We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations. Charles R. Swindoll

Welcome, March!

Members and friends, I hope this finds you all marching well through the first quarter of 2017. 

We have been busy!  

Those who attended our State of the City luncheon know there is much to be proud about in our business community. We were proud to host our speakers, Mayor Ann Womer Benjamin, Aurora City Schools Superintendent Pat Ciccantelli. We were also pleased to welcome over 130 guests.
Thank you to Bertram Inn & Conference Center for setting a lovely backdrop to our event.

As we spring forward (not-so-subtle-change-your-clocks-reminder), we anticipate another wonderful networking luncheon in March. Aurora Inn Hotel & Event Center will be buzzing with opportunities for you to connect with other business professionals as you also learn about time management. See below and register to join us!

Many other opportunities are included below, both from your chamber and your fellow members. Please pay special attention to the information below.  Questions? Want to get involved? Please, call us or stop by. We are here for you.

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

Sincerely,
  Laura  
Laura Holman
Executive Director, Aurora Chamber of Commerce 


Chamber News & Events

March Networking Luncheon
Presented by Aurora Women in Networking,
a committee of Aurora Chamber of Commerce

ALL ARE WELCOME:

Guest Speaker:  LISA CRILLEY MALLIS
Impactive Strategies:  Coach, Author, and Speaker    

Achieve More Without Giving Up Your Nights and Weekends

Participants will learn:
  • A simple, easy-to-implement 3-step system to accomplish important tasks every day, without giving up your nights and weekends
  • How to unlock the secret key to upgrading your to-do list mastery
  • How to increase your productivity with less stress
Luncheon Sponsors:

    
 
 
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 Golf Foursome Today!
 
 
Deals, Discounts and Specials!

MEMBER TO MEMBER DEALS !

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


  


CLICK TO REGISTER

 
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!

Awards  
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.  

ProBusiness/Tourism 

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

CLICK HERE to visit COSE Event.
 
Learn About COSE's New Health Benefit Option
The COSE Health and Wellness Trust is different from COSE's current health benefit options. Learn what makes it unique and why it might be a good fit for your small business.


Reduce Your Energy Usage and Your Operating Expenses
COSE has teamed with FirstEnergy's Ohio Utilities to provide member businesses with an exclusive energy savings opportunity. The first step is a comprehensive assessment of how your facility uses power; gas, electric, even steam. The best part? There's no out of pocket expense! Read what Craig Wallace, CEO of PACE Engineering, Inc., learned from his energy audit with the COSE Energy Advisors.
 
"Every firm looks to lower their operating costs.  Pace Engineering took advantage of the energy audit that COSE offered.  Energy accounts for 4% of our costs from process gas and electricity used in our manufacturing to general uses heat and lighting. Most people view energy costs as fixed.  The energy audit identified a number of projects that when implemented will reduce our energy costs more than 9%.   We were surprised because five years ago, we spent more than $250,000 on energy efficiency projects.  From the COSE audit, we learned where our energy is consumed and have uncovered even more savings than were identified in the audit." - Craig Wallace, CEO PACE Engineering, Inc.
HUNTINGTON BANK RECOGNIZED FOR EXCELLENCE IN
MIDDLE-MARKET AND SMALL BUSINESS BANKING
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 huntington.com 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.



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Portage County Safety Council
Stay up to date on news and events by visiting www.portagesafetycouncil.com.
 
COSE
COSE connects small businesses with resources and expert advice they need to grow! www.cose.org 

Portage Development Board
Check out their new website!
www.portagedevbd.org
  
Mental Health & Recovery Board of Portage County
Mental health and addiction recovery information: 330.673.1756

2017 Board of Directors

President
Jennifer Stanley
First National Bank

Past President
Lisa Kusner-Hovanec

Vice Presidenet
Laura Radcliff
Edward Jones
 
Treasurer
Dan Mormile
Andersen Aurora Manufacturing

Secretary
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.
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Liaison
Pat Ciccantelli

Liaison
Denny Kovach/Harold Hatridge
Aurora City Council 
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Executive Director
Laura Holman 
director@allaboutaurora.com

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Howard Hanna



Gold Sponsors
Harman Home Designs

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