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  • Your social media initiatives should follow customersí lead May 20, 2013 7:47 AM
    Still uncertain about social media and your business? Your next step may be to ask your customers which social media platforms they use. Small Business Columnist Jim Kendall looks at the issue of social media.

     
  • Senior entrepreneurs bring patience, experience to startups May 13, 2013 9:27 AM
    Starting a business isn't just for the younger crowd. Thanks in part to lingering unemployment and to Baby Boomers needing to pad retirement accounts, 25 percent of those 65 and older are self-employed. Fifteen percent in the 50-64 age bracket are self-employed, too.

     
  • Sports offer small business marketing opportunities May 6, 2013 8:05 AM
    Want to reach homeowners? Looking for young families with kids and solid incomes? The Chicago Red Stars have them. So do the Chicago Wolves and Schaumburg Boomers. Small Business columnist Jim Kendall explores the marketing topic.

     
  • Uncertainties make chat with tax adviser a good idea Apr 29, 2013 5:30 AM
    There are some small business and small business owner tax positives in 2013, but there also are some issues that make a conversation with your CPA, and maybe your estate attorney, a good idea. Small Business Columnist Jim Kendall explores the issue.

     
  • Palatine law firm turns to social media to build recognition Apr 22, 2013 7:17 AM
    Lawyers and social media. The words don't roll off the tongue as easily as, say, chocolate and ice cream or summer and vacation — unless you're talking with Colin Gilbert, founding partner at the law firm of Drost, Gilbert, Andrew & Apicella LLC in Palatine.

     
  • Why would a successful web retailer open a traditional store? Apr 8, 2013 12:14 PM
    After more than a dozen years successfully selling sunglasses on the Internet — not just sunglasses but such top-of-the-line brands as Porsche Design, Serengeti, Vuarnet, Bolle and Callaway Golf — Andy Hortatsos opened an eyewear store in downtown Glen Ellyn.

     
  • Outside advisors talk numbers, business intelligence, listening Mar 25, 2013 6:08 AM
    An outsider’s perspective doesn’t always lead to one of those “Eureka!” moments, but observing what others observe in the small business community can be helpful.

     
  • Trade show success requires a plan Mar 18, 2013 6:00 AM
    The preshow mailing, sent by email or Uncle Sam, may be the most important piece of the trade show pie, an expert tells Small Business Columnist Jim Kendall who explores the issue in his weekly column.

     
  • Small businesses should be tracking their own sales trends Mar 11, 2013 4:30 AM
    Business owners say they're struggling with sales and need to get in front of more people. Jim Kendall looks at the issue.

     
  • Innovative financing helps theater owners meet digital needs Mar 4, 2013 7:58 AM
    Faced with a need for substantial financing to purchase new digital projection equipment or likely close the doors, two iconic hometown movie theaters took very different paths to the needed money. Small Business Columnist Jim Kendall takes a look.

     
  • Own a business? Got an idea? Why not blog? Feb 25, 2013 7:45 AM
    Of course you have an opinion. And ideas. So why not blog? A regular blog most likely will boost your business' presence on search pages and therefore help you connect with whatever audience you target.

     
  • Blog at center of entrepreneurís growth strategy Feb 18, 2013 6:00 AM
    Most business owners donít blog. They donít see themselves as content generators. But Small Business Columnist Jim Kendall talks to a business owner who says her blog is part of her growth strategy.

     
  • LinkedIn more complicated, but potentially more effective Feb 11, 2013 6:21 AM
    LinkedIn may be more complicated, but it's potentially more effective according to a local business owner interviewed by Small Business Columnist Jim Kendall.

     
  • Is this the year you can finally sell your business? Feb 4, 2013 8:20 AM
    After way too many years of waiting — for the economy to improve, for banks and investors to loosen up, for buyers to appear — you figure this is the year to sell your business and move on. Small Business Columnist Jim Kendall addresses the topic.

     
  • From website videos to mentoring, new ideas to consider Jan 28, 2013 6:00 AM
    Website videos almost certainly will raise your business' standing on Internet search pages. That's reason enough to finally commit to video as part of your marketing program, but there are other reasons. Small Business Columnist Jim Kendall looks at a few.

     
  • Family business, health care studies deserve attention Jan 21, 2013 6:02 AM
    Small Business Columnist looks at healthcare. He finds that in spite of the insurance costs we and our employees pay, we generally live shorter lives and ďhave a long-standing pattern of poorer health that is strikingly consistent and pervasiveĒ over our lifetimes.

     
  • Despite budget woes, government market remains an option Jan 14, 2013 5:00 AM
    How much of a problem the lack of fiscal management becomes for small and mid-size businesses that seek to sell goods and services to government agencies remains to be seen. Small Business Columnist Jim Kendall looks at the trend.

     
  • Successful entrepreneurs tell what they would do differently Jan 7, 2013 6:00 AM
    Looking back, Tom Walter, CEO of Tasty Catering, says he would change the way he hires. "My hiring philosophy would have been screen for skill but hire for attitude.' Then I wouldn't have gone through the pain of talented misfits." What do other owners say about what they would do differently?

     
  • Small business borrowing outlook brightens for 2013 Dec 31, 2012 12:03 PM
    If you've been hoping banks will loosen their loan purse strings Small Business Columnist Jim Kendall says 2013 may be your year. But he finds bankers will make up for continuing low loan rates with higher fees and compensating balances, and risk will be a big part of the loan equation.

     
  • Employment wage-and-hour issues loom in New Year Dec 24, 2012 9:41 AM
    The number of wage claims coming in our door the last year is more than twice the number of traditional discrimination claims, according to a local attorney. Small Business Columnist Jim Kendall looks into the issue.

     
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