Germany’s Path to Reopening Business, at Home and Abroad

Cafes and other small businesses in Germany begin to open as restrictions are lifted across the country. Image sourced from Financial Times, AFP via Getty Images. As the European Union’s strongest economy and most populous country, Germany’s recovery from the current economic downturn affects not only its citizens, but the rest of the Eurozone and[…]

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Small Business Support in Crisis Around the World

Small businesses around the world have been especially vulnerable to this crisis. Image sourced from Bloomberg News. Today marked the beginning of the second application period for loans under the Paycheck Protection Program. After the initial $350 billion in support was depleted in less than a week, US government approved an additional round of funding[…]

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Three Ways to be All In

Last week, Governor Pritzker announced the #AllIn campaign as a way to unite Illinois’ citizens as we adhere to shelter-in-place policies. Staying inside doesn’t have to mean a complete abandonment of our favorite activities, however. Below are three tips that can help keep you motivated to stay inside, even with spring temperatures beginning to warm[…]

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Special Hours at Chicago-area Stores for Seniors and Vulnerable Populations

Across the country, citizens are being instructed to stay indoors, unless leaving to pick up essential items like groceries. The following Chicago-area supermarkets have established special hours for vulnerable shoppers to keep them safe. Individuals 65 years and older, pregnant persons, and others with sensitive immune systems are invited to shop during designated times at[…]

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Carley Pulford on Chicago-based Zefiro, a Zero Waste Store for Sustainable Living

If you follow trends in eco-conscious living, odds are you’re familiar with the concept of zero waste. More or less self-explanatory, it describes a lifestyle that’s beneficial to the planet by creating as little waste as possible. Naturally, participation in zero waste varies by level of intensity. Some keep a modest compost bin next to[…]

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Rockford Group Providing Career Pathways for Women in Manufacturing

Women of Today’s Manufacturing is a Rockford-area organization providing career pathways for individuals pursuing STEM and manufacturing careers. This continues our coverage of manufacturing workforce development in Illinois. Visit our earlier blogs on Illinois’ new apprenticeship legislation and our recent apprenticeship study. Last month, I stumbled across an organization called Women of Today’s Manufacturing (WOTM).[…]

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IL Plans to Expand Apprenticeship Programs

Unemployment in the United States has hovered around 3.5% for the past 6 months. Illinois’ own rate hasn’t been too far off at 3.7%. Granted, these numbers are historically low; that’s cause for some optimism. At the same time, their negative implications shouldn’t be ignored. Employers nationwide struggle to find qualified workers. Per a recent[…]

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Happy Holidays from the FB International Team

As the year comes to a close, it’s fitting to take time and reflect. This year at FB International was defined by our relationships. We expanded our team, convened with small business owners all across the Midwest, and had the wonderful opportunity to share our expertise with young adults who’ll soon enter the workforce. We[…]

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Workforce Development Survey – Italian Machinery

FB International is proud to announce a partnership with the Italian Trade Agency and UCIMU. We will survey manufacturers across the Midwest and contribute to the creation of advance workforce development programs. The Calumet Green Manufacturing Partnership (CGMP) was a life-changing experience for me. Over the span of a few years, I visited over a[…]

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How CTA is Staying Afloat in the Rideshare and Micromobility Era: A Conversation with Steve Schlickman

From motor scooters to shared bikes and ridehailing, city dwellers now have more options than ever before to choose how they get from one point to the next. New mobility providers offer an attractive array of services and have managed to draw in more and more users every year. These new users have come at[…]

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