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CHAMBER EVENTS CALENDAR Event times and locations are subject to change. Please refer to www.naperville.net for the latest details and for registration, or call the Chamber at (630) 355-4141.

Monday, December 1

Thursday, December 4

Speakers Bureau Committee Meeting 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM NACC, Conf. Room A 55 S. Main St., Suite 375 Naperville, IL 60540-5381

TEAM IV 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM NACC, Conf. Room A 55 S. Main St., Suite 375 Naperville, IL 60540-5381

Tuesday, December 2 Classic, Premier and Executive Premier Members only Advanced Sales Seminar Redefining Success in Today’s Economy 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM NACC, Conf. Room A 55 S. Main St., Suite 375 Naperville, IL 60540-5381 Wednesday, December 3 Women in Business 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM Hilton Lisle/Naperville 3003 Corporate West Dr. Lisle, IL 60532 TEAM III 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM NACC, Conf. Room A 55 S. Main St., Suite 375 Naperville, IL 60540-5381 Home TEAM 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM NACC, Conf. Room A 55 S. Main St., Suite 375 Naperville, IL 60540-5381 Thursday, December 4 South TEAM 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM Location: TBD TEAM B2B 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM Judd Kendall VFW Post 3873 908 W. Jackson Ave. Naperville, IL 60540

Small Business Council 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM NACC, Conf. Room A 55 S. Main St., Suite 375 Naperville, IL 60540-5381 Friday, December 5 Member Success Orientation 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM NACC, Conf. Room A 55 S. Main St., Suite 375 Naperville, IL 60540-5381 Monday, December 8 Location Change Legislative Committee 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM Location: TBD

Monday, December 15 Date Change, Location Change General Membership Luncheon 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM Hilton Lisle/Naperville 3003 Corporate West Dr. Lisle, IL 60532 Wednesday, December 17 Ambassadors Committee 7:45 AM to 9:00 AM NACC, Conf. Room A 55 S. Main St., Suite 375 Naperville, IL 60540-5381 TEAM III 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM NACC, Conf. Room A 55 S. Main St., Suite 375 Naperville, IL 60540-5381 Women in Business Committee 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM NACC, Conf. Room A 55 S. Main St., Suite 375 Naperville, IL 60540-5381

Business After Hours 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM Location: TBD

Home TEAM 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM NACC, Conf. Room A 55 S. Main St., Suite 375 Naperville, IL 60540-5381

Wednesday, December 10

Thursday, December 18

TEAM I 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM NACC, Conf. Room A 55 S. Main St., Suite 375 Naperville, IL 60540-5381

TEAM B2B 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM Judd Kendall VFW Post 3873 908 W. Jackson Ave. Naperville, IL 60540

Friday, December 12 Young Professionals of the Naperville Chamber 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM Best Buy 4400 E. New York St. Aurora, IL 60504

South TEAM 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM Location: TBD

Tuesday, December 9

Small Office/Home Office 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM NACC, Conf. Room A 55 S. Main St., Suite 375 Naperville, IL 60540-5381

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Friday, January 9 2009 - sponsorships available

CHAMBER direct The Newsletter of the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce

Step into the spotlight in 2009 Tickets and sponsorship packages are now available for the Chamber's annual Inaugural Ball & Silent Auction, which will take place on Friday, January 9, 2009 at the Wyndham Lisle. This annual event will welcome and inaugurate the incoming 2009 Board of Directors. Tickets cost $100 per person and include cocktails, dinner and dancing. Sponsorship packages begin at $1,000 and include benefits such as signage at the event, reservations for your guests, and business logo printed on all marketing materials. For more information on sponsoring please contact Margie Ploense at mploense@naperville.net or (630) 355-4141 ext. 3386.

Coupon cutting on the rise According to recent studies the use of coupons is on the rise once again. Figures from the Promotion Marketing Association have shown that coupon use for services such as oil changes or dry-cleaning have increased 153 percent in 2008. Coupon use has also increased amongst Chamber Members - within the past two months, over 20 new money-saving offers have been added to the Chamber website. To view the latest coupons go to naperville.net/coupons.

Full house for 2009 economic forecast A sell-out crowd of 250 business owners and executives attended the Chamber’s 2009 Early Bird Regional Economic Forecast on Thursday, October 30, 2008. The forecast, co-hosted by Calamos Investments, was held at the new Hotel Arista at CityGate Centre. Moderated by CBS-2’s Dave Savini, the discussion between John P. Calamos, Sr., Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer, of Calamos Investments, Paul L. Kasriel, Sr. Vice President and Director of Economic Research for Northern Trust, and James V. Panzarino, Sr. Vice President, Risk Management and Chief Credit Risk Officer of Discover Financial Services, gave attendees a sobering assessment of the state of the economy and what to expect for the months to come. Each of the panelists provided insight into their respective disciplines. Kasriel referred to the burst of the housing bubble as the end of the era where homeowners used their properties as ATMs. Despite a cautious economic outlook, Calamos offered a more optimistic perspective on current market opportunities and reminded everyone of the benefits of a long-term investment strategy. Panzarino reported on the financial trends Discover has been seeing from their card member activity, including a lowered holiday forecast, increasing business and consumer bankruptcy filings, decreased spending on discretionary items and increased cash flow constraints for small businesses. “The Regional Economic Forecast was probably the best outlook on the economy that I have

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Co-host John P. Calamos, Sr. speaks at the economic forecast

attended to date. Not only was it informative, but it was a great format with easy to follow terminology,” said Eric Ostermeier, a guest of First Community Bank -- the joint sponsor, together with Minuteman Press, of the event’s printing services. The Chamber would like to thank each of the panelists for their time at the event and looks forward to hosting the 2010 Forecast next fall.

2009 Chamber Board Elections 2009 Naperville Street Map CEO Spotlight December Events Calendar

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Time to vote for next Chamber Board Decision 2008, the general elections are finally over! No matter how you feel about the results I’m sure you are anxious and excited to see what the future brings and happy to live without the constant campaign ads! However, as Members of the Chamber we have one more important vote to take in 2008. I’d like to introduce you to a wonderful group of leaders who have stepped forward to lead our organization and were recommended by the Nominating Committee to join your Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors at the end of the year. Each of the following Members have been nominated to serve a three year term, beginning on January 1, 2009 on the Board of Directors: John Buckley, Director of Institutional Advancement, Naperville Settlement John F. Knobloch, Attorney at Law, Knobloch Law Firm Neal Miller, Community Outreach Manager, Exelon Nuclear Sean Sebold, President, Sebold Capital Management, Inc. Denise West, Director of Community Development, Benedictine University Linda Yang, Executive Director, Xilin Association You will have the opportunity to vote on this slate of nominees at the December General Membership Luncheon, on Monday, December 15th, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., at the Hilton Lisle/Naperville (please note our new luncheon location), which will serve as the Chamber’s annual meeting. In addition to the new faces on the Board, we’ve set up two new Chamber teams; each focusing on improving the

2009 street map under development

CEO Spotlight: Paul Gregory Media designer though, I help solve my clients’ challenges.”

The 2009 Naperville Street Map & Resource Guide is currently under production. The full-color map is the only map produced or endorsed by the Chamber and is a vital tool for marketing the Naperville area. Thousands of copies are set to be distributed over the coming months and an interactive version of the map will also be available online at the Chamber website. quality of our Chamber. The Marketing Team will be chaired by John Norman, President/Owner, Design Resource Center, Inc. This team will work to enhance marketing of Members, ensure that the marketing tools and resources being offered by the Chamber are of the highest caliber, and improve the Chamber’s overall marketing to our regional business community. The Revenue Generation and Cost Reduction Team will be chaired by Don Emery, President, Profit-Link. This team will strive to increase revenues, bring greater value to existing members, implement a sponsorship plan, and improve efficiencies; all while recommending cutting unnecessary expenditures. Please show your appreciation to all past and present leaders who give of their time for you, the Chamber and our business community, by attending the Inaugural Ball on the evening of Friday, January 9, 2009. We need your support to continue the high standards of our Chamber. Wishing you and yours, a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving! Annmarie Siwik - Chairman

Chamber Direct is published monthly by the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce as a resource only and is not intended to render legal advice. Send comments to ceodirect@naperville.net Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce 55 S. Main St., Suite 351, Naperville, IL, 60540-5381 Tel: (630) 355-4141 Fax: (630) 355-8335

Advertising sales for the next edition have now begun and are available in a variety of prices and sizes to suit different budgets. The Chamber’s 2009 map partner, CommunityLink , will be contacting Members to discuss marketing opportunities. For more information please contact Rodger True at (800) 455-5600 ext. 2016.

50-word descriptions now free for all Members Over 335,000 referrals are made each day through the Chamber's Online Business Directory, and now, to help Members make the most of those referrals, the Chamber is offering a complimentary 50-word description for all Members.

The company he founded in 2006, Paul Gregory Media, is a full-service marketing and design firm that blends passion, creativity and innovation. Paul has assembled a team of top design talent, and he puts his broad background to good use, offering branding and marketing design in a variety of media – web, print, and mobile – something few competitors can match.

Paul Feith - Principal Paul Gregory Media Paul is not your typical media design firm CEO. Firstly, he has a degree in commercial music composition, and over the past fifteen years he has worked as an architect, designer, developer, and client service director. But through it all, Paul’s focus is fixed on his customer. “A great design is just great art,” he says. “As a

Paul could simply provide clients with quality design work, but he chooses not to stop there. Before beginning a project, he investigates each client’s market and competition, and after the project he uses detailed metrics to measure whether a client’s campaign is getting the fantastic results they expect. As Paul explains, “Design can create awareness, create momentum, and create impact. But ultimately, our clients’ success is our company’s accomplishment.” Not one to sit back and get bored, Paul

makes the most of his membership with the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce. He has been active in Small Office/Home Office, Team III, and the Ambassadors Committee, where he has been involved with the branding and the technology task forces. He is especially proud to have recently won the 2008 Goodwill Ambassador of the Year award. Paul is also a member of AIGA, America’s oldest and largest professional membership organization for design professionals. He has been featured in numerous business websites and publications, including Inc. Magazine and the New York Times. At home, Paul and his wife are enjoying their busy lives in Aurora with their two daughters.

CEO Spotlight is an additional benefit of Executive Premier Membership. For more information on upgrading your Membership contact Laura Hallen at (630) 355-4141 ext. 3367 or lhallen@naperville.net.

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Members already with a 50-word description will receive a credit to redeem against one of the new online enhancements being introduced to the directory in the near future. Any or all of these will increase your prominence and exposure online, as well as improve key word search ability on external search engines. 50-word descriptions can be added simply by logging into the Members’ Only area of www.naperville.net and filling in the “Update Your Profile” form. For questions regarding this benefit, or if you need to know your login details, contact Ian Everett, Communications Coordinator, at (630) 355-4141 ext. 1322.

Over 250 business leaders attended the 2009 Early Bird Regional Economic Forecast at the Hotel Arista on October 30th, 2008.

Financial experts (L-R), James Panzarino, John Calamos Sr, and Paul Kasriel, provided insight into the current economic crisis and the outlook for 2009, at the Regional Economic Forecast.

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