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What’s New with Performance Reviews?

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

Every company has their own view on performance reviews, some companies have even done away with such reviews. However, most companies still have some sort of discussion that happens on a regular basis. This course will cover your expectations of these conversations, the process that controls them and how to achieve the desired outcomes.

  • Identify the desired outcomes from your company performance review process
  • Create a process that achieves the desired outcomes
  • How to hold a performance review conversation

To find out more information or register, visit: http://waubonseetickets.universitytickets.com (see Customized Training)

 

If you have any questions, please call the WCC Workforce Development Office at (630) 906-4152.

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.

Aurora Chamber Member Events, News

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

Welcome New Members

Xplore Tumbling and Gymnastics
Michelle Masciola
223 S. Lincolnway, North Aurora
(630) 229-6115
Gymnastics

 

Contact Us

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

 

 

Register Today for July Golf Classic
Golf Sponsors
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

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.

Did You Know?
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
Sponsorships Available

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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May Unemployment Drops Slightly

Budget Threatens Lottery Games

Transportation: Construction Shutdown Looms

Higher Education, No Budget Impact

Gov. Calls for Special Session

Illinois Budget Update

Minimum Wage Increase a Bad Bet for Job Creators

Local Government: Ill. Township Consolidation

Ill. Budget: Debt Rating

Budget: Ill. General Assembly

Pre-K effort that advances ’21st Century skills’

End-of-Session Wrap Up in Springfield

Ill. Chamber Shares Springfield Update

Ill. House GOP on Budget

Springfield Update

Illinois Budget: An Opion From State Rep. Keith Wheeler

Equal-Pay Act Changes Limit Employer Defenses

‘Grand Bargain’ Update

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.

Mayor Recruits Execs to Lead City’s Innovation, Technology Efforts

Tee Times Available for Golf for Kids Outing at Orchard Valley on June 26

With Groundbreaking Event, Construction of Blackhawk Park Begins

VNA Health Care and Fox Valley Park District host “Summer HealthFest” on June 21

CMT Employee Anniversaries

Aurora Chamber Awarded Five-Star Accreditation by U.S. Chamber

Mayor’s Transition Team to Host Town Hall Meetings

Meyer Wealth Honors Two East High Grads with Scholarships

You’re Invited: Mayor Irvin to Make Special Announcement

Park District, City, Illinois DCFS Team Up to Promote Water Safety, Prevent Drowning

VNA Health Care Announces New Chief Financial Officer Don Klink

Community Initiative to Combat Gangs and Drugs

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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Mayor Recruits Execs to Lead City’s Innovation, Technology Efforts

Sunday, June 18th, 2017

Mayor Richard C. Irvin announced yesterday new initiatives in innovation and information technology for the City of Aurora.

Nearly 100 business, government, civic and education leaders from Aurora gathered for Irvin’s announcement at the Illinois Math and Science Academy’s IN2 Center for Innovation and Inquiry.
“Developing innovative ideas and policies for Aurora will require strong data analysis coupled with best practices and creative and strategic thinking,” said Irvin. “Successful innovation is greater than just technology alone. It requires the ability to generate ideas from across the board and the proven capacity to implement them.”
NOTED PROFESSOR IS NEW INNOVATION CHIEF
To lead Aurora’s new innovation initiatives, Irvin has recruited former DePaul University professor, Dr. Adrienne Merced-Holloway, to serve as the City’s first Chief Innovation Officer.
“After working with Dr. Holloway on a number of significant projects, I know she is clearly focused on strategic planning and effective results,” said Irvin. “As she works to enhance our strengths in Aurora through innovative ideas and practices, her expertise will be instrumental in connecting all facets of our community and driving innovation throughout the city.”
An accomplished professional with decades of experience in community development and higher education, Holloway was most recently an assistant professor at the DePaul University Graduate School of Public Service where she taught government, community development and research methods courses across 4 degree programs. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Northern Illinois University, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Baruch College, City University of New York and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Fordham University.
A small business owner and dedicated community volunteer, Holloway is the president of her own consulting firm and currently serves as Director of Mayor Irvin’s Transition Team, Vice-Chair of the Northern Lights Development Corporation and Board Member of the Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry. She also recently completed 2 terms as Chair for the Aurora Hispanic Heritage Advisory Board.
Holloway will be an addition to Irvin’s previously announced Mayor’s Office staff. Her team includes the Community Services Department led by Chief Community Services Officer Dan Barreiro; and the Information Technology Department, which is now under new leadership.
NEW TECHNOLOGY CHIEF BRINGS GLOBAL EXPERIENCE
Recognizing the important role information technology will play in the City’s success, including efforts in innovation and economic development, Irvin  has also recruited the former Vice President of Information Technology of global financial services company, Morgan Stanley, to lead the City’s technology initiatives.
As Chief Information Officer, Michael R. Pegues, brings more than 20 years of experience in IT delivery and management across diverse sectors, including Financial Services, Technology/Telecommunications and Government.
“Our Technology Department is integral to the success of operations at City Hall and the economic growth of our business community,” said Irvin. “Michael has the global experience in technology and business that we need to advance. Not only is he a proven executive in the field, he is also a community advocate and veteran who is dedicated to service.”
Under the direction of the Chief Innovation Officer, Pegues will be responsible for the management, oversight and direction of the IT Department, including the Management Information Systems Division and the Police Technical Services Division, which is comprised of public safety and the 911 center. Former Chief Technology Officer, Ted Beck, will collaborate with Pegues as the City’s new Chief Information Security Officer focusing on cybersecurity and citywide IT projects.
A veteran of the United States Army, Pegues most recently served as Vice President of Enterprise Security Solutions at Morgan Stanley’s Chicago office and Vice President of Enterprise Infrastructure of the company’s office in Budapest, Hungary.  He left Morgan Stanley to join Irvin’s administration.
Pegues holds a Bachelor’s of Computer Science from DeVry University and an Executive MBA from Central European University. He is an alum of West Aurora High School.
“Howard Schultz of Starbucks said when you’re surrounded by people who share a passionate commitment around a common purpose, anything is possible,” said Irvin. “I agree, and my goal is to build a team of professionals who are leaders in their respective fields and passionate about building Aurora together.  Both Adrienne and Michael have been and will continue to be great assets to Aurora.”

 

Tee Times Available for Golf for Kids Outing at Orchard Valley on June 26

Friday, June 16th, 2017

Morning and afternoon tee times are available for the 23rd annual Golf for Kids Benefit Outing to be held Monday, June 26, at Orchard Valley Golf Course.

Players may register individually or as a group, with the choice of team scramble or individual stroke play. The registration fee is $150 per player for morning golfers and $185 per player for the afternoon round.

Registration includes a tee gift (Under Armour Quarter-Zip Wind Shirt), green fees with cart for 18 holes, breakfast, lunch and dinner at Orchards Restaurant, along with door prizes and raffle prizes that include a full set of Callaway irons, Bears tickets, Cubs tickets and free rounds of golf at various local courses.

Morning play begins at 7:30 a.m. and afternoon play at 1 p.m. with a shotgun start for each.

Company sponsorship packages and promotional opportunities are available as well. This year’s title sponsor is The Dunham Fund and the presenting sponsor is Alarm Detection Systems.

The Golf for Kids Benefit Outing supports The Fox Valley Park Foundation, whose proceeds benefit local youth in the Fox Valley area to give all children the opportunities to experience enrichment programs, sports and camps regardless of financial standing.

Last year, more than $42,000 in recreation grants was awarded. Among the many youth program recipients were the Fox Valley Junior Golf Academy ($12,500), Healthy Minds / Healthy Bodies program for veterans ($7,000), Jesse “The Law” Torres Boxing Club ($5,000), Red Oak Outdoor Adventure Club ($5,000) and the Sports Saturday program ($5,000).

“Our mission is to impact the lives of young people in a positive way and promote social equity for residents throughout our communities,” said Jim Pilmer, Fox Valley Park Foundation Director. “Funding these programs gives our youth meaningful opportunities.”

Over the last two decades, the Fox Valley Park Foundation has raised over $550,000 to fund youth programs offered in over 50 local schools. More than 3,000 local youth have benefitted.

For more information on the Golf for Kids Benefit Golf Outing, visit www.golfforkids.info  or call 630-966-4516.

With Groundbreaking Event, Construction of Blackhawk Park Begins

Friday, June 16th, 2017

Construction of the much-anticipated Blackhawk Park began Tuesday with a ceremonial groundbreaking at the historic site on Aurora’s near west side.

More than 40 local officials and residents gathered with Fox Valley Park District staff and commissioners, Mayor Richard Irvin and representatives from R.C. Wegman Construction.

Located alongside Galena Boulevard between Blackhawk and View streets, the 2.8-acre site is where the original West Aurora High School stood since 1905. After the building was torn down in 2015, the City of Aurora deeded the land over to the Park District late last year in a land conveyance agreement.

“It’s a privilege to develop the next community park for Aurora,” said Fox Valley Park District Executive Director Jim Pilmer. “Parks stabilize neighborhoods and create economic development.”

The park’s highlight design feature will be a centralized, circular “great lawn” area that encourages unstructured play. The northeast section of the park will feature innovative playground equipment, splash pad and a unique shelter reminiscent of the old West Aurora High School that occupied the site for over a century.

An interpretive plaza will offer educational opportunities and environmental awareness, marked by a flagpole at the entrance – the same flagpole location as it was for the high school. The plan also provides an area for public art displays.

“This is a big deal; whenever we take a blighted property and turn it into a beautiful open space, it’s a great benefit to all citizens of Aurora,” said Mayor Irvin. “I look forward to its completion and the positive effect it will have on the city of Aurora.”

Completion is targeted for late September 2017.

VNA Health Care and Fox Valley Park District host “Summer HealthFest” on June 21

Friday, June 16th, 2017

VNA Health Care and Fox Valley Park District (FVPD) will host Summer HealthFest on Wednesday, June 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at VNA Health Care, 400 N. Highland Avenue in Aurora. This free event is a community celebration on the first day of summer and everyone is welcome to attend. The event includes games, Zumba, snacks and refreshments. Parker, the Fox Valley Park District mascot, will make an appearance. Farmer’s Market and Gandi the Juice Guru visit VNA every Wednesday during the summer. Produce and juice area available for purchase from these vendors.

Children entering kindergarten, fifth, or ninth grade can get their school physical at the event. Appointments are not needed, but parents should bring the child’s immunization record. VNA accepts Aetna Better Health, Blue Cross Community, Family Health Network, Harmony, and Meridian health plans. All children who complete their school physical at one of VNA’s locations in Aurora between June 21 and 30 will receive a Free Pass from the Fox Valley Park District. The Free Pass can be used for admission to Splash Country Water Park, Phillips Park Aquatic Center, Blackberry Farm, or Vaughan, Eola, or Prisco Fitness Centers.

For more information, call VNA Health Care at (630) 892-4355 or visit www.vnahealth.com.

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.

CMT Employee Anniversaries

Friday, June 16th, 2017

During the first half of 2017, two Crawford, Murphy & Tilly (CMT) employees celebrated their anniversaries. CMT would like to thank them for their years of service and loyalty to the firm. Celebrating five years of service is Kris Salvatera, senior transportation engineer. Celebrating 30 years of service is Dan Pape, senior aviation project manager. Crawford, Murphy & Tilly, Inc. provides engineering and consulting services focused in Aviation, Surface Transportation, Water Resources, and Civil Site Design. The firm has 14 offices throughout the country. In 2014, CMT was named Midwest Design Firm of the Year by Engineering News-Record magazine.

Check Out Chamber News for Members

Friday, June 16th, 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

Call Flawless
Lillian Harris
Aurora, IL
(630) 742-6492
Janitorial Services

 

Contact Us

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

 

 

Aurora Chamber Awarded Five-Star
Accreditation by U.S. Chamber
Great news! The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce that after a comprehensive self-review, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has awarded us with 5-Star Accreditation. This prestigious honor puts us among the top 1% of chambers nationwide.

“Accreditation with the U.S. Chamber is the only program of its kind that defines excellence in chamber planning and recognizes chambers for outstanding contributions toward positive change in their communities,” explains Joseph B. Henning, IOM, CAE, president and CEO of the Aurora Chamber. “The purpose of the program is to facilitate continuing excellence in the industry and to foster a pro-business environment across the nation.”

For full article, visit the Aurora Chamber blog.

Register Today for July Golf Classic
Golf Sponsors
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

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.

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.

The Chamber team conducted more than a dozen visits with members to check in and ensure awareness of Chamber events, services, and benefits – to see how we could support their needs.

Oh, and just so we can say it one more time: We received notification from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that we were reaccredited with five-star distinction for another five years. Nearly 200 chambers throughout the country are accredited. In Illinois, there are only five other accredited chambers.

This week, join us for the Trade Forum on Thursday at Waubonsee’s downtown campus and at Sky Zone’s ribbon cutting that afternoon.

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.

Did You Know?
Did you know research shows consumers are more likely to think positively of the reputation of businesses who are members of their local chamber of commerce? You can proudly display our member logo on your website and other promotional materials through your login profile. Under “company” on left-hand lists go to “membership badge” for instructions on how to download the member logo. This will be one of many topics covered in the “Jump Start Your Member Profile” workshop on Tuesday, June 27, at 3:30 p.m. Get more information at http://business.aurorachamber.com/Events/details/jump-start-your-member-profile-14439

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

Calendar of Events
Grand Opening: Sky Zone Aurora
Thursday, June 15, 4-5:30 p.m.
87 Executive Drive, Suite 100, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting: 4:30 p.m.

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
Sponsorships Available

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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Public Policy Update
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Minimum Wage Increase a Bad Bet for Job Creators

Local Government: Ill. Township Consolidation

Ill. Budget: Debt Rating

Budget: Ill. General Assembly

Pre-K effort that advances ’21st Century skills’

End-of-Session Wrap Up in Springfield

Ill. Chamber Shares Springfield Update

Ill. House GOP on Budget

Springfield Update

Illinois Budget: An Opion From State Rep. Keith Wheeler

Equal-Pay Act Changes Limit Employer Defenses

‘Grand Bargain’ Update

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.

Mayor’s Transition Team to Host Town Hall Meetings

Meyer Wealth Honors Two East High Grads with Scholarships

You’re Invited: Mayor Irvin to Make Special Announcement

Park District, City, Illinois DCFS Team Up to Promote Water Safety, Prevent Drowning

VNA Health Care Announces New Chief Financial Officer Don Klink

Community Initiative to Combat Gangs and Drugs

Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce | 43 W. Galena Blvd. Aurora, Illinois 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180 Fax: (630) 256-3189 | www.aurorachamber.com
This email was sent by Bee Atomic on behalf of Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Aurora Chamber Awarded Five-Star Accreditation by U.S. Chamber

Saturday, June 10th, 2017

Great news! The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce that after a comprehensive self-review, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has awarded us with 5-Star Accreditation.  This prestigious honor puts us among the top 1% of chambers nationwide.

This past year, the staff, board, and volunteers of the Chamber spent countless hours completing the Accreditation process. Our task: Demonstrate competency in nine core areas ranging from finance to facilities. The result of our hard-work is evidenced by this impressive rating. But in truth, we should all be extraordinarily proud of this milestone achievement. It was a true team effort.

“Accreditation with the U.S. Chamber is the only program of its kind that defines excellence in chamber planning and recognizes chambers for outstanding contributions toward positive change in their communities,” explains Joseph B. Henning, IOM, CAE, president and CEO of the Aurora Chamber. “The purpose of the program is to facilitate continuing excellence in the industry and to foster a pro-business environment across the nation.”

The Aurora Chamber was first accredited in 2007 with four-star distinction. In 2012, the U.S. Chamber awarded the Chamber with five-star status. This renewal in 2017 marks the second straight accreditation review that the Chamber has received the top distinction.

“In 2012,” Henning explains, “we received perfect scores in four of the core areas. This year, we received perfect scores in six. This program supports our team, members, volunteers, and community in identify continuous improvement opportunities for us meet the needs of employers and the community.”

Among the areas of special recognition highlighted by the examining committee, Henning shares:

  • The Chamber has developed a useful Board of Directors roles, responsibilities, and orientation program; self-evaluation instrument; and committee guidelines manual;
  • The Chamber is recognized for supporting the continues professional development of its staff, including leadership in Institute for Organization Management and on state and national committees and task forces;
  • Through its efforts to educate members, build relationships, and create capital for its regional business community, the Chamber has established itself as an effective advocate for business;
  • The Chamber is recognized for its active grassroots network, multiple visits with lawmakers, and the work of the Fox Valley Political Action Committee;
  • The Chamber has developed an excellent strategic plan and is recognized for incorporating ACCE’s Horizon report into each element of the planning process; and
  • The Chamber is recognized for its effective programs including business development workshops, Economic Pulse survey and report, a variety of workforce development efforts, Leadership Academy, Hiring Our Heroes, and the State of the City lunch.

 

The only national program recognizing chambers for their effective organizational procedures and community involvement, Accreditation allows us to renew, improve, and promote sound business practices, policies, and procedures. It is a prestigious honor that distinguishes the high quality, expertise, and strong leadership displayed by accredited local chambers of commerce.

By earning Accreditation, the Aurora Chamber has shown its dedication to:

  • Reviewing, improving, and promoting strong business practices;
  • Recognizing leadership and outstanding contributions to the community;
  • Supporting the principles of free enterprise and promoting pro-growth policies at federal, state, and local levels; and
  • Establishing best practices and staying in-step with industry changes.

 

Local chambers are rated Accredited, 3-Stars, 4-Stars, or 5-Stars. State chambers are recognized as either Accredited State Chamber or Accredited State Chamber with Distinction. The final determination is made by the Accrediting Board, a committee of U.S. Chamber board members and chamber executives from across the country.

For details, please contact Henning at (630) 256-3180 or www.AuroraChamber.com.