"When the opportunity came up to open my own store, I jumped on it. It has been a wonderful experience getting to celebrate all the milestones in my customers’ lives and every day is a new adventure."
The developer of a new seven-story Marriott Aloft hotel planned for downtown Champaign said he now hopes to begin construction in September.
Allen Strong has been in the local restaurant business for more than four decades and says he’s never seen anything like the difficulty he’s having hiring right now.
"I won’t ever ask someone to do something I wouldn’t do myself. Even if it is something I don’t know how to do, I will offer to learn. I have offered on multiple occasions to learn to drive a forklift. ... No one has taken me up on that yet."
These applications for assumed business names were filed with the Champaign County clerk’s office:
In July 1921, work got underway in Urbana on a plan to sell stock to build a downtown hotel that would match the accommodations for visitors to nearby cities.
"This has been a hard year for so many. But I’m proud of the generosity our community has shown our nonprofits. Because of that support, there was very little interruption in local vital programs and services."
The UI Gies College of Business is inviting dozens of companies, start-ups and nonprofit organizations to document their problems for hundreds of business students to tackle and solve — for free.
Horve Hospitality Management Inc., Forsyth, will build an 80-bed Hampton Inn by Hilton with eight suites just north of the Holiday Inn and Suites in Rantoul.
Once home to more than 40 retailers, Tuscola Outlet Shops is down to 13 stores, according to its directory. But a city official said shoppers continue to arrive.
Village Administrator Scott Eisenhauer said the meeting will begin the introductory phase to gain the community’s perspective on what residents would like to see, “ideas they might have, any suggestions they would like to see incorporated into the plan.”
"One of my favorite things to do is take our young grandchildren to the Dollar Store. I set a spending limit that varies from $2 to $5 for their shopping trip. They work so hard to spend their limited funds wisely. Their discussions regarding the wisdom of their potential purchases are priceless."
Roch’s Place has permission from the village to cover the sidewalk along one side of his corner building and will also be using two parking spaces to boost outdoor seating to about a dozen tables.
Your bargaining power as a prospective employee may never be better. As competition for workers remains fierce, some businesses are offering well over Illinois’ $11 minimum wage and bonuses perhaps never seen before by job-seekers.
Favorite part of the job? 'Every time that a homeowner moves into a Habitat house. It is such a joyous and transformative experience that they are all my favorite. I can't wait to have the celebrations fully in-person again.'
Justin Taylor says the larger version of his former restaurant and bar, JT Walker’s Restaurant and Brewery, in downtown Mahomet, will remain closed for good. But the name lives on at his brewery and taproom across the street, where he’s working on plans to open a smaller version of the resta…
“I hate shopping. After about 10 minutes in a store, I can feel myself breaking out in hives. Usually, my spouse shops for me and only occasionally forces me to go to places like the farmer’s market, which is acceptable shopping.”
An auditor and partner at CliftonLarsonAllen, Champaign, Hope Wheeler is being presented with the Athena Award today by the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce.
"I rarely convey any negative emotion, such as anger or worry, to my staff. It does not help them. But a word of encouragement can go a long way."
Epivara, a start-up venture at the University of Illinois Research Park, has been awarded a $250,000 National Science Foundation grant to continue research and development for its first product.
"Sometimes, leading by example means being 'one of the guys,' but there are important times when one needs to take executive action as 'the boss,' even if this action is distasteful or difficult."