Join Us This 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 09, 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

Elio DiStaola
2805 Ferry Parkway
Aurora, IL 60502
(800) 323-4506
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Yolanda Ballard
4 Fox Valley Center
Aurora, IL 60504
(630) 851-6380


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Mail: 43 W. Galena Blvd.
Aurora, Illinois 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180
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Join Us for the Annual Holiday Celebration
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Small Business Saturday Success
A huge thank you to all the local businesses and consumers in the region for helping make Small Business Saturday the biggest ever. Awareness of the event rose from 67% to 71%. Of those who were aware, 46% said they participated by shopping locally. Consumers spent $5.7 billion with independent merchants this year-3.6% more than last year.

On behalf of all of our local retailers, please continue to shop local this holiday season.

Illinois General Assembly Passes Pension Reform
Last week, the Illinois General Assembly approved sweeping reforms to the state’s public employee pension system when both houses adopted Conference Committee Report #1 to Senate Bill 1. On Thursday, Gov. Pat Quinn signed the bill into law.

Moody’s said the Illinois is “probably the largest pension reform package seen in any state so far, a $21 billion reduction,” according to Crain’s Chicago Business. “Next closest is New Jersey, which eliminated cost-of-living allowances rather than modify them as Illinois did, cutting its pension debt by nearly $18.5 billion.”

The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce has worked with several other business associations over the last several years to support changes to the state’s pension system that will get the state back on track and focused on policies that will improve the state’s business climate and create jobs.

After lengthy debate in the Illinois House and Senate, both passed the legislation on votes of 62-53 (House) and 30-24 (Senate). The reforms are estimated to save the nearly $160 billion over 30 years.

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
Seminar: Social, Mobile, Local, & Search Marketing
Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 7:00 a.m.
Hotel Arista, 2139 CityGate Lane, Naperville
nwickstrom@suntimes.comBusiness Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber officesBusiness 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

Onboarding Strategies
Smith Amundsen presents HR & Managers Resource Group
Thursday, Jan. 16, from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Location TBA

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
Dreyer Medical Clinic welcomes new general surgeon Michael Sherrow, M.D. to their Highland and Rush-Copley Campus locations. In addition to general surgery, Dr. Sherrow has special interest in robotic surgery and minimally-invasive surgical procedures. To make an appointment with Dr. Sherrow, please call (630) 264-8540.

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 tomorrow, December 10, 2013. Contact Harriet Parker at and Judy McCoy at for more information.

The Community Career Center will be holding professional workshops all throughout the month of December. Coming up are “Productivity: The Secret Sauce” on Dec. 12, “Tweet Your Way to a New Job” on Dec. 17 and “LinkedIn: Beyond the Basics” on Dec. 21. All take place from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. and admission is free for members ($15 for non-members). They are also hosting a NOW Networking Group, where women in search of a job-including moms returning to work-can meet and share information, resources and achievements in a friendly and professional atmosphere, on Dec. 16 from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. For more information on any of these events, call 630-961-5665, or RSVP at

Naper Settlement is holding guided holiday tours of the Martin Mitchell Mansion decked out in full Victorian splendor on Dec. 14 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and on Dec. 15 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. For a more immersive experience though, come to the “Victorian Holiday Traditions” event on Dec. 14 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., which will include a tour followed by an informative presentation about holiday traditions, like Christmas trees, peppermint pigs and the Christmas pickle. Admission is $15 and reservations are required. For more information, call (630) 420-6010.

Blackberry Farm‘s annual Yuletide celebration will be held from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Dec. 14-15 and 21-22. 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.

The Growing Place will be hosting a Table Decoration Workshop on Dec. 14 at 10:00 a.m. at their Naperville location. Make your own festive centerpiece with natural and artificial materials for only $35.

The holiday spirit comes to life at Prisco Community Center, where Steppin’ Out Dance Studio will perform “The Nutcracker” at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14, and at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 15. Tickets are available online at For more information, call the Prisco Center at 630-859-8606.

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.

Join KDI Design, Inc. the third Thursday of every month for “Cocktails for a Cause”. This month, Dec. 19 at 5:30 p.m., bring a gift card of any denomination to donate to CASA Kane County so that the less fortunate children in our community receive something for Christmas. RSVP for the free event at

Residents of the Fox Valley Park District may register for winter programs and events now. Non-resident registration will begin on Monday, Dec. 16. For a complete listing of activities, classes and events, the Winter 2013-14 Activity Guide is available at all community centers and accessible online. All registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis and must be accompanied by payment.

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