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Ambassador Spotlight: Alexis Kessler

Ambassador Spotlight: Alexis Kessler Alexis Kessler recently moved to Kankakee County from Sandusky, a small town in Ohio. Her high school graduating class totaled 69 students. Alexis joined the Chamber soon after she moved to the area. In 2021, Alexis graduated from Tiffin University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Alexis is currently a…

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Business Basics

Business Basics Business BASICS Video Series   Dowload this educational PDF for all of your basic business needs! Courtesy of The Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity.   This PDF contains links to educational powerpoints and videos regarding any information you need for your business.

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Independence Day celebrations, KVSO performances and fireworks show July 2 at KCC

Independence Day celebrations, KVSO performances and fireworks show July 2 at KCC The tradition of celebrating Independence Day with live music followed by fireworks will continue on Saturday, July 2 along the south banks of the Kankakee River.   The fundraising event will include three live music performances. Kankakee Community College gates open at 4…

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Bourbonnais Friendship Festival Returns

Bourbonnais Friendship Festival Returns Bourbonnais, IL – The Bourbonnais Friendship Festival returns for its 47th year Wednesday, June 22 through Sunday, June 26, at Goselin Park on the Bourbonnais Municipal Center grounds 700 Main St. NW. In preparation for the five-day festival, the following will undergo temporary closures: Effective Tuesday, June 14, the Event and…

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Inclusive Backing Grants for Small Businesses

Inclusive Backing Grants for Small Businesses The fourth grant cycle will provide grants to small business owners who identify as Native or Indigenous, Hispanic or Latinx, LGBTQ+ or as immigrants, refugees or forcibly displaced. Membership in Main Street America is not required to be eligible for the Program, but businesses must have a “brick-and-mortar” location…

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Early Childhood Education Collaboration Funding Opportunity

Early Childhood Education Collaboration Funding Opportunity OPPORTUNITY DETAILS:   To further increase equity in funding across the State, Birth to Five Illinois is issuing grant funds to local early childhood collaborations to deepen their work and to jumpstart the creation of new local collaborations focused on strengthening ECEC systems. For further information and the application…

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ComEd EV Rally $2,000 Scholarship Opportunity

ComEd EV Rally $2,000 Scholarship Opportunity After a two year COVID hiatus, we are bringing back our big summer STEM event! This year, we are evolving the Icebox Derby to become the EV Rally. Much like Icebox Derby, six teams of young women will work with ComEd mentors to build an EV race cart over…

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Active Shooter Preparedness

Active Shooter Preparedness The Active Shooter / Armed Intruder Planning For…Responding To…Recovering From the Unthinkable©     Last week’s shooting at the school in Uvalde, TX has once again left our nation shocked, appalled, and numb with grief and disbelief. And once again, we find businesses and organizations of all types pushing active shooter preparedness…

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Spotlight: Dondi Maricle, Ambassador

Spotlight: Dondi Maricle, Ambassador Dondi Maricle is a very active member of the community. She volunteers at several organizations including the Lions Club, Woman’s Club, and Hippocrates Medical Clinic. This is also her first year at a Chamber serving as an ambassador; however, she has been involved with the chamber for five years. She loves…

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Spotlight: Mary Posing, Board Member

Spotlight: Mary Posing, Board Member Dean of Kankakee Community College (KCC), Mary Posing has been a Chamber Board Member for 15 years. She started in 1997. She is a firm believer in the Chamber, and in recent years joined the Chamber Board.  “I choose to be involved in the Chamber because of all the good…

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