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The rainforest exhibit at Miller Park Zoo in Bloomington. The pole vault pit at Illini track meets. The crowns your dentist uses.

These are all products of Champaign County businesses. In this issue, we profile just a few businesses from our county that are creating products for customers here and around the country.

No doubt many of them have touched your lives in some way. They may have supplied the suspension assembly for your car (Eagle Wings Industries, Rantoul); the cap and gown your child wore at graduation (Herff Jones, Champaign); the plastic cups you drink from at a tailgate (Solo Cup Co., Urbana ); or the bike helmet (Easton-Bell Sports, Rantoul) or radio-controlled plane (Hobbico and Horizon Hobby, both in Champaign) you use when relaxing on the weekend.

Your morning cup of joe may have been roasted locally (Columbia Street Roastery, Champaign); and your Friday night beer brewed just down the street (Triptych Brewery, Savoy).

I enjoyed learning more about local businesses I was already aware of, and hearing about those that weren't familiar to me. I hope you do too.

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