Author: Wendy


June 06, 2023 | Leadership Belleville

Application NOW OPEN!!! If you delay your application you will miss out on this opportunity to be a part of the 24th Leadership Belleville Class. 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… Each Leadership Belleville class is composed of up to 25 professionals who demonstrate the highest leadership qualities. These classmates create a valuable network of resources – paying dividends to both alumni and their business sponsors. Below you will find a link to the Leadership Belleville page and the Application to be a part of this unique opportunity.  Now more than ever do we all need to refresh and recharge our Leadership skills and learn from others in…

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2023 Silent Auction now LIVE! Bid often, Bid High

January 19, 2023 | Annual Awards

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 is now LIVE and will be available to all of our Chamber members whether you are attending our dinner on January 26 or not.   To register for online bidding and to take part in the auction, click here. If you have bid before, you just need to sign in with your previous user name and password.  Even if you plan on attending the dinner you must sign up and register online to bid on the items. The auction will close after the dinner on Friday, January 27 at 10:00am. All winners will be notified at that time and will have to schedule a time to pick their items up from…

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U.S. Small Business Administration to Offer Disaster Loans with No Interest and No Payments for First Year!

December 09, 2022 | Membership Tips

WASHINGTON – Today, Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the voice in President Biden’s Cabinet for America’s 33 million small businesses, announced the Agency will waive the interest rate for the first year on new disaster loans and extend the initial payment deferment period automatically to 12 months. “We must ensure that communities struck by disaster have the help they need to recover in the wake of natural disasters, and the Biden-Harris Administration is 100 percent focused on finding more ways to assist,” said Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman. “Our zero-interest disaster loan and payment deferral solutions add new tools to our toolbox to help small business owners gain flexibility as they work to invest, reopen, and get back to business. Disaster-impacted residents in Florida, Puerto Rico, and others…

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SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Businesses and Residents of Illinois
Affected by Severe Storm and Flooding

October 20, 2022 | Membership Tips

A Message from the SBA…. WASHINGTON – Low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) areavailable to businesses and residents in Illinois following the announcement of a Presidential disasterdeclaration due to a severe storm and flooding that occurred July 25-28, 2022. “SBA’s mission-driven team stands ready to help Illinois small businesses and residents impacted bythis disaster in every way possible under President Biden’s disaster declaration for certain affectedareas,“ said SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman. “We’re committed to providing federaldisaster loans swiftly and efficiently, with a customer-centric approach to help businesses andcommunities recover and rebuild.” The disaster declaration covers St. Clair County in Illinois, which is eligible for both Physical andEconomic Injury Disaster Loans from the SBA. Small businesses and most private nonprofitorganizations in the following adjacent counties are eligible to apply only for…

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CHAMBER ANNOUNCES EPISODE 21 OF PODCAST FEATURING Scott Schmelzel of Big Daddy’s 618 and the Belleville Main Street Committee

October 18, 2022 | Membership Tips

Co-hosted by Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce 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. Ep 21, 39 minutes: In this episode we sit down with Scott Schmelzel and Sean Martin of Big Daddy’s 618 and discuss: – How Big Daddy’s 618 helped start the transformation of restaurants and bars to downtown Belleville– How the Belleville Main Street Committee is working to continue the success of all the business on main street– How all the bars, restaurants and retail establishments downtown Belleville work together to promote each other– How downtown Belleville has become a hot spot for class reunions including to 20 year class reunion of the 2002 Althoff class this weekend…

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