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Wednesday, September 02, 2015 11:28 PM
  • Arlington Heights woman switches gears, follows heart to new career
    Karen Conway of Arlington Heights spent more than 20 years in the corporate world in electrical engineering and business management. When she left her job, she followed a longtime “natural curiosity for cars” and launched the first Honest-1 Auto Care in Illinois. 
  • Nutriad tasting success

    Keith Klanderman grew up on a dairy farm in Baldwin, Wisconsin and continues to farm 160 acres there. He spent hours on a tractor cutting and baling hay earlier this month.

  • Schaumburg company works to keep clients living independently

    When Molly Miceli started her company 26 years ago, she was on the cutting edge of an industry that was set to explode. Over the years while growing Schaumburg-based LifeStyle Options Inc., she has stayed ahead of the curve with a new technology component as the latest component.

  • CLC, Elk Grove construction firm embark on $50 million project

    Mortenson Construction, a national contractor with local operations in Elk Grove Village, has launched a $50 million project at the College of Lake County in Grayslake.

  • Father-daughter team sets healthy goal for fundraisers
    An Oak Park father and daughter launched a business using their professional and personal experiences. The idea for the company originated when Angie Maguire and her friends grew tired of supporting local sports teams and organizations through the same fundraising efforts. 
  • Student entrepreneurs develop business plans

    A 14-year-old is on the road to sell ethnic food cooking kits, a sixth-grader is making natural lip gloss and a middle school student is CEO of a company that makes slippers that light up at night, so you don’t bump into things in the dark.

  • If there are two words to describe Gabi Perez, she says they are “adventurous” and “driven.” Her most recent move to open a dessert shop in Downers Grove, a goal she has been thinking about for 18 years, demonstrate these traits

  • After spending more than three decades in the commercial art and advertising industry, Chris Bonk’s position was downsized and he searched for a different medium. He found Bottle & Bottega, a growing franchise that involves holding interactive art parties

  • Growing up in Deerfield, Mike Dorfman was one of those kids who enjoyed working on cars, playing the drums and inventing things. It’s these characteristics that have driven him to run a successful musical instrument manufacturing company for the past 25 years. 
  • Small business owner Sarine Crotteau realizes that she sets the tone and the atmosphere for her business on a daily basis. She knows the importance of her role. 
  • Stephane Rambaud grew up in Paris, France and learned a great deal about the transport business from his grandfather and his dad. He came to the Chicago area to do a one-month internship 30 years ago. An inner drive and desire to grow a company brought him to a top position of a global transportation firm. 
  • It’s not hard to see why baseball analogies have been used in business for ages: The sport is filled with great lessons in management and leadership that transfer to the business world. 
  • Olam International, a global company specializing in the cocoa, coffee, cashew, cotton and spice industries, just opened a test kitchen and sales office for one of its divisions in Willowbrook. 
  • Benjamin Ripstein wanted a night that his customers and the community would remember when planning the grand reopening of his Lake Zurich business severely damaged by fire last spring.  He didn't disappoint. 
  • What started out as a brief discussion on a Sunday afternoon drove five area business leaders to come together to help families in financial need. In just a few short months, The Build Team was born in an effort to assist in keeping people in their homes. 
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