Northwest Business Magazine
Tyler, Cindy and Merlin Hagemann are just a few of the family members you can expect to see when visiting Merlin’s Greenhouse & Flowers in Oregon, Ill. Merlin has been involved with the business for nearly 50 years and is steadily passing ownership onto his son, Tyler. (Samantha Behling photo)
Merlin’s Greenhouse & Flowers: Business Keeps Blooming

It’s been a storied 50 years for Merlin’s Greenhouse & Flowers. See how the Hagemann family keeps this business thriving into a new generation.

Ben and Gail Barton, the second-generation owners of Byron Bank, and Jen and Brent Baker, third-generation owners, are keeping the small community bank at the forefront of their market by focusing on customers’ needs. (Samantha Behling photo)
Byron Bank Celebrates 45 Years in a Competitive Market

Byron Bank has grown from a single location in Byron, Ill., to a multi-branch bank that’s now a leader in Ogle County’s financial market. Discover how this bank has achieved success throughout the past 45 years.

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Transform Rockford: Creating a Jobs Pipeline, from ‘Cradle to Career’

What if our employers could find the talent they need, and our schools could prepare workers faster than ever before? That could be truly transformative – and a competitive advantage for our region. It’s already happening.

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Local Manufacturing & Business Briefs

Discover some of the latest product launches and innovations happening within our region’s manufacturing companies.

Tony and Cassie Bonnet opened the Cedar & Stone Cabinetry and Flooring showroom in Machesney Park, Ill., to show off some of the possibilities for clients who want to improve their home. The showroom includes numerous vignettes and design ideas. (Samantha Behling photos)
Success Stories: Macktown Construction/Cedar & Stone

From flooring to room additions, this one-stop shop has built itself into a go-to source for any remodeling project. Find out why these two companies decided to merge and learn how they’ve worked together.