Twenty-four participants were on hand for the opening session of the 2013 R. David Tebben Community Leadership Academy. This is the 15th year the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce has held a leadership academy. Over the next 10 weeks the participants will learn about local leadership challenges and opportunities, as they hear from community leaders and tour businesses and organizations. The first session provided an orientation to the program and the participants got to know each other through a "speed networking" ice-breaker event. You can see more pictures and a video from the first session at: http://picasaweb.google.com/PekinChamber.
Exactly How Many Spudnuts Does Tadough’s Make a Day? Feat: Tadough's Kitchen Managers Scott and Kevin Pekin, IL - By now you’ve seen the re-branding of our beloved Pekin classic: the spudnut. Taking place last March, the rebranding to “Tadough’s” sparked some big questions about Central Illinois’ favorite potato flour-based donut and the future of its legendary legacy. Here’s when Jacqueline and Rick enter the spudnut story. Last March Jacqueline saw opportunity when she heard the business was up for sale. An original Pekinite, Jacqueline and her father Rick are committed to maintaining the Pekin icon and want to bring a long-standing household name into the next generation of business development. “We’ve more than doubled our production of donuts made daily,” says Jacqueline . While the business has historically been known to sell out as early as 6:00 and 7:00 a.m., Jacqueline and Rick aim to keep doors open until 10:00 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Rick,