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December 17, 2021

 

 
 
  Merry Christmas
 

 

Happy Holidays from Rural Partners!

Watch for our next newsletter January 7, 2022.

 

 

 

 
 
Henry Ford Museum  
 

The Henry Ford Museum has an extensive collection of Hallmark Keepsake Christmas Ornaments. In 1973, Hallmark Cards, Inc. started producing Christmas ornaments with “Keepsake Ornaments,” six glass ball ornaments and 12 handcrafted yarn figures. Since then, each season’s collection has reflected popular tastes, interests, and values. Whether you’re a devoted Hallmark ornament fan or you’re not quite sure why others are, you must admit that this entrepreneurial company has revolutionized Christmas decorating. The Henry Ford recently acquired a collection of thousands of Hallmark ornaments from Indiana Hallmark retailer, The Party Shop, spanning the years 1973 to 2009. See some of the collection online at the Henry Ford Museum.

 

 
 
  Farming
 

Farming is changing. For more than 100 years, University of Illinois Extension has trained small-scale and commercial farmers to meet the challenges they face. Be part of the future of farming in Illinois by taking a few minutes to share your thoughts online. The anonymous survey is open to all Illinois producers, and agriculture industry professionals now through March 2022. It will take 10-20 minutes to complete. The responses will help Extension agriculture educators develop trainings on topics and research projects that ensure the long-term sustainability of Illinois agriculture.

 

 
 
Advantage Illinois  
 

Advantage Illinois will accelerate investments and ease the credit crunch for small businesses, thanks to more than $78 million from the federal State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) of the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010.  Advantage Illinois Participating Institutions accept business applications on a rolling basis and use their own underwriting standards and loan processes. Check the site regularly, as new institutions are added to the list regularly. Funding may be used for many purposes, including but not limited to start-up costs; working capital; business procurement; franchise fees; equipment; inventory; and the purchase, construction, renovation, or tenant improvements of an eligible place of business that is not for passive real estate investment purposes.

 

 
 
  LGE Webinar Series
 

Illinois Extension’s Local Government Education program will kick off 2022 with their annual State Legislative Update, co-hosted by the Illinois Association of County Board Members, and presented by Kelly Murray, executive director, and Taylor Anderson, legislative expert and liaison to the Illinois General Assembly. Join us at 11AM CT on Monday, January 24, to learn about recent and potential changes in legislation at the state level, and implications for Illinois counties and local governments. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions during a Q and A at the end of each presentation. Read more here for further details and registration.

 

 
 

January 11 - Illinois Connected Communities Webinar Series (Part 2): Broadband Adoption

January 24 - Illinois State Legislative Update (Webinar)

February 23 - Annual Rural Community Economic Development Conference (Virtual)

 

 
 
 
 
 

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