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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

A College Community Dialogue about the Future of Waubonsee

Sunday, September 20th, 2015
In the spring of 2015, Waubonsee CommunityCollege initiated the Waubonsee Vision 2050 project to explore what Waubonsee could look like 10, 20, even 35 years into the future. Several themes emerged as a result of the many conversations we had in collaboration with students, faculty, staff and community partners throughout the year. You are invited to help us further refine what these themes might mean for Waubonsee and the future of our local communities.

Kane Could Give $5,000 Incentive to Businesses That Get Into Exports

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

The Kane County Jobs Committee is proposing a pilot program that would sweeten the pot for Kane County companies seeking to start or expand their export business.

Under a proposed pilot program, Kane County would give a $5,000 matching grant to up to 10 businesses that apply for and are approved to receive a $5,000 micro-grant from Chicago Metro Exports, a public-private economic development initiative created through a consortium of seven Chicago-area counties.

As a result, a Kane County business could land $10,000, which it can use for marketing, compliance (government paperwork), training or business development. Jobs Committee chairs Becky Gillam and Theresa Barreiro suggested the pilot program as a way to get more Kane County businesses to apply.

“The micro-grants are a wonderful opportunity for the county to support our Kane business community and their efforts to expand into new markets,” Gillam said. “We want to encourage as many businesses as we can to participate, because expanded exports often translates to job growth.”

JPMorgan Chase is providing funding for the $5,000 micro-grants for 50 companies throughout the region to increase exports. In the first round of applications, 10 Kane County companies applied and were initially assessed, six were confirmed eligible and three completed applications. Applications for second round are due July 31 — so there’s still time for Kane County businesses to participate.

Small- and mid-size enterprises that are existing exporters or new to exporting, with less than 500 employees and located in Northeastern Illinois, are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to the following targeted industries:

  • Metals – Fabricated Metal Products
  • Equipment – Medical Equipment and Supplies
  • Machinery – Engine and Power Equipment
  • Plastics – General
  • Computers and Electronics – Precision Instruments

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