Northwest Business Magazine

A Family Business Story ‘Maid’ in Harvard


Six brothers set out to find their fortunes, each guided by his work in the family bakery. This is the story of how those brothers have carried the lessons and work of their youth into successful enterprises that all lead back to home.

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Business Milestones: Marvin’s Toy Store’s 5th Anniversary

Guided by a vision to sell meaningful, long-lasting toys that truly encourage a child’s development, this mother-daughter duo have staked a strong position in a rapidly changing marketplace.

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Arvidson Pools and Spas: For 60 Years, a Culture of Positive Thinking

This family-owned firm has spent six decades creating beautiful backyard pools. Find out how the third-generation president continues to push this company in new directions.

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Fueling Economic Growth in St. Charles

The growing skyline in downtown St. Charles is just one signal that this city’s economy has been expanding. Get the inside scoop on what’s new, what’s in the pipeline, and what’s being done to keep the momentum going.

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Small-Business Marketing: Hometown Merchants Make Magic

There’s a certain magic behind every small business. Susan Dobbe-Leahy, of Dobbe Marketing, in Crystal Lake, shows how to make that magic work in your own operation.

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