About#CHAMBER_MASTER_HEADING#
How can one individual or one business speak with the power of nearly 600 voices? By teaming up with one of the region’s most powerful business forces, the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce.

We all come from diverse backgrounds—from independent contractors, entrepreneurs, small businesses and large corporations, to family-owned, minority-owned, and women-owned businesses. United, we become a single, unifying force with the power to shape the future of the Aurora region. 

Join Us!Member Benefits & Levels

 

Counties

5-Star

Accredited
Year History

110

Year History
Members

600+

Members

The Team Working For You

Meet our Staff

Meet our Board of Directors

Core Values

We believe that the same tenets that drive you and your business also drive us. That’s why, as we work, our core values serve as our guiding principles.

Lead With Energy And Passion.

Engaging with our members and the community is key to our mutual success. Our role as the chamber is to lead our communities to new heights. When we engage with energy and passion toward our vision to be a catalyst for business success, people will return that energy and be equally as passionate about engaging with us to build a stronger region.

Make Big Impacts.

In today’s world, we are constantly connected. It’s easy to busy our minds and our hands. At the Aurora Regional Chamber, being busy is not our goal. We work strategically to make big impacts on our communities and for business in order to see our region thrive.

Put People First.

We believe we’re better together. We put people and solutions at the heart of our work. Above all else, we prioritize our members, the people behind them and the support they seek as we work together to make big impacts.

Value And Embrace Diversity.

We live and work in one of the most diverse areas in Illinois, and we believe that is an asset. It is part of who we are in the greater Aurora area—both today and into the future. We value and embrace diversity of people, businesses, backgrounds, and thoughts. When we put people first and come together as one region, we are at our strongest.

Innovate Always. Never Stop Learning.

We are never satisfied with ‘okay.’ We are a team of life-long learners who constantly seek innovative solutions to problems. We value education and the diverse wisdom that others have to offer. We will never stop learning and will always keep innovating.

History

2020
With an amazing 100 years of history, the Aurora Regional Chamber has its sights set on the next 100 years of prosperity. In June 2020, the Aurora Regional Chamber rebranded its logo and colors to reflect a more modern design that better reflects today’s technological and digital world. The circular brand mark takes inspiration from the definition of the word aurora, simply put, small lights in the sky, along with the idea of connection and working together.
2017
The Aurora Regional Chamber was re-accredited as a 5-star chamber by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in June of 2017. 5-Star Accreditation is a distinction earned by only 1% of the nearly 7,000 chambers in the United States.
2015
The Aurora Regional Chamber was recognized as the 2015 Illinois Outstanding Chamber of the Year by the Illinois Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives.
2014
The board of directors approved changing the name to the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce, to emphasize the regional impact of both Aurora and the Chamber.
2012
The Aurora Regional Chamber became 5-star accredited by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in June of 2012. 5-Star Accreditation is a distinction earned by only 1% of the nearly 7,000 chambers in the United States.
1980s
In the early 1980s, the Greater Aurora Chamber established a committee of chamber members to focus on increasing tourism within the area. This committee was the forerunner of today’s Aurora Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. Also during the 1980s, in partnership with the City of Aurora, the Greater Aurora Chamber established the Aurora Economic Development Commission. Its goal was to bring industrial and commercial development to the economy of our community.
1956
The Board of Directors approved changing name to the Greater Aurora Chamber of Commerce in November 1956. Even 53 years ago, the foresight of the Chamber Board of Directors and staff realized the growth potential of this community and the impact the Chamber of Commerce could—and would—have on that growth.
1920
The Aurora Chamber of Commerce was organized in January 1920. Since then, the Chamber has been working effectively for the civic, commercial and industrial welfare of the entire community.
1913
The Aurora Commercial Club was established. Its primary focus was purely set on the commerce of the community. According to all reports, the Commercial Club had done great work, but it was not fully equipped to meet the City’s civic and commercial problems created by new conditions.
1906
Aurora’s first Chamber of Commerce was organized in 1906.

Strategic Plan Goals

Economic Development

  • Feature resources, topics and innovation to benefit members
  • Forge partnerships to leverage public and private resources
  • Work to ensure business development processes maximize business attraction, retention and expansion
  • Support initiatives  to connect and retain young professionals
  • Support initiatives to improve education outcomes and skill of the workforce

Organizational Development

  • Ensure financial viability of the organization
  • Ensure appropriate staff is in place for continued development
  • Promote organizational strength in marketing
  • Maintain five-star accreditation with the US Chamber
  • Provide succession planning for the Board
  • Collaborate with other organizations, assuming leadership when appropriate to achieve goals of the business community

Member Development

  • Ensure member value exceeds investment
  • Serve as the connector for business professionals
  • Monitor, advise and provide leadership and advocacy on public policy issues affecting the local, regional and state economy
  • Conduct outreach, surveys and communications with members to address emerging business issues
  • Engage a larger percentage of members in activities