The Greater Beloit Chamber of Commerce (GBCC), is excited to welcome the following leaders to its board of directors:

Workforce Development | All Members Conference Call

Department of Workforce Development

All-Member Conference Call

Southern Wisconsin Workforce Development BoardPlease join us for an All-Members Conference Call with the Department of Workforce Development and the Workforce Development Board.


  • 10:00 – Introduction: GBCC
  • 10:05 – Workforce Challenges & Initiatives
  • 10:15 – Rock County Economic Update
  • 10:30 – DWD Resources
  • 10:40 – Workforce Development Board Resources
  • 10:50 – Q&A
  • 11:00 – Adjourn


Amy PechacekAmy Pechacek
A government administration strategist with two decades of executive leadership experience, including serving as the Deputy Secretary for the Wisconsin Department of Corrections and directing numerous public programs for Milwaukee County.

Tom PethanTom Pethan
A research analyst advanced in DWD’s Office of Economic Advisors. He is the Southwest WDA Regional Economist and is a senior contributor for the research unit. Pethan graduated with a B.S. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a M.A. in Economic Development from Vanderbilt University.

Rhonda SudaRhonda Suda
The Chief Executive Officer of the Southwest Wisconsin Workforce Development Board, Inc. She has more than 20 years of demonstrated effectiveness in the areas of workforce programs, youth programs, personnel management, multi-site HR administration, labor relations, employee development, compensation and benefits, and employee health and safety.

Dave ShawDave Shaw
In the employment and training industry in Southwest Wisconsin for the past 29 years and has worked at the Department of Workforce Development for the last 21 years. He is currently a DWD regional job service director. With a home base at the Rock County Job Center, Shaw serves the counties of Columbia, Dane, Dodge, Jefferson, Marquette, Sauk, Grant, Green, Iowa, Lafayette, Richland and Rock.

Next week, many local residents will receive a phone call from a polling firm asking questions regarding how they feel about life in the greater Beloit area.

Each year the Greater Beloit Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors award four, $500 grants to organizations in the Greater Beloit Region. We received over 14 applications this year from various non-profit Chamber members.

I participated in quite a few events in 2020 – GBCC did an amazing job with the virtual platform. I attended numerous Rising Professional virtual events to continue networking, connecting, and professional/personal development.

Watch the video capture of this event from Tuesday May 2nd, 2021.

Watch the video capture of this event from Wednesday February 24th, 2021.

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We encourage people to look at the PPP program, and really check to see if you qualify. The SBA changed a couple of the loan calculations, and some people are finding out they qualify now when they didn’t last year, especially in the ag industry.

[APPLICATIONS CLOSED] The Administrative Assistant will provide support to the Executive Director and other GBCC staff in all administrative duties.

Each year the Greater Beloit Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors award four, $500 grants to organizations in the Greater Beloit Region.

We will be giving out 4 grants at $500 each. The deadline is Monday, November 30th, 2020, 5pm

The Chamber is at the center of the business community in Beloit, and becoming involved with the Chamber by raising your hand to participate is required to be an active community partner.

We find participating on community boards affords us the opportunity to give back to the community and remain accessible to those we serve.

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