Governor Pritzker Awards $5 Million in B2B Grants for Local Chambers

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, June 12, 2024 ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​  ​ CONTACT: Governor Pritzker Awards $5 Million in B2B Grants for Local Chambers   Grant funding supports 151 local chambers of commerce across Illinois with marketing and development CHICAGO – Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) today awarded $5 million in grant funding to 151 recipients through the Back to Business (B2B) Local Chambers program. B2B Chambers provides additional support for local chambers of commerce that experienced negative economic impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. A list of B2B Local Chambers grantees can be found here .   “Small businesses are the backbone of our growing economy,” said Governor JB Pritzker . “That’s why my administration is providing support to local chambers of commerce through the B2B Local Chambers grant program. The 151 grantees announced today will amplify

June Newsletter!!

  Each month, the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce shares a newsletter called the Chamber Connection, keeping you in the loop of all upcoming events.    Events each month include First Friday Lunches, Ribbon Cuttings, Business After Hours, special community events such as the Honor America Celebration, Marigold Festival details and opportunities to learn and grow as a small business and professional.     Would you like to join our mailing and have the Chamber Connection come directly to your inbox each month?  Click on the link at the top of our newsletter to join our mailing list.   Happy June, everyone!   Check it out here:   June Chamber Connection!

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Pekin City Offices‑ Battle of the Badges to host Community Blood Drive with ImpactLife Wednesday, April 24

Pekin, IL ‑ Pekin City Offices ‑ Battle of the Badges will host a Community Blood Drive with ImpactLife, the provider of blood components for local hospitals. The blood drive will be from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm on Wednesday, April 24 at 111 S. Capitol St., inside Conference Room   All presenting donors will get a choice between a gift card, a donation to Best Friends Animal Society, or points for the rewards store! Donors will also receive a coupon for a pint of frozen custard from Culvers! What: Pekin City Offices ‑ Battle of the Badges Community Blood Drive   When: Wednesday, April 24, 7:00 am ‑ 5:00 pm   Where: Conference Room, 111 S. Capitol St., Pekin, IL   Appointments: To donate, please contact Josh Peterson at (309) 477-2388, Billie Ingles at (309) 478-5312, John Shallenberger at (309) 478-5652, or visit and use code 61117 to locate the drive. Donor Eligibility Criteria: Potential donors must be at least

Crittenton Centers' Baby Brunch on April 26th

  Crittenton Centers' Baby Brunch on April 26th April is Child Abuse Prevention Month Peoria, IL –On Friday , April 26th at 11:30 am , Crittenton Centers will host our 5 th annual Baby Brunch at the Country Club of Peoria to celebrate the 44th Anniversary of Crittenton Centers' Crisis Nursery and our community coming together to Fill the Crib with basic need items (diapers, wipes, formula etc.…) for local children and families in need.  Guests will enjoy a signature drink, plated lunch, baby shower games, raffle prizes, mission moments, and we will reveal the total basic need items collected to date for the community wide Fill the Crib campaign.  Last year Crittenton Centers' Crisis Nursery had 3144 admissions and provided basic need items to 2,808 children in our community thanks to your support.  Other April Events Include: Fill the Crib: Entire Month of April Pinwheels for Prevention: Thursday, April 4 th 10am   To learn more:  https://crittentoncente

Illinois Central College Announces Outcomes of $14.2 Million IT Workforce Accelerator Grant

  EAST PEORIA, IL (03/27/2024) Illinois Central College (ICC) recently announced outcomes of the IT Workforce Accelerator program funded by a $14.2 million U.S. Economic Development Administration grant received by Bradley University, Eureka College, and ICC in 2022. The program allows the three schools to provide no-cost IT training to help Central Illinois residents and employees upgrade their skills and get jobs in IT. The certificates and microcredentials available were created in response to the IT training needs of over 200 local businesses, and most can be earned in less than six months. As of the end of 2023, the program had over 800 participants and exceeded the goal for credential completion by 20%. To date, over 1,300 individuals have registered for classes. The goal is to help 1,000 people get hired for IT jobs or retrained. Don Shafer, executive director of the IT Workforce Accelerator, said, "It's a collaborative effort. What's been great is the colla

Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce Hosts 76th Annual Honor America Celebration

  Press Release: For Immediate Release                 Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce Hosts 76 th Annual Honor America Celebration THE PEKIN AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE WILL HOST THE 4 TH OF JULY HONOR AMERICA CELEBRATION FIREWORKS DISPLAY NEAR PEKIN MEMORIAL STADIUM ON JULY 4, 2024.   Pekin, IL- The Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the continuation of the 4 th of July “Honor America Celebration” fireworks display held at Pekin Memorial Stadium this summer. The Honor America Celebration is funded by members of the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce, the Pekin business community, and the donations from community members.   ***Due to construction in and around Pekin Memorial Stadium, the stadium will be closed to spectators in 2024 and 2025. The Arena Parking lot will be used for VIP seating for sponsor ticket holders, wheelchair accessible seating, and a free General Admission area. Vehicles will not be allo