Author: Diana Goebel

Back 2 Business Grants Available August 18

August 12, 2021 | Membership Tips

Governor Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) today announced the $250 million Back to Business (B2B) grant program to support the continued recovery of small businesses across Illinois. The first in a series of economic recovery programs set to launch by the administration, B2B will offer small businesses access to funds that can help offset losses due to COVID-19, bring back workers and take continued steps to rebuild amid the fallout from the pandemic. The program builds on last year’s Business Interruption Grant program, which provided $580 million to small businesses and childcare providers across the state. $250 million to small businesses across the state that experienced losses in 2020 due to COVID-19 Grants will range from $5,000 to $150,000 per business and can be used to cover a wide…

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Belleville Chamber Launches First Podcast

August 04, 2021 | General

The Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce is happy to announce our first PODCAST! Co-hosted by member’s Stephen Sedlak (Schmale Insurance Agency, Inc.) and Erik Huber (BOS Metro East Banking Center) to help highlight, promote and enlighten people, businesses, and community events in the Greater Belleville Area. In the first episode, we sit down with Belleville’s first female mayor, Patty Gregory to talk about her first three months in office, her love for gardening, the return of events to downtown Belleville this fall, and what Belleville has learned and gained over the past year through Covid to name a few. Episodes will be released on the first and third Tuesday of every month. You can find these on the Chamber’s website under Publications.

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Congratulations to the 2020 Annual Dinner Award Winners

July 22, 2021 | Annual Awards | Events

2020 Business Excellence Award Winners The Business Excellence Award is the most prestigious award given by the Chamber to a member who best exemplifies the following criteria: Evidence of success given company’s expansion and financial accomplishments, development and/or utilization of innovative or creative business methods, and contributions to the community. 2020 Citizen of the Year Award Winners The Citizen of the Year Award recognizes an individual member of the Belleville Community for their outstanding contributions and service. These contributions and community service include areas such as education, charitable and voluntary service, fundraising or any other area which contributes to the enrichment of the quality of life in Belleville. This award is given to honor and ensure the recipient’s contributions and commitment will provide an inspiration to us all. Distinguished Community Leadership Award Winner This award…

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Chamber Auction opens online July 6 as part of Annual Dinner

July 01, 2021 | Annual Awards | Events

It has become a popular tradition at our Annual Dinner to host a silent auction.  This year we will be hosting our auction online! The auction will go live on Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at 10:30am and will be available to all of our Chamber members whether you are attending our dinner on July 20 or not.   To register for online bidding and to take part in the auction, click here. Even if you plan on attending the dinner you must sign up and register online to bid on the items. The auction will closer after the dinner on Wednesday, July 21 at 12:00pm. All winners will be notified at that time and will have to schedule a time to pick their items up from the Chamber office.  We want to thank all of our…

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Leadership Belleville is Back! 22nd Class Now Forming.

June 24, 2021 | Leadership Belleville

COVID-19 affected all of our businesses including the Chamber.  We unfortunately had to suspend Leadership Belleville for the 2020-2021 class but we are ready to offer this unique leadership experience again for the 2021-2022 year.  All classes will be held in person with COVID-19 Guidelines in place to ensure a safe experience. What is Leadership Belleville? Leadership Belleville is a unique training program offered to community members and chamber members, coordinated through the Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce. The goals of the program are to… Develop effective community leaders Establish valuable relationships with business and civic leaders Expand awareness and understanding of important issues affecting business and the community Foster a commitment to personal, professional, and community growth Provide opportunities for ongoing business development, growth, and expansion within the Belleville area. Each Leadership Belleville class…

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