Aurora Chamber Member Newsletter: Join Us Next Week for the Holiday Celebration

Here is this week’s newsletter to members of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. If you have Member News to include,
please send  it to us by Wednesday the week prior to publication. For more information, contact the Chamber at (630) 256-3180.
December 02, 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)

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Noble Roman’s Take-n-Bake
Jeff Manis
1669 Montgomery Rd., Ste. 7
Aurora, IL 60506
(630) 692-0070
Take-n-Bake Pizza


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Aurora, Illinois 60506
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Join Us for the Annual Holiday Celebration
Holiday Celebration
Crain’s: Deal finally reached to revamp Illinois pensions
At long last, Illinois legislative leaders have reached an agreement on a big deal to revamp the state’s struggling employee pension funds. The deal reportedly would save taxpayers about $160 billion over the next three decades.

For full article and details, visit Crain’s Chicago Business online.

Only Days Left to Take 2014 Illinois Economic Outlook Survey
We need your input. Please take a few minutes to click this link and take this economic outlook survey.

Follow this link to the survey: Take the Survey

The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce, in cooperation with chambers and associations throughout the state, is participating in the 2014 Illinois Economic Outlook Survey. This is an exciting statewide effort that will help us better determine how we can make our community a great place to grow a business.

By providing your feedback in this survey, you are part of a broad effort to help Illinois become a stronger, healthier economy. Your input will also help us to understand your priorities for 2014 and how the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce can help our members succeed in 2014.

This survey is made possible by the Baker Strategy Group, a consulting firm helping clients in the Great Lakes region develop growth strategies, and CFI Group, a global leader in providing customer feedback insights through analytics.

Thank you in advance for completing this survey and providing your input. Please feel free to forward this email to your colleagues so they can provide their input as well.

2014 Sponsorships Now Available!
Calling for ARCC/Fox Valley Networking Professionals and Coffee & Connections sponsorships for 2014. These tried and true successful Chamber events are a perfect way to get your business name and commercial out in front of 40 – 50 business professionals. Your business logo will be prominent on all invitations, the website, calendar of events and social media. You will also have a showcase table and a 3 minute commercial time. Contact Jane E. Abe, IOM, ACE, Director of Membership, for details. First come, first serve! (Special savings for pre-paid sponsorships.)
Premier Members
Premier Members
Save the Date: Mark Your Calendars
Tax Planning for the Privately Held Business
Tuesday, Dec. 3, from 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Rasmussen College, 2363 Sequoia Drive, Aurora
Call (630) 888-3500 to RSVP

Diversity Network: Business Before Hours
Tuesday, Dec. 3, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber Offices

Seminar: Social, Mobile, Local, & Search Marketing
Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 7:00 a.m.
Hotel Arista, 2139 CityGate Lane, Naperville

Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business Development Leads Group 2
Wednesday, Dec. 11, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber Offices

Holiday Celebration
Thursday, Dec. 12, from 4:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora

Fox Valley United Way Requests Holiday Support
With the holiday season just around the corner, Fox Valley United Way is once again partnering with local businesses, community and student groups, along with families and individuals who are interested in helping those that are experiencing difficulties during these tough economic times.

While countless parents are telling their children that there will not be many gifts under the tree this year, a large number of children in our community will not be receiving any presents. The Fox Valley United Way wants to give to those families in need, who do not have the financial means to provide gifts for their children this year.

You can help by donating to the Fox Valley United Way Holiday Assistance fund. Your financial gift will be used to purchase clothes, toys, hats, mittens and scarves for the children. If donations allow, we will also buy each family a gift card to a local grocery store, so they can enjoy a family holiday meal!

Below are some ways you can make a difference this holiday season:

  • Sponsor an individual child or family. We will send you detailed information about a family in need this holiday season and you purchase gifts for each child in that family. For more information about a sponsorship, please contact Deborah at
  • Provide a monetary donation. All donations can be mailed to or presented at the following address: Fox Valley United Way, 44 East Galena Blvd., Aurora, IL 60505. If processing a donation by credit card is preferred, please visit
  • Purchase a gift card.By purchasing a gift card from a local grocery store, you can provide a holiday meal for a family in need.
  • Organize a community drive to collect specific items. Basic needs items that are always in shortage are scarves, hats, and mittens (or gloves). Another beneficial drive encouraged is collecting toys for children. All basic needs items, toys and other gifts can be dropped off at the Fox Valley United Way office.

Please note that all gifts should be unwrapped and donations of any size appreciated. Deadline to drop off donations, at the Fox Valley United Way office, is Friday, December 13th.

Kane County Toys for Tots-Donate Today
Founded by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve in 1947, the Toys for Totsprogram is the largest toy drive in the nation and sends a message of hope to the less fortunate children of our communities each year. How can you help? It’s very simple and easy:

  • Become a Toy Drop Site:If you are a business or organization, Kane County Toys for Tots will provide you with collection boxes and posters, and pick up your toys.
  • Donate Toys: Drop off your new, unwrapped toys at our distribution warehouse or at any approved drop site. A list of approved sites is listed online at Please no stuffed animals or gun-like toys.
  • Host an Event to Collect Toys:Designate your corporate Holiday Party as a philanthropy event for Toys for Tots.
  • Send your Donation: You can still help by making a tax deductible donation, either via check (made payable to “Toys for Tots”) mailed to Kane County Toys for Tots’ office or online at
Website Changes
Chamber Members no longer need to create (and remember) a login name and password to reach the Chamber’s blog and the ‘Members Only’ section of Please enjoy unfettered access to the entire website. However, a login name and password is still required to sign into ChamberMaster, our Membership Management Portal.
Member News
The Kane County Health Department has received national public health department five-year accreditation status through the Public Health Accreditation Board. With this achievement, Kane County becomes the first county health department in Illinois to reach this status.

The Label Printers has won two environmental awards-TLMI’s Environmental Leadership Award and the state of Illinois’ Governor’s Sustainability Award-for the second year in a row thanks to their efforts in making their operations more environmentally sound and sustainable.

Dreyer Medical Clinic welcomes Yaquta Patni, M.D., the newest member of the “Nursing Home Rounding” team. She will be checking in on Dreyer’s patients at Tillers Nursing and Rehab Center in Oswego, and McAuley Manor in Aurora.

Congratulations to Cabot Microelectronics in Aurora for receiving an Outstanding Supplier Performance Award from Microchip Technology Inc., in recognition of its performance in quality, reliability and service in 2012.

Waubonsee Community College‘s Workforce Development Department has been named among the top 50 institutional partners of ed2go, a leading provider of online learning for adults, and recently received eight awards for its marketing efforts. Their CAD program was awarded two grants to help improve its partnership with West Aurora High School and market the program to women as well. Waubonsee is also proud to announce that James Sibley will be the new Executive Director of Marketing and Communications starting Dec. 11.

Naper Settlement is collecting donations on the behalf of Savers Thrift Stores this week from Monday, Dec. 2 through Friday, Dec. 6. Interested parties should place clothing, toys, shoes and accessories, household items, bedding, linens, and bath items in kitchen garbage bags (about 13 or 14 gallon) and drop them off at the Carriage House between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. If at least 400 bags are donated, Saver’s will give Naper Settlement a financial contribution of $1,000 that will go towards building The Rita (Fredenhagen) and John Harvard Early Learning Playscape. For more information, call (630) 420-6010 or e-mail

The Growing Place will be holding another Wreath, Container, and Swag Workshop on Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at both their locations. Come make a custom wreath, swag, or container of fresh greens to accent your home with the help of expert designers.

The Community Career Center will be holding professional workshops all throughout the month of December. Coming up are “LinkedIn: Just the Basics” on Dec. 3, “Secrets for Successful Job Hunting during the Holidays” on Dec. 5, and “Productivity: The Secret Sauce” on Dec. 12. All take place from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and admission is free for members ($15 for non-members). For more information, call 630-961-5665, or RSVP at

If These Walls Could Talk is hosting “Pack the Pantry Project,” a holiday art auction, on Friday, Dec. 6 from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Artists have been challenged to incorporate an ordinary paper bag into an artistic masterpiece. All proceeds will go to benefit the Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry. Email for more information.

The holiday spirit comes to life at Prisco Community Center‘s second annual “Prisco Holiday Spectacular”-a variety show for young and old-on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m. The following weekend, Steppin’ Out Dance Studio will perform “The Nutcracker” at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 15. Tickets are available online at For more information, call the Prisco Center at 630-859-8606.

Waubonsee Community College uploaded a Request for Information (RFI) on their website recently, seeking consulting services related to meeting the requirements of the Community Block Grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. If you (or someone you know), are interested in submitting a response to this RFI, you will find it posted at The response is due by December 10, 2013. Contact Harriet Parker at and Judy McCoy at for more information.

Blackberry Farm‘s annual Yuletide celebration will be held from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Dec. 7-8, 14-15 and 21-22 (the first three weekend in December). There will be hayrides with carolers and storytellers, craft stations, a decorated “Polar Express” train running continuously around sparkling Lake Gregory, and much more. Admission is $5 per person. For more information, call 630-892-1550.

Celebrate the holidays in style with Hotel Arista‘s “Breakfast with Santa” on Dec. 14 and Dec. 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Tickets are $25.95 for adults and $18.95 for children ages 5-12. Children under the age of 5 are free. Email to make reservations today.

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