South Central Illinois Growth Alliance Presents 2014 Emerging Entrepreneur Award

The South Central Illinois Growth Alliance, or SCIGA, in partnership with the Illinois Small Business Development Center, presented the 2014 Emerging Entrepreneur Award to R & G Photography of Salem at the SCIGA meeting in the Lifelong Learning Center at Kaskaskia College on June 25.


In presenting the award, Steve Groner, Director of the Small Business Development Center, praised Rachel King of R & G Photography for the strong entrepreneurial spirit the company has shown in its four years of existence.


Rachel King accepted the award on behalf of R & G, accompanied by her husband Garren and other family members.  R & G Photography was started out of Rachel and Garren’s home in 2010, and has since moved to the WTA Building in Salem.  Much of the company’s business is in wedding photography, and Rachel presented a slideshow of a recent wedding that showcased an artistic mix of posed and spontaneous still photography intermixed with short video clips.


“I love photography, and I have found that I also have a passion for being a business owner,” Rachel said. The business also has a photo booth service for weddings and gatherings that was used as a fundraiser for the recent Relay for Life event in Salem.


Art Borum, SCIGA Director and Business and Industry representative for Kaskaskia College reported on the recent Boot camp for Entrepreneurs held on June 6 and 7, the formation of the Greenville Entrepreneurs Club, and especially the renovations of the Crisp Technology Center where Kaskaskia College’s heavy industrial occupation programs are housed.


SCIGA President Dr. John Raymer, Mayor of Salem, spoke of the Crisp renovations and the campaign underway to raise $250,000 for equipment for the programs, including Industrial Electronics and robotics, HVAC, Welding, and Carpentry.


Dr. Raymer reported on his meetings with the largest manufacturers in Salem, and found that many had a common need for blueprint reading, industrial spray painting, injection molding, and workers with correct ethics and attitudes.

Art Borum pointed out that each student trained by Kaskaskia College has workplace ethics training as part of the curriculum, covering such topics as attendance, character, teamwork, appearance, attitude, productivity, organization, communication, cooperation, and respect.  He also said that in its mission to meets the needs of employers and students in a timely fashion, the College will conduct a Print Reading class beginning in July.


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