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Professionals Advancing in Yorkville (PAY)
In connection with the Yorkville Area Chamber of Commerce,
PAY is a group of motivated and energetic professionals that strives to
educate and develop our members professionally, civically and personally.

Programs are held from 9-10am at the Chamber office, located at Old Second National Bank. There is no attendance fee. Reservations are requested but not required.

Though we do lead with "30 second commercials" in order to get to know everyone at the table, PAY is not a leads group, and is open to all members of the Chamber and guests.

PAY programs are co-facilitated by: Sarah Allen, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and Darren Fox, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Please contact a facilitator, or the Chamber at 630-553-6853 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for additional information.

  • Enrich your knowledge base
  • Grow your business
  • Enhance your network

Don't miss PAY Day Friday!

Next Program

Friday, October 6:

Guest Speaker: Mary Ann Griffith, CEO & CCO Haven Counseling

At the Chamber (Old Second Bank, lower level)
No fee - guests welcome

Breakfast Sponsor: Yorkville Auto Body

RSVP: 630-553-6853 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Mary Ann is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the State of Illinois, as well as a NBCC Certified Counselor.

Mary Ann is an interactive therapist. Her therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. She integrates complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding, she works with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.

She has over 10 years of experience helping individuals and families cope with a variety of issues, such as depression, anxiety, marital and relational issues. Mary Ann has worked with church pastors and their families, as well as church planters.

In addition to being a prominent relationship therapist, Mary Ann has presented seminars and workshops to area churches and organizations.



View Photos from Past Programs

February 2017 PAY Workshop Tips for Organization in Business
October 2016 PAY Workshop
The Interview Process/Finding Talent
June 2016 PAY Workshop Business Start-Up & Entrepreneur Issues
April 2016 PAY Workshop Social Media Optimization


Why Should You Attend PAY Programs?

They are free, contain relevant topics, and are time well spent. Read a few testimonials...

Testimonial from April 2016 PAY meeting:
"The Pay program was so wonderful to be a part of! Not often do you get the chance to pick the brains of so many other business owners in a non competitive and cooperative atmosphere. I can not think of a more productive way to spend an hour troubleshooting issues that entrepreneurs face. The panel offered focused advice that brought their own experiences and expertise to the discussion. It was an insightful and incredibly helpful experience."
- Rachel Conover with Ginger and Soul Inc.

Testimonials from January 2016 PAY meeting:

"Why I like attending PAY?...for days like today! I always enjoy coming to support my chamber as well as gain more insight into the topics being covered. I figured today would be the same, however I walked away with so much more! I truly think certain topics can resonate with you more based on your current situation, and that is exactly what happened today. I know, or thought I knew, all about leads groups… thank you to Sarah and the panel I now know there was much more that I was unaware of. I mostly enjoyed hearing answers to the common misconceptions of leads groups, this is what resonated most with me. I am looking forward to checking a group that is a good fit for me now. Thank you!" -Marisa Hanson, Rodan + Fields

"Having been a member of the YACC and a LEADS group for more than 5 years, I was pleased to find several pointers at today’s PAY program dealing with LEADS groups and networking. I was able to see some interesting ways other YACC LEADS groups handle their meetings; as well as receive some personalized fine tuning of my own 30 second commercial. Getting these fresh perspectives at the beginning of the year will be a great way to ensure we’re off to a great start!" -Sara Fontanez, Fontanez PHOTOGRAPHY

"I received priceless feedback on how to introduce myself at my leads group meeting: to focus on what's really unique about my business and what will leave the most impact on those I share it with. It was super helpful to get advice from the panel and the other attendees who were able to hear my 30-second commercial from an outsider's perspective and tell me what worked and what didn't." -Samantha Brown, Fox River Rendering

PAY logo courtesy of Julane Johnson, Tramontana Marketing Group