Member News: Week of November 26, 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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Goal Oriented Networking At Its Best:
Progressive Networking Luncheon

Now more than ever business is built on relationships. This isn’t your typical business luncheon. It’s all about the networking, so be prepared to move!

Make new connections and strengthen current relationships at one of our upcoming high-energy progressive networking events and enjoy and fantastic lunch at a classic Aurora venue.

Be prepared, friends! All attendees are encouraged to bring stacks of business cards and promotional materials to share. One lucky attendee will be drawn on site during the event to give an expanded elevator speech to the entire audience.

So whether you’re a seasoned vet or a newbie at networking, don’t be shy! These events make it easy to grow your network or nurture an existing one.

Chamber Progressive Networking Luncheon
Thursday, November 29, 11:30 a.m.
Stonebridge Country Club, 2705 Stonebridge Blvd, Aurora

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.

Diversity Network Breakfast: Embracing Diversity Through Opportunity
Tuesday, Dec 4., at 8:00 a.m..
Aurora Pancake House, 321 N. Lake St., Aurora

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

Free 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

Premier Members
Premier Members

Register now: Holiday Celebration 12-12-12

Paramount Theatre
Grand Gallery
23 East Galena Boulevard
Aurora, Illinois 60506
Wednesday, 12-12-12
4:30 pm – 7:30 pm
$20.00 per person

This elegant Holiday Celebration is
made possible with help from our sponsors.

Cano Container Corporation
Daleiden Mortuary
Fox Valley Park District
Geneva Construction

Konen Insurance
Moose International
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Theater
Reuland Food Service
Rush-Copley Medical Center

Additional sponsorship opportunities are still available.
Contact Cristina Mancini for further details.

Member News
Waubonsee Community College, 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, 8:30 a.m. 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 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at David L. Pierce Art and History Center, 20 E. Downer Place, Aurora.

Naper Settlement will be sharing one of the most beloved stories of the Great Lakes on Sunday, Dec. 16 from 4:00 p.m – 5:00 p.m. The Christmas Tree Ship has inspired paintings, poems, songs, television programs and a musical. Author Rochelle Pennington will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ship’s mysterious disappearance on Nov. 22, 1912 with original photographs, artifacts raised from the sunken ship and underwater photos of the ship in its current state at the bottom of Lake Michigan. For all ages. Reservations recommended.

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, Dec. 15, tours at 11, Noon, 1 and 2; Sunday, Dec. 16, 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 p.m. – 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

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.

Christmas Concert of the Aurora University Choirs will be held on Sunday, Dec. 2 at 3:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Aurora University in the Crimi Auditorium in the Institute for Collaboration at 457 S. Calumet Ave., Aurora. The event is free of charge. Reservations are required. Call 630-844-4924 or email for more information.

The Schingoethe Center at Aurora University is holding two exhibits into December: “Unyielding Light” featuring paintings and prints by Emilio Sanchez on display through Dec. 16. and “Unraveling Revelations: Decoding the Prophetic Charts” on display through Dec. 20 at the Schingoethe Art Gallery in Dunham Hall.

Dreyer Medical Clinic is pleased to invite all area men interested in learning more about their health and wellness to the 12th annual Boys’ Night Out mini-conference from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 5. Free and open to the public, this year’s Boys’ Night Out event will be held in an informal, non-medical setting at the Hampton Inn and Suites in Aurora located on Orchard Road off I-88.

MetaPhrasis is holding a Language Access Compliance Webinar “Keeping it Legal” on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 1:00 pm. Federal law requires any organization currently receiving federal funds to provide language assistance services. The webinar provides the opportunity to cut through the complexity and have your questions answered by leading experts.

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.

To find out how you can make a difference this holiday season follow go to for detailed information, or by contacting Deborah Collins at (630) 896-4636 or for gifting details.

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.

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.

Aurora Chamber Director of Membership
Receives ACE Award

Jane E. Abe, IOM, Aurora Regional Chamber’s Director of Membership, received “Accredited Chamber Executive” (ACE) from the Illinois Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives at their 2012 Fall Conference Jane was also recognized for 15 years in the Chamber of Commerce industry.

IACCE (Illinois Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives) is a resource for the professional development of Chamber of Commerce executives and their staff in Illinois.

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