Who are your customers? How big is your market?
• Learn how to do demographic research using the library’s Reference USA database
• Ask the library’s Business Reference Specialist questions and see how to do advanced searches to get the data you need to succeed.

Where:
DeKalb Public Library
309 Oak St.
DeKalb, IL 60015

When:
Thursday, April 26th
9:30-11:00 am

There is limited seating! Register here now!

To view the full flyer, please click here.

Date posted: March 15, 2018 | Author: | Comments Off on Register for Score’s Business Startup Workshop Series: Research Your Market

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The Illinois workNet Center, with Kishwaukee College, have released their March 2018 Calendar of Services and Activities. Please see their Services and Activities Brochure for additional details.

Ex-Offender Workshop – Eliminating Barriers for Successful Employment
Is a criminal record keeping you from finding employment? Find easy-to-use tools and resources to help overcome many challenges faced by job seekers with a criminal record. Resources include:
– Job Searching Strategies
– Resume Development
– Interviewing Preparation
– Letters of Explanation

Location: Illinois Worknet Center – 650 B Peace Rd, DeKalb, IL 60115
Date: Thursday, March 15, 2018
Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Seating is limited.

Please contact Amanda O’Hare at
815-901-0177 ext.252 to schedule.

To view the flyer for workshop, please click here.

Career Resource Center
Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
www.kishwaukeecollege.edu/go/worknet
– Professional assistance available at no cost.
– Computer lab with internet for job search.
– Illinois Job Link– website that matches your unique skills with real local jobs.
– Resume and cover letter writing software and templates.
– Telephone, fax, and copier available.
– Accessibility equipment for individuals with physical, visual, and hearing impairments.
– Careercrusing.com-career exploration tool.
– Username: kishwaukee and Password: kougars.

Weekly Workshops
Resume: Tuesdays 2:00 – 3:00 PM
Job Search: Wednesdays 2:00 – 3:00 PM
Interviewing: Thursdays 10:00 – 11:00 AM
www.kishwaukeecollege.edu/go/worknet

Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act Orientation
Orientations are scheduled weekly. Please inform the front desk of your interest in WIOA Services, or call (815)901-0177 ext. 250 to schedule an appointment.
WIOA orientation will provide the following:
– Registration and Career Assessment
– WIOA services and eligibility process
– List of Required Documentation needed
– Schedule an appointment for a Career Pathway Development Plan

Basic Computer Literacy Class
Note: February’s class offering is in English.
Location: Kishwaukee College (Room A-1350) 21193 Malta Road, Malta, IL 60150
Dates: March 13, 20, & 27
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Classes are free but seating is limited.

For more information regarding the Basic Computer Literacy Classes, contact:

Mary Ann Kolls, Director, Workforce & Community Education
(815)825-9426
Mkolls@kish.edu

Illinois WorkNet Center
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
650 N. Peace Road (Suite B).
DeKalb, IL 60115

Date posted: March 6, 2018 | Author: | Comments Off on IL WORKNET MARCH 2018 SERVICES & ACTIVITIES

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The Illinois workNet Center, with Kishwaukee College, have released their February 2018 Calendar of Services and Activities. Please see their Services and Activities Brochure for additional details.

Career Resource Center
Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
www.kishwaukeecollege.edu/go/worknet
– Professional assistance available at no cost.
– Computer lab with internet for job search.
– Illinois Job Link– website that matches your unique skills with real local jobs.
– Resume and cover letter writing software and templates.
– Telephone, fax, and copier available.
– Accessibility equipment for individuals with physical, visual, and hearing impairments.
– Careercrusing.com-career exploration tool.
– Username: kishwaukee and Password: kougars.

Weekly Workshops
Resume: Tuesdays 2:00 – 3:00 PM
Job Search: Wednesdays 2:00 – 3:00 PM
Interviewing: Thursdays 10:00 – 11:00 AM
www.kishwaukeecollege.edu/go/worknet

Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act Orientation
Orientations are scheduled weekly. Please inform the front desk of your interest in WIOA Services, or call (815)901-0177 ext. 250 to schedule an appointment.
WIOA orientation will provide the following:
– Registration and Career Assessment
– WIOA services and eligibility process
– List of Required Documentation needed
– Schedule an appointment for a Career Pathway Development Plan

Basic Computer Literacy Class
Note: February’s class offering is in English.
Location: Kishwaukee College (Room A-1350) 21193 Malta Road, Malta, IL 60150
Dates: February 13, 20, & 27
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Classes are free but seating is limited.

For more information regarding the Basic Computer Literacy Classes, contact:

Mary Ann Kolls, Director, Workforce & Community Education
(815)825-9426
Mkolls@kish.edu

Illinois WorkNet Center
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
650 N. Peace Road (Suite B).
DeKalb, IL 60115

Date posted: February 1, 2018 | Author: | Comments Off on IL WORKNET FEBRUARY 2018 SERVICES & ACTIVITIES

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Dear NIU Employer Partners:

Registration is now open for the Northern Illinois University Spring 2018 Internship & Job Fair and Education & Health Professions Job Fair, and we hope to see you at one or both of these events!

For the Spring 2018 fairs, we are excited about some format changes –

All-Majors Internship & Job Fair: You will be able to connect with NIU Huskies for internships and full-time positions on the same day with a one-day career fair format. The Internship & Job Fair will be open to undergraduates, graduating seniors, graduate students, alumni, and non-NIU candidates from all majors.

Education & Health Professions Job Fair: Our Educators’ Job Fair has been expanded to include health and wellness professions. For those employers having attended our Educators’ Job Fair in past years, we will be having an open session from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and have discontinued the afternoon session for scheduled interviews. The Education & Health Professions Job Fair is for employers seeking to fill education and health and wellness-related positions (part-time, internship, and full-time). This fair will be open to undergraduates, graduating seniors, graduate students, alumni, and non-NIU candidates.

Additional Career Fair Details

INTERNSHIP & JOB FAIR – Tuesday, February 20th – All Majors

Location: NIU Convocation Center, DeKalb, Illinois
Time: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Registration Deadline: February 9, 2018
Registration Fees: Registration fees include 1 six-foot table for 2 attendees, parking, continental breakfast, and lunch:

  • Premier Premium Package (prime booth location on the upper level of the arena near candidate entrance): $975.00
  • Premium Package (located on the back half of the upper level of the arena): $775.00
  • Standard Package (located on the lower level of the arena): $575.00
  • Non-Profit Package: $325.00
  • NIU Departments Only: No charge
  • Extra Attendees: $25 per recruiter
  • Electricity: $25
  • Additional Table: $250 – Employers bringing more than 4 recruiters must purchase a second table. The additional table fee includes the fee for 2 additional attendees.

EDUCATION & HEALTH PROFESSIONS JOB FAIR – Education and Health and Wellness-Related Positions (Internship, Part-Time, and Full-Time)

Date: Monday, February 26th
Location: NIU Convocation Center, DeKalb, Illinois
Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Registration Deadline: February 16, 2018
Registration Fee:

  • $200 – includes 2 recruiters, one 6-foot table, parking, and breakfast (lunch will not be served)
  • Extra Attendees: $25 per recruiter
  • Electricity: $25
  • Additional Table: $150 – Employers bringing more than 4 recruiters must purchase a second table. The additional table fee includes the fee for 2 additional recruiters.

ONLINE FAIR REGISTRATION LINKS:
Current NIU Employer Partners: Log in to Huskies Get Hired (expedited registration)
New Employers to NIU: Log in to Huskies Get Hired to sign up and register for fairs

PLEASE NOTE: After completing the registration form you must click SUBMIT and then continue to the next page. On the next page you must click the CONFIRM button to finalize your registration! If you do not receive an invoice and email confirmation of your registration, please contact us immediately at careerservices@niu.edu to confirm receipt of your registration request.

Visit www.careerfairs.niu.edu for additional fair information.

On behalf of the staff at NIU Career Services, thank you for your commitment to hiring Huskies! Please email us if we can assist with your recruitment goals in any way.

Best regards,

Cathy Doederlein and Diane Hart
Career Services
Northern Illinois University
Division of Academic Affairs
careerservices@niu.edu

To view the full flyer for these events, please click here.

Date posted: January 18, 2018 | Author: | Comments Off on NIU Employer Fair Registration is Now OPEN!

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According to the Dekalb County Convention & Visitors Bureau (DCCVB), on November 24 and 25, 2017, DeKalb County, the HSA Destination DeKalb Host Committee and volunteers welcomed the 2017 IHSA State Football Championships to Huskie Stadium. The championships featured 16 teams competing in 8 championship games to earn their class (teams are broken up into eight classes, 1A – 8A, based on school population) state football title.

DCCVB indicated that IHSA Destination DeKalb received glowing feedback from the Illinois High School Association (IHSA), fans, and teams. Visitors stopped and thanked volunteers for offering a warm and hospitable welcome. Several of these visitors had been to Huskie Stadium in previous championship years and said, we “do it up right,” making the championships even more special with all that we do to ensure that everyone has a wonderful experience.

The Spirit Zone is the fan staging area. It’s filled with cheer and dance squads, bands, team mascots, and enthusiastic fans. It features a tent for each of the 16 competing teams to celebrate pre- and post-game and the main hospitality tent, where community ambassadors welcome fans. Thanks to DCCVB’s sponsors, the main hospitality tent is heated with ample seating, a big-screen TV, complimentary hot chocolate, coffee, and popcorn, and 2 interactive inflatables, the mechanical armchair quarterback and a 3-in-1 sports inflatable. The whole area provides a welcoming and festive atmosphere.

The 2017 Spirit Zone saw everything from 23-foot-long inflatable football helmet to a sit-down dinner for 165, and thousands of amazing fans.

“While we can only estimate the economic impact the championship weekend had on our local economy, we can share some of the hard numbers that go into this estimate”, .
Here’s what is known for sure:

  • At least 498 hotel room nights were booked in DeKalb and Sycamore (33 more than 2015)
  • 140 hotel room nights were booked at Rochelle hotels (90 more than 2015)
  • 25,197 tickets were sold (up about 3,000 from 2015)
    • 9,235 tickets were sold for Nov. 24 games (Class 1A through 4A)
    • 15,952 tickets were sold for Nov. 25 games (Class 5A through 8A)
    • 6,420 cars parked at the Convocation Center along with 15 RVs
  • Concessions sold at Huskie Stadium were triple what sold in 2015
  • 4,000 to 5,000 visitors enjoyed the main hospitality tent in the Spirit Zone
  • Local restaurants reported an average 30% increase in sales vs. Thanksgiving 2016
  • 12 private caterings were booked (down two from 2015; many visitors branched out to local restaurants for pre- and/or post-game dining and entertainment. They are getting familiar with our area)
  • Gas stations reported an increase in sales
  • Grocery stores reported an increase in sales
  • Some retail stores in downtown DeKalb reported record sales
  • About 200 community volunteers worked as hospitality/tourism ambassadors

Based on the above information and using estimates that the Illinois Office of Tourism provides to gauge the economic impact of sporting events, we are estimating the economic impact from the weekend to be about $1 million. This estimate includes direct and indirect spending on hotels, food, gas, facility rental, tent suppliers, catering and other services provided by people taking part in or attending the event.

Research done by the Illinois Office of Tourism shows that visitors who book a hotel room night average an additional $100 in spending for each guest. For those who don’t spend the night, the average spending impact is $40 a day per person. Take into account that we adjust averages based on costs in our area.

The IHSA State Football Championships continues to be a powerful economic engine that fuels local and regional businesses and provides invaluable publicity and visibility for DeKalb County and Northern Illinois University. It provided exposure to more than 25,000 visitors who might come back to DeKalb County now that they’ve seen what we have to offer. It helps NIU with student recruitment. The impact of the event has residual benefits for hosting future events and meetings. The media coverage DeKalb County got for hosting the event is priceless.

IHSA Destination DeKalb has two more IHSA State Football Championships to host according to our contract with the IHSA.

In 2018, the state football championships will be hosted at Memorial Stadium in Champaign. They will be back at Huskie Stadium Nov. 29 and 30, 2019, and again Nov. 26 and 27, 2021.

DCCVB is looking forward to welcoming this premiere IHSA event back to DeKalb County.

-Debbie Armstrong, DeKalb County CVB Executive Director

To view Dekalb County Convention & Visitors Bureau’s full newsletter, please click here.

Date posted: January 16, 2018 | Author: | Comments Off on IHSA State Football Championships brings $1 Million and 25,000 Visitors to DeKalb County

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Have an idea, but not sure where to start? Or have you started a business, but want a better plan?

The purpose of this hands-on workshop is to take your basic business idea and organize it into a framework!

The objectives of this workshop are to:

  • Evaluate key activities, partners, and resources
  • Define your value propositions
  • Analyze target markets and customer segments
  • Estimate costs, profit and revenue benchmarks
  • Identify relationships and channels
  • Leave with a 1-page model of your business

This workshop takes place on Thursday, February 22, 2018 from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Registration is Required
Limited to 12 people
Register online at www.dekalbcounty.org/incubator

Cost: FREE, space is limited

Location:
DeKalb Co. Business Center

DeKalb Co. Community Outreach Bldg.
Barton Conference Room
2500 N. Annie Glidden Rd.
DeKalb, IL 60115

Materials: Worksheets will be provided. Dress is casual.

Questions: (815) 787-8999
businessincubator@dekalbcounty.org

Date posted: January 12, 2018 | Author: | Comments Off on Business Startup Day – Business Model Workshop on February 22, 2018

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The Illinois workNet Center, with Kishwaukee College, have released their January 2018 Calendar of Services and Activities. Please see their Services and Activities Brochure for additional details.

Career Resource Center
Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
www.kishwaukeecollege.edu/go/worknet
– Professional assistance available at no cost.
– Computer lab with internet for job search.
– Illinois Job Link– website that matches your unique skills with real local jobs.
– Resume and cover letter writing software and templates.
– Telephone, fax, and copier available.
– Accessibility equipment for individuals with physical, visual, and hearing impairments.
– Careercrusing.com-career exploration tool.
– Username: kishwaukee and Password: kougars.

Weekly Workshops
Resume: Tuesdays 2:00 – 3:00 PM
Job Search: Wednesdays 2:00 – 3:00 AM
Interviewing: Thursdays 10:00 – 11:00 AM
www.kishwaukeecollege.edu/go/worknet

Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act Orientation
Orientations are scheduled weekly. Please inform the front desk of your interest in WIOA Services, or call (815)901-0177 ext. 250 to schedule an appointment.
WIOA orientation will provide the following:
– Registration and Career Assessment
– WIOA services and eligibility process
– List of Required Documentation needed
– Schedule an appointment for a Career Pathway Development Plan

Basic Computer Literacy Class
Note: There will be no Basic Computer Classes in December or January. Classes will resume in February 2018.

For more information regarding the Basic Computer Literacy Classes contact:

Mary Ann Kolls, Director, Workforce & Community Education
(815)825-9426
Mkolls@kish.edu

Illinois WorkNet Center
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
650 N. Peace Road (Suite B).
DeKalb, IL 60115

Date posted: January 10, 2018 | Author: | Comments Off on IL WORKNET JANUARY 2018 SERVICES & ACTIVITIES

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By SUSAN STEPHENS • DEC 1, 2017

The DeKalb County Economic Development Corporation celebrated its 30th year Thursday night with a dinner featuring a keynote address by Gov. Bruce Rauner.


Gov. Rauner poses with guests at the DCEDC dinner in DeKalb.
Photo by Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Rauner praised the crowd for being part of what he called one of the best economic development organizations in the state. He also said the area could do a lot better if federal courts rule in his favor by rolling back regulations on businesses.

“​I promise​ ​that ​within​ ​6​ ​months,​ ​I​ ​will​ ​get​ ​literally​ ​dozens​ ​of​ ​manufacturing​ ​plants​ ​to​ ​come​ ​here,” Rauner said.

Rauner promised to work hard in this final year of his first term to reverse the income tax hike and lower property taxes. He also said he wants to support more collaborations between businesses and state universities, especially in research. “We need to integrate with your businesses and get students to do internships and research and immediately starting companies while they’re students,” he said. “We are going to boom.”

Rauner said he was inspired by research collaborations he saw in Israel. He also announced he plans to visit Europe in March to try to lure companies to Illinois with the promise of lower taxes.

During his visit, Rauner also toured parts manufacturer DeKalb Forge. Addressing employees after the tour, Rauner said the success of operations like DeKalb Forge serve as a barometer for how the state is performing overall.

“Illinois can’t be strong, America can’t be strong, unless we’re building our own products here,” Rauner said. “We can’t only be a service industry, we can’t only be consulting and finances. We got to be making American products with American workers.”

WNIJ’s Dana Vollmer and Emily Reed contributed to this report.

Date posted: December 19, 2017 | Author: | Comments Off on Gov. Rauner Pitches Cutting Taxes And Slashing Regulation In DeKalb Speech

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