association, said. “Heroes in Long Term Care are people who go above and beyond to make sure nursing home residents have the best possible quality of life.” 

Nursing home professionals work in a unique environment that demands technical skills along with incredible amounts of compassion. They care for frail, vulnerable and elderly citizens who not only need around-the-clock medical care, but also a place to call home. 

These individuals are committed to optimizing the health, outlook and well-being of the residents we serve,” Susan Duda-Gardiner, interim director of the Illinois Council on Long Term Care,said. “For that, we’re deeply grateful and hopeful their communities will celebrate their dedication.” 

The Health Care Council of Illinois (HCCI) is a professional association of more than 500 skilled nursing facilities committed to quality residential health care in Illinois through a productive and responsible partnership between the private and public sectors. HCCI represents nursing homes serving more than 80,000 residents. HCCI serves as the political and media relations arm of both the Illinois Health Care Association and the Illinois Council on Long Term Care.

Welcoming Towbar


The Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce is proud to welcome Towbar, the latest addition to Jarvis Square business district! They are now open with patio seating on the south and east sides!


Installing the new signage


A new bar design!



Open to our neighborhood's friendly faces!



1500 W. Jarvis Avenue
Chicago, IL. 60626


Towbar social media:

facebook

twitter