Banking & the Economy: Rising Optimism Means Growth Opportunity

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.

Join the Family at Private Clubs

Some come for the golf, while others come for the camaraderie. All walk away with a larger network and lasting connections.






How to Build a New Hospital (A Growth Story)

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.






4 Wauconda Companies That Are Expanding

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.






Lake Cook Orthopedic Associates: Aligning to Fight the Competition

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.






Business Resource Guide: Rieke Office Interiors

Part of a Series: Discover a custom office furniture manufacturer whose constant pursuit of innovation is gaining attention.






Schaumburg: A Magnet for Commerce & Culture

Its population doubles in the daytime, as out-of-towners converge on the city’s many shopping and playtime destinations, offices and industrial centers. Explore what makes this village one of the state’s strongest attractions.






Strengthen and Embrace Your Key Message

Your key message is an important identifier of your business and a hook for customers. Sue Dobbe-Leahy, of Dobbe Marketing in Crystal Lake, provides examples of top-notch messages and suggestions for how to craft a winner.






Business Forecast 2016: Opportunity Mixed With Growing Pains

The past year brought plenty of good economic news, and small business owners are feeling upbeat. Here, local leaders share thoughts about the challenges and opportunities ahead.






Barrington High Schoolers Take A Leap

An intrepid group of students may never know the feeling of opportunity wasted. They’re jumping right into their school’s very own version of “Shark Tank.”