McHenry County EDC News

Lunch Program Event: What Happened in Springfield?

Lunch Program Event: What Happened in Springfield?

Speakers: State Representative Michael W. Tryon and State Representative Elaine Nekritz
Date: Wednesday, July 25, 2012, Noon
Location: The University Club, Chicago, Illinois


Should this past legislative session get a “thumbs up” or a “thumbs down”? What was accomplished concerning state budget, revenue, current and future pension issues, payment of outstanding bills owed by the State of Illinois?

How did the Legislature accomplish significant Medicaid reforms? Does this stabilize the State’s health care system? Does it have any impact on governmental and private sector retirees?

Were plastic bags and wrap really an issue? Gambling expansion and cigarette tax?

And what are the major open items for summer or veto sessions or after the election?

Republican Representative in the 64th District, Michael W. Tryon, was first elected to the Illinois House in November, 2004. He currently serves on the Mass Transit, Healthcare Availability Access, Least Cost Power Procurement, Environment and Energy, Local Government and the Smart Growth and Regional Planning Committees of the State Legislature. Former President of the McHenry County Board, he is a Principal in an environmental testing lab.

State Representative Elaine Nekritz (Democrat) is serving her fifth term in the State House. She is Chair of the Personnel and Pension, Judicial One – Civil Law and Special Investigating Committees, she is Vice-Chair of the Pension Investment Committee and she is a Committee member of Transportation, Regulation, Roads, Environmental Health, Housing and Property Sub-Committee and Railroad and Air Transportation Sub-Committee.


Cosponsored by the McHenry County Economic Development Corporation, the luncheon is at noon at the University Club, 76 E Monroe St, Chicago, IL 60603. The cost of the lunch and program is $48 for EDC and MCEDC members and $65 for non-members. There is no charge for EDC Corporate and Sustaining Members.

Reservations are mandatory and can be made by visiting the EDC website,, or by calling the EDC at (773) 279-8787.

Small Business Job Creation Tax Credit

$2500 Illinois Small Business Job Creation Tax Credit.

Beginning July 1, 2012; Eligible wage $10/hr; PEO's now eligible.

Learn more at



Export Training in McHenry County

MCEDC is pleased to partner with Allocca Enterprises, Inc. and the US Commercial Service to bring export training to McHenry County. Manufacturers who are ready to take the next step in growing their export business should register as soon as possible. For details on the HTS/Schedule B Classification and topics covered, please see the attached.

NCRC Presentation Hosted by McHenry County Workforce Investment Board

Learn About the National Career Readiness Certificate at an informative presentation hosted by the McHenry County Workforce Investment Board NCRC Committee

National Career Readiness Certificat -NCRC

Date: Thursday June 21, 2012
Time: 7:30 to 9:00 am
Location: McHenry County Administration Building, 2nd Floor Conference Room

667 Ware Rd.
Woodstock, IL 60098

Learn how National Career Readiness Certificate can help you and your company

  • Effectively hire the best people the first time
  • Complements traditional credentials
  • Works for all industries
  • Easy to understand
  • Improves your bottom-line

Hear testimonials from Berner Foods and Fabric Images on the benefits of the NCRC System to their recruiting and staff development.

For more information, contact the McHenry Count Workforce Investment Board at 815-338-2437.

IMEC launches 'Made in Illinois' Program

IMEC launches Made in Illinois. Be a part of this exciting new program!

As part of the national “Make it in America” campaign being undertaken by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership, IMEC is launching a companion Made in Illinois program to showcase Illinois products to the public and provide an internet-based forum for manufacturers to connect and generate business opportunities. Illinois manufacturers can register for a free profile page to feature their products and services, share company news, and display pictures and videos.

This program is an exciting opportunity to promote Illinois manufacturing and raise public awareness.  I hope you will consider partnering with us to get the manufacturers in your region to participate!

You can join us in the campaign by communicating about Made in Illinois directly to your local manufacturers, displaying the Made in Illinois icon on your organization’s website or other promotional materials, and distributing the flyer at your events and other activities that will involve manufacturers.  We will also be developing a Made in IL Partner recognition page on the IMEC website and social channels.  If you join the campaign, we will add your organization’s logo to the list of supporters.

Attached is a one-page flyer with details on the program, including links to the Made in Illinois site, and our social media channels.

Contact Tucker Kennedy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss ways to partner with IMEC.

Download the Made in Illinois Logo

Download the Made in Illinois program flyer

Link to the Made in Illinois website

Visit the Made in Illinois Facebook page - Twitter feed - or LinkedIn Group

Go Global International Trade Conference

MCEDC President, and McHenry County’s own JA Frate’s logistics team at the Go Global International Trade Conference, April 3 & 4th in Rockford, Il.

MCEDC is participating partner in this fifth annual event designed to help our regional companies grow globally.


Wind Energy Workshop

Wind Energy Supply Chain Workshops: April 10 & 11

Wind power has become one of the exciting sources of manufacturing jobs in the U.S. over the last ten years and continues to be a cost competitive source of electricity.

On April 10th and 11th, IMEC in partnership with GLWN (formerly Great Lakes Wind Network), invites you to attend a workshop that covers the basics for manufacturers and service providers interested in exploring market diversification into one of America’s fastest growing markets. 

Lisa Prondzinski of Metform will discuss their company efforts during the Wind Energy Profile process, including benefits and lessons learned!

Presented by Dale Reckman, Director of Field Services for GLWN, the Wind Energy Supply Chain Workshop will help you answer the following questions:

    How extensive is this industry and what are the trends?
    What components and systems make up a wind turbine?
    What is the supply chain structure for wind turbine parts?
    What are the mandatory requirements for this industry?
    Beyond manufacturing, what else is needed?
    Where does a company get more information fast?

When: 7:30AM - 10:00AM

Where: April 10 - WIU Quad Cities & April 11 - NIU Naperville

Cost: $45pp - Continental breakfast included

Register:  Visit for more information, or click on your desired date/location above.

Questions: Contact Todd Miller, IMEC Manufacturing Specialist, at 815-621-4367 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Business Vendor Fair

Local governments annually procure millions of dollars of commodities and services. Are you connected?

Register for the 1st Annual McHenry County Business to Government Plug-In (BGP) Event.  Businesses will be introduced to potential business opportunities available with local units of government that include: City of Crystal Lake, Village of Algonquin, Conservation District, McHenry County Purchasing, School District 47, McHenry County College, Sheriff’s Department, and many, many more.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 28 - 9:15 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
WHERE:    McHenry County College - Luecht Conference Center
8900 US HWY 14, Crystal Lake, IL 60012

Coffee & Danish served @ 8:30am  ●  Event starts 9:15 am to 5:00 pm

Representing Organization  Workshop Topic
•   McHenry County Purchasing  •     Submittal of Formal Bids & Proposals
•   McHenry County State’s Attorney •     Legalities of Procurement
•   Market Financial   •     Insurance & Bonding Requirements
•   Illinois Department of Labor  •     Prevailing Wage & Certified Payroll
12:30 pm – 1:15 pm Box Lunch Provided
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm EXPO EXHIBITS OPENS

Afternoon Expo Session ● BGP Event
Meet the Purchasing Contact for your local McHenry County government to learn about goods and services they purchase and how your business can submit proposals. 


Registration fee for this event is $20/person and includes morning education sessions, lunch, and the afternoon Expo Session.  For more information, click here.

To register on line and use paypal, click here.

 *Sponsored by McHenry County Government & McHenry County EDC

Here is what they are looking for:
___ Acoustical Tile, Insulating Materials & Supplies
___ Addressing, Copying, Mimeograph, & Spirit Duplicating Machine Supplies: Chemicals, Inks, Paper, etc.
___ Agricultural Equipment, Implements, & Accessories
___ Air Compressors & Accessories
___ Air Conditioning, Heating & Ventilating (HVAC): Equipment, Parts & Accessories
___ Aircraft & Airport, Equipment, Parts & Supplies
___ Amusement, Decorations, Entertainment, Toys, Etc.
___ Animals, Birds & Marine Life
___ Appliances & Equipment, Household Type
___ Art Equipment & Supplies
___ Automotive Accessories & Parts for Automobiles, Buses, Trucks, Etc.
___ Automotive Maintenance Items & Repair/Replacement Parts
___ Automobile Bodies, Accessories & Parts
___ Automotive Vehicles & Related Transportation Equipment
___ Automotive Shop Equipment & Supplies
___ Badges, Emblems, Name Tags & Plates, Jewelry, Etc.
___ Bags, Bagging, Ties & Erosion Control Equipment
___ Bakery Equipment, Commercial
___ Barber & Beauty Shop Equipment & Supplies
___ Barrels, Drums, Kegs & Containers
___ Bearings
___ Belts and Belting: Conveyor, Elevator, Power Transmission & V-Belts
___ Biochemical Research
___ Boats, Motors, and Marine & Wildlife Supplies
___ Bookbinding Supplies
___ Bricks and Other Clay Products, Refractory Materials, and Stone Products
___ Broom, Brush & Mop, Floor Care
___ Builder’s Supplies
___ Buildings and Structures: Fabricated & Prefabricated
___ Cafeteria & Kitchen Equipment, Commercial
___ Chemical Laboratory Equipment & Supplies
___ Chemical Materials Including Abrasives
___ Clocks, Timers, Watches, and Jewelers’ & Watchmakers’ Tools & Equipment
___ Clothing, Apparel, Uniforms, and Accessories
___ Computer Hardware & Peripherals for Microcomputers
___ Computer Hardware & Peripherals for Mini & Mainframe Computers
___ Computer Accessories and Supplies
___ Computer Software for Microcomputers (Preprogrammed)
___ Computer Software for Mini and Mainframe Computers (Preprogrammed)
___ Concrete and Metal Culverts, Pilings, Pipe, Septic Tanks, Accessories & Supplies
___ Controlling, Indicating, Measuring, Monitoring, and Recording Instruments & Supplies
___ Coolers, Drinking Water
___ Cutlery, Dishes, Flatware, Glassware, Trays, Utensils, and Supplies
___ Dairy Equipment & Supplies
___ Decals & Stamps
___ Dental Equipment & Supplies
___ Draperies, Curtains and Upholstery
___ Drugs, Pharmaceuticals & Biologicals (For Human Therapeutic Use)
___ Electrical Cables & Wires (Not Electronic)
___ Electrical Equipment & Supplies (Except Cable & Wire)
___ Electronic Components, Replacement Parts, and Accessories: and Miscellaneous Electronic Equipment
___ Elevators and Escalators, Building Type
___ Energy Collecting Equipment & Accessories: Solar & Wind
___ Engineering Equipment, Surveying Equipment, Drawing Instruments, and Supplies
___ Envelopes—Plain or Window
___ Fare Collection Equipment & Supplies
___ Fastening, Packaging, Strapping, Tying Equipment & Supplies
___ Feed, Bedding, Vitamins & Supplements for Animals
___ Fencing
___ Fertilizers & Soil Conditioners
___ Fire Protection Equipment & Supplies
___ First Aid and Safety Equipment and Supplies
___ Flags, Flag Poles, Banners, and Accessories
___ Floor Covering, Floor Covering Installation & Removal Equipment, and Supplies
___ Floor Maintenance Machines, Parts, and Accessories
___ Food Processing & Canning Equipment & Supplies
___ Foods: Bakery Products
___ Foods: Dairy Products
___ Foods: Frozen
___ Foods: Perishable
___ Foods: Staple Grocery & Grocer’s Miscellaneous Items
___ Forms: Computer Paper, Form Labels, Snap-out Forms, and Folders for Forms
___ Foundry Castings, Equipment, and Supplies Work
___ Fuel, Oil, Grease & Lubricants
___ Furniture: Health Care & Hospital Facility
___ Furniture: Laboratory
___ Furniture: Cafeteria, Chapel, Dormitory, Household, Library, Lounge, School
___ Furniture: Office
___ Gases, Containers, Equipment: Laboratory, Medical, and Welding
___ Germicides, Cleaners, and Related Sanitation Products for Health Care Personnel
___ Glass & Glazing Supplies
___ Hand Tools (Powered & Non-Powered), Accessories & Supplies
___ Hardware & Related Items
___ Hose, Accessories, and Supplies: Industrial, Commercial, and Garden
___ Hospital & Surgical Equipment, Instruments & Supplies
___ Hospital Equipment and Supplies: Mobility, Speech Impaired, and Restraint Items
___ Hospital, Surgical, and Related Medical Accessories & Sundry Items
___ Janitorial Supplies
___ Laboratory Equipment & Accessories
___ Laboratory and Field Equipment and Supplies: Biology, Botany, Microbiology, Zoology, Etc.
___ Laundry & Dry Cleaning Equipment, Accessories, Parts & Supplies - Commercial
___ Laundry & Dry Cleaning Compounds & Supplies
___ Lawn Maintenance Equipment, Accessories, and Parts
___ Leather & Related Equipment, Products, Accessories, and Supplies
___ Library & Archival Equipment, Machines & Supplies
___ Luggage, Brief Cases, Purses & Related Items
___ Lumber & Related Products
___ Machinery & Hardware, Industrial
___ Markers, Plaques, and Traffic Control Devices
___ Marking & Stenciling Devices
___ Mass Transportation - Transit Bus
___ Mass Transportation - Transit Bus Accessories & Parts
___ Mass Transportation - Rail Vehicles and Systems
___ Mass Transportation - Rail Vehicle Parts & Accessories
___ Material Handling & Storage Equipment & Allied Items
___ Mattresses & Bedding
___ Metals: Bars, Plates, Rods, Sheets, Strips, Structural Shapes, Tubing, and Fabricated
___ Microfiche and Microfilm Equipment, Accessories, & Supplies
___ Miscellaneous Products
___ Musical Instruments, Accessories & Supplies
___ Nursery Stock, Equipment & Supplies
___ Office Machines, Equipment & Accessories
___ Office Supplies: Carbon Paper & Ribbons, All Types
___ Office Supplies, General
___ Optical Equipment, Accessories & Supplies
___ Paint, Protective Coatings, Varnish, Wallpaper, and Related Products
___ Painting Equipment & Accessories
___ Paper & Plastic Products, Disposable
___ Paper (For Office and Print Shop Use)
___ Park, Playground, and Swimming Pool Equipment
___ Personal Hygiene and Grooming Equipment & Supplies
___ Photographic Equipment & Supplies
___ Plastics, Resins, Fiberglass: Construction, Forming, Laminating, and Molding Equipment, Accessories, and Supplies
___ Plumbing Equipment, Fixtures & Supplies
___ Poisons: Agricultural & Industrial
___ Police Equipment & Supplies
___ Printing Preparations: Etching, Photoengraving, Typesetting & Preparing Mats, Negatives, and Plates
___ Prosthetic Devices, Hearing Aids, Auditory Testing Equipment, Electronic Reading Devices, Etc.
___ Publications and Audiovisual
___ Pumping Equipment and Accessories
___ Radio Communication, Telephone & Telecommunication Equipment, Accessories & Supplies
___ Rags, Shop Towels & Wiping Cloths
___ Refrigeration Equipment & Accessories
___ Road & Highway Building Materials
___ Road & Highway Equipment and Parts: Asphalt and Concrete Handling and Processing
___ Road & Highway Equipment: Earth Handling, Grading, Moving, Packing, Etc.
___ Roofing & Roofing Materials
___ Salt (Sodium Chloride) for Roadway
___ Scales and Weighing Apparatus
___ School Equipment & Supplies
___ Seed, Sod, Soil & Inoculants
___ Sewing Room & Textile Machinery, and Accessories
___ Shoes and Boots
___ Signs, Sign Materials, and Sign Making Equipment
___ Sound Systems, Components, and Accessories: Group Intercom, Music, Public Address, Etc.
___ Spraying Equipment
___ Steam and Hot Water Specialists, Accessories, and Supplies
___ Steam Boilers, Steam Heating, and Power Plant Equipment
___ Tanks: Mobile, Portable and Stationary
___ Television Equipment and Accessories
___ Testing Apparatus and Instruments
___ Textiles, Fibers, Household Linens, and Piece Goods
___ Theatrical Equipment and Supplies
___ Tickets, Coupon Books, Sales Books, Script Books, Etc.
___ Tires and Tubes
___ Train Controls, Electronic
___ Venetian Blinds, Awnings and Shades
___ Veterinary Equipment and Supplies
___ Visual Education Equipment and Supplies
___ Water Treating Chemicals
___ Water Supply and Sewage Treatment Equipment
___ Welding Equipment and Supplies
___ X-Ray and Other Radiological Equipment and Supplies (Medical)
___ Aircraft Operations Services
___ Architect - Engineer & Other Professional Design Services (For Construction Coverage See Class 968)
___ Bookbinding, Rebinding & Repairing
___ Building Maintenance & Repair Services
___ Construction-Road
___ Communications & Media Related Services
___ Data Processing Services & Software
___ Educational Services
___ Equipment Maintenance, Reconditioning, and Repair Services - Agricultural, Automotive, Heavy Industrial Equipment, and Marine Equipment
___ Equipment Maintenance, Reconditioning, and Repair Services - Appliance, Athletic, Cafeteria, Furniture, Musical Instruments, and Sewing Equipment
___ Equipment Maintenance, Reconditioning, and Repair Services - Laundry, Lawn, Painting, Plumbing, and Spraying Equipment
___ Equipment Maintenance, Reconditioning, and Repair Services - General Equipment
___ Equipment Maintenance, Reconditioning, and Repair Services - Hospital, Laboratory, and Testing Equipment
___ Equipment Maintenance, Reconditioning, and Repair Services - Office, Photographic, and Radio/Television Equipment
___ Financial Services
___ Health Related Services (Not Including Human Services)
___ Human Services, Clinical Testing Services
___ Insurance
___ Laundry & Dry Cleaning Services
___ Library Services
___ Marine Construction Services; Marine Equipment Maintenance and Repair; Related Marine Services
___ Miscellaneous Professional Services
___ Personnel, Temporary (Employment Agency Services)
___ Printing and Related Services
___ Public Works, Construction, and Related Services
___ Real Property Rental or Lease
___ Rental or Lease Services of Equipment - Agricultural, Aircraft, Automotive Heavy Equipment, and Marine Equipment
___ Rental or Lease Services of Equipment - Appliances, Cafeteria, Film, Furniture, Hardware, Musical, Sewing, and Window and Floor Coverings
___ Rental or Lease Services of Equipment - Engineering, Hospital, Laboratory, Precision Instruments, Refrigeration, Scales, and Testing Equipment
___ Rental or Lease of Equipment - General Equipment
___ Rental or Lease Services or Equipment - Janitorial, Laundry, Lawn, Painting, Spraying, and Textile Equipment
___ Rental or Lease Service of Equipment - Office, Photographic, Printing, Radio/Television/Telephone Equipment
___ Roadside, Grounds, and Park Area Services
___ Security, Fire, Safety, and Emergency Services
___ Sale of Surplus and Obsolete Items

Business Law for Women Business Owners

Women & Wealth Series
Business Law for Women Business Owners

If you've ever wondered:

  • How you should structure your business, partnership, corporation, etc....
  • How to avoid and protect yourself from many of the pitfalls facing employers...
  • How to structure an incentive compensation plan to motivate employees to help grow the business without giving away the farm... or 
  • What would happen to your business, your family, your employees if something unexpected took you out of the business...

...then this session is for you.  

Exemplar Financial Network welcomes, special guest, Ryan Farrell, Attorney with Zukowski, Rogers, Flood & McArdle, to discuss legal issues and topics important to women business owners.   

This may be the best investment you've made in yourself and your business in 2012.

We will also discuss the Women's Business Enterprise and what benefits may be accessible to you as a female entrepreneur!

Register today by clicking the link below.  


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Friends are welcome and wine and cheese will be served.



Exemplar Financial Network
413 E. Terra Cotta Avenue
(Route 176)
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
Driving Directions

Tuesday April 3, 2012
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM CDT

Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Exemplar Financial Network office at (815) 459-4550, ext. 121  


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Go Global 2014
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Rockford, Illinois

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Holiday Inn, Crystal Lake, IL

 Details to follow or Call 815-893-0895

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