Local business leaders and area young professionals are invited to participate in an after-work meet and greet in the Clubhouse at Kokopelli.
13Pro, a southern Illinois young professional’s organization aims to develop, connect, engage, and retain young professionals in the southern Illinois area. The Feb. 28 event aims to reinforce the organization’s goals by connecting young professionals and local business leaders.
Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss trending topics in today’s business world such as personal branding, utilizing social media to advance a business, learning about starting a business in Illinois, and utilizing local chambers of commerce.
All are invited to attend. Learn more online at www.facebook.com/13pro.
facility in the Marion area. Owners and trainers include Jeff Hickam, Ryan Baker and Nathan Simpkins. CrossFit offers more than just your average
gym can. CrossFit offers a personal trainer every day, every workout, period.
You don’t pay extra for that. New workouts are programmed for you daily. The
results obtained by a steady regime of CrossFit cannot be matched thanks to
these points along with the positive group cohesion atmosphere. CrossFit is a
strength and conditioning system built on constantly varied, functional
movements executed at high intensity. If you want to be fit, you need to try
CrossFit Marion. Free intro classes are Tuesdays and Thursday nights at 7pm and
Saturday at 10am. We are located ¾ mile south behind Ike Honda. We are right
next to the tracks, look for the sign. Check us out on our website, facebook,
or stop by anytime!
Month for June! Congratulations Rikki!
Brad in 2008 after we both graduated from the University of Idaho. Although I
loved English and writing, I knew that I didn't want to pursue a career as a
teacher or a writer so I went back to school for my real passion: graphic
design. I was spending all my free time on Photoshop and Illustrator anyway so
why not make a career out of it? I graduated in 2011 with my degree in graphic
design and have been freelancing as Rikki Rogers Graphic Design (http://www.rikkirogers.com) since 2010.
Nothing makes me happier than creating logos and print design that my clients
love that is not outrageously priced - and small businesses are a LOT of fun to
work with, too! When I'm not designing, I practice close-up wildlife
photography and upcycling/crafting with pallets and corks which I sell out of
my small shop on Etsy (http://rikkirogersdesign.etsy.com)."
freelancing can be a rather lonely occupation and I live out in the country.
The events and the opportunity to socialize with like-minded young
professionals is a welcome break from an often solitary work week. Second, I've
found that many of the young professionals in 13Pro are in need of graphic
design work, so it has been a great way to connect with them and help to make
their design projects a reality. Networking is a huge part of my membership,
too, as the many members are connected to businesses outside of 13Pro that can
also benefit from my services. Overall, it has been a great business and
personal connection for me."
became that out of necessity! Being in love with graphic design means that I
was excited about every design opportunity that came my way. While I job
searched for a graphic design position, requests and projects just kept pouring
in. Eventually, I found the hours in my day filled up with design projects and
thought, "I could do this full time!" Thus, Rikki Rogers Graphic
Design was born. I work with professional grade software, education, and a love
of design which helps me to create beautiful, smart design for my clients with
a very low overhead. The vast majority of my clients are small business owners and
web developers needing design work. It's extremely satisfying to do what I love
every single day and help small business owners and friends create the logos,
print projects, and identity that their businesses deserve."
As we look forward to another great year for 13Pro I can honestly say that I could not have hand picked a better group to serve as our Board of Directors for 2012.
This is a tremendous organization with an unbelievable amount of potential. I volunteer because I believe that we haven't even begun to scratch the service of what this group could grow into. The previous board devoted so much of their time to stabilizing this organization and cleaning up some of the rough edges that come with being a new non-profit. They have left us in a great position to use this year for dramatic growth in both our membership and sponsorship.
If I could ask each one of you to make one more New Year's resolutions this year, it would to get more involved with a 13Pro committee. Our committees have been growing steadily with our organization but need more help and more volunteers to really get to the next level. Joining a committee is only a 1 hour a month commitment and it is a great way to meet some new people.
We have a great potential for growth in our Professional Development Committee with Amanda Thalhammer, a Membership Committee that is dedicated to making sure that we are doing everything possible to recruit at our events along with Kim Clemens who is returning again this year after reviving the Community Outreach position single handedly last year. I really look forward to
see what this group can accomplish.