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Paramount Theatre Wins Eight Jeff Awards

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017


PARAMOUNT THEATRE WINS EIGHT JEFF AWARDS

We are so excited and thrilled to announce that Paramount Theatre is taking home eight Jeff Awards for the 2016-2017 Season, including Best Large Musical, Best Director and Best Actor for Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. After just three years of eligibility and a whopping 45 nominations, this brings our total wins to 16 Jeff Awards with an undefeated title for Best Large Musical. Congratulations to all our nominees and the amazing casts, crew, production teams and staff who put their passion into these productions every day. A special shout-out to our incredible and inspiring Artistic Director Jim Corti and the man who started it all with a simple dream, President & CEO Tim Rater. Without both their vision and leadership, none of this would be possible. A big thank you to the rest of our Paramount family, the best subscribers and patrons a theatre could ask for. We did it!

and the winners are…

THE LITTLE MERMAID

Scenic Design — Large — Jeffrey D. Kmiec

Costume Design — Large — Theresa Ham

Puppet Design — Jesse Mooney-Bullock

SWEENEY TODD

Production — Musical — Large

Director — Musical or Revue — Jim Corti

Principal Actor — Musical — Paul-Jordan Jansen (Sweeney Todd)

Lighting Design — Large — Nick Belley and Jesse Klug

Music Direction — Tom Vendafreddo

 

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Aurora Chamber Member News for Week of Nov. 6

Monday, November 6th, 2017
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95.9 The River
Aaron’s
Above Board Indoor Environmental
Accurate Personnel
Advance Auto Parts
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora Bank & Trust
Aurora Limousine
Aurora University
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Beans Greens Proteins
Caterpillar, Inc.
Chicago Steel Hockey Team
City Segment
ComEd
Company 251
Copy King Office Solutions, Inc.
CyrusOne
Do or Dye Designs
Dolan & Murphy
Downtown Auroran Magazine
Eagle Digital Marketing
Endiro Coffee
First Secure Community Bank
Gateway Mortgage Group
Kluber Architects + Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency, Inc.
Magick Woods, Inc.
Magnetrol International, Inc.
MedCom Group, LLC
Meyer Wealth Advisors
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Old Second National Bank
OnLight Aurora
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pilmer Real Estate
Pipe Fitters Local 597
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
Pure Skin Solutions, LLC
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush-Copley Medical Center
S&S Metal Recyclers II
ServPro of Aurora
Sign*A*Rama
SmithAmundsen, LLC
Staffing Network, LLC & QPA
Steffes & Associates Language and Translation (SALT)
Stonebridge Country Club
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
The Voice
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
Woodforest National Bank
World Finance Corporation
WSPY

Welcome New Members

Gateway Mortgage Group (Elite)
Rick Wood
1952 McDowell Road, Naperville
(331) 215-8961
Mortgage Companies

SternMaid America, LLC
William Solomon
3565 Butterfield Road, Unit 11, Aurora
(630) 270-1100
Manufacturers

 

Contact Us

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

 

 

Celebrating Our Members
2017 Annual Celebration of Membership
presented by

First Secure Community Bank

Thursday, Nov. 16, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Aurora Country Club

This year’s Annual Celebration of Membership will showcase regional employers that have embraced the Connect. Grow. Influence. benefits of Aurora Chamber membership. We want to recognize and share stories that have helped build our community.

Each member of the Aurora Chamber is important – whether a solopreneur or an employer of hundreds. With this diversity, our region remains strong – and a strong community creates more jobs, products, services, and opportunity.

The 2017 Annual Celebration of Membership is sponsored in part by Northwestern Medicine, BMO Harris Bank, Earthmover Credit Union, and Waubonsee Community College.

Please join us for this annual celebration.

To register, visit http://business.aurorachamber.com/Events/details/2017-annual-celebration-of-membership-14579

Asbury Gardens

A great ribbon cutting to celebrate the new look of Asbury Gardens. It is absolutely beautiful. Congratulations on your expanded services, remodel, and great team. Thanks to Mayor Dale Berman of Village of North Aurora and everyone that came out to celebrate this grand event. For photos of Asbury’s remodel and the event, visit the Facebook photo album.

Tips

Did You Know….
We help our members grow by providing educational workshops and business-savings programs that increase their bottom line and by providing promotional opportunities and market intelligence to increase their customer base. For information on any of these programs, contact your Chamber team.
Premier Members
Premier Members
Calendar of Events
State Farm

Congratulations Danielle Rouille State Farm on your ribbon cutting celebrating your new space and business in North Aurora. For more photos of the event, visit our Facebook photo album.

Grand Re-Opening: Tease Arial, Dance & Fitness
Friday, Nov. 10, 3:30 – 6 p.m.
4014 Fox Valley Center Drive, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 4:30 p.m.

Annual Celebration of Membership
Thursday, Nov. 16, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Aurora Country Club, 1548 Prairie St., Aurora

Grand Opening: Woodforest National Bank
Thursday, Nov. 16, 4 – 6:00 p.m.
140 S. River St, Ste. 114, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 4:30 p.m.

Red Kettle Kick-Off: Salvation Army
Monday, Nov. 20, 6 p.m.
Paramount Grand Gallery, 23 E. Galena Ave. Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 6:30 p.m.

Coffee & Connections
Tuesday, Nov. 21, 8:30 – 10:15 a.m.
Painters District Council #30
1905 Sequoia Drive, Aurora

Holiday Celebration
Wednesday, Dec. 6, 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Belle Salle Banquets, 1920 E. New York St., Aurora

Grand Re-Opening: Homewood Suites
Thursday, Dec. 7, 3:30 – 8 p.m.
4320 Meridian Parkway, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 4 p.m.

Giving Tuesday

Public Policy Update
For the latest in public policy news, be sure and like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

Visit the Chamber blog:

This Week in Illinois

Manufacturing: Perception vs. Reality

Illinois Jobs

Illinois: Gambling

Illinois Education

Illinois: Opioid Epidemic

Member News
Sound the Alarm

Great things happen when Chamber members get together. The Aurora Regional Fire Museum held their “Sound the Alarm” fundraiser at Gillerson’s Grubbery with Chamber members Two Brothers Roundhouse, Reuland Food Service, Leland Legends Pub & Grill, and Gillerson’s competed in the chili cook-off. For more photos, visit our Facebook photo album.

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

Section of River Street to Close Until 2019

IMSA Named Winner of 16th Annual Chicago Innovation Awards

IMSA Announces Dr. Kelly Page as Research Fellow

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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Chamber Member News for Week of Oct. 30

Monday, October 30th, 2017
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95.9 The River
Aaron’s
Above Board Indoor Environmental
Accurate Personnel
Advance Auto Parts
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora Bank & Trust
Aurora Limousine
Aurora University
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Beans Greens Proteins
Caterpillar, Inc.
Chicago Steel Hockey Team
City Segment
ComEd
Company 251
Copy King Office Solutions, Inc.
CyrusOne
Do or Dye Designs
Dolan & Murphy
Downtown Auroran Magazine
Eagle Digital Marketing
Endiro Coffee
First Secure Community Bank
Kluber Architects + Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency, Inc.
Magick Woods, Inc.
Magnetrol International, Inc.
MedCom Group, LLC
Meyer Wealth Advisors
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Old Second National Bank
OnLight Aurora
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pilmer Real Estate
Pipe Fitters Local 597
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
Pure Skin Solutions, LLC
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush-Copley Medical Center
S&S Metal Recyclers II
ServPro of Aurora
Sign*A*Rama
SmithAmundsen, LLC
Staffing Network, LLC & QPA
Steffes & Associates Language and Translation (SALT)
Stonebridge Country Club
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
The Voice
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
Woodforest National Bank
World Finance Corporation
WSPY

Welcome New Members

World Finance Corporation (Elite)
Daniel Valdez-Bernal
2616 Ogden Avenue, Aurora
(630) 820-3863
Loans

MedCom Group (Elite)
Ivette Arredondo
3535 E. New York Street, Aurora
(630) 585-0400
Real Estate

 

Contact Us

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

 

 

Celebrating Our Members
2017 Annual Celebration of Membership
presented by

First Secure Community Bank

Thursday, Nov. 16, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Aurora Country Club

This year’s Annual Celebration of Membership will showcase regional employers that have embraced the Connect. Grow. Influence. benefits of Aurora Chamber membership. We want to recognize and share stories that have helped build our community.

Each member of the Aurora Chamber is important – whether a solopreneur or an employer of hundreds. With this diversity, our region remains strong – and a strong community creates more jobs, products, services, and opportunity.

The 2017 Annual Celebration of Membership is sponsored in part by Northwestern Medicine, BMO Harris Bank, Earthmover Credit Union, and Waubonsee Community College.

Please join us for this annual celebration.

To register, visit http://business.aurorachamber.com/Events/details/2017-annual-celebration-of-membership-14579

Tips

Did You Know….
We help our members grow by providing educational workshops and business-savings programs that increase their bottom line and by providing promotional opportunities and market intelligence to increase their customer base. For information on any of these programs, contact your Chamber team.
Premier Members
Premier Members
Calendar of Events
Timeless Treasures

We celebrated the opening of Your Timeless Treasures this week with a ribbon cutting. Thank you to everyone who turned out for the event. For more photos, visit our Facebook page.

Ribbon Cutting: State Farm – Danielle Rouille
Tuesday, Oct. 31, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
43 S. Randall Rd, North Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 11:30 a.m.

Grand Re-Opening: Asbury Gardens
Wednesday, Nov. 1, 4 – 7:30 p.m.
210 Airport Rd, North Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 4:30 p.m.

Grand Re-Opening: Tease Arial, Dance & Fitness
Friday, Nov. 10, 3:30 – 6 p.m.
4014 Fox Valley Center Drive, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 4:30 p.m.

Annual Celebration of Membership
Thursday, Nov. 16, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Aurora Country Club, 1548 Prairie St., Aurora

Grand Opening: Woodforest National Bank
Thursday, Nov. 16, 4 – 6:00 p.m.
140 S. River St, Ste. 114, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 4:30 p.m.

Red Kettle Kick-Off: Salvation Army
Monday, Nov. 20, 6 p.m.
Paramount Grand Gallery, 23 E. Galena Ave. Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 6:30 p.m.

Coffee & Connections
Tuesday, Nov. 21, 8:30 – 10:15 a.m.
Painters District Council #30
1905 Sequoia Drive, Aurora

Holiday Celebration
Wednesday, Dec. 6, 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Belle Salle Banquets, 1920 E. New York St., Aurora

Grand Re-Opening: Homewood Suites
Thursday, Dec. 7, 3:30 – 8 p.m.
4320 Meridian Parkway, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 4 p.m.

Giving Tuesday

Public Policy Update
For the latest in public policy news, be sure and like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

Visit the Chamber blog:

Ill. Budget Update

Rep. David Harris Latest to Announce

Manufacturing: Perception vs. Reality

Three More Ill. Legislators Announce Retirement

Gov. Rauner Vetoes Geolocation Bill to Protect Business

Illinois Jobs

Bipartisan Legislation an Important Tool for Job Growth in Illinois

Illinois: Gambling

Illinois Education

Illinois: Opioid Epidemic

Economic Development: Amazon

Reps. Currie, Sente to Retire; AG Madigan Out

Procurement Streamlining a Win for Illinois Business

Ill. Senate, House Release Fall Veto Schedules

New UI Process Streamlines Tax Experience

U.S. Chamber: Tax Reform

U.S. Chamber: Overtime Rule Update

New Form I-9 Required by Sept. 18, 2017

Member News
Do or Dye Designs

Congratulations Do or Dye Designs on their recent ribbon cutting. For more photos of the event visit our Facebook album.

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

IMSA Announces Dr. Kelly Page as Research Fellow

DecisionOne Dental Welcomes West Aurora Family Dental

Protection from Discrimination

Give Military Members a Gift from Home

Valley Fastener Group to Celebrate National Manufacturing Day

Free Fall Leaf Collection Begins Oct. 16

Aurora Enters Nationwide Bloomberg Mayor’s Challenge

2017 IN2@IMSA Fall FUNshops

2018 USA Badminton Junior National Championships to be Held in Aurora Area

Oct. 1: National Mental Health Week

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 Bee Atomic on behalf of Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Member News for Week of Oct. 23, 2017

Monday, October 23rd, 2017
Header
October 23, 2017
In This Issue

 

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Elite Members

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+Intention
95.9 The River
Aaron’s
Above Board Indoor Environmental
Accurate Personnel
Advance Auto Parts
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora Bank & Trust
Aurora Limousine
Aurora University
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Beans Greens Proteins
Caterpillar, Inc.
Chicago Steel Hockey Team
City Segment
ComEd
Company 251
Copy King Office Solutions, Inc.
CyrusOne
Do or Dye Designs
Dolan & Murphy
Downtown Auroran Magazine
Eagle Digital Marketing
Endiro Coffee
First Secure Community Bank
Kluber Architects + Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency, Inc.
Magick Woods, Inc.
Magnetrol International, Inc.
Meyer Wealth Advisors
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Old Second National Bank
OnLight Aurora
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pilmer Real Estate
Pipe Fitters Local 597
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
Pure Skin Solutions, LLC
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush-Copley Medical Center
S&S Metal Recyclers II
ServPro of Aurora
Sign*A*Rama
SmithAmundsen, LLC
Staffing Network, LLC & QPA
Steffes & Associates Language and Translation (SALT)
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
The Voice
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
WSPY
Woodforest National Bank

Contact Us

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

 

Celebrating Our Members:
2017 Annual Celebration of Membership
presented by First Secure Community Bank

Thursday, Nov. 16, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Aurora Country Club

This year’s Annual Celebration of Membership will showcase regional employers that have embraced the Connect. Grow. Influence. benefits of Aurora Chamber membership. We want to recognize and share stories that have helped build our community.

Each member of the Aurora Chamber is important – whether a solopreneur or an employer of hundreds. With this diversity, our region remains strong – and a strong community creates more jobs, products, services, and opportunity.

The 2017 Annual Celebration of Membership is sponsored in part by Northwestern Medicine, BMO Harris Bank, Earthmover Credit Union, and Waubonsee Community College.

Please join us for this annual celebration.

To register, visit http://business.aurorachamber.com/Events/details/2017-annual-celebration-of-membership-14579

Did You Know….
The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce exists to be the Catalyst for business growth and success. We work with policy makers to influence legislation that encourages job creation and business expansion. To learn more about our legislative agenda, visit AuroraChamber.com.
Premier Members
Premier Members
Calendar of Events
Grand Opening: Do or Dye Designs
Wednesday, Oct. 25, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
24 S. Stolp Ave, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 11:30 a.m.Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, Oct. 26, 8 – 9:30 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr.
Sponsored by Leave Me Bee

Grand Opening: Timeless Treasures
Thursday, Oct. 26, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
61 S. Broadway St, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 11:30 a.m.

Ribbon Cutting: State Farm – Danielle Rouille
Tuesday, Oct. 31, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
43 S. Randall Rd, North Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 11:30 a.m.

Grand Re-Opening: Asbury Gardens
Wednesday, Nov. 1, 4 – 7:30 p.m.
210 Airport Rd, North Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 4:30 p.m.

Grand Re-Opening: Tease Arial, Dance & Fitness
Friday, Nov. 10, 3:30 – 6 p.m.
4014 Fox Valley Center Drive, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 4:30 p.m.

Annual Celebration of Membership
Thursday, Nov. 16, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Aurora Country Club, 1548 Prairie St., Aurora

Grand Opening: Woodforest National Bank
Thursday, Nov. 16, 4 – 6:00 p.m.
140 S. River St, Ste. 114, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 4:30 p.m.

Red Kettle Kick-Off: Salvation Army
Monday, Nov. 20, 6 p.m.
Paramount Grand Gallery, 23 E. Galena Ave. Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 6:30 p.m.

Coffee & Connections
Tuesday, Nov. 21, 8:30 – 10:15 a.m.
Painters District Council #30
1905 Sequoia Drive, Aurora

Holiday Celebration
Wednesday, Dec. 6, 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Belle Salle Banquets, 1920 E. New York St., Aurora

Grand Re-Opening: Homewood Suites
Thursday, Dec. 7, 3:30 – 8 p.m.
4320 Meridian Parkway, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 4 p.m.

For more Chamber and community events, visit the AuroraChamber.com calendar of events.

Our Week in Review with Members
To check out a recent ribbon cutting at West Aurora Family Dental, visit here. Boutiques Repeats & Gifts celebrated 11 years in Aurora with a ribbon cutting. The Makers Space at Aurora Public Library hosted a Business Before Hours and showcased their new technology.
Public Policy Update
For the latest in public policy news, be sure and like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.Visit the Chamber blog:

Ill. Budget Update

Rep. David Harris Latest to Announce

Manufacturing: Perception vs. Reality

Three More Ill. Legislators Announce Retirement

Gov. Rauner Vetoes Geolocation Bill to Protect Business

Illinois Jobs

Bipartisan Legislation an Important Tool for Job Growth in Illinois

Illinois: Gambling

Illinois Education

Illinois: Opioid Epidemic

Economic Development: Amazon

Reps. Currie, Sente to Retire; AG Madigan Out

Procurement Streamlining a Win for Illinois Business

Ill. Senate, House Release Fall Veto Schedules

New UI Process Streamlines Tax Experience

U.S. Chamber: Tax Reform

U.S. Chamber: Overtime Rule Update

New Form I-9 Required by Sept. 18, 2017

Member News
If you have news to share with your fellow members, please forward to info@aurorachamber.com. Be sure and check out our blog and social media for what’s happening in our region.IMSA Announces Dr. Kelly Page as Research Fellow

DecisionOne Dental Welcomes West Aurora Family Dental

Protection from Discrimination

Give Military Members a Gift from Home

Valley Fastener Group to Celebrate National Manufacturing Day

Free Fall Leaf Collection Begins Oct. 16

Aurora Enters Nationwide Bloomberg Mayor’s Challenge

2017 IN2@IMSA Fall FUNshops

2018 USA Badminton Junior National Championships to be Held in Aurora Area

Oct. 1: National Mental Health Week

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 Bee Atomic on behalf of Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Chamber Member News for Week of Oct. 16

Monday, October 16th, 2017
Header
October 16, 2017
In This Issue

 

Quick Links

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Elite Members

For more information contact the chamber.

95.9 The River
Aaron’s
Above Board Indoor Environmental
Accurate Personnel
Advance Auto Parts
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora Bank & Trust
Aurora Limousine
Aurora University
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Beans Greens Proteins
Caterpillar, Inc.
Chicago Steel Hockey Team
City Segment
ComEd
Company 251
Copy King Office Solutions, Inc.
CyrusOne
Do or Dye Designs
Dolan & Murphy
Downtown Auroran Magazine
Eagle Digital Marketing
Endiro Coffee
First Secure Community Bank
Ice Miller LLP
+Intention
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency, Inc.
Magnetrol International, Inc.
Meyer Wealth Advisors
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Old Second National Bank
OnLight Aurora
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pilmer Real Estate
Pipe Fitters Local 597
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
Pure Skin Solutions, LLC
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush-Copley Medical Center
S&S Metal Recyclers II
ServPro of Aurora
Sign*A*Rama
SmithAmundsen, LLC
Staffing Network
Steffes & Associates Language and Translation (SALT)
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
The Voice
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
Woodforest National Bank
WSPY

Welcome New Members

Woodforest National Bank
Jodi Reeves
140 S. River Street, Suite 114, Aurora
(630) 338-5164
Banks

Aaron’s
Casey Pristou
1218 N. Lake Street, Aurora
(630) 723-5300
Home Furnishings & Accessories

West Aurora Family Dental
Susan Schramm
1940 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora
(630) 892-8224
Dentists

Quality Logo Products, Inc.
Kelsey Brown
724 N. Highland Avenue, Aurora
(866) 312-5646
Promotional Products

 

Contact Us

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

 

 

Ill. Dem. Gubernatorial Candidate Forum Wednesday
Gubernatorial Candidate Forum

On Wednesday, Oct. 18, the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce will join Daily Herald Media Group, Business Ledger, ABC-7 News and several other business organizations to host a gubernatorial candidate forum focusing on business-related issues facing Illinois. The event will be from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Victoria in the Park, 1700 Elmhurst Road, Mount Prospect.

Candidates confirmed to attend include J.B. Pritzker, Daniel Biss, Ameya Pawar, Bob Daiber, Scott Drury, Alexander Paterakis, Chris Kennedy, and Tio Hardiman.

$25 admission includes breakfast, networking, and forum. Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/democratic-gubernatorial -candidate-forum-tickets-37242741041. When ordering your ticket(s), enter Aurora in the Promo Code box.

Did You Know….
The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce exists to be the Champion for a stronger community. We connect our employers with the educational community and government to support workforce development as well as worksite wellness and more. Last fiscal year, the Aurora Chamber counted 72 collaborative partners working on 57 community improvement projects.
Special Needs Resource a Success
Special Needs Resource Fair

Hundreds of families turn out Saturday, Oct. 14, for the Fox Valley Special Needs Resource Fair. More than 40 service providers were on hand to share resources, services, and programs to benefit the community. View more details.

You’re Invited: Small-Business Vendor Fair
Small Business Vendor Fair
Friday, Oct. 27, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Waubonsee Community College, 18 S. River St. Aurora

The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce – in partnership with the City of Aurora and Metra as well as other organizations – will provide small business owners the opportunity to meet and network with prime contractors, subcontractors and assist agencies.

This event will provide one free educational workshop: DBE Certification 101. This workshop will discuss Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) qualifications, as well as, the documents that are needed when submitting a certification application and how to avoid common mistakes.

To register, contact Romayne Newton at rnewton@metrarr.com with the names of the individuals that will be attending.

Premier Members
Premier Members
Calendar of Events
Dem. Gubernatorial Candidate Forum
Wednesday, Oct. 18, 7:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Victoria in the Park, 1700 Elmhurst Road, Mount Prospect

Enterprise Car Sales
Congratulations to Enterprise Car Sales on their recent ribbon cutting and opening.

Small Business Vendor Fair
Friday, Oct. 27, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Waubonsee Community College, 18 S. River St. Aurora

For more Chamber and community events, visit the AuroraChamber.com calendar of events.

Public Policy Update
For the latest in public policy news, be sure and like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

Visit the Chamber blog:

Ill. Budget Update

Rep. David Harris Latest to Announce

Manufacturing: Perception vs. Reality

Three More Ill. Legislators Announce Retirement

Gov. Rauner Vetoes Geolocation Bill to Protect Business

Illinois Jobs

Bipartisan Legislation an Important Tool for Job Growth in Illinois

Illinois: Gambling

Illinois Education

Illinois: Opioid Epidemic

Economic Development: Amazon

Reps. Currie, Sente to Retire; AG Madigan Out

Procurement Streamlining a Win for Illinois Business

Ill. Senate, House Release Fall Veto Schedules

New UI Process Streamlines Tax Experience

U.S. Chamber: Tax Reform

U.S. Chamber: Overtime Rule Update

New Form I-9 Required by Sept. 18, 2017

Member News
Cosmopolitan Club
Cosmopolitan Club of Aurora welcomed Aurora Chamber staff at their recent meeting.

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

Public Invited to Blackhawk Park Grand Opening Oct. 18

Protection from Discrimination

Give Military Members a Gift from Home

Valley Fastener Group to Celebrate National Manufacturing Day

Free Fall Leaf Collection Begins Oct. 16

You’re Invited: Small-Business Vendor Fair

Special Needs Fair to Connect Residents with Services

Aurora Enters Nationwide Bloomberg Mayor’s Challenge

NIU Law School Names Irvin ‘Alumnus of the Year’

2017 IN2@IMSA Fall FUNshops

Congratulations! Mayor Irvin Elected to IML Board

2018 USA Badminton Junior National Championships to be Held in Aurora Area

IMSA Named One of the Top 100 Finalists for the 16th Annual Chicago Innovation Awards

Oct. 1: National Mental Health Week

Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce | 43 W. Galena Blvd. Aurora, Illinois 60506
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Give Military Members a Gift from Home

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

The City of Aurora’s annual Gifts from Home program provides our hardworking active members of the military a reminder from their hometown during the holidays.

Gifts from Home supplies Aurora residents who are actively serving in the military — at home or abroad — with a gift box that includes mixed nuts, Aurora memorabilia, and a card during the holiday season.

“Thank you, Aurora, for the awesome gift. Your support is truly appreciated,” said Jeremiah Anderson Perez, a soldier in the United States Army who was surprised to receive his gift from home.

To register an active member of the military, visit www.aurora-il.org/GiftsFromHome to submit an online registration or email the following information to MyAurora@aurora-il.org:

  •  Active military member name and rank
  • Complete military address as it should appear line-by-line
  • Branch of service and current station
  • Home address in Aurora
  • Name, relationship and daytime phone of person submitting

“As a young soldier, receiving mail from home was heartwarming,” said Mayor Richard Irvin, a veteran of  US Army who served in Desert Shield and Desert Storm. “Something like this from the City would have inspired me to work even harder.”

To ensure timely deliver for the holidays, the deadline to submit information for this year’s program is Friday, Nov. 17.

Call (630) 256-3371 for additional details.

Aurora Enters Nationwide Bloomberg Mayor’s Challenge

Sunday, October 1st, 2017

The City of Aurora is one of 24 cities in Illinois – and 555 cities nationwide – competing in the 2017 Mayor’s Challenge, a nationwide ideas competition sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies.

The initiative is designed to help city leaders think big, be bold, and uncover inventive – and, ultimately, shareable – ideas that tackle today’s toughest problems. The Challenge is the first investment in the $200 million American Cities Initiative, a recently announced suite of new and expanded offerings from Bloomberg Philanthropies that will strengthen U.S. cities through bold leadership.

“We are excited and more than ready to enter the 2017 Mayor’s Challenge,” said Aurora Mayor Richard C. Irvin. “This process will provide us the opportunity to compete for funding to solve local challenges and the ability to benchmark best practices from cities throughout the nation.”

The 555 cites that entered the competition have the potential to impact nearly 100 million citizens. Cities of every size, geography, and political affiliation are involved, representing an increased interest in finding creative solutions to challenges.

“The incredible response to this year’s Challenge really shows how cities are taking the reins to drive our nation forward – and how eager mayors are to collaborate and try new things,” said Michael R. Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies and three-term Mayor of New York City. “We’re looking forward to seeing the great ideas that cities propose and develop through the Challenge.”

As part of the application process, Bloomberg Philanthropies hosted an “Idea Accelerator” workshop in Aurora last week – one of 300 such workshops held throughout the country. To help spur actionable ideas, the full-day session provided participants with cutting-edge strategies and tools to identify and address the most pressing concerns in Aurora.

“The information and exercises at the workshop were extremely helpful in guiding our idea generation process,” said Dr. Adrienne Holloway, Aurora’s Chief Innovation Officer. “It definitely helped our great cross-section of Aurora stakeholders who attended to generate solid ideas for our application.”

In January 2018, Bloomberg Philanthropies will award 35 “Champion Cities” $100,000 each to prioritize issues facing their cities, develop homegrown solutions, and bring these ideas to life. This funding will give each city the chance to test and refine its idea, creating a coast-to-coast laboratory for civic innovation. In October 2018, five Mayors Challenge winners will be selected based on each idea’s vision for tackling an urgent challenge, promise for impact and successful implementation, and potential to spread to other cities. One city will win the $5 million grand prize; four others will receive $1 million implementation awards.

 

About Bloomberg Philanthropies

Bloomberg Philanthropies works in over 120 countries around the world to ensure better, longer lives for the greatest number of people. The organization focuses on five key areas for creating lasting change: Arts, Education, Environment, Government Innovation, and Public Health. Bloomberg Philanthropies encompasses all of Michael R. Bloomberg’s charitable activities, including his foundation and his personal giving. In 2016, Bloomberg Philanthropies distributed $600 million

 

2017 IN2@IMSA Fall FUNshops

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

IN2 will offer four different middle school fall FUNshops for students grades 6th-8th.  Spots are filling up fast so secure your spot soon!

IN2 Design Thinking: Crafting the Perfect Lemonade Stand

Saturday October 14,2017; 10 am – Noon @IN2

Fee: $45; grades 6-8

Class Size: 22 paid spaces +

2 scholarships

Imagine yourself in charge of creating the most successful lemonade stand possible. Where do you even begin? What recipe do your customers want? Where do you setup your lemonade stand? All those questions and more will be answered in this fun yet informative hands-on entrepreneurship workshop. Join us as we explore how techniques that real companies use to sketch their products like Design Thinking can be applied to outline the perfect lemonade stand. And yes…you will be making lemonade. Presented by IMSA eleMENT students.

 

IN2 Makerspace: Introduction to 3D Modeling

Saturday October 21,2017; 10 am – Noon @ IN2

Fee: $45; grades 6-8

Class Size:  11 paid spaces +

1 scholarship                                                                                       

Are you an inventor, an artist, or a future engineer? In the modern world, that means you need to know 3D Modeling and CAD software. This workshop teaches you 3D modeling fundamentals and sets you on the path to making your own designs in less than an hour. Draw gear assemblies for robots, create action figures to 3D print later, or design your own dream house. We’ll use the free-for-students Autodesk Fusion 360 to teach you the basics and get you ready to design on your own. We provide the technology, you provide the awesome ideas. Laptops provided.

 

IN2: Startup Mystery Box Challenge

Saturday November 18,2017; 10 am – Noon @ IN2

Fee: $45; grades 6-8

Class Size: 22 paid spaces +

2 scholarship

We have a box full of __________ (it’s a surprise). Once you open the box, you have 90 minutes to think like an entrepreneur and figure out the best thing to do with the contents. This is a simulation game, team competition that calls on collaboration, creative problem solving and entrepreneurial thinking. Practice using a Business Model Canvas, Design Thinking and Kanban methods–the same as real startups–and develop a brand that attracts interested customers who really need your product or service. Become a better problem solver and, as a team, achieve the greatest potential value for your efforts.

 

IN2 Makerspace: Holiday Cards and Stickers

Saturday December 9, 2017; 10 am – Noon @ IN2

Fee: $45; grades 6-8

Class Size:  11 paid spaces +

1 scholarship

This winter get out of the cold and craft some holiday gifts. Learn to use technology to make your crafting faster, and more fun. In this workshop we’ll use the Silhouette Cameo Craft Cutter to design and cut our own Vinyl stickers and Holiday Cards. Try your hand at stick-on snowflakes, snowman cards, or paper reindeer ornaments. We’ll provide the materials and technology, so bring your brilliant ideas and holiday spirit.

Manufacturing: Perception vs. Reality

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

Manufacturing Day is designed to show students, parents, educators, and their communities, what is really happening in modern manufacturing.

Why? A recent study by Deloitte revealed the conundrum we face in the industry: Americans recognize the importance of the manufacturing industry yet they don’t have a positive impression of current manufacturing jobs.

In fact, roughly one-third of Americans surveyed wouldn’t encourage their children to pursue a manufacturing career, pointing to concerns around job security and stability, weak career path, and poor pay. As anyone close to the manufacturing industry knows, many of these concerns couldn’t be further from reality.

So what can you do? Know the facts:

  • The average tenure of workers in the manufacturing industry is highest among all private sector industries at 9.1 years. The industry also has one of the lowest employee turnover rates (2.3 percent) among all private-sector jobs.
  • Modern manufacturing jobs require sophisticated technical and problem-solving skills. With many senior-level Baby Boomers retiring, we’ll see many job openings in high-skilled, high-tech positions, as well as in leadership positions.
  • The average manufacturing worker in the U.S. earns almost more than $20,000 above the average employee working in other industries: $81,289 for the average manufacturing worker compared to $63,830 for the average U.S. worker.

And, of course, participate in Manufacturing Day! MFG DAY received consistently high marks with student event attendees:

  • 88 percent indicated the activities/tours are interesting and engaging
  • 89 percent became more aware of manufacturing jobs in their communities
  • 84 percent were more convinced that manufacturing provides careers that are interesting and rewarding
  • 64 percent were more motivated to pursue careers in manufacturing.

This Week’s Member News, Emergency Planning, Gov. Debate

Monday, September 25th, 2017
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95.9 The River
Above Board Indoor Environmental
Accurate Personnel
Advance Auto Parts
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora Bank & Trust
Aurora Limousine
Aurora University
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Beans Greens Proteins
Caterpillar, Inc.
Chicago Steel Hockey Team
City Segment
ComEd
Company 251
Copy King Office Solutions, Inc.
CyrusOne
Do or Dye Designs
Dolan & Murphy
Downtown Auroran Magazine
Eagle Digital Marketing
Endiro Coffee
First Secure Community Bank
Ice Miller LLP
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency, Inc.
Magnetrol International, Inc.
Meyer Wealth Advisors
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Old Second National Bank
OnLight Aurora
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pilmer Real Estate
Pipe Fitters Local 597
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
Pure Skin Solutions, LLC
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush-Copley Medical Center
S&S Metal Recyclers II
ServPro of Aurora
Sign*A*Rama
SmithAmundsen, LLC
Steffes & Associates Language and Translation (SALT)
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
The Voice
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
WSPY

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Magick Woods, Inc.
Susan Peradotti
1600 Sequoia Drive, Aurora
(847) 452-5912
Home Designs

Casa Dei Bambini Montessori
Salim Ali
432 Belvedere Lane, Aurora
(630) 907-7554
Education

Cain & Abel House West East
Steven Hathorne
31 W. Downer Place, Aurora
(331) 212-1065
Community-Based Organization

 

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What You Need to Know: Emergency Preparedness
Emergency Preparedness

When business is disrupted, it can cost money. Lost revenues plus extra expenses means reduced profits. Insurance does not cover all costs and cannot replace customers that defect to the competition. A continuity plan to continue business is essential. This WYNTK seminar will assist businesses and organizations in developing a preparedness program by providing tools to create a plan that addresses the impact of many hazards.

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Calendar of Events
WYNTK: Emergency Preparedness Planning
Tuesday, Sept.. 26, 8 a.m.
Chamber offices, 43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, Sept. 28, 8 – 9:30 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora
Sponsored by City Segment

5th Anniversary: McLaughlin & Associates
Thursday, Sept. 28, 3:30 – 7:00 p.m.
495 N. Commons Dr. Ste. 103, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 4:15 p.m.

Jump Start Your Membership Profile
Tuesday, Oct. 3, 8:30 – 10 a.m.
Chamber Offices, 43 W. Galena Blvd, Aurora

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Three More Ill. Legislators Announce Retirement

Gov. Rauner Vetoes Geolocation Bill to Protect Business

Illinois Jobs

Bipartisan Legislation an Important Tool for Job Growth in Illinois

Illinois: Gambling

Illinois Education

Illinois: Opioid Epidemic

Economic Development: Amazon

Reps. Currie, Sente to Retire; AG Madigan Out

Procurement Streamlining a Win for Illinois Business

Ill. Senate, House Release Fall Veto Schedules

New UI Process Streamlines Tax Experience

U.S. Chamber: Tax Reform

U.S. Chamber: Overtime Rule Update

New Form I-9 Required by Sept. 18, 2017

Join Us for an Ill. Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Forum on Oct. 18
Gubernatorial Candidate Forum

On Wednesday, Oct. 18, the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce will join Daily Herald Media Group, Business Ledger, ABC-7 News and several other business organizations to host a gubernatorial candidate forum focusing on business-related issues facing Illinois. The event will be from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Victoria in the Park, 1700 Elmhurst Road, Mount Prospect.

Candidates confirmed to attend include J.B. Pritzker, Daniel Biss, Ameya Pawar, Bob Daiber, Scott Drury, Alexander Paterakis, Chris Kennedy, and Tio Hardiman.

$25 admission includes breakfast, networking, and forum. Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/democratic-gubernatorial -candidate-forum-tickets-37242741041. When ordering your ticket(s), enter Aurora in the Promo Code box.

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

2018 USA Badminton Junior National Championships to be Held in Aurora Area

IMSA Named One of the Top 100 Finalists for the 16th Annual Chicago Innovation Awards

Oct. 1: National Mental Health Week

Walk to School Day: Oct. 5, 2017

EEI Announces Newly License Professional Engineer

Pumpkin Weekends throughout October at Blackberry Farm – 11 days in all

World-Renowned Artist Paints Multicultural Mural in Aurora

GAR Museum Earns Top Honors from Ill. Assoc. of Museums

Martin Lipton Joins Team at Konen Insurance

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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