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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

Monday, December 18th, 2017
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December 18, 2017
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+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
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
Phone: (630) 256-3180 Fax: (630) 256-3189 | www.aurorachamber.com
This email was sent by Bee Atomic on behalf of Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Library to Host Job Fair for Youth

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

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.

Job Fair for RiverEdge Park Set for Jan. 5

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

RiverEdge Park Job Fair

RiverEdge Park will be hosting a job fair to fill open positions for the Summer 2018 Season. This job fair is free and open to the public. Bringing a resume is encouraged but not mandatory. 15-minute interviews will be conducted on-site at the job fair. Applicants have the option to interview at the job fair (based on availability) or wait to be interviewed at a later date. Please fill out the form below to apply online now and be contacted for an interview.

  • Date: Friday, January 5, 2018
  • Time: 5-8 p.m.
  • Location: Meyer Ballroom, in the North Island Center directly across the street from the Paramount Theatre, 8 E Galena Blvd, Aurora IL 60506

AVAILABLE POSITIONS

Please click for the job description on each position. Each position is part-time, seasonal and requires weekend availability.

APPLY ONLINE NOW

Whether you’re attending the job fair or not, feel free to apply online now. If you apply online and are attending the job fair, it’ll save you time filling out the application on-site and give you more time to talk with the staff about the open positions and even interview for them (based on availability). If you’re unable to attend the job fair but are still interested in applying, please fill out the form, and you’ll be contacted for an interview. Form may be found at https://riveredgeaurora.com/job-fair/

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.

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

Sunday, December 3rd, 2017

Illinois Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness Act

Please help this effort by filling out a College and Career Pathway Endorsement Competencies Survey.

We are collecting feedback through an online survey that will inform the State’s development of technical and employability competencies under the Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness Act (PWR). Enacted by Illinois in 2016, the PWR Act established a voluntary system for school districts to award College and Career Pathways Endorsements to high-school graduates. Endorsements signify that a student is ready to pursue postsecondary education or enter a career related to a selected career interest area and incentivize career exploration and development, particularly in high-demand sectors. Locally, West Aurora School District 129 is completing a process to pilot endorsements.

For the last six months, public and private committees representing employers from across the State have been working to identify industry-wide technical and employability competencies in four key sectors: (1) Finance and Business Services, (2) Health Sciences, (3) Information Technology, and (4) Manufacturing and Engineering. These competencies are aligned with a transcript endorsement that a high school graduate in Illinois will be able to earn starting in 2020. For a current draft of the competencies, please click Draft Competencies November 2017.

Feedback collected via this survey will be incorporated into edits and evaluation of the drafted statements, and your voice is essential to verifying our work as we move forward. Our goal is to collect a diverse set of voices including those of employers, human resource professionals, educators at all levels, professionals in the industry, and community based organizations working within the industry across Illinois. This survey will be open until January 15, 2018, and we encourage you to share it with your colleagues and networks!

 

Should you have any questions, please contact Andrea Messing-Mathie at amessingmathie@niu.edu or Leah Moschella at lmoschella@jff.org.

 

Learn More about PWR

Valley Fastener Group to Celebrate National Manufacturing Day

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

Valley Fastener Group, LLC would like to invite you to attend our job fair and open houses as part of National Manufacturing Day to showcase the rewarding, highly skilled jobs available in manufacturing. Everyone is welcome to engage and participate in our tours and discussions. Manufacturers across the nation, like us, will be participating in Manufacturing Day as sponsors, hosting open houses, public tours, career workshops and other events.

Job Fair: Thursday, Oct. 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Open House: Saturday, Oct. 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Job Fair: Friday, Oct. 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 

Valley Fastener Group is an ISO 9001 certified manufacturer and supplier of rivets and cold headed specials. We offer fasteners, tooling, assembly and automation equipment, stampings, and engineered solutions. We manufacture industrial fasteners in a variety of materials including brass, copper, aluminum, stainless steel, and more. Manufacturing Day will draw greater attention to the outstanding opportunities that a career in manufacturing can provide and promote the pursuit of skills that will lead to a long-term career that offers security and growth for qualified candidates.

Hopefully, by opening up shop floors around the country, we will be able to show modern manufacturing for what it is — a sleek, technology-driven industry that offers secure, good-paying jobs.

Please let Brian Rzepka know if any of these dates are convenient for you. Feel free to call or email directly at (630) 299-8917 or brianr@valleyfastener.com.

Aurora Chamber News: Week of Oct. 2, 2017

Monday, October 2nd, 2017
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October 02, 2017
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95.9 The River
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
First Secure Community Bank
Ice Miller LLP
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency, Inc.
Magnetrol International, Inc.
Meyer Wealth Advisors
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Old Second National Bank
OnLight Aurora
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pilmer Real Estate
Pipe Fitters Local 597
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
ServPro of Aurora
Sign*A*Rama
SmithAmundsen, LLC
Steffes & Associates Language and Translation (SALT)
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
The Voice
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
WSPY

Welcome New Members

Taco Diner
Ilda Rodriquez
1056 N. Route 59, Aurora
(630)499-9344
Restaurants & Taverns

Tease Dance and Fitness
Kristin McNabb
4014 Fox Valley Center Drive, Aurora
(630) 270-3311
Fitness Center

 

Contact Us

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

 

Join Us for an Ill. Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Forum on Oct. 18
Gubernatorial Candidate ForumOn Wednesday, Oct. 18, the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce will join Daily Herald Media Group, Business Ledger, ABC-7 News and several other business organizations to host a gubernatorial candidate forum focusing on business-related issues facing Illinois. The event will be from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Victoria in the Park, 1700 Elmhurst Road, Mount Prospect.

Candidates confirmed to attend include J.B. Pritzker, Daniel Biss, Ameya Pawar, Bob Daiber, Scott Drury, Alexander Paterakis, Chris Kennedy, and Tio Hardiman.

$25 admission includes breakfast, networking, and forum. Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/democratic-gubernatorial -candidate-forum-tickets-37242741041. When ordering your ticket(s), enter Aurora in the Promo Code box.

New Grease Trap Program Announced
The next meeting of Aurora First® — an Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce program – will feature the Fox Metro Water Reclamation District on Tuesday, Oct. 10, at 9 a.m. at the Aurora Chamber offices.Fox Metro is piloting a new inspection software called SwiftComply. It will help run a more efficient Restaurant Grease Interceptor Inspection Program. The objective of SwiftComply is to bring the three aspects of Grease Interceptor maintenance together: the regulating body (Fox Metro), restaurant managers, and grease pumpers, by allowing all information to be collected in one place.

The CEO of SwiftComply will share information and answer questions at the informational meeting. Fox Metro representatives will also be in attendance.

More information can be found by visiting: http://www.swiftcomply.com/foxmetro/

If you are interested in joining us for the discussion and presentation, please click the following link: http://business.aurorachamber.com/events/details/fox- metro-introduces-swiftcomply-14552

You’re Invited: Small-Business Vendor Fair
Small Business Vendor Fair
Friday, Oct. 27, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Waubonsee Community College, 18 S. River St. Aurora
The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce – in partnership with the City of Aurora and Metra as well as other organizations – will provide small business owners the opportunity to meet and network with prime contractors, subcontractors and assist agencies.

This event will provide one free educational workshop: DBE Certification 101. This workshop will discuss Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) qualifications, as well as, the documents that are needed when submitting a certification application and how to avoid common mistakes.

To register, contact Romayne Newton at rnewton@metrarr.com with the names of the individuals that will be attending.

Premier Members
Premier Members
Calendar of Events
Jump Start Your Membership Profile
Tuesday, Oct. 3, 8:30 – 10 a.m.
Chamber Offices, 43 W. Galena Blvd, AuroraAurora First®
Tuesday, Oct. 10, at 9 a.m.
Chamber Offices, 43 W. Galena Blvd, Aurora

Special Needs Resource Fair
Saturday, Oct. 14, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Vaughan Athletic Center, 2121 W. Indian Trail Rd., Aurora

Dem. Gubernatorial Candidate Forum
Wednesday, Oct. 18, 7:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Victoria in the Park, 1700 Elmhurst Road, Mount Prospect

Small Business Vendor Fair
Friday, Oct. 27, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Waubonsee Community College, 18 S. River St. Aurora

Special Needs Fair to Connect Residents with Services
The Fox Valley Special Needs Resource Committee is holding its inaugural Special Needs Resource Fair on Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Vaughan Athletic Center, 2121 W. Indian Trail Rd.Organized by the City of Aurora, the Fox Valley Park District and the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce, the committee is hosting the fair to provide direct access to resources in the Fox Valley community for children and adults with special needs.

“Parents and caretakers of those with special needs have an incredible responsibility,” said Alex Voigt, Aurora Assistant Chief of Staff. “The resource fair can help connect the pieces and increase the quality of life for the entire family.”

More than 30 exhibitors will be available to discuss educational opportunities, transition programs, government services, recreational programs, legal support, employment opportunities and other services available for those with special needs.

The fair is free and open to the public. To volunteer at the fair, visit http://www.signupgenius.com/go/ 4090844A8A82BA5FA7-resource.

For more information, contact Alex Voigt, Mayor’s Assistant Chief of Staff, at 630-256-3010 or avoigt@aurora-il.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:

Manufacturing: Perception vs. Reality

Three More Ill. Legislators Announce Retirement

Gov. Rauner Vetoes Geolocation Bill to Protect Business

Illinois Jobs

Bipartisan Legislation an Important Tool for Job Growth in Illinois

Illinois: Gambling

Illinois Education

Illinois: Opioid Epidemic

Economic Development: Amazon

Reps. Currie, Sente to Retire; AG Madigan Out

Procurement Streamlining a Win for Illinois Business

Ill. Senate, House Release Fall Veto Schedules

New UI Process Streamlines Tax Experience

U.S. Chamber: Tax Reform

U.S. Chamber: Overtime Rule Update

New Form I-9 Required by Sept. 18, 2017

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.Aurora Enters Nationwide Bloomberg Mayor’s Challenge

NIU Law School Names Irvin ‘Alumnus of the Year’

2017 IN2@IMSA Fall FUNshops

Congratulations! Mayor Irvin Elected to IML Board

2018 USA Badminton Junior National Championships to be Held in Aurora Area

IMSA Named One of the Top 100 Finalists for the 16th Annual Chicago Innovation Awards

Oct. 1: National Mental Health Week

Walk to School Day: Oct. 5, 2017

EEI Announces Newly License Professional Engineer

Pumpkin Weekends throughout October at Blackberry Farm – 11 days in all

World-Renowned Artist Paints Multicultural Mural in Aurora

GAR Museum Earns Top Honors from Ill. Assoc. of Museums

Martin Lipton Joins Team at Konen Insurance

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 Bee Atomic on behalf of Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Aurora Enters Nationwide Bloomberg Mayor’s Challenge

Sunday, October 1st, 2017

The City of Aurora is one of 24 cities in Illinois – and 555 cities nationwide – competing in the 2017 Mayor’s Challenge, a nationwide ideas competition sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies.

The initiative is designed to help city leaders think big, be bold, and uncover inventive – and, ultimately, shareable – ideas that tackle today’s toughest problems. The Challenge is the first investment in the $200 million American Cities Initiative, a recently announced suite of new and expanded offerings from Bloomberg Philanthropies that will strengthen U.S. cities through bold leadership.

“We are excited and more than ready to enter the 2017 Mayor’s Challenge,” said Aurora Mayor Richard C. Irvin. “This process will provide us the opportunity to compete for funding to solve local challenges and the ability to benchmark best practices from cities throughout the nation.”

The 555 cites that entered the competition have the potential to impact nearly 100 million citizens. Cities of every size, geography, and political affiliation are involved, representing an increased interest in finding creative solutions to challenges.

“The incredible response to this year’s Challenge really shows how cities are taking the reins to drive our nation forward – and how eager mayors are to collaborate and try new things,” said Michael R. Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies and three-term Mayor of New York City. “We’re looking forward to seeing the great ideas that cities propose and develop through the Challenge.”

As part of the application process, Bloomberg Philanthropies hosted an “Idea Accelerator” workshop in Aurora last week – one of 300 such workshops held throughout the country. To help spur actionable ideas, the full-day session provided participants with cutting-edge strategies and tools to identify and address the most pressing concerns in Aurora.

“The information and exercises at the workshop were extremely helpful in guiding our idea generation process,” said Dr. Adrienne Holloway, Aurora’s Chief Innovation Officer. “It definitely helped our great cross-section of Aurora stakeholders who attended to generate solid ideas for our application.”

In January 2018, Bloomberg Philanthropies will award 35 “Champion Cities” $100,000 each to prioritize issues facing their cities, develop homegrown solutions, and bring these ideas to life. This funding will give each city the chance to test and refine its idea, creating a coast-to-coast laboratory for civic innovation. In October 2018, five Mayors Challenge winners will be selected based on each idea’s vision for tackling an urgent challenge, promise for impact and successful implementation, and potential to spread to other cities. One city will win the $5 million grand prize; four others will receive $1 million implementation awards.

 

About Bloomberg Philanthropies

Bloomberg Philanthropies works in over 120 countries around the world to ensure better, longer lives for the greatest number of people. The organization focuses on five key areas for creating lasting change: Arts, Education, Environment, Government Innovation, and Public Health. Bloomberg Philanthropies encompasses all of Michael R. Bloomberg’s charitable activities, including his foundation and his personal giving. In 2016, Bloomberg Philanthropies distributed $600 million

 

2017 IN2@IMSA Fall FUNshops

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

IN2 will offer four different middle school fall FUNshops for students grades 6th-8th.  Spots are filling up fast so secure your spot soon!

IN2 Design Thinking: Crafting the Perfect Lemonade Stand

Saturday October 14,2017; 10 am – Noon @IN2

Fee: $45; grades 6-8

Class Size: 22 paid spaces +

2 scholarships

Imagine yourself in charge of creating the most successful lemonade stand possible. Where do you even begin? What recipe do your customers want? Where do you setup your lemonade stand? All those questions and more will be answered in this fun yet informative hands-on entrepreneurship workshop. Join us as we explore how techniques that real companies use to sketch their products like Design Thinking can be applied to outline the perfect lemonade stand. And yes…you will be making lemonade. Presented by IMSA eleMENT students.

 

IN2 Makerspace: Introduction to 3D Modeling

Saturday October 21,2017; 10 am – Noon @ IN2

Fee: $45; grades 6-8

Class Size:  11 paid spaces +

1 scholarship                                                                                       

Are you an inventor, an artist, or a future engineer? In the modern world, that means you need to know 3D Modeling and CAD software. This workshop teaches you 3D modeling fundamentals and sets you on the path to making your own designs in less than an hour. Draw gear assemblies for robots, create action figures to 3D print later, or design your own dream house. We’ll use the free-for-students Autodesk Fusion 360 to teach you the basics and get you ready to design on your own. We provide the technology, you provide the awesome ideas. Laptops provided.

 

IN2: Startup Mystery Box Challenge

Saturday November 18,2017; 10 am – Noon @ IN2

Fee: $45; grades 6-8

Class Size: 22 paid spaces +

2 scholarship

We have a box full of __________ (it’s a surprise). Once you open the box, you have 90 minutes to think like an entrepreneur and figure out the best thing to do with the contents. This is a simulation game, team competition that calls on collaboration, creative problem solving and entrepreneurial thinking. Practice using a Business Model Canvas, Design Thinking and Kanban methods–the same as real startups–and develop a brand that attracts interested customers who really need your product or service. Become a better problem solver and, as a team, achieve the greatest potential value for your efforts.

 

IN2 Makerspace: Holiday Cards and Stickers

Saturday December 9, 2017; 10 am – Noon @ IN2

Fee: $45; grades 6-8

Class Size:  11 paid spaces +

1 scholarship

This winter get out of the cold and craft some holiday gifts. Learn to use technology to make your crafting faster, and more fun. In this workshop we’ll use the Silhouette Cameo Craft Cutter to design and cut our own Vinyl stickers and Holiday Cards. Try your hand at stick-on snowflakes, snowman cards, or paper reindeer ornaments. We’ll provide the materials and technology, so bring your brilliant ideas and holiday spirit.