We think small, talk small, hear small, eat, sleep and breathe small. Because when you’re trying to connect with a small business, you must understand everything about those who run them.

Visionary Wealth Advisors

Boutique Firm, Big Vision

In 2014, Brett Gilliland and Tim Hammett formed Visionary Wealth Advisors to provide world-class, client-centered wealth management services and to promote a culture of faith, family and giving back to the community. With its main office in Edwardsville, Illinois, Visionary Wealth Advisors’ is comprised of experienced professionals that work together to advance the company’s culture, growth and development.

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Juicery Finds Big Love in a Small Town

Founded by Michelle Motley, Lisa Hudson and Chrissy Stevens, Source brings healthy, homemade recipes to life using wholesome fruits and vegetables and unprocessed ingredients. The owners shared a mutual commitment to providing their neighbors, friends and families a convenient, great-tasting way to stay healthy. “We wanted to fill a gap for healthy food for healthy people on the go. You get busy and find yourself turning to unhealthy choices because it’s convenient,” said Michelle, in an interview with Sauce Magazine.

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The Refugee Story You Won’t See in the Headlines

Anoosheh Oskouian left her Iranian home in 1978 at the ripe age of 14. Seeking opportunity and a quality education, she headed for the U.S., where she would soon become the only high school student among her friends with an autonomous lifestyle and an apartment to call her own. Unwillfully stranded in the U.S. by the Iranian Revolution, she set forth to forge a new path out of a rock and a hard place. In 2000, Oskouian started Ship & Shore Environmental, an engineering firm with the goal of helping businesses curb their air pollution. Now a multimillion-dollar operation employing over 100 people internationally, Oskouian’s business and overall career is a testament that turns popular vernacular about the liability of refugees on its head, proving that out of hardship rises ability: to prevail, to contribute and to grow.



How One Passion-preneur is Using Her Voice for More than Singing

The recent Braun Research/Bank of America Report on Small Business indicated that 15% of all new business startup owners are career changers, simply defined as people who want to do something different. A subset of this group are “passion-preneurs”, a word coined in the mid-1970s to describe the small business owners who pursue a commercial endeavor for the love of it. Usually the term applies to someone who strikes out on one’s own, leaving behind them a passionless job. “They’re increasingly turning their backs on the corporate grind to launch businesses that made their hearts sing”, according to the Daily Telegraph.

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When Business is a Family Affair

Leo Tolstoy posited at the start of Anna Karenina, “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” How about family-owned businesses (FOBs)? They represent 16% of small businesses in the U.S. Are all the happy ones alike, and the unhappy ones uniquely miserable?

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