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  1. 1. the Business EDGE Serving Business, Encouraging Growth in Southwestern Illinois Volume 6 DECEMBER Issue 12 The Ambassador Committee celebrates the Spirit of Christmas with Community Hope Center IN THIS ISSUE On Tuesday, December 9, 2008, the breakings, open houses, and Business Ambassador Committee of the RiverBend after Hours networking events. They Growth Association partnered with the volunteer to work at our special events Upcoming Event Community Hope Center by hosting a which are the Annual Duck Race, page 2 toy drive to assist the Community Hope Annual Dinner, Annual Riverbend Center’s annual giving mission. Golf Classic, State of the Riverbend Luncheon and the Women’s Welcome our Newest Members Each December, the Ambassador Conference. This committee also page 4 Committee members gather together to assists the Membership Committee celebrate the holiday season. This year the in the recruitment and retention of the ambassadors treated themselves to lunch at membership. Mayor Report - Grafton Gentelin’s on Broadway, where the food and page 9 service was fabulous and the banquet room A BIG THANK-YOU to every 2008 was full of holiday atmosphere. Ambassador Committee member for The Ambassador Committee of the RiverBend their generous gift of volunteerism: Bill Aery Growth Association partnered with Community Ribbon Cuttings Each committee member was secretly of Godfrey Lions Club, Nancy Baahlmann Hope Center in collecting toys for their annual page 10 assigned the name of another committee of Beverly Farm, Gwen Baalman of holiday toy drive. member for a gift exchange. Each ConocoPhillips Wood River Refinery, Karen committee member bought a child’s toy that Baker-Brncic of Alton Marina, Dorrie Ball Office Products, Laura Schwartzkopf of represented something about the recipient. of KevCor Construction Services, Jenni Schwartzkopf Printing, Lexie Werner of They brought the gift to the party wrapped Beck, Mary Boulds of the City of Alton, Sally Lockhaven Country Club, Donna Thornton and tagged with the information on whom it Crook of Suncon Designers & Builders, of Southern Illinois Real Estate Center, Pam was going to and who it was from. After the Loretta Dawdy of WBGZ, Dorothy Droste, Whisler of the Village of Godfrey, Denise recipient opened their gift, the “giver” had Debbie Frakes, Linda Funk of Regions Wolff of First Clover Leaf Bank and Tina to explain why they bought that toy for that Bank, Jerry Gibson of the Village of Godfrey, Zumwalt of Saint Anthony’s Health Center. committee member. All of the toys were then Jennifer Hasamear of United Way, Janae donated to Community Hope Center! What Hausman of Olin Community Credit Union, For more information on the Community a fun way to give back to the community! Gary Hoggatt, Jr. of National Bank at Hope Center and how you can support their Edwardsville, Phil Kammann of Airport Bowl, community outreach efforts, please contact 5800 Godfrey Road - Alden Hall The stories shared with each other during Debra Kannel of Cornerstone Bank & Trust, their development director, Angela Valdes, Godfrey, Illinois 62035 this “toy exchange” were funny, heart Therese Kuddes of Kuddes Advertising, by calling 618-462-2331. warming and sometimes, emotional. The Marlene Lewis of Alton Memorial Hospital, Phone: 618-467-2280 atmosphere this “toy exchange” created is a Sue Lowrance of the Village of Bethalto, To experience your Fax: 618-466-8289 memory that none of us will ever forget. Karen McAtee of TheBANK of Edwardsville, fine dining tastes, Char McAllister of Girl Scouts of the River please call Sarah The Ambassador Committee is a group of Bluffs Council, Jeff Maclin of WBGZ, Brenda at Gentelin’s on Growth Association members who represent Moore, Kristen Orban of The Telegraph, Broadway at 618- the RiverBend Growth Association as a Jackie Parks of Liberty Bank, Dick Propes 465-6080. public relations body. The main focus of this of Alton Youth Symphony, Jenny Robison committee is to aid the Growth Association of Shell Community Federal Credit Union, Ambassador Jerry in maintaining our visibility in the community. the late Otto Rice of the City of Wood Gibson with the Village The Ambassador committee provides this River, Amy Schaake of Dr. Frank Bemis of Godfrey was Santa’s helper during the toy visibility by generously volunteering their and Associates, Christy Schaper of Royal drive. time to attend our ribbon cuttings, ground A monthly publication of The River Bend Growth Association... Your Regional Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Agency
  2. 2. page 2 • Tuesday, December 23, 2008 Business Edge THE TELEGRAPH Board of Directors 2008 Kent Scheffel, Chairman Ambassador of the Month Therese Kuddes of Kuddes Advertising Upcoming Meetings and Melissa Erker, Past Chairman David Miller, Chair-Elect Events Mike Fitzgerald, Treasurer 1/1 Office Closed I am Therese Kuddes and my husband, Kevin, 1/7 New Member Orientation, Dale Blachford and I own Kuddes Advertising Specialties. I RBGA, 12:00 David Braasch have been selling advertising specialty items 1/8 Young Adults Committee, 8:15 Mayor Michael Campion since 1983. 1/8 Business After Hours, TheBANK Karen Cooper of Edwardsville, 5:00 Jeff Davis 1/9 Promotions Committee, I am a member of The River Bend Growth Larry Franklin Paradise Donuts, 8:15 Tobie Grover Association and have been since 1990. I 1/13 Ambassador Committee, Cathy Hamilton currently am an Ambassador and serve on the Beverly Farm, 11:30 Pam Heepke Membership and Education Committees. 1/19 MLK Holiday – Office Closed John Keller 1/20 “Let’s Talk’ on WBGZ, 10:00 1/21 Total Networking Luncheon, Jeannine Kelly I am a member of St. Ambrose Catholic Church where I serve on Castelli’s Moonlight at 255, Mark Kratschmer the Parish Pastoral Council and Eucharistic Minister to Rosewood 11:30 E.J. Kuiper Care Center in Alton. 1/22 Annual Dinner, Lewis and Clark Jeff Lauritzen Community College, 5:00 Rich Mersinger I was born in Louisville, KY where I graduated from Mercy 1/26 Membership Committee, Food N Don Reedy Fermentation, 11:00 Academy High School and attended Western KY University. My Bill St. Peters husband, two dogs and I live in Godfrey. We have 2 sons, Ben Mayor Don Sandidge Rob Schwartz is a Civil Engineer in Rogers, AR and Brian is an Assistant Golf Jim Shrader Professional in Springfield, IL. I enjoy quilting and sewing. Cindy Smalley Jack Tueth Brenda Walker McCain Martha Warford Purchase your tickets for the 2009 Annual Dinner Denise Wolff Jess Woodman Mark your calendars for The Growth Association’s Annual Dinner on Thursday, January 22, 2009, in the Commons at Lewis & Clark Community College. Ex-Officio Directors Mayor Kenny Beasley This event starts with a social hour at 5:30 p.m. and dinner begins promptly at 6:15 p.m. Mayor Fred Bright Invitations have already gone out! Mayor Steve Bryant Mayor Marjorie Doerr Tickets for the dinner are $55 per person and a corporate sponsorship is $650 which Mayor Felix Floyd includes a table for 10, a bottle of wine and recognition in The Growth Association’s Mayor William Moore, Jr. Annual Report. Mayor Richard Mosby Mayor Fred Ufert Supervisor Don Huber Growth Association Chairman Kent Scheffel of Lewis and Clark Community College will Supervisor Doug Mueller officially turn over the gavel to 2009 Chairman of the Board of Directors David Miller of Supervisor Dorothy Nagy St. Louis Regional Airport. Dr. Dale Chapman Brett Stawar The evening will also include the presentation of the Chairman’s Awards from the David Elson Growth Association as well as awards from the Alton Regional Convention and Visitor’s Deborah Kreutztrager Bureau. John Pearson Sandra Wilson For reservations or additional information, please contact Joell Aguirre at Jesse Hopkins 467-2280 or Jack Jacoby William Kessler Support The River Bend...Buy Locally
  3. 3. THE TELEGRAPH River Bend Growth Association Tuesday, December 23, 2008 • page 3 December 2008 Small Business of the Month Winner The Grapevine Congratulations to Julie Warren and Grapevine, please visit their website Jill Vinyard-King and their staff at The at or call 618-462- Grapevine. They are the River Bend 6502. Growth Association’s Small Business of the Month winner for December If you would like to nominate a 2008! business for The River Bend Growth Association’s Small Business of the The Grapevine is located at 121 Month, please fill out the form below Market Street in Alton (across from and mail it to The River Bend Growth Lincoln Douglas Square.) Julie and Association, 5800 Godfrey Road, Jill opened their children’s boutique Alden Hall, Godfrey, IL 62035 or in 2002, with one’s style being a bit contact Joell Aguirre at jaguirre@ trendy and one’s style being a bit classy. The resulting mix is fun and unique clothing with exceptional Business Name _________________ quality at reasonable prices for boys and girls ages preemie to size 7. The Business Phone_________________ Grapevine’s offerings include, but are not limited to, hair accessories, Owner or Manager_______________ shoes, tea sets, christening outfits, Reason for nomination ___________ big brother big sister assortments, Julie Warren, co owner of a children’s boutique in downtown Alton, The outerwear, toys/books and much ______________________________ Grapevine, proudly accepts the December 2008 Small Business of the Month more. award from Award Committee chairperson Amy Schaake of Dr. Frank Bemis & Nomination submitted by (optional) __ Associates. To congratulate Julie and Jill on their award or for more information on The Support River Bend Development...Join the Growth Association Today!
  4. 4. page 4 • Tuesday, December 23, 2008 Business Edge THE TELEGRAPH Welcome our newest members who joined during the month of November 2008 Club Paws, Inc. a nice place to watch over their best with clients, helping them to $5.00 to $150.00. Our fresh meat Jackie Spiker friend. Daycare is included for all pets understand and make sense of the counter features USDA Choice meats 299 E. Elm Street staying with Club Paws. investment options available today. cut by Mike Neuhaus Sr. who has Alton IL 62002 Edward Jones is headquartered over 55 years of experience. We have (618) 463-9983 Edward Jones in St. Louis. The Edward Jones beer and wine tasting events every Tim Epps, Financial Advisor interactive Web site is located at month in our new dining room. Sign Club Paws, Inc. is owned and 1837 Homer Adams Pkwy., Suite G-1, and its up for our e-newsletter to learn what’s operated by Jackie Spiker and Kim Alton IL 62002 recruiting Web site is happening at Food N Fermentation, Lee of Alton. The company provides Member SIPC. 6017 Godfrey Road, Godfrey IL. (618) 465-2640 pet services such as Grooming, Edward Jones provides financial Daycare (pet sitting), and Boarding. services for individual investors Evangelical United Church of Miller’s Insurance Solutions The club for pets is located in an old in the United States and, through Christ Jean Miller warehouse type building, this provides its affiliates, in Canada and the Reverend Jerry MeCaskey 4600 Valley Dale Rd. a perfect environment for the pets United Kingdom. Every aspect of 1212 W. Homer Adams Parkway Godfrey IL 62035 to run and play all day long without the firm’s business, from the types Godfrey IL 62035 (618) 466-1901 being outdoors in the elements. The of investment options offered to the (618) 466-6077 Miller’s Insurance Solutions was club is designed to reflect an outdoor, location of branch offices, is designed established in 2001 by Jean & Terry back yard setting using fencing to cater to individual investors in the Miller. Miller’s Insurance Solutions instead of walls as barriers. Families communities in which they live and specializes in Life, Health, & Annuities Food ‘N Fermentation can drop off their pets on their way work. The firm’s 10,000-plus financial for both individuals and businesses, to work and pick them up on their Phyllis and Dan Bechtold advisors work directly with more than with office hours Monday thru way home, just like a two legged 6017 Godfrey Road 7 million clients to understand their Friday 9:00a.m. to 5:00p.m., with daycare. While at Club Paws pets personal goals -- from college savings Godfrey IL 62035 weekend and after hour appointments learn social skills, some manners, to retirement -- and create long-term (618) 466-6111 available. Miller’s Insurance Solutions and get to enjoy a day of play while investment solutions that emphasize Food N Fermentation specializes in offers a variety of plans and products. you are out. The grooming is done by a well-balanced portfolio and a buy- fine wines, micro brew beers, gourmet For additional information please April Smith who has been grooming and-hold strategy. Edward Jones food items, fresh meats, and a hot contact their office at 466-1901. pets for 10 years. Boarding is for embraces the importance of building and cold deli. We have over 300 micro anyone who travels and is looking for long-term, face-to-face relationships brews and 300 fine wines priced from Support The River Bend...Buy Locally
  5. 5. THE TELEGRAPH River Bend Growth Association Tuesday, December 23, 2008 • page 5 Identity Theft – Could it Happen to You? Actually, it could happen to • Be aware - fraudsters can strike in or fees on their winnings. Article submitted by Shell Community anyone – someone you don’t know any state, city, or town. Don’t think, • Annual credit report - you may Federal Credit Union is running up charges on your credit “It won’t happen here.” now order a free copy of your card, opening accounts, establishing • Be cautious - if something credit report every year. Go to Information taken collectively from cell phone service, and taking out appears out of the ordinary; check to and © 2008 Credit Union National Association Inc. Reprinted with loans in your name…with your good with your credit union or bank so request yours today. permission credit. All an identity thief needs is they can do further research. a little bit of information to do a lot of • Review account histories and damage to your financial well-being – average balances to identify and your credit report. unusual circumstances. “The power of the RiverBend Growth Association is that With just a few key facts about • Stay in touch with current scams: you (all too easily obtained) such as -Counterfeit money orders and it can represent all the business stakeholders in the your full name, your Social Security checks printed with high-quality region. The Growth Association has been important over number, an account number, a paper and graphics. Fraudsters the last few years as a voice of the impacts of potential password/PIN, your previous address, use these counterfeit instruments legislation on our large manufacturing industries and or your mother’s maiden name, to obtain funds from unsuspecting the implications that potential proposals may have on an identity thief could make you a victims. victim of the fastest-growing crime in -Overpayment by check, typically the small business either directly or indirectly. To have America. You probably won’t know several thousand dollars, with a a strong voice that represents the region is critical about it until months – or even years request to wire transfer the excess to ConocoPhillips as well as to any business in the – later. to another financial institution. RiverBend.” Crimes like this will continue to Several forms of this scam often happen to more and more people begin on the Internet. - Melissa Erker, Government and Community Relations Director, if we don’t proactively try to protect -“You’ve won” the international ConocoPhillips Wood River Refinery. ourselves. You can start today. lottery. This scam tells recipients There are simple steps to take: they’re required to pay taxes and/ Support River Bend Development...Join the Growth Association Today!
  6. 6. page 6 • Tuesday, December 23, 2008 Business Edge THE TELEGRAPH Looking Back on 2008… The RiverBend Growth Association had another successful year supporting our local businesses. Members enjoyed 26 networking events: 11 Business After Hours, 6 Total Networking Lunches, 5 Breakfast Connections and 4 Quarterly Economic Updates. Our 5 events (the Annual Dinner, Duck Race, The Riverbend Golf Classic, For Women By Women training seminar and the State of the Riverbend Luncheon) were all well Dwight and Cheryl Werts of Werts Welding and Regions Bank employees Jeff Lauritzen, Jami attended. We partnered with 34 businesses/ Eberwein and Matt Waters enjoy the 2008 Duck 2008 State of the RiverBend award winners: organizations in ribbon cutting celebrations Race at Raging Rivers Water Park in Grafton. President of Helmkamp Construction Brad Farrell, and 3 ground breaking ceremonies. We Mayor Steve Bryant of the Village of Bethalto, met and built stronger relationships with Kerry Smith and Al Ortbals of the Illinois Business six of our local high schools. We recruited Journal, Rob Schwartz of TheBANK of Edwardsville over 75 new members to our organization. and Mayor Fred Ufert of the City of Wood River. Committees met each month to work on special projects and events. More than 3,000 volunteer hours were generously donated from our supportive members. Thank-you, RiverBend Growth Association members for your involvement, your support and your guidance in 2008. With your continued involvement, 2009 will be great too! John Keller of Carrollton Bank sponsored a team in 2007-2008 Young Adults Committee Charity the 2008 River Bend Golf Classic on June 20, 2008, Check Presentation: The Young Adults committee, at Lockhaven Country Club. consisting of junior and senior representatives from our local schools, presented United Way a check for $1,150. United Way was the recipient of the proceeds from the Young Adults fundraiser, Battle Sally Roth of of the Bands 2007-2008! Regions Bank was the guest speaker at the Women’s Seminar on September 19, 2008, sponsored by January 2008: Annual Dinner award winners: 2008 the RiverBend Chairman Kent Scheffel of Lewis & Clark Community Growth College, Chairman’s Award winner Harold Johnson Association of SCORE, Chairman’s Award winner Dwight Werts and SCORE. The RiverBend Growth Association celebrated with of Werts Welding, Ambassador of the Year Gary many local and state officials in a ribbon cutting Hoggatt Jr. of National Bank at Edwardsville, Small ceremony celebrating the IL 255 extension opening Business of the Year Imo’s Pizza owners Shelli to Seminary Road. Armanees, Annette Wilson and Charlie Downs and 2007 Chairman Melissa Erker of ConocoPhillips Wood River Refinery. Support The River Bend...Buy Locally
  7. 7. THE TELEGRAPH River Bend Growth Association Tuesday, December 23, 2008 • page 7 Growth Association Honors all 12 Small Business of Month Winners What is this award called Small Business of the Month Award? What must a business/organization do to win this award? They must be nominated by anyone in our community and they must complete the application for consideration. Once the application is completed, this business’s application goes before an awards committee of 12 Growth Association members. Each business that has a completed application is given a score for the following categories: years of service, number of employees, reputation, community service, appearance, innovation and response to adversity. The business with the highest score wins the Growth Association’s monthly Small Business of the Month Award. Laclede Community Credit Union broke ground in The monthly award recipient receives the following $2400 publicity package: the opportunity to attend April 2008 and opened their doors in November the Growth Association’s monthly show on WBGZ talk radio, be our guest at the Growth Association’s 2008 at their newest location at 301 Mechanical networking breakfast or luncheon where they will be recognized and awarded with a plaque, a 2-sided Lane in Bethalto. yard sign to display at their business, a featured story in The Telegraph newspaper, recognition in the Growth Association’s Business Edge, displayed on the Growth Association’s board that travels to Business After Hours and become eligible to win the annual Small Business of the Year award. Contact the Growth Association to nominate a deserving business! Congratulations to the 2008 Small Business of the Month Winners: Moonlight Restaurant - January 2008 Backyard Dreams - February 2008 Berger Automotive - March 2008 Waltco Tools - April 2008 Dentistry with TLC - May 2008 Agha Designs - June 2008 Quality Buick Pontiac GMC Cadillac - July 2008 Jim Murphy’s Complete Landscaping - August 2008 The RiverBend Growth Association hosted four Gebbs Total Video - September 2008 economic updates throughout the year, with the Be Well Now - October 2008 intent to educate the membership on economic Illinois Business Journal - November 2008 issues pertaining to southern Illinois. Pictured The Grapevine - December 2008 here is the transportation committee who brought Mary Lamie of IDOT to speak at the June 2008 To nominate a business for the Growth Association’s Small Business of the Month Award, please fill out economic update: Transportation Chairman, this nomination form and return it to the RiverBend Growth Association. The Growth Association’s Awards Attorney Dean Sweet; Martha Warford of Beverly Committee will follow up with the nominated business and get them the application to fill out. For questions Farm; Dave Miller of St. Louis Regional Airport; about this program, please contact Joell Aguirre at 467-2280 or Mary Lamie of IDOT; Godfrey Economic Developer Matt Asselmeier; Curt Westrich of Heneghan and Small Business of the Month Nomination Associates; and Scott Reichmann of Contegra Business Name ______________________________________________________________ Construction Company. Owner or Manager____________________________________________________________ Reason for nomination ________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ Nomination submitted by (optional) _______________________________________________ Mail to: RiverBend Growth Association Attention: Joell 5800 Godfrey Road, Alden Hall, Godfrey, IL 62035 or Fax to: (618) 466-8289 The RiverBend Growth Association celebrated 11 Business After Hours networking events in 2008. In Members August 2008, over 350 members enjoyed the evening participated at the Wood River Aquatic Center: the late Otto in a speed Rice of the City of Wood River, Donna Thornton of networking Southern Illinois Real Estate Title Center, Dorrie Ball event at the of KevCor Construction Services, Jess Woodman of Breakfast Woodman Collision Center and Don Reedy and Janae Connections in Hausman of Olin Community Credit Union. April 2008. Support River Bend Development...Join the Growth Association Today!
  8. 8. page 8 • Tuesday, December 23, 2008 Business Edge THE TELEGRAPH Time to Sell…or Time to Buy? We’re in a recession, which could be as we are now in, you may indeed to consider some important facts. For severe. Several financial services benefit by not only staying invested, example, if you pulled out of the stock And here’s another reason to keep companies have either collapsed or but also increasing your investment market and purchased certificates of investing: As measured by the price- been bailed out by the government. dollars in the financial markets. deposit (CDs) from a strong financial to-earnings ratio (P/E), stocks are And the stock market is down about Consider this: In nine of the last ten institution, you could reasonably currently inexpensive. If you buy 45 percent since hitting its peak in recessions, dating back to 1949, the expect that your principal will be safe more shares when prices are down, October of 2007. Is this a “perfect S & P 500 had moved up by at least and that you will receive the interest your increased ownership stake storm” that should blow investors out 29 percent just 12 months after hitting payments promised to you. But the should become more valuable when of the market — or is it actually an its lowest point during the recession. interest rate you receive may not stocks recover — as they have done opportunity for investors to jump back Of course, as you’ve no doubt heard, even keep up with inflation, so, over following every bear market in the in? past performance is no guarantee time, your investment could end up past. of future results, but it’s interesting costing you purchasing power. If you’re an investor, your first impulse to note that the market eventually It’s tough to stay positive during a might be to join the “get out while you recovered after each recession. On the other hand, if you were to gloomy market environment. But the can” camp. After all, it’s no fun seeing remain invested in the stock market, most successful investors are often the market plunge hundreds of points However, no one can really predict and if it does follow historical the ones who have the courage to one day — and then hundreds more when stocks will reach that low point. patterns, you do have a chance of be optimistic when everyone around the next day. And we keep getting It’s possible we’ve already hit it, but making up your losses. Will there be them is not. hit by waves of bad economic news. it’s just as likely that we’ll see further continued volatility in day-to-day price What possible reason could there be drops. movements? Almost certainly. But This article was written by James for remaining invested in the market, keep in mind that, over the long term, Claywell, Financial Advisor with or even adding more dollars to your And yet, even if you can’t say that a portfolio that contains a reasonable Edward Jones. James can be current investments? we’ve hit a market low, should you amount of stocks, along with bonds, reached at 618-467-2073. sell your stocks to “cut your losses” government securities and other Actually, you might be surprised. and use the proceeds to buy what you investments, gives you the best Some strong historical evidence perceive as less risky investments? chance of achieving your financial suggests that, during a period such Before making this move, you need goals. Support The River Bend...Buy Locally
  9. 9. THE TELEGRAPH River Bend Growth Association Tuesday, December 23, 2008 • page 9 Thank you to our members who have renewed their membership investment for 2009 Members paid December 1 through December 16, 2008 Boys & Girls Club of Bethalto George G. Burnett Chapter of Credit Oasis Women’s Center 62 Sports Group By Design Unions Olin Community Credit Union - Bethalto Abatement Management, Inc. CALC, Institute of Technology Girl Scouts of River Bluffs Council Paradise Donuts Action Appraisals Carpenters Local #377 Godfrey Lions Club Paynic Home for Funerals Affordable Dentistry Today - East Alton Catholic Children’s Home Goulding’s Jewelry Peckham Guyton Albers & Viets, Inc. Alton Area Animal Aid Association Chicago Title Insurance Company Grafton, City of Piasa Motor Fuels, Inc. Alton Automobile Co. Citizens State Bank of Shipman Great Rivers Land Trust Picture This and More Alton Bell Community Credit Union Clark-Wiegand Financial Services Greenville College, Adult Degree Premier Vending Alton Community Unit School Dist. 11 Club Paws, Inc. Completion Prudent Investor Services Alton Marketplace Comfort Homes Haine, Senator William R. Pyrotech, Inc. Alton Memorial Sales Inc. Community Counseling Center Hayner Public Library District Raifort Commerce Park Alton MultiSpecialists ComPAS Helmkamp Automotive Service, Inc. Regal Beagle Alton Museum of History & Art Inc. Cornerstone Church Helmkamp Construction Co. Rinderer’s Home Health Care Pharmacy Alton Regional Convention & Visitors Corridor 67 Hoefert, John, Attorney Riverbend Family Ministries Bureau Culligan Water Conditioning Illinois Manufacturing Extension Center Riverbend Logistics Solutions, Inc. Alton Square Mall Curves Illinois Valley Economic Development Riverboat Lanes Alton Symphony Orchestra Dick’s Flowers, Inc. Corp. Robert “Bob” Sanders Waste Systems, Alton-Wood River Sportsmen’s Club Dippel, Betty Imo’s Pizza, Alton Pizza LLC Inc. America’s History Museum of Godfrey Duke Bakery, Inc. IMPACT, Inc. Roberts Ford Chrysler Jeep Apartment Community of Our Lady of the Eagle Publications, Inc. J.J. Wuellner Construction Rose Lawn Memory Gardens, Inc. Snows East Alton-Wood River High School Jeffrey’s Flowers By Design Safety Partners, Ltd. Arms of Love Pregnancy Resource Center District 14 Jim Murphy’s Lawn & Landscaping Saint Anthony’s Health Center Availability, Inc. Edward Jones Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwich Shop Scheffel & Company, P.C. Backyard Dreams, Inc. Edward Jones Investments Johnson’s Corner Inc. Schlosser, C.J. & Co., L.L.C. Barrett Heating & Cooling Inc. Evangelical United Church of Christ Johnson’s Hearing Center Slayden Glass, Inc. Baxter Distributing Co., Inc. Federal Steel & Erection Company Kane Mechanical Inc. Southern Illinois Real Estate Title Center Beall Mansion First Clover Leaf Bank - Wood River Krueger’s Orchard St. Ambrose Catholic School Beiser, State Representative Dan Food ‘N Fermentation Lakin Law Firm, The St. Louis Regional Airport BethMor Park - Quality Homes by Design Formea Animal Hospital Long, J. Thomas, Attorney At Law Suncon, Inc. Designers & Builders LLC Freer Auto Body Loy, Kenneth E. & Company, P.C. Today’s AdVantage Bowl Haven Lanes Gent Funeral Home, Inc. Luken Agency, Inc., The Tolles Realty Mac’s Sealing & Striping Unique Boutique Madison County Employment & Training United Way of Greater St. Louis Department Ursuline Sisters Madison County Urban League Veolia Water North America Mail Box Store, The Villa Rose Senior Living Community Marquette Catholic High School WBGZ Marshall, Jerry L., D.M.D. West Central Development Council - The Maurices Job Center Mederi CAREtenders Wood River Refinery History Museum Metro Supply & Equipment Co. Woodman Collision Center, Inc. Midwest Mowing, Inc Wooff Realtors Miller’s Insurance Solutions YWCA Mississippi Mud Pottery, Inc. Moneris Solutions Money Matters Funding Source Morrissey Contracting Company, Inc. Support River Bend Development...Join the Growth Association Today!
  10. 10. page 10 • Tuesday, December 23, 2008 Business Edge THE TELEGRAPH Marquette Catholic High School Celebrates With A Curtain Call…. By Design, Alton’s Newest Boutique Owner of By Design, Lillian Guccione Bates, celebrates with family and friends in her grand opening of her boutique on Wednesday, November 26th. Growth Association members on hand to welcome Lillian into the community are: Denise Wolff of First Marquette Catholic High School Clover Leaf Bank, Jeff Maclin of WBGZ, Gary Principal Mike Slaughter, along with Hoggatt of National Bank at Edwardsville, play director Sue Mueller, proudly Mary Boulds with the City of Alton, Karen display their new stage curtain with McAtee of TheBANK of Edwardsville, Kristen several Marquette Catholic High Orban of The Telegraph, Jackie Parks of School students, family and friends. Liberty Bank and Jenny Robison of Shell Community Federal Credit Union. Marquette Catholic High School proudly displayed their new stage curtain on One of the newest boutiques in Alton, Friday, November 21, 2008, by celebrating with a ribbon cutting. Several family By Design, located on the ground floor of the Mississippi Lime Building in downtown and friends of Marquette Catholic High School attended the ribbon cutting to Alton, opened their doors on Wednesday, November 26, 2008 and celebrated with a show their support for the local catholic high school. ribbon cutting ceremony. Sue Mueller, director of the high school plays at Marquette Catholic High By Design, owned by Lillian Guccione Bates, is a boutique where a customer can find one-of-a-kind pieces of clothing, accessories and fiber related art. By Design School, played a large part in securing the stage curtain for future productions. also has two unique offerings that will enhance and expand women’s fashion options: Marquette Catholic High School Principal Mike Slaughter was excited when Waist Not and Boot Leg. Waist Not is a lined skirt with no hem or waistband. Sue came to him and shared her vision for the future of the theater for Customers pick out their skirt according to their hip size and then the skirt is fitted to Marquette. “When Sue came to me and shared her vision, there was no the individual. Boot Leg is a boot shaft that fits over your own shoe. If you’ve ever stopping her,” stated Slaughter. “It’s a beautiful enhancement to our school experienced difficulty of boots or boots that don’t fit due to a muscular calf, this Boot and we are very proud of this,” Slaughter added. Leg may be the answer. For more information regarding By Design and their unique boutique, please contact For more information on Marquette Catholic High School, please visit their Lillian by calling 618-304-2747 or by visiting her website at website at Support The River Bend...Buy Locally
  11. 11. THE TELEGRAPH River Bend Growth Association Tuesday, December 23, 2008 • page 11 Are you financially exposed? MAYOR REPORT – Richard Mosby, City of Grafton By: Tom Lane, State Farm® agent Grafton is doing well after rebounding from two Many people realize the need for loved ones. life insurance but keep putting it off Assumption #3: My family and I are floods and a mudslide. Residential development until it is too late. You may think that covered by the group insurance at has slowed, but is still steady as Grafton continues life insurance is confusing, expensive work. to grow. We are continuing with a major water and complicated. You may think • To meet the future needs of your main improvement in the lower part of the City. The you don’t know enough to make family, you need to have 7 to 10 three phases of this project include a connection to the right decisions for you and your times your annual income. Most loved ones. Postponing this decision group term insurance amounts Illinois American Water Company, which will greatly leaves you and your family exposed offered by employers won’t meet improve the quality of our water. financially. this need. And, when you don’t Assumption #1: I’ll always be able to work for that employer any longer, The Grafton Chamber of Commerce and local businesses have buy life insurance. you usually lose that coverage. many fun and interesting events planned for this coming year. • You could develop a health Assumption #4: My husband has life condition that makes you insurance so I don’t need it. New businesses have recently opened and more will open soon, uninsurable or could make life • Women often live longer than featuring restaurants, wineries and shopping. There will be a lot insurance too costly for you. men but not always. There are for people to see and enjoy when they come to Grafton. Assumption #2: I’ll get life insurance countless stories of men who had later when I’m older or have a family. to shoulder the family financial • Life insurance may be needed at burden along with the emotional all stages of life. Whether married burden after their wife passed family’s life. Having life insurance information or to review your current or single, male or female, with away. can reduce financial concerns for policy, please contact my office or children or without, you may have Assumption #5: My family can cover the family. your insurance professional. financial obligations that need to funeral and burial expenses. Take the time now to review your be met. Life insurance provides • Burying a spouse or loved one needs and provide adequately for financial security for you and your is the most stressful time in a yourself and your family. For more Support River Bend Development...Join the Growth Association Today!
  12. 12. page 12 • Tuesday, December 23, 2008 Business Edge THE TELEGRAPH Support The River Bend...Buy Locally