News, Updates for October 2018 from Your #AuroraChamber

Aurora named finalist for Chicago innovation awards.

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Did You Know? »

Partnering For Our Community »

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About The Aurora Chamber »


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


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.


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 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.


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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Premier Investors

Premier Investors

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
(630) 401-6967
Heating & Air Conditioning

Destinations Travel Services, Inc.
Avril Winkle
(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
(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 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 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.

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Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce
43 W. Galena Blvd. Aurora, IL 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180
Fax: (630) 256-3189

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