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  • Beach, sun & surfing are the focus of Lake Zurich business Sep 1, 2014 6:22 AM
    Jeff Urso opens Beezer’s Bungalow, a shop that offers beach, sun and surfing products in Lake ZUrich.

  • Schaumburg CEO takes health seriously in, out of office Sep 1, 2014 6:01 AM
    Kukec's People features Cathy Kenworthy, CEO of Interactive Health in Schaumburg, who walks the walk to health every day. She has done as many as 20,000 steps in Scotland and watches her diet, just as the company oversees others.

  • Senator targets small business loan gender gap Aug 31, 2014 6:52 AM
    Women still have a hard time getting small business loans. Sen. Maria Cantwell is determined to close the gap. Women owners in particular struggle to get loans from banks, and that is limiting their ability to hire. “Clearly with women, we are being underserved,” she says.

  • South American food chains use Florida as gateway Aug 30, 2014 4:59 PM
    In the last five years, cities like Miami, Boston and New York have seen an influx of European and Latin American brands looking to test the U.S. marketplace, according to Darren Tristano, executive vice president of Technomic, a food industry researcher.Given that its population is two-thirds Hispanic, Miami-Dade County is preferred by South American companies because they are familiar to many residents.

  • Tilted Kilt raises money for soldiers’ families Aug 29, 2014 4:42 PM
    The Tilted Kilt in Schaumburg will host a formal check presentation on Wednesday, Sept. 3 after becoming the sports bar chain’s single largest contributor to its fourth annual “Here’s to Heroes” national fundraiser. The Schaumburg location itself raised $20,320 of the $115,424 raised nationwide for the Folds of Honor Foundation.

  • Asian Kitchen restaurant opens in Schaumburg Aug 29, 2014 1:01 AM
    Asian Kitchen, a new fast-casual Indo-Chinese restaurant, opened late last week in Schaumburg’s Shoppes in the Prime Village shopping center at the northeast corner of Algonquin and Meacham roads. Owners Niral and Pinki Patel said nothing is pre-made and orders can be customized to add patrons’ favorite vegetables and spices. The restaurant is aimed at the lunch and dinner crowds, as well as take-out.

  • Geneva considering request for tattoo studio Aug 29, 2014 5:25 PM
    The Geneva City Council will decide Tuesday whether to let a tattoo studio open in a strip shopping center on Randall Road, over objections of some of the owners of the building. Ramiro Guillen wants to open A Artistic Theories Tattoo and Gallery at 1871 S. Randall Road. A coumcil committee voted 5-4 to deny the plan.

  • Arlington Heights chamber office flooded, closed Aug 25, 2014 4:09 PM
    The Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce office is closed “until further notice, due to flooding,” according to an email sent Monday morning. Chamber officials wrote that they will answer emails while the office is closed, and that they hope to be back in business within 24-48 hours.

  • Newsletters still an effective business tool Aug 25, 2014 5:16 AM
    Back in the not-so-long-ago day, glossy four-color newsletters with high production and mailing costs were an integral part of many small business marketing campaigns.They still are, says Small Business Columnist Jim Kendall.

  • Two new Des Plaines businesses get public funds Aug 25, 2014 9:37 AM
    Des Plaines aldermen have approved giving two new downtown businesses $15,000 each to make interior renovations under the city’s business assistance program.

  • Chocolate drink turns into a sweet racing business for Buffalo Grove company Aug 25, 2014 5:09 AM
    Kukec's People features Steve Ginsburg of Deerfield, who owns and operates Buffalo Grove-based RAM Racing and founded the Hot Chocolate Race.

  • Bubs Subs owner serving up hot dogs at Chicago Grill Aug 25, 2014 2:47 PM
    As a child, Dominick Pulli, owner of Bubs Subs in Algonquin, used to visit Gene and Jude's in River Grove for the ideal hot dog. Now Pulli is hoping to create a similar memorable experience for customers along the Randall Road corridor with his own hot dog joint, Chicago Grill in Lake in the Hills.

  • Women small business owners struggle to get loans Aug 24, 2014 7:42 AM
    Women are a growing force in the business world, but if they own a company, they may still struggle to get a loan from a bank. Women owners have long been at a disadvantage getting loans. Some states required husbands or other male relatives to co-sign business loans until the practice was outlawed by the Women’s Business Ownership Act of 1988.

  • Joe Caputo & Sons Fruit Market opening in Elk Grove Village Oct. 15 Aug 24, 2014 5:16 PM
    The new Joe Caputo & Sons Fruit Market coming to Elk Grove Village is expected to open Oct. 15, Mayor Craig Johnson said. “We’re looking forward to them becoming part of the village,” the mayor said.

  • Structure helps draw potential franchise owners Aug 18, 2014 5:12 AM
    Franchises are more than burgers and subs. Small business columnist Jim Kendall looks at the topic.

  • Music repair, retail business grows in Palatine Aug 18, 2014 5:11 AM
    We talk with Bonnie Reidel, owner of Fix This! Musical Instrument Repair Inc. and DBA Horn Stash in Palatine.

  • Griller Gerrish fires up ideas for 25th anniversary Aug 19, 2014 9:15 AM
    Bryan Gerrish of Arlington Heights has a yard full of Weber grills. During the summer, you may see about a dozen or so. His favorite is the Performer with both gas and charcoal. “I always have a number of grills in the yard. It's grill envy,” said Gerrish, 59. He also happens to be CEO of Weber Grill Restaurants, owned by the family behind Palatine-based Weber-Stephen Products, maker of the Weber grill. When not in his Rolling Meadows office, Gerrish has been firing up his grill a lot this summer, trying out different recipes as he and his colleagues enjoy tweaking the menu in the restaurants.

  • Hoffman Estates businesses cited for alcohol sales to minors Aug 15, 2014 2:27 PM
    Two Hoffman Estates businesses recently were cited for selling alcohol to minors. The Illinois Liquor Compliance Commission and Hoffman Estates Police Department did checks at 14 businesses in the village on July 14.

  • Elk Grove man competes in trucking contest Aug 15, 2014 2:27 PM
    An Elk Grove Village truck driver is competing in this week’s National Truck Driving Championships in Pittsburgh. Nenko Topalov, owner of Nando Express Inc., is competing in the 5-Axle Sleeper class.

  • Schaumburg: Electronic cigarettes still cigarettes Aug 14, 2014 6:30 PM
    Schaumburg officials this week classified electronic cigarettes the same as tobacco products for law enforcement purposes, and created a new businesses license for stores that want to let customers sample different flavors on-site for customized devices. The steps are similar to those taken recently in Arlington Heights, and Hoffman Estates is in the process of doing the same

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