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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.
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April 07, 2014
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Accurate Personnel
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Bad Monkey Circus
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Basil’s Greek Dining
BMO Harris
Cadence Fitness & Health Center
Cadence Health Convenient Care & Medical Offices
Caterpillar, Inc.
Central DuPage Hospital
Chicago Premium Outlets
ComEd
Continental Acura of Naperville
Continental Audi of Naperville
Continental Mazda of Naperville
Delnor Glen Senior Living
Delnor Hospital
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
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

 

Quick Links

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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.
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
This email was sent by Email Patron on behalf of Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce.

 

Leadership Academy, 2014 Legal Updates, & More

Monday, February 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
February 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
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Balihoo Productions
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
Create Cut Invent
Delnor Glen Senior Living
Delnor Hospital
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Fox Valley Country Club
Global Data Sciences
Ice Miller LLP
Idea Marketing Group
In & Out Creative – Log Web Video
Konen Insurance Agency
Liberty Mutual – Dawn Tully
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
McKesson
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Nelson Multimedia/WSPY
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)
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

 

 

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

Outstanding Ambassador for
2013 Award Winners
Ambassador Award Winners

A great group of dedicated Ambassador Committee Members were awarded “The Extra Effort Awesome Ambassador Award” this month. The award was based on the number of Chamber events they attended/volunteered to work, referrals generated and the number of new members they brought to the Chamber.

The 2013 Top Award Winners (L – R): Mike Cooper – Sales Kitchen; Dawn Tully – Liberty Mutual; Rob Garritano – Big Broadcasting WBIG Radio AM 1280; Denise Blettner – Fox Valley United Way and Becky Gilbert – Montage Apparel and Promotions (Jim Gilbert is accepting on her behalf).

The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Ambassadors are members who 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.

The Chamber could not be successful without our Ambassador Committee Members. Thank you to all and congratulations to the top 2013 Ambassador Winners!

Premier Members
Premier Members
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?

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

Business After Hours: FirstMerit Bank
Wednesday, Feb. 19, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
FirstMerit Bank, 2430 W. Indian Trail Rd., Aurora

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
$15 General Admission
$12 Aurora Chamber Members
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
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.

Don’t Miss This Opportunity
The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that sales for its upcoming 2014 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. Click here for more information.
Aurora Officers Taking The Plunge For Special Olympics
Several Aurora Police Officers will be ‘taking the plunge’ for Illinois Special Olympics during the 11th annual Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge on March 2 at Silver Springs State Park in Yorkville.

Last year, a team from the Aurora Police joined almost 400 other brave men and women as they jumped into the freezing waters of Loon Lake inside the park. The event raised over $92,000 for Special Olympics.

The goal of the plunge is to raise awareness and funds for Special Olympics Illinois so the organization can continue to provide year-round training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

Donations for the Aurora Police team known as the “Zombie A-Cop-Alypse” are being taken by Ofc. Lisa Carter who can be reached at (630) 256-5347 or emailed at carterl@apd.aurora.il.us. A dedicated Special Olympics fund has also been established at the Aurora Police Credit Union, 1200 E. Indian Trail. Direct donations are being taken at www.firstgiving.com/team/254181.

The plunge will take place at 1 p.m. Interested spectators can show up at the Kendall County Fairgrounds on Rt. 71 and East Highpoint Rd., Yorkville, where they will be bused to Loon Lake beginning at 12:30.

Referrals Build Business
Referrals

When you refer a prospective member in February (and they join) 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 Abe, IOM, ACE, director of membership. Remember, the best compliment you can give is by giving a referral.
Member News
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.

Community Career Center invites you to attend “Ask the Recruiter: Nalco/Ecolab” Q&A on Thursday, Feb. 20, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; “Windows 8 and Office 2013 Toolbar Review” workshop on Tuesday, Feb. 25, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.; or “Managing Job Loss Stress and Anxiety” seminar, also on Tuesday, Feb. 25, from 12:30 to2:30 p.m. Admission is free for members and $15 for non-members per event. Interested in becoming a member? Come Feb. 20, 22 or 27 at 9:30 a.m. to learn what services and resources are available to you. Tour the Center and optimize your search efforts today.

Join State Representative Stephanie Kifowit and the Illinois Department of Transportation for an IDOT Construction Update on Thursday, Feb. 20, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Aurora Public Library‘s Eola branch. Learn of several ongoing and upcoming construction projects throughout the Aurora and Naperville area. For more information, or to RSVP, please contact Stephanie’s constituent service office at (630) 585-1308, email Stephanie.Kifowit@att.net, or visit www.ILDistrict84.com.

The Growing Place is holding a “Landscaping 101: Curb Appeal” workshop at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22, at their Aurora location. For $15, learn how to create appealing front yard landscapes. Attendees will receive a $15 coupon towards a front yard plant purchase of their choice. Registration is required and spots are limited.

Win big prizes with your bean bag tossing and dice rolling skills by attending the Association for Individual Development‘s Benefit Bean Bag Tournament and Bunco Game on Saturday, Feb. 22, at 2:00 p.m. All proceeds go towards AID programs and services. Contact Wendy Bialek at (847) 931-2291 for more information.

Rosary High School‘s annual Candlelight Ball is being held on Saturday, Feb. 22. Cocktails start at 5:30 p.m. and dinner will be held at 7:00 p.m. All proceeds go to benefit Rosary High School. Tickets are $100 per person and semi-formal attire is required. Contact Linda Fritz at lfritz@rosaryhs.com to reserve your seat today.

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 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.

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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From Public Policy to Member Benefits and Programs…and Member News

Monday, February 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
February 03, 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
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Balihoo Productions
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
Create Cut Invent
Delnor Glen Senior Living
Delnor Hospital
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Fox Valley Country Club
Global Data Sciences
Ice Miller LLP
Idea Marketing Group
In & Out Creative – Log Web Video
Konen Insurance Agency
Liberty Mutual – Dawn Tully
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
McKesson
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Nelson Multimedia/WSPY
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)
Zippy Shell Fox Valley

Welcome New Members

Project Green Environmental Solutionsr
Christina Derwin
Michael Holms
631 Beloit Ave., Ste. 100
Forest Park, IL 60130
(708) 366-4733
Energy Solutions

 

Contact Us

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

 

 

Statement on Minimum Wage
Illinois already has a minimum wage higher than all of our neighboring states and we are tied for the sixth highest minimum wage in the country. If Illinois were to pass a $10 minimum wage, that amount would almost double the rate since only 2003. This is far too drastic. For the full statement, visit the Chamber blog.

Share your thoughts on how a proposed minimum wage increase would impact your business.

DuPage Committee to Host Public Hearing Tuesday about Graduated Income Tax
The DuPage County Economic Development Committee will host a public hearing this Tuesday to gather the facts about the graduated income tax proposal in Springfield. Tonia Khouri, chairwoman of the Economic Development Committee, believes the proposed graduated income tax would have a direct impact on DuPage County’s economic development.

“The Economic Development Committee’s mission is to ensure DuPage County maintains a business-friendly environment in order to grow our local economy. While the graduated income tax proposal is a state issue, it will have a significant impact on our residents and small business owners. It is extremely important that we learn the facts regarding this issue,” said Khouri.

The final hearing, which is open to the public, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, at the DuPage County, JTK Administration Building’s County Board Room, 421 N. County Farm Road, Wheaton. The featured presenters include Ralph Martire, executive director of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, and Doug Whitley, president and chief executive officer of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce.

The proposed constitutional amendments, HJRCA 33 and SJRCA 40, which have been introduced in the Illinois House and Senate, would change the state’s income tax from a flat or single rate to a graduated scale. A three-fifths supermajority from each chamber would be needed for a referendum to be put on the November 2014 ballot.

For full story, visit the Chamber blog.

Do You Love Your Customers?
If you do, refer one of your customers or clients to the Chamber! When you refer a prospective member in February (and they join) 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 Abe, IOM, ACE, director of membership. Remember the best compliment you can give is by giving a referral.
Have You Checked Out Reboot Illinois Lately?
Reboot Illinois is a nonpartisan website, e-mail, and social media organization working to educate and engage citizens about the big challenges we face in Illinois – especially those faced by the business community.

Reboot Illinois is dedicated to:

  • improving our jobs/business climate
  • state debt and taxes
  • corruption and waste
  • improving our schools

Reboot is a unique one-stop shop for Illinoisans who are concerned about the future of our state and want to stay informed on key issues and reform efforts. They do so by providing great news, commentary, infographics, lists and a platform to help concerned citizens weigh in with policymakers on the issues they care about most.

The award-winning journalists at Reboot have written in support of keeping the minimum wage where it’s at, keeping taxes flat and not progressive, and in support of pension reform and lower LLC fees. They agree with us that businesses need a stable, predictable tax structure, fewer regulations, and an end to the big deal-making environment here. And they’ve advocated those views.

I’m asking you to simply click this link to add your email address to receive Reboot’s daily email at no charge.

Reboot Illinois also provides wall-to-wall coverage of the 2014 governor’s race and other key elections.

Looking For Ways to Save Money? Members
Have an Advantage
100% Off

The ComEd Small Business Energy Savings (SBES) program is establishing a campaign to offer up to 100% off high-efficiency indoor fluorescent lighting upgrades to small businesses in our area. Now, for a limited-time, small businesses can brighten up, become more energy efficient, and improve their bottom line. Their Spring campaign offers up to 100% off high-efficiency indoor fluorescent lighting and up to 75% off other electric-saving improvements from ComEd Smart Ideas for Your Business®. Plus, the energy assessment is free. The offer is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Small businesses must receive their free assessment before March 24, 2014, to be eligible for the increased incentives. SBES offers free energy assessments and incentives up to 75 percent off the cost of recommended electric-saving projects. Additionally, natural gas-saving upgrades are also being offered at up to 100% off from the Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency Program.

Project Green will be contacting ComEd customers in Aurora to conduct free energy assessments and install electricity-saving improvements.

Chamber Highlight Latest Public Policy Issues
The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce has added its support to the growing bi-partisan coalition that is working to improve the business climate in Illinois. Below are four of the latest issues that the Chamber is addressing:

Resolution Urging Workers’ Compensation Reform
Resolution Opposing Graduated/Progressive Income Tax
Resolution Supporting Illinois’ Independent Redistricting Amendment
Resolution Supporting New Transportation Infrastructure Construction Program

Thank You
Zippy Shell

Thank you to Todd Temaat of Zippy Shell Fox Valley for sponsoring the January Fox Valley Networking Professionals Breakfast. What a great way to get in front of business professionals with your business commercial. We appreciate Zippy Shell’s dedication and support!
Eblasts – Available Dates for February & March
Do you have a special Valentines event to promote or a March seminar you would like to invite fellow Chamber Members to?

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.

Premier Members
Premier Members
Save the Date: Mark Your Calendars
Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber Offices

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

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

Business After Hours: FirstMerit Bank
Wednesday, Feb. 19, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
FirstMerit Bank, 2430 W. Indian Trail Rd., Aurora

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
$15 General Admission
$12 Aurora Chamber Members
Sponsored in part by Fox Valley Credit Union
Register

Member News
Sign*A*Rama has moved. They are now located at 197 Poplar Place, Unit #3, in North Aurora. Pay them a visit and see their new space!

Waubonsee Community College will be offering new degree and certification programs designed to help students prepare for the demands of modern manufacturing. They will focus on Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Operation, CNC Programming, Manual Machining and Advanced Manufacturing Technology, among others.

Congratulations to Tammy Laas, APN/FNP-BC, who has joined Dreyer Medical Clinic‘s Fox Valley Villages location.

Rush-Copley Medical Center welcomes Suzanne Bergen, MD, a gynecologic oncology specialist, to the fold. Feel free to view Dr. Bergen’s profile to learn more about her. Rush-Copley is also starting an art therapy class for those who suffer from movement disorders. It is free to the public and meets the second and fourth Monday of the month through May, from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.

Restaurant.com, the nation’s largest dining deals website, has released a Top 50 Most Romantic Restaurants list just in time for Valentine’s Day, based on criteria such as customer feedback and certificates sold. Coming in at #2 is Aurora’s very own Domo 77.

If you are a caregiver, come to Fox Valley Volunteer Hospice‘s “Care for the Caregiver” support group. They meet Mondays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., from Feb. 3 through March 3. Contact Jeannine Farwell or Christy Pitol at (630) 232-2233 for more information. Registration with a refundable deposit is required.

Naper Settlement is holding the second of their three-part presentation on “The Columbian Exposition – Through the Eyes of a Visitor” on Tuesday, Feb. 4, from 7:00 to 8:15 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person. There is also an informational meeting of their Junior Volunteer Program for children in grades 4-5 that interested parents and children must attend, on Thursday, Feb. 6, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Lastly, Naper Settlement’s History Speaks Lecture Series continues with “The Last Years of Mary Todd Lincoln,” with Donna Daniels as Mary Todd Lincoln, from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9. Advance tickets are $6; on the day of the presentation, tickets are $7.

Come to the Community Career Center on Feb. 6, Feb. 8, or Feb. 15 at 9:30 a.m. to learn what services and resources are available. Tour the Center and optimize your search efforts today.

Come to Aurora University‘s Graduate Business Programs Open House on Saturday, Feb. 8, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and learn about program options from business faculty, a recent graduate, and current students. Admission representatives and financial aid counselors will also be available to answer your questions.

The Growing Place is holding a “Create a Strong Garden” workshop at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8, at their Aurora location. For $20, learn how to build a kokedama, or string garden, around a selection of small houseplants. Registration is required.

The Robert Crown Center for Health Education (RCC) welcomes acclaimed motivational speaker Harriet Turk on Feb. 8, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Harriet will provide girls in fifth grade and above with powerful tools to help develop self-esteem. Admission is $50 per person. Contact Barb Thayer at bthayer@robertcrown.org for more information.

Quad County African American Chamber of Commerce is holding their 6th Annual Jazz Brunch on Saturday, Feb. 8, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The keynote speaker will be Dan Seals, assistant director of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. Admission is $55 per person.

Interested in becoming a medical interpreter? Metaphrasis Language & Cultural Solutions, LLC is offering 48-hour medical interpreter training that will introduce participants to the role and modes of interpreting, standards of practice and code of ethics for medical interpreters, OSHA, HIPAA, medical terminology, role-play, group discussions, and more. No previous experience in healthcare/medical field is required. Candidates must pass a brief entrance exam to be considered for admission. The last day to test for admission into the March session is Thursday, Feb. 15. To schedule your exam, call (815) 464-1423 or fill out the online application at http://www.metaphrasislcs.com/ training-schedule/.

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.

 

Statement of Minimum Wage

Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

Source: Illinois Chamber of Commerce

The Illinois employers as represented by the organizations below, and their members in Illinois, have not wavered and are speaking with one voice: Illinois employers cannot afford another minimum wage increase.

 

Illinois already has a minimum wage higher than all of our neighboring states and we are tied for the sixth highest minimum wage in the country. If Illinois were to pass a $10 minimum wage, that amount would almost double the rate since only 2003. This is far too drastic.

 

While the national unemployment rate continues to drop, Illinois is easily the highest in the Midwest and fourth highest in the country. Another minimum wage increase will only make hiring entry-level workers more difficult, and keep people who need these jobs, especially young people out of work. The number of teens with a job in Illinois has fallen consistently over the last ten years leaving only about a quarter currently employed. Younger workers in urban areas fare even worse; less than one in ten African American teens in Chicago are employed. Chicago’s Hispanic and Caucasian teens also face difficulty finding work, but they are statistically more than twice as likely as the city’s African American teens to be receiving the experience of a paycheck. The result is a significant number of young people are not gaining the basic and valuable work experience to propel them up the economic ladder in the future.

 

The National Restaurant Association notes that nine out of ten salaried restaurant workers, including owners and managers, started as hourly workers. Inexperienced employees have the ability to garner the necessary skills to advance and earn higher wages. Another minimum wage increase will deny them those skills and their start on the economic ladder.

A broad coalition of Illinois employers and their associations are unified in opposition to an increase in the minimum wage:

  • Illinois Retail Merchants Association
  • National Federation of Independent Business
  • Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce
  • Illinois Chamber of Commerce
  • Illinois Association of Convenience Stores
  • Illinois Petroleum Marketers Association
  • Hospitality Business Association of Chicago
  • Illinois Beverage Association
  • Illinois Manufacturers’ Association
  • Illinois Farm Bureau
  • Illinois Food Retailers Association
  • Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association
  • Illinois Licensed Beverage Association
  • Illinois Lumber & Material Dealers Association
  • Midwest Equipment Dealers Association
  • Midwest Hardware Association
  • Six Flags Great America
  • Technology Manufacturing Aligned
  • Automotive Parts & Service Association of Illinois

Plenty of Great Activities for Our Members

Monday, January 27th, 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
January 27, 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
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Balihoo Productions
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
Create Cut Invent
Delnor Glen Senior Living
Delnor Hospital
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Fox Valley Country Club
Global Data Sciences
Ice Miller LLP
Idea Marketing Group
In & Out Creative – Log Web Video
Konen Insurance Agency
Law Offices of McLaughlin & Associates, P.C.
Liberty Mutual – Dawn Tully
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
McKesson
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Nelson Multimedia/WSPY
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
River West Radiation Therapy Center
Rush-Copley Medical Center
Ryland Homes – Ingham Park
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
Strayer University
Stumm Insurance, LLC
TCE Company
The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield
The Voice
Two Brothers Roundhouse
uberloop
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
WERV FM Radio (Next Media)

Welcome New Members

Project Green Environmental Solutionsr
Christina Derwin
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Mail: 43 W. Galena Blvd.
Aurora, Illinois 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180
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Progressive Networking Lunch This Friday
Progressive Networking Lunch
Hopvine Brewing Company,
4030 Fox Valley Center Drive, Aurora
RSVP is required by Jan. 29
$35 General Admission
$25 Aurora Chamber Members Register

Start 2014 off right with this progressive networking luncheon. Let’s heat it up! Join us for some fast and hot Progressive Networking next Friday and infuse your business with 20 new, solid connections. This is a Member favorite and you don’t want to miss it! As you move from table to table, you will meet new business contacts and network with potential new clients. You will be given 2 – 3 minutes to give your business commercial during each rotation. Cost $25. RSVP by Wednesday.

Looking For Ways to Save Money? Members
Have an Advantage
100% Off

The ComEd Small Business Energy Savings (SBES) program is establishing a campaign to offer up to 100% off high-efficiency indoor fluorescent lighting upgrades to small businesses in our area. Now, for a limited-time, small businesses can brighten up, become more energy efficient, and improve their bottom line. Their Spring campaign offers up to 100% off high-efficiency indoor fluorescent lighting and up to 75% off other electric-saving improvements from ComEd Smart Ideas for Your Business®. Plus, the energy assessment is free. The offer is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Small businesses must receive their free assessment before March 24, 2014, to be eligible for the increased incentives. SBES offers free energy assessments and incentives up to 75 percent off the cost of recommended electric-saving projects. Additionally, natural gas-saving upgrades are also being offered at up to 100% off from the Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency Program.

Project Green will be contacting ComEd customers in Aurora to conduct free energy assessments and install electricity-saving improvements.

Chamber Highlight Latest Public Policy Issues
The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce has added its support to the growing bi-partisan coalition that is working to improve the business climate in Illinois. Below are four of the latest issues that the Chamber is addressing:

Resolution Urging Workers’ Compensation Reform
Resolution Opposing Graduated/Progressive Income Tax
Resolution Supporting Illinois’ Independent Redistricting Amendment
Resolution Supporting New Transportation Infrastructure Construction Program

Thank You
Zippy Shell

Thank you to Todd Temaat of Zippy Shell Fox Valley for sponsoring our January Coffee & Connections. We had a great turn out for a snowy and cold morning! We look forward to Todd sponsoring our January Fox Valley Networking Professionals on Thursday, Jan. 30 from 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. as well. If interested in joining us, please RSVP by Jan. 29.

Thank you to Steve Robinson, Area Director/Midwest Marketing Expert from Constant Contact, for presenting at our January Not-For-Profit Alliance and thank you to Julie Proscia of SmithAmundsen for sponsoring.

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Save the Date: Mark Your Calendars
Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber Offices

OnLight Aurora Resource Seminar
Wednesday, Jan. 29, from 8:00 to 10:30 a.m.
Aurora Police Headquarters, 1200 E. Indian Trail Rd., Aurora
Register

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, Jan. 30 from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Drive, Aurora
$15 General Admission
$12 Aurora Chamber Members
Sponsored in part by Zippy Shell Fox Valley
Register

Progressive Networking Lunch
Friday, Jan. 31 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Hopvine Brewing Company, 4030 Fox Valley Center Drive, Aurora
RSVP is required by Jan. 29
$35 General Admission
$25 Aurora Chamber Members
Register

Diversity Network: Business Before Hours
Tuesday, Feb. 4. From 8:00 – 9:30 a.m.
Chamber Offices

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

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

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

Business After Hours: FirstMerit Bank
Wednesday, Feb. 19, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
FirstMerit Bank, 2430 W. Indian Trail Rd., Aurora

Opinion: No More Delay: We Need Immigration Reform Now
-John Rowe, Sam Scott, Doug Whitley, Co-Chairs, IBIC

Last year, every sector of Illinois’ economy – including technology, hospitality, manufacturing, agriculture, education, health care, engineering, energy, finance and real estate – spoke in one voice through the Illinois Business Immigration Coalition to call on Congress to pass common-sense immigration reform that empowers Illinois’ economic competitiveness.

The U.S. Senate passed an immigration bill with the support of our own Sens. Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk. It provides more money for border security, allows immigrants already here to work, expands visa programs and provides an arduous 13-year path to citizenship. Hardly a free ride.

Visit our blog for the full posting.

United Way Calls for Souper Bowl
of Caring Support
Join the movement that is transforming Super Bowl weekend into the nation’s largest youth-led weekend of giving and serving. For the last 20 years, the Souper Bowl of Caring has shown Americans that while we are preparing to enjoy the Super Bowl, we can help out those who don’t have a bowl of soup to eat. On Saturday, Feb. 1, student volunteers from across the country are coming together once again to fight hunger and poverty in their communities.

In cooperation with Jewel-Osco, Fox Valley United Way is working together to help fill the shelves at the Aurora Interfaith Food Pantry and the Kendall County Food Pantry. Each year these pantries experience a significant reduction in donations after the holidays, limiting their ability to help families who are struggling to avoid homelessness.

This year, youth volunteers and adult supervisors will be accepting monetary and food donations at 8 locations in and around Aurora and in Kendall County.

  • Host a food drive at your place of work. Ask employees to bring non-perishable food items to be gathered and delivered to the Fox Valley United Way office by Friday, Feb. 7. We can help you with posters and flyers for the event. We can also arrange a pick-up to make it easier.
  • Make a monetary donation. Checks should be made payable to the Fox Valley United Way – Feed the Hungry Initiative. Cash donations can also be brought to the Fox Valley United Way office located at 44 East Galena Blvd., Aurora, IL 60505. Or you can contribute by credit card on our website at www.uwfoxvalley.org.
  • Go to your local Jewel-Osco store on Saturday, Feb. 1, between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. and drop off a cash donation or help fill the food bin.

For more information, including a list of locations, please contact Deborah Collins at Fox Valley United Way at (630) 896-4636. You can also visit www.uwfoxvalley.org.

Illinois DCEO Launches New Website
New Website

Visit DCEO’s new website at https://www.illinois.gov/dceo/ for information on the agency’s programs and services of benefit to you. According to their release, the website showcases Illinois as “The Place to Do Business.” Also, check out Why Illinois to see reasons that Illinois is a top global destination.
Member News
Congratulations are in order for Sunil K. Malkani, MD, an internist at Dreyer Medical Clinic‘s Fox Valley Villages location, for being recertified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

“From Soldier to Supervisor: Human Resources’ Role” is a free educational program open to the public being put on by Aurora University‘s Dunham School of. Registration, networking, and refreshments are from 7:30 – 8:00 a.m. and the program runs from 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Call (630) 844-5527 or email sgreen@aurora.edu for more information or to register.

Naper Settlement‘s Downton Abbey-inspired programing continues with “Tea & Talk: Servant Tour” on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Admission is $15. They are also holding an informational meeting on their Junior Volunteer Program for children in grades 4-5 that interested parents and children must attend, either on Saturday, Feb. 1, from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. or Thursday, Feb. 6, from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

In honor of National Mentoring Month, Family Counseling Services‘ Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Kane and Kendall Counties is looking for male volunteers by partnering with Buffalo Wild Wings for the 30 Men in 30 Days Challenge. This is your last chance! Interested men are asked to visit the Aurora Buffalo Wild Wings on Jan. 29 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. To learn more about becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister, contact BBBS of Southern Kane & Kendall Counties at (630) 844-9090 or www.aurorafcs.org/bbbs.

Wellspring Homecare will provide a free lunch at Sunnymere on Wednesday, Jan. 29, at 11:30 a.m. and present on the topic “What Is Home Health Care?” Please contact Cecelia at (630) 898-7844 x15 by today to reserve a spot.

The Growing Place is holding a “Make a Mosaic Birdbath” workshop at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1, at their Aurora location. For $150, make a lasting piece of garden art with the help of expert Lisa Tolbert. Students will be introduced to all aspects of mosaic art including cutting china and glass, types of adhesives and how to use them, china chard layout, and grouting. Registration is required.

Enjoy the big game at Rosary High School Sports Boosters’ 34th Annual Super Bowl Party on Sunday, Feb. 2. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. until the end of the game. The cost is $38 per person and includes a heavy hors d’oeuvre buffet from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. and complimentary beer and wine from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. Contact Michael Haddad at (630) 804-9122 or mhaddad@central-news.com for more information.

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Crain’s: No more delay: We need immigration reform now

Sunday, January 26th, 2014

John Rowe, Sam Scott, Doug Whitley, Co-Chairs, IBIC

Last year, every sector of Illinois’ economy — including technology, hospitality, manufacturing, agriculture, education, health care, engineering, energy, finance and real estate — spoke in one voice through the Illinois Business Immigration Coalition to call on Congress to pass common-sense immigration reform that empowers Illinois’ economic competitiveness.

The U.S. Senate passed an immigration bill with the support of our own Sens. Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk. It provides more money for border security, allows immigrants already here to work, expands visa programs and provides an arduous 13-year path to citizenship. Hardly a free ride.

The House will act in its own way as it should, but it needs to act this year. Speaker John Boehner’s recent comments on releasing his immigration blueprint this month, hiring Rebecca Tallent — a longtime immigration adviser to Sen. John McCain — and Mr. Boehner’s public rebuke of tea party-backed opposition all indicate some serious commitment to getting immigration reform done this year.

As business leaders in Illinois, we welcome this move. Illinois is facing tough economic times. With an unemployment rate nearly 2 percent higher than the national average, common-sense immigration reform can help to jump-start our economy and get the state on the path to economic competitiveness.

According to the Bipartisan Policy Center report, immigration reform would create 105,923 jobs in Illinois and boost the state’s economic output by $1.8 billion. Nationally, it would bolster the country’s economic growth by 4.8 percent over the next 20 years and reduce the deficit by $1.2 trillion.

RETAINING TALENT

More than three out of four patents produced by top American universities in 2011 had an immigrant inventor, including 90 percent of patents from the University of Illinois, according to the Partnership for a New American Economy. Our state’s 31,000 foreign students contributed $869 million to the state’s economy in tuition, fees and living expenses in 2009-10. This is talent America needs to nurture and retain, not expel.

Likewise, undocumented immigrants in Illinois, roughly 5.6 percent of the state’s workforce, contributed $499.2 million in state and local taxes in 2010, according to data from the Institute for Taxation and Economic Policy.

The need for common-sense immigration reform not only is a question of economic necessity, it is a question of American values of creating opportunity for oneself and others through hard work, no matter one’s country of origin.

We must find a way to admit both high- and lower-skilled working people we need to drive economic growth. We need doctors, engineers, nurses and scientists. We need agricultural workers and home care workers.

To echo U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Thomas Donohue, business leaders representing large corporations and small businesses across Illinois also will do whatever it takes to put immigration reform across the finish line in 2014.

We don’t want Democrats playing games. We don’t want Republicans playing games. We want solutions.

John Rowe is chairman emeritus of Exelon Corp. in Chicago. Samuel C. Scott III is former CEO of Corn Products International Inc. in Westchester and chairman of the Chicago Sister Cities International Program. Doug L. Whitley is president and CEO of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce. All three are co-chairs of the Illinois Business Immigration Coalition.
Sincerely,

Rebecca Shi
Executive Director
Illinois Business Immigration Coalition

Let’s Celebrate Small Business with #SmallBizAurora Week 2013

Monday, October 28th, 2013

 

 

 

 

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
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Balihoo Productions
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
Create Cut Invent
Delnor Glen Senior Living
Delnor Hospital
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Fox Valley Country Club
Global Data Sciences
Ice Miller LLP
Idea Marketing Group
In & Out Creative – Log Web Video
Konen Insurance Agency
Law Offices of McLaughlin & Associates, P.C.
Liberty Mutual – Dawn Tully
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
McKesson
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Nelson Multimedia/WSPY
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
River West Radiation Therapy Center
Rush-Copley Medical Center
Ryland Homes – Ingham Park
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
Strayer University
Stumm Insurance, LLC
TCE Company
The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield
The Voice
Two Brothers Roundhouse
uberloop
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
WERV FM Radio (Next Media)

Contact Us

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

 

 

#SmallBizAurora Week Announced
Co-sponsored by

Rasmussen College OnLight Aurora

Join the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce and its partners as we celebrate small business in Aurora. Here’s a brief overview of the week:

Monday: Ribbon cutting to kick off the week at Aurora Chamber offices at 11:30 a.m.
Tuesday: Business Development Leads Group 1 at Aurora Chamber offices at 7:30 a.m. and proclamation from Mayor Tom Weisner at City Council at 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday: Business Development Leads Group 2 at Aurora Chamber offices at 8:00 a.m. and Annual Celebration at Piper’s Banquets at noon. Annual celebration is co-sponsored by AT&T Mobility.
Friday: Small Business Showcase & Symposium at Fox Valley Country Club from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Exhibitor spaces are available. Visit exhibitors to gather resources, ideas, and support for your small business. Showcase and Symposium co-sponsored by Old Second National Bank, FirstMerit Bank, and Aurora University.
Saturday: Learn “How to Get Money for Your Business” at Waubonsee’s downtown Aurora campus from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Information and registration available here.

To download the current week’s events, visit the Aurora Chamber website. Follow #SmallBizAurora on Facebook and twitter for updates and information.

The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce thanks the following for their support of the #SmallBizAurora 2013 program: Accion, City of Aurora and City of Aurora Neighborhood Redevelopment, Fox Valley SCORE, Illinois SBDC at Waubonsee Community College, and Quad County African American Chamber of Commerce.

Call the Aurora Chamber at (630) 256-3182 for information and details.

2014 Illinois Economic Outlook Survey
to Launch Nov. 12
We all benefit when our communities are great places to grow a business. Healthy businesses create a vibrant economy that supports a high quality of life where people can thrive.

But what can we do to make our communities great places to grow a business?

Introducing the 2014 Illinois Economic Outlook Survey. On November 12, we will be sending you an email inviting you to provide your feedback on aspects of our local community, our region, and our state. The survey will take just 5-10 minutes and your input will be part of a larger statewide effort to identify opportunities to improve the state’s overall economic health.

This program is made possible by associations throughout Illinois, and by Baker Strategy Group, a research and strategy consulting firm that has conducted an annual economic outlook survey since 2008.

The final results will be available in January 2014.

From Springfield: Report on Veto Session
The Illinois General Assembly met Tuesday and Wednesday for their first week of Veto Session and left town leaving much yet to be resolved. Both the House and Senate cancelled session for Thursday and plan to return on November 5th for their final scheduled week of session for 2013.

No votes or meetings were held on public pension reform.

The Senate could take up a controversial bill that passed the House by a slim margin at the end of the spring session when they return for the second week of veto session that would require contractors and subcontractors to comply with Responsible Bidder requirements to qualify for public works projects at the local level. HB 924 (Hoffman/Harmon), as amended, passed the House in April by a vote of 60-50-3 would mean that contractors, including small contractors, would have to participate in a US Department of Labor approved apprenticeship program in order to bid on public works as defined under the Illinois Prevailing Wage Act.

The House and Senate are both scheduled to return November 5 to 7 for the final week of Veto Session. This will be the last scheduled week of legislative session unless special session is called to tackle public pension reform as a result of the conference committee’s work on SB 1.

Notice of Upcoming Bidding Opportunities
R.C. Wegman Construction Company has announced an upcoming bidding opportunity for the new main Aurora Public Library. Aurora Chamber members, particularly local minority-owned businesses, are encouraged to view Bid Package No. 2 to be let on Dec. 16. Scope of work includes landscaping, metals, general trades, millwork, concrete, HVAC and controls, painting, electrical, and much more. Per the announcement, R.C. Wegman notes there is a Project Labor Agreement in place on the site and all work on site is to be performed by union workforces signatory to the building trades unions. The bid package will be advertised in the Aurora Beacon-News on or about Dec. 15.
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Save the Date: Mark Your Calendars
Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Halloween Style

Thursday, October 31, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Drive, Aurora
$15 General Admission
$12 Aurora Chamber members
Register

Ambassador Committee
Thursday, November 7, at 9:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Ribbon Cutting to Celebrate #SmallBizAurora
Monday, November 11, at 11:30 a.m.
Chamber offices

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

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

Annual Celebration of Membership
Wednesday, November 13, at noon
Piper’s Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Road, Aurora
Register

#SmallBizAurora Showcase and Symposium
Friday, November 15, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Fox Valley Country Club, 2500 N. Route 25, North Aurora
Register

How to Get Money for your Business
Saturday, November 16, from 9:00 a.m. to noon
Waubonsee Community College, downtown Aurora campus
Register

Coffee & Connections
Tuesday, November 19, at 8:30 a.m.
Painters District Council No. 30, 1905 Sequoia Drive, Aurora
Register

HR & Managers Resource Group
Medical Marijuana in the Workplace

Thursday, November 21, from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.
Hopvine Brewery Company, 4030 Fox Valley Center Drive, Aurora
Sponsored by SmithAmundsen
Register

Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, November 26, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business Development Leads Group 2
Wednesday, November 27, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Did You Know?
Did you know Elite Members receive an average six times more website visits than a Basic Member? Did you know an Elite Member receives special savings on various marketing opportunities? Did you know Elite Members are listed each week in this e-newsletter and on the Chamber’s website? Upgrade by October 31 and receive additional benefits. Contact Jane E. Abe, IOM, ACE, director of membership, for details.
Member News
Waubonsee Community College welcomes two new assistant deans to their staff-Sharon Garcia, Assistant Dean for Communications, Humanities and Fine Arts, and Lorrie Stahl, Assistance Dean for Mathematics and Sciences. The college recently received three awards from the National Safety Council for their Driver Safety Program, was honored with a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada, and had Dr. Amy Powers, an Assistant Professor of History, be named Instructor of the Year by the Illinois Community College Faculty Association.

Representatives Stephanie Kifowit and Linda Chapa LaVia, Senator Linda Holmes, the Illinois Small Business Development Center and Waubonsee Community College will be sponsoring a Construction Business Outreach Event (Contractor’s Workshop) on Thursday, Oct. 31, from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Waubonsee Community College’s Downtown Aurora Campus.

CASA Kane County‘s Annual Community Resource Fair is coming up on Saturday, Nov. 2, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Batavia Public Library. CASA and other partnering agencies will be promoting valuable services and resources for local children and their families.

The Quad County Urban League is hosting “Steps to Homeownership”-a series of free workshops in both English and Spanish-on Saturday, Nov. 2, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Come to West Aurora High School to see The Healing Field, which will present dedicated American flags to the Veterans who gave their lives for our great country. You may order and personalize your own flag, which will be displayed Nov. 3 through Nov. 13 by visiting here. Be sure to order by Oct. 30.

Rebuilding Together Aurora, a local non-for-profit that provides free home repairs and accessibility modifications for low-income homeowners, will host “Dodging to Make a Difference,” its largest fundraiser of the year, from Friday, Nov. 8 to Saturday, Nov. 9, at East Aurora High School.

Naper Settlement will host a segment of “This History Speaks” lecture series, which will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 10. The presentation will discuss President John F. Kennedy’s administration and assassination. Advance tickets can be purchased through Naper Settlement’s website here.

 

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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Economic Forecast, Public Policy News, and More

Monday, October 21st, 2013

 

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
October 21, 2013
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
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Balihoo Productions
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
Create Cut Invent
Delnor Glen Senior Living
Delnor Hospital
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Fox Valley Country Club
Global Data Sciences
Ice Miller LLP
Idea Marketing Group
In & Out Creative – Log Web Video
Konen Insurance Agency
Law Offices of McLaughlin & Associates, P.C.
Liberty Mutual – Dawn Tully
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
McKesson
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Nelson Multimedia/WSPY
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
River West Radiation Therapy Center
Rush-Copley Medical Center
Ryland Homes – Ingham Park
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
Strayer University
Stumm Insurance, LLC
TCE Company
The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield
The Voice
Two Brothers Roundhouse
uberloop
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
WERV FM Radio (Next Media)

Welcome New Members

Buchar Family Chiropractic
Dr. Bill Buchar
3015 E. New York St., Suite A11
Aurora, IL 60504
(630) 820-1330
Chiropractic Health Care

 

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Aurora, Illinois 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180
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Regional Economic Forecast
This Thursday from 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Hotel Arista at CityGate Centre,
2139 CityGate Lane, Naperville
$50 Chamber members
$75 General Admission
Register

The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is pleased to partner with the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce and other chambers in the region as well as Calamos Investments to co-host the Regional Economic Forecast. The event features a panel of industry experts who share their unique insight and analyses of market conditions for the coming year and provide attendees with economic perspective to help them better manage their business. Moderating this year’s discussion is financial guru Terry Savage.

Immediate Crisis Averted;
Senate & House Reach Deal
Brinksmanship is defined as something quite like what happened last week. Just hours before the Treasury Department was slated to bump against the debt ceiling and not be able to pay all of the country’s outstanding obligations, the Senate and House followed the advice of over 250 business groups including the U.S. Chamber and the Aurora Regional Chamber and raised that ceiling, averting the immediate crisis. Now, the government will be able to pay for previously appropriated spending by issuing new debt as needed through February 7. The parts of the government that had been closed reopened after a 16-day hiatus.

The entire federal government will be remain open until January 15, funded at a $986 billion (sequester-sized) annual level, at which point the funding stops unless it is again extended by Congress. Finally, there will be a House-Senate conference committee over the budget that is required to report results by December 13. They’ll be looking for a path toward a longer-term solution. The votes on the final bill (H.R. 2775): 81-18 in the Senate, 285-144 in the House.

Veto Session Begins this Week
It’s called the fall “veto” session, but when lawmakers return to Springfield Oct. 22, action on bills vetoed by the Governor will likely represent just a small portion of the issues being debated.

In fact, out of nearly 600 bills passed during the spring legislative session, Governor Quinn issued only 10 vetoes. And, of those 10, seven have already been dealt with in one way or another, leaving a maximum of only three vetoed measures for lawmakers to consider.

With a small veto agenda, the session is likely to focus on other issues and pension reform remains the biggest concern hanging over lawmakers. A bipartisan Conference Committee has been focused on the issue since June, working toward a solution that can ultimately win a majority of votes in the legislature.

For full article, visit Illinois Senate Republicans online.

2014 Illinois Economic Outlook Survey
to Launch Nov. 12
We all benefit when our communities are great places to grow a business. Healthy businesses create a vibrant economy that supports a high quality of life where people can thrive.

But what can we do to make our communities great places to grow a business?

Introducing the 2014 Illinois Economic Outlook Survey. On November 12, we will be sending you an email inviting you to provide your feedback on aspects of our local community, our region, and our state. The survey will take just 5-10 minutes and your input will be part of a larger statewide effort to identify opportunities to improve the state’s overall economic health.

This program is made possible by associations throughout Illinois, and by Baker Strategy Group, a research and strategy consulting firm that has conducted an annual economic outlook survey since 2008.

The final results will be available in January 2014.

For information, contact Joseph Henning, president & CEO.

Notice of Upcoming Bidding Opportunities
R.C. Wegman Construction Company has announced an upcoming bidding opportunity for the new main Aurora Public Library. Aurora Chamber members, particularly local minority-owned businesses, are encouraged to view Bid Package No. 2 to be let on Dec. 16. Scope of work includes landscaping, metals, general trades, millwork, concrete, HVAC and controls, painting, electrical, and much more. Per the announcement, R.C. Wegman notes there is a Project Labor Agreement in place on the site and all work on site is to be performed by union workforces signatory to the building trades unions. The bid package will be advertised in the Aurora Beacon-News on or about Dec. 15.
Premier Members
Premier Members
Save the Date: Mark Your Calendars
Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, October 22, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber offices

Career Awareness and Business Expo
CANCELLED

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

Regional Economic Forecast
Thursday, October 24, at 7:00 a.m.
Hotel Arista at CityGate Centre, 2139 CityGate Lane, Naperville
$75 General Admission
$50 for Aurora Chamber members
Register

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Halloween Style

Thursday, October 31, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Drive, Aurora
$15 General Admission
$12 Aurora Chamber members
Register

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

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

Did You Know?
Did you know Elite Members receive an average six times more website visits than a Basic Member? Did you know an Elite Member receives special savings on various marketing opportunities? Did you know Elite Members are listed each week in this e-newsletter and on the Chamber’s website? Upgrade by October 31 and receive additional benefits. Contact Jane E. Abe, IOM, ACE, director of membership, for details.
Member News
Knightsbridge Global LTD
Cake-decorating school and bakeware retailer Knightsbridge Global LTD‘s open house and ribbon cutting was a huge success. Thanks to all who visited their new downtown Aurora location at 35 N. Broadway.

A round of applause is in order for the following Old Second Bank residential loan officers for being named “Five Star Mortgage Professionals” by Five Star Professional in conjunction with Chicago Magazine: Phillip DeLaFuente of Oswego, Michelle Domson of Hampshire, Troy Langeness of Elburn, Scott Trandel of Sycamore and Sue Welsh of Naperville.

The Fox Valley Park District will celebrate Halloween Family Fun Night from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 25, at the Prisco Community Center at 150 W. Illinois Ave. There will be games, candy, a haunted house, and more!

With fall in full swing, The Growing Place is giving a seminar on “Putting the Garden to Bed” at 10:00 a.m. on Oct. 26. Learn from gardening veterans what needs to be cleaned up and what can be left alone before the frost sets in.

Representatives Stephanie Kifowit and Linda Chapa LaVia, Senator Linda Holmes, Illinois Small Business Development Center and Waubonsee Community College will be sponsoring a Construction Business Outreach Event (Contractor’s Workshop) on Thursday, Oct. 31, from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Waubonsee Community College’s Downtown Aurora Campus.

CASA Kane County‘s Annual Community Resource Fair is coming up on Saturday, Nov. 2, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Batavia Public Library. CASA and other partnering agencies will be promoting valuable services and resources for local children and their families.

The Quad County Urban League is hosting “Steps to Homeownership”-a series of free workshops in both English and Spanish-on Saturday, Nov. 2, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Rebuilding Together Aurora, a local non-for-profit that provides free home repairs and accessibility modifications for low-income homeowners, will host “Dodging to Make a Difference,” its largest fundraiser of the year, on Friday, Nov. 8, through Saturday, Nov. 9, at East Aurora High School.

Donna Cooper, president of Dreyer Medical Clinic, is one of 45 local business executives to be featured in the newest Business Leaders of Color publication. Cooper joined Dreyer in 2007 and is responsible for the overall management of the clinic, made up of 255 multi-specialty providers and 1,100 associates.

Two Brothers Brewing Co.‘s Ebel’s Weiss won the silver medal for the second time in two years at Great American Beer Festival 2013. Almost 5,000 different brews were submitted to the judging panel of Great American Beer Festival last weekend. In addition, the new Two Brothers Cafe and Bakery is now open inside the Roundhouse. Stop by for freshly roasted coffee drinks, beans to go, and homemade baked goods.

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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October Programs to Help You Succeed; Member News

Monday, October 7th, 2013
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
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Balihoo Productions
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
Create Cut Invent
Delnor Glen Senior Living
Delnor Hospital
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Fox Valley Country Club
Global Data Sciences
Ice Miller LLP
Idea Marketing Group
In & Out Creative – Log Web Video
Konen Insurance Agency
Law Offices of McLaughlin & Associates, P.C.
Liberty Mutual – Dawn Tully
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
McKesson
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Nelson Multimedia/WSPY
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
River West Radiation Therapy Center
Rush-Copley Medical Center
Ryland Homes – Ingham Park
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
Strayer University
Stumm Insurance, LLC
TCE Company
The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield
The Voice
Two Brothers Roundhouse
uberloop
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
WERV FM Radio (Next Media)

Contact Us

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

 

 

Progressive Networking Breakfast
October 16, at 8:00 a.m.
Colonial Cafe, 1961 Galena Boulevard, Aurora
$25 Aurora Chamber members
$35 General Admission

Start your day off right with this networking opportunity. As you move from table to table you will meet new business contacts and network with potential new clients. Bring LOTS of business cards and get ready to meet dozens of new contacts. This is a time to enjoy great food and tell others about your business.
Register

Affordable Care Act & Your Business
Sponsored by SmithAmundsen LLC
October 17, 8:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Stonebridge Country Club, 2705 Stonebridge Blvd., Aurora
Seminar Fees:
$40 General Admission
$25 Aurora Chamber members
Register

Are you ready for the new requirements? With unanswered questions and constant evolution, this seminar will highlight the most up-to-date and important provisions of the Act and how they are going to affect hiring, staffing, and more. Panelists include:

  • Rebecca Dobbs Bush, SmithAmundsen LLC
  • Jennifer Lollino, Sikich LLP
  • Jonathon Schmidt, Stumm Insurance, LLC

For information on the ACA, please visit the Chamber’s blog at http://www.aurorachamber.com/blog/

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Mark Your Calendars
Ribbon Cutting/Open House
Monday, October 7, at 5:00 p.m.
Cadence Health, 2635 Church Road, Aurora

Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, October 8, at 7:30 a.m.
Chamber offices

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

Ambassadors Committee
Thursday, October 10, at 11:30 a.m.
Chamber offices

Ribbon Cutting/Open House
Thursday, October 10, at 5:00 p.m.
West Suburban Bank, 1311 Butterfield Road, Aurora

Open House
Tuesday, October 15, from 4:30-7:00 p.m.
Mitutoyo America Corporation, 965 Corporate Boulevard, Aurora

Progressive Networking Breakfast
October 16, at 8:00 a.m.
Colonial Cafe, 1961 Galena Boulevard, Aurora
Register

Aurora First
Wednesday, October 16, at 11:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Ribbon Cutting/Open House
Wednesday, October 16, at 4:00 p.m.
Knightsbridge Global Ltd., 35 N. Broadway, Aurora

Affordable Care Act & Your Business
Thursday, October 17, at 8:00 a.m.
Stonebridge Country Club, 2705 Stonebridge Blvd., Aurora
Register

Member News
Engineering Enterprises, Inc. proudly announces the addition of David C. Johanson, PE, PTOE, to its Transportation Group as a Project Manager.

Experience two of the darkest nights of the year at the “All Hallows Eve: Village of Fear” with haunting creatures, eerie entertainment and must-see horrors from 6:00-10:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday, October 18-19. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door at Naper Settlement. Volunteers are always needed.

Late fall and winter can be the perfect time to prune once leaves have fallen. Join The Growing Place on October 19th for the “Fall & Winter Pruning” class where common pruning questions and techniques will be discussed.

A guided stroll of Naperville’s Riverwalk, the Streaming History Walking Tour will be held from 1:00-2:30 p.m. Sunday, October 20 and begins at Naper Settlement. Reservations recommended; purchase tickets at Naper Settlement.

Last Reminder: RITAS Ministry announces the internationally acclaimed Harlem Ambassadors will be visiting Aurora for a game at Marmion Academy on Saturday, October 12, at 7:00 p.m. For tickets and more information, contact RITAS Ministry.

Congratulations to Kluber Architects + Engineers on celebrating their 25th anniversary this October.

The Illinois Attorney General’s Offices is pleased to announce that they will be hosting a “Help for Homeowners: Mortgage Resources” event on October 19 at Fox Valley Park District Prisco Community Center to assist homeowners who are behind their mortgage payments.

Fox Valley Park District will be hosting popular Pumpkin Weekends at Blackberry Farm starting on October 5. Come enjoy the picnic area that will feature an assortment of pumpkins for purchase, carousel rides, hay wagon rides and tours on the “Pumpkin Train.”

Come to Soup’s On! for a casual family afternoon event featuring great food from over 25 area restaurants and merchants and entertainment from the students of area schools. The event is on October 20 at Naperville Central High School, and part of the funds raised will benefit Hesed House.

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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