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Upgrade Your Manufacturing Skills at Waubonsee

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

Shop Math: This course covers basic math concepts used in manufacturing.

•    Tuesdays & Thursdays, May 16-30

  • 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
    • Waubonsee Community College – Downtown Aurora
    • Cost: $355

CAM Programming for the Lathe: This is a study of the Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) methodologies used by industry to aid CNC programming for lathe.

  • Saturdays, June 3-24
  • 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
    • Waubonsee Community College – Sugar Grove
    • Cost: $550

CAM Programming for the Mill: This is a study of
the Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM)
methodologies used by the industry to aid CNC
programming for the mill and mill turn applications.

  • Saturdays, July 8-29
  • 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Waubonsee Community College – Sugar Grove
  • Cost: $550

 

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

This Week with the Aurora Chamber

Monday, April 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.
ComEd
Copy King Office Solutions, Inc.
Dolan & Murphy
Downtown Auroran Magazine
Eagle Digital Marketing
Endiro Coffee
First Secure Community Bank
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
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

Aurora Cord & Cable
Rick Tyler
401 Hankes Avenue, Aurora
(630) 851-1616
Manufacturers

 

Contact Us

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

 

 

A Report Card:
The First 100 Days of Trump Administration
Wednesday, May 3, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Belle Salle Banquets, 1920 E. New York St., Aurora
Sponsored by Earthmover Credit Union

On Wednesday, March 3, 2017, the Aurora Regional Chamber will discuss President Donald Trump’s “First One-Hundred Days” (OK, 104, to be exact). Ben Taylor, executive director, Great Lakes Regional Office U.S. Chamber of Commerce, will be our featured speaker. From the transition and inauguration, through the confirmation process, and on to various Executive Actions and proposed legislation in the 115th Congress, we will seek to answer the following: “Where have we been; where are we now; and where are we headed? Likely topics of discussion include healthcare, tax and regulatory reform, as well as infrastructure. Please bring your questions and concerns; we want to make this an interactive session! Ben will share what he has learned and observed and what this means to employers and our region.

Register today.

Behind the Scenes at the Chamber
Last week, the Chamber team was busy working on a number of programs and activities to support our members, employers, and community. Among the highlights, we:

• Met with East Aurora 131 to identify opportunities for students with disabilities to enter the workforce;

• Met with Mayor-elect Richard Irvin to discuss business needs, including development services and workforce development;

• Toured Hesed House with Leadership Academy and discussed the social services available in our community;

• Continued planning for the 2017 Golf Classic at Aurora Country Club and welcome Meyer Wealth Advisors as presenting sponsor of the event as well as Prestige Sponsors Aurora Generation and Rasmussen College and Beverage Sponsor Geneva Construction Company;

• Prepared and planned for A Report Card: The First 100 Days of Trump Administration on Wednesday, May 3, presented by Earthmover Credit Union;

• Promoted National Small Business Week and the event on Wednesday, May 3, for local small businesses; and

• Served on local not-for-profit boards, supporting the great work they do for our region.

This week, we are preparing for:

• The return of state officials to Springfield as the House returns for work today and the Senate tomorrow;

• Working on worksite wellness programs with Kane County Health Department and its community health improvement plans;

• Thursday’s grand opening and ribbon cutting of Round One at Fox Valley Mall; and

• Leadership Academy’s visit and tour of Rush-Copley Medical Center on Friday.

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. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Did You Know?
Did you know that April 30 through May 6 is National Small Business Week? Our country’s progress has been driven by pioneers who think big, take risks, and work hard. Some 80 percent of the Aurora Chamber’s membership reports fewer than 20 employees. Small business is the backbone of our region. We salute our region’s small businesses and are here to support small business.

In partnership with Crain’s Chicago Business, Invest Aurora, and other organizations, the Aurora Chamber invites you to the Small Business Expo & Procurement Fair on Wednesday, May 3, in Aurora.

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

Calendar of Events
Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, April 27, 8-9:30 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora
Sponsord by Advanced Auto Parts

Grand Opening: Round One
Thursday, April 27, 3:30-8 p.m.
Fox Valley Mall, 195 Fox Valley Center Drive, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting: 4 p.m.

A Report Card: The First 100 Days of Trump Administration
Wednesday, May 3, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Belle Salle Banquets, 1920 E, New York St., Aurora
Sponsored by Earthmover Credit Union

Grand Re-Opening: West Suburban Bank
Thursday, May 4, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
1311 Butterfield Rd., Aurora
Ribbon Cutting: 11:30 p.m.

Ambassadors Meeting
Thursday, May 11, at 4:00 p.m.
Location TBD

Grand Opening: Advance Auto Parts
Friday, May 5, 12 – 1:30 p.m.
1386 Butterfield Road, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting: 12:30 p.m.

New Location Celebration: All Spoked Up
Friday, May 5, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
14 W. Downer Place Unit 12, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting: 4:30 p.m.

Grand Opening: Pet Supplies Plus
Wednesday, May 10, 12 – 1:30 p.m.
180 N. Randall Rd., North Aurora
Ribbon Cutting: 12:30 p.m.

Save the Date: Chamber Golf Classic
Monday, July 10, 2017
Aurora Country Club, 1548 Prairie Street, Aurora

Premier Members
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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:

“Lifeline” Budget Sent to Senate

Register Now for Employer Action Day

US Chamber Releases Congressional Scorecard

Fair Maps

Jobs

Human Services: New ID Cards

Education: School Accountability Plan

Economy: Tourism

Chicago: Population Trends

Budget: COGFA Projections

Budget: Pension Reform

Member News
If you have news to share with your fellow members, please forward to info@aurorachamber.com. Be sure and check out our blog and social media for what’s happening in our region.

Aurora Fire Department Launches New Fire Cadet Program

Aurora, Five Others to Receive Grants to Implement the PWR Act

Aurora Celebrates National Week of the Young Child Play.Learn.Connect.

Kids Days Announced to be a part of the 2017 NCAA Golf Championships

Metro Chicago Exports is accepting applications for the 2017 Grant Program

‘Blackhawk Park’ is new name for west side development

GreenTown Returns to Fox Valley – April 27

Registration is under way for Mid-American Canoe & Kayak Race on Fox River

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.

Summer Institute @ IMSA

Monday, April 24th, 2017

This summer, grow your skills and delve into new interests at IMSA’s professional development programs in problem-based learning, innovation and entrepreneurship topics.

Innovation & Entrepreneurship: June 12-15, $400 (all four days)

Design Thinking – Norman “Storm” Robinson III Ph.D.
This one-day workshop is for educators or individuals wishing to explore how to use design thinking to support innovative practice and creative solution-finding. Activities are designed for use in the classroom and can be translated to other ventures.
June 12, $125 (one day price)

Designing Innovation Spaces – Britta McKenna, IMSA CIO
Join us at IN2, Illinois first secondary school innovation center, as we tour innovation spaces coast to coast, and then apply design thinking principles to your real-time or future innovation spaces (maker, hacker, entrepreneurship).
June 13, $125 (one day price)

Makerspace Fast Start – Erik Swanson, IN2 Maker Manager
This one-day intensive program prepares you to operate a makerspace in your school, library or community center. Spend the day at IMSA’s state of the art makerspace in IN2. Delve into the software, hardware, student engagement, and programs you need to get your makerspace kick started, and go home with our fast start handbook.
June 14, $125 (one day price)
Entrepreneurship Education – Carl Heine, Ph.D.
This day covers lean start-up methodology in the design of entrepreneurial teaching and learning, internships, pitch contests, the TALENT curriculum and Chicago’s 1871 digital incubator.
June 15, $125 (one day price)
Problem-Based Learning (PBL) Design Institute
PBL focuses on experiential learning organized around the investigation and resolution of complicated, real-world problems. Through exploration of different methods of teaching and a deeper understanding of problem based learning pedagogy, teachers will enhance student success in the classroom. June 13-15 – $600

July 10-14 “Live Lab” Educator & Student: Teaching Entrepreneurship – Carl Heine, Ph.D.
This hands-on professional development experience provides participants proven methods for teaching entrepreneurship to middle school and high school students. Students form and run startup teams, develop new products, services, effective business models, marketing strategies, pitch to investors and use the money raised to go to market.
July 10-14, $175 (curriculum may be purchased separately)

To learn more about IMSA and its programs, visit www.imsa.edu.

Aurora Library to Host Free Concerts

Monday, April 24th, 2017

Aurora Public Library, APL Foundation, and Fox Valley Orchestra are delighted to host Manneheim Steamroller’s Percussionist Tom Sharpe in concert. (Tom is also the former drummer of the rock band STYX.)  He brings his one-man show to APL for two performances.

  • Sunday, May 7, a smaller session at West Branch, 2p – 3p.
  • Sunday, May 21, large event at Santori, Dunham Atrium, 2p-3p.

Concerts  are free of charge,  but seating is first come, first served and open 20 minutes prior to concert time. After the concert, Tom will be on hand to meet, greet, and promote his newest CD (recorded recently with Elmhurst College Symphony), and his other works.

Come join us for these great musical events in May at Aurora Public Library!

Aurora Fire Department Launches New Fire Cadet Program

Friday, April 21st, 2017

The Aurora Fire Department has launched its new Fire Cadet Program and is recruiting young adults who are interested in pursuing a future career with the fire department.

The Aurora Fire Cadet Program is a unique opportunity that provides paid employment and hands-on experience with the Aurora Fire Department while exploring firefighting and paramedic careers.

“The Aurora Fire Department strives to build a team that is reflective of our community,” said Aurora Fire Chief Gary Krienitz. “Through the Aurora Fire Cadet Program we will have the opportunity to strengthen the diversity of the department while bringing in the new ideas and perspectives of the next generation of Aurora firefighters.”

Working 20 to 30 hours per week, fire cadets are official Aurora Fire Department employees who assist in the day-to-day operations of the department while attending paramedic school and completing EMT basic training courses.

Upon completing a minimum of two years of service in the program – and the successful completion of the paramedic program – fire cadets will earn preference points that can be applied to their score on the Aurora Fire Department firefighter eligibility list.

Applicants to the Aurora Fire Cadet Program must:

  • Be between the ages of 17 and 19, and at least 18 at time of hire
  • Have a high school diploma, GED or a senior in high school at time of hire
  • Have a minimum of a 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Possess a valid driver’s license with the ability to earn a Class B driver’s license
  • Pass a polygraph, psychological exam, background check and interview
  • Be eligible to work in the U.S. at the time of hire

To apply, visit https://il-aurora.civicplushrms.com/careers/  or contact the City of Aurora Human Resources Department at 630-256-3430.

Deadline to apply is Friday, May 5, 2017.

Aurora, Five Others to Receive Grants to Implement the PWR Act

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

In late July 2016, Governor Rauner signed into law HB5729, also known as the Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness (PWR) Act. The Act implements strategies identified through a multi-year process led by the P-20 Council’s College and Career Readiness Committee to better align the transition from high school into college and careers. You can learn more about the Act at www.pwract.org.

To support implementation of this effort at the local level, Education Systems Center at Northern Illinois University, on behalf of the Illinois 60 by 25 Network, awarded six Leadership Communities grants of $7,500 each in April 2017. The grants will be used to plan and begin initial implementation of one of two elements related to the PWR Act — transitional math instruction delivered to high school seniors to avoid remediation; or college and career pathway endorsements on high school diplomas. The communities that received the grants include Aurora Regional Pathways to Prosperity, East Side Aligned, Making Opportunities Real for Everyone in the Rock River and Mississippi River Valley (MORE), Northwest Educational Council for Student Success (NECSS), Rockford and the Starved Rock Region represented by North Central Regional Betterment Coalition. Aurora will focus on college and career pathway endorsements while the other five communities will focus on transitional math. All these efforts will be aligned with those occurring at the statewide level. For more information on each community’s work please click here.

Aurora Celebrates National Week of the Young Child™ Play.Learn.Connect.

Monday, April 17th, 2017

SPARK Aurora Early Childhood Collaboration, an education initiative of Fox Valley United Way, is hosting a free Resource Fair for parents and children:

Date: Saturday, April 22, 2017
Time:  10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location:  Santori Library, 101 S. River St., Aurora, IL 60506

This event is Aurora’s opportunity to honor young children, and those who make a difference in children’s lives.  The fair culminates the national celebration of the Week of the Young Child™ (April 16-April 22).

SPARK (Strong, Prepared and Ready for Kindergarten) and partners, including Fox Valley United Way, the Fox Valley Park District, Aurora Public Library, SciTech Museum, Waubonsee Community College and DayOnePACT, have come together to offer this event to the community.

Entertainment and activities will be provided for children, as well as opportunities for parents, grandparents and caregivers to learn about resources available to support them in efforts to help their children thrive in school.

“Through the work of SPARK and its partners, Aurora is afforded a great opportunity to prepare every preschooler for success in school and life,” said Trish Rooney, Director of SPARK Aurora Early Childhood Collaboration. “Week of the Young Child is a time for Aurora to recognize that Early Years are Learning Years® for all its young citizens.”

Week of the Young Child™, sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), gives early childhood programs across the country–including child care and Head Start programs, preschools, and elementary schools–a platform for activities that bring awareness to the needs of young children.  Each year, this special week recognizes the importance of early learning and early literacy, and celebrates the teachers and policies that bring early childhood education to young children.

For more information about this event, visit www.sparkaurora.org or call (630) 896-4636.

About SPARK:  SPARK (Strong, Prepared and Ready for Kindergarten) is an education initiative of Fox Valley United Way, in collaboration with the City of Aurora and school districts 129 (West Aurora), 131 (East Aurora), and 204 (Indian Prairie) with long standing support from The Dunham Fund and the Gustafson Family Foundation.  Launched in 2012, the mission of SPARK Aurora Early Childhood Collaboration is to empower our diverse families and children to attain full success in learning and life by ensuring all Aurora’s young children have equal access to exemplary Early Childhood Care and Education.  Decades of research prove that children adequately prepared for kindergarten have a greater chance of succeeding in school and in life.

Aurora Chamber Member Programs, News

Monday, April 17th, 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
Copy King Office Solutions, Inc.
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
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

Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
Andre Salles
P.O Box 500, Batavia
(630) 840-6733
Education

Eagle Digital Marketing
(Elite Member)
Brandon Lyon
2863 W. 95th Street, Suite 143-225, Naperville
(331) 205-8200
Marketing & Advertising

Best Elder Home Care, LLC
Antoinette Gerencir
1659 Montgomery Road, Aurora
(630) 222-0621
Health Services

 

Contact Us

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

 

 

A Report Card:
The First 100 Days of Trump Administration
Wednesday, May 3, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Belle Salle Banquets, 1920 E. New York St., Aurora
Sponsored by Earthmover Credit Union

On Wednesday, March 3, 2017, the Aurora Regional Chamber will discuss President Donald Trump’s “First One-Hundred Days” (OK, 104, to be exact). Ben Taylor, executive director, Great Lakes Regional Office U.S. Chamber of Commerce, will be our featured speaker. From the transition and inauguration, through the confirmation process, and on to various Executive Actions and proposed legislation in the 115th Congress, we will seek to answer the following: “Where have we been; where are we now; and where are we headed? Likely topics of discussion include healthcare, tax and regulatory reform, as well as infrastructure. Please bring your questions and concerns; we want to make this an interactive session! Ben will share what he has learned and observed and what this means to employers and our region.

Register today.

Board Nominations Sought
The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for members willing to be considered to serve on the Board of Directors. All eligible nominees will be considered by the Nominating Committee. Nominations may be found online. Forms should be returned by Thursday, April 20, at 5:00 p.m.

A Board of Directors governs the business, property, and affairs of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. The Board is responsible for establishing policy, budgets, and the guidance of affairs. The Board is composed of up to 22 persons who shall be members in good standing of the Chamber. Directors are elected for a term of three years which are staggered so that approximately one-third of the directors are elected each year. Vacancies in the board shall be filled by a majority vote of the remaining directors.

To be considered to be a Director, nominees must be members in good standing.

Did You Know?
Do you know a great way to increase visibility for your business is to sponsor a Chamber event? We have several events and programs throughout the year with a variety of target audiences where we offer sponsorship opportunities. Some upcoming events with significant visibility potential are:

• A Report Card: The First 100 Days of the Trump Administration: May 3 Membership Lunch

• Fox Valley Networking Professionals: Monthly Meetings

• Chamber Golf Classic: July 10 (many sponsorship levels from hole sponsor to presenting sponsor)

If you are interested in getting your business name and logo to a greater audience contact our director of events & marketing, Maureen Gasek, at (630) 256-3182 or mgasek@aurorachamber.com to learn more information about sponsoring an upcoming event.

Calendar of Events
Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, April 27, 8-9:30 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora
Sponsord by Advanced Auto Parts

Grand Opening: Round One
Thursday, April 27, 3:30-8 p.m.
Fox Valley Mall, 195 Fox Valley Center Drive, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting: 4 p.m.

A Report Card: The First 100 Days of Trump Administration
Wednesday, May 3, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Belle Salle Banquets, 1920 E, New York St., Aurora
Sponsored by Earthmover Credit Union

Grand Re-Opening: West Suburban Bank
Thursday, May 4, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
1311 Butterfield Rd., Aurora
Ribbon Cutting: 11:30 p.m.

Ambassadors Meeting
Thursday, May 11, at 4:00 p.m.
Location TBD

Grand Opening: Advance Auto Parts
Friday, May 5, 12 – 1:30 p.m.
1386 Butterfield Road, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting: 12:30 p.m.

New Location Celebration: All Spoked Up
Friday, May 5, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
14 W. Downer Place Unit 12, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting: 4:30 p.m.

Grand Opening: Pet Supplies Plus
Wednesday, May 10, 12 – 1:30 p.m.
180 N. Randall Rd., North Aurora
Ribbon Cutting: 12:30 p.m.

Save the Date: Chamber Golf Classic
Monday, July 10, 2017
Aurora Country Club, 1548 Prairie Street, Aurora

Premier Members
Premier Members
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:

“Lifeline” Budget Sent to Senate

Register Now for Employer Action Day

US Chamber Releases Congressional Scorecard

Fair Maps

Jobs

Human Services: New ID Cards

Education: School Accountability Plan

Economy: Tourism

Chicago: Population Trends

Budget: COGFA Projections

Budget: Pension Reform

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.

Kids Days Announced to be a part of the 2017 NCAA Golf Championships

Metro Chicago Exports is accepting applications for the 2017 Grant Program

‘Blackhawk Park’ is new name for west side development

GreenTown Returns to Fox Valley – April 27

Registration is under way for Mid-American Canoe & Kayak Race on Fox River

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.

Kids Days Announced to be a part of the 2017 NCAA Golf Championships

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

To further Rich Harvest Farms’ vision of growing the game of golf, weekends of the 2017 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Golf Championships, hosted by Northern Illinois University May 19-31, will feature dedicated Kids Days. On May 20-21 of the women’s tournament and May 27-28 of the men’s tournament, there will be interactive and educational activities available to youth under the age of 18 both on and off the course thanks to the efforts of Rich Harvest Farms’ non-profit, the Kids Golf Foundation of Illinois.

“The Kids Days will be a great way for the youth to see the future stars of the PGA and LPGA,” said Michala Mika, Director of the Kids Golf Foundation. “Not only will the activities be a fun way for kids to learn more about the sport, but they will help reinforce our Foundation’s mission of providing opportunities for the youth.”

Highlights of the Kids Days include hitting stations that utilize SNAG (Starting New At Golf), oversized and colorful golf equipment that is fun and easy to use. There will also be a scavenger hunt that will encourage children to explore the golf course and learn the life skills of the sport, such as communication, sportsmanship and weather safety.

“Golf is such a rich sport that provides a lot of learning and growth opportunity for kids,” said Jerry Rich, Owner of Rich Harvest Farms and Founder of the Kids Golf Foundation. “That’s one of the main reasons I started the Foundation, and why I’m thrilled about the Kids Days. The NCAA Golf Championships are the perfect platform to show our younger spectators how fun and rewarding the game of golf can be.”

Kids Days will also feature performances by Peter Longo, a former PGA Tour player, published author and world-class trick shot artist. He will amaze and amuse golfers and non-golfers alike with his specialty shots, lacing his show with comedy and audience participation. Host school Northern Illinois University will be on site as well with a module that will teach children the STEM of golf. The first 500 children through the gate on Kids Days will also receive a free goodie bag.

Students and children under the age of 18 are admitted to the 2017 Golf Championships for free every day of the tournaments with a paying adult. Regular grounds tickets start at $10. Please visit http://www.2017NCAAGolf.eventbrite.com for more information, to claim a complimentary student ticket and to purchase tickets.

Metro Chicago Exports is accepting applications for the 2017 Grant Program

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

Metro Chicago Exports is accepting applications for the 2017 Grant Program, presented by JP Morgan Chase & Co.

The 2017 Grant Program will award up to $5,000 to small and medium-sized companies in the seven-county region to implement an export plan. The grant will reimburse 50% of eligible expenses related to the plan.

Businesses located in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will counties that are existing exporters with fewer than 500 employees are encouraged to apply.

Businesses located within Kane County are also eligible for up to an additional $5,000 per the Kane County Export Grant Matching Funds. We are asking you to share this information with any Kane County company you know who may be able to advantage of this opportunity.

The application process involves the online submission of a grant application. Applicants may save the form and complete in more than one sitting. Past Grant Program award recipients are eligible to re-apply and their evaluation will include their prior performance in the grant program.

If potential barriers to maximizing export potential are identified during the Grant Application, companies may be referred to export service providers to assist them in formulating international export plans.

In order to be considered for grant funding, an authorized representative of the company must certify that the company meets all of the following requirements:

  • Registered to do business in one of the following seven counties: Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, or Will with a valid W-9 form listing company address.
  • Meets the Small Business Administration’s definition of a small business – under 500 employees.
  • Been in business for at least one year from the date the application is submitted.
  • Operating profitably, based on domestic operations.
  • Provides a product/service manufactured in metro Chicago or made outside the region from which metro Chicago will derive a significant benefit from increased international sales or investment.
  • No legal liabilities which inhibit performance of grant/exporting.
  • Must be willing to share results from use of grant funds in the form of survey feedback or success stories.

 

Small and medium-sized companies that provide either goods or services are eligible to apply to the Metro Chicago Exports 2017 Grant Program. No preference will be given based on target export market, specific industry sector or to company location within the seven-county region.

Find more about the Export Grant and apply here.

Contact Lisa Reijula, Program Director at Metro Chicago Exports, at lreijula@metrochicagoexports.com or by phone at (312) 589-5773