GLMV steps up business advocacy during pandemic

  • Nick and Patty Saladinio, owners of Cafe Pomigliano -- Libertyville, deliver meals to Advocate Medical Center for the front line worker teams as part of the GLMV "Helping Healthcare Heroes" Campaign.

    Nick and Patty Saladinio, owners of Cafe Pomigliano -- Libertyville, deliver meals to Advocate Medical Center for the front line worker teams as part of the GLMV "Helping Healthcare Heroes" Campaign. Courtesy of Carol Levin, GLMV Chamber of Commerce

 
Submitted by Carol Levin, GLMV Chamber of Commerce
Updated 5/22/2020 2:04 PM

Green Oaks, Libertyville, Mundelein, Vernon Hills Chamber of Commerce continues to be an advocate for the business community on numerous fronts.

"We are providing strong advocacy, marketing and networking, and are a gateway to other resources as we all navigate this new environment," GLMV President Scott Adams said.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Through the GLMV "Business Blitz" effort, the chamber encourages all to shop, dine and support local, with curbside, take out and delivery services and gift card purchases. All chamber members are listed on the website, which also has links to key COVID-19 resources.

To help support health care and front-line heroes as they respond to the pandemic situation, the chamber launched a "GLMV Helping Healthcare Heroes" fundraiser. That effort has raised some $12,300 in community donations to purchase individually packed meals from various GLMV Chamber member restaurants.

As such, some 700 individually packed boxed meals have already been delivered to Advocate Condell Medical Center and other local first responders. To donate, visit www.gofundme.com/f/glmv-quotbusiness-blitzquot.

Participating eateries include Café Pomigliano, Catered Productions, City BBQ, Cluckers Charcoal Chicken, O'Tooles, Jameson's Charhouse, Lazy Dog, Mambo Italiano, Mickey Finns, McAllisters Deli, MainStreet Social and others.

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In addition, the chamber connects with area legislators, village officials and community leaders to find ways to help businesses.

Adams recently testified virtually before the Illinois House Economic Recovery Group in support of local businesses, many of whom have lost revenues during the pandemic.

Numerous GLMV free virtual events and outreach keep the business community connected and updated, such as a Town Hall, Mayor's Luncheon, weekly networking events and media outreach.

An active presence on various media sites offers businesses a way to stay connected, including the GLMV "Business Blitz" Facebook Group, where all can post, share and view promotional information. Visit www.facebook.com/groups/GLMV1123.

All chamber members also have the opportunity to market themselves on the chamber's website, and their information may also be shared in weekly e-news blasts. Many chamber members are offering virtual events and special promotions during this time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

"Our focus is on reaching out to assist our businesses, as possible," Adams said. "We are all in this together."

For more information, contact the GLMV Chamber of Commerce at (847) 680-0750 or www.glmvchamber.org

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