Member News: Week of November 19, 2012

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Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Bad Monkey Circus Ad Agency
Balihoo Productions
Basil’s Greek Dining
Caterpillar, Inc.
Chicago Premium Outlets
Chawla & Associates, Inc.
Continental Acura of Naperville
Continental Audi of Naperville
Continental Mazda of Naperville
Create Cut Invent
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Downtown Auroran Magazine
Dreyer Occupational Health Services
Fox Valley Country Club
Harris, NA
Ice Miller LLP
Idea Marketing Group
Imprint Enterprises Inc.
Kelmscott Communications
KING Industrial & Installation Service, Inc.
Konen Insurance Agency
Kunkel & Associates, Inc.
Liberty Mutual – Dawn Tully
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Mortgage Services III, LLC
Old Second National Bank
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Piper’s Banquets
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 501
Provena Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
River West Radiation Therapy Center
Rockpoint Logistics
Rush-Copley Medical Center
Safeguard Construction Co.
Sequoia General Contracting Corp.
ServPro of Aurora
Sign*A*Rama – Aurora
SmithAmundsen, LLC
Strayer University
Stumm Insurance, LLC
S&S Metal Recycling
TCE Company
The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield
The Virtual Assistant Group
The Voice
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
Waubonsee Community College
Wee-Dee’s North Aurora
Weldstar Company
WERV FM Radio (Next Media)
Westfield Fox Valley

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Shop Local This Weekend

Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday sits Small Business Saturday, a day dedicated to supporting small businesses and their communities.

The Aurora Chamber is to support Small Business Saturday and encourage everyone to shop at their favorite local businesses on this Saturday, November 24.

Together, we can make this the biggest day of the year for our local businesses.

To get involved, visit ShopSmall.comto:

  • Find out where to Shop Small at American Express Card accepting small merchants near you
  • Learn how you can rally your friends and family
  • Get inspired and learn how to make the most of the
Calendar of Events
Chamber Progressive Networking Luncheon
Thursday, November 29, 11:30 a.m.
Stonebridge Country Club, 2705 Stonebridge Blvd, Aurora

Ribbon Cutting and Open House Celebration: Devon Home Loan Center
Thursday, Nov. 29, at 4:30 p.m.
440 S. Third Street, Suite 206, St. Charles

Not-For-Profit Alliance: Making Sure The Law Doesn’t Derail the Mission
Friday, Nov. 30, 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Aurora University’s Wackerlin Center for Faith and Action, 430 S. Evanslawn, Aurora
Presented by Eric W. Moch, Attorney at Law, Johnson & Bell, Ltd.

Business After Hours: Clear Perspective Advisors
Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 5:00 p.m.
201 N. Constitution, Suite 2, Aurora

LinkUp Lunch N’ Learn: Separating Myths From Truths; The Story of Investing
Presented by Cruz Investments and Wealth Management
Friday, Dec. 7, at 11:45 a.m.
Chamber Offices

Annual Aurora Chamber Holiday Celebration
Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 4:30 p.m.
Paramount Theater, 23 E. Galena Blvd, Aurora

Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Celebration: Ryland Homes Ingham Park
Tuesday, Dec. 18, at 4:00 p.m.
3487 Ayers Drive, Aurora 60506

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Fox Valley United Way is once again partnering with local businesses, community groups, families and individuals who want to reach out a helping hand this holiday season to those who are having difficulties during these tough economic times. You can make a local child’s holiday a little brighter this year by participating in our Holiday Assistance Program. Please contact them if you would like to help.

Waubonsee Community College’s Illinois Small Business Development Center is offering Government Contracting 101 at their Aurora campus. This event is free and will take place Thursday, Dec. 6, from 8:30 to 11:00 a.m. Advance registration is required.

AID (Association for Individual Development) is offering 2012 Holiday gift options. Great gifts for friends, family, neighbors, co-workers – anyone on your shopping list! All proceeds benefit AID.

The Fox Valley Park District has proclaimed November as Veterans Recognition Month and will pay its respects with an offer of free admission at its fitness centers. Throughout November, veterans may visit any Park District fitness facility an unlimited number of times for no charge. Free admittance for veterans and their families (spouses and children).

The latest edition to Arcadia Publishing’s new Legendary Locals imprint is Legendary Locals of Aurora by local author Jo Fredell Higgins. Filled with an average of 180 images and a new design, this people-centric imprint focuses on newsworthy and noteworthy individuals and groups who have built and shaped their communities. Join the author for a Book Signing, Saturday, Dec. 8, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at David L. Pierce Art and History Center.

The Fifth Annual Holiday Food Drive benefitting the Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry will be held through Wednesday. Ways to participate and help those in our community who are hungry: Purchase pre-packed bags of groceries for $5, $10 and $15 at local grocery stores; make a monetary donation online or send a check; purchase food or hold a food drive and call for pick-up (630) 801-8800, ext. 109; Hand out flyers at local grocery stores.

The beautifully decorated Martin Mitchell Mansion, on the National Register of Historic Places, is a showpiece of Naper Settlement, especially decked out in full Victorian splendor during the holiday season. Take a guided tour of the two-story Mansion and Carriage House. Saturday tours at 11, Noon, 1 and 2; Sunday tours at 1, 2 and 3. Tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door of the Mansion.

Naper Settlement will be sharing their Cup of Cheer tea cup and saucer collection. The Cup of Cheer Holiday House Walk is the Naperville Garden Club’s annual fundraiser, which is being held Friday, Dec. 7. The Cup of Cheer exhibit will be on display through January.

Please join Devon Bank Home Loan Center for their ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 29, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 440 S. Third St., Suite 206, St. Charles. There will be networking, cocktails and refreshments! For more information call Chris Weis at (630) 549-0925.

Waubonsee Community College’s Brighter Future Scholarship will help you see a brighter future. This scholarship provides up to $500 toward the cost of Workforce Development courses for individuals who are unemployed. Call (630) 466-2316 for application. Waubonsee Community College is offering 2013 Scholarship and Financial Aid Workshops. Please contact Linda Linden at (630) 466-7900, ext. 2983, or for more information or to register. Need help paying for college? Apply for as many scholarships as you like in just minutes with the Scholarship Tracking and Review System (STARS Online) at For more information contact Linda Linden at 630-466-7900 or

Dreyer Medical Clinic welcomes Podiatrist Anthony V. Pollastrini, DPM, to the Department of Podiatry.

In response to the growing need for enhanced substance abuse treatment services, Breaking Free is pleased to announce two new clinical services. Medication Assisted Treatment, David Miller, MD, has joined our staff to oversee this specialized program that incorporates Suboxone into the treatment process and Expanded DUI Services to now include DUI evaluations for individuals that have been charged with the offense of Driving Under the Influence (DUI).

The Waubonsee Community College Board of Trustees appointed Ulysses Diaz, of Aurora, to the position of Bilingual Counselor, effective Nov. 26. The Board of Trustees also recently appointed Dr. Scott Peska, of DeKalb, to the position of Dean for Students.

Congratulations to Waubonsee Community College who recently received nine awards for the College’s marketing and communications. Competing against more than 6,000 entries from throughout the U.S., Canada and other international markets, Waubonsee received eight MarCom awards – three platinum awards (the top award), three gold awards and two honorable mentions.

Waubonsee Community College President Dr. Christine Sobek was recently appointed to the Illinois Pathways Advisory Council by the Illinois Community College Board.

Following site evaluations, Waubonsee Community College’s Auto Body Repair and Automotive Technology programs received National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF Accreditation. In the past five years, the program has twice been named the best in the nation by two separate automotive organizations. Congratulations!

Olson Chiropractic is thrilled to announce we are beginning a new chapter. We are changing our name to Pure Health to better reflect our goal of helping you achieve pure health. The company has not been sold, we are not losing any of our current team, nor have we merged with any other health care facility. We are making these changes so that we can better serve you. You can expect some other exciting changes. The biggest change is that we will become an integrated facility offering Chiropractic and Medical services.

Rebuilding Together Aurora is pleased to announce that its first dodgeball tournament was a rousing success! Thirty teams competed in three brackets. Congratulations to the winning teams. The tournament raised $5800 for our organization! Thank you for your support and thank you to our sponsors.

Rebuilding Together Aurora staff and 18 volunteers gathered at the Lowe’s Project house to rebuild a safer and healthier home for the family living there. The project day was a tremendous success, and the homeowners were grateful for all the hard work. Congratulations to the volunteers for a job well done, and thank you Lowe’s for your sponsorship!

GiGi’s Playhouse is now offering their 10 year anniversary 2013 Commemorative Calendar “Pass It On”. That is what this calendar is about; passing on the blessings we receive from our friends with Down Syndrome; Love, Forgiveness, Tenderness, Determination, Inspiration and so much more! A great message for friends, family, colleagues, and employees to share while supporting the Playhouse! The cost is $12, purchase them online or at your local Playhouse.

Backthird Audio is hosting an Interest Meeting for the Fox Valley Music Center concept on Tuesday, Nov. 20 from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. We need your input – and we’re paying in pizza. Hear our vision and meet the key players. Please RSVP. Backthird Audio is accepting applications for our Spring 2013 music business internships through Nov. 27. For a complete job description and application visit us online.

Be a Holiday Hero: LIVE UNITED
With the holiday season just around the corner, Fox Valley United Way is once again partnering with local businesses, community groups, student groups, families and individuals who want to reach out a helping hand to those who are having difficulties during these tough economic times.

While many of us are telling our children that there won’t be a lot of gifts under the tree this year, many children in our community will not have any. That is, unless we do something to help. The Fox Valley United Way wants to help those families in need who won’t have the means to provide gifts for their children this year.

Unfortunately for these families, many other resources in the community have dried up. Therefore, the Fox Valley United Way invites you, your associates or your family members to consider making it a brighter holiday for area children.

Here is how you can make a difference this holiday season:

  • Sponsor an individual child or family: Purchase individualized gifts based on current needs, we recommend spending $50 per child. Contact Deborah Collins at (630) 896-4636 or for gifting details.
  • Make a monetary donation: checks can be mailed to: Fox Valley United Way, 44 East Galena Blvd., Aurora, IL 60505. Cash donations can be dropped off at this same address during normal business hours. Or visit to contribute by credit card.
  • Purchase a gift card from a local grocery store to help provide a holiday meal for the family.
  • Purchase new hats, gloves, mittens and scarves for the children so they do not have to worry about being cold during the winter months.
  • Run a children’s toy drive! Drop off new unwrapped gifts at the Fox Valley United Way office.

For more information, contact Deborah Collins at Fox Valley United Way (630) 896-4636.

Community Spirit To Keep Children
Warm This Winter
“The Coats for Kids” drive returns for another year after local school counselors have identified hundreds of students who do not have the proper winter gear for the cold months ahead. However, drive organizers cannot do this alone without the generous spirit from the Aurora community.

The effort seeks to raise about $30,000 this year with the hope of purchasing 3,000 coats – along with gloves, mittens, hats, scarves and boots – to be distributed at the end of November at East Aurora High School. People can make a financial contribution to this year’s effort by mailing a check to the Kiwanis Foundation of Aurora, P.O. Box 1551, Aurora, IL 60507.

Mayor Tom Weisner, 7th Ward Alderman Scheketa Hart-Burns, 2nd Ward Alderman Juany Garza, the Kiwanis Club of Aurora, Wayside Cross Rescue Mission Urban Youth Ministry, Communities in Schools, local businesses, civic leaders, labor organizations, schools and churches are spearheading the drive in conjunction with the City of Aurora. School counselors in East Aurora School District 131, West Aurora School District 129 and Indian Prairie School District 204 already have generated a list of students who would benefit from the coat drive.

“Our community partnerships ensure that families across Aurora will have a warm winter coat for their children this year,” Mayor Weisner said. “While the need for new coats continues to grow, I’m glad to see these organizations and leaders step up each year to meet that demand.”

“Given the state of the economy, some families still are having a difficult time being able to purchase a winter coat for their children,” Alderman Garza said. “It is great that this committee can help parents so they can use their money to provide life’s other necessities.”

Alderman Hart-Burns said, “In the spirit of giving, it has been a pleasure to provide coats to so many children. Truly a warm coat can also warm a child’s heart.”

Kiwanis Club President Dave Bohman added, “The Kiwanis Club’s mission is to serve children, and I can think of no better way to fulfill that mission than to provide coats to keep them warm in the winter. Please help us help the children.”

Organizers also are collecting new and/or slightly worn winter coats for children. Donations of new gloves, mittens, scarves, hats, sweaters, and socks also will be accepted. Coats and other winter apparel can be dropped off between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday through Dec. 14 at the City of Aurora’s Community Service Department, 5 E. Downer Place, Suite A; Aldermen’s Office, 60 E. Downer Place; and the City’s Customer Service Center, 3770 McCoy Drive.

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