This Week’s News from the Aurora Chamber

July 28th, 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
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Basil’s Greek Dining
BMO Harris
Cadence Fitness & Health Center
Cadence Health Convenient Care & Medical Offices
Caterpillar, Inc.
Central DuPage Hospital
Chicago Premium Outlets
ComEd
Continental Acura of Naperville
Continental Audi of Naperville
Continental Mazda of Naperville
Delnor Glen Senior Living
Delnor Hospital
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
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
Liberty Mutual – Dawn Tully
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
Malcolm Wolf
McKesson
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Old Second National Bank
Organo Gold
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pipefitters Local 597
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

Rebuilding Together Aurora
Bob Cissell
1460 N. Farnsworth Avenue
Aurora, IL 60505
(630) 585-7510
Community-Based Organizations

Golf Invite
Stephanie Follin
3925 75th St., Ste. 103
Aurora, IL 60504
(630) 657-5700
Event & Party Planning

 

Contact Us

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

 

 

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Mark Your Calendars:
Programs for Member Businesses
Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, July 31, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Drive, Aurora
$12 Aurora Chamber Members
$15 General Admission
Co-Sponsor: State Farm Insurance – Omar Delgado
Register

Ribbon Cutting:
State Farm Insurance – Omar Delgado

569 W. Galena Blvd., Ste. 101, Aurora
Friday, August 1, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Ribbon Cutting at 11:45 a.m.
Register

Diversity Network:
Business Before Hours

In Partnership with the Quad County African American Chamber of Commerce
Tuesday, August 5, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices
Register

Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, August 12, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business Development Leads Group 2
Wednesday, August 13, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Not-For-Profit Alliance
Topic: Creative Fundraising
Thursday, August 21, from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m.
Chamber offices
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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News About Our Chamber Members

July 27th, 2014

The Label Printers recently had the honor of participating in UL’s Brand Protection Summit in Los Angeles, California as an Interactive Round Table Leader. The Summit included UL “clients, key law enforcement partners, invited guests, and a select number of brand protection service providers/specialists.”

Save a life by participating in Heartland Blood Centers Aurora facility’s Foxfire District Scouting for Life Blood Drive this week. Not only is every Boy Scout able to earn a “Blood Donor Day” patch by recruiting two blood donors, but each donor also receives a $5 Subway gift card. To schedule an appointment, please call 1 (800) 786-4483 or go online to www.heartlandbc.org.

Community Career Center invites you to attend their “Career U: Talk to the Grads” Q&A on Tuesday, July 29, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. and/or “Dress for Success” seminar on Thursday, July 31, 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 Thursday, July 31, at 9:30 a.m. to learn what services and resources are available to you. Tour the Center and optimize your search efforts today.

Are you new to planning meetings, events, or conferences? Consider attending Waubonsee Community College’s Meeting and Event Planning Boot Camp on Wednesday, July 30, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the downtown Aurora campus. For this class only, the price is $79. Register here or contact Elizabeth Hurley at (630) 906-4152 and ehurley@waubonsee.edu.

Concert in the Park, put on by the Fox Valley Park District, continues with Centerfold at McCullough Park on Thursday, July 30, from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. Centerfold delivers everything from rock classics to pop favorites of today. Audiences of all ages will enjoy songs from Journey, Heart, Pat Benatar, REO Speedwagon, Foreigner, Bon Jovi, Carrie Underwood and more. Admission is free and guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets.

Attend 95.9 FM The River’s Smart Target Seminar at the Bolingbrook Golf Club on Wednesday, July 30, or Thursday, July 31, from either 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., or 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. Presented by Patrick Combs, Smart Target will teach you how to identify your best prospects and use a total marketing approach to engage and retain customers. For more information or to register, contact Sally Gaigalas at (630) 849-2877 or sgaigalas@digity.me.

Learn more about Aurora University’s adult degree completion programs in accounting, business administration, communication, criminal justice, marketing, nursing (RN to BSN), psychology and social work at the Adult Degree Completion Open House on Thursday, July 31, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Admission representatives, faculty and financial aid counselors will be available to answer your questions. Bring your transcripts for an evaluation of prior credit. Register today at www.aurora.edu/adcopenhouse.

Join Deborah A. Hall, MD, PhD, a movement disorder specialist with Parkinson’s disease at the Movement Disorders Center at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, for an evening program focusing on balance and fall related issues in Parkinson’s and other movement disorders on Thursday, July 31, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Rush-Copley Heart Institute. Registration is required. Click here to sign up.

Come to If These Walls Could Talk Framing and Gallery’s “Gallery Night” on Friday, August 1, from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. Enjoy free drinks and appetizers while perusing the new “Tree Bark” paintings by artist Janet Wickham. Make sure to check out the other venues participating in First Fridays in Downtown Aurora as well.

Attend a fun-filled day at a Kane County Cougars Baseball game on August 3 to benefit Family Counseling Services of Aurora and Big Brothers Big Sisters. Tickets are $30 each or $125 for five, and can be purchased at www.aurorafcs.org or by contacting Donna Magin at (630) 844-8216 or dmagin@aurorafcs.org. The price includes a game ticket and an all-you-can-eat buffet on the left field Party Deck. Food will be served from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m., with the game starting at 1:00 p.m.

Join the fun at the 26th Annual Compassion Foundation Golf Outing on Monday, August 4, from 10:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Aurora Country Club. Attendees receive a round of golf, lunch, and a sit down dinner with an open bar for $300. Non-golfers are welcomed to come at 6:00 p.m. for cocktails, dinner, prizes, and an auction. Featured is a Rich Harvest Farms Golf Raffle. For $50 per ticket, enter to win an all-day event for you and your guests featuring 18 holes of golf, lunch, and a private tour of the renowned Rich Harvest auto museum—a $4,000 value! Sign up by going to https://secure14.hostek.net/compassionfoundation-org/contribute.htm.

The City of Aurora Police Department and city officials are encouraging community groups and other organizations to participate in the 31st Annual National Night Out on Tuesday, August 5, which protests crime, drugs, and violence. Groups and organizations planning events should contact Aurora Police Commander Joe Groom at (630) 256-5710 or groomj@apd.aurora.il.us so officials can visit as many gatherings as possible. To find out more, go to http://natw.org/.

Rush-Copley Medical Center invites expectant fathers to attend their Boot Camp for New Dads, held the second Saturday of every month through December from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Taught by veteran fathers, this class enables new dads to step up to the challenge of being a father and feeling confident in caring for a newborn. Click here to register.

Join the Cosmopolitan Club of Aurora—the club that fights Diabetes—for a free picnic at Prairie Point Park in Oswego on Saturday, August 9, from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. This family-friendly event will include popcorn, lemonade, a bounce house, games, prizes and more! There will even be an opportunity to meet a Freedom Paws diabetic alert service dog. Bring your own lunch in a decorated basket—a special prize will be given for the most creative one. Visit www.cosmopolitanpicnic.weebly.com to find out more.

There is no better way to spend a lazy, hazy summer day than at Naper Settlement’s Hometown Picnic on Saturday, August 9, from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. Enjoy old-fashioned games, contests, and an apple pie baking contest. Food will be available for purchase from Belgio Catering. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors (62+), and $8 youth (4-12). Visit www.napersettlement.org or call (630) 420-6010 for details.

Internship program helping produce jobs in manufacturing

July 22nd, 2014

Last column, “Aurora chamber finding pathways to career opportunities,” I detailed the process the city of Aurora, Waubonsee Community College, School Districts 129, 131, 204 and 308 were pursuing with the Aurora Regional Chamber to generate career pathways for our area students as part of our workforce development efforts.

In addition to the Pathways to Prosperity initiative, the Chamber has a number of other initiatives in place to improve our region’s employment.

The Manufacturing Careers Internship Program (MCIP) is another. It is an industry-driven youth program that offers train-to-hire internships for out-of-school youth between 18 and 21 years of age an opportunity to learn about manufacturing careers. The program includes a three-week “Manufacturing Boot Camp” that includes tours of manufacturing facilities in the area, development of work acumen and work-readiness skills, mentoring and a 10-hour OSHA certification training.

Following the boot camp, participating employers will provide a six-week, 240-hour internship to the students. During the internship, Business Career Services, in partnership with the Kane County Department of Employment and Education (KCDEE) serves as the employer of record. As a result, they are responsible for employee wages, liability and insurance during the internship.

The employer has the opportunity to train the intern for specific job requirements in the company. Following the internship, the manufacturer has the option of hiring the intern. Through the collaboration, we work to create a pipeline of motivated, skilled employees who are ready to start work or gain additional training and certifications.

The program received the 2013 Innovation Solutions Award from the Illinois Workforce Partnership and was featured as a best practice by the National Association of Workforce Board Professionals.

Results of previous program sessions are impressive. For example, according BCS and Medusa Consulting Group, 70 percent of the interns are now employed in or pursuing additional education and training for manufacturing careers.

The Aurora Chamber is currently partnering with the BCS and Medusa to secure local manufacturers interested in partnering to provide tours, mentoring, and internships for the youth. For more information, employers may contact Sid Hussaini at (847) 809-8901.

In addition, youth between 18 and 21 who are interested in learning more about the program and manufacturing careers can contact Eddie Perez at (224) 358-1039 for more information.

We are excited by the number of workforce development initiatives we have at the Aurora Chamber. We believe that our focus here will benefit our employers as well as our community. Of course, as you can see from the Pathways to Prosperity and the MCIP, we are not alone in these efforts. We appreciate our partners for their commitment to the efforts. We look for forward to great successes and to sharing more of our workforce development programs with you.

If you have questions or would like more information on the Chamber or its programs, please feel free to contact the Aurora Chamber office at (630) 256-3180.

Your Weekly Aurora Chamber Newsletter

July 21st, 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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July 21, 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
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Basil’s Greek Dining
BMO Harris
Cadence Fitness & Health Center
Cadence Health Convenient Care & Medical Offices
Caterpillar, Inc.
Central DuPage Hospital
Chicago Premium Outlets
ComEd
Continental Acura of Naperville
Continental Audi of Naperville
Continental Mazda of Naperville
Delnor Glen Senior Living
Delnor Hospital
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
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
Liberty Mutual – Dawn Tully
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
Malcolm Wolf
McKesson
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Old Second National Bank
Organo Gold
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pipefitters Local 597
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

Pecover Decorating Services, Inc.
William Nielsen
1033 Oliver Avenue
Aurora, IL 60506
(630) 892-9100
Painting & Decorating

Huff & Huff, Inc.
Gerry Trzupek
915 Harger Rd., Ste. 330
Oak Brook, IL 60523
(630) 684-9100
Environmental

 

Contact Us

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

 

 

New Board Chair, Directors Named
New Board

At its July meeting, the Board of Directors of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce welcomed Laura Newman of Mitutoyo America Corporation as its new chair. She will serve a one-year term through July 2015. She succeeds Keith Wheeler of Responsive Network Services who now becomes Immediate Past Chair. Alex Pope, Rush-Copley Medical Center, was named chair elect of the board.

In addition, the following directors were seated: Joan Boldan, Imagetec; Doug Buis, McKesson; Chad Knapp, Rasmussen College; and Ed Hunter, Presence Mercy Medical Center.

They replace Michael Morcos, Sarah Russe, Roger Schnorr, Jack Lynch, and Mike Krzus who have completed their three-year terms.

Aurora Chamber Recognized with National Grant
The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce has been named a recipient of a Lumina Education Attainment Award, a one-year $40,000 stimulus to increase regional higher education attainment. The award program is part of a promising new partnership between the American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) and Lumina Foundation to engage the business community in efforts to increase postsecondary education attainment.

For more information, visit the Chamber blog.

Premier Members
Premier Members
Member News
For more news about fellow members, visit the Aurora Chamber blog.
Mark Your Calendars:
Programs for Member Businesses
Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, July 22, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber offices

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

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, July 31, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Drive, Aurora
$12 Aurora Chamber Members
$15 General Admission
Co-Sponsor: State Farm Insurance – Omar Delgado
Register

Ribbon Cutting:
State Farm Insurance – Omar Delgado

569 W. Galena Blvd., Ste. 101, Aurora
Friday, August 1, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Ribbon Cutting at 11:45 a.m.
Register

Diversity Network:
Business Before Hours

In Partnership with the Quad County African American Chamber of Commerce
Tuesday, August 5, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices
Register

Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, August 12, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business Development Leads Group 2
Wednesday, August 13, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Thank You
Thank You

The Chamber would like to thank the 2016 LPGA International Crown at Rich Harvest Farms for sponsoring last week’s Coffee & Connections networking event. It is thanks to contributions like theirs that the Chamber can keep the cost of membership to a minimum.
Members Celebrated Recently
The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce was on hand to celebrate various milestones for several area businesses this past Wednesday. Among them, Chicago Premium Outlets in Aurora had an official groundbreaking for their 290,000 sq. ft. expansion. The $110 million project will enlarge the mall by nearly two-thirds.

A ribbon cutting was held to commemorate the start of the 2014 Kane County Fair. The fairgrounds will remain open throughout the year in order to host events like flea markets, dog shows and other festivals.

Members Celebrated

Sunnymere, Inc. has been providing quality, affordable, all-inclusive independent and assisted care for the elderly for 75 years. They celebrated this milestone with tours, a business after hours and a ribbon cutting.
Openings in Leads Group II
The Chamber’s Business Develop Leads Group II is looking for new members. They meet the second and fourth Wednesday of the month, from 8:00 to 9:15 a.m. Since the group is non-competitive, they are looking for members from the following industries: HVAC/Contracting, Graphic Design, Accounting, Financial Planning, Staffing Company, Promotional Items, or Sales Consulting/Training. The fee is $120 for six months. Contact Jane E. Abe, IOM, ACE, Director of Membership, if interested.
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

July 20th, 2014

Congratulations to Idea Marketing Group on celebrating their 5th Anniversary. May they offer award-winning web design, web development, and marketing services to clients nationwide for many years to come.

Donate to Heartland Blood Centers’ Aurora facility between now and the end of July to receive a $5 Subway gift card. Learn about Heartland’s Student Saving Summer Scholarship Opportunity as well, where five lucky students will win a $1,000 school scholarship! To schedule an appointment, please call 1 (800) 786-4483 or go online to www.heartlandbc.org.

Community Career Center invites you to attend their “Salesforce Software & How I Landed a Job By Creating My Own Position Using Sales” seminar on Tuesday, July 22, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.; “Career U: Talk to the Grads” Q&A on Tuesday, July 29, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.; and/or “Dress for Success” seminar on Thursday, July 31, 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 July 24, 26, or 31 at 9:30 a.m. to learn what services and resources are available to you. Tour the Center and optimize your search efforts today.

GiGi’s Playhouse Fox Valley is excited to host another Open Play on Tuesday, July 22, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. Any family is invited to come and participate. Please RSVP at foxvalley@gigisplayhouse.org.

State Senator Linda Holmes, with State Representatives Stephanie Kifowit and Linda Chapa LaVia, presents the Senior Resource Fair at the Prisco Community Center on Wednesday, July 23, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. At the fair, attendees can renew their driver’s license or get a new state ID from the Secretary of State’s office, receive warnings on senior scams from the Attorney General’s Office, take advantage of screenings and services provided by Walgreens, receive current information on senior programming and benefits from the State Department and information on aging from the Department of Public Health, and more. Questions? Contact Senator Linda Holmes’ Office at (630) 801-8985.

Learn more about freshman admission, academics and campus life at Aurora University at the Freshman Summer Open House on Wednesday, July 23, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Presentations on university admission, academics and student life will be given. Campus tours and an ice cream social will follow the presentations. Register at www.aurora.edu/summeropenhouse.

Register now for the Metro West City Council of Government’s Second Annual Golf Outing at Bowes Creek Country Club on Thursday, July 24, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. There will be a breakfast at 9:00 a.m., golf at 10:30 a.m., and a reception to wrap everything up at 4:00 p.m. The fee is $110 for golf and $25 for the reception. Contact Mary Randle at (630) 859-1331 or mrandle@metrowestcog.org with questions.

Concert in the Park, put on by the Fox Valley Park District, continues with Aurora American Legion Band at McCullough Park on Thursday, July 24, from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. Aurora American Legion Band is an eclectic mix featuring all ages—veterans, non-veterans and student musicians—playing patriotic, classical, and popular music. Admission is free and guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets.

Naper Nights Concert Series continues with “The History of Rock,” July 25-26. On Friday, Think Floyd will perform from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. On Saturday, the gates are open from 3:00 – 10:00 p.m. and will features performances by Dead Yet Alive, One More Time, The Ents, and headliner ARRivAl. Bring a blanket or lawn chair for this opportunity to enjoy music under the stars on the beautiful grounds of Naper Settlement. Tickets are $15 adults, $10 youth (4-12), free for members and children under 4. Tickets are available at www.napernights.org.

Attend 95.9 FM The River’s Smart Target Seminar at the Bolingbrook Golf Club on Wednesday, July 30, or Thursday, July 31, from either 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., or 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. Presented by Patrick Combs, Smart Target will teach you how to identify your best prospects and use a total marketing approach to engage and retain customers. For more information or to register, contact Sally Gaigalas at (630) 849-2877 or sgaigalas@digity.me.

Are you new to planning meetings, events, or conferences? Consider attending Waubonsee Community College’s Meeting and Event Planning Boot Camp on Wednesday, July 30, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the downtown Aurora campus. For this class only, the price is $79. Register here or contact Elizabeth Hurley at (630) 906-4152 and ehurley@waubonsee.edu.

Join Deborah A. Hall, MD, PhD, a movement disorder specialist with Parkinson’s disease at the Movement Disorders Center at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, for an evening program focusing on balance and fall related issues in Parkinson’s and other movement disorders on Thursday, July 31, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Rush-Copley Heart Institute. Registration is required. Click here to sign up.

Aurora Regional Chamber Partners with ACCE, Lumina Foundation to Advance Regional Education Attainment Goals

July 17th, 2014

The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce has been named a recipient of a Lumina Education Attainment Award, a one-year $40,000 stimulus to increase regional higher education attainment. The award program is part of a promising new partnership between the American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) and Lumina Foundation to engage the business community in efforts to increase postsecondary education attainment.

“We have been excited to work with Lumina Foundation on regional strategies to engage businesses in education attainment,” said Mick Fleming, president of ACCE. “This latest step in that strategy enables us to support chambers that are maximizing the link between post-secondary education and economic development goals.”

The award will support the Aurora Chamber’s established goals to increase the percentage of high-quality credentials held by community residents after high school, including certificates, associate’s degrees, and bachelor’s degrees.

“The Chamber and its collaborative partners have clearly demonstrated momentum in advancing education attainment,” said Chamber President Joseph Henning, IOM, CAE, “and this award will help expand and deepen our work.”

Along with Aurora Regional Chamber, the winning chambers include: Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber; Metro South (Mass.) Chamber; Greensboro (N.C.) Chamber; Greater Sarasota (Fla.) Chamber; Birmingham (Ala.) Business Alliance; and Greater Omaha Chamber.

This awards program serves to advance chambers’ previously defined regional attainment goals. The overall effort connects to Lumina Foundation’s Goal 2025, a national effort to increase the percentage of Americans with high-quality degrees and credentials to 60 percent by the year 2025. For more information about ACCE’s Education Attainment Division visit: http://www.acce.org/divisions/education-attainment-division/

About Lumina Foundation
Lumina Foundation is an independent, private foundation committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025. Lumina’s outcomes-based approach focuses on helping to design and build an accessible, responsive and accountable higher education system while fostering a national sense of urgency for action to achieve Goal 2025. For more information, visit www.LuminaFoundation.org

Your Aurora Chamber Newsletter Has Arrived

July 14th, 2014
Here is this week’s newsletter to members of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. If you have Member News to include,
please send it to us by Wednesday the week prior to publication. For more information, contact the Chamber at (630) 256-3180
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July 14, 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
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Basil’s Greek Dining
BMO Harris
Cadence Fitness & Health Center
Cadence Health Convenient Care & Medical Offices
Caterpillar, Inc.
Central DuPage Hospital
Chicago Premium Outlets
ComEd
Continental Acura of Naperville
Continental Audi of Naperville
Continental Mazda of Naperville
Delnor Glen Senior Living
Delnor Hospital
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Global Data Sciences
Green Buddha Life Books dba E3HRA, LLC
Ice Miller LLP
Junior Achievement of Chicago – Western Division
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency
Liberty Mutual – Dawn Tully
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
Malcolm Wolf
McKesson
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Old Second National Bank
Organo Gold
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pipefitters Local 597
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

K-Rise Systems, Inc.
Kent Johnson
75 Executive Dr., Ste. 431
Aurora, IL 60504
(630) 898-2923
Software

Northern Kane Educational Corp.
Yukiko Fujimura
3831 McCoy Dr., Ste. 109
Aurora, IL 60504
(630) 922-5280
Music Lessons/Retail

Dunkin Donuts
Karim Khoja
257 Genesis Dr.
North Aurora, IL 60542
(630) 701-2463
Restaurants & Taverns

Abbey Farms
Adam Voirin
2855 Hart Rd.
Aurora, IL 60502
(630) 966-7775
Entertainment

 

Contact Us

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

 

 

Premier Members
Premier Members
Member News
For more news about fellow members, visit the Aurora Chamber blog.
Mark Your Calendars:
Programs for Member Businesses
Coffee & Connections Networking Event
Tuesday, July 15, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Painters District Council #30, 1905 Sequoia Dr., Aurora
Sponsored by
Rich Harvest Farms
Register

Ribbon Cutting:
Sunnymere, Inc.

925 6th Ave., Aurora
Wednesday, July 16, 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Ribbon Cutting at 4:30 p.m.

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

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

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, July 31, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Drive, Aurora
$12 Aurora Chamber Members
$15 General Admission
Co-Sponsor: State Farm Insurance – Omar Delgado
Register

Ribbon Cutting:
State Farm Insurance – Omar Delgado

569 W. Galena Blvd., Ste. 101, Aurora
Friday, August 1, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Ribbon Cutting at 11:45 a.m.
Register

Diversity Network:
Business Before Hours

In Partnership with the Quad County African American Chamber of Commerce
Tuesday, August 5, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices
Register

Thank You
The Chamber would like to thank Christopher Bennett, President of Winfree Business Growth Advisors, for speaking at last month’s Fox Valley Networking Professionals event. We hope everyone in attendance was able to learn a few things about Sales and Profitability Culture.

We would like to extend our thanks to Hopvine Brewing Company as well for their fantastic Business After Hours last Thursday. The event was a great way to unwind after a long day, and lots of connections were made in a low-key atmosphere.

If any member would like to present at or sponsor one of our upcoming networking events or host a Business After Hours, please contact Jane E. Abe, IOM, ACE, Director of Membership.

Library Survey
In the spring of 2015, the City of Aurora is scheduled to celebrate the opening of the new “Richard and Gina Santori Public Library of Aurora.” The new library will be located at the corner of Benton and River streets in downtown Aurora.

The following survey responses will provide insight to encourage new business development in the vicinity of the new Aurora Public Library and will determine the types of businesses that patrons of the new library would support. The survey and analysis is a group project being coordinated by the recent Leadership Academy participants. Your participation and support is appreciated.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/auroralibrary

E-Blast Sponsorships Available
Promote your summer events and book now! E-Blasts Ads are available on Wednesdays and Fridays for our members to communicate with fellow members. Your exclusive ad is emailed to more than 2,200 e-mail addresses. Dates are filling up fast! Contact Jane E. Abe, IOM, ACE, Director of Membership, to find out which days are still available and for special pricing.
Openings in Leads Group II
The Chamber’s Business Develop Leads Group II is looking for new members. They meet the second and fourth Wednesday of the month, from 8:00 to 9:15 a.m. Since the group is non-competitive, they are looking for members from the following industries: HVAC/Contracting, Graphic Design, Accounting, Financial Planning, Staffing Company, Promotional Items, or Sales Consulting/Training. The fee is $120 for six months. Contact Jane E. Abe, IOM, ACE, Director of Membership, if interested.
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.

News About Our Chamber Members

July 13th, 2014

The Fox Valley Park District has been awarded a $2 million grant by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) for a fitness center expansion and improvements at the Prisco Community Center near downtown Aurora. The project will essentially create a new fitness center in Prisco and triple the current space (about 1,500 square feet) to over 5,000 square feet on two levels. The added space will allow for greater group and senior fitness facilities, renovated locker rooms, accessibility improvements and increased early childhood classroom areas for the Creative Play Preschool program.

Approximately 1,200 Aurora schoolchildren, grades one through five, will take part in the Aurora Regional Fire Museum’s Youth Firefighter Challenge at the historic Aurora Regional Fire Museum. The inaugural camp, a partnership with Communities In Schools of Aurora, will host students from 12 East Aurora District schools, each for one half-day, between June 30 and July 23. The purpose is to teach fire safety, physical fitness and important life skills.

On behalf of Naper Settlement and the Naperville Heritage Society, Alford Executive Search is pleased to announce that Macarena (Rena) Tamayo-Calabrese has recently been appointed as its next President and CEO. She will work closely with the Naperville Heritage Society Board of Directors and the Naper Settlement Museum Board to bring about visionary and strategic leadership for the museum.

Donate to Heartland Blood Centers’ Aurora facility between now and the end of July to receive a $5 Subway gift card. Learn about Heartland’s Student Saving Summer Scholarship Opportunity as well, where five lucky students will win a $1,000 school scholarship! Donate today or tomorrow and receive a $10 Target gift card on top of everything else. To schedule an appointment, please call 1 (800) 786-4483 or go online to www.heartlandbc.org.

Community Career Center invites you to attend their “LinkedIn: Just the Basics” workshop on Tuesday, July 15, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.; “Microsoft Office 365” workshop on Thursday, July 17, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.; and/or “Salesforce Software & How I Landed a Job By Creating My Own Position Using Sales” seminar on Tuesday, July 22, 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 July 17, 19, 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.

Fox Valley Special Recreation Association is partnering with the St. Charles Noon Kiwanis to host A Day in the Park for children with and without disabilities on Wednesday, July 16, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the St. Charles Park District’s Pottawatomie Park. They are looking for volunteers to help with the rock climbing wall, dunk tank, inflatables, ice cream and water stations, bus detail, photography, and various game stations. Contact Jackie Hart, Support Staff Manager, at (630) 907-1114 ext. 1206 or at jackieh@fvsra.org to sign up.

The community is cordially invited to attend Sunnymere, Inc.’s 75th Anniversary Celebration on Wednesday, July 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. There will be a continental breakfast and history presentation at 8:30 a.m., a Business After Hours from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. with an Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting at 4:30 p.m., and an open house with tours and information throughout the day. If interested, please contact Cecelia Sanders at (630) 898-7844 or cecelia@sbcglobal.net.

Complete your bachelor’s degree at Aurora University. Find out how at their Transfer and Adult Summer Event on Wednesday, July 16, from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. Explore traditional undergraduate and adult degree completion programs, and discover easy transfer of credit and courses that build upon your previous studies. Faculty, financial aid counselors, admission representatives and current students will be available to answer your questions as well. If interested, register at www.aurora.edu/transferevent.

ServPro of Aurora is holding a free Ethics C.E. Credit Course at their facility on Thursday, July 17, from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. This class is perfect for agents, claims mangers, claim departments, adjusters, mitigation vendors, and anyone in the insurance field. A complimentary breakfast will be provided. Call (630) 862-3930 to sign up.

Join State Representative Stephanie Kifowit and the Kane County ‘Growing for Kane’ Initiative Program to learn about Urban Gardening at the Aurora Public Library, Eola Branch, on Thursday, July 17, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. The goal of Kifowit’s seminar is to increase the amount of fresh food grown in Kane County. Presenters will be Janice Hill, from Kane County Farmland Protection, and Janie Maxwell, from the Kane County Health Department. Contact Sally Erickson at (630) 585-1308 or sally.erickson84@gmail.com for more information.

Summer Stage Theatre presents ‘Hairspray’ at West Aurora High School this upcoming weekend. Show times are Friday, July 18, at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, July 19, at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., and Sunday, July 20 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are available at the Prisco Community Center or online at www.seatyourself.biz/foxvalleyparkdistrict.

The Growing Place in Aurora, with the help of the Naperville Garden Club, is hosting a Downton Abbey Flower Faire on Saturday, July 19, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Throughout the day, visitors to the Flower Faire are invited to partake in festivities reflecting the Edwardian era, such as floral arranging, flower competitions, and croquette. Call (630) 355-4000 for more information.

The second annual Naperville Ale Fest will be held at Naper Settlement on Saturday, July 19, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. It will feature over 180 unique beers from craft breweries around the country. Some of Naperville’s best restaurants and catering companies will also be in attendance. A portion of the proceeds from the festival benefit Naper Settlement and the Naperville Heritage Society. Admission is $45 for those 21 and over; $15 for designated drivers. Purchase tickets at www.napervillealefest.com.

GiGi’s Playhouse Fox Valley is excited to host another Open Play on Tuesday, July 22, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. Any family is invited to come and participate. Please RSVP at foxvalley@gigisplayhouse.org.

State Senator Linda Holmes, with State Representatives Stephanie Kifowit and Linda Chapa LaVia, presents the Senior Resource Fair at the Prisco Community Center on Wednesday, July 23, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. At the fair, attendees can renew their driver’s license or get a new state ID from the Secretary of State’s office, receive warnings on senior scams from the Attorney General’s Office, take advantage of screenings and services provided by Walgreens, receive current information on senior programming and benefits from the State Department and information on aging from the Department of Public Health, and more. Questions? Contact Senator Linda Holmes’ Office at (630) 801-8985.

Register now for the Metro West City Council of Government’s Second Annual Golf Outing at Bowes Creek Country Club on Thursday, July 24, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. There will be a breakfast at 9:00 a.m., golf at 10:30 a.m., and a reception to wrap everything up at 4:00 p.m. The fee is $110 for golf and $25 for the reception. Contact Mary Randle at (630) 859-1331 or mrandle@metrowestcog.org with questions.

Concert in the Park, put on by the Fox Valley Park District, continues with Aurora American Legion Band at McCullough Park on Thursday, July 24, from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. Aurora American Legion Band is an eclectic mix featuring all ages—veterans, non-veterans and student musicians—playing patriotic, classical, and popular music. Admission is free and guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets.

We Welcome Our New Members Who Joined in June

July 13th, 2014

This past June, 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.

Walbridge Industrial Process: One of the largest privately owned construction companies, Walbridge is the nation’s #1 manufacturing industry design builder, general contractor and construction manager, specializing in steel, aluminum, manufacturing, and automotive facilities.

PM Music Center: PM Music Center has been in business since 1982, serving school music programs and specializing in band and orchestra rentals, accessories, sales and service.

The Oasis Christian Fellowship of Aurora: The Oasis Church is a gathering of believers of Jesus Christ who are devoted to the Word of God and the fellowship of the believers.

Flawless Painting & Remodeling, LLC: A residential painter and contractor, Flawless Painting & Remodeling strives to exceed customers’ expectations by providing quality workmanship, professional service, and affordable pricing.

M E Computer Systems: For over 25 years, M E Computer Systems has offered award-winning support, innovative IT solutions, and intelligent software applications.

Victory Packaging: The architects of packaging solutions, Victory Packaging creates a solution that meets individual requirements by focusing on unique needs.

K-Rise Systems, Inc.: K-Rise Systems offers EASYProcess (TM), a platform for enterprise development as well as SCM, HR and eCommerce Software built with it.

Manufacturing Careers Internship Program

July 7th, 2014

Aurora Area MCIP Overview

Manufacturing Careers Internship Program

Industry-Driven Youth Program Offers Train-to-Hire Internships

 

What is the MCIP?

The Manufacturing Career Internship Program (MCIP) is designed to help employers find and hire young adults interested in manufacturing. At the same time, it provides out-of-school youth ages 18 – 21 with the opportunity “try out” and enter into a manufacturing career.

The MCIP starts with a 3-week “Manufacturing Boot Camp” followed by a 6 to 8-week paid internship at local participating manufacturers. At the end of the internship, employers can decide to hire the interns at no charge.

Launched in 2011 to help fill the critical shortage of young adults entering manufacturing, the MCIP has introduced manufacturing to over 130 young adults in 5 counties, with over 70% of them finding employment or pursuing additional education and training. The MCIP is a collaborative partnership between Business and Career Services (BCS), Medusa Consulting Group and the Kane County Department of Employment and Education (KCDEE).

 

Benefits to Employers:

  • Opportunity to find and train motivated, entry-level employees
  • No commitment required to hire intern after internship
  • The MCIP internship is a paid internship – no charge to employers
  • BCS serves as the employer of record and covers all wages to the interns and liability insurance during the internship.

 

Partnerships

The MCIP builds and leverages alliances with local organizations including:

1) Kane County Department of Employment and Education

2) Local Manufacturers

3) Economic Development Organizations

4) Industry Associations and Local Chambers

5) Community Colleges

 

MCIP Timeline

July 21                         Aurora MCIP Bootcamp Starts (includes plant tours and OSHA certification)

August 6                      Manufacturer’s MCIP Internship Selection

August 8                      “Draft Day” – Intern assignments made

August 18                    Internship Program starts (approximately 240 hrs.)

September 26              Internship Program ends

 

Results

  • 70% of the interns are now employed or pursuing additional education and training.
  • 50% of the interns are now employed in manufacturing.
  • Received 2013 “Innovative Solutions” Award from the Illinois Workforce Partnership
  • Featured as a “Best Practice” by the National Association of Workforce Board Professionals
  • Covered by Northwestern University Medill Graduate School for Journalism

 

For more information contact:

MCIP Project Manager                         Rand Haas       630-351-9795            randhaas@medusainc.com

Employer Outreach Liaison                 Sid Hussaini     847-809-8901    sid@medusainc.com

BCS Services Youth Coordinator        Eddie Perez      224-538-1039    eperez@bcsillinois.org

 

For video overview go to:  www.worknetncc.com