INTERSECT Illinois Economic Development Overview
Presented by Jim Schultz
Illinois Business & Economic Development Corporation
Aurora’s future depends not only on attracting new business, but also on retaining and nurturing businesses, like yours. We value the investment you have made in our community. The cornerstone of ensuring Aurora’s future economic success is a strong collaborative partnership with the business community. Invest Aurora serves to strengthen the partnership by building a bridge between the business community and the City of Aurora.
Invest Aurora and The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce would like to formally invite you to the INTERSECT Illinois Economic Development Overview. Learn about the decisive focused action INTERSECT Illinois is taking to put Illinois back on the path to economic growth and prosperity, based on the national best practices for economic development.
Please join Invest Aurora for an active conversation about how Aurora can enhance its business climate. It is through these conversations that we can continue to make Aurora a great place to do business.
Monday, October 24, 2016
12 Noon – 2:00 PM
2 Brothers Roundhouse
205 North Broadway
Aurora, Illinois 60505
PLEASE RSVP BY WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 19 , 2016
To register, visit http://tinyurl.com/IntersectAurora
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Invest Aurora’s Spotlight Article of the week features the YWCA Aurora. The nonprofit organization has been as asset in the Aurora community for over 100 years. The overarching goal of the organization is to eliminate racism, empower women and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. The Aurora charter of the YWCA works to tackle the problems that face Aurora and our nation by offering a number of programs that are designed to assist those in need of help and facilitate healthy conversations between community entities.
A program that the non-profit is conducting to the Peace Program. The program is a bullying prevention initiative that is designed specifically for 3-5th grade students. Before, during, and after school programs are used to combat anxiety, low self-esteem, social isolation, and poor academic performance. The YWCA also hosts Community Dialogues program to engage a diverse range community members in guided discussions on race relation. The eleven-week program utilizes trained volunteer facilitators and diverse films to create a safe space for honest dialogue on race and racism, for community members to identify potential local issues, and create an action plan focused on community growth and involvement.
Please join the YWCA and community members for their “Week Without Violence Peace Walk”. The one mile walk along the Fox River is an opportunity for citizens to peacefully make a statement against violence. Melissa Nigro, Executive Director of the YWCA, says that the event allows everyone to honor those that have been victims of violence. You can dedicate a luminary bag along the peace walk for $5. Simply go to www.ywcaaurora.org/donate to sign up. The walk will be on Wednesday, October 19th at 6:00 and the YWCA Peace Park. Nigro, continued to say that Aurora has wonderful mix of culture and hopes to see a lot of faces at the event next week!
This week’s spotlight article feature’s Boutique Repeats. The Aurora business is an upscale resale shop that carries a mixture of new and gently used designer clothing. Shopping at Boutique Repeats eliminates the need to dig through a mountain of items just to find one quality product. Everything available for purchase has been properly vetted to ensure that it is fashionable and in excellent condition. The shop also offers a variety of other items such as jewelry, purses, home décor, furniture, and more.
Teri Case, Boutique Repeats owner, says that the business has found great success in Aurora. On Friday, October 7th the business will celebrate its ten year anniversary. Over the years the business has been able to move and expand into its current location where its retail floor has doubled in size. Case says that their primary customers are women of all ages but sometimes find husbands and boyfriends shopping for their significant other.
Boutique Repeats uses creative ways to help their customers find the items they need. If you’re interested in checking out what they have to offer setup an appointment with one of their personal shoppers or attend one of their seasonal fashion shows. The fashion shows are nights of fun where the red carpet is literally rolled out and ladies display some of the fashionable apparel the boutique offers.
Boutique Repeats also believes in giving back to the local community. Oftentimes they find that they have surplus stock of items and instead of letting the items just sit there, they donate them to a good cause. Boutique Repeats partners with community organizations to help women that are seeking employment and do not have professional attire. Boutique Repeats invites women into the store and finds the clothing they need for the big interview or first day on the job.
Boutique Repeats will be celebrating 10 years of being in business this weekend. It would be a great time to check out the store. There will be lots of sales, specials, and food all weekend.
444 N. Eola Road, Aurora IL, 60502
Invest Aurora and City of Aurora conducted an online survey that enabled citizens of Aurora to voice their opinions for the future of Downtown Aurora. The community survey targets topics regarding the downtown area’s housing, business development and infrastructure. Invest Aurora and the City of Aurora recognize that the results may not reflect the opinions of all residents, this is just one tool that they are using to gauge people’s opinions on Downtown Aurora. The results are the following:
1. How often do you come to Downtown Aurora?
2. How much leisure time do you spend in Downtown Aurora on average per visit?
3.How do you prefer finding out about happenings in Downtown Aurora?
4.What do you do in your leisure time in Downtown Aurora?
5. Which of the following amenities do you believe Downtown Aurora could improve upon?
6.What is your favorite aspect of Downtown Aurora?
7. What is your LEAST favorite aspect of Downtown Aurora?
8. What type of events would you attend in Downtown Aurora?
9. Would you enjoy working in Downtown Aurora?
10. Would you enjoy living in Downtown Aurora?
Invest Aurora’s spotlight article this week features Chasewood Learning. The Aurora business uses a variety of interactive activities such as legos and robotics to help children explore and learn how things work. Starting at age six, children engage in learning about space, animals, and simple machines. As they grow from children to high schoolers, they are immersed into advanced subjects like robotics, complex machines, and programming. During the summer months, Chasewood Learning hosts approximately 60 camps. Once the school year starts the business stays busy by offering afterschool programs in various locations in Chicagoland.
Business owner, Will Wong, says that his business is focused on teaching his students to be creative, active learners and problem-solvers. He believes that supporting children with these skills will help them in school and ultimately find employment in adulthood. One of the business’s strengths is how it uses fun activities as a tool to educate the students. Their manifesto is focused on supporting children to be systematic, active and collaborative learners. In addition to operating Chasewood Learning, Wong is the national organizer of World Robot Olympiad. The non-profit organization is a global robotics competition with more than 60 participating countries. Contestants design, build, and program robots to complete specific challenges. The idea behind the organization is to promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. Wong likes being in Aurora because of its friendly environment and passionate parents that care about their children’s future.
Whether you’re a parent that wants their children to play and learn or an educator looking for afternoon activities for students; Chasewood Learning is the right fit look you. Also be sure to attend World Robot Olympiad 2016 USA National Championships. The event will be Sept., 4th at the Northern Illinois University Convocation Center. For more info please visit their website: http://www.chasewoodlearning.com/ or see the contact info below:
4260 Westbrook Learning Center
Aurora IL, 60504
Invest Aurora’s spotlight article of the week features Belle Salle Banquets. The Aurora business is a place to celebrate all of life’s events. The luxury accommodations and full service support makes it the perfect place to host weddings and receptions. Facilities include an outdoor ceremony venue, private bridal room, an enormous ballroom, and a separate banquet room. Belle Salle offers the Fox Valley community a great location to host events including graduations, baptisms, anniversaries, birthdays, quinceañeras, seminars and business meetings. The event and banquet center is extremely spacious with the capacity of 360 guests and a fully functional kitchen.
Belle Salle is more than just a venue. Owners, Keith Wehrle and Dana Bollman, have over 20 years of event planning experience and pride themselves on making it as easy as possible for all party hosts. In addition to great facilities their business also offers a variety of services such as gourmet meals, photography, bar tenders and those special requests that will make your event unique. Wehrle is proud to be part of the Aurora business community. He says that being located in the second largest city in Illinois (Aurora) and adjacent to the fifth largest city in Illinois (Naperville) means being in a huge market with lots of potential for growth. Wehrle also sees the support Aurora provides its businesses as a strength that will help his business prosper.
Everyone is welcome to attend Belle Salle’s open house in October. Details of the event will be posted on Belle Salle’s Banquets new website and social media outlets. For additional information please see contact info below.
Belle Salle Banquets
1920 E. New York St.
Aurora, IL 60502
Invest Aurora’s spotlight article of the week features Taylor St. Pizza, located in West Aurora on the corner of Galena Blvd. and Constitution Drive. <!–more–>The restaurant offers an extensive menu for pizza lovers. Whether you like Chicago style, thin crust, or anything in between, Taylor St. has you covered. Choose from over 20 traditional pizza toppings or try one of their fabulous specialty pizzas like the Cheesy Beef or the Buffalo Chicken. While Taylor St. specializes in pizza they pride themselves on the variety of food and services. Taylor St. has a number of affordable items like sandwiches, pasta, calzones, wraps, salads, and desserts.
Taylor St. Pizza has been in Aurora since 2008. The owner and Aurora native Bruce Jensen, says that Aurora being the second largest city in Illinois makes it prime location for his business. Upon considering opening the restaurants in Aurora, Jensen thought, how do you not put your business in the city with the biggest market and highest population outside of Chicago.
Give Taylor St. Pizza a try! Their services include carry out, delivery (up to a 5 mile radius) and catering. Visit their website now to place your order www.taylorstpizza.com or give them a call at 630-844-0044. See daily specials below.