The Robert and Carolyn Turner Center for Entrepreneurship at Bradley University is an incredible resource for Greater Peoria’s business community, offering assistance to startups and existing businesses alike. The various centers which comprise the Turner Center provide business counseling, technical assistance, training and educational activities for entrepreneurs and businesses that want to expand or take advantage of new opportunities and technologies, are interested in marketing their products and services internationally, or are seeking to commercialize new products and technologies.
On August 27, 2019, the Turner Center for Entrepreneurship hosted an award ceremony to celebrate the success of its clients and the strong relationships of its community partners. From local entrepreneurs and innovators to rural businesses and the people who support them, they are dedicated to their businesses—and to making a positive impact in central Illinois. Peoria Magazines is proud to partner with the Turner Center to bring their stories to the wider community.
Startup of the Year: Heartland Fabrication LLC
An entrepreneurial tale of problem-solving and custom fabrication
Innovation of the Year: LUX Blox
Using the principles of nature to design a “better block”
Small Business Advocate of the Year: Minority Business Development Center
Passion and experience come together to boost business success
Community Partner of the Year: Greater Peoria Economic Development Council
A public-private partnership charged with improving the regional economy
Exporter of the Year: Simformotion LLC
Selling state-of-the-art simulation technologies around the world
Government Prime Contractor of the Year: Fugate Inc.
Local innovations garnering national and international attention
New Exporter of the Year: Jtec Industries Inc.
A local firm develops an international strategy for growth
Rural Business of the Year: The Barn III
A business disaster becomes a compelling success story
Rural Community Partner of the Year: Morton Community Bank
Locally-owned and operated, and committed to the success of rural communities
Small Business of the Year: Bump Boxes
One of Illinois’ fastest-growing companies and a global leader in ecommerce