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Internship program helping produce jobs in manufacturing

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Your Weekly Aurora Chamber Newsletter

Monday, July 21st, 2014
Here is this week’s newsletter to members of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. If you have Member News to include,
please send it to us by Wednesday the week prior to publication. For more information, contact the Chamber at (630) 256-3180.
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95.9 The River
Accurate Personnel
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Bad Monkey Circus
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Basil’s Greek Dining
BMO Harris
Cadence Fitness & Health Center
Cadence Health Convenient Care & Medical Offices
Caterpillar, Inc.
Central DuPage Hospital
Chicago Premium Outlets
ComEd
Continental Acura of Naperville
Continental Audi of Naperville
Continental Mazda of Naperville
Delnor Glen Senior Living
Delnor Hospital
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Global Data Sciences
Green Buddha Life Books dba E3HRA, LLC
Ice Miller LLP
Junior Achievement of Chicago – Western Division
K-Rise Systems, Inc.
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency
Liberty Mutual – Dawn Tully
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
Malcolm Wolf
McKesson
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Old Second National Bank
Organo Gold
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pipefitters Local 597
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush-Copley Medical Center
Ryland Homes – Ingham Park
S&S Metal Recyclers II
Safeguard Construction Company, Inc.
Sequoia General Contracting Corp.
Sign*A*Rama – Aurora
SmithAmundsen, LLC
St. Charles Bank & Trust
State Farm Insurance Companies
Stumm Insurance, LLC
The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield
The Voice
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
Wolf & Company LLP
WSPY

Welcome New Members

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

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

 

Contact Us

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

 

 

New Board Chair, Directors Named
New Board

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

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

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

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

For more information, visit the Chamber blog.

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

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

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

Ribbon Cutting:
State Farm Insurance – Omar Delgado

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

Diversity Network:
Business Before Hours

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

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

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

Thank You
Thank You

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

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

Members Celebrated

Sunnymere, Inc. has been providing quality, affordable, all-inclusive independent and assisted care for the elderly for 75 years. They celebrated this milestone with tours, a business after hours and a ribbon cutting.
Openings in Leads Group II
The Chamber’s Business Develop Leads Group II is looking for new members. They meet the second and fourth Wednesday of the month, from 8:00 to 9:15 a.m. Since the group is non-competitive, they are looking for members from the following industries: HVAC/Contracting, Graphic Design, Accounting, Financial Planning, Staffing Company, Promotional Items, or Sales Consulting/Training. The fee is $120 for six months. Contact Jane E. Abe, IOM, ACE, Director of Membership, if interested.
Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce | 43 W. Galena Blvd. Aurora, Illinois 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180 Fax: (630) 256-3189 | www.aurorachamber.com
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Aurora Regional Chamber Partners with ACCE, Lumina Foundation to Advance Regional Education Attainment Goals

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Manufacturing Careers Internship Program

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Aurora Area MCIP Overview

Manufacturing Careers Internship Program

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

 

What is the MCIP?

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

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

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

 

Benefits to Employers:

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

 

Partnerships

The MCIP builds and leverages alliances with local organizations including:

1) Kane County Department of Employment and Education

2) Local Manufacturers

3) Economic Development Organizations

4) Industry Associations and Local Chambers

5) Community Colleges

 

MCIP Timeline

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

August 6                      Manufacturer’s MCIP Internship Selection

August 8                      “Draft Day” – Intern assignments made

August 18                    Internship Program starts (approximately 240 hrs.)

September 26              Internship Program ends

 

Results

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

 

For more information contact:

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

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

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

 

For video overview go to:  www.worknetncc.com

Aurora Chamber Member News, Activities, Golf Highlights

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

 

Here is this week’s newsletter to members of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. If you have Member News to include,
please send it to us by Wednesday the week prior to publication. For more information, contact the Chamber at (630) 256-3180
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June 23, 2014
In This Issue

 

Quick Links

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Elite Members

For more information contact the chamber.

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

Welcome New Members

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

 

Contact Us

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Library Survey: Share Your Thoughts

Sunday, June 8th, 2014

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

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

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

 

News About Our Chamber Members

Sunday, June 8th, 2014

The Aurora Regional Fire Museum recently announced six new Board members, all who have experience serving community non-profits. With all the seats on the Board now filled, they look to the completion of such projects as a comprehensive history of the Aurora Fire Department and programming for summer school students.

Two suburban business leaders – Ricardo A. Alvarez and Susan A. Bill – have joined the Fox Valley United Way Board of Directors. Alvarez is the facility manager at the Caterpillar Aurora Plant in Montgomery, while Bill is a treasury services advisor at Castle Bank, Yorkville, where she manages an investment portfolio that totals more than $100 million.

Aurora University is hosting several informational session for those who are interested in continuing their educations. For those interested in nursing, there will be a Graduate Nursing Information Session on Tuesday, June 10, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Go to www.aurora.edu/nursingopenhouse to register. For those interested in applied behavior analysis, there will be an Applied Behavior Analysis Open House on Wednesday, June 11, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Go to www.aurora.edu/abaopenhouse to register. For those interested in social work, there will be a Doctor of Social Work Breakfast and Information Session on Saturday, June 14, at 10:00 a.m. Go to www.aurora.edu/dswinfo to register. For those interested in education, there will be a Doctor of Education Breakfast and Information Session on Wednesday, June 18, at 9:00 a.m. Go to www.aurora.edu/EdDInfo to register. For those interested in business, there will be a Graduate Business Programs Open House, also on Wednesday, June 18, at 6:00 p.m. Go to www.aurora.edu/gradbusiness to register.

Where are we in the recovery? How far is the economy from historical trend? NAI Hiffman will answer these questions and more at their Global Economic Outlook briefing on Wednesday, June 11, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Click here to register. For more information, please contact Craig Hurvitz, Director of Research, at (630) 693-0645 or churvitz@hiffman.com.

Win your dad the perfect Father’s Day gift on Thursday, June 12, from the Association for Individual Development. The basket includes grilling accessories and sauces, $10 gift certificate to Ream’s Meat Market and The Spice House, a bocce ball set, and four admission tickets to any regular season Kane County Cougars Baseball game—a $150 value. Contact Wendy Bialek at (847) 931-2294 to purchase a ticket, six for $5 or $1 each.

Join Hunter Gyington of Closer Consulting and Mike Cooper of Sales Kitchen for “The 2014 Sales Growth Challenge: Recipe for Results in the Second Half” workshop on June 12 and 19, from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. Learn to avoid mistakes when hiring sales people and how to identify good candidates, put them into action, and receive immediate results. Seating is limited. Continental breakfast will be provided. Click here to register.

Imagetec invites you to PRINT14 at Hyatt Regency in Schaumburg, IL, on June 12 and 13, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Details can be found at www.imagetec.com/print14.htm.

Bring the entire family to Naper Settlement’s Under the Stars & Stripes Camp Out—a unique overnight camping experience—from Friday, June 13, 5 p.m. through Saturday, June 14, 10 a.m. Enjoy a catered dinner, games and geocaching, roasted marshmallows, and a sing-a-long. Awake in the morning to a continental breakfast and tour of select historic buildings before the gates open to the public. Pre-register by June 11. Call (630) 420-6010.

The Quad County Urban League will host “Steps to Home Ownership” on Saturday, June 14, from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Expect workshops from the Joseph Corporation, Consumer Credit Counseling Service, BMO Harris N.A. Bank, Illinois Housing Department Authority, and Neighborhood Redevelopment Division.  For more information, contact Michael Rayford at (630) 901-9639.

Now is the time to sign up for Color Vibe 5K Chicago/Aurora Fun Run and Color Dance Party on Sunday, June 15 at RiverEdge Park. Proceeds go to benefit Communities in Schools in Aurora. Click here to register.

DayOneNetwork will host its annual, golf outing at Eagle Brook Country Club in Geneva on Monday, June 16, 2014. The event will feature raffles, auction items, drinks, lunch and dinner. All proceeds will go towards supporting DayOne’s services to our special needs community. Cost is $300 per golfer or $1000 per foursome. To register, go to www.dayonenetwork.org and click ‘events.’

The Breakfast Club at Sunnymere will meet on Wednesday, June 18, from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. A hot breakfast will be severed while Claire Anderson from Rush-Copley Medical Center holds an information session on “Congestive Heart Failure.” Admission is free.

Join State Representative Stephanie Kifowit at the Aurora Public Library (Eola Branch) on Thursday, June 19, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. and learn about how property tax is assessed, appeal rights, and more. The Township Assessors from DuPage County, Kane County, and Naperville Township will be on hand to answer any questions.

The Two Brothers Summer Festival is coming up, June 20-22. Enjoy three days of music with a focus on charity and community. General admission is $5 on Friday, $10 on Saturday, and free on Sunday. Go to www.twobrothersbrewing.com/summer-festival/ to find out more or to purchase tickets.

The Growing Place is hosting its annual Gardener’s Art Festival on Saturday, June 21, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at their Naperville location. The free event features more than 40 garden artists, live music, refreshments and educational presentations throughout the day covering a wide range of topics. For more information, call (630) 355-4000 or go to www.thegrowingplace.com.

 

Aurora East Educational Foundation (AEEF) will host its 13th Annual Golf Outing at Phillips Park Golf Course on Thursday, July 10, 2014. The event will feature raffles, auction items, prizes, drinks, lunch and dinner. All proceeds will go towards supporting educational programs that typically go unfunded. Cost is $125 per golfer or $450 per foursome. Several Sponsorship packages are available. Full event details are available by contacting Rhonda Mont at (630) 896-4678 or rmont@cordoganclark.com.

 

 

Employer Law Program This Week; Register for Golf, Reception

Monday, May 26th, 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
Header
2014 Golf Classic
May 27, 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
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Basils Greek Dining
BMO Harris NA
Cadence Fitness & Health Center
Cadence Health Convenient Care & Medical Offices
Caterpillar, Inc.
Central DuPage Hospital
Chicago Premium Outlets
ComEd
Continental Acura of Naperville
Continental Audi of Naperville
Continental Mazda of Naperville
Delnor Glen Senior Living
Delnor Hospital
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Global Data Sciences
Green Buddha Life Books dba E3HRA, LLC
Ice Miller LLP
Junior Achievement of Chicago – Western Division
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency, Inc.
Liberty Mutual – Dawn Tully
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
Malcolm Wolf
McKesson
Mind & Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Old Second National Bank
Organo Gold
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pipefitters Local 597
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush-Copley Medical Center
Ryland Homes – Ingham Park
S&S Metal Recyclers II
Safeguard Construction Company, Inc.
Sequoia General Contracting Corp.
Sign*A*Rama – Aurora
SmithAmundsen LLC
St. Charles Bank & Trust
State Farm Insurance Companies
Stumm Insurance, LLC
The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield
The Voice
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group LLC
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
Wolf & Company LLP
WSPY

Welcome New Members

Naperville Township
Rachel Ossyra
139 Water Str.
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 544-4927
Government & Municipal Services

Costco
Jessica Juarez
1320 S. Route 59
Naperville, IL 60564
(630) 328-2900
Retail

PLS – 954 E. New York St.
Manny Lopez
954 E. New York Str., Unit B
Aurora, IL 60505
(630) 851-4328
Loans

PLS – 902 N. Lake St.
Mari Garcia
902 N. Lake Str., Unit A
Aurora, IL 60506
(630) 264-1700
Loans

PLS – 1261 N. Lake St.
Karen Rega
1261 N. Lake Str., Unit K
Aurora, IL 60506
(630) 859-1000
Loans

PLS – 2904 E. Ogden Ave.
Maribel Acosta
2904 E. Ogden Ave.
Aurora, IL 60504
(630) 723-0500
Loans

PLS – 2150 W. Galena Blvd.
Sandy Tellez
2150 W. Galena Blvd.
Aurora, IL 60506
(630) 801-8033
Loans

Contact Us

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

 

Registration Now Open!
2014 Golf Classic
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Orchard Valley Golf Course, 2411 W. Illinois Ave., Aurora
Limited Sponsorships Remain; contact the Chamber for details.Did you know: Even you don’t golf, you can join us for the casual reception following the outing? We have several great items on the silent auction table from some great Chamber members. You’ll have to join us that evening to find out more — or maybe we’ll announce a few between now and that evening. Follow us on Facebook or twitter to find out more.

Thank you to our current list of sponsors: FirstMerit Bank, Cadence Health, Rush-Copley, BMO Harris Bank, Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley, River Front Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, Geneva Construction, Engineering Enterprises, KKC Imaging, Healy Chapel, Waubonsee Community College, Earthmover Credit Union, American Heartland Bank and Trust, Alarm Detection Systems, Kelmscott Communications, Village of North Aurora, Old Second National Bank, Hollywood Casino – Aurora, Continental Audi of Naperville, Imagetec, Rasmussen College, Konen Insurance Agency, Wine Sergi Insurance, Heartland Recycling CCDD, Valley Fastener Group LLC, Van’s Lock & Key Service, and R.C. Wegman Construction Company.

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This Thursday:
Will Recent Changes to Exempt Class Impact You, Your Business?
Thursday, May 29, at 8:30 a.m.
Aurora Chamber offices, 43 W. Galena Blvd., AuroraWhat are the current FLSA requirements for exempt and non-exempt employees? How can these new regulations impact your business? Join us for this crash course and get answers. Julie Proscia, partner with SmithAmundsen, will lead the discussion and help you prepare.This program will prepare attendees by reviewing:

  • Current classification of employees as exempt or nonexempt under the current FLSA regulations and state law to ensure current compliance.
  • Pay policies and work rules to ensure current compliance and helping to identify any that may need to be updated.
  • Processes in place to track hours worked

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Public Policy News
The General Assembly session is scheduled to adjourn May 31; budget and revenue matters remain the topic of focusThe Aurora Regional Chamber monitors pending legislation that may have an impact on our business members. If you have questions, or would like to share your thoughts on the Chamber’s legislative agenda, please contact the Chamber.

Follow up on twitter and Facebook for breaking news on public policy action as it happens.

Mark Your Calendars:
Programs forMember Businesses
Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, May 27, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber officesBusiness Development Leads Group 2
Wednesday, May 28, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Ribbon Cutting:
Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry
Wednesday, May 28, at 5:30 p.m.
Open House from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
1110 Jericho Road, Aurora

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, May 29, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Drive, Aurora
$12 Aurora Chamber members
$15 General Admission
Co-sponsored by Popular Community Bank
Register

Business Owners, Managers:
Changes to Exempt Class May Impact You

Thursday, May 29, at 8:30 a.m.
Chamber offices, 43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora
Register

Diversity Network:
Business Before Hours

In Partnership with the
Quad County African American Chamber of Commerce
Tuesday, June 3, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices
Register

Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, June 10, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business Development Leads Group 2
Wednesday, June 11, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Ambassador Committee
Thursday, June 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Chamber offices

FirstMerit Bank presents
the 2014 Aurora Chamber Golf Classic

Tuesday, June 17, from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Orchard Valley Golf Course, 2411 W. Illinois Avenue, Aurora
$175 Aurora Chamber members
$225 General Admission
Register

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Member News
Naper Settlement is proud to participate in Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel including National Guard and Reserve and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2014. The program provides families an opportunity to enjoy the nation’s cultural heritage and learn more about their new communities after a military move.This May, head to Hotel Arista Spa and Salon and save up to $35 on special spa packages, including facials, massages, and body treatments. To book an appointment or get more information, call (630) 579-3650.

Today is the last day of Heartland Blood Centers’ Aurora facility’s Memorial Day Blood Drive. Donate by 7:00 p.m. today, May 27, in order to participate. To schedule an appointment, please call 1-800-7TO-GIVE (1-800-786-4483) or go online to www.heartlandbc.org. Photo ID Required.

The Salvation Army’s Donut Days will be May 30 and 31 and June 6 and 7 this year. Volunteers are needed to sign up for two hour shifts between 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. to accept monetary donations for The Salvation Army’s emergency assistance programs. These programs help Aurora families with utilities, rent, medications, food, and others necessities. Contact Cindy Lawrence at (630) 897-7265 , or cynthia_lawrence@usc.salvationarmy.org if interested.

Waubonsee Community College is hosting a “Focused Sales Planning and Goal Setting” workshop at the Aurora Campus on Friday, May 30, from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. Cost is $99. To sign up for this and other workforce development classes like it this summer, click here.

Leave the driving to Naper Settlement and go on a Historic Chicago Bus Tour on Saturday, May 31, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The luxury coach bus provides comfortable transportation for a day that’s all about history! Tickets are $65. Call (630) 420-6010 to reserve your spot.

Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry invites the public to an Open House at their new location at 1110 Jericho Road on Saturday, May 31, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. There will be self-guided tours and refreshments will be served. Email info@aurorafoodpantry.org for details.

The Growing Place has planned a “For the Birds” weekend. Go on a bird walk at the Aurora location on Saturday, May 31, at 8:30 a.m., and then stick around to learn what plants attract birds from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. At 1:00 p.m., there will be a class on how to make a mosaic birdbath. Cost is $125; materials and use of tools are included. Email grow@thegrowingplace.com for more information.

The 6th Annual Car Show at Jennings Terrace Senior Living Community is Sunday, June 1, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The car entry fee is just $10 and includes a free breakfast buffet on-site. The public is welcome to come out and enjoy the car show, buffet, out-door grill, music and 50/50 raffle.  All proceeds go to benefit Jennings Terrace.

Find a safer, healthier you at the “Safety for all Ages” event at the Prisco Community Center on Thursday, June 5, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. There will be door prizes, refreshments, a complimentary healthy lunch sponsored by Rush-Copley and the City of Aurora, and presentations put on by the Kane County Shierif’s Department, Aurora University, and more. Space is limited, so please register by May 30 by calling (630) 859-8606.

The YWCA of Aurora‘s Ready for Anything: Women’s Empowerment Workshops wraps up with “Don’t Worry, Be Happy,” presented by Julia Skeesick, certified professional coach and owner of LifeScape Strategic Coaching and Speaking, on Thursday, June 5, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the Aurora Police Department Community Room. To register, visit www.ywcaaurora.org/readyforanything.

Registration is now open for employers interested in participating in the 2014 Kendall County Job and Resource Fair at Waubonsee Community College’s Plano Campus on Friday, June 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Space is limited and employers are encouraged to register by Wednesday, May 28 at https://www.waubonsee.edu/experience/services/career/job-fairs/employer-fairs/index.php.

Join the Huskies this summer as the administrative staff and the head coaches of some of Northern Illinois University’s sports teams hit the road. They will be at The Foundry in Aurora on Wednesday, June 4. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Enjoy music, a cash bar, appetizers and a raffle. Admission is $5, $10 at the door. To reserve your spot today, RSVP by calling (815) 753-PACK or visit www.niuhuskies.com.

The 2014 Chicagoland Tour de Cure is Sunday, June 8, at Two Brothers Roundhouse. Bike riders of all levels can join forces in the fight to Stop Diabetes® and raise critical funds for diabetes research, education and advocacy in support of the American Diabetes Association. Registration is $25, with a minimum fundraising goal of $200. To sign up or donate, click here.

Now is the time to sign up for the 2014 GiGi’s Playhouse 5K: Run, Walk and Dash for Down Syndrome on Sunday, June 8, at the Sears Center. Registration is $25 per person until June 5, and $35 per person after. If interested in participating or supporting the cause, click here.

DayOneNetwork will host its annual, golf outing at Eagle Brook Country Club in Geneva on Monday, June 16, 2014. The event will feature raffles, auction items, drinks, lunch and dinner. All proceeds will go towards supporting DayOne’s services to our special needs community. Cost is $300 per golfer or $1000 per foursome. To register, go to www.dayonenetwork.org and click ‘events.’

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Phone: (630) 256-3180 Fax: (630) 256-3189 | www.aurorachamber.com
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Public Policy, Exempt Labor Update, Golf Open

Monday, May 19th, 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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May 19, 2014
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95.9 The River
Accurate Personnel
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Bad Monkey Circus
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Basil’s Greek Dining
BMO Harris
Cadence Fitness & Health Center
Cadence Health Convenient Care & Medical Offices
Caterpillar, Inc.
Central DuPage Hospital
Chicago Premium Outlets
ComEd
Continental Acura of Naperville
Continental Audi of Naperville
Continental Mazda of Naperville
Delnor Glen Senior Living
Delnor Hospital
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Global Data Sciences
Ice Miller LLP
Junior Achievement of Chicago – Western Division
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency
Liberty Mutual – Dawn Tully
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
Malcolm Wolf
McKesson
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Old Second National Bank
Organo Gold
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pipefitters Local 597
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush-Copley Medical Center
Ryland Homes – Ingham Park
S&S Metal Recyclers II
Safeguard Construction Company, Inc.
Sequoia General Contracting Corp.
Sign*A*Rama – Aurora
SmithAmundsen, LLC
St. Charles Bank & Trust
State Farm Insurance Companies
Stumm Insurance, LLC
The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield
The Voice
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
WSPY

Welcome New Members

Nationwide Insurance
Joseph Cassidy
910 Roosevelt Rd.
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
(513) 310-5629
Insurance

 

Contact Us

Mail: 43 W. Galena Blvd.
Aurora, Illinois 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180
Fax: (630) 256-3189
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Registration Now Open!
2014 Golf Classic
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Orchard Valley Golf Course, 2411 W. Illinois Ave., Aurora
Limited Sponsorships Remain; contact the Chamber for details.
Register
Will Recent Changes to Exempt Class
Impact You, Your Business?
Thursday, May 29, at 8:30 a.m.
Aurora Chamber offices, 43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora

What are the current FLSA requirements for exempt and non-exempt employees? How can these new regulations impact your business? Join us for this crash course and get answers. Julie Proscia, partner with SmithAmundsen, will lead the discussion and help you prepare.

Earlier this year, President Barack Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum directing his Secretary of Labor to update the regulations to expand the number of employees eligible for overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The president was expected to take more specific action based on statements made by White House personnel, but he left virtually all of the details to the United States Department of Labor.

The president set the stage for the Department of Labor to narrow the exceptions to the FLSA by discussing the failure of the executive or professional exemption to keep up with inflation. Commonly known as the “white-collar exemption,” the provision allows employers to classify many workers as executive, administrative, or professional, and exempt from the overtime laws.

This program will prepare attendees by reviewing:

  • Current classification of employees as exempt or nonexempt under the current FLSA regulations and state law to ensure current compliance.
  • Pay policies and work rules to ensure current compliance and helping to identify any that may need to be updated.
  • Processes in place to track hours worked

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Public Policy News
With just two weeks left in the General Assembly session before the scheduled May 31 adjournment date, lawmakers are focusing on budget and revenue matters. Last Thursday, the House voted on 73 separate appropriations bills that in total exceeded available state revenues – leading most observers to believe a vote on the extension of the temporary income tax increase will follow.

Last week, business leaders testified in opposition to a bill presented by Speaker Michael Madigan in House Labor Committee to place an advisory referendum on the November ballot asking voters whether or not Illinois’ minimum wage should be raised to $10 an hour. This advisory referendum is largely seen as an attempt to inject class warfare into the 2014 Illinois gubernatorial campaign by placing an issue on the ballot that can help turn out populist voters for Democrat incumbent Pat Quinn’s re-election, but the threat is very real for Illinois small businesses.

Increases in the minimum wage fall disproportionately on small businesses who are the least able to absorb such a dramatic increase in their labor costs. It also affects employer costs by increasing unemployment insurance rates and Social Security taxes. This can worsen an already adverse business environment in which employers bear costs that are already stifling their ability to grow and create jobs.

Raising the minimum wage has not proven to reduce poverty or narrow the income gap and puts a stranglehold on Illinois’ top job creators: small businesses.

The Aurora Regional Chamber monitors pending legislation that may have an impact on our business members. If you have questions, or would like to share your thoughts on the Chamber’s legislative agenda, please contact the Chamber.

Follow up on twitter and Facebook for breaking news on public policy action as it happens.

Mark Your Calendars:
Programs forMember Businesses
Coffee & Connections Networking Event
Tuesday, May 20, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Painters District Council #30, 1905 Sequoia Dr., Aurora
Co-sponsored by Sunnymere, Inc.
Register

Ribbon Cutting:
World Relief Aurora

Thursday, May 22, at 4:30 p.m.
Open House from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
73 S. LaSalle Street, Aurora

Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, May 27, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business Development Leads Group 2
Wednesday, May 28, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, May 29, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Drive, Aurora
$12 Aurora Chamber members
$15 General Admission
Co-sponsored by Popular Community Bank
Register

Changes to Exempt Class May Impact You
Thursday, May 29, at 8:30 a.m.
Chamber offices, 43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora
Register

Diversity Network:
Business Before Hours

In Partnership with the Quad County African American Chamber of Commerce
Tuesday, June 3, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices
Register

Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, June 10, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business Development Leads Group 2
Wednesday, June 11, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Ambassador Committee
Thursday, June 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Chamber offices

FirstMerit Bank presents the 2014 Aurora Chamber Golf Classic
Tuesday, June 17, from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Orchard Valley Golf Course, 2411 W. Illinois Avenue, Aurora
$175 Aurora Chamber members
$225 General Admission
Register

Premier Members
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Member News
This May, head to Hotel Arista Spa and Salon and save up to $35 on special spa packages, including facials, massages, and body treatments. To book an appointment or get more information, call (630) 579-3650.

Kluber Architects & Engineers was selected as a 2014 recipient of the Daily Herald Business Ledger’s Annual Award for Business Excellence in the architecture and construction category. These awards are given in recognition of business achievement, growth and community involvement across 11 categories. President Michael Kluber was also reappointed by Mayor Thomas J. Weisner to the City of Aurora Electrical Commission this past February. Michael has been a dedicated member of the city’s Boards and Commissions since 1994, making this his 20th year of service to Aurora.

Last month, Sunnymere, Inc. was able to purchase an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) thanks to a grant from the Rush-Copley Foundation, through the Fox Valley Heart Fund. Sunnymere is grateful for the donation, which will no doubt help their independent and assisted senior living community.

Waubonsee Community College invites you to “Build Your Professional Brand Using LinkedIn” at the Aurora Campus on Tuesday, May 20, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Cost is $49. To sign up for this and other workforce development classes like it this summer, click here.

Donate blood at Heartland Blood Centers‘ Aurora facility on Wednesday, May 21, between 11:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. and receive a ticket to a Kane County Cougar Baseball game and be treated to a hot dog and chips! To schedule an appointment, please call 1-800-7TO-GIVE (1-800-786-4483) or go online to www.heartlandbc.org. Photo ID Required.

If you work with or have children, learn how to encourage and enhance their scientific nature with the YWCA of Aurora and The DuPage Children’s Museum’s Science and Nature Training on Wednesday, May 21, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The fee is $20. Click here to register.

My Fathers Hands is hosting a golf outing at Orchard Valley Golf Course on Friday, May 23. Check-in is at 12:00 p.m., the shotgun start is at 1:30 p.m. and dinner, awards, and auctions will wrap it all up at 6:00 p.m. Visit http://bit.ly/fathershands for more information.

The Growing Place invites you to their seminar “Landscaping 101: Rain Gardens” on Saturday, May 24, at 10:00 a.m. Find out how to build a rain garden by learning about what elements are needed, plants that will thrive and the benefits of keeping water on your property. Email grow@thegrowingplace.com for more information.

Honor fallen soldiers at the annual Memorial Day Parade in downtown Aurora on Monday, May 26. Come and show your appreciation and support. The pre-parade program begins at 11:15 a.m. at the Reviewing Stand in front of the David L. Pierce Art & History Center on Downer Place. The parade begins at 12:00 pm.

Registration is now open for employers interested in participating in the 2014 Kendall County Job and Resource Fair at Waubonsee Community College‘s Plano Campus. Space is limited and employers are encouraged to register by Wednesday, May 28 at https://www.waubonsee.edu/job-fairs.

The Salvation Army‘s Donut Days will be May 30 and 31 and June 6 and 7 this year. Volunteers are needed to sign up for two hour shifts between 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. to accept monetary donations for The Salvation Army’s emergency assistance programs. These programs help Aurora families with utilities, rent, medications, food, and others necessities. Contact Cindy Lawrence at 630-897-7265 x13, or cynthia_lawrence@usc.salvationarmy.org if interested.

Leave the driving to Naper Settlement and go on a Historic Chicago Bus Tour on Saturday, May 31, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The luxury coach bus provides comfortable transportation for a day that’s all about history! Tickets are $65. Call (630) 420-6010 to reserve your spot.

More than 200 volunteers are needed to run the 2014 GiGi’s Playhouse 5K: Run, Walk and Dash for Down Syndrome on Sunday, June 8 at the Sears Center. Become one by signing up here.

Have you secured your foursome for the DayOneNetwork Golf Outing taking place Monday, June 16, at Eagle Brook Country Club yet? If not, register at www.dayonenetwork.org under ‘events.’

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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This Week’s News from the Aurora Chamber

Wednesday, May 7th, 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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May 07, 2014
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Accurate Personnel
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Bad Monkey Circus
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Basil’s Greek Dining
BMO Harris
Cadence Fitness & Health Center
Cadence Health Convenient Care & Medical Offices
Caterpillar, Inc.
Central DuPage Hospital
Chicago Premium Outlets
ComEd
Continental Acura of Naperville
Continental Audi of Naperville
Continental Mazda of Naperville
Delnor Glen Senior Living
Delnor Hospital
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Global Data Sciences
Ice Miller LLP
Junior Achievement of Chicago – Western Division
Konen Insurance Agency
Liberty Mutual – Dawn Tully
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
McKesson
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Old Second National Bank
Organo Gold
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pipefitters Local 597
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush-Copley Medical Center
S&S Metal Recycling
Safeguard Construction Co.
Sequoia General Contracting Corp.
Sign*A*Rama – Aurora
SmithAmundsen, LLC
State Farm Insurance Companies
St. Charles Bank & Trust
Stumm Insurance, LLC
The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield
The Voice
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
WERV FM Radio (Next Media)
WSPY

Welcome New Members

The Pep Boys – Manny, Moe & Jack
Steven Lelli
2945 Kirk Rd.
Aurora, IL 60502
(630) 820-2314
Automotive Supplies/Retail

Sears Appliance & Hardware
Sushil Prem
3 N. Randall Rd.
Batavia, IL 60510
(630) 406-7852
Retail

Tax Time Services, LLC
Arleen Garcia-Ortega
80 S. Lincoln Ave.
Aurora, IL 60505
(630) 701-2770
Tax Services

 

Contact Us

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

 

 

2014 State of the City Address
State of the City
State of the City
More than 400 business and community leaders attended Mayor Tom Weisner’s annual State of the City Address last week. Mayor Weisner highlighted the reduction in crime and the economic development advances of the past year. Students from throughout Aurora were able to watch the event via the internet broadcast. The Beacon-News article highlighting the event may be found here. In addition, Aurora’s cable access will be broadcasting the event; check your local cable guide for details.

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Public Policy News
With less than a month left in the Spring 2014 Legislative Session, efforts to support business and the State’s economic vitality remain the focus. On Wednesday the Illinois Chamber and National Federation of Independent Business held its annual Employer Action Day. Business leaders and local chamber executives from throughout the state converged on Springfield to advocate to legislators on key issues and learn the latest on tax reform in Illinois from leaders of the House and Senate Revenue committees and our efforts on further workers’ compensation reform.

After months of debate, the progressive income tax constitutional amendment is defeated. The last remaining legislative option, SJRCA 40, was declared dead by the primary sponsor Senator Don Harmon on Tuesday after the proponents failed to prove enough support in the House.

Last week two constitutional amendments initiated by Illinois citizens was filed at the Illinois Board of Elections. With 300,000 valid signatures from Illinois voters required for an amendment to be placed on the ballot, the Term Limits and Legislative Reform constitutional amendment filed 591,000 signatures and the Redistricting Reform constitutional amendment filed more than 530,000 signatures.

The Aurora Regional Chamber monitors pending legislation that may have an impact on our business members. If you have questions, or would like to share your thoughts on the Chamber’s legislative agenda, please contact the Chamber.

Follow up on twitter and Facebook for breaking news on public policy action as it happens.

Attn: All Employers
Changes to Exempt Class May Impact You
Thursday, May 29, at 8:30 a.m.
Aurora Chamber offices, 43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora

What are the current FLSA requirements for exempt and non-exempt employees? How can these new regulations impact your business? Join us for this crash course and get answers. Julie Proscia, partner with SmithAmundsen, will lead the discussion and help you prepare.

Register

Mark Your Calendars: Programs for
Member Businesses
Diversity Network
A collaboration with the Quad County African American Chamber of Commerce
Tuesday, May 6, at 8:00 AM.
Chamber offices
Register

Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, May 13, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business Development Leads Group 2 – OPEN HOUSE
Wednesday, May 14, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices
Contact Jane Abe, IOM, ACE, director of membership, for details.

Business After Hours at
Lutheran Bible Translators, Inc.

Thursday, May 15, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Lutheran Bible Translators, 303 N. Lake St., Aurora
Light hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served.
Register

Coffee & Connections Networking Event
Tuesday, May 20, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Painters District Council #30, 1905 Sequoia Dr., Aurora
Co-sponsored by Sunnymere, Inc.
Register

Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, May 27, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business Development Leads Group 2
Wednesday, May 28, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, May 29, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Cafe, 55 S. Commons Drive, Aurora
$12 Aurora Chamber members
$15 General Admission
Co-sponsored by Popular Community Bank
Register

Changes to Exempt Class May Impact You
Thursday, May 29, at 8:30 a.m.
Aurora Chamber offices, 43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora
Register

Premier Members
Premier Members
Member News
Engineering Enterprises, Inc. is pleased to announce the latest addition of their staff, Michael W. Schweisthal , E.I., a project engineer. Welcome!

Downtown Auroran Magazine‘s Spring 2014 “Music Issue,” which highlights the best in local music, is out now. Pick up an issue of this free arts and culture magazine at many fine local establishments in the Aurora area. Visit www.downtownauroran.wordpress.com for more information.

Registration is now open for employers interested in participating in the 2014 Kendall County Job and Resource Fair at Waubonsee Community College‘s Plano Campus. Space is limited and employers are encouraged to register by Wednesday, May 28 at https://www.waubonsee.edu/ experience.

Chick-fil-a presents Leadercast Live on Friday, May 9, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at The Compass Church of Naperville. Come listen to a HD simulcast featuring leaders in such fields as journalism, business, and psychology. To find out more and to see a full list of speakers, go to http://leadercast.com/ location/napervillethecompass.

Head to the Fox and Hound English Pub for Ladies’ Night on Friday, May 9, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., and shop local vendors, including Tastefully Simple, Younique, Lia Sophia, Passion Parties, Origami Owl, Jamberry, MaryKay, Muchacha Salsa, Usborne Books, Vitality Chiropractic and many more. Contact Brandy at 65016.ec@lastcallopco.com for details.

Change a life by becoming a tutor for Waubonsee Community College‘s Adult Literacy Project. Contact Elsie Mills at (630) 801-7900, ext. 4221, or emills@waubonsee.edu to preregister for training on May 10 and 17, 2014 (both days required), from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Come to Pure Health‘s Community Shred-it Event on Saturday, May 10, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and safety destroy old documents. Attend and win prizes, including a $500 Visa gift card. Pure Health will provide water, snacks, and tours of their facility as well.

The Growing Place invites you to their seminar “From Garden to Table: Our Favorite Recipes & Tips” on Saturday, May 10, at the Aurora location from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. Discover the pleasure of cooking with food you’ve grown yourself, with a focus on peppers, potatoes, and herbs. Contact The Growing Place for more information.

Join Sunnymere on Saturday, May 10, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. for their annual Ladies Tea. This year the entertainment will be George Vogrin, a chalk artist who draws to music. Light refreshments will be provided. Admission is free, but please call Renae at (630) 898-7844 to reserve a seat.

The Menta Group and Employment First-Team Transition invite interested employers to join them Tuesday, May 13, for the 2014 Transition Fair at White Pines Country Club, 500 W. Jefferson Street, in Bensenville. Students will be on hand from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Participating Chamber members include Fox Valley Park District, Waubonsee Community College, and Association for Individual Development. For details and information, contact The Menta Group.

The Beacon-News is proud to launch a series of events hosted by Editor-in-Chief Robert K. Elder and newly appointed vice president of digital content for Sun-Times Media Local. Join the Beacon-News at the kick-off of this community listening tour Wednesday, May 14, from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at the Copley Theatre, 8 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. RSVP to Nancy Stuenkel.

Celebrate a community that cares at the Fox Valley United Way‘s Annual Breakfast on Thursday, May 15 at Piper’s Banquets. Check-in is at 7:00 a.m. and the breakfast goes from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Admission is $20 per person, $175 per ten-person table. Register at www.uwfoxvalley.org.

YWCA Aurora welcomes Sheryl WuDunn, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and co-author of the New York Times bestselling book “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide,” as the keynote speaker of their Leaders of Change Luncheon. It will take place Thursday, May 15 at Piper’s Banquets from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Go to http://www.ywcaaurora.org/ leadersofchange for pricing and registration.

Join Representative Stephanie Kifowit, Attorney Doug Sury of Keay & Costello, and Patricia Keating of Exclusive Condominium Management for a HOA Information Session on Thursday. May 15, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Aurora Public Library, Eola Branch. Discuss the role of an owner and board member, and learn ten things every association should know.

My Fathers Hands is hosting a golf outing at Orchard Valley Golf Course on Friday, May 23. Check-in is at 12:00 p.m., the shotgun start is at 1:30 p.m. and dinner, awards, and auctions will wrap it all up at 6:00 p.m. Visit http://bit.ly/fathershands for more information.

Have you secured your foursome for the DayOneNetwork Golf Outing taking place Monday, June 16, at Eagle Brook Country Club yet? If not, register at www.dayonenetwork.org under ‘events.’

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