Do Good Consulting hosting open house Wednesday

URBANA – Free ice cream will be offered at Do Good Consulting's third-anniversary open house Wednesday in Urbana.

The open house will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the firm's office, 201 W. Green St., U.

Proviant Technologies building put on the market

CHAMPAIGN – The Proviant Technologies building north of Champaign is up for sale, and its equipment is scheduled to be auctioned off July 22.

The nutritional supplement manufacturer sold its ErgoPharm brand to a Canadian company in December 2008, and production associated with that brand moved out in January, Proviant President Ramlakhan Boodram said Monday.

Danville Art League pushing on with plans for building

DANVILLE – An Indiana development company's project to build a senior housing complex in downtown Danville has failed to get tax credit funding through the state of Illinois, but the company may reapply later this year.

It's Your Business: East Coast pizza to star at Vinny's

When you think of New York-style pizza, what do you think of?

Big, round, cheesy pies with bubbles at the edge of a crispy, lightly charred crust? Slices large enough to fold in half and eat while walking down the sidewalk?

The DreamShop to feature top tools, easy access to supplies

CHAMPAIGN – Dennis Coleman loves woodworking projects. He's built a drop-leaf cutting table for his wife's sewing projects, a mirrored medicine chest for their bedroom and a triangular end table for their living room.

Now he and other woodworkers in the Champaign-Urbana area are planning to create a "dream workshop" where they – and others like them – can have access to an array of professional-grade power tools.

Champaign farmstead's cheeses gain following

CHAMPAIGN – In just a few years Prairie Fruits Farm and Creamery in rural Champaign has brightened the food landscape of East Central Illinois, and the state.

The first artisan-cheese farmstead in Illinois boasts a loyal following of foodies and has attracted national attention for its French-style goat- and sheep-milk cheeses.

First-time homebuyer credit proves enticing

CHAMPAIGN – Philip Fiscella is only a year out of college, but already he's the owner of a duplex in west Champaign.

The 22-year-old Fiscella bought the duplex at 1614 W. Union St. for $115,000, nearly $10,000 less than the original asking price of $124,900, he said.

Local housing sales down, but may be on way up

URBANA – Philo residents Carol and Donald "Butch" Clark bought a condominium in Urbana last September, figuring it would better accommodate Butch's motorized wheelchair.

They figured their three-bedroom brick home in Philo would sell quickly.

But 10 months later, the house at 206 Cleveland in Philo's Willow Run subdivision remains on the market, its price lowered from $250,000 to $229,500.

Blackhawk Biofuels quickly earns key designation

DANVILLE – Less than eight months after starting production in Danville, Blackhawk Biofuels, LLC has earned BQ-9000 Producer status from the National Biodiesel Board and the National Biodiesel Accreditation Committee.

"Today the petroleum industry is demanding biodiesel from BQ-9000 Producers," Gary Haer, vice president of sales and marketing of Renewable Energy Group, said in a news release. The company is a national biodiesel production and marketing company based in Ames, Iowa. "This certification distinguishes this strategically located, multiple feedstock facility as a high-quality fuel provider for petroleum distributors in Illinois, the greater Midwest region and distributors across the country."

Investors putting ag in portfolios

CHAMPAIGN – Pension funds and other institutional investors that once looked at agriculture as "almost a second-class investment" are now scurrying to invest there, the CEO of the Champaign-based Westchester Group says.

Murray Wise recently returned from a three-day conference in London on agricultural investment, where he said institutional investors were eagerly asking, "How do I get ag into my portfolio?"