In partnership with the Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce and Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES), State Senator Mike Jacobs (D-Moline) hosted a workshop for local businesses.
"We appreciate the Senator's efforts to help bring state officials to the Sauk Valley to meet with employers one-on-one to discuss unemployment insurance issues," said Executive Director Kim Ewoldsen. "The Illinois Department of Employment Security has been a good partner to the Chamber and we work hard to provide our members with programs like this they can directly benefit from."
With instruction from IDES, local business people learned about available tax credits, the Illinois labor market and how best to navigate the unemployment insurance system. The workshop also included role play activities based on actual cases and unemployment hearings.
"As we look for economic development opportunities, we need to build and strengthen our partnerships with local businesses," said Jacobs. "I'm happy we were able to provide local businesses with information on resources to hire new employees and in the process save money."