From October 16-20, 2017, DCEDC’s graduate research assistant, Dominique Watson, attended the 49th Annual Illinois Basic Economic Development Course that was located at the Nicor Gas Headquarters in Naperville, IL. The course was a comprehensive 32-hour accredited economic development curriculum directed by Ivan Baker, President of the Economic Development Corporation of North Central Illinois. This course is for individuals with 10 years or less experience in the economic development field. 25+ experienced faculty members pinpointed several topics in economic development that highlighted the focus of this course—the investor, the product, and the organization—such as community development, workforce development, retail development, real estate development, small business development, business retention, and more! Faculty members engaged the students by taking part in several case studies and discussions surrounding the focus of the course. A bus tour through the city of Naperville was added to the program for the first time, which allowed students to witness Naperville’s successful economic development as well as the areas that could be revitalized, firsthand.

A big thank you to John McCann and Ed Sitar from ComEd for granting scholarships that allowed Dominique and others to learn from this enriching experience and enhance their professional development. Another thank you goes out to ComEd for providing delicious meals for all who have attended the program.

For more information regarding the course, please visit

Photo Credit: Ivan Baker – Illinois Basic Economic Development Class of 2017

Date posted: October 25, 2017 | Author: | Comments Off on DCEDC’s Graduate Research Assistant Attends the 49th Annual Illinois Basic Economic Development Course

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Illinois SBDC Network presents Export Training Week from November 14-16, 2017! Training will be by Mike Allocca of Allocca Enterprises, Inc. with locations in Rockford, Champaign, and Chicago!

Please see the flyer for more information: Illinois SBDC Network Export Training Week Flyer

Date posted: October 24, 2017 | Author: | Comments Off on Illinois SBDC Network Presents Export Training Week (November 14-16, 2017)

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The IL SBDC International Trade Center at Western Illinois University Quad Cities would like to cordially invite you to their Export Compliance 201 seminar on Tuesday, November 14, 2017. This training will be held at:

NIU EIGERlab Rockford
8500 E. STATE STREET – Room #200

The workshop is designed to help companies be in full compliance with a host of U.S. export/import regulations and will be presented by Allocca Enterprises, a provider of on-site and web-based international trade compliance education and training. Registration is required and on a first come first served basis with a limit of 32 participants. Cost is $50 if registered prior to October 27th, and $75 from October 27th until November 7th. Registration fee includes all workshop materials, refreshments and lunch. Participants should register online here.

For more information on the event or the services provided by the SBDC ITC, contact Michelle Lewis at (309) 762-3999, ext. 62228 or, or visit

Date posted: October 24, 2017 | Author: | Comments Off on Export Compliance 201 Seminar at The IL SBDC International Trade Center (WIU-QC)

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Enterprise Excellence in Northern Illinois

Don’t expect to sit back and listen when you attend the Enterprise Excellence Best Practices Conference. This interactive event is powered by the contributions of participants, who strive to create their competitive futures. Come prepared to share your own best practices for business success.

Round Table Sessions

Hear directly from Northern Illinois manufacturing leaders on their business growth and improvement strategies
Participant-driven discussions on business solutions for customer engagement, leadership, operations, strategy and workforce
Business leaders sharing with and learning from each other
Sharing of region-specific resources to create your competitive future

Enterprise Excellence & Continuous Improvement

Identify how to receive constructive feedback on your continuous improvement activities, based on the proven Baldrige Excellence Framework tool for identifying your company’s strengths and opportunities for improvement
Discover benchmarking and professional development opportunities build the capacity of your staff across all business processes

The Enterprise Excellence Best Practices Conference is your time to learn directly from other Illinois business leaders – and identify a few immediate steps you can take at your company to pursue enterprise excellence.


8:00am – 8:20am
How Enterprise Excellence is Driving Growth in Illinois
David Boulay, President, IMEC

8:30am – 10:30am
Best Practices Round Table Discussion Sessions #1 and #2
Select from 2 of 3 Best Practice presentations
> Option A – Customer Engagement
> Option B – Leadership/Strategy & Operations
> Option C – Workforce

10:40am – 11:20am
Enterprise Excellence and Continuous Improvement
Pattie Skriba, Vice President for Business Excellence, Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital, a 2010 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient



Sponsor: IMEC
Presenter: Regional business leaders, IMEC
City: Rockford
Location: NIU Rockford, 8500 E State St, Rockford, IL 61108
Date: 11/07/2017
Time: 8:00AM – 11:30AM
Status: Scheduled
Cost: $69
Audience: Manufacturers, Business Leaders
Contact Name: Emily Lee
Contact Phone: 309-677-4633
Contact Email:

Date posted: October 12, 2017 | Author: | Comments Off on Enterprise Excellence Best Practices Conference: An Interactive Event for Northern Illinois Business Leaders

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There have been some changes to the Basic Computer Course. The class will now be offered in Spanish and in English on a rotating schedule at Kishwaukee College! For more information on the dates, times, and how to register, click on the flyers below.

IL WorkNet and Goodwill Basic Computer Class Flyer in English

IL Worknet and Goodwill Basic Computer Class Flyer in Spanish

Date posted: October 12, 2017 | Author: | Comments Off on Updated Information on IL WorkNet and Goodwill Basic Computer Class

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Community Relations and Economic Development managers recently sent each municipal leader an update on our infrastructure improvement program, Investing in Illinois: A Nicor Gas System Improvement Initiative. In case you missed it, a recap can be found on the Nicor Gas website.

Click here to learn more!

Date posted: September 28, 2017 | Author: | Comments Off on In Case You Missed It: Investing in Illinois Recap

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Since 1968, the Illinois Basic Economic Development Course has been a leader in economic development training for professionals from around the country. The course follows the curriculum guidelines for accreditation by the International Economic Development Council and the principles of educator, national economic development leader, and mentor, Dr. Robert Koepke, CEcD, who managed the program for over 25 years. The course is also approved for APA AICP CM points.

Nicor Gas will once again host the Illinois Economic Development Course at their Naperville office the week of October 16 – 20, 2017. Municipal and economic leaders are encouraged to take advantage this incredible opportunity. The course will provide you with tools to grow and sustain economic vitality in your community. Nicor Gas has available scholarship opportunities.

To find our more, and to apply for scholarships that may be available, contact your local Nicor Gas Community Relations and Economic Development manager.

Community Relations Team

Date posted: September 28, 2017 | Author: | Comments Off on Scholarships Available for Nationally-Accredited Basic Economic Development Course

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The DCCVB is pleased to share this full page article on DeKalb County, featuring Jonamac & Honey Hill Orchards, which is a result of the marketing and public relations efforts of the DeKalb County CVB.

DCCVB has a small number of copies of the magazine that they are happy to share. Please stop by their office and pick up a copy between the hours of 9am-3pm Monday through Friday. Click HERE to view the scanned PDF.

The Northwest Quarterly Chicagoland Edition covers the best life in McHenry, Kane, Lake, Northwest Cook, and DuPage counties. This print edition reaches an estimated 86,000 readers.

111 South Second St.,
Ste. 202,
DeKalb, Illinois 60115


Date posted: September 21, 2017 | Author: | Comments Off on DeKalb County Fall Attractions Featured in the Northwest Quarterly Fall Getaway Guide: Chicagoland Edition

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The October 6th registration deadline for Northern Illinois University’s Fall 2017 Internship & Job Fair is coming soon! Online registration is available at:

NIU is holding their new one-day format for their all-majors career fair for the 2017-2018 academic year. You will now be able to connect with and hire NIU Huskies for internships and full-time positions all on the same day! The Internship & Job Fair is open to undergraduates, graduating seniors, and alumni from all majors.

Internship & Job Fair – Wednesday, October 18th – All Majors
Location: NIU Convocation Center
Time: 10am to 3pm
Registration Deadline: October 6th
Registration Link:

Registration Rates:

Registration rates are based on booth location and include 1 six-foot table for 2 attendees, parking, continental breakfast, lunch and Wi-Fi access:

• 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
**Sold Out** Standard Package (located on the lower level of the arena): $575.00
• Non-Profit Package: $325.00
• NIU Departments Only: No charge

Additional Items Available
• 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.

Become a Premier Platinum Employer Partner: $1,275 – Receive additional benefits to increase your organization’s visibility on campus throughout the academic year, available for purchase in the fall semester only. If your organization is not planning to recruit at the fall semester Internship & Job Fair, you may still purchase and receive the benefits of being a Career Services Premier Platinum Employer Partner. Other additional partnership opportunities are available. Please email for details or visit

Watch for details on our other 2017-2018 Fairs:

Graduate & Professional School Fair – Tuesday, October 17th
Education and Health Professions Job Fair – Monday, February 26th

Please register your internship or job success with Career Services at

Please email if you need assistance in recruitment.

Date posted: September 19, 2017 | Author: | Comments Off on Registration Deadline for NIU’s Fall 2017 Internship & Job Fair

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This free workshop, held by the Illinois Technology Transfer Center, will provide a basic foundational overview of the essential requirements of the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Act of 1970. The workshop will also offer practical applications which will help local agencies deliver their projects more efficiently, effectively, and in compliance with federal and state requirements.

Date: September 19, 2017
Time: 09:00 am-3:00 pm
Location: Schaumburg

Uniform Act for LPAs Schaumburg Registration Form

If you are interested in attending, please complete the registration form and email it to David Maziarz at

Date posted: September 7, 2017 | Author: | Comments Off on Illinois Technology Transfer Center’s Basic Essentials of the Uniform Act Workshop for LPA’s

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