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Shop Local this Holiday Season; We All Benefit

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

This week begins the holiday season for many of us. It also starts the chaotic rush of list making, shopping and shipping. By all reports, Black Friday and Cyber Monday will be bigger than ever. But on Saturday, we all have an opportunity to support our local businesses and our community.

For the third consecutive year, the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce has partnered with American Express and others to encourage the community to support our local businesses.

Celebrate the local character of our retailers. In a world that is increasingly mass produced and packaged, there are a number of options for consumers to find something unique and personal within our community. By supporting these businesses, you are helping to preserve their distinctive character.

For every $100 spent at a locally owned business, $68 of additional economic activity is generated through additional spending cycles. According to a Civic Economics’ study of Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood, this activity is in addition to wages and local taxes. Businesses tend to use local services such as marketing, accounting, and consulting firms. They get their supplies — such as paper, signage, and products — from fellow local businesses.

These businesses build strong communities that link us with our neighbors. They contribute to the causes and societal needs of our community.

In addition, when supporting our local retailers, restaurants, and service providers, you realize lower taxes. According to the American Independent Business Alliance, a local focus on shopping and dining locally means a more efficient use of land which results in less demand on our roads, sewers, and safety services.

More importantly, the Alliance reports that specialty retail — primarily small neighborhood-located businesses — generate a net annual return to municipalities of $326 per 1,000 square feet of store space. Most other businesses in the survey actually cost the taxpayers more than the return on the investment.

Furthermore, according to the City of Aurora and Village of North Aurora, they each receive one percent in gross sales back from the State of Illinois. This money is applied to essential public services such as police, fire and public works. In addition, North Aurora receives $0.50 per $100 general merchandise purchases while Aurora (a home-rule community) receives $1.25 per $100 for road improvements and capital projects.

While supporting our local businesses, we are also reducing our reliance on other taxes. We realize more effective and efficient services.

I encourage you to support the many retailers, restaurants and service providers in our area this shopping season. Keep our tax dollars in the community where they can truly make a difference.

Check out the business directory at AuroraChamber.com and select a couple of local businesses to visit. Choose to do some of your holiday shopping at a local business. Join us on Facebook and let us know what you find.

Holiday Celebration Next Week; Look Forward to Seeing You There

Monday, November 24th, 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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November 24, 2014
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95.9 The River
Accurate Personnel
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Bad Monkey Circus Agency: Websites-Video
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
Martin Whalen Office Solutions
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.
Sign*A*Rama – Aurora
Sleepy’s – Farnsworth
Sleepy’s – North Aurora
Sleepy’s – Rt. 59
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

Women’s Business Development Center
Joi Taylor
8 S. Michigan Ave., 4th Floor
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 853-3477
Business & Trade Associations

Fox Valley Orchestra
Jonathon Hauser
91 S. Hankes Road
Aurora, IL 60506
(630) 891-2525
Education

Chicago Smart Business Solutions
Jamal Wolfe
1785 Indian Hill Lane
Aurora, IL 60503
(309) 242-0408
Information Technology Consulting

Gravity Building
Jimi Allen
56 S. LaSalle Street
Aurora, IL 60505
(331) 684-8212
Co-working Facility

 

Contact Us

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

 

 

Holiday Celebration
Students get look at tech careers as part of Pathways initiative
About 125 high school students from East Aurora, West Aurora, Indian Prairie, and the Oswego school districts as well as some Waubonsee Community College students boarded school buses Thursday for a day trip to the BP Naperville campus where they learned about new technologies, possible career paths, and skills they’ll need to be successful in the workplace.

The event was sponsored by BP; Accenture, a management consulting and technology-services company; and Junior Achievement, a nonprofit that helps prepare students with work skills.

For full article, visit the Naperville Sun.

Seventh Annual Holiday Food Drive Underway
Dolan & Murphy is excited to announce the launch of the Seventh Annual Holiday Food Drive to benefit the Aurora Area Interfaith and Marie Wilkinson food pantries.

More information – including the Pallet Match Program, may be found on the Aurora Chamber blog.

Help Put a Smile on a Child’s Face!
The holiday season is just around the corner, and once again we know that folks in our community will not have the means to celebrate the season. The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is partnering again this year with the Fox Valley United Way to make a difference.

For more information, click here.

WBDC to Launch ScaleUp Aurora; Seeks Coordinator
In collaboration with a number of local community leaders and organizations – including the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Women’s Business Development Center plans to launch a ScaleUp Aurora satellite to support and strengthen local small businesses.

More information may be found on the Aurora Chamber blog.

Premier Members
Premier Members
Upcoming Programs for Members
Small Business Saturday

Shop Small Business Saturday
Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014

Help Small Businesses Do More Business
In 2010, American Express founded Small Business Saturday to help business owners with their most pressing need – getting more customers. Today, shoppers across the nation continue to rally in support of small businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

Diversity Network: Business Before Hours
No meeting due to Holiday Celebration

Holiday Celebration 2014
Tuesday, Dec. 02, from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Paramount Theatre Grand Gallery
Bring the whole office for a holiday celebration! We’ll do all the planning so you can enjoy yourself and network with community leaders and other businesses. Presented in partnership with the Quad County African American and Aurora Hispanic chambers of commerce.
Register

Member News
For more news and program information from your fellow Chamber members, visit the Aurora Chamber blog.
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 Chamber Member Weekly News: Join Us for Multi-Chamber Holidays

Monday, November 17th, 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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Elite Members

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95.9 The River
Accurate Personnel
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Bad Monkey Circus Agency: Websites-Video
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

Contact Us

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

 

 

Holiday Celebration
Seventh Annual Holiday Food Drive Underway
Dolan & Murphy is excited to announce the launch of the Seventh Annual Holiday Food Drive to benefit the Aurora Area Interfaith and Marie Wilkinson food pantries.

More information – including the Pallet Match Program, may be found on the Aurora Chamber blog.

Help Put a Smile on a Child’s Face!
The holiday season is just around the corner, and once again we know that folks in our community will not have the means to celebrate the season. The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is partnering again this year with the Fox Valley United Way to make a difference.

For more information, click here.

WBDC to Launch ScaleUp Aurora; Seeks Coordinator
In collaboration with a number of local community leaders and organizations – including the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Women’s Business Development Center plans to launch a ScaleUp Aurora satellite to support and strengthen local small businesses.

More information may be found on the Aurora Chamber blog.

Premier Members
Premier Members
Upcoming Programs for Members
Coffee & Connections Networking
Tuesday, Nov. 18, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Painters District Council #30, 1905 Sequoia Drive, Aurora
Sponsored by Rasmussen College

Business Development Leads Group I
Tuesday, Nov. 25, from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m.
Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce office

Shop Small Business Saturday
Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014

Help Small Businesses Do More Business
In 2010, American Express founded Small Business Saturday to help business owners with their most pressing need – getting more customers. Today, shoppers across the nation continue to rally in support of small businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

Diversity Network: Business Before Hours
No meeting due to Holiday Celebration

Holiday Celebration 2014
Tuesday, Dec. 02, from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Paramount Theatre Grand Gallery
Bring the whole office for a holiday celebration! We’ll do all the planning so you can enjoy yourself and network with community leaders and other businesses. Presented in partnership with the Quad County African American and Aurora Hispanic chambers of commerce.
Register

Member News
For more news and program information from your fellow Chamber members, visit the Aurora Chamber blog.
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.

News, Updates from the Aurora Regional Chamber

Monday, November 10th, 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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Veterans Day
November 10, 2014
In This Issue

 

Quick Links

Follow Us!
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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 Agency: Websites-Video
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

Contact Us

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

 

 

This week, when you head to Starbucks, keep your eye out for a Red, White, and Blue card by the register.

Through the 11, stores will be selling the Starbucks Veterans Card. With each card activation, Starbucks will contribute to Onward Veterans, which in turn will contribute to support organizations focused on veteran and military spouse employment like Hiring Our Heroes.

You can also take advantage of this offer online by clicking here.

We hope you will consider taking advantage of this tremendous opportunity and sharing it with your family and friends!

Election 2014 Results
While the State Treasurer race between State Rep. Tom Cross (Rep.) and State Senator Michael Frerichs (Dem.) remains too close to call at this time, other races were decided during last week’s General Election. While the official results will not be certified by the Illinois State Board of Elections until Nov. 30, unofficial results of Statewide and local races are available.

For the first time in 16 years, a Republican has won the Governor’s race in Illinois. Bruce Rauner defeated Gov. Pat Quinn in a three-way race. With 99.54% of precincts reporting, the Associate Press declared Rauner the winner with 50.77% of the vote to Quinn’s 45.87% and Libertarian candidate Chad Grimm’s 3.37%. Gov.-elect Rauner will be sworn into office January 12.

For more on the recent General Election, visit the Aurora Chamber blog.

Henning Named Chamber Executive of the Year
Joseph Henning
The Illinois Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives named Joseph Henning, IOM, CAE, ACE, president and CEO of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce the 2014 Illinois Chamber Executive of the Year at its Fall Conference last week in Bloomington-Normal.

For more information, visit the Aurora Chamber blog.

WBDC to Launch ScaleUp Aurora; Seeks Coordinator
In collaboration with a number of local community leaders and organizations – including the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Women’s Business Development Center plans to launch a ScaleUp Aurora satellite to support and strengthen local small businesses.

More information may be found on the Aurora Chamber blog.

Seventh Annual Holiday Food Drive Underway
Dolan & Murphy is excited to announce the launch of the Seventh Annual Holiday Food Drive to benefit the Aurora Area Interfaith and Marie Wilkinson food pantries.

More information – including the Pallet Match Program, may be found on the Aurora Chamber blog.

Help Put a Smile on a Child’s Face!
The holiday season is just around the corner, and once again we know that folks in our community will not have the means to celebrate the season. The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is partnering again this year with the Fox Valley United Way to make a difference.

For more information, click here.

Premier Members
Premier Members
Upcoming Programs for Members
Business Development Leads Group I
Tuesday, Nov. 11, from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m.
Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce office

Business Development Leads Group II
Wednesday, Nov. 12, from 8:00 to 9:15 a.m.
Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce office

Ambassador Committee Meeting
Thursday, Nov. 13, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce office

Coffee & Connections Networking
Tuesday, Nov. 18, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Painters District Council #30, 1905 Sequoia Drive, Aurora
Sponsored by Rasmussen College

Business Development Leads Group I
Tuesday, Nov. 25, from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m.
Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce office

Shop Small Business Saturday
Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014

Help Small Businesses Do More Business
In 2010, American Express founded Small Business Saturday to help business owners with their most pressing need – getting more customers. Today, shoppers across the nation continue to rally in support of small businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

Diversity Network: Business Before Hours
Time and Date to be determined
Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce office

Holiday Celebration 2014
Tuesday, Dec. 02, from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Paramount Theatre Grand Gallery
Bring the whole office for a holiday celebration! We’ll do all the planning so you can enjoy yourself and network with community leaders and other businesses. Presented in partnership with the Quad County African American and Aurora Hispanic chambers of commerce.
Register

Member News
For more news and program information from your fellow Chamber members, visit the Aurora Chamber blog.
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.

Help Put a Smile on a Child’s Face!

Sunday, November 9th, 2014

The holiday season is just around the corner, and once again we know that folks in our community will not have the means to celebrate the season. The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is partnering again this year with the Fox Valley United Way to make a difference.

While countless parents are telling their children that there will not be many gifts under the tree this year, a large number of children in our community will not be receiving any presents. It’s a luxury many parents cannot afford as they are simply trying to make ends meet. All donations will support the more than 130 local families who have reached out for help so far this year.

Want to make a difference for a family in need?

  • Sponsor an individual child or family
  • Organize a scarf, hat, and mitten drive
  • Organize a toy drive
  • Donate a grocery gift card
  • Make a monetary donation

For more information, click here.

Seventh Annual Holiday Food Drive Underway

Sunday, November 9th, 2014

Dolan & Murphy is excited to announce the launch of the Seventh Annual Holiday Food Drive to benefit the Aurora Area Interfaith and Marie Wilkinson food pantries.

In addition to Dolan & Murphy, the drive is sponsored by a number of local businesses and organizations, including Prisco’s Family Market, The River 95.9 FM, The Beacon News, Cano Container Corporation, Douglas Carpet One, and Aurora Fastprint.

Additionally, this is the second year for the Matching Pallet Program. The pallet program is a challenge grant where five organizations have committed to match donations dollar for dollar up to $10,000 each for a total of $50,000. Those five organizations are the Dunham Fund, Mooney & Thomas PC, Konen Insurance Agency, Old Second National Bank, and the Daniel D. Dolan Family Foundation.

Dan Dolan writes, “We hope to make this our most successful year ever and we need everyone’s help to raise enough food so no child or adult has to go hungry in our community!”

To donate, visit here.

To volunteer, visit here.

To purchase a pallet, visit here.

WBDC to Launch ScaleUp Aurora; Seeks Coordinator

Sunday, November 9th, 2014

In collaboration with a number of local community leaders and organizations – including the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Women’s Business Development Center plans to launch a ScaleUp Aurora satellite to support and strengthen local small businesses.

Interested individuals can view the description here.

The WBDC-Aurora Coordinator is responsible for developing and implementing capacity building programs and resources to local established business owners in Aurora, Illinois and the surrounding area, in the range of $150,000 to $500,000 annual revenues. The Coordinator will provide WBDC-Aurora clients expert resources and counseling services in the areas of finance, management, operations, sales and marketing to assist business owners with meeting their short term and long term business objectives to sustain growth. The Coordinator will develop and implement programming in the areas of procurement and Access to Capital to initiate growth and relationships that leverage the ScaleUp America contract and deliver on WBDC strategic goals.

The Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) is a nationally and internationally recognized non-profit organization established in 1986 to work with women to launch new businesses and strengthen existing businesses in the Chicago area. Over the past 28 years, the WBDC has become a leader in providing direct services to women business owners and in effecting public policy changes which reflect the needs of women entrepreneurs and their families.

Member News, Events for the Community

Sunday, November 9th, 2014

Congratulations to DiGiovine  Hnilo, Jordan & Johnson on celebrating 40 years in business!

The Fox Valley Park District has proclaimed November as Veterans Recognition Month and will pay its respects with free admission to its fitness centers and also a complimentary luncheon. Throughout November, veterans are invited to visit any Park District fitness facility as often as they’d like for no charge. Free admittance for veterans and immediate family members (spouses and children) is offered at the Eola Community Center, Prisco Community Center, and Vaughan Athletic Center.

Heartland Blood Center’s Aurora Facility is in urgent need of donors! Donate blood through November 30. All donors will be entered into a random drawing for one of seven Official Chicago Bears Memorabilia. Contact the center to schedule your appointment today.

Celebrate Differences invites you to Embracing Dyslexia Movie Screening on Nov. 11 at 7:00 p.m. which offers an exploration of an insider’s perspective along with interviews with parents, researchers, and educators. Please RSVP to this free event.

Presence Mercy Medical Center’s Health Institute will begin Live Well, Be Well workshop on  November 11from 9:00 to 11:30. Registration is required.

Aurora University will host a  Graduate Programs Open House on November 12 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Cambridge Music Studio will hold an open house on November 15 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Free admission plus receive one certificate for a free exploratory lesson per student.

Aurora University will host a concert: Composer Gwyneth Walker and Choirs on November 16 at 3:00 p.m. at Crimi Auditorium.

Year in Review: An Annual Report to Our Membership

Friday, October 31st, 2014
We appreciate all of our members, community partners, and volunteers. During yesterday’s Annual Celebration of Membership,
we shared the following data with those in attendance. We believe this information supports the work of our members, our volunteers,
and our staff. We are focused on supporting our business members. If you are interested in discussing membership with
the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce, please contact our office.
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October 31, 2014
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Signed and Sealed
986
Certificates of Origin
(a 44% increase over previous year)

 

Offered
376
Products, Programs, Services for Our Business Members

 

Held
107
Public Policy Meetings

 

Welcomed
155,227
Visitors to Website

 

Represented more than
40,000
Employees in Membership

 

Maintained
5-star
Accreditation with
U.S. Chamber of Commerce

 

Business Members Represented
60
Communities in Illinois

 

Took Positions on
45
Bills in Illinois General Assembly

 

Business Members Realized
28,327
Hits to 534 Job Postings

 

According to National Study
by The Schapiro Group
73%
of Consumers were More Aware
of Chamber Member Businesses

 

Hosted more than
130
Events for Members

 

Creating a Strong Local Economy
  • Produced workshops on Medical Marijuana in the Workplace, Concealed Carry, Affordable Care Act, and other Employment Law programs to support our businesses
  • Conducted business retention, expansion, and development activities
  • Produced week-long Small Business Aurora event
  • Forged ongoing collaboration with regional and statewide economic development programs
  • Graduated the 35th Leadership Academy class
  • Offered opportunities to improve their bottom line with affinity programs for office supplies, utilities, and internet services
  • Responded to information requests and data research for member support services
  • CEO represented membership on numerous workforce development groups, including River Valley Workforce Investment Board, Governor’s 21st Century Workforce Development Advisory Fund, and Pathways to Prosperity
  • Provided intermediary responsibilities for Aurora Region Pathways to Prosperity initiative with City of Aurora, community colleges, and public school districts
Representing Business to Government
  • Presented on behalf of business at City Council meetings
  • Held monthly Aurora First meetings to support improvements in Permitting, Electrical Ordinances, and other initiatives
  • Board and CEO attended Illinois Business Lobby Day in Springfield
  • Participated in 107 public policy meetings with elected officials, State departments, and local committees and groups
  • CEO and Board represented business members on various task forces, committees, and advisory groups
  • Conducted member surveys and provided input to elected officials on issues ranging from business taxes, state finances, economic development, and education reform
  • Hosted regular Council on Legislative Affairs to address pending legislation that would impact business community
  • Took positions on 45 bills in Illinois General Assembly, including Pension Reform, Workers’ Compensation, Minimum Wage, Taxes, and more
  • Coordinated grassroots engagement of members with elected officials through meetings, communications, and business visits
Relationship Building Opportunities
  • Presented six successful Coffee & Connections programs with more than 300 total attendees
  • Hosted the Mayor’s State of the City address with more than 400 in attendance
  • Hosted the State of the Village of North Aurora address
  • Offered two Business Development Leads Groups for interested members
  • Leveraged U.S. Chamber of Commerce membership while offering Federation Partnership to participating small business members
  • Offered Constant Contact affinity program to better connect member businesses with their customers and prospects
  • Coordinated more than 55 ribbon cuttings, grand openings, groundbreakings, and open houses for business members
  • Offered Not-For-Profit Alliance to support collaboration, advancement of participating members
  • Coordinated annual Holiday Celebration in collaboration with Quad County African American and Aurora Hispanic chambers of commerce
Promoting Our Community
  • Maintained existing website with nearly 65,000 unique visitors
  • Realized more than 2.2 million page hits to the website
  • Reached 718 fans on Facebook page
  • Counted 2,079 twitter followers
  • CEO commenced writing a monthly column in Beacon News
  • Responded to all media interview requests
  • Produced weekly e-newsletters, blogs, and social media posts
  • Supported community special events
  • Collaborated with City of Aurora and Village of North Aurora as well as more than 50 other partners on various initiatives
  • Collaborated on Diversity Network to support business-inclusion practices in community
  • CEO and staff served on numerous state and national boards and committees
Promoting Our Members
  • Provided members with sponsorship, marketing, and promotional opportunities via our newsletters, eBlasts, special events, and www.AuroraChamber.com website
  • Offered additional levels of membership, including Premier Membership with 12 members and Elite Membership with more than 50 members
  • Promoted several Member-to-Member discount programs
  • Successfully supported the Shop Local and Shop Small campaigns
Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce | 43 W. Galena Blvd. Aurora, Illinois 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180 Fax: (630) 256-3189 | www.aurorachamber.com

‘Remarkable Year’ for Aurora Regional Chamber

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

This week, the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold its Annual Celebration of Membership. This event highlights the accomplishments of the business community, showcases the activities of the Aurora Chamber and sets the direction for the upcoming year.

This past year, we had more than 100 businesses assist the Chamber and its partners with the Aurora Regional Pathways to Prosperity initiative. Others helped craft curriculum for Aurora University’s successful launch of the John C. Dunham STEM Partnership School. Additional organizations are involved in a growing number of causes and efforts in our community to create a stronger, more vibrant future for the community in which we all live, work and enjoy.

Looking back, we realized we completed 45 percent more certificates of origin for our business members to export their products around the world. Aurora area goods are being sold worldwide; your neighbors, family members or friends may be involved in this growing global economy.

Still others participated in more than 100 public policy meetings to help improve the business climate and share the business voice with our elected officials at City Hall, in Springfield and Washington.

Through discount programs and member discounts, our members were able to improve their bottom line by spending less. We created important connections for our businesses to collaborate and grow. More than 170 networking opportunities were available to our members.

Key events like the State of the City, the State of the Village and the multi-chamber Holiday Celebration offered opportunities for our community’s leaders to foster a collaborative, supportive economy in our region.

We offered a number of educational events for business leaders to learn better business techniques. With legislation that impacted medical marijuana use, the Affordable Care Act and Fair Labor Standards Act (to name a few), the Aurora Chamber organized programs to make its members aware of the impact to their businesses.

Of course, we cannot do it alone. We counted more than 50 collaborative partners that helped us organize, promote and coordinate programs and activities. We had more than 140 volunteers to lend a hand. We appreciate the assistance our Ambassadors provide at meetings, with welcome calls, mentoring new members and so much more. Our committee members and board members help guide our direction, and in many cases, assist in the implementation of the plans to support our business community.

During Thursday’s lunch, we will recognize our Immediate Past Chair Keith Wheeler of Responsive Network Services for his leadership this past year. We’ll also hear from Laura Newman of Mitutoyo America Corporation who recently accepted the role of board chair.

We are celebrating a remarkable year – and appreciate all of the efforts of the business community in making this region so strong.

One last request as we continue to strengthen our area: Please vote next Tuesday.

It’s easy to be cynical. Some believe our problems are too big and our politics are too small. Some wonder whether voting is worth the bother, whether it will make a difference. The truth is that every vote and voice matters in this election. If you want your voice to be heard, vote. With so many close contests this year, every vote really does count.