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AT&T Global Supplier Diversity

AT&T Global Supplier Diversity - Illinois Matchmaker

At AT&T, we know that diversity and inclusion are essential components of a successful business strategy.  Our company is a leader in Supplier Diversity, and we believe that creating opportunities for diverse businesses is a key to our success.

For more than four decades, weve been a leader in developing relationships with Minority Business Enterprises, Women Business Enterprises and Service Disabled Veteran Business Enterprises to compete for corporate contracts and succeed in every sector of our business.

Maximum opportunity is given to minority, women and disabled veteran- owned business enterprises to participate as suppliers of materials and services to AT&T.  To facilitate access to opportunities here in Illinois, AT&T is hosting a Global Supplier Diversity Matchmaker on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 in Hoffman Estates.

AT&T is working with minority, women and service disabled business owner organizations to help us share information with Illinois suppliers about this exciting opportunity.

Click HERE for more information.

Understanding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Workshops


Exemplar Accounting & Tax Advisors Inc. offers Financial Peace program

The Financial Peace University is a program that more than 3 million people across the country have used to learn how to get out of debt and save, spend and give like nobody else.  Exemplar uses this program to help people win with money and makes nothing by offering this program.  Before we can advise people on investing, saving on taxes, and running their businesses, people need to understand how to take control of their money.  This program provides that.

To learn more about the program click here.  Register on the site or contact Exemplar as below. 

Kurt Schneider, Certified Public Accountant - An Endorsed Local Provider for Dave Ramsey

Exemplar Accounting & Tax Advisors, Inc.

cell 815-739-9644


Congratulations to Board of Director John Rung on his recent promotion to President of Shaw Media!

RungJohn-head-shotCongratulations to John Rung, McHenry County EDC Board of Director, on his recent promotion to President of Shaw Media.

John has been at Shaw Media for 16 years and has held a variety of management positions. Most recently, he was chief operating officer and senior vice president and publisher. He will continue as publisher of the Northwest Herald which is the Shaw Media’s flagship paper and is based in Crystal Lake. In addition to the Northwest Herald, they publish 80 print and online comunity papers in Illinois and Iowa.

Shaw Suburban Media Group, Inc./Northwest Herald, has been a valued investor in McHenry County EDC supporting economic development since 1997.  


IMEC - Business Opportunities for Manufacturers

Buy America Supplier Scouting

About Supplier Scouting

imecThe Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) has partnered with the departments of Transportation, Energy, and Defense as well as the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to focus on finding business opportunities for small manufacturers by matching their capabilities with the supply chain needs of America's original equipment manufacturers. To take advantage of the current Supplier Scouting opportunities, view the listed opportunities below.

In addition, IMEC has taken a local initiative to help companies in Illinois source their products through local suppliers. For more information on the Illinois initiative, click the Manufacturer Request form below. Specific requests will be posted as they are received.

Is your company looking for a supplier to manufacture a certain product or component? Submit your request online. >> Manufacturer Request Form


Economic Development is a team sport!

An update from MCEDC President Pam Cumpata,

edcDo you Dragon Boat Race? Well, last Saturday, I did on the Ashley River in Charleston, South Carolina. If you are unfamiliar with a Dragon Boat, let me give you a little perspective. The boat hold 20 rowers- 10 people on each side, a small seat in front of the boat for the drummer and then someone to steer standing on the back. The boat is long and narrow, stable if you are sitting correctly with your hip against the side wall. Shifting of weight from one side to the other can cause instability and into the water your team goes.  According to our team captain, the key to our success is synchronizing our strokes and listening to the drummer. Brute strength would not win the race. So, it was the first heat of the day. The skies are overcast and about 65 degrees with strong winds, but we were ready to go. We loaded the boat, paddled to the starting line, the horn blew and we were off! Well, while we had the best of intentions, in the heat of the race, my team lost all synchronization – even with our best rowing efforts, we finished last in our heat and 67 out of 70 teams. Did I mention, our time was worse than a team of 60 and 70 year old women and we had 6 men out of the 20 paddlers on our boat?  So the moral of this dragon boat story is that teamwork, trust, communication and a common vision (synchronization) is critical to success.

Read more: Economic Development is a team sport!

Go Global 2013 Wrap Up Report

MEGA Success!

ROCKFORD, IL (MAY 1, 2013)-The sixth annual Go Global conference drew a record 200+ attendees from 100+ companies, and 30 exhibitors. The event featured keynote presentations, educational workshops, as well as an exhibition area that provided additional opportunities for attendees to develop global business.

"Rockford region manufacturers are entrepreneurial, proactively pursuing business growth opportunities. Go Global provides resources and direction, so manufacturers can focus on what they do best, with a framework for effective, efficient international trade in place," said Carrie Zethmayr, chair of Go Global planning committee. "We are excited at the growing momentum in the Rockford region, as increasing numbers of companies leverage resources to expand into international markets."

Read more: Go Global 2013 Wrap Up Report

Aptar Rings Bell at Stock Exchange

Congratulations to Aptar one of McHenry County’s finest manufacturers and a valued supporter of McHenry County EDC on celebrating 20 years as a publically traded company!

Business Luncheon meeting with William J. Daley on Wednesday, April 24th

A business luncheon meeting with William J.  Daley was held at MCEDC Investor 31 North Banquet & Conference Center on Wednesday, April 24th.

Over 100 business leaders listened to his presentation on Leadership.  MCEDC Board of Directors Blake Hobson, Secretary, Jamie Maravich, Treasurer, Board of Director Brad Heldt, Transportation Committee Chairman Charles Eldredge  and many of our investor/members were on hand to share some of the concerns of the business community on the challenges facing business in Illinois.

Representative Jack Franks, District 63, introduced Bill Daley who was the former Chief of Staff for President Obama.  Prior to this he was Chairman of JP Morgan Chase Midwest for 8 years and President of SBC Communications for 3 years.

In public service Daley coordinated in 2000 the effort for permanent Normal Trade Relations with China and chaired Al Gore's Presidential campaign.  From 1997 to 2000 Daley served as US Secretary of Commerce under President Clinton overseeing a department of more than 40,000 people. As special counsel to President Clinton in 1993, Daley coordinated the successful campaign to pass the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Daley serves on the corporate Boards of Abbott Labs, Boeing Co, and Merck and Co.

This luncheon was a collaborative event with our local Chambers of Commerce, and part of the MCEDC Legislative Committee’s efforts to raise the visibility of McHenry County,

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31 North Sign – MCEDC Investor/member

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31 North Banquet & Conference Center,  Owner, Bernice  Zubrzycki with Bill Daley and Representative Jack Franks

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Blake Hobson, MCEDC Secretary & Bill Daley

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State Representative Jack Franks, 63rd District

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Bill Daley


Images By Robin F. Pendergrast Photography, Inc.  rfpphoto


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