Join the Mob with EYPN at Herb’s Bakery 6/21

HerbsDon’t forget! On Saturday, June 21 from 7am-12pm, please join the Elgin Young Professionals Network in supporting Herb’s Bakery, 1020 Larkin Avenue in Elgin at our semi-annual CASH MOB.

The cash mob is an event intended to create an influx of revenue for a local business by organizing a mob of people to go and spend at least $20 on a designated day. It shows our support for the “little guy” not the big box stores! They carry coffee, donuts, cakes and other yummy baked goods. This will provide an immense amount of support for the selected business, often surpassing a local shop’s earnings for a month or more in one day!

As an added bonus, Herb’s Bakery has generously agreed to raffle off a $30 gift certificate to all of our participating “mobsters” who spend a minimum of $20 that day! Now that’s an offer you can’t refuse.

We can’t do this without you!

Tell your neighbors, friends and family. Post it on Facebook, Twitter and text it! We plan to “mob” at least twice a year, targeting a different Elgin business each time. Spacetaste, Elgin Books and others have already profited from our mobs; and we helped them accomplish some of their most prosperous Saturdays ever!

And when you check out, please let the owners know that you are part of the Cash Mob.

So please, come support Herb’s Bakery on Saturday, June 21 between 7am and 12pm, spend at least $20, and take the time to support the businesses that make Elgin a community!

EYPN Professional Development Series Speaker Profiles

cropped-eypn1.jpgOn Tuesday, June 10 from 6-7pm at Al’s Cafe, 43 DuPage Court, Elgin Young Professionals Network’s Professional Development Series for young professionals and community members continues with its latest seminar entitled, “The Benefits of Being Part of a Board”. Guest speakers are Kimberly Bless, President/CEO – Elgin Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Denise Barreto, Managing Partner – Relationships Matter Now!

Below is a profile of our two guest speakers:

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About Kimberly Bless, President/CEO – Elgin Area Convention & Visitors Bureau:

Chair of ICCVB for 5 years, currently Legislative Chair and co-chair for the 2015 Illinois Governor’s Conference on Travel and Tourism, Kimberly Bless chaired the Chicago and Beyond Regional Tourism Development Office for three years. Current Board Member for the Northwest Executives Club of Chicago. Member of the Illinois Delegation for the 2016 Olympic Bid Committee. Past Board Member for the Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce. Past Executive Committee and Community Advisory Board for Roosevelt University. Executive Committee and Board of Directors for 2020 Northwest. Board of Directors for the Greater Woodfield Convention & Visitors Bureau. Board of Directors for the Northern Kane County Workforce Development Board. Board of Directors and Secretary for Northern Illinois Business PAC. Contributing Writer for The Business Ledger newspaper. recipient of the Today’s Young Professional Award and recipient of the Professional Women in Business Award.


About Denise Barreto, Managing Partner – Relationships Matter Now!

Denise W. Barreto is a dynamic marketing leader who has spent all her career building relationships with consumers on behalf of brands such as US Soccer Federation, AT&T, Miller Brewing Company, the Chicago Fire Major League Soccer team, United Airlines, Pella Windows and Doors and Sears Holdings Corporation. Her over 19 years experience analyzing consumer data and using it to build actionable marketing campaigns to mobilize and engage consumers and internal corporate audiences alike, make her uniquely qualified to lead Relationships Matter Now.

Denise is an expert in the art of influence. As a life-long marketer and political junkie, she has studied consumer and human behavior and specializes in ways to motivate towards goals while simultaneously adding value to their lives. With her down-to-earth personality and laid-back style, she quickly connects with audiences to help them absorb her messages.

The event is free and open to the public so please RSVP by e-mailing Krisilee Murphy at and be sure to join us on Tuesday, June 10 for this unique learning opportunity.