Progressive Networking, Affordable Care Act, & More Programs

Here is this week’s newsletter to members of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. If you have Member News to include, please send to Catherine by Wednesday the week prior to publication. For more information, contact the Chamber at (630) 256-3180.
September 30, 2013
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Accurate Personnel
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Balihoo Productions
Basil’s Greek Dining
BMO Harris
Cadence Fitness & Health Center
Cadence Health Convenient Care & Medical Offices
Caterpillar, Inc.
Central DuPage Hospital
Chicago Premium Outlets
Continental Acura of Naperville
Continental Audi of Naperville
Continental Mazda of Naperville
Create Cut Invent
Delnor Glen Senior Living
Delnor Hospital
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Fox Valley Country Club
Global Data Sciences
Ice Miller LLP
Idea Marketing Group
In & Out Creative – Log Web Video
Konen Insurance Agency
Law Offices of McLaughlin & Associates, P.C.
Liberty Mutual – Dawn Tully
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Nelson Multimedia/WSPY
Old Second National Bank
Organo Gold
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pipefitters Local 597
Piper’s Banquets
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
River West Radiation Therapy Center
Rush-Copley Medical Center
Ryland Homes – Ingham Park
S&S Metal Recycling
Safeguard Construction Co.
Sequoia General Contracting Corp.
Sign*A*Rama – Aurora
SmithAmundsen, LLC
State Farm Insurance Companies
St. Charles Bank & Trust
Strayer University
Stumm Insurance, LLC
TCE Company
The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield
The Voice
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
WERV FM Radio (Next Media)

Welcome New Members

Dave Gruhlke Agency – Farmers Insurance Group
Dave Gruhlke
314 N. Lake Str., Ste. #1C
Aurora, IL 60506
(630) 896-6603
Referred by Keith Dagenais, Peoples Home Equity

Vantage Point Financial Consulting, Inc.
Bryan Schenk
800 W. 5th Ave., Ste. 106F
Naperville, IL 60563
(708) 362-0406
Referred by Ken McLaughlin, Law Offices of McLaughlin & Assoc.

Peoples Home Equity – Keith Dagenais
Keith M. Dagenais
(630) 362-0637

Centrue Bank
Jason Penman
208 E. Veterans Parkway
Yorkville, IL 60560
(630) 553-9767
Bank/Financial Institutions
Referred by Linda Pilmer, Pilmer Real Estate, Inc.

Discovery Inspection Services, LLC
Jeremy Meek
P.O. Box 639
Oswego, IL 60543
(630) 854-2454
Home Inspections


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Mail: 43 W. Galena Blvd.
Aurora, Illinois 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180
Fax: (630) 256-3189



Progressive Networking Breakfast
October 16, at 8:00 a.m.
Colonial Cafe, 1961 Galena Boulevard, Aurora
$25 Aurora Chamber members
$35 General Admission

Start your day off right with this networking opportunity. As you move from table to table you will meet new business contacts and network with potential new clients. Bring LOTS of business cards and get ready to meet dozens of new contacts. This is a time to enjoy great food and tell others about your business.

Affordable Care Act & Your Business
Sponsored by SmithAmundsen LLC
October 17, 8:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Stonebridge Country Club, 2705 Stonebridge Blvd., Aurora
Seminar Fees:
$40 General Admission
$25 Aurora Chamber members

Are you ready for the new requirements? With unanswered questions and constant evolution, this seminar will highlight the most up-to-date and important provisions of the Act and how they are going to affect hiring, staffing, and more. Panelists include:

  • Rebecca Dobbs Bush, SmithAmundsen LLC
  • Jennifer Lollino, Sikich LLP
  • Jonathon Schmidt, Stumm Insurance, LLC

For information on the ACA, please visit the Chamber’s blog at

#SmallBizAurora; Tools, Resources to Prosper
Mark your calendars the week of November 10, 2013, for #SmallBizAurora week. In partnership with a number of organizations and businesses, the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce announces a weeklong series of events to support and promote our area’s small businesses. Partners include Fox Valley SCORE, City of Aurora Neighborhood Redevelopment, and Illinois SBDC at Waubonsee. Watch you e-mail – and follow up on twitter and Facebook at #SmallBizAurora – for programs and events to support small businesses.
Continuing Resolution, Debt Ceiling
Need to be Addressed
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) warned Tuesday that the long-term outlook for the national debt remains dire, despite a near-term drop in the deficit that has been lauded by the Obama administration.

Federal debt held by the public is slated to rise from 73 percent of the economy in 2013 to 100 percent of gross domestic product by 2038, the CBO said.

Many economists have warned that if debt held by the public approaches 100 percent of the GDP, it can bring on the kind of fiscal crises seen recently in European countries.

The long-term increase occurs mostly in the out years. The budget deficit this year is expected to be $642 billion, a drop from the $1.1 trillion deficit in 2012. The decline will continue through 2015, the CBO said.

“The unsustainable nature of the federal government’s current tax and spending policies presents lawmakers and the public with difficult choices,” the CBO says in its new report. “Unless substantial changes are made to the major health care programs and Social Security, those programs will absorb a much larger share of the economy’s total output in the future than they have in the past.”

For the full article, see Erik Wasson’s “CBO projects dire debt level” in The Hill

Premier Members
Premier Members
Mark Your Calendars
Council on Legislative Affairs
Wednesday, October 2, at 8:30 a.m.
Chamber offices

Ribbon Cutting
Wednesday, October 2, at 5:00 p.m.
Inner Harmony Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
383 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora

Ribbon Cutting/Open House
Thursday, October 3, at 4:30 p.m.
Aurora Orthodontics Periodontics
3535 E. New York Street, Suite 212, Aurora

Ribbon Cutting/Open House
Monday, October 7, at 5:00 p.m.
Cadence Health, 2635 Church Road, Aurora

Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, October 8, at 7:30 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business Development Leads Group 2
Wednesday, October 9, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Ambassadors Committee
Thursday, October 10, at 11:30 a.m.
Chamber offices

Ribbon Cutting/Open House
Thursday, October 10, at 5:00 p.m.
West Suburban Bank, 1311 Butterfield Road, Aurora

Open House
Tuesday, October 15, from 4:30-7:00 p.m.
Mitutoyo America Corporation, 965 Corporate Boulevard, Aurora

Aurora First
Wednesday, October 16, at 11:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Ribbon Cutting/Open House
Wednesday, October 16, at 4:00 p.m.
Knightsbridge Global Ltd., 35 N. Broadway, Aurora

Affordable Care Act & Your Business
Thursday, October 17, at 8:00 a.m.
Stonebridge Country Club, 2705 Stonebridge Blvd., Aurora

Member News
Sikich LLP, a professional services firm, announced it has acquired O’Donnell, Bonebrake & Co., a St. Louis-based public accounting firm. The firm now operates under the Sikich name and has relocated to Sikich’s St. Louis office.

Are you an adult age 55+ with an ongoing health condition and want to find a better way to cope so that you… live better! Attend a free Live Well, Be Well Workshop offered by Presence Mercy Medical Center every Tuesday from September 10 through October 15. Registration required by calling (877) 737-4636.

Celebrate all things pumpkin during The Growing Place‘s 3rd Annual Pumpkin Palooza. Giant, decorated pumpkins, created by employee artists, will be unveiled on Saturday, October 5 at their Aurora location. Visitors are encouraged to vote for their favorite pumpkin throughout October and donate to one of the featured charities, where donations will be matched up to $500.

It’s that time of year! Enjoy traditional German music, cuisine and entertainment at Naper Settlement’s Oktoberfest on Friday and Saturday October 4 & 5. Firefighters’ Appreciation Day will be held October 5 and features Naperville firefighters competing in a chili cook-off. Purchase advance tickets with Naper Settlement for a cheaper admission rate.

Congratulations to Dunham Fund‘s new advisor, Christine Tunney.

Mark your calendar: RITAS Ministry announces the internationally acclaimed Harlem Ambassadors will be visiting Aurora for a game at Marmion Academy on Saturday, October 12, at 7:00 p.m. For tickets and more information, contact RITAS Ministry.

A $103,000 Dunham Fund grant to the Kaneland Foundation will provide the Fox Valley Career Center with the start-up funds to purchase equipment and curricular supplies, improve infrastructure, and train instructors for a Project Lead the Way pre engineering program.

Starting this October, Rebuilding Together Aurora will be assisting Sear’s Heroes at Home Program with several critical home repairs to improve the lives of the military and their families through extensive home rehabilitations.

The Heritage Hall of Honor will recognize partners in the community who have made a significant impact and contribution to Naper Settlement and Naperville Heritage Society. The presentation will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, October 6 at Naper Settlement.

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