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Preparing for 2024

As we begin to assess 2023 from a viewpoint of advocacy and where businesses landed from a local and state standpoint, the State of Illinois and our more localized municipalities have seen changes in the way business is conducted. We’re preparing for more of the same in 2024. The most noteworthy law taking effect inContinue reading

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The NACC Heads To Washington

When it comes to political advocacy, the common perception often revolves around the two major political parties. However, for the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce, our approach is different. We don’t align ourselves with one party over another. Instead, our focus is firmly on determining the best policies to ensure the success of our membersContinue reading

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Major Changes Regarding Leave Benefits

Starting on January 1, 2024, a number of big changes will take effect for Illinois employers. These changes include new and expanded employee leave benefits, pre-tax commuter benefits, expansion of the Gender Violence Act ,and new protections for temporary workers (which went into effect on August 4, 2023) to name a few. The impact ofContinue reading

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Naperville Committees & Boards Become More Accessible to All

Naperville is a community that prides itself on community support and volunteerism. The city provides numerous opportunities for residents to become involved including applying for a seat on one of eighteen commissions and boards or one of four task forces. These advisory bodies are essential to the city council and the community as volunteers canContinue reading

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Welcome From Our New Government Affairs Manager

My name is Nadine Scodro and I am excited to be a part of the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce as the Government Affairs Manager. I’m excited to get to know our Members and elected officials in an effort to create connections that lead to favorable policy and advocacy for Naperville area businesses.  I haveContinue reading

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General Assembly Fails to Act on BIPA Reforms 

Last month, as the legislature was wrapping up the Spring Session, we were hopeful we would see the General Assembly tackle much-needed BIPA reforms.  For those of you looking for a refresher, BIPA stands for the Biometric Information Privacy Act.  One of the toughest in the nation, this act, designed to protect the individual, hasContinue reading

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BIPA Reforms: No Action in Spring Session, Hopeful for Veto Session 

One hot item the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce has been following at the state level is proposed BIPA reforms.  BIPA stands for the Biometric Information Privacy Act and you should understand how detrimental this well-intentioned law has become for business. The Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce has spent time this legislative session reaching outContinue reading

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Finding Strength Through Unity

“Unity doesn’t mean sameness; it means oneness in purpose.” This was one of the first statements Clayton Muhammad, the City of Aurora’s Director of Communications and Equity made during our Unity Breakfast on Monday, April 24th.    At the beginning of the year, the NACC made a conscious decision to push unity through education. As partContinue reading

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New Round of B2B Grants Available 

Many of our restaurants, hotels, and creative arts organizations still struggle to recover from the pandemic.  On Wednesday, March 22nd, the Governor’s office announced $175 million dollars are available for eligible applicants in these sectors. The grants are part of additional assistance provided by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). One of the NACC’s goalsContinue reading

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Education, Advocacy & Get Out the Vote

The Consolidated Election is on April 4th this year.  And, while the consolidated elections typically don’t draw a lot of voters, these are the elections that impact your bottom line. They have the potential to affect our livelihoods. Have you taken the time to find out which candidates will be on your ballot?  At theContinue reading