Northwest Business Magazine
New projects are in the works at Beloit’s Gateway Business Park, where a diverse range of businesses are tapping into the adjacent interstate highway system.

A Promising Outlook for Economic Success


Explore how seven communities are supercharging recent developments, how they’re setting the stage for new things to come, and why they’re optimistic about their prospects for the coming 12 months.

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Alondra Torres, of Rockford, is pursuing her dreams at Rockford University.

Transform Rockford: Boosting College Attainment

What’s a community to do when its level of college attainment is low, but the local economy demands an education? Meet a group that’s seeking to transform the region through this promising scholarship.






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2017 Guide to Commercial Lending Services

You need capital to help your small business grow. Meet a few local experts who can provide the financial guidance and seasoned advice necessary for success.






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Students at the College of Medicine-Rockford use a high-tech Anatomage table to perform digital dissections of a human body and analyze various pathologies. It’s one of several new additions at the UIC Health Sciences Campus - Rockford.

The Economic Impact of Education

When you add up student expenses, professor salaries, research spending and the many other activities happening at the UIC Health Sciences Campus – Rockford, what does it really mean for our economy? Take a peak inside.






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A group of Next Rockford members meet with Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey during a winter session.

Next Rockford: Engaging Millennials in Rockford’s Future

Millenials are becoming an ever-larger part of the working world, and as they take over, they’re living a very different set of work values from their predecessors. See how these young leaders are stepping up locally.






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Northwest Business Magazine NEWS & EVENTS
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Smart Living Weekly – January 11, 2017

  Illinois Snow Sculpting Competition Right in Our Region: The 31st Annual Illinois Snow Sculpting Competition will take place next week, even though there’s no significant snow in the weather…
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Smart Living Weekly – January 4, 2017

  Discovering Burpee All Over Again Right in Our Region: The Burpee Museum of Natural History, 737 N. Main St. in Rockford, is celebrating its 75th anniversary with the theme…
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Smart Living Weekly – December 14, 2016

  These Shows Light Up the Holidays Right in Our Region: Holiday light shows around our region are transforming the landscape into a winter wonderland. For just a few more…
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