Business Edge – June 2021

*upcoming events

June 24

Non-Profit Roundtable

10:00 a.m.

July 7

Riverbend Community Updates – Mayor Updates

10:00 a.m.

July 14

Coffee Connections

10:00 a.m.

July 15

Community Conversations on Diversity and Inclusion

1:00 p.m.

July 20

LET’S TALK radio show with WBGZ

10:00 a.m.

July 22

Non-Profit Roundtable

10:00 a.m.

August 11

Let’s Do (Virtual) Lunch

12:30 p.m.

August 17

LET’S TALK radio show with WBGZ

10:00 a.m.

August 19

Community Conversations on Diversity and Inclusion

1:00 p.m.

August 26

Non-Profit Roundtable

10:00 a.m.

August 27

Riverbend Golf Classic

9:00 a.m.

October 8

LeadHERship Seminar

time TBD

October 13

Welcome our new members

100 Black Men of Southern Illinois, Inc.

George Dickerson, Chairman

P.O. Box 1492, 1624 Main St.

Alton, IL 62002


The One Hundred Black Men of Southern Illinois, Inc. (OHBMSI) mission is to play a proactive role in leveraging collective talent, ability, and energy toward achieving meaningful gains for the Black community. Initiatives focus on education through mentoring, wealth-building strategies, fostering economic development, advocating for the underserved communities, and raising awareness of health issues affecting communities. One Hundred Black Men of Southern Illinois is recognized as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization by the Internal Revenue Service, and an Illinois registered Not for Profit organization, founded in 1986.


Alternative Office Space

Todd Kennedy, Owner

219 EastGate Plaza

East Alton, IL 62024-1077

(618) 900-0525

Alternative Office Space, or AOS, is located at EastGate Plaza, East Alton, Ill. Available private office suites and open office coworking spaces provide a new twist on a conventional workplace environment. AOS can provide any freelancer, entrepreneur, remote worker, startup, small business, or team, with the space and tools needed to prosper, succeed, and network. Turn-key, future-proof solutions include faxing, printing, mail, package, and notary services, lockable storage and secure after-hours provisions, wifi, kitchenette, and a private phone booth, as well as an office manager. Flexible payment options include pay-as-you-use, short-term, and long-term leases. Call or visit the website to schedule a tour or for more information.


ABB Optical

Jill Huff, Human Resources Manager

90 Enviroway

Wood River, IL 62095-1473

(618) 440-2047

ABB Optical Group is a leading authorized distributor of all major soft contact lens manufacturers in America. In addition to having one of the industry’s broadest portfolios of optical products, ABB is also the foremost manufacturer of custom soft and gas permeable contact lenses. Dedicated to being the premier independent optical platform, ABB Optical supplies nearly two-thirds of eye care professionals from across the country with products, logistics, services, and tools to help increase patient retention and satisfaction.



Tim Miller, Smaller Market & Rural Development

317-I Homer Adams Parkway

Alton, IL 62002-5948

(618) 208-0787

VIP Cross Cuts

Anthony Fane, Owner

2809 Homer Adams Parkway

Alton, IL 62002

(618) 208-7363

VIP Cross Cuts is a full-service barbershop in Alton, Ill., serving men, women, and children.  They specialize in haircuts, beard trimming, razor shaves, and custom cuts with shears and clippers. Customers can also sign up for the VIP treatment, which includes a shampoo and hot towel treatment with their cut. VIP Cross Cuts prides itself in offering its full service within a professional, family-friendly atmosphere.

Small Business of the Month

Chapel and Keller Dentistry receives June RBGA Small Business of the Month award

Chapel and Keller Dentistry Partnership has been recognized as the RiverBend Growth Association’s Small Business of the Month for June.  Located across from Alton High School at 4113 Humbert Road in Alton, they are also marking their sixth year in business in 2021.

The dental office opened in July 2015 but has had its roots at the Humbert Road location since 2001. Formerly Carrow and Chapel Dentistry, the retirement of Dr. Marty Carrow prompted a new partnership to form between Dr. Kevin Chapel and Dr. J.R. Keller. Chapel and Keller Dentistry was established under the same roof and continues to see patients there six years later.

“Our vision is to provide a dental home for any patient looking for comprehensive dental care,” said Keller, further noting that they treat patients ages 3 and older. “We understand there are many choices in the area when it comes to dentistry. We work every day to build trust with our patients and hope that they look forward to visiting our office.”

Keller also shared that the pandemic was a challenge for them, as it was for all businesses. “It offered a unique challenge for general dental offices. We were able to safely reopen in May 2020 and are happy to have implemented new equipment to make safety our highest priority.”

During a recent RBGA virtual meeting, Keller confirmed, “We are accepting new patients, with appointments being made for a month or so out at this time.” He also shared that he and Chapel are the two doctors on-site, with four full-time hygienists also serving patients as well as three dental assistants and three front-office employees. The core staff team has remained the same over the past five years.

“We pride ourselves in thinking we are the ones in the chair. We understand that the dental office is not where everybody wants to spend a lot of their time. We try to make it as personable as possible, as fun as we can, and at the same time try to build that trust with the patients that come in,” Keller added.

Since Jun Construction first raised the facility in 2001, the dental office has upgraded both the interior and exterior lighting to LED, but other building improvements have not been needed.

And when looking at the changes in patient services over the past 20 years, Keller said, “While we still utilize oral surgeons for some complex implant cases, many implants are able to be placed at our office.”

Technology at the practice is continually updated to ensure constant improvement in patient care. The practice recently purchased a digital impression scanner, eliminating the need for messy impressions in cases that need to be sent to a lab, Keller explained.

Chapel and Keller Dentistry also takes its continuous connections to the community very seriously. Some of the ways the office is involved in remaining a constant is improving conditions throughout the region include sponsoring charitable events and organizations, such as the annual Mustache March 4 PD, All God’s Children Must Have Shoes, Marquette Catholic High School, St. Mary’s, and Catholic Charities.

They are also actively involved as a member of the RiverBend Growth Association and its various events throughout the year. “The RBGA provides an avenue for small business owners like us to interact with other businesses in the community. Having participated in events for five years now, it is easy to find a familiar face, and oftentimes, those friendly faces become our patients,” Keller said, regarding how Chapel and Keller Dentistry’s membership in the RiverBend Growth Association has been an asset for them.

The RBGA’s Small Business of the Month Committee recognizes a different member business each month for its outstanding efforts and leadership in the community. Chapel and Keller Dentistry is also proud to be added to this outstanding list. Keller said, “Thanks to the Growth Association and their Small Business of the Month Committee for this award. I got the call while I was on vacation, and it was very much a nice surprise.”

For more information about Chapel and Keller Dentistry Partnership, call (618) 465-7777 or visit them online at

To learn more about membership in the Growth Association and its Small Business of the Month recognition, visit the RBGA website or call their Godfrey office.


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