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The new Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce website Homepage, which is designed to boost the visibility of chamber members in community and consumer searches. (Courtesy of Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce)

The Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce is rolling out a new and improved website at www.BarringtonChamber.com, designed to boost the visibility of Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce members in community and consumer searches.

The redesigned website also has a dedicated COVID-19 section with the latest information on Barrington area retailers, restaurants and professional services available during the pandemic, as well as resources for businesses to connect virtually and prepare for reopening.

The Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce website is home to thousands of targeted searches for local business resources. It shares Business Spotlight and Retail Roundup video profiles and a directory of nearly 900 area members. The site also provides considerable community information, including directories of local government, community organizations, job openings, village information and statistics and more.

“As the go-to resource for local business, Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce fields more than 6,000 calls a year providing business referrals, and answering questions about community organizations, local events and nearly everything under the sun,” said Suzanne Corr, Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce president/CEO.

“When someone doesn’t know where to go — they come here by phone, internet or, when possible, in person.”

For information, visit www.barringtonchamber.com or call (847) 381-2525.

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Several chambers of commerce — including groups for the Lake Zurich, Wauconda, Fox Lake and Barrington areas — have joined together to publish a 16-page “back to business tool kit” online.

The online tool kit includes information on the state’s reopening guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic and planning a safe reopening. It also features safety checklists, printable posters and helpful links to other sources of information.

The 16-page tool kit is available to download from the websites for the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce (barringtonchamber.com); the Fox Lake, Richmond, Spring Grove Area Chamber of Commerce (flrsgac.com); the Lake Zurich Area Chamber of Commerce (lzacc.com); and the Wauconda Area Chamber of Commerce (waucondachamber.org).

Read more here.

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Palatine, Buffalo Grove, Arlington Heights and Hoffman Estates passed resolutions Monday calling on Gov. J.B. Pritzker to alter facets of the Restore Illinois plan in an effort to help businesses. “As I said, nobody’s looking to go rogue here,” Palatine Mayor Jim Schwantz said. (Paul Valade | Staff Photographer, Feburary 2020)

Palatine, Arlington Heights and Hoffman Estates passed resolutions Monday calling on Gov. J.B. Pritzker to alter the Restore Illinois plan in an effort to help businesses.

“As I said, nobody’s looking to go rogue here,” Palatine Mayor Jim Schwantz said. “This is not something we’re looking to do. … There is not one bit of interest in turning this into a political deal. We’re abiding by the governor’s orders. We’ve abided from the very beginning. That’s not going to change.”

However, in Wheeling, where the village board discussed the Restore Illinois plan but did not put a resolution up for a vote Monday night, Trustee Joseph Vito accused Pritzker of overstepping his authority and suggested suing the state — a move his colleagues did not support.

Vito also questioned Pritzker’s plan for not allowing for gatherings of more than 50 people until Phase 5, assuming a vaccine or viable treatment for COVID-19.

Read more here, but also ask yourself where has Karen Darch been recently?

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The Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce has created two Facebook groups in an effort to help local businesses manage the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

One is the Barrington area takeout, delivery and shop small group, a public page for restaurants and small businesses to post new hours, delivery and pickup services, along with new ways to shop for products. The other is the Barrington area business forum.

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Martin McLaughlin, president of Barrington Hills, center, speaks at the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce Economic Summit on Feb. 5, 2020, in Barrington. (Photo courtesy Kaitlin Edquist / Pioneer Press)

Leaders in the greater Barrington area say they are working this year to draw more commercial and residential development nearby and update major infrastructure, while keeping green spaces and resident happiness a priority.

The village officials highlighted 2019 accomplishments in their respective towns , answered questions about real estate, traffic and solar energy in the area and looked ahead to their 2020 goals during the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce Economic Summit Wednesday morning in downtown Barrington.

“Our annual economic summit is certainly an important opportunity to get updates and have a dialogue with area leaders that provides the kind of information that keeps us educated and engaged citizens,” said Suzanne Corr, president of BACC..

The Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce serves Barrington, Barrington Hills, Deer Park, Inverness, Kildeer, Lake Barrington, Long Grove, Port Barrington, South Barrington, Tower Lakes and North Barrington. Village presidents and municipal administrators represented all of these communities on the panel, except Inverness.

The full article can be found here.

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BACC-HiRes-cropSeveral officials representing schools, libraries, park districts and other local governments in the Barrington area will address the issues facing their constituents during an upcoming public forum.

Hosted by the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce, the second annual “Public Town Hall Forum” lets Barrington area residents hear from their local officials directly and under one roof, said Suzanne Corr, president and CEO of the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce.

“This public town hall forum offers residents and business leaders in the Barrington area a chance to hear firsthand vital information about how their tax dollars are being used in our communities,” Corr said in a news release.

Attendees also can submit questions to the speakers during the event, which starts at 8 a.m. April 25 at Makray Memorial Golf Club, 1010 S. Northwest Highway, Barrington.

To register for the event, interested residents can call 847-381-2525 or visit the chamber’s web site at www.barringtonchamber.com.

The speakers for this year’s forum include Jesse Henning, the new executive director of the Barrington Area Library; Brian Harris, superintendent of Barrington School District 220; Jim Kreher, fire chief of the Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District; Dennis Kelly, treasurer of the Barrington Hills Park District; Teresa Jennings, executive director of the Barrington Park District; Jay Morgan, executive director of the South Barrington Park District; and Kenneth Ender, president of Harper College, the chamber said.

To read the full article in the Chicago Tribune, click here.

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