Becomes third affiliate chamber for organization connecting businesses in 95 communities
The GOA Regional Business Association today welcomes the Wood Dale Chamber of Commerce as an affiliate chamber. This level of membership strengthens both organizations’ connections to businesses and members across the Chicago metro area and Illinois.
The GOA Regional Business Association is a not-for-profit, volunteer-driven business association dedicated to growing and sustaining northern Illinois’ regional business community. Its membership represents over 95 communities in the Chicago area and includes professional, service, retail, and manufacturing businesses. The GOA Regional Business Association has two other affiliate chambers, the Elk Grove Chamber of Commerce, and the Itasca Chamber of Commerce. For over 40 years, since it was chartered as the GOA Regional Business Association of Industry and Commerce on January 1, 1979, the organization has provided members with unique business and personal development through networking, educational and marketing opportunities.
“We are thrilled to welcome the Wood Dale Chamber as an affiliate chamber of the GOA Regional Business Association,” said Shirlanne Lemm, President & CEO of GOA Regional Business Association. “Over the last 18 months the pandemic has shown us how important it is to have a strong organization representing the business community. Our Association becomes stronger, and we provide all members with more opportunities for growing their network and their business.”
Since its founding nearly 50 years ago, the Wood Dale Chamber of Commerce has been a liaison to the City of Wood Dale business members. As a nonprofit organization dedicated to the success of local businesses, the chamber supports the community and the organizations in town. Affiliate membership will strengthen ties between Wood Dale and area communities, expand networks for members of both organizations, and foster relationship-building.
“As we honor our history, remain grateful for the present and look forward to the future, the Wood Dale Chamber is very excited to become an affiliate of the GOA Regional Business Association,” said Caterina Aiello, Vice President and Head of Retail Banking, Schaumburg Bank & Trust.
Wood Dale Chamber of Commerce becomes the first affiliate chamber to join in more than a decade—and the first affiliate member to do so as an existing entity. The Elk Grove Chamber of Commerce was founded as an affiliate chamber of GOA in January of 1999 when several community businesses identified a need for a more locally focused organization. The Itasca Chamber of Commerce was founded as an affiliate chamber of GOA in October of 2010 in partnership with the Village of Itasca and several Itasca business leaders.