In 1986, Iverson Painting was started by Mark Sr. and Barb Iverson in their hometown of Rockford, Illinois. Known for their quality of work and the individualized customer service you’d expect from a family-run business, Iverson Painting began to grow a regional customer base. Read more.


NonProfitTHRIVE started from one woman’s desire to better connect nonprofits in her community to the hundreds of people she would meet through her job as a chiropractor that said “I would love to volunteer, but I’m not sure where!”

Nicole Sdao began an organization to fulfill this exact vision. She saw the older generations involved in Rotary Clubs and Kawanis, but the next generation was lacking in connectivity despite their use of the internet and cell phones in every other area of life. Through her organization, she began creating business plans and strategies that nonprofits could use to grow and recruit volunteers. Read more.


Lindeblad Piano Restoration began in 1920 out of the Brooklyn, New York home of Axel Lindeblad where he repaired and tuned pianos. His son, Ed Lindeblad, followed in his father’s footsteps in the piano business during his teenage years. During the 1950’s, Ed worked for Steinway and Sons restoring pianos.

Nearly 100 years later, Lindeblad is still breathing life into fine, vintage pianos. Their long tradition of meticulous craftsmanship has spanned over four generations, and continues to be well respected among concert pianists, universities and colleges, Grammy-winning musicians, Academy Award-winning actors, late-night TV hosts, and piano owners. Read more.


For over 40 years, Lino’s has been a family restaurant favorite and Italian food staple in Rockford, Illinois. Family-owned and operated, Lino’s started as a pizza and Italian restaurant in 1972. Since then, they have expanded their restaurant through a catering division and pizza takeout.

Coining the slogan, “Come Home to Lino’s Tonight,” the restaurant earned a reputation for their family-friendly environment. Over the years, Lino’s consistent service and quality food has attracted an impressively-large following in the community and devoted group of regular customers. Read more.