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IT for startups not likely to be difficult
May 15, 2016 1:00 AM
Unless they're beginning life as an IT consultant, the combination of computers, software and the maze of social media choices can be daunting for many startup entrepreneurs.
Startups have big questions to answer
May 8, 2016 5:00 AM
Whether you're ready to launch a business, or still kicking tires, starting up requires some extensive, often introspective, work.
Is a trusted employee stealing from your company?
May 1, 2016 1:00 AM
According to data from the Austin, Texas-headquartered Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, "the typical organization loses five percent of revenues each year to fraud." Small Business Columnist Jim Kendall looks at the trend.
How to get Ol' Charley to retire
Apr 24, 2016 6:00 AM
Charley doesn't want to leave. In spite of the fact that he has reached retirement age, his skills have diminished and his insistence on sticking around is blocking promotion paths for other workers, Ol' Charley -- whose name could just as easily be Grandma Sue or something similar -- has become a problem. While Charley is a mostly (but not entirely) fictional character, the issues that sometimes surround a reluctant retiree are real at many businesses: There's a retirement plan in place, but Charley has been part of the company for more than 40 years, and management is uncomfortable forcing the retirement issue.
Do Tweets still have a business role?
Apr 17, 2016 1:00 AM
Would you deal with a 10-year-old company whose financial statements are splashed with red ink, a result of accumulated losses totaling slightly more than $2 billion; a company where senior staff offices seem to have revolving doors; and a stock price -- often seen as a barometer of a company's health -- that earlier this year seemed to be on a downhill run? Your answer probably is "Yes." The company is Twitter Inc., and chances are you at least occasionally send, or receive, its ubiquitous tweets. After all, there are about 65 million Twitter users in the United States, part of a total of 320 million worldwide.
Plans, results: How well are they matching up?
Mar 27, 2016 5:12 AM
Small Business Columnist Jim Kendall says technically, we're not quite at the end of the first quarter, but we're close enough to make at least an initial comparison between the 2016 plans we so carefully created and the results so far.
Business taxes filed, it's time for 2016's business taxes
Mar 20, 2016 9:45 AM
What could make your 2016 tax season easier? Experts give some advice.
Employee stock ownership plans may be retirement financing option
Mar 14, 2016 7:59 AM
Small Business Columnist Jim Kendall looks at how an employee stock ownership plan allows a business owner to sell his, or her, stock -- part or all -- to the plan on a tax-advantaged basis.
Recession issues stall business owner plans to retire
Mar 6, 2016 6:33 AM
The Baby Boomers were supposed to have sold their businesses by now, or in some fashion transitioned their companies to the kids and retired. Unfortunately, the Great Recession got in the way.
Budget impasse threatens SBDC programs
Feb 28, 2016 6:42 AM
Not much attention has been paid to the impact of the state's budget issues on small businesses, but the collective thousands of businesses that 30 Small Business Development Centers in Illinois serve each year are at risk. SBDC funding comes from a combination of federal, state and host-matched dollars.
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