Category: Press Releases

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…

NCI Works to Host Drive-Thru Job Fairs

NCI Works will be hosting 3 Drive-Thru Job Fairs during late October.  The first will be held October 23rd from 10am to Noon at the SouthTowne Mall, 1500 1st Ave in Ottawa, IL. The second event will take place in Sterling at the Sterling Food Bank, 1801 Plant Road on Saturday, October 24 from 10am to Noon.  The third and final event will be hosted at the Rock River Senior Center, 810 1th St, Oregon, IL on Friday, October 30th from 9am to Noon.  Area businesses that are interested in participating should contact Dianna Schuler at 815-640-9406 no later than…

BEST, Inc. Receives Apprenticeship Expansion Grant

BEST, Inc. has received a grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity as part of the state’s, and US Department of Labor’s, effort to expand apprenticeship opportunities.  BEST, Inc. is partnering with Illinois Valley Community College (Oglesby, IL), Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce (Sterling, IL), Northwest Illinois Economic Development (Hanover, IL), and Rock Island Tri-County Consortium (Rock Island, IL) to deliver outreach to area businesses across all industry sectors within the 11 county area being served.  Outreach will include making businesses aware of the benefits of sponsoring an apprenticeship program including the positive return on investment,…