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West Ridge Chamber of Commerce
 September  2014
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Recycling & Paper Shredding Date

SUNDAY, April 19, 2015
9am - noon
Devon Bank Parking Lot

Textile Recycling
Old sheets, towels, bedding, carpeting, sewing/quilting scraps can be recycled

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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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!


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September 3 Devon Community Market

September 10 Devon Community Market

September 17 LAST Devon Community Market of the season

September 25 Rosh Hashanah




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


PAID Research Opportunity

Paid Opportunity to Improve Safety in Community


You are invited to a Research Study to prevent violence against South Asian (Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Sri Lankan, Nepali, or Bhutanese) retail workers. If you are selected, you will receive $100 for participating in the focus group. South Asian American Policy & Research Institute (SAAPRI) and Center for Disease Control's National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH) are conducting research and seeking focus group participants. We are looking for South Asian employees, managers, or owners who are part of a small business in the retail sector.


Answer these questions to know if you are eligible for this study:
- Are you Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Sri Lankan, Nepali, or Bhutanese?
- Do you work as an employee, manager, or owner in a retail business, such as a store or gas station?
- Is the business in the city of Chicago-on the South side, West side, or Devon Avenue area?
- Are you above the age of 18?


If you answered YES to all the questions, you may be eligible to participate in this study. Please call SAAPRI at 978-381-9242 or 773-373-9750 to find out if you qualify to participate in this important research.

The purpose of this research is to prevent workplace violence against Asian retail workers in Chicago, who are at a higher risk of facing violence on the job.

Feel Safe and Back Up with Carbonite
You know our organization and you know how much we have on our computers - We wouldn't know what to do if we lost it all. So to protect our  files, we back up everything with Carbonite. It's safe, affordable and it continually backs up new photos, documents, business files and more.  We pay less than a months worth of lattes to know we will never lose a document.  Best thing I have found that that we can even access documents on our desktop from our smart phones!!  Click the link below to see pricing and how it can work for your business or home computers.  Tell them the West Ridge Chamber of Commerce sent you!

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Through the city of Chicago, a Business Operations assistance program is available.  This program is offered to qualified business owners at no cost to the business. Please participate in this short survey to determine if this program would be of help to you.

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News from the Northtown Garden Society

Our September meeting will be held on Thursday, September 4th, at 7:00 P.M. at Warren Park Field House,  6601 N. Western Ave.
Have you ever wondered how you can propagate your favorite  plants and give them as pass-alongs? Our Sept. 4 regular meeting will answer some of the mystery. Ruth Melulis and Eva Mannaberg will demonstrate the process for both houseplants and garden plants.  
This event is open to the public and a $5.00 donation is requested from non-NGS members.
Other News and Events:

Garden Arts and Crafts Fundraiser

Spring of 2015




The NGS Board is looking for NGS members and friends who are artists or crafters to participate. All art work needs to be Garden or Nature related and can include: water color, oil painting, pottery, jewelry, quilting, needlework, flower arrangements (dried or alive), woodwork, photography,  painted furniture or any other related art or handiwork.

If there is enough interest in this project, NGS  will proceed to the planning.


Interested?  E-mail your name and address or phone number by September 4 to Shelly at:
Northtown Garden Society
Member, West Ridge Chamber of Commerce
Member, Garden Clubs of Illinois


Volunteer - It's Good for Business
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In a recent discussion with a Public Relations professional, I asked about her process for acquiring clients.  She said she currently has all the clients she can handle.  And, she added, for every client she has, she started working as a volunteer.  As the organizations' needs grew and they decided to transition from a volunteer to a paid professional, she was the obvious choice.Another benefit of volunteering is the opportunity to meet people from other businesses who have some involvement with the organization.  These could be patrons, donors or board members who are involved with the organization.  As they interact with you in organization activities, they become aware of your skills and abilities and may consider you for assignments in their businesses.  Frequently,these are busy individuals who would be difficult to get appointments with to pitch your services.Another benefit of volunteering is that it can help you to feel good about yourself.  And, when you feel good about yourself, you are more likely to be successful in your business endeavors. 

Dennis J. Frantsve  Account  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