U.S. firms report more sales, hiring in 2nd quarter

DETROIT (AP) — Rising sales helped boost hiring and wages at U.S. businesses in the second quarter, and companies are optimistic that the trends will continue this fall, according to a new survey by the National Association for Business Economics.

Private jet recovery from recession an uneven ride

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Private jet sales are rising again, climbing out of a deep recession when the company plane was an easy target for spending cuts.

Business calendar, July 20, 2014

Monday, July 21

Financial seminar. 6 p.m., St. Joseph Township-Swearingen Memorial Library, 201 N. 3rd St., St. Joseph. Cheri Scott of Edward Jones will speak on "Take Control of Your Financial Future: Master Five Money Questions for Women." Free.

Tuesday, July 22

It's Your Business: Needleworks ending 30-year run

After 30 years in business, Sharon Frazier is getting ready to say "sew long" to her Needleworks customers.

The store — a mainstay at 24 E. Green St. in Champaign's Green Street Center — has begun a closing sale and will shut down, probably within a month.

"I'm just ready to retire," Frazier said. "I spent 30 years here and 25 years in nursing, so it's time to have some fun."

Business and professional briefs, July 20, 2014

New jobs

Tracy to head Farm Credit Illinois. Thomas Tracy of White Heath has been selected as the incoming president and chief executive officer of Farm Credit Illinois.

He will assume the role Jan. 1, 2015, succeeding David Owens, who is slated to retire Dec. 31.

Owens has been the CEO of Mahomet-based Farm Credit Illinois since 2007.

Building permits, July 20, 2014

Listed are recent permits for all commercial and industrial work, all new single-family and multifamily residences and all residential remodeling over $50,000.

Permits are listed by applicant, description, location and cost.


Ironwood Builders, new single-family home at 5105 Emmas Way, $230,000.

Crowdfunding campaign launched for dolls of historical women

University of Illinois students Supriya Hobbs and Janna Eaves came up with the idea for Miss Possible, a business that sells dolls based on actual women who contributed to science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Allen co-writes guide for women in 'sandwich generation'

CHAMPAIGN — A Champaign financial adviser recently cowrote a guide to help "sandwich generation" women care for aging relatives while also tending to children.

Business listings, July 20, 2014

These applications for assumed business names were filed recently at the Champaign County clerk's office:

10,000 Words Photography, 223 Misty Cove, Savoy, by Melissa Kuhl, same address.

A Plus Limo & Taxi, 113 S. Glover Ave., U, by Pablo Herrera III, same address.

Researchers look to past for clues on record yield

A roundup of agriculture news

URBANA — University of Illinois agricultural economists Scott Irwin and Darrel Good were curious.

How has this year's weather stacked up with the weather in years that produced high corn yields?

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