McHenry County EDC News

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

SEE Keynote Speaker Rick Stephen keynote address

Rick Stephens, Senior VP of The Boeing Company was the keynote speaker at the October 11th, 2012 MCEDC Annual Dinner. His presentation was enthusiastically received by the almost 400 business, education and government leaders attending the dinner. See his thought provoking comments by clicking here.

SEE Keynote Speaker Rick Stephen keynote address

Greening Living Expo - November 3rd at MCC

5th Annual Green Living Expo

Our Green Transformation

Saturday, November 3, 2012
10 AM - 3 PM

MCC Gymnasium
8900 US Highway 14, Crystal Lake

FREE Admission

Learn how to “green” your life and your community at the McHenry County Green Living Expo. This free event features over 50 local businesses and organizations in Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin offering eco-friendly products and services.  In addition, live demos and free drawings will be throughout the day. 


Featuring eco-friendly vendors, prizes and more, the Green Living Expo is an excellent opportunity for area businesses and organizations to showcase green products and services and educate the public about sustainable practices.   The event runs 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in MCC’s multi-purpose room (gymnasium).   Entrance to the Expo is FREE to the public, yielding large crowds and high attendance rates!  Merchandise can be sold at exhibitor tables, however the sale of perishable items is not permitted.  Consider becoming a Green Living Expo Demo Sponsor – an opportunity to publicize your product/service on an even greater level!  See the attached exhibitor form for more info.

For great savings, submit a completed exhibitor registration form with payment by October 25.  For more table information, please contact Kristine Emrich at 815-479-7570, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." target="_blank">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Caron Wenzel at 815-338-4716, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." target="_blank">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We hope you will join us for McHenry County’s premiere green networking event!

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