It's Your Business: Fitness center to open in Urbana

Poof! The former Frogs & Fairies space at The Pines shopping center in southeast Urbana has been transformed.

Beginning Monday, it will be home to the Omnibarre group fitness studio.

Quick Read: Beyond Volition

The U.S. video game industry grew much faster than the overall U.S. economy between 2009 and 2012, according to a report released this week by the Entertainment Software Association.

The video game industry grew by an annual rate of 9.7 percent, while the overall economy increased by only 2.4 percent a year.

Business listings, Nov. 16, 2014

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

Fadak Books, 1511 S. Smith Road, U, by Eiyad Al-Kutubi, same address.

I'Mage Hair Designs & Just B Cause Hair Salon, 1816 Glenn Park Drive, C, by Ayanna Hart, 1711-A Harrington Drive, C.

Hunting season means work for deer-processing business

MANSFIELD — Next weekend will be the busiest time of year for Paul Hart's deer-processing business.

It's the opening weekend of deer season for those who hunt with shotguns.

So Hart expects to spend a lot of time cutting up deer for steaks, roasts, ground meat and deer sausage.

Business calendar, Nov. 16, 2014

Wednesday, Nov. 19

Food sanitation manager certificate course. 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Round Barn Banquet Centre, 1900 Round Barn Road, C. Fee $145, includes the national exam. Also, a two-hour food handler class offered at for $9.95. To register, call Corporate Training Center, 800-705-8204.

Thursday, Nov. 20

IYB sneak peek: Super Niro's Gyros to open Tuesday

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EPA grant to help Champaign firm

CHAMPAIGN — A Champaign company plans to use nearly $400,000 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to help develop and commercialize ozone generators for purifying water.

Tuscola official spells out expectations of Cronus

CHAMPAIGN — The new Cronus Fertilizers plant west of Tuscola is expected to draw employees from a five- to six-county area at a minimum, a Tuscola economic development official said.

Wedge to open at Village at the Crossing

CHAMPAIGN — It didn't take long to find a new occupant for the space once occupied by Cabo's Cantina and Grill.

Wedge Tequila Bar and Grill, which already has a location in downtown Champaign, plans to open a second one in the former Cabo's space at Village at the Crossing, said Wedge owner Victor Fuentes.

Exelon exec named to Clinton position

CLINTON — A longtime Exelon Generation executive has been named site vice president at the Clinton nuclear plant.

Mark Newcomer was appointed to replace Brian Keith Taber, who retired from Exelon in October.