Category: Membership Tips

A Letter From Chamber President, Wendy Pfeil

January 04, 2021 | Membership Tips

Wow, what a year this has been. When we started our year in January with such promise to the new year, I never in a million years could we have imagined what our chamber, city, county, state, and country would go through. While we could focus on all the negatives, many positives came from this most challenging year. Within 24 hours of the COVID-19 restrictions being announced, your Chamber team was able to make a COVID response page with all the up-to-date information. The information included on this page was gathered from the CDC, Illinois Department of Public Health, SBA, US Chamber of Commerce, St. Clair County Health Department, local hospitals, etc. All this information was vetted by our team for accuracy and relevancy to our members. This page became a community lifeblood for not…

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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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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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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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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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