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Next Leadership Belleville Class Now Forming

May 25, 2017 | Leadership Belleville
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The Leadership Belleville program is a unique executive training program coordinated through the Chamber. It provides a foundation of skills and knowledge to emerging local leaders. In addition to developing leadership skills, the program seeks to foster a commitment to community service and provide opportunities for economic growth for local businesses and organizations. Each Leadership Belleville Class is composed of up to 25 professionals from diverse career, political, social and cultural backgrounds who demonstrate the highest leadership qualities. These classmates create a valuable network of resources, benefiting both alumni and their business sponsors. The course begins with a kick-off breakfast at the end of August. Then, in September, all participants attend a two-day overnight retreat to focus on team building, leadership and communication skills. The retreat provides the participants with the opportunity to bond and…

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The Chamber Welcomes 22 New Members in May

May 04, 2017 | Membership Tips

The Chamber welcomed the following new members in May 2017: Acres of Storage 6213 Erie Station Rd. | Belleville acresofstorage.com (618) 531-7398 The Body Therapy Center & School of Massage 4 Executive Woods Ct | Swansea thebtcsm.com (618) 239-6400 Buettner’s Lawn & Landscaping Call for availablility: (618) 977-7397 CarTech Automotive 332 Centreville Ave. | Belleville car-techautomotive.com (618) 234-8313 1818 Chop House 1405 N. Greenmount Rd. | O’Fallon 1818chophouse.com (618) 206-6451 Classic Towing 1420 Centerville Avenue | Belleville classicautobody.net/towing (618) 233-7951 Country Financial Erin Morris 1478 East State Rt. 15 | Belleville www.countryfinancial.com (618) 233-1043 Crossfit Nucleus 350 Old Fullerton Rd. | Swansea crossfitnucleus.com (618) 416-867 Ehret, Inc. 111 Premier Drive | Belleville ehretinc.com (618) 233-1018 First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust 4101 N. Illinois St. | Swansea firstmid.com (618) 416-7895 Gator’s Frozen Custard 406 Highway 50…

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Now Accepting Vendor Applications for the 34th Annual Belleville Chili Cook-off

May 04, 2017 | Events
The 33rd Annual Belleville Chili Cookoff is in full swing! Join the fun!

Event Information: Date: Friday & Saturday | October 6 & 7 Location: Downtown Belleville | Time: 11:00am-10:30pm Vendor Application Space is limited, so applications are processed on a first come, first serve basis. Event Description: Join us Friday & Saturday, October 6 & 7 for the 34th Annual Belleville Chili Cook-off in beautiful downtown Belleville, located just 20 minutes east of the Gateway Arch. We will have more than 60 vendors representing individuals, local organizations and area businesses, who will feature culinary treats including chili, desserts, kabobs and more! Chili enthusiasts can purchase samples or bowls of various types of chili and vote for their favorite to win the People’s Choice Award. Enjoy live entertainment from Mash and Queens Boulevard. Saturday’s extra activities will include the 5th Annual Chili Chase 5k Run/Walk and Kids Pepper…

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Grey Eagle Distributors Receives Commitment to Community Award

March 02, 2017 | Commitment to Community
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The Commitment to Community Award is presented quarterly to a Chamber Member who demonstrates a commitment to improving the quality of life for residents and/or businesses in the greater Belleville area. The Ambassadors are honored to present this quarter’s award to Grey Eagle Distributors. In December 2012, Grey Eagle Distributors acquired Illinois Distributing Co., an organization with deep roots in the Belleville area. Since the acquisition, the ultimate goal for Grey Eagle has been to continue building upon the legacy of Illinois Distributing who was a great partner to retailers and heavily involved in the community. Grey Eagle is the exclusive distributor of Anheuser-Busch products and other premium beverages in St. Clair County and several other counties in Illinois and Missouri. Their Illinois distribution center is located in Belleville off Highway 15, where they employ…

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Chamber Honors Businesses, Individuals with Awards at Annual Dinner & Silent Auction

January 27, 2017 | Awards
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Individual Awards The Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce awarded Justin Chapman, Gloria Crowder and Leigh Sindelar with individual awards during the 2017 Annual Dinner & Silent Auction, which took place Thursday, January 26 at Fischer’s Restaurant. Justin Chapman took home the 2016 Ambassador of the Year Award; Sindelar was named the 2016 Leadership Belleville Alumni of the Year Award, and Gloria Crowder was named the 2016 Citizen of the Year. Justin Chapman was named the 2016 Ambassador of the Year. This distinguished award is presented to the Ambassador who has demonstrated a strong commitment to the community and to the Chamber through their volunteerism throughout the year and Justin has done just that. Justin, an Assistant Vice President of Commercial Banking at TheBANK of Edwardsville, served as Chair of the Ambassador Committee in 2016 –…

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