Year in Review: An Annual Report to Our Membership

October 31st, 2014
We appreciate all of our members, community partners, and volunteers. During yesterday’s Annual Celebration of Membership,
we shared the following data with those in attendance. We believe this information supports the work of our members, our volunteers,
and our staff. We are focused on supporting our business members. If you are interested in discussing membership with
the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce, please contact our office.
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October 31, 2014
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Signed and Sealed
986
Certificates of Origin
(a 44% increase over previous year)

 

Offered
376
Products, Programs, Services for Our Business Members

 

Held
107
Public Policy Meetings

 

Welcomed
155,227
Visitors to Website

 

Represented more than
40,000
Employees in Membership

 

Maintained
5-star
Accreditation with
U.S. Chamber of Commerce

 

Business Members Represented
60
Communities in Illinois

 

Took Positions on
45
Bills in Illinois General Assembly

 

Business Members Realized
28,327
Hits to 534 Job Postings

 

According to National Study
by The Schapiro Group
73%
of Consumers were More Aware
of Chamber Member Businesses

 

Hosted more than
130
Events for Members

 

Creating a Strong Local Economy
  • Produced workshops on Medical Marijuana in the Workplace, Concealed Carry, Affordable Care Act, and other Employment Law programs to support our businesses
  • Conducted business retention, expansion, and development activities
  • Produced week-long Small Business Aurora event
  • Forged ongoing collaboration with regional and statewide economic development programs
  • Graduated the 35th Leadership Academy class
  • Offered opportunities to improve their bottom line with affinity programs for office supplies, utilities, and internet services
  • Responded to information requests and data research for member support services
  • CEO represented membership on numerous workforce development groups, including River Valley Workforce Investment Board, Governor’s 21st Century Workforce Development Advisory Fund, and Pathways to Prosperity
  • Provided intermediary responsibilities for Aurora Region Pathways to Prosperity initiative with City of Aurora, community colleges, and public school districts
Representing Business to Government
  • Presented on behalf of business at City Council meetings
  • Held monthly Aurora First meetings to support improvements in Permitting, Electrical Ordinances, and other initiatives
  • Board and CEO attended Illinois Business Lobby Day in Springfield
  • Participated in 107 public policy meetings with elected officials, State departments, and local committees and groups
  • CEO and Board represented business members on various task forces, committees, and advisory groups
  • Conducted member surveys and provided input to elected officials on issues ranging from business taxes, state finances, economic development, and education reform
  • Hosted regular Council on Legislative Affairs to address pending legislation that would impact business community
  • Took positions on 45 bills in Illinois General Assembly, including Pension Reform, Workers’ Compensation, Minimum Wage, Taxes, and more
  • Coordinated grassroots engagement of members with elected officials through meetings, communications, and business visits
Relationship Building Opportunities
  • Presented six successful Coffee & Connections programs with more than 300 total attendees
  • Hosted the Mayor’s State of the City address with more than 400 in attendance
  • Hosted the State of the Village of North Aurora address
  • Offered two Business Development Leads Groups for interested members
  • Leveraged U.S. Chamber of Commerce membership while offering Federation Partnership to participating small business members
  • Offered Constant Contact affinity program to better connect member businesses with their customers and prospects
  • Coordinated more than 55 ribbon cuttings, grand openings, groundbreakings, and open houses for business members
  • Offered Not-For-Profit Alliance to support collaboration, advancement of participating members
  • Coordinated annual Holiday Celebration in collaboration with Quad County African American and Aurora Hispanic chambers of commerce
Promoting Our Community
  • Maintained existing website with nearly 65,000 unique visitors
  • Realized more than 2.2 million page hits to the website
  • Reached 718 fans on Facebook page
  • Counted 2,079 twitter followers
  • CEO commenced writing a monthly column in Beacon News
  • Responded to all media interview requests
  • Produced weekly e-newsletters, blogs, and social media posts
  • Supported community special events
  • Collaborated with City of Aurora and Village of North Aurora as well as more than 50 other partners on various initiatives
  • Collaborated on Diversity Network to support business-inclusion practices in community
  • CEO and staff served on numerous state and national boards and committees
Promoting Our Members
  • Provided members with sponsorship, marketing, and promotional opportunities via our newsletters, eBlasts, special events, and www.AuroraChamber.com website
  • Offered additional levels of membership, including Premier Membership with 12 members and Elite Membership with more than 50 members
  • Promoted several Member-to-Member discount programs
  • Successfully supported the Shop Local and Shop Small campaigns
Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce | 43 W. Galena Blvd. Aurora, Illinois 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180 Fax: (630) 256-3189 | www.aurorachamber.com

‘Remarkable Year’ for Aurora Regional Chamber

October 28th, 2014

This week, the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold its Annual Celebration of Membership. This event highlights the accomplishments of the business community, showcases the activities of the Aurora Chamber and sets the direction for the upcoming year.

This past year, we had more than 100 businesses assist the Chamber and its partners with the Aurora Regional Pathways to Prosperity initiative. Others helped craft curriculum for Aurora University’s successful launch of the John C. Dunham STEM Partnership School. Additional organizations are involved in a growing number of causes and efforts in our community to create a stronger, more vibrant future for the community in which we all live, work and enjoy.

Looking back, we realized we completed 45 percent more certificates of origin for our business members to export their products around the world. Aurora area goods are being sold worldwide; your neighbors, family members or friends may be involved in this growing global economy.

Still others participated in more than 100 public policy meetings to help improve the business climate and share the business voice with our elected officials at City Hall, in Springfield and Washington.

Through discount programs and member discounts, our members were able to improve their bottom line by spending less. We created important connections for our businesses to collaborate and grow. More than 170 networking opportunities were available to our members.

Key events like the State of the City, the State of the Village and the multi-chamber Holiday Celebration offered opportunities for our community’s leaders to foster a collaborative, supportive economy in our region.

We offered a number of educational events for business leaders to learn better business techniques. With legislation that impacted medical marijuana use, the Affordable Care Act and Fair Labor Standards Act (to name a few), the Aurora Chamber organized programs to make its members aware of the impact to their businesses.

Of course, we cannot do it alone. We counted more than 50 collaborative partners that helped us organize, promote and coordinate programs and activities. We had more than 140 volunteers to lend a hand. We appreciate the assistance our Ambassadors provide at meetings, with welcome calls, mentoring new members and so much more. Our committee members and board members help guide our direction, and in many cases, assist in the implementation of the plans to support our business community.

During Thursday’s lunch, we will recognize our Immediate Past Chair Keith Wheeler of Responsive Network Services for his leadership this past year. We’ll also hear from Laura Newman of Mitutoyo America Corporation who recently accepted the role of board chair.

We are celebrating a remarkable year – and appreciate all of the efforts of the business community in making this region so strong.

One last request as we continue to strengthen our area: Please vote next Tuesday.

It’s easy to be cynical. Some believe our problems are too big and our politics are too small. Some wonder whether voting is worth the bother, whether it will make a difference. The truth is that every vote and voice matters in this election. If you want your voice to be heard, vote. With so many close contests this year, every vote really does count.

Aurora Chamber News: Annual Celebration, Election Day

October 27th, 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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October 27, 2014
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Elite Members

For more information contact the chamber.

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

Apex Engineering Products
Mark Bickler
1241 Shoreline Drive
Aurora 60504
(630) 820-8888
Manufacturer

 

Contact Us

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

 

 

Thursday: Seats Remain for Annual Membership Celebration
Celebration of Membership

Sponsored by

SmithAmundsen

Waubonsee Community College
Cadence Health Convenient Care

Your Vote Is Your Voice
With Election Day around the corner, it is essential that you are part of the debate that determines the direction of our country.

Americans have relentlessly fought for the right to vote, and yet history has shown that more than 40 percent of Americans will not exercise that right. This November, as business leaders, community leaders, and citizens, we have a duty to make our voices heard and encourage others to do the same.

In this critical election, we need to make sure that those who support and believe in American enterprise and economic freedom are involved.

The Aurora Regional Chamber is partnering with the U.S. Chamber to make sure you and your employees have all the voting tools you need and important election information available at your fingertips.

Visit GOTV.VoteForJobs.com for important election information specific to Illinois and voter registration, early voting, absentee ballot tools, as well as active polling place locators.

The tool is intended to ensure every American citizen is active at the polls, and that jobs are on the ballot here in Illinois. Voting is one of the greatest rights and responsibilities of being an American citizen and it is essential that jobs are on the ballot this November – which starts with ensuring the business community is active at the polls.

Upcoming Programs for Members
Business Development Leads Group I
Tuesday, Oct. 28, from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m.
Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce office

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, Oct. 30, from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Drive, Aurora
Please RSVP by Tues. 10/28

2014 Annual Celebration of Membership
Thursday, Oct. 30, from 11:30 a.m.to 1:30 p.m.
Aurora Country Club, 1548 Prairie Street, Aurora
Register

Diversity Network: Business Before Hours
Tuesday, Nov. 04, from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m.
Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce office

Business Development Leads Group I
Tuesday, Nov. 11, from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m.
Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce office

Business Development Leads Group II
Wednesday, Nov. 12, from 8:00 to 9:15 a.m.
Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce office

Ambassador Committee Meeting
Thursday, Nov. 13, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce office

Coffee & Connections Networking
Tuesday, Nov. 18, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Painters District Council #30, 1905 Sequoia Drive, Aurora

Business Development Leads Group I
Tuesday, Nov. 25, from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m.
Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce office

Shop Small Business Saturday
Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014

Help Small Businesses Do More Business
In 2010, American Express founded Small Business Saturday to help business owners with their most pressing need – getting more customers. Today, shoppers across the nation continue to rally in support of small businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

Diversity Network: Business Before Hours
Tuesday, Dec. 02, from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m.
Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce office

Holiday Celebration 2014
Bring the whole office for a holiday celebration! We’ll do all the planning so you can enjoy yourself and network with community leaders and other businesses.
Tuesday, Dec. 02, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Paramount Theatre Grand Gallery
Register

Member News
Your fellow Chamber members have a number of programs and activities for your entertainment or professional development. To view the latest news from fellow members, visit the Aurora Chamber blog.
Premier Members
Premier Members
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.

Member News, Programs, and Highlights

October 24th, 2014

Fox Valley United Way’s SPARK Aurora Early Childhood Collaboration is very proud of the strides being made for Aurora’s youngest residents.  ExceleRate Illinois is designed to make continuous quality improvement an everyday priority among early learning providers.  The program establishes standards for helping infants, toddlers and preschool age children develop intellectually, physically, socially and emotionally. For more information, visit the blog post.

Beginning in November, The Green Buddha Life Sustainability Center will offer an experiential six-week course on “Using Sound to Support Our Healing Processes.” Contact the center for details. In addition, the Center will host “Sound Journey” with gong guru Andre Peraza as part of Aurora’s First Friday Art Walk on Nov. 7 at 8 p.m.

On Nov. 8, Phyllis Kramer will launch the 17th annual series of cooking classes at Prisco’s Family Market with “Add Some Spice to Your Life.” The following Friday (Nov. 14), she will be back with “Cocktail Party.” Registration and information may be found on the Prisco’s website.

5B’s Barbecue will be at Fox Valley Montessori School on Tuesday, Oct. 28, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Chicken, pork chops, hot dog and Boca burger dinners will be served with drive-through style convenience.  Call for details.

Special offer from First Choice Coffee and Water Service. Cold weather is approaching and they are offering free coffee demonstrations for your employees with more than 200 options to choose from. Contact Kathy Bryant for further details

Naper Settlement’s Winter Season begins Nov. 1 at the outdoor history museum. The Visitor Center exhibits and exteriors of the buildings are available for touring. The audio tour is included.

Naper Settlement offers “History Speaks Lecture Series: Eleanor Roosevelt” on Sunday, Nov. 9, from 4 to 5 p.m. when Jessica Michna, portraying First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, shares her tragedies and triumphs. Born into the opulent wealth of American’s “Golden Age,” she grew from a shy, homely orphan into a confident, accomplished woman, a champion of civil rights, a prolific author and an admired statesman.

The Elgin Community College Health and Life Sciences building designed by Kluber Architects + Engineers continues to earn distinctions for exceptional architectural design and functionality. Additionally, as a reflection of its high standards in the field of multidiscipline architecture and engineering, Kluber has again been named one of the top employers to work for in the industry.  The 2014 ZweigWhite Best Firms to Work For Award honors top firms in architecture, engineering, planning, and environmental consulting in the United States and Canada. In 2014, Kluber ranks fifth in the multidisciplinary category and fourteenth on the list of the Top 100 firms.

The Advocate Dreyer Cancer Center has received the distinction of being accredited by the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative® Certification Program, an affiliate of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.  The QOPI Certification Program provides a three-year certification for outpatient hematology/oncology practices that meet the highest standards for quality cancer care.

In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Advocate Dreyer will host their annual Pink Party event at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 29, at the Hampton Inn & Suites. The event is free.  Speakers include Dr. Nancy Whereatt, breast surgeon; Sarah Bratt, breast health nurse practitioner; Nicolle Unger, occupational therapist; and guest speaker Dr. Jim Ferlmann, breast reconstructive specialist. Refreshments will be served.

ComEd’s Smart Ideas for Your Business offers a full-service option that provides free energy assessments and instant incentives through their qualified Trade Allies. Fellow Aurora Chamber members TCL Electrical and Lighting and Westside Mechanical, Inc. are qualified Allies.

Take part in the biggest Halloween street festival for adults in the Midwest- “Nightmare on Chicago Street” in downtown Elgin. Do not miss your chance to experience the zombie apocalypse. You can support AID by purchasing your tickets directly from us! Not only will your purchase help us continue our mission but you will save $3 off of every ticket purchased through AID! Buy your tickets now for only $7 ($10 at gate).

In addition, effective September 1, AID no longer accepts plastic material. They still accept cardboard, aluminum, electronics and more. Click here for more information on AID Traditional Recycling. Click here for more information on AID Electronic Recycling.

Presence Fox Knoll Retirement Community presents the following Lunch & Learn Lecture Series. Join them for a free, three-part lunch and learn lecture series focusing on your health. Ann Pisha, Fox Knoll’s new Wellness Center nurse, will speak on Medication Management (Oct. 29), Help in the Home (Nov. 19), and Warning Signs of Memory Loss (Dec. 10).  All events will be from noon to 2 p.m.  Reservations are required at least two days prior.

The Fox Valley Park District has proclaimed November as Veterans Recognition Month and will pay its respects with free admission to its fitness centers and also a complimentary luncheon. Throughout November, veterans are invited to visit any Park District fitness facility as often as they’d like for no charge. Free admittance for veterans and immediate family members (spouses and children) is offered at the Eola Community Center, Prisco Community Center, and Vaughan Athletic Center.

In addition, the Park District is hosting a Veterans Day Luncheon from noon to 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 7, at the Prisco Community Center. All veterans will enjoy free admission but must pre-register by Nov. 3.

 

Aurora Programs Make Quality Count through ExceleRate Illinois

October 24th, 2014

SPARK Aurora Early Childhood Collaboration is very proud of the strides being made for Aurora’s youngest residents.  The state of Illinois has launched its newest version of the quality rating improvement system known as ExceleRate Illinois.  It is designed to make continuous quality improvement an everyday priority among early learning providers.  The program establishes standards for helping infants, toddlers and preschool age children develop intellectually, physically, socially and emotionally. It provides a framework for early learning professionals to identify opportunities for improvement, increase their skills and take steps to make positive changes.

ExceleRate Illinois also recognizes early learning providers for their ongoing efforts to improve the quality of their care by awarding Circle of Quality designations:

  • The Licensed Circle of Quality tells you that the program meets state licensing standards for quality. It is the foundation for quality.
  • The Bronze Circle of Quality recognizes the qualifications of program staff.  It tells you that the program’s teachers and administrators have completed ExceleRate Illinois trainings, have met staff qualifications and are engaged in continuous quality improvement.
  • The Silver Circle of Quality recognizes that the program has met quality goals.  Silver Circle programs meet or go beyond quality standards in three areas: learning environment and teaching quality; administrative standards; and staff training and education. Programs are actively engaged in continuous quality improvement.
  • The Gold Circle of Quality recognizes programs that meet or go beyond the highest quality goals. Gold Circle programs have met the highest quality standards in three areas:  learning environment and teaching quality; administrative standards; and staff training and education.  Programs are actively engaged in continuous quality improvement.

The Provisional Silver Circle of Quality recognizes programs that are currently moving towards full alignment in the Silver Circle of Quality. This includes programs that earned a Star 1 or Star 2 rating in Quality Counts (the past Quality Rating System in Illinois) and are in line with the Silver Circle of Quality.  It also applies to programs that have a provisional rating because they are accredited by NAC (National Accreditation Commission for Early Care and Education Programs).

The Provisional Gold Circle of Quality recognizes programs that are currently moving towards full alignment in the Gold Circle of Quality. This includes programs that earned a Star 3 or Star 4 rating in Quality Counts (the past Quality Rating System in Illinois) and are in line with the Gold Circle of Quality items described. It also applies to programs that received a provisional rating because of their NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) or NAC (National Accreditation Commission for Early Care and Education Programs) accreditation.

Every early learning provider who participates in ExceleRate Illinois makes quality a priority.
The higher the circle of quality achieved, the more intentional and meaningful the learning environment becomes for the children enrolled.

“All young children need and deserve high-quality early learning experiences that will prepare them for school and life, and Aurora has a great opportunity to do our part to help young children,” said Trish Rooney, Director of SPARK Aurora Early Childhood Collaboration. “ExceleRate Illinois gives parents the tools to make informed decisions about the quality of the programs for their children.”   Young children and their families depend on high-quality education and care, which help children get a great start and bring lasting benefits to Aurora.  Parents can go directly to the ExceleRate website, www.excelerateillinois.com, and find early learning programs with the selected circle of quality designations.

SPARK Aurora Early Childhood Collaboration has many early childhood professionals working together to improve professional practice and working conditions in early childhood education, and to build public support for high-quality early childhood education programs.

SPARK and ExceleRate Illinois recognizes early learning and development providers who make quality a priority.  The following programs have attained a circle of quality.  Their hard work and efforts have paid off for children in our community!

Gold Circle of Quality

Silver Circle of Quality (Provisional)

Todd Early Childhood Center (District 129) Kindercare Learning Center – Long Grove
Jugando Se Aprende Inc. (Provisional) Aurora Early Learning Center
Early Childhood Center (District 131) Kindercare Learning Center – Constitution
Brokaw Early Learning Center (District 308) Hometown Child Care

The mission of SPARK Aurora Early Childhood Collaboration is to empower our diverse families and children to attain full success in learning and life by ensuring all Aurora’s young children have equal access to exemplary Early Childhood Care and Education.

October 23rd, 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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October 20, 2014
In This Issue

 

Quick Links

Follow Us!
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Elite Members

For more information contact the chamber.

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

HealthMarkets
Tony Hunsberger
40 W. Downer Place
Aurora, IL 60506
(630) 474-1383
Health Insurance
Referred by Scott Carey – Konen Insurance Agency

Sleepy’s – Farnsworth
2365 N. Farnsworth Ave.
Aurora, IL 60502
(630) 585-7150
Retail

Sleepy’s – Route 59
449 S. Route 59
Aurora, IL 60504
(630) 585-6419
Retail

Sleepy’s – North Aurora
1960 Towne Centre Dr.
North Aurora, IL 60542
(630) 907-1494
Retail

 

Contact Us

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

 

 

Join Us Next Week; Seats Remain for Annual Membership Celebration
Celebration of Membership

Sponsored by

SmithAmundsen

Waubonsee Community College
Cadence Health Convenient Care

Your Vote Is Your Voice
With Election Day around the corner, it is essential that you are part of the debate that determines the direction of our country.

Americans have relentlessly fought for the right to vote, and yet history has shown that more than 40 percent of Americans will not exercise that right. This November, as business leaders, community leaders, and citizens, we have a duty to make our voices heard and encourage others to do the same.

In this critical election, we need to make sure that those who support and believe in American enterprise and economic freedom are involved.

The Aurora Regional Chamber is partnering with the U.S. Chamber to make sure you and your employees have all the voting tools you need and important election information available at your fingertips.

Visit GOTV.VoteForJobs.com for important election information specific to Illinois and voter registration, early voting, absentee ballot tools, as well as active polling place locators.

The tool is intended to ensure every American citizen is active at the polls, and that jobs are on the ballot here in Illinois. Voting is one of the greatest rights and responsibilities of being an American citizen and it is essential that jobs are on the ballot this November – which starts with ensuring the business community is active at the polls.

Don’t Miss: Business Before Hours
Aurora Chamber Business Before Hours
at Office Depot

2302 W. Indian Trail Rd., Aurora, 60506
Door prizes include:
Fellows Powershred 63Cb (Retail Value $149.99)
Premium HON office chair (Retail Price – $684)
Thursday, Oct. 23, from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m.
Register

Business Development Leads Group I
Tuesday, Oct. 28, from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m.
Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce office

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, Oct. 30, from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Drive, Aurora
Please RSVP by Tues. 10/28

2014 Annual Celebration of Membership
Thursday, Oct. 30, from 11:30 a.m.to 1:30 p.m.
Aurora Country Club, 1548 Prairie Street, Aurora
Register

Diversity Network: Business Before Hours
Tuesday, Nov. 04, from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m.
Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce office

Business Development Leads Group I
Tuesday, Nov. 11, from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m.
Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce office

Business Development Leads Group II
Wednesday, Nov. 12, from 8:00 to 9:15 a.m.
Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce office

Ambassador Committee Meeting
Thursday, Nov. 13, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce office

Coffee & Connections Networking
Tuesday, Nov. 18, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Painters District Council #30, 1905 Sequoia Drive, Aurora

Business Development Leads Group I
Tuesday, Nov. 25, from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m.
Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce office

Shop Small Business Saturday
Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014

Help Small Businesses Do More Business
In 2010, American Express founded Small Business Saturday to help business owners with their most pressing need – getting more customers. Today, shoppers across the nation continue to rally in support of small businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

Diversity Network: Business Before Hours
Tuesday, Dec. 02, from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m.
Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce office

Holiday Celebration 2014
Bring the whole office for a holiday celebration! We’ll do all the planning so you can enjoy yourself and network with community leaders and other businesses.
Tuesday, Dec. 02, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Paramount Theatre Grand Gallery
Register

Job Postings
Know someone looking for employment? Direct them over to the Local Job Postings section of the Aurora Chamber website. There are currently dozens of 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?
Member News
Your fellow Chamber members has a number of programs and activities for your entertainment or professional development. To view the latest news from fellow members, visit the Aurora Chamber blog.
Premier Members
Premier Members
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.

Member News

October 19th, 2014

Waubonsee Community College has secured an OSHA training grant worth $119,505 to allow the Workforce Development Department to provide free workplace safety training to employers and staffing agencies that hire temporary workers.

This spring, 10 Waubonsee students who had been enrolled in the colleges’ Therapeutic Massage program achieved a rare feat, as all 10 passed the state massage therapy board exams in one sitting.

The College’s Driver Safety Program received three awards during National Safety Council’s National Safety Congress event recently.

Congratulations to Metro West Council of Government which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this fall.

Beginning in November, The Green Buddha Life Sustainability Center will offer an experiential six-week course on “Using Sound to Support Our Healing Processes.” Contact the center for details.

In addition, the Center will host “Sound Journey” with gong guru Andre Peraza as part of Aurora’s First Friday Art Walk on Nov. 7 at 8 p.m.

Congratulations to Jeffrey Swallow of Magnetrol Internationalwho recently received an Outstanding Alumni Award from North Central College. A 1994 graduate of the College, Swallow was recognized as a visionary corporate leader, philanthropist, and College Trustee.

Alarm Detection Systems offers enhanced security measures with the latest technology for your home and business, including video surveillance systems, keyless entry, alarms and fire protection.

Prisco’s Fine Foods recently rebranded as Prisco’s Family Market. Located on the west side on Prairie Street, Prisco’s continues to offer an excellent shopping experience. They have added an expanded cheese selection and catering menu as well as an online presence with door-buster deals, blog, and recipes.

On Nov. 8, Phyllis Kramer will launch the 17th annual series of cooking classes at Prisco’s with “Add Some Spice to Your Life.” The following Friday (Nov. 14), she will be back with “Cocktail Party.” Registration and information may be found on the Prisco’s website.

Ankur Patel has been named vice president of commercial lending at Old Second Bank in its downtown Aurora branch. In addition, Phillip DeLaFuente, Michelle Domson, Troy Langeness, Scott Trandel, and Sue Welsh were named “Five Star Mortgage Professionals” in Chicago magazine for the second year in a row. Elvia Campos was named “Five Star” professional for the first time.

Advocate Dreyer announces the appointment of Chintan Mistry, MD, FACEP, FAAEM, as chief medical officers.

The City of Aurora’s Building and Permits team recently earned the 2014 Digital Government Achievement Award from the Center for Digital Government. The award highlights outstanding government websites and applications. Aurora was recognized for its implementation of broadcast real-time inspection transparency emails designed to broadcast inspection activity to all private sector parties upon schedule or result.

Congratulations to Daniel D. Dolan with Dolan & Murphy. The City of Aurora recently dedicated Daniel D. Dolan Drive along Watson Street between Fifth and Seventh avenues on Aurora’s East Side. A lifelong resident and business leader in Aurora, Dolan’s childhood home is located along the drive.

5B’s Barbecue will be at Fox Valley Montessori School on Tuesday, Oct. 28, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Chicken, pork chops, hot dog and Boca burger dinners will be served with drive-through style convenience.  Call Becky for more details.

Special offer from First Choice Coffee and Water Service. Cold weather is approaching and they are offering free coffee demonstrations for your employees with more than 200 options to choose from. Contact Kathy Bryant for further details

Naper Settlement’s Winter Season begins Nov. 1 at the outdoor history museum. The Visitor Center exhibits and exteriors of the buildings are available for touring. The audio tour is included.

The Elgin Community College Health and Life Sciences building designed by Kluber Architects + Engineers continues to earn distinctions for exceptional architectural design and functionality.

You’re Invited to the Annual Membership Celebration.

October 13th, 2014

We look forward to you joining us for
the Annual Membership Celebration.

Celebration of Membership
Ted Dabrowski is Vice President of Policy at the Illinois Policy Institute, where he develops and recommends solutions to the state’s economic and fiscal problems with a focus on Illinois budget and tax policy, health care, pension reform, education policy and job creation.

The Illinois Policy Institute is an independent research and education organization generating public policy solutions aimed at promoting personal freedom and prosperity in Illinois. The Illinois Policy Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that generates marketable policy solutions to unleash Illinois’ talent and entrepreneurial ability. Ted develops and recommends solutions to the state’s economic and fiscal problems with a focus on Illinois budget and tax policy, health care, pension reform, education policy, and job creation.

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Resources, Programs, More from Aurora Chamber

October 6th, 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
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

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North Aurora, IL 60542
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Annual Celebration of Membership
Please Join Us:
Annual Celebration of Membership
Thursday, Oct. 30, at Aurora Country Club
11:00 a.m.: Registration & Networking
12:00 p.m.: Lunch & Program
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Tuesday: Diversity Network to Feature Business Resources
In partnership with the Quad County African American Chamber of Commerce, the Aurora Chamber invites you to a Special Event/Business Before Hours. The Illinois Comptroller’s POWER team will join us to highlight opportunities available to diverse businesses (including women-, minority-, and Veteran-owned businesses). In addition to the resource sharing, representatives will be on hand to assist qualifying businesses in completing the certification process which provides a greater access to state business. Join us Tuesday, Oct. 7, at 8:00 a.m., at the Chamber offices for assistance and resources.
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Election Season Gets Closer
The last day to register to vote is Tuesday, Oct. 7. Early voting begins Oct. 20 and runs through Nov. 2. Polls will be open from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 4.

To register to vote, check your registration or find your polling location, visit the Illinois State Board of Elections at www.elections.state.il.us and click on the Voters button at the top. Residents of Aurora who reside in Kane, Kendall or Will counties can contact the Aurora Election Commission at auroravotes.org or by calling (630) 897-4030.

Many recent posts on public policy can be found on the Chamber’s blog. Be sure to bookmark it and check regularly for breaking information.

Job Postings
Know someone looking for employment? Direct them over to the Local Job Postings section of the Aurora Chamber website. There are currently dozens of 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?
Member News
Your fellow Chamber members has a number of programs and activities for your entertainment or professional development. To view the latest news from 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.

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Programs for Member Businesses
Diversity Network: Business Before Hours
Special Event: The Illinois Comptroller’s POWER team will join us to highlight opportunities available to diverse businesses (including women-, minority-, and Veteran-owned businesses).In addition to the resource sharing, representatives will be on hand to assist qualifying businesses in completing the certification process which provides a greater access to state business.
In Partnership with the Quad County African American Chamber of Commerce
Tuesday, October 7, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices
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Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, October 14, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business Development Leads Group 2
Wednesday, October 15, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business Before Hours at Office Depot
Thursday, October 23, at 8 a.m.
Office Depot Store – 2302 W. Indian Trail Rd., Aurora, 60506
Register

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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Programs, News from Aurora Chamber Members

October 4th, 2014

Aurora University will hold an Adult Degree Completion Open House on Tuesday, Oct. 7, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. To register, visit www.aurora.edu/adultopenhouse today.

In honor of Fire Prevention Month, the Aurora Regional Fire Museum will offer several public education programs. Although the events are free, seating is limited and reservations are requested. Curator David Lewis will present “The Great Chicago Fire of 1871” on Thursday, Oct. 9, at 7:00 p.m. On Thursday, Oct. 30, at 7:00 p.m. Lewis will present “Horse Tails & Tales: The Romance of Fire Horses.”

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 Oct. 10, 2014.

Stories in Stone – A First Person Cemetery Walk at Naper Settlement on Saturday, Oct. 11 when history comes alive as you “meet” Naperville residents from the past, all with an interesting story to tell. For ages 13 and up as some historical material may be too graphic for younger audiences. Tickets may be purchased at the Naper Settlement Pre-Emption House the day of the program. Groups of up to 15 guests will depart for the Naperville Cemetery every 30 minutes for a walking experience of approximately one hour. Tours start at 2 p.m. with the last tour stepping off at 3:30 p.m.

Ambassadors Harlem vs Aurora Guns & Hoses hosted by Ritas Ministry on Sunday, Oct. 12, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Come watch the Harlem Ambassadors comedy-style basketball featuring high-flying slams n dunks and hilarious comedy take on our own Aurora Guns and Hoses (Police and Fire Departments).

DayOne is hosting several free seminars to help parents of individuals with developmental disabilities. Sign up by calling Executive Director Stephen Taylor at (630) 482-7608 for the following seminars: “Micro Boards” on Thursday, Oct. 16, at 6:30 p.m., facilitated by Illinois Association of Micro Boards and Cooperatives; “Life-Long Planning” on Friday, Oct. 24, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., facilitated by Theresa Varnett; and “Financial Planning for the Family with Special Needs” on Thursday, Nov. 6, at 6:30 p.m., facilitated by Alexandra Baig, MBA, Financial Advisor. All seminars are hosted by DayOneNetwork, 1551 East Fabyan Parkway, Geneva. Seminars require an advance reservation as seating is limited to 40 persons.

Hesed House reminds you that 2014 Soup’s On! Is Sunday, Oct. 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Naperville Central High School. Soup’s On! Is a casual, family afternoon event featuring great food from more than 25 area restaurants and merchants. Funds raised benefit four local charities, including Hesed House. Tickets can be obtained at www.soupsonrotary.com.

Quad County Urban League has been selected as local partner for the Transportation Construction Apprenticeship Readiness Training Program. Applicants (from Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, and Will counties) must be individuals who have not successfully completed a union apprenticeship and training program in the past or who are not currently journeymen in good standing. For more information, contact the Urban League or visit www.TCARTIllinois.org.

Waubonsee Community College’s Adult Literacy Project will offer online training at your pace this Oct. for interested tutors. For details, contact the Adult Literacy Project today at (630) 801-7900.

Chicago-based accounting firm Wolf & Company is proud to announce that Wolf and national CPA and advisory firm BKD, LLP are joining forces.  Wolf & Company will officially become BKD on November 1, 2014.