Annual Guide 2016

 

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Every time, every place, has its own complement of interesting people. Our region is no different. We are all surrounded by people who are making a difference, leaders who work to the benefit of those around them. We strive to do this for our families, friends and fellow neighbors. This issue is dedicated to some of the most interesting people in our region and the positive difference we all can make in its transformation.

Inside this special guide, you’ll find resources on the region’s best destinations, high-quality locally owned businesses, healthcare experts and economic development trends.

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25 Local People Who Inspire


It’s easy to talk about transforming our region. But actually doing something to change the world – that’s the hard part. Meet 25 individuals who have made their mark through positive actions, both big and small.




Our Amazing Performing Arts Venues


The performing arts venues in our region are beyond impressive. With elaborate architecture and outstanding local performers, we’re lucky to have these entertainment havens so close to home.




Our Region’s Original Flavors, from Morning til Night


The Old Northwest Territory is home to culinary talent like no other. Make note of these exemplary establishments for the next time you’re craving something delectable.




Why We Choose to ‘Buy Local’


We can think of many reasons to buy local, from the feel-good to the economically good. Here’s an argument for why supporting locally owned businesses can boost our region’s economic health.




Could Your Castle Use Some Upgrades?


Your house might be calling for a much-need update, and the options can be seemingly endless. Our local businesses offer many modern, high-quality ideas that can help you to feel right at home.




For Outdoor Projects, Family-Owned Businesses Have the Expertise


Too often, weekly warriors forget to do their homework. Our region’s locally owned garden centers, stone specialists and roofing contractors are ready to guide you through the job.




2016 Guide to Senior Living Communities


Perhaps one of our most significant decisions in life is how we’ll be cared for when we can no longer care for ourselves. Here’s a guide to some of the excellent care available within our region.




The End of Life: Acts of Love & Honor in Their Final Days


Each of us will face the loss of people we love. While we can’t change this fact, there’s plenty we can do to improve end-of-life quality and to memorialize those we’ve loved and lost.




2016 Annual Healthcare Guide


Looking for a certain kind of hospital, specialty clinic, or expert physician within our region? Find what you’re looking for in the region’s most comprehensive guide to health care services.




Peak Fitness and Sports Club: Where Confidence is Built


Getting healthy and in shape doesn’t have to be a frustrating experience. Discover a homegrown gym in Rockford that’s been built to cultivate healthy lifestyles.




16 Unforgettable Wedding Venues


Before you say “I do,” check out some of our region’s most elegant, unique and otherwise special locations for hosting your wedding day.




Education: A Network of Quality Choices for Students


Schools around our region are making great strides in preparing the next generation. Learn how both public and private school systems are increasing options and creating stand-out results.




10 Reasons to Love the Rockford Region


With nationally recognized museums, award-winning restaurants and a host of hidden gems, the Rockford region has much to be proud of. Here are 10 reasons why we love this area.




2016 Guide to Professional Services Providers


When it comes to selecting a financial professional, bank, attorney or insurance company, relationships matter. We’ve found some of the region’s top providers, who pride themselves on building trust.




Positive Signals Indicate a Year of Growth


Around our region, sprigs of new business growth are leafing out. Discover what projects are in the works and what key metrics point to a good year for economic development.




Transform Rockford: Searching for a Cultural Plan Mandate


It’s no secret that Rockford has a wealth of quality arts and recreation assets, but it may surprise you how they can play an important role in remaking our region.




2016 Guide to Commercial Lending Services


Growth is happening in our region. However you choose to join the new markets that are springing up around our region, you’re sure to need some help from committed lenders.

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