The Ribcage started as a food truck in 2016.
“I don’t know a lot of people who can completely plan the path of their life,” said Jennifer Shelby, who recently sold the Ford dealership in Hoopeston, which she had bought in 2015. She closed a Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram store in that city in 2018 due to lack of business.
Of all the video-gambling spots in Champaign-Urbana, which one has raked in the most in 2021?
“One aspect of Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk is especially attractive to me: All are ‘work hard, play hard’ business leaders. Each has worked very hard and with great focus to grow beyond anything others have ever done.”
The former Abbeyfield House in St. Joseph is being turned into a new child care center.
"I do a lot of fertility and acupuncture, so I would say when we have a patient who has been trying for years to get pregnant come in and finally has the amazing news, that’s a pretty great feeling."
My business role models are ... 'the former owners of the salon I purchased. Many business practices I agreed with, so I adopted them. They never left my side after purchase. Now it has been three years and I rarely need to call them for day-to-day operations but I know if I ever need them, they will be there.'
Gather Illinois, the large apartment and retail complex that’s been under construction at the southeast corner at Lincoln and University avenues, is now open.
The cycling enthusiast's business role model? "Jerry Ramshaw. I watched him begin his company with two houses and an old Jeep. He used to plow snow for extra income. He has lent me his ear throughout my career and was invaluable when I decided to start my business."
"There’s a lot of job security when you’re helping people in pain. Until our 'health-care' system starts focusing on treating the cause of symptoms instead of just treating the symptoms with medication, we’ll be busy."
'We want to get out of Illinois,' former 3 Ravens Food and Spirits owner Brad Peters says. 'It’s not going to get any better; we’re going to get deeper and deeper in debt. We’re never going to pay off that debt. They’re going to wait for the feds to bail them out.'
If he can get some equipment back up and running, owner hopes to be able to reopen his drive-thru to sell ice cream — and keep his employees working — in a couple of weeks.
"A young woman came to get a birth certificate and brought her 4-year-old son in with her. He saw my picture on the wall and asked if I was the President. He was excited to see someone who looked like him on the wall so staff notified me and I was able to introduce myself and take a picture with him."
It was a bit like old times in Campustown this week as University of Illinois students were moving in and state COVID-19 mitigation restrictions on businesses were still lifted.
Roxanne Street opened a gift shop in Rantoul a year ago with the goal of making it a fun place to be at a time people need more fun and laughter in their lives.
MONTICELLO — As the president of the Monticello Railway Museum, George Roadcap is the final decision-maker on day-to-day operations at the nonprofit, all-volunteer railroad museum in Monticello, about 18 miles west of Champaign.
"Working in conservation and parks since I was 16, I watched high-level superintendents and directors ... step away from the desk to pick up trash, clean toilets and mow. We all wear 500 hats in this field. 'Other duties as assigned' applies to everyone."
Village Administrator Scott Eisenhauer said the development will include a “national coffee beverage franchise” with a drive-thru in one 2,200-square-foot building and a separate structure with three to four tenants in a 7,500- to 9,000-square-foot structure, the size of which will be determined based on the tenants.
Before the vote to rezone a nearby residence, Ursula Roncevich Baker objected loudly. For more than a year she has planned to open a feed store in the old car dealership at 108 W. State St. and said the zoning change will negatively affect her business. It is not open yet.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker noted the state also approved another $9 million investment in the Community Navigator program, helping to connect “underserved businesses” with the resources available.
Meet 2010 UI grad Brian Bradtke, CEO of B2 Enterprises, a Dallas-based sports-marketing company that's gotten into the name/image/likeness business with a client roster that includes several current Illini.
A new bar with a theme catering to dog lovers, Six Hound Saloon, will open in Champaign later this year or early next year.