small business conference


Laurie Silvey
Illinois Chamber of Commerce


Tuesday September 25, 2012 from 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM CDT

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Tinley Park Convention Center 
18451 Convention Center Drive
Tinley Park, IL 60477

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As a business leader, your time is extremely valuable.  Knowing that, we have designed a first-class, one-day conference with an innovative program to provide you with educational workshops, inspirational keynote speakers, vendors, and networking opportunities that will guarantee that at the end of the day, you will leave with valuable new strategies to take your business to the next level.

Experts from Google, Microsoft and other such industry titans will share with you their strategies and provide you with cutting edge ideas that will deliver immediate, practical tools and information that you can take with you and apply to your business right away.


Social Media & Technology                                                    Workplace and Ownership Issues, Procedures 
                                                                                                      & Policies Legal & More - Interactive Workshop

Sales & Management                                                              Marketing & PR

Business Planning & Strategy                                              Government Opportunities for Small Business

HR & Employment Law


$119 - Early Bird Special (Available for anyone, sign up before September 5)
$139 - Member of Chamber or Local Chamber Partner
$159 - Non-Member Retail Price

Exhibitor Space - 6'x30" - $950.00 (includes 2 registrations)

Exhibitor Space - 10'x10' - $1500.00 (includes 2 registrations)

Price includes continental breakfast, lunch buffet, keynote speakers, access to exhibit hall, and interactive workshops, as well as free headshots for LinkedIn or your website, free HR Compliance Publications, and entry into drawings for many prizes


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wehmerLunch Keynote Speaker:  Ed Wehmer, President and CEO of Wintrust

Edward J. Wehmer is a founder of Wintrust and has served since May 1998 as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company. Prior to that time, he served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Wintrust since its formation in 1996. He also served as the President of Lake Forest Bank from 1991 to 1998. He currently serves as an Advisory Director of each of the Company’s main operating subsidiaries.

Keynote Speaker:  Christine Corelli christine corelli
Author of the Best Seller , Wake Up and Smell the Competition - They’re Closer Than You Think”
Forget tough!  Today, competition is fierce! Learn about the critical success factors for business growth that will help you increase sales and gain a true competitive advantage, win new customers and establish customer loyalty.

Event Sponsors

Gold Sponsor



rathje                                            bmo

Smith Amundsen logoFisher & Phillips      



google         microsoft       
cscc             mariner

sbdc                        sun


constant contact                                         Dale Carnegie

goa                                              naperville

orland                                    tinley

alsip                                                    qc


AAA Chicago                                                     
Barrington Chamber of Commerce             Benedictine University
Benefit Planning Consultants                       Big Shot Photography
Blueprint Designs                                          Bolingbrook Chamber of Commerce
Bopi Impact                                                      BMO Harris
CenterPoint at Governors State University       Christine Corelli
Chicago Southland Chamber of Commerce     Code Red                                                        
Constant Contact                                             Daily Herald - Business Register
DCEO - State of Illinois                                  Delta Dental
ESGR                                                                Fifth Third Bank
Flexible Benefit Corporation                         Fisher & Phillips
GOA Regional Business Association        Gofast Communications                           
Illinois Department of Agriculture                 Illinois Chamber of Commerce
Illinois Department of Employment Security    Insperity
Identi-Check                                                    Illinois Small Business Development Center
Illinois Reserve Guard                                  Illinois SHRM
IRS                                                                    Mariner Wealth Advisers
Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush                   Naperville Chamber of Commerce
Naperville Convention & Visitor's Bureau      Northern Illinois University
Northwestern Mutual Financial Network     Ora Interactive
Orland Park Chamber of Commerce          Pace Suburban Bus                                     
PC Rod Services                                             Porte Brown
Quad County African American Chamber of Commerce
Rathje Woodward                                           SCORE
Sikich                                                                 Smith Amundsen
Seattle Sutton's Healthy Eating                     SunTimes & Monster
Summit Energy                                               The Horton Group
Hruska Insurancenter, Inc. - The Travelers Company
Tinley Park Chamber of Commerce             WIND AM 560 Chicago
US Department of Labor                                Wells Fargo
Wintrust Community Banks