Set Goals to Grow Your Business in 2019 with Reference the USA 

What: Join a Lunch & Learn with Reference USA and learn how to grow your business in 2019. In this event, you will learn:
– How to identify new sales prospects
– Create customized business and consumer marketing lists
– Look up any business and its contact information, executive names, sales volumes
– Gather competitive business intelligence
– Identify major industry groups

When: Tuesday, January 15, 2019, from 11:00 a.m.—1:00 p.m.

Where: DeKalb Public Library, 309 Oak St., DeKalb IL

How: This free Reference USA training session is open to all
DeKalb area business owners, entrepreneurs, and business
students. Lunch will be provided. Registration is required. Please contact Teresa Iversen at or 815-756-9568 x2114 for more information or to register.


Date posted: December 14, 2018 | Author: | Comments Off on Lunch and Learn

Categories: DCEDC & Member Organizations

DCEDC is proud to promote longtime member and champion of economic development- CLAYCO, INC.

CLAYCO, INC. is a full-service, turnkey real estate, architecture, engineering, design-build, and construction firm the delivers to clients around the world with the highest quality solutions on time, on budget and beyond expectations. With $2.021 billion in revenue for 2017 and more than 2000 employees, CLAYCO, INC. partners with clients, consultants, suppliers, sub-contractors, and communities to deliver building solutions of the highest standard. CLAYCO projects create jobs and stimulate the respective community’s tax base.

CLAYCO completed the project for 3M found in DeKalb’s Park 88 commercial logistics park. This location serves as the largest logistics center for 3M in the United States. The 978,120- square-foot distribution center for 3M’s Park 88 is a key transportation hub for the company, with convenient access to the interstate and airports.

DCEDC is proud to share the significant investments made by our partners. Check back for more news and information about our partner CLAYCO, where their focus is on the Art & Science of Building.

Learn more about our DeKalb projects and our other projects at

Date posted: December 5, 2018 | Author: | Comments Off on CLAYCO, INC.

Categories: DCEDC & Member Organizations

DCEDC is proud to share this news from one of our long-time members, OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center. DCEDC congratulates OSF HealthCare on their recent renovations at the Saint Anthony Medical Center. Please read below a message from our members and see the attached photos that feature the new renovations!

OSF HealthCare Saint Anthony Medical Center has been committed to the Rockford region for more than 117 years. As the needs of the community grow and change, so, too, have the services OSF provides to the region.
That includes the addition of our new North Tower, a 144,000 square-foot, four-story building attached to the existing hospital. It will house 78 private rooms for medical and surgical beds. In the existing hospital, semi-private rooms will be eventually converted to private rooms, allowing for a total of 190 private rooms.
In addition, the North Tower will feature ambulatory services on the first floor, including PromptCare, women’s health center/rejuvenation services, retail pharmacy, expanded occupational health and weight management services, a demonstration kitchen as well as a coffee shop. Each medical floor will have a case manager office, family lounge, and three nursing stations. The cost of the project is $85 million and has brought 700 construction jobs to the area.
“Times have changed where patients now need private rooms for many reasons,” said Paula Carynski, president of OSF HealthCare Saint Anthony Medical Center. “Enhancing the experience for our patients, families, Mission Partners and medical staff is always at the forefront of our planning. Private rooms and a more modern setting will truly help with that endeavor. We are also pleased to be able to make such a tremendous investment in our community through this expansion.”

Date posted: December 20, 2017 | Author: | Comments Off on OSF HealthCare Completes Renovations

Categories: DCEDC & Member Organizations

January 30, 2018 @8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Fundamentals of Continous Improvement Series

Northern Illinois University, 5555 Trillium Blvd, Hoffman Estates, IL

Register Here 

February 27, 2018 @8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Lean Manufacturing 101 with Simulation

NIU Rockford 8500 E. State St, Rockford, IL

Register Here

Date posted: December 20, 2017 | Author: | Comments Off on Upcoming Continuous Improvement Workshops 

Categories: DCEDC & Member Organizations

QuickBooks 101 for Nonprofit Professionals (November 8, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.)
Join us for QuickBooks 101 at Kishwaukee College to develop a better understanding of the fundamentals of this accounting application.Register Here>

Microsoft Excel 101 for Nonprofit Professionals (November 16, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.)
Excel allows users to organize, format, and calculate data with formulas using a spreadsheet system. This workshop, hosted at Kishwaukee College, will teach you the basics of how to utilize this powerful tool.
Register Here>
Date posted: October 30, 2017 | Author: | Comments Off on Save the Date for DCNP & Kishwaukee College Upcoming Events

Categories: Local Development News

The DeKalb-Ogle County Workforce Development Consortium host their 5th Annual Heavy Metal Tour.   Information about this quality activity, provided in part, by DCEDC for their workforce development program, is listed below.

Friday, September 29th,  Workforce Development Coordinator Gene Fogle, will host the DeKalb-Ogle County Workforce Development Consortium’s 5th  Annual Heavy Metal Tour.  Participants will include area youth from DeKalb High School, Sycamore High School, Genoa-Kingston High School and Rochelle Township High School that are interested in the learning about rewarding careers (Industrial Trades) in manufacturing, distribution/logistics, automotive, etc. The participating students from each respective high school are actively involved in the program, led by Fogle.  The students will take tours and learn first-hand about respective trade industries, in the 21st Century.

DCEDC proudly supports workforce development.  The DOWDC, founded 5 years ago, provides opportunities and connections to area high school youth.  Kishwaukee College plays an essential role in educating the youth post high school for their chosen career readiness.  The DeKalb-Ogle Workforce Development Consortium is funded in part, through private donations.  To continue the work of this essential program, we welcome donations to DCEDC in care of the DOWDC.  Donations are tax deductible as DCEDC is non-profit 501c 3 organization.  Please visit our Members Area page, or contact Karen Hoyle at 815-895-2711, or by email at

We wish to thank the following local businesses for providing this hands-on opportunity for our students.  Thank you Target Distribution Center, Auto Meter, IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC., J6 Polymers, Prescot Ford, Sycamore Precision, H.A. Phillips, and Swenson Products.  We would also like to thank Dr. Laurie Borowicz, President of Kishwaukee College, for having the youth return to the college discussion and a Pizza Luncheon.



Date posted: September 27, 2017 | Author: | Comments Off on Annual Heavy Metal Tour

Categories: DCEDC & Member Organizations

Team Illinois is hard at work promoting our State to several business leaders from both Japan and China. DCEDC’s Executive Director Paul Borek is working diligently at promoting the abundant competitive advantages of DeKalb County Illinois.  Borek is proud and honored, to be a part of this international mission for the State of Illinois.

Date posted: September 15, 2017 | Author: | Comments Off on Team Illinois Promotes Foreign Investment

Categories: DCEDC & Member Organizations

Target DeKalb was named a winner of a 2016 Edie Award by the Illinois Chamber of Commerce and Illinois Economic Development Association The “Edies” honor outstanding economic development projects that bring jobs, growth, and prosperity to Illinois communities.

On behalf of Target, DeKalb’s Distribution Center Manager, Mike Milano and DCEDC”s Executive Director, Paul Borek, will be attending the awards presentation at the Drake Hotel in Chicago, Illinois on the 28th of this month,  to proudly accept the “Economic Development in Illinois Award”. Target was nominated/sponsored by the DeKalb Economic Development Corporation for this award. We are so proud!  Target’s DeKalb Distribution Center is the largest building and industrial facility in the County. They are the second largest private employer and fourth largest employer overall in DeKalb County, Illinois.  Target is proud to be a part of this community and to be recognized as a top employer!

2016 Edie Award Recipients

Date posted: August 23, 2017 | Author: | Comments Off on Winners Revealed for Outstanding Economic Development Projects

Categories: Local Development News

DCEDC Executive Director, Paul Borek, promoted DeKalb County foreign investment opportunities at the SelectUSA Summit held in Washington, D.C. from June 19 – 21, 2017.

See attached Press Release on this year’s summit:
PRESS RELEASE: DeKalb County Promoted to Global Audience at SelectUSA Trade Show

Date posted: July 12, 2017 | Author: | Comments Off on DCEDC Press Release: Select USA Summit 2017

Categories: DCEDC & Member Organizations