‘Encore entrepreneurs’ invited to roundtable in Fairview Heights

Startup businesses run by people 50 and older are being encouraged to attend a workshop planned in Fairview Heights on Tuesday, Nov. 5. The details are included in the poster shown here. Contact any of the sponsoring agencies for additional information, which can also be found on the homepage of the Metro East Business Incubator,…

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SIUE School of Engineering dedicates Fowler Student Design Center

The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Engineering celebrated the grand opening of the state-of-the-art Fowler Student Design Center on Wednesday, Oct. 30. The Fowler Center was made possible by a generous $1.25 million gift from the Fowler Family, combined with other contributions from major donors such as Ed Grady and Ralph Korte. “As we…

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Craven selected for prestigious training program

Darcella Craven, president of the Veterans Business Resource Center in St. Louis, has has been selected as a scholar in the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses  program. Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses is  program to help entrepreneurs create jobs and economic opportunity by providing greater access to education, capital and business support services. To date,…

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Edwardsville-based Donco, LLC to become Utilitra in 2020

Edwardsville-based Donco, LLC has publicly unveiled its new name, “Utilitra.” Chairwoman and CEO Candice Fowler said the name officially launches in 2020. Fowler said as the company has grown, she realized the old name no longer fits. “Our success and growth had forced us to step back and evaluate a name that truly embodies our…

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Siteman Cancer Center to open Nov. 4 in North County

Siteman Cancer Center at Northwest HealthCare, located near Interstate 270 and Graham Road in Florissant, Mo., will begin seeing patients Nov. 4. The $26.3 million facility will feature state-of-the-art technology, care by Washington University physicians and a close affiliation with Christian Hospital, which owns and operates Northwest HealthCare. Based at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University…

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Illinois Coal Association names new president

The Illinois Coal Association Board has named a new president, Nick Williams, has been to succeed Phil Gonet as president of the group. He will start on Dec. 1 and assume the position of president on Jan. 1.  Williams, an Illinois native, is currently the associate director of the Illinois Petroleum Council. Williams has previously…

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College athletes endorsement bill OK’d, heads to Senate in November

Sponsor calls recent NCAA move a ‘PR stunt’ which ‘completely lacks substance’ By JERRY NOWICKI, Capitol News Illinois Jnowicki@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – A bill allowing college athletes in Illinois to be paid for the use of their image, name and likeness passed the state House Wednesday with broad bipartisan support after lengthy debate. Rep. Emanuel “Chris”…

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SBA extends operations of Disaster Loan Outreach Center in Madison County

The U.S. Small Business Administration announced Wednesday the extension of operations at the Disaster Loan Outreach Center in Madison County until Nov. 6. “I encourage anyone who has not completed their disaster loan application to visit the center and meet with a customer service representative for one-on-one assistance,” said Kem Fleming, director of Disaster Field…

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Property-tax pressures mount across Illinois amid pension burden

Police and fire pension costs in towns and larger cities outside Chicago have grown at a greater rate than property taxes. That is forcing some city leaders to make tough decisions on services and staff. By TIM JONES and JARED RUTECKI, Better Government Association In the heart of Illinois, the city of Peoria cut its…

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Electric supply rates decrease, Ameren Illinois tells customers

Electric supply rates for residential customers who receive electricity from Ameren Illinois are 5 percent lower than last year, the company said in a statement Wednesday morning. A typical residential customer who uses 10,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity per year will see annualized savings of approximately $22. “This is good news for customers who opt…

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