Archive for July, 2011

Downtown Aurora Event a Success

Monday, July 25th, 2011

Check out just some of the photos from the recent Downtown Progressive Putt Putt on the Aurora Chamber Facebook page at

The event was a huge success with the downtown Aurora Businesses showing off their hard work and creativity in creating their ingenious Putt Putt holes. SciTech Hands on Museum was voted as “Most Challenging Hole” and Backthird Audio won for “Most Creative Hole”. Old Second National Bank tailored their hole at this event to serve as an opportunity to share their 140th birthday with the community. Congrats go out to Jim Sokolowski from Twin Oaks Landscape who won gift certificates to Pockets by winning with the lowest score of the day of 21. Thanks to all that participated and played in this wonderful event. We look forward to seeing you all again next year!

Help Send 20,000 Letters in 20 Days

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to encourage and support passage of the Korea Free Trade Agreement. According to the U.S.-Korea agreement can create more than 280,000 American jobs.

We don’t have to go on about the need for creating more jobs with the current situation concerning America’s unemployment rate. Recent paltry reports have done that for us.

The good news is that there are a number of steps our policymakers in Washington can take right now to help American businesses get on track and start hiring again. One of those steps is swift passage of three pending free trade agreements: Korea, Panama and Colombia. It has been estimated that failure to pass these agreements could cost another 380,000 American jobs.

As U.S. Chamber President and CEO Tom Donohue said earlier this week at the Chamber’s Jobs Summit, “We’ve waited for years to get these free trade agreements done. If we don’t do that, it’s criminal.”

This week, the Chamber launched a campaign to send 20,000 letters on the U.S. Korea free trade agreement in the next 20 days. With your help, we can send a message to Congree that they can’t ignore: action is needed now.

The U.S.-Korea trade deal has languished for four years, while our competitors have raced to pass their own agreements — leaving American companies and competitiveness behind.

A report published in 2009 showed that failure to implement the U.S.-Korea trade agreement would lead to a $35 million decline in exports of U.S. goods and services to the world.

Fewer exports mean lost jobs in America. Right now, that’s the last thing we need.

To view what trade means to Illinois jobs, visit here. For its impact on Illinois’ Congressional District 14, click here.

E-mail your members of Congress now and join the campaign to send 20,000 letters in the next 20 days before August recess. Click here to take action. In less than five minutes, you can send your support to Washington.

America needs more jobs. This free trade agreement is one major step toward creating them.

City Offers Green Continuing Education Program

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Building Operator Certification training includes nearly 80 hours of classroom and project work in building systems maintenance. Each course in the series is completed in a one-day training session except BOC 103 – HVAC Systems and Controls. Unless otherwise noted, training begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends by 4:00 p.m. Tuition for the training series is $1,250. Early registration is encouraged. Residents of Aurora may be eligible for a 100% tuition rebate funded by American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program. Non-residents may be eligible for a $350 rebate funded by DCEO. Register online at

Building Operator Certification in Aurora is brought to you by the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance in partnership with the City of Aurora as well as through an award from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program under Award Number DESC0002943. The City of Aurora is offering a 100% tuition rebate for residents of Aurora that successfully complete the program and become certified. Non-residents are eligible for a $350 rebate funded by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

For additional information, visit the City of Aurora website at

LinkedIn, Take 2

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

Last week, the Women in Leadership program of Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce hosted a lunch titled “Power Professional Networking ‘In’ the Digital Age.” Many thanks to Dee Reinhardt, social media specialist and marketing coordinator for the Kane County Department of Employment and Education. As always, Dee gave a wonderful presentation and incorporated traditional networking development with the new technologies.

Were you there? How did what you learn impact you? Have you begun incorporating the strategies into your professional network development?

Are you looking for furthering your LinkedIn strategy? Here’s a link to a great 10-Week Challenge offered through the Illinois Chamber of Commerce’s LinkedIn discussion group and courtesy of Check out this link for some great ideas on growing your network of influence —

And even better, they contend it can be done with about an hour a week over the next 10 weeks! Let us know your thoughts.

Attention: Minority- and Woman-Business Enterprises

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

The City of Aurora is seeking qualified firms for the construction of the RiverEdge Park Music Garden. Of the total project cost, MBE and WBE will be awarded at least 10%, with WBE receiving at least half of that
dollar amount in keeping with Illinois Compiled Statutes (30 ILCS 575/1 et seq.)

For more information, contact:
Butch Distajo, R.C. Wegman Construction Company
(630) 844‐3000