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This Week’s #AuroraChamber News for Members

Monday, July 31st, 2017
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95.9 The River
Above Board Indoor Environmental
Accurate Personnel
Advance Auto Parts
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora Bank & Trust
Aurora University
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Caterpillar, Inc.
City Segment
ComEd
Company 251
Copy King Office Solutions, Inc.
CyrusOne
Do or Dye Designs
Dolan & Murphy
Downtown Auroran Magazine
Eagle Digital Marketing
Endiro Coffee
First Secure Community Bank
Ice Miller LLP
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency, Inc.
Magnetrol International, Inc.
Meyer Wealth Advisors
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Old Second National Bank
OnLight Aurora
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pilmer Real Estate
Pipe Fitters 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 Recyclers II
ServPro of Aurora
Sign*A*Rama
SmithAmundsen, LLC
Steffes & Associates Language and Translation (SALT)
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
The Voice
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
WSPY

Welcome New Members

Aurora St. Charles Senior Living
Casandra Blackwell
400 E. New York Street, Aurora
(630) 896-4204
Property Management

City Segment (Elite Member)
Brandon Lyon
Aurora
(331) 205-8005
Marketing & Advertising

 

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Mail: 43 W. Galena Blvd.
Aurora, Illinois 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180
Fax: (630) 256-3189
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Behind the Scenes at the Chamber
Tomorrow marks the first of August – and students returning to school will be just around the corner. We hope everyone is able to enjoy the last days of summer before “fall” kicks in and activities begin flooding calendars.

This month, 247wallst.com published an article titled “America is running out of workers.” With June’s unemployment at 4.4 percent and 222,000 jobs having been added, American employers are finding it more and more difficult to find and hire the employees they need to be successful.

We know that is true right here in our region. We hear from our members regularly about the struggle to hire. A number of job fairs have been held in recent weeks for positions throughout the region. And still, more are planned as our local employers continue to seek qualified employees.

The Manufacturing Careers Internship Program is set to begin this month. We are working with Business and Career Services to identify prospective students, but to also encourage our local manufacturers to host tours with the students and share what today’s manufacturing environment look like. If you are interested in participating, please call the Chamber or BCS to learn more.

Of course, with the school year beginning, we are again working with schools on the Pathways to Prosperity. We also look forward to our second year of partnering with employers to support students with disabilities and giving them work experiences to gain employment skills.

We continue to watch and weigh in with advocacy issues of importance to our business community. This includes legislation approved by the General Assembly (such as SB 1) that has yet to be sent to the Governor’s office. Stay tuned as we work to get details and updates out to you through social media and other means.

If you would like to know more about any of these activities – or more of what we are working on to support our business members, please reach out and let us know: jhenning@aurorachamber.com or (630) 256-3180.

Have a great week.

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Calendar of Events
Grand Opening: StemShala
Wednesday, August 2, 11:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.
4075 Fox Valley Center Drive, Unit 2, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting 11:30 a.m.

Grand Opening: East Aurora Counseling
Thursday, August 3, 3:30- 5:30 p.m.
143 S. Lincoln Ave., Aurora
Ribbon Cutting 4:00 p.m.

Grand Opening: Tracy’s Bistro
Friday, August 4, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
4424 East New York Street, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting 11:30 a.m.

Multi-Chamber Progressive Lunch
Tuesday, August 8, 11:30 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.
Mill Creek Country Club, 39W525 Herrington Dr., Geneva
Register by Monday, July 31. No- walk-ins.

Grand Opening: Best Elder Home Care
Wednesday, August 16, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
1649 Montgomery Rd. Suite #9, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting 11:30 a.m.

WYNTK Current AHCA Legislation
Tuesday, August 29, 8:00 – 9:30 a.m.
Aurora Chamber offices, 43 W Galena Blvd, Aurora
Please pre-register

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, August 31, 8:00 – 9:30 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr.
Sponsorships Available

Did You Know?
Did you know that our Chamber received a call recently from a lady who had two quotes for a home repair and she called to check whether these businesses were members of our Chamber as a criteria for determining which business to choose for the repair? Such calls are not uncommon for us and substantiates a national study that reveals that being active in a local Chamber of Commerce positively effects how consumers view them. These positive attributes include being perceived as more reputable, caring about their customers, and invested in the local community. As a result, according to the study, 73% of consumers are more likely to do business with Chamber members. Source: The Schapiro Group, Atlanta, Georgia. You can download our Chamber member logo through your member profile to add to your businesses promotional materials to take advantage of positive perception among your customers Chamber membership brings. Call Reba Morgan Osborne, director of membership, (630) 256-3184 for more information.
Public Policy Update
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Ill. Chamber: This Week in Springfield

General Assembly: Special Session Report

Statement in Response to 2017 State Budget Passage

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.

Realtors Rank Aurora as Top City in the Nation for Affordable Homes, Best Schools

It’s Cardboard on Water; What Could Be More Fun?

Aurora to Celebrate National Night Out at 45 Neighborhood Events

Aurora, Naperville Receive $1.3 Million to Collaborate on Terrorism Training

Chicagoland Safety Health and Environmental Conference

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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Ill. Chamber: This Week in Springfield

Sunday, July 30th, 2017

July 28, 2017

As expected, the Senate did not send Gov. Rauner the education funding reform bill (SB 1) by the Monday noon deadline. Therefore, Gov. Rauner issued a proclamation bringing the House and Senate back to Springfield to take up education funding reform.

The legislature met Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of this week and will meet this coming Monday.  There is a good chance there will not be resolution on this issue by Monday, which may result the legislature to be in indefinitely until cloture is met. Attendance issues may play a key role in determining when a resolution can be had.

Given that the legislature is in town for special session, both the House and Senate remain in continuous session and can still take up non-education-related legislation.  For example, the agreed upon EDGE credit legislation (HB 162) that is currently on 3rd and final reading in the Senate.  As previously reported, HB 162 is agreed language that would provide for an extension and reinstatement of the EDGE program that contains many key components of the Chamber’s own EDGE legislation including a training expense credit, bonuses for distressed communities, and retention benefits.

As you may recall, Illinois currently does not have a job recruiting and retention credit to offer prospective companies to relocate in Illinois.  As we’ve seen in Wisconsin this week, the Badger State was successful in attracting a Foxconn factory in the southeast portion of the state.

The technology group Wednesday pledged to invest $10 billion to build a display panel plant in Wisconsin that could employ up to 13,000 workers and draw up to $3 billion in subsidies from the state.

Illinois was reportedly in the running for the plant but was unable to obtain the new facility.  This is no suggestion that if the legislature were to pass HB 162 that we would have landed the Foxconn plant.  However, it does illustrate that we need a comprehensive tax credit to be competitive against our neighboring and regional states.

The Chamber sees this as a “wake-up call” for lawmakers and urges them to take up HB 162 and send it to the governor’s desk so Illinois can remain competitive with other states on attracting jobs and investment to Illinois.

Realtors Rank Aurora as Top City in the Nation for Affordable Homes, Best Schools

Sunday, July 30th, 2017
Realtor.com, the official consumer website of the National Association of Realtors, released its study of the Top 10 Most Affordable Housing Markets and Top-Ranked Elementary Schools in the Nation.
The City of Aurora topped the list and ranked number one due to having three top-ranked elementary schools and for being 45% more affordable than the surrounding metro area.
“When searching for a new home, finding something affordable in a good school district with family-friendly features tops the list of home buyer priorities,” says Javier Vivas, manager of economic research for realtor.com. “This area offer strong public schools and affordable homes, making it a great fit for home buyers with elementary school-age children.”
Located in Aurora’s Ward 9, the top elementary schools, which received at least an 8 out of 10 ranking by education information group Great Schools, are Homestead Elementary School, Wheatlands Elementary School and Wolfs Crossing Elementary School. All are in Aurora’s 60503 zip code and part of Community School District 308.
“It is an honor and privilege to have such recognition bestowed on the City of Aurora and Ward 9,” said Ward 9 Alderman Edward Bugg. “In Ward 9, we are trying to build a vibrant and dynamic community. This type of honor shows us that we are on the right track. Certainly, we did not get to this place by accident. A lot of hard work was put forth by everyone from School District 308 – including teachers, principals, PTA boards, parents and students – who worked in collaboration with the City and previous aldermen who served before me to build the foundation.”
To compile rankings, Realtor.com’s economics team looked at the monthly housing costs (mortgage payments, taxes, etc.) needed to purchase a median-priced home in all of the zip codes in each metro. To ensure buyers were getting a deal, they factored in the median income of residents living there to ensure affordability. Then school rankings were added into the formula to derive the national rankings.
“It’s absolutely family-friendly,” says local real estate broker Margaret Rowe of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. She touted the myriad parks and family events held in Aurora.
“I’m so glad we moved here 8 years ago,” said Ward 9 resident Jen Mendoza, “When deciding where to go, it was predominately based on the education. I’m glad it’s living up to my expectations.”
The national ranking is on par with Mayor Richard Irvin’s expectations as well.
“Our focus has been on strengthening ‘one Aurora’ as we strive to enhance our city in its entirety. Now that motto can be transposed to Aurora is number one because of this great news coming out of the Far East side,” said  Mayor Irvin. “It is great to see the positive national spotlight on our city, and in this case, on the growing and vibrant Ward 9. Clearly, community members are working together and putting in 100% effort for their families and the future of Aurora.”
Rounding out the Top 10 Cities are 2. Stone Mountain, GA, 3. Hampton, NJ, 4. Royersford, PA, 5. Kingwood, TX, 6. Rosemount, MN, 7. Bowie, MD, 8. Huntington Woods, MI, 9. Stow, MA, 10. Chandler, AZ.

It’s Cardboard on Water; What Could Be More Fun?

Sunday, July 30th, 2017
Saturday, August 19, 2017 marks the 15th annual Fox Valley United Way “What Floats Your Cardboard Boat” Race.  Corporations, community organizations, families and individuals create uniquely designed and themed boats out of cardboard, and race them against one another on Mastodon Lake in Phillips Park in Aurora.  Any group or individual in the Fox Valley is welcome to build and enter a boat—and there is still plenty of time to do so.
 
The boat race is an entertaining, family-friendly, volunteer-run event that celebrates community and helps support the life-changing work of the 63 social service agencies that Fox Valley United Way supports in 23 communities in Kane and Kendall counties. 
 
The race is a great way for a company or organization to advertise to hundreds in attendance, and to thousands post-event who watch the boat race video, receive the Fox Valley United Way e-newsletter, or read articles in the press.

Want to Build a Boat?  It’s Easier Than You Think!
Fox Valley United Way and its partners have made it easy for anyone to create and race a cardboard boat.  Here’s how:
·       Check out the “Events” tab on foxvalleyunitedway.org and click on “2017 Cardboard Boat Race” and click on the blue button to register.
·       On the same page, there is video tutorial about how to build a boat, as well as a video of last year’s race so boaters can see that the event is crazy and fun.
·       Free cardboard is being provided this year by the Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry.  Sheets can be picked up on Wednesdays and Fridays between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. at 1110 Jericho Road
·       Deadline for entry is Monday, August 14, so groups can gather the cardboard and their ideas and get started building.
Details for the day of the event:
·       Boater check-in takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and volunteers will help transport the boats from the parking lot to the lake.
·       Boats are on display for public viewing and inspection by judges for Team Spirit and Judge’s Choice Awards starting at 9:00 a.m.
·       A captain/crew safety briefing takes place at 9:45 a.m.
·       Activities begin at 10:00 a.m.
·       First Race starts at 10:30 a.m.
·       First, second and third place trophies are awarded in each of six divisions: adult, business, non-profit, partner agency, mechanical and community.
·       A special trophy is presented for the “Most Spectacular Sinking”. 
 
Anyone who is interested in entering a boat, but has additional questions, can call Deborah Rudel, Director of Operations at 630-896-4636, ext. 102.
 
 
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About Fox Valley United Way
 
Founded in 1922, Fox Valley United Way (FVUW) is a volunteer-supported organization that provides an efficient and effective way for contributors to give one gift that will help support a range of social service programs, helping to meet the most critical needs within their communities. Fox Valley United Way provides funding to 63 organizations serving 23 communities in Kane and Kendall counties, including: Aurora, Big Rock, Bristol, Campton Hills, Elburn, Geneva, Hinckley, Kaneville, LaFox, Little Rock, Maple Park, Millbrook, Montgomery, Mooseheart, North Aurora, Oswego, Plano, Plattville, Sandwich, St. Charles, Sugar Grove, Wasco and Yorkville.

Aurora to Celebrate National Night Out at 45 Neighborhood Events

Friday, July 28th, 2017

Forty-five neighborhoods throughout Aurora are planning events big and small to celebrate National Night Out on Tuesday, August 1, 2017.

Billed as “America’s Night Out Against Crime,” National Night Out encourages residents to lock their doors, turn on their porch lights and spend the evening getting to know their neighbors, police officers, firefighters and other city officials.

“National Night Out is a prime example of what it means to be ‘One Aurora’ as we strive to build our city together,” Mayor Richard Irvin said.  “Because of the success of previous National Night Out events, new neighborhood groups have been formed all throughout the city. This year, National Night Out is bigger and better than ever. On this one night, we’ll have 45 neighborhood gatherings with thousands of Aurorans coming together to celebrate the present and plan for the future.”

Neighborhood events with family entertainment, free food and more activities include:

WARD 1

  • Church Road Park, 1700 Block of Church Road, 6 – 8 p.m.
  • Lighthouse Worship Center, 170 E. Indian Trail, 6 – 8 p.m.
  • Pigeon Hill Neighbors, Garfield Park, 817 Forest Ave., 6 – 8 p.m.
  • Stonegate West HOA, 1704-1740 Briarheath Drive, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

WARD 2

  • Copley Boxing & Training Center, 517 N. Union St., 4 – 8 p.m.
  • Distinctive Woodworks & We Are United, 300 block of Clark St., 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Inglesia San Pablo, 520 Second Ave., 6 – 8 p.m.
  • Luces de Sagrado Corazon, 771 Fulton St., 5 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Restore the Neighborhood, 100 Block of Root St., 5 – 8 p.m.
  • Vineyard Church, 505 E. Galena Blvd., 6 – 8 p.m.

WARD 3

  • Home Town Center Park, 1721 Town Center St., 4 – 8 p.m.
  • LakeView Residences at Phillips Park, Parker Pavilion, 740 Parker Ave., 6 – 8 p.m.
  • United Neighbors, 500 Block of Fourth Ave., 6 – 8 p.m.

WARD 4

  • A Community Affair, McCleery Park, 1002 W. Illinois Ave., 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Aurora Township Youth Services, 313 Gale St., 4:30 – 7 p.m.
  • Blackhawk Neighbors, Winona Avenue (between Seneca & Iroquois), 5 – 8 p.m.
  • Divine Providence Ministries Church, 402 Sherman Ave., 5 – 8 p.m.
  • Fourth Ward Tomcat Neighbors, Evans Street (between Lebanon & Sexton), 5 – 8 p.m.
  • West Park Neighbors, Greenman Elementary School, 729 W. Galena Blvd., 6 -8 p.m.

WARD 5

  • Invested Neighbors, Freeman Elementary School, 153 S. Randall Road, 5 – 8 p.m.
  • Kensington Lakes Subdivision, Colorado Avenue & Westgate Drive, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Washington Neighbors, Washington Park, 231 S. Constitution Drive, 5:30 – 8 p.m.

WARD 6

  • Arrow Wood Park, 1040 N. Commonwealth Ave., 5 – 7 p.m.
  • Marie Wilkinson Food Pantry, 834 N. Highland Ave., 4 – 7 p.m.
  • Randall West Neighborhood, 1373 Monomoy St., 5 – 7 p.m.
  • Northwest Territories, 842 Foran Lane, 6 – 8 p.m.
  • Gayles Memorial Baptist Church, 730 Gillette Ave., 6-8 p.m.
  • St. Augustine College, 841 N. Lake St., 6-8 p.m.
  • Gandi & Tracey Falcon, 446 West Park Ave., 6 – 8 p.m.
  • Plum Landing, 495 N. Lake St., 6:30 – 8 p.m.

WARD 7

  • Eastwood Community Center, 1644 Grove St., 5 – 8 p.m.
  • Forest Ridge Community Center, 1217 Second Ave., 5 – 7 p.m.
  • Grand Blvd. Center, 1226 Grand Blvd., 6 – 8 p.m.
  • Greater Mount Olive Church of God, 1039 Bonner Ave., 6 – 8 p.m.
  • Main Baptist Church, 814 E. Galena Blvd., 5 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Nature’s Meadows Park, 1861 Westridge Pl., 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
  • Oak Park Elementary School, 1200 Front St., 5 – 7 p.m.

WARD 8

  • GRENO, Georgetown School, 995 Long Grove Drive, 6 – 8pm
  • McCarty Park/School Area, Village Green Drive, 5 – 8 p.m.

WARD 9

  • Washington Square Plaza on Federal Drive (between Capital & Congress Ave.), 6 – 8 p.m.
  • Wheatlands Park (Fox Valley Park District), 2700 Block of Spinnaker Drive, 6 – 8 p.m.

WARD 10

  • Butterfield Park, 2550 White Barn Road, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Cinnamon Glen, 2737 Preston Ct., 6 – 8 p.m.
  • The Willows of Fox Valley & Aurora, 193 N. Gregory St., 7 – 9 p.m.
  • Village Baptist Church, 515 S. Frontenac St., 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Aurora, Naperville Receive $1.3 Million to Collaborate on Terrorism Training

Friday, July 28th, 2017

First responders in Aurora and Naperville will be better prepared to deal with coordinated terrorist attacks thanks to a grant of over $1.3 million over three years awarded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The cities worked in tandem to secure the grant money which will be used by police officers, firefighters, emergency management personnel and other first responders to coordinate training, planning and exercises to enhance response in the event of a Complex Coordinated Terrorist Attack (CCTA); such as those that have occurred in Paris, Boston, San Bernardino and other cities across the globe.

“Regional capability sharing between Aurora and Naperville would be essential in the response to a complex coordinated terror attack,” said Aurora Emergency Management Coordinator Joseph Jones. “Due to the population size and proximity of the two cities it is likely that any large scale event would impact both jurisdictions.”

Officials from both municipalities stress that training, planning, and exercises are needed to create appropriate response to any attacks. This preparation enhances the abilities of police, both patrol and Special Response Teams, and other first responders, to respond to multiple locations and effectively mitigate a complex coordinated terror attack.

“The vision of the CCTA program is to create a sustainable program for the region,” said Naperville Emergency Management Coordinator Dan Nelson. “This grant provides us with a tremendous opportunity to enhance the safety of the entire region by developing a system to identify gaps, educate, train, analyze, and implement changes to prepare our area to first prevent and, if needed, respond to a terrorist attack.”

The cities submitted a three-year plan when they applied for the grant in February as part of FEMA’s competitive “Prepare Communities for Complex Coordinated Terrorist Attacks Grant Program”. Some of the plan’s goals include the adoption of region-wide common response tactics for first responders, reviewing all valid assessments and critical infrastructure, ensuring that continuity of operations plans exist at all levels and with all responding agencies; and sharing all approved processes findings and corrective actions with local, regional, state and national partners.

The $1,373,809 grant award to the Aurora-Naperville collaboration is the largest received by any Illinois municipality or government agency and the 12th largest of the 30 awards handed out nationwide by FEMA.

This Week’s Member News

Monday, July 24th, 2017
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95.9 The River
Above Board Indoor Environmental
Accurate Personnel
Advance Auto Parts
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora Bank & Trust
Aurora University
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Caterpillar, Inc.
City Segment
ComEd
Company 251
Copy King Office Solutions, Inc.
CyrusOne
Do or Dye Designs
Dolan & Murphy
Downtown Auroran Magazine
Eagle Digital Marketing
Endiro Coffee
First Secure Community Bank
Ice Miller LLP
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency, Inc.
Magnetrol International, Inc.
Meyer Wealth Advisors
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Old Second National Bank
OnLight Aurora
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pilmer Real Estate
Pipe Fitters 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 Recyclers II
ServPro of Aurora
Sign*A*Rama
SmithAmundsen, LLC
Steffes & Associates Language and Translation (SALT)
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
The Voice
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
WSPY

Contact Us

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

 

 

Behind the Scenes at the Chamber
Summer is in full swing. We would like to take one last opportunity to thank the many sponsors and attendees of our 2017 Golf Classic. Despite the rain that morning, we were able to enjoy a wonderful afternoon of golf and networking at the cocktail reception that evening. And while we wrap up the details for the golf outing, we still have several programs and events for our members before the end of our fiscal year on August 31.

Below in the Calendar of Events, you will see six grand openings and ribbons cuttings to celebrate new or re-newed Chamber members. We hope you can join us at some of them to welcome new businesses to the region and to the Chamber.

Also, we have scheduled a What You Need to Know session on the American Health Care Act. While this legislation is still being discussed, debated, and decided in Washington, DC, we plan to bring you the latest implications on what current details mean for employers.

Don’t forget the July and August Fox Valley Networking Professionals breakfasts. Join us for breakfast, networking, and getting to know fellow members. This casual, welcoming event is a great way to meet new clients, potential partners, and local professionals.

On August 8, we are collaborating with several Fox Valley region chambers to offer a multi-chamber women in business lunch in Geneva. Details are below; we look forward to you joining us for this annual event.

Of course, we continue to watch and weigh in with advocacy issues of importance to our business community. This includes legislation approved by the General Assembly (such as SB 1) that has yet to be sent to the Governor’s office. Stay tuned as we work to get details and updates out to you through social media and other means.

If you would like to know more about any of these activities – or more of what we are working on to support our business members, please reach out and let us know: jhenning@aurorachamber.com or (630) 256-3180.

Have a great week.

Premier Members
Premier Members
Calendar of Events
Coffee & Connections Networking
Tuesday, July 25, 8:30 a.m.
Painters District No.30, 1905 Sequoia Drive, Aurora

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, July 27, 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora

Grand Opening: 500 Station Blvd.
Postponed
675 Station Blvd, Aurora

Grand Opening: Advance Auto Parts
Friday, July 28, 11:00 a.m.
3 N. Smith Street, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting 11:30 a.m.

Grand Opening: StemShala
Wednesday, August 2, 11:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.
4075 Fox Valley Center Drive, Unit 2, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting 11:30 a.m.

Grand Opening: East Aurora Counseling
Thursday, August 3, 3:30- 5:30 p.m.
143 S. Lincoln Ave., Aurora
Ribbon Cutting 4:00 p.m.

Grand Opening: Tracy’s Bistro
Friday, August 4, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
4424 East New York Street, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting 11:30 a.m.

Multi-Chamber Progressive Lunch
Tuesday, August 8, 11:30 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.
Mill Creek Country Club, 39W525 Herrington Dr., Geneva
Register by Monday, July 31. No- walk-ins.

Grand Opening: Best Elder Home Care
Wednesday, August 16, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
1649 Montgomery Rd. Suite #9, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting 11:30 a.m.

WYNTK Current AHCA Legislation
Tuesday, August 29, 8:00 – 9:30 a.m.
Aurora Chamber offices, 43 W Galena Blvd, Aurora
Please pre-register

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, August 31, 8:00 – 9:30 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr.
Sponsorships Available

Did You Know?
The Chicagoland Safety Health and Environmental Conference is being held September 18-21, 2017 at the Naperville campus of Northern Illinois University. Registration is now open at www.chisafetyconf.org. Conference attendees include business owners and managers, plant managers, professional and civic association members, municipalities, consultants, risk management professionals, project managers, loss control specialists, safety committee members, HR managers, corporate executives, shop foremen, lawyers, and professional trainers.
Public Policy Update
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Visit the Chamber blog:

General Assembly: Special Session Report

Statement in Response to 2017 State Budget Passage

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.

New Playground Coming for Waubonsie Lake Park

Sammons Joins Old Second

Gonzalez Selected as 2017 CommUnity Hero Award Recipient

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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Chicagoland Safety Health and Environmental Conference

Monday, July 24th, 2017

The Chicagoland Safety Health and Environmental Conference is being held September 18-21, 2017 at the Naperville campus of Northern Illinois University. Registration is now open at www.chisafetyconf.org. Conference attendees include Business owners and managers, plant managers, professional and civic association members, municipalities, consultants, Risk Management professionals, Project Managers, Loss Control Specialists, safety committee members, HR managers, corporate executives, shop foremen, lawyers, and professional trainers.

The Chicagoland Safety Health and Environmental Conference is the once a year premier training event for timely and expert training for OSHA/EPA compliance, general safety, industrial hygiene, environmental management and professional development.  Each year since 1988, hundreds of people attend the conference.  The 2016 conference drew over 400 people from 17 states and 89 Illinois communities.

The Chicagoland Safety Health and Environmental Conference offers a wide range of topics relating to General Safety, Environmental Management, OSHA/EPA compliance, Industrial Hygiene and Professional Development. Training sessions and workshops are 1.5 hours, 3 hours or all day and provide basic, intermediate and advanced level training.  Presenters include OSHA Compliance Assistance Specialists, university professors, lawyers, consultants, safety professionals, business owners, professional trainers, business and industry professionals a, and others who have extensive knowledge and experience. The 2016 conference session attendance was almost 1,800 people and the average class size was 21 people.   

This year’s wide ranging training topics include Safety Impact on Insurance Cost, OSHA Recordkeeping Rule, Clean Air Basics, Employment Testing, Temporary Workers, Illinois EPA’s New Industrial Stormwater Permit, Are You Complying with OSHA, OSHA Inspections and Reporting Requirements, Import/Export Rules, Substitutions Gone Bad, Active Shooter, The Cop and the Convict any many more.  A complete list of the 75+ topics can be found at www.chisafetyconf.org. Register NOW for Early Bird fees.

The Business EXPO on Wednesday features business owners and vendors from across the US as they showcase their latest products and services.  An evening networking social with hors d’oeuvres follow the Business EXPO.  Mr. Robert Sams travels from Australia to present the Keynote Address at the Thursday luncheon.  Mr. Sams has more than 20 years’ experience in the fields of risk, safety, and organizational culture.  Copies of his new book, Social Sensemaking, will be available.

Media partners include Industrial Hygiene News and the Daily Herald Business Ledger.  Promotional support of the conference is provided each year by many State and local business, trade organizations, manufacturing associations and Chambers of Commerce.  Included is the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce, Construction Industry Service Corporation (CISCO), Schaumburg Business Association, Illinois Chamber of Commerce, Aurora Regional, Hoffman Estates, Naperville and Joliet Regional Chambers of Commerce, Illinois Manufacturers Association, Three Rivers Manufacturer’s Association, the Chicagoland Chapter of International Facility Managers Association, BOMA/Suburban Chicago and the Dupage Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The conference is sponsored by local chapters of the American Society of Safety Engineers, American Industrial Hygiene Association, Alliance of Hazardous Material Professions and is planned in association with OSHA, National Safety Education Center and NIU College of Engineering Technology.

The conference week concludes with the Chicagoland EHS Golf Outing at Village Greens Golf Course in Woodridge on Friday September 22, 2017.  This is a great fun event for golfers and non-golfers alike.  Prizes for everyone and a coupon for a future round of golf are included.  To register or for information about event/hole sponsorships, click the link at www.chisafetyconf.org.

For more information about the conference or golf outing, contact Ken Orms at k.orms@att.net.

New Playground Coming for Waubonsie Lake Park

Monday, July 24th, 2017

A renovated playground and new, modern equipment is coming to Waubonsie Lake Park, following approval by the Fox Valley Park District Board of Commissioners for a $121,093 bid to The Kenneth Company of Bolingbrook.

Located at the south end of Waubonsie Lake, the playground complements the adjacent community park nature-based play zone with a more traditional playground experience and is separated by the dam spillway to create a barrier for young children, bicycles and strollers.

In keeping with best playground design and safety practices, separate play areas will be constructed; one area for children age 2 to 5 and another area for children in the 5 to 12 age range. A third, separate area will include the new and popular “expression swing” that promotes intergenerational as adults and children swing together.

The Board also approved the purchase of playground equipment through the U.S. Communities Purchasing Cooperative for $48,671, bringing the total project cost to $169,671, more than $10,000 below the budgeted cost of $180,000.

Park District staff worked closely with neighborhood groups in designing the concept plan, fielding input and feedback throughout the planning process through open forums at the park site and ongoing communications. Residents requested a bench and permanent picnic table, which were added to the final plan.

Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin in late August, with completion targeted for mid-October. The Kenneth Company recently completed a similar project for Fox Valley with a playground renovation at Verona Ridge Park on Aurora’s far west side.

This Week’s Chamber News

Monday, July 10th, 2017

Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce

 

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95.9 The River
Above Board Indoor Environmental
Accurate Personnel
Advance Auto Parts
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora Bank & Trust
Aurora University
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Caterpillar, Inc.
ComEd
Company 251
Copy King Office Solutions, Inc.
CyrusOne
Do or Dye Designs
Dolan & Murphy
Downtown Auroran Magazine
Eagle Digital Marketing
Endiro Coffee
First Secure Community Bank
Ice Miller LLP
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency, Inc.
Magnetrol International, Inc.
Meyer Wealth Advisors
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Old Second National Bank
OnLight Aurora
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pilmer Real Estate
Pipe Fitters 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 Recyclers II
ServPro of Aurora
Sign*A*Rama
SmithAmundsen, LLC
Steffes & Associates Language and Translation (SALT)
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
The Voice
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
WSPY

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Thank You to Today’s Sponsors, Golfers
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Behind the Scenes at the Chamber
It’s been a busy couple of weeks. Today, the entire Chamber team is at Aurora Country Club for the annual Golf Classic. Thank you to our presenting sponsor Meyer Wealth Advisors as well as our other sponsors and attendees.Last week, the Illinois General Assembly voted to override Gov. Rauner’s veto of the tax increase and budget. Our social media pages were inundated with constant updates for you on what was happening as well as comments from rating agencies, media editorials, and more. A statement in response to the budget passage may be found here and the recent Beacon-News article here.

Dozens attended our recent Jump Start Your Member Profile workshop to take advantage of the offerings available online with their membership. With its success, we will be planning additional workshops on the topic in the near future.

We celebrated AAA’s ribbon cutting for their new facility on Route 59. We have several more ribbon cuttings scheduled for July; check the event listing below and we hope to see you at one.

There are a number of additional programs in the works. They may be found in the Calendar Listing on the Chamber’s website. One more item of note: This month’s Coffee & Connections is scheduled for a week later than usual (July 25) at Painter’s District Council No. 30 due to a scheduling conflict. We look forward to seeing you there.

If you would like to know more about any of these activities – or more of what we are working on to support our business members, please reach out and let us know: jhenning@aurorachamber.com or (630) 256-3180.

Have a great week.

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Calendar of Events
Chamber Golf Classic
Presented by Meyer Wealth Advisors
Monday, July 10, 2017
Aurora Country Club, 1548 Prairie St., AuroraAmbassadors Committee Meeting
Thursday, July 13, 4:00 p.m.
Aurora Reginal Fire Museum, 53 N Broadway, Aurora

Ribbon Cutting: Xplore Tumbling
Friday, July 21, 4:00 p.m.
223 S. Lincolnway, North Aurora
Ribbon Cutting 4:30 p.m.

Coffee & Connections Networking Date Change
Tuesday, July 25, 8:30 a.m.
Painters District No.30, 1905 Sequoia Drive, Aurora Sponsorships Available

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, July 27, 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora Sponsorships Available

Grand Opening: 500 Station Blvd.
Thursday, July 27, 4:00 p.m.
675 Station Blvd, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting 4:30 p.m.

Ribbon Cutting: Advance Auto Parts
Friday, July 28, 11:00 a.m.
3 N. Smith Street, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting 11:30 a.m.

Did You Know?
Did you know that we have four ribbon cutting events coming up over the next month and that number continues to grow? Attending these events is a great way to support fellow members as they celebrate grand openings, expansions and anniversaries. In addition, these events are an effective way to network. You can register to attend these ribbon cuttings free of charge through your login member profile or through our website: www.aurorachamber.com. For more information please contact Reba Osborne, director of membership, at (630) 256-3184.
Public Policy Update
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General Assembly: Special Session Report

Statement in Response to 2017 State Budget Passage

Member News
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