• 2022 Professional Development Program

  • Welcome to our 2022 Professional Development Program! We are thrilled to be in the planning stages of a fantastic line-up of engaging speakers and timely topics. Experts from our community will show you all you need to know  – from legal considerations to best practices in digital advertising; from brand identity to effective sales techniques; All actionable advice to help your small business succeed in 2021 and beyond. 

  • January 2022


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    We had a successful 2021!

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  • February 2021

    Almost a year into the pandemic and the employment issues are just as complex.  Join SmithAmundsen Attorney Julie Proscia as she discusses the evolving responsibilities of employers in the workplace related to safety and health, with a particular focus on the increasingly challenging issue of vaccines.

    Specific topics include: the status of the various COVID-19 vaccines, the current limitations on the ability to mandate vaccines in the workplace including exemptions, as well as the pros and cons of mandating vs. strongly encouraging vaccines.

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    March 2021

    Now that you joined LinkedIn, how are you using it to leverage business and client relationships? Are you putting this free tool to work for you? LinkedIn is a social media tool you can use to virtually build your network and increase sales production.  Discover greater success with prospecting, receiving referrals, and staying front of mind with your clients.  Learn why LinkedIn should be a part of your sales strategy. In partnership with the Berwyn Development Corporation.

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    April 2021

    As vaccines become more readily available, employers are bringing more and more of their workforce back to the office. This transition comes with its own host of challenges. This presentation is essential to ensure that the transition moves smoothly, safely and in a compliant manner. 

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    May 2021

    Join our partners at the Berwyn Development Corporation for an interactive workshop on certifying your business as Minority, Women, Veteran, Service-Disabled Veteran, and People with Disabilities-owned Business Enterprise (MBE/WBE/VBE/SDVBE/PDBE.

    This event is brought to you by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Office of Minority Enterprise and the State of Illinois Department of Central Management Services, Business Enterprise Program.

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    Marketing is more than just surface level, it's data and creating a strategy that reflects your business in order to reach your intended audience. When done right, marketing can translate to a stronger brand as well as more profit for your business.

    Ryan Weckerly will discuss how the right technology tools, combined with human interaction to develop more powerful leads, profitable sales, and long-term relationships for your brand.

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    June 2021

    Amanda will share the lessons learned in working with small businesses across the country, offering the audience actionable advice on marketing and communication best practices. Often small businesses feel they can’t afford the time or fiscal investment in marketing, but Amanda is often quoted saying small businesses can’t afford NOT to invest in marketing.

    She will share insights of the most important focus areas of your brand and digital footprint, sharing case studies from real businesses featured in the Small Business Revolution series.

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    PRIDE CONNECT DAY 1 - Two learning sessions on starting your business and protecting your business are followed by a Master Class on storytelling (hosted by the OPRF Chamber!) and cybersecurity.

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    PRIDE CONNECT DAY 2 - Three sessions on 1). LGBT Certification; 2) expanding minority business access; and 3) navigating corporate relationships.

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    July 2021

    The COVID-19 Pandemic has caused changes to business models in every industry, and listening to customer's wants and needs has never been so important. Join us and learn how three business owners pivoted to extend their brand identity using technology and social media with customer feedback at the centre of these changes.  The discussion will include how to track essential data about your business and how to use that data to make your next move.

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    August 2021

    What should small businesses be doing in sales and marketing to succeed in the “new” competitive landscape?  Bill Guertin is known as “The 800-Pound Gorilla of Sales”, and in this presentation, you’ll learn what’s working NOW in sales and marketing, what’s predicted to work going forward, and what techniques may need to be re-tooled or abandoned altogether.

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    September 2021

    Join Kristol Simms, Director, Energy Efficiency, Strategy & Innovation, from Ameren Illinois for an informative webinar about how the Ameren Illinois Energy Efficiency Program successfully implemented diversity, equity, and inclusion strategies and how you can put these strategies and innovations to work for your business or organization.

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  • P R I C I N G P R I C I N G

    We are dedicated to supporting all businesses in our community. Please find below pricing for both members and non members.


    Tickets for members of the OPRF Chamber of Commerce: $15.00. 


    Tickets for non Chamber members: $30.00.