Your advertising and marketing strategies are making a difference – but it's easier than you'd think to sabotage their success. Monica Brubaker explains four common mistakes that can doom a marketing plan. ...

Truly transforming the Rockford region into a Top 25 community requires a closer look at how we raise up those in poverty. A new project with Transform Rockford is taking the first step. ...

A year filled with economic successes has local leaders feeling optimistic about the months to come. Get a taste of what’s happening in our region and what challenges could lie ahead. ...

A strategically placed gift or donation can pay dividends for your business, as Susan Dobbe-Leahy, of Dobbe Marketing, explains. ...

Longevity in business is no small feat, but it’s something this family-owned shoe store has achieved through its dedication to serving customers. ...

Staying true to their values and their vision has helped the couple behind this bed-and-breakfast to create a cozy country getaway. ...

What if our employers could find the talent they need, and our schools could prepare workers faster than ever before? That could be truly transformative – and a competitive advantage for our region. It’s already happening. ...

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. ...

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. ...

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. ...