OK sought for Paxton gaming parlor

PAXTON — The Paxton City Council will look into the possibility of allowing a Gibson City businessman to open a gaming parlor.

Chamber speaker: Businesses can give context to education

CHAMPAIGN — The growing skills gap in education systems across the U.S. can be filled simply, with the help of local businesses.

That's the message Doan Winkel, an Illinois State University professor and entrepreneur, intends to share at a Champaign County Chamber of Commerce breakfast Thursday morning.

Business listings, Feb. 7, 2016

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

ACME Elfworks, 44 E. Main St., C, Melissa Mitchell, 508 S. Chicago Ave., C.

Dalton Productions, 1907 Silver Hill Drive, U, Matthew Dalton, same address.

Wired In: Eric Minnick

On Sundays, staff writer Paul Wood spotlights a high-tech difference maker. This week, meet ERIC MINNICK, 28, CEO of AE Machines. A computer science graduate of Stanford University, he earned an MBA from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business.

Basic training for business

MONTICELLO — When Samantha Koon decided to launch a new restaurant in Monticello, she felt she needed good advice to help make her enterprise a success.

Today's Special: Hatching an Idea

CHAMPAIGN — When word began spreading last year that Champaign Central graduates Sean Baird and Alec Gillespie were teaming with good friend Mark "Shades" Hartstein to open a chicken restaurant downtown, excitement among folks in the area began to grow.

'Everybody who wants to should be able to join the band'

MAHOMET — When Ally Sussman launched Band Together 4 Music over four years ago, she wanted to ensure that all students — no matter their family circumstances — were able to participate in Mahomet-Seymour's band program.

'Death Wish' coffee wins Super Bowl commercial

NEW YORK — A coffee with an edgy name and made by a small business is getting a commercial in Super Bowl 50.

Death Wish Coffee Co. won a competition held by software maker Intuit for a 30-second spot during the third quarter of the big game on Feb. 7. The Round Lake, New York, company beat more than 15,000 other small businesses in voting by the public and Intuit employees.

It's Your Business: Artisan has concrete plans for new location

An artisan who has been producing products out of concrete for more than a decade in his garage has opened a business in a former grocery store in downtown Tolono.

Douglas Kistler, 56, of Urbana said he officially launched Uptown Concrete Design at its new location in the old Maggio's IGA building earlier this month.

Business listings, Jan. 31, 2016

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

Hammond Builders, 408 E. State St., Mahomet, Stephen Hammond, same address.

JD Maloney Photography, 1205 E. Florida Ave., Apt. B32, U, JD Maloney, same address.

Rosebud Contracting Group, 934 B Waterview Way, C, Britney Brown and Evan Brown, same address.