Now is an ideal time of year to show your clients and vendors how much you appreciate their contributions. Susan Dobbe-Leahy, of Dobbe Marketing, in Crystal Lake, explains why. ...

Though she faces tough competition from big-box stores, Mary Behrens has established a competitive edge at her Crystal Lake store by winning over customers with price and selection. ...

‘Sweet’ is the operative word at this Crystal Lake chocolatier, where owner Melanie Hiser makes a priority of friendly customer service and high-quality ingredients. ...

For 90 years, Swiss Colony has helped take the stress out of holiday shopping. Find out how a college student turned a class project into a booming business. ...

Expanding into new markets is no small feat, especially in an industry as competitive and tightly regulated as health care. This is the story of how smart business planning guided the new Centegra Hospital-Huntley. ...

Though it's perhaps better known for its beaches, Wauconda is staking a position in its growing industrial corridor, where locally based companies are adding new jobs across many fields. ...

When Goliath corporations dominate a market, how can the Davids fight back? This Barrington-area physicians group is betting on a strategic alignment with like-minded players. ...

Aaron Poling has been in the garage door business since he was 10. He shares insight on what it takes to run a garage door business and what separates his company from the competition. ...

Susan Dobbe-Leahy, of Dobbe Marketing, explains how updating your marketing plan by incorporating a fresh perspective can be not only be a useful strategy, but an exciting adventure. ...

Real estate market growth is returning to many corners of the region, but it's especially strong in Elgin, where new homes and commercial properties are rising at one of the fastest rates in Illinois. ...