This home decor business in Crystal Lake may have started with a simple “Why not?” moment, but it’s the determination to succeed that kept this business going strong through a tough economy. ...

Capturing the attention (and dollars) of Generation Z doesn’t have to be a total mystery. Susan Dobbe-Leahy, of Dobbe Marketing, explains how influencers and advocates light the way. ...

The rapid changes happening all around the Rockford region are fueling a renewed sense of optimism and a growing “sense of place.” Turns out, that evolving identity is a key part of Rockford’s narrative to out-of-towners. ...

When arts organizations in Elgin and Crystal Lake faced a do-or-die crisis, it took some creative business strategies and a public plea to turn things around. This is how they charged back from the brink with a renewed focus on the future. ...

Just because the common discourse suggests you have a problem doesn’t mean you lack positive qualities. Susan Dobbe-Leahy shares how a different outlook on your assets produces results. ...

It’s the little details that can have the greatest impact on your clients and prove the greatest differentiator from your competition, as this trio of designers has found over three decades. ...

Passion may have set the foundation for this colorful store in Woodstock, but it’s the owner’s background in education and his network of area artists that have kept customers engaged. ...

It could have been just another five-year plan, but instead the City’s new “Strategic Principles & Priorities” encapsulates a growing movement in this city – one that engages every corner of the community in a pathway to prosperity. ...

Are you an expert in your field? Do you have a message that uniquely benefits people in your market? Then you’re well on your way to becoming a Subject Matter Expert. ...

This family-owned furniture store has been a fixture in downtown Huntley since 1976. Step inside this thriving business and find out how it continues to remain successful. ...