South Central Illinois Growth Alliance (SCIGA) awarded Tavie Tots of Salem and
Sunrise Care Givers of Greenville with Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year awards
at its regular monthly meeting at the Lifelong Learning Center on the Kaskaskia
College main campus on Wednesday, September 25.
the SCIGA agenda was a presentation from Enbridge Pipelines with information on
the Southern Access Extension Pipeline Project that will extend from Pontiac,
Illinois to Patoka.
Tots, located at 111 E. Main in Salem, is a children’s boutique that offers a
wide variety of children’s wear, including a line of specialty hair accessories
featuring NFL, MLB, and many college team logos and designs. Owner Emily Morgan started by making hair
bows at her home, and to meet the demand for her products opened Tavie Tots
with five part time employees. The
company has now grown to eight full time employees and 30-40 part time
workers. Tavie Tots sells its products
from the Salem store and also distributes to major retail outlets and sports
stadiums. Tavie Tots also owns USA
Licensed Bows, a catalog and online store that sells licensed hair accessories
at www.sportsbows.com. Morgan credits
the help she received from Illinois Small Business Development Center (ISBDC)
and its director, Steve Groner, with helping Tavie Tots to navigate the path
from an idea into a successful company.
Care Givers, located at 1355 Suite B, Highway 127 in Greenville, provides
non-medical in-home care for senior citizens.
Another business that started in the home, Sunrise Care Givers now
employs twenty one workers and plans to soon add six more. With the mission statement “Our mission is to
provide quality service at an affordable cost to keep you or your loved one
safe and secure in the care of Sunrise Care Givers. We believe the care we provide enables our
clients to live with as much independence and dignity as their condition allows,
providing peace of mind to our clients and their families,” Sunrise Care Givers
has successfully filled a need in the region.
Toni Stone, the owner of the business, also credited the ISBDC as being
instrumental in launching and growing their company.
Following the presentation
of the awards, the members and guests heard a presentation from Reilly Goodwin
of Enbridge Pipeline offering an overview of the Southern Access Extension
Pipeline project that is in the planning stages and is expected to have
pipeline construction begin in the spring of 2014. The extension project will consist of
approximately 166 miles of pipe with up to a 36” diameter that will carry crude
oil that originates from the Williston Basin region around North Dakota and the
Oil Sands region of western Canada to supply refineries in Wood River and Robinson
Illinois and other regional