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This Week’s Newsletter from the Chamber

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013


Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce
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For more information contact the chamber.

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.
Law Offices of McLaughlin & Associates, P.C.
Liberty Mutual – Dawn Tully
McKesson
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Mortgage Services III, LLC
Nelson Multimedia/WSPY
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
Ryland Homes – Ingham Park
S&S Metal Recycling
Safeguard Construction Co.
Sequoia General Contracting Corp.
Sign*A*Rama – Aurora
SmithAmundsen, LLC
Strayer University
Stumm Insurance, LLC
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

Contact Us


Aurora Regional Launches Workforce Initiative
Last Friday, the Aurora area took a significant step toward supporting economic development with the launch of the Aurora Regional Pathways to Prosperity Project that will increase student employment success and career-readiness skills.

Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner and Joseph Henning, Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce president & CEO, hosted the Pathways event for business, education and community leaders at Cabot Microelectronics. Representatives from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education and Jobs for the Future were on hand to share recently completed research on the Aurora region’s assets and challenges.

More information can be found on the Chamber’s blog.


Recent Events with Members

January has already begun on a busy note for Aurora Regional Chamber members. Above, Mike & Denise’s Pizzeria and Pub hosted the winter Progressive Lunch where dozens of attendees enjoyed networking in a structured (but still relaxing) environment. Below, Open Door Clinic hosted a ribbon cutting and open house to showcase new programs and services available.


Illinois’ Credit Rating Downgraded
Friday afternoon Standard & Poor’s downgraded Illinois’ credit rating to “A-” with a negative outlook citing the state’s failure to address the massive unfunded liabilities of the public pension systems. As you know, the Illinois’ public pension systems have nearly $100 billion in unfunded liability growing at about $17 million per day. And Illinois is required to contribution about $1 billion more per fiscal year to the systems, which is unsustainable, and may lead to cuts to other core functions of state government such as public education, health care, and public safety.

This S & P downgrade, which will make it more expensive for Illinois to issue debt to fund capital improvement projects like roads and bridges, will only put greater pressure on the Illinois General Assembly to reform the systems during this Spring Session to restore fiscal stability to the state.


Calendar of Events
Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, Jan. 31, 8:00 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Pomegranate Cafe, 55 S. Commons Dr. Aurora
Guest Presenter: Mark James, MJ Associates

Not-For-Profit Allance: How to Recruit, Retain & Reward Your Volunteers
Friday, Feb. 1st 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices
Panelist include Marilyn Weisner, Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry, and Barb Thurlby, Hesed House

Sponsored by SmithAmundsen

Diversity Network Breakfast: Embracing Diversity Through Opportunity
Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 8:00 a.m.
Aurora Pancake House, 321 N. Lake St., Aurora

Business After Hours: Ryland Homes – Ingham
Thursday, Feb. 7, at 5 – 7 p.m.
3487 Ayres Drive, Aurora, 60506

Business Development Leads Team
Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 7:30 a.m.
Chamber offices


Last Call for Business Referrals!
Just like your business, the best compliment you can give is to referral a business to the Chamber. Refer a Non-Member business by January 31… when the business joins YOU receive $25 Chamber Dollars to use toward an E-Blast ad, excel list of Business Members, website advertising or business categories.

All members who submitted a referral(s), will be put in to a big drawing of a FREE eBlast Ad. So the more non-members you refer, the higher your chances are to win a FREE eBlast and Chamber$$!

Submit today!! Contact Jane E. Abe, IOM, ACE, Director of Membership for details, (630) 256-3183 or
jabe@aurorachamber.com


Premier Members
Premier Members


Member News
Tea & Talk Tuesday Session 2. Step back in time and behind the scenes to apply for a position at our Martin Mitchell Mansion during a fictitious first-person tour to learn about the life of servants during the late Edwardian time period from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 29, at Naper Settlement. Explore the kitchen and receive recipes from the Butler to try at home. Tips from the Housekeeper will help you set the perfect tea table. Tea and treats will be served. Individual program is $15 per person. Reservations required, call (630) 420-6010.

Dreyer Medical Clinic welcomes Mukta Pant-Purohit, MD, he has joined Hematology/Oncology at Dreyer Medical Clinic’s Highland location. Dr. Pant-Purohit is board certified in internal medicine.

Wine Sergi Insurance has moved to a more dynamic location. This will allow advisors to interact more effectively and provide clients with service that continues to go above and beyond. New address is 1000 E. Warrenville Road, Suite 101, Naperville.

Two of Illinois’ preeminent healthcare providers, Edward Hospital & Health Services and Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare, announced plans to merge to become one of the larger integrated health systems in the state.

Saturday, Feb. 2, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. is Fox Valley United Ways Souper Bowl of Caring. Help restock the shelves at the Aurora Interfaith Food Pantry and Kendall County Food Pantry. Needed are non-perishable food items – canned fruits, vegetables, meats and soups. Volunteer opportunities are still available! Check website for participating stores.

Are you a fan of the hit television drama Downton Abbey? Join others from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12 at Naper Settlement for Tea and Talk Tuesday. Discuss the final episode and speculate on what’s to come for the family and servants. Learn more about the fashion trends and accessories, with a popular modern twist. Make your own Edwardian accessory to show off. Come dressed in your best Downton Abbey-inspired clothing, or come as you are. Tea and treats will be served. Reservations required, call 630-420-6010.

Love is in the Air at the Hotel Arista, includes overnight accommodations, $50 food and beverage credit, champagne and chocolate covered strawberries, complimentary valet parking, wifi and full use of Olympus Executive Fitness Center. Available Feb. 14 thru Feb. 17.

Waubonsee Community College – Sugar Grove Vice President of Quality and Strategic Development, Dr. Karen Stewart, has been reappointed to another three- year term on the Board of Directors of Presence Mercy Medical Center.

Naper Settlement’s popular School’s Out progams present Breaking the Code on Monday, Feb. 18. Kids in grades 1 – 5 can have a fun day off school from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Discover the hidden symbols on currency, go undercover to learn the secrets used by spies throughout history, and write your own top secret messages using codes and invisible ink. Take our spy challenge to test your espionage skills. Call (630) 420-6010 to reserve your spot.

Alden Gardens of Waterford Second Tuesday Lecture Series continues with The Alzheimer’s Tsunami and Renegade Dementias on Tuesday, Feb. 12, starting at 6:00 p.m. Alzheimer’s Disease is familiar to all service providers in the senior care arena. The care needs of each stage will be explored in this presentation, as will the multi-disciplinary team of professionals needed to ensure every facet of the patient’s life is considered and protected.

This exciting program, “Voice of the Past, Northern Illinois and the Underground Railroad” presented by Naper Settlement museum educators, is theatre in the buildings with guests participating in the experience from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10. Along the way, meet townspeople who offer many different perspectives about the issues of the day, among them an abolitionist, a southern sympathizer and a runaway slave. Advance reservations are required call (630) 420-6010.

The Schingoethe Art Gallery presents “Transition” in physical place, concepts, artistic practice or life paths which is the subject of the show. With a philosophy that challenges the notion that any field is ever beyond rediscovery, photography and print media graduate students from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago respond to this theme in a multidisciplinary fashion. The exhibit will be on display February 5 – March 26 with the Opening Reception on Tuesday, Feb. 5, from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Five Dreyer Medical Clinic Physicians have earned board certifications: Shawn Lapetino, MD, Pathologist, certified in Cytopathology, Anatomic Pathology, and Clinical Pathology by the American Board of Pathology; Michael Robert Nuyles, DO, Cardiologist, certified in Interventional Cardiology by the American Board of Osteopathic Medicine; Andrei Pankov, MD, Psychiatrist, certified in Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology; Brendan Thomas, MD, Dermatologist, certified in Dermatology by the American Board of Dermatology; and Christen A. Tibbs, MD, Internist, certified in Internal Medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine.


Fox Valley United Way Promotes ‘Souper Bowl of Caring’ February 2nd
For the hungry in the Fox Valley, the real ‘Souper Bowl’ is Saturday, Feb. 2nd – the day before the big football game.

That’s when Fox Valley United Way, local JEWEL-OSCO stores, Prisco’s Fine Foods in Aurora and the Montgomery Market Place in Montgomery join forces with shoppers and dozens of volunteers to replenish supplies at two local food pantries, the Aurora Interfaith Food Pantry and the Kendall County Food Pantry, Yorkville.

“The local economy continues to be rough for many of our residents. The number of people seeking food assistance is still rising in our area and at least ½ of those now being helped are children” Fox Valley United Way CEO Mike Meyer said of the Souper Bowl drive. “Donations to the food pantries decline after the holidays, and that limits their ability to serve hungry families.”

Fox Valley United Way and its supermarket partners are asking shoppers to “purchase a few extra” non-perishable items and hand them to United Way volunteers when they shop on February 2.

Fox Valley United Way volunteers will be at each participating food store from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to accept donations. Pastas, breakfast bars, peanut butter and jelly, canned or packaged soups, crackers and rice are among the non-perishable items the food pantries need.

There is a list of suggested items on the FVUW website, www.uwfoxvalley.org.

Cash donations also will be accepted at the stores or at the Fox Valley United Way website. Meyer said the food pantries can purchase $6.00 worth of food with every $1.00 donated.


Aurora Regional Pathways to Prosperity Project Launched

Monday, January 28th, 2013

The Aurora-area on Jan. 25 took a significant step towards supporting economic development with the launch of the Aurora Regional Pathways to Prosperity Project that will increase student employment success and career-readiness skills.

Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner and Joseph Henning, the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce president & CEO, hosted the Pathways event for business, education and community leaders at Cabot Microelectronics. Representatives from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education and Jobs for the Future were on hand to share recently completed research on the Aurora region’s assets and challenges.

“Aurora has learned that collaboration is the only way to get things done effectively and efficiently,” said Mayor Weisner. “I believe that the City is uniquely qualified to create a nationwide model in student workforce development.”

“The long-term economic vitality of our region demands a qualified, skilled workforce,” explained Joseph Henning, president & CEO of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. “Our business community realizes the importance of the collaborating with our local school districts and government leaders to improve student-to-career readiness. With the launch of the pathways initiative, we are eager to capitalize on our region’s strengths to create pathways to success for all.”

In 2011, the Pathways to Prosperity Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education released a report, Pathways to Prosperity: Meeting the Challenge of Preparing Young Americans for the 21st Century, challenging the excessive focus on the four-year college pathway. The report presented the need to create additional pathways that combine rigorous academics with strong technical education to equip the majority of young people with the skills and credentials to succeed in the country’s increasingly challenging labor market.

Bob Schwartz, Harvard Graduate School of Education, spoke about the growing evidence of a “skills gap” within the U.S. economy in which many young adults lack the skills and work ethic needed for many jobs that pay a middle-class wage. “While the good news is that most high school students over the past two decades have been convinced that a high school education is not enough to secure a high paying job, the truth of the matter is that by the time they reach their mid-20’s, half of adults don’t have the skills and credentials needed to compete for careers in today’s marketplace”, he said.

Those jobs in the Aurora area are most abundant in the health care and manufacturing industries as well as in information technology (IT), according to Amy Loyd, a senior leader of the Pathways to Prosperity Network at Jobs for the Future. An Aurora project would focus on combining rigorous academics with strong technical education to equip the majority of young people with the skills and credentials to succeed in these areas.

Loyd commented on a critical success factor that researches found is currently in place in Aurora: A core group of educational, business and community leaders already have begun the task of mapping out a collaborative approach to the project.

“Aurora has all of the puzzle pieces in place to put together a world-class model capitalizing on collaboration”, Loyd said. Those assets include leadership provided by local colleges, financial support from the Dunham Fund; a strong alliance with Illinois Pathways—a State of Illinois educational initiative; the active participation of State Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia, chair of the House Elementary and Secondary Education Committee and the important leadership of Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner.

Representative Chapa LaVia characterized Aurora’s Pathways Project as “thinking outside school walls.” “We have hundreds of children dropping out of school because they don’t see the value in what they are studying in school and that attitude is even worse in minority communities. We need every child to succeed and Pathways to Prosperity is the future.”

Jason Tyszko, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, explained the Illinois Pathways program recognizes education’s important role in economic development statewide. “Our goal is to have a talent pipeline made up of students in our state from which companies can choose so they can continue to compete globally.”

The event was held at Cabot Microelectronics Corporation, the world’s leading supplier of CMP polishing slurries and a growing CMP pad supplier to the semiconductor industry, with world headquarters in Aurora. William Noglows, Chairman, President and CEO of Cabot, said that, while being a good community partner is part of the company’s philosophy, their participation in the Pathways Project is not totally altruistic. “We need a pipeline of skilled and trained people who understand math and science to work at all levels of this company.”

Researchers said a typical next step for Aurora would be the formation of an intermediary organization to set priorities and sequence initiatives in the IT, health care and manufacturing industry sectors under consideration.

NLRB Recess Appointments Held Unconstitutional

Friday, January 25th, 2013

by Julie Proscia – SmithAmundsen

A three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled today that President Obama did not have the constitutional authority to make three recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) last January. Specifically, the court held that President Obama did not have the power to bypass the Senate and make the recess appointments since the Senate was not technically in recess.

On January 4, 2012, President Obama appointed three members to the five-member Board while the Senate was away during a 20-day holiday recess. Deputy Labor Secretary Sharon Block, union lawyer Richard Griffin, and NLRB counsel Terence Flynn were appointed to fill vacancies on the NLRB during the recess.

The Obama administration has repeatedly asserted that the appointments to the NLRB were proper because of the vacation recess; however, the appeals court disagreed with this characterization, and ruled that the Senate was technically in session because it was gaveled in and out every few days as part of a tactic that created “pro forma” sessions.

If this decision is upheld, the Board would be left with just one validly appointed member, Chairman Mark Gaston Pearce — who was confirmed by the Senate. Under a 2010 Supreme Court decision, the NLRB, which has five seats, is authorized to issue decisions only when it has three or more sitting members. If this appellate court decision stands, it could invalidate hundreds of Board decisions and would effectively shut down the NLRB.

The Obama Administration is certain to appeal the court’s decision to the United States Supreme Court and this determination will impact hundreds of cases. In the meantime, every matter that the NLRB rules on is in question.…

Julie Proscia is partner in the Labor and Employment Group of the St. Charles office and represents management in labor issues. Julie can be contacted at jproscia@salawus.com or at (630) 587-7911.

January 21, 2013, Newsletter

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013


Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce
In This Issue

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Join Us On Facebook Follow Us On Twitter Browse Our Blog

Elite Members

For more information contact the chamber.

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.
Law Offices of McLaughlin & Associates, P.C.
Liberty Mutual – Dawn Tully
McKesson
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Mortgage Services III, LLC
Nelson Multimedia/WSPY
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
Ryland Homes – Ingham Park
S&S Metal Recycling
Safeguard Construction Co.
Sequoia General Contracting Corp.
Sign*A*Rama – Aurora
SmithAmundsen, LLC
Strayer University
Stumm Insurance, LLC
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

Progressive Networking Luncheon
Progressive Networking Luncheon
Thursday, Jan. 24, 11:30 a.m.
Mike & Denise’s Pizzeria and Pub
1760 N. Farnsworth, Aurora

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!

We encourage all to bring stacks of business cards and promotional materials to share. Most importantly, be prepared, friends! One lucky attendee will be drawn on site during the event to give an expanded elevator speech to the entire audience.

What members are saying about the Progressive Luncheons:

“The Chamber sure knows how to get people together and open up about their businesses. The Ice Breaker Questions encouraged me to discuss an interesting part of my business that I may have forgotten to bring up. The Chamber staff is great at keeping everyone on task and encouraging us to have fun while we build relationships and our businesses. Thank you for your hard work “, Michelle Brokop, Owner, Orange Peel Gazette.

“As a new member to the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Progressive Networking Luncheon, provided me a great opportunity to meet many fellow chamber members in a fun and informative way. The event was well-organized and well-executed.”, Clifton Mason, President, NatCam Digital Solutions.

Latest in Springfield News
Congratulations to our local members of the 98th General Assembly who were sworn in earlier this month. Right now more than 200 bills have been filed in the combined House and Senate with some projecting this number reaching into the 1,000s by the end of February. Here are a few highlights:

SB 1 and HB 98 – reform Illinois’ public pension systems.

SB 2 – vehicle bill that will most likely carry legislation to reform the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

HB 74 – Amends the Illinois False Claims Act. Provides that no court has jurisdiction over a civil action relating to or involving a false claim regarding certain tax acts administered by the Department of Revenue…more.

Rep. Dwight Kay has a number of bills (HBs 107, 108, 109, 111, 112, 113, and 114) dealing with workers’ compensation reform.

Calendar of Events
Business Development Leads Team
Tuesday, Jan. 22, 7:30 a.m.
Chamber offices

Progressive Networking Luncheon
Thursday, Jan. 24, 11:30 a.m.
Mike & Denise’s Pizzeria and Pub
1760 N. Farnsworth, Aurora
RSVP is required by Wed. 1/23

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, Jan. 31, 8:00 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Pomegranate Cafe, 55 S. Commons Dr. Aurora
Guest Presenter: Mark James, MJ Associates

Not-For-Profit Allance: How to Recruit, Retain & Reward Your Volunteers
Friday, Feb. 1st 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices
Panelist include Marilyn Weisner, Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry, and Barb Thurlby, Hesed House
Sponsored by SmithAmundsen

Diversity Network Breakfast: Embracing Diversity Through Opportunity
Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 8:00 a.m.
Aurora Pancake House, 321 N. Lake St., Aurora

Business Development Leads Team
Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 7:30 a.m.
Chamber offices

The Best Compliment You Can Give
The Chamber Is A Referral
Refer a Non-Member business by January 31… when the business joins YOU receive $25 Chamber Dollars to use toward an E-Blast ad, excel list of Business Members, website advertising or business categories. All members who submitted a referral(s), will be put in to a big drawing of a FREE Eblast Ad. So the more Non-Members you refer, the higher your chances are to win a FREE Eblast and Chamber$$!

Contact Jane E. Abe, IOM, ACE, Director of Membership for details, (630) 256-3183 or jabe@aurorachamber.com

Premier Members
Premier Members

Member News
Rebuilding Together Aurora is looking for select volunteers to preview the homes that have applied for repairs through its feature spring rebuild event. These volunteers, called “Preview Captains,” need to have working knowledge of all systems in a home, be able to diagnose major and minor repairs needed, and provide solution-based feedback. If you are interested in volunteering as a Preview Captain, please contact Lyn Wilder, AmeriCorps Outreach Coordinator. Lyn can be reached at: lyn.wilder@rtaurora.org.

Free workshops for Child Care Providers & Families are being offered at the YWCA. Share and learn ideas for a stronger family. Build a stronger community of family and providers caring for your children. To register please call Carrie Pierce at 630-580-5715 or email carrie.pierce@ywcachicago.org.

Naper Settlement is bringing back our popular School’s Out programs . Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts can participate in Fizzy, Gooey, Soaring Science from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27. Brownies can earn the Home Scientist Badge and Webelos can earn parts of the Scientist Pin. Take science to the next level with experiments that are a blast! Become a kitchen chemist and learn to make ice cream. Explore how things float and how static electricity makes your hair stand on end. Turn a film canister into a rocket and even make slime to take home.

Tea & Talk Tuesday Session 2: Step back in time and behind the scenes to apply for a position at our Martin Mitchell Mansion during a fictitious first-person tour to learn about the life of servants during the late Edwardian time period from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 29 at Naper Settlement . Explore the kitchen and receive recipes from the Butler to try at home. Tips from the Housekeeper will help you set the perfect tea table. Tea and treats will be served. Individual program is $15 per person. Reservations required, call 630-420-6010.

The Marine Corps Reserves completed its 65th annual Toys for Tots campaign and it was spectacular! 89,865 toys were collected; $48,771 in monetary contributions was received; 88 agencies registered and qualified to distribute 83,081 toys. As a result, 51,434 of the neediest children in DuPage and Kane counties received Christmas gifts! Together, we strengthened the belief that every child deserves a little Christmas. Thank you for your support.


Jan. 14 Member Newsletter

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013


Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce
In This Issue

Quick Links

Follow Us!
Join Us On Facebook Follow Us On Twitter Browse Our Blog

Elite Members

For more information contact the chamber.

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.
Law Offices of McLaughlin & Associates, P.C.
Liberty Mutual – Dawn Tully
McKesson
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Mortgage Services III, LLC
Nelson Multimedia/WSPY
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
Ryland Homes – Ingham Park
S&S Metal Recycling
Safeguard Construction Co.
Sequoia General Contracting Corp.
Sign*A*Rama – Aurora
SmithAmundsen, LLC
Strayer University
Stumm Insurance, LLC
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

Progressive Networking Luncheon
Progressive Networking Luncheon
Thursday, Jan. 24, 11:30 a.m.
Mike & Denise’s Pizzeria and Pub
1760 N. Farnsworth, Aurora

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!

We encourage all to bring stacks of business cards and promotional materials to share. Most importantly, be prepared, friends! One lucky attendee will be drawn on site during the event to give an expanded elevator speech to the entire audience.

What members are saying about the Progressive Luncheons:

“The Chamber sure knows how to get people together and open up about their businesses. The Ice Breaker Questions encouraged me to discuss an interesting part of my business that I may have forgotten to bring up. The Chamber staff is great at keeping everyone on task and encouraging us to have fun while we build relationships and our businesses. Thank you for your hard work “, Michelle Brokop, Owner, Orange Peel Gazette.

“As a new member to the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Progressive Networking Luncheon, provided me a great opportunity to meet many fellow chamber members in a fun and informative way. The event was well-organized and well-executed.”, Clifton Mason, President, NatCam Digital Solutions.

Calendar of Events
Coffee & Connections
Tuesday, Jan. 15, 8:30 a.m.
Painter’s District Council #30, 1905 Sequoia, Aurora
Sponsored By: The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield, Aurora

Business After Hours Networking Event: Red Chopsticks
Thursday, Jan. 17, 5:00 p.m.
4309 E. New York Street, Aurora

Business Development Leads Team
Tuesday, Jan. 22, 7:30 a.m.
Chamber offices

Progressive Networking Luncheon
Thursday, Jan. 24, 11:30 a.m.
Mike & Denise’s Pizzeria and Pub
1760 N. Farnsworth, Aurora

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, Jan. 31, 8:00 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Pomegranate Cafe, 55 S. Commons Dr. Aurora
Guest Presenter: Mark James, MJ Associates

Not-For-Profit Allance: How to Recruit, Retain & Reward Your Volunteers
Friday, Feb. 1st 8:00 a.m.
Chamber office

The Best Compliment You Can Give
The Chamber Is A Referral
Refer a Non-Member business by January 31… when the business joins YOU receive $25 Chamber Dollars to use toward an E-Blast ad, excel list of Business Members, website advertising or business categories. All members who submitted a referral(s), will be put in to a big drawing of a FREE Eblast Ad. So the more Non-Members you refer, the higher your chances are to win a FREE Eblast and Chamber$$!

Contact Jane E. Abe, IOM, ACE, Director of Membership for details, (630) 256-3183 or jabe@aurorachamber.com

Premier Members
Premier Members

Member News
Rebuilding Together Aurora is looking for select volunteers to preview the homes that have applied for repairs through its feature spring rebuild event. These volunteers, called “Preview Captains,” need to have working knowledge of all systems in a home, be able to diagnose major and minor repairs needed, and provide solution-based feedback. If you are interested in volunteering as a Preview Captain, please contact Lyn Wilder, AmeriCorps Outreach Coordinator. Lyn can be reached at: lyn.wilder@rtaurora.org.

Waubonsee Community College is looking for Tutors for their Adult Literacy Project. Work with individual students learning English or basic literacy skills or assist teachers in classes English As a Second Language or Adult Basic Education. Change a life, be a Tutor. Choose your own schedule and receive free training.

Free workshops for Child Care Providers & Families are being offered at the YWCA. Share and learn ideas for a stronger family. Build a stronger community of family and providers caring for your children. To register please call Carrie Pierce at 630-580-5715 or email carrie.pierce@ywcachicago.org.

Alden of Waterford is hosting a free seminar on Veterans’ “Aid & Attendance” and “Survivor Spouse” Benefits on Thursday, Jan. 17 at 6:00 p.m. Do not miss this free seminar. Seating is limited. Call 630-899-9666.

Naper Settlement is bringing back our popular School’s Out programs for kids in grades 1-5. On Monday, Jan. 21 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. it’s Fizzy, Gooey, Soaring Science. Take science to the next level with experiments that are a blast! Become a kitchen chemist and learn to make ice cream. Explore how things float and how static electricity makes your hair stand on end. Turn a film canister into a rocket and even make slime to take home. Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts can participate in Fizzy, Gooey, Soaring Science from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27. Brownies can earn the Home Scientist Badge and Webelos can earn parts of the Scientist Pin.

Three business leaders with far-reaching connections in the community and impressive professional credentials have joined an expanded Fox Valley United Way Board of Directors. Stephanie Burks, UPS; Jesse Vazquez, Konen Insurance, Inc.; Patrick Kelsey, WBK Associates, Ltd.; The addition of Burks, Vazquez and Kelsey expands the FVUW Board to 18, an expansion made necessary, FVUW CEO Mike Meyer says, by continuing economic troubles in the Fox Valley.

Dreyer Medical Clinic is pleased to announce board recertification’s for Adam N. Blonsky, M.D., by the American Board of Internal Medicine and Bienvenido V. Castillo, Jr., M.D. by the American Board of Ophthalmology.

Catch up with the latest gossip from upstairs and downstairs at Naper Settlement‘s Tea & Talk Session 1, Tuesday, Jan 15 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Along with the lively discussion, learn to make a craft from the time period. Start some perfume water to take home to impress visiting guests. Tea and treats will be served. Individual program is $15 per person. Reservations required, call 630-420-6100.