Thank you to all that helped celebrate the 100 years of the Chamber

More than 330 people filled the Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet on the evening of Saturday, September 20, 2014 for a dinner Gala featuring a red carpet entrance, celebrity impersonator's, band,

"Hall of Fame" exhibit,

Van Buren Street outdoor experience,

cigar bar, and a scotch/bourbon tasting station. All guests departed with their portrait from the event.

Past Chamber Board Chair's celebrate Centennial Anniversary

Twenty one men and women who have held the position of Board Chair gathered for breakfast on Friday, September 19 to receive a medal in honor of their (or family member) service and leadership.

Chamber Building Dedicated to Current President / CEO

Joliet, IL (September 17, 2014) —On Tuesday, September 16, the Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce & Industry held a building dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony to kick off their Centennial Celebration week.  The week of events will culminate on Saturday, September 18 with a Gala at the Rialto Square Theatre.

The highlight of Tuesday’s festivities was the dedication of the Chamber office building at 63 N. Chicago St. in downtown Joliet.  The building was purchased in 1999 by current President/CEO, Russ Slinkard.  Slinkard came to the Chamber in 1996 with plans to run the organization for three years.  Eighteen years later, the building that was purchased under his leadership now features a plaque dedicating the building to him.

The ceremony included a congratulatory letter from Illinois Governor Pat Quinn.  A proclamation came from the office of U.S. Congressman Bill Foster, as well as in person presentations from State Senator Pat McGuire, State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant, State Representative Larry Walsh Jr., Will County Executive Larry Walsh Sr., and Joliet Mayor Tom Giarrante. 

Master of Ceremonies and current Chamber Board Chair, Jeff Thompson, stated “In 1999 Russ really led the push for board approval in the purchase of this office building.  Most Chamber organizations rent their space, as few have the resources to own.  He set a great example to purchase, pay on time, and eventually be able to burn the mortgage after final payment in 2012.”

Local elected leaders praised Slinkard for his and the Chambers ability to work with business members, community organizations and government.  Since 1914 the Chamber has worked "to advance the interests of business, professional and service organizations in the Joliet Region, acting as their voice in governmental and social affairs, communicating and servicing their needs, and thereby enhancing the business environment and the local quality of life."

Tuesday evening featured an event hosted by the Chamber’s Alianza De Negocios group at the 176 West Banquet Hall in celebration of Mexican Independence Day.  TheAlianza De Negociosoriginated in 2014 for the purpose of uniting local Hispanic business owners, professionals and future entrepreneurs. The organization strives to be a voice, a counsel, and to address any business and community concerns.Alianza is a sub-group of the Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce & Industry.

The remainder of the week will feature the presentation of the 27th Annual Athena Award to Dr. Cheryl McCarthy, Superintendent of Joliet Township High School District 204 on Wednesday. Thursday evening will be a Birthday Bash with celebrity bartenders and Friday morning a breakfast is planned to honor the past Chamber board members and board chairs.  The 100 Hours for 100 Years Centennial Celebration will wrap up on Saturday evening with a Gala at the Rialto Square Theatre.  A special thanks to ExxonMobil for their support as the Centennial sponsor.

Joliet Chamber Education Committee wins 3rd Education Award

The Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce & Industry's Education Committee was recently informed that they are a recipient of an award from the Illinois Chapter National Schools Public Relations Assoication.  The committee's work and programs have been able to bridge the gap by allowing educators and the business community to work and grow together.

The award will be recieved at a luncheon on Friday, May 2

New Latino Business Group Formed

February 01, 2014
By Alicia Fabbre

ALIANZA Business Alliance, formerly known as the Latino Business Association, celebrated their alliance with the Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce’s at a recent kick-off event. The group’s mission is to help other Latino-owned businesses.

“We’re ready to help those business and (provide) the type of guidance they need – whether it be with tax questions, credit problems or how to start their business,” said Maria Albor, president of ALIANZA. “They can come to us and we’re going to provide that guidance.” Read more


Education Committee Wins State Award

The Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce & Industry's Education Committee was recently informed that they are a recipient of a Those Who Excel award from the Illinois State Board of Education.  The committee will receive the "Award of Merit" for outstanding student and teacher education programs and outstanding cooperative efforts with local public and private school systems.

Looking back at recipients from the past seven years, the Joliet Chamber Education Committee is the only organization other than a school district or individual educator to receive an award from the Illinois State Board of Education.

The award will be presented at a Those Who Excel banquet on October 20th at the Bloomington/Normal Mariott.  Our Education Committee consists of eleven local educators and twelve local business representatives, and is co-chaired by Mark Griglione of First Community Bank and Cheryl McCarthy, Superintendent of JTHS District 204.

Will County Business Recycling Program

Provided here are common links and resources for businesses (big or small) who need additional information about recycling, waste reduction, or energy savings.  If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Marta Keane in the Waste Services Division via email or phone at 815-727-8834.

IRS / Tax Information (English and Spanish)

Information for Small Businesses and Self-Employed

Federal Government "Goods" Purchasing Handbook

Please click here for a link to a handbook listing all of the "goods" purchased by the federal government. 

The Illinois Employee Classification Act

Employers in the construction industry have been significantly impacted by the Illinois Employee Classification Act, which became effective on January 1st of 2008.  A broad definition essentially covers all Illinois general contractors and subcontractors in the construction industry.  Aimed at addressing the industry’s perceived “practice of misclassifying employees as independent contractors,” the Act provides that any individual performing services for a contractor must be classified as an employee except under very limited circumstances. 

Text of the Employee Classification Act.

This information covers factors used to determine "non-employee status" and criteria to be considered an independent contractor.


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