Welcome, August!

I hope this finds you all well and enjoying this hot and sunny summer. 

Looking at the photos above reminds me that we have had an abundance of successful events and opportunities to support and promote you. What a wonderful feeling! 

Our golf outing was, as you can see, enjoyed by all involved. Then, on a beautiful Saturday in July we welcomed over 70 visitors to our office for this year's Drive it Yourself Tour, and were so pleased and proud to hear how much they enjoyed visiting your businesses and learning more about Aurora's growing business community. 
THANK YOU to those who participated for spreading the word all about Aurora! HEY: do you still have tour stop signs? GIve us a call so we can come get 'em!

This summer's party on the patio has also been lively and fun. These free after-hours events are a great way to showcase our restaurant venues while providing an opportunity for people to connect and build relationships in a relaxed atmosphere. We have another Party on the Patio planned for September 14th at Aurora Inn Hotel & Event Center - register today and we'll see you there!

Our luncheon series continues on August 31st, when we host the annual 3Chamber legislative luncheon at The Bertram Inn & Conference Center with our current Congressman Dave Joyce. We sincerely appreciate Dave's commitment to staying connected with the legislative issues that effect businesses, and look forward to his update.

In September, we return to beautiful ThornCreek Winery Gardens to receive further education on relevant legislative issues -- perfect timing to get informed before this year's elections. The COSE/Greater Cleveland Partnership advocacy team is sending Senior VP Marty McGann to share his valuable insight.

Check out these and other opportunities below, and, as always, contact us if you have news to share. We are here for you!

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

Laura Holman
Executive Director, Aurora Chamber of Commerce 

Chamber News & Events



MultiChamber Speed Networking Event
7 Chambers Included!
Expand your networking reach with our area's largest
Multi-Chamber Speed Networking Event!

Thursday, August 11, 2016
4 pm - 7 pm (networking and cocktail hour 4-5 pm)
Cost:  $15 per person, MUST be a member of a participating chamber
Cost includes:  entrance fee, appetizers, beverages (cash bar available)

You MUST pre-register and pre-pay via the link through Beachwood Chamber of Commerce. No walk-ins for this event.  When registering, please indicate which chamber you are a member of.

Embassy Suites Beachwood
3775 Park East Drive
Beachwood, OH  44122

 Presented by:

  Howard Hanna
                                            Rotary Club of Solon

Business After Hours - Party on the Patio

We know you're busy and finding time to network isn't always easy. So come on out to Aurora Inn and relax while you new business relationships. Let's celebrate a great summer!

September Networking Luncheon
Cose Advocay Team

Join us September 21st, Wednesday, at ThornCreek Winery & Gardens as we listen to our featured speaker, Marty McGann - senior VP Government Advocacy for the Greater Cleveland Partnership, update us on hot legislative topics and their impact on your business, including medical marijuana, income tax, and minimum wage increase. 


Nominations Now Being Accepted
Deadline is September 9th!                                                 

2016 Person of the Year Nominations
This award is given to recognize the contribution of a person who exemplifies civic awareness,
demonstrates leadership, and works for the betterment of the Aurora community.

Or fill out our online form by going to www.allaboutaurora.com!
2016 Business of the Year Nominations
This award is presented to a local business, organization, or agency that makes a positive contribution to the Aurora business community while showing a commitment to making Aurora a better place to work and live.
Member News & Events
Information & Resources

New Menu Items!

Building a Talent Pipeline: Here's How you can Help

Employers from a variety of industries and of all sizes in our region and around the state say finding and keeping a talented workforce is one of their top challenges. 

One solution with a long-range view on how to make this happen is to start talking to students about planning a career path as early as eighth grade.

That's the focus of an innovative program-True2U-a collaboration among the Cleveland Foundation's youth development program, My Com, the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD), the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) and the Neighborhood Leadership Institute. 

Launched in September 2015, True2U provides CMSD eighth-graders with support to explore their purpose, identify their strengths and set personal goals for success. 

The GCP is currently recruiting business professionals to serve as volunteer mentors in the 2016-2017 school year. Click here to learn more about becoming a True2U mentor. 

Reduce your Home Electric Bill: Information from COSE's energy program

As a valued member, we want to be sure you are maximizing your benefits and that includes energy choice both for your own and your employees' homes. At the Aurora Chamber, we take pride in working with our partners at COSE to develop energy procurement solutions for our valued members like YOU and are pleased to extend a great residential electric offer. You are one of the first in Ohio to receive this exclusive offer. 
Cleveland Electric Illuminating, Toledo Edison and Ohio Edison customers can lock in this fixed monthly rate of .0629 cents per kWh for 12 months, please visit: www.ppandu.com/cose.  Rates for CEI and other service areas can change monthly, so be sure to check online for current rates. Exclusive discount available through July 31, 2016!
As the managing consultant of the COSE Natural Gas and Electric Choice Programs, OnDemand Energy is offering exclusive savings with Public Power, LLC ® to COSE members, and employees of the member company.  

We look forward to providing this important benefit to you and your employees to continue to help you monitor costs and identify the right solutions for your home and your business. For general questions, please feel free to reach the COSE Energy Team at (216) 592-2205.

*Founded in 2008, Public Power LLC  is a leader in the retail energy industry, offering electricity services that help customers better manage their budget and energy costs.  Public Power LLC  is not to be confused with Cleveland Public Power, the municipal electric company, operating only in the city of Cleveland. If you have any questions, please contact Public Power LLC at 888-354-4415.


For more information visit www.gertsburglaw.com/our-insight/events/
Seats are limited so please RSVP to The Gertsburg Law Firm at
440-571-7772 or jk@gertsburg.com

City of Aurora
Stay informed!
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
August Program: Five Biggest Mistakes Employers Make in Handling Workers' Comp Claims
Date: August 3, 2016
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM EDT

Location:  Mustard Seed Market & Cafe (second floor)
6025 Kruse Drive
Solon, OH  44139

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!
Electronic Membership Plaques
Current active 2016 members!

As you are aware the Chamber has exciting new branding.  If you are a current 2016 member, please download the membership 
ePlaque and link us ( www.allaboutaurora.com) to your website.  Let's stay connected! 
Embrace Aurora!

Welcome to the Neighborhood!

UPDATE: 95 Embrace Aurora bags are on their way to new residents! Thank you to the members of City Council and to Mayor Ann Womer Benjamin for hand-delivering these bags directly to the doors of our new neighbors -- and your potential customers!

Next round of deliveries is anticipated to be in August/September/September. 

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?

Click on the form below to register and for further details.  Participation is easy and FREE to Chamber members!  Non Members are welcome to join in as well for a nominal fee.

Once registered, your promotional items can be dropped off at the Chamber Office M-F from 9am-2pm.  That's it.  We take it from there and get your items where they need to go!

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 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. 
Board of Directors
Lisa Kusner-Hovanec

Vice President
Jennifer Stanley
First National Bank

Dan Mormile
Andersen Aurora Manufacturing
S ecretary
Laura Radcliff
Edward Jones
Diane Barben
The Atrium at Anna Maria

Dottie Dupuy
Howard Hanna

Michelle Harman
Harman Home Designs

Ing Kiland
Metis Construction

Jim Kraus
City of Aurora

Vicky Rovder
Excalibur Collision

Alan Shorr
Reitz, Paul & Shorr

Sue Tinlin
The Tinlin Team -
Platinum Real Estate

Doug Wieder
Mill Distributors, Inc.
Pat Ciccantelli

Denny Kovach 
Aurora City Council 
Executive Director
Laura Holman 

Aurora Community  and Events Guide

 CLICK HERE  to view entire guide.

If you need more Community guides, please contact us and we will deliver! 

Platinum Sponsor

Howard Hanna

Gold Sponsors
Harman Home Designs