This is a busy time of year for our Chamber members and the community.
For our members, it’s the time that we are reminded to vote or join our board of directors. We will be holding our annual elections in November. Voting or joining allows the membership to be represented in the best way to promote the growth of their businesses and community.
This year, we will be filling two new positions with two-year terms. Every year our executive board is elected by the current board of directors. Those positions include the president, vice president, treasurer and past president. We encourage all businesses to donate some time to the board of directors to share thoughts and ideas to help with our growth and programs to all businesses.
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At 5 p.m. Nov. 30, we will be having a downtown Chamber wine/cheese walk and mixer. Members will start at our Chamber office, 40 N. Ayer St., and pick up a postcard with a list of downtown members that are participating. They then will go to each of the businesses and check out what services and products they provide and sample different wines or cheeses.
We will finish the evening at the Starline Building with food, drinks and prizes for those who participated. Mercy Harvard Hospital sponsors this event every year and provides free heath checks throughout the night. Other Chamber members, such as Katie Van Digglin with New Balance Shoes of Crystal Lake and a licensed podiatrist, will be available for a free foot analysis. Shopping with Avon, Tastefully Simple and Mary-Kay are a few of the vendors on site to help you pamper yourself or start your Christmas shopping.
This event, for the first time, is open to the public. Come join us for a fun, free night of massages, waxing, food and beverages and much more.
Some of the businesses participating are First Place Promotions and Awards, Stahl Insurance, Brady Jewelers, Revolution Golf HD, Walmart, Harvard Main Line, Ulmer Jewelers, Harvard Community Radio and many others in our second annual Chamber walk and mixer.
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The Open House and Business After-Hours Mixer is from 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 5 and hosted by Jon Pagles, at 343 S. Division St., Unit 7. Come network your business and enter to be December’s spotlighted business. Refreshments will be served.
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The Harvard Chamber would like to welcome its newest members: K&Z Detailing, Affordable Flooring and Country Well & Pump.
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A special thanks to our renewed members: Sherman Catering, Kelly’s Restaurant, Twin Garden Farms, St. Paul Lutheran Church, Bens Christmas Tree Farm, Harvard High School, Harvard School District 50, Crosby Elementary, Washington School, Harvard Junior High, Jefferson Elementary, Custom Window Accents, Land Conservancy of McHenry County, First Place Promotions, MADD remodeling, Lions Club, NY Life, Harvard Family Eye Care, Ulmer Jewelers, Stan’s Office Technologies, McHenry County Living Magazine, Cash Saver, ComEd and Cornerstone Church.
• Crystal Musgrove is executive director of the Harvard Chamber of Commerce.