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.

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.

Credit Building as an Asset

Credit Building as an Asset - Educational Series for Small Business
Wednesday May 30th, 2018 5:30 - 6:45pm
Katie Kristensen, Credit Building Manager at Justine Petersen
Ravanelli's Restaurant
26 Collinsport Dr, Collinsville IL 62234
Dinner and Non-alcoholic drinks will be provided
Space is limited, so Reserve your Spot Today RSVP by 5/25/18:
View Flyer for More Info & to See Sponsors

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:
•    May 17 – Team Building (Mentoring, Leadership, Conflict Management, Managing Personalities and Workforce Development)
•    June 21 – Embracing Diversity (Equal Opportunities, Multi-Generational Balance, Recruiting and Retention)
•    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

Comenzando un Pequeño Negocio en Illinois Seminario

Aprenda cómo desarrollar un plan de negocios viable, registrar su negocio de forma adecuada con agencias estatales y / o locales y explorar opciones de financiación. Este curso es muy recomendable para cualquiera que este desarrollando un nuevo concepto de negocio con fines de lucro. Además, los asistentes tendrán la oportunidad de hacer preguntas sobre ideas de negocio específicas y sobre cualquier paso en su proceso de inicio
Jueves, 28 de Junio|15,00-16,30 - Biblioteca de Fairmont City
Gratis |Contácte  (618)650-2929 para más información; Registrarse en

Starting a Small Business in Illinois Seminar
Learn how to develop a viable business plan, register your business properly with state and / or local agencies and explore financing options. This course is highly recommended for anyone who is developing a new business concept for profit. In addition, attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions about specific business ideas and about any step in their startup process. View the Flyer. Thursday, June 28 | 15.00-16.30; Fairmont City Library

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 10th 11am-1pm; What I'd Do Differently

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

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!
View the Flyer

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