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The 2016 Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce (EAC) Directory is your go-to-guide for 600 Chamber member businesses and organizations in the Elgin area. Keep this directory handy and use it to build your network, find professional services, and shop for local products. Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce businesses support our economy, employ our residents, and make this area a great place to live, work, and raise a family.

An award-winning, business-building organization, the Elgin Area Chamber provides local companies tools to grow and thrive. All Chamber benefits, programs and events are designed to give small and large businesses the opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills, make those all-important business connections and to make or save money. Dedicated to continuing to improve the quality of life in our thriving community through our economic development and Chamber programs, the Elgin Area Chamber is one of only three percent of accredited Chambers of Commerce in the nation.

From the early pioneer days when Elgin was known as “the butter capital of the world” to the rise of the industrial revolution and the Elgin National Watch Factory to the halcyon days of the family-owned department stores, like Leath, Spiess, Swan and Ackemann’s, lining the streets of downtown to the marked development of the Randall Road corridor, the story of Elgin’s business community continues to be written (and rewritten) to this very day.

In this publication, not only will we look back on the history of Elgin business but we will also look forward to the ever-changing landscape of Elgin’s economy, how the family-owned business, a hallmark in Elgin’s economy, are adapting to these challenges under the leadership of a new generation of entrepreneurs, and how the Elgin Area Chamber is helping businesses to navigate the waters of change.

We invite you to learn more about the Elgin Area Chamber by visiting our office at 31 S. Grove Ave., calling us at (847) 741-5660 or visiting our website at The Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce is your source to build your business now and into the future.

Dr. David Sam
President, Elgin Community College
Chairman of the Board
Elgin Area Chamber

Carol K. Gieske
President & CEO
Elgin Area Chamber

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