• Happy New Year!

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    As we all know, each new year is a time for re-energizing, positive resolutions and a chance to look to the future. The WSCCI is doing just that as we continue our search for a new executive director. The board of directors has evaluated the responsibilities of this position, in tandem with the needs of the organization, and have started to identify qualified candidates who match the needs of all members. We are very excited at the interest and resumes we have received already; we feel that we will soon find the perfect person to lead the organization and reach its vision for the future. We will keep you informed as the process continues.

    What hasn’t changed is that, for the past 115 years, the WSCCI has been dedicated to serving the near west suburbs of Chicago, regional businesses and community prosperity through constant collaboration, advocacy, access to leaders, economic development, connectivity and business education. This mission will continue, stronger than ever. Last year, the WSCCI:
    • Gained 60 new members
    • Visited Springfield, provided continual updates on all legislative happenings and represented the membership at many Cook County meetings as the collective voice for this region
    • Held an inaugural Member Appreciation Bash and Night Golf Outing
    • Broke attendance records at the 52nd Annual New Teacher and Administrator Breakfast
    • Delivered the first-ever Regional Health, Wellness and Safety Festival with more than 100 vendors and more than 400 attendees
    • Produced networking and collaboration opportunities through State of the Chamber meetings, Chamber Chats and Breakfasts
    • Added one new signature event for a  brand new audience:  Vet Connection
    • Held the highest-ever attended One Grand Holiday with the Hinsdale Chamber of Commerce
    • Selected several more high-level board members for the upcoming year.
    We are proud of all that we accomplished in 12 short months—and grateful for all the support from members throughout the year. In an effort to deliver ever greater member service, in 2017 the WSCCI office will be open by appointment only. This will allow staff more time to get out and about, meet with members and spread the word about the unique and valuable benefits that you have as members of your regional chamber. If you’d like an appointment, please call 708-387-7550 or email admin@wscci.org. Either Jennifer Fulton, WSCCI member relations coordinator, or Suzi Wirtz, WSCCI marketing and events director, will respond.

    Don’t forget to check the calendar at www.wscci.org for all upcoming events in 2017—there are plenty! If you have any questions, please contact me at (708) 246-1800, x175. On behalf of the board of directors and the staff at the WSCCI, we thank you for your continued partnership and wish you a very prosperous 2017!

    Marty Scott
    Board Chair
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