Archive for March, 2018

Courageous Conversation

Wednesday, March 28th, 2018

This past Friday I was fortunate enough to be part of a Cultural Diversity session held at the Aurora Public Library – week #4 of the 2018 Aurora Leadership Academy. The sessions held during the previous three weeks have been informative, engaging, interesting, and motivating. This week was truly inspiring.

The guest speaker was Dr. Adrienne Coleman, director of Equity and Inclusion at IMSA, Illinois Math and Science Academy. First of all, what an amazing title – the director of two wonderful things, equity and inclusion! Teaching our youth every day about what it means to be fair and impartial while ensuring an inclusive community is so important. As the director of MCAI, I realized that I too have the opportunity to foster an equitable and inclusive workplace and environment for our patients and their families.

Dr. Coleman challenged the group to have courageous conversations. These courageous conversations were about oppression, bias, and diversity. Were we culturally aware? Have we explored our unconscious bias? Do we readily acknowledge that we don’t know what we don’t know?

In order to really dig deeper into these questions, she shared these tenets of courageous conversation: Staying Engaged, Speaking Your Truth, Experiencing Discomfort and Expecting and Accepting Non-Closure.

The first of these was so simple, yet something we all struggle with. Stay engaged – don’t mentally check out of a conversation. We have all done it. We are ‘listening’ to another person but simultaneously processing our response in our minds – so are we truly listening? Are we honest about our thoughts, feelings and opinions when we speak, or do we say what we think others want to hear? These conversations are often uncomfortable – that’s why they take courage! It is okay to experience some discomfort when examining some of the inequities and injustices that we see every day. And finally, as we seek solutions, we need to understand that closure may not always be reached, but that should not diminish or stifle the conversation.

We all need to be equity-minded. The difference between equality and equity is important. Equality is leveling the playing field so everyone has equal access. Equity is the quality of treating individuals fairly based on their needs. We also need to check our bias. Where do we stand on racism, sexism, classism, heterosexism, ableism, and ageism? Each and every one of us is responsible for the elimination of inequity and celebrating diversity. Dr. Coleman challenged me to be culturally competent and to engage in bold, inclusive conversations. Are you ready to have courageous conversations? As hundreds of thousands gathered over this past weekend to March for Our Lives, it reminded me of the hundreds of thousands of courageous conversations that we are having and will hopefully continue to have in our personal lives and our workplace.

Gloria Hall is the Director of Midwest Center for Advanced Imaging, the outpatient imaging facility for Rush Copley Medical Center. She is a participant in the 2018 Aurora Chamber Leadership Academy.

Old Second Adds Four to Support Commercial Lines

Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

Tim J. Woodcock of St. Charles has been named Senior Vice President, Leasing Manager with Old Second National Bank, operating from the Aurora-Downtown location. He will be responsible for developing and growing the equipment leasing division for Old Second on a national basis.  This includes assembling a team of seasoned leasing sales experts and experienced back office personnel, while also marketing the bank’s full suite of financial/leasing products to customers, vendors, and manufacturers.

Woodcock has more than 25 years of commercial financing experience. Prior to joining Old Second, he served as Vice President/General Manager with First Equipment Finance Co. in Elk Grove Village and as Vice President of Sales for Webster Capital Finance in Farmington, Connecticut.

Woodcock earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in finance and management from Loras Collage in Dubuque, Iowa. In the community, he is committee member of the Stephen J. Woodcock Memorial Fun, volunteer boys and girls grade school basketball coach at Holy Cross Catholic School in Batavia, and volunteer fundraiser for Beverly Farm in Godfrey, Illinois.

Giuseppe L. Mastrolia of Carol Stream was recently named Assistant Vice President – Treasury Management Advisor with Old Second National Bank. He will be responsible for delivering treasury management solutions with an emphasis on mid-size businesses in Old Second’s markets.

Mastrolia has more than 15 years of commercial client experience. Prior to joining Old Second, he served as Treasury Senior Sales Associate and Premier Banker with BMO Harris. He has also served as a board member with Elmhurst Chamber of Commerce, Elmhurst Jaycees, and Spring Road Business Association.

Joe Gordon of Naperville has been named Assistant Vice President of Commercial Lending with Old Second National Bank, operating from the Aurora-Downtown location. His responsibilities include development of commercial portfolios and relationships in a variety of industries. He will also evaluate and anticipate clients’ and prospects’ banking needs to provide solutions.

Gordon has more than 10 years of financial experience. Prior to joining Old Second, he served as a Senior Planning Associate with JMG Financial Group. He also served as a Commercial Banking Representative for First Midwest Bank.

Gordon earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Bradley University and holds CFA and CFP designations. In the community, Gordon is a volunteer with Almost Home Kids, the Naperville Park District, and the Special Olympics. He is also a member of the Chicago Chapter of CFA Professionals.

Will Garcia of Geneva has been named Commercial Banking Representative at Old Second National Bank, operating from the Aurora-Downtown location. His responsibilities include developing new business, managing accounts, and delivering financing solutions for small-to-mid-size businesses in Old Second’s market.

Garcia has more than five years of credit analysis and commercial banking experience. He previously served at Old Second as a Senior Commercial Credit Analyst. Prior to that, he was Senior Commercial Credit Analyst and Commercial Portfolio Manager at Heartland Bank and Trust.

Garcia earned a bachelor of arts in mathematics with a minor in finance from the University of St. Francis in Joliet. He is currently pursuing a MBA from Northern Illinois University. In the community, Garcia is a fund raiser for Relay for Life with the American Cancer Society, a member of the Naperville Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Network, and a former volunteer firefighter with the Serena, IL Community Fire Protection District.

Old Second Bancorp, Inc. is a diversified bank holding company headquartered in Aurora, IL. The Company operates through its subsidiary, Old Second National Bank, with 26 banking offices across seven counties in northern Illinois. Old Second Bancorp, Inc.’s common stock trades on The NASDAQ Stock Exchange under the symbol OSBC. More information about the Company is available by visiting the “Investor Relations” section of its website www.oldsecond.com.

This Week’s #AuroraChamber News for Members

Monday, March 26th, 2018

You’re Invited: State of the City Address

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Member News »

Public Policy Update »

Elite Members »

New Members »

Calendar of Events »

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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.
Aspiring to Servant Leadership »

Spring Yard Waste Collection Begins Next Month »

Re-think “The Best Fit” »

Leadership: Play to Your Strengths »

Aurora to Appoint Education Commission »

Our Website, Email Addresses Have Changed »

2018 Aurora Regional Economic Pulse Survey Released »

Park District to Host Job Fair March 3 with 350+ Jobs »

Registration for Spring Programs Begins Feb. 10 »

Experienced and Energetic Team to Lead City’s Economic Development »

Prisco Center Renovations Resume with $2 Million State Grant »

Section of River Street to Close Until 2019 »

Public Policy Update

For the latest in public policy news, be sure and like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter. Visit the Chamber blog:
SCOTUS Agrees to Hear ‘Marketplace Fairness’ Case »

2018 Aurora Regional Economic Pulse Survey Released »

400% Tax Increase Proposed for Financial Services »

Illinois Rolls Back LLC Fees »

Elite Members

 +Intention 
 95.9 The River 
 Aaron’s 
 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 
 ComEd 
 Company 251 
 Comprehensive Prosthetics and Orthotics 
 Copy King Office Solutions, Inc. 
 Country Financial – West Aurora 
 CyrusOne 
 Do or Dye Designs 
 Dolan & Murphy 
 Downtown Auroran Magazine 
 Eagle Digital Marketing 
 Endiro Coffee 
 First Secure Community Bank 
 ganc.io 
 Gateway Mortgage Group 
 Healthcare Solutions Team – Deepti Srivastava 
 Jiffy Lube Multi-Care 
 Kluber Architects + Engineers  
 Konen Insurance Agency, Inc. 
 Magick Woods, Inc. 
 Magnetrol International, Inc. 
 MedCom Group, LLC 
 Meyer Wealth Advisors 
 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 
 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 
 Stonebridge Country Club 
 Thoughtwave Software & Solutions 
 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

Telescript Pharmacy

Brent Edelcup

3535 E. New York Street, Suite 117, Aurora

(630) 299-3900

Pharmacies

Midwest Occupational Health MS

Mirna Lopez

605 N Broadway St, Aurora

630-906-1244

Drug & Alcohol Testing

Calendar of Events

Fox Valley Networking Professionals

Thursday, March 29, 8 – 9:30 a.m.

Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr. , Aurora

Sponsored by +Intention

State of the City of Aurora

Tuesday, April 3, 2018. 4:30-6:00 p.m.

Call (630) 256-3182 for Sponsorship Opportunities

Grand Opening: Eola Tennis Academy

Friday, April 6, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

2390 S Eola Rd., Aurora

Ribbon Cutting @ 12:00 p.m.

Grand Opening: Comfort Inn & Suites

Monday, April 9, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

308 S. Lincolnway, North Aurora

Ribbon Cutting @ 11:30 a.m.

Jump Start Your Member Profile Workshop

Tuesday, April 17, 3:30 – 5 p.m.

Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce

43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora

Grand Opening: Salon b

Friday, April 20, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

4151 McCoy Dr., Ste. 111, Aurora

Ribbon Cutting @ 11:30 a.m.

Fox Valley Networking Professionals

Thursday, April 26, 8 – 9:30 a.m.

Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora

Sponsored by North Star Credit Union

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‘Col·lab·o·ra·tion’ – Food for Thought

Monday, March 26th, 2018

As a current participant of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce Leadership Academy 2018, I’d like to say I’ve had an amazing few weeks.

During our Orientation, or first session, we were able to connect with our fellow ‘classmates’ and learn a little about each other as well as listen to an overview of the Leadership Academy, history of the Chamber, and history of the City of Aurora, delivered by Linda Pilmer, president , Pilmer Real Estate, Inc.  Our second session was spent at the Illinois Math and Science Academy with Dr. Robert Hernandez, principal.  We conducted a short study on ourselves to determine our personality strengths and weaknesses.

The third session was spent at the Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry. The focus was Social Services.  Our day began by listening to an amazing panel of women from four Community Based Organizations (Rush Copley, VNA, Waubonsee Community College, and SPARK), as well as Marilyn Weisner, executive director, Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry.

The panel discussed Public Service and Available Social Services in the Community, as well as a captivating conversation on Servant Leadership, Community Engagement, and Collaboration.  I found this to be most interesting as I never realized the amount of collaboration which goes into these various entities.  Each Service is focused on varying community needs from hunger, to healthcare, to housing, etc.  and have their own unique offerings and nuances.  As defined, ‘collaboration’ is the action of working with someone to produce or create something.

Throughout the discussion, it was quite evident it is imperative these Social Service entities collaborate and intertwine each of their specific offerings with the Community.  The scope of their work seems endless as there is always a need for one, or all, of these services for those who require them.  Listening to the discussion made me realize these services are in no way siloed, but almost dependent upon one another to complete the circle.  True collaboration and Servant Leadership skills were apparent and dominant in this group of inspiring individuals. In the words of Robert Greenleaf, founder of Servant Leadership – Compassionate Collaboration, “None of us is perfect by ourselves.”

Many thanks to each and every speaker, panelist, host, or hostess throughout our Leadership journey!  You are an encouragement to us all.

Lisa Bochmann is a participant in the 2018 Leadership Academy presented by the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce.  She is a sales & marketing manager for SERVPRO of Aurora, covering the areas of Aurora, Sugar Grove, Montgomery, Kaneville, and Big Rock. 

Aspiring to Servant Leadership

Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

When I was asked to join the Leadership Academy, I was nervous at first to join a group and talk about leadership and who I am. I was curious about what the program had to offer and what kind of connections I could make between businesses and Fox Metro. So far, I have found the meetings and seminars to be very beneficial. My skills and mindset of being a leader have just begun, but, from what I am learning, have been there the whole time.

When we met last week at the Aurora Interfaith Food Pantry, we listened to a panel of local leaders who shared what they believe is servant leadership. I have heard of servant leadership, googled it, been told that I am a servant leader, and was still wondering what it exactly means to be a servant leader. I certainly got some good insight as to what this was all about last Friday. In order to be a good leader, you have to be a good listener. In following others, you also have to want to help whatever cause you are involved in.

Not only were the leaders on the panel all very passionate and driven, they were also women. This inspired me and had me thinking that these women are proving the system wrong. They are stepping up in the community and serving every single person who wants and/or needs help. From feeding them to caring for them medically. Wow! How amazing was it to hear their stories and how they became who they are because they believed in the community and in the systems that needed fixing. What a great example of being a servant leader in every single one of those women.

I feel like they have inspired me to believe more in the community that I live in. To be a servant of the community and develop as a leader is an amazing concept. Easy to think about, but hard to accomplish. How do I relate this to my job though? How these women expressed about being driven and involved in helping others can easily mirror over to my workplace. My belief is that I can serve the community at work by making sure the water flowing back to the river is clean and the ecosystem is flourishing because of our work. To serve my team and the people that I am in charge of and working with will be a huge opportunity to grow as a leader. There are more employees here than just me. More minds that are not like mine. By realizing, the strengths and building them up, I will be building myself up and accomplishing the goal of Fox Metro.

Typing out how inspired I was on Friday is difficult. One leader saw a need to feed people. The rest saw an opportunity to come together as different leaders to help not just hunger, but also health (physical and mental), nutrition, income, and all other facets of life that need to be addressed in the less fortunate. Leaders coming together for one goal. To serve the community.

Kevin Boedewig is electrical foreman at Fox Metro Water Reclamation District and has worked there for four years. He is married to a wonderful woman and they have two sons ages 2 and 3. Life can be a little hectic at times, but he says they very fortunate to live in Aurora and take advantage of all of the wonderful cultures of the city and district.

 

#AuroraChamber Member News for Week of March 19, 2018

Monday, March 19th, 2018

Mark Your Calendars: Vote Tuesday

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Public Policy Update »

Elite Members »

New Members »

Calendar of Events »

Mark Your Calendars: Vote Tuesday

On behalf of the business community of Aurora and the employees represented, the Fox Valley Political Action Committee and Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce encourage all residents to exercise their right to vote on Tuesday, March 20. A number of races will greatly impact the future of our region, including:• State officers
• United States Congress
• Illinois General Assembly
• County offices
• Judicial seats, as well as
• A Fox Valley Park District referendum. 

Most importantly, there is a referendum on the dissolution of the Aurora Election Commission. The Aurora Chamber Board encourages voters in Aurora to vote YES on the proposition that states “Should the city election law be rejected?” For more information on the proposition, visit Aurora Chamber Board Endorses Dissolution of Election Commission or www.CloseTheCommission.com.

For information on polling places and sample ballots, please visit https://elections.il.gov/VotingInformation/ElectionDayVoting.aspx. Polling locations will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20. Unofficial results may be viewed at http://il.aurora.accessliberty.com/home.aspx beginning at the close of polls on Tuesday.

Vote March 20!

Register Today for
2018 State of the City Address

State of the City

Premier Investors

Premier Investors

Member News

Aurora Chamber

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.
Spring Yard Waste Collection Begins Next Month »
Re-think “The Best Fit” »
Leadership: Play to Your Strengths »

Aurora to Appoint Education Commission »

Our Website, Email Addresses Have Changed »

2018 Aurora Regional Economic Pulse Survey Released »

Park District to Host Job Fair March 3 with 350+ Jobs »

Registration for Spring Programs Begins Feb. 10 »

Experienced and Energetic Team to Lead City’s Economic Development »

Prisco Center Renovations Resume with $2 Million State Grant »

Section of River Street to Close Until 2019 »

Public Policy Update

For the latest in public policy news, be sure and like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter. Visit the Chamber blog:
SCOTUS Agrees to Hear ‘Marketplace Fairness’ Case »2018 Aurora Regional Economic Pulse Survey Released »400% Tax Increase Proposed for Financial Services »

Illinois Rolls Back LLC Fees »

Elite Members

 +Intention     95.9 The River     Aaron’s     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     ComEd     Company 251     Comprehensive Prosthetics and Orthotics     Copy King Office Solutions, Inc.     Country Financial – West Aurora     CyrusOne     Do or Dye Designs     Dolan & Murphy     Downtown Auroran Magazine     Eagle Digital Marketing     Endiro Coffee     First Secure Community Bank     ganc.io     Gateway Mortgage Group     Healthcare Solutions Team – Deepti Srivastava     Jiffy Lube Multi-Care     Kluber Architects + Engineers      Konen Insurance Agency, Inc.     Magick Woods, Inc.     Magnetrol International, Inc.     MedCom Group, LLC     Meyer Wealth Advisors     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     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     Stonebridge Country Club     Thoughtwave Software & Solutions     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

Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Northern Illinois
Donna Jackowiak
400 Russel Court, Woodstock
(815) 338-5757
Credit Counseling


Weldcoa
Shawn McDonough
335 E. Sullivan Road, Aurora
(630) 806-2000
Manufacturers

Calendar of Events

Coffee & Connections Networking
Tuesday, March 20, 8:30 – 10 a.m.
Painters District No.30, 1905 Sequoia Drive, Aurora
Sponsorship Available 

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, March 29, 8 – 9:30 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr. , Aurora
Sponsored by +Intention

 

State of the City of Aurora
Tuesday, April 3, 2018. 4:30-6:00 p.m.
Call (630) 256-3182 for Sponsorship Opportunities

Grand Opening: Eola Tennis Academy
Friday, April 6, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
2390 S Eola Rd., Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 12:00 p.m.

Grand Opening: Comfort Inn & Suites
Monday, April 9, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
308 S. Lincolnway, North Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 11:30 a.m.

Jump Start Your Member Profile Workshop
Tuesday, April 17, 3:30 – 5 p.m.
Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce
43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora

Grand Opening: Salon b
Friday, April 20, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
4151 McCoy Dr., Ste. 111, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 11:30 a.m.

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, April 26, 8 – 9:30 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora
Sponsored by North Star Credit Union

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Aurora, IL 60506
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Spring Yard Waste Collection Begins Next Month

Thursday, March 15th, 2018

Spring yard waste collection in Aurora begins on Monday, April 2 and will run for two weeks. The collection of bundled brush begins on the same day and runs through early November.

Yard Waste Collection for Two Weeks

The Spring Yard Waste Collection program runs from Monday, April 2 through Friday, April 13. During these two weeks, residents do not have to use waste stickers to dispose of yard waste.

Yard waste must be placed in a 30-gallon kraft paper bag and not exceed 60 pounds. Yard waste mixed with garbage or yard waste in a garbage can or plastic bag will not be collected.

Beginning Monday, April 16, a waste sticker, which is the same one used for excess garbage, must be attached to the bag.

Bundled Brush Collection through Early November

The Bundled Brush Collection program also begins on Monday, April 2 and runs through Friday, November 2. No waste stickers are required for this collection.

Branches and limbs that are ½ inch to 4 inches in diameter and 2 to 4 feet in length must be bundled and tied. The bundled brush should be placed at the curb in neat, manageable piles with the cut side of the limbs facing the street. Branches and limbs that are less than ½ inch in diameter are considered yard waste.

Brush that is not bundled and tied will not be collected. In addition, brush resulting from commercial tree trimming, which should be removed by the contractor, will also not be collected.

Collection on Regular Garbage Day

Both yard waste and bundled brush collection will take place on the regular garbage collection day and should be placed at the curb by 6 a.m. that morning.

Re-think “The Best Fit”

Thursday, March 15th, 2018

I like mismatched teams, the kind that shouldn’t really work, but somehow do. A few years back, I was a new Digital Services manager for a public library, with a growing staff of varying backgrounds: IT, user experience, library databases, technology education, etc. They all worked together in an open-office plan–no partitions, no cubicles, pure chaos.

Some of the staff I’d inherited, some I’d helped hire, and some, after serious deliberation, I’d brought on board in spite of objections from my existing staff. I had a different view about what it means to be “a good fit.” I didn’t want a monoculture where everyone got along and they all had the same approach to their work. My decisions were based on what each candidate brought to the table, whether we needed it, and why.

Did we really need someone to create a music studio in the library, or did we need someone interested in the Digital Divide and the Girls Who Code movement? Did we need the candidate who would get along with everyone? Or the one with the focus and strong work ethic that could inspire and influence other staff?

It was hard not to be a pleaser. As a hiring manager, I was faced with a decision that was unpopular, but one I knew would take the department in the direction it needed to go. Staff on the hiring committee wanted the person they thought was the best fit. The one most like them. I wanted the one that would challenge the department.

Well, there was gnashing of teeth, there was (eventual) turnover, and some days it seemed like nobody liked each other. But overall I watched the productivity soar, and everyone was genuinely engaged and interested, and working at their best. By introducing a new and challenging team member, I had raised the bar on everyone else

I thought about this at Friday’s Leadership Academy, as we talked about our energy profiles. I scored heavily in Creative Energy, and, given my previous work in technology, lower on Logic and Grounding. It makes sense then that as a manager, I had sought out people who were grounded and logical, whose energies would play off one another effectively if not always harmoniously. In the end, I drew as much or more inspiration and energy from the staff I managed as they did from me.

Eric Battaglia is the Senior Manager of Adult Services at the Aurora Public Library and a participant in the 2018 Leadership Academy presented by the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Leadership: Play to Your Strengths

Tuesday, March 13th, 2018

Are you a good leader? What are you good at? What are you bad at? If you don’t know what you are good at or bad at, then how will you know the best way to approach challenges?

I recently took a brief evaluation to help answer some of those questions. The title of the test is ‘The Energy Director Assessment’.  It was a series of 32 questions that generated results based on two option scenarios that best fit what you felt or would do.

Taking this basic inventory of myself, the results determined I have strengths in being “grounded” and “logical.” What does this mean? The grounded portion likes procedures, keeping people on task, and moving forward, but lacks creativity. The logical side likes to be analytical, solving problems rationally, but won’t go out on a limb for a new idea. Reflecting on my life and experiences I would agree with the results.

Knowing these traits allows me to focus on what I am good at. It also teaches me what I am not good at: creative brainstorming, reading people, interpreting emotions, trying new ideas. That is 100% fine and I am okay with that; I am not perfect.

I challenge you to do some soul searching of your own. Take an inventory of your personal skills. What are you good at, what are you bad at?

Now focus on your strengths. These traits define you. You have a comparative advantage over others when you use these traits. Focusing on them you highlight what you excel at doing.

On the flip side knowing your weakness is just as important. You don’t need to necessarily improve them to the same point as your strengths but assess them and work around them. Surround yourself with others who complement your unique set of skills. Creating synergy amongst each other. I do suggest you work on your weaknesses and improve them. I know I will be doing that myself, but the point here is don’t waste too much time on them when you have unique skills to help you excel already in your arsenal. Move past it and beyond it.

Nicholas (Nick) Knudtson is a participant in the 2018 Leadership Academy presented by the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. He is an account executive at Konen Insurance Agency and holds Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) and Associate in General Insurance (AINS) designations.

Member News for Week of March 12, 2018

Monday, March 12th, 2018

Aurora Chamber

  In This Issue  

2018 State of the Village Address »

Mark Your Calendars: Vote March 20 »

Register Today for 2018 State of the City Address »

Premier Investors »

Member News »

Public Policy Update »

Elite Members »

New Members »

Calendar of Events »

This Week: 2018 State of the Village Address

Aurora Chamber

Mark Your Calendars: Vote March 20

On behalf of the business community of Aurora and the employees represented, the Fox Valley Political Action Committee and Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce encourage all residents to exercise their right to vote on Tuesday, March 20. A number of races will greatly impact the future of our region, including:

• State officers

• United States Congress

• Illinois General Assembly

• County offices

• Judicial seats, as well as

• A Fox Valley Park District referendum.

Most importantly, there is a referendum on the dissolution of the Aurora Election Commission. The Aurora Chamber Board encourages voters in Aurora to vote YES on the proposition that states “Should the city election law be rejected?” For more information on the proposition, visit Aurora Chamber Board Endorses Dissolution of Election Commission or www.CloseTheCommission.com.

For information on polling places and sample ballots, please visit https://elections.il.gov/VotingInformation/ElectionDayVoting.aspx. Polling locations will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20. Unofficial results may be viewed at http://il.aurora.accessliberty.com/home.aspx beginning at the close of polls on Tuesday.

Vote March 20!

Register Today for 2018 State of the City Address

State of the City

Premier Investors

Premier Investors

Member News

Aurora Chamber

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.
Aurora to Appoint Education Commission »

Our Website, Email Addresses Have Changed »

2018 Aurora Regional Economic Pulse Survey Released »

Park District to Host Job Fair March 3 with 350+ Jobs »

Registration for Spring Programs Begins Feb. 10 »

Experienced and Energetic Team to Lead City’s Economic Development »

Prisco Center Renovations Resume with $2 Million State Grant »

Section of River Street to Close Until 2019 »

Public Policy Update

For the latest in public policy news, be sure and like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter. Visit the Chamber blog:
SCOTUS Agrees to Hear ‘Marketplace Fairness’ Case »

2018 Aurora Regional Economic Pulse Survey Released »

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 +Intention     95.9 The River     Aaron’s     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     ComEd     Company 251     Comprehensive Prosthetics and Orthotics     Copy King Office Solutions, Inc.     Country Financial – West Aurora     CyrusOne     Do or Dye Designs     Dolan & Murphy     Downtown Auroran Magazine     Eagle Digital Marketing     Endiro Coffee     First Secure Community Bank     ganc.io     Gateway Mortgage Group     Healthcare Solutions Team – Deepti Srivastava     Jiffy Lube Multi-Care     Kluber Architects + Engineers      Konen Insurance Agency, Inc.     Magick Woods, Inc.     Magnetrol International, Inc.     MedCom Group, LLC     Meyer Wealth Advisors     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     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     Stonebridge Country Club     Thoughtwave Software & Solutions     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

River Valley Law Firm
Amina Saeed
101 N. Washington Street, Naperville
(630) 568-8611
AttorneysAJ’s Liquorland
Aadi Patel
2150 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora
(630) 618-4357
Retail-Specialty

Colonial Life
Gary Schramer
Aurora
(331) 220-4731
Insurance

Calendar of Events

State of the Village: North Aurora
Wednesday, March 14, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Oak Street Restaurant, 945 Oak Street, North Aurora
Sponsors include Northwestern Medicine, River Front Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, and Woodman’s Food Market.
For sponsorship information, contact Maureen.Coffee & Connections Networking
Tuesday, March 20, 8:30 – 10 a.m.
Painters District No.30, 1905 Sequoia Drive, Aurora
Sponsorship Available

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, March 29, 8 – 9:30 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr. , Aurora
Sponsored by +Intention

State of the City of Aurora
Tuesday, April 3, 2018. 4:30-6:00 p.m.
Call (630) 256-3182 for Sponsorship Opportunities

Grand Opening: Eola Tennis Academy
Friday, April 6, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
2390 S Eola Rd., Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 12:00 p.m.

Grand Opening: Comfort Inn & Suites
Monday, April 9, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
308 S. Lincolnway, North Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 11:30 a.m.

Jump Start Your Member Profile Workshop
Tuesday, April 17, 3:30 – 5 p.m.
Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce
43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora

Grand Opening: Salon b
Friday, April 20, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
4151 McCoy Dr., Ste. 111, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 11:30 a.m.

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, April 26, 8 – 9:30 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora
Sponsored by North Star Credit Union

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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