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West Ridge Chamber of Commerce
 February 2014
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Community Recycling Options
2014 Paper Shredding & Electronics Recycling Dates TBA!

 Loose papers including newspapers, magazines, school and business documents can be recycled at two convenient locations in West Ridge.   

Devon Bank 6445 N. Western
High Ridge YMCA 2424 W. Touhy
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The City of Chicago recognized long ago that businesses in the same area pay a wide range of prices for trash hauling services.*  Many times businesses pay too much when compared to a similar business nearby.

Wastemaster is an online resource for independent business owners who want to reduce their waste disposal and recycling costs.  Using a proprietary database application, we offer our subscribers easy access to local service pricing information that otherwise would be time-consuming and cumbersome to assemble. Wastemaster's savings program will create greater competition among the various waste haulers competing for your business in your neighborhood. The result is potential lower disposal rates for you.  Your help is needed!  

What do I need to do?
Please send us 2 of your recent trash hauling invoices .  You can do this in one of three ways.
1.    Fax to 773-326-3582
2.    Take a picture using your smart phone and email to
3.    Email an electronic copy to

What's in it for me?
After we complete the data analysis  you will receive a customized report detailing one of two scenarios.
1.    Scenario 1 - Great job!  You have one of the best waste disposal service rates in your zip code and Wastemaster will continue to send you notifications if a better rate is discovered in the future.
2.    Scenario 2 - You are currently paying a higher rate than your neighbor who has a similar pick up frequency and dumpster size.   Wastemaster will help you understand the data analysis and provide you with the tools necessary to renegotiate a lower rate through a contract extension or to negotiate a new service agreement with a different hauler when your current contract expires.  
Do I pay for this service?
There are no fees for the initial data analysis.  Wastemaster will send you an alert if we believe you can save money.  Once you receive this alert, you will have the option of working with us to help you save money.  If you decide you want to partner with Wastemaster, our fee is based on your total savings.   We can either provide you with the information to allow you to negotiate on your own or we can manage the entire process for you.   It's your choice on how you want to proceed and you are not obligated to pay for anything.

What is your privacy policy?
All personal information is kept strictly confidential.  We only share your zip code, service frequency and hauling rates with other members.  Your name, address, and contact information is not shared.  


West Ridge MapThis monthly newsletter is an opportunity for you to find out about news and events happening in the West Ridge community.  Chamber members are strongly encouraged to submit information about business specials, news and announcements.  Make it social! Please share this email on your social networks AND remember to shop local!

Community Events


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February 13 Tax Planning Seminar


February 13 CAPS Meeting

February 17 Presidents Day


February 24 "East" Devon Safety Meeting

March 13 St. Patrick's Day Community Party



Find event details, times and other info on our website



FREE Workshops for Business

All worshops are FREE and are located at the City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection - City Hall 121 N. LaSalle St., Room 805

check out the Google calendar that lists all the workshops as well:


Space is limited.  Please reserve your attendance by calling 312-744-2086 or email



To learn more about BACP's workshops, visit


North Town Garden Society Meeting  

The February NGS meeting will be held at Warren Park, 6601 N. Western,  on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 7:00 P.M. NGS members, Eileen Kushida and Linda Winke, will be showing slides of their visits to Gardens of England, New Zealand and Morocco. Now is the time that we start dreaming about our gardens and what could offer more encouragement in our current weather than looking at lovely green gardens in bloom. There will be a $5.00 fee for non-NGS members.


Northtown Garden Society
Member, West Ridge Chamber of Commerce
Member, Garden Clubs of Illinois


Tax Planning and Reporting for Small Businesses

CJE Senior Life Events for Older Adults and Their Families
CJE SeniorLife offers ongoing support groups and programs on a wide variety of topics of interest to seniors and their families. Fees vary according to the program and individual circumstances and some groups may be partially covered by Medicare and supplemental insurance. For information or to join a group, call CJE SeniorLife at 773/508-1000 or visit us online at

 Visit the February Calendar


CAPS Schedule
What Can Your Local Chamber of Commerce Do for You?
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According to Wikipedia, a Chamber of Commerce is "a local organization of businesses whose goal is to further the interests of businesses."   The first Chamber of Commerce in the U.S. was the New York chamber founded in 1768. The following mission statement for the West Ridge Chamber of Commerce in Chicago is representative of the activities of many local chambers throughout our country.

"The West Ridge Chamber of Commerce is a not-for-profit organization for businesses and organizations who seek through their united efforts to improve the business community in the West Ridge Neighborhood, attract new businesses and shoppers and improve the appearance of the neighborhood. We are a 501(c) 6 agency that is funded in part by the City of Chicago's Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection 


Rena Klingenberg, a jewelry artist and small business owner, offers these 10 Ways Your Chamber of Commerce Can Help Your Business Grow. Her websites are and,


* If you make it known that your product or service makes great client or employee gifts, you could wind up with a very nice flow of business from your fellow Chamber members.

* You may be able to line up some lunchtime sales or parties featuring your products at local businesses to help employees with gift shopping (especially at Christmas, Valentine's Day and Mother's Day).

* You may qualify for less-expensive health insurance and business insurance available to Chamber of Commerce members.

* You can find out about local events where you might set up a booth and promote your business.

* You'll meet good, reliable sources for products and services like accounting, printing, computer support, etc.

* You'll be referred to other Chamber members' contacts.

* You have a good chance of meeting local retailers who may be interested in carrying your products.

* You'll have an opportunity to do joint ventures with other local businesses, such as cooperative advertising or trunk shows.

* Your business name can be associated with improving your community, since Chambers of Commerce generally work on civic improvement, legislation favoring local businesses, and economic development.

* You may have access to mentors who can help you develop your business; or you may be able to serve as a mentor to someone else.


So, what are you waiting for? Join your our chamber and actively participate in its activities.


Dennis J. Frantsve,

Account Executive 

Cell: 847-347-0631

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The West Ridge Chamber of Commerce thanks you for your continued support.   
Amie L. Zander
The West Ridge Chamber of Commerce