DeKalb County and DCEDC are teaming up with ComEd to host the very first Economic Development Boot Camp.

The event is geared towards our municipal partners and elected officials, and economic development staff throughout DeKalb County.   Plan to be empowered with tools and information to assist in effectively encouraging economic development in your community.

There is no cost to attend, however, registration is required for planning and preparation. Please see the attached Boot Camp Flyer


Date posted: February 11, 2019 | Author: | Comments Off on DeKalb County’s 1st Economic Development Boot Camp

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Are you thinking of starting, or do you currently operate your own home based business?  If so, this workshop may be for you!

On Tuesday, February 12th, Fox Valley Score and the DeKalb County Business Incubator welcomes you to attend this FREE workshop.

Special guest home based business, 1803 Candles will be the featured presenter.  Learn how Entrepreneur, Darryl Beach grew his business from his home garage, learn what types of county resources are available and network with other entrepreneurs and share challenges and successes.

There is limited space available, so please register soon.  Please click on the link below for workshop registration information and details.

Homebased Businesses electronic


Date posted: January 29, 2019 | Author: | Comments Off on Home Based Business Workshop

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We wish to thank all our supporters (public/private/individual) for their generous contribution given to our nonprofit organization during 2018.

We appreciate everyone’s interest and the financial support of our organization and the strong show of attendance at our quality educational events that we have hosted throughout the year.

A summary of what we worked on this past year. We began the implementation process of five goals that resulted from our work in the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy/CEDS Plan. To date, all five working groups are meeting monthly. We attended trade shows, networking events, and recruitment appointments to increase industrial development, which has resulted in many new jobs, by promoting DeKalb County and enhancing the tax base. We responded to many RFI’s and remain on multiple short lists. We also conducted a digital marketing plan to promote our distinct assets and success stories through this form of marketing. These initiatives would not be possible without the support of our contributors, those who are listed in the attached that was published on January 25th in the Daily Chronicle.

Bravo to our 2018 Economic Development Champions. We sincerely appreciate the support. We look forward to working with all on DCEDC’s 2019 goals! Stay tuned for our Fundraising Kickoff 2019 later next month. We always welcome new members, so please feel free to help us recruit new members by contacting DCEDC staff.

2018 Contributors of DCEDC PDF click here

Date posted: January 29, 2019 | Author: | Comments Off on THANK YOU CONTRIBUTORS!

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DCEDC will host their annual Economic Outlook Luncheon event on Thursday, April 11th, with favored keynote speaker, Mr. Bill Strauss, Senior Economist Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.  This will be our first Member-Sponsored event of 2019.  Watch for event details to be released the week of February 11th.


Date posted: January 25, 2019 | Author: | Comments Off on DCEDC Annual Economic Outlook Luncheon-Save the Date

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Mike Cullen served on the DCEDC Board of Directors for many years, holding the role of President during his tenure.  Cullen is also a longtime supporter of the work of DCEDC.

The Annual Celebration Dinner encompasses the DeKalb Chamber’s Annual Meeting, recognition of new and retiring Board Members, induction of the Pioneer and Business Leaders Hall of Fame, and announcement of the Ambassador of the Year, Nonprofit Organization and Business of the Year Awards.  Last evening, longtime Chamber supporter and area businessman, Mike Cullen was inducted into the Chamber’s 2019 Hall of Fame.  DCEDC congratulates Mike on this tremendous honor.

Date posted: January 25, 2019 | Author: | Comments Off on First Midwest Bank Regional President Mike Cullen inducted into the DeKalb Chamber Hall of Fame

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DCEDC is a strong proponent of collaboration and so is our longtime supporter, First National Bank of Omaha. Tonight, is the annual First National Bank Challenge for DeKalb School District 428 and Sycamore Community School District 427 High School Basketball Teams.

Taken from the FNBO website: Together, we can make our communities thrive. The challenge event was created to increase attendance at athletic events, raise funds, and enhance awareness of the local Sports Booster Club organizations. Local businesses, organizations, and individuals are “Challenged” to help raise funds that will help support school athletic programs with net proceeds being distributed to the school’s booster clubs. Combined, the First National Challenge programs have raised over $2 million dollars for their school’s athletic programs. By accepting this year’s Challenge, you will be helping provide a future for our children’s athletic programs. What’s good for the kids is great for the community!

Bravo to all who support and participate in this annual event. DeKalb County communities are fortunate for this significant investment, for the betterment of everyone.

DCEDC would like to thank our very own, Executive Board Member Gary Evans, for spearheading this highly successful event for many years. Best of luck to all players! There is still time to purchase tickets. Please see the Challenge Flyer below for information.



Date posted: January 25, 2019 | Author: | Comments Off on The First National Challenge

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City of Sandwich reports positive development in 2018

Mayor Rick Olson named several projects that were instrumental in the City’s growth this past year. Meadowvale, Inc. a manufacturer of dairy desserts relocated from Yorkville, IL to the City of Sandwich this past year. In addition, Northwestern Medicine’s acquisition of the KishHealth System and its Valley West Hospital was another positive for the City of Sandwich.

DCEDC is would like to congratulate our public and private partners in the City of Sandwich on their accomplishments. DCEDC supports and also provides assistance. For example, the DeKalb County Enterprise Zone incentive program is available to businesses located within the zone. Meadowvale, Inc. participated in this tax savings program.

If your business is planning to build, expand or relocate to participating communities located within the DeKalb County Enterprise Zone (participating communities include-Cortland, DeKalb, Genoa, Sandwich, Sycamore or Waterman), please contact DCEDC by calling Paul Borek, DeKalb County Enterprise Zone Administrator, or Jan Kinczewski at 815-895-2711 for boundary and program information. One call could save you significant tax dollars.

To read the full article, as published in the Daily Chronicle on 12/26/2018, please click on the link

Date posted: December 26, 2018 | Author: | Comments Off on Sandwich, Illinois

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As we near the end of 2018, DCEDC would like to express our profound appreciation to our 15 Annual Event Sponsors for another amazing year of their continued support.

Consider joining this DYNAMIC group of organizations. By doing so, you can expect DCEDC to be diligent in providing your organization with prominent exposure throughout all the DCEDC marketing channels such as our News and Events area of the website (, Constant Contact, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and our print promotional materials. There are several other program benefits. Check it out by clicking here
Once again, we appreciate the continued endorsement of our organization. We wish everyone a very prosperous year-end.

We look forward to growing this group in 2019!

Bayer, City of DeKalb, Illinois, Clayco, ComEd, DeKalb County Government, First Midwest Bank, First National Bank, IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC., Larson & Darby Group, Nicor Gas, Northern Illinois University, Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital, Superior Diesel, and Tate And Lyle .

Date posted: December 21, 2018 | Author: | Comments Off on Thank you DCEDC Annual Event Sponsors 2018

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