New Orland chamber president wants group to be good value for members
BY MIKE NOLAN email@example.com January 17, 2013 3:56PM
Orland Park resident Marc Lochow, owner of Print Source Plus in Blue Island, will be installed as president of the Orland Park aArea Chamber of Commerce. He is pictured at his business Wednesday, January 16, 2013. | Brett Roseman~Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 19, 2013 12:22PM
Whether it’s an opportunity to network or a chance to learn more about a particular subject, Marc Lochow wants the Orland Park Area Chamber of Commerce to be a good value for its members.
Set to begin his one-year term as chamber president Thursday, Lochow said his objective is to build on the business group’s already solid foundation.
“I want to make sure we are giving members what they need,” he said. “I want to make sure we keep people involved and get more people involved.”
Lochow, 41, an Orland Park resident, co-owns PrintSource Plus in Blue Island with his wife, Lynn. The couple have three children.
He has been a member of the chamber since 2004 and on the group’s board of directors since 2006. In 2011, PrintSource was named the chamber’s business of the year.
The chamber was established in 1958 and initially had 14 members. Lochow said the nonprofit now has about 560 members.
“It’s a very diversified group,” Lochow said. “We have everyone from home-based businesses on up to corporations.”
In setting his goals for his term, Lochow said he wants to undertake a “concerted effort to find out from our members what they’re after — networking or education — and to cater to them so we make sure we are giving them what they are looking for.”
He said the chamber’s website is being revamped — with the new site set to debut by late winter or early spring — and will offer more interactive features, including the ability for chamber members to promote their businesses at the site.
Lochow said he wants to bring “new and different” speakers to the chamber’s regular breakfast and lunch meetings and expand the topics presented. Some chamber members have asked for a session that would help them make better use of social media tools such as Facebook and LinkedIn, he said.
Lochow said his dad, Bob, bought a Sir Speedy print shop in Blue Island in 1971. The original location was just down Western Avenue from where PrintSource is located, he said.
Lochow took over ownership in 2003. He said the business has diversified to add products and services such as customizing promotional items such as pens and mugs, offering silk screening of shirts and caps and creating direct mailings for customers.