Precision Electrical and Lighting Supply named July Small Business of the Month
Congratulations to owners Deb and Mike Webb on being selected as the July 2015 Small Business of the Month. Precision Electrical & Lighting Supply, located at 502 E. Bethalto Drive in Bethalto, is a family-owned, locally owned business that offers a wide range of electrical and lighting supplies for residential and commercial projects. They have the only dedicated lighting and ceiling fan showroom in the Riverbend area and offer lamp repair and they specialize in hard-to-find light bulbs. Precision Electrical & Lighting Supply is an Ameren Act on Energy partner and is committed to working with customers to convert existing lighting to energy efficient alternatives. For information on Precision Electrical & Lighting Supply, visit www.precisioninbethalto.com or call (618) 377-6413.
Route 3 Films named September Small Business of the Month
Congratulations to owner Ryan Hanlon of Route 3 Films on being selected as the September 2015 Small Business of the Month. Route 3 Films is a business that revolves around video storytelling. Route 3 Films is about helping people, telling great stories and bringing high-quality filmmaking to the Riverbend community. Ryan can help people grow their business by letting them tell their own story and produce a great film. Some of Ryan’s productions are with King Air Conditioning & Heating, Lewis & Clark Community College, Marquette Catholic High School and Riverbend Head Start & Family Services. Visit www.route3films.com to see firsthand how Route 3 Films can impact your business with your story. Contact Ryan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Under the Sea at Business After Hours
For the seventh year in a row, 1st MidAmerica Credit Union and the Wood River Aquatic Center hosted the August Business After Hours networking event at the Wood River Round House. This year several RBGA members partnered with them to showcase their businesses: Bella Milano, Cope Plastics, Fritz Distributing, Jack Schmitt Chevrolet of Wood River and Sweet Sisters Cakes and Confections. In addition to the monthly networking opportunities and the refreshments, these hosts take it a step further and add an “entertainment” piece that included a three-step competition — costume and two water activities. Three teams competed for the traveling trophy: 1st MidAmerica Credit Union and two teams from the Wood River Aquatic Center, with one of the Aquatic Center teams taking the win. Attendees enjoyed delicious food and beverages from Bello Milano, Robert “Chick” Fritz Distributing and Sweet Sisters Cakes and Confections. Generous door prizes were given away, all compliments of the hosts. Business After Hours networking events are held monthly from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and the locations vary each month. All attendees experience endless networking opportunities, delicious food and beverages and information about the hosts and RBGA.
Journey opens at Argosy
The RiverBend Growth Association recently participated in the ribbon cutting and grand opening of Journey, the fine dining option at Argosy Casino Alton. The restaurant has a breathtaking view of the Clark Bridge, the Mighty Mississippi and spectacular sunsets. It is located in the old Outfitter restaurant quarters. The restaurant features a beautiful wood appearance throughout the restaurant. The menu includes delicious steak and seafood entrée options, a wonderful appetizer menu and a wide choice of delicious side items. The menu is diverse and includes handmade desserts created by the chefs, a nice wine list and craft and draft beers including locally brewed Templar and some IPAs. Journey is open from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday through Sunday to start and Jeff Ledford is executive chef.
SNIP Alliance holds ribbon-cutting ceremony
The volunteers of SNIP Alliance hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony to educate the community on their services. SNIP Alliance is dedicated to reducing pet overpopulation; therefore, reducing the number of animals euthanized yearly at animal control facilities. SNIP Alliance provides education to the public on the benefits of spay-neuter, acting as a resource for those seeking low-cost spay-neuter services, and providing low-cost spay-neuter clinics to the public. For more information on SNIP Alliance, visit www.snipalliance.org.
Illinois lieutenant governor visits Riverbend
The RiverBend Growth Association and Lewis & Clark Community College sponsored a breakfast where Illinois Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti discussed her state duties and sought input on her role as chair of the Rivers Coordinating Council, chair of the Local Government Consolidation and Unfunded Mandates Taskforce, chair of the Governor’s Rural Affairs Council and chair of the Interagency Military Base Support and Economic Development Committee.
Evelyn is proud to serve the residents of the state of Illinois as their 47th lieutenant governor and the first Latina lieutenant governor in the entire country. She is a working mother of three and an attorney by trade. She was formerly an adjunct professor of law and a Wheaton City Councilwoman. Following graduation, Evelyn moved to Chicago to attend The John Marshall Law School, where she developed an understanding and passion for the law and for Illinois. Evelyn soon joined Illinois Attorney General Jim Ryan’s office as an assistant attorney general, where she fought to protect the people of the state of Illinois. In 2010, Evelyn suffered an accident while walking on Wheaton city property. Subsequent medical examinations revealed that she has multiple sclerosis. Evelyn vowed to never let her MS stop her. She proceeded to run for, and win, an election to the Wheaton City Council on a platform of delivering efficient, streamlined government. As lieutenant governor of Illinois, Evelyn is committed to fighting for all Illinois residents. She applies the same passion to her new role that has propelled her throughout her life, from humble beginnings in Hialeah, Fla., to becoming Illinois’ first Latina lieutenant governor.
The audience of more than 70 enjoyed a wonderful buffet breakfast by LCCC’s Chef Gabe, and then many toured the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center with the lieutenant governor.
More information about the Growth Association and all these events can be found at www.growthassociation.com. Reservations are requested for all of our events so that we have adequate accommodations for our members. Call us at (618) 467-2280.