Aurora-Area Business Launches September Toy Drive for Childhood Cancer Awareness

July 16th, 2018

In honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September, Aurora-based Quality Logo Products is launching a community toy drive to support the Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation in Orland Park, Illinois.

The Hope Chest Toy Drive comes at an optimum time, with childhood cancer rates higher than ever before. According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 10,590 children and teenagers in the United States will be diagnosed with cancer this year.

Founded in 1996, The Treasure Chest Foundation is a national organization that provides comfort to kids diagnosed with cancer by offering them the special experience of selecting a gift from a treasure chest after each medical treatment. While it does not change the reality of their circumstances, these small gestures mean the world to children who would do anything for a distraction from their discomfort.

During the month of September, Quality Logo Products will provide Aurora-area businesses with their own treasure chest to place in their lobby or office to collect donations for the organization. All contributions will be picked up by Quality Logo Products at the end of the month and donated to the Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation in Orland Park.

“Cancer is indiscriminate,” said Bret Bonnet, president of Quality Logo Products. “Being a new parent myself, I can’t imagine what it must feel like to be in these parents’ or kids’ shoes. We all need to do more to help our friends, neighbors, and families in need. After hearing about the Treasure Chest Foundation during the Daily Herald Business Ledger’s Annual Awards for Business Excellence, I was deeply moved. I knew there had to be something Quality Logo Products could do to help in a meaningful way.”

Treasure Chest Foundation CEO and Founder Colleen Kisel said, “We feel so blessed and honored to have the support of Aurora-based Quality Logo Products. Their upcoming community-wide toy drive will help support thousands of children and teens who endure years of unending cancer treatments by rewarding the children with a toy, gift, or gift card after every procedure.”

Local businesses who are interested in placing a treasure chest in their office for donations may contact Kelsey Brown by emailing press@qualitylogoproducts.com.

#AuroraChamber News for July 16, 2018

July 16th, 2018

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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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Technical Assistance to Boost Small-Scale Manufacturing »
On the Road in Kane County »

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 +Intention      95.9 The River      Aaron’s      Above Board Indoor Environmental      Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.      Aurora Bank & Trust      Aurora Collective      Aurora Limousine      Aurora University      Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston      Barbara Geiger – Keller Williams Experience      Beans Greens Proteins      Caterpillar, Inc.      Chicago Steel Hockey Team      City Segment      ComEd      Company 251      Comprehensive Prosthetics and Orthotics      Country Financial – West Aurora      CyrusOne      Do or Dye Designs      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.      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      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: Fundamental Health
Monday, July 16, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
4255 Westbrook Drive, Suite 203, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ Noon

Coffee & Connections Networking
Tuesday, July 17, 8:30 a.m.
Painters District No. 30, 1905 Sequoia Drive, Aurora

Grand Opening: Treasures Paradise
Wednesday, July 18, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Fox Valley Mall, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 11:30 a.m.

Grand Opening: Aurora Collective
Wednesday, July 25, 4 – 6 p.m.
675 Station Boulevard, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 4:30 p.m.

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, July 26, at 8 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons, Aurora
Sponsored by Healthcare Solutions Team

Ribbon Cutting: Glanbia
Friday, July 27, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
948 Meridian Lake Drive, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 11:30 a.m.

Ribbon Cutting: Face to Face Beauty Studio
Wednesday, August 15, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
1222 N. Eola, Suite C, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 11:30 a.m.

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Suburban Series: Networking in Kane County

July 15th, 2018

CFBN is on the road! You are cordially invited to join us for happy hour to learn about Chicagoland Food& Beverage Network, and meet other food & beverage industry professionals based in Kane County.  If you are interested in building meaningful business relationships, growing your network and increasing your visibility, we hope you will join us.

All are welcome….bring a friend, bring a colleague, or bring your whole office! We look forward to seeing you there!

https://www.chicagolandfood.org/event-2951260

Agenda:

Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018

4:00 pm Check In, Cocktails & Networking
4:45 pm Program Begins
5:45 pm Q & A
6:15 pm Additional Networking

Kane County 2018 Exports Grant Program

July 15th, 2018

In May 2015, Metro Chicago Exports (MCE) announced the launch of a Grant Program to help small and mid-sized businesses grow in international trade, specifically through exports. The Metro Chicago Exports Grant Program, presented by JPMorgan Chase & Co., awards grants up to $5,000 to businesses throughout Northeastern Illinois. This innovative and successful grant program has been renewed for 2018.

The Kane County Exports Grant Program provides an additional incentive for Kane County companies to start or increase exporting. Companies located in Kane County which apply for, and are awarded, a grant from Metro Chicago Exports, would be eligible for up to an additional $5,000 from Kane County to reimburse 50% of eligible expenses associated with implementing an export plan.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE

Companies located in Kane County which are awarded a grant from Chicago Metro Exports.

WHAT GRANTS COVER

Grant awards up to an additional $5,000 to reimburse 50% of eligible expenses to support the company’s next steps to going global. Grant awards may also cover a Kane County company’s participation in the ExporTech© program.

WHERE BUSINESSES CAN APPLY

Program information and applications are available at www.MetroChicagoExports.com. More information about ExporTech can be found at https://www.nist.gov/exportech.

PROCESS FOR KANE COUNTY COMPANIES REQUESTING ADDITIONAL FUNDS FROM KANE COUNTY

  • Metro Chicago Exports’ application process involves two steps – an initial online Client Assessment and a formal Grant Application review of export plans, capabilities and potential. Companies that pass the Client Assessment phase will be invited to submit more comprehensive information about their plans to go global as part of the Grant Application process.
  • Companies located in Kane County may request up to $5,000 in additional funding for eligible activities and/or services by including them in their Grant Application to Metro Chicago Exports.
  • MCE will review the applications along with other regional applications.

#AuroraChamber News for Week of July 9

July 9th, 2018

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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.
Matching Pallet Fundraiser Set for June 29 »
Chicagoland Safety Health and Environmental Conference »
Historical Society Maintains July 4 Bell Ringing »
Technical Assistance to Boost Small-Scale Manufacturing »
Hansberger Family Donates $1M to Kids Golf Foundation »
On the Road in Kane County »
World Relief to Host Corporate Partners Program »
Aurora Area CVB Wins 2018 Reader’s Choice Award »
Aurora Ranks as One of Best Cities to Live the American Dream »
Ill. Chamber Opens EDIE Nominations »

Elite Members

 +Intention      95.9 The River      Aaron’s      Above Board Indoor Environmental      Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.      Aurora Bank & Trust      Aurora Collective      Aurora Limousine      Aurora University      Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston      Barbara Geiger – Keller Williams Experience      Beans Greens Proteins      Caterpillar, Inc.      Chicago Steel Hockey Team      City Segment      ComEd      Company 251      Comprehensive Prosthetics and Orthotics      Country Financial – West Aurora      CyrusOne      Do or Dye Designs      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.      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      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 

New Members

Umbrella Technologies
Thomas Carnevale
23841 W. Industrial Drive North, Unit A, Plainfield
(630) 301-1373
Security

Calendar of Events

Aurora Chamber Golf Classic
Thursday, July 12
Orchard Valley Golf Course
2411 West Illinois Ave, Aurora
Join us for Reception/Business After Hours

Grand Opening: Fundamental Health
Monday, July 16, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
4255 Westbrook Drive, Suite 203, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ Noon

Coffee & Connections Networking
Tuesday, July 17, 8:30 a.m.
Painters District No. 30, 1905 Sequoia Drive, Aurora

Grand Opening: Treasures Paradise
Wednesday, July 18, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Fox Valley Mall, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 11:30 a.m.

Grand Opening: Aurora Collective
Wednesday, July 25, 4 – 6 p.m.
675 Station Boulevard, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 4:30 p.m.

Grand Opening: AJ’s Liquorland
Thursday, July 26, 1 – 2:30 p.m.
2150 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 1:30 p.m.

Ribbon Cutting: Glanbia
Friday, July 27, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
948 Meridian Lake Drive, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 11:30 a.m.

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This Week’s News from Aurora Chamber

July 2nd, 2018

Historical Society Maintains July 4 Bell Ringing

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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.
Matching Pallet Fundraiser Set for June 29 »
Chicagoland Safety Health and Environmental Conference »
Historical Society Maintains July 4 Bell Ringing »
Technical Assistance to Boost Small-Scale Manufacturing »
Hansberger Family Donates $1M to Kids Golf Foundation »
On the Road in Kane County »
World Relief to Host Corporate Partners Program »
Aurora Area CVB Wins 2018 Reader’s Choice Award »
Aurora Ranks as One of Best Cities to Live the American Dream »
Ill. Chamber Opens EDIE Nominations »

Elite Members

 +Intention      95.9 The River      Aaron’s      Above Board Indoor Environmental      Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.      Aurora Bank & Trust      Aurora Collective      Aurora Limousine      Aurora University      Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston      Barbara Geiger – Keller Williams Experience      Beans Greens Proteins      Caterpillar, Inc.      Chicago Steel Hockey Team      City Segment      ComEd      Company 251      Comprehensive Prosthetics and Orthotics      Country Financial – West Aurora      CyrusOne      Do or Dye Designs      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.      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      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      Two Brothers Roundhouse      Valley Fastener Group, LLC      VivirMED, LLC      The Voice      Waubonsee Community College      Weldstar Company      Woodforest National Bank      World Finance Corporation      WSPY 

New Members

Freedom Development Group, LLC (Premier)
John Everest Thomas
910 W. Van Buren, Suite 500, Chicago
(312) 781-7588
Real Estate/Apartments & Condominiums

Henkels & McCoy, Inc. (Premier)
Theresa Lafontaine
975 Corporate Boulevard, Aurora
(630) 239-2000
Utilities/Construction Services/Engineering

Water Street Studios
Danielle Hollis
160 S. Water Street, Batavia
(630) 761-9977
Art Galleries

The Kwak Brothers
Sam Kwak
2578 Oak Trails Drive, Aurora
(773) 968-0388
Real Estate

Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria
Meggie Lindberg
1720 N Orchard Road, Aurora
(630) 581-8550
Restaurants & Taverns

Calendar of Events

Aurora Chamber Golf Classic
Thursday, July 12
Orchard Valley Golf Course
2411 West Illinois Ave, Aurora
Sponsorships AvailableCoffee & Connections Networking
Tuesday, July 17, 8:30 a.m.
Painters District No. 30, 1905 Sequoia Drive, AuroraGrand Opening: Treasures Paradise
Wednesday, July 18, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Fox Valley Mall, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 11:30 a.m.Grand Opening: AJ’s Liquorland
Thursday, July 26, 1 – 2:30 p.m.
2150 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 1:30 p.m.

Ribbon Cutting: Glanbia
Friday, July 27, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
948 Meridian Lake Drive, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 11:30 a.m.

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Matching Pallet Fundraiser Set for June 29

June 25th, 2018

On June 29, Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry and Marie Wilkinson Food Pantry will be joining forces to end summertime childhood hunger. The two food pantries, both located in Aurora, will be taking part in the annual Matching Pallet fundraiser, with a goal of $25,000 – an amount that will be matched by six local businesses: Dolan & Murphy Real Estate, Erie Insurance, Gerald Subaru, Konen Insurance, The Lakone Company, and Mooney & Thomas, P.C. for a total of $50,000!  The event will kick off with an all-day Radiothon on Friday, June 29, on 95.9 The River.

The summer is a critical time for food pantries. Opposite the holiday giving season, summertime is when pantry shelves are at their lowest stock. Compounding the problem is that thousands of children are no longer receiving free/reduced price lunches in school. Within some of the area school districts, anywhere from 65% to 100% of the students at some schools are receiving free lunch.

“Good nutrition is important for everyone, but especially children,” said Marilyn Weisner, executive director of Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry. “Kids should be having fun during the summer, not worrying about where their next meal is coming from or being unable to play and exercise because they haven’t eaten.”

The Matching Pallet fundraiser will get food to where it is most critically needed. Donations will fund pallets of food that the pantries are able to acquire at discounts through Northern Illinois Food Bank. Each donation will be matched by the fundraiser’s sponsors, greatly increasing the impact. For example, a $105 donation will provide an amazing 1,000 bags of pasta.

Live remote broadcast of The River’s Radiothon on June 29 will be held at Spartan House (1032 Prairie St.) from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

“Every single dollar will change a child’s life, and thanks to our generous sponsors, every dollar will be worth two,” Weisner said.

Online donations can be made by visiting aurorafoodpantry.org and clicking on the Matching Pallet link. Donations may also be mailed to either pantry; donors should write “Matching Pallet” on check’s memo line. Donations may also be made by phone by calling (630) 692-3056.  Additional information can be found on aurorafoodpantry.org or mariewilkinsonfoodpantry.org.

Chicagoland Safety Health and Environmental Conference

June 25th, 2018

Does your business need money?  Do you know your OSHA and EPA requirements?

Registration is now open at www.chisafetyconf.org for Chicagoland Safety Health and Environmental Conference.  The conference is being held Sept. 17-20 at the Naperville campus of NIU.  Celebrating 30 years, the conference is the premier, once a year, four- day professional training event for EHS professionals, business owners, municipalities, safety committee members, plant managers, HR professionals and others who have EHS responsibilities.  Register now and take advantage of early bird pricing.

This year’s conference will feature speakers from the U.S. Small Business Administration who will share information about SBA Funding for Small Business, Disaster Preparedness and Cyber Security for Small Business.  Other educational training topics include Introduction to OSHA for Small Business, OSHA Inspections and Reporting Requirements, Active Shooter, Opioid Crisis, Multi-Generational Workforce, Environmental Compliance 101, Safety and Workers Comp, Marijuana in the Workplace, Clean Air Basics and Updates, Respectful Workplace –Sexual Harassment and Bullying, and many more.

In just the last two years, the conference has drawn more than 700 people from two foreign countries, 24 states, and 100 Illinois communities and more than 3,000 session attendees received training at the 150+ training sessions.  This year’s conference offers 91 timely, relevant and meaningful training sessions that are 90 minutes, three-hour or day-long workshops that provide Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Level training.  Presenters include OSHA Compliance Assistance Specialists, business owners, lawyers, university professors, business consultants, industry experts and others with extensive knowledge, skills and experience.

A day long Business EXPO on Wednesday allows businesses from across the country to showcase their latest products and services.  An evening networking event with hors d’oeuvres and drinks follows the Business EXPO.  The Keynote address will be given during the Thursday luncheon.  A continental breakfast, lunch and snacks during am/pm breaks are included each day.

The Chicagoland Safety Health and Environmental Conference  is honored to receive promotional support from the U.S. Small Business Administration, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) and many State and local chambers of commerce, manufacturing associations, and business organizations including the  Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce.  The chamber is a valued promotional sponsor and we encourage all Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce member companies view information about the conference and register at www.chicsafetyconf.org.   Media sponsors are the Daily Herald Business Ledger and Industrial Hygiene News. 

Historical Society Maintains July 4 Bell Ringing

June 25th, 2018

“Let’s ring freedom bells!” said President John F. Kennedy when he established the national Independence Day bell-ringing observance in 1963.  At that time Congress set aside two minutes on the Fourth of July when citizens all across the country would simultaneously ring bells of all kinds.

The Aurora Historical Society has faithfully maintained that tradition and will once again invite visiting children to pull the ropes on two historic bells on the lawn of the Tanner House Museum at Cedar and Oak Streets in the historic west side Tanner District.  The nationwide observance takes place at 1 p.m.

The bell-ringing is part of the annual Independence Day Picnic at the museum, a free event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  It features entertainment, a petting zoo, children’s activities, a pie-eating contest, live music, tours of the 1857 Tanner House and traditional picnic fare available for a nominal charge.

“Many people walk over here after the parade to relax under our big shade trees and have a little lunch while enjoying the entertainment,” said John Jaros, executive director of the society.  “It’s very inspiring when the children ring the bells, and it’s very messy when the blueberry pies are brought out for the contest.”

Video of a previous bell-ringing, and a short science fiction story for children can be viewed at http://www.aurorahistory.net.

Technical Assistance to Boost Small-Scale Manufacturing

June 20th, 2018

Free technical assistance for communities pursuing economic development through small-scale manufacturing 

When small-scale manufacturing is stitched into the fabric of a community, it enlivens community spaces and makes the economy more resilient by diversifying the market and providing higher wage jobs. Encouraging more small-scale manufacturing on main street or in other close-in, walkable neighborhoods can foster entrepreneurs and homegrown industries. These businesses create well-paying jobs for people with a variety of education and skill levels, and bring vitality to main streets and neighborhood centers-creating a foothold for future growth.

In partnership with the U.S. Economic Development Administration and Recast City, Smart Growth America is offering free technical assistance to community leaders interested in using small-scale manufacturing to help revitalize a downtown or neighborhood and create economic opportunity.

Applications for this technical assistance will be accepted until June 29, 2018 at 5 p.m. EST. Applications can be filled out online here or by downloading the PDF and returning it via email to info@smartgrowthamerica.org.

For complete details, including profiles of the winning communities from 2017, visit the program website