Business Matters: Downtown among great projects in Yorkville
By Sherri Farley firstname.lastname@example.org January 18, 2013 5:24PM
Sherri Farley, director of the Yorkville chamber
Updated: February 23, 2013 6:09AM
What’s new? In Yorkville, a lot! The past couple of years have seen exciting developments in Yorkville, with more to come.
The downtown area along the Fox River now features a unique whitewater park and canoe chute. On a nice day, you can enjoy lunch at Riverfront Park while watching the colorful kayakers navigating the course.
Especially interesting are the newbies practicing their rolls. (I think I hold my breath for them while they’re under water!)
Local commerce will be positively impacted by our downtown that is seeing a revitalization that’s only just begun, and ultimately the widening of Route 47 and re-opening of River Road will make travel in Yorkville so much easier. We’re also looking forward to the opening of a new 10-screen movie theater, new restaurants and more on the horizon.
To hear more about these and other changes impacting Yorkville, City Administrator Bart Olson will be giving a presentation Feb. 12 during the luncheon hosted by the chamber’s women’s business group. The program will be at Cobblestone Bakery & Bistro, and the public is welcome to join us. Contact the chamber for registration details.
SBI Bank held a winter wonderland social networking event last week that saw a great turnout. It was a nice opportunity to meet some new people and learn about their businesses. Then we “mixed” it up at a multi-chamber mixer hosted by the Fox Valley YMCA. At this non-traditional networking event, members of the Sandwich, Plano and Yorkville chambers got to know each other through a fun series of team-building events and activities.
This week on Friday morning, one of our leads groups, “Ignite,” will host the Business Over Coffee at Panera Bread. If you’re interested in learning more about the chamber or its leads groups, join us there.
Another program the public is invited to will be the Feb. 8 PAY (Professionals Advancing in Yorkville) meeting. Alethia Hummel of Aha! Marketing will present information about how blogging can help your business.
As a reminder, our women’s business network has partnered with the Oswego Rotary Club to collect new or gently used coats and winter outer-wear during the Keep Kendall Warm coat drive. The drive will continue through January.
For more information on these and other programs, view the chamber website at www.yorkvillechamber.org.
Sherri Farley is the executive director of the Yorkville Area Chamber of Commerce. Contact her at 630-553-6853.