JOB OPPORTUNITY: Harvest Market Manager



Position:  Downtown Elgin Harvest Market, Market Manager

General Description:

The Downtown Elgin Harvest Market began operating in 2000 as an event of the Downtown Neighborhood Association of Elgin.  It is a seasonal market held weekly on Thursdays from the first week in June through the first week of October (18 weeks) and is located outdoors in a City of Elgin parking lot at 200 North Grove Avenue in Downtown Elgin.

The market offers and encourages locally grown and sustainably produced food, provides an outlet for educational opportunities on sustainable practices and healthy living, supports local artists, community organizations, and Downtown businesses while cultivating a welcoming and entertaining public space atmosphere in Downtown Elgin. During peak season, more than 20 vendors of raw and processed agricultural local products participate, selling their goods to over 500 or more customers and visitors a week.

The market manager is a part-time position who will work closely with the Downtown Neighborhood Association’s Event Coordinator and Administrative Assistant. The person filling this position will need to have the following skills to successfully operate an urban farmers market including:

  • Vendor recruitment and relations
  • Market application process
  • Volunteer recruitment and management
  • Market promotion and outreach
  • Collaboration with city departments, local businesses, and other organizations
  • Market day logistics and execution
  • Financial record keeping
  • Understanding/operating EBT program


A strong candidate for this position will have a demonstrated passion for local, sustainable food production and/or community building and civic engagement as well as excellent communications skills.  This is a physically demanding role, requiring the ability to work in all weather conditions and to lift and carry up to 50lbs.  Applicants must be 18 years of age or older and legally eligible for employment in the U.S.

Other desired qualifications are:

  • Highly self-motivated and able to work independently
  • Familiar with Downtown Elgin and/or Downtown Districts
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite
  • Basic understanding of social media, online communications
  • Experience in customer service and/or event planning
  • Agricultural background
  • Demonstrated ability to engage with diverse populations
  • Ability to learn on the job and multitask
  • Conflict resolution and problem solving skills

Position Responsibilities:

The 2015 Downtown Neighborhood Association’s Harvest Market outdoor season will operate on Thursday’s from June 4 through October 1, 9am – 2pm, at 200 North Grove Avenue, Elgin, IL. The Market Manager will be expected to arrive at 7am and stay through tear down (approximately 3pm).  During that time, s/he will work with volunteers, etc. to set up the Market, coordinate volunteers, interns, sponsors, vendors, community partners, kid program partners, special activities, and tear down of the Market.  This is a physically and mentally demanding role that is best filled by someone with enthusiasm and a positive, resilient attitude. The Market Manager will also have regularly scheduled office days to focus on such tasks as enrolling farmers/vendors, collecting fees, creating and maintaining the Harvest Market budget, overseeing the Harvest Market Committee meetings and other duties as assigned. The DNA office is located at 10 N. Spring Street, Elgin, IL.

How to Apply:
Submit a cover letter, resume and salary requirements to the Downtown Neighborhood Association of Elgin, IL at In the subject line, please enter “Harvest Market Manager Position”.

EYPN Cash Mob at Herb’s Bakery

HerbsOn 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!

But 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!

Professional Development Series: The Benefits of Being Part of a Board

cropped-eypn1.jpgThis June, Elgin Young Professionals Network continues its Professional Development Series for young professionals and community members with its newest seminar entitled, “The Benefits of Being Part of a Board.”

The session takes place on Tuesday, June 10 from 6:00-7:00pm at Al’s Cafe, 43 DuPage Court in Elgin. The event is free and open to the public. (Feel free to dine or grab a drink during the session!)

Our guest speakers are Kimberly Bless, President/CEO – Elgin Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Denise Barreto, Managing Partner – Relationships Matter Now, who will explain the skills necessary to be a successful board member and the benefits and responsibilities of such roles. Active board members are critical to the organizations they serve and the skills they develop can further their own careers.

Please RSVP via our Facebook event page.

EYPN’s quarterly Professional Development Series will enable our members, and the public, to learn about important topics relevant to young professionals or learn valuable skill sets from a wide array of seasoned pros. Future sessions will take place in September and November of 2014.

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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.

EYPN’s Hardekopf Receives Young Professional Friend of Tourism Award

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EYPN Board President Becky Hardekopf with EACVB Director of Marketing and EYPN Board VP Krisilee Murphy.

Congratulations to Grand Victoria Foundation Program Manager and EYPN Board President Becky Hardekopf, who received “The Young Professional” Friend of Tourism Award at the Elgin Area Convention and Visitors Bureau 7th Annual Tourism Luncheon on Monday, May 5 at Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin.

Becky was chosen for her exempliary efforts as a brand ambassador for Elgin thru the EACVB’s #ResidentRec program, which encourages visitors to rave about and share the positives of local restaurants, bars and other tourist attractions in the Elgin area thru social media.

The 7th Annual Tourism Luncheon event was attended by nearly 100 guests and local dignitaries and helped kick-off National Travel and Tourism Week in the Elgin Area.

The Elgin Young Professionals Network congratulates our fearless leader, Becky Hardekopf, on receiving this well-deserved honor.

Reserve Your Seats for EACVB Tourism Luncheon

image_eacvblogoKick-off National Travel & Tourism Week with the Elgin Area Convention & Visitors Bureau’s 7th Annual Tourism Luncheon, which takes place Monday, May 5 from 11am-1pm at the Grand Victoria Casino, 250 S. Grove Avenue, Elgin.

Guest speakers will include Jen Hoelzle, Director, Illinois Office of Tourism, as well as Mayors from the Elgin Area. A delicious lunch will also be provided by Grand Victoria Casino.

As a new addition to this year’s event, the CVB will recognize individuals for their leadership by presenting the Friends of Tourism Awards. EYPN’s Board President, Becky Hardekopf, will be among the award recipients receiving the “The Young Professional” Friend of Tourism Award.

Individual tickets are $40 and tables of 8 are $310.

To reserve your seats for the 7th Annual EACVB Tourism Luncheon, CLICK HERE!


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Hampton Inn Elgin
405 Airport Road

Elgin, IL 60123
(847) 931-1940

Please come to the hotel to complete an application.

The Hampton Inn Elgin is currently looking for self-motivated and enthusiastic individuals to join their team.

Full Time Front Desk-Night Audit Associate 11pm-7am

Job Description
The successful candidate should be a quick learner, have a warm personality and friendly attitude, be a team player, and a good problem solver. Previous hotel experience is preferred but not required. Hours include days, nights, weekends and holidays. Candidate must be available for entire shift of 11pm-7am.

Job Requirements
- Excellent guest service skills are a must.
- Proficiency in the English language both verbal and written
- Excellent math skills and previous cash-handling experience helpful
- Organizational skills including follow up, problem solving, and communication
- Positive and professional appearance and attitude is a must!

Full Time & Part Time Maintenance/Engineer

Job Description
Full time engineer position sought. Hotel experience preferred. Certified Pool Operator preferred, but not necessary. This position involves some van driving also, so a valid driver’s license is required. Full time position mostly weekdays; Part-Time Position weekends and some nights. Responds to all service calls and maintain hotel equipment in an efficient, safe manner. Perform preventative maintenance and necessary reports on all hotel equipment, including laundry, boiler, plumbing, pool, HVAC, electrical, guest rooms and kitchen. Makes rounds of hotel property to ensure everything is in working order. Order supplies as needed. Maintain grounds and drive local area shuttle.

Job Requirements
- General knowledge of technical fields, i.e. carpentry, painting, electrical, plumbing, etc.
- Must be customer focused
- Organizational skills and time management including follow up, problem solving and communication

More Raffle Prizes for Hula for Moola Scholarship Fundraiser

Poster_teaserAd3There’s even more loot to shoot for at Elgin Young Professionals Network’s Hula for Moola Scholarship Fundraiser on Thursday, April 10 at 6pm at Chooch’s Pizza, 64 S. Grove Avenue in downtown Elgin.

Here is an updated list of our Hula for Moola Raffle Baskets and Prizes (as of March 27):

- Four box seats for the Friday, May 2 Kane County Cougars game vs. Burlington Bees – Star Wars night and a fireworks night!
- Two tickets to a future Elgin Symphony Orchestra concert
- Two tickets to the Elgin High School Clumsy Chef’s dinner
- Golfing for four at Hughes Creek Golf Club in Elburn
- Golf passes from the City of Elgin
- Golf club from Harry Stowell
- Jewelry set from Simply Exquisite by Sandra Young
- Five free yoga classes from Fusion Mind Body Studio
- Beauty Basket & $100 gift card from Fox River Spa & Salon
- Blackhawks Basket – including brand new with tags Jonathan Toews 2010 Winter Classic replica jersey
- Car Basket – including free oil change, car wash and interior cleaning products from Brittain’s Express Oil & Lube
- Beauty Basket and gift certificate from Salon Couture
- Boys Easter Basket
- Girls Easter Basket
- Wine Basket
- Hawaiian Basket
- Man Basket
- Office Basket
- Gift cards/certificates from Buckingham’s Steakhouse and Lounge at Grand Victoria Casino, Elgin Public HousePita Puff, Rainforest Cafe, Downtown Elgin, Starbucks, In the Neighborhood Deli, Domani Cafe, Colonial Cafe

And we’re not done yet! EYPN is still seeking additional donations of products, services, gift cards and other goodies. If you or your business would like to make a donation, please contact Hula for Moola Raffle Coordinator Christina Pearson at Mahalo!

Our “latitude-changing” local luau also features a cash bar, free pizza, goodies from the recent Illinois Pro Start Competition title winning Clumsy Chef students, Hawaiian music, and tropical-themed games and activities – including the inaugural Hula-Hoopla Challenge!

Proceeds of the Hula for Moola fundraiser benefit EYPN’s scholarship program supporting Elgin High School Clumsy Chef students attending Elgin Community College’s Culinary Program.


Hula for Moola Raffle Basket Update


Spring has sprung and Elgin Young Professional Network’s raffle basket donation drive is springing into high gear in advance of our Hula for Moola Scholarship Fundraiser on Thursday, April 10 at 6pm at Chooch’s Pizzeria, 64 S. Grove Avenue in downtown Elgin.

Thanks to the generosity of several local businesses and individuals, we have assembled some “hula-rific” prizes for our raffle baskets, including a Beauty Basket & $100 Gift Card from Fox River Spa & Salon, a pair of tickets to a future Elgin Symphony Orchestra concert, restaurant gift cards from In the Neighborhood Deli, Domani Café, Colonial Café, Rainforest Café and others.

Additionally several themed raffle baskets will also be available, including a Man Basket (insert your own punchline here), Office Basket, Wine Basket, Easter Basket, Pet Basket, Movie Basket, Blackhawks Basket and, of course, a Hawaii Basket.

EYPN is still seeking additional donations of products, services, gift cards and other goodies. If you or your organization would like to make a donation, please contact Hula for Moola Raffle Coordinator Christina Pearson at Mahalo!

Our “latitude-changing” local luau also features a cash bar, free pizza, goodies from the recent Illinois Pro Start Competition title winning Clumsy Chef students, Hawaiian music, and tropical-themed games and activities – including the inaugural Hula-Hoopla Challenge!

Proceeds of the Hula for Moola fundraiser benefit EYPN’s scholarship program supporting Elgin High School Clumsy Chef students attending Elgin Community College’s Culinary Program.

EYPN’s Krisilee Murphy Finalist for 2014 Elgin Image Awards

EYPN1 (4)Congratulations to Elgin Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Director of Marketing and Elgin Young Professionals Network board Vice President, Krisilee Murphy, on her nomination for the City of Elgin’s 2014 Image Awards.

EVENT DATE CHANGE: The annual event, which takes place Thursday, March 27 at 6pm at The Centre of Elgin’s Heritage Ballroom, 100 Symphony Way, recognizes individuals, businesses and organizations that have had a positive impact on the Elgin community.

For her outstanding work in promoting tourism in the Elgin area, Murphy was named a 30-Under-30 Ambassador last year by Destination Marketing Association International. She also serves as chair of Market Illinois, a high profile niche marketing committee of the Illinois Office of Tourism. In 2012, she received the YWCA Elgin’s Marguerite Henry Award for Communications at the annual Leader Luncheon.

A complete list of Elgin Image Award nominees is available on the City of Elgin’s website. All nominees will be recognized and winners will be awarded at the event. The event is open to all; please rsvp to (847) 931-5598. For more information or questions regarding the Image Awards contact Barb Keselica, Special Events and Community Engagement Manager, at 847-531-7056 or by email at

EYPN Hula for Moola Scholarship Fundraiser


Poster design by Chad Meyers

Howzit? Winter blues got you down?

Grab your grass skirts and Hawaiian shirts and get ready to “Hula for Moola” as Elgin Young Professionals Network presents its second annual Scholarship Fundraiser, taking place Thursday, April 10 beginning at 6pm at Chooch’s Pizzeria, 64 S. Grove Avenue in downtown Elgin. Proceeds of the fundraiser benefit EYPN’s scholarship program which supports Elgin High School Clumsy Chef students attending Elgin Community College’s Culinary Program.

This “latitude-changing” local luau features a cash bar, free pizza, goodies from the recent Illinois Pro Start Competition title winning Clumsy Chef students, Hawaiian music, raffle baskets, and tropical-themed games and activities – including the inaugural Hula-Hoopla Challenge!

RSVP via our Facebook Event Page and be sure to follow Elgin Young Professionals Network on Facebook for the latest fundraiser event and activity details and raffle prize updates as they become available.

Aloha and Mahalo!

In July 2013, EYPN conducted its inaugural scholarship fundraiser entitled “Fundraising is Fun-taSch-tic” at Villa Verone Ristorante Italiano in downtown Elgin. The enormously successful event raised over $1,800 to fund three scholarships.

Businesses, organizations and individuals interested in donating raffle basket prizes or possibly making a monetary donation to the EYPN’s scholarship fund, can do so via the online form below or e-mail


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