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This Week’s News for Aurora Chamber Members

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

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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95.9 The River
Above Board Indoor Environmental
Accurate Personnel
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Bad Monkey Circus Agency: Websites-Video
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Basils Greek Dining
BKD, LLP
BMO Harris – Bilter Rd.
BMO Harris – Eola Rd.
BMO Harris – Lake St.
BMO Harris – N. Farnsworth Ave.
BMO Harris – W. Indian Trail
CARSTAR North Aurora Collision Center
Caterpillar, Inc.
Chicago Premium Outlets
Chicago Tribune Media Group
ComEd
Continental Acura of Naperville
Continental Audi of Naperville
Continental Mazda of Naperville
Copy King Office Solutions, Inc.
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Ice Miller LLP
Idilus, LLC
ieple, LLC.
K-Rise Systems, Inc.
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency
Leave Me Bee Pest Control, Inc.
Magnetrol International, Incorporated
Martin Whalen Office Solutions
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Northwestern Medicine
Cadence Fitness & Health Center
Cadence Health Convenient Care & Medical Offices
Central DuPage Hospital
Delnor Glen Senior Living
Delnor Hospital
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
Old Second National Bank
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pipe Fitters Local 597
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Resurrection Lutheran Church/School
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush-Copley Medical Center
Ryland Homes – Ingham Park
S&S Metal Recyclers II
Safeguard Construction Company, Inc.
Sign*A*Rama – Aurora
Sleepy’s – Farnsworth
Sleepy’s – North Aurora
Sleepy’s – Rt. 59
SmithAmundsen, LLC
Sprint
St. Charles Bank & Trust
State Farm Insurance Companies
The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield
The Voice
Trust Lending
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
WIT-Enterprises, LLC
WSPY
Zippy Shell Fox Valley

Welcome New Members

DeVry University
Mary Wahlbeck
2056 Westings Ave., Ste. 40
Naperville, IL 60563
(630) 428-9086
Education

Edward Jones – Forrest White
Forrest White
2 Hankes Rd., Ste. A
Aurora, IL 60506
(630) 859-1749
Investments

BI-TORQ Valve Automation
Richard Caudillo
1N050 Linlar Dr.
La Fox, IL 60147
(630) 208-9343
Manufacturers

ABLE Academy
Candice Gizweski
425 N. Eola Rd., Ste. A
Aurora, IL 60502
(630) 999-0401
Education

 

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

 

 

Community Invited to Join Waubonsee in Envisioning the Future
Waubonsee Community College invites community members to take part in the upcoming Vision 2050 Roundtables. The events are part of the college’s Waubonsee Vision 2050 project, which seeks to anticipate, imagine and elevate the collective futures of both the college and the community. The public will be asked to help refine key themes that have emerged from these discussions during the upcoming roundtable sessions. The Tuesday, Oct. 6, session is co-hosted by the Aurora Chamber and will be held at the Aurora Campus multipurpose room from 8:00 to 9:15 a.m.

Please register here.

Informational Session on Housing for Workforce
Like many companies today, your workforce priorities and challenges have changed in recent years. Before, employees may have flocked to a company like yours and stayed for decades, but now you may struggle to recruit high-skilled workers or retain your employees for long-term employment. Meanwhile, some of your employees commute long distances, contributing to tardiness and stress. It doesn’t have to be that way.

You are invited to attend an informational session to learn how you can help your employees live closer to work, increase your retention rates and set your company apart as a competitive employer in your field. This free session is brought to you by local and regional organizations committed to making home buying affordable, stabilizing local workforces and strengthening communities.

The event will be held Wednesday, Oct. 7, at 4:00 p.m. at the Baker Community Center, 101 South Second St. in St. Charles.

Network with other top employers in the area, hear from the mayors of the communities of Batavia, Geneva, North Aurora, and St. Charles-Mayor Schielke, Mayor Burns, Mayor Berman, and Mayor Rogina- and learn how Employer-Assisted Housing (EAH) can transform your workforce and the communities surrounding your company.

We hope that you can join us for this informational session. For more information about EAH see the attached frequently asked questions.

Please send your RVSP to Berenice Vallecillos (312) 386-8623 or register at http://foxvalley.rsvpify.com/

Wondering What’s Going On in Springfield?
Piecemeal Budget Strategy Continues

Although Illinois is close to ending its third month without a spending plan for the fiscal year that began on July 1, 2015, the House session this week did not show any signs of progress. On Thursday, Democrats on the House Executive Committee passed a $3.8 billion spending bill without specifying a funding source for the monies pledged by the committee to be spent.

Other States with Budget Challenges Make Progress

The Pew Charitable Trusts has conducted a nonpartisan survey of states with ongoing challenges in crafting a budget for fiscal year 2016. They have found that, in states other than Illinois, substantial progress has been made. Alabama and Massachusetts, after extensive wrangling, have achieved compromise budgets for the 2016 fiscal year. The budgets of New Hampshire and North Carolina, after being caught in policy-related impasses, have been signed into law. In Illinois’ neighboring state of Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker has signed a two-year budget.

Reboot Illinois Points Out Illinois’ Lagging Record in Job Creation

The report, issued on Monday, September 21, responds to and provides background for Illinois’ slow recovery from the 2008-14 economic downturn.

This Week’s Member News
School District 308 would like to congratulate Wheatlands fourth grade student Jensen Coonradt who recently won the World Robot Olympiad, and will travel to Qatar in November to compete in the world championships. Jensen and her TeamRoboGals partner Kaiya Hollister of Aurora have a Go Fund Me page and are asking for donations for the trip to Qatar.

Interested in learning what else our members have been up to? Check out our blog for this week’s news from member businesses.

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Events for Members
Ribbon Cutting: Aurora Chiropractic
Thursday, Oct. 1, at 11:30 a.m.
1311 Butterfield Rd., Ste. 109, Aurora

Waubonsee Vision 2050
Tuesday, Oct. 6, at 8:00 a.m.
Downtown Aurora Campus, multipurpose room

Housing for Your Workforce
Wednesday, Oct. 7, from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
Baker Community Center, 101 S. Second St., St. Charles
Register

Business Development Leads Group
Wednesday, Oct. 14, at 7:45 a.m.
Chamber offices, 43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora

Ribbon Cutting: ieple, LLC
Thursday, Oct. 15, at 3:30 p.m.
1717 N. Naper Blvd., Ste. 200, Naperville

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, Oct. 29, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant
55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora

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

 

This Week’s News from Our Members

Sunday, September 27th, 2015

School District 308 would like to congratulate Wheatlands fourth grade student Jensen Coonradt who recently won the World Robot Olympiad, and will travel to Qatar in November to compete in the world championships. Jensen and her TeamRoboGals partner Kaiya Hollister of Aurora have a Go Fund Me page and are asking for donations for the trip to Qatar.

PharmaCannis Health & Wellness will host an Illinois Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program this Saturday, Oct. 3, at 1:30 p.m. The course, held at the North Aurora Public Library, will give an in-depth look at all aspects of the Illinois act set forth by the Illinois Department of Public Health. Registration is required by Oct. 1.

Support AID by advertising in the 2015 Auction program book. You can also show your support by purchasing ad space to congratulate a special client. For more information, contact Wendy at (843) 931-2294.

Pregnancy Information Center 30th Annual Fundraiser Banquet is Monday, September 24, from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. at Harvest New Beginnings, 5315 Douglas Rd., Oswego. Janet Parshall will be the guest speaker. Call (630) 896-8600 for ticket info.

Naper Settlement October 2015 Special Events and Programs include; Dinner on the Town: Country Fair, Flashback Fridays – Meet a Curator, Oktoberfest, Headstones in History: A Naperville Cemetery Walk, Getting Down to Business Walking Tour, All Hallows Eve, History Speaks Lecture Series: Grimm’s Grimmest. For more information on these events click here.

Oktoberfest: Join Naper Settlement for an annual autumn event that includes live music including classic oompah to classic rock, German-style cuisine and beer, and kids’ activities on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. Advance tickets are $10 adults and $5 ages 4-12 until Thursday, Oct. 1 at noon. Food and beverages available for purchase at the event.

DuPage Children’s Museum presents Innovation 15, Building Blocks for Future Leaders. Harry M. Jansen Kraemer, Jr. will lead a panel of successful leaders on Thursday, October 22, at 5:30 p.m.

The UL International Crown is a global team match play event – the first of its kind in women’s and men’s professional golf, bringing tremendous opportunity for the local community, corporations, and youth to take part. Rich Harvest Farms will offer numerous youth programs in conjunction with the UL International Crown that will create a special experience they will never forget. For more information regarding this explosive tournament: visit the Website or watch the Video.

U.S. News and World Report cited the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley as an industry leader in providing numerous scholarships to local students.

VNA Health Care received in funding to open a new health center in Joliet. This expansion in Will County will offer affordable healthcare to more than 94.000 low-income people within the area. VNA ranks high in the areas of prenatal care, adolescent weight screening and counseling, vascular disease treatment, blood pressure control, healthy birthweights and asthma care, according to 2014 Health Resources and Services Administration. VNA will receive funds that are designated by HRSA to expand current quality improvement systems and infrastructure and improve primary care service delivery.

Lori Campbell, Chief of Operations for The Label Printers, co-chaired the September biennial Technical Conference of TLMI (Tag and Label Manufacturers Institute) in Chicago. This year’s conference set a new record with 384 people in attendance.

Maria Garcia attended to her 300th birth as a doula for VNA Health Care’s Healthy Families program. Maria is trained to provide physical and emotional support to clients during their pregnancies, throughout labor and after the baby is born.

SPARK Aurora welcomes Mobile Learning Adventure on October 3 at the Aurora Downtown Farmers Market from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Naper Settlement received Conservation @ Work certification on Thursday, September 17, from The Conservation Foundation. The award recognizes businesses that have included environmentally sustainable practices in their landscaping design.

Piecemeal Budget Strategy Continues

Sunday, September 27th, 2015

Although Illinois is close to ending its third month without a spending plan for the fiscal year that began on July 1, 2015, the House session this week did not show any signs of progress. On Thursday, Democrats on the House Executive Committee passed a $3.8 billion spending bill without specifying a funding source for the monies pledged by the committee to be spent.

While the House committee’s action cleared SB 2046 for further action on the House floor, the lack of real negotiations on the State budget mean that spending bills of this type are seen by close observers of Springfield as less than serious. The full House did not take up SB 2046 for debate this week, and did not discuss an overall spending plan or budget agreement. Gov. Rauner has stated his intent to veto this and other piecemeal budget bills that would overspend anticipated revenues by billions of dollars.

Other States with Budget Challenges Make Progress

Sunday, September 27th, 2015

The Pew Charitable Trusts has conducted a nonpartisan survey of states with ongoing challenges in crafting a budget for fiscal year 2016. They have found that, in states other than Illinois, substantial progress has been made. Alabama and Massachusetts, after extensive wrangling, have achieved compromise budgets for the 2016 fiscal year. The budgets of New Hampshire and North Carolina, after being caught in policy-related impasses, have been signed into law. In Illinois’ neighboring state of Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker has signed a two-year budget.

The Pew Charitable Trusts pointed to two states, Illinois and Pennsylvania, as examples of ongoing budget showdowns “with no end in sight.”

Reboot Illinois Points Out Illinois’ Lagging Record in Job Creation

Sunday, September 27th, 2015

The report, issued on Monday, September 21, responds to and provides background for Illinois’ slow recovery from the 2008-14 economic downturn.

The Reboot Illinois report traced job creation over a five-year period covering much of the downturn, from June 2009 through June 2014. During this five-year span, the Prairie State ranked 42nd among the 50 states for job creation since June 2009. Illinois increased its job positions by 3.0% during this recession-affected time period. During the same span of time, jobs in Wisconsin increased by 4.4%, the same numbers in Iowa increased by 5.0%, Kentuckians saw 5.1% more positions during the five-year period, and the number of jobs during the same period in Indiana increased by 7.8%.

This Week’s Member Newsletter

Monday, September 21st, 2015

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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September 21, 2015
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95.9 The River
Above Board Indoor Environmental
Accurate Personnel
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Bad Monkey Circus Agency: Websites-Video
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Basils Greek Dining
BKD, LLP
BMO Harris – Bilter Rd.
BMO Harris – Eola Rd.
BMO Harris – Lake St.
BMO Harris – N. Farnsworth Ave.
BMO Harris – W. Indian Trail
CARSTAR North Aurora Collision Center
Caterpillar, Inc.
Chicago Premium Outlets
Chicago Tribune Media Group
ComEd
Continental Acura of Naperville
Continental Audi of Naperville
Continental Mazda of Naperville
Copy King Office Solutions, Inc.
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Ice Miller LLP
Idilus, LLC
ieple, LLC.
K-Rise Systems, Inc.
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency
Leave Me Bee Pest Control, Inc.
Magnetrol International, Incorporated
Martin Whalen Office Solutions
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Northwestern Medicine
Cadence Fitness & Health Center
Cadence Health Convenient Care & Medical Offices
Central DuPage Hospital
Delnor Glen Senior Living
Delnor Hospital
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
Old Second National Bank
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pipe Fitters Local 597
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Resurrection Lutheran Church/School
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush-Copley Medical Center
Ryland Homes – Ingham Park
S&S Metal Recyclers II
Safeguard Construction Company, Inc.
Sign*A*Rama – Aurora
Sleepy’s – Farnsworth
Sleepy’s – North Aurora
Sleepy’s – Rt. 59
SmithAmundsen, LLC
Sprint
St. Charles Bank & Trust
State Farm Insurance Companies
The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield
The Voice
Trust Lending
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
WIT-Enterprises, LLC
WSPY
Zippy Shell Fox Valley

Welcome New Members

NexGen Networks
Sal Khan
75 Executive Dr., Ste. 116
Aurora
(630) 873-3094
Information Technology Consulting

PharmCannis
Norah Scott
161 S. Lincolnway, Ste. 301
North Aurora
Retail Special

 

Contact Us

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

 

Kane County Recognizes Manufacturers
Kane County Recognizes Manufacturers
At a recent Kane County Jobs Committee, the County recognized 11 manufacturers nominated for their community service and involvement, strength, employment, and more. Representing the Aurora region were Mitutoyo America Corporation, AmeriChem Systems, Freudenberg Household Products (FHP-OCedar), and ASK Power. At last week’s Chamber Board meeting, Job Committee Member Brian Dahl presented Past Board Chair Laura Newman of Mitutoyo with a banner recognizing their nomination. Congratulations to all nominees and to Cast Aluminum Solutions of Batavia who won the County award and will go on to the regional competition later this fall.In addition to the presentation, the committee heard from four county programs addressing workforce development and educational attainment including Dr. Sherry Eagle and Tom Cross with AU’s Dunham STEM Academy as well as Chamber President Joseph Henning presenting on the Pathways to Prosperity collaborative with Waubonsee Community College; City of Aurora; School Districts 129, 131, 204, 308, and 302; as well as hundreds of local employers and community organizations.
Informational Session on Housing for Workforce
Like many companies today, your workforce priorities and challenges have changed in recent years. Before, employees may have flocked to a company like yours and stayed for decades, but now you may struggle to recruit high-skilled workers or retain your employees for long-term employment. Meanwhile, some of your employees commute long distances, contributing to tardiness and stress. It doesn’t have to be that way.You are invited to attend an informational session to learn how you can help your employees live closer to work, increase your retention rates and set your company apart as a competitive employer in your field. This free session is brought to you by local and regional organizations committed to making home buying affordable, stabilizing local workforces and strengthening communities.

The event will be held Wednesday, Oct. 7, at 4:00 p.m. at the Baker Community Center, 101 South Second St. in St. Charles.

Network with other top employers in the area, hear from the mayors of the communities of Batavia, Geneva, North Aurora, and St. Charles-Mayor Schielke, Mayor Burns, Mayor Berman, and Mayor Rogina- and learn how Employer-Assisted Housing (EAH) can transform your workforce and the communities surrounding your company.

We hope that you can join us for this informational session. For more information about EAH see the attached frequently asked questions.

Please send your RVSP to Berenice Vallecillos (312) 386-8623 or register at http://foxvalley.rsvpify.com/

This Week’s Member News
Interested in learning what our members have been up to? Check out our blog for this week’s news from member businesses.
Congratulations, Jane! Abe Wins Lifetime Sales Award from ACCE
Jane E. Abe, IOM, ACE, director of membership at the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce, recently received the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) Lifetime Sales Achievement Award. She was recognized for reaching the Diamond level for $1.5 in new member sales during her career. Awards are based on the total number of individual sales or the total dollar amount. To qualify for the awards, chamber membership sales professionals must be members of ACCE’s Membership Development Division Circle of Champions. The Membership Development Division Circle of Champions program is designed to connect chamber sales professionals to one another and to inspire and recognize excellence in membership sales performance.
Premier Members
Premier Members
Events for Members
2015 Fall Business Leads Group
Wednesday, September 23 at 7:45 a.m.
Chamber OfficesFox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, September 24 at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant
22 S. Commons Drive, Aurora
West Seeks Professionals for Partnerships
West Aurora High School invites you to partner with us for our Freshman Career Fair on October 28, 2015. This event gives students the chance to explore careers and network with professionals in our community. You have the option of choosing to be a panel speaker or to host a booth in our field house. Both options allow you time to speak to students about your career, job responsibilities, and educational background. We hope you will be able to share valuable information with our students and help them on their educational journey.Please visit our career fair website at http://westauroracareerfair.weebly.com/ to register and to get more information about the event. We thank you in advance for taking time out of your busy schedule to provide a valuable and memorable experience for our students. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.
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.

 

Rock the Heart: Rush-Copley Hosts Annual Live Music Fundraiser this Friday

Sunday, September 20th, 2015


To further the mission of educating the community about heart health, Rush-Copley will host the sixth annual “Rock the Heart,” – a fundraiser on Friday, September 25, from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Ballydoyle Irish Pub and Restaurant in downtown Aurora.

The event will offer a casual and fun way to support and understand the mission of the Rush-Copley Fox Valley Heart Fund — promoting cardiovascular health while reducing gender and economic disparity.

Attendees will be treated to live music from:

  • Singer/Songwriter Showcase (featuring Brent Brown, Kevin Presbrey, Gregory Hyde and Matthew Nanke)
  • Kali Ma (Beatles)
  • Shark Sandwich (90’s rock)
  • Mason Rivers (Country)
  • This End Up (Dance)

The celebration will include raffles and complimentary appetizers and drink specials.

About the Fox Valley Heart Fund

The Fox Valley Heart Fund was founded in 2004 to help men and women from every racial and socio-economic background overcome the unique challenges and barriers they face to living heart-healthy lives. One of the most important accomplishments was the creation of the Aurora Community Heart Clinic, a partnership with Rush-Copley and VNA Health Care. During the past year, 227 patients were seen in the Clinic. These patients received preventive screenings or follow-up care and learned how to lead a heart-healthy lifestyle. The Fox Valley Heart Fund also supports community outreach programs related to cardiovascular risk reduction topics, offering screening and risk assessments, an Annual Women’s Heart Symposium, donations of AEDs to local churches and nonprofits and supports the efforts of the Heart Sisters support group.

To Purchase Tickets

Ticket prices are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, and include live music and one raffle entry. Free Rock the Heart t-shirts for the first 250 people. Tickets to Rock the Heart can be purchased online at rushcopley.com/rocktheheart.

Waubonsee Invites You to Hear About Vision 2050

Sunday, September 20th, 2015

County to Host Employee Housing Event Oct. 7

Sunday, September 20th, 2015