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. ...

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. ...

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. ...

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

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. ...

hough it's more like 50 years she's been creating gorgeous floral bouquets, Shirley Crawford has built a loyal following since returning to her hometown to open a floral shop. ...

It began with a passion for well-made items and a hobby, but now it's grown into a decor shop that's made itself at home in downtown Oregon, Ill. ...

John Lindhorst chased his passions into business ownership, and along the way, he's discovered some unexpected success through his unique business. ...

Risk has always been present for this Rockford-based expert in carpet cleaning, but it's the family's adaptability to changing conditions and a focus on quality that have kept this business moving with the times. ...

It's easy to take for granted the sorts of strategic moves that can help you to fully finance a comfortable retirement. David Cyrs, of Cyrs Wealth Management, highlights some common risks, and know how to respond. ...