April 2009It’s everyone’s business.CommonGroundPRST STDU.S.POSTAGEPAIDEDWARDSVILLE, ILPERMIT # 29

connectExecutive DirectorsChamber StaffKelly Wagner, PresidentFirst Clover Leaf BankMatt McSparin, First Vice PresidentIndividual MemberJay Blanquart, Second Vice PresidentBlanquart Jewelers & Corp. GiftsMarc Voegele, Third Vice PresidentExpress Employment ProfessionalsMike Marshall, TreasurerAnderson HospitalBruce Coury, Past PresidentIndividual MemberCarol Foreman, Executive e Bennyhoff,Communications [email protected] Daniels,Membership/Board [email protected] Kotsybar,Greeter Service & Events [email protected] CarrollHortica Insurance & Employee BenefitsKelly CobbCulver’s of EdwardsvilleJoan FreyMiss Bailey’s Poppy PatchEmily GatesIndividual MemberMichael LengacherThe Scheffel CompaniesSteve McRaeI.C. ManagementPaul MillardTheBANK of EdwardsvilleDr. Lelan OlsenOlsen Veterinary ClinicMark RichardsonMML InvestorsLen ScaturroCrushed Grapes Ltd.Pat SlaughterFitness 4 Life Physical TherapySteve SmithThe Edge BankTodd SiviaSivia Business & Legal Services, PCSkip SponemanWal-MartGloria Pugh,Accounts Payable & [email protected] Promoting economic opportunitiesRobert JackstadtMayor of Glen CarbonGary NieburMayor of EdwardsvilleEd HightowerEdwardsville School District #7Erika KennettThe Alliance of Edwardsville/Glen CarbonContributorsSteve Hartman, Creativille Inc.Creative Director, Brand IdentityDevelopmentOn the coverEdwardsville Public LibraryA unique community resource, the Edwardsville Public Library supportsinformational, educational and recreational needs and interests. Withconvenient, creative, patron-friendly access to materials and services, thelibrary seeks to inform, inspire, enrich and amaze the growing community.In 1819, just one year after Illinois became a state, the first lending library inEdwardsville was established. The history of the present library building andthe Edwardsville Free Public Library as a municipally supported institutionbegins in 1903, when Andrew Carnegie furnished 12,000 to erect a librarybuilding. The site selected by the city was the City Park, bordered by Kansas,Park, Buchanan and Vandalia streets.The present library is more than double the original size and providesprograms for all age groups, an automated catalog and Internet access.Desirée BennyhoffEditor, Layout/Design, Contributing WriterMarci Winters-McLaughlin andSteve Rensberry, The IntelligencerPhoto ContributorsMission StatementThrough commitment andinvolvement of its Members, theEdwardsville Glen Carbon Chamberof Commerce provides leadership forthe benefitof the business community by: Advocating the interests ofbusiness Providing members with educationand resources Encouraging mutual supportNewsletter NotesArticles for the Chamber of Commerce newsletter must be submitted by thesecond Monday of the preceding month for placement in the next month’s issue.Monthly distribution: 1,000 issues.Send comments or questions about Common Ground to [email protected] 2007 Edwardsville and Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce, 200 University Park Drive,Suite 260, Edwardsville, Illinois 62025. (618) 656-7600, www.edglenchamber.com2009 Advertising Rates:MonthlyRateColorCharge1/8 Page1/4 Page1/2 PageFull PageBack Page 32 65 110 210 310 7 10 15 20IncludedBook One Year of Advertising in CommonGround and Receive a 15% Discount.CommonGround200 University Park Drive, Suite 260Edwardsville, Illinois 62025Phone: (618) 656-7600Fax: (618) 656-7611www.edglenchamber.comCall (618) 656-7600 for details Common Ground April 2009Edwardsville Glen Carbon

Special InvestorseventsGold LevelAnderson HospitalWal-Mart4/8Wednesday 4pmProfessional Education SeriesBusiness Survival Strategies:Managing aBalanced Workforceat Neruda Restaurant & Bar4 Club Centre Court, Suite AEdwardsville, Illinois 62025Silver LevelAmerenIPAT&TGateway Regional Medical CenterHorticaTheBANK of EdwardsvilleBronze LevelAshley Furniture Home StoreAssociated BankBest BuyCassens & SonsCassens TransportCity of EdwardsvilleCommerce BankEden Village Retirement CommunityEdwardsville School District #7Edwardsville Publishing CompanyFirst Clover Leaf BankHoliday Inn CollinsvilleHurford Architects, Inc.Juneau Associates, Inc., PC.Madison Mutual Insurance Co.MetLifeMeridian VillageNational City BankReady Mix ServiceRed Robin Gourmet BurgersRichards Brick CompanyRoyal Office Products, Inc.R.P. LumberSandberg, Phoenix & von GontardShop ‘N’ SaveSouthern Illinois University EdwardsvilleVillage of Glen CarbonWellCare Health PlanWest & Company, L.L.C.YTBPremier Level‘62 Sports GroupAbstracts & Titles Inc.Adecco Staffing ServicesAmerican Family InsuranceAngel’s Food & Ice CreamAnnie’s Frozen CustardAssociated Physicians GroupAssurance BrokersBaugher Financial & Assoc. Inc.Bella Milano RestaurantBrickman OrthodonticsByron Gerber Petri & Kalb, LLCBull and Bear Grill & BarBully’s SmokehouseCaulk’s CollisionChicago Title InsuranceCoffey & McCracken Law Firm P.C.Coldwell Banker Brown RealtorsCollision Plus Auto BodyComfort InnCountry Hearth Inn & SuitesCrawford, Murphy, & Tilly, Inc.Culver’s of EdwardsvilleDATAJACKS, Inc.Days InnDenny’sDr. Hal R. Patton, D.D.S.DRDA Electric CompanyEagle Publications, IncEberhart Sign & Lighting Co.Edwardsville Nursing & RehabilitationEdwardsville Pet HospitalElmwood Nursing and RehabExcelegy Consulting GroupExtra Help, IncFCB Edwardsville BankFitness DesignsFirst American TitleFirst BankChamber of CommerceFirst Mid-Illinois Bank & TrustFirst National Bank - MaryvilleFitness 4 Life Physical TherapyForensic IT, IncFountain View ManorGateway CenterGateway GrizzliesGlik’s Department StoreHampton Inn & SuitesHawthorne Animal HospitalHenderson Associates Architects, Inc.Holiday Inn ExpressHurford Architects, Inc.Illinois Dept. of Employment SecurityImaging Center of Southern IllinoisIMO’S PizzaJan’s Hallmark ShopJ.F. Electric Inc.Kentucky Fried ChickenKitchenlandKurt’s Carstar Collision CenterLaPetite AcademyLee’s ServicesLouer Facility PlanningMagnuson Camelot HotelMarket BasketMaryville Women’s Center & Med SpaMastroianni OrthodonticsMedical Billing Solutions, Inc.Metro LimousineMid-America Catering & LaundryMidwest Occupational MedicineMinuteman PressMt. Everest AirNerudaNoble Roman’s PizzaOCE ImagisticsOffice DepotOffice MaxOpen MRI of Southern IL, LLCPartners Personnel ServicesPhelps ConstructionPiedmont Development Corp.Pizzini Distributing CompanyProSource Wholesale FloorcoveringsPrudential One Realty CentreRed RobinReed, Armstrong, Gorman, Mudge &MorrisseyRegions BankRH DonnelleySchnuck’sScott Credit UnionShell Community Federal Credit UnionSherrill Associates, Inc.Shoe CarnivalSivia Business & Legal ServicesSouthern Illinois UnderwritersStonebridge DevelopmentSprintSSM Home CareStahly Cartage Co.Stonebridge Golf ClubSunset Hills Country ClubSunset Hills Family DentalSuper 8 Pontoon BeachT-MobileThe Scheffel CompaniesThe TelegraphThink Tank PRThouvenot, Wade & Moerchen Inc.Today’s AdvantageTraveling Tails InnUniversity Nursing & RehabilitationUSO of MissouriUS BankValley View Cemetery, Mausoleum &Funeral HomeVerizon WirelessWells Fargo Home MortgageWenzel & AssociatesWise Choice Coffees4/10 [email protected] Hills Country Club2525 Highway 157 SouthEdwardsville, Illinois 620254/14 Tuesday4pmRibbon CuttingDaVita Dialysis2130 Vadalabene DriveMaryville, Illinois 620624/22 Wednesday 4pmRibbon Cutting & Open HouseEvolution Detail20 B Kettle River DriveGlen Carbon, Illinois 620344/23 Thursday4pmRibbon CuttingSimply Smiles100 Magnolia DrGlen Carbon, Illinois 620344/23 Thursday5pmRibbon CuttingCurves10B Edwardsville Professional Pk.Edwardsville, Illinois 620254/15 Wednesday 4pmRibbon CuttingInspired BalanceChamber of Commerce Office4/24 [email protected] by Frye Chiropractic& Laser Center, LLCat Bella Milano1063 South State Route 157Edwardsville, IL 620254/16 Thursday5–7pmBusiness After HoursGlen Carbon Vision Center11 Junction DriveGlen Carbon, Illinois 620344/24 Friday5–7pmYPG Final Fridayat Neruda Restaurant & Bar4 Club Centre Court, Suite AEdwardsville, IL 620254/20 Monday4pmRibbon CuttingThe Goddard School801 S Arbor VitaeEdwardsville, Illinois 620254/30 Thursday5–7pmBusiness After HoursSIUE School of Pharmacy200 University Park Drive(next door to Chamber office)Edwardsville, IL 620254/21 Tuesday4pmRibbon CuttingEberhart Sign & Lighting Co.28 A Kettle River DriveGlen Carbon, Illinois 62034save the date5/[email protected] by Ed Glen YPGat Bella Milano1063 South State Route 157Edwardsville, IL 620255/14 Thursday4pmRibbon CuttingExtra Help Inc.5214 Chain of Rocks RoadEdwardsville, Illinois 620255/14 Thursday5–7pmBusiness After HoursExtra Help Inc.5214 Chain of Rocks RoadEdwardsville, Illinois 620255/20 Wednesday 4pmRibbon CuttingTreo Salon2123 South State Route 157Edwardsville, Illinois 620255/22 [email protected] by ThinkTank PRat Bella Milano1063 South State Route 157Edwardsville, IL 620255/28 Thursday5–7pmBusiness After HoursCrushed Grapes/AmericanFamily Insurance1500 Troy RoadEdwardsville, Illinois 62025Common Ground April 2009

connectbusiness afterhours [email protected], promote your business, and talk with other business people facingto meet other business people in a smaller group setting without takingthe same challenges as you. All are welcomed and invited to attend. Horstime away from your busy day. This fun, fast-paced, members-only “speedd’ oeurves and beverages are provided. A business card raffle and 50/50networking” event is designed to get you in, fed, connected, and on yourdrawing will occur at approximately 6:00 pm. Entry fee is 5. This is anway in 60 minutes or less.The purpose of a networking mixer is to meet new people, make newCan’t make a Business After Hours? [email protected] is a great wayexcellent networking opportunity!4/2 Thursday5–7 pmEden Village Retirement Community400 South Station RoadGlen Carbon, Illinois 620344/16 Thursday5–7 pmGlen Carbon Vision Center11 Junction DriveGlen Carbon, Illinois 620344/10Fridaynoonby Sunset Hills Country Clubat Sunset Hills Country Club2525 South State Rt. 157Edwardsville, Illinois 620254/24Fridaynoonhosted by Frye Chiropractic & Laser Centerat Bella Milano1063 South State Route 157Edwardsville, IL 620254/30 Thursday5–7 pmSIUE School of Pharmacy200 University Park Drive, SuiteGlen Carbon, Illinois 62034 Common Ground April 2009Edwardsville Glen Carbon

The NewlyConnectedAmeriprise FinancialServices Inc.Chris DykstraComprehensive financial planning,investment and insurance services20 Edwardsville Prof. Pk., Ste. BEdwardsville, Illinois 62025(618) 655-0420www.ameriprise.comBassett Furniture & DesignKaren SchillerIndependent designer workingwith Bassett Furniture & Design10899 Lincoln TrailFairview Heights, Illinois 62208(618) 394-9700www.bassettfurniture.comB. J. MeyersIndividual1709 Partridge PlaceEdwardsville, Illinois 62025(618) 659-3932Charter BusinessLauren GarrettBroadband communicationssolutions941 Charter Commons DriveTown and Country, Missouri 63017(636) 387-6591www.charter-business.comDaVita DialysisDialysis services235 South Buchanan St.Edwardsville, Illinois 62025(618) 692-9217www.davita.comEl MagueyManuel BarajasMexican restaurant1534 Troy Rd.Edwardsville, Illinois 62025(618) 659-3744Chamber of CommerceIllinois BusinessConsultingLiezl BowmanHigh-quality, affordable businessconsulting with U of I students2015 Business InstructionalFacility, MC-520Champaign, Illinois 61820(217) 244-5744www.ibc.illinois.eduLeadership Council ofSouthwestern IllinoisPatrick McKeehan200 University Park Drive, Ste. 240Edwardsville, Illinois 62025(618) 692-9745Mayfield MedicalServices, Inc.Amy DeConciniMedical equipment servicing200 W. Central St.Bethalto, Illinois 62010(618) 377-0100www.mayfieldmedical.comThe Journey: Metro EastSteve MizelChurch24 Ginger Creek ParkwayGlen Carbon, Illinois 62034(618) 863-8448 Ext. IllinoisTourism BureauJo Kathman10950 Lincoln TrailFairview Heights, Illinois 62208(618) 397-1488 or (800) 442-1488www.thetourismbureau.orgThrivent FinancialBrent StanleyFull service wealth management229 ShadowbrookeTroy, Illinois 62294(314) 313-3451www.thrivent.comFrom The Deskof Carol ForemanIt’s an exciting time to live andwork in the Edwardsville andGlen Carbon areas. The recentannouncement of the UniversityTown Center development bringswith it a promising future for ourcommunities. We are activelyinvolved in the process andstrive to keep Ed Glen Chambermembers informed. Check ourWeb site to stay current as welearn more exciting news.Our dedication to keeping members connected demands that we keep upwith technological advances and opportunities to connect with membersin new and innovative ways. In an effort to communicate more effectivelyand efficiently with our membership, we’re utilizing technology in a few newways: a revitalized Web site, a Facebook page with upcoming event listings,and a Twitter account to help keep everyone informed.As we work to perfect our new Web site, please be patient and know thatgreat things are coming. The updated hasa fresh, clean look and intuitive navigation. A video component will beadded soon, featuring a library of vignettes from the community. Especiallyexciting is that members will have the ability to upload their own videofootage. We’re open to suggestions and appreciate any feedback you mightoffer!Are you on Facebook? So are we! Beginning in April, we’re employing socialmedia as a member benefit, promoting Chamber events on our Facebookpage. If you’d like to be a fan or friend, search for EdGlen Chamber You can also follow our “tweets” on Twitter, by going and searching for user name EdGlenChamber.Finally, I want to