Members and friends,

As we make our way through what I hope is a blessed holiday season for each of you, I wish you quiet moments to appreciate whatever is most important to you.
A new year beckons. Every year will present its own challenges and opportunities, and I encourage you to face 2018 boldly. Set your course, starting where you are with what you have, and be immovable in your commitment to staying (or getting back) on track towards your goals. Trust what you have learned. You know what is right for you: Let now be the time you reach for it without fear of setback or failure. If those things come, you can face them. You will prevail. I have seen you do it. I have learned from your commitment. I have marveled at your persistence. I have been humbled by your strength.  
I am immeasurably proud of the work we have done to further the mission of the Aurora Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau. I am most proud of the connections we have forged and the relationships that have developed, are developing, will develop. 

As the next chapter of chamber leadership begins, I encourage you to get involved. Take that next step. I promise you are surrounded by an incredible group of people and your life will be enriched through the work you do together.
I hope those of you who have impacted my life, personally and/or professionally, know how very thankful I am for you. It has been an honor and a pleasure to serve as your Executive Director, and I cannot wait to see what happens next.
Now let's get busy: there is much to do.
With much love and respect,

And sincerely,

Chamber News & Events

2017 Holiday Party & Awards Presentation

Thank you   to our 2017 Board of Directors who always represent the Aurora Chamber of Commerce so well:  Lisa Hovanec, Jennifer Stanley, Laura Radcliff, Vicky Rovder, Sue Tinlin, Jim Kraus, Doug Wieder, Karen Adams, Diane Barben, Michell Harman , Karen Bosley, Alan Shorr and Dan Mormile.
Thank you to Diane Barben and the entire staff at The Atrium at Anna Maria for hosting and sponsoring the event in such beautiful style!

Thank you to the following businesses for donating to our Silent Auction:
Amanda May Beauty
The Atrium at Anna Maria
Aurora Animal Care Center, Inc.
Aurora Farms Premium Outlets
Baskets of Love
Bertram Inn & Conference Center
Cedar Point
Don Joseph Toyota
Excalibur Collision
Harry & David

James Tomko Optometry
Metis Construction
Mill Distributors, Inc.
Mr. O's Nails+
National Artcraft
Nicole James Salon
Skala Insurance
The Tinlin Team - Platinum Real Estate
The Travel Connection
ThornCreek Winery & Garden

Thank you  to those who donated and purchased wine for our wine pull, provided and bid on silent auction items, picked sideboard numbers, and generously donated to our Aurora Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Fund. We raised over $2600, which will be put directly toward scholarships! 

State of the Chamber Networking Luncheon

Welcome 2018!

Join us to meet fellow chamber members and friends as we reflect back on a successful 2017 and look forward to a fabulous 2018!

This luncheon provides a special opportunity to learn about or be reminded of all the chamber is doing for you, and how you can get involved!

*Current members: Share the benefits of Chamber of Commerce membership: 

Bring a Potential Member, and THEIR LUNCH IS FREE! You will also be entered into a drawing for a free future luncheon.

Please register yourself as usual, then select the 'potential member' payment option when registering your guest.

THANK YOU for spreading the word about all the Aurora Chamber of Commerce has to offer!

Please bring 25 business cards with you , as a mini speed networking session will be part of the luncheon activities!


Professional "Headshots" will be available to those attending the luncheon for just $25!

To take advantage of this offer, please choose the additional "Professional Headshot" fee ($25) when registering for the luncheon.   

NOTE: headshots only offered to those attending the luncheon. Image will be sent digitally.  This service is provided by Scott Pease Photography. 
3Chamber Women's Expo 2018
Explore the Possibilities

Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to get the word out about what makes you special! Meet potential clients/customers, and connect with other businesses and organizations!
Booths will feature goods and services for women, including:

salons/beauty consultants, fitness centers, health practitioners, clothing boutiques, travel agencies, financial services, and charitable organizations. Our health is in our hands: explore the possibilities!
A standard booth fee is $200/member and sponsorships are available.

Restaurants: provide samples and enjoy a special rate of $50


for more information  and to register  your business or organization

State of the City Luncheon
A New Day is Dawning!

Please join us as we welcome City of Aurora Mayor Ann Womer Benjamin and Superintendent of Aurora City Schools Pat Ciccantelli. 

Both speakers are deeply committed to protecting and promoting the strengths of Aurora, and will share how they are dealing with issues relevant to your business and our community.

Do not wait to register for this popular annual event!

Prepaid Reservations Required
$25.00 per Chamber Member
$35.00 per Non-member

$5 late fee after Friday, February 23rd if seating is available.

2018 Community Guide
Reserve your ad space and listing!

It's that time of the year to reach new customers and retain old ones for 2018!  

This valuable advertising tool includes important information and a listing
of Community Events for 2018.
A minimum of 11,000 will be printed and distributed
to Aurora area businesses, residents, and visitors. 

Guides are also made available at regional tourism agencies and AAA offices.

Remember: every member is listed in a business category as a FREE benefit of membership.  Renew your membership TODAY!  Invoices have been sent via email.  Enhance your listing or increase your visibility with an ad: prices vary and are available by clicking below.  Deadline for securing space for ads & listings is Feb 5th: Don't delay!

ALSO: please check your business profile information on so you can be contacted! 

Questions? Let us know!

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

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Explore Family Chiropractic
On Behalf of everyone at Explore Family Chiropractic we are extremely excited to share with you all that we will be celebrating the Ribbon Cutting of our state of art health facility January 5th from 11:30 - 2pm. We hope to see you all there!
Event details
Location: 344 Aurora Common Cir. Aurora, Oh 44202
Day and Time: Jan. 5th from 11:30am-2:00pm

Call for details.  
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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.

Member Services 
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.
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
COSE connects small businesses with resources and expert advice they need to grow! 

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

2017 Board of Directors

Jennifer Stanley
First National Bank

Past President
Lisa Hovanec

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

Karen Bosley
Cortland Bank

Michelle Harman
Harman Home Designs

Jim Kraus
City of Aurora

Alan Shorr
Reitz, Paul & Shorr

Sue Tinlin
The Tinlin Team -
Platinum Real Estate

Pat Ciccantelli

Denny Kovach/Harold Hatridge
Aurora City Council 
Executive Director
Laura Holman

Aurora Community  and Events Guide

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