Archive for November, 2012

Member News: Week of November 26, 2012

Wednesday, November 28th, 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
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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Goal Oriented Networking At Its Best:
Progressive Networking Luncheon

Now more than ever business is built on relationships. This isn’t your typical business luncheon. It’s all about the networking, so be prepared to move!

Make new connections and strengthen current relationships at one of our upcoming high-energy progressive networking events and enjoy and fantastic lunch at a classic Aurora venue.

Be prepared, friends! All attendees are encouraged to bring stacks of business cards and promotional materials to share. One lucky attendee will be drawn on site during the event to give an expanded elevator speech to the entire audience.

So whether you’re a seasoned vet or a newbie at networking, don’t be shy! These events make it easy to grow your network or nurture an existing one.

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


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

Ribbon Cutting and Open House Celebration: Devon Home Loan Center
Thursday, Nov. 29, at 4:30 p.m.
440 S. Third Street, Suite 206, St. Charles

Not-For-Profit Alliance: Making Sure The Law Doesn’t Derail the Mission
Friday, Nov. 30, 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Aurora University’s Wackerlin Center for Faith and Action, 430 S. Evanslawn, Aurora
Presented by Eric W. Moch, Attorney at Law, Johnson & Bell, Ltd.

Diversity Network Breakfast: Embracing Diversity Through Opportunity
Tuesday, Dec 4., at 8:00 a.m..
Aurora Pancake House, 321 N. Lake St., Aurora

Business After Hours: Clear Perspective Advisors
Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 5:00 p.m.
201 N. Constitution, Suite 2, Aurora

Free LinkUp Lunch N’ Learn: Separating Myths From Truths; The Story of Investing
Presented by Cruz Investments and Wealth Management
Friday, Dec. 7, at 11:45 a.m.
Chamber Offices

Annual Aurora Chamber Holiday Celebration
Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 4:30 p.m.
Paramount Theater, 23 E. Galena Blvd, Aurora

Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Celebration: Ryland Homes Ingham Park
Tuesday, Dec. 18, at 4:00 p.m.
3487 Ayers Drive, Aurora 60506


Premier Members
Premier Members


Register now: Holiday Celebration 12-12-12

Paramount Theatre
Grand Gallery
23 East Galena Boulevard
Aurora, Illinois 60506
Wednesday, 12-12-12
4:30 pm – 7:30 pm
$20.00 per person

This elegant Holiday Celebration is
made possible with help from our sponsors.

Cano Container Corporation
Daleiden Mortuary
Fox Valley Park District
Geneva Construction

Konen Insurance
Moose International
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Theater
Reuland Food Service
Rush-Copley Medical Center

Additional sponsorship opportunities are still available.
Contact Cristina Mancini for further details.


Member News
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.

AID (Association for Individual Development) is offering 2012 Holiday gift options. Great gifts for friends, family, neighbors, co-workers – anyone on your shopping list! All proceeds benefit AID.

The Fox Valley Park District has proclaimed November as Veterans Recognition Month and will pay its respects with an offer of free admission at its fitness centers. Throughout November, veterans may visit any Park District fitness facility an unlimited number of times for no charge. Free admittance for veterans and their families (spouses and children).

The latest edition to Arcadia Publishing’s new Legendary Locals imprint is Legendary Locals of Aurora by local author Jo Fredell Higgins. Filled with an average of 180 images and a new design, this people-centric imprint focuses on newsworthy and noteworthy individuals and groups who have built and shaped their communities. Join the Author for a Book Signing, Saturday, Dec. 8 from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at David L. Pierce Art and History Center, 20 E. Downer Place, Aurora.

Naper Settlement will be sharing one of the most beloved stories of the Great Lakes on Sunday, Dec. 16 from 4:00 p.m – 5:00 p.m. The Christmas Tree Ship has inspired paintings, poems, songs, television programs and a musical. Author Rochelle Pennington will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ship’s mysterious disappearance on Nov. 22, 1912 with original photographs, artifacts raised from the sunken ship and underwater photos of the ship in its current state at the bottom of Lake Michigan. For all ages. Reservations recommended.

The beautifully decorated Martin Mitchell Mansion, on the National Register of Historic Places, is a showpiece of Naper Settlement, especially decked out in full Victorian splendor during the holiday season. Take a guided tour of the two-story Mansion and Carriage House. Saturday, Dec. 15, tours at 11, Noon, 1 and 2; Sunday, Dec. 16, tours at 1, 2 and 3. Tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door of the Mansion.

Naper Settlement will be sharing their Cup of Cheer tea cup and saucer collection. The Cup of Cheer Holiday House Walk is the Naperville Garden Club’s annual fundraiser, which is being held Friday, Dec. 7. The Cup of Cheer exhibit will be on display through January.

Please join Devon Bank Home Loan Center for their Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 29 from 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m at 440 S. Third St., Suite 206, St. Charles. There will be networking, cocktails and refreshments! For more information call Chris Weis at 630-549-0925.

Waubonsee Community College‘s Brighter Future Scholarship will help you see a brighter future. This scholarship provides up to $500 toward the cost of Workforce Development courses for individuals who are unemployed. Call 630-466-2316 for application. Waubonsee Community College is offering 2013 Scholarship and Financial Aid Workshops. Please contact Linda Linden at 630-466-7900 ext. 2983 or llinden@waubonsee.edu for more information or to register.Need help paying for college? Apply for as many scholarships as you like in just minutes with the Scholarship Tracking and Review System (STARS Online) at www.waubonsee.edu/foundation. For more information contact Linda Linden at 630-466-7900 or llinden@waubonsee.edu.

GiGi’s Playhouse is now offering their 10 year anniversary 2013 Commemorative Calendar “Pass It On”. That is what this calendar is about; passing on the blessings we receive from our friends with Down Syndrome; Love, Forgiveness, Tenderness, Determination, Inspiration and so much more! A great message for friends, family, colleagues, and employees to share while supporting the Playhouse! The cost is $12, purchase them online or at your local Playhouse.

Christmas Concert of the Aurora University Choirs will be held on Sunday, Dec. 2 at 3:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Aurora University in the Crimi Auditorium in the Institute for Collaboration at 457 S. Calumet Ave., Aurora. The event is free of charge. Reservations are required. Call 630-844-4924 or email artsandideas@aurora.edu for more information.

The Schingoethe Center at Aurora University is holding two exhibits into December: “Unyielding Light” featuring paintings and prints by Emilio Sanchez on display through Dec. 16. and “Unraveling Revelations: Decoding the Prophetic Charts” on display through Dec. 20 at the Schingoethe Art Gallery in Dunham Hall.

Dreyer Medical Clinic is pleased to invite all area men interested in learning more about their health and wellness to the 12th annual Boys’ Night Out mini-conference from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 5. Free and open to the public, this year’s Boys’ Night Out event will be held in an informal, non-medical setting at the Hampton Inn and Suites in Aurora located on Orchard Road off I-88.

MetaPhrasis is holding a Language Access Compliance Webinar “Keeping it Legal” on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 1:00 pm. Federal law requires any organization currently receiving federal funds to provide language assistance services. The webinar provides the opportunity to cut through the complexity and have your questions answered by leading experts.


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.

To find out how you can make a difference this holiday season follow go to www.uwfoxvalley.org for detailed information, or by contacting Deborah Collins at (630) 896-4636 or deborah.collins@uwfoxvalley.org for gifting details.


Community Spirit To Keep Children
Warm This Winter
“The Coats for Kids” drive returns for another year after local school counselors have identified hundreds of students who do not have the proper winter gear for the cold months ahead. However, drive organizers cannot do this alone without the generous spirit from the Aurora community.

The effort seeks to raise about $30,000 this year with the hope of purchasing 3,000 coats – along with gloves, mittens, hats, scarves and boots – to be distributed at the end of November at East Aurora High School. People can make a financial contribution to this year’s effort by mailing a check to the Kiwanis Foundation of Aurora, P.O. Box 1551, Aurora, IL 60507.

Mayor Tom Weisner, 7th Ward Alderman Scheketa Hart-Burns, 2nd Ward Alderman Juany Garza, the Kiwanis Club of Aurora, Wayside Cross Rescue Mission Urban Youth Ministry, Communities in Schools, local businesses, civic leaders, labor organizations, schools and churches are spearheading the drive in conjunction with the City of Aurora. School counselors in East Aurora School District 131, West Aurora School District 129 and Indian Prairie School District 204 already have generated a list of students who would benefit from the coat drive.

Organizers also are collecting new and/or slightly worn winter coats for children. Donations of new gloves, mittens, scarves, hats, sweaters, and socks also will be accepted. Coats and other winter apparel can be dropped off between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday through Dec. 14 at the City of Aurora’s Community Service Department, 5 E. Downer Place, Suite A; Aldermen’s Office, 60 E. Downer Place; and the City’s Customer Service Center, 3770 McCoy Drive.


Aurora Chamber Director of Membership
Receives ACE Award

Jane E. Abe, IOM, Aurora Regional Chamber’s Director of Membership, received “Accredited Chamber Executive” (ACE) from the Illinois Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives at their 2012 Fall Conference Jane was also recognized for 15 years in the Chamber of Commerce industry.

IACCE (Illinois Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives) is a resource for the professional development of Chamber of Commerce executives and their staff in Illinois.


Member News: Week of November 19, 2012

Tuesday, November 20th, 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
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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Shop Local This Weekend

Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday sits Small Business Saturday, a day dedicated to supporting small businesses and their communities.

The Aurora Chamber is to support Small Business Saturday and encourage everyone to shop at their favorite local businesses on this Saturday, November 24.

Together, we can make this the biggest day of the year for our local businesses.

To get involved, visit ShopSmall.comto:

  • Find out where to Shop Small at American Express Card accepting small merchants near you
  • Learn how you can rally your friends and family
  • Get inspired and learn how to make the most of the
Calendar of Events
Chamber Progressive Networking Luncheon
Thursday, November 29, 11:30 a.m.
Stonebridge Country Club, 2705 Stonebridge Blvd, Aurora

Ribbon Cutting and Open House Celebration: Devon Home Loan Center
Thursday, Nov. 29, at 4:30 p.m.
440 S. Third Street, Suite 206, St. Charles

Not-For-Profit Alliance: Making Sure The Law Doesn’t Derail the Mission
Friday, Nov. 30, 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Aurora University’s Wackerlin Center for Faith and Action, 430 S. Evanslawn, Aurora
Presented by Eric W. Moch, Attorney at Law, Johnson & Bell, Ltd.

Business After Hours: Clear Perspective Advisors
Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 5:00 p.m.
201 N. Constitution, Suite 2, Aurora

LinkUp Lunch N’ Learn: Separating Myths From Truths; The Story of Investing
Presented by Cruz Investments and Wealth Management
Friday, Dec. 7, at 11:45 a.m.
Chamber Offices

Annual Aurora Chamber Holiday Celebration
Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 4:30 p.m.
Paramount Theater, 23 E. Galena Blvd, Aurora

Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Celebration: Ryland Homes Ingham Park
Tuesday, Dec. 18, at 4:00 p.m.
3487 Ayers Drive, Aurora 60506

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Save The Date: Holiday Celebration 12-12-12
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Member News
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. You can make a local child’s holiday a little brighter this year by participating in our Holiday Assistance Program. Please contact them if you would like to help.

Waubonsee Community College’s 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, from 8:30 to 11:00 a.m. Advance registration is required.

AID (Association for Individual Development) is offering 2012 Holiday gift options. Great gifts for friends, family, neighbors, co-workers – anyone on your shopping list! All proceeds benefit AID.

The Fox Valley Park District has proclaimed November as Veterans Recognition Month and will pay its respects with an offer of free admission at its fitness centers. Throughout November, veterans may visit any Park District fitness facility an unlimited number of times for no charge. Free admittance for veterans and their families (spouses and children).

The latest edition to Arcadia Publishing’s new Legendary Locals imprint is Legendary Locals of Aurora by local author Jo Fredell Higgins. Filled with an average of 180 images and a new design, this people-centric imprint focuses on newsworthy and noteworthy individuals and groups who have built and shaped their communities. Join the author for a Book Signing, Saturday, Dec. 8, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at David L. Pierce Art and History Center.

The Fifth Annual Holiday Food Drive benefitting the Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry will be held through Wednesday. Ways to participate and help those in our community who are hungry: Purchase pre-packed bags of groceries for $5, $10 and $15 at local grocery stores; make a monetary donation online or send a check; purchase food or hold a food drive and call for pick-up (630) 801-8800, ext. 109; Hand out flyers at local grocery stores.

The beautifully decorated Martin Mitchell Mansion, on the National Register of Historic Places, is a showpiece of Naper Settlement, especially decked out in full Victorian splendor during the holiday season. Take a guided tour of the two-story Mansion and Carriage House. Saturday tours at 11, Noon, 1 and 2; Sunday tours at 1, 2 and 3. Tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door of the Mansion.

Naper Settlement will be sharing their Cup of Cheer tea cup and saucer collection. The Cup of Cheer Holiday House Walk is the Naperville Garden Club’s annual fundraiser, which is being held Friday, Dec. 7. The Cup of Cheer exhibit will be on display through January.

Please join Devon Bank Home Loan Center for their ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 29, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 440 S. Third St., Suite 206, St. Charles. There will be networking, cocktails and refreshments! For more information call Chris Weis at (630) 549-0925.

Waubonsee Community College’s Brighter Future Scholarship will help you see a brighter future. This scholarship provides up to $500 toward the cost of Workforce Development courses for individuals who are unemployed. Call (630) 466-2316 for application. Waubonsee Community College is offering 2013 Scholarship and Financial Aid Workshops. Please contact Linda Linden at (630) 466-7900, ext. 2983, or llinden@waubonsee.edu for more information or to register. Need help paying for college? Apply for as many scholarships as you like in just minutes with the Scholarship Tracking and Review System (STARS Online) at www.waubonsee.edu/foundation. For more information contact Linda Linden at 630-466-7900 or llinden@waubonsee.edu.

Dreyer Medical Clinic welcomes Podiatrist Anthony V. Pollastrini, DPM, to the Department of Podiatry.

In response to the growing need for enhanced substance abuse treatment services, Breaking Free is pleased to announce two new clinical services. Medication Assisted Treatment, David Miller, MD, has joined our staff to oversee this specialized program that incorporates Suboxone into the treatment process and Expanded DUI Services to now include DUI evaluations for individuals that have been charged with the offense of Driving Under the Influence (DUI).

The Waubonsee Community College Board of Trustees appointed Ulysses Diaz, of Aurora, to the position of Bilingual Counselor, effective Nov. 26. The Board of Trustees also recently appointed Dr. Scott Peska, of DeKalb, to the position of Dean for Students.

Congratulations to Waubonsee Community College who recently received nine awards for the College’s marketing and communications. Competing against more than 6,000 entries from throughout the U.S., Canada and other international markets, Waubonsee received eight MarCom awards – three platinum awards (the top award), three gold awards and two honorable mentions.

Waubonsee Community College President Dr. Christine Sobek was recently appointed to the Illinois Pathways Advisory Council by the Illinois Community College Board.

Following site evaluations, Waubonsee Community College’s Auto Body Repair and Automotive Technology programs received National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF Accreditation. In the past five years, the program has twice been named the best in the nation by two separate automotive organizations. Congratulations!

Olson Chiropractic is thrilled to announce we are beginning a new chapter. We are changing our name to Pure Health to better reflect our goal of helping you achieve pure health. The company has not been sold, we are not losing any of our current team, nor have we merged with any other health care facility. We are making these changes so that we can better serve you. You can expect some other exciting changes. The biggest change is that we will become an integrated facility offering Chiropractic and Medical services.

Rebuilding Together Aurora is pleased to announce that its first dodgeball tournament was a rousing success! Thirty teams competed in three brackets. Congratulations to the winning teams. The tournament raised $5800 for our organization! Thank you for your support and thank you to our sponsors.

Rebuilding Together Aurora staff and 18 volunteers gathered at the Lowe’s Project house to rebuild a safer and healthier home for the family living there. The project day was a tremendous success, and the homeowners were grateful for all the hard work. Congratulations to the volunteers for a job well done, and thank you Lowe’s for your sponsorship!

GiGi’s Playhouse is now offering their 10 year anniversary 2013 Commemorative Calendar “Pass It On”. That is what this calendar is about; passing on the blessings we receive from our friends with Down Syndrome; Love, Forgiveness, Tenderness, Determination, Inspiration and so much more! A great message for friends, family, colleagues, and employees to share while supporting the Playhouse! The cost is $12, purchase them online or at your local Playhouse.

Backthird Audio is hosting an Interest Meeting for the Fox Valley Music Center concept on Tuesday, Nov. 20 from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. We need your input – and we’re paying in pizza. Hear our vision and meet the key players. Please RSVP. Backthird Audio is accepting applications for our Spring 2013 music business internships through Nov. 27. For a complete job description and application visit us online.

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.

Community Spirit To Keep Children
Warm This Winter
“The Coats for Kids” drive returns for another year after local school counselors have identified hundreds of students who do not have the proper winter gear for the cold months ahead. However, drive organizers cannot do this alone without the generous spirit from the Aurora community.

The effort seeks to raise about $30,000 this year with the hope of purchasing 3,000 coats – along with gloves, mittens, hats, scarves and boots – to be distributed at the end of November at East Aurora High School. People can make a financial contribution to this year’s effort by mailing a check to the Kiwanis Foundation of Aurora, P.O. Box 1551, Aurora, IL 60507.

Mayor Tom Weisner, 7th Ward Alderman Scheketa Hart-Burns, 2nd Ward Alderman Juany Garza, the Kiwanis Club of Aurora, Wayside Cross Rescue Mission Urban Youth Ministry, Communities in Schools, local businesses, civic leaders, labor organizations, schools and churches are spearheading the drive in conjunction with the City of Aurora. School counselors in East Aurora School District 131, West Aurora School District 129 and Indian Prairie School District 204 already have generated a list of students who would benefit from the coat drive.

“Our community partnerships ensure that families across Aurora will have a warm winter coat for their children this year,” Mayor Weisner said. “While the need for new coats continues to grow, I’m glad to see these organizations and leaders step up each year to meet that demand.”

“Given the state of the economy, some families still are having a difficult time being able to purchase a winter coat for their children,” Alderman Garza said. “It is great that this committee can help parents so they can use their money to provide life’s other necessities.”

Alderman Hart-Burns said, “In the spirit of giving, it has been a pleasure to provide coats to so many children. Truly a warm coat can also warm a child’s heart.”

Kiwanis Club President Dave Bohman added, “The Kiwanis Club’s mission is to serve children, and I can think of no better way to fulfill that mission than to provide coats to keep them warm in the winter. Please help us help the children.”

Organizers also are collecting new and/or slightly worn winter coats for children. Donations of new gloves, mittens, scarves, hats, sweaters, and socks also will be accepted. Coats and other winter apparel can be dropped off between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday through Dec. 14 at the City of Aurora’s Community Service Department, 5 E. Downer Place, Suite A; Aldermen’s Office, 60 E. Downer Place; and the City’s Customer Service Center, 3770 McCoy Drive.


A Message from Member Pure Health (Powered by Olson Chiropractic)

Friday, November 16th, 2012

Our patients are very important to us, which is why we wanted you to be the first to know that after 13 years of serving our community’s health care needs as Olson Chiropractic, we are thrilled to announce that we are beginning a new chapter.

This new chapter has been in development over the last year and will continue to be formed in the weeks and months to come. These changes will enhance our organization, structure and facility to expand our services, therapies, and techniques to increase our ability to serve your health care concerns.

We will undergo a change in our name to Pure Health to better reflect our goal of helping you achieve pure health. The company has not been sold, we are not losing any of our current team, nor have we merged with any other health care facility. Rather, we are making these changes so that we can better service you.

In fact, along with our new name, you can expect some other exciting changes. The biggest change is that we will become an integrated facility offering Chiropractic and Medical services. Our focus will continue to stress a natural approach to health.

What this means for you:
1. New therapies and treatment options that can only be offered in an integrated setting.
2. Care coordinated by both a medical team and chiropractic team working together to maximize outcomes and insurance coverage.
3. An expansion of our current facility which will enhance our ability to deliver physical rehabilitative exercise training and new techniques as well as to maximize the services you have come to trust with Olson Chiropractic.

Some things will not change, however.

We still have a strong sense of commitment to provide you and your family the same high quality of chiropractic care you have come to expect from Olson Chiropractic. However, now you’ll benefit even more from our new integrated approach to health care that other clinics are not able to provide.

Our commitment to our local community will continue to be a priority at Pure Health, so expect to see us embedded in our community events.

Thank you for choosing us for your health needs, and we look forward to elevating you and your family to a state of “Pure Health” for many years to come.

Sincerely,
The Staff of Pure Health powered by Olson Chiropractic

Members Team Up to Help Community

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

5TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY FOOD DRIVE: Benefiting The Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry

As a business person, like yourself, and a member of this community who believes that giving back is a privilege, I am asking you to help us in our continuing endeavor to eradicate hunger in our communities.

From Nov. 1 through Nov. 21, we will be sponsoring the 5th Annual Holiday Food Drive. Our sponsors and partners again this year are Dolan & Murphy, Inc., Douglas Carpet One, Prisco’s Fine Foods, Cermak Fresh Market, Jewel-Osco/Eola Road, The Beacon News, The River 95.9 FM, Cano Container Corporation, and are excited to announce our newest partner, Provena Mercy Medical Center. In addition, we are pleased to announce that we have added our newest food sponsor, Jewel Food Store at 2540 US 30, Oswego.

The recipient of this effort is a local food pantry, The Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry. Those who receive food include the unemployed, families and single parents caring for children, seniors on fixed incomes, persons with disabilities or chronic illness, victims of violence and emergency situations, employed individuals who need a supplement, or anyone who cannot afford to purchase enough food to adequately meet their nutritional needs.

This Thanksgiving Season, we hope to provide a substantial amount of non-perishable food items to The Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry as a result of our drive. The Pantry has served a record number of recipients in the past year and the numbers continue to increase. In August 2012, the Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry served 3,369 households compared to 2,855 households in August 2011. Last year alone, the Pantry distributed over 1.5 Million pounds of food to 120,352 individuals. It is anticipated that in 2012 the Pantry will distribute over 1.8 Million pounds of food to over 150,000 individuals. While the needs continue to increase, the Pantry is experiencing a reduction in the amount of food received through food drives and donations, as well as a decrease in assistance from state and federal programs.

The Aurora Are Interfaith Food Pantry and the people they serve throughout the Aurora area need your help more than ever and that is why I am reaching out to you, the business community.

The goal of the “Annual Holiday Food Drive” is to collect enough food and monetary donations to purchase food to ensure that no one in our community is ever forced to go hungry simply because they cannot afford to buy food. Your monetary donation will be used to purchase food items that are not collected and desperately needed, as well as to maintain efficient and effective distribution of the food to those who are in need.

We would like to become a community where no one goes hungry and we need your help to feed our brothers and sisters in need. Please help us make the 4th Annual Holiday Food Drive the most successful to date by purchasing, in way of a monetary donation, a truck load of food or one of the other sponsorships below.

Thank you in advance for your assistance to those who are less fortunate and, if you have any questions, please contact me at Dolan & Murphy, Inc.

Sincerely,

Daniel T. Dolan
Dolan & Murphy, Inc.
Donations can be made Online or through the mail.

This Week’s News for Aurora Chamber Members

Monday, November 12th, 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

Welcome New Members

Contact Us


Chamber Member Luncheon Featuring ComEd President & CEO, Anne Pramaggiore

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


Calendar of Events
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

Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening Celebration: Red Chopstick
Thursday, Nov. 15, at 3:00 p.m.
4309 E. New York St., Aurora

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

Ribbon Cutting and Open House Celebration: Devon Home Loan Center
Thursday, Nov. 29, at 4:30 p.m.
440 S. Third Street, Suite 206, St. Charles

Not-For-Profit Alliance: Making Sure The Law Doesn’t Derail the Mission
Friday, Nov. 30, 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Aurora University’s Wackerlin Center for Faith and Action, 430 S. Evanslawn, Aurora
Presented by Eric W. Moch, Attorney at Law, Johnson & Bell, Ltd.

Business After Hours: Clear Perspective Advisors
Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 5:00 p.m.
201 N. Constitution, Suite 2, Aurora

LinkUp Lunch N’ Learn: Separating Myths From Truths; The Story of Investing
Presented by Cruz Investments and Wealth Management
Friday, Dec. 7, at 11:45 a.m.
Chamber Offices

Annual Aurora Chamber Holiday Celebration
Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 4:30 p.m.
Paramount Theater, 23 E. Galena Blvd, Aurora

Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Celebration: Ryland Homes Ingham Park
Tuesday, Dec. 18, at 4:00 p.m.
3487 Ayers Drive, Aurora 60506


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Member News
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. You can make a local child’s holiday a little brighter this year by participating in our Holiday Assistance Program. Please contact them if you would like to help.

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.

AID (Association for Individual Development) is offering 2012 Holiday gift options. Great gifts for friends, family, neighbors, co-workers – anyone on your shopping list! All proceeds benefit AID.

The Fox Valley Park District has proclaimed November as Veterans Recognition Month and will pay its respects with an offer of free admission at its fitness centers. Throughout November, veterans may visit any Park District fitness facility an unlimited number of times for no charge. Free admittance for veterans and their families (spouses and children).

Join Aurora Township on Thursday, Nov. 15, at 7:00 p.m. as staff from Provena Mercy Medical Center shares information about “Radon In The Home,” who should test for radon, how to test your home, what the test results mean, and how to lower the radon level in your home.

Smith Amundsen is proud to congratulate Glen Amundsen, Vic Piekarski, Michael Resis, Eric Samore, and Richard Valentino on being named to U.S. News World Report’s “Best Lawyers in America” list for 2013. Selection to this list is achieved exclusively by peer nomination.

“Best Law Firms” has ranked Smith Amundsen’s Appellate Practice Group as Tier 1 in Chicago and Tier 2 nationally. Congratulations to their appellate team!

The latest edition to Arcadia Publishing’s new Legendary Locals imprint is Legendary Locals of Aurora by local author Jo Fredell Higgins. Filled with an average of 180 images and a new design, this people-centric imprint focuses on newsworthy and noteworthy individuals and groups who have built and shaped their communities. Join the Author for a Book Signing, Saturday, Dec. 8 from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at David L. Pierce Art and History Center, 20 E. Downer Place, Aurora.

Tom Jordan, managing director, at DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson, Ltd., is pleased to announce in order of tenure with the firm the following promotions. Admitted as principals are Annmarie Siwik, Director of Marketing; Liz Gonzalez, PHR, Chief Operating Officer; Cammy Corso, CPA, CFP and CDFA. Promoted to manager are Mark Mooney, CPA; Kara Fahrenbach, CPA; Colin Shaw, CPA; Jacob Rockafellow, CPA, (promoted to Senior Associates). Congratulations to all of them.

Aurora Historical Society will be hosting an After Hours Event at the David L. Pierce Art and History Center, 20 E. Downer Place on Friday, Nov. 16, from 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Residents of the Fox Valley Park District may register for winter programs and events beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10. Non-resident registration will begin the following week on Monday, Nov. 19.

AT&T to invest $14 billion to significantly expand wireless and wireline Broadband Networks, support future IP data growth and new services. With this announcement, 99 percent of customer locations in AT&T’s wireline service area are expected to have high-speed IP Internet access via IP wireline and/or 4G LTE.

Scott Weller of Wheaton was named commercial loan officer at Old Second Bank. Operating from the downtown Aurora branch, he will manage commercial loan portfolios, provide commercial customer service, and develop commercial business for the bank.

The City of Aurora’s “The Coats for Kids” Committee will be holding an Olive Garden spaghetti dinner fundraiser from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, at East Aurora High School, 500 Tomcat Lane. The spaghetti dinners can be ordered for take-out or enjoyed in the school’s cafeteria. The dinners come with a choice of marinara or meat sauce; tossed salad, bread sticks; and a choice of lemonade, tea or water. Tickets for the dinners are $10 for adults and $5 for children under age 12. They can be purchased at the door Nov. 16 or in advance between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday to Friday at the City of Aurora’s Community Services Department, 5 E. Downer Place, Suite A.

5th Annual Holiday Food Drive benefitting the Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry will be held from Nov. 1 – Nov. 21. Ways to participate and help those in our community who are hungry: Purchase pre-paced bags of groceries for $5, $10 and $15 at local grocery stores; make a monetary donation online or send a check; purchase food or hold a food drive and call for pick-up 630-801-8800 extension 109; Hand out flyers at local grocery stores.


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.


Vote Today; Lunch Next Week With ComEd CEO

Tuesday, November 6th, 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

Welcome New Members

Contact Us


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


Reminder: Vote Tomorrow
According to every poll tracker, pundit, and politician, this election is important to the future of our great country. And it’s not just the White House that has importance to our local community. Seats in Congress (including redrawn 11th and 14th districts) as well as General Assembly representation in Springfield (including a new district with the 84th on the east side of Aurora) and Kane County board chair are all at stake.

Does your vote count?! Absolutely!

Early voting continues through tomorrow in our communities. On Election Day next Tuesday, polls are open from 6:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. To locate your polling place, visit Illinois State Board of Elections.

In addition, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has launched VoteForJobs2012.com which includes highlights of races across the nation as well as featured races, issues statements, and resources for voters.

For a listing of Chamber PAC-endorsed candidates (including Illinois House and Senate as well as key Congressional races), visit the Illinois Chamber’s website.

Remember, your vote counts! Make your voice heard in the booth.


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

Business After Hours: Wine & Nibbles with the Aurora Historical Society
Friday, Nov. 16, 5:00 p.m.
David L. Pierce Art and History Center, 20 E. Downer Pl., Aurora

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

Ribbon Cutting and Open House Celebration: Devon Home Loan Center
Thursday, Nov. 29, at 4:30 p.m.
440 S. Third Street, Suite 206, St. Charles

Not-For-Profit Alliance: Making Sure The Law Doesn’t Derail the Mission
Friday, Nov. 30, 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Aurora University’s Wackerlin Center for Faith and Action, 430 S. Evanslawn, Aurora
Presented by Eric W. Moch, Attorney at Law, Johnson & Bell, Ltd.

Business After Hours: Clear Perspective Advisors
Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 5:00 p.m.
201 N. Constitution, Suite 2, Aurora

Annual Aurora Chamber Holiday Celebration
Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 4:30 p.m.
Paramount Theater, 23 E. Galena Blvd, Aurora


Premier Members
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Save The Date: Holiday Celebration 12-12-12
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.


Member News
In honor of all community members who have served in the Armed Forces, the Fox Valley Park District is hosting a Veterans Day Luncheon from noon to 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9, at the Prisco Community Center. The luncheon is free to veterans and will be catered by Upper Crust. Also, Honor Flight Chicago will share information on its program and the many benefits it provides veterans.

MedCom Group is proud to announce the addition of another new tenant to its MedCom Center: A Touch of Ginger, Ltd., Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine will be moving in later this year.

Apollo Music Inc. has hired a new flute, saxophone and clarinet instructor, Erika McCann. Apollo Music is honored to have an instructor with Erika’s experience and credentials.

The Internal Revenue Service is issuing a warning about a new tax scam that uses a website that mimics the IRS e-Services online registration page. The actual IRS e-Services page offers web-based products for tax preparers, not the general public. The phony web page looks almost identical to the real one. The address of the official IRS website is www.irs.gov. Don’t be misled by sites claiming to be the IRS but ending in .com, .net, .org or other designations instead of .gov. If you find a suspicious website that claims to be the IRS, send the site’s URL by email to phishing@irs.gov. Use the subject line, ‘Suspicious website’. Be aware that the IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email to request personal or financial information. This includes any type of electronic communication, such as text messages and social media channels.

AID (Association for Individual Development) is offering 2012 Holiday gift options. Great gifts for friends, family, neighbors, co-workers – anyone on your shopping list! All proceeds benefit AID.

The Fox Valley Park District has proclaimed November as Veterans Recognition Month and will pay its respects with an offer of free admission at its fitness centers. Throughout November, veterans may visit any Park District fitness facility an unlimited number of times for no charge. Free admittance for veterans and their families (spouses and children).

Dreyer Medical Clinic welcomes Premesh Malapati, MD, and Kalliope Marina Morrell, ANP/CNP, to their “Extended Care Team”.

Join Aurora Township on Thursday, Nov. 15, at 7:00 p.m. as staff from Provena Medical Center shares information about “Radon In The Home”, who should test for radon, how to test your home, what the test results mean, and how to lower the radon level in your home.

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.

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 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 3, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. They need players, referees, and volunteers.

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.

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.


Benefits on Joining Your Local Chamber of Commerce

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Check out this great (short) video that explains why every business — from small to large no matter the type of business — should join their local chamber of commerce. When you’re done, contact us to get involved.

Benefits of Joining Your Local Chamber of Commerce

We look forward to working with you.