« Previous Jun 2014Next »Digital Edition Archives About iBi Startup Peoria: Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystemby Leah M. Abelphotography by David VernonFor years, popular opinion has dictated that to be successful in science, technology or startup ventures, one must relocate to Silicon Valley. Today, the next great business idea can come from anywhere.Read more » A Thriving Local Community Jan Wright, Publisher, iBi Startups are special in part because they are located right here in our communities. Bridging the Gap for a Bike-Friendly Peoria by Bridget Baker & Jonathan Wright A members-run cooperative is among recent initiatives created by an emerging community of urban bicyclists. Q&A With Steve Zika Having spent time in Silicon Valley and Austin, Texas, the Peoria native has experienced firsthand the startup culture that is now beginning to blossom here. Roll Camera… Roll Sound Behind the Scenes of a Peoria-Based Film by Seth Ian Collier Entrepreneurship and noir… leveraged local collaboration paved the way for the collective dream of this father-and-sons team. A Blueprint for Business Success by Ken Klotz Turner Center of Entrepreneurship at Bradley University The Business Model Canvas offers a great way to think through the critical elements of a business venture. Employment Laws Starting Points for Startups by Kimberly A. Sarff Quinn, Johnston, Henderson, Pretorius & Cerulo Learning the basic employment laws applicable to your business is a wise investment for even the smallest companies. Entrepreneurs and Angels by Kip McCoy & Stan Lynall Central Illinois Angels The desire to work closely with entrepreneurs is a key piece of the post-investment equation. A Snapshot of Entrepreneurship at Bradley by Stevie Zvereva Student organizations, business competitions and real-life successes… Talking With an Entrepreneurship Leader by Timothy Gronewold Howard & Howard Attorneys A quick Q&A with Bart Hamilton, a distinguished professor of entrepreneurship Linking Entrepreneurial Resources Thomas O'Neill III, Peoria County Board Developing an entrepreneurial ecosystem has been a major focus of Peoria County’s economic development efforts. Millennials and Entrepreneurs Mary Pille, Junior Achievement of Central Illinois Millennials are beginning to seek out entrepreneurial avenues to turn their niche-interest hobbies into businesses. From Peoria to Africa Empowering Entrepreneurs by Ben Hafele Haute Africa By providing business training to entrepreneurs in Africa, Haute has produced tangible improvements in their lives. Entrepreneurial Encore? A Small Business Might Be the Perfect “Retirement” Gig by Sean C. Castrina If you’re experiencing the retirement blues, you may want to start your own small business. So, You Want to Be Your Own Boss! by Sharon Amdall Enthusiasm and great ideas are good starting points, but entrepreneurs need more than that to start a successful business. 13 of the Biggest Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make (That May Not Seem Like Mistakes at All) by Tom Panaggio The entrepreneurial life is rife with potential pitfalls. That’s why the least you can do is avoid the not-so-obvious mistakes that have derailed so many of your brethren. Region Powerful Lessons From Project Discoveryby Jennifer Daly Morton Economic Development Council Focus Forward on Entrepreneurshipby Mick Hall Pursuing Public Safety ExcellenceMayor Jim Ardis - City of Peoria Supporting Student SuccessMichael Stephan - Heart of Illinois United Way Finance Keeping Financially Fitby Cathy S. Butler The Butler/Luthy Group Workplace Successful Transitions Depend On Perspective and Communicationby Matt Smutz & Brent Terhaar CliftonLarsonAllen LLP Healthcare Innovation Builds Healthy CommunitiesDebbie Simon, UnityPoint Health A Healthy Entrepreneurial Spiritby Jen Hopwood OSF Saint Francis Medical Center Understanding Colorectal Cancerby Dr. Steven Tsoraides Peoria Surgical Group More... Shaping Tomorrow’s Leaders…That’s Our Businessby Pam Kovacevich Girl Scouts of Central Illinois Spreading Hope & Inspirationby Bridget Baker Balance The Other Side of the Cup by Bridget Baker Catch up with the founders of Zion Coffee Co.