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Jim Hinterlong of the University YMCA

The University YMCA – better known as the University Y – develops campus and community leaders committed to social justice, environmental protection, interfaith cooperation and global engagement by fostering dialogue, reflection and action. It’s located on the University of Illinois campus on S. Wright Street. We sat down with Jim Hinterlong, executive director, to learn more …

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Casey Gold, Dan Church, & Greg Bugbee of The Venue CU

The Venue CU is a new, upscale wedding and events venue located on the historic East Main Street in downtown Champaign (in the former Varisty Theater and Vriner’s Confestionery). We sat down with Casey Gold (left), Dan Church (right),  and Greg Bugbee (seated) at The Venue CU to hear their  family-owned business got started in …

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Ashley Withers of Community Choices

Community Choices is a family cooperative supporting individuals with disabilities to live in the community, have jobs, and make new friends. We sat down with Ashley Withers to learn more.    What is Community Choices? Community Choices is actually set up as a human services cooperative, which basically just means that we have a lot …

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Champaign Gift Cards – Shop Local!

Support your favorite small and independent businesses in Champaign by purchasing gift cards. Gift cards provide a much needed cash advance, no strings attached, for small businesses during the pandemic. Purchase gift cards for upcoming birthdays, special occasions, holidays, and more!     Retail Gift Cards BodyWork AssociatesDowntown BodyWork Associates  sees massage therapy as a …

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Gene and Charlene Guldbrandsen of Goosehead Insurance

Goosehead Insurance is an independent agency representing different insurance companies. CCP spoke with Gene and Charlene Guldbrandsen, local agents at Goosehead.       What’s your background and how did you get started at Goosehead Insurance? Gene: My background is working in warehouses. I worked in SuperValu for 29 years. After they lost some business …

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How and Where to Shop Local during COVID-19

As COVID-19 precautions and closures take effect in Illinois and Champaign County, it’s important to consider some alternative approaches to shopping local and supporting the local economy. There are many ways you can support local businesses and their employees while also maintaining social distancing and stay-at-home recommendations. At the Champaign Center Partnership, we also encourage …

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