Cathy Yen is the Executive Director of the Oak Park River Forest Chamber of Commerce. She has lived in Oak Park for 21 years and done business locally, first as a retailer and then as a small business consultant. With previous careers in large corporate finance, budgeting and strategy she brings a broad perspective to local business issues. Cathy holds degrees from the Unversity of Chicago (MBA), UC Berkeley (MA) and Princeton (AB). She spends her free time devoted to her husband Scott and her two children, Erin and Chris.
Cook County's minium wage increase goes into effect July 1. That is - unless your village chooses to opt out (like River Forest and Elmwood Park). It is time for Oak Park to decide one way or the other.
New employees, team members and students often do better in their jobs and training programs when we introduce them to our community properly. A "sense of place" requires more than a map to find, understand and appreciate.
Continuity in business can be a challenge when there is a crisis or sudden absence - especially for small businesses with a small team. There are a few operational things you can do to plan for it and help business run smoothly.
On May 9 the Chamber is gathering all Oak Park business owners and other stakeholders interested in helping shape "business district" organizations. If you did not get an invitation, please come anyway!
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