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Sense of Place Drives the ‘Come-Back Kids’

It’s easy to take for granted the lifestyle and career possibilities available here in the Rockford area. But to these “boomerangers” or “come-back kids,” coming home was a conscious choice – one made all the easier by Rockford’s growing sense of identity.

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Flocon: A Global Competitor and Local Powerhouse

Maybe you’ve never heard of Flocon Inc., in Woodstock, but there’s a good chance you’ve seen their work. Take a look inside this growing firm and its strategy for staying globally competitive.

Success Stories: The Oscar Swan Country Inn

Time seems to have stopped at this quaint retreat in Geneva, but then again, staying ahead of the times and connecting with guests in a meaningful way has never really gone out of fashion.

Success Stories: Yours & Meyn, Simply Designed

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.

Small-Business Marketing: To Target Teens, Influence and Advocate

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.