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A picturesque small town in the heart of Northern Illinois, Genoa is perfectly situated to provide residents with access to rural charm and big-city culture.

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n behalf of the Genoa Area Chamber of Commerce, I would like to welcome you to our town. Genoa is an outstanding place to live, work, and grow a business. Whether you’re visiting for the day, looking for a new place to call home, or you’re already a resident of our thriving community, Genoa is a quaint little town with a big heart and plenty of opportunities. Our rich history dates back to 1835, and the Chamber was established in 1956 to advocate for and support the prosperity of Genoa and area businesses. It is an exciting time to be a member of the Genoa Area Chamber of Commerce. We are always creating new networking and promotional opportunities to help our member businesses succeed and grow, including space to advertise on the Chamber website, business referrals, monthly networking opportunities, and continuing education. Other great events that allow our member businesses to gain visibility include the Home and Business Expo, Annual Golf Outing, Great Genoa Duck Race, and Celebrate the Season. We continue to partner with local government and other organizations to pursue improvements in the overall quality of life for the city, county, and region, particularly in the areas of transportation, education, healthcare, tourism, economic development, community development, and workforce development. Our success in achieving our mission and purpose is due to a collaborative effort from the Chamber Board of Directors, Chamber Ambassadors, City of Genoa, Chamber members, and area professionals. Our online business directory is another service the Genoa Area Chamber of Commerce provides to the local community. We continue to work with our “Explore Genoa” committee to encourage you to think local, shop local! By supporting the businesses in our directory, you are reinvesting in your community. To our current Chamber members, thank you for your continued support. For those of you considering relocating your business or opening a new business in Genoa, you will find that becoming a Chamber member is of great value to you. Genoa is thriving, join us as we continue to grow.

Cortney Strohacker

Cortney Strohacker • Executive Director Genoa Area Chamber of Commerce

Cortney Strohacker Executive Director Krissy Johnson Associate Director Pattie Marx President

Heartland Bank • 2015-2017

Tricia Wagner Vice President

SERVPRO of DeKalb County 2017-2019

Robert Mason Treasurer

First Midwest Bank • 2016-2018

Karen Simmons

Genoa Kingston School Dist. #424 2015-2017

Lisa Cumings

KishHealth System • 2017-2019

Josh Kubiak

Edward Jones • 2016-2018

Brett Korth Resource Bank • 2016-2018

Jan Tures

City of Genoa • 2015-2017

Dr. Mark Lanting

Kishwaukee College • 2017-2019

Phil Harris

Alan Browne Chevrolet • 2017-2019

Rick Amato Legal Counsel

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table of COntents 3

Welcome Letter


Board of Directors


Genoa Chamber Ambassador Club

7 Economic Boom in Genoa in 2016 10

Genoa Businesses Offers High School Students Internship Experience


Genoa Area Map


Alan Browne Chevrolet: Dedicated to the community for more than 40 years


Karlsbad Tavern Re-Opens after Major Renovation



2017 Genoa Area Chamber Membership Directory

The 2017 Genoa Area Business Directory Guide is published by Shaw Media in cooperation with the Genoa Area Chamber of Commerce. Project Manager: Lisa Angel Design & Layout: Allison LaPorta Contributing Writers: Aimee Barrows Contributing Photographers: Katherine M. Photography Shaw Media Staff All information current as of January 2017



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t’s a good time to do in business in Genoa, as several new businesses have set up shop in town, while other established companies expanded their facilities in 2016, bringing more jobs and tax revenue to the city. Residents and visitors now have more entertainment and dining options, while former vacant lots are, or soon will be, occupied by industrial companies. Joe Misurelli, city administrative consultant, said this past year has seen a lot of positive economic growth, one of the most prominent being the acquisition of the former 84 Lumber property by J6 Polymers in June. The property at the corner of Route 23 and Derby Line Road had been vacant for several years after the lumber company closed the location. J6 Polymers, which makes fire-retardant foam used by clients like NASA and the U.S. Navy, will soon make Genoa its national headquarters. “This will bring about 10 jobs to Genoa initially, but there is a lot of growth potential,” Misurelli explained. “But it’s good to have a long-vacant building occupied. We hope that might spur further development in that area in the future.” Custom Aluminum brought the largest industrial expansion to the city in decades in 2016, as it added 46,000 square feet of space for an extrusion facility. The new building is difficult to spot because of its hidden location behind its current building. Upstaging, Inc., a Sycamore-based company that provides lighting and sound stages for some of the nation’s hottest entertainment acts, recently purchased the large industrial building at 535 S. Sycamore St., totaling about 146,000 square feet of space. Service Concepts, a HVAC and plumbing company, has doubled the number of its employees since it moved to Genoa from Hampshire in 2010. And because of the quick growth, the company is building a second facility

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on S. Center Drive, just east of Route 23. “That’s another industrial building that’s being added to the tax base, which benefits our schools and other taxing districts,” Misurelli explained. The retail sector has been growing significantly. Alan Browne Chevrolet is undertaking a major expansion, adding about 20,000 square feet to its existing building, which will bring more office space, a larger showroom and more jobs to the company. Renegade Tactical, a former home-based business that sells and repairs firearms, just opened its doors at 807 E. Main St. Energym, a Sycamore-based gymnastics facility, opened its second location in the Prairie Ridge Point shopping center, which had been vacant after Rosati’s left a few years ago. Sylvan Learning Center has also opened there, and Misurelli said other businesses are showing interest in the space. Also in 2016, Smokin’ Grill, located on Rt. 72 just west of Rt. 23, began serving pizza, burgers and Mexican food to the community. And now, residents no longer have to leave town to try their hand at video gaming. Abby’s, which Misurelli described as a gaming café that opened across from Alan Browne Chevrolet on Pearson Dr., also benefits the city by collecting gaming revenues and sales tax from the food and drinks.


“It fills a vacancy, which makes the surrounding property more valuable,” he said. “The city actually created a new type of liquor license to allow Abby’s to open.” Downtown Genoa is quickly becoming a popular destination location for evenings on the town. Along with the newly-renovated of Karlsbad Tavern, Minihan’s pub gives the community another option for dining and entertainment. The Irish pub opened up in early 2016 in a former dental office on Main St. Couple those with Prairie State Winery, Cademon Brewing and the also recently expanded Corner Grill, the options are plenty for residents to enjoy an evening out with family and friends without leaving Genoa. “There are now more opportunities for residents to dine out, and they have access to more services and businesses,” Misurelli said. “All of this provides for a more vibrant community. It brings more tax revenue for government entities, which alleviates the burden on taxpayers.” Misurelli explained that a lot of the growth can be attributed to the pro-business environment created by the mayor and city council, which are both very focused on helping local businesses thrive. One example is the city’s low-interest loan program, which has helped entrepreneurs get their businesses up and running in Genoa.

“There’s a lot of activity here, and we’re really seeing the economy picking up,” he said. “People are willing to invest in Genoa by expanding their businesses or starting new ones.” Mayor Mark Vicary wants to make it known that Genoa is “open for business” and said the city is always looking for new businesses to come to town. He’s hoping for a new fast food restaurant or coffee shop will come to Genoa to offer more options to residents. “We foster an open relationship with businesses and are seeking more restaurants,” he explained. “I think we’re more open to businesses than other towns because we’re always willing to help and we think outside the box.” Vicary said city officials have been working closely with the Chamber of Commerce to change the ambiance of the downtown area. Because of the recent revitalization of the downtown area with the new and update bars and restaurants, they’re finally seeing the fruits of their labor. “This is a destination location. We have creative activities and events so people come and see what a charming community Genoa is,” he said. “People are realizing this is a great place. It’s a safe, vibrant community with wonderful schools. People want to be involved. We’re also a community that takes care of each other. That’s what makes us successful.”

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Internship Experience By: Aimee Barrows Contributing Writer

ost high schoolers don’t have the opportunity to work with a major company before attending college. But a few lucky Genoa-Kingston High School seniors are learning important job and leadership skills right here in Genoa, thanks to a unique partnership between District #424 and Custom Aluminum. Custom Aluminum’s work study program began in 2011 as a way to attract more students to manufacturing careers because there is a shortage of people going into technical programs, said Shane Tredup, vice president of operations. “The U.S. is still a manufacturing powerhouse, and we want to get high school students to consider a manufacturing career,” he said. “The school has an interest in partnering with us to get more students interested in manufacturing. Some students decide that this is their career path, and others decide it’s not for them. But they’ve gotten enough exposure to makes that decision. This gives them an opportunity to evaluate a potential career path that many students wouldn’t get until college.” The program brings two to four G-K seniors into their workplace each year, where the students learn many manufacturing and engineering skills. For the entire academic year, the students spend every other day from 1 to 5 p.m. with the company. Not only do they learn, but the students are also paid employees. They go through an application process with Custom Aluminum their junior year, but they are not required to have a certain GPA. The only


thing students need to apply for the program is a desire to learn more about the manufacturing field. “Manufacturing pays very well and there is an abundance of jobs that are unfulfilled because there aren’t enough technically trained, skilled people to fill these jobs,” Tredup said. Joe Burgess, superintendent of District 424, said the work study program is a “phenomenal opportunity” for students to learn about all aspects of manufacturing. He said GenoaKingston is the only school in the area that offers this type of program.

For the students who wish to continue in the manufacturing field, Custom Aluminum will pay a student’s tuition for a twoyear technical program, as well as offer financial assistance for students who enroll in a manufacturing or technical program at a four-year in-state university that leads to a manufacturing career. “The students are required to work 25 hours a week for us while in school. We’ll have some students who started in the program who will graduate from four-year programs this May and begin working for us full-time,” Tredup said.

“Custom Aluminum is in the forefront of investing in their own resources into the students’ education, in hopes they’ll come back to work there,” he explained. “That shows an incredible investment in our students. And the experience looks phenomenal on an 18 year old’s resume.”

Alumni of the work-study program are also giving back to the company and school by teaching some industrial classes at the high school. The goal is also to mentor high school students, and get them interested in the work-study program. “Recruitment has been difficult lately, and we’re focusing on getting more women into the program and into manufacturing in general,” Tredup said.

During the first three months, the student-employees learn technical skills in the engineering department doing production-grade drawings for actual customers. Tredup said they are working on projects that have a real impact in the community.

Burgess said he’s seen numerous benefits in the students, aside from the wonderful work experience they get. He said their appearance and dress are more professional, they speak more clearly to adults and are more respectful to their teachers.

“We’re giving them something that means something. One group did the Genoa Kingston welcome signs that you see when coming into town,” he explained. “But the critical component to success is that we treat them as regular employees. They go through a lot of maturing and development that year.”

“I see that confidence, that sparkle in their eyes when they find something they love. It’s our job in education to afford them opportunities, and this is too good an opportunity to pass up,” he said. “We love the partnership with Custom Aluminum, and I can’t thank them enough. It’s working out well.”

After that component is finished, the student-employees learn additional industrial skills in both hands-on and classroom settings from technical instructors at Elgin Community College or Waubonsee Community College.

Not only do the students and Custom Aluminum get something out of the program, but Burgess said the Genoa community as a whole also benefits.

“They go through a number of courses, like shop math, statistics, programming, computerized machinery and welding principles,” he said. “They learn and then they do. We have them working in the industry with the most current technology.”

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“A trained workforce benefits everyone, and even if they leave Custom Aluminum, they’re still going to be community members,” he said. “A lot of residual things happen when you’re successful at work, which spills over into the community. This experience shows students how important team work and people skills are to career success.”



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Alan Browne Chevrolet

Dedicated to the community for more than 40 years

By: Aimee Barrows Contributing Writer

When customers walk into Alan Browne Chevrolet in Genoa, a welcoming energy and sense of family they feel is most important to owner Phil Harris.

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hat’s because the car dealership prides itself on providing the community with top-notch, small-town service combined with an inventory that’s usually only seen in large city dealerships.

“People are looking for great value. Price is important, but they also want a relationship with the people who they do business with,” Harris explained. “They have a strong relationship with the sales person and the service advisors. So when they come in, they’re greeted with a friendly smile. They’re treated like a person, not a number.” The strong ties that Alan Browne has with the community have been integral in the growth of the dealership, which employs more than 50 people and has more than 450 cars on the lot. In fact, sales have quadrupled over the past four years, and Harris has hired more than 40 people since he took over the dealership. While the exponential


growth is wonderful for Alan Browne and the community as a whole, it has led one problem: the dealership needs more space to accommodate sales staff, support staff and the service department. The dealership will undergo a massive 20,000 square foot renovation and expansion beginning this spring that should take about a year to complete. The showroom and sales area will be expanded, and a 6,500 square foot state-of-the art office space addition will be built above the current building, which will also have training rooms and a large conference room. Twenty-eight service stalls will be added to the service department, along with a renovated customer greeting area to separate the guests from the service noise. “We want to invest in the community and continue to grow,” Harris said. “We want our customers to have the best consumer experience possible, while providing our work family with the absolute best work environment.” This growth has led to more than $33 million dollars in sales and service in 2015 and Harris expects a double-digit increase in 2016. He attributes this growth to not only offering very competitive pricing and attractive financing to all buyers, but to the enormous inventory that’s in stock. Customers can find unique sports cars, like new and pre-owned Corvettes, at Alan Browne that they can’t find in many small towns. “We have a great reputation and a huge referral base. Social media has been tremendous. If people have a good experience, they put it on their social media pages,” Harris explained. “We primarily serve DeKalb County, but we have customers from Elgin, Rockford and many communities within 100 miles. We’ve even had people come from Florida and Minnesota, thanks to our strong internet presence.” Harris believes that his employees, whom he calls his “work family,” are at the core of all the dealership’s growth and success. All of Alan Browne’s employees live within 20 miles of


Genoa, and Harris said he has “next to zero” turnover, thanks to the dealership’s family atmosphere. “I love this community and the how well everyone supports each other,” Harris said. “I also like to idea of hiring within the area and creating jobs. The employees feel appreciated. Nobody acts superior to anyone else. We all do everything, including taking out the trash. Everyone helps each other out. I’m so grateful for the time and effort they put in. It takes a lot of synergy and the right attitude to grow and maintain a comfortable atmosphere for our work family and the customers.” Destiny Lacasse, who’s worked in internet sales for three years, said she loves coming into work every day because she feels like her co-workers are like her second family. “We spend a lot of time together and we have a really great harmony. It’s a great environment,” she said. Derek Fitzgerald, who’s worked in the sales department for two years, said he appreciates that Harris is so family-oriented. Being a father of four, Fitzgerald said that it’s important to him to have a flexible schedule. “I bought a car here and Phil offered me a job that same day,” he explained. “I’m very happy here. I like the aspect that it’s a community. We take care of our customers. They have issues come up once in a while but we always find a way to make them happy. ” Because Harris knows how important community is, he makes it a point to sponsor local events and be an active participant in helping local organizations and families. The dealership holds a toy drive every year that benefit area shelters and needy families. “Over the past three years, we’ve collected more than two semi-tractor loads of toys,” he explained. “We also sponsor

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local sports teams and dance teams. We’ve invested our resources in the Genoa Chamber of Commerce. Every year we have a wonderful holiday light display for people to enjoy as they drive into Genoa. We like to give back to the people who support us.” Supporting the community was very important to the previous owner and namesake, Alan Browne. Harris wanted to continue Browne’s legacy as a leader who always put his colleague’s needs ahead of his own. Harris said Browne decided to sell the business so he could spend more time with his family and grandchildren.

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“Alan has been dedicated to this community for more than 40 years. He still comes in every day and customers still stop into his office to visit with him,” Harris explained.

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Trucks continue to be the top-seller at Alan Browne, but Harris said they also sell a lot of SUV’s and sedans. Harris said he’s proud to sell Chevrolets because they offer customers the best in design, safety and technology. He’s quick to note that while all of the new vehicles available at Alan Browne are Chevrolets, the dealership sells all makes and models of pre-owned vehicles, as well as services everything. “Chevrolet is the pinnacle of the General Motors brand, and more than a third of all GM vehicles sold are Chevys. We have a very fresh model line-up and a vehicle for every segment of the population, from new college grads to families, from heavy-duty commercial vehicles to the ultimate sports vehicle,” he explained. “People want a quality vehicle at an affordable price with the latest features. Anyone who comes in here is treated as well as we treat our own family members. We want them to have a better experience before, during and after the sale than they’ve ever had before.”

Alan Browne will remain open during the renovation. For more information about the dealership, visit

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Re-Opens after Major Renovation

By: Aimee Barrows Contributing Writer

usiness is booming at Karlsbad Tavern in Genoa, thanks to an expanded menu and major renovation that updated the restaurant’s look and feel. There’s a buzz around town about the newly re-imagined, family-friendly establishment, and people from all over the area have been enjoying the excellent food and welcoming atmosphere since the tavern’s re-opening in late September. Karlsbad’s owner, Genoa resident Karl Gallagher, is a hunting and fishing enthusiast so he wanted to give his bar an outdoorsy feel, but with a little bit of sophistication. Gone is the dark wood of the old bar, replaced by light wood and neutral colors to lighten up the atmosphere. Red stools and chairs make the dining room pop, which is what Gallagher wanted from his remodel. “The inspiration was my love of the outdoors,” Gallagher, 54, explained. “I’m very pleased with how it turned out. Somebody called us ‘upscale’ now. Business is up about 40 percent since re-opening. This is an atmosphere that makes people comfortable. Word of mouth has spread quickly.” The tavern was completely gutted during the renovation, which began in early August. For almost eight weeks, crews replaced absolutely everything, including the ceiling, walls and floor. The bar is now smaller, which made room for six additional dining tables. Many of the materials used for the remodel were purchased locally. Gallagher said that the raw wood came from Kirkland Sawmill, while the cabinetry is from a Sycamore business. The building’s exterior also got a facelift. Heavy cedar trusses were added above the door to support the awning, giving it lodge-type feel, reminiscent of a northern Wisconsin cabin.


Oktoberfest beers, India Pale Ales and even a beer called “Buffalo Sweat.” The wine list has grown too, as customers have requested sweeter wines like Riesling and Moscato. While enjoying a cold beverage and delicious meal, guests can almost always find a hockey game on one of the two new TVs above the bar, or try their luck at one of five gambling machines.

“There was no curb appeal before. We had to make the outside look appealing so people will want to come in. I put a lot of emphasis on the outside,” he said. The slogan on the brand-new sign above the door at Karlsbad Tavern in Genoa reads “Good Food, Lousy Service.” And while the part about good food is true, Gallagher said the service at his establishment couldn’t be better. In fact, several more wait staff were recently hired to make sure each guest receives prompt and attentive service. “The slogan gets attention and people laugh at it. The service here is actually very good,” Gallagher explained. “I’m very confident about our service because my staff is really great. I’m here every night to make sure people are attended to.” To go along with the new look and new staff, Gallagher also tweaked the menu. The excellent quality of the food is wellknown among locals, but now, with more offerings available, word is spreading to surrounding communities. He said he’s seeing more families from other areas stopping for meals. Karlsbad now has a dinner menu, which features ribs, strip steak, friend chicken, shrimp, seafood and comfort food favorites like shepherd’s pie and mac and cheese. For those who are looking for a healthier option, there’s now a full salad bar. Gallagher said while the dinner menu has been popular so far, the biggest seller is still the burgers, which are now charbroiled. “They’re made fresh and never frozen and now the char-broil gives them a different flavor and they’re juicier,” he said. “Our Friday fish fry is also very popular. We’re going to add another one on Wednesdays. I like giving people good food and seeing their faces after they eat, and then complimenting us on a job well done.”

Gallager, who grew up in Elgin, worked as a bartender for many years and earned an associate’s degree in culinary arts from Elgin Community College. He bought the bar in 1994 a few years after graduating from Southeastern Oklahoma State with a bachelor’s degree in aviation. After working as a flight instructor for a few years, he decided to go back to his roots and open up his own bar. “I found this little bar that I could afford in Genoa. I didn’t know what Genoa was before I bought the place, but it looked like an up and coming area,” he said. “This was a rundown dive so I cleaned it up and started serving food. It stayed that way for more than 20 years until I decided to remodel this year because the opportunity presented itself. It was time to reinvent Karlsbad Tavern.” Gallagher feels like Genoa has a lot of potential, so he said it was important to remodel his business to help the town stay viable. “If you don’t keep them up, places get old and rot away. I chose to reinvest in Genoa and that choice paid off,” he explained. “It hit a nerve. People want a place in Genoa where they can come eat. I’ve had a lot of community support and everyone has been enthusiastic. We’re an old place that became new and that makes for curiosity.”

Karlsbad Tavern 413 W. Main St. in Genoa.

Visit for more information. Hours: Monday-Thursday 10:30 a.m. - midnight, Friday and Saturday 10:30 a.m. - 1 a.m., and 10:30 a.m. -10 p.m. Sunday. The kitchen is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

Jordan Manier, who has been bartending at Karlsbad for two years, agreed that the food he serves is “amazing,” and said he loves the new vibe of the remodeled tavern. “The prime rib and fish are really good, and the burgers are great,” he said. “I love the new bar. It went from old-fashioned to updated and more modern. The customers really love the feeling of the bar. We’ve seen a big increase in business because it’s a fun environment.” Karlsbad has always served a wide variety of beverages, but the offerings have expanded since the remodel to include

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Country Financial 305 W. Main St., Genoa 784-6688

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Day Dream Designs Genoa 901-6743 •

DCCVB DeKalb County Convention and Visitors Ctr. 111 S. 2nd St., Ste. 202, DeKalb 756-1336 • DeKalb County Clerk & Recorder 110 E. Sycamore St., 2nd Fl., Sycamore • 895-7142 DeKalb County Community Foundation 475 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore 748-5383 • DeKalb County Community Gardens 303 Birchwood Ln., DeKalb 793-0950 • DeKalb County EDC 421 N. California St., Ste. 200 Building 1B • Sycamore 895-2711 • DeKalb County Hospice 2727 Sycamore Rd., DeKalb 756-300 DeKalb County Nonprofit Partnership 475 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore 748-5383


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Edward Jones Financial Advisor: Josh Kubiak 599 Pearson Dr. Ste. 2, Genoa 784-3734 • Elder Care Services 1701 E. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb 758-6550 • Emmaus Baptist Church Genoa • 784-9098 Energym Gymnastics 407 S. Sycamore Rd., Genoa 899-6424 • Everything Floral, LLC 113 W. Main Street, Genoa 784-2344 •


Faith United Methodist Church 325 S. Stott St., Genoa 784-5143 • Family Service Agency of DeKalb County, Inc. 14 Health Services Dr., DeKalb 758-8616 •


First Midwest Bank 601 Pearson Dr., Genoa (779) 382-7001 •

Genoa Fitness Center 333 E. First St., Genoa 784-3488 •

Floor to Ceiling 2439 Bethany Road, Sycamore 756-8575 •

Genoa Lions Club P.O. Box 112, Genoa 784-5598

Forthright Financial Planning, LLC, an independent firm 352 ½ W. State Street, Sycamore 895-8885 •

Genoa Motors 231 Sycamore Rd., Genoa 784-2600 •

Fortitude Fitness 265 W. Peace Rd., Suite 108 Sycamore • 566-3580


G.K. Trailblazers 761-7951 • Genoa Animal Hospital 703 Pearson Dr., Genoa 784-6109 Genoa Auto Parts-Napa 330 W. Main St., Genoa 784-4300 Genoa Chamber of Commerce 111 N. Sycamore St., Genoa 784-2212 Genoa Community Women’s Club Genoa • 761-0515

Genoa Park District 400 E. Second St., Genoa 784-5612 • Genoa Pharmacy 228 W. Main St., Genoa 784-2122 Genoa Public Library 240 W. Main St., Genoa 784-2627 • Genoa Smiles 619 E. Main St., Genoa 784-5166 • Genoa Super Wash 360 Sycamore Rd., Genoa 784-4386 Genoa Veterans Home Corp. 311 S. Washington St., Genoa 784-5967 • Genoa-Kingston CUSD #424 980 Park Ave., Genoa 784-6222 •

Genoa-Kingston Education Foundation Genoa • 757-4162 Genoa-Kingston Fire Department 317 Railroad, Genoa 784-3412 • Genoa-Kingston United Way, Inc. P.O. Box 5, Genoa 784-6282 • Goodfellows of Genoa/Kingston 1104 Oakview Ln., Genoa (847) 343-3984 Greenlee - A Textron Company 702 W. Main St., Genoa 784-8011 • Gustafson State Farm Insurance 2401 US. Hwy. 20, Ste. 109 Pingree Grove • (847) 792-1969


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Hendrik Stables 12757 Base Line Rd., Kingston 970-1941 •

Katherine M. Photography Sycamore • 757-3018

LawnWorks P.O. Box 384, Genoa 784-6309

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Liberty Mutual Insurance 477 S. 3rd St., Ste. 148 Geneva • (630) 232-8100

Heritage Woods DeKalb 2626 N. Annie Glidden Rd. DeKalb • 787-6500 Hill’s Tap 319 W. Main St., Genoa 784-5982 • Hoffman Realty, LLC 535 Babson Rd., Monroe Center 522-3255 • Home Town Storage 405 S. Hadsall, Genoa 355-7271 • Hurley and Volk Orthodontics 895 S. State St., Hampshire (847) 289-8800


Illinois Community Credit Union 508 W. State Street, Sycamore 895-4541 • ITWorks Global with Amanda Pollnow Genoa • 955-1043


Jack Godde State Farm Insurance 318 W. Main St. #1, Genoa 784-3337 Jeffrey Caron Optometry 318 W. Main St., Genoa 784-6480 Jim’s Home Inspection & HVAC Consulting Services Genoa • 784-2053


Karlsbad Tavern 413 W. Main St., Genoa 784-6336

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Kingston Mutual Insurance Company 420 W. Main St., Genoa 784-5657 KishHealth Physical Therapy 2111 Midland Ct., Sycamore 748-8900 KishHealth Physical Therapy 599 Pearson Dr., Genoa 784-2100 KishHealth System/ Kishwaukee Community Hospital One Kish Hospital Dr., DeKalb 756-1521 • Kishwaukee College 2193 S. Malta Rd., Malta 825-2086 Kishwaukee Education Consortium 21255 Malta Rd., Malta 825-2000 • Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra P.O. Box 310, DeKalb 756-3728 • Kishwaukee Valley Heritage Society 622 Park Ave., Genoa 784-5559 Kishwaukee Valley Wanderers Genoa • 761-4660

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Marc’s Lawn Service, LLC 502 N. Main St., Suite 2 Sycamore • 739-7818

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Morning Star Media 240 Edwards St., Sycamore 899-0150


Northern Rehab Physical Therapy Specialists 540 E. Main St., Ste. 5, Genoa 784-6417

Krueger & Associates, Ltd. 103 N. State St., Hampshire (847) 683-2500

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Latsis Bakery 401 W. Main St. • Genoa 784-4334 •

Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, Cooper-Quiram Chapel 1245 Somonauk St., Sycamore 784-2518 •

Midwest Museum of Natural History 425 W. State St., Sycamore 895-9777 •

Knights of Columbus 32044 New Labanon Rd. Hampshire • (847) 987-1989



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R Hansel & Son Company 221 N. Sycamore, Genoa 784-5500 Ralfie’s BBQ and Catering Oregon • 757-0275 Red Farm Antiques 6199 Wolf Rd., Kingston (715) 493-2344 ReMax Classic 514 E. Main St., Genoa 784-2800 • Resource Bank 310 Hwy. 23, Genoa 784-8301 • Responsive Roofing 221 W. Lincoln Hwy., Ste C., DeKalb • 901-8860



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Small Business Development Ctr @ WCC 18 S. River St., Rm. 268, Aurora (630) 906-4143 St. Catherine’s Catholic Church 340 S. Stott Street, Genoa 784-2355 State Representative Robert Pritchard 2600 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore 748-3494 •

The Gracie Center P.O. Box 277, Kingston 345-1924 • Theisen Roofing 1122 Pleasant St., DeKalb 758-8998 • Thirty-One Genoa • (847) 815-1553 Tinez Tacos DeKalb • (630) 229-8715

Stephen Alan Salon 2030 Baron Dr., #105, Sycamore 895-3339 •

Tobinson Ace Hardware 361 Sycamore Rd., Genoa 784-6004 •

Sycamore Integrated Health 920 W. Prairie Dr., Ste. J., Sycamore • 895-3354

Trinity Lutheran Church 33930 N. State Rd., Genoa 784-2522 •

Sycamore Park District 940 E. State St., Sycamore 895-3365 Sycamore Precision Machine 334 E. First St., Genoa 784-5151 Sylvan Learning Center 407 S. Sycamore St., Genoa 899-8909 •


T.Allen & Associates, LLC 502 E. Main St., Genoa 784-6547 • The Copper Cow, Inc. 6465 Cherry Valley Rd., Kingston 222-5278


Vapor Physics, LLC 113 A W. Main St., Genoa (779) 382-0344 • Village of Kingston 101 E. Railroad St., Kingston 784-5572 • Voluntary Action Center 1606 Bethany Rd., Sycamore 758-3932 •


Wakoh Wear, Inc. 673 Park Ave., Genoa 784-2734 •

Walnut Street Daycare Center 201 Walnut St., Genoa 784-2223 Waubonsee Community College Route 47 at Waubonsee Dr., Sugar Grove • (630) 466-7900 White Pony Woodworks Kingston • (847) 204-1346 Wildtree Kingston • 981-5962 Willard Aves Post 1010 American Legion 213 E. Locust St., DeKalb 784-6688 WLBKFM98.9/ AM1360,WSQRFM93.5/ AM1180 2410 Sycamore Rd., DeKalb 748-1000 x201 • WOW! Genoa • 751-7532


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Alan Browne Chevy..................................... 24

Genoa Auto Parts........................................... 6

ReMax Classic.............................................. 18

Banner Up Signs........................................... 18

Genoa Pharmacy.......................................... 15

Resource Bank............................................ 23

Century 21- New Heritage ............................ 5

Genoa Smiles................................................. 6

Seyllers Inc................................................... 18

David Gingerich- Country Financial............... 6

Heartland Bank............................................ 18

State Farm-Jack Godde.................................. 9

Family Service Agency.................................. 17

Kingston Mutual........................................... 18

Tobinson Ace ............................................... 17

First Midwest Bank........................................ 9

Kishwaukee Hospital...................................... 2

Trinity Lutheran Church................................. 9

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