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Export-Grant Initiative Wins Illinois Economic Development Award

Monday, May 9th, 2016

A groundbreaking exports initiative with handfuls of success stories right here in Kane County has been recognized as one of the top economic development efforts of the past year.

The Illinois Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the Illinois Economic Development Association, named Metro Chicago Exports a winner of the eighth annual Economic Development in Illinois Awards — the Edies.

“We are proud to recognize five outstanding economic development projects that were completed in 2015,” said Todd Maisch, president and CEO of the Illinois Chamber. “Economic development is key to Illinois’ continued growth and recovery, and these companies are making a difference. The Edies honor those who imagine, design, invest, and build in Illinois, and by doing so bring jobs, growth and prosperity to our communities.”

In 2015, the Metro Chicago Exports Grant Program provided $225,000 in funding to 54 regional companies— including many in Kane County — to offset financial risks associated with exporting and investing in research, certifications and other services necessary to pursue opportunities in the global marketplace. This resulted in $10 million in new revenue to the region, eight new jobs, and 25 retained jobs.

The program used three strategies: fill the pipeline, strengthen the local network and reduce the costs of international trade growth.

Metro Chicago Exports is a collaboration between seven counties — Kane, Cook, DuPage, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will — and the city of Chicago, and its goal is to increase exports from small- and mid-sized enterprises and support regional job growth. It is a strategic economic development program and is part of the region’s broader business retention and expansion strategy.

Kane County is an active participant in the Metro Chicago Exports program. In fact, the county offers the additional incentive of matching any grant that a Kane County company wins in the program — a value of up to $10,000.

Applications for the 2016 Grant Program will be accepted through May 27, 2016. Details and eligibility requirements pertaining to the 2016 Metro Chicago Exports Grant Program are available at

If you have any questions about the Kane County program, please contact Chris Toth of Kane County Development and Community Services Department at or 630-232-3491.


  • Riverbank Laboratories, Inc. — Geneva
  • Miner Elastomer Products Corporation — Geneva
  • SBS Steel Belt Systems USA — Gilberts
  • InFlight Entertainment Products — Carpentersville
  • AIR802 — Aurora
  • Radco Industries, Inc. — Batavia
  • Micro Products Company — Batavia
  • Brasel Products, Inc. — Batavia

Make A Connection At The Illinois Tollway Construction Resource Fair

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

Attend the Illinois Tollway Construction Resource Fair, Wednesday, April 27, 2016 and learn how you can become a participating contractor in the Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Driving the Future Program. This new 15-year, $12 billion capital program is open to construction prime contractors and subcontractors including disadvantaged, minority- and women-owned business enterprise firms (D/M/WBE’s), as well as small and veteran-owned businesses.
Registration is FREE for the Illinois Tollway Construction Resource Fair.

  • Get updates on upcoming business opportunities
  • Hear Illinois Tollway’s top executives talk about this new $12 billion program
  • Learn the bidding and awards process for the Job Order Contracting (JOC) Program
  • Get information on diversity programs and resources available
  • Participate in the scheduled “Workshops for Success” sessions

Don’t miss your chance to network with JOC prime contractors, Illinois Tollway resource partners and other small businesses. For additional information email the Illinois Tollway’s Diversity and Strategic Development at:
The Joseph Business School – Joseph Center, 7600 W. Roosevelt Rd., Forest Park, IL Free parking is available.
NOTE Online registration ends Monday, April 25th at Noon (12 p.m.) Register Online >
Same day on-site registration begins Wednesday, April 27th at 8:30 a.m.

Export Grants for Companies in Kane County – Applications Due by May 27

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

In May 2015, Metro Chicago Exports (MCE) announced the launch of a Grant Program to help small and mid-sized businesses grow in international trade, specifically through exports. The Metro Chicago Exports Grant Program, presented by JPMorgan Chase & Co., awards grants up to $5,000 to businesses throughout Northeastern Illinois.  This innovative and successful grant program has been renewed for 2016.

The Kane County Exports Grant Program provides an additional incentive for Kane County companies to start or increase exporting.  Companies located in Kane County which apply for, and are awarded, a grant from Metro Chicago Exports, would be eligible for up to an additional $5,000 from Kane County to reimburse 50% of eligible expenses associated with implementing an export plan.

These grants will reimburse 50 percent of eligible expenses associated with exporting, such as executive training, trade show participation, and international certifications. The 2016 Grant Program will accept applications through May 27, 2016. Later this year, Metro Chicago Exports will host a pitch fest during which both 2015 and 2016 grant recipients will be eligible to submit a pitch for additional funding totaling $30,000.

Additional details and eligibility requirements pertaining to the 2016 Metro Chicago Exports Grant Program are available at

Community Foundation Sees Record-Breaking Scholarship Apps

Saturday, February 13th, 2016

Another Community Foundation scholarship application cycle has come to a close.  We received 705 applications – the most in Foundation history!

Thank You!

Thank you to all the students who applied. The Community Foundation and its scholarship donors are proud to support local students with their educational journeys.

Please feel free to contact our Scholarship Team at or (630) 896-7800 if you have questions.

What Happens Next?

If you have successfully submitted your application, please stay tuned to the Scholarship Checklist to review the supporting documents we have received from you. Also, please be sure to check your e-mail regularly so you do not miss any important information regarding your scholarship application.

Toward the end of February, the scholarship team will send you a Supplemental Application Information Form that you must complete and submit by Monday, March 14. FAFSA and SAR documentation is also due by March 14.

Beginning in May, the scholarship committee will review the applications. With 705 applicants, this committee has the difficult task of determining how to distribute the scholarships.

Applicants will be notified on June 1, 2016, as to whether or not they have received a Foundation scholarship.

This Chamber Newsletter is Packed with Information

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

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Amy Orlando
7 S. Orchard Road
Aurora 60506
(630) 667-8206
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2051 Baseline Road
Montgomery 60538
(630) 449-1337
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Mail: 43 W. Galena Blvd.
Aurora, Illinois 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180
Fax: (630) 256-3189



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

2016 Leadership Academy Scheduled for February
Established in 1979, the Aurora Chamber’s Leadership Academy has a rich history of providing confidence, knowledge, professionalism, and strong leadership skills that not only benefit the attendee but also their employers. The goal is simple: To create a development opportunity for participants to serve and enhance themselves, their employers, and the community.

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

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

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

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Join us for the Annual State of the Village address. Meet with Village of North Aurora leadership and regional business owners. Hear from President Dale Berman on where the Village wants to go as a municipal government, as an organization, and as a community over the next several years. A great deal has happened over the past year in North Aurora – and a number of new and exciting opportunities to come. 2016-state-of-the-village-address-10335

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

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

Community Foundation Announces Spring 2016 Grant Cycle Has Begun

The CF is Excited to Announce Its Newest Funds

Naper Settlement Announces March Programs

Junior Volunteers make a difference in their community


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce | 43 W. Galena Blvd. Aurora, Illinois 60506
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The CF is Excited to Announce Its Newest Funds

Saturday, February 6th, 2016

The Humane Society of Aurora Fund has been created to support the Humane Society and its adoption program. The Humane Society of Aurora works in partnership with Aurora Animal Control and Care to increase adoptions and rescues, improve shelter conditions, and to educate and assist the community in responsible pet ownership. To learn more about the Humane Society of Aurora, visit their fund profile page.

The Wayne and Karin Greenawalt Family Fund has been established to provide ongoing financial support for Wayside Cross Ministries in Aurora. Wayside Cross serves not only men whose lives are troubled and in crisis, but also homeless women and children, at-risk youth, people behind bars, and low income families. Wayne Greenawalt was the executive director of Wayside Cross Ministries from 1984-2010. Karin Greenawalt is a kindergarten teacher at Aurora Christian School where she has served for more than 30 years.

The Clyde and Kathryn Case Shields Kiwanis Legacy Endowment Fund kicks off a campaign for the Aurora Kiwanis Club’s centennial anniversary year. Clyde Shields, the current president of the Aurora Kiwanis Club, and his wife Kathryn are the first members to create a Kiwanis Legacy Endowment Fund within the Foundation. The goal is for 10 Kiwanis Club members to establish their own centennial endowment funds to support the next 100 years of Kiwanis in Aurora.

Richard and Irma Larson of Sugar Grove recently established the Richard J. and Irma E. Larson Scholarship Fund. Richard served as a judge for over twenty years, and Irma was a school teacher. Richard’s parents worked in the fields of ministry and agricultural. To pay tribute to the careers of the Larson family, the Richard J. and Irma E. Larson Scholarship Fund will be awarded to students who choose law, education, ministry or agriculture as their fields of study.

Community Foundation Announces Spring 2016 Grant Cycle Has Begun

Saturday, February 6th, 2016

CF Now Accepting Letters of Intent

The Community Foundation is now accepting Letters of Intent from non-profit agencies for the spring 2016 grant cycle. Letter of Intent forms are available on our grantmaking page.

Foundation grants are awarded for capital purposes in the areas of education, social services, health care and arts & humanities.

During the fall 2015 grant cycle, the Foundation awarded fourteen grants - the most in Community Foundation history! A total of $153,070 was awarded to help local organizations fulfill their missions. A total of 26 grants were awarded for more than $302,000 in all of 2015.

After Letters of Intent are submitted, the director of community involvement and partnerships will contact each agency to determine their eligibility, talk about their project, and schedule a site visit.

The deadline to submit a Letter of Intent is Friday, April 8, 2016.

If you have any questions, please visit our Grant FAQ Page or contact Julie Christman at (331) 208-9428 or

Promoting Business Excellence (PROBE) Offered to Kane Manufacturers

Sunday, January 24th, 2016

The Illinois Manufacturing and Excellence Center, in partnership with Chicago Metro Metals Consortium and Kane County, is offering  the Promoting Business Excellence (PROBE) Assessment Program to Kane County Manufacturers.

PROBE is a simple yet dynamic catalyst for organizational change. Using PROBE, business advisers and business support agencies achieve deep engagement with their client businesses, helping them to achieve improved bottom line results and real forward momentum on their journey to excellence.

PROBE helps advisers to deliver high impact for their clients through a highly effective and cost efficient process. Thousands of organizations, in 50+ countries, across the full spectrum of sectors, types and sizes, have benefited from the infectious enthusiasm and insights that PROBE generates within an in-house team, spurring focused actions to improve the way their organization works, the service it delivers and the performance it achieves.

The result is action. A focused plan helps make certain your business operates at internationally-benchmarked “smart” levels. PROBE spurs you toward manufacturing excellence.

Call IMEC today at 1-888-806-4632 or email:

Find more information about PROBE and other manufacturer programs, visit the Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC):

Metals manufacturers in the Chicago region, visit the Chicago Metro Metals Consortium (CMMC):

Keep making Kane County great!

Small Business Saturday Spending Reaches $16.2 Billion in 2015, a 14% Increase from 2014

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

This year, more shoppers reported visiting their local independent businesses on Small Business Saturday than ever before, according to results from the Small Business Saturday Consumer Insights Survey, released today by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) and American Express. More than 95 million consumers shopped at small businesses on Small Business Saturday, marking an eight percent increase from 2014.

This year Small Business Saturday saw record levels of support from communities and local organizations. More than 4,100 Neighborhood Champions around the country rallied local businesses and created events in their communities for Small Business Saturday — an increase of 48 percent over last year. And more than 425 organizations joined the Small Business Saturday Coalition – an increase of 11 percent over last year.

According to the Small Business Saturday Consumer Insights Survey, total spending among U.S. consumers who were aware of Small Business Saturday reached $16.2 billion at independent retailers and restaurants on the day, an increase of 14 percent from $14.3 billion in 2014. Among those who shopped on Small Business Saturday, 31 percent attended a community event on the day and 81 percent encouraged family and friends to support their local small businesses.

Additionally, consumers and small businesses helped rally support for Small Business Saturday and their favorite small businesses on social media channels. In the month of November, there were 85 million social media engagements1 in support of Small Business Saturday.

“It’s very encouraging to see small businesses participate every year and more shoppers giving local entrepreneurs a chance to compete for their business,” said NFIB President and CEO Dan Danner. “Americans are returning to Main Street for the things they need and ultimately that’s a very healthy economic trend.”

“Small Business Saturday is an increasingly important economic engine for independent businesses,” said Janey Whiteside, senior vice president and general manager of American Express OPEN. “These impressive numbers demonstrate the value that Small Business Saturday brings to local businesses, and American Express is proud to support the Shop Small Movement. We encourage shoppers to support their local businesses not only on Small Business Saturday, but all year long.”

Help Local Businesses Do More Business

Sunday, November 22nd, 2015

In 2010, American Express founded Small Business Saturday to help business owners with their most pressing need — getting more customers. Today, shoppers across the nation continue to rally in support of small businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

The following Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce Members will be participating and offering something special on Saturday, Nov. 28.  We encourage you to support fellow Chambers members on this day.


Aurora Fastprint, Inc

Aurora Historical Society and Museum

Fox Valley Nutrition

Gillerson’s Grubbery

Grothman Clinic of Chiropractic, P.C.

It These Walls Could Talk Framing & Gallery

K.Hollis Jewelers

Kirhofer’s Sports

Prisco’s Family Market

Promcam Photo & Video Gear

Rocktown Adventures

The Voice

WBIG Radio AM 1280


For a complete list of members and specials, click here.