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rbgasmallbizdecALTON — The RiverBend Growth Association has named as its Small Business of the Month. is a local portal and community website created to generate interest in the River Bend area. The site, which launched on Halloween day 2005, was created by Alton native John Hentrich and his wife, Dawn, who had been involved in Internet marketing and website design for more than a decade.

Their first successful business, World Wide Wheels, was sold to and the profits were used to create The motivation was to see the area prosper and generate more local business. Dawn Hentrich passed away on Jan. 1, 2017, at the age of 48 in Alton. offers visitors local news and weather, autos, real estate, free classifieds, a business directory, high school sports, community videos, a restaurant and entertainment guide, coupons and shopping, forums and a community calendar of events.

The RiverBend Growth Association selects a small business to honor each month. Winners are selected based on a scoring system that awards points for number of years in business, number of employees, overcoming adversity and community service. For information on visit

Do you know a small business worthy of this honor? Nominate them by using the form on this page –

The RiverBend Growth Association is the chamber of commerce and economic development organization for the 11 communities known as the Riverbend. For more information about the Growth Association, visit or call (618) 467-2280.

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