Archive for November, 2011

Another Way Your Aurora Chamber Membership Pays

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce a new membership benefit that will help your business or organization save money on the everyday purchases to run your business.

Through a partnership between the Aurora Chamber and Office Depot, Chamber Members can save anywhere from 15 to 30 percent on copy paper, ink, toner and general supplies. You also will receive deeper discounts on their most-purchased items.

Chamber Members will receive a straight 5 percent discount on almost everything Office Depot sells.

Enroll today and begin saving!

This program is completely free for Chamber Members to enroll. You can click here to begin the process or contact Anthony Falbo, program manager, at (815) 474-4086 with any questions.

“In this economic climate, every dollar counts and we are pleased to provide this benefit of bulk purchasing to our Members,” explains Joseph Henning, president & CEO of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. “If you choose to enroll and use this membership benefit, your business will save on the products your organization wants and needs.”

Office Depot values its relationships with the small-business community and chambers of commerce and has a long history of collaborating to provide industry-leading rewards programs.

“We foster mutually beneficial working relationships with many businesses in Illinois,” said Steve Calkins, senior vice president of North America Business Solutions Division for Office Depot. “This is another opportunity for us to showcase our high-quality office products and services in a very cost-effective manner.”

Click HERE to Enroll Now!

For more information, contact:
Anthony Falbo, program manager, at (815) 474-4086 or the Aurora Chamber at (630) 256-3180.

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Join us Dec. 7 for our Holiday Celebration

To join us, click here.

Illinois House panel OKs tax breaks

Monday, November 28th, 2011

From Crain’s Chicago Business:

An Illinois House panel Monday took the first formal step to provide tax relief that Chicago’s giant trading exchanges and Sears Holding Inc. say is crucial to keeping their headquarters here.

After weeks of delay and back-room talks, the House Revenue and Finance Committee voted 6-0 for a pared-back tax relief bill that primarily will benefit CME Group Inc. and CBOE Holdings Inc., but also gives some breaks to other firms and low-income workers.

Two other committee members abstained, saying the bill still needs refinement.

The measure, S.B. 397, now goes to the full House and Senate, which are expected to take it up Tuesday.

As passed by committee, the bill would extend about $250 million a year in tax breaks. Roughly $100 million of that would go to CME, CBOE and Sears combined, all of which have threatened to move out of Illinois.

Another $100 million is dedicated to tax breaks for smaller firms and an expansion of the exemption in Illinois’ estate tax, and $50 million to expand the earned-income tax credit for working poor from 5% of pay to 7.5% of pay.

Read more: http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20111128/BLOGS02/111129874/illinois-house-panel-oks-tax-breaks-for-cme-cboe-sears#ixzz1f2RPQkDS

The Hustle. The Bustle. The Hassle…The Holidays

Monday, November 28th, 2011

Take a breather and join the fun at the Aurora Chamber’s annual Holiday Celebration. Meet and mingle in the elegant Grand Gallery of the Paramount Theatre. Who will you meet this year?

Instead of a crockpot of cider camped out in the break room, let the Chamber plan you a casual, elegant holiday gathering. Join the Aurora Chamber at the Paramount Theatre on Wednesday, Dec. 7, beginning at 4:30 p.m.

Reward your team, treat a client, or just bring yourself! Nibble on lavish appetizers in the elegant Grand Gallery. Grab a cocktail and celebrate the season. Pack plenty of business cards and plan on connecting with hundreds of prospective customers…and friends.

Sponsorships are available! Get your business in front of hundreds of Aurora Chamber businesses to market your product or service – and gain customers for 2012.

Join us next week. Register today.

Support Our Local Businesses This Weekend

Monday, November 21st, 2011

The Aurora Chamber is encouraging our region’s residents to shop the diverse array of local businesses in the area this weekend. First there was Black Friday, then Cyber Monday. Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010 was the first ever Small Business Saturday. Small Business Saturday is the day we celebrate the Shop Small movement to drive shoppers to local merchants in the community.

Consumers: We invite you help support small businesses by visiting our members on Small Business Saturday. In addition to appreciative greetings and special sales, you can get $25 credit on your American Express credit card just for shopping with them. You must pre-register your card here.

The Chamber is excited that a number of members are already participating in this program! Take advantage of the ‘shop local’ and ‘shop small’ movements to drive more dollars to your business. As part of the Small Business Saturday program, owners and managers can register their businesses, receive supporting marketing materials and be able to offer their customers a special credit if they shop with their American Express card.

Visit Small Business Saturday on Facebook at http://facebook.com/smallbusinesssaturday
• If you already have a Facebook page for your business, log in to your business page and ‘Like’ Small Business Saturday. This will add you to the search feature on the page. It may take a little time for your business to appear.
• If you click on the ‘For Your Biz’ link in the left column, or here, there are a host of resources for print, email, mail and social media.
• You do not have to have a business page on Facebook, or a Facebook account to access these tools.

Here are some of the promotions Aurora Chamber members are offering this weekend:

Schaefer Greenhouses Inc. is hosting their annual Poinsettia Open House this weekend and offers a free mini poinsettia to the first 1,000 families. In addition, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at the greenhouse on Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for photos. Schaefer’s on Facebook.

Verizon Wireless Zone of Aurora has a number of promotions this weekend. They will be offering a variety of smart phones and basic phones free all weekend. Verizon WZ of Aurora on Facebook.

Past & Present Shoppes is offering 10 percent off any purchase throughout their entire store. Past & Present Shoppes on Facebook.

Paddle and Trail is offering a number of promotions, including $10 certificate on a minimum of $50 purchase; 20 percent off Storm Creek apparel and outerwear; and 25 percent off regular retail of used boats. Paddle and Trail on Facebook.

For a listing of Chamber members and their contact information, visit the Chamber’s website.

How are you “spending” this weekend? Stay tuned (or use the RSS feed) to see what other promotions and programs our members are offering this weekend. We’ll continue to update this post this week.

Past Chair’s Address to Membership

Friday, November 18th, 2011

We share below, the address made by Scott Voris, Kelmscott Communications, as he passed the gavel to Chair Bill Winsininski during the 2011 Annual Celebration of Membership for the Aurora Country Club.

Scott:
I wanted to begin my comments by reading a poem that was published on the Fourth of July, 1894, by Sam Walter Foss. Foss writes of ‘Men’ but in our generation that clearly would apply to ‘Men and Women’. The poem is titled The Coming American:

Bring me men to match my mountains,
Bring me men to match my plains;
Men with empires in their purpose,
And new eras in their brains.

Bring me men to match my prairies,
Men to match my inland seas;
Men to sail beyond my oceans,
Reaching for the galaxies.

These are men to build a nation,
Join the mountains to the sky;
Men of faith and inspiration,
Bring me men, bring me men, bring me men!

Bring me men to match my forests,
Bring me men to match my shore;
Men to guard the mighty ramparts,
Men to stand at freedom’s door.

Bring me men to match my mountains,
Men to match their majesty,
Men to climb beyond their summits,
Searching for their destiny.

These are men to build a nation,
Join the mountains to the sky,
Men of faith and inspiration,
Bring me men, bring me men, bring me men!

I was recently introduced to this poem that was written 120 years ago and can’t help but thinking how this is exactly the recipe for what ails us today. We need men and women to match our mountains, to grow our economy, to drive our local community.

Our local businesses gather here today to show our coalition and force. Let us be men and women that drive our world from the local community outward. Let us have the vision and determination to make and demand a better tomorrow. Let us be the men and women that rally from our chairs and demand our elected officials serve our needs and expand a pro-business community. Better yet, be men and women that run for these positions — our City Council’s, Village and County Boards, School and Parks Boards, our State and Federal Legislators and serve the greater good.

After all, businesses drive our economic prosperity. Aurora and our region are dependent on our current businesses and businesses of the future to grow and prosper in our community. Our families need our business success, our schools rely on our local business success to fund programs and teachers, our healthcare system requires a vibrant local economy, our police and fire systems require private sector funding, our non-profits require local, personal donations to exist, and our faith-based organizations and churches are funded by our contributions.

Our business community is at the center of our community’s success. This organization, the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce, is an important organization to bring together the wide variety of engines that power our community.

I would ask each of you to commit to Move Mountains in your businesses, your jobs, and in our greater community. Let’s move mountains to grow our businesses to bring the jobs of the future to Aurora. Let’s not forget the non-profit organizations and local Boards that need our active participation to drive the overall community forward, as well. It was my pleasure to lead the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce for the past year and serve on its Executive Board for the past four years. It is with great pride that I turn the gavel over to Mr. Bill Winsininski to continue to lead us into the future. Bill brings great energy and vision for this important organization, and I know he is and will continue to do a great job for the Chamber.