What they say is true when it comes to the AACD – Membership really does have its benefits! Besides being part of a network of people and businesses that spans all of Hamilton County (and beyond), membership in the AACD has tangible returns. Want to know what your membership dues get you? Information, convenience, discounts and so much more – the Aurora Area Chamber & Development Corporation’s got it!
Business assistance/Solutions to grow your company
- Access to the state Department of Economic Development and other entities
The AACD has established relationships with economic development professionals in the state and utility companies that can help you connect with valuable resources.
- City and County Map Service
The AACD produces an Aurora/Hamilton County map every few years with a wide circulation
- Chamber member referrals
The AACD receives a high volume of calls, emails, and visitor inquiries from area organizations, new and existing residents and businesses looking for products and services in the Aurora area. The AACD exclusively recommends only chamber members when fielding these requests for goods or services.
- Local, Regional and State Information at our fingertips
Contact the AACD with any local, regional, or state questions.
- Economic Development
The AACD is a partnership focused on lasting, sustainable economic growth to provide opportunity and prosperity for the region’s residents, businesses and entrepreneurs alike.
- Member Listings
The AACD’s membership mailing list is available at no cost to any Chamber member.
- AACD Website
List your company information for free and link back to your own website.
Advertise any open positions at your company for free
Community involvement/Improving your quality of life
- Annual Teacher’s Luncheon
The AACD’s Annual Teacher’s luncheon is held each year to recognize all educators in Hamilton County. All AACD members are invited and teacher’s luncheon is sponsored by individual and business members.
- Annual Awards Banquet
The AACD Annual Awards Banquet recognizes volunteers, businesses, and organizations who set a positive example for Aurora and Hamilton County through action and growth. All AACD members are invited.
- Garden Walk and Historic Tour of the Square. This event began in 2014 with a tour of buildings of the Historic Square and walk through 5 local gardens. This event is scheduled for June or July. If you wish to feature your garden or can recommend one contact us at 402-694-6911!
- Scare the Square
This annual Halloween event put on by the retail and business community brings trick-or-treaters of all ages down to the square for a spooky, fun night.
- Farm Family Pancake Feed
The AACD’s annual Farm Family Pancake Feed recognizes the important role that agriculture plays in the community, offering a free pancake feed to area farmers and their families.
- AACD Golf Classic
A 4-man golf scramble on Aurora’s own 9-hole course is held in June where networking and fun are the order of the day for this tournament.
The issues/Keeping you informed and amplifying your voice
- AACD Newsletter
The AACD publishes a weekly newsletter email update featuring information on upcoming events and school updates. Check these sources as we well as our website www.auroranebraska.com for all things AACD.
- Fraud Alert System
The AACD stays on top of important alerts and sends out announcements via email regarding email/phone scams, bad checks and other fraudulent activities.
- Town Hall Meetings
The AACD’s Governmental Affairs committee hosts our State Senator at least once during every legislative session to give the constituents of Hamilton County the chance to ask our representative various questions and learn more about what’s happening in our state Government.
- Legislative Forums
Each year the AACD hosts the State Chamber legislative forum which provides tools and useful information for small businesses. We also host an annual Ag Legislative Forum where we bring in 3 or 4 Senators to talk about what’s happening in our state with Agriculture.
Marketing/Elevating your brand
- Chamber Checks
The Chamber Check program encourages members and non-members to purchase checks for their employees, business associates or personal use redeemable only at AACD member businesses.
As a member, your business will be listed on our AACD website in the membership directory. Perspective clients and customers who utilize the AACD site to locate goods or services are able to search the directory to identify a member business that will fulfill their needs.
- Media Relations
The AACD works to increase awareness and responsiveness or positive business and community news. The office keeps an up-to-date list of media contact information and will provide it to any member at no charge.
Networking opportunities/Keeping you in the game
- Business After Hours
Held throughout the year at different AACD member locations, these casual networking events attract AACD members who have found these get-togethers to be a wonderful resource for making and sustaining contacts with both current and prospective clients.
- New Member reception
The AACD New Member Reception is another excellent way to network with the business community for members new and old and is a great way to meet the newest Hamilton County movers and shakers for the existing membership.