Fresh edition of CIB
No matter how long I live in East Central Illinois, I never cease to marvel at the innovative and diverse nature of its business community. Innovators seem to flourish in every corner.
Don Dodson, the Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette's longtime business editor, was among those friends to whom we turned to put out this issue of Central Illinois' favorite business magazine while we continue our search for a top-notch editor. Many people pitched in to make this edition possible, and I won't try to name them all for fear of missing someone. My job is simply to look at the finished product and introduce it to you.
I don't think you'll be disappointed.
Where, for example, would you go to find a piggy bank in the form of a portable toilet or a box for a life-size Star Trek action figure? The answer is in Ogden and ShapeMaster Inc.
And would you like to try a brew that won a Silver Medal in the 2014 World Beer Cup?
You needn't venture farther than Savoy. You'll find that story on page 8.
All that, plus more and lots of fresh stats, are inside.
Best wishes for a 2015 as robust as that microbrewed ale.
John Foreman is the former publisher of Central Illinois Business magazine.