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Aurora Chamber Highlights for Week of May 28, 2013

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

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
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
KING Industrial & Installation Service, Inc.
Konen Insurance Agency
Law Offices of McLaughlin & Associates, P.C.
Liberty Mutual – Dawn Tully
McKesson
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Mortgage Services III, LLC
Nelson Multimedia/WSPY
Old Second National Bank
Organo Gold
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
St. Charles Bank & Trust
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

West Suburban Bank
Jessica Bonnes
1311 Butterfield Rd., Ste. 111 (Opening in August)
Aurora, IL 60502
(630) 652-2000
Banks

My Fathers Hands
Matt Strausberger
19 S. Broadway
Aurora, IL 60505
(630) 897-0033
Not-For-Profit Organization

 

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

 

 

HR & Managers Resource Group Seeks Input
Last Call: The HR & Managers Resource Group is conducting a survey to gauge needs and interest. Please take a couple of minutes to answer the short, nine-question survey.
New Business Leads Group
C’mon In: The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce has announced a second business development and leads group to begin this summer. An introductory meeting for all interested Chamber members will be held Wednesday, June 12, at 9:00 a.m. at the Chamber offices. If you are interested in attending to learn more, contact the Chamber.
Join Us June 18: Annual Golf Classic
Join us Tuesday, June 18, as Cabot Microelectronics presents the 2013 Golf Classic at Whitetail Ridge Golf Club. Sponsorships and foursomes are available. For information, contact Pam Fedor at (630) 256-3182. Proceeds from the annual event support programming for members, workforce development initiatives, and legislative relations on behalf of the business community. Your support of the event results in support of our businesses.

Register

Save the Date
July 17: Putt Putt in the Park
It’s back and bigger and better. We’ll be putting around RiverEdge Park. Enjoy an afternoon of Member-created, miniature golf challenges! Businesses will have the opportunity to meet golfers and compete for a prize recognizing the best course. Sponsorships are $100. Please call (630) 256-3182 for more information.August 7: Be Different or Be Gone
Author, instructor and consultant Thomas Gray will help you find your competitive edge and capitalize on it. You don’t want to miss this program. Registration required. Attendees registering by July 31 will receive complimentary copy of Gray’s newest book, A Toolbox For Small Business Success: Business Techniques in Troubled Times.
Register
Programs Calendar
Business Development Leads Group
Tuesday, May 28, at 7:30 a.m.
Chamber officesFox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, May 30, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora
Register

NFP Alliance: Building Your Board
Friday, May 31, at 8:30 a.m.
Sponsored by SmithAmundsen
Chamber offices
Register

Progressive Networking Luncheon
Start your weekend off right! Registration is required. Friday, June 7, at 11:30 a.m.
Fox & Hound, 4320 E. New York Street, Aurora
Register

Business Development Leads Group
Tuesday, June 11, at 7:30 a.m.
Chamber offices

Cabot Microelectronics presents the 2013 Golf Classic
Tuesday, June 18
Whitetail Ridge Golf Club
Register

Business Development Leads Group
Tuesday, June 25, at 7:30 a.m.
Chamber offices

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, June 27, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora

Ribbon Cutting: Aurora Corporate Center
Thursday, June 27, at 3:30 p.m.
1585 Beverly Court, Suite 122 Aurora

Open House: Konen Insurance Agency
Thursday, June 27, at 4:00 pm
2570 Beverly Drive, Suite 100, Aurora

Affordable Care Act
Friday, June 28, at 8:30 a.m.
Waubonsee Downtown Campus, 18 S. River Street, Aurora
sbdc@waubonsee.edu

Premier Members
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Legislative Updates
This week should prove interesting (and perhaps challenging) in Springfield as the session is set to conclude May 31. Be watching e-mail, Facebook and twitter for updates. Big topics include pension reform, fracking, minimum wage, gaming expansion, and more.
Did You Know?
Thank you to SmithAmundsen for sponsoring the Coffee & Connections and to Painters District Council #30 for hosting.

Last call for “Refer A Prospective Business” month! When you refer a Prospective Member in May and they join . . . you and your business will be highlighted in our Chamber Blog and receive a complimentary eBlast (based on availability). Submit your referral to Jane Abe, IOM, ACE, Director of Membership. Remember the best compliment you can give is by giving a referral.

Member News
Waubonsee Community College has reached an agreement to sell the former downtown Aurora Campus buildings. Aurora will continue its renaissance with the introduction of a mixed-use residential/retail development at the historic former campus. Plans are to redevelop the former campus into apartments and retail. The closing is expected in January 2014.

Dreyer Medical Clinic is pleased to announce Shelly Benson, MSW, LCSW, and Linda D. Benton, LCSW, CADC have joined the Department of Psychiatry at the West Downer Place location.

Quad County African American Chamber of Commerce has announced the appointment of Clifton E. Mason as their new executive director.

Waubonsee Community College has named Associate Professor of Political Science and History Richard Kiefer Outstanding Faculty Member for 2013. Also, Waubonsee’s Dean for Adult Education, Jeri Dixon, was recently reappointed to the Board of Directors for the Illinois Adult and Continuing Educators Association (IACEA).

Engineering Enterprises, Inc. (EEI) is pleased to announce the addition of two new staff members, Bruce J. Aderman, PE, and Brittany C. Lefton. Bruce has joined the firm as a project manager and Brittany as a project engineer.

Waubonsee Community College recently won eight Communicator Awards in the 19th Annual Communicator Awards Competition sponsored by the International Academy of the Visual Arts. The college received two Awards of Excellence, which is the highest award given.

AID (Association for Individual Development) is having a Planter Basket Raffle. Try your luck while supporting adults and children with special needs in the Fox Valley Area.

Waubonsee Community College Foundation’s 26th Annual Golf Outing is Wednesday, May 29, and supports scholarships for WCC students.

The Growing Place will be having their Magical Mini-Garden Festivals Saturday, June 1, and Sunday, June 2. Each day will treat you to different activities celebrating miniature gardening.

Naper Settlement is having A Celebration of Craft Beer on Saturday, June 1, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Naper Settlement Visitor Center and Grounds.

The Fox Valley Park District’s Mid-American Canoe and Kayak Race is currently accepting registrations for the 52nd annual race to be held Sunday, June 2, on the Fox River.

Join veteran actor and historian Terry Lynch as he portrays the “March King” John Philip Sousa from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m., Sunday, June 9, at Naper Settlement’s Century Memorial Chapel. Hear the story of how a 13-year-old boy runs away to join the circus, becomes the band master of the United States Marine Corps Band, conducts the President’s own Marine Band under five presidents, and writes 136 military marches along the way!

The Jack Morcos Memorial Golf Classic to benefit Breaking Free will be held on Monday, June 10, with a 12:00 p.m. registration and a 1:15 p.m. shotgun start followed by the award dinner and silent auction at 6:00 p.m. at Blackberry Oaks Golf Course in Bristol.

Join Rush Copley at the New RiverEdge Park in Downtown Aurora for an exclusive event to benefit Rush Copley during Blues on the Fox featuring Blues legend, Buddy Guy. For more information visit www.rushcopley.com/bluesbenefit.

Bring the entire family for a unique overnight camping experience, “Under the Stars and Stripes Camp Out” at Naper Settlement from 5 p.m. Friday, June 14, to 10 a.m. Saturday, June 15. Enjoy a catered dinner, games and geocaching, commemorate Flag Day, and a twilight tour of the grounds. End the evening with roasting marshmallows and songs around the campfire. On Saturday morning, enjoy a continental breakfast and special tours of select historic buildings. Preregistration is required.

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 the Orchard Valley Golf Course in Aurora.

Mark your calendars for the Relay For Life of the Tri-Cities. Come and help our community fight cancer! This is a 12-hour, overnight, cancer-fighting event to support the American Cancer Society. Groups form teams that raise money throughout the year and walk throughout the night to symbolize that cancer doesn’t sleep. The event will be held on Friday, June 21, and Saturday, June 22, at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva.

Mark your calendar! Legendary PGA golfer Billy Casper will join local golfers on June 24 at Orchard Valley Golf Course in support of the 19th annual Golf for Kids Benefit Outing, hosted by the Fox Valley Park District to aid deserving youth golfers. The outing supports The First Tee of Aurora and Fox River Valley, which funds scholarships that provide golfing opportunities for area children. Company sponsorship packages and promotional opportunities are available as well.

Beginning Sunday, June 16, Father’s Day, through Aug. 25 (excluding July 14), join us for Settlement Sundays; admission includes do-it-yourself ice cream sundaes and a variety of family-friendly activities for all ages at Naper Settlement.

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.

Disaster Declaration, Assistance

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

On May 10, 2013, President Obama declared 11 counties in Illinois as federal disaster areas. This includes Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Fulton, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, LaSalle, McHenry, and Will counties. Additional designations may be made at a later date, as preliminary damage assessments are still being concluded in a number of counties damage in the recent flood.

As part of that declaration, grants to local residents and low-interest loans for small businesses are now available. A declaration for public assistance (local government reimbursement) has not be requested yet, but that request is to be submitted no later than May 25 to the federal government.

As outlined by Illinois Emergency Management Agency, the Individuals and Households Program (IHP) provides financial help or direct services to those who have necessary expenses and serious needs if they are unable to meet the needs through other means. Up to $31,900 is available in financial help (adjusted each year), although some forms of IHP assistance have limits. Flood insurance may be required as indicated below. These forms of help are available: Housing Assistance (including Temporary Housing, Repair, Replacement, and Semi-Permanent or Permanent Housing Construction) and Other Needs Assistance (including personal property and other items). Among the items eligible for housing assistance include temporary housing, repairs (FEMA may provide up to $31,900 for repair), replacement (rare cases), and semi-permanent or permanent housing construction (also rare and unusual cases).

Generally, more than one type of IHP assistance may be provided to the household, but only FEMA has the authority to determine which type of assistance is most appropriate for the household and the period of assistance to be covered.

There a few different ways to apply for disaster assistance. A resident may apply at www.DisasterAssistance.gov, call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), or visit a disaster recovery center (locations to be determined shortly).

Among the items needed when applying for assistance include the address of the damaged property, names of those residing at the residence, a description of the damages, insurance information, and your SS number.

Member News for Week of May 13, 2013

Monday, May 13th, 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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Annual Golf Classic
May 13, 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
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
KING Industrial & Installation Service, Inc.
Konen Insurance Agency
Law Offices of McLaughlin & Associates, P.C.
Liberty Mutual – Dawn Tully
McKesson
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Mortgage Services III, LLC
Nelson Multimedia/WSPY
Old Second National Bank
Organo Gold
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
St. Charles Bank & Trust
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

Sherwin-Williams
Mike Mulvena
304 W. Indian Trail Road
Aurora, IL 60506
(630) 892-4231
Paints & Paint Supplies

Mind and Body Chiropractic
Elite Member
Dr. Houston Brown
1444 N. Farnsworth Ave., Ste. 303
Aurora, IL 60505
(630) 978-8600
Chiropractor

Veritra, Inc.
Rao Achanta
1701 E. Woodfield Rd., Ste. 210
Schaumburg, IL 60173
(877) 577-0077
Information Technology Consulting

 

Contact Us


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

 

Join Us June 18: Annual Golf Classic
Join us Tuesday, June 18, as Cabot Microelectronics presents the 2013 Golf Classic at Whitetail Ridge Golf Club. Sponsorships and foursomes are available. For information, contact Pam Fedor at (630) 256-3182. Proceeds from the annual event support programming for members, workforce development initiatives, and legislative relations on behalf of the business community. Your support of the event results in support of our businesses.Register
Save the Date
July 18: Putt Putt in the Park
It’s back and bigger and better. We’ll be putting around RiverEdge Park. Watch for more details.

August 7: Be Different or Be Gone
Author, instructor and consultant Thomas Gray will help you find your competitive edge and capitalize on it. You don’t want to miss this program.

HR & Managers Resource Group Seeks Input
The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce – in response to member interest – is re-forming the HR & Managers Resource Group as a professional development and networking program. In an effort to better meet the needs of employers, the steering committee is conducting a survey to gauge needs and interest. Please take a couple of minutes to answer the short, nine-question survey.
New Business Leads Group
The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce has announced a second business development and leads group to begin this summer. For Chamber members, a Business Leads Group is made up of non-competing businesses that focuses of providing quality leads and referrals to other group members. The goal is to assemble a group of professional, creative, focused, and fun individuals who will help to grow each other’s businesses through the exchange of referrals and business contacts. Along with actively learning about the products and services of other members of the group, the members will participate in a Business Development Workshop, learning new techniques and strategies to apply to their business.An introductory meeting for all interested Chamber members will be held Wednesday, June 12, at 9:00 a.m. at the Chamber offices. If you are interested in attending to learn more, contact the Chamber.
Programs Calendar
Business Development Leads Group
Tuesday, May 14, at 7:30 a.m.
Chamber offices

Aurora First
Wednesday, May 15, at 11:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Ribbon Cutting: Randall Town Homes
Wednesday, May 15, at 11:30 a.m.
1241 Ritter Street North Aurora

Illinois Business Day 2013
Monday, May 20, 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
President Abraham Lincoln Hotel, 701 E. Adams, Springfield
Register

Coffee & Connections
Tuesday, May 21, at 8:30 a.m.
Painters District Council No. 30, 1905 Sequoia Drive, Suite 201 Aurora
Sponsored by SmithAmundsen
Register

Business Development Leads Group
Tuesday, May 28, at 7:30 a.m.
Chamber offices

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, May 30, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora
Register

NFP Alliance: Building Your Board
Friday, May 31, at 8:30 a.m.
Sponsored by SmithAmundsen
Chamber offices
Register

Progressive Networking Luncheon
Friday, June 7, at 11:30 a.m.
Fox & Hound, 4320 E. New York Street, Aurora Register

Business Development Leads Group
Tuesday, June 11, at 7:30 a.m.
Chamber offices

Cabot Microelectronics presents
the 2013 Golf Classic

Tuesday, June 18
Whitetail Ridge Golf Club Register

Business Development Leads Group
Tuesday, June 25, at 7:30 a.m.
Chamber offices

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, June 27, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora

Open House: Konen Insurance Agency
Thursday, June 27, at 4:00 pm
2570 Beverly Drive, Suite 100, Aurora

Affordable Care Act
Friday, June 28, at 8:30 a.m.
Waubonsee Downtown Campus, 18 S. River Street, Aurora
sbdc@waubonsee.edu

Premier Members
Premier Members
Legislative Updates
Gaming Expansion ‘Upsets Balance’
The Chamber opposes SB 1739 because the expansion threatens our communities and businesses, while providing little benefit to the state. Illinois’ existing casinos are income-producing assets to our state. This industry employs tens of thousands of workers, attracts tourism dollars and provides revenue to the treasury. This has been achieved over the course of decades by delicately balancing interests through rigorous regulation and taxation. SB1739 upsets this balance and sets in motion dangerous precedents. Providing an unfair financial benefit to one city defeats the purpose and requirement of sharing revenue with the entire state. Casinos licenses have been strategically allocated across Illinois. Allowing the horse racing industry to become casinos will undermine this regulation and cannibalize market share.

Education Funding Reform Gaining Steam
Tight state resources and decreased property values have left many school districts across Illinois scrambling to balance their budgets. In far too many cases, school districts have resorted to cutting staff and eliminating extracurricular activities. As part of his efforts, State Senator Andy Manar (D – Bunker Hill) has started an online petition, collecting names of concerned citizens who are calling for education funding reform. State Senator Melinda Bush (D – Grayslake), a co-sponsor of Manar’s legislation, has likewise started an online petition and received strong support from residents.

Senate Passes Union-Backed Pension Plan
This week Senate President John Cullerton along with Senator Linda Holmes introduced yet another pension reform proposal, Senate Bill 2404, based on a proposal provided by the unions representing a majority of state public employees. The Senate approved SB 2404 by a 40-16 vote. The proposal includes a choice of pension options for state employees and retirees between receiving a three-percent COLA based on a simple interest rate and in return maintain access to health care in retirement and have raises count towards their pension, or keep the three percent compounded COLA and in return lose health care in retirement and not have raises count towards their pension. Chambers supported the House version of Senate Bill 1, sponsored by Speaker Madigan, that includes public employee pension reforms, an increase in the retirement age, a limit on COLAs, and a cap on pensionable income levels. The Speaker’s plan is estimated to save the state approximately $150 billion over 30 years, by which time the pension plans will be fully funded. The Senate plan is estimated to save an estimated $40 – $46 billion over the same period of time.

Senate Expected to Act on Minimum Wage Increase
The Illinois Senate is expected to vote on a bill to increase the minimum wage, SB 68 sponsored by Senator Kimberly Lightford, early next week. The Chamber strongly opposes the legislation and has actively participated in a business coalition to defeat the bill. The bill includes a gradual increase in the minimum wage to $10 per hour over the next four years. Governor Quinn called raising the minimum wage a priority during his State of the State address in February. Currently, the minimum wage in Illinois is $8.25 per hour, a full $1 higher than all of our neighboring states, and the fourth highest in the nation. If approved, Illinois will have the highest minimum wage in the country.

Main Street Fairness
Thanks to overwhelmingly bi-partisan support in the U.S. Senate, and the outstanding and determined leadership of Illinois’ own U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, Illinois retailers may soon find themselves competing on a level playing field with their on-line competitors and Illinois consumers will be protected from rude surprises if they are ever audited. If the U.S. House of Representatives also adopts the Marketplace Fairness Act, on-line retailers will no longer be able to evade their responsibility of collecting and remitting state sales taxes. Illinois retailers don’t mind competing but a sale is a sale and the tax system should not be used for competitive advantage. Under Illinois law, if an on-line retailer does not collect the sales tax, the consumer is required to pay the tax to the Illinois Department of Revenue. Most consumers are not aware of this law and they are exposed to fines and penalties for failure to do so.

Workers’ Compensation
Members may recall that 2011 witnessed the first pro-business reform of Illinois’ workers’ compensation system in more than 30 years. While far from containing all the reforms employers believe would have helped remove the terrible reputation of Illinois’ workers’ compensation system, the reforms were significant and widely applauded by representatives of the employer community. The result has been modest reductions in workers’ compensation insurance premiums. This week witnessed the introduction of an amendment which could reverse many of the gains realized since 2011. Senate Amendment 1 to HB 3390 (Rep. Elgie Sims, D-Chicago/Sen. John Mulroe, D- Chicago) was adopted by the Senate Judiciary Committee on a partisan roll-call.

Health Care Exchanges
The Federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) authorizes states to establish health care exchanges. If the states do not do so, they could be compelled to operate under a federally established exchange. At its most basic, exchanges will allow individuals to make apple-to-apple comparisons of various health insurance coverage offerings and purchase the coverage of their choice. Think of an exchange as a Travelocity for health insurance. Among its many provisions, HB 3227 creates an 11-member quasigovernmental governing board comprised of representatives of the various stakeholders; requires the small employer exchange (i.e. fewer than 50 employees) must provide options for employers, employees, and allow employee-directed choice, requires the exchange to promote a competitive marketplace for affordable healthcare options, makes it clear that the exchange will not supersede the Illinois Insurance Code.

Meterless Downtown Parking In Effect Tuesday
Aurora’s much-anticipated “meterless” downtown parking plan goes into effect on Tuesday, May 14.Parking spaces closer to the heart of downtown will carry shorter parking limits so customers with short-term errands can locate convenient parking any time of the day. On-street parking spaces are separated into five color-coded categories: platinum, gold, silver, bronze and mercury. The City’s lots carry the same colors with the exception of platinum which apply only to on-street spaces in the center of downtown that carry a time limit of 90 minutes.On-Street parking is enforced from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday-Friday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. Parking lots are monitored from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Complete information on the new parking plan can be found on the City’s website or by calling the Customer Service Division at (630) 256-INFO (4636)

Did You Know?
April Showers Bring May Flowers and a time to “Refer a Prospective Business” month. When you refer a Prospective Member in May and they join . . . you and your business will be highlighted in our Chamber Blog and receive a complimentary eBlast ad (based on availability). Submit your referral to Jane Abe, IOM, ACE, Director of Membership, at jabe@aurorachamber.com.
Member News
Come sample Aurora’s diverse culinary offerings at the Eleventh Annual Downtown Aurora Taste on Tuesday, May 14, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. For more information, call (630) 415-1263.On Wednesday, May 15, CityGate Grille will host their first wine dinner of 2013. The reception kicks off at 6:30 p.m. followed by the main event beginning at 7:00 p.m.Join Fox Valley United Way for their Annual Breakfast Thursday, May 16, registration beginning at 7:00 a.m., with program beginning at 7:30 a.m.

Alden of Waterford is hosting a Veterans Breakfast on Friday, May 17 at 8:00 a.m. RSVP to Cindy Droste.

On May 18, The Growing Place is having a Tropical Potting Party from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.Call for more information (630) 355-4000.

Join Naper Settlement for Civil War Days from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday, May 18, and Sunday, May 19.

The Aurora University Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis Information Session will be held on Wednesday, May 22, at 6:00 p.m. in University Banquet Hall South.

Restoration Techs would like to remind you the Heroes Mud Run is being held on Saturday, May 25. Please register by May 21. Contact Patrick at patrick@restorationtechs.com.

Raise funds for AID (Association for Individual Development) when you register for the Fox Trot 2-mile walk being held on Saturday, May 25. Visit the Foxtrot Website for more information.

On May 25 The Growing Place is having a Succulent Potting Party from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Call for more information (630) 455-4000.

Naper Settlement marks the 150th anniversary of the Civil War with a special tour at Naperville Cemetery during Walking with Soldiers: The Civil War Tour from 2:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Saturday, May 25.

The Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event will take place in the Aurora Memorial Day Parade, Monday, May 27, at 12:00 p.m. For more information call Mutual Ground at (630) 897-0084.

Waubonsee Community College Foundation’s 26th Annual Golf Outing is Wednesday, May 29.

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.

Kluber Architects and Engineers President Mike Kluber announced the opening of their office in Lake County (Gurnee, Illinois). An agreement reached with Daniel Robison Architects expands Kluber, Inc. to better serve clients in northeast Illinois.

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.

Chamber Member News for Week of May 6

Monday, May 6th, 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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May 06, 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
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
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
Organo Gold
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
St. Charles Bank & Trust
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

St. Charles Bank & Trust
Matt Richardson
411 W. Main Str.
St. Charles, IL 60174
(630) 377-9500
Bank
Elite Member

Laptop LCD Screen and
DC Jack Repair

Rudy & Gloria Pitts
1659 Cumberland Rd.
Aurora, IL 60504
(630) 585-7677
Computer Repairs/Services

Precision Payroll
Ben Thomas
1901 S. Meyers Rd., Ste. 310
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181
(630) 887-3156
Payroll Service

Sony Outlet
Thomas Mahoney
1650 Premium Outlet Blvd., Ste. 667
Aurora, IL 60504
(630) 236-9823
Electronics Retail

Contact Us


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

 

2013 Aurora Chamber Golf Classic
2013 Aurora Chamber Golf Classic
Calendar of Events
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

Ribbon Cutting: Randall Town Homes
Wednesday, May 15, at 11:30 a.m.
1241 Ritter Street North Aurora

Illinois Business Day 2013
Monday, May 20, 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
President Abraham Lincoln Hotel, 701 E. Adams, Springfield
Register

Coffee & Connections
Tuesday, May 21, at 8:30 a.m.
Painters District Council No. 30, 1905 Sequoia Drive, Suite 201 Aurora

Business Development Leads Group
Tuesday, May 28, at 7:30 a.m.
Chamber offices

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, May 30, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora

NFP Alliance: Building Your Board
Friday, May 31, at 8:30 a.m.
Sponsored by SmithAmundsen
Chamber offices

Premier Members
Premier Members
Did You Know?
April Showers Bring May Flowers and a time to “Refer a Prospective Business” month. When you refer a Prospective Member in May and they join . . . you and your business will be highlighted in our Chamber Blog and receive a complimentary eBlast ad (based on availability). Submit your referral to Jane Abe, IOM, ACE, Director of Membership, at jabe@aurorachamber.com.
2013 City Council Inauguration Set
The Mayoral and City Council Inauguration Ceremony will be held on Tuesday, May 7, at 6:00 p.m. at the historic Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd. in downtown Aurora. The public is invited to attend.

Judge Judith Brawka, Chief Judge of the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit Court, will administer the Oath of Office to seven members of the Aurora City Council and Mayor Thomas J. Weisner.

Three aldermen return to seats on the Aurora City Council including Alderman-at-Large Robert J. O’Connor, Seventh Ward Alderman Scheketa Hart-Burns, and Second Ward Alderman Juany Garza.

The City of Aurora will welcome four new aldermen to the Aurora City Council: Theodoros Mesiacos of the Third Ward, William Donnell of the Fourth Ward, Edward J. Bugg of the Ninth Ward, and Lynne Johnson of the Tenth Ward.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. to the general public. Parking is available at the Stolp Ave. Parking Garage at Stolp Avenue and Downer Place. Valet parking will also be available at the Paramount Theatre.

Please RSVP to rsvp@aurora-il.org or (630) 256-3010 by Monday, May 6.

Member News
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.

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.

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. at 2000 Randi Drive in Aurora. The Alden of Waterford campus and area veterans will be honored at the breakfast, followed by their Summer Health Fair. RSVP to Cindy Droste (630) 899-6666 by Friday, May 10.

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. Mother’s Day will be celebrated on Sunday, May 12, from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Reservations may be made by calling (630) 718-1010.

Save the Date: Waubonsee Community College Foundation’s 26th Annual Golf Outing is Wednesday, May 29.

Finish what you started. An Adult Degree Completion Open House will be held at Aurora University, University Banquet Hall, 347 S. Gladstone, on Thursday, May 9, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. To register, call (630) 844-5294 or email AUadmission@aurora.edu.

Raise funds for AID (Association for Individual Development) when you register for the Fox Trot 2-mile walk being held on Saturday, May 25. Visit the Foxtrot Website for more information.

Waubonsee Community College’s Aurora Campus Early Childhood Center recently received a Quality Counts Child Care Grant through the Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) Agencies. They also received a City of Aurora Community Development Block Grant to help operate the Employment Skills Program, which is a collaboration between the college and Hesed House.

On Wednesday, May 15, CityGate Grille will host their first wine dinner of 2013. Travel the globe during this one of a kind event featuring wines from around the world. Journey to France, Italy, Chile, Greece and Australia while dining on food pairings designed around the featured wines and countries of origin. The reception kicks off at 6:30 p.m. followed by the main event beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Come sample Aurora’s diverse culinary offerings at the Eleventh Annual Downtown Aurora Taste on Tuesday, May 14, from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. Participating restaurants are eager to offer special dishes to please your palate. Ticket books contain a parking pass and four restaurant passes (you decide which restaurants to visit from the list of participating restaurants). For more information, call (630) 415-1263.

Join Naper Settlement for Civil War Days. They will be transformed into a Civil War encampment where visitors can experience firsthand a turbulent time period in our nation’s history from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday, May 18, and Sunday, May 19.

Join Fox Valley United Way for their Annual Breakfast celebrating a community that cares, honoring the people and organizations that have helped so many through their support. Hear testimonial from people whose lives have benefited from your generosity. This annual event provides the Fox Valley community with what has been accomplished during the past year. The breakfast will be held on Thursday, May 16, registration beginning at 7:00 a.m., with program beginning at 7:30 a.m.

Waubonsee Community College’s Dean for Business and Information Systems, Suzette Murray, was recently re-elected as Regional Director for Region 8 of the National Council for Workforce Education (NCWE).

Residents of the Fox Valley Park District may register for summer programs and events beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 11. Non-resident registration will begin the following week on Monday, May 20.

The Label Printers sponsors Geneva High School’s “ROBOVIKES” Team at the FIRST Robotics Midwest Tournament. The UIC Pavilion in Chicago was once again rockin’ for the FIRST Robotics Program’s Midwest Regional competition on April 5 and 6. Geneva High School’s Robotics Team – the Robovikes – competed against 54 teams who came to this regional championship from five states and Turkey. The competition challenges high school students, working with professional mentors, to design, build and program a competitive robot.

Topinka: Flood Recovery Payments
to Take Priority
Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka released the following statement on Wednesday to announce that her office will prioritize state payments to assist with flood recovery efforts:

“Recent storms and flooding have destroyed the livelihoods of thousands of residents in every part of our state. Many of those hit by this ‘once in a lifetime’ flood are struggling with what to do next, and in need of immediate help to rebuild and recover.

“To that end, the Comptroller’s Office stands ready to work with businesses impacted by this natural disaster to prioritize delayed state payments. Likewise, the office will prioritize state payments for businesses contracting for clean-up and recovery efforts in counties declared state disaster areas, including: Adams, Brown, Bureau, Calhoun, Carroll, Cass, Champaign, Cook, DeKalb, Douglas, DuPage, Fulton, Greene, Grundy, Hancock, Henderson, Henry, Jersey, Jo Daviess, Kane, Kendall, Knox, Lake, LaSalle, Livingston, Marshall, Mason, McDonough, McHenry, Mercer, Morgan, Ogle, Peoria, Pike, Putnam, Rock Island, Schuyler, Scott, Stark, Tazewell, Whiteside, Will, Winnebago and Woodford.

To address payments, businesses are encouraged to contact the Comptroller’s Office at (217) 782-6000.

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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Your Chamber Membership Pays: Free Guide to Federal, State and Corporate Procurement

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

Here is a gift to you from the the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. It is a complimentary and helpful guide to procurement opportunities for businesses. We encourage you to use it!

Free Guide to Federal, State and Corporate Procurement Opportunities

Braddock’s Procurement Opportunities Guide, 2013 Edition, is designed to help small-business owners and decision-makers understand the procurement process used by governments and large corporations.

The Guide provides an overview of government and corporate markets with an emphasis on who buys and how buying decisions are made. The Guide also presents “next-step” resources that small business can use to penetrate these markets.

Topics include:

  • Selling to the Federal Government/State Governments
  • Selling to Large Corporations
  • Selling to Foreign Governments and International Organizations
  • “Green” Procurement
  • Special Resources for Women-, Minority-, or Veteran-Owned Businesses

A glossary of procurement-related terms is included, as well as a procurement preparation checklist, information about teaming agreements and joint ventures, and more.

Available at no charge to you
This special PDF edition of Braddock’s Procurement Opportunities Guide is available at no charge thanks to the generous support of Microsoft Corporation. Braddock’s Procurement Opportunities Guide is published and copyrighted by Braddock Communications, Inc.