Chamber News & Events
Thank you!
Scholarship Fund Donations!

On behalf of the Awards Committee and the Aurora Chamber of Commerce, a huge THANK YOU goes out to Hickory River Smokehouse for their generous donation to our scholarship fund.
Hickory River's soft opening fundraiser raised $407! thank you, also, to those who stopped by Aurora's newest restaurant and enjoyed some tasty bbq. Welcome, Hickory River Smokehouse Aurora! PS Check them out on Facebook for changing specials 
and updated information!

The Corrine L Dodero Foundation for the Arts and Sciences, on behalf of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Maulis, has donated a generous $2000 grant toward our scholarship fund. This donation will go directly and completely towards funding scholarships.  

We are truly appreciative for your generosity.  Donations to the Chamber Scholarship Fund are always welcome and tax deductible.
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2016 Aurora Business and Community Golf Outing
Thanks to all who participated!

"Showing gratitude is one of the simplest yet most powerful things humans can do for each other."  
- Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture
For all those who came together in supporting this event, our sincerest thanks. 

Premier Sponsor:
UH Portage Medical Center 

Dinner Sponsor:
Aurora Inn Hotel & Event Center

Hole in One Sponsor:
Don Joseph Toyota

Beverage Cart Sponsor:
Skala Insurance Agency

Lunch Sponsor:
Aurora Manor Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation

Cocktail Hour Sponsor:
Doogan's of Aurora

Photo Card Sponsor:
The Tinlin Team - Platinum Real Estate

Hole & Tee Sponsors:
Andersen Aurora Manufacturing
Anna Maria of Aurora/The Atrium at Anna Maria
Avenue at Aurora
City of Aurora - Parks and Recreation.
Family and Community Services, Inc.
Howard Hanna Aurora
Naturescape Landscaping
Hunter Temporary Services
Hole Sponsors:
Aurora Manor Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation
Doogan's of Aurora
Reitz, Paul & Shorr
First National Bank
Pure Water Technology
 Tee Sponsors:
Mayor Ann Womer Benjamin
Platinum Real Estate - The Tinlin Team
Classic Homes
Fine Reflections Salon
Graphics by Design
Harman Home Designs
Mill Distributors
Tomasko Garner Inc

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Drive It Yourself Tour 2016

Join us for this wildly popular self driving tour of Aurora area businesses.  Participating businesses will be providing lots of fun activities and giveaways from 11 am - 3 pm, Saturday July 16th.  

Get your tour map stamped and come on down to Aurora Farm Premium Outlets gazebo for the Grand Finale from 3-4pm!

Thank you to our sponsors:
Business After Hours - Party on the Patio
Mario's The Cabin Restaurant

Join us as we continue to celebrate summer!

Free appetizers and Cash bar.

Free to Members and their guests.
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:

August 3Chamber Networking Luncheon

Join us for this popular annual event!


September Networking Luncheon

Join us September 21st, Wednesday, at ThornCreek Winery & Gardens as we listen to the COSE Advocacy Team update us on hot legislative topics and their impact on your business, including medical marijuana, income tax, and minimum wage increase. 


Thank you to our luncheon sponsors:

Member News & Events
Portage County Senior Citizens Hall of Fame
Congratulations Annette!

Annette Balis, Community Service Representative at Home Instead Senior Care, was recently inducted into the Portage County Senior Citizens Hall of Fame, receiving the Outstanding Senior Service Award at the annual Portage County Senior Celebration that was held on May 10 at NEOMED in Rootstown.
Annette was recognized as a mentor and strong advocate for seniors in Portage County implementing several programs for seniors including the Be a Santa to a Senior program that has impacted over 1600 seniors since its inception.
The Messenger - Summer 2016
NEOMED's Community Newsletter

The summer edition of The Messenger, Northeast Ohio Medical University's community newsletter is now available:
Download The Messenger - Summer 2016

If you've missed The Messenger in the past, archived editions are available on our website.  Also, if you know of friends or family that would be interested in receiving this and other community updates, please forward this email and encourage them to join the mailing list.

Improving Energy Efficiency

Questions about energy consumption? Contact us at 216-592-2205 or
Questions about energy audits? Contact us at 216-592-2334 or

Energy consumption is one of the largest expense categories for many small businesses. COSE and its partners can offer members several programs to help assess current energy usage and opportunities to improve energy efficiency.
Dominion East Ohio and the Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE) have partnered to offer nonresidential customers free energy assessments.
Eligibility requirements: If you are a Dominion East Ohio customer and own or rent a building or space less than 25,000 square feet, then you are eligible for this program. This simple program saves participants an average of 25-30% on their operating costs. The program consists of 5 steps:
  1. Schedule online. Fill out the program enrollment form.
  2. Share your most recent natural gas and electric bill. COSE's auditors will use your bills to better understand how your building is using energy.
  3. Conduct the on-site assessment. COSE's auditors will do an on-site assessment to identify areas of your building that can be improved. This will include an analysis of the HVAC, building envelope, water heating and distribution, lighting, plug loads and building controls. On-site assessments are typically about an hour.  
  4. Review the results. Within two weeks of the assessment, COSE will send you a report that outlines the findings from your assessment. Often times improvements can be made at no cost or with a modest capital investment. COSE will review the report with you in person or by phone.
  5. Implement recommendations. COSE will help you prioritize the energy savings recommendations to develop an actionable energy efficiency strategy, and will connect you to quality service providers and capital resources to drive implementation.
Signature of Solon
What a Great Time to Join!

Why is now the best time to join Signature of Solon?
Receive a passport book for all new Members valued at over $500!

Join as a Golf Member ($250-$500 a month inclusive)  and your first year November - March enjoy winter dues at a reduced fee!

Enjoy our new Signature Clubs that include Vintner's Club, Euchre, Book Club, Yoga, Barre, Cycling Classes, Ladies Golf Martini League, Men's Beer & Bogie's League, Complimentary babysitting on Friday nights while you dine & So much more! 

Experience being a Member for a Day by contacting Bonnie Napora, Membership Director
Information & Resources
The Circus is Coming to Town!

The Kelly Miller Circus

A little history about the Kelly Miller Circus

Started in 1938 by Obert Miller and his sons, Kelly and Dory, the Al G. Kelly Miller Brothers Circus, now known simply as Kelly Miller, has entertained millions of American and Canadian citizens while establishing itself in the fabric and history of the American Tented Circus.
The Miller Family devoted their lives to their circus and through talent and hard work built it into America's 2nd largest big top show.
From the early morning hours, when the elephants pull the big top into the air to the very moment when the king pole races to the ground at the end of the day, you the public are invited to come and be a part of the magic of "Circus Day" as it has been experienced for over 200 years!

When:   Sunday, July 24th. 
Times:   2:00 and 5:00 PM.
Ticket Prices:
Pre-Sale:        $12 Adult, $6 Child
Day of Show: $16 Adult, $8 Child

Ticket locations in Aurora are: 
The Odyssey
Zeppies Pizzeria
Mantua Grain
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.

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
Name: 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
COSE connects small businesses with resources and expert advice they need to grow! 

Portage Development Board
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 ( 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 August/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!


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

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