Northwest Business Magazine

Retail Secrets That Work


For all the technological strengths of your big-box and online foes, your small business possesses some good, old-fashioned strategic advantages that are keeping your peers atop the market. Meet four local businesses and see how they set themselves apart.

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Small-Business Marketing Strategies: The Strengths of Main Street

Our thriving downtown districts present great opportunities to market your business. Susan Dobbe-Leahy, of Dobbe Marketing, explains how Main Street is making a difference.

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A Transformed Rockford Makes Retiree Dreams

Helen and Ernie Redfern were ahead of the curve when they discovered Rockford had everything they wanted for retirement — unlike the 20 other communities vying for their attention.

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Mercyhealth Woodstock Marks 20 Years of Service

This fixture in the local health care scene has made a name for itself not only through its distinguished specialty physicians but by its constant investment in the community.

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The Golden Corridor and Harper College: Making a Revolution in Manufacturing

Fully embracing digital fabrication, the “maker movement,” and communities that build entrepreneurs, Harper College is jumping in head-first as it builds a new hub that promises to fuel area manufacturing.

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