Central Illinois Business Magazine
GREEN TIPS          August 2015

It pays to go green-dollars and sense!

Bridget Broihahn

By Bridget Broihahn

Going green is more than just an earth-friendly decision for C-U area businesses. It is an investment in the future of the ecosphere and business practice. Plus, while it may seem costly for businesses to go green, especially at first, when newer green supplies and equipment are purchased, the end result is in big saving in water, electric and gas bills.

There are many reasons to go green, other than the obvious earth-friendly reason. The first is there are tax incentives for companies to go green. Also, banks and other lending institutions are more apt to view green businesses as a sound investment. Another reason, and one of high importance to business owners, is that the perception and reputation of a green business is good for the image, and therefore the bottom line for the green business.

Businesses that have gone green in the local area are: BLDD Architects, Body n' Sole Sports, Busey, Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District, Gorski Reifsteck Architects, Ippatsu Salon, Intermezzo Café - Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, M2 on Neil LLC, Progressive Asset Management, RATIO Architects, Rogards Office Plus, Shatterglass Studios, Accuraty Solutions, Taylor Studios, That's Rentertainment, and Urbana Business Association. Go to: www.istc.illinois.edu/zerowaste for more information on waste assessments, zero waste events and scheduling a site visit.

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Forty Under 40

By Bridget Broihahn

Central Illinois Business Magazine and The News-Gazette are proud to announce the 8th annual Forty Under 40 award recipients for 2015. The winners have been chosen by an independent panel of judges based on achievement, experience, innovation, leadership and community involvement. Two people have been recognized among the 40 winners as Woman and Man of the Year.

Profiles featuring the winners will be published in Central Illinois Business Magazine’s October/November edition. Winners will also be recognized at a luncheon Oct. 8 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Champaign.

Tickets for the luncheon are $25 and can be purchased by going to news-gazette.com/luncheon or by contacting Sarah Scott at sscott@news-gazette.com. Anyone interested in formally congratulating the winners may purchase a celebratory message to be published in the Forty Under 40 edition of Central Illinois Business Magazine by contacting Pat Crotzer at 217-351-5276 or pcrotzer@news-gazette.com.

Forty Under 40 Awards are sponsored by Central Illinois Business Magazine, The News-Gazette, Busey Bank, and Hilton Garden Inn.

Bridget Broihahn is editor of Central Illinois Business magazine. She can be reached at 217-351-5695 or bbroihahn@news-gazette.com.