Do you know a younger person heading to college this fall? Chances are, she or he would benefit from taking a self-defense class before leaving home. The Academy of Self Defense and Fitness is offering a series of summer seminars to help students protect themselves from threatening situations they might encounter on college campuses.

The 75-minute seminar will cover self-defense basics for young adults. It will be offered on several dates in June, July, and August. For details and to register, please see the attached flyer.

Self defense seminar for college bound students offered this summer by the Academy for Self Defense and Fitness in Evergreen Park, IL

Chamber members enjoyed learning more about the summer Geoca-Ching! contest in Evergreen Park and tested their geocaching skills at a workshop on Friday, March 22.

Emily Kenny from Multidisciplinary Education for the Environment (ME4E) explained the phenomenon of geocaching over lunch at the Evergreen Park Public Library. Kenny, a librarian at the Oak Lawn Public Library, is a geocaching enthusiast and is partnering with the Chamber to educate members and assist businesses participating in our first geocaching contest this summer. 

Geocaching is a high-tech game in which players use GPS-enabled devices to hunt for hidden containers, or geocaches, at outdoor locations. Millions of players worldwide have enjoyed geocaching since its inception about 20 years ago. Geocaching is essentially a treasure hunt, and there are more than 3 million geocaches hidden around the world.

The Evergreen Park Chamber of Commerce is bringing this fun game to local businesses, as a way to promote them and increase foot traffic to their locations during the summer, when business can be sluggish. From June 3 to August 2 this summer, Geoca-ching! contestants will use their GPS-enabled device and the GPS coordinates of participating business locations to find small containers (called geocaches) hidden somewhere, usually outside. Then they will enter the business and redeem the geocache for coupons, logo merchandise, or special offers—anything you decide!

At the end of Kenny’s presentation, she gave Chamber members a clue to a geocache hidden at the library, then invited them to hunt for it. The process took them outside to find a clue, then back indoors to search for a hidden container. Members enjoyed the hunt to see who would be the first person to solve the puzzle and find the geocache.

Should you choose to have your business participate, the Chamber will provide you with a waterproof geocache container. You can collaborate with the Chamber on the contents, which should include a colored log sheet, a writing utensil, and instructions for verifying the geocache. The Chamber, with Kenny’s help, will help you set the coordinates for your geocache once you have found a hiding place for it. Finally, you will need an incentive item, such as a coupon or other giveaway, for contestants who find the geocache.

Don’t miss out on this creative opportunity to mix business with pleasure, and bring new customers through your doors! Email the Chamber for more information on becoming a participating business!

The Evergreen Park Humana location is offering a wide range of community programming to local residents and business people. The programs include a variety of special events, programs and activities designed to improve your physical and mental health. Most of these resources are free of charge; Humana membership is not required. Be sure to check our their calendars below!

 

Overview of Humana Health Programs

 

Humana December programming

The Evergreen Park Chamber of Commerce is launching our holiday Shop Local campaign, and all members are invited to participate! Send us your details on holiday promotions or discounts for the month of December. We will publicize them in digital and print materials as part of our ‘Shop Local’ campaign that runs December 1–31.

The ‘Shop Local’ campaign will include a brochure advertising holiday offers from Chamber members. Residents are invited to save their local shopping receipts throughout the month of December. At the end of the month, they can exchange each shopping receipt from a business located in Evergreen Park for an entry in our ‘Shop Local’ contest, and a chance to win $500 in gift cards from Chamber members. A winner will be selected January 8.

Shop Local’ kicks off with a community celebration on Saturday, December 1, from 10:00 am to noon at First National Bank of Evergreen Park. We’ll have your promotional information ready to share, along with carolers, cookies, hot apple cider, and a visit with Santa. All Chamber members are encouraged to attend!

 

The Evergreen Park Chamber of Commerce hosted a networking breakfast at Evergreen Park Community High School on May 17 that was open to all current, new, and prospective members. All enjoyed a delicious buffet while Thomas O’Malley, Superintendent of District 231, highlighted exciting upgrades to the curriculum and facility. Afterward everyone toured the school, which included a visit to the new, state-of-the-art workout and weight room.

Your next opportunity to connect with fellow members of the business community is at our Lunch and Learn event on Friday, June 22 at noon at the Evergreen Park Public Library, 9400 S Troy. Digital marketing professionals Jim and Laurie Cleary of the Argus Internet Company will share their expertise on how to present your business online. A catered lunch will be provided. Register here.