McHenry County EDC News

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


MCEDC holds 5th Manufacturing Matchmaking Event!

The room was a buzz with business on Thursday, April 11th at the Holiday Inn ballroom in Crystal Lake.  Almost 90 companies participated and connected with potential customers and suppliers which was like music to the ears of MCEDC President Pam Cumpata.  "The purpose of this event to open doors, create opportunities and to share information about products and companies. Bottom build business!  We have heard of companies who participated before and have generated solid business.  In fact, one company met its business park neighbor here and within two years this previously 'unknown' neighbor  is now one of their top customers." 


Thanks to one of our valued EDC Investor/members, Robin Pendergrast Photography, LLC.,  you can get an idea of the event by clicking this video link.


Ready, Set, Go! We're Off!  
Match appointment Product Samples
Business On going! Samples tell the story!


 This speeddating for manufacturers event provided companies with from 7 to 10 fifteen minute appointments.   Every 15 minutes, President Pam Cumpata rang a bell to close the match and folks moved to their next appointments.  Fourteen MCEDC Investor/members and service providers such as Centegra Health Systems and Stan's Office Technologies were staged around the sides of the room for companies to meet.  In addition, many Illinois state agencies were also on hand to assist and meet with companies during their free times.  One of the most sought after matches at the event was Caterpillar.  Their two representatives held over 22 matches with our McHenry County manufacturers.  In total, over 500 match appointments were held. 

MCEDC Board of Director Mark Steadman (Stan's Office Technologies, servng Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin) expressed his appreciation to Corporate Sponsor "Castle Bank" and breakfast sponsor  "In Sync Systems" for making this event possible.  Steadman also commented that "Manufacturing is a vital component of McHenry County's economy responsible for almost 25%.  MCEDC will continue to provide our manufacturers with support and opportunities for growth."    

Join Us for the Outlook Spring Update Luncheon Symposium on April 23rd

Please Join Us for The Outlook Spring Update Luncheon Symposium

Crystal Lake Country Club

BSC Private Wealth Management, LLC, together with The McHenry County Economic Development Corporation, cordially invites you to be our guest at our Outlook 2013 Spring Update. The lunch symposium will be held at Crystal Lake Country Club on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 beginning at 12:00 PM.

The senior partners of BSC Private Wealth Management, John Chapman and John Sleeting, will be presenting important perspectives on our firm's wealth management strategies for 2013. This presentation will update critical economic developments and set forth a comprehensive framework for sound decision making for the balance of the year.

Seating is limited so please visit, to register.

Investment Advice offered through BSC Private Wealth Management, LLC a Registered Investment Advisor.

March Madness Mixer

Join us for the March Madness Mixer on Tuesday March 12th from 5:00 - 7:00 pm.

Click here to download flyer

WHERE: United Way of Greater McHenry County - 4508 Prime Parkway, McHenry

ADMISSION FEE: Free will donation benefiting the United Way’s local campaign

Covidien Job Fair - February 28th

Don't miss the Covidien Job Fair on February 28th.

On-site Career Fair

February 28, 2013
Noon - 8pm

815 Tek Drive Crystal Lake, IL 60014

100+ New Job Openings: -Manufacturing -Maintenance -Engineering -Quality Assurance

Click to download pdf

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND MCEDC Manufacturing Matchmaking Event

Manufacturing Matchmaking Event - Think 'speed dating' for manufacturers!

Back by popular demand, MCEDC will host our fifth matchmaking event on Thursday, April 11th, 2013 at the Holiday Inn Crystal Lake, 7:30 AM - 11:30 AM.  

This event is for Manufacturers Only!

Castle Bank is our investor sponsor for this event and there is no cost to you or your company. 

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Attendees will have an opportunity to meet with seven companies for preselected ten minute appointments. Formal matches will end at 10:30 AM and there will be an opportunity for open matches and networking until 11:30 AM.

How it works -  once registrations are finalized, a listing of all participating companies will be emailed to you.  You review the list and using our convenient online selection form, select and rank your preferred matches (up to ten). Upon arrival on the 11th, you will receive a detailed match schedule. Bring business cards, brochures, and product samples.  

DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS FEBRUARY 14th!   Click here to register! 

This event is for Manufacturers Only!

Call Jean with any questions 815.893.0895.


Provide a safe environment for your workforce


• OSHA Electrical & Arc Flash Safety Training  - Jan. 28

OSHA 10 Hr. for Construction Training Program Feb. 18 & 20

First Aid/CPR/AED/BBP Training  March 6

OSHA 10 Hr. Voluntary Compliance-General Industry- March 11 & 13

Forklift Operator –March 15 or April 19

for course details contact

815-455-8593  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

McHenry County College The Shah Center

4100 W. Shamrock Lane, McHenry, IL  60050

2013 Officers and Board Members Elected

The McHenry County Economic Development Corporation held its Annual Meeting of Investors and Annual Board of Directors Meeting on November 13th, 2012.

“McHenry County EDC has been a consistent voice for business for the over 21 years. Our mission is to support the creation of primary jobs by focusing on retention, expansion and attraction” said Chairman of the Board Gary Overbay, as he reviewed activities for 2012.


Two new Board of Directors were elected to the board – Carolin Archibald, President, Medela, Inc. and Michelle Rentzsch, Director Planning and Economic Development, City of Crystal Lake. These new board members will serve their first term from 2013 to 2015. Chairman Overbay continued “MCEDC affects positive change and economic growth; strategic leadership is vital during these economically challenging times and we are pleased to have the professional acumen of these outstanding leaders”.

The officers of the corporation for 2013 were also elected and are Chairman of the Board, Gary Overbay, Civiltech Engineering, Vice Chairman, Susan Milford, Centegra Health System, Treasurer, Jamie Maravich, BMO Harris Bank and Secretary, Blake Hobson, Image Industries. 

Recognized for his contribution and efforts on behalf of McHenry County EDC was retiring Board Member Rob Grammer, McHenry Savings Bank.  

McHenry County EDC President, Pam Cumpata, extended her appreciation and thanks to the Board and to all of the investor/members of the organization who have not only supported our efforts financially, but have contributed over 800 hours of their time to help grow the economy. She reported further that “throughout the year, we have been able to provide customized support to over 1,800 businesses, municipalities, residents and government entities. We have raised the visibility of McHenry County regionally, nationally and internationally. Our resource capabilities have been broadened with the addition of demographic statistical reporting and economic modeling software enabling us to create over 1200 requested individualized reports.   Engaging the future workforce continued to be a major focus and we were pleased to bring the 844 students to the International Manufacturing and Technology Show in Chicago with a goal of instilling in them an interest in manufacturing and the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) education. Finally, we continued to work steadily on infrastructure including the ongoing fiberoptic broadband project, and were able to celebrate four major transportation projects – completion of widening to five lanes of IL 47 through downtown Huntley, a project more than 10 years in planning with funding through Congressman Manzullo; a groundbreaking of a full interchange at IL 47 and I 90 with funding from McHenry County, the Village of Huntley, Kane County, IDOT and the Illinois Tollway; groundbreaking of the Western Algonquin Bypass whose advocacy was the trigger for founding McHenry County EDC with funding obtained from IDOT, Congressman Manzullo, Senator Durbin and former the then Senator Obama; and the rededication of Rakow Road widened to four/six lanes with the funding from Congressman Manzullo and the County transportation bonding program.”

Cumpata commented further “2012 was very successful and with the leadership, guidance and support of our Board of Directors and investor/members, we look forward to 2013 as we continue to help build the economic wealth of McHenry County.”

Export Business Trade Fair @MCC Shah Center

Attention Manufacturers!

Don’t miss the Export Business Trade Fair at McHenry County College Shah Center

Dec. 7, 2012     8 a.m.- 4 p.m.

"As a manufacturer, if you are currently exporting or considering the potential of entering world markets in the future I would strongly encourage attendance at this event"

Catherine Jones, Executive Director Workforce, Business and Community Programs


The Illinois Small Business Development Center at

McHenry County College







Friday, Dec. 7

8 a.m.- 4 p.m.

NBD S70 001    $10 pp

(includes continental breakfast and box lunch)



Attention Manufacturers


  • Meet representatives from Australia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Mexico, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Taiwan Thailand, and Turkey consulates to discuss export opportunities
  • Hear trade updates
  • Learn about support services currently available to assist in entering new markets and expanding existing efforts
  • Attend breakout sessions:

o   Marketing, Research & Business Development

o   Banking, Finance & Law

o   Manufacturing Logistics & Compliance

  • Reserve tabletop space for manufacturer’s displays (space limited-reserve a.s.a.p.)


For more information or to register:

815-455-6098  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


McHenry County College Shah Center

4100 W. Shamrock Lane

McHenry, IL  60050

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