Community Partners Celebrate February as CTE Month®

Posted by Simone Erskine on Feb 1, 2019 10:43:59 AM

 Written by Carly McCory, partner and Executive Director - Champaign County Economic Development Corporation

The Champaign County Economic Development Corporation and Parkland College will join community, regional and state partners to celebrate February as Career and Technical Education Month®, or CTE Month®, which recognizes the value and accomplishments of career and technical education programs in the U.S.

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Made in Illinois Featured Company: Oval Fire Products

Posted by Marketing Support on Jan 31, 2019 3:29:56 PM

Oval Brand Fire Products is innovating the fire protection industry to increase safety and improve design. Oval Brand offers the world’s slimmest fire extinguishers in an efficient, aesthetically pleasing form that is as much as 40 percent slimmer than standard 5-pound and 10-pound portable fire extinguishers.

Oval Brand’s fire products are made in the United States from more than 85 percent domestic materials. Their innovative designs make working with fire safety easier for architects, installers, fire marshals and fire extinguisher service technicians because they are more convenient, the most ADA compliant, and the safest comparable fire safety equipment on the market today.

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Six HR Topics That Businesses Should Keep Top of Mind for 2019

Posted by Simone Erskine on Jan 30, 2019 1:08:32 PM

This is an original article written by Jacqueline Breslin of TriNet.

The landscape for small and medium size businesses is constantly evolving. Every year brings new HR requirements for business owners to navigate. Below are HR topics and trends that are likely to be top priorities for businesses in 2019, as well as some tips to help employers prepare for the year ahead.

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Team Spotlight - Lisa Kenney

Posted by Simone Erskine on Jan 30, 2019 10:30:06 AM

Lisa is a certified leadership development expert with 30 years of experience in the industry. At IMEC, she assists organizations across Illinois with developing effective leadership training to ensure they have a pipeline of quality leaders to maintain competitiveness.

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Featured Made in Chicago Company: Armand Lee & Company

Posted by Marketing Support on Jan 23, 2019 2:05:00 PM

Armand Lee and Company is a custom fabrication house that specializes in picture framing, mirror fabrication/re-silvering and fine finish work. They specialize in hand-crafting that distinctive touch, and strive to fulfill all aspects of visual display from residential to commercial applications with styles that range from traditional to contemporary.

Armand Lee can restore, replicate and fabricate to specification, using their skilled artisans to maintain your art’s integrity. Their customer service strives to go above and beyond  to see all clients, designers and retail customers, achieve their expectations within project means.

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2018 Client Reported Impacts

Posted by Simone Erskine on Jan 23, 2019 9:19:00 AM

2018 was quite a year! We are dedicated to living out our mission to drive growth through enterprise excellence. That is demonstrated by the impact of our work on the organizations we work with and more broadly on the Illinois economy. We are proud to announce the IMEC 2018 Client Reported Impact numbers. These numbers demonstrate an increase in all categories, some of which nearly double the results we saw in 2017. Throughout the year, we survey our clients to understand how our work has helped them. When our clients succeed, so do we.

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Made in Illinois Featured Company: JDS Labs

Posted by Marketing Support on Jan 16, 2019 2:00:00 PM

JDS Labs brings you headphone amplification true to sound, all made in the USA. JDS labs strives to present music in the crystal clear quality that it was recorded in. They utilize high quality audio analyzers to provide quality sound, and focus on clarifying the overall sound quality to provide the most natural sound possible. They do this by limiting noise and distortion to deliver objectively transparent audio.

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Is Your Focus on You, or Your Customer?

Posted by Andrea Olson on Jan 10, 2019 10:32:05 AM

Written by Andrea Belk Olsen, MSC and CEO of Pragmadik
https://www.linkedin.com/in/olsonandrea1/

We often over simplify what we believe a customer’s need is, often due to the fact that many organizations view customer needs through an internal lens.

“Because we sell widgets, our customer must need widgets. Our customers must want them to perform reliably, have them delivered on time, and at least meet a minimum quality standard.”

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Made in Chicago Featured Company: A & W Tool, Inc.

Posted by Marketing Support on Jan 3, 2019 10:55:49 AM

A&W Tool Inc. has been providing high quality carbide and high speed steel cutting tools since their founding in 1989. Whether it’s a standard off the shelf end mill you need, or a custom profile cutting tool, they strive to provide you with exactly what you need.

Located in McHenry County, they specializes in the manufacturing, modification and repair/re-sharpening of carbide and high speed steel cutting tools. From a single tool, short run, or batch production, A&W provides.

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Required Poster for Employers Regarding ISERRA

Posted by Lori Amerman on Dec 21, 2018 10:49:10 AM

Have you checked lately that your workplace has all of the current required postings?

There are a lot of nice and easy options out there to buy an attractive package of the posters. You can also be just as compliant printing your own for the cost of ink and paper.

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