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Article updated: 5/2/2013 12:18 PM

Wheeling's EZSave allows consumers to return multiple times for deals

By Anna Marie Kukec

Wheeling-based EZSaveCard.com, which offers discounts at large and small suburban businesses, has updated its website featuring about 400 businesses and offers a new lifetime membership for consumers.

The EZSave card looks like a credit card but it's used to get discounts every time a consumer visits the EZSave website and its participating businesses, such as Abt Electronics in Glenview, Biggby Coffee in Arlington Heights, Continental Restaurant in Buffalo Grove, and Medieval Times in Schaumburg, said President Bob Rycraft.

"Unlike Groupon, EZSave is something that builds loyalty," Rycraft said.

So it's not a one-time use card. Annual membership is $10 and lifetime membership is $25. The businesses, which advertise on the site, also pay a fee, which all supports the EZSave network, Rycraft said.

Since the start of EZSave in 2010, about 30,000 cards have been issued, Rycraft said.

The company has 2 other employees and the sales staff is expected to expand later this year, he said.

Rycraft said he started the business because he knew that business owners were looking for an inexpensive and long-term solution to reach and retain customers. Coupons were good to get those customers in the door, but didn't always bring them back.

While the business has updated its website, it plans to make it for members only starting next month, he said.

"Our deals are every day and our members can go every day," he said.

Surfing: Woodridge-based The RoomPlace, a family owned and operated furniture retailer for about 100 years, has relaunched its website at www.theroomplace.com.

The Citizens Utility Board, the Chicago-based consumer watchdog, launched its first comprehensive Spanish-language website, at www.CitizensUtilityBoard.org/Espanol.

Omron Automation and Safety debuted three new websites -- www.industrial.omron.us for the United States, www.industrial.omron.ca for Canada, and www.industrial.omron.mx for Latin America -- all accessible through Omron247.com. Kyoto, Japan-based Omron Corp. produces industrial automation products, electronic components, and health care equipment and ticketing systems. Its Pan-American headquarters is in Schaumburg.

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