Category: News

BEST, Inc. Reminds that Minimum Wage Increases on January 1, 2021

Business Employment Skills Team, Inc. (BEST, Inc.) would like to remind all Illinois employers that on January 1, 2021 the minimum wage will increase to $11.00 an hour.   This increase is different for other occupations; $6.60 per hour for tips, and $8.50 per hour for youth under age 18 working less than 650 hours each calendar year.   This is the third increase in the minimum wage that was signed into legislation by Governor JB Pritzker and passed by the Illinois General Assembly on February 19, 2019, to support a goal of a $15.00 minimum wage by 2025.  “I invite employers Read More


Earn While You Learn Business Employment Skills Team, Inc. (BEST) announces that November 8th through November 14th is National Apprenticeship Week.  In its sixth year, National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) is a nationwide celebration established by the U.S. Department of Labor to bring together leading business, labor, education, and other critical partners to showcase the impact apprenticeship programs have on closing the U.S. skills gap for the American workforce.  Apprenticeship is an industry-driven, high-quality career pathway in which workers can obtain paid work experience, classroom instruction, and a transferable credential while job creators develop and prepare their future workforce.  Apprenticeship is a flexible training model Read More

Emergency Small Business Grants Helps Local Companies

In April the State of Illinois announced that they had set aside $5M to aid small businesses across the state with layoff aversion strategies that were intended to keep staff employed while also observing the requirement of the CoVid 19 stay at home order issued in March and the subsequent phases toward re-opening. Applicants submitted their applications in April and early May through BEST, Inc. for approval by the state.  Of the $5m earmarked for this effort a total of $94,362.02 has been made available to those local companies whose applications were approved by DCEO. Awards are being made on Read More