Village of Shabbona Commissions Business & Visitor Survey
August 14, 2017
The Village of Shabbona's Economic Development Committee has been working with Northern Illinois University's Center for Governmental Studies to conduct a survey of area business owners, residents, and visitors. Survey results will help to identify business and tourism development opportunities and determine the feasibility of those opportunities.
Please access the survey through the following links, and choose the proper link based on whether you are a Shabbona resident or a visitor:
- Shabbona residents go to this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/resident2
- Visitors go to this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/visitor3
Paper copies can be completed at Resource Bank, Village Hall, Flewellin Memorial Library, Pokanoka’s Café, Lakeside Bait & Tackle, Wisted’s Country Market, Shabbona Café and in Shabbona Lake State Park. All responses will be confidential and the compiled results will be shared this fall.
The survey is a component of an economic development planning grant that was provided by the DeKalb County Community Foundation.
Annual tour to feature Waterman, Shabbona barns
The fourth annual DeKalb County Barn Tour will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12. Livestock and grain farms, as well as repurposed barns, including a winery, are included in this year’s event.
This unique opportunity to tour local historic barns is sponsored jointly by the DeKalb Area Agricultural Heritage Association and the J.F. Glidden Homestead and Historical Center, DeKalb. This year the tour features barns in the Waterman-Shabbona area. The self-driving event includes a guided tour at each of 10 barns, with demonstrations, displays and family activities along the way.
May WSBA Board Meeting - Join us at the Waterman Winery!
Wednesday, May 10th, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.
We want to invite all current and past WSBA members, any new or existing business in the Waterman-Shabbona-Lee area are invited to attend to learn more about WSBA and our upcoming plans and events. We are planning a float to feature businesses and attractions in the area summer parades and also planning an early fall event we would like everyone's input on.
Note: At the stop light in Waterman, go north on Elm Street, which becomes Waterman Road.
Pizza and Beverages will be available at the meeting. Winery is on East side of Waterman Road, ½ mile north of Lee Road.
All area businesses, past and present members are welcome! We also want to reach out to home-based businesses and independent consultants. If you're interested in promoting your business and the Waterman-Shabbona-Lee communities as a great place to live, work and play, we hope to see you there. The more the merrier! Bring a business contact with you!
Waterman Shabbona Business Association 2016-2017 Election
The Waterman Shabbona Business Association kicked off their 2016-2017 Election year at Houlahan's Tavern & Grill. Local Business and Community members were invited out to receive knowledge on how the WSBA and the website visit30.com could help them and our community prosper and get us on the map for an avenue of tourism information. The newly appointed Board and Trustees were named as the following: President John Ecker of Peak Estimating, Vice President Kathy Sands of The Camp Store at Shabbona State Park, Secretary Linda Swenson of Century 21 Elsner Realty, Treasurer Michelle Janco of Resource Bank. Shabbona Trustees: Melissa Joyce of Prairie Crossing Living and Rehabilitation Center with A Supportive Living Community, Scot Ostrander of Screamer's and Lesa Clanin of Broker Signature Real Estate. Waterman Trustees: Frank Atkinson of ASAP Welding, Terrie Tuntland of Waterman Winery and Vineyards, and Christina Bystry-Busch of Simply Irzstbl. "This was a great start to a new beginning for our community. What a great turnout with such caring members that want to get involved in this project" says President John Ecker.
Shabbona Cafe Ribbon Cutting with the Waterman Shabbona Business Assoc.
The Waterman Shabbona Business Association held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Shabbona Café Saturday January 16th 2016 located at 114 W Comanche Ave. Shabbona,IL 60550. Many local residents and business owner came out to welcome owner Fred Castno to the community and thanked him for sharing his love and passion for good food, good friends, and good family values. " We just know this is a great start to a new beginning for our community. Fred and his years of experience in food services are sure to entice not only our local community but our visitors and tourist to find they can receive excellent meals and customer service without the long commutes." says President for the WSBA John Ecker
Leon Ardelean Receives Certificate of Appreciation
Jerry Foster presents a certificate to Leon Ardelean as appreciation for all the years of service and the power behind combining the 2 communities together.
Thank you Leon for your dedication and service to the community and WSBA.