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Emerald Acres Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

On Thursday, August 31, the Elburn Chamber of Commerce held a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to celebrate the Grand Opening of Emerald Acres.  Located at $N250 IL-47, Emerald Acres is a social club, cocktail bar, and private events venue that is open to the public on Thursday nights for drinks and live music.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony – Edward Jones

On Tuesday, August 15 the Elburn Chamber of Commerce held a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to celebrate the relocation of Edward Jones, Elburn Branch. In attendance were Edward Jones Financial Advisors Bill Brauer, Daniel Murphy and Josh Beard and their Branch Office Administrators Jennifer Franck and Rhonda Gualdoni. Representing the Chamber of Commerce were Penny Bergstrom, President, Ben Gulino, Treasurer and Gary Johnston Jr, VP of Marketing. Representing the Village of Elburn were Jeff Walter, Village President and John Nevenhoven, Village Administrator.

CASA Kane County Ribbon Cutting

On Wednesday, July 19 CASA Kane County held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate their 35th anniversary and the Grand Re-Opening of their Grow a Healthy Child Garden.  The Elburn Chamber of Commerce joined with other local Chambers along with county, city and state elected officials and local judges to celebrate CASA Kane County’s 35 years of advocacy and service for the children in foster care. The Elburn Chamber of Commerce was represented by Bill Brauer, our Vice President of Committees.

3 Scholarships Awarded to Kaneland High Seniors

Congratulations to the Kaneland High School class of 2023! We would like to thank the Kaneland community for supporting the Elburn Chamber of Commerce. With your help, the Chamber gives back in many ways, including college scholarships. This year, the Chamber provided three scholarships to graduating students, including the Pat Hill Spirit Award, which Railside Citrus Insurance Agency sponsored again this year.

This years winners for 2023 were:

Makayla Barsotti – $1000 Elburn Chamber of Commerce Award
Lindsay Yost – $1000 Elburn Chamber of Commerce Award
Andres Alba – $1000 Pat Hill Spirit Award

Congratulations to all the scholarship recipients! Thank you all and best of luck, seniors!

Elburn Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Committee:
Chair, Dave Broz, Railside Citrus Insurance Agency
Josh Beard, Edward Jones

New Flag for the Elburn Chamber

At our February 2nd meeting at the American Legion, Harley Veldhuizen, with Blackberry Township, gifted Penny Bergstrom, President of the Elburn Chamber, with our own American flag for Chamber meetings.



Awards Banquet 2022

Elburn Chamber Awards Banquet

 Obscurity Brewing and Craft Mead received the 2021 Chamber Business of the Year Award.

Elburn Chamber Awards Banquet

Our March Member Meeting and 2021 Awards Banquet was held at The Old Elburn Hall on March 3rd from Noon to 2pm.  The banquet featured a menu of appetizers, prime rib, an array of sides, and dessert.  Awards were presented to the 2021 Chamber Business of the Year and the 2021 Chamber Member of the Year.  In addition, recognition was given to 2021 Board Members and Committee Chairs.

Thank you to all who attended.  And a special thank you to  The Old Elburn Hall for hosting and catering this wonderful event!

Congrats to Obscurity Brewing and Craft Mead on being awarded the Chamber Business of the Year and  David Wennemar on being awarded the Chamber Member of the Year!

For more details, a full list of award recipients, and photos please visit the Awards Banquet page.


Obscurity Mead Hall & Cidery Ribbon Cutting

Ribbon Cutting Page

Business Ribbon Cutting Guidelines

The Elburn Chamber of Commerce looks forward to celebrating your new business  or momentous business milestone with a formal ribbon cutting celebration!

Ribbon cutting celebrations are an opportunity to showcase your business and its success and bring the village officials and community alongside you as well for congratulations and support moving forward. As Elburn has continued to see expansive growth over the last several years, the following outline has been created to demonstrate how we will work with you to create the perfect event.

For more details, photos, and form go to the:

View Ribbon Cutting Page

July 1st Meeting: Scholarships Awarded

Four Scholarships Awarded at the July 1st Member Meeting!

Thank you for your Elburn Chamber of Commerce Scholarship application and essays last year. As you may recall, we suspended the program last year when things were so uncertain but we are thrilled to be awarding the 2020 $1000 Kaneland School District Scholarship and the new annual $500 Pat Hill Community Service Award to a 2020 Kaneland student. The Pat Hill scholarships were donated by Dave Broz from Railside Citrus Insurance Agency and Lucas Goucher of Obscurity Brewing and Craft Mead.

Elburn Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Committee:
Chair, Dave Broz, Railside Citrus Insurance Agency
Josh Beard, American Bank & Trust
Bill Thomas, Ottosen DiNolfo Hasenbalg & Castaldo

After thorough deliberation and some tough decision-making by our Scholarship Committee, the two recipients for 2020 are as follows:

Jacquelyne Zavala – $1000 Kaneland School District Scholarship 2020

Katelyn Schultz – $500 Pat Hill Community Service Award 2020

After thorough deliberation and some tough decision-making by our Scholarship Committee, the two recipients for 2021 are as follows:

Travis Johnson – $1000 Kaneland School District Scholarship 2021

Hannah Dzielawa – $500 Pat Hill Community Service Award 2021

Congratulations Jacquelyne, Katelyn, Travis, and Hannah!

Thank you to all of you, we are extremely proud of the quality and character we saw in all of the applications.

Wishing you all every success in your college career and beyond.

David Wennemar

June 3rd Meeting Speaker: David Wennemar

Our June 3rd Member Meeting Speaker will be our very own VP of Marketing Board Member for 2020-2022, David Wennemar! David will be discussing branding and marketing design that fits your goals. Let David be your design guide with over 20 years of experience designing the right fit for clients. His goal is a return on your investment through adding value to clarify and grow your business branding and marketing. This talk relates to all businesses because they all need a strong brand and strong marketing to thrive.

David generously donates his design talent to the Chamber as a Board Member. Let’s thank him for all the great work he has done to bring the design of the Chamber up through consistent messaging design on our website, social media, event materials, signage, email newsletters, and overall branding.

Come out to the June 3rd Member Meeting at the Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District Station 1 at 12pm to engage with the Chamber and listen to David Wennemar discuss branding and marketing design to help your business!

Visit to learn more about David and Wennemar Design services: Brand Identity, Website Design, Video Editing, Animation, Illustration, Print Collateral, Social Assets, and Email Campaigns designed to fit your business goals.

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