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More than 60 vendors prepare chili dishes for annual Chili Cook-off

October 09, 2019 | Events

Thousands of locals are gearing up for the Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce’s 36th annual Chili Cook-Off in Downtown Belleville on October 11 and 12, 2019 from 11:00am to 10:30pm both days. What began with just a few vendors on one block of East Main Street in downtown Belleville is now one of Belleville’s largest events celebrating the culinary creations from over 60 vendors, representing individuals, local organizations and area businesses. Thousands every year come to enjoy the great chili, entertainment and other festivities, but most don’t realize that the Chili Cook-off is the biggest fundraiser of the year for many non-profit or­ganizations that take part. Many of the ven­dors participating at the Chili Cook-off each year are either a non-profit organization or a business raising money for a charity. 100% of the money you…

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Nominations for 2019 Annual Dinner Awards now open

September 23, 2019 | Annual Awards

The Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for its 2019 Awards now thru November 15, 2019. Award recipients will be honored at the Chamber’s Annual Dinner on Thursday, January 30, 2020. Please click on the links below to nominate a deserving individual, business or organization.   Business Excellence AwardPlease keep in mind the following as you fill out the nomination form:The Business Excellence Award, the most prestigious award given by the Chamber, is awarded annually to a nominated Chamber Member. The criteria used by the judges centers on the business’s commitment to innovation and creativity along with a proven track record of growth. The judges will also look to the nominee’s commitment to the community and their employees. Business Excellence Award (Online) | Print FormSponsors: Memorial Network | City of BellevillePrevious Business Excellence Award Recipients…

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Chamber Committee Collecting Winter Accessory Items for Locals in Need

September 23, 2019 | 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. Bring your items into the Chamber anytime before the end of Friday, November 1. Click here for more information and to print the flyer.

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Union United Methodist Church honored with Quarterly Commitment to Community Award

  The Commitment to Community Award is presented quarterly to a Chamber Member who demonstrates a commitment to improving the quality of life for residents and/or businesses in the greater Belleville area. The Ambassadors are honored to present this quarter’s award to Union United Methodist Church. Union United Methodist Church acquired its name from the union of two downtown churches in 1950, but its heritage extends back to 1819, just five years after the founding of Belleville. Dissatisfied with the state of Methodism in Belleville in 1950, the congregations of First Methodist Church and Jackson Street Methodist Church, both located within sight of the public square, resolved to unite to create a larger organization that would more effectively serve the community. Though located in downtown Belleville and serving that community, the vision of the church…

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Wishing Luck to our 21st Leadership Belleville Class

September 06, 2019 | Leadership Belleville

This week, the Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce’s 21st Leadership Belleville class kicks off with their Leadership Retreat. It is a two-day retreat where they begin their leadership journey that will continue for the next nine months. This year’s class includes: Shauna Bayles (The Esquiline), Stevie Brown (Belleville School District #118), Jackie Broyles (Bank of Belleville), Sarah Castiller (City of Belleville), Tasha DeProw (Hospice of Southern Illinois), Emily Dohle (The Weingarten), Reggie Farrar (Memorial Hospital), Brian Flynn (Flynn Guymon & Garavalia), Lennox Forrester (Gateway Region YMCA), Mark Heffernan (City of Belleville Police Department), Vera Jones (St. Clair County Housing Authority), Jacob Kotler (TheBank of Edwardsville/Busey Bank), Jeff Lager (CARITAS Family Solutions), Jacque Owens (HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital), Brittany Pesko Brown (St. Louis Regional Chamber), Amy Randazzo (Mathis, Marifian & Richter, LTD), Lee Reese (St. Clair…

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