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Can You Save with an Association Health Plan?

Monday, November 5th, 2018

As you know, our Chamber provides you and your business with resources to help make your lives a little easier.  We are always looking for valued partners who can help us provide value to our members.

One of our Chamber members approached us with an opportunity to help our members buy insurance through an association health plan at a better rate than what we could do on our own.  As you might know, there has been a lot of discussion about “Association Health Plans” in the media and the new law/Executive Order that was signed.

Our member has several insurance companies who are very experienced in providing association plan solutions to entities such as ours.  Some of the benefits of buying insurance through this plan include:

  • 5-15% lower rates than what you could get on your own
  • Renewal rate cap of 7% once we get 500 employee lives in the plan
  • All of the unused claim dollars are returned to you and your business

We are looking to kick this new Association Plan off on January 1, 2019.  In order to get started, we will need to collect information from a sample of members that will help the underwriters get familiar with us and build the rate charts they will use when underwriting members who are interested in joining the plan.

The information we will need to collect from you is:

  • Most recent renewal, showing rates, who is covered and the benefit plan (deductibles, copays, etc.)
  • Census of all eligible employees, working 30 or more hours per week.

There is no commitment at this time. We are simply gathering a sampling for the underwriters to create the rate charts. You will find attached a spreadsheet to help gather the census information. Once I receive this information from you, I will forward it to the underwriters to get the plan put together.

If I could ask you to send this information to me as soon as possible, we would like to have an informational seminar to review the benefits and review next steps (how you can sign your business up) within 30 days. Again, there is no obligation on your part to participate in the plan at this time.

Copy King Announces Kyocera Named Most Reliable Color Copier

Friday, August 24th, 2018

KYOCERA Document Solutions America, Inc., one of the world’s leading document solutions companies, today announced an unprecedented win from the experts at Keypoint Intelligence – Buyers Lab: the inaugural Award for Most Reliable Color Copier MFP Brand.

“It’s truly an honor for us,” said KYOCERA Document Solutions America President & CEO Yukio Ikeda. “Reliability has always been a hallmark of the Kyocera name. To have our entire line of A3 color devices recognized in this way – and by such an esteemed authority – is a wonderful validation of what we stand for as a brand.”

Reliability Across the Entire Line

The award is part of an entirely new category at BLI, which typically evaluates reliability of individual devices. This award provides customers with a new perspective on the brands they choose – one that looks across the full line of devices. The criteria are evaluated over the long term; the next series of these awards will be presented in 2021.

Every Kyocera Device Scores a Perfect 10

BLI factored in six-years-worth of data from 2012 to 2018, reviewing hundreds of machines, from every vendor’s line. They looked at all devices in the A3 color line-up, calculating misfeeds, service calls, and total tested impressions. Kyocera emerged the clear winner, with BLI calling the company’s line a “shoo-in.”

“All of Kyocera’s color copiers demonstrated excellent reliability, with every device scoring 10 out of 10,” noted George Mikolay, Associate Director of Copiers/Production for Keypoint Intelligence – Buyers Lab. “With a low misfeed rate and zero service interventions required, Kyocera color copier MFPs are designed to keep users productive.”


#AuroraChamber Member Programs Highlight Spring

Monday, February 5th, 2018

Aurora Chamber Board Endorses Dissolution of
Election Commission

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Leadership Academy 2018 Applications Due »
Our Region’s Economic Pulse »
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Member News »
Public Policy Update »
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New Members »
Calendar of Events »

Aurora Chamber Board
Endorses Dissolution of Election Commission

At a special meeting of the Aurora Regional Chamber Board of Directors, the Board voted to support the March 20 referendum for the dissolution of the Aurora Election Commission.

The AEC serves the residents of Aurora, excluding the growing portion in DuPage County. Created in 1934, the purpose was to allow the population of Aurora – at the
time, entirely in Kane County and estimated at approximately 46,500 – an opportunity to register and to vote locally.

For full statement, visit the Chamber Blog.

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Our Region’s Economic Pulse

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Feb. 12: Net Neutrality Forum »
Congratulations, Community Foundation, on 70 Years »
Make One Call, Begin the Journey »
Experienced and Energetic Team to Lead City’s Economic Development »
Prisco Center Renovations Resume with $2 Million State Grant »
Library to Host Job Fair for Youth »
Section of River Street to Close Until 2019 »

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 Accurate Personnel      Advance Auto Parts      Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.      Aurora Bank & Trust      Aurora Limousine      Aurora University      Baird & Warner – Holli
     Beans Greens Proteins      Caterpillar, Inc.      Chicago Steel Hockey Team      City Segment      ComEd      Company 251      Comprehensive Prosthetics and
     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      Gateway Mortgage Group      Healthcare Solutions Team – Deepti
     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      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 

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Calendar of Events

Cyber Security Luncheon/Panel Discussion
Thursday, Feb. 8, 12-1:30 p.m.
Valley Industrial Association, 2000 S. Batavia Ave, Ste. 110, Geneva

2018 Economic Pulse Luncheon
Thursday, Feb. 15, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Stonebridge Country Club, 2705 Stonebridge Blvd., Aurora
Sponsors include Old Second National Bank, Dolan & Murphy, Invest Aurora, Konen Insurance Agency.

Jump Start Your Member Profile Workshop
Tuesday, Feb. 20, 3:30 – 5 p.m.
Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce
43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, Feb. 22, 8 – 9:30 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora
Sponsored by Paramount Theatre

Leadership Academy Applications Due
Friday, Feb. 23, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce
43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora

Grand Re-Opening: Comprehensive Prosthetics & Orthotics
Tuesday, Feb. 27, 8:30 – 10 a.m.
66 West Miller Drive, North Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 9 a.m.

Leadership Academy Kick-off
Friday, March 2, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce
43 W. Galena Blvd., 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.

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.


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Aurora, IL 60506
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Aurora University
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Caterpillar, Inc.
City Segment
Company 251
Copy King Office Solutions, Inc.
Do or Dye Designs
Dolan & Murphy
Downtown Auroran Magazine
Eagle Digital Marketing
Endiro Coffee
First Secure Community Bank
Ice Miller LLP
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency, Inc.
Magnetrol International, Inc.
Meyer Wealth Advisors
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Old Second National Bank
OnLight Aurora
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pilmer Real Estate
Pipe Fitters Local 597
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush-Copley Medical Center
S&S Metal Recyclers II
ServPro of Aurora
SmithAmundsen, LLC
Steffes & Associates Language and Translation (SALT)
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
The Voice
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company

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Calendar of Events
Grand Re-Opening: Sharp Business Systems
Wednesday, Sept. 6, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
1815 S. Meyers Road, Ste. 100, Oakbrook Terrace
Ribbon Cutting @ 11:30 a.m.

Ground Breaking Event – My Place Hotel
Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2-4 p.m.
1000 Kilbery Lane, North Aurora
Ground Breaking @ 2:30 p.m.

Grand Opening: Java Plus
Thursday, Sept. 7, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
1677 Montgomery Rd, Ste. 106, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 11:30 a.m.

Grand Opening: 500 Station Blvd.
Wednesday, Sept. 14, 4 – 8 p.m.
675 Station Blvd., Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 4:30 p.m.

2017 Wellness Works Conference
Friday, Sept. 15, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Prisco Community Center, Aurora

Grand Opening: Garage 31
Monday, Sept. 18, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
102 S. Lincolnway, North Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 11:30 a.m.

Coffee & Connections
Tuesday, Sept. 19, 8:30 – 10:15 a.m.
Painters District Council #30, 1905 Sequoia Drive, Aurora

35th Anniversary: Lindstrom Chiropractic
Wednesday, Sept. 20, 3:30 – 7 p.m.
1965 W, Downer Pl., Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 4 p.m.

Grand Opening: Huntington Bank
Thursday, Sept. 21, 8 – 10 a.m.
2430 W. Indian Trail Rd., Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 8:30 a.m.

5th Anniversary: McLaughlin & Associates
Thursday, Sept. 28, 3:30 – 7:00 p.m.
495 N. Commons Dr. Ste. 103, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 4:15 p.m.

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, Sept. 28, 8 – 9:30 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora Sponsorships Available

Public Policy Update
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New Form I-9 Required by Sept. 18, 2017

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Gov. Rauner Takes Action on Several Bills

This Week: Gov. Signs Education Bill

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West High to Host World Language Career Expo

Waubonsee to Host Aurora Downtown Career Fair This Month

Join Us for an Ill. Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Forum on Oct. 18

VNA Recognized for Quality Achievements, Awarded $171K by HRSA

IMSA, Tellabs Foundation Announce Next Generation Innovators Award Winners

West Aurora School District 129 Approved for Federal Registered Apprenticeship Program

Fox Valley Mall, Simply Destinee Partner for the Shining a Light on Suicide

National Disability Employment Awareness Month Theme Announced: ‘Inclusion Drives Innovation’

Park Renovations Coming to Meadow Lake; New Park at Randall Highlands

Thermamax, Inc. Celebrates 10th Anniversary

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Chicagoland Safety Health and Environmental Conference

Monday, July 24th, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information about the conference or golf outing, contact Ken Orms at

Wellness Works 2016

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

Employers large and small are invited to take part in Wellness Works 2016, a conference focusing on improving the health of their employees.

Wellness Works 2016, sponsored by the Healthy Living Council of Greater Aurora, is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 16 at the Prisco Community Center, 150 W. Illinois Ave. in Aurora.

The conference will inform employers about the importance of promoting healthy living in the workplace. Healthy living practices for corporate and small businesses, social service organizations, schools, government agencies and other places of employment will be explored.

A worksite wellness panel, made up of representatives from local and regional employers, will address employee assistance programs, work-life balance, worksite health initiatives, program implementation, and issues facing small employers and large-scale businesses.

Guest speakers, a variety of health and business-related exhibitors, and networking opportunities will be offered.

The registration fee of $25 includes lunch.

Exhibitors wanting to take part in the program should contact Zaida Rodriguez at Rush-Copley Medical Center,  


Business Tax Savings: April 27

Thursday, April 21st, 2016