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Member News: Hiring Our Heroes This Friday

Monday, July 30th, 2012


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2 Cafe
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Bad Monkey Circus Ad Agency
Balihoo Productions
Barracuda Exteriors, LLC
Basil’s Greek Dining
Caterpillar, Inc.
Chicago Premium Outlets
Chawla & Associates, Inc.
Continental Acura of Naperville
Continental Audi of Naperville
Continental Mazda of Naperville
Create Cut Invent
Cube 214 Consulting
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Downtown Auroran Magazine
Dreyer Occupational Health Services
Express Employment Professionals
Fox Valley Country Club
Harris, NA
Ice Miller LLP
Idea Marketing Group
Imprint Enterprises Inc.
Kelmscott Communications
KING Industrial & Installation Service, Inc.
Konen Insurance Agency
Kunkel & Associates, Inc.
Liberty Mutual – Dawn Tully
Meade Industries
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Mortgage Services III, LLC
Old Second National Bank
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Piper’s Banquets
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 501
Provena Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
River West Radiation Therapy Center
Rockpoint Logistics
Rush-Copley Medical Center
Safeguard Construction Co.
Sequoia General Contracting Corp.
ServPro of Aurora
Sherwin-Williams
Sign*A*Rama – Aurora
SmithAmundsen, LLC
Stumm Insurance, LLC
S&S Metal Recycling
TCE Company
The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield
Two Brothers Roundhouse
uberloop
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
Waubonsee Community College
Wee-Dee’s North Aurora
Weldstar Company
WERV FM Radio (Next Media)
Westfield Fox Valley

Welcome New Members

Contact Us

Hiring Our Heroes

This Friday, August 3, 2012
Waubonsee Community College, Sugar Grove

For details and to participate, visit our blog.

Calendar of Events
Hiring Our Heroes
Friday, August 3, at 9:30 a.m.
Waubonsee Community College APC, Sugar Grove

Save the Date!
Business Opportunity Fair
Thursday, August 23, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Eola Community Center

Deal of the Week: Six Flags

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Member News
Communities In Schools of Aurora will host the annual Back-To-School Fair on Saturday, Aug. 4, at the John Harkness Center, 60 S. Fourth Street, in Aurora. To volunteer or support the program, contact the office.

Boat builders are gathering crews and designs for the 10th annual Fox Valley United Way Cardboard Boat Race on Saturday, Aug. 18, at Mastodon Lake at Phillips Park in Aurora. Come out and celebrate the kick-off of the United Way’s 2012-2013 fundraising campaign. Boater set-up begins at 8:30 a.m. Race starts at 10 a.m. Registration is limited; contact the United Way for details.

Association for Individual Development will host its annual auction on Friday, Sept. 14, featuring raffle baskets, Dutch auction, as well as silent and live auctions. For information and weekly updates, visit AID online.

Waubonsee Community College Vice President of Quality and Strategic Development Karen Stewart has been invited to serve on the Higher Learning Commission’s Academic Quality Improvement Programs panel. Waubonsee’s Vice President of Student Development Melinda James has been elected president of the Illinois Community College Chief Student Service Officers for the upcoming year.

Waubonsee recently achieved gold level status for meeting criteria set out by the Illinois Campus Sustainability Compact.

Dreyer Medical Group welcomes Scott R. Goodwin, MD, endocrinologist, and Siddharth A. Kakodkar, MD, cardiologist, to its medical staff.

Engineering Enterprises, Inc. announces Sean Mikos, PE, and John Hoffmann, PE, are Certified Public Infrastructure Inspectors. Kyle Welte has passed his Professional Engineer exam and has earned the title Professional Engineer in the State of Illinois. Brett Roberts, PE, has joined the staff as senior project engineer. James Schmidt has joined the staff as senior project technician.


Illinois Chamber, SmithAmundsen Offer Insight into ACA

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

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

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

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

Educational Opportunities

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

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

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

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

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

This Week’s News for Members

Monday, July 23rd, 2012


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2 Cafe
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Bad Monkey Circus Ad Agency
Balihoo Productions
Barracuda Exteriors, LLC
Basil’s Greek Dining
Caterpillar, Inc.
Chicago Premium Outlets
Chawla & Associates, Inc.
Continental Acura of Naperville
Continental Audi of Naperville
Continental Mazda of Naperville
Create Cut Invent
Cube 214 Consulting
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Downtown Auroran Magazine
Dreyer Occupational Health Services
Express Employment Professionals
Fox Valley Country Club
Harris, NA
Ice Miller LLP
Idea Marketing Group
Imprint Enterprises Inc.
Kelmscott Communications
KING Industrial & Installation Service, Inc.
Konen Insurance Agency
Kunkel & Associates, Inc.
Liberty Mutual – Dawn Tully
Meade Industries
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Mortgage Services III, LLC
Old Second National Bank
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Piper’s Banquets
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 501
Provena Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
River West Radiation Therapy Center
Rockpoint Logistics
Rush-Copley Medical Center
Safeguard Construction Co.
Sequoia General Contracting Corp.
ServPro of Aurora
Sherwin-Williams
Sign*A*Rama – Aurora
SmithAmundsen, LLC
Stumm Insurance, LLC
S&S Metal Recycling
TCE Company
The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield
Two Brothers Roundhouse
uberloop
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
Waubonsee Community College
Wee-Dee’s North Aurora
Weldstar Company
WERV FM Radio (Next Media)
Westfield Fox Valley

Welcome New Members

Contact Us

Hiring Our Heroes

Date Correction: Friday, August 3, 2012
Waubonsee Community College, Sugar Grove

For details and to participate, visit our blog.

Calendar of Events
Coffee & Connections
Tuesday, July 24, 8:30 a.m.
Painter’s District Council #30, 1905 Sequoia Dr., Aurora

Ribbon Cutting
Sen. Linda Holmes Campaign Office
Wednesday, July 25, at 4:30 p.m.
78 S. LaSalle St., Aurora

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, July 26, 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Cafe, 55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora

Hiring Our Heroes
Friday, August 3, at 9:30 a.m.
Waubonsee Community College APC, Sugar Grove

Premier Members
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Member News
Boat builders are gathering crews and designs for the 10th annual Fox Valley United Way Cardboard Boat Race on Saturday, Aug. 18, at Mastodon Lake at Phillips Park in Aurora. Come out and celebrate the kick-off of the United Way’s 2012-2013 fundraising campaign. Boater set-up begins at 8:30 a.m. Race starts at 10 a.m. Registration is limited; contact the United Way for details.

Hotel Arista invites fans to tell their own story by participating in the “My Effortless Wedding at Hotel Arista” contest on Pinterest. To enter, participants must follow Hotel Arista at www.pinterest.com/Hotel Arista. Details are on the page or on the Hotel’s Facebook page.

The Naperville Heritage Society, administrator of Naper Settlement, welcomes Mike Krol as the new chairman of the board and three new board members: Kathy Birkett, superintendent of Indian Prairie School District 204; Kevin Harris, general manager of Chicago area facilities operations at BP; and Ron Stenger, executive director, wealth advisor for Morgan Stanley Smith Barney.

Through a National Endowment for the Arts: Art Works grant, Naper Settlement has developed a walking tour that explores how public art enriches a community, tells a story of a community, and provides a connection with history. For details about the tours, visit their website.

Congratulations to Vince Pryor of Edward Hospital and Health Services and to David Quillen of Waubonsee Community College for being top CFOs within the region as named by Daily Herald Business Ledger this month.

Patrick M. Kinnally of Kinnally Flaherty Krentz & Loran, Aurora, recently completed his term as past president of the Kane County Bar Association. Joshua B. Rosenzweig of Dickson & Hasenbalg, Aurora, will serve the association as general counsel.

The City of Aurora will hold a pre-application workshop for the Community Development Block Grant on Wednesday, July 25, at 3:00 p.m. For details, visit the Chamber blog at http://www.aurorachamber.com/blog/?p=240.

Paddle and Trail, Aurora, announces The River Bassin Tournament this Saturday, July 28. The tournament will be a unique conservation minded, paddle-powered or shoreline only fishing event, with a catch-measure-photo-release format that promotes sustainability within the environment. For details, contact Paddle and Trail.

Congratulations to Mayor Tom Weisner for being named honorary chairman of the Fox Valley Marines golf outing next month. The League’s mission is to preserve the traditions and to promote the interests on the Corps as well as to provide assistance to current and former Marines and their families.

Kluber, Inc. proudly announces the opening of the new LivingWell Cancer Resource Center in Geneva following an 18-month integrative and inclusive process for planning and construction.

Communities In Schools of Aurora will host the annual Back-To-School Fair on Saturday, Aug. 4, at the John Harkness Center, 60 S. Fourth Street, in Aurora. To volunteer or support the program, contact the office.

If you know Rey Cruz well, you know that he believes that every social event is 60% more fun if he’s involved. Flat Rey has been created to travel with you between June 1 and Nov. 30 on your vacation or staycation. Take photos of your fun and include Flat Rey in some of them. All pictures must be in our possession by Dec. 1, 2012, to qualify for the contest. The pictures will be judged by our staff. Prizes will be awarded in time for the holidays. Winning photos will be featured on our website. For additional details, contact Cruz Investments & Wealth Management.


Congratulations to Nextage Realty Solutions on 75th Street in Aurora for their recent grand opening and ribbon cutting. Thank you to Mayor Weisner and our Ambassadors and members for joining us in the celebration.


Ambassadors and members welcomed Physicians Immediate Care to Aurora at a recent ribbon cutting. The location at Kirk and Butterfield roads is their 12th location in the Chicagoland area and the 20th location overall.


Is Tax Uncertainty Affecting Your Family or Business?

Saturday, July 21st, 2012

Some are calling it the “Fiscal Cliff,” others refer to it as “Taxmageddon,” but whatever you call it, the expiration of the 2001 and 2003 tax rates coupled with sequestration cuts in 2013 could very well drive our fragile economy back into a recession.

Congress must act now to prevent the largest tax increase in American history from taking effect next year, as well as enact fundamental tax and spending reform that will drive American competitiveness and growth in the long term.

Visit Friends of the U.S. Chamber to discover the devastating consequences to our economy if Congress fails to adopt serious, comprehensive, long-term reform.

City to Host Block Grant Informational Workshop

Friday, July 20th, 2012

The City of Aurora will be holding an informational workshop this month for local groups seeking funding as part of the Community Development Block Grant (CDGB) program.

The workshop will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 25, in the Community Room of the Aurora Police Department Headquarters, 1200 E. Indian Trail Road.

The workshop is being held in preparation for the 2013 CDBG funding cycle and is open to agencies that have previously received this funding, those who are interested in obtaining funds or for those who simply wish to receive more information. Topics include project eligibility, required agency capacity and the application/funding process.

Aurora receives about $1.1 million in federal funds each year through the CDBG entitlement. Those funds must be used in accordance with a five-year Consolidated Plan and an Annual Action Plan that are submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and adopted by Aurora’s City Council.

Non-profit organizations that serve low/moderate income residents of Aurora by providing programs such as foreclosure counseling services, early childcare/education services, code-related home repair and others have all benefited in the past from CDBG. Block grants have also funded City infrastructure including street reconstruction in targeted areas.

More information on the Community Development Block Grant program is available on the City’s website at www.aurora-il.org, under the Community Services tab; or by calling 630-256-3320.

Hiring Our Heroes Job Fair for Veterans and Military Spouses

Thursday, July 19th, 2012


Event to Include More than 50 Employers with Jobs Available

SUGAR GROVE, IL—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s National Chamber Foundation will host “Hiring Our Heroes – Sugar Grove,” a hiring fair to connect veterans and military spouses. More than 50 employers are expected to participate with jobs available for veterans and military spouses of all ranks and levels of experience. Companies range from America’s biggest employers to dozens of small companies from across the state.

Since its launch in March 2011, Hiring Our Heroes has held more than 210 hiring fairs nationwide, helping more than 10,000 veterans and military spouses find employment. Friday’s event is also part of “Hiring 500,000 Heroes,” a national campaign announced by the U.S. Chamber, National Chamber Foundation, and Capital One, to engage the business community in committing to hire 500,000 veterans and military spouses by the end of 2014.

Hiring Our Heroes — Sugar Grove
Friday, August 3, 2012
9:30 a.m. — 1:30 p.m. CDT
APC Building, Waubonsee Community College
Sugar Grove Campus (Route 47 at Waubonsee Drive)
Sugar Grove, IL 60554

RSVP: Interested job seekers should register for free at hoh.greatjob.net. Walk-in job seekers are allowed with proper military ID.

Business interested in participating in the job fair may register at hoh.greatjob.net

This event is being held in partnership with Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), Department of Labor’s Veterans Employment and Training Service (DOL-VETS), Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES), Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA), Valley Industrial Association (VIA), Waubonsee Community College, Operation Support Our Troops-America (OSOT-America), Aurora Regional COC, Batavia COC, Elgin Area COC, Geneva COC, Oswego COC, St. Charles COC, and Western DuPage COC.

How to Sneak Up on Incredibly Elusive Goals

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Here is one suggestion from Inc. magazine. For the full article, visit http://www.inc.com/jeff-haden/how-to-sneak-up-on-incredibly-elusive-goals.html

Want to build an amazing network?

Don’t think in terms of building a network. Build a list of key individual contacts.

Think about every key area your business depends on: Supplies, products, professional services, marketing, media, etc. Then work hard to build a strong relationship with one person in each of those areas. Build a connection with a lawyer. An accountant. The shipping clerk at your supplier’s warehouse. Your FedEx driver. An influential analyst.

Make it your goal to establish a key contact in each area of your business–with a person who won’t just return your calls but will also enjoy hearing from you–and you’ll naturally build an amazing network.

And some cool friendships, too.

Summer Stays Hot with the Aurora Chamber

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012


Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce
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2 Cafe
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Bad Monkey Circus Ad Agency
Balihoo Productions
Barracuda Exteriors, LLC
Basil’s Greek Dining
Caterpillar, Inc.
Chicago Premium Outlets
Chawla & Associates, Inc.
Continental Acura of Naperville
Continental Audi of Naperville
Continental Mazda of Naperville
Create Cut Invent
Cube 214 Consulting
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Downtown Auroran Magazine
Dreyer Occupational Health Services
Express Employment Professionals
Fox Valley Country Club
Harris, NA
Ice Miller LLP
Idea Marketing Group
Imprint Enterprises Inc.
Kelmscott Communications
KING Industrial & Installation Service, Inc.
Konen Insurance Agency
Kunkel & Associates, Inc.
Liberty Mutual – Dawn Tully
Meade Industries
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Mortgage Services III, LLC
Old Second National Bank
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Piper’s Banquets
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 501
Provena Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
River West Radiation Therapy Center
Rockpoint Logistics
Rush-Copley Medical Center
Safeguard Construction Co.
Sequoia General Contracting Corp.
ServPro of Aurora
Sherwin-Williams
Sign*A*Rama – Aurora
SmithAmundsen, LLC
Stumm Insurance, LLC
S&S Metal Recycling
TCE Company
The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield
Two Brothers Roundhouse
uberloop
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
Waubonsee Community College
Wee-Dee’s North Aurora
Weldstar Company
WERV FM Radio (Next Media)
Westfield Fox Valley

Welcome New Members

Contact Us

Hiring Our Heroes
The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s National Chamber Foundation to host “Hiring Our Heroes – Sugar Grove,” a hiring fair to connect veterans and military spouses. More than 50 employers are expected to participate with jobs available for veterans and military spouses of all ranks and levels of experience. Companies range from America’s biggest employers to dozens of small companies from across the state. Chamber members are invited to participate; click here for details.

Since its launch in March 2011, Hiring Our Heroeshas held more than 210 hiring fairs nationwide, helping more than 10,000 veterans and military spouses find employment. Friday’s event is also part of “Hiring 500,000 Heroes,” a national campaign announced by the U.S. Chamber, National Chamber Foundation, and Capital One, to engage the business community in committing to hire 500,000 veterans and military spouses by the end of 2014.

WHAT : Hiring Our Heroes – Sugar Grove

WHEN : Friday, August 3, 2012
9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. CDT

WHERE : APC Building
Waubonsee Community College
Sugar Grove Campus (4S783 Illinois 47)
Sugar Grove, IL 60554

RSVP : Interested job seekers should register for free at hoh.greatjob.net. Walk-in job seekers are allowed with proper military ID.

This event is being held in partnership with Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), Department of Labor’s Veterans Employment and Training Service (DOL-VETS), Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES), Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA), Waubonsee Community College, Operation Support Our Troops-America (OSOT-America), Valley Industrial Association, as well as Aurora Regional, Batavia, Elgin Area, Geneva, Oswego, St. Charles, and Western DuPage chambers of commerce.

Thank you to our 2012 Golf Classic supporters
It was a great day for golf – and networking – last week at the Aurora Country Club. Thank you to our sponsors, golfers, and volunteers who joined us for the 2012 Golf Classic. Proceeds from the event assist the Chamber in keeping membership dues at one of the lowest levels in the area while providing funds for the Chamber to advocate on behalf of our business members.

Please recognize the following sponsors in appreciation of their support of the event.

Prestige Sponsor: FirstMerit Bank

Dinner Sponsors: Caterpillar, Clear Perspective Advisors, and Waubonsee Community College

Game Sponsors: Cano Container and Old Second National Bank

Beverage Cart Sponsors: Geneva Construction Co.

Lunch Sponsor: mb Financial Bank

Practice Range Sponsor: Konen Insurance Agency

Hole Sponsors: Alarm Detection Systems Inc., Associated Bank/Associated Financial Group, Aurora Laundry/Valley Linen Supply, Ballydoyle Aurora, Earthmover Credit Union, FirstMerit Bank N.A., Healy Chapel, Hotel Arista at CityGate Centre, Olson Chiropractic, Riverfront Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, Safeguard Construction Company Inc., SmithAmundsen LLC, Village of North Aurora, Weblinx Incorporated, and Weldstar Company

Award Sponsors: Crown Trophy, Heitkotter, and Valley Fastener Group LLC

Program Sponsor: Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment

Courtesy Cart Sponsor: Continental Motors of Naperville

Golf Cart Sponsors: Glenture, Hollywood Casino Aurora, Sign*A*Rama – Aurora, and State Farm Insurance Rodrigo Menendez

Photography Sponsor: CS Photos/Chicago Sports Photos

Soft Drink Sponsor: Pepsi

Bag Sponsor: Aurora Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

Raffle and Prize Sponsors: Aurora Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, Chicago Premium Outlets, Chicagoland Speedway, Cooper’s Hawk, Fox and Hound, Fox Valley Winery, Hollywood Palms, Hooters, Lu Ann Specialties, Olson Chiropractic, Mark James & Associates, Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel, Provena Mercy Medical Center, Six Flags Great America, Smith Amundsen LLC, The Comedy Shrine, The Foundry, and WBIG Radio.

Survey Invitation
The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is conducting its annual survey of membership on programs, events, and business issues. The brief survey – estimated to take less than 10 minutes to complete – will help determine the activities and focus for the next fiscal year. Watch your e-mail for the survey invitation. If you have not received one, please contact the Chamber via e-mail.

Programs for Your Success
Ribbon Cutting
Nextage Realty Solutions
Tuesday, July 17, at 2:00 p.m.
3933 75th St., Ste 102, Aurora

Wilder Promenade Dedication
Wednesday, July 18, at 11:00 a.m.
350 N. River St., Aurora

Ice Cream Social
Wednesday, July 18, 2:00 p.m.
Colonial Cafe, 1961 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora

Coffee & Connections
Tuesday, July 24, 8:30 a.m.
Painter’s District Council #30, 1905 Sequoia Dr., Aurora

Ribbon Cutting
Sen. Linda Holmes Campaign Office
Wednesday, July 25, at 4:30 p.m.
78 S. LaSalle St., Aurora

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, July 26, 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Cafe, 55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora

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Supreme Impact: the Affordable Care Act … – Illinois Chamber Dispatch

Friday, July 13th, 2012

See on Scoop.itIllinois Legislative Affairs


As widely reported in a much-anticipated opinion, the United States Supreme Court reached a split decision on health care reform, upholding the Individual Mandate provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).


See on chamberdispatch.com