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Central Illinois Exclusive Business News & Tips
Cyber Security Can Creep Into Your Home And Business
October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month,
and the Better
Business Bureau is scaring up
the latest on cyber security risks and ways to avoid them. Watch
out for these spooky dangers lurking in the corners of our everyday
What’s in a domain name, really? For small businesses,
it’s the best way for customers to find them and for vendors to
network with them. But what if a suspicious-looking email
appears in your inbox threatening to take over your company’s domain
name because it conflicts with a trademark, or the sender has
filed a registration ahead of you for the same name? BBB advises to
stop and think before sending a response.
The practice is called domain squatting or cybersquatting,
and it’s defined as the act of registering, trafficking in, or using
a domain name in bad faith. It’s been on the uptick for the last
decade, as businesses started creating websites and registering their
names associated with them.
company’s domain by doing a domain name search for your company’s
website and checking the status of the domain registration.
·Avoid selecting any
of the links in the email to protect your computer and any other
devices connected to the network.
·Research your rights,
and learn more about anticybersquatting by visiting ICANN. Another
resource available is the Uniform Dispute
Resolution Policy (UDRP), a less costly way to pursue
cyber squatters and an optional way of consulting professional domain
check out this full article and ways to report this kind of phishing
If there is one piece of advice I could offer to anyone,
it would be to always show gratitude.
You’ve seen the articles out there. The ones that
talk about people don’t leave their jobs, they leave their
managers. The articles about how to be a better co-worker,
manager, leader, etc. To me, it comes down to communication and
gratitude. Saying ‘Thank you’ regularly- with meaning of course-
or other recognition is a foundation of trust in your
business. You need to show your team that you see the work and
effort being done and recognize it as valuable. The return on this
investment is ten fold and yet not investing the time and effort into
saying thank you could cost you dearly. People take notice when
you don’t show gratitude and it begins to build some
resentment. It’s simple, “Thank you for communicating that change
to the team.” “Thanks for making sure I saw that message.” “Thanks
for being a team player today.” As I have spoken with college
students this year, I’ve asked them “What kind of environment do you
want to work in? What kind of benefits are you looking
for?” They offered different variations, but the bottom line was
1. They want to be recognized and 2. They want to be appreciated.
Start with gratitude. Is simple but powerful.
One way you can show recognition and gratitude to someone
on your team as a BBB Accredited Business, is to nominate them for the
Better Business Bureau’s Service Award. This award is exclusive to
you and we recognize your hard working member on your behalf at our
Torch Award event (December 11 this year) Here is a link to submit your
nominationand here is a link
to get your tickets.
Thank you for making the effort to be better each
day. Thank you for never settling for mediocre. Thank you for
striving towards excellence in your business. All of these
characteristics build trust with your employees and your customers.
I hope to see you on December 11.
business has an incredible story, and we are working to get those
stories out in the community, through Storytellers and Facebook Lives.
Our first Storyteller is on Air Ace Heating and Cooling! Check out their
your favorite Business for a Torch Award here.
for nominations is November 10th, 2019.
find out more about the Torch Awards visit our Facebook Event or
call (309) 670-1186
Valley Regional Blood Center to begin serving UnityPoint Health hospitals
in Peoria and Pekin
Effective January 1, 2020 MVRBC will be the sole provider of
Blood Products and services in the Peoria area as well as the majority of
the Central Illinois communities. See the full press release here.
MVRBC is also planning on opening a Donor Center in Peoria in
mid to late December. This is on top of the numerous mobile blood drives in
Peoria. You can schedule your own mobile blood drive and support your local
community by contacting Jim Watts by phone at 217.241.7546 or email at
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,
Ever Dream of Opening a Bar? A #PekinRestaurantWeek Special Feature Pekin, IL- Chris, Eric, and Ryan didn’t. But a plot twist to a dream dating back over 14 years ago helped a vision become a reality in 2021: The Bunker Indoor Golf Lounge. What is an “indoor golf lounge” exactly? The Bunker hosts indoor, large-scale golf simulators: a big city offering in our Midwestern, small town of Pekin. Oh, and there’s a full-service bar to boot. “We’re really lucky to have great golf courses in Pekin, and now we can enjoy indoor golf too,” says part-owner Eric. Eric lays out the history of the idea and explains he has wanted to open a golf simulator hang-out spot for over a decade, but the technology- and price- just wasn’t there yet. Eric continues, “I toured a lot of simulators in the Chicago area and then was waiting for the right opportunity.” Eric and business partner Chris checked out many property locations over the years, including the old dance and tumbling building on
The Pekin Women's Leadership Network empowers women to become effective leaders by providing essential skills and strategies for professional and personal growth. A variety of carefully tailored programs are designed to support women in all phases of their careers. Why is this program needed? Although women have made great strides in achieving equality, a leadership gap continues. In 2013, 20 women serve in the Senate, and only 78 women serve in the House of Representative. Overall, women hold 98, or 18.3% of the 525 seats in the 113th U.S congress. Locally, the statistics are even worse, with only 1 woman serving on the Pekin City Council. The business world does not fare much better, with only 22 women CEO's in the Fortune 500. Our focus is on helping young women develop the skills and abilities necessary to succeed and flourish in their chosen career paths. Sessions scheduled for the 2013-2014 series include: November 1st - Women in Politics - Rep. Cheri Busto