Archive for July, 2013

This Week’s News: Including Programs on Concealed Carry, Expressing Your Competitive Edge

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce

 

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 Catherine by Wednesday the week prior to publication. For more information, contact the Chamber at (630) 256-3180..
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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)

Contact Us

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

 

 

Be Different or Be Gone
Next Week!
Wednesday, August 7
Waubonsee Community College, downtown Aurora
7:30 a.m. Registration
$35 per person

Attendees will:

  • 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

Register

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.

Register

Premier Members
Premier Members
Aurora Chamber Recognized at National Convention
American Chamber of Commerce Executives
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
Ribbon Cutting
Wednesday, July 31, from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m.
Accurate Personnel Services, 1649 Montgomery Road, Suite #13, Aurora
Register

Diversity Network
Tuesday, August 6, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

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)
Register

Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, August 13, at 7:30 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business Development Leads Group 2
Wednesday, August 14, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Concealed Carry Impact on Your Business
Thursdsay, August 15, at 7:30 a.m.
Stonebridge Country Club

Ribbon Cutting
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
Register

Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, August 27, at 7:30 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business Development Leads Group 2
Wednesday, August 28, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

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
Career Expo
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 diversity@getipass.com

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, kenlyn@mchsi.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 jebdad@aol.com. 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 mrhoops@teamhoops.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.

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.

This Week in Chamber News: Putt Putt, HR Program, More (July 15, 2013)

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce

 

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 Catherine by Wednesday the week prior to publication. For more information, contact the Chamber at (630) 256-3180..
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July 16, 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)

Contact Us

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

Putt Putt in the Park
 

This week…. Join us for Putt Putt in the Park and HR & Managers Networking. Both are open to all and without a charge. We hope to see you.

Putt Putt in the Park

Putt Putt in the Park
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
3:00 – 7:00 p.m.
RiverEdge Park, downtown Aurora

No charge to putt the park. Community invited. Bring your co-workers, friends, and family for the fun!

Register

Networking: Millennials in the Workforce
Thursday, July 18, 2013
5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Basils Greek Dining, 4000 Fox Valley Center Drive, Aurora
No charge; registration requested

SmithAmundsen presents the HR & Managers Resource Group.

July’s topic is “Millennials in the Workforce.” Have the 20-somethings got you down? Feeling frustrated? Share strategies to motivate Millennials and merge the traditionally individual-focused workforce with the collaborative, tech-savvy generation.

Register

Be Different or Be Gone
Wednesday, August 7
Waubonsee Community College, downtown Aurora
7:30 a.m. Registration
$35 per person

Attendees will:

  • 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

Register

Premier Members
Premier Members
Mark Your Calendars
Coffee & Connections
Sponsored by Family Counseling Service
Tuesday, July 16, at 8:30 a.m.
Painters District Council No. 30, 1905 Sequoia Drive, Aurora

Putt Putt in the Park
Wednesday, July 17, from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.
RiverEdge Park, downtown Aurora
Register

HR & Managers Resource Group:
“Millennials in the Workforce”

Thursday, July 18, at 5:00 p.m. Location TBA
Register

Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, July 23, at 7:30 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business After Hours: Turk Furniture
Tuesday, July 23, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Turk Furniture, 448 S. Route 59, Naperville
Register

Business Development Leads Group 2
Wednesday, July 24, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, July 25, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Cafe, 55 S. Commons Drive, Aurora
Register

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)
Register

Member News
Join The Growing Place on Saturday, July 20 at 1:00 p.m. to create a unique outdoor clock for the patio or porch. The cost is $30 and registration is recommended.

Let’s play ball! Come on out to Naper Settlement on Sunday, July 21 to relive the exciting and interesting history of the Grand Old Game. Enjoy the fast-paced action of bare-knuckle baseball based on the original rules from 1858 at the Vintage Baseball Exhibition Game.

Naper Nights Community Concert series presented by Sikich continues from 5:00-10:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 26-27 at Naper Settlement. Bring your blanket and chairs to enjoy “The History of Rock” with Kashmir, a Led Zeppelin Tribute Band, ARRA performing classic hits from the 70′s and 80′s, and Tumbling Dice, a Rolling Stones Tribute Band. Tickets can be purchased by phone at (630) 420-6010, online or at the gate.

Kane and Kendall County sheriffs to host 2013 Sheriff’s Car Show, with all proceeds benefiting Fox Valley United Way. Come out to the Martin Family Farm in Elburn on August 31 to see an impressive and extensive array of vintage and late-model vehicles. Event sponsorships available.

Discover trades and crafts from the past to present from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Sunday, July 28 at Naper Settlement. You can make a craft to take home and visit with artists and tradesman still producing goods and services.

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.

City and AHA Host Panel to Determine Jericho Circle Future

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

The Aurora Housing Authority and City of Aurora have jointly enlisted the assistance of two of the most well-respected, regional planning groups, the Urban Land Institute (ULI – Chicago) and the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) in order to answer the question of what should be done with the Jericho Circle property.

Working together on this question for the first time, both City and AHA staff has been preparing to host a “Technical Advisory Panel,” (TAP) assembled by ULI Chicago and MPC. TAPs are two-day intensive working sessions with a team of regional and national interdisciplinary experts in the development industry who volunteer their time to study and produce recommendations to solve a land use challenge. Recommendations will focus on the future of the Jericho Circle site as well as general housing strategies for the future. In this instance, several of the experts participating in the two-day panel have extensive background in dealing with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) since HUD will only approve a land use change under very specific conditions.

In order to assure that the panels’ recommendations are also well-informed by local input, panelists will be hosting focus group and stakeholder interviews as well as a roundtable community reception from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., this Thursday evening, July 11, in the Multi-Purpose Room at Waubonsee Community College’s downtown campus, 18 S. River St. The public is invited to attend, but is asked to please RSVP so that event coordinators can plan for the correct number of residents in attendance. City residents can RSVP for the roundtable reception by calling 773-549-4972 or by emailing Cindy McSherry at cindy.mcsherry@uli.org.

“It is important to the community to answer the question as to the type of use that actually makes sense for the former Jericho Circle site,” said Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner. “It’s good to finally have an Aurora Housing Authority administration interested in working together with the City to jointly answer questions about our community’s future.”

The community reception will give residents an opportunity to have input with respect to the panel’s recommendations, but there will also be a public presentation of the panel’s report within two months. Residents will have additional opportunities for input once the recommendations are received since the implementation of most recommendations would require City Council and/or Aurora Housing Authority (AHA) Board approval.

Keith Gregory, AHA Executive Director, added, “We are excited about having the opportunity to utilize the recommendations that come from this Panel to help guide the implementation of our new strategic plan, which focuses on being more transparent in our interactions with the community and improving collaboration with the City in our decision making.”

Community Invited to Putt Putt; HR Networking is Back

Monday, July 8th, 2013

Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce

 

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 Catherine by Wednesday the week prior to publication. For more information, contact the Chamber at (630) 256-3180.
Header
July 08, 2013
In This Issue

 

Quick Links

Follow Us!
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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
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

AAA
Mon’Cher Crutcher
670 S. Route 59
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 420-0541 Ext.527
Travel & Insurance

ESC Resources, Inc.
Bart Moscarello
28 Riverbend Rd.
Montgomery, IL 60538
(630) 800-3519
Electronics

Edward Jones – Greg Spears
Greg Spears
2418 W. Indian Trail, Ste. D
Aurora, IL 60506
(630) 907-1433
Financial Planning Services/Insurance

 

Contact Us


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

 

 

Please join us for any of our exciting upcoming events – including Putt Putt in the Park at RiverEdge Park on Wednesday, July 17. Admission is free and open to the community.

Thank you.

Putt Putt in the Park
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
3:00 – 7:00 p.m.
RiverEdge Park, downtown Aurora

Putt Putt in the Park It’s back and bigger and better. We’ll be putting around RiverEdge Park

Putt the day behind you. Golfers play for free! Bring your family, friends and employees and stay for the concessions offered by Two Brothers.

Local business will complete for the honor of “Best Greens” as they create putting obstacles, meet the community and celebrate RiverEdge Park. Players will golf through the park as they become acquainted with local businesses and their teams.

Limited sponsorships remain. Please call Pam Fedor at (630) 256-3182 for more information.

Register

Networking: Millennials in the Workforce
Thursday, July 18, 2013
5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
No charge for Aurora Chamber members; registration requested

SmithAmundsen presents the HR & Managers Resource Group.

Join us for networking, cash bar, and conversation. These 1½-hour networking events are designed to offer a free flow of information regarding a specific topic. HR professionals, managers and business owners will have the opportunity to develop and share strategies regarding specific topics with the ease and aid of a moderator to move topics along….

July’s topic is “Millennials in the Workforce.” Have the 20-somethings got you down? Feeling frustrated? Share strategies to motivate Millennials and merge the traditionally individual-focused workforce with the collaborative, tech-savvy generation.

Register

Be Different or Be Gone
Wednesday, August 7
Waubonsee Community College, downtown Aurora
7:30 a.m. Registration
$35 per person

Attendees will:

  • 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

Presented by Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce and Illinois SBDC at Waubonsee Community College

Register

Premier Members
Premier Members
Mark Your Calendars
Aurora Chamber Diversity Network
Embracing Diversity Through Opportunity

Tuesday, July 9, at 8:00 a.m.
Aurora Pancake House, 321 N. Lake Street, Aurora
Register

Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, July 9, at 7:30 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business Development Leads Group 2
Wednesday, July 10, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Ambassador Committee
Thursday, July 11, at 11:30 a.m.
Location TBA

Coffee & Connections
Sponsored by Family Counseling Service
Tuesday, July 16, at 8:30 a.m.
Painters District Council No. 30, 1905 Sequoia Drive, Aurora

Putt Putt in the Park
Wednesday, July 17, from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.
RiverEdge Park, downtown Aurora
Register

HR & Managers Resource Group:
“Millennials in the Workforce”

Thursday, July 18, at 5:00 p.m. Location TBA
Register

Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, July 23, at 7:30 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business After Hours: Turk Furniture
Tuesday, July 23, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Turk Furniture, 448 S. Route 59, Naperville
Register

Business Development Leads Group 2
Wednesday, July 24, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, July 25, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Cafe, 55 S. Commons Drive, Aurora
Register

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)
Register

Member News
In the spirit of Independence Day, Kingsway Pharmacy & Medical Equipment is offering $2 bills to the first 50 customers every day from July 8 to July 12 on the promise of spending it at an independently-owned business.

Engineering Enterprises, Inc. is proud to announce the promotion of Stephen T. Dennison, P.E. to Project Manager.

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 July 11, from 3:00-4:30 p.m.

Naperville Woman’s Club hosts the 54th annual Fine Art Fair from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on July 13-14, at the grounds of Naper Settlement. Admission is free and over 100 artists from around the country, entertainment and food will be available. Don’t miss out!

A health and wellness symposium will be held Saturday, July 20, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Marmion Academy in Aurora. The program is held in conjunction with Presence Mercy Medical Center, Rush-Copley Medical Center and Cadence Health.

On Saturday, July 27, at 11:00 a.m. community members, alumni, and members of the Moose will celebrate the history and future of the Mooseheart Child City and School community by breaking ground on a $10-million renovation project of the school.

Congratulations to Old Second Bank. For the fourth consecutive year, the organization was named one of The Healthiest Companies in America. The company is recognized to have significantly reduced healthcare costs through employee participation in a workplace health program called “The Premium Lifestyle Program.”

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. Volunteer duty and waiver forms must be completed. Thank you in advance for helping put a smile on hundreds of students’ faces as they prepare for the new school year.

Join The Growing Place on Saturday, July 13 at 1:00 p.m. to personalize and build your own miniature arbor and patio garden- a part of Summer Art in the Garden Series. The cost is $35 and registration is recommended.

Let’s play ball! Come on out to Naper Settlement on Sunday, July 21 to relive the exciting and interesting history of the Grand Old Game. Enjoy the fast-paced action of bare-knuckle baseball based on the original rules from 1858 at the Vintage Baseball Exhibition Game.

Old Second Bank donated a check for over $1,600 to the Visiting Nurses Association of Aurora. In June, the bank held “International Food Day” and the collected proceeds were donated.

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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Millennials in the Workforce

Friday, July 5th, 2013

The July 2013 HR & Managers Resource Group will meet Thursday, July 18, from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. at Basils Greek Dining, 4000 Fox Valley Center Drive in Aurora.

Join us for networking, cash bar, and conversation. These 1½-hour networking events are designed to offer a free flow of information regarding a specific topic. HR professionals, managers and business owners will have the opportunity to develop and share strategies regarding specific topics with the ease and aid of a moderator to move topics along.

Have the 20-somethings got you down?  Feeling frustrated? Share strategies to motivate Millennials and merge the traditionally individual-focused workforce with the collaborative, tech-savvy generation.

SmithAmundsen is the presenting sponsor for the HR & Managers Resource Group.

Register here. There is no charge for Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce Members. Prospective members contact Jane E. Abe, IOM, ACE, Director of Membership, for information.

 

 

July 01, 2013 News: Putt Putt, Programs, & Aurora Chamber Member News

Monday, July 1st, 2013

Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce

 

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 Catherine by Wednesday the week prior to publication. For more information, contact the Chamber at (630) 256-3180.
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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)

Contact Us

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

 

 

Please share this newsletter with others in your organization who may find our programs of interest. For example, your Human Resources department may be interested in the upcoming HR & Managers Resource Group networking event on July 18.

Thank you.

Putt Putt in the Park
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
3:00 – 7:00 p.m.
RiverEdge Park, downtown Aurora

Putt Putt in the Park It’s back and bigger and better. We’ll be putting around RiverEdge Park

Putt the day behind you. Golfers play for free! Bring your family, friends and employees and stay for the concessions offered by Two Brothers.

Local business will complete for the honor of “Best Greens” as they create putting obstacles, meet the community and celebrate RiverEdge Park. Players will golf through the park as they become acquainted with local businesses and their teams.

Limited sponsorships remain. Please call Pam Fedor at (630) 256-3182 for more information.

Register

Networking: Millennials in the Workforce
Thursday, July 18, 2013
5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
No charge for Aurora Chamber members; registration requested

SmithAmundsen presents the HR & Managers Resource Group.

Join us for networking, cash bar, and conversation. These 1½-hour networking events are designed to offer a free flow of information regarding a specific topic. HR professionals, managers and business owners will have the opportunity to develop and share strategies regarding specific topics with the ease and aid of a moderator to move topics along….

July’s topic is “Millennials in the Workforce.” Have the 20-somethings got you down? Feeling frustrated? Share strategies to motivate Millennials and merge the traditionally individual-focused workforce with the collaborative, tech-savvy generation.

Register

Be Different or Be Gone
Wednesday, August 7
Waubonsee Community College, downtown Aurora
7:30 a.m. Registration
$35 per person

Attendees will:

  • 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

Presented by Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce and Illinois SBDC at Waubonsee Community College

Register

Thank You to our 2013 Golf Classic Sponsors
Thank you to all of our generous supporters for this year’s 2013 Golf Classic, especially

Presenting Sponsor
Presenting Sponsor
Prestige Sponsor
Prestige Sponsor

Reception Sponsor
Reception Sponsor

Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley
Continental Acura of Naperville
CS Photos, Inc.
Dreyer, Foote, Streit, Furgason & Slocum, P.A.
Earthmover Credit Union
Engineering Enterprises, Inc.
FirstMerit Bank, N.A.
Healy Chapel
Hollywood Casino – Aurora, Inc.
Konen Insurance Agency, Inc.
Kopy Kat Copier, Inc.
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Old Second National Bank – S. River St
Pure Health powered by Olson Chiropractic
River Front Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram
Ryland Homes – Ingham Park
Sikich LLP
SmithAmundsen LLC
Valley Fastener Group LLC
Van’s Lock & Key Service, Inc.
Village of North Aurora
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
White Eagle Auto Body

Premier Members
Premier Members
Mark Your Calendars
Aurora Chamber Diversity Network
Embracing Diversity Through Opportunity

Tuesday, July 9, at 8:00 a.m.
Aurora Pancake House, 321 N. Lake Street, Aurora
Register

Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, July 9, at 7:30 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business Development Leads Group 2
Wednesday, July 10, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Ambassador Committee
Thursday, July 11, at 11:30 a.m.
Location TBA

Coffee & Connections
Sponsored by Family Counseling Service
Tuesday, July 16, at 8:30 a.m.
Painters District Council No. 30, 1905 Sequoia Drive, Aurora

Putt Putt in the Park
Wednesday, July 17, from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.
RiverEdge Park, downtown Aurora
Register

HR & Managers Resource Group:
“Millennials in the Workforce”

Thursday, July 18, at 5:00 p.m. Location TBA
Register

Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, July 23, at 7:30 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business After Hours: Turk Furniture
Tuesday, July 23, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Turk Furniture, 448 S. Route 59, Naperville
Register

Business Development Leads Group 2
Wednesday, July 24, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, July 25, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Cafe, 55 S. Commons Drive, Aurora
Register

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)
Register

Member News
The National Council for Teacher Quality (NCTQ) released its 2013 Teacher Prep Review, listing Aurora University as one of seven Illinois universities on the Honor Roll. AU was the only private Illinois college honored, with its undergraduate elementary education program earning three out of the four possible stars.

A $500,000 Dunham Fund grant will support the construction of a 47,000-square-foot facility on the current Wayside Cross Ministries property on East New York Street in Aurora.

On June 5, VNA Health Care broke ground for a second Federally Qualified Health Care Center on Farnsworth Avenue on Aurora’s east side. The Dunham Fund will support the program expansion with a $250,000 challenge grant, matching $1 for every $2 of additional funding secured from other sources by June 30, 2014.

Vicki Morcos has been named the Dunham Fund’s first Partnership Officer. She will be collaborating with foundations that have similar missions to leverage the Dunham Fund’s resources for programs and projects in the Fund’s service area.

On June 7, Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner dedicated the City of Aurora’s RiverEdge Park on the banks of the Fox River. A $2-million Dunham Fund grant named the John C. Dunham Pavilion, the entertainment venue that is an integral part of the Music Garden phase of the RiverEdge Park and Nature Conservancy project. An additional $125,000 grant to the Paramount Theatre provided the Season Sponsorship by the Dunham Fund of all City-sponsored performances for the Park’s inaugural season through September 2013.

Congratulations to Mutual Ground. The organization was chosen from a list of Aurora Chamber community organizations to receive a $1,000 grant given by the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley at the Chamber’s 2013 Golf Classic last month. Blake Pattermann of Weldstar selected Mutual Ground from eligible organizations.

Old Second Bank welcomes Hector Ochoa as mortgage loan officer at the North Aurora Branch and two new senior vice presidents, regional managers with the commercial division; Jeff Downs at the Yorkville office and Roger Teeling at the Downtown Aurora office.

Join The Growing Place on Saturday, July 6 for “Hypertufa Trough Workshop” – a part of Summer Art in the Garden Series. The thick pourous walls of hypertufa allow hardy plants to survive in a container over the winter. The cost is $40 and registration is recommended.

Waubonsee Community College President Dr. Christine Sobek recently began her year-long term as President of the Illinois Council of Community College Presidents.

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 July 11, from 3:00-4:30 p.m.

Naperville Woman’s Club hosts the 54th annual Fine Art Fair from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on July 13-14, at the grounds of Naper Settlement. Admission is free and over 100 artists from around the country, entertainment and food will be available. Don’t miss out!

A health and wellness symposium will be held Saturday, July 20, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Marmion Academy in Aurora. The program is held in conjunction with Presence Mercy Medical Center, Rush-Copley Medical Center and Cadence Health.

On Saturday, July 27, at 11:00 a.m. community members, alumni, and members of the Moose will celebrate the history and future of the Mooseheart Child City and School community by breaking ground on a $10-million renovation project of the school.

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. Volunteer duty and waiver forms must be completed. Thank you in advance for helping put a smile on hundreds of students’ faces as they prepare for the new school year.

Save the date: Fox Valley United Way presents the 11th Annual “What Floats Your Cardboard Boat Race” on August 17. Races begin at 10:00 a.m. and will be held at Mastodon Lake, Philips Park in Aurora. Sponsorships and volunteer opportunities are available. Start building your boat now!

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.