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  • Startup activity increases, but potential pitfalls loom Nov 18, 2013 12:00 AM
    Having a bad day at the office isn’t reason enough to chuck that job and start your own business, although it might be a reason to start thinking about entrepreneurship. Be aware, however, that starting a business is one thing; making money as an entrepreneur is another.

     
  • Legal briefs: Social media success, outsourcing the nitty-gritty Nov 4, 2013 12:00 AM
    Small Business Columnist Jim Kendall looks at social media and how it has worked for small local businesses.

     
  • Co-working may change how small businesses operate Oct 28, 2013 12:00 AM
    No more rolling out of bed and walking across the hall to your office, jammies and all. Coworking is not a home office. Small business incubators tend to focus on tech startups looking for funds.

     
  • Front line employees may be key to the planning process Oct 21, 2013 12:00 AM
    One local entrepreneur says “everyone in the company should be involved in planning and goal-setting. “Front line employees know more about how a company operates than those who sit at the top (and too often) don’t hear what employees have to say,"" he tells small business columnist Jim Kendall.

     
  • Entrepreneurs, students mesh in college mentoring program Oct 14, 2013 12:00 AM
    Mentoring must be in our entrepreneurial DNA: We give back by sharing insights and advice. We help by offering guidance and staying in touch. Small Business Columnist Jim Kendall looks at a program at Elmhurst College.

     
  • How much do clients actually know about your business? Oct 7, 2013 12:00 AM
    There’s business you’re likely not getting, probably because you don’t know your clients as well as you think you do. Conversely, and perhaps more importantly, you may be missing out on business because your clients don’t know as much about your firm and its capabilities as you think they do.

     
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  • Websites need attention, updates to be usefulSep 16, 2013 12:00 AM
    Website visitors don’t hang around. If they can’t find the information they seek within two clicks, the third click most often goes elsewhere. Small business owners have to pay attention to their Web site says small business columnist Jim Kendall.

     
  • Planning your exit from the business requires actual planningSep 9, 2013 12:00 AM
    The typical business owner, Christman says, has 90 percent of his (or her) net worth tied up in his business. For most, the business represents a huge chunk of expected retirement funds. Small Business Columnist Jim Kendall looks at planning your exit from the business.

     
  • Face-to-face networking remains key to new businessSep 2, 2013 12:00 AM
    LinkedIn. Facebook. Twitter. All the social media sites. Who needs old-fashioned face-to-face networking? Maybe a lot of us, according to two highly successful entrepreneurs. Small Business Columnist Jim Kendall looks at the topic.

     
  • Small business weakness: Not understanding the numbers Aug 26, 2013 12:00 AM
    Small business Columnist Jim Kendall talks Dave Gay, former head of the Illinois Small Business Development Center at College of DuPage, about where the weaknesses are in small businesses.

     
  • Use social, traditional media to deliver sales message Aug 19, 2013 12:00 AM
    To determine the best way to reach your customer base with a sales-marketing message, you really need to know how your targets respond to various types of media — and messages. Small Business Columnist Jim Kendall explores the issue.

     
  • Who will read the business book you’re writing? Aug 12, 2013 12:00 AM
    There are two reasons to write a business book, according to Small Business Columnist Jim Kendall. He explores those reasons.

     
  • Successful serial entrepreneur shares her insights Aug 5, 2013 12:00 AM
    Small Business Columnist Jim Kendall speaks with former Glen Ellyn resident and current entrepreneur Karen Lennon about how she has started eight business. She offers tips to others. Her first business plan was seven words: We should be doing more in Chicago.

     
  • Cheaper financing, better results spark business marketplace Jul 29, 2013 12:00 AM
    This may be the time to put your small business on the market. For one thing, financing tends to be available and money is really cheap. Small Business Columnist Jim Kendall looks at this trend.

     
  • Increased small business activity points to economic gains Jul 22, 2013 12:00 AM
    If small business actually is the bell cow for economic activity, the outlook may be brighter than it has been in some time. At least that’s what conversations with four suburban business owners seem to indicate, Small Business Columnist Jim Kenall reports.

     
  • Businesses can use time to get health care rightJul 15, 2013 12:00 AM
    The extra 12 months that businesses with 50 or more full-time workers gained earlier this month before having to meet Affordable Care Act health insurance requirements may be important to get their coverage and reporting right.

     
  • What happens when angels, companies needing capital meetJul 5, 2013 12:00 AM
    The bringing together of fledgling businesses needing capital and individuals with money to invest is often something of a mystery to entrepreneurs. Small Business Columnist has been investigating the issue and shares what he learned in his weekly column.

     
  • Consultant lists top small business issues, suggests solutions Jul 1, 2013 12:00 AM
    Small Business Columnist Jim Kendall finds that the three biggest issues most small businesses face and chances are you'll get this list: Differentiation other than price. Getting new customers. Managing cash flow.

     
  • Business owner’s summer challenge: Four half-days Jun 24, 2013 12:00 AM
    I need four half-days of your time. Actually, it’s your business that needs those four half-days, time you spend away from the company contemplating its present, future and how to make both better. How nice that summer days are ideal for reviewing and strategizing.

     
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