Navigating the Impact of the SAFE-T Act

On March 18th, the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Business Works Committee welcomed DuPage County State’s Attorney Bob Berlin and Naperville Chief of Police Jason Arres to discuss the SAFE-T Act, particularly the elimination of cash bail, which became effective September 18th, 2023. Berlin and Arres provided a thorough synopsis of the upsides and challengesContinue reading

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Mastering the Art of Feedback 

Recently, I had the chance to be a part of Naperville’s own version of Shark Tank. Through the Business Incubator program, area business leaders mentor high school students as they worked on creating a business and learning about entrepreneurship’s ups and downs. While observing a Q&A session after a mid-year presentation, I noticed the studentsContinue reading

Shaping the Future: Our Role in Career Readiness and Community Engagement

At NACC, “For Our Community” isn’t just a phrase in our mission statement—it’s a commitment that defines everything we do. It’s about more than just supporting our members; it’s about embracing our role in the larger community. Recently, I had the opportunity to engage with high school students at the “Your Brand Matters: A JobContinue reading

Following Fulfillment

Last month, I talked through placing more value on and prioritizing your professional development. While we all know it’s important, sometimes we just don’t find the time. In that same breath, finding fulfillment in our career aspirations is something that can be swept under the rug in hopes of financial freedom or status. The beginningContinue reading

Get Out There and Vote

The Importance of Voting Civic Duty and Privilege: Voting is not just a right; it is a responsibility and privilege that each eligible citizen should embrace. By participating in elections, you play an active role in shaping the future of your community and country. Your vote carries the power to influence policies, hold leaders accountable,Continue reading

Navigating Legislative Updates and Primaries with the NACC

On January 16, 2024, the Illinois legislature returned to Springfield for the 103rd General Legislative session. On tap for this current Spring session are BIPA reform, environmental issues, updates to the Day and Temporary Labor Service Act focusing on compensation, and the status of 1099 workers, to name a few of the thousands of billsContinue reading

Membership Is Only the Start of Your Professional Development

If you don’t know me personally, you won’t know that I’m a big reader. While I enjoy the escapism of fiction, reading has created a compulsion to be a lifelong learner. Whether this means adding new words to my vocabulary, different perspectives, and experiences, or concepts of creating good connections with the people around me,Continue reading

Empowering Hearts and Businesses

Just as a strong heart is vital for our well-being, the health of our business community plays a pivotal role in strengthening our entire community. February is American Heart Month, and we encourage you not only to prioritize your heart health but also to empower your business with essential tools as the collective health ofContinue reading

The Power of Vulnerability

Welcome to another year at the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce. Every year, I select a word of the year, one to ground me, focus me, and set the tone for the upcoming weeks and months. Amidst our fast-paced and often overwhelming environment, I’ve chosen ‘vulnerability.’ In a world preoccupied with perfect portrayals (hello, Instagram!),Continue reading

2024 – Members in Advocacy!

Throughout the past few months, the NACC has worked hard to educate and inform our members regarding new employment laws and amendments that became effective on January 1, 2024. Recently, several members from the Chamber’s Business Works Committee created video content to provide brief yet succinct summaries of several new laws or amendments that canContinue reading