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Professional Development Available in Conjunction with Ill. Chamber

Sunday, May 7th, 2017

Webinar: Advanced Work Comp Challenges: Aging, Obesity & Co-Morbidities

Wednesday, May 10, 10:30 a.m. – noon

The costs for workers’ compensation claims in Illinois continue to rise in spite of prior reform efforts. But you should understand what can also drive costs in way that cannot be controlled by legislation or legal precedent. Employers “take the employees as they find them” at the time the accident occurs. Employers cannot change the facts as to an employee’s age, obesity or co-morbidities and pre-existing conditions, which may delay or prohibit a full recovery. What can an employer do? We’ll discuss strategies for mitigating these claims in this 90-minute webinar.

Taught by attorney G. Steven Murdock, Inman & Fitzgibbons

 

Webinar: Legal 101: What Claims IL Employers Can Face When Using Background Checks and How to Avoid Them

Thursday, May 11, 10:30 a.m. – noon

One of the most important tools that an employer has in screening and hiring quality employees is the application and hiring process. The law limits what information an employer can request on an application, as well as specific procedures that must be used when conducting background checks, using those background checks to make adverse employment decisions and in storing the background checks after the fact. As such, when using background checks, employers need to know what laws they need to comply with and what claims they should be trying to avoid. Michael D. Wong of SmithAmundsen LLC will present this important webinar. The presentation will include important information and strategies for structuring an application and hiring processes to minimize potential liability and risks.

Topics will include:

• What laws Illinois Employers should be aware of;

• Types of information employers should not use – and should be careful in using;

• Using the Internet and Social Media when hiring;

• The potential claims Illinois Employers can face; and

• Recent developments in federal and state laws and cases Illinois Employers should be aware of.

 

Workers’ Comp. Workshop for Illinois Employers

Wednesday, May 17, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Naperville

Workers’ Compensation in Illinois is complicated…. Do you know everything you need to know about the Illinois WC system?

Attorneys from Keefe, Campbell, Biery & Associates will begin with a review of the basics of Workers’ Compensation in Illinois, including benefits, the Workers’ Compensation Commission, and handling a claim of injury from the beginning to end. They will then analyze and discuss in-depth important topics such as Temporary Total/Partial Disability, Nature and Extent of Injury, Wage Loss Differential, Discovery, Liens and related claims against WC benefits in Illinois, Surveillance, Retaliatory Discharge and How to Handle WC Death Claims.

The final section of the day will include a number of essential factors to be considered when you are dealing with any workers’ compensation claim. You will receive helpful information on pushing your claim targets, using real time examples. Keeping in touch with your workers and how to drive claim closure are key, so these will also be discussed.

Taught by attorneys from Keefe, Campbell, Biery & Associates

 

Webinars: Federal Employment Policy- An Update for All Illinois Employers

$79 per webinar for Chamber members

$249 for all five in series for Chamber members (plus receive 2017 HR IL Compliance Certificate

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Part 1: Federal Employment Policy and the Trump Administration: The Impact on Employers – Introduction, May 24, 1:30–3:30 pm

And Federal Wage and Hour Compliance – An Update on What Employers Should Expect from the Trump Administration. Trump’s first 100 days started out with a flurry of activity including executive orders, working to fill positions, and starting to fulfill campaign promises. The first section will review actions, then will move on to talk about the next steps. Wage and Hour compliance discussion will include what may happen with the enjoined increase in salary test for white collar exemptions, opinion letters, joint employment, leave laws, and other DOL actions. Presented by attorneys Patrick Rock and Matthew Brown.

 

Part 2: The Future of the ADA and the DOL Fiduciary Rule, May 25, 10–11 am

How soon will Trumpcare replace Obamacare and what will it look like? And taking a look at the DOL Fiduciary Rule –and Retirement Accounts. Presented by attorneys Natalie Nathanson and Joshua Rafsky

 

Part 3: Immigration Policy: An update on policy in the Trump Administration, May 25, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

How might Trump impact Immigration? We’ve already seen executive orders on increased regulation and enforcement. How will E-Verify affect immigration? H-1B Visas? Deportation? This discussion will center on what has already taken place and what further actions may be forthcoming. Presented by attorney Jessica Feinstein

 

Part 4: The EEOC’s Strategic Plan: A Look Ahead, May 31, 10 -11 a.m.

How might Trump change the EEOC? And, the updated Strategic Enforcement Plan was issued in Oct. 2016 – What has changed in their priorities and the commitment of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission? Presented by attorneys Paul Patten and Jason Selvey.

 

Part 5: The Impact of the Elections on Recent NLRB Decisions, May 31, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

How might Trump change the NLRB? Possible scenarios and what a quickly seated business-oriented NLRB might mean for employers? And, how will recent decisions be affected? Important issues for both union and non-union employers will be discussed. Presented by attorney Greg Andrews.

 

Supervisor Training for Effective Management

Wednesday, June 21, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | Naperville, IL

One of the most difficult tasks ANY supervisor faces is how to provide leadership to employees. It takes experience and training for one to obtain and constantly maintain the skills necessary to manage others effectively. Supervisors of all levels (especially in this day and age) need to know and understand areas of vulnerability and realize that those are constantly changing. This is an interactive half day seminar which will provide insight and guidance to help YOUR supervisors become stronger leaders and manage YOUR employees more effectively within the always developing labor and employment laws.

 

HRCI, SHRM, CLE available for each topic.

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, 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.

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

Local Election Results, More from Aurora Regional Chamber

Monday, April 10th, 2017
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95.9 The River
Above Board Indoor Environmental
Accurate Personnel
Advance Auto Parts – Kirk & Butterfield
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 – Aurora
Ice Miller LLP
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency
Magnetrol International, Incorporated
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)
Stonebridge Country Club
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

 

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

 

 

Congratulations, Mayor-elect Irvin
Last week, Alderman At-Large Richard Irvin was elected the 57th mayor of the City of Aurora. In contested races, Mayor and Alderman At-Large Robert J. O’Connor was re-elected to City Council and Alderman-elect Judd Lofchie was elected to represent Ward 10. In uncontested races, Aldermen Juany Garza (Ward 2), Bill Donnell (Ward 4), Sheketa Hart-Burns (Ward 7), and Edward Bugg (Ward 9) were re-elected to City Council. All will be seated on Tuesday, May 9, at the City Council meeting.

The region elected for the first time commissioners to the Fox Valley Park District. Alex Alexandrou (at-large) and District One Commissioners Chuck Anderson and Matt Hick, Jr., were elected in uncontested races. Jerry Butler and Mary Ann Cummings were elected in District Two while Holly Scholz and Cynthia Penne were elected in District Three.

For more results, visit the Chamber blog.

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?
A chamber of commerce is an organization of businesses seeking to further their collective interests, while advancing their community, region, state or nation. Business owners in towns, cities and other territories voluntarily form these local societies/networks to advocate on behalf of the community at large, economic prosperity and business interests. While most chambers work closely with government, they are not part of government although many consider the process of appropriately influencing elected/appointed officials to be one of their most important functions. For more information, visit the Aurora Regional Chamber blog or contact Reba Osborne, director of membership, at (630) 256-3184.
Calendar of Events
Ambassadors Meeting
Thursday, April 13, at 4:00 p.m.
Orchard Valley Apartments, 1240 W. Indian Trail Rd., Aurora

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.
Location TBA
Sponsorships Available

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

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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

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What Is Your Chamber of Commerce?

Monday, April 10th, 2017

chamber of commerce is an organization of businesses seeking to further their collective interests, while advancing their community, region, state or nation. Business owners in towns, cities and other territories voluntarily form these local societies/networks to advocate on behalf of the community at large, economic prosperity and business interests. Chambers have existed in the US for more than two centuries, with many having been established before the jurisdictions they represent. A business-led civic and economic advancement entity operating in a specific space may call itself any number of things – board of trade, business council, etc. – but for the purposes of this primer, they are all chambers of commerce.

Chamber missions vary, but they all tend to focus to some degree on five primary goals: Building communities (regions/states/nations) to which residents, visitors and investors are attracted; Promoting those communities; Striving to ensure future prosperity via a pro-business climate; Representing the unified voice of the employer community; and Reducing transactional friction through well-functioning networks. Chambers have other features in common. Most are led by private-sector employers, self-funded, organized around boards/committees of volunteers and independent. They share a common ambition for sustained prosperity of their community/region, built on thriving employers. Most are ardent proponents of the free market system, resisting attempts to overly burden private sector enterprise and investment.

Local businesses are voluntary paying members of a chamber (non-profits, quasi-public and even public sector employers also sometimes pay dues to belong). The membership, acting collectively, elects a board of directors and/or executive council to set policy for, and guide the workings of, the chamber. The board or executive committee then hires a chief executive (various titles), plus an appropriate and affordable number of staff to run the organization.

In the majority of countries, the use of the term “chamber of commerce” is regulated by statute, though this is not the case in the US. Only trademark, copyright and domain name rules protect a chamber’s identity – only state corporation law defines their existence and reason for being. While most chambers work closely with government, they are not part of government although many consider the process of appropriately influencing elected/appointed officials to be one of their most important functions.

The most difficult aspect for the general public, media, government officials and even some businesses to understand is that there is literally no inherent hierarchical structure in the chamber world. This can be extremely confusing to those who naturally assume that a few thousand entities sharing the same name must be related and that some ordered lineage must exist among them. That is simply not the case in the US. When business and economic policy priorities align, which is usually the case, chambers of all sizes attempt to work together and speak with a unified voice. Inevitably, conflicting positions will arise about some issues, or about strong positions (or lack thereof) of chambers at various levels.

To illustrate: The head of a community-based organization like a retired citizen group may wrongly assume that a position taken by a state chamber is shared and endorsed by their local chamber. Likewise, a large metropolitan chamber of commerce could take a strong position in favor of an infrastructure project or educational reform initiative, which will not be embraced or supported by suburban chambers operating within the same metro region.

Chambers of commerce in the US operate almost exclusively as non-profit entities known as 501(c)(6) corporations. Unlike charities, these 501(c)(6) non-profits have the authority under state and federal tax rules to represent their members in public policy debates. They may lobby and take positions on actual or proposed legislation, subject to local, state and federal laws. Chambers may legally endorse candidates for public office and/or ballot propositions (but most do not). The use of general fund revenues for chamber political and lobbying purposes is strictly regulated. The chief executive or another member of the staff is sometimes a state-registered lobbyist. The portion of any member’s dues investment allocated to direct lobbying is not deductible as a business expense.

The processes of choosing and articulating specific policy positions vary by organization and issue. For the most part, a vote (or expression of consensus) of a chamber board of directors determines the stand to be taken in the name of that chamber on any issue. In recent years, with the increased involvement of public sector and non-profit employers in chambers, consensus-building has become more difficult at all levels. Chamber boards are independent, but they usually take into account the recommendations of state and national organizations when larger issues are considered.

Elections: Fair Maps, Redistricting Reform

Sunday, March 19th, 2017

House Republicans call for vote on fair maps. Members of the House Republican Caucus called on House Democrats to respect the wishes of Illinoisans by allowing redistricting reform, HJRCA17, to be called for a vote immediately.

“This is one of the strongest statements we can make about reforming Illinois,” said State Rep. Tim Butler. “This isn’t a Republican or Democrat issue, so it’s time for the Democrats to decide if they stand for the status quo or for a stronger, better Illinois for generations to come.”

HJRCA 17 would allow voters to decide, by statewide referendum, to amend the Illinois Constitution to create the Independent Redistricting Commission for the purpose of drawing legislative districts. A poll conducted by the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute last fall found that 72% of voters, including a majority of both Republicans and Democrats, supported the creation of an independent commission to draw legislative district maps.

Members noted that redistricting reform is directly tied to the state budget and the failure of having unbalanced budgets for more than 10 years.

“When people are no longer able to hold their representatives accountable due to the political leanings of their district, the people have lost,” said State Rep. Tom Demmer. “That’s especially true when it comes to the fiscal issues of this state. Instead of being held accountable for taking vote after vote after vote to spend money that the State doesn’t have, far too many elected officials get a pass as soon as they go home for no other reason than the letter behind their name on the ballot.”

“Democrats in Illinois like to tout that they and they alone stand for the little guy, but how can they say that with a straight face when it’s clearly not the case,” said State Rep. Keith Wheeler. “It’s time for Illinois Democrats to stop hiding and letting ‘surrogates’ fight this crucial constitutional amendment. The question that House Democrats now need to answer is who do you stand with? Do you stand with a million reform-minded Illinoisans or Mike Madigan?”

Kane County Winter 2017 ExporTech Program

Friday, January 20th, 2017
Metro Chicago Exports is partnering with Kane County to bring the ExporTechTM program to Kane County!  Metro Chicago Exports will be hosting a winter 2017 ExporTech cohort limited to eight Kane County manufacturers and the 3-day cohort will be held in Kane County.
 
We need your help in identifying Kane Companies who may benefit from the ExporTech program!
 
Those that would benefit most from ExporTechTM are;
  • Manufacturers that have received inquiries about exporting, but do not include it in their business plan.
  • Companies looking to create a holistic, strategic plan for exporting.
  • Manufacturers who want to export and are unsure of where to begin.
  • Experienced exporting manufacturers looking to target new markets.
  • Businesses that are looking for personalized exporting assistance.
  • Manufacturers looking for resources and technical assistance for exports.
 
In addition to locating the ExporTechTM Program in Kane County, Kane County manufacturers will also receive a reduced rate compared to other ExporTechTM cohorts:
Regular ExporTech Cost per Company - $5,000
Reduced Cost per Company for Kane County Winter 2017 cohort - $3,000
 
Space is limited and will be on a first-come, first-served basis for qualified companies.  Each participating company may bring up to 3 executives for the 3-day program.  The session dates for the 3-day Winter 2017 cohort are subject to change, but tentatively scheduled to take place: March 1 (Day 1), April 4 (Day 2), and May 2 (Day 3).
 
Click here for the Kane County Connects article with all of the information about the Kane County 2017 ExporTech Cohort. Even more great information can be found at exportech.org

Economic Pulse Next Week

Monday, January 16th, 2017
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95.9 The River
Above Board Indoor Environmental
Accurate Personnel
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
Endiro Coffee
First Secure Community Bank – Aurora
Ice Miller LLP
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency
Magnetrol International, Incorporated
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

The Tidy Queens
Shian Jno-Lewis
1872 Fescue Drive, Aurora
(630) 486-5629
Janitorial Services

John Greene Realtors – Kate Shields Broker
Kate Shields
1311 S. Route 59, Naperville
(630) 229-2234
Real Estate

 

Contact Us

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

 

 

Coffee & Connections
Tuesday, January 17, 2017, 8:30 a.m.
Painters District Council #30, 1905 Sequoia Drive, Aurora

This event provides business connections, an introduction to key leaders in the Chamber, upcoming chamber events and an opportunity to learn how you can maximize Your Chamber Membership. January is sponsored by Eye Boutique.

Economic Pulse 2017
Wednesday, January 25, 2017, 11:30 a.m.
Stonebridge Country Club, 2705 Stonebridge Blvd., Aurora

On Wednesday, January 25, the Aurora Regional Chamber will reveal the results of the 2017 Aurora Regional Economic Pulse Survey. The survey link has been shared with local businesses.

In partnership with our sponsors – Old Second Bank, Invest Aurora, and Dolan & Murphy – and community supporters, the results will be used to provide a stronger support system for business owners, entrepreneurs, and employers in the great Aurora region.

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, January 26, 2017, 8:00-9:30 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Drive, Aurora

Start 2017 making great connections! Get your introduction ready! Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce Fox Valley Networking Professionals is an open networking group that creates a positive atmosphere of collaboration, connection, introduction, business education and more.

All attendees will introduce themselves, share business cards and have open networking time before breakfast is served. Pre-registration is highly recommended. Breakfast included with registration.

Leadership Academy 2017
The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce Leadership Academy is offered to representatives of member businesses and organizations and is designed to prepare a select group of qualified candidates for future leadership roles in the Aurora area.

Established in 1979, the Aurora Chamber’s Leadership Academy has a rich history of providing confidence, knowledge, professionalism, and strong leadership skills that not only benefit the attendee but also their employers. The goal is simple: To create a development opportunity for graduates to serve and enhance themselves, their employers, and the community.

Over the past 35 years, more than 800 community leaders have participated in the program. Many have gone on to lead local businesses and organizations. Some have gone on to public office. All have left their mark on the community.

This year, we are partnering with the Quad County African American Chamber of Commerce to provide the opportunity to a wider audience.

Our community needs you! Realize your potential to make a difference in the Aurora region. The program begins Friday, March 3.

Class size is limited. Applications and tuition will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Applicants must possess a sincere interest in serving the community.

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Events for Members
Coffee & Connections Networking
Tuesday, Jan 17, 8:30 a.m.
Painters District No.30, 1905 Sequoia Drive, Aurora

2017 Regional Economic Pulse
Wednesday, Jan. 25, 11:30 a.m.
Stonebridge Country Club, 2705 Stonebridge Blvd., Aurora

Did You Know?
Did you know that the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce’s website had 543,003 visits last year and that number continues to grow? Make it your new year’s resolution to capitalize on this great opportunity to increase visibility for your business or organization. Log-in and make sure you enter all the keywords that describes who you are and what you do, post hot deals, offer member-to-member discounts, etc. Shine and be seen in 2017! For questions, contact Reba Osborne, director of membership, at (630) 256-3184.
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Crime: Human Trafficking

Budget: ‘Stopgap’ Budget

Budget: December 2016 Revenues Again Fall Short

Congratulations, Rep. Wheeler; Appointed Republican Conference Chairman

Human Services: Developmental Disabilities

General Assembly: 2017 Schedule

General Assembly: New Members

General Assembly: House, Senate Calendars Released

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Free Community Open House at VNA Health Care

11 Candidates Running for Fox Valley Park District Board in 2017

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Mayoral Forum, Economic Pulse, Leadership Academy, More

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017
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95.9 The River
Above Board Indoor Environmental
Accurate Personnel
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
Endiro Coffee
First Secure Community Bank – Aurora
Ice Miller LLP
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency
Magnetrol International, Incorporated
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
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Mayoral Candidates’ Forum
Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Aurora Public Library, 101 South River Street, Aurora
Candidates Invited: Linda Chapa LaVia, Richard E. Guzman, Richard C. Irvin and Michael B. Saville

Presented in collaboration by the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce, Aurora Public Library, Fox Valley PAC, Quad County African American Chamber of Commerce and the Aurora Regional Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Your participation matters! If you are not already registered to vote or if you need to update your information on file with your voter registration, this is a great time to do so. Visit AuroraProsperity.org for deadlines, information, and polling locations.

Coffee & Connections
Tuesday, January 17, 2017, 8:30 a.m.
Painters District Council #30, 1905 Sequoia Drive, Aurora

This event provides business connections, an introduction to key leaders in the Chamber, upcoming chamber events and an opportunity to learn how you can maximize Your Chamber Membership. January is sponsored by Eye Boutique.

Economic Pulse 2017
Wednesday, January 25, 2017, 11:30 a.m.
Stonebridge Country Club, 2705 Stonebridge Blvd., Aurora

On Wednesday, January 25, the Aurora Regional Chamber will reveal the results of the 2017 Aurora Regional Economic Pulse Survey. The survey link has been shared with local businesses.

In partnership with our sponsors – Old Second Bank, Invest Aurora, and Dolan & Murphy – and community supporters, the results will be used to provide a stronger support system for business owners, entrepreneurs, and employers in the great Aurora region.

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, January 26, 2017, 8:00-9:30 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Drive, Aurora

Start 2017 making great connections! Get your introduction ready! Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce Fox Valley Networking Professionals is an open networking group that creates a positive atmosphere of collaboration, connection, introduction, business education and more.

All attendees will introduce themselves, share business cards and have open networking time before breakfast is served. Pre-registration is highly recommended. Breakfast included with registration.

Leadership Academy 2017
The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce Leadership Academy is offered to representatives of member businesses and organizations and is designed to prepare a select group of qualified candidates for future leadership roles in the Aurora area.

Established in 1979, the Aurora Chamber’s Leadership Academy has a rich history of providing confidence, knowledge, professionalism, and strong leadership skills that not only benefit the attendee but also their employers. The goal is simple: To create a development opportunity for graduates to serve and enhance themselves, their employers, and the community.

Over the past 35 years, more than 800 community leaders have participated in the program. Many have gone on to lead local businesses and organizations. Some have gone on to public office. All have left their mark on the community.

This year, we are partnering with the Quad County African American Chamber of Commerce to provide the opportunity to a wider audience.

Our community needs you! Realize your potential to make a difference in the Aurora region. The program begins Friday, March 3.

Class size is limited. Applications and tuition will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Applicants must possess a sincere interest in serving the community.

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Events for Members
Mayoral Candidates’ Forum
Thursday, Jan. 12, 7:00 p.m.
Santori Library 101 S. River St. Aurora

Coffee & Connections Networking
Tuesday, Jan 17, 8:30 a.m.
Painters District No.30, 1905 Sequoia Drive, Aurora

2017 Regional Economic Pulse
Wednesday, Jan. 25, 11:30 a.m.
Stonebridge Country Club, 2705 Stonebridge Blvd., Aurora

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Member News
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