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More Polish Pottery? Yes!

More Polish Pottery? Yes!

More Polish Pottery? Yes! In 2011, Rebecca Gengler realized her dream of opening a store dedicated to Polish pottery. For her, More Polish Pottery is more than a business, it’s her way of life. Over the years, she has turned her business into the Midwest’s premier...

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Celebrating Success

Celebrating Success

Celebrating Success If we had to sum up the last year in one word, it would be AMAZING. The companies we’ve been able to help, the people we’ve gotten to meet and get to know. Here are some of this year’s success stories. Chicago Expansion Bolt Dan Gayton, president...

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Common Ground for Entrepreneurs

Common Ground for Entrepreneurs

Shared Traits of Successful Business Leaders Over the years, we have noticed that many successful business owners share some of the same traits. And to be sure, if you Google “traits of entrepreneurial success”, you’ll get thousands of pages of information about...

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Anatomy of a Great Pitch

Anatomy of a Great Pitch

We are often asked what makes a great business pitch. While there is no set recipe for success, there are some fundamental pieces that we look for in every presentation. Sybil Ege of the Small Business Development Center at Elgin Community College helped us put...

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BeanLab Fills a Void

BeanLab Fills a Void

BeanLab founder and CEO, Josh Moore, recently pitched his company to the FVEC. BeanLab is an accounting and consulting service firm for small businesses. Why do they focus on companies up to $10 million in revenue? Because not many other firms do – creating a niche in...

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Summertime Success

Summertime Success

It’s hard to believe, the summer is almost over and fall is knocking on the door. The time has flown by – there are so many fantastic business opportunities in the Fox Valley. Here’s a look at some of our success stories and hints of the future. We have been lucky...

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Refine Your Networking Skills

Refine Your Networking Skills

By Jenifer Anhalt Networking is about building mutually beneficial relationships that stand the test of time. Meeting people and getting to know them allows you to expand your personal network as well as your sphere of influence. For instance, you might know of lots...

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Having a Marketing Plan – It’s Important

Having a Marketing Plan – It’s Important

By Jacqueline Camacho-Ruiz, JJR Marketing Every business, regardless of what they do or offer, needs a marketing plan. Why? Because it creates a roadmap to success. There are identified deliverables, answers to key questions and directions for what to do and when to...

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Spring-ing into Action with Tentinger Landscapes

Spring-ing into Action with Tentinger Landscapes

Owned and operated by Zack Tentinger, Tentinger Landscapes provides landscape design, maintenance and construction services throughout Aurora and the Fox Valley. Zack pitched his company and ideas to the FVEC in February of this year. We saw the passion and potential...

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