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Salem Business Wins Emerging Entrepreneur Award

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

A Salem business was honored Wednesday night with the Emerging Entrepreneur Award.  Tavie Tots USA Licensed Bows was honored along with Sunrise Care Givers of Greenville by the South Central Illinois Growth Alliance and Kaskaskia College Small Business Development Center.   

The owner of Tavie Tots USA Licensed Bows Emily Morgan says the company is now selling their hair bows and accessories throughout the United States.

"If you go to a Cardinals game, you'll see our products in their stores. We also sell to a lot of other stadiums as well as fan shops and college bookstores, along with retail stores such as Cracker Barrel and Justice, where our products are available nationwide" Morgan said.

Morgan says the company has grown quickly since moving out of the basement of their former Belleville home to the Tavie Tots retail store and adjoining manufacturing business in the 100 block of East Main in Salem.

"We started with five part time employees. We now have eight full time employees and 40-50 part time employees. I feel very lucky to have such great employees" Morgan said.

Morgan says the idea for the company was the result of her inability to find hair bows she liked for her young daughter.  She started making them for herself and then her family and friends before branching out to craft fairs and a Kiosk in the mall at Fairview Heights.  In 2010, Morgan acquired USA Licensed Bows and the company began the move to Salem.  The retail store, Tavie Tots, has expanded to a full line of children's clothing and gift items as well as hair accessories.

The owner of Sunrise Care Givers started with owner Toni Stone as the only employee.

"We started in my home, it was just me. Since then we've gone to 21 employees and have gone in the process of hiring six more. We provide services to seniors that prefer to stay in their home as opposed to going to a facility" Stone said.

Both Stone and Morgan thanked the Kaskaskia College Small Business Development Center for their assistance in helping their businesses grow.

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