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Members Offering Services to Help Get Back to Work

May 28, 2020 | Membership Tips

As we move into Phase 3 and allow businesses to start reopening, here are a few of our members that can help! *If you are a member offering a needed service but are not listed below, please contact the Chamber with what you are offering and contact info at marketing@bellevillechamber.org. Cleaning BELFOR Property Restoration2000 N. Illinois St., Swansea, IL 62226618.235.1931website SERVPRO of Belleville-O’Fallon618-233-1289website Signage Gaslight Vinyl 1123 E B St., Belleville 618-641-9777Facebook   Laux Graphics618-337-4558website   Signarama Metro East Edwardsville: 618-692-0300 Swansea: 618-234-7446 Email: Info@signarama-edwardsville.com https://www.signarama.com/il-edwardsville

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U.S. Department Of Labor Announces New Paid Sick Leave And Expanded Family And Medical Leave Implementation

April 02, 2020 | General

Families First Coronavirus Response Act Helps Americans Overcome COVID-19 Workplace Challenges The U.S. Department of Labor today announced new action regarding how American workers and employers will benefit from the protections and relief offered by the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act, both part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The department’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) posted a temporary rule issuing regulations pursuant to this new law, effective today, April 1, 2020. FFCRA helps the United States combat the workplace effects of COVID-19 by reimbursing American private employers that have fewer than 500 employees with tax credits for the cost of providing employees with paid leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. The law enables employers to keep their workers on their payrolls, while at the same…

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Beware of Scams and Fraud Schemes

April 02, 2020 | General

SBA Office of International Trade, March 31, 2020 – The Office of Inspector General recognizes that we are facing unprecedented times and is alerting the public about potential fraud schemes related to economic stimulus programs offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration in response to the Novel Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19).  The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the largest financial assistance bill to date, includes provisions to help small businesses. Fraudsters have already begun targeting small business owners during these economically difficult times.  Be on the lookout for grant fraud, loan fraud, and phishing.  Scam and Fraud Scheme Advisory List  The SBA does not initiate contact on either 7(a) or Disaster loans.  If you are proactively contacted by someone claiming to be from the SBA, suspect fraud. The SBA does not provide grants to small businesses. The SBA provides guarantees…

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March Commitment to Community Award goes to…

March 23, 2020 | Commitment to Community

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 The EDGE. The EDGE has become a staple and long-standing supporter in the Belleville community. It began as D.S. Vespers on West Main then moved to their current location on South Belt in 1998 in what used to be a grocery store and have since completed nine renovations. They are excited to continue growing and improving their customer experience this year. The EDGE is home to the world’s largest laser tag arena covering over 14,000 square foot and allow up to 60 people to play at a time. They are also known for their…

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COVID-19 Resources & Articles

March 17, 2020 | General

On April 23rd, Governor Pritzker extended the issued Executive Order 2020-10 requiring all Illinoisans to stay in their homes to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 until May 30, 2020. The executive order requires that all individuals wear a face covering or a mask when in a public setting where they are unable to maintain a 6-foot distance. Those face coverings will be required in areas such as stores and applies to all individuals over the age of 2 “who are able to medically tolerate a face covering or mask.” Retail stores, under the new order, are still considered nonessential businesses but are allowed to reopen for telephone and online orders through pickup outside the store and delivery. The order also designates several new essential businesses, including greenhouses, garden centers and nurseries, as well as…

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