The holiday season is just around the corner, and once again we know that folks in our community will not have the means to celebrate the season. The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is partnering again this year with the Fox Valley United Way to make a difference.
While countless parents are telling their children that there will not be many gifts under the tree this year, a large number of children in our community will not be receiving any presents. It’s a luxury many parents cannot afford as they are simply trying to make ends meet. All donations will support the more than 130 local families who have reached out for help so far this year.
Want to make a difference for a family in need?
For more information, click here.
In addition to Dolan & Murphy, the drive is sponsored by a number of local businesses and organizations, including Prisco’s Family Market, The River 95.9 FM, The Beacon News, Cano Container Corporation, Douglas Carpet One, and Aurora Fastprint.
Additionally, this is the second year for the Matching Pallet Program. The pallet program is a challenge grant where five organizations have committed to match donations dollar for dollar up to $10,000 each for a total of $50,000. Those five organizations are the Dunham Fund, Mooney & Thomas PC, Konen Insurance Agency, Old Second National Bank, and the Daniel D. Dolan Family Foundation.
Dan Dolan writes, “We hope to make this our most successful year ever and we need everyone’s help to raise enough food so no child or adult has to go hungry in our community!”
To donate, visit here.
To volunteer, visit here.
To purchase a pallet, visit here.
In collaboration with a number of local community leaders and organizations – including the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Women’s Business Development Center plans to launch a ScaleUp Aurora satellite to support and strengthen local small businesses.
Interested individuals can view the description here.
The WBDC-Aurora Coordinator is responsible for developing and implementing capacity building programs and resources to local established business owners in Aurora, Illinois and the surrounding area, in the range of $150,000 to $500,000 annual revenues. The Coordinator will provide WBDC-Aurora clients expert resources and counseling services in the areas of finance, management, operations, sales and marketing to assist business owners with meeting their short term and long term business objectives to sustain growth. The Coordinator will develop and implement programming in the areas of procurement and Access to Capital to initiate growth and relationships that leverage the ScaleUp America contract and deliver on WBDC strategic goals.
The Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) is a nationally and internationally recognized non-profit organization established in 1986 to work with women to launch new businesses and strengthen existing businesses in the Chicago area. Over the past 28 years, the WBDC has become a leader in providing direct services to women business owners and in effecting public policy changes which reflect the needs of women entrepreneurs and their families.
Congratulations to DiGiovine Hnilo, Jordan & Johnson on celebrating 40 years in business!
The Fox Valley Park District has proclaimed November as Veterans Recognition Month and will pay its respects with free admission to its fitness centers and also a complimentary luncheon. Throughout November, veterans are invited to visit any Park District fitness facility as often as they’d like for no charge. Free admittance for veterans and immediate family members (spouses and children) is offered at the Eola Community Center, Prisco Community Center, and Vaughan Athletic Center.
Heartland Blood Center’s Aurora Facility is in urgent need of donors! Donate blood through November 30. All donors will be entered into a random drawing for one of seven Official Chicago Bears Memorabilia. Contact the center to schedule your appointment today.
Celebrate Differences invites you to Embracing Dyslexia Movie Screening on Nov. 11 at 7:00 p.m. which offers an exploration of an insider’s perspective along with interviews with parents, researchers, and educators. Please RSVP to this free event.
Presence Mercy Medical Center’s Health Institute will begin Live Well, Be Well workshop on November 11from 9:00 to 11:30. Registration is required.
Aurora University will host a Graduate Programs Open House on November 12 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Cambridge Music Studio will hold an open house on November 15 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Free admission plus receive one certificate for a free exploratory lesson per student.
Aurora University will host a concert: Composer Gwyneth Walker and Choirs on November 16 at 3:00 p.m. at Crimi Auditorium.
This week, the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold its Annual Celebration of Membership. This event highlights the accomplishments of the business community, showcases the activities of the Aurora Chamber and sets the direction for the upcoming year.
This past year, we had more than 100 businesses assist the Chamber and its partners with the Aurora Regional Pathways to Prosperity initiative. Others helped craft curriculum for Aurora University’s successful launch of the John C. Dunham STEM Partnership School. Additional organizations are involved in a growing number of causes and efforts in our community to create a stronger, more vibrant future for the community in which we all live, work and enjoy.
Looking back, we realized we completed 45 percent more certificates of origin for our business members to export their products around the world. Aurora area goods are being sold worldwide; your neighbors, family members or friends may be involved in this growing global economy.
Still others participated in more than 100 public policy meetings to help improve the business climate and share the business voice with our elected officials at City Hall, in Springfield and Washington.
Through discount programs and member discounts, our members were able to improve their bottom line by spending less. We created important connections for our businesses to collaborate and grow. More than 170 networking opportunities were available to our members.
Key events like the State of the City, the State of the Village and the multi-chamber Holiday Celebration offered opportunities for our community’s leaders to foster a collaborative, supportive economy in our region.
We offered a number of educational events for business leaders to learn better business techniques. With legislation that impacted medical marijuana use, the Affordable Care Act and Fair Labor Standards Act (to name a few), the Aurora Chamber organized programs to make its members aware of the impact to their businesses.
Of course, we cannot do it alone. We counted more than 50 collaborative partners that helped us organize, promote and coordinate programs and activities. We had more than 140 volunteers to lend a hand. We appreciate the assistance our Ambassadors provide at meetings, with welcome calls, mentoring new members and so much more. Our committee members and board members help guide our direction, and in many cases, assist in the implementation of the plans to support our business community.
During Thursday’s lunch, we will recognize our Immediate Past Chair Keith Wheeler of Responsive Network Services for his leadership this past year. We’ll also hear from Laura Newman of Mitutoyo America Corporation who recently accepted the role of board chair.
We are celebrating a remarkable year – and appreciate all of the efforts of the business community in making this region so strong.
One last request as we continue to strengthen our area: Please vote next Tuesday.
It’s easy to be cynical. Some believe our problems are too big and our politics are too small. Some wonder whether voting is worth the bother, whether it will make a difference. The truth is that every vote and voice matters in this election. If you want your voice to be heard, vote. With so many close contests this year, every vote really does count.