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  • From New York to Hoffman, engineer opts for baking bread May 27, 2014 9:11 AM
    Kukec's People features Chris Wu, of the Barrington area, who left behind a career as an engineer in order to start his own business. He and his wife opened Great Harvest Bread Co. in Hoffman Estates.

  • Fighter pilot simulator keeps enthusiasts flying May 22, 2014 2:15 PM
    Squadron Ops Sim Center at the Aurora Airport in Sugar Grove uses technology drawn from actual military training principles to offer an intense taste of what it’s like to fly fighter aircraft in combat, said Greg Morris, owner of Squadron Ops Sim Center as well as Gauntlet Warbirds, a company that offers training and rides in aerobatic and ex-military aircraft. He is a civilian pilot and flight instructor, and does contract flying for the military.

  • Race for hair kept Finamore busy for more than 50 years May 19, 2014 5:06 AM
    Kukec's People features Paul V. Finamore, a former Marine sergeant and Marine sky diver, who is now marking more than 50 years as founder and chairman of Hairline Creations.

  • Sears, Kmart customers can Get Advice on web or app May 16, 2014 8:38 AM
    Hoffman Estates-based Sears Holdings Corp., parent to Sears and Kmart stores, wants to make sure you have all the information you need, whether or not you make a purchase. So the retailer launched Get Advice, where consumers who are part of the Shop Your Way loyalty program can ask a question and have it answered by Sears or Kmart store associates nationwide. More than 250,000 questions have been posted and answered online since it launched in April.

  • Martins learn about wool from pros in New Zealand May 12, 2014 10:33 AM
    Kukec's People features Rae and David Martin, owners of Naperville-based Russell Martin Carpet and Rugs, who have returned from a trip to New Zealand after visiting farms to learn more about how wool is sheered, selected and used in carpeting and sold in their store.

  • Highland Park’s Artizone aims to lure more online shoppers May 8, 2014 5:08 PM
    Kukec's eBuzz column features Highland Park-based Artizone, which offers consumers a growing assortment of gourmet foods and a new service to deliver it within hours.

  • Longtime taste tester on the edge of foodie trends May 5, 2014 4:55 AM
    Kukec's People features Maria Reyes of Woodridge, who has been a food taste tester for about 30 years, including the last 3 with olive oil at Romeoville-based KeHe.

  • Mowz offers suburban homeowners chance to care for lawn via app May 1, 2014 2:40 PM
    If you dread mowing the lawn or just don’t have the time, a new app called Mowz could help relieve you of that summertime chore. Co-founders William Mahoney of Syracuse, N.Y., and Andrew Englander of New York City created Mowz after they launched another app last year called Plowz, which arranges snow plowing in 20 cities, including the Chicago and suburban market. “We are signing up more providers in the Chicago region every day as the word spreads,” Mahoney said.

  • Burgess aims for a car in every condo unit Apr 28, 2014 5:00 AM
    Kukec's People features Tom Burgess of Geneva, a car enthusiast, is also building a special condo development in Naperville -- just for other car enthusiasts. Now they can store all their classic or luxury cars in a special development.

  • Deerfield’s Computer Explorers offer games for learning Apr 25, 2014 7:54 AM
    Some parents may argue that spending too much time on computer games is bad for kids. Lori Gross, director of Computer Explorers of Northeastern Chicagoland in Deerfield, disagrees. She has owned and operated the educational franchise since 2009 and since then has seen about 5,000 young people learn lessons about life, discipline, planning, languages and even physics.

  • Hoffman entrepreneur raises bar with new non-alcoholic drink product Apr 21, 2014 5:09 AM
    Kukec's People column features Adam Leja of Hoffman Estates who survived a crash involving a drunk driver and had to let go of his dream to becoming a baseball star. Instead, he has become an entrepreneur and founded a company that produces a non-alcoholic drink.

  • NoWait apps offer suburban restaurant guests a pager-free experience Apr 18, 2014 1:52 PM
    Guests at the Village Tavern & Grill in Schaumburg, and other suburban restaurants, are notified on their smartphone with a prerecorded phone call or text when it's their turn to be seated. The new system, called NoWait, also allows guests to roam as far as they want and not worry about being in range for the notification. Guests also can respond to say they are on their way. “We changed to NoWait because of the freedom it gives our guests,” said Village Tavern owner J.R. Hutson.

  • Motorola Solutions shrinks, while Zebra grows Apr 15, 2014 4:18 PM
    Schaumburg-based Motorola Solutions Inc. continues to chip away at its legendary status by selling its Enterprise unit to Lincolnshire’s Zebra Technologies for about $3.45 billion. While Zebra continues to pick up steam, building its radio-frequency identification and specialty Internet-related products, Motorola shrinks both in workforce and focus.

  • Business owner left behind Wall Street for Libertyville streets Apr 14, 2014 5:00 AM
    Kukec's People features Bill Kaiser, who was a broker for 36 years, owning William S. Kaiser Corp. since 1978, which then morphed into Zap Futures Inc. when he introduced electronic trading in 1994. He had 24 brokers and 12 support staff and even did live 5-minute reports from the Mercantile Exchange daily for CNBC. Now, he owns two family-oriented businesses in Libertyville. What made him change?

  • GIV Mobil launches in Lombard, Schaumburg Apr 10, 2014 5:08 PM
    Kukec's eBuzz column features GIV Mobile, which recently opened kiosks in Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg and Yorktown Mall in Lombard. While it offers subscribers a 4G network and no contracts, like most others, GIV Mobile also donates 8 percent of your plan cost to a charity of your choice.

  • From India to Naperville, CTO aims to keep innovating Apr 9, 2014 8:55 AM
    Kukec's People features Sanjib Sahoo of Naperville, who went from humble beginnings in India, to Naperville and Chicago, where he heads technology for TradeMonster.

  • Website aims to make your moves seamless Apr 4, 2014 9:46 AM
    Moving from one home to another can be a very stressful process. A suburban woman is working to change all that. A website launched in May 2012 was founded by CEO Jennifer Morehead of Winnetka with two partners and they aim to help people with all aspects of an upcoming move.

  • Wadsworth animal lover helps aging pets groom in place Apr 1, 2014 8:39 AM
    Kukec's People features Abbey Trobe, perhaps Lake County's first mobile pet groomer. She has taken a lifelong love of pets on the road, especially to accommodate aging pets so they can get their spa treatments.

  • MBA students to start using intuitive technology for online courses Mar 27, 2014 1:29 PM
    Kukec's eBuzz column features Career Education's American InterContinental University that plans to expand its Intellipath technology to its MBA online learning program.

  • Generations run Volo’s Fish Lake, while generations have returned Mar 24, 2014 4:58 AM
    Kukec's People features Volo's Fish Lake Resort and how five generations have kept it moving ahead for 75 years.

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