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“Illinois has everything: a big, beautiful lake that’s almost an ocean, untouched prairies and a state capital, Springfield, that is bursting with Abraham Lincoln remembrances.”—@janemarielynch We agree, Jane! Illinois is in the #MiddleOfEverything! washingtonpost.com/travel/2022/05…
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#WorldTradeMonth Biz Spotlight: Newmedical Technology is a medical device manufacturer of scar/wound/skincare products. "We are grateful for OTI's assistance in helping us expand our export business by over 59% in 2021.” Learn more about export assistance: bit.ly/3OLJykE
*NEWS* Today, @GovPritzker & DCEO announced $200 in additional utility assistance payments for more than 250K Illinois families in need. Read more here: bit.ly/3MTDB3A
Reminder: Need help with utility bills, including natural gas, propane, and electricity? Apply for assistance through the Help Illinois Families program by May 31, 2022. Find out how to apply through your local administering agency: bit.ly/2WPvuwt #HelpIllinoisFamilies
#WorldTradeMonth Biz Spotlight: Eden Park Illumination, Inc. in Champaign, makes lamps used as a disinfection tool. “As a result of the trade mission to South Korea, we exported more than $1M in lamps”. Learn more about export assistance: bit.ly/3OLJykE
May is Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. In honor of the community impact that AAPI businesses have, DCEO is highlighting AAPI business leaders like Eddie Lau of New Furama in Chicago's Chinatown, a top 100 Chinese restaurant! bit.ly/38dOs9C
Reminder: Need help with utility bills, including natural gas, propane, and electricity? Apply for assistance through the Help Illinois Families program by May 31, 2022. Find out how to apply through your local administering agency: bit.ly/2WPvuwt #HelpIllinoisFamilies
Reminder: Need help with utility bills, including natural gas, propane, and electricity? Please apply for assistance through the Help Illinois Families program by 5/31. Learn more: bit.ly/36MsABa or call 1-833-711-0374. Assistance available in 30 languages!
*WEBINAR* DCEO continues to celebrate #AAPIHeritageMonth. Please join us for a webinar focused on how all Illinoisans can support the #AAPI community on 5/24 at 12pm. Register here: bit.ly/3KoEQFQ
#WorldTradeMonth Biz Spotlight: @RingspannCorp has worked with DCEO to expand its global reach. On the partnership Pres. Dave Ward stated: “Part of the reason we are at this point is because of OTI’s help.” Learn more about export assistance here: bit.ly/3OLJykE
The latest numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau show that Illinois is now a state on the rise with a growing population.  We have welcomed more than 250,000 new residents and for the first time in our state’s history, we have a population of over 13 million Illinoisians.
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I’m proud to join @IllinoisDCEO to support workforce recovery efforts in Illinois with an additional $20 million investment in workforce training for thousands of jobseekers across Illinois. twitter.com/IllinoisDCEO/s…
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NEWS: Today, alongside @Benton_Inst & @IllinoisDCEO we announced the second cohort of the #Accelerate Illinois Broadband Infrastructure Program to help communities maximize the historic state and federal infrastructure funds. Learn more: connectingtheheartland.com/second-cohort-…
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Are you a small biz looking to launch or expand? Check out our Business Basics series for info & resources on topics such as: ✅Biz plans ✅Marketing ✅Taxes Small biz powers IL’s economy & DCEO is here to help. More here: bit.ly/38Bkfl0
*NEWS* @GovPritzker & DCEO today announced $20M for training/services to bolster equitable workforce recovery across Illinois. bit.ly/3loZbB8 Key Info: ✅ $20M ✅ 44 community orgs ✅ 2500+ will be served
#WorldTradeMonth Biz Spotlight: @Cast21Official creates waterproof alternatives to casts and braces. “The OTI team is knowledgeable and helpful. They act as a seamless extension of our business."-Ashley Moy, Cast 21 CEO Learn more abt export assistance bit.ly/3OLJykE
Illinois is a force in the global export economy and our products are found in over 200 countries. As we celebrate World Trade Month, Illinois will leave its mark at nine international trade event on four continents. twitter.com/IllinoisDCEO/s…
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#WorldTradeMonth: Today DCEO announced its annual global trade show schedule for IL businesses looking to increase exports & highlighted available funding for businesses bit.ly/3liMDLr
May is Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. In honor of the impact that AAPI businesses have across the state, DCEO is highlighting AAPI business leaders such as Bala Ghimire, who owns @ChiCurryHouse in Chicago. #AAPIHeritageMonth. bit.ly/3PpgHCN
*NEWS* Announcing $4M in funding for projects along the Mother Road that honor its history while preparing Route 66 to meet future traveler needs #Route66 #EVs bit.ly/3Mni6Ib
During #EconDevWeek, DCEO is highlighting economic development leaders across IL. Meet Steven Mitchell, Economic Development Director for the City of Carbondale. Learn more about how Steven drives economic growth here: bit.ly/3MgQBQx
In celebration of #WorldTradeMonth, DCEO and the Office of Trade and Investment will host a webinar on May 17 at 9 am for Illinois exporters. Speakers will highlight economic prospects, opportunities, & insights across multiple regions. Register at bit.ly/3j5g0je.
During #EconDevWeek 2022, DCEO is highlighting economic development leaders across IL. Meet Angel Crawford, ED of Iroquois Economic Development Association. Learn more about how Angel drives economic growth here: bit.ly/3PtgAq6
#WorldTradeMonth Biz Spotlight: “Since working with OTI, Morrison Container Handling Solutions, located in Glenwood, has increased exports by over 1500%” - Dustin Lee Director of Sales Learn more abt export assistance bit.ly/3OLJykE
As part of May’s observation of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, DCEO is highlighting AAPI business leaders making an impact in their communities. Meet James Wang, co-owner of @PeoriaCharter in Urbana. #AAPIHeritageMonth bit.ly/3N8iKt0
As part of #EconDevWeek, join our webinar on May 13 at 10am focused on driving economic recovery and growth through empowered partnerships and collaboration. Register here: bit.ly/3qTb2re
Únete a nuestro evento en vivo con @IllinoisDCEO el jueves 12 de mayo a las 6:00 p. m. para hacer tus preguntas sobre cómo solicitar asistencia de LIHEAP para pagar tus facturas de luz y gas, antes de la fecha límite: 31 de mayo. Regístrate aquí: tinyurl.com/DCEO512
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Join our live event with @IllinoisDCEO tomorrow at 6:00 pm to ask your questions about applying to LIHEAP utility bill assistance before the May 31 deadline. Register here: tinyurl.com/DCEO511
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*NEWS* @GovPritzker and DCEO announced $30M in funding for critical stormwater infrastructure projects in @LakeCountyIL. Key Info: ✅ $30M ✅ 14 significant projects ✅ Projects will benefit 2,300 properties & 25 roadways Learn more here: bit.ly/3sj76nl
It’s Illinois Economic Development Week! Join us for a webinar on May 13 at 10 am & stay tuned for additional spotlights & profiles throughout the week. Register Here ➡️ bit.ly/3qTb2re #EconDevWeek
DCEO Director Garcia was thrilled to join @GovPritzker, federal, state & local leaders today to announce $30M in funding for critical @LakeCountyIL stormwater infrastructure projects #RebuildIllinois
Are you a job seeker who has worked with children? Join the @ChildrenHomeAid (CHA) Virtual Hiring Event on Wednesday, May 11, 10:00am - 2:00pm. CHA is a leading child and family service agency with more than 20 locations across Illinois! Register: bit.ly/3vIX4hn
Are you a job seeker in the manufacturing and warehouse industry? Join the in-person @rhmstaffing events every Wednesday from 1:00pm-5:00pm. RHM hires for local companies throughout the Chicagoland area. May 11, 1:00pm - 5:00pm For more information contact Tim at 630-394-4886
Are interested in working for the State of Illinois? Learn more at the @ILHumanServices Division of Rehabilitation Services Virtual Career Fair on 5/10, 10am-12pm. Identify State of IL jobs you qualify for and submit applications. Join the Webex here: bit.ly/3yasf6Z
Are you a job seeker in the Champaign, IL area? Join the @Unit4Schools “Parents Pursuing Employment” Job Fair on Tuesday, May 10, from 9:30am-1:30pm. The event is open to the public. Mellon Administration Bldg. 703 S. New Street Champaign, IL Register: bit.ly/3MO35z0
During Small Business Week, DCEO recognizes the work by our @IllinoisSBDC statewide. Read how Aktibo Athletics’ founder and owner, Johann Hayag, worked with an IL SBDC advisor to develop his company’s business plan and create valuable connections. #SmallBusinessWeek
During Small Business Week, DCEO recognizes the work done by our @IllinoisSBDC statewide. Rachel & Meighan Cole from Ma Maw’s Kitchen received a wealth of support from Harriet Parker at the IL SBDC Waubonsee Community College. #SmallBusinessWeek
Are you an entrepreneur or small business owner looking to launch or grow your business? Check out our resource library to get started 📖bit.ly/3KTuX3c8 #NationalSmallBusinessWeekk
#WorldTradeMonth: On working w/ DCEO’s Office of Trade & Investment (OTI) @MyRoboThink CEO Danny Park said, “In working with OTI since 2018 RoboThink has increased export shipments by over 50% year over year.” Learn more abt export assistance here: bit.ly/3OLJykE.
Big News⬇️ Another credit upgrade is a major positive development for Illinois’ fiscal outlook @GovPritzker twitter.com/GovPritzker/st…
During #NationalSmallBusinessWeek DCEO is highlighting small businesses across the state. Check out the origin story of father/daughter business Gracie's Petals in Winfield who were supported by @CollegeDuPage Business Development Center.
During Small Business Week, DCEO recognizes the work done by our IL SBDCs statewide. Find out how TyeRone Bell partnered with the @IllinoisSBDC at @CollegeDuPage Business Development Center to grow his Buffalo Grove business. #NationalSmallBusinessWeek
Reminder: Need help with utility bills, including natural gas, propane, and electricity? Please apply for assistance through the Help Illinois Families program by 5/31. Learn more: bit.ly/36MsABa or call 1-833-711-0374. Assistance available in 30 languages!
*NEWS* $250 million has been awarded to small businesses in need through the B2B program. Key takeaways: ✅ 6,500 grants ✅ 53% of awards granted to businesses owned by people of color ✅ 475 cities/towns represented Learn more here: bit.ly/3MRqiAl
Job Seekers Invited! @ILworkNet is partnering with @SpoonRiverColl to hold a multi-employer Virtual Job Fair highlighting hiring employers in Canton and the surrounding areas. Friday, May 6, 2022 10:00am – 12:00pm Register: bit.ly/3vmmTDD
Are you a job seeker in the East St. Louis area? Spring into Success at the Virtual Job Fair with @ILworkNet and LWIA 24 on 5/5, 10:00am–12:00pm. Speak with hiring employers within the greater East St. Louis region and spring into a new career! Register: bit.ly/3kgpvgb
DCEO’s Office of Trade and Investment is celebrating World Trade Month throughout May. Join us on May 17 at 9am for a webinar to assist Illinois exporters highlighting global export strategy. Register at bit.ly/3j5g0je
Are you a job seeker in General Contracting and Construction? Join the in-person Miller Contracting Job Fair at ManTraCon Corporation on Thursday, May 5, 2:00pm - 4:00pm. Come ready to interview! Location: 3117 Civic Cir Blvd Marion, IL 62959
The best way to revitalize our economy is by investing in people. My administration has proudly dedicated $1.7 million to supporting the mission of the Rebuild Foundation, including the St. Laurence Incubator that will open later this year. twitter.com/ILGovernorPres…
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