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April 28, 2015-

We get it – time is tight when you own a business! Tomorrow, April 29th at 7:00 PM, come to this quick and informative class on the top social media skills you need to get your business noticed online. We'll cover Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and more. Demonstration. Conference Room. Register here.

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April 27, 2015-

The Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce's Women's BizNet is hosting Shop, Sip, and Socialize this Thursday, April 30th at Ice House Mall. A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit the Lauren Brown Memorial Scholarship, which provides funds to high school students who are pursuing higher education. Register here.

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April 24, 2015-

Harper College will be hosting free economic development workshops at the Arlington Heights WorkNet Center. Registration is required. See flyer for more details.

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April 20, 2015-

On Thursday, April 23 at 7:00 PM, get money smart and learn the five different forms of business organizations and the non–tax advantages and disadvantages for each type. Joel Shabsin (of Joel Shabsin & Associates) discusses record–keeping requirements, general income tax deductions, and other important information for business owners. Co–sponsored with SCORE Chicago. Register here.

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April 15, 2015-

On Saturday, April 25 and Tuesday, May 5, the Lake County Bar Association is hosting Ask a Lawyer Clinics where you can ask attorneys your legal questions at no cost. See flyer for more information.

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April 13, 2015-

There's still space to register for Network to Success on Thursday, April 16th at 6:30 PM.  Business owners, job seekers, entrepreneurs: network to success! Join Bob Podgorski, Director of the Schaumburg Township Employment Support Center, in a guided course to develop your one–minute elevator speech or pitch. Afterwards, network and practice with fellow workshop attendees – bring your business cards!

Register here.

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April 9, 2015-

Marketplace posted an article about the a new trend: businesses who are using podcasts to leverage their brand! Examples of successful companies who are using podcasts are Levi Strauss and Clif Bar who share valuable information and tips related to their products. Read the entire article here. Do you want to create a podcast for your business or brand? Check out Studio 1 where you can record, edit, and post the podcast. Contact Barbara Alvarez if you have any questions or need a basic tutorial.

In the meantime, listen to the Barrington Area Library's entrepreneur podcast where local business owners share their experiences of developing their brand and becoming their own boss.  

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April 8, 2015-

This Sunday, April 12 from 11:00-4:00 come to the BizEd Community Expo at Barrington High School. Meet 100 businesses and community organizations, including librarians from the Barrington Area Library. Food & refreshments, entertainment, and S.T.E.M. activities will be available. Make sure to the stop at the Barrington Area Library booth to meet staff, learn more about our resources, and enter a raffle!

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April 7, 2015-

You may know about our wonderful business, careers, and technology databases that you can use with your Barrington Area Library Card. But did you know that we also have a page with links to community resources and other websites that can help you in your job search? Check them out here.

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March 25, 2015-


The Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) Women's Biz Net (WBN) will host Shop|Sip|Socialize, a Girl's Night Out, shopping adventure and fundraiser, on Thursday, April 30 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Ice House Mall, 200 Applebee Street, Barrington.

The event is a fundraiser for the BACC's Lauren Brown Memorial Scholarship. BACC offers several scholarships ranging from $500 to $1,000 to high school students who plan to attend a college, university or technical school following graduation to study marketing, communications or a business-related field. The scholarship is named after the Chamber's former Head of Communications, Lauren Brown, who died at the age of 29 of ovarian cancer.

The Shop|Sip|Socialize event starts at Chessie's Restaurant in the Ice House Mall, where attendees register and pick up their complimentary drink ticket and Shop|Sip|Socialize card to visit stores throughout the mall. Retailers will be hosting specials, treats and promotions, complimentary appetizers will be served throughout the evening and raffle prizes will be awarded. The cost is $25 per "Girl," attendees must be 21 and over. Friends encouraged!

The Ice House Mall is a historic landmark that once served as a dairy in the early 1900s and features beautiful turn of the century architecture and unique specialty stores.


The Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce's Women's Biz Net (WBN) is a network of women empowering women. WBN offers monthly meetings and programs that bring relevant topics, networking opportunities, and a forum for building relationships that can enhance your business aspirations and enrich your life. The group's Mission Statement is: "To gather professional women to inspire, enrich, empower and benefit from the unique talents of extraordinary women!"

WBN offers monthly meetings at lunch or breakfast. Each May they host the ATHENA Awards, a prestigious international Leadership Award. The 2015 ATHENA Award will be presented at the WBN ATHENA luncheon on Thursday, May 28 at the Biltmore Country Club in North Barrington. WBN is currently accepting ATHENA nominations.


About the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC): The BACC (, founded in 1969, is an association of 800+ member businesses representing more than 18,000 business people dedicated to the success and prosperity of the 11 regional communities it serves: Barrington, Barrington Hills, Deer Park, Inverness, Kildeer, Lake Barrington, Long Grove, North Barrington, Port Barrington, South Barrington and Tower Lakes. BACC promotes economic opportunities, advocates the interests of business, offers programs for professional development and leadership, and works to foster a robust regional economy.

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