National Manufacturing Day – BRG Sports Tour


To celebrate National Manufacturing Day, we toured BRG Sports in Rantoul this morning with our Board members & the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity. Some fun facts about the Rantoul facility: > Over 4.3 million helmets are produced each year – the first “Made in the USA” helmet rolled out in June 2014. Read more »

Champaign-Urbana Reminds World of Innovation History with “You’re Welcome” Campaign

YW Logo

Effort highlights history of innovation, culture, quality of life Champaign, IL (September 23, 2015) – From the plasma TV to the Web browser to LED technology and oh-so-delicious whipped cream in a can, Champaign-Urbana has a rich legacy of innovation that is virtually unmatched. Yet, few people outside of the 217 area code realize that Read more »

SBA Regional Administrator Marianne Markowitz Presents $100,000 Boost to Champaign’s Small Business Opportunities

SBA Check Presentation

The U.S. Small Business Administration was in town this morning to present $100,000 total in awards, including $50,000 to the City of Champaign, one of SBA’s 28 Startup in a Day winners, and $50,000 to EnterpriseWorks at University of Illinois Research Park, one of Illinois’ four Growth Accelerator Fund Competition winners. These awards will help Read more »

Fly Champaign-Urbana Unveiled as New Brand of University of Illinois – Willard Airport


Article Source: Smile Politely SAVOY, IL (Aug. 19, 2015) – Fly Champaign-Urbana has officially been unveiled as the new brand for University of Illinois – Willard Airport. New logos, a revamped website as well as social media presence on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have been established as part of larger effort to increase awareness Read more »

BRG Sports Featured on Cover of Central IL Business Magazine

BRG Sports, a 2015 Innovation Celebration award recipient located in Rantoul, is featured on the latest edition of Central Illinois Business Magazine. The article covers their products (including a Hello Kitty bike helmet!), 800,000+ SF manufacturing and distribution facility, and company culture.  On the cover is Lewis Hornsby, Vice President Global Logistics/Fulfillment and General Manager Read more »

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