Archive for October, 2012

What Makes A Great Leader?

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

“Leaders aren’t born, they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that’s the price we’ll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal.” ~ Vince Lombardi

Join us and be inspired…  Regardless of industry or stage in a career path, Leadership is something that the Aurora Regional Chamber values deeply. Whether through large scale events or through our decades-long running Leadership Academy, we are proud to be able to provide platforms whereupon members can hear firsthand and gain further inspiration from some of the most accomplished leaders in the region.

This coming month we are honored to have Anne Pramaggiore, President & CEO of ComEd, share her insights in leading one of the most visible and powerful companies in the state of Illinois.  If you would like to join us for this very special event, feel free to contact the chamber office.  You can also register online here.   We hope to see you there!

Chamber Member News, Updates

Monday, October 29th, 2012


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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
Mitutoyo 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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Chamber Member Luncheon Featuring ComEd President & CEO, Anne Pramaggiore

Come hear firsthand from Anne Pramaggiore, President and CEO of ComEd, as she shares insights on her experience leading a company which has 5,700 employees and revenues of approximately $6.1 billion. In addition to the business aspects of her role, as a public utility, ComEd delivers electricity to approximately 3.8 million residential and business customers across northern Illinois, or 70 percent of the state’s population.

Wednesday, November 14, 11:30 a.m.
Fox Valley Country Club, 2500 N. Rt 25, North Aurora


Thank you Aurora University, Chamber Members for Great Expo
Thank you to our supportive sponsors of this year’s business expo – especially Aurora University, our presenting sponsor. To the numerous members who exhibited and participated in the day’s activities, thank you. Here are some highlights of the day.




Calendar of Events
Diversity Network Breakfast: Embracing Diversity Through Opportunity
Tuesday, Nov. 6, at 8:00 a.m.
Aurora Pancake House, 321 N. Lake St., Aurora

Council on Legislative Affairs
Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 8:30 a.m.
Chamber offices

Coffee & Connections
Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 8:30 a.m.
Painter’s District Council #30, 1905 Sequoia Drive, Aurora
Sponsored by: Pure Health
Powered by: Olson Chiropractic

Member Luncheon: ComEd CEO Anne Pramaggiore
Wednesday, Nov. 14, 11:30 a.m.
Fox Valley Country Club, 2500 N. Route 25, North Aurora

Chamber Progressive Networking Luncheon
Thursday, November 29, 11:30 a.m.
Stonebridge Country Club, 2705 Stonebridge Blvd, Aurora

Not-For-Profit Alliance
Friday, November 30 at 8:30 AM – 10 AM
Aurora University – Wackerlin Center for Faith and Action. 430 S. Evanslawn, Aurora
Topic: “Making Sure The Law Doesn’t Derail the Mission: Understanding Legal Compliance and Liability in a Not-For-Profit Setting”
Presented by: Eric W. Moch, Attorney at Law, Johnson & Bell, Ltd.


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Be a Holiday Hero: LIVE UNITED
With the holiday season just around the corner, Fox Valley United Way is once again partnering with local businesses, community groups, student groups, families and individuals who want to reach out a helping hand to those who are having difficulties during these tough economic times.

While many of us are telling our children that there won’t be a lot of gifts under the tree this year, many children in our community will not have any. That is, unless we do something to help. The Fox Valley United Way wants to help those families in need who won’t have the means to provide gifts for their children this year.

Unfortunately for these families, many other resources in the community have dried up. Therefore, the Fox Valley United Way invites you, your associates or your family members to consider making it a brighter holiday for area children.

Here is how you can make a difference this holiday season:

  • Sponsor an individual child or family: Purchase individualized gifts based on current needs, we recommend spending $50 per child. Contact Deborah Collins at (630) 896-4636 or deborah.collins@uwfoxvalley.org for gifting details.
  • Make a monetary donation: checks can be mailed to: Fox Valley United Way, 44 East Galena Blvd., Aurora, IL 60505. Cash donations can be dropped off at this same address during normal business hours. Or visit www.uwfoxvalley.org to contribute by credit card.
  • Purchase a gift card from a local grocery store to help provide a holiday meal for the family.
  • Purchase new hats, gloves, mittens and scarves for the children so they do not have to worry about being cold during the winter months.
  • Run a children’s toy drive! Drop off new unwrapped gifts at the Fox Valley United Way office.

For more information, contact Deborah Collins at Fox Valley United Way (630) 896-4636.


Sign up now for a group tour at RiverEdge Park
RiverEdge Park’s first season will begin with Blues on the Fox June 14-15, 2013; but you can get sneak preview of Aurora’s new regional park along the banks of the Fox River starting this month.

Tours will be available for a limited time to groups of 15 to 50 people. To arrange a group tour, contact the City of Aurora Planning Division at (630) 256-3080. Pre-registration is required.

The park is located on Broadway Avenue between New York Street and Illinois Avenue in downtown Aurora.


Member News
Old Second Bank welcomes Mark A. Magnoni of Des Plaines. He has been named vice president-commercial banking with Old Second Bank.

Waubonsee Community College, Illinois Small Business Development Center is offering Government Contracting 101 at their Aurora campus. This event is free and will take place Thursday, Dec. 6, 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Advance registration is required.

BERNINA of America has donated more than 100 Bernette by BERNINA sewing machines to be used by humanitarian organizations in Guatemala, India and the United States.Bring your ghouls and goblins to trick-or-treat and meet your favorite Super Hero’s! Donate blood on Monday, Oct. 29 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Heartland Blood Center – Aurora. Food! Fun! Prizes!

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 Nov. 2, 2012.

Julie Proscia was selected as one of one of “40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40 to Watch” for 2012 by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company. This award recognizes the top 40 attorneys under the age of 40 in Illinois. These attorneys are presumed to be “up and comers” in the legal field. Smith Amundsen is proud to recognize Julie for receiving this award. She joins SmithAmundsen attorneys Gary Zhao (2011), Jeff Risch (2010), Ryan Jacobson (2007) and Brian Rosenblatt (2006) on this prestigious list.

Rebuilding Together Aurora is having their first ever dodge ball tournament! This is a community event and fundraiser, Friday, Nov. 2, 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 3, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. They need players, referees, and volunteers.

Youth Service Bureau is hosting Kicks for Kids 5K Walk/Run on Saturday, Nov. 3. Registration begins at 7:45 a.m. and the race begins at 9:00 a.m. There will be beverages, food, entertainment and a 50/50 raffle.

Fox Valley United Way is once again partnering with local businesses, community groups, families and individuals who want to reach out a helping hand this holiday season to those who are having difficulties during these tough economic times. Please contact them if you would like to help.

From Oct. 31 through Nov. 3, 1st Family Dental is inviting area kids to visit any of the 10 area clinics trade in a pound of their Halloween candy in exchange for a collectible Plants vs. Zombies trading card and a free download of the Plants s. Zombies game.

The City of Aurora is asking residents to adhere to its official trick-or-treat hours, which are 4:00 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, and to make safety a top priority when collecting Halloween candy this year.

There are only two more Farmers Markets this year at 350 N. River St. on Saturdays from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. There’s something for everyone. Drop by the Fox Valley Marines tent to sign a few of the flags they give to our returning troops.

Veterans Day is just around the corner. After the parade that steps off at 10:15 a.m. at the Prisco Center and goes to Veterans Island Memorial Bridge on Illinois St., there will be a short wreath hanging ceremony. All Gold Star Families or Families with POW and MIA members are invited to join the Fox Valley Marines.


Join Us Tomorrow for Annual Expo

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Tomorrow is the Aurora Regional Chamber’s Business Expo from 11 AM – 6 PM. It will be your one stop shop for businesses to build new relationships and also strengthen existing ones.

We will be offering the following workshops throughout the afternoon:

12:00 noon – “Small business – Big crime” – Speaker Jeff Ryder presents the true story of how one trusted employee made off with hundreds of thousands of dollars and how he was eventually caught. This is a truly informative and mildly entertaining one hour talk that will benefit any business owner or high level manager. Sponsored by: A MED Billing Inc.

1:00 P.M. – “Drastically Reduce Your Bottom Line!?” – WARNING! Don’t attend this workshop if you desire increased costs associated with absenteeism, workers’ compensation, lost productivity and other profit-sapping health issues. Sponsored by Pure Health

2:00 P.M. – “Networking Fundamentals” – Learn practical tips in effective business networking to increase results at today’s expo and beyond! Sponsored by Rasmussen College

Admission is free and open to businesses and the public. Bring your business cards, colleagues, clients, friends, etc. and see you tomorrow at Piper’s Banquets 1295 Butterfield Rd. in Aurora. You will not want to miss this high energy key event! Click here for Expo details.

Join us Thursday for Annual Business Expo

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012


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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
Mitutoyo 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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Join us Thursday for Annual Business Expo

The Aurora Regional Chamber’s Business Expo is a one stop shop for businesses to build new relationships and also strengthen existing ones. During the trade show, current and aspiring business owners can also take advantage of the opportunity sit in on free workshops designed to help businesses of all sizes and individuals that they employ. Take some time to get to know some of the best and brightest businesses the Aurora area has to offer by stopping by the trade show to meeting our exhibitors, sponsors, and speakers.

Admission is free and the public is welcome. While at the show, make sure to sit in on one of these informative workshops.

12:00 noon – “Small business – Big crime” – Speaker Jeff Ryder presents the true story of how one trusted employee made off with hundreds of thousands of dollars and how he was eventually caught. This is a truly informative and mildly entertaining one hour talk that will benefit any business owner or high level manager. Sponsored by: A MED Billing Inc.

1:00 P.M. – “Drastically Reduce Your Bottom Line!” – WARNING! Don’t attend this workshop if you desire increased costs associated with absenteeism, workers’ compensation, lost productivity and other profit-sapping health issues. Sponsored by: Pure Health

2:00 P.M. – “Networking Fundamentals” – Learn practical tips in effective business networking to increase results at today’s expo and beyond! Sponsored by: Rasmussen College

Bring your colleagues, bring your friends, and make sure to bring your business cards.

Select booths and sponsorships are still 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
Spotlight on Business Expo
Presented by Aurora University
Thursday, Oct. 25, 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Piper’s Banquets

Diversity Network Breakfast: Embracing Diversity Through Opportunity
Tuesday, November 6, at 8:00 a.m.
Aurora Pancake House, 321 N. Lake St., Aurora

Member Luncheon: ComEd CEO Anne Pramaggiore
Wednesday, November 14, 11:30 a.m. Fox Valley Country Club, 2500 N. Rt. 25, North Aurora

Premier Members
Premier Members

Be a Holiday Hero: LIVE UNITED
With the holiday season just around the corner, Fox Valley United Way is once again partnering with local businesses, community groups, student groups, families and individuals who want to reach out a helping hand to those who are having difficulties during these tough economic times.

While many of us are telling our children that there won’t be a lot of gifts under the tree this year, many children in our community will not have any. That is, unless we do something to help. The Fox Valley United Way wants to help those families in need who won’t have the means to provide gifts for their children this year.

Unfortunately for these families, many other resources in the community have dried up. Therefore, the Fox Valley United Way invites you, your associates or your family members to consider making it a brighter holiday for area children.

Here is how you can make a difference this holiday season:

  • Sponsor an individual child or family: Purchase individualized gifts based on current needs, we recommend spending $50 per child. Contact Deborah Collins at (630) 896-4636 or deborah.collins@uwfoxvalley.org for gifting details.
  • Make a monetary donation: checks can be mailed to: Fox Valley United Way, 44 East Galena Blvd., Aurora, IL 60505. Cash donations can be dropped off at this same address during normal business hours. Or visit www.uwfoxvalley.org to contribute by credit card.
  • Purchase a gift card from a local grocery store to help provide a holiday meal for the family.
  • Purchase new hats, gloves, mittens and scarves for the children so they do not have to worry about being cold during the winter months.
  • Run a children’s toy drive! Drop off new unwrapped gifts at the Fox Valley United Way office.

For more information, contact Deborah Collins at Fox Valley United Way (630) 896-4636.

Sign up now for a group tour at RiverEdge Park
RiverEdge Park’s first season will begin with Blues on the Fox June 14-15, 2013; but you can get sneak preview of Aurora’s new regional park along the banks of the Fox River starting this month.

Tours will be available for a limited time to groups of 15 to 50 people. To arrange a group tour, contact the City of Aurora Planning Division at (630) 256-3080. Pre-registration is required.

The park is located on Broadway Avenue between New York Street and Illinois Avenue in downtown Aurora.

Chamber Member Luncheon Featuring ComEd President & CEO, Anne Pramaggiore
Come hear firsthand from Anne Pramaggiore, President and CEO of ComEd, as she shares insights on her experience leading a company which has 5,700 employees and revenues of approximately $6.1 billion. In addition to the business aspects of her role, as a public utility, ComEd delivers electricity to approximately 3.8 million residential and business customers across northern Illinois, or 70 percent of the state’s population.

Wednesday, November 14, 11:30 a.m.
Fox Valley Country Club, 2500 N. Rt 25, North Aurora

Member News
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 Nov. 2, 2012.

Julie Proscia was selected as one of one of “40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40 to Watch” for 2012 by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company. This award recognizes the top 40 attorneys under the age of 40 in Illinois. These attorneys are presumed to be “up and comers” in the legal field. Smith Amundsen is proud to recognize Julie for receiving this award. She joins SmithAmundsen attorneys Gary Zhao (2011), Jeff Risch (2010), Ryan Jacobson (2007) and Brian Rosenblatt (2006) on this prestigious list.

Rebuilding Together Aurora is having their first ever dodge ball tournament! This is a community event and fundraiser, Friday, Nov. 2, 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 3, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. They need players, referees, and volunteers.

Youth Service Bureau is hosting Kicks for Kids 5K Walk/Run on Saturday, Nov. 3. Registration begins at 7:45 a.m. and the race begins at 9:00 a.m. There will be beverages, food, entertainment and a 50/50 raffle.

Fox Valley United Way is once again partnering with local businesses, community groups, families and individuals who want to reach out a helping hand this holiday season to those who are having difficulties during these tough economic times. Please contact them if you would like to help.

From Oct. 31 through Nov. 3, 1st Family Dental is inviting area kids to visit any of the 10 area clinics trade in a pound of their Halloween candy in exchange for a collectible Plants vs. Zombies trading card and a free download of the Plants s. Zombies game.

The City of Aurora is asking residents to adhere to its official trick-or-treat hours, which are 4:00 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, and to make safety a top priority when collecting Halloween candy this year.

On October 26, Naperville News 17 (NCTV 17) will celebrate its 300th episode. This exciting milestone occurs during their 25th anniversary year.

Paddle and Trail announces the launch of their Film Nights Series. Paddle and Trail will present free outdoor films they hope will inspire people to be more active outdoors and to take care of our natural resources. The public is invited to attend the screening of “Remains of a River”, Friday, October 26, at 6:30 p.m.

Paddle and Trail is hosting the Paddle, Pedal and Pints fundraiser on Oct. 27. Funds raised at this event will go towards the purchase of surrey bikes for use on the bike path and downtown.

Dreyer Medical Clinic welcomes Tabatha Greene, Psy.D, clinical psychologist.

The Aurora Public Library Foundation’s Fourth Annual Imagine…the possibilities reception and auction will have attendees “Dancing through the Decades” on Oct. 26 at the library’s Eola Road Branch. The event will begin at 7:00 p.m.

The Fox Valley Park District will celebrate the Halloween season with its annual marquee event – Halloween Family Fun Night – from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 26, at the Prisco Community Center.

There are only two more Farmers Markets this year at 350 N. River St. on Saturdays from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. There’s something for everyone. Drop by the Fox Valley Marines tent to sign a few of the flags they give to our returning troops.

Veterans Day is just around the corner. After the parade that steps off at 10:15 a.m. at the Prisco Center and goes to Veterans Island Memorial Bridge on Illinois St., there will be a short wreath hanging ceremony. All Gold Star Families or Families with POW and MIA members are invited to join the Fox Valley Marines.

Chamber Staff Re-Appointed to Board for U.S. Chamber Institute Program
Institute for Organization Management, the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, has appointed Joseph B. Henning, IOM, ACE, chief executive officer of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce, to chair the Midwest Board of Regents. As chair of this board, Henning will implement the policies created by Institute’s National Board of Trustees, leading the Midwest Institute site and directing site recruitment.

In addition, Jane E. Abe, IOM, has been re-appointed to the Board of Regents for Southeast Institute.

“A strong Board of Regents is essential to Institute’s success,” said Raymond P. Towle, IOM, CAE, the U.S. Chamber’s vice president of Institute for Organization Management. “These volunteers drive site attendance, provide recommendations for program improvement, and serve as an on-site resource for Institute participants.”

Since its commencement in 1921, the Institute program has educated tens of thousands of association, chamber, and other nonprofit leaders on how to build stronger organizations, better serve their members, and become strong business advocates.

Institute’s five Boards of Regents serve on behalf of the National Board of Trustees. Each Board of Regents is responsible for recruitment, retention, and marketing of the program nationwide. Each regent is an Institute graduate nominated by their peers, and will serve for a designated term of up to two years.

State Announces Gigabit Award to OnLight Aurora
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn announced last week that OnLight Aurora is the recipient of the Illinois Gigabit Challenge Grant. Illinois’ investment of $1 million will help connect the City of Aurora’s state-of-the-art Fiber Optic Network to the educational, business, and healthcare communities and serve as a catalyst for significant economic growth and job creation.

“The State of Illinois’ investment in Aurora will help connect the city’s robust, state-of-the-art fiber network to more than 12,000 users including students, nurses, business executives, working men and women, and residents,” said Pat Quinn, Governor of Illinois. “Leveraging the city, state, and private investment, OnLight Aurora will not only connect community anchor institutions, such as libraries, schools and healthcare facilities, it will also serve as a catalyst for significant economic growth by facilitating world-class internet connectivity for area businesses.”

OnLight Aurora is an independent, not-for-profit organization that was formed out of a technology task force organized by Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner in 2011 that included volunteers from Aurora’s business community and city officials. The mission of OnLight Aurora is to leverage the world class connectivity of Aurora’s Fiber Optic Network for non-municipal use. The $1 million award from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) will help provide connectivity to Aurora’s public and private K-12 schools; higher education and healthcare institutions; commercial corridors and community anchors in underserved areas; and major non-profit organizations across the city.

“This grant will help OnLight Aurora continue to close the digital divide within our city by capitalizing on our Fiber Optic Network,” said Mayor Weisner. “We know that technology has the potential to revolutionize our educational system and it is an absolute must for successful companies of all sizes. By developing the infrastructure of the future, we drive economic development, strengthen our tax base, and address our community’s most fundamental needs: jobs, quality of life, and global competitiveness.”

“One of the major factors in companies locating to a city is the access to technology,” said Joseph Henning, President and CEO of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. “This grant will make it more cost effective to provide current businesses and those looking to make Aurora home, with the technology they need to succeed in today’s global business environment while creating thousands of jobs over the next five years.”


Premier Member Highlight: Aurora University

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

Today we are highlighting one of our top level Investment Members, Aurora University. But first some trivia on AU . . . did you know that Aurora University has two distinctive campuses and one educational center? Do you know where the other two learning centers are located?

The Aurora campus which offers more than 40 undergraduate majors and extensive graduate offerings and their mission is to be an inclusive community dedicated to the transformative power of learning. AU combines the wide range of programs expected at a university with the personal attention of a small college. Their award-winning faculty members are accessible; their partnerships with the community provide hands-on opportunities and internships; and their academic and support programs are designed to help a student succeed. The campus is always open for visits, so plan a visit it today.

George Williams College Campus, nestled on the shores of Geneva Lake in Williams Bay, Wisconsin, offers undergraduate and graduate programs in education, parks and recreation, social work, and sustainability and environmental management as well as a RN to BSN program in nursing.

And the Woodstock Center offers evening and weekend programs in business, criminal justice, nursing and social work as well as offers an adult degree-completion program.

We are thrilled to have AU be the key event sponsor for this year’s Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce Business Expo 2012! Come out and attend this high energy event!

State Award Will Drive Economic Development

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Governor Pat Quinn announced today that OnLight Aurora is a recipient of an Illinois Gigabit Communities Challenge Grant award, a statewide competition to establish ultra-high speed broadband networks across Illinois. The state is awarding $1 million in Illinois Jobs Now! capital funding to OnLight Aurora to help connect the city of Aurora’s fiber optic network to its education, business, and healthcare communities and accelerate economic growth and job creation.

“Smart communities will foster the job engines of the future,” Governor Quinn said. “To win in the information economy, we need information infrastructure that is second to none. Through the Gigabit Communities Challenge, Illinois will build stronger, smarter communities with Internet connections more than 100 times faster than they are today.”

OnLight Aurora is an independent, not-for-profit organization that was formed out of a technology task force organized by Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner in 2011 that included volunteers from Aurora’s business community and city officials. The mission of OnLight Aurora is to leverage the world class connectivity of Aurora’s Fiber Optic Network for non-municipal use. The $1 million award from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) will help provide connectivity to Aurora’s public and private K-12 schools; higher education and healthcare institutions; commercial corridors and community anchors in underserved areas; and major non-profit organizations across the city.

“This grant will help OnLight Aurora continue to close the digital divide within our city by capitalizing on our Fiber Optic Network,” said Mayor Weisner. “We know that technology has the potential to revolutionize our educational system and it is an absolute must for successful companies of all sizes. By developing the infrastructure of the future, we drive economic development, strengthen our tax base, and address our community’s most fundamental needs: jobs, quality of life, and global competitiveness.”

“One of the major factors in companies locating to a city is the access to technology,” said Joseph Henning, President and CEO of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. “This grant will make it more cost effective to provide current businesses and those looking to make Aurora home, with the technology they need to succeed in today’s global business environment while creating thousands of jobs over the next five years.”

OnLight Aurora Board Member and software business owner Mark McCoy added, “It has always been OnLight Aurora’s goal to provide internet access to the many organizations that make Aurora a great city for families and businesses. This grant will help move Aurora into the future and assure success for our schools, hospitals, business community and non-profits.”

Weekly News, Announcements from Aurora Chamber

Monday, October 15th, 2012


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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
Mitutoyo 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
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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
Aurora Chamber Mixer at the Foundry – Member Business After Hours Presented by the AYP
Thursday, October 18, 5:30 p.m.
The Foundry, 85 Executive Drive, Aurora

Business Development Leads group
Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 7:30 a.m..
Chamber offices

Spotlight on Business Expo
Presented by Aurora University
Thursday, Oct. 25, 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Piper’s Banquets

Premier Members
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Be a Holiday Hero: LIVE UNITED
With the holiday season just around the corner, Fox Valley United Way is once again partnering with local businesses, community groups, student groups, families and individuals who want to reach out a helping hand to those who are having difficulties during these tough economic times.

While many of us are telling our children that there won’t be a lot of gifts under the tree this year, many children in our community will not have any. That is, unless we do something to help. The Fox Valley United Way wants to help those families in need who won’t have the means to provide gifts for their children this year.

Unfortunately for these families, many other resources in the community have dried up. Therefore, the Fox Valley United Way invites you, your associates or your family members to consider making it a brighter holiday for area children.

Here is how you can make a difference this holiday season:

  • Sponsor an individual child or family: Purchase individualized gifts based on current needs, we recommend spending $50 per child. Contact Deborah Collins at (630) 896-4636 or deborah.collins@uwfoxvalley.org for gifting details.
  • Make a monetary donation: checks can be mailed to: Fox Valley United Way, 44 East Galena Blvd., Aurora, IL 60505. Cash donations can be dropped off at this same address during normal business hours. Or visit www.uwfoxvalley.org to contribute by credit card.
  • Purchase a gift card from a local grocery store to help provide a holiday meal for the family.
  • Purchase new hats, gloves, mittens and scarves for the children so they do not have to worry about being cold during the winter months.
  • Run a children’s toy drive! Drop off new unwrapped gifts at the Fox Valley United Way office.

For more information, contact Deborah Collins at Fox Valley United Way (630) 896-4636.

Sign up now for a group tour at RiverEdge Park
RiverEdge Park’s first season will begin with Blues on the Fox June 14-15, 2013; but you can get sneak preview of Aurora’s new regional park along the banks of the Fox River starting this month.

Tours will be available for a limited time to groups of 15 to 50 people. To arrange a group tour, contact the City of Aurora Planning Division at (630) 256-3080. Pre-registration is required.

The park is located on Broadway Avenue between New York Street and Illinois Avenue in downtown Aurora.

Member News
Cruz Tax Advisory, LLC will host “Women’s Unique Retirement Needs” with Leslie Heatherly from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at their offices on Oct. 16 and Oct. 18. For information or to register, contact their offices.

Marquette Bank is hosting a community event on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to enjoy free family entertainment and refreshments.

Trinity Episcopal Church is having Porktoberfest, Saturday, Oct. 20, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. Pulled pork plates only $7 or $10 by the pound. Dine in or pick up. Call (630) 897-7283 for information or tickets.

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 Nov. 2, 2012.

Rebuilding Together Aurora is having their first ever dodge ball tournament! This is a community event and fundraiser, Friday, Nov. 2, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 3, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. They need players, referees, and volunteers.

Youth Service Bureau is hosting Kicks for Kids 5K Walk/Run on Saturday, Nov. 3. Registration begins at 7:45 a.m. and the race begins at 9:00 a.m. There will be beverages, food, entertainment and a 50/50 raffle.

Everest College, North Aurora, has named Tim Dauber of Aurora as campus president.

Wine Sergi & Co., LLC has been recognized in this year’s Business Insurance “Best Places to Work in Insurance” program. They are one of 65 companies recognized this year as having created a high-quality workplace. Wine Sergi is one of only six Illinois insurance brokers being recognized.

Rachel Ossyra of Aurora has been elected president of the Fox Valley Park District’s Board of Trustees for 2013 as the board held its annual election of officers this week.

HALLOWEEN HOURS: The City of Aurora is asking residents to adhere to its official trick-or-treat hours, which are 4:00 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, and to make safety a top priority when collecting Halloween candy this year.

From Oct. 31 through Nov. 3, 1st Family Dental is inviting area kids to visit any of the 10 area clinics trade in a pound of their Halloween candy in exchange for a collectible Plants vs. Zombies trading card and a free download of the Plants vs. Zombies game.

Crawford, Murphy & Tilly, Inc. (CMT) consulting engineers wishes to announce the promotion of Monica Crinion to senior engineer following her recent registration as a Licensed Professional Engineer in Illinois.

Accion closed nearly two loans every working day in the third quarter! The 106 loans and $987,000 in the quarter beat all previous records by a sizeable margin.

Soup’s On 2012 is right around the corner. Soup’s On is a fundraiser that benefits Hesed House. It will be held on Sunday, Oct. 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Tellabs Atrium, 1415 Diehl Road, Naperville. To order tickets or request additional information, please contact Mary Ensor at (630) 914-6428 or email at mensor@hesedhouse.org.

Naper Settlement’s annual Halloween event, All Hallows Eve: Village of Fear is being held Friday and Saturday, Oct. 19 and 20, from 6:30 to 10:00 p.m. Experience two of the darkest nights of the year. On Sunday, Oct. 21, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. is History Speaks: Hauntings of the Civil War. Join Rebecca Tulloch as she portrays Maggie Fox, one of the founders of American Spiritualism.

With the holiday season approaching, Edward Hospital is hosting “A Service of Remembrance” on Sunday, Nov. 4, at 2:00 p.m. in the heart hospital conference room on the campus of Edward Hospital.


Save Money with Office Supplies

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

You can keep more money in your pocket. Improve office product ordering efficiencies while reducing cost.

It’s never been a better time to sign up for the National Chamber Program with Office Depot. The program discounts are stronger than ever:

• Deeper discounts on the items you purchase most often
• 15-30% off copy paper, ink, toner, and general supplies
• A straight 5% discount on nearly everything else Office Depot sells
• A stronger retail presence — you will save money on every purchase you make
• An enhanced ordering process — easier to access program discounts both online and in stores
• Next Day Delivery (in all major markets) and free shipping for all orders over $50
• Coupons, catalogs, and exclusive offers to help maximize your savings
• Store purchasing cards available
• Easy on-line ordering

Contact Anthony Falbo, Office Depot, at or Jane Abe, Aurora Regional Chamber, for more information. It can put money right back in your pocket.

Aurora Chamber 2012 Business Expo Sponsors – Supporting Our Business Community

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

Pack up your business cards and get ready to make new connections. Entry to the 2012 Aurora Regional Chamber Expo and all workshops are FREE. We’ll see you there!

We would like to thank our sponsors that have truly made the 2012 Business Expo – a premiere business community event – possible.

Would you like to join in and support our business community and the Expo? Additional sponsorship opportunties are still available. Contact Cristina Mancini via email or by calling (630) 256-3182 for all the details.

We are just over two weeks away to one of the most exciting chamber programs the event calendar has to offer. On Thursday, October 25 from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm at Piper’s Banquets in Aurora, dozens of area businesses will be sharing their offerings and showcasing their wares in one grand location. The Aurora Regional Chamber’s Business Expo is a one stop shop for businesses to build new relationships and also strengthen existing ones. During the trade show, current and aspiring business owners can also take advantage of the opportunity sit in on free workshops designed to help businesses of all sizes and individuals that they employ. Take some time to get to know some of the best and brightest businesses the Aurora area has to offer by stopping by the trade show to meeting our exhibitors, sponsors, and speakers.

Chamber Member News: Tomorrow is Last Day to Register to Vote

Monday, October 8th, 2012


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Mortgage Services III, LLC
Old Second National Bank
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
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Plum Landing Retirement Community
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Provena Mercy Medical Center
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Sequoia General Contracting Corp.
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Wee-Dee’s North Aurora
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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
Business Development Leads group
Tuesday, Oct. 9, at 7:30 a.m.
Chamber offices

Aurora Chamber Mixer at the Foundry – Member Business After Hours Presented by the AYP
Thursday, October 18, 5:30 p.m.
The Foundry, 85 Executive Drive, Aurora

Business Development Leads group
Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 7:30 a.m..
Chamber offices

Spotlight on Business Expo
Presented by Aurora University
Thursday, Oct. 25, 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Piper’s Banquets

Premier Members
Premier Members

Member News
Auto Plus will be hosting a blood drive on Sunday, Oct. 14, from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at 1175 N. Farnsworth Avenue, Aurora. Donate your blood and get a FREE oil change! Call today to schedule your appointment.

Marquette Bank is hosting a community event on Saturday, Oct. 20, from noon – 4:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to enjoy free family entertainment and refreshments.

Cruz Tax Advisory, LLC will offer “Women’s Unique Retirement Needs” with Leslie Heatherly Oct. 16 and 18 from 6:30 to 8:00 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 Nov. 2.

Trinity Episcopal Church is having Porktoberfest, Saturday, Oct. 20, 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Pulled pork plates only $7 or $10 by the pound. Call for information or tickets.

Rebuilding Together Aurora is having their first ever dodge ball tournament! This is a community event and fundraiser, Friday, Nov. 2, 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 3, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. They need players, referees, and volunteers.

Youth Service Bureau is hosting Kicks for Kids 5K Walk/Run on Saturday, Nov. 3. Registration begins at 7:45 a.m. and the race begins at 9:00 a.m. There will be beverages, food, entertainment and a 50/50 raffle.

DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd. is pleased to announce Annmarie Siwik, director of marketing; LizGonzalez, PHR, chief operating officer; and Cammy Corso, CPA, CFP®, and CDFA™, have been admitted as principals. Promoted to managers are CPAs Colin Shaw, Mark Mooney, and Kara Fahrenbach. Jacob Rockafellow, CPA, has been promoted to senior associate.