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Welcome New Members!

July 08, 2020 | New Members

While life has been different since COVID-19 began in March, we want to thank these businesses that have decided to invest in the Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce during this time. Be sure to reach out and welcome them! AllState Insurance – Kevin Martin Athletico Physical Therapy Beth Ortega Group at RE/MAX Catholic Diocese of Belleville Cemetery Association Dave Slimack – State Farm HSHS Medical Group Julias’s $5 Jewels Liese Lumber MLJ Home Care Spectrum Business St. Vincent DePaul Society Belleville The Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce is a 501(c)6 nonprofit, membership-based organization that supports and advances business and community interests, as well as the quality of life in Belleville and surrounding communities.

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The New Instagram Gift Card Sales Program For Businesses

July 07, 2020 | Membership Tips

Businesses can now sell gift cards on Instagram. Below we’ve provided step-by-step instructions* to share with our members.   Setting up Instagram Gift Cards for Your Business You can set up gift cards on Instagram to give people a way to support your business. When someone taps the Gift Cards button on your Instagram profile or the Gift Cards sticker on your Instagram story, they’ll be directed to a partner* website to buy gift cards. To enable gift cards, your Instagram account and business must fulfill the following requirements: Have an Instagram business or creator account: Your Instagram account must be converted into a business or creator account. Have a service with an Instagram payment processing partner: Your business will need to set up a gift card account with an Instagram partner using the instructions on the partner’s site. Partner options can be found on Instagram.  Adding a Gift Card…

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Business Interruption Grants Program (BIG) Now Open Until July 7

June 30, 2020 | General

The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) is launching the first round of Business Interruption Grants (BIG) by providing $60 million to businesses experiencing losses or business interruption as a result of COVID-19 related closures. The BIG Program is available for up to 3,500 businesses that experienced a limited ability to operate due to COVID-19 related closures. DCEO will begin distributing funds to qualifying businesses in early July. The total program funding will amount to at least $540 million in grants for small businesses, $270 million of which has been set aside for childcare providers and is funded by the CARES Act. In the first wave of grants, priority will be given to small businesses that have been heavily restricted or completely shut down during the pandemic. Additional priority will be given to businesses located in…

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A Letter to Our Members from the Board of Directors

June 25, 2020 | General

Dear Chamber Members: Our businesses need you. Our community has seen the crippling effects of COVID-19 on small businesses nationwide. Businesses have closed. Employees have been furloughed or laid off. Events have been canceled. Nonprofits, such as the Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce, have been hit especially hard. The Chamber can work remotely, but it cannot disappear. Our businesses need the Chamber for information, resources, and connections to survive. The Chamber staff has continued to provide valuable services to our members in the virtual realm during the pandemic crisis with consistent, timely and pertinent governmental action updates, professional seminars, financial support opportunities, as well as quickly adapting the Chamber’s normal connections and networking opportunities to the shutdown environment. And yet, the Chamber has also been forced to cancel various events over the past four months….

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Healthcare & CSA Committee Collecting Items for Hygiene Kits

June 23, 2020 | Community Service

The Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce’s Healthcare & Community Service Agency (CSA) Committee is once again collecting items for their annual Emergency Hygiene Kit drive now through July 31.  Members are invited to help collect items in their office to donate to the cause. Items being collected include but are not limited to toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, body wash, bar soap, kleenex, deodorant, lotion, wipes, lip balm, razors, women’s hygiene products, etc. Items must be able to fit in a quart-sized plastic bag. Items in the past have been distributed to local agencies including Call for Help, Project Compassion, Union United Methodist Church, and the Violence Prevention Center. Items can be delivered to the Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce office Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm or you can call ahead to check…

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