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  • 2021

    Employ Older Workers Week 2021

    The week of September 19 – 25 is Employ Older Workers Week! This year's theme is "The Future is NEOWW!" Older workers are an important force that contribute to our workplaces and communities with their wisdom and experiences. In addition to Illinois workNet's article on how these workers can remain working and engaged, check out the resources below for additional information.

    The Department on Aging's website also has information about what programs and services are available to older adults in Illinois. The Provider Profile Search will show you which Illinois Department on Aging providers and services are available near you. From the Community Care Program to legal assistance and more, be sure to visit their site for your needs.

    The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) 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 Workforce GPS Resource Library for additional information concerning older workers.

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  • 2021

    National Hispanic Heritage Month 2021

    September 15th – October 15th is National Hispanic Heritage Month. During this month we look at and celebrate the contributions that Hispanic Americans have made to better our society and country. The National Hispanic Heritage Month website has a page on its site with lesson plans for educators that span American history. Additionally, this page includes resources for teachers from well known institutions such as the Library of Congress, National Archives, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Services, and the Smithsonian Institution.

    It is important to recognize the achievements, contributions, and influence that Hispanic Americans have provided for the U.S. Illinois workNet encourages our workforce and education partners to learn about and share these resources with their customers.

    Be sure to check out Illinois workNet’s livestream from September 14th with Jaime di Paulo with the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce where they discussed Support Latino Business Day and the chamber’s efforts in assisting Latino businesses. If you missed the live video, you can watch it on Illinois workNet’s YouTube channel or Facebook page.

    Discover what careers are available with the Illinois workNet Careers, Wages & Trends Search that allows you to use career and labor market information to: 

    • Planfor high school and beyond.​​​  
    • Complete job applications and preparefor interviews.​​​  
    • Findout about expected number of job openings and how much a job could pay.  
    • Makea job change, relocate, or requesta pay raise.  
    Be sure to follow our event calendar for upcoming events and social media pages to learn more about Hispanic Heritage Month: 

  • 2021

    National Small Business Week 2021

    Did you know that September 12th – 18th 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. on the SBA website 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:

    • Business Hub - With the Illinois workNet Business Hub you will be able to find qualified job candidates, train your workforce, or navigate through employment regulations and taxes.
    • 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.
    • Virtual Job Fair – 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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