South Central Illinois Growth Alliance Awards Emerging Entrepreneurs

The 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.

Also on 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.

Tavie 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  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.

Sunrise 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​ 

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