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Veteran Resource Fair this Friday

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

Registration Opens: Wellness Works Conference Sept 15

Friday, August 4th, 2017

Aurora’s St. Charles Senior Living Center Earns Top Statewide Preservation Award

Friday, August 4th, 2017
Aurora’s St. Charles Senior Living Center has earned the 2017 Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Award by Landmarks Illinois, a nonprofit organization advocating for the protection of historic and architecturally significant properties throughout the state.
Each year, Landmarks Illinois honors nine historic preservation projects and the people who made them happen. The agency will present the 2017 Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation President’s Award for Rehabilitation to the City of Aurora at its annual awards ceremony next month in Chicago.
“When I attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Aurora St. Charles Senior Living facility in January, I was impressed by how many people from the community were there to celebrate, including neighbors and elected officials,” said Bonnie McDonald, Landmarks Illinois president and CEO. “The rehabilitation of this National Register listed site has truly been a revitalizing force for the entire neighborhood.”
Located at 400 E. New York St. in Aurora, the project transformed the former St. Charles Hospital, a six-story Art Deco building, into a 60-unit senior housing complex.The site was redeveloped as the state’s first affordable housing project to use the River Edge Redevelopment Zone Historic Tax Credit,
The rehabilitation project included cleaning and repairing the original Art Deco-style brick, limestone and terra cotta exterior and restoring and converting the original chapel and balcony to a community room for the building’s residents.
“This is another great example of a cross-section of people, organizations and agencies working together for the good of Aurora,” said Mayor Richard Irvin. “While serving as an alderman during the rehab process, I was able to see firsthand the vision become a reality. All of those who helped to plan, approve and finalize this incredible project deserve the statewide recognition for a job well done. This is what it means to build Aurora together.”
The City of Aurora also received the 2016 Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Award for the G.A.R. Memorial Hall and Museum.
Other 2017 award winners include: All Saints Episcopal Church and Rosenwald Court Apartments in Chicago, Unity Temple in Oak Park, Cooperage 214 in Peoria, and Joliet Central High School in Joliet.

This Week’s #AuroraChamber News for Members

Monday, July 31st, 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

Welcome New Members

Aurora St. Charles Senior Living
Casandra Blackwell
400 E. New York Street, Aurora
(630) 896-4204
Property Management

City Segment (Elite Member)
Brandon Lyon
Aurora
(331) 205-8005
Marketing & Advertising

 

Contact Us

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

 

 

Behind the Scenes at the Chamber
Tomorrow marks the first of August – and students returning to school will be just around the corner. We hope everyone is able to enjoy the last days of summer before “fall” kicks in and activities begin flooding calendars.

This month, 247wallst.com published an article titled “America is running out of workers.” With June’s unemployment at 4.4 percent and 222,000 jobs having been added, American employers are finding it more and more difficult to find and hire the employees they need to be successful.

We know that is true right here in our region. We hear from our members regularly about the struggle to hire. A number of job fairs have been held in recent weeks for positions throughout the region. And still, more are planned as our local employers continue to seek qualified employees.

The Manufacturing Careers Internship Program is set to begin this month. We are working with Business and Career Services to identify prospective students, but to also encourage our local manufacturers to host tours with the students and share what today’s manufacturing environment look like. If you are interested in participating, please call the Chamber or BCS to learn more.

Of course, with the school year beginning, we are again working with schools on the Pathways to Prosperity. We also look forward to our second year of partnering with employers to support students with disabilities and giving them work experiences to gain employment skills.

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
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?
Did you know that our Chamber received a call recently from a lady who had two quotes for a home repair and she called to check whether these businesses were members of our Chamber as a criteria for determining which business to choose for the repair? Such calls are not uncommon for us and substantiates a national study that reveals that being active in a local Chamber of Commerce positively effects how consumers view them. These positive attributes include being perceived as more reputable, caring about their customers, and invested in the local community. As a result, according to the study, 73% of consumers are more likely to do business with Chamber members. Source: The Schapiro Group, Atlanta, Georgia. You can download our Chamber member logo through your member profile to add to your businesses promotional materials to take advantage of positive perception among your customers Chamber membership brings. Call Reba Morgan Osborne, director of membership, (630) 256-3184 for more information.
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:

Ill. Chamber: This Week in Springfield

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.

Realtors Rank Aurora as Top City in the Nation for Affordable Homes, Best Schools

It’s Cardboard on Water; What Could Be More Fun?

Aurora to Celebrate National Night Out at 45 Neighborhood Events

Aurora, Naperville Receive $1.3 Million to Collaborate on Terrorism Training

Chicagoland Safety Health and Environmental Conference

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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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

Contact Us

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

 

 

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
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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
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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

 

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.

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

Friday, June 9th, 2017

The following appeared in the June 5 issue of the Daily Herald and penned by Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Joseph Henning, IOM, CAE.

 

They’re known by many names: Soft skills, character skills, employability skills, social-emotional skills. I prefer “21st century skills,” because they’re as current and meaningful to workforce success as the so-called hard skills.

Initiative and creativity, flexibility and perseverance, collaboration and good communications – whatever you call them, they’re tough to measure, but impossible to do without. And nearly every manager seems to have a story to demonstrate.

An IT worker with the sharpest computer skills still can be a major detriment to his office if he can’t work well in teams and manage his frustration with colleagues. Voices are raised, meetings are called, warnings are issued – and too often, the cycle repeats itself, burning-up time and money until the employee exits, one way or another. Then come the costs of turnover, from lost productivity to recruiting and any necessary training.

In a new, national poll of 300 executives, conducted for the ReadyNation business leader network, almost two-thirds reported knowing someone who’s lost a promotion – or a job – due more to poor social-emotional skills than technical capabilities.

Furthermore, more than three out of five reported bigger challenges finding workers with adequate social-emotional skills than with good technical expertise. Ninety percent of business leaders said it’s harder to develop those 21st century skills among adults entering the workforce than among the young. Nearly as high a percentage indicated support for doing just that: focusing on children – our future workforce – through greater public investments in early learning supports.

This subject is as important in Illinois as anywhere else in the country. Our state ranks 11th nationally in the number of youngsters under age 5 who’ve encountered two or more Adverse Childhood Experiences, or ACEs. These range from poverty to parental divorce to parental addiction problems – circumstances that, individually or collectively, can sadly stunt a youngster’s learning and development in long-lasting ways.

We can help to rein-in the effects of such experiences, setting children on a course toward success in school and careers, through better investments in high-quality preschool and similar supports. Research has demonstrated that participation in high-quality preK can curb problematic behavior and improve kids’ self-control. And one longitudinal study of kindergarteners showed that, for every one-point increase in “character skills” scores, a child was 54 percent more likely to graduate from high school and 46 percent more likely to have a full-time job at age 25.

These are reasons I’m proud of our preK efforts in Aurora – one of nearly 20 Illinois communities that are combining state and federal preschool resources in a new way, extending Illinois’ typically half-day preK program into a full day of developmental services for thousands of the most at-risk 4-year-olds statewide. This initiative already has opened 170 such classrooms in the past couple of years – but it requires further state investment to continue.

Similarly, our state should bolster child care and birth-to-3 efforts that are vital components of the early learning system. Examples include the home-visiting services that provide “coaching” to new parents of at-risk infants and toddlers. Dozens of those programs have gone without state funding since last July, and many are slashing services or closing entirely.

Stabilizing such programs ultimately means stabilizing our economy by helping to shape the skills – technical and otherwise – that will form the bedrock of our 21st century workforce.

 

You’re Invited: Mayor Irvin to Make Special Announcement

Friday, June 9th, 2017