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Wednesday, September 13th, 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 Limousine
Aurora University
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Caterpillar, Inc.
Chicago Steel Hockey Team
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
Pure Skin Solutions, LLC
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush-Copley Medical Center
S&S Metal Recyclers II
ServPro of Aurora
Sign*A*Rama
SmithAmundsen, LLC
Steffes & Associates Language and Translation (SALT)
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
The Voice
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
WSPY

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2414 Church Road, Aurora
(331) 281-0192
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Pure Skin Solutions, LLC
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26 S. Stolp Avenue, Aurora
(630) 907-7454
Beauty Services

Meadow Lake Dental Care
Susan Schramm
3941 75 Street, Ste. 102
Aurora 60504
(630) 851-5130
Dentists

 

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What You Need to Know:
Emergency Preparedness
Emergency Preparedness

When business is disrupted, it can cost money. Lost revenues plus extra expenses means reduced profits. Insurance does not cover all costs and cannot replace customers that defect to the competition. A continuity plan to continue business is essential. This WYNTK seminar will assist businesses and organizations in developing a preparedness program by providing tools to create a plan that addresses the impact of many hazards.

Sept. 15: Wellness Works Conference for Employers
Wellness Works
Premier Members
Premier Members
Calendar of Events
Ambassadors Committee
Thursday, Sept. 14, 3 p.m.
Tracy’s Bistro, 4424 E. New York St., Aurora

Grand Opening: 500 Station Blvd.
Wednesday, Sept. 14, 4 – 8 p.m.
675 Station Blvd., Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 4:30 p.m.

2017 Wellness Works Conference
Friday, Sept. 15, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Prisco Community Center, Aurora

Grand Opening: Garage 31
Monday, Sept. 18, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
102 S. Lincolnway, North Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 11:30 a.m.

Coffee & Connections
Tuesday, Sept. 19, 8:30 – 10:15 a.m.
Painters District Council #30, 1905 Sequoia Drive, Aurora

35th Anniversary: Lindstrom Chiropractic
Wednesday, Sept. 20, 3:30 – 7 p.m.
1965 W, Downer Pl., Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 4 p.m.

Grand Opening: Huntington Bank
Thursday, Sept. 21, 8 – 10 a.m.
2430 W. Indian Trail Rd., Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 8:30 a.m.

WYNTK: Emergency Preparedness Plannings
Tuesday, Sept. 26, 8:30 – 10 a.m.
Chamber offices, 43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, Sept. 28, 8 – 9:30 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora
Sponsored by City Segment

5th Anniversary: McLaughlin & Associates
Thursday, Sept. 28, 3:30 – 7:00 p.m.
495 N. Commons Dr. Ste. 103, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 4:15 p.m.

Public Policy Update
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Procurement Streamlining a Win for Illinois Business

Ill. Senate, House Release Fall Veto Schedules

New UI Process Streamlines Tax Experience

One More Leaves Ill. GA

Social Security Expedites Decisions to Those with Serious Disabilities

U.S. Chamber: Tax Reform

U.S. Chamber: Overtime Rule Update

New Form I-9 Required by Sept. 18, 2017

Make Your Voice Heard; Submit NAFTA Comments

Gov. Rauner Takes Action on Several Bills

This Week: Gov. Signs Education Bill

Join Us for an Ill. Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Forum on Oct. 18
Gubernatorial Candidate Forum

On Wednesday, Oct. 18, the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce will join Daily Herald Media Group, Business Ledger, ABC-7 News and several other business organizations to host a gubernatorial candidate forum focusing on business-related issues facing Illinois. The event will be from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Victoria in the Park, 1700 Elmhurst Road, Mount Prospect. Candidates confirmed to attend include J.B. Pritzker, Daniel Biss, Ameya Pawar, Bob Daiber, Scott Drury, Alexander Paterakis, Chris Kennedy, and Tio Hardiman. $25 admission includes breakfast, networking, and forum. Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/democratic-gubernatorial -candidate-forum-tickets-37242741041. When ordering your ticket(s), enter Aurora in the Promo Code box.

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.

Making Global Local: Third Annual Exports Conference

Aurora Fire, Police to Host Sept. 11 Memorial

Residents Invited to Explore Opportunities Sept. 16 at Volunteer Mania Fair

Nicholas Knudtson Joins Team at Konen Insurance

Aurora Named one of the Best Cities to Raise a Family

VNA Health Care Receives Grant from U.S. Department of Agriculture

West High to Host World Language Career Expo

Waubonsee to Host Aurora Downtown Career Fair This Month

Join Us for an Ill. Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Forum on Oct. 18

VNA Recognized for Quality Achievements, Awarded $171K by HRSA

IMSA, Tellabs Foundation Announce Next Generation Innovators Award Winners

West Aurora School District 129 Approved for Federal Registered Apprenticeship Program

Fox Valley Mall, Simply Destinee Partner for the Shining a Light on Suicide

National Disability Employment Awareness Month Theme Announced: ‘Inclusion Drives Innovation’

Park Renovations Coming to Meadow Lake; New Park at Randall Highlands

Thermamax, Inc. Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Don’t Take the Bait: Watch Out for the W-2 Email Scam

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

Friday, July 28th, 2017

First responders in Aurora and Naperville will be better prepared to deal with coordinated terrorist attacks thanks to a grant of over $1.3 million over three years awarded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The cities worked in tandem to secure the grant money which will be used by police officers, firefighters, emergency management personnel and other first responders to coordinate training, planning and exercises to enhance response in the event of a Complex Coordinated Terrorist Attack (CCTA); such as those that have occurred in Paris, Boston, San Bernardino and other cities across the globe.

“Regional capability sharing between Aurora and Naperville would be essential in the response to a complex coordinated terror attack,” said Aurora Emergency Management Coordinator Joseph Jones. “Due to the population size and proximity of the two cities it is likely that any large scale event would impact both jurisdictions.”

Officials from both municipalities stress that training, planning, and exercises are needed to create appropriate response to any attacks. This preparation enhances the abilities of police, both patrol and Special Response Teams, and other first responders, to respond to multiple locations and effectively mitigate a complex coordinated terror attack.

“The vision of the CCTA program is to create a sustainable program for the region,” said Naperville Emergency Management Coordinator Dan Nelson. “This grant provides us with a tremendous opportunity to enhance the safety of the entire region by developing a system to identify gaps, educate, train, analyze, and implement changes to prepare our area to first prevent and, if needed, respond to a terrorist attack.”

The cities submitted a three-year plan when they applied for the grant in February as part of FEMA’s competitive “Prepare Communities for Complex Coordinated Terrorist Attacks Grant Program”. Some of the plan’s goals include the adoption of region-wide common response tactics for first responders, reviewing all valid assessments and critical infrastructure, ensuring that continuity of operations plans exist at all levels and with all responding agencies; and sharing all approved processes findings and corrective actions with local, regional, state and national partners.

The $1,373,809 grant award to the Aurora-Naperville collaboration is the largest received by any Illinois municipality or government agency and the 12th largest of the 30 awards handed out nationwide by FEMA.

Businesses Encouraged to Participate in Statewide Tornado Drill

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

In conjunction with Severe Weather Preparedness Week in Illinois (March 5-11, 2017), the State of Illinois will conduct its Annual Statewide Tornado Drill at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 7. If severe weather is possible on March 7, the drill will be rescheduled. The City of Aurora’s Office of Emergency Management encourages everyone to participate in this drill. This drill provides an excellent opportunity for facilities to review and test their severe weather preparedness plans and procedure.

Follow the link in this letter to a user friendly form the Aurora Emergency Management Agency is requesting each school, business, or facility complete and submit. Total time to complete should be less than five minutes.

The Aurora Emergency Management Agency is available for site surveys, severe weather plan review, and to provide severe weather presentations.

The below link should take you right to the form. If the form does not open, please copy and paste the URL in the address bar of your browser.  Another option is to visit the City of Aurora website, go to the Emergency Management tab, home page, and at the lower right of the page is a link for the Statewide Tornado Survey.

https://eforms.aurora-il.org/f/tornado_survey

Thank you in advance for your participating in such an important drill. If you have questions or would like to request support or review of preparations, contact Joseph Jones, CEM, emergency management coordinator with the City of Aurora at EMA@aurora-il.org or by calling (630) 256-5800.

Export-Grant Initiative Wins Illinois Economic Development Award

Monday, May 9th, 2016

A groundbreaking exports initiative with handfuls of success stories right here in Kane County has been recognized as one of the top economic development efforts of the past year.

The Illinois Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the Illinois Economic Development Association, named Metro Chicago Exports a winner of the eighth annual Economic Development in Illinois Awards — the Edies.

“We are proud to recognize five outstanding economic development projects that were completed in 2015,” said Todd Maisch, president and CEO of the Illinois Chamber. “Economic development is key to Illinois’ continued growth and recovery, and these companies are making a difference. The Edies honor those who imagine, design, invest, and build in Illinois, and by doing so bring jobs, growth and prosperity to our communities.”

In 2015, the Metro Chicago Exports Grant Program provided $225,000 in funding to 54 regional companies— including many in Kane County — to offset financial risks associated with exporting and investing in research, certifications and other services necessary to pursue opportunities in the global marketplace. This resulted in $10 million in new revenue to the region, eight new jobs, and 25 retained jobs.

The program used three strategies: fill the pipeline, strengthen the local network and reduce the costs of international trade growth.

Metro Chicago Exports is a collaboration between seven counties — Kane, Cook, DuPage, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will — and the city of Chicago, and its goal is to increase exports from small- and mid-sized enterprises and support regional job growth. It is a strategic economic development program and is part of the region’s broader business retention and expansion strategy.

Kane County is an active participant in the Metro Chicago Exports program. In fact, the county offers the additional incentive of matching any grant that a Kane County company wins in the program — a value of up to $10,000.

Applications for the 2016 Grant Program will be accepted through May 27, 2016. Details and eligibility requirements pertaining to the 2016 Metro Chicago Exports Grant Program are available at www.MetroChicagoExports.com.

If you have any questions about the Kane County program, please contact Chris Toth of Kane County Development and Community Services Department at tothchris@co.kane.il.us or 630-232-3491.

2015 KANE COUNTY GRANT AWARDEES

  • Riverbank Laboratories, Inc. — Geneva
  • Miner Elastomer Products Corporation — Geneva
  • SBS Steel Belt Systems USA — Gilberts
  • InFlight Entertainment Products — Carpentersville
  • AIR802 — Aurora
  • Radco Industries, Inc. — Batavia
  • Micro Products Company — Batavia
  • Brasel Products, Inc. — Batavia

2016 Kane County Leaders Summit Invitation

Saturday, April 9th, 2016

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kane-county-leaders-summit-2016-tickets-23063099351

Statewide Tornado Drill Planned for March 1

Saturday, February 13th, 2016

In conjunction with Severe Weather Preparedness Week in Illinois (February 29-March 4, 2016), the State of Illinois will conduct its Annual Statewide Tornado Drill at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. If severe weather is possible on March 1, the drill will be rescheduled. The City of Aurora’s Office of Emergency Management encourages everyone to participate in this drill. This drill provides an excellent opportunity for facilities to review and test their severe weather preparedness plans and procedure.

Follow the link in this letter to a user friendly form the Aurora Emergency Management Agency is requesting each school, business or facility complete and submit. Total time to complete should be less than a couple of minutes.

The Aurora Emergency Management Agency is available for site surveys, severe weather plan review, and to provide severe weather presentations.

The below link should take you right to the form. If the form does not open please copy and paste the URL in the address bar of your browser.  A another option is to visit the City of Aurora Web Site, go to the Emergency Management tab, home page and at the lower right of the page is a link for the Statewide Tornado Survey.

https://eforms.aurora-il.org/f/tornado_survey

Thank you in advance for your participating in such an important drill.

Joseph Jones, CEM
Emergency Management Coordinator
City of Aurora
1200 E. Indian Trail Road
Aurora, Illinois 60505-1896
(630) 256-5800 – Office

Northeastern to host business plan competition with $2,500 grand prize

Sunday, October 18th, 2015

Northeastern Illinois University’s College of Business and Management, in collaboration with the office of U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, will host The Entrepreneur, a business plan competition with a $2,500 top prize.

The goal of The Entrepreneur competition is to provide new and existing businesses an opportunity to highlight their company and a chance to win a prize to assist with the company’s growth. The competition, which is free to enter and open to the public, will highlight and promote the many new and established, small- to mid-sized Illinois-based businesses with support from local and national business leaders, as well as city, state and federal elected officials.

The deadline to enter is 11 p.m. on Oct. 27. More details are available at neiu.edu/entrepreneurcomp. Entrepreneurs in the growth stage of business are strongly encouraged to apply. All submissions are reviewed by a panel of educators, entrepreneurs and business leaders.

The competition will culminate in an event Nov. 20, when the top five finalists will present their business plans to a panel of judges. Sen. Kirk is expected to attend the event, which is scheduled for 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Auditorium on Northeastern’s Main Campus, 3701 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. in Chicago.

In addition to the $2,500 prize, the winner will receive mentoring from a member of Northeastern’s Entrepreneurship faculty and mentoring from a member of Sen. Kirk’s office. Prizes also will be awarded for the second- and third-place finishers.

One of the most ethnically diverse universities in the nation, Northeastern provides its students an affordable, quality education. Northeastern’s rapidly growing College of Business and Management fosters excellent faculty and student research and helps its students engage with entrepreneurs to gain real-world experience. In an increasingly global business climate, Northeastern brings an eclectic world-view to the classroom that is unique among Chicago-area universities.

Waubonsee Invites You to Hear About Vision 2050

Sunday, September 20th, 2015