The annual Chamber Directory & Buyers’ Guide is in development, which means there’s still time to submit an ad! The Chamber mails the guides to 7,000 homes in the Evergreen Park area each year, reaching every resident.

Advertising in this handy guide is a terrific way to maximize your exposure in the community! The black & white ads are available in three sizes: 1/4 page for $125; 1/2 page for $275, and a full page for $400. In addition, there is one inside cover available for $525 in full color, and the outside back cover in full color is available for $650.


The Evergreen Park Chamber of Commerce welcomed new directors to its leadership and honored a longtime volunteer at its annual Holiday Luncheon on December 12.

Longtime resident and volunteer Virginia Wrobel was named Evergreen Park’s 2018 Citizen of the Year for her dedicated years of service in the community and especially for her work with senior citizens.

Wrobel was the first director of the Evergreen Park Office of Citizen Services, a position she held for 15 years. She also is the founder of several service organizations in Evergreen Park, including our Food Pantry and a local chapter of Meals on Wheels.

Accepting the award, Wrobel thanked the hundreds of volunteers and village employees who have worked with her over the years. Every department willingly contributes to programs that Wrobel has been involved with over the years, “and with smiles on their faces,” she said.

“We are blessed in this village to have such a means of cooperating and working with each other,” Wrobel said. “And for me, it’s just a work of love.”

The 2018 Directors of the Chamber are:

Maria Cantu-Dougala, First Midwest Bank

Laura Freeman, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services

Jeseña Hernandez, First National Bank of Evergreen Park

Sean Kelly, State Farm

Dr. Robert Machak, Evergreen Park Elementary School District 124

Frank Monreal, US Bank

Ginger Morgan, Thompson & Kuenster Funeral Home

Thomas O’Malley, Evergreen Park Community High School District 231

Jeannette Orejel, First American Bank

Bruce Smith, B Allan Graphics

Pam Waldrom, Academy of Self Defense

Chad Weiler, Little Company of Mary Hospital

Stephanie Welch, Humana

 

The Evergreen Park Chamber of Commerce hosted an informative Chamber Membership Breakfast on September 13, bringing business members together with local school officials to share information and exchange ideas.

Dr. Robert Machak, Superintendent of Evergreen Park Elementary School District 124, hosted the Chamber event at Central Middle School. He provided a delicious breakfast prepared by School District 124’s Director of Food Services Deb Michicich. The event included energetic performances by the Central Middle School band and award-winning choir, as well as networking and a presentation by District 124 administration officials on the state of the schools.

The four elementary schools and one middle school in Evergreen Park have seen a surge in enrollment over the past four years. The district’s student body has increased by 7 percent, adding some 127 children, according to Tim Kostecki, Director of Business Services for District 124. As a result, the district is financially strong and foresees continued growth.

School officials also reported on the district’s three-year strategic plan and on topics including school culture, buildings and grounds, safety, technology, curriculum, instruction, and assessment.

Evergreen Park Mayor James Sexton presented his Annual State of the Village address to EPCC members on April 18 over lunch at Barraco’s Restaurant. He shared updates on many new businesses that have opened over the past year and additional businesses that will open in the coming months, including Whole Foods in the Plaza, scheduled to open in January 2019.

The next day, April 19, we learned that Carson’s woes will extend to the Evergreen Park store. However, Mayor Stexton told the Patch he is already speaking with interested retailers about leasing the Carson’s space. The white building abuts several other new businesses that have opened recently in the newly reimagined Evergreen Plaza, including DSW, Five Below, Petco, TJ Maxx, Ulta, David’s Bridal, Raising Cane’s, and others. Mayor Sexton said the Plaza development is in its final stages, with 14 of the 30 stores already open. In total, the project will have created 500 retail jobs and 200 union construction jobs.

In his address, Mayor Sexton stressed that economic growth is strong in Evergreen Park, which issues 500 business licenses each year. He said the Village government operates with a balanced budget, and all pensions are fully funded. Home values are rising, and the Village continues to invest in recreational services for residents, with a new $6 million Community Center scheduled to open in April 2019.

Mayor Sexton urged business owners and residents alike to support businesses in Evergreen Park rather than shopping online or in neighboring municipalities. “One percent of everything you buy here comes back to Evergreen Park, which allows us to continue to do good things,” he said.

Help Wanted

The Evergreen Park Chamber of Commerce (EPCC) is seeking an organized, outgoing, and media-savvy professional to serve as its Member Liaison. This new position will serve as the link between EPCC members and the Chamber’s Board of Directors. The EPCC Member Liaison will enhance the value of Chamber membership by focusing on opportunities for member relationships, education, and collaboration.

Specific duties include:

  • Developing an effective program of membership development that retains current members and grows the membership base.
  • Developing and maintaining an effective communications program responsive to the needs of the membership, through print, online, and social media outlets.
  • Developing and conducting a variety of events, including the annual meeting holiday luncheon, to enhance relationship and business building opportunities for the membership.
  • Developing and conducting education programs to advance the professional, technical, and managerial skills of the membership.
  • Cultivating positive member relations with the EPCC through personal contact.
  • Utilizing connections and partnerships within the community as appropriate to advance the goals of the Chamber
  • Attending monthly Officers and Directors’ meetings, on the first and last Tuesdays of each month.

Required knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing, and make presentations to groups.
  • Ability to use software functions such Microsoft Office, Facebook, gmail and Googledocs.
  • Ability to update EPCC web site using WordPress content management system.
  • Valid drivers’ license.

Time commitment

Flexible schedule, 12 hours/week.

Salary

$15/hour

A complete job description is posted online. Submit resume, cover letter, and three references to employment@evergreenparkchamber.org. No phone calls will be accepted.

FLSA Status

The Member Liaison is an independent contractor, not a paid employee. The contractor waives rights to regular employee benefits and is responsible for own income and employment taxes. Contractor will generally work from home; he/she will be reimbursed for office supplies but must use own equipment to perform duties.

Equal Opportunity Statement

The Evergreen Park Chamber of Commerce does not discriminate in its hiring practices. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, creed, religion, origin, age, disability, sex, or any other characteristic protected by law, rule, or regulation.

Criminal Background Check

The contractor receiving a conditional offer of engagement will be required to undergo a criminal background check, and to provide the Evergreen Park Chamber of Commerce with the resulting report. The contractor may refuse to obtain a criminal background check or provide the report, in which event the conditional offer of engagement will be withdrawn.

Posted 2/1/18

 

 

 

For his commitment to economic development, business recruitment, and overall leadership, Evergreen Park Mayor James Sexton was named the town’s 2017 Citizen of the Year by the Evergreen Park Chamber of Commerce. He received the award at the Chamber’s holiday luncheon in December.

Mr. Sexton has served as the mayor of Evergreen Park since 2001. He was recognized for making numerous contributions to strengthen the business climate and enhance the quality of life in the village during his tenure.

“Jim has achieved great successes in developing a wonderful economic environment in which businesses can start, grow and thrive,” said Laura Shallow, secretary of the Chamber of Commerce, as she announced the award.

Those accomplishments include:

  • upgrading the streetscape along Evergreen Park’s main thoroughfare of 95th Street in 2002.
  • bringing in new development on Kedzie at 87th and 95th streets.
  • redeveloping Yukich Field into several sports fields, with a walking path and an ice skating rink.
  • transforming the Evergreen Country Club property into a community golf range, a farm with a variety of animals, a gazebo for concerts, and a dog park.
  • creating the Evergreen Park Senior Center at the site of a former church on 94th and Homan.
  • renovating Evergreen Plaza, bringing several new stores and restaurants to the site.

“All this great economic development reminds each of us, business people and residents alike, to shop local and ‘Keep the Green in Evergreen,’” Shallow said. The sales tax dollars Mayor Sexton has steered into the community helps to fund  important Village projects, she added.

The Citizen of the Year award, formerly called the Business Person of the Year, was changed in 2017 to be more inclusive of community members who help make Evergreen Park stronger. Past recipients include Laura Shallow of World Data Systems and Saint Xavier University; Sister Margaret Christina Hoban of Little Company of Mary Hospital; Nicki Seidl of the Evergreen Park Public Library; Linda Kosary of Kosary Funeral Home; Thomas Ollenburger of H. & R. Johnson Brothers; and Dennis Reilly of LCM Hospital. Last year’s recipient was Nick Barraco of Barraco’s Restaurant.