I have one important thing to say: Go Cubs!

Let's take a minute, just you and me, to think about how worthwhile the bags under our tired eyes are because of last night's win! You don't even have to be a Cubs fan to enjoy that Hollywood-style sports drama. You can't write a better melodrama than that epic finish to an incredible series. Good bye goat, and hello life after the "lovable losers." On the other hand, let's enjoy business as usual together by scrolling down to see what other members have been up to and what's coming up for GOA.
Also, GO CUBS!

Holiday Luncheon

A&J Concrete Construction, Inc.
Brett Riekena Country Financial
Cabinets City
CTL Global
ETS Technology Solutions
Gateway For Cancer Research
Home Improvement Guyz Inc.
ITU Absorbtech (24 Karat Member)
KC Printing Services
MadsenArcher Consulting
Media Monkey LLC.
Painters USA
Proemion Telematics Systems
Satish Patel & Associates, P C
Talatrans Worldwide
Vernon Graphics
Becker Specialty Corp.
BluePearl Veterinary Partners
Chicago Beer Boutique
Franklin Law Group
HR Green, Inc.
New York Life Insurance Company
Nimlok Chicago
Radisson Schaumburg
Rontro Enterprises Inc.
Sackett Parking
Superior Group
Tasty Dawgs of Elk Grove, LLC.
Earlybird Software
MadsenArcher Consulting
Chicago Gourmet Wholesale Bakery
Illinois Select Risk

The GOA wants to hear what you think. Early next week, Shirlanne Lemm, our President, will be sending out a short survey to the membership to get feedback on events, marketing opportunities and a few other areas. We are continually looking to make the GOA membership more valuable for our members. Hearing from you will help us tweak areas that may need to be adjusted. Thanks ahead of time!
Itasca Park District Finalist Again
The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA), in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), announced this summer, The Itasca Park District as a finalist for the 2016 National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management. Musco Lighting LLC has been a proud sponsor of the Gold Medal Awards program for over 10 years.
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WAC Solution Partners Only Gets Better
Michael Ericksen, WAC Solution Partners Midwest is newly Certified in the Manufacturing Order, Production Planning, Purchase Planning, Shop Floor Control, and the Barcode Modules of the AutoSimply Manufacturing Suite and Barcode Solutions for Sage 300. And, Stephanie Piller has certified as a Sage 300 Application Consultant- Financials/ Distribution and she is the youngest WAC consultant to pass this test.
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Red Caffeine Wins Big
Red Caffeine Marketing + Technology has been awarded multiple awards this year: Best Places to Work in Illinois, James Tyree Emerging Business Leadership Award, 2016 Women of Distinction - Kathy Steele, one Gold and two Silver Communicator Awards from the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts
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Top 50 Franchise Award
Tim Conn, founder of Image One USA, received the Franchisee Satisfaction Award from Franchise Business Review. This comes on the heels of Image One USA being named a Top 200 U.S. Franchise by Franchise Business Review.
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CMH Gets New Certification
Courtney Material Handling, Inc. was recently certified as a Woman-Owned Business Enterprise under the Women's Business Enterprise National Council.
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Alzheimer's Fun Raiser
Kari-Ann Ryan, WAC Solution Partners, with the help of "Team Lost Souls," who are also GOA members hosted their annual Alzheimer's "FUN-Raise" to help raise money for the Alzheimer Association. She has raised $10,249.12 already this year, but has a goal of $15,000.
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New Location
Dale Hentrich, Farmers Insurance has a new location:
1141 S. Arlington Heights Rd Unit G | Arlington Heights, IL 60005. Swing by and say hello.
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Porte Brown Ranks in Top 200
Porte Brown LLC has been named among the top 200 largest accounting firms in the U.S. by The Platt Group/Inside Public Accounting. The 2016 IPA Special Report ranks the top 300 firms in the nation, according to net revenue (Y/E 2015). Porte Brown ranked 151st overall with a net revenue of more than $20 million in the recently published list. This is a sizeable jump from last yearís results when Porte Brown was listed at 167th overall.
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GOA Members Rank in DH Reader's Choice Awards
Congratulations to the 2016 Daily Herald Readerís Choice Award winners! Best Community College: Harper College. Best Driving Range: Top Golf Ė Wood Dale. Best Bank (Local): Itasca Bank & Trust. Best Deep Dish Pizza: Lou Malnatiís. Congratulations! .
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Family Business Specialist
Jeff Sophian, a financial advisor with the Mass Mutual Financial Group in Deerfield, has earned the Certified Family Business Specialist (CFBS) designation. The additional training will help Sophian identify the needs of the Chicago areaís growing number of family-run businesses with whom they work. .
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Want to Join the Board?
GOA Regional Business Association is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Board of Directors. As a Director, members play an active role in the strategic plan and vision for the Association. The Elk Grove Chamber and Itasca Chamber are also seeking new directors for their 2017 Board. To serve your business must be located in the respective town you will be representing. For more information on nominating yourself or someone else to serve on the board, please call Shirlanne Lemm at 630-773-2944. .
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Top Ten
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices American Heritage Real Estate proudly presents the Third Quarter 2016 Top Ten Sales Agents: Barbara Augustyn-Rago | Lori Colello | Sabrina Conti | Rosanna DeFrenza | Karen Dumais | Herforth Homes | Janette Herron | Carrie Ramljak-Ralls | Daniel Volker | Brian Zilinskas
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2nd Annual Food Drive
WAC Solution Partners Midwest office in conjunction with their suite-mates, Undo Identity Theft is hosting their second annual food drive. The office (also known as 200 N. Executives) consists of three local small businesses all sharing space and resources. This group has been working together for over eight years in some capacity and they are all very involved in many community programs such as local chambers of commerce, business networking groups, and Rotary International. Michael Ericksen, President of WAC Solution Partners- Midwest, in conjunction with his Rotary group, originally put together the School District 54 Food Pantry which has expanded into two locations. The need for helping the local community in this capacity was formed when it was noticed that many students were coming to school hungry. Last year they donated a large car-trunk filled with canned goods and non-perishables. They hope to at the very least repeat last year's performance, and you can help
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We have a Cubs Champion baby in the GOA family. Dan Doherty, Remedy Intelligent Staffing, welcomed his first granddaughter. Here's what the message he sent out: "Good morning everyone. Unbelievable win last night. I have attached a copy of the real MVP for last night. My granddaughter (Addison Catherine Carroll) was born at 833pm on Wednesday night just in time to witness the Cubs World series championship. She was our new good luck charm and brought us home the win. Lucky girl only had to wait 24 hours for a Cubs world series championship instead of 108 years." Congrats!
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McDonough Luncheon

Chicago Blackhawks President, John F. McDonough will speak with Moderator Barry Rozner, Daily Herald. Enjoy lunch, networking and all things Blackhawks.

Wednesday | November 16
11:30am - 1:30pm

The Westin Northwest
400 Park Blvd. | Itasca

$27 - Reservation paid in advance
$30 - Reservation pay at the door
$35 - Walk-ins

Future Members

CLICK HERE to register

Brett Riekena Country Financial was referred by
Dona Blunt, Newport Promotions

KC Printing was referred by
Frank Griseta, Focus Financial / Griseta Group

Madsenarcher Consulting was referred by
Dan Doherty Remedy Intelligent Staffing

Sackett Parking was referred by
Tricia Conway, AT&T

Becker Specialty Corp was referred by
John Barnett, Centrifuge Brand Marketing

Submit to the Next Member News Pipeline
If you are interested in being featured in the 'Member News' section of the next Pipeline, CLICK HERE to email me (Scott). We accept most submissions. We don't promote events, discounts, or marketing promotions, but everything else (pretty much) is fair game.

Advertise in the Next Pipeline
If you would like to have a banner ad in the next Pipeline, the cost is $200 and I will link the 520 pixels wide by 200 pixels tall banner ad to any URL that you like. for another $25, I will even design it for you. Once again, if you're interested or just want to hear more about it CLICK HERE to email me (scott) or give me a call at (630) 773-2944

Special thanks to our 24 Karat MembersChicago Sign Designs | AT&T | GC Realty & Development | Comcast Business | Staffing Plus | Image One Facility Solutions | Equipment Depot | Lint King-The Dryer Vent Cleaning Experts  | eBizUniverse Inc. | Titus Talent Strategies | Gennuso Financial Group | Morton Suggestion Company | JKP Law Firm | ITU AbsorbTech