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West Ridge Chamber of Commerce
 July 2014
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Recycling & Paper Shredding Date
SUNDAY, September 14, 2014
9am - noon
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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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July 4 - Happy Independence Day!

July 9 Devon Community Market


July 10 Small Business Entrepreneur Clinic


July 16 Devon Community Market


July 23 Chamber Board Meeting


July 23 Database Seminar


July 23 Devon Community Market


July 30 Devon Community Market


August 5 Chamber Golf Outing 



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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

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Answer the Question?

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It has been said that many attorneys will not ask an important question in a trial unless they know what the answer should be. Sales persons might consider a similar tactic, such as, not answering a question unless they understand the reason for the question. Let me give an example.


Suppose a prospect asks "How are your prices?" The temptation for many sales persons would be to give an answer which implies low prices. They might say "Our prices are competitive?" or "We have really good prices." or (hopefully not) " We have the cheapest prices in town."


What is wrong with these responses? Nothing, or everything. If the prospect is looking for really low prices, these responses could work. However, if the prospect recognizes that frequently there is some correlation between price and quality and/or service, and the prospect is concerned about quality, then the answer could dissuade the prospect from buying from this vendor.


So, how does someone avoid answering a question until they understand the reason for the question? A good method is to comment on the prospect's question (i.e. "That's an interesting question") and then asking "How is price important to you?" A quality sensitive prospect might say "Well, I know that I need to pay a fair price to get top quality" In this case a good response might be "Our prices are reasonable but sufficient to allow us to deliver top quality." Of course, any statements you make need to be truthful. And, if your prospect is price sensitive, you need to answer the question differently.



Good Luck!

Dennis J. Frantsve

Account Executive 

Cell: 847-347-0631


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 For a third consecutive year, Community Counseling Centers of Chicago (C4), a leading community mental health agency, has been named a 2014 winner of Chicago's Best and Brightest Companies to Work ForŪ by the National Association for Business Resources. C4 will be honored at a luncheon and awards ceremony at the Oak Brook Marriott in Oak Brook, Ill. on Monday, July 21, 2014.

This year, over 1000 Chicago companies were nominated to compete for this prestigious honor. Companies that excel at employee relations, use innovation to motivate employees and implement creative compensation programs are among those who were selected and are being recognized.  

Founded in 1972, C4 is one of the state's leading community mental health agencies, providing a comprehensive range of mental health services, crisis intervention and substance use treatment to more than 10,000 at-risk children, adults and families each year.  

"It is so gratifying to receive this honor three years in a row," said Eileen Durkin, C4 president and CEO. "It is particularly rewarding that as a non-profit organization, we are acknowledged for implementing innovative strategies and best practices in human resources among industries as diverse as insurance, hospitality, communication and staffing. This speaks volumes as to the quality and dedication of our very capable staff."

Winners are selected based on evaluations by an independent research firm that assesses each company's entry based on key measures in various categories including Compensation, Benefits and Employee Solutions; Employee Enrichment, Engagement and Retention; Employee Education and Development; Recruitment, Selection and Orientation; Employee Achievement and Recognition; Communication and Shared Vision; Diversity and Inclusion; Work-Life Balance; Community Initiatives; Strategic Company Performance and the Best of the Best Small Business.

The Best and Brightest Companies to Work ForŪ, a program of the National Association for Business Resources is presented annually in several markets: Detroit, Chicago, Atlanta, San Francisco, Milwaukee, Houston, Grand Rapids and Nationally.  This designation allows businesses and organizations such as C4 to showcase their best practices and demonstrate why each would be an ideal place for employees to work.

This is the seventh workplace award C4 has received within three years. In 2012 and 2013 C4 won as one of Chicago's Best and Brightest Companies to Work ForŪ; one of the top National Best and Brightest Companies to Work ForŪ; and the Top 100 Workplaces Award sponsored by the Chicago Tribune.  

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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