McHenry County EDC News

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.

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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


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.


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