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#AuroraChamber News for Week of Jan. 22, 2018

Monday, January 22nd, 2018

Economic Pulse Survey will be released
Wednesday.

Aurora Chamber

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Leadership Academy 2018 Apps Available »
2018 Economic Pulse Survey, Lunch Scheduled »Premier Investors »
Member News »
Public Policy Update »
Elite Members »
New Members »
Calendar of Events »

Leadership Academy 2018 Apps Available

The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce Leadership Academy is offered to representatives of member businesses and organizations and is designed to prepare a select group of qualified candidates for future leadership roles in the Aurora area.Established in 1979, the Aurora Chamber’s Leadership Academy has a rich history of providing confidence, knowledge, professionalism, and strong leadership skills that not only benefit the attendee but also their employers. The goal is simple: To create a development opportunity for graduates to serve and enhance themselves, their employers, and the community.Over the past 35 years, more than 800 community leaders have participated in the program. Many have gone on to lead local businesses and organizations. Some have gone on to public office. All have left their mark on the community.

Our community needs you! Realize your potential to make a difference in the Aurora region. The program begins Friday, March 2.

Class size is limited. Applications and tuition will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Applicants must possess a sincere interest in serving the community.

DETAILS»

2018 Economic Pulse Survey, Lunch Scheduled

The third annual Aurora Regional Economic Pulse Survey will be released Wednesday. Your input is invited to help gauge the economic pulse of our region and help identify trends and opportunities to partner with business organizations to support regional employers.If you have not received the link, please let us know.Results of the survey will be shared at the third annual Economic Pulse Lunch on Thursday, Feb. 15, at Stonebridge Country Club. Sponsors of the annual program include Old Second National Bank, Dolan & Murphy, Invest Aurora, Konen Insurance Agency.

For details, please contact Maureen Gasek.

Premier Investors

Premier Investors

Member News

If you have news to share with your fellow members, please forward to info@aurorachamber.com. Be sure and check out our blog and social media for what’s happening in our region.
Make One Call, Begin the Journey »
Feb. 2: Wear Red to Show Support for Women’s Health »
Experienced and Energetic Team to Lead City’s Economic Development »Prisco Center Renovations Resume with $2 Million State Grant »
VNA to Host Volunteer Open House Jan. 17 in Aurora »
Cervical Cancer Awareness Month: VNA Health Care Offers Screening »Library to Host Job Fair for Youth »
Section of River Street to Close Until 2019 »

Public Policy Update

For the latest in public policy news, be sure and like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter. Visit the Chamber blog:
Ill. GA Session Cancelled this Week »
IDES Reports Unemployment Insurance Rate Cut »
Illinois Rolls Back LLC Fees »
Ill. Budget Revenues Up »
Illinois Higher Education »
Illinois Budget, Bonds »
Illinois Jobs »
Your Help Is Needed; Please Take Survey on Industry, Employability Competencies »

Elite Members

 +Intention      95.9 The River      Aaron’s      Above Board Indoor Environmental 
 Accurate Personnel      Advance Auto Parts      Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.      Aurora Bank & Trust      Aurora Limousine      Aurora University      Baird & Warner – Holli
Thurston 
     Beans Greens Proteins      Caterpillar, Inc.      Chicago Steel Hockey Team      City Segment      ComEd      Company 251      Comprehensive Prosthetics and
Orthotics 
     Copy King Office Solutions, Inc. 
 Country Financial – West Aurora      CyrusOne      Do or Dye Designs      Dolan & Murphy      Downtown Auroran Magazine      Eagle Digital Marketing      Endiro Coffee      First Secure Community Bank      Gateway Mortgage Group      Jiffy Lube Multi-Care      Kluber Architects + Engineers       Konen Insurance Agency, Inc.      Magick Woods, Inc.      Magnetrol International, Inc.      MedCom Group, LLC      Meyer Wealth Advisors      Midwest Coach Limousine, Inc.      Mitutoyo America Corporation      Mooney & Thomas P.C.      Old Second National Bank      OnLight Aurora      Painters District Council 30      Palo Creative, PLL      Paramount Arts Centre      Pilmer Real Estate      Plum Landing Retirement Community 
 Presence Mercy Medical Center      Pure Skin Solutions, LLC      R.C. Wegman Construction Company 
 Rasmussen College      Rich Harvest Farms      Rush Copley Medical Center      S&S Metal Recyclers II      Scientel Solutions      ServPro of Aurora      Sign*A*Rama      SmithAmundsen, LLC      Staffing Network, LLC & QPA  
 Staffmark      Steffes & Associates Language and Translation
(SALT) 
     Stonebridge Country Club      Two Brothers Roundhouse      Valley Fastener Group, LLC      VivirMED, LLC      The Voice      Waubonsee Community College      Weldstar Company      Woodforest National Bank      World Finance Corporation      WSPY 

New Members

Elkins Technologies, Inc.
Mark Elkins
Aurora, IL
(630) 499-0198
Contractor Services

Calendar of Events

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, Jan. 25, 8 – 9:30a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr.
Sponsored by World Finance CorporationGrand Re-Opening: Balderas Beauty Salon
Friday, Jan. 26, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
25 N. Broadway, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 4 p.m.2018 Economic Pulse Luncheon
Thursday, Feb. 15, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Stonebridge Country Club, 2705 Stonebridge Blvd., Aurora

Leadership Academy Applications Due
Friday, Feb. 23, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce
43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora

Grand Re-Opening: Comprehensive Prosthetics & Orthotics
Tuesday, Feb. 27, 8:30 – 10 a.m.
66 West Miller Drive, North Aurora

Ribbon Cutting @ 9 a.m.

Leadership Academy Kick-off
Friday, Mar. 2, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce
43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora

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

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Jan. 15 2018 Member News from #AuroraChamber

Monday, January 15th, 2018

Leadership Academy 2018 Apps
Available

Aurora Chamber

  In This Issue  

Leadership Academy 2018 Apps Available »
2018 Economic Pulse Survey, Lunch Scheduled »
Premier Investors »
Member News »
Public Policy Update »
Elite Members »
New Members »
Calendar of Events »

Leadership Academy 2018 Apps Available

The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce Leadership
Academy is offered to representatives of member businesses and
organizations and is designed to prepare a select group of qualified
candidates for future leadership roles in the Aurora area.

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

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

Our community needs you!
Realize your potential to make a difference in the Aurora region. The
program begins Friday, March 2.

Class size is limited.
Applications and tuition will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve
basis. Applicants must possess a sincere interest in serving the community.

DETAILS»

2018 Economic
Pulse Survey, Lunch Scheduled

The third annual Aurora Regional Economic Pulse Survey
will be released Wednesday. Your input is invited to help gauge the
economic pulse of our region and help identify trends and opportunities to
partner with business organizations to support regional employers.

If you do not receive the link on Wednesday, please let us know.

Results of the survey will be shared at the third annual
Economic Pulse Lunch on Thursday, Feb. 15, at Stonebridge Country Club.
Sponsors of the annual program include Old Second Bank, Dolan & Murphy,
and Invest Aurora.

For details, please contact Maureen Gasek.

Premier Investors

Premier Investors

Member News

If you have news to share with your fellow members,
please forward to info@aurorachamber.com. Be sure
and check out our blog and social media for what’s happening in our
region.
Experienced and Energetic Team to Lead City’s Economic Development »
Prisco Center Renovations Resume with $2 Million State Grant »
VNA to Host Volunteer Open House Jan. 17 in Aurora »
Cervical Cancer Awareness Month: VNA Health Care Offers Screening »
Library to Host Job Fair for Youth »
Section of River Street to Close Until 2019 »

Public Policy Update

For the latest in public policy news, be sure and like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter. Visit the Chamber blog:
IDES Reports Unemployment Insurance Rate Cut »
Illinois Rolls Back LLC Fees »
Ill. Budget Revenues Up »
Illinois Higher Education »
Illinois Budget, Bonds »
Illinois Jobs »
Your Help Is Needed; Please Take Survey on Industry, Employability Competencies »

Elite Members

 +Intention      95.9 The River      Aaron’s      Above Board Indoor Environmental 
 Accurate Personnel      Advance Auto Parts      Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.      Aurora Bank & Trust      Aurora Limousine      Aurora University      Baird & Warner – Holli
Thurston 
     Beans Greens Proteins      Caterpillar, Inc.      Chicago Steel Hockey Team      City Segment      ComEd      Company 251      Comprehensive Prosthetics and
Orthotics 
     Copy King Office Solutions, Inc. 
 Country Financial – West Aurora      CyrusOne      Do or Dye Designs      Dolan & Murphy      Downtown Auroran Magazine      Eagle Digital Marketing      Endiro Coffee      First Secure Community Bank      Gateway Mortgage Group      Jiffy Lube Multi-Care      Kluber Architects + Engineers       Konen Insurance Agency, Inc.      Magick Woods, Inc.      Magnetrol International, Inc.      MedCom Group, LLC      Meyer Wealth Advisors      Midwest Coach Limousine, Inc.      Mitutoyo America Corporation      Mooney & Thomas P.C.      Old Second National Bank      OnLight Aurora      Painters District Council 30      Palo Creative, PLL      Paramount Arts Centre      Pilmer Real Estate      Plum Landing Retirement Community 
 Presence Mercy Medical Center      Pure Skin Solutions, LLC      R.C. Wegman Construction Company 
 Rasmussen College      Rich Harvest Farms      Rush Copley Medical Center      S&S Metal Recyclers II      Scientel Solutions      ServPro of Aurora      Sign*A*Rama      SmithAmundsen, LLC      Staffing Network, LLC & QPA  
 Staffmark      Steffes & Associates Language and Translation
(SALT) 
     Stonebridge Country Club      Two Brothers Roundhouse      Valley Fastener Group, LLC      VivirMED, LLC      The Voice      Waubonsee Community College      Weldstar Company      Woodforest National Bank      World Finance Corporation      WSPY 

New Members

Comfort Inn & Suites
Nehal Patel
308 S. Lincolnway, North Aurora
(630) 897-7695
Hotels

Calendar of
Events

Coffee & Connections Networking
Tuesday, Jan. 16, 8:30 – 10 a.m.
Painters District No.30, 1905 Sequoia Drive, Aurora
Sponsorships Available

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, Jan. 25, 8 – 9:30 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr.
Sponsored by World Finance Corporation

Grand Re-Opening: Balderas Beauty Salon
Friday, Jan. 26, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
25 N. Broadway, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 4 p.m.

2018 Economic Pulse Luncheon
Thursday, Feb. 15, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Stonebridge Country Club, 2705 Stonebridge Blvd., Aurora

Leadership Academy Applications Due
Friday, Feb. 23, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce
43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora

Grand Re-Opening: Comprehensive Prosthetics & Orthotics
Tuesday, Feb. 27, 8:30 – 10 a.m.
66 West Miller Drive, North Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 9 a.m.

Leadership Academy Kick-off
Friday, Mar. 2, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce
43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora

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Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce
43 W. Galena Blvd.
Aurora, IL 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180
Fax: (630) 256-3189

www.aurorachamber.com

Customer Loyalty Marketing by Bee Atomic

Experienced and Energetic Team to Lead City’s Economic Development

Monday, January 15th, 2018

In his first monthly Facebook Live chat of the new year, Mayor Richard C. Irvin called them the “dynamic duo” as he introduced the new team leading the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development.

“We have established the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development as we partner with Invest Aurora to take development in Aurora to the next level,” said Irvin. “I’ve been saying our goal is to have more shovels in the ground, cranes in the sky, ribbons cut and doors opened. David Dibo and Donald Hughes certainly have the experience and energy to help us do just that.”
Both approved by the Aurora City Council at the end of last year, Dibo serves as Director of Economic Development and Hughes serves as the Downtown Development Coordinator.
Dibo

A seasoned real estate professional and development consultant, Dibo brings more than three decades of experience to the table.

A graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in economics, his breadth of economic development success spans New York to Washington DC to Chicago. Dibo worked for VMS Realty Group, which was the second largest hotel owner in the United States at the time, with a portfolio of Four Seasons, Hyatt and Holiday Inn Hotels as well as major office, residential, retail, industrial and land holdings. There, he purchased and sold the company’s most profitable assets. He also led the restructuring and sale of a hotel portfolio for a Xerox affiliate that soon transitioned to Morgan Stanley.
Most recently, Dibo made his Aurora connections during his tenure as Senior Vice President at Centrue Bank, a recently-sold one billion dollar publicly traded bank based in Illinois. Recruited by the executives of the bank to help turn the bank back to profitability, Dibo used a proactive entrepreneurial approach to negotiate, reposition, sell assets and help finance creative transactions, such as the transformation of the Comfort Suites to the Holiday Inn & Suites on Broadway in Aurora. Dibo has been a guest lecturer on the industry at the University of Pennsylvania, Cornell University and Northwestern University.
 “What I’ve learned about doing real estate throughout the world is that people have different perspectives,” said Dibo. “You have unique insight from those who grew up in an area.  On the other hand, sometimes it’s good to have someone from an outside perspective. I have the latter and look forward to working collaboratively with those who have the former.”
Hughes

Hughes also brings a fresh perspective, but he is very familiar with Aurora through his work with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP).

After working for more than two years to help develop the Downtown Master Plan for Aurora, which won the Kane County 2017 Plan of the Year Award, Donald Hughes transitioned from his position at CMAP to join the City of Aurora as Downtown Development Coordinator.
“I fell in love the first time I drove through downtown Aurora,” said Hughes. “Broadway is one of the most amazing views. So many communities have lost those good bones in their downtown. Aurora still has it. It has so much greatness and potential.”
A native of Peoria, Illinois, Hughes earned his Bachelor in Sociology from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and his Masters of Urban Planning from the University of Illinois where he focused on community development for social justice.
He developed neighborhood revitalization strategies and collaborated with neighborhood organizations on community revitalization efforts in Peoria. His desire to implement change in communities took him throughout the country where he served as market research analyst in Dallas, Texas and the senior planner in Garland, Texas. Hughes returned to the Midwest, where he continued his real estate, market analysis and economic development work at CMAP. Hughes is a member of the International Economic Development Council, the Urban Land Institute, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association and the International Council of Shopping Centers.
“These two gentlemen have a strong history in and passion for economic and community development,” said Irvin.  “Without question, Aurora is open and ready for business.”
The Mayor’s Office of Economic Development will collaborate with Invest Aurora and the Aurora Economic Development Commission, which will be relaunched this year, to focus on new development opportunities in Aurora.

IDES Reports Unemployment Insurance Rate Cut

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

IDES reports major unemployment insurance rate cut. The rate cut comes in the form of lower taxes imposed on Illinois wages through mandatory contributions to the state Unemployment Insurance (UI) trust fund. In prosperous times, the State is required by law to reduce the rate of contributions that it imposes on employers as a tax. With the State’s economy relatively prosperous, the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) at year-end 2017 is asking for $1.8 billion/year in mandatory (i.e. tax) contributions, a decline of $800 million/year from the $2.6 billion/year demanded by IDES four years ago at year-end 2013.

UI contributions are not officially counted as “taxes,” but employers have to pay them; they are a supplemental cost to the Illinois economy and are imposed on the employer/employee relationship. Furthermore, to the extent that employees are paid market rates for their labor, UI taxes are a hidden tax upon labor. Instead of paying money to an employee as wages or benefits, the employer is required to pay part of the money to the State to create the fund that pays unemployment benefits. The drop in Illinois UI contributions/taxes reduces this burden throughout the state. This trend could, however, be reversed upon the next economic downturn that requires substantial UI payments to be made to unemployed workers. News of the UI contributions cut was shared with the business/labor community at the fourth-quarter 2017 meeting of IDES’ Employment Security Advisory Board.

Illinois Rolls Back LLC Fees

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

State rolls back LLC fees, slashing filing costs for small businesses. Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation that substantially reduces startup, annual filing and other fees for limited liability companies (LLCs), the organizational structure preferred by many of Illinois’ 1.2 million small businesses.

The new law will encourage more businesses to form in Illinois rather than go to other states to escape high fees. Effective immediately, the filing fee for new LLCs drops to $150 from $500 and annual report fees drop to $75 from $250. Previously, Illinois charged fees that were among the highest in the nation.

“This is a step in the right direction for our small businesses,” Rauner said. “The new rates are more competitive with other states. By easing the fee burden for LLCs here, we are sending a message to entrepreneurs and small business owners in Illinois: Start here and stay here.”

The governor signed the bill in the presence of dozens of small business advocates gathered at Level Office, an LLC that provides shared office space for startups. Level Office began in Chicago and now has facilities across the country.

“This is a clear win for business in Illinois,” Rauner said as he penned the legislation into law to rounds of applause.

Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Director Sean McCarthy said reducing LLC fees sends a positive signal.

“We support businesses that are looking to grow, invest and create new jobs in our state, regardless of their size,” McCarthy said. “SB 867 helps alleviate unnecessary burdens to allow Illinois businesses to thrive.”

State legislators also hailed the action.

“It’s about time,” cheered Rep. Mark Batinick, R-Plainfield, a chief co-sponsor in the House. “This should be just the first step of many to make Illinois a more business-friendly place.”

“This legislation provides some relief for the small business owners, who drive the Illinois economy,” added state Rep. David S. Olsen, R-Downers Grove. “It sends a clear message to those who provide jobs in our state that we want to ease their burden so they will remain and expand their businesses here. I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues to find more comprehensive measures that will provide tangible relief for business owners across our state.”

State Rep. Peter Breen, R-Lombard, said landing a more competitive stance with neighboring states on the LLC fee front is a key step for Illinois.

“We need further significant reform to our state’s business laws and regulations to help small businesses create more good-paying jobs in our state,” he added.

New Year News from #AuroraChamber

Monday, January 8th, 2018

Leadership Academy 2018 Apps
Available

Aurora Chamber

  In This Issue  

Leadership Academy 2018 Apps Available »
2018 Economic Pulse Survey to Launch this Week »
Premier Investors »
Available Job Opportunities »
Member News »
Constant Contact Offers Marketing Tools »
Library to Host Job Fair for Youth »
Public Policy Update »
Elite Members »
New Members »
Calendar of Events »

Leadership Academy 2018 Apps Available

The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce Leadership Academy is offered to representatives of member businesses and organizations and is designed to prepare a select group of qualified candidates for future leadership roles in the Aurora area.Established in 1979, the Aurora Chamber’s Leadership Academy has a rich
history of providing confidence, knowledge, professionalism, and strong leadership skills that not only benefit the attendee but also their employers. The goal is simple: To create a development opportunity for graduates to serve and enhance themselves, their employers, and the community.Over the past 35 years, more than 800 community leaders have participated in the program. Many have gone on to lead local businesses and organizations. Some have gone on to public office. All have left their mark on the community.Our community needs you! Realize your potential to make a difference in the Aurora region. The program begins Friday, March 2.Class size is limited. Applications and tuition will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Applicants must possess a sincere interest in serving the community.

DETAILS »

2018 Economic Pulse Survey to Launch this Week

The third annual Aurora Regional Economic Pulse Survey will be released Wednesday. Your input is invited to help gauge the economic pulse of our region and help identify trends and opportunities to partner with business organizations to support regional employers.If you do not receive the link on Wednesday, please let us know.Results of the survey will be shared at the third annual Economic Pulse Lunch on Thursday, Feb. 15, at Stonebridge Country Club.

For details and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Maureen Gasek.

Premier Investors

Premier Investors

Available Job Opportunities

As a member of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce, you can post open positions at your businesses. To further reach potential candidates, those positions are shared out on Facebook and twitter. Last fiscal year, thousands of visitors to the Chamber website viewed open positions.There are currently positions available with Invest Aurora, RiverEdge Park, Paramount Theatre, Thermamax, Law Offices of McLaughlin & Associates, and more.If you need assistance posting positions, contact the Chamber today.

Member News

If you have news to share with your fellow members, please forward to info@aurorachamber.com. Be sure and check out our blog and social media for what’s happening in our region.
EEI Congratulates another Newly Licensed Professional Engineer »
Rich Harvest Farms to Host 2021 Arnold Palmer Cup »
Community Foundation Announces Fall 2017 Grant Recipients »
Library to Host Job Fair for Youth »
EEI Welcomes New Project Manager to Environmental Group »
Job Fair for RiverEdge Park Set for Jan. 5 »
Illinois Bicentennial »
‘Give Your Brand a Hand’ »
Section of River Street to Close Until 2019 »

Constant Contact Offers Marketing Tools

As a member of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce, you can post open positions at your businesses. To further reach potential candidates, those positions are shared out on Facebook and twitter. Last fiscal year, thousands of visitors to the Chamber website viewed open positions.Are you looking for an efficient way to contact your customers – and perhaps reach new ones? Constant Contact offers you
branded consistency, simple email database management, a suite of online tools (including email, event management, surveys, and more), as well as support and training.If you are interested in learning more and signing up for a free trial, visit them today.

Library to Host Job Fair for Youth

The Eola Road branch of the Aurora Public Library will host The High School and College Job Fair on Saturday, Feb. 10. The event will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. at the branch located at 555 S. Eola Rd. in Aurora. The event will be marketed to teens and young adults who are likely looking for part-time, seasonal, and volunteer opportunities.Local employer representatives are invited to showcase their opportunities during the fair. There is no charge for employers to participate.Representatives are asked to be knowledgeable about their businesses and opportunities available. Providing fliers, brochures, and applications is encouraged.

To reserve your table (or obtain further information), contact Flannery Crump, Eola teen librarian, at (630) 264-3417 or FJCrump@AuroraPublicLibrary.org.

Public Policy Update

For the latest in public policy news, be sure and like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter. Visit the Chamber blog:
Illinois Higher Education »
Illinois Budget, Bonds »
Illinois Jobs »
Your Help Is Needed; Please Take Survey on Industry, Employability Competencies »

Elite
Members

 +Intention      95.9 The River      Aaron’s      Above Board Indoor Environmental 
 Accurate Personnel      Advance Auto Parts      Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.      Aurora Bank & Trust      Aurora Limousine      Aurora University      Baird & Warner – Holli
Thurston 
     Beans Greens Proteins      Caterpillar, Inc.      Chicago Steel Hockey Team      City Segment      ComEd      Company 251      Comprehensive Prosthetics and
Orthotics 
     Copy King Office Solutions, Inc. 
 Country Financial – West Aurora      CyrusOne      Do or Dye Designs      Dolan & Murphy      Downtown Auroran Magazine      Eagle Digital Marketing      Endiro Coffee      First Secure Community Bank      Gateway Mortgage Group      Jiffy Lube Multi-Care      Kluber Architects + Engineers       Konen Insurance Agency, Inc.      Magick Woods, Inc.      Magnetrol International, Inc.      MedCom Group, LLC      Meyer Wealth Advisors      Midwest Coach Limousine, Inc.      Mitutoyo America Corporation      Mooney & Thomas P.C.      Old Second National Bank      OnLight Aurora      Painters District Council 30      Palo Creative, PLL      Paramount Arts Centre      Pilmer Real Estate      Plum Landing Retirement Community 
 Presence Mercy Medical Center      Pure Skin Solutions, LLC      R.C. Wegman Construction Company 
 Rasmussen College      Rich Harvest Farms      Rush Copley Medical Center      S&S Metal Recyclers II      Scientel Solutions      ServPro of Aurora      Sign*A*Rama      SmithAmundsen, LLC      Staffing Network, LLC & QPA  
 Staffmark      Steffes & Associates Language and Translation
(SALT) 
     Stonebridge Country Club      Two Brothers Roundhouse      Valley Fastener Group, LLC      VivirMED, LLC      The Voice      Waubonsee Community College      Weldstar Company      Woodforest National Bank      World Finance Corporation      WSPY 

New Members

VivirMED, LLC (Elite)
Drs. Imran and Saba Osmani
630 North Lake Street, Aurora
(630) 618-4545
Medical OfficeLincolnway Dental Center
Dr. Young H. Kim
648 N. Randal Road, Aurora
(630) 897-1300
DentistsCPW Truck Stuff
Jeff Gast
Back Door, 7601 West 191st Street, Tinley Park
(815) 469-1300
Auto Repair

Mr. Broast
Tajuddin Abdul Ghani
2202 Ogden Avenue, Aurora
(630) 229-0429
Restaurants & Taverns

Buchar Family Chiropractic
Shannon Wells
3015 E. New York Street, Suite A12, Aurora
(630) 820-1330
Chiropractors

Let Go Marketing Consulting
Miranda Rodriquez
Aurora
(630) 674-1387
Marketing & Advertising

Calendar of Events

Coffee & Connections Networking
Tuesday, Jan. 16, 8:30 – 10 a.m.
Painters District No.30, 1905 Sequoia Drive, Aurora
Sponsorships AvailableFox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, Jan. 25, 8 – 9:30 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr.
Sponsored by World Finance CorporationGrand Re-Opening: Balderas Beauty Salon
Friday, Jan. 26, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
25 N. Broadway, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 4 p.m.

2018 Economic Pulse Luncheon
Thursday, Feb. 15, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Stonebridge Country Club, 2705 Stonebridge Blvd., Aurora

Leadership Academy Applications Due
Friday, Feb. 23, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce
43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora

Grand Re-Opening: Comprehensive Prosthetics & Orthotics
Tuesday, Feb. 27, 8:30 – 10 a.m.
66 West Miller Drive, North Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 9 a.m.

Leadership Academy Kick-off
Friday, Mar. 2, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Regional Chamber of Commerce
43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora

Your Weekly News from #AuroraChamber: Dec. 18, 2017

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Aurora Bank & Trust
Aurora Limousine
Aurora University
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Beans Greens Proteins
Caterpillar, Inc.
Chicago Steel Hockey Team
City Segment
ComEd
Company 251
Comprehensive Prosthetics and Orthotics
Copy King Office Solutions, Inc.
Country Financial – West Aurora
CyrusOne
Do or Dye Designs
Dolan & Murphy
Downtown Auroran Magazine
Eagle Digital Marketing
Endiro Coffee
First Secure Community Bank
Gateway Mortgage Group
Jiffy Lube Multi-Care
Kluber Architects + Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency, Inc.
Magick Woods, Inc.
Magnetrol International, Inc.
MedCom Group, LLC
Meyer Wealth Advisors
Midwest Coach Limousine, Inc.
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Old Second National Bank
OnLight Aurora
Painters District Council 30
Palo Creative, PLL
Paramount Arts Centre
Pilmer Real Estate
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
Pure Skin Solutions, LLC
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush Copley Medical Center
S&S Metal Recyclers II
Scientel Solutions
ServPro of Aurora
Sign*A*Rama
SmithAmundsen, LLC
Staffing Network, LLC & QPA
Staffmark
Steffes & Associates Language and Translation (SALT)
Stonebridge Country Club
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
The Voice
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
Woodforest National Bank
World Finance Corporation
WSPY

Welcome New Members

Comprehensive Prosthetics and Orthotics (Elite)
Thomas Bannan
66 West Miller, North Aurora
(630) 897-6363
Medical Office

Buffalo Wild Wings
Marilyn Chylewski
1460 N. Orchard, Aurora
(630) 907-2064
Restaurants & Taverns

Country Financial – West Aurora (Elite)
Nathan Powell
450 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora
(630) 801-0946
Insurance

 

Contact Us

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

 

 

Season’s Greetings, a Prosperous 2018
Happy Holidays

On behalf of the Board of Directors and Chamber staff, we want to thank you for your investment in the Aurora Regional Chamber.

The Chamber offices will be closed Monday, Dec. 25; Tuesday, Dec. 26; Friday, Dec. 29; and Monday, Jan. 1, so that the staff may celebrate the holidays with their families and friends. This will be the final newsletter of 2017. The first newsletter of 2018 will be sent out on Monday, Jan. 8.

We look forward to supporting your #BusinessSuccess in 2018 and beyond.

Available Job Opportunities
As a member of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce, you can post open positions at your businesses. To further reach potential candidates, those positions are shared out on Facebook and twitter. Last fiscal year, thousands of visitors to the Chamber website viewed open positions.

There are currently positions available with Invest Aurora, RiverEdge Park, Paramount Theatre, Thermamax, Law Offices of McLaughlin & Associates, and more.

If you need assistance posting positions, contact the Chamber today.

Premier Investors
Premier Investors
Member News
First American Bank
Thank you to all who turned out for the First American Bank holiday business after hours last week. It was a great evening of networking and hospitality during this amazing season. For more photos of the evening, visit our Facebook page.

CyrusOne
Congratulations to CyrusOne on the groundbreaking for their 350-foot tower to be started next year. We appreciate their commitment and investment in the Aurora region. For photos of the event, visit our Facebook page.

Homewood Suites
Thank you to Mayor Irvin and other community leaders who joined us for Homewood Suites by Hilton’s grand re-opening and ribbon cutting recently. For photos of the event (and a glimpse at the newly remodeled rooms and amenities), visit our Facebook page.

31 Things

If you have news to share with your fellow members, please forward to info@aurorachamber.com. Be sure and check out our blog and social media for what’s happening in our region.

EEI Congratulates another Newly Licensed Professional Engineer

Rich Harvest Farms to Host 2021 Arnold Palmer Cup

Community Foundation Announces Fall 2017 Grant Recipients, $116,789 Awarded

Library to Host Job Fair for Youth

EEI Welcomes New Project Manager to Environmental Group

Job Fair for RiverEdge Park Set for Jan. 5

Illinois Bicentennial

‘Give Your Brand a Hand’

Section of River Street to Close Until 2019

Constant Contact Offers Marketing Tools
Are you looking for an efficient way to contact your customers – and perhaps reach new ones? Constant Contact offers you branded consistency, simple email database management, a suite of online tools (including email, event management, surveys, and more), as well as support and training.

If you are interested in learning more and signing up for a free trial, visit them today.

Library to Host Job Fair for Youth
The Eola Road branch of the Aurora Public Library will host The High School and College Job Fair on Saturday, Feb. 10. The event will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. at the branch located at 555 S. Eola Rd. in Aurora. The event will be marketed to teens and young adults who are likely looking for part-time, seasonal, and volunteer opportunities.

Local employer representatives are invited to showcase their opportunities during the fair. There is no charge for employers to participate.

Representatives are asked to be knowledgeable about their businesses and opportunities available. Providing fliers, brochures, and applications is encouraged.

To reserve your table (or obtain further information), contact Flannery Crump, Eola teen librarian, at (630) 264-3417 or FJCrump@AuroraPublicLibrary.org.

Public Policy Update
For the latest in public policy news, be sure and like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

Visit the Chamber blog:

Illinois Higher Education

Illinois Budget, Bonds

Illinois Jobs

Your Help Is Needed; Please Take Survey on Industry, Employability Competencies

Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce | 43 W. Galena Blvd. Aurora, Illinois 60506
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#AuroraChamber News for Dec. 4; Last Chance to Register for Holiday Celebration

Monday, December 4th, 2017
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95.9 The River
Aaron’s
Above Board Indoor Environmental
Accurate Personnel
Advance Auto Parts
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora Bank & Trust
Aurora Limousine
Aurora University
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Beans Greens Proteins
Caterpillar, Inc.
Chicago Steel Hockey Team
City Segment
ComEd
Company 251
Copy King Office Solutions, Inc.
CyrusOne
Do or Dye Designs
Dolan & Murphy
Downtown Auroran Magazine
Eagle Digital Marketing
Endiro Coffee
Face To Face Beauty Studio
First Secure Community Bank
Gateway Mortgage Group
Jiffy Lube Multi-Care
Kluber Architects + Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency, Inc.
Magick Woods, Inc.
Magnetrol International, Inc.
MedCom Group, LLC
Meyer Wealth Advisors
Midwest Coach Limousine, Inc.
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Old Second National Bank
OnLight Aurora
Painters District Council 30
Palo Creative, PLL
Paramount Arts Centre
Pilmer Real Estate
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
Pure Skin Solutions, LLC
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush Copley Medical Center
S&S Metal Recyclers II
Scientel Solutions
ServPro of Aurora
Sign*A*Rama
SmithAmundsen, LLC
Staffing Network, LLC & QPA
Steffes & Associates Language and Translation (SALT)
Stonebridge Country Club
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
The Voice
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
Woodforest National Bank
World Finance Corporation
WSPY

Welcome New Members

Scientel Solutions (Premier)
Nelson Santos
948 Springer Drive, Lombard
(630) 652-3800
Telecommunications

 

Contact Us

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

 

Register Today for Holiday Celebration
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Premier Investors
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Calendar of Events
Holiday Celebration
Wednesday, Dec. 6, 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Belle Salle Banquets, 1920 E. New York St., AuroraGrand Re-Opening: Homewood Suites
Thursday, Dec. 7, 3:30 – 8 p.m.
4320 Meridian Parkway, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 4 p.m.

Business After Hours

Ground Breaking: Cyrus One Communications Tower
Thursday, Dec. 14, at 1 p.m.
2905 Diehl Road, Aurora

Business After Hours: First American Bank
Thursday, Dec. 14, 5 – 7 p.m.
3054 E. New York Street, Aurora

Public Policy Update
For the latest in public policy news, be sure and like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.Visit the Chamber blog:

Illinois Higher Education

Illinois Budget, Bonds

Illinois Jobs

Your Help Is Needed; Please Take Survey on Industry, Employability Competencies

Ill. GA: Telecommunications Modernization

Ill. GA: Wage History

Member News
31 ThingsIf you have news to share with your fellow members, please forward to info@aurorachamber.com. Be sure and check out our blog and social media for what’s happening in our region.

Know the ‘Real Coffee Story’

Illinois Winter Transportation

Illinois Bicentennial

2017 #GivingTuesday Highest on Record

Holiday Express Lights up Blackberry Farm in December – Eight Days in All

‘Give Your Brand a Hand’

VNA Health Care Offers Enrollment Assistance for Illinois Marketplace, Medicaid

Registration for FVPD Winter Programs Begins Nov. 18

Paramount Theatre Wins Eight Jeff Awards

Section of River Street to Close Until 2019

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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Illinois Bicentennial

Sunday, December 3rd, 2017

Rep. Tim Butler leads countdown to Illinois bicentennial in December 2018. The twelve-month period to observe Illinois’ 200th birthday as a state begins on December 3, 2017, when Illinois turns 199. Bicentennial commission member Tim Butler calls for celebrating historic U.S. Route 66, the “Mother Road” that ties together Chicago and Downstate. The Illinois Bicentennial will commemorate the technologies that have helped to create the modern state, including Route 66, Illinois railroads, and the Illinois and Michigan Canal.

The Illinois Bicentennial Commission is coordinating a program of events in locations throughout Illinois to celebrate the milestone. More events are expected to be added as Illinois approaches the actual birthday on December 3, 2018. This birthday commemorates passage by Congress of the law that admitted Illinois to the Union as the 21st state. Illinois was one of the states planned by President Thomas Jefferson as his proposal for the future of what had been the frontier “Northwest Territory.” By 1818 Jefferson had left office, but his friend and successor President James Monroe led the actual admission of Illinois into the national union of states.

Illinois Higher Education

Sunday, December 3rd, 2017

Illinois notched 40,400 STEM graduates in 2016. The Illinois Science and Technology Coalition, utilizing data from LinkedIn, tracks Illinois higher education graduation choices and numbers. In the Fall 2017 “Talent Index” report, the Coalition reports a record number of Illinois higher education graduates in fields relating to high-tech economic growth.

STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) study fields are often treated as proxies for the ability of a recent graduate of higher education to contribute to the evolving high-tech economy. The 40,400 STEM degrees awarded in Illinois in 2016 represent 31.8% of all Illinois graduates, which compares favorably with the parallel ratio of 28.3% posted by U.S. 2016 graduates as a national group. Illinois’ numbers indicate that Prairie State institutions of higher education are outpacing the higher education infrastructure of the U.S. as a whole in the encouragement of growth-oriented educational pathways.

Within this overall STEM graduation population, 3,300 degrees were awarded in computer science. This record number of Illinois computer science degrees made Illinois second only to California in the number of degrees awarded. Illinois institutions of higher education awarded 4.4% of total U.S. degrees awarded in 2016, but 9.9% of total U.S. computer science degrees.