Speaker: Lisa Angel, Chair Person of DeKalb Corn Fest

Are you ready for DeKalb’s 42nd annual Corn Fest music festival? Watch at dekalb.org/intheloop as Lisa explains every detail you’ll need to know in order to enjoy one of Illinois last remaining free festivals, full of fun events and great music!

For any further information, you can visit cornfest.com.

If you want to keep staying in the loop, watch the previous three videos at dekalb.org/intheloop!

Date posted: August 19, 2019 | Author: | Comments Off on New In the Loop Video: DeKalb Corn Fest

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Corn Fest will be downtown DeKalb on August 23-25th. The festival layout and road closure schedule are as follows:

The carnival is located in the city lots of Glidden, Ellwood and Haish, which are located between Oaks and Locust Street off of 2nd and 3rd Street. The carnival will also be in the parking lots of Finch Funeral Home, DeKalb Public Library and Frontier Communications. These parking lots will close Tuesday, August 20th at 6 pm and will remain closed until 7 am Monday morning, Aug. 26th for set up/tear down.

Palmer Ct. between 2nd and 3rd St. will be closed at 10 am on Thursday Aug. 22nd until Monday Aug. 26th at 9 am.

Road closures for Thursday, August 22nd at 4 pm are as follows:
–Lincoln Hwy. between 1st and 4th Street
–2nd Street from the railroad tracks north to Oak Street
–3rd Street from the railroad tracks north to Oak Street
–Locust Street between 1st and 3rd St.

–The city parking lot behind the DeKalb Chamber, Embrey Lot will remain open until 5 pm on Aug. 22nd. The city lots at 4th and Grove and 2nd and Grove will remain open throughout the festival. There will also be street parking on Locust Street on the east side of 4th Street available for use.

There should be signs posted by the City of DeKalb in advance as a reminder. Any vehicles in violation will be towed at the owner’s expense.

We would like to thank everyone in advance for your patience and understanding! We look forward to a great Corn Fest 2019 in downtown DeKalb!

Map of Road Closures

Date posted: August 15, 2019 | Author: | Comments Off on NOTICE: Road Closures for Corn Fest

Categories: DCEDC & Member Organizations Local Development News

Whiskey Acres co-founder and president Jamie Walter will share insights into the creation and development of his family-run estate distillery at a DeKalb County Economic Development Corp. event next month.

He also will discuss the importance of branding to distinguish the “Seed-to-Spirit” distillery in the craft spirit marketplace.

The event will take place from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Sept. 11 at Whiskey Acres Distilling Company’s new 3,600-square-foot visitors center at 11504 Keslinger Road, south of DeKalb.

Business and community leaders are invited to spend the afternoon with us participating in:

• High-level networking

• Informative presentation about this cutting-edge craft beverage agribusiness

• Guided tour of distilling facility

• Sampling Whiskey Acres’ popular spirits (must be 21 years or older)

All Whiskey Acres spirits are distilled and bottled on their 2,000-acre farm in DeKalb County.

VAC/Premier Catering will prepare an assortment of appetizers.

A reservation for this business education and networking event is required to attend. Visit our secure website at https://dcedc.org/events/ or contact our Administrator Karen Hoyle at hoyle@dcedc.org or 815-895-2711 on or before Sept. 3 to secure a reservation to attend this fabulous event.

DCEDC open house and ribbon-cutting

DCEDC is hosting a multichamber ribbon-cutting and open house from 4 to 7 p.m. Aug. 28. DCEDC and Chamber of Commerce members and community leaders are invited to join us for great food, cool beverages and fellowship as we celebrate our new location at 2179 Sycamore Road, Unit 102, in DeKalb.

Special thanks to our partners at the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce, Sycamore Chamber of Commerce, Genoa Area Chamber of Commerce and the Sandwich Area Chamber of Commerce for working with DCEDC to host this special event.

Special thanks also to DCEDC member caterers Faranda’s, Tom & Jerry’s of Sycamore and Fatty’s Pub & Grille.

For information, call Karen Hoyle at the DCEDC office at 815-895-2711, ext. 201.

• Paul Borek is executive director of the DeKalb County Economic Development Corp.

A note from Gene Fogle: Encourage students to sign up for Heavy Metal Tour

If you have children in school, you may be counting the days, hours or even minutes before the new school year begins. Of course, this requires school supplies, activities fees and getting up in the morning.

Moreover, while those challenges are formidable, they are short-term challenges. Therefore, consider an important long-term challenge – CAREERS. Whether you call it a career, a vocation or a job, this prepares your child to move into the future and become a viable part of our economy.

It all starts with being present and being “on-time,” and after that we look at all the possibilities. Confused? Of course you are. We see all kinds of jobs depicted in movies, YouTube or television’s “Dirty Jobs.”

However, in this world of opportunities the jobs are less glamorous and require the same high levels of dedication.

This all leads into career exploration opportunities that will be available to your students this year. The DeKalb/Ogle Workforce Development Consortium will present the seventh annual Heavy Metal Tour on Oct. 4. Students will have the opportunity to go into manufacturing facilities and see what takes place, ask about potential career paths and talk about the requirements for employment. After the tours, the students will proceed to Kishwaukee College for a tour of the Career Technologies Wing.

Even if your student does not want to attend college, it is important for them to participate in this opportunity. It is time-consuming and expensive to “try-out” various fields to find the one you like.

By going on this tour, your student can see if that product or job function appears interesting. If it does, we can set up a “shadowing opportunity” to get them additional time for evaluation and more detailed information. As far as going to Kishwaukee College, think about post-secondary certification.

Most jobs require some type of certification for employment and KC offers a great place to start.

Additional activities will occur throughout the year, such as the FabTech show in November, the Trades’ Fair in February and the Assemble ur Career Tour in February. Watch your high school’s announcements for up-to-date information and encourage your student to take part.

• Gene Fogle is industrial workforce coordinator for the DeKalb/Ogle Workforce Development Consortium. For information, email gfogle@dcedc.org or text 815-593-0865.

Date posted: August 13, 2019 | Author: | Comments Off on Borek: Whiskey Acres to host, keynote DCEDC event

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Not sure where you can park in Downtown DeKalb? Watch as Bill Nicklas, DeKalb City Manager, explains when and where you can park, as well as any potential cost or tow risk times.

For further information on downtown parking, you can always go to www.CityOfDeKalb.com.

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Date posted: August 1, 2019 | Author: | Comments Off on Want to Know More about Parking in Downtown DeKalb?

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Want to get more involved in our city government?

Watch as Bill Nicklas, DeKalb City Manager, explains when and where DeKalb city meetings take place, as well as all the different ways you can make your voice heard!

For further information on city meetings, you can always go to www.CityOfDeKalb.com.

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Date posted: August 1, 2019 | Author: | Comments Off on Check the New In The Loop Video to Make Your Voice Heard

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It’s been  33 years since DCEDC was established as a nonprofit organization for promoting the collaboration and communication between private and public sectors of the DeKalb County for economic prosperity and sustainability. It’s been a memorable time of building participation, extending collaboration, forging many friendships, deepening commitment, witnessing change and experiencing development.

With the support, contribution and devotion from all our partners, DCEDC has moved to its new location.  We extend an invitation to join us for our Multi-Chamber Open House and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Wednesday, Aug. 28th!

The event will be held from 4 pm and 7 pm, at our new office: 2179 Sycamore Road, Unit #102, DeKalb, IL 60115. The Ribbon Cutting ceremony will happen at 5:15 PM. You can tour our new office space, engage in networking while enjoying delicious eats and cool beverages.

We would like to give special thanks to our partners at the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce, Sycamore Chamber of Commerce, Genoa Area Chamber of Commerce and Sandwich Area Chamber of Commerce for working with us to have this special event.

Special thanks also to our Member Caterers: Faranda’s, Tom & Jerry’s of Sycamore and Fatty’s.

Multi Chamber Open House

Date posted: July 26, 2019 | Author: | Comments Off on DCEDC’s Open House & Ribbon Cutting on Aug. 28!

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Welcome to the “Say Yes to Success” job fair by Kishwaukee College. This fair will highlight healthcare employers and employment opportunities and related occupations, however employers from all industries, as well as service providers are invited to participate.

The job fair opens from 2 pm to 4 pm on Wednesday, July 24th, at the Multi-Purpose Room of DeKalb County Rehab and Nursing Center (2600 N. Annie Glidden Road, DeKalb).

Participating employers include Northern Illinois University, DeKalb County Rehab and Nursing Center, DeKalb School District, GPM Investment, Weber – Stephen Products, LLC, etc.

Employer Registration (ends on the morning of July 23rd)

Date posted: July 22, 2019 | Author: | Comments Off on “Say Yes to Success” Career Fair Opens on July 24th!

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Since the first Fair held in 1888, every year in September, starting on the Wednesday after Labor Day, the Sandwich fairgrounds comes alive for five days, with carnival rides, mouth-watering fair foods, and vendors from all over the Midwest. Exhibitors from near and far show the fruits of their labors. Free entertainment and attractions—along with nationally acclaimed acts—prove to be thrilling for all ages.

Sign up now for Sandwich Fair SACC (Sandwich Area Chamber of Commerce) Booth to represent your business at the Fair! Spaces will fill fast!

Any member who volunteers at the booth will have the exclusive right to promote their business during their shift. Typically, two businesses and three people max are able to sign up for each two-hour shift. Space will be available for marketing materials and giveaways from those businesses.

To sign up for a time slot, click on the SignUp Genius link or contact the SACC office at 815-786-9075.

Visit the Sandwich Fair website for vendor application and ground rental.

Date posted: July 18, 2019 | Author: | Comments Off on Sign Up for 2019 Sandwich Fair SACC Booth!

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Through the Farny R. Wurlitzer Foundation Fund, the DeKalb County Community Foundation provides grants to nonprofit and community organizations throughout the greater Chicagoland area involving music education. Funding support is made possible through a Community Foundation donor-advised fund established by the Farny R. Wurlitzer Foundation in 2012.

Preference is given to 501(c)3 organizations. Applications for Wurlitzer Foundation Fund Grants are accepted during two grant periods each year. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on March 1 or September 1 and become available two months prior to the deadlines.

Learn More and Apply

Date posted: July 10, 2019 | Author: | Comments Off on Farny R. Wurlitzer Foundation Fund Grants Open for Application!

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ComEd’s CARE program provides financial assistance and bill payment options to help eligible customers pay their past-due electric bills. The Nonprofit Special Hardship program offers grants up to $2,000 for 501(c)3 organizations that demonstrate significant financial hardship.

Learn More and Apply

Date posted: July 10, 2019 | Author: | Comments Off on ComEd Financial Assistance for Nonprofits Available!

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