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  • 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.

  • MetroMile offers car insurance by the mile Mar 21, 2014 10:58 AM
    Kukec's eBuzz column features MetroMile, which offers pay-per-mile auto insurance as well as a device to monitor your mileage and an app to track trips, gas use and give engine diagnostics.

  • Wheaton couple offers phone message service with twist Mar 14, 2014 9:39 AM
    Kukec's eBuzz column features a couple who launched a Wheaton-based business that uses web and telephony technology so family members, churches or other organizations can look in on aging parents or other shut-ins.

  • GlenOaks Hospital carpenter builds career Mar 10, 2014 7:05 AM
    Angie De Christopher has always felt that being a carpenter was a natural path for her. But being the only woman on a work crew, especially when constructing commercial buildings over the years, often brought different reactions. “Sometimes it’s been tough, because I felt like I always had to prove myself,” said De Christopher, 45, of Burr Ridge. “But once they saw I could hold my own, I was accepted,” she said.

  • New app offers consumer protection for devices Mar 6, 2014 2:30 PM
    Bob Hanson of Cary wants to make sure consumers have enterprise-quality protection on their devices. That means, get a free download of ViaProtect, an app that offers technology, on the same level used by businesses, in order to protect your privacy and avoid identity theft, said Hanson, vice president of sales for Oak Park-based ViaForensics.

  • Naperville woman a third-generation Realtor who perseveres Mar 3, 2014 5:47 AM
    Jen Conte, broker/owner of Re/Max Professionals Select in Naperville, is the third generation in her family to be a Realtor. So she takes her business to heart, aiming to carry on a tradition established by her grandfather. But she topped that recently by winning "top office" in the state under the category, Most Closed Residential Sales for RE/MAX Northern Illinois in 2013.

  • Suburban tech companies, others on world stage Feb 27, 2014 4:23 PM
    Kukec's eBuzz column features sububan tech companies displaying their products and services for the first time in Barcelona, Spain, during the Mobile World Congress. They were part of a delegation of 15 companies hosted by the state.

  • From ER to digital photo booths, couple says ‘cheese’ at events Feb 27, 2014 3:11 PM
    Kukec's People features Fred and Victoria Skeppstrom of Wilmette, who own a local franchise of TapSnap, a new digitized photo booth that allows smiling clients to dress up the photo, e-mail it to themselves or others, or post it on Facebook.

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