About 350 people attended the Community Job Fair in Aurora Friday afternoon.
Individuals seeking work were able to walk in from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Prisco Community Center to speak with companies with immediate openings. Amazon, Prairie State Legal Services, LTD Commodities, Liberty National, Heartland Blood Centers and Edward Jones Investment were among 12 businesses at the fair.
Paula Helms attended the fair because she heard about it from an Invest Aurora mailing.
“I just happen to be in the market for jobs,” Helms said. “This is perfect timing. I think this event is very important and should be continued in the future.”
The Quad County Urban League and the Quad County African American Chamber of Commerce collaborated with Invest Aurora, the city’s economic development group, to host the event.
Judy Dawson, developmental specialist at Invest Aurora, said the event went well.
“We’ve received an overwhelming, positive response,” Dawson said. “It helps connect our employers with our phenomenal workers.”
The event was a perfect fit for the Quad County African American Chamber of Commerce, said Sherman Jenkins, an Aurora alderman who is also on the group’s board of directors.
“Our mission is to give people career opportunities,” Jenkins said. “We will continue to work with our members and businesses to help people obtain career opportunities.”
There are plans for another Community Job Fair in the future, Dawson said.