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West Ridge Chamber of Commerce
 May 2014
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Community Recycling Options
Recycling & Paper Shredding Date
SUNDAY, September 14, 2014
9am - noon
Devon Bank Parking Lot

New for 2014 Recycle clothing, sheets, towels, bedding, carpeting, sewing/quilting scraps

Recycle old electronics and cell phones

Shred documents while you watch! 

 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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Wastemaster is here to Help

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 renegotiate a lower rate through a contract extension or 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.   If we can't save you money, there aren't any fees.

What is your privacy policy?
All personal information is kept strictly confidential.  Your name, address, and contact information is not shared....ever.  


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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May 7 B2B Structured Networking Event


 May 7 SSA Public Meeting #1


May 19 SSA Public Meeting #2


May 29 Asian Heritage Month Dinner    


Check out our brand new website and community event calendar!


MEMBERS - be sure to post all of your events here! 



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


  May Meeting of the Northtown Garden Society


The Northtown Garden Society (NGS) is holding a Fund-raising Plant Sale on Saturday, May 17, 2014 from 9:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. at the Warren Park Field House lawn, 6601 N. Western Avenue, Chicago.
We will be featuring donated perennials, shrubs, houseplants and decorative planters.
Proceeds from the sale will benefit the educational and community service programs of NGS.
For more information about NGS, please visit our web site,
Northtown Garden Society
Member, West Ridge Chamber of Commerce
Member, Garden Clubs of Illinois
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
Turmeric: The Wonderful Spice that Fights Inflammation and Protects Against Disease
Colleen Taylor Sen
Thursday, May 29, 2014
Tiffin Restaurant
2635 W. Devon

Join author Colleen Sen for an evening that will explore the many health benefits of this "wonder spice". Turmeric has long played an important role in Indian, Chinese, and Indonesian medicine. Turmeric's anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties have been known for centuries, accounting for its historic use as a panacea for sprains, congestion, skin ailments, and digestive problems. Over the last few decades, medical researchers have begun to notice a lower rate of certain cancers, as well as Alzheimer's disease, in countries whose inhabitants regularly consume turmeric-rich dishes. Accordingly, nearly
80 clinical trials have been put on or are currently being conducted to study turmeric's effects on health. To date, these studies have found evidence for turmeric's therapeutic
advantages as related to preventing or treating Alzheimer's disease, arthritis, atherosclerosis, cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, digestive problems, liver
disease, stroke, and infections.
Sen is an experienced food writer with a wealth of experience writing about Eastern food traditions.

A traditional Indian meal filled with turmeric will be served.  (veg and non veg options)  The meal will include a choice of beverage including tea, soft drinks, lassi's, beer and wine.  

Patrons will also receive a discount code to purchase Sen's new E-Book: TURMERIC: Great Recipes Featuring the Wonder Spice that Fights Inflammation and Protects Against Disease. The book includes more than  70 recipes from around the globe.


Purchase Tickets Here  

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  Vendors Wanted!
Summer is upon us! It is our  pleasure to announce an exciting new endeavor  for this summer. After a trial run last year, we are launching a new weekly evening market on Devon Avenue!

Devon Community Market
Wednesdays from 4:00p to 8:00p
July 9 to September 17
Republic Bank Parking Lot
2720 W Devon Avenue

We are currently accepting applications for local individuals, businesses, and organizations who would like to join us as vendors this season. To apply, please complete THIS ONLINE FORM  by May 5. Full details about pricing and participation are listed on the form. Vendor will be made in mid-May based on space availability, vendor balance, and history with the community.

We are also looking for volunteers who would like to help make the market a success this season. Are a talented as a greeter, a planner, a musician, or a graphic designer? Please let us know! All questions and ideas about the market can be directed to our new Market Manager Mary Arents at 312.237.6687 or We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you this summer at the Devon Community Market! 

Calling Small Businesses!

Job Opening!

Company: Wastemaster Corp. 

Contact: Mark Lestina -

Company description:
Wastemaster Corp. (Company) is an online resource for business owners and property managers who want to reduce their waste disposal and recycling costs. Using a proprietary database application, we offer our customers easy access to local service pricing information that otherwise would be time-consuming and cumbersome to assemble. Wastemaster's savings program creates greater competition among the various waste haulers competing for business in the neighborhood. The result is potential lower disposal rates for our customers.


Position: Inside/Outside Sales Representative (Time is spent BOTH calling and visiting prospects)

Territory: North side of Chicago

Job Description: The Sales Representative (SR) position is an integral part of our company growth. The SR has key responsibility to generate revenue through the sales of our waste disposal comparison services. The SR implements sales strategies by initiating face-to-face contact regularly with new prospects to assess and understand their waste hauling pricing concerns and service levels. The SR position creates solutions and makes recommendations for the business owner to meet the customer's goals and objectives while ensuring a high level of professionalism to meet the Company's sales objectives.

Job Duties: As a Sales Representative you are responsible for every aspect of the sales process as follows:

- Cold Calling. Leads will be provided but if you aren't comfortable picking up the phone and making 50-80 calls per day, please don't apply for this position. (50% of your time)

- Customer sales visits: The SR employs an in-depth knowledge of the Company's services to effectively sell and market cost savings to small business owners, property managers and property owners in their territory. (40% of your time)

- Apply strategic selling skills, as well as technical expertise, to develop and manage the assigned customer/prospect base. We will provide you the industry training necessary to be successful.

- Plan your own sales activities to ensure that sales goals are met. (10% of your time)

- The SR regularly interfaces with the President to review business status and proactively address concerns and/or opportunities with key prospects.


To be considered for this position you must meet ALL of the following requirements:

- Have a proven background in outside business to business sales / service [NO RETAIL]

- Be willing and able to drive up to 25 miles per day (within the sales territory), 5 days a week using your personal vehicle

- Demonstrate intermediate computer skills with Word, Excel, and Outlook and be proficient with a Customer Resource Management tool such as

- Have a valid driver's license and auto insurance

Education & Experience:

- Bachelors Degree in Marketing, Communications, Business

- Minimum 3 years professional business-to-business sales experience

- Environmental services or other business service sales experience is preferred


Salary plus annuity-type commissions.  

We expect this position to earn (gross wages) between $50k and $70k by the end of the second year of employment although this is an uncapped earnings potential position.

We do NOT offer any other insurance benefits.


Save the Date - Golfing for Scholarships

City of Chicago Launches Park App
Pay-by-Cell Option Part of the Agreement Mayor Emanuel Negotiated to Save Taxpayers $1 Billion and Provide Free Sunday Parking in Neighborhoods

Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that within the first 36 hours of its launch, nearly 1,000 drivers signed up for ParkChicago, a new app that gives drivers in Chicago the option to pay for metered street parking with a mobile phone. The pay-by-cell parking option is part of the agreement Mayor Emanuel negotiated with the parking meter company to save taxpayers $1 billion and provide free Sunday parking in our neighborhoods.
"Drivers in the City of Chicago are already taking advantage of the convenience the new pay-by-cell plan offers," said Mayor Emanuel. "Without having to use cash, debit, or credit cards, residents and visitors can save valuable time by using this smartphone application and not having to return to the pay box. From free Sunday parking to this new payment option, we have made the parking meter deal more manageable for Chicago's residents."
The ParkChicago website also had 3,500 people download the app within the first 36 hours of its launch. The pilot program recently launched in a limited area in the West Loop.

This new pay-by-cell technology will offer a number of timesaving conveniences:
 Drivers will no longer have to make payments at the meter boxes if they choose. However, Meter boxes will remain in place throughout the City, providing motorists with multiple options to pay.

Printed receipts will no longer need to be placed on dashboards.

Drivers will no longer have to return to their car to increase their time allotment. The app will send users text message reminders 10 minutes prior to the expiration of their parking session, and allow them to pay for more time remotely.

The new pay-by-cell option is part of Mayor Emanuel's renegotiated 75-year parking meter contract between the City and Chicago Parking Meters. LLC. The contract also includes free Sunday parking in neighborhoods. The City is expected to save approximately $1 billion over the life of the parking meter concession by the reduction of an annual payment connected with changes to the
City's parking meter system.
iPhone and Android users can download the free ParkChicago mobile app at the App Store or at Google Play. Cell phone users can create an account by visiting



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Retailing is a Challenge
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You own a small retail business and your customers love you.  You provide a good value and offer personal attention to every customer.  And yet, it is a constant struggle to pay the bills and have a few dollars left for yourself.  You need more customers.  Eventually, if you can keep the doors open, Word of Mouth Advertising will help you grow your business.  But, it can take a long time.  You need to be more proactive about growing your business.  So, how do you start being more proactive?

You begin by developing a promotion budget.  A simple way to do this is to analyze your unused capacity.  Ask yourself, "How many more customers could I accommodate?"  Your next question could be "What is the average amount each customer might spend?"  Multiple the number of additional customers you can handle by the average expenditure of a typical customer and you will have a rough idea of how much additional business you should be looking for.  Your final question for yourself is "How much am I willing to invest to pursue this additional revenue?"  Here is an example of how this could work:

150     No. of add'l customers I can accommodate each month

X  $25     Average monthly expenditure of each customer

$3,750     Potential add'l revenue per month

Using this example, you might set a monthly promotional budget at $375 (10% of potential add'l revenue).  There are two things to remember.  First, if you acquire and retain a new customer, the revenue stream will be ongoing for as long as you keep the customer.  Second, have patience.  Your promotions are unlikely to have a lot of immediate impact.  Be prepared to persist for up to a year before you notice a significant increase in your revenues.

So, how do you invest your promotion budget.  The obvious answer is "Saturate your local area with low cost sales messages."  If you offer a product or service which consumers purchase on a regular basis, such a beauty shop or restaurant, a discounted direct mail option such as Every Door Direct Mail, or a coupon mailing service could be a good choice for you.  On the other hand, if your products or services are only periodically needed, such as a plumber, low cost weekly ads in church bulletins can build your image, plus put you before the customer when they have a need.

Good luck!

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