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THEVOICE • rockfordchamber.com

April 2020

MEMBERSHIP 101

IGNITE: YOUNG PROFESSIONALS

Rockford Chamber opens online

JOB BANK

Is your company looking for good, local employees? In an effort to support local businesses and economic development, and develop local talent, the Rockford Chamber has launched a Job Bank at www.rockfordchamber.com.

CONNECTING THE COMMUNITY WITH OPPORTUNITY Our active job board intends to connect local job seekers with local jobs and opportunities – even jobs that might be hard — or even impossible — to find on other job boards, or not advertised at all.

PROVIDING MORE VALUE TO MEMBERS Some local businesses may not have the tools or expertise to recruit and hire their ideal employees. One goal of the Job Bank is to help members reach a wider range of people in the community.

▶ Job seekers are invited to submit their resume and view

available jobs that match their skill set.

▶ Employers

that are Rockford Chamber of Commerce members may post jobs at NO CHARGE. Rockford Chamber of Commerce members need their login and password to submit jobs to the Job Bank or to view resumes. You can request a password reset if you’ve forgotten it.

We invite you to see how easy it is to post jobs online today! Visit https://web.rockfordchamber.com/jobbank

ADVANTAGE CLUBS/ BNGROUPS Dedicated groups for networking and referrals Advantage Clubs/BNGroups are made up of business owners, decision makers and sales associates dedicated to networking and referring business to one another. Only one member from each industry is permitted in the group.

MEETING AGENDA ■ Self-introductions. ■ Announcements by leaders. ■ One member at each meeting gives a referral/testimonial to help other members understand their organization.

Visitors are welcome to attend a meeting before making a decision to join.

If you are interested in joining one of these clubs/groups, please contact Kristin Muehlfelder, Member Relations at 815-316-4315 or kmuehlfelder@rockfordchamber.com.

CARMEN BRENZ IGNITE Rockford

IGNITE Cup 2020: A summer-long series of events

Interact with a diverse group of young professionals

Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Carmen Brenz and I am the Event and Program Coordinator at the Rockford Chamber of Commerce. I also go by the title of IGNITE Coordinator. Along with the Leadership Team, I help run the young professional group, IGNITE. I am excited to announce that IGNITE Cup 2020 is approaching quickly and we would love to have you sign up and join a team!

What is IGNITE? IGNITE is the region’s young professional group and is a part of the Rockford Chamber of Commerce. IGNITE members do not have to be Rockford Chamber of Commerce members to join, but IGNITE members are always welcome to learn more about being a Rockford Chamber of Commerce member. Our mission is to attract and retain young professionals to the Rockford region. We do this by connecting and engaging young professionals with leadership, professional and personal development and volunteer opportunities. IGNITE’s program is suitable for individuals between the ages of 21-40; however, all are welcome in our group! Young professionals can be found in a wide variety of careers and IGNITE is not limited to any specific line of work. Our group is full of diversity and we would love to keep it that way! IGNITE focuses on professional development, volunteering, community and social aspects of life. To learn more about IGNITE, check out our website (igniterockford.com), our Facebook at IGNITE Rockford or our Instagram (igniterockfordyp).

What is IGNITE Cup? IGNITE Cup is a summer-long event series designed to connect and engage young professionals in the Rockford region. Teams of 10 (comprised of co-workers, friends, or friends-to-be) compete in games to earn points. The team at the end of the summer who earns the most points wins the coveted IGNITE CUP! IGNITE Cup 2020 is sponsored by Blackhawk Bank.

Events for IGNITE Cup 2020 ■ Kick-Off: June 17, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Greenfire. ■ Bowling: June 23, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., at Cherry Bowl.

■ Canoe Battleship: July 8, 6 to 9 p.m., at the YMCA of Rock River Valley (downtown Rockford). ■ Trivia Night: July 22, 6 to 8 p.m., at Forest Hills Country Club. ■ Foot Golf: July 27 (tentative), 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Elliot Golf Course. ■ Game Night: August 12, 7 to 9 p.m., at The Mauh-Nah-Tee-See Club. ■ Mini Putt: August 20, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Volcano Falls. ■ Closing Ceremonies – Dinner on the Dock: August 24, 6 p.m., Prairie Street Brewhouse

FAQs About IGNITE Cup I’M NEW TO TOWN AND DON’T REALLY KNOW ANYONE. Can I still participate in IGNITE Cup? YES! We’d love to have you! IGNITE Cup teams are a mix of people – some are friends, some co-workers, and some are future-friends (aka, strangers). If you’re new to town (or even if you’re not!) and want to get to know the city and make friends in the process, IGNITE Cup is for you. We will put you on a great team with an engaged captain who will make sure it’s a great experience for you. No awkward “I don’t know anyone” moments here! I can’t make all of the events. Can I still participate? YES! Actually, it’s better if you can’t make them all! Each event has a minimum and maximum number of players for each team. So, not everyone will be able to participate in every single event. That takes the pressure off of you, and lets you do what best fits in your schedule and area of interest. Work it out with your team captain. So, all of this for $50? YES! The cost per person is $50, which includes all of the events as well as a t-shirt. A few things to keep in mind, however. You’ll also need to register for our Closing Ceremonies in advance to receive a complimentary dinner and drink. We’ll keep you updated with deadlines. Beyond that, you’re on your own for beverages (cash bar) at events. To sign up for IGNITE Cup, please visit igniterockford.com and find the IGNITE Cup 2020 tab. If there are any questions, please feel free to reach out to Carmen Brenz at info@ igniterockford.com.

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