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March Member Meeting & Awards Banquet

Our March Member Meeting and 2023 Awards Banquet was held at The Old Elburn Hall on March 7th from Noon to 1:30 pm. The banquet was catered by Ream’s Meat Market and featured a menu of pork schnitzel, spaetzle, salads and dessert. Bill Brauer presented the award for the 2023 Chamber Member of the Year to Penny Bergstrom from Pound 4 Pound Fitness and for the 2023 Chamber Business of the Year to Siwy Real Estate. In addition, recognition was given to 2023 Board Members and Committee Chairs.

Board Members:
Penny Bergstrom  – President
Ben Gulino – Treasurer
Jennifer Long – Secretary
Bill Brauer – Vice President Committees
Gary Johnston Jr. – Vice President Marketing

Co-chairs of the Scholarship Committee:
Dave Broz from Railside Citrus Insurance Agency
Josh Beard from Edward Jones
Bill Thomas from Ottosen Dinolfo Hasenbalg & Castaldo, Ltd.

Co-Chairs of the Golf Committee:
Bill Brauer from Edward Jones
Josh Beard from Edward Jones

Co-Chairs of the Christmas Stroll Committee:
Annette Siwy from Siwy Real Estate
Steve Siwy from Siwy Real Estate
Hannah Miller from Siwy Real Estate


New Stop Signs for Christmas Stroll

Students in Mike Livorski’s Industrial Arts class at Kaneland Harter Middle School helped design and build 5 new stop signs to use during the Elburn Christmas Stroll.

Elburn Chamber of Commerce board members Bill Brauer and Gary Johnston Jr. pose with Mr. Livorski and some of his students.

The signs will be used during the Elburn Christmas Stroll to mark the places where the Free Shuttlebus will stop to pick up and drop off people.

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.


Food Pantry

Please Donate Today!

Donation goal accomplished!

Thank you to the Elburn Lions Club and First Midwest Bank for donating and exceeding expectations!

Everyone is welcome to keep contributing to the Food Pantry.

The Elburn Chamber is matching up to $1000 of our members’ donations to the Elburn Countryside Food Pantry!

Please email the Chamber office or call if you are a member who has made a pantry donation so we can keep track to match funds.

Donate to the Food Pantry

Deadline for donations Dec. 31st!

We will post the names of businesses or individuals who contribute.

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

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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