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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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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.

Prisco Center Renovations Resume with $2 Million State Grant

Friday, January 12th, 2018

Fitness center expansion will triple current space amid new amenities

After a three-year hiatus, the Prisco Community Center is back in line for a major overhaul that will include expansion of the fitness center and increased capacity for youth and adult programming.

The project is made possible by a $2 million grant award the Fox Valley Park District received from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). It’s part of the Park and Recreational Facility Construction (PARC) program that provides state funding for renovation/construction of indoor recreation facilities.

Fox Valley was originally awarded the grant in 2014. However, shortly thereafter, the state froze all such grants as part of a state-wide budget review.

The project will essentially create a new fitness center in Prisco and triple the current space (about 1,500 square feet) to over 5,000 square feet. The added space will allow for greater group and senior fitness facilities, renovated locker rooms, accessibility improvements and flexible space opportunities with multi-purpose rooms for program activities, events and rentals.

It also meets growing demands at both ends of the demographic spectrum, bringing early childhood/youth programming and senior/active adult programming to an area where such opportunities are needed.

A recent District-wide survey of residents indicated a high demand for adult fitness, as well as early childhood programming.

“We’re thrilled to move forward with this project that will address many of our residents’ wishes,” said Executive Director Jim Pilmer. “We are thankful to the state for the funding assistance, and to our residents for their input that guides our planning.

“It’s essential that we meet the fitness needs across all age groups and demographics in our communities, and this project will allow us to do that.”

Centrally located – just north of downtown Aurora – the Prisco Center is a hub of activity in a busy area, with an approximate population of 60,000 residents living within a two-mile radius.

Completion of the project is expected in July 2018.

Cervical Cancer Awareness Month: VNA Health Care Offers Screening

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

In recognition that January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, VNA Health Care wants women to know that cervical cancer is a highly preventable and treatable cancer, but only if women take the steps to get screened and vaccinated. In 2018, an estimated 13,240 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cervical cancer, and 4,170 will die from the disease.

The current recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) regarding cervical cancer screening are having a pap smear every 3 years for women age 21-65. Women age 30 to 65 years who want to lengthen the screening interval may opt to have a pap smear with human papillomavirus (HPV) testing every 5 years. Vaccinations can protect people from getting the types of HPV that most often cause cancer and genital warts. Vaccines that protect against the types of HPV that cause 90% of cervical cancers, as well as several other diseases and cancers, are recommended to be given to girls and boys ages 11 to 12 years of age.

About 80% of women will get HPV at some point in their life, but in the vast majority of women these virus will not cause any symptoms or problems. HPV infections that don’t go away can cause changes in the cervix cells, and those changes can lead to cervical cancer. This happens over 10 to 20 years. Many women younger than 30 will have HPV, but these infections are more likely to go away.

Pre-invasive cervical lesions often have no symptoms. Once abnormal cells become cancerous and invade nearby tissue, the most common symptom is abnormal vaginal bleeding, which may start and stop between regular menstrual periods or cause menstrual bleeding to last longer or be heavier than usual. Women who experience any of these symptoms should discuss them with their primary care provider.

While there are no medicines to treat HPV, there are treatments for the cell changes in the cervix that HPV can cause. If your Pap test shows cervix cell changes, your doctor or nurse will talk to you about treatments, if you need them. The good news is that cervical cancer is rare in women who get regular screening tests.

To make an appointment for a women’s wellness exam at VNA, which includes cervical cancer screening, call (630)892-4355.  VNA accepts Blue Cross Community, Harmony, and Meridian Medicaid Managed Care Plans, Medicare, and some private insurance. Uninsured patients can qualify for a discount based on household income. VNA is the lead agency for the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer program (IBCCP) in Kane, Kendall, Will, and Kankakee counties.  IBCCP provides screenings at no cost to uninsured women who qualify.

VNA Health Care operates 10 clinics in suburban Chicago and serves over 65,000 people a year. VNA is nationally ranked as a top performing health center as a result of patient outcomes such as prenatal care, adolescent weight screening and counseling, vascular disease treatment, blood pressure control, healthy birthweights, and asthma care. VNA’s combination of convenience (by appointment or walk-in), patient-centered technology and expert care delivered with respect and compassion have led to these results. VNA is accredited by The Joint Commission.

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

Thursday, December 14th, 2017

The Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley is pleased to announce that nine agencies were awarded a total of $116,798.44 in grants during the Foundation’s Fall 2017 Grant Cycle! Combined with the spring cycle, the total amount awarded in 2017 is $345,006.44 in discretionary grants.

Additionally, the Foundation approved nearly $740,000 in scholarships and nearly $3.5 million in restricted grants, totaling over $4.5 million in total grants to date for 2017!

Congratulations to the following nine agencies that were awarded a grant during the Foundation’s Fall 2017 Grant Cycle. We truly appreciate the great work you are doing in our communities!

  • CASA Kane County
  • Friends of Aurora’s After-School Programs
  • Horsepower Therapeutic Riding
  • Kane County Bar Foundation
  • Kendall County PADS
  • Renz Addiction Counseling Center
  • St. Augustine College
  • St. Charles Singers
  • TriCity Family Services

 

Grants to these agencies will support office furnishings and renovations, security equipment, website development, educational materials, and more. A Grantee Recognition Ceremony will be held on January 30 to celebrate the accomplishments of these organizations.

“There are so many wonderful organizations in our region,” said Julie Christman, Foundation Director of Community Involvement and Partnerships. “It is our honor as a Community Foundation to partner with these agencies in making a difference in our region in the areas of social services, healthcare, education and the arts. Thank you to all of the agencies that applied this cycle. We truly value the services that you provide in our area. Your hard work and dedication to your missions make the Fox River Valley a great community in which to live!”

If your nonprofit agency is interested in applying for a grant in the spring, Letters of Intent will become available on February 1, 2018 and close on March 31, 2018.

To learn more about the Community Foundation’s Grantmaking Program, please visit our website.

About the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley

The Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley is a non-profit, tax-exempt, philanthropic organization that administers individual charitable funds from which grants and scholarships are distributed to benefit the citizens of the Greater Aurora Area, the TriCities and Kendall County, Illinois.

Founded in 1948, the Foundation provides a simple and powerful approach to charitable giving. Individuals, families, businesses and organizations have the opportunity to custom design their own named funds that reflect their charitable goals and interests. Since its inception, the Community Foundation has grown to nearly $88 million in assets and has awarded more than $60 million in grants and scholarships.

For more information on the Foundation, visit CFFRV.org.

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/

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MedCom Group, LLC
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Paramount Arts Centre
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Staffing Network, LLC & QPA
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