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Chamber of Commerce

Incorporated in 1914, the Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce & Industry was established to serve as the collective voice initiating action for the betterment of the entire community. The Chamber’s current mission reflects these same goals: “to advance the interests of business, professional, and service organizations in the Joliet region, acting as their voice in governmental and social affairs, communicating and servicing their needs, and thereby enhancing the business environment and the local quality of life.”

The Chamber’s board of directors, elected by the membership, sets Chamber policy regarding all phases of the organization’s internal and external programs. A full-time, professional staff carries out the day-to-day administration of the organization. Member businesses work together through the volunteer committees to carry out the goals and objectives set by the board of directors. This Chamber partnership serves as a support structure for the greater Joliet business community. The effects of this partnership are realized and made visible through the efforts of business people who volunteer their time to serve the Chamber in the divisions, committees and special projects detailed below. All Chamber members are invited to take advantage of this partnership and to participate in the Chamber’s program and activities.

Direct benefits

• Advertising opportunities

• Resident Connect Program: An inexpensive and effective way for your business to be among the first to welcome new area residents.

• Vision: A variety of ways to advertise in monthly newsletters sent to all Chamber members.

• Profile/Membership Directory: Classified by products/services offered.

• City Map: Updated street map of Joliet with member advertising opportunities.

• Business Listings on the Chamber website at www.jolietchamber.com.

Business opportunities

• Membership Labels, Lists and Disks: Available to Chamber members for direct marketing.

• Referral Service: Member business information provided by category in response to thousands of inquiries each year.

Committee participation

• Participate in various Chamber and community programs.

Chamber and community programs

• Business/Community Expo: A two-day opportunity to display your products and/or services to the business community and community at large.

• BIZNET: A one-day Business-to-Business Expo where businesses market solely to other business clients and prospects.

• Education opportunities

• Community Leadership School: An opportunity for employees of member businesses to be informed and challenged about key topics and issues facing the Joliet region.

Network opportunities

• Business-After-Hours: Held at various member locations the last Thursday of each month from 5 to 7 p.m.

• Business Showcase: Hosting opportunity for new, newly renovated or expanded businesses.

• Monthly Luncheons or Breakfasts: “Hot Topics” presented each month.

• Annual Golf Outing: Networking event for members and community business people.

• New Member Orientation: Quarterly receptions giving new members an opportunity to network with each other and meet the Chamber staff.

• Council for Working Women: Division of the Chamber providing a networking opportunity for people in the workforce.

• Joliet Area Young Professionals: Division of the Chamber providing networking, professional development, and community service opportunities for those between 21-37 years of age.

• Alianza: Division of the Chamber providing networking, professional development and addressing community concerns for the Hispanic Businesses.

Legislative opportunities

• Springfield Drive-Down: Meetings with state legislative leaders each spring.

• Washington Fly-In: Meetings with congressional leaders on Capitol Hill each fall.

• Relocation Inquiries: Packets mailed to new or prospective residents to introduce them to our community and our member businesses. Included are member lists of restaurants/lounges, motels/hotels, realtors/appraisers, and medical facilities.

• Product/Service Inquiries: Members-only business referrals.

• Membership Directory and Buyer’s Guide: 1,500 directories are distributed annually to members and non-members.

Membership recognition

• Salute to Industry: Awarded annually to an industry or agency meeting specific criteria.

• ATHENA Award: Annual award acknowledging outstanding leadership.

• Joliet Entrepreneur of the Year/Small Business Awards: Annual presentation to service, retail/wholesale, small manufacturer/small industry, and financial service/real estate categories.

Other benefits

• Brochure/Information Racks: Display area provided to members for written materials and brochures.

• Tax Deduction: Chamber membership is 98 percent deductible as a business expense.

• Health Insurance: Small business group rates.

• Unified Voice: Opportunity provided on business matters with the City Council, the State Legislature and Congress.

• Website: Business listings, Chamber and community information at www.jolietchamber.com.

• Employee Involvement: Employee participation in Chamber events and programs provides exposure within the business community and demonstrates your support for the community in which you do business.

• Visa/MasterCard/Discover/American Express: Credit cards accepted as payment for all services.

Chamber member services

The Chamber office is a primary information source for members, visitors and residents. The staff continuously refers customers and clients to members who provide the requested products and services. In addition, the following services are available in the Chamber office to members and qualifying non-members.

Services

• Advertising in Chamber Publications
• Certification of Export Documents
• Grand Opening Open House Materials & Planning
• Group Health Insurance Plans for Small Businesses
• Membership Labels and Disks
• Promotional Materials
• Website Member Listings
• Reference Library
• Business Publications and Periodicals
• Census Data
• City Directories
• City Municipal Ordinances
• Telephone Directories
• Publications
• City Map
• Image Brochure/Locator Map
• Membership Directory/Buyer’s Guide
• Monthly Newsletter
• Relocation Packets
• Sales Tax Charts
• Website

For additional information:

City of Joliet
(815) 724-4000
150 W. Jefferson St.
Joliet, IL 60432

Community & Economic Development of Will County
(815) 727-2332
54 N. Ottawa St., Ste. 310
Joliet, IL 60432

County of Will
(815) 722-5515
302 N. Chicago St.
Joliet, IL 60432

Des Plaines River Valley Enterprise Zone
(815) 740-4780
302 N. Chicago St.
Joliet, IL 60432

International Trade Department
(815) 727-6544, x1312
214 N. Ottawa St.
Joliet, IL 60432

Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce & Industry
(815) 727-5371
63 N. Chicago St.
Joliet, IL 60432

Joliet Regional Port District
(815) 838-8523
P.O. Box 162
Lockport, IL 60441

Joliet Township Office
(815) 726-4781
51 N. Des Plaines St.
Joliet, IL 60432

Joliet/Will County Center for Economic Development
(815) 723-1800
116 N. Chicago St., Ste. 101
Joliet, IL 60432

Representative Natalie Manly
(815) 725-2741
2701 Black Rd.
Joliet, IL 60435

Representative Larry Walsh
(815) 730-8600
121 Springfield Ave.
Joliet, IL 60435

Senator Jennifer Berturo Tarrant
(815) 254-4211
15300 Rt. 59
Plainfield, IL

Senator Patrick McGuire
(815) 207-4445
2200 Weber Rd.
Crest Hill, IL 60435

Three Rivers Manufacturers’ Association
(815) 727-4609
116 N. Chicago St., Ste. 101
Joliet, IL 60432

Honorable Larry Walsh
(815) 740-4601
302 N. Chicago St.
Joliet, IL 60432

Will County Governmental League
(815) 722-7280
50 E. Jefferson St., Ste. 101
Joliet, IL 60432

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