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Aurora Ranks as One of Best Cities to Live the American Dream

Thursday, May 10th, 2018

Once again, Aurora, Ill., has been ranked one of the top cities in country to live the American Dream.

In its annual study, SmartAsset, a personal finance company, uncovered the best places to live the American Dream by ranking the largest 257 cities in America. Aurora ranked number 4.

To find the cities where the American Dream is still alive and well, SmartAsset started with data of the 257 largest cities. The study compared diversity, inter-generational economic mobility, home-ownership rates, home values and unemployment rates — all important facts when considering the American Dream.

“It is difficult to come up with any one definition for the American Dream that every American will agree on,” said SmartAsset representatives. “For some, it means a white picket fence, a trimmed green lawn and 2.5 children. For others, it means achieving your own personal goals and dreams, regardless of your background.”

For Aurora residents, it means both of these and so much more.

“I was born here, raised here, became an attorney here and now serve as mayor of Aurora. I live the American Dream every day.” said Mayor Richard Irvin. “This past year, I’ve met so many residents in every part of our city who share the same sentiments. We are fortunate to live in a diverse community where people of all walks of life have been able to turn their dreams into reality while inspiring others to do the same.”

Aurora was also recognized as the most diverse community of the top 10 cities in the study.

Other cities in the Top 10 include: West Valley City, Utah (1st); Odessa, Texas (2nd) Midland, Texas (3rd), Aurora, Illinois (4th), Round Rock, Texas (5th), Forth Worth, Texas (6th), Aurora, Colorado (7th), San Jose, California (8th), Amarillo, Texas (9th) and Rochester, Minnesota (10th).

Ill. Chamber Opens EDIE Nominations

Thursday, May 10th, 2018

Is there an economic development project in your area that deserves recognition? Tell us about it!

The Illinois Chamber of Commerce is once again teaming up with the Illinois Economic Development Association (IEDA) to present our tenth annual awards program for economic development in Illinois – the Edies. We are excited to have Nicor sponsor the Edie Awards again and cherish this partnership over the years. Nicor is a leader in economic development in Illinois. Nicor’s longstanding commitment to northern Illinois communities has had a sustained impact on helping the state attract businesses and investment. Given Nicor’s strong engagement in Illinois, their sponsorship is a natural fit.

For a decade, the Edies have honored those who imagine, design, invest and build in Illinois, and by doing so bring jobs, growth and prosperity to our communities. We believe it is important to showcase these accomplishments – especially when they have translated into increased economic opportunity and activity for our state.

The Edies are also a great opportunity to generate positive exposure for local businesses and communities that achieved great things in 2017. Over the past years, we’ve been proud to honor a wide variety of developments throughout Illinois, including the following:

  • Manufacturing facility rehab turned glass company in Decatur
  • Tollway expansion and improvements in Downers Grove
  • Distribution centers opening in Edwardsville and Romeoville
  • Export collaboration program serving Chicago and seven surrounding counties
  • Soap factory in Chicago’s Pullman neighborhood
  • North American headquarter relocation to Schaumburg
  • Port expansion in Madison County

These projects created jobs and promoted economic development during some of the most challenging economic times Illinois employers have faced in decades.

In order to again showcase great projects in 2018, we need your help.

The Illinois Chamber and IEDA are asking for nominations from across the state for projects completed in calendar year 2017. While we have a general knowledge of projects this year, we believe that business and economic development leaders like you know best what’s happening in your communities.

The Edie Awards have 18 separate categories based on geography (City of Chicago, Metropolitan Chicago or statewide projects) and development type (manufacturing, commercial, energy, technology, transportation/distribution and other) to nominate a project. The “other” category encompasses those projects that helped transform the local economy, but simply don’t fit into one category.

An awards committee will review the nominees and determine the projects most worthy of recognition. The awards will be presented during the Illinois Chamber’s annual meeting on Thursday, Sept. 20, in Chicago.

To nominate a project, please fill out the nomination form and email it by 5 p.m. CDT on Friday, June 15, to Katie Stonewater, Illinois Chamber of Commerce, kstonewater@ilchamber.org

Any inquiries and questions can also be directed to the above email address.

Why are we doing this?

We believe Illinois is a great place to grow a business and we want to recognize those companies that chose to locate, expand and contribute to the economy in our state.

We hope you’ll take the time to nominate a worthy project, or let someone know about the opportunity to help celebrate their success.

Every year we enjoy this chance to recognize those who are creating economic development and jobs in our state – please help us find those who deserve our applause.

For more information, visit the Edie Awards page on the Illinois Chamber’s website.

Happy #SmallBusinessWeek

Monday, April 30th, 2018

Aurora Chamber

  In This Issue  

Wednesday: Small Business Expo, Fair »
Premier Investors »
Member News »
Elite Members »
New Members »
Calendar of Events »

Wednesday: Small Business Expo, Fair

Small Business Expo

Premier Investors

Premier Investors

Member News

Aurora Chamber

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.
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Old Second Adds Three Residential Lending Professionals to Team »
Empowering Women in Leadership »
Collaborative Leadership »
Engineering Enterprises Announces Meyer Certification »
Proposal Streamlines Use of Biometrics »
Net Neutrality Battle Heads to Illinois House Floor »
Gov. Rauner Signs Bill to Bring 5G Wireless to Illinois »
A Call to Leadership – Get Involved »
EEI’s Talsma To Retire From Engineering Enterprises »
Proposed Bills Would Stall Jobs, Economic Development »
Workplace Equity over Equality »
Registration is on for Barnyard Dash 5K at Blackberry Farm on April 28 »
Early Detection Saves Lives »
A Cohesive Community »
A Life in the Shadow of a Leader »
Board Nominations Sought »
City of Aurora Raises Smoking Age to 21 »
Courageous Conversation »
Old Second Adds Four to Support Commercial Lines »
‘Col•lab•o•ra•tion’ – Food for Thought »
Aspiring to Servant Leadership »
Spring Yard Waste Collection Begins Next Month »
Re-think “The Best Fit” »
Leadership: Play to Your Strengths »

Elite Members

+Intention 95.9 The River Aaron’s Above Board Indoor Environmental Accurate Personnel Advance Auto Parts Alarm Detection Systems, Inc. Aurora Bank & Trust Aurora Limousine Aurora University Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston Beans Greens Proteins Caterpillar, Inc. Chicago Steel Hockey Team City Segment ComEd Company 251 Comprehensive Prosthetics and Orthotics Copy King Office Solutions, Inc. Country Financial – West Aurora CyrusOne Do or Dye Designs Dolan & Murphy Downtown Auroran Magazine Eagle Digital Marketing Endiro Coffee First Secure Community Bank ganc.io Gateway Mortgage Group Healthcare Solutions Team – Deepti Srivastava Jiffy Lube Multi-Care Kluber Architects + Engineers Konen Insurance Agency, Inc. Magick Woods, Inc. Magnetrol International, Inc. MedCom Group, LLC Meyer Wealth Advisors 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 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 Stonebridge Country Club Thoughtwave Software & Solutions Two Brothers Roundhouse Valley Fastener Group, LLC VivirMED, LLC The Voice Waubonsee Community College Weldstar Company Woodforest National Bank World Finance Corporation WSPY

New Members

Tredwell Coffee
Chad Dawes
14 W Downer Place, Suite 18, Aurora
(630) 897-3433
Coffee & Tea Products

Calendar of Events

Coffee with Congressman Hultgren
Wednesday, May 2, 7:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Belle Salle Banquets, 1920 E. New York St., Aurora

Small Business Expo and Procurement Fair
Wednesday, May 2, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Belle Salle Banquets, 1920 E. New York St., Aurora
For more information on participating or attending, contact (630) 256-3180

Ribbon Cutting: Rush Copley Medical Group
Thursday, May 3, 3:30 – 6 p.m.
1901 W. Galena, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 4:00 p.m.

Ribbon Cutting: Endiro Coffee
Friday, May 4, 2 – 3:30 p.m.
29 W. New York Street, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 2:30 p.m.

Ribbon Cutting: Aurora Historical Society
Friday, May 4, 3:30 – 5 p.m.
20 E. Downer Place, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 4 p.m.

Ground Breaking: Scientel Solutions
Wednesday, May 9, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
5S045 N. Eola Rd., Aurora
Ceremony @ 11 a.m.

Conversation with Comptroller Mendoza
Monday, May 7, 1 – 3:30 p.m.
Chamber Office, 43 W. Galena Blvd. Aurora

Grand Opening: Pure Skin Solutions
Thursday, May 9, 3:30 – 6 p.m.
26 S. Stolp Avenue, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 4 p.m.

IT Lunch & Learn
Thursday, May 10, 12 – 1:30 p.m.
2000 S. Batavia Ave, Ste, 110, Geneva, IL

Coffee & Connections Networking
Tuesday, May 15, 8:30 – 10 a.m.
Painters District No.30, 1905 Sequoia Drive, Aurora
Sponsored by World Finance Corporation

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

www.aurora-chamber.com

 

#AuroraChamber Weekly News for Week of April 2

Monday, April 2nd, 2018

Aurora Chamber

In This Issue

2018 State of the City Address Tomorrow »
Board Nominations Sought »
Premier Investors »
Member News »
Elite Members »
New Members »
Calendar of Events »

2018 State of the City Address Tomorrow

State of the City

Board Nominations Sought

The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for members willing to be considered to serve on the Board of Directors. All eligible nominees will be considered by the Nominating Committee. Nominations may be found online. Forms should be returned by Friday, April 20, at 12:00 p.m.

A Board of Directors governs the business, property, and affairs of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. The Board is responsible for establishing policy, budgets, and the guidance of affairs. The Board is composed of up to 22 persons who shall be members in good standing of the Chamber. Directors are elected for a term of three years which are staggered so that approximately one-third of the directors are elected each year. Vacancies in the board shall be filled by a majority vote of the remaining directors.

To be considered to be a Director, nominees must be members in good standing.

Premier Investors

Premier Investors

Member News

Aurora Chamber

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.
Board Nominations Sought »
City of Aurora Raises Smoking Age to 21 »
Courageous Conversation »
Old Second Adds Four to Support Commercial Lines »
‘Col•lab•o•ra•tion’ – Food for Thought »
Aspiring to Servant Leadership »
Spring Yard Waste Collection Begins Next Month »
Re-think “The Best Fit” »
Leadership: Play to Your Strengths »

Elite Members

+Intention 95.9 The River Aaron’s Above Board Indoor Environmental Accurate Personnel Advance Auto Parts Alarm Detection Systems, Inc. Aurora Bank & Trust Aurora Limousine Aurora University Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston Beans Greens Proteins Caterpillar, Inc. Chicago Steel Hockey Team City Segment ComEd Company 251 Comprehensive Prosthetics and Orthotics Copy King Office Solutions, Inc. Country Financial – West Aurora CyrusOne Do or Dye Designs Dolan & Murphy Downtown Auroran Magazine Eagle Digital Marketing Endiro Coffee First Secure Community Bank ganc.io Gateway Mortgage Group Healthcare Solutions Team – Deepti Srivastava Jiffy Lube Multi-Care Kluber Architects + Engineers Konen Insurance Agency, Inc. Magick Woods, Inc. Magnetrol International, Inc. MedCom Group, LLC Meyer Wealth Advisors 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 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 Stonebridge Country Club Thoughtwave Software & Solutions Two Brothers Roundhouse Valley Fastener Group, LLC VivirMED, LLC The Voice Waubonsee Community College Weldstar Company Woodforest National Bank World Finance Corporation WSPY

New Members

Family Auto Service Team
Charles Maj
2045 E. New York Street, Aurora
(630) 340-5998
Auto Sales & Service

Calendar of Events

State of the City of Aurora
Presented by Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Tuesday, April 3, 2018, 4:30-6:00 p.m.

Grand Opening: Eola Tennis Academy
Friday, April 6, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
2390 S Eola Rd., Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 12:00 p.m.

Grand Opening: Comfort Inn & Suites
Monday, April 9, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
308 S. Lincolnway, North Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 11:30 a.m.

Jump Start Your Member Profile Workshop
Tuesday, April 17, 3:30 – 5 p.m.
Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce
43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora

Grand Opening: Salon b
Friday, April 20, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
4151 McCoy Dr., Ste. 111, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 11:30 a.m.

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, April 26, 8 – 9:30 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora
Sponsored by North Star Credit Union

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43 W. Galena Blvd.
Aurora, IL 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180
Fax: (630) 256-3189
www.aurora-chamber.com

#AuroraChamber Member News for Week of March 19, 2018

Monday, March 19th, 2018

Mark Your Calendars: Vote Tuesday

Aurora Chamber

  In This Issue  

Mark Your Calendars: Vote Tuesday »

Register Today for 2018 State of the City Address »

Premier Investors »

Member News »

Public Policy Update »

Elite Members »

New Members »

Calendar of Events »

Mark Your Calendars: Vote Tuesday

On behalf of the business community of Aurora and the employees represented, the Fox Valley Political Action Committee and Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce encourage all residents to exercise their right to vote on Tuesday, March 20. A number of races will greatly impact the future of our region, including:• State officers
• United States Congress
• Illinois General Assembly
• County offices
• Judicial seats, as well as
• A Fox Valley Park District referendum. 

Most importantly, there is a referendum on the dissolution of the Aurora Election Commission. The Aurora Chamber Board encourages voters in Aurora to vote YES on the proposition that states “Should the city election law be rejected?” For more information on the proposition, visit Aurora Chamber Board Endorses Dissolution of Election Commission or www.CloseTheCommission.com.

For information on polling places and sample ballots, please visit https://elections.il.gov/VotingInformation/ElectionDayVoting.aspx. Polling locations will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20. Unofficial results may be viewed at http://il.aurora.accessliberty.com/home.aspx beginning at the close of polls on Tuesday.

Vote March 20!

Register Today for
2018 State of the City Address

State of the City

Premier Investors

Premier Investors

Member News

Aurora Chamber

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.
Spring Yard Waste Collection Begins Next Month »
Re-think “The Best Fit” »
Leadership: Play to Your Strengths »

Aurora to Appoint Education Commission »

Our Website, Email Addresses Have Changed »

2018 Aurora Regional Economic Pulse Survey Released »

Park District to Host Job Fair March 3 with 350+ Jobs »

Registration for Spring Programs Begins Feb. 10 »

Experienced and Energetic Team to Lead City’s Economic Development »

Prisco Center Renovations Resume with $2 Million State Grant »

Section of River Street to Close Until 2019 »

Public Policy Update

For the latest in public policy news, be sure and like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter. Visit the Chamber blog:
SCOTUS Agrees to Hear ‘Marketplace Fairness’ Case »2018 Aurora Regional Economic Pulse Survey Released »400% Tax Increase Proposed for Financial Services »

Illinois Rolls Back LLC Fees »

Elite Members

 +Intention     95.9 The River     Aaron’s     Above Board Indoor Environmental     Accurate Personnel     Advance Auto Parts     Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.     Aurora Bank & Trust     Aurora Limousine     Aurora University     Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston     Beans Greens Proteins     Caterpillar, Inc.     Chicago Steel Hockey Team     City Segment     ComEd     Company 251     Comprehensive Prosthetics and Orthotics     Copy King Office Solutions, Inc.     Country Financial – West Aurora     CyrusOne     Do or Dye Designs     Dolan & Murphy     Downtown Auroran Magazine     Eagle Digital Marketing     Endiro Coffee     First Secure Community Bank     ganc.io     Gateway Mortgage Group     Healthcare Solutions Team – Deepti Srivastava     Jiffy Lube Multi-Care     Kluber Architects + Engineers      Konen Insurance Agency, Inc.     Magick Woods, Inc.     Magnetrol International, Inc.     MedCom Group, LLC     Meyer Wealth Advisors     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     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     Stonebridge Country Club     Thoughtwave Software & Solutions     Two Brothers Roundhouse     Valley Fastener Group, LLC     VivirMED, LLC     The Voice     Waubonsee Community College     Weldstar Company     Woodforest National Bank     World Finance Corporation     WSPY 

New Members

Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Northern Illinois
Donna Jackowiak
400 Russel Court, Woodstock
(815) 338-5757
Credit Counseling


Weldcoa
Shawn McDonough
335 E. Sullivan Road, Aurora
(630) 806-2000
Manufacturers

Calendar of Events

Coffee & Connections Networking
Tuesday, March 20, 8:30 – 10 a.m.
Painters District No.30, 1905 Sequoia Drive, Aurora
Sponsorship Available 

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, March 29, 8 – 9:30 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr. , Aurora
Sponsored by +Intention

 

State of the City of Aurora
Tuesday, April 3, 2018. 4:30-6:00 p.m.
Call (630) 256-3182 for Sponsorship Opportunities

Grand Opening: Eola Tennis Academy
Friday, April 6, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
2390 S Eola Rd., Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 12:00 p.m.

Grand Opening: Comfort Inn & Suites
Monday, April 9, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
308 S. Lincolnway, North Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 11:30 a.m.

Jump Start Your Member Profile Workshop
Tuesday, April 17, 3:30 – 5 p.m.
Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce
43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora

Grand Opening: Salon b
Friday, April 20, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
4151 McCoy Dr., Ste. 111, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 11:30 a.m.

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, April 26, 8 – 9:30 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora
Sponsored by North Star Credit Union

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43 W. Galena Blvd.
Aurora, IL 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180
Fax: (630) 256-3189
www.aurora-chamber.com

 

Member News for Week of March 12, 2018

Monday, March 12th, 2018

Aurora Chamber

  In This Issue  

2018 State of the Village Address »

Mark Your Calendars: Vote March 20 »

Register Today for 2018 State of the City Address »

Premier Investors »

Member News »

Public Policy Update »

Elite Members »

New Members »

Calendar of Events »

This Week: 2018 State of the Village Address

Aurora Chamber

Mark Your Calendars: Vote March 20

On behalf of the business community of Aurora and the employees represented, the Fox Valley Political Action Committee and Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce encourage all residents to exercise their right to vote on Tuesday, March 20. A number of races will greatly impact the future of our region, including:

• State officers

• United States Congress

• Illinois General Assembly

• County offices

• Judicial seats, as well as

• A Fox Valley Park District referendum.

Most importantly, there is a referendum on the dissolution of the Aurora Election Commission. The Aurora Chamber Board encourages voters in Aurora to vote YES on the proposition that states “Should the city election law be rejected?” For more information on the proposition, visit Aurora Chamber Board Endorses Dissolution of Election Commission or www.CloseTheCommission.com.

For information on polling places and sample ballots, please visit https://elections.il.gov/VotingInformation/ElectionDayVoting.aspx. Polling locations will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20. Unofficial results may be viewed at http://il.aurora.accessliberty.com/home.aspx beginning at the close of polls on Tuesday.

Vote March 20!

Register Today for 2018 State of the City Address

State of the City

Premier Investors

Premier Investors

Member News

Aurora Chamber

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.
Aurora to Appoint Education Commission »

Our Website, Email Addresses Have Changed »

2018 Aurora Regional Economic Pulse Survey Released »

Park District to Host Job Fair March 3 with 350+ Jobs »

Registration for Spring Programs Begins Feb. 10 »

Experienced and Energetic Team to Lead City’s Economic Development »

Prisco Center Renovations Resume with $2 Million State Grant »

Section of River Street to Close Until 2019 »

Public Policy Update

For the latest in public policy news, be sure and like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter. Visit the Chamber blog:
SCOTUS Agrees to Hear ‘Marketplace Fairness’ Case »

2018 Aurora Regional Economic Pulse Survey Released »

400% Tax Increase Proposed for Financial Services »

Illinois Rolls Back LLC Fees »

Elite Members

 +Intention     95.9 The River     Aaron’s     Above Board Indoor Environmental     Accurate Personnel     Advance Auto Parts     Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.     Aurora Bank & Trust     Aurora Limousine     Aurora University     Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston     Beans Greens Proteins     Caterpillar, Inc.     Chicago Steel Hockey Team     City Segment     ComEd     Company 251     Comprehensive Prosthetics and Orthotics     Copy King Office Solutions, Inc.     Country Financial – West Aurora     CyrusOne     Do or Dye Designs     Dolan & Murphy     Downtown Auroran Magazine     Eagle Digital Marketing     Endiro Coffee     First Secure Community Bank     ganc.io     Gateway Mortgage Group     Healthcare Solutions Team – Deepti Srivastava     Jiffy Lube Multi-Care     Kluber Architects + Engineers      Konen Insurance Agency, Inc.     Magick Woods, Inc.     Magnetrol International, Inc.     MedCom Group, LLC     Meyer Wealth Advisors     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     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     Stonebridge Country Club     Thoughtwave Software & Solutions     Two Brothers Roundhouse     Valley Fastener Group, LLC     VivirMED, LLC     The Voice     Waubonsee Community College     Weldstar Company     Woodforest National Bank     World Finance Corporation     WSPY 

New Members

River Valley Law Firm
Amina Saeed
101 N. Washington Street, Naperville
(630) 568-8611
AttorneysAJ’s Liquorland
Aadi Patel
2150 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora
(630) 618-4357
Retail-Specialty

Colonial Life
Gary Schramer
Aurora
(331) 220-4731
Insurance

Calendar of Events

State of the Village: North Aurora
Wednesday, March 14, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Oak Street Restaurant, 945 Oak Street, North Aurora
Sponsors include Northwestern Medicine, River Front Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, and Woodman’s Food Market.
For sponsorship information, contact Maureen.Coffee & Connections Networking
Tuesday, March 20, 8:30 – 10 a.m.
Painters District No.30, 1905 Sequoia Drive, Aurora
Sponsorship Available

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, March 29, 8 – 9:30 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr. , Aurora
Sponsored by +Intention

State of the City of Aurora
Tuesday, April 3, 2018. 4:30-6:00 p.m.
Call (630) 256-3182 for Sponsorship Opportunities

Grand Opening: Eola Tennis Academy
Friday, April 6, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
2390 S Eola Rd., Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 12:00 p.m.

Grand Opening: Comfort Inn & Suites
Monday, April 9, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
308 S. Lincolnway, North Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 11:30 a.m.

Jump Start Your Member Profile Workshop
Tuesday, April 17, 3:30 – 5 p.m.
Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce
43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora

Grand Opening: Salon b
Friday, April 20, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
4151 McCoy Dr., Ste. 111, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 11:30 a.m.

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, April 26, 8 – 9:30 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora
Sponsored by North Star Credit Union

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

www.aurora-chamber.com

 

Registration Open for 2018 State of the City Address

Monday, March 5th, 2018

Aurora Chamber

  In This Issue  

Registration Open for 2018 State of the City Address »
Premier Investors »
Member News »
Public Policy Update »
Elite Members »
New Members »
Calendar of Events »

Registration Open for
2018 State of the City Address

State of the City

Premier Investors

Premier Investors

Member News

Aurora Chamber

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.
Aurora to Appoint Education Commission »
Our Website, Email Addresses Have Changed »
2018 Aurora Regional Economic Pulse Survey Released »
Park District to Host Job Fair March 3 with 350+ Jobs »
Registration for Spring Programs Begins Feb. 10 »
Experienced and Energetic Team to Lead City’s Economic Development »
Prisco Center Renovations Resume with $2 Million State Grant »
Section of River Street to Close Until 2019 »

Public Policy Update

For the latest in public policy news, be sure and like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter. Visit the Chamber blog:
SCOTUS Agrees to Hear ‘Marketplace Fairness’ Case »
2018 Aurora Regional Economic Pulse Survey Released »
400% Tax Increase Proposed for Financial Services »
Illinois Rolls Back LLC Fees »

Elite Members

 +Intention   ◊  95.9 The River   ◊   Aaron’s   ◊  Above Board Indoor Environmental   ◊  Accurate Personnel   ◊  Advance Auto Parts   ◊  Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.   ◊  Aurora Bank & Trust   ◊  Aurora Limousine   ◊  Aurora University   ◊  Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston   ◊  Beans Greens Proteins   ◊  Caterpillar, Inc.   ◊  Chicago Steel Hockey Team   ◊  City Segment   ◊  ComEd   ◊ Company 251   ◊  Comprehensive Prosthetics and Orthotics   ◊  Copy King Office Solutions, Inc.   ◊  Country Financial – West Aurora   ◊  CyrusOne   ◊  Do or Dye Designs   ◊  Dolan & Murphy   ◊  Downtown Auroran Magazine   ◊  Eagle Digital Marketing   ◊  Endiro Coffee   ◊  First Secure Community Bank   ◊  ganc.io   ◊  Gateway Mortgage Group   ◊  Healthcare Solutions Team – Deepti Srivastava   ◊  Jiffy Lube Multi-Care   ◊  Kluber Architects + Engineers    ◊  Konen Insurance Agency, Inc.   ◊  Magick Woods, Inc.   ◊  Magnetrol International, Inc.   ◊  MedCom Group, LLC   ◊  Meyer Wealth Advisors   ◊  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   ◊  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   ◊  Stonebridge Country Club   ◊  Two Brothers Roundhouse   ◊  Valley Fastener Group, LLC   ◊  VivirMED, LLC   ◊  The Voice   ◊  Waubonsee Community College   ◊  Weldstar Company   ◊  Woodforest National Bank   ◊  World Finance Corporation   ◊  WSPY 

New Members

New York Life Insurance Company and
Nylife Securities, LLC
(Elite Member)
Thao “Duckie” Huynh
20 N. Martingale Road, Suite 400, Schaumburg
(630) 414-9332
Insurance / Investment Services

ganc.io (Elite Member)
Byron Gaylord
15700 103rd Street, Suite 110, Lemont
(312) 432-5378
Marketing & Advertising / Video Production Services

Calendar of Events

Business Before Hours: Alden Gardens of Waterford
Wednesday, March, 7, 8:30 – 10 a.m.
1955 Randi Drive, Aurora

Grand Re-Opening New Location: Legacy Nutrition & Fitness
Thursday, March 8, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
77 S. River Street, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 11:30 a.m.

Lunch n Learn: Marketing Strategy
ARCC & VIA partnership
Thursday, March 8, 12 – 1:30 p.m.
VIA, 2000 S. Batavia Ave., Geneva

Aurora Chamber

State of the Village: North Aurora
Wednesday, March 14, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Oak Street Restaurant, 945 Oak Street, North Aurora
Sponsors include Northwestern Medicine, River Front Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, and Woodman’s Food Market.
For sponsorship information, contact Maureen.Coffee & Connections Networking
Tuesday, March 20, 8:30 – 10 a.m.
Painters District No.30, 1905 Sequoia Drive, Aurora
Sponsorship Available

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, March 29, 8 – 9:30 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr. , Aurora
Sponsored by +Intention

State of the City of Aurora
Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Call (630) 256-3182 for Sponsorship Opportunities

Grand Opening: Eola Tennis Academy
Friday, April 6, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
2390 S Eola Rd., Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 12:00 p.m.

Grand Opening: Comfort Inn & Suites
Monday, April 9, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
308 S. Lincolnway, North Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 11:30 a.m.

Jump Start Your Member Profile Workshop
Tuesday, April 17, 3:30 – 5 p.m.
Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce
43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora

Grand Opening: Salon b
Friday, April 20, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
4151 McCoy Dr., Ste. 111, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 11:30 a.m.

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, April 26, 8 – 9:30 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora
Sponsored by North Star Credit Union

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43 W. Galena Blvd.
Aurora, IL 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180
Fax: (630) 256-3189
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2018 Aurora Regional Economic Pulse Survey Released

Tuesday, February 27th, 2018

This survey was distributed to a sampling of 661 contacts of employers from the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. It includes member and non-member businesses within the Aurora-North Aurora region. Responses were collected between January 10, 2018, and January 25, 2018. Four percent of those email invitations sent were eliminated due to non-working emails which left 624 invitations sent. Of those, 226 employers responded for a response rate of 36 percent.

Survey results reflect some growing optimism, particularly around plans to expand both human capital and facility investment. In 2018, more than half (55%) of respondents plan to hire — and sharp 10% upswing from last year. When asked what holds them back from expanding:

  • Twice as many as last year express uncertainty with the State of Illinois (43% versus 21%);
  • Nearly one in three state economic uncertainty as a reason (32%) — which is down from 38% last year and from 48% in 2016;
  • One in four cite excessive regulation and mandates keep them from hiring (26%) — which has hovered around 15% for the past two years.Nearly 70% of respondents had revenues less than $5 million. Better than seven in 10 continue to believe their revenue will improve during the next year. This remains consistent with the previous two surveys.

For 78% of respondents, revenue and sales are better than they were 12 months ago — this is a marked improvement over previous surveys where seven in 10 reported improved revenues. Confidence in the economy is significantly higher this year with 73% believing the economy will improve during the next year — two years ago, only 43% expected the economy to improve. When asked if they expected the economy to improve during the next three years, 76% showed optimism; this is remains consistent with the previous two surveys. Two of three respondents believe financing will be easier to obtain during the next year. Nine of 10 were able to receive financing for their business during the previous 12 months. One half of those surveyed plan to increase investment in their equipment and facilities during the next year.

However, the region’s businesses continue to be frustrated with the State and, in fact, the number of employers stating dissatisfaction has grown significantly. An astounding 98% are concerned with regulations, restrictions, and taxes imposed by the State of Illinois and its negative impact on their ability to do business. This is up significantly from last year’s 87% and from 2016’s 79%. When asked what top business issues the Legislature must address:

  • An overwhelming majority (79%) stated Illinois’ instability which included debt, pensions, outmigration, and “incompetence”;
  • 63% stated taxes and fees;
  • Regulations and mandates tied with workers compensation reform at 49%;
  • Affordable healthcare programs received 40%; and
  • A skilled workforce was named by 36% of respondents.

More than half (55%) state Illinois government regulations are unreasonable. More than eight in 10 (81%) are not confident in the direction the State of Illinois is heading. This is up from 71% last year and 72% in 2016.

Thank you to our survey sponsor, Old Second National Bank, as well as our lunch sponsors Dolan & Murphy, Konen Insurance Agency, and Invest Aurora. We will continue to analyze the details for more findings, support, and proposed programs to offer over the course of the next year.

400% Tax Increase Proposed for Financial Services

Sunday, February 25th, 2018
A proposal that the Chamber opposed last year has been reincarnated into another bill.  HB 4293 (Rep. Welch) would impose a massive 400% tax increase on Illinois’ vital financial services.  In today’s interconnected world, billions of dollars travel across the globe in less than seconds.  Welch’s proposal would put Illinois’ vital financial service sector and the tens of thousands of jobs it employs at risk by imposing a new 20% tax on partnerships and S corps engaged in the business of conducting investment management services.
Illinois is home to many investment partnerships. If this tax were adopted, Illinois could likely see part of its financial sector leave for other states where taxes would be far lower. If Illinois taxes on such income were to increase, this form of private investment would shrink, and many Illinois businesses would lose access to capital and expertise. Start-ups continually face shortages of capital, and raising taxes on investment management services provided to Illinois based start-ups would reduce investment options for private companies, innovators and small firms getting off the ground.  Not to mention, the tax will likely be subjected to a constitutional challenge as an improper second income tax, or a tax that violates the uniformity clause of the Illinois Constitutional by unreasonably signaling out a particular industry.
For the reasons stated above, the Chamber is opposed to this proposal.  HB 4293 is posted for a committee hearing in the House.

Park District to Host Job Fair March 3 with 350+ Jobs

Sunday, February 25th, 2018

Seeking to fill more than 350 part-time and seasonal positions, the Fox Valley Park District will host a community job fair on Saturday, March 3, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Prisco Community Center (150 W. Illinois Ave., Aurora).

As one of the area’s largest employers, the park district offers opportunities for teens, students, adults and retirees, with flexible work schedules and a wide range of jobs.

Interested candidates are encouraged to attend the job fair and get information about the positions and job requirements. Park District staff will be on hand to answer questions and perform introductory interviews.

Potential job applicants are advised to come prepared by printing out a job application form from the District’s website and bringing the completed form to the job fair. A camp counselor application form is also available for those applying for summer camp jobs.

“The Park District is reaching out so the community is aware of how many job opportunities we’ll have available this summer,” said Lynn Fenton, Superintendent of Human Resources. “The job fair will give potential applicants a complete picture of job descriptions; from there, they can easily apply to the area that suits their skills and interests.

“We are traditionally the first job for many local teens and also offer flexibility for adults who work on a part-time basis. Working at the Park District is fun and rewarding. Benefits also include reduced or free admission to some district programs and facilities.”

Job openings include:

  • Recreation & Community Centers – Seeking staff for camps, child care, birthday parties, dance, theatre, gymnastics, athletics, tennis, playground site supervisors and more.
  • Parks Department – Gardeners, trail rangers, grounds workers, athletic fields and general maintenance workers.
  • Blackberry Farm – Animal caretakers, ride operators, interpreters, guest services, camp counselors, ground maintenance and custodians.
  • Red Oak Nature Center – Naturalists, guest services and camp staff.
  • Aquatics – Life guards, guest services and maintenance – at both Splash Country Water Park and Phillips Park Family Aquatic Center.

Potential job applicants should visit www.foxvalleyparkdistrict.org to read job descriptions and acquire more detailed information.