Friday, April 25, 2014

Dixon Main Street and Riverfront Announce Hiring of Events and Marketing Coordinator

Dixon Main Street and Riverfront is pleased to announce the hiring of Giana Bonneur as the Events and Marketing Coordinator. The position will oversee all events and promotions taking place on the Riverfront, as well as, aiding with other promotions throughout the downtown and city.

“We are delighted to add Giana to the team at Dixon Main Street and Riverfront,” Josh Albrecht, Executive Director of Dixon Main Street said. “Her ideas for the future of our city were dynamic and enthusiastic and that is exactly what we are looking for.”

Bonneur spent seven years as a Director of Sales educating a personal sales area of several hundred individuals and planning marketing and training events.  She holds a bachelor’s degree from Northern Illinois University and spent time as a fellowship recipient to the Graduate School at Northwestern University.  She enjoys cooking and gardening on her rural Sauk Valley homestead and loves to travel.  On her most recent trip, she and her husband and daughter were in Madrid, Seville, and Granada, Spain.  She is excited to begin work as the Riverfront Events and Marketing Coordinator and be part of Dixon Main Street.     

"Dixon has become quite an exciting place to be,” Bonneur said. “I'm looking forward to contributing to the growing movement in town."  

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Garage Sales April 25-26

City Maps and a full listing are available at Books on First, Roxie's and Waterfront Gifts. Listings are also available in Thursdays Telegraph newspaper.

621 A Brandywine Ln. – Castelon Subdivision, Oak Ventless fireplace, 4 bookcases, dining table & chairs, medicine chest, lighting, pine kitchen island, much more.
2.       975 N. Galena Ave. – at the old Butternut Bread Building, huge multi-family sale. Tables, chairs, furniture, fridge, other household items, clothing all sizes, Longaberger baskets.
3.       1420 S. College Ave. – unique items, household items, clothes, garden items, books, much more.
4.       1668 Rockview Rd. – girls junior clothes, toys, sporting equipment, trolling motor, more.
5.       1407 Douglas Terrace – Children’s games, collectibles, contractor’s tools, cabinets, magazines, items from a past antique dealer.
6.       1712 Factory Street – 27” TV, Panther coffee table, new purses, NFL phones, air soft guns, speakers, NES64, games, umbrella stroller, kids clothes, jewelry.
7.       1415 Prescott St. – Fri 2-6 p.m., Sat. 7-10 a.m./ 1-4 p.m., household misc, name brand misses and juniors, scrubs, x-box bundle, and more.
8.       800 Ridge Ct. – We have everything! Appliances, stereo equipment, toys, baby clothes for boys and girls, shoes and more!
9.       1404 W. 3rd St. – Huge sale. Glassware, power tools, antiques, stereo, motorcycle jacket and gear, new doors, beer lights, much more.
10.   519 Heather Ln. – Kids and Adult clothes, toys, books, knikknaks, dishes, glasses, jewelry, and more!
11.   615 Squires – Multi-family sale, kids and adult clothes, golf clubs, table & chairs, toys, pots and pans, dishes, lamps, fishing poles and tackle, Schwinn classic seven deluxe bike.
12.   1115 Elm Place – baby boy clothes up to size 6, girl clothes 4T and up, toys, women’s clothes, household items.
13.   2010 Lowell Park Rd. – Trolling motor, tools, firepit, new router, ladie’s bike, vacuum, wicker table, household items, clothes, much misc.
14.   417 Apple St. – plants, some furniture, big men’s clothes, lots of misc.
15.   1101 Middle Road – at Open Sesame Child Care, Saturday only, Large sale to benefit Relay for Life, Toys, books, clothes of all sizes and more!
16.   818 Hemlock Ave. – New flip flops, interchangeable straps, sunglasses, scarves, handbags, jewelry, beautiful TV armoires, nightstands, home décor, clothes.
17.   1416 Hemlock Ave. – Saturday Only, Moving Sale, entertainment center, TVs, girls clothes 12mo – 24mo, Boys clothes 18mo-3T, toys, scrubs, computer chairs.
18.   718 S. Hennepin – Toys, pool table, dining room table and chairs, kid’s clothes, couch, loveseat, stove, lamps.
19.   331 Lincolnway – name brand boys clothing to size 14, womens L-2xL, Mens L-2XL, toys, books and lots of misc.
20.   415 Woodside Place – Just cleaned out our attics, A little bit of everything! Stop, look, you may find a treasure.
21.   216 N. Court St. – Antiques, collectibles, collectors plates, new Christmas village pieces, advertising pieces, sports cards, furniture, and much more.
22.   329 Countryside Ln. – Brand name 0-4T boys/girls, crib bedding, toys, mens L/XL, womens S/L, recliner, table, bookshelf, household, dresser, décor, snowblower.
23.   504 S. Hennepin Ave. – Gas stove, furniture, tools, household items, baby walker and bouncer, long dresses, jeans, lots more. Fri. 8-4 p.m. / Sat. 8-11 a.m.
24.   1955 Philip Dr. – At the corner of 26 & Phillip, baby girl everything, plus size womens & mens, kitchenware, die cast cars, little of everything.
25.   1108 S. Peoria Ave. – Baby items and furniture, children’s clothes, girls up to 4T, boys infant to 5T, adult clothing, misc. and more.
26.   2303 W. 3rd St. – Bar lights, old oil cans, sports cards and autographs, old church pew, coins, antiques, NASCAR, too much to mention.
27.   217 E. Boyd St. – Multi-family, non-smoking quality and many brand name baby to adult clothing, misc baby items, misc furniture, oak antiques.
28.   1026 N. Dement Ave. – Fri. 8-4, Sat. 9-1, Laptop, printer, fax machine, tools, housewares, hunting/fishing equipment, jewelry, great stuff.
29.   1124 Institute Blvd. – Baby boy clothes 0-24mo., girls 0-5T, name brands, Gymboree, Baby Gear, Thursday, April 24 5-7 p.m. & Fri. 8-4 p.m.
30.   174 Deer Chase – Thurs. 12-4 p.m. and Fri. 8-1 p.m., kids clothing, adult clothing, toys, pans, highchair, and much more.
31.   813 Chestnut Ave. – Lawn mower, vintage toys, furniture, televisions, glassware, holiday decorations, fabric, DVDs, new purses, women’s clothes and shoes.
32.   1135 Steinman St. – Girls 2T, Boys 4T, and adult clothes, double bedroom set, Christmas décor, misc.
33.   401 Apple St. – baby clothes and items, ladies clothes, snowmen and santas, water skis, books, bedding, small appliances, Starting Line-up figures, 35mm cameras, misc.
34.   1232 Northridge – lots of home décor, bunk beds, clothing for baby girl 0-3mos., junior women, young men, great misc.
35.   315 Hand Ave. – computer desk, antique window weights, bathroom cabinet, tools, coffee table, books, knickknacks, collector glasses, roof vents, VCR, microwave, 4 new tires.
36.   1128 N. Dement Ave. – books, household items, DVD storage units, TVs, camera, weights, furniture, antiques, records, clothing, and much more.
37.   1674 Overlook Dr. – 11 family sale!, furniture, TV, baby items, Miche products, small freezer, household items, clothing, Toro snowblower, and more.
38.   516 E. Morgan St. – colletibles, clean furniture, drum set, exercise equipment, old doors, antiques. Cheap!
39.   1409 N. Galena Ave.  at the Mason’s Lodge across from County Market, many tables, lots of parking, Hot Dog Cook-out and Free bottle of water. Proceeds to charities.
40.   1524 IL. Rt. 26 – (1 mile south of 88), tools, toys, riding lawn mowers, car parts, lots of misc. stuff. Saturday Only from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.
41.   599 Palmyra Rd. – 3 Family Garage Sale, dolls, toys, pond fish, troybilt tiller w/o motor, lily & amaryllis bulbs, berry plants, misc.
42.   1208 4th Ave. – Saturday Only 8-12 p.m., girls 6-8  and 14-20, womens, summer and winter, misc.
43.   308 Fox Trot, -- Books and collectibles, hundreds of books both antique and newer, interesting variety of collectibles and other stuff.
44.   1245 N. Galena Ave. – at Farley’s Appliance, Large Multi-Family sale in the parking lot, furniture, clothing, appliances and more!
45.   208 Hand Ave. – Huge Garage Sale, boys clothes 24 mos – 4T, kids toys, stroller, household items, crafts, womens clothes, and more!
46.   503 2nd Ave. – women’s clothes and shoes, baby and toddler boys clothes, home décor, books, purses, Vera Bradley bags and wallets.
47.   116 S. Dement Ave. – Adult men & women clothes, household items, kids clothing, UnderArmour, Northface, kids games and books, sports gear, etc.
48.   1225 Brigadoon Dr. – Antiques, collectibles, jewelry, household items, furniture, knickknacks, pedal car, books, and lots of misc.
49.   1112 Steinman St. –Laptops, toddler clothes/toys, car parts, kitchen table, computer desk, clothes brand name, electric train set, sony reader, much more.
50.   419 N. Hennepin – Tons of baby girl items, newborn – 3T, stroller, car seat, high chair, toys, womens clothes, boys clothes 4T-5T, lots of misc.
51.   221 S. Peoria Ave. --  8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Working Woman Sale! Old stuff, New Stuff, Stuff for you? A little something for everyone.
52.   1412 Hemlock Ave. – Household items, rollup bamboo shades, glasstop electric stove, clothes and crafts.
53.   212 E. Boyd St. – Boys 4-6/7, girls 12mo -2T & 7/8-10/12, coats, shoes, kids bedding, tools, planks, scaffolding, oak swivel stools, misc.
54.   462 Kilgore – Stand up freezer, maytag double oven, 2 recliners, 2 entertainment centers, TVs, kids toys, clothes, lots and lots, Multi-Family Sales. Fundraiser for student ambassador People to People program.
55.   887 Shop Rd. – Dixon Moose Lodge Multi Person sale indoors at the Moose. Come Rain or Shine!
56.   91-93 S. Hennepin Ave. – Disney & Mary Moo Collectibles, silk flowers, figurines, clothes, holiday items and more!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Garage Sale Registration Form

Dixon Business Competition

} $10,000 in prize money and free rent as part of the winnings offered

Dixon Main Street, Dixon Chamber of Commerce and the City of Dixon will present The Dixon Business Competition as a way to inspire entrepreneurs in the region. 

The Dixon Business Competition is a business competition for innovative entrepreneurs, businesses, and startup companies.  Entrepreneurs can compete for $10,000 in cash prizes, free commercial rent, top tier professional advisory support, and the opportunity to showcase your business idea to the Dixon community. City of Dixon Mayor Jim Burke first brought the idea of the competition to local business leaders in the fall of 2013.

“The competition is a great way for Dixon to give opportunities to budding entrepreneurs. We want dynamic and innovative businesses to be in Dixon and this competition will allow those businesses to not just start-up, but to thrive,” Josh Albrecht, Executive Director of Dixon Main Street said. “Our local business leaders jumped at the opportunity to help make this business competition a reality.”

There will be an informational meeting about the competition on April 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the Loveland Community House. The registration deadline to be a part of the competition will be May 14. Registration is available online at

The Dixon Business Competition begins with a free three-hour workshop that guides entrepreneurs through the essential steps to successfully start or expand a business.  The first seminar will be on Friday, May 16 from 6 – 9 pm in the Loveland Community Center.  The Startup Success Seminar will be repeated on Saturday, May 17 from 9 – 12 pm and then again on Saturday, May 17 from 1 – 4 pm. 

All Seminar participants will receive The Startup Success Guide and Essential Spreadsheet Templates that will help you evaluate your business idea and create a concise Summary Business Plan which includes financial statements, startup capital needs, competitive analysis, and marketing strategies. 

Participants can then enter their Summary Business Plans in the Competition where they will be confidentially scored by a panel of judges.  The Competition finalists will be chosen based on the best scores achieved.  The final event is the “Pitch Competition” where the finalists will present a two minute Elevator Pitch to a panel of judges. 

“Many of our local business leaders have joined the competition as sponsors and mentors and we hope additional existing businesses come aboard to support this great contest,” Albrecht said. “The more our existing businesses invest in the future of our city, the greater Dixon will be.”

For more information visit or contact Josh Albrecht at 815-288-2308 or

Competition Timeline
April 23 -- Informational Meeting, 6:30 p.m. at Loveland Community House
May 14 – Registration Deadline
May 16 -17 – Start-up Success Workshops
May 30 – Business Plans Due
June 16 – Finalists Chosen
June 25 – Pitch Event and Awards Ceremony

Here are four steps to startup success:

Step 1 – Attend the April 23 Informational Meeting at the Loveland Community House at 6:30 p.m. Or, apply online at  Registration must be received by 5 pm on Wednesday, May 14, 2014.

Step 2 – Attend one of the free Startup Success Seminars.  The Startup Success Seminar is a three hour workshop that guides entrepreneurs through ten important steps to turn that great idea into a business reality.  Startup Success provides tools to help entrepreneurs define the value proposition, set revenue goals, analyze the market, and identify the competition.  All Seminar participants will receive The Startup Success Guide and Essential Spreadsheet Templates that will help you evaluate your business idea, calculate startup costs, forecast sales and expenses, and create a concise Summary Business Plan. The first seminar will be on Friday, May 16 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm in the Loveland Community Center.  The Startup Success Seminar will be repeated on Saturday, May 17 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and then again on Saturday, May 17 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. 

Step 3 – Submit your Summary Business Plan.  Your business idea and Summary Business Plan will be confidentially reviewed and scored by competition judges and up to ten finalists will be chosen.

Step 4 – Pitch your idea.  Finalists will be invited to present a two-minute Elevator Pitch at a public "Pitch Event."  Judges will then have five minutes to ask questions and to score the elevator pitch.  Each finalist’s Summary Business Plan score will be combined with their Elevator Pitch score to determine the prize winners.

Dixon Business Competition Sponsors
Below is a list of our current sponsors for this competition. We would love to have additional businesses take part in sponsoring this great opportunity for our community. Interested businesses can contact Josh Albrecht at 815-288-2308.

City of Dixon –
Dixon Main Street –
Dixon Chamber of Commerce –
Ehrmann, Gehlbach, Badger, Lee & Considine   --
Midland States Bank –
The Telegraph –
KSB Hospital –
Hicks Insurance –
Kreider Sevices –
Ward, Murray, Pace & Johnson –
Community State Bank –
Sauk Valley Bank –
Northridge Properties --