Hillary Isaksen opened Company 421 in Mahomet late last year to provide a venue for smaller-size weddings and events, and now she’s about to launch a new option for date nights called “Underground Dinners.”

“My parents came to America from South Korea with literally nothing. They had no money, didn’t speak English and had no college degree, plus were in a foreign land. But they worked extremely hard to create a new life, where they started their own business and gave everything and sacrificed much so my sister and I could have a good life.”

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Mentor Vicki Haugen "served our community with passion and flawless ethics. Even with a demanding career, she was present for me as a teenager, made us dinner every night, packed my lunch, helped me with homework and extracurricular activities like show choir and dance. I miss her terribly."

"Moving my family here almost nine years ago from Washington, D.C. to take a job at Human Kinetics seemed like quite a risk at the time. We didn’t know Champaign-Urbana and had no family or friends in the area. We agreed to give it a couple of years, and I’m glad we did."

The biggest business risk Matt Riggs ever took? "Investing all of my savings to start Riggs Beer Company. I even sold my beloved 1974 Jeep J20 pickup truck to help finance the brewery. Man ... I’d like to get that truck back someday."

Paxton native Todd Thorstenson's business role model? "My father. He was an entrepreneur who wasn’t afraid to try new ventures. As I was winding down my record label, my dad was the one who advised me to 'get into real estate.'"

“Fans can expect to be able to purchase official Illinois merchandise, including team jerseys, with the name and number of their favorite Illini players who have joined the respective group licensing program once The Brandr Group enters into agreements with applicable school trademark licensees,” Illinois athletics wrote in a press release.