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