EYPN Cash Mob: Brittain’s Oil & Lube

brittainsOn Saturday, September 26 from 8am-3pm, Elgin Young Professionals Network presents its Fall Cash Mob taking place at Brittain’s Express Oil & Lube, 1572 Larkin Avenue in Elgin.

Stop in for a car wash or an oil change that day and register for a chance to win a raffle package of 10 car washes or another raffle prize of a free oil change.

Much like a Flash Mob, a Cash Mob is where shoppers are invited to show up en masse to “mob” the local business on a set date and time frame to shop, socialize and spend. Participants are also encouraged beforehand to spread the word to their spheres of influence thru their social media channels and word-of-mouth to effectively deliver one huge day of sales to these local businesses.

To date, our EYPN members have successfully mobbed:

  • Elgin Books & Coffee
  • SpaceTaste Gallery
  • State Street Market
  • Downtown Elgin Harvest Market
  • Herb’s Bakery
  • Tinsel Holiday Pop-Up Shop
  • The Flower Wagon, South Elgin

Join us on Saturday, September 26 to support this local business!

EYPN Professional Development Series – Inside InDesign

Adobe_InDesign_iconWant to create professional looking posters, publications and other collateral materials? Ready to step up from more basic desktop publishing suites like Word or Publisher to the industry standard Adobe InDesign but don’t know how?

On Tuesday, October 13 at 6:30pm at United Way of Elgin, 1750 Grandstand Place, #5 in Elgin, Daniel Escamilla, Graphic Designer at the Gail Borden Library, will take us inside the basics of InDesign.

Through hands-on demonstration he will help you navigate the user interface, provide an overview of tools and workflow, review keyboard shortcuts, and walk the group through beginning a project.

Please RSVP on our Facebook event page.

Tweet Night at the Elgin Symphony Orchestra – Encore!

TweetNightOur first Elgin Symphony Orchestra social night earlier this year was so well received, we are happy to announce that we are again partnering with ESO for an encore Tweet Night at the Symphony, taking place on Saturday, October 17 at The Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way in downtown Elgin.

We will meet at Martini Room, 161 E. Chicago Street, for pre-concert drinks from 6-7pm. Then head over to The Hemmens before the Out of this World: Sci-Fi Movie Classics concert at 7:30pm, where you’ll hear themes from classic sci-fi movies such as Star Wars, Star Trek, Back to the Future and more!

ESO has graciously provided us with 30 seats in the upper balcony where we can get our social media on and live tweet about this awesome experience as it happens.

After the concert, we are invited to Elgin Public House, 219 E. Chicago Street in downtown Elgin to enjoy a cash bar, free apps and to mingle with the musicians and patrons.

Special discounted tickets are only $10 per person! If you have never been to an Elgin Symphony Orchestra concert, this is a great opportunity to witness one of Elgin’s true cultural gems in person.

If you are interested in attending, you must e-mail Jason Pawlowski at jpawlowski@elginchamber.com by Friday, October 9. Tickets are first come, first serve.

Payment is due in full to EYPN by Monday, October 12 – no exceptions. Preferred payment is cash or check (payable to EYPN). Please do not order your tickets directly from the ESO Box Office as those tickets will not be discounted.

Let’s pack the house that night and blow up Twitter about EYPN, ESO and Elgin!


Coffee with EYPN at Domani Cafe

13781_695489747227972_5848559768241270615_nWe would like to invite everyone to stop into Domani Café, 109 E. Highland Avenue in downtown Elgin, and have a cup (or two) of coffee with us on Friday, October 2 from 7:30-9:30 am. This event is open to young professionals and established professionals. Come learn who the Elgin Young Professionals Network is and what we do!

This is a great opportunity to come together and support one of the wonderful coffee shops we have in downtown Elgin. Stop in on your way to work! You buy your coffee and we’ll provide the conversation and company.

September EYPN Meeting at Rookies

cropped-eypn1.jpgOur next Elgin Young Professionals Network meeting is Thursday, September 17 at Rookies, 2486 Bushwood Drive in Elgin, at 6pm.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Fall and Holiday Cash Mobs
  • Coffee with EYPN
  • Professional Development Seminar
  • ESO Tweet Night
  • EYPN Volunteer Nights
  • And more!

This event is also open to anyone interested in joining or learning more about the leadership building and community service opportunities available with EYPN.

EYPN Volunteer Night at Food for Greater Elgin

FoodForGreaterElginOur next EYPN Volunteer Night at Food for Greater Elgin, 1553 Commerce Drive in Elgin, takes place on Thursday, September 3 from 5:30-8pm. Volunteers will perform a variety of duties from sorting food donations, organizing aisles, assisting clients with shopping and more.

We will cap each month’s volunteer night at a maximum of 8 volunteers – first come, first serve. EYPN’s volunteer events are open to anyone, whether you’re currently a member or not, so please join us to see first hand the impact we can have on our great community.

If you are planning on attending this month’s Volunteer Night, YOU MUST e-mail Elissa Kojzarek at ekojzarek@uwelgin.org by Monday, August 31 to confirm your attendance.

August EYPN Meeting at Emmett’s in West Dundee

cropped-eypn1.jpgOur next Elgin Young Professionals Network meeting is Wednesday, August 26 at Emmett’s, 128 W. Main Street in West Dundee, starting at 6pm.

We will be joined by members of the Dundee Township Young Professionals. This will be a great opportunity to network with area young professionals as well as get to know what other young professional groups are doing in nearby communities.

This event is also open to anyone interested in joining or learning more about the leadership building and community service opportunities available with EYPN.

EYPN Painting Night at Ola la Ijorere

10313124_571038499673098_5272885607440949448_nYou’ve been waiting for it and now it’s finally here!

Ola la Ijorere, 51 S. Spring Street in downtown Elgin, will once again be hosting our annual painting party which takes place on Friday, August 14 beginning at 6:45pm.

For a special discounted price of only $30, you’ll enjoy an evening of painting paired perfectly with music and wine (it’s BYOB but wine glasses will be available).

11136737_812982335444343_6450414733625537379_nWe will be painting the “Riverwalk of Elgin” that night. If you’re not an artist, don’t worry. The instructor will walk you step-by-step thru the entire painting.

The event is open to the public but space is limited and tickets likely will sell out fast!

Please RSVP on our Facebook event page and then PAY YOUR ADMISSION ONLINE! (No payments will be accepted at the door.)

If you’ve never done a painting night at Ijorere, this is your chance to experience a fun night of rhythms, art and wine in downtown Elgin with EYPN. Join us!

EYPN Book Club

EYPN_BookClubIn an effort to learn from each other, EYPN is starting a book club! This club will focus on professional development books and meet once every three months.

The first book we will be reading is the classic Who Moved My Cheese.

EYPN is grateful to Books at Sunset, 1100 South Street in Elgin, has agreed to host our book club and we in turn would like to support them. Thus Books at Sunset has agreed to order copies of this book for us and offer it for purchase at a discount.

We need to let them know how many books to order in advance so please RSVP on Facebook by Wednesday, July 15. Books will be ordered for every person who responds that they will be attending. We will then let you know when books will be available for purchase.

EYPN’s “Halfway Thru” Year in Review


We’re barely midway into 2015 and already Elgin Young Professionals Network has accomplished great things for ourselves, our network and for the Elgin community this calendar year.

Here are some of the highlights:

Membership Has Its Privileges

DSC_0211To help strengthen our network, provide value to our stakeholders and take our programming to the next level, EYPN instituted a paid membership program for 2015. We launched our member drive in grand style at our EYPN Game Night at Chooch’s Pizza in January. In addition to enjoying free food and sweet treats from the Elgin High School Clumsy Chefs, Game Night attendees divided into teams and enjoyed a knock down, drag out, game show-like competition emceed by EYPN board member Jason Pawlowski. More than 20 new members joined as a result of our membership drive.

New Leadership

10930528_663790847064529_1244879242878038856_nBecause one of our mantras is leadership development, we were happy to see Krisilee Murphy (Elgin Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Director of Marketing) elevated to the position of Board Chair and Christina Pearson (United Way of Elgin Office Manager) to the position of Vice Chair of the Elgin Young Professionals Network.

We also welcomed two new board members to the organization in 2015 - Megan Ault and Marissa Garza.



Something Old…Something New…

We continued to offer valuable professional development and community service opportunities to our members while rolling out progressive new programs and events as well.

11204978_711766162266997_6293313723201230155_nOur May Cash Mob brought more than a dozen motivated Mother’s Day mob shoppers to The Flower Wagon in South Elgin accounting for a record day of sales for this area small business. Also our first Professional Development session in March 2015 at Judson University covered Personal Finance for Young Professionals and was led by Keith Rauschenberger of Rauschenberger Financial Advisors.

13781_695489747227972_5848559768241270615_nWe also unveiled some new, more social opportunities for EYPN members including our Coffee with EYPN events in January and April at Domani Café; our EYPN Brown Bag Summer Lunch Series, which premiered in June at Blue Box Café; EYPN Night at the Movies at Marcus Elgin Cinema in June; and our exclusive EYPN Tweet Night at the Symphony, featuring a wine tasting at Solo Restaurant & Wine Bar followed by an elegant evening of Beethoven paired with social media, all courtesy of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra.

At Your Service

1907569_677156172394663_1399499874258519008_nEYPN also continues to connect our members to volunteer opportunities with non-profit organizations. This year alone our members have already volunteered their time with City of Elgin Special Events’ Elgin Valley Fox Trot, Downtown Neighborhood Association‘s 4th of July Parade, Elgin Area Convention & Visitors Bureau‘s Bikes & Bites on the Fox, City of Elgin and Gail Borden Public Library‘s VolunteerPalooza, and at Food for Greater Elgin.

Image is Everything

ImageAwardsIn March 2015, Elgin Young Professionals Network was honored with an award from the Elgin Image Advisory Commission at the 23rd Annual City of Elgin Image Awards Ceremony. EYPN won recognition in the Organizations/Business category for its community service and professional development efforts in 2014.

Member Kari Christensen was also honored by the YWCA Elgin with a Leader Luncheon Award in the Communications & Technology Category this past May.

And we’re far from done with making our mark in 2015. Among the programs and events we still have to look forward to include:

So, how are we doing?

Here’s to finishing strong in the second half of 2015. Go EYPN!