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Tuesday, February 12th, 2019

The Aurora Regional Chamber is proud to announce two beneficial programs for member manufacturers.

Aurora Chamber

  In This Issue  

Leadership Academy »
Two Programs to Support Youth »
College & Career Fair »
Board Nominations Sought »
Public Policy Updates »
Premier Investors »
Welcome New Members »
Elite Members »
Calendar of Events »
Member News »
Did You Know? »
Spotlight On Membership »
About The Aurora Chamber »

LEADERSHIP ACADEMY REGISTRATION DEADLINE

Leadership Academy

Applications are now available for the 2019 Aurora Chamber Leadership Academy that begins on Friday, March 1.To read prior participants’ experiences in the program, visit our blog.

TWO MANUFACTURING PROGRAMS TO SUPPORT YOUTH, EMPLOYERS

The Aurora Regional Chamber is proud to announce two beneficial programs for member manufacturers. The partnership with Business Career Services will launch the next series of Manufacturing Careers Internship Program. Manufacturers are needed to offer site tours to participants. In addition, manufacturers are invited to offer eight-week internships for the youth between 18 and 24 years of age. There is no obligation for the manufacturer to hire the intern. BCS is the employer of record and handles the wages, insurance, and drug screening.A second program to launch is the Kane County MCIP Second Chance Program. The program is designed to help young adults ages between 18 and 24 convicted of non-violent crimes, such as DUI or driving without a license, overcome the barrier of having a criminal record and re-enter society through starting careers in the manufacturing industry. Again, there is no cost obligation for the manufacturer during the eight-week internship. BCS covers wages and liability insurance.

For details, check our website through the links above.

JOIN US FOR REGIONAL COLLEGE, CAREER FAIR

West Aurora is organizing a College & Career Fair for area high school students in Kane, DuPage, and Kendall counties on Friday, March 1, 2019, from 8 to 11 a.m. If you are interested in participating, information may be found at www.bit.ly/wamarch1.

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.A Board of Directors governs the business, property, and affairs of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. The Board is responsible for establishing policy, budgets, and the guidance of affairs. The Board is composed of up to 22 persons who shall be members in good standing of the Chamber. Directors are elected for a term of three years which are staggered so that approximately one-third of the directors are elected each year. Vacancies in the board shall be filled by a majority vote of the remaining directors.

To be considered to be a Director, nominees must be members in good standing.

Public Policy Updates

Recently, the Chamber Foundation joined our partners in releasing a report that showed Illinois has had significantly weaker growth in data center markets than surrounding states that have data center incentives.Today, 30 states have incentives specifically targeted at attracting data centers as part of expanded economic development efforts. Since 2012, 24 states have enacted legislation aimed at capturing a greater percentage of data center growth.
Other Recent Policy NewsMinimum Wage Bill Passes Senate Along Party Lines »
$15 Minimum Wage Passes Senate »
Illinois Pushes Toward $15 Minimum Wage »
AuroraChamber Joins Ill. Chamber, Others in Release of Data Centers Study »
Leader Durkin, House Republicans Introduce Fair Maps Amendment »

Premier Investors

Premier Investors

Welcome New Members

Ochoa & Associates LTD. (Elite Member)
Santos and Ilsia Ochoa
835 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora
(630) 473-0325
Accounting & Tax ServicesArtesan Lofts (Premier Member)
Jessie Schnell
2 S Stolp Ave., Aurora
(630) 966-0602
Apartments & Condominiums / Art Galleries

Orchard Wine & Liquor (Premier Member)
Romi Singh
1039 W. Orchard Road, North Aurora
(630) 907-7130
Liquor Store

SciTech Hands on Museum
Arlene Hawks
18 W. Benton, Aurora
(630) 859-3434
Museums

Holistic Healthcare Management, Inc.
Stephanie Mack
Aurora
(630) 631-2998
Wellness Programs

Gary Brown Art
Susan Brown
7 S Broadway, Aurora
(630)768-4592
Art Galleries

Elite Members

 95.9 The River      Aaron’s      Above Board Indoor Environmental      Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.      Artesan Lofts      Aurora Bank & Trust      Aurora Collective      Aurora University      Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston      Barbara Geiger – Keller Williams Experience      Beans Greens Proteins      Caterpillar, Inc.      City Segment      ComEd      Company 251      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      Gateway Mortgage Group      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      Presence Mercy Medical Center      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

Grand Opening: Randall Crossings Townhomes
Wednesday, Feb. 13, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
1279 Comiskey Ave., North Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 11:30 a.m.Grand Opening: Burger King
Thursday, Feb. 14, 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
1378 Butterfield Rd., Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 9:30 a.m.

Leadership Academy
Applications Due
Begins Friday, March 1, at 8:30 a.m.
Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce
43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora

State of the City Address
Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Reception @ 4 p.m.
Mayor’s Address @ 6 p.m.
Sponsorships Available

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

Member News

Aurora Young Professionals, You’re Invited to Volunteer!Sign up for Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry.
Sign up for Marie Wilkinson Food Pantry.
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 »

Did You Know?

Last fiscal year, the #AuroraChamber website saw more than four million hits from nearly 350,000 visitors. One of the most popular destinations was the Member Directory with nearly 275,000 hits – an average of nearly 400 hits per member. Is your directory listing up to date? If you see something that needs to be changed or added, contact Reba Osborne, director of membership, for assistance.

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

www.aurora-chamber.com

Aurora Chamber Joins Ill. Chamber, Others in Release of Study on Data Centers

Wednesday, February 6th, 2019

Recently, the Chamber Foundation joined our partners in releasing a report that showed Illinois has had significantly weaker growth in data center markets than surrounding states that have data center incentives.

The report, published by Mangum Economics, compares the disparity of data center capital investment growth and jobs created between Illinois and neighboring and competitive states and examines the state tax policies used to attract and grow the industry.

Today, 30 states have incentives specifically targeted at attracting data centers as part of expanded economic development efforts. Since 2012, 24 states have enacted legislation aimed at capturing a greater percentage of data center growth.

Illinois should consider these tax incentives to ensure the direct and indirect benefits from the construction, operation, and ancillary growth that occurs over the lifetime of these facilities.

Henning Graduates from U.S. Chamber Foundation Education and Workforce Fellowship Program

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019

Fellowship Provided State and Local Chambers with Opportunities to Engage Nationally on Critical Education and Workforce Issues

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation today announced Joseph B. Henning, IOM, CAE, president and CEO of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce graduated from its premier business leadership program. The inaugural Business Leads Fellowship Program trained and equipped leaders from state and local chambers of commerce with resources, access to experts, and a network of peers to build their capacity to address the most pressing education and workforce challenges.

“The Aurora Chamber has been involved in education attainment and workforce development for many years,” Henning explains. “This Fellowship gave me the opportunity to not only learn from national experts, but also to share and gain information from other chamber professionals who are involved.”

“As clearly displayed throughout this program, state and local leaders know better than anyone the critical link between education and economic development,” says Cheryl Oldham, senior vice president of the Center for Education and Workforce. “Not only did the Fellows gain a network of peers and experts in the field, the program is designed to help these leaders find opportunities to develop initiatives that will continue to advance the growth of their local economy and put education policy into practice.”

Following a competitive application and selection process, Henning was selected along with 34 other state and local chamber executives to participate in the inaugural class. The four-month program, which ended this week, covered the entire talent pipeline, including early childhood education, K-12, higher education, and workforce development.

Upon completion, Business Leads Fellows join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s dedicated network of 200 chambers of commerce and statewide associations from around the nation who regularly engage on education and workforce initiatives.

Given the overwhelming interest in the program, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation will host a second cohort in spring 2019.

For a full list of participants in the Business Leads inaugural class, visit the U.S. Chamber Foundation website.

#HappyHolidays from #AuroraChamber

Monday, December 17th, 2018

This week, we will be sending out a link to the fourth annual Economic Pulse Survey.

Aurora Chamber

  In This Issue  

Happy Holidays »
Economic Pulse »
Public Policy Updates »
Premier Investors »
Welcome New Members »
Elite Members »
Calendar of Events »
Caught On Camera »
Member News »
Did You Know? »
Spotlight On Membership »
About The Aurora Chamber »

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays

On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff of the Aurora Chamber, we wish you and your employees a wonderful holiday season and a prosperous new year. Recently, we have had a number of meetings with our partners and members to discuss and plan for 2019 projects. We look forward to sharing those programs with you, including:

• Workforce development advances and college and career fairs;
• City Council candidates and the spring primary and election;
• Aurora Young Professionals programming;
• City of Aurora ordinance developments; and
• Association Health Plans to save employers money.

Until next month, enjoy time with family and friends. Here’s to the region’s prosperity in 2019; cheers!

Economic Pulse

This week, we will be sending out a link to the fourth annual Economic Pulse Survey. Results of the survey will be shared with the business community at our annual lunch event. This year, the lunch is scheduled for early February at Stonebridge Country Club. Be sure and watch your email for the survey link.

Public Policy Updates

The House and Senate released their 2019 spring schedules for the 101st General Assembly. The current General Assembly will meet one more time during “Lame Duck Session” on Jan. 7 and 8. The new General Assembly will be sworn in on Jan. 9 and the Governor will be sworn in on Jan. 14. On Feb. 20, the Governor will present the Budget Address. Other dates of note include the Senate Committee deadline on March 22, the House Committee deadline on March 29, and the Senate and House Third-Reading Deadline on April 12. Committee and 3rd Reading deadlines may be extended by the Speaker or the Senate President. Additionally, individual bills may have their deadlines extended. Adjournment is scheduled for May 31.
Other Recent Policy News

Taxes, Infrastructure Proposals Discussed »
Ill. GA Reduces Govt. Duplication »
New Illinois Laws to Take Effect on Jan. 1 »
Nov. 30: This Week in Illinois in Springfield »
2018 Midterm Election Recap »
This Week in the General Assembly »
Ill. House Subcommittees Hold Joint Hearing on Gaming Issues »
Highlights of Tax Reform for Businesses »

Premier Investors

Premier Investors

Welcome New Members

Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, PC
Katie Backovski
31 W. Downer Place, Suite 306, Aurora
(630) 892-0779
Attorneys

Randall Crossings Townhomes
Jennifer Slown
1279 Comiskey Ave., North Aurora
(630) 442-8070
Apartments & Condominium

Country Financial
Luke Singh
232 N. Cass Ave., Westmont
(630) 968-0414
Insurance

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      Caterpillar, Inc.      City Segment      ComEd      Company 251      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      Gateway Mortgage Group      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      Old Second National Bank      OnLight Aurora      Painters District Council 30      Paramount Arts Centre      Pilmer Real Estate      Plum Landing Retirement Community      Prairie Technology Solutions Group, LLC      Presence Mercy Medical Center      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

Chamber Offices Closed
Monday, Dec. 24 & Tuesday, Dec. 25

Chamber Offices Closed
Monday, Dec. 31 & Tuesday, Jan. 1

Jump Start Workshop
Tuesday, Jan. 15, 8:30-10 a.m.
Chamber offices

2019 Economic Pulse Lunch
Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 11:30 a.m.
Stonebridge Country Club, 2705 Stonebridge Blvd., Aurora

Caught On Camera

Caught On Camera

Thank you everyone who turned out to the 2018 Annual Holiday Celebration (left), including sponsors, elected officials, partner organizations, and members. We wish all of you a safe and wonderful holiday season. Nearly two dozen members joined us for the kick-off organizational meeting of the Aurora Young Professionals this month. Discussion and planning was held for activities in 2019, including professional development, community support, and more. For details on upcoming events and opportunities to market your brand in partnership with Chamber events, contact Maureen Gasek at (630) 256-3182.

For these and more photos of recent activities, please visit our Facebook page.

Member News

Luigi's Pizza and Fun Center

Congratulations to Luigi’s Pizza and Fun Center on celebrating 65 years of service to the Aurora community. Recently, #AuroraChamber staff and Ambassadors presented a celebration plaque to Bill Poss and his team for the milestone. 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.
VNA Health Care Receives Proclamation for 100 Years of Service »
Employers Should be Aware of W-2 Scam, Protect Employee Information »
Tanner House to Sparkle with Holiday Decor »
Police, Fire Subject of Aurora Historical Society 2019 Calendar »
EEI Announces Two Junior Engineers »
Congratulations, West Aurora School District 129! »
Can You Save with an Association Health Plan? »
Volunteers Sought to Serve on City of Aurora Boards, Commissions »
Save the Date: March 1 – College & Career Fair »
Aurora Police First in State to Join ‘Neighbors’ App »

Did You Know?

Last fiscal year, the #AuroraChamber website saw more than four million hits from nearly 350,000 visitors. One of the most popular destinations was the Member Directory with nearly 275,000 hits – an average of nearly 400 hits per member. Is your directory listing up to date? If you see something that needs to be changed or added, contact Reba Osborne, director of membership, for assistance.

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

Save the Date: March 1 – College & Career Fair

Monday, October 22nd, 2018

#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.

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? »
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

Video

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.

Premier Investors

Premier Investors

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

Highlights of Tax Reform for Businesses »
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.

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

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.

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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? »

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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Premier Investors

Premier Investors

Public Policy Updates

The Peoria Journal Star reports ‘Illinois residents pay more taxes than any other state.’ The fact that Illinois residents are heavily taxed isn’t a secret. WalletHub, a national personal finance service, recently ranked Illinois as 51st in the nation in terms of the severity of its overall tax burden — that’s last among the 50 states and Washington, D.C. According to WalletHub, the state and local tax on an Illinois household earning the median U.S. income is 14.89 percent, the highest in the nation.

The median Illinois household pays $8,330 in taxes annually — not counting federal taxes. Among Midwestern states, Wisconsin is next at $7,193. But the tax burden on median households is almost 40 percent higher in Illinois compared to most of its neighbors, states WalletHub. The Tax Foundation lists Illinois as having the second-highest property taxes in the country, second only to New Jersey.

To read the full Journal Star article, click here.

Other Recent Policy News

U.S. Senate to Vote on JOBS Act 3.0 »

‘Honor 200′ Deadline Approaches to Nominate Illinois Veterans »

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

Governor Signs Legislation to Help Keep Illinois Students in Illinois »

State of Illinois Sells $965 Million in Bonds »

Unemployment Falls in All Metro Areas »

Welcome New Members

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

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

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

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

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

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

Elite Members

+Intention 95.9 The River Aaron’s Above Board Indoor Environmental Alarm Detection Systems, Inc. Aurora Bank & Trust Aurora Collective Aurora University Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston Barbara Geiger – Keller Williams Experience Beans Greens Proteins Caterpillar, Inc. Chicago Steel Hockey Team City Segment ComEd Comprehensive Prosthetics and Orthotics Country Financial – West Aurora Dolan & Murphy Downtown Auroran Magazine Endiro Coffee First Secure Community Bank Fox Valley Mall Freedom Development Group, LLC ganc.io Gateway Mortgage Group Healthcare Solutions Team – Deepti Srivastava Henkels & McCoy, Inc. Jiffy Lube Multi-Care Kluber Architects + Engineers Konen Insurance Agency, Inc. Lendio of Naperville Magick Woods, Inc. Magnetrol International, Inc. MedCom Group, LLC Midwest Coach Limousine, Inc. Mitutoyo America Corporation Mooney & Thomas P.C. Old Second National Bank New York Life Insurance Company and Nylife Securities, LLC OnLight Aurora Painters District Council 30 Palo Creative, PLL Paramount Arts Centre Pilmer Real Estate Plum Landing Retirement Community Prairie Technology Solutions Group, LLC Presence Mercy Medical Center Pure Skin Solutions, LLC R.C. Wegman Construction Company Rasmussen College Rich Harvest Farms Rush Copley Medical Center S&S Metal Recyclers II Scientel Solutions ServPro of Aurora Sign*A*Rama SmithAmundsen, LLC Staffing Network, LLC & QPA Staffmark Thoughtwave Software & Solutions T-Mobile Two Brothers Roundhouse Valley Fastener Group, LLC VivirMED, LLC The Voice Waubonsee Community College Weldstar Company Woodforest National Bank World Finance Corporation WSPY

Calendar of Events

Retail Roundtable
Wednesday, Oct. 3, 8:30 – 10 a.m.
Fox Valley Mall Food Court

50th Anniversary: Aurora Regional Fire Museum
Thursday, Oct. 4, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
53 N. Broadway, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 11:30 a.m.

30th Anniversary: Our Lady of Mercy
Thursday, Oct. 4, 3:30. – 5 p.m.
OLM Church, 701 S. Eola, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 4 p.m.

Jump Start Your Membership
Tuesday, Oct. 9, 8:30 – 10 a.m.
Chamber offices, 43 W Galena Blvd. Aurora

Grand Opening: GlowZone
Friday, Oct. 12, 3:30 – 5 p.m.
301 S. Route 59, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 4 p.m.

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

Grand Opening: TempurPedic
Friday, Oct. 26, 12 – 1:30 p.m.
740 North Route 59, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 12:30 p.m.

Grand Opening: Hairy Beast Dog Pawlour
Monday, Oct. 29, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
215 W. Galena, #4, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 11:30 a.m.

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

Caught On Camera

Caught On Camera

Members of the Aurora Regional Chamber have had a number of opportunities to celebrate recently. Hairy Beast Dog Pawlour (left) was one of two top awardees at the Third Annual Pitch Competition in Aurora. Among the several grand openings recently were Wendy’s Aurora (right), as well as Gateway Foundation’s 50th anniversary and Glanbia Performance Nutrition’s sustainability recognition. Ribbon cuttings and grand openings are great opportunities for you to meet fellow business leaders and to welcome new employers to the area.

Member News

If you have news to share with your fellow members, please forward to info@aurora-chamber.com. Be sure and check out our blog and social media for what’s happening in our region.
Community Foundation Seats New Directors »
Mamie Eisenhower to Be ‘Guest’ at Historical Society Fundraiser »
Aurora Named a Top 100 Finalist for the Chicago Innovation Awards »
EEI Announces Newest Licensed Professional Engineer »
Aurora Business Organizations to Host Manufacturing Day Job Fair »
W-2 Wage Earners Should Do a Paycheck Checkup ASAP »
An Estimated Tax Payment in 2018 Could Help Avoid a Penalty in 2019 »
Free Fall Leaf Collection Begins Next Month »
House Method Names Aurora ‘Most Underrated Town’ in Illinois »
Mayor Irvin Selected for Prestigious Leadership Program »
Aurora Police First in State to Join ‘Neighbors’ App »

Did You Know?

#AuroraChamber Programs and Events are a great opportunity to showcase your products and services. Last year, more than 2,500 business professionals attended more than 100 events hosted by the Aurora Regional Chamber. With cost-effective sponsorships beginning at $175, Chamber members have a unique opportunity to reach potential customers – whether your business is business-to-consumer or business-to-business – the Chamber offers events monthly to support your growth, connections, and success. For details, contact Maureen Gasek, director of events and marketing, at the Chamber.

Partnering For Our Community

The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is partnering with Invest Aurora and Valley Industrial Association as well as Quad County African American and Aurora Regional Hispanic chambers of commerce for a Manufacturing Day Job Fair on Friday, Oct. 5, 2018 at the Prisco Center, 150 W. Illinois Ave, in Aurora.

Agenda for Friday, Oct. 5:
9 a.m. – Set up and Continental Breakfast
10 a.m. – Job Fair
Noon – Break-out sessions (lunch provided for employers)
1 p.m. – Job Fair 2 p.m. – Job Fair Concludes

The break-out session for employers will focus on available funding to assist with hiring and training employees. The breakout session for job seekers will focus on resume writing and interviewing.

Money-Saving Programs For Members

Money-Saving Programs For Members

About The Aurora Chamber

The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is a private, not-for-profit, membership-driven organization comprised of more than 700 members representing nearly 40,000 employees. Our mission is be the catalyst for business success by providing leadership that facilitates the creation of a prosperous regional economy and effective advocacy for our members.

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

www.aurora-chamber.com

Join Us for Innovation Summit

Monday, September 17th, 2018

2018 State of Business: Innovation

Friday, Oct. 19, from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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

Register Here

The Aurora region has a long history of innovation — from the first city with electric streetlights throughout and the first free public school district 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.

Keynoting the morning will be Thomas D. Kuczmarski, president and founder of the global consulting firm Kuczmarski Innovation and an internationally recognized expert on innovation. During the course of his career, he has helped hundreds of clients, ranging from small businesses to Fortune 100 corporations, learn to systematically unlock the value of innovation.

Kuczmarski teaches product and service innovation at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University where he is Senior Lecturer and Visiting Scholar in the Center for Innovation and Technology. For 38 years, his executive education courses at the Kellogg School have attracted leaders from around the world.

Kuczmarski is co-founder of the Chicago Innovation Awards, which annually celebrates, educates, and connects innovators in the Chicago region. The awards showcase the creative spirit of the heartland. He is the author of seven books on innovation and leadership and frequently appears on radio and television, and in periodicals around the world. He earned an M.B.A. and an M.I.A from Columbia University.

Illinois has long been a leader as the birthplace of groundbreaking inventions including the cell phone, the wireless remote, and the first-ever web browser. Our state is a place where ideas become patents, businesses, and life-changing technologies.

The state’s history of innovation continues today thanks to its robust digital infrastructure, venture capital networks, and continually growing talent base. In fact, Illinois is the second largest producer of computer science graduates in the country, awarding nearly 10 percent of the nation’s computer science degrees, and ranks fifth in the nation for access to capital, according to CNBC’s Best States for Business 2017.

For more information on the event – and to register as a sponsor, exhibitor, or attendee – visit our website.