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SWIC to host spring job fair April 20

    BELLEVILLE A Spring Job Fair will take place from 9 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, April 20, in the Varsity Gym at Southwestern Illinois College, 2500 Carlyle Ave.
    All job seekers should arrive dressed to impress with plenty of copies of their résumés. The job fair is open to the public.
    A free workshop, “Make a Job Fair Work for You,” provided by SWIC Southwestern Illinois workNET staff, will run every 30 minutes beginning at 8:30 a.m.
    More than 75 employers representing a variety of career fields are expected to attend the fair. Represented career fields include education, nonprofit, financial services, security, law enforcement, retail sales and more.
    Visit for more information.

Korte Company named contractor of year

    During the 19th Annual Spotlight Awards, The Korte Company was named General Contracting Firm of the Year by the NAIOP Southern Nevada Chapter. The Spotlight Awards honors distinguished companies in the local development community who positively impact the industry and increase awareness through outstanding achievements.
    The Korte Company was recognized for its work on the Discovery Children’s Museum, located in downtown Las Vegas. The 54,000-square-foot tenant improvement project was the recipient of an Honors Award.
    “We are honored to be named as the General Contractor of the Year, and it is a direct reflection of the partners, subcontractors and vendors we work with,” according to Greg Korte, president of The Korte Company’s Las Vegas division.
    The Korte Company, founded in 1958, is headquartered in St. Louis, with offices in Highland, Ill.; Norman, Okla; and, Las Vegas The company manages, on average, an excess of $200 million in annual construction volume.
    The Korte Company’s project expertise includes building for federal, state and local government agencies as well as the design and construction of healthcare facilities, medical office buildings, warehouse/distribution centers, religious facilities, commercial buildings, schools, recreation centers and office complexes.

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SBDC planning small business workshops

    The Illinois Metro East Small Business Development Center is planning two more sessions of its workshop, “Starting a Small Business in Illinois.
    They will take place:
    – Wednesday, April 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Village of Hartford Hall, 140 West Hawthorne Ave.
    – Wednesday, April 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Peer 151, 15 N. First St., Belleville.
    Both events will feature a one-hour “Social Media Workshop” from noon to 1p.m.
    Walk-ins are welcome, or you may schedule a 30-minute appointment by contacting Jo Ann Di Maggio May,
    (618) 650-2929 or

Conservancy group annual dinner set

    FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS – HeartLands Conservancy’s annual dinner will feature organic beer tastings and highlight the 2nd Annual Green Leaf Achievement Awards presentation.
    The annual dinner will be held on April 19 at Four Points by Sheraton in Fairview Heights.  The networking reception and beer tasting (for adult attendees), will begin at 5 p.m.
    The awards celebrate achievements in different areas of environmental awareness—from individuals to groups to businesses.  
    Tickets cost $45 (or $40 for HeartLands Conservancy members). Contact Kim O’Bryan, Development and Special Events Coordinator, at (618) 566-4451 ex. 10 or email

Emig-Hill to receive Distinguished Service Award from SIUE

    Southern Illinois University Edwardsville double alum Camille Emig-Hill, a communications expert, business and financial services professional, and community and youth supporter, will receive the university’s Distinguished Service Award at its May 2016 commencement.
    Emig-Hill achieved a bachelor’s in mass communications and journalism in 1972 and a master’s in business administration in 1977. She will appear at the ceremonies scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 6, and 8:30 a.m. Saturday, May 7.
  While working on her undergraduate degree, Emig-Hill worked at the Alestle, where she held many positions from reporter to editor. She also met her husband at the campus newspaper. Bob Emig was the sports editor at the time.
  After graduating from SIUE, Emig-Hill began her career in business communications with Ralston Purina. Later, she worked 30 years at Anheuser-Busch, where she retired as director of human resources shared services.
  Throughout her career, Emig-Hill has been actively involved with her alma mater. She has returned to campus numerous times to speak to students and fill communications openings at her companies with SIUE graduates.
    In the late 1990s, Emig-Hill joined the SIUE Department of Mass Communications Alumni Advisory Board. During her tenure, she set up an endowment in the name of her late husband, Robert Emig, who was a 1971 SIUE mass communications alumnus. The annual scholarship is to support worthy mass communications students.


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