Archive for September, 2012

Register Online Today for Program on Kane County Development

Friday, September 28th, 2012

On Wednesday, October 3, Metro West Council of Government and Kane County will co-sponsor a program on repositioning failed residential, commercial and retail developments in cooperation with the Urban Land Institute and Elgin Community College.

The Program will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Elgin Community College’s University and Business Center in 1700 Spartan Drive in Elgin.

The event is designed for mayors, municipal planning and economic development staff and members of the business community.

The program will provide a better understanding of Kane County’s market, development challenges and a fresh framework for solutions.

The registration fee is $25. The registration deadline is October 1. For registration information, click here.

Grants Available To Assist with Recycling and Composting Efforts

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity’s Illinois Energy Office, Division of Recycling and Waste Reduction, is pleased to announce two separate grant opportunities. The Department is seeking applications from qualified entities for traditional recycling (fiber, plastic, metal, and glass) projects and/or projects involving the composting of food scraps. The purpose of these solicitations is to divert recyclable/compostable commodities from Illinois landfills by increasing the quantity of materials recycled/composted in Illinois and increasing the self-sufficiency of these industries, as well as to establish permanent collection projects and facilities and to expand operations for processing these materials. Projects that demonstrate public economic benefits, such as job creation, will be given priority.

Grants are available to assist local governments, for-profit, and not-for-profit businesses and organizations with their recycling/composting efforts. Traditional Recyclables grant funds may be used to purchase project-related capital equipment such as collection, processing or handling equipment as well as project-related expansion and modernization costs. Food Scrap grant funds may be used to purchase collection and processing equipment as well as pay for project necessary site improvements.

Grant funds are made available from the Illinois Solid Waste Management Fund. The maximum grant amounts for the Traditional Recyclables grant program is $50,000. For the Food Composting grant program, the maximum grant request is also $50,000.

Entities interested in submitting an application for the Illinois Recycling Grants Program are encouraged to schedule an individual consultation with their regional DCEO representative by calling David Ross at 217/782-7887, or at David.Ross@Illinois.gov.

Those interested in submitting a Food Composting application should contact David E. Smith at 217/785-2006, or at David.E.Smith@illinois.gov

Additional details
• Applicant must provide a minimum cash only match of 25 percent of total project cost. Cash match by applicant must be for equipment and expansion/modernization only.
• Current/Active grantees are not eligible to apply for FY2013 funds.
• While we can discuss your potential project and answer specific questions concerning the Request-for-Application (RFA) document, DCEO can no longer provide reviews of draft applications or application language.
• Should the project be funded, grantees will be responsible for providing all proof of payment documentation for entire budget – this includes applicant’s match and grant funds.
• Funded projects that lead to the creation of jobs must provide DCEO verification of jobs created.
• Funded projects will be expected to commence in the Spring/Summer of 2013.

Both RFAs can be downloaded via our website at http://www.illinoisrecycles.com Application Deadline for both is November 19, 2012

Elections, Expo, Programs, & Member News

Monday, September 24th, 2012

Member News

 

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2 Cafe
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Bad Monkey Circus Ad Agency
Balihoo Productions
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
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Downtown Auroran Magazine
Dreyer Occupational Health Services
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
McKesson
Mitutoya America Corporation
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
Sign*A*Rama – Aurora
SmithAmundsen, LLC
Strayer University
Stumm Insurance, LLC
S&S Metal Recycling
TCE Company
The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield
The Virtual Assistant Group
The Voice
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

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Candidate Meet & Greet
 


Friday, September 28, at 7:30 a.m.
Gaslite Manor, 2485 Church Road, Aurora
 

Join us for an opportunity to hear from 11th Congressional District Candidates Judy Biggert and Bill Foster. Valley Industrial Association is partnering with the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce to present this excellent opportunity to interact with the candidates and share the issues important to you and your business.

The formal program will begin promptly at 8:00 a.m. with opening remarks from each candidate followed by a question and answer session with the audience. This is not a debate.

Are You Registered to Vote?
Your voice needs to be heard in this upcoming election, but you can’t vote if you’re not registered!

As an added value to your Chamber membership, we would like to help you register to vote using EZVote on our website at www.IllinoisProsperity.org/AuroraRegion to register online. Using the EZVote System (located under the Featured Tools) you will be able to fill out and download all forms necessary to register to vote.

Issues such as pension reform, repealing the income tax hike, and real reform to the Illinois workers’ compensation system are all issues that are contributing to businesses moving out of the state and need to be dealt with next year.

In Illinois, you must be registered to vote by October 9 to be able to vote on Election Day. Registering is easy and takes only a few minutes. You can get all the information you need and download a registration for by using the EZVote System.

Make sure you are registered for Election Day. Share this information with your employees, co-workers, friends and family.

Business Expo 2012 Set for Oct. 25
 


Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012
11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. 

Piper’s Banquets
1295 Butterfield Road , Aurora, IL

Do you want to maximize your exposure at one of the best business showcases in the region? At the Aurora Regional Chamber’s annual B2B marquee event there is something at the expo to help everyone build their client base while showcasing their latest and greatest offering in a classic trade show atmosphere.

Booths and sponsorships are available. Be a part of this great day. Contact the Aurora Chamber for availability details at (630) 256-3180 while booths are still available at this annual, sold-out event.

http://www.aurorachamber.com/expo.asp

Calendar of Events
Ill. Chamber Small Business Conference
Tuesday, September 25, 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Tinley Park Convention Center, Tinley Park

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, September 27, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Cafe, 55 S. Commons Drive, Aurora

Ribbon Cutting: Lincolnway Dental Center
Thursday, September 27, at 4:00 p.m.
648 N. Randall Road, Aurora

Candidate Meet & Greet: Judy Biggert & Bill Foster
Friday, September 28, at 7:30 a.m.
Gaslite Manor, 2485 Church Road, Aurora

NFP Alliance
Friday, September 28, at 8:30 a.m.
Chamber offices

Premier Members
Premier Members
Heads Up, Retailers…
The Illinois Retail Merchants Association alerted statewide retailers last Friday that an administrative rule proposed by the Illinois Department of Revenue to tax all shipping and delivery charges has momentarily stalled. As a result, it will not take effect October 1 as initially proposed.
Development Dialogue: Solutions for Failed Developments in Kane Co.
On Wednesday, Oct. 3, Metro West Council of Government and Kane County will co-sponsor a program on repositioning failed residential, commercial, and retail developments in cooperation with the Urban Land Institute and Elgin Community College.

The program will be held from 5:00 t0 8:00 p.m. at the Elgin Community Collge’s University and Business center at 1700 Spartan Drive in Elgin.

The event is designed for all interested in economic development – including members of the business community – and will provide a better understanding of Kane County’s market, development challenges, and a fresh framework for solutions.

To register, visit http://chicago.uli.org for information.

Member News
 


(From left) State Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia and Sen. Linda Holmes join Valerie Bruggeman of AT&T and Commander Kristen Ziman of Aurora Police Department for last week’s “No Text On Board Pledge Day” at the AT&T Mobility Store on East New York Street. To take the “It Can Wait” pledge, learn more or watch the 11-minute documentary, log on to: www.ItCanWait.com 

Aurora University invites you to Master of Arts in Leadership for Service Information Session on Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 6:00 p.m. at the Wackerlin Center for Faith and Action. On Oct. 9, Aurora University will host a 6:00 p.m. information session and seminar on graduate programs in accounting and business at the University Banquet Hall in Alumni Hall. For details on either, contact AU.

Cruz Tax Advisory, LLC will host “How to Outwit, Outsmart and Out Invest Wall Street: The Smartest Portfolio You Will Ever Need” on Oct. 5 at 9:00 a.m. at the Prisco Center. On Oct 16 and Oct. 18, they will offer “Women’s Unique Retirement Needs” with Leslie Heatherly from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at their offices. For information or to register, contact their offices.

Old Second’s employees are partnering with Project Santa to collect “wish list” items that will be shipped to our military troops stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan. All Old Second branches will be accepting donations of items on the Project Santa Wish List (as well as monetary donations to cover shipping costs) from now until November 2, 2012.

Dreyer Medical Clinic welcomes Psychiatrist Huma Abbas, MD, MPH; Gastroenterologist Rachna Arora, MD; Pediatrician Anisha Shetty, MD, FAAP; and Jessica L. Novak, LCSW, CADC, a licensed clinical social worker.

Firefighter’s Appreciation Day at Naper Settlement this Saturday from noon-4:00 p.m. Enjoy family friendly activities like a bucket brigade, see fire trucks, hear the Highland Guard and thank a firefighter for all they do during this fun day devoted to fire safety and prevention.

Harvard Risk Management Corporation invites you to participate in a complimentary webinar titled Identity Theft in the Workplace and its Impact on HR. Mr. Kris Evans, a Certified Risk Management Consultant, is a national expert on identity theft and corporate data breaches. During this webinar, Mr. Evans will be discussing how this growing crime is affecting businesses and their employees. Never before has there been a greater need for HR professionals to understand identity theft and its impact on the workplace. Register now at www.HRMCwebinars.com and use access code IDT 2 5 3 8 0 1

For the second consecutive year, Waubonsee Community College has been named a Military Friendly School by Victoria Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life.

 

Aurora Chamber Member News

Monday, September 17th, 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
Mitutoya America Corporation
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

Candidate Meet & Greet
Friday, September 28, at 7:30 a.m.
Gaslite Manor, 2485 Church Road, Aurora

Join us for an opportunity to hear from 11th Congressional District Candidates Judy Biggert and Bill Foster. Valley Industrial Association is partnering with the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce to present this excellent opportunity to interact with the candidates and share the issues important to you and your business.

The formal program will begin promptly at 8:00 a.m. with opening remarks from each candidate followed by a question and answer session with the audience. This is not a debate.

Business Expo 2012 Set for Oct. 25

Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012
11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Piper’s Banquets
1295 Butterfield Road , Aurora, IL

Do you want to maximize your exposure at one of the best business showcases in the region? At the Aurora Regional Chamber’s annual B2B marquee event there is something at the expo to help everyone build their client base while showcasing their latest and greatest offering in a classic trade show atmosphere.

Booths and sponsorships are available. Be a part of this great day. Contact the Aurora Chamber for availability details at (630) 256-3180 while booths are still available at this annual, sold-out event.

Calendar of Events
Coffee & Connections
Tuesday, September 18, at 8:30 a.m.
Painter’s District Council #30, 1905 Sequoia Drive, Aurora

Ill. Chamber Small Business Conference
Tuesday, September 25, 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Tinley Park Convention Center, Tinley Park

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, September 27, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Cafe, 55 S. Commons Drive, Aurora

Ribbon Cutting: Lincolnway Dental
Thursday, September 27, 2012 4:30 PM
648 N. Randall Rd., Aurora

Candidate Meet & Greet: Judy Biggert & Bill Foster
Friday, September 28, at 7:30 a.m.
Gaslite Manor, 2485 Church Road, Aurora

NFP Alliance
Friday, September 28, at 8:30 a.m.
Chamber offices

Premier Members
Premier Members

Member News
The Eighth Annual Hike for Hesed will be held Saturday, Sept. 22, with a kick-off at Hesed House. Raise sponsorships or donations of $25 or more and receive a free 2012 Hike for Hesed t-shirt.

GiGi’s Playhouse benefit: Tour de GiGi’s Fifth Annual Charity Bike Ride begins at Oswego East High School on Sunday, Sept. 23, and features 21-, 42-, and 63-mile routes through the countryside.

Aurora University invites you to Master of Arts in Leadership for Service Information Session on Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 6:00 p.m. at the Wackerlin Center for Faith and Action.

Harvard Risk Management Corporation invites you to participate in a complimentary webinar entitled Identity Theft in the Workplace and its Impact on HR. Mr. Kris Evans, a Certified Risk Management Consultant, is a national expert on identity theft and corporate data breaches. During this webinar, Mr. Evans will be discussing how this growing crime is affecting businesses and their employees. Never before has there been a greater need for HR professionals to understand identity theft and its impact on the workplace. Register now at www.HRMCwebinars.com and use access code IDT 2 5 3 8 0 1

There are still seats available for the 4th Annual Women’s Power Lunch: Women Inspiring Women, being held at Two Brothers Round House on September 27. The luncheon benefitting Mutual Ground features Pamela Davis, Edward Hospital President and Chief Executive Officer. Reserve your seat now for this great event!

Deal of the Week: LuAnn Specialties


Workforce Development: Pathways to Prosperity

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

Introduction
More than 50% of young Americans arrive in their mid-twenties without the skills and labor market credentials essential for success in today’s increasingly demanding economy. At the same time, public and private employers leave jobs unfilled for lack of suitable candidates.

In February 2011, Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) released the report, Pathways to Prosperity: Meeting the Challenge of Preparing Young Americans for the 21st Century, funded in part by the James Irvine Foundation. In response to the report, a number of states signaled their interest in forming the Pathways to Prosperity initiative.

Currently, Illinois is joining Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, North Carolina, and Tennessee for this great opportunity.

Collaboration
HGSE in partnership with Jobs for the Future (JFF), a national non-profit based in Boston, is in the process of visiting key regions in a number of states to assess their readiness to participate in the Pathways work. The initiative responds to the Report’s call for an intensive effort on the part of employers, educators, and government leaders to build pathways that link work and learning and are aligned with regional labor market demand. The goal is to help states build a system of career pathways that enable all young people to successfully transition from high school through a post-secondary credential to a high-skills, family-supporting career.

Purpose

The purpose of the exercise is to begin a collaborative process to assess gaps, strengths, challenges and opportunities to be considered by the regional and state leadership teams and to serve as the foundation for the 12- to 18-month work plan the local collaborative will develop. This preliminary work will introduce the project to stakeholders, support the development of a local working group, and recruit additional local leaders, particularly employers, with the motivation, influence and resource “muscle” needed to implement the plans.

The mapping process is intended to tap local expertise, grow capacity and open doors for additional partner buy-in.

Pathways identified by the collaborative group include:
• Information Technology
• Energy
• Health Science
• Manufacturing
• Transportation, Distribution & Logistics
• Research & Development

Assessment
Pathways to Prosperity team (JFF/HGSE) is carrying out an assessment of two regional labor markets in Illinois: Aurora and Chicago. To begin this effort, a team of education and workforce professionals, in collaboration West Aurora School District 129, City of Aurora, Waubonsee Community College, the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce, and The Dunham Fund will undertake an asset mapping process. This process sets the stage for local collaboration to create stronger career pathways for an area’s young people by assessing gaps, strengths, challenges and opportunities to be considered by the regional and state leadership teams as they plan and begin to build pathways systems.

A team from JFF and HGSE are in Aurora currently to conduct an “asset mapping” process. In addition to gathering information about our region, we are scheduling interviews with key stakeholders — educators, employers, non-profit leaders and others. On behalf of the local team, we want to thank the many business and community leaders who are taking part in the process. Your input is invaluable.

Deliverable
The asset-mapping team will produce an 8-10 page report based on the interviews and a desk-based analysis of labor markets. This report will be the impetus for our region’s focus on creating a local Pathway to Prosperity for our community and its employers and workforce.

If you have questions or comments about this project, please contact the Aurora Chamber at (630) 256-3180.

How Are You Recognizing Today?

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

Many of us will pause throughout today to remember. Some of us will share our thoughts and memories with others. Some will quietly reflect on the day. Without a doubt, the events of Sept. 11, 2001, have left a mark on all of us.

What we have decided to do with those memories are unique to each of us. How we continue to thank those who continue to serve our nation remains powerful. How we have impacted our community and our world in tribute to those who were lost shall be a testament to our humanity.

If you are interested in strengthening our community by serving on a community board — or assisting in other ways, please let us know. Let’s take to today to recognize the good in our community. Let’s make today a day that we each do something for another…in tribute and testimony.

September Highlights for Aurora Chamber Members

Monday, September 10th, 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
Mitutoya America Corporation
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

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Workforce Development Collaborative Launches
Harvard Educators Arrive to Help Aurora Better Prepare Students for Jobs of the Future

School District 129 this year is working directly with the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Harvard-based Jobs for the Future to prepare our students more successfully for the well-paying jobs of the future.

This year-long project is designed to benefit the entire Aurora region and serve as a model for the rest of the state and the country. The goal is to develop meaningful career training as a part of comprehensive school reform – middle school through college.

Along with District 129, the City of Aurora, Waubonsee Community College, the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Dunham Fund and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity have helped initiate this effort, which will involve the participation of other Aurora-area school districts, colleges, business organizations and government leaders.

Research has shown that in the U.S. economy there is growing evidence of a “skills gap,” in which many young adults lack the skills and work ethic needed for many jobs that pay a middle-class wage.

Harvard representatives will start by spending the week of Sept. 10 by collecting “skills gap” information unique to Aurora. What are the area jobs that go unfilled because area employees lack the work skills? What skill sets do Aurora-area employees need now and in the future, particularly in the areas of transportation distribution and logistics, research and development, manufacturing, information and technology, health science and energy?

In the months to come, the Harvard team will work with area educators to develop more powerful career-readiness curriculum designed to provide young people with the skill sets they will need to obtain the well-paying jobs of the future.

Limited Spots Remain for Leadership Academy
The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce Leadership Academy is offered to representatives of member businesses and organizations and is designed to prepare a select group of qualified candidates for future leadership roles in the Aurora area.

NORMA DELEON, AURORA TOWNSHIP
“I had no idea how informative the Academy would be. I have gained great new clients; I now coach a local sports team; and I have friends in leadership positions throughout Aurora.”

During the past three decades, more than 400 have graduated from the program. Alumni have moved up the corporate ladder to executive positions; they have been elected or appointed to leadership roles in local and state government; they have become involved in numerous boards and advisory groups in the community.

For additional details, visit the Leadership Academy page at www.AuroraChamber.com today.

Business Expo 2012 Set for Oct. 25

Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012
11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Piper’s Banquets
1295 Butterfield Road , Aurora, IL

Do you want to maximize your exposure at one of the best business showcases in the region? At the Aurora Regional Chamber’s annual B2B marquee event there is something at the expo to help everyone build their client base while showcasing their latest and greatest offering in a classic trade show atmosphere.

Booths and sponsorships are available. Be a part of this great day. Contact the Aurora Chamber for availability details at (630) 256-3180 while booths are still available at this annual, sold-out event.

Calendar of Events
Business Development Leads Group
Tuesday, September 11, at 7:30 a.m.
Chamber offices

Diversity Network
Tuesday, September 11, at 8:00 a.m.
Aurora Pancake House, 321 N. Lake Street, Aurora

Aurora Leadership Academy Begins
Wednesday, September 12, at 3:00 p.m.
Chamber offices

Ambassadors Meeting
Thursday, September 13, at 11:30 a.m.
Chamber offices

Grand Opening/Open House
Thursday, September 13, at 4:00 p.m.
The Virtual Assistant Group, 54 W. Downer Place, Suite 107
RSVP to kimber@theVAGrp.com

Ribbon Cutting
Thursday, September 13, at 4:00 p.m.
Provena Mercy Medical Center, Highland Avenue

Coffee & Connections
Tuesday, September 18, at 8:30 a.m.
Painter’s District Council #30, 1905 Sequoia Drive, Aurora

Ill. Chamber Small Business Conference
Tuesday, September 25, 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Tinley Park Convention Center, Tinley Park

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, September 27, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Cafe, 55 S. Commons Drive, Aurora

NFP Alliance
Friday, September 28, at 8:30 a.m.
Chamber offices

Premier Members
Premier Members

Member News
Rey Cruz of Cruz Investments & Wealth Management and Former Police Chief William Powell, City of Aurora, were recently appointed by Mayor Tom Weisner to the Aurora Housing Authority Board.

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.

Maids to the Rescue will celebrate their One-year Anniversary on Sept. 14.

Breaking Free’s Greater West Suburban Run for Recovery 2012 will be held Saturday, Sept. 15, at Waubonsie Lake Trail Picnic Shelter in Aurora at 7 a.m.

Provena Mercy Medical Center invites you to go behind the scenes and tour some of their 90 private rooms on Saturday, Sept. 15 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Sunnymere’s “Hollywood Nights” Fundraiser Dinner and Silent Auction will be held Saturday, Sept. 15.

Mooseheart Child City & School will host the 20th Annual Golf Invitational on Monday, Sept. 17, at 10 a.m. at Hughes Creek Golf Course in Elburn. Sponsorship and participation enables Moose Charities to continue meeting the needs of all the children at Mooseheart.

The Eighth Annual Hike for Hesed will be held Saturday, Sept. 22, with a kick-off at Hesed House. Raise sponsorships or noations of $25 or more and receive a free 2012 Hike for Hesed t-shirt.

GiGi’s Playhouse benefit: Tour de GiGi’s Fifth Annual Charity Bike Ride begins at Oswego East High School on Sunday, Sept. 23, and features 21-, 42-, and 63-mile routes through the countryside.

Aurora University invites you to Master of Arts in Leadership for Service Information Session on Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 6:00 p.m. at the Wackerlin Center for Faith and Action.

Fox Valley Park District is running a “Fall into Fitness” promotion throughout September by offering a free seven-day pass to any of the District’s three fitness centers.

Waubonsee Community College invites you to Adult Literacy Volunteer Training sessions in October.

Engineering Enterprises, Inc. is pleased to announce Jessica A. Lund, EI, has joined the firm as project engineer.

Deal of the Week: Chicagoland Speedway


Leadership, Business Expo, Leads Development with Aurora Chamber

Wednesday, September 5th, 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
Mitutoya America Corporation
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

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Leadership Academy 2012 Opens Registrations
The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce Leadership Academy is offered to representatives of member businesses and organizations and is designed to prepare a select group of qualified candidates for future leadership roles in the Aurora area.

JONATHAN HELTON, MERRILL LYNCH: “I had no idea how informative the Academy would be. I have gained great new clients; I now coach a local sports team; and I have friends in leadership positions throughout Aurora.”

During the past three decades, more than 400 have graduated from the program. Alumni have moved up the corporate ladder to executive positions; they have been elected or appointed to leadership roles in local and state government; they have become involved in numerous boards and advisory groups in the community.

For additional details, visit the Leadership Academy page at www.AuroraChamber.com today.

Business Expo 2012 Set for Oct. 25

Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012
11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Piper’s Banquets
1295 Butterfield Road , Aurora, IL

Do you want to maximize your exposure at one of the best business showcases in the region? At the Aurora Regional Chamber’s annual B2B marquee event there is something at the expo to help everyone build their client base while showcasing their latest and greatest offering in a classic trade show atmosphere.

Booths and sponsorships are available. Be a part of this great day. Contact the Aurora Chamber for availability details at (630) 256-3180 while booths are still available at this annual, sold-out event.

Calendar of Events
Aurora Leadership Academy Begins
Wednesday, September 12, at 3:00 p.m.
Chamber offices

Ill. Chamber Small Business Conference
Tuesday, September 25, 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Tinley Park Convention Center, Tinley Park

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Member News
Fox Valley Park District is running a “Fall into Fitness” promotion throughout September by offering a free seven-day pass to any of the District’s three fitness centers.

Dining and entertaining are together as one on Friday, Sept. 6, when Rockin’ Oldies Dinner Theatre Variety Show hits the Park District’s Prisco Community Center for a performance at noon. Call the Prisco Center for details and tickets.

Patricia J. Valassis, MD, has joined the Department of Pediatrics at Dreyer Medical Clinic, and is seeing patients at the Clinic’s Fox Valley Villages location. Kabir Julka, MD, has joined the Department of Gastroenterology and is seeing patients at the Clinic’s Highland and Rush-Copley Campus. Corpia Keyes, MD, has joined the Department of Internal Medicine and is seeing patients at the Clinic’s Batavia location.

MedCom Group has announced the addition of Glen Wurglitz, MDiv, PsyD, to its facility at 3535 E. New York St. in Aurora beginning in October.

WBIG/Fox Sports Radio begins their eighth season of broadcasting Chicago Bears Football on Sunday, Sept. 9, as the Bears take on the Indianapolis Colts.

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.

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