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Aurora Area CVB Releases FY2018 Highlights

Thursday, August 16th, 2018

The Aurora Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) has released their FY 2018 sales and marketing results which show continued growth in influencing travel to the region. This is supported by data that shows the economic impact of tourism on local municipalities. For calendar year 2017, the CVB saw gains across the board in visitor expenditures, hospitality employment & payroll, and local tax receipts collected.

Tourism is a $200 million business in the Aurora Area. Visitors to the service area spent more than $200.5 million on food, lodging, transportation, and entertainment in 2017. This represents a 3.7% increase over 2016.

Local tourism tax revenue increased four percent in 2017. Increased spending on tourism activities in the Aurora Area led to $3.9 million in local tax receipts generated for the service area communities.

Aurora Area CVB sales efforts in FY 2018 produced 43 leads worth 17,382 estimated room nights with a projected local economic impact of more than $4.4 million.

Destination marketing in FY 2018 achieved 72% growth in website traffic; 69% increase in social media engagement; a 5% lift in Visitors Guide leads.

The Aurora Area was recognized with a Reader’s Choice Award by Sports Destinations Management magazine.

The Aurora Area CVB celebrated its 30th Anniversary with a celebration at J.A. Air Center. A proclamation recognizing the anniversary was signed by the current mayors of the original four communities: Mayor Richard C. Irvin of the City of Aurora, Village President Matt Brolley of Montgomery, Village President Dale Berman of North Aurora, and Village President Sean Michels of Sugar Grove.

To learn more about the CVB or attractions in the region, visit


IMSA Promise Receives Insight Into Diversity Award

Thursday, August 16th, 2018

National Recognition of Programs That Are Making a Difference for All Underrepresented Groups in the Fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)

This week, the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) received the 2018 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the largest and oldest diversity and inclusion publication in higher education. The Inspiring Programs in STEM Award honors colleges and universities that encourage and assist students from underrepresented groups to enter the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). IMSA will be featured, along with 77 other recipients, in the September 2018 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

Inspiring Programs in STEM Award winners were selected by INSIGHT Into Diversity based on efforts to inspire and encourage a new generation of young people to consider careers in STEM through mentoring, teaching, research, and successful programs and initiatives.

“The PROMISE Programs are an excellent opportunity for students to learn more about IMSA and the way we provide instruction,” stated Dr. Anita White, PROMISE program directors. “Participants work directly with IMSA faculty, staff and student tutors. Students participate in activities that encourage creativity, collaboration and thinking “outside the box.””

INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine selected IMSA PROMISE because it addresses the challenges of underrepresented and underserved students from across Illinois through year-round academic enrichment programming at low or no cost. With transportation from Chicago to IMSA’s campus in Aurora provided, PROMISE programs provide students the opportunity to work with IMSA faculty, staff and student mentors to explore the unique learning laboratory and encourage future admissions to the tuition free residential academy.

“We know that many STEM programs are not always recognized for their success, dedication, and mentorship for underrepresented students,” says Lenore Pearlstein, owner and publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. “We want to honor the schools and organizations that have created programs that inspire and encourage young people who may currently be in or are interested in a future career in STEM. We are proud to honor these programs as role models to other institutions of higher education and beyond.”

For more information about the 2018 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award and INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, visit


Join Us in Support of Future IT Careers

Thursday, August 16th, 2018

The City of Aurora, in partnership with the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce, has submitted a grant application to Illinois DCEO in support of creating IT pathways opportunities for out-of-school youth (between 18 and 24 years of age) who hold either a high school diploma or GED. Two training cohorts of up to 20 participants each are planned.

Participating youth will develop skills sets in data entry, word processing, help desk functions (hardware and software), as well as other administrative tasks.

Part of the program is to identify placements for short-term internships with local employers.

Short-term paid internships will be covered by the grant. It allows employers to “try before you buy” similar to the current Manufacturing Careers Internship Program. For either program, there is no further obligation to the employer upon completion of the internship.

Internships are 160 hours – either four weeks of 40 hours or part-time. Again, the $13.29 wage per hour plus associated benefits (as applicable) will be covered by the grant.

Please contact Adrienne Holloway, City of Aurora Chief Innovation Officer, or Joseph Henning, Aurora Chamber President, if you are interested in participating.

We look forward to partnering with you to further expand workforce development opportunities and further our region’s economy.

Member News for Week of August 13, 2018

Monday, August 13th, 2018

Exhibit at Illinois Governor’s Mansion Features Aurora Item

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Exhibit at Illinois Governor’s Mansion Features Aurora Item »
My Place Hotel-Chicago West/North Aurora, IL Now Open »
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Summit »
EEI Announces the Addition of Two Staff Members »
Aurora-Area Business Launches September Toy Drive for Childhood Cancer Awareness »
Suburban Series: Networking in Kane County »
Kane County 2018 Exports Grant Program »
Chicagoland Safety Health and Environmental Conference »
Technical Assistance to Boost Small-Scale Manufacturing »
On the Road in Kane County »
Aurora Area CVB Wins 2018 Reader’s Choice Award »
Aurora Ranks as One of Best Cities to Live the American Dream »

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 +Intention      95.9 The River      Aaron’s      Above Board Indoor Environmental      Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.      Aurora Bank & Trust      Aurora Collective      Aurora Limousine      Aurora University      Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston      Barbara Geiger – Keller Williams Experience      Beans Greens Proteins      Caterpillar, Inc.      Chicago Steel Hockey Team      City Segment      ComEd      Company 251      Comprehensive Prosthetics and Orthotics      Country Financial – West Aurora      CyrusOne      Do or Dye Designs      Dolan & Murphy      Downtown Auroran Magazine      Endiro Coffee      First Secure Community Bank      Fox Valley Mall      Freedom Development Group, LLC      Gateway Mortgage Group      Healthcare Solutions Team – Deepti Srivastava      Henkels & McCoy, Inc.      Jiffy Lube Multi-Care      Kluber Architects + Engineers       Konen Insurance Agency, Inc.      Magick Woods, Inc.      Magnetrol International, Inc.      MedCom Group, LLC      Midwest Coach Limousine, Inc.      Mitutoyo America Corporation      Mooney & Thomas P.C.      Old Second National Bank      New York Life Insurance Company and Nylife Securities, LLC      OnLight Aurora      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 

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Calendar of Events

Ribbon Cutting: Earthmover Credit Union
Tuesday, August 14, 5 – 6 p.m.
2205 Baseline Rd, Oswego
Ribbon Cutting @ 5:15 p.m.

Ribbon Cutting: Face to Face Beauty Studio
Wednesday, August 15, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
1222 N. Eola, Suite C, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 11:30 a.m.

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, August 30, 8 – 9:30 a.m.
Location TBD, Aurora
Sponsored by Caton Commercial Real Estate

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Aurora, IL 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180
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My Place Hotel-Chicago West/North Aurora, IL Now Open

Friday, August 10th, 2018

My Place Hotels of America is thrilled to announce the opening of the brand’s newest location in North Aurora, marking My Place’s entry to the Prairie State! Conveniently located at 1000 Kilbery Lane at Randall Crossings along Randall and Orchard Roads, the three-story, 63-room hotel marks America’s 43rd My Place location across 21 states.

My Place Hotel-Chicago West/North Aurora is positioned to serve the diverse demand generated by the rapidly expanding area in western Chicagoland. Here, guests will be able to enjoy immediate access to a variety of dining and retail options nearby. Located two miles from Fox River, less than five miles from downtown Aurora, and 40 miles from downtown Chicago, guests will also find easy access to the region’s abounding retail and recreational opportunities.

North Aurora’s newest hotel is independently owned by N.A. Lodging 1, LLC. (N.A. Lodging), a group of local members who collectively own and manage significant commercial real estate holdings in the greater Chicagoland area. With more than 30 years of experience in commercial real estate, the group’s focus includes manufacturing, mixed-use and retail spaces. Leaning on their collective experience, the group found My Place to be a perfect fit for the area’s burgeoning demand said N.A. Lodging Principal Ed Roberts.

“Considering everything the North Aurora community has to offer in addition to the westward expansion of commerce along the I-88 corridor, our work with local leaders identified the very needs our brand-new hotel addresses,” said Roberts.  “With the comfort and conveniences of home, we are confident Chicagoland’s first My Place Hotel adds value to every traveler’s experience for every length of stay.“

Terry Kline, My Place EVP of Franchise Development, said My Place is excited to welcome its newest member to the family and looks forward to the impact its opening will have on North Aurora and the surrounding metro area it serves.

“It’s our sincere pleasure to congratulate Ed Roberts and partners at N.A. Lodging on opening their first My Place Hotel,” said Kline. “Today also marks an historic milestone with our entry to the state of Illinois, and we are extremely excited to celebrate this occasion with a team as passionate and capable as N.A. Lodging! Together we look forward to a bright future in providing the community’s travelers with the newest and best lodging accommodations available.”

All My Place Hotels offer modern amenities at an affordable price including nightly, weekly, and monthly rate options. Each extended stay guest room will feature a My Kitchen, complete with a two-burner cooktop, a microwave, and a full-size refrigerator. The property is pet friendly and will also include on-site laundry facilities, an in-house bar, complimentary high-speed Internet service, electric vehicle charging stations and a 24-hour My Store, located in the hotel lobby and stocked with an array of supplies for the guests’ convenience. Additionally, guests are invited to enjoy the Breakfast in Bed option for a minimal cost.

My Place Hotels of America, LLC. is persistently advancing in its campaign for U.S. expansion of the recently launched franchise system. The chain currently has 43 hotels open and operating with a near-term pipeline of 75 additional hotels and midterm commitments for upwards of 40 more hotels to follow. To book your stay at My Place, please call the toll-free reservation line at: (855) 200-5685, or visit to book online.

My Place Hotels of America, LLC. is a Franchise company that focuses on providing a clean and comfortable facility, with modern amenities, and great customer service, all at an affordable price. My Place Hotels of America, LLC. is based out of Aberdeen, SD, and offers franchisees a new construction brand, designed to ensure quality, consistency and the highest of standards for delivering marketplace value.

Suburban Series: Networking in Kane County

Sunday, July 15th, 2018

CFBN is on the road! You are cordially invited to join us for happy hour to learn about Chicagoland Food& Beverage Network, and meet other food & beverage industry professionals based in Kane County.  If you are interested in building meaningful business relationships, growing your network and increasing your visibility, we hope you will join us.

All are welcome….bring a friend, bring a colleague, or bring your whole office! We look forward to seeing you there!


Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018

4:00 pm Check In, Cocktails & Networking
4:45 pm Program Begins
5:45 pm Q & A
6:15 pm Additional Networking

Kane County 2018 Exports Grant Program

Sunday, July 15th, 2018

In May 2015, Metro Chicago Exports (MCE) announced the launch of a Grant Program to help small and mid-sized businesses grow in international trade, specifically through exports. The Metro Chicago Exports Grant Program, presented by JPMorgan Chase & Co., awards grants up to $5,000 to businesses throughout Northeastern Illinois. This innovative and successful grant program has been renewed for 2018.

The Kane County Exports Grant Program provides an additional incentive for Kane County companies to start or increase exporting. Companies located in Kane County which apply for, and are awarded, a grant from Metro Chicago Exports, would be eligible for up to an additional $5,000 from Kane County to reimburse 50% of eligible expenses associated with implementing an export plan.


Companies located in Kane County which are awarded a grant from Chicago Metro Exports.


Grant awards up to an additional $5,000 to reimburse 50% of eligible expenses to support the company’s next steps to going global. Grant awards may also cover a Kane County company’s participation in the ExporTech© program.


Program information and applications are available at More information about ExporTech can be found at


  • Metro Chicago Exports’ application process involves two steps – an initial online Client Assessment and a formal Grant Application review of export plans, capabilities and potential. Companies that pass the Client Assessment phase will be invited to submit more comprehensive information about their plans to go global as part of the Grant Application process.
  • Companies located in Kane County may request up to $5,000 in additional funding for eligible activities and/or services by including them in their Grant Application to Metro Chicago Exports.
  • MCE will review the applications along with other regional applications.

Chicagoland Safety Health and Environmental Conference

Monday, June 25th, 2018

Does your business need money?  Do you know your OSHA and EPA requirements?

Registration is now open at for Chicagoland Safety Health and Environmental Conference.  The conference is being held Sept. 17-20 at the Naperville campus of NIU.  Celebrating 30 years, the conference is the premier, once a year, four- day professional training event for EHS professionals, business owners, municipalities, safety committee members, plant managers, HR professionals and others who have EHS responsibilities.  Register now and take advantage of early bird pricing.

This year’s conference will feature speakers from the U.S. Small Business Administration who will share information about SBA Funding for Small Business, Disaster Preparedness and Cyber Security for Small Business.  Other educational training topics include Introduction to OSHA for Small Business, OSHA Inspections and Reporting Requirements, Active Shooter, Opioid Crisis, Multi-Generational Workforce, Environmental Compliance 101, Safety and Workers Comp, Marijuana in the Workplace, Clean Air Basics and Updates, Respectful Workplace –Sexual Harassment and Bullying, and many more.

In just the last two years, the conference has drawn more than 700 people from two foreign countries, 24 states, and 100 Illinois communities and more than 3,000 session attendees received training at the 150+ training sessions.  This year’s conference offers 91 timely, relevant and meaningful training sessions that are 90 minutes, three-hour or day-long workshops that provide Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Level training.  Presenters include OSHA Compliance Assistance Specialists, business owners, lawyers, university professors, business consultants, industry experts and others with extensive knowledge, skills and experience.

A day long Business EXPO on Wednesday allows businesses from across the country to showcase their latest products and services.  An evening networking event with hors d’oeuvres and drinks follows the Business EXPO.  The Keynote address will be given during the Thursday luncheon.  A continental breakfast, lunch and snacks during am/pm breaks are included each day.

The Chicagoland Safety Health and Environmental Conference  is honored to receive promotional support from the U.S. Small Business Administration, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) and many State and local chambers of commerce, manufacturing associations, and business organizations including the  Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce.  The chamber is a valued promotional sponsor and we encourage all Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce member companies view information about the conference and register at   Media sponsors are the Daily Herald Business Ledger and Industrial Hygiene News. 

Technical Assistance to Boost Small-Scale Manufacturing

Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

Free technical assistance for communities pursuing economic development through small-scale manufacturing 

When small-scale manufacturing is stitched into the fabric of a community, it enlivens community spaces and makes the economy more resilient by diversifying the market and providing higher wage jobs. Encouraging more small-scale manufacturing on main street or in other close-in, walkable neighborhoods can foster entrepreneurs and homegrown industries. These businesses create well-paying jobs for people with a variety of education and skill levels, and bring vitality to main streets and neighborhood centers-creating a foothold for future growth.

In partnership with the U.S. Economic Development Administration and Recast City, Smart Growth America is offering free technical assistance to community leaders interested in using small-scale manufacturing to help revitalize a downtown or neighborhood and create economic opportunity.

Applications for this technical assistance will be accepted until June 29, 2018 at 5 p.m. EST. Applications can be filled out online here or by downloading the PDF and returning it via email to

For complete details, including profiles of the winning communities from 2017, visit the program website

On the Road in Kane County

Tuesday, June 19th, 2018

On Thursday, June 28, Kane County will be hosting the Illinois Procurement Technical Assistance Center (ILPTAC) from the College of DuPage, as it presents a two hour program designed to help businesses learn the basics of government contracting.

Please share this opportunity and the information below with any of your contacts who may benefit from this free program. Those who are interested can register here.

Program: On the Road in Kane County: Starting Government Contracting

Event Website:

Cost:  Free

Date: 6/28/2018

Time: 10 a.m. – Noon

Location: First Floor Auditorium of Building A, Kane County Government Center 719 Batavia Ave Geneva, Illinois 60134, Geneva IL 60134

Training Topics: Government Contracting, HUBZones, Marketing/Sales, SAM Registration, Selling to Government, Small Disadvantaged Businesses, Subcontracting, Woman-owned Businesses

Business Status: Startup, Existing

Skill Level: Beginner

Description: Learn the basics of government contracting! This workshop is great for businesses that have done nothing with the government to those that need a refresher on what they should be doing. We will discuss our free bid lead/bid matching system, how to register as a vendor (at all governmental levels- SAM, IPG, etc.), discover small business certifications that can help you succeed, and discuss subcontracting opportunities as well.

Presented by the ILPTAC staff, Center for Entrepreneurship at College of DuPage.