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  • NFL players find second careers as entrepreneurs Jan 25, 2015 6:55 AM
    Many pro football players would like to start their own businesses after they leave the field, and now they can seek help from programs specifically designed to help retired athletes navigate the obstacles of entrepreneurship. The minimum NFL salary this year is $420,000, but many players don’t make the big money for very long.

     
  • Decades after ‘Jumbo Janet,’ 63-year-old drops 170 pounds Jan 25, 2015 7:37 AM
    Right about now is when many people abandon that New Year's resolution to lose weight. For Jan Wilke, 63, of Grayslake, it's just another month of keeping off those 170 pounds she lost. “Being thin and healthy was a place I always dreamed of going, but I couldn’t get to it,” Wilke says. “Finally, I am in the place I always dreamed to be."

     
  • Customer loyalty already building for Favio’s in Geneva Jan 25, 2015 9:18 AM
    Dave Heun talks to Giacomo Favia, co-owner of Favio's Pizzeria in Geneva, who says business is going great since opening four months ago.

     
  • Illinois jobless rate falls to 6.2 percent Jan 23, 2015 4:03 PM
    The last time Illinois’ jobless rate was as low as 6.2 percent was May 2008, when it stood at 5.9 percent. As the recession worsened in the following months, it started to rise and was above 9 percent as recently as mid-2013.

     
  • Arlington Hts. chamber inducts new leader, celebrates 2014 Jan 23, 2015 12:47 PM
    Arlington Heights had a positive year for business in 2014, according to the chamber of commerce, but officials are expecting and even better year in 2015. More than 200 members of the Arlington Heights chamber celebrated the past year’s accomplishments and inducted the next board president at the annual installation dinner at the Doubletree by Hilton Chicago-Arlington Heights on Thursday night.

     
  • Barrington-area chamber sends good vibrations at gala Jan 23, 2015 6:09 AM
    Business leaders and community members gathered Thursday night for the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce's second annual gala and silent auction. The theme of the evening was “good vibrations." “One of the most powerful thing the chamber does is it connect people,” Corr said. “Every event is about providing members with the opportunity to make positive business relationships.”

     
  • Bauer’s Brauhaus in Palatine reborn under new name Jan 22, 2015 5:54 PM
    A pair of Palatine businessmen received approval from the village this week to resurrect Bauer’s Brauhaus and rename the downtown eatery after themselves. The establishment, which closed in December after three years of operation, will still have the German food and trappings that its clientele was used to, but will now be named Schnell’s Brauhaus after new owners Joel and Brian Schnell.

     
  • Naperville sticks with two downtown food carts Jan 21, 2015 5:26 AM
    The same two food carts that sold hot dogs and ribs on warm summer days and nights last year in downtown Naperville will be back again this year — without any new company. The city council denied a request to issue three mobile food vendor permits instead of the maximum of two the council set in December 2013. "I think it’s a good idea in this case to keep it with the two we had," council member Joseph McElroy said.

     
  • Chamber summit to discuss Barrington region economy Jan 20, 2015 1:49 PM
    The Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce will host its 2015 annual economic summit, “State of the Barrington Region,” from 8-10 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 11, at The Garlands of Barrington.

     
  • ‘Food Court Wars’ eatery closing in West Dundee Jan 20, 2015 5:40 PM
    Winning a Food Network show wasn’t enough to save Taco in a Bag at Spring Hill Mall in West Dundee from closing, but its owners say they are working on opening a new spot in Chicago. “When people go to a mall, people want something that they are used to — a big slice of pizza, a pretzel. Something new, or a light twist on gourmet doesn’t have a place there,” co-owner Tim Brown said.

     
  • Algonquin Commons to host Ladies Night Out Jan 19, 2015 9:32 PM
    If you’re a lady, you’re in luck. Algonquin Commons is hosting a special Ladies Night Out event this month at the Randall Road mall that will feature discounts, food samples and fun. The event will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 27 at the mall in Algonquin.

     
  • Culture change may be needed to boost results Jan 19, 2015 5:00 AM
    Small Business Columnist Jim Kendall looks at what to do when the company culture and workplace atmosphere has gone negative.

     
  • Bulls, planes and Girl Scouts: Wheaton executive looks for next accomplishment Jan 19, 2015 8:31 AM
    Kukec's People features Kathy Hopinkah Hannan of Wheaton, who has run with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, jumped from an airplane and ran the New York Marathon, Now the KPMG executive is the first Native American as the board leaders for national Girl Scouts.

     
  • How many food carts are too many in downtown Naperville? Jan 16, 2015 4:26 PM
    The last time Naperville City Council members were asked to consider the presence of food carts in the downtown, they decided only two should be allowed. On Tuesday, they will consider a proposal that would allow three. “That seems like a shift. Didn’t we approve just two?” said Katie Wood, an advisory commission member who is executive director of the Downtown Naperville Alliance. “I think it’s a stretch, personally, that we’ve gone really to three again when we had two locations, so one would assume that meant two vendors.”

     
  • Westin convinces Wheeling to join North Shore convention bureau Jan 16, 2015 2:40 PM
    The village of Wheeling will pay more than $100,000 to join a Skokie-based tourism bureau that will work to attract visitors to the suburb's hotels and businesses. “We see the convention bureau as another vehicle to spread our marketing dollars and reach a wider audience to promote our restaurants and hotels,” Economic Development Director John Melaniphy said.

     
  • BG/Lincolnshire chamber honors its best of the year Jan 15, 2015 9:38 AM
    It was Roger Sosa's first major event as executive director of the Buffalo Grove/Lincolnshire chamber of commerce; it was Lynne Schneider's final appearance after 25 years. The chamber honored its best businesses and business leaders this week at the annual awards and installation luncheon.

     
  • Zoning change would allow motorcycle dealer in downtown Libertyville Jan 15, 2015 5:01 PM
    Libertyville long has been known for its auto dealers, but now interest has arisen in locating an upscale motorcycle dealership in the heart of downtown. A village panel has recommended a zoning change that would clear the way for it to happen.

     
  • Wintrust ATMs get new software, works with your smartphone Jan 15, 2015 1:37 PM
    Rosemont-based Wintrust is adding new software to its fleet of 190 ATMs so that they can communicate with your smartphone. About 29 ATMs so far have the new software that will allow your smartphone to do the so-called cardless cash transaction.

     
  • Route 59 construction ‘pretty tough’ on Aurora, Naperville businesses Jan 14, 2015 3:04 PM
    Ongoing road construction on Route 59 at the Naperville/Aurora border has caused at least one business to cut back. OMango Flavors of India at 1056 N. Route 59, suite 100, in Aurora, has laid off four part-time workers because of the construction, cut its hours and changed its menu to “weather the construction storm,” General Manager Ann Fitzgibbons said. “For us the goal is to sustain with this staffing model and this menu and then maybe kind of relaunch after construction when the road opens,” Fitzgibbons said.

     
  • New grocers, restaurants on tap in Schaumburg Jan 13, 2015 12:22 PM
    Woodfield Mall and Streets of Woodfield are far from the only shopping areas in Schaumburg being revitalized in 2015, Mayor Al Larson told the village’s business community Tuesday during his annual State of the Village address. New tenants are expected to instill fresh energy at the Town Square development at Schaumburg and Roselle roads, as well as at the Woodfield Village Green shopping center just north of Woodfield on Golf Road, Larson told members of the Schaumburg Business Association.

     
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