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Entrepreneurship lessons for peace and profit Nov 23, 2014 7:03 AM
The Business Council for Peace is pairing U.S. businesses with entrepreneurs from countries torn by war or violent crime. The program, which receives State Department funding, has helped owners in Afghanistan and Rwanda.
Naperville renovating 2 library branches for $1 million Nov 21, 2014 4:17 PM
Renovations to bring more power plugs, better lighting and new furniture to Naper Boulevard Library in Naperville will cost $1.1 million under bids the library board approved this week. The contracts also include some work at Nichols Library downtown to create space for a business incubator called NaperLaunch. “We’re very excited about it,” Executive Director Julie Rothenfluh said.
Rolling Meadows hopes for better economic news in 2015 Nov 20, 2014 5:30 AM
An economic development consultant gave Rolling Meadows city council members an update on the business climate in town on Tuesday night with mostly bad news. The vacancy rate in the city is above 13 percent, higher than the 9 percent average around the Chicago area. Also there's still no concrete movement on the former Dominick's property along Kirchoff Road.
Suburban business leaders express optimism about 2015 Nov 20, 2014 6:18 PM
The Route 53 extension, investing in our workforce, bank lending and what a new governor will mean to Lake County were key topics addressed Thursday at a business outlook forum.
New license allows online wine sales in Wheaton Nov 19, 2014 5:30 AM
A new liquor license classification has been added in Wheaton to allow a business to engage in mail order and online wine sales. The city council unanimously approved an amendment to the liquor code Monday to create a Class T liquor license. City staff said the idea for the new license classification came from the owners of Today’s Wine, a Carol Stream online wine business.
Rolling Meadows considers ads on vehicles, trash cans Nov 19, 2014 8:52 AM
Rolling Meadows officials are considering selling advertising on city trucks and garbage cans to bring in additional revenue. Alderman Mike Cannon proposed the idea of allowing Crime Stoppers to put signs on the back of public works vehicles and community development trucks to promote the police department and solicit tips.Cannon said the signs would cost the city nothing and would be paid for by Crime Stoppers or other sponsors.
Mt. Prospect sign maker White Way files bankruptcy Nov 19, 2014 5:41 PM
Mount Prospect-based White Way Sign, which has made iconic signs for Wrigley Field, Kohl's and Hollywood Casino, has filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization.
Des Plaines may impose fee on medical pot dispensaries Nov 18, 2014 7:10 PM
Des Plaines may soon join Schaumburg and Elk Grove Village in imposing an annual impact fee on any business that wants to operate a medical marijuana dispensary in town.
New Wheaton brewery a place for people to gather Nov 18, 2014 6:52 PM
Exposed brick walls, metal accents, a wooden ceiling and plans for local musicians to regularly play live music give Dry City Brew Works the feel of an urban coffeehouse. In reality, the new business in downtown Wheaton is a tiny brewery where people can work on their laptops, catch up with a friend or meet new people while enjoying a beer. The brewery — owned by Wheaton native Ben Sampson, his wife Jessica and her parents, Dave and Lori Carr — opened earlier this month at 120B N. Main Street.
Restaurant.com hopes to avoid penalties as appellate court weighs rulings Nov 18, 2014 1:01 AM
There is “simply no good reason” to apply court decisions against Restaurant.com in a way that exposes it to penalties, argue attorneys for the Arlington Heights company. Both sides have now submitted briefs in the latest round of an on-again, off-again federal lawsuit over expiration dates on certificates.
St. Charles tavern to be penalized for 4th violation in 4 months Nov 18, 2014 2:00 PM
The St. Charles Liquor Commission may hand down its toughest penalty to date to a downtown tavern involved in a fourth violation caught by police in as many months. “I take this very seriously,” the owner of The Filling Station said. “The employee had been working for me for 3½ years. She’s always been a good employee, and she came from a good family, but she made an error in judgment. She messed up.”
Pasquale’s to open Dec. 1 in East Dundee Nov 18, 2014 5:44 PM
The Italian eatery Pasquale’s, which will serve pizza, sandwiches and salads, is slated to open Dec. 1 in the space formerly occupied by In The Neighborhood Meet Market on North River Street in East Dundee. Pasquale’s owners, Robert “Buzz” Doyle and Patrick Maggi, also own Blues BBQ and Grill, which opened in mid-October, and Sweet Pop Fizz Candy Bar, which opened in May, all in East Dundee.
Restaurant owner gets Arlington Heights liquor license on second try Nov 18, 2014 6:41 AM
A new Arlington Heights restaurant, Rusty J's, was approved for a liquor license on Monday night after an earlier proposal by the same owner was turned down by the village board earlier this fall. Ilias Horitos, who has a history managing gentleman's clubs, was refused a liquor license for Bottles and Barrels, 1609 W. Campbell, in September when board members had too many questions about his background and business plan, saying it seemed more like a bar than a restaurant.
Just like mom would like, Frontier Soups founder continues to be resourceful Nov 17, 2014 5:14 AM
Kukec's People column features Trisha Anderson, president of Frontier Soups in Waukegan, says her 94-year-old mother was the inspiration for her company.
Business owners, what will you do better next year? Nov 18, 2014 5:42 AM
Business columnist Jim Kendall says even though Santa already has been sighted at more than one suburban mall, there’s plenty of time for business owners to plan for next year:
Small businesses step up holiday social media game Nov 16, 2014 6:18 AM
The holiday social media marketing plan for New York-based Monif C. Plus Sizes includes contests promoted on Facebook with prizes like a $1,000 wardrobe. When Facebook users click on a link about a contest, they’re taken to the New York-based retailer’s website and their email addresses are recorded when they enter the contest. Those addresses are key to increasing Monif C’s business — it gets nearly 30 percent of its sales in response to emails.
Fewer small businesses in U.S. plan to raise wages, NFIB Says Nov 16, 2014 7:30 AM
A total of 13 percent of managers said that they anticipate increasing pay, according to the seasonally adjusted net results of 1,502 respondents to a survey by the National Federation of Independent Businesses. That’s down two points from September, when 15 percent said they expected higher salaries and 18 percent said they had recently increased pay.
Rolling Meadows vending machine business celebrates 75 years Nov 14, 2014 1:59 PM
Family-owned A.H. Management Group Inc. in Rolling Meadows is celebrating its 75th year in business, with members of the fourth generation assuming roles in the business. The company started in jukeboxes and has expanded to vending machines, food service and related enterprises.
New boutique opening in Glen Ellyn Nov 13, 2014 5:34 AM
A new boutique promising clothing and accessories for women of all ages is scheduled to open next week in Glen Ellyn. 1 Happy Girl Boutique will offer women’s clothing, shoes and accessories as well as gift items. The boutique already has an online shopping website and two stores, one in Lemont and the other in Saugatuck, Michigan. The boutique’s creative vision is spearheaded by a former model, 24-year-old Paige Schwartz.
French Russian cuisine inspires new restaurant Deka in Wheeling Nov 13, 2014 5:03 PM
Proprietors of a newly opened restaurant in Wheeling are inviting patrons to dine like Russian nobility at their new place — which means you’re more likely to be served caviar than cabbage soup. Deka Restaurant is a French Russian brasserie at 401 E. Dundee Road.
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