Regarding The Chamber
"Now entering our 20th year in business, I can see no other organization that has had such an impact on our growth as that of the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce. This Chamber offers a diversity of programs for any size business, exceptional staff, and a strong commitment to networking programs. New members who use their membership wisely should expect to receive several connections with business and civic leaders within 3 months that will lead to strong business relationships within 6 months. Within a year of active participation in the organization, members can most certainly expect to see a return on their investment with the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce."
Jean Marie Saidler
JMS Consultations, Inc., Crystal Lake
"I want to say thank you to Laura Witlox, Sharon Repplinger, Karen Hutchings and Gary Reece for all of their hard work! You have been there for me every step to make me feel comfortable and sharing ideas with me to get me out there with my business. All of the How to's! Sharon and Laura you were amazing at the Breakfast Builders Workshopin providing us valuble information about the Chamber. Thank you for tuning in on the needs of all of us! You are always there! Thank You!"
Send Out Cards, Crystal Lake
“Although I hadn’t had any prior formal training on running a small business before I started my company, the environment that the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce fosters, has provided me the fundamental tools to develop and grow my small business. From networking, building strong business connections to workshops on technology, the Chamber supplies “business lessons” in the most cost effective manner available to today’s business owner. Through my volunteerism efforts, attending seminars and overall staying involved, the Chamber has helped make me the business person I am today - a benefit of membership that is priceless."
Fresh Look Interiors, Crystal Lake
"When I was invited as a guest to a Chamber Mixer, I met several nice people and handed out my business cards. The networking paid off, as I obtained business from a contact that I had met that evening. I decided to take a portion of the profits from that sale and purchase a membership with the Crystal Lake Chamber! It is a win-win situation.
This newfound ability to meet several people and the increased potential to expand my client list to a more local area was already at work for me before I even paid my dues! I'm certainly looking forward to more mixers and other Chamber events in the future."
Daniel G. Wagler
Hearth and Home Construction, McHenry
"What I LOVE about the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce is that they take care of their members! There was an article about my business Vanity Cosmetics about a week or so ago and I completely missed it! Not only did one of the staff members email me to mention it and ask if I had seen it, but when I said I hadn't, she replied "it's in the mail" and I received it the very next day!Talk about customer service! Thanks CL Chamber, I'm glad to be a member!"
Vanity Cosmetics, Crystal Lake
"When I started out as a new business owner, the Chamber helped tremendously in introducing me to the other business owners and the business culture of Crystal Lake."
McHenry County Living Magazine, Crystal Lake
"Since becoming involved in the Crystal Lake Chamber (Network Groups, Green Business Task Force, President's Council, Board of Directors, Golf Committee, etc.) the reality of what the Chamber can do for you returned more than one hundred times my involvement in the Chamber."
EmbroidMe, Crystal Lake
"Bottom line, CLC (Crystal Lake Chamber) gives me leads that turn into jobs. Furthermore, I have established relationships that will last a long time."
Mudd Crete Design
"I've only been a member for a short time - but already have new clients. When I speak to local business owners, I always ask if they belong to the Crystal Lake Chamber, and if they don't, I do a 'hard sell'."
Crystal Lake Patch
"The best investment I ever made."
Dr. Jeff Moore
Advanced Chiropractic Center, Lake In The Hills
"I have always found the Chamber President, Gary Reece, always willing to meet with me and helpful in assisting me with ways to expand my business."
Think! Printer Supplies, Crystal Lake
"Excellent opportunity to meet other professionals and educate them about Turning Point and domestic violence."
Turning Point, Woodstock
"I have received more clients from the Crystal Lake Chamber relationships I have developed than any other source."
RE/MAX Superior Commercial, Huntley
"Even prior to starting my practice, I joined the CL Chamber. I joined in order to increase my exposure and establish my practice "brand" in the community, as well as to learn from others who were in the same position as me - business owners.
It would be completely impossible to add up all the benefits my practice has received from being part of the Chamber. In the beginning, it did not seem nearly as much because the momentum and connections gradually built up over time... but now as I look back, it is very clear to me that the connections, referrals, and exposure I received with my chamber membership has paid me back 100 fold as I am still blessed to serve so many people that came to me through the chamber! My only problem is that I got so busy in such a short time, I now don't have as much time to be involved as I would like!"
Anthony J. Ebel, DC, CACCP
Premier Wellness Chiropractic, Crystal Lake
"The Crystal Lake Chamber has given us an excellent opportunity to associate with the other businesses in our community and learn what each has to offer."
Crystal Lake Buick - GMC, Crystal Lake
"I am honored to be a member of the Chamber. Being a member has been enriching and rewarding to not only my business, but for myself as well. I am involved in a wonderful network of business peers and have met so many wonderful new friends. Being a member of the Chamber has not only grown my business but has enabled me to grow as an individual."
Travel Consulting Specialist
Travel By Nikki
"The Crystal Lake Chamber has been a great introduction into the business community."
Executive Fitness Club
Regarding Our Events
"I just want to let you know that the Business Builders Seminar - "Getting the Most Out of Your Chamber Membership" was great! I truly learned more then I thought I already knew...and that alone is a payoff to me and New Balance-Crystal Lake. I like the new direction and motivation that the Crystal Lake Chamber has with its members. Thank you so much for everything throughout the year, always a pleasure seeing you all. I enjoy supporting your events!"
Katie Van Diggelen
New Balance Athletic Shoes, Crystal Lake
"Thanks for the great Spring Scramble! It was well organized and was well attended. I spoke to many chamber members and everyone agreed it was a great event. I have followed up with 4 or 5 people that I might be able to do business with that I met there. Very good, time well spent! Thanks!"
Environments That Work, St. Charles
630.338.0162 x 301
"Thank you for a lively and outstanding Spring Scramble! I genuinely enjoyed being a table facilitator and received compliments about our table’s professional and organized sessions! I believe that the participants left the Scramble with a renewed positive attitude about their business and the Crystal Lake Chamber! Congratulations on another wonderful event!"
Caldwell Consulting Group, LLC, Woodstock
“I have had much success with my booth at the Crystal Lake EXPO for the last two years. With the thousands of friendly consumers walking through during the two day event, you couldn't ask for a better opportunity to help brand and grow your business.”
Lube Plus, Crystal Lake
"Leaders in Action was a wonderful program for me to participate in. I was always a bit intimidated by networking or “professional mingling”; Leaders in Action helped me get over that fear. I met people in my session that gave me pointers on how to get over that fear. Sitting at a new table every week helped me meet new people and practice my new skills.
The speakers motivated me in this program. The Leaders in Action committee put a lot of thought into choosing the speakers-each dynamic and involving the audience! Every topic was relevant and could be applied to my job and implemented immediately.
Finally, I believe that attending the Leaders in Action program has better equipped me to take charge in my position and really apply each lesson learned to enhance the team atmosphere and keep moving forward. I felt by attending this program I am better prepared for situations that arise at work."
Exemplar Financial Network, Crystal Lake
"My wife Rosemary and I commend the Chamber and the Community Harvest committee for making people aware of the project by handing out collection bags and lists of the Crystal Lake Food Pantry's needs after church services on a Sunday prior to Thanksgiving Day. It made it very easy to shop and donate to this great cause."
Home State Bank, Crystal Lake