Central Illinois Limo Service LLC is a limo service based out of Bloomington and is “open to wherever the party goes.” Oftentimes, this includes small towns in the surrounding area, including our communities. The owners are father and son, Bill and Ryan Curtis. Bill worked for the Department of Corrections for many years and Ryan attended Heartland and Illinois State for his education. He now works full time as a commercial lender at a bank in Danvers and having this small town connection proved to be very important in opening their limo business. Ryan also runs another business called The Shrimp Farm, where he sells freshwater aquarium shrimp. As you can see, Ryan has a desire to learn how businesses make money. Ryan says that this desire “leads me into having a wide range of any business for sale or business ideas.”
The father son duo saw the Central Illinois Limo Service LLC for sale in Fairbury and knew that they had to buy. With Bill’s experience and Ryan’s business minded attitude they knew that they could be successful. Then right as they were getting rolling, COVID hit in the U.S. and put several bumps in the road. The lockdown last spring caused people to simply just not go out for a very long time. Restrictions on restaurants, entertainment, and other activities really set back Bill and Ryan’s success. At times, they would have “no bookings for several weeks at a time.” They decided to not give up and they are starting to see it pay off, with small towns being a big part in that success.
With many small communities having looser COVID guidelines because of smaller populations than cities, Bill and Ryan knew that they had to keep a close connection with the people in these smaller surrounding towns. Giving rides to people in these smaller areas, such as our communities, kept the Central Illinois Limo Service LLC in business. When I asked Ryan about the importance of them, he said “the connection for small towns and our business has been vital. We would not be in business today if we did not focus on the smaller communities around Bloomington Normal.”
You can find more information for Central Illinois Limo Service LLC on their website, centralillinoislimoandshuttle.com, or on their Facebook page. Bill and Ryan would love to take you to “wherever the party goes.”