Board President’s Welcome
Hello and welcome to the Palatine Area Chamber of Commerce. The PACC exists to assist all of our local businesses, and our entire business community, to grow and prosper through a variety of educational programs, events and other initiatives.
Over the last couple of years, the PACC has supported and promoted the Think Local campaign, which encourages residents to support our community by keeping our hard-earned dollars right here in Palatine. A recent Explore Palatine event was held in early September, where residents were reminded to explore all that the Palatine business community has to offer by shopping and dining in town. Another upcoming event is our Chamber Business Expo and Community Showcase on Nov. 10, 2018, at Falcon Park Recreational Center. This event provides an opportunity for local businesses and organizations to promote themselves to hundreds of attendees who can enjoy entertainment, demonstrations, kid-friendly activities and more.
The PACC also hosts Networking at Nite events throughout the year, to help our members (and even prospective and other community members) come together and connect. We invite you to visit our website for more information at PalatineChamber.com or call (847) 359-7200.
Thank you and here’s to another year of growth for the Palatine business community.
Palatine Area Chamber of Commerce
Chamber Director’s Welcome
Welcome to the Palatine Area Chamber of Commerce Community Guide & Business Directory. This is your resource to all that is Palatine, from our businesses, to the village and schools, park districts and area events. The Palatine Area Chamber of Commerce’s over 300 members are the heart of the local economy and the backbone of the area’s business community. The Chamber focuses on a broad range of activities, events, partnerships and education to support its businesses and the local community. When you are looking for information or a way to be connected in the Palatine area, look no further, because the Palatine Chamber has something for everyone!
This year the Chamber has developed more ways to connect our businesses to the local community. Our ongoing “Think Local” program and events throughout the year help to educate; vocalizing the importance of patronizing local businesses. By growing our local businesses, we support our community, increase employment, and maintain and grow the character of Palatine. We encourage you to support your local businesses!
The Palatine Area Chamber will also connect businesses and community with our third annual Business Expo and Community Showcase. This exciting event in November will bring families and local businesses together for an entertaining and fun event that will link our members to the community. Networking groups, local events
and Networking @ Nite festivities help our members connect to
each other and create a vibrant, active business community. Our signature Young Entrepreneur’s Academy and partnership with Community Consolidated School District 15, helps to educate and grow the next generation of local business owners while partnering with Chamber businesses.
Keep this Community Guide & Business Directory accessible and use it often. Please visit our website, www.palatinechamber.com, for up-to-date listings of all upcoming events and programs.
Support your local Chamber members in Palatine!
Palatine Area Chamber of Commerce
Porte Brown, LLC
Quality Computer Partners, Inc.
Immediate Past Chair
J.P. Wood Martial Arts
Pan American Bank & Trust
MeritCorp Group, LLC
Left Hand Marketing
Dr. Matt Barbini
Community Consolidated School District 15
Palatine Public Library
Village of Palatine
Township High School District 211
Palatine Park District
Salt Creek Park District
Village of Palatine
PALATINE AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
579 First Bank Dr. | Ste. 205 | Palatine, IL 60067
Phone: (847) 359-7200 | Fax: (847) 359-7246
“The Palatine Area Chamber of Commerce’s mission is to foster the advancement of commercial, industrial and civic interests that contribute to the growth and development of our members, the business environment and a stronger community in the Palatine area.”
The Chamber offers many opportunities to create business connections and referrals while developing meaningful business relationships. Our Networking @ Nite and Networking Before Hours social events are held at least once a month. Our networking groups meet weekly and monthly and offer our members a regular opportunity to build relationships and gain business leads. In addition, we also have regular multi-chamber events, lunches, seminars and forums with neighboring chambers. All of these opportunities are structured to get you connected with other members and their businesses.
The Palatine Area Chamber of Commerce develops relationships with key government officials on the national, state and local levels in order to keep our members informed on key issues facing businesses. We also provide opportunities for our members to take action and get involved with issues affecting business. Annually, the Chamber hosts a State of the Village report and provides members-only legislative forum events with our local, state and federal government officials.
Publicity & Exposure
Inclusion on the Chamber’s website and membership directory is a valuable membership feature. Our members are listed by category and alphabetical order for ease of searching. In addition, membership includes a listing in this annual community guide that is delivered to over 16,000 residents and businesses. Advertising opportunities are also available in this sought-after publication. Chamber members can also gain additional exposure by participating in our monthly e-newsletter, member e-communications, Coupon Craze bags, job postings and community events calendar. The Chamber works to support new businesses by offering guidance and mentorship from our PACC Ambassadors as well as offering a complimentary ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate an opening or a new product/service.
Through our Member-to-Member Discounts, our members are able to take advantage of special discounts offered by fellow Chamber members. Our members also have the opportunity to feature a Hot Deal Discount on our website, which is also promoted to a consumer email list on a quarterly basis. Remember to shop local Palatine Chamber members first!
Membership door decals and Member-to-Member discount cards identify you as a Palatine Chamber member, add credibility and establish you as a member of the Palatine business community.
The Chamber offers opportunities for business professionals to become leaders in the Palatine community by serving on boards and committees that are striving to enhance and improve the business climate in Palatine.
The Chamber sponsors a number of community events throughout the year. Our State of the Village provides an update on what is going on in Palatine and what’s to come. The Palatine Community Forum offers members and Palatine residents the opportunity to talk to and hear about the latest updates from the village, Palatine Public Library, area school districts and colleges, Salt Creek Park District and Palatine Park District. Our Legislative Breakfast provides the opportunity to
meet and talk with our local, county and state legislators. The golf outing brings together area business professionals for a fun day of networking on the links, held in early summer. Young Entrepreneurs Academy offers middle school students in grades 7 and 8 from District 15 an opportunity to participate in a groundbreaking year-long program that transforms middle school students into real, confident entrepreneurs. Additional business classes are offered to further
educate business owners.
GET INVOLVED | GET CONNECTED!
Our most successful members are those who are most active! For more information or to join the Chamber, visit www.palatinechamber.com.
Dear Palatine Residents & Businesses,
Since the village’s incorporation in 1866, Palatine continues to grow while at the same time maintaining its hometown feel. Palatine’s dining, shopping, business, educational and recreational resources blend together creating an ideal community to live
and work. Through the efforts of the Palatine Area Chamber of Commerce, the Village of Palatine is welcoming for businesses of all kinds and sizes.
I encourage everyone to take advantage of what the Village of Palatine and the Palatine Area Chamber of Commerce have to offer. By living, working and shopping local, Palatine will continue to keep its small town charm while soaring to greater heights.
Village of Palatine
Last fall, the Palatine Area Chamber of Commerce launched a “Come In – We’re Local” campaign in order to support Palatine’s businesses and residents. Window stickers advertising the program are displayed all over the village.
“The purpose of the campaign is to make sure that Palatine residents understand that when they spend $100 in a local community store, $48 of those dollars stay in Palatine. When they shop at an in-town chain outlet, however, only $14 of those dollars stay in Palatine and when they buy from a remote online store, less than $1 comes to Palatine,” Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Steven Gaus, Chamber President Shawn Jackson and former Chamber President Jan Wood said.
Chamber leadership is using the campaign to educate the public about the importance of shifting their thought processes and buying from local storefronts and patronizing local services and institutions instead of buying online or in other communities.
“This is a community engagement program for both businesses and consumers,” Gaus said. “We are working to convey the importance of supporting local businesses, to increase local tax revenue without increasing local property taxes. Palatine realizes 48 times more tax revenue when residents buy within Palatine than when they purchase needed items online.”
Consequently, when residents purchase their products and supplies from Amazon or another online retailer, they are shortchanging their local community.
“We are trying to raise awareness among residents about the importance of patronizing local businesses as much as possible,” Gaus said. “It is vital to remember that local Palatine area businesses employ your neighbors, and support your schools and local village government services. The sales tax and property taxes provided by these businesses also help keep the residential property taxes at the lowest levels possible. Twenty-three percent of Palatine’s general fund income is derived from sales taxes that residents and non-residents pay when they purchase items at businesses in the village,” Gaus said.
In fact, according to Mike Jacobs, assistant village manager, for 2018, sales taxes will account to 21.5 percent of the village’s general fund revenues, which equates to $12.25 million of the $57 million in general fund revenues.
“So, if you want to see Palatine thrive, you need to think local when you are purchasing needed items,” Wood added. “Likewise, you need to patronize our local hardware and grocery stores, nail salons, accountants, restaurants and pet groomers to ensure Palatine stays vibrant.”
“Even buying from big chain stores and franchisees within Palatine is better for the community than buying online,” Gaus said.
“Come In – We’re Local” is a village-wide initiative that is open to local stores, service businesses, contractors and others based in and doing business in Palatine.
“We are actively reaching out to local businesses and organizations to convey to them the importance of this Shop Local initiative to the quality of life for everyone in Palatine because tax income provides money for the local services and capital improvements that everyone wants and many depend upon,” Jackson noted.
Last summer, the Chamber’s Think Local Committee actively sought support from businesses all over Palatine for the program and most were reportedly very receptive to the program that aims to help local brick and mortar businesses compete with online merchants.
Participating businesses now sport red window decals that say “Come In, We’re Local” on the way in the door and “Thank You for Shopping Local” on the way out the door. Digital message boards around the village are also promoting the idea of Shopping Local.
“We are also reaching out to the library, park district, community organizations and schools to ask them to help us promote this effort,” Wood said.
“We are trying to partner with everyone to communicate the importance of this initiative and the many benefits it will provide,” Gaus added. “We are working to educate residents about who the local merchants are, what they do/sell and where they are located. We want to let people know about our hidden gems who may not have the advertising budgets to let everyone continuously know where they are and what they can do for them.”
To accomplish those goals, “we just need to shift people’s thinking and educate them on the businesses located in Palatine and how they are shortchanging the community if they are spending all of their money online,” he said. “Remember that every sales tax dollar that we bring into Palatine means that one fewer property tax dollar needs to be levied.”
On September 8, the Chamber will hold “Explore Palatine,” an event encouraging residents to walk around Palatine to visit stores, restaurants and even the library instead of logging onto the internet to accomplish tasks. Think/Shop Local Palatine!
The leadership of Palatine constantly works to stay relevant and to offer its residents and those of nearby communities a plethora of services and opportunities to shop, be employed, entertain themselves, enjoy nature and recreational activities, and educate themselves and their children.
So it is not surprising that a number of new businesses and facilities have opened or relocated within Palatine over the past year, according to Deputy Village Manager Mike Jacobs.
For instance, Studio41 Home Design Showroom plans to open at the former site of AC Imports Jaguar on Northwest Highway. Studio41 showrooms are open to homeowners, contractors, designers and architects, whether they are buying a single item or for a whole house. They provide products for kitchens, baths, windows and doors.
They also have showrooms in Glenview, Highland Park, Schaumburg, Naperville and Chicago and are expected to open in Palatine in early 2019.
Portofino’s Woodfire Pizza and Pasta opened in June at 383 W. Northwest Hwy. on the former site of El Torero. The family-owned establishment is open for both lunch and dinner, Monday through Friday, and starting at 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
A sizeable portion of the old Hobby Lobby space at Palatine Plaza on Northwest Highway will soon be occupied by a new doggie day care facility with lots of room for canine play. Pete and Mac’s is expected to open this fall.
Along Rand Road, north of Dundee Road, the venerable old Knupper’s Nursery and adjacent village-owned property which once housed a Menard’s store are part of a proposed development by the Napleton Auto Group. They will construct a Subaru-Mazda dealership on the 14-acre parcel, relocating and expanding from farther south along Rand Road in Arlington Heights. Construction is expected to begin in spring 2019.
A bit farther south, just east of the corner of Dundee and Rand Roads, on the site of a long-demolished Speedway gas station, a second three-building complex is expected to be constructed in late 2018 or early 2019. The new buildings will closely resemble those in an adjacent sister project immediately to the west featuring Panera, Mattress Firm and Verizon. Palatine Bank & Trust is expected to occupy one of the new buildings with the other two still available, Jacobs said.
In downtown Palatine, Pan American Bank & Trust has opened its new facility in the old Smith Street Station space adjacent to Durty Nellie’s. It has a single drive-through lane for the convenience of its customers.
In the industrial area south of Northwest Highway along Route 53, H.B. Fuller, experts in industrial adhesives, coatings, sealants and specialty materials, has relocated out of the village. Its 15- to 20-acre parcel is being marketed as a possible site for the construction of a modern distribution center or another manufacturing facility.
To the west, near Harper College, Regency Plaza at the intersection of Euclid and Quentin Roads has filled a portion of the former Dominick’s site with a Crunch Fitness.
Finally, Harper College has recently transformed its 39-year-old Wellness and Sports Center in Building M into a community health and recreation center in partnership with the Palatine Park District and Northwest Community Healthcare. They dedicated the $39 million renovation in September.
The park district contributed $9 million toward the renovation and going forward they will pay a share of the building’s operating costs; operate the indoor pool; and provide adult fitness and recreation programs. In addition, Northwest Community Healthcare will lease 10,000 square feet of the space to provide health care services to students, staff and the community.
“At the end of the day, what we have created together is something we never could have done by ourselves. We’re showing our educational community and the taxpayers what the future of public institutions looks like, not only in this District and State, but across the country,” said Harper College President Dr. Ken Ender.
Allied Air Conditioning & Heating corp.
Palatine-based Allied Air Conditioning & Heating Corp., which also has an office in Libertyville, is the only Illinois Carrier dealer to win the Carrier President’s Award for 10 consecutive years. Allied has been a Carrier dealer for over 40 years.
Founded in 1969 by Greg Budinger and Brent Bauer, who met while working for Parker Hannifin, a Chicago controls manufacturer, Allied grew steadily throughout the 1970s and 1980s, acquiring a Libertyville-based competitor during the 1980s in order to expand their reach.
Today Allied’s Palatine office is led by Greg’s son, Kevin Budinger, a graduate of Northern Illinois University. He has been involved in the business since 1992. From the Palatine and Libertyville offices, Allied’s 54 employees service residential and light commercial customers’ air conditioners, furnaces and boilers from the Wisconsin border to Naperville. They also install furnaces and air conditioners in new construction.
“What sets us apart from our competition is our product knowledge, experience, commitment to customer service and our ethical behavior,” Kevin said. “Most of our employees have been with us more than 10 years.”
The business motto “‘Treating your home as part of our family since 1969’ is our commitment and promise to our customers,” Kevin said. “By treating customers with honesty and respect, our goal is to be the company about which our customers want to tell friends and neighbors.”
Eric Marzinke and his father, Walter, opened ProMark Planners, a financial planning advisory business, in Palatine shortly after the turn of the millennium (July, 2000) and it has been growing like gangbusters ever since.
“We have been helping individuals, families and small business owners from all over the Chicagoland area invest and plan to the future for 18 years,” Marzinke said.
The elder Marzinke, an immigrant from Germany, worked as a district manager for AXA Equitable Life Insurance during the 1990s before going into the financial planning business with his son. He passed away in 2016.
“We have always encouraged prospective customers to stop in and see how we do business – at no charge. We aim to be a part of the team that helps them steer their ship and reach their goals, and to accomplish that we take a holistic planning approach,” he said.
“We work with them to plan their retirement by using investment tools and strategies that will protect what they have already earned and further build it up as time goes on,” Marzinke said. “To accomplish this we like to meet personally with our approximately 250 clients a couple of times each year and we tell them to call us anytime they have a question or concern.”
The advice they offer depends on the stage of life of the client and how comfortable they are with the various financial markets. Those in their early 30s can handle a little more risk than those in their 60s who should be protecting their assets with a more balanced portfolio consisting of both stocks and bonds, he noted.
“Each client has a different appetite for risk, but some exposure to equities is good for everyone,” Marzinke added. “It is a good way for people to keep in front of inflation. We actively work to help our clients capture lost opportunities.”
But what makes ProMark Planners unique, according to Marzinke, is the fact that they actively work to talk to clients on their unique level of understanding – not over their heads. “I try to paint my clients pictures and tell them stories in order to make clear the concepts I am explaining.”
Marzinke is joined in the office by his wife, Karen, and his assistant, Terry Ihm.
City Limits Harley Davidson
Perched on the edge of high population suburban areas, close to the Lake County line, City Limits Harley Davidson at 2015 N. Rand Rd. in Palatine has found the perfect place for their motorcycle dealership.
Thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts find their way to City Limits every day to purchase or rent a Harley Davidson motorcycle; to purchase Harley Davidson clothing and giftware; to learn to ride safely; to participate in a cross-country group tour; or even to store their motorcycles during the cold and snowy months.
City Limits is part of the 18-dealership Windy City Motorcycle Company and the affiliated Milwaukee Motorcycle Company.
“This is a great location. It is close to the city, but if you go just a couple of miles north or west, you are in the country where you can really enjoy riding,” said Rob McIlrath, general manager. “We do lots of rentals to people who don’t have enough free time to justify owning a bike, but want to get out and enjoy riding occasionally.”
Palatine has been home to a Harley Davidson dealership for about 30 years. Originally known as Suburban Harley-Davidson, it was sold 11 years ago and then moved to the current state-of-the-art facility seven years ago. It draws scores of customers from the surrounding communities, as well as from Palatine itself.
“We always have about 200 motorcycles in stock, but through our other dealerships we have access to 2,000 motorcycles at any given time,” McIlrath said.
City Limits sells not only motorcycles, but also parts, after-market items and accessories and riding gear. They also service motorcycles and teach new and prospective owners how to ride correctly. In fact, new owners are generally able to earn their motorcycle license within one week.
“Harley Davidson is very much a lifestyle – a brotherhood and sisterhood,” he said, “and we work hard to cater to people who enjoy the Harley Davidson way of life.”
Long-distance trips are often part of the overall cycling experience, so City Limits plans trips along Route 66, all the way to Santa Barbara, California, around Lake Michigan or even to the massive motorcycle rally held each summer in South Dakota. “Many from Europe even travel here and rent one of our motorcycles to tour the United States,” McIlrath said.
Those who choose to store their motorcycles out of the weather at City Limits during the winter pay a $300 storage fee for the season. In fact, the dealership annually stores over 700 motorcycles, McIlrath said. “But those who spend money on parts, clothing and service during the winter can earn credits on their winter storage, potentially getting that storage free.”
City Limits is active in the Palatine business community through its membership in the Chamber and by having a presence at community events like the Fourth of July festival.