Archive for April, 2014

Member News and Programs from Aurora Chamber

Monday, April 28th, 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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April 28, 2014
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Quick Links

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Elite Members

For more information contact the chamber.

Accurate Personnel
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Bad Monkey Circus
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
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
Delnor Glen Senior Living
Delnor Hospital
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Global Data Sciences
Ice Miller LLP
Junior Achievement of Chicago – Western Division
Konen Insurance Agency
Liberty Mutual – Dawn Tully
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
McKesson
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Old Second National Bank
Organo Gold
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pipefitters Local 597
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush-Copley Medical Center
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
Stumm Insurance, LLC
The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield
The Voice
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
WERV FM Radio (Next Media)
WSPY

Contact Us

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

 

 

2014 State of the City Address

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Illinois Chamber, NFIB Invite You to Employer Action Day
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
President Abraham Lincoln Hotel, 701 E. Adams, Springfield
Registration fee is $49 which includes lunch.
Public Policy News
The Aurora Regional Chamber monitors pending legislation that may have an impact on our business members. If you have questions, or would like to share your thoughts on the Chamber’s legislative agenda, please contact the Chamber.

Follow up on twitter and Facebook for breaking news on public policy action as it happens.

Both House and Senate are in recess and are scheduled to return on Tuesday, April 29. Now is the time to contact your local state legislators and discuss proposed legislation that can impact your business. The General Assembly is set to adjourn May 31.

Mark Your Calendars: Programs for
Member Businesses
State of the City
Thursday, May 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Piper’s Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Rd., Aurora

Diversity Network
A collaboration with Quad County African American Chamber
Tuesday, May 6, at 8:30 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, May 13, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber offices

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

Business After Hours at
Lutheran Bible Translators, Inc.

Thursday, May 15, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Lutheran Bible Translators, 303 N. Lake St., Aurora

Coffee & Connections Networking Event
Tuesday, May 20, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Painters District Council #30, 1905 Sequoia Dr., Aurora
Co-sponsored by Sunnymere, Inc.
Register

Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, May 27, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber offices

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

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, May 29, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Cafe, 55 S. Commons Drive, Aurora
$12 Aurora Chamber members
$15 General Admission
Co-sponsored by Popular Community Bank
Register

Premier Members
Premier Members
Thank You Window World
Thank you to Brian Hopkins and his sales consultants from Window World for sponsoring Aurora Chamber’s April Fox Valley Networking Professionals breakfast.

Window World
Member News
A groundbreaking ceremony was held on April 16 at Naper Settlement for the Rita (Fredenhagen) and John Harvard Early Learning Playscape, a 10,000-square-foot interactive area that is targeted to children from ages two to seven. It will feature a splash pad, a trading post, and many other hands-on activities, and will be accessible to children with special needs. The playscape is set to be completed sometime in July.

Downtown Auroran Magazine‘s Spring 2014 “Music Issue,” which highlights the best in local music, is out now. Pick up an issue of this free arts and culture magazine at many fine local establishments in the Aurora area. Visit www.downtownauroran.wordpress.com for more information.

Congratulations to Jeff Freeman, P.E., CFM, LEED AP, Vice President, of Engineering Enterprises, Inc. (EEI) on receiving the Robert T. Sasman Volunteer Appreciation Award from the Illinois Section American Water Works Association (ISAWWA) on Thursday, March 20th at the Awards Breakfast during WATERCON2014 in Springfield.

The Label Printers has won TLMI’s (Tag and Label Manufacturers Institute, Inc.) Eugene Singer Award for Management Excellence for the fifth time in a row, in their fifth year of eligibility. Congratulations!

Join The Association for Individual Development as they honor clients, volunteers, community supporters and employees who helped make 2013 a success at their Annual Meeting and Award Night at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 7, at Eagle Brook Country Club. A light dinner will be served. Admission is free. Please RSVP to Wendy Bialek by April 29 at (847) 931-2294 or wbialek@the-association.org.

Young girls (ages 12-18), aspiring female entrepreneurs (ages 18-25), and women entrepreneurs are invited to attend the Quad County African American Chamber of Commerce‘s “Women of Influence” presentation on Tuesday, April 29, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Rasmussen College. Admission is $12 for members and $16 for non-members. Contact Linda Hawkinson at lhawkinson@qcaachamber.com for more information.

Learn “LinkedIn: Just the Basics” on Thursday, May 1 at The Community Career Center from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Admissions is free for members, $15 for non-members. RSVP at www.communitycareercenter.org.

The YWCA of Aurora‘s Ready for Anything: Women’s Empowerment Workshops continue with “Living the Bucket List Life,” presented by parenting journalist and author Lara Krupicka, on Thursday, May 1, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the Aurora Police Department Community Room. For more professional development workshops and to register, visit www.ywcaaurora.org/readyforanything.

The Cosmopolitan Club of Aurora invites you to attend their Annual Wine Tasting Event Fundraiser at Fox Valley Winery on Friday, May 2, at 6:30 p.m. There will be raffles, door prizes, and drawings. All proceeds go to benefit research for diabetes, camp scholarships for diabetic children, and Waubonsee Community College scholarships. Contact LaVonne Hawking for tickets at (630) 966-0657.

If you have things you no longer use or want and are looking for someone to take them off your hands, bring them to Sunnymere, Inc.‘s “Gently Used Treasures Sale” on Friday, May 2, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and on Saturday, May 3, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Call Renae at (630) 898-7844 for more information.

Naper Settlement is offering up a packed weekend full of historical fun. On Friday, May 2, join the curatorial staff from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. and explore a different part of the museum’s collection off-site at the Naper Settlement’s Collections Care and Storage Facility. On Saturday, May 3, learn how to preserve family heirlooms at 2:30 p.m. A “Blacksmithing 101″ workshop, a two-session class for ages 18 to adult held from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m., starts Saturdays, May 3, as well and continues on Saturday, May 10. Finally, on Sunday, May 4, come see the presentation of the History Speaks Lecture Series with “Spies and Spying in the Civil War” at 4:00 p.m. Call (630) 420-6010 for pricing and registration.

The Growing Place invites you to their “Quick Tips: Planting for Success” on Saturday, May 3 and Sunday, May 4, at both of their locations. Visit interactive displays throughout the day. At 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., horticulturists will spend ten minutes sharing quick tips on planting techniques and answering questions.

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 May 10 and 17, 2014 (both days required), from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Chick-fil-a presents Leadercast on Friday, May 9, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at The Compass Church of Naperville. Come listen to leaders in such fields as journalism, business, and psychology. To find out more and to see a full list of speakers, go to http://leadercast.com/location/napervillethecompass.

Head to the Fox and Hound English Pub for Ladies’ Night on Friday, May 9, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., and shop local vendors, including Tastefully Simple, Younique, Lia Sophia, Passion Parties, Origami Owl, Jamberry, MaryKay, Muchacha Salsa, Usborne Books, Vitality Chiropractic and many more. Contact Brandy at 65016.ec@lastcallopco.com for details.

Come to Pure Health‘s Community Shred-it Event on Saturday, May 10, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and safety destroy old documents. Attend and win prizes, including a $500 Visa gift card. Pure Health will provide water, snacks, and tours of their facility as well.

The Menta Group and Employment First-Team Transition invite interested employers to join them Tuesday, May 13, for the 2014 Transition Fair at White Pines Country Club, 500 W. Jefferson Street, Bensenville. Students will be on hand from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Participating Chamber members include Fox Valley Park District, Waubonsee Community College, and Association for Individual Development. For details and information, contact The Menta Group.

The Beacon-News is proud to launch a series of events hosted by Editor-in-Chief Robert K. Elder and newly appointed vice president of digital content for Sun-Times Media Local. Join the Beacon-News at the kick-off of this community listening tour Wednesday, May 14, from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at the Copley Theatre, 8 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. RSVP to Nancy Stuenkel.

Here is what My Fathers Hands is offering… Golf at Orchard Valley Golf Course, Insanely awesome Kristoff Cigars, Ice Cold Samuel Adams Beers, and all happening Friday afternoon before Memorial Day Weekend… Registration ends in a few weeks, and it is already starting to fill up. Don’t miss this event!

Aurora Area Convention & Visitors Bureau will host a stop on Downtown Aurora First Fridays on May 2 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. to kick off National Travel & Tourism Week. Stop by 43 W. Galena Boulevard and see some great artwork featuring trains by Aurora firefighter Mark Robinson and enjoy some refreshments.

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.

State of the City Sold Out; More News from Aurora Chamber

Monday, April 21st, 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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April 21, 2014
In This Issue

 

Quick Links

Follow Us!
Facebook Twitter Blog

Elite Members

For more information contact the chamber.

Accurate Personnel
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Bad Monkey Circus
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
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
Delnor Glen Senior Living
Delnor Hospital
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Global Data Sciences
Ice Miller LLP
Junior Achievement of Chicago – Western Division
Konen Insurance Agency
Liberty Mutual – Dawn Tully
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
McKesson
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Old Second National Bank
Organo Gold
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pipefitters Local 597
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush-Copley Medical Center
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
Stumm Insurance, LLC
TCE Company
The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield
The Voice
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
WERV FM Radio (Next Media)
WSPY
Zippy Shell Fox Valley

Welcome New Members

Leave Me Bee Pest Control, Inc.
Tito & Yolanda Dunn – Owners
721 N. Commonwealth Ave.
Aurora, IL 60506
(630) 848-9990
Pest Control

Kane County Fair
Chris Unger
P.O. Box 467
St. Charles, IL 60174
(630) 584-6926
County Fair

Villa Park Office Equipment
Annette Hernandez
1120 N. Villa Ave.
Villa Park, IL 60181
(630) 279-2312
Office Furniture
Referred by Sally Gaigalas – 95.9 The River Radio

 

Contact Us

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

 

 

Businesses, Community Turn Out
for Pathways Event
Pathways Event

Above (from left) Mike Purcell, on behalf of Oswego District 308 Superintendent Dr. Matthew Wendt; Dr. Kathy Birkett, Indian Prairie District 204 Superintendent; Dr. Christine Sobek, Waubonsee Community College President; Mayor Tom Weisner; Dr. Jim Rydland, Aurora West District 129 Superintendent; Dr. Michael Popp, Aurora East District 131 Superintendent; and Joseph Henning, Aurora Chamber President and CEO, sign the memorandum of understanding in support of the Aurora Regional Pathways to Prosperity initiative.

Pathways Event

More than 100 business and community leaders turned out to celebrate the next phase of the Aurora Regional Pathways for Prosperity event at the Paramount Theatre last week. Key to the event was the signing of the memorandum of understanding and commitment to develop pathways in information technology, advanced manufacturing, and health sciences for our high school students for implementation beginning the fall of 2015. Business champions in the three areas were recognized.
2014 State of the City Address
Thursday, May 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Piper’s Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Rd., Aurora

Mayor Thomas J. Weisner We are sorry. This event has sold out. Registration has closed for this event. If you would like to be placed on a waiting list, please e-mail contact information to info@aurorachamber.com. We will notify you of availability. As a reminder, cancelations must be received by Thursday, April 24, for refund. No refunds after April 24.

Thank you to our Event Sponsors:

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Illinois Chamber, NFIB Invite You to Employer Action Day
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
President Abraham Lincoln Hotel, 701 E. Adams, Springfield
Registration fee is $49 which includes lunch.
Public Policy News
The Aurora Regional Chamber monitors pending legislation that may have an impact on our business members. If you have questions, or would like to share your thoughts on the Chamber’s legislative agenda, please contact the Chamber.

Follow up on twitter and Facebook for breaking news on public policy action as it happens.

Both House and Senate are in recess and are scheduled to return on Tuesday, April 29. Now is the time to contact your local state legislators and discuss proposed legislation that can impact your business. The General Assembly is set to adjourn May 31.

Mark Your Calendars: Programs for
Member Businesses
Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, April 22, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber offices

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

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, April 24, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Cafe, 55 S. Commons Drive, Aurora
$12 Aurora Chamber members
$15 General Admission
Co-sponsored by Window World
Register

Not-For-Profit Alliance:
Legal Issues & Managing Volunteers

Friday, April 25, from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m.
Chamber Offices
Sponsored by SmithAmundsen LLC
Register

State of the City
Thursday, May 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Piper’s Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Rd., Aurora
$35 Aurora Chamber members
$50 General Admission
Register

Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, May 13, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber offices

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

Business After Hours at
Lutheran Bible Translators, Inc.

Thursday, May 15, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Lutheran Bible Translators, 303 N. Lake St., Aurora

Premier Members
Premier Members
Ribbon Cuttings
TGM Springbrook

TGM Springbrook, 4101 Chesapeake Dr., Aurora

Mind and Body Chiropractic

Mind and Body Chiropractic, 3535 E. New York St., Aurora

Maurices

Maurices, 1720 Orchard Gateway Blvd., North Aurora

Member News
The Menta Group and Employment First-Team Transition invite interested employers to join them Tuesday, May 13, for the 2014 Transition Fair at White Pines Country Club, 500 W. Jefferson Street, Bensenville. Students will be on hand from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Participating Chamber members include Fox Valley Park District, Waubonsee Community College, and Association for Individual Development. For details and information, contact The Menta Group.

Triple Threat Mentoring is teaming up with Communities In Schools of Aurora again for My Time events-high-quality after school programs that focus on engaging about 500 middle school students in the area. Police Chief Greg Thomas recently praised this program and others like it for their crime prevention efforts.

Cadence Health has recently named Maureen Bryant president of Delnor Hospital in Geneva and executive vice president of Cadence Health. Congratulations!

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) has awarded a $400,000 grant to The Fox Valley Park District for the redevelopment of Copley I Park near downtown Aurora. The plan to revitalize the park includes a new playground with an adjacent adult fitness area, new shelter, new restrooms, ball field improvements that include new lights, fencing and drainage, and a renovated basketball half-court.

If you are a nonprofit or a church that is worried about financial obligations of the future, consider opening up an Agency Endowment Fund with The Community Foundation of the Fox Valley River Valley. Right now, the Foundation is matching deposits of $5,000, creating a $10,000 Agency Endowment Fund. Call for more information.

Jim and Jason Ebel, founders of Two Brothers Brewing Co., are partnering up with George Fisher of Cavalier Distributing to launch Cavalier Distributing of Arizona. The partnership is expected to bring some year-round and seasonal brews to Phoenix, AZ later this season.

The Aurora Township Youth Service presents “Bullying & Social Conflict: Prevention, Intervention & Reconciliation” with award-winning author Carrie Goldman at the Prisco Community Center on Tuesday, April 22, from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. Learn about clear, research-based strategies on how best to respond to peer victimization and social conflict. Contact Sarah Paul for more information at (630) 859-7501 or sarah.p@auroratownship.org.

“Rock Around the Clock” on Thursday, April 24, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. and help Sunnymere, Inc. raise money to fix their antique Grandfather Clock in time for their 75th Anniversary. Individuals or groups can sign up to rock, or to donate to the ‘rockers.’ Call Cecelia at (630) 898-7844 for more information.

KDI Design, Inc. is hosting their Fifth Annual Vegas Night for Breast Cancer Awareness on Friday, April 25, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at CityGate Grille. Come for gaming, dancing, live music, a silent auction and more. Tickets are $45 per person, $50 at the door. Contact Ginny DeWitt at Ginny@kdidesign.com for more info.

The Growing Place invites you to their “Shady Characters: Pretty Plants that Thrive in Shade” workshop at their Aurora location on Saturday, April 26, at 10:00 a.m. Find out what plants prefer the shade and offer flowers, color and texture. Discussion will center on annuals, perennials, combinations, tips and techniques for success. Admission is free.

The 4th Annual Hoops for the Troops, presented by the Fox Valley Marines Det. 1233 and Riverfront Chrysler-Jeep, Dodge Ram, will be at the Vaughan Center on April 26 and 27, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. All proceeds go to benefit Friends of Fischer House, veterans, and their families. For more information, please email hoopsforthetroops@yahoo.com.

Young girls (ages 12-18), aspiring female entrepreneurs (ages 18-25), and women entrepreneurs are invited to attend the Quad County African American Chamber of Commerce‘s “Women of Influence” presentation on Tuesday, April 29, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Rasmussen College. Admission is $12 for members and $16 for non-members. Contact Linda Hawkinson at lhawkinson@qcaachamber.com for more information.

Join The Association for Individual Development as they honor clients, volunteers, community supporters and employees who helped make 2013 a success at their Annual Meeting and Award Night at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 7, at Eagle Brook Country Club. A light dinner will be served. Admission is free. Please RSVP to Wendy Bialek by April 29 at (847) 931-2294 or wbialek@the-association.org.

Learn “LinkedIn: Just the Basics” on Thursday, May 1 at The Community Career Center from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Admissions is free for members, $15 for non-members. RSVP at www.communitycareercenter.org.

The YWCA of Aurora‘s Ready for Anything: Women’s Empowerment Workshops continue with “Living the Bucket List Life,” presented by parenting journalist and author Lara Krupicka, on Thursday, May 1, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the Aurora Police Department Community Room. For more professional development workshops and to register, visit www.ywcaaurora.org/readyforanything.

The Cosmopolitan Club of Aurora invites you to attend their Annual Wine Tasting Event Fundraiser at Fox Valley Winery on Friday, May 2, at 6:30 p.m. There will be raffles, door prizes, and drawings. All proceeds go to benefit research for diabetes, camp scholarships for diabetic children, and Waubonsee Community College scholarships. Contact LaVonne Hawking for tickets at (630) 966-0657.

Naper Settlement is offering up a packed weekend full of historical fun. On Friday, May 2, join the curatorial staff from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. and explore a different part of the museum’s collection off-site at the Naper Settlement’s Collections Care and Storage Facility. On Saturday, May 3, learn how to preserve family heirlooms at 2:30 p.m. A “Blacksmithing 101″ workshop, a two-session class for ages 18 to adult held from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m., starts Saturdays, May 3, as well and continues on Saturday, May 10. Finally, on Sunday, May 4, come see the presentation of the History Speaks Lecture Series with “Spies and Spying in the Civil War” at 4:00 p.m. Call (630) 420-6010 for pricing and registration.

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.

Your Weekly Aurora Chamber Newsletter Has Arrived

Monday, April 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.
Header
April 14, 2014
In This Issue

 

Quick Links

Follow Us!
Facebook Twitter Blog

Elite Members

For more information contact the chamber.

Accurate Personnel
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Bad Monkey Circus
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
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
Delnor Glen Senior Living
Delnor Hospital
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Fox Valley Country Club
Global Data Sciences
Ice Miller LLP
Junior Achievement of Chicago – Western Division
Konen Insurance Agency
Liberty Mutual – Dawn Tully
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
McKesson
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
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
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush-Copley Medical Center
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
Stumm Insurance, LLC
TCE Company
The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield
The Voice
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
WERV FM Radio (Next Media)
WSPY
Zippy Shell Fox Valley

Contact Us

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

 

 

Public Policy News
The Aurora Regional Chamber monitors pending legislation that may have an impact on our business members. If you have questions, or would like to share your thoughts on the Chamber’s legislative agenda, please contact the Chamber.

Follow up on twitter and Facebook for breaking news on public policy action as it happens.

Last Friday was the deadline for bills to be considered on third reading in their house of origin. Both House and Senate are in recess for the next two weeks and scheduled to return on Tuesday, April 29. Now is the time to contact your local state legislators and discuss proposed legislation that can impact your business. The General Assembly is set to adjourn May 31.

In recent developments:

  • Millionaire’s Tax Is Dead. For weeks chambers across the state have been advocating against Speaker Madigan’s proposal (HJRCA 51) to asses a 3% “surcharge” on individual income tax payers with income over $1 million as it would adversely affect small businesses and kill jobs in Illinois. With your assistance, this week we were successful at stopping the proposal for the remainder of legislative session as it became apparent the Speaker failed to secure the votes needed to pass the legislation.
  • Status of Illinois’ Flat Tax. While a possible “millionaires” tax is off the table in the House, Senator Don Harmon continues to push for a constitutional amendment to allow for a graduated/progressive income tax in the Senate. SJRCA 40 provides what is being referred to as the “Fair Tax” legislation and would allow a graduated income tax system for both individuals and corporations. Prior proposals have applied to only individual taxpayers. His proposal currently calls for three tax brackets for individuals:
    $0 to $12,500 – 2.9% tax rate
    $12,500 to $180,000 – 4.9% tax rate
    $180,000 and up – 6.9% tax rateTaxpayers are encouraged to use the Progressive Tax Calculator to see how much a progressive tax would potentially cost them versus the flat-tax system that currently exists.
  • Minimum Wage Bill Passes Senate Executive Committee. SB 68 amends the Minimum Wage Law. It increases the Illinois minimum wage to $9.25 per hour on October 1, 2014, $10 per hour on July 1, 2015, and $10.65 per hour on July 1, 2016. The Chamber opposes SB 68 which is on third reading in the Senate. Illinois currently has the highest minimum wage in the Midwest at $8.25 an hour and the highest corporate income tax rate in the industrialized world which creates a disadvantage for businesses to create jobs and remain competitive. Business associations throughout the state oppose the legislation which has generated more than 15,000 letters in opposition from businesses in recent days. If you have not already sent a letter, click here.
Illinois Chamber, NFIB Invite You to Employer Action Day
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
President Abraham Lincoln Hotel, 701 E. Adams, Springfield
Registration fee is $49 which includes lunch.
Board Nominations Sought
The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for members willing to be considered to serve on the Board of Directors. All eligible nominees will be considered by the nominating committee. Nominations may be found online. Forms should be returned by Wednesday, April 23, at 5:00 p.m.

A Board of Directors governs the business, property, and affairs of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. The Board is responsible for establishing policy, budgets, and the guidance of affairs. The Board is composed of up to twenty-two (22) persons who shall be members in good standing of the Chamber. Directors are elected for a term of three (3) years which are staggered so that approximately one-third of the directors are elected each year. Vacancies in the board shall be filled by a majority vote of the remaining directors.

To be considered to be a Director, nominees must be members in good standing. Members who have served as a Director in the past should have had one year pass after the expiration of their term before seeking re-election.

2014 State of the City Address
Mayor Thomas J. Weisner Thursday, May 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Piper’s Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Rd., Aurora
$35 Aurora Chamber members
$50 General Admission

Register

Thank you to our Event Sponsors:

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Mark Your Calendars: Programs for
Member Businesses
Ribbon Cutting
Tuesday, April 15, at 11:00 a.m.
TGM Springbrook, 4101 Chesapeake Dr., Aurora

Ribbon Cutting
Wednesday, April 16, at 12:00 p.m.
Mind and Body Chiropractic, 3535 E. New York St., Aurora

Ribbon Cutting
Thursday, April 17, at 12:00 p.m.
Maurices, 1720 Orchard Gateway Blvd., North Aurora

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

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

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, April 24, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Cafe, 55 S. Commons Drive, Aurora
$12 Aurora Chamber members
$15 General Admission
Co-sponsored by Window World
Register

Not-For-Profit Alliance:
Legal Issues & Managing Volunteers

Friday, April 25, from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m.
Chamber Offices
Sponsored by SmithAmundsen LLC
Register

State of the City
Thursday, May 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Piper’s Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Rd., Aurora
$35 Aurora Chamber members
$50 General Admission
Register

Premier Members
Premier Members
Thank You
Ryland Homes

On behalf of the record number of attendees at the State of the Village Address last week, the Aurora Chamber would like to thank Village President Dale Berman and the Village team for sharing an update on North Aurora’s activities. Also, thank you to Oak Street Restaurant for hosting.

Ryland Homes

A special thank you goes out to Ryland Homes for being a sponsor of The State of the Village (North Aurora) Luncheon last week. We greatly appreciate their support and dedication. Thanks to them, the event was a resounding success.
Member News
On April 7, the West Aurora School District #129 School Board appointed long-time community volunteer Ira Lathan to fill a seat left vacant by a recent resignation. Lathan is a former West Aurora math teacher and currently an IT specialist at PolySystems, an actuarial firm based in Chicago. He will serve until the election of April 2015.

Congratulations to Crawford, Murphy & Tilly, Inc. (CMT) for being named Design Firm of the Year for 2014 by ENR Midwest, an Engineering News Record publication that covers Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin. CMT’s selection is the result of its rise in revenue, increase in high-profile projects, and leadership in both promoting diversity and green practices.

NAI Hiffman is pleased to present its First Quarter 2014 Market Peek, a sneak peek at the market statistics for the Chicago Metropolitan office and industrial real estate markets. To find out more, please contact Craig Hurvitz, Director of Statistics and Market Information, at (630) 693-0645 or churvitz@hiffman.com.

This April and May, head to Hotel Arista Spa and Salon and save up to $35 on special spa packages, including facials, massages, and body treatments. To book an appointment or get more information, call (630) 579-3650.

The Community Career Center is currently holding several workshops, including “Managing Your Finances” on Tuesday, April 15; “Age and Interviewing” on Thursday, April 17; and “LinkedIn: Just the Basics” on Thursday, April 24. All programs are from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. and are free for center members, $15 for non-members. RSVP at www.communitycareercenter.org.

Billy Grisack-musician, blogger, producer-will be speaking about “How to Really Sell Merch” at Backthird Audio as they host the Chicago PLUG Network on Tuesday, April 15, at 7:00 p.m. Registration is $5. Sign up http://theplugnetwork.com/category/chicago/.

Support the Association for Individual Development by buying a raffle ticket ($1) or six ($5) at AID’s Elgin or Aurora facilities, online, or by contacting Wendy at (847) 931-2294 or wbialek@the-association.org. You could win one of two Easter baskets for your child. The drawing will be Wednesday, April 16. All proceeds benefit individuals with disabilities, mental illness and special needs and helps them to achieve independence and community inclusion.

Refresh your soul at Presence Fox Knoll‘s Lenten Reflection and Mass on Wednesday, April 16, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Enjoy a light lunch after Mass. Call (877) 737-4636 to register for this free event.

The Fox Valley Park District‘s Blackberry Farm is holding a Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt on Thursday, April 17, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. for middle school students. There will be a DJ, dinner, hay rides, prizes, and giveaways. Admission is $15 for residents and $20 for non-residents. Please register at (630) 892-1550.

The Growing Place invites you to their “Landscaping 101: Incorporating Natives” workshop at their Aurora location on Saturday, April 19, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Find out which natives politely intermingle and offer flowers, low maintenance and attract pollinators. Admission is free.

The Aurora Township Youth Service presents “Bullying & Social Conflict: Prevention, Intervention & Reconciliation” with award-winning author Carrie Goldman at the Prisco Community Center on Tuesday, April 22, from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. Learn about clear, research-based strategies on how best to respond to peer victimization and social conflict. Contact Sarah Paul for more information at (630) 859-7501 or sarah.p@auroratownship.org.

“Rock Around the Clock” on Thursday, April 24, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. and help Sunnymere, Inc. raise money to fix their antique Grandfather Clock in time for their 75th Anniversary. Individuals or groups can sign up to rock, or to donate to the ‘rockers.’ Call Cecelia at (630)898-7844 for more information.

KDI Design, Inc. is hosting their Fifth Annual Vegas Night for Breast Cancer Awareness on Friday, April 25, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at CityGate Grille. Come for gaming, dancing, live music, a silent auction and more. Tickets are $45 per person, $50 at the door. Contact Ginny DeWitt at Ginny@kdidesign.com for more info.

The 4th Annual Hoops for the Troops, presented by the Fox Valley Marines Det. 1233 and Riverfront Chrysler-Jeep, Dodge Ram, will be at the Vaughan Center on April 26 & 27, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. All proceeds go to benefit Friends of Fischer House, veterans, and their families. For more information, please email hoopsforthetroops@yahoo.com.

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Membership Lunch, Public Policy, Member News

Monday, April 7th, 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
Bad Monkey Circus
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
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
Delnor Glen Senior Living
Delnor Hospital
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Fox Valley Country Club
Global Data Sciences
Ice Miller LLP
Junior Achievement of Chicago – Western Division
Konen Insurance Agency
Liberty Mutual – Dawn Tully
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
McKesson
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
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
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush-Copley Medical Center
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
Stumm Insurance, LLC
TCE Company
The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield
The Voice
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
WERV FM Radio (Next Media)
WSPY
Zippy Shell Fox Valley

Welcome New Members

Team Transition–Employment First
Jim Lundstrom
195 Poplar Place
North Aurora, IL 60542
(630) 907-2400
Community-based Organization

Rainbow International of Aurora
James King
2150 Jericho Rd.
Aurora, IL 60506
(331) 212-3700
Fire Restoration

 

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Mail: 43 W. Galena Blvd.
Aurora, Illinois 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180
Fax: (630) 256-3189
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State of the Village 2014
This Wednesday, April 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Registration Deadline: Today at 5:00 p.m.Dale Berman
Oak Street Restaurant & Bar, 945 Oak St., North Aurora
$25 Aurora Chamber members
$30 General Admission
Register

Sponsored by:

Ryland Homes

 

Public Policy News
The Aurora Regional Chamber monitors pending legislation that may have an impact on our business members. If you have questions, or would like to share your thoughts on the Chamber’s legislative agenda, please contact the Chamber.

Follow up on twitter and Facebook for breaking news on public policy action as it happens.

In recent developments:

  • Minimum Wage Bill Passes Senate Executive Committee. SB 68 amends the Minimum Wage Law. It increases the Illinois minimum wage to $9.25 per hour on October 1, 2014, $10 per hour on July 1, 2015, and $10.65 per hour on July 1, 2016. The Chamber opposes SB 68 which is on third reading in the Senate. Illinois currently has the highest minimum wage in the Midwest at $8.25 an hour and the highest corporate income tax rate in the industrialized world which creates a disadvantage for businesses to create jobs and remain competitive. Business associations throughout the state oppose the legislation which has generated more than 15,000 letters in opposition from businesses in recent days. If you have not already sent a letter, click here.
  • Status of Illinois’ Flat Tax. The House Revenue & Finance Committee voted against sending HJRCA33 to the full House; sponsored by Rep. Naomi Jakobsson, seeks to amend the Illinois Constitution to eliminate the current flat tax with a graduated income tax. Recently, Americans for Prosperity Foundation Illinois unveiled a Progressive Tax Calculator that shows how the proposed progressive income tax would impact households in Illinois. Taxpayers are encouraged to use the Progressive Tax Calculator to see how much a progressive tax would potentially cost them versus the flat-tax system that currently exists.In addition, the Chamber opposes Senate Joint Resolution Constitutional Amendment 40 (Harmon), which proposes to put a constitutional amendment on the ballot that would permit a graduated rate for the state income tax on individuals and corporations. It provides that there may be one tax on the income of individuals and corporations, that this may be a tax where lower rates apply to lower income levels and higher rates apply to higher income levels. SJRCA advanced out of a subcommittee and will be heard in the full Senate Executive Committee.
  • A Millionaire’s Tax? Much coverage was provided on House Speaker Michael Madigan’s proposed HJRCA51 which proposes a three percent surcharge on any taxpayer reporting net income of more than one million dollars. As presented, it would also impact partnerships, trusts, and subchapter S employers. In order to change the Illinois Constitution, HJRCA51 must first pass each chamber of the General Assembly with a supermajority (71 votes in the House and 36 votes in the Senate). Upon passage, the question will then appear on the November ballot where it will require approval of the electorate in the State. Passed by the House Revenue & Finance Committee last week, the proposal will now go to the full House.
Board Nominations Sought
The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for members willing to be considered to serve on the Board of Directors. All eligible nominees will be considered by the nominating committee. Nominations may be found online. Forms should be returned by Wednesday, April 23, at 5:00 p.m.

A Board of Directors governs the business, property, and affairs of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. The Board is responsible for establishing policy, budgets, and the guidance of affairs. The Board is composed of up to twenty-two (22) persons who shall be members in good standing of the Chamber. Directors are elected for a term of three (3) years which are staggered so that approximately one-third of the directors are elected each year. Vacancies in the board shall be filled by a majority vote of the remaining directors.

To be considered to be a Director, nominees must be members in good standing. Members who have served as a Director in the past should have had one year pass after the expiration of their term before seeking re-election.

 

2014 State of the City Address
Mayor Thomas J. Weisner Thursday, May 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Piper’s Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Rd., Aurora
$35 Aurora Chamber members
$50 General Admission

Register

Thank you to our Event Sponsors:

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Mark Your Calendars: Programs for
Member Businesses
Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, April 8, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber offices

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

State of the Village
Wednesday, April 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Oak Street Restaurant & Bar, 945 Oak St., North Aurora
$25 Aurora Chamber members
$30 General Admission
Sponsored by Ryland Homes
Register

Ambassador Committee
Thursday, April 10, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Chamber offices

Experience Aurora Homeownership Expo
Saturday, April 12, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
River Street Plaza, 140 S. River Street, Downtown Aurora

Ribbon Cutting
Tuesday, April 15, at 11:00 a.m.
TGM Springbrook, 4104 Ogden Ave., Aurora

Ribbon Cutting
Wednesday, April 16, at 12:00 p.m.
Mind and Body Chiropractic, 3535 E. New York St., Aurora

Ribbon Cutting
Thursday, April 17, at 12:00 p.m.
Maurices, 1720 Orchard Gateway Blvd., North Aurora

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

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

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, April 24, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Cafe, 55 S. Commons Drive, Aurora
$12 Aurora Chamber members
$15 General Admission
Co-sponsored by Window World
Register

Not-For-Profit Alliance:
Legal Issues & Managing Volunteers

Friday, April 25, from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m.
Chamber Offices
Sponsored by SmithAmundsen LLC
Register

State of the City
Thursday, May 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Piper’s Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Rd., Aurora
$35 Aurora Chamber members
$50 General Admission
Register

Premier Members
Premier Members
Member News
 

In conjunction with the Dunham Fund, Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley recently announced that it has partnered with OnLight Aurora to help address local community needs through its “Doing Our Part” initiative. The Dunham Fund has agreed to provide a $1 for $1 match, up to $250,000 for all funds raised by the Community Foundation. All monies raised will be placed in a fund at the Community Foundation and used to assist local organizations in accessing the fiber optic capabilities at a significantly reduced rate.In 2013, OnLight Aurora provided connectivity to educational institutions, non-profit organizations and an array of businesses, including West Aurora School District 129, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, Aurora University, Alarm Detection Systems and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.

The Dunham Fund has also pledged a $250,000 challenge grant to the Aurora Civic Center Authority to benefit the Paramount Theatre 2014 Broadway Series and RiverEdge Park productions.

Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley is pleased to announce that Austin Dempsey has been recently selected as the newest member of the Foundation’s Board of Directors. The selection was confirmed at the Foundation’s Annual Meeting last month.

Engineering Enterprises, Inc. recently attended WATERCON2014-Illinois’s largest water and wastewater conference. They presented on “Renovation Realities of a Lime Softening Treatment Plant” and “Non-Revenue Water Reduction: From Audit to Action,” and Jeff Freeman, EEI’s Vice President, accepted the inaugural Robert T. Sasman Volunteer Appreciation Award. It was a great way to celebrate 40 years of excellence in the civil engineering and land surveying field.

Congratulations to The Label Printers for winning the Tag and Label Manufacturers Institute Inc.’s prestigious Eugene Singer Award for Management Excellence – Medium Category – for the fifth time in a row, in their fifth year of eligibility.

This April and May, head to Hotel Arista Spa and Salon and save up to $35 on special spa packages, including facials, massages, and body treatments. To book an appointment or get more information, call (630) 579-3650.

Join the YWCA this week, April 6-12, in promoting high-quality early learning opportunities for all young children by reading Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert to a child. Fill out a reading log and email it or mail it back to the YWCA’s office and help them reach their Record Reading Goal!

The Community Career Center is currently presenting Accenture Skills to Succeed. Upcoming workshops include “Interviewing Skills” on Tuesday, April 8; “Networking Skills” on Thursday, April 10; “Managing Your Finances” on Tuesday, April 15; and “Age and Interviewing” on Thursday, April 17. All programs are from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. and are free for center members, $15 for non-members. RSVP at www.communitycareercenter.org.

Explore Aurora University‘s Graduate Programs Open House on Thursday, April 10, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Meet with graduate faculty to discuss program options. Admission representatives and financial aid counselors also will be available to answer your questions. To register, go to www.aurora.edu/gradopenhouse.

The public is invited to attend the Aurora Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Annual Meeting at J&K Halfmoon Tavern in Hinckley on Thursday, April 10, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. There will be food, refreshments, revelry, games, prizes, and more! Admission is $30. Please contact (630) 256-3192 or Ellen@enjoyaurora.com for more information or to register.

Come Friday, April 11, to Waubonsee Community College‘s Spring Job and Internship Fair from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Academic and Professional Center. Attend workshops and make connections at this free event-no pre-registration required. For more information, visit www.waubonsee.edu/jobfairs.

The City of Aurora, Centrue Bank, BMO Harris Bank, Realtor Association of the Fox Valley, and numerous businesses and organizations will host “Experience Aurora Homeownership Expo” Saturday, April 12, from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at River Street Plaza in Downtown Aurora. Tours, assistance programs, open houses, food and fun are on the agenda for the program.

The Aurora Youth Summit, for students 13-20, was created for the purpose of increasing the number of adolescents involved in their community and future. It will be held at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) on Saturday, April 12, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. A number of resources will be available to students who attend the Summit including scholarship information, leadership skills, job opportunities, information on FAFSA, as well as inspirational speakers. Applications may be obtained by contacting barbara.hernandez18@gmail.com.

The Growing Place invites you to their “From Garden to Table: Cooking Sampler” workshop at their Aurora location on Saturday, April 12, from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. Sample recipes inspired by spring’s first fruits and flavors. The focus will be strawberries, early salads and creative uses for early herbs. Look for more free cooking samplers throughout the season.

St. Andrews Country Club is hosting a special fundraiser and presentation to benefit the Open Door Clinic on Saturday, April 12, from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. Five-time Olympic medalist Greg Louganis will be on hand to talk about his life as a positive gay male, Olympian and person with HIV/AIDS. Tickets are $50 per person with limited seating available. Contact Lynne Kennedy at lynnek@opendoorclinic.org for more information.

Boys and girls, ages 6 to 15, are invited to come out to the Vaughan Athletic Center on Sunday, April 13, from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. for the NFL Pass, Punt, and Kick Competition, sponsored by the Fox Valley Park District, West Aurora School District #129, and East Aurora School District #131. The top boy and girl finishers in each group will move on to sectionals. For more information, contact Anna Kish at (630) 897-0516 or akish@fvpd.net.

Combine a love of food with a love of history at Naper Settlement with “Food Revolution: How the Civil War Changed Food in America” presented by Dr. Bruce Kraig, the founding President of Culinary Historians of Chicago on Sunday, April 13, from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. Tickets are $6 in advance and $7 at the door. Student discounts available. Call (630) 420-6010 for more information or to register.

Refresh your soul at Presence Fox Knoll‘s Lenten Reflection and Mass on Wednesday, April 16, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Enjoy a light lunch after Mass. RSVP by April 11. Call (877) 737-4636 to register for this free event.

The Fox Valley Park District‘s Blackberry Farm is holding a Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt on Thursday, April 17, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. for middle school students. There will be a DJ, dinner, hay rides, prizes, and giveaways. Admission is $15 for residents and $20 for non-residents. Please register at (630) 892-1550 before April 11.

SPARK and the Fox Valley Park District will host this year’s Week of the Young Child event on April 12, 2014, at Prisco Community Center, 150 W Illinois Ave. from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Children, parents, grandparents, caregivers, teachers, and community members are invited to celebrate the Week of the Young Child.  This free event will feature entertainment and activities for children and resources for their parents and caregivers. 

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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