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  • 2019

    Older Americans Month 2019

    The month of May is Older Americans Month (OAM). This year's theme is Connect, Create, Contribute. This month recognizes older adults and their contributions around the country and encourages them to participate in activities within their communities. The Activity Page on Older Americans Month's website offers several ideas of how these individuals can share their experiences with one another, younger generations, on social media, and much more.  To read more about this month, check out Older Americans Month's website and history page, which also includes previous themes.

    Another resource to check out is the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), which is a "community service and work-based training program for older workers." This website is a great location for individuals 55 and older who are looking to improve their employability skills. By being part of this program, older workers gain access to additional resources, services, and training opportunities. Be sure to check out the WorkforceGPS Resource Library for additional information concerning older workers.

    Also, be sure to view these Illinois workNet resources:

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  • 2019

    Construction Safety Week 2019

    May 6 – May 10 is National Construction Safety Week. During this week, the construction industry recognizes workplace safety concerns and works together to prevent injuries on the job. With workers in the construction industry being at risk every day, Illinois workNet offers resources that can help inform workers on how to avoid injuries and prevent an accident at your work. Be it a reminder for yourself or a way to convey this information to coworkers, you can learn more about construction safety at the Construction Safety Week website.

    Whether you are just getting started in the industry or have been in it for years, these resources apply to workers of all positions and stages throughout construction projects.

    Below is a list of resources Illinois workNet has put together for National Construction Safety Week:

    • Be Safe in Your New Job – When starting a new job, it's important to be aware and cautious of equipment you have not previously used. From operating workplace equipment to preparation and clean-up of your workspace, this article covers important safety precautions to keep in mind when on the job.
    • Stay Safe and Productive at Work – Following your company's safety guidelines is key to prevent workers from getting hurt. This article covers safety tips for the workplace so that you and your team can be efficient in all your construction projects. 
    • Technical Skills – Read up on the different skills required in the industry and how you can keep your skills and performance up to date. 
    • Do You Need a Work Permit? – For younger members of the workforce, this article provides information on what jobs require work permits, rules for youths in the workplace, and how to apply for the work permit you will need.
    • Safety and Health – This article includes different resources, information, and regulations that apply to workplaces in Illinois.

    For more information on National Construction Safety Week, go to the Construction Safety Week website to learn about the history, upcoming events, the companies involved with this initiative, and much more.

    If you have any questions about National Construction Safety Week, send an email to

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  • 2019

    National Small Business Week 2019

    Did you know that May 5th – May 11th is National Small Business Week? National Small Business Week recognizes the important contributions of America's entrepreneurs and small business owners. This event, hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), is all about recognizing prominent small businesses across the country. You can find small business events taking place around Illinois with the Illinois workNet Event Calendar, and throughout the U.S. with the SBA Events Page for National Small Business Week.

    Illinois workNet knows that running your own business takes time, dedication, and a lot of hard work. Every day small business owners are helping create more jobs, growing a business, and cultivating innovation; and that is why we do our best to offer as many great resources as we can to help make your job just a little bit easier. Our resources can be used by new business owners, those interested in starting their own business or growing their businesses, entrepreneurs, individuals working with small businesses, and more. Below is a list of resources Illinois workNet has put together for our Illinois Small Business Owners and Entrepreneurs:

    • Employer-Based Training Programs – These programs make employee skill upgrades available to businesses to avert layoffs, remain current in new technologies and business practices, or to provide job skills to new hires.
    • Featured Employers – If your business is currently hiring, you can be featured on this page where qualified applicants can easily find you.
    • Start a Business – Find information and resources for starting your own business or helping your business grow.
    • Recruiting and Hiring – Recruiting and hiring is a major component of your business success! Find tools and resources to help you navigate your way through the recruiting and hiring process on Illinois workNet. 
    • Employer Hiring Credits – As a business, you can benefit from many different hiring incentive programs, which are designed to match you with the talent you need! These programs provide businesses with either tax credits or other incentives to hire and retain individuals from specific target groups. Many businesses miss out on these opportunities due to a lack of information; don't let that be you, use the resources here to get started.
    • Small Business Money Management – As a business owner, money management is a crucial part of your business. That's why Illinois workNet provides guides to help you make financial decisions for your business, like recordkeeping, insurance, managing cash flow, and more. 
    • Hiring Articles – These articles cover resources and tools to help you start a business and to help employers recruit and hire.
    • Starting a Business and Hiring Videos – These videos cover starting a business, hiring incentives, and tax credits, which can help you recruit and retain for your business.
    • Employer User Guides – These guides will help you navigate through the Illinois workNet website, so you can successfully achieve your business goals using our resources and tools.
    • Event Calendar – Make sure to post any job fairs or recruiting events you have on the Illinois workNet Event Calendar!

    If you run a small business, Small Business Week is a great time to run discounts and promotions. This is a good way to reward customers who support small companies like your own. If you are not a small business owner, you can still celebrate small business week in a variety of ways. These include getting involved with a small business, shopping at small businesses, or simply getting the word out about some of the great small businesses located near you.

    For more information on National Small Business Week, the SBA provides a useful hub. Here, you can learn more about the events taking place during the week. You can also browse news articles, videos, press releases, and other media relating to Small Business Week.

    If you have any questions about Small Business Week, send an email to

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