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Aurora Area CVB Releases FY2018 Highlights

Thursday, August 16th, 2018

The Aurora Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) has released their FY 2018 sales and marketing results which show continued growth in influencing travel to the region. This is supported by data that shows the economic impact of tourism on local municipalities. For calendar year 2017, the CVB saw gains across the board in visitor expenditures, hospitality employment & payroll, and local tax receipts collected.

Tourism is a $200 million business in the Aurora Area. Visitors to the service area spent more than $200.5 million on food, lodging, transportation, and entertainment in 2017. This represents a 3.7% increase over 2016.

Local tourism tax revenue increased four percent in 2017. Increased spending on tourism activities in the Aurora Area led to $3.9 million in local tax receipts generated for the service area communities.

Aurora Area CVB sales efforts in FY 2018 produced 43 leads worth 17,382 estimated room nights with a projected local economic impact of more than $4.4 million.

Destination marketing in FY 2018 achieved 72% growth in website traffic; 69% increase in social media engagement; a 5% lift in Visitors Guide leads.

The Aurora Area was recognized with a Reader’s Choice Award by Sports Destinations Management magazine.

The Aurora Area CVB celebrated its 30th Anniversary with a celebration at J.A. Air Center. A proclamation recognizing the anniversary was signed by the current mayors of the original four communities: Mayor Richard C. Irvin of the City of Aurora, Village President Matt Brolley of Montgomery, Village President Dale Berman of North Aurora, and Village President Sean Michels of Sugar Grove.

To learn more about the CVB or attractions in the region, visit enjoyaurora.com.

 

September: National Preparedness Month

Thursday, August 16th, 2018

It is that time of year again! September is National Preparedness Month. The devastating natural disasters of the past year have reminded us that we must be ready for anything. Many times, the people of a community are the first ones to take action after a disaster. It is more important than ever to be prepared. National Preparedness Month is a time for you and your family to discuss important questions about disasters, make plans, and learn practical safety or life-saving tips.

The theme for this year is “Disasters Happen: Prepare Now, Learn How.”

So, how should you prepare?

  1. Make and Practice Your Plan: Learn what types of disasters can affect you. Then, ask how you will receive emergency information and warnings. Discuss your family’s shelter and evacuation plans and create a communication plan. Do you know where to go, what to do, and how to reconnect? How will you contact family members when disaster strikes?
  2. Learn a Life-Saving Skill: This can be anything from CPR and First Aid classes to knowing how to turn off the utilities in your home.
  3. Check Your Insurance Coverage: Does your insurance cover flooding? Even just a few inches of water can cause thousands of dollars in damage. Will you be able to get your home back after a disaster?
  4. Save for an Emergency: Do you have copies of your personal, financial, legal, and medical documents stored in a safe place? Do you have cash on hand in case ATMs do not work? Do you have an emergency savings account for crisis situations?

For more information about National Preparedness Month and how you can be ready, visit ready.gov. Being prepared can reduce fear, anxiety, and losses. Minutes can matter during a disaster.

Contributed by Maria Pergi, MPH, Kane County Health Department

 

IMSA Promise Receives Insight Into Diversity Award

Thursday, August 16th, 2018

National Recognition of Programs That Are Making a Difference for All Underrepresented Groups in the Fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)

This week, the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) received the 2018 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the largest and oldest diversity and inclusion publication in higher education. The Inspiring Programs in STEM Award honors colleges and universities that encourage and assist students from underrepresented groups to enter the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). IMSA will be featured, along with 77 other recipients, in the September 2018 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

Inspiring Programs in STEM Award winners were selected by INSIGHT Into Diversity based on efforts to inspire and encourage a new generation of young people to consider careers in STEM through mentoring, teaching, research, and successful programs and initiatives.

“The PROMISE Programs are an excellent opportunity for students to learn more about IMSA and the way we provide instruction,” stated Dr. Anita White, PROMISE program directors. “Participants work directly with IMSA faculty, staff and student tutors. Students participate in activities that encourage creativity, collaboration and thinking “outside the box.””

INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine selected IMSA PROMISE because it addresses the challenges of underrepresented and underserved students from across Illinois through year-round academic enrichment programming at low or no cost. With transportation from Chicago to IMSA’s campus in Aurora provided, PROMISE programs provide students the opportunity to work with IMSA faculty, staff and student mentors to explore the unique learning laboratory and encourage future admissions to the tuition free residential academy.

“We know that many STEM programs are not always recognized for their success, dedication, and mentorship for underrepresented students,” says Lenore Pearlstein, owner and publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. “We want to honor the schools and organizations that have created programs that inspire and encourage young people who may currently be in or are interested in a future career in STEM. We are proud to honor these programs as role models to other institutions of higher education and beyond.”

For more information about the 2018 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award and INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, visit insightintodiversity.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.

Member News for Week of August 13, 2018

Monday, August 13th, 2018

Exhibit at Illinois Governor’s Mansion Features Aurora Item

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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.
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 »
Aurora-Area Business Launches September Toy Drive for Childhood Cancer Awareness »
Suburban Series: Networking in Kane County »
Kane County 2018 Exports Grant Program »
Chicagoland Safety Health and Environmental Conference »
Technical Assistance to Boost Small-Scale Manufacturing »
On the Road in Kane County »
Aurora Area CVB Wins 2018 Reader’s Choice Award »
Aurora Ranks as One of Best Cities to Live the American Dream »

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

Landscape Concepts Management
Jennifer Spencer
1289 Aurora Avenue Lane, Aurora
(630) 897-0000
Landscaping and Lawn Care

IPS-Solar
Amit Shukla
(952) 239-5896
Utilities

Calendar of Events

Ribbon Cutting: Earthmover Credit Union
Tuesday, August 14, 5 – 6 p.m.
2205 Baseline Rd, Oswego
Ribbon Cutting @ 5:15 p.m.

Ribbon Cutting: Face to Face Beauty Studio
Wednesday, August 15, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
1222 N. Eola, Suite C, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 11:30 a.m.

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, August 30, 8 – 9:30 a.m.
Location TBD, Aurora
Sponsored by Caton Commercial Real Estate

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

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Exhibit at Illinois Governor’s Mansion Features Aurora Item

Friday, August 10th, 2018

A shining example of Aurora’s industrial and artistic history is now on display at the Governor’s Mansion in Springfield, Illinois, thanks to the Aurora Historical Society.  It is an ornate silverplate water pitcher made in 1892 and the public can see it while taking free tours of the mansion through the end of Illinois’ bicentennial year, 2018.

“The art historian for the exhibit came to us several years ago,” said John Jaros, Executive Director of the historical society, “wanting to know if we had anything special enough for this first-ever public presentation of historical art in Illinois.  She loved several of the things we showed her, but decided on the Aurora Silverplate Company pitcher because it tells so many different stories at once.”

Part of the story is the growth of consumerism in America.  The discovery early in the 19th century of how to electroplate common metals had made it possible for the average household to own attractive silver tableware and decorative items at one-tenth the cost of fine silver.

Another part of the story is the growth of industrialism in the north.   After the Civil War, city leaders in Aurora were fretting over the lack of diversity in manufacturing which, in their opinion, made local merchants too dependent on the railroad for business.  They managed to persuade a startup silverplating business in Chicago to relocate to Aurora.

With rail and river access to vast swathes of a barely-settled country, and with eager local investors and a swelling work force of European immigrants, the Aurora Silverplate Company flourished from 1869 until 1919.  After the first factory burned down, a second one was erected on Fox Street (now Downer Place), this time made of brick over limestone foundations.  It was three stories high, encompassed 20,000 square feet of manufacturing space and boasted 185 windows.  Today a small portion of the building remains at 6 East Downer Place, the northeast corner of Downer and Stolp Avenue.  The business was sold to Mulholland Brothers Silver Company, which continued to manufacture silverplate for several more decades.

The art piece on loan from Aurora is a tilting water pitcher with outrider goblets.  These were popular wedding and special-occasion gifts in the Victorian era and this particular one is a brilliant example of the work of the firm, which had a national reputation for quality and artistry.   Heavily engraved with the good wishes of the board of directors, it was presented to the company’s president, William Dickinson, on the occasion of his 78th birthday in 1892.

It is on display in a third-floor sitting room at the mansion.

The exhibit, which celebrates the Illinois bicentennial, is entitled Art of Illinois, and presents 93 objects made in Illinois over a period of 750 years, most of them on loan from private collectors or museums and historical societies, with a few being the property of the State of Illinois.  It coincides with the reopening of the Governor’s Mansion, which received a $15 million, privately-funded makeover in the last two years.

The exhibit will run through the end of December, 2018.  Sixty-minute guided tours are free and are currently offered every half hour from 1-4pm daily.  The mansion, built in 1855 and, thanks to a 1970s addition, the second-largest governor’s mansion in the country, is at 410 East Jackson Street in Springfield.

My Place Hotel-Chicago West/North Aurora, IL Now Open

Friday, August 10th, 2018

My Place Hotels of America is thrilled to announce the opening of the brand’s newest location in North Aurora, marking My Place’s entry to the Prairie State! Conveniently located at 1000 Kilbery Lane at Randall Crossings along Randall and Orchard Roads, the three-story, 63-room hotel marks America’s 43rd My Place location across 21 states.

My Place Hotel-Chicago West/North Aurora is positioned to serve the diverse demand generated by the rapidly expanding area in western Chicagoland. Here, guests will be able to enjoy immediate access to a variety of dining and retail options nearby. Located two miles from Fox River, less than five miles from downtown Aurora, and 40 miles from downtown Chicago, guests will also find easy access to the region’s abounding retail and recreational opportunities.

North Aurora’s newest hotel is independently owned by N.A. Lodging 1, LLC. (N.A. Lodging), a group of local members who collectively own and manage significant commercial real estate holdings in the greater Chicagoland area. With more than 30 years of experience in commercial real estate, the group’s focus includes manufacturing, mixed-use and retail spaces. Leaning on their collective experience, the group found My Place to be a perfect fit for the area’s burgeoning demand said N.A. Lodging Principal Ed Roberts.

“Considering everything the North Aurora community has to offer in addition to the westward expansion of commerce along the I-88 corridor, our work with local leaders identified the very needs our brand-new hotel addresses,” said Roberts.  “With the comfort and conveniences of home, we are confident Chicagoland’s first My Place Hotel adds value to every traveler’s experience for every length of stay.“

Terry Kline, My Place EVP of Franchise Development, said My Place is excited to welcome its newest member to the family and looks forward to the impact its opening will have on North Aurora and the surrounding metro area it serves.

“It’s our sincere pleasure to congratulate Ed Roberts and partners at N.A. Lodging on opening their first My Place Hotel,” said Kline. “Today also marks an historic milestone with our entry to the state of Illinois, and we are extremely excited to celebrate this occasion with a team as passionate and capable as N.A. Lodging! Together we look forward to a bright future in providing the community’s travelers with the newest and best lodging accommodations available.”

All My Place Hotels offer modern amenities at an affordable price including nightly, weekly, and monthly rate options. Each extended stay guest room will feature a My Kitchen, complete with a two-burner cooktop, a microwave, and a full-size refrigerator. The property is pet friendly and will also include on-site laundry facilities, an in-house bar, complimentary high-speed Internet service, electric vehicle charging stations and a 24-hour My Store, located in the hotel lobby and stocked with an array of supplies for the guests’ convenience. Additionally, guests are invited to enjoy the Breakfast in Bed option for a minimal cost.

My Place Hotels of America, LLC. is persistently advancing in its campaign for U.S. expansion of the recently launched franchise system. The chain currently has 43 hotels open and operating with a near-term pipeline of 75 additional hotels and midterm commitments for upwards of 40 more hotels to follow. To book your stay at My Place, please call the toll-free reservation line at: (855) 200-5685, or visit myplacehotels.com to book online.

My Place Hotels of America, LLC. is a Franchise company that focuses on providing a clean and comfortable facility, with modern amenities, and great customer service, all at an affordable price. My Place Hotels of America, LLC. is based out of Aberdeen, SD, and offers franchisees a new construction brand, designed to ensure quality, consistency and the highest of standards for delivering marketplace value.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Summit

Tuesday, August 7th, 2018

Part of our mission at the Chamber is to support small businesses, entrepreneurs, and innovators, and the work you’re doing is tremendous. The Small Business Master Class will provide small business owners with the unparalleled opportunity to network with like-minded entrepreneurs while also learning the tools to successfully grow your business in today’s rapidly changing environment.

Join us at one of the upcoming 2018 Small Business Series Events: 

Washington DC: October 2-3
Phoenix: November 14

Through panels, case studies, interactive discussions, and keynotes, we’ll take a deep dive into sessions including:

  • Scaling your business: Navigating the jump to growing your business by adding talent
  • Cybersecurity: Understanding the top threats facing small businesses and learning how to protect your business
  • Digital marketing: Using social media to its fullest effect in marketing your brand

And many other topics affecting small businesses across the country.

Chamber News for Week of August 06, 2018

Monday, August 6th, 2018

Toy Drive for Childhood Cancer Awareness

Aurora Chamber

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Member News »
Premier Investors »
Elite Members »
New Members »
Calendar of Events »

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 Business Launches September Toy Drive for Childhood Cancer Awareness »
Suburban Series: Networking in Kane County »
Kane County 2018 Exports Grant Program »
Chicagoland Safety Health and Environmental Conference »
Technical Assistance to Boost Small-Scale Manufacturing »
On the Road in Kane County »
Aurora Area CVB Wins 2018 Reader’s Choice Award »
Aurora Ranks as One of Best Cities to Live the American Dream »

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

Your Highest Light, LLC
Elizabeth Cermak
319 Butterfield Road, North Aurora
(630) 750-2311
Mental Health Services

Prairie Technology Solutions Group, LLC (Elite)
Carolann LaPointe
1005 Internationale Parkway, Suite 102, Woodridge
630-739-9900
Information Technology Consulting

Dave Richert Homes – eXp Realty
Dave Richert
260 LRA Drive, Aurora
(630) 906-7266
Real Estate

DRF Trusted Property Solutions
Javier Claycombe
10242 S. Bode Street, Plainfield
(312) 292-6703
Property Management

Wendy’s – Kirk Road (Opening Soon)
Andrea Yates
2962 Kirk Road, Aurora
(630) 236-3982
Restaurants & Taverns

Porto’s Peri Peri
Sedat and Mona Dilek
4151 McCoy Drive, Suite 153, Aurora
(847) 528-0014
Restaurants & Taverns

TEMPUR-PEDIC Stores – Route 59
Nate Brewer
740 North Route #59, #100, Aurora
(630) 299-0251
Specialty Retail

Nali Jewelers, Inc.
Nabeel Ali
1214 Fox Valley Mall, Aurora
(630) 978-4695
Specialty Retail

Chinese Mutual Aid Association
Ket Herena
164 Division St. Suite 403, Elgin
(847) 532-9989
Utilities

IPS-Solar
Amit Shukla
(952) 239-5896
Mental Health Services

Calendar of Events

IT Lunch & Learn: VIA & ARCC
Thursday, August 9, 12 – 1:30 p.m.
2000 S. Batavia Ave, Suite, 110, Geneva

Ribbon Cutting: Earthmover Credit Union
Tuesday, August 14, 5 – 6:00 p.m.
2205 Baseline Rd, Oswego
Ribbon Cutting @ 5:15 p.m.

Ribbon Cutting: Face to Face Beauty Studio
Wednesday, August 15, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
1222 N. Eola, Suite C, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 11:30 a.m.

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, August 30, 8 – 9:30 a.m.
Location TBD, Aurora
Sponsored by Caton Commercial Real Estate

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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 the Addition of Two Staff Members

Monday, August 6th, 2018

Engineering Enterprises, Inc. (EEI) is pleased to announce the addition of two new staff members to our firm.

Jake Seger, CFM, has joined our firm as a Project Engineer.  He is a resident of Sugar Grove, Illinois and he is a graduate of Bradley University with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. Jake has extensive IDOT training and certifications that will add to the firm’s construction engineering capabilities. In addition to these he is also a Certified Floodplain Manager from the Illinois Association for Floodplain and Stormwater Management Association of State Floodplain Managers.

Michael Curtis, has joined our firm as a Field Technician. He is a resident of Hinckley, Illinois and will be assisting with a wide variety of construction inspection projects.  Michael brings a variety of construction experience to the firm.

Engineering Enterprises, Inc., founded in 1974, is an award-winning consulting engineering firm providing services to public agencies throughout northern Illinois.  Over 40 experienced firm members including licensed professional civil engineers, land surveyors, and support team members provide a full range of services for planning, design, and construction of infrastructure projects, plus grant and funding assistance. For more information visit our website at www.eeiweb.com