#AuroraChamber Announces New Programs, Members

September 18th, 2018

The Aurora region has a long history of innovation.

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Public Policy Updates »
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Calendar of Events »
Caught On Camera »
Member News »
Did You Know? »
Partnering For Our Community »
Money-Saving Programs For Members »
About The Aurora Chamber »

FROM THE AURORA CHAMBER: A STATE OF INNOVATION

JOIN US FOR INNOVATION SUMMIT

2018 State of Business: Innovation
Friday, Oct. 19, from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Belle Salle Banquets, 1920 E. New York Street, Aurora
Register Here

The Aurora region has a long history of innovation — from the first city with electric streetlights throughout and the first free public school district in the state to the 45-mile fiber optic ring and Aurora Regional Pathways. Our community — and its residents and employers — know that innovation is key to the economic development of the region for healthcare, manufacturing, education, small business, and more.

On Friday, Oct. 19, The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce will focus on the State of Business: Innovation. The first of its kind summit will include exhibitors spotlighting their innovation through products and services, panels of innovators sharing their experiences, and our Annual Celebration of Membership at noon.

Our featured presenter will be Tom Kuczmarksi. He is president and founder of the global consulting firm Kuczmarski Innovation and an internationally recognized expert in the innovation of new products and services. Kuczmarski is the author of seven books on innovation and leadership, including his most recent book, Lifting People Up: the Power of Recognition (Book Ends Publishing, 2018), co-authored with Dr. Susan Smith Kuczmarski

For more information on the event — and to register as a sponsor, exhibitor, or attendee — visit our website.

Premier Investors

Premier Investors

Public Policy Updates

Ways and Means to Vote on Tax 2.0 Package: On Sept. 13, the House Ways and Means Committee passed its “Tax 2.0″ package that would make permanent already-passed tax changes for individuals and small businesses and make it easier for families to save for retirement.
Other Recent Policy News

U.S. Senate to Vote on JOBS Act 3.0 »
‘Honor 200′ Deadline Approaches to Nominate Illinois Veterans »
Governor Signs Bill to Transition to Multi-year
Vehicle Registration Opportunity
»
Governor Signs Legislation to Help Keep Illinois Students in Illinois »
State of Illinois Sells $965 Million in Bonds »
Unemployment Falls in All Metro Areas »

Welcome New Members

Law Offices of Peter Cullotta
Goda Bravo
3535 E. New York Street, #215, Aurora
(630) 898-7800
Attorneys

The Right Guy Carpet Cleaning, Inc.
Rob Reynolds
2948 Kirk Rd., Ste 106-185, Aurora
(630) 264-4369
Carpet & Flooring

Shelter Insurance – Shawn P. Flaherty
Shawn Flaherty
1231 Farmington Lakes Dr. Ste 100, Oswego
(630) 800-1549
Insurance

Country Financial
Alyssa Fonseca
1161 Oak Street, North Aurora
(630) 449-0928
Insurance

Obregon Medical Clinic
Andrew Obregon
23 North Lincolnway, North Aurora
(630) 966-2637
Medical Office

EnergyBot
Lorren Thomas
1601 Bryan Street, Dallas, TX
(424) 372-1995
Utilities

Elite Members

 +Intention      95.9 The River      Aaron’s      Above Board Indoor Environmental      Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.      Aurora Bank & Trust      Aurora Collective      Aurora University      Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston      Barbara Geiger – Keller Williams Experience      Beans Greens Proteins      Caterpillar, Inc.      Chicago Steel Hockey Team      City Segment      ComEd      Comprehensive Prosthetics and Orthotics      Country Financial – West Aurora      Dolan & Murphy      Downtown Auroran Magazine      Endiro Coffee      First Secure Community Bank      Fox Valley Mall      Freedom Development Group, LLC      ganc.io      Gateway Mortgage Group      Healthcare Solutions Team – Deepti Srivastava      Henkels & McCoy, Inc.      Jiffy Lube Multi-Care      Kluber Architects + Engineers       Konen Insurance Agency, Inc.      Lendio of Naperville      Magick Woods, Inc.      Magnetrol International, Inc.      MedCom Group, LLC      Midwest Coach Limousine, Inc.      Mitutoyo America Corporation      Mooney & Thomas P.C.      Old Second National Bank      New York Life Insurance Company and Nylife Securities, LLC      OnLight Aurora      Painters District Council 30      Palo Creative, PLL      Paramount Arts Centre      Pilmer Real Estate      Plum Landing Retirement Community      Prairie Technology Solutions Group, LLC      Presence Mercy Medical Center      Pure Skin Solutions, LLC      R.C. Wegman Construction Company      Rasmussen College      Rich Harvest Farms      Rush Copley Medical Center      S&S Metal Recyclers II      Scientel Solutions      ServPro of Aurora      Sign*A*Rama      SmithAmundsen, LLC      Staffing Network, LLC & QPA       Staffmark      Thoughtwave Software & Solutions      T-Mobile     Two Brothers Roundhouse      Valley Fastener Group, LLC      VivirMED, LLC      The Voice      Waubonsee Community College      Weldstar Company      Woodforest National Bank      World Finance Corporation      WSPY 

Calendar of Events

Coffee & Connections
Tuesday, Sept. 18, 8:30 a.m.
Painters District No.30
1905 Sequoia Drive, Aurora
Sponsored by New York Life

Grand Opening: Wendy’s
Wednesday, Sept. 19, 9 – 10:30 a.m.
2962 Kirk Road, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 9:30 a.m.

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, September. 27, 8 – 9:30 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons , Aurora
Sponsored by North Star Credit Union

50th Anniversary: Gateway Foundation
Thursday, Sept. 27, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
400 Mercy Lane, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 11:30 a.m.

Open House: Glanbia
Friday, Sept. 28, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
600 N. Commons Street, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 11:30 a.m.
RSVP is required

Retail Roundtable
Wednesday, Oct. 3, 8:30 – 10 a.m.
Fox Valley Mall Food Court

50th Anniversary: Aurora Regional Fire Museum
Thursday, Oct. 4, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
53 N. Broadway, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 11:30 a.m.

Jump Start Your Membership
Tuesday, Oct. 9, 8:30-10 a.m.
Chamber offices, 43 W Galena Blvd. Aurora

Grand Opening: GlowZone
Friday, Oct. 12, 3:30 – 5 p.m.
301 S. Route 59, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 4 p.m.

State of Business Summit: Innovation
Friday, Oct. 19, 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Belle Salle Banquets
1920 E. New York Street, Aurora
Sponsorships Available

Caught On Camera

Caught On Camera

The first half of September saw the #AuroraChamber celebrating a number of grand openings for our members. My Place Hotel opened in North Aurora. Fox Valley Park District opened their new fitness center at Prisco Community Center. Premier Investor Henkels & McCoy held a community open house for their new facility. M14 Hoops welcomed the community to their new facility in northeast Aurora. Check out these events and more on Facebook and be sure to follow us.

Member News

If you have news to share with your fellow members, please forward to info@aurora-chamber.com. Be sure and check out our blog and social media for what’s happening in our region.
W-2 Wage Earners Should Do a Paycheck Checkup ASAP »
An Estimated Tax Payment in 2018 Could Help Avoid a Penalty in 2019 »
Free Fall Leaf Collection Begins Next Month »
House Method Names Aurora ‘Most Underrated Town’ in Illinois »
Mayor Irvin Selected for Prestigious Leadership Program »
Aurora Police First in State to Join ‘Neighbors’ App »
Landmark Agreement Reached on Old Copley Hospital »
Mayor Irvin Appoints Simon Rodriguez as City’s New Youth Manager »
Applications for Export Assistance Now Open »
IMSA Promise Receives Insight Into Diversity Award »
Join Us in Support of Future IT Careers »

Did You Know?

#AuroraChamber Shared Interest Groups: The Aurora Chamber has several existing and soon-to-launch Shared Interest Groups designed with our members in mind. The newest SIG to launch is the Retail Roundtable. In partnership (and sponsored by Fox Valley Mall), the Retail Roundtable is designed to support retailers by creating an atmosphere of knowledge sharing among peers as well as presentations by subject-matter experts geared to the retail environment. The first meeting is shcheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 3, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at Fox Valley Mall Food Court. For details, contact Maureen Gasek, director of events and marketing, at the Chamber.

Partnering For Our Community

So another great accolade for Aurora! Among the criteria used for selection:

• Commerce and the supply of good jobs for residents;
• An interesting art scene and rich cultural history;
• A “lovely place” where people want to live or visit;
• A surprise unique “gem” — in the case of Aurora, they cite the focus on academics and intellectual discovery;
• And finally, a community “often overlooked for their more famous neighbors”.

To view House Method’s post, visit this link.

Money-Saving Programs For Members

Money-Saving Programs For Members

About The Aurora Chamber

The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is a private, not-for-profit, membership-driven organization comprised of more than 700 members representing nearly 40,000 employees. Our mission is be the catalyst for business success by providing leadership that facilitates the creation of a prosperous regional economy and effective advocacy for our members.

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

www.aurora-chamber.com

Join Us for Innovation Summit

September 17th, 2018

2018 State of Business: Innovation

Friday, Oct. 19, from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Belle Salle Banquets, 1920 E. New York Street, Aurora

Register Here

The Aurora region has a long history of innovation — from the first city with electric streetlights throughout and the first free public school district to the 45-mile fiber optic ring and Aurora Regional Pathways. Our community — and its residents and employers — know that innovation is key to the economic development of the region for healthcare, manufacturing, education, small business, and more.

On Friday, Oct. 19, The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce will focus on the State of Business: Innovation. The first of its kind summit will include exhibitors spotlighting their innovation through products and services, panels of innovators sharing their experiences, and our Annual Celebration of Membership at noon.

Keynoting the morning will be Thomas D. Kuczmarski, president and founder of the global consulting firm Kuczmarski Innovation and an internationally recognized expert on innovation. During the course of his career, he has helped hundreds of clients, ranging from small businesses to Fortune 100 corporations, learn to systematically unlock the value of innovation.

Kuczmarski teaches product and service innovation at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University where he is Senior Lecturer and Visiting Scholar in the Center for Innovation and Technology. For 38 years, his executive education courses at the Kellogg School have attracted leaders from around the world.

Kuczmarski is co-founder of the Chicago Innovation Awards, which annually celebrates, educates, and connects innovators in the Chicago region. The awards showcase the creative spirit of the heartland. He is the author of seven books on innovation and leadership and frequently appears on radio and television, and in periodicals around the world. He earned an M.B.A. and an M.I.A from Columbia University.

Illinois has long been a leader as the birthplace of groundbreaking inventions including the cell phone, the wireless remote, and the first-ever web browser. Our state is a place where ideas become patents, businesses, and life-changing technologies.

The state’s history of innovation continues today thanks to its robust digital infrastructure, venture capital networks, and continually growing talent base. In fact, Illinois is the second largest producer of computer science graduates in the country, awarding nearly 10 percent of the nation’s computer science degrees, and ranks fifth in the nation for access to capital, according to CNBC’s Best States for Business 2017.

For more information on the event – and to register as a sponsor, exhibitor, or attendee – visit our website.

W-2 Wage Earners Should Do a Paycheck Checkup ASAP

September 17th, 2018

The IRS urges everyone who works as an employee and has income from other sources to perform a Paycheck Checkup. This includes income from sharing economy activities, interest, dividends, self-employment, capital gains, or prizes and awards.

A Paycheck Checkup can help you avoid receiving a lower refund, an unexpected tax bill or underpayment penalty when you file your tax return next year.

You can do a checkup using the IRS Withholding Calculator or Publication 505. This is especially important in 2018 due to tax changes taking effect this year.

You can pay taxes throughout the year anytime.

An Estimated Tax Payment in 2018 Could Help Avoid a Penalty in 2019

September 17th, 2018

Taxes must be paid as you earn or receive income during the year, either through withholding, estimated tax payments or a combination of both. A Paycheck Checkup using the IRS Withholding Calculator can help you see if you need to make an additional payment to avoid an unexpected tax bill or underpayment penalty when you file your tax return next year.

You may need to make estimated payments if you:

  • have multiple jobs—especially if you don’t have each employer withhold taxes
  • are self-employed or an independent contractor
  • are a representative of a direct-sales or in-home-sales company
  • participate in sharing economy activities where you are not working as an employee
  • receive pension income

Visit IRS,gov to learn more.

Free Fall Leaf Collection Begins Next Month

September 17th, 2018

Fall is soon to arrive and Aurora residents will be able to dispose of their leaves for free as part of the City of Aurora’s Annual Leaf Collection Program.

The free Fall Leaf Collection Program begins on Monday, Oct. 15, and ends on Friday, Dec. 7.

Leaves must be put into a 30-gallon Kraft paper yard waste bag and placed at the curb on the regular garbage pickup day by 6 a.m. No waste sticker is needed.

YARD WASTE

Yard waste collection will also take place through Friday, Dec. 7 as well. On the regular garbage pickup day, yard waste must be placed in a 30-gallon Kraft paper yard waste bag not to exceed 50 pounds. Each bag must have a waste sticker attached. The stickers used for yard waste are the same as the stickers used for excess garbage. Yard waste mixed with trash or yard waste in a trash can or plastic bag will not be collected.

BUNDLED BRUSH

Residents are also being reminded that brush must be bundled for collection. Unlimited bundled brush collection is in process and will end on Friday, Nov. 2. Branches and limbs 1/2 inch to 4 inches in diameter and 2 feet to 4 feet in length must be bundled. Each bundle must weigh less than 50 pounds. Bundled brush does not need a waste sticker. Brush less than 1/2 inch in diameter is considered yard waste and must be packaged as previously described.

Ways and Means to Vote on Tax 2.0 Package

September 14th, 2018

On Sept. 13, the House Ways and Means Committee passed its “Tax 2.0” package that would make permanent already-passed tax changes for individuals and small businesses and make it easier for families to save for retirement.

Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) said the three bills that make up “Tax 2.0” collectively build on the economic success of last year’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

Chairman Brady noted that Tax Reform 2.0 is the Committee’s commitment to ensuring our tax code remains the most competitive in the world:

“We must keep building off the momentum from last year’s tax reform to ensure our economy keeps booming. That’s why we’re here today to change the culture of Washington – from one that waits an entire generation to fix a broken tax code to one that keeps our code ahead of the pack and the best in the world.”

“So, while Tax Reform 1.0 was about changing the trajectory of the economy, Tax Reform 2.0 is about changing the culture in Washington. That starts with today’s important update to our code.”

According to ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership, the first bill in the package (H.R. 6760) makes permanent the cuts to individual tax rates that took effect this year and locks in other changes that are set to expire at the end of 2025. That includes the $10,000 cap on state and local tax deductions, which raised an outcry in certain high-tax states like California, New York, and New Jersey. Democrats in those states have made the SALT cap a campaign issue, arguing that the provision will cost their constituents billions in annual tax deductions.

The second bill in Tax 2.0 (H.R. 6757) focuses on changes to retirement and education accounts. The bill removes the age limit on individual retirement account contributions would exempt people with less than $50,000 in their retirement accounts from taking required minimum distributions.

The third bill in the package (H.R. 6756) would let new businesses deduct up to $20,000 in start-up expenses in the year they are incurred as long as they meet certain qualifications.

Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) has said he wants a floor vote on Tax 2.0 by the end of the month. Even if the legislation passes the House, however, it’s expected to stall in the Senate.

The Joint Committee on Taxation estimated the cost of the Tax 2.0 package at $657 billion. That’s on top of the $1.5 trillion cost of the first round of tax cuts over the next decade.

House Method Names Aurora ‘Most Underrated Town’ in Illinois

September 6th, 2018

According to HouseMethod.com:

Aurora has consistently ranked near the top of nationwide surveys for its effective governance and extraordinary schools. One of its most well-known schools is the Illinois Math & Science Academy (IMSA). In 2018, IMSA was the first-ever American destination for the International Student Science Fair, and a recent study by Niche, a neighborhood ranking platform, rated IMSA the overall best public high school in all of America.

If excellent schools weren’t enough to make Aurora stand out, Downtown Aurora features a variety of museums including the SciTech Hands-On Museum, which offers over 200 interactive STEM and STEAM exhibits, and the Aurora Regional Fire Museum, a popular attraction that features firefighting equipment dating back to Aurora’s first firefighting corps in the mid-1800s. For those who love parks, we recommend Cantigny Park, the former estate of Chicago Tribune publishers, or Phillips Park which comprises a golf course, pro shop, zoo, sporting fields, and family recreation areas.

Among the criteria used for selection:

  • Commerce and the supply of good jobs for residents;
  • An interesting art scene and rich cultural history;
  • A “lovely place” where people want to live or visit;
  • A surprise unique “gem” — in the case of Aurora, they cite the focus on academics and intellectual discovery; and
  • A community “often overlooked for their more famous neighbors”.

Mayor Irvin Selected for Prestigious Leadership Program

September 5th, 2018

Aurora Mayor Richard C. Irvin was one of 40 leaders from across Illinois to be inducted into the seventh class of the prestigious Edgar Fellows Program hosted by former Illinois Governor Jim Edgar and the University of Illinois Institute of Government and Public Affairs.

Irvin was chosen from a field of 168 nominees for this intensive five-day, bi-partisan, executive leadership training program held on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The group of Fellows included elected officials from all levels of government, leaders of non-profit organizations and individuals who are making their mark in the business world.

The Edgar Fellows Program’s mission is to develop leadership and governing capacity in Illinois by emphasizing the need to forthrightly address major policy issues without permitting partisan, ethnic and regional rivalries to overshadow statesmanship.

“I am honored to have participated in what I consider some of the most thought-provoking and eye-opening conversations I’ve ever experienced during my years of service,” said Mayor Irvin. “We focused on pertinent issues while forming new alliances and collaborations. While the program was beneficial to me personally, it also provided the opportunity to make connections for the betterment of Aurora as well.”

The program offered a platform for the Fellows to engage with policy experts, experienced practitioners and each other in discussions of issues such as economic development, health care, education and intergovernmental cooperation.

The line-up of speakers included former Chief of Staff for President Obama Bill Daley, former U.S Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, executive director of the Latino Policy Forum Sylvia Puente, president and CEO of State Farm Michael Tipsord, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and many other elected officials, business executives and civic leaders.

“The Edgar Fellows Program brings together people from all over Illinois, people with different backgrounds, different politics, and different heritage. But what we have learned over the years is that these people learn they have more in common than they have differences,” said Edgar, who launched the program in 2012. “This is what the program is all about, finding common ground and respect for each other so that, as they advance in their leadership careers, they can help shape a better Illinois.”

Irvin was one of only two Illinois mayors selected for this year’s class of Fellows.

He and Rockford Mayor Thomas McNamara were joined by: Alma Anaya, Cook County Commissioner-Elect, 7th District; Kristopher Anderson, state and local government consultant and former manager, U. S. government relations, McDonald’s Corporation; State Senator Omar Aquino ; Amy Barry, director of communications and public affairs, Illinois Senate Republican staff; State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant ; Nathaniel Brown, academic co-director, Study of the U. S. Institute for Student Leaders; Helena Buckner, commissioner, Macon County Board; Nicole Budzinski, senior advisor, JB for Governor Campaign; Beniamino Capellupo, executive director, SEIU Illinois State Council; Jeffrey DeHaan, senior wealth advisor and chief compliance officer, Clearwater Capital Partners, LLC; Courtney Eccles, director of Secure Choice Program for Illinois State Treasurer’s Office; Charles Feinen, counsel, State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company; and

State Representative La Shawn Ford; State Senator Dale Fowler; Magdalena Fudalewicz, manager, Chicago Latino Caucus Foundation and chief of staff for Alderman Gilbert Villegas; Emily Gibellina, director of government relations, University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System; State Representative LaToya Greenwood; State Representative Mike Halpin; Frank Haney, chairman, Winnebago County Board; State Representative Sonya Harper; Sarah Hartwick, executive director, ED-RED; Ra Joy, recent candidate for lieutenant governor with Chris Kennedy and former executive director of CHANGE Illinois; Staci Mayall, treasurer of Fulton County; Steven McClure, Republican nominee for state senator in 50th District and former assistant state’s attorney of Sangamon County; Aaron Ortiz, Democratic nominee for state representative in 1st District; Mark Pietrowski, Jr., chairman, DeKalb County Board; and

Delia Ramirez, Democratic nominee for state representative in 4th District; Prashanthi Rao Raman, director of global policy, Lyft, Inc.; Chasse Rehwinkel, chief economist, Illinois State Comptroller’s office; Bria Scudder, senior government and community liaison, office of Illinois Attorney General, and program director for ColorComm, LLC – Chicago Chapter; Catie Sheehan, vice chairman, Sangamon County Board; Mariyana Spyropoulos, president, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District; Brad Stotler, district director for U. S. Congressman Darin LaHood; Curtis Tarver II, Democratic candidate for state representative in 25th District; Jennifer Walling, executive director, Illinois Environmental Council; Brandon Zanotti, state’s attorney of Williamson County; Sarah Zehr, assistant vice president for academic affairs, University of Illinois; Michael Ziri, director of public policy, Equality Illinois.

Mayors Irvin and McNamara have already made plans to co-host a special session for mayors of large cities at the upcoming Illinois Municipal League Conference this month.

Aurora Police First in State to Join ‘Neighbors’ App

September 5th, 2018

The Aurora Police Department today announced that it is the first law enforcement agency in Illinois to join the Neighbors app (iOS/Android) to provide the Aurora community with real-time, local crime and safety information. The Neighbors network already has millions of users and has been instrumental in catching package thieves, stopping burglaries and keeping neighborhoods safe.

The Neighbors app is the latest platform with which the Department communicates with its citizens. It also uses Facebook, Twitter and Nextdoor.

When you download the free Neighbors app (http://download.ring.com/aurorapd) and join your neighborhood, you can use it to: monitor neighborhood activity; share crime and safety-related videos, photos and text-based posts; and receive real-time safety alerts from your neighbors, local law enforcement and the Ring team.

“The Neighbors app allows us to be laser-focused on crimes that are occurring at the neighborhood level,” said Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman. “Law enforcement has long said that we can’t be everywhere at every time, but this app certainly expands our ability to share information with the community and enhances our relationships with the people we serve.”

Jamie Siminoff, chief inventor and founder of Ring, said, “We’re excited to have the Aurora Police Department join Neighbors to keep their community up-to-date on local crime and safety information. Over the past few years we have learned that when neighbors, the Ring team and law enforcement all work together, we can create safer communities. Neighbors is meant to facilitate real-time communication between these groups, while maintaining neighbor privacy first and foremost. By bringing security to every neighbor with the free Neighbors app, the Aurora community can stay on top of crime and safety alerts as they happen.”

How It Works

●     Download the Neighbors app (iOS/Android).

●     Opt-in to join your neighborhood.

●     Customize the geographic area you want to receive notifications for (users must verify where they are located and cannot participate in other neighborhoods).

●     Receive real-time alerts from your neighbors, local law enforcement and the Ring team that inform of crime and safety alerts as they happen.

●     View local crime and safety posts via a live feed or interactive map.

●     Share text updates, photos and videos taken on any device, including Ring’s home security devices.

●     Work with your community to make neighborhoods safer.

A New Look for Your #AuroraChamber News

September 4th, 2018

This issue of our Member Newsletter is one of the first changes you will see.

Aurora Chamber

  In This Issue  

From The Aurora Chamber »
Premier Investors »
Public Policy Updates »
Welcome New Members »
Elite Members »
Calendar of Events »
Caught On Camera »
Member News »
Did You Know? »
Partnering For Our Community »
Money-Saving Programs For Members »
About The Aurora Chamber »

From The Aurora Chamber

Welcome to September. Welcome to the Aurora Chamber’s new fiscal year. With the new year, we are excited to bring you new programs, updated products, and expanded services. This issue of our Member Newsletter is one of the first changes you will see.First, we are striving to bring you even more information on areas that our members have said they are interested in reading more about. Second, we understand that your email inbox receives a great deal of traffic. In addition to the newsletter, we also send out occasional emails for events, policy news, and other topics for you. As a result (and out of respect for your time), we are testing semi-monthly newsletters via email. With the exception of holidays, this newsletter will be sent out on the first and third Monday of each month. We’ll also include special items in alternating issues to keep the content fresh. Of course, for breaking news — action in Springfield or DC and member highlights, be sure and follow us on Facebook and twitter.

Let us know your thoughts. Are there other items you’d like to see regularly in here? And remember, we want to share your news with the membership. Send it to us at info@aurora-chamber.com</a. and we’ll include it on our blog and in the newsletter.

Premier Investors

Premier Investors

Public Policy Updates

Tariffs Could Cripple Illinois Economy: The U.S. Chamber estimates current and proposed tariffs could cost Illinois more than $4.3 billion. Did you know, Illinois exports annually more than $156 million dollars of bread, pastries, cakes, etc., to Canada? More than 1.7 million Illinois jobs are supported by global trade. How does (or will) the global trade tariffs impact you and your business? Share your experiences with us here. This brief survey should take less than three minutes to complete.
Other Recent Policy NewsU.S. Senate to Vote on JOBS Act 3.0 »
‘Honor 200′ Deadline Approaches to Nominate Illinois Veterans »
Governor Signs Bill to Transition to Multi-year
Vehicle Registration Opportunity
»
Governor Signs Legislation to Help Keep Illinois Students in Illinois »
State of Illinois Sells $965 Million in Bonds »
Unemployment Falls in All Metro Areas »

Welcome New Members

Lendio of Naperville (Premier)
Andrew Gorski
2863 95th Street, Naperville
(630) 250-3899
Loans/ Banks/Financial Planning ServicesChicago Billboards
Rod Hursh
10022 Bode Road, Plainfield
(630) 514-6344
Marketing & Advertising

M Property Investments LLC
Michele Williams
Aurora
(630) 803-2354
Real Estate

Elite Members

 +Intention      95.9 The River      Aaron’s      Above Board Indoor Environmental      Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.      Aurora Bank & Trust      Aurora Collective      Aurora University      Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston      Barbara Geiger – Keller Williams Experience      Beans Greens Proteins      Caterpillar, Inc.      Chicago Steel Hockey Team      City Segment      ComEd      Comprehensive Prosthetics and Orthotics      Country Financial – West Aurora      Dolan & Murphy      Downtown Auroran Magazine      Endiro Coffee      First Secure Community Bank      Fox Valley Mall      Freedom Development Group, LLC      ganc.io      Gateway Mortgage Group      Healthcare Solutions Team – Deepti Srivastava      Henkels & McCoy, Inc.      Jiffy Lube Multi-Care      Kluber Architects + Engineers       Konen Insurance Agency, Inc.      Lendio of Naperville      Magick Woods, Inc.      Magnetrol International, Inc.      MedCom Group, LLC      Midwest Coach Limousine, Inc.      Mitutoyo America Corporation      Mooney & Thomas P.C.      Old Second National Bank      New York Life Insurance Company and Nylife Securities, LLC      OnLight Aurora      Painters District Council 30      Palo Creative, PLL      Paramount Arts Centre      Pilmer Real Estate      Plum Landing Retirement Community      Prairie Technology Solutions Group, LLC      Presence Mercy Medical Center      Pure Skin Solutions, LLC      R.C. Wegman Construction Company      Rasmussen College      Rich Harvest Farms      Rush Copley Medical Center      S&S Metal Recyclers II      Scientel Solutions      ServPro of Aurora      Sign*A*Rama      SmithAmundsen, LLC      Staffing Network, LLC & QPA       Staffmark      Thoughtwave Software & Solutions      T-Mobile     Two Brothers Roundhouse      Valley Fastener Group, LLC      VivirMED, LLC      The Voice      Waubonsee Community College      Weldstar Company      Woodforest National Bank      World Finance Corporation      WSPY 

Calendar of Events

Grand Opening: My Place Hotel
Thursday, Sept. 6, 4 – 6 p.m.
1000 Kilbery Lane, North Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 4:30 p.m.Grand Opening: Henkels & McCoy Inc.
Thursday, Sept. 13, 8:30 – 10 a.m.
975 Corporate Blvd, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 9 a.m.

Grand Opening: Prisco Center Fitness
Thursday, Sept. 13, 4 – 8 p.m.
150 W. Illinois Ave, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 4:30 p.m.

Grand Opening: M14 Hoops
Friday, Sept. 14, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
2414 Church Road, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 11:30 a.m.

Coffee & Connections
Tuesday, Sept. 18, 8:30 a.m.
Painters District No.30, 1905 Sequoia Drive, Aurora

Grand Opening: Wendy’s
Wednesday, Sept. 19, 9 – 10:30 a.m.
2962 Kirk Road, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 9:30 a.m.

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, September. 27, 8 – 9:30 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons , Aurora
Sponsored by North Star Credit Union

50th Anniversary: Gateway Foundation
Thursday, Sept. 27, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
400 Mercy Lane, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 11:30 a.m.

Caught On Camera

Caught On Camera

At a recent meeting of the Board of Directors, President and CEO Joseph Henning, IOM, CAE, presented anniversary recognition plaques to Marisa Medgyesi (left) in recognition of Earthmover Credit Union‘s 60 years of business in the region and to Greg Moore celebrating Hollywood Casino Aurora‘s 25 years in Aurora’s downtown. More presentations are planned throughout the year, Henning explains. If your business or organization is celebrating a milestone anniversary this year, please let the Aurora Chamber know.

Member News

If you have news to share with your fellow members, please forward to info@aurora-chamber.com. Be sure and check out our blog and social media for what’s happening in our region.
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Join Us in Support of Future IT Careers »

Did You Know?

Opportunities to Promote Your Product, Service: The Aurora Chamber has now opened sponsorship opportunities for our popular events: Annual Celebration, Holiday Celebration, Fox Valley Networking Professionals, Coffee & Connections as well as some new programs. We also have opportunities available for our products, including eBlasts, website, and more. Contact us today for more information.

Partnering For Our Community

Join Us in Support of Future IT Careers: The City of Aurora, in partnership with the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce, has submitted a grant application to Illinois DCEO in support of creating IT pathways opportunities for out-of-school youth (between 18 and 24 years of age) who hold either a high school diploma or GED. Internships are 160 hours – either four weeks of 40 hours or part-time. Again, the $13.29 wage per hour plus associated benefits (as applicable) will be covered by the grant. For more details, please visit our blog post.

Money-Saving Programs For Members

Money-Saving Programs For Members

About The Aurora Chamber

The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is a private, not-for-profit, membership-driven organization comprised of more than 700 members representing nearly 40,000 employees. Our mission is be the catalyst for business success by providing leadership that facilitates the creation of a prosperous regional economy and effective advocacy for our members.Not a Chamber member? Learn more about the benefits of membership.
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43 W. Galena Blvd.
Aurora, IL 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180
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