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UPCOMING EVENTS

    • Saturday, July 13, 2024
    • Chicagoland New-Car Dealerships
    Register

    The 11th Annual BBQ for the Troops fundraiser is taking place again this summer. Each July, Chicagoland new-car dealers rally together for this grassroots initiative that directly supports the USO. Since 2013, dealers have raised over $1.1M for local troops and their families.

    The fundraisers ranged from small lunches, to full community festivals featuring patriotic ceremonies, classic car shows, live music, family games and more.

    ABOUT THE PROGRAM

    More than 10 years ago, the CATA and area new-car dealers partnered with the USO to create the Barbecue for the Troops campaign to raise money for our local troops and their families. What started as a few hot dogs and tin can has now grown into an annual festival which brings in thousands of dollars. In fact, the program’s lifetime total is over $1.1 million raised for the USO!

    PARTICIPATING IS EASY AND REWARDING

    As a participating dealer, the CATA will provide you with a starter kit of marketing materials you will need to get started including outdoor signage, posters and a social media toolkit. The CATA also runs an area-wide marketing and advertising campaign which includes a listing of all participating dealers and is an excellent opportunity for media exposure. The 2023 event had 85+ participating new-car dealers who hosted events that ranged from online fundraisers, to full-blown community summer festivals that included 21 gun salute, live music, bouncy houses, and, of course, a delicious barbecue meal. As we know, dealers have deep roots in their communities and by participating in the Barbecue for the Troops program, dealers can further connect with their customers and contribute to a great cause.

    WAYS TO PARTICIPATE

    There are a few ways you can participate in this year's fundraising campaign. Pick one (or all!) of the way that make the most sense for your dealership. All levels of participation will be recognized in various marketing efforts. 

    1. Host a BBQ Event
      As in previous years, you can host a BBQ event at your dealership on Saturday, July 13 which will be advertised across the market. These events can range in size from lunch with customers to full-blown community festivals.
    2. Test Drives for Donations
      Drive traffic to your dealership by inviting your community to come and take a test drive at your dealership. For every test drive in the month of July, your dealership will make a donation to the USO. The CATA suggests a minimum of $10 per test drive.
    3. Make a Donation
      If you’re unable to participate in one of the activations in July, you can still make an impact! You can make a one-time donation to the USO and be listed as a USO BBQ for the Troops donor on DriveChicago.com.

    However you choose to participate, we appreciate you being a part of this important initiative and raising crucial funds for the USO.

    • Wednesday, July 17, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Chicago Automobile Trade Association, 18W200 Butterfield Rd., Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181
    Register

    CATA is hosting RMP’s Tax, Titling & Registration Seminar consisting of the most current and accurate SOS (Secretary of State) and DOR (Department of Revenue) processes. This informative hour and half-seminar consists of everything from license and titling basics to more advanced deal processing. Topics include properly titling, registering, and remitting taxes to remain compliant with SOS and DOR, adjusting any corrections on completed ERT applications, and tips on streamlining your dealership tax, title and registration processes.

    • SOS and DOR compliance
    • Forms and necessary supporting documents
    • ERT correction requests
    • Tax forms and calculations
    • Full Titles and Vehicle Services
    • Third-party trades, trades by heirs or by Small Estate Affidavit
    • Special plates

    Ali Pouliot, Joey White and our new AE for the central/southern region Tami Tapscott-Jones from Vitu will be available to answer any questions during and after the seminar. Lunch will be provided.

Past events

Tuesday, June 11, 2024 2024 CATA GOLF OUTING - LUNCH ONLY
Tuesday, June 11, 2024 2024 CATA GOLF OUTING - RAVINES COURSE (Golf and Lunch)
Tuesday, June 11, 2024 2024 CATA GOLF OUTING - COURSE 1 & 3 (Golf and Lunch)
Tuesday, May 21, 2024 ComEd EV Rebates Program: Charge Up your Electric Vehicle Sales!
Wednesday, May 15, 2024 Recent Employment Law Changes in 2024: Is your Dealership Ready?
Saturday, February 10, 2024 Chicago Auto Show
Thursday, January 25, 2024 Understanding and Complying with the Illinois Paid Leave for All Workers Act (PLFAW)
Wednesday, November 15, 2023 The Hidden Secret to Increasing Your CP Repair Revenue, Presented by Dynatron
Thursday, September 28, 2023 Chicago Drives Electric Dealer Workshop
Thursday, September 28, 2023 Chicago Drives Electric - Media Day
Thursday, September 14, 2023 The Art & Science of the Appraisal, Presented by ACV Auctions
Thursday, September 07, 2023 Fixed Operations Strength and Leadership Summit, Presented by Zurich
Tuesday, June 20, 2023 Registration Management Professional (RMP) Tax, Titling & Registration Seminar
Tuesday, June 13, 2023 CATA GOLF OUTING - COURSE 1 & 3 (Golf and Lunch)
Tuesday, June 13, 2023 CATA GOLF OUTING - RAVINES COURSE (Golf and Lunch)
Tuesday, June 13, 2023 CATA GOLF OUTING - LUNCH ONLY
Wednesday, May 24, 2023 EV Charging 101 with Autel - Lunch and Learn - Bring Your Mayor or City Manager
Tuesday, March 28, 2023 Registration Management Professional (RMP) Tax, Titling & Registration Seminar
Tuesday, November 08, 2022 CATA Educational Seminar: Employee Retention Credit
Friday, September 30, 2022 Chicago Drives Electric - Dealer Session
Thursday, September 29, 2022 Chicago Drives Electric - Media Day
Thursday, September 22, 2022 CATA Educational Seminar: Selecting and Implementing Digital Retail. Learn Best Practices from an actual Dealer and owner of a software company. Presented by WebBuy.
Wednesday, September 14, 2022 CATA Lunch and Learn: The Recession Proof Game Plan: 4 Focus Areas for Success in Your Used Car Department. Presented by ACV Auctions.
Wednesday, September 14, 2022 Registration Management Professional (RMP) Tax, Titling & Registration Seminar - 2
Tuesday, September 13, 2022 Registration Management Professional (RMP) Tax, Titling & Registration Seminar - 1
Thursday, August 25, 2022 CATA Educational Seminar: Preventing Vehicle Thefts at CATA Dealerships
Thursday, August 18, 2022 CATA Educational Seminar: Automotive intelligence in today’s M&A market & How to determine the value of your dealership. Presented by DSMA Mergers & Acquisitions
Wednesday, July 20, 2022 F&I Legal Outlook 2022 - Presented by Zurich North America

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