Archive for April, 2013

Member News for Week of April 29

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Here is this week’s newsletter to members of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. If you have Member News to include, please send to Jeanine by Wednesday the week prior to publication. For more information, contact the Chamber at (630) 256-3180.

Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce

 

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Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Bad Monkey Circus Ad Agency
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Balihoo Productions
Basil’s Greek Dining
BMO Harris
Caterpillar, Inc.
Chicago Premium Outlets
Chawla & Associates, Inc.
ComEd
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
Global Data Sciences
Ice Miller LLP
Idea Marketing Group
Kelmscott Communications
KING Industrial & Installation Service, Inc.
Konen Insurance Agency
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
State Farm Insurance Companies
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)

Contact Us

Mail: 43 W. Galena Blvd.
Aurora, Illinois 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180
Fax: (630) 256-3189
www.aurorachamber.com

 

Join Us Tomorrow Morning for
Business Before Hours
Join Us Tomorrow Morning for Business Before Hours
Colonial Café, 1961 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora
Tuesday, April 30, at 7:30 a.m. 

Join us for a change of pace. Start your day with a welcoming morning at Colonial. Hear about all of the networking programs available to you with your membership in the Aurora Regional Chamber. Stop by tomorrow morning.

Register

Thank You, President Berman, for the
State of the Village Address
 

President Berman
For coverage of the address, please visit Kane County Chronicle.

Calendar of Events
Business Before Hours
Tuesday, April 30, at 7:30 a.m.
Colonial Café, 1961 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora
Register 

Council on Legislative Affairs
Wednesday, May 1, at 8:30 a.m.
Chamber offices

Diversity Network: Embracing Diversity Through Opportunity
Tuesday, May 7, at 8:00 a.m.
Aurora Pancake House, 321 N. Lake Street, Aurora
Register

Ribbon Cutting: McLaughlin & Associates
Tuesday, May 7, at 4:00 p.m.
495 N. Commons Dr., Suite 103, Aurora

Ambassadors
Thursday, May 9, at 11:30 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business Development Leads Group
Tuesday, May 14, at 7:30 a.m.
Chamber offices

Premier Members
Premier Members
Member News
The Aurora Public Art Commission unveiled its new art exhibit, “Dinosaurs: the Art and Science of Paleontology,” at the David L. Pierce Art and History Center, 20 E. Downer Place. The exhibit features the works of field paleontologist and artist Rob Sula and will showcase his natural history themed art, paleo-illustration and field-illustration (site maps.) The exhibit also explores the innate beauty of fossils and examines the craft of fossil restoration. The free exhibit is open from noon until 4:00 p.m., Wednesdays to Fridays through May 3.

The Second Annual Kentucky Derby Gala to Benefit Hesed House is just around the corner on Saturday, May 4, at the Chicago Marriott Naperville Hotel from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. If you missed last year’s sell-out Derby Gala, make it a “must attend” 2013 event! Please join us for a delightful afternoon of great Southern cuisine, libations and horse-racing action. The Gala will include live coverage of the Kentucky Derby on multiple theater screens, live jazz, exciting live auctions, raffles, a Craftsman beer sampling and much more! And don’t forget, all guests are encouraged to wear their best Derby attire and hats!

Restoration Techs would like to remind you, Marmion is looking for sponsors and in-kind donations for their Heroes Mud Run being held on Saturday, May 25. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor please contact Patrick at patrick@restorationtechs.com. This is a unique opportunity for you to show your support of our Heroes. A portion of proceeds will benefit the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and the Heart of a Marine Foundation.

The Cosmopolitan Club of Aurora invites you to a Wine Tasting Event at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, May 3, at Fox Valley Winery. Tickets are only $25 each and good for up to five tastings. There will be hot and cold hors d’oeuvres served. Proceeds to benefit diabetes research & scholarships for diabetic camp for diabetic children.

Whether you are a history buff or a novice, join Naper Settlement for a special presentation about Naperville and DuPage County men who fought in the Civil War from local history professor Dr. David Maas from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, May 2, at Naper Settlement’s Century Memorial Chapel.

The History Speaks Lecture Series presents World War II Women’s Air Force Service Pilots at Naper Settlement’s Century Memorial Chapel on Sunday, May 5, from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. More than 1100 women served their country in World War II flying every military aircraft flown by the American Forces. Join Rebecca Sutera Tulloch, a certified FAA pilot, as she tells the story of the WASP as only a pilot can.

On Friday, May 10, from 8:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., The Compass Church of Naperville will be hosting Chick-fil-A Leadercast, a one-day leadership event that will be broadcast live from Atlanta to hundreds of locations around the world. Registration is available online.

Waubonsee Community College Adult Literacy Project Change a Life: Be aTutor! training session will be on Saturday, May 11, and Saturday, May 18, (both days are required) 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. If you are interested, please contact Elsie Mills at (630) 801-7900, ext. 4221, or email her at emills@waubonsee.edu.

With the start of summer season, Naper Settlement is introducing mobile/cell phone tours of Naper Settlement and historic sites around Naperville, hosted by new vendor OnCell. The mobile tours can be accessed via cell phone by dialing phone number (630) 300-0603. The information also can be accessed via mobile phone or other mobile device with Internet access through the web address http://myoncell.mobi/16303000603; through a link on the Naper Settlement homepage, or from a PC. The content is also available through Google’s new Field Trip app for Android and Apple devices.

Waubonsee Community College’s Auto Body Repair Program has been recognized by the EPA for not using Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPs). Because it no longer uses harmful sprays and coatings, the shop is considered to be a “green” shop, which is becoming an industry trend. Their Medical Assistant Program was recently awarded Continued Program Accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

Save The Date. GiGi’s Playhouse Fox Valley 7th Annual Golf Event is set for Friday, June 21, with a 1:30 p.m. shotgun start at Orchard Valley Golf Course in Aurora.

Naper Settlement presents “Gabbing About Gatsby”. Enjoy Gabbing about Gatsby during this Roaring Twenties trivia party from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, May 9. This party promises to be the bee’s knees for movie goers awaiting the May premiere of “The Great Gatsby” film remake. Wear your best flapper-era accessories and join in the 1920s fun. Tickets are $23 per person and include appetizers with cash bar. Call (630) 420-6010 for reservations.

Alden of Waterford is hosting a Veterans Breakfast on Friday, May 17, at 8:00 a.m. The Alden of Waterford campus and area veterans will be honored at the breakfast, followed by their Summer Health Fair.

Waubonsee Community College Director of Governmental and Multicultural Affairs Lulu Blacksmith has been appointed to serve on Illinois Senator Linda Holmes’ Latino Advisory Council. Also, Waubonsee’s Distance Learning Secretary, Catherine Orseske, has been elected Vice President for the Illinois Association of Educational Office Professionals (IAEOP). Congratulations to both of them.

This year CityGate Grille’s Mother’s Day celebration will combine breakfast and lunch favorites. From an omelet station to a delicious dessert bar, CityGate Grille will be sure to please everyone’s palette.

The Label Printers has won TLMI’s (Tag and Label Manufacturers Institute, Inc.) Eugene Singer Award for Management Excellence for the fourth time in a row, in their fourth year of eligibility. The Singer Award is a coveted honor both because it validates the performance of strong companies, but also because the companies submitting applications for it represent nearly 40% of the North American label market, and include the biggest competitors in the business.

Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce | 43 W. Galena Blvd. Aurora, Illinois 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180 Fax: (630) 256-3189 | www.aurorachamber.com
This email was sent by Email Patron on behalf of Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Aurora called ‘a model’ in educational collaboration

Friday, April 26th, 2013

From the Aurora Beacon-News:

If Aurora’s leaders, educators and businesses were looking for encouragement that they’re on the path to something good, they got it Wednesday, when a state educational group held its quarterly meeting in Aurora.

The group’s chairman, Miguel del Valle, called the city’s efforts “a model” for educational collaboration around the state and country.

“I am convinced that in Aurora they are already leading the way in Illinois,” Del Valle said. “They are putting the ‘career’ in ‘career and college readiness.’”

For the full article, visit The Beacon-News website.

Member News for April 22nd

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Here is this week’s newsletter to members of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. If you have Member News to include, please send to Jeanine by Wednesday the week prior to publication. For more information, contact the Chamber at (630) 256-3180.

Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce

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April 22, 2013
 

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Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Bad Monkey Circus Ad Agency
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Balihoo Productions
Basil’s Greek Dining
BMO Harris
Caterpillar, Inc.
Chicago Premium Outlets
Chawla & Associates, Inc.
ComEd
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
Global Data Sciences
Ice Miller LLP
Idea Marketing Group
Kelmscott Communications
KING Industrial & Installation Service, Inc.
Konen Insurance Agency
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
State Farm Insurance Companies
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)

Contact Us

Mail: 43 W. Galena Blvd.
Aurora, Illinois 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180
Fax: (630) 256-3189
www.aurorachamber.com

 

Join Us This Wednesday for President Berman’s State of the Village Address
Dale Wednesday, April 24, at 11:30 a.m.
Oak Street Restaurant, 945 Oak Street, North Aurora
$25 Aurora Chamber Members
$30 Prospective Chamber Members
Register
Nominations Open for Chamber Board
The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for members willing to be considered to serve on the Board of Directors. All eligible nominees will be considered by the nominating committee. Nominations may be sent to Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce, attention: Joseph Henning, IOM, CAE

To be considered to be a Director, nominees must be members in good standing. Members who have served as a Director in the past should have had one year pass after the expiration of their term before seeking re-election.

The Board of Directors governs the business, property, and affairs of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. The Board is responsible for establishing policy, budgets, and the guidance of affairs. The Board is composed of up to twenty-two (22) persons who shall be members in good standing of the Chamber. Directors are elected for a term of three (3) years which are staggered so that approximately one-third of the directors are elected each year.

A nomination form may be found online.

Calendar of Events
Business Development Leads Group
Tuesday, April 23, at 7:30 a.m.
Chamber offices 

Grand Re-Opening
Tuesday, April 23, at 6:00 p.m.
Fox & Hound Sports Tavern, 4320 E. New York Street, Aurora

State of the Village Address
Wednesday, April 24, at 11:30 a.m.
Oak Street Restaurant, 945 Oak Street, North Aurora
Register

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, April 25, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Café, 22 S. Commons, Aurora
Register

Business Before Hours
Tuesday, April 30, at 7:30 a.m.
Colonial Café, 1961 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora
Register

Council on Legislative Affairs
Wednesday, May 1, at 8:30 a.m.
Chamber offices

Retail Merchandising
Thursday, May 2, at 8:30 a.m.
Waubonsee Community College, Aurora campus
Register

Diversity Network: Embracing Diversity Through Opportunity
Tuesday, May 7, at 8:00 a.m.
Aurora Pancake House, 321 N. Lake Street, Aurora
Register

Ribbon Cutting: McLaughlin & Associates
Tuesday, May 7, at 4:00 p.m.
495 N. Commons Dr., Suite 103, Aurora

Ambassadors
Thursday, May 9, at 11:30 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business Development Leads Group
Tuesday, May 14, at 7:30 a.m.
Chamber offices

Premier Members
Premier Members
Member News
Fox & Hound Sports Tavern will host a grand re-opening celebration on Tuesday, April 23, from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. at the Aurora location. Donate $10 to Paws Chicago and get an exclusive preview of their tasty new food and beverage menu items. 

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 through April 27.

Aurora Township is partnering with Comcast, Aurora’s Second Ward Alderman Juany Garza, LULAC, State Representative Linda Chapa-La Via, and West Aurora School District 129 to bring Comcast Cares Day 2013 to Aurora. The volunteer event will take place on Saturday, April 27, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Please join us! For more information on volunteering or donating supplies, please contact Patricia Richardson at (630) 897-8777 or email patricia.r@auroratownship.org.

The Aurora Public Art Commission unveiled its new art exhibit, “Dinosaurs: the Art and Science of Paleontology,” at the David L. Pierce Art and History Center, 20 E. Downer Place. The exhibit features the works of field paleontologist and artist Rob Sula and will showcase his natural history themed art, paleo-illustration and field-illustration (site maps.) The exhibit also explores the innate beauty of fossils and examines the craft of fossil restoration. The free exhibit is open from noon until 4:00 p.m., Wednesdays to Fridays through May 3.

Volunteers will renovate and repair 20 locations in the Pattersonville neighborhood in Aurora in honor of Rebuilding Together Aurora’s 20th anniversary of their April Rebuilding Event. These families will soon have safer and healthier homes–along with 2 revitalized community spaces and the Marie Wilkinson Child Development Center. This event will take place on Friday and Saturday, April 26 and 27.

Cabot Microelectronics invites you to “The Rise of Social Entrepreneurship: Disruptive Innovation and Impact Accelerator” on Friday, April 26, at NIU’s Conference Center, Naperville. The event supports the Laboratory School for Science & Technology which prepares students for the future in STEM fields by providing physics education to middle school students. For information, contact Mariejose Monsalve.

Naper Settlement’s Blacksmithing 101will be held Saturday, April 27, from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Learn the art of blacksmithing with an introduction to safety, tools and the forge during this two-session workshop held at the blacksmith shop. Learn how to use the forge and practice hammer techniques while making an iron hook. Fee is $150 and includes materials. Registration is required. Class is limited to six participants.

Naper Settlement will be holding Naper Wine & Dine. Join the Naperville Heritage Society at the annual wine dinner, sponsored by Sullivan’s Steakhouse on April 22 from 5:30 to 10:00 p.m. This wine dinner boasts a five-course meal developed by Executive Chef Terrell Cole. A vegetarian menu is available. The evening’s entertainment consists of a live auction. For more information call (630) 420-6016.

The Second Annual Kentucky Derby Gala to Benefit Hesed House is on Saturday, May 4, at the Chicago Marriott Naperville Hotel from 3:00 to 7:00 pm. Contact Hesed House for reservations.

Restoration Techs would like to remind you, Marmion is looking for sponsors and in-kind donations for their Heroes Mud Run being held on Saturday, May 25. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor please contact Patrick at patrick@restorationtechs.com. This is a unique opportunity for you to show your support of our Heroes. A portion of proceeds will benefit the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and the Heart of a Marine Foundation.

Mutual Ground reminds the business community that April has been designated Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities and individuals. Eat/drink at any of the four area Chili’s (dine in or take out) all month. Just show the voucher on your smart phone and Chili’s will donate 10% of your purchase. Also, attend ‘Shine A Light on Sexual Violence’ event on April 24 at the North Aurora Police Dept. at 6:30 p.m.

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and Youth Service Bureau of Illinois Valley (YSB) is asking that everyone recognize and play a part in promoting the social and emotional well-being of children and families in Aurora and the many surrounding communities. YSB is asking that everyone “Take A Ribbon, Wear A Ribbon, Help Prevent Child Abuse”. For more information, call (630) 820-6303.

Quad County Urban League will be hosting the “Steps To Homeownership Expo” on Saturday, April 27, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at 1685 N. Farnsworth Ave., Aurora. Free workshops will be offered in English and Spanish. There will be food, prizes, and raffles.

The 2nd2None 5K Run & Walk will be held on Sunday, April 28, at Wilder Park (North River St. and West Park Ave.). Check in begins at 6:00 a.m. with the Race and Fitness Walk at 8:00 a.m. Help support a cause that is 2nd 2 None. Benefitting Aurora Food Pantry & Communities In Schools. For information call Marilyn at (630) 897-2127 or email mweisner@aurorafoodpantry.org. If you would like to volunteer race day, call Denise at (630) 256-4506.

The Cosmopolitan Club of Aurora invites you to a Wine Tasting Event at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, May 3, at Fox Valley Winery. Tickets are only $25 each and good for up to 5 tastings. There will be hot and cold hors d’ oeuvres served. Proceeds to benefit diabetes research & scholarships for diabetic camp for diabetic children.

Whether you are a history buff or a novice, join Naper Settlement for a special presentation about Naperville and DuPage County men who fought in the Civil War from local history professor Dr. David Maas from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, May 2, at Naper Settlement’s Century Memorial Chapel.

On April 27 at 10:00 a.m. The Growing Place in Aurora will be presenting Right Plant + Right Place = Low Maintenance. The Growing Place has compiled their years of experience and knowledge to help you understand how to pick the right plant and the right place for it so it will thrive and be beautiful for many years.

The Aurora Chamber and Waubonsee Community College present Retail Merchandising at its Aurora campus on Thursday, May 2, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Discover 10 merchandising tips to help maximize your retail space and customer experience. Gain practical insight on how to strengthen your retail environment through merchandising, with a focus on displays, point-of-sale, customer interaction, as well as, tips, tricks and tools to help you succeed. Visit www.waubonseetickets.com for tickets and information.

The History Speaks Lecture Series presents World War II Women’s Air Force Service Pilots at Naper Settlement’s Century Memorial Chapel on Sunday, May 5, from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. More than 1100 women served their country in World War II flying every military aircraft flown by the American Forces. Join Rebecca Sutera Tulloch, a certified FAA pilot, as she tells the story of the WASP as only a pilot can.

Naper Settlement announced that it has teamed with the White House to become a Certifying Organization for the President’s Volunteer Service Award, a national program recognizing Americans who have demonstrated a sustained commitment to volunteer service. Thirty-four Naper Settlement volunteers received a President’s Volunteer Service Award during the museum’s annual Volunteer Appreciation Event held April 13.

On Friday, May 10, from 8:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., The Compass Church of Naperville will be hosting Chick-fil-A Leadercast, a one-day leadership event that will be broadcast live from Atlanta to hundreds of locations around the world. Registration is available online.

Waubonsee Community College Adult Literacy Project Change a Life: Be aTutor! training session will be on Saturday, May 11, & Saturday, May 18, (both days are required) from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. If you are interested, please contact Elsie Mills at 630-801-7900, ext. 4221 or email her at emills@waubonsee.edu.

With the start of summer season, Naper Settlement is introducing mobile/cell phone tours of Naper Settlement and historic sites around Naperville, hosted by new vendor OnCell. The mobile tours can be accessed via cell phone by dialing phone number (630) 300-0603. The information also can be accessed via mobile phone or other mobile device with Internet access through the web address http://myoncell.mobi/16303000603; through a link on the Naper Settlement homepage, or from a PC. The content is also available through Google’s new Field Trip app for Android and Apple devices.

Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce | 43 W. Galena Blvd. Aurora, Illinois 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180 Fax: (630) 256-3189 | www.aurorachamber.com

Emergency Information for Local Communities

Thursday, April 18th, 2013
For emergency details in local communities:
Aurora http://www.aurora-il.org/
North Aurora http://www.vil.north-aurora.il.us/
Montgomery http://ci.montgomery.il.us/
Naperville http://www.naperville.il.us/
Oswego http://www.oswegoil.org/
Sugar Grove http://www.sugar-grove.il.us/

Road Closures, Safety Precautions for Area

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

A limited amount of sandbags for residents will be available after 1 p.m. today at 1110 Aurora Av.

 

City has reassigned personnel to handle large volume of calls at our Customer Service Center.  Aurora residents should call the Center for all weather-related inquiries at 630-256-INFO (4636).  These would include reports of flooded basements and streets.

 

Dozens of crews are addressing calls as they come in and are also monitoring creeks, detention basins, and other areas of water.  The City’s Emergency Operations Center was activated early this morning.

 

Motorists should not attempt to drive around barricades at closed roads.  Use extreme caution when approaching standing water.

New road closures due to flooding:

  • Orchard Road between Galena and Prairie
  • Eastbound Ramp to I-88 at Diehl Road
  • Route 59 & Meridian at the BNSF Tracks closed due to flooded underpass.
  • The following major roads remain closed in Aurora due to flooding:

  • Farnsworth Avenue between Indian Trail and Mountain Street
  • Broadway Avenue (Rt. 25) between Pierce Street and the U.S. Post Office
  • 75th Street between Routes 34 (Ogden Av.) and 59
  • South Eola Road between Montgomery Road and 87th Street
  • Route 34 (Ogden Av.) eastbound at Long Grove
  • Pockets of residential streets citywide may be impassable.

    Motorists should not attempt to drive around barricades at closed roads. Use extreme caution when approaching standing water.

    City has activated Emergency Operations Center and will be assessing conditions as the rain continues.

    Crews are monitoring creeks, detention basins and other areas of water.

    Aurora residents should call Customer Service Center for all weather-related inquiries at 630-256-INFO (4636). These would include flooded basements and streets.

    More information forthcoming.

    Celebrate Business Milestones

    Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

    Contact the Aurora Chamber to help coordinate your business celebration — complete with oversized scissors. We’ll contact local officials, fellow members, and the media to help you celebrate ribbon cuttings, grand openings, anniversaries, and more. And mark your calendars and join us Friday, April 19, at 11:30 p.m. in downtown Aurora for the latest business opening: Digital Edge Innovations at 42 W. Downer Place. For information, call us at (630) 256-3180 or e-mail info@aurorachamber.com.

    North Aurora Address Next Wednesday

    Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

    The Honorable Dale Berman, Village President will discuss his clear vision for North Aurora:
    Pride in what we have accomplished in the past, hard work and determination in the present, and fundamental planning for the future. Mayor Berman brings an incredible amount of experience and commitment to his role. He has been active in the development of North Aurora for more than 46 years, and is currently in his seventh year as Village President/Mayor.

    The 2013 State of the Village event will be held on Wednesday, April 24, at
    Oak Street Restaurant
    945 Oak Street, North Aurora

    For details and registration information, click here.

    This is a great opportunity to show your support for the Village of North Aurora its future!

    Member News for Week of April 15, 2013

    Monday, April 15th, 2013

    Here is this week’s newsletter to members of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. If you have Member News to include, please send to Jeanine by Wednesday the week prior to publication. For more information, contact the Chamber at (630) 256-3180.

    Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce

     

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    April 15, 2013
     

    In This Issue 

     

     

    Quick Links 

     

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    Elite Members

    For more information contact the chamber.

    Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
    Aurora University
    Bad Monkey Circus Ad Agency
    Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
    Balihoo Productions
    Basil’s Greek Dining
    BMO Harris
    Caterpillar, Inc.
    Chicago Premium Outlets
    Chawla & Associates, Inc.
    ComEd
    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
    Global Data Sciences
    Ice Miller LLP
    Idea Marketing Group
    Kelmscott Communications
    KING Industrial & Installation Service, Inc.
    Konen Insurance Agency
    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
    State Farm Insurance Companies
    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)

    Welcome New Members

    Bill Foster for Congress
    Congressman Bill Foster
    2711 E. New York St., Ste. 204
    Aurora, IL 60502
    (630) 585-7672

    Contact Us

    Mail: 43 W. Galena Blvd.
    Aurora, Illinois 60506
    Phone: (630) 256-3180
    Fax: (630) 256-3189
    www.aurorachamber.com

     

    State of the Village: Hon. Dale Berman, President, Village of North Aurora
    Wednesday, April 24, at 11:30 a.m.
    Oak Street Restaurant, 945 Oak Street, North Aurora
    $25 Aurora Chamber Members
    $30 Prospective Chamber Members
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    Check It Out!
    Visit the Aurora Chamber’s Facebook page and check out the photos from last Thursday’s celebration. Aurora won The MIX 101.9′s Suburban Madness contest and the trophy presentation at the Paramount Theatre included community residents and students from local high schools. Like the fan page while you’re visiting.
    Have You Checked Our Blog Lately?
    The Aurora Chamber’s blog features updates, news, and information for and about our members. If you are interested in being a guest blogger, please contact the Chamber for details. And visit our blog often for updates, including:

    The Compassion Foundation’s Community Champions Recognition Dinner

    Aurora Community Celebrates The MIX Suburban Madness Victory

    Wellness Works 2013 Set

    Illinois Chamber, Aurora Chamber Announce Employer Action Day: May 20, 2013

    Aurora Chamber, Waubonsee SBDC Offer Retail Workshop

    Nominations Open for Chamber Board
    The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for members willing to be considered to serve on the Board of Directors. All eligible nominees will be considered by the nominating committee. Nominations may be sent to Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce, attention: Joseph Henning, IOM, CAE.

    To be considered to be a Director, nominees must be members in good standing. Members who have served as a Director in the past should have had one year pass after the expiration of their term before seeking re-election.

    The Board of Directors governs the business, property, and affairs of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. The Board is responsible for establishing policy, budgets, and the guidance of affairs. The Board is composed of up to twenty-two (22) persons who shall be members in good standing of the Chamber. Directors are elected for a term of three (3) years which are staggered so that approximately one-third of the directors are elected each year.

    A nomination form may be found online.

    Calendar of Events
    Business After Hours
    Tuesday, April 16, at 5:00 p.m.
    Pure Health, 2115 W. Galena Blvd, Aurora
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    Aurora First
    Wednesday, April 17, at 11:00 a.m.
    Chamber offices

    Business After Hours
    Wednesday, April 17, at 5:00 p.m.
    Westwood College, 7155 Janes Ave., Woodridge

    Business Development Leads Group
    Tuesday, April 23, at 7:30 a.m.
    Chamber offices

    State of the Village Address
    Wednesday, April 24, at 11:30 a.m.
    Oak Street Restaurant, 945 Oak Street, North Aurora
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    Fox Valley Networking Professionals
    Thursday, April 25, at 8:00 a.m.
    Pomegranate Café, 22 S. Commons, Aurora
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    Business Before Hours
    Tuesday, April 30, at 7:30 a.m.
    Colonial Café, 1961 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora
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    Premier Members
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    Did You Know?
    eBusiness Email Blasts are available on Wednesdays and Fridays for our members to communicate with fellow members (potential customers!) in a quick and direct manner. For only $150, your business would be the exclusive message emailed to approximately 2,300 addresses. What a great way to promote a new program or service, a special event or highlight your business’ accomplishments. All we need is your email message (in either an HTML, JPG, or PDF format) and we send it out for you. It’s that easy; but we do book 4-6 weeks out. So book now for May & June!

    Contact the Chamber for details at chamberinfo@aurorachamber.com or (630) 256-3180 and ask about the special pricing for four or more email messages.

    Member News
    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 through April 27.

    Aurora Township is partnering with Comcast, Aurora’s Second Ward Alderman Juany Garza, LULAC, State Representative Linda Chapa-La Via, and West Aurora School District 129 to bring Comcast Cares Day 2013 to Aurora. The volunteer event will take place on Saturday, April 27, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Please join us! For more information on volunteering or donating supplies, please contact Patricia Richardson at (630) 897-8777 or email patricia.r@auroratownship.org.

    Congratulations to Sikich LLP for their recent feature in Crain’s Chicago Business that highlighted their 30-year history in creating a dynamic business model.

    Save the Date: 2ND2None 5K Run & Walk will be held on Sunday, April 28, benefitting Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry and Communities in Schools.

    The Aurora Public Art Commission unveiled its new art exhibit, “Dinosaurs: the Art and Science of Paleontology,” at the David L. Pierce Art and History Center, 20 E. Downer Place. The exhibit features the works of field paleontologist and artist Rob Sula and will showcase his natural history themed art, paleo-illustration and field-illustration (site maps.) The exhibit also explores the innate beauty of fossils and examines the craft of fossil restoration. The free exhibit is open from noon until 4:00 p.m., Wednesdays to Fridays through May 3.

    Volunteers will renovate and repair 20 locations in the Pattersonville neighborhood in Aurora in honor of Rebuilding Together Aurora’s 20th anniversary of their April Rebuilding Event. These families will soon have safer and healthier homes–along with 2 revitalized community spaces and the Marie Wilkinson Child Development Center. This event will take place on Friday and Saturday, April 26 and 27.

    Cabot Microelectronics invites you to “The Rise of Social Entrepreneurship: Disruptive Innovation and Impact Accelerator” on Friday, April 26, at NIU’s Conference Center, Naperville. The event supports the Laboratory School for Science & Technology which prepares students for the future in STEM fields by providing physics education to middle school students. For information, contact Mariejose Monsalve.

    Communities In Schools is having a Spaghetti Dinner on Thursday, April 18, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at West Aurora High School. Carry out is available. This event is sponsored by Olive Garden. A complete dinner is $10. All proceeds will support the CIS/Project Unity Back to School Fair in August where children receive free school supplies and services.

    Naper Settlement’s Blacksmithing 101 will be held Saturdays, April 20 & 27, from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Learn the art of blacksmithing with an introduction to safety, tools and the forge during this two-session workshop held at the blacksmith shop. Learn how to use the forge and practice hammer techniques while making an iron hook. Fee is $150 and includes materials. Registration is required. Class is limited to six participants.

    In honor of the Week of the Young Child, join Rasmussen College on campus, at 2363 Sequoia Drive, Aurora on April 18 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. for an evening filled with fun! There will be children’s crafts, book readings, games and health snacks! Hear the story of Jonathan James and the Whatif Monster, make your own Whatif Monster or play a monster game! The event is open to all families, free of charge.

    On April 20, The Growing Place will be hosting Spring Learning Garden Stroll at 9:00 a.m. The Growing Place has designed and planted beautiful gardens that match many of the conditions homeowners face in their own yards. You can learn from strolling the gardens, noting the well-labeled plants and pretty combinations. After the stroll there will be gardening tips and techniques given.

    Naper Settlement will be holding Naper Wine & Dine. Join the Naperville Heritage Society at the annual wine dinner, sponsored by Sullivan’s Steakhouse on April 22 from 5:30 to 10:00 p.m. This wine dinner boasts a five-course meal developed by Executive Chef Terrell Cole. A vegetarian menu is available. The evening’s entertainment consists of a live auction. For more information call (630) 420-6016.

    You’re invited to KDI for a Kure Fourth Annual Vegas Night on Friday, April 19, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at 645 S. River Street, Batavia. Admission includes $100 poker chips, one raffle ticket, one drink of choice, munchies, live music, and silent auction. All proceeds will benefit the AVON Walk for Breast Cancer. For more information or to RSVP email ginny@kdidesign.com.

    Restoration Techs would like to remind you, Marmion is looking for sponsors and in-kind donations for their Heroes Mud Run being held on Saturday, May 25. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor please contact Patrick at patrick@restorationtechs.com. This is a unique opportunity for you to show your support of our Heroes. A portion of proceeds will benefit the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and the Heart of a Marine Foundation.

    Mutual Ground reminds the business community that April has been designated Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities and individuals. Eat/drink at any of the four area Chili’s (dine in or take out) all month. Just show the voucher on your smart phone and Chili’s will donate 10% of your purchase. Also, attend ‘Shine A Light on Sexual Violence’ event on April 24 at the North Aurora Police Dept. at 6:30 p.m.

    Lunafest will be held Friday, April 19, at the Copley Theater in Aurora. A film festival for, by and about women, this traveling film festival spotlights the work of a diverse array of talented women filmmakers with intelligent, funny and thought-provoking themes.

    The Growing Place is hosting Terrarium Potting Party and Demo from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 20. Sample this popular form of gardening. Pick from the wide variety of containers and plants to plant your own with the help of our designers.

    During this 2013 Masters Golf Tournament week, the American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA) is recognizing its national Design Excellence Award recipients. Only six golf courses across the United States are receiving such distinction and Aurora’s Phillip Parks Golf Course is one of the honorees.

    Two new parks will soon be developed as the Fox Valley Park District. The Balmorea subdivision – located in southwest Montgomery at Galena and Dickson roads – will be home to a 7.45-acre neighborhood park with age-specific playground areas and adult fitness components. Also included in the plan are a picnic shelter, ball field backstop and basketball half-court. An asphalt trail will provide access through the park. In Aurora, a 5.72-acre area – just west of Route 59 between Liberty and New York streets – will be developed as part of the Lehigh Station / Plaza on New York improvement plan. Initially, the plan is to develop 3.06 acres at the north end. Features will include age-specific playground areas and adult fitness stations, picnic shelter, pond overlook, basketball half-court and a multi-use, open space area. An asphalt path will traverse the park.

    Nick Weis, managing broker at Third Day Commercial Real Estate in Oswego is pleased to announce that David Kuhne has joined the firm as a broker assistant intern.

    What’s the next step in your career? Get there faster with an Aurora University graduate degree. Spring Graduate Programs Open House will be held Tuesday, April 16, at 6:00 p.m. Graduate faculty, admission representatives and financial aid counselors will be available to answer your questions. Evening, weekend and online course options are offered. To register or for more information, contact (630) 844-5294 or AUadmission@aurora.edu or register online.

    Fox Valley Marines present the third annual Hoops for the Troops held Saturday, April 20, and Sunday, April 21, beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the Vaughn Athletic Center. There will be raffle drawings for incredible prizes, great food and a live radio broadcast.

    Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce | 43 W. Galena Blvd. Aurora, Illinois 60506
    Phone: (630) 256-3180 Fax: (630) 256-3189 | www.aurorachamber.com
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    Aurora Chamber, Waubonsee SBDC Offer Retail Workshop

    Friday, April 12th, 2013

    Retail Merchandising Workshop
    Thursday, May 2, 2013
    8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
    Aurora Campus Room 319

    In this workshop you will learn 10 merchandising tips to help maximize your retail space and customer experience. Gain practical insight on how to strengthen your retail environment through merchandising, with a focus on displays, point-of-sale, customer interaction and more. Discover retail tips, tricks and tools that can strengthen your store appearance and increase sales – plus create a stronger consumer experience. The fee is $35 and advanced registration is required. For more information and to register please visit www.waubonseetickets.com.

    Illinois Chamber, Aurora Chamber Announce Employer Action Day: May 20, 2013

    Friday, April 12th, 2013

    Monday, May 20, 2013,  10:00 am – 2:30 pm
    President Abraham Lincoln Hotel, 701 East Adams St., Springfield

    Pension Reform… State Fiscal Mess… Obamacare Implementation… Workers’ Compensation Reform… Minimum Wage Increase…

    2013 Legislative Session: How’s This One Going to End?
    Employer Action Day

    Inevitably, all the key issues in Springfield are settled in the last few days of legislative session. This year is likely to be no different. Join the Illinois Chamber and NFIB in Springfield when the big decisions are being made and help influence the outcome of issues you care about most.

    AGENDA

    • Key Issue Update: Minimum Wage, Taxes, Obamacare Implementation, Transportation Funding, State Budget
    • Was Workers Compensation Reform Really Reform? Impact of the 2011 Changes
    • What Wall Street Insiders Really Think About Illinois’ Fiscal Mess and How Their View Can Cost You Money
    • Federal Issue Update: Immigration, Sequestration and the Looming Budget Battle
    • Statehouse Lobbying on Your Key Issues

    $49.00 includes lunch and transportation to and from the statehouse

    Click here to register or by phone to Lisa Weitzel 217/522-5512 x222