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B2B Meeting Minutes 05/22/2018

At Colonial Cafe in Crystal Lake

Attendees: Mike, Scott, Ken, Alex, Janice, Renee, Helen, Tony

Discussion:
  • Tony brought up the idea for how we could add some more positivity to the people that we come in contact with
  • The group talked about how the news is so negative most of the time and what we can do to combat the negativity epidemic
  • We also had a discussion on how to help Scott with his idea of creating a group that would primarily benefit the manufacturer's in McHenry county
  • As a group, we are going to be helping Scott to launch this group as he sees that there is a need for this type of networking group in the chamber

Posted by Alexander Senyshyn


B2B Meeting Minutes 03/06/2018

At Colonial Cafe in Crystal Lake

Attendees: Alan, Mike, Scott, Ken, Alex, Janice, Sam, Renee, Justin, Helen, Skip, Jared

Discussion:
  • March Luncheon
    • March 27th at Loyola University Chicago Retreat - Woodstock
    • Start time will be 11:45 and we will include a tour along with a buffet style lunch
    • We will need an RSVP by March 13th
    • Cost will be $11 per person
    • Feel free to invite friends or others that might be interested in joining the group!
  • B2B May Blood Drive
    • Blood Drive will be Wednesday, May 2nd from 4pm-7pm
    • It will take place at Roth Melei
  • Justin's Craft Talk - SCAM's
    • If you are a victim of ransomware, turn off your computer and call X-Tec
    • Most of the time pop-ups that come on your computer are from the website that you are visiting. They are the ones that were hacked, not you or your computer
    • IRS Scams
      • If you get calls about legal action being taken against you within a certain amount of time, that is most likely a scam
      • If you think that there is an issue, you can report it on the IRS website or call the IRS directly to clear up any confusion
    • It is important to have IT support because the environment is always changing and it is imparative to keep your data safe!
    • B2B is looking for a member that works for a non-profit, keep your eyes open!

Posted by Alexander Senyshyn


B2B Meeting Minutes 02/27/2018

At Colonial Cafe in Crystal Lake

Attendees: Alan, Mike, Scott, Ken, Alex, Jeff, Janice, Sam, Tony, Juanita

Discussion:
  • March Luncheon
    • March 27th at Loyola University Chicago Retreat - Woodstock
    • Start time will be 11:45 and we will include a tour
    • We will need an RSVP 2 weeks in advance for this event
    • Feel free to invite friends or others that might be interested in joining the group!
  • B2B Blood Drive
    • We will be doing another blood drive the first week of May
  • Craft Talks/Speakers
    • Let Al know if you would like to schedule a craft talk and he can get you on to the upcoming schedule
    • We need another speaker for March, so if you have someone in mind that might be interested, let Al know!
  • B2B is looking for a member that works for a non-profit, keep your eyes open!

Posted by Alexander Senyshyn


B2B Meeting Minutes 02/06/2018

At Colonial Cafe in Crystal Lake

Attendees: Alan, Mike, Scott, Ken, Alex, Renee, Jeff, Janice, Jared, Helen, Sam

Discussion:
  • 2/13 meeting at Pablo's in Crystal Lake starting at 11:45
    • Feel free to invite friends or others that might be interested in joining the group!
  • Craft Talk: Jared Silver - At-a-Glance Marketing
    • How to Delete the Digital Static
    • Video marketing is an extremely powerful tool! But only when used correctly...
    • It really makes a big difference when the correct equipment and strategies are used for your videos
    • Talk to Jared to find out how you can be an effective video marketer!
  • Craft Talks/Speakers
    • Let Al know if you would like to schedule a craft talk and he can get you on to the upcoming schedule


Posted by Alexander Senyshyn


B2B Meeting Minutes 01/30/2018

At Colonial Cafe in Crystal Lake

Attendees: Alan, Mike, Scott, Ken, Alex, Tony, Renee, Jeff, Skip, Tamera

Discussion:
  • Skip brought up that he is seeing a lot of cars are being fitted with after-market parts by the insurance company when a claim is filed. Make sure to be checking the parts being used on your quotes before you get your car serviced!
  • Tax Law Changes for 2018-Tony Lamping
    • Changing the tax brackets to 10%, 12%, 22%, 24%, 32%, 35%, 37%
    • The "Marriage Penalty" has been done away with since the income threshold has been essentially doubled for married households
    • The standard deduction has been raised which is a good thing for people that take the deduction that way on their taxes
    • They also took a way a lot of exemptions and it and had a slew of reductions on what can be itemized, so for the itemizers the changes for 2018 could hurt
    • For more info on this topic talk to Tony or visit his website sourceteaminc.com
  • Craft Talks/Speakers
    • Let Al know if you would like to schedule a craft talk and he can get you on to the upcoming schedule
    • Upcoming Schedule
      • 2/6 - Jared - Delete the Digital Static

Posted by Alexander Senyshyn



B2B Meeting Minutes 01/23/2018

At Colonial Cafe in Crystal Lake

Attendees: Brad, Jared, Alan, Mike, Scott, Ken, Alex, Tony, Renee, Jeff, Sam

Discussion:
  • Christmas Party
    • January 25th at 6pm at the Village Squire!
    • Apps @ 6:15, Dinner @ 6:30, Beverages on your own
  • B2B Leadership Team for 2018
    • Alan - Chair
    • Sam - Vice Chair
    • Ken - Membership
    • Janice - Events
    • Tony - Treasurer
  • 1/18 Leadership Meeting Review
    • The leadership team would like to bring some more structure to the weekly meetings in 2018. Any and all suggestions welcome
    • We will also be adding a lunch time meeting one time per month in order to encourage inviting new members to the group
  • Craft Talks/Speakers
    • Let Al know if you would like to schedule a craft talk and he can get you on to the upcoming schedule
    • Upcoming Schedule
      • 1/30 - Tony - New Tax Laws for 2018
      • 2/6 - Jared - Delete the Digital Static
  • Fix-it Forum
    • Discussion topics
      • Dealing with the feeling of being burned out
      • Ideas to handle stress and anxiety
      • How to take effective breaks throughout the year and not feel guilty about it
  • New Chamber Member Meeting
    • Member Orientation February 1st at Noon
    • It would be nice to have a few B2B members at this meeting to represent the group

Posted by Alexander Senyshyn



B2B Meeting Minutes 01/16/2018

At Colonial Cafe in Crystal Lake

Attendees: Janice, Jared, Alan, Mike, Scott, Ken, Steve, Alex, Helen, Tony

Discussion:
  • Christmas Party
    • January 25th at 6pm at the Village Squire!
    • Let Al know if you can make it ASAP
  • New Board Member Meeting
    • January 18th at 11:30 at RothMelei
  • Craft Talks/Speakers
    • Let Al know if you would like to schedule a craft talk and he can get you on to the upcoming schedule
    • Try to be brainstorming speakers that may benefit the group. We would like to have 1-2 per month
  • Super Group Initiative
    • Small Business Consortium - Starting in March
    • This group will be targeted to benefit small companies (under 10 employees)
    • Let Ken know if you are interested and he can give you more details
  • New Chamber Member Meeting
    • Member Orientation February 1st at Noon
    • It would be nice to have a few B2B members at this meeting to represent the group

Posted by Alexander Senyshyn



B2B Meeting Minutes 01/09/2018

At Colonial Cafe in Crystal Lake

Attendees: Renee, Janice, Jared, Skip, Alan, Mike, Jeff, Scott, Chad, Ken, Steve, Sam, Justin, Alex, Ken

Discussion:
  • Blood Drive Update
    • 12 participants
    • Heartland was very happy and thankful for all of our efforts especially since this is a tough time of year to have a blood drive and they do not have much blood being donated
  • Christmas Party
    • January 25th at 6pm at the Village Squire!
  • New Board Member Meeting
    • January 18th at 11:30 at RothMelei
  • Craft Talks/Speakers
    • Let Al know if you would like to schedule a craft talk and he can get you on to the upcoming schedule
    • Try to be brainstorming speakers that would benefit the group. We would like to have 1-2 per month

Posted by Alexander Senyshyn



B2B Meeting Minutes 09/19/2017

At Colonial Cafe in Crystal Lake

Attendees: Jared, Renee, Al, Ken, Skip, Tom, Jeff, Sam

Discussion:
- Joint networking group education series
- Want to schedule meeting with MMM
- Presentation next week - Brad Knebel

Next Week:
  • Discuss Christmas Party
  • Form B2B Events Committee
  • Plan event on "How to give a speech"

Posted by Ken Nicholson



B2B Meeting Minutes 09/12/2017
  • Discussed ongoing progress with SuperGroup organization
  • Conducted annual discussion of desired B2B member benefits. We are looking for
    • Educational Programs on solving business challenges
    • Fixit Forums (very popular)
    • Comaraderie
    • Community Service
    • Craft Talks
    • Brainstorming myriad topics
    • Book Reviews
Also resolved to attend more chamber orientations (recruiting)

Next Week:
  • Discuss Christmas Party
  • Form B2B Events Committee
  • Plan event on "How to give a speech"

Posted by Ken Nicholson




B2B Meeting Minutes 05/16/2017 (thanks, Reneé!)

At Colonial Cafe in Crystal Lake

Attendees: Mike LaComb, Jared Silver, Terri Landey-Bluver, Ken Nicholson, Reneé Blitek, Alan Burba, Helen Lindquist, Janice Andal, Dr. Jeff Moore, Mary Arevalo, Donna Kassens, Dan Kassens.
Guest Presenter: Pam Cumpata, MCEDC

Debrief on our noon Expo Mixer last Friday:
- Only 16 visitors. Why? Really nice weather, on a Friday(?), insufficient publicity despite Ken's mass email to chamber and group shares from Peter Gault (thank you, Peter!)...
- Terri will run it again next year, will try to get a date in April.
- Ken will store B2B shopping bags

Presentation by Pam Cumpata (Mchenry County EDC):
- Ongoing programs promoting workforce attraction, retention, training.
- Legislative champions for local business.
- Productivity enhancements: high speed fiber, transportation, infrastructure
- Business Incubator programs at high school level - meeting tomorrow night at Marion Central

McHenry County has lots of privately owned businesses with aging owner population. Need better succession planning.

Need lower taxes and better schools.

Posted by Ken Nicholson





B2B Minutes – 5/2/17

Attendees:

Helen Lindquist, Dr. Jeff Moore, Jared Silver, Al Burba, Ken Nicholson, Teri Landy-Bluver, Brad Knebel, Sam Melei, Mike Lacomb, Renee Blitek

Expo Details – 5/12/17 Starts at 11:30, be there at 10:45 – Costco lunch food

Presenter: Helen Lindquist – The Real Estate Market Today

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B2B Minutes 3/7/2017

Attending Members:

Renee Blitek, Tony Lamping, Dr. Jeff Moore, Al Burba, Sam Melei, Donna Kassens, Tim Fraser, Mike Lacomb, Helen Lindquist, Janice Andal, Terri Landey Bluver, Ken Nicholson

Attending Guests:

Kristine Ensor of Ensor Marketing
Sara Schrempf of Senior Care Volunteer Network

Program:

Excellent Presentation by Kathleen Caldwell on High Performance Mind Power through Hypnosis!

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B2B Minutes 1/17/2017 - Social Media Marketing Presentation by Vanessa Cabrera

More than 20 members and guests attended a most excellent presentation by Vanessa Cabrera, an expert in automated email marketing campaigns, and an authority in social media in general. Vanessa went into very useful detail on how email autoresponders can work, and how to use properly done opt-in offers to initiate the sequence. Good stuff!

Next Week we'll be reviewing B2B finances, finalizing plans for our holiday party(leader: Al Burba), working on plans for the April 28 Expo mixer (leader: Terri Landey-Bluver), and solving most of the challenges to world peace and prosperity.

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B2B Minutes 1/10/2017 - Weekly Meeting at Colonial

- 21st Century Videography Announcement by Al Burba:
- New name (changed from 21st Century Slideshows)
- New website too: www.21stcenturyvideography.com
- Discussion RE: Spring Lunch Mixer/Expo
- Consensus – yes, let’s do it.
- Discussion – should we invite another group
- Ideal size – 18-25 Exhibitors
- Bingo card

- Valentine/Holiday B2B Party – yes - looking at Thursdays in February

- Upcoming Events
- Mixer tonight – Sky high volley ball
- Lunch and learn – social media – next week

Attending:
- Jared Silver
- Al Burba
- Skip Herrick
- Ken Nicholson
- Terri Landy-Bluver
- Mike Lacomb
- Rene Blitek
- Sam Melei
- Donna Kassens
- Dan Kassens – guest
- Jeff Moore

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