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Meetings and Training

Merchant Meetings
The City Economic Development Department hosts quarterly Merchant Meetings at 8 a.m. at City Hall. Meetings are held in Council Chambers, 109 James St. Meetings include introduction of new businesses, training, networking, and information on upcoming marketing opportunities and events. Upcoming and previous agendas for the Downtown Merchants Meeting can be viewed in the city's Agenda Center.

2015 Merchant Meeting Schedule:
February 18, 2015
May 20, 2015
August 19, 2015
November 4, 2015

Frontline Training
Frontline Training is a complimentary two-hour educational program hosted by the Economic Development Department for all business owners and employees. Attendees learn Geneva history so they can better tell “the Geneva story.” They will brush up on customer service skills which will build repeat business; they will learn what local resources exist; and how to engage customers to shop at another store, dine in Geneva, or come back for a special event. The class is held in February. Contact your block captain to learn more, or call the Economic Development Department at 630-938-4555.

Frontline Training was held Tuesday, February 3, 2015 and Wednesday, February 4 2015. The dates for 2016 will be announced by November 2015.

Updates to Frontline Training Materials
For those who received an Ask Me About Geneva book from a previous Frontline Training session, 2015 updates to your book are now available

State & Federal Programs
In addition to the programs offered by the City of Geneva, state and federal programs have been established to help small business development. Low cost seminars are also offered through the SBDC at our local Waubonsee Community College.