Business calendar, July 27, 2014

Wednesday, July 30

Urbana Blender. 5 to 7 p.m., Holiday Inn Hotel and Banquet Center, 1001 Killarney St., U. An opportunity to network with other Urbana Business Association members while enjoying complimentary refreshments. Contact Cynthia Chandler at

Wednesday, Aug. 6

Business listings, July 27, 2014

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

AMG Cleaning, 2 California Court, U, by Ashley Goines, same address.

Charity Cakes, 816 Arends Blvd., Rantoul, by Christine Rudnicke, same address.

Dan Wild Creative, 314 N. Fair St., C, by Dan Wild, same address.

It's Your Business: Fired up about pizza

Pizzeria Antica to use wood-fueled, hand-built ovens at Champaign site

Downtown Champaign soon could get another place for pizza — but this time it will be authentic Neapolitan pizza baked in wood-fired ovens.

Pizzeria Antica plans to set up shop at 40 E. University Ave., in the building just east of Seven Saints.

UI grad takes tech to parking

CHAMPAIGN — University of Illinois alum Bob Youakim settled into investment banking after graduate school, but left it a few years ago to pursue a career in parking.

Not as a parking valet, but as managing partner of a venture that helps cities and other entities manage parking better through technology.

Quick read: Hot retailers in the vicinity - or not

Quick! Which of the nation's hottest retailers are most likely to come to Champaign-Urbana soon?

Based on markets they're already in, the smart money might be on Swedish clothing retailer H&M and The Fresh Market, a gourmet supermarket chain headquartered in Greensboro, N.C.

Business and professional briefs, July 27, 2014

New jobs

Carle chooses vice president. Matt Kolb has been hired as vice president of the Carle Neuroscience Institute.

He formerly worked for Allina Health System in Minneapolis as vice president of operations, neuroscience and spine services.

Building permits, July 27, 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.


Signature Homebuilders, new single-family home at 5012 Emmas Way, $200,000.

UI Extension surveys farmers markets prices

A roundup of agriculture news, compiled by The News-Gazette's Don Dodson

URBANA — Illinois produce farmers can get a better handle on what the market is bearing, with University of Illinois Extension staff collecting data on what's charged at farmers' markets.

Tom's Mailbag July 25, 2014

Sneak peek at IYB: More pizza in downtown Champaign

Here's an advance look at one of the items from the It's Your Business column in this Sunday's paper.