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Business Luncheon Thursday, April 25, 2013 11:30 am to 1:00 pm

Community Center 501 E. 170th St., South Holland, IL Lunch by: Jimbooo’s


Open Mic and Public Speaking! SHBA members have the floor.

It’s our membership drive.... and we want YOU! Join that day, and have your say, too! Please RSVP through the website – type in “April Luncheon” and indicate number attending. $7 for members, $10 for non-members. See you there!

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Time given to innovation is an investment in your future Ideas seldom occur without this critical commitment

If the answer is, “No,” then your next question may be, “How can we get more customers?” That might lead you to a marketing or public relations solution.

When I was studying Abnormal Psychology in college, I read a case study of an unusual mental illness. It was so fascinating, that I thought it would be the perfect vehicle for a novel. Thus my idea for a story was born, but it would be eight years before I felt that I had acquired the writing skill to turn it into a book. During those eight years, I thought of it many times, and allowed the idea to grow in my head. Then once I started writing, it took over two years to complete. My point is that an innovation, whether it is a song, electronic gadget, or a new way of doing business takes time.

Either way, you need to spend time thinking about all the factors involved. The more specifically you identify the problem, the more likely you are to solve it and come up with a winning idea.

It’s rare that an idea drops fully formed into someone’s head. Even when it seems that way there are countless hours of experience that paved the way for that idea to form. Most ideas begin with a problem that needs to be solved. Some problems are obvious and demand your immediate attention. You are forced to make the time to come up with a solution. Other times you have to seek out the problem. Say, for example, that you need your company to make more money. Perhaps you require more money to expand, or maybe you simply must have more money to stay in business. These are certainly problems that demand a solution. However, they are not a specific enough. Here’s where you begin spending some time in creative thought. Start by asking why you are not making enough money. Don’t bother blaming it on the economy, that isn’t going to solve your problem. Focus your attention on areas where you have control. Ask questions such as “Do we have enough customers?” If the answer is, “Yes,” then your next question may be, “How can we get our customers to buy more?” That might lead to a product improvement, a new product development, or even a customer service idea.


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Many people feel that time spent in creative contemplation is not time spent working. American journalist, Burton Rascoe, understood that when he said, “What no wife of a writer can ever understand is that a writer is working when he’s staring out of the window.” This is not just true for writers, it is true for anyone who is working on developing a new idea. Busy people are seldom innovators for the simple reason that they don’t have time to think of new ideas. Do you want everyone in your company working on the problem? Of course you do! Many great ideas emerge from the bottom of companies where the employees are working closer to the problem. If you want your employees to come up with great ideas for your business, then you need to create a Culture of Creativity. The first step in doing that is to give your staff time to innovate. They need time for research and the collection of data. They need time for thinking, dreaming and planning. The way to motivate innovation is to give it time. Some companies like Google give their employees 20% of their work week for creativity; 3M gives theirs 15%. Even 10% is better than none, because the time you give your employees to innovate, is time you are investing in your company’s future success.

Robert Evans Wilson, Jr. is a motivational speaker and humorist. He works with companies that want to be more competitive and with people who want to think like innovators. For more information on Robert’s programs please visit www.

South Holland Business Association

Coming up ..... MCMS Illinois Department of Central Management Services Educational workshops for business owners to make a connection with other professionals and have access to State programs available to the business community. Learn about: • Contracting • Laws, policies, rules and regulations • Prompt vendor payment • Access to one-on-one guidance • Loans and grants • Certifications Thursday, April 25, 2013 Prairie State College, Conference Center 202 S. Halsted, Chicago Heights, IL 60411 8:30am - 9:00am 9:00am - 9:15am 9:15am - 10:10am 10:10am - 10:30am 10:30am - 10:45am 10:45am - 11:40am 11:40am - 12:35pm

Registration Opening Remarks State’s Contracting Process – Bureau of Strategic Sourcing (BOSS) Vendor Payment Program (VPP) Procurement Technical Assistance Program (PTAC) Break Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) BEP Certification - Business Enterprise Program (BEP)

This event is open to the public at no cost • Refreshments will be served • Parking is available at lots C and D located off of Vollmer Rd Registration is recommended; register online at: Hosted by: Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS) Supported by the following State Representatives: William Davis, 30th District; Marcus Evans, 33rd District; Al Riley, 38th District; Anthony DeLuca, 80th District; Elgie Sims, 34th District; Thaddeus Jones, 29th District; Robert Rita, 28th District

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South Holland Business Association

2013 Scholarship Golf Classic The grass is turning green and golf season is just around the corner. The South Holland Business Association is busy planning the most exciting golf outing of the entire year at Glenwoodie Golf Club in beautiful Glenwood Illinois. The scramble format means that everyone can come out and have fun without having to golf like a pro! This golf outing is special since it provides college scholarships to deserving students from the SHBA family. Last year over $8,000 was awarded

to students, allowing them to continue their education toward their Bachelor’s degree. For only $100, you can come out and enjoy a day of golf, lunch, dinner and prizes. There will be special events, like a $10,000 hole-in-one contests and other exciting contests! The date for this year’s event will be Thursday, June 27, 2013, with check-in at 9 am. Mark it on your calendar and call Blevian Moore at 708-596-0065 to reserve your spot. See you on the links!

RENEWAL TIME, MEMBERS! Make sure to visit Business University, available for members at Sponsorship opportunities are available. Call Blevian at (708) 596-0065 for more information

All SHBA memberships must be renewed by: May 31, 2013.

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Criteria that will be used to evaluate applicants: A. Attitude and Objectives B. Scholastic Ability C. An employee (or spouse, son or daughter of an employee) of a SHBA member D. Financial need E. Extra-Curricular activities and achievements Rules and Regulations governing the administration of the Scholarship Fund: 1. To be a qualified recipient of a scholarship award, an applicant shall, in addition to any aforementioned requirements, have completed one year of college education, consisting of a minimum of twenty-five credit hours. 2. Scholarship awards shall be for the undergraduate level of study. 3. If, for any reason, a scholarship recipient finds it necessary to interrupt his or her education, the recipient must notify the Scholarship Administrator in writing within 30 days after the last day of attendance or the date of transfer, and the scholarship may be cancelled upon review of the circumstances by the Board of Directors. 4. If any scholarship recipient makes a false or fraudulent statement in applying for the scholarship or for the purpose of maintaining a scholarship, or fails to notify the Scholarship Administrator pursuant to the above paragraph, the scholarship will be cancelled by the Board of Directors. 5. Scholarship awards shall be made on a yearly basis or as determined by the Board of Directors. 6. Scholarship funds must be used by the recipient in the academic year for which they are allotted 7. Scholarship recipients may re-apply yearly. 8. A scholarship award should not be construed to be or lead to an offer or guarantee of employment from any source. Recipients are welcome and encouraged to submit employment applications to any and all prospective employers of their choice. 9. SHBA Officers, Directors, or their spouses or children are not eligible for award. Completed applications must be submitted no later than friday, may 31, 2013 SOUTH HOLLAND BUSINESS ASSOCIATION FOUNDATION P.O. BOX 334, SOUTH HOLLAND, IL 60473 CALL: 708/596.0065 FOR INFORMATION OR APPLICATION FORMS

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Agency Vice Pres. & Supervising Principal 900 E. 162nd Street South Holland, IL 60473 (708) 339-4535 Main (708) 542-4535 Mobile (708) 339-0199 Fax


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Cheryl R. Kirkland, Agency Owner 1034 E 162nd Street, South Holland, IL 60473 office: 708-893-0000 fax: 708-825-1686


Your Hosts: Patte, Nikki & Christy Haras

Phone (708) 225-1982 Fax (708) 225-1246 Mon-Sat 6:00 am - 3:00 pm Sunday 8:00 am - 3:00 pm 558 E. 162nd St., So.Holland, IL 60473

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Phone: Phone: 708.308.6583 708.308.6583 Email: Email: 833-835 E. 162nd St., South Holland Website: Website: SHBA AD_Layout 1 5/17/12 4:58 PM Page 1 Dr. Gene Ossello Family Family events, events, Golf Golf Outings, Outings, Special Special Events Events & & More! More! Dr. Jasper J. Gulotta

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