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2014 June Issue

Right email approach may be the link to your next customer

    Sometimes the best “word-of-mouth” is the word you yourself put there.    For a businessman it’s the words typed into the subject line of an email, intended for potential customers.    Finding the right, catchy phrases can be the difference in making a sale or not. And nothing spells “delete” faster than nondescript, says Barry Coziahr,…

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Government Affairs Report:

Illinois State Chamber of Commerce By Douglas L. WhitleyPresident and CEOIllinois StateChamber of Commerce     Here is a wrap-up of some of the major legislative items passed out of the Illinois Legislature this year.    Sales tax sourcing second notice rules filed    The Department of Revenue’s Second Notice of Rulemaking was filed May 29 and…

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Money pours in for Alton food hub/incubator project

    ALTON — A business group’s plan to link local food growers, buyers and entrepreneurs is getting thousands of dollars in community contributions and gardens full of support.    The Great Rivers Market Fresh Network, a nonprofit project of the still-new Alton Area Business Development Association, was officially launched in May after some three years of…

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Plight of Gen X’ers affecting all of economy, experts say

    ST. LOUIS — It took about two days this past month for a panel of experts to distill down the problems that young, financially strapped Americans need only a minute to express: Things are rough, and they are not going to get better soon.    But which generation faces the roughest climb? It may come…

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Kathi Hill, Vice President and Senior Financial Adviser, Merrill Lynch

Spotlight on Southwestern Illinois: Women in Banking & Finance Kathi Hill, Vice President and Senior Financial Adviser, Merrill Lynch   By KATE GENO    When Kathi Hill started working in the financial services industry more than 25 years ago, there were many meetings where she was the only woman in the room. Today, female financial…

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