Is your office space using more energy than necessary? In the interactive webinar on Tuesday, Oct. 29, from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM, ComEd® will show you how to save money and energy with incentives and free technical assistance from Energy Efficiency Program.

You can take advantage of the financial incentives offered to both tenants and building owners for energy efficiency upgrades within office suites. The webinar will cover how to plan for change in tenant suites regardless if the space is occupied or not, and how to incorporate incentives into tenant improvement negotiations. It’ll show you how to demonstrate the occupant comfort benefits of energy efficiency, as well as how to build a business case for energy efficiency upgrades.

The ComEd Energy Efficiency Program is funded in compliance with state law.


Date posted: October 8, 2019 | Author: | Comments Off on Energy-Efficient Office Spaces: ComEd Webinar Offers Saving Opportunities for Energy Efficiency Upgrades

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DCEDC’s pivotal partner and one of the top employers in DeKalb County, Northwestern Medicine has been dedicated to advancing the health care services in the county. Oct 1st witnessed one of their important achievements in the area—-the opening of the $4.2 million Breast Health Center.

The 6,000 square-foot facility was completed after four months of construction and is located inside the hospital near the main entrance. The facility will help women in the county have access to more breast health technology in a more comfortable and private atmosphere.

Among the technology in the center are 3D mammogram machines and tools for whole breast ultrasound imaging, stereotactic biopsies and measuring bone density. All the tools help provide doctors with a clearer scan of the breast, which can help with early detection and subsequent treatment options or for preventative measures.

In August, Gov. JB Pritzker visited the site of the breast health center and signed a new law that will allow diagnostic mammograms to be covered by insurance, which lawmakers hope will encourage more women to get regular screenings without fear of not being able to afford follow-up tests.

“I think our job as caretakers is just really to be able to give those women all of the information they really need so that they’re not making the choice on fear alone,” Dr. Nitzet Velez said.

DCEDC and our Board of Directors appreciate the significant investments Northwestern Medicine continues to make in DeKalb County.


Date posted: October 1, 2019 | Author: | Comments Off on New breast health center brings state-of-the-art equipment to County

Categories: DCEDC & Member Organizations Local Development News Regional Economic Updates

Speaker: Jeff Keicher, State Representative

Illinois has passed recreational marijuana laws that will take act on January 1st, 2020. Watch to understand how these laws will effect your local business.

Check out the video to learn about your community and the latest news!


Date posted: October 1, 2019 | Author: | Comments Off on New in the Loop Video: Recreational Marijuana Laws—What That Means For Businesses

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Northern Illinois University has been a major academic leader in the region. On Wednesday, October 16, NIU will hold its All-Majors Internship and Job Fair for students from all majors to connect with employers for internships and full-time positions. It’s an important source for over 200 employers to find and hire new talents.

The Internship and Job Fair is open to undergraduates, graduating seniors, graduate students, alumni, and non-NIU candidates from all majors. From 10 am to 3 pm, the Convocation Center will be the arena for job seeking, talent recruiting, career networking and friendship exchange.

In order to better prepare the candidates for the opportunity, NIU will also host a Career Fair Prep Workshop on Tuesday, Oct. 8th, from 5 pm to 7 pm, at the Capitol Room of Holmes Student Center.

Welcome to the NIU Internship and Job Fair and start the path to career successes!


Date posted: September 30, 2019 | Author: | Comments Off on Welcome to NIU Internship and Job Fair!

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Northern Illinois University, DeKalb County’s largest employer and strategic partner, providing significant investment to DeKalb County economy for more than 100 years.

One of many NIU initiatives is Building Pathways to Diverse Partnerships. The Diverse Vendor Networking Fair will be held on Wednesday, October 16th, from 9 am to 2 pm in the Ballroom of the Holmes Student Center.

This event provides wonderful networking opportunities with NIU departments and divisions, other Illinois public universities and community colleges and prime vendors. The event is free and open to the public.

During the event, business owners can:
• Showcase your services and products directly to buyers and state higher education procurement representatives.
• Learn about the benefits and steps to becoming certificated as a small or diverse-owned business.
• Get assistance with the certification process.
• Learn more about doing business with NIU.
• See the products and services NIU and other state universities are purchasing.

For questions, please contact:
Karen Baker, Procurement and Strategic Sourcing at 815-753-6017 or email


Date posted: September 30, 2019 | Author: | Comments Off on Northern Illinois University Diverse Vendor Networking Fair

Categories: DCEDC & Member Organizations Local Development News

Speaker: Cohen Barnes, Committee President

Feel like going for a jog on September 29th? Well how about a 10k run down Illinois’ best race course?

The Corn Classic is an amazing community event, run by volunteers from NIU athletes and alumni, as well as our residents of DeKalb. Watch our new video to learn all the different ways you can get involved, as well as all the cool events happening around and after the run.

And for further information, you can go to


Date posted: September 24, 2019 | Author: | Comments Off on New in the Loop Video: DeKalb’s Community Race—Corn Classic

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“Great whiskey isn’t made. It’s grown.” This is much more than a tagline, according to Whiskey Acres President Jamie Walter. It’s both a commitment and identity.

At DCEDC’s fall event Whiskey Acres Tour on Sept 11th, Walter addressed the audience and discussed the history of Whiskey Acres and the importance of their brand to production and marketing. The value of branding is to identify and communicate what makes you different. For Whiskey Acres, the distinction is that they are a farm and they grow everything used in their spirits onsite. They are an estate distillery. Few distilleries have that distinction.

Also, Walter offered suggestions to DCEDC as it considers a branding initiative as part of the DeKalb County Thriving! Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy. His advices include determining what DeKalb County wants to be, and who it wants to attract; do everything we can to improve and strengthen the Illinois and DeKalb County business climates.

DCEDC wants to thank Walter, Nagele and the skilled staff at Whiskey Acres Distilling for their generosity and sharing their inspiring insights on Branding!

Paul Borek’s article as published in the Daily Chronicle, can be found by clicking on the link-Whiskey Acres Event

Date posted: September 17, 2019 | Author: | Comments Off on Borek: Whiskey Acres event highlights value of branding

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DCEDC’s long-valued partner, IMEC, is a team of improvement specialists and technicians dedicated to providing organizations in Illinois with the tools and techniques for improvements in the areas of Leadership, Strategy, Customer Engagement, Operations, and Workforce.  Through the eNewsletter, IMEC provides news and information relevant to organizations on the path to enterprise excellence.

The latest issue features a lot of events, workshops and seminars for manufacturing firms on the themes of workforce, safety, ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning), cobots (collaborative robots), marijuana and corporative procedures, cybersecurity, marketing, automation, lean manufacturing, employee growth, as well as the information about the AME (Association for Manufacturing Excellence) Chicago 2019 International Conference.  All the events take place since August through November.

Check their website @ to find out about all the exciting information about the cutting-edge technology and trends in manufacturing.  You won’t be disappointed!

Date posted: August 26, 2019 | Author: | Comments Off on IMEC Events Focus on Up-to-Date Thinking on Manufacturing

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NIU invites the community area business, organizations, alumni and proud Huskie supporters to join in celebrating Huskie Pride every Friday.

Get free Huskie Pride signage and other gear to decorate your business/office at the Sycamore Chamber starting Aug. 16th.  Be sure to pick up your signs and supplies in time for the kickoff of NIU Welcoming Days Aug. 23rd.

Community supporters for Red and Black Fridays has been incredible.  We hope to encourage even more participation this year.  Here are some ways your business or organization can show your Huskie Pride:

Encourage staff to wear their NIU red and black on Fridays.

Give discounts or conduct a drawing for customers who wear red and black.

Have a special on red and black items you sell.

Create a red and black Friday Huskie special on your menu.

Post Huskie Pride pictures on your social media, and use #HuskiePride.

Please be sure to register your Red and Black Huskie Pride promotions at, so we can share your specials on our Huskie Pride website.  Email Jennifer Groce at with questions.

Businesses and organizations identified as showing outstanding Huskie Pride throughout the semester will be recognized by NIU to celebrate your efforts.


Date posted: August 22, 2019 | Author: | Comments Off on Huskie Pride – RED and BLACK FRIDAYS!

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Speaker: Lisa Angel, Chair Person of DeKalb Corn Fest

Are you ready for DeKalb’s 42nd annual Corn Fest music festival? Watch at 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

If you want to keep staying in the loop, watch the previous three videos at!

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

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