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  • Furniture company CEO says family business easing back Nov 26, 2012 8:07 AM
    Gary Steinhafel, CEO of Steinhafels Furniture, shared stories about running a growing family-owned business. Like other retailers of its kind, it suffered during the recession, but is easing its way back.

  • Elmhurst native keeps trade magazine alive and healthy Feb 20, 2012 1:57 PM
    Maureen Slocum says it feels good to be back in Elmhurst working as publisher of a hospitality and trade magazine that she acquired from International pulishing giant Reed Business.

  • Trampoline parks bouncing into the area Feb 6, 2012 6:00 AM
    Epic Air Trampoline Park is bouncing into South Elgin joining an array of other indoor trampoline parks hitting the suburbs.

  • ‘Fun trio’ makes cookbook a part of Wauconda company culture Jan 23, 2012 5:28 AM
    While MBX Systems is growing rapidly, the leaders of the Wauconda company say it’s important that they keep the feel of a small company. To help achieve this mission, CEO Tom Crowley has created a committee to make sure the “culture” remains the same, despite its growth. “The culture of our company is important to us,” said Marketing Manager Liz Molli. She said MBX Systems, a contract manufacturer of hardware appliances for software companies, saw 116 percent growth last year.

  • Batterz Box steps into Libertyville shopping center Dec 8, 2011 10:36 AM
    A new concept store opens in Libertyville. Baseball and softball players can test out their bats before they buy them. The store sells an array of bats ranging from $40 to $400. Two youth baseball coaches started the business that also features batting cages for customers.

  • Lindemann Chimney Company still cleaning after more than 40 years Oct 31, 2011 8:16 AM
    We talk with the owner of Lake County-based Lindemann Chimney Co., which has been in business for more than 40 years. The owner talks about his biggest obstacles and what he wants to be when he grows up.

  • New waffle retail concept heats up in Deer Park Oct 27, 2011 10:40 AM
    A goal for Shari Sorrells is to make sure that her husband, Tom, never again has to wear a tie again. Instead, the former CEO is working at the new family business, The Waffle Gourmet, in Deer Park. Shari, who spent the past 14 years raising three daughters, says the timing is right for a new venture. “You never know what's around the bend,” Shari said.

  • AEC Technology works to support contractors Oct 24, 2011 9:40 AM
    Jerry Rushing, owner of AEC Technology in Bartlett, supports local architects, engineers and contractors by providing large format document solutions.

  • Schaumburg Gonnella plant to expand Oct 10, 2011 5:24 AM
    Gonnella Frozen Products in Schaumburg is turning up the heat. Executives at the break company talk about how the expansion is going.

  • Bartlett woman turns class project, passion into business Aug 8, 2011 11:00 AM
    A Bartlett woman turned an MBA project into a business caring for dogs. Michelle Sarwas left her position in corporate finance and turned the classroom project into a reality. Find out how the entrepreneur operates a doggy day care.

  • Soup franchise comes to Downers Grove Mar 2, 2011 6:46 AM
    Zoup Fresh Soup Company, based in Southfield, Mich., opened its first Illinois location recently in Downers Grove at 2948 Finley Road. Zoup Fresh Soup Company, based in Southfield Mich., opened its first Illinois location recently at 2948 Finley Road in Downers Grove.

  • New LEGO-themed business to open in Libertyville Jan 25, 2011 1:39 PM
    Lidia Voelker, a single mom from Libertyville, opens a new LEGO play center in Lake County. The business focuses on education through play and features a LEGO play area for young children and after school programs and classes for older children. The business, expected to open Saturday, Feb. 5, also will offer a place to hold birthday parties.

  • New gift shop opens in Lake Zurich Oct 18, 2010 4:54 PM
    Artist Sue Briesch recently opened a gift shop and gallery in Lake Zurich filled with the work of local artists. Photography, jewelry, pottery and clothing are some of the items that shoppers will find at Wise Women Gallery and Gifts at 91 S. Rand Road in Lakeview Plaza next to Julio's Latin Cafe.

  • Suburban magic show making food appear Oct 12, 2010 12:31 PM
    Bill Blagg, a professional illusionist who grew up in Zion, blocked Oct. 23 off his touring schedule to perform in Gurnee as part of a massive fundraising effort driven by a fellow magician. Blagg, part of one of the largest touring illusion shows, and dozens of other performers are taking time out of their busy schedules to honor show organizer Jim Stanislawski's daughter, Jackie.

  • Early childhood learning facility opens in Buffalo Grove Jan 31, 2011 6:21 PM
    A business that focuses on offering enrichment programs to young children recently expanded into Buffalo Grove.

  • Lake Co. woman spent so much time at spa that she decided to open one Mar 1, 2011 5:19 PM
    Helen Kakos' passion for going to the spa and the need to find a hobby drove her to launching her own business.

  • Lake Zurich bridal shop reaches younger crowd Mar 1, 2011 5:13 PM
    Volle's Bridal, a family-owned boutique in Lake Zurich since 1971, is expanding its guest list of customers. The established bridal shop is now targeting teenagers searching for homecoming and other high school dances.

  • Libertyville store features healthy cooking oils Mar 3, 2011 5:47 PM
    A Libertyville shop that opened Thursday features an array of extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar and other gourmet products.

  • One-price cleaners expands in suburbs Mar 8, 2011 4:51 PM
    CD One Price Cleaners is making a growth push in the suburban market based on its philosophy of consistent upfront pricing.

  • Ex-McDonald's execs back in the burger business Aug 25, 2010 4:31 PM
    Two retired McDonald's executives are back in the burger business. Tom Dentice, 71, of Oak Brook and Ed Rensi, 66, of Downers Grove left the burger giant more than 10 years ago with a wealth of information about managing and operating restaurants.

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