Skip to main content

Neighbors of Kane County

Batavia Business Nuggets: January & February

Circle K and Dunkin’ Donuts, located at 108 N. Batavia Ave., Batavia, was recently remodeled with a convenient drive thru added. In November Mayor Jeffery Schielke, owner Harry Mehta, Batavia Chamber President Holly Deitchman and other esteemed community representatives helped celebrate the renovation.

The Batavia Chamber of Commerce will hold their annual Inspire Awards on Thurs., Jan. 25, 6pm at the Nagel Emporium at Abbey Farms. The Inspire Awards will honor the 2017 Citizen of the Year, Marcia Boyce, and the “Spirit of Batavia” award recipient, The Batavia Rotary Club. The event will also honor many local businesses with the Chamber’s 2017 Ole Awards for their efforts to beautify Batavia and provide economic growth. Join the celebration, network and enjoy a night out with food an entertainment. 

Ashley HomeStore recently opened its newest location at 1777 S. Randall Rd., Geneva. Filling the space left vacant by Sports Authority, Ashley HomeStore is a large retail chain with a variety of signature home furniture, décor accessories and mattresses. Ashley HomeStore is committed to serving its communities, and the chain partnered with the Illinois Food Bank of Geneva over the holidays to accept donations for their holiday food drive. 630-313-6128,

The Batavia Women in Business (BWIB) will hold a luncheon on Tues., Feb. 13 from 11:30am–1pm at Eagle Brook Country Club in Geneva. Local author Leah Hoppes will speak on the topic “How to Avoid Embarrassment and Humiliation in Public Speaking.” BWIB luncheons cost $35 for prospective members and guests, and $25 for Chamber members. An RSVP is required no later than the Friday before the luncheon date. 630-879-7134,

Christopher Bennett of Shelter Insurance and Michael Fulkerson of Chicago Investment Advisory Council will speak on "The Pros and Cons to Children's Life Insurance Policies" as part of the "(F)uncomfortable Conversation Series" at the Batavia Public Library on Thurs., Feb. 1st from 6:30–7:45pm. This informational session explores the reasons that parents and grandparents may choose to insure their children and grandchildren and opinions from financial experts on both sides. To register call 630-454-4490 or email There is no charge for the presentation and refreshments will be served.

During their holiday luncheon on Tues., Dec. 12, the Batavia Women in Business (BWIB) raised $2,330, exceeding last year’s total by $850. The combination of money and donated gift cards was divided between the Batavia Access Toy Drive and the Batavia United Way’s Adopt A Family program. Additionally, attendees donated tables filled with new toys to the toy drive.

The Masus Financial Group Scholarship Fund will be awarding tuition scholarships to high school seniors that reside in Batavia who plan to attend at 4-year university or college in Fall 2018. Economics or finance majors are preferred but all are encouraged to apply. The two students selected will receive $2,000 toward tuition costs for the next two years. Applications are available from your school’s guidance counselor. The deadline to apply is April 23rd.

Tease Dance and Fitness in Aurora recently held a celebration for their grand reopening at 4014 Fox Valley Center, Aurora. For the last 11 years, Tease has been the Midwest’s premier aerial dance and fitness studio. A women owned and operated business, Tease features forms of movement that reshape students’ bodies and self-image, all while fostering relationships in a supportive community of empowerment. 630-503-7441,