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Owner shares thoughts about closing his business
Aug 8, 2016 8:27 AM
At the end, Paul O'Neill went out on his own terms -- closing his Run Today store in Glen Ellyn before the financial hit became too big for the self-funded business.
Too much to do? Lists, schedules can boost productivity
Jul 31, 2016 1:00 AM
Small Business Columnist Jim Kendall talks with a local consultant who is big on lists, schedules and organization -- which, put together, lead to productivity.
Overtime, health care issues likely to be messy
Jul 24, 2016 1:00 AM
Small business coilumnist Jim Kendall says the next few months could get a little messy, thanks to both the upcoming start of new overtime pay rules from the U.S. Department of Labor and the dissolution of Land of Lincoln Health.
Sponsorships offer potentially high rewards
Jul 15, 2016 3:29 PM
There are several low-cost, potentially high-return sponsorships that may be a good fit as your business seeks to establish connections with what can become a loyal band of customers that stays for years. The kicker is that although the opportunities are there, you'll have to find them.
Author provides thought gems to consider
Jul 10, 2016 1:00 AM
The owner of an area consultancy where business management topics come up fairly often says four words every CEO must learn to say are "What do you think?"
'Free' MBA may fit small business needs
Jul 3, 2016 1:00 AM
You've moved past 18th century British poet Alexander Pope's often misquoted, "A little learning is a dangerous thing" and decided a little more learning -- maybe even an MBA -- might make you a better business owner-manager.
Surprise! The boss is buying lunch
By Jim Kendall
Jun 27, 2016 9:55 AM
Small business columnist Jim Kendall says a summer employee event is a great way show them you appreciate their efforts.
Tuned-in leadership helps chambers hold their own
Jun 19, 2016 1:00 AM
Chambers of commerce -- at least those with tuned-in leadership -- are at least holding their own in spite of a proliferation of alumni, young professionals, and peer and meet-up groups.
Who's the 'Right Who' to take over your business?
Jun 12, 2016 1:00 AM
Business owners don't often think about estate planning. A local expert thinks we should, however, especially because adding business ownership to the estate mix inevitably adds issues to the list of topics business owners should consider.
No need (yet) to work overtime on overtime rules
Jun 6, 2016 8:38 AM
You could be working overtime to figure out the best approach to the new overtime rules, except it's likely too soon for that type of stress. The better approach right now may be to relax, kick back and take a deep breath or two.
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