September 2011


Luncheon with Congressman Kinzinger

A member luncheon has been scheduled for Tuesday, September 6 at 11:30 a.m. at the Patrick C. Haley Mansion, 17 S. Center Street in Joliet.  We have secured Congressman Adam Kinzinger for our guest speaker.  The Congressman will give the Chamber membership a Washington Update.  Cost to attend is $30 pp.  Please call the Chamber TODAY if you have not already made your reservation or register at!

Southwest Suburban Philanthropic Network (SWSPN)

The Chamber is once again partnering with the SWSPN to bring you a luncheon on Thursday, September 22, 11:30 a.m. at the Holiday Inn Joliet Hotel & Conference Center, 411 S. Larkin Avenue.  Guest speakers for this years' luncheon will be

Ed and Gloria Dollinger.  Cost to attend the luncheon is $30 pp and reservations are required.  Visit to register.

Business Doing Business After Hours

The Chamber's Annual BUSINESS DOING BUSINESS AFTER HOURS will take place on Thursday, October 27 from 4 - 7 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Joliet Hotel & Conference Center. 

This is the Chamber's annual Business to Business EXPO, combined with our monthly BUSINESS AFTER HOURS.  You can purchase a table to display your product/service for only $95!  This event keeps growing every year...last year we had 55 exhibitors and we are hoping to top that this year!  Please watch your Chamber mail for registration information, or visit to register or for more info.



Stepping Stones, Inc. - Rally 'Round Recovery highlights individuals who have reclaimed their lives from substance abuse and honors treatment and recovery service providers.  This FREE community event, sponsored by the Southwest Coalition for Substance Abuse Issues, is Saturday, September 17 from 9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park, 201 W. Jefferson Street in Joliet.  For more information please call 815-744-4555 ext. 116 or visit

Senior Services Center of Will County will host their 21st Annual Dinner on September 9 at Harrah's Joliet Casino & Hotel.  Reception begins at 6:00 p.m., dinner at 7:00.  They will be honoring Vincent McGirr (Shining Star Recipient) and Midwest Generation (Friends of the Center Award). Tickets are $100.  For more information call Karen Gustafson at 815-740-4207 or email

US Veteran Energy LLC earns Better Business Bureau Accreditation.  Becoming an Accredited Business with the Better Business Bureau is an honor not accorded to all businesses; because not all businesses meet eligibility standards.  US Veteran Energy LLC, who provides live on-line energy rate comparison shopping for businesses is pleased to announce that it has met all BBB standards and is now an Accredited Business.  For more information contact John Patrick Miner at 773-580-4947 or email or visit

Robert E. Hamilton Consulting Engineers, Inc. (REHCE) establishes itself as an International Firm.  REHCE is pleased to announce the opening of a new office in the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago.  Trinidad & Tobago is the southernmost twin-island nation of the Caribbean islands lying just off the coast of northeastern Venezuela.  The firm is a registered vendor with the Nation's Water And Sewer Authority (WASA) for Civil Engineering Consultancy and in June the business was registered in the country.  The new office is located at 43 Carlos Street, Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, West Indies.

Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center - Provena Health officials have promoted Beth Hughes to President and CEO of the Joliet-based hospital from her current role as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.  She succeeds Jeff Brickman, who has resigned his position, following eight years of distinguished accomplishment and service, to accept a position as President of the five-hospital Mountains North Denver Operating Group of Centura Health System, Colorado, where he will also serve as President and CEO of its flagship, St. Anthony Hospital.

Will County Habitat For Humanity Restore is looking for items to be donated to their Home Improvement & Furniture Outlet store such as appliances, cabinets, counter tops, tools, lighting, windows, etc.  You can get a receipt for your taxes and arrange for a pick-up for large items.   For more information, please contact Mic Brophy at 815-791-1150.

Illinois Department of Employment Security - SAVE THE DATE...November 10, 2011...for the State of Illinois Regional Veterans Job Fair, Sponsored by the Illinois Department of Employment Security, in partnership with the US Chamber of Commerce.  Registration and contact information:  Thursday, November 10, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. @ Orland Park Civic Center, 14750 Ravinia Ave., Orland Park, IL  60462.  Call Robert Smith, Joliet & Kankakee office (815) 740-5100 ext. 205 or Reginald Whitley, Harvey office (708) 596 2354.

Regional Care Association - The 16th annual Regional CARE AIDS Walk and Fun Run is Saturday, October 1 on the Lewis University campus in Romeoville.  If you are interested in being a sponsor or donor - or would like to register for the Walk, please call (815) 722-7000 or email

Future Diagnostics Group is hosting a Breast Cancer Charity Golf Outing on Saturday, September 10, 9:00 a.m. at Inwood Golf Course.  October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and what a better way to raise money and awareness than a golf outing! Future Diagnostics has teamed up with Rally For The Cure in hopes to demonstrate their support for this great cause.  Sponsorships available...donations/raffle items still available for golfers.  Please contact Michelle Russ at 815-531-9771 or Lori Russ at 815-730-3344 for more info!



In August of 1983, Precision Payroll of America (PPA) processed its first payroll.  Bradley CPA launched Precision Payroll to supplement their accounting clients' need for payroll assistance.  Our first employee Patty Fritz (now our EVP of Operations) and our first client, Priority Logistics, we are proud to say, are still working together today.  After 10 years PPA was processing 10,000 checks monthly.  Then by January of 2003 PPA was at 20,000.  Today we are processing over 70,000 and continue to grow.  Not only are we processing for clients in Illinois, but we are now processing for clients in 42 states with employees in 49 states every week.

We began our 29th year in business on August 1, 2011.  We believe in developing a long term, mutually beneficial relationship by offering our clients reliability, value, flexibility and a staff that will grow with you, just as our employees and clients have grown together over the past years.  We retain over 97% of our clients annually, unheard of in the payroll industry.  The main reason is our philosophy of "client first and team second."  Having zero turn-over in key positions has helped our cause.  Precision Payroll provides an array of services designed to mitigate risks and headaches associated with being an employer.  We thank our numerous clients for guiding our innovation and supporting our efforts.  For a truly rewarding relationship, give Precision Payroll a try.

  • Payroll Services
  • Tax Services
  • Time and Attendance
  • Human Resource System
  • Human Resources Services
  • Section 125 Services
  • Workers Compensation
  • Background Checks
  • Health Insurance Products

Precision Payroll is located at 1901 S. Meyers Road, Suite 310, Oakbrook Terrace, IL  60181.  For more information, please contact Tom Sodeika, President & CEO at

630-242-1507 (direct) 630-202-6787 (cell) or email or visit


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A beautiful day for golf at the Chamber's annual outing on August 1 at Joliet Country Club

Ribbon Cutting at ABC Wellness on August 3

New Educators Breakfast on August 8

Business After Hours at Traditions Restaurant & Pub




Business Showcase / Ribbon Cutting - Tuesday, September 20, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. @ Goodwill Industries, 3084 Hennepin Drive in Joliet.  Ribbon Cutting ceremony at 5:30 p.m.  FREE to attend - refreshments will be served.

Business After Hours - Thursday, September 22, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. @ Dollinger Executive Plaza, 735 Essington Road in Joliet.  Event hosted by Edward Jones Investments, Slattery Noonan & Company LLC & Wermer, Rogers, Doran & Ruzon LLC.  $2.00 cover charge.  Event will take place under the tent!

CWW Just Girls Run4Funds - Saturday, October 1 @ Barber & Oberwortmann Horticultural Center, 227 N. Gougar Road in Joliet.  All $$$ raised to benefit the CWW Scholarship fund.  Contact Janet Contos at 81- 727- 5371 or for more info.

Save the Date...The Annual Dinner for the Joliet Area Young Professionals (JAYP) will be held on Tuesday, October 11, 5:30 p.m. @ Harrah's Joliet Casino & Hotel.  Watch for more info or contact Mike at 815-727-5371 or



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Hometown National Bank

Joliet Area Historical Museum

Mortenson Construction

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Nowacki Insurance Agency

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Servpro of Joliet

Smithereen Pest Management Services

Turk Furniture

Vitas Innovative Hospice Care

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Exciting New Announcement !!!

We are excited to announce that our members can now access our new Business / Membership Directory as well as a new Calendar / Online Registration page. 

First, when you visit our Chamber home page you can easily click on Business/Membership Directory and you will be taken to a newly designed search page.  From here you may search for members by company name and/or business categories.  A full category drop down menu is available as well as an improved key word search function.  Once a business or category has been displayed, new options appear as well in terms of business information. A scrolling list of new members appears on the right sidebar and you now have a feature that allows you to start your own list and/or roster to save for future reference. 

Second, we have added a brand new and easy to use Calendar of Events page that now allows all members to register and pay for their luncheon, dinner, etc online with a credit card or opt for an invoice to be sent out.  No more faxing or mailing or calling in a reservation (we'll still gladly accept) as you can now complete your registration and receive confirmation right away.  You can view the entire calendar in a special view and print out. Also, now you can set up a reminder to be sent directly to your inbox for an event.  Finally, you now have the option to import the events directly into Microsoft Outlook which is especially useful in this time of smart phone use. 

Take some time and check out both of these new features and we suggest that you utilize them to their fullest capabilities. You can feel free to contact us if you need help in one of the areas.






Joliet Chamber of Commerce
63 North Chicago St. City Center P.O. Box 752 Joliet, IL 60434
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