We started 2009 with another expansion of office space. Actually, this time, we physically moved our office down the hall into a larger suite over the Illinois Antique Center (now Running Central). We added a few walls and a small kitchenette for our rapidly growing team.
The Peoria area was buzzing with the possibility for a new Riverfront Museum and Caterpillar Visitors Center. The “Build the Block” campaign was in full swing and later that year, Peoria County voters voted “yes” on the “public facility” referendum to help fund the Peoria Riverfront Museum.
Tim Gazza was promoted to Senior Systems Engineer/Team Lead.
In September, we were able to recognize the accomplishments of the company and held an Employee Appreciation Day. We closed the business for a day, took a train to a Chicago Cubs game, and enjoyed the beautiful day on the rooftops.
2009 was also the year that we decided to air a few radio commercials. We ran them during the morning commute (on the Bob & Tom show) and received pretty positive feedback from our clients and friends.
By the end of our fourth year of business, seven employees (and their spouse or significant other) attended our annual Christmas party. Our company continued on its growth path – and we all carried BlackBerrys.