iBi - September 2014

Four Generations of Family
by Stevie Zvereva
Photography by David Vernon

For four generations, this family business has thrived by adapting to an ever-evolving food industry while staying true to a service approach rooted in “old-fashioned kindness.”

  • Local businesses are motivated not just for the quick sale, but for a long-standing relationship.

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A Franchising Journey
by Annie Locke

Dave Hands shares his journey to financial security by choosing the path of franchising.

Service and Know-How
by Stevie Zvereva

For nearly eight decades, this shop has been committed to offering “good service, reputable merchandise and photographic know-how.”

Getting What You Work For

An extraordinary work ethic has moved Dave Alwan from cutting meat in his family’s butcher shop to winning recognition on the national stage.

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Simply Yum!
Connie Randall looks back on her years of business with pride… and a satisfied stomach. Read more »
Pride in Protecting What’s Yours

With a reputation for trust and longevity of service, Fortner Insurance has been helping businesses, families and individuals since 1992.

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Ahead of the Trends

More than a traditional flower shop, Michele’s Floral Events & Decorative Accessories provides complete floral services for every occasion.

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Pathway to the Heights

With a long legacy in Peoria—from marine to councilman to restaurateur—Bruce Brown has worked hard on the road to success.

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Trust in Home Improvement

An umbrella for multiple companies throughout central Illinois, Prairie Home Alliance has been “a friend in the business” to thousands since 1976.

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A Vision for Explosive Growth

The Peoria-based firm is positioned to continue its recent growth through a merger with the top ATM provider in the country.

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Sewing for the Soul

Sherri Swanson creates one-of-a-kind clothing for real-sized women at an eclectic boutique on Prospect Road.

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