Courier News Latest news from Courier News Online en-us (Editor) Courier News 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ East Dundee’s Ahrens tops wedding cake competition ]]> Lead story image

EAST DUNDEE — If you’re in the market for a wedding cake, you may want to give the local bakery that recently nabbed a first place win in that category a try. During the Chicago Area Retail Bakers Association’s 14th annual cake decorating competition Sunday, Diane Ahrens of Piece-A-Cake Bakery took first place for her wedding cake design, as well as third place in the fondant cake category and third overall. “Getting first place in the wedding (category) was huge,” Ahrens said. During the competition, which is held in conjunction with the Chicago Flower & Garden Show at Navy Pier, … ]]> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 13:18:28 -0500 <![CDATA[ Elgin firm to lay off 60 in September ]]>

ELGIN — An Elgin business has reported to the state that it will be laying off 60 people in September. Dentsply-Rinn Corp., 1212 Abbott Drive, specializes in the manufacture of products for dentists and their patients. Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Carol Gieske said, “The lead people right now on the layoffs are from the Illinois Department of Employment Security, the state’s Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Kane County Department of Employment and River Valley Workforce Investment Board.” The first all-agency meeting with Dentsply-Rinn will be Thursday, Gieske said. “Ruben Cuevas from IDES and Renee Thompson … ]]> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 02:24:44 -0500 <![CDATA[ Berliner: Six ways to keep engine running smoothly ]]> Lead story image

I am heavily into servant leadership, convinced that it is by far the best style of leadership. Proponents somewhat differ on what characteristics and behaviors make for successful servant leaders, but they all agree that the function should focus on the word “serve.” Serve is a from-you-to-another movement. You give what you have to enable others to achieve meaningful destinations. “What you have” is the key concept here. When you keep serving, you get depleted. That, in turn, diminishes your value to those you are serving — corporate colleagues, customers, clients, friends, family and anyone else who qualifies (which ought … ]]> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 09:50:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Verizon to add 100 Elgin jobs ]]>

ELGIN — Verizon Wireless plans to add 100 full-time positions to its Elgin call center, the company announced. Verizon said in a release that the Elgin jobs are among a total of 144 full-time positions that will be added before the end of June in the Chicago area. The other positions are based at retail locations throughout the area, it said. Interested candidates can apply online by visiting the Verizon Wireless website at Verizon employs about 2,700 people in Illinois, according to the company. Verizon Wireless has been named one of the best companies for working moms by Working … ]]> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 02:30:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Passing the plumbing torch: Family friend carrying on longtime Elgin business ]]> Lead story image

ELGIN — Tom and Barbara Wahl can’t go anywhere in Elgin, it seems, without seeing someone they know from town or the plumbing business they ran together for nearly three decades. In most cases, it’s from both places — because over the years, friends became customers and customers became friends. The couple raised three boys — Jeff, Greg and Andy — in Barb’s big old childhood home on Union Street and ran Tom’s Plumbing Inc. from their basement, storing equipment and supplies at their plumbing shop at 514 Slade Ave. Tom handled the labor; and Barb managed the books, paid … ]]> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 02:30:16 -0500 <![CDATA[ East Dundee considers new fees for video gaming machines ]]> Lead story image

EAST DUNDEE — The Village Board’s decision to overturn the ban on video gambling in 2012 is proving to be a boon for both the businesses that carry the machines and the village itself. Five percent of the machines’ net revenue is returned to the village, and Village Administrator Bob Skurla estimates that amount to be about $25,000 annually. He said the handful of facilities in East Dundee that offer video gambling have been averaging between $4,000 and $5,000 a month. “Although the last few months, because of the cold, people haven’t been going out and doing much of anything,” … ]]> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 11:22:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Elgin’s Sherman Hospital again named ‘Company that Cares’ ]]>

ELGIN — Advocate Sherman Hospital has been named a “Company That Cares” for the seventh consecutive year. This prestigious designation recognizes companies that demonstrate a commitment to associates and their communities, according to a release from the hospital. The Companies That Care Honor Roll is a national list recognizing employers for socially responsible workplace practices and active community involvement. Advocate Sherman Hospital is one of only 11 companies nationwide receiving this honor. “We are honored to receive this recognition, which truly speaks to the mission and character of Advocate Sherman Hospital,” said Linda Deering, president of Advocate Sherman Hospital. “This … ]]> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 02:30:54 -0500 <![CDATA[ East Dundee looks to boost marketing, events budget 2,000 percent to $300,000 ]]> Lead story image

EAST DUNDEE — There are big plans for the small town of East Dundee this year. And in order to carry them through, for the 2014-15 fiscal year, village officials are proposing a marketing and community events budget of more than $300,000, up more than 2,000 percent from last year’s budgeted amount of $15,000. “It’s certainly a whole lot bigger than it was before,” said Village President Lael Miller. “And that’s a good thing.” A portion of that number includes the salary of Karen Blair, East Dundee’s new marketing director, as well as the marketing and promotional materials to promote … ]]> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 17:13:40 -0500 <![CDATA[ East Dundee bridal shop guys to be featured on reality TV show ]]> Lead story image

EAST DUNDEE — Fashion designer David Gaffke has a few words to say about his East Dundee bridal store being picked up for a reality television show: “It’s about time.” The owner of the all-male staffed Complete Bridal boutique at 12 E. Main St., No. 2, said he said he has been competing with all-female employee bridal salons for nearly 9 years. “[We’re] five guys doing what guys do best — sell dresses,” Gaffke said. “And who better to decide what looks best on a woman than a guy?” Production crews are coming to East Dundee this week to begin … ]]> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 11:22:21 -0500 <![CDATA[ Sports tourney heads like what they see in Elgin ]]> Lead story image

ELGIN — One 40-team sports tournament with 12 to 15 people per team can bring $125,000 a day into a local economy, said Pete Garlock, sales director for the Elgin Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. With that number in mind, the Elgin-area visitors bureau last week invited tournament organizers from around Illinois to tour Elgin and the surrounding area to see what amenities are here for future sporting events. Of the dozens of invitations sent out, Garlock said, 22 sports tournament organizers attended a “familiarization tour” of Elgin recently. As far as he is aware, Garlock said, this was the … ]]> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 02:40:30 -0500 <![CDATA[ Elgin Chamber says thanks with business awards ]]> Lead story image

ELGIN — There is a lot of good going on in the Elgin business community, said Carol Gieske, president and CEO of the Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce. By changing the recognitions presented to that membership at the organization’s annual awards luncheon, the chamber of commerce is recognizing those good things, Gieske said. In a ceremony at the Elgin Community College Business Center this week, awards were given to businesses that are making a name for themselves and for Elgin, as well as to non-profit organizations and volunteers for their work in the community. “This is our chance to say … ]]> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 02:41:56 -0500 <![CDATA[ As area oozes into spring, Gilberts cafe set to re-open ]]> Lead story image

GILBERTS — The return of spring on Thursday brings a sigh of relief to local area businesses that have been hit hard by the subzero temperatures and above-average snowfalls during the winter of 2013-14. Ooz Café, 11 Galligan Road, decided to temporarily close its doors for two months because of the unusual winter. The business has been owned and operated by Gilberts couple Sachin and Neha Sehgal for the past 2½ years. “We closed for a while because we had less customers coming in due to the weather,” Sachin said. “Hopefully, we will have a better winter next year.” Ooz … ]]> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 02:32:45 -0500 <![CDATA[ Tom Berliner: Helping others will cure what ails you ]]> Lead story image

I’ll bet that you would gladly pay good money to learn how to turn your woe-is-me attitude into an I-feel-good-about-life outlook. Want me to tell you? Want me to do so for free? OK, but only for you. Here it is. Drum roll, please. The magic formula is: Do things for others. That’s right. In the midst of your despair, find others to help. Although doing the dishes after dinner might be other-person oriented, I’m really referring to something a bit more outside of your immediate domain. I’m not suggesting that you get out your checkbook to make a contribution … ]]> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 20:25:16 -0500 <![CDATA[ Elgin Chamber starting Small Business Network ]]>

ELGIN — The Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce has created the Elgin Area Small Business Network. The aim is to better serve and promote the creation and success of small and newly formed businesses in the area, according to a release from the chamber. The EASBN group will focus semi-independently online with a Facebook forum based on the concept of “entrepreneurs helping entrepreneurs,” the release said. Its purpose is to encourage economic development in Elgin and will promote networking, education, communication and the sharing of knowledge, the release stated. Carol Gieske, president and CEO of the Elgin Area Chamber, welcomed … ]]> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 02:25:16 -0500 <![CDATA[ New store will have sweet spot for East Dundee ]]> Lead story image

EAST DUNDEE — Another bar will be joining the ranks of the village’s downtown businesses. But this will be a different kind of watering hole. The Sweet Pop Fizz Candy Bar, set to open in early April on River Street, will offer pastries and truffles, traditional and exotic flavored popcorn, candied dessert apples, local artisan chocolates, the area’s largest collection of novelty bottled soda, house-made seltzer waters and Italian sodas, select wine, local and specialty beer, and coffee, owners said. Store officials — including operating partners Patrick Maggi and Richard “Buzz” Doyle and manager Kelli Keyzers — said they are … ]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 06:15:40 -0500 <![CDATA[ Trains, trustees and Irish tunes at Hampshire Chamber 2014 Expo ]]> Lead story image

HAMPSHIRE — The annual Hampshire Area Chamber of Commerce Home & Business Expo on Saturday featured 31 vendors and a variety of activities, from running a model train to yoga readings. The event originally was held at Hampshire Middle School but moved to Hampshire High School in recent years. It returned to the middle school this year. “It’s nice to be back along State Street,” said Bonnie Hanson, the chamber’s executive director. “It’s exciting to be able to give the community the opportunity to see the businesses and service organizations in our area.” The Hampshire Lions Club offered free hearing … ]]> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 02:25:54 -0500