Welcome March!
In like a lion and out like a lamb??? Who knows what our Ohio weather will be like!
We had our State of the City Luncheon on February 28. What a turnout! 135 people registered and 133 attended! Many thanks to Mayor Ann Womer Benjamin and Superintendent Pat Ciccantelli for updating us on our wonderful City of Aurora. Thank you also to all of the members of our safety forces and the local, county, state and national reps that attended. And of course, thank you to our members that came in support of the beautiful city that we call home!
Spring is coming and soon summer will be here. Do you know what that means? Party on the Patio!! Please contact me if you would be interested in hosting one of our fun after hour events.
March 13 is the AWiN Wellness Fair from 5pm-7pm at the Howard Hanna Community Room. Enjoy an evening with friends to discuss and discover paths to better health!
March 21 is the date for our monthly Networking Luncheon at The Aurora Inn. The Gertsburg Law Firm will talk to us about "How to Stay Out of Court." Hosted by Howard Hanna.
Expect to start seeing me out and about visiting your businesses. Tell me what the Chamber can do for you!
Let's make things happen!!!

Chamber News & Events

2018 Wellness Fair
Aurora Women in Networking

Enjoy an evening with friends to discuss and discover paths to better health!
Vendors will be on hand to help you reach optimum wellness: physical, mental, financial,  emotional and others.
Wine and complimentary
appetizers will be available.
$10/guest (includes 5 tickets towards wine/giveaways)

Reservations required.

Presented by:
The Gertsburg Law Firm
March Networking Luncheon
"How to Stay Out of Court"

Everyone knows how painful lawsuits are.  They're time-consuming, energy-consuming,  distracting and expensive.  Here's a dirty little secret that every lawyer knows:  most  business lawsuits and investigations, or exposure from them for damages, fines and  expenses, are entirely preventable if a company follows some simple preemptive steps.  

This luncheon is intended to pass along proven strategies for saving companies boat-loads  of money both inside and outside the courts.

Reserve your seat today!
Prepaid Reservations Required
$25.00 per Chamber Member
$35.00 per Non-member

$5 late fee after Friday, February 23rd if seating is available.
Cancellations must be received by phone 330-562-3355 or e-mail ( assistant@allaboutaurora.com) before 9 a.m. on the Monday prior to the event for a one-time credit to an upcoming luncheon.  Guaranteed meal counts must be provided and paid to our host.  Cancellations received after the deadline and "no shows" will be invoiced and will not be entitled to a refund.  Please adhere to these policies.
For members participating in our prepaid luncheon program, prepaid luncheons are not guaranteed reservations and an RSVP must still be made.

3Chamber April Networking Luncheon
Treating Addiction as a Chronic Disease

Renee Klaric is the Program Manager for University Hospitals  Addiction Services. She is a Licensed Professional Clinical  Counselor, Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency  Counselor and a Clinical Supervisor.
She has spent most of her career improving the services that patients receive in diverse healthcare settings both as a practitioner and a business person. Her experience in program creation, development and implementation has brought her to this opportunity with UH to offer a new and much needed modern perspective of treating  addiction as a chronic disease.

MultiChamber Business After Hours
15 Chambers of Commerce Mixer

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2018 Aurora Business & Community Golf Outing
Save the Date!

It's time: we're getting ready to come out swinging!  

Join us for a day of great food, great relationship building, and great golf at the beautiful and challenging Boulder Creek Golf Club.

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

You don't want to miss this!!

8:30- 9:15am
Shotgun: 9:30am
$125/golfer Includes:
Greens Fee
Cart Fee
Lunch & Dinner
Gift Bag
One Mulligan per Foursome
Hole-in-One Contest
Closest to Pin Prize
1st, 2nd and 3rd
Place Prizes!
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 coming 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 last 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?

Participation is easy and FREE to Chamber members!  Non Members are welcome to join in for a nominal fee. 

Member News & Events

Mario's International 
Spa, Hotel & Cabin Restaurant 
In Appreciation of Your Patronage! 
March Specials 
Purchase a 100 Spa Dollar Gift Card 
& Receive a 58 Spa Dollar Gift Card 

Save $58 on Your Favorite Spa Program 
Spa Teaser = $120.00 (Reg. $178) 
Girlfriend's Getaway = $117.00
(Reg. $175) 
Experience Our Best! 
Choose One of Our Best Deluxe Spa Services 
With Spa Champagne Lunch 
* Therapeutic Massage -- Thermal Stone Therapy -- 
Anti-Aging Facial -- Oxygen Facial * 
(90 minute Deluxe Therapy)  $152.00 
(Reg. $210.00) 
Hair Care 
Look Your Best! 
Color, Cut, Conditioning & Hairstyle (M) 
Spa Champagne Lunch  $147.00  
(Reg. $205.00) 
Nail Care 
One Hour Reflexology, Manicure & Pedicure 
Spa Champagne Lunch  $177.00  
(Reg. $235.00) 
Save $58 on Your Favorite Overnight Program 
Bed & Breakfast = $72.00 (Reg. $130) 
Stay-cation Double = $141.00
(Reg. $199) 
Spa Scape Double = $341.00
(Reg. $399) 
Add an Additional Overnight Stay = $58 
Sundays - Thursdays   Overnight Stay 
With In-Room Whirlpool 
Cabin Dining Dollars 
25 Single / 50 Double 
Continental Breakfast 
Single $91.00       Double $124.00 
(Reg. $158.00)     (Reg. $231.00) 

The Cabin 
Restaurant, Lounge & Patio 
The Grotto (Whirlpool, Steam or Sauna) 
Relaxation Massage (F) 
Select Appetizer & Cabin Cocktail 
$99.00   (Reg. 135.00)  
Every Thursday & Friday 
Enjoy Our Fresh Fish Specials Daily 
Inspired by Chefs Todd & Jason 

Time for Weddings & Showers  
Receive Special Savings 
If You Reserve Your Private Party 
Graduations, Weddings/Receptions, Reunions, 
Bridal/Baby Showers, Meetings & More! 
Catering to Your Needs & Budget 
** Spa Dollars Valid for Single Services Only. Packages/Programs Do Not Apply. ** 
Order by Phone or Online  
888-464-7721  or  330-562-9171 
Portage County's Annual Career Connections Expo
Something new and exciting for our community! 

Do you struggle finding a good workforce pipeline? How about making those connections with our local youth?
This spring, our newly revamped event is dedicated to meet that need. OhioMeansJobs Portage County would like to partner with the local chambers to develop strategies and build bridges that support integrating your members to give local students opportunities to become more aware of careers in their own community! 

On March 14, all area middle and high school students are invited to learn about career choices in Portage County. Local businesses, schools, and military representatives are invited to participated in the expo to help show students what potential career options are available. 
Why be an Exhibitor? 
  1. The Expo is a great opportunity to connect with the future workforce and encourage students to acquire the skills they need to be successful in the workplace.
  2. Educate students about the range of career options in Portage County; We would like for you to speak to the students about your company's possible career paths and answer any questions they may have.  Live demonstrations are always a hit!
  3. Expose local students of all ages to meaningful work-and-learn experiences;
  4. Equip local students with the education and skills required to succeed in their careers and meet Portage County's economic needs;
  5. The company and representative will be highlighted in the event's promotional material.
The Commitment:
The commitment is simple: five to six hours of your time as you share what your career is all about, and how it fits into Ohio's economy. The pay-off is huge: "career ready" students who know what they want to do and how to get there, a stronger community, and a more vibrant economy for all Ohioans. 
Exhibitor promotion opportunities:
  • Consider donating a door prize. Student's level of engagement will earn them an entry for door prizes. 
Career Connections Expo will focus on career sectors which are projected to be in high demand for Ohio's economy (advanced manufacturing; agriculture, construction science; healthcare & life sciences; information technology; and logistics). However, nearly all careers intersect with these sectors in some way. Be prepared to share how your career contributes to our economic growth and what skills, aptitudes and educational pathways are essential.
Career Connections Expo is dedicated to helping students make informed decisions about their future career choices, and linking them with employers and schools in our community. Contact Helene Leightner for event details and to receive a personal invitation 330-297-3763 Helene.Leightner@jfs.ohio.gov

The attorneys of Gertsburg Law have a comprehensive understanding of the countless legal issues facing businesses on a daily basis. In order to share our knowledge with the community, we publish weekly blog articles that explain and elaborate on issues relevant to business owners. Here are some of the articles available on our blog this month:

Fortifying Your Customer Contracts
For business done on the final leg of the chain of commerce-that is, directly to the customer-agreements for the sale of goods or services should be especially well thought out. Customers often lack knowledge of your industry and yet they may be very critical of the goods or services they receive. For this reason, your customer contracts should set reasonable expectations and account for every contingency.

Special Report on Class Actions and Arbitration in Consumer Lending
This past November, votes came down from the Executive Branch dismantling an agency rule that would have increased consumers' access to the court system in cases of lender disputes. The would-be rule dealt specifically with mandatory arbitration agreements and class action lawsuits in the context of financial service providers. This proves to be a bit of a double-edged sword for businesses in the start-up and scale-up space, which deal heavily in business loans on the front end and consumer financing on the back end.

Terms for Smooth Sailing Vendor Contracts
Vendor contracts are agreements with other companies that provide you your product, or a component of your product or service, for use in your own business. From this definition alone, we can see the importance of a vendor contract in successful operations; and there are supplementary documents, key terms, and provisions that can help ensure that all runs smoothly between buyer and seller.

Stopping Lawsuits Dead: Managing Risk with Liability Waiver and Release Forms
A well-crafted liability waiver can save a business hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees and judgments. Unfortunately, updating a waiver, like updating insurance policies or reviewing vendor agreements, is one of those things that too many businesses put off until it's too late and they've missed the opportunity to protect themselves.
To learn more about the services of Gertsburg Law, call us today at 440-571-7777 or complete our contact form. From our Chagrin Falls office, we proudly provide legal services for businesses of all sizes. 

Information & Resources

Drive It Yourself TourSeptember 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.

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

City of Aurora
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
Think Chamber

BWC News
Private employers: Prospective billing transition effective July 1. Watch video & sign up for seminar/webinar Click Here.
For BWC eNews   Click Here.
Western Reserve Safety Council
For the latest news and event information Click Here
Portage County Safety Council
Stay up to date on news and events by visiting www.portagesafetycouncil.com.
COSE connects small businesses with resources and expert advice they need to grow! www.cose.org 

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

2018 Board of Directors

Jennifer Stanley
First National Bank

Vice President
Laura Radcliff
Edward Jones
Vicky Rovder
Excalibur Collision

Doug Wieder
Mill Distributors, Inc.

Karen Adams
Don Joseph Toyota

Diane Barben
The Atrium at Anna Maria

Kyle Hersh
Aurora Farms Premium Outlets

Tracey Nagy
Skala Insurance Agency

Alan Shorr
Reitz, Paul & Shorr

Sue Tinlin
The Tinlin Team -
Platinum Real Estate

Pat Ciccantelli

Denny Kovach/Harold Hatridge
Aurora City Council 
Executive Director
Karen Bosley

Aurora Community  and Events Guide

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Howard Hanna

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Community News & Events


Aurora Chamber of Commerce -
Person of the Year & Business of the Year

Aurora Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau is accepting nominations for Person and Business of the Year 2018. If you know of an individual or business, organization, or agency that strives to make Aurora a better place to work, live, and raise our families, contact us at 330-562-3355 or director@allaboutaurora.com. Online nomination forms can also be found at www.allaboutaurora.com.

The deadline for nominations is September 7, 2018. Nominees do not need to be members of the chamber of commerce. Both awards will be presented at the Chamber Holiday Party & Awards Ceremony to be held December 7 at The Atrium at Anna Maria. The public is invited to attend this annual celebration!