Author: Diana Goebel

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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Thank You to our Winter Accessory Drive Donors

December 07, 2020 | Community Service

The Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce and the Healthcare & Community Service Agency Committee has another successful drive this year during our Winter Accessory Drive. Hundreds of items including coats, gloves, scarves, and more were collected and will be distributed around the community to organizations including Catholic Urban Programs, City of Belleville General Assistance, and Violence Prevention Center. We want to thank all of our donors that helped us have another successful drive this season. Thank you to Hospice of Southern Illinois, Illinois American Water, Jack Schmitt, Kathy Frederico, McCullough’s Flooring Enterprise, Inc., PSOP,, Turkey Hill Grange, and Community Members Joan Braswell and Linda Weisenstein.  

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Chamber Brings Holiday Cheer During Successful New Event

November 30, 2020 | Events

On Saturday, November 28, the Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce hosted the first of three Movie Nights with Santa at the Skyview Drive-in theater in Belleville. The event was sold out ahead of time with mandates in place regarding COVID-19 restrictions. Families came to enjoy the classic Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer on the big screen and see the jolly ol’ man himself make an appearance before the show began. “We could not have asked for a better late-November evening for our first night,” says Chamber President & CEO Wendy Pfeil. “All of our families seemed very appreciative to have the chance to get out and do something with their families in a safe and distant environment.” The Chamber also offered a limited number of families to purchase spots ahead of time to get socially-distanced photos…

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Small Business Week of Southwestern Illinois and Local Chambers to Promote Small Businesses in November

November 10, 2020 | Events | General

The Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for the Metro East at SIUE is part of a professional committee supporting local restaurants and retailers for Small Business Saturday. This group, known as the Small Business Week of Southwestern Illinois (SBWSWIL), reached out to area chambers to create a unique and enticing shopping experience in support of local small businesses. The Greater Belleville, Collinsville, Edwardsville-Glen Carbon, Metro East (Fairview-Swansea), O’FallonShiloh and the Troy-Maryville-St. Jacob-Marine Chambers did not hesitate to join the effort in support of their small business members. Together these Chambers across Madison and St. Clair Counties solicited companies to spotlight themselves on a “passport” in an effort to promote their establishment and garner more customers during COVID-19. Local retailers and restaurant owners were also quick to offer up prizes in appreciation of the shoppers…

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Movie Nights with Santa are Coming to Belleville

October 26, 2020 | Events

Create some holiday cheer with your family and join the Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce at the Skyview Drive-in for “Movie Nights with Santa” the three Saturdays following Thanksgiving. The schedule includes the classic Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer on November 28, A Charlie Brown Christmas and It’s Christmastime Again Charlie Brown on December 5, then Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer on December 12. “Many holiday celebrations have been canceled this year due to COVID-19,” says Chamber President/CEO Wendy Pfeil. “We want to keep the Christmas spirit alive and give back to the community through the Movie Nights with Santa series.” Attendees will get to see Santa as he drives-thru the lot to hand out candy to children. There will also be a limited number of spots each night to have the option of…

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