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  • Should you be a trade show exhibitor? Mar 30, 2015 6:56 AM
    Small Business Columnist Jim Kendall talks to an industry expert who says trade shows can be an effective part of the sales process even for smaller businesses, which, he adds, “often do trade shows better because they have a more succinct team."

     
  • Gilberts entrepreneur says there’s a science to clean Mar 30, 2015 6:54 AM
    Kukec's People features George Heuvelman, co-owner of Enviroclean of Illinois, who said he uses science to sanitize surfaces and even earned a few patents to help that process along.

     
  • Allergen free Mt. Prospect Easter egg hunt Mar 28, 2015 5:04 PM
    Many children with allergies have never attended an Easter egg hunt, according to Sonia Walker, co-owner of Nutphree’s Bakery. The bakery in Mount Prospect held its first food-free egg hunt Saturday at Trinity United Methodist Church in Mount Prospect. “We had to close advanced registration after only six hours due to the maximum of 100 kids signed up and we now have 100 more on a waiting list,” Walker said Saturday.

     
  • Officials: Joe Caputo & Sons opening by July 4 in Elk Grove Village Mar 27, 2015 5:45 AM
    The new Joe Caputo & Sons Fruit Market in Elk Grove Village is expected to open July 4 or earlier, officials said this week. The store's opening date has been pushed back several times since the franchise announced in January 2014 it had acquired four former Dominick's locations in the suburbs.

     
  • Kuma's Corner coming to Schaumburg in July Mar 26, 2015 5:41 AM
    The Chicago-based, heavy-metal-themed burger restaurant Kuma's Corner is on track to open its first suburban location near Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg in a little more than three months. Schaumburg trustees Tuesday unanimously approved the popular eatery's plan to open in the Woodfield Village Green Shopping Center.

     
  • Scorched Earth Brewing in Algonquin to add beer garden Mar 25, 2015 5:18 PM
    Scorched Earth Brewing in Algonquin is adding a beer garden just in time for summer.

     
  • Panera Bread opens in Carpentersville on Friday Mar 25, 2015 4:35 PM
    A Panera Bread will open Friday at Spring Hill Mall in Carpentersville.

     
  • How to use social media to build business Mar 23, 2015 5:00 AM
    If you want to build sales, put your effort where customers hang out, an expert tells Small Business Columnist Jim Kendall.

     
  • New owners take over Tuscan Market in Arlington Heights Mar 24, 2015 7:41 AM
    Tuscan Market & Wine Shop in downtown Arlington Heights has been sold, but both its former and new owners say they business’ mission and role in the community will stay the same. “Our goal is the preserve what we consider to be an Arlington Heights institution,” new owner Colin Gilbert said.

     
  • Why parking spaces shouldn’t always be wasted on cars Mar 22, 2015 7:39 AM
    For the last few years, Philadelphia has converted a handful of parking spots in front of neighborhood businesses into temporary “parklets” no bigger than the space that might fit one or two cars (these tiny interventions are now popular in a lot of cities). Records from adjacent businesses show sales went up about 20 percent immediately after the parks were installed, relative to right beforehand.

     
  • Daughters following dads down on the farm Mar 21, 2015 3:04 PM
    At a time when a third of U.S. farmers are 65 or older and fewer young people are joining them, more women are stepping in to help fill the void, lured by surging agricultural profit and technological advances that have reduced the industry’s reliance on manual labor. In 2012, females accounted for 14 percent of the 2.1 million principal farm operators, up from 5 percent in 1978, government data show.

     
  • Day Go Dogs opens in Arlington Heights Mar 20, 2015 6:27 AM
    Day Go Dogs and Za, a new Italian restaurant, opened in downtown Arlington Heights on Thursday.

     
  • Long Grove's chocolate, strawberry and apple fests getting new look Mar 19, 2015 5:56 AM
    Downtown Long Grove business owners are betting on a new format, longer hours and a musical night life to recapture the buses of tourists that used to turn out for summer and fall festivals. The biggest dates on their calendar year are devoted to strawberries, chocolate and apples — each getting their own three-day festival. “We're trying to bring back some vibrance,” says Ryan Messner, one of the organizers.

     
  • Beer garden coming to Prairie Stone Business Park in Hoffman Estates Mar 18, 2015 5:29 AM
    A proposal that stalled last year for a summertime beer garden on Hoffman Estates' Village Green was approved for this year on Monday, after its planners had more time to work out administrative details of the operation. By a 6-to-1 vote, the village board awarded a lease allowing Dasbier Garden, LLC to operate a beer garden most days and nights from mid-May through late October at the village-owned space, located in the Prairie Stone Business Park off Route 72 and just west of the Sears Centre Arena.

     
  • A glimpse at the selling-your-business process Mar 16, 2015 5:00 AM
    Small Business Columnist Jim Kendall takes a glimpse at selling your own business. He talks to local experts about the process.

     
  • St. Charles native sails with America’s Cup ships into new business Mar 16, 2015 1:09 PM
    Kukec's People features St. Charles and Aurora native Ryan Weber, a competitive sailing winner and co-owner of Next Level Sailing Chicago, which acquired America's Cup yachts called Stars and Stripes and the Abracadabra for tourists and private parties starting in May on Lake Michigan.

     
  • It’s March Makeover Madness at Algonquin Commons Mar 16, 2015 2:26 PM
    Are you wanting a new look for spring? Algonquin Commons is seeking entrants for its March Makeover Madness contest. Four winners will receive a new outfit along with hair and makeup styling.

     
  • Rosemont purchases manufacturing building for $700,000 Mar 12, 2015 1:50 PM
    The village of Rosemont is purchasing a manufacturing building north of the Allstate Arena for $700,000. The 14,000-square-foot building at 7047-7059 Barry St. is one of about 10 remaining businesses in the neighborhood, which is home to a number of apartment buildings and the Barry Street Recreational Center.

     
  • Kuma's Corner may come to Schaumburg this summer Mar 12, 2015 1:12 PM
    A Schaumburg location of the Chicago-based, heavy-metal-themed burger restaurant Kuma's Corner could open around July 1 if it receives village board approval on March 24. The popular eatery known for its distinct atmosphere and menu that pull in nighttime and weekend crowds in the city received a unanimous recommendation from the village's zoning board Wednesday night.

     
  • Schaumburg grants permit for medical marijuana dispensary Mar 11, 2015 5:30 AM
    Schaumburg trustees Tuesday approved a special-use permit for the state licensed medical marijuana dispensary intended to serve the entirety of Schaumburg Township. Chicago-based PharmaCann LLC’s Schaumburg dispensary will occupy a 1,412-square-foot industrial park unit at 1135 Tower Road.

     
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