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26 | January 25, 2018 | The Mokena Messenger life & arts Mokena’s Front Street plans highlight multi-chamber event Laurie Fanelli Freelance Reporter A night of networking brought the south suburban business community together to share ideas, business plans and a few laughs at Little Joe’s in Frankfort. On Jan. 11, members of four local Chamber of Commerces — Frankfort, Mokena, New Lenox and Tinley Park — met in Frankfort for a Business After Hours hosted by Spa Remedy and Little Joe’s, the latter of which was where the event took place. The gathering gave business owners and employees a chance to brainstorm ideas with colleagues while enjoying a casual night full of food, fun and music. “Getting all of the Chambers together in one place makes it easy for everyone to come together and network and see what else is out there,” explained Frankfort Chamber of Commerce Board Member and incoming Treasurer Gretchen Dust. “It’s great to connect with so many people from the area since we do have members who come from other communities that are part of the Frankfort Chamber as well.” Members of the Mokena Chamber of Commerce had a lot to celebrate at the event as earlier that day they welcomed a new business to the community. “Today was exciting. We had the grand opening and ribbon cutting for Accelerate Indoor Speedway,” said Mokena Chamber of Commerce Director April Jackson. “Half of the proceeds from any go-kart race that you purchased and participated in during the opening went towards benefitting the Special Olympics, so it was a big fundraiser, too.” Revitalizing Front Street and drawing more businesses to Downtown Mokena is one of the priorities for the Mokena Chamber, a goal that echoes Tinley Park’s Downtown makeover. Tinley Park Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jackie Bobbitt explained that her organization is focused on representing the Village’s new tagline, “Life Amplified,” at each and every business. “We’re trying to incorporate live music into all of our businesses, all of our events and all of our logos,” Bobbitt said. “We’re working on getting all of our downtown businesses involved and making that theme a real draw for Downtown Tinley.” Along with sharing similar goals and visions for their communities, the south suburban chambers also share several businesses, including one of the event’s hosts, Little Joe’s, which has locations in Tinley Park, New Lenox and Frankfort. “It’s great to have a business that is really ingrained in the culture of our communities come out and host this event,” said New Lenox Chamber of Commerce CEO Emily Johnson. “Little Joe’s is a really gracious and welcoming host and partnering with Spa Remedy makes it especially nice as we can add something extra special to the event.” Spa Remedy also provided chair massages to guests during the Business After Hours on top of co-hosting the Multi-Chamber gettogether. Food, drinks, entertainment and socializing added to the communityfocused fun. “Our communities are so close knit, as we all share so many wonderful businesses and our memberships overlap so much,” Johnson said. “All Mokena Mayor Frank Fleischer (second from left) and his wife, Laurie, chat with Frankfort Mayor Jim Holland (right) and his wife, Stacy, at the Multi-Chamber After Hours Thursday, Jan. 11. Photos by Laurie Fanelli/22nd Century Media Vicki Lyons from Home Helpers in New Lenox gets a massage from Maggie Kuckie of Spa Remedy Frankfort. of our chambers focus on different things and getting together gives everybody a little bit of a different perspective and an opportunity to engage with their peers.” She added: “When we’re able to come together to do a multi-chamber event like this, it’s such a benefit to the business community at large.”