We deeply believe in and value the importance of serving as Champion for a strong community, of a culture of collaboration among all stakeholders, in being a catalyst for growth in our business community, and in facilitating the meaningful interaction among our members and influencers.
We aspire to be the Go-To-Hub through which local businesses, residents and community members connect and engage with one another. We Strive to inspire business and community growth by providing a suite of diverse activities and networking opportunities which help our members attain their personal and professional goals. We foster and strengthen interpersonal alliances and professional links through the innovative use of cutting edge and proven resources and programming.
Get Involved. Committees of the Carol Stream Chamber of Commerce
We encourage you to participate in a committee with the Carol Stream Chamber of Commerce. Participating has benefits including:
: increasing your leadership skills
: engaging with our community
: forming business relationships with fellow Chamber members
: increasing your brand exposure
: building a referral network
Carol Stream Chamber of Commerce History
In the summer of 1984, a group of Carol Stream businesses met at the Carol Stream Village Hall to discuss forming a business organization. Most of those attending did not want a Chamber of Commerce. That had been attempted a couple of times before and had failed. Also, Wheaton had attempted to pull in Carol Stream as a part of Wheaton. As a result, the Carol Stream Association of Business & Industry was formed.
John Wheeler served as President for the first three years. He had a dedicated phone line installed into his office and his address was initially used as the formal address. His staff answered the phone and handled all correspondence. He served as President two other times during the Association’s twelve-year existence.
The Carol Stream Chamber of Commerce was chartered in 1992 after discussion with the Village, who was attempting to achieve the Certified City status. As a result, after discussion with then Mayor Ross Ferraro, the Carol Stream Department of Tourism was combined with the Chamber and an office was established at the Carol Stream Holiday Inn.
History of Carol Stream
A veteran of the War of 1812, Anning S. Ransom, farmed the area around 1840. He was followed in 1844 by Vermonter Daniel Kelley, who purchased 1,400 acres and settled at “Tall Trees” with his wife to raise Spanish Merino sheep. The Kelleys and their 11 children all became actively involved in Wheaton’s political and business life. Daniel Kelley donated land for the Chicago Great Western Railway, and the area around the railroad stop became known as Gretna after 1887. Gretna was settled by German farm families, largely Roman Catholics from Southern Germany.
Immediate Past President
McNees & Associates
Joe Cotton Ford
Glenbard North High School
Holiday Inn & Suites
Lower Electric LLC
Carol Stream Chamber of Commerce
Mass Mutual of Chicago
Advisory Board Member
Village of Carol Stream