“Extraordinary Story” podcast – Eastview Christian Church

Follow the links below to listen to parts 1-4 of a weekly podcast series done by Eastview Christian Church, featuring internrocket founder, Mike Somers. In this episode, Mike shares his story, how he became a Christian, and how he has upheld his beliefs while becoming an entrepreneur and founding his own business.






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Bloomington Normal Angel Investor Network 2017 Sponsors

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Catalyst Construction, Inc. receives 2016 Emerging Business of the Year Award ($10 million category) from Emerging Business Services


Emerging Business Services is excited to announce Catalyst Construction, Inc. as the 2016 Emerging Business of the Year ($10 million plus category) in Bloomington-Normal! Founded in 2011 by Andy Kaufmann and Mike Carithers, Catalyst has been serving the greater Central Illinois area with their high-quality construction services firm for over five years.

Andy has 12 years of experience in the construction management industry and serves as the company’s President and Chief Executive Officer. Mike has 13 years of experience in the construction management industry and serves as the company’s Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

Catalyst Construction, Inc. is located in downtown Bloomington at 210 S. East Street. To meet more of the Catalyst team or to view pictures of projects they’ve done, and to learn more about how they are helping reshape Bloomington Normal around a vibrant emerging company community, go to catalystconstructioninc.com.  Congratulations to the Catalyst team.




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ZDI receives 2016 Emerging Business of the Year Award ($20 million category) from Emerging Business Services


Emerging Business Services is excited to announce Zeller Digital Innovations as the 2016 Emerging Business of the Year ($20 million plus category) in Bloomington-Normal! ZDI is a company specializing in integrated technology systems for businesses and companies of all types and sizes.

ZDI identifies the right technologies for each company’s needs, and then integrates them for a seamless, user-friendly delivery of audiovisual, data communications, and conferencing solutions. ZDI leads the industry in creating infrastructures that can be cost-effectively updated over time, allowing organizations to remain competitive year after year. Their mission is to “use dynamic communication to defy convention and achieve extraordinary success measured by lasting relationships.”

Zeller Digital Innovations is located at 2200 Main St. in Normal. To learn more about the them, their services, and their business practices, visit zdiinc.net.


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Join EBS for “Financial Focus: Friday at 5” this week at Slingshot Cowork in Uptown Normal!

Starting this Friday, August 26th, at 5 PM Emerging Business Services will be hosting a monthly event on the last Friday of each month at the Slingshot Cowork Space in Uptown Normal called “Financial Focus: Friday at 5”.

Each monthly event will focus on a separate topic relative to capitalizing and financing start up and emerging companies.

This is a great opportunity to:

  • come see the Slingshot space
  • meet local entrepreneurs
  • ask questions on the topic discussed
  • meet people that are interested in helping others, specifically helping finance local companies.
  • help select future topics for discussion

On this Friday, August 26 at 5:00 PM we will be discussing the Illinois Angel Investor Tax Credit, covering:

  • How it works
  • Who can/should apply
  • How to apply
  • Any other questions or insights you may have on the subject

Hope to see you there!

Arnold Lovin, CPA

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Coffee Hound receives 2016 Emerging Business of the Year Award ($1 million category) from Emerging Business Services

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Emerging Business Services is excited to announce The Coffee Hound, owned and operated by Steve and April Fritzen, as the 2016 Emerging Business of the Year ($1 million plus category) in Bloomington-Normal! Central Illinois’ premier purveyor of fresh roasted coffee, The Coffee Hound is dedicated to providing customers with a unique atmosphere where they can enjoy quality beverages from around the world, coupled with their own personal brand of coffee culture.

The Coffee Hound is committed to creating a memorable coffee experience that positively affects everyone from staff to customers to coffee growers. They grow these relationships by focusing on the quality of their products, service, and coffee education. As one of the few specialty shops in Central Illinois, Steve and April daily strive to share their passion for specialty coffee with our community.

With two convenient locations, one in downtown Bloomington at 407 N. Main St. and the other in Uptown Normal at 205 W. North St., along with their wholesale coffee distribution which began in 2015, finding a delicious cup of freshly roasted coffee from the Hound isn’t hard.

Stop by the downtown Bloomington location on Saturday, July 30th between 10 a.m. – 12 noon to receive a FREE small coffee courtesy of Emerging Business Services, and to congratulate Steve and April on winning this award. There will be a short awards presentation at noon.

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El Porton voted favorite Mexican restaurant in Bloomington-Normal!


Emerging Business Services is excited to announce that our client, Taqueria El Porton, has been voted by Pantagraph readers as one the 10 best Mexican restaurants in Bloomington-Normal! Click here to read the full article.

El Porton opened their doors in August of 2002, aiming to offer a different view on “authentic” Mexican food to the Central Illinois community. And although “taqueria” means taco shop, this family-run business offers much more than just tacos and burritos. They boast a diverse menu of inspired and unique Central Mexican cuisine – all of which is made with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients and homemade seasonings.

The owners of Taqueria El Porton are focused on serving others and connecting the Bloomington-Normal community through the amazing flavors they create in their kitchen. Located adjacent to the Illinois Wesleyan University campus just north of downtown Bloomington and just south of Uptown Normal at 901 N. Main Street Bloomington, El Porton is easy to find and a great place to grab a quick bite on your lunch break!

Entrepreneurs and entrepreneurism have always been important to us at Emerging Business Services as through entrepreneurs and entrepreneurism our lives are enriched in so many spectacular ways. Thank you Aldolpho, Constantine, Edgar, Omar and Ysenia for enriching our lives and our community with your spectacular restaurant.

To view their menu, visit http://www.taqueriaelporton.com

Double click the image below to watch a video featuring managers Omar and Edgar Navarrete as they highlight all that El Porton has to offer.

Arnold Lovin, CPA
Managing Partner

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Emerging Business Services Welcomes Morgan Jackson

Emerging Business Services is excited to welcome Morgan Jackson as our new Client Implementation and Integration Manager. An Illinois native, Morgan grew up in our state’s capitol but has been an active member of the Bloomington-Normal community for the better part of 5 years. Morgan is passionate about serving others.

Morgan graduated from Illinois State University in 2015 with a degree in Publishing and is a professional writer. She has had the privilege of working with a number of organizations, listening to their needs and helping to meet the needs of those organizations through effective communication. Morgan’s desire through her work with Emerging Business Services is to serve the clients of Emerging Business Services and the Bloomington Normal emerging company community with empathy and action.

If you would like to connect with Morgan and personally welcome her, she can be reached at  morgan@emergingbusinessservices.com.
Arnold Lovin, CPA
Managing Partner

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BN Startup Beat: February Edition

d8cdb371-fdba-4d81-b625-ff1006d239e7Community STEM fundraiser event set to bring robots to Slingshot CoWork

Come see a live robot and help support Metal Cow on Monday, February 29th, 10a or 5p at Slingshot CoWork.

Metal Cow is a team of 34 high school students; a highly diverse group of young men and women who share common goals… building relationships, robots, and competing in national competitions. Who knew learning STEM could be so much fun!

Learn more and donate: https://goo.gl/Ca9hPI

January’s Community Hackathon brought together over 25 developers and creatives to create a mentor platform for our local community over a 72 hour coding blitz. People from all over central Illinois came and learned cutting edge technology ranging from high schoolers to coding vets. The platform is near completion and the startup community is planning another hackathon for the weekend of May 13th to continue its development. Play the video above to get a sneak peek of the web app. Register for the next community hackathon here: http://bncommunityhackathon.eventbrite.com

Featured Meetup: 1 Million Cups

One of our startup community’s fastest growing meetups, 1 Million Cups is based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and network over a million cups of coffee. Sponsored by the Kauffman Foundation, 1MC is a free, weekly national program designed to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs. Come on by and check it out.

Logistics: Every Wednesday 8:00am at Slingshot CoWork (Uptown Normal)
Learn more about this meetup and others on our startup community meetup calendar.

RSVP on Meetup.com

Featured Sponsor: Emerging Business Services

Emerging Business Services is a multi-faceted synergistic financial services firm offering CFO and capital services exclusively to premier emerging companies in Central Illinois. Emerging Business Services is committed to transforming the economic and financial landscape of Bloomington Normal by fostering a dynamic community of startup and emerging companies.

Emerging Business Services welcomes Morgan Jackson.

Startup Community Supporters
The organizations that make it all possible. The Startup Community loves:

Bartell Powell: Official Law Firm
Emerging Business Services: Official Accounting Firm
Illinois State University: Means Center & Stevenson Center
Mavidea Technology Group: Official Technology Provider
Mirus Research
State Farm
The Town of Normal

Interested in supporting the startup community?
Email mailto:inquiries@bnangels.com

Stop by for a visit: Arrange an open house for your group/organization or schedule a personal tour of Slingshot CoWork. Tweet #daypass to @SlingshotCoWork today!

This is the pulse of BloNo’s startup community.

We believe in creating a long-term, vibrant, sustainable startup community in Bloomington-Normal. When diverse backgrounds and ideas collide, those moments provide the necessary fuel to innovate.

This monthly newsletter is written by the startup members of Slingshot CoWork.

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2015 Illinois State University Startup Showcase

Emerging Business Services is a proud sponsor of the Illinois State University Startup Showcase.

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