April 2013 Monthly Newsletter
Finally Spring is here !! With the warm weather, we will see you in the many outdoor activities that we will be having in Chinatown. Follow us in social media for event dates.
Welcome Our New Executive Director
We are pleased to introduce the new Executive Director of the Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce: Ms. Yin Kean
Yin Kean is an established community leader and familiar individual to the Chinatown community and organizations. Yin brings a wealth of experiences as a professional, from non-profit organizations, fortunate 500 companies, and entrepreneurship. She has graduate degrees in Statistics and Mathematics, and Computer Science with years of management experience. She is also credentialed in project management (PMP), process improvements (Six Sigma) and social media strategist. As an educator, Yin holds an adjunct associate professor role with a major university. Yin is a recipient of the 2008 Asian American Woman in Science and Technology Award by the Chicago Foundation of Women and Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce. She has also been recognized with the Asian American Hall of Fame Award and Community Leader Award by the Asian American Coalition of Chicago. Yin has served on Asian American advisory councils for major government officials. She is dedicated to serving the Chinatown community and the business communities that the Chamber represents. She is committed to her vision to take Chicago Chinatown to the next level and be in a global spotlight.
New Sina Weibo Account
As our increased services to our members, Chicago Chinatown Chamber has acquired a Sina Weibo Account. Please feel free to follow us to be updated on more events to promote business growth.
Account name: chicagochinatown
Take Our Survey!
Please help us identify programs that are no longer useful and bring in new programs that will benefit the business community. Give us feedback on how our organization can better serve you as our members.
Please take 5 minutes of your time to fill out our ten-question online survey. We will also canvas the neighborhood with paper versions of the survey in the coming weeks. Thank you in advance for your input!
Small Business Energy Saving Seminar
For Local Contractors – RECAP
We hosted a seminar on March 19, 2-4pm at our offices for interested contractors who would like to provide services in the SBES program. The SBES Program will provide the community with more benefits. The following are photos from the SBES seminar:
Save Energy – Save Money
ComEd, Nicor Gas, People’s Gas and North Shore Gas companies is offering you savings through the Small Business Energy Savings program!
SBES benefits include:
- FREE installation of electric and natural gas saving products such as compact florescent lamps (CFLs), faucet aerators, vending machine controls and pre-rinse sprayers.
- FREE high-level report recommending energy saving improvements such as efficient lighting, exit signs, furnace or boiler tune-up, steam trap repair, and programmable thermostats!
- Incentives of up to 70% off for installing the energy – savings improvements. Incentives are applied to the up-front cost so there are no rebates to send!
To start, first call 1-888-806-2273 to schedule an appointment with an energy advisor. They are bi-lingual. Again, this a free program that includes free installation and equipment meant to help you and your small business save energy and power! You can also visit www.comed/smallbiz for more information.
We Deliver Chicago
Our Chamber just joined the We Deliver Chicago coalition in partnership with the American Beverage Association. Click here to find out more about this coalition and join!
Why Join the We Deliver Chicago Coalition?
As a business leader you may be directly or indirectly impacted by the non-alcoholic beverage industry. These beverages include bottled or canned flavored-water, juices, teas, sodas, sports drinks and energy drinks.
- The non-alcoholic beverage industry directly employs more than 8,100 individuals in Illinois and 37,000 more workers in restaurants, caterers, concession operators, grocery stores and elsewhere that depend, in part, on beverage sales for their livelihood.
- Beverage-related jobs create $654.2 million of wages in Illinois, with an additional $702.18 million in wages for occupations that rely on beverage sales.
- Illinois beverage companies and their employees are members of local communities who generously contribute over $40 million to charitable causes across the state.
Responsible Beverage Server Training
Chinatown Chamber of Commerce is co-hosting the Responsible Beverage Server Training (BASSET Certified) with Asian Health Coalition.
The liability is on you when you are the last to serve alcohol at your business to a patron involved in an accident. Protect yourself by attending a FREE class to better recognize the signs of intoxication. Register today as space is limited. BASSET-certified business owners and servers will learn how to: comply with state laws and local ordinances, take steps when dealing with overconsumption to protect both client and business, better identify fake ID cards and stop serving to underage youth.
When: Monday May 20 and Tuesday May 21, 2013, 1PM – 5PM
Where: Chinese American Service League (CASL)
Must attend both days to be certified.
Contact Ni (Jenny) Zhang at firstname.lastname@example.org or (312) 372-7070×228.
Chicago Symphony Orchestra Performing at
Ping Tom Memorial Park
When: June 9, 2013
Where: Ping Tom Memorial Park
Shall We Gather at the River
We invite members of the public to enjoy music and the River simultaneously, with a diverse array of performers from the Chicago community performing in the open-air, including the Chicago Children’s Choir and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Brass—together with music director Riccardo Muti. Floating from Michigan Avenue to Ping Tom Memorial Park, members of the CSO family aboardChicago’s Leading Lady will bring music to crowds and passersby while taking full advantage of any river’s strongest commonality with music: the power to move. The celebration is timed to coincide with the completion and unveiling of the new boathouse at Ping Tom Memorial Park, and is presented in partnership with the Chicago Park District, Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, and Friends of the Chicago River. Live music and family activities will be planned for Ping Tom Memorial Park in the hours leading up to the arrival of the boat.
Chicago’s 13th Annual Diversity Employment Day
Temporary Parking Restrictions
As a reminder, street cleaning will be in full force from April 1 – November 30. Please read all street signs before parking. Temporary parking restrictions are on the 2nd Tuesday and Wednesday of every month in the Chinatown area.
For the schedule and sweeping map, please visit: Street Sweeping
Thanks again to all of our sponsors for supporting Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce and our Community.
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