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Waubonsee to Host Career Fair Sept. 23

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

You’re Invited!

2016 Aurora Downtown Career Fair

Friday, September 23rd

 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Waubonsee Community College,

Aurora Downtown Campus (18 S. River St., Aurora)

To register, please visit:

 We look forward to seeing you!

Nominate 2016 Kane Co. Manufacturer of the Year

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

All of us in Kane County have the opportunity to again celebrate our manufacturing businesses by nominating a Kane County awardee for the 2016 Kane County Manufacturer of the Year. This year’s winner will be celebrated at the Kane County Board Jobs Committee meeting on Friday, October 14th.

The Kane County winner will also be celebrated at the Making Manufacturing Matter 2016 event on October 6th in Chicago, hosted by the Alliance for Illinois Manufacturing (AIM). The Kane County winner will be responsible for any costs related to the AIM event. More information about the AIM Event can be found at

Do you know a manufacturer from your community or organization with:

  • A reputation for leadership and involvement in the industry and its supply chain?
  • A keen focus on technology and innovations?
  • A demonstrated commitment to “pay it forward” to the local community and smaller companies in the manufacturing supply chain?

If yes, please help us by nominating that company!  Just include a brief description responsive to the questions above and explain why you are nominating this company. Nominations for Kane County’s 2016 Manufacturing Champion Award should be sent to Chris Toth at by no later than Tuesday, September 6th, 2016.

Thank you for making Kane County great!

Mark Your Calendars: Diverse Supplier Fair 2016

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

Mark Your Calendar


Diverse Supplier Fair 2016

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.


What is the Diverse Supplier Fair?

Northern Illinois University (NIU) is committed to supporting the economic development of ethnically and racially diverse businesses, and businesses owned and led by disabled or disadvantaged individuals. The Diverse Supplier Fair will offer an opportunity for business owners who are minority, female, and/or persons with disabilities to exhibit their commodities, supplies, and services to NIU faculty and staff, and to the communities surrounding NIU.

Who should attend?

If your company–

R Is at least 51 percent owned and controlled by a minority, woman, or person with a disability.  The owners must be citizens of the United States or resident aliens;

R Businesses that do not qualify as a diverse business, but that are interested in purchasing from diverse suppliers, or desire to mentor a diverse supplier.


Why should business owners attend? 

Diverse Businesses:  You will have an opportunity to showcase your business to regional businesses, both diverse and non-diverse.  Diverse businesses include those that qualify under the following classifications:

  • Illinois Business Enterprise Program (BEP)
  • Minority and Female Business Enterprise (MAFBE)
  • Veteran Owned Business (VBP)
  • Veteran Owned Small Business (VOSB)
  • Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB)

Non-Diverse Businesses:  This event will present the variety and represent the capability of businesses throughout the northern Illinois region.

Northern Illinois University is part of the State of Illinois higher education system which purchases billions of dollars in products and services each year. Come meet with Northern Illinois University and community buyers and make NIU your next customer.

Purchasing Decision Makers:  You are a decision maker for the products and services purchased by Northern Illinois University or the surrounding community, and you are searching for potential suppliers, both short-term and long-term.



Diverse Supplier Fair 2016

Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Northern Illinois University

1425 West Lincoln Highway

Holmes Student Center – Duke Ellington Ballroom

DeKalb, Illinois 60115-2828

For more information, contact Michele Danza,, PH: 815-753-1594 or Norma Sutton,, PH: 815-753-6728.

ChallengeHER: Opportunities for Women in Federal Contracting

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016


Thursday, September 1, 2016

Registration: 8:00 – 9:00

Sessions: 9:00 am to 12:30 pm

Matchmaking / Networking:  8:00 am to 1:30 pm




222 West Merchandise Mart Plaza

Chicago, IL  60654


ChallengeHER works specifically with the Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) federal contracting program as a tool to help to assist women business owners leverage federal awards, learn the federal procurement process, and to connect them with the right people.

With this knowledge, you are much better positioned to grow your business and increase your revenue.

Information is power! 


Marketing Your Business to Help Create WOSB Set-Asides with Freida Curry, Director, Procurement Technical Assistance

Conversation with Panel of Federal Buyers with U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, Housing and Urban Development, Department of Energy, and Direct Steel and Construction.

Research and Marketing – “Doing Your Homework!” with Rita Haake, Procurement Technical Assistance Center.

Who’s Who in Procurement Buying with Janice Kaiser, Procurement Center Representative and Tom Krusemark, Procurement Center Representative

Making Your Business DCAA Compliant with Arelis Diaz, Supervisory Auditor, DCAA and Kimberly Chow, Senior Auditor, DCAA

Teaming and Joint Ventures with Michelle Kantor, Partner, McDonald Hopkins LLC


Enjoy Matchmaking with Resource Partners, Agencies, and Primes.

Contract Connections




Alliance for Industry and Manufacturing
American Express OPEN Advisor on Government Contracting
City of Chicago Department of Procurement Services
Construction Business Development Center
Department of Energy Office of Science Chicago
Direct Steel and Construction LLC
IL Hispanic Chamber of Commerce PTAC & SBDC
Illinois CMS Business Enterprise Program (BEP)
Illinois PTAC at College of DuPage
Siemens Building Technologies
U.S. Army Engineer District, Chicago
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
U.S. General Services Administration (GSA)
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Walsh Construction Company
Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC)

(visit often to review updated list)


Event is free; seating is limited

For additional information, please email

 A few special notes on our program:

  • Event registration and networking will begin at 8:00am and the program will begin promptly at 9:00am.
  • Remember to bring ample business cards for networking purposes.
  • Bring your Capability Statement for Matchmaking
  • Coffee and light pastries served

‘Inspire Heroes’ Assists with Home Opportunities

Sunday, August 7th, 2016

Join us in thanking our Heroes. We believe that the Heroes in our community should be thanked every day. We’d like to partner with you and your business to thank Veterans, Police, Firefighters, Teachers and Medical Professionals.

We are thanking Heroes through our “Inspire Heroes” phone application, social media and Hero events. Heroes will gain access to businesses that appreciate them and their service by using Inspire Heroes and they’ll enjoy special discounts at these businesses.  As REALTORS, we’ve chosen to offer them a reward when they buy, sell or refinance a home and we’re creating partnerships to thank our Heroes.

For more info contact John at 630-439-6385 or, or visit for more details. We’re planning a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony soon so look out for that announcement, too!

Education: School Funding Formula

Saturday, July 16th, 2016

Gov. Bruce Rauner establishes School Funding Commission; House Republican Leader Jim Durkin announces names of five panel members. The 25-member bipartisan commission established by Gov. Rauner will study Illinois’ school funding formula, the law used to divide up and distribute Illinois school aid money into payments made to individual Illinois school districts. Illinois’ 863 school districts, the local units of governance that operate public elementary and secondary schools, depend on biweekly school aid payments to keep their doors open.

Increasing concerns about the school aid formula contained in the current School Code has spurred the creation of this commission. The five House Republican members of the bipartisan commission are Representatives Avery Bourne, Sheri Jesiel, Dwight Kay, Bob Pritchard, and Christine Winger. The school funding formula last saw major structural changes in 1997, although the overall distribution of money to Illinois schools has been repeatedly ‘tweaked’ and modified since. The Illinois School Funding Reform Commission has been asked to report its findings to the Illinois General Assembly by February 1, 2017.

Wellness Works 2016

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

Employers large and small are invited to take part in Wellness Works 2016, a conference focusing on improving the health of their employees.

Wellness Works 2016, sponsored by the Healthy Living Council of Greater Aurora, is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 16 at the Prisco Community Center, 150 W. Illinois Ave. in Aurora.

The conference will inform employers about the importance of promoting healthy living in the workplace. Healthy living practices for corporate and small businesses, social service organizations, schools, government agencies and other places of employment will be explored.

A worksite wellness panel, made up of representatives from local and regional employers, will address employee assistance programs, work-life balance, worksite health initiatives, program implementation, and issues facing small employers and large-scale businesses.

Guest speakers, a variety of health and business-related exhibitors, and networking opportunities will be offered.

The registration fee of $25 includes lunch.

Exhibitors wanting to take part in the program should contact Zaida Rodriguez at Rush-Copley Medical Center,  


Chicago Metro Metals Consortium

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

Chicago Region/Germany Convening – Best Practices and Trends in Metalworking

Harper College

CMMC and its partner, German-American Chamber of Commerce – Midwest, cordially invite you to our Translatlantic Cluster Conference on Metalworking on July 11th from 9:00 AM until 1:30 PM at Harper College (W-Building, Wojcik Conference Center) located at 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine.

Register today, learn about best-practices of German and American cluster organizations and gain insight into technological trends, skilled workforce developments, and international collaboration opportunities in the metalworking industry.

Forge new connections and explore partnership options in metal manufacturing. 

The half-day conference will include brief presentations and panel discussions by US and German metalworking experts.

Additionally, the event will feature remarks from Mathy Stanislaus, Assistant Administrator for the Office of Land and Emergency Management within the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) who has been leading a manufacturing supply chain initiative on behalf of the U.S. delegation to the G-7.

For a detailed tentative agenda, please click here.

Click here to register.

News for the Week of June 6

Saturday, June 11th, 2016
June 6, 2016
In This Issue


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95.9 The River
Above Board Indoor Environmental
Accurate Personnel
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
BMO Harris – Bilter Rd.
BMO Harris – Eola Rd.
BMO Harris – Lake St.
BMO Harris – N. Farnsworth Ave.
BMO Harris – W. Indian Trail
CARSTAR North Aurora Collision Center
Caterpillar, Inc.
Chicago Premium Outlets
Chicago Tribune Media Group
Copy King Office Solutions, Inc.
Dependable Contracting Services
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Dolan & Murphy
Ice Miller LLP
Idilus, LLC
ieple, LLC.
K-Rise Systems, Inc.
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency
Leave Me Bee Pest Control, Inc.
Magnetrol International, Incorporated
Martin Whalen Office Solutions
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Northwestern Medicine
Cadence Fitness & Health Center
Cadence Health Convenient Care & Medical Offices
Central DuPage Hospital
Delnor Glen Senior Living
Delnor Hospital
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
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
Resurrection Lutheran Church/School
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush-Copley Medical Center
Ryland Homes – Ingham Park
S&S Metal Recyclers II
Sign*A*Rama – Aurora
SmithAmundsen, LLC
Sole Unique Dance Complex, Inc.
State Farm Insurance Companies
Steffes & Associates Language and Translation (SALT)
The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield
The Voice
Trust Lending
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
WIT-Enterprises, LLC
Zippy Shell Fox Valley

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



Final Overtime Rules Released
What You Need to Know
Tuesday, June 28, 7:30 a.m.
Meyer Ballroom, North Island Center, Aurora

The Department of Labor recently released their final version of the overtime regulation. The final rule is massive in scope and imposes radical changes for employers across all sectors, including small businesses and non-profits. The final regulation raises the salary threshold under which employees would have to be paid overtime for hours worked beyond 40 per week to $47,476. Do you know how it will impact your business? Join us June 28 to hear the ins and outs.


Join Us for Golf on June 23
Presented by


Orchard Valley Golf Course, Aurora
Thursday, June 23


Limited sponsorships remain. Please contact the Chamber today for opportunities.


If you don’t golf, join us for lunch or the evening reception.

Premier Members
Premier Members
Events for Members
Ambassadors Committee
Thursday, June 9, at 4:00 p.m.

Business After Hours: Mooseheart
Thursday, June 9, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Business Development Leads Group
Chamber offices
Tuesday, June 14, at 7:45 a.m.

Ribbon Cutting: Aurora Fastprint
54 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora
Thursday, June 16, at 4:00 p.m.

Ribbon Cutting: Aurora Bank & Trust
2287 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora
Tuesday, June 21, at 4:00 p.m.

2016 Golf Classic presented by Presence Mercy Medical Center
Orchard Valley Golf Course, Aurora
Thursday, June 23
Lunch at 11:30 a.m.
Shotgun Start at 1:00 p.m.
Cocktail Reception at 6:00 p.m.

Business Development Leads Group
Chamber offices
Tuesday, June 28, at 7:45 a.m.

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora
Thursday, June 30, at 8:00 a.m.

Public Policy Update
For the latest in public policy news, visit the Chamber blog:

Changes Coming to IL Drivers Licenses

Stop the Administration’s Overtime Change

Member News
If you have news to share with your fellow members, please forward to Be sure and check out our blog and social media for what’s happening in our region.

Canoes, Kayaks…Mid-Am Race Brings
Fox River to Life June 5

Run for Rockstar Mentors

Golf for Kids Benefit Outing

Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce | 43 W. Galena Blvd. Aurora, Illinois 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180 Fax: (630) 256-3189 |
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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

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


  • 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