Economic development might sound like a boring topic, but it’s actually the secret ingredient to collectively attracting, retaining and growing businesses at home. Susan Dobbe-Leahy, of Dobbe Marketing, in Crystal Lake, shares why this critical tool can impact your marketing strategy. ...

How much can $2 billion transform a region? As this nonprofit organization is finding out, smart capital investments in business, infrastructure and tourist destinations are laying the foundation of a positive future. ...

Nobody has all of the answers, but if we know the right places to look and the right people to ask, we might find just the help we need to solve the challenges facing our operations. ...

When opportunity arose, this brave band of marketers jumped. Meet this team of creative types and discover how they’ve built success over the past 15 years by leaping into uncharted territory. ...

Its eyes on making the Rockford region a Top 25 community over the next decade, this nonprofit group is leading the charge for the area’s self-improvement – and they’re seeing results. ...

Encouraged by increasing demand, many of our region's small business leaders are making the commitment to expand or to launch their new enterprise. Before you pull the trigger, learn how banking services can help you to reach your goal. ...

This Crystal Lake veterinary specialist has made a hallmark of caring for family pets. From a small practice to the region's premier animal specialty practice, a lot has changed in 20 years. ...

Is your business interested in giving back, but doesn't know where to start? Susan Dobbe-Leahy, of Dobbe Marketing, in Crystal Lake, explains how to make philanthropy a part of your business plan. ...

This family-owned business has been building top-notch residences since the 1960s. Learn what it takes to survive in the busy real estate market, and how Shodeen's signature community plays to its strengths as a local firm. ...

The Gatorade Sports Science Institute, in Barrington, is about much more than corporate research and development. Not only does the work of these scientists affect new product, but it's sought out by some of the world’s top performers. ...