Archive for March, 2016

YWCA Aurora Hosts Dr. Bernice A. King for Leaders of Change Luncheon

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

The YWCA Aurora welcomes you to join us for our annual Leaders of Change Luncheon celebrating inspirational acts of leadership and activism with keynote speaker Dr. Bernice A. King, the youngest daughter of the late Coretta Scott King and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Leaders of Change Luncheon will be held at Piper’s Banquets located at 1295 Butterfield Rd Aurora on Monday, April 18, 2016 at 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM.  Tickets are $50 and can be purchased online at www.ywcaaurora.org.

Dr. Bernice A. King (Be A King) is the Chief Executive Officer of The King Center which was founded by her mother in 1968. She was appointed as Chief Executive Officer in January 2012 by the Board of Trustees. Nationally and internationally known as one of the most powerful, motivating and life-changing orators and speakers on the circuit today, Dr. King leaves her audiences speechless and challenges people to RAISE THE STANDARD. Dr. King began her oratorical journey when she spoke in her Mother’s stead at the United Nations at age 17. Over the years, she has had the occasion to speak in such places as the steps of The Lincoln Memorial, The White House, major corporations and universities, and in places throughout the world including South Africa, Germany, and New Zealand to name a few.

Dr. King continued her parents legacy by leading the “Let Freedom Ring and Call to Action” event on August 28, 2013. This event commemorated the 50th anniversary of her father’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech. This global event included President Obama, former Presidents Clinton and Carter, members of Congress, as well as many other international leaders, dignitaries and entertainers. In 2014, Dr. King along with a team from the King Center went to Ferguson, MO and provided Nonviolence 365 educational training.” She encouraged students, teachers, law enforcement officials, gangs, businesses, community leaders, and activists to embrace a nonviolent lifestyle. This work continues to be prevalent at The King Center.

The YWCA Aurora is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.  We are committed to providing women with the support and tools needed to transform their lives, be confident in their choices, and make valuable contributions to their communities.  Visit www.ywcaaurora.org for more information.

This Week’s News to Know from the Aurora Chamber

Thursday, March 31st, 2016
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95.9 The River
Above Board Indoor Environmental
Accurate Personnel
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
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
Copy King Office Solutions, Inc.
Dependable Contracting Services
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Dolan & Murphy
Eby-Brown
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
St. Charles Bank & Trust
Sign*A*Rama – Aurora
SmithAmundsen, LLC
Sole Unique Dance Complex, Inc.
Sprint
State Farm Insurance Companies
Steffes & Associates Language and Translation (SALT)
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

Papa Saverios – Kirk Road
Mike Walsh
2933 Kirk Road, Unit 113
Aurora, IL 60502
(630) 898-4700
Restaurants & Taverns
Referred by Dee Srivastava, AFLAC

Finishing Solutions Network
Steve Kulovits
1905 Sequoia Drive
Aurora, IL 60506
(630) 450-8355
Painting Contractors

 

Contact Us

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

 

 

#Aurora2016 State of the City
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State of the City
Thursday, April 14, 2016
Registration and Networking at 11:00 a.m.
Piper’s Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Road, Aurora
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Premier Members
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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 Thursday, April 7, 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 22 persons who shall be members in good standing of the Chamber. Directors are elected for a term of three 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.

Events for Members
Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, March 31, 2016
8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Drive, Aurora
Register

2016 State of the City Address presented
by Walter E. Deuchler Associates

Thursday, April 14, 2016
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Piper’s Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Road, Aurora
Registration opens today
Register

Public Policy Update
For the latest in public policy news, visit the Chamber blog:

Spring Legislative Recess

City to Host Planning Meetings for 2016 National Night Out Events

Member News
If you have news to share with your fellow members, please forward to info@aurorachamber.com. Be sure and check out our blog and social media for what’s happening in our region.

Mutual Ground’s 2nd Annual Food for Thought Fundraiser Event Set for April 21st

Support Marie Wilkinson Food Pantry While Dining Out

Waubonsee Spring 2016 Job & Internship Fair

New Bank Building Installs Antique Vault door weighing over 10,000 pounds!

Annual Champions of Hope Breakfast to Benefit Hesed House

Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce | 43 W. Galena Blvd. Aurora, Illinois 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180 Fax: (630) 256-3189 | www.aurorachamber.com
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Community Dialogues to Focus on Race

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

The YWCA Aurora, which is committed to eliminating racism and empowering women, has created the Community Dialogues program to proactively and peacefully discuss issues of race. To begin the week of April 12, 2016, these facilitator-led programs will be provided in two locations to promote healthy discussions on eliminating racism, and building and improving our community.

Community members will lead a guided series of discussions, including films and local topics, with the goal of creating an action plan for each group. Each group will later gather at a Community Dialogues Forum to discuss the proposed action plans and move toward implementation.

We encourage community members, officials from churches, park districts and schools, as well as parents and teachers, to participate in the program. If interested, please contact Helane’ Aghayere, the Program Director for the YWCA Aurora at haghayere@ywcaaurora.org or 630-299-2281.

Spring Legislative Recess

Friday, March 25th, 2016

The Illinois legislature is on its first week of a two-week spring legislative recess. With the ongoing budget impasse, this break has received some negative media attention and criticism from the governor’s office. Gov. Bruce Rauner has encouraged both chambers to stay in Springfield during this time to negotiate a balanced budget agreement alongside structural reforms.

However, with each passing day, it appears that the continued budget impasse is more likely to drag out until after the November election.

In the event there is resolution, it is believed that there is a desire on both sides of the aisle to rewrite the state’s procurement code. This desire may be an avenue for bi-partisan support to reach an agreement.

The legislature’s first week back from recess is expected to be busy with both chambers’ April 8 deadline to pass bills out of committee.

at this time, the House is scheduled to return to Springfield April 4 and the Senate is scheduled to return April 5.

Waubonsee Spring 2016 Job & Internship Fair

Friday, March 25th, 2016

Registration for Waubonsee Community College’s 2016 Spring Job & Internship Fair is still open!

This event will be held on Friday, April 8, 2016 at our Sugar Grove Campus, in Sugar Grove, Illinois and will run from 9:30am – 1pm.

TO REGISTER, PLEASE VISIT: www.waubonseejobfairs.com

Please note we are now using University Tickets system as our registration tool. You will need to create an account as part of your registration process.

We look forward to seeing you at this event!

City to Host Planning Meetings for 2016 National Night Out Events

Friday, March 25th, 2016

The City of Aurora’s Neighborhood Support Team is preparing for Aurora’s biggest and best National Night Out yet this summer by hosting informational meetings for community members who are interested in leading an event in their neighborhood.

Pertinent planning information about Aurora’s 2016 National Night Out and the City’s funding process will be shared during two meetings on Monday, March 28 and Monday, April 4 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Aurora Police Department, 1200 E. Indian Trail.
National Night Out is an annual community-building event that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live. National Night Out culminates annually on the first Tuesday of August.
Aurora’s 2016 National Night Out events will be held on Tuesday, August 2, 2016 in neighborhoods throughout the City of Lights.  Last year, thousands of Aurorans locked their doors, turned on their porch lights and joined their neighbors to take a stand for the community and against crime.
Residents can register as individuals or groups to attend one of the informational meetings by emailing cmaraffio@aurora-il.org or calling 630.256.3327 by Saturday, March 26.

New Bank Building Installs Antique Vault door weighing over 10,000 pounds!

Thursday, March 24th, 2016

American Heartland Bank and Trust builds a new building and changes name to First Secure Community Bank!

Sugar Grove, IL 4/1/2016

After 16 years of serving the community, the team at American Heartland Bank & Trust decided it was time to make some changes to reflect who we really are in this community.  It began on December 21, 2015 when we moved into a new building in the heart of Sugar Grove.  If you haven’t visited us at 670 N. Sugar Grove Parkway (on the corner of Route 47 and Wheeler/Bliss Roads), we would welcome you to stop by and take a look at our new home. The building was crafted with many unique features including our antique vault door.  This door was salvaged from an old bank in Kansas City, MO and weighs about 10,000 pounds. The restoration including disassembly, refinishing, reassembly, refitting of all parts took over 118 hours.

On April 1, 2016, American Heartland Bank & Trust will officially change its name to First Secure Community Bank.  The new name signifies our dedication and commitment to the community we serve.

The bank has not been sold or merged. It will continue to have the same management, employees, board and ownership.   This is a change in the name only.

First Secure Community Bank, Member FDIC

David Janota, President; 670 N Sugar Grove Parkway, Sugar Grove, IL 60554

Annual Champions of Hope Breakfast to Benefit Hesed House

Monday, March 21st, 2016

The Eighth Annual Champions of Hope Breakfast to Benefit Hesed House – the State of Illinois’ second largest homeless shelter serving the Fox Valley area – will be held at the Stonebridge Country Club in Aurora, Illinois from 7 to 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 6th.

The Breakfast will feature entertainment from the award-winning Matea Valley High School Jazz Group. Guests will enjoy a full breakfast, fellowship and raffle prizes. A special program will include a presentation on “What Makes Our Heart Beat: Time, Talent and Treasure”.  You will not want to miss this wonderful event and your opportunity to become a Champion of Hope!

Reservations are $35.00 per person and $350.00 per table of ten. Corporate sponsorships are still available.

To make a reservation or for more information, please, contact Carolyn Fairbanks, Associate Director of Development, at 630-897-2156 ext. 514 or cfairbanks@hesedhouse.org.

News to Know from the Aurora Chamber

Monday, March 21st, 2016
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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March 21, 2016
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95.9 The River
Above Board Indoor Environmental
Accurate Personnel
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
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
Copy King Office Solutions, Inc.
Dependable Contracting Services
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Dolan & Murphy
Eby-Brown
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
St. Charles Bank & Trust
Sign*A*Rama – Aurora
SmithAmundsen, LLC
Sole Unique Dance Complex, Inc.
Sprint
State Farm Insurance Companies
Steffes & Associates Language and Translation (SALT)
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

Dr. Bill Marzano
Aurora 60506
(630) 999-4474

Dependable Contracting Services
Mike Bartlett
31 W. Downer Place, Ste 306
Aurora 60506
(630) 538-6973
Contractors

 

Contact Us

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

 

 

#2016Pulse Results Available
Pulse Results

Last week, the results of the 2016 Economic Pulse Survey were released at a lunch sponsored by Steffes & Associates Language Translation (SALT). Our appreciation to Old Second Bank and Invest Aurora for their support of the survey and to (from left) Old Second President & CEO Jim Eccher, Mitutoyo America Corporation Vice President Laura Newman, and State Rep. Keith Wheeler for sharing their knowledge with the attendees as the panel discussing the survey results. The Aurora Chamber – in partnership with community organizations and employers – will use the survey results to develop and present programs in support of the region’s employers.

#Aurora2016 State of the City
Presented by

State of the City
Thursday, April 14, 2016
Registration and Networking at 11:00 a.m.
Piper’s Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Road, Aurora
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State of the City

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Premier Members
Premier Members
Public Policy Update
For the latest in public policy news, visit the Chamber blog:

Unofficial Results of Tuesday’s Primary

State Government: Procurement Reform

General Assembly

Budget: FY16 Budget Deficit, Unpaid Bills

Mayor Weisner Calls for Elimination of Aurora Election Commission

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 Thursday, April 7, 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 22 persons who shall be members in good standing of the Chamber. Directors are elected for a term of three 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.

Events for Members
Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, March 31, 2016
8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Drive, Aurora
Register

2016 State of the City Address presented
by Walter E. Deuchler Associates

Thursday, April 14, 2016
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Piper’s Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Road, Aurora
Registration opens today
Register

Member News
If you have news to share with your fellow members, please forward to info@aurorachamber.com. Be sure and check out our blog and social media for what’s happening in our region.

Mutual Ground’s 2nd Annual Food for Thought Fundraiser Event Set for April 21st

The Growing Place celebrates 80 years

Engineering Enterprises, Inc. Brings Engineering to Krug Elementary School

The Label Printers Sponsors Geneva High School’s F.I.R.S.T. Robotics Team

Park District to host job fair on March 26 with 100+ jobs

Save the Date! Aurora GreenFest 2016

VNA Hospice Hosts Hospice Foundation of America’s Annual Teleconference on April 19 in Aurora

Support Marie Wilkinson Food Pantry While Dining Out

M Burger Celebrates Six Years with Complimentary Burger…

Park District seeks volunteers for Spring Spruce-Up on April 2

Community Foundation Surpasses $60 Million in Grants and Scholarships, Thanks Its Donors

School District 308 Hires New Professional Development and Training Director

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

 

Economic Pulse Survey Results Available

Sunday, March 20th, 2016