IBJ_logo_011017

IBJ Business News

SCORE plans luncheon series

    SCORE is kicking off a Lunch and Learn Business Series from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, July 16, at Associate Bank, 6550 N. Illinois St., Fairview Heights.
    Participants should bring their lunch. They’ll get basic instructions on business entities; focus on the various forms of sole proprietorships and limited liability companies; discuss with lawyers pros/cons of each form; discuss how to select the proper form of business; and talk to lawyers about patents, trademarks and copyrights.
    Other sessions are planned during the same hours for Monday, Aug. 17, at Godfrey Village Hall, 6810 Godfrey Road, Godfrey (focused on transition planning and the purchase and sale of businesses); and Monday, Sept. 14, at St. Louis Regional Airport, 8 Terminal Drive, East Alton (focused on gaining a business advantage).
    Participating lawyers include Curtis Bailey, of Huffman Law Offices, PC in Shiloh; Kathy Smith, of Alton; and Jeff Roberts, an attorney with offices in Jerseyville and Alton.
    No registration is necessary. For more information call (618) 830-9069.

New executive director joins Foxes Grove

    WOOD RIVER — Foxes Grove Supportive Living Community has named Stacey Noble-Loveland as executive director.
    Noble-Loveland was most recently the Care Transitions coordinator for Senior Services Plus.  She received a master’s degree in gerontology from Lindenwood University in 2012.  A native of Alton, she is a member of numerous organizations and serves as board president of Alton Main Street; as an ambassador for the RiverBend Growth Association, as well as a mentor for their Young Adults Committee; as a member of the Adult Advisory Committee for the Riverbender.com Community Center and for The Older Adults Health Council; and as co-chair of the Madison County Networking Professionals Group.

Open house for small-business owners

    HIGHLAND — The Illinois Metro East Small Business Development Center, in partnership with the City of Highland and SCORE, will hold an open house for small-business owners and entrepreneurs at the Highland City Hall on Tuesday, July 28, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Certified small-business counselors will respond to business questions, discuss growth opportunities and connect people to potential resources.
    Everyone is welcome during the open house hours, but if you prefer a personal 30-minute appointment with a counselor, contact: Lisa Peck, community and economic development director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (618) 654-9891.

Session on Medicare at Alton Memorial

    ALTON – OASIS will present “Welcome to Medicare” from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 14, in Alton Memorial Hospital’s Hatch meeting rooms.
    The location and time have changed from those originally announced.
    The free program focuses on topics important to people who will soon be eligible to enroll in Medicare for the first time. Participants will receive an overview of Medicare Parts A & B, the Prescription Drug Plan (part D), Advantage Plans and Supplemental Plans (Medigap).
    Additional topics include free Medicare Preventive and Wellness Services, and Medicare financial assistance programs such as the Medicare Savings Program and the Low Income Subsidy (Extra Help).
    Presenters will also provide a synopsis of the Senior Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) counseling program and information on how to access services. The program is not connected with any private insurance organization.
    Register by calling 1 (800) 392-0936.

MCT to increase ridership fees

    GRANITE CITY — The Madison County Transit board of trustees has approved a plan to adjust bus fares for the first time since 2009. The adjustments will take effect Sunday, Aug. 16.
    Among examples of fare changes, the MCT Shuttle service is going from $1 to $1.50; the MCT Regional is going from $2 to $3; and the MCT Express is going from $3 to $3.50.
    The board also authorized a second round of public meetings in July to gather feedback on a Phase Two adjustment that would take effect in November. Proposed potential adjustments would include development of new fare products, a revised structure for MCT’s fare boundaries and the elimination of transfers and route specific fare modifications.

Scott, MidAmerica get funds for service road

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Mike Bost, R-Murphysboro, says Scott Air Force Base and MidAmerica Airport will receive a grant in the amount of $272,580 from the U.S. Department of Transportation for the first phase of constructing a 2,260-foot service road to improve the safety and efficiency of operations.
    “Protecting and improving critical infrastructure at this airport will have a positive economic impact on the region,” Bost said.