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Blood Donors Urgently Needed to Meet Patient Need; HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital hosting Blood Drive June 30

June 11, 2020 | Community Service

Leaders of Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center (MVRBC) and HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital are calling on blood donors to step forward in support of the local blood supply. The need is being driven by increasing levels of activity at local hospitals and a high number of blood drive cancellations related to the COVID-19 pandemic. HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, in conjunction with MVRBC, is hosting a blood drive on Tuesday, June 30 from 2:30-6:30 p.m. in MVRBS’s mobile donor bus, which will be parked in the hospital parking lot at 1 St. Elizabeth’s Blvd. in O’Fallon, IL. All donors MUST make an appointment, no walk-ins. To schedule a donation time, call MVRBC at 866-GIVE-BLD (866-448-3253) or log on to www.bloodcenterimpact.org and use Sponsor Code: 10155. All donors will also be required to wear a mask and present a photo…

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Apply for Funding to Hire Sanitation/COVID-19 Related Temp Workers By June 3

June 01, 2020 | Membership Tips

St. Clair County Intergovernmental Grants Department has the opportunity to apply for some dislocated worker funding as a part of a disaster recovery grant. The funding can be used to hire temporary workers to assist with sanitation and COVID-19 related duties. If your business could use some funding to help with sanitation, meal delivery, or other tasks, please contact St. Clair County Intergovernmental Grants department and let them know you are interested by Wednesday, June 3rd at 12:00pm. If you are interested in a project, they will need a work plan submitted as part of the process. Please contact Cindy Layman at clayman@co.st-clair.il.us.

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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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