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Belvidere Chamber Breakfast Before Business


Belvidere Chamber of Commerce holds Women’s Breakfast Before Business with La Voz Latina


New Business to Open on Buchanan Street

BELVIDERE – The pets around Belvidere may soon look a bit spiffier thanks to a business that is about to open downtown.

Snazzy Pets Grooming is set to open around Sept. 1 at 107 Buchanan Street in downtown Belvidere.

Snazzy Pets Grooming is expected to open around the first of September at 107 Buchanan Street.

Owner Rhonda Borcherts-Surratt, who is a certified groomer, has been thinking about the storefront for a while. She’s no stranger to the business. Borcherts-Surratt, along with business partner Peggy Long, also run Spiffy Pets Grooming & Daycare in Machesney Park. That store opened three years ago.

“We actually have several customers from the Belvidere, Poplar Grove, Caledonia area. We really thought there was a need there.”

The new store will start with two people working out of the shop.

Article and photo from Rockford Register Star
By Maggie Hradecky
Staff writer
Aug. 11, 2016 1:30 p.m.

Christy Morgan helping to spearhead 1-to-1 initiative in Belvidere School District


Christy Morgan, instructional technology coordinator for Belvidere School District, holds some of the Chromebooks that will be rolled out to students.

  • BELVIDERE — Christy Morgan was a high school business education teacher for more than 20 years before a new calling shifted her focus to laptops and helping students and teachers get the most out of their new devices.

    Morgan is one of four instructional technology coordinators in the Belvidere School District who are spearheading the district’s ambitious 1-to-1 initiative that launched last year. The district plans to put an electronic device in the hands of every sixth- through 12th-grader by the 2018-19 school year. One-to-one programs emphasize maintaining a 1-to-1 ratio of laptops or tablets to students so that each student has access to technology and software used to enhance the learning experience.

    Morgan was an accounting major at the University of Northern Iowa when her classes and the subject matter caused her to second guess her choice. After some reflection, Morgan said, she realized that education was a better fit, and business education would allow Morgan to have a foot in each world.

    Now, as a instructional technology coordinator, Morgan is training teachers on how to use Google Chromebooks to enhance what they do in the classroom. Using the devices for classroom management and to drive collaborative work among students are major parts of the initiative.

    “I like how technology always is changing. There are always cool new things out there,” Morgan said. In her new role, she also enjoys being able to work with teachers and students at all grade levels.

    Morgan lives in Caledonia with her husband, Jamie, and two children. Both of her children are involved in sports, which keeps the family busy, Morgan said.

    “We like doing things outdoors, too,” she said. “We just went on a whitewater rafting trip. We like to go on bike rides.”

    By Corina Curry, Staff writer, Rockford Register Star

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Belvidere off to best economic start since ‘Great Recession’

By Bob Balgemann, Reporter at the Daily Republican


Jarid Funderburg, Growth Dimensions Executive Director, had plenty of good things to say about the economy in the City of Belvidere. Growth Dimensions is the marketing arm of the county and its municipalities.

Funderburg told the city committee of the whole Monday, July 25 that things were off to their best start since 2008, and he was expecting more of the same.

Here are some of the points he made:

Evac North America Inc., located between Belvidere and Cherry Valley, decided to stay in Boone County. This is a waste water and treatment company.

General Mills is embarking on a $60-million expansion.

“They chose Belvidere because of its work force and location,” he said, which is good for Belvidere compared to two other cities where General Mills closed plants.

Belvidere ranks No. 6 in the state among cities under 25,000 as a place to start and do business. Taxes and government are among the criteria used when making those selections, Funderburg said.

“It’s a feather we can all put in our caps,” he said. “There has been more activity in business, retail, and professional services.”

A new 12-acre light industrial park is in the works in the Village of Poplar Grove.

Funderburg said the agency categorizes projects in four phases: proposed, started, completed, and terminated. The latter means it never got off the ground. Right now, he said staff is working on 11 projects as follows:

The investment among four proposals totals $73 million with 550 to 600 new jobs and 382,000 square feet of taxable space.

Numbers related to those listed as being “started” are an investment of $390.5 million, 850 to 880 new jobs and 350,000 square feet of space.

Under the heading of “completed” is a total investment of $62 million, 50 new jobs, and 75,000 square feet of space.

He termed those numbers “outstanding for our community, for any community. We should be very excited and thankful that this has landed here. I have to give my praise and thanks to everybody at city hall, from public works to the city attorney, mayor, [City Clerk] Shauna [Arco], [Budget and Finance Director] Becky [Tobin], and [Community Planner] Gina [DelRose]. Those who call find a very workable city hall. Belvidere-Boone County is off to its best [economic] start since the Great Recession.”

There only was one question, which had to do with interest in the now vacant Kmart building.

Funderburg replied that Mayor Mike Chamberlain would be “more aware of the retail side than I am.

“It’s a prime retail location, that’s for sure,” Funderburg said.



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