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SBDC Success Stories

Daniellah Salario owner of Salario Senior Care

Many families have experienced how difficult it can be to care for elderly family and friends. Trying to do it all yourself can be emotionally and physically challenging. But the alternative of moving someone out of their home is often not an appealing option. To assist seniors and their families, Daniellah Salario decided to start her own home care business. Read More

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Corey Axelrod is well acquainted with the challenges and biases that people who are deaf and hard of hearing face; he himself is a member of that community. Even though cultural diversity and inclusion are values that most businesses espouse, many of them are not properly equipped to create equitable and inclusive experiences for those who are deaf and hard of hearing. Corey Axelrod founded 2axend to help institutions implement policies and practices that are responsive to the needs of that community. Read More

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Are you are trying to eat healthier, but find that it’s a challenge because healthy meals can take more time to prepare? Then Planti Meals is for you! Planti Meals offers a delicious menu derived from a plant-based diet. All Planti Meal dishes are vegan and use organic produce, grains, and spices. Plus, they are gluten-free and contain no preservatives or oils. Planti Meals can be delivered to your home or office for lunch, or you can pick one up at select Chicago area retailers. Read More

PJ McGuire owner of Wrapperoo

If you’re like most people, your morning routine is probably a bit hectic. Anything that could help simplify things would be an improvement. Wrapperoo might be just what you’re looking for! Wrapperoo is a hair towel that easily transforms into a water and heat resistant styling cape. It’s the all-in-one solution to protect your skin and clothes from those annoying drips and spills. Sort of like the Swiss Army Knife of your hair and beauty routine! Read More

Zaia Dinkha owner of CarNewba Detailing

A vehicle is a major investment. Having it detailed by a professional is a great way to maximize the life of your vehicle. However, for most people, it isn’t easy to find time during the day to drop off your car somewhere for detailing. Just have CarNewba come to you! CarNewba is a mobile automotive detailing service that offers high quality at a competitive price with maximum convenience. Appointments can be scheduled at your home or even your office. Read More

Front-facing picture of Ana Santos-Vitelo and her husband standing in their restaurant, Brazil Express Churrasco Grill.

When Ana Santos-Vitelo saw a void in the Brazilian food scene, she wanted to fill it. She and her husband did just that when they opened Brazil Express Churrasco Grill in May 2012 in Schaumburg. A casual steakhouse and affordable alternative to other Brazilian restaurants, Brazil Express offers a pleasant, family-friendly atmosphere and extensive selection of Brazilian fire-grilled meats, salads, side dishes and desserts. Read More

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Arlington Heights-based architects Keith Ginnodo and Kirsten Kingsley strive to blend function with timeless design. The husband-and-wife team has 20 years of experience in single-family residences, townhomes, condominiums, commercial buildings, churches and historic preservation. They take a tailored approach to each project and work to create exceptional residential and commercial designs for contemporary lifestyles. Read More

Pet Threads

Cats, rabbits, and other small pets rest easy in Becky Henkes’ flounder pet beds. Her company, Des Plaines-based Pet Threads, is known for the fish-shaped beds that Henkes has hand-sewn for years. She offers a range of homemade pet accessories, including col-lar covers, through-the-collar bandanas, catnip toys and more. Read More