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Lincoln Daily News

(217) 732-7443





McEntire's Home
Appliance and TV

403 Broadway St.

(217) 732-4874





John R. Gehlbach
Law Office

529 Pulaski St.

(217) 735-4311



Thomas L. Van Hook


(217) 735-2187



auto repair/service


DuVall's Automotive
Complete Auto Repair

720 N. Sherman St., rear

(217) 735-5545



Thompson Auto Body

919 S. Kickapoo

(217) 735-2915




Interstate Chevrolet

105-115 Lincoln Ave.

P.O. Box 170

Emden, IL

(888) OK-CHEVY




J&S Auto Center

103 S. Logan

(217) 732-8994



Row Motors

222 S. McLean

(217) 732-3232





Logan County Bank

303 Pulaski

(217) 732-3151




Prairie Years

121 N. Kickapoo

(217) 732-9216


bottled water



318 N. Chicago

(217) 735-4450



Gold Springs

1165 - 2200th St.

Hartsburg, IL

(888) 478-9283



carpet cleaners


Advanced Carpet Cleaning

708 Pulaski St.

P.O. Box 306

(217) 732-3571


cellular phones


Team Express

411 Pulaski St.

(217) 732-8962





Heartland Com. College

620 Broadway St.

(217) 735-1731



computer service



601 Keokuk St.

(217) 735-2677





Closet Classics

129 S. Sangamon St.

(217) 735-9151

(888) 739-0042




Koller Construction

2025 2100th St.

Atlanta, IL  61723

(217) 648-2672

(217) 737-2672 cell



Roger Webster Construction

303 N. Sangamon St.

(217) 732-8722



credit unions



341 Fifth St.

(217) 735-5541

(800) 633-7077





Illinois Employment
and Training Center

120 S. McLean St.

(217) 735-5441



fin. consultant


K. Bridget Schneider

A.G. Edwards & Sons,


628 Broadway, Suite 1

(217) 732-3877

(800) 596-0014



food & ice cream


Gleason's Dairy Bar

110 Clinton St.

(217) 732-3187


funeral directors



127 S. Logan

(217) 732-4155

F-C-S at LDN




The Mustard Moon

1314 Fifth St.

(217) 735-1093



health &



Health & Fitness Balance

113 S. Sangamon

(217) 735-4463





214 N. Chicago

(217) 732-8682

Windows, doors, siding,
awnings, sunrooms.





315 Eighth St

(217) 732-2161



Auto repair firm readies new home

[DEC. 26, 2002]  Erv Guyett, owner of Collision Concepts, takes a professional, analytical approach to running his business. It appears to be paying off. In four years his auto repair firm has almost tripled its gross sales and now is building more space.

The new home for Collision Concepts, located two lots east of Lee’s Home Furnishings, at the intersection of Woodlawn Road and Macon Street, is expected to open by the end of March 2003. With 13,500 square feet, it is more than three times as large as the current space, behind Graue Chevrolet-Buick-Oldsmobile-Pontiac-Cadillac at 1907 N. Kickapoo. That location has 4,200 square feet, including office space.


[Photos by Lynn Spellman]
[New site for Collision Concepts]

The business was formerly Graue’s body shop. Since January 1998, when Guyett and Dick Taylor of Dick Taylor Automotive Service in Springfield bought it, annual gross sales have grown from $400,000 to just under $1.1 million. And they have grown without adding personnel, because there is just no room for more workers.

Guyett said his firm produces $7 per square foot per month over the national average but pays for that in number of times vehicles must be moved. The ideal is no more than four moves during the repair process, but he averages at least five. He observed that 18 vehicles were once parked in the limited space "like a can of sardines."


In 1998-9 Guy Taylor, Dick Taylor’s former production manager, served as general manager in Lincoln, reporting to Guyett in Springfield. In January 2000 Guyett bought out his partner and personally took over the local operation, changing to the current name. By early 2001 the business grew out of both production area and office space. Construction on the new facility started in fall 2002.

Guyett said he chose the west-side site because his business is location-driven. He is seeking a high-traffic area and curb appeal, something the location behind Graue’s lacks since it has no curb view at all. Guyett wants visiting his office to be like driving to the doctor. By that he means a professional-looking business where customers are comfortable and which they feel they can trust with their second-most-expensive possession.

Work areas will all have metal halide lighting, the form of artificial light closest to natural sunlight. This will improve quality control by letting workers see the vehicle as it will be seen on the street. At the Kickapoo Street location Guyett has it in the spray booth only.

He ran a comparison study of production results with and without metal halide lighting. This is typical of Guyett’s analytical approach to his business. "We can’t expect to grow unless we know how, why, when," he noted.


[Inside the 1907 N. Kickapoo business]

The new facility offers a climate-controlled estimating bay, also with metal halide lighting. Guyett said the extremes of Illinois weather mean that customers sometimes swelter and sometimes freeze if estimating is done outside.

The auto repair business carries a large administrative load, requiring one administrative position for every two production technicians, according to Guyett. "It is 95 percent insurance-driven," he said, and much of the paperwork depends on requirements of the various insurance companies. In addition, parts distribution and daily communication take their share of administrative time.



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In the current arrangement, Guyett, repair process manager Matt Heubner and a receptionist share the small office space. Right now the receptionist post is vacant, but Guyett expects to fill it and a detail technician’s before moving to the new facility. Two more hires are possible by the end of 2003. One would be a person with parts and production responsibilities to act as liaison between the office and shop.

Current employees include body repair technicians Bill Baughman and Bobby Quisenberry, refinish technicians Michael Armitage and Jason Williams and detail technician Chris Schnorr. All hold ICAR (Inter-Industry Commission on Automotive Collision Repairs) gold class status, as does the business. To achieve this rating each person must have taken 80 percent of the total ICAR instruction offerings for that position and the business must have 80 percent of its employees meeting this standard.

Collision Concepts is also an Automotive Service Excellence blue ribbon holder, which means that 95 percent of technicians have passed a four-year renewable exam for their position. Baughman is an ASE master technician, holding certification in all six possible areas.

Collision Concepts is a concessionaire for Enterprise Rent-a-Car. In Illinois, unlike some states, the driver at fault in an accident must provide transportation while the other person’s vehicle is being repaired. Therefore, Guyett encourages auto insurance rental car coverage. He said rental expense is the third largest component of insurance cost, after vehicle repair and bodily injury. So insurance companies are interested in speed of repairs.

To schedule work Collision Concepts uses the CR Auto Scheduler Plus from Collision Resources and in fact was a test firm for the program. It looks at the last 15 similar repairs to determine how long the job will take, then generates three possible beginning dates and corresponding finish times. Guyett said the program allows his business to bring in no more than it can handle. Still, he is wary of over-promising on delivery and does not guarantee delivery time. Hidden damage is a big unknown, he explained.


Erv Guyett, owner of Collision Concepts]

"This is a funny business," commented Guyett. "We can’t create sales." Collision Concepts gets business through word of mouth, insurance agents and even police referrals. About 40 percent of the 85 repair orders per month are General Motors vehicles. This figure reflects growth from the original connection with Graue, and Guyett is looking for further expansion including more high-end foreign cars.

The Collision Concepts mission statement emphasizes customer service: "The primary standard of quality will be measured through the eyes of our customer and their satisfaction level." The firm employs a third-party company to survey all customers after the repair is complete. Guyett is proud of his 99.2 percent customer satisfaction rating.

Collision Concepts makes all ICAR-approved repairs. Services include free estimates, lifetime written warranty on all work, paintless dent repair, glass installation, courtesy cars and ride service, rental cars on site, available financing and computerized damage estimating. Business hours are 8-5 Monday-Friday. The new address will be 1005 Macon; the phone is (217) 735-2100; and the website is collisionconceptsinc.com.

[Lynn Spellman]


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Main Street Lincoln grant
to help new businesses

[DEC. 4, 2002]  Main Street Lincoln has received a $20,000 Illinois FIRST grant that will be used to put new businesses on the courthouse square, Cindy McLaughlin, Main Street director, told the Lincoln City Council this week.

Grant money will be given either to new businesses or to existing ones that want to relocate in the Logan County Courthouse Historic District. The historic district includes the square and areas up to two blocks from the square, McLaughlin said.

Grants may be awarded up to a maximum of $10,000. They will not fund the complete startup of a new business but could fund as much as one-third of the cost, according to McLaughlin. The money can be used for almost anything except inventory, including remodeling, facade renovation or historic signs.

Businesses must invest in a Main Street Lincoln Partnership to be eligible and must provide a business plan based on or similar to the Small Business Administration model.


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The Main Street Lincoln Economic Restructuring Committee had expected to receive the grant a year ago, but it didn't come through until Nov. 7 of this year, McLaughlin said. The Main Street group held a meeting with local bankers and other lenders immediately so these institutions could tell prospective business owners about the possibility of getting the extra funds.

A recommendation from a lending institution, as well as the approval of the Economic Restructuring Committee, is required for the award of the grant. Grant recipients should also consult with the Main Street Lincoln Design Committee to comply with historic district guidelines for signs and facade improvements.

McLaughlin said one potential new business owner has already come in to discuss applying for the grant. She hopes to see the grant money used by the end of March 2003.

[Joan Crabb]

[Click here for eligibility criteria and details on the grant process.]


The Chamber Report

["Shop at ho-ho-home with Chamber Bucks"]

Lincoln/Logan County Chamber of Commerce

Bobbi Abbott, Executive Director

303 S. Kickapoo St.

Lincoln, IL 62656

(217) 735-2385


The local chamber of commerce is a catalyst for community progress, bringing business and professional people together to work for the common good of Lincoln and Logan County.

Honors & Awards

Main Street Corner News

Main Street Lincoln
business-builder fund

[DEC. 4, 2002]  Purpose: To provide partial funding to facilitate new businesses in the downtown area.

Eligibility criteria

1.  Grant recipients must invest in a Main Street Lincoln Partnership in order to be eligible for this grant.

2.  Business location must be within the Logan County Courthouse Historic District.

3.  Business should consult with the Main Street Lincoln Design Committee concerning signage and potential facade improvements in order to comply with historic district standards and guidelines.

4.  As part of the grant application, business must provide a business plan based on or similar to the Small Business Administration model.

5.  Grant is available to potential business owners upon recommendation from the Economic Restructuring Committee and with Main Street Lincoln board approval.


1.  Application for the grant is made as part of the business loan application process at participating local lending institutions. Contacts made to Main Street Lincoln will be referred to lending institutions.


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2.  Grant will provide no more than one-third of the equity or down payment for a bank loan of a maximum of $10,000.

3.  Approval of the grant will be considered at a regular monthly meeting of the Main Street Lincoln Economic Restructuring Committee. A lending institution recommendation is required for the award of this grant. The committee reserves the right to reject any and all grant applications.

4.  Payment of approved grants will be made at the time of the business loan closing.

Reporting requirements

In order to meet Main Street reporting requirements, the business agrees to provide Main Street Lincoln with the following information within three months: listing of capital improvements to the building, dollar amount spent on improvements, number of full-time and part-time employees of the business.

[Main Street Lincoln]

Main Street Lincoln

Cindy McLaughlin, Program Manager

303 S. Kickapoo

Lincoln, IL 62656

Phone: (217) 732-2929

Fax: (217) 735-9205

E-mail: manager@mainstreetlincoln.com




Thrivent Financial
for Lutherans
Linda Aper

604 Broadway St., Suite 4

(217) 735-2253




May Enterprise

106 S. Chicago

P.O. Box 129

(217) 732-9626


Moriearty Insurance
Agency, Inc.

218 Eighth St.

(217) 732-7341



State Farm-
Deron Powell

114 E. Cooke St.

P.O. Box 78

Mount Pulaski, IL  62548

(217) 732-7341



interior decorators


Decorator Studio

311 Broadway St.

(217) 732-3111



internet services



601 Keokuk St.

(217) 735-2677





Thrivent Financial
for Lutherans
Linda Aper

604 Broadway St., Suite 4

(217) 735-2253






Donna Jones
Commercial Cleaning

Floor waxing,
polishing & cleaning

(217) 735-2705




All About You

408 Pulaski St.

(217) 735-4700


Serenity Now

716 N. Logan

(217) 735-9921


meat market


Benner's Too

511 Woodlawn Road

(217) 735-9815




Holiday Inn Express

130 Olson Drive

(217) 735-5800



nursing homes


Maple Ridge

2202 N. Kickapoo

(217) 735-1538

Maple Ridge at LDN


office supply


Glenn Brunk

511 Broadway

Lincoln, IL  62656

(217) 735-9959





Advanced Eye Care

623 Pulaski St.

(217) 732-9606



Nobbe Eye Care
Center, LLC

1400 Woodlawn Road

(217) 735-2020


pest control


Good Ole Pest Control

  Daron Whittaker, owner

380 Limit St.

(217) 735-3206




Stuffed-Aria Pizza

102 Fifth St.(217) 732-3100




Key Printing

   Tom Seggelke

(217) 732-9879




real estate


Alexander & Co.
Real Estate

410 Pulaski St.

(217) 732-8353



Diane Schriber

610 N. Logan

(217) 735-2550



ME Realty

222 N. McLean

(217) 735-5424



Werth & Associates

1203 Woodlawn Road

(217) 735-3411





Blue Dog Inn

111 S. Sangamon St.

(217) 735-1743



service station


Greyhound Lube

1101 Woodlawn Road

(217) 735-2761



thrift stores


Lincoln Mission Mart

819 Woodlawn Road

(217) 732-8806


Clinton Mission Mart

104 E. Side Square

Clinton, IL  61727

(217) 935-1376




Neal Tire & Auto

451 Broadway

(217) 735-5471



title companies


Logan County
Title Co.

507 Pulaski St.





Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau of Logan County

303 S. Kickapoo

(217) 732-8687





AA Towing
& Repair

945 Broadwell Drive

(217) 732-7400




L.C. Upholstery

529 Woodlawn Road

(217) 735-4224




The Classic Touch

129 S. Sangamon St.

(217) 735-9151

(888) 739-0042


Weddings by Crystal

121 S. Sheridan St.

(217) 735-9696



youth programs



319 W. Kickapoo St.

(217) 735-3915

(800) 282-3520