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  • Batavia Green Fair aims to inspire eco-friendly lifestyles Aug 6, 2014 2:27 PM
    The Batavia Green Fair on the Fox, formerly known as the Batavia Green Walk, is returning for its seventh annual event with more than just a new name. Fair co-chairman Keith Line said this year, the fair will be more interactive and will reach a wider audience with various new activities, events and entertainment.

  • Wheaton council approves liquor sales close to church Aug 5, 2014 5:16 AM
    A Wheaton convenience store will now be able to sell liquor, despite opposition from two councilmen, leaders from a nearby church and at least one resident. The city council approved an amendment to the Wheaton City Code with a 5-2 vote Monday that allows for the sale of the alcohol in the 7-Eleven at 326 W. Liberty Drive. "I think you need to act with a little bit of trepidation," one councilman said.

  • Bank of America location to close in Elgin Aug 5, 2014 4:47 PM
    The Bank of America branch on Big Timber Road in Elgin is scheduled to close Nov. 14. “It’s nothing out of the ordinary,” said Diane J. Wagner, Bank of America’s senior vice president of media relations. “In terms of traffic patterns, we’re not seeing a large number of people transacting there.”

  • Gaetano’s Batavia restaurant opens Aug 6, 2014 1:01 PM
    Gaetano's, a respected Forest Park restaurant, is opening a second eatery in Batavia today. Italian-inspired dishes will be served in the space at Wilson and River streets that formerly held a coffee-and-wine bar.

  • Mount Prospect settles with Ye Olde Town Inn for $6.5 million Aug 6, 2014 5:24 AM
    Mount Prospect will pay $6.5 million to Ye Olde Town Inn, owner Tod Curtis and Curtis's lawyers, to settle the racketeering lawsuit Curtis filed in 2008.

  • Downtown Elgin business leaves, another moves in Aug 5, 2014 5:05 PM
    Spacetaste Gallery has left downtown Elgin and will be replaced by Mr. Cheaps Mattress, which is moving into the Chicago Street space in two weeks. HYPERLINK ""Spacetaste Gallery, which mostly sold artists’ works on consignment, moved out of 215 E. Chicago St. in downtown Elgin to focus on online sales, as well as promotions and productions, its owner Tim Solarz said.

  • How many bird houses can a retiree make? Aug 4, 2014 5:33 AM
    With retirement scheduled for year-end 2015 and son-in-law Colin Murphy apparently in good position to take over management of Simmons Engineering Corp., a Wheeling manufacturer of cutting blades, a smooth transition to retirement seems a sure thing for Bruce Gillilan. Except ... “I’ve assumed that I’ll set up a small woodworking shop in my new Door County home and start doing things with wood,” Gillilan says. “My Dad was quite a woodworker, and I have a long list of projects. “Now, though, I’m starting to appreciate that there might be a limited number of bird houses that I’ll want and can give away. The point,” Gillilan continues, “is that I don’t have a plan. I should have been working on this earlier. I’ve not really looked down the barrels of this topic.” Nonetheless, Gillilan’s big picture seems OK: • The Wisconsin home was built with retirement in mind. • Gillilan and Murphy seem compatible. “I’ll be as available as he’s comfortable with,” Gillilan says, recalling that “my father-in-law wouldn’t go away.” • Gillilan has given thought to “what 40 years of work might do — maybe programs to help veterans.” Still, many entrepreneurs have a bird house issue, which led me to conversations with two thoughtful transition pros: Joel Goldberg and Harry McCabe. Goldberg is principal of G2G Strategies, Northbrook, and half of Goldberg-Heinze Business Advisors, a duo that helps business owners with transition. McCabe is ownership transference adviser, Harry McCabe Advisors, Westmont. “People end up in this predicament because they don’t think about what they’re going to do next,” says Goldberg, who suggests planning for the post-working life should begin five years before it arrives. Among Goldberg’s considerations: • Your spouse. “You’re meeting on a different level,” Goldberg says. “Thirty years have passed, and you’re different people. Try date nights. Know that it’s OK some days for you to go one way and your spouse another.” • Inventory your interests. “Look at the things you’ve always been interested in but didn’t have the opportunity to pursue.” • Develop conversations with people in your age group. “The whole group has issues,” Goldberg says. “Join a men’s (or women’s) group. Play cards at the park district. Put together a group that gets together for lunch.” McCabe suggests a more structured “re-engagement plan — an outline, written in pencil so it is easy to change — that crafts the next chapter.” One suggestion: Use business skills to build onto a hobby. Bird houses, for example, might morph into bird baths and feeders — perhaps “donated to a cause you really believe in” that can use the proceeds from selling the products. Another McCabe idea: “Help someone. Give time, not just money. Pack school lunches” for needy kids. There’s more to discuss, of course, because McCabe, Goldberg and their emphasis on transition planning make sense — especially if, like me, you’re all thumbs in the wood shop. • Follow Jim Kendall on LinkedIn, Twitter and at Kendall Communications on Facebook. Write him at © 2014 Kendall Communications Inc.

  • Geneva optometrist focuses on new technology Aug 4, 2014 5:06 AM
    Kukec's People features long-time Geneva optometrist who is now offering genetic testing to his patients.

  • Orangetheory Fitness Wheaton works with clients heart rates Aug 4, 2014 12:53 PM
    An interview with Michael Kessler, owner of Orangetheory Fitness Wheaton. Q: Describe your business. What do you do? A: The idea of Orangetheory Fitness is simple. Our science backed 60-minute workout is designed to push individuals into the “Orange Zone,” which utilizes 84 to 91 percent of one’s maximum heart rate, in order to create an “Excess Post-exercise Oxygen Consumption” effect. This EPOC ensures that clients continue to burn calories for 24 to 36 hours after their workout. The workout itself, composed of treadmill, water rowing, and weight training /resistance training blocks, is different each day in order to ensure that clients never get bored or plateau. Q: What made you start your business? A: I’ve always wanted to own my own business. Something to call my own. Something that I can say that I built from the ground up. I opened up my first business to provide a good lifestyle for my family and, eventually, have more flexibility with my schedule so I can be there to witness all of my children’s “firsts.” Q: What has been the most difficult obstacle in running or starting a small business? A. Finding and retaining talented staff. We have a great staff now, but it has not been easy getting to this point. There are also little unexpected problems that come up on a daily basis. You have to be a good juggler. Q: What do you enjoy most about operating your business? A: Seeing personal growth in our members as they start to see results from the program. Their newfound confidence and pride in their achievements makes the countless late nights worthwhile. Q: Is this what you pictured yourself doing when you were young? When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up? A: Not exactly. I always imagined being some type of international business man flying on planes and wearing suits. Not sure why I thought that was appealing when I was young. I have the business art right, but staying close to family and wearing workout gear everyday has its perks. Q: What keeps you up at night? A: Making sure that our clients are receiving the best quality of service/experience that my staff and I can deliver. Q: If you could give one tip to a rookie business owner, what would it be? A: Embrace mistakes and turn them into a positive. When you are just getting started it is very easy to get overwhelmed and to get down when things go wrong. You just realize that every business has struggles no matter the size, just keep your head down and turn the mistakes into a positive any way that you can. • Every Monday we feature a small, suburban business. We want to hear about yours. Contact us at

  • Small businesses see revenue gains, hire workers Aug 3, 2014 7:43 AM
    The long-awaited surge in hiring at small businesses appears to be underway. Owners who resisted hiring after the recession are taking on workers to keep up with rising demand for products and services. Companies began stepping up their hiring pace in the spring.

  • Country House restaurant getting new spot in Lisle Aug 1, 2014 9:35 AM
    After nearly 30 years in its current spot in Lisle, The Country House restaurant is moving to a bigger space in another part of the village. Company officials confirmed that the restaurant, which is best known for its “Country Burger,” will be closing its location at College Square Shopping Center later this year. The restaurant then will reopen in a roughly 6,300-square-foot space at 2799 Maple Ave. in Lisle.

  • Elgin to consider medical marijuana dispensary Aug 1, 2014 5:37 AM
    The city of Elgin will consider allowing a medical marijuana dispensary in an industrial park on the city’s southwest side, but nearby business owners say that’s a terrible idea. Elgin’s planning and zoning commission will hold a public hearing Monday about the application submitted by Salveo Health & Wellness, Ltd. of Chicago for a dispensary in the Fox Bluff Corporate Center on the northeast corner of Bowes Road and McLean Boulevard.

  • Des Plaines woman killed by train founded Splash Dog Aug 1, 2014 7:42 PM
    Amy Thier, the 45-year-old founder of Splash Dog Inc. in Des Plaines, was riding her bicycle home to play with her own dogs during her hourlong break Thursday evening when she was accidentally struck and killed by an express Metra train near the Cumberland depot on Northwest Highway. “She was just the greatest person in the world,” her tearful husband Leo recalled in front of their Des Plaines home Friday. “She had the biggest heart.”

  • New Glen Ellyn store showcases handmade jewelry Jul 31, 2014 5:41 AM
    Shoppers have a new option for jewelry and trendy clothes with the opening of e & e aubé Designs in downtown Glen Ellyn. The store at 477 Forest Ave. is a few steps from the downtown Metra station and opened Wednesday.

  • Downtown Naperville dress shop moves to strip mall with 'facelift' Jul 31, 2014 2:29 PM
    A designer dress shop has moved from downtown Naperville to a location that would have seemed unlikely a few months ago, a vacant strip mall on Washington Street just south of Ogden Avenue that needed some work. "Yes, it needed a facelift, but as you can see with the new facelift it's brought life to the whole building,” said Sue Zanayed-Cerulli, owner of Bri'Zan Couture.

  • Naperville shop celebrates wizard with ‘Potter’ birthday party Jul 31, 2014 4:56 PM
    Anderson’s Bookshop in downtown Naperville twice has hosted “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling and even has gathered as many as 70,000 people to celebrate the release of the seventh book in the popular series, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.” Thursday’s event was much smaller, but the shop hosted roughly 75 people for a Harry Potter party to celebrate the July 31 birthdays of both the fictional wizard and the author who brought him to life.

  • Lombard Town Centre leader pleased with progress in village’s downtown Jul 30, 2014 1:01 AM
    Since taking over as executive director of Lombard Town Centre last August, Sarah Richardt has brought what she feels is a “kinder, gentler attitude” to the village’s downtown business arena. “I’m not above calling code enforcement on somebody if they’re not complying with things that need to be done, but it’s an attitude shift,” she said. “I think a lot of it is just talking to (downtown business owners) and asking them what they want instead of telling them what Lombard Town Centre needs from them.”

  • Batavia couple planning Naperville marijuana dispensary Jul 31, 2014 5:58 AM
    Traci and Hugo Fernandez already fight the pain and paralysis of chronic spinal cord injuries through a nonprofit organization they created, the United Paralysis Foundation. Now the Batavia couple are coming at spinal cord injuries from another angle as they aim to open medical marijuana dispensaries in Naperville and Joliet. “People are constantly looking for relief from the chronic pain and the things that go along with mobility issues,” Traci Fernandez said.

  • New downtown Lombard businesses include jewelry store, salons Jul 30, 2014 8:01 AM
    Five businesses have opened their doors this year in downtown Lombard to help give the area a new look. “I’m just very pleased with who’s coming down here,” said Sarah Richardt, executive director of Lombard Town Centre, a group that promotes downtown. Here's a quick look...

  • DuPage County manufacturing incubator nearing launch Jul 29, 2014 9:41 AM
    An innovation center that aims to provide entrepreneurs with space and manufacturing technology to launch their ideas is soon to have a home in DuPage County. Rev3 Innovation Center expects to choose a site in the next few weeks, said Nic Zito, business services director for Choose DuPage. “We’re 99 percent done with securing our space."

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