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Reasons to Attend Virtual Networking Events

October 05, 2020 | Events | General | Membership Tips

Ever since the pandemic started, the Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce has had to cancel all in-person events through the end of 2020. Our mission is all about “Advancing Business. Supporting Community.” and the Chamber has continued to host normal monthly events including our Virtual Happy Hour (Business After Hours), Coffee Cup Connections, Lunch & Learn, and Young Professionals seminars online via Zoom. If you or someone you know isn’t into participating in online meetings, here are some reasons that could change your mind: 1. It’s free!Our normal month-to-month networking evenings including our Virtual Happy Hour (Business After Hours), Coffee Cup Connections, Young Professionals, & Lunch and Learn seminars) typically may have a cost associated with them for in-person events. Now you can access them all for free from the comfort of your home or…

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Chamber Seeks Board of Directors for 2021-2023 Term

September 29, 2020 | General | Volunteer Opportunities

This year, multiple positions will be expiring at the end of December and the Chamber is looking to fill them. The next board term will run from 1/2021 – 12/2023. Here you will find Board responsibilities, expectations, and an application for a seat on the Board of Directors. If you are interested in submitting your name for nomination, please fill out the application form and email it to hr@bellevillechamber.org. All submissions will be kept confidential. Submissions must be received by Friday, November 6, 2020. Once all submissions are received the nominating committee will review these applications and make a recommendation to the Executive Board. The general membership will vote on the Slate of Officers at our Annual Meeting on December 15, 2020. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Chamber at 618-233-2015.

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Remote Belleville Chili Cook-off Announced for October 9-11

September 28, 2020 | Events

Thousands of locals every year gear up for the Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce’s annual Chili Cook-Off in Downtown Belleville. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Chamber announced in July that this year’s event would be canceled. To take its place in 2020, they will now host the Remote Belleville Chili Cook-off October 9-11, the same weekend the original would have taken place. “We were devastated when we had to make the decision to cancel this year’s event,” says Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce’s President, Wendy Pfeil. “People live for this event all year here in Belleville. When we canceled, we immediately started thinking of other things to try to do. This way, we hope we can still bring some joy to the community and help support our participating restaurants during this time.” 14 Belleville restaurants…

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Chamber Committee Hosts Winter Accessory Drive

September 21, 2020 | Community Service

The Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce’s Healthcare & Community Service Agency Committee once again is hosting a drive this fall to collect items for those in need this winter. They are collecting new and gently used items including blankets, gloves, hats, scarves, and more. Click here for more information and to print the flyer.

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The Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce During the Pandemic

September 14, 2020 | General

Ever since the pandemic grew in urgency in March, the Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce team has been on alert of our members. The Chamber team was quick to build a webpage within 24 hours from the time everything began with resources as they came in, sometimes multiple times daily, and sent detailed e-mails to our members in ways that they could more easily understand what their options were. We have been in constant contact with our State Representatives and local officials to help keep our Chamber members and the community up-to-date on what was happening and the resources available to them. We have hosted many webinars and online meetings that have provided valuable information for our members. We have testified for the recovery task force for the State of Illinois. We also have a…

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