Training, connecting and developing the workforce of Central Illinois.

Serving residents and employers through the Illinois workNet Center of Peoria and satellite offices in Fulton, Marshall, Mason, McLean, Stark, Tazewell and Woodford counties.

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Fulton County Employer Services

Local Employer Assistance Partnership (LEAP) Team

Serving Fulton County

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Canton Chamber of Commerce

The Canton Area Chamber of Commerce is an organization of community leaders who work to improve the community and business climate in the Canton area.  The Chamber works with businesses, citizens, educational and governmental partners to provide a positive business environment and to improve the quality of life and business in the Canton area.

For more information, contact Amanda Atchley, Executive Director, at 309-647-2677, Ext. 3 or

Career Link

A non-profit organization that administers the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, a federal job training program.  Career Link provides no cost services to employers. 

  • Apprenticeships Assistance – reimburses 50% of DoL Registered Apprentice’s wages up to 3,500 hours or $25,000.
  • Career Transition – provides Outplacement Service workshops for laid off workers, including presentations by Career Link, IDES, SRC, Illinois Office of Consumer Health Insurance and Navicore Solutions. 
  • Incumbent Worker Training – reimburses employers up to 100% training costs to upgrade current employees’ skills.  There is up to a 50% employer match, usually in the form of employees’ wages during training.
  • On-the-Job Training – reimburses employers 50-75% of an eligible new hire’s wages during training.  Contract must be in place before the individual is hired. New hire must be WIOA eligible.

Career Link serves businesses in Fulton, Marshall, Mason, McLean, Peoria, Tazewell, Stark and Woodford counties.  For more information, contact Norm Griffin, Business Service Representative, at 309-321-0255 or

Illinois Department of Employment Security

The Illinois Department of Employment Security encourages economic growth and stability in Illinois by providing Employment Services to Illinois residents and employers, analyzing and disseminating essential Labor Market Information and administering Unemployment Insurance programs.

  • Online Labor Exchange allows business owners access to thousands of resumes.  Business owners can use keyword matching and the filter process technology to search resumes and find the best candidate.
  • Onsite Recruitment Events – We can tailor a local hiring event to the needs of the employer by sourcing our database of over 1 million subscribers and sending an email blast to those with the skills the employer is recruiting.   
  • Work Opportunity Tax Credit – IDES administers the federal Work Opportunity Tax Credit program.  We routinely educate employers on the benefits of this savings program and the ease of the online filing process.
  • Illinois Labor Market Information – provides employers with employment statistics, job forecasts, wages and demographic characteristics.  IDES collects, analyzes and disseminates this information in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and Employment and Training Administration (ETA).  

For more information, contact Thom Pennell, Business Service Coordinator, at 309-671-3246 or

Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) connects businesses with a variety of resources related to Entrepreneurship and Small Business; Business Expansion and Relocation, and Community Development.

For more information, contact Tony Rolando, Senior Account Manager, at 309-338-4191 or

Illinois Dept. of Human Services, Division of Rehabilitation Services

The Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) administers the Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program for the State of Illinois.  The primary mission of the VR program is to successfully assist individuals with disabilities to prepare for, gain and retain successful employment.

  • Access to Talented Labor Force – DRS offers a trained talent pool for your business to consider when hiring.
  • Career Transition – if a company experiences layoffs, DRS can help your impacted employees who have disabilities re-tool.
  • Rehabilitation Technology Service – should a current employee develop a disability, DRS can help you adapt to keep a valued and trained employee.

For more information, contact Lizette Tripur, Public Service Administrator, at 309-671-8729 or

Spoon River College

The Spoon River College impacts its communities through offerings, partnerships, projects, new opportunities and leadership.

  • Career Services – SRC offers a job & internship database where job openings are posted free at SRC organizes annual job fairs with accompanying workshops on resume writing and interview skills.
  • Customized Training – Customized training for your business on computer programs, customer service, Social Media, and many other topics at your location or ours. Training options include specialized curriculum, flexible class schedules, and options for web-based training programs through Ed2Go at
  • Pre-employment eligibility services – SRC conducts KeyTrain training for local job applicants and WorkKeys testing for local employers. Department of Labor manual dexterity testing is also available. These services are offered at no charge.
  • Professional Development and Licensure – Many professions require continuing education or certification, and we’re here to help with topics such as Food Service Certification, CPDUs for teachers, Real Estate Continuing Education, Pharmacy Technician training, EMR-Paramedic training, and more!
  • Career & Technical Programs – Including computer tech certificates, Associates degrees, welding, allied health, nursing, etc.

For more information, contact Andrea Barbknecht, Director of Canton Community Outreach, at 309-649-6368 or or Brad O’Brien, Dean of Career and Workforce Education, at 309-649-6294 or


Spoon River Partnership of Economic Development

The Spoon River Partnership for Economic Development (SRPED) is nonprofit organization dedicated to serving as a catalyst for economic and community development by capitalizing on community partnerships, business development opportunities and implementation of programs and projects that foster growth and development.

  • SRPED Revolving Loan Fund – Through a revolving loan fund created with the USDA Rural Development Rural Business Enterprise Grant funding, the SRPED is able to provide gap or partial financing to applicants who have demonstrated a financing need and want to expand, create, or relocate a business to the Fulton County area.
  • Fulton County Development Community Corporation “FCCDC” Grant Fund – Micro-grants used for business creation and expansion that will generate community revenue and employment.

For more information, contact Missy Towery, Executive Director, at 309-647-2677, Ext. 2 or