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Job Stories Fill the Aurora Chamber Newsletter this Week

Monday, September 15th, 2014
Here is this week’s newsletter to members of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. If you have Member News to include,
please send it to us by Wednesday the week prior to publication. For more information, contact the Chamber at (630) 256-3180.
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Hiring Our Heroes
September 15, 2014
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95.9 The River
Accurate Personnel
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Bad Monkey Circus Agency: Websites-Video
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Basils Greek Dining
BMO Harris
Cadence Fitness & Health Center
Cadence Health Convenient Care & Medical Offices
Caterpillar, Inc.
Central DuPage Hospital
Chicago Premium Outlets
ComEd
Continental Acura of Naperville
Continental Audi of Naperville
Continental Mazda of Naperville
Delnor Glen Senior Living
Delnor Hospital
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Global Data Sciences
Green Buddha Life Books dba E3HRA, LLC
Ice Miller LLP
Junior Achievement of Chicago – Western Division
K-Rise Systems, Inc.
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency
Leave Me Bee Pest Control, Inc.
Liberty Mutual – Dawn Tully
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
McKesson
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
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
Ryland Homes – Ingham Park
S&S Metal Recyclers II
Safeguard Construction Company, Inc.
Sequoia General Contracting Corp.
Sign*A*Rama – Aurora
SmithAmundsen, LLC
St. Charles Bank & Trust
State Farm Insurance Companies
Stumm Insurance, LLC
The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield
The Voice
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
Wolf & Company LLP
WSPY

Welcome New Members

Thomas’ BarbeQue
Andre Thomas
2711 E. New York St., Ste. 103
Aurora, IL 60502
(630) 820-2227
Restaurants & Taverns

Nexvision Productions
Timothy Horstman
1585 Beverly Ct., Ste. 108
Aurora, IL 60502
(630) 800-2806
Video Production Services

 

Contact Us

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

 

 

Two Weeks until Hiring Our Heroes
On Sept. 30, the Aurora Chamber in collaboration with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and several Illinois agencies will host another Hiring Our Heroes event. The hiring fair will run from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at Piper’s Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Road in Aurora. A workshop for veterans and other military job seekers that focuses on resume writing, tips for successfully navigating hiring fairs, military skill translation, and interviewing will start at 8:30 a.m.

Help Wanted: Volunteers to assist Veterans are needed for resume review and mock interviews. If you are available Sept. 30 from 10: a.m. until 1:00 p.m. to support their search, please contact the Chamber.

For more details, visit the Chamber’s blog.

Job Postings
Know someone looking for employment? Direct them over to the Local Job Postings section of the Aurora Chamber website. There are currently 82 positions posted in the database. If you’re looking to promote a position within your business or organization, contact the Chamber for details. It’s included with your membership; are you taking advantage of it?

Oh, one more thing: The Chamber is seeking applicants for a full-time assistant. Details can be found online.

Member News
For more news about fellow members, visit the Aurora Chamber blog.
VoteForJobs.com
With fewer than two months until the November election, the U.S. Chamber has launched Vote for Jobs – their most comprehensive effort to date to ensure that voters have the tools they need to bring about real change this November.

The website VoteForJobs.com is now live and provides a number of key tools that compare candidates on job creating issues, outline the most competitive races in the country, and showcase efforts to elect candidates who have a record of fighting back against government overreach and promoting American free enterprise.

Premier Members
Premier Members
Mark Your Calendars:
Programs for Member Businesses
Coffee & Connections Networking Event
Tuesday, Sept. 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Painters District Council #30, 1905 Sequoia Dr., Aurora
Co-sponsored by Aurora University
Register

Aurora First
Topics include Expansion of River Edge
Redevelopment Zone
Wednesday, Sept. 17, at 11:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, Sept. 23, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business Development Leads Group 2
Wednesday, Sept. 24, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, Sept. 25, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Drive, Aurora
$12 Aurora Chamber Members
$15 General Admission
Co-Sponsor: Progressive Energy Group, LLC
Register

Hiring Our Heroes
Tuesday, Sept. 30, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Pipers Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Road, Aurora
Veterans and interested business may visit www.HiringOurHeroes.org for details and to register

Diversity Network: Business Before Hours
In Partnership with the Quad County African American Chamber of Commerce
Tuesday, October 7, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices
Register

Construction Jobs Increase
According to the Associated General Contractors of America, Illinois is second in the nation in construction job gains. Over the past month, Illinois has added 3,500 construction jobs. More importantly, between June 2013 and June 2014, the state’s construction industry added 7,300 jobs – a 3.8 percent increase. Those numbers make Illinois the current leader in Midwest construction jobs.
Take the Fox Valley Region Transportation Study
You are invited to participate in the study below in order to help inform future transportation planning decisions in the Fox Valley Region. Participants will be able to enter into a drawing for one of five $100 prizes! To participate, please use this link: https://rsgresearch.com/ foxvalley?anon=anon&comp=14

The survey should take approximately 15 minutes. Your answers will be kept confidential, and no personal information is required. This study is being conducted for the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) by RSG, a national transportation market research firm.

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 News from the Aurora Chamber

Monday, September 8th, 2014
Here is this week’s newsletter to members of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. If you have Member News to include,
please send it to us by Wednesday the week prior to publication. For more information, contact the Chamber at (630) 256-3180.
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Hiring Our Heroes
September 08, 2014
In This Issue

 

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Elite Members

For more information contact the chamber.

95.9 The River
Accurate Personnel
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Bad Monkey Circus Agency: Websites-Video
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Basils Greek Dining
BMO Harris
Cadence Fitness & Health Center
Cadence Health Convenient Care & Medical Offices
Caterpillar, Inc.
Central DuPage Hospital
Chicago Premium Outlets
ComEd
Continental Acura of Naperville
Continental Audi of Naperville
Continental Mazda of Naperville
Delnor Glen Senior Living
Delnor Hospital
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Global Data Sciences
Green Buddha Life Books dba E3HRA, LLC
Ice Miller LLP
Junior Achievement of Chicago – Western Division
K-Rise Systems, Inc.
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency
Leave Me Bee Pest Control, Inc.
Liberty Mutual – Dawn Tully
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
McKesson
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
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
Ryland Homes – Ingham Park
S&S Metal Recyclers II
Safeguard Construction Company, Inc.
Sequoia General Contracting Corp.
Sign*A*Rama – Aurora
SmithAmundsen, LLC
St. Charles Bank & Trust
State Farm Insurance Companies
Stumm Insurance, LLC
The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield
The Voice
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
Wolf & Company LLP
WSPY

Welcome New Members

Bright Oaks of Aurora
Dottie Reed
1340 N. River St.
Aurora, IL 60506
(312) 888-4880
Retirement & Senior Housing

 

Contact Us

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

 

 

Three Weeks until Hiring Our Heroes
On Sept. 30, the Aurora Chamber in collaboration with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and several Illinois agencies will host another Hiring Our Heroes event. The hiring fair will run from 10 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at Piper’s Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Road in Aurora. A workshop for veterans and other military job seekers that focuses on resume writing, tips for successfully navigating hiring fairs, military skill translation and interviewing will start at 8:30 a.m.

For more details, visit the Chamber’s blog.

Member News
For more news about fellow members, visit the Aurora Chamber blog.
Ill. Chamber, BIPAC Encourage Grassroots Engagement
Greg Casey, President & CEO of BIPAC and Todd Maisch, President & CEO of the Illinois Chamber are hosting a free luncheon on Sept. 10. The Illinois Chamber of Commerce and the DuPage Business Council is hosting a luncheon with senior leadership from BIPAC to help provide guidance to Illinois employers and employees on how to engage in voter education and public policy engagement at the workplace.

The business community must become more involved in the electoral process to improve the legislative and regulatory environment. This luncheon will provide practical guidance to employers on how they can educate their employees on public policy matters and engage in the political process. The result will be a better business environment for all of us to foster growth and profitability.

Wednesday, Sept. 10, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Hotel Arista, 2139 City Gate Lane, Naperville 60563

Topics for discussion include:

  • Best Practices for Employee and Member Communications,
  • Illinois General Election Activities,
  • Tools and Strategies to Influence Policies and Politics, and
  • Involvement Options and Implementing Employer and Employee Grassroots Activities.

Senior leaders of BIPAC and the Illinois Chamber of Commerce will be giving tangible, practical guidance to state business leaders about best practices in influencing the political landscape and how to engage employees and members most effectively. BIPAC is focusing on states with political races that are particularly important to the business community so that business leaders can play the most effective role possible in shaping political outcomes and creating a legislative and regulatory environment that fosters growth and profitability.

Attendance is free, but RSVPs are required. To RSVP, contact Andrew Proctor, Illinois Chamber’s director of advocacy, at aproctor@ilchamber.org.

VoteForJobs.com
With fewer than two months until the November election, the U.S. Chamber has launched Vote for Jobs – their most comprehensive effort to date to ensure that voters have the tools they need to bring about real change this November.

The website VoteForJobs.com is now live and provides a number of key tools that compare candidates on job creating issues, outline the most competitive races in the country, and showcase efforts to elect candidates who have a record of fighting back against government overreach and promoting American free enterprise.

Premier Members
Premier Members
Mark Your Calendars:
Programs for Member Businesses
Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, September 9, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business Development Leads Group 2
Wednesday, September 10, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

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

Coffee & Connections Networking Event
Tuesday, September 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Painters District Council #30, 1905 Sequoia Dr., Aurora
Co-sponsored by Aurora University
Register

Meeting Small Business Needs
Tuesday, Sept. 16, from 8:00 to 11:30 a.m.

Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, September 23, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business Development Leads Group 2
Wednesday, September 24, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, August 28, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Drive, Aurora
$12 Aurora Chamber Members
$15 General Admission
Co-Sponsor: Progressive Energy Group, LLC
Register

Hiring Our Heroes
Tuesday, Sept. 30, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Pipers Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Road, Aurora
Veterans and interested business may visit www.HiringOurHeroes.org for details and to register

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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Employer Law Program This Week; Register for Golf, Reception

Monday, May 26th, 2014
Here is this week’s newsletter to members of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. If you have Member News to include,
please send it to us by Wednesday the week prior to publication. For more information, contact the Chamber at (630) 256-3180
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2014 Golf Classic
May 27, 2014
In This Issue

 

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Elite Members

For more information contact the chamber.

95.9 The River
Accurate Personnel
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Bad Monkey Circus
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Basils Greek Dining
BMO Harris NA
Cadence Fitness & Health Center
Cadence Health Convenient Care & Medical Offices
Caterpillar, Inc.
Central DuPage Hospital
Chicago Premium Outlets
ComEd
Continental Acura of Naperville
Continental Audi of Naperville
Continental Mazda of Naperville
Delnor Glen Senior Living
Delnor Hospital
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Global Data Sciences
Green Buddha Life Books dba E3HRA, LLC
Ice Miller LLP
Junior Achievement of Chicago – Western Division
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency, Inc.
Liberty Mutual – Dawn Tully
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
Malcolm Wolf
McKesson
Mind & Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Old Second National Bank
Organo Gold
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pipefitters Local 597
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush-Copley Medical Center
Ryland Homes – Ingham Park
S&S Metal Recyclers II
Safeguard Construction Company, Inc.
Sequoia General Contracting Corp.
Sign*A*Rama – Aurora
SmithAmundsen LLC
St. Charles Bank & Trust
State Farm Insurance Companies
Stumm Insurance, LLC
The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield
The Voice
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group LLC
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
Wolf & Company LLP
WSPY

Welcome New Members

Naperville Township
Rachel Ossyra
139 Water Str.
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 544-4927
Government & Municipal Services

Costco
Jessica Juarez
1320 S. Route 59
Naperville, IL 60564
(630) 328-2900
Retail

PLS – 954 E. New York St.
Manny Lopez
954 E. New York Str., Unit B
Aurora, IL 60505
(630) 851-4328
Loans

PLS – 902 N. Lake St.
Mari Garcia
902 N. Lake Str., Unit A
Aurora, IL 60506
(630) 264-1700
Loans

PLS – 1261 N. Lake St.
Karen Rega
1261 N. Lake Str., Unit K
Aurora, IL 60506
(630) 859-1000
Loans

PLS – 2904 E. Ogden Ave.
Maribel Acosta
2904 E. Ogden Ave.
Aurora, IL 60504
(630) 723-0500
Loans

PLS – 2150 W. Galena Blvd.
Sandy Tellez
2150 W. Galena Blvd.
Aurora, IL 60506
(630) 801-8033
Loans

Contact Us

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

 

Registration Now Open!
2014 Golf Classic
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Orchard Valley Golf Course, 2411 W. Illinois Ave., Aurora
Limited Sponsorships Remain; contact the Chamber for details.Did you know: Even you don’t golf, you can join us for the casual reception following the outing? We have several great items on the silent auction table from some great Chamber members. You’ll have to join us that evening to find out more — or maybe we’ll announce a few between now and that evening. Follow us on Facebook or twitter to find out more.

Thank you to our current list of sponsors: FirstMerit Bank, Cadence Health, Rush-Copley, BMO Harris Bank, Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley, River Front Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, Geneva Construction, Engineering Enterprises, KKC Imaging, Healy Chapel, Waubonsee Community College, Earthmover Credit Union, American Heartland Bank and Trust, Alarm Detection Systems, Kelmscott Communications, Village of North Aurora, Old Second National Bank, Hollywood Casino – Aurora, Continental Audi of Naperville, Imagetec, Rasmussen College, Konen Insurance Agency, Wine Sergi Insurance, Heartland Recycling CCDD, Valley Fastener Group LLC, Van’s Lock & Key Service, and R.C. Wegman Construction Company.

Register

This Thursday:
Will Recent Changes to Exempt Class Impact You, Your Business?
Thursday, May 29, at 8:30 a.m.
Aurora Chamber offices, 43 W. Galena Blvd., AuroraWhat are the current FLSA requirements for exempt and non-exempt employees? How can these new regulations impact your business? Join us for this crash course and get answers. Julie Proscia, partner with SmithAmundsen, will lead the discussion and help you prepare.This program will prepare attendees by reviewing:

  • Current classification of employees as exempt or nonexempt under the current FLSA regulations and state law to ensure current compliance.
  • Pay policies and work rules to ensure current compliance and helping to identify any that may need to be updated.
  • Processes in place to track hours worked

Register

Public Policy News
The General Assembly session is scheduled to adjourn May 31; budget and revenue matters remain the topic of focusThe Aurora Regional Chamber monitors pending legislation that may have an impact on our business members. If you have questions, or would like to share your thoughts on the Chamber’s legislative agenda, please contact the Chamber.

Follow up on twitter and Facebook for breaking news on public policy action as it happens.

Mark Your Calendars:
Programs forMember Businesses
Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, May 27, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber officesBusiness Development Leads Group 2
Wednesday, May 28, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Ribbon Cutting:
Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry
Wednesday, May 28, at 5:30 p.m.
Open House from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
1110 Jericho Road, Aurora

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, May 29, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Drive, Aurora
$12 Aurora Chamber members
$15 General Admission
Co-sponsored by Popular Community Bank
Register

Business Owners, Managers:
Changes to Exempt Class May Impact You

Thursday, May 29, at 8:30 a.m.
Chamber offices, 43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora
Register

Diversity Network:
Business Before Hours

In Partnership with the
Quad County African American Chamber of Commerce
Tuesday, June 3, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices
Register

Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, June 10, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business Development Leads Group 2
Wednesday, June 11, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Ambassador Committee
Thursday, June 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Chamber offices

FirstMerit Bank presents
the 2014 Aurora Chamber Golf Classic

Tuesday, June 17, from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Orchard Valley Golf Course, 2411 W. Illinois Avenue, Aurora
$175 Aurora Chamber members
$225 General Admission
Register

Premier Members
Premier Members
Member News
Naper Settlement is proud to participate in Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel including National Guard and Reserve and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2014. The program provides families an opportunity to enjoy the nation’s cultural heritage and learn more about their new communities after a military move.This May, head to Hotel Arista Spa and Salon and save up to $35 on special spa packages, including facials, massages, and body treatments. To book an appointment or get more information, call (630) 579-3650.

Today is the last day of Heartland Blood Centers’ Aurora facility’s Memorial Day Blood Drive. Donate by 7:00 p.m. today, May 27, in order to participate. To schedule an appointment, please call 1-800-7TO-GIVE (1-800-786-4483) or go online to www.heartlandbc.org. Photo ID Required.

The Salvation Army’s Donut Days will be May 30 and 31 and June 6 and 7 this year. Volunteers are needed to sign up for two hour shifts between 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. to accept monetary donations for The Salvation Army’s emergency assistance programs. These programs help Aurora families with utilities, rent, medications, food, and others necessities. Contact Cindy Lawrence at (630) 897-7265 , or cynthia_lawrence@usc.salvationarmy.org if interested.

Waubonsee Community College is hosting a “Focused Sales Planning and Goal Setting” workshop at the Aurora Campus on Friday, May 30, from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. Cost is $99. To sign up for this and other workforce development classes like it this summer, click here.

Leave the driving to Naper Settlement and go on a Historic Chicago Bus Tour on Saturday, May 31, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The luxury coach bus provides comfortable transportation for a day that’s all about history! Tickets are $65. Call (630) 420-6010 to reserve your spot.

Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry invites the public to an Open House at their new location at 1110 Jericho Road on Saturday, May 31, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. There will be self-guided tours and refreshments will be served. Email info@aurorafoodpantry.org for details.

The Growing Place has planned a “For the Birds” weekend. Go on a bird walk at the Aurora location on Saturday, May 31, at 8:30 a.m., and then stick around to learn what plants attract birds from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. At 1:00 p.m., there will be a class on how to make a mosaic birdbath. Cost is $125; materials and use of tools are included. Email grow@thegrowingplace.com for more information.

The 6th Annual Car Show at Jennings Terrace Senior Living Community is Sunday, June 1, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The car entry fee is just $10 and includes a free breakfast buffet on-site. The public is welcome to come out and enjoy the car show, buffet, out-door grill, music and 50/50 raffle.  All proceeds go to benefit Jennings Terrace.

Find a safer, healthier you at the “Safety for all Ages” event at the Prisco Community Center on Thursday, June 5, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. There will be door prizes, refreshments, a complimentary healthy lunch sponsored by Rush-Copley and the City of Aurora, and presentations put on by the Kane County Shierif’s Department, Aurora University, and more. Space is limited, so please register by May 30 by calling (630) 859-8606.

The YWCA of Aurora‘s Ready for Anything: Women’s Empowerment Workshops wraps up with “Don’t Worry, Be Happy,” presented by Julia Skeesick, certified professional coach and owner of LifeScape Strategic Coaching and Speaking, on Thursday, June 5, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the Aurora Police Department Community Room. To register, visit www.ywcaaurora.org/readyforanything.

Registration is now open for employers interested in participating in the 2014 Kendall County Job and Resource Fair at Waubonsee Community College’s Plano Campus on Friday, June 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Space is limited and employers are encouraged to register by Wednesday, May 28 at https://www.waubonsee.edu/experience/services/career/job-fairs/employer-fairs/index.php.

Join the Huskies this summer as the administrative staff and the head coaches of some of Northern Illinois University’s sports teams hit the road. They will be at The Foundry in Aurora on Wednesday, June 4. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Enjoy music, a cash bar, appetizers and a raffle. Admission is $5, $10 at the door. To reserve your spot today, RSVP by calling (815) 753-PACK or visit www.niuhuskies.com.

The 2014 Chicagoland Tour de Cure is Sunday, June 8, at Two Brothers Roundhouse. Bike riders of all levels can join forces in the fight to Stop Diabetes® and raise critical funds for diabetes research, education and advocacy in support of the American Diabetes Association. Registration is $25, with a minimum fundraising goal of $200. To sign up or donate, click here.

Now is the time to sign up for the 2014 GiGi’s Playhouse 5K: Run, Walk and Dash for Down Syndrome on Sunday, June 8, at the Sears Center. Registration is $25 per person until June 5, and $35 per person after. If interested in participating or supporting the cause, click here.

DayOneNetwork will host its annual, golf outing at Eagle Brook Country Club in Geneva on Monday, June 16, 2014. The event will feature raffles, auction items, drinks, lunch and dinner. All proceeds will go towards supporting DayOne’s services to our special needs community. Cost is $300 per golfer or $1000 per foursome. To register, go to www.dayonenetwork.org and click ‘events.’

Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce | 43 W. Galena Blvd. Aurora, Illinois 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180 Fax: (630) 256-3189 | www.aurorachamber.com
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Public Policy, Exempt Labor Update, Golf Open

Monday, May 19th, 2014
Here is this week’s newsletter to members of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. If you have Member News to include,
please send  it to us by Wednesday the week prior to publication. For more information, contact the Chamber at (630) 256-3180
Header
2014 Golf Classic
May 19, 2014
In This Issue

 

Quick Links

Follow Us!
Facebook Twitter Blog

Elite Members

For more information contact the chamber.

95.9 The River
Accurate Personnel
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Bad Monkey Circus
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Basil’s Greek Dining
BMO Harris
Cadence Fitness & Health Center
Cadence Health Convenient Care & Medical Offices
Caterpillar, Inc.
Central DuPage Hospital
Chicago Premium Outlets
ComEd
Continental Acura of Naperville
Continental Audi of Naperville
Continental Mazda of Naperville
Delnor Glen Senior Living
Delnor Hospital
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Global Data Sciences
Ice Miller LLP
Junior Achievement of Chicago – Western Division
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency
Liberty Mutual – Dawn Tully
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
Malcolm Wolf
McKesson
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Old Second National Bank
Organo Gold
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pipefitters Local 597
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush-Copley Medical Center
Ryland Homes – Ingham Park
S&S Metal Recyclers II
Safeguard Construction Company, Inc.
Sequoia General Contracting Corp.
Sign*A*Rama – Aurora
SmithAmundsen, LLC
St. Charles Bank & Trust
State Farm Insurance Companies
Stumm Insurance, LLC
The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield
The Voice
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
WSPY

Welcome New Members

Nationwide Insurance
Joseph Cassidy
910 Roosevelt Rd.
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
(513) 310-5629
Insurance

 

Contact Us

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

 

 

Registration Now Open!
2014 Golf Classic
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Orchard Valley Golf Course, 2411 W. Illinois Ave., Aurora
Limited Sponsorships Remain; contact the Chamber for details.
Register
Will Recent Changes to Exempt Class
Impact You, Your Business?
Thursday, May 29, at 8:30 a.m.
Aurora Chamber offices, 43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora

What are the current FLSA requirements for exempt and non-exempt employees? How can these new regulations impact your business? Join us for this crash course and get answers. Julie Proscia, partner with SmithAmundsen, will lead the discussion and help you prepare.

Earlier this year, President Barack Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum directing his Secretary of Labor to update the regulations to expand the number of employees eligible for overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The president was expected to take more specific action based on statements made by White House personnel, but he left virtually all of the details to the United States Department of Labor.

The president set the stage for the Department of Labor to narrow the exceptions to the FLSA by discussing the failure of the executive or professional exemption to keep up with inflation. Commonly known as the “white-collar exemption,” the provision allows employers to classify many workers as executive, administrative, or professional, and exempt from the overtime laws.

This program will prepare attendees by reviewing:

  • Current classification of employees as exempt or nonexempt under the current FLSA regulations and state law to ensure current compliance.
  • Pay policies and work rules to ensure current compliance and helping to identify any that may need to be updated.
  • Processes in place to track hours worked

Register

Public Policy News
With just two weeks left in the General Assembly session before the scheduled May 31 adjournment date, lawmakers are focusing on budget and revenue matters. Last Thursday, the House voted on 73 separate appropriations bills that in total exceeded available state revenues – leading most observers to believe a vote on the extension of the temporary income tax increase will follow.

Last week, business leaders testified in opposition to a bill presented by Speaker Michael Madigan in House Labor Committee to place an advisory referendum on the November ballot asking voters whether or not Illinois’ minimum wage should be raised to $10 an hour. This advisory referendum is largely seen as an attempt to inject class warfare into the 2014 Illinois gubernatorial campaign by placing an issue on the ballot that can help turn out populist voters for Democrat incumbent Pat Quinn’s re-election, but the threat is very real for Illinois small businesses.

Increases in the minimum wage fall disproportionately on small businesses who are the least able to absorb such a dramatic increase in their labor costs. It also affects employer costs by increasing unemployment insurance rates and Social Security taxes. This can worsen an already adverse business environment in which employers bear costs that are already stifling their ability to grow and create jobs.

Raising the minimum wage has not proven to reduce poverty or narrow the income gap and puts a stranglehold on Illinois’ top job creators: small businesses.

The Aurora Regional Chamber monitors pending legislation that may have an impact on our business members. If you have questions, or would like to share your thoughts on the Chamber’s legislative agenda, please contact the Chamber.

Follow up on twitter and Facebook for breaking news on public policy action as it happens.

Mark Your Calendars:
Programs forMember Businesses
Coffee & Connections Networking Event
Tuesday, May 20, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Painters District Council #30, 1905 Sequoia Dr., Aurora
Co-sponsored by Sunnymere, Inc.
Register

Ribbon Cutting:
World Relief Aurora

Thursday, May 22, at 4:30 p.m.
Open House from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
73 S. LaSalle Street, Aurora

Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, May 27, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business Development Leads Group 2
Wednesday, May 28, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, May 29, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Drive, Aurora
$12 Aurora Chamber members
$15 General Admission
Co-sponsored by Popular Community Bank
Register

Changes to Exempt Class May Impact You
Thursday, May 29, at 8:30 a.m.
Chamber offices, 43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora
Register

Diversity Network:
Business Before Hours

In Partnership with the Quad County African American Chamber of Commerce
Tuesday, June 3, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices
Register

Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, June 10, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business Development Leads Group 2
Wednesday, June 11, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Ambassador Committee
Thursday, June 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Chamber offices

FirstMerit Bank presents the 2014 Aurora Chamber Golf Classic
Tuesday, June 17, from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Orchard Valley Golf Course, 2411 W. Illinois Avenue, Aurora
$175 Aurora Chamber members
$225 General Admission
Register

Premier Members
Premier Members
Member News
This May, head to Hotel Arista Spa and Salon and save up to $35 on special spa packages, including facials, massages, and body treatments. To book an appointment or get more information, call (630) 579-3650.

Kluber Architects & Engineers was selected as a 2014 recipient of the Daily Herald Business Ledger’s Annual Award for Business Excellence in the architecture and construction category. These awards are given in recognition of business achievement, growth and community involvement across 11 categories. President Michael Kluber was also reappointed by Mayor Thomas J. Weisner to the City of Aurora Electrical Commission this past February. Michael has been a dedicated member of the city’s Boards and Commissions since 1994, making this his 20th year of service to Aurora.

Last month, Sunnymere, Inc. was able to purchase an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) thanks to a grant from the Rush-Copley Foundation, through the Fox Valley Heart Fund. Sunnymere is grateful for the donation, which will no doubt help their independent and assisted senior living community.

Waubonsee Community College invites you to “Build Your Professional Brand Using LinkedIn” at the Aurora Campus on Tuesday, May 20, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Cost is $49. To sign up for this and other workforce development classes like it this summer, click here.

Donate blood at Heartland Blood Centers‘ Aurora facility on Wednesday, May 21, between 11:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. and receive a ticket to a Kane County Cougar Baseball game and be treated to a hot dog and chips! To schedule an appointment, please call 1-800-7TO-GIVE (1-800-786-4483) or go online to www.heartlandbc.org. Photo ID Required.

If you work with or have children, learn how to encourage and enhance their scientific nature with the YWCA of Aurora and The DuPage Children’s Museum’s Science and Nature Training on Wednesday, May 21, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The fee is $20. Click here to register.

My Fathers Hands is hosting a golf outing at Orchard Valley Golf Course on Friday, May 23. Check-in is at 12:00 p.m., the shotgun start is at 1:30 p.m. and dinner, awards, and auctions will wrap it all up at 6:00 p.m. Visit http://bit.ly/fathershands for more information.

The Growing Place invites you to their seminar “Landscaping 101: Rain Gardens” on Saturday, May 24, at 10:00 a.m. Find out how to build a rain garden by learning about what elements are needed, plants that will thrive and the benefits of keeping water on your property. Email grow@thegrowingplace.com for more information.

Honor fallen soldiers at the annual Memorial Day Parade in downtown Aurora on Monday, May 26. Come and show your appreciation and support. The pre-parade program begins at 11:15 a.m. at the Reviewing Stand in front of the David L. Pierce Art & History Center on Downer Place. The parade begins at 12:00 pm.

Registration is now open for employers interested in participating in the 2014 Kendall County Job and Resource Fair at Waubonsee Community College‘s Plano Campus. Space is limited and employers are encouraged to register by Wednesday, May 28 at https://www.waubonsee.edu/job-fairs.

The Salvation Army‘s Donut Days will be May 30 and 31 and June 6 and 7 this year. Volunteers are needed to sign up for two hour shifts between 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. to accept monetary donations for The Salvation Army’s emergency assistance programs. These programs help Aurora families with utilities, rent, medications, food, and others necessities. Contact Cindy Lawrence at 630-897-7265 x13, or cynthia_lawrence@usc.salvationarmy.org if interested.

Leave the driving to Naper Settlement and go on a Historic Chicago Bus Tour on Saturday, May 31, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The luxury coach bus provides comfortable transportation for a day that’s all about history! Tickets are $65. Call (630) 420-6010 to reserve your spot.

More than 200 volunteers are needed to run the 2014 GiGi’s Playhouse 5K: Run, Walk and Dash for Down Syndrome on Sunday, June 8 at the Sears Center. Become one by signing up here.

Have you secured your foursome for the DayOneNetwork Golf Outing taking place Monday, June 16, at Eagle Brook Country Club yet? If not, register at www.dayonenetwork.org under ‘events.’

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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Golf, Exempt Employees, Member News from Aurora Chamber

Monday, May 12th, 2014
Here is this week’s newsletter to members of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. If you have Member News to include,
please send  it to us by Wednesday the week prior to publication. For more information, contact the Chamber at (630) 256-3180
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2014 Golf Classic
May 12, 2014
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95.9 The River
Accurate Personnel
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Bad Monkey Circus
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Basil’s Greek Dining
BMO Harris
Cadence Fitness & Health Center
Cadence Health Convenient Care & Medical Offices
Caterpillar, Inc.
Central DuPage Hospital
Chicago Premium Outlets
ComEd
Continental Acura of Naperville
Continental Audi of Naperville
Continental Mazda of Naperville
Delnor Glen Senior Living
Delnor Hospital
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Global Data Sciences
Ice Miller LLP
Junior Achievement of Chicago – Western Division
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency
Liberty Mutual – Dawn Tully
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
Malcolm Wolf
McKesson
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Old Second National Bank
Organo Gold
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pipefitters Local 597
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush-Copley Medical Center
Ryland Homes – Ingham Park
S&S Metal Recyclers II
Safeguard Construction Company, Inc.
Sequoia General Contracting Corp.
Sign*A*Rama – Aurora
SmithAmundsen, LLC
St. Charles Bank & Trust
State Farm Insurance Companies
Stumm Insurance, LLC
The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield
The Voice
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
WSPY

Welcome New Members

Save Wave Energy
Jason Anderson
445 W. Erie Str., Ste. 110
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 854-2690
Utilities

Lily Corporation
Robert Trout
240 S. Broadway
Aurora, IL 60505
(630) 892-0860
Manufacturers

Comfort Suites Aurora
Midwest Management II, Inc.
Rocky Pintozzi
111 N Broadway St
Aurora, IL 60505
(630) 896-2800
Hotels

 

Contact Us

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

 

 

Save the Date! 2014 Golf Classic
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Orchard Valley Gold Course, Aurora
Sponsorships available; contact the Chamber for details. Golfer registration will open this week. Members will be notified via e-mail.
Attn: All Employers
Changes to Exempt Class May Impact You
Thursday, May 29, at 8:30 a.m.
Aurora Chamber offices, 43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora

What are the current FLSA requirements for exempt and non-exempt employees? How can these new regulations impact your business? Join us for this crash course and get answers. Julie Proscia, partner with SmithAmundsen, will lead the discussion and help you prepare.

Earlier this year, President Barack Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum directing his Secretary of Labor to update the regulations to expand the number of employees eligible for overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The president was expected to take more specific action based on statements made by White House personnel, but he left virtually all of the details to the United States Department of Labor.

The president set the stage for the Department of Labor to narrow the exceptions to the FLSA by discussing the failure of the executive or professional exemption to keep up with inflation. Commonly known as the “white-collar exemption,” the provision allows employers to classify many workers as executive, administrative, or professional, and exempt from the overtime laws.

This program will prepare attendees by reviewing:

  • Current classification of employees as exempt or nonexempt under the current FLSA regulations and state law to ensure current compliance.
  • Pay policies and work rules to ensure current compliance and helping to identify any that may need to be updated.
  • Processes in place to track hours worked

Register

Public Policy News
With only 17 scheduled legislative session days left until the May 31 General Assembly adjournment, the window of opportunity for the legislature to pass a Chamber-opposed extension of the 5% income tax is quickly narrowing. All Democrat legislative leaders, including Governor Pat Quinn, have endorsed the extension. However, it appears to be a heavier lift for Speaker Madigan in the House to muster up 60 votes for its approval despite his super majority of 71 members.

The Aurora Regional Chamber monitors pending legislation that may have an impact on our business members. If you have questions, or would like to share your thoughts on the Chamber’s legislative agenda, please contact the Chamber.

Follow up on twitter and Facebook for breaking news on public policy action as it happens.

Mark Your Calendars: Programs for
Member Businesses
Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, May 13, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business Development Leads Group 2
Open House

Wednesday, May 14, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices
Contact Jane Abe, IOM, ACE, director of membership, for details.

Business After Business:
Lutheran Bible Translators, Inc.

Thursday, May 15, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Lutheran Bible Translators, 303 N. Lake St., Aurora
Light hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served.
Register

Ribbon Cutting:
Sears Appliance & Hardware Store

Friday, May 16, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
3 N. Randall Rd., Batavia

Coffee & Connections Networking Event
Tuesday, May 20, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Painters District Council #30, 1905 Sequoia Dr., Aurora
Co-sponsored by Sunnymere, Inc.
Register

Ribbon Cutting:
World Relief Aurora

Thursday, May 22, at 4:30 p.m.
Open House from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
73 S. LaSalle Street, Aurora

Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, May 27, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business Development Leads Group 2
Wednesday, May 28, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, May 29, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Cafe, 55 S. Commons Drive, Aurora
$12 Aurora Chamber members
$15 General Admission
Co-sponsored by Popular Community Bank
Register

Changes to Exempt Class May Impact You
Thursday, May 29, at 8:30 a.m.
Aurora Chamber offices, 43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora
Register

Premier Members
Premier Members
Member News
Congratulations to Dr. Kathryn Birkett, Superintendent of Indian Prairie Community Unit School District #204 and a Naperville Heritage Society board member, who was recently presented the Humanitarian of the Year Award for Dedication to Excellence in Education by Hesed House.

Kluber Architects + Engineers is pleased to announce that Elgin Community College received LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for the design of its Health and Life Sciences Building (Building A). The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system is the foremost program for the design, construction and operation of green buildings.

Learn about Hospice Care from expert Dr. Jerome Donnelly, Board Certified in Geriatric Medicine for Hospice and Palliative Medicine, at Jennings Terrace Senior Living Community. The informative session will take place on Tuesday, May 13, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Admission is free. Contact Diane Beukelman at dbeueklman@jenningsterrace.com for details.

The Menta Group and Employment First-Team Transition invite interested employers to join them Tuesday, May 13, for the 2014 Transition Fair at White Pines Country Club, 500 W. Jefferson Street, in Bensenville. Students will be on hand from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Participating Chamber members include Fox Valley Park District, Waubonsee Community College, and Association for Individual Development. For details and information, contact The Menta Group.

The Beacon-News is proud to launch a series of events hosted by Editor-in-Chief Robert K. Elder and newly appointed vice president of digital content for Sun-Times Media Local. Join the Beacon-News at the kick-off of this community listening tour Wednesday, May 14, from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at the Copley Theatre, 8 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. RSVP to Nancy Stuenkel.

Celebrate a community that cares at the Fox Valley United Way‘s Annual Breakfast on Thursday, May 15 at Piper’s Banquets. Check-in is at 7:00 a.m. and the breakfast goes from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Admission is $20 per person, $175 per ten-person table. Register at www.uwfoxvalley.org.

YWCA Aurora welcomes Sheryl WuDunn, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and co-author of the New York Times bestselling book “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide,” as the keynote speaker of their Leaders of Change Luncheon. It will take place Thursday, May 15 at Piper’s Banquets from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Go to http://www.ywcaaurora.org/ leadersofchange for pricing and registration.

Join Representative Stephanie Kifowit, Attorney Doug Sury of Keay & Costello, and Patricia Keating of Exclusive Condominium Management for a HOA Information Session on Thursday. May 15, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Aurora Public Library, Eola Branch. Discuss the role of an owner and board member, and learn ten things every association should know.

The Growing Place invites you to their seminar “Quick Tips: Combining Annuals and Perennials” this weekend, May 17-18, from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. At the top of every hour, horticulturists will spend ten minutes sharing quick tips on how to create long-lasting color in your garden beds. Email grow@thegrowingplace.com for more information.

Civil Wars days is at Naper Settlement this weekend, May 17-18, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Meet famous figures of the past and experience firsthand a turbulent time period in our nation’s history. Advanced tickets are $5 for children and $10 for adults. Visit www.napersettlement.com for details.

ComEd will be hosting a series of Trade Ally Workshops at Northern Illinois University Conference Center on Monday, May 19, from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. that will prepare distributors, contractors, engineers/specifiers and energy efficiency partners for the upcoming program year. Space is limited. Register here.

My Fathers Hands is hosting a golf outing at Orchard Valley Golf Course on Friday, May 23. Check-in is at 12:00 p.m., the shotgun start is at 1:30 p.m. and dinner, awards, and auctions will wrap it all up at 6:00 p.m. Visit http://bit.ly/fathershands for more information.

Registration is now open for employers interested in participating in the 2014 Kendall County Job and Resource Fair at Waubonsee Community College‘s Plano Campus. Space is limited and employers are encouraged to register by Wednesday, May 28 at https://www.waubonsee.edu/ job-fairs/.

Have you secured your foursome for the DayOneNetwork Golf Outing taking place Monday, June 16, at Eagle Brook Country Club yet? If not, register at www.dayonenetwork.org under ‘events.’

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.

Member News and Programs from Aurora Chamber

Monday, April 28th, 2014
Here is this week’s newsletter to members of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. If you have Member News to include,
please send  it to us by Wednesday the week prior to publication. For more information, contact the Chamber at (630) 256-3180.
Header
April 28, 2014
In This Issue

 

Quick Links

Follow Us!
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Elite Members

For more information contact the chamber.

Accurate Personnel
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Bad Monkey Circus
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Basil’s Greek Dining
BMO Harris
Cadence Fitness & Health Center
Cadence Health Convenient Care & Medical Offices
Caterpillar, Inc.
Central DuPage Hospital
Chicago Premium Outlets
ComEd
Continental Acura of Naperville
Continental Audi of Naperville
Continental Mazda of Naperville
Delnor Glen Senior Living
Delnor Hospital
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Global Data Sciences
Ice Miller LLP
Junior Achievement of Chicago – Western Division
Konen Insurance Agency
Liberty Mutual – Dawn Tully
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
McKesson
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Old Second National Bank
Organo Gold
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pipefitters Local 597
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush-Copley Medical Center
S&S Metal Recycling
Safeguard Construction Co.
Sequoia General Contracting Corp.
Sign*A*Rama – Aurora
SmithAmundsen, LLC
State Farm Insurance Companies
St. Charles Bank & Trust
Stumm Insurance, LLC
The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield
The Voice
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
WERV FM Radio (Next Media)
WSPY

Contact Us

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

 

 

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Illinois Chamber, NFIB Invite You to Employer Action Day
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
President Abraham Lincoln Hotel, 701 E. Adams, Springfield
Registration fee is $49 which includes lunch.
Public Policy News
The Aurora Regional Chamber monitors pending legislation that may have an impact on our business members. If you have questions, or would like to share your thoughts on the Chamber’s legislative agenda, please contact the Chamber.

Follow up on twitter and Facebook for breaking news on public policy action as it happens.

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

Mark Your Calendars: Programs for
Member Businesses
State of the City
Thursday, May 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Piper’s Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Rd., Aurora

Diversity Network
A collaboration with Quad County African American Chamber
Tuesday, May 6, at 8:30 a.m.
Chamber offices

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

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

Business After Hours at
Lutheran Bible Translators, Inc.

Thursday, May 15, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Lutheran Bible Translators, 303 N. Lake St., Aurora

Coffee & Connections Networking Event
Tuesday, May 20, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Painters District Council #30, 1905 Sequoia Dr., Aurora
Co-sponsored by Sunnymere, Inc.
Register

Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, May 27, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business Development Leads Group 2
Wednesday, May 28, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, May 29, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Cafe, 55 S. Commons Drive, Aurora
$12 Aurora Chamber members
$15 General Admission
Co-sponsored by Popular Community Bank
Register

Premier Members
Premier Members
Thank You Window World
Thank you to Brian Hopkins and his sales consultants from Window World for sponsoring Aurora Chamber’s April Fox Valley Networking Professionals breakfast.

Window World
Member News
A groundbreaking ceremony was held on April 16 at Naper Settlement for the Rita (Fredenhagen) and John Harvard Early Learning Playscape, a 10,000-square-foot interactive area that is targeted to children from ages two to seven. It will feature a splash pad, a trading post, and many other hands-on activities, and will be accessible to children with special needs. The playscape is set to be completed sometime in July.

Downtown Auroran Magazine‘s Spring 2014 “Music Issue,” which highlights the best in local music, is out now. Pick up an issue of this free arts and culture magazine at many fine local establishments in the Aurora area. Visit www.downtownauroran.wordpress.com for more information.

Congratulations to Jeff Freeman, P.E., CFM, LEED AP, Vice President, of Engineering Enterprises, Inc. (EEI) on receiving the Robert T. Sasman Volunteer Appreciation Award from the Illinois Section American Water Works Association (ISAWWA) on Thursday, March 20th at the Awards Breakfast during WATERCON2014 in Springfield.

The Label Printers has won TLMI’s (Tag and Label Manufacturers Institute, Inc.) Eugene Singer Award for Management Excellence for the fifth time in a row, in their fifth year of eligibility. Congratulations!

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

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

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

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

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

If you have things you no longer use or want and are looking for someone to take them off your hands, bring them to Sunnymere, Inc.‘s “Gently Used Treasures Sale” on Friday, May 2, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and on Saturday, May 3, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Call Renae at (630) 898-7844 for more information.

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

The Growing Place invites you to their “Quick Tips: Planting for Success” on Saturday, May 3 and Sunday, May 4, at both of their locations. Visit interactive displays throughout the day. At 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., horticulturists will spend ten minutes sharing quick tips on planting techniques and answering questions.

Change a life by becoming a tutor for Waubonsee Community College‘s Adult Literacy Project. Contact Elsie Mills at (630) 801-7900, ext. 4221, or emills@waubonsee.edu to preregister for training on May 10 and 17, 2014 (both days required), from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Chick-fil-a presents Leadercast on Friday, May 9, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at The Compass Church of Naperville. Come listen to leaders in such fields as journalism, business, and psychology. To find out more and to see a full list of speakers, go to http://leadercast.com/location/napervillethecompass.

Head to the Fox and Hound English Pub for Ladies’ Night on Friday, May 9, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., and shop local vendors, including Tastefully Simple, Younique, Lia Sophia, Passion Parties, Origami Owl, Jamberry, MaryKay, Muchacha Salsa, Usborne Books, Vitality Chiropractic and many more. Contact Brandy at 65016.ec@lastcallopco.com for details.

Come to Pure Health‘s Community Shred-it Event on Saturday, May 10, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and safety destroy old documents. Attend and win prizes, including a $500 Visa gift card. Pure Health will provide water, snacks, and tours of their facility as well.

The Menta Group and Employment First-Team Transition invite interested employers to join them Tuesday, May 13, for the 2014 Transition Fair at White Pines Country Club, 500 W. Jefferson Street, Bensenville. Students will be on hand from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Participating Chamber members include Fox Valley Park District, Waubonsee Community College, and Association for Individual Development. For details and information, contact The Menta Group.

The Beacon-News is proud to launch a series of events hosted by Editor-in-Chief Robert K. Elder and newly appointed vice president of digital content for Sun-Times Media Local. Join the Beacon-News at the kick-off of this community listening tour Wednesday, May 14, from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at the Copley Theatre, 8 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. RSVP to Nancy Stuenkel.

Here is what My Fathers Hands is offering… Golf at Orchard Valley Golf Course, Insanely awesome Kristoff Cigars, Ice Cold Samuel Adams Beers, and all happening Friday afternoon before Memorial Day Weekend… Registration ends in a few weeks, and it is already starting to fill up. Don’t miss this event!

Aurora Area Convention & Visitors Bureau will host a stop on Downtown Aurora First Fridays on May 2 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. to kick off National Travel & Tourism Week. Stop by 43 W. Galena Boulevard and see some great artwork featuring trains by Aurora firefighter Mark Robinson and enjoy some refreshments.

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

Monday, April 21st, 2014
Here is this week’s newsletter to members of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. If you have Member News to include,
please send  it to us by Wednesday the week prior to publication. For more information, contact the Chamber at (630) 256-3180.
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April 21, 2014
In This Issue

 

Quick Links

Follow Us!
Facebook Twitter Blog

Elite Members

For more information contact the chamber.

Accurate Personnel
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Bad Monkey Circus
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Basil’s Greek Dining
BMO Harris
Cadence Fitness & Health Center
Cadence Health Convenient Care & Medical Offices
Caterpillar, Inc.
Central DuPage Hospital
Chicago Premium Outlets
ComEd
Continental Acura of Naperville
Continental Audi of Naperville
Continental Mazda of Naperville
Delnor Glen Senior Living
Delnor Hospital
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Global Data Sciences
Ice Miller LLP
Junior Achievement of Chicago – Western Division
Konen Insurance Agency
Liberty Mutual – Dawn Tully
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
McKesson
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Old Second National Bank
Organo Gold
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pipefitters Local 597
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush-Copley Medical Center
S&S Metal Recycling
Safeguard Construction Co.
Sequoia General Contracting Corp.
Sign*A*Rama – Aurora
SmithAmundsen, LLC
State Farm Insurance Companies
St. Charles Bank & Trust
Stumm Insurance, LLC
TCE Company
The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield
The Voice
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
WERV FM Radio (Next Media)
WSPY
Zippy Shell Fox Valley

Welcome New Members

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

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

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

 

Contact Us

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

 

 

Businesses, Community Turn Out
for Pathways Event
Pathways Event

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

Pathways Event

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

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

Thank you to our Event Sponsors:

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Illinois Chamber, NFIB Invite You to Employer Action Day
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
President Abraham Lincoln Hotel, 701 E. Adams, Springfield
Registration fee is $49 which includes lunch.
Public Policy News
The Aurora Regional Chamber monitors pending legislation that may have an impact on our business members. If you have questions, or would like to share your thoughts on the Chamber’s legislative agenda, please contact the Chamber.

Follow up on twitter and Facebook for breaking news on public policy action as it happens.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Business After Hours at
Lutheran Bible Translators, Inc.

Thursday, May 15, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Lutheran Bible Translators, 303 N. Lake St., Aurora

Premier Members
Premier Members
Ribbon Cuttings
TGM Springbrook

TGM Springbrook, 4101 Chesapeake Dr., Aurora

Mind and Body Chiropractic

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

Maurices

Maurices, 1720 Orchard Gateway Blvd., North Aurora

Member News
The Menta Group and Employment First-Team Transition invite interested employers to join them Tuesday, May 13, for the 2014 Transition Fair at White Pines Country Club, 500 W. Jefferson Street, Bensenville. Students will be on hand from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Participating Chamber members include Fox Valley Park District, Waubonsee Community College, and Association for Individual Development. For details and information, contact The Menta Group.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, April 14th, 2014
Here is this week’s newsletter to members of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. If you have Member News to include,
please send  it to us by Wednesday the week prior to publication. For more information, contact the Chamber at (630) 256-3180.
Header
April 14, 2014
In This Issue

 

Quick Links

Follow Us!
Facebook Twitter Blog

Elite Members

For more information contact the chamber.

Accurate Personnel
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Bad Monkey Circus
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Basil’s Greek Dining
BMO Harris
Cadence Fitness & Health Center
Cadence Health Convenient Care & Medical Offices
Caterpillar, Inc.
Central DuPage Hospital
Chicago Premium Outlets
ComEd
Continental Acura of Naperville
Continental Audi of Naperville
Continental Mazda of Naperville
Delnor Glen Senior Living
Delnor Hospital
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Fox Valley Country Club
Global Data Sciences
Ice Miller LLP
Junior Achievement of Chicago – Western Division
Konen Insurance Agency
Liberty Mutual – Dawn Tully
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
McKesson
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Old Second National Bank
Organo Gold
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pipefitters Local 597
Piper’s Banquets
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush-Copley Medical Center
S&S Metal Recycling
Safeguard Construction Co.
Sequoia General Contracting Corp.
Sign*A*Rama – Aurora
SmithAmundsen, LLC
State Farm Insurance Companies
St. Charles Bank & Trust
Stumm Insurance, LLC
TCE Company
The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield
The Voice
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
WERV FM Radio (Next Media)
WSPY
Zippy Shell Fox Valley

Contact Us

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

 

 

Public Policy News
The Aurora Regional Chamber monitors pending legislation that may have an impact on our business members. If you have questions, or would like to share your thoughts on the Chamber’s legislative agenda, please contact the Chamber.

Follow up on twitter and Facebook for breaking news on public policy action as it happens.

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

In recent developments:

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

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

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

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

Register

Thank you to our Event Sponsors:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Premier Members
Premier Members
Thank You
Ryland Homes

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

Ryland Homes

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

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

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

This April and May, head to Hotel Arista Spa and Salon and save up to $35 on special spa packages, including facials, massages, and body treatments. To book an appointment or get more information, call (630) 579-3650.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce | 43 W. Galena Blvd. Aurora, Illinois 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180 Fax: (630) 256-3189 | www.aurorachamber.com
This email was sent by Email Patron on behalf of Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Membership Lunch, Public Policy, Member News

Monday, April 7th, 2014
Here is this week’s newsletter to members of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. If you have Member News to include,
please send  it to us by Wednesday the week prior to publication. For more information, contact the Chamber at (630) 256-3180.
Header
April 07, 2014
In This Issue

 

Quick Links

Follow Us!
Facebook Twitter Blog

Elite Members

For more information contact the chamber.

Accurate Personnel
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Bad Monkey Circus
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Basil’s Greek Dining
BMO Harris
Cadence Fitness & Health Center
Cadence Health Convenient Care & Medical Offices
Caterpillar, Inc.
Central DuPage Hospital
Chicago Premium Outlets
ComEd
Continental Acura of Naperville
Continental Audi of Naperville
Continental Mazda of Naperville
Delnor Glen Senior Living
Delnor Hospital
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Fox Valley Country Club
Global Data Sciences
Ice Miller LLP
Junior Achievement of Chicago – Western Division
Konen Insurance Agency
Liberty Mutual – Dawn Tully
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
McKesson
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Old Second National Bank
Organo Gold
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pipefitters Local 597
Piper’s Banquets
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush-Copley Medical Center
S&S Metal Recycling
Safeguard Construction Co.
Sequoia General Contracting Corp.
Sign*A*Rama – Aurora
SmithAmundsen, LLC
State Farm Insurance Companies
St. Charles Bank & Trust
Stumm Insurance, LLC
TCE Company
The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield
The Voice
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
WERV FM Radio (Next Media)
WSPY
Zippy Shell Fox Valley

Welcome New Members

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

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

 

Contact Us

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

 

 

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

Sponsored by:

Ryland Homes

 

Public Policy News
The Aurora Regional Chamber monitors pending legislation that may have an impact on our business members. If you have questions, or would like to share your thoughts on the Chamber’s legislative agenda, please contact the Chamber.

Follow up on twitter and Facebook for breaking news on public policy action as it happens.

In recent developments:

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

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

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

 

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

Register

Thank you to our Event Sponsors:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Premier Members
Premier Members
Member News
 

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

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

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

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

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

This April and May, head to Hotel Arista Spa and Salon and save up to $35 on special spa packages, including facials, massages, and body treatments. To book an appointment or get more information, call (630) 579-3650.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, March 24th, 2014
Here is this week’s newsletter to members of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. If you have Member News to include,
please send  it to us by Wednesday the week prior to publication. For more information, contact the Chamber at (630) 256-3180.
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Accurate Personnel
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Bad Monkey Circus
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Basil’s Greek Dining
BMO Harris
Cadence Fitness & Health Center
Cadence Health Convenient Care & Medical Offices
Caterpillar, Inc.
Central DuPage Hospital
Chicago Premium Outlets
ComEd
Continental Acura of Naperville
Continental Audi of Naperville
Continental Mazda of Naperville
Delnor Glen Senior Living
Delnor Hospital
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Fox Valley Country Club
Global Data Sciences
Ice Miller LLP
Junior Achievement of Chicago – Western Division
Konen Insurance Agency
Liberty Mutual – Dawn Tully
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
McKesson
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Old Second National Bank
Organo Gold
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pipefitters Local 597
Piper’s Banquets
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush-Copley Medical Center
S&S Metal Recycling
Safeguard Construction Co.
Sequoia General Contracting Corp.
Sign*A*Rama – Aurora
SmithAmundsen, LLC
State Farm Insurance Companies
St. Charles Bank & Trust
Stumm Insurance, LLC
TCE Company
The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield
The Voice
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
WERV FM Radio (Next Media)
WSPY
Zippy Shell Fox Valley

Welcome New Members

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

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

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

 

Contact Us

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

 

 

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

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

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

For full report, visit the Chamber blog.

Public Policy News
The Aurora Regional Chamber monitors pending legislation that may have an impact on our business members. If you have questions, or would like to share your thoughts on the Chamber’s legislative agenda, please contact the Chamber. In recent news:

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

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

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

Register

Thank you to our Event Sponsors:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Johnson & Bell
 

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

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

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

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

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

2014 Community Map: Outstanding Advertising Opportunity!
Community Map

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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