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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.

Aurora Named a Top 100 Finalist for the Chicago Innovation Awards

Monday, September 24th, 2018

Vote online for Aurora to also receive the People’s Choice Award

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.

Judges will select the final winners in 5 categories. The general public can vote for a People’s Choice Award winner by visiting 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.

“We are honored to be named a finalist in the Chicago Innovation Awards,” said Mayor Richard C. Irvin. “Our IT team has been focused on innovation in technology since we took office nearly 500 days ago. So much progress has been made and many national collaborations have been formed during the process. As we continue to grow as a technology leader in the region, nods like this from the Chicago Innovation Awards prove we are on the right track.”

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.

“Fiber is the fourth utility and our fiber optic network is one of Aurora’s greatest assets,” said Aurora’s Chief Information Officer Michael Pegues. “Mayor Irvin has set an ambitious goal to make the City of Aurora a regional technology hub, and our IT team and partners are diligently driving these smart city efforts.”

The Top 100 Finalists will each be awarded a scholarship to “The Practical Innovator” at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. Valued at $2,500, this day-long education course teaches the practical skills of innovation at its internationally known executive education facility.

Winners will be announced at the 17th annual Chicago Innovation Awards held at Chicago’s Harris Theater on Monday, October 29, with nearly 1,500 business and civic leaders, and supporters of innovation in attendance.

Last year, the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in Aurora won a 2017 Chicago Innovation Award for its IN2 Innovation Center.

Applications for Export Assistance Now Open

Sunday, August 26th, 2018

Metro Chicago Exports is accepting applications of interest for our export assistance programs. MCE’s complimentary export assistance programs help businesses reach their export potential by providing a range of financial, networking, and training support. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis from now through September 30, 2018.

Apply now at!

Exporters located in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will counties and the City of Chicago with less than 500 employees are encouraged to apply. More information can be found at

As of April 1, 2018, Metro Chicago Exports is now a part of a new economic development organization – the Chicago Regional Growth Corporation (CRGC). Within the new organization, MCE’s exporting programs will continue to provide valuable resources to businesses throughout the region.

Chicago Regional Growth Corporation is a regional economic development organization that drives collaboration among public and private partners in order to generate inclusive growth and prosperity across northeastern Illinois.

To learn more about our new initiative, please visit the website:

Kane County 2018 Exports Grant Program

Sunday, July 15th, 2018

In May 2015, Metro Chicago Exports (MCE) announced the launch of a Grant Program to help small and mid-sized businesses grow in international trade, specifically through exports. The Metro Chicago Exports Grant Program, presented by JPMorgan Chase & Co., awards grants up to $5,000 to businesses throughout Northeastern Illinois. This innovative and successful grant program has been renewed for 2018.

The Kane County Exports Grant Program provides an additional incentive for Kane County companies to start or increase exporting. Companies located in Kane County which apply for, and are awarded, a grant from Metro Chicago Exports, would be eligible for up to an additional $5,000 from Kane County to reimburse 50% of eligible expenses associated with implementing an export plan.


Companies located in Kane County which are awarded a grant from Chicago Metro Exports.


Grant awards up to an additional $5,000 to reimburse 50% of eligible expenses to support the company’s next steps to going global. Grant awards may also cover a Kane County company’s participation in the ExporTech© program.


Program information and applications are available at More information about ExporTech can be found at


  • Metro Chicago Exports’ application process involves two steps – an initial online Client Assessment and a formal Grant Application review of export plans, capabilities and potential. Companies that pass the Client Assessment phase will be invited to submit more comprehensive information about their plans to go global as part of the Grant Application process.
  • Companies located in Kane County may request up to $5,000 in additional funding for eligible activities and/or services by including them in their Grant Application to Metro Chicago Exports.
  • MCE will review the applications along with other regional applications.

Technical Assistance to Boost Small-Scale Manufacturing

Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

Free technical assistance for communities pursuing economic development through small-scale manufacturing 

When small-scale manufacturing is stitched into the fabric of a community, it enlivens community spaces and makes the economy more resilient by diversifying the market and providing higher wage jobs. Encouraging more small-scale manufacturing on main street or in other close-in, walkable neighborhoods can foster entrepreneurs and homegrown industries. These businesses create well-paying jobs for people with a variety of education and skill levels, and bring vitality to main streets and neighborhood centers-creating a foothold for future growth.

In partnership with the U.S. Economic Development Administration and Recast City, Smart Growth America is offering free technical assistance to community leaders interested in using small-scale manufacturing to help revitalize a downtown or neighborhood and create economic opportunity.

Applications for this technical assistance will be accepted until June 29, 2018 at 5 p.m. EST. Applications can be filled out online here or by downloading the PDF and returning it via email to

For complete details, including profiles of the winning communities from 2017, visit the program website

On the Road in Kane County

Tuesday, June 19th, 2018

On Thursday, June 28, Kane County will be hosting the Illinois Procurement Technical Assistance Center (ILPTAC) from the College of DuPage, as it presents a two hour program designed to help businesses learn the basics of government contracting.

Please share this opportunity and the information below with any of your contacts who may benefit from this free program. Those who are interested can register here.

Program: On the Road in Kane County: Starting Government Contracting

Event Website:

Cost:  Free

Date: 6/28/2018

Time: 10 a.m. – Noon

Location: First Floor Auditorium of Building A, Kane County Government Center 719 Batavia Ave Geneva, Illinois 60134, Geneva IL 60134

Training Topics: Government Contracting, HUBZones, Marketing/Sales, SAM Registration, Selling to Government, Small Disadvantaged Businesses, Subcontracting, Woman-owned Businesses

Business Status: Startup, Existing

Skill Level: Beginner

Description: Learn the basics of government contracting! This workshop is great for businesses that have done nothing with the government to those that need a refresher on what they should be doing. We will discuss our free bid lead/bid matching system, how to register as a vendor (at all governmental levels- SAM, IPG, etc.), discover small business certifications that can help you succeed, and discuss subcontracting opportunities as well.

Presented by the ILPTAC staff, Center for Entrepreneurship at College of DuPage.

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Above Board Indoor Environmental
Accurate Personnel
Advance Auto Parts
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora Bank & Trust
Aurora Limousine
Aurora University
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Beans Greens Proteins
Caterpillar, Inc.
Chicago Steel Hockey Team
City Segment
Company 251
Copy King Office Solutions, Inc.
Do or Dye Designs
Dolan & Murphy
Downtown Auroran Magazine
Eagle Digital Marketing
Endiro Coffee
Face To Face Beauty Studio
First Secure Community Bank
Gateway Mortgage Group
Kluber Architects + Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency, Inc.
Magick Woods, Inc.
Magnetrol International, Inc.
MedCom Group, LLC
Meyer Wealth Advisors
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Old Second National Bank
OnLight Aurora
Painters District Council 30
Palo Creative, PLL
Paramount Arts Centre
Pilmer Real Estate
Pipe Fitters Local 597
Plum Landing Retirement Community
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
ServPro of Aurora
SmithAmundsen, LLC
Staffing Network, LLC & QPA
Steffes & Associates Language and Translation (SALT)
Stonebridge Country Club
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
The Voice
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
Woodforest National Bank
World Finance Corporation

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This Week, We Celebrate #GivingTuesday
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In our community, there are numerous organizations that provide services to our region’s more vulnerable – from housing to hunger solutions, from healthcare to education. In fact, more than 80 of your fellow Aurora Chamber members are working to solve the concerns and improve the conditions many area residents face every day.

#GivingTuesday is the day when millions around the world donate to causes and organizations that are important to them. Surely in that list of fellow members, there are causes you support and organizations that could use assistance.

Tomorrow, the Aurora Chamber applauds those organizations working to improve our great region. Many of those organizations are participating through the #ILGive portal and are eligible to double and in some cases triple your contribution during #GivingTuesday.

Please join us tomorrow by supporting these wonderful organizations. No gift is too small and together we can help them help our region. You can click here and search by organization name, location, or even cause.

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Holiday Celebration
Wednesday, Dec. 6, 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.
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Grand Re-Opening: Homewood Suites
Thursday, Dec. 7, 3:30 – 8 p.m.
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Thursday, Dec. 14, 5 – 7 p.m.
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Ill. Bond Sale Allows Bill Payment

Ill. GA: Inspector General Appointed

Ill. GA: Sexual Harassment Bill Sent to Governor

Ill. GA: Telecommunications Modernization

Ill. GA: Wage History

Ill. GA: Veto Session Concludes

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Paramount Theatre Wins Eight Jeff Awards

Section of River Street to Close Until 2019

IMSA Named Winner of 16th Annual Chicago Innovation Awards

IMSA Announces Dr. Kelly Page as Research Fellow

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You’re Invited: Small-Business Vendor Fair

Sunday, October 1st, 2017

The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce — in partnership with the City of Aurora and Metra as well as other organizations — will provide small business owners the opportunity to meet and network with prime contractors, subcontractors and assist agencies.

This event will provide one free educational workshop: DBE Certification  101. This workshop will discuss Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) qualifications, as well as, the documents that are needed when submitting a certification application and how to avoid common mistakes.

Friday, Oct. 27, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Waubonsee Community College, 18 S. River St. Aurora

To register, contact Romayne Newton at with the names of the individuals that will be attending.

2017 IN2@IMSA Fall FUNshops

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

IN2 will offer four different middle school fall FUNshops for students grades 6th-8th.  Spots are filling up fast so secure your spot soon!

IN2 Design Thinking: Crafting the Perfect Lemonade Stand

Saturday October 14,2017; 10 am – Noon @IN2

Fee: $45; grades 6-8

Class Size: 22 paid spaces +

2 scholarships

Imagine yourself in charge of creating the most successful lemonade stand possible. Where do you even begin? What recipe do your customers want? Where do you setup your lemonade stand? All those questions and more will be answered in this fun yet informative hands-on entrepreneurship workshop. Join us as we explore how techniques that real companies use to sketch their products like Design Thinking can be applied to outline the perfect lemonade stand. And yes…you will be making lemonade. Presented by IMSA eleMENT students.


IN2 Makerspace: Introduction to 3D Modeling

Saturday October 21,2017; 10 am – Noon @ IN2

Fee: $45; grades 6-8

Class Size:  11 paid spaces +

1 scholarship                                                                                       

Are you an inventor, an artist, or a future engineer? In the modern world, that means you need to know 3D Modeling and CAD software. This workshop teaches you 3D modeling fundamentals and sets you on the path to making your own designs in less than an hour. Draw gear assemblies for robots, create action figures to 3D print later, or design your own dream house. We’ll use the free-for-students Autodesk Fusion 360 to teach you the basics and get you ready to design on your own. We provide the technology, you provide the awesome ideas. Laptops provided.


IN2: Startup Mystery Box Challenge

Saturday November 18,2017; 10 am – Noon @ IN2

Fee: $45; grades 6-8

Class Size: 22 paid spaces +

2 scholarship

We have a box full of __________ (it’s a surprise). Once you open the box, you have 90 minutes to think like an entrepreneur and figure out the best thing to do with the contents. This is a simulation game, team competition that calls on collaboration, creative problem solving and entrepreneurial thinking. Practice using a Business Model Canvas, Design Thinking and Kanban methods–the same as real startups–and develop a brand that attracts interested customers who really need your product or service. Become a better problem solver and, as a team, achieve the greatest potential value for your efforts.


IN2 Makerspace: Holiday Cards and Stickers

Saturday December 9, 2017; 10 am – Noon @ IN2

Fee: $45; grades 6-8

Class Size:  11 paid spaces +

1 scholarship

This winter get out of the cold and craft some holiday gifts. Learn to use technology to make your crafting faster, and more fun. In this workshop we’ll use the Silhouette Cameo Craft Cutter to design and cut our own Vinyl stickers and Holiday Cards. Try your hand at stick-on snowflakes, snowman cards, or paper reindeer ornaments. We’ll provide the materials and technology, so bring your brilliant ideas and holiday spirit.