Archive for October, 2013

Let’s Celebrate Small Business with #SmallBizAurora Week 2013

Monday, October 28th, 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  it to us by Wednesday the week prior to publication. For more information, contact the Chamber at (630) 256-3180.
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October 28, 2013
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Accurate Personnel
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Balihoo Productions
Basil’s Greek Dining
BMO Harris
Cadence Fitness & Health Center
Cadence Health Convenient Care & Medical Offices
Caterpillar, Inc.
Central DuPage Hospital
Chicago Premium Outlets
ComEd
Continental Acura of Naperville
Continental Audi of Naperville
Continental Mazda of Naperville
Create Cut Invent
Delnor Glen Senior Living
Delnor Hospital
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
McKesson
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Nelson Multimedia/WSPY
Old Second National Bank
Organo Gold
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pipefitters Local 597
Piper’s Banquets
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
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
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
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

 

 

#SmallBizAurora Week Announced
Co-sponsored by

Rasmussen College OnLight Aurora

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
Premier Members
Save the Date: Mark Your Calendars
Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Halloween Style

Thursday, October 31, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Drive, Aurora
$15 General Admission
$12 Aurora Chamber members
Register

Ambassador Committee
Thursday, November 7, at 9:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Ribbon Cutting to Celebrate #SmallBizAurora
Monday, November 11, at 11:30 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, November 12, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business Development Leads Group 2
Wednesday, November 13, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Annual Celebration of Membership
Wednesday, November 13, at noon
Piper’s Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Road, Aurora
Register

#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
Register

How to Get Money for your Business
Saturday, November 16, from 9:00 a.m. to noon
Waubonsee Community College, downtown Aurora campus
Register

Coffee & Connections
Tuesday, November 19, at 8:30 a.m.
Painters District Council No. 30, 1905 Sequoia Drive, Aurora
Register

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
Register

Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, November 26, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business Development Leads Group 2
Wednesday, November 27, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

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.

 

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.

 

Economic Forecast, Public Policy News, and More

Monday, October 21st, 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  it to us by Wednesday the week prior to publication. For more information, contact the Chamber at (630) 256-3180.
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October 21, 2013
In This Issue

 

Quick Links

Follow Us!
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Elite Members

For more information contact the chamber.

Accurate Personnel
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Balihoo Productions
Basil’s Greek Dining
BMO Harris
Cadence Fitness & Health Center
Cadence Health Convenient Care & Medical Offices
Caterpillar, Inc.
Central DuPage Hospital
Chicago Premium Outlets
ComEd
Continental Acura of Naperville
Continental Audi of Naperville
Continental Mazda of Naperville
Create Cut Invent
Delnor Glen Senior Living
Delnor Hospital
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
McKesson
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Nelson Multimedia/WSPY
Old Second National Bank
Organo Gold
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pipefitters Local 597
Piper’s Banquets
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
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
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
Weldstar Company
WERV FM Radio (Next Media)

Welcome New Members

Buchar Family Chiropractic
Dr. Bill Buchar
3015 E. New York St., Suite A11
Aurora, IL 60504
(630) 820-1330
Chiropractic Health Care

 

Contact Us


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

 

 

Regional Economic Forecast
This Thursday from 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Hotel Arista at CityGate Centre,
2139 CityGate Lane, Naperville
$50 Chamber members
$75 General Admission
Register

The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is pleased to partner with the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce and other chambers in the region as well as Calamos Investments to co-host the Regional Economic Forecast. The event features a panel of industry experts who share their unique insight and analyses of market conditions for the coming year and provide attendees with economic perspective to help them better manage their business. Moderating this year’s discussion is financial guru Terry Savage.

Immediate Crisis Averted;
Senate & House Reach Deal
Brinksmanship is defined as something quite like what happened last week. Just hours before the Treasury Department was slated to bump against the debt ceiling and not be able to pay all of the country’s outstanding obligations, the Senate and House followed the advice of over 250 business groups including the U.S. Chamber and the Aurora Regional Chamber and raised that ceiling, averting the immediate crisis. Now, the government will be able to pay for previously appropriated spending by issuing new debt as needed through February 7. The parts of the government that had been closed reopened after a 16-day hiatus.

The entire federal government will be remain open until January 15, funded at a $986 billion (sequester-sized) annual level, at which point the funding stops unless it is again extended by Congress. Finally, there will be a House-Senate conference committee over the budget that is required to report results by December 13. They’ll be looking for a path toward a longer-term solution. The votes on the final bill (H.R. 2775): 81-18 in the Senate, 285-144 in the House.

Veto Session Begins this Week
It’s called the fall “veto” session, but when lawmakers return to Springfield Oct. 22, action on bills vetoed by the Governor will likely represent just a small portion of the issues being debated.

In fact, out of nearly 600 bills passed during the spring legislative session, Governor Quinn issued only 10 vetoes. And, of those 10, seven have already been dealt with in one way or another, leaving a maximum of only three vetoed measures for lawmakers to consider.

With a small veto agenda, the session is likely to focus on other issues and pension reform remains the biggest concern hanging over lawmakers. A bipartisan Conference Committee has been focused on the issue since June, working toward a solution that can ultimately win a majority of votes in the legislature.

For full article, visit Illinois Senate Republicans online.

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.

For information, contact Joseph Henning, president & CEO.

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
Premier Members
Save the Date: Mark Your Calendars
Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, October 22, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber offices

Career Awareness and Business Expo
CANCELLED

Business Development Leads Group 2
Wednesday, October 23, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Regional Economic Forecast
Thursday, October 24, at 7:00 a.m.
Hotel Arista at CityGate Centre, 2139 CityGate Lane, Naperville
$75 General Admission
$50 for Aurora Chamber members
Register

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Halloween Style

Thursday, October 31, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Drive, Aurora
$15 General Admission
$12 Aurora Chamber members
Register

Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, November 12, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business Development Leads Group 2
Wednesday, November 13, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

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
Knightsbridge Global LTD
Cake-decorating school and bakeware retailer Knightsbridge Global LTD‘s open house and ribbon cutting was a huge success. Thanks to all who visited their new downtown Aurora location at 35 N. Broadway.

A round of applause is in order for the following Old Second Bank residential loan officers for being named “Five Star Mortgage Professionals” by Five Star Professional in conjunction with Chicago Magazine: Phillip DeLaFuente of Oswego, Michelle Domson of Hampshire, Troy Langeness of Elburn, Scott Trandel of Sycamore and Sue Welsh of Naperville.

The Fox Valley Park District will celebrate Halloween Family Fun Night from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 25, at the Prisco Community Center at 150 W. Illinois Ave. There will be games, candy, a haunted house, and more!

With fall in full swing, The Growing Place is giving a seminar on “Putting the Garden to Bed” at 10:00 a.m. on Oct. 26. Learn from gardening veterans what needs to be cleaned up and what can be left alone before the frost sets in.

Representatives Stephanie Kifowit and Linda Chapa LaVia, Senator Linda Holmes, 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.

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, on Friday, Nov. 8, through Saturday, Nov. 9, at East Aurora High School.

Donna Cooper, president of Dreyer Medical Clinic, is one of 45 local business executives to be featured in the newest Business Leaders of Color publication. Cooper joined Dreyer in 2007 and is responsible for the overall management of the clinic, made up of 255 multi-specialty providers and 1,100 associates.

Two Brothers Brewing Co.‘s Ebel’s Weiss won the silver medal for the second time in two years at Great American Beer Festival 2013. Almost 5,000 different brews were submitted to the judging panel of Great American Beer Festival last weekend. In addition, the new Two Brothers Cafe and Bakery is now open inside the Roundhouse. Stop by for freshly roasted coffee drinks, beans to go, and homemade baked goods.

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.

 

ACA/Obamacare, Networking Programs This Week

Monday, October 14th, 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  it to us by Wednesday the week prior to publication. For more information, contact the Chamber at (630) 256-3180.
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October 14, 2013
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Elite Members

For more information contact the chamber.

Accurate Personnel
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Balihoo Productions
Basil’s Greek Dining
BMO Harris
Cadence Fitness & Health Center
Cadence Health Convenient Care & Medical Offices
Caterpillar, Inc.
Central DuPage Hospital
Chicago Premium Outlets
ComEd
Continental Acura of Naperville
Continental Audi of Naperville
Continental Mazda of Naperville
Create Cut Invent
Delnor Glen Senior Living
Delnor Hospital
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
McKesson
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Nelson Multimedia/WSPY
Old Second National Bank
Organo Gold
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pipefitters Local 597
Piper’s Banquets
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
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
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
Weldstar Company
WERV FM Radio (Next Media)

Welcome New Members

Total Fire & Safety, Inc.
Glenn Schultz
6808 Hobson Valley Drive, #105
Woodridge, IL 60157
(630) 960-5060
Fire Protection& First Aid Products

 

Contact Us


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

 

 

Progressive Networking Breakfast
October 16, at 8:00 a.m.
Colonial Cafe, 1961 Galena Boulevard, Aurora
$25 Aurora Chamber members
$35 General Admission
Register

Start your day off right with this networking opportunity. As you move from table to table you will meet new business contacts and network with potential new clients. Bring LOTS of business cards and get ready to meet dozens of new contacts. This is a time to enjoy great food and tell others about your business. Here are three great reasons to join us for the morning networking program.

Affordable Care Act & Your Business
Sponsored by SmithAmundsen LLC
October 17, 8:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Stonebridge Country Club, 2705 Stonebridge Blvd., Aurora
Seminar Fees:
$40 General Admission
$25 Aurora Chamber members
Register

Are you ready for the new requirements? With unanswered questions and constant evolution, this seminar will highlight the most up-to-date and important provisions of the Act and how they are going to affect hiring, staffing, and more. Panelists include:

  • Rebecca Dobbs Bush, SmithAmundsen LLC
  • Jennifer Lollino, Sikich LLP
  • Jonathon Schmidt, Stumm Insurance, LLC

For information on the ACA, please visit the Chamber’s blog at http://www.aurorachamber.com/blog/

Premier Members
Premier Members
Save the Date: Mark Your Calendars
Open House
Tuesday, October 15, from 4:30-7:00 p.m.
Mitutoyo America Corporation, 965 Corporate Boulevard, Aurora

Progressive Networking Breakfast
October 16, at 8:00 a.m.
Colonial Cafe, 1961 Galena Boulevard, Aurora
Register

Aurora First
Wednesday, October 16, at 11:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Ribbon Cutting/Open House
Wednesday, October 16, at 4:00 p.m.
Knightsbridge Global Ltd., 35 N. Broadway, Aurora

Affordable Care Act & Your Business
Thursday, October 17, at 8:00 a.m.
Stonebridge Country Club, 2705 Stonebridge Blvd., Aurora
Register

Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, October 22, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber offices

Career Awareness and Business Expo
Tuesday, October 22, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Waubonsee Community College, Academic & Professional Center, Sugar Grove

Business Development Leads Group 2
Wednesday, October 23, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Regional Economic Forecast
Thursday, October 24, at 7:00 a.m.
Hotel Arista at CityGate Centre, 2139 CityGate Lane, Naperville
$75 General Admission
$50 for Aurora Chamber members
Register

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
Register

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
Inner Harmony Acupuncture

Congratulations to Mavis Bates and Inner Harmony Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine on the recent ribbon cutting and grand opening at a new location, 383 W. Galena Boulevard in Aurora.

West Suburban Bank

Congratulations to West Suburban Bank on their newest location at 1311 Butterfield Road in Aurora. What a great ribbon cutting and open house hosted by their team last week.

Cadence Health

Cadence Health has opened its newest facility at the corner of Church and Bilter roads in Aurora. Congratulations to Cadence Health Convenient Care & Medical Offices on their recent ribbon cutting and open house.

Last Reminder: RITAS Ministry announces the internationally acclaimed Harlem Ambassadors will be visiting Aurora for a game at Marmion Academy on Saturday, October 12, at 7:00 p.m. For tickets and more information, contact RITAS Ministry.

The Illinois Attorney General’s Offices is pleased to announce that they will be hosting a “Help for Homeowners: Mortgage Resources” event on October 19 at Fox Valley Park District Prisco Community Center to assist homeowners who are behind their mortgage payments.

A presentation of the History Speaks Lecture Series, The Haunting of Two Salem Witches will be held from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sunday, October 20 at Naper Settlement’s Century Memorial Chapel. Hear the chilling stories of two women accused of witch craft and hung in 1692 in Salem. On the day of the presentation, tickets are $7 adults, $6 students, youth and Naperville Heritage Society Sustaining members.

Presence Mercy Health is hosting a Live Well, Be Well Workshop on October 15. Come and learn from trained leaders with health conditions themselves. Set your own goals and make a step by step plan to improve your health and your life.

Fox Valley Medical Center is 10,000 square foot of medical office space. The building features are favorable medical office demographics, great location and close proximity to Rush Copley Medical Center, Edward Hospital, Westfield Fox Valley Shopping Mall and it is anchored by Dreyer Medical Group.

Mitutoyo America Corporation is celebrating their new corporate headquarters New M3 Solution Center and 50th Anniversary on October 15 at 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

On October 14 come to Heartland’s Aurora Facility and donate blood to receive a $5 McDonalds’s gift card compliments of Heartland Blood Centers.

Knightsbridge Global LTD is hosting an open house and ribbon cutting on October 16 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Knightsbridge PME is the home of the world re-nowned PME range of sugarcraft tools. In addition, this location is pleased to offer classes and workshops to the community.

Hesed House reminds all that 2013 Soup’s On will be Sunday, October 20, from 11:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. with more than 25 area restaurants and merchants participating. Tickets may be purchased at soupsonrotary.com.

Join the City of Aurora, Accion, the Illinois Small Business Development Center at Waubonsee, and others on Saturday, November 16, from 9:00 a.m. to noon for “How to Get Money for Your Business” at Waubonsee’s Downtown Aurora campus. Registration is free and can be done by calling (630) 906-4143.

CASA Kane County recently received a $25,000 grant from the UPS Foundation to support the recruitment, training, case management, and safety for abused and neglected children in the Kane County Juvenile Court system.

Rebuilding Together Aurora, a safe and healthy housing organization, will host Dodging to Make a Difference, its largest fundraiser of the year on Friday, November 8, through Saturday, November 9, 2013 at East Aurora High School.

Aurora University will host “A Call to Action: Illinois Voices for Immigration Reform” on October 15, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Crimi Auditorium. Speakers include Congressman Bill Foster (D-11), Kane County Sheriff Pat Perez, and several others.

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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Fox Valley United Way supporting the community

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

Today we are highlighting one of our long-standing members, Fox Valley United Way.

Fox Valley United Way is a non-profit fundraising organization that supports health and human service programs in order to improve the lives of those in the surrounding community. Working alongside local hospitals, schools, churches and other non-profits, Fox Valley United Way hopes to support healthy behaviors that promote well-being and prevent disease, increase access to high-quality health care, create and support healthy communities and promote social, economic and educational environments.

Originally founded in 1922 as the Aurora Social Service Federation, Fox Valley United Way served just Aurora until it expanded in 2004 to include Big Rock, Bristol, Hinckley, Little Rock, Millbrook, Montgomery, Mooseheart, North Aurora, Oswego, Plano, Plattville, Sandwich, Sugar Grove and Yorkville. Some of the bigger events they put on include What Floats Your Cardboard Boat Race, a fundraising and awareness campaign; the Souper Bowl of Caring, a food collection taken at local grocery stores; SPARK, an early learning initiative; and the Adopt-A-Family Holiday Assistance Program, which provides toys, clothing, winter accessories and grocery cards to less fortunate families. (The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is a proud sponsor of that last one!)

To those who want to help Fox Valley United Way on their mission, there are plenty of opportunities to give, advocate and volunteer. Just visit their website at http://www.uwfoxvalley.org/.

October Programs to Help You Succeed; Member News

Monday, October 7th, 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  it to us by Wednesday the week prior to publication. For more information, contact the Chamber at (630) 256-3180.
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Accurate Personnel
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Balihoo Productions
Basil’s Greek Dining
BMO Harris
Cadence Fitness & Health Center
Cadence Health Convenient Care & Medical Offices
Caterpillar, Inc.
Central DuPage Hospital
Chicago Premium Outlets
ComEd
Continental Acura of Naperville
Continental Audi of Naperville
Continental Mazda of Naperville
Create Cut Invent
Delnor Glen Senior Living
Delnor Hospital
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
McKesson
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Nelson Multimedia/WSPY
Old Second National Bank
Organo Gold
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pipefitters Local 597
Piper’s Banquets
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
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
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
Weldstar Company
WERV FM Radio (Next Media)

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

 

 

Progressive Networking Breakfast
October 16, at 8:00 a.m.
Colonial Cafe, 1961 Galena Boulevard, Aurora
$25 Aurora Chamber members
$35 General Admission

Start your day off right with this networking opportunity. As you move from table to table you will meet new business contacts and network with potential new clients. Bring LOTS of business cards and get ready to meet dozens of new contacts. This is a time to enjoy great food and tell others about your business.
Register

Affordable Care Act & Your Business
Sponsored by SmithAmundsen LLC
October 17, 8:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Stonebridge Country Club, 2705 Stonebridge Blvd., Aurora
Seminar Fees:
$40 General Admission
$25 Aurora Chamber members
Register

Are you ready for the new requirements? With unanswered questions and constant evolution, this seminar will highlight the most up-to-date and important provisions of the Act and how they are going to affect hiring, staffing, and more. Panelists include:

  • Rebecca Dobbs Bush, SmithAmundsen LLC
  • Jennifer Lollino, Sikich LLP
  • Jonathon Schmidt, Stumm Insurance, LLC

For information on the ACA, please visit the Chamber’s blog at http://www.aurorachamber.com/blog/

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Mark Your Calendars
Ribbon Cutting/Open House
Monday, October 7, at 5:00 p.m.
Cadence Health, 2635 Church Road, Aurora

Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, October 8, at 7:30 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business Development Leads Group 2
Wednesday, October 9, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Ambassadors Committee
Thursday, October 10, at 11:30 a.m.
Chamber offices

Ribbon Cutting/Open House
Thursday, October 10, at 5:00 p.m.
West Suburban Bank, 1311 Butterfield Road, Aurora

Open House
Tuesday, October 15, from 4:30-7:00 p.m.
Mitutoyo America Corporation, 965 Corporate Boulevard, Aurora

Progressive Networking Breakfast
October 16, at 8:00 a.m.
Colonial Cafe, 1961 Galena Boulevard, Aurora
Register

Aurora First
Wednesday, October 16, at 11:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Ribbon Cutting/Open House
Wednesday, October 16, at 4:00 p.m.
Knightsbridge Global Ltd., 35 N. Broadway, Aurora

Affordable Care Act & Your Business
Thursday, October 17, at 8:00 a.m.
Stonebridge Country Club, 2705 Stonebridge Blvd., Aurora
Register

Member News
Engineering Enterprises, Inc. proudly announces the addition of David C. Johanson, PE, PTOE, to its Transportation Group as a Project Manager.

Experience two of the darkest nights of the year at the “All Hallows Eve: Village of Fear” with haunting creatures, eerie entertainment and must-see horrors from 6:00-10:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday, October 18-19. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door at Naper Settlement. Volunteers are always needed.

Late fall and winter can be the perfect time to prune once leaves have fallen. Join The Growing Place on October 19th for the “Fall & Winter Pruning” class where common pruning questions and techniques will be discussed.

A guided stroll of Naperville’s Riverwalk, the Streaming History Walking Tour will be held from 1:00-2:30 p.m. Sunday, October 20 and begins at Naper Settlement. Reservations recommended; purchase tickets at Naper Settlement.

Last Reminder: RITAS Ministry announces the internationally acclaimed Harlem Ambassadors will be visiting Aurora for a game at Marmion Academy on Saturday, October 12, at 7:00 p.m. For tickets and more information, contact RITAS Ministry.

Congratulations to Kluber Architects + Engineers on celebrating their 25th anniversary this October.

The Illinois Attorney General’s Offices is pleased to announce that they will be hosting a “Help for Homeowners: Mortgage Resources” event on October 19 at Fox Valley Park District Prisco Community Center to assist homeowners who are behind their mortgage payments.

Fox Valley Park District will be hosting popular Pumpkin Weekends at Blackberry Farm starting on October 5. Come enjoy the picnic area that will feature an assortment of pumpkins for purchase, carousel rides, hay wagon rides and tours on the “Pumpkin Train.”

Come to Soup’s On! for a casual family afternoon event featuring great food from over 25 area restaurants and merchants and entertainment from the students of area schools. The event is on October 20 at Naperville Central High School, and part of the funds raised will benefit Hesed House.

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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