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!

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.

May EYPN Meeting at Prairie Rock Bar & Grill

cropped-eypn1.jpgOur next Elgin Young Professionals Network meeting will be Thursday, May 21 at Prairie Rock Bar & Grill, 127 S. Grove Avenue in downtown Elgin, at 6pm. Weather permitting the meeting will be held outside in Prairie Rock’s beautiful outdoor patio also known as the “Rock Garden”.

Topics to be covered:

  • 2015 Mentor Program
  • Recaps of Tweet Night at the Symphony and Mother’s Day Cash Mob
  • New EYPN Programming including the EYPN Book Club and Brown Bag Summer Lunch Series
  • Volunteering at Food for Greater Elgin
  • And much more!

RSVP on our Facebook event page!

Our monthly meetings are informal. Come for the meeting and stay for dinner or drinks as well as some friendly conversation with our fabulous young professionals.

And if you are not a current EYPN member, we invite you to join us for the meeting and learn more about what EYPN is all about. If you like what you hear, membership is only $30.

April 2015 Meeting Minutes

cropped-eypn1.jpgEYPN April Meeting Minutes
Tuesday, April 28, 2016 6:00pm
Elgin Public House, 219 E. Chicago Street, Elgin

Board Members Present: Megan Ault, Aaron Cosentino, Marissa Garza, Jason Pawlowski

Members Present: Andrea Fugitt, Olivia Vlahos, Brooke Wardle, Molly Center, Emily Tyler, Andrew Block, Justin Budd, Angela Carlson

Introductions

Jason Pawlowski, Board Treasurer, facilitated the meeting and welcomed the group at 6:01pm.

Coffee with EYPN

The April Coffee with EYPN event at Domani Café was well attended. Domani has been a great host for the last two coffee events. The question was raised about whether we should consider rotating these events to offer other coffee shops in town the opportunity to host. Another question was raised about if the events could be rotated to another day besides Fridays. It was decided that our next Coffee with EYPN, tentatively scheduled for mid-July or August, should rotate to Blue Box Café in downtown Elgin and we will look at the feasibility of scheduling the event on a different day of the week.

EYPN May Volunteer Event

Our next volunteer event will be a Clean-Up Day at Hawthorne Hills in Elgin on Saturday, May 16 from 9am-12pm. A Facebook event will be created and cross promoted thru the EYPN website. Sign-up will be coordinated thru Elissa Kojzarek and Molly Center.

Regarding the ongoing monthly EYPN volunteer nights with Food for Greater Elgin, we will work with Sue Ericson and her staff to coordinate another volunteer night in June. We will then continue to promote and offer the ongoing monthly FFGE opportunities to anyone who is interested and look at setting a goal for the year for total FFGE volunteer hours as an organization.

2015 Mentor Program

Past Chair Becky Hardekopf was unable to attend the meeting so discussion on the specifics of the “kick-off” event for the 2015 Mentor Program was tabled.

Discussion did take place on potential mentor candidates. We will confirm which candidates Becky has already lined-up and then reach out to those other potential mentors discussed this evening.

Discussion also took place on current EYPN members serving as mentors not just for our membership but for college students as well. Several members expressed an interest in serving as mentors. Additional discussion on the logistics and integration into our existing mentor program is needed.

It was suggested that our members perhaps consider serving as presenters for more Professional Development Series this year with topics/presenters such as Learning Adobe InDesign (Jason Pawlowski), Social Media tips (Marissa Garza, Molly Center, Krisilee Murphy, others), etc.

Tweet Night at the Symphony

The EYPN Tweet Night at the ESO will be Saturday, May 2 beginning with a wine tasting at Solo restaurant & wine bar at 6pm followed by the concert at Hemmens at 7:30pm. We have a total of 11 EYPN members and their guests attending. EYPN will prepay the ESO by check on Wednesday, April 29 and collect remaining outstanding funds from attendees by Saturday night.

Mother’s Day Cash Mob

Our spring Cash Mob will be Saturday, May 9 from 9am-1pm at The Flower Wagon, 989 W. Spring Street in South Elgin. The Facebook event went live earlier this week and over 350 people have been invited from both EYPN and the owners of The Flower Wagon. For every “cash mobster” that spends $20, they are entered into a raffle for a planter of flowers valued at $50. Winners need not be present to win. Also, each mom in attendance that day will receive a single flower as a gift.

Upcoming Community Events/Volunteer Opportunities

Downtown Elgin Art Hop (5/1) is looking for volunteers to help with registration and check-in at nine different venues in downtown Elgin. Contact Paige Roeber at the DNA at proeber@downtownelgin.com or call 847-488-1456.

Strawberry Festival (5/2) takes place at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Elgin and benefits local non-profit organizations.

City of Elgin’s Public Works Open House (5/2) is a family-friendly event that takes place at the Public Works facility at 1900 Holmes Road.

EYPN member Kari Christensen has been nominated in the Communications category for this year’s YWCA Elgin Leader Luncheon (5/7) at the Seville in Streamwood. Several EYPN members are attending to support Kari. Tickets are $55 and can be purchased at www.YWCAElgin.org.

City of Elgin’s Fox Trot is seeking volunteers for packet stuffing during the week leading up to the race (5/19-5/21). Shifts are from 9am-12pm, 12pm-3pm and 3pm-6pm. They are also in need of pre-registration volunteers (5/22) and race day volunteers (5/23) for check-in and other duties.

Bikes and Bites on the Fox (5/30) will be a bicycle-friendly event on Riverside Drive featuring food trucks, farmers market, kids activities and more. EYPN is organizing the bags activity for the event. We will post this as a volunteer opportunity for EYPN members and we need at least 2-3 people. We are also looking into prizes for a potential bags tournament at the event. Angela Carlson will promote Bikes and Bites on the Fox on her 7 for the Weekend segment on 95.9-FM The River.

Other Discussion

Marissa Garza has agreed to organize a new EYPN Book Club, where different members will pick a book each quarter that they like for other participating members to read. Then we will host informal quarterly meetings to discuss.

The group was definitely on board with doing another EYPN painting night. We will decide on an appropriate night for sometime this summer and work with Ola la Ijorere to schedule. Several members expressed interest in doing the Riverside Drive painting.

Brooke Wardle will be joining as a new EYPN member thru Judson University. Brooke will only be in the Elgin area until late summer. We will give the option to Judson to send another representative in her place after Brooke leaves.

Andrew Block has also expressed interest in joining and volunteering at some of our upcoming EYPN functions.

The group was in favor of conducting the next meeting at Prairie Rock Bar & Grill in downtown Elgin in their outdoor beer garden. We will confirm this with Christina Pearson just in case a May venue has already been confirmed.

Next Meeting: Thursday, May 21st at 6pm (location TBD)

Meeting Adjourned at 6:45pm

April EYPN Meeting at Elgin Public House

cropped-eypn1.jpgOur next Elgin Young Professionals Network meeting will be Tuesday, April 28 at Elgin Public House, 219 E. Chicago Street in downtown Elgin, at 6pm.

Topics to be Covered: Coffee with EYPN, 2015 Mentor Program, Tweet Night at the Symphony, May Cash Mob and more!

Our meetings are informal so we invite you to come for the meeting and stay for dinner and friendly conversation with some fantastic young professionals.

Join Us at Our February EYPN Meeting

cropped-eypn1.jpgOur next Elgin Young Professionals Network meeting will be Tuesday, February 24 at The Village Squire South Elgin, 480 Randall Rd, at 6pm..

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

Among the topics to be discussed will be review of the Elgin Game Night, 2015 Calendar and more.

Our meetings are informal so we invite you to come for the meeting and stay for dinner and friendly conversation with some fantastic young professionals.

Please RSVP on Facebook or e-mail Board President, Krisilee Murphy, kmurphy@northernfoxrivervalley.com for more details.

EYPN 2014 Year in Review

EYPN1 (4)2015 promises to be an exciting year for the Elgin Young Professionals Network but before we look ahead, let’s look back upon what was a very positive and productive year of programming and progress for our young professionals:

- EYPN launched its official website, www.ElginYoungProfessionals.com, on January 10. The site features EYPN news, event listings, article links, and job and volunteer opportunities for area young professionals. The site averages 253 visitors and 511 views per month. Our network’s reach is also amplified to over 400 followers and subscribers thru the EYPN Facebook, Twitter and e-mail blast. Kudos to board members Krisilee Murphy and Jason Pawlowski for so diligently managing EYPN’s marketing and communications.

DSC_0577- In the spirit of the 2014 Sochi Winter Games, our New Member Mix-and-Meet: Let the Games Begin event in January at Nick’s Pizza & Pub brought in over 20 new and current EYPN members to compete in a series of fun and engaging Minute-to-Win-It style games, such as Stapler Luge and Speed Tweeting, to see who would bring home the Gold. Congratulations to Krisilee Murphy, Aaron Cosentino and Christina Pearson for taking the gold, silver and bronze respectively and shout out to Andersen’s Trophies for providing our EYPN Let the Games Begin medals.

- This past year EYPN launched a new series of professional development seminars to help young professionals build skills and experience. The first seminar titled “Marketing Yourself Thru LinkedIn” was lead by Sam Madan, Director of Special Events and External Relations for Pillars. Held at Judson University in March and attended by almost 20 individuals, the seminar focused on tips for building a strong LinkedIn profile and creating and cultivating a new professional network to aid in job search and career development. At the seminar, local photographer James Harvey also provided free headshots for attendees to use as their new LinkedIn profile picture.

HulaforMoola- Our Hula for Moola Scholarship Fundraiser in April at Chooch’s Pizza in downtown Elgin helped raise more than $1,500 for EYPN’s scholarship program supporting Elgin High School’s Clumsy Chefs culinary students entering Elgin Community College’s culinary arts program. The Clumsy Chefs program is spearheaded by U-46 teacher and EYPN member Ann Leider. EYPN members also supported the Clumsy Chefs at their annual Thanksgiving Luncheon at Elgin High School.

EYPN YWCA Elgin- In May, EYPN Board President Becky Hardekopf was awarded the Young Professional Friend of Tourism Award by the Elgin Area Convention & Visitors Bureau at their annual Mayor’s Luncheon. EYPN member Kari Christensen was awarded the Downtown Neighborhood Association of Elgin‘s Volunteer of the Year Award at their annual Awards Gala in October. Hardekopf, Christensen and EYPN member Ann Leider were also nominated by their peers for YWCA Elgin Leader Luncheon Awards. Board Vice President Krisilee Murphy was honored by her alma mater Western Illinois University as a distinguished alumni. She was also nominated for an Elgin Image Award earlier this year.

10357754_548910101885938_462718589515232118_o- In June, EYPN conducted its second professional development series entitled “The Benefits of Being Part of a Board” at Al’s Café. The seminar featured a panel discussion and Q&A with Kimberly Bless, CEO/President – Elgin Area Convention & Visitors Bureau; Karin Jones, Board President – Downtown Neighborhood Association of Elgin, and Sharon Bush, Elgin Program Director and Senior Program Officer – Grand Victoria Foundation, and concluded with a dynamic presentation about developing board leadership and chemistry by Denise Baretto – Managing Partner of Relationships Matter Now.

- For the third straight year, EYPN organized a series of Cash Mobs to support Elgin area businesses and promote buying local. Much like a Flash Mob, a Cash Mob is where shoppers are invited to show up all at once to “mob” a local business on a set date and time to shop, socialize and spend a minimum of $20 per person. 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. This year more than 60 cash mobsters shopped Herb’s Bakery in June and the Tinsel Holiday Pop-Up Shop in downtown Elgin in December.

- As part of EYPN’s community service mantra, several EYPN members worked with the Downtown Neighborhood Association of Elgin to serve as volunteer judges at events such as the City of Elgin 4th of July Parade and Downtown Elgin Window Wonderland.

10313124_571038499673098_5272885607440949448_n- In July, EYPN painted the town “RAW” with rhythms, art and wine at our first ever RAW Night at Ola la Ijorere. More than 20 EYPN members came out to enjoy an evening of painting, networking and good times while supporting a burgeoning local arts business in downtown Elgin.

10606132_621654237944857_2109299508190327828_n- In November, EYPN members participated in and served as an event sponsor of the Annual Elgin Youth Scholarship Challenge at The Centre of Elgin. After a competitive series of physical and mental challenges and events Team EYPN took Second Place overall. Thanks to participants Kari Christensen, Mary Kay Frankel, Becky Hardekopf, Barb Keselica, Elissa Kojzarek, Elaina McCalmont, Chad Meyers, Krisilee Murphy, Mike Murphy, Jason Pawlowski, Christina Pearson and Shalina Wozny.

1483441_822133597806813_9077784208465731995_n- For the second straight year, EYPN members helped organize the Elgin Home for the Holidays program. This year’s initiative united 23 Elgin area not-for-profit organizations in collaborative promotion of nearly 50 of our non-profit community’s holiday events to help brand Elgin as a destination for holiday tourism. The Home for the Holidays Kick-Off event at Gail Borden Public Library on November 8 drew more than 2,300 people and featured horse-drawn carriage rides, non-profit expo, bi-lingual reading activity with Mrs. Claus sponsored by United Way of Elgin, holiday photo booth manned by the Elgin 360 Photography Club, and musical performances by Elgin Children’s Chorus, Elgin Master Chorale, Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra and Heartland Voices. A huge thank you goes out to our Elgin Home for the Holidays co-chairs, Elaina McCalmont and Brittany Mitchell, as well as our Kick-Off Chair and board member liaison Stacy Michel for all of their efforts in pulling together this year’s program.

How can we top 2014? Join EYPN in 2015 to find out.

Elgin Home for the Holidays: Dec 8-14

ehfth14Elgin Home for the Holidays, presented by Elgin Young Professionals Network and Gail Borden Public Library, is in full swing so join us and be sure to add this week’s slate of events from our Elgin area non-profits to your shopping list:

DECEMBER 1-15
Christmas Toy Drive
Boys & Girls Club of Elgin
Donation Drive

Help make the Boys & Girls Club of Elgin holiday celebration a little bit more merry for a child with your donations of unwrapped toys geared for youth between 1st – 12th grade. Donations can be dropped off at the Boys & Girls of Elgin Clubhouse located at 355 Dundee Avenue.  All donations will be distributed to Club Members at our December holiday celebration.

DECEMBER 1-31
Holiday Wish List
Elgin Area Chamber
Donation Drive

Many area non-profit organizations are in need of essential, basic necessities from office supplies to equipment while others could benefit from financial donations or simply the gift of your volunteer service. You can find a complete list of items needed as well as the organizations in need by visiting the Elgin Area Chamber office, 31 S. Grove Avenue in downtown Elgin, during regular business hours. You can also contact them at (847) 741-5660 for more information.

DECEMBER 10
EYPN Cash Mob at Tinsel Pop-Up Shop
Tinsel Pop-Up Shop, 13 Douglas Avenue, 2nd Floor

4-9PM
Free Event

This year’s Tinsel Pop-Up Shop will feature multiple vendors and artisans offering unique handmade crafts and other holiday gift ideas and décor and Elgin Young Professional Network is asking interested Cash Mobsters to join them from 4-9pm and spend at least $20 to support the local businesses. Soulful Sparrow, 10 Douglas Avenue, and Elgin Knit Works, 8 Douglas Avenue, will also be open across the street that evening to fulfill all of your holiday shopping needs. As an additional Christmas bonus, Solo restaurant and wine bar will offer an exclusive Holiday Wine Tasting – taste 15 different wines for only $15 – as well as discounted appetizers to all participating EYPN Cash Mobsters from 5:30-8:30pm.

DECEMBER 11
Tinsel Time with Dave Herzog’s Marionettes
Gail Borden Public Library
10AM
Free Event

Enjoy Frosty’s Winter Wonderland, a variety show featuring puppets that sing and dance to celebrate the holiday season. Mrs. Claus will join the fun!

DECEMBER 11
Holiday Open House
YWCA Elgin
5PM
Free Event

Please join the YWCA Elgin Board and Staff as we celebrate 113 years in the Elgin community. We look forward to our lobby being packed with friends from near and far who share in the festive spirit of the season, while meeting with neighbors and enjoying the home- baked holiday treats, warm apple cider, holiday music and the YW’s Tree of Thanks!

DECEMBER 11
Downtown Neighborhood Association Annual Holiday Mixer
Martini Room, 161 E. Chicago Street
6PM
Free Event

Celebrate the season as well as another year of service to the downtown Elgin community. This is a cash bar event, however, delicious hors d’oeuvres prepared by Eventastik will be served. RSVP in advance to info@downtownelgin.com.

DECEMBER 13
Christmas Luncheon
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
12PM
Ticketed Event

Enjoy a festive, homemade Christmas luncheon while flower arrangements are being made. The flower arrangements will be auctioned off after lunch. Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased at the church office through December 8th.

DECEMBER 13
Christmas Posada
Gail Borden Public Library
2PM
Free Event

Bring your family and friends for a Christmas celebration ‘posada-style.’ There will be crafts, stories, Mexican punch, candy, and traditional Christmas carols in Spanish with the St. Joseph Church choir. No registration. Meadows Community Rooms.

DECEMBER 13-14
ESO Magical Holiday Concerts featuring Elgin Master Chorale
Elgin Symphony Orchestra at Hemmens Cultural Center
2:30 & 7:30PM – Saturday
2:30PM – Sunday
Ticketed Event

A truly magical experience awaits you at the ESO holiday concerts with the Elgin Master Chorale.  Featuring your favorite holiday music, the concerts are perfect for the whole family.

DECEMBER 13
Live Read Series: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
Side Street Studio Arts

8PM
Ticketed Event

Side Street Studio Arts Live Read Series flips the script, literally on National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. With the help of local artists and actors, we will create live script-reading sessions of this modern American cinema masterpiece. $5 Suggested Donation at the door - $1 from every donation will go to Food for Greater Elgin.

DECEMBER 14
Chanukah Bazaar
Congregation Kneseth Israel

9AM-12PM
Free Event

The annual Chanukah Bazaar features items for sale related to Chanukah and Judaism.

DECEMBER 14
Latke Lunch
Congregation Kneseth Israel
12PM
Ticketed Event

Family lunch featuring traditional latkes (potato pancakes) and hot dogs in celebration of the holiday of Hanukah.  Open to all ages.  Reservations a must. Call 847-741-5656 or go to www.ckielgin.org

Our friends from the Elgin Area Convention & Visitors Bureau want to remind you again that this year you can turn your holiday trip to Elgin into an affordable weekend getaway! Holiday Inn Chicago Northwest ($84 per night) and Hampton Inn Chicago/Elgin ($79 per night) are offering special room rates for the holiday season when you mention “Elgin Home for the Holidays” when you book. Stop in between all the holiday events to recharge, escape from the cold or relax in the pool. Restrictions apply. Not applicable with any other offer or discounts. Based on availability and must call ahead to make reservations.

Elgin Home for the Holidays features 23 area non-profit organizations cross promoting nearly 40 holiday events.

For a list of all 2014 Elgin Home for the Holidays events as well as a complete list of participating Elgin area non-profits, visit www.ElginHomefortheHolidays.com.

Join the Holiday Cash Mob at Tinsel Pop-Up Shop 12/10

felt-handmade-christmas-crafts-holiday-decorations-1Still have stockings to stuff or last minute gifts to grab? Then you need to “join the mob” this holiday shopping season with Elgin Young Professionals Network.

On Wednesday, December 10, EYPN invites you and yours to their Holiday Cash Mob from 4-9pm at the Tinsel Pop-Up Shop, 13 Douglas Avenue, 2nd Floor in downtown Elgin above the brand new Solo restaurant and wine bar.

This year’s Tinsel Pop-Up Shop will feature multiple vendors and artisans offering unique handmade crafts and other holiday gift ideas and décor.

Cash Mobsters are asked to attend and spend at least $20 to support the local businesses. Soulful Sparrow, 10 Douglas Avenue, and Elgin Knit Works, 8 Douglas Avenue, will also be open across the street that evening to fulfill all of your holiday shopping needs.

NEWLY ADDED! As an additional Christmas bonus, Solo restaurant and wine bar will offer an exclusive Holiday Wine Tasting - taste 15 different wines for only $15 – as well as discounted appetizers to all participating EYPN Cash Mobsters from 5:30-8:30pm. Here’s to making your shopping day merry and bright with a Solo wine tasting flight!

EYPN coordinates and promotes these Cash Mobs throughout the year as a way to recognize and support the local businesses that provide Elgin with its character, economic partnerships and genuine customer service.

Be sure to tell your friends and family to join us for a night of shopping small with EYPN in downtown Elgin.

For more information or to RSVP for the EYPN Holiday Cash Mob, visit our EYPN Cash Mob Event Page on Facebook.

Holiday Cash Mob at Tinsel Pop-Up Shop

1724549_629572160486398_2458379013185361641_nAs you prepare your holiday shopping for Black Friday and Small Business Saturday this weekend, Elgin Young Professionals Network invites you to join them for their next Cash Mob on Wednesday, December 10 from 4-9pm at the Tinsel Pop-Up Shop, 13 Douglas Avenue, 2nd Floor in downtown Elgin above the new solo Restaurant and Wine Bar. Soulful Sparrow, 10 Douglas Avenue, and Elgin Knit Works, 8 Douglas Avenue, will also be open across the street during this time to fulfill the rest of your holiday shopping needs.

EYPN encourages everyone to “Mob” the Pop-Up Shop as their Cash Mob target this season. Mobbers are asked to go and spend at least $20 to support the local businesses.

EYPN promotes these Cash Mobs as a way to recognize and support the local businesses that provide Elgin with its character, economic partnerships and the real customer service that helps make the unique variety products they sell even better. Just because a big box store is bigger…doesn’t mean they have more to offer than our local small businesses.

Tell your friends and family to join us for a night of shopping small with EYPN in downtown Elgin.

For more information or to RSVP, visit our EYPN Cash Mob Event Page on Facebook.