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ACA Compliance, News from Aurora Chamber

Monday, September 19th, 2016
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95.9 The River
Above Board Indoor Environmental
Accurate Personnel
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora Bank & Trust
Aurora University
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
BMO Harris – Bilter Rd.
BMO Harris – Eola Rd.
BMO Harris – Lake St.
BMO Harris – N. Farnsworth Ave.
BMO Harris – W. Indian Trail
Cadence Health Convenient Care, part of Northwestern Medicine
CatAtlantic Homes
Caterpillar, Inc.
Chicago Tribune Media Group
ComEd
Copy King Office Solutions, Inc.
Delnor Glen Senior Living, part of Northwestern Medicine
Dolan & Murphy
Downtown Auroran Magazine
Ice Miller LLP
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center, part of Northwestern Medicine
Magnetrol International, Incorporated
Martin Whalen Office Solutions
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital
Northwestern Medicine Delnor Fitness & Health Center
Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital
Old Second National Bank
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pipe Fitters Local 597
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush-Copley Medical Center
S&S Metal Recyclers II
Sign*A*Rama
SmithAmundsen, LLC
Sole Unique Dance Complex, Inc.
Sprint
State Farm Insurance Companies
Steffes & Associates Language and Translation (SALT)
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
The Voice
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
WSPY

Welcome New Members

Boutique Repeats & Gifts
Teri Case
444 N. Eola Road, Ste 106
Aurora, IL 60502
(630) 585-0920
Retail

 

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

 

 

What You Need to Know:
Employers, ACA for 2016 and Beyond
Wednesday, Sept. 21, 8:00-9:30 a.m.
Meyer Ballroom, North Island Center, 8 E. Galena Blvd., downtown Aurora

Chamber members rank ACA compliance a top concern in business. Are you prepared for what the Affordable Care Act has in store? Knowing your healthcare cost drivers and available containment tools can benefit small and large businesses. Understanding the shift in ACA compliance requirements is a growing priority. Join us for clarity on this issue.

We have What You Need to Know.

Among the topics covered will be:

• Compliance concerns for 2016 and beyond
• DOL audit exposure
• Managing healthcare costs
• Comments on the changing group marketplace

Register

Premier Members
Premier Members
Events for Members
Coffee & Connections
Tuesday, Sept. 20, 8:30 a.m.
Painter’s District Council No. 30, Aurora
Register

WYNTK: Employers, ACA for 2016 and Beyond
Wednesday, Sept. 21, 8:00-9:30 a.m.
Meyer Ballroom, North Island Center, 8 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora
Register

Grand Re-Opening: Holiday Inns & Suites
Wednesday, Sept. 21, 3:30 – 7:00 p.m.
111 N. Broadway Ave, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting at 4:00 p.m.
Register

Ribbon Cutting: Sports Clips
Tuesday, Sept. 27, 3:30 p.m.
405 N. Eola Rd, Ste. H, Aurora
Register

Multi Chamber Business After Hours
Wednesday, Oct. 18, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
K Hollis Jewelers, 147 S. Randall Rd., Batavia

Membership Luncheon. Lt. Governor Sanguinetti
Friday, Oct. 21, 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Belle Salle Banquets, 1920 E. New York St., Aurora

Intersect Illinois
Monday, Oct. 24, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway, Aurora

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

Annual Celebration of Membership
Thursday, Nov. 17, 11:30 a.m.
Aurora Country Club, 1548 Prairie Street, Aurora

Holiday Celebration
Wednesday, Dec. 7, 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Belle Salle Banquets, 1920 E. New York St., Aurora

Public Policy Update
For the latest in public policy news, be sure and like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

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Northern Illinois University Diverse Supplier Fair, October 5, 2016

Democratizing Our Economy through Local Economic Innovation

Looking to Expand in Global Markets?

Labor: Family Sick Leave, Bereavement Leave

Higher Education: U.S. News Ranking

General Assembly: Redistricting

Jobs: Illinois Labor Force

Endorse Businesses For Safe Roads

Employee Voter Registration Week

Member News
If you have news to share with your fellow members, please forward to info@aurorachamber.com. Be sure and check out our blog and social media for what’s happening in our region.

Aurora Receives $15 Million Tax Credit Award to Develop Downtown Arts Center

Meves Named Chief Investment Officer at Old Second

Waubonsee to Host Career Fair Sept. 23

VNA Health Care hosts “VNA Uncorked” on Sept. 30

Aurora Named One of the Best-Run Cities in America

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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Your Weekly Newsletter from Aurora Chamber Has Arrived

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016
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95.9 The River
Above Board Indoor Environmental
Accurate Personnel
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
BKD, LLP
BMO Harris – Bilter Rd.
BMO Harris – Eola Rd.
BMO Harris – Lake St.
BMO Harris – N. Farnsworth Ave.
BMO Harris – W. Indian Trail
CARSTAR North Aurora Collision Center
Caterpillar, Inc.
Chicago Premium Outlets
Chicago Tribune Media Group
ComEd
Copy King Office Solutions, Inc.
Dependable Contracting Services
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Dolan & Murphy
Eby-Brown
Ice Miller LLP
Idilus, LLC
ieple, LLC.
K-Rise Systems, Inc.
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency
Leave Me Bee Pest Control, Inc.
Magnetrol International, Incorporated
Martin Whalen Office Solutions
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Northwestern Medicine
Cadence Fitness & Health Center
Cadence Health Convenient Care & Medical Offices
Central DuPage Hospital
Delnor Glen Senior Living
Delnor Hospital
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
Old Second National Bank
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pipe Fitters Local 597
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Resurrection Lutheran Church/School
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush-Copley Medical Center
Ryland Homes – Ingham Park
S&S Metal Recyclers II
Sign*A*Rama – Aurora
SmithAmundsen, LLC
Sole Unique Dance Complex, Inc.
Sprint
State Farm Insurance Companies
Steffes & Associates Language and Translation (SALT)
The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield
The Voice
Trust Lending
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
WIT-Enterprises, LLC
WSPY
Zippy Shell Fox Valley

Contact Us

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

 

 

What You Need to Know:
Employers, ACA for 2016 and Beyond
Wednesday, Sept. 21, 8:00-9:30 a.m.
Meyer Ballroom, North Island Center, 8 E. Galena Blvd., downtown Aurora

Chamber members rank ACA compliance a top concern in business. Are you prepared for what the Affordable Care Act has in store? Knowing your healthcare cost drivers and available containment tools can benefit small and large businesses. Understanding the shift in ACA compliance requirements is a growing priority. Join us for clarity on this issue.

We have What You Need to Know.

Among the topics covered will be:

• Compliance concerns for 2016 and beyond
• DOL audit exposure
• Managing healthcare costs
• Comments on the changing group marketplace

Register

Wellness Works 2016
Employers large and small are invited to take part in Wellness Works 2016, a conference focusing on improving the health of their employees.

Wellness Works 2016, sponsored by the Healthy Living Council of Greater Aurora, is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 16 at the Prisco Community Center, 150 W. Illinois Ave. in Aurora.

The conference will inform employers about the importance of promoting healthy living in the workplace. Healthy living practices for corporate and small businesses, social service organizations, schools, government agencies and other places of employment will be explored.

A worksite wellness panel, made up of representatives from local and regional employers, will address employee assistance programs, work-life balance, worksite health initiatives, program implementation, and issues facing small employers and large-scale businesses.

Guest speakers, a variety of health and business-related exhibitors, and networking opportunities will be offered.

The registration fee of $25 includes lunch.

Register

Nominate 2016 Kane Co. Manufacturer of the Year
All of us in Kane County have the opportunity to again celebrate our manufacturing businesses by nominating a Kane County awardee for the 2016 Kane County Manufacturer of the Year. This year’s winner will be celebrated at the Kane County Board Jobs Committee meeting on Friday, October 14th.

The Kane County winner will also be celebrated at the Making Manufacturing Matter 2016 event on October 6th in Chicago, hosted by the Alliance for Illinois Manufacturing (AIM). The Kane County winner will be responsible for any costs related to the AIM event. More information about the AIM Event can be found at http://www.illinoismanufacturing.org/event/making-manufacturing-matter-2016/

NIU Encourages Illinois Procurement Bulletin Registration for RFP Notifications
Northern Illinois University encourages vendors to register on the Illinois Procurement Bulletin – Public Institutions of Higher Education web site indicated below. Registering for My Bulletin at this web site will allow you to sign up to receive e-mail notifications of new solicitations matching your chosen criteria.

www.procure.stateuniv.state.il.us

At this web site you will find notices of bids, Requests for Proposals, sole source purchases, and emergency purchases for the State of Illinois public university campuses. Bid and RFP notices run for a minimum of 15 days, as will the subsequent award notice. Where indicated on the Procurement Bulletin, you may download complete bid/RFP documents directly from this web site after you have registered.

Get Out the Vote this November
The business community and Aurora Chamber need your help to turn out the vote for Illinois’s upcoming elections. As Election Day draws near, voters will seek credible information about how to get involved in the process – something that Chamber members can easily provide their employees through the Illinois Prosperity Project.

Believe it or not, 31% of employees surveyed ranked their current or former employer as the most credible source for information on political and public policy issues. To top that off, for employees who heard from their employer during the 2014 Midterm Election, 63% of them were motivated to learn more about the issues that were important to their employer and/or 43% were motivated to register to vote.

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Events for Members
Wellness Works 2016
Prisco Community Center, 150 W. Illinois Ave., Aurora 60506
Friday, Sept. 16, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Register

Coffee & Connections
Tuesday, Sept. 20, 8:30 a.m.
Painter’s District Council No. 30, Aurora
Register

WYNTK: Employers, ACA for 2016 and Beyond
Wednesday, Sept. 21, 8:00-9:30 a.m.
Meyer Ballroom, North Island Center, 8 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora
Register

Grand Re-Opening: Holiday Inns & Suites
Wednesday, Sept. 21, 3:30 – 7:00 p.m.
111 N. Broadway Ave, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting at 4:00 p.m.
Register

Ribbon Cutting: Sports Clips
Tuesday, Sept. 27, 3:30 p.m.
405 N. Eola Rd, Ste. H, Aurora
Register

Public Policy Update
For the latest in public policy news, be sure and like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

Visit the Chamber blog:

Safe Roads Amendment

New Illinois Child Bereavement Law

Two Ramps Reopened at Farnsworth Interchange

Mark Your Calendars: Diverse Supplier Fair 2016

Get Out the Vote this November

Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness Act Signed by Governor

Member News
If you have news to share with your fellow members, please forward to info@aurorachamber.com. Be sure and check out our blog and social media for what’s happening in our region.

Waubonsee to Host Career Fair Sept. 23

Salvation Army Seeks Advisory Board Members

VNA Health Care hosts “VNA Uncorked” on Sept. 30

Aurora Named One of the Best-Run Cities in America

Wellness Works 2016

Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce | 43 W. Galena Blvd. Aurora, Illinois 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180 Fax: (630) 256-3189 | www.aurorachamber.com

 

Health Care: Land of Lincoln

Saturday, July 16th, 2016

Key provider of Obamacare health insurance must liquidate. Land of Lincoln Health, a health care insurance co-operative set up under the terms of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), has defaulted on its payments. The State of Illinois initiated steps on Tuesday, July 12 to wind up the operations of the failing firm and shut it down. 49,000 Illinois residents had purchased mandatory health care insurance through Land of Lincoln, which sold its policies to the individual, individual family, and self-employment markets. They will have to find emergency new coverage before the close of calendar year 2016.

The failure of Land of Lincoln paralleled the failures in other states of Obamacare co-ops, which have been whipsawed by heavy claims rates and mandatory risk adjustment payments. Under the current Affordable Care Act, co-ops are required to pay expensive “risk adjustment payments” to established, private-sector health care insurers such as Blue Cross/Blue Shield. These payments are meant to compensate Blue Cross and other established insurers for the established cost base locked onto these existing insurers by the pre-existing health care conditions of these established firms’ policyholder bases. At the same time, co-ops thought they would be getting federal “risk corridor” payments to compensate them for, among other variables, the cost of the risk adjustment payments. Adequate risk-corridor payments never appeared, however, and the co-ops found that their risk adjustment payments were due in full. They faced a lethal whipsaw. One after another of these co-ops, including Land of Lincoln in Illinois, have gone or are going out of business.

Partly as a result of the ongoing failure of many firms within the ACA co-op industry, increasing numbers of Americans are facing monopoly suppliers of mandatory health care insurance. In whole states, such as Alabama, only one firm will sell insurance to individuals under terms that comply with the myriad requirements and mandates of the Affordable Care Act. In these geographic areas, U.S. citizens are required to comply with the terms and premium rates set by the single supplier.

Wellness Works 2016

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

Employers large and small are invited to take part in Wellness Works 2016, a conference focusing on improving the health of their employees.

Wellness Works 2016, sponsored by the Healthy Living Council of Greater Aurora, is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 16 at the Prisco Community Center, 150 W. Illinois Ave. in Aurora.

The conference will inform employers about the importance of promoting healthy living in the workplace. Healthy living practices for corporate and small businesses, social service organizations, schools, government agencies and other places of employment will be explored.

A worksite wellness panel, made up of representatives from local and regional employers, will address employee assistance programs, work-life balance, worksite health initiatives, program implementation, and issues facing small employers and large-scale businesses.

Guest speakers, a variety of health and business-related exhibitors, and networking opportunities will be offered.

The registration fee of $25 includes lunch.

Exhibitors wanting to take part in the program should contact Zaida Rodriguez at Rush-Copley Medical Center, zaida.rodrigues@rushcopley.com  

 

Health Care: Ill. Co-op, ACA

Sunday, July 10th, 2016

Key Affordable Care Act co-op operating in Illinois faces insolvency. Land of Lincoln Health, which believes it is the second largest provider of individual health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act (50,000 consumers enrolled), owes an eight-figure sum in risk adjustment payments based upon operations undertaken by the co-op and its competitors in 2015. The Illinois Department of Insurance has ordered the health insurance co-op to cease writing new insurance business. Acting Insurance Agency Director Anne Melissa Dowling has informed federal authorities that Land of Lincoln’s books need immediate action “to prevent an immediate liquidation” of the troubled insurer.

The Affordable Care Act contains complex provisions intended to both encourage and discourage new entries into the ACA insurance market. In particular, complex subsections of the law encouraged the setup of health insurance cooperatives in many regions of the United States. Other subsections of the law created a convoluted system of “risk adjustment payments” owed by some insurers to other firms. Risk adjustment payments are supposed to provide compensatory benefits to insurers who have sick patients and present costly diagnostic codes.

During the short period of time since the ACA went into full operation, the risk adjustment policy subsection of the ACA has extracted hundreds of millions of dollars in net payments from health insurance co-ops. More than half of the co-ops operating under the ACA (13 of 23) have gone under, and Land of Lincoln is one of the remaining 10.

This Chamber Newsletter is Packed with Information

Monday, February 8th, 2016
Here is this week’s newsletter to members of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. If you have Member News to include,
please send it to us by Wednesday the week prior to publication. For more information, contact the Chamber at (630) 256-3180.
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95.9 The River
Above Board Indoor Environmental
Accurate Personnel
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Basils Greek Dining
BKD, LLP
BMO Harris – Bilter Rd.
BMO Harris – Eola Rd.
BMO Harris – Lake St.
BMO Harris – N. Farnsworth Ave.
BMO Harris – W. Indian Trail
CARSTAR North Aurora Collision Center
Caterpillar, Inc.
Chicago Premium Outlets
Chicago Tribune Media Group
ComEd
Copy King Office Solutions, Inc.
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Dolan & Murphy
Eby-Brown
Ice Miller LLP
Idilus, LLC
ieple, LLC.
K-Rise Systems, Inc.
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency
Leave Me Bee Pest Control, Inc.
Magnetrol International, Incorporated
Martin Whalen Office Solutions
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Northwestern Medicine
Cadence Fitness & Health Center
Cadence Health Convenient Care & Medical Offices
Central DuPage Hospital
Delnor Glen Senior Living
Delnor Hospital
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
Old Second National Bank
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pipe Fitters Local 597
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Resurrection Lutheran Church/School
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush-Copley Medical Center
Ryland Homes – Ingham Park
S&S Metal Recyclers II
Safeguard Construction Company, Inc.
St. Charles Bank & Trust
Sign*A*Rama – Aurora
Sleepy’s – Farnsworth
Sleepy’s – North Aurora
Sleepy’s – Rt. 59
SmithAmundsen, LLC
Sole Unique Dance Complex, Inc.
Sprint
State Farm Insurance Companies
Steffes & Associates Language and Translation (SALT)
The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield
The Voice
Trust Lending
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
WIT-Enterprises, LLC
WSPY
Zippy Shell Fox Valley

Welcome New Members

Bickford Senior Living
Amy Orlando
7 S. Orchard Road
Aurora 60506
(630) 667-8206
Supportive Housing/Assisted Living

Eby-Brown
Michaleen Nendeau
2051 Baseline Road
Montgomery 60538
(630) 449-1337
Distribution Center

 

Contact Us

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

 

 

Share Your Thoughts: Pulse to Report State of Regional Business
The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is pleased to partner with Old Second Bank and Invest Aurora to survey regional business and take a pulse on the economy for the area. The results of the survey will be made available at a lunch hosted by the three organizations on Wednesday, March 16. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/AuroraPulse

2016 Leadership Academy Scheduled for February
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 participants to serve and enhance themselves, their employers, and the community.

Thirty hours of class time, over the course of 10 meetings, will focus on personal and professional development of the participants through a personality inventory identification and leadership development. In addition, the unique positioning and potential of the Aurora region will be highlighted with discussions on community and economic development, local government and cultural diversity, as well as civil and social services.

Academy begins Friday, Feb. 19. For information and the application, click here.

State of the Village
Wednesday, March 9
Registration at 11:30 a.m.
Oak Street Restaurant, 945 Oak Street, North Aurora

Presented by SmithAmundsen, SALT, and Fast Color

http://business.aurorachamber.com/Events/details/ 2016-state-of-the-village-address-10335

Join us for the Annual State of the Village address. Meet with Village of North Aurora leadership and regional business owners. Hear from President Dale Berman on where the Village wants to go as a municipal government, as an organization, and as a community over the next several years. A great deal has happened over the past year in North Aurora – and a number of new and exciting opportunities to come.

http://business.aurorachamber.com/Events/details/ 2016-state-of-the-village-address-10335

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Next Session Days
Both the House and Senate will return to session on Wednesday, Feb. 10, and Thursday, Feb. 11. President Barack Obama is scheduled to speak to the General Assembly Feb. 10. This marks the first time in nearly 38 years since a sitting president will address the General Assembly.
Member News
John Gorzak of Naperville was recently named vice president of commercial banking with Old Second National Bank. He will be responsible for new business development and cross-selling of bank products, as well as servicing new and existing commercial relationships.

Visit our blog for more news for and about our great members:

Farnsworth Offices’ Coffee and Conversation features a 2015 Income Tax Update

Community Foundation Announces Spring 2016 Grant Cycle Has Begun

The CF is Excited to Announce Its Newest Funds

Naper Settlement Announces March Programs

Junior Volunteers make a difference in their community

 

Events for Members
Business Development Leads Group
Wednesday, Feb. 10, at 7:45 a.m.
Chamber offices, 43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora

Ambassadors Committee
Thursday, Feb. 11, at 11:30 a.m.
Chamber offices, 43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora

Ribbon Cutting: Bright Oaks
Tuesday, Feb 23, at 10:30 a.m.
Bright Oaks, 1340 N. River Street, Aurora

Business Development Leads Group
Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 7:45 a.m.
Chamber offices, 43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, Feb. 25, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora

2016 State of the Village Address
Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at 11:30 a.m.
Oak Street Restaurant, 945 Oak Street, North Aurora

2016 State of the City Address presented
by Walter E. Deuchler Associates

Thursday, April 14, 2016
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Piper’s Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Road, Aurora

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.

 

VNA Health Care Completes Successful Smoking Cessation Project

Friday, July 17th, 2015
VNA Health Care recently completed a successful smoking cessation project aimed at impacting the smoking cessation rates of patients with cardiac, diabetes or mental health diagnosis. The project was funded through a grant from the Kane County Health Department. The grant allowed VNA to provide nurse case management education and follow up to support the patients who indicate they are ready to quit smoking.
Nearly 12% of VNA’s patients are tobacco users. All tobacco using patients receive advice and counseling to quit during visits to their provider. During the smoking cessation project, VNA case managers called patients shortly after a recent visit to the health clinic and offered the opportunity for additional education specific to smoking. The case manager followed up with an additional phone call after the educational materials had been sent. By the end of the program on June 30, 298 patients participated. These patients provided a score representing their readiness to quit smoking, with the average scoring being 5.7 (with 10 being the most ready on a scale of 1 to 10). After the second follow-up call was made, 42% of the patients contacted made the decision to quit smoking. The goal of the project was to find at least 5% of these patients made the decision to quit. 
“Our patient responded very positively to the personal contact over the phone by our case managers,” said Laura Barrett, Case Management Nurse Coordinator at VNA. “Taking the time to discuss the various quit smoking support programs available allowed our patients to select the best program for their needs, and increased the success rate of this project.”
The smoking cessation project results are consistent with previous studies that show follow up with patients will result in ongoing positive impacts.  A similar study done at VNA in 2014 resulted in 36% of patients contacted making the decision to quit smoking. The process of the primary care provider identifying health risks during the office visit with follow-up within weeks is a powerful combination to support patients who desire to change their health habits.
Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death worldwide, and is responsible for 480,000 deaths per year in United States alone. Further, smoking causes chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease, stroke, lung disease and diabetes. For patients with a cardiac, diabetes or mental health diagnosis, quitting helps their ability to respond to treatment.

ACA Compliance, Ribbon Cuttings, New from Your Chamber

Monday, July 6th, 2015
Here is this week’s newsletter to members of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. If you have Member News to include,
please send it to us by Wednesday the week prior to publication. For more information, contact the Chamber at (630) 256-3180.
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95.9 The River
Above Board Indoor Environmental
Accurate Personnel
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Bad Monkey Circus Agency: Websites-Video
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Basils Greek Dining
BKD, LLP
BMO Harris
CARSTAR North Aurora Collision Center
Caterpillar, Inc.
Chicago Premium Outlets
Chicago Tribune Media Group
ComEd
Continental Acura of Naperville
Continental Audi of Naperville
Continental Mazda of Naperville
Copy King Office Solutions, Inc.
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Green Buddha Life Books
Ice Miller LLP
Idilus, LLC
ieple, LLC.
K-Rise Systems, Inc.
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency
Leave Me Bee Pest Control, Inc.
Magnetrol International, Incorporated
Martin Whalen Office Solutions
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Northwestern Medicine
Cadence Fitness & Health Center
Cadence Health Convenient Care & Medical Offices
Central DuPage Hospital
Delnor Glen Senior Living
Delnor Hospital
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
Old Second National Bank
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pipe Fitters Local 597
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Resurrection Lutheran Church/School
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush-Copley Medical Center
Ryland Homes – Ingham Park
S&S Metal Recyclers II
Safeguard Construction Company, Inc.
Sign*A*Rama – Aurora
Sleepy’s – Farnsworth
Sleepy’s – North Aurora
Sleepy’s – Rt. 59
SmithAmundsen, LLC
St. Charles Bank & Trust
State Farm Insurance Companies
The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield
The Voice
Trust Lending
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
WIT-Enterprises, LLC
WSPY
Zippy Shell Fox Valley

Welcome New Members

Kirhofer’s Sports
Doug Kirhofer
2112 W. Galena Blvd.
Aurora, IL 60506
(630) 897-2322
Sporting Goods

North Central College Office of Graduate & Continuing Education
Pamela Monaco
30 N. Brainard St., Office 101
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 637-5555
Education

M Burger
Jeffery Ward
1650 Premium Outlet Blvd.
Aurora, IL 60502
Restaurants & Taverns

Chaucer Freight LLC
Joseph Malinowski
1905 Marketview Dr., Ste. 241
Yorkville, IL 60560
(630) 882-9103
Trucking & Transportation

 

Contact Us

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

 

 

Does ACA Compliance Keep You Up at Night?
ACA Compliance

Last chance to register…
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Sponsored by Konen Insurance Agency
Belle Salle Banquets, 1920 E. New York Street, Aurora
Registration and Breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m.

ACA has most employers anxious about its impact on their businesses, particularly those with more than 30 employees. Would learning how to turn it to your advantage in controlling your premiums be worth attending our event?

While enrolling employees in benefit plans, many employers run afoul of compliance with multiple governing agencies, including the IRS. Would you attend our event to learn how to stay out of jail?

Who Should Attend?
Executives, HR Directors, and Department Managers of employers with 30 or more FTEs will find value.

Space is limited. Please register today.

Register

Premier Members
Premier Members
Events for Members
ACA Compliance Program
Wednesday, July 8, 7:30 a.m.
Belle Salle Banquets
1920 E. New York St., Aurora
Register

Business Development Leads Group 2
Wednesday, July 8, 8:00 a.m.
Chamber office

Chicago Premium Outlets Job Fair
Thursday, July 9, 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Piper’s Banquet Hall
1295 Butterfield Rd., Aurora

Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, July 14, 7:45 a.m.
Chamber office

Ribbon Cutting: Kane County Fair
Wednesday, July 15, at noon
Fair runs July 15-19; www.kanecountyfair.com

Ribbon Cutting: Belle Salle Banquets
Thursday, July 16, at 4:00 p.m.

Coffee & Connections
Tuesday, July 21, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Painters District Council #30
1905 Sequoia Dr., Aurora
Sponsored by Costco
Register

Business After Hours – Hesed House
Thursday, July 23, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Hesed House Comprehensive Resource Center
680 S. River St., Aurora
Register

Ribbon Cutting: Wayside Cross Ministries
Friday, July 24

Ribbon Cutting: Malcolm Wolf
Thursday, July 30, at 4:00 p.m.

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, July 30, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant
55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora
Sponsored by Anytime Fitness
Register

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Phone: (630) 256-3180 Fax: (630) 256-3189 | www.aurorachamber.com
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Events, Programs, News for Chamber Members

Monday, June 29th, 2015
Here is this week’s newsletter to members of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. If you have Member News to include,
please send it to us by Wednesday the week prior to publication. For more information, contact the Chamber at (630) 256-3180.
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95.9 The River
Above Board Indoor Environmental
Accurate Personnel
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Bad Monkey Circus Agency: Websites-Video
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Basils Greek Dining
BKD, LLP
BMO Harris
CARSTAR North Aurora Collision Center
Caterpillar, Inc.
Chicago Premium Outlets
Chicago Tribune Media Group
ComEd
Continental Acura of Naperville
Continental Audi of Naperville
Continental Mazda of Naperville
Copy King Office Solutions, Inc.
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Green Buddha Life Books
Ice Miller LLP
Idilus, LLC
ieple, LLC.
K-Rise Systems, Inc.
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency
Leave Me Bee Pest Control, Inc.
Magnetrol International, Incorporated
Martin Whalen Office Solutions
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Northwestern Medicine
Cadence Fitness & Health Center
Cadence Health Convenient Care & Medical Offices
Central DuPage Hospital
Delnor Glen Senior Living
Delnor Hospital
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
Old Second National Bank
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pipe Fitters Local 597
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Resurrection Lutheran Church/School
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush-Copley Medical Center
Ryland Homes – Ingham Park
S&S Metal Recyclers II
Safeguard Construction Company, Inc.
Sign*A*Rama – Aurora
Sleepy’s – Farnsworth
Sleepy’s – North Aurora
Sleepy’s – Rt. 59
SmithAmundsen, LLC
St. Charles Bank & Trust
State Farm Insurance Companies
The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield
The Voice
Trust Lending
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
WIT-Enterprises, LLC
WSPY
Zippy Shell Fox Valley

Contact Us

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

 

 

Does ACA Compliance Keep You Up at Night?
ACA Compliance

Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Sponsored by Konen Insurance Agency
Belle Salle Banquets, 1920 E. New York Street, Aurora
Registration and Breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m.

ACA has most employers anxious about its impact on their businesses, particularly those with more than 30 employees. Would learning how to turn it to your advantage in controlling your premiums be worth attending our event?

While enrolling employees in benefit plans, many employers run afoul of compliance with multiple governing agencies, including the IRS. Would you attend our event to learn how to stay out of jail?

Who Should Attend?
Executives, HR Directors, and Department Managers of employers with 30 or more FTEs will find value.

Space is limited. Please register today.

Register

Premier Members
Premier Members
Events for Members
ACA Compliance Program
Wednesday, July 8, 7:30 a.m.
Belle Salle Banquets
1920 E. New York St., Aurora
Register

Business Development Leads Group 2
Wednesday, July 8, 8:00 a.m.
Chamber office

Chicago Premium Outlets Job Fair
Thursday, July 9, 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Piper’s Banquet Hall
1295 Butterfield Rd., Aurora

Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, July 14, 7:45 a.m.
Chamber office

Coffee & Connections
Tuesday, July 21, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Painters District Council #30
1905 Sequoia Dr., Aurora
Register

Business After Hours – Hesed House
Thursday, July 23, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Hesed House Comprehensive Resource Center
680 S. River St., Aurora

Our Blog
Have you checked out the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce blog lately? In addition to recent newsletters, you will find member news, public policy updates, community information, and much more.
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.

Does ACA Compliance Keep You Up At Night?

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

Wednesday,
July 8, 2015

7:30 a.m. Registration

$15 per person (includes continental breakfast and answers)

Belle Salle Banquets
1920 E. New York
Aurora 60502

Does ACA Compliance
Keep You Up at Night?

ACA has most employers anxious about its impact on their businesses, particularly those with more than 30 employees. Would learning how to turn it to your advantage in controlling your premiums be worth attending our event?

While enrolling employees in benefit plans, many employers run afoul of compliance with multiple governing agencies, including the IRS. Would you attend our event to learn how to stay out of jail?

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