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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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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

 

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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.

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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
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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

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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.

Manufacturing: Perception vs. Reality

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

Manufacturing Day is designed to show students, parents, educators, and their communities, what is really happening in modern manufacturing.

Why? A recent study by Deloitte revealed the conundrum we face in the industry: Americans recognize the importance of the manufacturing industry yet they don’t have a positive impression of current manufacturing jobs.

In fact, roughly one-third of Americans surveyed wouldn’t encourage their children to pursue a manufacturing career, pointing to concerns around job security and stability, weak career path, and poor pay. As anyone close to the manufacturing industry knows, many of these concerns couldn’t be further from reality.

So what can you do? Know the facts:

  • The average tenure of workers in the manufacturing industry is highest among all private sector industries at 9.1 years. The industry also has one of the lowest employee turnover rates (2.3 percent) among all private-sector jobs.
  • Modern manufacturing jobs require sophisticated technical and problem-solving skills. With many senior-level Baby Boomers retiring, we’ll see many job openings in high-skilled, high-tech positions, as well as in leadership positions.
  • The average manufacturing worker in the U.S. earns almost more than $20,000 above the average employee working in other industries: $81,289 for the average manufacturing worker compared to $63,830 for the average U.S. worker.

And, of course, participate in Manufacturing Day! MFG DAY received consistently high marks with student event attendees:

  • 88 percent indicated the activities/tours are interesting and engaging
  • 89 percent became more aware of manufacturing jobs in their communities
  • 84 percent were more convinced that manufacturing provides careers that are interesting and rewarding
  • 64 percent were more motivated to pursue careers in manufacturing.

Illinois Jobs

Sunday, September 24th, 2017

EDGE tax credit overhaul gets Gov. Rauner’s signature. Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation (HB 162) that overhauls the EDGE Tax Credit Program and provides much-needed transparency and taxpayer protections.

“The EDGE Tax Credit Program overhaul is a bipartisan job creation program that is innovative and competitive for businesses,” Gov. Rauner said. “This legislation is another tool to use in our quest to bring high-quality and good-paying jobs to Illinois. It is crucial for the future success of our state that we make Illinois a more business friendly environment through pro-growth measures.”

The EDGE tax credit program is a critical local economic development tool that incentivizes job creation, growth and competitiveness in the state. The new law extends the program until June 30, 2022.

Among the key components in the EDGE tax credit overhaul is that incentives will encourage companies to expand or move to underserved areas in the state, and eligibility thresholds will be lowered to allow more small businesses to grow in Illinois. The overhaul also implements a Gov. Rauner transparency measure, requiring all EDGE agreements be posted within 10 days of the project being secured in Illinois.

“Thank you to Governor Rauner for signing HB 162 and renewing the EDGE Tax Credit Program,” said Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Director Sean McCarthy. “This is a critical local economic development tool that incentivizes job creation, growth and competitiveness in the state. We look forward to working together with companies – large and small—to move, expand and invest here in Illinois.”

“This is about bringing good jobs to our communities. To compete with our neighboring states we absolutely must make Illinois a more attractive place to do business and renewing EDGE will help us do that,” said State Rep. Grant Wehrli.​

“Enacting these incentives makes Illinois significantly more competitive with neighboring states in attracting and retaining good-paying jobs for Illinois families,” said Rep. Keith Wheeler. “This is the type of bipartisan achievement everyone can be proud of.”

“Working together on a bipartisan basis, we are now able to provide incentives that will enable job creators and entrepreneurs to flourish and expand opportunity for families all across Illinois,” said Rep. Patti Bellock. “Growing our economy and creating jobs must continue to be among the State’s top priorities.”​

 

August unemployment rate increases slightly. The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced last week that the unemployment rate increased +0.2 percentage points to 5.0 percent in August and nonfarm payrolls decreased by -3,700 jobs over-the-month, based on preliminary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and released by IDES. July job growth was revised down to show an increase of +600 jobs rather than the preliminary estimate of +2,100 jobs.

August’s monthly payroll drop kept over-the-year job growth well below the national average. While Illinois job growth has had its ups and downs since the beginning of the year, the 3-month trend shows average monthly gains of 1,100 jobs per month from June to August, while the six-month trend shows a -100 per month average job loss from March to August.

“The Illinois economy is stuck in neutral with hardly any growth over the past several months,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “As a result, this has caused the state to experience a rising unemployment rate over the past three months.”

“Illinois is working tirelessly to highlight our strongest assets – our strategic location and dedicated workforce – to bring more opportunity, competition and good paying jobs to our state,” said Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Director Sean McCarthy. “We need to couple that with lasting reforms and incentives to attract businesses and quality jobs in Illinois.”

The state’s unemployment rate is +0.6 percentage points higher than the national unemployment rate reported for August 2017, which increased to 4.4 percent. The Illinois unemployment rate is down -0.8 percentage points from a year ago when it was 5.8 percent. At 5.0 percent, the Illinois jobless rate stands -0.7 percentage points lower than January 2017.

 

 

Your Weekly Chamber Member Newsletter

Wednesday, September 13th, 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
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

M14Hoops
Matt Miller
2414 Church Road, Aurora
(331) 281-0192
Sports & Recreation

Pure Skin Solutions, LLC
Fatimah Kahiga
26 S. Stolp Avenue, Aurora
(630) 907-7454
Beauty Services

Meadow Lake Dental Care
Susan Schramm
3941 75 Street, Ste. 102
Aurora 60504
(630) 851-5130
Dentists

 

Contact Us

Mail: 43 W. Galena Blvd.
Aurora, Illinois 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180
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What You Need to Know:
Emergency Preparedness
Emergency Preparedness

When business is disrupted, it can cost money. Lost revenues plus extra expenses means reduced profits. Insurance does not cover all costs and cannot replace customers that defect to the competition. A continuity plan to continue business is essential. This WYNTK seminar will assist businesses and organizations in developing a preparedness program by providing tools to create a plan that addresses the impact of many hazards.

Sept. 15: Wellness Works Conference for Employers
Wellness Works
Premier Members
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Calendar of Events
Ambassadors Committee
Thursday, Sept. 14, 3 p.m.
Tracy’s Bistro, 4424 E. New York St., Aurora

Grand Opening: 500 Station Blvd.
Wednesday, Sept. 14, 4 – 8 p.m.
675 Station Blvd., Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 4:30 p.m.

2017 Wellness Works Conference
Friday, Sept. 15, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Prisco Community Center, Aurora

Grand Opening: Garage 31
Monday, Sept. 18, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
102 S. Lincolnway, North Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 11:30 a.m.

Coffee & Connections
Tuesday, Sept. 19, 8:30 – 10:15 a.m.
Painters District Council #30, 1905 Sequoia Drive, Aurora

35th Anniversary: Lindstrom Chiropractic
Wednesday, Sept. 20, 3:30 – 7 p.m.
1965 W, Downer Pl., Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 4 p.m.

Grand Opening: Huntington Bank
Thursday, Sept. 21, 8 – 10 a.m.
2430 W. Indian Trail Rd., Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 8:30 a.m.

WYNTK: Emergency Preparedness Plannings
Tuesday, Sept. 26, 8:30 – 10 a.m.
Chamber offices, 43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, Sept. 28, 8 – 9:30 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora
Sponsored by City Segment

5th Anniversary: McLaughlin & Associates
Thursday, Sept. 28, 3:30 – 7:00 p.m.
495 N. Commons Dr. Ste. 103, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 4:15 p.m.

Public Policy Update
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Procurement Streamlining a Win for Illinois Business

Ill. Senate, House Release Fall Veto Schedules

New UI Process Streamlines Tax Experience

One More Leaves Ill. GA

Social Security Expedites Decisions to Those with Serious Disabilities

U.S. Chamber: Tax Reform

U.S. Chamber: Overtime Rule Update

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

Make Your Voice Heard; Submit NAFTA Comments

Gov. Rauner Takes Action on Several Bills

This Week: Gov. Signs Education Bill

Join Us for an Ill. Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Forum on Oct. 18
Gubernatorial Candidate Forum

On 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.

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.

Making Global Local: Third Annual Exports Conference

Aurora Fire, Police to Host Sept. 11 Memorial

Residents Invited to Explore Opportunities Sept. 16 at Volunteer Mania Fair

Nicholas Knudtson Joins Team at Konen Insurance

Aurora Named one of the Best Cities to Raise a Family

VNA Health Care Receives Grant from U.S. Department of Agriculture

West High to Host World Language Career Expo

Waubonsee to Host Aurora Downtown Career Fair This Month

Join Us for an Ill. Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Forum on Oct. 18

VNA Recognized for Quality Achievements, Awarded $171K by HRSA

IMSA, Tellabs Foundation Announce Next Generation Innovators Award Winners

West Aurora School District 129 Approved for Federal Registered Apprenticeship Program

Fox Valley Mall, Simply Destinee Partner for the Shining a Light on Suicide

National Disability Employment Awareness Month Theme Announced: ‘Inclusion Drives Innovation’

Park Renovations Coming to Meadow Lake; New Park at Randall Highlands

Thermamax, Inc. Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Don’t Take the Bait: Watch Out for the W-2 Email Scam

Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce | 43 W. Galena Blvd. Aurora, Illinois 60506
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This Week’s Aurora Chamber Member News

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017
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September 05, 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 University
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Caterpillar, Inc.
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
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

Contact Us

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

 

 

Sept. 15: Wellness Works Conference for Employers
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Calendar of Events
Grand Re-Opening: Sharp Business Systems
Wednesday, Sept. 6, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
1815 S. Meyers Road, Ste. 100, Oakbrook Terrace
Ribbon Cutting @ 11:30 a.m.

Ground Breaking Event – My Place Hotel
Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2-4 p.m.
1000 Kilbery Lane, North Aurora
Ground Breaking @ 2:30 p.m.

Grand Opening: Java Plus
Thursday, Sept. 7, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
1677 Montgomery Rd, Ste. 106, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 11:30 a.m.

Grand Opening: 500 Station Blvd.
Wednesday, Sept. 14, 4 – 8 p.m.
675 Station Blvd., Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 4:30 p.m.

2017 Wellness Works Conference
Friday, Sept. 15, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Prisco Community Center, Aurora

Grand Opening: Garage 31
Monday, Sept. 18, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
102 S. Lincolnway, North Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 11:30 a.m.

Coffee & Connections
Tuesday, Sept. 19, 8:30 – 10:15 a.m.
Painters District Council #30, 1905 Sequoia Drive, Aurora

35th Anniversary: Lindstrom Chiropractic
Wednesday, Sept. 20, 3:30 – 7 p.m.
1965 W, Downer Pl., Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 4 p.m.

Grand Opening: Huntington Bank
Thursday, Sept. 21, 8 – 10 a.m.
2430 W. Indian Trail Rd., Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 8:30 a.m.

5th Anniversary: McLaughlin & Associates
Thursday, Sept. 28, 3:30 – 7:00 p.m.
495 N. Commons Dr. Ste. 103, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 4:15 p.m.

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, Sept. 28, 8 – 9:30 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora Sponsorships Available

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

Make Your Voice Heard; Submit NAFTA Comments

Gov. Rauner Takes Action on Several Bills

This Week: Gov. Signs Education Bill

Member News
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West High to Host World Language Career Expo

Waubonsee to Host Aurora Downtown Career Fair This Month

Join Us for an Ill. Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Forum on Oct. 18

VNA Recognized for Quality Achievements, Awarded $171K by HRSA

IMSA, Tellabs Foundation Announce Next Generation Innovators Award Winners

West Aurora School District 129 Approved for Federal Registered Apprenticeship Program

Fox Valley Mall, Simply Destinee Partner for the Shining a Light on Suicide

National Disability Employment Awareness Month Theme Announced: ‘Inclusion Drives Innovation’

Park Renovations Coming to Meadow Lake; New Park at Randall Highlands

Thermamax, Inc. Celebrates 10th Anniversary

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West High to Host World Language Career Expo

Friday, September 1st, 2017

West Aurora High School formally invites local employers to participate in a World Language Career Expo at the high school on Monday, October 23, 2017.

The World Language Career Expo will consist of numerous professionals from different fields who speak other languages. Each representative will have a table where they can showcase their career and how they use another language in their work. Students will have the opportunity to visit all of the tables during their World Language class period; they will explore a wide variety of careers, see the real‐world application of the languages they are learning in class, and engage in dialogue with respected area  professionals about their work.

As an exhibitor at this event, employers will impact more than 1,600 students enrolled in French, Spanish, and Heritage Spanish classes at West Aurora. In the last two years, 173 graduating seniors have earned the Illinois State Seal of Biliteracy and Commendation toward Biliteracy in Arabic, French, German, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

The World Language Career Expo will take place in the Veterans’ Memorial Field House from 8:55 a.m. to 3 p.m., with setup from 8 to 8:45 a.m. The district will provide both breakfast and lunch to all exhibitors, as well as a hospitality area with refreshments and personal-item storage.

Please RSVP to the event here.

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

Friday, September 1st, 2017

A new version of the Form I-9 has been issued and businesses must use it on or before September 18, 2017. Published by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on July 17, 2017, the new I-9 form has a revision date (shown on the bottom of the form) of 07/17/17.

The form, used by employers to verify employment eligibility, should be completed for all active employees hired after November 6, 1986, and retained for former employees for the longer of one year from termination or three years from hire.

There is no small-business exception for the Form I-9. Although an independent contractor does not need to complete a Form I-9, all employers must complete and retain Forms I-9 for every person they hire for employment, which includes:

  • The owner of a business if the owner is employed by the business and was hired as employee after November 6, 1986; and
  • An owner hired by a partnership.

 

Changes on the form

The new I-9 has made very small changes to the form’s instructions and the list of acceptable documents. The revisions slightly modify USCIS’s List of Acceptable Documents and specifically update List C to reflect the most current version of the certification or report of birth issued by the U.S. State Department.

Although the changes might be imperceptible, employers still need to switch to the form with the revision date of 07/17/17. Technically, employers can continue to use the previous Form I-9 through September 17, but immigration experts recommend that employers immediately download and start using the new form and recycle any blank November 2016 or older versions.

Failure to comply by the Sept. 18, 2017, deadline can result in significant fines. The U.S. Department of Justice announced increases in fines for Form I-9 violations last year, which range from $216 to $2,126 per form.

For more information visit the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services webpage containing the most recent information about Form I-9.