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Qualcomm to close software office in UI research park

CHAMPAIGN – Qualcomm has decided to close its software development office in the University of Illinois Research Park after three years in Champaign.


Green Business Association certifies four more local businesses

URBANA – Four more businesses have been certified as "green" businesses by the Illinois Green Business Association, the association announced Wednesday.

Newly certified are: Marcy McAnally State Farm Insurance, Champaign; Common Ground Food Co-Op, Urbana; Body n' Sole, Savoy; and Boltini Lounge, Champaign.


Consolidated Communications' income down for quarter

MATTOON – Mattoon-based Consolidated Communications Holdings reported net income of $7.05 million for the quarter that ended June 30, down 6 percent from the same quarter a year ago.

That resulted in diluted net income of 24 cents per share, compared with 25 cents per share a year ago.


SolarBridge has $15 million to help in testing, production

CHAMPAIGN – SolarBridge Technologies has secured $15 million in Series "B" funding that will help the company finish testing and certification of microinverters and ramp up production of them.


Advertising trophy leads contest honors for News-Gazette

SPRINGFIELD – The News-Gazette won the James S. Copley Trophy for advertising achievement for daily newspapers for 2009 at the Illinois Press Association's annual convention in Springfield.


It's Your Business: Hip-hop shop now open on North Prospect

A new store featuring hip-hop clothing and accessories has opened on North Prospect Avenue in Champaign.

Activewear, located in the former Rest Spot furniture store at 1505 N. Prospect Ave. by Good Vibes, opened this spring.


Lumber prices increasing as production remains slow; more raises likely

CHAMPAIGN – If you calculated the price of installing a new deck last year but never got around to building it, you'd better update your figures.

Lumber prices have been climbing this year, and some lumberyard operators say an end isn't in sight yet.


It's Your Business: New Champaign shop to feature vintage furniture

Downtown Champaign next month will have a new consignment shop that will feature vintage estate furniture and home accents.

Copasetic Consignments is moving into 41 E. University Ave., C, in the 1913 Illinois Traction Building, the long-ago headquarters of the regional electric rail line.


OK of Big Broadband grant means real work can begin

Now the work begins.

Officials from Urbana, Champaign and the University of Illinois are expected to meet this week to work on plans for the Big Broadband fiber-optic network that will bring high-speed Internet to the twin cities and campus.


UI engineering students build man's prototype 'personal vehicle'

CHAMPAIGN – Randy Reisinger thinks America's reliance on heavy, gas-guzzling automobiles for day-to-day transportation is grossly inefficient.

So he's pitching a plan for small, three-wheeled "personal vehicles" that he hopes will attract drivers and investors alike.