Previous Oct 2018Next Digital Edition Archives About iBi 30 Years of Cullinan Propertiesby Lisa UlleniusFor three decades, this real estate development firm has continued to grow… in the Peoria area and beyond.Read more » Anniversary Milestones Jan Wright, Publisher, iBi This month’s iBi tells the stories behind a number of locally-owned businesses, many of which are celebrating landmark anniversaries this year. Community Building with River City Construction by Heather Swick This talented group of professionals continues to play a key role in some of the region’s most prominent building projects. Soulful Passion in Southern Cuisine by Mae Gilliland Wright Something beyond food is created at Moja… where traditions are passed down and new customs begin. Sensory Secrets at Excalibur Seasoning by Mae Gilliland Wright On the south side of Pekin, a longstanding company produces seasonings, blends, marinades, spices and rubs for every aspect of manufacturing and production. Strategic Planning in Turbulent Times by Dr. Aaron Buchko Bradley University We must live with the fact that we’re not going to see everything coming. Vonachen Family Values by Lisa Ullenius This family-owned company has been cleaning and maintaining commercial businesses for over 50 years. Lease Lingo by Katie Kim The Kim Group A quick walk through the basic language of commercial real estate… The Threat Of Cyber-Attacks On Small Businesses by Noah Menold Quinn, Johnston, Henderson, Pretorius & Cerulo While it may be impossible to prevent all cyber-attacks, being prepared will allow for minimal business interruption and limit legal exposure. How to Prepare to Exit Your Business Cathy Butler - Morgan Stanley Start planning now for the transaction of a lifetime… Don's Music Land Then and Now by Heather Swick For 50 years, Don Middleton has spread his love and knowledge of music to people of all ages. Business Financing Are You Getting the Best Deal? by Cesar Suarez City of Peoria Consider these tips when seeking financing for your business. Five “Must Dos” For Small Businesses Looking to Raise Growth Capital by Thomas E. Knauff Energy Distribution Partners It’s critical that you have a compelling growth strategy that fits the profile of the investors you’re targeting. Region Looking Back, Moving ForwardJennifer Zammuto, Heart of Illinois United Way A Strategic Plan for Downtown DevelopmentMichael Freilinger, Downtown Development Corporation of Peoria What Is Your Dream?by Mark Roberts Community Foundation of Central Illinois Celebrating Small BusinessDavid Zimmerman, Tazewell County Board A Serious Discussion…Action Requiredby Andrew Rand Peoria County Board Finance Peak Cycle? Investment Insightsby Patrick V. Masso Heartland Bank Wealth Management Teaching our Children to Give CharitablyPatricia Cutilletta, Morgan Stanley Illinois Secure Choice: What’s New in Employee Retirement Savingsby Angela Vaughn Heinold Banwart, Ltd. WOTC Strategy Remains Valuable To Employersby Jennifer Rohen and Dan Bender CLA Workplace Covering Your Assets: Trade Secret Protectionby Robert Tenney Heyl Royster Investigating Work Injuries from the Medical PerspectiveMichael Davis - IWIRC Corp. Conversation Marketing Hacks8 Ways to “Speak Human” and Change the Gameby Merilee Kern Healthcare A New (Almost) Home in Peoriaby Lauren Hoefert OSF HealthCare More... Staying Safe on the FarmDaetta Jones, Ameren Illinois Engineering the Future Through STEM and Roboticsby Ashleigh Webb Caterpillar Inc. One-Up Shamrockers Celebrate Golden Anniversary For half a century, Shamrock Plastics, Inc. has been pressure-forming and thermoforming plastic parts for companies in central Illinois and beyond. Also in this issue... Modern Manners for Business Meals Challenges in the Rural Economy Support for Rural Business Development Job Satisfaction Up, Professional Development Lacking Gamify Your Business!