After rough winter, small firms make plans to profit

NEW YORK — What do you do in the midst of mountains of snow? If you're like some small business owners, you try to profit from it.

After last year's rough winter and with forecasts of another snowy season, small business owners want to ensure they can operate through whatever's ahead and, in some cases, capitalize from it.

It's Your Business: Family launching mobile pizza business

Dave Saam and his wife, brother and father are gearing up to offer Dragon Fire Pizza on the streets of Champaign-Urbana later this year.

"Our goal is to have our grand opening on Veterans Day," said Dave's wife, Christy, noting that her husband served in the Army and his brother, Del, still does.

Business listings, Oct. 19, 2014

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

Clean Connection, 307 E. Healey St., Apt. 10, C, by Amrit Singh, same address.

Deadlifts Transformational Fitness, 1802 Orchard Place, Apt. B, U, by Anatta-Muoneke N. Okonkwo, same address.

Emerald Limousine Limited, 615 Erin Drive, C, by Van J. Thompson, same address.

It's Your Business: Dancing Dog readies its all-vegan menu

After months of preparation, the Dancing Dog is nearly ready to perform.

The Dancing Dog Eatery & Juicery, billed as the area's first all-vegan restaurant, plans to open Monday, Oct. 20, in downtown Urbana, according to Brian Behrns, who owns the restaurant with his wife, Linda Lehovec.

Champaign company adds Indiana firm to its portfolio

CHAMPAIGN — Armory Capital, a private-equity company based in Champaign, has added a fifth company to its portfolio of investments.

The family investment office led "a major investment" in Bloomington, Ind.-based Envisage Technologies, according to a release from that company. Financial terms of the agreement were not released.

It's Your Business: Store to showcase home furnishings

Christy Camarca is planning to open a home furnishings store, Texture Home, in the Windsor Galleria in south Champaign on Oct. 18.

The store is at 1107 W. Windsor Road, between Station 6 Pizza and Sun Singer Wines & Spirits.

Business listings, Oct. 5, 2014

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

401 Building, 401 N. Prairie St., C, by Terry and Janice Gharst, both of 132 Lake Road, Seymour, and Jean Niemann, 707 LaSell Drive, C.

A to Z Cleaning Company, 2101 Melrose Drive, Apt. B., C, by Padraic S. Cassidy and Melissa Kruger, both of same address.

Record store relocates, adds 10-foot 'conversation piece'

CHAMPAIGN — As Jeff Brandt was moving his record shop Exile on Main Street to Chestnut Street, a lot of people told him he needed to change its name.

"I can laundry-list the reasons for keeping our name, but now I can just point to the stage," Brandt said Thursday.

Meeting spotlights items made in Champaign County

CHAMPAIGN — Folks attending today's annual meeting of the Champaign County Economic Development Corp. are likely to see products they never dreamed were made in Champaign County, including:

— Copper jewelry worn by celebrities.

— Bike helmets that help kids pretend they're Minnie Mouse or "Frozen" princess Elsa.

— Even a piggy bank in the form of a portable potty.

Rantoul micro food hub event set

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign County Farm Bureau will host a Meet the Buyers event at 2 p.m. today.