Money Smart: Disasters – Financial Preparation and Recovery

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Join us for a Money Smart presentation on disasters. We’ll share tips for financial preparation for and recovery from disasters. The presentation will also cover why preparing for disasters is a crucial part of financial management and financial health.

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Wed, August 11, 2021

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM CDT

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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.