Ramblings from Reggie: ‘Come on downtown—you’ll like what you see’

Last week was the shake hands and kiss babies tour. What? I attended many events last week, mostly engaging in networking for Swilligan’s The Pub, Metro Construction Services, Inc., and Advanced Composites, LLC.

Monday night, it was the Raptors Coaches’ Show at The Pub. People are really missing a great opportunity to come down to Swilligan’s and meet a great bunch of people from the Rock River Raptors. They are all—individually and as a group—a pleasure to be around. Remember the Coaches’ Show every Monday night at 5 p.m., broadcast live from Swilligan’s on ESPN 1380, with different players every week.

Continuing on Monday night, we were invited to Winnebago High School for an awards ceremony for high school kids who are involved in robotics competitions sponsored by NASA. The Winnebago Winnovation Team, as well as the Rockford Robotics team, were both very successful. Advanced Composites had a small part in helping the Rockford Team, and it was fun watching them go through their process and competition. What a talented bunch of high school kids, mentored by a tremendously talented and dedicated group of parents and professionals. It’s amazing how intelligent and motivated these kids are.

Tuesday night, Julie and I attended the Edge Annual Business Dinner. Congrats to 10 small business people who were nominated for the Edge Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Our own downtown guy—Daniel Nelson of Chocolat by Daniel—was one of them. I have heard him speak about his journey and his business, and he has tremendous passion for what he is doing. Many downtowners are driven by passion and can clearly articulate why they are in business downtown. Most business owners are like that—it just seems the downtowners have an extra something.

Wednesday night was the Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours at Table 13. I thought Jeremy and his crew did a nice job for the event. I am always surprised so many people come to these events and eat/drink for free and never spend a dime. If everyone who attended an event like that bought one drink, it would be great for the restaurants that host them. Julie and I stuck around and had dinner, and it was very good. Maybe the Chamber can encourage everyone to “buy something” at these events.

Remember, come on downtown—you’ll like what you see.

Reggie Roberson is owner of Swilligan’s “The Pub,” 200 N. Church St.

from May 23-29, 2007, issue

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