For more information contact the chamber.
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Basil’s Greek Dining
Cadence Fitness & Health Center
Cadence Health Convenient Care & Medical Offices
Central DuPage Hospital
Chicago Premium Outlets
Continental Acura of Naperville
Continental Audi of Naperville
Continental Mazda of Naperville
Create Cut Invent
Delnor Glen Senior Living
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Fox Valley Country Club
Global Data Sciences
Ice Miller LLP
Idea Marketing Group
In & Out Creative – Log Web Video
Konen Insurance Agency
Law Offices of McLaughlin & Associates, P.C.
Liberty Mutual – Dawn Tully
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Old Second National Bank
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pipefitters Local 597
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence 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
WERV FM Radio (Next Media)
Mail: 43 W. Galena Blvd.
Aurora, Illinois 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180
Fax: (630) 256-3189
|| #SmallBizAurora Week Announced
Join the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce and its partners as we celebrate small business in Aurora. Here’s a brief overview of the week:
Monday: Ribbon cutting to kick off the week at Aurora Chamber offices at 11:30 a.m.
Tuesday: Business Development Leads Group 1 at Aurora Chamber offices at 7:30 a.m. and proclamation from Mayor Tom Weisner at City Council at 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday: Business Development Leads Group 2 at Aurora Chamber offices at 8:00 a.m. and Annual Celebration at Piper’s Banquets at noon. Annual celebration is co-sponsored by AT&T Mobility.
Friday: Small Business Showcase & Symposium at Fox Valley Country Club from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Exhibitor spaces are available. Visit exhibitors to gather resources, ideas, and support for your small business. Showcase and Symposium co-sponsored by Old Second National Bank, FirstMerit Bank, and Aurora University.
Saturday: Learn “How to Get Money for Your Business” at Waubonsee’s downtown Aurora campus from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Information and registration available here.
To download the current week’s events, visit the Aurora Chamber website. Follow #SmallBizAurora on Facebook and twitter for updates and information.
The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce thanks the following for their support of the #SmallBizAurora 2013 program: Accion, City of Aurora and City of Aurora Neighborhood Redevelopment, Fox Valley SCORE, Illinois SBDC at Waubonsee Community College, and Quad County African American Chamber of Commerce.
Call the Aurora Chamber at (630) 256-3182 for information and details.
|| 2014 Illinois Economic Outlook Survey
to Launch Nov. 12
||We all benefit when our communities are great places to grow a business. Healthy businesses create a vibrant economy that supports a high quality of life where people can thrive.
But what can we do to make our communities great places to grow a business?
Introducing the 2014 Illinois Economic Outlook Survey. On November 12, we will be sending you an email inviting you to provide your feedback on aspects of our local community, our region, and our state. The survey will take just 5-10 minutes and your input will be part of a larger statewide effort to identify opportunities to improve the state’s overall economic health.
This program is made possible by associations throughout Illinois, and by Baker Strategy Group, a research and strategy consulting firm that has conducted an annual economic outlook survey since 2008.
The final results will be available in January 2014.
|| From Springfield: Report on Veto Session
||The Illinois General Assembly met Tuesday and Wednesday for their first week of Veto Session and left town leaving much yet to be resolved. Both the House and Senate cancelled session for Thursday and plan to return on November 5th for their final scheduled week of session for 2013.
No votes or meetings were held on public pension reform.
The Senate could take up a controversial bill that passed the House by a slim margin at the end of the spring session when they return for the second week of veto session that would require contractors and subcontractors to comply with Responsible Bidder requirements to qualify for public works projects at the local level. HB 924 (Hoffman/Harmon), as amended, passed the House in April by a vote of 60-50-3 would mean that contractors, including small contractors, would have to participate in a US Department of Labor approved apprenticeship program in order to bid on public works as defined under the Illinois Prevailing Wage Act.
The House and Senate are both scheduled to return November 5 to 7 for the final week of Veto Session. This will be the last scheduled week of legislative session unless special session is called to tackle public pension reform as a result of the conference committee’s work on SB 1.
|| Notice of Upcoming Bidding Opportunities
||R.C. Wegman Construction Company has announced an upcoming bidding opportunity for the new main Aurora Public Library. Aurora Chamber members, particularly local minority-owned businesses, are encouraged to view Bid Package No. 2 to be let on Dec. 16. Scope of work includes landscaping, metals, general trades, millwork, concrete, HVAC and controls, painting, electrical, and much more. Per the announcement, R.C. Wegman notes there is a Project Labor Agreement in place on the site and all work on site is to be performed by union workforces signatory to the building trades unions. The bid package will be advertised in the Aurora Beacon-News on or about Dec. 15.
|| Premier Members
|| Save the Date: Mark Your Calendars
||Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, October 31, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Drive, Aurora
$15 General Admission
$12 Aurora Chamber members
Thursday, November 7, at 9:00 a.m.
Ribbon Cutting to Celebrate #SmallBizAurora
Monday, November 11, at 11:30 a.m.
Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, November 12, at 7:15 a.m.
Business Development Leads Group 2
Wednesday, November 13, at 8:00 a.m.
Annual Celebration of Membership
Wednesday, November 13, at noon
Piper’s Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Road, Aurora
#SmallBizAurora Showcase and Symposium
Friday, November 15, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Fox Valley Country Club, 2500 N. Route 25, North Aurora
How to Get Money for your Business
Saturday, November 16, from 9:00 a.m. to noon
Waubonsee Community College, downtown Aurora campus
Coffee & Connections
Tuesday, November 19, at 8:30 a.m.
Painters District Council No. 30, 1905 Sequoia Drive, Aurora
HR & Managers Resource Group
Medical Marijuana in the Workplace
Thursday, November 21, from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.
Hopvine Brewery Company, 4030 Fox Valley Center Drive, Aurora
Sponsored by SmithAmundsen
Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, November 26, at 7:15 a.m.
Business Development Leads Group 2
Wednesday, November 27, at 8:00 a.m.
|| Did You Know?
||Did you know Elite Members receive an average six times more website visits than a Basic Member? Did you know an Elite Member receives special savings on various marketing opportunities? Did you know Elite Members are listed each week in this e-newsletter and on the Chamber’s website? Upgrade by October 31 and receive additional benefits. Contact Jane E. Abe, IOM, ACE, director of membership, for details.
|| Member News
||Waubonsee Community College welcomes two new assistant deans to their staff-Sharon Garcia, Assistant Dean for Communications, Humanities and Fine Arts, and Lorrie Stahl, Assistance Dean for Mathematics and Sciences. The college recently received three awards from the National Safety Council for their Driver Safety Program, was honored with a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada, and had Dr. Amy Powers, an Assistant Professor of History, be named Instructor of the Year by the Illinois Community College Faculty Association.
Representatives Stephanie Kifowit and Linda Chapa LaVia, Senator Linda Holmes, the Illinois Small Business Development Center and Waubonsee Community College will be sponsoring a Construction Business Outreach Event (Contractor’s Workshop) on Thursday, Oct. 31, from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Waubonsee Community College’s Downtown Aurora Campus.
CASA Kane County‘s Annual Community Resource Fair is coming up on Saturday, Nov. 2, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Batavia Public Library. CASA and other partnering agencies will be promoting valuable services and resources for local children and their families.
The Quad County Urban League is hosting “Steps to Homeownership”-a series of free workshops in both English and Spanish-on Saturday, Nov. 2, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Come to West Aurora High School to see The Healing Field, which will present dedicated American flags to the Veterans who gave their lives for our great country. You may order and personalize your own flag, which will be displayed Nov. 3 through Nov. 13 by visiting here. Be sure to order by Oct. 30.
Rebuilding Together Aurora, a local non-for-profit that provides free home repairs and accessibility modifications for low-income homeowners, will host “Dodging to Make a Difference,” its largest fundraiser of the year, from Friday, Nov. 8 to Saturday, Nov. 9, at East Aurora High School.
Naper Settlement will host a segment of “This History Speaks” lecture series, which will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 10. The presentation will discuss President John F. Kennedy’s administration and assassination. Advance tickets can be purchased through Naper Settlement’s website here.