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Published: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 8:05 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 8:08 a.m. CDT

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The DeKalb area has a number of great businesses with new ones joining the mix throughout the year. If you aren’t able to get out to check out these businesses to meet some great people, then the DeKalb Chamber has a number of options to build your business and community network.

If your goal is to meet a large number of people in a short time, then Speed Networking would be a great event for you. Fine-tune your one-minute elevator speech and get ready to have fun meeting and finding out a little about a lot of people and their businesses. Speed Networking is April 29 at the River Heights Golf Course clubhouse.

Do you enjoy talking about marketing ideas and how to get your business or organization top of mind? If you do, then the TOMA Group would be a good fit for you. Exchange ideas, discuss challenges and get immediate feedback on at 8 a.m. May 2 in the Roberts Conference Room at Kishwaukee Hospital.

Each month, the chamber holds an After Hours event to allow its members to find out more about the hosts and those in attendance. The May After Hours will be held at a couple of new businesses located off of Route 23 – Hero Martial Arts and Blue Line Driving School. This After Hours event will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. May 13.

Do you like parades? DeKalb will kick off Memorial Day with a parade May 26. The parade will step off at 9 a.m. and finish at the Ellwood House for a celebration of a special day.

As the weather is finally starting to break, it’s time to think about all of the great produce that will be available for us to enjoy. The Farmers Market is back in downtown DeKalb and will begin June 5 and continue everything Thursday through the end of September. Hours will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For the past 10 years, the DeKalb Chamber has provided a Leadership Academy to help area businesses and organizations develop leaders and make the community a better place through group projects. On June 11, the 10th class will graduate. Check the chamber website for more details.

If you enjoy golf or just enjoy having a good time and meeting area businesspeople then the DeKalb Chamber Golf Outing is for you. This year’s outing will take place June 20 at River Heights Golf Course. Registration information is available online at www.DeKalb.org or by calling the chamber office at 815-756-6306.

• Matt Duffy is executive director of the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce.

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