Category: General

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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Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce Sends Letter to Governor Pritzker

September 02, 2020 | General

Today the Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce sent the letter seen below to Governor Pritzker in support of restaurants and bars and all small businesses.  The Chamber would like for Gov. Pritzker to reverse his decision on the new mitigations place on Region 4 yesterday with his new resurgence plan.   Honorable J.B. PritzkerOffice of the Governor207 State HouseSpringfield, IL 62706 Dear Governor Pritzker:On behalf of the Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce, we stand with our businesses and write to you to share our displeasures with the recent mitigations targeted at our local restaurants, bars and entertainment venues and find them to be extremely hurtful and unfair. They have taken on the brunt of the closures since restrictions were placed on them in March. What evidence does the State have that shows most of the…

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STATE OF ILLINOIS UDPATES SAFETY GUIDELINES FOR RESTAURANTS AND BAR ESTABLISHMENTS TO PROTECT PATRONS AND WORKERS FROM COVID-19

August 25, 2020 | General

To further prevent spread, face coverings use will be required during interactions with wait staff and food service workers CHICAGO—The State of Illinois today announced revised guidelines for restaurants and bar establishments statewide to operate safely and help prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Based on a recent increase in cases, these latest guidelines will require patrons to wear a mask during any interaction with wait staff, food service workers, and other employees at bars and restaurants. Face coverings must be worn over the nose and mouth when patrons are approached and served by staff, including but not limited to when employees take patrons’ orders, deliver food and beverages, and service tables. This guidance will also apply to other facilities with food services areas that are currently subject to the Restore Illinois guidance, such as indoor…

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Beyond Pictures: 14 Social Media Caption Tips

August 04, 2020 | General | Membership Tips

Whether it be Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or another platform, social media marketing can be challenging and finding compelling visuals can be tough. Instead of focusing on business-related images, focus on images that will engage your audience. The reality is that posting about event registrations or making a sales pitch is unlikely to drive meaningful activity. Your audience is human and likely using these platforms on a personal level, so it’s not necessary to engage with them on a solely professional level. To drive interaction, pay attention to how you’re captioning your posts. Captions shouldn’t be an afterthought; they’re a prime opportunity to engage. When deciding if a caption “works,” start by asking yourself: How will my audience react to this content? Will they find it entertaining? How will it make them feel? A well-written caption…

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Organize Your Way to Success

July 14, 2020 | General

Whether you are working from home or at the office, after the last few months you may feel like your office needs a little organizing. De-cluttering and refreshing your workspace improves motivation and efficiency. Take a minute to check out your office for “curb appeal.” Does it say, “A professional accomplishes things here”? If not, follow these steps to solve the problem. Organize Your Office in 5 Minutes See which pens work and which are taking up drawer space. Also, ditch bent paper clips, loose staples, etc. Return borrowed items with a polite “Thank you.” Pitch outdated menus and offers. They’re unnecessary and probably available online. Get rid of that withering plant and the deflated birthday balloon. Are items you use most often within easy reach? Store items by whether they are used daily, weekly…

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