Previous Sep 2014Next Digital Edition Archives About iBi George O. Pasquel CompanyFour Generations of Familyby Stevie ZverevaPhotography by David VernonFor 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.”Read more » Livin’ the Dream Jan Wright, Publisher, iBi Local businesses are motivated not just for the quick sale, but for a long-standing relationship. Great Clips A Franchising Journey by Annie Locke Dave Hands shares his journey to financial security by choosing the path of franchising. Peoria Camera Shop 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.” Echo Valley Meats Getting What You Work For by Sara Browning An extraordinary work ethic has moved Dave Alwan from cutting meat in his family’s butcher shop to winning recognition on the national stage. A Matter of Taste Simply Yum! by Annie Locke Connie Randall looks back on her years of business with pride… and a satisfied stomach. Prairie Home Alliance Trust in Home Improvement by Sara Browning An umbrella for multiple companies throughout central Illinois, Prairie Home Alliance has been “a friend in the business” to thousands since 1976. Bruce Brown Pathway to the Heights by Norman V. Kelly With a long legacy in Peoria—from marine to councilman to restaurateur—Bruce Brown has worked hard on the road to success. Fortner Insurance Pride in Protecting What’s Yours by Sara Browning With a reputation for trust and longevity of service, Fortner Insurance has been helping businesses, families and individuals since 1992. Welch ATM A Vision for Explosive Growth by Rebecca Hellman The Peoria-based firm is positioned to continue its recent growth through a merger with the top ATM provider in the country. Michele’s Floral Ahead of the Trends by Sara Browning More than a traditional flower shop, Michele’s Floral Events & Decorative Accessories provides complete floral services for every occasion. Goddess Boheme Sewing for the Soul by Annie Locke Sherri Swanson creates one-of-a-kind clothing for real-sized women at an eclectic boutique on Prospect Road. Region Leveraging the Region’s Water Resourcesby Mick Hall Bard Optical Honoring An Exemplary Public Servantby Brad McMillan Institute for Principled Leadership in Public Service at Bradley University Small Business Grows in MortonJennifer Daly, Greater Peoria Economic Development Council Assessing Community NeedsMichael Stephan - Heart of Illinois United Way Is Your Business Prepared for Survival?Thomas O'Neill III, Peoria County Board Finance Top 10 Mistakes in Business Continuation Planningby Derek Floyd CliftonLarsonAllen Make Sure the Family Business Doesn't Ruin Your Familyby Jonathan Williams Commerce Bank Workplace Small Business: Engine of Economic Developmentby Sharon Amdall A Different Set of Eyes... And Outcomesby Rob Newbold IMEC Seven Tough Clients and How to Win Them Overby Andrew Sobel How Depression and Stress in the Workplace Are Killing Productivityby Graeme Cowan Putting a Value on Your Businessby Glen Birnbaum Heinold Banwart, Ltd. Your Billboard On Their PhoneLarry Timm - AAIM Employers’ Association Healthcare Medi-Park Pharmacy: Patient-and Employee-Focusedby Greg Puszkiewicz OSF Saint Francis, Inc. Specialized Treatment for Wound CareUnityPoint Health - Methodist I Proctor More... Phosphorus and the No-Till ConundrumPatrick Kirchhofer - Peoria County Farm Bureau Balance Saving Backs…and Costs! by Annie Locke By treating pain before it develops into a serious injury, the preventative approach is a good fit with Dr. Benningfield’s philosophy on wellness.