Adam Justice Honored with Young Entrepreneur Award

Aug 19, 2015 3:47:44 PM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in 25N Coworking, Adam Justice, Addison, Advantage Business Concepts, AMS Earth Movers, Austin Dempsey, Automated Business Designs, Batavia, Bolingbrook, Burseth Farm, Business Ledger, Chicagoland Aviation, Chuck Pine, Chuck’s Southern Comforts Café, Coleen & Brian Graham, Coleen’s Better Than Breadsticks, Daily Herald, Darien, David Larsen, Derek & Gavin Burseth, Diana Peters, Diane Middlebrooks, Downers Grove, Ellen Huxtable, Entrepreneurial Excellence Awards, entrepreneurs, Events, Featured In, Focus Capital Advisors, Fox Valley Entrepreneur Center, Fullerton Engineering, General, Geneva, Geneva & Rena Pedersen, Global Women’s Leadership Forum, Grid Connect, Henry Matthew Bellagamba, Hinsdale, Inland Real Estate Group, Itasca Bank & Trust Company, Jacqueline Camacho-Ruiz, James Ratke, Janee Matteson, JJR Marketing, Julie Savitt, Kayak Morris, Lake Villa, Larsen Manufacturing, Linda Murray, MAGA, Mara Hauser, Matt Zahora, Maureen O’Brien, Michael Heilmann & Lawrence Jordan, Mount Prospect, Mundelein, Murray Gordon, Naperville, Nic Zito, Norther Illinois University, Northern Illinois University School of Business; B, Perma-Seal Basement Systems, press release, Press Releases, Rev3 / Choose DuPage, Riverwoods, Romeoville, Rosemont, Roy Spencer, Symbol Training Institute, Terri Roeslmeier, Treasure Breads, Urban Produce Farms, Villa Park, Vista Linda Eye Care, West Chicago, Woodstock, Yorkville, Wi-Tronix

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Press Release
August 18, 2015

Local Entrepreneurs to be Honored 

Twenty–seven local entrepreneurs will be honored in the 16th Annual Entrepreneurial Excellence Awards hosted by the Business Ledger and their sponsoring partners.

The awards will be presented at a reception beginning at 4:30 p.m. to be held on Wednesday, September 16 at the Naperville Campus of Northern Illinois University located at 1120 E. Diehl Rd.

The keynote speaker is Jacqueline Camacho-Ruiz, Making It Happen Director, of JJR Marketing.  Jackie is an award-winning entrepreneur, national speaker, philanthropist and author of seven books.

Sponsors for this year’s awards program are: Focus Capital Advisors, Inland Real Estate Group, Northern Illinois University School of Business; B. Gunther & Co.; & JJR Marketing.

Awards will be presented in 7 categories:  The honorees will also be profiled in the October 12th issue of the Business Ledger. This year’s honorees are:

  • Early Stage: Coleen & Brian Graham, Coleen’s Better Than Breadsticks, Villa Park; Janee Matteson, Kayak Morris, Hinsdale; Linda Murray, Vista Linda Eye Care, Mount Prospect.
  • Growth: Henry Matthew Bellagamba, Fullerton Engineering, Rosemont; Chuck Pine, Chuck’s Southern Comforts Café, Darien; Julie Savitt, AMS Earth Movers, Lake Villa.
  • Innovation: Mara Hauser, 25N Coworking, Geneva; Michael Heilmann & Lawrence Jordan, Wi-Tronix, LLC, Bolingbrook; David Larsen, Larsen Manufacturing, Mundelein; Maureen O’Brien, Global Women’s Leadership Forum, Batavia.
  • Lifetime Achievement:  Murray Gordon, MAGA, Ltd., Riverwoods; Diane Middlebrooks, Itasca Bank & Trust Company; Terri Roeslmeier, Automated Business Designs, Rosemont; Roy Spencer, Perma-Seal Basement Systems, Downers Grove.
  • Outstanding Service to Entrepreneurs: Austin Dempsey, Fox Valley Entrepreneur Center, Batavia; Nic Zito, Rev3 / Choose DuPage, Naperville.
  • Regional Spirit: Ellen Huxtable, Advantage Business Concepts, Batavia.
  • Young Entrepreneur (under age of 40): Derek & Gavin Burseth, Burseth Farm, Woodstock; Adam Justice, Grid Connect, Inc., Naperville; Geneva & Rena Pedersen, Treasure Breads, Yorkville; Diana Peters, Symbol Training Institute, Addison; James Ratke, Urban Produce Farms, West Chicago; Matt Zahora, Chicagoland Aviation, Romeoville.

Cost to attend the reception is $55 per person.  You must register online at no later than September 11.  For additional information call Jim Elsener (, at 630-955-3593.

The Business Ledger is the leading provider of business news and information about businesses and the economy in suburban Chicago. The Business Ledger is a sister publication to the Daily Herald and part of the Paddock Publications family.

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Grid Connect is a World Class Manufacturer

Aug 17, 2015 8:59:54 AM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in 900MHz, BLE, Bluetooth, CANbus, chips, connection, Custom, development, DeviceNet, Ethernet, firmware, General, Grid Connect, hardware, I2C, Illinois, manufacturer, manufacturing, modbus, modbus tcp, modules, Naperville, network, NRE, packaging, private-labeled, PROFIBUS, PROFINET, RS-232, RS-422, RS-485, software, SPI, Wi-Fi, ZigBee, wifi

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Grid Connect Inc. is an ISO 9001-certified, world-class quality manufacturer. Our chips, modules and products are used by thousands of companies around the world to provide a network connection to their devices. All of our products are designed, assembled, programmed and tested in Illinois, USA. All final tests, firmware loading and packaging is done at Grid Connect in Naperville, Illinois.

All Grid Connect products can be customized and private-labeled to a specific customer’s requirements. It can be as simple as a software change to increase buffer sizes or as complex as a new hardware and software design. In all cases, Grid Connect will provide your company with a fixed price quotation for the NRE/development work and the production cost for the final product. We are happy to private label your product and ship it to you with the correct labeling and documentation.

Some networking and protocol technologies that Grid Connect specializes in, include:

  • Ethernet
  • Ethernet/IP
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth
  • ZigBee
  • 900MHz
  • CANbus
  • DeviceNet
  • Modbus
  • Modbus TCP

Grid Connect also specialized in all serial standards, including:

  • RS-232
  • RS-485
  • RS-422
  • SPI
  • I2C

For more specific detailing of the various hardware and software options we provide, call the Grid Connect office at +1 (800) 975-GRID or fill out the form here.

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Companies help animate Naperville North robotics projects

Jan 23, 2015 2:46:03 PM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in connectsense, Create Cut Invent, engineering, engineers, Exelon, Featured In, FIRST Robotics Competition, General, Grid Connect, Huskie Robotics, Lextech, Mark Rowzee, mentor, Molex, Motorola, Naperville, Naperville Central, Naperville North High School, Naperville Sun, Navistar, NNHS, robot



What is 6-foot 5-inches tall and can haul recycling totes and bins to the curb?

For members of the Huskie Robotics Team at Naperville North High School, the answer is obvious. It’s their new robot.

More than 70 students from Naperville North, as well as a handful of Naperville Central students, are building a tall, 120-pound robot as part of this year’s FIRST Robotics Competition.

The Huskie Robotics Team would not be able to function without the assistance of corporate sponsors, said robotics sponsor and science teacher, Mark Rowzee.

Not only do the companies provide monetary support, but many send mentors to work with students.

On any given night, six or seven engineering and other professionals will be on hand to offer whatever help students need. Rowzee estimated mentors devoted more than 300 hours of assistance last year.

This year, Molex and the Exelon Corp. joined the long list of Huskie Robotics sponsors that include Navistar, Grid Connect, Create Cut Invent, ConnectSense, the Motorola Solutions Foundation and Lextech.

Read more at the Naperville Sun.

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How Naperville-based Grid Connect fits into the Internet of Things

Dec 16, 2014 9:22:33 AM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in Adam Justice, Chicago, connected devices, connected future, ConnectSense, connectsense, Featured In, General, Grid Connect, Internet of Everything, Internet of Things, interview, IoE, IoT, Naperville, smart outlet, wireless sensors


In a nondescript Naperville office park, Adam Justice is working to bring the Internet of Things to the masses. He’s vice president of Grid Connect, a company his father Mike founded in 2003 that makes, distributes and sells commercial networking products. In 2013, Grid Connect launched ConnectSense, its first line of wireless sensors for home use to remotely monitor things, from your lights to your water pipes. As the company prepares to launch a ConnectSense smart electrical outlet, Adam Justice shares his vision for a connected future.

Read more at the Chicago Tribune or download the PDF now.

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OpenHack Naperville

Nov 17, 2014 10:33:19 AM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in code, coding, Events, General, Grid Connect, Hack Night, Illinois, javascript, meetup, Naperville, .NET, OpenHack, OpenHack Naperville, PHP, Rails, Ruby on Rails, Twocanoes


Every month, Grid Connect is happy to provide pizza to OpenHack Naperville for their Hack Nights. Jon Allured, Lead Developer at Grid Connect, is the organizer and event host for this night every month.

What is OpenHack Naperville?

Code together, on anything!

This Meetup is different -- there aren't any presentations -- it's just people coding together. Some like to check out Javascript, others take a look at a Rails class to refactor. There are PHP developers and .NET developers -- whatever technology you're into is cool!

If you have a project to hack on, that's great, but even just coming out for some good conversation is cool too. This is a very open group -- really just a bunch of techies looking to geek out. Bring your laptop and join us!

Pizza provided by Grid Connect. Drinks, wireless and an awesome space provided by Twocanoes Software, Inc.

For more information or to RSVP each month, visit

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Team 3061 Does the “Robot” At FIRST Midwest Regional Tournament

Apr 8, 2014 4:22:29 PM / by Adam Justice posted in Events, FIRST Midwest Regional, FIRST Robotics Competition, General, high school, Huskie Robotics, Illinois, Naperville, Naperville North High School, NNHS, robots, Team 3061


As part of the long-term vision at Grid Connect, we included aspirations to help mentor young engineers in our community.  When we heard about Team 3061 – Huskie Robotics at Naperville North High School (which I am an alumni of) we thought it was a great way for Grid Connect to give back.

We began sponsoring Team 3061 late last season. This year, employees from all different areas of Grid Connect have volunteered their time to help out with engineering, leadership, marketing and other aspects of Team 3061.  It has been a great experience for all of us as we have learned a lot, shared a lot and been thoroughly impressed with what these high school students are capable of.

Team 3061 Chairman's Video for 2014

This past weekend we were able to witness Team 3061 – Huskie Robotics’s competitive spirit as they excitedly participated in the FIRST Midwest Regional robotics tournament.

FIRST Robotics Competition is a multi-national competition where high school students work with science and engineering professionals and other adult mentors to solve an engineering design problem in a fun but competitive way.

On Friday, Team 3061 started their morning with two wins and one loss, ranking eighth overall after a long day of qualification matches. The team continued to work hard on Saturday and took home some amazing acknowledgements including the Gracious Professionalism Award! Arpan Rau of Huskie Robotics also won the FIRST Dean’s List Award, which celebrates outstanding student leaders whose passion for and effectiveness at attaining FIRST ideals is exemplary.

Video from Day 3 of the Midwest Regional

Congratulations to Team 3061 – Huskie Robotics on all of their hard work and great accomplishments this season! The Grid Connect team was proud to cheer you on and looks forward to working with the team for years go come!

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