News About Our Chamber Members

September 18th, 2014

Pace Bus recently launched a study to identify potential public transit improvements in the Fox Valley area. In the coming weeks, Pace will survey residents and employees to understand community preferences and travel patterns. This information will be used to redesign the bus network in mid-2015. For more information, go to http://www.pacebus.com/sub/initiatives/fox_valley/fv_default.asp.

Downtown Auroran Magazine is publishing its first Holiday Guide out this November.
To advertise in the free, local culture magazine, contact Marissa Amoni at downtownauroran@gmail.com. Advertising deadline is October 10, 2014.

The Label Printers’ Chief of Operations, Lori Campbell, was invited to make a presentation on “Brand Protection: Maintaining Credibility and Integrity” at Labelexpo Americas Biennial Expo and Conference in Chicago a few weeks ago. Her expertise was no doubt greatly appreciated.

Make your non-profit office or facility more energy efficient with a “Green for Green” workshop on Monday, September 22, from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. at the ComEd Commercial Center. Participants will have an opportunity at the end of the event to ask the experts their questions. Lunch will be served, so arrive early to get yourself settled. Thanks to ComEd, this event is free and open to any non-profit professional who would like to attend.

Learn from a panel of experts about how to prepare for the Aurora University Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree on Wednesday, September 24, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Program requirements, admission procedures, and financial aid options will be discussed. Register at www.aurora.edu/transfernursing.

Community Career Center invites you to attend their “Acing the Interview” seminar on Thursday, September 25, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. and/or the “Pay it Forward: The Science of Job Search” seminar on Tuesday, September 30, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. Admission is free for members and $15 for non-members per event. Interested in becoming a member? Come September 24 or 27 or October 1 at 9:30 a.m. to learn what services and resources are available to you. Tour the Center and optimize your search efforts today.

Registration is now open for “3D Printing for the Next Generation Classroom” on Thursday, September 25, at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy. There will be a presentation by Dr. David & Norma Thornburg from 4:30 to 5:25 p.m., followed by a hands-on workshop from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The presentation is free, but admission to the workshop is $50 and includes a box dinner. Contact Jeanie Mowrer at jmowrer@imsa.edu or (630) 907-5035 for more information.

Mayor Tom Weisner of the City of Aurora and representatives from three other communities in the Aurora Area Convention & Visitors Bureau’s market area will be judging the best Veggie/Vegan dish around on Thursday, September 25, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Hampton Inn & Suites. Restaurants are encouraged to enter the competition. Winners will receive a FREE ad in the next Travel Guide and be featured in a new Travel Itinerary. Judging will be “officiated” by the Illinois Restaurant Association. For more information, contact Mike Pfeiffer at (630) 256-3194 or Sales@EnjoyAurora.com.

Mark your calendars and be sure to attend the Association for Individual Development Benefit Auction on Friday, September 26, from 5:30 to 10:00 p.m. at Eagle Brook Country Club. Hundreds of great items will be up for bid on during both the live and silent auctions. Tickets are $100 per person or $950 for a table of ten. Contact Wendy Bialek at (847) 931-2294 or wbialek@the-association.org for more information.

To celebrate October being Down syndrome Awareness Month, GiGi’s Playhouse Fox Valley is hosting a Family Fun Night on Friday, September 26, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Add your family’s handprint to the ‘Family Tree.’ The three girls from Girl Scout Troop 50118 who painted the tree will be in attendance. Please RSVP to foxvalley@gigisplayhouse.org.

Rush-Copley presents “Rock the Heart” on Friday, September 26, from 6:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. at Ballydoyle Irish Pub & Restaurant. Enjoy live music, raffles, prizes, drink specials and complimentary appetizers, all while supporting the Rush-Copley Fox Valley Heart Fund. Tickets are $20 in advanced, $25 at the door, and includes one raffle entry. Register at http://www.rushcopley.com/rocktheheart.

Perk up as renowned coffee expert Kevin Sinnott shares how to choose and brew fine coffee on Friday, September 26, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Waubonsee Community College. Try your hand at automatic drip and manual methods including Chemex, siphon, and french press. You’ll also learn proper measuring with a scale, storage, the correct grind for each type of brewer, and how water affects the taste of your coffee. While you sip, there’s plenty of time for questions and answers. Admission is $59. Only 30 spots available. Go to www.waubonseetickets.com to register.

Waste not! Give new lives to your old friends and recycle your well-loved books at Green Buddha Life Sustainability Center on Saturday, September 27, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Aurora University will be holding a Graduate Social Work Programs Information Session on Saturday, September 27, at 10:30 a.m. Meet with graduate social work faculty and discuss program options. Admission representatives and financial aid counselors also will also be available. Register at www.aurora.edu/gradsocialwork.

Come to The Growing Place in Aurora on Sunday, September 28, from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. for a fall planting celebration! There will be talks presented by the growing experts throughout the day. In addition, the Master Gardeners Help Desk will be open to answer all your gardening questions. For more information, go to www.thegrowingplace.com or call (630) 355-4000.

Enjoy traditional German music and classic rock, along with German-style beverages and cuisine and family-friendly activities during Naper Settlement’s Oktoberfest on Friday, October 3, from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m., and Saturday, October 4, from 12:00 to 10:00 p.m. Free parking is available. Advance tickets online are $10 adults and $5 youth 4-12. Tickets at the gate cost $15 adults and $10 youth (4-12). Members are free. Food and beverages are available for purchase. Visit www.napersettlement.org/oktoberfest for more information.

As part of Aurora’s First Fridays, If These Walls Could Talk invites the public to a Gallery Night on Friday, October 3, from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. Enjoy free drinks, appetizers, and the new creations from the members of the Aurora Art League. The art will be on display through November 5. Call Tim Frederick at (331) 212-5962 to find out more.

The Village of Montgomery will host its 11th annual 5k and 10K River Run on Saturday, October 4, at 9:00 a.m. at Village Hall. Race day registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Race day registration for the 5K is $30 for adults and $15 for children while the 10K is $45 for adults and $25 for children. Children under three are free for both races. A portion of the proceeds from this event will be donated to the Montgomery VFW Post #7452. To sign up, go to https://www.signmeup.com/site/reg/register.aspx?fid=352V0J7. For more information call (630) 466-6700.

Join the YWCA of Aurora and organizations across the city as they celebrate and promote a safer, more peaceful community with “Peace in the Park” on Saturday, October 4, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Phillips Park Pavilion. Everyone is welcome to this free family event. There will be fun children activities, crafts, a bouncy house, and food for sale. Visit http://www.ywcaaurora.org for more details.

To benefit Presence Health Fox River Valley Region Care, the Second Annual Presence Health Fox River Valley Region Fundraiser—a Roaring 20’s Gala—is scheduled for Saturday, October 4, from 6:00 to 11:00 p.m. at The Lincoln Inn in Batavia. All proceeds go to benefit Presence Mercy Medical Center, Presence McAuley Manor, Presence Fox Knoll, and Presence Pine View Care Center. A limited number of raffle tickets will be available to win one of several Chicago overnight experiences. For tickets and information, call (630) 801-2662 or visit www.presencehealth.org/20sgala.

Take a walk along the Burlington Northern Santa Fe rail line during the Railroad Ramble Walking Tour on Sunday, October 5, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m., presented by Naper Settlement. Learn about the history and influence of rail service in Naperville, including the cultural impact of the railroad on the community, its industry and commerce, and art and architecture. Tour includes about 14 blocks of walking and steps off from the southwest corner of Burlington Square Park. Tickets are $12 per person. Call (630) 420-6010 or visit www.napersettlement.org for more information

Job Stories Fill the Aurora Chamber Newsletter this Week

September 15th, 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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September 15, 2014
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95.9 The River
Accurate Personnel
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Bad Monkey Circus Agency: Websites-Video
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Basils 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.
Global Data Sciences
Green Buddha Life Books dba E3HRA, LLC
Ice Miller LLP
Junior Achievement of Chicago – Western Division
K-Rise Systems, Inc.
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency
Leave Me Bee Pest Control, Inc.
Liberty Mutual – Dawn Tully
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
McKesson
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Old Second National Bank
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pipe Fitters Local 597
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush-Copley Medical Center
Ryland Homes – Ingham Park
S&S Metal Recyclers II
Safeguard Construction Company, Inc.
Sequoia General Contracting Corp.
Sign*A*Rama – Aurora
SmithAmundsen, LLC
St. Charles Bank & Trust
State Farm Insurance Companies
Stumm Insurance, LLC
The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield
The Voice
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
Wolf & Company LLP
WSPY

Welcome New Members

Thomas’ BarbeQue
Andre Thomas
2711 E. New York St., Ste. 103
Aurora, IL 60502
(630) 820-2227
Restaurants & Taverns

Nexvision Productions
Timothy Horstman
1585 Beverly Ct., Ste. 108
Aurora, IL 60502
(630) 800-2806
Video Production Services

 

Contact Us

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

 

 

Two Weeks until Hiring Our Heroes
On Sept. 30, the Aurora Chamber in collaboration with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and several Illinois agencies will host another Hiring Our Heroes event. The hiring fair will run from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at Piper’s Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Road in Aurora. A workshop for veterans and other military job seekers that focuses on resume writing, tips for successfully navigating hiring fairs, military skill translation, and interviewing will start at 8:30 a.m.

Help Wanted: Volunteers to assist Veterans are needed for resume review and mock interviews. If you are available Sept. 30 from 10: a.m. until 1:00 p.m. to support their search, please contact the Chamber.

For more details, visit the Chamber’s blog.

Job Postings
Know someone looking for employment? Direct them over to the Local Job Postings section of the Aurora Chamber website. There are currently 82 positions posted in the database. If you’re looking to promote a position within your business or organization, contact the Chamber for details. It’s included with your membership; are you taking advantage of it?

Oh, one more thing: The Chamber is seeking applicants for a full-time assistant. Details can be found online.

Member News
For more news about fellow members, visit the Aurora Chamber blog.
VoteForJobs.com
With fewer than two months until the November election, the U.S. Chamber has launched Vote for Jobs – their most comprehensive effort to date to ensure that voters have the tools they need to bring about real change this November.

The website VoteForJobs.com is now live and provides a number of key tools that compare candidates on job creating issues, outline the most competitive races in the country, and showcase efforts to elect candidates who have a record of fighting back against government overreach and promoting American free enterprise.

Premier Members
Premier Members
Mark Your Calendars:
Programs for Member Businesses
Coffee & Connections Networking Event
Tuesday, Sept. 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Painters District Council #30, 1905 Sequoia Dr., Aurora
Co-sponsored by Aurora University
Register

Aurora First
Topics include Expansion of River Edge
Redevelopment Zone
Wednesday, Sept. 17, at 11:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, Sept. 23, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business Development Leads Group 2
Wednesday, Sept. 24, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, Sept. 25, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Drive, Aurora
$12 Aurora Chamber Members
$15 General Admission
Co-Sponsor: Progressive Energy Group, LLC
Register

Hiring Our Heroes
Tuesday, Sept. 30, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Pipers Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Road, Aurora
Veterans and interested business may visit www.HiringOurHeroes.org for details and to register

Diversity Network: Business Before Hours
In Partnership with the Quad County African American Chamber of Commerce
Tuesday, October 7, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices
Register

Construction Jobs Increase
According to the Associated General Contractors of America, Illinois is second in the nation in construction job gains. Over the past month, Illinois has added 3,500 construction jobs. More importantly, between June 2013 and June 2014, the state’s construction industry added 7,300 jobs – a 3.8 percent increase. Those numbers make Illinois the current leader in Midwest construction jobs.
Take the Fox Valley Region Transportation Study
You are invited to participate in the study below in order to help inform future transportation planning decisions in the Fox Valley Region. Participants will be able to enter into a drawing for one of five $100 prizes! To participate, please use this link: https://rsgresearch.com/ foxvalley?anon=anon&comp=14

The survey should take approximately 15 minutes. Your answers will be kept confidential, and no personal information is required. This study is being conducted for the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) by RSG, a national transportation market research firm.

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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News About Our Chamber Members

September 11th, 2014

Community Career Center is offering free seminars to all current job seekers, including “The Phoenix Group: Revive, Refresh, & Reinvigorate Your 12+ Month Search” on Monday, September 15, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and “Networking for Job Seekers” on Thursday, September 18, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Interested in becoming a member? Come September 20 or 24 at 9:30 a.m. to learn what services and resources are available to you. Tour the Center and optimize your search efforts today.

Pure Health Physical Medicine is holding a free dinner and informational Knee Arthritis Program (KNAP) on September 16 or 18 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Orchards Restaurant at Orchard Valley Golf Course. Special guest speakers include Kenneth J. Olson, DC and David Sutton PA-C. Seating is limited, so call (630) 897-1895 to reserve your seat today.

Where are the opportunities for growth? Which markets are hot, solid, and weak? Join Jay Olshonsky, NAI Hiffman Global President, and Dr. Peter Linneman, NAI’s Chief Economist, for a Global Economic Outlook web conference on Tuesday, September 16, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Register here. For further information, please contact Craig Hurvitz, Director of Research, at (630) 693-0645 or churvitz@hiffman.com.

Naper Settlement is partnering with Anderson’s Bookshop to host a special offsite author program, Q&A, and book signing with author Karen Abbot about her new book, “Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy,” on Wednesday, September 17, at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17 at Century Memorial Chapel. For more information, contact Anderson’s Bookshop at (630) 355-2665.

Dreyer Medical Clinic has recently announced the re-opening of Vitality Medspa at their St. Charles office location and are celebrating with an open house on Thursday, September 18, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Guests are invited to tour the spa, meet the staff, and enjoy complimentary mini-treatment demonstrations. There will also be refreshments and raffle prizes. Call (630) 940-0192 for more information.

Join State Representative Stephanie Kifowit for an informational session on Internet Safety, Cyber Bullying, and Bullying on Thursday, September 18, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Aurora Public Library, Eola Branch. The presenter is Melissa Hemzacek, with the office of the Illinois Attorney General, Internet Safety Specialist, High Tech Crimes Bureau. Call (630) 585-1308 or email stephanie.kifowit@att.net for more information.

Try your hand at cartooning with an Emmy-nominated filmmaker Steven Fischer on Thursday, September 18, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Waubonsee Community College. Generate idea using a range of writing and drawing exercises as you develop characters, locations, environments and themes. Along the way, explore the philosophy and psychology of inspiration, cartoon art, creativity and storytelling. No drawing experience is necessary! Admission is $15. Only 20 spots available. Go to www.waubonseetickets.com to register.

Move yourself in the right direction with the Aurora Job Fair on Friday, September 19, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on the first floor of Waubonsee Community College’s Aurora Campus. This event is free and open to the public. For more information and registration details, visit http://www.waubonsee.edu/jobfairs.

Support the Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois at their 10th Annual Thin Mint Sprint on Saturday, September 20, at Camp Medil McCormick. Registration starts at 6:00 a.m., with the races beginning at 7:30 a.m. Stay for Samoa Fun Fest at 10:30 a.m. and enjoy traditional camp activities, food vendors, and hands-on fun stations. For more information and to register, visit www.girlscoutsni.org.

Attend the Graduate Business Programs Open House on Saturday, September 20, at 9:30 a.m. and learn how to advance your career with a graduate business degree from Aurora University. Business faculty, recent graduates, current students, admission representatives, and financial aid counselors also will be available to answer questions. Register at www.aurora.edu/gradbusiness.

Also at Aurora University on Saturday, September 20, Spanish-speaking families are invited to learn about the admission process and financing a college education at the Crimi Auditorium from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The presentation includes the application and financial aid process, student life at AU, and a faculty, student and parent panel discussion. Refreshments will be served and there will be activities for small children. Register at www.aurora.edu/spanishevent.

Celebrate Native American culture with dancing and drumming during the Harvest Pow Wow, sponsored by Midwest SOARRING, on Saturday, September 20, from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Sunday, September 21, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at Naper Settlement. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors (62+) and children (3-12), and free for children under three. For more information, call (708) 257-4300, e-mail soarring@aol.com or visit www.midwestsoarring.org.

Enjoy the arrival of autumn at The Growing Place with Fall Fest on Saturday, September 20, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., and Sunday, September 21, from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. Activities include a moon jump, traditional folk music from the Dona Benkhert Trio, hayrides, and pony rides. There will also be a Make & Take Fall Wreath, Container or Door Swag workshop from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on both days. The cost is $49 for a wreath or container and $39 to create a swag. Call (630) 820-8088 for more information.

GiGi’s Playhouse Fox Valley is proud to host their 7th annual Tour de GiGi’s along with the Annual Charity Kids Bicycle Ride on Sunday, September 21, at Oswego East High School. Adults ride from 6:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., while kids ride from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. with a pizza party to follow. Admission is $30 for adults and $8 for children. Go to http://gigisplayhouse.org/foxvalley/2014-bicycle-ride to sign up to ride or donate. In addition, Gigi’s Playhouse is also looking for volunteers to help both before and during the event. Go to http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D49A4AB23A2FC1-tour2/ if interested.

Learn how to make your non-profit office or facility more energy efficient with a “Green for Green” workshop on Monday, September 22, from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. at the ComEd Commercial Center. Participants will have an opportunity at the end of the event to ask the experts their questions. Lunch will be served, so arrive early to get yourself settled. Thanks to ComEd, this event is free and open to any non-profit professional who would like to attend.

Registration is now open for “3D Printing for the Next Generation Classroom” on Thursday, September 25, at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy. There will be a presentation by Dr. David & Norma Thornburg from 4:30 to 5:25 p.m., followed by a hands-on workshop from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The presentation is free, but admission to the workshop is $50 and includes a box dinner. Contact Jeanie Mowrer at jmowrer@imsa.edu or (630) 907-5035 for more information.

Mayor Tom Weisner of the City of Aurora and representatives from three other communities in the Aurora Area Convention & Visitors Bureau’s market area will be judging the best Veggie/Vegan dish around on Thursday, September 25, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Hampton Inn & Suites. Restaurants are encouraged to enter the competition. Winners will receive a FREE ad in the next Travel Guide and be featured in a new Travel Itinerary. Judging will be “officiated” by the Illinois Restaurant Association. For more information, contact Mike Pfeiffer at (630) 256-3194 or Sales@EnjoyAurora.com.

Mark your calendars and be sure to attend the Association for Individual Development Benefit Auction on Friday, September 26, from 5:30 to 10:00 p.m. at Eagle Brook Country Club. Hundreds of great items will be up for bid on during both the live and silent auctions. Tickets are $100 per person or $950 for a table of ten. Contact Wendy Bialek at (847) 931-2294 or wbialek@the-association.org for more information.

To celebrate October being Down syndrome Awareness Month, GiGi’s Playhouse Fox Valley is hosting a Family Fun Night on Friday, September 26, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Add your family’s handprint to the ‘Family Tree.’ The three girls from Girl Scout Troop 50118 who painted the tree will be in attendance. Please RSVP to foxvalley@gigisplayhouse.org.

Rush-Copley presents “Rock the Heart” on Friday, September 26, from 6:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. at Ballydoyle Irish Pub & Restaurant. Enjoy live music, raffles, prizes, drink specials and complimentary appetizers, all while supporting the Rush-Copley Fox Valley Heart Fund. Tickets are $20 in advanced, $25 at the door, and includes one raffle entry. Register at http://www.rushcopley.com/rocktheheart.

Perk up as renowned coffee expert Kevin Sinnott shares how to choose and brew fine coffee on Friday, September 26, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Waubonsee Community College. Try your hand at automatic drip and manual methods including Chemex, siphon, and french press. You’ll also learn proper measuring with a scale, storage, the correct grind for each type of brewer, and how water affects the taste of your coffee. While you sip, there’s plenty of time for questions and answers. Admission is $59. Only 30 spots available. Go to www.waubonseetickets.com to register.

Waste not! Give new lives for your old friends and recycle your loved books at Green Buddha Life Sustainability Center on Saturday, September 27, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Your Weekly News from the Aurora Chamber

September 8th, 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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Hiring Our Heroes
September 08, 2014
In This Issue

 

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Elite Members

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95.9 The River
Accurate Personnel
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Bad Monkey Circus Agency: Websites-Video
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Basils 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.
Global Data Sciences
Green Buddha Life Books dba E3HRA, LLC
Ice Miller LLP
Junior Achievement of Chicago – Western Division
K-Rise Systems, Inc.
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency
Leave Me Bee Pest Control, Inc.
Liberty Mutual – Dawn Tully
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
McKesson
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Old Second National Bank
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pipe Fitters Local 597
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush-Copley Medical Center
Ryland Homes – Ingham Park
S&S Metal Recyclers II
Safeguard Construction Company, Inc.
Sequoia General Contracting Corp.
Sign*A*Rama – Aurora
SmithAmundsen, LLC
St. Charles Bank & Trust
State Farm Insurance Companies
Stumm Insurance, LLC
The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield
The Voice
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
Wolf & Company LLP
WSPY

Welcome New Members

Bright Oaks of Aurora
Dottie Reed
1340 N. River St.
Aurora, IL 60506
(312) 888-4880
Retirement & Senior Housing

 

Contact Us

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

 

 

Three Weeks until Hiring Our Heroes
On Sept. 30, the Aurora Chamber in collaboration with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and several Illinois agencies will host another Hiring Our Heroes event. The hiring fair will run from 10 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at Piper’s Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Road in Aurora. A workshop for veterans and other military job seekers that focuses on resume writing, tips for successfully navigating hiring fairs, military skill translation and interviewing will start at 8:30 a.m.

For more details, visit the Chamber’s blog.

Member News
For more news about fellow members, visit the Aurora Chamber blog.
Ill. Chamber, BIPAC Encourage Grassroots Engagement
Greg Casey, President & CEO of BIPAC and Todd Maisch, President & CEO of the Illinois Chamber are hosting a free luncheon on Sept. 10. The Illinois Chamber of Commerce and the DuPage Business Council is hosting a luncheon with senior leadership from BIPAC to help provide guidance to Illinois employers and employees on how to engage in voter education and public policy engagement at the workplace.

The business community must become more involved in the electoral process to improve the legislative and regulatory environment. This luncheon will provide practical guidance to employers on how they can educate their employees on public policy matters and engage in the political process. The result will be a better business environment for all of us to foster growth and profitability.

Wednesday, Sept. 10, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Hotel Arista, 2139 City Gate Lane, Naperville 60563

Topics for discussion include:

  • Best Practices for Employee and Member Communications,
  • Illinois General Election Activities,
  • Tools and Strategies to Influence Policies and Politics, and
  • Involvement Options and Implementing Employer and Employee Grassroots Activities.

Senior leaders of BIPAC and the Illinois Chamber of Commerce will be giving tangible, practical guidance to state business leaders about best practices in influencing the political landscape and how to engage employees and members most effectively. BIPAC is focusing on states with political races that are particularly important to the business community so that business leaders can play the most effective role possible in shaping political outcomes and creating a legislative and regulatory environment that fosters growth and profitability.

Attendance is free, but RSVPs are required. To RSVP, contact Andrew Proctor, Illinois Chamber’s director of advocacy, at aproctor@ilchamber.org.

VoteForJobs.com
With fewer than two months until the November election, the U.S. Chamber has launched Vote for Jobs – their most comprehensive effort to date to ensure that voters have the tools they need to bring about real change this November.

The website VoteForJobs.com is now live and provides a number of key tools that compare candidates on job creating issues, outline the most competitive races in the country, and showcase efforts to elect candidates who have a record of fighting back against government overreach and promoting American free enterprise.

Premier Members
Premier Members
Mark Your Calendars:
Programs for Member Businesses
Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, September 9, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business Development Leads Group 2
Wednesday, September 10, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

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

Coffee & Connections Networking Event
Tuesday, September 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Painters District Council #30, 1905 Sequoia Dr., Aurora
Co-sponsored by Aurora University
Register

Meeting Small Business Needs
Tuesday, Sept. 16, from 8:00 to 11:30 a.m.

Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, September 23, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business Development Leads Group 2
Wednesday, September 24, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, August 28, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Drive, Aurora
$12 Aurora Chamber Members
$15 General Admission
Co-Sponsor: Progressive Energy Group, LLC
Register

Hiring Our Heroes
Tuesday, Sept. 30, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Pipers Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Road, Aurora
Veterans and interested business may visit www.HiringOurHeroes.org for details and to register

Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce | 43 W. Galena Blvd. Aurora, Illinois 60506
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News About Our Chamber Members

September 5th, 2014

Julie Proscia with SmithAmundsen will facilitate “An Employer’s Nightmare: The Wage and Hour Dilemma” as part of a manufacturers and distributors progressive roundtable event on Sept. 24 at 4:30 p.m. Learn and discuss the best practices to avoid the pitfalls. Additional topics will cover finances, taxes, forecasting, and more. Details, registration information may be found online.

Rush-Copley Medical Center presents Rock the Heart on Sept. 26 from 6:00 p.m. until 1:00 a.m.a t Ballydoyle Irish Pub & Restaurant. Live music raffles, specials and complimentary appetizers will be featured. Tickets are $20 in advance (at rushcopley.com/rocktheheart) or $25 at the door.

The YWCA of Aurora is developing impactful program for Aurora area women to help them succeed in life. In order to assess the community’s interest and availability to participate in these programs, they are conducting a brief survey. To take the survey, click here. For questions regarding the survey, please contact Dianna Manjarrez at dmanjarrez@ywcaaurora.org.

Thank you to all the boaters, fans, spectators and volunteers who came out to celebrate the kickoff of the Fox Valley United Way’s fund raising at the 2014 Cardboard Boat Race. Old Second National Bank won Best in Race and the People’s Choice, while Breaking Free won Most Spectacular Sinking. Go to http://www.uwfoxvalley.org/content/2014-cardboard-boat-race-results to find out who else won.

“There’s No Place Like Home,” which is why Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity is holding a Wizard of Oz gala and movie benefit to raise funds to build a home for Cheryl Williams and her family on Monday, September 8, from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. at the Hollywood Palms. Tickets are $100 and include hors d’oeuvres, dinner, a movie ticket, and inclusion in the raffle. There is still time to RSVP. Call Deb at (630) 859-3333.

Naper Settlement is still looking for actors for their Halloween festival, All Hallows Eve. Last day of auditions is Tuesday, September 9, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Meeting House. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old. Applicants will be asked to read two to three lines for various character roles. All Hallows Eve will be held from 6:30 to 10:00 p.m. on Oct. 17-18. For more information, contact Amanda at (630) 420-6773 or e-mail fehrenbachera@naperville.il.us.

Community Career Center invites you to attend their “SHEIFGAB the World: 8 Building Blocks of Transition” seminar on Tuesday, September 9, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.; “Cloud Basics” workshop on Tuesday, September 9, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.; and/or “LinkedIn: Just the Basics” seminar on Thursday, September 11, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Admission is free for members and $15 for non-members per event. They are also offering free seminars to all current job seekers, including “The Phoenix Group: Revive, Refresh, & Reinvigorate Your 12+ Month Search” on Monday, September 15, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and “Networking for Job Seekers” on Thursday, September 18, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Interested in becoming a member? Come September 10, 13, or 20 at 9:30 a.m. to learn what services and resources are available to you. Tour the Center and optimize your search efforts today.

In conjunction with the Plainfield Public Library, the Community Career Center is also holding a “CAREER U” for all high school and college graduates on Tuesday, September 9, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Learn personal branding, interviewing and networking skills, resume writing, and social media for career development. Call (630) 961-5665 for more information.

Gain job market insight, find employment, advance career goals, and develop professional career skills at Rasmussen College’s Aurora/Naperville Career Fair on Wednesday, September 10, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Arrive early and take part in the “HR Panel Experts Q&A” from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. in room 109.

Pure Health Physical Medicine is holding a free dinner and informational Knee Arthritis Program (KNAP) on September 10, 16 or 18 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Orchards Restaurant at Orchard Valley Golf Course. Special guest speakers include Kenneth J. Olson, DC and David Sutton PA-C. Seating is limited, so call (630) 897-1895 to reserve your seat today.

Aurora University’s Main Stage presents “Anna Deavere Smith Snapshots: Glimpses of America in Change” on Wednesday, September 10, at 7:30 p.m. Hailed by Newsweek as “the most exciting individual in American theater,” well-known actress Anna Deavere Smith explores issues of race, identity and community during a special one-person show. Registration is required for this free event. Register online here.

The Weed Ladies fall floral design sale will be held September 11-13, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and September 14, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the historic Daniels House at Naper Settlement. The sale features creative seasonal floral arrangements with silk, dried florals, and dried bouquets. Admission is free. Custom arrangements are also available. Call (630) 305-5289 for more information.

The Youth Service Bureau of Illinois Valley is hosting the 26th Annual Children’s Challenge Golf Outing on Friday, September 12, from 1:15 to 8:00 p.m. at Fox Bend Golf Course. It will be a four person scramble format with a southwestern cookout after competition play. Be the first to score a hole-in-one on hole #6 and win $10,000. Cost is $85 for golf and $100 for golf and dinner. Contact Jill Orr at jillo@ysbiv.org to register or visit http://www.ysbiv.org/events.aspx.

Join Hesed House for their 10th Annual Hike for Hesed on Saturday, September 13. Walk alone or with a team of friends, co-workers, or family along the beautiful Fox River to help benefit the men, woman, and children living at Hesed House. Registration if from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. The hike begins at 9:00 a.m., rain or shine, and is followed by breakfast, live music by Twist of Faith, and fun activities for the whole family! Contact Karen Whitney at (630) 897-2156 x542 or kwhitney@hesedhouse.org for more information.

On Saturday, September 13, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Water Street Mall in downtown Aurora will be filled with collectibles, vintage treasures, retro items, vinyl LP’s, antiques, music, and the activity of the Louche Puce Market one last time. In October, visit Louche Puce Market at the Aurora Transportation Center as it joins Aurora’s Farmers Market. Interested vendors can contact organizer Jeanne Norris at (630) 844-3224 or email louchepuce@gmail.com.

Discover the pleasure of cooking with food you’ve grown yourself. Come to The Growing Place in Aurora on Saturday, September 13, at the top of every hour from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. for “From Garden to Table: Plant an Herb Basket, Recipes & Tips.” Learn about fall salads, beets, and herbs for soups and stews, and plant a basket of herbs that is perfect for fall and winter harvest. Price is cost of materials. Call (630) 820-8088 for more information.

Take a step through time on the Mill to Moser Walking Tour put on by Naper Settlement on Saturday, September 13, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. From the location of Naperville’s earliest settlement to the creation of Harold Moser’s first of many subdivisions, highlights include descriptions of architectural styles and the histories of former Naperville families. The tour includes about 18 blocks of walking. All ages welcome. The tour steps off from Centennial Beach. Tickets are $12 per person. Call (630) 420-6010 for reservations.

Where are the opportunities for growth? Which markets are hot, solid, and weak? Join Jay Olshonsky, NAI Hiffman Global President, and Dr. Peter Linneman, NAI’s Chief Economist, for a Global Economic Outlook web conference on Tuesday, September 16, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Register here. For further information, please contact Craig Hurvitz, Director of Research, at (630) 693-0645 or churvitz@hiffman.com.

Dreyer Medical Clinic has recently announced the re-opening of Vitality Medspa at their St. Charles office location and are celebrating with an open house on Thursday, September 18, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Guests are invited to tour the spa, meet the staff, and enjoy complimentary mini-treatment demonstrations. There will also be refreshments and raffle prizes. Call (630) 940-0192 for more information.

Join State Representative Stephanie Kifowit for an informational session on Internet Safety, Cyber Bullying, and Bullying on Thursday, September 18, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Aurora Public Library, Eola Branch. The presenter is Melissa Hemzacek, with the office of the Illinois Attorney General, Internet Safety Specialist, High Tech Crimes Bureau. Call (630) 585-1308 or email stephanie.kifowit@att.net for more information.

Try your hand at cartooning with an Emmy-nominated filmmaker Steven Fischer on Thursday, September 18, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Waubonsee Community College. Generate idea using a range of writing and drawing exercises as you develop characters, locations, environments and themes. Along the way, explore the philosophy and psychology of inspiration, cartoon art, creativity and storytelling. No drawing experience is necessary! Admission is $15. Only 20 spots available. Go to www.waubonseetickets.com to register.

Move yourself in the right direction with the Aurora Job Fair on Friday, September 19, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on the first floor of Waubonsee Community College’s Aurora Campus. This event is free and open to the public. For more information and registration details, visit http://www.waubonsee.edu/jobfairs.

Support the Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois at their 10th Annual Thin Mint Sprint on Saturday, September 20, at Camp Medil McCormick. Registration starts at 6:00 a.m., with the races beginning at 7:30 a.m. Stay for Samoa Fun Fest at 10:30 a.m. and enjoy traditional camp activities, food vendors, and hands-on fun stations. For more information and to register, visit www.girlscoutsni.org.

Attend the Graduate Business Programs Open House on Saturday, September 20, at 9:30 a.m. and learn how to advance your career with a graduate business degree from Aurora University. Business faculty, recent graduates, current students, admission representatives, and financial aid counselors also will be available to answer questions. Register at www.aurora.edu/gradbusiness.

We Welcome Our New Members Who Joined in August

September 5th, 2014

This past August, 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.

NIU National Safety Education Center: The National Safety Education Center is 1 of 27 OSHA Training Institute Education Centers (OTIEC) in the nation to give occupational safety and health training to public and private sector workers.

Motel 6 – Aurora: Motel 6 is the leader in budget hotels, offering clean, comfortable rooms at the lowest price of any national chain. The Aurora location is situated off of Farnsworth Ave., close to I-88.

Hormann LLC: Manufacturing German-engineered American-made garage doors, Hormann’s range of residential and commercial doors and openers are specially designed and developed to meet the requirements of the North American market.

Lindt Chocolate: Located in the Chicago Premium Outlet in Aurora, Lindt offers a wide selection of chocolate creations, from the popular Lindor Truffles and Excellence Bar, to seasonal offerings and European specialties.

Sport Clips: A barbershop chain, Sport Clips offers a championship haircut experience for men and boys in an exciting sports environment. Walk-ins are welcome.

Law Office of Bilal Siddiqui: Attorney Bilal Siddiqui and his team of dedicated professionals serve the legal needs of businesses and individuals in Chicagoland. They practice real estate law, family law, criminal law, and immigration.

Lindsay & Associates, Inc.: Established in 1997, Lindsay & Associates employs highly creative, motivated consulting structural engineers who offer practical and cost-effective solutions to customers.

BiOWiSH Technologies, Inc.: BiOWish develops and manufacture innovative products that provide superior solutions and meet future needs in the fields of environmental management, agri-business, and consumer products.

D&D Associates, Inc.: For over twenty years, D&D Associates has been a dominant provider of commercial appraisal services in the Chicagoland area, offering superb services in real estate appraising and consulting.

Aurora Chamber Partners for Hiring Our Heroes Event

August 28th, 2014

Next month, the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is partnering with a number of national, state and local organizations to support career opportunities for our region.

On Sept. 30, the Aurora Chamber in collaboration with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and several Illinois agencies will host another Hiring Our Heroes event. The hiring fair will run from 10 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at Piper’s Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Road in Aurora. A workshop for veterans and other military job seekers that focuses on resume writing, tips for successfully navigating hiring fairs, military skill translation and interviewing will start at 8:30 a.m.

Hiring Our Heroes launched in March 2011 as a nationwide initiative to help veterans, transitioning service members and military spouses find meaningful employment opportunities. Working with a vast network of state and local chambers and strategic partners from the public, private and non-profit sectors, the goal is to create a movement across America in hundreds of communities.

To date, more than 24,000 veterans and military spouses have obtained jobs through Hiring Our Heroes job fairs. More than 1,700 businesses of all sizes have pledged to hire 448,000 heroes as part of the Hiring 500,000 Heroes campaign. Of those commitments, 265,000 hires have been confirmed with thousands more in the pipeline right now.

It is highly recommended that all jobseekers pre-register online for the Hiring Our Heroes job fair at HiringOurHeroes.org. Registration by phone is not available at this time.

If a jobseeker is unable to register online or if it is the day of the job fair, he or she may also register in-person at the fair. Veterans and service members must have proof of service ready to display at the registration table.

Jobseekers unable to make it to a job fair are encouraged to use Hiring Our Heroes digital employment tools, as well as reach out to local veteran organizations or military family groups.

Two additional fairs are currently scheduled as well. On Sept. 10, Rasmussen College will host a career fair from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at their campus. On Sept. 19, Waubonsee Community College will hold a job fair from 9:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at its Aurora campus.

For those interested in attending any of the fairs, Rasmussen is hosting a Google hangout Sept. 8 on preparing for a career fair and landing an interview.

Details on each of these programs and more may be found on the AuroraChamber.com website in the Calendar of Events section.

News About Our Chamber Members

August 28th, 2014

The YWCA of Aurora is developing impactful program for Aurora area women to help them succeed in life. In order to assess the community’s interest and availability to participate in programs, they are conducting a brief survey. To take the survey, click here. For questions regarding the survey please contact Dianna Manjarrez at dmanjarrez@ywcaaurora.org.

Thank you to all the boaters, fans, spectators and volunteers who came out to celebrate the kickoff of the Fox Valley United Way’s fund raising at the 2014 Cardboard Boat Race. Old Second National Bank won Best in Race and the People’s Choice, while Breaking Free won Most Spectacular Sinking. Go to http://www.uwfoxvalley.org/content/2014-cardboard-boat-race-results to find out who else won.

Corlyne Mulder, M.D. has joined the Department of Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose, & Throat) at Advocate Dreyer’s Highland and Rush-Copley Campus locations. To make an appointment with Dr. Mulder, please call (630) 264-8560. To learn more about ENT services at Dreyer, please visit www.dreyermed.com/ent.

Learn more about financing, credit repair, business loans, marketing, customer service, tax preparation, insurance, social media, business planning, and more at ACCION Workshop for Small Business on Wednesday, September 3, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Two Brothers Roundhouse. For free registration, please visit www.smallbizaurora.eventbrite.com.

Naper Settlement is looking for actors for their Halloween festival, All Hallows Eve. Auditions will be held on September 3, 4 and 9 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Meeting House. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old. Applicants will be asked to read two to three lines for various character roles. All Hallows Eve will be held from 6:30 to 10:00 p.m. on Oct. 17-18. For more information, contact Amanda at (630) 420-6773 or e-mail fehrenbachera@naperville.il.us.

Get your jogging strollers out and boogie on down to Blackberry Farm’s first stroller 5K on Saturday, September 6, at 8:30 a.m. After the run, stay, play and party at a family fun fair with activities and information geared toward young families. Admission is $19 for residents / $24 non-residents, $14 for children (5-14), and free for children under four. Call (630) 892-1550 for more information.

Change a life this September by becoming a tutor for Waubonsee Community College’s Adult Literacy Project. Training is Saturday, September 6 and 13 (both days required), from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. To register, contact Elise Mills at (630) 801-7900 x4221 or at emills@waubonsee.edu.

Fall is a great time to plan for winter interest. Come to The Growing Place in Aurora on Saturday, September 6, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for “Landscaping 101: Winter Thrillers” and discover which plants—especially trees and shrubs—offer the biggest benefit in brightening a dreary winter day. Admission is free. Call (630) 820-8088 for more information.

Spin your way to a dining extravaganza at the Naperville Heritage Society gala on Saturday, September 6, from 5:00 to 11:00 p.m. After a live auction and cocktail hour at the Wentz Concert Hall, spin the “Wheel of Dining” and find out your unique dining experience for the evening. Travel to your destination in style, enjoy dinner, and then return to Wentz Hall for coffee and sweets. The guest of honor is Dick Locher, Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist and Dick Tracy comic strip illustrator. Tickets are $195 per person. To purchase tickets, call Ginia Goggio at (630) 420-6016 or e-mail goggiog@naperville.il.us.

Sign up for and watch “ASK THE EXPERTS: How to Prepare for a Career Fair and Land an Interview Webinar” on Monday, September 8, at 12:00 p.m. on Google Hangout or the Rasmussen College’s Youtube Channel. Please complete the following survey before the event: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/X2JNPPV. For more information, go to http://bit.ly/asktheexperts-02 or email Careerservicesonline@rasmussen.edu.

Community Career Center invites you to attend their “Pre-employment Mock Training” on Monday, September 8, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.; “SHEIFGAB the World: 8 Building Blocks of Transition” seminar on Tuesday, September 9, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.; “Cloud Basics” workshop on Tuesday, September 9, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.; and/or “LinkedIn: Just the Basics” seminar on Thursday, September 11, 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 September 6, 10, or 13 at 9:30 a.m. to learn what services and resources are available to you. Tour the Center and optimize your search efforts today.

In conjunction with the Plainfield Public Library, the Community Career Center is also holding a “CAREER U” for all high school and college graduates on Tuesday, September 9, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Learn personal branding, interviewing and networking skills, resume writing, and social media for career development. Call 630-961-5665 for more information.

Gain job market insight, find employment, advance career goals, and develop professional career skills at Rasmussen College’s Aurora/Naperville Career Fair on Wednesday, September 10, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Arrive early and take part in the “HR Panel Experts Q&A” from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. in room 109.

Pure Health Physical Medicine is holding a free dinner and informational Knee Arthritis Program (KNAP) on Wednesday, September 10, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Orchards Restaurant at Orchard Valley Golf Course. Special guest speakers include Kenneth J. Olson, DC and David Sutton PA-C. Seating is limited, so call (630) 897-1895 to reserve your seat today.

Aurora University’s Main Stage presents “Anna Deavere Smith Snapshots: Glimpses of America in Change” on Wednesday, September 10, at 7:30 p.m. Hailed by Newsweek as “the most exciting individual in American theater,” well-known actress Anna Deavere Smith explores issues of race, identity and community during a special one-person show. Registration is required for this free event. Register online here.

The Weed Ladies fall floral design sale will be held September 11-13, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and September 14, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the historic Daniels House at Naper Settlement. The sale features creative seasonal floral arrangements with silk, dried florals, and dried bouquets. Admission is free. Custom arrangements are also available. Call (630) 305-5289 for more information.

Join Hesed House for their 10th Annual Hike for Hesed on Saturday, September 13. Walk alone or with a team of friends, co-workers, or family along the beautiful Fox River to help benefit the men, woman, and children living at Hesed House. Registration if from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. The hike begins at 9:00 a.m. rain or shine and is followed by breakfast, live music by Twist of Faith, and fun activities for the whole family! Contact Karen Whitney at (630) 897-2156 x542 or kwhitney@hesedhouse.org for more information.

For only one more Saturday, Water Street Mall in downtown Aurora will be fill with collectibles, vintage treasures, retro items, vinyl LP’s, antiques, music, and activity of the Louche Puce Market once again. The market is open from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on September 13. In October, visit Louche Puce Market at the Aurora Transportation Center as it joins Aurora’s Farmers Market. Interested vendors can contact organizer Jeanne Norris at (630) 844-3224 or email louchepuce@gmail.com.

Your Aurora Chamber Newsletter Has Arrived

August 25th, 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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95.9 The River
Accurate Personnel
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Basils 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.
Global Data Sciences
Green Buddha Life Books dba E3HRA, LLC
Ice Miller LLP
Junior Achievement of Chicago – Western Division
K-Rise Systems, Inc.
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency
Leave Me Bee Pest Control, Inc.
Liberty Mutual – Dawn Tully
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
McKesson
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Old Second National Bank
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pipe Fitters Local 597
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush-Copley Medical Center
Ryland Homes – Ingham Park
S&S Metal Recyclers II
Safeguard Construction Company, Inc.
Sequoia General Contracting Corp.
Sign*A*Rama – Aurora
SmithAmundsen, LLC
St. Charles Bank & Trust
State Farm Insurance Companies
Stumm Insurance, LLC
The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield
The Voice
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
Wolf & Company LLP
WSPY

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Cathleen Neibch
1633 Barkei Drive
Batavia, IL 60510
(630) 525-1435
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For more news about fellow members, visit the Aurora Chamber blog.
NRSA Survey
Waubonsee Community College‘s Illinois Small Business Development Center is currently conducting a 10-question survey on the business needs of the community. Local businesses are encouraged to participate. Responses are strictly confidential. For questions, please contact Harriet Parker of Waubonsee Community College at (630) 906-4143 or at hparker@waubonsee.edu.Help them reach their goal of 80-100 completed surveys: Take Survey
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Programs for Member Businesses
Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, August 26, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber officesBusiness Development Leads Group 2
Wednesday, August 27, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber officesFox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, August 28, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Drive, Aurora
$12 Aurora Chamber Members
$15 General Admission
Co-Sponsor: Leave Me Bee Pest Control, Inc.
Register

Ribbon Cutting
Thursday, August 28, at 4:00 p.m.
Dunkin Donuts, 257 Genesis Dr., North Aurora

Grand Opening

Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, September 9, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business Development Leads Group 2
Wednesday, September 10, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

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

Coffee & Connections Networking Event
Tuesday, September 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Painters District Council #30, 1905 Sequoia Dr., Aurora
Co-sponsored by Aurora University
Register

Meeting Small Business Needs
Tuesday, Sept. 16, from 8:00 to 11:30 a.m.

Hiring Our Heroes
Tuesday, Sept. 30, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Pipers Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Road, Aurora
Veterans and interested business may visit www.HiringOurHeroes.org for details and to register

Refer a Prospective Business
It is always the right time to refer a prospective business!When you refer a prospective Member in August and they join, you and your business will be highlighted in our eNewsletter and receive ChamberBucks to use toward an eBlast, Excel List, Website Ad or a Fox Valley Networking Breakfast.Submit your referral to Jane Abe, IOM, ACE, Director of Membership, at jabe@aurorachamber.com.
Share a Member-To-Member Discount
Support your fellow Chamber members and help strengthen the ties of the Aurora business community by participating in our member-to-member discount program. Find out which members are providing discounts and other benefits already in our Members Only section and consider helping us expand the list.
Thank You
Panel Presenters

Special thanks to the following panel presenters at the Chamber’s Not-For-Profit Alliance seminar last week: Alex Pope, Vice President of Development for Rush-Copley Medical Center; Laura Stoney, Development Officer for the Aurora Public Library Foundation; Julie Nelligan, Development Director for YMCA of Metro Chicago; and Calvin Stoney, Partner at Gonser Gerber LLP.Great ideas, advice, networking and expertise were provided by these successful professionals.We would also like to thank SmithAmundsen LLC for sponsoring the event and Pomegranate Restaurant for hosting it.
Ribbon Cutting
On Friday, August 15, the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce and the City of Aurora celebrated the grand opening of Wingstop at 1261 N. Lake St. with an official ribbon cutting.
Wingstop

Wingstop is a chicken wing restaurant that serves fresh, made-to-order foods-from hand-sauced and tossed wings to blanched, cooled, fried and seasoned French fries. They offer 11 mouthwatering flavors, from Mango Habanero to Hickory Smoked BBQ to Garlic Parmesan.
How to Get Money for Your Small Business
The City of Aurora Neighborhood Redevelopment Division will host a program focusing on financing, credit repair, business loans, and more. The event will be Wednesday, Sept. 3, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Two Brothers Roundhouse, Aurora. Registration is free; visit www.smallbizzaurora.eventbrite.com
Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce | 43 W. Galena Blvd. Aurora, Illinois 60506
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News About Our Chamber Members

August 21st, 2014

Congratulations to Blackberry Farm for being featured on network TV as part of ABC 7’s 190 North broadcast at 11:00 p.m. on August 24. The segment highlighted many of Blackberry Farm’s unique attractions, its history and pioneer origins, and the popular events and activities hosted there.

The Robert Crown Center is pleased to announce that Mr. R.J. McMahon has been named the organization’s Chief Executive Officer. Mr. McMahon will lead the organization in its effort to develop educational programs and to teach youth to lead safe, healthy, and happy lives.

If you live in Aurora, own your own home, have homeowner’s insurance, and meet the income criteria, you may qualify for free attic and wall insulation, courtesy of Rebuilding Together Aurora and the City of Aurora. These professional installations value $1,500-$5,000. Space is limited to the first 15 applicants. Apply by August 31, 2014 at http://www.rtaurora.org/for-homeowners/apply/.

Gigi’s Playhouse Fox Valley is hosting Open Play, a social networking group open to any family, on Tuesday, August 26, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. Please come and share. RSVP at foxvalley@gigisplayhouse.org.

Join State Representative Stephanie Kifowit for a Roundtable Discussion with Micki Miller, Assistant Executive Director of Senior Services, on Tuesday, August 26, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express in Oswego. The discussion will include an overview of services, volunteering opportunities, assessments, and public benefits. Lunch will be provided. RSVP by calling (630) 585-1308 or sending an email to stephanie.kifowit@att.net.

Support the Joseph Corporation of Illinois, Inc. by attending their 22nd Annual Golf Outing and Fundraiser on Wednesday, August 27, from 12:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Bliss Creek Golf Course. There will be door prizes, a 50/50 raffle, and more. The price is $125 for an individual golfer and $500 for a foursome. A dinner-only ticket is $35. For more information or to register, contact (630) 906-9400 or dwiggins@josephcorp.org.

The Aurora Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (AACVB) will be initiating a campaign to establish a new travel itinerary called “Culinary Champions.” Various dishes will be judged by the Mayors/Village Presidents of the 10 communities in the AACVB marketing area to see which one is the best in Fox Valley. The program will be kicked off at the AACVB Board of Directors Meeting on Thursday August 28. The first food competition will begin in September. Go to www.FaceBook.com/AuroraAreaCVB or call Group Sales Agent Mike Pfeiffer at (630) 256-3194 for more information.

Please join Fox Valley Credit Union (FVCU) for their end of summer blood drive campaign on Friday, August 29. Heartland Blood Centers’ mobile coach will be in FVCU’s parking lot from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eat healthy and drink plenty of fluids before donating. Photo ID required. Receive a $10.00 Target gift certificate while supplies last.

Visit the Alley Art Festival on Saturday, August 30 from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. Now in its fifth year, the festival brings local art, music, fun, and activities to downtown Aurora’s beloved Water Street Mall. The event is free and offers a chance to meet local artists, hula hoop on the lawn, listen to live music, and purchase one-of-a-kind art. Call (630) 896-6666 for more information.

It’s a race to the finish line with the Compassion Foundation Ducky Derby on Sunday, August 31, from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. If the toy duck you purchased wins, you could walk away with up to $5,000 in prize money. Ducks are $5 each or 5 for $20, but admission to the event is free. An after-race event will be held at SciTech Hands On Museum, and will include a raffle. The funds we raise will be awarded in the form of grants to other social service agencies or organizations in the area. Call (630) 777-1577 for more information or to sponsor.

Come to RiverEdge Park on Sunday, August 31, from 1:00 to 8:00 p.m. and celebrate Aurora’s diversity at Roots Aurora. Put on by Family Focus, the event includes dancing, music, art, and (most importantly) food. General admission is $3($1 if you arrive in cultural garb) at the gate. Call (630) 844-2550 for questions.

Naperville’s Jaycees Family Fun Land area, which is part of the Last Fling, will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Monday, September 1, at Naper Settlement. Family Fun Land provides a family-friendly atmosphere with bouncy rides, pony rides, an entertainment stage, arts and crafts area, food and beverages, family-focused business expo booths and much more. Admission is free. Visit www.lastfling.org for more information.

Naper Settlement is also looking for actors for their Halloween festival, All Hallows Eve. Auditions will be held on September 3, 4 and 9 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Meeting House. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old. Applicants will be asked to read two to three lines for various character roles. All Hallows Eve will be held from 6:30 to 10:00 p.m. on Oct. 17-18. For more information, contact Amanda at (630) 420-6773 or e-mail fehrenbachera@naperville.il.us.

Get your jogging strollers out and boogie on down to Blackberry Farm’s first stroller 5K on Saturday, September 6, at 8:30 a.m. After the run, stay, play and party at a family fun fair with activities and information geared toward young families. Admission is $19 for residents / $24 non-residents, $14 for children (5-14), and free for children under four. Call (630) 892-1550 for more information.

Change a life this September by becoming a tutor for Waubonsee Community College’s Adult Literacy Project. Training is Saturday, September 6 and 13 (both days required), from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. To register, contact Elise Mills at (630) 801-7900 x4221 or at emills@waubonsee.edu.

Fall is a great time to plan for winter interest. Come to The Growing Place in Aurora on Saturday, September 6, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for “Landscaping 101: Winter Thrillers” and discover which plants—especially trees and shrubs—offer the biggest benefit in brightening a dreary winter day. Admission is free. Call (630) 820-8088 for more information.

Spin your way to a dining extravaganza at the Naperville Heritage Society gala on Saturday, September 6, from 5:00 to 11:00 p.m. After a live auction and cocktail hour at the Wentz Concert Hall, spin the “Wheel of Dining” and find out your unique dining experience for the evening. Travel to your destination in style, enjoy dinner, and then return to Wentz Hall for coffee and sweets. The guest of honor is Dick Locher, Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist and Dick Tracy comic strip illustrator. Tickets are $195 per person. To purchase tickets, call Ginia Goggio at (630) 420-6016 or e-mail goggiog@naperville.il.us.