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Belleville Main Street Named Quarterfinalist for “America’s Main Streets” Contest

May 08, 2018 | Events

The national small business movement, Independent We Stand, announces the quarterfinalists, including Belleville Main Street, in the 2018 “America’s Main Streets” contest. As the lifeblood of our cities and towns, Main Streets play an important role in the long-term success of communities and help build a sense of place. Independent We Stand invites the public to vote for their favorite quarterfinalist and move a deserving Main Street one step closer to the grand prize of $25,000. “Belleville takes pride on the Mom and Pop shops in business for generations as well as the newer businesses offering fresh alternatives to big chain stores, states Alicia Chillemi Slocomb, Belleville Main Street Committee Manager.  “Downtown Belleville’s growing loft community and adjacent architecturally significant neighborhoods provides residential living within walking distance of all we offer. And everything comes alive…

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Welcome First Quarter New Chamber Members

April 23, 2018 | New Members

Thank you to all of our area businesses that have joined the Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce during the first quarter of 2018! It is because of businesses like you that the Chamber exists January New Members: A Night to Remember Dogaboni Studios Making a Difference Mystic Vapes Ron O’Connor February New Members: Angels of St. Clair County BMO Harris Bass Automotive Office Productivity Training TAJ Nail Bar Jay Tebbe March New Members: Bankers Life Belleville Christkindlmarkt Clearwave Communications Integrity Healthcare of Belleville Lowe’s Metro East Pride Of Southwestern IL The CopperFire ToddHall Retreat Center

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April Issues & Eggs Talks About Amazon HQ2 and Moving Forward

April 13, 2018 | Events

The Belleville Chamber of Commerce held their April Issues & Eggs event on Wednesday, April 4 where leaders from across the Metro East came to hear about what the Amazon HQ2 effort taught us and the path forward. Speakers included Terry Beach, Executive Director for St. Clair County Economic Development, and Sheila Sweeney, CEO of St. Louis Economic Development Partnership. After Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced the company’s nationwide search for a new location in September of 2017, cities across the country went into a “feeding frenzy” in an attempt to attract the headquarters and 50,000 jobs. The sudden announcement didn’t give city leaders a lot of time to prepare. Sweeney said if they had been able to develop St. Louis’ “blueprint for talent” a few years prior, the region could have had a better…

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