Financial Planning and Investments for Young Professionals

cropped-eypn1.jpgElgin Young Professionals Network’s popular Professional Development Series is back for 2015!

Our first Professional Development session is titled “Financial Planning and Investments for Young Professionals” and is lead by Keith Rauschenberger of Rauschenberger Financial Advisors. The session takes place Wednesday, March 18th at 6:30pm at Judson University‘s Eagle Lounge inside Lindner Tower, 1151 N. State Street in Elgin.

The session will provide a brief overview of financial and retirement planning followed by an introduction to investment management and portfolio development for the new and/or do-it-yourself investor.

The event is open to current Elgin Young Professionals Network members ONLY. However, if you are not a current member but are interested in participating in our March Professional Development session, please e-mail us for a guest pass at Or for the low yearly membership cost of only $30 per year, you can JOIN EYPN and receive access to our Professional Development Series and EYPN Mentoring programs and other valuable member benefits as well.

RauschenbergerKeith Rauschenberger received a BS degree in business from Purdue University and an MBA from the American Graduate School of International Management. He worked in corporate and investment banking for over 25 years, serving both middle and large corporate clients, and was based out of Chicago and Washington DC. He currently serves on the Board of the Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce, the Finance Committee of St. Hugh of Lincoln Episcopal Church and is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Elgin Academy.



Elgin Area Manufacturing Career Internship Program for Young Adults

EDG logo 2014The Elgin-Area Manufacturing Career Internship Program (MCIP) is designed to help employers find and hire young adults interested in manufacturing. The program provides young adults ages 18-21 the opportunity to learn about and start a career in manufacturing by paying for them to participate in a 6-week internship with area employers.

The MCIP starts with a 3-week boot camp on Monday, January 5 to introduce WIA-eligible youth to today’s manufacturing careers. The boot camp provides a 10-hr. OSHA Certification, and a focus on work ethic, math skills, motivation and attitude, communication skills and interviewing techniques.

After the boot camp, participating employers have an opportunity to meet and select interns on Wednesday, January 21 for a paid, 6-week, 240-hour internship. Intern assignments are made on “Draft Day” on Friday, January 23 and the internship program begins Monday, February 2. Upon conclusion of the internships, employers have the option of hiring.

Organized and presented by the Elgin Development GroupElgin Community College and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, MCIP also benefits area employers by providing companies the opportunity to find and train motivated entry-level employees with no commitment required to hire after the paid internship is completed. Business and Career Services, Inc. (BCC), a not-for-profit 501c(3), serves as the employer of record, pays wages to the interns and covers all payroll and liability insurance throughout the internship. There is no charge to the company.

The MCIP is funded through a grant from the Department of Labor (DOL) through the state and regional Workforce Investment Board and the Kane County Department of Employment & Education, and is administered by BCS.

The MCIP was featured as a “Best Practice” at the 2012 National Association of Workforce Board Professionals in Las Vegas, and receive the Innovative Solutions Award from the Illinois Workforce Partnership in 2014.

Click here to watch a YouTube video of the MCIP program in action.

For more information on how to participate in the 2015 Elgin-Area Manufaturing Careers Internship Program, contact:

MCIP Outreach Liaison
Sid Hussaini

BCS Youth Coordinator
Eddie Perez

For general information about Business and Career Services, Inc., visit

Elgin Home for the Holidays: Nov 10-16

ehfth14You better not pout or cry because we’ve made a list (and checked it twice) of this week’s Elgin Home for the Holidays events for you to unwrap.

This year’s Elgin Home for the Holidays promotion, co-sponsored by the Elgin Young Professionals Network and Gail Borden Public Library, features 23 area non-profit organizations cross promoting nearly 40 holiday events sure to fill the brisk Elgin air with the warming spirit of the season.

This week’s slate of Elgin Home for the Holidays events includes a roll of the dice to support the efforts of a vital community non-profit, chamber performances by a renowned area youth symphony orchestra, and a Christmas tree auction that can help brighten the lives of those afflicted with mental illness while simultaneously brightening up your home for the holidays:

pads-logoLet the good times roll on Friday, November 14 at 6:30pm at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, 330 Griswold Street in Elgin, at the PADS of Elgin Bunco Tournament. Join them for a night of fun and friendly competition. Enjoy two rounds of dice tournament play as well as dinner and soft drinks. Prizes will be given out for most wins, most losses and most Buncos. No experience necessary! Tickets are only $25.

30th-anniversary-logoOn Saturday, November 15 beginning at 9:30am at Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Avenue in Elgin, give the gift of literacy this holiday season. The Literacy Connection’s Volunteer Tutoring takes only 1-2 hours per week to work with adults who need to improve their reading or English skills. You do not need to be a teacher or to speak a foreign language to tutor. You only need to be 18+ years old and able to read, speak and write English. They have 130+ people on their waiting list for a tutor. You could help an adult with limited English discover their full potential and make a profound positive impact on his or her life, resulting in a rewarding experience in your own life.

festoftreesThere’s only a few days left to enjoy the Ecker Center for Mental Health‘s annual Festival of Trees Display at Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Avenue in Elgin. These elegant, charming and fascinating trees will continue to be displayed at the library thru Friday, November 14 at noon and are sponsored by individuals and organizations and decorated by volunteer designers/decorators.

Ecker_Festival_of_Trees_Logo_2014Then on Saturday, November 15 beginning at 5:30pm all of these beautifully decorated trees will be sold to the highest bidders at the annual Festival of Trees Auction at the Marriott Northwest, 4800 Hoffman Blvd. in Hoffman Estates. Enjoy a sparkling evening of fun, exquisite culinary service, live and silent auctions, raffles, prizes, live music and, of course, the stars of the show…the trees! Proceeds benefit the Ecker Center for Mental Health. For more information or to purchase your tickets for the Festival of Trees Auction, visit

EYSO_performanceOn Sunday, November 16, Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra performs their annual Chamber Music Institute concerts at Elgin Community College‘s Blizzard Theatre, 1700 Spartan Drive in Elgin, with performances at 1pm, 2:30pm, 4pm and 5:30pm. The concerts feature EYSO students in small chamber ensembles. The event is free and open to the community!

EACContinuing now thru the end of December 2014, the Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce presents its annual Holiday Wish List. 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.

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.

We would also like to thank everyone who shared in the holiday cheer at our 2014 Elgin Home for the Holidays Kick-Off event on Saturday, November 14 at Gail Borden Public Library. If you missed the event, please feel free to browse our 2014 Elgin Home for the Holidays Kick-Off Facebook photo album.

Special thanks to:

- Our 2014 Elgin Home for the Holidays co-chairs, Brittany Mitchell and Elaina McCalmont for all of your time, dedication and hard work on this year’s program;

- Elgin Young Professionals Network members Elissa Kojzarek, Christina Pearson, Jason Pawlowski, Kari Christensen, Saul Acevedo and Justin Budd for your volunteer service at the event;

- All of the Gail Borden Public Library staff, lead by EYPN Board Member Stacy Michel;

- All the participating Elgin area non-profit organizations who joined us for our non-profit expo;

- Elgin Children’s Chorus, Elgin Master Chorale, Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra and Heartland Voices for providing the musical entertainment;

- Elgin 360 Photography Club photographer Paul Conarty for manning the holiday photo booth;

- United Way of Elgin for coordinating the Reading with Mrs. Claus activity;

- Jim & Becky’s Horse & Carriage Service for providing the holiday horse drawn carriage rides along the Fox River;

- Brian Fletcher of the Daily Herald for helping promote the kick-off event as well as the November and December calendar of events.

For a complete and detailed listing of all of this year’s Elgin Home for the Holidays events or to find out more about the participating non-profit organizations, visit

Elgin Area Leadership Academy Now Accepting Applications

EALACalling all young professionals. If you are interested in getting more involved in the Elgin Area, the Elgin Area Leadership Academy (EALA) is now accepting applications for the 2014/15 class.

[Click here to download the application]

The program begins at the end of September and finishes up on May 9. Classes are typically one Saturday per month from 8 a.m. until noon. The class on September 27 is a little longer (ends at 3 p.m.) and there are 2 classes in November and February.

The Academy is led by community volunteers Dan Fox, Don Waters and Ruth Munson who have extensive leadership involvement in Elgin.. Through their guidance, participants receive skills and knowledge necessary to become an effective leader through a curriculum built around community issues, including city government, economic development, ethics, health care resources, education and much, much more.

EALA is a rewarding experience designed to meet our community’s needs for active and future leaders.