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State of the City Sold Out; More News from Aurora Chamber

Monday, April 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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April 21, 2014
In This Issue

 

Quick Links

Follow Us!
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Elite Members

For more information contact the chamber.

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
TCE Company
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
Zippy Shell Fox Valley

Welcome New Members

Leave Me Bee Pest Control, Inc.
Tito & Yolanda Dunn – Owners
721 N. Commonwealth Ave.
Aurora, IL 60506
(630) 848-9990
Pest Control

Kane County Fair
Chris Unger
P.O. Box 467
St. Charles, IL 60174
(630) 584-6926
County Fair

Villa Park Office Equipment
Annette Hernandez
1120 N. Villa Ave.
Villa Park, IL 60181
(630) 279-2312
Office Furniture
Referred by Sally Gaigalas – 95.9 The River Radio

 

Contact Us

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

 

 

Businesses, Community Turn Out
for Pathways Event
Pathways Event

Above (from left) Mike Purcell, on behalf of Oswego District 308 Superintendent Dr. Matthew Wendt; Dr. Kathy Birkett, Indian Prairie District 204 Superintendent; Dr. Christine Sobek, Waubonsee Community College President; Mayor Tom Weisner; Dr. Jim Rydland, Aurora West District 129 Superintendent; Dr. Michael Popp, Aurora East District 131 Superintendent; and Joseph Henning, Aurora Chamber President and CEO, sign the memorandum of understanding in support of the Aurora Regional Pathways to Prosperity initiative.

Pathways Event

More than 100 business and community leaders turned out to celebrate the next phase of the Aurora Regional Pathways for Prosperity event at the Paramount Theatre last week. Key to the event was the signing of the memorandum of understanding and commitment to develop pathways in information technology, advanced manufacturing, and health sciences for our high school students for implementation beginning the fall of 2015. Business champions in the three areas were recognized.
2014 State of the City Address
Thursday, May 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Piper’s Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Rd., Aurora

Mayor Thomas J. Weisner We are sorry. This event has sold out. Registration has closed for this event. If you would like to be placed on a waiting list, please e-mail contact information to info@aurorachamber.com. We will notify you of availability. As a reminder, cancelations must be received by Thursday, April 24, for refund. No refunds after April 24.

Thank you to our Event Sponsors:

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Illinois Chamber, NFIB Invite You to Employer Action Day
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
President Abraham Lincoln Hotel, 701 E. Adams, Springfield
Registration fee is $49 which includes lunch.
Public Policy News
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.

Both House and Senate are in recess and are scheduled to return on Tuesday, April 29. Now is the time to contact your local state legislators and discuss proposed legislation that can impact your business. The General Assembly is set to adjourn May 31.

Mark Your Calendars: Programs for
Member Businesses
Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, April 22, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber offices

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

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, April 24, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Cafe, 55 S. Commons Drive, Aurora
$12 Aurora Chamber members
$15 General Admission
Co-sponsored by Window World
Register

Not-For-Profit Alliance:
Legal Issues & Managing Volunteers

Friday, April 25, from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m.
Chamber Offices
Sponsored by SmithAmundsen LLC
Register

State of the City
Thursday, May 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Piper’s Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Rd., Aurora
$35 Aurora Chamber members
$50 General Admission
Register

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

Business Development Leads Group 2
Wednesday, May 14, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

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

Premier Members
Premier Members
Ribbon Cuttings
TGM Springbrook

TGM Springbrook, 4101 Chesapeake Dr., Aurora

Mind and Body Chiropractic

Mind and Body Chiropractic, 3535 E. New York St., Aurora

Maurices

Maurices, 1720 Orchard Gateway Blvd., North Aurora

Member News
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, 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.

Triple Threat Mentoring is teaming up with Communities In Schools of Aurora again for My Time events-high-quality after school programs that focus on engaging about 500 middle school students in the area. Police Chief Greg Thomas recently praised this program and others like it for their crime prevention efforts.

Cadence Health has recently named Maureen Bryant president of Delnor Hospital in Geneva and executive vice president of Cadence Health. Congratulations!

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) has awarded a $400,000 grant to The Fox Valley Park District for the redevelopment of Copley I Park near downtown Aurora. The plan to revitalize the park includes a new playground with an adjacent adult fitness area, new shelter, new restrooms, ball field improvements that include new lights, fencing and drainage, and a renovated basketball half-court.

If you are a nonprofit or a church that is worried about financial obligations of the future, consider opening up an Agency Endowment Fund with The Community Foundation of the Fox Valley River Valley. Right now, the Foundation is matching deposits of $5,000, creating a $10,000 Agency Endowment Fund. Call for more information.

Jim and Jason Ebel, founders of Two Brothers Brewing Co., are partnering up with George Fisher of Cavalier Distributing to launch Cavalier Distributing of Arizona. The partnership is expected to bring some year-round and seasonal brews to Phoenix, AZ later this season.

The Aurora Township Youth Service presents “Bullying & Social Conflict: Prevention, Intervention & Reconciliation” with award-winning author Carrie Goldman at the Prisco Community Center on Tuesday, April 22, from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. Learn about clear, research-based strategies on how best to respond to peer victimization and social conflict. Contact Sarah Paul for more information at (630) 859-7501 or sarah.p@auroratownship.org.

“Rock Around the Clock” on Thursday, April 24, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. and help Sunnymere, Inc. raise money to fix their antique Grandfather Clock in time for their 75th Anniversary. Individuals or groups can sign up to rock, or to donate to the ‘rockers.’ Call Cecelia at (630) 898-7844 for more information.

KDI Design, Inc. is hosting their Fifth Annual Vegas Night for Breast Cancer Awareness on Friday, April 25, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at CityGate Grille. Come for gaming, dancing, live music, a silent auction and more. Tickets are $45 per person, $50 at the door. Contact Ginny DeWitt at Ginny@kdidesign.com for more info.

The Growing Place invites you to their “Shady Characters: Pretty Plants that Thrive in Shade” workshop at their Aurora location on Saturday, April 26, at 10:00 a.m. Find out what plants prefer the shade and offer flowers, color and texture. Discussion will center on annuals, perennials, combinations, tips and techniques for success. Admission is free.

The 4th Annual Hoops for the Troops, presented by the Fox Valley Marines Det. 1233 and Riverfront Chrysler-Jeep, Dodge Ram, will be at the Vaughan Center on April 26 and 27, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. All proceeds go to benefit Friends of Fischer House, veterans, and their families. For more information, please email hoopsforthetroops@yahoo.com.

Young girls (ages 12-18), aspiring female entrepreneurs (ages 18-25), and women entrepreneurs are invited to attend the Quad County African American Chamber of Commerce‘s “Women of Influence” presentation on Tuesday, April 29, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Rasmussen College. Admission is $12 for members and $16 for non-members. Contact Linda Hawkinson at lhawkinson@qcaachamber.com for more information.

Join The Association for Individual Development as they honor clients, volunteers, community supporters and employees who helped make 2013 a success at their Annual Meeting and Award Night at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 7, at Eagle Brook Country Club. A light dinner will be served. Admission is free. Please RSVP to Wendy Bialek by April 29 at (847) 931-2294 or wbialek@the-association.org.

Learn “LinkedIn: Just the Basics” on Thursday, May 1 at The Community Career Center from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Admissions is free for members, $15 for non-members. RSVP at www.communitycareercenter.org.

The YWCA of Aurora‘s Ready for Anything: Women’s Empowerment Workshops continue with “Living the Bucket List Life,” presented by parenting journalist and author Lara Krupicka, on Thursday, May 1, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the Aurora Police Department Community Room. For more professional development workshops and to register, visit www.ywcaaurora.org/readyforanything.

The Cosmopolitan Club of Aurora invites you to attend their Annual Wine Tasting Event Fundraiser at Fox Valley Winery on Friday, May 2, at 6:30 p.m. There will be raffles, door prizes, and drawings. All proceeds go to benefit research for diabetes, camp scholarships for diabetic children, and Waubonsee Community College scholarships. Contact LaVonne Hawking for tickets at (630) 966-0657.

Naper Settlement is offering up a packed weekend full of historical fun. On Friday, May 2, join the curatorial staff from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. and explore a different part of the museum’s collection off-site at the Naper Settlement’s Collections Care and Storage Facility. On Saturday, May 3, learn how to preserve family heirlooms at 2:30 p.m. A “Blacksmithing 101″ workshop, a two-session class for ages 18 to adult held from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m., starts Saturdays, May 3, as well and continues on Saturday, May 10. Finally, on Sunday, May 4, come see the presentation of the History Speaks Lecture Series with “Spies and Spying in the Civil War” at 4:00 p.m. Call (630) 420-6010 for pricing and registration.

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.

Your Weekly Aurora Chamber Newsletter Has Arrived

Monday, April 14th, 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
April 14, 2014
In This Issue

 

Quick Links

Follow Us!
Facebook Twitter Blog

Elite Members

For more information contact the chamber.

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.
Fox Valley Country Club
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
Piper’s Banquets
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
TCE Company
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
Zippy Shell Fox Valley

Contact Us

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

 

 

Public Policy News
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.

Last Friday was the deadline for bills to be considered on third reading in their house of origin. Both House and Senate are in recess for the next two weeks and scheduled to return on Tuesday, April 29. Now is the time to contact your local state legislators and discuss proposed legislation that can impact your business. The General Assembly is set to adjourn May 31.

In recent developments:

  • Millionaire’s Tax Is Dead. For weeks chambers across the state have been advocating against Speaker Madigan’s proposal (HJRCA 51) to asses a 3% “surcharge” on individual income tax payers with income over $1 million as it would adversely affect small businesses and kill jobs in Illinois. With your assistance, this week we were successful at stopping the proposal for the remainder of legislative session as it became apparent the Speaker failed to secure the votes needed to pass the legislation.
  • Status of Illinois’ Flat Tax. While a possible “millionaires” tax is off the table in the House, Senator Don Harmon continues to push for a constitutional amendment to allow for a graduated/progressive income tax in the Senate. SJRCA 40 provides what is being referred to as the “Fair Tax” legislation and would allow a graduated income tax system for both individuals and corporations. Prior proposals have applied to only individual taxpayers. His proposal currently calls for three tax brackets for individuals:
    $0 to $12,500 – 2.9% tax rate
    $12,500 to $180,000 – 4.9% tax rate
    $180,000 and up – 6.9% tax rateTaxpayers are encouraged to use the Progressive Tax Calculator to see how much a progressive tax would potentially cost them versus the flat-tax system that currently exists.
  • Minimum Wage Bill Passes Senate Executive Committee. SB 68 amends the Minimum Wage Law. It increases the Illinois minimum wage to $9.25 per hour on October 1, 2014, $10 per hour on July 1, 2015, and $10.65 per hour on July 1, 2016. The Chamber opposes SB 68 which is on third reading in the Senate. Illinois currently has the highest minimum wage in the Midwest at $8.25 an hour and the highest corporate income tax rate in the industrialized world which creates a disadvantage for businesses to create jobs and remain competitive. Business associations throughout the state oppose the legislation which has generated more than 15,000 letters in opposition from businesses in recent days. If you have not already sent a letter, click here.
Illinois Chamber, NFIB Invite You to Employer Action Day
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
President Abraham Lincoln Hotel, 701 E. Adams, Springfield
Registration fee is $49 which includes lunch.
Board Nominations Sought
The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for members willing to be considered to serve on the Board of Directors. All eligible nominees will be considered by the nominating committee. Nominations may be found online. Forms should be returned by Wednesday, April 23, at 5:00 p.m.

A Board of Directors governs the business, property, and affairs of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. The Board is responsible for establishing policy, budgets, and the guidance of affairs. The Board is composed of up to twenty-two (22) persons who shall be members in good standing of the Chamber. Directors are elected for a term of three (3) years which are staggered so that approximately one-third of the directors are elected each year. Vacancies in the board shall be filled by a majority vote of the remaining directors.

To be considered to be a Director, nominees must be members in good standing. Members who have served as a Director in the past should have had one year pass after the expiration of their term before seeking re-election.

2014 State of the City Address
Mayor Thomas J. Weisner Thursday, May 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Piper’s Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Rd., Aurora
$35 Aurora Chamber members
$50 General Admission

Register

Thank you to our Event Sponsors:

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Mark Your Calendars: Programs for
Member Businesses
Ribbon Cutting
Tuesday, April 15, at 11:00 a.m.
TGM Springbrook, 4101 Chesapeake Dr., Aurora

Ribbon Cutting
Wednesday, April 16, at 12:00 p.m.
Mind and Body Chiropractic, 3535 E. New York St., Aurora

Ribbon Cutting
Thursday, April 17, at 12:00 p.m.
Maurices, 1720 Orchard Gateway Blvd., North Aurora

Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, April 22, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber offices

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

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, April 24, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Cafe, 55 S. Commons Drive, Aurora
$12 Aurora Chamber members
$15 General Admission
Co-sponsored by Window World
Register

Not-For-Profit Alliance:
Legal Issues & Managing Volunteers

Friday, April 25, from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m.
Chamber Offices
Sponsored by SmithAmundsen LLC
Register

State of the City
Thursday, May 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Piper’s Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Rd., Aurora
$35 Aurora Chamber members
$50 General Admission
Register

Premier Members
Premier Members
Thank You
Ryland Homes

On behalf of the record number of attendees at the State of the Village Address last week, the Aurora Chamber would like to thank Village President Dale Berman and the Village team for sharing an update on North Aurora’s activities. Also, thank you to Oak Street Restaurant for hosting.

Ryland Homes

A special thank you goes out to Ryland Homes for being a sponsor of The State of the Village (North Aurora) Luncheon last week. We greatly appreciate their support and dedication. Thanks to them, the event was a resounding success.
Member News
On April 7, the West Aurora School District #129 School Board appointed long-time community volunteer Ira Lathan to fill a seat left vacant by a recent resignation. Lathan is a former West Aurora math teacher and currently an IT specialist at PolySystems, an actuarial firm based in Chicago. He will serve until the election of April 2015.

Congratulations to Crawford, Murphy & Tilly, Inc. (CMT) for being named Design Firm of the Year for 2014 by ENR Midwest, an Engineering News Record publication that covers Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin. CMT’s selection is the result of its rise in revenue, increase in high-profile projects, and leadership in both promoting diversity and green practices.

NAI Hiffman is pleased to present its First Quarter 2014 Market Peek, a sneak peek at the market statistics for the Chicago Metropolitan office and industrial real estate markets. To find out more, please contact Craig Hurvitz, Director of Statistics and Market Information, at (630) 693-0645 or churvitz@hiffman.com.

This April and 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.

The Community Career Center is currently holding several workshops, including “Managing Your Finances” on Tuesday, April 15; “Age and Interviewing” on Thursday, April 17; and “LinkedIn: Just the Basics” on Thursday, April 24. All programs are from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. and are free for center members, $15 for non-members. RSVP at www.communitycareercenter.org.

Billy Grisack-musician, blogger, producer-will be speaking about “How to Really Sell Merch” at Backthird Audio as they host the Chicago PLUG Network on Tuesday, April 15, at 7:00 p.m. Registration is $5. Sign up http://theplugnetwork.com/category/chicago/.

Support the Association for Individual Development by buying a raffle ticket ($1) or six ($5) at AID’s Elgin or Aurora facilities, online, or by contacting Wendy at (847) 931-2294 or wbialek@the-association.org. You could win one of two Easter baskets for your child. The drawing will be Wednesday, April 16. All proceeds benefit individuals with disabilities, mental illness and special needs and helps them to achieve independence and community inclusion.

Refresh your soul at Presence Fox Knoll‘s Lenten Reflection and Mass on Wednesday, April 16, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Enjoy a light lunch after Mass. Call (877) 737-4636 to register for this free event.

The Fox Valley Park District‘s Blackberry Farm is holding a Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt on Thursday, April 17, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. for middle school students. There will be a DJ, dinner, hay rides, prizes, and giveaways. Admission is $15 for residents and $20 for non-residents. Please register at (630) 892-1550.

The Growing Place invites you to their “Landscaping 101: Incorporating Natives” workshop at their Aurora location on Saturday, April 19, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Find out which natives politely intermingle and offer flowers, low maintenance and attract pollinators. Admission is free.

The Aurora Township Youth Service presents “Bullying & Social Conflict: Prevention, Intervention & Reconciliation” with award-winning author Carrie Goldman at the Prisco Community Center on Tuesday, April 22, from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. Learn about clear, research-based strategies on how best to respond to peer victimization and social conflict. Contact Sarah Paul for more information at (630) 859-7501 or sarah.p@auroratownship.org.

“Rock Around the Clock” on Thursday, April 24, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. and help Sunnymere, Inc. raise money to fix their antique Grandfather Clock in time for their 75th Anniversary. Individuals or groups can sign up to rock, or to donate to the ‘rockers.’ Call Cecelia at (630)898-7844 for more information.

KDI Design, Inc. is hosting their Fifth Annual Vegas Night for Breast Cancer Awareness on Friday, April 25, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at CityGate Grille. Come for gaming, dancing, live music, a silent auction and more. Tickets are $45 per person, $50 at the door. Contact Ginny DeWitt at Ginny@kdidesign.com for more info.

The 4th Annual Hoops for the Troops, presented by the Fox Valley Marines Det. 1233 and Riverfront Chrysler-Jeep, Dodge Ram, will be at the Vaughan Center on April 26 & 27, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. All proceeds go to benefit Friends of Fischer House, veterans, and their families. For more information, please email hoopsforthetroops@yahoo.com.

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.

Membership Lunch, Public Policy, Member News

Monday, April 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.
Header
April 07, 2014
In This Issue

 

Quick Links

Follow Us!
Facebook Twitter Blog

Elite Members

For more information contact the chamber.

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.
Fox Valley Country Club
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
Piper’s Banquets
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
TCE Company
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
Zippy Shell Fox Valley

Welcome New Members

Team Transition–Employment First
Jim Lundstrom
195 Poplar Place
North Aurora, IL 60542
(630) 907-2400
Community-based Organization

Rainbow International of Aurora
James King
2150 Jericho Rd.
Aurora, IL 60506
(331) 212-3700
Fire Restoration

 

Contact Us

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

 

 

State of the Village 2014
This Wednesday, April 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Registration Deadline: Today at 5:00 p.m.Dale Berman
Oak Street Restaurant & Bar, 945 Oak St., North Aurora
$25 Aurora Chamber members
$30 General Admission
Register

Sponsored by:

Ryland Homes

 

Public Policy News
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.

In recent developments:

  • Minimum Wage Bill Passes Senate Executive Committee. SB 68 amends the Minimum Wage Law. It increases the Illinois minimum wage to $9.25 per hour on October 1, 2014, $10 per hour on July 1, 2015, and $10.65 per hour on July 1, 2016. The Chamber opposes SB 68 which is on third reading in the Senate. Illinois currently has the highest minimum wage in the Midwest at $8.25 an hour and the highest corporate income tax rate in the industrialized world which creates a disadvantage for businesses to create jobs and remain competitive. Business associations throughout the state oppose the legislation which has generated more than 15,000 letters in opposition from businesses in recent days. If you have not already sent a letter, click here.
  • Status of Illinois’ Flat Tax. The House Revenue & Finance Committee voted against sending HJRCA33 to the full House; sponsored by Rep. Naomi Jakobsson, seeks to amend the Illinois Constitution to eliminate the current flat tax with a graduated income tax. Recently, Americans for Prosperity Foundation Illinois unveiled a Progressive Tax Calculator that shows how the proposed progressive income tax would impact households in Illinois. Taxpayers are encouraged to use the Progressive Tax Calculator to see how much a progressive tax would potentially cost them versus the flat-tax system that currently exists.In addition, the Chamber opposes Senate Joint Resolution Constitutional Amendment 40 (Harmon), which proposes to put a constitutional amendment on the ballot that would permit a graduated rate for the state income tax on individuals and corporations. It provides that there may be one tax on the income of individuals and corporations, that this may be a tax where lower rates apply to lower income levels and higher rates apply to higher income levels. SJRCA advanced out of a subcommittee and will be heard in the full Senate Executive Committee.
  • A Millionaire’s Tax? Much coverage was provided on House Speaker Michael Madigan’s proposed HJRCA51 which proposes a three percent surcharge on any taxpayer reporting net income of more than one million dollars. As presented, it would also impact partnerships, trusts, and subchapter S employers. In order to change the Illinois Constitution, HJRCA51 must first pass each chamber of the General Assembly with a supermajority (71 votes in the House and 36 votes in the Senate). Upon passage, the question will then appear on the November ballot where it will require approval of the electorate in the State. Passed by the House Revenue & Finance Committee last week, the proposal will now go to the full House.
Board Nominations Sought
The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for members willing to be considered to serve on the Board of Directors. All eligible nominees will be considered by the nominating committee. Nominations may be found online. Forms should be returned by Wednesday, April 23, at 5:00 p.m.

A Board of Directors governs the business, property, and affairs of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. The Board is responsible for establishing policy, budgets, and the guidance of affairs. The Board is composed of up to twenty-two (22) persons who shall be members in good standing of the Chamber. Directors are elected for a term of three (3) years which are staggered so that approximately one-third of the directors are elected each year. Vacancies in the board shall be filled by a majority vote of the remaining directors.

To be considered to be a Director, nominees must be members in good standing. Members who have served as a Director in the past should have had one year pass after the expiration of their term before seeking re-election.

 

2014 State of the City Address
Mayor Thomas J. Weisner Thursday, May 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Piper’s Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Rd., Aurora
$35 Aurora Chamber members
$50 General Admission

Register

Thank you to our Event Sponsors:

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Mark Your Calendars: Programs for
Member Businesses
Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, April 8, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber offices

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

State of the Village
Wednesday, April 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Oak Street Restaurant & Bar, 945 Oak St., North Aurora
$25 Aurora Chamber members
$30 General Admission
Sponsored by Ryland Homes
Register

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

Experience Aurora Homeownership Expo
Saturday, April 12, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
River Street Plaza, 140 S. River Street, Downtown Aurora

Ribbon Cutting
Tuesday, April 15, at 11:00 a.m.
TGM Springbrook, 4104 Ogden Ave., Aurora

Ribbon Cutting
Wednesday, April 16, at 12:00 p.m.
Mind and Body Chiropractic, 3535 E. New York St., Aurora

Ribbon Cutting
Thursday, April 17, at 12:00 p.m.
Maurices, 1720 Orchard Gateway Blvd., North Aurora

Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, April 22, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber offices

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

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, April 24, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Cafe, 55 S. Commons Drive, Aurora
$12 Aurora Chamber members
$15 General Admission
Co-sponsored by Window World
Register

Not-For-Profit Alliance:
Legal Issues & Managing Volunteers

Friday, April 25, from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m.
Chamber Offices
Sponsored by SmithAmundsen LLC
Register

State of the City
Thursday, May 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Piper’s Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Rd., Aurora
$35 Aurora Chamber members
$50 General Admission
Register

Premier Members
Premier Members
Member News
 

In conjunction with the Dunham Fund, Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley recently announced that it has partnered with OnLight Aurora to help address local community needs through its “Doing Our Part” initiative. The Dunham Fund has agreed to provide a $1 for $1 match, up to $250,000 for all funds raised by the Community Foundation. All monies raised will be placed in a fund at the Community Foundation and used to assist local organizations in accessing the fiber optic capabilities at a significantly reduced rate.In 2013, OnLight Aurora provided connectivity to educational institutions, non-profit organizations and an array of businesses, including West Aurora School District 129, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, Aurora University, Alarm Detection Systems and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.

The Dunham Fund has also pledged a $250,000 challenge grant to the Aurora Civic Center Authority to benefit the Paramount Theatre 2014 Broadway Series and RiverEdge Park productions.

Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley is pleased to announce that Austin Dempsey has been recently selected as the newest member of the Foundation’s Board of Directors. The selection was confirmed at the Foundation’s Annual Meeting last month.

Engineering Enterprises, Inc. recently attended WATERCON2014-Illinois’s largest water and wastewater conference. They presented on “Renovation Realities of a Lime Softening Treatment Plant” and “Non-Revenue Water Reduction: From Audit to Action,” and Jeff Freeman, EEI’s Vice President, accepted the inaugural Robert T. Sasman Volunteer Appreciation Award. It was a great way to celebrate 40 years of excellence in the civil engineering and land surveying field.

Congratulations to The Label Printers for winning the Tag and Label Manufacturers Institute Inc.’s prestigious Eugene Singer Award for Management Excellence – Medium Category – for the fifth time in a row, in their fifth year of eligibility.

This April and 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.

Join the YWCA this week, April 6-12, in promoting high-quality early learning opportunities for all young children by reading Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert to a child. Fill out a reading log and email it or mail it back to the YWCA’s office and help them reach their Record Reading Goal!

The Community Career Center is currently presenting Accenture Skills to Succeed. Upcoming workshops include “Interviewing Skills” on Tuesday, April 8; “Networking Skills” on Thursday, April 10; “Managing Your Finances” on Tuesday, April 15; and “Age and Interviewing” on Thursday, April 17. All programs are from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. and are free for center members, $15 for non-members. RSVP at www.communitycareercenter.org.

Explore Aurora University‘s Graduate Programs Open House on Thursday, April 10, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Meet with graduate faculty to discuss program options. Admission representatives and financial aid counselors also will be available to answer your questions. To register, go to www.aurora.edu/gradopenhouse.

The public is invited to attend the Aurora Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Annual Meeting at J&K Halfmoon Tavern in Hinckley on Thursday, April 10, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. There will be food, refreshments, revelry, games, prizes, and more! Admission is $30. Please contact (630) 256-3192 or Ellen@enjoyaurora.com for more information or to register.

Come Friday, April 11, to Waubonsee Community College‘s Spring Job and Internship Fair from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Academic and Professional Center. Attend workshops and make connections at this free event-no pre-registration required. For more information, visit www.waubonsee.edu/jobfairs.

The City of Aurora, Centrue Bank, BMO Harris Bank, Realtor Association of the Fox Valley, and numerous businesses and organizations will host “Experience Aurora Homeownership Expo” Saturday, April 12, from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at River Street Plaza in Downtown Aurora. Tours, assistance programs, open houses, food and fun are on the agenda for the program.

The Aurora Youth Summit, for students 13-20, was created for the purpose of increasing the number of adolescents involved in their community and future. It will be held at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) on Saturday, April 12, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. A number of resources will be available to students who attend the Summit including scholarship information, leadership skills, job opportunities, information on FAFSA, as well as inspirational speakers. Applications may be obtained by contacting barbara.hernandez18@gmail.com.

The Growing Place invites you to their “From Garden to Table: Cooking Sampler” workshop at their Aurora location on Saturday, April 12, from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. Sample recipes inspired by spring’s first fruits and flavors. The focus will be strawberries, early salads and creative uses for early herbs. Look for more free cooking samplers throughout the season.

St. Andrews Country Club is hosting a special fundraiser and presentation to benefit the Open Door Clinic on Saturday, April 12, from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. Five-time Olympic medalist Greg Louganis will be on hand to talk about his life as a positive gay male, Olympian and person with HIV/AIDS. Tickets are $50 per person with limited seating available. Contact Lynne Kennedy at lynnek@opendoorclinic.org for more information.

Boys and girls, ages 6 to 15, are invited to come out to the Vaughan Athletic Center on Sunday, April 13, from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. for the NFL Pass, Punt, and Kick Competition, sponsored by the Fox Valley Park District, West Aurora School District #129, and East Aurora School District #131. The top boy and girl finishers in each group will move on to sectionals. For more information, contact Anna Kish at (630) 897-0516 or akish@fvpd.net.

Combine a love of food with a love of history at Naper Settlement with “Food Revolution: How the Civil War Changed Food in America” presented by Dr. Bruce Kraig, the founding President of Culinary Historians of Chicago on Sunday, April 13, from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. Tickets are $6 in advance and $7 at the door. Student discounts available. Call (630) 420-6010 for more information or to register.

Refresh your soul at Presence Fox Knoll‘s Lenten Reflection and Mass on Wednesday, April 16, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Enjoy a light lunch after Mass. RSVP by April 11. Call (877) 737-4636 to register for this free event.

The Fox Valley Park District‘s Blackberry Farm is holding a Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt on Thursday, April 17, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. for middle school students. There will be a DJ, dinner, hay rides, prizes, and giveaways. Admission is $15 for residents and $20 for non-residents. Please register at (630) 892-1550 before April 11.

SPARK and the Fox Valley Park District will host this year’s Week of the Young Child event on April 12, 2014, at Prisco Community Center, 150 W Illinois Ave. from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Children, parents, grandparents, caregivers, teachers, and community members are invited to celebrate the Week of the Young Child.  This free event will feature entertainment and activities for children and resources for their parents and caregivers. 

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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Public Policy, Programs, Member News from Aurora Chamber

Monday, March 24th, 2014
Here is this week’s newsletter to members of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. If you have Member News to include,
please send  it to us by Wednesday the week prior to publication. For more information, contact the Chamber at (630) 256-3180.
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March 24, 2014
In This Issue

 

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Elite Members

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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.
Fox Valley Country Club
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
Piper’s Banquets
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
TCE Company
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
Zippy Shell Fox Valley

Welcome New Members

RampNow
John Sargent
2225 Tanglewood
Aurora, IL 60506
(630) 892-7267
Lifts/Handicap Remodeling

Maurices
Kayla Archer
1730 Orchard Gateway Blvd.
North Aurora Town Center
North Aurora, IL 60542
(630) 907-0492
Retails/Clothes

State Farm Insurance
Omar Delgado
569 W. Galena Blvd., Ste. 101
Aurora, IL 60506
(630) 897-9900
Insurance

 

Contact Us

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

 

 

Local Primary Election Results
Below are the unofficial results of last Tuesday’s General Primary election. The General Election will be held Tuesday, Nov. 4. In addition to County contests, the following races will be held.

Election Results
Aurora Reports All-Time Low for Major Crime
Reported major crime in Illinois’ second largest city reached an all-time low in 2013, according to final crime statistics released today by the Aurora Police.

Spurred by a property crime reduction of almost 17% including a burglary reduction of just under 39%, the lowest number ever recorded in the City – Aurora’s crime rate per 100,000 population plummeted 13.47% compared to 2012 and 38.77 % in the past 10 years.

For full report, visit the Chamber blog.

Public Policy News
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. In recent news:

  • New Tax on Illinois Employers Proposed: Last Thursday, Democrat House Speaker Michael Madigan proposed HJRCA 51, a 3 percent income tax hike on individuals making more than $1 million. This proposal is estimated to raise a little more than $1 billion in new revenue. The proposal estimates that each Illinois school district would expect to see funding increased by $550 per student. The Illinois Chamber opposes the proposal as it will kill jobs, act as a disincentive for job creation, and may lead to more employers subject to the new tax leaving the state. The vast majority of small businesses are organized in ways where the tax code treats the income of the business as the income of the owners. Thus, small business income is taxed at the individual rate. This proposal dramatically increases individual tax rates on small business owners and decreases the amount of resources available to reinvest in the business and create jobs. It also acts as a disincentive to work hard, grow a business and become successful. To read the full post, visit the Illinois Chamber.
  • Minimum Wage Bill Passes Senate Executive Committee: Late Thursday, Senate Executive Committee passed SB 68 as amended, legislation sponsored by Democrat Senator Kimberly Lightford to raise the minimum wage to $10.65 per hour. Chambers throughout the state oppose the legislation which has generated more than 15,000 letters in opposition from our members in the last two days. If you have not already sent a letter, click here.As of Friday, Senator Lightford believes she is a few votes short of passage by the full Senate, however, Democrat Senate President Cullerton claims to be working on the roll call. It was also reported during Speaker Madigan’s press conference yesterday on HJRCA 51 that he is working the roll call in the House as well. Governor Pat Quinn has made raising the minimum wage to over $10 per hour a priority in his re-election campaign.

    Illinois currently has the highest minimum wage in the Midwest at $8.25 an hour and the highest corporate income tax rate in the industrialize world. If Illinois were to pass a $10.65 minimum wage, that amount would almost double the rate since only 2003. This is far too drastic.

  • Curious How the Progressive Income Tax Proposed Affects You? Recently, Americans for Prosperity Foundation Illinois unveiled a Progressive Tax Calculator that shows how the proposed progressive income tax would impact households in Illinois. Taxpayers are encouraged to use the Progressive Tax Calculator to see how much a progressive tax would potentially cost them versus the flat-tax system that currently exists.
2014 State of the City Address
Mayor Thomas J. Weisner Registration Now Open!
Thursday, May 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Piper’s Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Rd., Aurora
$35 Aurora Chamber members
$50 General Admission

Register

Thank you to our Event Sponsors:

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Mark Your Calendars: Programs for
Member Businesses
Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, March 25, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business Development Leads Group 2
Wednesday, March 26, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, March 27, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Cafe, 55 S. Commons Drive, Aurora
$12 Aurora Chamber members
$15 General Admission
Co-sponsored by Randall Highland Rental Townhomes
Register

Diversity Network
Tuesday, April 1, at 8:30 a.m.
Chamber offices

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

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

of the Village
Wednesday, April 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Oak Street Restaurant & Bar, 945 Oak St., North Aurora
$25 Aurora Chamber members
$30 General Admission
Register

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

State of the City
Thursday, May 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Piper’s Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Rd., Aurora
$35 Aurora Chamber members
$50 General Admission
Register

Premier Members
Premier Members
Thank You Johnson & Bell
Thank you to Johnson & Bell, Ltd. for sponsoring the March Coffee & Connections event. It was another great turn out of new members, Ambassadors, and Board members alike.

Johnson & Bell
 

Johnson & Bell
We Want You! Ambassador Committee Openings!
Ambassador Committee
Calling for outgoing, personable, and dedicated Chamber Members to join the Ambassadors Committee! The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors is a great group of active members that do great work for the Chamber and for the Community!

Ambassadors volunteer their time to provide a crucial link between the Chamber and its members. They ensure that all members receive the maximum benefit from their investment. They enjoy the rewards of making new contacts, strengthening relationships and accessing a wealth of information and resources. Their primary responsibilities are to help in the retention of members, the recruitment of new members and to assist at events.

Now it the time to join! Contact Jane E. Abe, IOM, ACE, Director of Membership for an application.

Sponsorships Available
ARCC/Fox Valley Networking Professionals sponsorships are available for June, July and August, 2014 (first come, first serve). Being a sponsor is a perfect way to get your business name and commercial out and in front of 35 – 50 business professionals. Your business logo is prominent on all invitations, the website, calendar of events and social media. You will also have a showcase table and a 3 minute commercial time. Contact Jane E. Abe, IOM, ACE, Director of Membership, for cost and marketing opportunities.
Chamber Announces Online Training
The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce announces the formation of a partnership with Coggno, the premier Learning Management System (LMS) and online training marketplace, to facilitate the purchase of popular online training courses from the company’s vast online library. Members can access Coggno online training courses directly through the Chamber’s website, and purchase as few or as many courses needed. Online training offers companies a cost-effective alternative to sending employees to expensive off-site conferences, giving them the opportunity to learn at their own pace on a wide variety of electronic devices, including tablets and smart phones.

To check out the inventory of more than 160 training modules, visit http://www.aurorachamber.com/ members_education.asp

2014 Community Map: Outstanding Advertising Opportunity!
Community Map

The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that sales for its upcoming community map are now underway. The 5,000 maps are on target to print this summer, and will be distributed in and around the Chamber service area. Contact Barry Kenis at (630) 479-1526 or bkenis@villageprofilemail.com for details. Book your ad today!
Member News
Elgin Community College achieved LEED® Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for the design of its new Health and Life Sciences Building (Building A), done by Kluber Architects + Engineers with partner Kahler Slater and construction management by Lamp, Inc. The LEED rating system is the foremost program for the design, construction and operation of green buildings.

The Community Career Center invites you to attend their “Develop The Right Habits For Success In Life” seminar on Tuesday, March 25, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. or their “Relaunch You: Liftoff After Layoff” seminar on Thursday, March 27, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Admission is free for members and $15 for non-members for each event. Interested in becoming a member? Come March 25, 29 or April 3, 5 at 9:30 a.m. to learn what services and resources are available to you. Tour the Center and optimize your search efforts today.

Make the most out of Spring Break and take the kids to either of The Growing Place‘s locations for a “Make and Take: Dinosaur Miniature Garden” workshop on Tuesday, March 26, at 10:00 a.m. Build an exotic dish garden out of a selection of succulents, vessels, dinosaurs, rocks, and other accents. Cost of materials. Registration is recommended. Don’t forget to return opening weekend, March 29 & 30, for informative talks, tool sharpening services, sales and specials.

The annual 2nd 2 None 5K Run & Walk, benefiting the Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry and Communities In Schools of Aurora, will be held Sunday, April 27, at the new RiverEdge Park in downtown Aurora. The race begins at 8:00 a.m. Pre-register now before the price goes up on April 1. For more information, visit www.2nd2none5k.com. Join the race that feeds children at risk of hunger.

Enjoy the (hopefully) warmer weather with Naper Settlement‘s Wednesday Walking Club, every Wednesday at 8:00 a.m., starting April 2 and continuing until October 29. Walk to earn incentives like tickets to Naper Settlement programs and events. This drop-in program is free, but registration is required.

Explore Aurora University‘s transfer and adult degree completion programs at their Transfer and Adult Spring Event on Thursday, April 3, from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. Learn more about easy transfer of credit, courses that build upon previous studies and one-on-one academic advising. Register at www.aurora.edu/transferopenhouse. For those who want to learn more about freshman admission, come to the Spring Freshman Open House on Saturday, April 5, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. An academic fair, tours and a luncheon will follow the presentations and panel discussion. Register at www.aurora.edu/freshmanopenhouse.

The YWCA of Aurora‘s Ready for Anything: Women’s Empowerment Workshops continue with “A Feminine Approach to Money Management,” presented by financial freedom coach Karie Hill, on Thursday, April 3 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the Aurora Police Department Community Room. For more professional development workshops and to register, visit www.ywcaaurora.org/readyforanything. The YWCA is also hosting Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment Events on Saturday, March 29, and Saturday, April 19, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the YWCA Patterson & McDaniel Family Center. Whether you use the YWCA’s services or not, make sure to enroll by March 31 in order to avoid IRS penalties of $95 per person.

The Aurora Youth Summit was created for the purpose of increasing the number of adolescents involved in their community and future. This event is for students between 13 and 20. The event will take place at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) on Saturday, April 12, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. A number of resources will be available to students who attend the Summit including scholarship information, leadership skills, job opportunities, information on FAFSA, as well as inspirational speakers. Applications may be obtained by contacting barbara.hernandez18@gmail.com.

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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Many Programs for Your Business Success

Monday, March 17th, 2014
Here is this week’s newsletter to members of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. If you have Member News to include,
please send  it to us by Wednesday the week prior to publication. For more information, contact the Chamber at (630) 256-3180.
Header
March 17, 2014
In This Issue

 

Quick Links

Follow Us!
Facebook Twitter Blog

Elite Members

For more information contact the chamber.

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.
Fox Valley Country Club
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
Piper’s Banquets
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
TCE Company
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
Zippy Shell Fox Valley

Contact Us

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

 

 

Tomorrow: Vote!
Vote Tomorrow
Tomorrow, voters will narrow the field of political candidates in preparation for November’s general election, which includes the much-anticipated Illinois gubernatorial election. Voters will vote to nominate U.S. Senator, governor, all Illinois constitutional officers, U.S. congressmen, a third of Illinois senators and all Illinois house members, as well as county offices, and more.

Do you know where your polling place is? Enter your name and ZIP code at the State’s Registration Lookup website to see if you are registered to vote. If you’re registered, it will also give you your polling place location.

Legal Update: What’s New for 2014
Last Chance to Register
Thursday, March 20, 8:00 a.m.
Stonebridge Country Club, 2705 Stonebridge Blvd, Aurora
Sponsored by SmithAmundsen, LLC
$59 General Admission / $39 Aurora Chamber members
Premier Members save 25% and Elite Members save 10%

2013 saw a number of legislative acts that impact business. Whether you are the CEO, HR Director, or department manager, this seminar is a must to make sure you are prepared for the changes in how your business operates. Is your company ready? Have you reviewed and/or updated your human resources and organization policies to reflect these changes? Join us for a Legal Review seminar on Thursday, March 20, at 8:00 a.m. for an update on the many changes, including:

  • Concealed Carry
  • Medical Marijuana
  • Hands-free Mobile Phones
  • Whistleblower Procedures
  • Employee Contracts and more.

Register

Public Policy News
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. In recent news:

  • President Obama Signs Executive Order to Revise Overtime Pay: Last Thursday, 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 earlier this week, but he left virtually all of the details to the United States Department of Labor. As details become available, the Aurora Chamber will schedule a program to bring the information to you.
  • Illinois House Schedules Hearing on Progressive Income Tax: State Representative Naomi Jakobsson’s legislation to amend the Illinois Constitution to a progressive income tax system in Illinois, HJRCA 33, is scheduled for a hearing in House Revenue & Finance Committee this Friday. The Aurora Chamber has joined the Illinois Chamber and others in an online grassroots campaign to advocate against a progressive income tax. You can visit the Illinois Chamber’s new website combating this jobs-killing policy and contact your legislator to urge them to vote “No.”Last week, Americans for Prosperity Foundation Illinois unveiled a Progressive Tax Calculator that shows how the proposed progressive income tax would impact households in Illinois. Taxpayers are encouraged to use the Progressive Tax Calculator to see how much a progressive tax would potentially cost them versus the flat-tax system that currently exists.
  • Illinois House Expected to Hold Subject-Matter Hearing on Minimum Wage This Week: The House Labor & Commerce Committee is expected to continue its subject matter hearing on legislation to raise the minimum wage to over $10 per hour. Also, sometime after tomorrow’s Primary, the Senate Executive Committee is expected to take up Senator Lightford’s Amendment #4 to SB 68 to raise the minimum wage to $10.65 per hour.Illinois currently has the highest minimum wage in the Midwest at $8.25 an hour and the highest corporate income tax rate in the industrialized world. If Illinois were to pass a $10 minimum wage, that amount would almost double the rate since only 2003.

    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. Indexing the minimum wage, as previously proposed, would ensure that it would rise every year, further adding to the burden placed on Illinois employers.

2014 State of the City Address
Mayor Thomas J. Weisner Registration Now Open!
Thursday, May 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Piper’s Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Rd., Aurora
$35 Aurora Chamber members
$50 General Admission

Register

Thank you to our Event Sponsors:

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Mark Your Calendars: Programs for
Member Businesses
Coffee & Connections Networking Event
Tuesday, March 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Painters District Council #30, 1905 Sequoia Dr., Aurora
Co-sponsored by Johnson & Bell
Register

Aurora First
Wednesday, March 19, at 11:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Legal Update: What’s New for 2014
Thursday, March 20, at 8:00 a.m.
Stonebridge Country Club, 2705 Stonebridge Blvd, Aurora
$39 Aurora Chamber members
Premier Members save 25% and Elite Members save 10%

$59 General Admission
Register

Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, March 25, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business Development Leads Group 2
Wednesday, March 26, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, March 27, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Cafe, 55 S. Commons Drive, Aurora
$12 Aurora Chamber members
$15 General Admission
Co-sponsored by Randall Highland Rental Townhomes
Register

State of the Village
Wednesday, April 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Oak Street Restaurant & Bar, 945 Oak St., North Aurora
$25 Aurora Chamber members
$30 General Admission
Register

State of the City
Thursday, May 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Piper’s Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Rd., Aurora
$35 Aurora Chamber members
$50 General Admission
Register

Premier Members
Premier Members
STEM Partnership School Makes Announcements
The John C. Dunham STEM Partnership School at Aurora University is several steps closer to reality, with all three partner school district boards formally approving the agreement for the initiative.

The John C. Dunham STEM Partnership School on the Aurora University campus will serve students in third through eighth grades in the West Aurora, East Aurora, and Indian Prairie school districts. It will be staffed through a unique professional development strategy that will engage teachers from the partner districts as faculty while they complete AU graduate coursework in STEM fields and become leaders in mathematics and science education.

Additionally, Allison Sherman, MA, has been named the director of the John C. Dunham STEM Partnership School. In this role, Sherman will collaboratively lead students, teachers, faculty and partners to create a sustainable learning environment. Sherman began her duties on March 3.

Sherman will oversee the school’s curriculum as well as its faculty and student population. The school will be staffed by teachers who will be drawn from the partner districts and earn content-based STEM master’s degrees during their residency in the school. They then will return to their home districts ready to serve as teacher leaders and a new cohort of professionals will take their places.

Construction of the 30,000 square foot facility began last autumn. The school will open in fall 2014. More information about the John C. Dunham STEM Partnership School at Aurora University is available at stem.aurora.edu.

We Want You! Ambassador Committee Openings!
Ambassador Committee
Calling for outgoing, personable, and dedicated Chamber Members to join the Ambassadors Committee! The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors is a great group of active members that do great work for the Chamber and for the Community!

Ambassadors volunteer their time to provide a crucial link between the Chamber and its members. They ensure that all members receive the maximum benefit from their investment. They enjoy the rewards of making new contacts, strengthening relationships and accessing a wealth of information and resources. Their primary responsibilities are to help in the retention of members, the recruitment of new members and to assist at events.

Now it the time to join! Contact Jane E. Abe, IOM, ACE, Director of Membership for an application.

Chamber Announces Online Training
The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce announces the formation of a partnership with Coggno, the premier Learning Management System (LMS) and online training marketplace, to facilitate the purchase of popular online training courses from the company’s vast online library. Members can access Coggno online training courses directly through the Chamber’s website, and purchase as few or as many courses needed. Online training offers companies a cost-effective alternative to sending employees to expensive off-site conferences, giving them the opportunity to learn at their own pace on a wide variety of electronic devices, including tablets and smart phones.

To check out the inventory of more than 160 training modules, visit http://www.aurorachamber.com/ members_education.asp

2014 Community Map: Outstanding Advertising Opportunity!
Community Map

The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that sales for its upcoming community map are now underway. The 5,000 maps are on target to print this summer, and will be distributed in and around the Chamber service area. Contact Barry Kenis at (630) 479-1526 or bkenis@villageprofilemail.com for details. Book your ad today!
Unemployment Numbers for Region
January 2014 unemployment numbers were released last week allowing for comparison against similar communities.

Unemployment Numbers for Region

Source: Illinois Department of Employment Security, http://www.ides.illinois.gov/
Member News
Fox Valley United Way would like to thank everyone who participated in their Souper Bowl of Caring on March 1. They were able to collect more than 2,273 pounds of non-perishable items to help replenish the shelves at the Aurora Area Interfaith and Kendal County food pantries. With $4,129 in cash donations, these pantries were able to purchase $34,232 worth of bulk groceries for local households.

Forbes Travel Guide’s official 2014 Forbes Travel Guide Star Rating list has named Hotel Arista as a new Four-Star Hotel. The hotel will be showcased with all of the 2014 Star Rating recipients on www.forbestravelguide.com.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by saving a life. Donate blood at Heartland Blood Centers‘ Aurora facility on Monday, March 17, between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. and receive a premium Heartland outerwear item and a chance to win a $30 Ballydoyle Irish Pub gift card. To schedule an appointment, please call 1-800-786-4483.

The Community Career Center invites you to attend one of their upcoming seminars: “Declare Your Independence by Starting Your Own Business: Is Entrepreneurship Right for You?” on Thursday, March 20, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., “Develop The Right Habits For Success In Life” on Tuesday, March 25, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., or “Relaunch You: Liftoff After Layoff” on Thursday, March 27, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Admission is free for members and $15 for non-members for each event. Interested in becoming a member? Come March 18, 20, 22, 25, or 29 at 9:30 a.m. to learn what services and resources are available to you. Tour the Center and optimize your search efforts today.

The Growing Place is holding a series of workshops at their Aurora location on Saturday, March 22. Led by author and garden designer Karen Chapman, learn about “Container Gardening: Indoors and Out” with “Luscious Leaves” at 10:00 a.m., “Get Inspired!” at 11:00 a.m., “Ask the Experts: Designing with Containers” at 12:00 p.m. and “Make and Take: Magical Miniature Containers” at 1:00 p.m. Cost of materials. Registration is required.

Join State Representative Stephanie Kifowit and experts from Pace on Thursday, March 20, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. and learn more about available transportation services in the area. Discussion topics will include paratransit education, Dial-A-Ride options, and information on Pace’s big bus service, including services for seniors. For more information, or to RSVP, please contact Stephanie’s constituent service office at (630) 585-1308.

Pre-registration for Fox Valley Park District‘s seventh annual 5K Spring Gallop at Blackberry Farm will continue until noon on Friday, March 21. The race is set for 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 29, and features eight age divisions for both men and women racers ages 10 and up. Entry fee is $29 per runner. For more information, call (630) 892-1550.

The annual 2nd 2 None 5K Run & Walk, benefitting the Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry and Communities In Schools of Aurora, will be held Sunday, April 27, at the new RiverEdge Park in downtown Aurora. The race begins at 8:00 a.m. Pre-register now before the price goes up on April 1. For more information, visit www.2nd2none5k.com. Join the race that feeds children at risk of hunger.

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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Here’s This Week’s Aurora Chamber Newsletter

Monday, March 10th, 2014
Here is this week’s newsletter to members of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. If you have Member News to include,
please send  it to us by Wednesday the week prior to publication. For more information, contact the Chamber at (630) 256-3180.
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March 10, 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.
Fox Valley Country Club
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
Piper’s Banquets
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
TCE Company
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
Zippy Shell Fox Valley

Welcome New Members

Securities Quote Xchange, LLC
James Blinn
452 N. Eola Rd., Ste. 102
Aurora 60502
(630) 870-1101
Financial Product Services

 

Contact Us

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

 

 

Legal Update: What’s New for 2014
Are Your Company’s Policies Ready for 2014:
There’s Still Time

Thursday, March 20, 8:00 a.m.
Stonebridge Country Club, 2705 Stonebridge Blvd, Aurora
Sponsored by SmithAmundsen, LLC
$59 General Admission / $39 Aurora Chamber members
Premier Members save 25% and Elite Members save 10%

2013 saw a number of legislative acts that impact business. Whether you are the CEO, HR Director, or department manager, this seminar is a must to make sure you are prepared for the changes in how your business operates. Is your company ready? Have you reviewed and/or updated your human resources and organization policies to reflect these changes? Join us for a Legal Review seminar on Thursday, March 20, at 8:00 a.m. for an update on the many changes, including:

  • Concealed Carry
  • Medical Marijuana
  • Hands-free Mobile Phones
  • Whistleblower Procedures
  • Employee Contracts and more.

Julie Proscia, partner with SmithAmundsen, LLC, will provide guidance and information for companies of all sizes. Attendees will receive policy templates for many of these new requirements. A breakfast will be served at 8:00 a.m. followed by the program at 8:30 a.m.

Register

2014 State of the City Address
Mayor Thomas J. Weisner Registration Now Open!
Thursday, May 1,
from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Piper’s Banquets,
1295 Butterfield Rd., Aurora
$35 Aurora Chamber members
$50 General Admission

Register

Thank you to our Event Sponsors:

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Premier Members
Premier Members
We Want You!
Ambassador Committee Openings!
Calling for outgoing, personable, and dedicated Chamber Members to join the Ambassadors Committee! The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors is a great group of active members that do great work for the Chamber and for the Community!

Ambassadors volunteer their time to provide a crucial link between the Chamber and its members. They ensure that all members receive the maximum benefit from their investment. They enjoy the rewards of making new contacts, strengthening relationships and accessing a wealth of information and resources. Their primary responsibilities are to help in the retention of members, the recruitment of new members and to assist at events.

Now it the time to join! Contact Jane E. Abe, IOM, ACE, Director of Membership for an application.

Ambassador Committee
Chamber Announces Online Training
The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce announces the formation of a partnership with Coggno, the premier Learning Management System (LMS) and online training marketplace, to facilitate the purchase of popular online training courses from the company’s vast online library. Members can access Coggno online training courses directly through the Chamber’s website, and purchase as few or as many courses needed.

Coggno specializes in providing a “one-stop shop” for individuals and organizations looking to purchase online training courses needed for certification, or to advance employee knowledge in topics such as workplace diversity, ethics, sexual harassment prevention, time management, and conflict resolution. Online training offers companies a cost-effective alternative to sending employees to expensive off-site conferences, giving them the opportunity to learn at their own pace on a wide variety of electronic devices, including tablets and smart phones.

To check out the inventory of more than 160 training modules, visit http://www.aurorachamber.com/ members_education.asp

Eblasts: Available Dates for March & April
Promote your program, service, or brand to more than 2,400 e-mail addresses. Contact Jane E. Abe, IOM, ACE, director of membership for available dates. First come, first reserved.
Mark Your Calendars: Programs for
Member Businesses
Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, March 11, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business Development Leads Group 2
Wednesday, March 12, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Ambassador Committee Meeting
Thursday, March 13, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Chamber offices

Coffee & Connections Networking Event
Tuesday, March 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Painters District Council #30, 1905 Sequoia Dr., Aurora
Co-sponsored by Johnson & Bell
Register

Aurora First
Wednesday, March 19, at 11:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Legal Update: What’s New for 2014
Thursday, March 20, at 8:00 a.m.
Stonebridge Country Club, 2705 Stonebridge Blvd, Aurora
$39 Aurora Chamber members
Premier Members save 25% and Elite Members save 10%

$59 General Admission
Register

Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, March 25, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business Development Leads Group 2
Wednesday, March 26, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, March 27, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Cafe, 55 S. Commons Drive, Aurora
$12 Aurora Chamber members
$15 General Admission
Co-sponsored by Randall Highland Rental Townhomes
Register

State of the Village
Wednesday, April 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Oak Street Restaurant & Bar, 945 Oak St., North Aurora
$25 Aurora Chamber members
$30 General Admission
Register

State of the City
Thursday, May 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Piper’s Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Rd., Aurora
$35 Aurora Chamber members
$50 General Admission
Register

Sponsorships for these and other programs are available. Contact the Chamber at (630) 256-3180 for details.

Sponsorships Available!
ARCC/Fox Valley Networking Professionals sponsorships are available for June, July and August, 2014 (first come, first serve). Being a sponsor is a perfect way to get your business name and commercial out and in front of 35 – 50 business professionals. Your business logo is prominent on all invitations, the website, calendar of events and social media. You will also have a showcase table and a 3 minute commercial time. Contact Jane E. Abe, IOM, ACE, Director of Membership, for cost and marketing opportunities.
2014 Community Map:
Outstanding Advertising Opportunity!
Community Map

The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that sales for its upcoming community map are now underway. The 5,000 maps are on target to print this summer, and will be distributed in and around the Chamber service area.
Member News
Ann Hackfort, DO, has joined Dreyer Medical Clinic as a hospitalist. Dreyer’s hospitalists work closely with primary care physicians, specialists, nursing teams, and other caregivers to ensure that a patient’s condition is routinely assessed and treatment is provided with around-the-clock physician oversight.

The Community Career Center invites you to attend “Grief: What to Do When Letting Go Gets in the Way of Moving On” seminar on Tuesday, March 11, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. or their “Declare Your Independence by Starting Your Own Business: Is Entrepreneurship Right For You?” seminar on Thursday, March 20, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Admission is free for members and $15 for non-members per event. Interested in becoming a member? Come March 13, 18, 20 or 22 at 9:30 a.m. to learn what services and resources are available to you. Tour the Center and optimize your search efforts today.

Come to the Fox and Hound English Pub for their Ladies’ Night Vendor Fair on Thursday, March 13, from 3:00 to 6:30 p.m. Enjoy a glass of wine (or two) and shop local vendors like Rodan & Fields Skin Care, Younique Mascara and Eye Pigment, Tastefully Simple, Passion Parties, Lia Sophia, Plexus, and more. There will be door prizes and raffles all night. Show that you are an Aurora Chamber Member and receive a second ticket for the raffle, free!

Donate blood at Heartland Blood Centers‘ Aurora facility on Friday, March 14, between 7:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. and receive a voucher for a FREE Ciabatta Jack Fish sandwich from Long John Silver’s. Donors will be entered into a raffle to WIN a $50 Red Lobster gift card as well. To schedule an appointment, please call 1-800-786-4483.

Red Oak Nature Center is hosting MapleFest on Saturday, March 15, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Learn how maple sap is harvested and taste-test different syrups. The event is free to the public, but registration is requested for groups of 10 or more. Maple-themed treats and hot beverages will be available for a small fee. For more information, contact Red Oak at (630) 897-1808 or visit the Fox Valley Park District‘s website.

The Growing Place is holding a “From Garden to Table” workshop at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 15, at their Aurora location. For $15, learn all the tips and tricks to growing your own food. Vegetable seeds will be available for purchase at a discount. Registration is required.

The Association for Individual Development is seeking volunteers to answer phones in one hour shifts for their 15th Annual AID Telethon on March 15, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. This live ten-hour event will be broadcasted from Waubonsee Community College and the proceeds will go to benefit individuals with developmental disabilities, mental illness, those who have suffered a trauma and those at risk. Sign up today by contacting Wendy Bialek at (847) 931-2294 or emailing her at wbialek@the-association.org.

Join State Representative Stephanie Kifowit and experts from Pace on Thursday, March 20, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. and learn more about available transportation services in the area. Discussion topics will include paratransit education, Dial-A-Ride options, and information on Pace’s big bus service, including services for seniors. For more information, or to RSVP, please contact Stephanie’s constituent service office at (630) 585-1308.

Pre-registration for Fox Valley Park District‘s seventh annual 5K Spring Gallop at Blackberry Farm will continue until noon on Friday, March 21. The race is set for 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 29, and features eight age divisions for both men and women racers ages 10 and up. Entry fee is $29 per runner. For more information, call (630) 892-1550.

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.

 

We Welcome Our New Members Who Joined in January

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

This past January, we started off the New Year by welcoming the following to the Aurora Regional Chamber. We encourage you to get to know your fellow members. It is only through collaboration that we will be able to move our region’s business community forward.

 

Imagetec: Imagetec is Chicago’s premiere digital office equipment dealer, providing office copiers, printers and fax systems, along with service contracts, including leasing and financing programs.

 

American Heartland Bank and Trust: An independent community bank located in Sugar Grove, American Heartland focuses on providing quality banking services that are responsive to local communities’ banking needs.

 

RE/MAX Action – Sheena Baker: As a full-time real estate professional for the Chicagoland area, Sheena’s goal is to make the home buying or selling experience as seamless as possible by providing the highest level of service from start to finish.

 

Project Green Environmental Solutions: A trade ally with ComEd and Nicor Gas, Project Green Environmental Solutions assists local businesses with gas savings and energy-efficient lighting through the facilitation of grants and rebates.

New Programs, Announcements for Aurora Area Businesses

Monday, March 3rd, 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
March 03, 2014
In This Issue

 

Quick Links

Follow Us!
Facebook Twitter Blog

Elite Members

For more information contact the chamber.

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.
Fox Valley Country Club
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
Piper’s Banquets
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
TCE Company
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
Zippy Shell Fox Valley

Welcome New Members

O’Connor Plumbing, Inc.
Steve O’Connor
48W781 Winters Rd.
Maple Park, IL 60151
(630) 365-6901
Plumbing/Remodeling & Construction
Referred by Clifton Mason,
WSI Digital Solutions, Inc.

Aflac – Deepti Srivastava
Deepti Srivastava
2778 Rosehall Ln.
Aurora, IL 60503
(630) 946-4222
Insurance

Rich Harvest Farms
Keith Rich
7S771 Dugan Rd.
Sugar Grove, IL 60554
(630) 466-7610
Sports & Recreation
Premier Investor

Junior Achievement of Chicago – Western Division
Lacy Antonson
8383 W. Belmont Ave., Ste. 303
River Grove, IL 60171
(630) 841-5132
Workforce Development
Elite Member

 

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
Mayor Thomas J. Weisner Registration Now Open!
Thursday, May 1,
from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Piper’s Banquets,
1295 Butterfield Rd., Aurora
$35 Aurora Chamber members
$50 General Admission

Register


Mayor Thomas J. Weisner will present the State of the City to Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce guests on Thursday, May 1, at Piper’s Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Road, Aurora. Mayor Weisner’s annual address includes highlights and accomplishments of the past year as well as his vision for the future of the City.

Thank you to our Event Sponsors:

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Legal Update: What’s New for 2014
Are Your Company’s Policies Ready for 2014:
There’s Still Time

Thursday, March 20, 8:00 a.m.
Stonebridge Country Club, 2705 Stonebridge Blvd, Aurora
Sponsored by SmithAmundsen, LLC
$59 General Admission / $39 Aurora Chamber members
Premier Members save 25%  Elite Members save 10%

2013 saw a number of legislative acts that impact business. Whether you are the CEO, HR Director, or department manager, this seminar is a must to make sure you are prepared for the changes in how your business operates. Is your company ready? Have you reviewed and/or updated your human resources and organization policies to reflect these changes? Join us for a Legal Review seminar on Thursday, March 20, at 8:00 a.m. for an update on the many changes, including:

  • Concealed Carry
  • Medical Marijuana
  • Hands-free Mobile Phones
  • Whistleblower Procedures
  • Employee Contracts and more.

Julie Proscia, partner with SmithAmundsen, LLC, will provide guidance and information for companies of all sizes. Attendees will receive policy templates for many of these new requirements. A breakfast will be served at 8:00 a.m. followed by the program at 8:30 a.m.

Register

Premier Members
Premier Members
Chamber Announces Online Training
The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce announces the formation of a partnership with Coggno, the premier Learning Management System (LMS) and online training marketplace, to facilitate the purchase of popular online training courses from the company’s vast online library. Members can access Coggno online training courses directly through the Chamber’s website, and purchase as few or as many courses needed.

Coggno specializes in providing a “one-stop shop” for individuals and organizations looking to purchase online training courses needed for certification, or to advance employee knowledge in topics such as workplace diversity, ethics, sexual harassment prevention, time management, and conflict resolution. Online training offers companies a cost-effective alternative to sending employees to expensive off-site conferences, giving them the opportunity to learn at their own pace on a wide variety of electronic devices, including tablets and smart phones.

To check out the inventory of more than 160 training modules, visit http://www.aurorachamber.com/ members_education.asp

Eblasts: Available Dates for March & April
Promote your program, service, or brand to more than 2,400 e-mail addresses. Contact Jane E. Abe, IOM, ACE, director of membership for available dates. First come, first reserved.
Mark Your Calendars:
Programs for Member Businesses
Diversity Network
A Collaboration with the
Quad County African American Chamber

Tuesday, March 4, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices
Register

2014 Leadership Academy Begins
Friday, March 7, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, March 11, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business Development Leads Group 2
Wednesday, March 12, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Ambassador Committee Meeting
Thursday, March 13, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Chamber offices

Coffee & Connections Networking Event
Tuesday, March 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Painters District Council #30, 1905 Sequoia Dr., Aurora
Co-sponsored by Johnson & Bell
Register

Aurora First
Wednesday, March 19, at 11:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Legal Update: What’s New for 2014
Thursday, March 20, at 8:00 a.m.
Stonebridge Country Club, 2705 Stonebridge Blvd, Aurora
$39 Aurora Chamber members
Premier Members save 25%
Elite Members save 10%

$59 General Admission
Register

Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, March 25, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business Development Leads Group 2
Wednesday, March 26, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, March 27, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Cafe, 55 S. Commons Drive, Aurora

State of the Village
Wednesday, April 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Oak Street Restaurant & Bar, 945 Oak St., North Aurora
$25 Aurora Chamber members
$30 General Admission
Register

State of the City
Registration Now Open
Thursday, May 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Piper’s Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Rd., Aurora
$35 Aurora Chamber members
$50 General Admission
Register

Sponsorships for these and other programs are available. Contact the Chamber at (630) 256-3180 for details.

Debate on Progressive Income Tax
Last week the constitutional amendment for a progressive income tax in the Senate, SJRCA 40, gained one more Democrat co-sponsor, placing the total number of co-sponsors at 27, nine shy of a 3/5th vote for passage in the Senate, as required by the Illinois Constitution.

According to the Illinois Constitution any constitutional amendments proposed by the General Assembly requires a three-fifths vote, in this case 36 votes in the Senate, to receive legislative approval before being presented to the voters in the November election for final adoption.

The Aurora Chamber has joined a growing number of organizations in opposing a progressive income tax and we believe our current flat income tax is one of the beneficial features of our tax system that makes Illinois attractive for employers.

Illinois’ small businesses create the majority of new jobs in our state, yet this proposal would hit them the hardest. The vast majority of small businesses are organized in ways where the tax code treats the income of the business as the income of the owners. Thus, small business income is taxed at the individual rate. This proposal dramatically increases individual tax rates on small business owners and decreases the amount of resources available to reinvest in the business and create jobs.

Thank You Fox Valley Credit Union
A big thank you goes out Kelley Howard, Jacy Mosser and Rosa Molina from Fox Valley Credit Union for sponsoring the February ARCC/Fox Valley Networking Professionals.

Fox Valley Credit Union
Fox Valley Credit Union
Fox Valley Credit Union
2014 Community Map:
Outstanding Advertising Opportunity!
Community Map

The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that sales for its upcoming community map are now underway. The 5,000 maps are on target to print this summer, and will be distributed in and around the Chamber service area.
Member News
Seize the Future Development Foundation, Aurora’s economic development public/private partnership, is excited to announce the launch of its website, www.investinaurora.org. The website is designed to showcase available properties, incentive programs, high-tech options, and other essential information for existing and prospective businesses, developers and redevelopment groups, brokers and the Aurora community.

Waubonsee Community College has appointed Faith LaShure, Dean for Enrollment Management, to serve as Chairperson Elect of the Board for Communities in Schools of Aurora. They also welcome William Marzano as the new Vice President of Transfer and Developmental Education.

Accounting, advisory, investment banking, technology and managed services firm Sikich LLP, based in Naperville, said it will merge with 403 Labs, a full-service information security consultancy based in Brookfield, Wis.

The Illinois Society of Professional Engineers released the results of its first “Best Engineering Firms to Work For” competition. Sugar Grove-based engineering firm Engineering Enterprises, Inc. ranked highest among its employees in an anonymous employee satisfaction survey conducted by ISPE.

Dreyer Medical Clinic welcomed Mona Waheed, M.D., to their West Aurora location’s Department of Family Medicine and Jessica Dube, MS, MSN, A.P.N./C.N.P., to their West Downer Place location’s Department of Psychiatry. Mohammed A. Raheem, M.D., hematologist-oncologist at Dreyer Medical Clinic’s Highland location, has been recertified in medical oncology by the American Board of Internal Medicine as well.

The Label Printers is pleased to once again sponsor Geneva High School’s FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) robotics team, the Robovikes. This is the Robovikes sixth year in this worldwide competition and we wish them the best.

The YWCA of Aurora‘s new Ready for Anything: Women’s Empowerment Workshops begins today with “Living Authentically” presented by Cmdr. Kristen Ziman. For more professional development workshops and to register, visit www.ywcaaurora.org/readyforanything.

Starting March 4, Presence Mercy Medical Center Health Institute will host “Live Well, Be Well,” a Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, every Tuesday through April 9 from 9:00 to11:30 a.m. The program is a series of workshops, designed for adults who want to take charge of their ongoing health problems such as arthritis, MS, fibromyalgia, COPD, diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. To register, call (877) 737-4636.

Join Westwood College for a Community Resource & Wellness Celebration on Wednesday, March 5, from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. The event is open to the public and includes free give-a-ways and special guest Mayor Gina Cunningham of Woodridge. Food samples will be provided by Sam’s Club and Jimmy Johns. For additional information or to become a vendor, call (630) 434-7655.

The Growing Place is holding a “New and Noteworthy Plants for 2014″ presentation at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 8 at their Aurora location. Learn about new plants, up-and-coming trends and some unusual staff favorites. The event is free, but registration is recommended. Call 630-355-4000.

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 March 8 & 15, 2014 (both days required), from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Come to Red Oak Nature Center’s MapleFest on Saturday, March 15, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Learn how maple sap is harvested and taste-test different syrups. The event is free to the public, but registration is requested for groups of 10 or more. Maple-themed treats and hot beverages will be available for a small fee. For more information, contact Red Oak at (630) 897-1808 or visit the Fox Valley Park District‘s website.

The Association for Individual Development is seeking volunteers to answer phones in one hour shifts for their 15th Annual AID Telethon on March 15, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. This live ten-hour event will be broadcasted from Waubonsee Community College and the proceeds will go to benefit individuals with developmental disabilities, mental illness, those who have suffered a trauma and those at risk. Sign up today by contacting Wendy Bialek at (847) 931-2294 or emailing her at wbialek@the-association.org.

Pre-registration for Fox Valley Park District‘s seventh annual 5K Spring Gallop at Blackberry Farm will continue until noon on Friday, March 21. The race is set for 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 29, and features eight age divisions for both men and women racers ages 10 and up. Entry fee is $29 per runner. For more information, call (630) 892-1550.

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More News, Programs from Aurora Chamber

Monday, February 24th, 2014
Here is this week’s newsletter to members of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. If you have Member News to include,
please send  it to us by Wednesday the week prior to publication. For more information, contact the Chamber at (630) 256-3180.
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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.
Fox Valley Country Club
Global Data Sciences
Ice Miller LLP
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
Piper’s Banquets
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
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
TCE Company
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
Zippy Shell Fox Valley

Welcome New Members

Bear Paddle Swim School
Emily Everson
4308 E. New York St.
Aurora, IL 60504
(630) 692-7946
Swimming Center

Midland States Bank
Rick Waggoner
951 Dixie Highway
Beecher, IL 60401
(815) 465-7266
Bank

Village Profile
John Dussman
Barry Kenis
33 N. Geneva St.
Elgin, IL 60120
(847) 468-6800 Publishing

 

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Mail: 43 W. Galena Blvd.
Aurora, Illinois 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180
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Leadership Academy 2014 Registration Open
Leadership Academy

Established in 1979, the Aurora Chamber’s Leadership Academy has a rich history of providing confidence, knowledge, professionalism, and strong leadership skills that not only benefit the attendee but also their employers. The goal is simple: To create a development opportunity for graduates to serve and enhance themselves, their employers, and the community.

Over the past 35 years, more than 800 community leaders have participated in the program. Many have gone on to lead local businesses and organizations. Some have gone on to public office. All have left their mark on the community.

This year, we are partnering with the Quad County African American Chamber of Commerce to provide the opportunity to a wider audience.

With the encouragement and support of the Dunham Fund, the Academy has completed its first phase of redevelopment. This year’s program focuses on the unique strengths of our community and encourages a diverse mix of participants to engage in our community’s success.

Our community needs you! Realize your potential to make a difference in the Aurora region. The program begins Friday, March 7. Registration is limited.

For information and an application to the Academy, click here.

Legal Update: What’s New for 2014
Are Your Company’s Policies Ready for 2014: There’s Still Time
Thursday, March 20, 8:00 a.m.
Stonebridge Country Club, 2705 Stonebridge Blvd, Aurora
Sponsored by SmithAmundsen, LLC
$59 General Admission / $39 Aurora Chamber members

2013 saw a number of legislative acts that impact business. Is your company ready? Have you reviewed and/or updated your human resources and organization policies to reflect these changes? Join us for a Legal Review seminar on Thursday, March 20, at 8:00 a.m. for an update on the many changes, including:

  • Concealed Carry
  • Medical Marijuana
  • Hands-free Mobile Phones
  • Whistleblower Procedures
  • Employee Contracts and more.

Julie Proscia, partner with SmithAmundsen, LLC, will provide guidance and information for companies of all sizes. Whether you are the CEO, HR Director, or department manager, this seminar is a must to make sure you are prepared for the changes in how your business operates. Attendees will receive policy templates for many of these new requirements.

A continental breakfast will be served at 8:00 a.m. followed by the program at 8:30 a.m.

Register

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Illinois General Assembly Activity
Both chambers of the General Assembly were in session Tuesday thru Thursday last week. As expected, committee action was sparse. Committee action will likely escalate as we get past the March 18 primary election and closer to the first committee deadline of March 28. There are significant issues being discussed.

Efforts to increase Illinois’ minimum wage from the current $8.25 per hour have been underway for over a year. Last spring, efforts to increase the minimum wage failed to garner enough support in the Senate. SB 68 (Sen. Kimberly Lightford, D- Westchester) continues to be the likely vehicle. Senate Amendment #4 has been assigned to the Senate Executive Committee and is scheduled to be heard this Wednesday. Illinois is one of the few states named as being in danger of falling back into recession. As the national unemployment number has fallen to 6.6%, Illinois unemployment is at 8.5%. Making it more expensive to hire and encouraging automation will not help Illinois’ unemployment rate.

SB 3405 (Sen. Dan Biss, D-Skokie) attempts to implement restrictions on patent trolls. It makes it unlawful to claim that someone has infringed on a patent if the claim falsely threatens adverse administrative or judicial action or if the assertions lack a reasonable basis in fact or law. It would also not allow a person to make a claim if they don’t own or represent someone who owns the patent.

SB 2776 (Sen. Heather Steans, D-Chicago), which reduces the fee for filing as an LLC from $500 to $39 and for series LLC from $750 to $59, is scheduled to be heard by the State Government and Veterans Affairs Committee. Illinois presently has among the highest limited liability company (LLC) fees in the nation.

Eblasts: Available Dates for March & April
Do you have a special event to promote or a March seminar you would like to invite fellow Chamber Members to? This is a great opportunity to target business-to-business or business-to-consumer prospects and customers.

Eblasts are a great way to communicate your message – exclusively sent – to an email list of 2,400 member addresses, based on availability on Wednesdays or Fridays.

Contact Jane E. Abe, IOM, ACE, director of membership for dates. First come, first reserved.

Mark Your Calendars: Programs for
Member Businesses
Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber Offices

Business Development Leads Group 2
Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber Offices

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, Feb. 27, from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Drive, Aurora
RSVP by Tuesday, Feb. 25
$12 Aurora Chamber Members
$15 General Admission
Sponsored in part by Fox Valley Credit Union
Register

Diversity Network
A Collaboration with the Quad County African American Chamber
Tuesday, March 4, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices
Register

2014 Leadership Academy Begins
Friday, March 7, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Chamber offices
Applications due this Friday
Register

Legal Update: What’s New for 2014
Thursday, March 20, at 8:00 a.m.
Stonebridge Country Club, 2705 Stonebridge Blvd, Aurora
$39 Aurora Chamber members
$59 General Admission
Register

State of the Village
Wednesday, April 9, at 11:30 a.m.
Oak Street Restaurant & Bar, 945 Oak Street, North Aurora
Register

State of the City
Thursday, May 1, at 11:30 a.m.
Registration opens Monday, Mach 3

Sponsorships for these and other programs are available. Contact the Chamber at (630) 256-3180 for details.

Do You Like Referrals?
If you do, refer one of your customers or clients to the Chamber! When you refer a prospective member by 2/28, your business will be acknowledged in the member newsletter and on the Chamber blog. In addition, you will receive a complimentary ticket to an upcoming Fox Valley Networking Professionals breakfast. Submit your referral to Jane E. Abe, IOM, ACE, director of membership. Remember the best compliment you can give is by giving a referral.
Thank You FirstMerit
FirstMerit
FirstMerit
FirstMerit

A great group of business professionals turned out for the Business After Hours at FirstMerit Bank. We greatly appreciate the hospitality the bank extended.
2014 Community Map – Can’t-Miss Opportunity!
Community Map

The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that sales for its upcoming community map are now underway. The 5,000 maps are on target to print this summer, and will be distributed in and around the Chamber service area.
Why Illinois? Part I
For years Illinois citizens, especially business owners and managers, have suffered embarrassment over political corruption, higher taxes and fees, chagrin over failed government fiscal policies, frustration with anti-business rhetoric and public employee discontent.

Employers have suffered anti-business initiatives by our own elected officials while Governors from other states routinely launch business-poaching parties to entice our highly desirable job creators to seek greener pastures.

Enough! Despite governmental and political headwinds Illinois remains a great state that offers business owners and leaders many advantages that should not be overlooked or dismissed.

For full article, visit the Chamber blog.

Member News
Souper Bowl of Caring Rescheduled: The Souper Bowl of Caring has been rescheduled for Saturday, March 1. Come in to your local Jewel-Osco, the Montgomery Market Place, or Prisco’s Fine Foods from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and help the Fox Valley United Way raise funds and food for the Aurora Interfaith Food Pantry and Kendall County Food Pantry.

Twenty-two suburban based companies, organizations and agencies have been selected as honorees of the 24th Annual Awards for Business Excellence (AABEs). The AABEs are presented in recognition of business achievement, growth and community involvement, to outstanding suburban businesses and non-profit organizations. Honorees this year were selected in 11 categories of competition. Congratulations to Kluber Architects + Engineers and Kelmscott Communications for being among those recognized.

Naper Settlement continues to inform and entertain with part three of “The Columbian Exposition – Through the Eyes of a Visitor.” This interactive presentation on The Midway Plaisance will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 18, from 7:00 to 8:15 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person. Naper Settlement is also wrapping up their Downton Abbey-inspired “Tea & Talk” program with tea, treats, and trivia on Saturday, Feb. 22, from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person and reservations are required.

Residents of the Fox Valley Park District may register for spring programs and events now. Non-resident registration will begin next week on Monday, Feb. 24.

Come to Aurora University‘s Chorale and Chamber Choir Tour Concert on Tuesday, Feb. 25, from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. at the Crimi Auditorium in the Institute for Collaboration at 1347 Prairie St. To register, email auartsandideas@aurora.edu or call (630) 844-4924.

The Board of Directors of Senior Services Associates, Inc. invites you to attend their 40th Annual Meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 26, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Please RSVP by February 20 by calling (847) 741-0404.

Rasmussen College is hosting a career fair for the Aurora/Naperville Area at their local campus on Thursday, Feb. 27 from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. Gain job market insight, find employment, advance your career goals and develop professional skills all in one place.

The YWCA of Aurora‘s new Ready for Anything: Women’s Empowerment Workshops begins on March 3, with “Living Authentically” presented by Cmdr. Kristen Ziman. For more professional development workshops and to register, visit www.ywcaaurora.org/readyforanything.

Starting March 4, Presence Mercy Medical Center Health Institute will host “Live Well, Be Well,” a Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, every Tuesday through April 9 from 9:00 to11:30 a.m. The program is a series of workshops, designed for adults who want to take charge of their ongoing health problems such as arthritis, MS, fibromyalgia, COPD, diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. Anyone wanting to register needs to call (877) 737-4636.

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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Why Illinois? Part I

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

Illinois Chamber President’s Message: Doug Whitley

For years Illinois citizens, especially business owners and managers, have suffered embarrassment over political corruption, higher taxes and fees, chagrin over failed government fiscal policies, frustration with anti-business rhetoric and public employee discontent.
 
Employers have suffered anti-business initiatives by our own elected officials while Governors from other states routinely launch business-poaching parties to entice our highly desirable job creators to seek greener pastures.
 
Enough! Despite governmental and political headwinds Illinois remains a great state that offers business owners and leaders many advantages that should not be overlooked or dismissed.
 
The key components for business success are present. There is an abundance of land, fresh water, highly educated and trained workers, competitively priced energy, state of the art data capability and extensive transportation networks to move people, raw material, goods, and services. Population density assures a substantial labor pool. A higher than average personal income for Illinois residents and the appeal of an attractive destination city for visitors guarantees a robust and extensive consumer market. Illinois is home to quality educational and health care facilities, as well as renowned research institutions and national laboratories.
 
Chicago is a world-class city with the ethnic diversity and global connections to cultivate and propel international business growth. Illinois’ second urban area, comprised of the “metro-east” communities of southwestern Illinois, accounts for much of the industrial output of the St. Louis region. The “metro-east” helps anchor the state’s position as a transportation center and a gateway to the west.
Natural Benefits
Illinois is blessed with the most productive farmland in the world. It is the foundation upon which agri-business industries rely. Food processing, farm supplies, grain handling, global markets and advances in bio and machine technology are derived from ever-improving productivity on Illinois farms. If your business is connected to agriculture Illinois is the place to be.
 
Illinois sits above vast reserves of high BTU coal deposits. There are more BTUs under Illinois than under the Saudi desert and Kuwait combined. Most Illinois coal production is currently being shipped to international markets. Thanks to a new hydraulic fracking law Illinois oil and gas production is poised for a resurgence that could greatly improve opportunity and economic fortunes in Southern Illinois.
 
Unlike much of the eastern United States, Illinois still offers an abundance of land in both urban and rural settings that is readily available for development. And, unlike many of the western states, Illinois has an abundance of fresh water resources.
 
In addition to having freshwater for irrigation and industrial use, commercial barge traffic is plentiful and efficient. Illinois-based shippers have access not only to the Great Lakes and the inland river waterways of the heartland, but also have saltwater access through the St. Lawrence Seaway to the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico through the port of New Orleans and the mouth of the Mississippi River. The Mississippi River provides direct access to the soon to be expanded Panama Canal and the Pacific Ocean.
 
Illinois hosts large population centers in the heartland of the nation and provides access to suppliers, industrial markets and raw materials. Illinois’ central location facilitates one-day business travel schedules and offers a convenient location to gather for meetings and conventions. Illinois is the center of a twelve state agricultural and industrial region that 65 million people call home.
 
The central time zone is a business advantage because it facilitates convenient workday communications with other locales throughout the continental United States, Canada and Mexico.
 
The expanse of Shawnee National Forest that extends across the Illinois Ozarks is an overlooked and underutilized recreational wilderness that continually amazes visitors, as does the grandeur of Lake Michigan and the width and palisades of the Mississippi River that shapes the state’s western border.
Man-Made Benefits
Transportation networks are one of the cornerstones of Illinois’ economy. Illinois is known for transportation, logistics and warehousing. Our state contains the largest rail hub in the nation and is the only state served by all of the class-one railroads. Illinois holds 165 rail yards and 12 expansive, modern intermodal terminals. Currently, 25 percent of all U.S. rail traffic and 46 percent of all intermodal units in the U.S. touch the Chicago region. Based on containers handled Chicago is classified as the third largest port in the world and is the only mega shipping port in the top 10 not located on saltwater.
 
America’s Central Port located on the east bank of the Mississippi River in Granite City has 84 tenants on 1200 acres. It currently serves 2500 barges and three million tons of cargo each year. The river facilities at St. Louis make the region the second busiest inland port and the northern most ice free dockage in the U.S
 
Illinois has the third largest interstate highway system in the country and is served by 15 interstate routes – more than any other state. Eight interstate highways converge on the Chicago region while four major east-west arteries converge at St. Louis.
 
Chicago’s O’Hare airport hosts the nation’s two largest airlines, but also accommodates 40 other airlines. O’Hare airport handles direct flights to 255 cities, nearly half of which are international destination. Chicago’s Midway airport handles direct flights to 140 U.S. cities and 57 international locations.
 
The nation’s oil, gas, chemical and fiber optic networks converge in Illinois. Chicago’s Union Station is the hub for AMTRAK nationwide passenger rail service.
 
The RTA is the third largest public transit system in the United States, services a population of 8 million and provides nearly 2 million rides every day. Public transit service in the remainder of the state, including the Bi-State Development Agency serving St. Louis region, accommodates 40 million riders per year.
 
More than 81 percent of Illinois households can subscribe to a broadband service that downloads up to 100 mbps. More than 93 percent of households can subscribe to broadband service with download speeds in excess of 25 mbps. AT&T alone offers the super fast mobile broadband 4G LTE network coverage to 99 percent of the Chicago market area and coverage for 88 percent of the state’s population. Verizon, T-Mobile and others offer similar service. In short, almost all Illinois citizens and businesses have access to the fastest mobile broadband capability.
 
Specialized networks for dedicated users also exist throughout the state. For example, Illinois Rural HealthNet (IRHN) is a high-speed, 3,100-mile, fiber-optic network. It is revolutionizing healthcare in rural areas by creating a fiber-optic network linking hospitals and clinics to a statewide Health IT network. The IRHN allows healthcare providers to connect to the fiber backbone and exchange vital information over a dedicated healthcare network, at speeds up to 1 Gig.
 
Illinois is well equipped to move people, physical products and electronic commerce.
Energy
Illinois was one of the first states to deregulate electric energy pricing and embrace free market pricing of electric energy. In 2013, 78 percent of electricity used by residential and business customers in Illinois was purchased through competitive bidding. There are over 80 companies permitted to sell electricity in Illinois. More than 600 Illinois communities are making wholesale purchases and offering aggregated pricing to the residents of their communities. Consequently, the average delivered price of electricity in Illinois is among the lowest in the United States.
 
Despite great change in the industry during the last decade our state has increased electric generation capacity and is a net exporter of electric power to customers in other states. Illinois is the home of the largest number of nuclear power plants in the country, has the nation’s newest and cleanest coal fired generation plant, and has emerged as the headquarters for most of the companies developing wind energy capacity in the U.S.
 
Natural gas customers have also benefited from the state’s leadership in accepting competitive wholesale market pricing. There are more than two-dozen certified non-utility natural gas suppliers seeking customers in Illinois. Nearly 100 percent of industrial users and two-thirds of commercial business in Illinois are taking advantage of open market purchasing arrangements for their natural gas supplies.
 
Besides providing a clean, efficient and low priced heat source for almost 3.9 million Illinois homeowners, natural gas is a highly desired resource for industrial use and as a basic feedstock for many products like chemicals and fertilizer. The presence of natural gas pipelines is an essential requirement for heavy industry that Illinois easily satisfies.
 
Illinois offers a variety of energy resources. Renewable fuel choices such as wind, solar and bio have a growing presence on the landscape. Illinois has also embraced new fuel choices for vehicles, including electric, bio-diesel, E-85 and LNG. The abundance and diversity of energy choices is attractive, but even more compelling is research being conducted at Argonne National Laboratory, the University of Illinois, Caterpillar’s engine research and ADM’s experiment with carbon capture technology.
 
Illinois has been and continues to be a leader in energy policy, energy production, consumer benefits and emerging technologies.
Markets
The Economist released an interactive map comparing the economies of U.S. states to world countries. According to this, Illinois’ economy is equivalent to Turkey’s – which is ranked 15th in the world, with a GDP of about $615 billion.
 
Illinois is home to the third largest metropolitan area in the nation. It is a region that must legitimately be recognized as a three state conglomeration of interdependent commerce extending from Milwaukee, Wisconsin to South Bend, Indiana. The Chicago MSA is home to 9,522,434 people. Likewise, the “metro-east”, Illinois’ second largest population center, accounts for a quarter of the three million people that make the St. Louis metropolitan area the 19th largest in the county.
 
Despite anemic growth in recent decades, Illinois remains the fifth most populated state in the country. Chicago is the de facto capital of the Midwest and is ranked ninth in PricewaterhouseCooper’s report identifying global cities of opportunity. Chicago is one of only three U.S. cities to make the list.
 
International trade accounts for approximately 18 percent of the state gross product. Chicago hosts more than 80 foreign consulates and trade offices, more than any other U.S. city except for the nation’s capitol and the host city of the United Nations. It is an indication of how significant global enterprise is to Illinois’ economy.
 
Illinois boasts eight foreign trade zones. Illinois’ most significant foreign trading partners are Canada, European Union nations, Mexico and China. Canada and Mexico account for approximately 38 percent of Illinois foreign exports. Illinois is Canada’s top importer of crude oil – we spend around $12 billion per year on the product, which is processed at three Illinois refineries and the BP facility in Whiting, Indiana, and a part of the Chicago MSA. China is the number one importer of Illinois grain.
 
The Chicago area alone is home to over 1500 foreign-based companies and represents over $40 billion in direct foreign investment.
 
Business & Industry
Illinois is the fourth most productive manufacturing state. Such a large state, both from a geographic and a population perspective, means that Illinois commerce is highly diversified. No single economic segment totally dominates the economy. Such diversity means the state boasts pace setters and industry leaders in practically every business category.
 
Illinois boasts headquarters status for 31 of the largest publicly traded companies as identified by Fortune magazine. St. Louis is home to nine additional Fortune 500 companies. Of the 224 largest privately held companies identified by Forbes, 21 have Illinois or St. Louis as their headquarters’ location.
 
Illinois companies are global leaders in advertising, agriculture, aviation, business services, consumer products, commodity-options-futures-derivatives trading, communications, construction, energy, entertainment, financial services, food products, food service, health care, hospitality, insurance, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, publishing, retail, technology and water treatment to name a few.
 
For example, the Rockford region employs over 4,000 engineers, including more than 500 engaged in the aerospace industry. The concentration of engineers per capita is 1.3 times the U.S. average. In aerospace alone, Rockford has access to an instant supply chain of more than 200 aerospace and aviation firms within 150 miles and an even wider variety of other supplier and support companies. Long recognized as a center for manufacturing excellence the Rockford area has the sixth highest concentration of aerospace production employment in the nation.
 
Illinois is well established as a leader in the life sciences and as a region the Midwestern states are outpacing the life science sphere in California and on the East coast. For example, the St. Louis region is home to the world’s largest concentration of plant science PhDs.
 
The overall economic output of Illinois’ biotechnology industry is more than $98.6 billion with 81,000 direct jobs and more than 3,500 biotechnology companies in the state. In fact, Illinois residents employed by biotechnology companies earn up to 91 percent more than the average Illinois resident. The biotechnology industry in Illinois has demonstrated the strongest revenue growth in recent years (averaging 13.3 percent) among all of the states analyzed according to a recent iBio report.
 
The University of Illinois research facilities are among the best in the world. The university secured more than $1 billion in competitively awarded federal research grants last year and now ranks sixth among universities nationwide. The Institute for Genomic Biology, the National Center for Supercomputing Applications and Blue Waters (one of the world’s fastest supercomputers) are academic leaders.
 
There are 11 designated incubators and tech parks throughout the state, including University of Illinois facilities in Urbana and Chicago aimed at commercializing faculty discoveries by launching successful startup enterprises. In addition to four national labs and academic research at several universities it is estimated the private sector is investing over $12 billion annually in research and development.
 
Chicago is ranked 10th in the world for start-up by the on line data base “Start-Up Genome”. Site Selection magazine recognized Illinois for having the fifth highest number of corporate expansion in 2012. Illinois Innovation Network reported Chicago had the second highest number of new business startups (behind Los Angeles) in 2012. Most of the new businesses were associated with marketing and e-commerce.
 
Conventions and tourism attracts an increasing number of visitors to Illinois. In 2013, Illinois hosted over 2 million international visitors. The Chicago Metropolitan Pier and Exhibition Authority offer 2.6 million square feet of convention space. Rosemont’s convention facilities alone host about 120 events and 1 million people per year. There are nearly 700 hotels and 101,000 guest rooms in the Chicago area.Chicago is considered the fifth most prominent convention city in the country, behind Las Vegas, Washington D.C., Miami and Orlando.
 
The state’s major tourist attractions include world-renowned museums, Navy Pier, Willis Tower, Wrigley Field, the riverboat architecture tour and Millennium Park in Chicago. Natural beauty is celebrated along the Great River Road, the Illinois River Valley, the Shawnee National Forest, the Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge and Lake Michigan’s shoreline. Premiere historic sites include Cahokia Mounds – a United Nation’s designated world heritage site – in Collinsville, Lewis and Clark State Historic Site also near St. Louis and the numerous Abraham Lincoln sites in Central Illinois, including the Presidential Museum and Library. Twentieth century progress, mobility and America’s fascination with motorized vehicles is commemorated by thousands of intrepid travelers who pursue the historic Mother Road Route 66 that traverses the state.
 
Illinois is 390 miles long. The northern border lies parallel to Boston, Massachusetts and extends south to point far below the historic Mason Dixon Line, even below Richmond, Virginia. Cairo, Illinois is two hours driving time closer to Memphis than it is to Chicago. Thus, southern Illinois’ proximity to servicing industrial facilities in the Deep South is comparable to Chicago’s access to the upper Midwest.
Conclusion
Illinois has been blessed with many strengths and assets to capitalize upon.
 
As a result, Illinois business continues to do well despite years of political scandal, poor management of governmental finances, dysfunctional government and frequent missteps that challenge employers’ sensibilities. Many elected officials simply fail to recognize there are real economic consequences to political decisions, regulatory indecisions, inefficiencies and delays.  
 
Even what they say and how they say it gets the attention of investors and business owners looking for clues that Illinois is a stable, predictable, progressive and supportive business environment.
 
With such a history of great business leaders, entrepreneurs, inventors, innovators, and creative minds who have founded and grown highly successful enterprises in our state, I cannot help but wonder how successful today’s businesses could be if Illinois public officials would devote more attention and effort to providing the job creators a strong tailwind.
 
Until such time as Illinois’ unemployment numbers are once again among the lowest in the nation the objective for our public officials should be to help private sector employers become successful and prosperous with the expectation that successful business will invest and grow jobs in Illinois. The goal for every public official should be to promote prosperity and job growth so the citizens of our state can achieve self-sufficiency and a better quality of life.
 
I do not think the General Assembly can tax our way out of the current fiscal conundrum, but a robust and growing economy that puts large numbers of people to work in private sector jobs could do a great deal to restore the state’s financial health. In so doing, our public officials could also help restore confidence and pride in Illinois by acknowledging and building upon our many inherent strengths.
 
Post Script
 
Obviously, I cannot have adequately captured every element, strength, benefit, capability or nuance that helps to make Illinois businesses successful or Illinois communities attractive. So, I invite every reader to respond by pointing out and suggesting additional data points, factoids and related matters that I could have included or at least should be aware of their importance. Please know I consciously avoided significant references to arts, culinary, cultural, civic, sports and quality of life.
 
Part two of the “Why Illinois” message will focus on education and workforce. You are welcome to contribute your ideas, data points and suggestions for what should be included in the message