Woodstock chamber debuts new website

Chambers of commerce are essential to the economic growth of our communities – through making introductions, facilitating projects, maintaining data on the areas served and their economic climates, and keeping abreast of pending development projects.

To that end, the Woodstock Chamber of Commerce and Industry is proud to introduce our newly redesigned website: www.woodstockilchamber.com.

At the Woodstock chamber, we are proud to offer numerous All Member Meetings and All Member Mixers throughout the year. These provide a great opportunity for members to learn and network in a comfortable, business-friendly environment.

However, in today’s society there are members and prospective members who simply can’t get to these events. That’s why a strong web presence is more important than ever.

By visiting our website, members can quickly and easily find contact information for each and every member organization. This allows members to network on their own schedules, not just by attending chamber events.

Not only is the chamber website a conduit to networking between members, it also serves as a forum for members to offer their services at special rates to other members. For example, Any Key Computing currently offers a 15 percent discount on services to other members of the Woodstock chamber. Carrigan Design offers members 10 percent off any web or marketing layout and design.

The Calendar section on the site serves as an easy-to-use reference tool to businesses looking to be active in the community, including our annual State of the City Luncheon. Additionally, the Events area on the site has information on such annual traditions as the Annual Dinner, Miss Woodstock Scholarship Pageant, Pickle Palooza music festival, and Lighting of the Square.

The Members News section provides up-to-date information about member businesses. Updated twice a week, the Member News section is ripe with valuable information that you are able to digest at your own pace from the office or from home – anywhere with an Internet connection.

If you are currently contemplating joining the Woodstock Chamber of Commerce & Industry, our website offers information to help you make that commitment. Detailed information includes our Mission Statement that drives the organization, benefits that come with chamber membership, a directory of the Board of Directors and chamber staff, and information on the various committees you can join. The Join the Chamber that allows you to join online with payment conveniently accepted via PayPal.

We live in the Internet age, and the Woodstock chamber is committed to remaining at the cutting edge of technology for the benefit of our members.

Launched this month, the new chamber website is just one example of how the chamber embarks in an ongoing mission to best serve our members and the McHenry County community we represent.

If you haven’t done so recently, I personally invite you to visit www.woodstockilchamber.com and see how we can best serve you and your business. We are dedicated to the greatness that is our membership.

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Welcome to our newest chamber members: Main Street Pour House, HyperStitch, D & D Plumbing, Pilgards Quality Cleaning, Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois, Culvers – Woodstock, R & S Screen Printing, Melissa Leetzow – Broker Associate, Just Quality Services, Extra Eyez Inspections, Health Insurance Specialists, Creative Letter & Office Services.

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On Tuesday, there will be a multi-chamber Legislative Luncheon at Turnberry Country Club in Lakewood from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $25 per person and reservations can be made through the Crystal Lake chamber, 815-459-1300. The featured speaker will be Bruce Rauner, Republican candidate for governor.

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The Woodstock Chamber’s SOHO (Small Office/Home Office) group will be hosting an after-hours mixer from 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 7 at Golden Eagle Community Bank.

• Shari Gray is executive director of the Woodstock Chamber of Commerce & Industry.

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