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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.

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Welcome New Members »
Elite Members »
Calendar of Events »
Caught On Camera »
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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

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.

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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

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

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.

W-2 Wage Earners Should Do a Paycheck Checkup ASAP

Monday, September 17th, 2018

The IRS urges everyone who works as an employee and has income from other sources to perform a Paycheck Checkup. This includes income from sharing economy activities, interest, dividends, self-employment, capital gains, or prizes and awards.

A Paycheck Checkup can help you avoid receiving a lower refund, an unexpected tax bill or underpayment penalty when you file your tax return next year.

You can do a checkup using the IRS Withholding Calculator or Publication 505. This is especially important in 2018 due to tax changes taking effect this year.

You can pay taxes throughout the year anytime.

An Estimated Tax Payment in 2018 Could Help Avoid a Penalty in 2019

Monday, September 17th, 2018

Taxes must be paid as you earn or receive income during the year, either through withholding, estimated tax payments or a combination of both. A Paycheck Checkup using the IRS Withholding Calculator can help you see if you need to make an additional payment to avoid an unexpected tax bill or underpayment penalty when you file your tax return next year.

You may need to make estimated payments if you:

  • have multiple jobs—especially if you don’t have each employer withhold taxes
  • are self-employed or an independent contractor
  • are a representative of a direct-sales or in-home-sales company
  • participate in sharing economy activities where you are not working as an employee
  • receive pension income

Visit IRS,gov to learn more.

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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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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