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Movie Nights with Santa are Back in 2021

October 21, 2021 | Events

In 2020, the Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce created a new holiday tradition for area families and we are BACK  for year two, bringing holiday cheer to your family and hope you decide to join us at the Skyview Drive-in for “Movie Nights with Santa” the three Saturdays following Thanksgiving. The schedule includes a double feature the first night with the classic Frosty the Snowman and How the Grinch Stole Christmas on November 27, Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town on December 4, then Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas on December 11. “We created this event last year when many holiday celebrations were canceled due to COVID-19,” says Chamber President/CEO Wendy Pfeil. “Many asked us to keep the Christmas spirit alive in 2021! It is a fun way to give back to the community through the Movie Nights with Santa…

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Don’t Pay for Job Ads Online

October 06, 2021 | Membership Tips

Recently we have heard from multiple members that they are paying $500 or more for employment ads with Indeed for open positions. We have also heard these businesses aren’t getting anywhere by paying for these ads. We want our members to know that there is a process noted below where employers can register through IllinoisJobLink.com to post their open positions and Indeed will pick them up at NO COST! Just create an employer account and upload your job there. Go to https://illinoisjoblink.illinois.gov/ada/r/ then go to the “Log In/Register” tab to create a new account. For more information on getting help posting positions, contact Lee Reese at lee.reese@co.st-clair.il.us.

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More than 40 vendors prepare chili dishes for the annual Chili Cook-off

October 01, 2021 | Events

After modifying last year’s event, thousands of locals are gearing up for the Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce’s 37th annual Chili Cook-Off, sponsored by Bud Light and Serra Honda O’Fallon, in Downtown Belleville on October 8 & 9 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 40 vendors, representing individuals, local organizations and area businesses. Many 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 or¬ganizations that take part, including the host, the Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce. Many of the ven¬dors participating at the Chili Cook-off each…

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Podcast Ep. 4 features The Quarter Restaurant owner, Brandon McGraw

September 21, 2021 | General

Co-hosted by Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce member’s Stephen Sedlak (Schmale Insurance Agency, Inc.) and Erik Huber (BOS Metro East Banking Center) to help highlight, promote and enlighten people, businesses, and community events in the Greater Belleville Area. Ep. 4, 27 minutes: Mixing up the Hurricanes with Brandon McGraw and The Quarter Restaurant In this episode we catch up Brandon McGraw, one of the owners of Belleville’s Original NOLA inspired restaurant, The Quarter and discuss why they decided to invest in Downtown Belleville, why they decided to open their second restaurant during COVID, the HERO Beer Tab at their other restaurant in Fairview Heights, Signature Tap House, how they, and all downtown Belleville restaurants, work together to help each other, what the return of events such as the Belleville Oktoberfest and Chili Cook Off mean…

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Podcast Ep. 3 Features Belleville Oktoberfest & Chili Cook-off Leaders

September 07, 2021 | Events | General

Co-hosted by Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce member’s Stephen Sedlak (Schmale Insurance Agency, Inc.) and Erik Huber (BOS Metro East Banking Center) to help highlight, promote and enlighten people, businesses, and community events in the Greater Belleville Area. Ep. 3, 27 minutes: Tapping into Oktoberfest with Cari Frick and Mixing up the (Belleville Chili Cook-off) Pot with Wendy PfeilWith the return of events coming to Downtown Belleville, we sit down with the Cari Frick from Oktoberfest and Wendy Pfeil from the Belleville Chili Cook-off to discuss a few things including: How excited they and the city are to have these events back this year, how much work and time they (along with others) have had to put into this years events compared to past years, the effects last year had on the events being cancelled,…

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