Founded just as the national psyche and consumer confidence suffered a devastating blow in September 2001, the Schaumburg Business Association will celebrate 20 years of representing members of Illinois’ second largest economy next week.
The in-person breakfast on Tuesday at the Chandler Banquets in Schaumburg will feature a birthday slideshow, a speech by SBA Founding President Brian Burke of Links Technology Solutions, a pinning ceremony for other founding members, proclamation presentations by the mayor of Schaumburg Tom Dailly and the representative of the State. Michelle Mussman, and the announcement of the nominees for the Toast of Schaumburg gala on October 22.
For the 25 years before the founding of the SBA, Schaumburg was a member – and long seat – of the Regional Association of Trade and Industry of the Northwestern Suburbs.
Dailly said joining the regional organization made sense at the time. But by the end of the 1990s, the needs of the Schaumburg business community were changing.
In the last few years of Schaumburg’s membership in the NSACI (pronounced “Na-See”), it was becoming clear that the village’s business community was very different from other more distant members such as Libertyville, said Dailly.
âThere was a time when we felt we had to have our own (association),â he added.
Although the village of Schaumburg has an economic development department, its relationship with the SBA is one of mutual support and cooperation, each focusing on specific goals, Dailly said.
âThere are a lot of things the SBA has helped, especially small businesses,â he said. “They’re creating this ability for businesses to come together and talk about things.”
As for the NSACI, it moved its headquarters to Rolling Meadows and hung on for another five years before disbanding shortly after the organization’s 30th anniversary.
By this time, its membership was dropping sharply, which Dailly suspects was the result of other communities also realizing that they needed more local business organizations.
The “Hello, Schaumburg!” The event will run from 7:30 am to 9 am on Tuesday, September 14 at Chandler’s, 401 N. Roselle Road in Schaumburg.
All participants are requested to wear face masks, regardless of their immunization status.
Admission is $ 30 for SBA members and $ 50 for non-members. To register online, visit schaumburgbusiness.memberzone.com/eventregistration/register/3796.