Local Business Spotlight

Keep current and learn more about local businesses in McHenry County.


  1. The HEDC website has a searchable Land and Sites feature. See it HERE. The interactive site features information on the new Harvard-Woodstock Enterprise Zone, Arrowhead Industrial Park Phase III (including a site plan), the Foreign Trade Zone and other incentives including Harvard's dual TIF District and façade fund. The site is also accessible throughwww.illinoisenterprisezone.com.



    Harvard Economic Development Corporation's  Land & Sites Database is a searchable database of Harvard's best Commercial, Industrial and Vacant/Site opportunities. No registration required. 

    Direct Gateway to Sites HERE

  2. Back by popular demand…


    Instructor-led - Online Course

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  3. McHenry County College to Host Networking Events 

    The McHenry County College Career Services Office is hosting two separate Career Networking events featuring employers representing a variety of fields, including business, accounting, healthcare and fitness.

    The Business Networking event takes place from 1-3 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 28 in Room B166-167 at MCC. This event focuses on careers in accounting, administrative office management, business, management, marketing, computer information systems and digital media. Students and community members will have the opportunity to meet with employers who will discuss their company and provide information on employment opportunities. A preliminary list of participating employers include: PolyOne Corporation, Rita Corporation, Sherwin-Williams Paint Stores, Snap-on Tools and Working World Staffing Services. Event is co-sponsored by three MCC student clubs: Black Student Union, Business Club and Latinos Unidos.

    The Healthcare and Fitness Networking event takes place from 1-3 p.m. on Thursday, March 1 in Room 166-167. This event focuses on careers in health & information technology, nursing, nursing assistant education, occupational therapy assistant, physical therapy assistant, health & fitness education, emergency medical training (EMS) career areas. A preliminary list of participating employers include: Advocate Health Care, Caravel Autism Health, Centegra Health System, Elite Care Management, Hearthstone Communities, Mobile Therapy Centers of America and Sunrise Senior Living.

    Students and community members will have the opportunity to meet with employers who will provide information about their companies and employment opportunities. Employers will have the opportunity to meet with students to discuss their company and provide information on employment opportunities. Co-sponsored by the MCC Student Nurses Association and the MCC Student Occupational Therapy Club.

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    An Employer Workshop Event Coming Soon! February 27th from 8:00 - 9:30 am at the Shah Center. Save the Date!


  5. Join us for a casual and informative breakfast to gather valuable knowledge and build sound business relationships.

    [email protected] is Back!


    Building a Civilized Workplace

      How much is Negativity Costing You and Your Company?

  6. Help us spread the word throughout McHenry County about

    Co-Working @ the Café!

    Opens Monday, August 7th

    With a Grand Opening Connection Reception at 4 p.m.


  7. health care event

    From the McHenry County Workforce Network:  Information abou the upcoming Healthcare Career Expo & Hiring Event - Tuesday May 16th. Presentation begins promptly at 5pm. 

    Date: Tuesday, May 16, 2017Time: 5:00 pmLocation: McHenry County College Shah Center4100 Shamrock Lane, McHenry, IL 60050 

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    Health Care Fair and Expo May 16, 2017

  9. GACC Midwest SME Forum

    Join GACC Midwest's networking event on April 11 at Harper College in Palatine, IL and learn from executives from mhub, BMW Technologies, Ipsen, Winzeler Gear and more about

    • Universities & Startups: Driving Innovation Through Partnerships • Forget Foosball Tables: Effective Ways to Recruit and Retain (Young) Talent • Business Success on a Budget: International Marketing Strategies • Successful Growth: Opportunities and Challenges of M&A

    With almost 1,400 German businesses operating in the Midwest, the region represents an attractive business location, particular for transatlantic trade. Meet our network and prepare your SME for the future. Sign up here: http://bit.ly/2mIYFia


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    The April-June 2017 CATALYST is available!

    Schedule your workforce training NOW!

    While you wait for it to hit your mailboxesyou can access it on our website


  11. ComEd Achieves Industry Leading Reliability Results

    ComEd’s improved reliability helps drive economic growth and achieve record customer satisfaction


    CHICAGO (February 2, 2017) For the last five years, ComEd has updated and modernized its electrical grid to improve the reliability of its service to customers. The work has resulted in record setting performance that is also helping to power economic development and customer satisfaction.

    In 2016, ComEd customers experienced a15 percent reduction in the frequency of outages compared to 2015. This was best among all utilities according to Electric Benchmarking. Since investments began in 2012, frequency of outages has been reduced by nearly 34 percent and the duration of outages has been reduced by 48 percent. Additionally ComEd’s customer’s satisfaction ratings are at an all-time high. Market Strategies International, a top market research firm, named ComEd Most Improved Electric Utility of 2016.

    “Improving the reliability of our system for our customers has always been the fundamental goal of our smart grid work,” said Anne Pramaggiore, president and CEO of ComEd. “Constant, ongoing review of our system allowed us to strategically invest in areas that would benefit the greatest number of customers. Our record setting performance is the result of that work and demonstrates the commitment of our employees to provide our customers with best in class service.”

  12. TS 16949 Press Release Final

    MCEDC is pleased to share this release from Novation Industries, one of our valued Investor/members.



                                          > Click to View Press Release

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    Fabrik Industries, a 35 year old McHenry County company, has completed its expansion in the City of McHenry with the purchase of a second facility at Miller Parkway and is now operational.   On January 19, it hosted a celebration and tour of the new facility for representatives from the State of Illinois, City of McHenry, McHenry County Board, McHenry County Economic Development Corporation, McHenry School District 156, McHenry Fire Department, McHenry County College and those businesses who helped in the facilities transformation. 

    Keith Wagner, President of Fabrik Industries stated “We are excited about the opportunities in manufacturing locally.  The community’s involvement in our growth has been humbling.  The company took 2016 to breathe new life into a vacant building updating and installing new lighting and paint, investing in new molding machines and training of new employees to meet the increased manufacturing demand.”

    In 2015, Fabrik’s leadership identified the need to expand operations based on continued increase in their manufacturing business.   The company analyzed expansion opportunities both outside of Illinois and in Illinois specifically the City of McHenry.  As the company began researching expansion opportunities, the collaboration between the State of Illinois, the City of McHenry, the County of McHenry and the McHenry County Economic Development Corporation and other partners proved to make the difference in their decision process. 

    President of McHenry County Economic Development Corporation, Pam Cumpata, commented “one of the pillars of economic development is retention because 80% of net new job growth comes from existing businesses.  The expansion of Fabrik Industries is an excellent example of why MCEDC works closely with our primary businesses, our county and municipal partners with the shared goal of retaining our business base.”  Pam stated “Mayor Low and the City of McHenry staff, specifically Doug Martin, Director of Economic Development, worked hand in hand with Fabrik and the MCEDC to make this expansion possible recognizing the significant economic impact it will have on the City of McHenry and the County. ”

    “The amazing work the people at Fabrik Molded Plastics are doing every day is a perfect example of what we can achieve here in McHenry County, and we should be doing everything we can to help them grow,” McHenry County Board Chairman Jack D. Franks said. “Reducing the property tax burden employers’ bear and creating conditions that will make more job creators to want to set up shop here must be our primary focus as a board.”

  14. MCEDF
    2017 NILC Press Release


    The McHenry County Economic Development Foundation is pleased to be a sponsor of this STEM (Science Technology Engineering & Math) event. Engaging with the workforce of the future is important to our economy and we hope you will stop by this exciting event.

    The third annual FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Northern Illinois League Qualifier will be held at McHenry County College in Crystal Lake, Illinois, on February 11, 2016.

    Details for the Northern Illinois League Qualifier: Date: Saturday, February 11, 2017 Time: 10:00am -5:00pm
 Place: McHenry County College 8900 US-14 Crystal Lake, Illinois Admission: Free


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  15. MCNewsletterJan2017


    McHenry County, Illinois - Thursday, January 12, 2017


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    40th Anniversary Celebration

  18. Newsletter from McHenry County, Illinois


    Issue: Chairman's Introduction  ISSUE: CHAIRMAN'S INTRODUCTIONGreetings from the Chairman

    Greetings McHenry County Residents:

    It is a great honor to serve as your first directly elected County Board Chairman. I congratulate all of the McHenry County newly elected constitutional officers and County Board members. I am excited to work with the County Board to accomplish our shared goals of good governance, a vibrant economy, and lower property taxes. Together, this Board will make McHenry County the most efficient, transparent, and effective County in the Nation. 

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    The January-March 2017 CATALYST is Out!

    Schedule your workforce training NOW!

    While you wait for it to hit your mailboxesyou can access it on our website


  20. Newsletter from McHenry County, Illinois


    December 2016 Issue


      ISSUE: DECEMBER 2016Greetings from the Chairman

    Greetings McHenry County Resident:

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