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April 14th, 2014
Here is this week’s newsletter to members of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. If you have Member News to include,
please send  it to us by Wednesday the week prior to publication. For more information, contact the Chamber at (630) 256-3180.
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April 14, 2014
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Accurate Personnel
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Bad Monkey Circus
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Basil’s Greek Dining
BMO Harris
Cadence Fitness & Health Center
Cadence Health Convenient Care & Medical Offices
Caterpillar, Inc.
Central DuPage Hospital
Chicago Premium Outlets
ComEd
Continental Acura of Naperville
Continental Audi of Naperville
Continental Mazda of Naperville
Delnor Glen Senior Living
Delnor Hospital
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Fox Valley Country Club
Global Data Sciences
Ice Miller LLP
Junior Achievement of Chicago – Western Division
Konen Insurance Agency
Liberty Mutual – Dawn Tully
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
McKesson
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Old Second National Bank
Organo Gold
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pipefitters Local 597
Piper’s Banquets
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush-Copley Medical Center
S&S Metal Recycling
Safeguard Construction Co.
Sequoia General Contracting Corp.
Sign*A*Rama – Aurora
SmithAmundsen, LLC
State Farm Insurance Companies
St. Charles Bank & Trust
Stumm Insurance, LLC
TCE Company
The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield
The Voice
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
WERV FM Radio (Next Media)
WSPY
Zippy Shell Fox Valley

Contact Us

Mail: 43 W. Galena Blvd.
Aurora, Illinois 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180
Fax: (630) 256-3189
www.aurorachamber.com

 

 

Public Policy News
The Aurora Regional Chamber monitors pending legislation that may have an impact on our business members. If you have questions, or would like to share your thoughts on the Chamber’s legislative agenda, please contact the Chamber.

Follow up on twitter and Facebook for breaking news on public policy action as it happens.

Last Friday was the deadline for bills to be considered on third reading in their house of origin. Both House and Senate are in recess for the next two weeks and scheduled to return on Tuesday, April 29. Now is the time to contact your local state legislators and discuss proposed legislation that can impact your business. The General Assembly is set to adjourn May 31.

In recent developments:

  • Millionaire’s Tax Is Dead. For weeks chambers across the state have been advocating against Speaker Madigan’s proposal (HJRCA 51) to asses a 3% “surcharge” on individual income tax payers with income over $1 million as it would adversely affect small businesses and kill jobs in Illinois. With your assistance, this week we were successful at stopping the proposal for the remainder of legislative session as it became apparent the Speaker failed to secure the votes needed to pass the legislation.
  • Status of Illinois’ Flat Tax. While a possible “millionaires” tax is off the table in the House, Senator Don Harmon continues to push for a constitutional amendment to allow for a graduated/progressive income tax in the Senate. SJRCA 40 provides what is being referred to as the “Fair Tax” legislation and would allow a graduated income tax system for both individuals and corporations. Prior proposals have applied to only individual taxpayers. His proposal currently calls for three tax brackets for individuals:
    $0 to $12,500 – 2.9% tax rate
    $12,500 to $180,000 – 4.9% tax rate
    $180,000 and up – 6.9% tax rateTaxpayers are encouraged to use the Progressive Tax Calculator to see how much a progressive tax would potentially cost them versus the flat-tax system that currently exists.
  • Minimum Wage Bill Passes Senate Executive Committee. SB 68 amends the Minimum Wage Law. It increases the Illinois minimum wage to $9.25 per hour on October 1, 2014, $10 per hour on July 1, 2015, and $10.65 per hour on July 1, 2016. The Chamber opposes SB 68 which is on third reading in the Senate. Illinois currently has the highest minimum wage in the Midwest at $8.25 an hour and the highest corporate income tax rate in the industrialized world which creates a disadvantage for businesses to create jobs and remain competitive. Business associations throughout the state oppose the legislation which has generated more than 15,000 letters in opposition from businesses in recent days. If you have not already sent a letter, click here.
Illinois Chamber, NFIB Invite You to Employer Action Day
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
President Abraham Lincoln Hotel, 701 E. Adams, Springfield
Registration fee is $49 which includes lunch.
Board Nominations Sought
The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for members willing to be considered to serve on the Board of Directors. All eligible nominees will be considered by the nominating committee. Nominations may be found online. Forms should be returned by Wednesday, April 23, at 5:00 p.m.

A Board of Directors governs the business, property, and affairs of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. The Board is responsible for establishing policy, budgets, and the guidance of affairs. The Board is composed of up to twenty-two (22) persons who shall be members in good standing of the Chamber. Directors are elected for a term of three (3) years which are staggered so that approximately one-third of the directors are elected each year. Vacancies in the board shall be filled by a majority vote of the remaining directors.

To be considered to be a Director, nominees must be members in good standing. Members who have served as a Director in the past should have had one year pass after the expiration of their term before seeking re-election.

2014 State of the City Address
Mayor Thomas J. Weisner Thursday, May 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Piper’s Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Rd., Aurora
$35 Aurora Chamber members
$50 General Admission

Register

Thank you to our Event Sponsors:

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Mark Your Calendars: Programs for
Member Businesses
Ribbon Cutting
Tuesday, April 15, at 11:00 a.m.
TGM Springbrook, 4101 Chesapeake Dr., Aurora

Ribbon Cutting
Wednesday, April 16, at 12:00 p.m.
Mind and Body Chiropractic, 3535 E. New York St., Aurora

Ribbon Cutting
Thursday, April 17, at 12:00 p.m.
Maurices, 1720 Orchard Gateway Blvd., North Aurora

Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, April 22, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business Development Leads Group 2
Wednesday, April 23, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, April 24, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Cafe, 55 S. Commons Drive, Aurora
$12 Aurora Chamber members
$15 General Admission
Co-sponsored by Window World
Register

Not-For-Profit Alliance:
Legal Issues & Managing Volunteers

Friday, April 25, from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m.
Chamber Offices
Sponsored by SmithAmundsen LLC
Register

State of the City
Thursday, May 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Piper’s Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Rd., Aurora
$35 Aurora Chamber members
$50 General Admission
Register

Premier Members
Premier Members
Thank You
Ryland Homes

On behalf of the record number of attendees at the State of the Village Address last week, the Aurora Chamber would like to thank Village President Dale Berman and the Village team for sharing an update on North Aurora’s activities. Also, thank you to Oak Street Restaurant for hosting.

Ryland Homes

A special thank you goes out to Ryland Homes for being a sponsor of The State of the Village (North Aurora) Luncheon last week. We greatly appreciate their support and dedication. Thanks to them, the event was a resounding success.
Member News
On April 7, the West Aurora School District #129 School Board appointed long-time community volunteer Ira Lathan to fill a seat left vacant by a recent resignation. Lathan is a former West Aurora math teacher and currently an IT specialist at PolySystems, an actuarial firm based in Chicago. He will serve until the election of April 2015.

Congratulations to Crawford, Murphy & Tilly, Inc. (CMT) for being named Design Firm of the Year for 2014 by ENR Midwest, an Engineering News Record publication that covers Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin. CMT’s selection is the result of its rise in revenue, increase in high-profile projects, and leadership in both promoting diversity and green practices.

NAI Hiffman is pleased to present its First Quarter 2014 Market Peek, a sneak peek at the market statistics for the Chicago Metropolitan office and industrial real estate markets. To find out more, please contact Craig Hurvitz, Director of Statistics and Market Information, at (630) 693-0645 or churvitz@hiffman.com.

This April and May, head to Hotel Arista Spa and Salon and save up to $35 on special spa packages, including facials, massages, and body treatments. To book an appointment or get more information, call (630) 579-3650.

The Community Career Center is currently holding several workshops, including “Managing Your Finances” on Tuesday, April 15; “Age and Interviewing” on Thursday, April 17; and “LinkedIn: Just the Basics” on Thursday, April 24. All programs are from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. and are free for center members, $15 for non-members. RSVP at www.communitycareercenter.org.

Billy Grisack-musician, blogger, producer-will be speaking about “How to Really Sell Merch” at Backthird Audio as they host the Chicago PLUG Network on Tuesday, April 15, at 7:00 p.m. Registration is $5. Sign up http://theplugnetwork.com/category/chicago/.

Support the Association for Individual Development by buying a raffle ticket ($1) or six ($5) at AID’s Elgin or Aurora facilities, online, or by contacting Wendy at (847) 931-2294 or wbialek@the-association.org. You could win one of two Easter baskets for your child. The drawing will be Wednesday, April 16. All proceeds benefit individuals with disabilities, mental illness and special needs and helps them to achieve independence and community inclusion.

Refresh your soul at Presence Fox Knoll‘s Lenten Reflection and Mass on Wednesday, April 16, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Enjoy a light lunch after Mass. Call (877) 737-4636 to register for this free event.

The Fox Valley Park District‘s Blackberry Farm is holding a Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt on Thursday, April 17, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. for middle school students. There will be a DJ, dinner, hay rides, prizes, and giveaways. Admission is $15 for residents and $20 for non-residents. Please register at (630) 892-1550.

The Growing Place invites you to their “Landscaping 101: Incorporating Natives” workshop at their Aurora location on Saturday, April 19, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Find out which natives politely intermingle and offer flowers, low maintenance and attract pollinators. Admission is free.

The Aurora Township Youth Service presents “Bullying & Social Conflict: Prevention, Intervention & Reconciliation” with award-winning author Carrie Goldman at the Prisco Community Center on Tuesday, April 22, from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. Learn about clear, research-based strategies on how best to respond to peer victimization and social conflict. Contact Sarah Paul for more information at (630) 859-7501 or sarah.p@auroratownship.org.

“Rock Around the Clock” on Thursday, April 24, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. and help Sunnymere, Inc. raise money to fix their antique Grandfather Clock in time for their 75th Anniversary. Individuals or groups can sign up to rock, or to donate to the ‘rockers.’ Call Cecelia at (630)898-7844 for more information.

KDI Design, Inc. is hosting their Fifth Annual Vegas Night for Breast Cancer Awareness on Friday, April 25, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at CityGate Grille. Come for gaming, dancing, live music, a silent auction and more. Tickets are $45 per person, $50 at the door. Contact Ginny DeWitt at Ginny@kdidesign.com for more info.

The 4th Annual Hoops for the Troops, presented by the Fox Valley Marines Det. 1233 and Riverfront Chrysler-Jeep, Dodge Ram, will be at the Vaughan Center on April 26 & 27, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. All proceeds go to benefit Friends of Fischer House, veterans, and their families. For more information, please email hoopsforthetroops@yahoo.com.

Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce | 43 W. Galena Blvd. Aurora, Illinois 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180 Fax: (630) 256-3189 | www.aurorachamber.com
This email was sent by Email Patron on behalf of Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Membership Lunch, Public Policy, Member News

April 7th, 2014
Here is this week’s newsletter to members of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. If you have Member News to include,
please send  it to us by Wednesday the week prior to publication. For more information, contact the Chamber at (630) 256-3180.
Header
April 07, 2014
In This Issue

 

Quick Links

Follow Us!
Facebook Twitter Blog

Elite Members

For more information contact the chamber.

Accurate Personnel
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Bad Monkey Circus
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Basil’s Greek Dining
BMO Harris
Cadence Fitness & Health Center
Cadence Health Convenient Care & Medical Offices
Caterpillar, Inc.
Central DuPage Hospital
Chicago Premium Outlets
ComEd
Continental Acura of Naperville
Continental Audi of Naperville
Continental Mazda of Naperville
Delnor Glen Senior Living
Delnor Hospital
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Fox Valley Country Club
Global Data Sciences
Ice Miller LLP
Junior Achievement of Chicago – Western Division
Konen Insurance Agency
Liberty Mutual – Dawn Tully
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
McKesson
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Old Second National Bank
Organo Gold
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pipefitters Local 597
Piper’s Banquets
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush-Copley Medical Center
S&S Metal Recycling
Safeguard Construction Co.
Sequoia General Contracting Corp.
Sign*A*Rama – Aurora
SmithAmundsen, LLC
State Farm Insurance Companies
St. Charles Bank & Trust
Stumm Insurance, LLC
TCE Company
The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield
The Voice
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
WERV FM Radio (Next Media)
WSPY
Zippy Shell Fox Valley

Welcome New Members

Team Transition–Employment First
Jim Lundstrom
195 Poplar Place
North Aurora, IL 60542
(630) 907-2400
Community-based Organization

Rainbow International of Aurora
James King
2150 Jericho Rd.
Aurora, IL 60506
(331) 212-3700
Fire Restoration

 

Contact Us

Mail: 43 W. Galena Blvd.
Aurora, Illinois 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180
Fax: (630) 256-3189
www.aurorachamber.com

 

 

State of the Village 2014
This Wednesday, April 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Registration Deadline: Today at 5:00 p.m.Dale Berman
Oak Street Restaurant & Bar, 945 Oak St., North Aurora
$25 Aurora Chamber members
$30 General Admission
Register

Sponsored by:

Ryland Homes

 

Public Policy News
The Aurora Regional Chamber monitors pending legislation that may have an impact on our business members. If you have questions, or would like to share your thoughts on the Chamber’s legislative agenda, please contact the Chamber.

Follow up on twitter and Facebook for breaking news on public policy action as it happens.

In recent developments:

  • Minimum Wage Bill Passes Senate Executive Committee. SB 68 amends the Minimum Wage Law. It increases the Illinois minimum wage to $9.25 per hour on October 1, 2014, $10 per hour on July 1, 2015, and $10.65 per hour on July 1, 2016. The Chamber opposes SB 68 which is on third reading in the Senate. Illinois currently has the highest minimum wage in the Midwest at $8.25 an hour and the highest corporate income tax rate in the industrialized world which creates a disadvantage for businesses to create jobs and remain competitive. Business associations throughout the state oppose the legislation which has generated more than 15,000 letters in opposition from businesses in recent days. If you have not already sent a letter, click here.
  • Status of Illinois’ Flat Tax. The House Revenue & Finance Committee voted against sending HJRCA33 to the full House; sponsored by Rep. Naomi Jakobsson, seeks to amend the Illinois Constitution to eliminate the current flat tax with a graduated income tax. Recently, Americans for Prosperity Foundation Illinois unveiled a Progressive Tax Calculator that shows how the proposed progressive income tax would impact households in Illinois. Taxpayers are encouraged to use the Progressive Tax Calculator to see how much a progressive tax would potentially cost them versus the flat-tax system that currently exists.In addition, the Chamber opposes Senate Joint Resolution Constitutional Amendment 40 (Harmon), which proposes to put a constitutional amendment on the ballot that would permit a graduated rate for the state income tax on individuals and corporations. It provides that there may be one tax on the income of individuals and corporations, that this may be a tax where lower rates apply to lower income levels and higher rates apply to higher income levels. SJRCA advanced out of a subcommittee and will be heard in the full Senate Executive Committee.
  • A Millionaire’s Tax? Much coverage was provided on House Speaker Michael Madigan’s proposed HJRCA51 which proposes a three percent surcharge on any taxpayer reporting net income of more than one million dollars. As presented, it would also impact partnerships, trusts, and subchapter S employers. In order to change the Illinois Constitution, HJRCA51 must first pass each chamber of the General Assembly with a supermajority (71 votes in the House and 36 votes in the Senate). Upon passage, the question will then appear on the November ballot where it will require approval of the electorate in the State. Passed by the House Revenue & Finance Committee last week, the proposal will now go to the full House.
Board Nominations Sought
The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for members willing to be considered to serve on the Board of Directors. All eligible nominees will be considered by the nominating committee. Nominations may be found online. Forms should be returned by Wednesday, April 23, at 5:00 p.m.

A Board of Directors governs the business, property, and affairs of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. The Board is responsible for establishing policy, budgets, and the guidance of affairs. The Board is composed of up to twenty-two (22) persons who shall be members in good standing of the Chamber. Directors are elected for a term of three (3) years which are staggered so that approximately one-third of the directors are elected each year. Vacancies in the board shall be filled by a majority vote of the remaining directors.

To be considered to be a Director, nominees must be members in good standing. Members who have served as a Director in the past should have had one year pass after the expiration of their term before seeking re-election.

 

2014 State of the City Address
Mayor Thomas J. Weisner Thursday, May 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Piper’s Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Rd., Aurora
$35 Aurora Chamber members
$50 General Admission

Register

Thank you to our Event Sponsors:

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Mark Your Calendars: Programs for
Member Businesses
Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, April 8, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business Development Leads Group 2
Wednesday, April 9, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

State of the Village
Wednesday, April 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Oak Street Restaurant & Bar, 945 Oak St., North Aurora
$25 Aurora Chamber members
$30 General Admission
Sponsored by Ryland Homes
Register

Ambassador Committee
Thursday, April 10, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Chamber offices

Experience Aurora Homeownership Expo
Saturday, April 12, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
River Street Plaza, 140 S. River Street, Downtown Aurora

Ribbon Cutting
Tuesday, April 15, at 11:00 a.m.
TGM Springbrook, 4104 Ogden Ave., Aurora

Ribbon Cutting
Wednesday, April 16, at 12:00 p.m.
Mind and Body Chiropractic, 3535 E. New York St., Aurora

Ribbon Cutting
Thursday, April 17, at 12:00 p.m.
Maurices, 1720 Orchard Gateway Blvd., North Aurora

Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, April 22, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business Development Leads Group 2
Wednesday, April 23, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, April 24, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Cafe, 55 S. Commons Drive, Aurora
$12 Aurora Chamber members
$15 General Admission
Co-sponsored by Window World
Register

Not-For-Profit Alliance:
Legal Issues & Managing Volunteers

Friday, April 25, from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m.
Chamber Offices
Sponsored by SmithAmundsen LLC
Register

State of the City
Thursday, May 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Piper’s Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Rd., Aurora
$35 Aurora Chamber members
$50 General Admission
Register

Premier Members
Premier Members
Member News
 

In conjunction with the Dunham Fund, Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley recently announced that it has partnered with OnLight Aurora to help address local community needs through its “Doing Our Part” initiative. The Dunham Fund has agreed to provide a $1 for $1 match, up to $250,000 for all funds raised by the Community Foundation. All monies raised will be placed in a fund at the Community Foundation and used to assist local organizations in accessing the fiber optic capabilities at a significantly reduced rate.In 2013, OnLight Aurora provided connectivity to educational institutions, non-profit organizations and an array of businesses, including West Aurora School District 129, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, Aurora University, Alarm Detection Systems and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.

The Dunham Fund has also pledged a $250,000 challenge grant to the Aurora Civic Center Authority to benefit the Paramount Theatre 2014 Broadway Series and RiverEdge Park productions.

Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley is pleased to announce that Austin Dempsey has been recently selected as the newest member of the Foundation’s Board of Directors. The selection was confirmed at the Foundation’s Annual Meeting last month.

Engineering Enterprises, Inc. recently attended WATERCON2014-Illinois’s largest water and wastewater conference. They presented on “Renovation Realities of a Lime Softening Treatment Plant” and “Non-Revenue Water Reduction: From Audit to Action,” and Jeff Freeman, EEI’s Vice President, accepted the inaugural Robert T. Sasman Volunteer Appreciation Award. It was a great way to celebrate 40 years of excellence in the civil engineering and land surveying field.

Congratulations to The Label Printers for winning the Tag and Label Manufacturers Institute Inc.’s prestigious Eugene Singer Award for Management Excellence – Medium Category – for the fifth time in a row, in their fifth year of eligibility.

This April and May, head to Hotel Arista Spa and Salon and save up to $35 on special spa packages, including facials, massages, and body treatments. To book an appointment or get more information, call (630) 579-3650.

Join the YWCA this week, April 6-12, in promoting high-quality early learning opportunities for all young children by reading Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert to a child. Fill out a reading log and email it or mail it back to the YWCA’s office and help them reach their Record Reading Goal!

The Community Career Center is currently presenting Accenture Skills to Succeed. Upcoming workshops include “Interviewing Skills” on Tuesday, April 8; “Networking Skills” on Thursday, April 10; “Managing Your Finances” on Tuesday, April 15; and “Age and Interviewing” on Thursday, April 17. All programs are from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. and are free for center members, $15 for non-members. RSVP at www.communitycareercenter.org.

Explore Aurora University‘s Graduate Programs Open House on Thursday, April 10, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Meet with graduate faculty to discuss program options. Admission representatives and financial aid counselors also will be available to answer your questions. To register, go to www.aurora.edu/gradopenhouse.

The public is invited to attend the Aurora Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Annual Meeting at J&K Halfmoon Tavern in Hinckley on Thursday, April 10, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. There will be food, refreshments, revelry, games, prizes, and more! Admission is $30. Please contact (630) 256-3192 or Ellen@enjoyaurora.com for more information or to register.

Come Friday, April 11, to Waubonsee Community College‘s Spring Job and Internship Fair from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Academic and Professional Center. Attend workshops and make connections at this free event-no pre-registration required. For more information, visit www.waubonsee.edu/jobfairs.

The City of Aurora, Centrue Bank, BMO Harris Bank, Realtor Association of the Fox Valley, and numerous businesses and organizations will host “Experience Aurora Homeownership Expo” Saturday, April 12, from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at River Street Plaza in Downtown Aurora. Tours, assistance programs, open houses, food and fun are on the agenda for the program.

The Aurora Youth Summit, for students 13-20, was created for the purpose of increasing the number of adolescents involved in their community and future. It will be held at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) on Saturday, April 12, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. A number of resources will be available to students who attend the Summit including scholarship information, leadership skills, job opportunities, information on FAFSA, as well as inspirational speakers. Applications may be obtained by contacting barbara.hernandez18@gmail.com.

The Growing Place invites you to their “From Garden to Table: Cooking Sampler” workshop at their Aurora location on Saturday, April 12, from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. Sample recipes inspired by spring’s first fruits and flavors. The focus will be strawberries, early salads and creative uses for early herbs. Look for more free cooking samplers throughout the season.

St. Andrews Country Club is hosting a special fundraiser and presentation to benefit the Open Door Clinic on Saturday, April 12, from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. Five-time Olympic medalist Greg Louganis will be on hand to talk about his life as a positive gay male, Olympian and person with HIV/AIDS. Tickets are $50 per person with limited seating available. Contact Lynne Kennedy at lynnek@opendoorclinic.org for more information.

Boys and girls, ages 6 to 15, are invited to come out to the Vaughan Athletic Center on Sunday, April 13, from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. for the NFL Pass, Punt, and Kick Competition, sponsored by the Fox Valley Park District, West Aurora School District #129, and East Aurora School District #131. The top boy and girl finishers in each group will move on to sectionals. For more information, contact Anna Kish at (630) 897-0516 or akish@fvpd.net.

Combine a love of food with a love of history at Naper Settlement with “Food Revolution: How the Civil War Changed Food in America” presented by Dr. Bruce Kraig, the founding President of Culinary Historians of Chicago on Sunday, April 13, from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. Tickets are $6 in advance and $7 at the door. Student discounts available. Call (630) 420-6010 for more information or to register.

Refresh your soul at Presence Fox Knoll‘s Lenten Reflection and Mass on Wednesday, April 16, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Enjoy a light lunch after Mass. RSVP by April 11. Call (877) 737-4636 to register for this free event.

The Fox Valley Park District‘s Blackberry Farm is holding a Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt on Thursday, April 17, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. for middle school students. There will be a DJ, dinner, hay rides, prizes, and giveaways. Admission is $15 for residents and $20 for non-residents. Please register at (630) 892-1550 before April 11.

SPARK and the Fox Valley Park District will host this year’s Week of the Young Child event on April 12, 2014, at Prisco Community Center, 150 W Illinois Ave. from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Children, parents, grandparents, caregivers, teachers, and community members are invited to celebrate the Week of the Young Child.  This free event will feature entertainment and activities for children and resources for their parents and caregivers. 

Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce | 43 W. Galena Blvd. Aurora, Illinois 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180 Fax: (630) 256-3189 | www.aurorachamber.com
This email was sent by Email Patron on behalf of Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce.

 

Public Policy, Programs, Member News from Aurora Chamber

March 24th, 2014
Here is this week’s newsletter to members of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. If you have Member News to include,
please send  it to us by Wednesday the week prior to publication. For more information, contact the Chamber at (630) 256-3180.
Header
March 24, 2014
In This Issue

 

Quick Links

Follow Us!
Facebook Twitter Blog

Elite Members

For more information contact the chamber.

Accurate Personnel
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Bad Monkey Circus
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Basil’s Greek Dining
BMO Harris
Cadence Fitness & Health Center
Cadence Health Convenient Care & Medical Offices
Caterpillar, Inc.
Central DuPage Hospital
Chicago Premium Outlets
ComEd
Continental Acura of Naperville
Continental Audi of Naperville
Continental Mazda of Naperville
Delnor Glen Senior Living
Delnor Hospital
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Fox Valley Country Club
Global Data Sciences
Ice Miller LLP
Junior Achievement of Chicago – Western Division
Konen Insurance Agency
Liberty Mutual – Dawn Tully
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
McKesson
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Old Second National Bank
Organo Gold
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pipefitters Local 597
Piper’s Banquets
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush-Copley Medical Center
S&S Metal Recycling
Safeguard Construction Co.
Sequoia General Contracting Corp.
Sign*A*Rama – Aurora
SmithAmundsen, LLC
State Farm Insurance Companies
St. Charles Bank & Trust
Stumm Insurance, LLC
TCE Company
The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield
The Voice
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
WERV FM Radio (Next Media)
WSPY
Zippy Shell Fox Valley

Welcome New Members

RampNow
John Sargent
2225 Tanglewood
Aurora, IL 60506
(630) 892-7267
Lifts/Handicap Remodeling

Maurices
Kayla Archer
1730 Orchard Gateway Blvd.
North Aurora Town Center
North Aurora, IL 60542
(630) 907-0492
Retails/Clothes

State Farm Insurance
Omar Delgado
569 W. Galena Blvd., Ste. 101
Aurora, IL 60506
(630) 897-9900
Insurance

 

Contact Us

Mail: 43 W. Galena Blvd.
Aurora, Illinois 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180
Fax: (630) 256-3189
www.aurorachamber.com

 

 

Local Primary Election Results
Below are the unofficial results of last Tuesday’s General Primary election. The General Election will be held Tuesday, Nov. 4. In addition to County contests, the following races will be held.

Election Results
Aurora Reports All-Time Low for Major Crime
Reported major crime in Illinois’ second largest city reached an all-time low in 2013, according to final crime statistics released today by the Aurora Police.

Spurred by a property crime reduction of almost 17% including a burglary reduction of just under 39%, the lowest number ever recorded in the City – Aurora’s crime rate per 100,000 population plummeted 13.47% compared to 2012 and 38.77 % in the past 10 years.

For full report, visit the Chamber blog.

Public Policy News
The Aurora Regional Chamber monitors pending legislation that may have an impact on our business members. If you have questions, or would like to share your thoughts on the Chamber’s legislative agenda, please contact the Chamber. In recent news:

  • New Tax on Illinois Employers Proposed: Last Thursday, Democrat House Speaker Michael Madigan proposed HJRCA 51, a 3 percent income tax hike on individuals making more than $1 million. This proposal is estimated to raise a little more than $1 billion in new revenue. The proposal estimates that each Illinois school district would expect to see funding increased by $550 per student. The Illinois Chamber opposes the proposal as it will kill jobs, act as a disincentive for job creation, and may lead to more employers subject to the new tax leaving the state. The vast majority of small businesses are organized in ways where the tax code treats the income of the business as the income of the owners. Thus, small business income is taxed at the individual rate. This proposal dramatically increases individual tax rates on small business owners and decreases the amount of resources available to reinvest in the business and create jobs. It also acts as a disincentive to work hard, grow a business and become successful. To read the full post, visit the Illinois Chamber.
  • Minimum Wage Bill Passes Senate Executive Committee: Late Thursday, Senate Executive Committee passed SB 68 as amended, legislation sponsored by Democrat Senator Kimberly Lightford to raise the minimum wage to $10.65 per hour. Chambers throughout the state oppose the legislation which has generated more than 15,000 letters in opposition from our members in the last two days. If you have not already sent a letter, click here.As of Friday, Senator Lightford believes she is a few votes short of passage by the full Senate, however, Democrat Senate President Cullerton claims to be working on the roll call. It was also reported during Speaker Madigan’s press conference yesterday on HJRCA 51 that he is working the roll call in the House as well. Governor Pat Quinn has made raising the minimum wage to over $10 per hour a priority in his re-election campaign.

    Illinois currently has the highest minimum wage in the Midwest at $8.25 an hour and the highest corporate income tax rate in the industrialize world. If Illinois were to pass a $10.65 minimum wage, that amount would almost double the rate since only 2003. This is far too drastic.

  • Curious How the Progressive Income Tax Proposed Affects You? Recently, Americans for Prosperity Foundation Illinois unveiled a Progressive Tax Calculator that shows how the proposed progressive income tax would impact households in Illinois. Taxpayers are encouraged to use the Progressive Tax Calculator to see how much a progressive tax would potentially cost them versus the flat-tax system that currently exists.
2014 State of the City Address
Mayor Thomas J. Weisner Registration Now Open!
Thursday, May 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Piper’s Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Rd., Aurora
$35 Aurora Chamber members
$50 General Admission

Register

Thank you to our Event Sponsors:

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Mark Your Calendars: Programs for
Member Businesses
Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, March 25, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business Development Leads Group 2
Wednesday, March 26, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, March 27, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Cafe, 55 S. Commons Drive, Aurora
$12 Aurora Chamber members
$15 General Admission
Co-sponsored by Randall Highland Rental Townhomes
Register

Diversity Network
Tuesday, April 1, at 8:30 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, April 8, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business Development Leads Group 2
Wednesday, April 9, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

of the Village
Wednesday, April 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Oak Street Restaurant & Bar, 945 Oak St., North Aurora
$25 Aurora Chamber members
$30 General Admission
Register

Ambassador Committee
Thursday, April 10, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Chamber offices

State of the City
Thursday, May 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Piper’s Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Rd., Aurora
$35 Aurora Chamber members
$50 General Admission
Register

Premier Members
Premier Members
Thank You Johnson & Bell
Thank you to Johnson & Bell, Ltd. for sponsoring the March Coffee & Connections event. It was another great turn out of new members, Ambassadors, and Board members alike.

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Johnson & Bell
We Want You! Ambassador Committee Openings!
Ambassador Committee
Calling for outgoing, personable, and dedicated Chamber Members to join the Ambassadors Committee! The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors is a great group of active members that do great work for the Chamber and for the Community!

Ambassadors volunteer their time to provide a crucial link between the Chamber and its members. They ensure that all members receive the maximum benefit from their investment. They enjoy the rewards of making new contacts, strengthening relationships and accessing a wealth of information and resources. Their primary responsibilities are to help in the retention of members, the recruitment of new members and to assist at events.

Now it the time to join! Contact Jane E. Abe, IOM, ACE, Director of Membership for an application.

Sponsorships Available
ARCC/Fox Valley Networking Professionals sponsorships are available for June, July and August, 2014 (first come, first serve). Being a sponsor is a perfect way to get your business name and commercial out and in front of 35 – 50 business professionals. Your business logo is prominent on all invitations, the website, calendar of events and social media. You will also have a showcase table and a 3 minute commercial time. Contact Jane E. Abe, IOM, ACE, Director of Membership, for cost and marketing opportunities.
Chamber Announces Online Training
The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce announces the formation of a partnership with Coggno, the premier Learning Management System (LMS) and online training marketplace, to facilitate the purchase of popular online training courses from the company’s vast online library. Members can access Coggno online training courses directly through the Chamber’s website, and purchase as few or as many courses needed. Online training offers companies a cost-effective alternative to sending employees to expensive off-site conferences, giving them the opportunity to learn at their own pace on a wide variety of electronic devices, including tablets and smart phones.

To check out the inventory of more than 160 training modules, visit http://www.aurorachamber.com/ members_education.asp

2014 Community Map: Outstanding Advertising Opportunity!
Community Map

The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that sales for its upcoming community map are now underway. The 5,000 maps are on target to print this summer, and will be distributed in and around the Chamber service area. Contact Barry Kenis at (630) 479-1526 or bkenis@villageprofilemail.com for details. Book your ad today!
Member News
Elgin Community College achieved LEED® Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for the design of its new Health and Life Sciences Building (Building A), done by Kluber Architects + Engineers with partner Kahler Slater and construction management by Lamp, Inc. The LEED rating system is the foremost program for the design, construction and operation of green buildings.

The Community Career Center invites you to attend their “Develop The Right Habits For Success In Life” seminar on Tuesday, March 25, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. or their “Relaunch You: Liftoff After Layoff” seminar on Thursday, March 27, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Admission is free for members and $15 for non-members for each event. Interested in becoming a member? Come March 25, 29 or April 3, 5 at 9:30 a.m. to learn what services and resources are available to you. Tour the Center and optimize your search efforts today.

Make the most out of Spring Break and take the kids to either of The Growing Place‘s locations for a “Make and Take: Dinosaur Miniature Garden” workshop on Tuesday, March 26, at 10:00 a.m. Build an exotic dish garden out of a selection of succulents, vessels, dinosaurs, rocks, and other accents. Cost of materials. Registration is recommended. Don’t forget to return opening weekend, March 29 & 30, for informative talks, tool sharpening services, sales and specials.

The annual 2nd 2 None 5K Run & Walk, benefiting the Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry and Communities In Schools of Aurora, will be held Sunday, April 27, at the new RiverEdge Park in downtown Aurora. The race begins at 8:00 a.m. Pre-register now before the price goes up on April 1. For more information, visit www.2nd2none5k.com. Join the race that feeds children at risk of hunger.

Enjoy the (hopefully) warmer weather with Naper Settlement‘s Wednesday Walking Club, every Wednesday at 8:00 a.m., starting April 2 and continuing until October 29. Walk to earn incentives like tickets to Naper Settlement programs and events. This drop-in program is free, but registration is required.

Explore Aurora University‘s transfer and adult degree completion programs at their Transfer and Adult Spring Event on Thursday, April 3, from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. Learn more about easy transfer of credit, courses that build upon previous studies and one-on-one academic advising. Register at www.aurora.edu/transferopenhouse. For those who want to learn more about freshman admission, come to the Spring Freshman Open House on Saturday, April 5, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. An academic fair, tours and a luncheon will follow the presentations and panel discussion. Register at www.aurora.edu/freshmanopenhouse.

The YWCA of Aurora‘s Ready for Anything: Women’s Empowerment Workshops continue with “A Feminine Approach to Money Management,” presented by financial freedom coach Karie Hill, on Thursday, April 3 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the Aurora Police Department Community Room. For more professional development workshops and to register, visit www.ywcaaurora.org/readyforanything. The YWCA is also hosting Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment Events on Saturday, March 29, and Saturday, April 19, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the YWCA Patterson & McDaniel Family Center. Whether you use the YWCA’s services or not, make sure to enroll by March 31 in order to avoid IRS penalties of $95 per person.

The Aurora Youth Summit was created for the purpose of increasing the number of adolescents involved in their community and future. This event is for students between 13 and 20. The event will take place at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) on Saturday, April 12, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. A number of resources will be available to students who attend the Summit including scholarship information, leadership skills, job opportunities, information on FAFSA, as well as inspirational speakers. Applications may be obtained by contacting barbara.hernandez18@gmail.com.

Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce | 43 W. Galena Blvd. Aurora, Illinois 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180 Fax: (630) 256-3189 | www.aurorachamber.com
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Reported Major Crime Reaches All-Time Low in Aurora

March 23rd, 2014

Reported major crime in Illinois’ second largest city reached an all-time low in 2013, according to final crime statistics released today by the Aurora Police.

Spurred by a property crime reduction of almost 17% including a burglary reduction of just under 39%, the lowest number ever recorded in the City – Aurora’s crime rate per 100,000 population plummeted 13.47% over 2012 and 38.77 % in the past 10 years.

“The safety of a community influences everything else: quality of life, housing, economic development, and tourism”, said Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner. “I applaud the men and women of the Aurora Police and the entire community for working together to assure a bright future for everyone who calls Aurora home.”

“Because of the hard work of all of our officers and support personnel, our partnerships with other law enforcement agencies at all levels, spearheading efforts to stay on top of technology and implementing new city ordinances; less people than ever have been victimized by crime in Aurora”, said Chief of Police Greg Thomas. “We will continue these and other initiatives in the future as the Aurora Police continue to do their part to keeping everyone safe.”

Major crimes, known more commonly as “Part One Index Crimes”, include the violent crime categories of murder, criminal sexual assault, robbery, and aggravated assault/battery; and the property crime categories of burglary, theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson. Major decreases were recorded across all property crime categories (Burglaries -38.98%; Theft -8.26%; Motor Vehicle Theft -11.90%; Arson -31.03%) as well as the violent crimes of criminal sexual assault (-15.38%) and robbery (-5.60%).

Aurora’s total crime rate per 100,000 population in 2013 was 1799.1 compared to 2079.2 in 2012. Total major crimes reported in the City were 3597 last year compared to 4157 the previous year. “560 less people were crime victims last year”, said Chief Thomas. “While we are pleased with these results, we are committed to constantly improving them.”

Long-term crime trends as measured by the City’s crime rate per 100,000 population continued to tumble in all of the major crime categories.  Violent crime is down 26.74% over 5 years, 40.01% over 10 years, and 64.41% over 20 years.  Over the same periods, property crime is down 36.05%, 52.92%, and 72.57%.  Overall crime is down in Aurora by 34.66% since 2008; 51.17% since 2003; and 71.48% since 1993.

The crime statistics are known as Uniform Crime Report numbers (UCRs) and are submitted to the FBI, Illinois State Police, and other agencies for official crime reporting purposes.

Other statistics released by Aurora Police today included:

 

  • 10,654 total arrests in 2013 compared to 11,334 in 2012. The drop in arrests is attributable to many factors, said Chief Thomas, including the drop in crime equating to less arrests and new initiatives such as the Crisis Intervention Team. The C.I.T. is a group of specially-trained officers who deal with calls for service involving psychologically-challenged subjects. Their goal is to find proper treatment for these individuals rather than arresting them.
  • 1299 drug-related arrests, eight fewer than in 2012. While the overwhelming majority of the arrests were cannabis-related, 39 of the offenses involved heroin— a 22% increase over 2012 and an 86% increase compared to five years ago.
  • Domestic Violence-related assaults and batteries continued a downward trend last year. They were down 5% when comparing 2013 to 2012 and are down 23.7% since 2007. Aurora Police have three full-time detectives dedicated to the investigation of domestic violence crimes.
  • Aggravated assaults and batteries increased 13.94% last year, and will be one area that will be targeted by Aurora Police this year.
  • The 601 total violent crimes committed in 2013 were 38 more than in 2012, an increase of 6.75%.
  • After a murder free year in 2012, three murders were reported in 2013. Two of the three murders were attributed to domestic violence and the other appears to be narcotics-related.
  • Firearm discharges were up to 74 last year compared to 59 in 2012. Seventy-six percent of the shootings did not result in injuries and one of the three murders last year involved a firearm. Aurora Police have set a goal to reduce shootings by 10% this year.
  • Traffic Crashes increased 15.1% in 2013 to 5487. Much of the increase was due to the early onset of winter weather. Traffic enforcement numbers were also up with increases in the number of stops, citations, and warning tickets issued by officers. The number of crashes had decreased 18% when comparing the five-year trends of 2009 to 2013 vs. 2004 to 2008.
  • Calls for service increased to 155,876 last year compared to 155,526 in 2012.

Many Programs for Your Business Success

March 17th, 2014
Here is this week’s newsletter to members of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. If you have Member News to include,
please send  it to us by Wednesday the week prior to publication. For more information, contact the Chamber at (630) 256-3180.
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Accurate Personnel
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Bad Monkey Circus
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Basil’s Greek Dining
BMO Harris
Cadence Fitness & Health Center
Cadence Health Convenient Care & Medical Offices
Caterpillar, Inc.
Central DuPage Hospital
Chicago Premium Outlets
ComEd
Continental Acura of Naperville
Continental Audi of Naperville
Continental Mazda of Naperville
Delnor Glen Senior Living
Delnor Hospital
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Fox Valley Country Club
Global Data Sciences
Ice Miller LLP
Junior Achievement of Chicago – Western Division
Konen Insurance Agency
Liberty Mutual – Dawn Tully
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
McKesson
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Old Second National Bank
Organo Gold
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pipefitters Local 597
Piper’s Banquets
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush-Copley Medical Center
S&S Metal Recycling
Safeguard Construction Co.
Sequoia General Contracting Corp.
Sign*A*Rama – Aurora
SmithAmundsen, LLC
State Farm Insurance Companies
St. Charles Bank & Trust
Stumm Insurance, LLC
TCE Company
The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield
The Voice
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
WERV FM Radio (Next Media)
WSPY
Zippy Shell Fox Valley

Contact Us

Mail: 43 W. Galena Blvd.
Aurora, Illinois 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180
Fax: (630) 256-3189
www.aurorachamber.com

 

 

Tomorrow: Vote!
Vote Tomorrow
Tomorrow, voters will narrow the field of political candidates in preparation for November’s general election, which includes the much-anticipated Illinois gubernatorial election. Voters will vote to nominate U.S. Senator, governor, all Illinois constitutional officers, U.S. congressmen, a third of Illinois senators and all Illinois house members, as well as county offices, and more.

Do you know where your polling place is? Enter your name and ZIP code at the State’s Registration Lookup website to see if you are registered to vote. If you’re registered, it will also give you your polling place location.

Legal Update: What’s New for 2014
Last Chance to Register
Thursday, March 20, 8:00 a.m.
Stonebridge Country Club, 2705 Stonebridge Blvd, Aurora
Sponsored by SmithAmundsen, LLC
$59 General Admission / $39 Aurora Chamber members
Premier Members save 25% and Elite Members save 10%

2013 saw a number of legislative acts that impact business. Whether you are the CEO, HR Director, or department manager, this seminar is a must to make sure you are prepared for the changes in how your business operates. Is your company ready? Have you reviewed and/or updated your human resources and organization policies to reflect these changes? Join us for a Legal Review seminar on Thursday, March 20, at 8:00 a.m. for an update on the many changes, including:

  • Concealed Carry
  • Medical Marijuana
  • Hands-free Mobile Phones
  • Whistleblower Procedures
  • Employee Contracts and more.

Register

Public Policy News
The Aurora Regional Chamber monitors pending legislation that may have an impact on our business members. If you have questions, or would like to share your thoughts on the Chamber’s legislative agenda, please contact the Chamber. In recent news:

  • President Obama Signs Executive Order to Revise Overtime Pay: Last Thursday, President Barack Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum directing his Secretary of Labor to update the regulations to expand the number of employees eligible for overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The president was expected to take more specific action based on statements made by White House personnel earlier this week, but he left virtually all of the details to the United States Department of Labor. As details become available, the Aurora Chamber will schedule a program to bring the information to you.
  • Illinois House Schedules Hearing on Progressive Income Tax: State Representative Naomi Jakobsson’s legislation to amend the Illinois Constitution to a progressive income tax system in Illinois, HJRCA 33, is scheduled for a hearing in House Revenue & Finance Committee this Friday. The Aurora Chamber has joined the Illinois Chamber and others in an online grassroots campaign to advocate against a progressive income tax. You can visit the Illinois Chamber’s new website combating this jobs-killing policy and contact your legislator to urge them to vote “No.”Last week, Americans for Prosperity Foundation Illinois unveiled a Progressive Tax Calculator that shows how the proposed progressive income tax would impact households in Illinois. Taxpayers are encouraged to use the Progressive Tax Calculator to see how much a progressive tax would potentially cost them versus the flat-tax system that currently exists.
  • Illinois House Expected to Hold Subject-Matter Hearing on Minimum Wage This Week: The House Labor & Commerce Committee is expected to continue its subject matter hearing on legislation to raise the minimum wage to over $10 per hour. Also, sometime after tomorrow’s Primary, the Senate Executive Committee is expected to take up Senator Lightford’s Amendment #4 to SB 68 to raise the minimum wage to $10.65 per hour.Illinois currently has the highest minimum wage in the Midwest at $8.25 an hour and the highest corporate income tax rate in the industrialized world. If Illinois were to pass a $10 minimum wage, that amount would almost double the rate since only 2003.

    Increases in the minimum wage fall disproportionately on small businesses who are the least able to absorb such a dramatic increase in their labor costs. It also affects employer costs by increasing unemployment insurance rates and Social Security taxes. This can worsen an already adverse business environment in which employers bear costs that are already stifling their ability to grow and create jobs. Indexing the minimum wage, as previously proposed, would ensure that it would rise every year, further adding to the burden placed on Illinois employers.

2014 State of the City Address
Mayor Thomas J. Weisner Registration Now Open!
Thursday, May 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Piper’s Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Rd., Aurora
$35 Aurora Chamber members
$50 General Admission

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Thank you to our Event Sponsors:

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Mark Your Calendars: Programs for
Member Businesses
Coffee & Connections Networking Event
Tuesday, March 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Painters District Council #30, 1905 Sequoia Dr., Aurora
Co-sponsored by Johnson & Bell
Register

Aurora First
Wednesday, March 19, at 11:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Legal Update: What’s New for 2014
Thursday, March 20, at 8:00 a.m.
Stonebridge Country Club, 2705 Stonebridge Blvd, Aurora
$39 Aurora Chamber members
Premier Members save 25% and Elite Members save 10%

$59 General Admission
Register

Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, March 25, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business Development Leads Group 2
Wednesday, March 26, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, March 27, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Cafe, 55 S. Commons Drive, Aurora
$12 Aurora Chamber members
$15 General Admission
Co-sponsored by Randall Highland Rental Townhomes
Register

State of the Village
Wednesday, April 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Oak Street Restaurant & Bar, 945 Oak St., North Aurora
$25 Aurora Chamber members
$30 General Admission
Register

State of the City
Thursday, May 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Piper’s Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Rd., Aurora
$35 Aurora Chamber members
$50 General Admission
Register

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STEM Partnership School Makes Announcements
The John C. Dunham STEM Partnership School at Aurora University is several steps closer to reality, with all three partner school district boards formally approving the agreement for the initiative.

The John C. Dunham STEM Partnership School on the Aurora University campus will serve students in third through eighth grades in the West Aurora, East Aurora, and Indian Prairie school districts. It will be staffed through a unique professional development strategy that will engage teachers from the partner districts as faculty while they complete AU graduate coursework in STEM fields and become leaders in mathematics and science education.

Additionally, Allison Sherman, MA, has been named the director of the John C. Dunham STEM Partnership School. In this role, Sherman will collaboratively lead students, teachers, faculty and partners to create a sustainable learning environment. Sherman began her duties on March 3.

Sherman will oversee the school’s curriculum as well as its faculty and student population. The school will be staffed by teachers who will be drawn from the partner districts and earn content-based STEM master’s degrees during their residency in the school. They then will return to their home districts ready to serve as teacher leaders and a new cohort of professionals will take their places.

Construction of the 30,000 square foot facility began last autumn. The school will open in fall 2014. More information about the John C. Dunham STEM Partnership School at Aurora University is available at stem.aurora.edu.

We Want You! Ambassador Committee Openings!
Ambassador Committee
Calling for outgoing, personable, and dedicated Chamber Members to join the Ambassadors Committee! The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors is a great group of active members that do great work for the Chamber and for the Community!

Ambassadors volunteer their time to provide a crucial link between the Chamber and its members. They ensure that all members receive the maximum benefit from their investment. They enjoy the rewards of making new contacts, strengthening relationships and accessing a wealth of information and resources. Their primary responsibilities are to help in the retention of members, the recruitment of new members and to assist at events.

Now it the time to join! Contact Jane E. Abe, IOM, ACE, Director of Membership for an application.

Chamber Announces Online Training
The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce announces the formation of a partnership with Coggno, the premier Learning Management System (LMS) and online training marketplace, to facilitate the purchase of popular online training courses from the company’s vast online library. Members can access Coggno online training courses directly through the Chamber’s website, and purchase as few or as many courses needed. Online training offers companies a cost-effective alternative to sending employees to expensive off-site conferences, giving them the opportunity to learn at their own pace on a wide variety of electronic devices, including tablets and smart phones.

To check out the inventory of more than 160 training modules, visit http://www.aurorachamber.com/ members_education.asp

2014 Community Map: Outstanding Advertising Opportunity!
Community Map

The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that sales for its upcoming community map are now underway. The 5,000 maps are on target to print this summer, and will be distributed in and around the Chamber service area. Contact Barry Kenis at (630) 479-1526 or bkenis@villageprofilemail.com for details. Book your ad today!
Unemployment Numbers for Region
January 2014 unemployment numbers were released last week allowing for comparison against similar communities.

Unemployment Numbers for Region

Source: Illinois Department of Employment Security, http://www.ides.illinois.gov/
Member News
Fox Valley United Way would like to thank everyone who participated in their Souper Bowl of Caring on March 1. They were able to collect more than 2,273 pounds of non-perishable items to help replenish the shelves at the Aurora Area Interfaith and Kendal County food pantries. With $4,129 in cash donations, these pantries were able to purchase $34,232 worth of bulk groceries for local households.

Forbes Travel Guide’s official 2014 Forbes Travel Guide Star Rating list has named Hotel Arista as a new Four-Star Hotel. The hotel will be showcased with all of the 2014 Star Rating recipients on www.forbestravelguide.com.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by saving a life. Donate blood at Heartland Blood Centers‘ Aurora facility on Monday, March 17, between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. and receive a premium Heartland outerwear item and a chance to win a $30 Ballydoyle Irish Pub gift card. To schedule an appointment, please call 1-800-786-4483.

The Community Career Center invites you to attend one of their upcoming seminars: “Declare Your Independence by Starting Your Own Business: Is Entrepreneurship Right for You?” on Thursday, March 20, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., “Develop The Right Habits For Success In Life” on Tuesday, March 25, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., or “Relaunch You: Liftoff After Layoff” on Thursday, March 27, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Admission is free for members and $15 for non-members for each event. Interested in becoming a member? Come March 18, 20, 22, 25, or 29 at 9:30 a.m. to learn what services and resources are available to you. Tour the Center and optimize your search efforts today.

The Growing Place is holding a series of workshops at their Aurora location on Saturday, March 22. Led by author and garden designer Karen Chapman, learn about “Container Gardening: Indoors and Out” with “Luscious Leaves” at 10:00 a.m., “Get Inspired!” at 11:00 a.m., “Ask the Experts: Designing with Containers” at 12:00 p.m. and “Make and Take: Magical Miniature Containers” at 1:00 p.m. Cost of materials. Registration is required.

Join State Representative Stephanie Kifowit and experts from Pace on Thursday, March 20, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. and learn more about available transportation services in the area. Discussion topics will include paratransit education, Dial-A-Ride options, and information on Pace’s big bus service, including services for seniors. For more information, or to RSVP, please contact Stephanie’s constituent service office at (630) 585-1308.

Pre-registration for Fox Valley Park District‘s seventh annual 5K Spring Gallop at Blackberry Farm will continue until noon on Friday, March 21. The race is set for 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 29, and features eight age divisions for both men and women racers ages 10 and up. Entry fee is $29 per runner. For more information, call (630) 892-1550.

The annual 2nd 2 None 5K Run & Walk, benefitting the Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry and Communities In Schools of Aurora, will be held Sunday, April 27, at the new RiverEdge Park in downtown Aurora. The race begins at 8:00 a.m. Pre-register now before the price goes up on April 1. For more information, visit www.2nd2none5k.com. Join the race that feeds children at risk of hunger.

Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce | 43 W. Galena Blvd. Aurora, Illinois 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180 Fax: (630) 256-3189 | www.aurorachamber.com
This email was sent by Email Patron on behalf of Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce.

 

Here’s This Week’s Aurora Chamber Newsletter

March 10th, 2014
Here is this week’s newsletter to members of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. If you have Member News to include,
please send  it to us by Wednesday the week prior to publication. For more information, contact the Chamber at (630) 256-3180.
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March 10, 2014
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Accurate Personnel
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Bad Monkey Circus
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Basil’s Greek Dining
BMO Harris
Cadence Fitness & Health Center
Cadence Health Convenient Care & Medical Offices
Caterpillar, Inc.
Central DuPage Hospital
Chicago Premium Outlets
ComEd
Continental Acura of Naperville
Continental Audi of Naperville
Continental Mazda of Naperville
Delnor Glen Senior Living
Delnor Hospital
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Fox Valley Country Club
Global Data Sciences
Ice Miller LLP
Junior Achievement of Chicago – Western Division
Konen Insurance Agency
Liberty Mutual – Dawn Tully
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
McKesson
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Old Second National Bank
Organo Gold
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pipefitters Local 597
Piper’s Banquets
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush-Copley Medical Center
S&S Metal Recycling
Safeguard Construction Co.
Sequoia General Contracting Corp.
Sign*A*Rama – Aurora
SmithAmundsen, LLC
State Farm Insurance Companies
St. Charles Bank & Trust
Stumm Insurance, LLC
TCE Company
The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield
The Voice
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
WERV FM Radio (Next Media)
WSPY
Zippy Shell Fox Valley

Welcome New Members

Securities Quote Xchange, LLC
James Blinn
452 N. Eola Rd., Ste. 102
Aurora 60502
(630) 870-1101
Financial Product Services

 

Contact Us

Mail: 43 W. Galena Blvd.
Aurora, Illinois 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180
Fax: (630) 256-3189
www.aurorachamber.com

 

 

Legal Update: What’s New for 2014
Are Your Company’s Policies Ready for 2014:
There’s Still Time

Thursday, March 20, 8:00 a.m.
Stonebridge Country Club, 2705 Stonebridge Blvd, Aurora
Sponsored by SmithAmundsen, LLC
$59 General Admission / $39 Aurora Chamber members
Premier Members save 25% and Elite Members save 10%

2013 saw a number of legislative acts that impact business. Whether you are the CEO, HR Director, or department manager, this seminar is a must to make sure you are prepared for the changes in how your business operates. Is your company ready? Have you reviewed and/or updated your human resources and organization policies to reflect these changes? Join us for a Legal Review seminar on Thursday, March 20, at 8:00 a.m. for an update on the many changes, including:

  • Concealed Carry
  • Medical Marijuana
  • Hands-free Mobile Phones
  • Whistleblower Procedures
  • Employee Contracts and more.

Julie Proscia, partner with SmithAmundsen, LLC, will provide guidance and information for companies of all sizes. Attendees will receive policy templates for many of these new requirements. A breakfast will be served at 8:00 a.m. followed by the program at 8:30 a.m.

Register

2014 State of the City Address
Mayor Thomas J. Weisner Registration Now Open!
Thursday, May 1,
from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Piper’s Banquets,
1295 Butterfield Rd., Aurora
$35 Aurora Chamber members
$50 General Admission

Register

Thank you to our Event Sponsors:

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Premier Members
Premier Members
We Want You!
Ambassador Committee Openings!
Calling for outgoing, personable, and dedicated Chamber Members to join the Ambassadors Committee! The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors is a great group of active members that do great work for the Chamber and for the Community!

Ambassadors volunteer their time to provide a crucial link between the Chamber and its members. They ensure that all members receive the maximum benefit from their investment. They enjoy the rewards of making new contacts, strengthening relationships and accessing a wealth of information and resources. Their primary responsibilities are to help in the retention of members, the recruitment of new members and to assist at events.

Now it the time to join! Contact Jane E. Abe, IOM, ACE, Director of Membership for an application.

Ambassador Committee
Chamber Announces Online Training
The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce announces the formation of a partnership with Coggno, the premier Learning Management System (LMS) and online training marketplace, to facilitate the purchase of popular online training courses from the company’s vast online library. Members can access Coggno online training courses directly through the Chamber’s website, and purchase as few or as many courses needed.

Coggno specializes in providing a “one-stop shop” for individuals and organizations looking to purchase online training courses needed for certification, or to advance employee knowledge in topics such as workplace diversity, ethics, sexual harassment prevention, time management, and conflict resolution. Online training offers companies a cost-effective alternative to sending employees to expensive off-site conferences, giving them the opportunity to learn at their own pace on a wide variety of electronic devices, including tablets and smart phones.

To check out the inventory of more than 160 training modules, visit http://www.aurorachamber.com/ members_education.asp

Eblasts: Available Dates for March & April
Promote your program, service, or brand to more than 2,400 e-mail addresses. Contact Jane E. Abe, IOM, ACE, director of membership for available dates. First come, first reserved.
Mark Your Calendars: Programs for
Member Businesses
Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, March 11, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business Development Leads Group 2
Wednesday, March 12, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Ambassador Committee Meeting
Thursday, March 13, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Chamber offices

Coffee & Connections Networking Event
Tuesday, March 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Painters District Council #30, 1905 Sequoia Dr., Aurora
Co-sponsored by Johnson & Bell
Register

Aurora First
Wednesday, March 19, at 11:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Legal Update: What’s New for 2014
Thursday, March 20, at 8:00 a.m.
Stonebridge Country Club, 2705 Stonebridge Blvd, Aurora
$39 Aurora Chamber members
Premier Members save 25% and Elite Members save 10%

$59 General Admission
Register

Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, March 25, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business Development Leads Group 2
Wednesday, March 26, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, March 27, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Cafe, 55 S. Commons Drive, Aurora
$12 Aurora Chamber members
$15 General Admission
Co-sponsored by Randall Highland Rental Townhomes
Register

State of the Village
Wednesday, April 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Oak Street Restaurant & Bar, 945 Oak St., North Aurora
$25 Aurora Chamber members
$30 General Admission
Register

State of the City
Thursday, May 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Piper’s Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Rd., Aurora
$35 Aurora Chamber members
$50 General Admission
Register

Sponsorships for these and other programs are available. Contact the Chamber at (630) 256-3180 for details.

Sponsorships Available!
ARCC/Fox Valley Networking Professionals sponsorships are available for June, July and August, 2014 (first come, first serve). Being a sponsor is a perfect way to get your business name and commercial out and in front of 35 – 50 business professionals. Your business logo is prominent on all invitations, the website, calendar of events and social media. You will also have a showcase table and a 3 minute commercial time. Contact Jane E. Abe, IOM, ACE, Director of Membership, for cost and marketing opportunities.
2014 Community Map:
Outstanding Advertising Opportunity!
Community Map

The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that sales for its upcoming community map are now underway. The 5,000 maps are on target to print this summer, and will be distributed in and around the Chamber service area.
Member News
Ann Hackfort, DO, has joined Dreyer Medical Clinic as a hospitalist. Dreyer’s hospitalists work closely with primary care physicians, specialists, nursing teams, and other caregivers to ensure that a patient’s condition is routinely assessed and treatment is provided with around-the-clock physician oversight.

The Community Career Center invites you to attend “Grief: What to Do When Letting Go Gets in the Way of Moving On” seminar on Tuesday, March 11, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. or their “Declare Your Independence by Starting Your Own Business: Is Entrepreneurship Right For You?” seminar on Thursday, March 20, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Admission is free for members and $15 for non-members per event. Interested in becoming a member? Come March 13, 18, 20 or 22 at 9:30 a.m. to learn what services and resources are available to you. Tour the Center and optimize your search efforts today.

Come to the Fox and Hound English Pub for their Ladies’ Night Vendor Fair on Thursday, March 13, from 3:00 to 6:30 p.m. Enjoy a glass of wine (or two) and shop local vendors like Rodan & Fields Skin Care, Younique Mascara and Eye Pigment, Tastefully Simple, Passion Parties, Lia Sophia, Plexus, and more. There will be door prizes and raffles all night. Show that you are an Aurora Chamber Member and receive a second ticket for the raffle, free!

Donate blood at Heartland Blood Centers‘ Aurora facility on Friday, March 14, between 7:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. and receive a voucher for a FREE Ciabatta Jack Fish sandwich from Long John Silver’s. Donors will be entered into a raffle to WIN a $50 Red Lobster gift card as well. To schedule an appointment, please call 1-800-786-4483.

Red Oak Nature Center is hosting MapleFest on Saturday, March 15, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Learn how maple sap is harvested and taste-test different syrups. The event is free to the public, but registration is requested for groups of 10 or more. Maple-themed treats and hot beverages will be available for a small fee. For more information, contact Red Oak at (630) 897-1808 or visit the Fox Valley Park District‘s website.

The Growing Place is holding a “From Garden to Table” workshop at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 15, at their Aurora location. For $15, learn all the tips and tricks to growing your own food. Vegetable seeds will be available for purchase at a discount. Registration is required.

The Association for Individual Development is seeking volunteers to answer phones in one hour shifts for their 15th Annual AID Telethon on March 15, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. This live ten-hour event will be broadcasted from Waubonsee Community College and the proceeds will go to benefit individuals with developmental disabilities, mental illness, those who have suffered a trauma and those at risk. Sign up today by contacting Wendy Bialek at (847) 931-2294 or emailing her at wbialek@the-association.org.

Join State Representative Stephanie Kifowit and experts from Pace on Thursday, March 20, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. and learn more about available transportation services in the area. Discussion topics will include paratransit education, Dial-A-Ride options, and information on Pace’s big bus service, including services for seniors. For more information, or to RSVP, please contact Stephanie’s constituent service office at (630) 585-1308.

Pre-registration for Fox Valley Park District‘s seventh annual 5K Spring Gallop at Blackberry Farm will continue until noon on Friday, March 21. The race is set for 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 29, and features eight age divisions for both men and women racers ages 10 and up. Entry fee is $29 per runner. For more information, call (630) 892-1550.

Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce | 43 W. Galena Blvd. Aurora, Illinois 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180 Fax: (630) 256-3189 | www.aurorachamber.com
This email was sent by Email Patron on behalf of Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce.

 

We Welcome Our New Members Who Joined in February

March 5th, 2014

This past February, we welcomed the following to the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. As always, we encourage you to get to know your fellow members. It is only through collaboration that we will be able to move our region’s business community forward.

 

Bear Paddle Swim School: Bear Paddle Swim School & Clubhouse specializes in swim lessons for children by offering small class sizes, a warm saltwater pool, easy online registration and a kid-friendly facility.

 

Midland States Bank: Midland States Bank is a well-capitalized community bank with a 5 Star rating by Bauer Financial, Inc. that creates dynamic relationships through innovative solutions.

 

Village Profile: Founded in 1988, Village Profile® has produced over 3,700 community publications that have been successfully sponsored, published and delivered to over 1,400 Chambers of Commerce from coast to coast. The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is currently one of those Chambers.

 

O’Connor Plumbing, Inc.: O’Conner Plumbing is a family owned and operated Illinois-licensed plumbing contractor, fully insured and bonded, with a focus on new residential construction, custom remodeling, and repair work.

 

AFLAC – Deepti Srivastava: The chosen insurance of more than 50 million people worldwide, AFLAC offers financial assistance when an illness or serious accident occurs.

 

Rich Harvest Farms: Rich Harvest Farms is an ultra-private, members-only golf club located in Sugar Grove, IL, and will be the proud host of several prestigious tournaments, such as the 2015 Palmer Cup and 2016 LPGA International Crown.

 

Junior Achievement of Chicago – Western Division: Located in River Grove, Junior Achievement is a group of volunteers who inspire and teach students (grades K-12) about financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship in order to prepare them for success in the global workforce.

We Welcome Our New Members Who Joined in January

March 5th, 2014

This past January, we started off the New Year by welcoming the following to the Aurora Regional Chamber. We encourage you to get to know your fellow members. It is only through collaboration that we will be able to move our region’s business community forward.

 

Imagetec: Imagetec is Chicago’s premiere digital office equipment dealer, providing office copiers, printers and fax systems, along with service contracts, including leasing and financing programs.

 

American Heartland Bank and Trust: An independent community bank located in Sugar Grove, American Heartland focuses on providing quality banking services that are responsive to local communities’ banking needs.

 

RE/MAX Action – Sheena Baker: As a full-time real estate professional for the Chicagoland area, Sheena’s goal is to make the home buying or selling experience as seamless as possible by providing the highest level of service from start to finish.

 

Project Green Environmental Solutions: A trade ally with ComEd and Nicor Gas, Project Green Environmental Solutions assists local businesses with gas savings and energy-efficient lighting through the facilitation of grants and rebates.

New Programs, Announcements for Aurora Area Businesses

March 3rd, 2014
Here is this week’s newsletter to members of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. If you have Member News to include,
please send  it to us by Wednesday the week prior to publication. For more information, contact the Chamber at (630) 256-3180.
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March 03, 2014
In This Issue

 

Quick Links

Follow Us!
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Elite Members

For more information contact the chamber.

Accurate Personnel
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Bad Monkey Circus
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Basil’s Greek Dining
BMO Harris
Cadence Fitness & Health Center
Cadence Health Convenient Care
& Medical Offices

Caterpillar, Inc.
Central DuPage Hospital
Chicago Premium Outlets
ComEd
Continental Acura of Naperville
Continental Audi of Naperville
Continental Mazda of Naperville
Delnor Glen Senior Living
Delnor Hospital
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Fox Valley Country Club
Global Data Sciences
Ice Miller LLP
Junior Achievement of Chicago -
Western Division

Konen Insurance Agency
Liberty Mutual – Dawn Tully
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
McKesson
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Old Second National Bank
Organo Gold
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pipefitters Local 597
Piper’s Banquets
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush-Copley Medical Center
S&S Metal Recycling
Safeguard Construction Co.
Sequoia General Contracting Corp.
Sign*A*Rama – Aurora
SmithAmundsen, LLC
State Farm Insurance Companies
St. Charles Bank & Trust
Stumm Insurance, LLC
TCE Company
The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield
The Voice
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
WERV FM Radio (Next Media)
WSPY
Zippy Shell Fox Valley

Welcome New Members

O’Connor Plumbing, Inc.
Steve O’Connor
48W781 Winters Rd.
Maple Park, IL 60151
(630) 365-6901
Plumbing/Remodeling & Construction
Referred by Clifton Mason,
WSI Digital Solutions, Inc.

Aflac – Deepti Srivastava
Deepti Srivastava
2778 Rosehall Ln.
Aurora, IL 60503
(630) 946-4222
Insurance

Rich Harvest Farms
Keith Rich
7S771 Dugan Rd.
Sugar Grove, IL 60554
(630) 466-7610
Sports & Recreation
Premier Investor

Junior Achievement of Chicago – Western Division
Lacy Antonson
8383 W. Belmont Ave., Ste. 303
River Grove, IL 60171
(630) 841-5132
Workforce Development
Elite Member

 

Contact Us

Mail: 43 W. Galena Blvd.
Aurora, Illinois 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180
Fax: (630) 256-3189
www.aurorachamber.com

 

 

2014 State of the City Address
Mayor Thomas J. Weisner Registration Now Open!
Thursday, May 1,
from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Piper’s Banquets,
1295 Butterfield Rd., Aurora
$35 Aurora Chamber members
$50 General Admission

Register


Mayor Thomas J. Weisner will present the State of the City to Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce guests on Thursday, May 1, at Piper’s Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Road, Aurora. Mayor Weisner’s annual address includes highlights and accomplishments of the past year as well as his vision for the future of the City.

Thank you to our Event Sponsors:

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Legal Update: What’s New for 2014
Are Your Company’s Policies Ready for 2014:
There’s Still Time

Thursday, March 20, 8:00 a.m.
Stonebridge Country Club, 2705 Stonebridge Blvd, Aurora
Sponsored by SmithAmundsen, LLC
$59 General Admission / $39 Aurora Chamber members
Premier Members save 25%  Elite Members save 10%

2013 saw a number of legislative acts that impact business. Whether you are the CEO, HR Director, or department manager, this seminar is a must to make sure you are prepared for the changes in how your business operates. Is your company ready? Have you reviewed and/or updated your human resources and organization policies to reflect these changes? Join us for a Legal Review seminar on Thursday, March 20, at 8:00 a.m. for an update on the many changes, including:

  • Concealed Carry
  • Medical Marijuana
  • Hands-free Mobile Phones
  • Whistleblower Procedures
  • Employee Contracts and more.

Julie Proscia, partner with SmithAmundsen, LLC, will provide guidance and information for companies of all sizes. Attendees will receive policy templates for many of these new requirements. A breakfast will be served at 8:00 a.m. followed by the program at 8:30 a.m.

Register

Premier Members
Premier Members
Chamber Announces Online Training
The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce announces the formation of a partnership with Coggno, the premier Learning Management System (LMS) and online training marketplace, to facilitate the purchase of popular online training courses from the company’s vast online library. Members can access Coggno online training courses directly through the Chamber’s website, and purchase as few or as many courses needed.

Coggno specializes in providing a “one-stop shop” for individuals and organizations looking to purchase online training courses needed for certification, or to advance employee knowledge in topics such as workplace diversity, ethics, sexual harassment prevention, time management, and conflict resolution. Online training offers companies a cost-effective alternative to sending employees to expensive off-site conferences, giving them the opportunity to learn at their own pace on a wide variety of electronic devices, including tablets and smart phones.

To check out the inventory of more than 160 training modules, visit http://www.aurorachamber.com/ members_education.asp

Eblasts: Available Dates for March & April
Promote your program, service, or brand to more than 2,400 e-mail addresses. Contact Jane E. Abe, IOM, ACE, director of membership for available dates. First come, first reserved.
Mark Your Calendars:
Programs for Member Businesses
Diversity Network
A Collaboration with the
Quad County African American Chamber

Tuesday, March 4, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices
Register

2014 Leadership Academy Begins
Friday, March 7, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, March 11, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business Development Leads Group 2
Wednesday, March 12, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Ambassador Committee Meeting
Thursday, March 13, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Chamber offices

Coffee & Connections Networking Event
Tuesday, March 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Painters District Council #30, 1905 Sequoia Dr., Aurora
Co-sponsored by Johnson & Bell
Register

Aurora First
Wednesday, March 19, at 11:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Legal Update: What’s New for 2014
Thursday, March 20, at 8:00 a.m.
Stonebridge Country Club, 2705 Stonebridge Blvd, Aurora
$39 Aurora Chamber members
Premier Members save 25%
Elite Members save 10%

$59 General Admission
Register

Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, March 25, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business Development Leads Group 2
Wednesday, March 26, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, March 27, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Cafe, 55 S. Commons Drive, Aurora

State of the Village
Wednesday, April 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Oak Street Restaurant & Bar, 945 Oak St., North Aurora
$25 Aurora Chamber members
$30 General Admission
Register

State of the City
Registration Now Open
Thursday, May 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Piper’s Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Rd., Aurora
$35 Aurora Chamber members
$50 General Admission
Register

Sponsorships for these and other programs are available. Contact the Chamber at (630) 256-3180 for details.

Debate on Progressive Income Tax
Last week the constitutional amendment for a progressive income tax in the Senate, SJRCA 40, gained one more Democrat co-sponsor, placing the total number of co-sponsors at 27, nine shy of a 3/5th vote for passage in the Senate, as required by the Illinois Constitution.

According to the Illinois Constitution any constitutional amendments proposed by the General Assembly requires a three-fifths vote, in this case 36 votes in the Senate, to receive legislative approval before being presented to the voters in the November election for final adoption.

The Aurora Chamber has joined a growing number of organizations in opposing a progressive income tax and we believe our current flat income tax is one of the beneficial features of our tax system that makes Illinois attractive for employers.

Illinois’ small businesses create the majority of new jobs in our state, yet this proposal would hit them the hardest. The vast majority of small businesses are organized in ways where the tax code treats the income of the business as the income of the owners. Thus, small business income is taxed at the individual rate. This proposal dramatically increases individual tax rates on small business owners and decreases the amount of resources available to reinvest in the business and create jobs.

Thank You Fox Valley Credit Union
A big thank you goes out Kelley Howard, Jacy Mosser and Rosa Molina from Fox Valley Credit Union for sponsoring the February ARCC/Fox Valley Networking Professionals.

Fox Valley Credit Union
Fox Valley Credit Union
Fox Valley Credit Union
2014 Community Map:
Outstanding Advertising Opportunity!
Community Map

The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that sales for its upcoming community map are now underway. The 5,000 maps are on target to print this summer, and will be distributed in and around the Chamber service area.
Member News
Seize the Future Development Foundation, Aurora’s economic development public/private partnership, is excited to announce the launch of its website, www.investinaurora.org. The website is designed to showcase available properties, incentive programs, high-tech options, and other essential information for existing and prospective businesses, developers and redevelopment groups, brokers and the Aurora community.

Waubonsee Community College has appointed Faith LaShure, Dean for Enrollment Management, to serve as Chairperson Elect of the Board for Communities in Schools of Aurora. They also welcome William Marzano as the new Vice President of Transfer and Developmental Education.

Accounting, advisory, investment banking, technology and managed services firm Sikich LLP, based in Naperville, said it will merge with 403 Labs, a full-service information security consultancy based in Brookfield, Wis.

The Illinois Society of Professional Engineers released the results of its first “Best Engineering Firms to Work For” competition. Sugar Grove-based engineering firm Engineering Enterprises, Inc. ranked highest among its employees in an anonymous employee satisfaction survey conducted by ISPE.

Dreyer Medical Clinic welcomed Mona Waheed, M.D., to their West Aurora location’s Department of Family Medicine and Jessica Dube, MS, MSN, A.P.N./C.N.P., to their West Downer Place location’s Department of Psychiatry. Mohammed A. Raheem, M.D., hematologist-oncologist at Dreyer Medical Clinic’s Highland location, has been recertified in medical oncology by the American Board of Internal Medicine as well.

The Label Printers is pleased to once again sponsor Geneva High School’s FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) robotics team, the Robovikes. This is the Robovikes sixth year in this worldwide competition and we wish them the best.

The YWCA of Aurora‘s new Ready for Anything: Women’s Empowerment Workshops begins today with “Living Authentically” presented by Cmdr. Kristen Ziman. For more professional development workshops and to register, visit www.ywcaaurora.org/readyforanything.

Starting March 4, Presence Mercy Medical Center Health Institute will host “Live Well, Be Well,” a Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, every Tuesday through April 9 from 9:00 to11:30 a.m. The program is a series of workshops, designed for adults who want to take charge of their ongoing health problems such as arthritis, MS, fibromyalgia, COPD, diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. To register, call (877) 737-4636.

Join Westwood College for a Community Resource & Wellness Celebration on Wednesday, March 5, from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. The event is open to the public and includes free give-a-ways and special guest Mayor Gina Cunningham of Woodridge. Food samples will be provided by Sam’s Club and Jimmy Johns. For additional information or to become a vendor, call (630) 434-7655.

The Growing Place is holding a “New and Noteworthy Plants for 2014″ presentation at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 8 at their Aurora location. Learn about new plants, up-and-coming trends and some unusual staff favorites. The event is free, but registration is recommended. Call 630-355-4000.

Change a life by becoming a tutor for Waubonsee Community College‘s Adult Literacy Project. Contact Elsie Mills at (630) 801-7900, ext. 4221, or emills@waubonsee.edu to preregister for training on March 8 & 15, 2014 (both days required), from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Come to Red Oak Nature Center’s MapleFest on Saturday, March 15, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Learn how maple sap is harvested and taste-test different syrups. The event is free to the public, but registration is requested for groups of 10 or more. Maple-themed treats and hot beverages will be available for a small fee. For more information, contact Red Oak at (630) 897-1808 or visit the Fox Valley Park District‘s website.

The Association for Individual Development is seeking volunteers to answer phones in one hour shifts for their 15th Annual AID Telethon on March 15, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. This live ten-hour event will be broadcasted from Waubonsee Community College and the proceeds will go to benefit individuals with developmental disabilities, mental illness, those who have suffered a trauma and those at risk. Sign up today by contacting Wendy Bialek at (847) 931-2294 or emailing her at wbialek@the-association.org.

Pre-registration for Fox Valley Park District‘s seventh annual 5K Spring Gallop at Blackberry Farm will continue until noon on Friday, March 21. The race is set for 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 29, and features eight age divisions for both men and women racers ages 10 and up. Entry fee is $29 per runner. For more information, call (630) 892-1550.

Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce | 43 W. Galena Blvd. Aurora, Illinois 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180 Fax: (630) 256-3189 | www.aurorachamber.com
This email was sent by Email Patron on behalf of Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce.

 

More News, Programs from Aurora Chamber

February 24th, 2014
Here is this week’s newsletter to members of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. If you have Member News to include,
please send  it to us by Wednesday the week prior to publication. For more information, contact the Chamber at (630) 256-3180.
Header
February 24, 2014
In This Issue

 

Quick Links

Follow Us!
Facebook Twitter Blog

Elite Members

For more information contact the chamber.

Accurate Personnel
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Bad Monkey Circus
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Basil’s Greek Dining
BMO Harris
Cadence Fitness & Health Center
Cadence Health Convenient Care & Medical Offices
Caterpillar, Inc.
Central DuPage Hospital
Chicago Premium Outlets
ComEd
Continental Acura of Naperville
Continental Audi of Naperville
Continental Mazda of Naperville
Delnor Glen Senior Living
Delnor Hospital
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Fox Valley Country Club
Global Data Sciences
Ice Miller LLP
Konen Insurance Agency
Liberty Mutual – Dawn Tully
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
McKesson
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Old Second National Bank
Organo Gold
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pipefitters Local 597
Piper’s Banquets
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Rush-Copley Medical Center
S&S Metal Recycling
Safeguard Construction Co.
Sequoia General Contracting Corp.
Sign*A*Rama – Aurora
SmithAmundsen, LLC
State Farm Insurance Companies
St. Charles Bank & Trust
Stumm Insurance, LLC
TCE Company
The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield
The Voice
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
WERV FM Radio (Next Media)
WSPY
Zippy Shell Fox Valley

Welcome New Members

Bear Paddle Swim School
Emily Everson
4308 E. New York St.
Aurora, IL 60504
(630) 692-7946
Swimming Center

Midland States Bank
Rick Waggoner
951 Dixie Highway
Beecher, IL 60401
(815) 465-7266
Bank

Village Profile
John Dussman
Barry Kenis
33 N. Geneva St.
Elgin, IL 60120
(847) 468-6800 Publishing

 

Contact Us


Mail: 43 W. Galena Blvd.
Aurora, Illinois 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180
Fax: (630) 256-3189
www.aurorachamber.com

 

 

Leadership Academy 2014 Registration Open
Leadership Academy

Established in 1979, the Aurora Chamber’s Leadership Academy has a rich history of providing confidence, knowledge, professionalism, and strong leadership skills that not only benefit the attendee but also their employers. The goal is simple: To create a development opportunity for graduates to serve and enhance themselves, their employers, and the community.

Over the past 35 years, more than 800 community leaders have participated in the program. Many have gone on to lead local businesses and organizations. Some have gone on to public office. All have left their mark on the community.

This year, we are partnering with the Quad County African American Chamber of Commerce to provide the opportunity to a wider audience.

With the encouragement and support of the Dunham Fund, the Academy has completed its first phase of redevelopment. This year’s program focuses on the unique strengths of our community and encourages a diverse mix of participants to engage in our community’s success.

Our community needs you! Realize your potential to make a difference in the Aurora region. The program begins Friday, March 7. Registration is limited.

For information and an application to the Academy, click here.

Legal Update: What’s New for 2014
Are Your Company’s Policies Ready for 2014: There’s Still Time
Thursday, March 20, 8:00 a.m.
Stonebridge Country Club, 2705 Stonebridge Blvd, Aurora
Sponsored by SmithAmundsen, LLC
$59 General Admission / $39 Aurora Chamber members

2013 saw a number of legislative acts that impact business. Is your company ready? Have you reviewed and/or updated your human resources and organization policies to reflect these changes? Join us for a Legal Review seminar on Thursday, March 20, at 8:00 a.m. for an update on the many changes, including:

  • Concealed Carry
  • Medical Marijuana
  • Hands-free Mobile Phones
  • Whistleblower Procedures
  • Employee Contracts and more.

Julie Proscia, partner with SmithAmundsen, LLC, will provide guidance and information for companies of all sizes. Whether you are the CEO, HR Director, or department manager, this seminar is a must to make sure you are prepared for the changes in how your business operates. Attendees will receive policy templates for many of these new requirements.

A continental breakfast will be served at 8:00 a.m. followed by the program at 8:30 a.m.

Register

Premier Members
Premier Members
Illinois General Assembly Activity
Both chambers of the General Assembly were in session Tuesday thru Thursday last week. As expected, committee action was sparse. Committee action will likely escalate as we get past the March 18 primary election and closer to the first committee deadline of March 28. There are significant issues being discussed.

Efforts to increase Illinois’ minimum wage from the current $8.25 per hour have been underway for over a year. Last spring, efforts to increase the minimum wage failed to garner enough support in the Senate. SB 68 (Sen. Kimberly Lightford, D- Westchester) continues to be the likely vehicle. Senate Amendment #4 has been assigned to the Senate Executive Committee and is scheduled to be heard this Wednesday. Illinois is one of the few states named as being in danger of falling back into recession. As the national unemployment number has fallen to 6.6%, Illinois unemployment is at 8.5%. Making it more expensive to hire and encouraging automation will not help Illinois’ unemployment rate.

SB 3405 (Sen. Dan Biss, D-Skokie) attempts to implement restrictions on patent trolls. It makes it unlawful to claim that someone has infringed on a patent if the claim falsely threatens adverse administrative or judicial action or if the assertions lack a reasonable basis in fact or law. It would also not allow a person to make a claim if they don’t own or represent someone who owns the patent.

SB 2776 (Sen. Heather Steans, D-Chicago), which reduces the fee for filing as an LLC from $500 to $39 and for series LLC from $750 to $59, is scheduled to be heard by the State Government and Veterans Affairs Committee. Illinois presently has among the highest limited liability company (LLC) fees in the nation.

Eblasts: Available Dates for March & April
Do you have a special event to promote or a March seminar you would like to invite fellow Chamber Members to? This is a great opportunity to target business-to-business or business-to-consumer prospects and customers.

Eblasts are a great way to communicate your message – exclusively sent – to an email list of 2,400 member addresses, based on availability on Wednesdays or Fridays.

Contact Jane E. Abe, IOM, ACE, director of membership for dates. First come, first reserved.

Mark Your Calendars: Programs for
Member Businesses
Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber Offices

Business Development Leads Group 2
Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber Offices

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, Feb. 27, from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Drive, Aurora
RSVP by Tuesday, Feb. 25
$12 Aurora Chamber Members
$15 General Admission
Sponsored in part by Fox Valley Credit Union
Register

Diversity Network
A Collaboration with the Quad County African American Chamber
Tuesday, March 4, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices
Register

2014 Leadership Academy Begins
Friday, March 7, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Chamber offices
Applications due this Friday
Register

Legal Update: What’s New for 2014
Thursday, March 20, at 8:00 a.m.
Stonebridge Country Club, 2705 Stonebridge Blvd, Aurora
$39 Aurora Chamber members
$59 General Admission
Register

State of the Village
Wednesday, April 9, at 11:30 a.m.
Oak Street Restaurant & Bar, 945 Oak Street, North Aurora
Register

State of the City
Thursday, May 1, at 11:30 a.m.
Registration opens Monday, Mach 3

Sponsorships for these and other programs are available. Contact the Chamber at (630) 256-3180 for details.

Do You Like Referrals?
If you do, refer one of your customers or clients to the Chamber! When you refer a prospective member by 2/28, your business will be acknowledged in the member newsletter and on the Chamber blog. In addition, you will receive a complimentary ticket to an upcoming Fox Valley Networking Professionals breakfast. Submit your referral to Jane E. Abe, IOM, ACE, director of membership. Remember the best compliment you can give is by giving a referral.
Thank You FirstMerit
FirstMerit
FirstMerit
FirstMerit

A great group of business professionals turned out for the Business After Hours at FirstMerit Bank. We greatly appreciate the hospitality the bank extended.
2014 Community Map – Can’t-Miss Opportunity!
Community Map

The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that sales for its upcoming community map are now underway. The 5,000 maps are on target to print this summer, and will be distributed in and around the Chamber service area.
Why Illinois? Part I
For years Illinois citizens, especially business owners and managers, have suffered embarrassment over political corruption, higher taxes and fees, chagrin over failed government fiscal policies, frustration with anti-business rhetoric and public employee discontent.

Employers have suffered anti-business initiatives by our own elected officials while Governors from other states routinely launch business-poaching parties to entice our highly desirable job creators to seek greener pastures.

Enough! Despite governmental and political headwinds Illinois remains a great state that offers business owners and leaders many advantages that should not be overlooked or dismissed.

For full article, visit the Chamber blog.

Member News
Souper Bowl of Caring Rescheduled: The Souper Bowl of Caring has been rescheduled for Saturday, March 1. Come in to your local Jewel-Osco, the Montgomery Market Place, or Prisco’s Fine Foods from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and help the Fox Valley United Way raise funds and food for the Aurora Interfaith Food Pantry and Kendall County Food Pantry.

Twenty-two suburban based companies, organizations and agencies have been selected as honorees of the 24th Annual Awards for Business Excellence (AABEs). The AABEs are presented in recognition of business achievement, growth and community involvement, to outstanding suburban businesses and non-profit organizations. Honorees this year were selected in 11 categories of competition. Congratulations to Kluber Architects + Engineers and Kelmscott Communications for being among those recognized.

Naper Settlement continues to inform and entertain with part three of “The Columbian Exposition – Through the Eyes of a Visitor.” This interactive presentation on The Midway Plaisance will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 18, from 7:00 to 8:15 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person. Naper Settlement is also wrapping up their Downton Abbey-inspired “Tea & Talk” program with tea, treats, and trivia on Saturday, Feb. 22, from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person and reservations are required.

Residents of the Fox Valley Park District may register for spring programs and events now. Non-resident registration will begin next week on Monday, Feb. 24.

Come to Aurora University‘s Chorale and Chamber Choir Tour Concert on Tuesday, Feb. 25, from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. at the Crimi Auditorium in the Institute for Collaboration at 1347 Prairie St. To register, email auartsandideas@aurora.edu or call (630) 844-4924.

The Board of Directors of Senior Services Associates, Inc. invites you to attend their 40th Annual Meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 26, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Please RSVP by February 20 by calling (847) 741-0404.

Rasmussen College is hosting a career fair for the Aurora/Naperville Area at their local campus on Thursday, Feb. 27 from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. Gain job market insight, find employment, advance your career goals and develop professional skills all in one place.

The YWCA of Aurora‘s new Ready for Anything: Women’s Empowerment Workshops begins on March 3, with “Living Authentically” presented by Cmdr. Kristen Ziman. For more professional development workshops and to register, visit www.ywcaaurora.org/readyforanything.

Starting March 4, Presence Mercy Medical Center Health Institute will host “Live Well, Be Well,” a Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, every Tuesday through April 9 from 9:00 to11:30 a.m. The program is a series of workshops, designed for adults who want to take charge of their ongoing health problems such as arthritis, MS, fibromyalgia, COPD, diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. Anyone wanting to register needs to call (877) 737-4636.

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