iBi - August 2011

A Nice Place to Raise a Family Business

by Kristin Muckerheide

From marketing assistance to business plan development, Metro Centre goes above and beyond the typical retail center when it comes to supporting its tenants.

For the Love of the Game

by Kelly Mantick

“For the love of the game” neatly summarizes the outlook of Carl Lathrop, co-owner of Rainbow Play Systems of Central Illinois. And while Lathrop’s affable demeanor and savvy sales skills are largely responsible for the business’ success, it wouldn’t have gotten off the ground without the help of his daughter, Shannon Henry.

The Hardin Family

by Kelly Mantick

For Bill Hardin, life is more about show than tell, a hands-on approach that translates well into his work as both an artist and for the family-owned Hardin Signs.

The Income Replacement Discussion

by Lawrence “ Will” Williams IV
David Vaughan Investments, Inc.

There are few greater decisions than the sale of a family-owned business. Where do you begin?

ABG: Keeping on the Cutting Edge

by Sara Browning

Teamwork, faith and family came together to turn a staff of three into one of the largest independent retirement plan record-keepers in the nation. 

A Very Special Meating Haus…

by Jennifer Daly
Morton Economic Development Council

Good genes run in the Rocke family…along with a rich history tied to a business first known as Rocke’s Cold Storage.

A Stroll Down Apricot Lane

by Kelly Mantick

A hub for trendy women of all ages, Apricot Lane offers style as inimitable as the mother-daughter team who brought it to Peoria.

A Family Future Set in Stone

by Amy Chovan

Now in its fourth generation, the family-owned Abel Vault & Monument creates granite memorials of your loved ones.

Running with the Dream

by Sara Browning

Moving from one state to another to begin a new job with a company run by one’s father-in-law might appear daunting to some.

From One Mom and Pop to Another

by Kristin Muckerheide

Operated by the Blasek family since 1955, Peoria Flag & Decorating is one of the area’s mainstay family businesses.