Deerfield Chamber celebrates successful year despite economy
Beverly Bloom (right), owner of Bloomin' Books in Buffalo Grove, received the Ambassador of the Year Award from the DBR Chamber of Commerce during the 87th Annual Holiday Celebration at Ristorante Abruzzo in Deerfield on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 next to Je
In front of a sold-out crowd of 135, the Deerfield, Bannockburn, Riverwoods Chamber of Commerce celebrated its 87th annual holiday party on Dec. 13 at Ristorante Abruzzo in Deerfield, honoring local businesses for their successes in 2012.
Vicki Street, executive director for the chamber, said the message of the day was “thanks.”
“This has been a fabulous year and this is our way of giving back to our members,” Street said. “We’re so grateful to our members and that they made it through in these hard times.”
One of the attendees, Kelly Clark, of Career Resource Center in Lake Forest, said this was her first year with the chamber, and that it has been a positive experience.
“They’ve been really great with promoting and getting the word out about our center,” Clark said. “People may not have known about us if it weren’t for the chamber’s help.”
Lauren Wismer, also a first-year member, said she was also appreciative of the chamber’s help in launching her business.
“The office space I have is because I sat at a chamber breakfast with the (building owner),” Wismer, a health and life coach with Deerfield-based Balanced Apple, said. “Overall just getting known for what I do; it helps certainly seeing people repeatedly (while networking).”
Wismer also said, if it weren’t for the chamber, she never would have created a business name and web site for herself.
“Due to the advice I’ve gotten from the different people in the chamber, talking about my business, they told me to come up with a company name,” Wismer said. “I heard from enough people that I’m encompassing into a full business. I don’t think any of that would have gone where it went if it wasn’t for the chamber.”
Honored as the 2012 Ambassador of the Year for the chamber was Beverly Bloom, owner of Bloomin’ Books in Buffalo Grove.
“I’m honored,” Bloom said. “They had told me about a week before (the luncheon), but I was surprised when they told me.”
Bloom said she’s been in the chamber for about nine years, and enjoys serving as one of its ambassadors.
“The chamber is wonderful,” Bloom said. “It’s good for me; it’s good for business; it’s good for the community. I can’t say enough good things about the chamber.”
Awarded Business of the Year was What’s Happening! Community News, which began as the official publication of the DBR Chamber of Commerce, according to its website.