« Previous Sep 2016Next »Digital Edition Archives About iBi Experience Localby Amanda Seaboch and Jonathan WrightWhat started with a single restaurant in 1956 has grown into a many-layered shopping-and-dining experience.Read more » A Message to Repeat Jan Wright, Publisher, iBi Buy local, shop where you live, keep your dollars circulating in the region… Sparing the Landfill by Liz Scoville Having brought a personal touch to area recycling since 1990, Midwest Fiber shows no sign of slowing down. Salvaging Peoria's Past by Maegan Gilliland Wright Two area companies are preserving the past at an affordable cost—and rescuing local architectural history in the process. A Catalyst for Peoria’s Innovation Ecosystem by Henry Vicary Caterpillar Inc. Our region needs a destination hub where today’s workforce can prototype new ideas and share knowledge with the next generation. State Economic Development Gets a Major Boost by Jim Schultz Intersect Illinois A new economic development organization seeks to drive business growth in Illinois. The Region’s First-Of-Its-Kind Business Accelerator by Chad Stamper and Ross Miller Turner Center for Entrepreneurship at Bradley University The foundation of Brave Launch is evidence-based entrepreneurship, agile development and real-world insight. 50 Years Avanti! by Liz Scoville After a half century in business, this Swiss immigrant has never lost his entrepreneurial spirit. A Fresh Start for Pekin’s Sweetest Landmark by Heather Swick Maurie’s Fine Candies keeps pace with the times while standing firm on tradition. The One-Stop Home Shop by Maegan Gilliland Wright At Studio 29, six local businesses have come together to help you design or update your home. How To Survive Generational Transition In A Family Business by Henry Hutcheson Family Business USA If you’re part of a family business, there’s good news and bad news. Vision for Life by Heather Swick Bard Optical observes a milestone anniversary with a yearlong program and a sustained focus on community. Region One Year: A Look BackCongressman Darin LaHood, 18th District of Illinois Shopping Local Supports Local ServicesMary Ardapple, Peoria County Board Social-Emotional Support for Academic Success Michael Stephan - Heart of Illinois United Way Small Business and the Downtownby Michael J. Freilinger Downtown Development Corporation of Peoria A Partnership with a Big Impactby Sarah Oakford Peoria Public Schools Advocating for Stronger Communitiesby Dallas Hancock Peoria Area Association of Realtors Finance How Much Is Your Business Worth?by Jonathan Williams Commerce Bank The Five Rings of Retirement PlanningDaryl Dagit - Savant Capital Management Robo-Advisors Vs. HumansThe Outer Limits Of Automated Financial Adviceby Rick Rivera Safeguard Investment Advisory Group Workplace Electronic Records, Drug Testing and Increased Penaltiesby Michael R. Lied Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC How Small Businesses Can Tackle the New Overtime Regulationsby Kimberly Orsolits and Matt Smutz CliftonLarsonAllen LLP Healthcare An Innovative Medical Practice Comes to Central Illinoisby Dr. Keith E. Knepp UnityPoint Health – Peoria New Investment VenturesDr. Mike Cruz - OSF Saint Francis Medical Center A Self-Funded Health Planby Tony Schierbeck UnityPoint Health – Peoria More... Business Decisions on the FarmPatrick Kirchhofer - Peoria County Farm Bureau One-Up Seeking a Champion Best Buddies Illinois has opened up nominations for its 2016 Champion of the Year fundraising event.