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News, Updates for October 2018 from Your #AuroraChamber

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

Aurora named finalist for Chicago innovation awards.

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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? »

Partnering For Our Community »

Money-Saving Programs For Members »

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

Register Here

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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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Public Policy Updates

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.

Other Recent Policy News

U.S. Senate to Vote on JOBS Act 3.0 »

‘Honor 200′ Deadline Approaches to Nominate Illinois Veterans »

Gov. Signs Bill to Transition to Multi-year Vehicle Registration Opportunity »

Governor Signs Legislation to Help Keep Illinois Students in Illinois »

State of Illinois Sells $965 Million in Bonds »

Unemployment Falls in All Metro Areas »

Welcome New Members

Orochem Technologies, Inc. Premier Member
Dr. Asha A. Oroskar
340 Shumann Blvd., Naperville
(630) 210-8300
Manufacturers/IT Consulting

Best Rates Heating and Cooling Premier Member
Ish Medellin
Aurora
(630) 401-6967
Heating & Air Conditioning

Destinations Travel Services, Inc.
Avril Winkle
Aurora
(630) 618-4637
Travel & Insurance

Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church
Zara Tan
701 S. Eola Road, Aurora
(630) 851-3444
Churches & Synagogues

Plaza Square, LLC
Steve Dawidiuk
Aurora
(312) 613-1021
Shopping Center

Sport Clips – N. Orchard Road
Beth McMahon
1720 N Orchard Road, Suite 130 Aurora
(847) 714-2473
Beauty Services

Elite Members

+Intention 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 Caterpillar, Inc. Chicago Steel Hockey Team City Segment ComEd Comprehensive Prosthetics and Orthotics Country Financial – West Aurora Dolan & Murphy Downtown Auroran Magazine 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. 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

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

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

Sunday, 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.

 

Aurora Business Organizations to Host Manufacturing Day Job Fair

Monday, September 24th, 2018

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.

This will be our fifth job fair and the first specifically focused on manufacturing opportunities. The job fair is free to the public and hiring manufacturing companies.

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.

Please contact Judy Dawson at dawsonj@investaurora.org or (630) 256-3163 to reserve your space.

#AuroraChamber News for 08.27.2018: Tariffs, Member News, Internships

Monday, August 27th, 2018

Applications for Export Assistance Now Open

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  In This Issue  

Tariffs Could Cripple Illinois Economy »
Future IT Careers »
Member News »
Premier Investors »
Elite Members »
New Members »
Calendar of Events »

Tariffs Could Cripple Illinois Economy

According to media and business organizations, American businesses and consumers may bear the brunt of the emerging global trade war. These reports continue that tariffs are not the answer and can inflict great harm on our economy. The United States Chamber of Commerce stresses the U.S. needs free and fair trade; imposing tariffs to get there is the wrong approach.

Tariffs on steel, aluminum, and Chinese imports — as well as additional tariffs on automobiles and auto parts — have impacted business operations across the country. Long-standing trade partners, including Canada, Mexico, the European Union, and China, have already (or express plans to) respond with billions of dollars in tariffs on American-made products.

The U.S. Chamber estimates current and proposed tariffs could cost Illinois more than $4.3 billion. Did you know, Illinois exports annually:

  • More than $156 million dollars of bread, pastries, cakes, etc., to Canada?
  • More than $128 million in herbicides and antisprout chemicals to Canada?
  • More than $56 million in food preparations to Mexico?
  • More than $445 million in passenger vehicles to China?
  • More than $57 million in cooking appliances to Europe annually?

Millions of American jobs depend on our ability to trade with other companies. Did you know that more than 1.7 million Illinois jobs are supported by global trade?

How does (or will) the global trade tariffs impact you and your business? Share your experiences with us here. This brief survey should take less than three minutes to complete.

Join Us in Support of Future IT Careers

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

For more details, please visit our blog post.

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.

Face To Face Beauty Studio

Congratulations Face To Face Beauty Studio on your Ribbon Cutting Celebration.Applications for Export Assistance Now Open »
Copy King Announces Kyocera Named Most Reliable Color Copier »
Denise Sousa Joins VNA Health Care »
Aurora Area CVB Releases FY2018 Highlights »
September: National Preparedness Month »
IMSA Promise Receives Insight Into Diversity Award »
Join Us in Support of Future IT Careers »
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 »

Premier Investors

Premier Investors

Elite Members

 +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      ganc.io      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 

New Members

North American Industrial, Inc.
Michael Carroll
2501 Simon Drive, Montgomery
(630) 907-7891
Importers & ExportersNatural Paths for Lymphatic Wellness
Sylvia Washington
205 W Galena Blvd, Aurora
(630) 690-5420
Health ServicesMichele Williams-Keller Williams Premier Properties
Michele Williams
45 S. Park Blvd., Suite 300, Glen Ellyn
(630) 803-2354
Real Estate

GlowZone
Amanda Ellis
301 S. Route 59, Aurora
(630) 697-7611
Entertainment

Calendar of Events

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, Aug. 30, 8 – 9:30 a.m.
NEW LOCATION FOR AUGUST
Aurora Country Club, 1548 Prairie Street, Aurora
Sponsored by Caton Commercial Real EstateGrand Opening: My Place Hotel
Thursday, Sept. 6, 4 – 6 p.m.
1000 Kilbery Lane, North Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 4:30 p.m.Grand Opening: M14 Hoops
Friday, Sept. 14, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
2414 Church Road, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 11:30 a.m.

Coffee & Connections
Tuesday, Sept. 18, 8:30 a.m.
Painters District No.30
1905 Sequoia Drive, Aurora
Sponsored by New York Life

50th Anniversary: Gateway Foundation
Thursday, Sept. 27, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
400 Mercy Lane, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 11:30 a.m.

Facebook    Blog    TwitterAurora Regional Chamber of Commerce
43 W. Galena Blvd.
Aurora, IL 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180
Fax: (630) 256-3189
www.aurora-chamber.com

U.S. Senate to Vote on JOBS Act 3.0

Sunday, August 26th, 2018

Congress has been talking about pushing pro-growth bills to spur economic growth and job creation. Now is the time to hold Congress accountable.

The House has passed, by a wide bipartisan margin, a series of bills (JOBS Act 3.0) that help reverse the decline in companies going and staying public and reinvigorate innovation.

Going public gives a company an infusion of capital to invest in new business, grow and expand the company into new geographies, and create new jobs. And when more jobs are created, families are able to save, and to invest those savings.

We have half as many public companies today in the United States then we did in 1996.

The creation of public companies leads to both innovation and job creation. The Chamber is optimistic that the Senate can follow the House’s lead and pass a JOBS Act 3.0, but they need to hear from you.

Click here to share your thoughts with Sens. Durbin and Duckworth.

#AuroraChamber Member News for Aug. 20, 2018

Monday, August 20th, 2018

Aurora Area CVB Releases FY2018 Highlights

Aurora Chamber

  In This Issue  

Future IT Careers »
Member News »
Premier Investors »
Elite Members »
New Members »
Calendar of Events »

Join Us in Support of Future IT Careers

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

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.

For more details, please visit our blog post.

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.
Aurora Area CVB Releases FY2018 Highlights »
September: National Preparedness Month »
IMSA Promise Receives Insight Into Diversity Award »
Join Us in Support of Future IT Careers »
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 »

Premier Investors

Premier Investors

Elite Members

 +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      ganc.io      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 

New Members

ADP
Jack Kawalek
Aurora
(630) 857-6061
Payroll ServicesYour House Real Estate Academy
Michael Fair
320 N. Lake Street, Aurora
(630) 844-0222
Real Estate

Kingdom Impact Center
Loretta Fields
1631 Plum St., Aurora
(630) 966-0724
Churches and Synagogues

Calendar of Events

Ribbon Cutting & BBQ: FastColor
Friday, Aug. 24, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
200 Alder Drive, North Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 12 p.m.Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, Aug. 30, 8 – 9:30 a.m.
NEW LOCATION FOR AUGUST
Aurora Country Club, 1548 Prairie Street, Aurora
Sponsored by Caton Commercial Real Estate

Grand Opening: My Place Hotel
Thursday, Sept. 6, 4 – 6 p.m.
1000 Kilbery Lane, North Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 4:30 p.m.

Grand Opening: M14 Hoops
Friday, Sept. 14, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
2414 Church Road, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 11:30 a.m.

Coffee & Connections
Tuesday, Sept. 18, 8:30 a.m.
Painters District No.30
1905 Sequoia Drive, Aurora
Sponsored by New York Life

50th Anniversary: Gateway Foundation
Thursday, Sept. 27, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
400 Mercy Lane, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 11:30 a.m.

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

www.aurora-chamber.com

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.

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 www.chisafetyconf.org 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 www.chicsafetyconf.org.   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 info@smartgrowthamerica.org.

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

Aurora to Appoint Education Commission

Sunday, March 4th, 2018

The City of Aurora Innovation Department invites you to apply to become a member of the City of Aurora Education Commission. Applications will be accepted through March 9, 2018. Selections will be announced in mid-March, with successful candidates beginning their term in April 2018.

City of Aurora Education Commission Purpose:

The purpose of the Aurora Education Commission (AEC) is to engage in constructive dialogue with all members on how to best prepare our residents for education and workforce success. The AEC will assume the responsibility of identifying education and workforce development programs and initiatives that will benefit our Aurora area residents and that will also introduce opportunities for partners to realize operational cost savings. Training:

All AEC members will be required to complete the Illinois Open Meetings Act training.

Time Commitments:

Term-The term of office for each member shall be two years with the option to apply for an additional year, or until his/her successor is duly appointed and qualified. All members will be divided into two groups nearly equal in number as practical in order to stagger the terms of members and achieve continuity of governance of the AEC.

Commission Meetings-The AEC will meet monthly on a day/time that will be determined by majority vote. All Commission meetings will be held at City Hall (Room-TBD).

Committee & Activity Meetings-It is expected that designated AEC committee meetings will occur outside of time allotted for AEC meetings. Such instances will be determined by membership at appropriate times during its proceedings.

The Ideal AEC Candidate

  • · Interested in advancing education and workforce opportunities throughout the City of Aurora.
  • · Have decision making authority to speak for home institution at AEC meetings.
  • · Is able to attend AEC meetings and activities.

 

In addition to the application, please submit the following:

  • · A current resume/curriculum vitae.
  • · A short (two paragraph maximum) biography.