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Money, Heroes, Other Resources for You

Monday, August 18th, 2014
Here is this week’s newsletter to members of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. If you have Member News to include,
please send it to us by Wednesday the week prior to publication. For more information, contact the Chamber at (630) 256-3180.
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August 18, 2014
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Elite Members

For more information contact the chamber.

95.9 The River
Accurate Personnel
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Basils Greek Dining
BMO Harris
Cadence Fitness & Health Center
Cadence Health Convenient Care & Medical Offices
Caterpillar, Inc.
Central DuPage Hospital
Chicago Premium Outlets
ComEd
Continental Acura of Naperville
Continental Audi of Naperville
Continental Mazda of Naperville
Delnor Glen Senior Living
Delnor Hospital
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Global Data Sciences
Green Buddha Life Books dba E3HRA, LLC
Ice Miller LLP
Junior Achievement of Chicago – Western Division
K-Rise Systems, Inc.
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency
Leave Me Bee Pest Control, Inc.
Liberty Mutual – Dawn Tully
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
McKesson
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Old Second National Bank
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
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
Ryland Homes – Ingham Park
S&S Metal Recyclers II
Safeguard Construction Company, Inc.
Sequoia General Contracting Corp.
Sign*A*Rama – Aurora
SmithAmundsen, LLC
St. Charles Bank & Trust
State Farm Insurance Companies
Stumm Insurance, LLC
The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield
The Voice
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
Wolf & Company LLP
WSPY

Welcome New Members

Sport Clips
Cathleen Neibch
1633 Barkei Drive
Batavia, IL 60510
(630) 525-1435
Beauty Services

Law Office of Bilal Siddiqui
Bilal Siddiqui
563 W. Galena Blvd, Ste. 211
Aurora, IL 60506
(630) 400-2198 (work)
Legal Services
Referred by Omar Delgado of State Farm Insurance

 

Contact Us

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

 

 

Member News
For more news about fellow members, visit the Aurora Chamber blog.
Refer a Prospective Business
It is always the right time to refer a prospective business!

When you refer a prospective Member in August and they join, you and your business will be highlighted in our eNewsletter and receive ChamberBucks to use toward an eBlast, Excel List, Website Ad or a Fox Valley Networking Breakfast.

Submit your referral to Jane Abe, IOM, ACE, Director of Membership, at jabe@aurorachamber.com.

Premier Members
Premier Members
Mark Your Calendars:
Programs for Member Businesses
Not-For-Profit Alliance
Topic: Creative Fundraising
Sponsored by SmithAmundsen LLC
Thursday, August 21, from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m.
LOCATION CHANGE: Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons, Aurora
*Coffee & Muffins will be provided
Register

Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, August 26, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business Development Leads Group 2
Wednesday, August 27, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, August 28, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Drive, Aurora
$12 Aurora Chamber Members
$15 General Admission
Co-Sponsor: Leave Me Bee Pest Control, Inc. Register

Ribbon Cutting
Thursday, August 28, at 4:00 p.m.
Dunkin Donuts, 257 Genesis Dr., North Aurora

Meeting Small Business Needs
Tuesday, Sept. 16, from 8:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Hiring Our Heroes
Tuesday, Sept. 30, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Pipers Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Road, Aurora
Veterans and interested business may visit www.HiringOurHeroes.org for details and to register

How to Get Money for Your Small Business
The City of Aurora Neighborhood Redevelopment Division will host a program focusing on financing, credit repair, business loans, and more. The event will be Wednesday, Sept. 3, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Two Brothers Roundhouse, Aurora. Registration is free; visit www.smallbizzaurora.eventbrite.com
Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce | 43 W. Galena Blvd. Aurora, Illinois 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180 Fax: (630) 256-3189 | www.aurorachamber.com
This email was sent by Email Patron on behalf of Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Small Business Support, Member News, More from the Aurora Chamber

Monday, August 11th, 2014
Here is this week’s newsletter to members of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. If you have Member News to include,
please send it to us by Wednesday the week prior to publication. For more information, contact the Chamber at (630) 256-3180.
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August 11, 2014
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Elite Members

For more information contact the chamber.

95.9 The River
Accurate Personnel
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Basils Greek Dining
BMO Harris
Cadence Fitness & Health Center
Cadence Health Convenient Care & Medical Offices
Caterpillar, Inc.
Central DuPage Hospital
Chicago Premium Outlets
ComEd
Continental Acura of Naperville
Continental Audi of Naperville
Continental Mazda of Naperville
Delnor Glen Senior Living
Delnor Hospital
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Global Data Sciences
Green Buddha Life Books dba E3HRA, LLC
Ice Miller LLP
Junior Achievement of Chicago – Western Division
K-Rise Systems, Inc.
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency
Leave Me Bee Pest Control, Inc.
Liberty Mutual – Dawn Tully
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
McKesson
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Old Second National Bank
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
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
Ryland Homes – Ingham Park
S&S Metal Recyclers II
Safeguard Construction Company, Inc.
Sequoia General Contracting Corp.
Sign*A*Rama – Aurora
SmithAmundsen, LLC
St. Charles Bank & Trust
State Farm Insurance Companies
Stumm Insurance, LLC
The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield
The Voice
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
Wolf & Company LLP
WSPY

Welcome New Members

Wingstop
Asif Rajabali
1261 N. Lake St.
Aurora, IL 60506
(630) 844-9464
Restaurants & Taverns

NIU National Safety Education Center
Jelmir Atkins
NIU College of Engineering, EB 130
DeKalb, IL 60115
(815) 753-6902
Education

Motel 6 – Aurora
Al Findlay
2380 N. Farnsworth Ave.
Aurora, IL 60502
(630) 851-3600
Hotels

Hormann LLC
Jesse Alaniz
5050 Baseline Rd.
Montgomery, IL 60538
(630) 859-3000
Manufacturers

Lindt Chocolate
Mary Rose Ramos
1650 Premium Outlets Blvd., #416
Aurora, IL 60502
(630) 236-0966
Retail – Specialty

 

Contact Us

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

 

 

Member News
For more news about fellow members, visit the Aurora Chamber blog.
Refer a Prospective Business
It is always the right time to refer a prospective business!

When you refer a prospective Member in August and they join, you and your business will be highlighted in our eNewsletter and receive ChamberBucks to use toward an eBlast, Excel List, Website Ad or a Fox Valley Networking Breakfast.

Submit your referral to Jane Abe, IOM, ACE, Director of Membership, at jabe@aurorachamber.com.

Premier Members
Premier Members
Mark Your Calendars:
Programs for Member Businesses
Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, August 12, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business Development Leads Group 2
Wednesday, August 13, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Doing Business with the Guard
Thursday, August 14, 11:00 a.m.
Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway, Aurora
Lunch provided by Illinois Chamber Foundation
Register: info@aurorachabmer.com

Ribbon Cutting
Friday, August 15, at 11:30 a.m.
Wingstop, 1261 N. Lake St., Aurora

Not-For-Profit Alliance
Topic: Creative Fundraising
Thursday, August 21, from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m.
Chamber offices
Register

Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, August 26, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business Development Leads Group 2
Wednesday, August 27, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, August 28, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Drive, Aurora
$12 Aurora Chamber Members
$15 General Admission
Co-Sponsor: Leave Me Bee Pest Control, Inc. Register

Ribbon Cutting
Thursday, August 28, at 4:00 p.m.
Dunkin Donuts, 257 Genesis Dr., North Aurora

Meeting Small Business Needs
Tuesday, Sept. 16, from 8:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Hiring Our Heroes
Tuesday, Sept. 30, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Pipers Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Road, Aurora
Veterans and interested business may visit www.HiringOurHeroes.org for details and to register

How to Get Money for Your Small Business
The City of Aurora Neighborhood Redevelopment Division will host a program focusing on financing, credit repair, business loans, and more. The event will be Wednesday, Sept. 3, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Two Brothers Roundhouse, Aurora. Registration is free; visit www.smallbizzaurora.eventbrite.com
Share a Member-To-Member Discount
Support your fellow Chamber members and help strengthen the ties of the Aurora business community by participating in our member-to-member discount program. Find out which members are providing discounts and other benefits already in our Members Only section and consider helping us expand the list. If you submit a member-to-member discount to info@aurorachamber.com by Aug. 15, we will highlight that discount on our social media outlets.
Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce | 43 W. Galena Blvd. Aurora, Illinois 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180 Fax: (630) 256-3189 | www.aurorachamber.com
This email was sent by Email Patron on behalf of Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Still Plenty to Do this Summer with Aurora Chamber

Monday, August 4th, 2014
Here is this week’s newsletter to members of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. If you have Member News to include,
please send it to us by Wednesday the week prior to publication. For more information, contact the Chamber at (630) 256-3180.
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August 04, 2014
In This Issue

 

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Elite Members

For more information contact the chamber.

95.9 The River
Accurate Personnel
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Bad Monkey Circus
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Basil’s Greek Dining
BMO Harris
Cadence Fitness & Health Center
Cadence Health Convenient Care & Medical Offices
Caterpillar, Inc.
Central DuPage Hospital
Chicago Premium Outlets
ComEd
Continental Acura of Naperville
Continental Audi of Naperville
Continental Mazda of Naperville
Delnor Glen Senior Living
Delnor Hospital
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Global Data Sciences
Green Buddha Life Books dba E3HRA, LLC
Ice Miller LLP
Junior Achievement of Chicago – Western Division
K-Rise Systems, Inc.
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency
Liberty Mutual – Dawn Tully
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
Malcolm Wolf
McKesson
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Old Second National Bank
Organo Gold
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pipefitters Local 597
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush-Copley Medical Center
Ryland Homes – Ingham Park
S&S Metal Recyclers II
Safeguard Construction Company, Inc.
Sequoia General Contracting Corp.
Sign*A*Rama – Aurora
SmithAmundsen, LLC
St. Charles Bank & Trust
State Farm Insurance Companies
Stumm Insurance, LLC
The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield
The Voice
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
Wolf & Company LLP
WSPY

Welcome New Members

Galena Dental
Miguel Palacios DDS
5 W. Galena Blvd.
Aurora, IL 60506
(630) 896-3133
Dentists

Wingstope
Asif Rajabali
1261 N. Lake St.
Aurora, IL 60506
(630) 844-9464
Restaurants & Taverns

 

Contact Us

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

 

 

Member News
For more news about fellow members, visit the Aurora Chamber blog.
Share a Member-To-Member Discount
Support your fellow Chamber members and help strengthen the ties of the Aurora business community by participating in our member-to-member discount program. Find out which members are providing discounts and other benefits already in our Members Only section and consider helping us expand the list. If you submit a member-to-member discount to info@aurorachamber.com by Aug. 15, we will highlight that discount on our social media outlets.
Premier Members
Premier Members
Refer a Prospective Business
It is always the right time to refer a prospective business!

When you refer a prospective Member in August and they join, you and your business will be highlighted in our eNewsletter and receive ChamberBucks to use toward an eBlast, Excel List, Website Ad or a Fox Valley Networking Breakfast.

Submit your referral to Jane Abe, IOM, ACE, Director of Membership, at jabe@aurorachamber.com.

Ribbon Cutting
State Farm

Alderman Bill Donnell and Rick Guzman, Mayor’s assistant chief of staff, joined the Aurora Chamber Ambassadors and team for a ribbon cutting for Omar Delgado’s State Farm Agency last week. Thank you to everyone who joined us for the celebration. Congratulations, Omar!
Mark Your Calendars:
Programs for Member Businesses
Diversity Network:
Business Before Hours

In Partnership with the Quad County African American Chamber of Commerce
Tuesday, August 5, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices
Register

Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, August 12, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business Development Leads Group 2
Wednesday, August 13, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Not-For-Profit Alliance
Topic: Creative Fundraising
Thursday, August 21, from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m.
Chamber offices
Register

Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, August 26, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business Development Leads Group 2
Wednesday, August 27, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, August 28, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Drive, Aurora
$12 Aurora Chamber Members
$15 General Admission
Co-Sponsor: Leave Me Bee Pest Control, Inc. Register

Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce | 43 W. Galena Blvd. Aurora, Illinois 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180 Fax: (630) 256-3189 | www.aurorachamber.com
This email was sent by Email Patron on behalf of Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce.

This Week’s News from the Aurora Chamber

Monday, July 28th, 2014
Here is this week’s newsletter to members of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. If you have Member News to include,
please send it to us by Wednesday the week prior to publication. For more information, contact the Chamber at (630) 256-3180.
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July 28, 2014
In This Issue

 

Quick Links

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Elite Members

For more information contact the chamber.

95.9 The River
Accurate Personnel
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Bad Monkey Circus
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Basil’s Greek Dining
BMO Harris
Cadence Fitness & Health Center
Cadence Health Convenient Care & Medical Offices
Caterpillar, Inc.
Central DuPage Hospital
Chicago Premium Outlets
ComEd
Continental Acura of Naperville
Continental Audi of Naperville
Continental Mazda of Naperville
Delnor Glen Senior Living
Delnor Hospital
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Global Data Sciences
Green Buddha Life Books dba E3HRA, LLC
Ice Miller LLP
Junior Achievement of Chicago – Western Division
K-Rise Systems, Inc.
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency
Liberty Mutual – Dawn Tully
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
Malcolm Wolf
McKesson
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Old Second National Bank
Organo Gold
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pipefitters Local 597
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush-Copley Medical Center
Ryland Homes – Ingham Park
S&S Metal Recyclers II
Safeguard Construction Company, Inc.
Sequoia General Contracting Corp.
Sign*A*Rama – Aurora
SmithAmundsen, LLC
St. Charles Bank & Trust
State Farm Insurance Companies
Stumm Insurance, LLC
The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield
The Voice
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
Wolf & Company LLP
WSPY

Welcome New Members

Rebuilding Together Aurora
Bob Cissell
1460 N. Farnsworth Avenue
Aurora, IL 60505
(630) 585-7510
Community-Based Organizations

Golf Invite
Stephanie Follin
3925 75th St., Ste. 103
Aurora, IL 60504
(630) 657-5700
Event & Party Planning

 

Contact Us

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

 

 

Share a Member-To-Member Discount
Support your fellow Chamber members and help strengthen the ties of the Aurora business community by participating in our member-to-member discount program. Find out which members are providing discounts and other benefits already in our Members Only section and consider helping us expand the list. If you submit a member-to-member discount to info@aurorachamber.com by Aug. 15, we will highlight that discount on our social media outlets.
Member News
For more news about fellow members, visit the Aurora Chamber blog.
Premier Members
Premier Members
Mark Your Calendars:
Programs for Member Businesses
Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, July 31, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Drive, Aurora
$12 Aurora Chamber Members
$15 General Admission
Co-Sponsor: State Farm Insurance – Omar Delgado
Register

Ribbon Cutting:
State Farm Insurance – Omar Delgado

569 W. Galena Blvd., Ste. 101, Aurora
Friday, August 1, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Ribbon Cutting at 11:45 a.m.
Register

Diversity Network:
Business Before Hours

In Partnership with the Quad County African American Chamber of Commerce
Tuesday, August 5, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices
Register

Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, August 12, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business Development Leads Group 2
Wednesday, August 13, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Not-For-Profit Alliance
Topic: Creative Fundraising
Thursday, August 21, from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m.
Chamber offices
Register

Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce | 43 W. Galena Blvd. Aurora, Illinois 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180 Fax: (630) 256-3189 | www.aurorachamber.com
This email was sent by Email Patron on behalf of Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Internship program helping produce jobs in manufacturing

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Last column, “Aurora chamber finding pathways to career opportunities,” I detailed the process the city of Aurora, Waubonsee Community College, School Districts 129, 131, 204 and 308 were pursuing with the Aurora Regional Chamber to generate career pathways for our area students as part of our workforce development efforts.

In addition to the Pathways to Prosperity initiative, the Chamber has a number of other initiatives in place to improve our region’s employment.

The Manufacturing Careers Internship Program (MCIP) is another. It is an industry-driven youth program that offers train-to-hire internships for out-of-school youth between 18 and 21 years of age an opportunity to learn about manufacturing careers. The program includes a three-week “Manufacturing Boot Camp” that includes tours of manufacturing facilities in the area, development of work acumen and work-readiness skills, mentoring and a 10-hour OSHA certification training.

Following the boot camp, participating employers will provide a six-week, 240-hour internship to the students. During the internship, Business Career Services, in partnership with the Kane County Department of Employment and Education (KCDEE) serves as the employer of record. As a result, they are responsible for employee wages, liability and insurance during the internship.

The employer has the opportunity to train the intern for specific job requirements in the company. Following the internship, the manufacturer has the option of hiring the intern. Through the collaboration, we work to create a pipeline of motivated, skilled employees who are ready to start work or gain additional training and certifications.

The program received the 2013 Innovation Solutions Award from the Illinois Workforce Partnership and was featured as a best practice by the National Association of Workforce Board Professionals.

Results of previous program sessions are impressive. For example, according BCS and Medusa Consulting Group, 70 percent of the interns are now employed in or pursuing additional education and training for manufacturing careers.

The Aurora Chamber is currently partnering with the BCS and Medusa to secure local manufacturers interested in partnering to provide tours, mentoring, and internships for the youth. For more information, employers may contact Sid Hussaini at (847) 809-8901.

In addition, youth between 18 and 21 who are interested in learning more about the program and manufacturing careers can contact Eddie Perez at (224) 358-1039 for more information.

We are excited by the number of workforce development initiatives we have at the Aurora Chamber. We believe that our focus here will benefit our employers as well as our community. Of course, as you can see from the Pathways to Prosperity and the MCIP, we are not alone in these efforts. We appreciate our partners for their commitment to the efforts. We look for forward to great successes and to sharing more of our workforce development programs with you.

If you have questions or would like more information on the Chamber or its programs, please feel free to contact the Aurora Chamber office at (630) 256-3180.

Your Weekly Aurora Chamber Newsletter

Monday, July 21st, 2014
Here is this week’s newsletter to members of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. If you have Member News to include,
please send it to us by Wednesday the week prior to publication. For more information, contact the Chamber at (630) 256-3180.
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July 21, 2014
In This Issue

 

Quick Links

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Elite Members

For more information contact the chamber.

95.9 The River
Accurate Personnel
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Bad Monkey Circus
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Basil’s Greek Dining
BMO Harris
Cadence Fitness & Health Center
Cadence Health Convenient Care & Medical Offices
Caterpillar, Inc.
Central DuPage Hospital
Chicago Premium Outlets
ComEd
Continental Acura of Naperville
Continental Audi of Naperville
Continental Mazda of Naperville
Delnor Glen Senior Living
Delnor Hospital
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Global Data Sciences
Green Buddha Life Books dba E3HRA, LLC
Ice Miller LLP
Junior Achievement of Chicago – Western Division
K-Rise Systems, Inc.
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency
Liberty Mutual – Dawn Tully
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
Malcolm Wolf
McKesson
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Old Second National Bank
Organo Gold
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pipefitters Local 597
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush-Copley Medical Center
Ryland Homes – Ingham Park
S&S Metal Recyclers II
Safeguard Construction Company, Inc.
Sequoia General Contracting Corp.
Sign*A*Rama – Aurora
SmithAmundsen, LLC
St. Charles Bank & Trust
State Farm Insurance Companies
Stumm Insurance, LLC
The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield
The Voice
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
Wolf & Company LLP
WSPY

Welcome New Members

Pecover Decorating Services, Inc.
William Nielsen
1033 Oliver Avenue
Aurora, IL 60506
(630) 892-9100
Painting & Decorating

Huff & Huff, Inc.
Gerry Trzupek
915 Harger Rd., Ste. 330
Oak Brook, IL 60523
(630) 684-9100
Environmental

 

Contact Us

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

 

 

New Board Chair, Directors Named
New Board

At its July meeting, the Board of Directors of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce welcomed Laura Newman of Mitutoyo America Corporation as its new chair. She will serve a one-year term through July 2015. She succeeds Keith Wheeler of Responsive Network Services who now becomes Immediate Past Chair. Alex Pope, Rush-Copley Medical Center, was named chair elect of the board.

In addition, the following directors were seated: Joan Boldan, Imagetec; Doug Buis, McKesson; Chad Knapp, Rasmussen College; and Ed Hunter, Presence Mercy Medical Center.

They replace Michael Morcos, Sarah Russe, Roger Schnorr, Jack Lynch, and Mike Krzus who have completed their three-year terms.

Aurora Chamber Recognized with National Grant
The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce has been named a recipient of a Lumina Education Attainment Award, a one-year $40,000 stimulus to increase regional higher education attainment. The award program is part of a promising new partnership between the American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) and Lumina Foundation to engage the business community in efforts to increase postsecondary education attainment.

For more information, visit the Chamber blog.

Premier Members
Premier Members
Member News
For more news about fellow members, visit the Aurora Chamber blog.
Mark Your Calendars:
Programs for Member Businesses
Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, July 22, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business Development Leads Group 2
Wednesday, July 23, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, July 31, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Drive, Aurora
$12 Aurora Chamber Members
$15 General Admission
Co-Sponsor: State Farm Insurance – Omar Delgado
Register

Ribbon Cutting:
State Farm Insurance – Omar Delgado

569 W. Galena Blvd., Ste. 101, Aurora
Friday, August 1, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Ribbon Cutting at 11:45 a.m.
Register

Diversity Network:
Business Before Hours

In Partnership with the Quad County African American Chamber of Commerce
Tuesday, August 5, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices
Register

Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, August 12, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business Development Leads Group 2
Wednesday, August 13, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Thank You
Thank You

The Chamber would like to thank the 2016 LPGA International Crown at Rich Harvest Farms for sponsoring last week’s Coffee & Connections networking event. It is thanks to contributions like theirs that the Chamber can keep the cost of membership to a minimum.
Members Celebrated Recently
The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce was on hand to celebrate various milestones for several area businesses this past Wednesday. Among them, Chicago Premium Outlets in Aurora had an official groundbreaking for their 290,000 sq. ft. expansion. The $110 million project will enlarge the mall by nearly two-thirds.

A ribbon cutting was held to commemorate the start of the 2014 Kane County Fair. The fairgrounds will remain open throughout the year in order to host events like flea markets, dog shows and other festivals.

Members Celebrated

Sunnymere, Inc. has been providing quality, affordable, all-inclusive independent and assisted care for the elderly for 75 years. They celebrated this milestone with tours, a business after hours and a ribbon cutting.
Openings in Leads Group II
The Chamber’s Business Develop Leads Group II is looking for new members. They meet the second and fourth Wednesday of the month, from 8:00 to 9:15 a.m. Since the group is non-competitive, they are looking for members from the following industries: HVAC/Contracting, Graphic Design, Accounting, Financial Planning, Staffing Company, Promotional Items, or Sales Consulting/Training. The fee is $120 for six months. Contact Jane E. Abe, IOM, ACE, Director of Membership, if interested.
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 Regional Chamber Partners with ACCE, Lumina Foundation to Advance Regional Education Attainment Goals

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce has been named a recipient of a Lumina Education Attainment Award, a one-year $40,000 stimulus to increase regional higher education attainment. The award program is part of a promising new partnership between the American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) and Lumina Foundation to engage the business community in efforts to increase postsecondary education attainment.

“We have been excited to work with Lumina Foundation on regional strategies to engage businesses in education attainment,” said Mick Fleming, president of ACCE. “This latest step in that strategy enables us to support chambers that are maximizing the link between post-secondary education and economic development goals.”

The award will support the Aurora Chamber’s established goals to increase the percentage of high-quality credentials held by community residents after high school, including certificates, associate’s degrees, and bachelor’s degrees.

“The Chamber and its collaborative partners have clearly demonstrated momentum in advancing education attainment,” said Chamber President Joseph Henning, IOM, CAE, “and this award will help expand and deepen our work.”

Along with Aurora Regional Chamber, the winning chambers include: Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber; Metro South (Mass.) Chamber; Greensboro (N.C.) Chamber; Greater Sarasota (Fla.) Chamber; Birmingham (Ala.) Business Alliance; and Greater Omaha Chamber.

This awards program serves to advance chambers’ previously defined regional attainment goals. The overall effort connects to Lumina Foundation’s Goal 2025, a national effort to increase the percentage of Americans with high-quality degrees and credentials to 60 percent by the year 2025. For more information about ACCE’s Education Attainment Division visit: http://www.acce.org/divisions/education-attainment-division/

About Lumina Foundation
Lumina Foundation is an independent, private foundation committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025. Lumina’s outcomes-based approach focuses on helping to design and build an accessible, responsive and accountable higher education system while fostering a national sense of urgency for action to achieve Goal 2025. For more information, visit www.LuminaFoundation.org

Manufacturing Careers Internship Program

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Aurora Area MCIP Overview

Manufacturing Careers Internship Program

Industry-Driven Youth Program Offers Train-to-Hire Internships

 

What is the MCIP?

The Manufacturing Career Internship Program (MCIP) is designed to help employers find and hire young adults interested in manufacturing. At the same time, it provides out-of-school youth ages 18 – 21 with the opportunity “try out” and enter into a manufacturing career.

The MCIP starts with a 3-week “Manufacturing Boot Camp” followed by a 6 to 8-week paid internship at local participating manufacturers. At the end of the internship, employers can decide to hire the interns at no charge.

Launched in 2011 to help fill the critical shortage of young adults entering manufacturing, the MCIP has introduced manufacturing to over 130 young adults in 5 counties, with over 70% of them finding employment or pursuing additional education and training. The MCIP is a collaborative partnership between Business and Career Services (BCS), Medusa Consulting Group and the Kane County Department of Employment and Education (KCDEE).

 

Benefits to Employers:

  • Opportunity to find and train motivated, entry-level employees
  • No commitment required to hire intern after internship
  • The MCIP internship is a paid internship – no charge to employers
  • BCS serves as the employer of record and covers all wages to the interns and liability insurance during the internship.

 

Partnerships

The MCIP builds and leverages alliances with local organizations including:

1) Kane County Department of Employment and Education

2) Local Manufacturers

3) Economic Development Organizations

4) Industry Associations and Local Chambers

5) Community Colleges

 

MCIP Timeline

July 21                         Aurora MCIP Bootcamp Starts (includes plant tours and OSHA certification)

August 6                      Manufacturer’s MCIP Internship Selection

August 8                      “Draft Day” – Intern assignments made

August 18                    Internship Program starts (approximately 240 hrs.)

September 26              Internship Program ends

 

Results

  • 70% of the interns are now employed or pursuing additional education and training.
  • 50% of the interns are now employed in manufacturing.
  • Received 2013 “Innovative Solutions” Award from the Illinois Workforce Partnership
  • Featured as a “Best Practice” by the National Association of Workforce Board Professionals
  • Covered by Northwestern University Medill Graduate School for Journalism

 

For more information contact:

MCIP Project Manager                         Rand Haas       630-351-9795            randhaas@medusainc.com

Employer Outreach Liaison                 Sid Hussaini     847-809-8901    sid@medusainc.com

BCS Services Youth Coordinator        Eddie Perez      224-538-1039    eperez@bcsillinois.org

 

For video overview go to:  www.worknetncc.com

Aurora Chamber Member News, Activities, Golf Highlights

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

 

Here is this week’s newsletter to members of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. If you have Member News to include,
please send it to us by Wednesday the week prior to publication. For more information, contact the Chamber at (630) 256-3180
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95.9 The River
Accurate Personnel
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Bad Monkey Circus
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Basil’s Greek Dining
BMO Harris
Cadence Fitness & Health Center
Cadence Health Convenient Care & Medical Offices
Caterpillar, Inc.
Central DuPage Hospital
Chicago Premium Outlets
ComEd
Continental Acura of Naperville
Continental Audi of Naperville
Continental Mazda of Naperville
Delnor Glen Senior Living
Delnor Hospital
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Global Data Sciences
Green Buddha Life Books dba E3HRA, LLC
Ice Miller LLP
Junior Achievement of Chicago – Western Division
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency
Liberty Mutual – Dawn Tully
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
Malcolm Wolf
McKesson
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Old Second National Bank
Organo Gold
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pipefitters Local 597
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush-Copley Medical Center
Ryland Homes – Ingham Park
S&S Metal Recyclers II
Safeguard Construction Company, Inc.
Sequoia General Contracting Corp.
Sign*A*Rama – Aurora
SmithAmundsen, LLC
St. Charles Bank & Trust
State Farm Insurance Companies
Stumm Insurance, LLC
The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield
The Voice
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
Wolf & Company LLP
WSPY

Welcome New Members

M E Computer Systems
Ryan Lynch
1955 W Downer Place
Aurora 60506
(630) 897-6222
Computer Services

 

Contact Us

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

 

2014 Golf Classic
Thank you to all of our sponsors, golfers, contributors, and volunteers for making the event so successful. Funds raised will be invested in initiatives dedicated to supporting our members’ interests, including workforce development, public policy enhancement, and business support.Check out our photos of the day on Facebook.
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Reach New Customers
The following Advertisers’ Business Locator Map Directory offer is your final opportunity to make your company stand out on our 2014 Community Map. The Advertisers’ Business Locator Map Directory enhanced listings provides you a final advertising opportunity to participate in our map sales campaign component in our sales campaign, as well as to maximize sales revenue and royalties to your Chamber.Please take action today, since this offer expires on July 16th. More information may be found here.
Member News
For more news about fellow members, visit the Aurora Chamber blog.
Mark Your Calendars:
Programs for Member Businesses
Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, June 24, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber officesBusiness Development Leads Group 2
Wednesday, June 25, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber officesFox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, June 26, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Drive, Aurora
$12 Aurora Chamber Members
$15 General Admission
Sales presentation by Christopher Bennett, Winfree Business Growth Advisors
Register

Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, July 8, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business Development Leads Group 2
Wednesday, July 9, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Ambassador Committee
Thursday, July 10, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Chamber offices

Business After Hours at Hopvine Brewing Company
Thursday, July 10, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Hopvine Brewing Co., 4030 Fox Valley Center Dr., Aurora
Register

Coffee & Connections Networking Event
Tuesday, July 15, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Painters District Council #30, 1905 Sequoia Dr., Aurora
Sponsored by
Rich Harvest Farms
Register

Library Survey
In the spring of 2015, the City of Aurora is scheduled to celebrate the opening of the new “Richard and Gina Santori Public Library of Aurora.” The new library will be located at the corner of Benton and River streets in downtown Aurora.The following survey responses will provide insight to encourage new business development in the vicinity of the new Aurora Public Library and will determine the types of businesses that patrons of the new library would support. The survey and analysis is a group project being coordinated by the recent Leadership Academy participants. Your participation and support is appreciated.https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/auroralibrary
E-Blast Ads Available
Promote your summer events and book now! E-Blasts Ads are available on Wednesdays and Fridays for our members to communicate with fellow members. Your ad is an exclusive ad emailed to more than 2,200 e-mail addresses. Dates are available now for end of June, July & August. Contact Jane E. Abe, IOM, ACE, Director of Membership, for special pricing.
Openings in Leads Group II
The Chamber’s Business Develop Leads Group II is looking for new members. They meet the second and fourth Wednesday of the month, from 8:00 to 9:15 a.m. Since the group is non-competitive, they are looking for members from the following industries: HVAC/Contracting, Graphic Design, Accounting, Financial Planning, Staffing Company, Promotional Items, or Sales Consulting/Training. The fee is $120 for six months. Contact Jane E. Abe, IOM, ACE, Director of Membership, if interested.
Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce | 43 W. Galena Blvd. Aurora, Illinois 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180 Fax: (630) 256-3189 | www.aurorachamber.com
This email was sent by Email Patron on behalf of Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Library Survey: Share Your Thoughts

Sunday, June 8th, 2014

In the spring of 2015, the City of Aurora is scheduled to celebrate the opening of the new “Richard and Gina Santori Public Library of Aurora.” The new library will be located at the corner of Benton and River streets in downtown Aurora.

The following survey responses will provide insight to encourage new business development in the vicinity of the new Aurora Public Library and will determine the types of businesses that patrons of the new library would support. The survey and analysis is a group project being coordinated by the recent Leadership Academy participants. Your participation and support is appreciated.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/auroralibrary