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Godfrey to launch economic campaign with flavorful event
GODFREY – The Village of Godfrey is preparing a "kickoff" event to unveil a new branding campaign to focus on growth and quality of life.
The evening will include a "Flavors of Godfrey" showcasing local restaurants. It will be Tuesday, March 10, at the Hatheway Cultural Center at Lewis and Clark Community College. Registration will begin at 5:45 p.m. with the tasting beginning at 6. The presentation will start at 7 p.m. For reservations dial (618) 467-2290.
Region's first food conference planned in Godfrey
Illinois Business Journal staff report
GODFREY - The Alton Area Business Development Association has teamed up with Lewis and Clark Community College to host the region's first local food conference at the college on March 31.
The event will take advantage of the growing interest locally of farmers markets, farm-to-table, community supported agriculture and related topics. It will be from 7:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. The cost is $15 when purchased online at MarketFreshNetwork.org and $20 at the door.
"If you're a farmer, nutritionist, food producer, entrepreneur, restaurant owner, caterer, economic developer, food retailer, food distributor, hospital, school district, senior living institution, government official, or anyone interested in growing their business or community through local food, you should get a front row seat," said event planner Ron Tanner, of BiG iDEA Workshops.
The event, titled Opportunities in Local and Regional Foods Conference, will feature speakers from the Illinois Farm Bureau, USDA Rural Development, and other partners including Illinois-Metro East Small Business Development Center, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, Madison County Community Development, BiG iDEA Workshops, University of Illinois Extension, Trailnet, Feast Magazineand St. Louis Regional Chamber.
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BBB seeks nominations for outstanding companies
From IBJ news services
ST. LOUIS - Better Business Bureau is now accepting nominations for its 2015 TORCH Awards, which recognize companies and charities that are committed to exceptional standards for ethical business practices and outstanding service to their customers, employees, suppliers and communities.
Customers may nominate their favorite companies as potential winners. Companies and charities also may nominate themselves through an online form or by downloading, printing and mailing a form from the BBB website.
A panel of past TORCH Award winners will select the 2015 recipients.
BBB is looking for businesses and nonprofits that others will want to emulate. Nominees must show creativity in their ability to manage customer expectations, provide excellent customer service and resolve disputes. They must demonstrate the ways they inspire their workforce to adopt and communicate their ethics and further their mission. They must embody truth in advertising and help foster ethics within their industry and community.
Local entrepreneur receives SBDC expertise on life story publishing project
From Illinois Business Journal News Services
EDWARDSVILLE - Bringing people together to share their life stories, entrepreneur and Chief Story Publisher Mike Stith created OneLegacy.com. The new business preserves experiences for the ages while individuals are still around to tell them firsthand.
Stith, 60, an Edwardsville resident, knows well that life sometimes leads you down a different road than the one you may have planned. One of those divergent roads, a road Stith himself has traveled, included the bittersweet experience of caring for loved ones near the end of their lives. In the same month that he was laid off after nearly 30 years as a global call center executive, Stith's mother and sister became terminally ill. These unexpected challenges came to Stith when he was already functioning as the primary caregiver for his father.
"I was honored to be with my mom and my sister at the end of their lives, and I was privileged to care for my dad, who is still with me," said Stith. "It was something I didn't aspire to in my life plan, and yet now realize that my entire career had been preparing me for this next chapter.