June 2018
Aurora Chamber of Commerce Newsletter
The mission of the Aurora Chamber of Commerce is to facilitate the growth of 
Aurora area businesses, promote tourism, and invest in programs 
that enhance and enrich the community.  
June is here!!

   What a summer we have planned! There is so much to see and do in Aurora! Make sure you check the calendar at allaboutaurora.com for updates.

   The Aurora Farmers Market and Summer Music Concerts begin this month. If you haven’t been to either, you need to go! 

   Parties on the Patio have started! Our first party was at ThornCreek Winery and Gardens on May 16. If you weren’t one of the lucky 32 that attended, you missed out! The gardens are beautiful and the wine is pretty good too! Our next party is at Mad Jack’s on June 12. Hope to see you there!

   Our May luncheon featured our own Stacie Riffert of Focal Point Business Coaching.She helped us understand how to Engage and Retain Employees. Stacie gave us 7 Strategies to help build employee engagement.

   Mark your calendars and clean your golf clubs! The Aurora Chamber Golf Outing is June 21 at Boulder Creek in Streetsboro. You can still sign up to golf or volunteer and we still have a few sponsorship available.

   Embrace Aurora bags will be distributed to new homeowners the week of June 11. If you missed out on this FREE advertising, please start planning for the fall distribution. We ask for 200 items that promote and/or advertise your business. Call if you have questions!
   July 21 is The Drive It Yourself Tour! It’s not too early to register and get ready for this event!

   Don’t forget that nominations for Person and Business of the Year are accepted all year. Don’t wait until the last minute to nominate someone! The winners are announced at the Holiday Party which might be one that you don’t want to miss this year!!!

   And… please call or stop by the office with any ideas, questions or concerns that you have. We are here for YOU!!!

Let’s make things happen!!!
Chamber News & Events
2018 Aurora Business & Community Golf Outing

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.

Registration:
8:30- 9:15am
Shotgun: 9:30am
 
$125/golfer Includes:
  • Greens Fee
  • Cart Fee
  • Lunch & Steak Dinner
  • Beverages
  • Gift Bag
  • One Mulligan per Foursome
  • Hole-in-One Contest
  • Closest to Pin Prize
  • and 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place Prizes!
Additional sponsorship available. Click the link below to learn more.

THANK YOU to our Premier Sponsor:
Get the latest updates from Washington, DC and learn how they may effect your business. Seating is limited and there are no walk-ins. Register now as this event tends to sell out.
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June 12, Tuesday
Party on the Patio -
Business After Hours
Join us and network with friends, old and new, for this month's Party on the Patio! Featuring Complimentary Appetizers & Cash Bar

Tuesday, June 12th ~ 5-7pm

Mad Jack's Grill & Pub
204 S. Chillicothe Road, Aurora

FREE for Aurora Chamber Members & Guests
Registration Required
July 21, Saturday
Aurora's Drive-It-Yourself Tour
NOW REGISTERING BUSINESSES!
DRIVE CUSTOMERS DIRECTLY TO YOUR DOOR!
Register as a TOUR STOP Today.

TOUR STOPS on this self-directed driving tour will consist of a variety of businesses. Maps will list stops and include a brief description of a giveaway, unique sale, or activity available only during the TOUR.
 
Participants will visit and have their map stamped at a minimum of 10 locations to be eligible for a grand prize drawing at the Grand Finale, held at Aurora Farms Premium Outlets.
 
A limited number of tour stops will be selected.
 
In order to participate, you need to:    
SUBMIT REGISTRATION FORM  by Friday, June 29th Items are not needed until event**

GIVEAWAY, UNIQUE SALE, OR ACTIVITY : Provide something special during the tour Remember: people will choose who to visit based on how enticing your 'something special' is. Think of something that shows off who you are, then entice them to come back!
    
DONATION TO THE GRAND PRIZE BASKET:  Drop off your donation to the Chamber office by July 18.  
   
If you would like to participate but your business location isn't a fit, we will create a 'block of stops' - contact us and we will tell you all about it!
Did we mention this is a FREE, MEMBERS ONLY OPPORTUNITY
2018 Board of Directors
President
Jennifer Stanley
First National Bank

Vice President
Laura Radcliff
Edward Jones
 
Secretary
Vicky Rovder
Excalibur Collision

Treasurer
Doug Wieder
Mill Distributors, Inc.
Karen Adams
Don Joseph Toyota

Diane Barben

Kyle Hersh
Aurora Farms Premium Outlets

Tracey Nagy
Skala Insurance Agency

Alan Shorr
Reitz, Paul & Shorr

Sue Tinlin
Platinum Real Estate

Member News & Events
The Tax Cut and Jobs Act (TCJA) is officially law. Both the House and Senate passed the new tax reform bill in December with straight party-line votes and no support from Democrats. President Trump signed it into law right before Christmas. It is the first overhaul of the tax code in more than 30 years. In this article, we’ll look at how this tax law is likely to impact seniors and persons with disabilities.

Vendors and other independent contractors should be covered by Commercial General Liability (CGL) and Professional Liability Insurance (PLI) policies, which protect them against the consequences of accidents, errors and omissions, mistakes, and oversights when providing services to clients like you. If they don’t have this coverage (and, in fact, a solid vendor agreement will require vendors to carry these policies), you should rethink your relationship. If they do, you want to be listed as an additional insured under your vendors’ policies. This article reviews additional insured, how it affects you and what your scope of coverage is.

Each state has its own local laws which control how businesses can operate, how how business partners can cooperate, and how disputes over contracts are settled in court. Through their contracts, businesses have the power to choose which state laws they want to govern their venture through a “choice of law” provision in their agreement. Choice of law allows businesses to cherry pick the laws that are most conducive to their venture. So, which selection should you make for your next business contract?
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.

Do you have a privacy and data security policy? These days, you should. And if you’re doing business in Europe or with Europe, as of last Friday, you now need to know about the GDPR.
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