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Chamber News for Week of February 25, 2013

Monday, February 25th, 2013
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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.
Dreyer Occupational Health Services
Fox Valley Country Club
Harris, NA
Ice Miller LLP
Idea Marketing Group
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 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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2013 Economic Forecast
Thursday, March 7, 2013
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Two Brothers Roundhouse
205 N Broadway Street
Aurora, IL 60506
 

Featuring Stewart Beach, Clear Perspective Advisors

State of the City with Mayor Tom Weisner
Thursday, March 21, 2013
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Piper’s Banquets
1295 Butterfield Rd.
Aurora, IL 60504
 

You are invited to join us for Mayor Weisner’s annual State of the City address on Thursday, March 21. His annual address includes highlights and accomplishments of the past year as well as his vision for the future of our great City.

Check It Out! Job Postings
Are you aware of the Job Postings on the Chamber’s website? As a member of the Aurora Chamber, you can post available positions at your business. It’s included with your membership. Positions on the site are also shared on social media networks to promote the postings. For information, contact Jane Abe.
Calendar of Events
Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, Feb. 28, 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Cafe, 55 S. Commons Drive, Aurora
 

Diversity Network
Tuesday, March 5, at 8:00 a.m.
Aurora Pancake House, 321 N. Lake Street, Aurora

2013 Economic Forecast
Thursday, March 7, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway St., Aurora

Ribbon Cutting & Open House at Office of State Rep. Stephanie Kifowit
Monday, March 11, from 5 – 7 p.m.
1677 Montgomery Rd., Suite 116, Aurora

Ambassadors
Thursday, March 14, at 11:30 a.m.
Chamber offices

Coffee & Connections
Tuesday, March 19, at 8:30 a.m.
Painter’s District Council #30, 1905 Sequoia Dr., Aurora

State of the City with Mayor Tom Weisner
Thursday, March 21, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Piper’s Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Rd., Aurora

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, March 28, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Cafe, 55 S. Commons Drive, Aurora

Premier Members
Premier Members
Jane says, “Spread the Good Word with Referrals”
Just like your business, the best compliment you can give is to refer a business to the Chamber. Refer a new member business by March 1 and when the business joins you receive $40 Chamber Dollars to use toward an eBlast, spreadsheet of business members, website sponsorship, or additional business categories.

All members who submitted a referral(s) will be put in to a big drawing of a free ticket to the State of the City Luncheon on March 21. The more new members you refer, the higher your chances are to win a complimentary luncheon.

Submit today! Contact Jane E. Abe, IOM, ACE, Director of Membership, for details at (630) 256-3183.

Member News
The Compassion Foundation is pleased to announce the fourth annual Community Champions Recognition Dinner on May 2 at Piper’s Banquets in Aurora. The Foundation will again acknowledge the outstanding accomplishments of individuals in our community who have displayed courage, dedication, and conviction. To nominate a community champion, visit the Foundation’s website.

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 through March 26.

DayOne Network’s annual Gala/Auction is coming fast. Please make plans now to attend this event at Piper’s Banquets in Aurora on Saturday, March 2. By far this is our largest annual fundraising event Please contact Sue Tansey at (630) 482-7614 to make your reservations for this premiere event.

Naper Settlement’s School’s Day out program, “Every Day is Earth Day” for kids in grades 1 – 5, is Friday, March 1, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Learn about the environment and how you can reduce, reuse and recycle ordinary items into unique works of art and home decor. Discover how the museum’s rain gardens help the environment and test your own creation to see if you can clean water. Make a notebook out of recycled goods and create a Soil Sammy to take home. The fee is $45 per child, which includes a snack and supplies. To register, call 630-420-6010.

Help support AID by purchasing a Community Days coupon booklet at the Aurora location or purchase online! Community Days is a two-day event being held on Friday, March 1, and Saturday, March 2. For information, contact AID.

Downtown Auroran Magazine’s Spring Issue will be out on March 1. Pick up your copy of the free, local arts and culture magazine at local businesses in the Fox Valley area.

AID is hosting a Benefit Bean Bag Tournament on Saturday, March 2, at the AID Elgin Training Center at 1135 Bowes Road in Elgin. Registration is from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. The tournament begins at 2:00 p.m. Register today at (847) 931-2294. Proceeds will benefit children and adults with developmental disabilities in your community.

East Aurora School Board Forum Set

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

The Aurora East Educational Foundation will host an East Aurora School Board candidate forum at 6:30 p.m. March 7 in the Hawks Auditorium at East Aurora High School, 500 Tomcat Lane. Doors will open at 6 p.m.

The forum will be moderated by Aurora Alderman Richard Irvin, an East Aurora graduate. Incumbents Ignacio Cervantes, Stella Gonzalez, Annette Johnson and Richard Leonard, and newcomers Marcella McIntyre Duermit, Zach Montroy, Mary Louise Peryea and Kirsten Strand are running for the board’s five open seats in the April 9 election.

Each of the candidates will make introductory and closing statements. The moderator will also present three general questions that will be answered by each of the candidates prior to questions being asked by the audience.

The forum is open to the public. Spanish-speaking community members can listen and participate with real-time translations via audio headphones.

For more information, contact Lisa Morales.

This Week’s News: Economic Forecast, State of the City, Member News

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Member News

 

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.
Dreyer Occupational Health Services
Fox Valley Country Club
Harris, NA
Ice Miller LLP
Idea Marketing Group
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 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

 

 

2013 Economic Forecast
Thursday, March 7, 2013
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Two Brothers Roundhouse
205 N Broadway Street
Aurora, IL 60506

Featuring Stewart Beach, Clear Perspective Advisors

Legislative Affairs
The deadline for introduction of substantive bills is February 26 in the House and was February 15 in the Senate. To-date, substantive tax legislation is somewhat light, although a large number of “technical” or vehicle bills have been filed. These technical/vehicle bills make a non-substantive, typically one-word change to a tax act and are intended as a placeholder for substantive legislative amendments that may arise later in session.

Some key legislation being watched by the business community includes:

  • Pension Reform (HB 98, SB 35, SB 1)
  • Minimum Wage
  • Corporate Tax Disclosure
  • Workers’ Compensation Reform

For more details, including media reports, visit the Chamber blog or Illinois Prosperity.

State of the City with Mayor Tom Weisner
Thursday, March 21, 2013
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Piper’s Banquets
1295 Butterfield Rd.
Aurora, IL 60504

You are invited to join us for Mayor Weisner’s annual State of the City address on Thursday, March 21. His annual address includes highlights and accomplishments of the past year as well as his vision for the future of our great City.

Check It Out! Job Postings
Are you aware of the Job Postings on the Chamber’s website? As a member of the Aurora Chamber, you can post available positions at your business. It’s include3d with your membership. Positions on the site are also shared on social media networks to promote the postings. For information, contact Jane Abe.
Calendar of Events
Ribbon Cutting
Pure Health/Olson Chiropractic
Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 11:30 a.m.
2116 W. Galena Blvd., Ste. 112, Aurora
Please RSVP by Friday, Feb. 15

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, Feb. 28, 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Cafe, 55 S. Commons Drive, Aurora

Diversity Network
Tuesday, March 5, at 8:00 a.m.
Aurora Pancake House, 321 N. Lake Street, Aurora

2013 Economic Forecast
Thursday, March 7, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway St., Aurora

Ambassadors
Thursday, March 14, at 11:30 a.m.
Chamber offices

Coffee & Connections
Tuesday, March 19, at 8:30 a.m.
Painter’s District Council #30, 1905 Sequoia Dr., Aurora

State of the City with Mayor Tom Weisner
Thursday, March 21, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Piper’s Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Rd., Aurora

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, March 28, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Cafe, 55 S. Commons Drive, Aurora

Premier Members
Premier Members
Blog
Visit the Chamber’s blog for postings of interest to the business community. In addition to the weekly newsletter, the Chamber uses the blog to highlight upcoming programs (such as the Economic Forecast and the State of the City), to inform the community of pending legislative activities, and to highlight the community. There is also an RSS feed option available so you can receive an e-mail whenever a new item is posted. If you have any items you would like to share on the blog, send them via e-mail for posting.
Jane says, “Spread the Good Word with Referrals”
Just like your business, the best compliment you can give is to refer a business to the Chamber. Refer a new member business by March 1 and when the business joins you receive $40 Chamber Dollars to use toward an eBlast, spreadsheet of business members, website sponsorship, or additional business categories.

All members who submitted a referral(s) will be put in to a big drawing of a free ticket to the State of the City Luncheon on March 21. The more new members you refer, the higher your chances are to win a complimentary luncheon.

Submit today! Contact Jane E. Abe, IOM, ACE, Director of Membership, for details at (630) 256-3183.

Member News
Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy will hold its Great Minds event on Feb. 25, at 6:30 p.m. at Chicago’s 1871, 222 West Merchandise Mart Plaza, 12th Floor. Join IMSA alum Sam Yagan for “The Need for Irrational Entrepreneurship,” an engaging exploration of irrationality and entrepreneurship. Sam is a serial entrepreneur, co-founder of Excelerate Labs at 1871 and the newly-appointed CEO of Match.com. For information, click here.

The Compassion Foundation is pleased to announce the fourth annual Community Champions Recognition Dinner on May 2 at Piper’s Banquets in Aurora. The Foundation will again acknowledge the outstanding accomplishments of individuals in our community who have displayed courage, dedication, and conviction. To nominate a community champion, visit the Foundation’s website.

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 through March 26.

The New Body by Vi Challenge Founders Tour will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 19, beginning at 7:00 p.m. in Schaumburg. Come and learn about the new 90-day challenge that is launching across the nation. Trim down, shape up, or completely transform your body over the next 90 days. Fast, easy, affordable. For anybody and any body. You’re invited!

American Cancer Society‘s Relay For Life of the Tri-Cities Kickoff is Wednesday, Feb. 20, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Buffalo Wild Wings in Geneva. Bring your family, friends, co-workers, survivors, & caregivers! There will be team registration and giveaways! Don’t miss a chance to share your Relay story! Bring in a flyer anytime Feb. 20 (available on the Chamber’s Calendar of Events page) and 10% of your food sales will be donated to Relay For Life.

DayOne Network’s annual Gala/Auction is coming fast. Please make plans now to attend this event at Piper’s Banquets in Aurora on Saturday, March 2. By far this is our largest annual fundraising event Please contact Sue Tansey at (630) 482-7614 to make your reservations for this premiere event.

Timber Creek Convention Center at 3300 Drew Ave. in Sandwich is hosting a Bridal Expo Extravaganza on Sunday, Feb. 24, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. There will be a Runway Show at 2:30 p.m. and door prizes. Brides attend for free.

Naper Settlement’s School’s Day out program, “Every Day is Earth Day” for kids in grades 1 – 5, is Friday, March 1, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Learn about the environment and how you can reduce, reuse and recycle ordinary items into unique works of art and home decor. Discover how the museum’s rain gardens help the environment and test your own creation to see if you can clean water. Make a notebook out of recycled goods and create a Soil Sammy to take home. The fee is $45 per child, which includes a snack and supplies. To register, call 630-420-6010.

Help support AID by purchasing a Community Days coupon booklet at the Aurora location or purchase online! Community Days is a two-day event being held on Friday, March 1, and Saturday, March 2. For information, contact AID.

Downtown Auroran Magazine’s Spring Issue will be out on March 1. Pick up your copy of the free, local arts and culture magazine at local businesses in the Fox Valley area.

Laura Russman, a junior at Aurora University, is the recipient of Naper Settlement’s inaugural Powell Museum Studies internship. The 16-week internship offers practical museum training experience to individuals interested in pursuing a career in the museum field.

Lippold Park part of the Fox Valley Park District- a 30-acre natural area tucked between the Fox River and Route 25, just north of Red Oak Nature Center – is being developed in phases as an outdoor educational venue. Further development of Lippold Park will continue this spring, following approval by the Fox Valley Park District Board of Trustees on Monday of an $814,500 bid to R.C. Wegman Construction Company of Aurora.

YWCA is offering free workshops for families and child care providers. Share and learn ideas for a stronger family. Build a stronger community of family and providers caring for children. To register, call Carrie Pierce at (630) 580-5715

Aurora University’s Schingoethe Center introduces “Bullets in the Chest, Arrows in the Back” featuring work by Artist-in-Residence Bunky Echo-Hawk. The exhibit runs from Feb. 19 through April 27 with the opening reception on Tuesday, Feb. 19, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

AID is hosting a Benefit Bean Bag Tournament on Saturday, March 2, at the AID Elgin Training Center at 1135 Bowes Road in Elgin. Registration is from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. The tournament begins at 2:00 p.m. Register today at (847) 931-2294. Proceeds will benefit children and adults with developmental disabilities in your community.

 

Key Legislation Update

Sunday, February 17th, 2013

The deadline for introduction of substantive bills is February 26 in the House and was February 15 in the Senate. To-date, substantive tax legislation is somewhat light, although a large number of “technical” or vehicle bills have been filed. These technical/vehicle bills make a non-substantive, typically one-word change to a tax act and are intended as a placeholder for substantive legislative amendments that may arise later in session.

Some key legislation being watched by the business community includes:

  • Pension Reform (HB 98, SB 35, SB 1)
  • Minimum Wage
  • Corporate Tax Disclosure
  • Workers’ Compensation Reform

For more details, including media reports, visit the Chamber blog or Illinois Prosperity.

Pension Reform
In the waning hours of the last legislative session, Illinois legislators made a last ditch effort to reform Illinois’ faltering public pension systems before the clock ran out.

While it was generally agreed upon that the state’s public pension systems and its $83 billion unfunded liability must be reformed, exactly how to reduce costs either through benefit cuts and/or diversions of expenditure responsibilities was a major roadblock to forming a consensus for a majority vote. Breakdown of $83 billion unfunded liability:

  • 44% from inadequate state funding
  • 22% lower-than-expected return on fund assets
  • 34% from benefit enhancements and inaccurate actuarial assumptions

Crain’s: The Legislature’s ‘nickel-and-dime crud’
Crain’s: Will Illinois flunk its next bond test?
Chambers for Pension Reform

For information, and to contact your legislators, visit Illinois Prosperity.

Minimum Wage
In the closing weeks of the 2012 legislative session, Illinois Senate Democrats put up for a vote SB 1565 to increase Illinois’ minimum wage to $11 an hour and indexing it with inflation (CPI) for subsequent years. If successfully passed, Illinois would have the highest minimum wage in the nation. Currently at $8.25, Illinois it has the fourth highest in the nation.

Illinois’ economy is still recovering – and continues to lag behind other states when rated on measures that promote a friendly climate for business. A hike in the minimum wage would increase labor costs for many small businesses by more than 21%. We have heard from several of our members that this drastic increase would result in employee layoffs or reduced hours.

According to Illinois Retail Merchants Association recent newsletter, a Northeastern University study commissioned by the Chicago Urban League noted “…teens’ lack of work experience adversely affects their future employability and wages.” Currently, Illinois teens are experiencing historically low employment opportunities. This is particularly true among minority populations. Between 2010 and 2011, 8.7% of African-American teens were employed, 15.5% of Asian teens, and 20% of Hispanic teens. White teen employment, while higher than the groups mentioned, was only 21%.

IRMA reminds us that the impact won’t just be felt by teens, “minimum wage increases are often advocated by those who want to see wage rates increased by those making much more per hour than minimum wage.”

IRMA: IRMA Opposes Gov. Quinn’s Job-Killing Minimum Wage Hike
Crain’s: State’s shaky economy can’t bear minimum wage hike
Crain’s: Quinn’s call for $10 minimum wage riles business

For information, and to contact your elected officials, visit Illinois Prosperity.

Corporate Tax Disclosure
SB 282 would require public disclosure of confidential business income tax return information, including a publicly traded corporation’s Illinois base income, appointment factor, non-business income, net operating loss information, individual tax credits claimed, corporate income, and replacement tax paid.

  • Forcing corporations to disclose their income tax information serves no valid public policy purpose and is another example of how the State of Illinois shows its bias against Illinois job creators.
  • Public disclosure of tax information does not enhance tax enforcement.
  • The Federal government, through Internal Revenue Code (Section 6103) prohibits disclosure of confidential tax return information.
  • Other states do not permit disclosure of confidential taxpayer information.

Workers’ Comp Reform
In 2011, the Illinois General Assembly and Governor took positive steps to improving the Illinois Workers’ Compensation system which has led to lower costs for some employers. According to the Illinois Chamber, the 2011 changes are not worthy of being characterized as bringing significant reform to the Illinois workers’ compensation law.

For information, and to contact your legislators, visit Illinois Prosperity.

Mayor Weisner to Present State of the City: March 21

Saturday, February 16th, 2013


Thursday, March 21, 2013
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Piper’s Banquets
1295 Butterfield Rd.
Aurora, IL 60504
For information or to register.

You are invited to join us for Mayor Weisner’s annual State of the City address on Thursday, March 21. His annual address includes highlights and accomplishments of the past year as well as his vision for the future of our great City.

Mayor Weisner leads Aurora, Illinois, the state’s second largest city with a population of nearly 198,000. Boasting a diverse population, various housing choices and easy access to multiple transportation options, Aurora was recognized by Money Magazine in 2006 and 2008 as a top 100 city in which to live, work and play.

In 2009, Mayor Weisner was re-elected as Mayor for a second term. He earned nearly 60% of the vote in a three candidate race. Since taking office, Mayor Weisner has worked tirelessly to instill a spirit of teamwork and a “commitment to excellence” among city staff in order to fulfill his pledge to make Aurora “A City Second to None!”

Mayor Weisner reorganized city government in order to make it more efficient and responsive to businesses and residents with greater emphasis on economic development and neighborhood quality of life.

2013 Economic Forecast Set: March 7

Saturday, February 16th, 2013

Thursday, March 7, 2013
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Two Brothers Roundhouse
205 N Broadway Street
Aurora, IL 60506
For information or to register.

The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce Annual Economic Forecast gives chamber members and guests the opportunity to sit in with some of the region’s finest minds as they examine trends and translate the global economic picture into how the ever-changing tides will affect our region’s financial climate.

This year’s presenter is Stewart Beach. Stewart has 25 years of investment and banking experience. Stewart began his career as a FDIC commissioned bank examiner where he was designated as a capital market specialist. He was most recently an Executive Vice President of Old Second National Bank. Stewart has appeared on Bloomberg television and provided analysis for the TheStreet.com. In July 2011, Stewart and his partners launched Clear Perspective Advisors. Stewart holds a Chartered Financial Analyst designation and is a Certified Financial Planner™. Stewart earned his bachelor’s degree magna cum laude in Finance from the University of Nebraska.

Forums Set for Aurora’s Fourth Ward

Saturday, February 16th, 2013

Two community forums are scheduled for voters in Aurora’s Fourth Ward.

On Monday, Feb. 18, Wesley United Methodist Church will give residents of the Fourth Ward the opportunity to hear from the seven candidates for the Fourth Ward alderman seat, as well as the two candidates for the at-large seat on the Aurora City Council. The program is open to the public and begins at 7 p.m. at the Gathering Place, the social hall adjacent to Wesley United, 14 N. May St.

On Thursday, Feb. 21, the Boulevard, West Park and Blackhawk neighborhood groups will host a Fourth Ward Aldermanic Forum at 7 p.m. in the gymnasium of Freeman Elementary, 153 S. Randall Road.

Seven candidates — Mavis Bates, Bill Donnell, Duane Kleckner, Jay Leonardi, Mike Leonardi, Kevin Matthews, and Chuck Norris — are running for the Fourth Ward aldermanic seat. Rick Lawrence and Bob O’Connor are candidates for the city’s at-large seat.

A consolidated primary election will be held for Aurora’s Wards Four and Nine on Tuesday, Feb. 26, due to the number of candidates. For information, visit the Aurora Election Commission at http://www.auroravotes.org/

West 129 Board Candidates Forum March 13

Saturday, February 16th, 2013

A candidates forum for West Aurora School Board will be held March 13 at West Aurora High School. The forum will begin at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria at West Aurora High, 1201 W. New York Street. Enter Door 22. Candidates Mark Bradford, George R. Dyche, Valerie Brown Dykstra, Neal Ormond, William Passalaqua, Robert Patterson, and Jonathan Wood are running for three open seats in the April 9 school board election. Each candidate will have an opportunity to make an introduction and a brief personal statement and answer questions. Questions from the audience will be collected during the forum and presented to the candidates. The Superintendent’s Community Advisory Council, made up of parents from West Aurora’s 17 schools, will host the event.

This Week’s News for Members

Monday, February 11th, 2013


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In This Issue

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Elite Members

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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.
Dreyer Occupational Health Services
Fox Valley Country Club
Harris, NA
Ice Miller LLP
Idea Marketing Group
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 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

Thank You…
Thank you to Ryland Homes – Ingham Park for hosting Business After Hours. Everyone truly enjoyed their hospitality on a snowy night. A great company that builds great homes!

Thank you to the Not-For-Profit Alliance panelist: Barb Thurlby, Hesed House; Laurel Serrurier, Presence Mercy Medical Center; and Marilyn Weisner, Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry. Great topic on how to “Recruit, Reward & Retain Your Volunteers”.

Thank you to Julie Proscia and Smith Amundsen LLC for their continued sponsorship of the Not-For-Profit Alliance.

Calendar of Events
Business Development Leads Group
Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 7:30 a.m.
Chamber offices

Ambassadors Meeting
Thursday, Feb. 14, at 11:30 a.m.
Chamber offices

Ribbon Cutting
Pure Health/Olson Chiropractic
Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 11:30 a.m.
Please RSVP by Friday, Feb. 15

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, Feb. 28, 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Cafe, 55 S. Commons Drive, Aurora

Premier Members
Premier Members

Member News
The Fox Valley Park District’s marketing division won four first-place awards in the Illinois Park and Recreation Association’s Agency Showcase competition at the annual “Soaring to New Heights” conference. Competing statewide against other park, recreation and conservation agencies, Fox Valley took top honors in the categories of electronic communication, logo design and marketing campaign. All three elements were tied into a “Survival of the Fittest” theme promoting the Zombie Invasion 5K held at Blackberry Farm last fall. As a capper, Fox Valley was chosen the “People’s Choice” award winner as voted upon by conference attendees who visited the Showcase.

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.

Naper Settlement’s popular School’s Out programs 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.

Come learn about an exciting 90-Day Health Challenge that is launching across the nation, the Body by Vi Challenge. You can trim down, shape up, or completely transform your body over the next 90 days. Transform your life. Being held Tuesday, Feb. 12 at the Aurora Regional Chamber Office, Conference Room A from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Call (630) 844-8538 to RSVP.

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.

The New Body by Vi Challenge Founders Tour will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 19 beginning at 7:00 p.m. in Schaumburg. Come and learn about the new 90 day challenge that is launching across the nation. Trim down, shape up, or completely transform your body over the next 90 days. Fast, easy, affordable. For anybody and any body. For more information or to RSVP call (708) 979-5036.

DayOne Network’s annual Gala/Auction is just a month away! Please make plans now to attend this event at Piper’s Banquets in Aurora on Saturday, March 2. By far this is our largest annual fundraising event — and it promises to be one filled with great food and drink, outstanding entertainment, a brief program highlighting our plans and successes, and a live as well as silent auction. Please contact Sue Tansey at (630) 482-7614 to make your reservations for this premiere event. There are also advertising choices still available along with preferred seating options.

Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner announced the hiring of Clayton Muhammad as the City of Aurora’s new Director of Communications. Muhammad, who currently serves as the Director of Community Relations and the District Spokesman of East Aurora School District 131 will transition into the new position later this month.

1st Family Dental is offering a unique Valentine’s Day present for the community at their facility at 55 S. Commons Drive, Aurora on Tuesday, Feb. 12, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Free dental care for the day, including X-rays, cleaning, extractions, fillings and diagnostic services. First come, first serve basis. No eligibility requirements.

MedCom is pleased to introduce a new tenant: Aurora Orthodontics Periodontics, Dr. Jose Chacon. He will be opening his practice at 3535 E. New York Street, Aurora in March.

Families and children are invited to enjoy the free fun at the Vaughan Athletic Center on Saturday, Feb. 16, when the Fox Valley Park District will stage its annual Fitness Fun Fair for Kids. The educational and interactive event runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is free to all families and children. Children will have opportunities to take part in fun and healthy activities that include an inflatable obstacle course, KitFit demos, ZumbAtomic sessions and other activities designed to get kids moving and exercising.

Residents of the Fox Valley Park District may register for spring programs and events beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16. Non-resident registration will begin the following week on Monday, Feb. 25. For a complete listing of programs and events, the Spring 2013 Activity Guide is available at all community centers and accessible online.

TimberCreek Convention Center at 3300 Drew Ave. in Sandwich is hosting a Bridal Expo Extravaganza on Sunday, Feb. 24th from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. There will be a Runway Show at 2:30 p.m. and door prizes. Pre-Register online by February 15 for a chance to win a spa day for two! Tickets are $5, brides attend for free.

The Roosevelt-Aurora American Legion Post 84 and the City of Aurora are continuing its ongoing partnership to sponsor the Independence Day Parade and are seeking volunteers for this year’s festivities. Volunteers are encouraged to attend the first meeting of the Parade Committee, comprised of residents and City officials, at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 15, in the fifth floor conference room at City Hall, 44 E. Downer Place. For more information on how to volunteer, call the City’s Special Events Division at (630) 256-3370.

Camp Naper summer day camp sign up is underway. Camp Naper has fun and educational summer day camps, that explore history, math and science on Naper Settlement’s 12-acre museum campus. One, two, or three day and week-long camps, run by professional staff, are a great value! For grades 1-8. For more information, call (630) 420-6010.


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Friday, February 8th, 2013


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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.
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

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Small Business Job Creation Tax Credit
The tax credit gives small business owners an extra boost to grow their business over the next year. After creating one or more new, full-time positions that meet the eligibility requirements, small businesses can register here to receive a $2,500 per job tax credit. Based on feedback we received during the pilot program from the small businesses and entrepreneurs from across the State, we added a few key components. First, we extended the program to run from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2016. The other new piece to this program is that PEO’s (Professional Employer Organizations) would be able to receive a tax credit based on their working relationship with an eligible business. Eligible wage $10 per hour; Eligible if, as of July 1, 2012, you employed 50 or fewer full-time employees(counting all locations). Not-for-profit and Professional Employer Organizations are eligible to receive credit. https://jobstaxcredit.illinois.gov/SBJCTC-FLYER.pdf

Eligible Jobs:

  • Newly created, full-time position (part-time/contractual positions are not eligible).
  • Created between July, 1 2012 and June 30, 2016.
  • Position pays no less than $10/hour or the equivalent annualized salary of $18,200.
  • Position sustained for at least one year (not necessarily held by the same individual for the year).
  • Withholding tax goes to Illinois.
  • Tax Credit certificate will be issued one year from the hire date.
Calendar of Events
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

Ambassadors Meeting
Thursday, Feb. 14, at 11:30 a.m.
Chamber offices

Ribbon Cutting
Pure Health/Olson Chiropractic
Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 11:30 a.m.

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, Feb. 28, 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Cafe, 55 S. Commons Drive, Aurora

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Henning Receives National Credential
The CAE Commission of ASAE has announced that Joseph Henning, IOM, president & CEO of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce has earned the Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential. The CAE is the highest professional credential in the association industry. Fewer than five percent of all association professionals have earned the CAE.

To be designated as a Certified Association Executive, an applicant must have a minimum of three years of experience in nonprofit organization management, complete a minimum of 100 hours of specialized professional development, pass a stringent examination in association management, and pledge to uphold a code of ethics.

For more information about the ASAE, visit www.asaecenter.org.

Member News
DayOne Network would like to welcome Jason Ours to their team. Jason will be working with the individuals pulled from the PUNS and in their ISSA pro-gram.

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.

Naper Settlement’s popular School’s Out programs 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 Fox Valley Marines Detachment will hold a Pancake Breakfast at the AMVETS Post, 1194 Jericho Rd., Aurora from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 10. Breakfast will include pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, fresh fruit, milk, coffee and juice. Cost is $5.00 per child, $7.00 per adult or $20.00 for a family of four.

Come learn about an exciting 90-Day Health Challenge that is launching across the nation, the Body by Vi Challenge. You can trim down, shape up, or completely transform your body over the next 90 days. Transform your life. Being held Tuesday, Feb. 12 at the Aurora Regional Chamber Office, Conference Room A from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Call 630-844-8538 to RSVP.

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, 2013, with the Opening Reception on Tuesday, Feb. 5 from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Engineering Enterprises, Inc. (EEI) is pleased to announce they will be receiving a Merit Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), Illinois Division, on Friday, February 8th for the work performed on the Wells No. 3 and 4 Radium Removal Project in St. Charles.

DayOne Network’s annual Gala/Auction is just a month away! Please make plans now to attend this event at Piper’s Banquets in Aurora on Saturday, March 2nd. By far this is our largest annual fundraising event – and it promises to be one filled with great food and drink, outstanding entertainment, a brief program highlighting our plans and successes, and a super live as well as silent auction. Please contact Sue Tansey at 630-482-7614 to make your reservations for this premiere event. There are also advertising choices still available along with preferred seating options.