Business: Cunningham Construction
Owner/Operator: Cunningham Family
Business: Winnebago Preschool
Owner/Operator: Mrs. Tina
Congratulations to Winnebago Preschool for Business of the Month for December!
Business: Reflections Salon & Spa
Congratulations to Reflections Salon & Spa for Business of the Month for November!
Business: NITE Equipment
Owner/Operator: Jim & Jenny Sacia
Congratulations to NITE Equipment for Business of the Month for October!
“We are long- time residents and members of the Winnebago and Pecatonica communities. We moved to our present home in the Winnebago School district in 1972. Our business developed from Jim’s farming background and love of tractors, farm equipment, and cars and trucks. Jenny always had to answer the phone calls on items Jim would buy and then advertise in the papers. His sons have followed his footsteps with the oldest, Jerry, and youngest, Jesse, building and growing the business after each graduated from college.
We incorporated in 1997 and are now employing 13 fine fulltime employees. Our first goal at NITE is to provide a variety of products accompanied with excellent service. It is an on-going challenge to keep up with technology and daily tasks involved in running a business. An equal goal for us as owners is to provide very good salaries and benefits to our family of employees.
Raising horses and working on tractors has been a part of our life here from the beginning. That is what brought us to our little farm between Pecatonica and Winnebago. Jim loved to restore old tractors and Jerry is very involved in the tractor pulling world. We hold consignment auctions giving the public an opportunity to buy or sell items they need or need to get rid of. Hopefully the taxes generated by every business are an asset to all communities.
Nite cherishes the joy of many friendships and business relationships built over these 22 years at our present location and the 20 years before at our original location at our home.
The mission of NITE Equipment is to provide competitively priced new and used trailers, trucks, farm tractors and implements, heavy construction equipment, and related accessories and services in an honest and professional manner.
Business: Sullivans Foods
Owner/Operator: John Sullivan
Congratulations Sullivans Foods, here is Seth Holmgren (Ace Hardware Manager) Bob Miller (Store Manager) and Craig Engelbarts (Store Assistant Manager) being presented Business of the Month by the Winnebago Area Chamber of Commerce for the Month of September!
Sullivans Foods is a family owned and operated grocery retail business that was started in 1967 by John & June Sullivan. John Sullivan married June in 1959 and then went off to serve in the United States Army. While serving in the army he took a part-time job as a meat cutter. After his military service, John and June returned for a short time to John’s hometown, Stockton, Illinois where he became a full-time meat cutter. Then they moved to Platteville, Wisconsin, where John worked for another grocery store.
During his seven years in Platteville he learned more of the meat cutting trade and other valuable tools for success. Most significant was how important it is to be fair to your employees, vendors, and customers. In September of 1967 John and June moved to Savanna, Illinois where they decided to purchase their own grocery store. For a short time in the beginning he had a partner and eventually ended up buying his share out and then built a new store – tearing down the older structure to make room for a larger parking lot. The Savanna location became a success so in 1973 they expanded their business with an additional store located in John’s hometown, Stockton, Illinois. Keeping up with the ever growing market, John and June ventured out in 1978 and purchased two more locations, then in 1980 they increased their stores again with the purchase of another two locations. They now own and operate 11 locations in Northern and Central Illinois.
In addition to building his successful grocery chain, John and June were also raising six children Kathryn, Scott, Bryan, Susan, Mike, and Julie; all of whom followed in Dad and Moms footsteps and are a part of the company. Each of them started off either as a cashier, meat cutter, or stocker and now help run the company. Today, John is still the CEO, Scott Sullivan is the President, Kathryn Christensen is the Vice President of Human Resources, Bryan Sullivan is the Vice President of Advertising, Susan Sullivan-Dauphin is the Property manager, Mike Sullivan is Vice President of IT, and Julie Sullivan-Mensendike is General Merchandise Manager as well as being a teacher.
Business of the Month 2019
Business: The Brauer Barn
Owner/Operator: Jason & Molly Brauer
Business: Mary K Gottman Embroidery
Owner/Operator: Mary Gottman
Congratulations to Mary Gottman owner of Mary K. Gottman Embroidery, here is Mary being presented Business of the Month by the Winnebago Area Chamber of Commerce for the Month of July!
Mary Gottman is the owner of Mary K. Gottman Embroidery. Mary and her husband moved to thier current address twenty-five years ago while all of her children went to school in Winnebago, IL. Mary Gottman started her business in 2004 when she purchased her first commercial embroidery machine, at this time she was only doing embroidery and clothing alterations. In 2011, she purchased three more commercial embroidery machines, a vinyl cutter, and a heat press from the previous business in Winnebago. Mary decoration offerings are embroidery, heat transfer vinyl, rhinestones, vinyl decals, sublimation, patches and recently she added glitter spangle decoration. Along with all the machines, she has a lot of business coming in from Winnebago. Mary has enjoyed servicing the Winnebago School District but in the last two and a half years she has started receiving work from other areas. Mary’s goal is to grow her business and eventually she would like to hire outside help to give her more time for designing. When she is not working in her business, she enjoys gardening/yard work and reading, along with one day a week she babysit her beautiful 3-year-old granddaughter!
Business: Cimino’s, Winnebago
Owner/Operator: Vince Cimino
Business: The Post, Winnebago
Owner/Operator: Tom and Michele McDonald
Business: Garden Arts, Winnebago
Owner/Operator: Shirley Crawford
Congratulations to Shirley Crawford owner of Garden Arts here in Winnebago, Shirley is being presented Business of the Month by the Winnebago Area Chamber of Commerce for the month of April! Shirley opened her doors on July 8th, 1989 and will be celebrating her 30 year anniversary this July bringing over 40 years of experience to the community. In almost 30 years Garden Arts has touched our lives somehow whether it being a special occasion, anniversary, birthday, wedding, funeral, or just because someone wanted to brighten up your day! You continuously see Garden Arts at community events from center pieces at the Awards Night Dinner held by the Chamber, or stopping in to a local business to drop off some of their fresh cut flowers. Needless to say that Shirley gives back to this community in more ways than can be counted. Congratulations again Shirley, and thank you for all you do!
Shirley Crawford ; Jill Gettle
Business: COUNTRY Financial
Owner/Operator: Erica Kielty
Congratulations to Erica Kielty with COUNTRY Financial Insurance, she is being presented Business of the Month by the Winnebago Area Chamber of Commerce for the month of March. Erica has recently taken over COUNTRY Financial here in Winnebago, in her short time here she has already done so much for the community. Stop in her office at, 102 N Elida Ste C today if you are in the market for Auto/Home/Life/Business/Retirement insurance!
Jill Gettle ; Erica Kielty