Death Comes to the Tanner House: Sorrows of the Civil War

October 17th, 2018

The impact of the Civil War on the personal lives of Aurorans will be explored at “Death Comes to the Tanner House:  Sorrows of the Civil War” on Oct. 26 – 28, 2018.

Fictional characters will inhabit the Tanner House Museum, depicting veterans, family members, and neighbors dealing with the death of an officer just before the presidential election of 1864, in the waning days of the Civil War.

Performances will be at 6:30, 7:30, and 8:30 p.m. each evening.  Reservations are required and may be made online at www.aurorahistory.net or by calling (630) 906-0650.   Admission is $15 per person, $12 for historical society members.  Attendees must be 13 years of age or older.

The 2018 program is the seventh Death Comes to the Tanner House offering.  Previous performances have presented various subjects, including the death of William Tanner in 1892,  Victorian-era substance addictions, and  ill-advised Halloween revels in 1923.

The Tanner House was built in 1857 for prominent Aurora merchant William Tanner, his wife, Anna, and their 9 children, and donated to the Aurora Historical Society by two daughters in 1936.  During the year it is shown as an upper-middle-class home in the era 1875-1900.

There is additional information on Facebook at aurorahistory, and online at www.aurorahistory.net.

EEI’s Member Earns APWA CPII Certification

October 15th, 2018

Engineering Enterprises, Inc. is pleased to announce that Christopher J. Ott, P.E. has become a Certified Public Infrastructure Inspector (CPII).  The certification program is governed by the CPII Council of the American Public Works Association (APWA).  The purpose of the Public Infrastructure Inspector Certification is to promote quality infrastructure throughout the community by advancing the knowledge and practice of construction inspection to benefit the community and public agencies.

The Certified Public Infrastructure Inspector certification program is intended for individuals that inspect the construction of public infrastructure (e.g., roadways, highways, utilities, bridges, dams) and facilities (e.g., pump stations, treatment plants, water storage facilities) and other types of construction work and materials to ensure compliance with plans and specifications.  Duties may include observation, measurement, testing, and documentation.  The Public Infrastructure Inspector Certification system includes an eligibility application process, an exam, and a recertification application process.

Engineering Enterprises, Inc., founded in 1974, is an award-winning consulting engineering firm providing services to public agencies throughout northeastern Illinois.  Our experienced diverse staff includes licensed engineers, licensed surveyors, technicians, and support staff that provide a full range of services for planning, design, and construction of infrastructure projects, plus grant and funding assistance. For additional information visit our website at www.eeiweb.com

#AuroraChamber News: Still Time to Register for Friday’s Events

October 15th, 2018

In three weeks, voters have a wide range of issues to consider.

Aurora Chamber

  In This Issue  

From The Aurora Chamber »
Premier Investors »
Public Policy Updates »
Welcome New Members »
Elite Members »
Calendar of Events »
Caught On Camera »
Member News »
Did You Know? »
Spotlight On Membership »
Money-Saving Programs For Members »
About The Aurora Chamber »

JOIN US FOR A STATE OF INNOVATION, ANNUAL CELEBRATION

2018 State of Business: Innovation
Presented by OnLight Aurora
Friday, Oct. 19, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Annual Celebration of Membership at 11:30 a.m.
Belle Salle Banquets, 1920 E. New York Street, Aurora

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On Friday, Oct. 19, The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce will focus on the State of Business: Innovation. The first of its kind summit will include exhibitors spotlighting their innovation through products and services, panels of innovators sharing their experiences, and our Annual Celebration of Membership at noon.

Our featured presenter will be Tom Kuczmarski. He is president and founder of the global consulting firm Kuczmarski Innovation and an internationally recognized expert in the innovation of new products and services. Kuczmarski is the author of seven books on innovation and leadership, including his most recent book, Lifting People Up: the Power of Recognition (Book Ends Publishing, 2018), co-authored with Dr. Susan Smith Kuczmarski.

Please note: Innovation Summit registration includes ticket to Annual Celebration of Membership at 11:30 a.m.

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Public Policy Updates

Every vote matters.

In three weeks, voters have a wide range of issues to consider: the state of the economy, taxes, regulations and legislative initiatives, and the overall political landscape in Springfield and Washington. Whatever your reason for voting, there has never been a more important time to make your voice heard.

On Nov. 6, Illinoisans will go to the polls to elect our representatives to the U.S. House of Representatives, State Constitutional officers, Illinois General Assembly members, and County Board members.

By being a part of the political process, we can elect officials who are willing to get things done in support of pro-growth policies that promote opportunity and job creation for our region. The business community has too much at stake to sit on the sidelines.

The single most powerful tool each one of us has is our voice and our vote.

Kane County voters
DuPage County voters
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Kendall County voters

Other Recent Policy News

Highlights of Tax Reform for Businesses »
U.S. Chamber Foundation Launches Education, Workforce Fellowship »
Governor Signs Bill to Transition to Multi-year
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»
Governor Signs Legislation to Help Keep Illinois Students in Illinois »
State of Illinois Sells $965 Million in Bonds »

Welcome New Members

OSH Compliance Training and Consulting
Joseph Garcia
Aurora
(630) 329-6668
Consultants

Total Charter Bus Chicago
Hala Faruqi
10 S. LaSalle St., Chicago
(312) 766-2242
Trucking & Transportation

Burger King
Andrea Placzkowski
1775 N. Farnsworth Ave., Aurora
(815) 356-9770
Restaurants & Taverns

Sales Empowerment Group
Vickie Drendel
6 W. Hubbard St., Ste 400, Chicago
(312) 374-3500
Business Consulting

Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC
Jonathan Rosenfeld
225 W. Wacker Dr., Ste 1760, Chicago
(847) 835-8895
Legal Services

Clear Channel Outdoor
Tony Pontikis
4000 S. Morgan St., Chicago
(773) 843-2000
Marketing & Advertising

Nock & Feather Kustom Archery
Dallas Colburn
439 S. Lake St., Aurora
(630) 896-3854
Sports & Recreation

Elite Members

 95.9 The River      Aaron’s      Above Board Indoor Environmental      Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.      Aurora Bank & Trust      Aurora Collective      Aurora University      Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston      Barbara Geiger – Keller Williams Experience      Beans Greens Proteins      Best Rates Heating and Cooling      Caterpillar, Inc.      City Segment      ComEd      Comprehensive Prosthetics and Orthotics      Country Financial – West Aurora      Dolan & Murphy      Endiro Coffee      First Secure Community Bank      Fox Valley Mall      Freedom Development Group, LLC      ganc.io      Gateway Mortgage Group      Healthcare Solutions Team – Deepti Srivastava      Henkels & McCoy, Inc.      Jiffy Lube Multi-Care      Kluber Architects + Engineers       Konen Insurance Agency, Inc.      Lendio of Naperville      Magick Woods, Inc.      Magnetrol International, Inc.      MedCom Group, LLC      Midwest Coach Limousine, Inc.      Mitutoyo America Corporation      Mooney & Thomas P.C.      New York Life Insurance Company and Nylife Securities, LLC      Old Second National Bank      OnLight Aurora      Orochem Technologies, Inc.      Painters District Council 30      Palo Creative, PLL      Paramount Arts Centre      Pilmer Real Estate      Plum Landing Retirement Community      Prairie Technology Solutions Group, LLC      Presence Mercy Medical Center      Pure Skin Solutions, LLC      R.C. Wegman Construction Company      Rasmussen College      Rich Harvest Farms      Rush Copley Medical Center      S&S Metal Recyclers II      Scientel Solutions      ServPro of Aurora      Sign*A*Rama      SmithAmundsen, LLC      Staffing Network, LLC & QPA       Staffmark      Thoughtwave Software & Solutions      T-Mobile     Two Brothers Roundhouse      Valley Fastener Group, LLC      VivirMED, LLC      The Voice      Waubonsee Community College      Weldstar Company      Woodforest National Bank      World Finance Corporation      WSPY 

Calendar of Events

State of Business Summit: Innovation
Presented by OnLight Aurora
Friday, Oct. 19, 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Belle Salle Banquets, 1920 E. New York Street, Aurora

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, Oct. 25, 8 – 9:30 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons, Aurora
Sponsored by Pure Skin

Grand Opening: TempurPedic
Friday, Oct. 26, 12 – 1:30 p.m.
740 North Route 59, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 12:30 p.m.

Grand Opening: Hairy Beast Dog Pawlour
Monday, Oct. 29, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
215 W. Galena, #4, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 11:30 a.m.

Grand Opening: Burger King
Friday, Nov. 2, 9 – 10:30 a.m.
1775 N. Farnsworth Ave., Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 9:30 a.m.

Grand Opening: Tredwell Coffee
Monday, Nov. 5, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
14 W. Downer Place, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 11:30 a.m.

Red Kettle Kick Off: Salvation Army
Friday, Nov. 9, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Paramount Theatre, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 7 p.m.

Grand Opening: Sport Clips
Wednesday, Nov. 14, 8:30 – 10 a.m.
1720 N. Orchard Rd. Ste 130, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 9 a.m.

Save the Date: Holiday Celebration
Wednesday, Dec. 5, 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Aurora Country Club

Caught On Camera

Caught On Camera

Recently, the Aurora Chamber team and membership celebrated the 30th anniversary of Mercyfest (left) with Our Lady of Mercy and the 50th anniversary of the Aurora Regional Fire Museum (right). For these and more photos of recent activities, please visit our Facebook page.

Member News

If you have news to share with your fellow members, please forward to info@aurora-chamber.com. Be sure and check out our blog and social media for what’s happening in our region.
EEI Announces Two New Project Managers »
Innovation Summit Sponsor Highlight: Konen Insurance »
Innovation Summit Sponsor Highlight: Umbrella Technologies »
Dart Foundation Donates $40,000 to VNA Health Care »
Aurora Named a Top 100 Finalist for the Chicago Innovation Awards »
W-2 Wage Earners Should Do a Paycheck Checkup ASAP »
An Estimated Tax Payment in 2018 Could Help Avoid a Penalty in 2019 »
Free Fall Leaf Collection Begins Next Month »
House Method Names Aurora ‘Most Underrated Town’ in Illinois »
Mayor Irvin Selected for Prestigious Leadership Program »
Aurora Police First in State to Join ‘Neighbors’ App »

Did You Know?

The #AuroraChamber recently was published in The Daily Herald. Titled Aurora Regional Chamber Strengthens Economy, the article highlights the organization’s (and its members’) role as catalyst, champion, and convener for our region’s successes. To read the article, click here.

SPOTLIGHT ON MEMBERSHIP

The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce has a number of shared interest groups (SIGs) to support those members with, well, a shared interest. This month, we’d like to highlight the Retail Roundtable, sponsored in part by Fox Valley Mall.

Recently, the group met to discuss the upcoming #ShopLocal Saturday on Nov. 24. In addition, those in attendance shared concerns and tips. For those unable to attend, please click to download our 2018 Shop Local Tip Sheet.

For details on the Retail Roundtable, please contact Maureen Gasek, director of events & marketing, at (630) 256-3182.

Money-Saving Programs For Members

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About The Aurora Chamber

The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is a private, not-for-profit, membership-driven organization comprised of more than 700 members representing nearly 40,000 employees. Our mission is be the catalyst for business success by providing leadership that facilitates the creation of a prosperous regional economy and effective advocacy for our members.

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Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce
43 W. Galena Blvd.
Aurora, IL 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180
Fax: (630) 256-3189

www.aurora-chamber.com

Highlights of Tax Reform for Businesses

October 12th, 2018

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act included a few dozen tax law changes that affect businesses. Most of the changes in the new law take effect in 2018 and will affect tax returns filed in 2019.

This fact sheet summarizes some of the changes for businesses and gives resources to help business owners find more details.

Business taxpayers should re-estimate estimated tax payments

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act changed the way tax is calculated for most taxpayers, including those with substantial income not subject to withholding, such as small business owners and self-employed individuals. Among other reforms, the new law changed the tax rates and brackets, revised business expense deductions, increased the standard deduction, removed personal exemptions, increased the child tax credit and limited or discontinued certain deductions. As a result, many taxpayers may need to raise or lower the amount of tax they pay each quarter through the estimated tax system.

Because of the far-reaching tax changes taking effect this year, the IRS urges all employees, including those with other sources of income, to perform a Paycheck Checkup now. Doing so now will help avoid an unexpected year-end tax bill and possibly a penalty. The easiest way to do this is to use the Withholding Calculator available on IRS.gov.

A companion publication, Publication 505, Tax Withholding and Estimated Tax, has additional details, including worksheets and examples, which can help taxpayers determine whether they should pay estimated tax. Some of those groups that should consult Publication 505 are those who have dividend or capital gains income, owe alternative minimum tax or have other special situations.

Form 1040-ES can also help taxpayers figure these payments simply and accurately. The estimated tax package includes a quick rundown of key tax changes, income tax rate schedules for 2018 and a useful worksheet for figuring the right amount to pay.

More information about tax withholding and estimated tax can be found on the IRS’s Pay As You Go web page.

New or revised deductions for businesses

  • Qualified business income. Many taxpayers may be eligible for a new deduction for qualified business income (QBI) from a qualified trade or business operated directly or through a pass-through entity.

The deduction has two components.

1)     Eligible taxpayers may be entitled to deduct up to 20 percent of their qualified business income (QBI) from a domestic business operated as a sole proprietorship or through a partnership, S corporation, trust or estate. For taxpayers with taxable income that exceeds $315,000 for a married couple filing a joint return, or $157,500 for all other taxpayers, the deduction is subject to limitations such as the type of trade or business, the taxpayer’s taxable income, the amount of W-2 wages paid by the qualified trade or business and the unadjusted basis immediately after acquisition (UBIA) of qualified property held by the trade or business. Income earned through a C corporation or by providing services as an employee is not eligible for the deduction.

2)     Eligible taxpayers may be entitled to deduct 20 percent of their combined qualified real estate investment trust (REIT) dividends and qualified publicly traded partnership (PTP) income. This component of the section 199A deduction is not limited by W-2 wages or the UBIA of qualified property.

The sum of these two amounts is referred to as the combined qualified business income amount. Generally, this deduction is the lesser of the combined qualified business income amount and an amount equal to 20 percent of the taxable income minus the taxpayer’s net capital gain.

The deduction is available for tax years beginning after Dec. 31, 2017. Most eligible taxpayers can claim it for the first time when they file their 2018 federal income tax return in 2019. The deduction is available regardless of whether an individual itemizes their deductions on Schedule A or takes the standard deduction.

For more information, see the FAQs on the Deduction for Qualified Business Income.

  • Meal and entertainment expenses. The new law generally eliminated the deduction for any expenses related to activities generally considered entertainment, amusement or recreation. However, under the new law, taxpayers can continue to deduct 50 percent of the cost of business meals if the taxpayer – or an employee of the taxpayer – is present and the food or beverages are not considered lavish or extravagant. The meals may be provided to a current or potential business customer, client, consultant or similar business contact. Food and beverages that are purchased or consumed during entertainment events will not be considered entertainment if purchased separately from the entertainment, or if the cost is stated separately from the entertainment on one or more bills, invoices or receipts.
  • Fines and penalties paid to a government. Taxpayers can’t deduct certain fines and penalties for violation of the law. See Notice 2018-23 for more details.
  • Payments made in sexual harassment or sexual abuse cases. Taxpayers can’t deduct certain payments made in sexual harassment or sexual abuse cases.
  • Payments under state or local tax credit programs. Business taxpayers who make business-related payments to charities or government entities for which the taxpayers receive state or local tax credits can generally deduct the payments as business expenses.
  • The business expense deduction is available to any business taxpayer, regardless of whether it’s doing business as a sole proprietor, partnership or corporation, as long as the payment qualifies as an ordinary and necessary business expense.

Changes to fringe benefit deductions

There are important changes to fringe benefit deductions that employers need to know about. These changes can affect a business’s bottom line and its employee’ deductions.

  • Transportation fringe benefits. The new law disallows deductions for expenses associated with qualified transportation fringe benefits or expenses incurred providing transportation for commuting (except as necessary for employee safety).
  • Bicycle commuting reimbursements. Under the new tax law, employers can deduct qualified bicycle commuting reimbursements as a business expense for 2018 through 2025. The new tax law suspends the exclusion of qualified bicycle commuting reimbursements from an employee’s income for 2018 through 2025. Employers must now include these reimbursements in the employee’s wages.
  • Moving expenses. Employers must now include moving expense reimbursements in employees’ wages. The new tax law suspends the former exclusion for qualified moving expense reimbursements. One exception: Active duty members of the U.S. Armed Forces can still exclude moving expenses from their income. Notice 2018-75 provides guidance on 2018 reimbursements for employees’ 2017 moves. Generally, reimbursements in this situation are not taxed.
  • Achievement awards. Special rules allow an employee to exclude achievement awards from wages if the awards are tangible personal property. An employer also may deduct awards that are tangible personal property, subject to certain deduction limits. The new law clarifies the definition of tangible personal property.

See the Employer Update on IRS.gov for more details.

Changes to depreciation and expensing for businesses

The Tax Cuts and Job Act changed some laws regarding depreciation and expensing. These changes can affect a business’s tax situation. Here are the highlights:

  • Businesses can immediately expense more under the new law.
  • Temporary 100 percent expensing for certain business assets (first year bonus depreciation).
  • Changes to depreciation limitations on luxury automobiles and personal use property.
  • The treatment of certain farm property changed.
  • Applicable recovery period for real property.
  • Use of alternative depreciation system for farming businesses.

More details are in FS-2018-9, New rules and limitations for depreciation and expensing under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

New and revised tax credits for businesses

  • New employer credit for paid family and medical leave. This general business credit is a percentage of the amount of wages paid to a qualifying employee while on family and medical leave for up to 12 weeks per taxable year. The credit is generally effective for wages paid in taxable years beginning after Dec. 31, 2017, and before Jan. 1, 2020. For more information, see the Frequently Asked Questions about the Employer Credit for Paid Family and Medical Leave and Notice 2018-71.
  • Rehabilitation tax credit. The new law affects the rehabilitation tax credit for amounts that taxpayers pay or incur for qualified expenditures after Dec. 31, 2017. It repeals the 10 percent credit for buildings placed in service before 1936. It keeps the 20 percent credit for expenses to rehabilitate a certified historic structure, but requires taxpayers to prorate the 20 percent credit over five years instead of in the year they placed the building into service.

A transition rule gives relief to owners of either a certified historic structure or a pre-1936 building by allowing owners to use the prior law if the project meets these conditions:

  • The taxpayer owns or leases the building on Jan. 1, 2018, and at all times thereafter, and
  • The 24- or 60-month period selected for the substantial rehabilitation test begins by June 20, 2018.

Accounting methods

Small businesses. The new tax law allows small business taxpayers with average annual gross receipts of $25 million or less in the prior three-year period to use the cash method of accounting. The law expands the number of small business taxpayers eligible to use the cash method of accounting and also exempts these small businesses from certain accounting rules for inventories, cost capitalization and long-term contracts. As a result, more small business taxpayers are allowed to change to the cash method of accounting starting after Dec. 31, 2017.

S corporation to C corporation. An eligible terminated S corporation that is required to change from the overall cash method to an overall accrual method of accounting because of a revocation of its S corporation election that makes this method change for the C corporation’s first taxable year after such revocation must use a 6-year section 481(a) adjustment period. See Revenue Procedure 2018-44 for details.

Like-kind exchanges. Under the new law, deferral of gain or loss now applies only to exchanges of real property and not to exchanges of personal or intangible property. An exchange of real property held primarily for sale still does not qualify as a like-kind exchange. To qualify as a like-kind exchange, a taxpayer must hold the real property for productive use in a trade or business or for investment. Real property held for sale does not qualify. A transition rule in the new law provides that an exchange of personal or intangible property may qualify as a like kind exchange if the taxpayer began the exchange by transferring property or receiving replacement property on or before Dec. 31, 2017. See more details on the Like-Kind Exchanges – Real Estate Tax Tips page on IRS.gov.

International business. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act changed some things related to international businesses. Learn more on the tax reform page for international taxpayers and businesses.

Wrongful IRS levy. Individuals and businesses have more time to file an administrative claim or to bring a civil action for wrongful levy or seizure. The new law extended the time limit for filing an administrative claim and for bringing a suit for wrongful levy from nine months to two years. For more information, see news release 2018-126.

EEI Announces Two New Project Managers

October 11th, 2018

Engineering Enterprises, Inc. (EEI) is proud to announce the promotion of two staff members to Project Managers within the organization.

John Hoffmann is a licensed professional engineer and a Certified Public Infrastructure Inspector (CPII) through the American Public Works Association (APWA). He is a graduate from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois with a BS in Civil Engineering. Since joining EEI 11 years ago, John has aligned himself with EEI’s core values and progressed in his career. He is also an active member of the Illinois Section American Water Works Association (ISAWWA) and currently serves on the Water Distribution Committee.

Colleen Jaltuch is a licensed professional engineer and an accredited LEED AP Building Design & Construction (LEED AP BD&C) through the U.S. Green Building Council. She is a graduate from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign with a BS in Civil Engineering and has 20 plus years of engineering experience on various types of transportation projects. Colleen is the current Chapter President for the Illinois Society of Professional Engineers – DuKane and is their MathCounts program Coordinator. Since joining EEI three years ago, Colleen has demonstrated a strong ability to manage key transportation related projects.

Engineering Enterprises, Inc., founded in 1974, is an award-winning consulting engineering firm providing services to public agencies throughout northeastern Illinois.  Our experienced diverse staff includes licensed engineers, licensed surveyors, technicians, and support staff that provide a full range of services for planning, design, and construction of infrastructure projects, plus grant and funding assistance. For additional information visit our website at www.eeiweb.com

Innovation Summit Sponsor Highlight: Konen Insurance

October 10th, 2018

2018 State of Business Summit: Innovation

Friday, Oct. 19, 2018

Belle Salle Banquets, 1920 E. New York Street, Aurora

8:30 a.m.     Doors Open

9:00 a.m.     Panel Discussion on Business Innovation

10:30 a.m.   Keynote with Tom Kaczmurski, entrepreneur, innovator, and author

12:00 p.m.   Annual Celebration of Membership

 

For information and registration, click here.

 

Summit Sponsor Highlight: Konen Insurance

www.Konen.com

Contacts: Jerry Knudtson and Brian Konen

 

What makes your product or service impactful for businesses?

We are the best thing to happen on your worst day! We are here to safeguard what matters most and provide peace of mind in the neighborhoods where we live and work.

 

How do you encourage innovation?

We start by investing in the latest technology and mobile automation. But much more than new technology, we invest in advancing our staff’s knowledge and expertise in order to bring creative ideas and solutions to our clients’ insurance and risk management program.

 

What are the most interesting challenges your team is working to address?

It’s challenging to continue to provide our “high touch” service in a technology driven world. While we pride ourselves on being available to our clients, many are now looking for new ways to interact with our staff other than on the phone, by email or in person. We are exploring texting, soon to offer a chat box from our website, just launched a mobile app and currently interact with clients and prospects alike through social media.

Innovation Summit Sponsor Highlight: Umbrella Technologies

October 10th, 2018

2018 State of Business Summit: Innovation

Friday, Oct. 19, 2018

Belle Salle Banquets, 1920 E. New York Street, Aurora

8:30 a.m.     Doors Open

9:00 a.m.     Panel Discussion on Business Innovation

10:30 a.m.   Keynote with Tom Kaczmurski, entrepreneur, innovator, and author

12:00 p.m.   Annual Celebration of Membership

 

For information and registration, click here.

 

Summit Sponsor Highlight: Umbrella Technologies

www.UmbrellaTech.co

Contacts: Samantha Mosher and Thomas Carnevale

 

What makes your product or service impactful for businesses?

For more than 10 years the founders of Umbrella Technologies have created innovative products within the security industry including HD cameras, video management software, and business intelligence analytics. Time and time again we have gotten a first-hand look at the core frustrations of end-users. We saw an incredibly urgent need to create true convergence of their security technologies. We have seen them been provided unrealistic expectations, ridiculous price gouging, inconsistent service and support, and even complete project failure! Finally, we said “ENOUGH!” and decided to bring our best individuals together to create the perfect solution. That solution is Umbrella Technologies. The mission of Umbrella Technologies is to fulfill the growing demand of true security system integration bridging the gap between physical and cyber security infrastructure. Unlike other companies, we have the experience, knowledge, and proper technology to make sure every single area is covered!

 

How do you encourage innovation?

Understanding the problem before implementation is our code. Our team handles each project with great care and patience. Every project is a puzzle that needs to be solved. The answers to these puzzles belong to those who are willing to work hard to figure them out. The team at Umbrella Technologies is always devising innovative and creative solutions, for both new and returning customers. Every single day, we hear phrases such as “I’ve been in the industry for 20 years, so I must know what I’m doing!” every single day. Well, 20 years ago everything was completely different. To be honest, everything was completely different even three years ago! We do not carry the attitude of knowing it all, but success is the reward to individuals who are continuously prepared – and we always come prepared!

 

What are the most interesting challenges your team is working to address?

The convergence of physical and cyber infrastructure security.

 

Any other comments or thoughts you would like to share?

We are thrilled to have the opportunity to add value to this event!

 

News, Updates for October 2018 from Your #AuroraChamber

October 9th, 2018

Aurora named finalist for Chicago innovation awards.

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About The Aurora Chamber »

JOIN US FOR A STATE OF INNOVATION

2018 State of Business: Innovation
Presented by OnLight Aurora
Friday, Oct. 19, from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Annual Celebration of Membership at 11:30 a.m.
Belle Salle Banquets, 1920 E. New York Street, Aurora

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The Aurora region has a long history of innovation — from the first city with electric streetlights throughout and the first free public school district in the state to the 45-mile fiber optic ring and Aurora Regional Pathways. Our community — and its residents and employers — know that innovation is key to the economic development of the region for healthcare, manufacturing, education, small business, and more.

On Friday, Oct. 19, The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce will focus on the State of Business: Innovation. The first of its kind summit will include exhibitors spotlighting their innovation through products and services, panels of innovators sharing their experiences, and our Annual Celebration of Membership at noon.

Our featured presenter will be Tom Kuczmarksi. He is president and founder of the global consulting firm Kuczmarski Innovation and an internationally recognized expert in the innovation of new products and services. Kuczmarski is the author of seven books on innovation and leadership, including his most recent book, Lifting People Up: the Power of Recognition (Book Ends Publishing, 2018), co-authored with Dr. Susan Smith Kuczmarski.

For more information on the event — and to register as a sponsor, exhibitor, or attendee — visit our website.

AURORA NAMED FINALIST FOR CHICAGO INNOVATION AWARDS

Chicago Innovation Awards

The City of Aurora has been named a Top 100 Finalist for the 2018 Chicago Innovation Awards. During a special reception held in Chicago with the 519 nominees, the Chicago Innovation Awards committee selected Aurora as one of the Top 100 Finalist to advance in the annual competition that recognizes innovators in the region.

The general public can vote for a People’s Choice Award winner by visiting https://chicagoinnovation.com/peoples-choice-award-voting/. Supporters of the City of Aurora are encouraged to vote by October 5. Aurora is listed in the Neighborhood Awards category on the voting site.

The City of Aurora was nominated for its fiber optic network – operated by OnLight Aurora – which has enhanced the business climate of the state’s second largest city while serving the connectivity needs of Aurora’s schools, healthcare providers, social service agencies and other community anchor institutions. In addition, the City’s commitment to technology, improvements in the IT Department and plans for an Open Data Portal were significant factors in the decision of the panel of judges.

US CHAMBER LAUNCHES EDUCATION, WORKFORCE FELLOWSHIP

The U.S. Chamber Foundation Fellowship will provide new opportunities for state and local chambers to engage at a national level on critical education and workforce issues.

Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Joseph Henning, IOM, CAE, recently attended the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s inaugural premier business leadership program to help address the most pressing education and workforce issues.

“State and local leaders know better than anyone the critical link between education and economic development,” said Cheryl Oldham, senior vice president of the Center for Education and Workforce. “We created this program to help these leaders find opportunities to develop initiatives that will advance the growth of their local economy and put education policy into practice.”

Following a competitive application and selection process, 35 state and local chamber executives were chosen for the inaugural class of Business Leads Fellows from nearly 150 applicants. The four-month fellowship covers the entire talent pipeline, including early childhood education, K-12, higher education, and workforce development.

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The Peoria Journal Star reports ‘Illinois residents pay more taxes than any other state.’ The fact that Illinois residents are heavily taxed isn’t a secret. WalletHub, a national personal finance service, recently ranked Illinois as 51st in the nation in terms of the severity of its overall tax burden — that’s last among the 50 states and Washington, D.C. According to WalletHub, the state and local tax on an Illinois household earning the median U.S. income is 14.89 percent, the highest in the nation.

The median Illinois household pays $8,330 in taxes annually — not counting federal taxes. Among Midwestern states, Wisconsin is next at $7,193. But the tax burden on median households is almost 40 percent higher in Illinois compared to most of its neighbors, states WalletHub. The Tax Foundation lists Illinois as having the second-highest property taxes in the country, second only to New Jersey.

To read the full Journal Star article, click here.

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Travel & Insurance

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Calendar of Events

Retail Roundtable
Wednesday, Oct. 3, 8:30 – 10 a.m.
Fox Valley Mall Food Court

50th Anniversary: Aurora Regional Fire Museum
Thursday, Oct. 4, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
53 N. Broadway, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 11:30 a.m.

30th Anniversary: Our Lady of Mercy
Thursday, Oct. 4, 3:30. – 5 p.m.
OLM Church, 701 S. Eola, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 4 p.m.

Jump Start Your Membership
Tuesday, Oct. 9, 8:30 – 10 a.m.
Chamber offices, 43 W Galena Blvd. Aurora

Grand Opening: GlowZone
Friday, Oct. 12, 3:30 – 5 p.m.
301 S. Route 59, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 4 p.m.

State of Business Summit: Innovation
Friday, Oct. 19, 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Belle Salle Banquets 1920 E. New York Street, Aurora
Sponsorships Available

Grand Opening: TempurPedic
Friday, Oct. 26, 12 – 1:30 p.m.
740 North Route 59, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 12:30 p.m.

Grand Opening: Hairy Beast Dog Pawlour
Monday, Oct. 29, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
215 W. Galena, #4, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 11:30 a.m.

Save the Date: Holiday Celebration
Dec. 5, 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Aurora Country Club

Caught On Camera

Caught On Camera

Members of the Aurora Regional Chamber have had a number of opportunities to celebrate recently. Hairy Beast Dog Pawlour (left) was one of two top awardees at the Third Annual Pitch Competition in Aurora. Among the several grand openings recently were Wendy’s Aurora (right), as well as Gateway Foundation’s 50th anniversary and Glanbia Performance Nutrition’s sustainability recognition. Ribbon cuttings and grand openings are great opportunities for you to meet fellow business leaders and to welcome new employers to the area.

Member News

If you have news to share with your fellow members, please forward to info@aurora-chamber.com. Be sure and check out our blog and social media for what’s happening in our region.
Community Foundation Seats New Directors »
Mamie Eisenhower to Be ‘Guest’ at Historical Society Fundraiser »
Aurora Named a Top 100 Finalist for the Chicago Innovation Awards »
EEI Announces Newest Licensed Professional Engineer »
Aurora Business Organizations to Host Manufacturing Day Job Fair »
W-2 Wage Earners Should Do a Paycheck Checkup ASAP »
An Estimated Tax Payment in 2018 Could Help Avoid a Penalty in 2019 »
Free Fall Leaf Collection Begins Next Month »
House Method Names Aurora ‘Most Underrated Town’ in Illinois »
Mayor Irvin Selected for Prestigious Leadership Program »
Aurora Police First in State to Join ‘Neighbors’ App »

Did You Know?

#AuroraChamber Programs and Events are a great opportunity to showcase your products and services. Last year, more than 2,500 business professionals attended more than 100 events hosted by the Aurora Regional Chamber. With cost-effective sponsorships beginning at $175, Chamber members have a unique opportunity to reach potential customers – whether your business is business-to-consumer or business-to-business – the Chamber offers events monthly to support your growth, connections, and success. For details, contact Maureen Gasek, director of events and marketing, at the Chamber.

Partnering For Our Community

The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is partnering with Invest Aurora and Valley Industrial Association as well as Quad County African American and Aurora Regional Hispanic chambers of commerce for a Manufacturing Day Job Fair on Friday, Oct. 5, 2018 at the Prisco Center, 150 W. Illinois Ave, in Aurora.

Agenda for Friday, Oct. 5:
9 a.m. – Set up and Continental Breakfast
10 a.m. – Job Fair
Noon – Break-out sessions (lunch provided for employers)
1 p.m. – Job Fair 2 p.m. – Job Fair Concludes

The break-out session for employers will focus on available funding to assist with hiring and training employees. The breakout session for job seekers will focus on resume writing and interviewing.

Money-Saving Programs For Members

Money-Saving Programs For Members

About The Aurora Chamber

The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is a private, not-for-profit, membership-driven organization comprised of more than 700 members representing nearly 40,000 employees. Our mission is be the catalyst for business success by providing leadership that facilitates the creation of a prosperous regional economy and effective advocacy for our members.

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Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce
43 W. Galena Blvd. Aurora, IL 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180
Fax: (630) 256-3189

www.aurora-chamber.com

Dart Foundation Donates $40,000 to VNA Health Care

October 2nd, 2018

VNA Health Care received a $40,000 grant from The Dart Foundation in support of VNA’s Century of Service Campaign. VNA has used the funds to purchase new waiting room chairs for their clinic at 400 N. Highland Avenue in Aurora. “This grant provides a direct benefit to our patients,” says Linnea Windel, President/CEO of VNA Health Care. “The new chairs will enhance our waiting rooms and provide comfort to our patients for years to come. We sincerely appreciate the Dart Foundation’s generous support of this campaign.”

VNA is celebrating 100 years of service to the community in 2018. The Century of Service Campaign seeks to raise $1 million dollars to support planned health center expansion projects in Aurora and Joliet, IT and infrastructure improvements, the delivery of primary care services to people with little or no insurance and the construction of Wellness Kitchens in Aurora, Joliet, Carol Stream, and Elgin.

“The Dart Foundation is pleased to award this grant to VNA Health Care to improve the waiting room experience for their patients,” says Emily L. Matthews, Dart Foundation Manager.

For more information about VNA Health Care, visit vnahealth.com. For more information about The Dart Foundation, visit dartfoundation.org.

VNA Health Care operates 10 clinics in suburban Chicago and serves over 72,000 people a year. VNA is nationally ranked as a top performing health center as a result of patient outcomes such as prenatal care, adolescent weight screening and counseling, vascular disease treatment, blood pressure control, healthy birthweights, and asthma care. VNA’s combination of convenience (by appointment or walk-in), patient-centered technology and expert care delivered with respect and compassion have led to these results. VNA is accredited by The Joint Commission and certified as a Primary Care Medical Home.

The Dart Foundation is a private family foundation established by Dart Container Corporation founder William A. Dart and his wife Claire T. Dart. The Foundation supports projects that enhance education, especially in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math, and those that improve the quality of life in specific communities.

U.S. Chamber Foundation Launches Education, Workforce Fellowship Program

September 30th, 2018

Fellowship Provides New Opportunities for State and Local Chambers to Engage at a National Level on Critical Education and Workforce Issues

Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Joseph Henning, IOM, CAE, recently attended the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s inaugural premier business leadership program to help address the most pressing education and workforce issues.

The Business Leads Fellowship Program, held in New Orleans, trains and equips fellows with resources, access to experts and a network of peers to build up the capacity to address these.

“State and local leaders know better than anyone the critical link between education and economic development,” said Cheryl Oldham, senior vice president of the Center for Education and Workforce. “We created this program to help these leaders find opportunities to develop initiatives that will advance the growth of their local economy and put education policy into practice.”

Following a competitive application and selection process, 35 state and local chamber executives were chosen for the inaugural class of Business Leads Fellows from nearly 150 applicants. The four-month fellowship covers the entire talent pipeline, including early childhood education, K-12, higher education, and workforce development.

Upon completion, fellows will join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s network of 200 chambers of commerce and statewide associations from around the nation to regularly engage in education and workforce initiatives.