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Death Comes to the Tanner House: Sorrows of the Civil War

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

The impact of the Civil War on the personal lives of Aurorans will be explored at “Death Comes to the Tanner House:  Sorrows of the Civil War” on Oct. 26 – 28, 2018.

Fictional characters will inhabit the Tanner House Museum, depicting veterans, family members, and neighbors dealing with the death of an officer just before the presidential election of 1864, in the waning days of the Civil War.

Performances will be at 6:30, 7:30, and 8:30 p.m. each evening.  Reservations are required and may be made online at www.aurorahistory.net or by calling (630) 906-0650.   Admission is $15 per person, $12 for historical society members.  Attendees must be 13 years of age or older.

The 2018 program is the seventh Death Comes to the Tanner House offering.  Previous performances have presented various subjects, including the death of William Tanner in 1892,  Victorian-era substance addictions, and  ill-advised Halloween revels in 1923.

The Tanner House was built in 1857 for prominent Aurora merchant William Tanner, his wife, Anna, and their 9 children, and donated to the Aurora Historical Society by two daughters in 1936.  During the year it is shown as an upper-middle-class home in the era 1875-1900.

There is additional information on Facebook at aurorahistory, and online at www.aurorahistory.net.

EEI’s Member Earns APWA CPII Certification

Monday, October 15th, 2018

Engineering Enterprises, Inc. is pleased to announce that Christopher J. Ott, P.E. has become a Certified Public Infrastructure Inspector (CPII).  The certification program is governed by the CPII Council of the American Public Works Association (APWA).  The purpose of the Public Infrastructure Inspector Certification is to promote quality infrastructure throughout the community by advancing the knowledge and practice of construction inspection to benefit the community and public agencies.

The Certified Public Infrastructure Inspector certification program is intended for individuals that inspect the construction of public infrastructure (e.g., roadways, highways, utilities, bridges, dams) and facilities (e.g., pump stations, treatment plants, water storage facilities) and other types of construction work and materials to ensure compliance with plans and specifications.  Duties may include observation, measurement, testing, and documentation.  The Public Infrastructure Inspector Certification system includes an eligibility application process, an exam, and a recertification application process.

Engineering Enterprises, Inc., founded in 1974, is an award-winning consulting engineering firm providing services to public agencies throughout northeastern Illinois.  Our experienced diverse staff includes licensed engineers, licensed surveyors, technicians, and support staff that provide a full range of services for planning, design, and construction of infrastructure projects, plus grant and funding assistance. For additional information visit our website at www.eeiweb.com

#AuroraChamber News: Still Time to Register for Friday’s Events

Monday, October 15th, 2018

In three weeks, voters have a wide range of issues to consider.

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  In This Issue  

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? »
Spotlight On Membership »
Money-Saving Programs For Members »
About The Aurora Chamber »

JOIN US FOR A STATE OF INNOVATION, ANNUAL CELEBRATION

2018 State of Business: Innovation
Presented by OnLight Aurora
Friday, Oct. 19, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Annual Celebration of Membership at 11:30 a.m.
Belle Salle Banquets, 1920 E. New York Street, Aurora

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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 Kuczmarski. 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.

Please note: Innovation Summit registration includes ticket to Annual Celebration of Membership at 11:30 a.m.

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Public Policy Updates

Every vote matters.

In three weeks, voters have a wide range of issues to consider: the state of the economy, taxes, regulations and legislative initiatives, and the overall political landscape in Springfield and Washington. Whatever your reason for voting, there has never been a more important time to make your voice heard.

On Nov. 6, Illinoisans will go to the polls to elect our representatives to the U.S. House of Representatives, State Constitutional officers, Illinois General Assembly members, and County Board members.

By being a part of the political process, we can elect officials who are willing to get things done in support of pro-growth policies that promote opportunity and job creation for our region. The business community has too much at stake to sit on the sidelines.

The single most powerful tool each one of us has is our voice and our vote.

Kane County voters
DuPage County voters
Will County voters
Kendall County voters

Other Recent Policy News

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U.S. Chamber Foundation Launches Education, Workforce Fellowship »
Governor 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 »

Welcome New Members

OSH Compliance Training and Consulting
Joseph Garcia
Aurora
(630) 329-6668
Consultants

Total Charter Bus Chicago
Hala Faruqi
10 S. LaSalle St., Chicago
(312) 766-2242
Trucking & Transportation

Burger King
Andrea Placzkowski
1775 N. Farnsworth Ave., Aurora
(815) 356-9770
Restaurants & Taverns

Sales Empowerment Group
Vickie Drendel
6 W. Hubbard St., Ste 400, Chicago
(312) 374-3500
Business Consulting

Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC
Jonathan Rosenfeld
225 W. Wacker Dr., Ste 1760, Chicago
(847) 835-8895
Legal Services

Clear Channel Outdoor
Tony Pontikis
4000 S. Morgan St., Chicago
(773) 843-2000
Marketing & Advertising

Nock & Feather Kustom Archery
Dallas Colburn
439 S. Lake St., Aurora
(630) 896-3854
Sports & Recreation

Elite Members

 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      Best Rates Heating and Cooling      Caterpillar, Inc.      City Segment      ComEd      Comprehensive Prosthetics and Orthotics      Country Financial – West Aurora      Dolan & Murphy      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.      New York Life Insurance Company and Nylife Securities, LLC      Old Second National Bank      OnLight Aurora      Orochem Technologies, Inc.      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

State of Business Summit: Innovation
Presented by OnLight Aurora
Friday, Oct. 19, 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Belle Salle Banquets, 1920 E. New York Street, Aurora

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, Oct. 25, 8 – 9:30 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons, Aurora
Sponsored by Pure Skin

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.

Grand Opening: Burger King
Friday, Nov. 2, 9 – 10:30 a.m.
1775 N. Farnsworth Ave., Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 9:30 a.m.

Grand Opening: Tredwell Coffee
Monday, Nov. 5, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
14 W. Downer Place, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 11:30 a.m.

Red Kettle Kick Off: Salvation Army
Friday, Nov. 9, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Paramount Theatre, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 7 p.m.

Grand Opening: Sport Clips
Wednesday, Nov. 14, 8:30 – 10 a.m.
1720 N. Orchard Rd. Ste 130, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 9 a.m.

Save the Date: Holiday Celebration
Wednesday, Dec. 5, 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Aurora Country Club

Caught On Camera

Caught On Camera

Recently, the Aurora Chamber team and membership celebrated the 30th anniversary of Mercyfest (left) with Our Lady of Mercy and the 50th anniversary of the Aurora Regional Fire Museum (right). For these and more photos of recent activities, please visit our Facebook page.

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.
EEI Announces Two New Project Managers »
Innovation Summit Sponsor Highlight: Konen Insurance »
Innovation Summit Sponsor Highlight: Umbrella Technologies »
Dart Foundation Donates $40,000 to VNA Health Care »
Aurora Named a Top 100 Finalist for the Chicago Innovation Awards »
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?

The #AuroraChamber recently was published in The Daily Herald. Titled Aurora Regional Chamber Strengthens Economy, the article highlights the organization’s (and its members’) role as catalyst, champion, and convener for our region’s successes. To read the article, click here.

SPOTLIGHT ON MEMBERSHIP

The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce has a number of shared interest groups (SIGs) to support those members with, well, a shared interest. This month, we’d like to highlight the Retail Roundtable, sponsored in part by Fox Valley Mall.

Recently, the group met to discuss the upcoming #ShopLocal Saturday on Nov. 24. In addition, those in attendance shared concerns and tips. For those unable to attend, please click to download our 2018 Shop Local Tip Sheet.

For details on the Retail Roundtable, please contact Maureen Gasek, director of events & marketing, at (630) 256-3182.

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.

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

EEI Announces Two New Project Managers

Thursday, October 11th, 2018

Engineering Enterprises, Inc. (EEI) is proud to announce the promotion of two staff members to Project Managers within the organization.

John Hoffmann is a licensed professional engineer and a Certified Public Infrastructure Inspector (CPII) through the American Public Works Association (APWA). He is a graduate from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois with a BS in Civil Engineering. Since joining EEI 11 years ago, John has aligned himself with EEI’s core values and progressed in his career. He is also an active member of the Illinois Section American Water Works Association (ISAWWA) and currently serves on the Water Distribution Committee.

Colleen Jaltuch is a licensed professional engineer and an accredited LEED AP Building Design & Construction (LEED AP BD&C) through the U.S. Green Building Council. She is a graduate from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign with a BS in Civil Engineering and has 20 plus years of engineering experience on various types of transportation projects. Colleen is the current Chapter President for the Illinois Society of Professional Engineers – DuKane and is their MathCounts program Coordinator. Since joining EEI three years ago, Colleen has demonstrated a strong ability to manage key transportation related projects.

Engineering Enterprises, Inc., founded in 1974, is an award-winning consulting engineering firm providing services to public agencies throughout northeastern Illinois.  Our experienced diverse staff includes licensed engineers, licensed surveyors, technicians, and support staff that provide a full range of services for planning, design, and construction of infrastructure projects, plus grant and funding assistance. For additional information visit our website at www.eeiweb.com

Innovation Summit Sponsor Highlight: Konen Insurance

Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

2018 State of Business Summit: Innovation

Friday, Oct. 19, 2018

Belle Salle Banquets, 1920 E. New York Street, Aurora

8:30 a.m.     Doors Open

9:00 a.m.     Panel Discussion on Business Innovation

10:30 a.m.   Keynote with Tom Kaczmurski, entrepreneur, innovator, and author

12:00 p.m.   Annual Celebration of Membership

 

For information and registration, click here.

 

Summit Sponsor Highlight: Konen Insurance

www.Konen.com

Contacts: Jerry Knudtson and Brian Konen

 

What makes your product or service impactful for businesses?

We are the best thing to happen on your worst day! We are here to safeguard what matters most and provide peace of mind in the neighborhoods where we live and work.

 

How do you encourage innovation?

We start by investing in the latest technology and mobile automation. But much more than new technology, we invest in advancing our staff’s knowledge and expertise in order to bring creative ideas and solutions to our clients’ insurance and risk management program.

 

What are the most interesting challenges your team is working to address?

It’s challenging to continue to provide our “high touch” service in a technology driven world. While we pride ourselves on being available to our clients, many are now looking for new ways to interact with our staff other than on the phone, by email or in person. We are exploring texting, soon to offer a chat box from our website, just launched a mobile app and currently interact with clients and prospects alike through social media.

Innovation Summit Sponsor Highlight: Umbrella Technologies

Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

2018 State of Business Summit: Innovation

Friday, Oct. 19, 2018

Belle Salle Banquets, 1920 E. New York Street, Aurora

8:30 a.m.     Doors Open

9:00 a.m.     Panel Discussion on Business Innovation

10:30 a.m.   Keynote with Tom Kaczmurski, entrepreneur, innovator, and author

12:00 p.m.   Annual Celebration of Membership

 

For information and registration, click here.

 

Summit Sponsor Highlight: Umbrella Technologies

www.UmbrellaTech.co

Contacts: Samantha Mosher and Thomas Carnevale

 

What makes your product or service impactful for businesses?

For more than 10 years the founders of Umbrella Technologies have created innovative products within the security industry including HD cameras, video management software, and business intelligence analytics. Time and time again we have gotten a first-hand look at the core frustrations of end-users. We saw an incredibly urgent need to create true convergence of their security technologies. We have seen them been provided unrealistic expectations, ridiculous price gouging, inconsistent service and support, and even complete project failure! Finally, we said “ENOUGH!” and decided to bring our best individuals together to create the perfect solution. That solution is Umbrella Technologies. The mission of Umbrella Technologies is to fulfill the growing demand of true security system integration bridging the gap between physical and cyber security infrastructure. Unlike other companies, we have the experience, knowledge, and proper technology to make sure every single area is covered!

 

How do you encourage innovation?

Understanding the problem before implementation is our code. Our team handles each project with great care and patience. Every project is a puzzle that needs to be solved. The answers to these puzzles belong to those who are willing to work hard to figure them out. The team at Umbrella Technologies is always devising innovative and creative solutions, for both new and returning customers. Every single day, we hear phrases such as “I’ve been in the industry for 20 years, so I must know what I’m doing!” every single day. Well, 20 years ago everything was completely different. To be honest, everything was completely different even three years ago! We do not carry the attitude of knowing it all, but success is the reward to individuals who are continuously prepared – and we always come prepared!

 

What are the most interesting challenges your team is working to address?

The convergence of physical and cyber infrastructure security.

 

Any other comments or thoughts you would like to share?

We are thrilled to have the opportunity to add value to this event!

 

News, Updates for October 2018 from Your #AuroraChamber

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

Aurora named finalist for Chicago innovation awards.

Aurora Chamber

In This Issue

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.

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

Dart Foundation Donates $40,000 to VNA Health Care

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018

VNA Health Care received a $40,000 grant from The Dart Foundation in support of VNA’s Century of Service Campaign. VNA has used the funds to purchase new waiting room chairs for their clinic at 400 N. Highland Avenue in Aurora. “This grant provides a direct benefit to our patients,” says Linnea Windel, President/CEO of VNA Health Care. “The new chairs will enhance our waiting rooms and provide comfort to our patients for years to come. We sincerely appreciate the Dart Foundation’s generous support of this campaign.”

VNA is celebrating 100 years of service to the community in 2018. The Century of Service Campaign seeks to raise $1 million dollars to support planned health center expansion projects in Aurora and Joliet, IT and infrastructure improvements, the delivery of primary care services to people with little or no insurance and the construction of Wellness Kitchens in Aurora, Joliet, Carol Stream, and Elgin.

“The Dart Foundation is pleased to award this grant to VNA Health Care to improve the waiting room experience for their patients,” says Emily L. Matthews, Dart Foundation Manager.

For more information about VNA Health Care, visit vnahealth.com. For more information about The Dart Foundation, visit dartfoundation.org.

VNA Health Care operates 10 clinics in suburban Chicago and serves over 72,000 people a year. VNA is nationally ranked as a top performing health center as a result of patient outcomes such as prenatal care, adolescent weight screening and counseling, vascular disease treatment, blood pressure control, healthy birthweights, and asthma care. VNA’s combination of convenience (by appointment or walk-in), patient-centered technology and expert care delivered with respect and compassion have led to these results. VNA is accredited by The Joint Commission and certified as a Primary Care Medical Home.

The Dart Foundation is a private family foundation established by Dart Container Corporation founder William A. Dart and his wife Claire T. Dart. The Foundation supports projects that enhance education, especially in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math, and those that improve the quality of life in specific communities.

Community Foundation Seats New Directors

Sunday, September 30th, 2018

The Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley welcomes new board members Lulu Blacksmith, Ed.D., and Joyce Hemphill, Ph.D. They were officially recognized recently at a board meeting held at the Santori Aurora Public Library.

Blacksmith joins the board with an impressive background in community relations. She took on her role as Waubonsee’s director of government and community engagement in 2008; this July, she was appointed dean for student and community engagement. Prior to her work at the college, Blacksmith served as the director of community relations for the former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and the manager of community outreach for Presence Mercy Medical Center. She is also the founder of Compañeros en Salud/Partners in Health, NFP, a coalition that helps connect Hispanic community members with needed social services and healthcare.

One of nine children, Blacksmith came to the United States from Mexico at the age of 16. Despite a strong desire to succeed, she struggled to engage in her community. Her husband, a Batavia native, was often recognized in public by friends and neighbors, but Blacksmith didn’t enjoy that same connection.

Community Foundation Chairman of the Board John Diederich said he is “thrilled” to have Blacksmith on the Board.

“I have known Lulu for many years and have enjoyed watching her engage in the community,” Diederich said. “She has become someone who is sought after in our community for her dedication to empowering individuals to better themselves and the communities they serve.”

Hemphill is a self-described “play advocate” who took action when her sons’ school district eliminated recess in 2001. Her passion for play and its role in child development shows in her extensive volunteering experience, as well as the contribution to various blogs and magazines. In 2014, she co-authored a book, The Power of Playful Learning: The Green Edition, that includes games and activities along with their developmental benefits. She recently retired as a faculty associate in The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s educational psychology department, and now serves as the co-founder and “play consultant” of Shinyhill.

Diederich believes Hemphill’s extensive knowledge and passion will only continue to strengthen the Community Foundation.

“It’s been great to have Joyce serve on our Distribution Committee, and now take the next step of joining our Board,” Diederich said. Her enthusiasm and sheer love of philanthropy will be a great addition to our Board.”

During her time as a professor, Hemphill emphasized service learning and hands-on learning, no matter the schedules or resources of her students.

“I always told my students, ‘Even if you don’t think you have much, you are so incredibly blessed,’” Hemphill said. “Maybe you have kids at home, and that doesn’t give you much time to give back. I suggest inviting the child’s friends over and creating a ‘Reading Buddies’ group, which builds friendships and social skills. You can always serve in some capacity.”

It’s this “giving back” mindset that Joyce learned from her parents as a child and hopes to carry into her role as a Board member.

“I grew up in a family that encouraged volunteering,” Hemphill said. “I’m so blessed, so fortunate. . .why wouldn’t I give back?”

Mamie Eisenhower to Be ‘Guest’ at Historical Society Fundraiser

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

Mamie Doud Eisenhower, in the person of historian and interpreter Ellie Carlson, will bring the presidential campaign of 1956 to Aurora as part of “Politics and Pink Squirrels,” the Aurora Historical Society’s fall fundraiser on Oct. 12 from 5:30 to 9 p.m.

Mamie, known during her White House years as “The Sweetheart of the GOP,” will mingle with guests at the Aurora Country Club as she thanks them for their support of her husband and seeks their votes for his reelection in the 1956 campaign. She was always at ease in social situations; at the party conversations will undoubtedly touch upon her personal life, which include her marriage at age 19 to the dashing Army Second Lieutenant Dwight D. Eisenhower, her efforts to make homes at military posts all over the world, and what it was like to live alone and isolated in Washington while her husband was the Supreme Allied Commander during World War II.

In keeping with Mrs. Eisenhower’s high standards of entertaining, the event will feature hors d’oeuvres of the period and a full open bar including popular drinks of the 1950s, such as the Mai Tai, the Sea Breeze, and the frothy and colorful Pink Squirrel. Bonnie Werthmann of Aurora will provide the cocktail piano music.

Reservations are $65 per person, or $60 per person for historical society members, and can be made online at www.aurorahistory.net or by calling (630) 906-0650.