The Zemar Podcast recently teamed up with GetPayroll to offer payroll solutions for  small and medium-sized business owners. In a recent podcast episode, Butch Zemar of Elite Benefits of America spoke with his guest Charles Read, CPA, of GetPayroll. Read is the author of The Payroll Book: A Guide for Small Businesses and Startups. He offered guidance on common payroll issues for small- to medium-sized businesses, including document management to avoid employer liability. 

“It’s not easy to start your own business, but businesses like ours—Elite Benefits of America and GetPayroll—offer tools to small business owners to help them in areas they may not be familiar with,” Zemar said. “We work with small business owners everyday to ensure they have the tools they need for their business to be successful.”

The Zemar Podcast explores a variety of business-related topics.

For information on health insurance or for a quote, contact Butch Zemar at or (708) 535-3006.

For more information on payroll, contact Charles Read at or (972) 353-0000.

Head shot of Butch ZemarElite Benefits of America is a worksite benefits consulting firm that partners with small to mid-sized enterprises to be the employer of choice. For more information, visit

Congratulations to Family Waterproofing Solutions for their recent feature in the Patch! The Chamber member was profiled in detailed Q&A about their family-owned business. The company is based in Evergreen Park and serves the South suburbs in addition to Northern Indiana.


President Biden recently signed an executive order creating a new special enrollment period beginning Feb. 15.  This special enrollment period, which ends on May 15, will give Americans who need healthcare coverage during this global pandemic the opportunity to sign up.

“This is a great opportunity for those in need of healthcare coverage to see if they can secure better coverage for themselves and their families,” said Butch Zemar, Chicago/Southland Association of Health Underwriters Chapter President. Zemar is a leading benefits consultant for Elite Benefits of America and trusted resource in healthcare reform. Zemar is also the host of The Zemar Podcast — a podcast that focuses on business-related topics for small to mid-size business owners as well as insurance options.

The special enrollment period will be offered to consumers applying for new coverage or updating an existing application through or through direct-enrollment channels. The pandemic has made securing health insurance coverage more important than ever before. Agents and brokers can be crucial aides in that pursuit.

“As a benefits consultant, I’m here to help people navigate health insurance offerings and determine which plans best fit their needs,” Zemar said. “We work with a lot of small businesses to help save them money with their employee benefits.”

The National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU) is the premier association representing agents and brokers. NAHU members are trained to help people make wise decisions about their health insurance coverage. They’re licensed by the states in which they practice and required to undergo continuing education to stay on top of all the changes in the healthcare sector.

Butch Zemar, local chapter president is available for comment, interviews, and speaking engagements.


Head shot of Butch ZemarAbout Butch Zemar:

Known for his expertise in healthcare reform and delivering cost savings on employee benefits to his clients, Butch Zemar is one of the top trusted resources in the business. Clients have described the leading employee benefits consultant as “strategic,” “innovative,” and “committed” when it comes to aiding businesses in strengthening their employee benefits offerings while decreasing health insurance costs.

Topics of expertise on Healthcare Reform for Businesses:

  • New Eligibility Rules
  • Employer-Shared Responsibility
  • Small Group Plans
  • Health Insurance Exchanges
  • Compliance with the New Law
  • Employee Health Plans – Strategic Comparison and Identifying Solutions

Pictured Left to Right: Laura Shallow – EPCC Vice President, Matt Meierkort – Grinderz Training Academy,
Dave Torres – Grinderz Training Academy, Maria Cantu-Dougala – EPCC President 

Percy J. Allen Jr., right, with his father, Percy J. Allen Sr., who also works for M.E.P. Exterminating

M.E.P. Exterminating

The Chamber brings back its ‘Meet a Member’ feature this month with M.E.P. Exterminating. A Chamber member for 12 years, M.E.P. Exterminating is a licensed, bonded and insured company that specializes in pest and rodent control.

Owner Percy J. Allen Jr. says he has “always had an entrepreneurial spirit and the desire to start, own, operate, and expand my own company.” He established M.E.P. Exterminating 16 years ago, naming the company after his daughters Mahogany, Ebony, and Pyeisha Allen.

During these unprecedented times, Allen says he maintains a positive attitude about his business and community. “My hopes for M.E.P. Exterminating and Evergreen Park are hopes I have for our world post Corona (COVID-19)—and that is of health, happiness, and prosperity.”

To learn more about Allen’s services and request a quote, call M.E.P. Exterminating at 708-422-9902.

Thanks to Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers for finding new ways to give back during the COVID-19 pandemic!

While the majority of its 500 restaurants are open and offering drive-through service, some of its dine-in-only restaurants have shifted operations to support their local communities until they can once again prepare their chicken finger meals.

One of the innovative ways Cane’s Crewmembers have been giving back is by sewing three-ply cloth masks. On May 19, 1,000 of these masks were donated to Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park, IL.

Teams of Cain’s employees are being paid to produce the masks, many of whom had never sewn before this initiative began. The teams work in block-schedule shifts in adherence with the company’s social distancing procedures.

“Our team is extremely proud to have the opportunity to step up and support our community in such a unique and meaningful way,” said Leader of Restaurants Olivia Fazzola. “Healthcare workers are putting their Community first, and we are honored to show our appreciation to them with these donations.”

“We are excited to have been chosen as the recipient of these handmade masks. This thoughtful donation will help us stay safe and healthy as we care for all those who come to us during this unprecedented time,” said Octavia Bonds, Community Relations Coordinator, OSF HealthCare Little Company of Mary Medical Center.

Raising Cane’s is also supporting local healthcare workers with its nationwide neck-gaiter campaign. Local Chicago area restaurants continue to sell their limited-edition supply, and 100% of the net proceeds made from these sales will be donated to Loyola Medical.

Through their partnerships with Loyola Athletics, Chicago Wolves and Oak Lawn Community High School, Raising Cane’s has been able to provide 1,248 meals across the Chicago area to healthcare workers, including Christ Hospital and Little Company of Mary Hospital.

Healthcare workers at OSF Healthcare Little Company of Mary Hospital receive face masks made by the employees at Raising Cane's

Our local Culver’s is taking part in a company-wide promotion to benefit local food banks. From May 19–24, a dollar from every Concrete Mixer sold will be donated to the Evergreen Park Village Pantry. This initiative is a wonderful way to support our local food bank and the many residents who use it during the pandemic. Culver’s, located at 9515 S. Kedzie Ave., is open daily from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm. 


OSF Little Company of Mary Medical Center and the State of Illinois have partnered to create a program allowing people to recover at home, yet not feel alone.

To register, simply, call our 24/7 Nurse Hotline(833-673-5669), or visit our website There clients will be assessed and enrolled and then followed up with a delivery of a care kit, which includes: thermometer, hand sanitizer, COVID resource guide, and a tablet, pre-loaded with applications to communicate to our clinical team and even support for monitoring their mental health.

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Following are local restaurants that are OPEN with adjusted accommodations to comply with the No Dining-In restriction.

Porter Cullens Irish Pub & Restaurant

Carryout & Delivery 11:30 am – 8:00 pm
(708) 907-5558

Drive Thru ONLY 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
(708) 423-0000


Jimmy John’s
Delivery and Pick Up ONLY
Open (shortened daily hours)
(708) 636-6666


Cousins Subs
Delivery and Curbside Pick Up 10:30 AM – 7:00 PM
*FREE delivery extended till 3/31 (for orders placed via website and mobile app)
*FREE sandwich for signing up for loyalty program

(708) 572-846.


Open 24 Hours for Carryout, Delivery
(708) 424-8182

Raising Cane’s Chiczken Fingers
Drive Thru & Takeout Open 10:00 AM – 12:00 AM
(708) 423-1287


Carryout and Delivery (via UberEats) 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM
(708) 424-3131


Chi-Tung Chinese Thai & Japanese Restaurant
Carryout and Delivery 11:30 AM – 8:30 PM
*All online orders qualify for a discount UP TO 10%

Cool Clouds Vapor Shop


Cool Clouds is a retailer of electronic cigarettes and e-liquids, also known as vapor products. The business, located at 3837 W. 95th St., assists adult smokers in their transition away from combustible tobacco products. 

The store is owned by Evergreen Park residents Bridget Carey and Reid Nuttall. Both are former smokers who enjoy helping other adults find a less harmful alternative to smoking cigarettes. Their approach starts with educating customers about the range of smoke-free products available, then finding a good fit.

“We walk our customers through the process, asking questions about their smoking habits and how much they smoke, as well as finding their level of comfort with this technology,” said Nuttall. “Then we work with their budget, lifestyle and goals to find a device, nicotine level and flavor that will be satisfying and make the task of quitting smoking less daunting.”

About Vapor Products

According to the Cool Clouds website, vapor products are electronic devices with three components: a battery power source, a heating element, and e-liquid. E-liquid is applied to the heating element directly or passively with the use of a tank and with the power of the battery, the liquid is heated to the point that it becomes vapor. 

Vapor products include electronic cigarettes, personal vaporizers, mods, pens, cigalikes and vapes. The one unifying characteristic is that these devices do not burn, so they do not expose users to harmful smoke or tar. 

E-liquids usually contain a mix of these four ingredients:

  • PG (Propylene Glycol) is used as a base and a stabilizing agent.
  • VG (Vegetable Glycerin) assists in producing a thick cloud of vapor.
  • Natural or artificial flavors that impart a sweet or tobacco-like taste.
  • Nicotine can be included at various levels, allowing customers to decrease nicotine over time if they choose. E-liquids are also available without nicotine.

The Evergreen Park shop opened in 2014 and is their original location. They also have a second store in Tinley Park. 

Cool Clouds also offers a range of CBD (cannabis) products, as well as glass and accessories for customers who use cannabis.

To learn more about Cool Clouds, visit them online at