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This Week’s Member News

Monday, July 24th, 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

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Aurora, Illinois 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180
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Behind the Scenes at the Chamber
Summer is in full swing. We would like to take one last opportunity to thank the many sponsors and attendees of our 2017 Golf Classic. Despite the rain that morning, we were able to enjoy a wonderful afternoon of golf and networking at the cocktail reception that evening. And while we wrap up the details for the golf outing, we still have several programs and events for our members before the end of our fiscal year on August 31.

Below in the Calendar of Events, you will see six grand openings and ribbons cuttings to celebrate new or re-newed Chamber members. We hope you can join us at some of them to welcome new businesses to the region and to the Chamber.

Also, we have scheduled a What You Need to Know session on the American Health Care Act. While this legislation is still being discussed, debated, and decided in Washington, DC, we plan to bring you the latest implications on what current details mean for employers.

Don’t forget the July and August Fox Valley Networking Professionals breakfasts. Join us for breakfast, networking, and getting to know fellow members. This casual, welcoming event is a great way to meet new clients, potential partners, and local professionals.

On August 8, we are collaborating with several Fox Valley region chambers to offer a multi-chamber women in business lunch in Geneva. Details are below; we look forward to you joining us for this annual event.

Of course, we continue to watch and weigh in with advocacy issues of importance to our business community. This includes legislation approved by the General Assembly (such as SB 1) that has yet to be sent to the Governor’s office. Stay tuned as we work to get details and updates out to you through social media and other means.

If you would like to know more about any of these activities – or more of what we are working on to support our business members, please reach out and let us know: jhenning@aurorachamber.com or (630) 256-3180.

Have a great week.

Premier Members
Premier Members
Calendar of Events
Coffee & Connections Networking
Tuesday, July 25, 8:30 a.m.
Painters District No.30, 1905 Sequoia Drive, Aurora

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, July 27, 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora

Grand Opening: 500 Station Blvd.
Postponed
675 Station Blvd, Aurora

Grand Opening: Advance Auto Parts
Friday, July 28, 11:00 a.m.
3 N. Smith Street, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting 11:30 a.m.

Grand Opening: StemShala
Wednesday, August 2, 11:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.
4075 Fox Valley Center Drive, Unit 2, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting 11:30 a.m.

Grand Opening: East Aurora Counseling
Thursday, August 3, 3:30- 5:30 p.m.
143 S. Lincoln Ave., Aurora
Ribbon Cutting 4:00 p.m.

Grand Opening: Tracy’s Bistro
Friday, August 4, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
4424 East New York Street, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting 11:30 a.m.

Multi-Chamber Progressive Lunch
Tuesday, August 8, 11:30 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.
Mill Creek Country Club, 39W525 Herrington Dr., Geneva
Register by Monday, July 31. No- walk-ins.

Grand Opening: Best Elder Home Care
Wednesday, August 16, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
1649 Montgomery Rd. Suite #9, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting 11:30 a.m.

WYNTK Current AHCA Legislation
Tuesday, August 29, 8:00 – 9:30 a.m.
Aurora Chamber offices, 43 W Galena Blvd, Aurora
Please pre-register

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, August 31, 8:00 – 9:30 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr.
Sponsorships Available

Did You Know?
The Chicagoland Safety Health and Environmental Conference is being held September 18-21, 2017 at the Naperville campus of Northern Illinois University. Registration is now open at www.chisafetyconf.org. Conference attendees include business owners and managers, plant managers, professional and civic association members, municipalities, consultants, risk management professionals, project managers, loss control specialists, safety committee members, HR managers, corporate executives, shop foremen, lawyers, and professional trainers.
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:

General Assembly: Special Session Report

Statement in Response to 2017 State Budget Passage

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.

New Playground Coming for Waubonsie Lake Park

Sammons Joins Old Second

Gonzalez Selected as 2017 CommUnity Hero Award Recipient

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.

New Playground Coming for Waubonsie Lake Park

Monday, July 24th, 2017

A renovated playground and new, modern equipment is coming to Waubonsie Lake Park, following approval by the Fox Valley Park District Board of Commissioners for a $121,093 bid to The Kenneth Company of Bolingbrook.

Located at the south end of Waubonsie Lake, the playground complements the adjacent community park nature-based play zone with a more traditional playground experience and is separated by the dam spillway to create a barrier for young children, bicycles and strollers.

In keeping with best playground design and safety practices, separate play areas will be constructed; one area for children age 2 to 5 and another area for children in the 5 to 12 age range. A third, separate area will include the new and popular “expression swing” that promotes intergenerational as adults and children swing together.

The Board also approved the purchase of playground equipment through the U.S. Communities Purchasing Cooperative for $48,671, bringing the total project cost to $169,671, more than $10,000 below the budgeted cost of $180,000.

Park District staff worked closely with neighborhood groups in designing the concept plan, fielding input and feedback throughout the planning process through open forums at the park site and ongoing communications. Residents requested a bench and permanent picnic table, which were added to the final plan.

Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin in late August, with completion targeted for mid-October. The Kenneth Company recently completed a similar project for Fox Valley with a playground renovation at Verona Ridge Park on Aurora’s far west side.

This Week’s Chamber News

Monday, July 10th, 2017

Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce

 

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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.
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

Welcome New Members

Tracy’s Bistro
Barbara Barclay
4424 E. New York Street, Aurora
(630) 618-6533
Entertainment

 

Contact Us

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

 

Thank You to Today’s Sponsors, Golfers
Golf Sponsors
Behind the Scenes at the Chamber
It’s been a busy couple of weeks. Today, the entire Chamber team is at Aurora Country Club for the annual Golf Classic. Thank you to our presenting sponsor Meyer Wealth Advisors as well as our other sponsors and attendees.Last week, the Illinois General Assembly voted to override Gov. Rauner’s veto of the tax increase and budget. Our social media pages were inundated with constant updates for you on what was happening as well as comments from rating agencies, media editorials, and more. A statement in response to the budget passage may be found here and the recent Beacon-News article here.

Dozens attended our recent Jump Start Your Member Profile workshop to take advantage of the offerings available online with their membership. With its success, we will be planning additional workshops on the topic in the near future.

We celebrated AAA’s ribbon cutting for their new facility on Route 59. We have several more ribbon cuttings scheduled for July; check the event listing below and we hope to see you at one.

There are a number of additional programs in the works. They may be found in the Calendar Listing on the Chamber’s website. One more item of note: This month’s Coffee & Connections is scheduled for a week later than usual (July 25) at Painter’s District Council No. 30 due to a scheduling conflict. We look forward to seeing you there.

If you would like to know more about any of these activities – or more of what we are working on to support our business members, please reach out and let us know: jhenning@aurorachamber.com or (630) 256-3180.

Have a great week.

Premier Members
Premier Members
Calendar of Events
Chamber Golf Classic
Presented by Meyer Wealth Advisors
Monday, July 10, 2017
Aurora Country Club, 1548 Prairie St., AuroraAmbassadors Committee Meeting
Thursday, July 13, 4:00 p.m.
Aurora Reginal Fire Museum, 53 N Broadway, Aurora

Ribbon Cutting: Xplore Tumbling
Friday, July 21, 4:00 p.m.
223 S. Lincolnway, North Aurora
Ribbon Cutting 4:30 p.m.

Coffee & Connections Networking Date Change
Tuesday, July 25, 8:30 a.m.
Painters District No.30, 1905 Sequoia Drive, Aurora Sponsorships Available

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, July 27, 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora Sponsorships Available

Grand Opening: 500 Station Blvd.
Thursday, July 27, 4:00 p.m.
675 Station Blvd, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting 4:30 p.m.

Ribbon Cutting: Advance Auto Parts
Friday, July 28, 11:00 a.m.
3 N. Smith Street, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting 11:30 a.m.

Did You Know?
Did you know that we have four ribbon cutting events coming up over the next month and that number continues to grow? Attending these events is a great way to support fellow members as they celebrate grand openings, expansions and anniversaries. In addition, these events are an effective way to network. You can register to attend these ribbon cuttings free of charge through your login member profile or through our website: www.aurorachamber.com. For more information please contact Reba Osborne, director of membership, at (630) 256-3184.
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:

General Assembly: Special Session Report

Statement in Response to 2017 State Budget Passage

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.Sammons Joins Old Second

Gonzalez Selected as 2017 CommUnity Hero Award Recipient

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.

Statement in Response to 2017 State Budget Passage

Sunday, July 9th, 2017

We have some appreciation with yesterday’s passing of the state budget. For our higher education institutions, school districts, road and infrastructure, health-care providers, and community organizations, this budget begins to add some semblance of security to provide for necessary services.

We are pleased that the final proposal dropped service taxes from the revenue proposal and extends the research and development tax credit through 2022.

However, we remain concerned with several issues of the budget.

We are concerned with the permanent 32 percent tax increase that individuals and employers now face. We fear that this will continue the recently reported exodus of residents and employers leaving our state. We realize that the only way to get out of this situation is to increase revenues while reducing expenses. Unfortunately, we do not believe that the proposed cuts in the budget come close enough to matching the increase in taxes.

Further, without real reform, we foresee limited, if any, job growth and economic development. A lack of property tax freeze continues to strap our residents with one of the highest tax burdens in the nation. Without workers’ compensation reform, our employers continue at a disadvantage when compared to other businesses in the Midwest.

Even Comptroller Mendoza’s office has been quoted as saying, “This is not a cash infusion.”

Andrea Durbin, chair of Pay Now Illinois (the coalition that sought court orders for the state to pay for contracted services already provided) has stated, the “budget lacks full funding to pay back bills from 2016 and 2017.”

The approved budget simply continues the status quo. It does little to address the nearly $15 billion in unpaid bills. It fails to adequately address the $250 billion in pension debt. It continues an annual deficit. It does not help grow jobs or restore confidence in state government. It does not pay down the increasing state debt.

Because of this, Moody’s warns of “further deterioration” as the budget does little “to address massively unfunded pensions or to pay down bills.”

It is simply a start. More needs to be done to support job growth, economic development, and restore confidence in our state. We have a long way to go, but this is a start.

Aurora to Host Fourth of July Festivities

Friday, June 30th, 2017

Aurora prepares to celebrate America’s birthday on Tuesday, July 4, 2017 with an action-packed day of Fourth of July activities - from the parade in the morning to a picnic in the afternoon to the fireworks at night!

Parade

Themed “Party On, Aurora,” Aurora’s 2017 Fourth of July Parade will be led by Grand Marshal Tony Galvez, a tireless advocate for children with disabilities.

The pre-parade program begins at 9:15 a.m. at the reviewing stand located in front of the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd. The parade begins at 10 a.m. with more than 100 exciting units. Stepping off at Benton and River Streets, the parade heads east on Benton, north on Broadway, west on Galena Boulevard, south on Stolp Avenue, and west on Downer Place, ending on River.  The best viewing locations are at two separate reviewing stands: the main stage in front of the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., and a second stage near Benton and Stolp.

Picnic

Following the parade, the Aurora Historical Society will hosts its annual Independence Day Picnic and Bell Ringing Ceremony from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Tanner House, 305 Cedar St.  The annual event will feature old-fashioned Fourth of July with music, games, petting zoo, museum tours, pie-eating contest, food for purchase, and the national Ringing of the Bells at 1 p.m.

Fireworks and Family Activities

The City of Lights lives up to its name with a spectacular fireworks display that will light up the night sky over the Fox River at approximately 9:35 p.m. The best viewing will be at RiverEdge Park and McCullough Park, where free family-friendly activities begin at 6 p.m.

McCullough Park, 150 W. Illinois Avenue, will feature the horns of Pawnshop playing live blues, rock, soul, ska and everything in between, staring at 7 p.m. Giant inflatables for children and tempting treats from a variety of local food vendors will be for sale all evening.

RiverEdge Park, 360 N Broadway, will feature patriotic music from the American Legion Band, beginning at 6:15 p.m., and the Fox Valley Orchestra, beginning at 7:45 p.m., on the main stage of the Dunham Pavilion, Aurora’s premiere outdoor music venue. There will be a head banging contest and the traditional community line dancing will commence at 9:15 p.m. with the Cha-Cha Slide, Cupid Shuffle and more!

Set a World Record

Aurora’s ‘Wayne’s World’ celebration ends with “Bohemian Rhapsody” performed live with a Guinness World Record attempt for the Most People Head Banging Simultaneously at approximately 9:00 p.m. at RiverEdge Park.  Join in on the fun — wear flannel and when the Fox Valley Orchestra performs “Stairway to Heaven,” head down to the stage to be counted. Participation is limited to the first 1,000 people in order to get an official count. Volunteers are needed – learn more by finding the event “Head Banging World Record Attempt” on Facebook.

Free Shuttle Buses

The City of Aurora offers free park-and ride shuttle service from 6 to 9 p.m. with roundtrip rides to 10 convenient locations throughout the city. The shuttles resume service following the fireworks, with the last shuttles departing at 11 p.m.

See details at www.aurora-il.org/4thofJuly

Gonzalez Selected as 2017 CommUnity Hero Award Recipient

Friday, June 30th, 2017

VNA Health Care announces that Lisa Gonzalez was recently selected to receive the 2017 CommUnity Hero Award for excellence in healthcare. The CommUnity Hero Awards was designed to uplift “Champions for a WellCommunity,” someone who tirelessly works to help people in their neighborhood live a better, healthier life. WellCare Health Plans, Inc. and The CommUnity Commitment together sponsor the CommUnity Heroes and HealthCare Heroes Award Programs.

Gonzalez is a Certified Nurse Aide and works as a patient liaison for VNA Health Care. She is based in Aurora, but visits patients at home and in the hospitals throughout VNA’s service area. By connecting face to face with VNA patients, she plays a crucial role in developing a trusted relationship between VNA and the patient. The relationships she develops help to increase patient compliance and ensures the most vulnerable patients do not fall through the cracks.

“I’m grateful for the opportunities I’ve had to work with patients in my community and make a positive impact on their health,” Gonzalez says.

Gonzalez joined VNA in 2005, working as a CNA in the clinic and advancing to team lead, and later case manager for the lead program. In 2014, she was promoted to her current role.

“Lisa understands the challenges and barriers many of our patient face. She visits high-risk health center patients in their homes, and sometimes she must go to great lengths to find patients who have missed critical appointments,” says Claire Dobbins, Vice President of Clinical Services/Chief Clinical Officer. “Patients relate to Lisa and come to trust her, and she quickly becomes their ‘go-to’ contact at VNA.”

 

VNA Health Care provides affordable health care to 65,000 women, men and children living primarily in Kane, DuPage, and Will counties.  VNA runs ten community health centers and 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.

Illinois GA: Education Funding

Monday, June 26th, 2017

All school districts benefit from more equitable compromise funding fix. All Illinois school districts would benefit from a more equitable distribution of state education dollars under a compromise proposal introduced by State Rep. Bob Pritchard to fix the state’s broken school aid formula and end the budget stalemate, according to data released by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).

The legislation, House Bill 4069, is a true compromise that embraces the priorities of lawmakers from both parties and both legislative chambers, and reflects the recommendations of the Governor’s bipartisan, bicameral Illinois School Funding Reform Commission.

In addition, according to the Illinois State Board of Education data, House Bill 4069 ensures that no school district would lose funding and represents the most fair and equitable plan for all Illinois students.

House Bill 4069:

  • Incorporates the agreed upon evidence-based model
  • Treats all 852 school districts the same
  • Ensures no school districts lose funding
  • Provides meaningful assistance to Chicago
  • Relies on data to drive resources and funding to schools most in need
  • Creates real equity by treating all districts and students fairly under one system, regardless of zip code
  • Offers the greatest chance of becoming law

When including both base funding and tier funding, every downstate and suburban school district would receive more funding through House Bill 4069 than under Senate Bill 1. For a more detailed, side-by-side analysis, click here. However, embracing the spirit of bipartisan compromise, House Bill 4069 represents real concessions in many areas.

The legislation reflects the same language as Senate Bill 1 with regard to:

  • Using an evidence-based model
  • Addressing poverty concentration
  • Establishing a tier structure and retaining CPS in Tier 1
  • Applying a regionalization factor and other adjustments
  • Safeguarding English learners and special education students
  • Calculating local resources
  • Establishing a base funding minimum

In areas where there were differences of opinion, the legislation offers compromise with regard to the hold harmless, mandate relief, the Chicago Block Grant and CPS pensions.

However, while House Bill 4069 and Senate Bill 1 are nearly identical, there are a few important differences.

  • House Bill 4069 provides CPS with assistance based on evidence-based practices and the demographics of their students.
  • It does NOT offer special deals hidden in the formula that are designed to fix the Chicago Public Schools’ broken pension system and pay off their overwhelming debt from years of fiscal mismanagement.
  • It relies on data, and data alone, to drive resources to the schools that need it most, including Chicago.
  • It ensures that all schools are treated the same under a formula that is the same for everyone, regardless of zip code.
  • House Bill 4069 is realistic and fair, and it represents the best and most reasonable outcome for all Illinois students.

Summer’s Heating Up with Aurora Chamber

Monday, June 26th, 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.
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
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
State Farm Insurance Companies
Steffes & Associates Language and Translation (SALT)
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
The Voice
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
WSPY

Welcome New Members

Enterprise Car Sales
Chris Person
4000 Ogden Avenue, Aurora
(630) 820-8510
Automotive Sales, Rental & Service

STEMshala Enrichment Center
Ripujeet and Archana Sharma
4075 Fox Valley Center Drive, Aurora
(630) 299-3663
Education

 

Contact Us

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

 

Register Today for Golf Classic
Golf Sponsors
Behind the Scenes at the Chamber
Golfer registration remains open for the 2017 Golf Classic at Aurora Country Club presented by Meyer Wealth Advisors. We’ve been securing and organizing some great items for the event; be sure and join us for the evening reception and silent auction. Registration for members is $175 through June 30. For information on sponsorships, contact Maureen Gasek at (630) 256-3182. For those joining us, we’ll be launching the cabana bar and deck at the country club. So even if you don’t golf, join us for the cocktail reception beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25, cash bar.We have been monitoring (and weighing in on) the General Assembly’s special session. Be sure and follow us on Facebook and twitter for news, alerts, and more. We are happy to share your comments on the actions with our elected officials.

We’ve been scheduling several ribbon cuttings. New businesses are coming to Aurora and North Aurora while several of our members are celebrating grand openings and anniversaries. Check out the calendar of events below for details.

Keep your eyes open for upcoming seminars on the proposed new AHCA, cyber security, and managing the cloud in August and September.

We continue to connect new members with resources and contacts. If you need assistance, information (including research or data), or anything, be sure to let us know. If we don’t have the information, we’ll make sure to locate it for you.

We were also at the Chicago Metropolitan Area Planning (CMAP) Event on last week where CMAP’s Downtown Master Plan was unveiled for public comment. We’ll be sharing the details and information with our membership. If you have feedback, please let us know. We are here to support our business community and help all prosper.

Don’t forget: “Jump Start Your Member Profile” workshop is scheduled for Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. Members – whether new to the Chamber or wanting a refresher – will learn how to maximize their directory listing and the additional benefits available online.

If you would like to know more about any of these activities – or more of what we are working on to support our business members, please reach out and let us know: jhenning@aurorachamber.com or (630) 256-3180.

Have a great week.

Premier Members
Premier Members
Jump Start Your Member Profile
Join us Tuesday, June 27, at 3:00 p.m. to see and hear about all of the benefits of your membership profile on AuroraChamber.com. Increase your visibility. Gain more referrals. Motivate your target audience.This hands-on workshop will guide you through:

• Setting up your login with user name and password;
• Posting jobs to increase the candidate pool;
• Submitting events to increase traffic and sales;
• Offering hot deals to members and the community;
• Sending communications to others within the database;
• Making changes to your representatives and contact listings; and
• Tracking your ROI by reviewing available metrics.

We encourage you to bring your laptop, tablet, or smartphone to update your listing while at the workshop. We will answer questions and help trouble-shoot any difficulties you may encounter. This program is for new members as well as those who may want a refresher on using www.ChamberLogin.com.

For questions, contact Reba Morgan Osborne, director of membership, at (630) 256-3184.

http://business.aurorachamber.com/Events/details/jump-start-your-member-profile-14439

Calendar of Events
Grand Opening: AAA
Monday, June 26, 3:30-6:00 p.m.
35 S. Route 59, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting 4:00 p.m.Jump Start Your Member Profile
Tuesday, June 27, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Aurora Chamber offices, 43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, June 29, 8-9:30 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora

Chamber Golf Classic
Presented by Meyer Wealth Advisors
Monday, July 10, 2017
Aurora Country Club, 1548 Prairie St., Aurora

Ambassadors Committee Meeting
Thursday, July 13, 4:00 p.m.
Aurora Regional Fire Museum, 53 N Broadway, Aurora

Ribbon Cutting: Xplore Tumbling
Friday, July 21, 4:00 p.m.
223 S. Lincolnway, North Aurora
Ribbon Cutting 4:30 p.m.

Coffee & Connections Networking Date Change
Tuesday, July 25, 8:30 a.m.
Painters District No.30, 1905 Sequoia Drive, Aurora Sponsorships Available

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, July 27, 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora Sponsorships Available

Grand Opening: 500 Station Blvd.
Thursday, July 27, 4:00 p.m.
675 Station Blvd, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting 4:30 p.m.

Ribbon Cutting: Advance Auto Parts
Friday, July 28, 11:00 a.m.
3 N. Smith Street, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting 11:30 a.m.

Did You Know?
Did you know we recently uploaded training videos on our website to help members navigate their member profile? Go to aurorachamber.com, under Member Benefits go to Chamber Master Training Videos. Click here for direct link. Also remember our Jump Start Your Member Profile workshop coming up next Tuesday at our chamber office. For questions, contact Reba Osborne, director of membership, at (630) 256-3184.
Public Policy Update
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May Unemployment Drops Slightly

Budget Threatens Lottery Games

Transportation: Construction Shutdown Looms

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Tony Galvez Named Grand Marshal of Aurora’s Fourth of July Parade

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

Mayor Richard Irvin announced today that Jose “Tony” Galvez – a stalwart advocate for people with disabilities – will serve as Grand Marshal of Aurora’s 2017 Fourth of July Parade.

“Tony is truly an inspiration to everyone in our community,” said Mayor Richard Irvin. “In spite of many challenges, he has persevered and has empowered others do the same.”

A lifelong Auroran who graduated from East Aurora High School, Galvez was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy at the age of six.  Rather than give up, Galvez pursued his biggest dream: helping other young people with disabilities live fuller lives.

“When I was just a small child I was faced with the biggest challenge in my life. I was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy and have been fighting it ever since,” said Galvez. “Although I am not able to walk, this has not been an impediment. I have made it my life’s goal to help others with disabilities.”

Tony began his service by hosting large fundraising events featuring popular musicians. In the first three years, he raised more than $40,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. He then expanded his mission and founded the SAN Antonio Foundation in October 2014, which helps families with ill children deal with the high costs of medical care.  To date, the SAN Antonio Foundation has raised more than $33,000 to support families in Aurora and the work of St. Jude’s Research Hospital, Make a Wish Foundation and other organizations.

“Tony has accomplished more while fighting muscular dystrophy and confined to a wheel chair than most do in a lifetime,” said Scott Hawkins, one of a number of people who nominated Galvez for the position. “With his countless fundraisers and his never-complain attitude, he will undoubtedly inspire Aurora and our nation on Independence Day.”

Galvez will lead Aurora’s 2017 Fourth of July Parade on Tuesday, July 4 in downtown Aurora. The parade will step off at 10:00 a.m. from the Santori Public Library at the corner of River and Benton Streets.

“Wow. I am so honored. Blessings continue to come my way,” said Galvez when he was informed about his nomination and appointment as Grand Marshal.

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Monday, June 19th, 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.
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
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
State Farm Insurance Companies
Steffes & Associates Language and Translation (SALT)
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
The Voice
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
WSPY

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Join us Tuesday, June 27, at 3:00 p.m. to see and hear about all of the benefits of your membership profile on AuroraChamber.com. Increase your visibility. Gain more referrals. Motivate your target audience.

This hands-on workshop will guide you through:

• Setting up your login with user name and password;
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• Submitting events to increase traffic and sales;
• Offering hot deals to members and the community;
• Sending communications to others within the database;
• Making changes to your representatives and contact listings; and
• Tracking your ROI by reviewing available metrics.

We encourage you to bring your laptop, tablet, or smartphone to update your listing while at the workshop. We will answer questions and help trouble-shoot any difficulties you may encounter. This program is for new members as well as those who may want a refresher on using www.ChamberLogin.com.

For questions, contact Reba Morgan Osborne, director of membership, at (630) 256-3184.

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Behind the Scenes at the Chamber
Golfer registration remains open for the 2017 Golf Classic at Aurora Country Club presented by Meyer Wealth Advisors. Registration for members is $175 through June 30. For information on sponsorships, contact Maureen Gasek at (630) 256-3182.

In addition to several meetings with Chamber members as well as prospective members, the team supported Sky Zone’s ribbon cutting. There was a great turnout for the Trade Forum at Waubonsee Community College’s downtown Aurora campus where we shared what is necessary for our local exporters to obtain a certificate of origin.

We were happy to support a number of our members in the several processes and meetings with various local government organizations. There is a great deal of development occurring in our region and we’re looking forward to announcing some job creating projects in the near future.

Workforce and education were a major theme of the week as we participated in a Mayor’s Transition Team meeting on Education and Workforce Development, attended the national association’s annual meeting on education attainment, and continued organizing a resource fair for parents and students with disabilities (including services, opportunities, and career support).

This week we are looking forward to meeting with members and employers and preparing for next week’s programs, including a ribbon cutting for AAA on Monday and Fox Valley Networking Professionals on Thursday, June 29.

Don’t forget: “Jump Start Your Member Profile” workshop is scheduled for June 27 at 3:00 p.m. Members – whether new to the Chamber or wanting a refresher – will learn how to maximize their directory listing and the additional benefits available online.

If you would like to know more about any of these activities – or more of what we are working on to support our business members, please reach out and let us know: jhenning@aurorachamber.com or (630) 256-3180.

Have a great week.

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As a member of the Aurora Chamber, we are available to assist you in coordinating and working with our elected and municipal officials. For instance, we can help you plan, coordinate, and celebrate a ribbon cutting, grand opening, or groundbreaking. We can help coordinate meetings to discuss various public policy topics with our elected officials to explain the impact of these policies on growth, job creation, and expansion. Our goal is to help you succeed; give us a call or email if there is something we can do to help. For questions, contact Reba Morgan Osborne, director of membership, at (630) 256-3184
Calendar of Events
Grand Opening: AAA
Monday, June 26, 3:30-6:00 p.m.
35 S. Route 59, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting 4:00 p.m.

Jump Start Your Member Profile
Tuesday, June 27, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Aurora Chamber offices, 43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, June 29, 8-9:30 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora
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Register Today: Chamber Golf Classic
Presented by Meyer Wealth Advisors
Monday, July 10, 2017
Aurora Country Club, 1548 Prairie St., Aurora

 

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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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