Money Smart Week events put focus on personal finance

Activities include sessions with tips, chance to shred financial papers, help for seniors

Folks will get plenty of chances next week to learn more about personal finance, thanks to Money Smart Week observances in Champaign and Vermilion counties.

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.

It's Your Business: Einstein Bros. Bagels spreading to Urbana

National bagel-chain restaurant Einstein Bros. Bagels will open a location at University and Lincoln avenues in Urbana this summer.

Boast Restaurants, made up of Marc Bralts and Ryan Oas, is the franchisee developing the quick casual restaurant here.

Members of new Champaign gym develop bodies, friendships

Luke Moore had no motivation.

"I was lazy," he said. He'd been to gyms and exercise facilities before but "they just weren't appealing to me."

$1 three-month subscription offer for laid-off extended to veterans

CHAMPAIGN – The News-Gazette is continuing to offer three-month subscriptions for only $1 to people laid off from work – and is making that same offer to recently returning veterans who were honorably discharged.

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.

Plaza getting renovations, adding tenants

CHAMPAIGN – The shopping center that houses the County Market on Glenn Park Drive is slated to get a million-dollar face-lift this year.

A limited liability company associated with Ramshaw Real Estate acquired the Champaign Village shopping center on Feb. 26. Ramshaw plans to make improvements to the roof, facade and parking lot, company President Jerry Ramshaw Jr. said.

Another Danville plant hoping for help in form of tax credit

DANVILLE – Another plant in Danville is looking to Washington for the economic boost it needs to avoid shutting down.

With only two weeks left on current orders for its primary product, aluminum rail cars, Freight Car America is hoping a federal tax credit will persuade railroads and utilities to buy more fuel-efficient aluminum rail cars made in Danville.

Listeners advised to cultivate brands to promote career and business

URBANA – Jeff Beals has worked for a decade to establish his "personal brand." But he keeps getting confused with Jared Fogle, the spokesman for Subway Restaurants.

Danville Blue Cross office looking to fill 28 full-time positions

DANVILLE – The Census bureau is not the only place to find a job right now.

The Danville office of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois is in the process of hiring for 28 full-time positions – 14 customer advocates and 14 processors, according to Mary Ann Schultz, spokeswoman for the medical insurance provider.