Report: Drilling triggered quakes in dozen areas of U.S.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — More than a dozen areas in the United States have been shaken in recent years by small earthquakes triggered by oil and gas drilling, a government report released Thursday found.

Business listings, Aprill 19, 2015

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

B Fit Personal Training, 510 W. William St., C, by Alicia M. Beck, same address.

Big Guy & Son/Princess, 2611 Rachel Road, C, by Elise Johnson, same address.

Country Charm Cleaning Company, 407 S. Garfield St., Philo, by Lora Merritt, same address.

Getting Personal: Dan Rodawig

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Here, 49-year-old Champaign resident Dan Rodawig, the director of international business development for Horizon Hobby, chats with The News-Gazette's Paul Wood.

Tell us something new you are doing that no one knows about.

I've made a career out of doing new things. If I told you, then everyone would know.

It's Your Business: Work starts soon after changes in Latitude

Work is expected to get underway soon on the Latitude apartment development on University Avenue in Champaign.

As you may recall, Latitude will consist of two six-story buildings lining the north side of University Avenue between Fifth and Wright streets.

Mattel planning 23 new looks for Barbie

NEW YORK (AP) — Things are finally looking up for Barbie.

Mattel, the toy company behind the plastic dolls, said there were some signs of improving demand for Barbie ahead of its planned makeover of the brand, including Barbie dolls with different skin tones, eye colors and nose shapes to better relate to multicultural girls and their mothers.

Etsy's hot new seller? Stock

NEW YORK (AP) — The place where you can buy handmade dresses and crocheted dog costumes has a new hot seller: its own stock.

Hillard chosen for Cozad entrepreneur award

CHAMPAIGN — Steve Hillard, the owner and president of Champaign-based HL Precision Manufacturing, has been selected as the Parkland College Foundation's V. Dale Cozad Entrepreneur of the Year for 2015.

Corporate deal appetite hits 5-year high

LONDON (AP) — The current wave of corporate takeovers and mergers is set to grow as the appetite for deals among global executives hits a five-year high in the wake of the strong dollar and low oil prices, a survey found Monday.

Business listings, April 12, 2015

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

B-WELL Home Improvements, 1408 W. Hill St., U, by Duane W. Blackwell Jr., same address.

Grant Trucking, 3057 County Road 2100 E, Rantoul, by Jonathan Grant, same address.

M&M Detail & Sales, 509 E. Main St., U, by Eric Herzog, 402 W. Springfield Ave., C.

It's Your Business: Airbana market, beer garden getting new look

Airbana, the open-air market proposed for downtown Urbana, got a little airier recently.

Matt Cho, the founder of [co][lab], plans to put the market and beer garden on the empty lot at 204 W. Main St., just east of [co][lab] and west of Corson Music.