Volume 35, Issue 1
Happy New Year!
Ready for ACA? OPACC Holiday Happenings
New Feature: Township Tidbits
Village Takes Home Awards
Holiday Party Many, many thanks to Mike Lorenzo, Papa Joe’s Restaurant, for hosting our Annual Holiday Party. The staff was fantastic and everyone enjoyed the wonderful hospitality and opportunity to get together to celebrate the start of the holiday season.
Members of the Chamber joined the Century 21 Affiliated Pro-Team as they cut the red ribbon to celebrate the opening of their new office at 15812 S. Wolf Road in Orland Park .
Susan Dust, Sport Clips, Leticia Martino, Send Out Cards, Renee Tabor, Metamorphosis, Marc Lochow, PrintSource Plus and Mike Hardek, Centrue Bank, stopped to pose for a photo.
Past Presidents Keith Massey and Dave Corradino joined Marc Lochow in the celebration. John Bibeau, Mulcahy, Pauritsch, Salvador & Co.Ltd, JoAnn Adams, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Susan Byrne, Coldwell Banker and Craig Ketchum, IHCRS welcomed everyone to the event.
From the Top...
With the New Year come new beginnings. My term as President will come to an end this month as well. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to be able to serve as your President over this past year. The Installation of Rob Wehmeier as President and our 2014 Board of Directors will be on Thursday, January 30. Watch your mail as invitations have gone out to all of you to be a part of this celebration. Be sure to send in your RSVP response so we can reserve your spot. It was truly my pleasure to get to know more about many of you. My 10 years of involvement with the Chamber has shown me that we have a great group of people on board. I was proud to serve as your President this past year. Thank you for that honor.
items from the businesses that have been affected by the La Grange Road construction project. Our hope is that these bags will encourage people to visit these establishments. As a Chamber, we felt it necessary to help these businesses through this inconvenience and also support our Shop Local Program.
In other Chamber happenings, our Ambassadors Club will be calling on new residents in the months ahead to distribute the Welcome Bags we’ve put together. These bags are filled with coupons and promotional
Our OWN Luncheon Committee will soon begin making plans for their 2014 Own Luncheon. Mark your calendars for Thursday, April 10 from 11:30 am to 1:00pm at Silver Lake Country Club.
The committee is looking for Chamber members to purchase Vendor Table space and Early Bird Rates are in effect so sign up early! The OWN Luncheon is a very productive way to spend your lunch hour. Whether you are attending as a vendor or luncheon guest, you will not be disappointed. Keep an eye on the website for the registration form and join us!
A Member Orientation will be held on Thursday, January 22 at 7:45am at Homewood Suites. This orientation is for our new members as well as those members who would like a refresher on how to make the most of their membership. It’s a great way to meet the Chamber Board and Ambassadors and I hope you take advantage of this opportunity.
Thank you for all of your support throughout my term. It is my hope that you will embrace Rob Wehmeier’s term as enthusiastically as you did mine. After all, we are here to serve YOU and we need your input and involvement to effectively do that. Wishing you all the best in 2014. Marc Lochow Sincerely, Marc Lochow PrintSource Plus, Inc.
Mayor’s News and Notes
Happy Holidays. I hope this finds all of the chamber members well and that you have enjoyed the holiday season. Throughout the holidays, the village has delivered the message “buy local,” stressing the importance of shopping locally and supporting “the home team.” We also promoted the November 30th Small Business Saturday, reminding residents to patronize the locally owned businesses at the start of the holiday shopping season and throughout the year.
LaGrange Road Project. The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) reports that progress on its LaGrange Road Widening Project continues. We know it’s been trying at times and we appreciate your patience. With the holidays upon us, LaGrange Road construction will continue in areas where the contractor can work off the roadway. Lane restrictions are not permitted from Thanksgiving Day through January 1, 2014; however, there may be intermittent lane shifts throughout the corridor. These lane shifts will enable the contractor to continue working on different items as weather permits and will also maintain two through lanes of traffic in each direction. Village of the Year. The Village of Orland Park was named “Village of the Year” by the Home Builders Association of Greater Chicago (HBAGC), which lauded Orland Park for its community planning, growth and development.
In its assessment of the village, the association cited seven criteria that made the community stand out. Among them were the Ninety7Fifty luxury apartment development, the Build Orland Park Program that promotes residential housing, a significant increase in senior housing in the community as well as commercial and retail development.
encourage all business people to take a few minutes to explore the site and the wealth of information included on there. Right now, we are getting the word out about the village’s Code Red Notification System. This is a free service that residents and businesses can register for to receive important phone messages about timely events in your areas or general village wide community alerts.
HBAGC also lauded Orland Park for the village’s 100% transparency index rating, its focus on infrastructure improvements that include pedestrian friendly access and the village promoting itself through social media and citizen engagement.
Access the village’s website at orlandpark.org and click the large green ONLINE SERVICES tab with the mouse near the left margin. Once the screen opens, scroll down to Emergency Notification System and complete the process to sign up for Code Red. This is especially helpful for the business community, enabling the Orland Park Police Department to immediately share important information.
Business Champion Award. I was very humbled to receive the Excellence in Government Award from Moraine Valley Community College. The college’s Corporate, Community and Continuing Education Subdivision recognizes the contributions businesses and advocates make to the economic development of the southwest suburbs. The college praised our advancing the village “economically, environmentally, culturally, socially and recreationally.” Orland Park attracting new businesses, the creation of our Residential Rewards Program, Ninety7Fifty on the Park, the Taste of Orland Park and other initiatives were mentioned along with the village “maintaining its vitality and low crime rate” as we continue to grow. New Village Website/Code Red System. The village recently re-designed its website and changed the address to an easier URL --- orlandpark.org. I
Thank You, Sponsors. Thank you to the many area businesses that help to make the village’s special events possible. The Orland Park community is very fortunate to have such a generous business community. And, we send our thanks to the many businesses that created ornaments for the village’s community tree. Happy New Year. On behalf of the Village Board and the village staff, I offer to all of you our best wishes for happiness and health in 2014. Daniel J. McLaughlin, Mayor Village of Orland Park
2013 OPACC Officers Executive Director Keloryn Putnam Executive Board Marc Lochow, President PrintSource Plus, Inc Rob Wehmeier First Vice President Wehmeier Portraits Heather Warthen Second Vice President
Orland Park Prairie Renee Oswald, Treasurer Your Mind Over Matter debi Ross Secretary Inside Looks by debi Ross Tami Khuntia Immediate Past President Sparks Complete Auto Care
Board of Directors Roy Angel LegalShield Glen Borkowski DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen Michael A. Buck Law Offices of Michael A. Buck Susan Byrne Coldwell Banker Janice Laging IL National Guard-Family Assistance Center Lynn Cialdella Parkway Bank and Trust Paul Novak Waddell & Reed Karen Nemeth BMO Harris Bank N.A. Mike Hardek Centrue Bank Ric Roemer Creative Home Services Keith Massey Standard Bank and Trust Ed Schussler Trustee, Village of Orland Park Renee Tabor Metamorphosis
Welcome New Members
Bed & Mattress Furniture Gallery Sami Bader 14655 S. LaGrange Road Orland Park, IL 60462 Phone: (708) 873-5656 [email protected]
Retail/Furniture Referred By Fran Myles Boombah Inc Candace Legace 15758 S. LaGrange Road Orland Park, IL 60462 Phone: (708) 226-0550 [email protected]
www.boombah.com Retail/Sports Apparel Cruise Planners Kathryn Carroll 17616 Kelsey Lane Orland Park, IL 60467 Phone: (708) 995-5218 [email protected]
www.awaywegovacations.com Travel Dex One Sue Clark 8525 W. 183rd Street Suite A Tinley Park, IL 60487 Phone: (708) 560-2309 [email protected]
Peter Oldenburg, DPT, OCS, serves as the facility manager and treating physical therapist for the Orland Park facility. Oldenburg obtained his Bachelors, Masters, and Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy highlighting his expertise in the field. He began his career with Athletico fourteen years ago starting at the LaGrange Park facility. He then went on to open and manage two clinics including Tinley Park and Matteson. Peter is a self proclaimed sports enthusiast and enjoys his career as a physical therapist. He is certified in the McKenzie Method and is a Board Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist, and Manual Therapy Trained. Athletico Physical Therapy is located at 14700 S. LaGrange Road, Unit A. To learn more about Athletico Orland Park or to schedule a complimentary injury screening, call Peter Oldenburg at 708-873-8822 or email him at [email protected]
Extreme Clean Carpet Care Tim Dodaro 16436 Cherry Creek Court Joliet, IL 60433 Phone: (708) 478-1766 [email protected]
www.extremecleanchicago.com Carpet Cleaning
The Challenge Johnna Parr 9807 W. Somerset Lane Palos Park, IL 60464 Phone: (708) 297-6608 [email protected]
Heritage Harbor Ottawa Tammy Barry 1851 Old Chicago Road Ottawa, IL 61350 Phone: (815) 433-5000 [email protected]
www.heritageharborottawa.com Real Estate
DoubleTree by Hilton ChicagoAlsip Rachael Crespo 5000 W. 127th Street Alsip, IL 60803 Phone: (708) 272-4206 [email protected]
www.chicagoalsip.doubletree.com Hotel Referred by: Janice Laging
Italio Louis Duran 15139 S. LaGrange Road, Suite 11 Orland Park, IL 60462 Phone: (708) 403-5555 [email protected]
www.italiokitchen.com Restaurant OfficeMax Kevin Long 800 W. Bryn Mawr Itasca, IL 60143 Phone: (331) 201-6091 kev[email protected]
www.officemax.com Office Equipment/Supplies
Thomas Lydon is the owner/ operator of Keepers of Wisdom (“Keepers”). “Keepers” was started in July 2010. The company’s name derives from the Native Americans who refer to many of their family elders as Wisdom Keepers. “Keepers’ ”main goals are: 1.) document and preserve family elders life stories; 2.) provide family members with a glimpse into the family history and the life of their loved one and 3.) a chance for elders to share, in their own words, the lessons learned through their life. By knowing those who came before us, we learn more about ourselves. For more information about Keepers of Wisdom you can reach Thomas Lydon (708) 494-0127 or by email at [email protected]
. You can also visit their website at www. keepersofwisdom.com.
Homewood Suites General Manager, Sara Nadzieja and Director of Sales, Noelle Skalnik are only 2 months into their roles at the Homewood Suites by Hilton Orland Park / Elements Conference Center, however they have 20 combined total years in the hospitality industry. The main goal for the team at the Homewood Suites by Hilton Orland Park and Elements Conference Center is for all of its guests to feel at home. With 81 Extended Stay equipped Guestroom Suites and Banquet Space that can accommodate anywhere from 10-400 people, this location is the perfect choice for your next Extended Stay or Event. Everyone comes together to focus on the key ELEMENTS that will not only meet your needs, but exceed them. You can reach Nicole or Sarah at (708) 364-9411. Homewood Suites by Hilton Orland Park/Elements Conference Center is located at 16245 S. LaGrange Road. Visit Elements Conference Center at our January 22, 7:45 am Member Orientation. Watch our website calendar for a Health & Wellness Summit to be held at Elements in March.
Editor’s Notes Chambergram Editor,
Donna Cameli, OPACC
Chambergram Staff Keloryn Putnam, OPACC
Colin Walsh, eighty-eight graphics Rob Wehmeier Wehmeier Portraits Heather Warthen Orland Park Prairie This month’s contributors: Mayor Dan McLaughlin Village of Orland Park Bill Jones Orland Park Prairie Megan St. John Orland Township Kyle Vroegh Porte Brown LLC If you are interested in contributing to the Chambergram, please contact Donna Cameli at [email protected]
Membership News! Invoices for our January members have been mailed! If you have a renewal date in January, watch your mail for the invoice and send in your renewal by January 15. Renewals received by that date will be eligible for a drawing to win a FREE Membership insert or FREE ‘Member of the Week’ email blast! Let your Chamber membership work for you.
Business As Usual
Plan Now for ACA’s tax-related Provisions Submitted by Kyle Vroegh, Porte Brown LLC employees and pay at least 50% of the premiums.
Companies face a variety of tax-related compliance requirements under the newly adopted Affordable Care Act. Certain small organizations may be eligible for a tax-saving opportunity. Here is an overview of the key provisions. Additional rules apply, so be sure to consult your tax advisor to determine exactly how this law impacts your organization. Premium tax credit This tax credit has been around since 2010 when the healthcare law was first passed. Certain small businesses are eligible for a 35% tax credit of the premiums they pay for their employees. In order to qualify, a business must have fewer than 25 full time equivalent
There are key changes starting in January of 2014 for this tax credit. The first is that in order to qualify for the credit, a small business must purchase their health insurance plan through the health insurance exchange. A second change is the credit increases from 35% to 50% of the employers cost. A third change starting in 2014 is an employer can only claim the credit for an additional two years. The two years do not necessarily have to be 2014 and 2015. This could be a planning opportunity if changes are expected to the amount of premiums a company will pay, or changes in the health insurance plan offered. Medicare withholding There were two major new taxes created with the passage of the healthcare law. The first being a new .9% Medicare tax on earned income. A taxpayer is responsible for this tax once
earned income is over 200,000 for single filers or 250,000 for joint filers. However, employers are responsible for withholding the .9% tax once the wages for an individual employee exceeds 200,000, and employers do not take into account the filing status of employees. This has the potential for an employee to have the tax withheld but they actually do not owe the tax when they file their 1040. If a married taxpayer earns 210,000 they will have the withholding on 10,000 of wages (the amount in excess of 200,000). However, since the threshold for a joint filer is 250,000, the amount withheld will be refunded to the taxpayer. The reverse side of this example could happen as well. If both spouses earn 190,000, neither will have the tax withheld on their paychecks, however they will be responsible for paying the portion above 250,000. Tax planning is essential in this case. Tax on unearned income The other new tax created is
commonly referred to as the net investment income tax. This is a tax that is assessed on “unearned income”. Common income sources that are subject to this tax include interest income, except tax exempt interest, dividend income, capital distributions, capital gains from stock sales, and rental income. Some income items are excluded from this tax. This includes wages, self-employment income, social security income, retirement distributions, and unemployment compensation. Operating income from pass through entities (such as an S-Corporation) where there is active participation by the shareholder, is also exempt. If the shareholder does not have active participation, the income from that entity will be subject to the 3.8% tax. Both of these lists are not all inclusive, and you should check with your tax advisor for specific situations.
Keloryn presents a “Bread Turkey ” donated by Marty Linderborg of Great Harvest Bread to Nicole Green, Total Fire & Safety to celebrate Thanksgiving.
Chris Wharry, Enviro-Green Carpet Cleaning, takes his turn at a Networking Breakfast held in November. Over 80 members joined in the structured networking event and the response was very positive so you can look forward to more events like this in 2014.
President Marc Lochow thanks speakers Rashel Feldman and Mary Anne Keane, Relay Communications who presented an informative program on improving your brand awareness at our October Monthly Membership Meeting.
OPACC Happenings Dave & Buster’s: Kate Holdt and Sarah Geiger of Children’s Therapy Connections pose with their children at an event at Dave & Buster’s. Thank you to April Witte of Dave & Buster’s who provided a wonderful holiday atmosphere to demonstrate that Dave and Buster’s is the perfect place for your next corporate event or holiday party! Give her a call at 708-428-2100.
Health From Within Dr. Doug Tansor congratulates the winners who presented the most interesting business introductions at a recent Business Meet & Greet at Health From Within Chiropractic Wellness. The winners were Jennifer Dale, B Practical Solutions, Maureen Wentz, Village of Orland Park Sportsplex , Nici Grycko, American Chartered Bank, Johnna Parr, The Challenge, Susan Byrne, Coldwell Banker and debi Ross, Inside Looks by debi Ross.
Meet the Ambassador: Scott Hejna
New Ambassador: Congratulations Kevin! Carol Inyart, Primerica, congratulates Kevin Little, Synergy Home Care of Orland Park as he receives his Ambassador Ribbon at a meeting at Baird & Warner.
Name: Scott A. Hejna Birthplace: Oak Lawn, Christ Hospital Childhood home: Palos Park High School or College: Illinois State University-University of Saint Francis Present Home: Tinley Park Current Employer: Owner-Pro Sports Performance & Fitness/Sales Consultant- CM Companies Job Responsibilities: Managing partner & co-owner of PSP Fitness. CM Companiessales consulting in the local/small business realm In my spare time I like to: Participate in local tri-athalons-5k-10k etc. and play football, basketball and softball. Boating in the summer is a major part of my life. Hobbies/Interests: Sports and charity events I’d give anything to meet: Deion Sanders-childhood idol Most memorable life event: Being a member of the All-American Football Class in collegiate football 2004
Tips for Winterizing Your Home
Submitted by Joann Mutter, ServPro of Orland Park
windows and door frames and fixing any foundation cracks are just a few ways to prevent letting in cold air.
Clean Gutters: Gutter buildup can cause icedams to form which can push up shingles on your roof letting water intrusion into your home.
Block Drafts: Door sweeps, caulking around
Check Your Furnace: Turn on your furnace, make sure it is properly running. Getting your furnace cleaned once a year is also recommended. Change your filter monthly.
Chimney Sweeper: It is recommended to get your chimney cleaned once a year before the winter months when the fireplace will be used often.
Reverse the Fans: Make sure the fan is turning clockwise. The fan should be pushing warm air downwards.
Wrap your Pipes: You can get pre-molded insulation for your pipes at the hardware store. This will prevent pipes from freezing.
Ducts and Carpets: Getting your ducts and carpets cleaned before
“News” From Orland Township For Orland Township, the New Year is bringing new social media platforms! We are excited to announce the launch of our new website and blog, which can be found at www.orlandtownship. org, in early January. Our new site will be home to information on all Township programs and activities, as well as pictures and videos from all of our events.
winter can help get rid of the dirt, allergens and dust bunnies in your home.
Check Detectors: Change batteries in smoke detectors and in carbon monoxide detector. Change units every 5-10 years. Test them weekly. Tree Trimming: Removing any branches that are close to your home can prevent damage later on. The weight from snow and Ice and cause the branches to crack and fall on your roof or your car.
Dress warm and turn down your thermostat. You can decrease the amount of gas you are using by layering up your clothes while inside your home.
Submitted by Megan St. John, Orland Township
our community and recapping heartwarming events at the Township. To stay up to date, “like” Supervisor Paul O’Grady and the Township on Facebook, www. facebook.com/supervisorogrady,
and follow us on Twitter@ OrlandTownship. As the weather warms up, stay tuned for the launch of the Township’s YouTube channel, which will be home to various videos, giving an
inside look at some of our most popular events and the people who make Orland Township so special.
We urge you to visit our new site and sign up to receive our email newsletters, which will be released every two weeks and cover exciting events happening at the Township and in our community over that two-week time period. If your business or organization would like to have upcoming events or occasions highlighted in this newsletter, please email Megan at [email protected]
for more information. The Township is also revving up its Facebook and Twitter engines, offering followers daily updates on what’s happening in
Orland Township is here to help individuals and businesses in the community succeed on both personal and professional levels.
Megan St. John and Marianne Hill, Orland Township , posed for a photo with Keloryn Putnam, OPACC and Dave Kemp, Kemp Promotions as they dropped off toys and food collected at the Chamber’s Annual Holiday Party.
So connect with us on Facebook, stay in touch through Twitter, and feel free to get in touch by emailing megans@orlandtwp. org or calling (708)403-4222. We are very optimistic for the New Year and we look forward to connecting and collaborating with our community in 2014!
And Finally... Membe rs In t he Ne ws
No Surprise to Us … The Village of Orland Park has been names “Village of the Year” by the Home Builders Association of Greater Chicago (HBAGC). In its assessment of the Village of Orland Park the association cited seven criteria that made the community stand out.
that include pedestrian friendly access and the village promoting itself through social media and citizen engagement.
Among them were the Ninety 7 Fifty luxury apartment development, the Build Orland Park Program that promotes residential housing, a significant increase in senior housing in the community as well as commercial and retail development. HBAGC also lauded Orland Park for the village’s 100% transparency index rating, its focus on infrastructure improvements
The Home Builder Association of Greater Chicago’s Key Awards recognize excellence in housing design, architecture, interior merchandising, landscaping, landscape architecture and remodeling. Congratulations to the fine work!
Member Orientation on January 22
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It’s a New Year and time to make the resolution to get the most from your membership. Join us on Thursday, January 22 from 7:45 to 9:00am at Homewood Suites/Elements Conference Center, 16245 S. LaGrange Road, Orland Park.
The Board of Directors and the Ambassadors Club will be on hand to help you navigate through the many ways to take advantage of everything the Chamber has to offer. You don’t have to be a new member to attend – this event is for anyone who wants to meet others and better understand how the Orland Park Area Chamber of Commerce can help its members.
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Join Us……Invitations are on their way to you for the Installation Party! Watch your mail and don’t forget to send in your RSVP so that we can reserve your spot. Mayor Dan McLaughlin will install our 2014 President, Rob Wehmeier and the 2014 Board of Directors. This event will take place on Thursday, January 30 at Silver Lake Country Club from 5:30 to 8:30 pm.
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The ticket cost is $45 per person for heavy hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer and soft drinks. Celebrate as Rob Wehmeier, Wehmeier Portraits, becomes the 2014
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Ambassadors Club Meeting Wednesday, January 8, 7:45am Dave & Busters 39 Orland Square, OP
Multi-Member Business After Hours Wednesday, January 8, 5:15-7:30pm First Midwest Bank 11200 W. 143rd St. OP (Corner of 143rd & Wolf Road) Join First Midwest Bank, Rathbun Cservenyak & Kozol, and The Stapleton Group for refreshments & networking
Board Meeting Wednesday, January 15, 7:45am Silver Lake Country Club
Lunch & Learn Wednesday, January 15 11:45am – 1:00pm Chiro One 9121 W. 159th St. Orland Hills Enjoy lunch and learn how to live a more healthful life. Make 2014 your best!
Ribbon Cutting & Open House Friday, January 17, 4:30- 6:30pm Children’s Therapy Connections 14711 Ravinia Ave. OP
Member Orientation Wednesday, January 22, 7:45-9:00am Homewood Suites 16245 S. LaGrange Road, OP This is for new and existing members who want a refresher on how to use their chamber benefits to help their business. Refreshments will be served.
Art Van Sleep Party Thursday, January 23, 4:50-6:30pm Art Van Furniture 15080 S. LaGrange Road, OP Good sleep can change your life! Learn how you can benefit!
Business After Hours Tuesday, January 28,
5-7pm Marquette Bank 9533 W. 143rd St. OP Visit their brand new facility, enjoy refreshments and see what they have to offer! Installation of the 2014 Board of Directors Thursday, January 30 5:30-8:30 pm Silver Lake Country Club 14700 S. 82nd Ave. OP $45/pp RSVP by January 24th
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SAVE THE DATE: Mayor Daniel McLaughlin State of the Village Luncheon Wednesday, February 26 11:30-1:30pm Silver Lake Country Club