Small Business Saturday in downtown Elgin 11.28.15

sbs 1128Small Business Saturday (SBS), is right around the corner! Every year, this American shopping holiday is held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving during one of the busiest shopping periods of the year. First observed on November 27, 2010, it is a counterpart to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which feature big box retail and e-commerce stores respectively. However, SBS focuses on the local shopkeepers and all that they have to offer!

This year, Small Business Saturday takes place on Saturday, November 28. Be sure to visit downtown Elgin businesses that offer the quality and selection that the big box stores can’t. Downtown restaurants offer the flavors and atmosphere that only an individual restaurant can offer. Be sure to shop local on Small Business Saturday, and always!

Central Business District (CBD) Streetscape – Phase 06

phase 6 streetscapePRE-CONSTRUCTION PUBLIC MEETING: In conjunction with the City of Elgin and TranSystems, the Downtown Neighborhood Association of Elgin (DNA) will be conducting a pre-construction public meeting about Phase VI of the Central Business District Streetscape project on Thursday, February 27, 2014 from 5-7pm at The Centre of Elgin’s Heritage Ballroom, 100 Symphony Way, downtown Elgin.

This will give downtown stakeholders an opportunity to ask questions of the project leaders, find out which parts of downtown will be impacted and for how long, as well as to voice their input.

 

RSVP to the DNA by phone at 847-488-1456 or by email at info@downtownelgin.com by Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at noon.

Honoring Our Volunteers: DNA Economic Development Committee

Volunteer_HeartIn honor of National Volunteer Week, the Downtown Neighborhood Association (DNA) of Elgin would like to recognize our volunteers who have been at the very heart of DNA’s downtown revitalization efforts for more than 15 years.

Today we are recognizing the members of our DNA Economic Development Committee.

Under the direction of Economic Development Director Don Obenauf, the Economic Development Committee discusses plans to strengthen our downtown community’s existing economic assets while diversifying its economic base. This is accomplished by retaining and expanding successful businesses to provide a balanced commercial mix, sharpening the competitiveness and merchandising skills or business owners, and attracting new businesses that the market can support. Working with our downtown property owners and managers on converting unused or underused commercial space into economically producitve property also helps boost the profitability of the Central Business District. The committee’s goal is to build a downtown that responds to the needs of today’s consumers, ensuring the success of our existing businesses and growing the district’s economic base with additional customers and new, sustainable businesses.

Among the projects the Economic Development Committee are currently working on include developing an ongoing series of broker tours of available spaces in downtown Elgin and streamlining processes for City assistance programs such as the projecting sign and facade rehabilitation grants.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE MEMBERS:

Migdalia Bishop
Tom Brockner
Sybil Ege
Pete Garlock
Elizabeth Haney
Chris Higgins
Paul Miessler
Jeanette Miranda
Orlando Miranda
Mike O’Kelley
Ed Schock

On behalf of the DNA Board and Staff we thank all of our volunteers for your dedicated service.

In downtown Elgin, volunteers are in our hearts and in our DNA. We ♥ Downtown Elgin.

DNA Seeks Downtown Economic Development Director

DNA logoThe Downtown Neighborhood Association (DNA) of Elgin is seeking a Downtown Economic Development Director. Under the supervision of the DNA Board of Directors, this highly skilled self-starter will be responsible for driving economic growth in downtown Elgin through property and business owner engagement, strategic resource coordination and strong analytical and reporting skills.

Responsibilities include identification and recruitment of new office and retail tenants to downtown Elgin; retention and expansion of existing business tenants; providing steering guidance to Economic Development volunteer committee and interfacing with key City of Elgin staff and departments.

A 4-year degree in Planning, Business, or a related field or equivalent experience in professional downtown real estate development and/or planning is preferable. Knowledge of downtown mixed-use development as well as municipal zoning & code issues, urban planning, historic preservation, business financing and/or Main Street revitalization philosophies is highly desirable. This job will operate out of downtown Elgin.

Qualified applicants should email a resume, cover letter bullet pointing your qualifications, salary requirements and 3 professional references to dnajobinfo@gmail.com.

DNA Seeks Downtown Economic Development Director

The Downtown Neighborhood Association (DNA) of Elgin is seeking a Downtown Economic Development Director. Under the supervision of the DNA Board of Directors, this highly skilled self-starter will be responsible for driving economic growth in downtown Elgin through property and business owner engagement, strategic resource coordination and strong analytical and reporting skills.

Responsibilities include identification and recruitment of new office and retail tenants to downtown Elgin; retention and expansion of existing business tenants; providing steering guidance to Economic Development volunteer committee and interfacing with key City of Elgin staff and departments.

A 4-year degree in Planning, Business, or a related field or equivalent experience in professional downtown real estate development and/or planning is preferable. Knowledge of downtown mixed-use development as well as municipal zoning & code issues, urban planning, historic preservation, business financing and/or Main Street revitalization philosophies is highly desirable. This job will operate out of downtown Elgin.

Qualified applicants should email a resume, cover letter bullet pointing your qualifications, resume, salary requirements and 3 professional references to dnajobinfo@gmail.com.