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ACA/Obamacare, Networking Programs This Week

Monday, October 14th, 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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October 14, 2013
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Elite Members

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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)

Welcome New Members

Total Fire & Safety, Inc.
Glenn Schultz
6808 Hobson Valley Drive, #105
Woodridge, IL 60157
(630) 960-5060
Fire Protection& First Aid Products

 

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
Register

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. Here are three great reasons to join us for the morning networking program.

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/

Premier Members
Premier Members
Save the Date: Mark Your Calendars
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

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

Career Awareness and Business Expo
Tuesday, October 22, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Waubonsee Community College, Academic & Professional Center, Sugar Grove

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

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
Inner Harmony Acupuncture

Congratulations to Mavis Bates and Inner Harmony Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine on the recent ribbon cutting and grand opening at a new location, 383 W. Galena Boulevard in Aurora.

West Suburban Bank

Congratulations to West Suburban Bank on their newest location at 1311 Butterfield Road in Aurora. What a great ribbon cutting and open house hosted by their team last week.

Cadence Health

Cadence Health has opened its newest facility at the corner of Church and Bilter roads in Aurora. Congratulations to Cadence Health Convenient Care & Medical Offices on their recent ribbon cutting and open house.

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.

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.

A presentation of the History Speaks Lecture Series, The Haunting of Two Salem Witches will be held from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sunday, October 20 at Naper Settlement’s Century Memorial Chapel. Hear the chilling stories of two women accused of witch craft and hung in 1692 in Salem. On the day of the presentation, tickets are $7 adults, $6 students, youth and Naperville Heritage Society Sustaining members.

Presence Mercy Health is hosting a Live Well, Be Well Workshop on October 15. Come and learn from trained leaders with health conditions themselves. Set your own goals and make a step by step plan to improve your health and your life.

Fox Valley Medical Center is 10,000 square foot of medical office space. The building features are favorable medical office demographics, great location and close proximity to Rush Copley Medical Center, Edward Hospital, Westfield Fox Valley Shopping Mall and it is anchored by Dreyer Medical Group.

Mitutoyo America Corporation is celebrating their new corporate headquarters New M3 Solution Center and 50th Anniversary on October 15 at 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

On October 14 come to Heartland’s Aurora Facility and donate blood to receive a $5 McDonalds’s gift card compliments of Heartland Blood Centers.

Knightsbridge Global LTD is hosting an open house and ribbon cutting on October 16 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Knightsbridge PME is the home of the world re-nowned PME range of sugarcraft tools. In addition, this location is pleased to offer classes and workshops to the community.

Hesed House reminds all that 2013 Soup’s On will be Sunday, October 20, from 11:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. with more than 25 area restaurants and merchants participating. Tickets may be purchased at soupsonrotary.com.

Join the City of Aurora, Accion, the Illinois Small Business Development Center at Waubonsee, and others on Saturday, November 16, from 9:00 a.m. to noon for “How to Get Money for Your Business” at Waubonsee’s Downtown Aurora campus. Registration is free and can be done by calling (630) 906-4143.

CASA Kane County recently received a $25,000 grant from the UPS Foundation to support the recruitment, training, case management, and safety for abused and neglected children in the Kane County Juvenile Court system.

Rebuilding Together Aurora, a safe and healthy housing organization, will host Dodging to Make a Difference, its largest fundraiser of the year on Friday, November 8, through Saturday, November 9, 2013 at East Aurora High School.

Aurora University will host “A Call to Action: Illinois Voices for Immigration Reform” on October 15, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Crimi Auditorium. Speakers include Congressman Bill Foster (D-11), Kane County Sheriff Pat Perez, and several others.

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.

 

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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October 07, 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)

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/

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

 

Progressive Networking, Affordable Care Act, & More Programs

Monday, September 30th, 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 to Catherine by Wednesday the week prior to publication. For more information, contact the Chamber at (630) 256-3180.
Header
September 30, 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

Dave Gruhlke Agency – Farmers Insurance Group
Dave Gruhlke
314 N. Lake Str., Ste. #1C
Aurora, IL 60506
(630) 896-6603
Insurance
Referred by Keith Dagenais, Peoples Home Equity

Vantage Point Financial Consulting, Inc.
Bryan Schenk
800 W. 5th Ave., Ste. 106F
Naperville, IL 60563
(708) 362-0406
Consultants
Referred by Ken McLaughlin, Law Offices of McLaughlin & Assoc.

Peoples Home Equity – Keith Dagenais
Keith M. Dagenais
(630) 362-0637
Loans

Centrue Bank
Jason Penman
208 E. Veterans Parkway
Yorkville, IL 60560
(630) 553-9767
Bank/Financial Institutions
Referred by Linda Pilmer, Pilmer Real Estate, Inc.

Discovery Inspection Services, LLC
Jeremy Meek
P.O. Box 639
Oswego, IL 60543
(630) 854-2454
Home Inspections

 

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/

#SmallBizAurora; Tools, Resources to Prosper
Mark your calendars the week of November 10, 2013, for #SmallBizAurora week. In partnership with a number of organizations and businesses, the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce announces a weeklong series of events to support and promote our area’s small businesses. Partners include Fox Valley SCORE, City of Aurora Neighborhood Redevelopment, and Illinois SBDC at Waubonsee. Watch you e-mail – and follow up on twitter and Facebook at #SmallBizAurora – for programs and events to support small businesses.
Continuing Resolution, Debt Ceiling
Need to be Addressed
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) warned Tuesday that the long-term outlook for the national debt remains dire, despite a near-term drop in the deficit that has been lauded by the Obama administration.

Federal debt held by the public is slated to rise from 73 percent of the economy in 2013 to 100 percent of gross domestic product by 2038, the CBO said.

Many economists have warned that if debt held by the public approaches 100 percent of the GDP, it can bring on the kind of fiscal crises seen recently in European countries.

The long-term increase occurs mostly in the out years. The budget deficit this year is expected to be $642 billion, a drop from the $1.1 trillion deficit in 2012. The decline will continue through 2015, the CBO said.

“The unsustainable nature of the federal government’s current tax and spending policies presents lawmakers and the public with difficult choices,” the CBO says in its new report. “Unless substantial changes are made to the major health care programs and Social Security, those programs will absorb a much larger share of the economy’s total output in the future than they have in the past.”

For the full article, see Erik Wasson’s “CBO projects dire debt level” in The Hill http://thehill.com/blogs/

Premier Members
Premier Members
Mark Your Calendars
Council on Legislative Affairs
Wednesday, October 2, at 8:30 a.m.
Chamber offices

Ribbon Cutting
Wednesday, October 2, at 5:00 p.m.
Inner Harmony Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
383 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora

Ribbon Cutting/Open House
Thursday, October 3, at 4:30 p.m.
Aurora Orthodontics Periodontics
3535 E. New York Street, Suite 212, Aurora

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

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
Sikich LLP, a professional services firm, announced it has acquired O’Donnell, Bonebrake & Co., a St. Louis-based public accounting firm. The firm now operates under the Sikich name and has relocated to Sikich’s St. Louis office.

Are you an adult age 55+ with an ongoing health condition and want to find a better way to cope so that you… live better! Attend a free Live Well, Be Well Workshop offered by Presence Mercy Medical Center every Tuesday from September 10 through October 15. Registration required by calling (877) 737-4636.

Celebrate all things pumpkin during The Growing Place‘s 3rd Annual Pumpkin Palooza. Giant, decorated pumpkins, created by employee artists, will be unveiled on Saturday, October 5 at their Aurora location. Visitors are encouraged to vote for their favorite pumpkin throughout October and donate to one of the featured charities, where donations will be matched up to $500.

It’s that time of year! Enjoy traditional German music, cuisine and entertainment at Naper Settlement’s Oktoberfest on Friday and Saturday October 4 & 5. Firefighters’ Appreciation Day will be held October 5 and features Naperville firefighters competing in a chili cook-off. Purchase advance tickets with Naper Settlement for a cheaper admission rate.

Congratulations to Dunham Fund‘s new advisor, Christine Tunney.

Mark your calendar: 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.

A $103,000 Dunham Fund grant to the Kaneland Foundation will provide the Fox Valley Career Center with the start-up funds to purchase equipment and curricular supplies, improve infrastructure, and train instructors for a Project Lead the Way pre engineering program.

Starting this October, Rebuilding Together Aurora will be assisting Sear’s Heroes at Home Program with several critical home repairs to improve the lives of the military and their families through extensive home rehabilitations.

The Heritage Hall of Honor will recognize partners in the community who have made a significant impact and contribution to Naper Settlement and Naperville Heritage Society. The presentation will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, October 6 at Naper Settlement.

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.

 

Check Your Calendars; Fall Programs to Fill Your Schedule

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce

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

Spectrum Technologies, Inc.
Mike Thurow
3600 Thayer Ct.
Aurora, IL 60504
(815) 436-4440
Information Technology

Fox Valley Zippy Shell
Todd Temaat
100 Overland Dr.
North Aurora, IL 60542
(630) 299-5169
Storage/Moving

Delnor Hospital
Elena Rudzinski
300 Randall Rd.
Geneva, IL 60134
(630) 208-3000
Hospital

Delnor Glen Senior Living
Peggy Faught
975 N. Fifth Ave.
St. Charles, IL 60174
(630) 443-8220
Senior Living

Central DuPage Hospital
Elena Rudzinski
25 N. Winfield Rd.
Winfield, IL 60190
(630) 933-1600
Hospital

Cadence Health Convenient Care & Medical Offices
2635 Church Rd.
Aurora, IL 60502
(630) 315-8700
Medical Offices / Convenient Care / Rehab / Occupational Health

LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
Nancy Vance
442 Williamsburg Ave.
Geneva, IL 60134
(630) 262-1111
Health Services

Cadence Fitness & Health Center
Jennifer Parrilli
296 Randall Rd.
Geneva, IL 60134
(630) 939-9000
Fitness / Health Center

 

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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/

#SmallBizAurora; Tools, Resources to Prosper
Mark your calendars the week of November 10, 2013, for #SmallBizAurora week. In partnership with a number of organizations and businesses, the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce announces a weeklong series of events to support and promote our area’s small businesses. Partners include Fox Valley SCORE, City of Aurora Neighborhood Redevelopment, and Illinois SBDC at Waubonsee. Watch you e-mail – and follow up on twitter and Facebook at #SmallBizAurora – for programs and events to support small businesses.
Continuing Resolution, Debt Ceiling
Need to be Addressed
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) warned Tuesday that the long-term outlook for the national debt remains dire, despite a near-term drop in the deficit that has been lauded by the Obama administration.

Federal debt held by the public is slated to rise from 73 percent of the economy in 2013 to 100 percent of gross domestic product by 2038, the CBO said.

Many economists have warned that if debt held by the public approaches 100 percent of the GDP, it can bring on the kind of fiscal crises seen recently in European countries.

The long-term increase occurs mostly in the out years. The budget deficit this year is expected to be $642 billion, a drop from the $1.1 trillion deficit in 2012. The decline will continue through 2015, the CBO said.

“The unsustainable nature of the federal government’s current tax and spending policies presents lawmakers and the public with difficult choices,” the CBO says in its new report. “Unless substantial changes are made to the major health care programs and Social Security, those programs will absorb a much larger share of the economy’s total output in the future than they have in the past.”

For the full article, see Erik Wasson’s “CBO projects dire debt level” in The Hill http://thehill.com/blogs/

Premier Members
Premier Members
Mark Your Calendars
Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, September 24, at 7:30 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business Development Leads Group 2
Wednesday, September 25, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, September 26, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons, Aurora
$15 General Admission/$12 Members
Register

Council on Legislative Affairs
Wednesday, October 2, at 8:30 a.m.
Chamber offices

Ribbon Cutting
Wednesday, October 2, at 5:00 p.m.
Inner Harmony Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
383 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora

Ribbon Cutting/Open House
Thursday, October 3, at 4:30 p.m.
Aurora Orthodontics Periodontics
3535 E. New York Street, Suite 212, Aurora

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

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
Montage Apparel and Promotions

Thank you to Montage Apparel and Promotions for sponsoring the September Coffee & Connections Networking and thank you to Painters District Council 30 for hosting the location.

Mark your calendar: “Fall Potting Party and Demo” at The Growing Place on September 28. From 1:00-3:00 p.m. create a colorful fall container garden, ready to take home and insert into your own container. Designers will also show how to ready the fall container for a transition to a holiday-ready winter container.

VNA Health Care receives pat on the back from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration for exceeding the national standards across eight quality measures. Read more about the accomplishment here.

The Association for Individual Development (AID) Benefit Auction is this Friday, September 27. All proceeds will help AID continue its mission of empowering individuals with disabilities, mental illness and special needs. Please visit http://www.the-association.org/auction.html for more information and to purchase raffle basket tickets.

Interested in the fundamentals of recording and mixing music? If you’d like to learn more or register for classes meant to fill the holes and give you a foundation in the whole production process, visit Backthird Audio. Another set of Wednesday, six-week classes start soon.

Don’t forget to RSVP for the 2013 Hearts for Hesed Masquerade Party on Sunday, October 6, from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Come enjoy an evening of delectable tapas, hors d’oeuvres, sangria, live entertainment, wine pull, raffles, exhibits and more, all to benefit Hesed House. RSVP by September 26.

“Legal Update for Illinois Employers,” a free presentation on immigration, labor and employment laws, will be hosted by Aurora University at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 25. Registration, networking and refreshments are from 7:30-8:00 a.m. For reservations email sgreen@aurora.edu.

Celebrate all things pumpkin during The Growing Place‘s 3rd Annual Pumpkin Palooza. Giant, decorated pumpkins, created by employee artists, will be unveiled on Saturday, October 5, at their Aurora location. Visitors are encouraged to vote for their favorite pumpkin throughout October and donate to one of the featured charities, where donations will be matched up to $500.

Mark your calendar: 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 Darren Fox, President of Idea Creative Marketing Group, who was honored at the 14th Annual Entrepreneurial Excellence Awards sponsored by the Daily Herald Business Ledger. See the full story here.

It’s that time of year! Enjoy traditional German music, cuisine and entertainment at Naper Settlement’s Oktoberfest on Friday, October 4, and Saturday, October 5. Firefighters’ Appreciation Day will be held October 5 and features Naperville firefighters competing in a chili cook-off. Purchase advance tickets with Naper Settlement for a cheaper admission rate.

Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce | 43 W. Galena Blvd. Aurora, Illinois 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180 Fax: (630) 256-3189 | www.aurorachamber.com
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This Week’s Newsletter: Opportunities to Connect (Week of June 24, 2013)

Monday, June 24th, 2013

Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce

 

Here is this week’s newsletter to members of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. If you have Member News to include, please send to Catherine by Wednesday the week prior to publication. For more information, contact the Chamber at (630) 256-3180.
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Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Bad Monkey Circus Ad Agency
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Balihoo Productions
Basil’s Greek Dining
BMO Harris
Caterpillar, Inc.
Chicago Premium Outlets
ComEd
Continental Acura of Naperville
Continental Audi of Naperville
Continental Mazda of Naperville
Create Cut Invent
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Dreyer Occupational Health Services
Fox Valley Country Club
Global Data Sciences
Ice Miller LLP
Idea Marketing Group
KING Industrial & Installation Service, Inc.
Konen Insurance Agency
Law Offices of McLaughlin & Associates, P.C.
Liberty Mutual – Dawn Tully
McKesson
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Mortgage Services III, LLC
Nelson Multimedia/WSPY
Old Second National Bank
Organo Gold
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Piper’s Banquets
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 501
Provena Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
River West Radiation Therapy Center
Rockpoint Logistics
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
Wee-Dee’s North Aurora
Weldstar Company
WERV FM Radio (Next Media)

Welcome New Members

World Relief Aurora
Emily Gray
14 W. Downer Place, Ste. 8
Aurora, IL 60506
(630) 906-9546
Not-For-Profit

If These Walls Could Talk
Framing & Gallery

Jennifer Rauch & Tim Frederick
32 S. Stolp Ave.
Aurora, IL 60506
(331) 212-5962
Framing Store & Gallery

Sleep Number
Steve Zybak
4412 E. New York Street, Unit C
Aurora, IL 60504
(630) 375-1520
Beds/Retail

 

Contact Us


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

 

 

Mark Your Calendar for Some Great
Opportunities This Week
Connecting is the name of the game this week with the Aurora Chamber. Join us at any of the following events:

Business Development Leads Group
Tuesday, June 25, at 7:30 a.m.
Chamber offices

Aurora First
Wednesday, June 26, at 4:00 p.m.
Chamber offices

Ribbon Cutting: Heartland Recycling
Wednesday, June 26, at 4:30 p.m.
Route 25 and Mettel Road, Aurora

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, June 27, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora

Ribbon Cutting: Aurora Corporate Center
Thursday, June 27, at 3:30 p.m.
1585 Beverly Court, Suite 105 Aurora

Open House: Konen Insurance Agency
Thursday, June 27, at 4:00 pm
2570 Beverly Drive, Suite 100, Aurora

Affordable Care Act
Friday, June 28, at 8:30 a.m.
Waubonsee Downtown Campus, 18 S. River Street, Aurora
sbdc@waubonsee.edu

Mark Your Calendar; Check Our
Website for Details
July 17: Putt Putt in the Park
It’s back and bigger and better. We’ll be putting around RiverEdge Park. Enjoy an afternoon of Member-created, miniature golf challenges! Businesses will have the opportunity to meet golfers and compete for a prize recognizing the best course. Sponsorships are $100. Please call (630) 256-3182 for more information.August 7: Be Different or Be Gone
Author, instructor and consultant Thomas Gray will help you find your competitive edge and capitalize on it. You don’t want to miss this program. Registration required. Attendees registering by July 31 will receive complimentary copy of Gray’s newest book, A Toolbox For Small Business Success: Business Techniques in Troubled Times.
Register
Thank You for Great 2013 Golf Classic
Photos of the event are coming soon; in the meantime, please allow us to thank our many great sponsors (including presenting sponsor Cabot Microelectronics) as well as all of our volunteers and golfers who joined us for the day. Congratulations to the team from Cano Container Corporation who took the low score prize with score of 57.

2013 Golf Classic

Photo courtesy of CS Photos

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Member News
The 25th Annual Children’s Challenge Golf Outing & Dinner benefitting the Youth Service Bureau is set for Wednesday, June 26, with a 1:15 p.m. shotgun start. There will be a Southwestern cookout after completion of play.

Naper Settlement Naper’s 19 is a guided walking tour of Joseph Naper’s original 19 blocks of Naperville and will be held from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, June 29.

Save the Date: July 25, 2013. Metro West Golf Outing. Plan for a day of fun in the sun! Sponsorships available. For more information call (630) 859-1331.

Waubonsee Community College and the Aurora Regional Chamber will be holding a 90-minute seminar on what small businesses need to know about the Affordable Care Act on Friday, June 28 from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. The seminar is free. To register, call (630) 906-4143.

The Growing Place will be hosting a demonstration on the wonderful world of succulents. The event, Unusual Succulents for Easy-Care Gardening, is a part of the Summer Art in the Garden Series, which is held at The Growing Place in Aurora. The class is free and registration is recommended.

Dreyer Medical Clinic welcomes new family medicine physician; Mansi Sheth, DO.

Join the Fox Valley Networking Professionals at the Pomegranate Cafe on Thursday, June 27, at 8:00 a.m. The group is specifically designed to bring business leaders together, and topics chosen will introduce information that is broad enough to appeal to every type of business in the Fox Valley. Registration cost is $10 per person and includes breakfast. RSVP by June 25.

Free YWCA webinar: Forward Together. This informational session on the new Quality Rating Improvement System will explain where the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development and the Early Learning Council will be focused over the next four years. Webinar will be held on Tuesday, June 25, from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. Space is limited, so click here to register now.

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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Illinois Chamber, Aurora Chamber Announce Employer Action Day: May 20, 2013

Friday, April 12th, 2013

Monday, May 20, 2013,  10:00 am – 2:30 pm
President Abraham Lincoln Hotel, 701 East Adams St., Springfield

Pension Reform… State Fiscal Mess… Obamacare Implementation… Workers’ Compensation Reform… Minimum Wage Increase…

2013 Legislative Session: How’s This One Going to End?
Employer Action Day

Inevitably, all the key issues in Springfield are settled in the last few days of legislative session. This year is likely to be no different. Join the Illinois Chamber and NFIB in Springfield when the big decisions are being made and help influence the outcome of issues you care about most.

AGENDA

  • Key Issue Update: Minimum Wage, Taxes, Obamacare Implementation, Transportation Funding, State Budget
  • Was Workers Compensation Reform Really Reform? Impact of the 2011 Changes
  • What Wall Street Insiders Really Think About Illinois’ Fiscal Mess and How Their View Can Cost You Money
  • Federal Issue Update: Immigration, Sequestration and the Looming Budget Battle
  • Statehouse Lobbying on Your Key Issues

$49.00 includes lunch and transportation to and from the statehouse

Click here to register or by phone to Lisa Weitzel 217/522-5512 x222

U.S. Chamber Workplace Wellness Programs

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Employers are the bedrock of our current health care system. Nearly 55% of Americans, totaling 169 million individuals, receive health insurance through their employer. As the largest purchasers of health care, employers, both large and small, are uniquely situated to help provide leadership in finding solutions, and can exert transformative change.

Workplace wellness programs are a win-win for both the employer and employees. Employees who participate in workplace wellness programs are fitter, more productive, have better morale, and are safer than employees who do not otherwise treat their chronic conditions. Employers who offer wellness initiatives have achieved excellent returns on their investment. Programs that follow best practice guidelines return $2 to $3 dollars for each dollar invested.

With employers renewing their health plans, and open enrollment season fast approaching, now is the optimal time for employers to learn about the benefits of implementing a workplace wellness program.

The U.S. Chamber has released a toolkit to assist small and medium-sized employers plan, implement, and evaluate workplace health promotion programs. The toolkit features a Chamber-branded publication, “Workplace Wellness Programs: Promoting Better Health While Controlling Costs” and video tutorials from leading employers: Buffalo Supply, DonahueFavret Contractors, Goodwill-Columbus, Wegmans, and Anne Marie Ludovici-Connolly, an expert in the health promotion field and author of Winning Health Promotion Strategies.

Feel free to download this brochure, Workplace Wellness Programs: Promoting Better Health While Controlling Costs, for instructional steps on how to set up a workplace wellness program.

Illinois Chamber, SmithAmundsen Offer Insight into ACA

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

“Tax” or “Penalty” – and Why Does It Matter?:
Assessing the Constitutionality of the ACA’s Individual Mandate

On June 28, the United States Supreme Court issued its decision upholding the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), in National Federation of Individual Business v. Sebelius.[1] The decision followed a long legal battle and divergent federal appellate decisions, and has been paralleled by massive public debate over the enactment of the ACA. Several key issues played a part in the Supreme Court’s decision. SmithAmundsen’s Health Care Practice Group issued an alert regarding the decision shortly after it was issued. That alert is available here. This series of three alerts will take a closer look at each of the key issues involved in the Supreme Court’s decision.

Our first alert in this series addresses the “tax” vs. “penalty” issue: whether the Supreme Court could even hear the case under the Anti-Injunction Act, and whether the individual mandate is constitutional under the Congress’s taxing power.

Educational Opportunities

This decision will undoubtedly create concern and uncertainty for employers. With this in mind, members from our Labor & Employment Practice Group will offer the following educational events to help employers understand how this decision will impact their businesses.

“Health Care Reform – The Decision and Your Next Steps,” Illinois Chamber of Commerce Seminar, Monday, August 13, 2012, Chicago, IL.

“Health Care Reform Update Seminar,” Illinois Chamber of Commerce Seminar, Monday, August 27, 2012, Springfield, IL.

“Workplace and Ownership Issues, Procedures & Policies, Legal & More – An Interactive Workshop,” Illinois Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Conference, Tuesday, September 25, 2012, Tinley Park, IL.

[1] National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius, 567 U.S., 2012.

Promoting Healthier Workers and Businesses in Illinois

Friday, January 6th, 2012

A share from the Illinois Chamber of Commerce

With health benefit costs projected to surpass an average of $10,000 per employee next year, it’s more important than ever for Illinois employers to address the health of their workforce.

Obese workers alone cost U.S. companies billions of dollars each year – a number that’s sure to continue trending upward unless employers begin to hold themselves and their employees accountable to wellness goals.

It’s hard to remain competitive when your employees miss more days of work, and require more expensive prescriptions and medical procedures, than organizations with healthy workers.

Poor health affects productivity in a myriad of other ways. An employee who is experiencing chronic disease or other ongoing medical problems, for instance, can understandably become distracted and disengaged at work as a result.

To combat this downward spiral, employers need to better utilize one of the best tools they have at their disposal – employee wellness.

Programs like Live Healthy Illinois, the Illinois Chamber-led workplace wellness initiative, are effective because they encourage employees to take ownership of their health.

Wellness programs – which can incorporate everything from lunchtime walking programs to free health screenings and fitness coaching – help to cut health care costs, as well as boost productivity, morale and company loyalty.

In fact, studies show that every dollar spent on workplace wellness generates a return on investment of up to $3.


An Efficient Solution for Employers

For companies looking to make their first foray into workplace wellness, or supplement an existing effort, Live Healthy Illinois offers an easy and affordable way to promote healthy habits among employees.

The program is built around a 100-day exercise and weight loss challenge that uses competition between teams to promote physical activity and improved dietary habits.

Once a company registers its employees, Live Healthy Illinois virtually runs itself. Each week, participants log their weight or the number of minutes they have exercised on www.livehealthyillinois.org. The website takes care of the rest, tracking their progress and offering motivational messages, healthy recipes and more.

A company can have a single team of 2-10 participants, or multiple teams, for the cost of only $20 per participant. Those teams then compete with others from across the state by comparing their progress on the Live Healthy site.

Delivering Real Results

Live Healthy Illinois has proven very effective in helping employers promote wellness in the workplace. At Memorial Health System in Springfield, 758 employees exercised for more than 14,000 hours and lost nearly 3,000 pounds during the 2011 Live Healthy Illinois Challenge.

In McLean County, 185 teams of employees exercises for nearly 50,000 hours and lost more than 4,000 pounds – two tons – overall.

In the last two years, Live Healthy Illinois has helped thousands employees across the state find the motivation to exercise, choose healthy foods and make real, sustainable changes to their lifestyles and company cultures.

The upcoming Live Healthy Illinois 100-day Challenge kicks off one month from today on January 23, 2012 and I encourage all our state’s employers to participate and make a down payment toward the future health of their workers and their businesses.

Don’t forget to register for a free informational webinar hosted by Live Healthy Illinois this Friday, January 6 at 10 am. To register for the webinar, please click HERE. If your company, local chamber or organization is interested in learning more about Live Healthy Illinois and accessing any of our Live Healthy Illinois toolkits, please contact Laura Minzer at lminzer@ilchamber.org or (217) 522-5512, ext. 240.

For more information on Live Healthy Illinois, you can also visit www.livehealthyillinois.org.

Busch to Speak on 2010 Economic Forecast

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

Aurora Regional Chamber Offers 2010 Economic Forecast

Expert to Address Lunch on Thursday, Jan. 21, at 11:00 a.m.

Andrew B. Busch, Director of BMO Capital Markets and a Global Currency and Public Policy Strategist in Chicago will provide insight into the 2010 economy. Busch has been heard on WBBM radio and numerous cable and local financial programs.

Busch is a senior fellow on economic issues for the Illinois Policy Institute and consults with the staffs from the US Treasury, Congress, and the White House on economic and financial market issues. He was an adviser on the economy and the financial markets to US Republican presidential candidate John McCain.

He met recently with all the most senior staff at the US Treasury and has advised the last three US Treasury secretaries, including Tim Geithner.

Busch joined BMO Financial Group in 1990 in the foreign exchange trading room of Harris Trust and Savings Bank, which merged with Bank of Montreal’s room in 1995.

In his blog today, Busch writes:

As a reformed currency trader, I often can asked why I spend my time following what happens in politics. Does the resignation of Sen. Dodd really matter? Why should we care if Congress fights over health care or regulatory reform? What difference does it make if there’s an estate tax or not? These are all questions that seem to have very little on the surface to do with currencies and the value of the dollar.

The best answer to all of this is that it all matters. Since the 1930s and the seismic shift of US governmental intervention into the private sector, the economy has been buffeted by the use of the very tools that were supposed to reduce variation in unemployment and growth. Namely, monetary and fiscal policy. As we are focused on politics, we’ll look at the fiscal side of the equation which includes tax and spending policies.

For more information about Andrew Busch, visit his site.

The program, sponsored in part by Harris, NA, will be at Gaslite Manor, 2485 Church Road, Aurora, on Thursday, Jan. 21, at 11:00 a.m. Reservations are required: $25 Members; $35 Non-Members. The Chamber’s 72-hour cancellation policy applies. For information, visit http://www.aurorachamber.com/forecast.asp or call (630) 897-9214.