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  • Lombard approves funding for downtown organization Dec 8, 2014 4:57 PM
    The Lombard Town Centre organization is receiving significant praise — and $55,000 in tax increment financing — from the village board. Trustee Laura Fitzpatrick said the group, which promotes the village’s downtown businesses, had “a banner year” and succeeded possibly in saving the “two most important buildings” in the downtown — the bank at 1 S. Park Ave. and the hotel at 101 W. St. Charles Road.

     
  • Johnson goes from movie usher in a tux to Classic Cinemas CEO Dec 8, 2014 5:00 AM
    Kukec's People column features Chris Johnson, the new CEO of Classic Cinemas, who talks about his early days of wearing a tuxedo while working as an usher in his family'owned cinemas with film reels and free popcorn refills were the rage.

     
  • Ye Olde Town Inn in Mt. Prospect abruptly closes Dec 8, 2014 5:02 PM
    Just months after receiving a $6.5 million settlement from the village of Mount Prospect, the owner of longtime downtown dining staple Ye Olde Town Inn abruptly closed the business Sunday. Former employees saidthere was no notice given before the restaurant closed its doors for good. “Due to personal interest and family concerns, Ye Olde Town Inn is closed,” owner Tod Curtis said.

     
  • SCORE has a plan to stay relevant Dec 7, 2014 7:41 AM
    Now in its 50th year, SCORE, based in Herndon, Va., helps entrepreneurs with tasks ranging from writing a business plan to applying for a loan to breaking into the contracting arena. Today, the organization finds itself in an increasingly crowded and technology-driven space, with a growing number of public and private groups offering a multitude of specialized business services. Meanwhile, the Obama administration has more than once proposed trimming funding for SCORE in favor of newer programs.

     
  • How taking a small business risk creates rewards Dec 7, 2014 7:35 AM
    Only about half of new businesses survive beyond five years, according to U.S. Census data. But research shows that those who are able to keep their doors open for several years can improve their income. Self-employment increases household consumption by 8 percent over a 10 year period, according to University of Wisconsin assistant business professor Sarada, who uses only one name.

     
  • American-Caribbean restaurant opening Saturday in Round Lake Dec 5, 2014 6:15 PM
    Round Lake Mayor Daniel MacGillis, village board trustees and others will be among those on the guest list for the grand opening of Aiden’s Place, a family restaurant on Route 120 that’ll specialize in American and Caribbean cuisine. “We are trying to focus more on our businesses, and that is why we want the grand openings known,” Deputy Clerk Martha Koechig said.

     
  • Brewery could open this month in Lombard Dec 5, 2014 5:22 AM
    Beer is in fermenters, kegs have arrived and finishing touches are being put in place at Noon Whistle Brewery in Lombard. Owner Paul Kreiner said he expects the brewery to open within the next two weeks, depending on the issuance of a state license. “We're excited, but we still need these last couple of things to come into play,” he said.

     
  • Mattress store coming to Rand and Central Dec 7, 2014 10:39 PM
    The Mount Prospect village board has approved zoning variations that enable the demolition of a Citgo gas station to make way for a MattressFirm store at 1020 E. Central Road. The property is bounded by the troublesome intersection of Mount Prospect Road, Central Road and Rand Road.

     
  • Loves to dance, willing to help: Joe Greenberg Dec 4, 2014 7:01 AM
    Someone to be Thankful for in Geneva is the assignment, and "Joe Greenberg" is the name I'm given. I call Jean Gaines, director of the Chamber of Commerce, for guidance: Who is this guy? "He's a Geneva institution!" she crows. "And he's my hero!"

     
  • Winter Wonderland returns to Des Plaines this weekend Dec 4, 2014 11:57 AM
    Winter Wonderland, Des Plaines' annual two-day free family festival, will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 6-7, at the Frisbie Senior Center, 52 E. Northwest Hwy. “This is the perfect way to ring in a joyful holiday season,” said Linda Traina, Des Plaines Park District superintendent of recreation.

     
  • Should Naperville bookshop pay for Bush visit security? Dec 4, 2014 9:14 AM
    Naperville played host to former president George W. Bush on Monday at a bookstore downtown, and now there are questions about who should foot the bill for police presence required to keep the event safe. With seven uniformed Naperville police officers at the event, a street and a parking lot closed, City council member Doug Krause said “maybe the bookstore should be responsible for the additional cost."

     
  • Lake Barrington approves revenue sharing plan with Speedway Dec 4, 2014 9:14 AM
    The Lake Barrington board of trustees approved a plan Tuesday to incentivize the construction of a Speedway gas station in the village by sharing some of the new sales tax revenue the station will generate over the next 15 years with Speedway. “What I can't stress enough is the need for us to stay competitive and make sure our tools to stay competitive are current,” Lake Barrington Village President Kevin Richardson said after the meeting.

     
  • Study recommends special taxing district for downtown Bartlett Dec 3, 2014 11:34 AM
    A village-hired consultant has endorsed a special taxing district in downtown Bartlett, about four years after the last one expired. The findings helped convince Bartlett trustees on Tuesday night to direct economic development commissioners to weigh in on whether the village should create a TIF district.

     
  • Aurelio's Pizza coming to Arlington Heights Dec 3, 2014 8:28 AM
    Aurelio's Pizza, a South and West suburban staple, will open its first Northwest suburban location in Arlington Heights early next year. A plan to build the restaurant at 2944 W. Euclid Ave. received approval from the Arlington Heights village board on Monday, and owner George Vassos said he hopes to open in mid-March 2015.

     
  • New bakery planned for downtown Lombard Dec 2, 2014 3:32 PM
    Lombardians looking for some freshly baked pastries or a place to grab a lunchtime sandwich may soon have a new place to turn. Next week, the village board is expected to approve plans for Balkan Bakery and Coffee, which is hoping to open this winter at 14 W. St. Charles Road. Community Development Director Bill Heniff said the property has sat vacant since a custom cabinet store moved about a year ago.

     
  • Palatine police and fire lead Toys for Tots drive Dec 1, 2014 5:09 PM
    The Palatine Police and Fire Benevolent Association has set up 24 sites around the Palatine and Inverness area for people to drop off new, unwrapped toys as part of the Toys for Tots collection drive until Dec. 11. Collection sites include most Palatine Township School District 15 schools

     
  • Owner misses buyer’s stress, company sale falls through Dec 1, 2014 5:36 AM
    Small Business Columnist Jim Kendall looks at the idea of selling a business.

     
  • Holidays start in August for some small businesses Nov 30, 2014 7:32 AM
    Chris Mann learned it’s better to hire help for the November and December holidays while people in many parts of the U.S. are still wearing shorts and tank tops. “It’s nearly impossible to train in the busiest time of the year,” says Mann, whose spas offer services like massages, facials, manicures and pedicures.

     
  • Christmas Craft & Home Show returns to Marmion Nov 29, 2014 6:37 PM
    The annual Marmion Christmas Craft & Home Show returned for the 24th year at Marmion Academy in Aurora on Saturday. The academy’s director of special events, Maria Thornton, said shopper turnout was strong. “We had a line out the door and wrapped around (the building) at exactly nine this morning.”

     
  • Free 2015 ABC calendar supports retraining returning vets Nov 28, 2014 11:00 AM
    ABC Plumbing, Heating, Cooling and Electric in Buffalo Grove is supporting a retraining program for returning veterans in a unique way - with a Men of ABC 2015 calendar.

     
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