It seems impossible that Small Business Saturday is nearly here. Waukegan Main Street has been working with the downtown merchants to make sure that November 29th, the fifth annual celebration of small businesses, will take place again this year.
Check out what been planned so far – we are adding participating businesses all the time – what’s going on and when their doors open. And remember, out of $1.00 spent at a local, neighborhood merchant, 68 cents returns to the community.
AmazonSmile is a program where Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization selected by their customers – and Waukegan Main Street is one of those charitable organizations! To participate as a shopper and supporter, click the “Get Started” button below or go to http://smile.amazon.com, sign in to your Amazon account … and voila! That’s all it takes! You should see a “Supporting: Waukegan Main Street” above your name at the very top of the page.
Bookmark the link to AmazonSmile and use it every time you make an Amazon purchase. Thank you for supporting Waukegan Main Street.
WAUKEGAN, IL September 29, 2014 — A new Strategic Plan, new Officers and new Board members were the highlights of Waukegan Main Street’s Annual Meeting. The event provides Waukegan Main Street members the opportunity to vote on leadership for the downtown organization as well as network with business leaders, active citizens and volunteers.
Retaining their positions as President and Secretary respectively were Jamie O’Meara and Dulce “Candy” Ortiz. Seated as Vice President is John Quinn, of the law firm Churchill, Quinn, Richtman & Hamilton, Ltd. in Grayslake, and as Treasurer is Megan McKenna de Mejia, Executive Director of Mano a Mano in Round Lake. “After the busy and productive year we’ve had, it’s wonderful to have consistency of two officers staying for another term,” said Jane Ferry, Executive Director of Waukegan Main Street. “And we look forward to the creative ideas and direction from the new officers as well.” All four officers live in Waukegan.
Joining the Board as new members are Tamika Jones and Karen Nystrom. Jones is a Human Resources professional at Baxter Healthcare, specializing in early talent programs. She grew up in Waukegan’s Third Ward and is a graduate of Waukegan High School and Illinois State University. She recently moved back to the area and began volunteering with Waukegan Main Street in 2013, becoming Promotions Committee Chair shortly thereafter. Nystrom was raised in the north suburbs and serves as the director of advocacy for the Financial Planning Association, a national membership organization for financial planning professionals with 23,000 members and 93 chapters. She has 15 years of experience in both the 501c3 and 501c6 non-profit areas and in state government legislative work.
McKenna de Mejia was the featured speaker at the event, giving the highlights of Waukegan Main Street’s Strategic Plan 2015 – 2018. “Megan took the lead on completing our Strategic Plan which had been in the works for two years. Through those efforts, we reworked our Mission and Vision statements to more accurately reflect our concentration and included easy-to-understand bullet points as our Core Values,” said Ferry. The Strategic Plan positions Waukegan Main Street to be the lead convener and champion of the downtown and lakefront, building on existing assets through coalition-based action and community engagement, while balancing the past and the future. Also presenting were Board President Jamie O’Meara, Membership Chair Sandy Petroshius and Executive Director Jane Ferry giving a year in review.
“Over the next month or so, we will have meetings to engage – and re-engage – people of action throughout the community,” Ferry said. “We have inspired leadership and we look forward to the positive effects we can have when we all work together.” The meeting was held at the Waukegan Yacht Club.
Photos of the Annual Meeting were taken by Ali Albakri and can be found here.