Local Business Headlines
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- Dollar General to relocate to new store in Alton
- SIUE’s Perez recognized as an Emerging Nurse Leader in Illinois
- Centerstone, WellSpring Resources finalize merger
- McCarter to challenge Shimkus for Congress
- National Retail Federation forecasts holiday sales to Increase 3.7 percent
- Midwest Business Institute speaker addresses Riverbend Women's Seminar
- Miner's Theatre to benefit from this year's Festival of Trees
Ameren presents laptops for early childhood programs
Ameren Illinois employees Eric Kozak, director of operations, which covers East St. Louis, and Paula Nixon, community relations coordinator, presented 11 new laptop computers to early childhood programs within the Greater East St. Louis Innovation Zone, Sept. 23. The laptops, made possible through an Ameren Illinois grant of $4,900 to Children’s Home and Aid Southern Region, will be used to help administer early childhood developmental screenings.
Haine, Beiser to host free veterans fair
From Illinois Business Journal news services
EDWARDSVILLE – State Sen. Bill Haine and state Rep. Dan Beiser, both Democrats from Alton, will play host to a free veterans fair from 1 to 4 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 15, at Edwardsville American Legion Post 199.
“There are many veterans services available but it can difficult to navigate them all. We want to bring these programs and organizations together under one roof to better serve our veterans,” Haine said.
“This is a streamlined opportunity for veterans to ask questions, get resources and explore career paths. We want to ensure veterans can access the benefits they have earned though their service to our country,” Beiser added.
The fair is aimed to provide career and educational opportunities for former service members as well as care and benefit information from public and private programs.
The veterans fair features:
• Information and services from state programs: Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Illinois Department of Employment Security, State Treasurer and Attorney General
• Madison County Veterans Assistance Commission
• Service dog provider: This Able Veteran
• College veteran service offices and the Illinois Student Assistance Commission
• Local organizations and programs
Food and refreshments will also be provided.
Haine asks that those interested visit www.SenatorHaine.com or call (618) 465-4764 to register.
Think Pink for Breast Health Awareness at St. Clair Square
From Illinois Business Journal news services
BELLEVILLE — On Saturday, Oct. 17, HSHS St. Elizabeth's Hospital and HSHS Home Care Southern Illinois will play host to a Think Pink for Breast Health Awareness event.
The event will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. at St. Clair Square’s Center Court, next to the newly sponsored play area on the lower level.
As October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month, the event will include information on preventative breast health, breast cancer services and breast cancer support. St. Elizabeth's and HSHS Home Care Southern Illinois will also be offering free glucose, cholesterol (requires fasting), bone density and blood pressure screenings, plus information will additionally be provided by, among others, HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital-Breese, HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital-Highland, HSHS Medical Group, Cancer Care Specialists of Central Illinois, Memorial and St. Elizabeth's Cancer Treatment Center, and Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program.
Guests are encouraged to wear pink in support of breast health.
Dr. Shelley Harris, interim chief executive officer for St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, said that, nationally, breast cancer affects 1 in 8 women.
Scott Credit Union serves as the official Breast Health sponsor of the event. Representatives will be on hand offering financial health information and will giveaway two St. Louis Rams tickets for the Breast Cancer Awareness game on Sunday, Oct. 25 at the Edward Jones Dome.
Several St. Clair Square Mall stores will also participate to support the awareness event. Dillard’s will offer in-store personalized bra fittings. Oasis will offer an interactive skin care table at the event, plus has donated attendance prizes and will offer 30 percent off on in-store purchases when wearing pink. Talbots has donated attendance prizes, Additionally, Kirkland’s staff will be supporting breast health and all women affected by breast cancer by wearing pink for the day.
For more information about this event, visit St. Elizabeth’s Web site at www.steliz.org, or to schedule an annual screening mammogram at HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, call (618) 222-4639.
Women’s Imaging services are provided at all the hospitals in the Southern Illinois Division of Hospital Sisters Health System, which additionally includes HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham, HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese, and HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland.
Downtown Alton Chili Cook-Off to be held Oct. 17 at Elijah P’s
From Illinois Business Journal
ALTON – Alton Main Street is inviting the public to the Downtown Alton Chili Cook-Off, to be held on Saturday, Oct. 17, from noon until 3 p.m. in the warehouse and pavilion at Elijah P’s, 401 Piasa St.
The Chili Cook-Off encourages local chefs, both amateur and professional, to match their favorite recipe with others in similar categories. Judges will award $100 prizes to winners in four categories: Individual, Organization, Business and Restaurant. The team chosen as “People’s Choice” will receive the coveted silver ladle and plaque and bragging rights.
In addition to awards for the best chili, Alton Main Street is also giving a $100 prize for the best-decorated booth. Guests will enjoy live rock, folk, blues and zydeco music from the Waters Trifecta.
Tickets are on sale now at the Alton Visitors Center, located at 200 Piasa St. in Alton, or by phone at (618) 465-6676. Tickets of $6 for adults and $3 for children will be available at the door, but last year’s event sold out at 1:30.