Category: General

#ShowSomeLove Business Spotlights: Week 1 Recap

February 05, 2021 | General

We are excited to launch our #ShowSomeLove Business Spotlight on Facebook during the month of February where we will be featuring various Chamber members every day and encourage the public to help show some love to these businesses that keep our community alive. If you have used and loved any of their services, we invite you to #ShowSomeLove by following them on Facebook and/or leave them a positive review on Google or their Facebook page! Day 1: Refresh. Recharge. Relax. Day 2: National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows Day 3: Eye on Design Window Treatment & More Day 4: Abe’s Gourmet Popcorn Shop & Sugar High Day 5: Tactical Towing & Recovery, Inc. *If you are a Belleville Chamber business and would like us to feature your business, please contact us at marketing@bellevillechamber.org. 

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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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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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Chamber Seeks Board of Directors for 2021-2023 Term

September 29, 2020 | General | Volunteer Opportunities

This year, multiple positions will be expiring at the end of December and the Chamber is looking to fill them. The next board term will run from 1/2021 – 12/2023. Here you will find Board responsibilities, expectations, and an application for a seat on the Board of Directors. If you are interested in submitting your name for nomination, please fill out the application form and email it to hr@bellevillechamber.org. All submissions will be kept confidential. Submissions must be received by Friday, November 6, 2020. Once all submissions are received the nominating committee will review these applications and make a recommendation to the Executive Board. The general membership will vote on the Slate of Officers at our Annual Meeting on December 15, 2020. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Chamber at 618-233-2015.

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The Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce During the Pandemic

September 14, 2020 | General

Ever since the pandemic grew in urgency in March, the Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce team has been on alert of our members. The Chamber team was quick to build a webpage within 24 hours from the time everything began with resources as they came in, sometimes multiple times daily, and sent detailed e-mails to our members in ways that they could more easily understand what their options were. We have been in constant contact with our State Representatives and local officials to help keep our Chamber members and the community up-to-date on what was happening and the resources available to them. We have hosted many webinars and online meetings that have provided valuable information for our members. We have testified for the recovery task force for the State of Illinois. We also have a…

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