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  • Greater Freeport Partnership Community Business Academy

    The Greater Freeport Partnership Community Business Academy (CBA) is an experiential, interactive learning program for aspiring and current business owners.…

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  • Celebrating Partnership Milestones

    June marked the four-year anniversary of the Greater Freeport Partnership; when the Northwest Illinois Development Alliance (NIDA), Freeport Area Chamber…

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  • Coming Home to Stephenson County

    In April of 2010, my husband, Scott Winter, and our two children, both under the age of 2, left Portland,…

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  • Economic Impact of the Visitor

    The tourism industry is laden with data, just like any other economic engine. Metrics are tracked for tax revenue, visitor…

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  • Data-Driven Decisions

      Most businesses rely on a certain amount of data to effectively manage their operations. It is hard to know…

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  • Educational Attainment and Expectations

    Graduation season was in full swing this past weekend in our area.  Congratulations to all those who have attained their…

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  • Local Marketing Tips for Small Business Month

    While there have already been so many reasons to celebrate the month of May, we can not forget National Small…

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  • Entrepreneur Ecosystem & Digital Community Business Academy

    Happy National Economic Development Week! In the spirit of celebration, and because entrepreneurial development and small business support is important…

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  • Supporting a Business Ecosystem

    Last weekend, a community member shared with me that while at Pretzel Fest, she visited and shopped at several local…

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  • Looking forward to Economic Development Week

    Looking forward, the week of May 9th is “National Economic Development Week,” which was created by the International Economic Development…

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