Archive for February, 2010

State of the City Address

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

Thursday, March 18, at 11:30 a.m.

Piper’s Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Road, Aurora

The Honorable Thomas J. Weisner, Mayor, City of Aurora, will present his state of the city to business members and the community. Topics of interest to our business community would include budgets, taxes, economic development and quality of life improvements. Join us to get Mayor Weisner’s perspective. Member downtown businesses will be on hand to showcase downtown Aurora’s recent developments.

Presented in collaboration with Aurora Economic Development Commission and Aurora Area Convention and Visitors Bureau

Sponsored in part by

  • Chef Amaury
  • Comfort Zone
  • Fox Valley United Way
  • Hollywood Casino
  • Paramount Theatre
  • Waubonsee Community College

Lunch registrations are $25 (members) before March 11 and $35 after; non-members are $40 for the event.

Click here to register.

Congratulations! Dreyer Medical Clinic Receives AAAHC Accreditation

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

Dreyer Medical Clinic has achieved accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC/Accreditation Association).  Accreditation distinguishes Dreyer from many other outpatient facilities for providing a safe work environment and the highest quality of care to patients.

Outpatient health care organizations seeking accreditation by the AAAHC undergo an extensive self-assessment and on-site survey by the Accreditation Association’s expert surveyors – volunteer physicians, nurses, and administrators who are actively involved in outpatient health care.  The survey is consultative and educational, presenting best practices to help an organization improve its care and services.

Status as an accredited organization means Dreyer has met nationally recognized standards for the provision of quality health care.  More than 4,500 ambulatory health care organizations across the United States are accredited by AAAHC.  Not all ambulatory health care organizations seek accreditation, and not all undergoing the on-site survey are granted accreditation.

Additionally, Dreyer is the first organization in the country to be accredited as a AAAHC Medical Home for managed care patients.  A Medical Home is a place where a patient’s health care and overall wellness is proactively maintained.  Taking a wholistic approach and caring for a person’s medical and wellness needs gives them the best possible opportunity to live a healthy life.  A Medical Home provides accessible, comprehensive, proactive care, combined with a coordinated team of health care providers.

“Our patients deserve the best,” said Donna S. Cooper, CPA, MHA, president of Dreyer Medical Clinic.  “Accreditation demonstrates our long-standing commitment to providing the highest quality health care for the individuals, families, and communities we serve.  Dreyer has been accredited continuously since the process was first introduced in 1972.”

“Going through this process continually challenges us to find better ways to serve our patients.   Our first and most important responsibility is to our patients and the quality of care we provide,” said Cooper.

Established by physicians in 1922, Dreyer Medical Clinic is one of Illinois’ premier multispecialty medical groups.  The 150 physicians represent nearly 30 different medical specialties.  Dreyer offers a full range of ancillary services within its facilities and the support of over 40 allied health professionals.  The 800,000+ residents of the greater Fox Valley area are served by Dreyer at 11 convenient sites located in Aurora, Batavia, Hinckley, Oswego, Plainfield, and Yorkville.  Detailed information about Dreyer’s health care providers, service locations, and accepted insurances is available on the Clinic website,

Building a Referral Machine

Monday, February 15th, 2010

Join us Friday, March 5, 9-11 a.m. for the first of a three-part program to expand your referral generation and move beyond “networking.” Brian Marshall, Alliance for Strategic Advantage, will lead the way.

Referrals are the key to success in building any business. That’s why people invest so much time, energy, and resources in various forms of networking activities. However, meeting your immediate growth goals solely through networking activities is not easy. That’s why networking is called a “farming” activity, and not a “hunting” activity. You plant enough seeds over a long enough time, you can build a robust, totally referral based business, but how long will that take in your business? Five years? Ten years? Fifteen years?

You will learn how:

  • You can systematically revitalize your current connections and have them become active ambassadors for you in the marketplace
  • You can systematically break down the barriers to referrals and get others motivated to help you and how to get them to understand how best to help you
  • An understanding of network dynamics will help you to quickly build a far more powerful and productive network
  • How to get 10 times the referrals without even asking

The process will take you through five stages of development from understanding how to re-think your business and messages through the eyes of a “connector”, to, ultimately, becoming a “connector” that others want to be associated with, regardless of your profession. In addition to understanding key guiding principles of networks and the psychology of referring, you will receive the processes, methods, behaviors, tools, and templates that will ensure your success.

Three-part program (for one low price of $20) includes:

  • March 5 program from 9-11 a.m. at Chamber offices
  • March 16 Coffee & Connections at 8:30 a.m. at Painter’s District Council 30
  • March 19 webinar at 9:00 a.m. for follow-up and questions

Presented in partnership with Imprint Enterprises and Fox Valley Networking Professionals.

To register, click here.