Good-bye is Never Easy

The end of the summer is always a little bittersweet. The days get shorter as shadows grow longer. As the temperature drops sweaters are dug out from closets again. After the last hurrah of the summer – Labor Day weekend – means a return to work and school and making sure the goals for the year are met.

Lake Zurich Chamber Earlybirds Enjoy 
”Business Before Hours” Breakfast

A cross-section of earlybird Lake Zurich Chamber members enjoyed an informal breakfast gathering at Co-Optim in Deer Park. 
In addition to enjoying a wonderful breakfast spread, with lots of healthy options and strong coffee, the crowd shared insights, 
made new business connections and started the day right.

September 2017 Around Town

The Wauconda Area Chamber of Commerce, local business leaders, and dance students recently celebrated completion of the Dance Center’s second season and the launch of its new Fall schedule of classes, beginning September 5 and running through January 14. Owner Kelly Kledzik and her team of instructors teach a broad range of dance styles for all ages (toddlers through adults)…

Family Ties

Daniel Marquardt still remembers his first day of work with the Marquardt Buick and GMC dealership in Barrington. He was 13 years old, and had begged his father for the previous two years to let him come to work. Finally his father caved in, and brought him to the dealership. He introduced Daniel to the Service Director, and said, “Tell…

The Passion Play: Every Ten Years, Once in a Lifetime

In the charming alpine hamlet of Oberammergau, and in faithful accordance with a solemn vow, villagers will once again perform The Passion Play in 2020, just as they have every 10 years since 1634. Steeped in history, the event is regarded as the most important passion play in the world. The honored tradition has been performed with little interruption for…

You’re So Far Away

To my big sister, My earliest memory of you is Britney Spears. Remember how obsessed we were? You used to dress me up in this purple velvet jumpsuit we had lying around our basement, and you would choreograph dances for me to “...Baby One More Time” and “Oops!... I Did it Again.”

Mind over Muscle: How to Create Success, Happiness, Freedom and the Life You Deserve

This saved me. My family. My business. My sanity. And it may just save you, too. 
Despite my advocacy for the physical, mental, and emotional benefits of exercise and healthy eating I was depressed. Day after day I poured every ounce of my soul into helping my clients achieve better health and wellness. But when it came to my life…

“Millenials” in Good Position to Invest for the Future

If you were born anywhere from 1982 to 2001, or within a few years of this range, you are considered a “Millennial.” As a member of this group, you share many things—cultural references, familiarity with technology, attitudes toward work and family—with others your age. And if you’re one of the “older” Millennials, you and your peers have something else in…

Spotlight on STAR Charities

STAR Charities is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) charitable organization founded in 2003 by Progressive Components, a company based in Wauconda that develops and distributes mold components for the production tooling industry worldwide. The STAR acronym stands for “Sharing Time and Resources”, and the organization actively does just that, sponsoring and co-sponsoring a range of special events each year to raise money…