McHenry County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC) is now accepting nominations for the 2022 Business Champion Awards. In its fourteenth year, MCEDC will recognize outstanding companies, who, without fanfare, quietly go about the business of making their community a better place to live and work, through the Business Champion Awards. Business Champions are typically companies with strong vision, a solid long range business strategy, as well as best practices that makes them stand out. The Business Champion Awards are the focal point of the MCEDC Annual Dinner, which is the largest gathering of business leaders in the County and is held at the Holiday Inn in Crystal Lake.
Micro-Internships are short-term, paid, professional assignments that are similar to those given to new hires or interns. These projects enable Career Launchers to demonstrate skills, explore career paths, and build their networks as they seek the right full-time role. Unlike traditional internships, Micro-Internships can take place year-round, typically range from 5 to 40 hours of work, and are due between one week and one month after kick-off. Micro-Internships are used by companies ranging from those in the Fortune 100 to emerging start-ups, and go across departments including sales, marketing, technology, HR, and finance.
Micro-Internships are facilitated via the Parker Dewey platform, which connects Career Launchers with Companies in need of support.
The purpose of this program is to give students from all majors a chance to execute professional assignments in order to build and demonstrate skills while exploring a variety of career paths.
When you are launching your career, Micro-Internships provide a tremendous opportunity. Not only can you explore different career paths and work on interesting assignments, you can also demonstrate your abilities to potential employers while building your professional portfolio and network. Beyond that, your academic experience will improve as you apply what is taught in the classroom to the real world (and vice versa). Oh, did we forget to mention that you get paid for all of this?
Regardless of your role, industry, or organization size, students and alumni from McHenry County College can help. If you want to expand your recruiting pool to access diverse talent with 21st-century skills and the grit to succeed, Micro-Internships make it easy. If you want to improve the effectiveness of your hiring efforts and lower the costs (and risks) associated with onboarding, no problem. If you just need some immediate help on projects because you or your team is overloaded, we’ve got you covered.
Micro-Internships provide a new way for alumni to connect with current students. Give your time and expertise back to our community while showing students how their classroom experiences connect to careers.
Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) Director John J. Kim announced the opening of Illinois’ Electric Vehicle (EV) Rebate Program.
The program was created under the Climate and Equitable Jobs Act (CEJA) passed by the General Assembly and signed by Governor Pritzker in the fall of 2021.
Individuals can now access and complete an application for a rebate under Illinois’ EV Rebate Program at: https://www2.illinois.gov/epa/topics/ceja/Pages/Electric-Vehicle-Rebates.aspx.
Applications for the first funding round are being accepted starting July 1 and must be postmarked on or before September 30, 2022.
Rebate application cycles will be opened and rebates will be issued to eligible applicants subject to availability of funds.
Illinois residents that purchase an all-electric passenger vehicle on or after July 1, 2022, are eligible to apply for a rebate under Illinois’ EV Rebate Program. The following rebate amounts have been set forth in statute:
Eligibility requirements for an EV rebate in Illinois include, but are not limited to:
In addition, a $1,500 rebate is available for the purchase of an electric motorcycle.
As of July 1, 2022, the EV Rebate Fund has a balance of $17,909,043.51. After the application period closes, rebates will be issued to eligible applicants based on funding availability.
To be eligible for a rebate, the vehicle must be exclusively powered and refueled by electricity, plugged in to charge, and licensed to drive on public roadways. Electric mopeds, electric off-highway vehicles, hybrid electric or extended-range electric vehicles that are also equipped with conventional fueled propulsion or auxiliary engines nare not eligible under the program.
As required under CEJA, Illinois EPA will prioritize the review of applications from low-income purchasers and award rebates to purchasers accordingly.
Low income is defined as persons and families whose income does not exceed 80 percent of the State median income, as established by the U.S. Department of Health and Human
A webpage has been established for Illinois’ EV Rebate Program at:
This includes a link to the rebate application, instructions on completing the application, a Frequently Asked Questions document, and other
Individuals interested in receiving updates on Illinois EPA’s EV programs may register for the EV Listserv at:
Manufacturing Pathways is a Consortium composed of manufacturers, educators, and community partners, who are collaborating to secure a talent pipeline of highly-skilled manufacturing employees.
To do so, the Consortium raises awareness of career opportunities within the industry; connecting with educators, students, and parents, and debunking outdated myths about the industry.
Consortium members are working to identify technical and employability skill gaps, and develop solutions. Additionally, the consortium engages in collaborative hiring practices, and provides a pathway to employment for non-traditional talent.
Strategically located on the Illinois/Wisconsin border, McHenry County lies in the center of the Chicago, Milwaukee and Rockford business triangle provding the transportation, labor and utility benefits of the Chicagoland region. WIth a solid financial structure, abundant open land and move-in ready business parks, McHenry County boasts an educated and skilled workforce to serve vibrant, innovative and expanding industries.
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