'Let peace begin with me
Let this be the moment now.
With every step I take
Let this be my solemn vow.
To take each moment
And live each moment
With peace eternally.
Let there be peace on earth,
And let it begin with me.'

                                --by Jill Jackson Miller and Sy Miller

Hello members and friends,

As I write this, I am torn. I am so proud of our business community and all we are doing to work together towards our common goals. Communicating those efforts is the purpose of this newsletter, and we have a lot to share!  I cannot, however, shake the need to speak about the losses our community has recently suffered. I hope I can do both and also respect your time.

As someone who works and lives in Aurora, I want to sincerely thank Mayor Ann Womer Benjamin, Police Chief Bryan Byard, and the staffs of the City of Aurora overall and specifically the Aurora Police Department for representing our community so well in this time of mourning. The loss of Officer Steve Cieslak is most acutely felt by his loving family and friends, but our community grieves together. I also want to commend the police departments of neighboring communities who came together to pay their respects and support one another: Steve's work family, his brothers and sisters in blue. 

There are no greater heroes than the members of our safety forces, and we owe them a debt of gratitude for taking every call, every day. Please remember to thank them for their service and, most of all, to respect the weight of their responsibilities as they do their jobs.

May is National Mental Health month.  It is estimated that 1 of 4 people in our country suffer from one of a variety of mental illnesses. The challenges are real, the treatments complicated, the stigma disheartening. Thankfully, there is hope.

Chamber member Portage Mental Health & Recovery Board provides an abundance of information about mental illness, including education as well as support services for those who are struggling and those who care for them. Please check them out: www.mental-health-recover.org

Here is a snippet of what you will find:

The mission of the Mental Health & Recovery Board of Portage County is to develop, manage and sustain a community-driven system of behavioral health treatment, prevention and recovery services. The values that guide the MHRB:
  • Break down stigma to encourage people through education and community support to seek help with the awareness that behavioral health is a health issue
  • Support and advocate for people with mental health and alcohol and other drug problems to address unmet needs as they undergo treatment and work toward recovery
  • Ensure that services are easily accessible and provided in a coordinated and collaborative manner across Portage County.
  • Operate as stewards of public funding to be responsive to community needs, encouraging the use of evidence-based practices that are both cost effective and clinically sound.
  • Respect the rights and dignity of all people, treating everyone in a just and equal manner
  • Empower people to be productive members of the community
Treatment works. People recover. 
Let's work together on this. 

If you need help, reach out to someone. Don't stop asking for help until someone understands. Not only will you give them the opportunity to support you, but you might open a window for them to get help for themselves, or someone else they know. 

Let's also make it a point to be as kind as possible to one another. Our lives are busy, stressful, full. More than ever, kindness matters.  Let this be the moment now.

Thank you.

Please read through the rest of this newsletter for important information about what's happening in our business community. Visit us, email, or call to find out more. We are here for you.

Blessings,
Laura
Laura Holman
Executive Director
Aurora Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau

ps feel free to forward this to a colleague or friend who might want to learn about what's happening: registration links will work for them, too!
Chamber of Commerce News & Events
New Member Breakfast Networking Event
Welcome new members!

If you joined the Commerce within the past 12 months, or if you are a new employee of an existing Member Company, you are invited to attend our first New Member Breakfast. Come join us for coffee and pastries to meet other new members, our Board of Directors plus City Officials and learn about our Chamber and the resources available to you.
 
This opportunity is FREE, but please register by clicking the link below no later than Wednesday, May 4 so that we know to expect you.

 
 
NEO Business Show 2016
Wednesday, May 11 4-7pm
Signature of Solon
Aurora, Chagrin Valley, Solon and Twinsburg Chambers of Commerce

Presented and energized by Rock the House entertainment

Are You Looking to
· connect with other businesses?
· generate leads?
· enhance the quality of your business?


Register your business TODAY to put your business forward!  This business-to-business show features members of the Aurora, Chagrin Valley, Solon and Twinsburg Chambers of Commerce.


The NEO Business Show is an affordable way to provide your company maximum exposure in front of people who want to learn more about what you and how you do it. Attendees of this FREE event will c heck out your best products and services while enjoying samples from area restaurants, entertainment, and a cash bar. 


  
 
May Networking Luncheon
Wednesday, May 18th 11:30am - 1pm
The **NEW** Lodge Restaurant, Boulder Creek Golf Club 


Join us at Boulder Creek Golf Club in their new restaurant - THE LODGE.  

Guest Speaker:  
Shon Christy:
President, Focal Point Social Media.

Learn how to unleash the enormous potential of immediate and world-wide communication.

Find out what's new and how to manage your time to get the most out of social media.
 
We look forward to seeing you there!

Sponsored by:

             
Landscaping, Outdoor Visionaries  

and 
 
  
 
May Party on the Patio
Business After Hours

Spring is here and you know what that means!  Join us as we kick off our "Party on the Patio" Business After Hours. 

It's also National Wine Day. So....you know....


This event is FREE to Chamber Members and their guests!

Complimentary appetizers are provided.  Cash Bar.

Registration required.

 
Aurora Business & Community Golf Outing
Thursday, June 16, 2016
at Boulder Creek Golf Club


Want your business recognized?  Golf sponsorships are a great way to do just that. You can also donate a raffle prize to raise scholarship funds. 

Of course, we also want you out on the course! Don't have a foursome?  No need to worry: We'll get you set up for a successful day at beautiful Boulder Creek Golf Club.

Enjoy golf, fun, connections, and food all while helping to support the Aurora Chamber of Commerce scholarship fund. 

Premier Sponsor:

  
 





BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND: 
Professor Mike Kachilla Provides a Follow-up to His Presentation on Generational Differences. 
Are People Your....
bosses? employees? customers? vendors? clients? 
You Don't Want to Miss This. 
Register by contacting tdaniel@portagedbd.org 
or calling 330-297-3470 by May 16th. Cost $10/person


Member News & Events

You're invited to attend the
SALES ACADEMY
Tuesday, May 17 th 2016 l 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
The NEW Center at NEOMED, Rootstown, Ohio
  
Join renowned sales gurus Marvin Montgomery
and Hal Becker for a full-day course that will help
you take your sales effort to the next level.
Topics to be covered include:
* Effective cold calling techniques
* How to sell on value, not price
* The best ways to overcome customer resistance
* Closing and follow-up techniques
* And much more!
Space is limited, so reserve your spot today for this
unique opportunity to learn from two of the best.
to learn more and register
1240 Huron Rd. E, Suite 200
Cleveland, Ohio 44115-1717
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NEWS
HUNTINGTON BANK RANKS HIGHEST IN J.D. POWER
U.S. RETAIL BANKING SATISFACTION STUDY FOR 4TH STRAIGHT YEAR

April 28, 2016
 
Contact: 
Michael K. Sherman, michael.sherman@huntington.com , 614-480-6114
 
HUNTINGTON BANK RANKS HIGHEST IN J.D. POWER
U.S. RETAIL BANKING SATISFACTION STUDY FOR 4TH STRAIGHT YEAR
 
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Huntington Bank holds the top spot for customer satisfaction within the North Central Region for the fourth consecutive year according to the 2016 J.D. Power U.S. Retail Banking Satisfaction Study(SM). Huntington outperformed its closest North Central Region competitor by 18 points and received the highest score in the region for Facility, Account Information, Fees and Channel Activities.
 
"All of us at Huntington value the opportunity to connect and work closely with customers to make a difference in their lives and across the communities where they live and work," said Mary Navarro, retail and business banking director. "We take great pride in listening intently to customer needs and working hard to facilitate their financial security. In light of that, we're grateful customers continue to rate their experiences at Huntington among the industry's best."
 
Huntington's prominence atop the J.D. Power U.S. Retail Banking Satisfaction Study for four consecutive years reflects ongoing efforts to develop groundbreaking financial services, answering the call for a simpler, more straight-forward approach to helping customers manage their financial lives.
 
Through calculated investments in customers, employees and infrastructure, and in a distinct move to add value through the advent of its 'Fair Play' banking philosophy and delivery of Asterisk-Free Checking and industry first, 24-Hour Grace®, Huntington has experienced industry-leading consumer household growth of 62 percent (585,000 households) over the last six years. During that time, Huntington experienced 8 percent compound annual revenue growth (28 percent total revenue growth), and profits have increased significantly, as its cumulative stock price rose by 161 percent.
 
About Huntington
Huntington Bancshares Incorporated is a $73 billion asset regional bank holding company headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, with a network of more than 750 branches and more than 1,500 ATMs across six 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.

Community News & Events


Sponsor us and learn more at www.robobacon.org
Donations are TAX DEDUCTIBLE !
Aurora Robotics is a registered 501(c)(3) organization !
SPONSORSHIP LEVELS:
**All sponsors receive recognition on robobacon.org including
name, company logo and link to company website (if applicable)**

Contact: Mike Thompson
Phone: 330.296.0024x3
Fax: 330.296.0265
  Email: portagesafetycouncil@gmail.com
Mail checks to: Portage County Safety Council
705 Oakwood St, Suite 221, Ravenna, OH 44266
 Information & Resources
City of Aurora
July 4th Grand Marshal Nominations
City of Aurora

The City of Aurora extends the opportunity to the community to nominate a deserving individual to be the Grand Marshal for this year's July 4 th Parade. The nominations will be reviewed by the Mayor, Parks and Recreation Director and the Parks and Recreation Community Events Coordinator.

 
 
City of Aurora
Aurora recently received accolades in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management and for demonstrating environmental improvement and high level of tree care.
 
Spring Perennial Swap
Date:  May 21, 2016
Time:  11 am - noon
Location: Kiwanis Moore Park
                35 West Pioneer Trail
 
Date:  May 21, 2016
Time:  8:30 am
Location:  Sunny Lake Park

Stay informed!
www.auroraoh.com
 
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
THE NORTHERN OHIO AREA CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE GIVE MEMBERS GROUP BUYING POWER AND ENCOURAGE BUYING LOCAL.

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
Topic: Leadership for Safety Culture - Awards and CEO Event
Speaker: Art Anton, President & CEO, Swagelok
May 4th, 2016
Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00
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
COSE connects small businesses with resources and expert advice they need to grow! www.cose.org 

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 ( www.allaboutaurora.com) to your website.  Let's stay connected! 
 
 
Embrace Aurora!
Welcome to the Neighborhood!


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!

 

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 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. 
Board of Directors
 
President
Lisa Kusner

Vice President
Jennifer Stanley
First National Bank

Treasurer
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.
-------------------------
Liaison
Pat Ciccantelli

Liaison
Denny Kovach 
Aurora City Council 
-------------------------
Executive Director
Laura Holman 
director@allaboutaurora.com

Aurora Community  and Events Guide

  CLICK HERE  to view entire guide.

Look for our NEW Guide coming SOON!

Platinum Sponsor

Howard Hanna


Gold Sponsors
Harman Home Designs

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