Will County Small Business Assistance Grant Program
Applications accepted online through Sept. 28!
Your attendance at this event will be private and confidential. No names will appear on the screen. A moderator will present your questions.
Frankfort, Orland Park, Mokena, New Lenox and Tinley Park Chambers present
Resumes in the COVID-19 Era
Wednesday, Sept. 30
$10 Chamber members
$15 for future members
Zoom link will be sent after you
A webinar presented by Lauren, Milligan, of ResuMAYDAY. Lauren is sought out as an industry leader, frequently interviewed in media including on television, radio and the web.
Lauren will share her top-level advice for updating and polishing your resume. She will review each component of a resume in an interactive way, using examples and exercises for you to do at home. She also will also address transferable skills and how to promote yourself for an industry or role transition. Lastly, She also will share insider secrets that employers and recruiters can’t/won’t tell you.
Register here to register
for the Oct. 20
Meet, Greet & Network Virtually or In-Person at Camp Manitoqua & Retreat Center
In this special "holiday edition" seminar, you will gain valuable tips and tricks to help your business navigate the holidays AND propel your business into the new year!
Additionally, you'll learn:
1. What has changed with social media marketing due to the effects of Covid-19.
2. How to leverage the massive increase in social media usage due to the pandemic.
3. Why now is the time to triple down on your efforts and make this holiday season more successful than most.
These seminars fill up quickly, so register HERE today! Zoom link will be sent after you register.
Apply for second round of Business Interruption Grant (BIG) program
The second round of funding for the Business Interruption Grant (BIG) program went live Sept. 17. $220 million is available for small businesses of all types in Illinois.
BIG was developed by Governor Pritzker and the Illinois General Assembly to provide economic relief for small businesses hit hardest by COVID-19. BIG leverages federal funding provided by the CARES Act to help offset COVID-19 related losses for Illinois small businesses. Funding may be used to help businesses with working capital expenses, including payroll costs; rent; utilities; and other operational costs.
ComEd offering help to families and businesses experiencing financial challenges caused by pandemic
ComEd is offering a comprehensive customer support package to help families and communities who are recovering from the economic challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic. These assistance measures include:
Replay of Town Hall on State's
Graduated Income Tax Ballot Initiative
The Small Business Advocacy Council (SBC) and the Illinois Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (IACCE) hosted a Town Hall Tuesday on the state's graduated income tax ballot initiative. Click here to view the replay of this very informative discussion.
The event featured two guest speakers who provided different perspectives.
Ralph Matire, the Executive Director for the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability. Ralph presented arguments in support of the ballot initiative.
Leslie Munger, Former Illinois Comptroller and Deputy Governor, and a current board member of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce. She presented arguments against the ballot initiative.
The SBC and IACCE received tremendous feedback on this Town Hall and will be putting together a follow-up forum where questions and answers can be addressed. Watch for more information.
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Frankfort Police Department encourages you to join its new Business Nixle Information System
This free service will allow the Frankfort Police Department to disseminate business specific safety and crime trend information.
Joining is Easy
E-mail email@example.com with the following information:
• Your name and business name
• E-mail address you can access to receive information
• Mobile phone number
An unlimited number of representatives from your business can register, but we highly recommend at least one manager register per business.
The information shared will be business specific, however this group will also receive alerts pertinent to general public safety.
Questions? Call the Frankfort Police Department at (815)469-9435 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sexual Harassment Prevention Training required for all employees by Dec. 31
Recent changes to the Illinois Human Rights Act (IHRA) require all Illinois employers to provide sexual harassment prevention training to all employees by December 31, 2020, and once per year thereafter – and tasked the Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR) with creating a model sexual harassment training program employers could use to meet that requirement.
After several delays, the IDHR released its model sexual harassment prevention training program along with an FAQ. Now that we have the IDHR’s model training, all Illinois employers should begin planning on how they will administer the training to all employees – including part-time employees, short-term or temporary employees, interns, and so on – especially since the IDHR announced that it will not extend the Dec.31, 2020 deadline due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Businesses who fail to comply with this law will receive a notice from the Illinois Department of Human Rights requiring employers to comply within 30 days. If the employer does not comply within the 30 days, the employer will receive a civil fine.
If you are a new family inquiring about pricing for a session, I look forward to talking with you more about the Jean Lachat Photography experience.
Call us at 708.263.7269 and leave us a message with your best contact number and time/day to reach you so we can start working on YOUR experience.
September is Dog Days! If you have a furry quarantine BFF, you will receive some special bonus gifts this month when you schedule your family session. What a sweet way to turn 2020 into a happy memory!
Senior Fall Luncheon: Tuesday, October 6, 12:00 - 2:00 pm, Founders Community Center, 140 Oak Street. 55 years & older and $6/person. Celebrate the coming of fall with your friends and an afternoon of delicious food and live entertainment. After lunch, enjoy more entertainment, socializing and dessert. Don’t miss out on this special day! Registration Deadline: September 29. Scarecrow Building Contest: All entries are due by October 7. Calling all scout groups, homeowners associations, business members and families…Join the annual Scarecrow Building Contest! Scarecrows will be displayed outside the Founders Community Center, so let your creative skills shine and construct eye catching entries. The cross sticks will be provided by the Park District and will be available for pick-up starting August 24. All entries are due by October 7. Voting will run from October 9 - 31. Voting will take place at the Founders Community Center office and on the Park District’s Facebook page. Thriller at Main Park: Friday, October 16, Session A: 4:30 - 6:00 pm, Session B: 6:30 - 8:00 pm, Main Park, 400 W Nebraska Street, $10 child wristband. Happy Halloween! Join us at Main Park for a family friendly, social distancing Halloween event. There will be a DJ dance party, balloon artist, spooky games, hay ride, haunted paths, thriller dance contest, kid crafts and small pumpkin patch. This event is pre-registration ONLY and will accept 50 children per time slot. Face coverings and social distancing will be enforced. Sponsored by: Town Center Bank www.towncenterbank.com and AreA Landscape Supply, Inc. www.arealandscapesupply.com Howl-A-Woof: Saturday, October 17, 10:00 am - Gate will open at 9:50 am @ Bark Park at Commissioners Park, 80th Ave. & Sauk Trail, northwest corner of Commissioners Park. FREE! Trick or Treat!!! Bring your dog all dressed up for this costume competition, bone yard hunt and trick or treating event. Dogs will have the opportunity to “Trick or Treat” around the Bark Park so remember to bring your bags to collect all their goodies. Dogs will also have a chance to enter the costume contest and be judged on - Best Overall, Funniest and Scariest. All friendly dogs are welcome at this free, on-leash event. An adult must accompany dog-owners under the age of 12. While you are enjoying this event, please remember to pick-up a membership packet for the Bark Park. Face coverings and social distancing will be enforced. Sponsored by: Bentley’s Pet Stuff.
For more information call the Frankfort Park District office at (815) 469-9400 or visit our website at www.frankfortparks.org. Come join the fun!
RIch's Pizza Joint, 7228 Benton Drive, Frankfort, is hosting a fundraiser for The Cancer Support Center of Mokena. From 3-9pm, Thursday, Sept. 24, 20 percent of pizza sales and 10 percent of all other menu item sales will be donated to The Cancer Support Center, which offers various programs for those affected by cancer at no charge to participants. 708-532-8486.
to benefit Silver Cross Hospital on Thursday, Sept. 24 at Hickory Creek Brewing Company, 1005 W. Laraway Road, New Lenox. EARLY BIRD DINE-IN/PATIO*: 3:00-5:30 p.m. AFTER WORK DINE-IN/PATIO*: 6:00-8:30 p.m. CURB-SIDE PICK-UP: 3:00-8:30 p.m.
INDIVIDUAL TICKET - $50
Includes: Smokin Z’s BBQ pulled pork or pulled chicken with two choices—mac & cheese, beans or coleslaw; Flight of Hickory Creek 4 oz. craft beers* OR one 12 oz. bottle of Hickory Creek Bramble Fruit Mead (alcoholic drink made of fermented honey, sometimes mixed with fruits, spices, grains or hops); and a few special surprises!
*Curbside guests will receive one 16 oz. can (Hazy IPA or Irish Red Ale) OR one 12 oz. bottle of Mead.
EVENT SPONSOR - $3,000
Your name proudly displayed at event, website & social media along with 6 event & raffle tickets
BREW SPONSOR - $500
Your name proudly displayed at event & website along with 2 event & raffle tickets
RAFFLE TICKETS - $20
For Unbelievable Prizes
Come Raise a Glass to Support Your 100 Top Hospital and Frontline Healthcare Workers!
Purchase your tickets and sponsorships at www.silvercross.org/giving or by contacting the Foundation at (815) 300-7105. Must be 21 or older to attend.
“Have you missed going to the movies and indulging in your favorite snacks? The Emagine Frankfort Movie Theatre is now open and giving you the opportunity to experience The Magic of Movies and More! Check out our website at www.emagine-entertainment.com for showtimes and private theatre rental opportunities.
Emagine Frankfort is located at 19965 South La Grange Rd., Frankfort Il and is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.”
Virtual Sewing Club on Mon. Sept. 28 at 7pm. Join us for our Virtual Sewing Club! It's Show & Tell time. Show us what you've been working on. Whether you are new to sewing or have been sewing for years, we’d love to see you!
Virtual Volunteer Fair Series: CASA of River Valley on Wed. Sept. 30 at 7pm. Join in conversation with Librarians Melissa Rice and Diana Koepp as they speak with Jackie McFedries, Volunteer Recruitment Coordinator at CASA of River Valley. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) act as the voices of these children, helping to navigate the juvenile court system and ensuring their needs are met. You will learn about CASA's mission as advocates for abused and neglected children in the juvenile court system and how volunteers are critical to their organization.
Virtual CoffeeCake & Crime Book Discussion on Fri. Oct. 2 at 1pm.
Join us on Zoom to discuss this month's selection: "A Rising Man" by Abir Mukherjee. Calcutta, 1919. In the days of the Raj, a newly arrived Scotland Yard detective is confronted with the murder of a British official--in his mouth a note warning the British to leave India, or else. This book is available as an eBook through Hoopla with your library card.
Register here or call 815-534-6173.
Get Protected With COVID-19 Panels!
Getting back to "normal" is important to everyone, but doing it safely is key. Resuming business with new safety precautions can be hard, but we are here to help. Contact us at Advance Glass & Facility Repairs to help your business reopen and operate safely by ordering /installing COVID-19 Panels. Protective freestanding COVID-19 Panels guard against sneezing and coughing, cutting down the spread of germs drastically. We make all kinds of different variations to suit your business needs. Call us today for an estimate or more information at (708)756-0700.
The CDC now estimates that roughly 40% of COVID-19 transmissions are happening before people feel sick or show any symptoms, and 35% of those with COVID-19 never show symptoms at all. Knowing this makes it increasingly more important for everyone to consider testing to check for both current or past infection, especially before returning to work or other activities. Click on the link to learn more about ARCpoint Labs of Orland Park’s customizable service offerings and help #preventthespread.
METT Therapy Services is a therapist-owned physical and occupational therapy company that has been located in the south suburbs for over 20 years. METT Therapy contracts with Franciscan Health and is located in the heart of Frankfort at 10367 West Lincoln Highway.
METT Therapy provides individualized care for various post-surgical, orthopedic, neurological, chronic pain and vestibular conditions. METT Therapy is following all CDC guidelines to ensure our patients’ safety is of top priority during these difficult times. METT also accepts most insurances including Medicare and Medicaid and is now offering telehealth services. Call (708) 679-2940 for more information or to set up an evaluation today!
Elements by The Odyssey- As we navigate through this unprecedented time and resume business with new safety precautions, let Elements put you at ease. We are prepared to accommodate smaller events taking proper safety measures and procedures. INQUIRE TODAY ABOUT RENTAL RATES!
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Triple R Child Care
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