Archive for January, 2014

Chamber Highlight Latest Public Policy Issues

Friday, January 31st, 2014

The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce has added its support to the growing bi-partisan coalition that is working to improve the business climate in Illinois. Below are four of the latest issues that the Chamber is addressing:

Resolution Urging Workers’ Compensation Reform

Resolution Opposing Graduated/Progressive Income Tax

Resolution Supporting Illinois’ Independent Redistricting Amendment

Resolution Supporting New Transportation Infrastructure Construction Program

DuPage Economic Development Committee to Host Public Hearing Feb. 4 about Graduated Income Tax Proposal

Friday, January 31st, 2014

Wheaton … The DuPage County Economic Development Committee will host a public hearing on Tuesday, Feb. 4, to gather the facts about the graduated income tax proposal in Springfield.

Tonia Khouri, chairwoman of the Economic Development Committee, believes the proposed graduated income tax would have a direct impact on DuPage County’s economic development.

“The Economic Development Committee’s mission is to ensure DuPage County maintains a business-friendly environment in order to grow our local economy. While the graduated income tax proposal is a state issue, it will have a significant impact on our residents and small business owners. It is extremely important that we learn the facts regarding this issue,” said Khouri.

The Committee has already heard testimony on the subject from Calamos Investments Chief Financial Officer Nimish Bhatt and State Representative Ron Sandack.

The final hearing, which is open to the public, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, at the DuPage County, JTK Administration Building’s County Board Room, 421 N. County Farm Road, Wheaton. The featured presenters include Ralph Martire, executive director of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, and Doug Whitley, president and chief executive officer of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce.

The proposed constitutional amendments, HJRCA 33 and SJRCA 40, which have been introduced in the Illinois House and Senate, would change the state’s income tax from a flat or single rate to a graduated scale. A three-fifths supermajority from each chamber would be needed for a referendum to be put on the November 2014 ballot.

The Illinois Constitution currently calls for a flat tax rate that applies to everyone, regardless of income. Two years ago, the Illinois General Assembly increased the state’s personal income tax rates on individuals and corporations. At the time, the rates were temporarily increased from 3 to 5 percent for individuals and from 5 to7 percent for corporations. However, those rates are set to be reduced to 3.85 percent for individuals and 5.25 percent for corporations in 2015.

In the meantime, Khouri believes the County should weigh in on the issue as it would impact economic development in not only DuPage communities, but also around the entire state.

“With 33,000 private businesses that employ 567,000 people, DuPage County is an economic engine for the State of Illinois. We owe it not only to the business owners, but to all of the people employed by those businesses to ensure we maintain a strong business climate in DuPage County,” said Khouri.

It is estimated that there are 17,000 S Corporations in DuPage County, which would be affected by the change in the income tax structure as the businesses’ profits and losses pass through the owners’ personal tax return.

Speaker Madigan Unveils 50% Tax Cut for Illinois Businesses

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

From the Illinois Chamber:

In a surprise move this morning, House Speaker Michael Madigan filed HB 4479, legislation to cut the corporate income tax in half from 7% to 3.5%.

According to the press released issued from his office this morning, it will save Illinois businesses $500 to $700 million in Fiscal Year 2014 and up to $1.5 billion in Fiscal Year 2015.

“This is a very welcome departure from the tax discussion we are used to at the Statehouse,” writes the Illinois Chamber. “We praise the Speaker’s move and urge him to also advance proposals to help small and medium sized employers.”

Too early to tell how much traction the proposal will receive or if there will be subsequent tax proposals that will offset the positive nature of this proposal, the Illinois Chamber concludes.

Click HERE for text of HB 4479.

Click HERE for text of the press release.

Plenty of Great Activities for Our Members

Monday, January 27th, 2014
 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)

Welcome New Members

Project Green Environmental Solutionsr
Christina Derwin
Michael Holms
631 Beloit Ave., Ste. 100
Forest Park, IL 60130
(708) 366-4733
Energy Solutions

 

Contact Us

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

 

 

Progressive Networking Lunch This Friday
Progressive Networking Lunch
Hopvine Brewing Company,
4030 Fox Valley Center Drive, Aurora
RSVP is required by Jan. 29
$35 General Admission
$25 Aurora Chamber Members Register

Start 2014 off right with this progressive networking luncheon. Let’s heat it up! Join us for some fast and hot Progressive Networking next Friday and infuse your business with 20 new, solid connections. This is a Member favorite and you don’t want to miss it! As you move from table to table, you will meet new business contacts and network with potential new clients. You will be given 2 – 3 minutes to give your business commercial during each rotation. Cost $25. RSVP by Wednesday.

Looking For Ways to Save Money? Members
Have an Advantage
100% Off

The ComEd Small Business Energy Savings (SBES) program is establishing a campaign to offer up to 100% off high-efficiency indoor fluorescent lighting upgrades to small businesses in our area. Now, for a limited-time, small businesses can brighten up, become more energy efficient, and improve their bottom line. Their Spring campaign offers up to 100% off high-efficiency indoor fluorescent lighting and up to 75% off other electric-saving improvements from ComEd Smart Ideas for Your Business®. Plus, the energy assessment is free. The offer is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Small businesses must receive their free assessment before March 24, 2014, to be eligible for the increased incentives. SBES offers free energy assessments and incentives up to 75 percent off the cost of recommended electric-saving projects. Additionally, natural gas-saving upgrades are also being offered at up to 100% off from the Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency Program.

Project Green will be contacting ComEd customers in Aurora to conduct free energy assessments and install electricity-saving improvements.

Chamber Highlight Latest Public Policy Issues
The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce has added its support to the growing bi-partisan coalition that is working to improve the business climate in Illinois. Below are four of the latest issues that the Chamber is addressing:

Resolution Urging Workers’ Compensation Reform
Resolution Opposing Graduated/Progressive Income Tax
Resolution Supporting Illinois’ Independent Redistricting Amendment
Resolution Supporting New Transportation Infrastructure Construction Program

Thank You
Zippy Shell

Thank you to Todd Temaat of Zippy Shell Fox Valley for sponsoring our January Coffee & Connections. We had a great turn out for a snowy and cold morning! We look forward to Todd sponsoring our January Fox Valley Networking Professionals on Thursday, Jan. 30 from 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. as well. If interested in joining us, please RSVP by Jan. 29.

Thank you to Steve Robinson, Area Director/Midwest Marketing Expert from Constant Contact, for presenting at our January Not-For-Profit Alliance and thank you to Julie Proscia of SmithAmundsen for sponsoring.

Premier Members
Premier Members
Save the Date: Mark Your Calendars
Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber Offices

OnLight Aurora Resource Seminar
Wednesday, Jan. 29, from 8:00 to 10:30 a.m.
Aurora Police Headquarters, 1200 E. Indian Trail Rd., Aurora
Register

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, Jan. 30 from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Drive, Aurora
$15 General Admission
$12 Aurora Chamber Members
Sponsored in part by Zippy Shell Fox Valley
Register

Progressive Networking Lunch
Friday, Jan. 31 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Hopvine Brewing Company, 4030 Fox Valley Center Drive, Aurora
RSVP is required by Jan. 29
$35 General Admission
$25 Aurora Chamber Members
Register

Diversity Network: Business Before Hours
Tuesday, Feb. 4. From 8:00 – 9:30 a.m.
Chamber Offices

Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber Offices

Business Development Leads Group 2
Wednesday, Feb. 12, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber Offices

Ambassador Committee Meeting
Thursday, Feb. 13, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Chamber Offices

Business After Hours: FirstMerit Bank
Wednesday, Feb. 19, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
FirstMerit Bank, 2430 W. Indian Trail Rd., Aurora

Opinion: No More Delay: We Need Immigration Reform Now
-John Rowe, Sam Scott, Doug Whitley, Co-Chairs, IBIC

Last year, every sector of Illinois’ economy – including technology, hospitality, manufacturing, agriculture, education, health care, engineering, energy, finance and real estate – spoke in one voice through the Illinois Business Immigration Coalition to call on Congress to pass common-sense immigration reform that empowers Illinois’ economic competitiveness.

The U.S. Senate passed an immigration bill with the support of our own Sens. Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk. It provides more money for border security, allows immigrants already here to work, expands visa programs and provides an arduous 13-year path to citizenship. Hardly a free ride.

Visit our blog for the full posting.

United Way Calls for Souper Bowl
of Caring Support
Join the movement that is transforming Super Bowl weekend into the nation’s largest youth-led weekend of giving and serving. For the last 20 years, the Souper Bowl of Caring has shown Americans that while we are preparing to enjoy the Super Bowl, we can help out those who don’t have a bowl of soup to eat. On Saturday, Feb. 1, student volunteers from across the country are coming together once again to fight hunger and poverty in their communities.

In cooperation with Jewel-Osco, Fox Valley United Way is working together to help fill the shelves at the Aurora Interfaith Food Pantry and the Kendall County Food Pantry. Each year these pantries experience a significant reduction in donations after the holidays, limiting their ability to help families who are struggling to avoid homelessness.

This year, youth volunteers and adult supervisors will be accepting monetary and food donations at 8 locations in and around Aurora and in Kendall County.

  • Host a food drive at your place of work. Ask employees to bring non-perishable food items to be gathered and delivered to the Fox Valley United Way office by Friday, Feb. 7. We can help you with posters and flyers for the event. We can also arrange a pick-up to make it easier.
  • Make a monetary donation. Checks should be made payable to the Fox Valley United Way – Feed the Hungry Initiative. Cash donations can also be brought to the Fox Valley United Way office located at 44 East Galena Blvd., Aurora, IL 60505. Or you can contribute by credit card on our website at www.uwfoxvalley.org.
  • Go to your local Jewel-Osco store on Saturday, Feb. 1, between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. and drop off a cash donation or help fill the food bin.

For more information, including a list of locations, please contact Deborah Collins at Fox Valley United Way at (630) 896-4636. You can also visit www.uwfoxvalley.org.

Illinois DCEO Launches New Website
New Website

Visit DCEO’s new website at https://www.illinois.gov/dceo/ for information on the agency’s programs and services of benefit to you. According to their release, the website showcases Illinois as “The Place to Do Business.” Also, check out Why Illinois to see reasons that Illinois is a top global destination.
Member News
Congratulations are in order for Sunil K. Malkani, MD, an internist at Dreyer Medical Clinic‘s Fox Valley Villages location, for being recertified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

“From Soldier to Supervisor: Human Resources’ Role” is a free educational program open to the public being put on by Aurora University‘s Dunham School of. Registration, networking, and refreshments are from 7:30 – 8:00 a.m. and the program runs from 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Call (630) 844-5527 or email sgreen@aurora.edu for more information or to register.

Naper Settlement‘s Downton Abbey-inspired programing continues with “Tea & Talk: Servant Tour” on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Admission is $15. They are also holding an informational meeting on their Junior Volunteer Program for children in grades 4-5 that interested parents and children must attend, either on Saturday, Feb. 1, from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. or Thursday, Feb. 6, from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

In honor of National Mentoring Month, Family Counseling Services‘ Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Kane and Kendall Counties is looking for male volunteers by partnering with Buffalo Wild Wings for the 30 Men in 30 Days Challenge. This is your last chance! Interested men are asked to visit the Aurora Buffalo Wild Wings on Jan. 29 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. To learn more about becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister, contact BBBS of Southern Kane & Kendall Counties at (630) 844-9090 or www.aurorafcs.org/bbbs.

Wellspring Homecare will provide a free lunch at Sunnymere on Wednesday, Jan. 29, at 11:30 a.m. and present on the topic “What Is Home Health Care?” Please contact Cecelia at (630) 898-7844 x15 by today to reserve a spot.

The Growing Place is holding a “Make a Mosaic Birdbath” workshop at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1, at their Aurora location. For $150, make a lasting piece of garden art with the help of expert Lisa Tolbert. Students will be introduced to all aspects of mosaic art including cutting china and glass, types of adhesives and how to use them, china chard layout, and grouting. Registration is required.

Enjoy the big game at Rosary High School Sports Boosters’ 34th Annual Super Bowl Party on Sunday, Feb. 2. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. until the end of the game. The cost is $38 per person and includes a heavy hors d’oeuvre buffet from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. and complimentary beer and wine from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. Contact Michael Haddad at (630) 804-9122 or mhaddad@central-news.com for more information.

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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Crain’s: No more delay: We need immigration reform now

Sunday, January 26th, 2014

John Rowe, Sam Scott, Doug Whitley, Co-Chairs, IBIC

Last year, every sector of Illinois’ economy — including technology, hospitality, manufacturing, agriculture, education, health care, engineering, energy, finance and real estate — spoke in one voice through the Illinois Business Immigration Coalition to call on Congress to pass common-sense immigration reform that empowers Illinois’ economic competitiveness.

The U.S. Senate passed an immigration bill with the support of our own Sens. Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk. It provides more money for border security, allows immigrants already here to work, expands visa programs and provides an arduous 13-year path to citizenship. Hardly a free ride.

The House will act in its own way as it should, but it needs to act this year. Speaker John Boehner’s recent comments on releasing his immigration blueprint this month, hiring Rebecca Tallent — a longtime immigration adviser to Sen. John McCain — and Mr. Boehner’s public rebuke of tea party-backed opposition all indicate some serious commitment to getting immigration reform done this year.

As business leaders in Illinois, we welcome this move. Illinois is facing tough economic times. With an unemployment rate nearly 2 percent higher than the national average, common-sense immigration reform can help to jump-start our economy and get the state on the path to economic competitiveness.

According to the Bipartisan Policy Center report, immigration reform would create 105,923 jobs in Illinois and boost the state’s economic output by $1.8 billion. Nationally, it would bolster the country’s economic growth by 4.8 percent over the next 20 years and reduce the deficit by $1.2 trillion.

RETAINING TALENT

More than three out of four patents produced by top American universities in 2011 had an immigrant inventor, including 90 percent of patents from the University of Illinois, according to the Partnership for a New American Economy. Our state’s 31,000 foreign students contributed $869 million to the state’s economy in tuition, fees and living expenses in 2009-10. This is talent America needs to nurture and retain, not expel.

Likewise, undocumented immigrants in Illinois, roughly 5.6 percent of the state’s workforce, contributed $499.2 million in state and local taxes in 2010, according to data from the Institute for Taxation and Economic Policy.

The need for common-sense immigration reform not only is a question of economic necessity, it is a question of American values of creating opportunity for oneself and others through hard work, no matter one’s country of origin.

We must find a way to admit both high- and lower-skilled working people we need to drive economic growth. We need doctors, engineers, nurses and scientists. We need agricultural workers and home care workers.

To echo U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Thomas Donohue, business leaders representing large corporations and small businesses across Illinois also will do whatever it takes to put immigration reform across the finish line in 2014.

We don’t want Democrats playing games. We don’t want Republicans playing games. We want solutions.

John Rowe is chairman emeritus of Exelon Corp. in Chicago. Samuel C. Scott III is former CEO of Corn Products International Inc. in Westchester and chairman of the Chicago Sister Cities International Program. Doug L. Whitley is president and CEO of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce. All three are co-chairs of the Illinois Business Immigration Coalition.
Sincerely,

Rebecca Shi
Executive Director
Illinois Business Immigration Coalition

Opportunities to Extend Your Contacts Abound

Monday, January 20th, 2014
 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)

Welcome New Members

RE/MAX Action – Sheena Baker
Sheena Baker
1550 Maple Ave.
Lisle, IL 60532
(708) 966-9743
Real Estate

 

Contact Us

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

 

 

Aurora Ranked in Top 10 for Safest
Mid-Size City in America
In a study put together by the Movoto Real Estate Blog, the City of Aurora was found to be the #8 Safest Mid-Size City in America. To read more, visit http://www.movoto.com/blog.
Premier Members
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Save the Date: Mark Your Calendars
Coffee & Connections Networking Event
Tuesday, Jan. 21, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Painters District Council #30, 905 Sequoia Dr., Aurora
Co-sponsored Zippy Shell Fox Valley
Register

Business Development Leads Group 2
Wednesday, Jan. 22, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber Offices

Not-For-Profit Alliance: Constant Contact
Friday, Jan. 24 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Chamber Offices
Sponsored by SmithAmundsen LLC
Only 12 spots remain
Register

Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber Offices

OnLight Aurora Resource Seminar
Wednesday, Jan. 29, from 8:00 to 10:30 a.m.
Aurora Police Headquarters, 1200 E. Indian Trail Rd., Aurora
Register

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, Jan. 30 from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Drive, Aurora
$15 General Admission
$12 Aurora Chamber Members
Register

Progressive Networking Lunch
Friday, Jan. 31 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Hopvine Brewing Company, 4030 Fox Valley Center Drive, Aurora
RSVP is required by Jan. 29
$35 General Admission
$25 Aurora Chamber Members
Register

Diversity Network: Business Before Hours
Tuesday, Feb. 4. From 8:00 – 9:30 a.m.
Chamber Offices

Business After Hours: FirstMerit Bank
Wednesday, Feb. 19, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
FirstMerit Bank, 2430 W. Indian Trail Rd., Aurora

Schedule Your eBlasts for 2014
Dates are now available to market or advertise your business, service or special event. They are a great way to communicate to fellow members. Your message-exclusively sent-to our list of more than 2,400 member addresses, based on availability on Wednesdays or Fridays. Special pre-paid cost of $175 if booked and paid by 1/31. Contact Jane E. Abe, IOM, ACE, Director of Membership for specifics and dates.
Don’t Miss These Opportunities
The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce offers many opportunities to assist your business or organization in succeeding. Join us in 2014 and, together, we will see our region prosper. This week we’d like to highlight the following additions to the list of programs and activities for our member businesses:

Progressive Networking Lunch. Friday, Jan. 31, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Start 2014 off right with this progressive networking luncheon. Let’s heat it up! Join us for some fast and hot Progressive Networking next Friday and infuse your business with 20 new, solid connections. This is a Member favorite and you don’t want to miss it! As you move from table to table, you will meet new business contacts and network with potential new clients. You will be given 2 – 3 minutes to give your business commercial during each rotation. Cost $25. RSVP by Jan. 29.

2014 Community Map. The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that sales for its upcoming community map are now underway. The 5,000 maps are on target to print this summer, and will be distributed in and around the Chamber service area. More information on the map program may be found on the Chamber’s blog.

Chamber Supports Independent
Redistricting Effort
The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce has added its support to the growing bi-partisan coalition that is working to place an independent redistricting ballot measure on the 2014 general election ballot.

This is an important first step in making our state work better for the citizens and does a lot to shed light on the politicized process of drawing state legislative maps.

As you might imagine, the campaign to get this on the ballot will not be an easy one. The first challenge is to gather over 300,000 signatures so that it can qualify. To get involved in the important work of the Yes for Independent Maps campaign, you can sign-up to circulate petitions now. The campaign will send you petitions and instructions within 24 hours. Will you get your friends, family and neighbors to sign to help get us toward the goal? Make a donation right now. Any amount will help and all amounts are needed.

Together we can make sure this issue appears before voters in 2014. Get involved today so we can put voters back in charge.

United Way Calls for Souper Bowl
of Caring Support
Join the movement that is transforming Super Bowl weekend into the nation’s largest youth-led weekend of giving and serving. For the last 20 years, the Souper Bowl of Caring has shown Americans that while we are preparing to enjoy the Super Bowl, we can help out those who don’t have a bowl of soup to eat. On Saturday, Feb. 1, student volunteers from across the country are coming together once again to fight hunger and poverty in their communities.

In cooperation with Jewel-Osco, Fox Valley United Way is working together to help fill the shelves at the Aurora Interfaith Food Pantry and the Kendall County Food Pantry. Each year these pantries experience a significant reduction in donations after the holidays, limiting their ability to help families who are struggling to avoid homelessness.

This year, youth volunteers and adult supervisors will be accepting monetary and food donations at 8 locations in and around Aurora and in Kendall County.

  • Host a food drive at your place of work. Ask employees to bring non-perishable food items to be gathered and delivered to the Fox Valley United Way office by Friday, Feb. 7. We can help you with posters and flyers for the event. We can also arrange a pick-up to make it easier.
  • Make a monetary donation. Checks should be made payable to the Fox Valley United Way – Feed the Hungry Initiative. Cash donations can also be brought to the Fox Valley United Way office located at 44 East Galena Blvd., Aurora, IL 60505. Or you can contribute by credit card on our website at www.uwfoxvalley.org.
  • Go to your local Jewel-Osco store on Saturday, Feb. 1, between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. and drop off a cash donation or help fill the food bin.

For more information, including a list of locations, please contact Deborah Collins at Fox Valley United Way at (630) 896-4636. You can also visit www.uwfoxvalley.org.

Member News
Attention Montgomery business members: The Village of Montgomery hosts monthly recycling collection events at 10 Civic Center Ave. in front of the Montgomery Police Department from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m on the third Saturday of each month. The recycling events help residents dispose of electronics and other recyclables that are not currently collected curbside. Please note that these recycling events will not accept paint, fluorescent light bulbs, car fluids or tires. Please call (630) 896-8080 ext. 1114 with any questions.

John W. Karesh, M.D., an internist with Dreyer Medical Clinic since 1990, has been named the recipient of the 2013 Dr. John W. Dreyer Award of Excellence. Kuljit S. Kapur, D.O., a physician with Dreyer Medical Clinic’s extended care team, has been certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine by the American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine as well. The Chamber extends our congratulations to them both.

Sikich LLP recently announced the election of five new partners-Joe Kulek, CPA, CCIFP, MBA; Lisa Lutz, CPA; Andrew Paoni, MBA, AIF, CFP; Colleen Redington, CPA; and Michelle Usher, CPA-and welcomed Tom Harty, AIF and Elena Mossina, J.D., L.L.M. to the firm.

In honor of National Mentoring Month, Family Counseling Services’ Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Kane and Kendall Counties is looking for male volunteers by partnering with Buffalo Wild Wings for the 30 Men in 30 Days Challenge. Interested men are asked to visit Buffalo Wild Wings and inquire about becoming a Big Brother at the Aurora location on Jan. 29, and the Oswego location on Jan. 20, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. To learn more about becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister, contact BBBS of Southern Kane & Kendall Counties at (630) 844-9090 or www.aurorafcs.org/bbbs.

Come to Aurora University‘s Adult Degree Completion Open House on Tuesday, Jan. 21 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. and finish what you started in a flexible format built around your busy life. Admission, financial aid and faculty representatives will be available to answer questions. Bring your transcripts for an immediate evaluation of prior college credit. Register at www.aurora.edu/adultopenhouse. For those who wish to further their education, there will also be a Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis Information Session on Thursday, Jan. 23 at 6:00 p.m. (register at www.aurora.edu/abainfo) and a Doctor of Social Work Information Session on Saturday, Jan. 25 at 11:00 a.m. (register at www.aurora.edu/dwsinfo).

Naper Settlement is holding the first of their three-part presentation on “The Columbian Exposition – Through the Eyes of a Visitor” on Tuesday, Jan 21 from 7:00 to 8:15 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person. Adults, teens and young people in 4th through 8th grades who are interested in becoming costumed volunteers at Naper Settlement, and prospective adult volunteers who want to assist in non-costumed positions, are invited to an open house to learn more about volunteering, which will be held from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25. For more information, please call (630) 420-6010.

Feed your intellect and your belly with Floor & Decor‘s Lunch & Learn seminar. Wednesday, Jan. 22′s topic will be Bostik flexible polyurethane grout. Come for breakfast (8:00 a.m.), lunch (12:00 p.m.), or dinner (5:00 p.m.). Email Sherry Shultz at sschultz@flooranddecor.com or text her at (630) 666-9404 to RSVP or find out more about upcoming Lunch & Learns.

Westwood College‘s DuPage campus is hosting a free seminar lead by a local Constant Contact marketing expert on Thursday, Jan. 23 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and later that day from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Sponsored by WSI Digital Consultants, learn tips and strategies to help you grow your business. For more information or to RSVP, call (877) 469-7969. Seating is limited.

Ever wanted to learn how to make your own beer? Come to Hopvine Brewing Company‘s Beer Maker’s Dinner on Wednesday, Jan. 22 from 6:30 to 10:00 p.m. and learn the tricks of the trade. Admission is $60 per person. Contact Kristin at (630)229-6030 or kristin@hopvinebrew.com for more information.

The Growing Place is holding a “Build a Fairy House” workshop at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25 at their Aurora location. For $30, create a magical place for fairies and gnomes using a log, twigs, stones and a variety of ‘found’ items. Class includes a special certificate that can be redeemed after April 1 for creeping thyme and a gnome or a fairy! Registration is required. Call (630) 355-4000 for more information.

The Community Career Center is leading a NOW Networking Group, where women in search of a job-including moms returning to work-can meet and share information, resources and achievements in a friendly and professional atmosphere, on Jan. 27, from 11:00 to 12:30 p.m. For more information, call (630)961-5665, or RSVP at ccc@communitycareercenter.org.

Wellspring Homecare will provide a free lunch at Sunnymere on Wednesday, Jan. 29 at 11:30 a.m. and present on the topic “What Is Home Health Care?” Please Cecelia at (630) 898-7844 x15 by Monday, Jan. 27 to reserve a spot.

Enjoy the big game at Rosary High School Sports Boosters’ 34th Annual Super Bowl Party at The Turf Room on Sunday, Feb. 2. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. until the end of the game. The cost is $38 per person and includes a heavy hors d’oeuvre buffet from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. and complimentary beer and wine from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. Contact Michael Haddad at (630) 804-9122 or mhaddad@central-news.com for more information or register online at www.rosaryhs.com.

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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More Ways to Achieve Your 2014 Business Resolutions

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014
 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)

Welcome New Members

Imagetec
Joan Boldan
2056 Westings Ave., Ste. 180
Naperville, IL 60563
(630) 717-3750
Office Equipment, Supplies & Furniture

American Heartland Bank and Trust
Julie Rutter
John Medernach
799 Heartland Drive
Sugar Grove, IL 60554
(630) 466-3551 Bank

 

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Aurora, Illinois 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180
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Start the Year Off with the Aurora
Regional Chamber
The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce offers many opportunities to assist your business or organization in succeeding. Join us in 2014 and, together, we will see our region prosper. This week we’d like to highlight the following additions to the list of programs and activities for our member businesses:

Progressive Networking Lunch. Friday, Jan. 31, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Start 2014 off right with this progress networking luncheon. As you move from table to table, you will meet new business contacts and network with potential new clients. You will be given 2 – 3 minutes to give your business commercial during each rotation. Cost $25. RSVP by Jan. 29.

2014 Community Map. The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that sales for its upcoming community map are now underway. The 5,000 maps are on target to print this summer, and will be distributed in and around the Chamber service area. More information on the map program may be found on the Chamber’s blog.

Premier Members
Premier Members
Save the Date: Mark Your Calendars
Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, Jan. 14, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber Offices

Business After Hours: KDI Design
Thursday, Jan. 16, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
KDI Design, 427 North Kirk Road, Suite#101, in Geneva
Visit their event invitation here.

Coffee & Connections Networking Event
Tuesday, Jan. 21, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Painters District Council #30, 905 Sequoia Dr., Aurora
Co-sponsored Zippy Shell Fox Valley
Register

Business Development Leads Group 2
Wednesday, Jan. 22, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber Offices

Not-For-Profit Alliance: Constant Contact
Friday, Jan. 24 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Chamber Offices
Register

Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber Offices

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, Jan. 30 from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Drive, Aurora
$15 General Admission
$12 Aurora Chamber Members
Register

Progressive Networking Lunch
Friday, Jan. 31 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Hopvine Brewing Company, 4030 Fox Valley Center Drive, Aurora
$35 General Admission
$25 Aurora Chamber Members
Register

Schedule Your eBlasts for 2014
Dates are now available to market or advertise your business, service or special event. They are a great way to communicate to fellow members. Your message-exclusively sent-to our list of more than 2,400 member addresses, based on availability on Wednesdays or Fridays. Special pre-paid cost of $175 if booked and paid by 1/31. Contact Jane E. Abe, IOM, ACE, Director of Membership for specifics and dates.
Chamber Supports Independent
Redistricting Effort
The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce has added its support to the growing bi-partisan coalition that is working to place an independent redistricting ballot measure on the 2014 general election ballot.

This is an important first step in making our state work better for the citizens and does a lot to shed light on the politicized process of drawing state legislative maps.

As you might imagine, the campaign to get this on the ballot will not be an easy one. The first challenge is to gather over 300,000 signatures so that it can qualify. To get involved in the important work of the Yes for Independent Maps campaign, you can sign-up to circulate petitions now. The campaign will send you petitions and instructions within 24 hours. Will you get your friends, family and neighbors to sign to help get us toward the goal? Make a donation right now. Any amount will help and all amounts are needed.

Together we can make sure this issue appears before voters in 2014. Get involved today so we can put voters back in charge.

Member News
Cabot Microelectronics Corp. in Aurora has received a Supplier of the Year Award from Western Digital Media, a division of Western Digital Corporation, in recognition of its performance in quality, product development and business support in fiscal 2013

Congratulation to The Label Printers for recently winning two prestigious awards for their efforts in making the company’s operations more environmentally sound and sustainable-TLMI’s (Tag and Label Manufacturers Institute) Environmental Leadership Award for the second time in a row (the first time a company has done so), and the State of Illinois’ Governor’s Sustainability Award-also for the second time in a row.

In honor of National Mentoring Month, Family Counseling Services’ Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Kane and Kendall Counties is looking for male volunteers by partnering with Buffalo Wild Wings for the 30 Men in 30 Days Challenge. Interested men are asked to visit Buffalo Wild Wings and inquire about becoming a Big Brother at the Aurora location on Jan 29, and the Oswego location on Jan 13 & 20, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. To learn more about becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister, contact BBBS of Southern Kane & Kendall Counties at (630) 844-9090 or www.aurorafcs.org/bbbs.

CASA Kane County is holding general information meetings for individuals interested in becoming a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer for abused and neglected children on Jan. 14 from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. If you are at least 21 years old and want to learn more, please RSVP to Sarah Baxa at sbaxa@casakanecounty.org for one of these dates.

The Growing Place is holding a “Make a Mosaic Stepping Stone, Flower Pot or Birdhouse” workshop at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18 at their Aurora location. For $65, students will be introduced to all aspects of mosaic art including cutting china and glass, types of adhesives and how to use them, china chard layout, and grouting. Registration is required. Call (630) 355-4000 for more information.

Change a life by becoming a tutor for Waubonsee Community College‘s Adult Literacy Project. Contact Elsie Mills at (630) 801 – 7900, ext. 4221, or emills@waubonsee.edu to preregister for training on January 18 & 25, 2014 (both days required), from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Naper Settlement is holding the first of their three-part presentation on “The Columbian Exposition – Through the Eyes of a Visitor” on Tuesday, Jan 21 from 7:00 to 8:15 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person. Adults, teens and young people in 4th through 8th grades who are interested in becoming costumed volunteers at Naper Settlement, and prospective adult volunteers who want to assist in non-costumed positions, are invited to an open house to learn more about volunteering as well, which will be held from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25. For more information, please call (630) 420-6010.

Westwood College‘s DuPage campus is hosting a free seminar lead by a local Constant Contact marketing expert on Thursday, Jan. 23 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and later that day from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Sponsored by WSI Digital Consultants, learn tips and strategies to help you grow your business. For more information or to RSVP, call (877) 469-7969. Seating is limited.

Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce | 43 W. Galena Blvd. Aurora, Illinois 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180 Fax: (630) 256-3189 | www.aurorachamber.com
This email was sent by Email Patron on behalf of Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce.

 

Chamber Supports Independent Redistricting Effort

Sunday, January 12th, 2014

The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce has added its support to the growing bi-partisan coalition that is working to place an independent redistricting ballot measure on the 2014 general election ballot.

This is an important first step in making our state work better for the citizens and does a lot to shed light on the politicized process of drawing state legislative maps.

As you might imagine, the campaign to get this on the ballot will not be an easy one.  The first challenge is to gather over 300,000 signatures so that it can qualify. To get involved in the important work of the Yes for Independent Maps campaign, you can sign-up to circulate petitions now.  The campaign will send you petitions and instructions within 24 hours.  Will you get your friends, family and neighbors to sign to help get us toward the goal?  Make a donation right now.  Any amount will help and all amounts are needed.

Together we can make sure this issue appears before voters in 2014.  Get involved today so we can put voters back in charge.

Aurora Regional Chamber to Publish New Community Map

Sunday, January 12th, 2014

The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that sales for its upcoming community map are now underway. The 5,000 maps are on target to print this summer, and will be distributed in and around the Chamber service area.

The full-color, glossy community map will feature a street-level community map showing local points of interest — schools, parks, water features, landmarks, tourist attractions, etc. — and county or regional map(s) showing primary and secondary roads and major points of interest. Depending on space, the community map may also include a concise community profile, which highlights local events; important phone numbers; listings for community organizations, shops and restaurants, entertainment and cultural venues; and information about the Chamber of Commerce to create a useful resource guide for current residents and businesses, as well as a promotional piece for those considering relocation.

Advertising in the Aurora community map has unrivaled advantages. The multi-platform advertising bundle goes beyond the traditional print publication to include: a community website, which converts the publication’s editorial, pictures and design elements into a digital format; on-the-go wireless access via various web-enabled devices; and the searchable vpMobile.us® Business Directory Portal, featuring the Chamber’s entire membership directory, available wirelessly, 24/7. Since 1996, the Village Profile® website has seen over 250,000,000 hits from Internet locales around the world and from all manners of users, and the vpmobile.us site totaled more than 8.4 million hits from 2011-2012. This considerable traffic will prove beneficial to the entire Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce community.

This leading-edge, technologically advanced, royalty-generating publishing program is made possible through a partnership between the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce and Chamber member Village Profile®.

For publication and advertising information or to reserve ad space now, contact the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce at (630) 256-3180 or the Sales Representative Barry Kenis at (630) 479-1526 or bkenis@villageprofilemail.com.

We Welcome Our New Members Who Joined in December

Friday, January 10th, 2014

This past December, we welcomed the following to the Aurora Regional Chamber. We encourage you to get to know your fellow members. Remember: Together we can move our region’s business community forward.

 

Follett: Follett delivers print and digital learning materials, retail services, library resources and school management systems to college campuses, elementary schools and everything in-between.

 

JCPenney – Aurora, IL: JCPenney is a national retailer specializing in clothing and home products with a convenient location at Westfield Fox Valley shopping mall as one of the anchor department stores.

 

Fox Valley Nutrition: Fox Valley Nutrition is all about bringing families together by promoting healthy, active lifestyles, bridging nutrition and fitness to make a happy whole.

 

Fidelity National Title: A Fortune 500 company with Chicagoland roots, Fidelity Nationa Title is a national and local leader in the title insurance industry for over 160 years.

 

AmeriChem Systems, Inc.: AmeriChem Systems is a manufacturer of custom engineered modular equipment that is used in power generation and the oil and gas marketplace.

 

Campbell & Turner, LLC: Campbell & Turner are committed to getting companies noticed by providing software as a service, increasing presence and brand awareness with social media and other online marketing tools.