1 Million Cups


Join us for 1 Million Cups Peoria
every Wednesday at 9am at Peoria Art Guild

203 Harrison St. Peoria, IL 61602 Get Directions

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April 08, 2015
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Heart Technologies gives away a $10,000 technology grant to the most voted local non-profit.

Meet the Organizers

Colleen Kimball @colleenkimball

Colleen is the third generation at Technicraft, a 46-year-old print and display company in Peoria.

Randon Gettys @MisterRandon

Randon is Community Engagement Manager for Startup Peoria and Administrator of The Nest Coworking in Peoria.

Tori Huang heydogjog

Tori is Founder and CEO of Dog Jog, a dog running business that matches busy families with local dog-loving runners.
Dog Jog

Past Organizers
Eric Myers @ericmyers1855
Jake Hamann @JkHmn
John McKee @CosmoGlove

Proudly Sponsored By

iDEABOX helps organizations create consistent branding through graphic design, video production, website development, event coordination, and online marketing. Our team combines art and technology with a passion to think differently.

Past Presenters

ZG3 Systems, LLC


One of three companies owned. Our focus is on the manufacture and national distribution of equipment designed to improve installer and consumer safety in auto glass removal and replacement.

Every Event Gives, LLC


EveryEventGives provides an easy way to sell event tickets online, and we give a portion of our fees – $0.50 for every ticket — to the charity of the event planner's choice. The company is run by successful entrepreneurs Sean Spence and Greg Wolff and is generating revenues. An advisory board of local heavyweights has been assembled to assist in building a company of national prominence.

Watch Me Work


Watch Me Work hosts work-based desktop live-streams to create an environment of creative collaboration and learning between students and experts. The site is an excellent way for creative professionals at any level to share their work in real-time and observe each other's style and technique. Essentially, it's a virtual open-office or studio setting where students and professionals can observe each other's use of applications and interact.

A global initiative to refocus the foundational conversations that inspire and empower young women to think and act entrepreneurially. We are a network of nearly 500 women and a 6 pilot universities building the biggest network of tomorrow's women CEOs in the world. We interactively and innovatively help young women discover and own their legacy and career aspirations by providing them curated experiences and connections

Dog Jog helps busy families match their pup with the perfect running buddy. We know it is hard to find the time to exercise an active dog. Dog Jog wants to solve that problem for busy dog parents by partnering pups with a Dog Joggers to run with the dog while their parents are busy at work, relaxing at home, or anytime in between. Our vision is a connected Peoria filled with happy and healthy dogs. Our mission is to work towards this goal through jogging from our team of running dog lovers.

Lily V Designs


unique custom made women's clothing

Normal Gadgets, LLC


Normal Gadgets is a one-stop full repair company specializing in the repairs of all cell phones, smart phones, iPods, tablets, laptops and game consoles. We have trained our staff in all these devices so that you have just ONE STOP for all your repair problems - be it your iphone repair, smartphone repair, iPod, tablet or XBox. Stop by today and we will take care of your device. We have the expertise, capability, advanced technology, a wide array of repair parts and equipment to handle all problems.

Look. It's My Book!


Look. It's My Book! was founded to augment the work of the Adopt-a-School Program in Peoria, IL District 150. In the 2014-2015 year we will provide a book to each child in kindergarten through fourth grade six times a year. We currently serve all of the thirteen elementary schools. By helping children have access to books at home, we hope to strengthen learning and instill a life-long love of reading.

It's Your Brain, Unlimited


A balanced life unleashes even more potential! I offer custom training and coaching services designed to help you achieve peak performance in every area of your life. I use the Meta-Coaching system to achieve world class results in a short period. I am on a personal mission to destroy the inner-chaos that holds people back from actualizing their full potential and fully enjoying their lives. The most successful people know there is more to gain by effectively running their own brain.

TerraCarbon LLC


TerraCarbon is an advisory firm that develops market-based conservation projects and programs. Its clients include the world’s leading conservation organizations, forward-thinking corporations, and environmental market investors. It has worked on more than 20 projects around the world that have protected and restored more than 1.6 million hectares of forest and have reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 10 million tons.

Robin Fahlberg, Attorney at Law


Sole Legal Practitioner, practicing Intellectual Property Law, focusing on the needs of individual inventors and business owners, small and medium size businesses including patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and technology and IP transfer and development agreements

Create and develop simple unique products.

Acerra Studios


Art and Design Production Studio. We provide art services such as fine art custom portaiture, murals, along with production design, consulting, autoCAD services, and three dimensional prototype printing. We are presently working on a patent pending technology and bringing a new product to market within the next year.

Made for Freedom


When it comes to fashion, we enjoy our creative style - and when we encounter injustice, we desire action. Made for Freedom is part of a global movement passionately seeking a world without human trafficking. Our socially conscious customers participate in providing justice for oppressed groups of people. Made for Freedom showcases individual style through unique apparel that funds the fight against trafficking and restoration of survivors.

4TENS LLC - Basket Buddy


Basket Buddy was created by four friends who realized that there had to be a solution to dirty shopping carts. From a bedsheet sewn together to simulate their idea, they set out to see how they could get it developed. Less than a year later, they are ready to unveil their first product, hoping that it will play in Peoria. Along the way they officially founded 4TENS as product development company to create solutions for everyday problems at the grocery store and in our lives.



Water Bottle Company.

Madison's on the Square


Café, Bakery, Tea Room, Private Dinning

DSM-H is a multinational management-consulting firm founded on the principles of Operational Excellence. We work with clients in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors to deliver high quality products and services that meet the demanding requirements of today’s marketplace. We accomplish this by using our business transformation methodology that emphasizes winning through value creation, constant innovation and continuous improvement.

Pivot is a consulting firm that helps leaders create, manage and measure plans to grow and improve their organization. We have four primary areas of focus: strategic planning, performance measurement and scorecards, process improvement and on demand CFO services

Teaching and Learning for Knowledge TALK


To encourage, advise and inspire women entrepreneurs to create jobs and capital.

Facet Technologies, Inc. and Nerds On Call

www.facettech.com www.callrnerds.com

Facet Technologies, Inc. designs, implements, and supports IT solutions that meet many organizations' demanding needs. We serve the Peoria and central Illinois region with highly trusted IT consulting and computer networking solutions for all types of businesses. Our Nerds On Call division takes care of personal and small business technology needs such as personal computing, smart phones, game consoles, home audio and home automation.

Best Version Media


Partner company started in 2007. I went to Wisconsin for two days of training and came back to Peoria to start a publication here from scratch, June of 2013. Essentially all publishers start from scratch in each area where they model their efforts after company discoveries. This is like building and owning my own TV station, patterned after other TV stations, only much better. I can do as I please with the publication as it is totally populated under my direction.

Running Central, Inc


Running Central is a specialty running store that aspires to be a wellness center for the community of Central Illinois. In doing so, we provide our customers a broad range of goods and services from children's shoes to adult shoes, apparel, accessories, and nutrition. Our store transcends the sale of durable products by offering our community a litany of different health and wellness clinics such as prehab-rehab, clinics, yoga classes, form techniques, and much more to help improve one's life journey!

Startup Weekend


Startup Weekend is part of the UP Global family of programs. Startup Weekend is a 54-hour event that allows anyone to turn an idea into reality. The event starts on Friday evening when participants pitch ideas. They then form teams around the top ideas and spend the rest of the weekend validating and building their idea, aided by local mentors. On Sunday evening, teams come together and pitch their newly-launched company to a panel of judges. Startup Weekend is powered by Google for Entrepreneurs. (source: https://www.googleforentrepreneurs.com/startup-communities/startup-weekend)

Hire A Housewife


We bring joy to people's homes through cleaning, organizing, running errands, doing laundry, cooking meals, etc. We specialize in guilt free, judgement free cleaning that does not require the client to 'pre-clean' before we get there.

Alchemy Alternative Energy


We are a startup in Ghana, Africa that converts waste into energy.

Yolo Productions, LLC dba Central Illinois Phone Repair


we repair cracked and damaged smart devices

Coffee News of Peoria


Coffee News is a unique print advertising medium in that it offers exclusivity in business category at an affordable price and publishes weekly. Coffee News is filled with entertaining news, trivia, local events, and more...information that people come back to each week for their dose of fun while waiting for service at restaurants, markets, doctors offices, and many other locations. These locations have a free source of entertainment for their clients and the advertisers stay top of mind in their market.

JDraper Glass


JDraper Glass is an artistic, educational & entertainment studio which provides hands on opportunities for the people of central Illinois.

Lori's Kitchen Store


A specialty retail store specializing in all-things kitchen gadget and cookware related. Le Creuset cast iron, locally made stoneware, bakeware, grillware, KitchenAid mixers & accessories, and many of the small gadgets a kitchen needs. In addition, Lori is a culinary instructor and offers cooking classes in the evening in our show kitchen located within the store.



a disruptive political app that gives people back the power over all levels of government.

J.K. Williams Distilling, LLC


J.K. Williams produces small-batch craft whiskey in East Peoria, Illinois. Founded by couples Jon & Kristin and Jesse & Kassi Williams, the family business was inspired by its namesake, Jon & Jesse’s great-great-grandpa. J.K. made bootleg whiskey during the Prohibition era, yet he produced only the highest-quality spirits. In addition to producing whiskey, we offer tours & tastings at our facility in East Peoria on Saturdays and Sunday as well as by appointment.



Use the Cloud to help companies transform themselves and their relationships with their customers by focusing on three critical elements of the Cloud in the Machine: -Immediacy: Applications needs to be implemented rapidly and iteratively -Multiplicity: Companies need to think beyond the traditional ROI. You cannot monetize innovation. The Cloud makes this possible -Transformation: The Cloud makes it possible for businesses and organizations to change their relationships with their customers

ZNeff Productions + memorylounge


ZNeff Productions is a marketing company specializing in video production working with fortune 500 and 50 companies. memorylounge is a mobile app companies which gathers photos and videos privately into events.

Tenant Reputations


TenantReputations.com has structured a unique platform for landlords to grade previous tenants, Good or Bad, and share that information with the landlord community using a simple A through F grading scale. This first ever grading system will completely change the current process of screening potential tenants. It's completely FREE for those landlords who contribute their tenant’s behavior. For every tenant you grade, you get a free search token to screen a future tenant.



GiveviG.com [pronounced giv-ig] is focused on encouraging the community to support local businesses and non-profits. We make it easy to contribute to charities while giving customers another compelling reason to choose a “Mom and Pop Shop” over a national chain.

OneFire, Inc.


OneFire is a leader in the migration of content to the post-PC era. We provide strategic consultation and management to organizations desiring to engage audiences with the immersive, interactive, rich media experience that mobile technology provides.

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The organizers are independent licensees of the 1 Million Cups trade name and are not affiliated with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation (“Kauffman”) or Kauffman Laboratories for Enterprise Creation, Inc. (“Kauffman Labs”). All information, views, opinions and commentaries presented herein are those of the organizers and not those of Kauffman or Kauffman Labs.