Business Education Partnership Program

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The Jacksonville Area Chamber of Commerce is recognized statewide for its work in the promotion of Business Education Partnerships.

Through the Education Division’s Business Education Partnership program, the Chamber promotes business involvement and volunteerism in local schools.  It also encourages businesses and schools to work together to assure a positive educational environment.

These partnerships represent the full spectrum of partnership options, including small, medium, and large schools, district entities, and businesses/organizations.

The nature and scope of each partnership is unique and tailored to meet the needs of both the business and the school.  Continued interaction of this kind will ensure the success for future business education partnerships to come.

The businesses have opportunities to connect with the schools in tangible ways including time, talent and resources.  Current projects of partnerships include:

  • Reading with Students
  • Donation of Library Books
  • Tutoring and Mentoring
  • Guest speakers
  • Public Recognition of Students
  • Assistance with Community Service
  • Supplies
  • Field trips
  • Career Awareness
  • School Staff Appreciation

For more information about the Business Education Partnership Program, contact the Chamber at 217-245-2174 or


* Both the business and the school must be members of the Jacksonville Area Chamber of Commerce in order to be formally recognized by the Chamber’s Education Division.