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21 Chambers Gather for Networking, Speaker Luncheon, and Regional Business EXPO, Thursday, March 21

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Tom Althoff

On Thursday, March 21, members of 21 Chambers of Commerce will host a luncheon that includes networking, Business EXPO and keynote speaker Chris Catalano, CEO of School of Rock. With 105 schools in four countries and well over 10,000 students coming through their doors each year, School of Rock is the most prolific educator of young aspiring musicians.

Before Chris took the reins of School of Rock, he served as CIO of McDonald's Ventures. McDonald's Ventures was a portfolio of investments that McDonald's held in future oriented growth initiatives including Chipotle Mexican Grill, Boston Market, RedBox and Pret A Manger. Chris also has his brand on GE Capital -- TIP, managing over $1 billion in transactions; earlier in his career, he held leadership roles at GE Plastics, CLTL and American Tempering.

The Business EXPO opens at 11:00am; luncheon and keynote are at 12:00pm; and at 1:15 the Business EXPO will re-open until 2:00 pm. The Multi-Chamber Event will be held at Bobak's Signature Events at Seven Bridges, 6440 Double Eagle Drive, Woodridge.

"The Multi-Chamber luncheon is a 'do not miss event!' It has every component of successful business acumen: networking, tremendous business insight and an opportunity to showcase your company or find a credible vendor," said Laura Crawford, President & CEO of the Downers Grove Area Chamber of Commerce & Industry. If you are looking for an opportunity to grow your network, connect with local businesses, and increase your business, you do not want to miss this event.

The 21 participating Chambers are: Addison, Bartlett, Bloomingdale, Bolingbrook, Carol Stream, Darien, Downers Grove, Elmhurst, Glen Ellyn, GOA, Hinsdale, Lemont, Lisle, Lombard, Naperville, Villa Park, Western DuPage, West Suburban, Westmont, Wheaton, and Woodridge.

To be put on the Business EXPO wait list or to reserve your luncheon tickets call the Chamber at (630) 964-0052 or e-mail Tickets are $35 for Members, and $50 non-Members.

Please make your reservations soon, seating is very limited.