Attention please: Spring has sprung!

Along with those April showers, I already see glorious signs of spring: we made it! 

As we move into the 2nd quarter of 2017 and the busy event season, it is our pleasure to find so many wonderful things happening at, with, and for our businesses. This newsletter is bursting with information!

Get your calendars out: I will keep this short so you can spend your time scrolling through the opportunities and events. After-hours, luncheons, and golf: oh my! Please be sure to reach out if you have questions about any of the offerings listed. We look forward to seeing you.

Now let's get busy...there is much to do!

Laura Holman
Executive Director, Aurora Chamber of Commerce 

PS OOPS: can't sign off with out saying be on the lookout for me, as I will be visiting to deliver this year's Community Guides in the next few weeks. This year's Guides look great, and a copy will be delivered to every home in Aurora on Wednesday, April 12th with the Aurora Advocate. Give us a call if you need copies before I get to you. The electronic version will be posted onto soon, too!


Chamber News & Events

New Member Networking Breakfast
FREE to attend.  Registration required.

If you joined the Chamber of Commerce within the past 12 months, or if you are a new employee of an existing Member Company, you are invited to attend our New Member Breakfast. 

Join us for coffee and pastries to meet other new members and learn more about our Chamber and the many resources available to you. We are here for you!

This networking breakfast is FREE, but please register so we know to expect you.

3Chamber Networking Luncheon
Guest Speaker:  Linda Barita

Join us for this informative three chamber luncheon. 

Manufacturing is the second largest private sector
employer in Northeast Ohio - second only to healthcare. It's important to keep on top of what keeps our region growing. Linda will cover issues that will help manufacturers grow their business - and that is good news for all of us.
About the Speaker - Linda Barita is the Director of
Strategic Alliances for MAGNET and is an expert in business development as well as workforce, sales, and product management. She worked for BP Oil for 13 years, followed by work at GrafTech for 5, finally ending up at MAGNET for the past 9. That gives her over 25 years of industry experience ranging from positions in marketing, sales, product development and more.
AWIN Business After Hours - Wine and Wheels
All are Welcome

Learn to take care of yourself on the road
with our helpful tips and tricks for basic car care.

Complimentary wine and appetizers

Open to the Public! All are welcome.

Event is FREE, 
but registration required so we know to expect you.
May Networking Luncheon

Mark your calendars and join us with guest speaker Brad Ehrhart of the Portage Development Board.

May 24th, Wednesday
11:30am - 1:00pm

Bella Vita Event Center
50 Trails End
Thank you to our luncheon sponsors:

Howard Hanna  
Golf Outing Logo

2017 Aurora Business & Community Golf Outing
It's Time to PAR-TEE

Spring is in the air and we're ready to come out swinging!  Join us for this fun filled day of great food, great friends and great golf. 

Portions of this business and community event benefits the Aurora Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Fund.

You don't want to miss this!!

Register your Sponsorship and Foursome Today!
Deals, Discounts and Specials!


Do you have a deal exclusive to chamber members?  We have just the place to advertise them. 
Login to your chamber member account and add your member to member deal.  Reach hundreds to fellow members eager to see what you've got to offer!

Embrace Aurora!

Welcome Newcomers to the Neighborhood
and Introduce Them to Your Business!

The popularity of the Embrace Aurora program is really incredible. We now have new residents come into the office to ask when their Embrace Aurora delivery can be expected. They are hearing from their new neighbors that this is just the type of thing that makes Aurora such a special place to live, work, and play! Thank you to all who participating, especially our volunteers.

Our current list of property transfers included 185 addresses. 185! This is from May - August 2016. We are growing!  There is no better way to reach new residents than an invitation to your business through Embrace Aurora.   What better way to inform movers about what is available to them when settling into their new homes?
We have prepared this round of deliveries: to be involved in our next round this spring, register below. We will send follow-up information.
Participation is easy and FREE to Chamber members!  Non Members are welcome to join in as well for a nominal fee.
September Business After Hours



Build Relationships - 
Join A Committee! 

Our volunteer-led committees are at 
the very heart of our success!

Contact the Chamber office for more information about how you can get involved!

Build the Chamber scholarship fund - award scholarships - promote and select person & business of the year: we do it all!
AWIN - Aurora Women in Networking
This engaged and engaging group provides support and encouragement to each other and our membership through discussion and targeted events. 

Business Advocacy  
The BAC connects us to business-related issues in local and regional government.  


Supports member businesses through events and activities that get the word out about YOU.

Member Services 
New member? Veteran member? Potential member? This group is looking out for ways to enhance your member benefits. 

Member News & Events

High School Career Fair
Rootstown and Windham

Rootstown High School on Friday, April 21 and Windham Jr/Sr High School on Thursday, May 11 are looking for representatives from the below industries to attend their career fair(s).  The Windham Career Fair will also host two other High Schools: James A. Garfield and Crestwood.  If interested in one or both, please contact to learn more.   
These Career Fairs are dedicated to helping students make informed decisions about their future career choices, and linking them with employers and schools in our community.  This event will conclude the career-readiness curriculum OhioMeansJobs Portage County has integrated into the classroom setting to help guide the youth toward future career goals. 
The fair will focus on:
  1. Local employment opportunities and future career paths for students. We would like for you to speak to our students about your company's possible career paths and answer any questions they may have. Live demonstrations are always a hit!
  2. Businesses interested in hiring our local youth.
  3. This provides an excellent opportunity to connect with students to discuss or interview for current and/or future career-related employment and co-op/internship opportunities!
Based on student interest, these are the targeted Industries and Groups for the Career Fair:
  • 2 or 4 year Schools & Accredited Programs
  • CAD Drafting
  • Culinary and Hospitality
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Farming/Forestry: Park Rangers, Animal Trainers
  • Fashion Retail or Design
  • Finance/Insurance: Financial Advisers, Fraud Examiners
  • Forensic Science
  • Government or Elected Official: Paralegals, Auditor, Mayor, Trustee
  • Health Sciences: Nursing, Home Health Care, Sonographer, Physical/Occupational Therapist, Dermatologist, Pharmacist, Medical Assistant, STNA, Dental Assistant, Phlebotomist, Nutritionist/Dietician, Medical Transcriptionist, Medical Billing
  • Human Services: Psychologist, Social Worker
  • Information Technology
  • Landscaping
  • Law Enforcement
  • Manufacturing: Team Assemblers, System Operators, Mechanical Engineers, Chemists, Tool and Die Makers, Robotics
  • Military
  • Trade Skills: Welding, Plumbing, Construction
  • Transportation: Truck Driver, Aircraft Pilot, Conductor, Dispatcher, Travel Agent
Thank you for taking an interest in helping to prepare our future workforce.  
Helene Leightner | OhioMeansJobs Program Officer
Portage County | Job and Family Services
Phone: (330) 297-3763 | Fax: (330) 296-7805

Treat Yourself
and bring a friend!
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Valuable Insights and Relevant Advice Noted Among Key Differentiators

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Financial research firm Greenwich Associates today named Huntington one of the nation's top banks for businesses with the presentation of 17 Greenwich Excellence Awards. Huntington stood out among top middle-market banks that Greenwich Associates notes are increasingly differentiated for excelling in their offerings with valuable insights that help businesses perform.
The awards, which recognize Huntington based on middle-market and small business customer recognition of distinct quality, complement Huntington's recent receipt of Greenwich Best Brand Awards for ease of doing business with middle-market companies and small businesses, and for trust earned among middle-market customers. Together, with Greenwich Excellence Awards recently received for wealth management and personal investment services for overall satisfaction, customer service and client likelihood to recommend, the awards reflect consistent quality across the dynamic range of services spanning the business relationship to the personal side of business owners' relationships with Huntington.
"We're fortunate to work with more than 200,000 businesses, and we work hard to deliver a differentiated experience to help them excel," said Rick Remiker, commercial banking director at Huntington. "Being recognized for distinctive quality in both customer satisfaction and service, particularly in providing insight on effective working capital management to help their businesses grow and perform, is very gratifying and a testament to our colleagues' commitment."

Nationally, Huntington received Awards of Excellence for:
Middle Market: Small Business:
- Overall Satisfaction - Branch Satisfaction
- Proactively Provides Advice
- Functionality and a Range of Online Services
- Industry Expertise
- Likelihood to Recommend

Huntington's national Awards of Excellence for cash management include:
Middle Market: Small Business:
- Overall Satisfaction - Overall Satisfaction
- Customer Service
- Digital Functionality
- Ease of Product Implementation

Regionally, Huntington received Awards of Excellence for:
Middle Market: Small Business:
- Overall Satisfaction - Likelihood to Recommend
- Proactively Providing Advice - Cash Management Overall Satisfaction
- Likelihood to Recommend
- Cash Management Overall Satisfaction.

Only 37 middle-market banks had distinctive quality among more than 600 evaluated by Greenwich Associates. Middle-market results were determined based on nearly 15,000 interviews with businesses with sales of $10 million to $500 million across the country. Only 30 small business banks had distinctive quality among more than 600 evaluated by Greenwich Associates. Small business results were determined based on interviews with 15,000 businesses with sales of $1 million to $10 million across the country.

Greenwich Excellence Awards Methodology
Greenwich Excellence Award winners were determined at a national level and in four geographic regions: Midwest, Northeast, South, and West.
To qualify for consideration for the national awards, each winning bank had to have a minimum of 50 clients that responded to the study. To qualify for regional awards, each winning bank had to have a minimum of 30 clients responding in the region. To qualify for mid-corporate national awards, banks had to have a minimum of 30 clients responding to the study.
Greenwich Excellence Award selection is based on top box ratings on Greenwich Associates' five-point evaluation scale. The banks selected must receive a statistically significant proportion of "Excellent" ratings relative to the overall mean (at a 95 percent confidence level).

About Huntington
Huntington Bancshares Incorporated is a regional bank holding company headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, with $100 billion of assets and a network of 1,115 branches and 1,891 ATMs across eight Midwestern states. Founded in 1866, The Huntington National Bank and its affiliates provide consumer, small business, commercial, treasury management, wealth management, brokerage, trust, and insurance services. Huntington also provides auto dealer, equipment finance, national settlement and capital market services that extend beyond its core states. Visit for more information.

The Huntington National Bank is an Equal Housing Lender and Member FDIC. and Huntington ® are federally registered service marks of Huntington Bancshares Incorporated.

Information & Resources

City of Aurora
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City meetings are open to the public.
Agendas and minutes are made available 
to all who request them.
For schedules of City Council and other City Committee meetings, please visit:
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Portage Development Board
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Mental Health & Recovery Board of Portage County
Mental health and addiction recovery information: 330.673.1756

2017 Board of Directors

Jennifer Stanley
First National Bank

Past President
Lisa Kusner-Hovanec

Vice Presidenet
Laura Radcliff
Edward Jones
Dan Mormile
Andersen Aurora Manufacturing

Vicky Rovder
Excalibur Collision

Karen Adams
Don Joseph Toyota

Diane Barben
The Atrium at Anna Maria

Michelle Harman
Harman Home Designs

Ing Kiland
Metis Construction

Jim Kraus
City of Aurora

Alan Shorr
Reitz, Paul & Shorr

Sue Tinlin
The Tinlin Team -
Platinum Real Estate

Doug Wieder
Mill Distributors, Inc.
Pat Ciccantelli

Denny Kovach/Harold Hatridge
Aurora City Council 
Executive Director
Laura Holman

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