It's OCTOBER!

I generally try not to repeat myself, but as I re-read my words below I realized they express what is still foremost on my mind. So...here you go! Thank you for your time spent reading through the opportunities we are working hard to provide in support of your business and our business community. Together, we are stronger. Together, we make a difference. 

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It is hard to know how to respond when the news is filled with stories of such uncertainly and despair. 

I am heartened by looking for the helpers, those who step out of their comfort zone and into the chaos to help strangers who could be us. That reminds me to be thankful for our first responders, always answering the call wherever and whatever the need. I am thankful for my worries and concerns, when they are held in the relative safety and comfort of my corner of the world. I am thankful for the work I can do to help others in my small way.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who suffer in our world, especially this day to those affected by recent tragedies.

Here at the chamber, we are working hard to remain focused on the things we can control. We have a calendar filled with opportunities to connect you with other business-people so you can learn and grow together. Thank you for taking the time to scroll through this newsletter to find out more: please reach out if you have questions or ideas.

Highlights:

Saturday, October 7th: JOIN US as we combine 2 of Aurora's favorite events together into the Fall Festival & Business Showcase.  We will be setting up a large tent, and filling it with fun: Booth space is SOLD OUT! The event will take place from 11am - 4pm at beautiful Sunny Lake Park. Join us for a family-friendly day. Jungle Terry & Friends will be there at Noon!

Wednesday, October 25th is our 3Chamber October Luncheon, to be held at Bertram Inn & Conference Center beginning at 11:30am. Join us to hear from the experts at Hennes Communications on the timely topic of Crisis Management!

SAVE THESE DATES:

Tuesday, November 28th  Aurora Women in Networking (AWiN) will have their Holiday Open House from 5-7pm at Abigail's. Registration is required but the event is FREE! Please consider providing gift cards to be donated to Volunteers of America in support of their holiday giving efforts.

Friday, December 8th we will host our Annual Holiday Party & Awards Presentation at The Atrium at Anna Maria. We will celebrate sharing another year together and honor our Person and Business of the Year. Who will it be?? Stay Tuned!

All this and more...we are here for you. Thank you for making us part of your business plan.

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

Laura


Chamber News & Events

Aurora's
Fall Festival & Business Showcase
Register Today!

The City of Aurora and the Aurora Chamber of Commerce are joining together 2 of our most popular events to present the

2017 Aurora's Fall Festival & Business Showcase 

JOIN US!  
This family-friendly day will include: 
Trick-or-treat booths
Jungle Terry & Friends at Noon
Concessions including pulled pork & beef brisket with homemade bbq sauces!
Hay rides around beautiful Sunny Lake
Fall Crafts*
Mini Pumpkin Decorating*
Bounce Houses*
Miniature Golf provided by American Legion*

*Purchased wristband required for these opportunities

...and more!

 Everyone who attends will be treated to two complimentary raffle tickets upon arrival, and more can be purchased to benefit the Chamber's Scholarship Fund! We will draw for prizes throughout the event. Want to donate a prize? We'd love it! Let us know.
 
Thank you to our current sponsors:
Title Sponsor:
The Atrium at Anna Maria
Aurora Farms Premium Outlets
 
Partnering Sponsor:
Aurora Manor Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation
 
Supporting Sponsor:
Howard Hanna
The Travel Connection

 
3Chamber October Networking Luncheon
Crisis Management & Communications

Join US!
The Aurora, Solon and Twinsburg Chambers of Commerce present
3Chamber October Networking Luncheon
featuring Guest Speaker, Stephanie York
 
This fast-paced talk by crisis communications and media
specialist Stephanie York, will focus on a highly-strategic
approach to communicating during a wide variety of
situations, offering methods for establishing and maintaining "control of the message," enabling you to move your message
forward or mount a defense against a sudden press onslaught.
 
Thank you to our sponsor:
AWIN Holiday Open House
Join us!

At this hectic time of year, take a break and come out for a fun evening with fellow businesswomen and friends.

The event is free, but pre-registration is required so we know to expect you! 

We will provide complimentary beverages and appetizers.


Please consider donating a gift card to Volunteers of America
so they can make the holidays special for those in need.
Suggested gift cards- Marc's, Aldi's, Walmart or Giant Eagle.


 
 
They are the Sales Doctors. Trust them.
Sales Academy
November 2, 2017
8 a.m.-4 p.m.
The NEW Center
Proven sales trainers Hal Becker and Marvin Montgomery have designed a hands-on workshop for sales professionals and sales managers. Using years of experience, they have designed a full-day that will give you the strategies and tools you need to excel. This session is jam-packed with the most current sales techniques, age-old proven methodologies that work no matter what business you are in and naturally intense common-sense sales concepts that anyone can put into action.
Together they have worked with companies such as IBM, Disney, New York Life, United Airlines, Verizon, and AT&T, published several bestsellers, and featured by The Wall Street Journal, Inc Magazine, Nations Business, Smart Business Cleveland and the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Find out more at  www.cose.org/salesacademy

Visit cose.org to learn more and register.
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! 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 new residents about what is available to them when settling into their new hometown?
 
SUMMER DELIVERY IS HAPPENING NOW -- PREPARE ITEMS NOW FOR OUR NEXT DELIVERY!

Participation is easy and FREE to Chamber members!  Non Members are welcome to join in as well for a nominal fee. Next scheduled delivery spring 2018.

Member News & Events

 

Looking to hire?  
 
Give yourself the edge by attending the OhioMeansJobs Portage County Job Fair on Thursday, October 12, 2017! 
 
Tables will be limited, first fifty guaranteed a table.*
 
Our mission is to develop and strengthen our workforce by empowering and connecting individuals and businesses to collectively grow the economic stability of our community.  
For optimal advertisement, we will post your open positions on OhioMeansJobs.com;  then you connect and communicate with interested applicants at the Job Fair. Please send us your job descriptions to have your company's employment opportunities highlighted in our ad campaigns and social media.
We want to reach our mission's goals and have the event reach a wide audience of job seekers. To generate interest for the job fair, we have teams of Jobs Counselors strategically reaching out to local colleges, universities, and trade schools, as well as sending an invitation to all adults on Portage County Job and Family Services caseloads. 
 *Tables are Free*

The Portage Substance Abuse Community Coalition's annual Portage Opiate Conference
SAVE THE DATE!

The Portage Substance Abuse Community Coalition's annual Portage Opiate Conference will be held on Tuesday, Oct 31 from 1-5pm at NEOMED in Rootstown. Learn about medication-assisted treatment, the link between trauma and addiction, a community update, and more. Look for registration and more information soon at www.mental-health-recovery.org .

 
 

Information & Resources

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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.  

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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!


   
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Stay informed!
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:
Anthem NOACC                
Now you can get cost savings on your health insurance benefits usually reserved for larger companies.  How?  You get the purchasing power of the group insurance market through your chamber of commerce membership. www.NOACC.org
  
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Western Reserve Safety Council
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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

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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