Training & Education

The Staff Development Committee has been formed to bring a different level of training to the Chamber. This page will be utilized to display upcoming training and educational events put on by our Chamber members.

Wisper Book List & Hiring Process Information

A big "Thank You" to Nathan Stooke of Wisper Internet for Speaking at the Business Before Breakfast on June 20th, 2018.  Below is a link to the Wisper Book List and Hiring Process Information that he mentioned at the event. 
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Tentative Date for ALICE Training

TPD Sgt Ryan Meier is currently working with ALICE Training Institute (ATI) and the Bethel Baptist Church in an attempt to bring the ATI to conduct a 2 day active shooter response course.  Once you complete the course you will be certified through ATI to train ALICE in your area.  This course is open for law enforcement and civilians.  If you are interested in this course, please contact Sgt Meier directly at  Please help us pass this to every law enforcement agency, church, school, business, hospital and our entire community.  
The tentative course date is October 2nd and Oct 3rd at the Bethel Baptist Church in Troy.

2018 Leadership Series of the Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois Education Committee

The Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois Education Committee is excited to announce the 2018 Leadership Series. The series is a great way for individuals to enhance their maximum potential through professional development.
The 2018 Leadership Series is open to anyone who wants to learn from experienced professionals and will be held at Southern Illinois Builders Association in O’Fallon, Ill., from 8-11 a.m. on the following dates:
•    July 19 – Cyber Security (Cyber Security Breach: Prevention, Repair and Recovery)
•    August 16 – Innovative Budgeting in Changing Times (Financial Vision and Best Practices)
•    September 20 – Strategic Planning (Competitive Intelligence, Strategic Visioning, Leading Change and Competitive Positioning Strategies)
The sessions cost $375 for all 6 sessions or $75 per session. Limited space is available, but companies may send multiple people to one or more sessions. For more information, please contact Liz at the Leadership Council by email at or call (618) 692-9745.  View the Flyer

2018 Metro East Start-Up Challenge

The purpose of MESC is to identify, recognize and reward entrepreneurship in the St. Louis Metro East region.  First Round Applications open July 1st. View the Schedule and More Info
View 2017 Winner Announcement
2017 MESC Winners
View Sponsorship Levels and View SBDC 2017 Metro East Challenge Information

Business Series with Nathan Stooke

All Classes $25  Session include lunch.  Attend all 4 sessions for $85.  RSVP to; View the Flyer

Tuesday July 17th 11am-1pm; Hiring Rockstar Employees

Tuesday July 24th 11am-1pm; Leadership

Tuesday July 31st 11am-1pm; Growing Pains

Wisper University; Wisper Internet
9711 Fuesser Rd.; Mascoutah, IL 62258

Small Business Accounting Workshop: Budgets & Scorecards

Tuesday, July 24th; 11:00 a.m. to 1 p.m
Collinsville City Hall 125 S. Center Street Collinsville, IL 62234
Two-Part Series:
1. How Finances Support Strategy
2. SMO Balanced Scorecards
Cost: FREE Lunch & Refreshments will be served.
Please Register in Advance Seating is Limited  View the Flyer
Presented by:  Brian G. Severns, MBA, CPA, PMP  Brian is a senior accountant at West and Company providing accounting, auditing, and tax services to individuals, small and medium sized businesses.  Retired from the military as a project manager and whose wife has her own business, he is familiar with career transitions and new business development as well as accounting and operations.

SBDC Day Schedule Open House for Small Business Owners and Entrepreneurs

Wednesday, July 26|Open House 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m
SW Madison County Chamber of Commerce; 3600 Nameoki Rd #202
Granite City, IL 62040

Small business counselors will be available to take your business questions, discuss growth opportunities and connect you with potential resources. This is a great chance to get the information, resources and support you need to succeed. Everyone is welcome to stop in during the Open House hours of 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., but if you prefer a 30-minute, one-on-one appointment with a counselor, please contact 618-650-2929. To find out more and to register for one of these interactive learning sessions, visit or call 618-650-2929. View Flyer for More Information

Advancing the Development of Minority Entrepreneurship Business Workshop

Thursday July 26, 2018 1-4pm
Four Points Sheraton
319 Fountains Parkway
Fairview Heights, IL 62208
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Register at this link

Facebook Marketing-How to Boost Your Business with Facebook

Hands on Training Workshop present by John Bracamontes, Social Media Expert and President of Acumen Studio
Friday August 17th 9am-Noon
SIUE Campus - Alumni Hall Computer Lab, Room 1201
6 Hairpin Drive, Edwardsville IL 62026
Registration $40
To register and pay for this workshop, go to this link
Select Small Business Development Center and then the event you are attending (How to Boost Your Business with Facebook)
For more info please call the IL SBDC at (618) 650-2929
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Advancing the Development of Minority Entrepreneurship Business Workshop

Wednesday August 29, 2018 3-6pm
Fairmont City Library
4444 Collinsville Rd
Fairmont City, IL 62201
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Register at this link

Workforce Innovation & Oportunity Act

We assist with:
Tuition, fees, uniforms and graduation cost
Career Counseling & Job Search Assistance
Training opportunities for careers in industries with high growth occupations

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On-the-Job Training Helping Your Business

Illinois WorkNet Centers offer On-the-Job Training (OJT) to help your business save hiring and training cost for new hires.
The OJT Program Provides:
Cost Savings; Excellent Employees; Convenience

Your Business Can Participate if:
- OJT position is permanent and full-time (32+ hours/week)
- OJT position pays at least $10/hour
Contact us to learn more about how your business can participate!
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Madison County Employment and Training Services

Through the Madison County Employment and Training Department and the Local One-Stop Centers, we can recruit a qualified pool of applicants tha tmeet the specific needs of your business or organization.  The following services are provided:
- Recruitment Assistance
- Job Fair/Hiring Event Coordination
- Labor market Information
- Testing
- On the Job Training (for qualified employees)
- Incumbent Worker Training (for qualified businesses)
- Apprenticeships
Get Involved with Madison County Employment and Training - View the Flyer

Incumbent Worker Training

Incumbent Worker Training (IWT) can help qualifying companies upgrade the skills of existing employees that will ultimately help the company remain competitive, increase profits, and support the growth of the company.  Based on the size of the company, up to 90% of the costs of training can be reimbursed through the program.

View the Flyer for Training Quick Facts

Requirements for Registering an Apprenticeship Program

Registered Apprenticeship benefits employers by providing them with a pipeline of skilled workers with industry-specific training and hands-on experience.  Registered Apprenticeship programs are customizable to match the employer's need and highly flexible in order to always meet the employer's changing requirements.

View the Flyer to find out more about creating a Registered Apprenticeship Program