EYPN Game Night at Chooch’s Pizza

EYPN_Game_NightHave you got game? EYPN does.

On Thursday, May 19 beginning at 6pm, the Elgin Young Professionals Network invites you to join us at Chooch’s Pizza, 64 S. Grove Avenue in downtown Elgin, for EYPN Game Night – our totally tricked-out take on Trivia Night with both a Hollywood Game Night and Minute to Win It-style twist.

Come early for dinner and drinks (at your own expense) and mingling. Then at 6:30pm, we’ll divide up into teams of 3-4 people for a knock-down, drag-out battle of wits, wisdom and wackiness. We will announce the complete list of games and scoring system before the event date so stay tuned!

The overall winning team will receive a prize package of local Elgin goodies.

The event is free and open to anyone of any age who wants to learn more about all that EYPN does for the Elgin community. Bring yourself – or your team - and an appetite for hot pizza and even hotter competition.

Last year’s event was a blast so come out and play. Play for pride! Play to win! Play because…well, it’s a night of play with the cool kids from EYPN!

Let the games begin!

EYPN Spring Cash Mob at Mama Lee’s Gourmet Popcorn

11168464_662657193868839_2317262293570076496_nOn Saturday, May 14 from 11am-2pm, Elgin Young Professionals Network presents its Spring Cash Mob taking place at Mama Lee’s Gourmet Popcorn, 20 S. Spring Street in downtown Elgin.

Stop in for a tin or a couple bags of delicious popcorn. All customers who spend at least $20 and mention EYPN Cash Mob will be entered for a chance to win a raffle prize.

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
Brittain’s Express Oil & Lube

Join us on Saturday, May 14 to support this local business!

 

EYPN Professional Development: Job Safari – The Search for the Elusive Job

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Been bogged down in the swamp too long? Looking for a new adventure? Then pick up your safari hat and travel with Professor Scott Gardner of Rock Valley College as we learn about the secrets of finding that elusive job/promotion on Wednesday, April 27 from 6-8pm at United Way of Elgin, 1750 Grandstand Place, #5 in Elgin.

Learning what to pack and what tools you might need on your journey will serve you well. We’ll focus on two of your most important tools of the trade—resumes and cover letters. It doesn’t have to be a jungle out there—learn simple but important rules for writing these essential employment documents. So what are you waiting for?

You’ll learn…

1. About the role of the job description in the employment search
2. How to assess and correlate your skills to the position you seek
3. The importance of the story telling in the job hunting process
4. Paragraph by paragraph writing techniques
5. Strategies for improving your resume

Bring your hat (if you like) and a job description (optional) for a new adventure you might like to pursue.

The event is open to everyone. No membership is required.

 

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 on Friday, April 1 from 7:30-9:30am, and have a cup (or two) of coffee with us. This event is open to both 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. You buy your coffee and we’ll provide the conversation and company.

Stop in on your way to work!

February EYPN Meeting at Chooch’s Pizza

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UPDATE (2/24): Due to the weather expected tonight we are cancelling the meeting that was scheduled for 6pm at Chooch’s Pizza.

Our next event is the EYPN Mixer with the DYPN Hosted by the Family Service Association (Facebook Event Page) on Wednesday, March 9.

We will send out an email tomorrow with the full schedule of EYPN events thru June. Have a wonderful night and get home safe!

October EYPN Meeting at Dog’s Paw Brewing

cropped-eypn1.jpgOur next Elgin Young Professionals Network meeting is Tuesday, October 27 at Dog’s Paw Brewing, 74 S. Grove Avenue in downtown Elgin, at 6pm.

Topics to be covered include: Recaps of Coffee with EYPN, Professional Development Series and Tweet Night with ESO, sign-up for our new Salvation Army Angel Tree holiday giving campaign, brainstorming ideas for next year 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.

Help EYPN Support Salvation Army Angel Tree Program

angel-tree-6This year EYPN is partnering with the Elgin Salvation Army on the organization’s annual Angel Tree program to help spread joy and cheer to the less fortunate during the holidays.

At our next EYPN meeting on Tuesday, October 27 at Dog’s Paw Brewing, 74 S. Grove Avenue in downtown Elgin, you can pick up an Angel Tag, which represents the holiday wish of an area youth. If you are unable to make the 10/27 meeting, you can also contact Elissa Kojzarek at ekojzarek@uwelgin.org to have an Angel Tag sent to you.

Participants should then purchase the item listed on the tag and bring it to the November EYPN meeting on Thursday, November 19.

Let’s make 2015 a warm and joyous holiday experience!

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!

#EYPNatESO