The name, Nippersink Area Chamber of Commerce was a consideration at the first meeting held on August 6, 1993 at Andres Steak House in Richmond Illinois. The Nippersink flows through both communities, but according to the minutes, the votes unanimously determined the name to be The Greater Richmond Spring Grove Area Chamber of Commerce.
David Kiepinski and twelve others had a vision to support companies and educate business owners and most importantly change the economic development of the area for businesses and residents. With the guidance and mentoring from the newest chamber and the oldest chamber in the community, Huntley and Harvard, they put together plans to create a mission statement and hosted events like the Expo, Golf Outing, Wander Walk and networking. Supporting our future by funding for scholarships began in the early days and continues to be a priority for the Board of Directors today.
In just two weeks the membership was 21! By October 5, membership increased to 66. Non-for profits and community groups started to join also.
The business owners in the area were hungry for a voice, and they found it in the Chamber. The larger corporations in the zip codes joined to help make a difference, the smaller stores and restaurants joined to meet other business owners. Everyone was proud to be a part of something bigger. Businesses proudly displayed their plaques and window decals, as they do today.
At one time, the Chamber rented space inside Memorial Hall from the City of Richmond. Today we rent an office from Associate Bank, we support just over 200 members and last year we hosted seven signature events. We offer monthly networking events as well as opportunities to be on a committee.