For more information contact the chamber.
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Bad Monkey Circus Ad Agency
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Basil’s Greek Dining
Chicago Premium Outlets
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
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Mortgage Services III, LLC
Old Second National Bank
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 501
Provena Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
River West Radiation Therapy Center
Rush-Copley Medical Center
Ryland Homes – Ingham Park
S&S Metal Recycling
Safeguard Construction Co.
Sequoia General Contracting Corp.
Sign*A*Rama – Aurora
State Farm Insurance Companies
St. Charles Bank & Trust
Stumm Insurance, LLC
The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
Waubonsee Community College
Wee-Dee’s North Aurora
WERV FM Radio (Next Media)
Mail: 43 W. Galena Blvd.
Aurora, Illinois 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180
Fax: (630) 256-3189
|| Be Different or Be Gone
Wednesday, August 7
Waubonsee Community College, downtown Aurora
7:30 a.m. Registration
$35 per person
- Learn to Analyze Competitors and Express Your Competitive Edge
- Learn a Proven Method for Making Decisions and Choosing Priorities
- Receive Tom’s latest book, Business Techniques in Troubled Times
For details, http://tinyurl.com/TomGray2013
Presented by Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce and Illinois SBDC at Waubonsee Community College
|| Concealed Carry Impact on Your Business
||Presented by Smith Amundsen LLC presents
Wednesday, August 15
Stonebridge Country Club,
7:30 a.m. Registration
8:00 a.m. Presentation
$40 General Admission
$25 Aurora Chamber members
Illinois recently enacted a comprehensive concealed carry law. You have questions. Can you regulate where concealed firearms are on your property? Where do you get signs to post your policy? What policies do you need to implement? Get these answers and more when you attend this timely discussion.
|| Premier Members
|| Aurora Chamber Recognized at National Convention
||Last week, Jane Abe, IOM, ACE, director of membership participated in the annual American Chamber of Commerce Executives annual conference in Oklahoma City. At the conference, your Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce was recognized as one of only eight chambers in the nation to receive U.S. Chamber accreditation with five-star distinction during the past year. In addition, Jane served as moderator for some of the sessions.
|| Mark Your Calendars
Wednesday, July 31, from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m.
Accurate Personnel Services, 1649 Montgomery Road, Suite #13, Aurora
Tuesday, August 6, at 8:00 a.m.
Be Different or Be Gone with Tom Gray
Wednesday, August 7, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.
Waubonsee Community College, downtown Aurora campus
$35 per person (incudes Gray’s latest Business Techniques in Troubled Times)
Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, August 13, at 7:30 a.m.
Business Development Leads Group 2
Wednesday, August 14, at 8:00 a.m.
Concealed Carry Impact on Your Business
Thursdsay, August 15, at 7:30 a.m.
Stonebridge Country Club
Thursday, August 15, from 4:00 to 4:30 p.m.
If These Walls Could Talk Framing and Art Gallery, 32 South Stolp Ave., Aurora
Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, August 27, at 7:30 a.m.
Business Development Leads Group 2
Wednesday, August 28, at 8:00 a.m.
|| Governor Announces $3.5 Million Investment
for STEM School
||Last week while visiting Aurora, Governor Pat Quinn announced a $3.5 million capital investment to help build the John C. Dunham STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Academy at Aurora University. The investment will allow construction of the school to begin immediately and open for the 2014-2015 school year. The announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to prepare every child for success in college, career and beyond.
“We must be sure that all of today’s children are prepared and ready for the opportunities of tomorrow,” Governor Quinn said. “STEM education is hands-on approach to learning that makes the classroom to come to life and allows minds to grow. I commend the entire Aurora community for collaborating on this effort to ensure our students get a unique educational experience that will prepare them for 21st century careers.”
When fully operational, the John C. Dunham STEM Partnership School on the Aurora University campus will serve approximately 200 students in third through eighth grades from four area public school districts (Aurora East, Aurora West, Indian Prairie and Oswego). The school’s curriculum will be aligned to new educational standards and is being developed cooperatively by the four participating districts, the university, the corporate sector, and governmental and not-for-profit partners.
The school will be staffed via a unique professional development model. Teachers will be drawn from the four partner districts and will earn content-based STEM master’s degrees during their residency in the school. They then will return to their home districts ready to serve as teacher-leaders and a new generation of professionals will take their places.
Last year, Governor Quinn announced “STEM Learning Exchanges,” a unique $10.3 million public-private partnership that links educational opportunities with business resources to prepare students to compete in the global economy.
In 2011, Governor Quinn launched Illinois Pathways, an education initiative to support college and career readiness. Coordinated through a partnership between the state’s education and economic development agencies, Illinois Pathways supports local programs that empower youth and adults to explore academic and career interests in STEM fields while supporting Learning Exchanges that coordinate investments, resources and planning for those programs.
To learn more about Illinois Pathways, please visit: www.illinoisworknet.com/ilpathways.
|| Government Affairs Updates
||Pension Reform: No Action Expected until August
Despite Governor Quinn carrying out his threat to punish lawmakers for failing to deliver a pension reform proposal to him in July by line-item vetoing their pay, members of a pension conference committee are not expected to issue any recommendations on what pension reform should look like until mid-August. The conference committee, which continues to meet to analyze the various proposals on the table, has maintained that it wants to see numbers behind any proposal so the state has a clear idea of what it will save both in the way of funded and unfunded liabilities.
Comptroller Topinka says she can’t pay Illinois lawmakers
Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka said Thursday that she has no choice but to withhold lawmakers’ paychecks, citing a precedent-setting court case that bars her from paying state employees without a budget appropriation or court order.
Gov. Pat Quinn cut $13.8 million for legislators’ paychecks from a budget bill earlier this month, saying it wouldn’t be restored until lawmakers addressed the state’s $97 billion pension shortfall. He also suspended his own pay.
Topinka undertook a legal review to determine if Quinn’s actions were constitutional. She said Thursday that Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office advised her of the case that appears to bar her from acting. Read more in Crain’s.
State Fire Marshal Requests Fire-Sprinklers in Residential Homes, Small Businesses
As reported to Aurora First last month, the Illinois State Fire Marshal is seeking to amend the Illinois Fire Code to require the installation of fire sprinklers in all newly constructed single-family and two-family homes in Illinois. The update to the fire code, along with a number of other items, also includes provisions that may require all existing residential high rises to be retrofitted with fire sprinkler systems as well small businesses.
|| Road Work Ahead: 2013 Construction
||Join the Illinois Tollway Authority and local organizations on Tuesday, July 30, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Waubonsee Community College, Aurora Campus, for the opportunity to meet key representatives from the construction industry and participate in construction workshops.
The event will feature:
- Keynote presentation from the Construction Industry Service Corporation (CISCO) focused on skills needed to get into various construction unions
- Networking opportunities with union representatives, training providers and community groups
- Educational workshops geared toward construction career training programs
Parking is available across the street from the campus entrance. Pre-registration closes at 12 p.m. on Monday, July 29. The authorization code, which is needed to register for this event is: 07301. On-site registration begins at 12:00 p.m. at the Waubonsee Community College, Aurora Campus, on Tuesday, July 30. Upon arrival, please check in at the Tollway’s registration table.
If you have any comments or questions, call (630) 241-6800, ext. 3227, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
|| Member News
||Volunteers needed! Communities in Schools of Aurora are organizing the Annual Black-to-School Fair set for Saturday, August 10. Assistance is needed in unloading trucks, sorting supply kits, setting up tables, kids entertainment and a variety of other tasks. Thank you in advance for helping put a smile on hundreds of students’ faces as they prepare for the new school year.
Cosmopolitan Club of Aurora sponsors Drive Through BBQ on Thursday, August 8, on the grounds of Presence Mercy Medical Center. Purchase tickets by contacting (630) 466-8099, email@example.com or drive through on the day of the BBQ.
Join Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry for the 1st Annual “Making a Difference Charity Golf Outing.” The event is set for August 8 at Orchard Valley Golf Course and includes golf, live music, pig roast and awards. Sign up at The Town Bar & Grill or register online by clicking here.
Free YWCA informational session: The Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) Application. Staff will walk eligible families in need of help paying for child care through the application process on August 9, from 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Come take a swing at the Fox Valley Marine Corps League Annual Golf Classic on Wednesday, August 14. To register or for more information, call (847) 571-4007 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Proceeds benefit Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry.
The Craig Hodges Hoops for Humanity ReStore 3 on 3 charity event will be held Saturday and Sunday, August 10 and 11. Proceeds will benefit Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Aurora. For more information please contact Gary “Mr. Hoops” Darby at email@example.com.
Congratulations to Lisa Hill, Vice President of Finance and CFO of VNA Health Care, for being selected as a 2013 honoree in the Daily Herald Business Ledger’s 2nd annual CFO of the Year awards program.
If you’ve ever been to one of the Fox Valley United Way “What Floats Your Cardboard Boat” Races, you know that they are not to be missed! Heated competition, great music and food and a chance to learn about the Kane and Kendall County agencies supported by the Fox Valley United Way make our 11th annual race a fun-filled event for the whole family! Come out and celebrate as we kick off our 2013-2014 fundraising campaign on Saturday, August 17, 2013, boater set up begins at 8:30 a.m., race events begin at 10:00 a.m. on Mastodon Lake, at Phillips Park in Aurora. Registration is limited – so secure your spot now!
Kane County Sheriff Patrick Perez and Kendall County Sheriff Richard Randall, fund raising co-chairs for the Fox Valley United Way are hosting the 2013 Charity Car Show. The event will be Saturday, August 31, from noon to 3:00 p.m. at the Martin Family Farm, in Elburn. For details, visit the FVUW online. All proceeds will be donated to Fox Valley United Way.
Engineering Enterprises, Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of Christopher J. Ott, EI, as a new project engineer for the firm.
Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois recently elected new members Theresa Barreiro (Kane County Board – District 2), Rosario DeLeon (City of Aurora), and Scott F. McCleary (U.S. General Services Administration), all of Aurora, to the Board of Directors. Archie Needham, also of Aurora was appointed to the Board Development Committee.