Aurora's Competitive Advantage

Community College


​With a network of four local campuses and a variety of programs and services, Waubonsee can meet all of your educational and career training needs at a low cost, close to home. Here, job seekers and current professionals can build their basic skills and/or gain industry-specific knowledge on their way to new and better careers. Employers will find a one-stop shop providing expert business solutions and customized workforce training.

Contact Kevin Riley

(630) 906-4126

Invest Aurora


​Invest Aurora is a progressive, dynamic economic development partnership dedicated to expanding economic opportunities in Aurora and developing a sustainable community for its residents. Embracing Aurora’s rich history and cultural boom, a 501(c)(3) Foundation, Invest Aurora leverages partnerships between public and private sectors.

Aurora Regional
Chamber of Commerce


​The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is the largest, longest-running membership-based business organization in the Aurora-North Aurora area and offers nearly 400 programs, events, meetings, and activities each year that promote economic growth and advocate for business interests. The Aurora Chamber has been accredited by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce with five-star distinction, an honor received by only one percent of chambers of commerce out of nearly 7,000 in the nation.


Contact Andrew Fogaty

(773) 594-9292, ext. 110

meet Our Collaborative Partners

The Women's Business
Development Center


​The WBDC is a one of a kind non-profit focused on fueling the economy through entrepreneurship.  As the oldest, largest and most comprehensive women’s business assistance center in the United States, we have programs designed to help individuals in every phase of the business development and growth process. Since 1986, the WBDC has offered a full-service approach to assist prospective and established women business owners in the Chicago area and now in Aurora, IL.

Contact Nisha Floyd

(630) 896-3101

Contact Judy Dawson

(630) 256-3163

Contact Mary Yapejian
(630) 966-1435, ext. 40086

Kane County
Office of Community Reinvestment

Kane County administers a comprehensive range of Workforce Development services to both job seekers and employers through federally-funded programs under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). Through partnerships with local employers and training institutions, we offer occupational skills training and on-the-job training to improve the quality of the local workforce and allow businesses to access skilled, job-ready candidates to meet their hiring needs.

Contact Joseph Henning, IOM, CAE

(630) 256-3180

Alliance for
Industry and Manufacturing


​The Alliance for Illinois Manufacturing is a collaboration of taxpayer supported and non-for-profit organizations that leverages, coordinates, and focuses their collective resources into integrated solutions that transform Northeast Illinois manufacturers into globally competitive companies. We assist business owners in a three-step approach that will: assess, identify, and implement targeted strategies to renew and grow your business. Working with the Alliance you’ll get access to free and low-cost business consulting services, government grants, training programs, and a network of service providers and business owners.