The Lake County Chamber of Commerce celebrated 90 years of service in 2005. Established in 1915, the Chamber currently represents businesses from throughout Lake County and represents a growing Hispanic business community, a prosperous retail shopping and entertainment mecca in Gurnee, Illinois, the county seat in Waukegan, Illinois, and Lake County in general.
The two main goals of the Lake County Chamber are to provide member businesses with opportunities and value for their membership. Monthly networking opportunities at the Chamber include the twice-monthly Breakfast Networkers Group, Women’s Networkers, Business After Hours hosted by a member business, Hispanic Networking, and the Business Luncheon series. These networking opportunities are supplemented by educational programs and seminars, community events, an annual business showcase and the Chamber’s annual events, which include the golf outing and the annual dinner.
Additionally, Chamber members have the opportunity to promote their business through a variety of member benefits that include free and discounted advertising, sponsorships, the member-to-member discount program, newsletter and Web site advertising, and referrals from the Chamber and other members. Advertising through the relocation and tourism packets is available as well.
Throughout the year, the Chamber provides member companies with a variety of other opportunities to promote their business and make the social and business contacts necessary to succeed in business today. These projects include county maps and membership directories, community guides, Chamber events and fundraisers, and volunteer boards and committees.