Category: Business

Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce State of Business Friday

The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce will focus on the State of Business: Innovation at 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19 at Belle Salle Banquets, 1920 E. New York Street, Aurora. The first-of-its-kind summit will include exhibitors spotlighting their innovation through products and services, presentations by innovators sharing...

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Montgomery Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and the village of Montgomery’s Community Development Department coordinated its annual showcase of Montgomery tour, Thursday, Oct. 11. Attendees view the inside of a recently-finished office space near Cornell Road and visited five additional sites/buildings. Anyone interested in learning more about Montgomery is invited. Participants included individuals looking for space, brokers showing space, land, or buildings to lease. A list was provided along with a map. The annual event draws interest from the surrounding areas and is designed to continue partnerships and support local business and development in Montgomery. MEDC photo

Montgomery Economic Development Corporation annual Montgomery tour

Montgomery Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and the village of Montgomery’s Community Development Department coordinated its annual showcase of Montgomery tour, Thursday, Oct. 11. Attendees view the inside of a recently-finished office space near Cornell Road and visited five additional sites/buildings. Anyone interested in learning more about Montgomery is invited. Participants...

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Cinco de Mayo bakery opens second store in Aurora

Cinco de Mayo bakery opens second store in Aurora

Aurora Alderman Mike Saville of the 6th Ward and Cinco de Mayo bakery owner Gerardo Parra cut the ribbon Sunday to officially open the store at 102 N. Lake Street in Aurora. The building, vacant for three years, once was a Fanny May candy store. The Cino de Mayo store...

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Oswego Named Green Power Partner Community

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recognized Oswego as a Green Power Partner community, in recognition of its dedication to using 100 percent renewable energy for its Electrical Aggregation program. In Oswego, the Village government has contracted with clean energy provider MC Squared to purchase most of the energy and...

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Ron Janusz, president, and Melinda Kruder, vice president of Support Companies, LLC, present information at the Rotary Club of Aurora meeting Monday at Two Brothers Roundhouse in Aurora. They shared an update about the former Aurora Public Library building at 1 E. Benton Street in downtown Aurora which is home to Support Companies 24/7 contact center, training and product labs, IT and server operations, and administrative offices. The building was vacant for six months in 2015 with its fate in question, including possible demolition of the 42,000 square-foot Carnegie library. A Carnegie library is a library built with money donated by businessman and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. A total of 2,509 Carnegie libraries were built between 1883 and 1929 in several countries. The 1 E. Benton location was a stop on the recent Illinois Solar Tour after solar photovoltaic panels were recently installed on the rooftop. The terms of the building purchase agreement included a price of $10 with $50,000 per year donations to the Aurora Public Library Foundation for a minimum of five years. The building was placed on public tax rolls for the first time, to benefit local taxing bodies, including the city of Aurora and East Aurora School District 131. Jason Crane/The Voice

Support Companies at Rotary Club of Aurora

Ron Janusz, president, and Melinda Kruder, vice president of Support Companies, LLC, present information at the Rotary Club of Aurora meeting Monday at Two Brothers Roundhouse in Aurora. They shared an update about the former Aurora Public Library building at 1 E. Benton Street in downtown Aurora which is home...

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Winners listed in Montgomery Economic Development Corporation annual golf outing

The MEDC (Montgomery Economic Development Corporation) announces the winners from the annual golf outing and congratulates all the winners. The MEDC thanks everyone for support at the 15th annual Golf Outing this year at Bliss Creek, Sugar Grove Saturday, Sept. 13. More than 130 individuals attended the event which included...

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Carter Crane editor of The Voice

Goat Yoga at Aurora GreenFest, more than for capricorns

Goat Yoga. Refreshing and therapeutic. It was the scene and something new at the annual Aurora GreenFest Saturday. More information and tidbits may captivate: • The Naperville Police Department invites attendance at National Coffee with A Cop Day, Wednesday, Oct. 3 with Chief Robert Marshall from 9 a.m. to 11...

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Tom Rickert, far left, Kane County deputy director of Transportation answers questions about improvements to Orchard Road and Route 30 at the Montgomery Village Board meeting Monday. He said the Phase 1 design approval is complete and Phase 2 engineering and land acquisition is next. The estimated cost of intersection improvements and widening U.S. 30 from Illinois Route 47 to Route 31 is more than $70 Million. He said they hope to pull that together within a two-year time frame. • Robert Yarbrough, left, expresses interest in available properties in Montgomery to open a restaurant. He said he and his wife are owners of RV’s Home of the Hoagy. He said he has had difficulties with the city of Aurora government in rehabbing the former Long John Silver’s restaurant near the intersection of Lake Street and Indian Trail. Village president Matt Brolley said to leave his information with the Montgomery director of development. • Approved was a request for a Class “G” liquor license for Grandma’s Table in Montgomery. The license will allow serving alcohol as a restaurant, inclusive of a bar. Jason Crane/The Voice

Discussion about improvements to Orchard Road and Route 30 at the Montgomery Village Board meeting

Tom Rickert, left, Kane County deputy director of Transportation answers questions about improvements to Orchard Road and Route 30 at the Montgomery Village Board meeting Monday. He said the Phase 1 design approval is complete and Phase 2 engineering and land acquisition is next. The estimated cost of intersection improvements...

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Aurora Downtown, a non-profit organization, sponsors, among many activities, the 2018 Egghunt. Jason Arthur photo

Aurora Downtown sponsors successful activities, beautification

By Marissa Amoni –  If you ever attend First Fridays, or wander in downtown Aurora and think the flowers are lovely, or the holiday decorations are fun, there’s an almost 45-year-old partnership behind them. Aurora Downtown is a nonprofit organization that is a partner with the city government of Aurora...

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Fees set to be increased in Aurora for solicitors

Changes to the city of Aurora ordinance that apply to peddlers and solicitors will be on the unfinished portion of the Tuesday, Sept. 25 Aurora City Council agenda. Aldermen at the Committee of the Whole (COW) Tuesday, were amenable to increasing the fees for door-to-door solicitors from $50 per solicitor...

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Aurora-The Venue takes shape with garage stage area

The Venue takes shape with garage stage area

A construction worker in Aurora cuts a hole through the wall for a garage stage area at The Venue, 21 S. Broadway in downtown. The Venue will offer new live music of all genres, offer lectures and symposia, music education classes and workshops. The garage door stage area will open...

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Milton Hershey: Candy, nurture of workers, boys school

Milton Hershey was born September 13, 1857 to Henry and Veronica Hershey. He grew up speaking Pennsylvania Dutch on his family farm. There he learned the value of hard work and perseverance. His ancestors were Swiss and German who settled in Pennsylvania in the early 1700s. He left school after...

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The Venue, a new music performance space in Aurora could open in late Fall

The Venue, a new music performance space in Aurora could open in late Fall

Melissa Mercado, representative from the Fox Valley Music Foundation (FVMF), shares information about The Venue, a new music performance space in Aurora, to Kiwanis members Tuesday at the Kiwanis Club of Aurora at the Prisco Center in Aurora. She said the building at 19-21 South Broadway in downtown Aurora is...

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Kendall Area Transit (KAT) in Partnership with Village of Montgomery

Kendall Area Transit (KAT) in partnership with the Village of Montgomery

Mike Neuenkirchen, third from left, program director of Kendall Area Transit (KAT), cuts a ribbon with Montgomery Village Board members and Village clerk Penny FitzPatrick, second from left, outside the Montgomery Village Hall, Monday. The ribbon-cutting signifies a partnership between the Village and the dial-a-ride service since July 1. Kendall...

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Montgomery Economic Development Corporation executive director shares changes in recap

By Jason Crane –  Charlene Coulombe-Fiore, executive director for the Montgomery Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), shared the semiannual MEDC recap for 2018 and said Caterpillar, Inc. would not be leaving Montgomery until next year at the earliest. She said on the addition of Grumpy Gaucho empanadas, Atrevete Confections macaroons, and...

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Aurora COW meeting focus: Save $2 Million in health care

By Jason Crane –  A focus at the Aurora city government Committee of the Whole (COW) meeting Tuesday at City Hall was cutting health care costs by more than $2 Million. The City of Aurora provides a fully-insured health maintenance organization (HMO) for active employees through Blue Cross Blue Shield...

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Marianne Renner, a transformational leadership coach, discusses the benefits of a positive attitude with Rotary Club of Aurora

Positive attitude helps aspiring and emerging leaders gain clarity and confidence

Marianne Renner, a transformational leadership coach, discusses the benefits of a positive attitude with Rotary Club of Aurora members, Monday, at Two Brothers Roundhouse in Aurora. She emphasized a positive attitude helps aspiring and emerging leaders gain clarity and confidence. Renner has a background in marketing and public relations, has...

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Former Copley Hospital building, vacant since 1995. City of Aurora photo

Developers’ aim to clean up former Copley Hospital site; ask city of Aurora government to chip in 1/4 of the cost

By Amy Roth –  A plan to clean up the site of the former Copley Hospital at 502 S. Lincoln Avenue, Aurora, will go before Aurora aldermen as an item on the City Council’s consent agenda at the Tuesday, Aug. 28 City Council meeting. Aldermen heard details of the two-phased...

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City of Aurora government considers interactive outdoor kiosks

An agenda item on a special city of Aurora Finance Committee meeting Tuesday was a resolution to approve a Memorandum of Understanding with Smart City Media, LLC of New York, N.Y. for the installation, operation, and revenue sharing of interactive outdoor kiosks using the City Post smart media platform. The...

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Kane County Clerk's satellite office in Aurora

Kane County Clerk’s satellite office opens in Aurora

Kane County and Aurora officials gather Monday for a ribbon-cutting outside the Kane County Clerk’s satellite office in Aurora. Mayor Richard Irvin cuts the ribbon. See the video at facebook.com/thevoice.us. Jason Crane/The Voice...

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