Month: August 2020

Thank You to All for a Successful Hygiene Kit Drive

August 31, 2020 | Community Service

Each year the Healthcare & Community Service Committee collects hygiene items for those less fortunate in our community. This year the response was overwhelming, collecting over 3,000 items including shampoo, conditioner, body wash, snacks, razors, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and more. The committee would like to thank the organizations that served as collection sites for the “Emergency Hygiene Kit” drive: AgeSmart Community Services, Belleville Chamber Office, and Programs & Services for Older Persons (PSOP). We would like to also thank our Chamber members that donated: AgeSmart Community Services, Ambassador Travel, Arsenal Credit Union, Circa, CompuType IT Solutions, Home Instead Senior Care, Programs & Services for Older Persons, Raymond James, Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation, Super 8 Motel, as well as many individuals. The items were distributed to Call for Help, Project Compassion, Union United Methodist Church, and the…

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Welcome New Members

August 27, 2020 | New Members

Welcome to the following businesses and organizations who joined the Chamber in July. Athletico Physical Therapy1915 Carlyle Ave., Suite D, Belleville, IL(618) 310-0305 East Belleville YMCA2627 Carlyle Ave., Belleville, IL(618) Julia’s $5 JewelsBelleville, IL(618) Also, THANK YOU to the following members for renewing their membership with the Chamber in July. Arsenal Credit UnionAssociated BankBeno J Gundlach CompanyBreeze Hospice, LLCCatholic Urban ProgramsChick Fritz DistributingDown the Hall HomebrewFletchers Kitchen & TapHeartland Mutual Insurance CompanyHicks Bar-B-QueLeague LoungeMy Tutor Learning Center & Driving SchoolPrecision Practice ManagementSkyview Drive-InSouthwestern Ilinois College Dist 522Spectrum ReachSt. Clair ServiceSt. Louis Food IngredientsTaylor Roofing, Inc.Vertical Performance, Inc.

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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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