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Champaign and Urbana: Best Small Cities to Start a Business!

by Rose Price

Interested in opening a new business in Illinois?

Starting a business is both a challenging and rewarding experience for entrepreneurs! One of the first things to think about is where do I build my company? It is a common misconception that big cities are the best places to start a new business, but depending on the type of business you are planning to run, BIGGER IS NOT ALWAYS BETTER. Small cities offer some very unique advantages, such as lower overhead costs and deeper relationships with your customer base.

Reboot Illinois recently published an article about the Best Small CIties in Illinois to Start a Business. To uncover this list, analysts studied factors such as cost of living, corporate taxes, office space availability, number of start ups, etc.. at more than 1,200 small cities across the United States. We were thrilled to find out that both Champaign (#10) and Urbana (#24) were on this list! Both areas are wonderful communities with an outstanding local business presence!

If you are considering relocating your family or business to Central Illinois we would love to help you! Click here to see current homes for sale in Champaign and Urbana. You can also give us a call anytime, or visit our website: www.champaignrose.com

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Veterans Day 2015

by Rose Price

On this Veterans Day, let us remember the tremendous service and sacrifice of our veterans; and let us never forget our national promise to fulfill the sacred obligation  to our veterans and their families, and though there is only one day a year solely dedicated to honoring our veterans, let not a single day pass that we forget the sacrifice these countrymen have made, to protect and defend our freedom and country.  

From the bottom of our hearts and with eternal gratitude; Thank You to all who have served this great nation!  

VETERAN'S DAY IN CHAMPAIGN/URBANA

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 

Tuscola Veteran's Day Parade

10:30 a.m.

The Tuscola Veterans Day parade will start at Ervin Park at 10:30 am and will continue down Main Street to the Veteran’s Memorial at the Douglas County Courthouse, where a short service will take place starting at 11am, with Judge Broch speaking.  After the service, there will be a luncheon for the community at Forty Martyrs church.  

American Legion Post 71 will host a Veterans Day Ceremony 

11:00 a.m. 

The event will take place at the East Lawn Cemetery (802 North Cunningham Ave.)
Speaking at the event will be Bob Henderson, beloved teacher and veteran. 

Bob Henderson was honored in Korea for serving in the Marine Corps.  Bob Henderson pledged "Semper Fidelis" at age 17 to join the Marine Corp in 1943. Less than a decade later his duties led him to one of the most pivotal engagements in the Korean War: The battle at the Chosin Reservoir.  Service for which he was honored in Seoul, at a government invitation commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the battle that ensured South Korea’s Independence.  Bob Henderson is one of the remaining “Chosen Few” who received a plaque as one of the oldest marines at the 235th Marine Corps Birthday Celebration in Korea.


Veterans Day ONE -ON-ONE 2015: Sponsored By Rotary Clubs Of CU

4:30 p.m.

In 2011 Champaign West Rotary (Illinois) developed Veterans Day One on One, dedicated to honoring our country’s men and women who have served our country. The event is really thank you to our Veterans. You honor our Veterans by inviting them to the Veterans Day One on One dinner event.  One of the main conditions of admission is bringing one or more Veterans, buying them dinner, personally expressing appreciation for their service, and listening to or sharing stories of the Veterans experiences. This is a great way to connect with and thank those who have helped to protect the freedom that we enjoy. 

This year we are proud to have Major General Spiese, USMC (Ret) as our keynote speaker

A Chicago native, Major General Spiese was commissioned via the Naval ROTC program after receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in May of 1976.   His 37 year career as a Marine Corps infantry officer included many command and staff assignments worldwide. His final assignment was Deputy Commanding General, I Marine Expeditionary Force, and Commanding General, 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade.  Major General Spiese retired from active duty on April 1, 2013.   Major General Spiese has been awarded the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, three Legions of Merit, the Joint Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, three Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, and the Joint Service Achievement Medal.  He is a Military Freefall Parachutist and Marine Combatant Diver.  Major General Spiese has earned a Masters of Science degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California, and a Masters of Military Arts and Science degree from the U.S. Army School of Advanced Military Studies   He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the San Diego Natural History Museum, Board of Advisors for Blue Star Veteran Network, and is the president of the Officers Christian Fellowship national council.    

 

 

Champaign IL Upcoming Events!

by Rose Price

7th Annual Folk and Roots Festival November 5-7

The Champaign-Urbana Folk and Roots Festival is an all-volunteer-run, grassroots festival that brings together national, regional and local artists and folk organizations.  There will be over 80 high-quality folk performances and participatory activities throughout downtown Urbana. The festival includes performances, dances, instructional sessions, jams, song-circles, family activities, storytelling, instrument-making and much, much more!  The festival is interested in evolving and unique forms of folk music and art, notably forms that break down barriers between audience and performers, while at the same time preserving local traditions and histories.

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The 36th Annual Chris Cringle Craft Show --> November 6th & 7th 

Friday 3pm-9pm & Saturday 9am-5pm

@ 601 N Country Fair Drive, Champaign IL

The Chris Cringle Arts & Crafts Show is one of the Midwest’s largest craft shows, featuring over 155 booths and a wide variety of handcrafted items by local and area artists, as well as artists from all over the Midwest. There is free parking at the Fluid Events Center, but please DO NOT park in the County Market lot across the street, you may be towed. 

Illinois Heartland Decorative Artist sponsors a raffle featuring a holiday quilt, painted and pieced by our members. Tickets for the raffle are $1 each or 6 for $5. Proceeds from our show support our many projects, including art student scholarships, Memorial 4-H Camp, Decorative Arts Collections, memory boxes for hospitals, sponsoring families through the Department of Children and Family Services, area food banks, seminars, demonstrations, displays and a weekend retreat.

Visit the Illinois Heartland Decorative Artists Website for more information.

CUSR Cupcake 5K --> Sunday November 8th @ 9:00 am Parkland College

The only race that ends with a cupcake! Pretty Sweet!

The CUSR Cupcake 5K is  is a timed race ending with a cupcake. Funds raised will go into CUSR’s scholarship fund, which supports individuals who need financial assistance in order to access CUSR programs and services. Runners, walkers, and registrants who use a wheelchair are all welcome. A valid ID must be provided in order to receive pre-race information.  You can also check the CUSR Facebook page for more information.  The event will be held, rain or shine and there will be no refunds given, which is good because all proceeds go to the CUSR Scholarship fund.  For more information visit the CUSR Facebook Page.

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CHAMPAIGN IL, Top 40 Commuter City in Illinois!

by Rose Price

Obviously there are many great reasons to live in the Champaign/Urbana IL area, but one often overlooked is commute time!  A bad commute can get old quickly and the daily back-and-forth to work can have a serious impact on your overall well being, turning your new dream home into a cage of sorrow. Well, no worries because now we've added a great commute to our list of great Champaign/Urbana traits.  Each of these cities are well below the average American commute time of 25.5 minutes.  

#7 Champaign

Coming in at number seven is Champaign!  That's pretty high on the list and here's why:  

Champaign IL is home to the University of Illinois' Research Park, which has received numerous high profile rewards over the past few years for it's unparalleled innovation and consistent creation of new high tech jobs.  The increasing job opportunities provided from the University means that residents no longer have to travel far to work a great job.  9 out of 10 Champaign residents make it to work in 29 minutes or less, with an average commute time of 16.4 minutes. 

#8 Urbana

Urbana IL, gets the green award on this one!  Over 10% of residents carpool and 4% telecommute!  So, obviously, less cars helps commuters get to work an average of 35 percent faster than workers across America and due to technological advancements, it looks like more and more people will be working from home, which will reduce commute times even more.    


#32 Rantoul 

The University of Illinois' Research Park isn't the only innovator in the area.  The Business Center in Rantoul IL is gaining a reputation as a new hub for innovation.  Not only does it offer new businesses high tech office spaces it is also home to the Rantoul Business Incubator and the Illinois Small Business Development Center and like The Research Park, more and more high tech jobs are being created here.  So Residents here don't have to travel far for a great job either.  Half of all workers in Rantoul travel less than 15 minutes to get to work, making the average total commute time 19.2 minutes.   

*All information and graphs taken from Obrella Insider.

Visit Obrella for a complete list of the 40 Best and Worst Commuter Cities in Illinois and check back with us for more information and useful tips for living in the Champaign/Urbana area.  

If you're sick of the lousy commute time in your area, then Champaign/Urbana may be the perfect town for you! give me a call, I'd be happy to show you around my fabulous community. If you'd rather look at some homes that are available first, visit the links below for homes available in each of the area's listed.  Then give me a call with any questions you have!

Champaign/Urbana Homes for Sale

Urbana Homes for Sale

Rantoul Homes for Sale

Plant a New Investment

by Rose Price

Looking for a simple way to add beauty and value to your home? Plant a tree! There are a wide variety of trees native to Illinois, but making the best choice takes a little work. Adding a healthy, beautiful tree is an excellent investment in your home’s value.

First of all, you’ll want to have a good assessment of the quality of the soil where you want to plant the tree. The pH balance of your soil, for example, can make the difference between a beautiful tree and a dead eyesore. Soil testers can be purchased at most lawn and garden centers.

You’ll also need to know how well-drained the planting area is before you put the tree in the ground. Too much water in the soil can cause problems for the roots. Adding bark mulch around the base of the tree will help add nitrogen to the soil. And wrapping trees in the fall and winter will protect them against the cold and deer.

The University of Illinois Extension has a wonderful website filled with information about trees you might want to consider. You can use the site to filter trees by size, tolerance to different conditions, exposure and use. It also contains useful warnings about pests specific to central Illinois.

Whatever your choice is, you’ll probably want to consult with a local garden center or tree farm to confirm you’re making a good decision. Do you have a favorite tree? Send me a picture! Plant a tree, invest in your home’s value, and make Illinois just a little more beautiful.

Rose Price, CIPS, CRP
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A World of Shoes!

by Rose Price

You know you love them, and now you can see dozens of pairs of shoes from around the world and representing a variety of cultures and purposes. A World of Shoes is an exhibit this fall at the Spurlock Museum's Campbell Gallery. The main themes of the exhibit all begin with the letter “S:” Sports, Style, Soul, Service, Substance, Self, and Sensuality. There are a pair of animal shoes from The Museum of the Grand Prairie in Mahomet, a pair of Weary Willie clown shoes worn by renowned entertainer Emmett Kelly from the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, as well as shoes worn by Shinto priests in Hawai’i!

The exhibit is open every day except Monday and will run through February.

  • Tuesday - Noon to 5pm
  • Wednesday - 9am to 5pm
  • Thursday - 9am to 5pm
  • Friday - 9am to 5pm
  • Saturday 10am to 4pm
  • Sunday - Noon to 4pm

The Spurlock Museum is located at 600 South Gregory [map], just across the street east of the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana.

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DIY Painting: Ceilings and Walls

by Rose Price

Previously, we’ve talked about how a new coat of a paint is vital when you’re planning to sell your home. But, you may decide that the expense of hiring a professional painter is too much when you can do most, if not all, of the work  yourself.  In the first part of this series, we looked at the steps you need to take before you dip a brush into a can of paint. Today, we’re going to get to work painting.

The first stage of paint is treating the surface with a coat of primer. The primer protects the surface, gives the paint something to adhere to and helps prevent stains. The guidelines below work for both the primer and paint.

Wait! Put the brush down for a second. You’ve moved the furniture out of the room, or pulled it away from the walls. You need to use drop cloths or tarps to cover the flooring and any furniture still in the room. Murphy’s law says if you leave something unprotected, it will wind up with paint drops on it. Anywhere on the walls and along the edges of a ceiling where you don’t want paint splatters needs to be covered with strips of painters tape. Also, go ahead and make sure you have cleaning supplies on-hand just in case.

Okay, let’s get to work. If you’re going to paint the ceiling, and that’s usually a good idea, do that first.  Again, these guidelines work for both the ceilings and the walls. The first steps here is to use a trim brush to outline the edges of the ceiling. You’ll want a border about three inches wide. When that’s done, move on to the roller and the rest of the surface.

You’re going to pour the out the paint into a roller pan. Make sure you don’t overfill the pan: Fill it so they paint just touches the grated part of the pan.  Depending on where you’re painting, you may need to work on a ladder or with an extension pole. Dampen the roller with water for latex paint or paint thinner for oil paints. Coat the brush completely with paint, and then roll it against the grate to distribute it and squeeze out and excess.

Using a zig-zag motion, cover an area three to four feet square. Then roll over the same area in straight lines. Make sure to overlay the edges of previously painted areas to reduce visible lines when the paint is dry.  Once you’ve completely covered the surface you’re working on, move to another area and let the first dry.

You’ll want to let the painted surfaces dry before you apply a second coat, which will ensure the paint isn’t too thin or missing in places. Don’t remove your drop cloths or tape until you’re sure there aren’t any spots that need touch-ups.

The next part of your painting project is to tackle the door frames, window frames and molding. We’ll talk about that and cleaning up in an upcoming blog post. So for now, get to work on your walls. That way, when you call me to help you sell your home, we’ll already be ahead of the competition!

Rose Price, CIPS, CRP
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Celebrate Oktoberfest in Champaign

by Rose Price

Drag out the lederhosen! It's never too early for Oktoberfest, and Destihl in Champaign will begin the party on Saturday afternoon at 4pm.  Champaign Mayor Don Gerard will do the honors by tapping the first keg at 4:30pm. You'll be able to compete in the best dressed and best traditional costume contests, as well as the Stein holding contest. Bavarian cuisine on the menu all day, and you'll enjoy music from the Maria Merkelo Polka Trio, the Peoria Area Accordion Club and the Killborn Alley Blues Band. Destihl is located at 301 North Neil Street in Champaign [map].

Did you know this? Oktoberfest dates back to 1810 and the wedding of Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese in Munich!

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DIY Painting: Getting Started

by Rose Price

Many people know that painting is one of the easier home improvement efforts you can make yourself. If you have the time, and doing it right does take time, then you can save a lot of money if you can do at least the basics yourself. And that's what we're talking about today, giving your rooms a face-lift without the expense of painting contractors.

What are you painting and how do you want it to look when you're finished? Color is beyond the scope of this discussion, so let's wrap up that point by saying that unless you're going to live with the color for a good, long time, don't get  too crazy: You'll wind up having to tone it down when you decide to sell.  

You probably know there are a variety of interior paint types you can work with, but in general, you're going to use a flat, non-reflective finish on the main walls and semi-gloss or gloss finish on trim, moulding, baseboards, and door and window frames. You'll get great advice for your particular situation from the folks at your local paint store or in the painting section of Lowes or Home Depot.

How much paint to you need? You'll need to determine how many square feet you'll need to cover. Simply measure the height and width of each wall (in feet) and multiple those numbers together. If you have a lot of windows or doors along the wall, you'll want to subtract the square feet they take up from the total square feet. The paint can itself should tell you how many square feet it will cover.  Remember, paint left over is great for when you need to do repairs or touch-ups later!

You'll also need the tools to do the job: Brushes, rollers, roller tray, painter's tape and drop clothes. Don't skimp on these items - the quality will make a difference! Make sure you have a sturdy ladder. And grab some  face masks, because breathing those fumes isn't good for anyone! For more on the tools you'll need, here's expert painter Grady Johnson:

Before you start painting, you'll need to ensure your walls are ready. You're going to have big problems if you don't take care here. You need the painting surface to be in great shape, and that means fixing holes or other damage, and make sure the wall is free of dust and debris. You're going to also need to make sure you have plenty of space to work in and that the floor and any items in the room are properly protected with drop cloths.

For more details, let me suggest these articles on Sherwin-Williams.com, or the TLC network's articles on HowStuffWorks.com. And stay tuned here for the next step, actually putting the paint on the walls!

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Savoy Orchard Days Festival

by Rose Price

The Savoy Orchard Days Festival kicks off Friday and offers a weekend of family-friendly fun. You'll be treated to a vendor fair, carnival rides, a video game trailer, and of course, food and lots of live music Friday and Saturday nights. Saturday, get your exercise with the 5K Run/Walk, the "Hardest Finish in Champaign County," and the 1K Youth Fun Run. Registration for the race starts at 6:45am. And an antique car and truck show will be held Saturday.

Friday Live Music

  • 7:00pm - The Brat Pack
  • 9:00pm - Ryan Ideus and Feudin' Hillbillys

Saturday Live Music

  • 6:00pm - The Prairie Dogs
  • 7:30pm - The Boat Drunks
  • 10:00pm - The Sugar Prophets

The Festival is located at 203 East Church Street in Savoy [map].

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