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Thursday, May 5, 2016

From the President’s Desk: Pathways to Pipelines – The On-Ramp to a Skills Superhighway

pathways-to-piplelines-logoOur members know that, to remain competitive, they need the right talent. In our Chamber Member Survey, 90 percent of them indicated “access to talent” as an issue that directly impacts the growth and success of their business.

But attracting and retaining the right talent requires the continual cultivation and expansion of a skilled and diverse workforce. It’s critical that small and mid-market companies help develop workers for the jobs of today and tomorrow.

Utilizing interns, both high school and college students, is an excellent way to build this needed pipeline of valuable employees. Indeed, internships offer a new and significant ROI for employers.

What’s more, work-based learning programs strengthen the career potential of the young adults involved. According to a recent national survey, employers ranked the internship as the single most important credential for recent graduates to have on their resume.

But how to find these prospective interns and develop this promising talent?

Pathways to Pipelines is our strategy to connect opportunities—opportunities that facilitate work-based learning and skills development; opportunities that source talent for our business community; opportunities that educate employers about the “how-to” and benefit of internships.

So if you want to learn best practices from talent development experts about creating “win-win” internship experiences, you won’t want to miss our inaugural Pathways to Pipelines event.

Join us on May 24, from 8 – 10:30 a.m., at the Ivy Room, 12 East Ohio Street, for what promises to be a lively interactive program.

U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez visited the Chamber last week. In the course of our roundtable, he remarked that our nation needs to construct a “skills superhighway.”

Call Pathways to Pipelines our “on-ramp” onto this superhighway. RSVP today—and jump on!

Click here for details.


Theresa E. Mintle
President & CEO
Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce

Policy Voices: The Data Security Threat in the Mirror

In the latest installment of our Policy Voices series, Elizabeth Khalil, Member at Dykema Gossett PLLC, explores strategies for securing our networks against external hackers and how our everyday actions might help protect — or threaten — the information we want to keep safe.

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Chamber Announces Finalists for 2016 Tyree Award

Congratulations to the following finalists for the 2016 James Tyree Emerging Business Leadership Award!

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Change, Innovation & Challenges: 112th Annual Meeting

Last year, Google’s search and advertising tools helped generate $131 billion in economic activity for 1.8 million businesses, website publishers and non-profits. The company has proven it owns the keys to digital marketing success in the Internet Age.

Join us at our 112th Annual Meeting on June 7 to hear from Margo Georgiadis, President of the Americas for Google, who will explore how embracing change, challenging yourself and creating a culture of disruption can help you grow your business and expand your network.

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Explore Important Trends and Growth Opportunities in Europe

Network with local international business leaders and hear from European Union leadership about important trends, policy updates, collaboration and growth opportunities, and the future of the EU at the 5th Annual EU Business Forum on May 19 at The Drake Hotel.

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Explore Growth Opportunities & Mid-Market Access to Capital Trends

Mid-market growth strategies often require acquisition capital, which is reported as a top challenge among business owners. Join us May 17 to learn from a panel of experts about mid-market trends, resources available to businesses seeking capital, and best practices for making financial decisions to ensure continued growth.

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Chamber Continues to Drive Small Business Success

While Chicago’s Loop has become a promising destination for relocating corporate headquarters, neighborhoods across the city are the unsung breeding grounds for budding entrepreneurs and emerging small businesses, thanks in part to the Illinois SBDC at the Chicagoland Chamber, which surpassed 300 clients last week.

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Chamber Panel Explores Cybersecurity at Englewood Blue

On May 3, a group of small business owners and entrepreneurs from across the city assembled at South Side business incubator Englewood Blue to hear from three cybersecurity experts about how they can ensure their business is secure online in an age when cyber-fraud has become commonplace.

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May 10 | Business After Business Networking at Eddie V's May 12 | Perfect Your Craft May 31 | International Business After Business Networking
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Network with some of Chicago’s top professionals at Eddie V’s - with some of the finest seafood & steaks, wine, and live jazz. Join more than 300 young professionals for a vibrant evening of networking, food, libations, and live artist demonstrations. Kick off the 2016 Chicago Forum on Global Cities by networking with global business leaders, foreign diplomats and more.

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Sage Summit: Education, Networking, Opportunity

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Burg Translations Announces New CEO

A Safe Haven Foundation’s 6th Annual 5K Run! to End Homelessness

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The Wrigley Building, 410 North Michigan Ave, Suite 900, Chicago, IL 60611
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