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Exclusive Chamber Member Savings

The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce works hard to provide you with the programs, services and information you need to successfully grow your business and improve your bottom line. Nowhere is this more evident than with the exclusive member savings available through Chamber-sponsored products and services.

With over 2,600 members, the Chamber has the clout and purchasing power normally only available to large corporations, and uses this position to provide members with substantial savings. A description of the products and services available to help you reduce costs and remain competitive follows.

The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and the United States Chamber of Commerce have partnered to provide your business a membership in both organizations. Now, your local Chamber membership brings more benefits and services than ever before. By maintaining your Chicagoland Chamber membership, you also obtain Federation Membership in the U.S. Chamber, the world’s largest business federation.

In addition to the Chicagoland Chamber programs you value, the U.S. Chamber offers your business the following:

• Small Business Resources: The U.S. Chamber’s Small Business Center provides access to business tools and information, as well as a directory of local, state and federal elected officials. Whether you need a financial tool kit or want to view your Representative’s voting record, this is where you will find it.

• USchamber.com Weekly: This e-newsletter, delivered weekly, gives you exclusive access to current news, commentary, tips and tools, and legislative updates specific to your region.

• Discount and Services: Receive deep discounts from market leaders on a variety of services. The U.S.

Chamber and its partners help you save money and increase profits.

MEMBERSHIP IN THE WORLD TRADE CENTER CHICAGO Members of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce will also reap the benefits of being a member of the World Trade Center Chicago (WTCC). This includes invitations to WTCC events; domestic and international business referrals; reciprocal services from World Trade Centers across the globe; business matchmaking opportunities; WTCC news briefings and WTCC Online Tools and account access to trade leads. The WTCC can be accessed at info@wtcc.org.

As a member of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, you are invited to experience a unique, money-saving program designed to benefit you and your employees — the AAA Group and Voluntary Benefits Program.

Chamber members and their employees can take advantage of 15% savings on AAA Membership. Group discounted Membership features: 24-hour roadside assistance, exclusive Show Your Card & Save® at thousands of places nationwide, special savings through AAA travel...plus many other valuable benefits and services.

You and your employees will also have access to high-quality auto and home insurance coverage through AAA. Best of all, you can save even more money with their 10% group discount on auto insurance, plus an additional 5% for being a member of AAA. Contact Tim Beaudoin at 800-236-1300, ext. 2587, or at tmbeaudoin@aaawisconsin.com.

Synchronized commerce is about managing the flow of goods, funds, and information among supply-chain partners and customers to streamline businesses and help them grow. Our supply-chain and financial services can help you turn your supply chain into a key competitive advantage. Small businesses have special needs such as taking control of your shipping process to control costs and maximize productivity. UPS technology solutions can help you realize greater efficiencies in your business processes. UPS can provide full-featured bundles of best-in-class hardware, software, and peripherals priced at below public marketplace. For more information, contact Robert Kufel at UPS, 312-942-7710.

In addition to normal business volume discounts on cellular equipment and services, and local/regional/nationwide calling plans, additional savings are available to Chamber members on selected equipment and services like mobile web and picture and text messaging. Members who sign a new two-year customer agreement are also eligible to receive free cell phone accessories. For more information, call 877-868-0361.

FLOWERS AND GIFTS FROM FLOWERPETAL.COM Flowerpetal.com, the customer service leader in the flower and gift industry, has partnered with the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce to provide an exclusive offer. All Chamber members and their employees receive a year-round 10% discount off Flowerpetal.com products, plus same-day flower delivery at no additional charge (a savings of up to $9.95). To sign up with your company, contact Brian Crummy at 800-959-3341 ext 203 or brian@flowerpetal.com

OFFICE PRODUCTS AND SERVICES FROM OFFICEMAX Shopping for office supplies, business machines, furniture and copying/ printing services couldn’t be easier and more convenient than with OfficeMax’s 45 Chicagoland stores, toll-free ordering and online shopping. Chamber members participate in an Affinity Partnership Savings Program that allows you to purchase the “top 80 list” of items at discounts of up to 80 percent, and free next day delivery on orders of $50 or more. For more information, visit www.officemaxcommercial.com or call your personal account manager at 800-248-6343, ext. 6035.

AUDIO and web conferencing services from premiere global services Premiere Global Services is the exclusive audio and web conferencing services provider to the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce. Through their affinity marketing program you can now take advantage of Premiere’s business solutions at significantly reduced rates. For more information, call Steve Griffin at 312-913-8556 or steven.griffin@premiereglobal.com.

Pre-employment screening services from integra Receive discounts on expert pre-screening services, including a Social Security trace to validate a candidate’s identity and a criminal background search utilizing InfoTrack’s court personnel. For more information, visit www.integrasecurity.org or call Tony Ramos at 630-592-7767.

pr newswire membership PR Newswire provides electronic press release distribution, targeting, measurement, translation and broadcast services on behalf of some 40,000 corporate, government, association, labor, nonprofit, and other customers worldwide. Using PR Newswire, these organizations reach a variety of critical audiences including the news media, the investment community, government decision-makers, and the general public with their up-to-the-minute, full-text news developments. Chamber members receive a 12-month membership to PR Newswire along with a host of additional discounts valued up to $1,400. Visit http://tool kit.prnewswire.com/ccc/ to tap into helpful PR resources and request more information about becoming a member of PR Newswire.

Alternative dispute resolution from the better business bureau of chicago and northern illinois If you have a dispute with a customer, professional service provider, supplier, or another business, The Better Business Bureau can help get it resolved quickly, inexpensively and efficiently with Alternative Dispute Resolution. Chamber members are entitled to a 25 percent reduction in their portion of the arbitration hearing fees. For more information, visit www.chicago.bbb.org.

INSURANCE FROM GCG FINANCIAL Group Health INsurance The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce understands that the rising cost of health insurance is problematic for small and emerging businesses. Additionally, many smaller groups feel underserved when it comes to the planning process and ongoing service of their employee benefit programs.

Therefore, the Chamber endorses GCG Financial as our preferred provider of employee benefit programs and consulting. GCG will provide dedicated staff for program development and ongoing customer service for any of the Chamber’s interested members.

GCG Financial’s focus is to customize and manage employee benefit programs for businesses with two to 100 employees.

Our group uses a proven process to analyze your insurance needs, benchmark them against the industry at-large and your existing coverage, recommend changes and, most importantly, implement and manage the change process and monitor the ongoing requirements of your business. We regularly explore options from tax-deductible consumer driven products such as CDHP (Consumer Driven Health Plans) to more traditional PPOs and HMOs.

As one of the largest Independent Insurance Brokerage Firms in Illinois, GCG leverages extensive relationships with all the insurance providers in Illinois and employs an internal staff of over 30 people to manage everything from claims and billing issues to cost analysis, COBRA, continuation and online access to benefits information. For a free no obligation review of your employee benefits package, call Marcus Newman at 847-457-3058.

DENTAL INSURANCE Chamber Members receive preferred rates and services on dental coverage for groups and individuals, as well as counseling on the appropriate type of coverage and options available. For information, call Marcus Newman at 847-457-3058.

Individual health insurance Many businesses are not eligible for group health insurance coverage for one reason or another. When this scenario occurs, individual health insurance products can be confusing to navigate. GCG will work with you one-on-one to guide you in your options, manage the application process and obtain the proper coverage for you and your family. For more information, call Marcus Newman at 847-457-3058.

Disability and long-term care insurance Protecting your income and the ability to care for your family is an important issue for employees as well as business owners. If you become disabled and can no longer earn an income, disability insurance keeps that income intact. If you become ill and require assisted care in your retirement years, Long-Term Care Insurance covers the cost of that care. GCG helps businesses and individuals select the proper types of coverage from the hundreds of options in the marketplace. GCG identifies discount programs and simplified underwriting opportunities for businesses simply by pooling the buying power of the Chamber and passing the savings on to its members. For more information, call Marcus Newman at 847-457-3058.

Advanced planning Business owners have unique needs as they build wealth and increase liabilities in their lives and the lives of their key people. Building your business into an asset is hard enough, but protecting this asset and planning for retirement, succession and exit strategies adds complexities to the process. From implementing and funding buy/sell agreements, establishing estate, trust and tax strategies and preparing for mergers and acquisitions, GCG’s Advanced Planning Advisors have the expertise to guide you. As a Chamber member, you will have access to the Advance Planning Group at GCG and will receive a discount of 20% off of our fee-based planning and fee-based advisory services. For more information, contact David Friedman at 847-457-7887.

For more information on the discounts and savings that are available to you as a member of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, contact the Chamber at 312-494-6700.

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