Membership Benefits

  • The monthly newsletter is available for all Parks Chamber members to utilize for publicity purposes. Articles, calendar events, happenings within your organization or ads can be placed at no cost to you.  We are happy to publish member information to assist you in growing and maintaining your customer base.
  • Events like Business After Hours and Chamber Wakeup Calls are a great way to invite Chamber members to your business to network and expand your customer database. We also can help coordinate tours of your facility and invite Chamber members to learn more about your business and operations.
  • The Chamber Women’s Network Luncheon is held every second Wednesday of the month. The luncheon is catered and the current cost is $10.00 per person. The luncheon is open to all female chamber members and their female employees. A guest speaker will give a short presentation. Members are given the opportunity to be a guest speaker at our monthly Chamber Women’s Network Luncheons.
  • Various sponsorship opportunities are available throughout the year to get your business name and information to the public. Some examples of these events are the Annual Business Expo, The Young at Heart Festival and the Annual Golf Play day. Businesses have the opportunity to sponsor as well as participate in these fun events.
  • The Parks Chamber of Commerce hosts and supports community oriented events such as the Annual Easter Egg Hunt and the Light up the Parks Holiday Parade. Each of these events includes a coloring contest for all students of the Harlem School District.
  • A Parks Chamber Membership Appreciation Picnic is held in July. The picnic allows the Board of Directors to thank our valued members for their patronage by cooking and serving delicious food from the BBQ. This event is held at the pavilion behind Loves Park City Hall and all members are invited and encouraged to attend.
  • The membership directory is printed and sent out to all Parks Chamber members. This directory lists all Parks Chamber members both alphabetical and categorized. New members receive this directory in their new member packet and are encouraged to shop for goods and services at member businesses.
  • Ribbon cuttings and groundbreakings are another benefit to membership. The Parks Chamber will host ribbon cuttings and /or groundbreakings at your business for a variety of events and notify the media and press. The Parks Chamber Board of Directors and elected officials for both Machesney Park and Loves Park are also personally invited to attend.
  • Thor Advertising offers 2 weeks free on their digital electronic billboard located on the corner of N. 2nd & Roosevelt Road in Machesney Park for new members, this is over a $300.00 value. A discount is offered by Rock Valley Publishing to Chamber Members when they place an ad in The Post Journal.
  • An annual membership meeting/dinner is held in October. This elegant affair provides great food, music, fellowship with other chamber members and a guest speaker. Recognition of the Parks Chamber Business of the Year is presented by the mayors of Loves Park and Machesney Park.
  • A map of the area is published periodically. Advertising opportunities are available to Parks Chamber members in a variety of levels. This map is available in our resource area and distributed freely.
  • A resource area is available for all members to place literature, flyers and informational items for display and distribution to the public.