Entrepreneurs

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.


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.


Marijuana-friendly ordinances OK'd

URBANA — It's high time to let medical marijuana cultivators and dispensaries open up shop in town, city officials say.

What's your take? Tell Tom Kacich here


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."


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.


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.


WEED DATING: Mixing farming and friendship

You've heard of speed dating? Well, a Champaign-based group that promotes sustainable agriculture is offering a new twist, called "weed dating."

"We're doing it to help people meet other like-minded people who are interested in sustainable agriculture for both friendship and dating," said Magdalena Casper-Shipp, office manager and program coordinator for The Land Connection.


Business and professional briefs, July 13, 2014

New jobs

Three take new roles. Adrian Melendez, Ray Manselle and Mike Aquino have been appointed to new positions, according to I Operations LLC, the management company operating the I Hotel and Conference Center, Champaign.


It's Your Business: Brownfield Sports settling into Urbana location

Brownfield Sports has moved to the former English Hedgerow location at the southeast corner of Lincoln and University avenues in Urbana.

"We moved over the (July 4-6) weekend," said Kristi Brownfield, who noted the shop had been at Lincoln Square for 12 years.


Business listings, July 13, 2014

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

Detailed Cleaning, 1707 Gentry Square Lane, #207, C, by Melissa Wilson, same address.

Market Makers, 301 N. Neil St., Suite 400, C, by John Phillips, 2208 Galen Drive, C.

Virgo Housekeeping, 1109 Plymouth Drive, Unit A, C, by Cindy Philiph, same address.


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