Three innovative makers from DeKalb County have been selected to join the Illinois Office of Tourism’s prestigious Illinois Made Program for 2023. Each of these remarkable makers has demonstrated exceptional talent, craftsmanship and originality, contributing to the distinctive identity of DeKalb County makers. Their innovative creations and dedication exemplify the essence of the Illinois Made Program, promoting economic growth and fostering a vibrant community of artisans and entrepreneurs.
The DeKalb County makers selected for Illinois Made 2023 are:
Sub 70 – Sycamore
Sub 70 Golf is a company founded on a genuine love of golf, and a wish to share that love with others who feel the same. Located in downtown Sycamore, Sub 70 is owned and operated by local, avid golfers that are dedicated to creating high quality golf equipment. Their equipment is specially designed and thoroughly tested to ensure the best performance possible. Every single club is custom fitted and hand built in Sycamore.
Angie’s Sugar Buzz Bakery – Sandwich
Established in 2014, Angie’s Sugar Buzz Bakery in Sandwich specializes in tasty, homemade treats that are baked in house ensuring the freshest of flavors. Serving up everything from donuts, cakes, muffins, cookies, specialty coffees and so much more. Their made from scratch cakes and cookies can be customized for any celebration.
Prairie State Winery – Genoa
Prairie State Winery was established in 1998 in the heart of downtown Genoa. Their goal has always been to craft the highest quality wines and to have the friendliest tasting room staff in the industry. Over the years they have won 3 best of shows, 3 Governor’s Cups and numerous Best of Class and Gold Metals. Owners Rick and Maria, former high school teachers, like to promote the philosophy of “Think Globally” and “Drink Locally.”
“The Illinois Made program selects a group of our most exemplary hidden gems and one-of-a-kind small businesses and encourages Illinoisans and visitors alike to discover the experiences they offer,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “This year’s class of Illinois Makers is one of our most diverse. In every corner of our state, people from all walks of life are creating delicious food and sharing expert craftmanship. Illinois is sending out the message loud and clear that our state is open for business, and it’s the perfect place for businesses big and small to call home.”
The 2023 Illinois Makers class represents the largest class since the start of the program, bringing the Maker total to 276. This year’s class offers products ranging from locally sourced and fermented kombucha to handmade, custom golf clubs.
“We are excited to welcome three of our DeKalb County businesses into this exclusive group of Illinois makers,” said Cortney Strohacker, Executive Director of the DeKalb County Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Sub 70, Angie’s Sugar Buzz Bakery, and Prairie State Winery join Whiskey Acres in DeKalb and Malta’s Jonamac Orchard as our current five Illinois Made designees, which is an acknowledgment of the creativity, innovation, and craftmanship exemplified by not only our makers but so many small businesses in DeKalb County.”
“Small businesses are essential to Illinois’ economy and Illinois Makers not only provide economic impact but also add to our diverse communities, inspiring travel to all corners of the state,” said DCEO Director Kristin Richards. “This year, we are proud to welcome the largest class of Illinois Made Makers to date – a testament to the wide-ranging unique experience and quality products that Illinois small businesses offer.”
The Illinois Made Program, an initiative of the Illinois Office of Tourism, showcases the diverse range of products and experiences that define Illinois. It aims to promote and uplift makers who embody the state’s creativity, craftsmanship and entrepreneurial spirit. Through this program, makers gain increased visibility, support and access to opportunities for growth while inspiring others with their unique talents.
Support your local makers from Dekalb County and see what makes our community unique. We congratulate these makers on their well-deserved recognition and look forward to their continued success.
For more information about Illinois Made and the small businesses that make up the program, click here.
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