7-20 Memorial Ascentiate

Friday, July 27, 2018

The memorial, named “Ascentiate” by its artist creator, is located inside the city of Aurora Water-wise Reflection Garden at the southeast corner (East Alameda Parkway and South Chambers Road) of the Aurora Municipal Center campus, 15151 E. Alameda Parkway.

The memorial, to be dedicated July 27th, 6:30 PM, honors the 13 lives taken, 70 wounded and many lives that were changed on the night of July 20, 2012. Together with the surrounding garden, the artwork creates a beautiful reflective space that is open to all. Kentucky artist Douwe Blumberg designed, created and installed “Ascentiate,” a sculptural composition of 83 caste aluminum cranes. Seventy white cranes representing those injured in the shooting converge from all sides and then begin to rise upward. Then the 13 uppermost cranes with translucent wings that glow in the sunlight continue to rise upwards, representing those that perished. All of the cranes were cast with a hollow interior compartment, and each of these compartments have been filled with a canister containing meaningful words, objects and mementos. The sculpture is about 18 feet tall. Blumberg was selected by the 7/20 Memorial Foundation from more than 160 artists nationwide who applied for the project.

The 7/20 Memorial Foundation is an independent nonprofit with which the city of Aurora has supported and worked closely.

Connecting Aurora's Immigrants-Refugees with Health

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Health Powers Life campaign for immigrants and refugees in Aurora receives international accolades

AURORA, Colo. – Health Powers Life, an outreach campaign targeting better health outcomes for Aurora’s immigrant and refugee communities, has been recognized by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts with three Communicator Awards.

“One in five residents in Aurora was born outside the United States, and Health Powers Life is an important tool in the city’s strategic plan to connect immigrants and refugees with important services and ensure they are able to be their best, healthy selves,” said Ricardo Gambetta, head of Aurora’s Office of International and Immigrant Affairs. “We are excited to hear about the recognition for how well the campaign has been promoted, and we are even more excited to see that translate into healthy outcomes for all our residents.”

See Press Release here (June 12, 2018)

Farewell to Aurora Mayor Stephen Hogan

Thursday, May 17, 2018

It is with deep sadness that we inform the small business community that Stephen D. Hogan, Mayor of Aurora, passed away on May 13, 2018.  He was 69 years old.  Mayor Hogan honorably served as mayor of Aurora from 2011 until his passing.  His time as mayor was preceded by 24 years on the City Council.

The Hogan family has asked that, in his honor, donations be made to the Mayor Stephen D. Hogan Memorial Fund via this link on the city’s Web site.  Donations will be distributed to the following causes important to Mayor Hogan:

    University of Denver Stephen D. Hogan Scholarship Fund
    7/20 Memorial Fund
    Aurora Korean Memorial Fund
    Aurora History Museum

The community-wide memorial service to honor and celebrate the life of Aurora Mayor Stephen D. Hogan will be held on Saturday, May 19, 11AM, at the Heritage Christian Center in Aurora, located at 14401 E. Exposition Ave.  Doors will open at 10AM.  There is limited parking at the Heritage Christian Center, if you are attending, please plan to arrive early and park in one of designated lots off church property.  Details are still being finalized, so you will need to watch for Police Explorers guiding people to parking.  Please allow time to walk a little ways to the church.

We at the Aurora-South Metro SBDC consider Mayor Hogan to have been the 'voice of reason' over the years in his support of the small business community.  He will be greatly missed! 

Mayor Hogan is pictured below at the Small Business Saturday event, November 25, 2017, at Stanley Marketplace, with (from left) Frances Padilla, SBA Colorado District Director, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, Aurora Mayor Hogan, and Kevin Hougen, President, Aurora Chamber.


Bike To Work Day - Business Challenge

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Bike to Work Day gives everyone a reason to try cycling as a form of commuting, which positively impacts regional air quality, health and traffic congestion.

This year, Bike to Work Day has an added element to encourage increased participation from local businesses with the Business Challenge.
Put your employees to the test and distinguish your company from its competition. Businesses are split into four classes:
Class A (1-29 employees), B (30-99 employees), C (100-299 employees) and D (300+ employees).
The 2018 Business Challenge is presented by the Denver Business Journal.

To register your business, find out about activities happening in the metro area, and for riding tips, visit

For questions or additional information for registering your company to participate in Bike to Work Day, please contact Kate Spencer at or (303) 480-6725.


NEW at Havana BID

Monday, April 02, 2018

Welcome Chance Horiuchi!

The Havana Business Improvement District (BID) Board has hired Chance Horiuchi for the executive director in-training position.  Chance will be training under current Havana BID Executive Director, Gayle Jetchick, for a full year to learn the ropes before taking over as ED in April of 2019.  Gayle can then semi-retire and drop back to part-time or help with specific projects only.

For the past six years, Chance worked as the Director of Business Development at the Aurora Chamber.  She is well connected in the Aurora community and has the business knowledge and energy to continue and expand the Havana BID's programs.  Her first day on the job is April 2, 2018.

(Pictured:  Chance  Horiuchi holding the flowers with Gayle Jetchick at the Aurora Chamber Awards Dinner on March 16, 2018.)