McHenry Chamber of Commerce

The McHenry Area Chamber serves area residents and its 650+ members by providing services and programs to enhance the growth and development of the local business community, as well as to improve the quality of life for those who live and work in the greater McHenry Area.

What is the McHenry Area Chamber of Commerce

Serving the communities of McHenry, Johnsburg, Lakemoor, Wonder Lake, McCullom Lake, Ringwood, and beyond, our members come from all over McHenry County, Lake County, and Southern Wisconsin.  The McHenry Area Chamber serves area residents and its 650+ members by providing services and programs to enhance the growth and development of the local business community, as well as to improve the quality of life for those who live and work in the greater McHenry Area.

Chamber Staff

From left to right (With Wayne Jett, our city mayor in the middle)

Kelsey Adams – Director of Marketing and Member Engagement
Direct: 815-385-4307 | kelsey@mchenrychamber.com

Jeannette Knowles- Business Manager
815-385-4300 | jeannette@mchenrychamber.com

Molly Ostap- Chamber President
Direct: 815-385-4301 | molly@mchenrychamber.com

Robin Walker- Director of Business Development & Member Onboarding
Direct: 815-385-4395 | robin@mchenrychamber.com

Amy Humbracht- Director of Chamber Outreach & Economic Growth and McHenry Riverwalk Shoppes Manager
Direct: 815-331-6077 | amy@mchenrychamber.com

Our Board of Directors

The McHenry Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors is comprised of influential business and civic leaders from a wide range of industries. The Board of Directors determines long-term goals and makes recommendations to the staff on strategic initiatives.

Board members meet monthly to ensure the Chamber effectively fulfills its mission to support the growth and development of McHenry Area businesses and improve the quality of life for those who live and work in the community.

Our Ambassadors

Our ambassadors are the official goodwill representatives of the Chamber.  All from various industries, they attend mixers, ribbon cuttings and other events as member connectors to assist with introductions and ease new members into participation opportunities. They also assist the Director of Membership Development by keeping an eye open for member prospects and helping to onboard new members.

The McHenry Area Chamber of Commerce offers a selection of membership tiers which provide benefits based on the investment level a member selects.  Our goal is to offer equity and choice based on your needs and budget.  We offer networking opportunities and business exposure like Ribbon Cuttings, Mixers, Lunch and Learns, Never Eat Alone and Peer Groups to come together in an Industry. You can host coupons here, and upload to our job board as well as other features like member news promotions and sharing your personal events! We also offer amazing ways to give back, get involved and support our signature events which drive shopping, dining and staying here in McHenry.

Community Guide

The McHenry Area Chamber’s Community Guide is the best way to be seen in print. The community guide is designed to highlight our Chamber businesses and their services and acts as a resource for residents and visitors alike to reference throughout the year to see where to shop, dine, and play. It features photos from around town and gives a real sense of our community and what we have to offer. These guides were delivered throughout the area to Northwest Herald – Shaw Local subscribers. You can also pick them up at the Chamber building.

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Contact Us

McHenry Area Chamber of Commerce
1307 N. Green Street, McHenry, IL 60050
Phone: 815-385-4300
Fax: 815-385-9142
info@mchenrychamber.com
Monday – Friday: 9:00am – 5:00pm

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McHenry Chamber of Commerce

The McHenry Area Chamber serves area residents and its 650+ members by providing services and programs to enhance the growth and development of the local business community, as well as to improve the quality of life for those who live and work in the greater McHenry Area.

What is Working In Business: McHenry Chamber of Commerce

The McHenry Chamber of Commerce is home to almost 600 active businesses and organizations. We asked our newest members what is working in their businesses right now. See what they shared and see what could work for your business too!

Upgrading the Customer Experience

Erik Berg – Renew Cabinets and Interiors

I have been focusing on value added products and services to enhance the cabinet refinishing side of my business. Customers can opt for add-ons such as soft close features, organizers, under cabinet lighting, cabinet trims and moldings, new hardware and more. This increases my total sale and creates an end product that my clients love.

Growing a Network Through Community Presence

James Underwood – Underwood & Draegert – Goosehead Insurance

With no one answering phones, checking email, or reading the mail – we’ve had to rely on word of mouth & community presence (Chamber events and social media), to help expand our client base. By connecting with other business owners, not to solicit to but instead to become cheerleaders for each other, we’ve been able to increase our recognition & grow our business.

Standing Out Through Superior Customer Service

Laurie Rickert – The Doggie Paddle

I feel customer service is very important. I take care of my customers and their dogs as if they were my own. Safety and cleanliness are key as well since my priority is making sure I can offer the best place for your dogs to be happy, have fun and be safe while doing so. I want people and their dogs to feel comfortable and be treated like family.

Getting Professional Business Support

Katie Portanova – Truly Italy, LLC 

I decided to ask for more help. I hired a business consultant and a social media manager. Being a solopreneur, it’s always hard to rely on others. I’m glad that I listened to my gut and allowed others to help me develop my business.

Getting Creative With Advertising Dollars

Jim Wojdyla – Volo Museum

The biggest thing we have done is pull from our advertising budget. Instead of spending the majority on TV, we have reinvested into the community. Sponsoring events, car shows, girl scouts, high school football teams and local radio station promotions seems to be serving very effectively. We tried hosting several “out of the box” events instead, like a princess superhero day. We got a ton of press and media attention (PR is free) and brought a lot of new potential customers to our location.

Tapping into Connections

Ryan Los – Fairway Independent Mortgage

What’s working in my business right now is tapping into my referral network, social sphere of influence, and social media. Everything is driven online!

Investing in Staff Members

Lindsay Schoenherr – Just For You Treats

As a busy bakery with a growing clientele, we’ve needed to add more staff this year than there seems to be available.  We’ve tapped into our local youth and started hiring and training 15–16-year-old students who have been extremely reliable, talented, dependable and driven.  It also feels great to see their growth in learning valuable skills that will help grow our community!

Narrowing Focus on Key Performers

Erica Burke  – McHenry County Living

When was the last time you dedicated time to working “on” rather than just “in” your business? I didn’t allow myself to work “on” my business until the pandemic forced me to either do that or close. First, I pared down our work to a few key solutions at which we excel versus being everything to everyone like before. Second, I worked on improving how we communicate and connect with people. We achieved a healthy bottom line and we feel good about our reputation in the community.

Increasing In-Person Events and Relationships

Robin Walker – Women’s Business Workshop

In-person networking, events, and relationship building has been providing a more powerful and more cost effective way of getting visibility over social media lately. It takes effort to get out of the office, host events, or set up meetings, but the time spent has been more fulfilling and has created stronger connections.

Looking for more business support or local community business news? Sign up for our free weekly newsletter from the McHenry Chamber of Commerce or contact robin@mchenrychamber.com for information on becoming a member.

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