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  • Program turns Mt. Prospect teens into entrepreneurs Jul 24, 2014 6:13 PM
    The Youth Entrepreneur Academy, which turns young people into thriving business owners, returns this fall to Prospect High School."It's hugely important to reach young people these kinds of lessons," said Susan Dozier, a vice-president of American Chartered Bank who has served on the program's investor panel.

     
  • Popular craft beer bar coming to Rolling Meadows Jul 24, 2014 2:03 PM
    Bigby's Pour House, a popular craft beer bar in Addison, will open a Rolling Meadows site next month where the Caribou Coffee used to be on Algonquin Road.

     
  • Des Plaines business offers free yogurt for a year Jul 24, 2014 6:23 PM
    A business coming to downtown Des Plaines is offering free yogurt for a year to the winner of a logo design contest. Veronica Ricci and her husband, Riccardo, plan to open a Forever Yogurt location this fall in a Metropolitan Square storefront between Potbelly and Panera Bread.

     
  • Cary Grove chamber hosts first fall fest Jul 23, 2014 4:42 PM
    The Cary Grove Area Chamber of Commerce will host its inaugural Cary Main Street Fest Sept. 27 and 28. The outdoor fall festival will feature local restaurants and businesses, a marketplace of vendors and artists, live entertainment and a children’s area. “We’re really excited about the launch of this event,” said Brad Ball, chamber executive director. “A street festival offers a great opportunity to reach a lot of people."

     
  • Naperville boutique holding event on Riverwalk to help Women At Risk Jul 23, 2014 3:09 PM
    A Naperville boutique that supports international programs to get women out of prostitution and human trafficking is taking its cause to the Riverwalk on Saturday during a new, free event. WAR Chest Boutique is hosting the first Celebrate Hope event to introduce people to the shop’s mission, said Meggie Zayas, a WAR Chest volunteer who is organizing the event. “A lot of women through Women At Risk have been rescued and are now out of the life that they were in,” Zayas said. “We should be celebrating that and standing together as we continue to lift women back to dignity and grace.”

     
  • Holy Family Ministries to open resale shop in Arlington Hts. Jul 22, 2014 5:30 AM
    Arlington Heights will soon have a third resale store in the same area along Rand Road. Holy Family Ministries, a Chicago based church, will open a 9,800-square-foot resale shop at 1101 E. Rand Road near a Salvation Army and Goodwill store following approval from the village board on Monday night.

     
  • Tie Bar to close Naperville warehouse, plans to increase Chicago staff Jul 22, 2014 10:43 PM
    The Tie Bar, an Internet only business that sells ties, is closing its warehouse in Naperville and plans to increase its workforce at its Chicago headquarters. About 35 workers in Naperville will be laid off. The warehouse operations will be outsourced to a Texas-based company, who will handle the warehouse in Kentucky.

     
  • How Santa keeps his cool at Banana Split’s Christmas in July Jul 21, 2014 4:44 PM
    Nothing cools you off on a hot day like sitting outside the elf house on Santa's lap near a Christmas tree as you wait for your Frozen Hot Chocolate and Gingerbread Flurrie. The Banana Split in Aurora uses its Christmas in July to have fun and raises funds for the Salavation Army.

     
  • Barrington mortgage pro helps Hispanic families Jul 21, 2014 4:50 AM
    Kukec's People features Eduardo Paras of Barrington, who helps Hispanic families obtain mortgages to buy homes.

     
  • States with higher minimum wages gain more jobs Jul 19, 2014 4:01 PM
    Nine of the 13 states increased their minimum wages automatically in line with inflation: Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Missouri, Montana, Ohio, Oregon, Vermont and Washington. Four more states — Connecticut, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island — approved legislation mandating the increases.

     
  • Rauner wants freeze on local property taxes Jul 17, 2014 6:31 PM
    Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner announced details of his job growth and tax reform plan at a Schaumburg business Thursday, including a proposal to require voter approval before any local government can raise its property tax. Rauner outlined his plan to phase out the income tax increase over four years, reform business taxes and fees, phase in an increase of the minimum wage up to $10 per hour and make changes to workers’ compensation policies.

     
  • Ogden billboards staying until end of 2015 in Naperville Jul 16, 2014 4:01 PM
    The billboards on Ogden Avenue at Rickert Drive in Naperville have a new lease on life. The agreement allowing the signs to stay on the property of Simply Hair Salon and Renewal Spa owner Frances “Dolly” Long expired June 7, but the city council Tuesday night granted an extension until the end of 2015.“I think leniency and flexibility should apply here,” council member Robert Fieseler said.

     
  • Nobody said owning a business would be easy Jul 14, 2014 4:59 AM
    Decisions are difficult. • Will putting time and money into a social media campaign really grow the business? • Fire Mike? His family needs the income and he was recommended by an employee, but Mike can’t get a handle on his duties. How much damage will he do if I keep him on? • We need more space, but that’s more overhead. Will we be that much more efficient? • An offer to buy the business came out of the blue. What should I do? Accept? Seek other potential buyers? Talk to a lawyer? There’s no doubt that decisions can be tough, but neither is there any doubt that business owners must make them — everyday. “Step back,” suggests Gail Sussman-Miller. “Look at the big picture. Look at how the decision fits your business’ mission — and your personal mission. “If money were no object, what would you really want to do?” A conversation with Sussman-Miller, chief obstacle buster at Inspired Choice, Chicago, is at least interesting and potentially downright helpful. She won’t make your decisions, but she offers some interesting thoughts on how to approach the process. “Most people have trouble asking for help (in the decision-making process),” Sussman-Miller says. In fact, she adds, “Not asking for help is a small business weakness. Our ego gets in the way. We don’t want to appear stupid.” But, she asks with a nod to TV’s Dr. Phil, “How is what you’re doin’ working for ya?” Pause for a moment: That’s a key question. The fear of making the wrong decision can be paralyzing, but keep in mind, Sussman-Miller says, that doing nothing is a decision. “A decision to not act is one of the choices,” she states. An option, Sussman-Miller says, is to ask for help — from a mentor, specialist in your industry or professional adviser. Another is to detach. “Don’t personalize the issue,” she says. “Detach. Put on a white lab coat, pick up a clipboard and pen, and observe your behavior. Remember another time when you had to make a decision. “The mind will always over think an issue. Disconnect your mind. Find some silence to quiet your mind and sort out any emotions that are present. “Take five deep breaths. Inhale through the nose, then exhale through the mouth. That stops the chatter. That calms us, gets us centered.” Even the most uncertain decision-maker has strengths, Sussman-Miller says. “Remember the times when you did something courageous.” Sussman-Miller, who admits to a fear of heights, walked San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, which at mid-span is about 270 feet above the water. You may not have a trek across a bridge to fall back on when one of those difficult decisions must be made, but Sussman-Miller’s point is valid: if you’ve done something difficult before, call upon that experience to help you make the business decision you’re facing today. • Follow Jim Kendall on LinkedIn and Twitter, and at Kendall Communications on Facebook. Write him at Jim@kendallcom.com. 2014 Kendall Communications Inc.

     
  • Barbeque & More offers a taste of Pakistan in Algonquin Jul 14, 2014 12:57 PM
    After moving to Algonquin from Pakistan, Shakil Hussain noticed that if he wanted to get some of the tastes from home when dining out, he had to head all the way into Schaumburg. So, he decided to open his own restaurant closer to his Fox Valley home featuring food from Pakistan, as well as Indian, Mediterranean and Asian food.

     
  • Streamwood backs property tax breaks for local manufacturers Jul 14, 2014 10:41 AM
    Three Streamwood manufacturers are urging Cook County to extend their property tax breaks for another 12 years. The breaks, backed by Streamwood village officials, would cut the businesses' property taxes in half over the next decade, then offer smaller breaks the following two years.

     
  • Why Schaumburg, Hoffman Estates struggle to land hardware stores Jul 14, 2014 5:00 AM
    With their combined population of more than 125,000 and central location in the Northwest suburbs, Schaumburg and Hoffman Estates have attracted a variety of auto dealerships, high-end stores and restaurants, and the headquarters of major corporations like Sears and Motorola. But both are currently begging for even one neighborhood hardware store to serve their residents.

     
  • Glen Ellyn entrepreneur forsakes tech’s nomadic life Jul 14, 2014 4:58 PM
    Kukec's People features Saad Rehmani of Glen Ellyn who forgoes his father's world travels to stay here in the area. But he recently left innovative Redbox and has settled at Kapow.

     
  • Founder of Glen Ellyn toy company dreams big Jul 14, 2014 4:57 AM
    We talk to the owner of a line of plush, sports-themed dolls called Go! Go! Sports Girls. The dolls are made to empower girls to be active, promote healthy life skills, and encourage creative play through sport.

     
  • Want contracts? Work harder, women’s org. CEO says Jul 13, 2014 6:16 AM
    Pamela Prince-Eason isn’t letting women business owners off the hook — if they want more contracts with big corporations or the government, they have to work harder to get them than they do now. The CEO of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, an organization that helps women-owned companies win those contracts, says it’s not just corporations standing in women’s way.

     
  • Woodfield adding six new stores this summer Jul 11, 2014 1:01 AM
    Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg is celebrating the grand opening of six new retailers this summer, including Lulumon athletica, located on the upper level near J. Crew, which will have its grand opening celebration Friday.

     
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