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Business Services Overview


There are several programs that businesses can take advantage of to grow and develop their workforce talent.

Talent recruitment


Our Business Services Team will help to advertise openings, recruit and pre-screen candidates  based on your company’s specific needs.  Funded by the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership,  we are part of a workforce network in the Cook County area. Your job opportunities will be shared with across our network.  We can also host pre-screening events and connect you with ongoing Career Connector events where you can meet potential candidates.

Training Grants


The CFL Initiative provides the technical assistance to companies to identify grants and resources to help pay for training. This includes researching available funding programs and providing technical assistance submitting grant applications.  These programs are free to participating businesses.

Types of grants include but are not limited to:

  • On-The-Job Training (OJT)

OJT is funded in Cook County by the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership. OJT provides businesses up to six months of reimbursement of a new hire’s wages during the training period. OJT is designed to assist employers with the cost of training new hires in the skills required to be productive employees. Reimbursement rates range from 50 – 90%.  OJT enables you to train new hires to your businesses’ exact needs. The program is free to participating businesses. 

  • Employer Training Investment Program (ETIP)

The Employer Training Investment Program (ETIP) is an Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO) funded intiative. ETIP reimburses companies for strengthening their employees through training, leading to a stronger workforce and a more competitive business. Any work related training may be eligible for 50% reimbursement of total training cost. 

  • One Workforce Manufacturing Grant

This US Department of Labor funded initiative will cover up to 100% of the costs for upskilling incumbent manufacturing workers. Grant funds will cover the cost of training / courses at one of our 12 community college and training center partners to enable employees to advance within their role and/or the company.   Territory ranges from Kankakee to Joliet to Des Plaines, all of Chicago, and including Lake and Porter counties in Indiana.  For more information, please contact Eileen Vesey at [email protected]

Apprenticeship Programs

Do you have a Registered Apprenticeship program?  You might be eligible for workforce funding to cover Apprenticeship training costs. 

Contact our Business Services team at [email protected] to find out how to learn more about available services and grants.

Calumet Manufacturing Industry Sector Partnership

Calumet Manufacturing Industry Sector Partnership

The CMISP represents a collaborative effort to launch an unprecedented company-led sector-based partnership in the Calumet region that implements programs and activities to support job development, leverage limited resources, and spur economic growth.

CMISP leverages existing efforts in industry pipeline development in the Calumet region, underway through various simultaneous initiatives including the Calumet Green Manufacturing Partnership and the Chicago Metro Metal Consortium, to pull together industry champions and provide an employer-driven focus for the strategic alignment of resources.


The Chicago Federation of Labor Workforce & Community Initiative works to strengthen the income, health, and training of working people to create a pathway to the middle class and support stronger communities in the Chicagoland region.

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