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!


JOB OPPORTUNITY: Administrative Assistant

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Alignment Collaborative for Education – Elgin IL.

Alignment Collaborative for Education (ACE) is a collective impact nonprofit organization whose mission is to align community resources in support of public school strategies to raise student achievement, improve the health and happiness of our children, create responsible, productive and contributing members of our society, and advance the economic and social well-being of our community. Position Summary: We are seeking an energetic and flexible individual who can provide efficient and professional administrative support to the Executive Director and the Governing Board, as well as other office members in a variety of administrative and office tasks. Candidate must have an appreciation for working within a diverse community. This is a 24-29 hour a week Non- Exempt position. The schedule is set from Monday -Friday. Employee May be required to work late evenings or weekends when necessary.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Maintain up-to-date contact lists for Governing Board, Operating Board, and all A-Teams.
  • Maintain email databases.
  • Prepare and distribute materials for all meetings of the Operating Board, Governing Board and A-Teams.
  • Facilitate communication with Executive Director, Governing Board, Operating Board, and A-Teams, and provide them first-level administrative support for their activities, including generating meeting agendas, taking minutes and notes at Board and A-Team meetings, and creating written communications.
  • Coordinate meeting details involving Executive Director, Governing Board, Operating Board, and A-Teams.  Set meetings, coordinate calendars, and work with outside community partners where meetings are held.
  • Assist in development of team implementation plans, assessment plans, and continuous improvement plans.
  • Maintain management plans (timelines, milestones, etc.) for team work.
  • Ensure active and ongoing participation of A-Team and Governing Board members, including attendance record-keeping.  Assist in succession process of A-Team chairs and vice chairs and Governing Board members.
  • Train and provide technical assistance to team members on ACE website and other technical tools.
  • Answer inquiries, take messages, and provide support for community members who call with inquiries about ACE.
  • Organize and update filing.
  • Assist with financial reports as required.
  • Prepare invoices and financial statements as directed.
  • Any other activities as determined by the Executive Director.

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems, such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
  • Strong understanding of the structure and content of the English language.
  • High level of accuracy, professionalism, and self-motivation.
  • Efficient organization, project management, and multi-tasking skills with demonstrated ability to manage expectations and deliver results required.
  • Ability to prioritize and execute on multiple, simultaneous, and complex projects with an acute attention to detail.

Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Associates Degree with administrative experience or Bachelor’s Degree preferred
  • Advanced application/usage of electronic equipment and computer hardware and software, including but not limited to: Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, QuickBooks, Excel, and Outlook.
  • Experience with non-profits a plus

Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Comfortable communicating on the phone, through e-mail, and having face-to-face discussions daily.
  • Requires sitting for long periods of time.
  • Majority of tasks and projects will be performed indoors in environmentally controlled conditions with a moderate noise level.  However, there is some walking, standing, bending, and carrying of light items under 10 lbs.  Also, the employee must have manual dexterity, visual and auditory acuity.  Some repetitive motion is involved.

NOTE: This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. Employee may perform other related duties as negotiated to meet the ongoing needs of the organization.

To apply for this position, please send your resume and cover letter to Raquel McCormick – Executive Director Mccormickace@gmail.com Office : 224-227-7534

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.