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  • Companies that reject “Shark Tank” deals, still thrive Feb 28, 2015 7:00 AM
    Dreams of investor money have induced more than 150,000 businesses to apply to be contestants on “Shark Tank,” where entrepreneurs pitch to cast members including Barbara Corcoran, founder of a prominent New York real estate brokerage; Daymond John, founder of the clothing company FUBU; and Robert Herjavec, founder of the technology conglomerate Herjavec Group.

  • New businesses coming to Yorktown Center Feb 27, 2015 6:22 PM
    Several new businesses are scheduled to open this spring at Yorktown Center in Lombard, according to officials. Yorktown General Manager Todd Hiepler said one of the biggest developments is the opening of BZ’s Twisted American Cuisine, which will be filling a spot that has been vacant since the closing of Ed Debevic’s. “We expect them to be open very late spring or early summer,” Hiepler said, adding that the company is new to the Chicago market.

  • Register for free screening of ‘Maker’ movie in Schaumburg Feb 27, 2015 4:12 PM
    Are you interested in doing more away from a television screen, giving back to your neighborhood, or dreaming of being “the next big thing?” The “maker movement” is an outlet for people like you happening all across the United States.

  • Panel: Low rates, available cash help fuel business growth Feb 26, 2015 6:11 PM
    After several tight years, banks and financial institutions are again opening their wallets to businesses looking for money to grow, and that’s providing unique opportunities for entrepreneurs. according to a panel of experts at the Daily Herald Business Ledger’s Newsmakers Forum on banking and finance Thursday.

  • Higher fees, background checks for Glen Ellyn cart vendors Feb 25, 2015 5:41 PM
    Vendors who operate food carts in downtown Glen Ellyn soon will pay more for a village license and be required to have background checks for all employees 18 and older. Under new regulations approved this week by the village board, the annual application fee for a vendor cart license will increase from $50 to $150. A fingerprint-based background check that costs $50 also must be completed each year for each adult employee, Planning and Development Director Staci Hulseberg said. The owner of the cart will have to submit to a background check as well.

  • Martial arts, lacrosse facilities move to Lombard Feb 25, 2015 5:30 AM
    Two established indoor sporting facilities -- Downers Grove Boxing & MMA and True Lacrosse -- have decided to move from other suburbs to Lombard. Both businesses are moving into an industrial area just east of Finley Road, between Butterfield Road and 22nd Street, and plan to cater to people who are serious about martial arts and students who want to play lacrosse for high school and college teams.

  • Elgin committee holds Realtors’ tour Feb 24, 2015 5:10 PM
    More than 30 Realtors took a tour Tuesday morning designed to showcase the variety of residential neighborhoods in Elgin. “We have such great housing stock that you can be kind of urban, you can be suburban, you can choose old or new — and not everybody knows that," said event organizer Susan Angell-Case.

  • Family recipes struggle to go from kitchen to store Feb 23, 2015 1:00 AM
    Small Business Columnist Jim Kendall knows what it takes to get Grandma’s Pasta Sauce or Aunt Bertha’s cookies or whatever legendary recipe your family treasures — onto store shelves: Determination and money.

  • Lake Barrington shop owners are local version of American Pickers Feb 23, 2015 5:00 AM
    Kukec's People features two sisters and their mother, who own Tattered Tiques in Lake Barrington. They are like the local version of American Pickers, since they go on the road around the Midwest to find unique antiques .

  • Commerce Department, SBA try to kickstart entrepreneurship engine Feb 22, 2015 7:44 AM
    New research shows that the country’s rate of business creation, which peaked about a decade ago, fell 31 percent during the recession and has been slow to bounce back. That’s despite the fact that the share of the U.S. population between ages 25 and 55 — usually the prime years for starting a business — has expanded, according to new data released by the Kauffman Foundation, a research and advocacy group, at its annual state of Entrepreneurship symposium Wednesday.

  • FAA might allow thousands of businesses to fly drones Feb 21, 2015 7:36 AM
    Thousands of businesses could receive clearance to fly drones two years from now under proposed rules that the Federal Aviation Administration unveiled Sunday, a landmark step that will make automated flight more commonplace in the nation’s skies.

  • Burst pipe caused early end of Arlington Heights’ Harry’s Feb 20, 2015 3:26 PM
    A burst frozen pipe at Harry’s in downtown Arlington Heights last month flooded the beloved establishment and prevented an opportunity for a proper sendoff - before its rebirth as a suburban location of Chicago-based Cortland’s Garage Tavern & Grill this spring.

  • Naperville woman growing organic farm idea to help veterans Feb 20, 2015 8:16 AM
    Naperville cafe owner Veronica Porter is working to bring organic farming back to her agricultural hometown. Porter is finalizing plans to open Veterans Victory Farm, an organic specialty crop business that would employ military members returning from service with post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injuries. “I really feel strongly that this is the generation we need to take our food system back,” Porter said. “People really want food that is local and organic and seasonal.”

  • Golden Corridor Partnership recognized as ‘Bright Idea’ Feb 19, 2015 1:36 PM
    The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University has recognized the efforts of the Golden Corridor Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (GCAMP) as part of the 2015 Bright Ideas program.The grass roots group of manufacturers along Illinois’ I-90 tollway corridor, neighboring municipalities, school districts and colleges work together to increase student interest in the manufacturing industry, promote area growth and sustain skilled manufacturing jobs.

  • Bartlett likely to set up special tax district board Feb 18, 2015 5:30 AM
    Bartlett trustees plan to convene a temporary board that will recommend whether the village should establish a special taxing district downtown. The advisory panel likely will consist of officials from Elgin Area School District U-46, the Bartlett Fire Protection District, Elgin Community College and other taxing bodies that would lose out on lucrative property tax revenue from any new development during the life of the TIF district.

  • Suburban co-working movement building slowly in Geneva, Naperville Feb 18, 2015 8:22 AM
    A handful of co-working centers are establishing themselves in suburbs such as Geneva, Elgin, Naperville and South Barrington, but the idea of a place where independent professionals come together, share space and form a community is a tough sell among suburbanites. “We've seen that most people in the suburbs — they want four walls and a door,” said Mike Copeland executive director of the nonprofit Elgin Technology Center, a co-working space that has been open since 2010.

  • It’s Paczki Day at area bakeries Feb 17, 2015 4:40 PM
    Central Continental Bakery in Mount Prospect expect to bake and sell 90,000 paczki on and before Fat Tuesday, and the crowds didn't disappoint.

  • Menchie’s fro-yo comes to Randall Road corridor Feb 16, 2015 1:28 PM
    The rich and famous always seem to be stopping by a Menchie’s in California to get their frozen yogurt fix, and a photo taken by the paparazzi with their fro-yo creation. Now you too, can get your photo taken at a Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt, as the business expands into the Chicagoland area, and two locations open along the Randall Road corridor.

  • Mayor: Rolling Meadows is trending upward Feb 16, 2015 11:47 PM
    It's not all good news in Rolling Meadows, but Mayor Tom Rooney said the state of the city is trending upward. Rooney highlighted new businesses, lower debt and a flat property tax levy in his "State of the City" address Monday.

  • Arlington entrepreneur celebrates weddings Feb 17, 2015 10:55 AM
    Kukec's People features Keith KoKoruz of Arlington Heights, who bought Fred Fox Studios and made it a part of a wedding empire he's built that includes Aberdeen's Wedding Florists, DJ services, photography and other bridal services. For a guy who's divorced, he's built quite an empire for celebrating weddings. Now he's dating a girl who sells wedding dresses. “There is some irony there,” he said.

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