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Professional Sales Development Sessions

Tuesday, August 20th, 2019

Does Your Elevator Pitch Even Matter Any More?
Enabling Salespeople to be More Effective and Sell More Through Sales Enablement

Tuesday Morning September 10th
7:30–9 a.m.
43 W Galena Blvd, Aurora, IL 60506  (Downtown Aurora)
$15.00 per person (includes coffee and light breakfast)  (space is limited)

Facilitated by Shawn Green, PhD
Professor of Marketing, Aurora University

Please RSVP. Space is limited. For more information contact info@aurorachamber.com
or call 630-256-3182.

Register Here

Join us for a very relevant discussion addressing how effective sales performers make use of resources such as solid sales processes, current application of technology, and quality content. Let’s discuss together how this rapidly changing business environment is impacting the sales profession and how we can capitalize on these changes.
Salespeople are certainly making more use of tech-based tools such as the Internet, mobile phones and social media. The question is to what degree do we actually use these tools to work through our sales process? Are we leveraging readily available technology as much as we are able?

The presenter of this discussion is Randy Meier:
Randy Meier has 15 years of sales experience ranging from inside sales, territory development, key account management, business development management and sales management. Randy is currently serving in the role of VP of Sales at Synergy Systems. Synergy Systems is a 40-year-old Systems Integrator focused on Industrial Combustion processes. Randy has also completed an MBA and a B.S. Degree in Business Management from Aurora University.
In this session Randy will address the following practices of:
• Better utilizing common tech-tools to sell more effectively.
• Utilizing technology more directly into the sales process.
• Determining how sales enablement can help provide improved results.
• Providing salespeople with the resources that buyers request.
• Having useful content for salespeople that can be shared to buyers.

This sales discussion will be interactive with a different live dynamic where the value is the room.
It will be an excellent opportunity to learn from one another. Don’t miss this session.

Please RSVP. Space is limited. For more information contact info@aurorachamber.com
or call 630-256-3182.

#AuroraChamber News for Week of May 20, 2019

Tuesday, May 21st, 2019

Save the Date: Aurora Chamber Golf Classic July 11th

Aurora Chamber

  In This Issue  

2019 Annual Golf Classic »
Welcome New Members »
Public Policy Updates »
Premier Investors »
Elite Members »
Calendar of Events »
Member News »
Spotlight On Membership »
About The Aurora Chamber »

2019 Annual Golf Classic

Golf Classic

Welcome New Members

Accurate Personnel
Janet Maya
1649 Montgomery Road, Suite 13, Aurora
(630) 580-3200
Employment Support

Precision Health Care Center
Dr. David Tejada
2166 Ogden Ave., Aurora
(630) 375-944
Chiropractors/Massage/Acupuncture

Clearent
A.J. VanOpstall
3745 Gabrielle Lane, Ste 924, Aurora
(616) 450-9054
Credit Card Processing

Public Policy Updates

House GOP Lawmakers Urge: ‘Stop Ignoring Tax Realities’ »
Gov. Pritzker Unveils Graduated Tax Proposal »
Illinois GA Bills to Watch »
Fitch Ratings, Standard & Poor’s Respond Negatively to Pritzker Budget Proposal »
$15 Minimum Wage Passes Senate »

Premier Investors

Premier Investors

Elite Members

 95.9 The River      Above Board Indoor Environmental      Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.      AMITA Health Mercy Medical Center      Artesan Lofts      Aurora Bank & Trust      Aurora Collective      Aurora University      Barbara Geiger – Keller Williams Experience      Best Rates Heating and Cooling      Caterpillar, Inc.      City Segment      ComEd      Dolan & Murphy      Endiro Coffee      Energy Bot      ERC Delivery      First Secure Community Bank      Fox Valley Mall      Freedom Development Group, LLC      ganc.io      Healthcare Solutions Team – Deepti Srivastava      Henkels & McCoy, Inc.      Jiffy Lube Multi-Care      Kluber Architects + Engineers       Konen Insurance Agency, Inc.      Lendio of Naperville      Luke Singh – Country Financial      Midwest Coach Limousine, Inc.      Mitutoyo America Corporation      Mooney & Thomas P.C.       New York Life Insurance Company and Nylife Securities, LLC- Duckie Huynh      Obregon Medical Clinic      Ochoa & Associates LTD.      Old Second National Bank      OnLight Aurora      Orchard Wine & Liquor      Orochem      Painters District Council 30      Paramount Arts Centre      Pilmer Real Estate      Plum Landing Retirement Community      Prairie Technology Solutions Group, LLC      Quality Logo Products      R.C. Wegman Construction Company      Rasmussen College      Rich Harvest Farms      Rush Copley Medical Center      S&S Metal Recyclers II      Scientel Solutions      Sign*A*Rama      SmithAmundsen, LLC      Staffing Network, LLC & QPA       Stonebridge Country Club      T-Mobile     Tempur-Pedic Stores      Two Brothers Roundhouse      Valley Fastener Group, LLC      The Voice      Waubonsee Community College      Weldstar Company      WSPY      World Finance Corporation 

Calendar of Events

Jump Start Your Membership Profile
Tuesday, May 21, 8:30-10 a.m.
Chamber Offices, 43 W. Galena Blvd, Aurora

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

Aurora Young Professionals Social Mixer
Thursday, May 30, 4 – 6 p.m.
Ballydoyle Irish Pub, 28 W. New York St., Aurora
Surprise Mixer at 5:15 p.m.

Grand Opening: Aurora Arts Center
Saturday, June 1, 9 – 10 a.m.
5 E. Galena Ave., Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 9:30 a.m.

100 Year Kick-off: American Legion Post 84
Wednesday, June 5, 4:30 – 7 p.m.
Ballydoyle Irish Pub, 28 W. New York St., Aurora

Coffee & Connections
Tuesday, June 18, 8:30-10 a.m.
Chamber Offices, 43. W. Galena Blvd, Aurora

Grand Opening: Family Counseling Services
Friday, June 21, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
84 Templeton Dr., Oswego
Ribbon Cutting @ 2 p.m.

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, June 27, 8 – 9:30 a.m.
Aurora Country Club, 1548 Prairie Street, Aurora
Sponsored by Law Offices of McLaughlin & Associates, P.C.

Save the Date:
Aurora Chamber Golf Classic
Thursday, July 11, 2019
Orchard Valley Golf Course, 2411 W. Illinois Ave., Aurora
Sponsorships Available

Member News

Historical Society Fundraiser Invite »
Leadership Flexibility »
My Happy Place »
The Ever Changing “Leader” »

SPOTLIGHT ON MEMBERSHIP

The #AuroraChamber has a number of videos online to assist you in using your member profile to your advantage. Current videos include:

How to Pay Invoices Online
How to Post a Hot Deal
How to Add a Job Posting
How to Update Your Personal Profile
How to Update Your Company Profile
How to Manage and Post Events

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.

Not a Chamber member? Learn more about the benefits of membership.
Already a Chamber member? Make the most of your membership today.

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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

Women in Leadership Roles

Tuesday, April 30th, 2019

Women as leaders – something I’ve spent time thinking about recently, and as one of the latest participants of the Leadership Academy, something that remains on my mind.
I was pleased to see that this year’s Leadership Academy has a larger number of women participating than men, although it shouldn’t be surprising – there are more women in the workforce than ever before. Unfortunately, more women in the workforce doesn’t actually translate to more women in leadership roles. Even in my predominately-female populated profession, men still proportionately hold more leadership positions.

What is holding women back from reaching leadership positions? Beyond sex discrimination, there are women still working in hostile work environments, facing negative stereotypes about women as leaders, as well as facing whatever implicit biases about women that exist.

How many of us have heard: “Don’t take it personally,” or “Why are you getting emotional about this” or some more subtle version of these statements? How many times have you worried, even in the tiniest way, that you are coming across as too aggressive, too “angry”; that if you had been born male, no one would have said those things to you and you would not have thought that of yourself? I’m fortunate that in my career, I’ve worked for and with women who have been supportive of me and my professional growth. But, I have it easier; I’m a white woman; women of color are far less fortunate than I am.

I don’t know the answer to how we combat what centuries of history has built, but maybe a good starting point would be to be more mindful. Be mindful of the choices we make when choosing someone for a leadership role; be mindful about what we say and how we say it; be mindful about to whom you provide professional support; be mindful when recruiting in your places of employment.
Just, be more mindful.

Dana Russell is the Senior Manager of Children’s Services at the Aurora Public Library and earned her Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from University of Illinois-Champaign Urbana. She has worked in public libraries for over 20 years.

April 29, 2019: This Week’s #AuroraChamber News

Monday, April 29th, 2019

Save the Date: Aurora Chamber Golf Classic July 11th

Aurora Chamber

  In This Issue  

Businesses Help Combat Opioid Crisis »
2019 Annual Golf Classic »
Welcome New Members »
Public Policy Updates »
Premier Investors »
Elite Members »
Calendar of Events »
Member News »
Spotlight On Membership »
About The Aurora Chamber »

BUSINESSES HELP COMBAT OPIOID CRISIS

The Aurora Regional Chamber is partnering with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation on the launch of the new Sharing Solutions resource hub designed to empower businesses to help combat the opioid crisis. We hope that you will take the time to explore the site and benefit from the information provided.

Sharing Solutions highlights employer and employee resources and showcases innovative solutions to address the opioid crisis. Resources include – education and prevention techniques, how to create a drug free workplace, how to work with benefit providers and more. This site also offers the ability to suggest a resource or story you have found helpful.

Join businesses across our community and country in combating the crisis and saving lives.

2019 Annual Golf Classic

Golf Classic

Welcome New Members

Clearview Sales Solutions
Mark Taylor
Batavia 60510
(630) 406-9582
Sales Consultant

Public Policy Updates

House GOP Lawmakers Urge: ‘Stop Ignoring Tax Realities’ »
Gov. Pritzker Unveils Graduated Tax Proposal »
Illinois GA Bills to Watch »
Fitch Ratings, Standard & Poor’s Respond Negatively to Pritzker Budget Proposal »
$15 Minimum Wage Passes Senate »

Premier Investors

Premier Investors

Elite Members

 95.9 The River      Above Board Indoor Environmental      Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.      AMITA Health Mercy Medical Center      Artesan Lofts      Aurora Bank & Trust      Aurora Collective      Aurora University      Barbara Geiger – Keller Williams Experience      Best Rates Heating and Cooling      Caterpillar, Inc.      City Segment      ComEd      Dolan & Murphy      Endiro Coffee      Energy Bot      ERC Delivery      First Secure Community Bank      Fox Valley Mall      Freedom Development Group, LLC      ganc.io      Healthcare Solutions Team – Deepti Srivastava      Henkels & McCoy, Inc.      Jiffy Lube Multi-Care      Kluber Architects + Engineers       Konen Insurance Agency, Inc.      Lendio of Naperville      Luke Singh – Country Financial      Midwest Coach Limousine, Inc.      Mitutoyo America Corporation      Mooney & Thomas P.C.       New York Life Insurance Company and Nylife Securities, LLC- Duckie Huynh      Obregon Medical Clinic      Ochoa & Associates LTD.      Old Second National Bank      OnLight Aurora      Orchard Wine & Liquor      Orochem      Painters District Council 30      Paramount Arts Centre      Pilmer Real Estate      Plum Landing Retirement Community      Prairie Technology Solutions Group, LLC      Quality Logo Products      R.C. Wegman Construction Company      Rasmussen College      Rich Harvest Farms      Rush Copley Medical Center      S&S Metal Recyclers II      Scientel Solutions      Sign*A*Rama      SmithAmundsen, LLC      Staffing Network, LLC & QPA       Stonebridge Country Club      T-Mobile     Tempur-Pedic Stores      Two Brothers Roundhouse      Valley Fastener Group, LLC      The Voice      Waubonsee Community College      Weldstar Company      WSPY      World Finance Corporation 

Calendar of Events

Crain’s Small Business Forum
Business Growth Strategy
Wednesday, May 8, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Belle Salle Banquets, 1920 E. New York St.

Jump Start Your Membership Profile
Tuesday, May 21, 8:30-10 a.m.
Chamber Offices, 43 W. Galena Blvd, Aurora

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

Coffee & Connections
Tuesday, June 18, 8:30-10 a.m.
Chamber Offices, 43. W. Galena Blvd, Aurora

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, June 27, 8 – 9:30 a.m.
Aurora Country Club, 1548 Prairie Street, Aurora
Sponsored by Law Offices of McLaughlin & Associates, P.C.

Save the Date:
Aurora Chamber Golf Classic
Thursday, July 11, 2019
Orchard Valley Golf Course, 2411 W. Illinois Ave., Aurora
Sponsorships Available

Member News

Member News

Historical Society Fundraiser Invite »
Leadership Flexibility »
My Happy Place »
The Ever Changing “Leader” »

SPOTLIGHT ON MEMBERSHIP

The #AuroraChamber has a number of videos online to assist you in using your member profile to your advantage. Current videos include:

How to Pay Invoices Online
How to Post a Hot Deal
How to Add a Job Posting
How to Update Your Personal Profile
How to Update Your Company Profile
How to Manage and Post Events

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.

Not a Chamber member? Learn more about the benefits of membership.
Already a Chamber member? Make the most of your membership today.

Facebook    Blog    Twitter

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

www.aurora-chamber.com

Announcements, Programs from #AuroraChamber

Wednesday, April 24th, 2019

Henning to Step Down for New Role

Aurora Chamber

  In This Issue  

Henning to Step Down for New Role »
Businesses Help Combat Opioid Crisis »
2019 Annual Golf Classic »
Welcome New Members »
Public Policy Updates »
Premier Investors »
Elite Members »
Calendar of Events »
Member News »
Spotlight On Membership »
About The Aurora Chamber »

Henning to Step Down for New Role

Andy Guzauskas, Aurora Regional Chamber board chair, has announced that Joseph Henning, president and CEO, has resigned his position to accept a similar role out of state.

“While the board and I are sad to lose Joe,” Guzauskas adds, “we appreciate the leadership and passion for the community that Joe has exhibited during the 14 years he served the chamber. We absolutely wish him the best in his new role.”

“The opportunity to serve the Aurora Regional Chamber, its membership, and the community for the past 14 years has been the professional experience of a lifetime,” Henning states. “I am thankful for the personal and professional growth this organization and its leadership has allowed me.”

Henning’s last day will be Friday, May 24, 2019.

Guzauskas states the board is currently working on the details of a transition plan with Henning and will begin a search in the near future.

To read the full announcement, click here.

BUSINESSES HELP COMBAT OPIOID CRISIS

The Aurora Regional Chamber is partnering with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation on the launch of the new Sharing Solutions resource hub designed to empower businesses to help combat the opioid crisis. We hope that you will take the time to explore the site and benefit from the information provided.

Sharing Solutions highlights employer and employee resources and showcases innovative solutions to address the opioid crisis. Resources include – education and prevention techniques, how to create a drug free workplace, how to work with benefit providers and more. This site also offers the ability to suggest a resource or story you have found helpful.

Join businesses across our community and country in combating the crisis and saving lives.

2019 Annual Golf Classic

Golf Classic

Welcome New Members

Paychex
Juan Ramirez
27545 Diehl Road
Warrenville 60555
(708) 288-2138
Payroll, HR services

Public Policy Updates

House GOP Lawmakers Urge: ‘Stop Ignoring Tax Realities’ »
Gov. Pritzker Unveils Graduated Tax Proposal »
Illinois GA Bills to Watch »
Fitch Ratings, Standard & Poor’s Respond Negatively to Pritzker Budget Proposal »
$15 Minimum Wage Passes Senate »

Premier Investors

Premier Investors

Elite Members

 95.9 The River      Above Board Indoor Environmental      Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.      AMITA Health Mercy Medical Center      Artesan Lofts      Aurora Bank & Trust      Aurora Collective      Aurora University      Barbara Geiger – Keller Williams Experience      Best Rates Heating and Cooling      Caterpillar, Inc.      City Segment      ComEd      Dolan & Murphy      Endiro Coffee      Energy Bot      ERC Delivery      First Secure Community Bank      Fox Valley Mall      Freedom Development Group, LLC      ganc.io      Healthcare Solutions Team – Deepti Srivastava      Henkels & McCoy, Inc.      Jiffy Lube Multi-Care      Kluber Architects + Engineers       Konen Insurance Agency, Inc.      Lendio of Naperville      Luke Singh – Country Financial      Midwest Coach Limousine, Inc.      Mitutoyo America Corporation      Mooney & Thomas P.C.       New York Life Insurance Company and Nylife Securities, LLC- Duckie Huynh      Obregon Medical Clinic      Ochoa & Associates LTD.      Old Second National Bank      OnLight Aurora      Orchard Wine & Liquor      Orochem      Painters District Council 30      Paramount Arts Centre      Pilmer Real Estate      Plum Landing Retirement Community      Prairie Technology Solutions Group, LLC      Quality Logo Products      R.C. Wegman Construction Company      Rasmussen College      Rich Harvest Farms      Rush Copley Medical Center      S&S Metal Recyclers II      Scientel Solutions      Sign*A*Rama      SmithAmundsen, LLC      Staffing Network, LLC & QPA       Stonebridge Country Club      T-Mobile     Tempur-Pedic Stores      Two Brothers Roundhouse      Valley Fastener Group, LLC      The Voice      Waubonsee Community College      Weldstar Company      WSPY      World Finance Corporation 

Calendar of Events

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, April 25, 8 – 9:30 a.m.
Aurora Country Club, 1548 Prairie Street, Aurora
Sponsored by T-Mobile

Groundbreaking: NorthStar Credit Union
Friday, April 26, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Corner of Ashbury Drive and New York Street.
Ground Breaking @ 2 p.m.

Grand Opening: Orchard Wine and Liquor
Friday, April. 26, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
1039 W. Orchard Road, North Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 4 p.m.

Crain’s Small Business Forum
Business Growth Strategy
Wednesday, May 8, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Belle Salle Banquets, 1920 E. New York St.

Jump Start Your Membership Profile
Tuesday, May 21, 8:30-10 a.m.
Chamber Offices, 43 W. Galena Blvd, Aurora

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

Coffee & Connections
Tuesday, June 18, 8:30-10 a.m.
Chamber Offices, 43. W. Galena Blvd, Aurora

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, June 27, 8 – 9:30 a.m.
Aurora Country Club, 1548 Prairie Street, Aurora
Sponsored by Law Offices of McLaughlin & Associates, P.C.

Save the Date:
Aurora Chamber Golf Classic
Thursday, July 11, 2019
Orchard Valley Golf Course, 2411 W. Illinois Ave., Aurora
Sponsorships Available

Member News

Member News

Historical Society Fundraiser Invite »
Leadership Flexibility »
My Happy Place »
The Ever Changing “Leader” »

SPOTLIGHT ON MEMBERSHIP

The #AuroraChamber has a number of videos online to assist you in using your member profile to your advantage. Current videos include:

How to Pay Invoices Online
How to Post a Hot Deal
How to Add a Job Posting
How to Update Your Personal Profile
How to Update Your Company Profile
How to Manage and Post Events

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.

Not a Chamber member? Learn more about the benefits of membership.
Already a Chamber member? Make the most of your membership today.

Facebook    Blog    Twitter

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

www.aurora-chamber.com

Henning to Step Down for New Role

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019

Andy Guzauskas, board chair for the Aurora Regional Chamber, has announced that Joseph Henning, IOM, CAE, president and CEO, has resigned his position to accept a similar role out of state.

“While the board and I are sad to lose Joe,” Guzauskas adds, “we appreciate the leadership and passion for the community that Joe has exhibited during the 14 years he  served the chamber. We absolutely wish him the best in his new role.”

“The opportunity to serve the Aurora Regional Chamber, its membership, and the community for the past 14 years has been the professional experience of a lifetime,” Henning states. “I am thankful for the personal and professional growth this organization and its leadership has allowed me.”

Among the accomplishments of his tenure, the chamber reports:

  • The chamber was named Illinois Chamber of the Year by the Illinois Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives;
  • It achieved consecutive five-star accreditation from the U.S. Chamber Foundation in 2012 and 2017;
  • It added programs and services to provide benefit to members;
  • It urged the establishment of a public-private partnership (Invest Aurora) to spearhead economic development efforts;
  • It coordinated collaborations with education, business, and government to combine resources and reduce duplication of services; and
  • It established workforce development priorities to include the voice of employers.

“Workforce development and education attainment have long been a passion of mine,” Henning states. “Working with educational institutions and employers to identify opportunities and find solutions to our employers’ needs continues to be one of the most exciting experiences.”

From the established Pathways to Prosperity and Manufacturing Careers Internship Program to the newer Second Chance program, supporting students with disabilities, and the upskilling of current employees, the Aurora Regional Chamber and its many collaborative partners have established itself as a leader in providing solutions to a nationwide issue, Henning adds.

“I will be forever grateful for the team members, board members, volunteers, and community leaders that have been champions for the Aurora region with me,” Henning concludes. “The Chamber is a remarkable place to work. The region is a wonderful community in which to live. It is a perfect time for the Chamber to bring in fresh leadership. I look forward to following the continued impact that the Aurora Chamber accomplishes.”

Henning’s last day will be Friday, May 24, 2019.

Guzauskas states the board is currently working on the details of a transition plan with Henning and will begin a search in the near future.​

#AuroraChamber News for April 15, 2019

Monday, April 15th, 2019

Historical Society Fundraiser Invite

Aurora Chamber

  In This Issue  

Public Policy Updates »
Premier Investors »
Elite Members »
Calendar of Events »
Businesses Help Combat Opioid Crisis »
Member News »
Welcome New Members »
Spotlight On Membership »
About The Aurora Chamber »

Public Policy Updates

Business Registration: The City of Aurora is developing a proposed business registration program for City Council consideration. The proposal was recently shared with the Special Ordinance Committee of the City Council. If you have thoughts or comments to share, please contact the Aurora Chamber at jhenning@aurorachamber.com

Data Center Bill Passes First Hurdle »
Ill. Chamber Backs Transportation Modernization Plan »
City of Aurora Launches Engagement Website »
House GOP Lawmakers Urge: ‘Stop Ignoring Tax Realities’ »
COGFA Issues Report on State Employee Group Insurance »
Major Sports Wagering Proposals Introduced »
Tobacco 21 to Governor »
Consumer Liquor Home Delivery Passes Committee »
Gov. Pritzker Unveils Graduated Tax Proposal »
Illinois GA Bills to Watch »
COGFA Reports on Impact of Local Government Pensions »
Fitch Ratings, Standard & Poor’s Respond Negatively to Pritzker Budget Proposal »
House Republicans File Resolution Opposing Gov. Pritzker’s Unfair Tax »
$15 Minimum Wage Passes Senate »

Premier Investors

Premier Investors

Elite Members

 95.9 The River      Above Board Indoor Environmental      Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.      AMITA Health Mercy Medical Center      Artesan Lofts      Aurora Bank & Trust      Aurora Collective      Aurora University      Barbara Geiger – Keller Williams Experience      Best Rates Heating and Cooling      Caterpillar, Inc.      City Segment      ComEd    Dolan & Murphy      Endiro Coffee      Energy Bot      ERC Delivery      First Secure Community Bank      Fox Valley Mall      Freedom Development Group, LLC      ganc.io      Healthcare Solutions Team – Deepti Srivastava      Henkels & McCoy, Inc.      Jiffy Lube Multi-Care      Kluber Architects + Engineers       Konen Insurance Agency, Inc.      Luke Singh – Country Financial      Midwest Coach Limousine, Inc.      Mitutoyo America Corporation      Mooney & Thomas P.C.       New York Life Insurance Company and Nylife Securities, LLC- Duckie Huynh      Obregon Medical Clinic      Ochoa & Associates LTD.      Old Second National Bank      OnLight Aurora      Orchard Wine & Liquor      Painters District Council 30      Paramount Arts Centre      Pilmer Real Estate      Plum Landing Retirement Community      Prairie Technology Solutions Group, LLC      Quality Logo Products      R.C. Wegman Construction Company      Rasmussen College      Rich Harvest Farms      Rush Copley Medical Center      S&S Metal Recyclers II      Scientel Solutions     Sign*A*Rama      SmithAmundsen, LLC      Staffing Network, LLC & QPA        Stonebridge Country Club      T-Mobile     Tempur-Pedic Stores      Two Brothers Roundhouse      Valley Fastener Group, LLC      The Voice      Waubonsee Community College      Weldstar Company      WSPY     World Finance Corporation 

Calendar of Events

Coffee & Connections
Tuesday, April 16, 8:30-10 a.m.
Chamber offices, 43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora

Coffee with Congress: Rep. Lauren Underwood
Friday, April 19, at 8:30 a.m.
Chamber offices, 43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora

BUSINESSES HELP COMBAT OPIOID CRISIS

The Aurora Regional Chamber is partnering with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation on the launch of the new Sharing Solutions resource hub designed to empower businesses to help combat the opioid crisis. We hope that you will take the time to explore the site and benefit from the information provided.

Sharing Solutions highlights employer and employee resources and showcases innovative solutions to address the opioid crisis. Resources include – education and prevention techniques, how to create a drug free workplace, how to work with benefit providers and more. This site also offers the ability to suggest a resource or story you have found helpful.

Join businesses across our community and country in combating the crisis and saving lives.

Member News

Historical Society Fundraiser Invite »
Leadership Flexibility »
My Happy Place »
The Ever Changing “Leader” »
Historical Society Displays Crosses »
Join JA at the Middle School Career Fair »
Rich Harvest Farms to Host 2019 Western Junior »
Learn the Signs of Teen Dating Violence »
Leadership Is Service »
Aurora Farmers Market Announces New Season, New Location »
US DOL Opens Applications for HIRE Vets Medallion »

Welcome New Members

DR Horton
750 E. Bunker Hill Court
Vernon Hills 60061
(847) 863-4211
Developers

SPOTLIGHT ON MEMBERSHIP

The #AuroraChamber has a number of videos online to assist you in using your member profile to your advantage. Current videos include:

How to Pay Invoices Online
How to Post a Hot Deal
How to Add a Job Posting
How to Update Your Personal Profile
How to Update Your Company Profile
How to Manage and Post Events

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

#AuroraChamber News for Week of March 25, 2019

Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

Join us in welcoming Kristine Walker to the Aurora Chamber team.

Aurora Chamber

  In This Issue  

Welcome, Kristine »
State of The Village Set »
Public Policy Updates »
Premier Investors »
Elite Members »
Calendar of Events »
Businesses Help Combat Opioid Crisis »
We’re Hiring »
Board Nominations Sought »
Member News »
Welcome New Members »
Spotlight On Membership »
About The Aurora Chamber »

Welcome, Kristine

Join us in welcoming Kristine Walker to the Aurora Chamber team. Kristine began last week as Membership Development Manager. Her role is to support current and prospective members in accessing the benefits of chamber membership. She may be reached at KWalker@aurorachamber.com or (630) 256-3184.

STATE OF THE VILLAGE SET

State of The Village

Public Policy Updates

The City of Aurora has launched a pilot citizen engagement website at www.letstalk.aurora-il.org. This project will allow the City to share information on projects with constituents and to receive feedback that can inform future project action and/or activity. There are currently three projects on the site: Business Registration, Senior Services, and Citizen Engagement.

Business Registration: The City of Aurora is developing a proposed business registration program for City Council consideration. On the engagement site you will find documents associated with the program and related outreach activity. Engagement tools on this project page include: Forum: moderated discussion among site (registered) participants; Q&A: Participant asked questions with staff responses; Ideas: participant shared ideas.

City of Aurora Launches Engagement Website »
House GOP Lawmakers Urge: ‘Stop Ignoring Tax Realities’ »
COGFA Issues Report on State Employee Group Insurance »
Major Sports Wagering Proposals Introduced »
Tobacco 21 to Governor »
Consumer Liquor Home Delivery Passes Committee »
Gov. Pritzker Unveils Graduated Tax Proposal »
Illinois GA Bills to Watch »
COGFA Reports on Impact of Local Government Pensions »
Fitch Ratings, Standard & Poor’s Respond Negatively to Pritzker Budget Proposal »
House Republicans File Resolution Opposing Gov. Pritzker’s Unfair Tax »
$15 Minimum Wage Passes Senate »

Premier Investors

Premier Investors

Elite Members

 95.9 The River      Aaron’s      Above Board Indoor Environmental      Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.      AMITA Health Mercy Medical Center      Artesan Lofts      Aurora Bank & Trust      Aurora Collective      Aurora University      Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston      Barbara Geiger – Keller Williams Experience      Best Rates Heating and Cooling      Caterpillar, Inc.      City Segment      ComEd      Comprehensive Prosthetics and Orthotics      Country Financial – West Aurora      Dolan & Murphy      Endiro Coffee      Energy Bot      ERC Delivery      First Secure Community Bank      Fox Valley Mall      Freedom Development Group, LLC      ganc.io      Healthcare Solutions Team – Deepti Srivastava      Henkels & McCoy, Inc.      Jiffy Lube Multi-Care      Kluber Architects + Engineers       Konen Insurance Agency, Inc.      Luke Singh – Country Financial      Magnetrol International, Inc.      MedCom Group      Midwest Coach Limousine, Inc.      Mitutoyo America Corporation      Mooney & Thomas P.C.       New York Life Insurance Company and Nylife Securities, LLC- Duckie Huynh      Obregon Medical Clinic      Ochoa & Associates LTD.      Old Second National Bank      OnLight Aurora      Orchard Wine & Liquor      Painters District Council 30      Paramount Arts Centre      Pilmer Real Estate      Plum Landing Retirement Community      Prairie Technology Solutions Group, LLC      Quality Logo Products      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      T-Mobile     Tempur-Pedic Stores      Thoughtwave Software & Solutions      Two Brothers Roundhouse      Valley Fastener Group, LLC      VivirMED, LLC      The Voice      Waubonsee Community College      Weldstar Company      WSPY      Woodforest National Bank      World Finance Corporation 

Calendar of Events

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, March 28, at 8 a.m.
Location: Luigi’s Pizza and Fun Center,
732 Prairie Street, Aurora

State of the Village Address
Wednesday, April 10, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Oak Street Restaurant
945 Oak St., North Aurora
Sponsorships Available

Grand Opening: Art of Emergency Care Exhibit
Friday, April 12, 4-7 p.m.
Ribbon Cutting at 4:30 p.m.
Aurora Regional Fire Museum, 53 N. Broadway, Aurora

Coffee & Connections
Tuesday, April 12, 8:30-10 a.m.
Chamber offices, 43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora

Coffee with Congress: Rep. Lauren Underwood
Friday, April 19, at 8:30 a.m.

BUSINESSES HELP COMBAT OPIOID CRISIS

The Aurora Regional Chamber is partnering with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation on the launch of the new Sharing Solutions resource hub designed to empower businesses to help combat the opioid crisis. We hope that you will take the time to explore the site and benefit from the information provided.

Sharing Solutions highlights employer and employee resources and showcases innovative solutions to address the opioid crisis. Resources include – education and prevention techniques, how to create a drug free workplace, how to work with benefit providers and more. This site also offers the ability to suggest a resource or story you have found helpful.

Join businesses across our community and country in combating the crisis and saving lives.

WE’RE HIRING

The Aurora Chamber is looking to hire a part-time Office Manager. If you know of anyone who meets the requirements and may be interested, please share the link(s) with them.

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, March 29, at 12:00 p.m. To be considered to be a Director, nominees must be members in good standing.

Member News

Asking “Why” »
CFFRV Seeks Director of Development »
Rich Harvest Farms to Host 2019 Western Junior »
Leadership Not One-Size-Fits-All »
Learn the Signs of Teen Dating Violence »
Leadership Is Service »
Aurora Farmers Market Announces New Season, New Location »
US DOL Opens Applications for HIRE Vets Medallion »

Welcome New Members

American Diabetes Association
55 E. Monroe St., Suite 3420, Chicago 60603
(312) 346-1805
Yamileth Coreas
Service Organization

Fox Valley Music Consortium
91 S Hankes, Aurora 60506
(630) 891-2525
Kerry Rieder-McLaughlin
Community-Based Organizations

shobanasbookkeeping LLC
Aurora 60502
(862) 216-8272
Meenakshi Nadathur
Accounting

SPOTLIGHT ON MEMBERSHIP

The #AuroraChamber has a number of videos online to assist you in using your member profile to your advantage. Current videos include:

How to Pay Invoices Online
How to Post a Hot Deal
How to Add a Job Posting
How to Update Your Personal Profile
How to Update Your Company Profile
How to Manage and Post Events

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.

Not a Chamber member? Learn more about the benefits of membership.
Already a Chamber member? Make the most of your membership today.

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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

This Week’s #AuroraChamber Newsletter

Monday, March 11th, 2019

The Aurora Chamber is looking to hire a Membership Development Manager and a part-time Office Manager.

Aurora Chamber

  In This Issue  

Employer Law Update Set »
Save More With Chamber’s AHP »
Public Policy Updates »
Premier Investors »
Elite Members »
Calendar of Events »
We’re Hiring »
Board Nominations Sought »
Member News »
Welcome New Members »
Spotlight On Membership »
About The Aurora Chamber »

EMPLOYER LAW UPDATE SET

Tuesday, March 12, at 3 p.m.
Aurora Chamber offices, 43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora

2019 has brought change to the nation, state, and region. Are you aware and prepared? Join management-side attorney Julie Proscia of SmithAmundsen as she reviews the latest amendments to:

• Illinois’ Wage and Hour Law
• Illinois Human Rights Act
• Mandated reimbursement of expenses
• PTO, vacation and leave entitlements
• Sexual harassment & discrimination in the workplace

Get insights to help comply with the new Federal, State, and local laws to help you avoid lawsuits and to protect the employer’s bottom line.

Register here.

LEARN HOW TO SAVE MORE WITH THE CHAMBER’S AHP

One of our Chamber services partners, Konen Insurance and Keystone Insurers Group, have recently finalized a group health insurance plan! The plan was built using member data to ensure competitive rates and plan features. To find out how this plan can save your business money while improving your employees’ health, join us for the complimentary webinar on Thursday, March 21, at 11 a.m. Register here.

Public Policy Updates

Throughout the general election campaign last year, then-candidate JB Pritzker advocated for the need for Illinois to amend its constitution to scrap the current flat-tax and, instead, allow the state to create and impose a graduated income tax. During the campaign, he avoided questions as to what rates he would suggest repeatedly stating that such rates had to be negotiated with the Assembly. Today, the Governor’s Office released their suggested plan although the plan was not negotiated with the leaders – at least to this point. You can peruse the proposed plan here.

Gov. Pritzker Unveils Graduated Tax Proposal »
Illinois GA Bills to Watch »
COGFA Reports on Impact of Local Government Pensions »
Fitch Ratings, Standard & Poor’s Respond Negatively to Pritzker Budget Proposal »
House Republicans File Resolution Opposing Gov. Pritzker’s Unfair Tax »
More Work Must Be Done on Tax Credit »
Gov. Pritzker Delivers Budget Address »
House GOP Opposes Costly, Job-killing Minimum Wage Hike »
Minimum Wage Bill Passes Senate Along Party Lines »
$15 Minimum Wage Passes Senate »
Illinois Pushes Toward $15 Minimum Wage »
Aurora Chamber Joins Ill. Chamber, Others in Release of Study on Data Centers »
Leader Durkin, House Republicans Introduce Fair Maps Amendment »

Premier Investors

Premier Investors

Elite Members

 95.9 The River      Aaron’s      Above Board Indoor Environmental      Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.      AMITA Health Mercy Medical Center      Artesan Lofts      Aurora Bank & Trust      Aurora Collective      Aurora University      Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston      Barbara Geiger – Keller Williams Experience      Best Rates Heating and Cooling      Caterpillar, Inc.      City Segment      ComEd      Comprehensive Prosthetics and Orthotics      Country Financial – West Aurora      Dolan & Murphy      Endiro Coffee      Energy Bot      ERC Delivery      First Secure Community Bank      Fox Valley Mall      Freedom Development Group, LLC      ganc.io      Healthcare Solutions Team – Deepti Srivastava      Henkels & McCoy, Inc.      Jiffy Lube Multi-Care      Kluber Architects + Engineers       Konen Insurance Agency, Inc.      Luke Singh – Country Financial      Magnetrol International, Inc.      MedCom Group      Midwest Coach Limousine, Inc.      Mitutoyo America Corporation      Mooney & Thomas P.C.       New York Life Insurance Company and Nylife Securities, LLC- Duckie Huynh      Obregon Medical Clinic      Ochoa & Associates LTD.      Old Second National Bank      OnLight Aurora      Orchard Wine & Liquor      Painters District Council 30      Paramount Arts Centre      Pilmer Real Estate      Plum Landing Retirement Community      Prairie Technology Solutions Group, LLC      Quality Logo Products      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      T-Mobile     Tempur-Pedic Stores      Thoughtwave Software & Solutions      Two Brothers Roundhouse      Valley Fastener Group, LLC      VivirMED, LLC      The Voice      Waubonsee Community College      Weldstar Company      WSPY      Woodforest National Bank      World Finance Corporation 

Calendar of Events

Employer Law Update Set
Tuesday, March 12, at 3 p.m.
Aurora Chamber offices
43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora

Jump Start Your Member Profile
Tuesday, March 19, at 8:30 a.m.
Aurora Chamber offices
43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora

Webinar: Intro to Chamber’s Association Health Plan
Thursday, March 21, at 11 a.m.
Complimentary for members

State of the Village Address
Wednesday, April 10, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Oak Street Restaurant
945 Oak St., North Aurora
Sponsorships Available

WE’RE HIRING

The Aurora Chamber is looking to hire a Membership Development Manager and a part-time Office Manager. If you know of anyone who meets the requirements and may be interested, please share the link(s) with them.

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, March 29, at 12:00 p.m. To be considered to be a Director, nominees must be members in good standing.

Member News

Business Leaders: Why Early Childhood Learning Is Key »
Learn the Signs of Teen Dating Violence »
Leadership Is Service »
CMT Wins Top Engineering Excellence Awards »
Aurora Farmers Market Announces New Season, New Location »
Go for Bold: Support Local Girl Scouts »
Join Cosmopolitan Club for Wine Tasting Fundraiser »
US DOL Opens Applications for HIRE Vets Medallion »
State of the City Set for March 5 »
Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry Establishes Evening Food Distribution »
Food Pantry Names New Exec »
2-1-1 Info Hotline Now Available in Kane »

Welcome New Members

Signature Engineered Solutions
Bob Weiersheuser
2640 White Oak Circle, Unit F, Aurora
Manufacturer’s Representative

Office Max
Alan Messenger
4338 Fox Valley Center Drive, Aurora
Office Equipment, Supplies & Furniture

K-Trox Sales, Inc.
Deborah Troxell
6807 Paulson Drive, Marengo
Industrial Equipment & Supplies

SPOTLIGHT ON MEMBERSHIP

The #AuroraChamber has a number of videos online to assist you in using your member profile to your advantage. Current videos include:

How to Pay Invoices Online
How to Post a Hot Deal
How to Add a Job Posting
How to Update Your Personal Profile
How to Update Your Company Profile
How to Manage and Post Events

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.

Not a Chamber member? Learn more about the benefits of membership.
Already a Chamber member? Make the most of your membership today.

Facebook    Blog    Twitter

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

www.aurora-chamber.com

Leadership Is Service

Thursday, March 7th, 2019

What comes to mind when you imagine leadership? Independence? Influence? Authority? Recognition? Success? Yes, oftentimes leadership encompasses these ideas. However, when I envision leadership, I see service. Putting others before myself. Training and empowering others while not being afraid to replicate myself in them.

Throughout and after graduating from college, I wanted to prove that I could be a great leader. I loved the topic of leadership and thought that I had counted the cost, searched my soul, faced my giants and was ready to help people become the best versions of themselves possible. However, I had so much more to discover. Not only did I have to overcome my own insecurities, but I had to persuade others to do the same.

Learning to communicate authentically and display vulnerability were often difficult tasks because it went against my instinct to look out for myself. I encountered failure and discouragement and questioned whether I was on the right path altogether. Nonetheless, I pressed forward. I continued to treat people with the utmost respect even when I did not want to. I learned through my failures what it meant to build trust and display equity.

While sitting in Leadership Academy today listening to Maureen discuss networking strategies, I realized that I had been displaying leadership qualities the entire time that I was having trouble seeing myself as a leader. We talked about intent and my mind went into overdrive. Why am I here? Why do I want to pursue this? Why is this important to me? It all came back to me. I have vision! I have something to share and someone to serve!

Leadership is more than a title or talent. It is service. Existing leaders, and those aspiring to become leaders, are fundamentally people who serve others. Service directs their efforts to sell, create, build, influence and mobilize. Whether you’re a natural born leader or building yourself up to be one, regardless of ethnicity or gender, the intent for leadership should always be service.

I’m grateful to the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce for creating a program that allows people to serve and enhance themselves, their employers, and the community. I sense the spirit of service in the ideas discussed, the vulnerability revealed, and the overwhelming support for each other.

Omar Ramos is the Program & Administrative Support Coordinator at Waterford Place Cancer Resource Center, which is part of Rush Copley Medical Center in Aurora. The center provides free services and support to anyone impacted by a cancer diagnosis. Omar earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Robert Morris College and has 25 years of experience working for Rush Copley. He lives in Aurora with his wife Ruth, and their four children.