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 !!!!!   Save the Date   !!!!!

SSSBA Annual Luncheon  Septembet 27, 2018

Idlewild Country Club,  Flossmoor, Il

 

Our Last Event:

South Suburban Small Business Association Speed Networking Evening

Speed Networking SSSBA Style!
What a great event we had!!!   Tasty food, fun, new contacts, and information about the business organization designed for you, SSSBA! 
See below for photos of our evening together!

Date: Thursday July 19, 2018
Time: 5:30 -8:00 pm  (Heavy appetizers and coffee were served; cash bar)
Location: Idlewild Country Club, 19201 Dixie Hwy, Flossmoor, IL, 60422

      To Join SSSBA online click here

All photos courtesy of 
‘Photography by Larry Burrows’
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List of past Summit Awards

To read about the 16th Annual Summit Awards Awardees: Please click here.

To read about the 15th Annual Summit Awards Awardees: Please click here.

To read about the 14th Annual Summit Awards Awardees: Please click here.

To read about the 13th Annual Summit Awards Awardees: Please click here.

 To read about the 12th Annual Summit Awards Awardees: Please click here.

 To read about the 11th Annual Summit Awards Awardees: Please click here.

 To read about the 10th Annual Summit Awards Awardees: Please click here.

 To read about the 9th Annual Summit Awards Awardees: Please click here.

 To read about the 8th Annual Summit Awards Awardees: Please click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SSSBA Holiday Party 2017 Recap

Happy Holidays

!!! SSSBA Celebrated its Annual Holiday Party !!!

SSSBA celebrated the season at our annual “Eat & Greet” holiday luncheon party. Our  guests enjoyed a lovely lunch and stimulating conversation.

New this year:  at noon we participated in a demonstration of mixing holiday non-alcoholic & alcoholic drinks.  Good and tasty!

We thank those who donated children’s hats, mittens, gloves, scarves to help Aunt Martha’s make this a warm season for area children.

 

Date: Wednesday, November 29, 2017    Baligios
Time: 11:45 am until 2:00 pm.
Place: Balagio Ristorante
17501 Dixie Highway, Homewood (click for map)

Cost: $30 per person (free for paid up members with number of free tickets based on membership level). Includes lunch, dessert, coffee/tea.
Additional drinks will be available at a cash bar
R.S.V.P.: By Monday, November 20, 2016

Become a member now and the Holiday Party is included with your membership!

Click here for Membership Investment Schedule

CLICK HERE TO SEE PICTURES FROM PREVIOUS PARTIES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Business Continuity Tips for a Discontinuous World

Join us at our Workshop 

It sounds like the beginnings of a bad joke……a banker, a lawyer, an accountant, and an insurance expert walk into a presentation…..

But in this case, it’s no joke! Join us as our four panelists engage in a relevant conversation regarding the issues concerning how you keep your business protected against many of today’s threats, and discuss what to do in the event that one of those threats derails your day-to-day operations.

A globally recognized cyber breach? A targeted fraudster overtaking your system through an email and moving money out of your accounts? An employee who’s gone rogue?

Each of these and other situations can be challenging and emotional to navigate unless you are prepared and have a plan and protections in place. Are you protected? Are you prepared?

Learn from our panelists as they discuss actual situations and real solutions.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT

Date:  Wednesday November 8, 2017
Time:  7:30am – 7:45am  Networking & a light breakfast
Time:  7:45am – 8:45am  Panel presentations & discussion
Time:  8:45am – 9:15am  Audience questions & wrap-up
Where:  South Suburban College / Oak Forest Center
Address: 16333 S. Kilbourn Ave., Oak Forest

Conference Room:  Room 5190

Panel Discussion Facilitated by: Kristen Saranteas, Senior Vice President, Head of Treasury Management, First Midwest Bank     Click Here for Bio

Panel includes: 
Attorney, Mark Kindelin of Barnes Thornburg     Click Here for Bio
Accountant, Paul Cogswell of McGovern & Greene     Click Here for Bio
Insurance Broker, Steve Goldberg of Total Insurance     Click Here for Bio

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT

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Fraud Mitigation within Your Disaster Recovery Plans

 

Register Today for this Business before Hours Workshop

For all businesses – from the very small to very large!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017, 8:15 a.m.

Although you hear increasingly about cyber-attacks and fraud in the news and on social media, many or most of us don’t believe it can happen to us or our business. We don’t want to think about the negative effect it could have on our good name, our cash flow, or our day-to-day business operations.  We also may not want to stop and think that even if it “can’t” happen to us, it could happen to someone else in our lives, be it our business supply chain or a family member and that by it happening to them, it could also affect us….

If you do accept the possibility, then take a moment and sign up very fast for this workshop and invite others to attend with you, as well.  Kristen Saranteas, Senior Vice President, Head of Treasury Management for First Midwest, will be presenting this workshop.

Date:             Wednesday  May 10, 2017
Time:             8:15- light breakfast and networking; 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.  presentation 
Place:            South Suburban College, Oak Forest Center, Room 5250
                       16333 S. Kilbourn, Oak Forest
    

To register for this event click here

                                       or

Call:               DaNee  708.596.2000    ext.3260     
                       Questions:  Contact info@sssba.org or nburrows@ssc.edu
                       Cost:  Free to paid SSSBA members;   $10 guests

Topics will include:

  • The Current Risk & Fraud Landscape
    • How organizations are feeling about the risk environment
    • Details about actual and attempted fraud
    • Identifying and dealing with various types of fraud, including business e-mail fraud
  • Preventing Fraud
    • Systematic measures to take to prevent external and internal fraud
    • Warning signs to help mitigate fraud
  • Disaster Recovery Plans for Fraud
    • Building and implementing a disaster recovery plan
  • Tag – You’re a Victim of Fraud!
    • Now What?

 Presenter:  Kristen Saranteas

Kristen Saranteas

Kristen Saranteas is Senior Vice President, Head of Treasury Management at First Midwest.  She has almost 25 years in sales and management experience, and currently oversees the client’s experience with the bank. She has been in the banking industry for many years, including as Senior Vice President and Regional Head of Cash Management at Royal Bank of Scotland (Citizens Financial Group). Her extensive treasury management background also includes American National Bank, Wintrust, and The Northern Trust Company.  Among the many areas she has overseen is fraud.

Kristen received a Bachelor of Arts from Miami University of Ohio. An active volunteer with multiple organizations, such as Chicago Cares and Working in the Schools, she has served on the board of directors for City Year Chicago and The Golden Touch.  Kristen speaks frequently at industry conferences and events, most notably at the Windy City Summit and the Association of Financial Professionals Annual Conference.

Register for this event here.

At its 2016 Annual Meeting, SSSBA launched Information Security, a year of workshops addressing various topics aimed at helping companies become aware of and better able to avoid security risks and protect their business and personal assets.  This workshop is part of the series.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tips to Better Understand Fraud Alerts

Date:             Wednesday March 8
Time:             8:30 – 10:00 a.m. 
Place:            South Suburban College, Oak Forest Center
                     16333 S. Kilbourn, Oak Forest
    
Light refreshments and coffee will be served
    

To register for this event click here

                               or

Call:                DaNee  708.596.2000    ext.3260     
                       Questions:  call DaNee  or  email info@sssba.org
Cost:               Free to paid SSSBA members;      $10 guests

      

Topic:  Tips to Better Understand Fraud Alerts

     
  • TYPES OF HACKING TO BE AWARE OF
  • INFORMATION SECURITY & SECURITY BREACH NOTIFICATION GUIDANCE
  • DON’T CLICK ON THAT: RANSOMWARE & OTHER MALWARE
  • NETWORK SECURITY & PENETRATION
  • SPYWARE DEFAULT SETTINGS ON YOUR CURRENT COMPUTERS YOU MAY NOT BE AWARE OF
  • WHO GAINS ACCESS TO YOUR INFORMATION & WHAT ARE THEY DOING WITH IT?

 Speaker:  Aman Raheja   CISSP, CISA, CISM, CRISC

      Aman Raheja is the U.S. Chief Information Security Office (CISO) for BMO Financial Group & Managing Director, Global Information & Technology Risk Management. His information risk management organization manages strategy and consulting and supplier assessments globally for the bank. He has over fifteen years of information security and technology experience in various  industries, including Financial, Healthcare and Manufacturing.
 
Prior to joining BMO, Aman served as the Deputy CISO at Express Scripts, a Fortune 25 company. He orchestrated and executed the enterprise security strategy. In the past, Aman has also been the Group Information Security Officer at CitiGroup, leading the security programs for CitiMortgage and OneMain Financial.
 
Raheja has created and shared an open information security strategy framework, B-I-C-T, that balances business value, industry standards, compliance and threat management. Register for this event here
    
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15th Annual Summit Awards Awardees

SSSBA’s 15th Annual Summit Awards were held at the elegant Idlewild Country Club in Flossmoor, Il. on February 8th, 2017. A capacity crowd gathered to recognize and honor this year’s four awardees for their outstanding business achievements.  They enjoyed great networking, a tasty breakfast, door prizes, and a pertinent and informative presentation by Mark Scholl. 

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The Annual Summit Awards honor leading business people and organizations who have contributed to the economic and cultural growth of the region.  Each of the awardees is carefully selected from the many businesses and organizations in the region for their outstanding performance and excellence in their qualifying category.

The Summit Awardees for 2016 are:

Small Business of the Year Award recognizes a business’s management ability, continued growth, innovativeness of their product or service, and contribution to the community or others.
Awardee:  Caprice O’Bryant, Excuse Free Fitness, Homewood Il. Click for more info.

Training Excellence of the Year Award recognizes businesses that are striving to maintain and upgrade their employees’ skills, contribution to the community or others, value added from the training process to their business and recognition of being ready for new or changing technologies or processes.
Awardee:  Sterling Lumber Co., Phoenix, IL. Click for more info.

Economic Development Leader of the Year Award acknowledges management ability and contribution to the community and region by working toward continued growth and viability of the region, along with efforts made to build good, strong relationships with business.
Awardee:  Sandra Zoellner, Assistant Director of Economic Development, Park Forest, Il. Click for more info.

Creative Arts Award acknowledges the ability to offer top-caliber talent to the community, the use of local talent representing the diversity of the communities it serves, demonstration of continued growth and success as an organization and its willingness to engage in collaborative efforts with other creative arts organizations.
Awardee:  The Drama Group, Chicago Heights, Il. Click for more info.

Click here to view photos from this Summit Awards

EVENT INFORMATION:

When: Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

7:30 – 7:45 a.m. Check in and Networking
7:45 – 10:00 a.m. On time Drawing Gift, Breakfast, Speaker, and Awards
Where: Idlewild Country Club (click for directions)
Address:  19201 Dixie Highway, Flossmoor, Illinois 60422

Keynote Presentation:   Cybersecurity Threats, Trends, and Strategies for Small Businesses

Small and medium sized businesses have become attractive and profitable targets for cyber criminals. New technologies have changed how we run our businesses and service our customers. As a result, many organizations face new and advanced threats to the confidentiality and availability of your critical data. You can’t protect your digital information unless you know what you are up against. Cyber crime has evolved to more targeted attacks leading to account takeover, financial scams, point-of-sale attacks, and even extortion.
This presentation will cover some of the most common cyber threats, what you can do to prevent becoming a victim, and how to respond if your data has been compromised.

Keynote Speaker:  Mark Scholl, Illinois Market Leader, Wipfli, LLP

Mark Scholl

 

Mark Scholl, Partner at Wipfli CPAs and Consultants, Information Technology – Sterling, Illinois.  With over 28 years of technology experience, Mark specializes in all aspects of technology services for the firm, primarily in the financial institutions industry, including cyber security and perimeter vulnerability assessments, IT risk assessments, network design and support, and IT training.  He is a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars on various information technology topics.  Mark is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE), and Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH).

To read about 2015 Awardees: Please click here.

To read about 2014 Awardees: Please click here.

 To read about 2013 Awardees: Please click here.

 To read about 2012 Awardees: Please click here.

 To read about 2011 Awardees: Please click here.

 To read about 2010 Awardees: Please click here.

 To read about 2009 Awardees: Please click here.

 

Click here for the upcoming LET THEM EAT JAZZ! festival

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SSSBA’s Annual Holiday Party 2016

Happy Holidays

!!! SSSBA is celebrating its Annual Holiday Party !!!

Please join SSSBA as we celebrate the season at our annual “Eat & Greet” holiday luncheon party. You and your guests will enjoy a lovely lunch and stimulating conversation.

Invite your significant other, clients and office staff to ring in the season with SSSBA!

!!! MAKE THIS YOUR BUSINESS HOLIDAY PARTY !!!

CLICK HERE TO SEE PICTURES FROM PREVIOUS PARTIES

Date: Wednesday, November 30, 2016    Baligios
Time: 12:00 noon until 2:00 p.m.
Place: Balagio Ristorante
17501 Dixie Highway, Homewood (click for map)

Cost: $30 per person (one admission free for paid up members). Includes lunch, dessert, coffee/tea.
Additional drinks will be available at a cash bar
R.S.V.P.: By Wednesday, November 16, 2015

Become a member now and the Holiday Party is included with your membership!

Click here for Membership Investment Schedule

Contact DaNee Rogers 708-596-2000 x3260 for more information, to become a member, and to register

By Mail:  
Make checks payable to SSSBA and include your Name, Business Name, Address,
Phone number, email address, number of tickets and check and mail to:
SSSBA, c/o BCI
University and College Center
16333 S. Kilbourne Ave
Oak Forest, IL 60452

Please bring children’s hats, mittens, gloves, scarves to help make this a warm season for area children. Donations are given to Aunt Martha”s.

!!!   See You at Balagio Ristorante   !!!

Click here for the upcoming LET THEM EAT JAZZ! festival

Click here for the upcoming 15th Annual Summit Awards – SAVE THE DATE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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LET THEM EAT JAZZ FESTIVAL

 

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LET THEM EAT JAZZ!

FEBRUARY TO APRIL 2017
Presented by The SOUTHLAND ARTS MUNICIPALITIES AND BUSINESS ALLIANCESAMBA logo smallest

Jazz is food for the soul. Hailed as “one of America’s original art forms,” jazz is difficult to define but easy to taste. Sample 100 years (1917-2017) of flavor in music and food, as the Chicago Southland celebrates the jazz masters who had the recipe for success!

Click here for a three month’s menu of tasteful soul filling performances

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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19th Annual Meeting and Luncheon

JOIN US AT OUR 19th ANNUAL MEETING & LUNCHEON  EVENT 

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

TIME: 11:30 am – 2:00 pm

Tinley ParkConvention Center

Fraud is one of the most important issues facing businesses and individuals today due to new payment systems that are sometimes unregulated and global fraudulent opportunities within businesses from all over the world.

Each of us is aware of recent examples of a hospital’s curtailed services resulting from a hacked and ransomed server, a senior citizen’s life savings lost through identity theft, or a business being fined millions of dollars for compromised customer credit card information.  Each breach costs resources in the form of time, money, incredible stress, lost business, and good will.  And, for each breach that made the news, many more have not … yet.

As a representative of a municipality, bank, corporate entity, or a medical or educational institution, you owe it to yourself, your clients, your employees and your suppliers to provide a safe exchange of goods and services.  By heightening awareness of this scary reality, businesses and residents of the southland can then mitigate risks.

Easier said than done…

Keynote Presentation:

  “Cyber Security:  Threats and Solutions” 
‘What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You’

Keynote Speaker:

Kevin Botma

Providence Bank and Trust

 

Contact Nancy Burrows 708-596-2000 x3258 or DaNee Rogers 708-596-2000 x3251
for more information and to register

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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