Maria Ahmedi was one of the first clients to get in touch with the Illinois Small Business Development Center at the Starved Rock Country Alliance. Her world renowned restaurant, the Old Route 66 Family Restaurant is a regular attraction to locals, national, and international travelers who are on their Historic Old Route 66 roadtrip adventure. The restaurant opened originally in 1977 by Bill Starks. Maria Ahmedi purchased the restaurant in 2001 and has operated it since with
Want to explore space, play fetch with a lovable imaginary creature, dodge bullets, or find a new way to practice your boxing skills? Revelation VR, the newest business in Peru, Illinois, can take you there and beyond! Revelation VR is a virtual reality gaming center that offers a vast array of experiences for all ages. Virtual reality players use headsets to immerse themselves in 3D digitally-generated 360°environments. Hand controls enable players to interact with digital o
There are just some people who have a great eye for how to make something new again. Lori Fornero not only sees “the new” in old furniture, her creative eye sees the line and the design and the craftsmanship and adds in new colors and trends and what comes through is the possibility for what it could be Refurbished Treasure! And oh! The Artistry! “My journey with Furniture Artistry started four years ago.” Lori shares. “I love to be creative and put the time into repairing an
The Starved Rock Country Alliance has announced the hiring of Amy Lambert as the new executive director of the Illinois Small Business Development Center. Lambert began work at the Alliance SBDC on June 26. The Alliance SBDC director will coordinate one-to-one counseling with individuals interested in starting new enterprises as well as existing small businesses. In an innovative new model, the work of the Illinois Small Business Development Center at the Starved Rock Country
MORRIS – For anyone thinking of starting their own small business, help is here in Grundy County. The Illinois Small Business Development Center at Starved Rock Country Alliance is beginning to hold sessions in Morris. Amy Lambert, executive director of the center, said the project is new to Morris. “I travel throughout the region to meet with clients,” she said. “I come to Morris one day a week.” The Illinois Small Business Development Center at the Starved Rock Country Alli
When Brian McIntyre began working with the Illinois Small Business Development Center at the Starved Rock Country Alliance he was not sure of the direction his business, Two Rivers Outreach, was heading. Rocking an age well beyond sixty and dedicated to operating a business working with often marginalized populations, Brian found himself focusing on his challenges more than his opportunities. Two Rivers Outreach offers counseling services to people who have experienced the lo
After ten years of practice and planning, Robin and Kate Butler decided to launch their new business, Butler Concierge Services, based out of Princeton, IL - and servicing clients throughout the Illinois Valley. About ten years ago, Kate shared that she began to help an elderly couple in her area. She connected with the couple’s family members, and found that their goal was to maintain the couple’s independence in their home as long as possible, postponing the additional expe
SPRING VALLEY — Scot Wrighton from Starved Rock Country Alliance addressed the Spring Valley City Council Monday evening. Wrighton explained they are taking over the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) which used to be housed at IVCC. The SBDC closed at the end of 2016 when IVCC could no longer provide offices and funding due to the state of Illinois budget crisis. Read more...
Rural Hair Parlor is a unique, social, and innovative salon offering healthy and environmentally friendly hair products, a stylist with educator-level expertise, and a fun welcoming atmosphere.
Join owner Amber Gossett, along with the SBDC at Starved Rock Country Alliance, and the Princeton Chamber of Commerce as we celebrate the Rural Hair Parlor’s Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting, Friday, April 6th, 2018 from 3:45 to 6:00 pm. Ribbon cutting will be at 4:00 pm sharp! Get
Thursday, November 9th, will be a monumental moment for Sue Fiorentini. This special day holds the ribbon cutting ceremony for Sue’s new business, EXPERIENCE TRAVEL, Starved Rock Country’s newest travel agency. Sue has wanted to own her own business since the eighties. Armed with 25 years of experience as a travel agent and bolstered with assistance from the Princeton Chamber of Commerce and the Illinois Small Business Center at the Starved Rock Country Alliance, Sue knew the